Happy weekend! the office the other day, I asked the usual question:

How’s your skin feeling today?

“I’m just so dry” she says.

“.. and my skin looks dull and doesn’t glow anymore..”

Weather, hormonal changes, the foods we eat, what we choose to put on our skin, hereditary factors, our chronological age, skin history .. and the list goes on.

These are some of the many factors that influence our skin’s behavior and the way it looks and feels.

Now let’s factor in WINTER!

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Cold, dry weather is tough on skin and once we reach a certain age the rate of cellular turnover diminishes, hormonal shifts cause a reduction in natural oils, and our skin begins to loose some of the protective layer increasing the risk for dryness.  Instinctually we grab one of those spend-y rich creams that promise hope in a jar.  Sometimes though, that’s not what we need.

1. ALL topical products address only the outer most part of our skin.  So if the person you are speaking to tells you a product will get rid of puffy eyes or make a significant reduction in the wrinkles,  they are misinformed.  Unfortunately the greatest impact to skin occurs when deeper work is done by a Licensed Provider.  That said, I feel there is a lot of value in taking care of yourself with a good home care program as well as an occasional visit to the spa.   There is tremendous benefit in the power of touch and massage to the skin and this is something that most Aestheticians are trained to do.

  2.  We are all individuals with a unique set of “skin needs”  based on our chronological age, hereditary factors, possible skin sensitivities or conditions. and external factors such as how much time we’ve spent in the sun.   When we share information regarding what works for  our skin we need to do so carefully as there is so much variation in skin and this is a very personal matter.

That said, inquiring minds want to know right?  .. and people always ask, what do  y.o.u.  do?

Although I spend my days in a very clinical setting,  I enjoy coming home to my pretty cosmetic stash which, by the way is a mix of therapeutic and girlie-girl products.

Estelle & Thild

I’ve been using it for a couple months and I like the way it feels.  It doesn’t have a heavy fragrance, it’s made without preservatives which I think is a bonus but I don’t think you need to always go organic and preservative free.  Sometimes organic, botanical based products can really irritate sensitive skin so you need to be careful.  There is lots of controversy about the controversy of preservatives.  Let’s just say that some products with very beneficial ingredients need to have a preservative added.  Weighing the pros and cons is important.

The serum is very light and the oil helps with some of my dryness issues.   The eye cream is very gentle and doesn’t irritate my sensitive eyes.


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 And because what we put inside our bodies will help us have pretty and healthy skin,

I came up with a detox/good-for-your-skin salad to help you get that glow on!

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“Good For Your Skin” Salad

{serves one}

  • 1 large or 2 small kale leaves, stems removed and cut spaghetti thin.  I use Dino Kale but anything works.
  • Cabbage, about 1/3 to 1/2 cup
  • 1/2 or 1 small diced green apple
  • 1 teaspoon fresh parsley
  • 1 tablespoon dry roasted/salted or raw pumpkin seeds
  • 1 tablespoon dried cranberries or chopped dried figs

Lemon Tahini Dressing

You don’t need to use the tahini, it just gives the dressing a creamy texture.  You can find tahini at your local natural food market.  It is the consistency of peanut butter.

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon tahini
  • 1 tablespoon lemon
  • 2 tablespoons of rice wine vinegar
  • pinch of course salt

Place all of the ingredients in a blender.  Blend gently and pour on your salad.

I’ve created this recipe for one because it’s not the most popular salad with .. others in the house;)  The key with healthy eating is to not go over board with it.  Just a little and then you don’t get tired of it.

Winner Announced

Congratulations Shannon from Once Upon a Dream

Please email me your information so we can send you the pretty, plush hearts!

Have a wonderful weekend and come back early next week.  I’ll be back in my kitchen and I have something PRETTY to share!



ESTELLE & THILD Eye Cream: Net-A-Porter |  ESTELLE & THILD Super Bio Active Magic Duo: Net-A-Porter

Pretty Plush

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 Hi Everyone!

As many are hunkering down for a record setting snow storm,

I thought today would be the perfect day to bring you something soft, plush, and pretty.

Pretty in pink, white, and red.

These sweet little hearts look darling anywhere!

Scatter them about, stack them, or set one on a chair.

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 LoveFeast  is offering a lucky reader these adorable Velvet Hearts.

