My Favorite Skin Care Products

Hey Ya’ll

This week has been so amazing and it’s only Tuesday. I have started to gain more subscribers on here and my Instagram. It means SO much to me that you take time out of your day to read my blog. 🙂 If you haven’t subscribed, you can on the right hand side of my homepage. My Instagram handle is @katie_dipillo. Please subscribe and follow because I have some awesome content coming out that you will not want to miss!

I started back in my fitness routine because summer is right around the corner! This time of the year is when I usually amp up my workouts to 4-5x/week. I love those endorphins and tone muscles 🙂 I currently follow @alexia_clark an am doing her workouts to keep me on track with a tight schedule. She is seriously my girl crush and I envy her. My husband will tell you I stay up at night and watch her Instagram stories. Not in a creepy way, but of a motivational and inspiring way.

I’ve had a couple people ask me how I keep my skin clear and I thought I would share my skin care regimen with you! I had clear skin throughout my entire childhood and teenage life. I know, so lucky, right?? Unfortunately, as an adult, I have cystic acne. I normally have breakouts when my hormones are off due to stress or lack of sleep. I would say I am pretty good at getting a good nights sleep and managing my stress, so my breakouts are few and far between. I also religiously wash my face, which is key. I wash my face when I wake up, before I go to sleep, after my workouts, as soon as I get home if I have makeup on. Seriously, any chance I get to have a clean face, I jump on it. I don’t use every product every time I wash my face. Click the name of the product for links.

MY SKIN CARE REGIMEN:

Cetaphil Cleanser: Seriously, this is the best cleanser and you can get it at your local drugstore or on Amazon. It is also so affordable. My dermatologist recommended I use it years ago after many failed products. I have sensitive skin and this doesn’t cause redness, swelling, or any other inflammatory symptoms. It doesn’t leave any residue from my make up or the product itself on my skin. It makes my skin so smooth and fresh. In college I used to get white heads, but the cleanser alone did the trick!

Exfolikate: I use Exfolikate by Kate Somerville 3x/week. This has ingredients that will especially help oily or acne-prone skin: salicylic acid, honey (has antibacterial properties), and retinyl palmitate (vitamin A). It isn’t too harsh on my skin and is perfect at getting all the dead skin cells off my face. This product provides a clean palate for all of my moisturizers! The tube I use is very small and I use half of a penny size amount each time.

Klairs Toner: My skin eats this stuff up. I feel like my skin cannot get enough of this toner. It is moisturizing and provides pH balance. In the Winter, my skin can get very dry and irritated if I do not use this. You get an enormous amount of product as well. The consistency has some substance and has a very pleasant and faint floral smell.

Laura Mercier Flawless Skin Repair Serum: This helps repair sun damage that I have had in the past as well as scarring from my cystic acne. I am spot specific when applying this serum and around my eyes, top of my forehead, and along my smiling lines. This brightens my face and reduces my fine lines. I notice a difference when I choose to not use it.

Cetaphil Facial Moisturizer with SPF: Unlike most moisturizers, this doesn’t make my skin feel greasy. A little goes a long way and continues to make my skin feel airy and fresh. It is fragrance-free  and comes in a little pump bottle. Also provides SPF which I put on my face and neck daily.

Aczone Gel: This is prescribed by my dermatologist and you will need a prescription, but I use this when I do have a breakout. It dramatically lessens the swelling and provides proper and expiated healing to my breakout area. It is seriously magic.

Charlotte Tilbury Tinted Moisturizer:  Seriously, there is no need for BB cream or foundation when applying this product. It is pricey at $40, but it is honestly like a three- in-one product. Perfect for on the go individuals who do not have time or do not want to put makeup on. It provides one color that self-adjusts to your skin tone. It looks a little scary (as in orange) when you first put it on, but it subsides after 30 seconds and gives you an incredible dewy sun-kissed look.

Comment below on your favorite products!

