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Affordable Skincare Products for Glowing Skin

As I get older, I care more and more about taking care of my skin. Thankfully, I've always had pretty healthy skin and haven't suffered from acne, only a few breakouts every now and then. But I never really cared for my skin the way I should have. I was the girl who never washed her face before bed, never used moisturizer or exfoliated, and just found whatever face wash was on sale when I needed something new.

Now, I put in much more thought to my skincare routine and have been testing out a number of products lately. I'm always eager to try something new and I'm working towards finding the perfect combination of products for my skin. When I was asked to partner with Unilever Brands for this post, I was excited to try a few new to me products. I was pleasantly surprised with the quality of these products for such an affordable price. With social media and influencer marketing, sometimes I feel like I need to spend hundreds of dollars to get results, but thankfully that isn't the case! There are plenty of products available that are affordable and work.

I remember my sister always used Noxzema® Classic Clean Original Deep Cleansing Cream growing up. So I was excited to try it out again. It really does leave you feeling clean and fresh. I like to use it in the morning only, so it's not too drying to my skin. And it smells really good, like eucalyptus. 

I also have realized that I should start exfoliating a couple times a week, but I didn't want anything too harsh. This is another product I remember steeling from my sister growing up, and I think she still uses it. I really liked the St. Ives® Fresh Skin Apricot Scrub, it leaves your face feeling refreshed. However, I don't plan to use it more than once or maybe twice a week because it seems like a deep exfoliant and I don't want to over do it. 

After washing my face at night, one thing I have become religious about is applying a moisturizer before bed. I've noticed when the seasons change, my skin tends to get a bit dry, so it's especially important. And this PONDS® Dry Skin Cream has been surprisingly great. I actually asked my aunt a few months ago, what her secret to healthy and glowing skin was at her age. She told me, "you don't need to spend a bunch of money. Just got to the drugstore and buy Ponds cream." Well, it took me a few months to take her advice but I finally have my Ponds cream. And I can tell you, if it helps my skin look like hers in 40 years, I'm all over it!

These Simple® Cleansing Facial Wipes are perfect for coming home after a workout when you don't have time to shower right away. Or sometimes when I get home after work, I just want to take my makeup off right away and these do the trick. They're also going to come in handy this weekend when we're camping at Lake Tahoe.

It's nice to know there are still brands out there that care about producing quality products at an affordable cost. I'll definitely be rotating these four products into my skincare routine moving forward. They'll save me money that I can put towards other beauty treatments, like a facial or massage! If you're like me, and live somewhere that isn't close to a Walmart store, you can click here to buy online. The items will already be added to your cart, easy peasy. If you do try any of them, let me know what you think!

This was a sponsored post in partnership with Unilever Brands and as always, all opinions are 100% honest and my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that partner with From Foothills to Fog! 


Embroidered Yellow Anthropologie Dress

A few months ago when we went to San Diego for a friends wedding, I picked this cute embroidered dress up on sale at Anthropololgie. I love the mustard yellow and embroidered detail, it has a bit of a 70's feel which I love. In hindsight, I think I should have sized down at least one size because it fits quite large. But it's so comfortable, ideal for warm summer days. I wore it wine tasting and it was a perfect dress for an afternoon sipping wine with friends.

Since I love the color and pattern, I'm thinking I might get it altered so it's more fitted in the waist. That way I can wear it this fall with booties! I've lost more weight since taking these photos, and now when I put it on I feel like I'm swimming in it. Have you ever bought something you loved, only to realize later it's the wrong size? I hate that!

What are your weekend plans? I'm excited because later this morning I'm heading up to Napa to spend the weekend celebrating my friends upcoming wedding! We have a fun Bachelorette weekend planned with a pool day, wine tasting and fun dinner out.

Although this exact dress is sold out, I link a few similar options below. Or you can find my exact dress in a few sizes on ebay!


Fruit Infused Water

We have a full blown LaCroix addiction in our house, with Apricot being the preferred flavor and Pamplemousse coming in second. However, I was beginning to feel like I was drinking too much carbonated water and read that drinking so many canned beverages was bad for you because of the BPA. So I decided I should wean myself off the LaCroix train, at least a little bit. Some days I would drink up to three of them!

