It has definitely been a hot minute since my last monthly favs post, and I have a *ton* of new things I cannot wait to share with my readers! Monthly favorites posts are, no pun intended, some of my fav posts to read or watch on YouTube, so of course I love making my own, too.

I love trying new things when it comes to fashion, beauty and lifestyle, but the best part is always sharing the MVPs with you, Haute Mess readers! Be sure to let me know what you’ve been loving lately in the comments below. 🙂

Fashion

Levi’s Wedgie Fit jeans: A couple months ago I finally invested in these bad boys after a similar vintage pair I own kept ripping in the wrong place. (Don’t get me wrong–I love a cheeky tear, but that’s definitely not appropriate for the office.)

As the name suggests, Levi’s Wedgie Fit jeans have the same flattering, booty-hugging fit that vintage jeans do; they feel soft and worn-in, the way pre-loved jeans do *without* the inconvenient tearing. These guys are so versatile and comfortable, I wear them multiple times a week! I definitely need a second pair to add to my rotation, but until then, learn more about why I love them from my recent blog post.

The Rosemilk: To say I am obsessed with this new New York-based label would be a complete understatement! The IG feed is so inspiring. All the pieces are dreamy, high-quality and (most importantly!) wearable. Plus, everything is made in the U.S.! I can’t get enough.

I placed an order from The Rosemilk last week, and–without spilling too many details–I cannot wait to share everything in an upcoming lookbook. Stay tuned!

Inamorata Swim: I am obsessed with all things Em Rata, so of course I had to try a few things from her swimwear line when it dropped! Her style is flawless.

A few weeks ago I posted a sneak peek of my new suits on IG. I picked up the Orpheus set in cheetah, as well as the Leucadia one-piece in red snake. Much like my other two fashion favs this month, both these suits are comfortable, flattering and made in the U.S.!

As a gal with a naturally full bust (especially when compared to my waist), I really love that Inamorata swimwear isn’t padded. Nothing looks more fake or uncomfortable than swimsuits with all that unnecessary padding. When it comes to swim, it’s the skimpier, the better for me.

Beauty

Summer Friday’s Jet Lag Mask: After seeing several of my fellow Glossier Reps rave about this mask on their blogs and YouTube channels, I decided to try it for myself. I am a total mask junkie, anyway.

All their positive reviews meant that there was a good chance I was going to really enjoy the Jet Lag Mask, but I didn’t expect to be so blown away by it!

First of all, wash-off isn’t required, which is amazing. Most weeknights I am way too tired to get up and wash a mask off (that is, if I even have the energy to put one on in the first place). Jet Lag also has a very, very subtle minty scent and cool feeling, making it so soothing and refreshing in addition to hydrating.

I’ve been using this mask multiple nights a week for weeks now, and the results have been nothing but positive: plump, hydrated skin and reduced redness without any breakouts or that sticky, greasy feeling. A little goes a long way with the Jet Lag mask, so I haven’t even gone through half the tube yet. Can’t wait to keep using it!

Tan-Luxe The Water & The Face: Tan-Luxe created the self-tanners to end all self-tanners. I have been a loyal Saint Tropez girl for years now, but I finally decided to try something new during Sephora’s recent VIB sale.

The Water is an incredibly innovative product. It is completely clear (it seriously looks like water); you spray it on, rub it in with a mitt and, in about four hours, you have a perfectly even, post-vacation tan! I can’t begin to describe how great it is. The best part? It dries almost instantly. Perfect for my busy schedule! It is also hydrating, so there is no need to apply body lotion on top, saving you even more time.

I also picked up The Face, which is just as easy–if not easier–to use. All you have to do is mix a couple drops of this product with your usual moisturizer and apply as usual. It dries as the moisturizer dries, leaving you with a glow-y, never-orange tan in four hours.

Both these products give the skin a build-able, long-lasting bronze that can’t be beat. I haven’t experienced any streaks or discoloration using either of them! Just be sure to wash your hands after application.

BECCA Under Eye Brightening Corrector: My dark circles like to make an appearance several times a week, and sometimes, concealer just isn’t enough to cover them.

