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Top 9 Products To Borrow From The Boys

I’d spend my last dollar in the name of pretty packaging, because, well, I love how it looks on my Instagram feed. Just kidding! (kind of)… Long story long,  I’m a beauty and skincare product junkie. As you can imagine, this has posed to be un petit problem when Scott and I downsized from our multiple-bathroom, SoCal abode to our one-bathroom, teeny-TINY, Manhattan apartment this summer.

As someone newly obsessed with the challenge of how to decorate small spaces, while chicly maximizing storage, I’ve been been on a mission to free up our high traffic, 3-cabinet  (yes, that’s ITTTT) bathroom real estate. First step? Streamlining our items  down to the essentials. While I have managed to get creative in saving space, I’ve also gotten fully addicted to some of Scott’s products in the meantime.

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THE UNISEX BATHROOM CABINET
The “Penthouse” space (aka the cabinet closest to the shower)  is saved for Scott’s stuff, as well as toiletries and skincare that we BOTH use. One brand that we literally fight over, is one of his long-time favorites that I’ve since–ahem– stolen: Anthony Skincare. Their tagline, “Designed for men, borrowed by women” could not be more appropriate. We had the unique pleasure of meeting founder Anthony Sosnick last season during NY Fashion Week, and got some valuable insight into his newest launches, and the philosophy behind the brand. Here’s a round-up of my top 9 products to borrow from the boys, which also include some of my guy-approved, unisex must-haves.

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TOP 9 PRODUCTS TO BORROW FROM THE BOYS:

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1. Anthony Glycolic Exfoliating & Resurfacing Wipes $18 (for 30 wipes)
I love anything that is quick, easy and can multi-task! These uniquely textured wipes resurface and smooth skin in one step. Swipes away dirt and grime, gently exfoliates to remove dead skin cells, minimizes pores, evens skin tone and leaves skin feeling hydrated and smooth.

2. Anthony Wake Up Call  ($38)
With aqua cacteen, green tea, caffeine and menthol, this gel-cream lightweight moisturizer will hydrate the skin while reducing puffiness and inflammation.

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3.  Anthony Blue Sea Kelp Body Scrub ($28)
Exfoliates and is perfectly unisex in scent, it just smells deliciously FRESH.

4. Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser For All Skin Types ($18 for a 2-pack)
A dermatologist favorite, and safe on almost everyone’s skin – this is your white t-shirt of skincare.

5. Gillette Venus & Olay Razor ($7)
With their aloe-vera halo, these babies give the closest, softest, irritation-free shave and can be used for face (Scott) or body (Me). We’ve tried every brand out there, and these are by FAR the best.

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6. L’OREAL Paris Skin Care Pure Clay Mask Detox & Brighten ($10)
Scott hates anything wet on his face, but this he doesn’t mind. Why? 1. He only has to wear it for 10-15 minutes, and thinks it’s more manly because it’s black and has charcoal in it.  Whatever works–I just like to have a partner in crime wearing a face mask with me while watching Netflix!

7. ORIGINS High Potency Night-A-Mins Mineral-Enriched Renewal Cream ($43)
Smells like heaven, and you wake up looking like you’re lit professionally from within.

8. Sebamed LIP DEFENSE Stick SPF 30  ($9)
Lip SPF is wildly underrated and is a MUST! I keep another one of these in our camera bag for when we’re out and about.

9. Shaveworks Pearl Polish Dual-Action Body Oil ($28)
When mixed with water, this rich oil gently foams into a luxe, milky texture, without any greasy residue, leaving the skin touchable, soft and scented with notes of ginger, lavender and vanilla.

If you liked this post, stay tuned for gift guide ideas FOR HIM, for those of you  currently shopping for Valentine’s Day! In the meantime, meet me on Instagram  @HauteHouseFlower for daily doses of my beauty faves.

All photos by Scott White (@BloggerPhotographer)

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THACKER Warhol Coat Giveaway Winner

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With the holidays upon us, I wanted to do a giveaway to thank YOU for all of your ongoing support of Haute House Flower this year.  If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve seen me recently wearing several pieces from the newly launched contemporary fashion brand, THACKER. Designed by uber talented fashion industry vet Toni Hacker, this collection could not be more perfect for a career girl-on-the-go, who likes to stand out from the crowd. Designed with you in mind, the line features everything you need to be chic 24-7, and head-to-toe…at a price point that won’t break the bank. I could not be more excited to have partnered up with THACKER to do a giveaway for ONE LUCKY READER of one of my favorite standout pieces in their entire collection – the”Warhol” faux fur coat.

