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Brains of the Outfit

Happy National Coffee Day! I've never been more excited about a first world observance than I am right now. Tons of my favorite coffee stop throughs are offering discounted, if not completely free, cups of coffee to celebrate. . . which is awesome! But today, I want to also want to hip you to a few of the health and beauty benefits of coffee. 

My good friend Elizabeth Adams is a Dermalogica Expert and one of the fab estheticians over at my fave Atlanta day spa, The Posh Spot, and she recently shared with me some ways to incorporate coffee into my daily beauty regimen!

(1.) Use as a Facial Mask -- According to Elizabeth, "when applied topically, caffeine from coffee grounds can reduce puffiness, redness and inflammation." 

(2.) Coffee Grounds can Alleviate Tired Eyes -- Again, caffeine is an all-natural agent for reducing puffiness and inflammation. Add a few grounds to your facial mask to cover up any signs of tired, weary eyes!

(3.) Slough Off Cellulite -- You can never have too many suggestions for getting rid of unsightly cellulite. Adding finely ground coffee beans to your body scrubs or favorite body lotions can help reduce the appearance of cellulite over time!

So there you have it, ladies! I'm definitely going to add a few coffee grounds to one of my homemade coconut oil scrubs. I can just smell the goodness now! 

Do you currently use coffee grounds in any of your beauty products/regimens? Let me know by leaving a comment below!

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Happy Saturday! I just returned from a weeklong work trip in Las Vegas and I can't believe how happy I am to be back home. The Mr. and I have been traveling like busy bees these past few weeks and it feels so good to look at my iCal and see nothing on the calendar. NOTHING!

I do, however, have a few errands to run today and tomorrow will use them as an opportunity to bust out my favorite Juicy Couture leopard print booties, oversize Marc Jacobs sunglasses and my "Chanel in the Shop" canvas tote. As a self-proclaimed bag lady, I've started to really take a shine to canvas totes vs. my usual handbags. I can throw in a water bottle, magazines, a makeup bag, snacks, etc, all while keeping things casual and cute (and eco-friendly!).

Just the way I like it.

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Can I just tell you...it's been a C-R-A-Z-Y few weeks. I've been pulled in a million directions working on existing projects, and a brand new labor of love project which, I can finally share!


Turn Up, Buttercup! Mug | CeliseDesigns.com
My childhood best friend and I have recently opened an online shop full of really cute lifestyle gifts such as mugs, canvas tote bags and (my favorite) wall art/prints. We finally launched our site a couple weeks back and now I can take a breather and share with you some of our offerings in
 the online shop!


#Werk Mug
Hello gorgeous! Mug

Instagram Celebrity Mug

Lipstick, Lattes & Lanvin Mug

Chanel in the Shop Tote

"Pretty Face" Print

"Awesome Is the New Black" Print

All gifts range between $13-$22, so there's a little something there for everyone! And for all my Brains of the Outfit readers, we're offering 10% off  + free shipping on your first order with promo code BOTO (applied at checkout). Be sure to spread the word and follow us on Instagram (@CeliseDesigns) to see all the behind-the-scenes goodness!