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!

Do You Brush Your Teeth Enough…

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I will shamefully confess that one of my healthy ambitions this year is to be more diligent about my dental hygiene.  There. I said it.  How pathetic, right?  But truly, I haven’t been always so diligent.  Working from home is one reasons I blame for my sometimes lack of dental diligence.  But really, I’m pretty sure pure laziness and habit play a bigger role.  I *know* flossing is important, but do I floss on a regular basis?  Um, yeah, no.  I *know* brushing teeth at least twice a day is very important, but do I always do so?  Um… well, I think you get the picture.  Oh, and if you want to be encouraged to do a better job of it – just do some researching on the areas of health – besides the actual mouth – that are or could be hurt by having subpar brushing/flossing habits.

So when Toilet Tree asked if I would like to do a review on something in their line, my eye went to their sonic toothbrushes and this thing I had never heard of, and frankly, sounded a bit like something that would be most unpleasant – an oral irrigator, and I noticed they had a combo unit.  I am proud to say I have *diligently* been brushing and …irrigating? (lol, that doesn’t sound right.. but it’s like flossing, so I’ll just say flossing from here on out, k?) for about a month or a little bit more.  My teeth feel very clean, whiter, and my gums have even been less puffy and red and more a pink like they should be.  I have used an electric toothbrush before, so that wasn’t much to get used to.  I like the features this has – with the 3 speeds it is very customizable.  But the irrigator – that thing honestly kind of scared me, haha.  It shoots water at you through this very small nozzle at a surprising pressure/speed.  I’m still working on not getting water misted up on the mirror, but it is now quite fun to use!  I started using it on the least pressure setting (soft)  and tried the normal setting the one day and my gums bled, so I knew it was working!  I continued to use the soft pressure setting for about 1-2 weeks because I didn’t want to make my gums sore.  But now I like to go back and forth between the soft setting and the pulse setting.  The actual unit is sleek and quite nice looking.  It’s easy to hold and operate, and it’s all together, which is nice.

What is one area you are putting more effort into this year?  It’s the end of February, I know, but everyone always starts out strong early January, (and then often falls away from their plans) so I think a month or so in it’s a good reminder – if you’ve fallen off the path of any of your healthy habits, now is just as good a time as any to get back on the path!

Have you ever used an oral irrigator before?