The salmony-pink tones in BECCA’s Under Eye Brightening Corrector (I’m in the shade Light/Medium) cancel my dark circles instantly! Both of my go-to concealers (Glossier Stretch and Tarte Shape Tape) apply flawlessly on top, and the results last all day. I will definitely be repurchasing this product when the time comes; it quickly became a staple in my routine!

Gisou Honey-Infused Hair Oil: I finally restocked on this product after going without it for months. My hair definitely missed it! Of course, I loved it the first time around (I did repurchase it, after all), but this oil never made its way to my monthly favorites–until now!

Upon application Gisou’s Hair Oil feels thick and nourishing, but in my hair it feels weightless and absorbs instantly. Every hair oil I’ve tried before this one left a heavy, greasy film on my tresses; Gisou’s never does that. It leaves hair shiny and manageable, nourishes broken or breaking strands and smells heavenly. It is a must-have for all hair types in my opinion.

Glossier Lash Slick: When Glossier‘s first-ever mascara launched earlier this month, the hype was real, so I wrote an entire blog post about it. Instead of boring you here, I’ll link you to my Lash Slick review.

I will say this, though: Lash Slick is 100-percent smudge- and flake-free, even after a long day, a good cry or an allergy attack. It’s insane. And amazing. I have yet to find another mascara that does this–and I’ve tried so many! It is also worth noting here that the comb is thin and precise with bristles that hug every lash, allowing for flawless, mess-free application every single time.

Fenty Beauty Gloss Bomb: Okay, so, I know I am way late to the party with this one, but Gloss Bomb still deserves my recognition. It was my lippie of choice pretty much every day this month! I can’t believe I didn’t pick it up sooner.

Rihanna is quite possibly the coolest person to ever exist, so of course I already own a few things from her Fenty Beauty line since it made its initial debut nearly a year ago. But for some reason, I held out on Gloss Bomb (and I’m kind of regretting it).

Not only is the natural pink color so gorgeous, the tiny golden reflects give the lips a delish shine. But the absolute best part of this gloss is definitely the formula! It’s never goopy or messy; it applies evenly with a silky feel that is just so refreshing for a lip gloss!

Lifestyle

Freedom Natural Deoderant: Freedom’s natural deodorant line is nothing short of life-changing! Personally, I’ve been reaching for the classic deodorant sticks and the Travel Minis (especially the peach scent). When I made the switch to natural deodorant a year ago, I began using Schmidt’s. Since then, I’ve tried a few different scents, and really like the Rose-Vanilla one. But, a few weeks ago I was running low and in the market for a new deodorant; luckily, I saw Jenah Yamamoto post about how much she loves Freedom!

I thought it was meant to be, so I decided to order a set of Travel Minis. Now I know I don’t want to try another deodorant! Freedom claims to be the “natural deodorant that really works,” and I completely, 100-percent agree. A normal weekday for me consists of a busy schedule at work, an hour commute each way, as well as an intense at-home workout or trip to the gym. Thanks to Freedom, I can go about my day smelling like a peach the whole way through–without any reapplication (or fear of harmful ingredients that lurk in most mainstream deodorant formulas).

HUM Nutrition Raw Beauty Skin & Energy Superfood Powder: So, I’m not sure whether it’s a placebo effect, but this drink mix really works. I am definitely a big believer that your gut health affects your overall health, including your energy levels and your skin’s appearance. And because I don’t drink coffee, I am always on the hunt for safe and effective energy supplements. That’s why I decided to try this Superfood Powder from HUM.

I chose the mint choco chip flavor and mixed it with plain almond milk. The taste definitely is not horrible, but you shouldn’t expect it to taste like a bowl of ice cream, either. Just be sure to mix it thoroughly.

When I drink this mix with breakfast, I feel an instant boost of energy, and I don’t tire as easily or as quickly throughout the day as I usually do. Right now, I don’t know if I will repurchase this (it is pretty pricey when Sephora isn’t having a VIB sale), but I am really happy I tried it and will continue to use it until I run out.

