I never was a morning person.
It’s taken me YEARS to get into a routine I felt good about. These days, instead of dreading my mornings I’ve put systems into place that help me start the day off on a good note.

get ready with me

On a typical morning…

I get up at 7am, put on my robe and immediately make the bed. I wash my face with my Clarisonic to get the circulation going, which really helps plump up the skin and erase fine lines. I have the Mia Smart beauty tool and am obsessed with using the firming massaging head to work in my serums and face oils to really get deep [I find my makeup sits much better on the skin this way]. The biggest lesson I’ve learned from skin experts is that hydration is KEY. When your skin is dehydrated you are more likely to see fine lines appearing – that’s not bc you have wrinkles, it’s bc you need to drink more water. Water is so important!

At this time, I make myself a massive glass of water. I add a scoop of collagen powder (I use Vital Proteins) and fresh lemon slices to support my hair, nails and skin at the same time. Since I’m not much of a big eater in the morning, I opt for a protein smoothie that my husband makes me every morning before he goes to work. Angel, I know.

Once I’ve cleansed and hydrated my face I start my makeup. I prefer to keep things pretty natural when it comes to makeup. I want to look awake, refreshed, youthful… If I’m staying close to home I’ll leave it at lip balm, mascara and a moisture cream (like my BB cream). If I’m shooting or heading to meetings I might put a bit more effort into it.

I’m a big fan of planning the night ahead, especially when it comes to outfits. I’ll look out my outfit so the only thing I have to think about in the morning is what accessories to add. Saves a lot of time.

Best kept secret:

The way you accessorize your outfit can totally change the whole vibe. I believe it’s not necessarily what you wear, but how you wear it. Even the tiniest details can elevate a relatively simple look.

Over the next couple days Ill be showing you how I style the pieces from my collection and mix and match them depending on the day and what I have going on. I want to show you how versatile they are and how they can work for any occasion. Lots more to come!

Photography by Melissa Skoda

Meet us over on Instagram for the latest details & @lavenderrandgrace


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