It’s the Little Things…

Today I got up and did a fifteen-minute virtual workout and it was just what I needed to set my mind on the right path for the day. I felt so much better today than yesterday (I didn’t workout yesterday morning). So, now I am determined to do this every morning even if I have a longer workout scheduled for later in the day. This is true of my personal care in other areas as well. I didn’t realize how much my appearance and my sense of well-being were intertwined. The days I get up, take a shower, and do my hair and make-up are better days than those that I stay in my pajamas.

Little self-care rituals are especially important right now. So, I thought I’d share some of the things I’m currently loving.



I love this product. I really do. I can’t say enough about how it’s changed my lashes. They are longer and fuller than they have ever been in my life. For those of you who had lash extensions and are growing them out now, this is a must have product. I know it can be tempting to pick at the extensions to get them off. Please don’t. It will cause you to lose lashes. Gently rub an oily makeup remover on them each night and rinse off. The oil will eventually loosen the glue. Follow with Revitalash on your clean lash line every night and in eight weeks you’ll have beautiful lashes. In twelve weeks, you’ll wonder why you ever needed extensions to begin with.




Slip Pillowcase

Now more than ever getting a good night’s sleep is really important to me. The silk stays cool meaning I don’t have to constantly flip the pillow. Being well rested is important in strengthening our immune system. My hair doesn’t take as much of a beating either. Because the pillowcase moves with my hair, I wake with better hair and don’t have to wash it quite as often. That’s essential when you can’t race out and touch up your color.



The Good Patch Nite Nite

Did I mention how important a good night’s sleep is? When my mind is racing and I just can’t fall asleep, I put on one of the Good Patch’s Nite Nite or Dream patches. Nite Nite has CBD and melatonin whereas the Dream patch is a combination of hops, valerian root, and melatonin. One of these patches and my Slip pillowcase and I’m out for a good eight hours.



Urban Apothecary

I’ve always been a candle fanatic, but now that I’m in the house so much I find myself looking for the comforting glow all day rather than just at night. I am absolutely loving the Urban Apothecary candles and now the coordinating Hand and Body Wash and Lotions. If you are looking for a gift, this trio is a wonderful option. I know because I gifted myself with one yesterday. They say never trust a chef that doesn’t eat his own food, I guess never trust a shop owner who doesn’t buy from their own store applies as well. Not an issue here!



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I have been a beauty junkie for what seems like forever, but before I did anything about it, I went to law school. (Yes, my life is a little like the reverse of Legally Blonde.) Then, I worked as a prosecutor in Sonoma County after which I moved to the DC area with my husband in ’97. I served as Majority Counsel to the Senate Banking Committee followed by a year-long stint at a lobbying firm. You get the picture. It was then that I decided to act on my dream of becoming an entrepreneur. Finding my favorite beauty products proved to be impossible without stepping foot in a mall–the horror. So, I decided to bring my favorites to Alexandria. A few trips to New York and a flight to France and Bellacara was born in March 2000.

Located in historic Old Town Alexandria, for more than 17 years Bellacara has been Northern Virginia's preeminent boutique for high end cosmetic, skincare and haircare products. At Bellacara you will find premiere beauty products that have been carefully edited by the store’s owner, Angela Sitilides, who personally tests all the products sold in store. The boutique carries only the best product lines – Kiehl’s, Jouer, Dr. Dennis Gross, Christophe Robin, Moroccan Oil, Bumble & Bumble, Fresh, Molton Brown, Skinceuticals, Smashbox, Stila, Mario Badescu, Clarins, Dermalogica, Kevyn Aucoin, Kai, Child, St. Tropez, Smith and Cult, and many more.

1000 King Street
Alexandria, VA 22314


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