Why Being Married at a Wedding is Awesome

Yesterday one of my best friends and fellow bridesmaids from my wedding got hitched! I always liked going to weddings and love being a part of them even more. I really don’t need much of an excuse to party. So, with that being said…I love weddings even more now that I’m married. There’s something about dancing with your husband that, for me, that makes me giddy. Call me old-fashioned, call me a bleeding heart, call me whatever you want…but here’s why being married at a wedding is awesome. PS – I’m actually wearing my bridesmaid dress again this summer for another outing. Don’t judge me. :)

Because what's a wedding without a selfie?

Because what’s a wedding without a selfie?

  • You always have someone to dance with. 
  • You have your biggest fan with you. I had to give the speech at the reception and knowing he was there made it awesome.
  • After said speech I wreaked of sweat and anxiety. No judgement from my other half on that one either. A stranger would have walked away. And I wouldn’t have blamed him…
  • This guy is on point when it comes to grabbing drinks. 
  • It’s fun to dress up–I don’t see Keith dressed off often because of his job. A man in a suit is even sexier when you don’t see it all the time!
  • Someone always knows where your purse is and what’s in it for those quick touch-ups. 
  • Let’s be real, it’s dinner, dancing, and party time. It’s like a built in date night. I like date night. 

We have two more weddings this summer. The next one we’re guests at, and the third Keith is the best man. Happy wedding season, indeed! Now…here’s what you should be bringing with you!

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All cruelty free and all awesome!

As I said, weddings are fun as heck! Pack a little survival kit and have a great time spreading the love. Don’t forget to sign the guestbook. :)

My April and May 2015 Empties!

Many of you know that I am a big fan of both Vegan Cuts Beauty Box and Petit Vour Beauty Boxes. I really like trying new products and seeing some of personal favorites in their, too. With all of that being said, I’ve gotten to try some great (and some…interesting…) products from both April and May. Here are my full thoughts on all of my empties (hehe).

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Holy snap! I used a lot of stuff!

EVOLVH Smart Star Uber Detangler: I received this spray in a Petit Vour box and really enjoyed it. Unlike some detanglers, this one was very light. I was almost skeptical that it would help a comb go through my thick, curly hair! However, this detangling spray not only kept my hair smooth and tangle-free, but it also worked as a nice leave-in treatment to fight the frizzies. The scent was light and fresh and I loved using this with my other curly hair products. Keep this around for beach season!

flo + theo Lemon Orchard Body Butter: Lemon is one of my favorite scents, so that and the retro-chic packaging got me hooked. This body butter is fierce. I used this all winter long and was really sad when I ran out! I loved using this on my feet and hands before bed. The formula looks just like butter–thick and melts in your hands. The scent is delicious and reminded me of lemon pie!

2chic Blackberry & Coconut Milk Shampoo and Conditioner: I actually went out and bought more of these products after receiving a sample in a Whole Foods Hello Beauty bag. This is a great pairing for thick, curly hair. My ends look great and my hair feels thicker and healthier overall. My curls are on point and look shiny and supple. I also love the blackberry scent and the thickness of the conditioner. I usually leave it on for a minute before rinsing. 

dermaE Hydrating Cleanser with Hyaluronic Acid: You all know this is my GO TO cleanser. I’ve been using dermaE as my cleanser for a long, long time. I love how my skin feels clean, but also pampered after using this line. I also use their corresponding lotion and oil!

meow meow tweet Deodorant Cream: Again, if you saw my video of my deodorant collection, you’ll know that this cream is gentle and effective at preventing odor and promoting dryness without the dangers of traditional deodorant. I really liked the lavender scent, but I would look forward to trying their tea tree in the future. 

Balanced Guru Scrub Me Body Scrub: I posted a really big, detailed review of this product on another site that I contribute for. I have a MAJOR CRUSH on this brand. Balanced Guru is natural, cruelty free, and ethical. Even their packaging is eco-friendly. Even my husband loved the grittyness and effectiveness of this great scrub. It had a fresh spearmint scent that literally woke my skin up (it might also be their organic coffee grounds). This is a product that will have a place in my repertoire always!

Trilogy Vital Moisturizing Cream: Last, but not least, I was able to sample Trilogy’s cream in my Whole Foods bag as well. I loved the formula and the feel of the cream, but the rosy scent was not for me. I’d be open to trying some more of their products, but I’m on of the few people who can’t smell rose all day long. I also thought this functioned better as a night cream because it was a little thicker. 

Best part? These products are all cruelty free and NATURAL! Some are vegan as well and most are very budget friendly. I really liked trying (and re-trying my faves) throughout the past few months! We’ll have to see what makes the empties this summer!

Editor’s Note: This post contains affiliate links which means that I receive a commission for products purchased through said links. 


