My Beauty Routine: Insana

Beauty

While it’s fun to read about the beauty habits of celebrities, I find it most helpful to learn about the beauty habits of women who have lifestyles, ages, or budgets similar to mine. In this series, I’ve asked amazing women I know to share their beauty routines. These are women from across the country, different ages, lifestyles, professions, and beauty/skincare priorities. Name: Insana Age: 40 Location: Silver Spring, Maryland Profession:…

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My First Designer Bag

Lifestyle

My dad died in March of 1998. I was working as an Assistant Manager of an Express, my sister was still in college. It seemed that spring was just about trying to function. We needed so many copies of his death certificate to deal with student loans in his name, cars in his name, medical bills in his name. To be honest, I don’t remember much of that period of…

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Shopping Hits and Misses: Universal Standard, Nordstrom, Talbots, Banana Republic, and More

Fashion Advice

Welcome to the latest edition of things that arrived in Allie's mail and whether or not she liked them.  For reference, I am 5'3″ and vary between regular and petite sizing. I wear a size 12, occasionally 14 and usually a Large. Below I will share what I ordered or was gifted to me by a brand, note whether it was a gift, the size I got, my feelings on…

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What I Wore: Wrinkle-Free Linen

Outfit Posts Summer

In the Wardrobe Oxygen Community, Diane mentioned Chico's no-iron linen; she and Christine asked me to try it and do a review. Your wish is my command! I reached out to Chico's and they sent me three of their No-Iron Linen shirts – one in stripes, one in white, and one in hot pink. I've washed them, I've worn them tucked in for long days in the heat shoved into…

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Life After Quitting: Mid-Year Review

Lifestyle

Taking my daughter to school is the best part of my day. It’s something I never was able to do until I quit my job and something I didn’t even think would be so special for me and for her. I get home from the gym and have about 20 minutes until we have to leave for school. I brush her hair, make sure she properly brushes her teeth, make…

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Weekend Reads

Lifestyle

I mentioned in a previous Weekend Reads how I am working on a contract associated with my old job. It's been a blast working with old coworkers and on a project that addresses such an important topic. However, it's crazy to spend five hours writing about capsule wardrobes and then switch gears and edit a Powerpoint dealing with recovery. But I feel so lucky to be able to be doing…

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Real Life Capsule Wardrobe: The Refined T-Shirt

Capsule Wardrobes Outfit Posts Spring

Not all t-shirts are created equal. There's the stiff square ones you get free for being part of a fun run, the lightweight v-necks you pick up at Target and wear with everything from sweatpants to ankle pants and a cardigan on Casual Friday, there's ones of silk and linen and those $200 ones that look an awful lot like the one you have from Target… and then there's the…

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Real Life Capsule Wardrobe: The Ivory Blazer

Capsule Wardrobes Outfit Posts Spring

White, ivory, cream… it doesn't matter which color you choose.  Having a light colored blazer in your closet is a game changer and a regular addition to the capsule wardrobes I create on Wardrobe Oxygen.  Unlike grey which reads corporate, navy which can be hard to match, and black which can often be too severe and hard to match, ivory is a winner.  It works as an accent, not needing…

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