An Ode to Toner & What it Actually Does | Moddie Blog
Beauty

An Ode to Toner

I am a toner girl. Every time I run out of one I like to try a new one (aside from going back to my all-time fav, Korres Pomegranate Toner every once in a while). I get a lot of different responses when I tell my friends that I use toner which range from ooh what are you using to what does toner even really do?

Toner basically can do a few different things depending on which one you buy— which means you can pick and choose what you want based on what your skin needs! Toner can balance (or cleanse) the skin. It resets the PH of your skin, which technically your skin does already but it takes a bit longer naturally and this speeds up the process! Toner can be a good exfoliator if there are acids in it, and it can also (and probably most importantly) hydrate your skin by attracting moisture from the air and trapping it. Lastly it helps your skin absorb serums, gels, creams etc. So you don’t have to use as much of your other products! Woooo toner!

An Ode to Toner & What it Actually Does | Moddie BlogAn Ode to Toner & What it Actually Does | Moddie BlogAn Ode to Toner & What it Actually Does | Moddie BlogOkay, so why is this relevant right now? BTW I am not a skincare expert but I do love it. I popped into Sephora to grab a new toner this past weekend and came out with this Sunday Riley Martian Mattifying Melting Water-Gel Toner. Why did I pick this one? Well firstly I’ve heard good things about the brand, it’s green, AND I thought it was cheaper than it actually was. Oops. They do have a smaller size available that I probably would’ve gone with. That being said I do use toner morning and night so it def gets used. This toner is for oily, blemish-prone skin and I have combination so we’ll see how it works out for me. I’ll check back in to tell y’all how I feel about this stuff.

That being said— other toners I’ve used and liked:

Let me know if you use toner and which ones are your favorite in the comments below! Have you used the Sunday Riley one? Hit a girl up.

xoxo

Santa Monica Farmer's Market | Moddie Blog
Los Angeles, Travel

A morning at the Santa Monica Farmer’s Market

I’ve officially been in LA for a full week now, and there has been a LOT going on from unpacking to discovering new restaurants, and searching for some furniture pieces to put all my crap in… this week flew by. One thing we got to do this weekend (that we also did last weekend— helloooo new traditions) is go to the Santa Monica Farmer’s Market off Main street.

Santa Monica Farmer's Market | Moddie Blog Santa Monica Farmer's Market | Moddie BlogSanta Monica Farmer's Market | Moddie BlogWe were introduced to the market by the boyfriend’s sister and so glad she did! There are tons of stalls of breakfast foods, produce, meat, pasta— basically whatever you want to pick up and feel hip & fresh. Last weekend we met a man selling pasta and he gave us samples of his pesto and mmmm I’ve been thinking about it all week. That was actually the reason we went back with grand plans of cooking our fresh pasta, along with a baguette (there’s a bread guy there too obvs) on Sunday night. WELL, pasta guy was a no show! SO disappointing but that doesn’t mean we’re not going to go back. Oh, we’ll be back, pasta man! You wait.

Santa Monica Farmer's Market | Moddie Blog Santa Monica Farmer's Market | Moddie BlogAnyways since we didn’t get pasta, we wandered anyways and I picked up a croissant while the boyfriend went for some more hearty breakfast tacos that looked delish. We sat on the lawn (in the rare 80 degree heat) and listened to two piano players and people-watched. It was the ultimate Sunday morning. Relaxing, but still active, and you get to eat which is the best part. 😉

Santa Monica Farmer's Market | Moddie BlogSanta Monica Farmer's Market | Moddie BlogSanta Monica Farmer's Market | Moddie BlogI’m looking forward to many more Sundays, but hopefully with a lot more pasta involved, ya know? Girl needs her carbs, especially on Sundays.

xoxo

How do you get settled into a new home? | Moddie Blog
Lifestyle

How do you get settled into a new home?

I’m not asking for a friend, I’m asking for me. For those of you who are new here— I just moved to California! Literally two days ago so everything is still very fresh and new. I’m currently sat at my new desk with my boyfriend’s old chair and eating lunch. As with all moves, this one wasn’t perfect. I had a few breakdowns and my car isn’t even on the way yet (sigh), but I’m trying to not let that bother me too much. After all Los Angeles is more walkable than Houston, at least the area I’m in is.

How do you get settled into a new home? | Moddie Blog How do you get settled into a new home? | Moddie BlogBut my main question is how do you start to feel settled in a new place? It takes a while, doesn’t it? My boyfriend has been here three months already so we have a couch and a bed and the necessities (still no bath mats or rugs in general to speak of), and I’ve hung up some clothes in the closet. I’m just wanting to rush in to decorating and buying furniture, but my bank account is like nah girl you can wait. I’ve told myself I can’t buy anything big aside from a dresser and a rug for the foreseeable future but daaang my nesting instincts are taking over.

What makes you feel most at home? 

What’s been helping me is taking long showers and a bath with some Jo Malone Bath Oil. Some serious alone time because not only have I moved to a new city and a new apartment, I also moved in with the boyfriend. Which means I’m going to be needing some me time. I’ve also been organizing little parts of the apartment that I can get my hands on. I pulled out a bunch of old things from the side table on my side of the bed and started putting my things in there. It feels good to be organized even if it’s in small batches.

How do you get settled into a new home? | Moddie Blog How do you get settled into a new home? | Moddie BlogI’ve also been vacuuming like a mad woman because now there’s also a dog in my life (who I love) that sheds like craaazy! We need a roomba! Help!

Other than settling in, LA is pretty beautiful and I’m excited for this new adventure! Life certainly is a surprise, that’s for sure. Send me suggestions and if you’re from LA— where do we eat and where do I go? Recommendations puhlease!

xoxo