beauty obsession: coola

screenshot156 I have always been mindful of sunscreen, but not as much as I should have been. I definitely brought it out for a day at the beach or when biking around town, but I never really thought about wearing it every day when I lived in Massachusetts — and I definitely should have!!!

Now that I live in California, I feel as if I have become more mindful of the sun and its harmful rays.  Even in a short drive I can be stuck in traffic for 30-45 minutes, and I need to be sure I am protecting myself from the sun! Not only am I worried about my skin, but also my hair! My colorist says that too much sun can turn my newly blonde locks brassy. Yuck!

Because I work from home and don’t get super dressed up that often, I felt like a “double duty” product would work best for me. I wanted sun protection with a little bit of coverage. — and Coola’s tinted BB and CC creams are the perfect products.  They are lightweight, yet powerful in sun protection, and provide just the right amount of blendable coverage.

I try to be as mindful as possible (it’s difficult!!!) when it comes to cosmetics on my skin, so thankfully Coola makes the decision easy. Organic and natural ingredients make it easier for me to feel good about the products I am using on my skin. Happy Summer!!!!

Shinique Smith

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Last weekend I headed over to the Museum of Fine Arts to check out the Goya exhibit before it closed. (Note to self: go earlier!) Even though I am a member, I always get caught up with life and don’t get to see the exhibits until they are almost gone and end up having to wait in a line.  Anyway, Goya was fabulous and I only had to wait about 15 minutes. After Goya we wandered around some of the other exhibits and stumbled Bright Matter by Shinique Smith, a contemporary artist from Baltimore, MD.

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Shinique’s work is quite unique — very colorful, vibrant, and full of life. The installation has over 30 works of art including mixed media paintings, sculptures, full-room installations, and videos.

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Head over to the MFA before March 1st to check out Shinique’s work! If you have off on Martin Luther King Jr. Day this Monday consider stopping by — museum entry is free for non-members!

Living Room Upgrade with Wayfair

Our living room has made the most dramatic transformation since we purchased our house just over a year ago.  Like many of the other rooms in the house, the living room was pained a very odd color — a pea green with a grey/brown putty trim.  Here is what the room looked like right before we moved in:

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Yikes! Definitely some interesting decor to overlook, but it had some great “bones” to work with — a fireplace, bay windows, and gorgeous original hardwood floors.  Our first order of business was repainting the walls to a nice creamy vanilla color that would be a great neutral backdrop.  The room is small, so it was important for me to update the space and make it feel cozy and comfortable without overwhelming it with too much “stuff”.

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The finished room is brighter, cozier, and way less cluttered, even in such a small space. After we painted and moved in our furniture, the final touches were provided by Wayfair — a leather cube ottoman that I’ve converted to a side table, and the decorative pillows complete with a French postcard print.

The ottoman was a perfect compliment to our easy chair — I wanted something small that could just be used for a nice candle or glass of wine.  There’s no outlet on that side of the room, so anything taller or bigger, in my opinion, would have looked as if it needed a lamp. The pillows are pretty neutral, but they help brighten up the couches without being too colorful. They also are French themed, which you all know I love!

A great alternative to an ottoman is a floor poof — our Air BnB in Reims, FR had some on the floor and I really liked how they looked!  My in-laws also have a really large ottoman that they use as a coffee table. You can add a bit of color with a throw blanket, and a perfect addition since winter is on its way!

Now that I’ve sparked you decor ideas, head over to Wayfair.com to get 15% off any Pillow, Pouf, or Throw from November 20th through November 24th.  Use the code WFPTP15!

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And, of course, I couldn’t help but throw in a picture of our favorite living room resident, Zinnie! Here he is with a beak full of raspberries, one of his favorite foods!

**A few details on our other furniture: Couches are from Jennifer Convertibles, Coffee Table was a fantastic Craigslist find in Boston, Desk is an antique from my husband’s grandfather, and our easy chair and ottoman is from Overstock.

This post was sponsored by Wayfair.com, a brand and company that I truly love! All opinions and purchase choices are my own. Thanks for supporting the brands that support Rules for the Modern Girl. 

Meditation

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As part of my coaching school studies, I have been practicing a form of meditation called centering. I must admit its pretty difficult! By the time I’m successful in fully removing all thoughts from my mind I end up falling asleep! I suppose that my mind and body is thankful for the rest, but I just can’t help but think that I am doing it wrong. I don’t think meditating is supposed to be the same thing as a nap.  Do you have any tips for successful meditating? If so, please leave them in the comment section below!

Photo above was taken earlier in September in the gardens of the Musée Rodin in Paris — The Thinker!

Petit Palais

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This trip to Paris I tried to visit a few different museums, including the Petit Palais. I snapped a few pics of my favorite pieces of art, including this painting, The Parisienne, by Charles-Alexandre Giron.  Doesn’t she just exude chicness?

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I just loved this sculpture. Its a little different since she is laying down when most sculptures are taller with the subjects standing up. But I really thought she was very relatable. Who doesn’t feel like throwing themselves down like this some days?

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I don’t remember who this lovely lady is, but because we were in Paris and she was carrying a a huge sack full of baguettes, I declared her the Goddess of Bread.

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I feel like this lady is the French cousin of Venus de Milo, who is currently residing across town in the Louvre Museum. The only thing I am curious about is why she is stepping on the face mask!

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This little guy — a little frog/bunny gremlin — was one of my favorites even though he kind of creeps me out. I definitely wouldn’t want to see this guy in my backyard!

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