 So, without further ado, the winner of this week’s THACKER giveaway is…@SarahCDrake! Congratulations!!! To receive your coat, please email me: (Jordan [at] hautehouseflower [dot] com) no later than Friday, January 6th. Please be sure to include your shipping address, coat size (I’m wearing a size small in this photo, just fyi) in your email to me.

For those of you that didn’t win, never fear, the coat is on insane sale here.  Thank you again to everyone who entered, and be sure to follow me on Instagram for my ongoing beauty product and fashion recommendations, as well as exclusive discounts and giveaways from Haute House Flower in 2017. I would love to hear more of what kinds of giveaways (fashion, beauty, tech?) you’d be interested in, below in the comments section. Wishing you all a wonderful holiday weekend!

XO Jordan

*THE APPAREL*

Jacket: THACKER 

Clutch: THACKER 

*THE PHOTOGRAPHER*

All photos by Scott White (@BloggerPhotographer)

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Give a Girl A Minute: Get Ready Faster With Dove

I’ve spent my entire adult life trying to streamline my getting-ready beauty regime, and have edited it down to these highly effective, yet easy steps that I wanted to share with you; along with something new from Dove that will help you get ready faster, and rock your WORLD.

Adjusting to my new life in NYC, paired with working full-time in PR/social media by day, and blogging by night, I rarely take a moment to myself.  Something about a luxurious 15-minute bubble bath just helps me reset and mentally prepare for my next activity. Just give a girl a minute…am I right?!

Once I’m dried off it’s go-time.  To be clear, I’ve been “that girl” that takes forever (and yes, sometimes I still am) but between sharing a bathroom with my boyfriend (a first…thank you sky-high NYC real estate market!) and being so on-the-go, I’ve simply had to edit my getting ready beauty regime. As long as my outfit is picked out in advance and my hair is dry, I can be out the door and photo-shoot/meeting/event/NYC exploring ready in 30 minutes.

Here’s the quick and not-so-dirty:

Step 1:  Apply Dove Dry Spray Antiperspirant

My new obsession. While I did receive these products courtesy of Dove, I truly have become a devotee of their Dry Spray Antiperspirant, and have since ditched my old favorites.  Application is so quick and easy — you can just “Shake, Spray and Go”, with the assurance of 48-hour odor and wetness protection (48 hours, um… AMAZING!)

I was initially intrigued because they reminded me of the spray-on antiperspirants that I tried in France when I was a teenager, and always seemed so much more glamorous than stick deodorants. However, unlike those frou-frou French scents, these from Dove actually WORK. They go on instantly dry, and provide 48 hours of odor and wetness protection with all the care of Dove.

My favorite scent is the dark pink capped (of course) “Revive”. Think notes that are fruity, citrus and floral-a juicy, vivacious, cheerful, scent.  Yes, this is still a deodorant I’m describing – however I will tell you that other girls I’ve talked to sometimes just wear this instead of perfume…

It’s that GOOD.

If you’re more of a no-fuss gal, the light, clean fragrance of the “Original Clean” scent (navy blue cap) is equally as fabulous, and they have tons more fragrances (i.e. Chamomile, Cucumber, etc) as well. Try them out for yourself and report back to me on your faves!

Step 2: Moisturize face with SPF-based moisturizer and subsequent body lotion du jour.

Step 3: Five Minute Face (Quick, Everyday Makeup Application –specifics on this coming soon!)

Step 4: Outfit & Accessories

Step 5: Hair (In a rush, it’s always some form of ponytail)

Step 6: Bag, Keys, Perfume. Cell(s), Camera, Chargers, Kiss Puppies

Step 7: Out the door and off to explore. Bonjour NYC! 😉

What is your go-to beauty regime? Tell me in comments section below! Be sure to also follow along on my Instagram (@HauteHouseFlower) for daily doses of my beauty and fashion faves.

All photos by Scott White (@BloggerPhotographer)

Thanks to Dove and Simply Stylist for sponsoring this post.

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Tuft & Needle Mattress

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As I’ve mentioned in my previous posts about my relocation from CA to NYC, one of the largest adjustments has been scaling down my belongings to fit to NYC sized-standards. When we finally selected our NYC apartment building (more on that process in the future posts!), we ended up choosing the slightly smaller apartment with the killer views, over the slightly larger apartment (and by larger I mean like 40 square feet larger, but truly, every little square foot counts in NYC!) with the somewhat less desirable views. Those 40 square feet however, meant the difference between our beloved California King bed, and downsizing to a smaller Queen-sized bed. Anticipating how this smaller bed would work out  [*Disclaimer: we let our dogs sleep in the bed with us and I refuse to give it up. I know, I know, the end of all romance 😉 ]  I made it my mission to find the most comfortable, ergonomically supportive mattress on the market to make the shift as seamless as possible.

