Get Glowing With Kate Somerville

As I've written before, since turning 30 I've been taking major steps to take better care of my health, body and mental wellbeing. The most fun of those? Taking care of my skin! I know we've all walked into Sephora intending to get one thing and left with twenty. I'm totally fine with that now :)


I recently teamed up with Kate Somerville to try out their new Glow Collection. (Doesn't just the sound of this line make you happy?!) Because I'm big on helping my skin not just look -- but feel amazing, my favorite product from the line was definitely the ExfoliKate® Glow Moisturizer. Until recently, I didn't truly understand the benefits of moisturizers. I'd always steered clear of them because I thought they'd cause my face to breakout, which is totally false. I've found, especially with the ExfoliKate® Glow Moisturizer, that using these on a regular basis actually cleared up my skin and I was actually causing more harm by not using them at all.



Because I travel so often and can't always check a bag, it is so important that I have my favorite products in travel size. Thankfully, the ExfoliKate® Intensive and the ExfoliKate® Cleanser both come in travel sizes, making it SO easy to glow on the go. My favorite thing about all three of these products is that they contain pumpkin, pineapple and papaya enzymes...three of my favorite foods ;)

I'm so happy to have finally found a skincare brand that can accompany me on all of my travels, making my life that much easier and keeping my skin looking vibrant while I'm hopping from place to place and coast to coast!


This post was sponsored by Kate Somerville and Shopping Links. All opinions are my own.
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Self Care | Taking A Break


Sometimes you just have to take a break -- and the past couple of weeks, I've done just that. No blogging, no pressure to post to Instagram. I know that may not sound like huge deal, but it's been a major weight off of my shoulders to not have to leave work and head right back into my computer to make a collaboration deadline. 

Blogging can seem like a lot of fun and like it is super easy. Yes, working with different brands to talk about their products is fun, but there are also deadlines, negotiations, content creation and lots of planning involved. Having a 9-5 job AND doing all those things can be exhausting at times.

Fall at SOREL is our biggest and most important season of the year and I've been pouring a lot of myself into planning for our launch on 9/1. I'm definitely not the "typical blogger" who relies solely on blogging to support my family, and I don't think I'd want that. That being said, I have to know when I'm stretching, or may be stretching, myself too thin. I've never been one to skirt work responsibilities, so it's nice to be able to tell my blogging boss (me) that I need a break. I know that even if I did need a mental health day from my real job, all I'd have to do would be to phone it in -- no questions asked. 

These past two weeks have been amazing and I've really enjoyed unwinding, spending quality time with my husband and getting outside...Portland is going to get really nasty come October so I want to soak it all in. I'm glad I was able to recharge and settle down because work travel is about to get crazy :) ...stay tuned!

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Good Vibrations with SUDIO




Sound has always been an important part of my life -- from minoring in music in college to then, taking the opposite end of the spectrum, and majoring in American Sign Language. From sound to the absence of sound, I've always been passionate about this topic. Thankfully I am fully hearing and sound quality is HUGE. Up until recently, I'd always been an 'Apple headphones that come with your iPhone' kind of gal. That was until SUDIO reached out and gifted me with their amazing Vasa BLÅ earbuds. 

I recently traveled to London so these were my headphone of choice for the long plane ride. I was skeptical at first if they'd be up for the test -- and they definitely held up to the test. I couldn't believe (even though they're not advertised as such) what noise canceling abilities they had! Planes are noisy in general, but to my surprise I even fell asleep while wearing them...and I NEVER fall asleep on planes. 

Despite having an iPhone 7+ and not being able listen to music and charge at the same time, I hadn't jumped on the bluetooth train just yet. The charge lasted my entire plane ride and it was so nice to be able to charge my phone and listen to music or watch a movie at the same time! The charge is only slated to last for around 8 hours, but I was able to get a full 9.5 hours out of the Vasa BLÅ, which is only 30 minutes shy of the 10 hour flight to London...pretty impressive.

I'm also sure you can tell that they're rose gold...my favorite and an excellent selling point -- if I do say so myself :) I love these so much that I'm giving you 15% off a pair of your own! Just click here and use code torilesikar at checkout. Happy listening!



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MORE ROSE GOLD LOVE | ESCAPE WATCHES






Add one more to my rose gold collection! I LOVE this rose gold beauty from Escape Watches so much. It's vintage look and modern details are timeless. It also adds a classy touch to any casual look. If rose gold isn't your thing, don't fret! There are 12 different similar versions of this watch from different metals to leather bands. 

When I got my watch the first thing I thought was,"No! It's too big (I have super tiny wrists) and I will have to take it somewhere to get adjusted!" I was wrong... The Coachella came with fully adjustable links that I could easily shorten at home, which made me SO happy!


