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Jewels on Jewels

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Over the last 4 years we’ve had a lot of great jewels!  Here are some of my favorite pieces that I wear daily! Take advantage and get your favorite jewels for 50% off now! Enter code JEWELS50 at checkout!

 

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xx,

Jess

www.theoxfordtrunk.com

Face Masks

Part of my skin care routine is putting on a face mask 1-3 per week.  When I’m consistent about doing masks I notice a big improvement in my skin. Washing and moisturizing your face are important to do daily but that alone won’t make a lot of improve in your skin.  Here are some of my favorite masks and they only take 10-20 mins.

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Moroccan Red Clay Powder   , Yin Mask, Tea

I recommend mixing your mask with an herbal tea, preferably chilled.  You can use any kind. Always patch test, especially if you have sensitive skin.  If you feel like your skin can tolerate it, try mixing it with apple cider vinegar   Be warned- this will likely leave your skin bright red for about 30 mins after you wash it off, this is because it pulls all the blood to your face and improves circulation.

After you wash the mask off spritz your face with a toner- these are my picks – ( 1 ) (2) (3IMG_4466

Next apply a serum – my picks (1) (2) (3)

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 Last step- apply moisturizer. My picks (1) Best used at night time (2)  (3)

Wanting to try this one

You can also skip the moisturizer and just do an oil, you’ll wake up with smooth glowing skin. My picks (1) this is a great lightweight oil that absorbs well  (2) (3) (4)

* Don’t be afraid of oil! It does wonders for ALL skin types, especially oily skin.

xx,

Jess

http://www.theoxfordtrunk.com

Cupping

So I had my first go at Cupping last night!  If you aren’t familiar with cupping you can read about it here and here  . I have been getting acupuncture for over 15 years, which I love and have noticed great results.  Over the last two weeks I have had a chronic headache so I went to get acupuncture and I had a new doctor.  After the acupuncture he asked if I wanted to do cupping, I said “of course, I will try anything!”

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At moments it was painful but overall I thought it felt good. I had so much tension in my back, shoulders, and neck that it is causing so much pain and chronic headaches. I would say I felt 70% better after my appointment and by this morning I feel 90% better.  Painkillers weren’t doing anything to offer relief or get at the problem so this was a huge improvement. I’m hoping after my next treatment I will be 100%!  I absolutely recommend Traditional Chinese Medicine as a great way of healing many aliments just be warned if you get cupping, it may look like this for a while before it goes away, so don’t do it before any big events.

Oil Cleansing Method

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I have been obsessed with skincare since I was twelve years old!  My mom would give me her free gifts from Lancome and Estee Lauder that always included an eye cream that I would put on at night before bed.  Fast forward 19 years and I’m still just as obsessed! So let me start by sharing one of the best methods for all skin types!

Someone introduced me to the oil cleansing method about 6 years ago and it will change your skin for the best!

First let me say that you may need to experiment a bit to find what oils work best for your skin.  I personally like to switch between a few different ones.  This one works best because it combines several different types that work perfect for cleansing

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I also use this face wash first to take off any make up and then put a hot wash cloth over my face and let the steam open my pores, then I use the Bella Rosa Race Cleanser oil.  I let it soak my face for about a minuet and then use the hot wash cloth again to scrub it off.  The oil will keep your skin quite moisturized but it’s important to really hydrate your skin after as washing it this way deep cleans so well that it can be drying.  In the next post I will talk about my favorite moisturizers!

xx,

Jess

www.theoxfordtrunk.com

Health Kick 2016

I’m sure this is every woman’s resolution every year, and I’m no exception.  I want to be my strongest healthiest me I can be.  During my pregnancy I felt so huge and overall just exhausted and unwell.  Now that I’m not pregnant I want to whip this bod into shape! I plan to breastfeed for a full year so I won’t be cutting calories but I do want to fill my diet with nutritious foods and try and cutback on sugar.  Here are a couple recipes I’m trying today!

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Berry Smoothie
1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1/2 cup water
1 cup frozen mixed berries
1 scoop hemp protein powder
1 tablespoon flaxseed
1 teaspoon chia seeds
1-2 cups spinach or kale

*honey optional

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PB No Bake Gluten Free Bites

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around 36 weeks

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A few weeks before I had Tyler.

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After I had London I bounced back much faster.

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2 months postpartum with Tyler-

*almost 4 months postpartum currently and I still have 10lbs to go to be back at my pre-pregnancy weight.

So here’s to trying to be healthy and fit in 2016!

xx,

Jess

www.theoxfordtrunk.com

Five Minute Contour

I LOVE makeup and beauty products, I could spend all day playing with them.  Unfortunately, between two kids, a dog, and a husband I’m lucky if I have 5mins to do my makeup.  I’m usually multitasking (I was nursing while trying to take these pictures =) ) So this is my 5 min contour.

