Snow Day(s)

Snow Day Outfit

Well, Jonas wasn’t messing around! The District got dumped on this weekend and turned into a winter wonderland, and I wasn’t kidding when I said my native Texan + upstate NY educated self was seriously excited. I dragged J through the unplowed sidewalks (we mainly just walked on the road…photos below) to Baked & Wired on Sunday morning and he snapped these photos after warming up with a large coffee. Cupcakes for breakfast are very much a thing!

L.L. Bean Pullover

If you live near DC or are in town visiting, I highly recommend walking by the C&O Canal in Georgetown. It’s an Instagrammable dream: lots of pretty row homes, the water, and the general charm of the area. The lighting is a little spotty (especially when you throw in the reflectiveness of snow), but it’s quickly becoming one of my favorite places to shoot.

Snow Day Outfit

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North Face Parka (another similar one)
L.L. Bean Pullover
Zella Live-In Leggings (best leggings ever!)
Bean Boots
L.L. Bean Socks
J.Crew Factory Tech Gloves
Banana Republic Hat (old, but this one’s similar)
Ray-Ban Sunglasses

Snow Day Outfit

(2 seconds later, all this snow ended up on my head)

I’ve talked about this pullover, these leggings, and these boots several times (what style to buy, right this way!) and still can’t continue to say good enough things. I wore this exact outfit while venturing ~15,000 steps in the snow to brunch and beyond –thanks, FitBit– and was warm and comfortable the entire way.

If you were in the path of the storm, I hope you stayed safe and warm! Did any of you venture out for some winter fun? Fingers crossed for more snow days in 2016!

Georgetown

Georgetown

Friday Things

SNOWDAY

Well guys, it’s here. The first real snowfall of the season! If you haven’t heard, they’re expecting DC to get hit with a blizzard of epic proportions and people are freaking out, as expected. The entire metro system is shutting down from tomorrow night through Sunday (this hardly ever happens) and the grocery stores have been a zoo this week. While we’re planning to stay indoors for the most part, I fully intend to go out and enjoy the snow because somehow, this Texan can’t get enough of it. Side note, though, for anyone who went to college in a cold climate: how did we survive going out in tiny outfits and temperatures in the teens + windchills? I saw a girl walking sans tights last night and thought she was an idiot, till I realized I did the same thing more times than I care to admit (and when I wore flats in the snow on a regular basis. Never, ever, do this). Please tell me I’m not alone! Those were the days.

Anyway, have a great weekend, friends, and stay safe + warm if you’re in the path of the storm!

SHOPPING: I haven’t been doing much shopping lately, as I tend to almost unintentionally cut back around this time of year following all the holiday shopping. However, there also happen to be lots of huge sales around this time, so I picked up this sweater from J.Crew last weekend along with this silk tank ($20 in store). I have the grey version of the sweater and it miraculously machine washed well on delicates (air dry), so figured at $22, snagging it in navy wasn’t a bad buy.

EATING: My roommate and I made this slow cooker sesame chicken this week…an easy recipe if you’re looking to have something to last you a few days.

OF NOTE…

– I loved Katie’s post on her top blogging tools…a must-read if you blog, but also an interesting one if you don’t, as it’s a little behind-the-scenes.

– Have you seen the Turbo Lamb?

– For some reason, cooking with cauliflower is really appealing to me right now. I have yet to do it, but this “rice” recipe is high up on my list! Though I heard there’s a bit of a shortage of it right now and it’s surprisingly super popular…anyone notice this?

How to ask for a raise – something to bookmark even if now’s not an ideal time.

– Count on Yang to whip up a skinny chocolate soufflé recipe. Yumm.

How to walk in high heels. No further explanation needed….you’re welcome :) (thanks, Jess! Also her story will crack you up. And she’s responsible for this Instagram, which I’m sure many of you can relate to.)

– All this talk of snow make you realize you’re lacking in the boot department? Don’t miss my guide to buying L.L. Bean boots! Many styles are backordered, but it several aren’t and it doesn’t hurt to get your order in now anyway because they’ll be backordered again before you know it. Note that they are excluded from all L.L. Bean sales due to popularity, but do ship free!

