Thursday, March 22, 2018

Current Skincare

Something you probably didn't know about me...
I'm not OCD however I am OCD about certain ridiculous things.
The biggest thing is my skincare routine.
I don't care how late I'm running I ALWAYS make time to wash my face morning and night.
The Husband thinks I spend a little too much time on this but it's my thing!
Everyone has a thing right?

Today I'm going to take you through the steps with each product I use for the morning.

Step 1: Start by cleansing, I use Cetaphil for normal to oily skin.

Step 2: I either exfoliate everyday with the clarisonic using the radiance brush head ( It's gentle) or I use the St. Ives Green Tea scrub every other day OR I use the Sensitive Clarisonic attachment twice a week. 
When I use the Clarisonic I use the cetaphil on the brush combining step 1 and 2.
Exfoliating is my favorite but you don't want to do it too much. Everyone's skin is different so pay attention to what works for you!

Step 3: I use an astringent with a cotton pad to wipe away oils, this includes my neck and d├ęcolletage. I really like using Eskinol(not pictured) which can be found online or sometimes at asian markets.

Step 4: Essence is my newest addition and I'm never going back.
I put 2 or 3 drops(I'm stingy) in my hand and pat my face with it. 
My complexion has evened out and I feel more confident with my naked face since starting this.
The SK-II was a splurge but I had tested it from a large batch of samples I bought from sephora and knew I was hooked!

Step 5: Another product I instantly could feel the difference as I used it was the Caudalie Radiance Serum. 
I had ordered a new bottle before I ran out of the sample size, I think it's safe to say I'm addicted!

Step 6: Under eye cream has helped me with plumpness and anti aging specifically targeting that area.
I use the Innisfree brand, I like it BUT it has a very strong scent so keep that in mind if you aren't into that.

Step 7: FACE CREAM!!!! I don't care what you use but anything is better than nothing! 
I ran out of my Belif Aqua Bomb moisturizing gel which I LOVE and I started using the Laniege water bank moisturizing cream I love it too!!!!
I will probably keep both on hand and alternate depending on what I feel my skin needs that day!

Step 8: Sunscreen!
I don't want to jump the gun since I've only used it for a week but so far my favorite face sunscreen has to be Origins A Perfect World SPF 40. 
It's anti aging so sign me up but it isn't a weird thickness and doesn't smell strongly which I like! 
 I'm still testing it and I was't going to say anything but it has impressed me thus far!

Are you still with me?

I know that seems like a lot but like I said I'm a little obsessed! 
If you don't have a favorite moisturizer and you want something inexpensive to get you started, Olay is my go to brand to suggest.
My first moisturizer was the Olay firming night cream and I still love it! 
Also it's $6!!!

Don't forget to DRINK WATER, I drink about 2 quarts a day.

It's never too early to start skincare and it's never too late either.
My husband asked how much "younger" I wanted to look by doing all of this, my answer is simple, I'm not trying to look younger I'm starting the foundation to aging gracefully. 

Have fun ladies and gentleman (Skincare is for Everybody)
and I hope you found this little morning routine helpful or at least fun!
Let me know if you have any good skincare suggestions for me in the comments below!

Piper Arielle

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Virtual Shop

I did it guys! 
I started an account with so you can shop the looks I post!!!
People always ask me where I find my favorite things and now it should be a little easier 
If I can't find the exact item I will try my best to find something similar!
The same goes for trying to post affordable items and/or affordable versions of the items I post!
Happy shopping you guys! 

Piper Arielle
Here is a link for the Shoes since they are not on the site yet! :)

Friday, February 2, 2018


When I was a little girl I didn't want to wear a dress unless it had good twirling capabilities!
You know what I'm talking about!
If I spun and my skirt didn't fan out, it was not the skirt for me!

When you become an adult, avoiding the results of twirling or gusts of wind is the wise thing to do!
For those of us who still like twirling but not letting it get out of hand, a solution has been made!

These cool little doohickies adhere to fabric about six times and can be placed on the included plastic card when they aren't in use!

Spring is coming soon and so are the sun dresses! 
I'm in Florida so the warmth comes and goes all "winter" long.
That means I get to take advantage of these dress weights a little sooner than most!

You can find her Instagram @DressWeights
Her Facebook and Twitter are @DresssStrong

Dress: Ollie Mae's Boutique
Shoes: Sam Edelman
Earrings: Tjmaxx
Basket: Vintage

Monday, January 22, 2018

Who Takes Your Pictures?

Since I received a good response on the How I Started Modeling post, I thought I would answer another common question I

Piper, Who takes your pictures?
Well the answer is a little complicated, so why not make a post about it?
The short answer is "Different people."
The long answer is... I do photo shoots somewhat regularly for work and for collaborations when people ask me and if it's a good fit.
I'll break down each type of shoot I do.

If it's a commercial shoot I have no control over who the photographer is.
 Sometimes I already know the photographer and sometimes the photographer even recommends me.
That doesn't always happen but it's nice when it does!

Commercial and collaborative shoots are similar in how you get the photos and what you do with them.
An online album is made and invitations are sent to all parties involved in the shoot to download and use for social media unless it is to be published. (I won't get into that here)
ALWAYS tag the people involved in the shoot, especially the company, photographer and any hair and makeup/vendors involved if you post to social media!!!
I can't stress this part enough,  always give credit where credit is due.

Another source of photos? My friends!!!
I have many friends who are photographers so when they get a new lens or piece of equipment they will ask to test shoot/get creative and I'm happy to oblige.

Meeting people with similar interests as you can be helpful. 
I've even gone to lunch with a fellow blogger and we each took turns taking outfit photos with our phones, I've only done that one once but it was fun and could be a good idea if that sounds right for you!

You know what they say "if you want something done right, do it yourself" 
Every once in awhile I break out the old tripod and use the self timer in a pinch.
Some bloggers rely solely on this method and they do it beautifully!

Last but not least I've started to get my human selfie stick *cough* I mean my Husband to take iPhone and camera photos for the blog and Instagram.
iPhone when we are out and about and the lighting is good enough but I try to push the camera photos more due to the quality.
He usually limits me to three photos with the phone so 
it's more pressure! lol

With the camera he usually gives more effort and I think it's sweet! 
I input the settings and show him what I want to be in focus and usually he does a fantastic job! Sometimes he cuts my arm off... Above you will see exhibit A.
Before my husband I've used just about all of my family members the same way at least once!

Final Tips
Instagram has been a great tool for connecting, after moving I didn't know anyone in the area but several people reached out when they saw my geotags or hashtags for the local area. 
Example #Naplesfl
Using those will help other creatives find you and they can reach out if they would like to!

Only reach out yourself if you believe the photo shoot to be mutually beneficial, I never reach out first because I'm a little weird about it. 
I have never liked the idea of initiating as a model because ultimately it sounds like this in my head. "Hey, do you want to take pictures of me?" CRINGE!!!! 
If there is a large company or brand that reaches out and it requires an awesome photographer I feel better about saying "Here is this opportunity if you would like to be a part of it!" 
In the end everyone is different so you do you!
Don't forget the best camera in the world is the one that is on you and these days phone camera quality is great!!! 
Flat lays make great content and I usually take them with my phone, simple as that!

Most importantly
Be SMART about your photo shoots, don't meet in secluded places if you've never met this person.
Don't do anything you aren't comfortable with and trust your gut if it doesn't feel right!!!!

Favorite Jeans: Mom Jeans 
Wedding Booties: Chinese Laundry