What I Picked Up At The Dogeared Sample Sale

Fun fact: Dogeared offices are right around the corner from where I work. They had a sample sale to clear out their inventory the other day, where I without a doubt went a little ham. Pieces were marked down to $10-20 each depending on type. Even with all I got, there were still a few that I’m kicking myself over not getting.

Nordstrom Dogeared Necklaces   Dogeared wishbone necklace gold   Cute Midi Rings Stackable Dogeared   Cute Dogeared Jewelry

My favorites have to be the Wishbone and Horseshoes necklaces. I’ve been wearing them non-stop. I even ended up with a little horseshoe-shaped white spot directly contrasting my sunburn from when I fell asleep in the backyard the other day.

Good Luck Necklaces Lucky Horseshoe Dogeared gold

As it was a sample sale, there are a few that are no longer listed on Dogeared or Nordstrom. Shop (some of) this post: Wishbone Necklace, Lucky Horseshoe Necklace, Dare to Spike Y NecklaceLucky Horseshoe Ring, Balance V Ring.



Something A Bit More Personal

Hi. Remember me? I used to post pretty frequently on this blog. It’s been a while.

You might be wondering where I’ve been. Or you might not be. While I’ve been keeping up on Instagram, blogging takes significantly more time and effort to put together than a single social channel. I’ve been suffering from poor time management.

While I get an immense amount of satisfaction and fulfillment out of blogging, it’s unfairly been pushed to the back burner to facilitate another goal.

We all have that one thing that sticks with us, makes us feel uncomfortable and insecure. For some it’s a nose, or ears, or simply leaving the house without makeup on. It can stem from one inane little comment or a lifetime of teasing. It just ends up being carried with you throughout your life.

For me, that thing is my weight. I’ve never been obese, but weight has always been a huge struggle for me. I identified as the chubby girl growing up. Never really being excluded or teased for it, but never really feeling right either. It was alienating, regardless of whether I was the one making it so or not.

Lately, it has especially felt that way. Over the past year, I’ve slowly packed on an extra 30-35 pounds. Despite other’s assurances that it doesn’t show much, or how great I look, it hangs like a cloud over my head.

I mean my weight has always fluctuated, but where I was at last year was the first time I’d ever felt comfortable in my skin. It was the first time where I could try on anything and feel great about it. Where I didn’t feel like it was the first thing people noticed. So when I recently stepped on the scale and realized how far I had come from being that girl, it was hard. It was devastating.

Not just because I had let myself slide, but because I remembered how much work it was to get there in the first place, and how much more work it would be to get back there.

Which brings me to where I’ve been lately. At the gym. Some days I feel like I live there. Most days of the week I head there directly after work, and it’s often the first place I head after waking up on the weekend. I’ve been doing a good mix of core strengthening through things like pilates and aerial yoga, and complementing that with high-intensity cardio like the Couch to 5k program. It’s exhausting. I get home with every intention of writing out that cute post idea, but end up passing out and sleeping until I wake up for work in the morning. However, despite it being exhausting and occasionally feeling at a loss because you don’t see the results immediately, I feel so much better about myself. Clothes are starting to fit better again, my skin is looking better, my sleep pattern is less erratic, and I know I am making progress. I just wish there was an extra hour or two in a day for blogging.

This is probably the most personal post I’ve ever written, and I’m so anxious about it coming off the wrong way. It’s not about body shaming on any end of the spectrum, it’s about being in control of how you feel about yourself. It took me a long time to realize that my dissatisfaction with my weight was not about how others saw me, or anything they ever said; it was about how I felt about myself. Even though I have a way to go before getting back to where I want to be, the progress I have made in the past month is something I’m really proud of.

Getting back into the routine is what’s always the hardest for me. Once it’s set, it’s just a matter of sticking to it. Enter in quotes about momentum and inertia, what have you. Now that I’m in a pretty good routine, it should be easier to plan out chunks of time to dedicate to blogging. With any luck, you should be seeing more of me again. There may be a few hiccups, but the commitment and intention are there. See you for our regularly scheduled beauty and fashion content on Tuesday 🙂



Hask Mint Almond Oil Haircare

One of the hardest things for me to write about is haircare. I am extremely picky on what I use on my dehydrated, wavy, color-treated hair. I also only wash my hair about once a week, so it takes a little longer to formulate a solid opinion. Unlike a foundation that I can wear 7 days in a row, haircare isn’t as visible either, further adding to the time it takes to properly evaluate a given product. Does my hair feel too stripped post-wash? Does it take less or more time to blow dry? Does it make my scalp more oily than normal? Not to mention a myriad of other questions. I’m sure you gals (and guys) with like high-maintenance-manes feel me.

