5 Classic Winter Essentials I Wear Every Year

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Winter is officially here and I’m taking full advantage of the colder temps to wear my favorite essentials. These pieces are the staples that I come back to year after year to keep me warm, stylish and comfortable. Each of these items can be easily mixed and matched together for a variety of looks and allow me to feel put together without sacrificing warmth.

I’ve embedded everything down below along with some shoppable widgets but like always, I encourage you to shop your closet before making a purchase and evaluate a piece in it’s entirety before you add it to your closet. Also, never hesitate to check your local second hand and vintage shops as well as eBay, ETSY, Poshmark and the like for one of a kind vintage finds and gently pre-owned pieces at a fraction of their traditional retail price.

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OOTW No 4 + 5 | VIDEO

Today I’m sharing some more of my recent outfits featuring the items in my fall capsule. This will be my last video like this for 2018, but I’ll be back with my winter capsule and more OOTWs in the new year.

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My Favorite Holiday Movies

I can’t believe that Christmas is only a few days away!!! Even though I’ve been listening to holiday music and watching Christmas movies for weeks now, it’s officially holiday crunch time so I wanted to share some of my favorite films for getting in the spirit. So, grab a cup of hot chocolate and a cozy blanket and let the movie marathon begin.

HOME ALONE

It doesn’t get more classic than Kevin McAllister.

RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER

One of my absolute favorites! My family would watch these little pieces of artwork every Christmas and if you haven’t seen it, you must. Still to this day, I can’t think about dentists without thinking about the little elf that wanted to go into dentistry - “I want to be a dentist!”

THE YEAR WITHOUT A SANTA CLAUS

This is another movie I associate with my earliest memories of Christmas movies. We would watch this every year without fail and it’s still one of my all-time favorites.

THE HOLIDAY

I want to live in a Nancy Meyers film and The Holiday is one of the most beautifully decorated and styled holiday movies around.

NATIONAL LAMPOON’S CHRISTMAS VACATION

Who doesn’t love the Griswolds??

ELF

Everyone’s favorite elf and one of my personal favorite films. I love everything about this movie from the whimsical animations to the jazzy music and of course the fantastically P.G. humor. It’s the perfect feel good holiday movie and it’s not officially Christmas until I hear Will Ferrell scream “SANNNNTTTAAAAAA.”

THE FAMILY STONE

Beautiful house, great set design and an all-star cast including Diane Keaton, Sarah Jessica and Rachel McAdams make this a must-see for me.

SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TO TOWN

Another classic animated Christmas movie.

HOME ALONE 2

Merry Christmas, ya filthy animal.

WHEN HARRY MET SALLY

This isn’t a holiday movie per se, but it has enough warmth and holiday cheer to keep me coming back all year long, but especially during the holidays.

SLEEPLESS IN SEATTLE

Much like When Harry Met Sally, Sleepless in Seattle isn’t a holiday movie in the strictest sense but it starts with Christmas and carries that holiday warmth through the entire movie.

LOVE ACTUALLY

This movie causes so many different holiday emotions and if you haven’t seen it, you must!

THE SANTA CLAUSE

This movie came out when I was about 7 and I’m instantly transported back to childhood the moment I turn this movie on.

HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS

A classic updated with a stellar cast.

A CHRISTMAS STORY

Another classic Christmas movie full of 1940’s nostalgia.

WHILE YOU WERE SLEEPING

I love everything about this movie and it’s 1990’s glory.

WHITE CHRISTMAS

No Christmas is complete without seeing Bing sing about a white Christmas.

MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET

While both the original and the remake are wonderful, I prefer the updated version for it’s vibrant Christmas colors and feel good story. Plus, is there anyone better to play Santa than Richard Attenborough?

IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE

THE Christmas movie and a must if you’ve never seen it. Few actors hold a candle to Jimmy Stewart’s charisma.

THE MUPPET CHRISTMAS CAROL

Another Christmas movie that instantly transports me back to childhood. Plus, Michael Caine is perfect as Scrooge.

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Is Using A Blow Dryer The Healthiest Thing For Your Hair? Rediscovering The Beauty Industry’s Most Efficient Tool

Today’s post is dedicated to the hair dryer. I’ve recently rediscovered this timeless tool and would like to take a moment to appreciate it in all it’s glory. Before we hop into it though, let’s go over a little back story and the long road I’ve taken to get here.

My earliest memory of a blow dryer dates back to the age of about 13 or 14. Though the details are foggy now, what isn’t foggy is the feeling of sitting under a drugstore blow dryer with a small motor while my arms ached and my hair only half dried. My long, thick, low porosity hair took ages to dry with the aid of a typical drugstore dryer, and was far more hassle than it was worth. After about 45 minutes of punishing work, I was left with a head of frizz that still wasn’t dry. As you can imagine, this experience and many of the blow drying experiences that followed, led to a general distrust of this tool and started me down a path of experimentation that welcomed the arrival of new tools and routines. Things like a straightening iron, for example.

Fast forward to young adulthood (and tons of experimenting) and I figured out a routine that was manageable for me and my lifestyle. Essentially, I would wash my hair at night, let it air dry about 80-90% and then rough dry it the rest of the way. Then, in the morning I would straighten or curl my hair using either a flat iron or curling iron - ceramic and ionic to reduce damage. Unfortunately, this routine controlled much of my schedule (I had to allocate at least 6 hours of air dry time in the evening) and often left me working my life around when I would wash my hair which is a) no fun and b) incredibly stressful when you already have a million things to worry about and juggle. Plus, the constant heat wasn’t the best for my hair.

