valentine’s gift guide – for you!

Today I’m bringing you a Valentine’s gift guide for the most important person in your life: YOU!

We don’t often celebrate Valentine’s Day in our house, at least not in the traditional sense. I do love to pick up something special for myself, though. February can be extra-dreary, so I pick-me-up is nice! I’ve included some things I have my eye on below.


valentine's gift guide - a modern agenda


1] this graphic dolman kimono from anthropologie is gorgeous! a great piece to transition into spring. it can also be layered with a slim turtleneck over the next few weeks.

2] these blush lace-up flats from old navy are adorable. everyone has a pair, so make sure you add them to your list!

3] H&M + Happy Plugs = the cutest ear buds. we’re always losing buds in our house (or the dog destroys them!). for the price, these can’t be beat and they come in tons of colors!

4] I added this lip set to the valentine’s gift guide because I can never pick just one color or formula. this is a great set of nude basics at a great price!

5] I’ve been debating a silk pillowcase for a long time. I do wash & dry my hair every day, plus color every 6 weeks, so this would probably be a great investment for my hair.

6] I’m probably going to go buy this olive green crossbody clutch this weekend. I’m madly in love with all things olive green + anything to keep my hands free!

7] this dr. jart face mask made it on to the valentine’s gift guide because I LOVE IT. a great price for a little treat and much needed in this dry winter air.

8] I’ve recently discovered Tony Moly products and really want to try their masks. they have a huge selection at sephora, so if tea tree isn’t your thing, you’ll definitely find something to love.

9] not only does my skin get super dry in the winter, so does my hair. I love amika products and this mask is no exception. grab this along with a face mask and pamper yourself.

If you aren’t into gifts for yourself, I wanted to include a few extras in the valentine’s gift guide. You can print out your own (adorable!) valentine’s over at Almost Makes Perfect. Or you can make a night of chocolate goodness with a grilled chocolate sandwich from food52, or diy chocolate dipped strawberries from Camille Styles.

What are your plans for Valentine’s Day? Do you traditionally do dinner out, make big plans or ignore the holiday altogether? Let me know in the comments!


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beauty products to steal from the guys

beauty products to steal from the guys

With thousands of beauty products available, and all sorts of gorgeous packaging, it can be hard to determine what products work best for you. Sometimes products marketed for women specifically just aren’t up to snuff. I often find myself buying these products from the men’s aisle instead.

[ 1 ] Every Man Jack Eucalyptus Mint Body Wash: this is by far one of my favorite products. My boyfriend had a bottle of their citrus scrub that I really liked, and then I discovered this at Target. I remember Bath & Body Works used to have a similar body wash that they’ve discontinued and I’ve missed the combination of eucalyptus & mint ever since. This is great for those mornings where you can’t quite wake up, because the scent is fresh and invigorating.

[ 2 ] Jack Black Industrial Strength Hand Healer: put this on your “must buy” list for winter. I picked this up for my boyfriend’s stocking last year and promptly stole it for myself. Whoops! It doesn’t leave your hands greasy and packs a ton of moisture to help prevent flaky hands and cracked knuckles when temperatures drop.

[ 3 ] The Body Shop Maca Root Razor Relief: this is a great buy for your beach bag. If you’re anything like me, constant shaving of your underarms (especially after the pool) can leave them feeling tender and prone to razor burn. This works better than any other razor relief product for women that I’ve used.

[ 4 ] Gillette Mach3 Razor: while we’re on the subject of shaving, can we just admit that women’s razors are usually terrible? I used this once at my boyfriend’s house in a pinch and I’ve never looked back. It stays sharp, even when stored in the shower, and reduces the razor burn on my sensitive skin if I do a quick shave without any shaving cream. Bonus: men’s razors are usually cheaper than the women’s equivalent.

[ 5 ] Anthony Advanced Formula Lip Balm: for those harsh days, especially in the winter or super windy days. This leaves your lips looking matte, not glossy, which I tend to prefer unless I’m specifically using a gloss. I also find myself not applying this as frequently as other lip balms because… it actually works!

If you give any of these products a try, please let me know your thoughts! While there are clear differences between a man and woman’s skin, these products conveniently work for both.

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