XO, Katie 

That Easter Dress

Hi Ya’ll

I don’t know about you, but I feel like these weeks are flying by! Where did Winter go? I have been super busy with work, family, and getting this blog up and started I feel like March came and went overnight. We finally were blessed with some warmer weather and sunshine this weekend after our first snow storm of the winter. Funny how that works, right?

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It was my 28th birthday this past week as well and my husband continues to remind me that I am now in my “late” 20s. He bought my favorite Cabernet from a winery that we went to in Napa. You can read all about it here. He also took me to a Greek restaurant to reminisce on our honeymoon we took in June 2017, which was too sweet. The Greek food was nothing of comparison, but it is the thought that counts. I spent the rest of the day buying anti-aging product.

I tried to take advantage of the Target BOGO sale, however, it was definitely a disappointment. If you saw my Instagram story, you have already heard my rant. The selection was horrible and the sizing is all over the place! The selection of dresses was also not that great. I felt like everything was designed for teenagers. That may be me channeling a grouchy old lady.  You know, since I’m now in my “late 20s.” They had very cute skirts, but of course nothing available in my size. I did find $20 high rise distressed shorts, which will be in rotation this summer, but I would advise trying them on in store. If you have assets of any kind, you’ll have to size up 2 sizes.

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This dress that I am wearing here is from Target and the perfect Easter dress. It is on trend with a ruffle hem & sleeve, length appropriate, and this perfect shade of green. It also has this checkered detailing that is not too much in your face. I paired it with my go to Jeffery Campbell wedges that sold out, but I’ve linked a similar version below.

I’ve also listed a couple of other options  for your Easter weekend.

XO, Katie

Birthday Babe

This is a sponsored post and I get commission for purchases or clicks made through links. The reviews are my own and I would not promote anything I do not like.

 

My gift to you is my birthday wish list. My link below includes items only under $100.00. I need these in my closet.

The Straw Bag

Sliders with Frills

Knotted Top

Denim Skirt 

Cozy Loungewear, duh

Straw bags were so OVERPRICED last year. It was ridiculous, so I did not take the plunge.  This year there are so many affordable options. You cannot go through Spring and Summer 2018 without one. You can wear them dressed up with a Spring or Summer dress or dress down with a basic white tee and light-washed denim. Here are a few of my favorites under $100.00

These sliders from Splendid are so cute and versatile. I think that is my favorite word, BTW. It easily upgrades a basic outfit while you run out the door because you’re running super late. Please, do not tell me I am the only one?

The knotted tops from J.O.A are chic and a staple in your closet! This is a brand new line for Nordstrom and they are selling out fast.

Denim skirt, okay 1990s. I love that this trend is back and I cannot wait to wear denim skirts again!! BRING ON THE WARMER WEATHER! Also, the price is on POINT.

…………..Who doesn’t want cute new loungewear?

xo, Katie

ohh, that vertical stripe

 

TREND ALERT. Well, there are three and I’m wearing all of them because I cannot get enough! This is a sponsored post and I get commission for purchases or clicks made through links. The reviews are my own and I would not promote anything I do not like.

1. STRIPES. Horizontal & Vertical Stripes are back for Spring 2018. Vertical lines are so flattering if the fit is LOOSE. Not so much when the fit is tight. These House of Harlow pants are also very versatile. I can dress them up or down. The best part? These pants are apart of a set that I adore as well and will be on repeat. I’m sure you’ll see them again soon.

    House of Harlow Pant                             Blank NYC Demin Jacket 

 

2. High-waisted wide leg pant. uh, yes please. For all you big bottom girls, this is the BEST trick to accentuate your figure. I love putting these pants in my work apparel rotation. For once, I feel like my ass isn’t busting out of my dress pants. These pants also make for a playful conversation with my husband. He calls me a grandma. LOL.. He also has no fashion sense 🙂

3. Nude. I have a love-hate relationship with this color. Why? because I’m already so pale. This shirt is the perfect find. It doesn’t wash me out and is an awesome layering piece. I love the high neck and long sleeves as well and the material is so soft.

