Happy 4th of July, Ya Spitfires.
Just a couple of shots from a little weekend getaway to Granbury TX.
Yeah, it’s pretty alright.
Happy 4th of July, Ya Spitfires.
Just a couple of shots from a little weekend getaway to Granbury TX.
Yeah, it’s pretty alright.
"To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance." — Oscar Wilde
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H A P P Y
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It’s hard to believe that the first month of 2017 has already whizzed by. It feels like I haven’t had time to blink, let alone contemplate New Year’s resolutions.
But if I did have time to sit down and write out my goals for the year ahead, incorporating more clean, non-toxic and cruelty free products into my beauty regimen would be top of the least.
That’s where the Glowing Beets subscription service comes into play.
Glowing Beets is a beauty subscription service offers 3 to 4 deluxe to full-sized beauty products delivered to your door for just $29.99 per month. When you consider that the value for January’s box was $106.90, that’s a steal!
But enough jibber-jabber. To the products!
I’ve been curious about this toothpaste for a while now, so I was pleased to find it in January’s box. According to the website, David’s toothpaste is set apart from the rest because it offers a flouride-free alternative to natural whitening and fresh breath. Now, I have to be honest – I had to do some research into this flouride-free business. I mean, flouride is in our drinking water for Pete’s sake – surely it’s not toxic?!
Well, I was surprised to find that there *is in fact controversy surrounding the flouridation of our toothpaste and tap water. As it turns out, studies have found evidence for a number of negative health effects including stunted neurodevelopment in children – you read more about this in a scientific paper for the journal of Environmental Health Perspectives. At the same time, flouride is heralded by the CDC as one of the top 10 most important public health measures of the 20th century for “safely” reducing cavities.
So the jury’s out on flouride, but regardless of which side of the debate you fall on you will love love love the minty fresh feeling that this toothpaste leaves me with. I sure do!
Lavender Hand & Body Lotion – $11.95
Vitamin E, rosehip and lavender oils unite in this delightful lotion to keep your skin feeling soft and smooth. I have to say, I love the combination of rosehip and vitamin E in this guy. Think of rosehip as “The Rejuvenator”, helping to regenerate skin cells and heal old wounds and scars. At the same time, vitamin E is “The Protector”, shielding your skin from harmful free radicals. Lavender oil is of course super soothing and smells delicious. Perfect when you’re looking to pamper yourself.
One of the really neat thing about this company is that they use pure, sustainable ingredients in their lotions and creams – sustainable ingredients including free range egg. As the company grows, they aim to establish a rescue designed to rehabilitate battery hens. Certainly a worthwhile cause!
Modicum Essential Travel Kit – $65.00
I love the packaging on this Modicum skincare trio. The little vials with their gold accents are so elegant and makes me feel very luxurious when I use it. Even better, it comes with a draw-string bag perfect for storage and travel.
Included in the set: essential serum, cleanser and exfoliant. These plant-based products smell rich and earthy. I especially enjoy the serum, which according to the website, diminishes the need for moisturizer or eye cream. (Hey, the fewer products I need to incorporate into my skincare routine, the better!)
The exfoliant is an especially neat concept. Comprised of MSM and Aloe vera, this gentle exfoliant gently buffs away dead skin and can be added to any cleanser.
Scandic Botanica Rosehip Highlighter – $22.00
I love discovering new and natural beauty products in my subscription boxes! This highlighter from Scandic Botanica may just be my favorite find in Glowing Beet’s January box.
3 simple ingredients go into this ultra-nourishing, skin-loving product- rosehip, shea butter and jojoba oil. To summarize my thoughts on this guy… honestly, I think the folks at Scandic Botanica have said it best,
“Our Rosehip Highlighter is a moisturizing cream highlighter that transforms dull, dry skin into a dewy, luminous candlelit glowing sheen – just where you need it most without clogging pores.”
I love the way this highlighter looks and feels, and I love even more that the ingredients list is simple, straightforward and free from harsh chemicals.
