Five Things Friday

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It’s been a while since I’ve done a themed day (like Fitness Friday, Friday Favorites, Five Things Friday or whatever strikes a fancy).

1. It’s SEPTEMBER!  I love the changing of months, the changing of seasons, fresh starts…I even like Mondays! (gasp!)  Even though it doesn’t necessarily *feel* quite like full-on Fall yet (although we have had some very very very nice Fall-like days), technically still being Summer, September signals the onslaught of cozy comfy things: scarves, sweaters, boots, blankets, warm drinks, apples, and pumpkin, pumpkin, and more pumpkin.  Most of the day today, this song has been floating through my head:

2. I had my DNA tested (through ancestry.com and then for $5 more got some health info from Promethease.com), and did you know that there’s a gene that apparently some people have where as a child, they have a stronger-than-average ability to detect bitterness?  But then that above-average ability plummets to under-average when they’re adults… hence why brussel sprouts or olives may have been hated as a child but enjoyed as an adult.   ((although, it seems to me that I don’t think I really know of ANY child who enjoys either of those, but it was still something neat to hear)).  Some useful info I found out was that I have 2 copies of the MTHFR gene mutation.  Good thing my XFactor Plus multivitamin has methylated forms of vitamins in it (like folate instead of folic acid)…I can’t believe how many things have folic acid added to it!  I still have a lot of reading to do, as it’s genetic/scientific and I have to take it in pieces to digest, lol.

3.  “Diamonds are a girls best friend”, right?  Well, Anjolee sent me this GORGEOUS ring (*note: the version they made for me is made from cz and silver, and it is so shiny, sparkly, and high quality, that I can’t even imagine if it were real diamonds).

 

 

This is from their diamond anniversary rings collection.  The exact one I picked is the “Delightful Diamond Anniversary ring” (there are sooo many choices).

It is truly so much prettier in person – I took a lot of photos trying to get the sparkle to come across, and it just doesn’t come across like it does in real life.  I don’t know if it was a problem with their size chart, or if it was a problem with how it printed out for me, but there was a big difference for me from the rings I currently have and what the size chart said I should get (again, maybe it was my printer or user error on my part, but just something to be aware of if it is way off for you).  So I ended up deciding to get what my gut was telling me, what I have in other rings.  So I got a size 6 and it fits perfectly.  It’s actually so perfect because it fits my ring finger of both hands (the left a little loose but not falling-off loose), and then it also fits the middle finger of left hand nicely and my pointer pretty snug.  So it offers variety.

At first I was like, “Is this too blingy?”  Like somehow it would be okay for a married woman to wear the bling, but not a single woman.  Eek, lol!  I got over that feeling quickly though, because you don’t have to be married to wear a nice pretty ring, despite the “anniversary” name.  If you love it, wear it!  I’ve been wearing it all the time, not just for dressing up events.

4.  Do you sleep with a fan on or white noise?  I have (miraculously) made it through the whole summer without using air conditioning, just a fan.  So now that the weather is turning cooler at nights, I’m wondering if my use the fan is more of wanting it to actually blow cool air on me or more of the noise or habit of it.  Just random ponderings.

5.   This is the Labor Day Weekend.  Any plans?  I have a few things I want to do, one of which is to write a poem.  I am praying and hoping the words come to me because it is for a dear lady who has asked me to write something for a project she is doing.  It has been a long while since I’ve written poetry, and I’m feeling both a bit unfit for the severity/importance I feel it is, but yet, I am honored and humbled to give it a go.  So that’s my one big thing I would like to accomplish over the weekend.

