The Preppy Scientist

Monday, September 10, 2018

Now and Later: Navy Check Dress

I know it has been a while, but I'm back today with a post I've been dying to share! The in-between weather is starting to appear, which makes getting dressed slightly trickier. Though layering, is not a novel concept - there are so many different ways to make it work for in-between weather. I picked this check dress up at Winners months ago and could find an occasion for it. I absolutely love the print and fun now detail on top. The fabric is very high quality and the skirt is fully lined - plus there are pockets! 

Alone, this dress works for warmer days with some fun sandals. To make it work for slightly cooler temperatures, a denim jacket and closed toed shoes complete the look. I’m really looking forward to Fall weather and style. Although I’m in no rush to see summer off, Fall is my second favourite season to shop and dress for!

Now: Sleeveless and sandals

Later: Denim jacket over top!

Dress (similar) // Denim Jacket // Shoes (similar) // Necklace (similar)

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Monday, July 23, 2018

The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale: Thoughts and Picks

The Nordstrom sale is officially open to the public in what felt like its most controversial year to date. During the early access days, I read a lot of commentary on bloggers pushing the Nordstrom credit card. I will say I agreed with the majority of people who say retail credit cards are not the best option for many people, especially if the goal is accessing a sale early. In my experience, retail credit cards are only worth it if you frequent the store who issues the card. Nordstrom is just popping up in Canada, with only a few locations - so it wouldn’t be worth it for me to open their credit card for the Nordstrom ‘perks’. I also find that the interest rates can be a little high and I’d rather not be in that position.

All that being said, I do like Nordstrom and I think the sale is worth shopping once it opens to the public. If you are in need of certain items in your closet, now is a great opportunity to purchase and receive some very good deals! I went into Nordstrom the first day of the ‘public access’ sale and was pleasantly surprised at the selection and availability of the sale items. The store was also wonderfully organized considering how busy it was. If you don’t have the chance to visit a store, shopping online is a great option as the Canadian shipping rates are super reasonable and the online selection is greater than in store. I’ll liksly place an online order for the things I couldn’t find in store!

Now on to my picks. I don’t really need much but I was drawn to great deals like these Hunter boots, this great sweater, and a hard shell carry on! You can shop all of my picks using the widget below!

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Friday, July 13, 2018

Staying Hydrated

I absolutely love drinking water, but many people I know mention they need some help in this area. In my pre-water days, I did find it difficult drinking enough water. I didn't love the taste and I had a really difficult time keeping track of my water bottles (😛). Now, it's worth noting I have extremely dry skin all over, and my hydrophobic ways did not help my case one bit.  A few Winters ago, I couldn't manage the dryness and went looking for topical creams and products to help hydrate, and a Sephora employee asked me about my water intake. I told her I wasn't drinking enough and she kindly let me know that no product would reduce the dry skin if I didn't start drinking more water. I took her advice and haven't looked back.

Your body needs water in its natural state for every function it carries out. We lose water through mindless functions like breathing, digestion, and obviously sweating; so it's highly important we rehydrate. Water makes up a large portion of our organs (your brain is about 85%) and they cannot function properly when dehydrated. You may start to feel very sluggish, irritable, and experience digestion issues if you are not well hydrated. Your kidneys also use water to remove toxins from the body - which alone is a great reason to start drinking some more water. I also learned from the Sephora employee that your skin is the last organ to receive water molecules; which can lead to a dull and dry appearance. So while skincare products help our skin on the surface, we have to pair that with hydration to get the full effect! Wild!

If you know me personally, you've seen me with a handful of drink cups and tumblers filled with water. For a while I was using a $3 jug from Walmart that held 8 cups of water. That jug kept breaking, so I went looking for a sturdier alternative. I'm pretty hard on my water bottle as I throw it from my work bag to my gym bag and wherever else I need to go. It never leaves my side.

Now, I can't purchase anything without doing a little research first - so I spent a couple hours searching for the best water bottle on the market; the HydroFlask. I was a little weary about the price, but after having mine for a few weeks now - I totally get it. I chose the 1.8L bottle (the largest size) and I fill it up about twice a day. It keeps ice cold water ice cold for 24 hours and hot liquids hot for 12 hours. Even if the outside metal feels hot or cold, your drink is safe inside. There is also a lifetime warranty included if you tend to be a little rough with your things.

If you're not drinking enough water, now is the time to start! I've included my favourite Hydro Flask products and hydrating skincare products to get you started. Let me know what your water drinking goals are in the comment section below!

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