Real Outfit Recap + The Ordinary Skincare

easy winter outfit teddy coat sherpa
MKT Studio coat (similar + shop more MKT Studio here), JOA sweater (similar and shop more JOA here), Frame jeans (shop more Frame here), Everlane boots, Celine bag

We made it!  Happy Friday, everyone.  I was able to snap a bunch of outfits this week (doesn’t always get to happen).  A highlight of the week was attending the Create & Cultivate x Clinique luncheon–it’s always great to see my fellow Chicago bloggers as I never get to attend events.  Also, if you saw on IG stories, my Ordinary skincare arrives (four items totaling $32…I know) and it’s only been a few days but a $9 retinol is amazing in itself.  I promise to give a full report.  It’s mostly sold out at Sephora but I snagged mine from Beautylish.  Here’s what I ordered and why:

  • Hyarulonic Acid – water-based serum, good for AM and PM.  Plumps the skin. Helps skin absorb products.  Oh, and it’s $6.
  • Lactic Acid – Honestly, hoping this is a replacement for Sunday Riley Good Genes (which is amazing).  I alternate this with retinol and only use at night. (Use sunscreen during the day!)
  • Granactive Retinoid 5% – I dipped my toe into retinol this summer and I’m not turning back.  This is an amazing price and hoping it’s my new go-to at night. (Use sunscreen during the day!)
  • Ascorbyl Glucoside Solution 12% – lots of words I don’t understand but basically this is a Vitamin C serum that I use in the morning to promote brightening.  I’ll take that.

And just a PS, I am still loving my Tula skincare – I use the cleanser, illuminating serum, mask and moisturizer in tandem with all these products! Use code SEEANNA for 20% off. (It’s not sponsored – but I love working with them because I’ve actually been using the products for months now!)

classic stripes levi's camel blazer gucci loafers
Banana Republic jacket (old but similar), J Crew top, Levi’s jeans (shop more Levi’s here), Gucci loafers
winter white outfit black tights
Acne sweater (shop more Acne here), Zara skirt (similar), Celine bag, Sol Sana booties (shop more Sol Sana here)
preppy j crew blazer outfit gucci belt
Everlane turtleneck, J Crew blazer (old but similar), Gucci belt, Frame jeans, Rag & Bone booties



  1. Good Genes is MY FAVORITE, but I don’t always have it on hand because $$$, an update/review on this would be great once you use it a little more.

    • You got it! Been using it off and on for the past week (alternate with retinol) and I’ll let you know. It doesn’t give me the same tingle that Good Genes does, but we’ll see. I have bought GG about 3 times and I hate that it’s so expensive… !

  2. elizabeth ashley says:

    V. interested to hear about the retinoid! I’ve been using Neutrogena’s (seems to be the best drugstore rec) and it’s been fine, but I’d like to find a better option!

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