Fanny Packs+ Should You Get One

Like most kids in the 90s I had a fanny pack. When this bag started popping up on celebrities a couple of years ago I was sure it was just a passing trend. But of course it is still here and I can’t really say if it will stay or go. Honestly, I really like the functionality of the bag. It keeps your hand free to do whatever and unlike a crossbody you don’t have to adjust it.

I love the look of having it slung over the chest instead of the traditional way of wearing one. I’m still nervous about the longevity of the trend so I’m interested in dropping a ton of money on one. So of course I found some really inexpensive ones, I even found a designer one that’s not too much if you want some designer in your bag collection.

Forever 21
Marc Jacobs
Amazon

What are your thoughts on the fanny pack trend? Will you be trying it?

Straw Bags+Trends I Love

There’s something about a straw bag that let’s everyone around you know that you are the fun laid back type of person. They’re effortless yet stylish and have somehow ended up on the chic runways during the fashion weeks.

It has finally warmed up and Spring is definitely here with Summer right around the corner. Now I’m piecing together outfits for future shoots. What I have noticed missing from my bag collection is a versatile straw bag.

You can wear it with a floral summer dress or a simple t-shirt and jeans.

I found some bags on the internet that are affordable and stylish.

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This is the recent blogger favorite the Cult Gaia bamboo clutch bag. Okay, so this bag has been a hit among Instagram models and fashion bloggers. Made by an indie brand this bag is a big hit even for the most elite fashion crowds. It’s the more expensive bag on the list but it’s definitely making a name for itself by becoming a classic addition to your bag collection.

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This is definitely a classic silhouette. The great thing about this bag is that it can go from the beach to a date night on a hot summer night. This bag is from one of my favorite places: Gap.

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I’m not going to lie, I still want this bag. I originally found it on Amazon when I was searching for a bag for my upcoming vacation. I have since opted for my laser cut Summer Rose crossbody. I like this bag because it’s a backpack so it’s great for festival season.

Get Her Look+Meghan Markle

I hate to admit it but I’m that person that follows the royal weddings even though I’m American. But to my defense, the royal wedding coming up is kind of a big deal because Prince Harry is marrying the gorgeous American actress Meghan Markle. I’ll be honest I’ve never watched an episode of Suits in my life but I’m sure Meghan is great on it. I will say that I love her style. It’s clean, chic, and minimal.

 

Before the Royal wedding on May 19th ( my 26th birthday by the way) I wanted to give you all a guide on how to get her style. So I chose some pieces that you all could buy to recreate one of her looks from the royal tour her and Prince Harry have been on. This particular look is from their stop in Northern Ireland. I love this outfit for two reasons. The first reason is that there’s not a lot going on but it looks well put together. The second reason is that the green from her skirt really makes this pop. This would be a great outfit for spring. If it was actually Spring here in Ohio.

The photo does not belong to me

I’ll keep this post short and sweet and of course, I’ll include links to all of the items. ENJOY!

 

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Gennhaio+Review

I have a really exciting review for you all! A couple of weeks ago an awesome Etsy shop sent me the coolest items. The shop is called Gennhaio and honestly I’m completely obsessed. Everything is priced perfectly and everything is made out of vegan leather. There’s a variety of pouches, travel bags, handbags, and even key fobs. I was sent out a lovely pouch and and the cutest key fob! Also the packaging was amazing!

I can’t wait to start using the pouch especially for the spring. I think it’s the perfect time to use something like this in such a fresh color. My favorite part about it is the shape. It’s so different from anything I have now. I’m actually thinking about using it as a clutch for an upcoming vacation with Cory. But it would also be great for traveling.

Definitely check out Gennhaio to treat yourself to some goodies.

The key fob is so cute and I actually really needed one. I love how unique the designs

Breakfast at Tiffany’s+Inspiration

Good morning! It’s a bit after midnight and I’m up watching Breakfast at Tiffany’s. You all won’t read this post until a decent time today. I love watching this movie. The older I get the more I understand Holly Golightly.

I love this film because just like other old films it eases what ever trace of anxiety I have (but tonight I’m having trouble sleeping). Everything from the custom Givenchy clothes that Audrey Hepburn wore with such grace, to the opening scene where she’s eating a crossaint and sipping coffee ( my favorite thing to do in college was to eat a crossaint and sip coffee while exploring downtown Pittsburgh).

This film only reminds me not to take things so serious. Relax and enjoy life. Holly is such a carefree character. Yes, she’s hiding from her past but she knows exactly what she wants.

What classic films do you like to watch?

Bags I Love+Mansur Gavriel Calf Mini Sun Bag

I haven’t done a “Bags I Love” post since last year. My love for handbags hasn’t stopped obviously, I just didn’t realize how much you all enjoyed it. So here’s a new “Bags I Love” post. This time showcasing the Mansur Gavriel Calf Mini Sun bag.