Floral Favorites

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Has anyone else been as enamored as I’ve been over the current fashion flood of florals?!  It makes my floral-loving heart sing!  Ever since I was little, I’ve always loved pastels and florals.  And to see sooo much floral this spring and summer… well, can you have too much floral?  I’m not sure, but if so, I’m guilty.  I’ve been enjoying that “trend”, though (I don’t follow trends…to me, following trends is so hard anyways, not to mention it takes away a large part of personal style.  Ever since I discovered Dressing Your Truth several years ago, I’ve given up on trying to fit into the current trends.  And I’ve never felt like I’ve had more of my own personal style!  It’s great!).  But this is a trend that happens to be something I love and incorporate into my own style anyways.  Have you been a fan of the floral frenzy?

When Cleo Madison -a new-to-me brand, reached out to me this summer asking if I’d like to sample something from their shop… you can guess what I chose, right?  Something floral. 🙂  This Prague dress to be exact (which just happens to be on sale now, so click your way over pronto so you don’t miss out before it gets sold out).  Cleo Madison has a lot of great finds, and a great sale going on as well!

Cleo Madison

The pastel and floral theme took me back a bit to my childhood, and of course, a side pony was the logical choice. 🙂  A 30-something can still wear them occasionally, right?! lol

Cleo Madison

Cleo Madison

Cleo Madison

Cleo Madison

Cleo Madison

The dress is SO comfy, like wearing pajamas comfy!  It doesn’t seem to wrinkle easily, either, which is always a plus!

I was particularly liking my makeup the day I took these pictures, so I’ll share what I’m wearing:

Everyday Minerals foundation in a mix of Golden Fair and Ivory (I can wear either one, and I had a little bit of each left in their containers so I combined them into one).

Eye shadow is Bliss (outer lid) and Utopia (middle and inner lid) from Redeeming Beauty Minerals, which is just an amazing company with heart.  Also from Redeeming Beauty is the brow gel is Gentle.

Mascara is a coat of blackberry mascara from 100% Pure and a coat of brown from Real Purity (I like them both, and don’t have much left the 100% Pure, so just did 1 coat of that).

Blush is actually Silk Naturals Limbo (an eye color).  It’s a pretty pink (on the light side, with a nice shimmer, so it mostly left my cheeks with a glow instead of a strong color, which is fine to me).

Lips are Lipsense Kiss Me Kate (x2) and Bombshell (x1) with Glossy Gloss.  My friend, Cassie, is a Lipsense friend of mine, and here is her page if you’d like to try them out. (She also has a fun giveaway going on right now you don’t want to miss).  She is such a hoot and just a really sweet person!

I don’t know what the trends for fashion will be come spring, but you can bet I’ll still be flying with the florals!!

Wingz – Add Sleeves to Anything

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My apologies for the fairly silent second half of this summer…  Life got crazy crazy busy with some family things that came up, and the blog had to go on the back burner.  But I’m back, so expect a few catch-up posts and then a more consistent posting schedule.  Yay for the end of summer and start of fall.  How do you all feel about that?  I’m sure most of the moms are like, “Yessss!  School is starting!!” haha (unless it’s your first or your last, then you might have more of a mixed response).  Even though I’m not a mama, I still love that transition time from summer to fall.  And even though it’s not going to necessarily *feel* like fall for a little while yet, I still really appreciate the change in seasons.

Wingz review

 

One thing that is sometimes not fun, though, is that a common issue from summer to fall, fashion-wise, is how to transition between the two without looking like you’re still at the beach or like you are ready for fuzzy slippers and pumpkin pie.   I was recently sent this Wingz product to try out, specifically in the white lace 3/4 sleeve.  I think these would attract several people – those who prefer to cover their arms out of personal reasons (like they are self-conscious of their arms, or maybe for religious reasons), but also those who want to wear their summer dresses or sleeveless tops as the weather gets a tad cooler without having to layer a cardigan.  (I am a HUGE fan of cardigans… it might be a slight obsessions of mine, haha, but even I like the versatility).