Keller Rose Curve Builder workout: Not going to lie–this workout has been a part of my routine for almost a year now. I’ve always looked up to Katrina Brodsky, the face behind Keller Rose, as a blogger and as a woman in general, so when she shared her pilates-based workout routine with Keller Rose readers, I decided to try it for myself. (I mean, have you seen her bod?)

This is by no means an easy workout, and I definitely don’t recommend it for beginners or those of you who don’t exercise regularly. I’ve been exercising for about five days a week for over six years now, and I was incredibly sore for two days the first time I completed the Curve Builder circuit! It’s so worth it, though! Curve Builder tightens and tones all major muscle groups and really makes you sweat without cardio. (However, I do like to warm up with 10 minutes of jump rope and/or 20 minutes on the stationary bike if I have time.)

Katrina really created the perfect at-home routine for when I am too tired after work to drag myself to the gym or do cardio. I am on my feet *a lot* most days, so an effective yoga-mat based workout is exactly what I need.

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Earlier this week I received an invitation to join The Newsette‘s ambassador program. I am so excited to share this amazing beauty, wellness and lifestyle site with my community!

As I just mentioned, The Newsette shares informative and motivating original content on two of my most favorite topics: beauty and wellness. I am a *huuuge* lifestyle junkie.

It is geared towards an audience of busy, career-drive women (much like myself), who don’t have time every day to catch-up on all of their go-to lifestyle websites–let alone traditional magazines! Every morning, The Newsette delivers the stories I want straight to my inbox.

Per The Newsette,

The Newsette was started back in 2015 by Daniella Pierson as a way to inspire women everywhere before a busy day of work. As a college sophomore, Daniella found that she didn’t have enough time to visit her 50 favorite websites every morning, so she set out to design a newsletter that would deliver everything her subscribers wanted to read right to their inboxes. Now, The Newsette is delivered to hundreds of thousands of inboxes daily, and includes a site that is meant to inspire, motivate and inform career-focused and busy women before their first cups of coffee.

I have been obsessed with reading (and writing!) magazines since I learned to read (and write), so of course I instantly jumped on the opportunity to represent such an esteemed digital publication! The Newsette has a already worked with quite a few brands I love, including HUM Nutrition, ELLE and Coveteur.

Additionally, I really respect the fact that The Newsette publishes truly informative and interesting articles; one look at their site and you will notice immediately the complete lack of puff pieces. Scrolling through BS Cosmo and Galore posts during my daily commute is so boring and a waste of valuable time. I really don’t care too much for celeb gossip, trendy fast fashion retailers or cliche relationship advice.

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This month I chose to read Ivanka Trump’s Women Who Work: Rewriting The Rules For Success! It was a great read and really inspired me to put together a post all about my strategies for staying productive at the office throughout the day (and even throughout the week).

The President’s elder daughter is an excellent role model for women of all ages. As a successful businesswoman, entrepreneur and a mom to three young kids, Ivanka inspires many young professionals–especially women–all over the globe.

I read her first book The Trump Card a couple years ago, and was so excited when she debuted this one a number of months back. To this day I still keep a lot of what Ivanka has to say in mind, both on and off the job.

Write it down: Before I start anything work-related, I make sure to write it down. This is how I start any and every assignment or project because it really helps me to organize my thoughts. Plus, it’s great to have a physical record of everything tucked away safely in a notebook.

I also keep track of everything with the help of a weekly/monthly planner! Writing down my daily goals and plans really helps me stay on-track.

Organize your space: My ability to concentrate is severely diminished by a messy workspace. Whether I’m at home or at the office, I always keep everything in its spot.

Several times a day, I will take a few minutes to tidy up my space. This technique is definitely more effective than letting the space get super-messy and having to spend a half hour at a time getting all my things organized again.

Stay hydrated: Drinking plenty of water isn’t so much a rule for the office as it is a rule for life in general! I feel unstoppable when I am hydrated, and that is essential because I go from task to task often throughout the day. To stay alert and keep from crashing during the afternoon, I always carry a reusable water bottle with me, which brings me to my next piece of advice…

Ditch coffee: I’ve never been a coffee drinker. Instead, I go for green tea or other healthier forms of caffeine and energy. This helps me avoid distracting jitters while working, as well as crashing before the job is done.