Also, while this worked for me well enough, and gave me results that I could live with, it didn’t hold up in the heat and humidity of the South East which became increasingly obvious the first month I relocated from NYC to Charleston. After about a year of living in swamp like conditions, I had had enough and started on a hair rediscovery journey of sorts. Beginning with going completely heat free earlier this year I’ve tried a multitude of things in pursuit of achieving hair that’s manageable, shiny and most importantly, healthy.

I’ve tried no heat, air drying then following with a straightening or curling iron, foam rollers, braiding and most recently, a keratin treatment that has transformed my hair in ways I can’t describe. For me, my hair texture, lifestyle and climate (helloooooo southern humidity) the keratin treatment has been a game changer and it’s allowed me to have the most low maintenance hair of my life. Gone are the days of air drying for hours (10+ usually) and fighting frizz around every corner only to be disappointed once again. Instead, I have hair that’s shiny even without heat and has become so easy to manage that I can once again make changes and strides toward healthy hair. The very fact that I don’t need (I use this loosely because it’s strictly for vanity reasons that I use heat at all) to use heat for a style I like has helped my hair become stronger, healthier and shinier.

As a result, I’ve recently made another switch in my routine - not using a flat iron or curling iron and instead only either air drying, or if it’s cold outside or I have somewhere I need to be, using a blow dryer (thanks to the keratin I can now get the job done in well under 20 minutes - more like 15 most days). Since adopting this new routine I am completely confident in sharing that I’ve fallen head over heels with my blow dryer and can’t believe I’ve been overlooking it for so long now.

A hair dryer (when used properly - medium heat, high speed), may actually be one of the best and dare I say safest ways to style your hair

Now, before we go on I want to clarify that I have a pretty heavy duty blow dryer, and it wasn’t cheap. While living in the city and needing a way to dry my hair quickly for work, I discovered the beauty of a powerful hair dryer. I was a beauty and lifestyle publicist and didn’t want to have soaking wet hair for events etc but also couldn’t dedicate hours to air drying then blow drying and smoothing after getting home late from work, so I spoke to a few stylists and at the time they all recommended an Italian built TwinTurbo. I picked mine up at Ricky’s and was instantly amazed at the power and speed compared to my Conair dryer that at the time, had about 1/4 of the wattage. Anyway, back to the purpose of this post.

After getting the keratin treatment and doing hours of research on how best to care for and extend the length of my treatment, I began noticing a common theme - almost nobody used a flat iron or curling iron (some can actually burn the keratin off your hair) and instead, would only air dry or blow dry. From there, countless internet searches, YouTube tutorials and personal experience have all lead me to a new hair theory that I’m testing out - that a hair dryer (when used properly - medium heat, high speed), may actually be one of the best and dare I say safest ways to style your hair. Is it possible that a hair dryer may actually keep our hair healthier than the air dry or rough dry/ flat iron routines that we’ve all grown so accustomed to? Also, is an efficient hair dryer the answer to our dreams for long, healthy, manageable hair? Here’s what I think.

Essentially, we all know that wet hair is fragile and the longer we leave our hair sopping wet, the more susceptible it is to damage like breakage and split ends. By that logic, wouldn’t it serve our hair better to get it dry faster? Also, even with ionic, ceramic plates and clamps can sandwiching our hair between two scolding hot plates be good for our hair? Lastly, is our fear and general distaste for the blow dryer and the tedious work of doing it ourselves actually causing us to use too much dry shampoo, which can clog the hair follicle and may actually be causing our hair to fall out?? We’ll explore that last point in another post because I’m testing it out but in the meantime, I think there may be some truth to these theories and I’m determined to find out.

So, for the last 2 weeks I haven’t used a flat iron or curling iron and have only been blow drying my hair. I can say right now that I’m LOVING the results and already feel like my hair looks and feels healthier. Also, I couldn’t be happier with my new found freedom and the fact that I no longer need to wait around for my hair to dry or worse, work my schedule around my hair. Instead, I can exercise when I want and even style my hair on the days I film (which I never could do before) because I’m able to wash (10 minutes) gently towel dry (1 minute), rough dry (4 minutes) and then smooth my hair with a blow dryer (25 minutes if I’m super meticulous) in under 30 minutes, compared to my previous method of wash (10 minutes), air dry (6+ hours), rough dry (10-15 minutes) and flat ironing (15 minutes). In a nutshell, that’s a 35-40 minute routine (max) compared to my previous 7 hour routine!! It’s all incredibly superficial and also incredibly exciting and I’ll definitely keep you posted but in the meantime I’d love to know if you use a hair dryer. Do you love it? Are you, like me, kind of over using a flat iron? Let me know in the comments below and thanks so much for stopping by. xxAudrey

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Gift Guide | VIDEO

Today’s I’m sharing some of my top gift recommendations, perfect for anyone on your list. I’ve linked everything in the description box of the video below. Thanks so much for watching and happy holidays! xx

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Christmas In Charleston

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A few weeks ago, I took advantage of our gorgeous weather and while on a long walk with Jason and Maddie, snapped some pics of Charleston. She’s absolutely gorgeous this time of year and has some of the best holiday decorations around. From simple wreaths to elaborate door decorations and everything in between, this lovely city certainly knows how to celebrate and that spirit is particularly vibrant and alive during the holidays. Below, I’ve posted some of my favorite snaps that I hope you enjoy.

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