When Tuft & Needle heard about my search, and contacted me to  provide us with a queen mattress for our new NYC apartment, I was admittedly thrilled,  but still a bit wary.  After watching a video on their site, I learned that the mattress would come delivered in a small box, and would expand in shape once unwrapped. I was intrigued; every mattress I’ve ever had required 2-3 people to maneuver, and was always a nightmare to get through doorways. It kind of sounded too good to be true, but once the mattress arrived, any worry I had, immediately went out the window.

These are the points of differentiation that were most important to me throughout this process, and hopefully will be helpful to you next time you are mattress searching:

1) Innovation. Tuft & Needle has created their own foam called T&N Adaptive™ Foam, which is neither a memory foam, nor latex. It combines pressure relief, support, and breathability, which no other kind of foam offers. The single firmness foam supports the natural posture of your spine, relieving back, shoulder, and neck problems, and naturally breathes so you don’t sleep hot (Scott loved that aspect especially!).

2) Quality. Beyond the exceptional quality of the mattress, the beauty of Tuft and Needle is that they truly care about their customers and have made it so easy to select a mattress, and can ship one to you in as little as 2-5 business days. Talk about streamlining the process!

3) Price. Their mattresses begin at $300 for a Twin Mattress, and go up to $750 for a King Mattress, so while they are an investment, they are not going to cost you thousands of dollars.

4) Warranty and Return Policy. The best part! They offer you a 100-Night Trial guarantee, so you can try it out for yourself, paired with an iron-clad 10 year warranty. (You should always get a new mattress after 10 years anyways, so you’re completely covered.)

5) Versatility. I also love that Tuft & Needle mattresses fits on multiple types of bed frames. We were still deciding on our whole bedroom aesthetic when we ordered our mattress, so knowing that it would work regardless whether we purchased a bed with an adjustable frame, slatted frame, or box spring (it could even work on the floor), was great peace of mind…just one less thing we had to worry about. We ended up ordering a box spring off of Amazon to pair with our Tuft & Needle mattress because we liked a more  raised look to our bed, but it was solely for our own personal aesthetic reasons.

6) Comfort. Boyfriend-tested, girlfriend approved! Although Tuft & Needle provided us with this mattress, I want to share my honest review; we have never slept so soundly, or had a more comfortable night’s sleep…EVER. I am like the princess in the pea; I’ve had luxury pillow-top mattresses that have cost thousands of dollars, I’ve tried memory foam, etc,  and this little wonder beats them all! Oh, and in case you were wondering…everyone fits, and our dogs, Lola and Marcel love it too. 😉

Have you tried a Tuft & Needle mattress or are you thinking about a mattress revamp? Would love to hear your thoughts in the comment section below! Be sure to also follow along on my Instagram (@HauteHouseFlower) for more details on the rest of our bed, and to stay up-to-date as we decorate our dream NYC apartment!

All photos by Scott White (@BloggerPhotographer)

Mattress provided courtesy of Tuft & Needle (@tuftandneedle), but all reviews and opinions are my own.

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Gallery Wall Goals

With my boyfriend Scott as my @bloggerphotographer, and one very important half of our Haute House Flower two-person team, our love of photographs and capturing memories is mutual. While I may not have known exactly how I wanted to decorate our home when we relocated from California to NYC, but I knew a gallery wall of framed photos would definitely play a role in our decor.

So when online custom photo framing company, Framebridge wanted to partner up to help decorate the walls of our new NYC apartment, I could not have been more excited! The concept of professionally framed photography is something I have always loved, but I will admit, the measurements, the matting, etc can get a little bit intimidating.

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One of my favorite features Framebridge is the fact that they make it incredibly easy to submit your art in just a few simple steps.

Honestly, the hardest part for me was narrowing down which of our quadrillion pictures to post! I personally really wanted to have a theme to our photos, not just have it be random photos that we loved. When imagining what I wanted to look at every day, I really wanted a constant framed inspiration, and a reason as to why we were here in NYC.  It’s cheesy, and I’m sure you’ve seen it all over social media, but it’s something that actually resonates with me, and can apply to any goal you’re going after…”remember why you started.” Revisiting your original goal or mission is a fantastic tactic to help determine if it fits what you stand for, and where you want to go.  I can still remember so vividly being back in California, my heart aching for this city, so much so that we decided to move here…so posting photos of all of our trips out here as a couple that inspired us to move here was a no-brainer.

Here are photo-framing tips that I picked up throughout this process, that I hope can be helpful to you. Also, keep read on for a special framing offer just for YOU (yes, you!):

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1) Pick photos or art that you love and want to look at every day. A good test? Look away quickly and and look back at the image. What’s the first emotion you feel? If you don’t feel anything, move on to the next picture. Anything you put in your home should immediately spark a feeling  in you; whether it’s laughter, excitement, bliss, or even a bittersweet memory of something that no longer exists.

