Beauty: How to Combat Dry Lips, Feet and Hands

2015.4.24 Elements Post Beauty header imageIf you read this blog or follow me on social media, you will know I am in no way a beauty blogger. In fact, I am probably not even like most girls who know the latest OPI nail color release (or is Essie the big thing now?) or what brand of dry shampoo to use. I keep it simple and real with my beauty needs and often turn to the experts when I do have questions. Since beginning to work with Elements Beauty Shop, a woman-owned business here in Richmond that offers natural and luxurious products that are animal testing free, I have found a true expert and come to respect their opinions and knowledge. I also LOVE that they don’t try to sell me on their high end products but consistently offer suggestions in an affordable budget range. I enjoy working with Elements because they are a local store and so it’s easy to pop in and get advice or check out the latest line. But if you aren’t in Richmond, the owners are quick to answer emails or live chats on the website and often ask customers if they have time for a phone call to really figure out the best option for their skin care needs. For this month’s post, I turned to Sherry and Jeanie via email to ask them to solve my hardest hitting beauty woes: dry skin.


Lips – My lips are the worst! I have always had easily chapped lips and used to religiously use the medicated Blistex. It was the only product that would work. Now, I alternate between Burt’s Bees (only the regular) and a locally made chapstick, both of which I like. I’ve done the whole warm wash cloth scrub the dead skin off thing too and have now graduated to the this Sara Happ lip scrub. I think it works fine (although it smells so good it’s hard to keep from licking my lips!) but even after applying a heavy layer of chapstick my lips still become dry. Elements recommended that I try the Marula lip balm. At $28 for just under an ounce, I wouldn’t consider this a cheap product, but I would consider investing in this as a product I would apply at night. Now we all know my difficulty with adding things into my beauty routine, but I have such an issue with dry lips and picking at skin that it could be worth it. I haven’t been able to try this yet, but I hope to get some samples soon. Another one Element’s recommendations was the Lather Conditioning Lip Balm. I have tried the regular lip balm and felt that it wan’t moisturizing enough, but I love Lather AND I love how budget friendly their products are, so I would totally buy this conditioning balm at $8 to give it a go.


Hands – I have tried almost every product under the sun for hands. At least it seems so. I have used cuticle oil, coconut oil, argon oil, sleeping gloves (which get really gross after a while by the way), creams, vaseline (which we all now know is NOT good for skin) and lotion. I have essentially resigned myself to always having dry hands with easily cracked cuticles. I keep lotion in my purse and my car and am extra sensitive about reapplying lotion after I wash my hands. Elements suggested the Vapor Replenish Organic Cuticle Oil. This product is $18 and I would be interested to see how it stacks against the other oils I have tried. I find it best to use the oils and then follow with a lotion to help it sink in.


Feet – Now for the unsexy stuff: feet. Like hands, my feet are just dry. I have had some periods where my heels have cracked and bled from being dry (told you, not sexy). Thus far, I have found the best solution is to be vigilant about using lotion and keeping my feet covered. I have two routines: lotion and socks after shower and lotion and socks before bed. Not that I always follow this, but I notice a huge different when I do. I have also started dry brushing my heels before showering to help exfoliate all of the dead skin. I have used those infamous pedi eggs before too and they take some getting used to; however, I would recommend using a dry brush over the egg. Elements suggested this Kneipp Foot Repair, $30 for almost 4 ounces. Again, this is something that I would use at night before bed, so I can see the jar lasting a good amount. I purchased a Kneipp bath product the last time I was in the store and I absolutely love it, so I would try this brand and this product (if you purchase this through Elements, there is a free gift with purchase too!).


PIN – You can view my latest beauty pins on my board here (includes the ones mentioned in this post) and you can see all of the new products at Element’s board here.

SHOP – Use my code CHICSTRIPES to receive 10% off your online purchase at Elements Beauty Shop.

LOYAL – Like Elements? The more you shop, the more you can get FREE. Read about their loyalty program here.

HAUL – Now that you’ve been shopping AND getting your points, make sure to post your haul to Instagram with the hashtag #ElementsBeautyHaul for your chance to win a gift certificate to the shop.

ATTEND – If you are local, I’d love to see you at the Skin is In event on May 7! RSVP via Facebook.

This post was created in collaboration with Elements Beauty Shop. I received compensation for this partnership. All opinions are my own. None of the links in this post are affiliate links.

