G L O W I N G B E E T S // J A N U A R Y

 

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.

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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!

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David’s Premium Natural Toothpaste – $7.95

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!

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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!

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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.

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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!

xoxo

 

 

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T H E S I L K Y M O N T A G E

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Hello World,

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…

live [there].

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…

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.

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xo
grace

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.

 

 

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F A L L I N G I N T O F O C U S

 

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Hello World.

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.

Grace

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Outfit:
Blouse | Anthropologie Sale
Skirt | Thrifted
Belt | Fossil Outlet

play! by sephora | november unboxing

 

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It’s here, myPlay! by Sephora subscription box has finally arrived. This little guy has been highly anticipated, and not simply because it’s the 3rd installation of Sephora’s new monthly subscription service. For the past 2 weeks I have eagerly tracked the progress of my little bundle of beautifying products as it traveled cross country, all the way from New Jersey to Texas. After a week or of waiting in some cold delivery center en route, I almost thought it wasn’t going to make it, but here it is!

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But enough suspense, let’s get to the good stuff. This month’s box includes 5 deluxe samples of items that are sold exclusively at Sephora.

  1. SEPHORA COLLECTION | Contour Eye Pencil 12hr Wear Waterproof | $10.00
    An electric blue waterproof eyeliner that goes on smooth and stays all day. I was really pleased with the color and performance of this liner, which I applied to the lower lash line for a bold pop of color.
  2. BUXOM | Full-On™ Lip Cream | $19.00
    I was really excited to try this creamy, mauve lip gloss. Buxom glosses are known to have a plumping effect and no-shimmer finish. I’m not a big gloss girl, but I thoroughly enjoyed the tingling sensation and vanilla aroma that accompanied application.
  3. MAKE UP FOR EVER | Step 1 Skin Equalizer | $36.00
    I can’t wait to add this guy to my beauty routine, for a dose of added hydration while I prime. One of the pros of sample sizes: they’re great for travel. I’ll be sure to take this with me on my trip to New York this New Year’s.
  4. BITE BEAUTY | High Pigment Pencil | $24.00
    I was excited to see if this little lip pencil would live up to all of the hype surrounding the brand. I love a matte lip pencil, and this was no exception, although I’m not certain yet if I adore this any more than my trusted Revlon Matte Lip Balms. I did especially enjoy this plum rose shade.
  5. JOSIE MARAN | 100 percent Pure Argan Oil Light | $48.00
    I’m looking forward to exploring all of the ways that this oil can be used. I was pleased to see such a generous portion, as well. At first test, this formula appeared super light weight and hydrating.

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From left to right: Buxom Lip Cream in Dolly, Bite Beauty Pencil in Rhubarb, and Sephora Collection Eyeliner in My Boyfriend’s Jeans

In addition to all of the items above, I also received an itty bitty sample of Stella McCarney’s signature scent. Overall, I was really pleased with the items in this box. For $10 a month, this is a really nice way to try out some items that I would have otherwise looked over for my trusted faves. I love that this box included two lip products, I can never have enough!

So, what do you guys think about this month’s box? Any products that you are in love with? Any products you could do without?

-grace

xoxo

that’s thrifty.

Hello all,

Well I don’t know what the weather is like in your little corner’s of the world, but here in north Texas, it is officially fall & nothing pleases me more.

I know there are truly few declarations more basic in nature, aside from perhaps “a pumpkin spice latte, please.”

I just don’t care. Fall is far and away my most favorite season. Ever since I can remember I have gotten giddy with the first signs of it… those first, brave leaves that begins to turn a bold and vibrant orange hue, the first of many breezy days, carrying with it the subtle scent of earth and fire, the begin of sun’s slow retreat as the day’s shorten and the evening’s creep in, earlier and earlier.

Now I’ll tell you what else I love, thrifting. That’s right, I love sorting through the racks for that diamond in the rough & stealing away my deal to cherish anew. Furthermore, I love a good deal. I mean, seriously. Aside from the occasional splurge or essential, I just can’t understand, no, I can’t justify paying full price for anything. As a recent graduate on a budget, my thriftiness has reached new levels. I’ve always enjoyed thrifting, but lately Goodwill is my go to.

So, in the interest of sharing some interests with you, oh reader – I just wanted to take a moment to, well, share with you some of the bits and bobs that I collected this most lovely month of the year… October has been good to me. Let me know what you think! Have you had any thrift store successes this month?

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Pictured above are some of my favorite purchases, a sleeveless orange knit from New York & Co. with a cute little collar, a Target brand stripey olive green/brown/black boxy shirt, and two cozy-comfy turtleneck sweaters a lá Karen Scott, in oatmeal colored wool and red cashmere. A very sleepy lil ole me sports my most loved buy, the top bit of a matching set, tucked into a pair of Topshop jeans I had scooped up from the sales rack of a local Nordstrom’s Rack. I seriously adore this top with it’s matching ankle length, waist-cinching skirt. Questionable to the brand, but not to my affections. It is love. I love matching sets and the versatility that they provide.

Not shown here, but included in this month’s buys (I’m still working on my editorial picture taking and just could not get this bugger to shoot well) a Michael Kor’s jet black, tailored shirt dress that I picked up for my mom. Some finds are so great, I just can’t stand to leave them in the store, even if they’re not my size. My mom was certainly appreciative of the purchase!

Hope you enjoyed this little bitty peek into my fall fashion wardrobe,

XO Grace