Modere: My New Skincare Regimen

Screen Shot 2015-04-20 at 5.13.52 PMI’m really one of those people who keeps trying things until they find that one thing I love. Especially if I’m looking for a certain thing. Let’s just say, I’ve found my skincare soulmate. Just so you know, I only believe in sharing products that I truly believe, have used, and have seen work. I started using Modere at the beginning of March after experiencing a series of rough days with my skin. I typically have very normal and balanced skin, but after winter’s harsh weather –I was very dry in some places (like my forehead) and oily in my t-zone. A few weeks ago I even suffered from a small breakout. I needed to change my skin care regimen and I needed to adjust it fast.

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Spring Sinus Remedies

Screen Shot 2015-04-12 at 1.33.07 PMMy sinuses have always been the bearer of bad news during spring. It never fails as soon as the weather breaks, so does my nasal passages. A few weeks ago I went to the dentist for my regular cleaning; all in all the check up was perfect. No cavities, no build up, great healthy teeth. WHEW! Unfortunately about a week later I woke up with excruciating pain in my mouth … all driving to the left side. My face was swollen, my head was throbbing, and my gums felt warm and infected. I called up my dentist with extreme confusion. Surely if I had a cavity they would have told me last week! Turns out, it was just another form of my stupid sinuses getting the best of me. Who knew your sinus troubles could also infect your gum and teeth!

Since then I’ve been taking extra measures to ensure that my nasal passages and sinuses are under control. I’m really trying to avoid any sinus trouble this Spring. Here are a few of my home remedies that I use to avoid any sinus pain.

1. FLUSH Your Passasges. As common as this is, flushing your passages is the best way to stay clear of any sinus trouble. Be sure to gargle with salt to remove mucous from your throughout and to take any swelling down. Swelling is a big indicator that your sinuses are irritated. You can also flush your nasal passages with sea salt or saline spray. You don’t have to use anything with harsh chemicals, your natural over the counter sprays will do just fine.

2. Remain HYDRATED. If the color of your urine is clear, you’re hydrated. Hydration is always key with fighting your sinuses, because in order for your sinuses to live a healthy and trouble-less life, they must be moisturized. Make sure you’re taking in the correct amount of water each day.

3. STEAM Your Face. To directly moisturize your sinuses give yourself a steam facial so that you can have immediate contact your sinuses. You can do this by taking a hot and steamy bath/shower or using a facial steamer. I prefer using my facial steamer nightly just before bed, even adding a drop of lavender, so that I don’t wake up with irritated sinuses throughout the night.

4. SPICE Up Your Life. Spices and herbs effortlessly open your passage ways. Using warmer spices with your foods can make breathing a little better. Try mustard, hot peppers and curry to flavor your meals –your sinuses will thank you.

5. Use A Humidifier. In case you haven’t noticed, moisture is key when making sure your sinuses are in check. One way to sleep through the night without waking up to irritated passage ways is to sleep near a humidifier. Be sure to clean your humidifier regularly, because a dirty humidifier can easily breed mold.

Following these remedies and maintaining an allergy free home by simply dusting and cleaning your living space –you will easily beat Spring’s Sinus Season.


J.deyawn Dishes On Wedding Etiquette

Screen Shot 2014-06-08 at 10.33.26 PMAs spring and summer rolls in, many are busy planning beach vacations, preparing for concerts, (Hello “On the Run” Tour) and getting ready for family reunions. Spring and warmer weather brings about love, and love usually brings about marriage.
I’m on the invite list for two weddings this year, one I’m a participant and the other I will be a guest, luckily, seeing that they’re only 2 weeks apart!!

There are tons of books and sites full of “what not to forget'” and “to-do” information for the Bride & Groom, but has anyone thought of the etiquette of a guest? Being a guest at a wedding requires much more than just showing up. As the couple prepares for what will probably be the most important day of their lives there are a few things that guests must remember to make the day as pleasant as possible for the Mr & Mrs. Maybe I’m a sticker for tradition and etiquette, (hey, I’m southern born and bred), but it’s just rude when guests fail to realize that the day isn’t about them.
Here are 4 things that are a “must remember” for guests who have the honor of attending these much planned ceremonies.
What you wear is completely dependent on the time of the wedding. You don’t want to show up over or under dressed. My mom has always said “there are two things you dress up for; weddings and funerals” so I tend to come always over dressed. Afternoon weddings are usually more casual that evening weddings. This may seem small, but pictures last forever. I would hate to be the one in the maxi sundress standing next to cocktail dresses and black tuxes….
It’s a french term, Respondez S‘il Vous Plait, which means Respond Please. This is extremely important and painstakingly irritating when guests don’t bother or forget. If the bride and groom request an RSVP, please be courteous and send one back by the requested time. RSVPs are requested for multiple reasons, the most important one that I can think of is because of food. Food is an extremely important part of the wedding budget. Some couples purchase reception food by the plate. How embarrassing is it to not have enough food because 15 people decided not to RSVP. Don’t be one of those people.
Nothing is worse than creeping in after the wedding has started. It will probably be really quiet and emotional and here you come in, 30 minutes late, disruptive. I’ve been to several weddings that will not let you in after the ceremony has started (I totally agree with this). The last thing you want to tell the bride is that you missed the wedding because you were not on time.
If the couple was thoughtful enough to include you in their big day, please be thoughtful enough to bring a gift. The couple will most likely be registered somewhere. If they take time to register, it’s probably for a reason. — USE THE REGISTRY. It tells you, item by item, what the couple needs. If this is a last minute gift, opt for a gift card. It isn’t as thoughtful, but accepted. Please don’t be the guest who’s on time, looks amazing, has RSVP’d but shows up without a gift.
This is just a small list that is important for those attending the wedding. I’m sure there are plenty more out there. Have you been to a wedding when guest violated these rules? Speak up! Add to my list!
Until Next Time

Mother’s Day Gift Guide

Screen Shot 2014-04-29 at 3.26.55 PMShow your favorite mom how much she means to you with fun gifts that best describes her character.

For The Fashionista Adorn her with accessory candy in Spring’s pantone colors. Clutch – Aldo


For The Music Collector Recreate old memories with some of her best years by finding an old vinyl of her favorite artists.41Pr+InyCxL

For The Naturalista Shower her all of her favorite natural body butters and essential oils. gift_set_of_all_natural_handcrafted_soap_and_shea_body_butter_a1f63ac5

For The Mommy-On-The-Go A smartphone wallet is a must to store credit cards, loose change and even earbuds. Wallet – Mochithings extra_large_zip_up_smartphone_wallet

For The Wine-Down Mom Of course mommy needs a sippy cup of her own for her special mommy juice. Flask – 



springspring1photo 3photo 4pic 3pic 4photo 2Despite us being a few days in, the weather has been a fun reflection of Spring! Transitioning your style from winter to spring can be tricky especially if you’re anything like me and don’t want to dive into bright springy colors just yet.I prefer to ease into my spring style. That means, it may technically be spring but I’m just not ready to throw on the bold neons yet. Here’s one of my favorite ways to transition style from one season to another. While still wearing darker colors, I lightened the style by adding soft airy colors. The scarf adds layers which makes it look more winter-spring than “spring break-ish.”

Outfit Details:

  • V-Neck Top – Old Navy
  • Maxi Skirt – Target
  • Scarf – Target
  • Shoes – Steve Madden
  • Necklace – Juicy Couture
  • Ring – Betsey Johnson

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