A Quick Hello.

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Hi hi hi! It’s been a while since I last wrote here. A lot has happened in the past two-and-a-half months that has kept me preoccupied. My S.O., who was away working in CA for the past nine months, has finally moved back to Philly. Yay! On top of that, I got promoted at work, so I’ve been slowly transitioning into a new position, wrapping up old projects and starting up new ones. It’s been a difficult process and I’m still trying to find balance between my work life and personal life. I know I’ll get there eventually, but to be honest, the growing pains have been tough. :-/ On the bright side, moving into a role with greater responsibilities (and a new office with older colleagues) is giving me plenty of food for thought for when I finally get to writing here more regularly.

So… I hope everyone has had a good start to their week! Hopefully it won’t be too long until next time.

-j.

GPS: What to Wear for a Winter Commute?

So, the recent snow storm got me thinking: What do professional working women wear when they have to shovel their cars out of snow (or trudge through snowy streets) in order to get to the office?

I’d never really given this predicament much thought before. I only started to commute to work last year (my office is about a 45-minute drive away from Philly), and the previous winter was pretty mild. I also had my S.O. around to help me clear out snow around my car in the evenings and mornings before work. However, he has been working in SoCal these past few months, so I’ve had to fend for myself this season.

Last Monday I spent about 2.5 hours the evening before work digging out a path for my car to get to the street. Sadly, when I woke up the next morning I quickly discovered that a plow had come through during the night and pushed all the snow back against my car! *ugh face palm*

Anyways, back to my initial question. If anyone knows of a blog post or discussion thread about this, please send it my way. I’d love to know how others have handled this stuff, because let’s be real– life (and snow/slush) is messy, and our real lives can’t always be beautifully curated for Pinterest/Instagram. In the meantime, here’s a recreation of 1) what I wore to shovel my car out of the snow last Tuesday, and 2) what I wore once I got to the office…

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Exploring Winter Skin Care with Lindi Skin.

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The transition to colder weather tends to be a challenge to my skincare routine. That is to say, my skin starts to freak out a bit when the air gets colder and drier. I have a hard time adjusting to more frequent changes in temperature and humidity during work and holiday travel season; as a consequence, I have been breaking out more often than I would like.

During times like these, I turn to more gentle products that won’t worsen the state of my skin and will facilitate its healing and recovery. Recently I had the opportunity to road test a couple of samples from Lindi Skin*, a PA-based specialty skincare company. Lindi Skin was created in 2003 as “the first complete skincare line designed specifically for the unique needs of people with the most compromised skin.” Specifically, Lindi Skin creates products that aim to soothe and relieve side effects experienced by individuals undergoing treatment for cancer and related disorders. While I cannot personally speak to the effectiveness of Lindi Skin products among individuals battling cancer and its associated health issues, I can share my experience using these products on my currently sensitive skin during a very busy Fall/Winter travel schedule.

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