Photo belongs to Mansur Gavriel
Photo belongs to Mansur Gavriel
Photo belongs to Mansur Gavriel

I’m in love with these three colors. Blush, Blu, and Rosa. Mansur Gavriel has been around since 2012 so it’s still a new brand. This doesn’t mean celebrities and bag lovers haven’t been loving this minimalistic brand.

I love this bag design because of how simple it is but it looks like a classic piece that it will last a lifetime. My favorite part of it is the small detail of the bow. It adds a small detail.

This bag comes in a bit over a thousand dollars so it’s definitely an investment piece if you can afford it.

What are your thoughts about this bag? What bag are you loving right now?

Holiday Gift Guide+Amazon

I love this time of year. I know you’re probably shocked because I’m normally talking about how much I enjoy Halloween. I love Halloween but Christmas comes in a close second for a favorite holiday. I love the cheesy Christmas music, the cozy sweaters, and of course the time you get to spend with family. I also love giving gifts. To be honest when my family and I lived in the domestic violence shelter this year I didn’t expect us to have a Christmas this year. But things worked out and we’ll be spending Christmas together in our own home with a Christmas tree and stockings. I’m still in Illinois at Ragdale for my writer’s residency so I won’t be able to help decorate but I know my mom and sister will do a great job.

I wanted to put together a list of items that I would like to receive and I’m sure you all would also. I’ll just include a few items in this post but you can view the full list here. Also, everything is from Amazon!

 

6 pack of wool socks (Purchase here for $11.88)

 

You’re not really an adult until you enjoy getting socks as gifts. I feel like I always need more socks. I swear they just disappear. Plus they’re so great to have to keep your feet cozy during this time of the year.

 

A glass water bottle (Purchase here for $14.95)

I’m always drinking a ton of water back at home but once I travel I seem to forget how much I should be really drinking. For one thing, I always get dehydrated on flights and this could easily be avoided if I would drink as much water as I do at home. I love these reusable bottles they are super environmentally friendly and so easy to clean.

 

Classic Triple Zip Top Handbag (Purchase here for $29.95)

There’s nothing I love more than a nice bag. I’m in love with handbags. I actually really need a new one so I’ve been searching for a nice everyday one. This is awesome because it has three compartments. As much as I try to be organized I always end up tossing everything into my bag. I also love this taupe color.

 

I can definitely do more of these holiday gift guides if you want, just let me know down in the comments!

 

Bags I Love+Saturday Style

I’ll just be completely honest and tell you what’s been going on. My family and I have recently moved into our own home after living in a domestic violence shelter for almost five months. That explains the lack of posts on here. My depression and OCD have also been an unfortunate factor. 
However I’m ready to get back into the swing of things. I want this blog to really be my current loves. If you’ve been following me for awhile you will know that I love handbags. If I could have any accessory I would always choose handbags.

When I think of designer bags Versace doesn’t typically come to mind but ever since last year and I saw Gigi Hadid carry is gorgeous creation I can’t help but be in love with the brand again. The Versace Palazzo satchel is perfection

Photo belongs to Bluefly

Everything about this bag is incredible. From the butter soft leather to the black hardware I would love.to own this beauty. Obviously this is out of my budget right now but a girl can dream right?

The strap is a plus because I have to use both hands to push my wheelchair I need something handsfree. Even if you don’t have a disability this bag will also be helpful with the strap.

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Etoile Atelier Fragrances+Review

Photo belongs to Etoile Ateliers
Photo belongs to Etoile Ateliers

There’s something about a nice fragrance that I love. It’s the last step in my morning routine and for me, it makes a huge difference. I have a few favorite scents but I’m normally pretty open about trying new fragrances out. Etoile Atelier was super kind and sent me their sample collection of fragrances.

I’ll start off by saying how much I love the size of this. You get 8 of their fragrance oils, This is great because you can test out each one and figure out which one you like best. My favorites are “You Belong” and “Eau Salee”. I actually love mixing those two together. These are oils so they will last longer and throughout the day blend in with your natural scent.

Being able to try out these fragrances has been a top part of my week (I’m not even kidding). Smelling nice fragrances helps me during anxiety attacks, and between us, I’ve had my fair share lately so these have been incredible for me to just focus on something good when my mind goes somewhere bad. I love how fresh these scents are and how they are not very sweet smelling. They have a very mature and fresh smell to all of them.

The best part about the oils is that you know that you won’t have to reapply throughout the day.  You can purchase your own sample box here.

Let me know your favorite scents when you get it. What is your favorite fragrance?

 

 

 

 

 

*I was sent these products to review. Opinions are my own.

Skincare+Giveaway

I don’t think I’ve done a giveaway on this blog in the 4 years I’ve been running it. If you ask me I think it’s long overdue to offer you guys some goodies.