Dress comfortably: Looking polished doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice comfort! There are so many timeless, gorgeous and–most of all–comfortable pieces on the market today. Recent trends and changes in style have also made it acceptable to wear comfier, more casual pieces as part of your everyday wardrobe. (Meaning certain sneakers look fashionable, as do baggy sweaters and slacks.)

At work, I tend to go for simple, relaxed pieces. Then, I add a few statement-making accessories or fun makeup to dress things up. I find that I am my most productive when my outfits are tidy and I am not distracted by how uncomfortable I feel. My go-to combos are high-rise cigarette jeans and a fitted t-shirt, or ankle-length slacks and a chunky knit sweater.

Take time away from screens: Even if tech helps you get the job done, don’t be afraid to step away from your phone, tablet and/or laptop/desktop during the day! As a PR professional, these digital tools play a huge factor in the work I do, but I understand that to be my most productive, I need to take regular breaks from them.

A few times per day, I’ll turn my computer to “sleep” mode, put my phone in a drawer, and do some work behind the camera or in a notebook. This always leaves me feeling refreshed and productive. I am definitely very lucky to have a dynamic career that allows me to be on my feet often, talking with clients and co-workers, and observing the daily operations of the company.

Collect inspo: This is especially important for those of you who, like me, work in a creative field. At work and at home, I love to keep tons of magazines and books for reference–I’ll even pull out the pages that really catch my eye and hang them on my bulletin board.

Collecting inspiration this way is great because it’s affordable and easy to change as needed. Plus, you have direct access to it throughout the day (and it is another productive activity that doesn’t involve screens)!

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A busy schedule is something that takes some getting used to. Throughout college, as well as now, in my professional life, I was able to adapt to an on-the-go lifestyle with the help of a few necessities.

Finding the right products and the ones that worked perfectly for me and my life was a process that definitely took some trial and error.

To make it easier on other women, I decided to share my must-haves for a busy life here on Haute Mess! I truly believe that the secret to a happy life is a busy life.

Erin Condren LifePlanner: Staying organized is *so* important–and so much more so when you are always on the go! My LifePlanner helps me keep track of literally everything.

I looove that it has an overview of each month, as well as weekly spreads with room for more details. This setup is essential for me; I won’t ever buy a planner that is not in this format. LifePlanner also comes equipped with tons of useful stickers that help me on top of everything.

The best part? These guys are completely customizable. You will feel like you’re treating yourself when you order your personalized LifePlanner (but you won’t feel guilty because it’s something important that you will use day after day)!

Unlike planners from office supply stores or chains like Target, Erin Condren’s are top-quality, so they will actually last the entire year without getting worn and torn. The thick paper, durable covers and strong spirals are ah-mazing. Prices vary, Erin Condren

Pop & Suki Leather Notebook: When I say that I would be nowhere without my Leather Notebook, I mean it. I cannot do anything work-related without it. From brainstorm and creating lists to writing first drafts, I put it all in my P&S Leather Notebook.

I am really old-fashioned in that I just *have* to have everything written down. It helps me think more clearly and stay more organized in general. Plus, being able to physically cross something off my list is so satisfying and makes the task so much more rewarding. $40, Pop & Suki

Jao Refresher: Fellow Glossier Rep Amy Serrano introduced me to this product a couple months ago, and now I am a changed woman!

I used to be completely against hand sanitizers; not only are they extremely drying on the skin, they kill *all* germs–even the good ones.

But, when I began taking the train to and from work every day (while spending 8 hours in Manhattan in between), I quickly realized that I’d need to swallow my pride and pick one up.

Jao is a lot chicer than Purell, so I don’t mind keeping a larger one at my desk and a smaller one in my bag. Prices vary, Jao

Glossier Balm Dotcom: If you don’t have a bedside Balm, a vanity Balm, a car Balm and a purse Balm, what are you even doing? I’ve talked about this cult-favorite universal skin salve ad nauseam on here, so I am doing my best not to go to in-depth on here.

But, Balm Dotcom is hands-down the best lip balm I have ever used–and I’ve tried pretty much anything. Now, I don’t want to try anything else!