Curls.nu & Pacifica Summer Essentials Giveaway

Somehow summer is almost here! Go on, haters…hate on the #teacherlife. Done? Good. Let’s continue! For those of you who have been reading my blog for a while, you know that I often change my skincare routine based on the time of year. Summer is definitely no exception to this rule. When the warmer weather hits, your skin craves different attention. Don’t forget, too, that summer is a time for travel and vacationing. So, packing light and conveniently becomes a priority. This is where Pacifica Beauty has done it yet again with their two ULTA exclusives! I bring to you Pacifica Underarm Deodorant Wipes and Pacifica Essential Makeup Removing Wipes. Both of these are must-haves for your travel bag, gym bag, and work bag (or any other bags you may have, teehee). Check them out and enter below to add these essentials to your cruelty free repertoire!

Pacifica Underarm Deodorant Wipes: I fell in love with these while researching my last post for cruelty free and natural deodorants. These wipes are not anti-antiperspirants, but that’s what makes them safe! These wipes are packed with natural essential oils and coconut milk. The ingredients actually neutralize odors  and help to stop malodors. These wipes smell AMAZING. They have a vanilla/coconut tropical scent to them that lasts a long time. I’ve used these after a day at work and before a workout and I smelled fabulous for my hour long cardio session. The witch hazel and shea work to soothe skin, too. These were really convenient to use and they have a permanent place within my gym bag. Even my husband (who has an extremely dirty job) loved using these to freshen up. These would be great for camping or backpacking as well as for after a hot yoga session (spoken from experience, ladies and gents!) I would buy these again in an instant. I love how gentle and EFFECTIVE they are. 

Pacifica Essential Makeup Removing Wipes: I am sometimes lazy when it comes to removing my makeup before bed or the gym (for shame…), so these are a godsend. A while back I reviewed their coconut cleansing wipes, but found that they didn’t remove darker makeup or heavy eye makeup as effectively as I wanted. These wipes make the cut! They are also infused with coconut milk, jojoba oil, and aloe vera which gently removes makeup while leaving your face feeling soft and soothed and smelling great. It’s a bright, light scent that reminds me of that “just showered” scent. 

I love Pacifica because they consider three things while making products: women, the planet, and animals, all of which directly effect my own thoughts and beliefs. I love that they are an ethically sound company who believe in making safe and effective solutions for beauty and skincare. Good luck, and may the odds be ever in your favor (though how could they not be–these items are the bomb diggity). 😉

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The Cruelty Free and Natural Deodorant Round-up

Whoa! It’s finally here! I’ve been a little bit slow to finally post this, but I wanted to really try each product in this video and give my full thoughts. So, without further ado, for all you ladies (and men) who want to smell pretty without slathering yourself in toxins, the official Curls.nu Cruelty Free Deodorant Round-up. 

Aren’t they pretty???

I usually don’t do video blogs, but I really wanted to cover all of these without overloading you on reading. I just have too much to say (surprised? I am Italian after all…). 

Overall, I was pretty stoked to be reviewing and trying out these products. I had a really awesome (and honest) group of folks who promised to let me know if I totally reeked and I researched all of the ingredients to make sure that I could compare and contrast to see what worked best for my body chemistry. 

That’s the most important part of this WHOLE post. What worked for me might not work for you, and what made me smell atrocious might work like a charm for you. So, have fun, play around, and make sure that you have someone who will let you know if you could clear a football stadium. Last, enjoy my terribly awkwardness on video. It’s Saturday morning on the East Coast and I’m not wearing my eyebrows. 

Check out all of the products here: http://nourishorganic.com/, http://www.lavanila.com/, https://meowmeowtweet.myshopify.com/, http://barebonesbody.com/, and http://www.pacificabeauty.com/

Editor’s Note: Some of the product(s) featured in this post were provided by a representative of the company named in this post for editorial consideration. All opinions are honest and my own. I was not provided any compensation for this review other than the aforementioned products.

My Spring 2015 Essentials & Updates

Picture this: windows open, warm breeze and sunshine filtering in through my blinds, and a lemon blossom candle  burning gently. Yep, that was my house this weekend. Spring has sprung and I am beyond ready, yet grossly under-prepared. I’m still walking out some mornings in boots and scarves, but I’m not letting that get me down. I have a list of essentials and updates for Springtime, regardless of where you live. Start getting spring-i-fied with me, won’t you?

Spring Wishlist

As someone who favors a darker wardrobe, I try and usually spring it up with at least one colorful piece. Behold! My wishlist for this season, some of which I have already started purchasing. I’ve already gotten a cool boho cardigan, boyfriend crop, and flowy black tee (ok…about five of them), but I’m also on the search for a BRIGHT flat like these rainbow guys above. I don’t even care how “gaudy” they might be. I’m obsessed and I’ll wear them with my black tees and jeans! 

I’m also on the lookout for a basic dress in a fun color, as seen above. I have some baby showers and other events to go to this summer (weddings, communions, and more!) so I’d love to own something that I can wear to all of those easily. I would love to be daring (for one), and buy a fun color like this. As for the bag, I’m already obsessed with coral and own a big coral bag…but my Disneymoon made me appreciate the crossbody bag. Read: I really liked not being weighed down by my mammoth bags. It was LIBERATING! Not for every day, but it’d be great to own a fun piece like this for mentioned weddings, communions, baby showers, field trips, etc…and to have it not be black! 

I think this list is pretty doable, don’t you? Here’s to brightening up my closet and to not having to wear a jacket outside anymore! 

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