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Wednesday Chic: Old Things, Designer Things


top – Enza Costa | jeans – J. Brand from Finicky Fox | heels – 3.1 Phillip Lim from The Real Real | belt – vintage from The Clothes Rack | silver ring – Nest | gold rings – Stella and Dot | sunglasses – thrifted

I am a firm believer in the power of old things and designer things. Old things are generally those items I thrift: vintage jewelry, outerwear, bags or clothes. Designer things are those investment pieces that will never go out of style and that you will have in our closet forever. Enter: these 3.1 Phillip Lim heels. Also known as very expensive shoes but somewhat affordable when you buy them from The Real Real and blow a lot of your Christmas money. Either way you look at it, these were some serious investment shoes that I knew would fit into the wardrobe I was creating. What was I looking for?

  1. A short, walkable shoe. I don’t know about you, but 4″ and over heels? That ain’t happening. The 3.5″ heel on these is perfect.
  2. A modern shoe. The d’orsay style is a classic style that is also very in now and the blend of the black and white snake skin with brown toe cap is a fashion making statement.
  3. A  goes-with-anything shoe. I hate buying something for a specific outfit. I love buying something that I know I can mix and match with the majority of my wardrobe, thereby increasing the chances I will wear it and decrease my overall CPW (cost per wear). This also makes those designer investments budget friendly (over time…).

Now on to the old thing. My latest obsession are these vintage belts. I spent about $120 on these over the past two weeks (they were half off, so bargain!) at a local thrift store. I. Love. And I mean, aren’t the swans just adorable?? It is these types of old items that make a wardrobe collection. They are one-of-a-kind, they add a unique and personal twist to an outfit and over time, their worth increases.

Great investments can come in all shape, sizes and prices.


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1.  Enza Costa top (exact match here)

2. Jag Jeans

3. 3.1 Phillip Lim Diamond d’Orsay Pumps (not exact match)

4. Pineapple belt

5. Buckle belt

6. Bow belt 2

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New social

newsocialI’m not one to jump on trend bandwagons of any kind and having two social media accounts was certainly last on my list (it seems like everyone has a million now days!). But at the behest of my social media guru (aka @christinamdick), I decided to create personalized accounts for my non-fashion related discussions. Riveting things such as urban chickens (yes, we are now farmers), Rupert pics (did you miss those?), travel, rock climbing, RVA and life in general. My other accounts will mostly stick with fashion and blog related things along with a few personal as it relates to the topic at hand. I hope you will follow along at the other accounts, if anything, just to see the chicken photos. I’m sure I can find someway to work in designer muck boots right?



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Wednesday Chic: More than One Way to Wear a Scarf

2015.4.12Beltedsweater – 2nd hand, no tag | jeans – J. Brand from Finicky Fox | shoes – Vince Camuto | scarf worn as belt – no tag, thrifted, The Clothes Rack | silver ring – Nest | gold rings – Stella and Dot

This past weekend I dropped in at my favorite thrift store and by luck stumbled upon a fantastic collection of vintage belts ($45 worth to be exact!), a great little chain and Italian leather purse and this amazing scarf, worn here as a belt. My growing collection of these vintage pieces is a little absurd, but when the details make the outfit, it’s an easy investment. The colors in this particular scarf are decidedly fall/winter with green, gold, yellow and orange hues. Wearing it as a belt helped tone down the colder weather tones and let it work as a spring piece.




1. J. Crew slouchy merino sweater

2. Loft straight leg jeans

3. Pour la Victoire Rocker leather ankle boots

4. Brooks Brothers scarf

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Monday Chic: Clint and Jimmy


Sweater – H&M | jeans – J. Brand from Finicky Fox | shoes – Jimmy Choo from Baggio Consignment  | silver ring – Nest | gold rings, Renegade bracelet – Stella and Dot | white bracelet – Fabrik, Carytown

In my opinion, one should never pass up the chance to take a photo near a mural of Clint Eastwood. This fantastic mural could only occur in Richmond and I have no idea why it is here, but let’s just say it’s been a bucket list item of mine to grab this photo. The other star of this show are my Jimmy Choos. They were my second pair of designer heels (bought via consignment of course) and I am in love with them. There is something about this shoe that will never go out of style and I wear it just as easily in spring as I do in the fall and winter. I think Clint would approve.



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1. H&M fine knit sweater

2. J. Brand Marie Skinny Jeans (not exact match. Mine are straight legged.)

3. Jimmy Choo Abel Pump

4. Pearl and Bead Bracelet

5. Stella and Dot Renegade Cluster Bracelet

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