The Blogger That Didn’t Go To #NYFW

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve set down to write this post about me not going to New York Fashion Week, let’s just say I planned for this to be up way before fashion week even started, but here we are a week later and I still don’t really have the words. So let’s just start at the beginning,way before Oh Yeah Kendra was a thought, I dreamed of attending New York Fashion Week. I didn’t know how it was going to happen but I knew it would. A few months back after Swim Week, a PR company that invited me to a few Swim Week shows. Asked me if I would be in New York during fashion week, now prior to this email I had no plans of attending New York fashion week, but as soon as receiving this email I began searching for flights and a possible Airbnb to stay in. The next day I went into work and requested the necessary days off. All was going to plan until a week before my trip to New York Fashion Week. My dog that has been a member of the family for the past 14 years fell ill, and attending fashion week took a back sit to everything going on in my life. Even though I would no longer be attending the shows I was invited to, I decided to still take the time off. The first two days of my stay home vaca I took it easy and the norm, you know browsing Instagram and spend countless hour watch Netflix. By the third and I became restless and began to work on blog post, redesigned @shop.hazed website( I finished it in one day) and shot some of the branded content that up coming due dates. You guessed it at this point I need a vacation from my vacation, so I put the phone and iPad down just in time to celebrate my mother’s 68th Birthday. Usually on her birthday I end up having to work because if you work retail you know you days and nights aren’t really yours, but since this year I wasn’t working I was able to spend the day with her. We first we to a cycling class because cycling is now my thing and I’m trying to make it hers ( so far she’s into it, or at least pretending she is lol) and later in the evening my brother and nieces stopped by to surprise her and celebrate with cake and ice cream. After everyone left and it was just the two of us, I asked her did she enjoy her birthday and she replied…. “This was the best one yet”. At that moment I realized everything truly happens for a reason. There will always be more fashion shows or events or what ever but you have to take the time to spend no matter how simple the moment is with the ones you love.

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Nightly Skin Routine

Products clockwise…

Murad Essential-C Toner $30.00

Ole Henriksen Truth Advanced Moisturizing Crème $48.00

Origins Drink Up – Intensive Overnight Mask $28.00

Ole Henriksen Truth Serum $48.00

Ole Henriksen Transforming Walnut Scrub $28.00

Fresh Black Tea Firming and De-Puffing Eye Cream $68.00 (Not in photo)

A few years ago if someone would’ve told me I would be writing a blog about my nightly skin care routine, not only would I have cried laughing. I also would’ve bet you $50 that was never going to happen. Yet here we are, the woman that in her early 20s was the girl that came home from the club and did not wash her face. I can feel the ewwwwwws and judgments from all of you at once, but this is a judgment free zone lol. Sometime last summer when the heat was at an all-time high, I made the decision to have more make up free days. I realized the only way I could do this and not look like a complete hot mess, would be to start taking my skincare routine seriously. Like most people I turned to YouTube to see what products were all the rage, I saw everything from homemade face mask to a 10 step Korean skincare routine. Which I only watched up to the fourth step, then realized I would actually have to go into a store. After what felt like 5 hours, I walked out of Sephora with a few products and yeah none of those products worked. After a couple of trial and errors, I came up with a winning combination for my skin.

First step: I start off cleansing my skin with the Murad Renewing cleansing cream. I received this as a sample and fell in love with it. I plan on purchasing the full size of this product in the upcoming days.

Second step (Alternating days): I only exfoliate my face on alternating day with the Ole Henriksen transforming walnut scrub, to remove dead skin.

Third step: After exfoliating I spray Murad Essential-C toner on a cotton pad then wipe over my entire face and neck.

Fourth step: With the tips of my fingers I apply Ole Henriksen Truth Serum in an upward motion from my neck to forehead.

Fifth step: I seal everything in with a thin layer of Ole Henriksen Truth Advanced Moisturizing Crème to my face and neck.

Sixth step: To add a little more moisture, I apply Origins Drink-up intensive overnight mask

Basically at this point it feels like my face is sliding off…..

The Seventh and final step: Recently I started applying Fresh Black Tea Firming and De-puffing Eye Cream (I’ve had a few late nights, working on a few things and needed the extra help).

*Side note I also consume 1 to 2 liters of water a day because what up put in, is just as important as what products you use…. yeah I know everyone says that but it’s true and really works*

Comment below or slide into my “DM” on instagram and tell me what products work for you….