sometimes the stars align and good things happen. things that seem insignificant in the grand scheme of it all, but nevertheless, they take a weight off your shoulders and put a smile on your face. with zoey’s bday coming up and funds on the
nonexistent low side, I knew I’d have to get creative and plan a party that was easy on the bank account – free location (beach), little to no decorations (balloons) and thrifty food/drink options (lemonade + cupcakes.) I had the party favors figured out (hello, dollar store!), but the invitations were still on my list. do I make my own? send out an evite? a mass text? and then that aligning business happened and I’m not even kidding, a day or two later I was contacted by minted with an offer to write a review in exchange for a generous credit to their site. to be honest, I’d never heard of minted, but after perusing the site, I got excited! not only are the products unique and beautiful, but this is a company that has built a marketplace/community for independent artists. it’s a place where creatives can gain exposure and build their businesses… and I’m all about supporting that. plus, this answered the invitation situation! minted invitations FTW! I’ve narrowed it down to sweet shop and fancy flamingo, but I think the flamingo is winning. what do you think?
(check out more customizable birthday invitations here!)
in addition to a vast array of invitations, minted offers home décor items, fabrics, photo & art gifts and even business cards! they also sell limited edition art prints. I’ve shared a few of my favorites below.
mom’s rule no 4 (customizable!) / rainforest / super imagination girl (customizable!) / California map (foil stamped)
how cute is the super imagination girl print? it reminds me so much of zoey. I can even have it customized with red hair! I die.
anyway, I hope you’ll consider minted the next time you’re planning a party or looking for a unique gift idea… I have a feeling you won’t be disappointed.
ps. they even have a blog for all things crafty and diy! enjoy!
and happy Friday!
hi friends! we’re in the process of getting the site back to normal after someone (me) didn’t pay the renewal fee on time. i’ve lost a few posts (dramatic cry face) and my photos aren’t loading. hopefully this will be fixed soon and i can go back to posting random shit once or twice a week or month for your viewing/reading pleasure.
thanks for your patience!
just three short months ago my face cleansing routine consisted of using aveeno positively radiant skin brightening daily scrub (as a cleanser), followed by witch hazel (as a toner/attempt to remove leftover traces of makeup.) I had been using the aveeno cleanser for years and loved it, but the witch hazel was a newer addition to my routine. it was all good for a while, but after several weeks, my skin started misbehavin’ – more frequent breakouts, it was dry, dull – no bueno. i thought maybe it was the witch hazel, so i cut it out. weeks later, after only using the scrub, i was still disappointed. that’s when i took to pinterest and started reading up on using coconut oil as a cleanser. so many rave reviews – it would make my skin glow! it would remove makeup like magic! i could use it to condition my hair! life changing, apparently. so i dusted off a tub of coconut oil that i found in the back of our pantry, checked the expiration date, shrugged my shoulders and gave it a go. i tried it for a couple of weeks… the first week or so – my skin was glowing and felt so soft. i was convinced that I’d found the holy grail of skin care. but then – meh. i still wasn’t getting the results i wanted. my skin became dry and uneven. long story short, turns out i was using a refined version of coconut oil. in fact, i came across an article that actually listed the oil i was using as a no-no for skin care. LOL. of course.
in the meantime, i had found glossier (read my reviews here – love!) and their blog – into the gloss. it was via ITG that i became increasingly interested in Korean skin care. i read article after article about their strict regimen – the methods, the whys, the how-tos – and decided that i wanted to give it a try. i was particularly curious about the double cleansing method: step 1 – use an oil-based cleanser to breakdown makeup and remove impurities, followed by step 2 – wash with a foam cleanser to further cleanse the skin and remove all traces of makeup. i have to say, I’ve been using this method for about three months (in conjunction with other products) and my skin has never looked better.
(i’ll share my entire skin care routine + products one of these days, but today – it’s all about dat balm.)
why you should use it…
-cleansing balms are oil-based. and contrary to what you may believe – this is so good for removing dirt and makeup and other nasty things that cling to your skin. not to get all chemistry 101 on you, but “like dissolves like.” i have oily/acne prone skin, so i was hesitant and terrified to put oil on my face. but ladies – it works. in fact, you want to keep your face well hydrated with oil. if your face gets too dry, the sebum of your skin will go into survival mode, producing MORE oil and most likely turning your face into a hotbed for bacteria and acne. (I’ve always wanted to use hotbed in a sentence.)
-cleansing balms do a fantastic job of dissolving make up and sunscreen. in fact, if you’re using a non oil-based (or water-activated) cleanser, it’ll have to work double time to remove impurities, often stripping your skin of – OIL – leaving your skin feeling tight and dry.
-cleansing balms remove even the thickest of make up – from concealers to foundation and layered mascara… it’ll remove it faster (and more efficiently) than I’d remove my clothes for Jamie Dornan.
-cleansing balms are often made with natural/organic ingredients.