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2) Try and stick to a cohesive color scheme. Just as bloggers do to their Instagram feeds, or as a curator would to the walls of a museum look at how the colors fit together and complement each other. Feeling stuck or commitment phobic of a color? Go the route I went – I chose to edit our photos in black and white to keep our color scheme even more uniform, and to ensure that I would never get sick of them.

Also, thinking about the color scheme of the existing furniture and decor that will surround the art, will help you narrow down the concept of the art you’re choosing to frame. Since our bedroom is so white (and so are our dogs!), the black and white photos also plays into the charcoal tones of our bed

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3) Plan around your wall space. Especially if you have a tiny Manhattan apartment like me, your wall space is very limited, so measuring and rough sketching out where the art will go in advance is important. We must have toyed around with art placement on every different wall in our home before deciding on the bedroom! .

Love it, hate it? I’m totally dying to hear what you think, so be sure to let me know what you think in the comments section below!

ALSO, Framebridge and I have partnered up to offer you 15% off of your first Framebridge purchase! All you have to do is click HERE and you can enter HAUTEHOUSE15 at checkout. Be sure to follow along on Instagram to see more sneak peaks of our NYC apartment!

All photos by Scott White (@BloggerPhotographer)

Frames and framing services provided courtesy of Framebridge (@framebridge).

*THE APPAREL*

Overalls: Kendall & Kylie , similar HERE

Shirt: Free People 

*THE JEWELRY*

Ring: David Yurman

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Beauty School Drop-In: Blowout

How I mastered the at-home blowout in one hour, by dropping in to beauty school at Coba Cosmetology Academy. 

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I was never the girl that was obsessed with styling her hair growing up. Blame it on the bowl cut, the daily braided buns required for 12+ years of ballet, or my mom and sister’s high maintenance curly hair; that made my naturally stick-straight locks seem like I had styling “under control.”  For me, it was always clothes and makeup first, and hair came as a distant afterthought. However, as the years have passed, and my hair has grown to lengths beyond my bowl cut’s wildest dreams, I’ve been trying to get a handle on styling my hair. Nothing gives me the results like a salon blowout, but that can get expensive, and I simply just don’t have the time to get a blowout every few days.

Knowledge is power, right? Having the the ability to recreate a professional-grade blowout at home (and not lose my patience) seemed  like it would solve my hair woes forever. I’m a firm believer in leaving it to the experts when I don’t know how to do something. So when Coba Cosmetology Academy invited me to check out their facilities in Orange, CA, I  couldn’t resist the opportunity to drop-in to beauty school, learn from the best, and have one of their students teach me how to break down, and finally nail the at-home blowout.

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Living in Orange County, I wasn’t familiar with Coba, but I am so impressed by the facilities and the staff. Coba’s cosmetology course teaches students the practical skills, theoretical knowledge and professional attitudes for success in the profession, while preparing them to pass the California State Board licensing exam, and help them find employment in the field, all within just ten months. Even better? They have a salon where you can get amazing discounted services performed by students (ahem – a shampoo and blow dry begins at $15)

If you’ve been following along, you may also remember that one of my New Year’s resolutions was to learn how to master the at-home blowout, so I’m excited to be making some headway on my list. Read on for my lessons learned from Coba Academy’s best and brightest.

Step 1:

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Wash hair with KMS Color Vitality Shampoo

Follow by washing with KMS Color Vitality Conditioner

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Apply KMS Silk Sheen Leave-In Conditioner, which can be used as a detangler. 

Spray KMS Free Shape Hot Flex Spray on to use as your heat protector

Apply KMS Add Volume Root and Body Lift to build and add body

Apply KMS Tame Frizz De-Frizz Oil

Add all product before pre drying, otherwise hair will get “crispy”

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Rough dry hair for 2-3 min to remove excess water

Divide your hair into five sections (2 sections on the sides, and 3 in the back) by creating a horseshoe shape from your temples to the back of your crown, and then parting it down the middle.

If this is your first time, you may want to clip up the sections, so you can more easily work on one quadrant at a time.

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Start by holding the first section of your hair taut, and use the round brush to lift your hair up and away from the scalp.

Position the dryer at an approximately 45 degree angle, and blow dry down the length of the hair, while slowly moving the brush through the hair as you go. When you get close to the end of the piece of hair, use the diffuser nozzle on the dryer to hold the hair up, while putting the round brush close to the scalp, to begin the same process over again. Continue this process until the piece of hair is completely dry. This for me, was the hardest part to get a grasp of, but once I mastered it, it made all the difference in my blowout.

