Coffee Chat no. 28 | Winter Blues + Some Recent Favorites

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Anyone else feel like they’re running into a brick wall these days?! My struggle with seasonal affective disorder plus pandemic burnout is not an ideal combination. Motivation and focus are at an all-time low, my creative flow has pretty much dried up … with the exception of my workout schedule, none of my usual coping strategies or mechanisms are working. The. Struggle. Is. Real. I’m 100% okay with leaning into my feelings and just letting myself be, but there’s only so many days I feel it’s acceptable to call it quits at 2 p.m. and watch Dawson’s Creek the rest of the day – ya know? If you’re feeling the same or similar, hang in there! You’re not alone. Hopefully this bad bout of blues will subside soon.

Some recent favorites:

My sister recommended these acne patches to help with hormonal acne and maskne – I’m so impressed after only a couple uses! The patches drastically reduced inflammation and redness, particularly on a couple nasty cystic situations I had on my chin.

Who else can’t wait for this exclusive interview?

I’m enjoying the new clean formula of one of my all-time favorite mascaras. It still gives my lashes the same volumized look I’ve come to expect and love, but without any nasty ingredients. Bonus that I haven’t experienced any irritation, transfer or smudging!

Finally, a stylish, comfortable white sneaker that isn’t an athletic shoe. Exactly what I’ve been looking for to wear with both jeans and dresses. I’m a size 9 and find these to be TTS. I can’t wait to wear them all spring and summer!

I loved this article in the NY Times featuring one of my favorite Instagrammers! If you’re not already, go follow Dan now – he is a great cook and pure joy.

We caved during the holiday weekend and ordered the pan that nobody can shut up about. Is the hype real? Based on my extensive research, it sure seems so. I’ll report back in a future post!

I’m hoping these pants from Madewell (currently on sale!) help inspire some new outfit ideas. Everything in my closet looks so dull and boring these days – sometimes, a new piece or two helps me try new combinations!

Stay warm, safe and happy! xx

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  1. 2.18.21
    SMD said:

    February has felt like a year and it’s been gray and ghastly for much of it. I always hit a wall this month and this year I feel like that started in January.

    • 2.22.21
      Karly said:

      I’m right there with you, this time of year always is difficult for me.

  2. 2.17.21
    Biana said:

    I love our Always Pan…seriously we use it every single day! I think I need another one so I’m not constantly having to wash it three times a day LOL!

    • 2.22.21
      Karly said:

      I’m seriously so excited to get ours!

  3. 2.17.21
    Debbie said:

    You’re not alone in your feelings these days, it’s been a looooong winter. Thanks for all the product picks and other suggestions, I’m already on those acne patches and have added Dan to my Instagram!

    • 2.22.21
      Karly said:

      I hope that the acne patches have been working for you!

  4. 2.17.21
    Brittany said:

    I feel you. I’ve hit a severe motivation slump. Is it because the one-year mark of this crazy experience is upon us? But it actually feels like 5 years? Hoping some warmer weather helps, but spring is always a long season for me. Sending good vibes! Oh, and you will LOVE the Our Place pan!

    Brittany |

    • 2.22.21
      Karly said:

      I think so many of us have just hit a wall with all the obvious things that have happened throughout the past year. But, I’m hopeful there’s finally light at the end of this tunnel. Hang in there!