Etsy Loves! #3

Welcome to ETSY LOVES! This week’s theme is SEAHORSES. It’s no secret that I love them — heck, I have one tattooed on my body. They symbolize strength, power, patience, friendliness, and good luck. There’s also a TON of amazing items with the seahorse theme, so enjoy. :)

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First row, from left: Glass necklace from PelicanTeddys ($23.99) | Brass drawer knobs from DaRosa ($7) | Canvas art from jenartwork ($325) | Silicone mold from StaceyDecor ($13.50) | Second row, from left: 16×20 pillow cover from BlossomPillowCo ($18) | Watercolor print from kellybermudez ($20) | Vintage scarf holder from Meanglean ($16) | Cigarette case from CosmicFirefly ($65) | Third row, from left: Large vintage style print from brightforest ($25) | Vintage inspired flask from CosmicFirefly ($65) | Nautical pillow from searchnrescue2 ($44) | Seahorse ring from artformsinnature ($80) | Bottom row, from left: Wedding cake topper from MorganTheCreator ($47) | Stacking ring from MountainMetalcraft ($28) | Womens tank top from ZenThreads ($19) | Seahorse kit from Bonelab ($12.99)

Wishlist Wednesday! #2

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WOO! Welcome to WISHLIST WEDNESDAY! It seems a little bit wrong to have a blog post solely about the THINGS that I want when Thanksgiving is tomorrow, but… I’ll save my pining for world peace till then. ;)

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#1 Mini Tiered Cake Pan ($18.79 on Amazon). The idea of being able to make teeny tiny cakes that look like I slaved over them, meticulously stacking the layers, with a simple pan… incredible.

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#2 Angel Food Scented Candle ($16 from Anthropologie). I am a sucker for candles (even though I rarely actually burn them) and angel food is HEAVENLY (see what I did there?).

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#3 Money Spocks Wallet ($14.99 from ModCloth). It’s no secret that I’m a massive Star Trek fan, so having the Enterprise on my wallet would be perfect.

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#4 Pasta Pot with Built-In Colander ($29.95 from Bialetti). We eat LOTS of pasta and having the colander built right in to the lid would be amazing. And purple because duh.

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#5 colour + pattern 22 iPhone Case by Georgiana Parashiv ($35 from Society6). This is just… guh. So gorgeous.

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#6 Coffee Joulies ($47.96 for a set of 5 from Joulies). I drink a lot of tea and I am ALWAYS getting distracted by other things and coming back to a freezing cold mug. If these helped to keep my tea hot for longer, I would be a happy woman.

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#7 Third Rock Fire Pit ($1,679 from Fire Pit Art). Because some (wo)men just want to watch the world burn.

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#8 Stardust Camera Strap ($130 from Bloom Theory). I think EVERYTHING in life should have some sparkle to it.

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#9 Home Alone T-Shirt ($19.99 from ChiTown Clothing). Just in time for the holidays.

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#10 Holla Doormat ($50 from Reed Wilson Design). Because I’m gangster like that.

Makeup Review: Revlon Colorburst Balm Stain in Romantic

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I bought this stain last week on a whim — I’ve heard great things about Revlon’s lip products and was in search of a great red. The combination of a balm and a stain sounded intriguing so I picked up Revlon Colorburst Balm Stain in “Romantic”, a brick red. I got it for around $6 at Rite-Aid but you can also find it at Target, Ulta, Walgreen’s, and many online retailers.  It’s like a nice, thick crayon — super smooth application and you can immediately tell it’s soft and creamy without being messy at all. It has a light minty scent which is surprisingly refreshing!

It does take quite a few coats to get it to the color that I like… but you could also swipe it across your lips once or twice for just a hint of color if you wanted. The nice thing is that, despite it being a stain, applying it isn’t scary — you don’t feel like you need to hurry up before it starts to dry or that you’re going to mess it up and have to scrub it off. I just put some on about 20 minutes ago and it still feels soft and malleable, in a good way. I don’t feel the need to put a gloss on over it, though you can for a shinier look — my lips feel soft and kissable, which is rare for me with any lipstick, let alone a stain. I’ve worn it a few times already and I’ve found that even when the product itself rubs off (which takes a while), the color is still mostly there, so that’s a big plus. I’d give it an 8/10!

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Mukow Monday! #1

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I thought it was about time that my pup have her own honorary spot on this blog, so from here on out every Monday shall be MUKOW MONDAY! Basically I will just post one of the (hundreds and hundreds) of photos I have of her… either a recent photo from that week or a random pick. This one is from a couple weeks ago — she LOVES the leaves outside (which are, sadly, still covering the yard even now) and she REALLY loves her purple bone (best $3 Rite-Aid purchase I’ve ever made).

Product review! Greenwich Bay Trading Co. Bar Soap!

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Sadly I couldn’t find a photo of the exact soap I have since the scent doesn’t seem to exist anymore. But the brand is Greenwich Bay Trading Co. based out of Raleigh, NC. I stumbled upon it at HomeGoods — one of the best places EVER — and bought a bar of their spa soap in Green Tea & Ginger for $3.99 (the 10.5oz spa soaps retail for around $6.50-$10 online). It seems like their website only sells to stores and businesses but you can find their products on Amazon and eBay as well as some other online retailers.

