Growing up acne was never a big issue for me. Then I hit 25 and moved to South Carolina (hello humidity) and things took a quick turn. Fast forward 5 years later and I was still dealing with spurts of adult acne which is frustrating. My life is super busy and stress seems to make my skin very upset.
Poly LED offered to let me try their new anti-acne device, the only cordless LED device on the market, and I was excited to see what the results would be. The following is a before and after photo after using the light for 1.5 weeks.
Overall I feel like it definitely worked for my skin (the blue light kills the bacteria and the red light helps to heal scars and marks). Moreover, now that my skin has cleared up, I can notice a difference if I don't use it for a couple days as acne starts wanting to emerge again. Luckily this is cordless & lightweight so I can bring it anywhere as a tool in my quest for natural, healthy skin free of harsh chemicals and ingredients that can age you (despite what they advertise).
STEP 1 - Blue Light
STEP 2 - Red light
If you're interested in learning more, check out the devices here: https://www.mypolyled.com/product/poly-go-clear/
So I had to leave my blow dryer and a thousand other things behind when I moved across the country this year. I was okay with it because I really don't like using heat on my hair as it can be damaging. However I really missed being able to dry off that last section when I need to get out the door or start getting ready.
I tested out these 2 gorgeous tools from Jose Eber - the blow dryer and the wet/dry hair straightener. Keep reading to hear why I love them, and get a 70% off coupon!
The Direct Air Blow dryer has 3 different heads, 2 of which direct the air in a strict line which makes drying super quick and efficient! Its also surprisingly very lightweight which means I wont feel guilty traveling with it.
The Infrared 2" Wet / Dry Hair straightener can be used on wet or dry hair and is designed to minimize damage. Lately I've found this is really nice to use about an hour after I get out of the shower and want to spend 1-2 minutes smoothing and finishing drying my hair with a couple comb-thrus of this tool. Makes my day a little easier and I can say goodbye to the "messy bun" and be okay wearing my hair down when I don't have time to style it. Another way I love to use this is (at the same time, hour post shower) to run it through my hair and then wrap the hair around curlers for 10 minutes - the result is perfect beach waves with only 2 minutes of my time.
I have a 70% off discount for you guys if you’re interested!
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Lately my anxiety has been out of this world. I work full time, run two side businesses on my own, own two homes, property manage multiple tenants, and do all the cleaning and yardwork at my house. When I have free time, I was finding myself getting anxious and irritated rather than enjoying it. A friend showed up late? Instant anxiety about wasting my time. Roommates never cleaning? Anxiety for a week. Not the kind of person I wanted to be. When I was in college I had a doctor give me prescription pills to calm me down when my anxiety got the best of me, but that I stopped taking them after hearing about all the addictive traits and adverse effects these medicines can have.
What To Buy...
Here are some of the extensions and products I use, on Amazon. Enjoy!
Waiheke Island.. WOW.
The perfect ferry ride from Aukland, NZ.
Swimsuit from Strange Bikinis
Photos taken with the help of Pat Black. Styled, modeled, and edited by Lindsey O.
This bikini had me feelin' like a pacsun commercial, and i'm okay with that!
Bikini by Cheeky Swim
Top - bought locally in Byron Bay, Australia
Photos taken with the help of Pat Black, styled, modeled,+ edited by Lindsey O.
Bali was such an amazing experience. I especially loved my airbnb in Sanur, as it was away from all the tourists and oh so cute. I felt like I had a little piece of the jungle to myself. Check out some photos lounging around this place in one of Strange Bikini's awesome handmade pieces!
Model / Content: Lindsey O.
Photos taken with the help of Pat Black, styled & edited by Lindsey O.
I was SO excited to find out Cheeky Swim was going to offer this one piece again for 2018, it is absolutely gorgeous, and handmade in Florida! Sanur was the perfect secluded area in Bali, leaving me feeling like a jungle goddess in this bikini!
Content / Model: Lindsey O.
Photos Taken with the help of Pat Black, Styled and Edited by Lindsey O.
Next up is this cute little retro two-piece, also by Cheeky Swim.
Living out a day dream exploring the coastline near Sydney, Australia in this adorable high waist bikini by Cheeky Swim!
Content / Model: Lindsey O.
Photos taken with the help of Pat Black, edited by Lindsey O.
Models: Lindsey O and Samantha Rueter
Photographer: Reagan Hembree
Swim: Cheeky Swim
Or is it July at Christmas?
Either way, thanks to the lovely bubbly Lindsay for modeling, and Crooked Crown for letting us taste their alcoholic popsicles to celebrate the holiday with a summer vibe this Christmas!
If you haven't checked them out yet, they're located on Spring St. in downtown Charleston <3
I recently built a new home in Charleston, SC with the help of Southeastern builders! I wanted to keep everything very bright and clean so that most of the color would come from my style and belongings. Take a look around and let me know what you think, I'm in love!