Leave a comment for one entry and follow me on Instagram for a second entry!

A winner will be announced January the 31.

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Velvet Hearts

 xo leslie

Hearts: LoveFeast Shop | Jeans: JBrand | Blouse: Equipment


Happy Friday

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 Happy Friday!  Oh how I enjoy this day:)

Just the thought of our weekend being hours away allows most of us to feel more relaxed and therefore everyone seems in a better mood.

Do the winter months make you feel blue?

There’s nothing like  pops of color to help get us through the cold, dark winter months and there are endless ways to add more;) to your collection and brighten your day.

Tory Burch Collection

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.. and for your pretty toes, more blue!

ESSIE Collection


 Comfort food ..

Warm, gooey, cheesy, crispy, soupy, creamy

..that’s what I’m talking about.

I made this last week and it was the perfect mix of something good for me - and – I am craving something delicious kind of meal.

You can choose whatever toppings you’d like.  I had mushrooms and arugula that needed to be used up so that’s what I worked with .. and both are super healthy for you.

The other ingredient that can vary is the oil.  If you are a fan of Truffle Oil, use it here.  It takes this simple recipe from good to .. delicious! 

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Portabella Mushroom and Arugula Pizza

Serves 4

  • One package of FLAT BREAD (I purchase a store bought version from Whole Foods)
  • 6 – 8 ounces of goat cheese
  • 4 Tablespoons shredded parmesan cheese
  • 4 ounces of shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 2 large portabella mushrooms sliced thin
  • 4 ounces of prosciutto
  • 1 small bowl of fresh arugula for garnish
  • Truffle Oil to taste

Preheat oven to 425 degrees

Line a pan with parchment paper.

Drizzle a little bit of truffle oil on each piece of bread and top with a couple pieces of prosciutto. Add 1 or 2 ounces of goat cheese, 1 tablespoon of parmesan cheese, and 2 ounces of shredded mozzarella cheese on each piece of bread.  Top with sliced portabella (1/4 to 1/2 portabella per bread slice) and bake until the edges of the bread are toasty and the cheese is melted.

Remove from the oven and garnish with arugula. Serve immediately while the arugula room temperature.

Serve with a side of fruit and beverage of your choice for a hearty lunch or as a side dish with a main meal.


Candle: Tory Burch | Décor (bowls): Tory Burch | Wedges: Tory Burch | Flats: Tory Burch

Bag: Tory Burch | Dress: Tory Burch |

Textured Bowl: West Elm | Gray Plate: (similar) William Sonoma | Cookie Tray: William Sonama

Linens: The Enchanted Home





 Have you noticed the wonderful variety of oranges available at this time of year?

A bowl of oranges sitting in the kitchen not only looks pretty but smells delicious.

Peel, section, or quarter.

Make spa water by slicing them up and allowing them to flavor your water or tea.

Squeeze the juice of an orange over your fish or chicken prior to cooking to create a citrusy sauce.

Today I am making a simple side salad.

Having a salad for a meal doesn’t sustain me for long so I always add a sandwich or soup.  This salad would be excellent along side a bowl of lentil or chicken soup.


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 My salads always contain something other than greens.

..goat, parmesan, or blue cheese crumbles with maybe a few almonds is tasty.



 I took this picture of fruit on my kitchen counter before I cut it up to make a salad.

My friend Jeanne (read about her here)  is an artist and  sketched this exquisite drawing for me.

Isn’t this gorgeous?

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Citrus Salad

  • Watercress
  • 2 oranges (I used RED or “blood” oranges) peeled and segments removed
  • 2 or 3 radishes sliced thin
  • Marcona almonds (you may also use whatever type of nut appeals to you)
  • Truffle flavored goat cheese

Place your oranges on the plate first, then add sliced radishes, and carefully place the watercress on top.

Garnish with your nuts and cheese and then drizzle with dressing.


Mix one part vinegar (choose your favorite) to three parts olive oil. Add 1/2 (or more) teaspoon of spicy mustard, salt, pepper, a drizzle of honey or maple syrup, and 1/2 shallot.

Place in a blender and mix on low.

Pour into your favorite container.  This will last at least a week in the refrigerator.

And for pretty you..

.. a little citrusy pampering;)

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Jo Malone: Orange Blossom | Eminence: Citrus Exfoliating Wash | Tory Burch: Fragrance