Anyways, I had picked this soap up and it’s been sitting on a shelf in my bathroom for… I want to say months but more realistically probably a year or more. The packaging is just so beautiful I couldn’t let myself rip into it. But I decided to give it a try this morning and this stuff is AMAZING. The scent alone is heavenly enough but I’ve never used a bar soap that produced such a rich, creamy lather. It was totally perfect and left my skin feeling squeaky clean but also super smooth and soft. If you spot some, I highly recommend you give it a try! 10/10

Etsy Loves #2

Welcome to the second week of ETSY LOVES! This week’s theme is CHEVRON. I am still kind of smitten over this pattern — the curtains in my office are a grey and white chevron — so this was a fun theme. So many gorgeous items!

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First row, from left: Brass chevron necklace from foxtailboutique ($44) | Herringbone mouse pad from SSKDesigns ($12) | Chevron secret message quote ring from ZennedOut ($22.50) | Gold party straws from MailboxHappiness ($4.75) | Second row, from left: Chevron three-quarter length peasant dress from ShelbyJaneandCo ($18) | Chevron makeup bag from PlatoSquirrel ($22) | Peel-and-stick removable wallpaper from Livettes ($34) | Vinyl switch cover decal from BugzyBoutique ($2.25) | Third row, from left: Colorful fabric belt from LiliesBoutiqueEtsy ($18.99) | Chevron mouse pad from SSKDesigns ($12) | Wooden forks from SucreShop ($12) | Original wood watch from Freeforme ($12) | Bottom row, from left: Knuckle rings from LLIwireworks ($8.50) | Washi tape from PrettyTape ($2.25) | Geometric iPhone case from OvercaseShop ($16.75) | Wood arrow wall art from SparklePower ($55).

Wishlist Wednesday! #1

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Welcome to the first official installment of WISHLIST WEDNESDAY! Yes, once a week you can come here to see things that I want to buy and most likely end up wanting to buy some of them yourselves. CONSUMERISM. On to the list…

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#1 Make Up Store LED Lip Gloss in Atomic (only available for purchase online at Nelly, but sadly they are out of stock otherwise THIS BABY WOULD BE MINE).

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#2 Cheese! Bag from JumpFromPaper ($39.60 on Fab). This company has TONS of amazing bags so if orange isn’t your thing, go look around their website and then realize you can’t possibly make a decision about which awesome bag to buy. SPOILER ALERT: I just bought this bag. Couldn’t resist. It’s a full $60 cheaper on Fab than on the official website and I COULDN’T SAY NO.

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#3 This Is NPR: The First Forty Years ($21.55 on Amazon). I love NPR so this is a no-brainer. “This beautifully designed volume chronicles NPR’s storied history, featuring dozens of behind-the-scenes photos, essays and original reporting by a who’s who of NPR staff and correspondents, transcripts of memorable interviews, and an audio CD of the most memorable programming throughout the decades.”

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#4 Truly Unforgettable Dress ($59.99 on ModCloth). Purple and lace — winning combination.

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#5 Cool Story Bro (Now Make Me an Equal Member of Society) Tank Top ($26 from Look Human). A play on those idiot “Cool Story Babe, Now Make Me a Sandwich” shirts that you can buy at the mall. GAG.

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#6 Kymera Magic Wand Remote Control ($89.95 on Amazon). Yes, this is a remote control. For your TV. That looks like a MOTHER FLIPPING MAGIC WAND. Need I say more?Screen Shot 2014-11-19 at 7.31.13 PM

#7 I Was Here: A Travel Journal for the Curious Minded by Kate Pocrass ($13.56 on Amazon). I travel a bunch — mostly around New England but also around the US — and this just looks like fun.Screen Shot 2014-11-19 at 7.51.15 PM

#8 Head of the Sass Flat in Black ($34.99 on ModCloth). I just love these — and most flats with straps. :)

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#10 Assembly Home Moa Rug ($44-$199 from Urban Outfitters). I don’t think this would go with the decor in ANY of the rooms in our house but… I love it.

Wear What Makes You Happy

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There’s a link going around from late October that is a list of “20 Things Women Should Stop Wearing After Age 30″. I’m not going to link to it because ya know what? That’s a bunch of bullshit and I won’t be responsible for more traffic going to that site. The list includes things like leopard print, mismatched socks, short dresses, American Eagle jeans, and glitter eyeshadow, among other so-called faux pas. I’m 27 — a mere 2.5 years away from 30 — and I still wear these things, and some others on the list. Because they make me happy.

To me, that should be the only fashion rule that exists, for any age. Does it make you happy? Does it make you feel confident? Does it make you feel like you could take on the whole freaking world and win? If you said “yes” to any of the above, WEAR IT, and rock it, and don’t let idiot lists like this make you feel ashamed for a goddamn second.