So, in an effort to stay hydrated and limit my LaCroix intake, I've been playing with infused water recipes. Or as Andrew and I like to call it, Spa Water :) One time we visited my parents at a hotel they were staying at and they had the best spa water in the lobby. If I remember correctly, it was strawberries, lime and mint. We thought it tasted like a healthy virgin margarita!

Since I thought these were so tasty and it's been helping me drink more water, I wanted to share my favorite combinations with you. It really is a perfect summer drink! Make some for yourself, or for an end of summer BBQ. And I know some find water a little boring, so if that's you give infused water a try. It's just as delicious and much healthier than Crystal Light or the other mix-in flavor options.

Blueberries & Orange
 gives you healthier skin and helps clean free radicals out of your system

Ginger, Lemon & Mint
 great for skin

Berries & Basil
antioxidants & helps remove toxins

Lemon, Cucumber & Mint
Cucumber can help reduce stress, and the lemon and mint aids in weight loss and gives your body natural electrolytes

Watermelon & Mint
a hydrating and refreshing summer combination!

Cucumber, Blackberry & Mint
helps with hydration and suppresses appetite 


Strawberry, Lime & Mint
helps flush toxins from your system 

Here are a few more combinations I plan to try soon:

Cucumber & Pomegranate - helps with managing stress and bloating
Strawberry, Basil & Lemon - helps boost immunity 
Grapefruit & Rosemary - like a fancy cocktail infusion with a ton of vitamin C to help your body turn fat into fuel
Pear & Ginger - helps with digestion
Blackberry & Sage - relaxing
Pineapple, Orange & Mint - stabilize blood sugar and reduce inflammation
Raspberry, Mango & Lime - anti-aging and disease prevention 

Do you like infused water? If so, did I miss any must try combinations?


Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

With the launch of the Nordstrom Sale, it always feels like summer is coming to an end. And although it is bittersweet, Fall is my favorite season! Plus, here in San Francisco we pretty much dress for Fall weather year round so I know I'll get plenty of use out of anything I purchase.

Fall is my favorite season to dress for, I always love putting cozy looks together. Since we were on a plane during the early access, and then on vacation the first week of the sale, I missed quite a few items. But there is still some great pieces, and they tend to restock throughout the sale. There are still a few more days to shop, so don't miss out on these great deals.

Did you shop the sale this year? What were your favorite pieces? 


Pink One-Shoulder Dress

Happy Friday my friends! This has been a busy week at work, I'm so ready for a few days away from the office! Our weekend is fully booked with fun activities, so that will be a nice break from my computer screen. As you might have noticed, I'm still getting back into the groove of blogging regularly. I'm working on creating a blog 'work' schedule that will allow me to post consistently on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

And as I mentioned a few weeks ago, on Friday's I'm going to be focusing on style posts. I'm really excited because it's always been something I wanted to do, but I was nervous and too worried what people would think. The older I get the less I care about that, and the more I want to do things that make me happy! I might not be the size I want or the most fashionable, but I love putting together outfits on a budget. And hopefully I can help inspire others to wear what makes them feel their best, and how to find the styles they love at more affordable prices.

I found this cute pink dress at Nordstrom for less than $50 and thought it would be perfect for summer (it also comes in blue)! It's wedding season and I have a few bridal showers, bachelorette parties and fun events to attend this summer. Plus, it will be fun for our trip to Hawaii too! I paired it with my new basket clutch and lace up block heels {currently on sale}. The shoes are so comfortable, I know I'll be wearing them all summer long. The block heel is easy to walk in. I was worried the laces would bother me, but they're surprisingly comfortable and don't loosen when you walk.

For these photos, I worked with the wonderfully talented Stephanie Court Photography. She was one of the first bloggers I met back when I started From Foothills to Fog in 2013. We went to a blogger meet up in the city and have kept in touch since. She even photographed two of my friends weddings! I'm so excited to partner with her for more outfit posts on the blog, we have some fun ideas in the works. If you know of anyone in the Bay Area looking for a photographer, be sure to check her out.

I hope you all have a great weekend!


