After two and a half weeks of wearing the same clothes out of my suitcase from San Francisco to Boston to Rhode Island, I was ready to shop when I got to New York. I saw this dress hanging on the rack at Aritzia and was immediately transported into 1998 New York City on the Upper West Side. I know You've Got Mail is everyone's favorite movie, but each time I watch it, I love it more than the last. I recreated the vibes of Meg Ryan's simple, casual, and chic style with this outfit, instantly feeling like I belonged on this stoop in the West Village.
Happy Friday! Today's installment in my natural beauty series includes three of my favorite ways to be your best self on the outside while staying true to the beauty on the inside. Read more exclusive tips from me in my article on SheKnows!
In today’s Internet world of YouTube celebrity and Instagram fame, being genuine is one of the more important qualities to possess. Because so much content revolves around the beauty and fashion industry, it can be easy to get swept up in the pressure to be perfect—sometimes even superficial.
Get back to feeling naturally beautiful with three tips for creating a sense of style that you actually like and staying true to no one but yourself.
1. Give yourself grace.
Natural beauty begins with taking care of yourself, and the rumors are true: It starts on the inside. Think and talk to yourself positively, as if you were encouraging a friend. No situation is ever improved by negativity.
2. Natural beauty doesn’t have to mean never wearing makeup or painting your nails.
If you were born a blonde but would feel more like yourself with a few highlights as you get older, what’s stopping you? There are so many wonderful natural makeup and hairstyle tutorials on the Internet you’re bound to find one that will enhance the lovely features you already have.
3. Follow your gut wardrobe instinct.
Half of confidence is just committing to your initial idea. If you try on a wide-brimmed hat or a showstopping faux-fur coat, leave the house before you can second-guess yourself. Too often, I purchase pieces I love but am too timid to wear when the time comes. Confidence is a crucial key to natural beauty.
The natural beauty movement is one that has been spreading for the past few years. With the rise of the inescapably omnipresent Internet, sifting through content for real girls with real beauty and real drive to succeed can be more challenging than we think it should be. Don’t forget, you can inspire others by turning the spotlight on your own natural beauty. It’s easy to spot natural beauty when it shines from the inside out.
I've spent the last week traveling and gearing up for a week of posts celebrating natural beauty. First up, a fun collaboration with my favorite natural body lotion brand!
As a scent-sensitive person, my mother always keeps a bottle of Aveeno lotion on her bathroom counter, so for that reason the brand has found its way into my life over the past several years. Aveeno carries a variety of products to suit specific skin types, but I’ve always been pretty close to average when it comes to dryness, so I’ve always veered towards their Daily Moisturizing Lotion. Now, I’m excited to make my loyalty official as I've been participating in the brand’s three-week #AveenoDailyChallenge: using the Daily Moisturizing Body Wash + Lotion every day for three weeks!
Aveeno is one of those body lotions that you don’t have to think about—I can feel it sink into my skin after using. It’s hydrating without leaving an annoying film or grease behind, it won’t break your bank account, and the results are definitely worth the value. There are usually regular coupons and sales for their products as well, so keep an eye out.
I’d never tried Aveeno's Daily Moisturizing Body Wash before the challenge, and my skin felt instantly smoother after showering the very first day. Following with the lotion right after my shower made my skin look and feel even more hydrated. I tend to use a variety of different products and switch up my body wash when I empty a bottle, but this is the simplest and most effective routine in my memory to date.
Aveeno sent over this round of products so I could give you the low-down before you guys try it, but I’ve personally picked up Aveeno products at Target, Walgreens, CVS, and more. If you’re new to the brand and try out the products, let me know what you think! I know from Instagram a lot of you are lifelong Aveeno fans, and if that’s you, commit to the #AveenoDailyChallenge for 3 weeks! Because we all want skin like Jennifer Aniston.
Thank you to Aveeno® for partnering with me on this post! All opinions are 100% my own—I’m participating in the #AveenoDailyChallenge for three weeks.