Favorites | On Friday

Friday, July 3, 2015

Favorites | On Friday
Hey guys!  You may or may not have noticed that I did not post this week.  I decided I need a little break from blogging.  Ever since I graduated in May, I have been really burnt out and lacking inspiration.  Also, I am turning 30 at the end of this month, which I thought wasn't a big deal until it became a big deal.  I need a little time to relax and not worry about posting a certain amount of times a week.  I've also cut down on Instagram and Twitter- I'm still watching and engaging, just not in the mood to share as much.  I hope you understand <3

And then...last night, my dog brother, Seamus (aka my parents' 80lb golden retriever) was so excited to see me that he jumped up on my chest, throwing me backward, where I tripped over my dad's guitar case that was on the ground and then landed directly on my tailbone on the tile floor around the fireplace.  So, I'm not sure I will be doing much this weekend besides lying on the couch and icing my booty.

In the meantime, I obviously could not leave you on this long holiday weekend without my favorite links of the week!  So, without further ado...

How perfectly adorable is this wedding?

A scientific(?) reason to eat all the bread with all the hummus.

There are no reviews I enjoy reading more than Rika's.  

Which apartment do you want to live in?

Obsessed with this new video from HSI featuring Ke$ha.

My girlfriend has been posting vlogs recently and I have been loving them.

Dayv and I just finished binge watching the first two seasons of this show and, holy cow, it is hilarious.

Maybe put some coconut oil on it?

Would you ever get a matching tattoo with your bestie?

I absolutely loved reading this blog post and comments.  What's the most beautiful thing you've ever read?

Life motto.

Have a great weekend!

Favorites | On Friday

Friday, June 26, 2015

Do you hold yourself back from happiness?  I can definitely relate to this list.

A relationship quality that sometimes my phone interferes with (why do I have to look at it every 30 seconds??).  

Freakin GENIUS.

If I'm feeling a little adventurous while doing my weekly manicure, imma gonna try some of these ideas.

Crazy big sale happening over at the vegan boots store.

But isn't it?

Growing up, my mom's go-to potluck dish was pasta salad.  This version gives me the warm fuzzies of nostalgia.

This cat.

Have a good laugh.  Mrs. Johanson is my favorite.

Exciting things happen when people eat less meat.

I did this thing.

Have a great weekend!

EcoHabitude | A few of my favorite things

Thursday, June 25, 2015

EcoHabitude | A few of my favorite things

Ecohabitude is an online marketplace designed to bring socially conscious apparel, accessories, and other ethically created products directly to customers.  This website works similar to Etsy; It is a platform for entrepreneurs and businesses to open their own store within the online marketplace to sell their products.  In addition to all of the brands being ethical in nature, Ecohabitude provides eco-tags, which further help customers find the types of products that align with their values.  For instance, if I am looking for shoes, I can specifically search for ones that are cruelty-free and made in the USA.  How cool is that?

Ecohabitude recently contacted me and asked if I was interested in Guest Pinning on their Pinterest board, sharing my favorite items from their marketplace.  Considering the fact that I love browsing websites and creating a wishlist of items, of course I said yes.  You can view my Ecohabitude Pinterest board here and check me out on the front page of their website here until the end of the week.  Below are some of my favorite items from Ecohabitude and a little about what makes them so special.

iWood Designs Precious Wood Sunglasses in macassar ebony | In my dream life, I would totally rock this pair of sunglasses.  They boast a laundry list of swoon-worthy eco-tags, including organic, recycled, biodegradable, sweat-shop free, vintage, and made in the USA.  Plus, aren't they just so perfect?

Animal Behavior panthera jumpsuit | I love a good jumpsuit.  Although many often fall into the same category of black, sleeveless, and made for warm weather, this one breaks the mold.  I love the light twill fabric, fit, and 3/4 length sleeves.  This jumpsuit is also cruelty-free and made in the USA.  Total win. 

Rogue:Minx high waist maxi skirt | There is nothing like a beautiful, flowing, black maxi skirt to take your look to the next level.  I love that this one is high waisted and made with sheer mesh, which is both classy and dramatic.  I can totally see myself dressing it up with this top for a wedding, or keeping it casual with a simple top and beaded sandals for work.  This maxi skirt is also sweatshop free, cruelty-free, and made in the USA.

Olsenhaus Pure Vegan secret | Olsenhaus pumps are so dreamy, especially this animal print pair.  They are the perfect heel height, shape, and can turn an everyday look into something special.  I think they would look especially stunning with this top and these shorts.  These pumps are also sweatshop free, recycled, and cruelty-free.

What eco-tags would you search for when browsing Ecohabitude?

1 | 2 | 3 | 4

Ecohabitude website | My guest-pinner Pinterest board

My favorite vegan nail polishes for summer

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

My favorite vegan nail polishes for summer

Happy summer!  I cannot believe my favorite season is finally here and in full swing.  I have been loving the super warm temperatures, morning walks with Mina that require no jacket or sweatshirt, wearing my favorite dresses and big sunglasses, driving with the windows down, fresh faced makeup, and painting my nails in fun, bright colors.  I wish it could be summer forever...