A little goes such a long way with this product, so one tube lasts forever. Plus, it is extremely long-wearing (even through intense workouts), which is a must for me and for anyone else who is super busy on the reg.

It comes in five yummy flavors, plus Original, which is unflavored. The Cherry and Rose flavors have a red and pink tint, respectively, while the Birthday flavor is un-tinted with a subtle holographic shimmer. I love them all. Currently in my bag? Coconut and Mint. $12, Glossier

Micellar wipes: Whether you are taking your makeup off, or you just need to refresh your face on-the-go, micellar wipes are a must!

I use Bioderma’s because that’s a brand I know I can trust. Sensible H2O Wipes are extremely saturated (so just one works wonders); they are spa-quality at an affordable price. $9.90, Beautylish

Facial spray: Soothe tired, irritated and dry skin easily and quickly with a facial spray! There are so many great options on the market.

You guys already know how much I love Mario Badescu’s Facial Spray with Aloe, Cucumber & Green Tea, as well as Lush’s Tea Tree Water toner. Because they both are available in multiple sizes, there is definitely one that will fit in your purse. Currently, I am keeping the smaller Tea Tree Water in mine because I know it has the power to fight all that NYC pollution and bacteria. $11-$23, Lush

Teeth whitening pen: This product is a godsend, so thank-you, Tarte! Not only is it vegan, it’s bleach-free, so it is gentle on teeth and actually protects the enamel.

Pearly Girl perfect for keeping in your bag post-lunch or post-gym (or post-wine). Don’t be that person brushing your teeth in a public bathroom. $22, Sephora

Glossier You Solid Perfume: We’re not in middle school anymore, so I forbid you all from keeping actual perfume bottles in your bag. Time to invest in a solid perfume like an adult.

Because I’m a Glossier Rep, I am way partial to You Solid; it smells exactly like the original You (only a bit stronger because it’s more concentrated), but it is much more travel-friendly. I love how the waxy formula melts into skin, leaving the clean, warm and sparkling scent behind all day long! $22, Glossier

Portable charger: Don’t get caught waiting for the train, the bus or an Uber without your phone! People hate on smartphones, but in my opinion they are necessary for safety and for life in general in 2018–especially if you rely on public transportation like I do.

I am all for leaving your phone in the hotel when you are on vacay or in your bag when you are out with friends, but during the work day, there is no question that it is an essential. So, invest in a portable charger if you are out of the house all day, every day!

This one from Free People easily slips into my smallest bags. (It’s also gorgeous.) $24, Free People

Sensible shoes: Don’t get me wrong–I love getting dressed up and wearing heels to work as much as the next 20-something. But oftentimes, I trade my heels for a sleek pair of sneakers or my Gucci loafers.

I’ve never been a ballet flats type of gal; I don’t like how they look at all, plus they’re not supportive and they do very little to shield your feet from the elements. That’s why I picked up a timeless pair of black Horsebit loafers from Gucci.

The style I chose can be worn as standard loafers, but the backs can also be folded down so that they become slippers. I love how versatile they are, and I know I will gave them forever.

Umbrella, sunglasses and other practical accessories: For me, accessorizing has always been about practicality, not fashion. But that doesn’t mean you can’t look good while being practical.

To avoid a major wardrobe malfunction (like being soaked to the core during an unsuspected rain shower on the way to work), I always keep an umbrella in my tote–particularly, my Little Brown Umbrella from Bloomingdale’s.

Other notable items? Sunglasses, of course, as well as a water bottle by S’well.

Moon Juice Power Dust: I picked this up during a recent sale at Free People on somewhat of a whim.

Moon Juice Beauty Dust and Sex Dust have been all over social media lately, so I’ve definitely been wanting to give the brand a try. Because I’ve never been a coffee drinker, I decided to go with Power Dust.

Basically, you empty a pouch (or two!) into water, tea or even pancake batter to reap the benefits. Power Dust has an interesting (but not unpleasant) taste. $35, Moon Juice

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Turmeric is one of the most underrated ingredients out there! It has a ton of health benefits and it adds a comforting flavor to all your favorite recipes; it works perfectly on meat and fish as well as veggies.