Continue, drying under for volume; and over for smoothing… then under again, for more volume, until hair is completely dry.

Important to note: All of the tricks in the world do not matter, if you don’t have the right brush, which I immediately realized has been my main issue all along. If you have long hair (especially),  a successful blow out begins, and ends with your brush. This round brush is not only 100% gorgeous to look at, but it’s large enough that you’re not having to readjust your dryer every second, and makes each pass through, that much easier.

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Voilà! That’s literally, it. I’m kind of embarrassed that I didn’t teach myself this earlier, but better late than never. I need to run out and buy all of these products asap, and I do still need more practice, but how do you think I did for my first (official) time?

Was this tutorial helpful? Tell me your other burning beauty questions, and I’ll do my best to get them answered in an upcoming post! Make sure you’re also following me on Instagram, for exclusive giveaways, as well as my daily beauty and fashion obsessions du jour.

For additional information on Coba Cosmetology Academy, please visit: Coba.edu

*THE APPAREL*

Dress: Vintage, similar HERE

*THE BEAUTY*

Brush:  Olivia Garden Nanothermic 82 Brush (3 1/4″)

Shampoo:  KMS Color Vitality Shampoo

Conditioner: KMS Color Vitality Conditioner

Leave-In Conditioner/Detangler:  KMS Silk Sheen Leave-In Conditioner

Heat Protector: KMS Free Shape Hot Flex Spray

Volumizer:  KMS Add Volume  Root and Body Lift

De-Frizz Oil:  KMS Tame Frizz De-Frizz Oil

Hair Dryer:  BaByLiss Pro BABP2800 Porcelain Ceramic 2000-Watt Dryer 

*THE JEWELRY*

Ring: David Yurman

*THE PHOTOGRAPHER*

Scott White: Follow him on Instagram! @BloggerPhotographer

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Nightly Skincare Routine

Raise your hand if you hate taking off your makeup! Presenting, the nightly skincare routine that takes only five minutes, and costs under $60.

As a true makeup lover, I have no issue taking the time to reapply my makeup every few hours, some could even venture to say I’m a little bit addicted to it. There’s just something about it a fresh coat of Urban Decay Ultra Nourishing Lip Gloss,  and a sweep of NARS Bronzer in Laguna that makes me feel that much more pulled together. However, when it comes  to taking my makeup off at night, that’s a whole different story. You may remember last week’s post about my New Year’s resolutions; but my beauty resolutions the past 2 years have been to simply TAKE MY MAKEUP OFF AT NIGHT.

I think part of the forgetfulness (ok fine, and laziness) comes in wanting to not just waste a face of makeup just on work. I wear makeup for me, but I also wear it so I look presentable in public, and that includes for my boyfriend Scott. He is amazing in that he tells me I look beautiful without makeup all the time, but we live together, and I think it’s important to keep the romance alive and look pretty and polished for him as often as possible. Second reason; I famously don’t need a lot of sleep, I’ve been a six hour sleeper since I was a baby, (my poor parents!), but when I am ready to sleep, I am READY. The last thing I want to do is wake myself up by splashing water on my face, or using my Clarisonic to take off my makeup. Thanks to my beloved Neutrogena Makeup Removing Cleansing Towlettes, I’ve gotten ten times more consistent with removing my makeup at night. Nowadays, I’ll  maybe only forget to take off my makeup a couple times a month. (usually on Saturday nights, whoops!)

I keep a packet of wipes on my nightstand, at my desk at work, in my car, and in my bathroom. Call it excessive, but  they work for everything, even beyond removing your makeup (I’ve used them to remove bronzer smudges off walls (lol), hair product off of your hands, coffee spills off leather, they even serve as an excellent post-workout towlette!  They are packed with moisture and have the most addicting, fresh, comforting, scent about them.  I have literally tried every type of makeup wipe on the market, and these remain a strong first.

Read on for the rest of my night time makeup removal regime, please note that all of this I do while sitting in bed, and catching up on YouTube beauty tutorial videos. Efficiency = heaven.  While the face wipes remain the same, I do like to switch up my face products and eye creams to keep my skin guessing. Below is one of my favorite go-to nightly skincare routine combos that is super easy, and not to mention, wallet-friendly:

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Step 1:

Neutrogena Makeup Removing Cleansing Towlettes

Gently wipe your face with a towlette, removing dirt and all traces of face and eye makeup. Do not rinse. (Tip: For those of you that have eyelash extensions like me, these wipes are a must-have so you don’t have to get your lashes wet. I simply close my eyes, and gently wipe the tops of the lashes from the lash line, outwards.)  I typically use 2-3 wipes per makeup removal session.