Below are a few of my favorite nail polishes for summer.  After a spring full of warm neutrals, I am loving bright, classic colors that pop.

LVX in lolli | I posted about my love of lolli last week.  It is the perfect Easter egg pink and flatters just about every skin tone and outfit.  I could easily wear this shade the entire summer and not get tired of it.  The color is so creamy, cheerful, and sings "summertime".  Don't you love nail polishes that sing?

Zoya in lola | I love lola because it's a bright pink with a little something extra.  The color has a hint of metallic silver-blue, which creates a lovely dynamic on your fingertips.

NCLA in let's stay forever | Summer is the perfect time to sport some super creamy blue fingertips.  I love this color because it's light, not obnoxious, and even a little classy.  It also reminds me of the beach.

Lauren B. Beauty in #imsola | This shade is a gorgeous pink raspberry color.  It is the perfect polish when you want a definite pop of color that is still classic and unassuming.  I think this is also a great polish for a pedicure, especially if you have a nice warm complexion.

What nail colors are you into this summer?

Favorites | On Friday

Friday, June 19, 2015

Favorites | On Friday
I love these eco-friendly barbecue ideas (so many fun diys!) from Ashlee.

How refreshing does this look?

This is kind of my dream.

I could definitely go for one (or three) of these frozen treats.

I thank my parents for everything and let them know how grateful I am for their generosity.  What about you?  

This woman is a genius.

I love Cadry's travel recap posts and this one especially had my stomach growling.

My dad would totally say #2 about himself, even though he's an amazing father.

Kind of obsessed with this instagram lately.

Love all of her YouTube videos, but particularly blown away by this one recently (I wish I had that kind of skill).

Have a great Father's Day weekend (or regular weekend)!

LVX Lolli | Review

Thursday, June 18, 2015

LVX Lolli | Review

LVX Lolli | Review

LVX Lolli | Review
After a fall and winter full of dark nail colors, I have been more than excited to bust out some of my lighter, spring shades for the the warm weather.  On Sunday night (my manicure night), I decided on LVX's Lolli, a soft creamy Easter egg pink.  I remember liking it last year, but now, I love it.  This entire week, I cannot help but constantly glance down at my hands and smile.  The color makes me so happy.

I have been a big fan of LVX for a while now, and for good reason.  First, and most important, they are a vegan, cruelty-free, 5-free nail lacquer company.  Second, they make the most gorgeous colors (see for yourself).  And third, I love that the color in the bottle is always the color that shows up on your fingers (oftentimes, a color will appear darker and more concentrated in the bottle).  LVX lacquers are also chip resistant, and I can usually go about three days with minimal chipping on my left hand (because I'm a lefty).  

LVX releases new collections every season that boast a new array of vibrant, beautiful colors.  I am currently lusting over avenal from the summer 2015 collection, haze from spring 2015, mineral from winter resort 2015, oyster and anthracite from fall 2014, porcelaine from summer 2014, and fantom from spring 2013 (if you can't tell, I'm going through a muted gray/white phase right now).

Have you tried LVX?  Which color is your favorite?

Nonie of Beverly Hills Skin Cleaner + Skin Tonic | Review

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Nonie of Beverly Hills Skin Cleaner + Tonic | Review

Admittedly, I am extremely bad at washing my face at night.  I always remove my makeup with a wipe, but never follow through on an entire cleansing process.  One of the main reasons is because I hate washing my face at the sink, where my hair will inevitably get wet (does anyone else have this issue?).  If there was only a face cleanser that didn't require me to wet my face...  Oh wait, there is!

Nonie of Beverly Hills offers a skincare line called "AHA!", which contains alpha hydroxy acids from natural, plant-based ingredients.  Alpha hydroxy acids help clear blemishes, hydrate the skin, and lighten pigment spots.  Although AHAs can contain animal-based products (milk, honey, yogurt), all of Nonie of Beverly Hill's products are vegan and have never been tested on animals.  Additionally, they contain no detergent, mineral oil, alcohol, perfume, parabens, or petrochemicals.  This skin care line is truly a high quality product.

To use the skin cleanser, you simply apply one or two pumps to a cotton ball and wipe your face with it, repeating until the cotton ball is clean.  Afterwards, you use the skin tonic, in the same way, to refresh the skin.  I typically use two cotton balls worth of cleaner and one for the tonic.

Overall, I really love this skincare.  I always remove my makeup with a wipe first, and highly recommend you do the same, as it may take several cotton balls of cleanser to remove it otherwise.  Since the cleanser is so creamy, it also acts as a moisturizer.  Paired with the tonic, my skin is extremely hydrated afterwards.  Both products have a light citrus scent, which I find extremely refreshing.  Afterwards, my skin tone appears even, clean, and hydrated.  Although I did not try the moisturizer (as it contains wheat germ oil), it would be a great addition to this skin care routine for individuals not incredibly sensitive to gluten.  

Do you also hate washing your face at night, like me?  Have you ever tried a facial cleanser that didn't require wetting your face?  I'd love to hear your experiences and opinions in the comments below ;)

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