House of Harlow Pant

TopShop long sleeve

Blank NYC Demin Jacket 

Jeffery Campbell Wedge

XO, Katie

Rock the Ruffle..No really, do it.

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Okay Ladies. You know the obnoxious ruffle detailing you see on the runway from NYFW and PFW? If not, please google ruffles NYFW and you will know exactly what I am talking about. I think you could agree with me that ruffle overload look is not appropriate for work, chasing your kids around, or running to the grocery store. The last thing my husband wants is to be seen with me looking like some sort of morph dinosaur walking into Wegmans. And quite frankly, I’m not that fabulous to be wearing anything that outrageous…

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You’re probably thinking, Katie, this ruffle trend has been around for a couple of years now. Why are you talking about it???

1. This ruffle look is also NOT GOING AWAY. It is here to stay and I am here to help you not only nail this look but give you a few options below. First, we can buy pretty much any clothing item that has ruffles on it. Did you know that you can buy underwear with ruffles on it? I don’t know about you, but the last thing I need is something that bunches up down there. Anyway, back to this topic. You can buy ruffles for all apparel. Blouses, skirts, dresses, shoes, swimwear, lingerie. You name it, I bet I can find it with ruffle detailing.

2. I can promise you, ruffles are going to be huge for swimwear this summer. So, I’ve linked some cute swimwear items below. Ruffle detailing included 🙂

I have a ton of shirts and blouses with ruffle detailing. I love the shirt that I am wearing today. It is casual but doesn’t make me look like I rolled out of bed. Let’s be real, I am always aiming for that look. And it’s Friday, so casual it is. One last thing is I felt like wearing mustard, because it matches the weather today. Sunny, but windy as ****. Therefore, mustard it is. BTW. Sorry for blinding you with my paleness.

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Happy shopping.

Xo

 

Swimwear

Ruffle detailing ABW one piece
Everything But Water
Ruffle detailing ABW
Everything But Water
Ruffle swim Nordstrom
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Topshop nord swim
Nordstrom

 

Blouses & Shirts

Top Left: Black Blouse Top Middle: Sweater   Right: Off the shoulder 

Middle Left: White Blouse  Bottom Left: Sleeveless  Bottom Center: Black Blouse 

 Dresses, Jumpsuits & Sets

Top Left: Black Dress      Bottom Left: Jumpsuit       Right: Set

Outerwear

Ruffle jacket anthro

 

Spring Transitions

GAH. My first blog post.. I’m excited, nervous, and have been anxiously waiting to finally get the courage to start blogging. I love fashion when it comes to staple pieces and wearing the newest trends. I thought this blog post would be appropriate since it is literally the hardest time of the year to decide on what the heck you are going to wear. Who is with me?!?!

It’s almost Spring, but it is still cold; maybe snowing for some of you. If you are one of the lucky fashionistas, it is warm and sunny and I envy you! Clothing stores are coming out with cute new spring clothes that are anxiously waiting to be worn in your closet. I get the itch every year to throw my hands up in the air and scream a big “f it, I’m wearing it anyway” to that spaghetti strap maxi. I recently took a trip to the west coast, which you can find here.

The weather was a sore in my behind. Not too warm, not too cold, raining, and cloudy. EK. I always resort to the same pieces in this situation:

jumpsuit

blazer 

matching set

fashionable, but comfy shoe

I always pair my outfits with a leather jacket or blazer because honestly it makes me feel like a bad ass and who doesn’t want to feel that way?

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excuse the red stained lips.. I was in Napa 😉

Leather Jacket: Topshop  (similar on SALE) (similar)

Jumpsuit: South Moon Under (similar) (similar)

Shoes: Nordstrom Vince Camuto Espadrille Sneaker

 

XOXO, Katie