Best Sulfate Free Thickening Shampoo Conditioner Haircare

That being said, once I make my mind up on a particular hair product, it’s made. Which is exactly how I feel about the Mint Almond Oil range that Hask was kind enough to send me (spoiler = it’s damn good).

Inside that cute little canvas bag was their Thickening Shampoo, Thickening Conditioner, and Thickening Spray. Which I was pretty excited to try. Since getting my Brazilian Blowout, my hair does seem a little less voluminous (I may or may not be in the market for some nice extensions for a little more oomph).

First things first: the range is free of sulfates and parabens! While the parabens don’t bother me as much, sulfates are pretty much a deal breaker for my already damaged hair. The only thing is sometimes sulfate free shampoo does not always make me feel like it was able to remove the residue that builds up from using the massive amounts of dry shampoo that I go through in a week. I’m happy to report that not only is this gentle on your hair, but it does indeed make it feel clean. The mint also includes a nice tingly feeling that really adds to the whole experience.

Next up was the conditioner. It had the same wonderful minty scent as the shampoo and did a great job at adding just the right amount of hydration. The combination left my hair feeling soft, not weighed down, and smooth.

I’ll admit, I went a little spritz happy the first time trying out the Thickening Spray. So it took a little longer to blow dry and felt a bit tacky. Second time’s the charm though. While my hair didn’t become 70’s super model big, the range did deliver a realistic increase in volume. The hair around my crown was easier to style and looked a little more full. Overall, I’m probably a bigger fan of the shampoo + conditioner, but that might be due to user error on the spray part.

Shop this post: Learn more about the Hask Mint Almond Oil range.

What do you guys look for in haircare? Have you tried any that promise thicker hair/more volume?



February Birchbox

I kind of adore the actual Birchbox box this month. The design is just as cute as what was included in the box. Which was a great combination of products that I wouldn’t normally choose for myself.

Whish Cleansing Oil Birchbox Arrow Boost PH Lip Balm Color Club Nail Polish When I was watching the reveal of which samples you could choose from, I was not too excited until they came back with Whish Revitalizing Cleansing Oil as an option. I LOVE me a good cleansing oil. I’d say it’s much more of a gel consistency that turns into an oil, but it does a great job at taking off the days makeup as a first cleanser. If using it as a primary cleanser, it does leave a film since it’s a bit heavier. If this bothers you, I’d recommend using a muslin (or regular wash) cloth to rinse it off with. It is pretty potent fragrance wise since it is mostly olive fruit oil, rose hip oil, and coconut oil. That being said, I love the smell and am not sensitive to scents in general.

I don’t like using the Obliphica Seaberry Serum on wet hair as it takes a bit too long to absorb. However, I love running a few pumps of this serum through the ends of my hair before bed. By morning, it has soaked in making my ends much more hydrated without looking greasy or *too* shiny.

Not Soap, Radio Body Wash in Liquid Freud (when you need to turn up the volume on your inner voice of reason). I like this mostly for the name. The scent is also quite nice, but pretty subtle. It did leave my skin feeling pretty tight though, which I did not expect as it doesn’t have sulfates or phthalates in the formula.

I’m very picky when it comes to lip balms that are pH sensitive. Most of the time the color is just a little too pink and warm for the rest of my makeup. Surprisingly not so with Birchbox’s new brand ARROW  and their BOOST Color Enhancing Lip Balm. It’s more subtle than I’m used to and feels lightweight by hydrating. Doesn’t do too much for moisture long term though, so don’t throw out your Carmex just yet.

Well, it’s safe to say the Color Club That’s My Jam, was not my jam. It was a pretty color, but it just didn’t necessarily impress me more than any other run of the mill polish. Sorry I don’t have more to say about it, my experience with it overall was just average.

What did you ladies (and dudes) get in your Birchbox this month?

Shop this post: Whish Revitalizing Cleansing Oil, Obliphica Seaberry Serum, Not Soap, Radio Body WashARROW BOOST Color Enhancing Lip Balm, and Color Club That’s My Jam.



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