I wanted to take a moment today to give a shout out to some amazing, local bloggers who continue to produce top-notch content. As a disclaimer, I am not originally from Pittsburgh. In fact, I’ve only been living in this city for about six years. BUT. I couldn’t be more in love with this pin point on the map–there’s a ton of great energy here, and I’m excited to be witnessing it’s revival firsthand. It is a really fun place to live. That said, all three of these featured posts were written by some very talented women here in our very own city of Pittsburgh and you should definitely take a minute to give them a read!
Make-up Review: Foundations for Dry, Sensitive, Aging Skin
Blog: Mrs. Franzos
Aging skin is something that many of us 30-somethings are dealing with. I don’t know if it’s just me, but my skin can fluctuate between dry, combination, and sensitive in [what can feel like] minutes. I appreciated Meryl’s thorough review on her favorite foundations, including the ones that didn’t work. After reading her post, I’m definitely interested in trying out this Makeup Forever option; I tend to prefer a lighter coverage–just enough to conceal a bit of redness without feeling caked on, or like I have visible makeup. (Also, Meryl has the world’s most flawless skin, so I’ll basically believe anything she tells me about makeup.)
My Current Thoughts on Buying Clothes
Blog: The Surznick Common Room
I really enjoyed reading Sarah’s perspective on buying clothes in a more thoughtful way, including finding more ethically sourced options. Personally, this is a hurdle that I admittedly have not dedicated much time or research to, but that’s why I was so grateful that she was able to provide some of it for me. I know fast fashion is a huge money-making industry, especially for anyone easy-influenced by trends–there’s no way you could keep up with it all unless you had an endless budget. Fast fashion retailers like Forever21 and H&M have been able to rapidly produce trends at a much lower price point–but that usually means cheap and can also translate to less than ideal manufacturing practices. This post is definitely worth the read; I certainly felt enlightened afterwards, that is for sure.
Infertility: A State of Normalcy
Blog: Wavy Alabaster
I read Jessa’s post a few weeks back, and found myself instantly tearing up. I’m fresh to the 30 club, but, for a lot of women who are opting to have children later in life, it certainly feels like our bodies are against us. Arnie and I are not at a point where we are trying for children yet, but every time I think about the fact that we’re seemingly fighting an internal clock, I can immediately start to panic. For so many women today, our early twenties are about finishing college and even going on to further our studies and our careers. Many of us are shying away from the “normal” path and choosing to focus this time on our passions instead. Jessa’s perspective was really both heartbreaking and heartwarming, and I encourage anyone who is currently or knows someone who is dealing with infertility to give this a read. Jessa is also a phenomenal writer and story-teller, so you simply cannot be disappointed by her words.