Step 2:

Sebamed Anti-Ageing Q10 Lifting Eye Cream

Lightweight yet buttery and glides on. Simply apply by lightly tapping (not rubbing) under eye area with your ring finger.

Step 3:

L’Oréal Collagen Moisture Filler Day/Night Cream

More on this little miracle product later, but trust me, it’s life-changing. Apply dollop to entire face and neck in gentle, upward motions, and literally feel your skin start to look younger. (Tip: I use any excess to moisturize my hands)

Et voilà! You’re fresh faced and most importantly, finished.  Do you live by makeup wipes, or is it just me? What’s your nighttime makeup removal routine? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below! Make sure you’re also following me on Instagram, for exclusive giveaways, as well as my daily beauty and fashion tips (and obsessions!)

*THE APPAREL*

Sweater: Enza Costa

*THE BEAUTY*

Towlettes:  Neutrogena Makeup Removing Cleansing Towlettes

Face Lotion: L’Oréal Collagen Moisture Filler Day/Night Cream  

Eye Cream: Sebamed Anti-Ageing Q10 Lifting Eye Cream

*THE JEWELRY*

Ring: David Yurman

*THE PHOTOGRAPHER*

Scott White: Follow him on Instagram! @BloggerPhotographer

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2016 New Year’s Resolutions

My 2016 New Year’s Resolutions revealed. Every January, I take a few minutes to turn the focus inwards, on the ways in which I can improve myself. 

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Happy New Year Lovers! Is everyone back into the swing of things, and settling back into work? #TheStruggleIsReal, am I right?

As we ring in this first month of 2016, I can’t help but reflect on this past year and all of the incredible things I’ve gotten to do since launching Haute House Flower, all thanks to each and every one of YOU!  I’ll actually be sharing some of these highlights in a super personal, exclusive interview (more details coming soon!), so be sure to follow along on Instagram to stay tuned on the big reveal.

 I’m definitely someone you could classify as highly conscientious (read: Type-A to the MAX!), and I typically don’t share my New Year’s resolutions with anyone, I usually prefer to share achievements when they happen.  However, I wanted to share a few lighthearted resolutions that I’m absolutely forcing myself to do this year…also in the hopes that you guys can help hold me accountable! My plan is to share them on the blog, and hopefully I can inspire some of you. Hey, they say that the discipline of writing something down is the first step toward making it happen, right?

1.  Fashion Resolution: Wear More Color
This outfit doesn’t count. Lol. So here’s my theory; there are girls who wear color, and girls who wear black, and then there are the girls that seamlessly can do both. I’m finding myself in an in-between place. Why? Let’s be real: I’m a fashion & beauty publicist by day, and a blogger by night. (read: PR girls notoriously wear black.) I have tried to fight this all-black-everything outfit stigma over my 10 year stint in the PR industry, but black honestly is the easiest thing to wear, and always looks chic and pulled together, even those times when you’re SO not. That being said, I want to explore a wider color range beyond just black and my current go-to neutrals (white, nude, grey, navy) and force myself to get out of my comfort zone for a few reasons:
a) Colors photograph better. Yes, this is my number one reason. LOL.
b) Colors elevate your mood, and make your outfit more memorable.
c) I have my whole life to wear black.

d) I think wearing color will make me a better dressed human, and who doesn’t want that?

2. Beauty Resolution: Learn How To Do a Salon Professional Blowout…AT HOME

I’m truly embarrassed that I don’t already know how to give myself a proper salon-worthy blowout. I WORK IN BEAUTY YOU GUYS.  I’ve tried so many different approaches, and countless YouTube videos over the years, I’ve even enlisted the help of my hair stylist, and I still can never seem to make my hair look 1% as good as it does when I leave her salon. This is pathetic, no? To my credit, not only do I  have a ton of hair with very fine strands, but it’s extremely long. The thought of being able to get the bouncy, whip-my-hair-back-and-forth sassy hair of my dreams, (at home, nonetheless) makes me happy beyond measure. Not to mention it’s a huge money saver!

3. Personal Resolution: Travel More

I love to travel. However, with my crazy hectic work schedule (see above) I just don’t get the opportunity to travel as much as I’d like. I’ve been fortunate to travel all over the world, but I have to admit that some of my favorite  blogger’s Instagram’s are giving me major wanderlust FOMO.  A self-confessed workaholic, traveling is how I unwind. Locations on the immediate travel agenda include; Las Vegas, NYC, Miami, and let’s wish upon a shooting star that Paris is in there somewhere.

