The Friday Find(s): Bad James Vintage


This week’s Friday Find was originally the peasant dress alone, but the siren song of this purse was too strong to ignore.  And aren’t you glad I didn’t? The shell and straw combination is fantastic, no? Frankly,  Bad James Vintage is always stocked with covetable finds — definitely, check it out if you’ve never done so before.

Have a sunny, slow-paced weekend!

10 Must have Essential Oils for a healthier skin

All of us want to look fresh and good and our skin plays a huge role in determining whether we would be able to achieve our goal or not. A dull, oily skin would make you look unattractive and unhealthy and so extra care must be taken for your skin.

People from ancient times have been using oils to achieve a perfect, healthy skin and have found it to work better than the modern day cosmetics.

Essential oils

So we compiled a list of essential oils which you should use to achieve that flawless, healthy skin which you have always wanted without wasting any money on the cosmetics.

Lavender Essential Oil

A great oil for all skin type, lavender oil is great for treating and preventing breakouts while leaving your skin with an amazing smell. It helps you relax and helps in skin cell regeneration which is found effective for treating scars, sun spots, etc. Not only that, it also provides nourishment to an aging skin and prevents skin sagging and wrinkles leaving you with a young, healthy-looking skin.

Frankincense Essential Oil

Another essential oil which can be used by all skin types, this oil helps you with an aging skin by helping you in tightening of the skin preventing your skin from sagging or forming wrinkles. It is found useful with pigmentation and helps in clearing up of dark spots on your skin. Its antibacterial properties make it great for treating acne-prone skin and is found helpful in soothing dry, itchy skin.

Rose Essential Oil

Mostly known for providing you with a hydrated and moisturized skin, rose oil is found to be useful to stop the aging process and is known to promote healing due to its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. It also helps in the evening of the skin texture and is known to easily manage conditions like dermatitis, psoriasis, etc. It is found to be effective for dry skin too.

Tea Tree Essential Oil

An amazing oil for oily skin, this oil contains antifungal and antibacterial properties which make it effective in fighting acne and breakouts and makes it a go-to oil for acne-prone skin. It also helps in regulating the oil production which makes it an ideal oil for the oily skin type.

Geranium Essential Oil

This multipurpose oil is effective for all skin types, geranium oil is known for its acne fighting properties and its oil regulation activities. It also improves your skin elasticity preventing wrinkles and sagging and acting as an anti-aging oil. It also helps with the healing of cuts, burns, bruises and other skin conditions.

Lemongrass Essential Oil

This essential oil can be used as an astringent or a skin toner and is found to be extremely effective in treating acne and large pores. It is great at providing you with a glowing skin too.

Lemon Essential Oil

This essential oil helps in the regulation of oil production which makes it effective for an oily skin. It removes excess oil from the skin and is found helpful in removing dark spots and evening the skin tone and helps in skin brightening which makes it a perfect skin toning moisturizer.

Bergamot Essential Oil

This essential oil is great for a combination of skin types as it helps in regulating oil production while at the same time it provides nourishment to a dry skin.

Neroli Essential Oil

A great essential oil to treat an oily, mature and sensitive skin; this oil helps in removing the fine lines and skin sagging giving you a young, healthy skin. It contains a natural chemical known as citral with cell regeneration capabilities which is found effective for reducing stretch marks. It can also act as a skin toner and is effective in regulating oil production and helps in shrinking pore size without drying.

Cypress Essential Oil

A good essential oil as an astringent, this oil is known to help repair capillary vein damage and shrink the swollen blood vessels. An essential oil which can regulate oil production and help in tightening of the skin, it leaves your skin oil free and young.

Lauria Locsmondy’s Maternity Essentials

I met the über-stylish, über-smart Lauria Locsmondy a few years ago when she and I worked for the same publishing house. It took me two days to realize she’s one of the best-dressed people I’ve ever met and about two days longer to realize this isn’t a huge secret in Chicago — she was already well known for her work as a makeup artist, for founding PISTIL magazine, and for singing with her punk band Vicki. Since then she’s gone on to found Jealous, the political, additive online fashion magazine. The new momma recently shared her maternity essentials with me and every single one is practical and affordable. . . . 

lauriaaWith a big belly and a small budget, I invested in a few maternity staples that provided style, comfort, and versatility well beyond my nine months. For fans of practical wardrobe essentials and health-conscious mamas, my list will hopefully save you time getting ready in the morning, and cash getting ready for your little love.