This herb is also recognized for its ability to nourish the skin and hair. Sites like Pinterest are full of DIY turmeric masks for nourished, glowing skin and strong, glossy hair. I rounded up my go-to recipes and masks because I want all my readers to love turmeric as much as I do! You will quickly realize it is *such* an easy ingredient to add to your lifestyle.

Turmeric latte recipe

Turmeric lattes are an easy and healthy treat to make at home. Naturally sweetened and warm, a turmeric latte is a comforting way to consume vital nutrients and nourish your body from the inside, out.

Indulge guilt-free while enjoying the benefits of turmeric, as well as ginger, which acts as an anti-inflammatory and treats nausea, and black pepper, which heightens turmeric’s healing property.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup unsweetened almond or coconut milk (or 1/2 cup almond milk + 1/2 cup coconut milk)
  • 2 tablespoons ground turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 2 teaspoons coconut oil
  • 1 pinch black pepper
  • Raw honey to taste

Step 1: Warm milk in a saucepan; do not boil.

Step 2: Add turmeric, cinnamon and ginger. Stir continuously.

Step 3: Once mixed evenly, combine coconut oil and black pepper with the mixture. Continue to stir and heat until melted.

Step 4: With a wire whisk, create the frothy consistency of a latte. Stir until heated through.

Step 5: Pour in a mug, then add honey to taste. Top with ground cinnamon or garnish with a cinnamon stick.

Turmeric veggie bowl recipe

When I was away at college and had little time, money and energy to cook for myself, I always turned to various quinoa-veggie bowls with turmeric. Protein-packed quinoa and chickpeas, and fibrous veggies like broccoli and cauliflower are super filling, while turmeric provides essential nutrients and simple spices like garlic and chili powder bring some life to the dish.

This recipe requires little cleanup and it’s easy to make in bulk–perfect for anyone with a busy lifestyle and low budget who likes to stay healthy.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 cup raw broccoli florets, rinsed
  • 1/2 cup qunioa
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons ground turmeric
  • Pink Himalayan salt to taste
  • Garlic powder to taste
  • Chili powder to taste

Step 1: In a small pot, heat 1 cup water and bring to a boil. Once boiling, add quinoa and reduce to a simmer. Cook until almost all the water boils out.

Step 2: While qunioa cooks, add chickpeas, broccoli florets and olive oil to a large mixing bowl. Mix until the olive oil is evenly distributed.

Step 3: Coat mixture in the ground turmeric, then pour onto a baking sheet and distribute evenly. Cook at 425 farenheit for 5-10 minutes.

Step 4: Pour the quinoa into a bowl. Mix in salt, garlic powder and chili powder to taste (you can also add a little low-sodium soy sauce). Top with cooked chickpeas and broccoli.

To make this dish more filling, you can add black beans, shelled edamame, roasted kale or any other roasted veggies you’d like! When I make it in bulk, I store the cooked ingredients in separate containers, then mix some of each together when I’m ready to eat.

DIY turmeric face mask

Because of its anti-inflammatory properties, Turmeric is ideal for treating acne, dry skin, psoriasis and eczema. It also exfoliates the skin to improve texture and reduce pigmentation, evening skin’s tone. Turmeric is high in natural antioxidants that slow down cell damage and may even reduce the appearance of wrinkles.

You’ll need…

  • 2 tablespoons ground oats
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 3 tablespoons plain Greek yogurt
  • 3-4 drops raw honey

Mix ingredients together throughly, then apply a thin and even layer to the face. Let dry for 20 minutes, then rinse with warm water. Scrub gently to exfoliate. Pat the skin dry, then finish with your moisturizer of choice.

Or, try this turmeric face mask from Yllo, or this one from Kiehl’s.

DIY turmeric hair mask

  • Equal parts turmeric and honey OR equal parts turmeric and olive oil

Mix ingredients together thoroughly until a thick paste is formed. Apply an even layer all over your scalp and roots. Massage the scalp, then let the mixture soak for 1-2 hours. Rinse with lukewarm water, then wash and condition your hair as usual.


What are your favorite ways to use turmeric? Definitely let me know in the comments below, or hit me up on any of my social media! 🙂

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