Favorites | On Friday

Friday, December 19, 2014

I recently discovered this banner and think it would look perfect hanging in my living room.

I'm a big fan of pot pies and this one looks perfect.

Done subtly, I think this new hair trend could look amazing.

Sometimes homemade gifts are the best gifts.

I love this blogger essentials gift guide.

This artist's story is so inspirational and her work is gorgeous.

Have a great weekend!

Petit Vour Wishlist

Thursday, December 18, 2014

If you read my blog on a regular basis, you know that I am a huge fan of of the monthly beauty box Petit Vour.  Each month I am exposed to new cosmetics, bath, and body products that are high quality, luxurious, and made with natural ingredients (aka you feel like a million dollars when you use them).  Because of it, I have found so many new favorite vegan and cruelty-free companies that I otherwise may have never known about.  

For my final wishlist/gift guide this holiday season, I am spotlighting the Petit Vour products in which I was/am particularly enamored with and that are currently available in the Petit Vour shop.  They are seriously the creme de la creme.

Caru Skincare Co rose facial serum $32 | This serum is the best facial oil that I've ever used.  It smells just like fresh roses and leaves my skin super soft and moisturized. 
EvolvH ultrashine shampoo and conditioner $24/$65 | This shampoo and conditioner smells beautiful and leaves my hair super soft and shiny.
LVX nail polish in caviar, dark matter, and porcelaine $16 | LVX has such gorgeous, vibrant colors.  These particular polishes are perfect for the winter months.
Modern Minerals eye shadow in mermaid $12.50 | Anything with the description of "mermaid" and I am immediately interested.  This color is shimmery and such a gorgeous blue green, I would instantly feel like a mermaid wearing it.
My Daughter Fragrances in joyful $85 | I am incredibly picky when it comes to perfume (and everything else).  This fragrance is absolutely gorgeous.  It's light and fragrant with subtle hints floral and citrus.   If I could, I'd wear it every day for the rest of my life.
Pacifica devocean lipstick in firebird $14 | Ever since I received this lipstick in rebel sol, I was immediately hooked to this line.  The lipstick smells like coconut, and applies and wears amazingly.  This vibrant red is perfect for the winter months.

Petit Vour cannot make any promises, but if you purchase items by December 19th, your package should arrive by the 24th.  That being said, this gift is for yourself anyway, so you have some room to work with the delivery date ;) 

Other wishlists/gift guides here and here.

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Christmas tree photo 2014

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Every year since Dayv and I have been married, one of our holiday traditions is taking a photo in front of the Christmas tree.  Usually, Mina is in the picture, too, but due to the fact that she decided to go completely limp in front of the camera, it's just the two of us this year.  So instead, she sat off to the side and watched intently as I continued to press the camera and get into place next to Dayv before the self timer went off.  After 10+ shots, we got a winner.

This year marks the fifth Christmas that Dayv and I have been married, and the tenth since we started dating.  I love looking back at all of our photos and seeing our age progression over time, the looks in our eyes, our smiles (and Dayv's quarter smile).  These photos evoke immense love and happiness in my heart, and provide me with a visual outline of where we started, where we are now, and where we are going.

2014 was a particularly eventful, exciting, and stressful year in my life, and every day I am so grateful for the man that stands by my side.  Sometimes I wonder what our lives would be like if we had a child, and even though it maybe something I want in the future, for now I am completely content and fulfilled as just the two of us.  He's what Christmas means to me.

From the Weekend | Kim's 30th Birthday Party

Monday, December 15, 2014

I have this theory about age perception as it relates to other people.  Whatever age you begin a relationship with someone, that is the age you will always think of yourself as when you are with that person.  For instance, my friend Kim and I became best friends in 6th grade, when she was 12 and I was 11.  Almost 18 years later, I still think of us as those little girls, naive and adventurous, immature but in a way that we thought we were mature, thoughtful of the fact that not everyone liked us, but happy because all we ever needed was each other.  

On Saturday, 12.13.14, Kim turned 30 and had a lovely party at one of her favorite restaurants to celebrate.  It was really great meeting several of her friends that she has made the last few years through her fiance, Kenny.  Some people had dinner or appetizers.  We all sang happy birthday and Kim blew out a candle (twice, because she forgot to make a wish the first time).  Dayv ate a special vegan cupcake Kenny got for him at Whole Foods.  Presents were opened. Applause was given.

Even as a teenager, Kim would always slightly mourn each birthday as another year that she was older.  I knew 30 would be a particularly unsettling year for her and am really glad she made it a point to have a big celebration rather than something that could potentially translate into a depressing experience.  I reassured her, though, that 30 isn't a scary age and that we're really still 12 years old.  You know, the kind of 12 year olds that have a couple stray white hairs and can no longer split a large mushroom pizza between the two of them.  