So now on to you…do you set New Year’s resolutions? If so, what are they? I’d love if you shared any details with me. Also, what do you want to see from Haute House Flower in 2016? I’m here for you, so tell me everything, darling…Cheers to you, and to an amazing year!
XO

Jordan

*THE APPAREL*

Jumpsuit: Vintage

*THE JEWELRY*

Ring: David Yurman

*THE PHOTOGRAPHER*

Scott White:  Follow him on Instagram! @BloggerPhotographer

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Flashes of Delight

Achieve that lit-from-within skin radiance realness; with the at-home microdermabrasion kit from DERMAFLASH.

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In my early twenties, I became obsessed with flawless looking skin. Like so many women, I made the mistake of trying to achieve this look by covering my skin with foundation and makeup, rather than focusing on taking care of my skin. I always wore sunscreen, but I was self-admittedly horrible about removing my makeup before bed, much less getting regular facials.  Luckily for me, I’ve never been prone to acne, and have always had pretty clear skin, so despite my best efforts, I was to maintain relatively clear skin, even though I was slacking big time on my skin care. A few years ago, as one of my best friends was prepping for her wedding, she kept going on and on about the benefits of microdermabrasion.  I always thought that she was doing microdermabrasion to treat acne, but as she told me more about it, I started to realize that it also was used to help decrease and prevent the signs of aging. Now, I’ve been on the watch for wrinkles since age twenty-two, so hearing about a regular procedure that would help promote luminous, youthful-looking skin, caught my attention right away.

I got my first microdermabrasion treatment weeks later, and loved the results; baby soft, radiant skin, with a glow that simply cannot be achieved with makeup. I was hooked. However, as time has gone on, and my schedule has gotten increasingly packed, I’ve had to streamline my beauty maintenance regime each month to be as time-efficient, and as cost-effective as possible. The fact is, I don’t always have time for a trip to a med spa for my beloved microdermabrasion, and the price tag adds up, which makes it that much easier to postpone.  You can imagine my delight, when StyleWatch and DERMAFLASH asked me to try out their at-home microdermabrasion kit.

I was absolutely thrilled with the results. The product is so easy to use, and my face feels baby soft after my first DERMAFLASH facial. The best part? Makeup goes on smoother, and skin products sink into skin, making them that much more effective! You have ten minutes to do this once a week, and if you don’t…MAKE the time! You’re so worth it. 😉

DERMAFLASH – $189

What it is:
A first in class at-home, patented, safe, hygienic, exfoliating device inspired by dermaplaning, a procedure available only in medical spas or doctor’s offices, which refinishes skin by removing dead skin cells and built up debris, while also gently removing facial hair for smooth, luminous, and youthful-looking skin. DERMAFLASH Facial Exfoliating Device prepares the skin perfectly for skincare and creates the ideal canvas for flawless makeup application. DERMAFLASH makes you look as though lit from within and results increase with each use.

What it does:
Made specifically for women, DERMAFLASH Facial Exfoliating Device comfortably and discreetly sweeps away skin imperfections, dullness, and peach fuzz with a subtle sonic vibration. In just three simple steps, it gently removes dead cells, debris, and fine hair from the cheeks, jawline, lip area, chin, and forehead. It is safe for all skin types, skin colors, and ages. DERMAFLASH immediately unveils smoother, more vibrant, and younger-looking skin with each use, which can all be achieved in the comfort of your own home.

This set contains:

  • DERMAFLASH Facial Exfoliating Device, charging base, and line cord
  • 6 x DERMAFLASH Exfoliating Edges – To perform DERMAFLASH
  • 0.8 oz Prep(a pre-treatment cleanser)
  • 0.8 oz Soothe(a nourishing hydrator for use immediately after using DERMAFLASH)

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Suggested Usage: (*Please refer to your owner’s manual for exact directions.)

  • Use DERMAFLASH Facial Exfoliating Device one time per week.
  • Emulsify Prep with warm water and gently massage onto face. Rinse well with water and pat dry.
  • Apply Edge by using short feather strokes in a downward motion.
  • Beginning at cheekbone, hold skin taut with finger from opposite hand.
  • Following the contours of your face, use short feathery strokes in a downward motion covering each area only once. The blue pads on either side of the device will act as your guide.
  • Lie pad just above the surface of your skin to keep DERMAFLASH at the perfect angle.
  • After using DERMAFLASH device, massage a small amount of Soothe onto the face.
  • Insert used edge back into cartridge and place DERMAFLASH on charging base.

Would you ever try microdermabrasion at home? I’d love to hear from you in the comments section below! Make sure you’re also following me on Instagram, for exclusive giveaways, as well as my daily beauty and fashion tips (and obsessions!)

