velvet x leather

ill be the first to admit I'm addicted to an all black outfit. add a pop of texture and color and you're golden. I chose velvet and leather for the texture and my flannel has a pop of berry, perfect for the holiday season. 

speaking of holidays, happy december!!! tomorrow begins my favorite month of the entire year +  I'm all smiles over here. 

x lily 

photographer: nico rittmeyer

products i'm loving.

today i wanted to share a few products i'm using and loving. I really am not a makeup kind of person and would so much rather not wear anything at all, so I take my skincare routine veryyyy seriously. 

this stuff changed my skin. if anyone of my friends ask me what they need to buy next, I always say this. it give your skin the most beautiful glow and I have seen a huge improvement in my overall skin texture.

this serum is wonderful. tata is one of my favorite brands for natural skincare and this helps repair damage and hydrate your skin. perfect for the dry winter months.

THIS STUFF! amazing. it floods your skin with moisture and give you a beautiful, hydrated complexion. 

dior brow gel in medium

even though I said that I am not a makeup person, I love a good brow product. this brow gel is my all time favorite for those full, bushy, 90's brows. the medium is the perfect shade for a bold brow.
I also can't tell you how much I love this mascara. it really curls and lengthens your lashes, and I LOVE the brown color for that natural, un-made up look.

tula treatment pads (my favorite!!)

tula is another favorite skincare brand! my skin just glows when I use their products. the dual treatment pads are life changing for me!!! 

and the lovely people over at tula are giving my readers 20% off your entire purchase through the end of the year!! use the code LILYHOLIDAY at checkout. stock up, guys! 

perricone md is another great skincare line. both of these products were recommended to me by a girlfriend and I'm thoroughly impressed. 

one of my all time favorite masks. this is one of those products that you can really feel working but beauty is pain, right? and this guy is always sold out, so you know its good.

I just got back from a visit with my girl megan and she gave me all of these kerastase products that she was gifted and didn't want. I about died. kerastase is the best brand for haircare in my opinion and it's not cheap so I felt like a damn bandit rolling out of her house with all of these haha!

I just discovered this and ohhhh my gosh, this will give you some volume. I have the thinnest hair so I just throw a little of this in my roots and voila! volume for days.

xx lily

a year later.

me being the amazing blogger i am, i missed my one year anniversary of writing in my little corner of the internet. actually, someone had to point it out for me. if they hadn't, i probably would still be clueless that i passed the one year mark. i thought i would write up a little bit of a different post today. a lot has changed within the last 12 months so i am writing a little letter to lily one year ago.

dear lily,

everything has changed a year from where you are right now. 

get excited. get scared. it's gonna be a journey. 

take it all in. i know you think you have it all figured out right but you are so wrong, and that's okay. you are going to experience more in this next year than you would ever think. your job is going to take you places and introduce you to people you could only imagine. work hard and then work harder than you think you should. 

you will have your first real heart break this year. get ready. it's going to hurt like HELL. but guess what... you are so much stronger now. to be honest, you'll start to feel thankful for him breaking your heart... after you get over most of the sadness. you are SO much more confident in yourself now (insert badass 4 year old mary kate olsen meme). even though you're going to have to experience a heartache that you can't fathom right now, it changed you in the most positive, beautiful way. plus you have a pretty fucking amazing group of friends that will help you through it.

this is the year that you will finally fall in love with taking care of your body and treating it the way it deserves to be treated. i am SO PROUD of you for that. you're allowed to be proud of yourself. it's still a process and always will be but just keep going. and stop being so hard on yourself. cut that shit out.

have fun this year. you're allowed to enjoy life.

love you.

okay i know this year isnt over yet but 2017 has been a year of growth for me in so many ways. it actually makes me emotional thinking its almost coming to a close. im a little scared to let go but i know everything will happen the way that it's meant to. thank you for following along!!

photographer: nico rittmeyer