Wingz review

The lace is soft and it was comfortable.  Sizing in my opinion is pretty generous, as it bunched up a bit on me (BUT I have short arms and my shoulders are on the narrow side), so I think if you’re debating between two sizes, go for the smaller one (I got the size 1 (us 10-14), but think I could’ve gotten the size 0 (us 4-8).  I think this white color would look so super pretty with a white dress, especially a white lace dress to give it that connected look and tie it together.  This was the only dress I had that had a good bit of white in it.  You could certainly wear it with any other color, just I personally didn’t like that look as much, as it really drew the attention to the arms, when my goal was to create a connected feel.  But that’s what’s great – they accommodate so many personal styles, and with all of the various options and fabrics and styles they offer, it really is a great option for expanding your seasonal wardrobe.

(Outfit details: lace under sleeve c/o Wingz; maxi floral dress on Zulily)

Friday Finds: MooGoo and Dusty Girls [Review]

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I love trying out new products, especially when they are good-for-you!  MooGoo (what a cute name, right?) makes skincare/hair care items that are full of healthy oils and not full of unhealthy ingredients you can’t pronounce.  What are some of these ickies you won’t find?

  • Paraffin Oil (Mineral Oil)
  • Synthetic Preservatives such as Parabens, Phenoxyethanol, Formaldehyde Donors. (We love Hops, although sometimes you can smell Hops.)
  • PEG’s and Synthetic Penetration enhancers.
  • Sodium Laureth Sulphate or harsh cleansers. (simply because there are gentler, natural alternatives.)

They also have a makeup division, called Dusty Girls, which offers great mineral makeup.

As you can see, I was given a large selection to try out and give my thoughts on!

Before I get into the actual products, I need to say a word on the packaging – it is so beautiful!  Clean, colorful, very smooth and has a very nice feel to the labels, and some of the MooGoo products come in adorable little milk box-like containers.

I’ve been loving every single one of these products, and I’m sure they’ll be making many more appearances on the blog in the upcoming posts.

HAIR CARE/SHOWER ITEMS

I was curious to try out the hair care products, especially the Protein Shot Leave-In Conditioner, as I had heard a lot of good things about that product in the curly hair community.  It is very smooth and makes my hair feel moisturized.  I think my hair loves protein right now, so I am very happy with how it is performing and helping my curls be defined. (((for those of you with curly hair, if you’re finding your curls are more limp or soft than you’d like, try a protein treatment – I did a gelatin hair treatment (Google or Youtube for instructions), and thenfollowing up now with protein-rich products like MooGoo’s.

Next of what I tried was the Cream Conditioner.  As a curly girl, I don’t “shampoo” my hair.  I don’t use sulfates, which is in most shampoos, and also with conditioners, I don’t use -cones, as they coat the hair and aren’t the best thing for curly hair.  So I use a lot of conditioner, and my hair is loving this Cream Conditioner.  It’s so… well, creamy!  But it’s not too heavy, and it doesn’t feel like it weighs my hair down at all.  I love all the yummy oils they use in their products!

A great multi-use product is the Milk Wash.  This is designed to be an all-over body wash, but it’s so gentle and creamy that I’ve been using it as a body wash, a face wash, and as a hand soap sometimes too.

FACE/SPECIALTY ITEMS

They really have a huge selection of products for different skin needs, which is great because, obviously, not everyone has the same skin type or skin concern.  I’ve always had dry skin and suffered for many many years with severe seborrheic dermatitis.  I tried nearly everything to help, and everything had been just a Band-Aid or did help some, but was very temporary.  When I found and started taking Plexus, I was blown away at how getting my gut health in order drastically improved my skin.  But when one has a tendency towards something, one can never be too careful or too proactive in keeping everything good, right?  That’s why I’m loving their Scalp Cream.  I’ve been using it along my hairline and my eyebrows, and just as an overall face moisturizer before bed. [Right now, I am washing my face with the Milk Wash, then a few times a week I’ll use a dab or two of the Organic Rosehip Oil, then top with the Scalp Cream as a moisturizer.  I’ve been using the Soothing MSM Cream also as a moisturizer in the morning or at night.]