ICYMI: A grapefruit smoothie recipe to try, products I swear by to combat dry skin in the winter, my five favorite travel resources (I’d love to hear yours!), and a cozy outfit with the only sweater I’d want to wear out this weekend.

Image via my Instagram with some edits

Products To Combat Dry Skin

Winter Beauty Products

Guys, it snowed last night!! FINALLY! I fully admit to being the jerk who is happy when it’s cold and snows (for now, at least…though I do stay like this significantly longer than most people). One thing I’m not a fan of, though, is the dry skin that inevitably arrives this time of year. Because peeling in the winter doesn’t show off your recent beach vacation like it does over the summer!

This post may sound familiar if you’ve been a longtime reader because I’ve mentioned these some of these products several times in regards to how they’re part of my weekly beauty routine. If you’re curious, here’s last year’s post and here’s one from 2013…Cake & Lilies was under a different name and had about 10 posts total – this was one of three posts I did my entire senior year, I didn’t know own Photoshop and was arbitrarily dropping screenshots of products into the post on wordpress.com (bloggers will know how wrong this is), and was freezing my ass off in my apartment living room in college with my roommates helping me pick out what items to highlight. How times have changed!

So here we are – six of my tried and true dry skin combatants i.e. things to have on hand for days like this:

Nivea Creme: Goes on thick and is a little hefty – it is a cream after all–but you can tell it’s working. I’ll use this before bed since it lingers a bit and can make your hands feel a bit greasy. I love the tin the little one comes in (it’s less than $1!) and think it would be a great on-the-go cuticle cream or thicker alternative to lotion.

Pond’s Dry Skin Cream: I’ve been using Pond’s cold cream for as long as I can remember and have the cutest little bottles from my childhood to prove it. The brand is pretty big in India and my parents know to bring me back a couple jars whenever they visit! This goes on a little lighter than the Nivea Creme and is really, really gentle. I’d recommend if you have sensitive skin, as it’s unscented. They also make a cleansing cream that allegedly removes makeup well.

Cloverine Salve: I mentioned this almost exactly a year ago to date, as I picked it up during my trip to Chicago last January. It’s super multipurpose…the front literally lists out what it helps prevent: chapped hands, minor burns, windburn, chafing, and more. It’s pretty balmy but one of the more effective all-purpose items of its kind that I’ve tried. Bonus points for the super cute packaging!

Smith’s Rosebud Salve: Was anyone else huge on this stuff in middle school/~15 years ago? It was one of those impulse Sephora purchases (everyone in school had a tin) and I’ve continued to buy it since. I tend to use it less than other products – I think it’s because I prefer to keep tins at home instead of carry them in a purse, and haven’t bought the tube version of this yet – but like that it has multiple uses, is balmy but can easily be rubbed in, and has a subtle rosy scent + shine.

Trader Joe’s Jojoba Oil: This stuff has taught me to never underestimate the Trader Joe’s beauty section. One of my friends (a guy, so this product is totally gender neutral) recommended it for dry skin and it 100% delivers. I’ve used it in the shower to shave my legs, will put it on my lips before when they’re especially dry, use a cotton ball to apply it to my neck once a week in the winter, and have been using a tiny bit of it in conjunction with my moisturizer while I’m on a new prescription topical gel that’s majorly drying out my face. If you live near a TJs, I believe it’s only about $7 there! Also available on Amazon, though.

Dr. Jart+ Ceramidin Cream: Definitely sound like a broken record on this one, but this cream is by far the best moisturizer I’ve ever used. I use a tiny dab morning + night in the late spring and summer and a little less than a dime-sized amount morning + night in the fall and winter. I will say that another Dr. Jart+ item, the liquid ceramidin, actually made me break out, so if you have sensitive skin I’d recommend stopping into a store like Sephora for a sample.

In addition, I also have a huge bottle of Nivea or Vaseline lotion for post-shower moisturizing and at my desk at work.

How do you combat your dry skin? And has anyone with sensitive skin tried Murad or Dermalogica? Those are two lines I’d love to experiment with but am always nervous to try something new! Any tips + recs welcome, as I’m sure we’re all on the same page this winter! Stay warm out there :)

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