A Weekend in Portland OR

WM GOODS SHOP

A cute and curated store with a crossbody bag that I wish I bought and a natural deodorant that made me smell worse than before I used it. Fun and fashionable people to talk to and make you feel like a local.

HEART COFFEE ROASTERS

Great almond milk lattes in an instagram worthy setting. Hipsters engrossed in conversation, a place to charge your phone, a bathroom to walk confidently into even if you haven't made a purchase. 10/10.

TUSK

Delicious, colorful small plates, all plant based. Not free for bloggers, so make sure your credit card has ample room and take the free post card that comes with your check.

DOG MOUNTAIN

Just 5 minutes into the hike you will want to stop, but don't worry, because it gets steeper. We crawled just about all the way up, and ran all the way down. Sore for 2 weeks after. Beautiful views, fit moms to put you to shame, highly recommend.

BROTH BAR BY SALT, FIRE & TIME

BYOB (Build your own broth) at this mineral dense broth shop. I got the Beef broth with kelp noodles and an egg. I've since tried to recreate it at home with no luck. Also Kombucha on tap. (Pictured is the Rose)

GO OUTSIDE

Drive around the mountains, get out and touch other peoples plants. Loads of beautiful sites to see, organic apples to eat and pictures to take. 

So Much Glossier, So Little Time

As an enthusiastic fan and loyal shopper, I was psyched to be one of the first brand reps for Glossier. I am often asked what my favorite products are and since I have tried just about everything they sell I thought it might be helpful to write a comprehensive review ranking thier products from everyday essentials to ones I have on the back burner.

If you are interested in trying anything, you can get 20% off your first order and free shipping over $30 by using my link here: www.glossier.com/reps/grace

MY TOP FIVE EVERYDAY ESSENTIALS

Milky Jelly Cleanser: The OG, holy grail, everyday cleanser. Removes your makeup in one step at night, balances and hydrates in the morning. Pleasant and understated rose scent. I used to be passionate about trying new cleansers but this one changed the game. I have gone through about 10 of these in the last few years and don't even bother to experiment with face wash anymore. Boys love it, girls love it, everyone loves it. 

Priming Moisturizer Rich: Absorbs quickly and smells like lavender fields. Leaves skin moisturized and glowy. I've been using PMR morning and night since it came out and I've bought them for everyone I know. Works great as a base under makeup and is essential to rehydrate after a long night out.

BoyBrow in Brown: Even if I am just running to the gym, I put on boy brow to look ever so slightly more put together. Keeps your eyebrow hairs in place, looks natural and doesn't flake off onto your face. Sometimes I use it coupled with a brow pencil if I want a more defined brow look. 

Stretch Concealer in Medium: Again– the OG, Holy Grail, never looking back, concealer of your dreams. This being said – I go for a more natural look sans foundation or heavy coverups. This product has very light coverage but is also buildable. I use it mostly under my eyes to cover any dark circles and around my nose to balance out redness. I am very very pale, but the medium shade is better for my skin tone than the light (I have both).

Balm Dot Com: Keeps next to bed, in all bags, in bathroom, car, etc, etc. Instantly moisturizes lips and any other unmentionable dry spots. This product has saved my life when my nose was dry and runny (smear it all up in there) and has also aided in the discomfort of ingrown hairs on my bikini line (TMI). My favorite in order of scent: Coconut, Mint, Rose, Cherry, Original.

OTHER FAVORITES

Super Bounce: I have tried all 3 of the supers, but this one is my fav. Most notable is its hyaluronic acid content which moisturizes the face and leaves skin supple and GiGi Hadid esque. To any of you wondering– I have also tried the the ordinary hyaluronic acid – which I found to smell medicinal and leave my skin feeling tight. I prefer super bounce to the ordinary all day long.

Haloscope: On nights out, when you want to feel a little extra special, strobe yourself with some haloscope. I use it in quartz for a pinky sheen or in moonstone for a blue toned glazed donut kind of look.

Eye Pencil #1: From the Holiday Black Tie Set and unfortunately not in stock anymore.... But on a personal note, I have been trying to spice up my look with some eyeliner and this stuff smudges in all the right ways.

Generation G in Jam: As a girl with chronically dry lips, lipstick is not a go to for me. However, when I want a little pick me up I go for Gen G in Jam. The purple tone looks nice on my vampire like skin tone and sometimes I even use a little as a cream blush. I have also tried Gen G in cake– which I found drying and not pigmented enough for me. Zip is on my shelf as well, but I have yet to put it on, which speaks to my lack of lipstick enthusiasm. 

ON THE BACK BURNER

Priming Moisturizer: Leaves a matte moisturized finish and is a great alternative to primer. This was a staple for a while and is great during the summer but I haven't been reaching for it as much lately. 

Super Glow: Although I like how the bottle looks and the concept of putting glow directly onto my face I have found it's is a bit watery for my taste and I haven't seen as many results as I have from Bounce.

Super Pure: Instant zit removal! Put on at night when you are having a bad skin day. I haven't had many issues lately so It hasn't been on the top of my list, but it has been effective in times of need.