-cleansing balms are nourishing, calming and leave your skin feeling super soft.
how you should use it…
-massage cleanser into your dry skin. you’ll start to see the makeup dissolving within seconds.
-rinse off with warm water or a washcloth for a gentle exfoliating effect.
things worth mentioning…
-water-activated cleansers are okay, but use them as your second cleansing step.
-just because i didn’t continue with using coconut oil – doesn’t mean i don’t believe in it. it’s basically the same as using the types of cleansers you see above, except it’s pure oil.
-i don’t think there’s anything wrong with the aveeno product i mentioned above. it might actually be a great second cleanser! i just haven’t tried it yet.
-i believe my previous skin care routine failed because i wasn’t cleaning and moisturizing properly. i was using products that contained alcohol (a major no-no) and other chemical detergents that are not good for the skin. the more oil i have introduced into my routine, the healthier my skin has become.
-for those of you who are questioning if double cleansing is too much cleansing – you’re wrong. as long as you’re using an oil-based cleanser to start, you’re on the right track.
on to the products!
first of all, i haven’t used all of the balms shown above, but I’m a beauty product review junkie, so I’m going to help you out a bit. hopefully, you’ll find one that works for your budget and skin care needs.
1. banila co clean it zero purity – i use this and i loooooove it! this version is for sensitive skin. i chose it because i wasn’t sure how my skin would react. it’s free from artificial coloring, synthetic fragrance, parabens, alcohol and mineral oil. best eye makeup remover I’ve ever used. $25
2. su:m37 miracle rose cleansing stick – this thing is “on-trend” and getting great reviews. people are loving it for its gentle cleansing and convenience. plus is smells like roses! apparently a little goes a long way. $34
3. ren rosa centifolia no. 1 purity cleansing balm – a rose infused balm that’s free from parabens and all that jazz. people with acne prone skin have mentioned that it has cleared up their acne over time, leaving their skin soft and with an even skin tone. might i add – rose oils are so unbelievably good for your skin. $48
4. eve lom – apparently this cleanser does a myriad of things – improves circulation, opens pores, exfoliates, tones… it’s pricey, but i included a pricier option for you fancy bitches. (and i say fancy in the nicest way.) it gets great reviews for being refreshing, hydrating and exfoliating. the bad reviews suggest that it made their skin dry and flakey. remember – with these products, a little goes a long way. $50-$190
5. brooklyn herbarium infused organic coconut oil – 100% organic, infused with calendula (heals wounds and skin irritations) and red clover (soothes skin inflammations.) coconut oil is meant to reduce inflammation, support tissue healing, act as an antioxidant, softens skin and relieves dryness and flaking. this product talks a lot about holistic baby (think diaper rash and cradle cap) and adult skin care, but coconut oil is coconut oil. as long as it’s unrefined, like this one is. there are no reviews available, so if you use it – let me know! $23
6. clinique take the day off cleansing balm – this appears to be a favorite among basic bitches everywhere. LOL – just kidding! but seriously, i did add it because women love clinique and they trust the brand, i guess. of all the balms, this is the last one i would try. I’ve never had good experiences with clinique products. women seem to rate it high, though. mostly for its ability to remove make up so well and not cause breakouts. $28.50
as i mentioned, i love the banila co cleanser; however, i also believe in having options and switching up my products. I’d love to try the su:m37 cleansing stick, but I’m also kinda obsessing over camp’s desert island wonder balm and board and batten’s “farm to skin” cleansing and conditioning balm.
I hope you found this post to be helpful. I’d love to hear your thoughts!
hi friends! real quick – my girl Amanda and I have been planning and making… and while we’re no where near a shop opening or something of the like, we thought we’d get the ball (sorta) rolling by seeing if there’s any interest in the tshirt you see above, on the right. after posting the photo on instagram and facebook, we’ve gathered several emails (yay!) and will be sending out more information, soon.
sooooo… if you’re interested, leave your email address below and we’ll be in touch.
hi friends! as I mentioned in last week’s oh sweet friday post, I wanted to say THANK YOU to everyone who used my HUM (nutrition) referral code. which happens to be F6C27 if you want $10 off. I’ve earned so much credit (because of YOU!) that I ordered a one month supply of the Runway Ready and plan to give it away along with two cuffs from Gage Huntley. to enter, please visit instagram, find the giveaway photo you see above and follow the instructions.
this giveaway ends on Saturday and we’ll announce the winner on Sunday.
I’ve worn them once, so basically they are in perfect condition. vegan leather. size 7. super versatile. $25 shipped, US only, please.
I’ve posted them on instagram, as well. first person comment with their email address WINS. haha. first to person to comment will get an invoice from paypal is what will actually happen. but you’re still a winner in my book.
