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Hello friends! As the summer solstice looms closer, our daily routines change to accommodate the higher temperature, the sunshine, and, if you live in the south, the humidity. Since Florida hits “summer” by mid April, I’ve been assembling my line up for a while now and I wanted to share some of the items that I have enthusiastically added to may daily routine.
1. Native Deodorant – a friend of mine turned me onto Native products earlier this year and so far I’ve tried their body wash and deodorant. The body wash is perfectly fine, but I am kind of obsessed with the deodorant. I’ve tried four of the different scent options so far. My current favorite is the Coconut Vanilla, which is perfect for summer. It might seem a little strange to be so into deodorant, but it’s something we use daily and finding a product that I enjoy using vs. merely tolerate? It’s really nice. I’ve actually gifted a few to friends and family. Bonus, they make small travel size deodorants so you can get a few minis to find which scent is best for you.
2. Quay Australia “My Girl” Sunglasses – these sunnies were in my spring my Fab Fit Fun box (I now have a subscription to the service) and I am kind of in love. I have never NEVER purchased sunglasses that cost more than $20 and I honestly thought that pricier frames were kind of a scam. I was wrong, so wrong. These bad boys retail for $55, more than my entire Fab Fit Fun box, and if they broke tomorrow, I would replace them without batting an eye. I have so many funky pairs of sunnies, but I have been using them less and less because these are so comfortable and pretty much everything I could ever want out of a great pair of sunglasses. I’ve let other people try them on and I think I’ve actually convinced 3(ish) people to get their own pair. I really should be getting some sort of commission at this point.
3. Dr. Brandt No More Baggage – I have had issues with undereye pretty much my entire life, but things escalated after I turned 30 and I had to start caking on the concealer and foundation just to look “normal”. This item also showed up in my spring Fab Fit Fun box and after a week there was a noticeable difference. I’ve been using it for almost two months now and I no longer use concealer on my under eyes. I still put on a bit of foundation, but only because I am putting it on the rest of my face anyway. Now I am not going to say that it has removed ALL of the discoloration and puffiness, but it is mostly gone.
4. Neutrogena Age Shield Face – my mother in law put one of these in my Christmas stocking this year and I was neither pleased nor displeased to get it. I mean, I am super pale and sunscreen is always a good idea, but I didn’t really need something like this in my daily routine. Fast forward to a couple of months ago where the skin on my face was inexplicably dry and I was trying EVERYTHING to fix it. I tried this because nothing in my drawer was working and it’s been fantastic. I put it on my face right after I shower and let it soak in for about 15 minutes before putting on makeup and my skin hasn’t looked this good in years.
5. Wet Brush Silver Swirl Detangler – I have super fine habitually color treated hair and tangles are, frankly, inevitable. I was wasting time in Ulta and I saw this brush that made the bold assertion that it magically eliminates tangles in all types of hair. I mean, it didn’t say it quite like that, but you know what I mean. I needed a new brush anyway, so I purchased this brush basically because I wanted it to not work so I could be righteously indignant and I could dramatically complain about yet another “amazing” brush that was absolute crap. You know what? The damn thing works. I would be mad if it wasn’t so nice to brush my hair without ripping half of it out.
The temperature is rising, and with the emergence of the snow drops in my front yard and the azaleas in the back, it really seems like spring is here or at the very least on it’s way. This time of year always leads to a general lightening of life for me, everything from clothing, to hair color, to mood. Heck, I even wear less make up: some tinted moisturizer (with SPF of course), a swipe of highlighter, and a natural lip color, and I am good to go, which, in hindsight, is probably good considering Florida’s weather is notoriously fickle and at least once a week I’ll find myself stuck somewhere without an umbrella because of unexpected rain. I love it though, it’s such a brief season here, and it leaves me lamenting my hours spent at the office instead of enjoying the rare glorious weather. When I lived on campus while I was in college, I’d load up my tote bag with books and water and then spend the afternoon stretched out on the green in front of the library.
- Samantha Rain Boots – Target
- Pastel Pink Daily Conditioner – Overtone
- Somerset Hat – Terrain
- VonShef Wicker Picnic Basket – Wayfair
- Lace Up Neck Maxi – Soma
- Mac Viva Glam VI – Macy’s
- Summer Bloom Tote – Free People
- Metal Crush Highlighter Pallet – Sephora
- Floral Garden Umbrella – Uncommon Goods
My mom is here visiting for a couple of weeks so I am hoping that she and I will get a chance to do some spring-ish type activities. Things like walking around some of the local parks, eating lunch outside, and maybe even doing a little gardening. What are you looking forward to this spring?
Category: Things I Love
I like jewelry, a lot, but on the average day my accessories are pretty minimal. Now don’t get me wrong: I have plenty of over the top statement pieces to go with the occasional night out -I mean, it is the closest thing to grown-up dress up-, but for your average Wednesday? I have some pretty pieces, but they’re subtle and small enough to not get caught up on things as I move about. One of the hardest things for me to wear is rings. I craft, I type, I bake, I work with my hands all the time, and until I got married, rings were too much of a hassle to work with.