My good friend Jenn and I took some photos out at Folly Beach this fall.
Photos by: Reagan Hembree.
My dress + hat: Free People
Sweater, Boots, + Necklace: Forever21
Models: Lindsey O and Jennifer Mullins
This Halloween I modeled in a fun session for two local creatives at a cemetery in Charleston. Can you find the ghost?
Photos: Nicole Mickle
HMUA and headpiece: Rosa Martinez
Model: Lindsey O.
What a lovely sole Nicole is over at Nicole Mickle Photography! This is the first set of photos I think I actually tried to smile in - which was so awkward at first but now it feels pretty normal :)
This is my second time shooting Susan & I can't get enough of this girl. She's so much fun & truly a pleasure to photograph. This time we went to the Americano, a trendy little diner located in the heart of Mount Pleasant. Every corner turned into the perfect space with the prettiest colors. The green trees, colorful flowers & bright hanging lights made the best background for Susan.
I recently had the opportunity to visit Sam Rueter, a Charleston based artist, in her studio located in the Redux Contemporary Art building. It was so cool to experience first hand how Sam creates these stunning abstract paintings. Her careful choice of color, unique brushstrokes, and strong focus indicated just how passionate about she is about her work. I highly recommend checking out Sam's incredible pieces either at Redux or through her online shop!
The inspiration for this shoot was my black hat from Free People, and this brick wall. That is it. But man did we get a ton of great pics! Check out the gorgeous Susan who strolled some little Charleston alleys with me last week!
One thing I've been doing more of lately is shooting women and every time I do, I realize how in love with it I am! I'm opening up shoots for women of all ages, lets go find some light and make you feel beautiful in your own skin, no matter where you are at in life! Contact me to book a session! Hello@LindseyO.com
I've also been getting questions about doing 1 on 1 photo mentoring to teach people how to use their DSLR and shoot in manual. I'm bringing my session back, if you're interested, check it out here!
Photos: Detavius Niblack
Swim: Frankie's Bikinis
Athletic: Woolx spring line
Jeans: Free People
Hat: Earthbound Trading Co
Sweater: Urban Outfitters
Dress: Forever 21
Model: Lindsey O.
OK, so before we dig into why this new "trend" of everyone eating collagen powder will not take away your wrinkles.. lets talk about where this rumor came from..
People have the ability to choose what is displayed about them on social media, and can create a whole life or business separate from who they actually are, and are all of the sudden "experts" on everything. It is all perception. The problem lies with creating a FALSE reality. For instance, there are many "businesses" out there that are not businesses at all. They are not paying taxes, they may not even be generating income, and in many cases are not qualified. These are the accounts that are shaping decisions for many consumers and this can be misleading.
You will see a trend among many "fitness" or "model" accounts promoting this new "collagen powder" to drink. Some of these accounts were paid to promote this, and others are just following the trends. The claims are that this magic drink will improve the health of your skin and take away / prevent wrinkles. If any of these accounts actually had a degree in nutrition, medicine, or science they would know this is simply not true... so let's clear up WHY :)
Why it won't work (the science)
When you ingest collagen you are ingesting a type of protein. All proteins are composed of amino acids, and are broken down into amino acids in your stomach. Collagen is not going to be digested as collagen, and used by your skin, it will be digested as amino acids just like all other proteins.
Marketers are preying on consumers hoping to sell that putting collagen in your body will create more collagen for your body but a little bit of scientific research says this simply is not true.
So, is collagen powder bad for you? No, but it is simply providing you with amino acids which you can get from other forms of protein as well including meat, dairy, etc. Save your bank account from splurging on this super expensive protein and get yourself a well balanced diet! These "collagen powders" are super expensive compared to other forms of protein.. save your money and treat yo self to that new bikini you've been eyeing!
If you're still stuck on the whole collagen in / collagen out theory, save yourself some money and buy a gelatin supplement or eat some jello :) yummmmm!
Here are some of my must have items to make the perfect home office if you love everything rose gold like myself. Plus a few other cuties like cactus candles and a scratch off map.
Click on the image to open up the amazon listing in a new tab and add these babes to your wish list or cart!
Rose Gold Everything... Literally everything
And a few other items I feel absolutely neccessary ;)
Featured on Wedding Chicks.
Photos by Taylor Rae Photography.
Dress: Modern Trusseau, Charleston
HMUA: Stephanie Simpson
Florals: Wildflowers, Inc
Rentals: Ooh Events
Model: Lindsey O
Thanks to the amazing Alyssa Wilcox for capturing these beautiful photos while I was in the PNW this summer. All items are from Free People.
I typically don't post boudoir photos because the ones I take are usually of a bride as a gift to her husband. This is a little something different, I wanted to go outside and use a local artist in a styled shoot of my choosing... enjoy!
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