*insert big toothy grin face here*
the thing about topknots is that they’re not as easy as they look. I’m serious. I probably watched 10 different youtube videos before it finally clicked… one day two years after the fact. always late to the party, this one. anyway, just when I was getting comfortably smug about my perfectly messy topknot, I decided to cut my hair.
so here i am, attempting to master the half up topknot. honestly, I thought I left the half up ‘do in my middle school locker, but apparently not. at 35, I’m begrudgingly admitting that I dig it, while my 12 year old self is doing the butterfly (the dance move. where my 90s peeps at? heeeeeeey) and yelling too legit to quit – hand gestures and all.
I didn’t have to watch any how to videos this time around, so this is a pretty good first try!
however, as you may know – no two knots ever look the same.
thoughts? to half up topknot or not to half up topknot, that is the question.
ah, the sheet mask. creepy as hell, but pretty awesome. they’re not meant to draw out impurities, clear up acne or reverse the signs of aging, but they will give your skin a healthy dose of moisture. I came across the tony moly masks via urban outfitters and for 4 bucks a pop, i thought – why not? i purchased 3, but decided to try the lemon/brightening mask, first. i washed my face, slapped this bad boy on and chilled with a book for about 20 minutes. these things are one size fits all, so don’t expect a perfect fit. plus, it smelled a bit like lemon pledge, but whatever – the effects were obvious and instant! after removing the mask, i dabbed the remaining serum into my skin, waited 30 seconds or so and then applied my nighttime moisturizer. the next morning, my skin was soft and had a nice glow.
i think sheet masks are great to have on hand… they’re like mini facials! and inexpensive, too.
i also purchased pomegranate for elasticity and tomato for radiance. i’ll share my reviews, soon.
happy sheet masking!
when it comes to clothing, zoey is a picky, one-trick pony – dresses and skirts. that’s it! even to bed. dresses and skirts over tiny little legs that are covered in bruises. and paint and probably food. because while she loves a gaudy pink dress, she also loves to get dirty. food, sand, markers… she’s usually covered in something by the end of the day. my little girl lives her life. she gives zero effs and I love it. however, this also means that we learned very early on not to buy expensive clothing or even adorable skinny jeans with polka dots… she wore them once… because I bribed her with chocolate.
a lot of z’s clothing is gifted to us for birthdays or holidays and some of it is handed down from good friends. (friends who have clean kids. friends who buy from the gap. friends who have tiny human catalogue models for children.) that being said, we often end up with an overflow of clothing that zoey refuses to wear. she has her favorites and we cycle through them day after day, week after week until they no longer fit. and while I may intend to put her in some super cute, tiny human model outfit, it never happens.
so what do we do with all that clothing??
we donate it to schoola! a sort of recycling program that resells never worn or gently used children’s clothing (up to high school age) at deeply discounted prices. the best part – for every $5 spent, $2 goes to a school (or schools) of your choice that will help purchase things like art supplies, books, sports equipment, musical instruments, etc… how rad is that??
ready to get started? it’s super easy. click here to request a bag, fill it up and send it to schoola free of charge. they’ll take care of the rest!
*the clothing you see in the photos above is merely a sampling of what we’re mailing in. I’m not sure when schoola will post our additions to the site, but if you’re interested in seeing what we have to offer, let me know and i’ll get back to you! and ps. the bag is huge. it’s folded in the photos.
I’m excited to support this program and I hope you will, too!
gah! the styling, here. so good. granted, i probably wouldn’t walk around town with my blouse open that much… but i am absolutely digging this sexy, laid back, boho vibe. (image via)
so, yay for friday! just wanted to say hello and share a few things…
*i haven’t talked much about it yet, but i am 100% infatuated with all things k-beauty (the k stands for Korean, if you didn’t know.) i’ll share more soon, but in the meantime sokoglam is having a flash sale from now until sunday. enjoy 20% off with code summerfun on items in this curated collection.
*remember when i wrote this review about HUM supplements? if the answer is no – wtf?! what are you waiting for? if the answer is yes, you’re awesome. I’m planning a HUM giveaway (next week) as a way to say THANK YOU to everyone who has read my review and used my referral code. let’s just say i won’t have to pay for supplements for a long time, because not only does using it give you $10 off your order, but i get a $10 credit, as well! friends helping friends is what i call it. here’s the code: F6C27
*I’ve been listening to This American Life every morning as I’m getting ready, sometimes on my way to work. typically, i listen to the live stream, so the subject matter is often completely random. no matter what, i always learn something new and sometimes the stories, the people, stay with me for hours after. my favorite episodes this week – 164: crime scene and 246: my pen pal if you decide to listen – let me know what you think!
*vulgar girls unite! i couldn’t have written this article any better – vulgar girls: what it’s like being a lady with a ‘man’s’ sense of humor – i mean, my girlfriends and i are pretty crass and immature. we are probably worse than dudes. but there’s a time and a place, ya know? like, i’ll call someone a f*cking cunt behind her back, but I’d never say that word at a dinner party before my 4th glass of wine. also, dick jokes are funny.
okay, that’s about it. i gotta get home – it’s friday night taco night and that means cervezas.