All in all, I really enjoyed January’s Glowing Beet subscription box. I have been really pleasantly surprised by the value of the products selected by Glowing Beets to showcase in their monthly boxes. $29.99 may seem a bit hefty compared to other subscription boxes – but for the size and quality, you can’t beat it!
Just a little something to get you through the work week.
If it seems like the sky is falling (and girl ((or boy)), I know the feeling. As of late, quite literally — “raindrops are fallin on my head”), then can we just please take a blessed moment to stop — “hey, what’s that sound?”
[“Everybody look, what’s going down.”]
“It is the sound of…” // s e r e n i t y.
Wait, what? Look, I’m sorry if I’m not making sense. I’m speaking my own language. And I’m hoping some of what I’m saying will speak to you.
Speaking openly can be a challenge. Letting people see our thoughts, our process, our personhood. I can’t speak for you, but I can speak for myself. And for me… It’s easy to get comfortable in my head. Too comfortable.
And to just kind of…
In that headspace.
One of the things I’m working on as an individual with social anxiety is making my outer environment a safe space. By projecting a kind of shield of serenity filled with self-bliss. And here’s how I do that.
We all have our things that -to us- encapsulate pure bliss. Think on it. I’ll think on it, too.
Okay, got it? For me it’s things like…
Watching scary movies on a gloomy afternoon. Rediscovering my favorite headband from oh… let’s just say somewhere between 1-2 decades ago, emphasis on the ‘teens. (Shoot man, I’ve lived decades.) Or feeling luxurious lounging -oh so casually, darling- in silk pants and cashmere top on your one. Sacred. Day off.
All this while presumably eating bonbons by the fire. Duh.
Okay, so that last bit is [a bit] of a fantasy. And of course, I can’t always have all of these things at once. (Sometimes even at all.)
But sometimes. Sometimes dreams do come true. Like discovering said dreamy silk pant/cashmere top duo for $9.50 at the local Goodwill. And the gorgeous, gorgeous Cole Haan loafers pictured below?
$15.00 at my new favorite thrift store in the heart of downtown.
(You could of course purchase these bad boys brand new for upwards of $100.00 — but, really, why torture your checkbook?)
This spells B L I S S to me. But hey, I’m a simple girl.
What’s your bliss?
Think about it. Find some sort of way to clothe yourself in it. Know that you can do this. You got this. And you are surrounded by a fortress of love.
Go out into the world and live your beautiful purpose.
Music is therapy. For those of you wondering,
“raindrops are fallin on my head” | Raindrops Keep Falling on my Head by B.J. Thomas
“hey, what’s that sound?”//“everybody look, what’s going down.” | For What It’s Worth by Buffalo Springfield
“It is the sound of…” | The Sound of Silence by Simon & Garfunkel
Clothing described above.
It’s been a little while, hasn’t it? Seems I’ve been so caught up in the life-things happening around me that I’ve forgotten to tend to myself and the things I love.
(Like this little blog – humble thing that it is.)
In the meantime, fall has made its slow descent upon Texas (–mostly in the form of pumpkin spice everything. It’s still a cool 80+ most days, but we can pretend, right?)
And something else we might agree about: this is the best time of the year, is it not?
I mean, c’mon. Crisp fall days give me life. (Ironic, since dead leaves abound. But I am dead inside, after all… kidding.)
But in all seriousness — there is something about the cool chill of a brisk autumn day, the ritual of pulling out jackets & sweaters & scarves knit by your grandmother, the warm and fuzzy feeling of spiced cider in your belly (+ rum for extra warmth).
And of course, the beautiful (dead) leaves.
It’s a time for change – it’s a time to let the past go – it’s a time for renewal.
And fall does it with such style.
Now, it is true that our own personal style can say so much about us. But perhaps it is more powerful than even that. Because our clothing is also a means of saying what we sometimes cannot. It’s a visual perspective. It’s a silent voice.
And perhaps I am run n i n g a w a y with an idea, but it seems to me that by breathing new life into old items you not only give voice to the past, but also speak to who you are working to become — all of this in the present moment.
So. I’m not going to pretend that I wear such tailored attire on a daily basis, but today was a pressed cotton blouse and oxfords kind of day. And let me to you what, I felt like a regular lady in this.