 

DUSTY GIRLS MAKEUP


I have been using more natural/mineral makeup since around 2008?(ish? It’s been quite a while, I know that), and I love learning about and trying new-to-me brands.  Dusty Girls is such a pretty name, isn’t it?  I love their clean simple packaging, once again, and the feel of quality to their packaging.  I was able to try out 3 products:

Earth Cream – in the shade Light.  While this is said to be good for acne-prone skin, I’ve found it to be good for me as well, someone who isn’t very acne prone but more prone to dryness.  I got the Light, and as you can see on my arm swatch below, it’s a really good match and blends out very nicely.  Because it is on the sheer side, I think it really will match a lot of people.  I sometimes add a dusting of Everyday Minerals foundation in either Golden Fair or Ivory on top if I feel it needs to be just a tad lighter, but overall, it really is a great color match.  It is easy to apply and feels nice on the skin.  (I plan to do a makeup look soon featuring these products, so stay tuned).

Natural Mineral Blush in the color “Pink Ladies”

This is a gorgeous neutral pink shade!!  It’s not too cool and not too warm, but – to me at least – it is just that perfect neutral soft pink color that would look good on pretty much everyone.  There is also quite a lot of product.  My only suggestion with this is to be somewhat gentle, as it can break/crumble if it falls or gets knocked around too much (like any pressed product).  And again, such pretty design on the lid!

They also have a sense of humor/fun with their naming 😉  I just saw a new item they have now – a gradual natural tanning cream- called “How Now Brown Cow”, and they sign their correspondence with “Moo-Chews Grass-ias”.  How fun is that?!

If you’ve never heard of MooGoo or Dusty Girls, I hope this review was helpful to you and piques your interest in trying them out!  They do offer a variety of sizes on many of their products, perfect for trying before buying larger quantities.

*Products sent for review; but, as always, I only honestly review things that I personally love and that I think you will love as well!

Friday Fun Day: Chirps Chips

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Not chips, but Chirps!  Does that make you say, “Whaaat???”  – it did me when I first heard of the new chip alternative with more protein.  I’ve had various “themes” for Fridays here on the blog (and many many many Fridays with nothing at all), including “Fitness Fridays” and “Fashion Fridays”… but I think for a little while at least I’m going to go with “Friday Fun Day” because who doesn’t like to have fun on Fridays?!

And eating chips is fun… but knowing they have protein and what they’re made of is just even more fun.

They were recently on Shark Tank and got a deal!!  Check out the fun video:

Isn’t that fun?  I love the energy and happiness these ladies show!

Anyways, my thoughts:

Honestly, I was a bit apprehensive with the first bite… because I’ve never eaten crickets before!  lol (it’s not your average fare here in the US at least).  At first bite, I wasn’t really into the BBQ flavor – I thought it needed a lot more BBQ flavor.  I did like the Cheese flavor, though.  And the Sea Salt was fine – great for using in salsa or whatever else.  However, after eating a few more Chirps, I really did enjoy the BBQ flavor – it grew on me.

The chips are smaller in size than most tortilla chips, but they’re so cute and you also get a lot more individual chips in a bag that way so it felt like you were getting more that way (I know you’re not, but I think it’s a smart way to package/produce them).

I would definitely recommend these, and have no doubt that they will be seen very soon in all major stores and soon we’ll all be eating crickets!  🙂

*I was sent a sample of Chirps to facilitate this review, but like all my reviews, I only review the item on this blog if I actually like the item and/or think my readers will, and honesty is important to me, so if I don’t like something, I won’t share about the product with you all.

In other fun news, here in Pennsylvania the weather has been amazingly warm and gorgeous!!!  We’re getting so spoiled, and it’s hard to remember it’s still February and not April or May!  I like a bit of winter, but much prefer spring and fall over the more extremes.

So find something fun about today – whether you have a boring day ahead of you or not, find some fun or happy to spread around to others – it will in turn also make you have a happier day!