Soothing Face Mist: A lovely rose smelling mist, but much to my dismay, I am not a frequent mister!

Perfecting Skin Tint: I found the consistency to be a bit watery and never found it useful as I really only wear concealer.

The Masks: Although I do like these masks, I have only bought them once as I found others to be more effective and less of a time commitment (these take 20 min each).

NON BEAUTY ESSENTIAL

The Sweatshirt: Super soft, wear it everyday, own it in an XL. I wear this as leisure item instead of street fashion. I need to purchase another one as mine is faded and pilling now from excessive wear. 

Nash-talgia, Nashville TN

CLEVELAND COTTAGE

Clean, homey, rustic chic aesthetic, equipped with cow hyde, mason jars, repurposed bathtub, and roaring fireplace - effectively marrying the concepts of old country and new urban. 

FROTHY MONKEY

This restaurant should be renamed The Rabid Dog because it’s so good you’ll get a little crazy eyed and start foaming at the mouth in anticipation. Get the California, end of story.

VEGAN VEE BAKERY

Hands down the best vegan bakery I have ever tried. It might look like two different hands enjoying these 2 baked goods– but I ensure you that I consumed them both.

SISTERS OF NATURE

Another trendy little shop with decently affordable items. Shoes, tapestries, jewelry, and house decor all make the list of fun items to buy / browse.

Chicago Highlights

SCRATCH GOODS

Lately, I have been really into natural beauty and switching out toxic products in my cabinet for more friendly ones. Scratch Goods has a mask bar (going next weekend!) and pretty products that work, like this natural deodorant and scrub

HERITAGE BICYCLES

An interesting juxtaposition of cycling gear and coffee, athletes and hipsters. A peaceful place to get work done with unlimited free wifi, nice music and great lighting.

GATHER HOME & LIFESTYLE

If you've ever been on instagram, you have probably seen the photogenic walls and seating areas at Gather Home & Lifestyle. I walked 3 miles to get here, and bought a very expensive candle.

SPROUT HOME

A plant lovers dream– I bought a snake plant and they potted it for me in that Mid-Century Modern pot that I've been eyeing for forever. It cost me an arm and a leg but it brings me joy whenever I look at it.

New Space Inspiration

FRANCES LOOM

A beautiful curated selection of vintage rugs every Thursday at 8am CST. They sell out fast so be sure to be sitting at your computer hitting the refresh button with your credit card out. 

Photo by Frances Loom

BROOKLINEN

At my old apartment I had the white set in classic. Unfortunately they soiled quickly, so i am trying to branch out with some color – The Bedford Stripe. I got the Luxe this time because I deserve it. Review to follow.

Photo by Cup of Jo

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MID-CENTURY MODERN PLANTERS

These aesthetically incredible planters seem to be everywhere i look these days. Naturally, I had to have one. Their elevated stature make them a practical essential for a home with a tiny plant eating puppy. 

Photo by Take Aim

PIPOLLI

Yes, you do need a dog teepee. No, it is not a waste of money. Also no, I will not admit that it took 2 months for my dog to lay down inside of it (but he loves it now, I swear!!!) 

Photo by Pipolli

St.Louis, Part 1 – Eat

BLUEPRINT COFFEE

The first place I went to that made me feel like St.Louis might just be cool. Delicious breakfast foods, cookies, coffees and teas. Nice spot to work and people watch.

RACANELLI'S

The best New York style pizza I have ever eaten outside of NY. I consumed many of these personal pizzas which are best enjoyed in bed and chased with Insomnia Cookies with your sister.

SEEDZ CAFE

A cool juice bar, in the heart of DeMunn! Take a walk in forest park and then head on over to drink your greens for the day. Vegan pizzas looked good as well, but with a heavy heart I admit I never tried one.

VINCENT VAN DOUGHNUT

Get one off the food truck at the farmers market. One of a kind flavors make them hard to resist... So rich you can only eat one, but worth it for the #gram obviously.

STL BLT

St.Louis surprisingly has a pretty good food truck scene and this BLT with an egg on it was another delicious find!  They parked it outside of my office, so naturally, a lunchtime go to.

TOWER GROVE FARMERS MARKET

A cheap way to have #organic #glutenfree #nongmo fun. I usually got all my product for $40 and felt good about supporting my local economy. Located in Tower Grove Park.

PEACEMAKERS

Feel like teleporting to Maine? This is your place. A super expensive lobster roll flown in from the coasts. Pictures of lobster men on the walls and I swear it smells like the ocean. What could be better?! 

MILQUETOAST BAR

An innovative restaurant that specializes in toasts. The desert ones are better than the savory. Pictured is the Nutella s'more flavor. Run, don't walk!

Summer Beauty Edit

Just as you switch out your skinny jeans for sundresses, the same must be done for your beauty products as the weather gets warmer. By swapping out some powdery basics for creamy alternatives, you can get one step closer to that dewy, fresh faced, “I woke up like this” look. Summer is all about simplifying and letting your natural beauty shine through, so let’s toss our heavy foundations together and get glowing, shall we?

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