As you all know I love skincare and especially skincare with natural ingredients. I also love Etsy shops so when I came across Jessica’s I knew I had to do something beyond an Etsy Shop Spotlight. Check out her Etsy shop HERE and her website HERE to learn more about products!

ENTER HERE: Moon Mother Medicinals Skincare giveaway

 

Photo belongs to Jessica

Here’s the list of things one lucky winner will receive here’s what’s included in The complete Set of Magic Mugwort & Rose Facial care:

Moisturizing Face Serum
This extremely moisturizing and nourishing face serum is a magical and precious blend of the finest oils for skincare.
To Use: Rub 1-2 drops onto clean skin
Ingredients: Jojoba Oil, Argan Oil, Carrot Seed Oil, essential oils of Rose, Carrot Seed, Mugwort and Jasmine and Essences of Full Moon, Rose & Rose Quartz

Herbal Manuka Honey Face Wash
This herbal honey face wash is so magical and amazing for your skin that you will never want to use another face cleanser again. Manuka honey makes an excellent facial cleanser and toner. It is mild enough to be used on a regular basis and better than chemical cleaners any day. The hygroscopic nature of honey draws out the dirt and grime trapped in the hair follicles and facilitates the free flow of natural oils. Manuka honey has a pH around 4.5 which helps lower the skin pH, keeping it optimally acidic. Alkalinity makes the skin dry and prone to eczema and other skin disorders. Antibacterial and antifungal action of manuka honey help to control the microbial overload in the skin pores and prevents acne. With the addition of Rose Clay this cleanser draws impurities from the skin as the powdered oats and herbs gently exfoliate and nourish the skin with their anti-inflammatory and healing properties.
When using as a mask apply manuka honey in a thin layer and work it in. It helps to cover the face with a wet towel wrung out in warm water. This will make the honey penetrate deeper into the skin. It also allows the honey to hydrate the skin by drawing in water and acting as a humectant. Use a moisturizer after washing off the honey.
Ingredients: Manuka Honey, Rose Clay, Gluten Free Oats, Rose, Calendula, Lavender, Mugwort and Essences of Full Moon, Rose and Rose Quartz for Unconditional Self Love

Mask & Cleansing Grains
This Rose Clay and Oat based can be used weekly as a mask or 2-3 times a week as a gentle exfoliant to renew, cleanse and protect the skin.
French Rose Clay with rhassoul is a gentle, exfoliating and polishing treatment appropriate for all skin conditions. Actively draws pimples and blackheads to the surface leaving skin clear, clean and refreshed. Clay is alive. It is rich in silica, calcium, iron and magnesium. It shimmers with electromagnetic energy. Used for thousands of years to treat skin, it is appropriate for all skin conditions. Clay loosens clogged pores drawing impurities to the surface without dissolving the protective epidermal layer. It exfoliates dry, dead skin cells increasing tone and clarity. It absorbs excess oil, refines and softens fine lines and wrinkles, and fades the appearance of hyper-pigmentation and scarring. Highly mineralized, French Rose Clay provides deep nourishment to help support and strengthen the cells of the skin. It also increases circulation and oxygenation to the surface of the skin. The herbal combination of rose, calendula, lavender and mugwort has a nourishing and beautifying effect due to anti-inflammatory and healing properties.
To use as a mask mix 2 tbsp and enough water to make a paste and apply to the skin and let dry. rinse with warm water after about 15 minutes.
Ingredients: Rose Clay, Gluten Free Oats, Rose, Calendula, Lavender, Mugwort & Essences of Full Moon, Rose & Rose Quartz for Unconditional Self Love
Moon Mother Medicinals products are always made with 100% organic or wildcrafted ingredients.

*****Due to the nature of Mugwort- these products should not be used while pregnant or intending to become pregnant

 


Jessica also wanted you all to know more about her so here is her bio:

“I am a postpartum doula and mother of a pagan family. I am a certified herbalist and nutrition consultant focused on new family wellness. My daughters and I make all of the products according to the moon phases, mixing and infusing on the new moon, decanting and harvesting with the full. Although I have been making herbal medicines, flower, moon & gem essences and body products for so many years, I have just recently turned it into a business. The 13 moon phase essences are extremely unique in that they are the only set of essences completely focused on the moon and her energies. It is an extremely potent and magical set of essences that harnesses the energies of flowers, gems and moon phases in order to unlock our truest potential and help us to transcend the blockages which are keeping us from our divinity.
The Enchanted Elixirs are made with so much love and magic. These herbal liquers are filled with the best quality ingredients and are handcrafted with the moon phases. They are each created under the new moon, infused for 6 weeks and decanted under the second full moon. Each is enchanted with a spell and kissed by the moon herself. Not only are these cordials filled with nourishing herbs and so much medicine but they also taste divine. All of our products are made with love and magic from our family to you and yours!”