My office can be considered traditional and professional. It’s definitely dressier than any place I’ve worked in the past and sometimes it can be difficult to be creative when putting together outfits. So my newest goal is to find updated ways to wear current items in my closet…. although that didn’t stop me from buying a new suit dress recently….oops?
To make myself feel better, I started putting together some different outfit ideas for my dress. Because it’s simple and black I figured it would be easy, but it’s surprisingly difficult to think of new ways to wear something traditionally thought of under a blazer. So I started simple with option number one, updated the dress to fit my style with option number two, and then completely changed the look by adding a great shell last. What other ways do you wear your classics?
4th of July is easily one of my favorite holidays. I love that it’s casual and fun and that I get to run around in red white and blue all day! In my mind it’s the perfect, no-stress holiday: you just eat food, enjoy some drinks, throw on some music and smile with your friends. Plus you get a free fireworks show at night! Just the fact that it’s coming up next weekend makes me giddy with joy- please tell me you feel it to? If you don’t, come down to Florida this year in your best American attire and I’ll show you a good time!
Can’t make it to Florida? That’s okay- this week of posts are for you! We’ll go over what to wear, what to eat and what to listen to. On to my favorite topic: fun red, white and blue outfits!
I absolutely love when Firmoo contacts me about trying out new glasses. Why? Because they’re affordable and fun, meaning I can actually see myself buying some glasses from them. You see, I need to wear glasses every day to get by, but that doesn’t mean that my frames have to be boring. Companies like Firmoo allow almost- blind people like me to make glasses an accessory, not just a need.
I’ve easily paid $400+ for prescription glasses before. It’s not hard to do. Since I have really bad eyes, I have to pay extra for all kinds of fancy lenses that I don’t understand and I am usually stuck buying only certain frames to fit said fancy lenses in stores. Online glasses companies have totally changed the game. By cutting out the middle man, I’m suddenly able to find frames and lenses for under $200, no questions asked. Make that under $100 with Firmoo.
Frames range from $8.00 to $70.00 through their website and the lenses that are recommended for me are only $40. For example, the frames I picked out above are just $29 (and they’re currently on sale for $13). This is a game changer. I’m leaning towards getting myself a red pair next!
If you’ve been around for a while then you know how much I appreciate a company that’s looking to do good in the world. I feel like we spend a lot of money every day and the bottom line is that I hope that some of my money is doing something good. This is why I prefer to work with companies with positive and thoughtful mission statements like Purpose Jewelry.
The quick story is that Purpose Jewelry was created to help teach women in need a skill and provide them with a job. The long version is that the jewelry company stems from a bigger organization: International Sanctuary.
iSanctuary is an international organization working to provide holistic care to sex trafficking survivors. Their mission is focused around a holistic approach to assist women with the reintegration process by addressing a wide range of needs and providing dignity and hope. Women in this program have access to medical professionals, counselors, and educators. They could receive scholarships for college, micro-loans to help them learn financial skills, and finally, employment.
As explained on their website, “Survivors at iSanctuary’s center in Mumbai, India are taught artisan jewelry skills. All jewelry is prepared, packaged, and shipped by survivors rescued in Orange County, California. Purchasing with Purpose empowers these young women as they play a critical role in every step of the process, from handcrafting the jewelry to shipping your purchase. 100% of proceeds benefits the survivors.”
So the big question is which pieces will you be buying?
This month marks my 20th Birchbox and I’m still just as excited for it to get here as I was back in September of 2013. It’s not a huge commitment- just $10 a month and I get about 5 high-quality beauty samples picked out and sent to my door. I had originally started ordering them because I was trying to build a better beauty collection, and I really liked the idea of learning more about general beauty products before going out and spending all of my money on a product. The funny thing is that I didn’t end up buying too many things outright because my samples have kept me happy on their own. (They were also an awesome excuse for some me-time while I was in hotels.) Today I keep it because I’ve found some of my absolute favorite things through my previous Birchboxes and I just can’t imagine not getting a new box each month. That being said- all samples are not created equal. Some months I love every single thing, some months I don’t. So in honor of 20 months of beauty samples, I thought I would share a few of my favorites.
The amika Perk Up Dry Shampoo is the best smelling dry shampoo I’ve used to date. I don’t wash my hair every day so I’ve come to depend on a solid dry shampoo to help me look presentable. I’ve tried many brands that are a total fail, but I promise that the amika Perk Up actually works. (Looking for a more cost-effective dry shampoo that won’t leave you feeling gross? I typically stock up on Batiste dry shampoo whenever it’s in Marshalls. It’s great and budget friendly, though not a Bitchbox find.)
Vasanti BrightenUp! Enzymatic Face Rejuvenator is probably one of the best things in my shower right now. It’s not something I can use every day as it’s a little too abrasive for my skin if I use it as a daily cleanser. However, it’s exactly what I turn to when I’m having a bad skin day. Whenever I feel a pimple coming on or I notice that my face feels perpetually oily, I give it a quick scrub and suddenly my face is fresh and my skin is soft and I swear my pimples just stop growing and go away. It’s seriously a miracle worker!
As I just meantioned- I have fairly oily skin in this Florida heat, so I’m always looking for a moisturizer that won’t make my skin feeling worse. This Coola Face SPF has been the perfect answer! It has shea butter in it to keep me moisturized, but it includes SPF 30 and a light tint. As far as use goes, a tiny bit goes a long way and the texture similar to a mousse, but it dries like a powder. I’ve started using it every day and I love how the tint evens out my skin while the SPF 30 keep me protected from the harsh summer sun.
This was the first product I ever really loved from a Birchbox. I used the Beauty Protector, Protect and Treat Hair Mask on a whim one night when I was bored before stopping at my cousin’s house. My hair is currently growing out and awkward and it’s not something I often feel good about. But the first thing Giselle talked about when I got inside was how great my hair looked. (Cha-ching!) Between the extra shine and bounce, Giselle’s kindness and the amazing smell, I was riding the Protect and Treat high for days. (Beauty Protector also makes an awesome protect and detangler spray that I’d highly suggest trying.)
I received a sample of the Mirenesse Glossy Kiss and kind of put it to the side at first. The color I got (First Kiss) is great but it’s a little sparkly, which is usually not my thing. But this one works some how. I’ve only had the chance to wear it a handful of times, but I’ve gotten compliments every night out (a definite mood-booster) and even Dean, who is normally anti-lipstick said some nice things when I wore it last! That is really enough for me, but it’s also great to know that it applies easily and can be left glossy (just swipe it on once) or more matte/similar to a stain (apply lipstick once, blot, apply again, blot).