Ora et Labora


ORA ET LABORA Co. represents emerging and independent designers from Italy, Argentina, and the USA. Their intention is to empower culture, preserve heritage, and create a new approach to global community, artisanship, and individualism. The shop is full of truly unique, well though out pieces – I’m especially drawn to the paper necklace seen above.








Take Advantage of Your Shut Eye with a Sleeping Mask

Sleeping mask treatments are taking the beauty world by storm – have you tried one yet? They more or less act as a heavy duty moisturizer, catering to any number of specific needs, that you layer on as the last step of your evening skincare routine a few times a week. The morning after using one I can definitely see a difference – I look more awake and my skin all but glows!


1/ Belif Aqua Bomb Sleeping Mask
2/ Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask
3/ Laneige Eye Sleeping Mask
4/ First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Hydra-Firm Sleeping Cream
5/ Fresh Black Tea Firming Overnight Mask
6/ Sunday Riley Luna Retinol Sleeping Night Oil
7/ Laneige Water Pocket Sheet Mask Sleeping Mask
8/ Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Hydrating Mask
9/ Glow Recipe Avocado Melt Sleeping Mask
10/ Kora Organics Noni Glow Sleeping Mask
11/ Laneige Water Sleeping Mask
12/ Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask


Celebrate All Kinds of Love This Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day Printable Art // Valentine’s Day Dessert Board


5-Minute Valentine’s Day DIY // Gradient Texture Cake // Heart-Shaped Mini Waffle Maker


Chocolate Dipped Strawberry Cookies // Conversation Heart Bath Bombs // DIY Candy Arrows


DIY Valentine’s Day Cake Gift Boxes // Dollhouse Heart Locket // Printable for Your Far Away Valentine


DIY Heart Friendship Bracelets // Andy Warhol Lips Print // Heart Garland


Low-Carb Valentine’s Day Brownies // Printable Valentine’s Day Freezer Paper Treat Bags // Ombre Raspberry Lemon Sugar Cookies


Strawberry Cake Balls // The Best Sugar Cookie Bars // Timothy Goodman V Day Art Print


Winter Skincare Routine

About two years ago I started using skincare as a coping mechanism post-election. (I wrote about it here.) I’m still going strong with a morning and evening routine, and continue to search out new products that work well with my finicky skin. Being in the dregs of winter, I thought it would be a good time to share the products I’m currently using with you in case you’re looking to change up your own skincare. The most expensive product here is under $30.


I keep my morning skincare as simple as possible to guarantee that I’ll go through with it. A quick wash with Alba Botanica’s Acne Dote Deep Pore Wash gets rid of whatever dirt and oil the nighttime has deposited on my face, followed up with a few swipes of their Deep Clean Astringent. A couple drops of The Ordinary’s niacinamide and zinc serum helps to balance sebum throughout the day and fade dark spots. I finish up with a pump of Cetaphil’s Oil Control Moisturizer to keep my face matte, hydrated, and protected from the sun with SPF 30.


My nighttime skincare routine is a bit more involved. I find it’s a great way to wind down and let my body know it’s almost time for bed while also having some me time. I only wear makeup if I’m having a meeting or going out in the evening, so most times I’ll use a Simple Cleansing Facial Wipe to get the day off my face before following up with the same Alba Botanica astringent from the morning. A few times a week I’ll use The Ordinary’s Vitamin C Suspension next to help with brightening, skin tone, and fine lines.


If I’m looking to cut some time out though, I’ll mix a big pinch of The Ordinary’s 100% L-Ascorbic Acid Powder (aka Vitamin C) in with a serum. (Did you know Vitamin C is supposed to tingle when applied to your skin? That’s how you know it has deactivated or gone dormant.) I also alternate through a series of serums throughout the week, starting with this Collagen + Retinol Serum by Measurable Difference. It helps replace dead skin cells, promote elasticity, and combat any pesky (RE: hormonal cystic) acne.


The next two serums both get mixed with a few drops of Radha Rosehip Oil when applied for an extra punch of antioxidants and fatty acids. The Ordinary’s Granactive Retinoid 2% in Squalane is another attempt at warding off aging, while The Ordinary’s Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 adds a deep layer of moisture.


If I’ve had a few drinks or haven’t hydrated enough throughout the day, I’ll add in Pearlessence’s Overnight Recovery Serum to the mix like icing on a cake. You’ve likely heart the hype behind COSRX’s Acne Pimple Master Patch and it’s all to be believed. If I have any blemishes I’ll put one of these patches on before moisturizing and it sucks all of the gunk out overnight, dramatically reducing swelling and redness in the process. Easily my favorite product of the past year! Last I’ll apply the best moisturizer I’ve found yet for my skin – Garnier SkinActive’s Moisture Bomb. This oil-free, lightweight gel leaves my visage as soft as it was pre-puberty.


Aside from experimenting with various face sheets (I don’t have a favorite to recommend), I also use Laneige’s Water Sleeping Mask twice a week in place of my moisturizer. You just put it on as your last step, allow the invisible formula to really sink in, then wash it off in the morning. Once a week I also try and use the cult classic Queen Helene’s Mint Julep Masque to get out the set in impurities lurking in my skin.

I’m curious, what are you using and what’s working?


Rachel Burke


Brisbane, Australia-based Rachel Burke is a multidisciplinary artist and designer known for her vibrant, tactile designs, and wild tinsel creations. Her custom styles are immediately recognizable and should be considered wearable art. Since starting out with her original short tinsel jacket, Burke has expanded her collection to include longer jackets, dresses, and headpieces.

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New Year’s Eve Party Dresses to Ring in 2019

I prefer to stay in on New Year’s Eve – maybe it’s the introvert in me or maybe the old lady. What I’d like to do is have a small dinner party where everyone dresses up as if they were going out, then after dinner we all change into our pajamas until the ball drops at midnight. It’s the best of both worlds! Anyway, if you are headed out on the town here are a few dresses that would be a great way to start 2019!











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*updated daily*

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