1. Old Navy Maternity Low-rise Leggings

I was determined to not spend a fortune on an entirely new wardrobe now that my previous pants, skirts, and shirts were in plastic bins in the basement — so to Old Navy, I went. I bought one pair of these leggings for $14.99. A week later, I bought another pair; that’s how often I sported them. The Old Navy leggings wore incredibly well—in the wash and on my gams. The black stretch pants, long enough to cover the ankles of my 5’ 8’’ frame, went well with practically every maternity top, with a thick, cotton midsection that rested comfortably below my bump, and continued to be a go-to piece for months during my post-partum weight loss. $14.99

2. Vans Classic Slip-on


Nightmare stories of pregnant friends’ swollen, unreachable feet resonated from head to toe. So around 5 months, I shopped DSW for men’s Vans Classic Slip-on in black and white. (I also bought my husband a matching pair so we could be expectant dorks together.) Lucky prenatal yoga and regular exercise never kept my toes out of reach, still, the classic Vans easily became a staple in my wardrobe with just enough summer style and cushiony support that I needed for my tired feet during the warm months ahead. $45

3. Fertile Mind Maternity Super Bra

“Your boobs will only get bigger. Buy nursing bras now so you can use them once the baby’s here.” I took this advice. And no thank you. Nursing bras with all of their straps and clasps and weird boobie outlets are the strangest, most uncomfortable undergarments I’ve ever worn—and I’m typically a fan of uncomfortable undergarments that do their tricks. Luckily I discovered this pullover Super Bra that wears like a soft yoga bralette, provides enough support for my average-sized bust, allows the girls some elasticity to grow, and stretches below the breasts for feeding time. Again, I bought two and am still wearing them seven months post-partum for comfort and feeding convenience. Win, win. $34.99

4. Burt’s Bees Radiance Eye Cream


When I became pregnant, I also became very informed about natural beauty and hygiene products so as not to harm my little bambino. I quickly rid my facial product collection of nasty chemicals marketed to warp wrinkles, zap zits, and restore radiance—replacing them all with one product: Burt’s Bees Radiance Eye Cream. Any vitamin C skin care product would pair really well with this.

It gets a 5 on Skin Deep Cosmetic Database—not perfect, but better than my previous goo. The pluses are that the cream conveniently sells at many retailers, smells lightly fruity and clean, makes my eye area feeling moisturized and youthful, and lasts for about three months with daily morning and bedtime use. If you’re prone to acne then make sure you get a concealer that’s suitable for acne-prone skin. $18 + $12

5. C9 by Champion Women’s Seamless Roll-over Waist Yoga Shorts

Exercising every day became a priority to my prenatal health. Being pregnant during the summer, I needed workout shorts that didn’t grip or cinch my tummy. And then (cue the “Ahhhh!” from heaven above), I found these yoga shorts at Target. I would go so far as to call them my pregnancy-wardrobe secret. The rollover waist is super soft and comfortable on a growing bump—and can flip up for the perfect length of extra coverage when eight or nine months require more fabric. Keeping to habit, I bought two. And the best part is that the shorts are not maternity clothing, so I can still wear them. Cha-ching! $17

6. Burt’s Bees Peppermint Foot Lotion

Oh. My. God. This lotion sent me into a state of relaxation just from the peppermint scent. I received a bottle as a hand-me-down from a friend who never opened the gift during her pregnancy. While the refreshing fragrance, cool sensation, and toothpaste-thick consistency are enough to sell me, the foot lotion also gets a 2 rating on Skin Deep Cosmetic Database and lasts for months, even with daily use. I loved the product so much that I continue to use it post-partum and always include a bottle for mama in my baby shower gifts. $9

7. LaCroix Pure Sparkling Water


Staying hydrated was a top priority during my pregnancy to flush waste and support my growing blood volume—but filtered tap water can become boring and even hard to drink with morning sickness. LaCroix Pure Sparkling Water was my saving grace. With no artificial ingredients, no calories, and no sodium, this flavorful carbonated water kept me feeling hydrated and healthy, even on the queasy days. Plus, with a variety of flavors, I could experiment by adding splashes of natural fruit juices or wedges of lemon and lime for pretty, celebratory mocktails.

Mom’s Summer Collection : Lilac Shout Out


There’s lots of summer goodness over at Lilac. I just discovered this brand during a visit to Kickin’ Maternity in Chicago, which coincidentally, is also chock full of summer goodness.

Also, thanks to Jennifer Sirota for the minor facelift she’s given Style Nine. I met Jenny when I moved across the street from her in first grade and we got dogs that were siblings. She was the coolest then (she introduced me to the musical stylings of Billy Joel, had an awesome Lego village in her basement, and let me stay up late to watch television when she babysat) and she’s still the coolest today. Thanks, Jenny!