Skin Prep: start with a clean face

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I love this face wash and it smells so great!

2.) Moisturize 

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3.) SPF

Ok, this is my all time favorite tinted moisturizer! I use the Praline shade

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*Please excuse these huge bags under my eyes, newborn life!

4.) Now you are ready for a quick contour:

use a concealer or foundation stick 1-2 shades lighter than your skin and make an upside down triangle under your eyes and your T-zone

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Then use a shade 2-3x darker than your skin in the areas shown above

*I also like to line my lips with the dark cream as well

I like this and this for concealers

and this, this, and this for the area you are shadowing

5.) Blend together with a stipple brush

6.) Swipe on a powder bronzer in the same areas you used the dark cream contour

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7.) Wet your beauty blender or sponge and blend blend blend

8.) Spritz your face and your ready to go!

This is my favorite ( I spritz my face throughout the day too)

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xx,

Jess

www.theoxfordtrunk.com

Mexican Zucchini Burrito Boats

YumYum!  Let me be honest, cooking is not my strong suit.  I have a handful of meals that I’m really good at and make every week.  My husband and I both work so with our schedules we can’t be doing very time consuming recipes that require lots of prep.  Here is one I found on Pinterest that looks fantastic! * we don’t usually eat dairy at home so a good cheese substitute is Nutritional Yeast

Recipe found Here

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xoxo,

Jess

www.theoxfordtrunk.com

Lately

Wow!  It’s been way too long since I have updated!  One of my goals for 2016 is to blog 3 times a week! Here are some things I’ve been up to lately…

(1) Obsessed with this necklace (2) Tried buying the lip kit twice and it was sold out (still waiting to snag one) (3) I finally can button these jeans!! ( Jacket, necklace) (4) How cute is my sweet Tyler Livvy? 3months now!  (5) Lashes – such a great way to wake up my exhausted eyes (6) Coffee . Enough Said (7) Loving a neutral nail

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xoxo,

Jess

www.theoxfordtrunk.com 

Real Talk- Pregnancy

First all, sorry I have been so MIA lately; I blame it on the pregnancy. I am not one of those people that loves being pregnant. Sure I love things about it, and of course I am grateful to be pregnant. So here it is the pros and woes of being pregnant; for me.

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Woes:

Exhaustion. – and  when I say exhausted I mean the kind of exhaustion you didn’t even know it was possible to feel.

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The Glow– or in my case the lack of glow. Instead of having a lovely pregnancy glow I look tired and pale.

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The Body– At the risk of sounding vain, I have to confess, with my first pregnancy, aside from a few very puffy days I actually looked good throughout the whole pregnancy (of course I am only realizing this now by comparison). This time around not so much. My belly popped within the first month, and instead of being a cute little basketball belly my hips instantly widened and the belly just looks- well- eh. I got bigger much faster this time and literally getting dressed everyday is a struggle. Nothing fits and of course I still have another 4.5 months to go!

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The Boobs– I know this is part of the body, but it deserves it’s own complaint. Big, sore, and itchy. Enough said.

The Worry– I tend to be quite a worrier when it comes to my kid (s). Being pregnant makes me anxious and always cautious of the little life developing inside.

Pros-

Growing a life- I mean it’s obviously a huge blessing and one of the most amazing things you can experience in life.

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Kicks– Feeling the baby kick is seriously magical and definitely the thing you miss most once the baby is born.

The Baby– after nearly a year- you are in fact pregnant for 10 months, not 9 (lies they tell you =) ) waiting for your baby to be born is like being a kid waiting for Christmas morning. It is the most exciting and amazing feeling leading up to meeting your baby even during the most painful contractions! And that feeling when you meet your baby for the first time, priceless.

Sushi and Champagne– After 10 months that first glass of champagne and delicious first sushi meal in the hospital is definitely cause for celebration and worth the wait!

With that being said, here are a few of my pregnancy must haves:

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A look at my family life…

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When I’m not working I want to spend all my free time with my family.  Some of our favorite things to do are getting coffee and taking our dog for walks on the beach!

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London loves to stay in hotels so we try to sneak away every 90 days and have a bigger vacation every six months.  Work hard- play hard!

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London loves to read books, especially about bugs so you can find us reading or outside searching for bugs.

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I know I am biased but how cute is she?

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Mom moment- London has been wanting to wear her hair down like Mommy’s but when it’s time to eat it must go up or it will be covered in her current meal.

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I am so blessed to call this family mine!

xx,

Jess

Photos by: Torie Friesen