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Travel Ready With Ringly


About a year ago I was introduced to Ringly Smart Rings by a friend of mine and I HAD to get one! (See my post here.) Well, Ringly keeps stepping up the wearable tech game. They recently launched their new Ringly GO, and I was lucky enough to grab one for my trip to London and Glastonbury Music and Arts Festival.



Being out of the country for work and still needing to be connected to emails/texts/phone calls etc., it was super important for me to be able to know when these things came through. The downside was, even though I was at an amazing music festival, I wasn't able to hear anything. "That's what vibrate is for, duh!" When you're at a concert with 200,000 other people, it gets so loud and crazy that you don't even feel your phone vibrate.


Can you tell which one it is??

What is so great about the Ringly GO? While I love the regular Ringly Smart Rings, they can sometimes be difficult to wear if your hands are constantly going in and out of pockets, jackets, sweaters etc. The GO fits so nicely around your wrist, that you don't even notice it's there. It's basically the most chic alert system that you could ever imagine.

 

images via ringly.com

Like I said before, Ringly keeps the tech updates coming. When I first got my Smart Ring last year, there were only a handful of apps that it was compatible with. Now, Ringlys are compatible with around 140 apps! And that's just on iOS alone! All you have to do is download the Ringly app,


image via ringly.com

Basically, there's an app for everything you need to make your life easier. Not only that, you can actually put your phone in your purse or backpack and truly "disconnect" and not have to worry about missing ANYTHING.

Not only all of the above, but Ringly tracks your steps, mileage and calories burned. It also reminds you to take a break from your day (I think we can all probably agree that life can get stressful and we forget to take a minute) with guided meditation and breathing exercises...WHAT? How cool is that?!

 
Can you tell which day I was on a plane for 12 hours?! ;)

After Glastonbury, it was so nice to throw my phone in my bag and enjoy London like a real tourist. My phone was more or less rendered to the sole purpose of being a camera :)




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Organic Skincare With Puristry


Since turning 30 and seeing subtle changes in the tone, texture and sensitivity of my skin, I've made a HUGE change in my skincare routine. In the past, I'd run to the drugstore and grab whatever Clearasil  product would solve my issues, which usually resulted in drying my face out to the point of making it worse -- thus, creating a vicious cycle of purchasing more over the counter remedies, most of which (I can't lie) I'd buy because they had colorful packaging or pretty, shiny exfoliators floating in them. I've moved on :)


Sometimes we get so caught up in trying to fix a problem or buy products that are "in" at the moment, that we totally forget just what is in the products we're putting on our faces. These can include

- parabens
- formaldehyde (YES! it IS in beauty products!)
- sodium laurel sulphate (this is what makes things nice a bubbly/foamy)
- propylene glycol

...and these are just a handful. Did you know that your body literally absorbs these things as you're using them?! I recently discovered an organic brand called Puristry and it's changed the way I take care of my face. I've been really trying to do less picking a plucking (don't lie, you know you do it too!) and just let my face take care of itself without me meddling in it's business ;) While I haven't tried all of the Puristry products, here are a few of my favorites:

- Flower Water Toner: Astringent vs toner? This is definitely a toner! What is skin toner? Skin toner's purpose is to use natural ingredients to cleanse and moisturize the face, while astringents are alcohol based and tend to dry out your skin. Puristry combines calendula and rose in their natural toner, which calms your skin and makes it feel SO incredibly soft. It works so well that I haven't been using my daily moisturizer...it's that good.


- Vine Therapy Serum: This isn't just your run of the mill serum. This is a reservatrol serum. Reservatrol creams are packed with antioxidants and help to reduce environmental stressors like, free radicals, that we encounter every single day. Not only that, but reservatrol skin care increases skin elasticity and helps to improve complexion.


- Yerba Mate Eye Cream: Tea is not just for drinking! Yerba mate is the best tea for your skin! While yerba mate isn't technically a green tea, green tea skin products are also super beneficial. Since entering corporate America and traveling tons for my job, I find that my eyes have needed the most love. This eye cream is amazing when it comes to de-puffing those pesky under eye bags from stress and lack of sleep.


Not only are the products above amazing, they smell like a day at the spa. I especially love using them before bed because the natural smell helps me relax and have a good nights rest.

Want to win your own complete set of Puristry products (valued at $268)?! Click here, scroll down to the bottom of the page, and subscribe to the Puristry newsletter...simple as that! (Contest ends August 1st, 2017)


This post was sponsored by Puristry and Shopping Links.
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How To: Style Enamel Pins with Orikami



If there is one trend that I've been loving and is super easy to get on, it's the enamel pin trend that's been happening. Everywhere you go you can find these guys and they're kind of like Pringles, you can't have just one ;) I teamed up with the CUTEST company, Orikami, to style some from their latest collection. I totally chose the polar bear because it's the SOREL brand mascot!

By far, the easiest way to style these is to pin them to your favorite jean jacket. I love the little flare that they add to an otherwise simple outfit. I've also been putting mine (I also got the Woodland Fox) on canvas bags and denim shorts...the combinations are endless.