*THE APPAREL*

Sweater: Nordstrom

*THE BEAUTY*

Product: DERMAFLASH

*THE JEWELRY*

Ring: David Yurman

*THE PHOTOGRAPHER*

Scott White: Follow him on Instagram! @BloggerPhotographer

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Glam Girl Gift Guide

We all have that ONE friend or family member. That Glam Girl (or guy) who seemingly already has everything, and has very specific taste, yet gives no recommendations for what they want or need this holiday season. It’s impossible to give them gifts! At the risk of sounding super annoying, I’m kind of that girl.

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People start asking me in early November what I want  for the holidays, and for whatever reason, my requests for gift cards are just no longer an acceptable answer. What they’re not understanding, is that I thoroughly enjoy the process of shopping. Yes, it’s super helpful, and so appreciated if you’ve already gotten me an item on my list, but if something makes THE LIST, it probably means I’ve been thinking about it for awhile. This also means  that the satisfaction that I’ll get out of purchasing that item in-store, then walking out of the store, with a shiny bag heavy with aforementioned item, re-opening it at home, and putting it away, is half the fun for me. (By the way, I’m pretty sure that qualifies me as a shopaholic, no?)

Unfortunately, I don’t have all the time in the world to shop, but one thing is for sure, my friends and family know that they cannot go wrong if they get me something at my go-to beauty mecca, Ulta Beauty. Their mix of drugstore, department store, and salon products in every price range, all under one roof, makes it a one-stop-gift-shop. Whether it’s my beloved makeup wipes, my signature scent, or salon-exclusive shampoo…… I’m guaranteed to love it.

In the spirit of the holidays, and for the sanity of my loved ones, I wanted to share a couple of items that have made it to my personal holiday list this season, and that are sure to be a hit with the Glam Girl (even if it’s you) in your life. The best part? They are both under $20 each (!), plus you can snag them online now. (Because let’s be honest, not everyone loves the physical act of shopping as much as I do.)

1) House of Hues 34 Piece Complete Face Set – $14

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This is THE ultimate palette to get you through the day, night and weekend! At $14 (it’s a $66.50 value), this is the ideal secret santa gift. I don’t know anyone who wouldn’t love this, and the colors are just gorgeous. I love that there are so many pretty lip shades! The palette’s small, compact size allows you to pop it in your purse for an evening out, or to keep in your car for those traffic touch-ups. (I know I’m not the only one that does this!)

Collection includes:

  • 18 eye shadows 
  • 9 lip colors 
  • 3 blushes 
  • 2 bronzers
  • 1 highlighting powder
  • 1 eye liner pencil and applicator 

2) Be Discovered 67 Piece Collection – $19.99

When I spotted this, it was like a beacon of light was shining down on it, screaming, “I’m perfect, I’m perfect!” Guess what’s even more perfect? The PRICE. I’m sorry, it’s only $20 for everything I’ll ever need (a $175 value!), plus it comes in a case? How is this possible, like, what’s the catch?! Ladies, this is what makes Ulta Beauty  just AMAZING. I personally snagged the classic black version for myself, but it also comes in mauve.
Needless to say, I couldn’t wait to try it out for myself, and I can safely say that I’m obsessed. The bronzer/blush duos, and the brushes are just gorgeous, and I love that everything can fit all in one place.

Ulta’s Be Discovered 67 Piece Collection is a collection designed to be an all-in-one cosmetic case for your beauty needs. This case has two secret compartments full of products and tools. For pesky little sisters, curious puppies, and no-boundaries roomates, not to worry, there’s a lock and key closure.

Collection includes:

  • 33 eye shadows
  • 6 glitter eye top coats
  • 6 gel eye liners
  • 2 dual ended eye liners
  • 4 blush shades
  • 1 highlighter
  • 1 bronzer
  • 2 butter balm glosses
  • 2 eye shadow primers
  • 2 color coat cream eye shadows
  • 4 brow powders
  • 1 powder brush
  • 1 brow brush
  • 1 eye shadow brush
  • 1 eye liner brush

Basically, it’s perfection in a box. I plan on keeping this at the office so I never have to lug my insane looking, bronzer-coated makeup bag there again. I’ll just pop my concealer and BB cream in there, and I’ll have everything I need. Ahem, what are you waiting for, have you ordered it yet?!

What’s on your list this season, or who is the biggest headache on your list? I’d LOVE to help you out, and want to hear from you in the comments section below! Ps. Make sure you’re following me on Instagram, I have some super amazing giveaways, and shopping discounts coming up, that are designed to help with all of your holiday shopping, and gift-giving this season!

*THE APPAREL*

Robe: Vintage 

*THE JEWELRY*

Ring: David Yurman

*THE PHOTOGRAPHER*

Scott White: Follow him on Instagram! @BloggerPhotographer

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