Happy Monday!

Favorites | On Friday

Friday, December 12, 2014

This print describes my mental state perfectly and should be hanging in my office. 

I'd love this ring set for Christmas (hint, I'm a size 5).

Ashlee totally rocks on her latest television appearance, sharing some amazing vegan and ec-friendly gift ideas.

When I grow up, I want to decorate my house for the holidays like Ashley's parents.

Do you possess the habits of remarkably polite people?

Have a great weekend!

Petit Vour November Beauty Box | Review

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

I was especially excited for the Petit Vour's November beauty box because one of my all-time favorite vegan ladies, Ashlee Piper, of The Little Foxes, was the co-curator.  She is such an amazing source of inspiration and is constantly informing me of the latest beauty and fashion products.  She always knows what's up in the industry and provides an abundance of tools to lead a vegan and cruelty-free life.  I could watch her on tv forever.  

Ashlee's taste is so on point and perfect in every way, so I knew this box would be absolutely amazing.  And I was right.

My beauty box was filled with:

Earthbody Sacred Skincare dream body oil | I am always wary of body oils, as they can be greasy and not properly absorb in the skin.  Luckily, this oil is light, quickly absorbs, and is extremely hydrating.  It also smells lovely.

Caru Skincare Co rose facial serum | I am obsessed with this facial serum.  Of all the facial oils I have tried, this one is my absolute favorite.  The rose scent is beautiful and feels like I am applying a million rose petals to my skin.  It is also super hydrating and leaves my complexion looking fresh.  I am so sad that my vial is almost empty.

French Girl Organics lip tint in cerise | Words cannot describe how much I love this lip tint.  I wasn't sure that the berry color would work well with my skin tone, but it's perfect and enhances my complexion.  The application is sheer but works in both casual and dressy occasions.  It's the perfect lip tint for the holidays and what I reach for every time I open my mess of a purse.

Au Natural creme eye shadow and creme concealer in palma | Um, why isn't every eye shadow made into a cream and held in this type of applicator?  This eye shadow is sheer and shimmery, and is a cinch to apply.  I have been wearing it every day with no intention of stopping in the foreseeable future.  I need this eye shadow in every color.

Words cannot describe how much I love Petit Vour.  All of their boxes are vegan and cruelty-free, and filled with all natural and super luxe products.  And all for $15 (with free shipping in the United States)!  I still don't know how they do it.  December is a particularly amazing time to subscribe to Petit Vour because Sunny from Vegan Beauty Review is co-curating this month's box!  Oh, and Petit Vour is also releasing a super special Special Holiday Edition box, co-curated by Ashlee and will start shipping this Friday, December 12th.  You better get on it!

Sign up for your Petit Vour monthly subscription box here.

Disclaimer: I was given this product to review, but all of the thoughts and opinions expressed are completely my own.

Modavanti Wishlist

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Last week, while I was doing some super serious research deciding on my favorite handbag from Angela Roi, I stumbled upon the eco-friendly and "consciously styled" website Modavanti.  Modavanti sells a variety of clothing, accessory, and lifestyle products that are vegan, eco-friendly, artisan, fairtrade, made in the US, recycled, organic, and/or zero waste.  Basically, it's a website you go to if you want your purchases to be 100% guilt free.  

While comparing the various colors of the Angela Roi square tote bag and trying to figure out which one is me*, I began perusing the rest of the website and quickly became enamored with several other items.  

Smart is beautiful tee by 4 All Humanity | I can't remember the last time I fell in love with a tee shirt (maybe never?).  Not only is the graphic adorable, but I really love the message.

Square tote by Angela Roi | To say that I hate my current purse would be an understatement.  It is simply not big enough, does not close properly, and somehow the one specific lip balm that I am always looking for can never be found.  As soon as I saw this square tote, I knew it was exactly what I needed to relieve me of my currently small handbag torture.  I just wish I could get it in every color...

Scout boot in black by Bourgeois Boheme | Finding a simple, versatile vegan black boot is extremely difficult, especially when you're extremely picky, like me.  These black boots are perfect to dress up or down and are constructed with high quality materials, which will ensure that they last a long time (and don't fall apart like my current boots are in the process of doing).

Gold leaf wrap bracelet/necklace by Raven and Lily | I love wearing one piece of statement jewelry every day.  Most of my collection consists of necklaces and some earrings.  This wrap bracelet is gorgeous and I love that it can be a necklace, too.

What are your favorite websites to buy eco-friendly and vegan clothing and accessories?

*I never could decide on a color.  Which one do you like best- gray, green, orange, purple, or red?
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