Vii Code Beauty O2M Oxygen Eye Mask Review

A few weeks ago, Elle, from Vii Code Beauty, e-mailed me to ask If I’d like to test out their 8-hour oxygen eye mask and write about my experience. After reading some reviews and doing some research on the product I said yes! (who can say no to free beauty products?!)

If you’re like me, scheduling any “self care” beyond brushing one’s teeth is increasingly difficult as priorities and obligations pile on, even on the weekends! Enter the Vii Code Beauty O2M Eye Oxygen Mask to pamper you without taking up any precious time in the process!

I’m fairly uncomplicated when it comes to skin care routines and I rarely try anything new because I’m worried about it affecting my often dry, sensitive skin. One of the things that appealed to me about the O2M mask were the ingredients, which are all gentle, yet effective, in my experience. I also loved that the mask wasn’t messy or difficult to apply, making it easy to pop on and wear while doing other things like answering e-mails and folding laundry! After wearing the first set for 4 hours I could see a noticeable difference in the brightness and over all elasticity of the skin under my eyes and along the top of my cheekbones. I also loved that the pads have a thick, cooling, gel like feel. Even after being on 4 hours they peeled off gently, without leaving any residue, lines or marks.*

My mask kit contains 6 treatments (2-3 weeks’ worth of masks if you use 2-3 times per week, as recommended) and after using just one treatment I’m excited to see how my under-eye improves in the next couple of weeks!

Shop my lounge look below:

Huge thanks to Vii Code Beauty for sending me a box of their products to test out! I wouldn’t be writing about this beauty item if I didn’t like it, so know my opinions are sincere anytime I tell y’all about a new product! (Vii Code did not pay me for my opinion – they only sent me the product to try out and I was asked to write my own thoughts).

*Individual results may vary. Always consult a health care professional before applying anything to your skin or near your eyes.


Weekend Edit | Target Edition

Who else has a love / hate relationship with Target? Last night I was browsing, killing time before meeting with a client, and I fully spent 1.5 hours combing through the store and I didn’t even make it to athletic or outdoor sections (that should go to show you just how much there was to look at)! Shockingly I walked out only having spent $51.47, which is a feat in and of itself, considering I haven’t been in a Target for months.

Weekend Edit | Target Edition

I was really impressed to see the collab collections they’re currently offering (Bauble Bar, Who What Wear, Oh Joy & Nate Berkus) and upcoming projects (Victoria Beckham & a WINE BAR?!).  A trip to Target has always been a “treat” for me and the 5 years I lived thousands of miles away from a Target I was more than fine with learning to do without it (when one has Paris in their backyard it’s not difficult to forget everything else). After spending all that time away from stores I had been accustomed to frequenting I realized something startling: Target is not necessary! But it embodies so much of what we love about shopping in America: Pretty, convenient and essentially unnecessary, but OH SO FUN!

I rounded up some of my favorite new items available on right now (most of this was sold out at my location!) and I hope you enjoy! There’s something sort of mildly thrilling about “scoring” at Target! Somehow they’ve made mass retail shopping feel like an exploratory experience, never knowing what sparkly bauble, cute kitchen decor, or delicious ice cream flavor you’ll find, which is why it will always feel like a treat to me.

Dress, Earrings, Cosmetic Bag, Lamp, Necklace, Pot, Pouch, Book ends, Pillow, Stapler, Purse, Sunglasses


DIY Designer Inspired Crystal Bee Pumps

It’s officially Spring! Which means craving fresh, new pieces for my wardrobe! Rather than spend a ton of $ on new stuff every season I like to update items I know I already like. You’ve probably seen a lot of the cute little bee motif popping up on the runways, blogs and magazines this year — they’re popular every Spring, but seem to be even more so this time for some reason!🐝 However, I’m not about to drop $400+ on a pair of shoes just because they’re popular! One of the easiest ways to stay current on trends is adding appliques and embellishments to pieces you already own!

I searched Etsy and found dozens of bead and embroidery bee appliques. After choosing THIS design to add to my favorite pair of $40 Nine West pumps I started thinking of other things I could add bead appliques to — scarves, jackets, lapel collars, hand bags or clutches… The possibilities are endless!👠

I’ve rounded up my favorite pumps $29.99 – $89.99 (just waiting to be embellished!) below:

To adhere my bee appliques to this pair of suede pumps I used E6000 glue according to the directions on the bottle.

Have you ever updated or altered a piece of fashion to wear for a new season? Tag me on Instagram so I can see! I love getting inspired by y’all and your amazing ideas!


Spring Break

Taking Spring Break as an adult is so different than it was when I was a teen or in my early 20s… Instead of heading to the nearest beach we take time to get in a mini trip in to see family. ✈️ This season of our lives is so busy that it’s really not even feasible to take more than 3 days to go anywhere, so when we get the opportunity we want nothing more than to spend quality time with each other, or the ones dearest to us. Last week we finally got the chance to meet our sweet new niece and go back to the place my husband proposed. ❤️ We had dinner at our favorite restaurant and enjoyed the cityscape where he popped the question 7 years ago. 💒

[Shop my travel essentials HERE!]

[Rittenhouse Rye is my new favorite whiskey – it’s like drinking everything enchanting about a spice market!]

[A little glimpse of the view I had during his proposal. It was freezing cold but I was so excited I didn’t notice!]

[I’m certainly a bit biased, but don’t you think she darling for only being 3 weeks old? She’s already smiling involuntarily!]

[THIS is where we ate dinner 7 years ago the night he proposed to me]

What are your favorite things to do when you finally have a few days to breath?


There’s Something I’d Like to Say on International Women’s Day

To all the girl bosses out there who leave their 9-5, go home, and hustle their dreams until 2am like nobody’s business. 💪 May we rise and slay, day after day. 👠 With grace we’ll say, “lovely is she who doesn’t stop till she has it all.”💄
International Women's DayIt’s funny; growing up I never once heard from anyone that women can or can’t do certain things — I only ever found out some women in this country truly believe they’re oppressed after seeing it screamed in the streets. I never had that false belief crippling my ability to get anything done, so I kept on doing what I wanted, and nobody ever mentioned to me that I was a woman! Thank God I was never fed those lies at a young, impressionable age. I won’t get into politics here, because I don’t believe a lifestyle blog is the place for that, but if you are truly passionate about women’s rights please take the ones you have in this incredible country and use them to help women who TRULY have no voice. If you don’t understand what I’m talking about here’s a place to start:

There are thousands of people, right under our noses, who are oppressed by lack of basic education, governed by fear, and lied to so much that they truly believe there’s no way out. No one should have to live under that type of oppression in a country where so many of us have the ability to affect real change in true life or death situations.