Orikami not only makes these adorable pins, but they've got gorgeous jewelry, home decor and perfectly curated gifts galore. I will definitely be coming back come gifting season because they've got something for everyone on my list!





This post was sponsored by Orikami and Shopping Links
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Island Stripes | Isabella Rose



This year Ryan and I  headed back to The Virgin Islands for vacation and a chance to get away from the real world. Work has been nuts and we've been traveling like crazy filming for DestinationSOREL.com We stayed in a house on Saint John, which is one of the most beautiful places I've ever vacationed and I'm sure we'll continue to visit year after year.

I teamed up with Isabella Rose to style a few pieces from their new swim line this season. Isabella Rose is fairly new to the swimwear scene and their designs are absolutely gorgeous. The Sweet Caroline line is so soft and comfortable, you don't even feel like you're wearing a swimsuit. It's perfect from going from the beach, to the pool, to drinks at the island bar.


The detailing is absolute perfection. I love the shells on all of the side ties from the bottoms to the coverups.




There are SO many other amazing designs from Isabella Rose's newest collection. Check out some more of my favorites below:



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Summer Festival Prep | Folli Follie


Truth be told, I've never been to an actual music festival. Of course, I went to a few small ones when I lived in San Francisco, and would listen to bands perform at Outside Lands from our roof across the street from Golden Gate Park. But, never what you think of when you hear the words "music festival". 

I was so excited when Folli Follie contacted me for a collaboration incorporating festival style. It just so happens that I will be lucky enough to attend Glastonbury this year (for work!) and I'm excited to start thinking about outfit prep for the occasion.

For this look, I've styled their: 









You also can’t attend any festival without amazing accessories. As you know, rose gold is my favorite and I’m a sucker for tassels. I can’t get enough of these Folli Follie pieces and will definitely be styling them outside of festival season!



This post was sponsored by Folli Follie and Shopping Links.

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Travel | Spring Hygge with Kimpton Hotels

First things first, what in the world is hygge?! Pronounced "hoo-gah", it simply means an approach to living that embraces positivity and enjoyment of everyday experiences. I'd never heard or seen this word until Kimpton Hotels contacted me to partner up on their Spring Hygge campaign, but definitely see how they strive to incorporate this into every aspect of their properties.


If you follow me on social, you know that Ryan and I  have been traveling A TON for work lately. This past weekend we headed down to the Portland waterfront for a little staycation at the Kimpton RiverPlace Hotel. I've never really had any reason to stay at a hotel in Portland since moving here, but the accommodations at RiverPlace were great. Just walking in to the room you get a refined lodge feel with warm tones, a welcoming fireplace, and a gorgeous view of the river. They've taken all the details into account even when curating the yummy smelling Atelier Bloem toiletries, signature Kimpton Candles, and my favorite, bathrobes! (Hotel bathrobes are literally THE BEST!)




After checking in, we promptly grabbed a couple bicycles and rode up and down the waterfront.


This is an area of Portland we don't really think to visit, but it really is gorgeous. We knew a storm was coming so we promptly grabbed our umbrellas and walked down the waterfront to grab coffee and a snack and wait for the rain (it also hailed!) to go away. Living in Portland, I always carry an umbrella with me because the weather can be so unpredictable, but lucky for anyone staying at RiverPlace, all rooms come with umbrellas if you're like me and don't care for rain jackets :)


We had a few minutes before our dinner reservations at Three Degrees, so of course we headed to the bar to grab a couple cocktails.


I admit that I don't always think to go to restaurants in hotels when trying to decide where to grab a meal. However, the experience and food we had at Three Degrees was nothing short of AMAZING! We were instantly greeted by Chef Lauro Romero at our table. He totally hit us in the tastebuds by bringing a rockfish ceviche that took us back to deep sea fishing in Mexico to make our own on a past vacation. We then had a little taste of the special, halibut, which too had a bit of subtle Mexican flair.


We were then presented with a dish I would eat every.single.day -- dungeness crab toast with smashed avocado and pickled fresno peppers. To die for!


Soon after we happily received our main dishes. I went with the Pan Seared Salmon with pea gnocchi, english peas, cipollini soubise, and smoked mussel salsa verde. Ryan landed on the Grilled Pork Chop with sun choke, pea sprout & apple slaw on top of the most delicious mole dojo (you know I had to dip my fork into that mole!)



As if this wasn't enough food, we ended the night with cheesecake made from local Ava cheese. Needless to say we went to sleep full and happy.

I'm not one to ever order room service or breakfast in bed, but the next morning we decided to indulge just a little bit more and go for the food gold.




We went home that day well rested and ready to take on the week ahead. So thankful to Kimpton for inviting us to partake in such a lovely weekend and can't wait to book our next stay!

This post was sponsored by Kimpton Hotels

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