Scenes From San Francisco

One of my favorite things to do on a casual weekend when we're here in the city is take urban "hikes" around different neighborhoods. If I had to choose one thing, the architecture might just be my favorite thing about San Francisco. Our city looks unlike any other in the world. I love the beautiful homes with bay windows and colorful facades. Each neighborhood has it's own unique and charming style.

I snapped these photos one afternoon when we were walking around the Marina, and they're some of my favorite. I'd love to spend time wandering around other neighborhoods to work on my photography and have more photos of my favorite city. Who knows, maybe if I get good enough, I'll open a shop to sell a few prints.

I've been wanting to re-decorate our house lately, I haven't done much of anything in the 5 years we have lived here. I thought it would be fun to create a San Francisco gallery wall, either in our bedroom or perhaps the dining room that has had bare walls since I moved in. In addition to photos, I have old blue prints from the San Francisco Library and a black and white sketch of the city by a local artist that I would like to have framed. I think a San Francisco theme gallery wall would make a great conversation starter, and even when we no longer live in the city, we can display it to represent the place we built our foundation.


Summer Style Wish List

Summer Style Wish List

I was supposed to be heading down to see Chris Stapleton perform tonight with my sister in law. We've been planning our girls night out for months and I was SO excited, but sadly Chris had to postpone a number of concerts. I'm crossing my fingers that the show isn't rescheduled for when we'll be in Hawaii next month. But not to miss an opportunity for a little SIL time, we'll be having drinks here in the city after work, in place of beer and country music.

With our trip to Oahu and Kauai around the corner, I've been spending an embarrassing amount of time browsing online for new outfits. In addition to the usual beach wear one would buy before a tropical vacation, I'm also looking for a formal dress to wear to my friends wedding and a fun white outfit for the "white party" the night guests arrive. I've gone down the rabbit hole of online shopping, that's for sure!

And while I've been searching, of course I found a few other pieces I had to add to my summer wish list. I'm loving the off the shoulder tops, maxi dresses, and floral patterns.

Although my wish list is long, I'm trying to be mindful of the pieces I actually buy. I'd like to create more of a capsule (I use that term loosely) wardrobe. Investing in classic pieces I can mix and match, then throw in a few fun pops of color and pattern seasonally. I'm also working on becoming more healthy and fit, so I don't want to invest in a lot of expensive clothing right now.

What are your favorite summer styles? Have you been adding pieces to your wardrobe with all the great sales lately?

I hope you all have a great weekend!


Acai Bowls

Andrew and I have gotten on a bit of an acai bowl kick lately. On our last trip to San Diego I think we got one every morning for breakfast! They're so delicious, and make for a tasty breakfast. Especially during the warm summer months.

I wasn't really sure how I could re-create them at home, besides just making a smoothie bowl. But then when we were at Trader Joes a few weeks ago, I found these packets in the frozen fruit section and decided to try them out. And guys, they're delicious! I'll definitely be keeping them in the freezer so I can whip up an acai bowl when the craving hits.

These were pretty easy to whip up, and will definitely be in rotation for breakfasts this summer. Over the weekend we went to the farmers market to pick up a few things, and I found this local granola that I thought it addition to fresh berries, would be a perfect topping for an acai bowl. There are so many different ways you could top them, but I went with my favorite, classic flavors.


2 Trader Joes (or your favorite) Frozen Acai Puree Packet
5 frozen strawberries
1 banana (save 1/2 for topping)
splash milk or almond milk


1/2 banana sliced
fresh strawberries sliced
fresh raspberries
shaved coconut
chai seeds
drizzle of local honey


First, run acai packets under hot water, break it up into smaller pieces. Blend the frozen acai puree, frozen strawberries and half banana, add a splash of milk if you need liquid. You may need to stop and scrape down the sides of the blender. Blend until it's the consistency of a thick smoothie; transfer to a cereal bowl. 

Slice the remaining half banana and fresh strawberries. Arrange slices, raspberries, granola, and coconut flakes in neat rows on top of the acai. Sprinkle with chai seeds and a drizzle of honey. 
(then take a picture)!

Have you had an acai bowl? The first time I had one was in Hawaii on our honeymoon, and I've been hooked ever since! I can't wait to have another when we're there this summer. Something about the fresh local fruit on the island makes them even better!

Enjoy! Tag me in a photo on Instagram if you try these.

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