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#selfcaresunday today looks like foot care. Here's what I use for an intense moisturizing restorative foot treatment! -- soak your feet for 20 to 30 minutes. I bought a collapsible foot bath on Amazon and here I used @sheamoisture bath salts for a delightful soak -- that's my magazine reading time, I relax and set my phone down far away while I soak my feet -- after the soak, apply this Amlactin cream, it has alpha hydroxy acid for super soft feet! -- put on socks. I like these rayon @ecotools socks because they're so soft and then I use the thick fluffy ones over those because comfortable and warm -- when the Amlactin lotion is all worn in and my feet feel soft, I use a heavy foot cream. This is by @outofafricashea and it's thick and rich and involves peppermint and tea tree for that soothing tingle.
My feet are so soft right now, y'all! #selfcare #footcare #athomebeauty #beautyritual


Big cat, little cat #maxandkippy #caturday #kittylove


This sleepy little kitten got her shots today! It was a rainy #Caturday and a lot for such a little one but Kippy's a trooper. Max and her are getting along great so far! #kitten #kittenlove #kittenlittle


Next Saturday I'll be speaking all things beauty at the first ever @curvygirlconference -- get tickets ASAP and I'll see you next Saturday #chicago #curvygirls #chicagoevents


Slide through to see our last week and meet our new kitten!
Took Max to the vet for his 10 year old check up and the vet mentioned she had a kitten who needed a home. 8 weeks old. So this happened! Her name is Kippy -- when my husband was 2 years old he came up with that as a name idea for his baby sister. All these years later and it totally works as a kitten name! She's so fearless and fun and cuddly and cute and Max is being a patient and generous kitty bro. The last photo is from right now, they're peacefully sleeping on their tower 🐱❤️🐱 #maxandkippy #newkitten #bigcatlittlecat


I’m a longtime shea butter lover and I love my low fuss indie brands, but I also love the innovative uses of fair trade shea butter that I’m seeing across the beauty spectrum. L’Occitane’s Shea Skincare line at @sephora is a luxe take on shea butter and the different ways it can benefit your skin, as well as the different times of use. I use the Shea Light Comforting Cream for day, under my SPF protection and makeup primer. I use the Shea Ultra Rich Cream at night to moisturize my situation while I sleep. And I use this decadent, delightful Shea Cleansing Oil to gently remove all of the makeup I wore in between. A little shea for all occasions! Thanks L’Occitane <3 #allaboutthebutters #sheabutter #sheabutterislife #fallskincare #winterskincare #loccitane #ad #partner #sponsored #loveloccitane


I think my hair's favorite season is fall. Because this wash n go was NOT poppin like this in the summer! 😂 #hairtoday #afrobella #naturalhair #washngo


This hangs in the corner of our bedroom. It is a framed photo of Tom Petty from a concert we attended back in 2006, I think. Photo taken by my former newspaper coworker, awesome rock photographer @jonathanpostal -- Tom Petty put on one helluva show that night. He changed guitars almost every other song. Always meant to and wanted to see him in concert again.


As summer transitions to fall, my skincare needs change – it’s time for increased moisture. I turn to lush butters and balms to keep my skin soft, nourished and makeup-ready, and I’m loving the shea butter skincare line by L’Occitane, available at @Sephora! I recently learned that the classic and beloved French beauty brand was the first western beauty brand to use fair trade shea butter – they started their dedicated certified fair trade partnership with the women’s collective of Burkina Faso back in 1981. Twenty years ago, fewer than 100 women were producing shea butter for L'Occitane, and now more than 15,000 are working in four different groups. Pretty awesome, right? Check out their shea collection at your local Sephora! #beautyenabler #allaboutthebutters #sheabutter #sheabutterislife #fallskincare #winterskincare #loccitane #ad #partner #sponsored #loveloccitane


Who feels it knows it. (Image via my friend Kristen on Facebook) #warsanshire #wisewords


This is the way we brush our teeth (or as close as we get to actual teeth brushing) #catlife #caturday #kittylove


So so happy to run into the homie @msvaughntv and catch up for a hot minute -- you are as sweet, beautiful and glowing as always! ❤️❤️❤️