Lately however, I’ve been thinking about how I eventually got used to my wedding band (so much so that I feel naked without it), and I was thinking I might want to add a delicate right hand ring to my daily ensemble. It would be something that would make me feel a little special, and since it’d be small, it’d be less likely that it would be cumbersome. Plus, I looked at them on my phone once and now I am getting all sorts of shop ads on my Instagram feed. So many wonderful companies, and so many pretty things! How is a girl supposed to decide? Since I’ve been considering this addition a little more seriously, I’ve started to compile a list of options, some at all price points, and these are a few of my current top contenders.
- Petite Double Moonstone Ring – Moonstone Magic Jewelry
- Moon Guardian Ring – Catbird
- Butterfly Diamond Band – Audry Rose
- Opal Diamond Ring – Free People
- Marquise Ring – Tippy Taste
- Dainty Set – Rose & Choc
- Cluster Ring – Ferko’s Fine Jewelry
- Teardrop Diamond & Topaz Stack – Nordstrom
- Art Deco Band – Gems Box
So far #3 and #7 are the front runners, but they’re both at a high enough price point that I am disinclined to just go out and buy one of them without a good reason. I figure my birthday is a few months away and I should probably wait until then. That’ll also ensure that I won’t spend all that money on something that I end up not wearing.
Before everything exploded a couple of weeks ago, my mom and I had the chance to try out a new tea house that had opened about 20 minutes away from my childhood home. This delightful place was appropriately named The Twisted Teapot.
Off of a fairly busy road, you make a right turn, pull into the parking lot, and all of a sudden, you are transported from a hectic business laden street to a quaint and wonderfully charming garden. The sound of dozens of passing cars was exchanged for the trickling of fountains and the tinkling of wind chimes, and that vague smell of “city” was exchanged for baking pastries and blooming roses. The entryway was a delightful combination of dainty floral cottage chic and subtle, almost steampunk-y Alice In Wonderland inspired decor. I can’t even tell you how many delightful white rabbit accents we encountered as we moved about the house! We followed the black and white checkerboard floor to a cute little glassed in patio off the main dining room. The staff had already started decorating for the holidays, and there were beautiful garlands, frosted pine cones, and gilded ornaments artfully arranged throughout. We sat down at our little table, admired our lovely floral tea cups and perused the tea offering for the day. After much waffling and debate, we opted for two of their in house holiday blends, one iced and one hot. I do also want to note that when I called for reservations, I told the hostess that I was vegetarian and she made sure to note that our party contained one veg only and one “regular”. This may not seem like a big deal, but usually a tea room has an “all or none” attitude when it comes to accommodating dietary restrictions. I usually have to make sure that whoever I am with is okay with missing out on the meat, but these guys not only accommodated but offered to make two separate trays so my mom wouldn’t have to miss out on any of their meatier options. This may just look like a cup of soup, but my mother has declared this potato and leek soup to be one of the best soups she has ever had. She was right -it was really good-, and I was actually a little concerned that after she finished hers that she’d want mine. I can’t remember every item on our trays, but the standouts were the roasted veggie mini quiche, the guava and brie bite, and the coconut macaroon. That being said, everything was delicious, and we cleaned our towers down to the last fruit garnish. This little guy is the swan pastry for which our “Swan Tea” was named. It was a wonderful little cream puff and was a fun finish to an amazing meal. I honestly wish I could have gotten a picture of my mom’s face when she tried it; she was ALL about the fluffy, lightly sweet filling. After finishing our tea, we had the chance to poke around the tea house a bit more, checking out the main dining room and the area I am guessing (based on the giant dollhouse) that is used for children’s parties. So many wonderful details and the gentleman below was still hard at work adding even more beautiful decorations to the rooms.
Hands down, this is one of the nicest tea experiences I have ever had. Hand to God, top three to be sure. It’s also nice to know that as I have to travel to and from my dad’s house to wrap up his estate, I can always make a call and schedule a little tea themed pick me up when things are feeling especially disheartening.
Category: Things I Love
I’m trying so very hard not to jump the gun and go all out on the Christmas insanity. After all, I am not quite ready to bid farewell to fall in favor of a winter wonderland. The appeal of changing leaves and light layers cannot be denied. The internet, however, is trying to very hard to change my mind. Just the other day I was doing some online Christmas shopping and I found myself on the Keds website, and I was so very tempted to forget those convictions and go ahead and buy myself my holiday sparkle sneakers, a tradition that I started in college. I mean, the Holiday Sparkle & Shine Collection is just so damn beautiful! How am I supposed to say no?
Usually I go for straight up glitter kicks, but the more subtle shimmer and gilded patterns are really speaking to me. Actually, not so much of a “no” as a “later”. Later, with the hope that maybe they have a sale between now and Christmas so I don’t have to feel guilty about the price tag. A little more than I usually invest for something that only get worn a few times a year, but it’s tradition, right?