[Despite finding myself at a Britney Spears kind of Crossroads in my life.]
Surely history has shown us by now that a confident woman can take on the world?
I’m just here to kill the game.
(And okay, admittedly I don’t always know what that looks like. But today it felt like this outfit. And sometimes that’s good enough.)
I promise we’ll chat again soon.
Blouse | Anthropologie Sale
Skirt | Thrifted
Belt | Fossil Outlet
Confessions of a Snack Fiend:
Look, I’ll throw my hands up and admit it: I am a serial snacker.
I am an individual of creature comforts and when the cravings hit – well, I’m powerless to resist. (I know, I know. I’m working on it.)
But here’s my feeling folks… if you’re gonna be bad, you gotta be good. Do it right.
I like my snacks to be delicious and nutritious. I like my snacks to be indulgent and nourishing. Basically, I want it all. And with so many different options out there, why shouldn’t I//you//we all aspire to snack so sinfully and yet guilt-free?
Of course, all good things in moderation. But sometimes, you just have to give a little or else risk loss of all self-control in the form of a major binge-day. You know what I’m talking about.
So, as Trader Joe’s are cropping up left and right in my neck of the woods, it seemed only appropriate that I should pop in to check out their snack selection. I should mention – this is not my first time to venture into a Trader Joe’s, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed. In college, TJ’s was my go-to for frozen selections. I love the quality for value that this store has to offer, especially for a broke college student.
Well, as life does, my situation had changed since my last visit to TJ’s. No longer a broke college student, instead a penny-pinching post-grad with a penchant for flavorful foods that will fuel my body. So how did this experience differ from previous shopping experiences at Trader Joe’s?
Welp. In short, I was that stingy woman. The one that reaches for a product, carefully reads the ingredients, mindfully places in basket, only to remove said product and replace as neatly as possible on shelf after glancing at the price tag. Move slowly down aisle: repeat, repeat, repeat. Oh yeah, that was me.
But I am pleased to say it was not all for not. I left feeling verily satisfied with my selection & dat price-point. Now let’s get to the good stuff!
The Good Stuff:
Fruit Bar with Flax & Chia Seed // $0.99 // Apple Puree Concentrate, Apple & Pear & Elderberry & Strawberry & Lemon Juice Concentrates, Flax Seeds, Chia Seeds, Citrus Pectin, Natural Flavor, Apple Fiber
So there you have it, for just $22.89 + tax I was able to purchase 11 products – not bad! As you will notice, there are some products that are… err, a little “purer” than others. As I continue on my journey of health-full living, I certainly strive to eat simpler, no-nonsense foods. But for where I am at now, I think I did pretty well.
Now, then. What would I repurchase and what could I do without?
My favorites would have to be the Eggplant Hummus for a salty snack and the Dark Chocolate Honey Mints for the occasional sweet treat. I love that these guys have antioxidant, vitamin-rich ingredients that I can actually pronounce. Simple and delicious. They’re easy picks. What else? The Coconut Juice with Aloe Vera goes great in my smoothies – as of late, I have experienced some abdominal discomfort in the evenings and the aloe vera helps to soothe my talkative tummy. The Sweet Potato Bisque is delicious with roasted pumpkin seeds and a drizzle of coconut creamer as a between-meals pick-me-up. The ginger-based products help to crush cravings and aid digestion. And the Roasted Plantain Chips really do the trick when I’m thinking of reaching for a tortilla or potato chip.
My leave-its are a bit harder to pick out, as I really did enjoy each and every product that I tested. Perhaps most difficult to part with will be the Rosemary and Thyme Sunflower Seeds. It’s the maple toffee bit that concerns me with these guys – sugar + dairy is not a good combination for this girl. So much did I enjoy these little guys, that I’m working up my own little rosemary//thyme//maple trail mix recipe to take its place. May these delicious nuggets rest in peace.
As for the others… the jury is out. In moderation, I think that all of these little guys make for a tasty treat. Overall, I am pleased with my purchases. Let me know what you think! What are your go-to TJ’s snacks?