The Noni Glow

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I have mentioned the new Kora Organics Noni Glow Face Oil many times already so this isn’t a huge reveal, but it is my new #1 favorite product.  I even keep the oil on display next to my makeup brushes!  Noni extract, rosehip oil, pomegranate oil and sea buckthorn oil make up this beautiful product; and they soothe my skin all on their own just like the Kora Soothing Day and Night Cream.  With just a few drops, my skin feels hydrated and calm; and I have noticed my skin clearing up in a major way (small acne marks that have been there since I was thirteen are fading).  What I love about using an oil is that they last so long, so while it is expensive initially, if you can find an oil that calms, hydrates, brightens, and clears up you skin, then you are not only simplifying your beauty routine, but you are buying one product instead of four.  For me, the more simple and down to earth my beauty routine is, the better I feel and look.  This oil is considered to be more of a treatment, and it ends up being less expensive to use it as both the nourishing skin treatment it is and in lieu of traditional moisturizer.  I have only been using the Noni Glow at night without moisturizer, but I am almost out of my Soothing Day and Night Cream (which I have just been using in the morning recently so that I could see how my skin would react by just applying the oil at night), so when it is all gone I will be using the Noni Glow in the morning as my only moisturizer as well.  I will let you guys know if I end up needing to use a traditional moisturizer again, but so far I am really loving this new oil by Kora.  I am thinking about doing a full post on my skincare routine, because it has changed a bit since I’ve started college (aka, saving money wherever possible!).  Until then, please feel free to ask me any questions in the comment section!

Much love,

Carly xx

Meaningful and Wallet Friendly Decorating Tips

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I love to surround myself with things I love and that inspire me.  I think it is important to have a peaceful yet lovely place to rest and recharge, but it doesn’t have to cost a lot of money.  After reading The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, it became so much clearer to me both the items I treasure and the items I could get rid of.  I have so much less belongings than I use to, which really shines a light on the personal items that have meaning to me.

Most of my favorite things in my room cost me very little.  It is about being creative and utilizing the resources available to us, and finding meaning in the small things that we acquire through our adventures.  Here are a few ways that I am able to decorate in way that is both personal to me and friendly to my wallet:

❤ I work at a gift shop that sells the most beautiful candles.  My favorite line that we carry is called Maison Louis Marie.  Eventually I hope to splurge on one, but in the meantime, I asked if I could take home one of the empty tester jars that we burn during store hours.  After washing it in hot, soapy water, ta-da!  A lovely container to hold my makeup brushes.  You can do this with any kind of candle jar; and you can use it to hold writing utensils, hair ties, or anything you can think of.

❤ What about framing magazine covers?  I just love Elle Fanning’s recent cover for Vogue.  I have already saved it and just need to purchase a frame.

❤ Cards are art to me.  I keep my favorite ones and place them around my room.

❤ While purchasing something from Tiffany or Miu Miu is expensive initially, keeping the boxes they come in are perfect for storage . . . and are pretty to look at.

❤ I never throw out perfume bottles when I am done with them.  There is the one my Grandmother gave to me for Christmas, as well as the Chanel No5 that I inherited.  I also have several mini bottles of perfume that I purchased at Sephora with my Beauty Insider  points.

❤ Books are decor that are both beautiful and useful.  It is fun to mix and match and stack one upon another, and they are reminders of lessons and stories that have impacted us in some way.

Please feel free to leave some of your decorating tips and tricks in the comment section!

Carly xx

Bee Pollen, One Of My New Favorite Superfoods

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Bee pollen has quickly become one of my new favorite superfoods.  I love all things wellness, and while the newest issue of Marie Claire points out that wellness tips and tricks can be trendy, I believe that when something is good for you or makes you feel better, then it is here to stay.  And, as a side note, I love this new editorial with Chrissy Teigen!  She is real, makes food that actually tastes good, and most recently, I love how honest she has been about mental health and her struggle with depression.

Here are just a few of my favorite benefits to eating bee pollen (as strange as it may sound at first!):

❤ it contains almost all of the nutrients we need

❤ it is rich in protein (40% in fact!), free amino acids, and vitamins like B-complex and folic acid

❤ helps with weight control (especially weight loss, because it can speed up our metabolism)

❤ eliminates cravings (when we eat foods such as bee pollen that are so full of nutrients, our bodies naturally want to eat less)

❤ can help with common skin issues such as dullness, aging of the skin, and acne

Of course, I am not an expert so please do research for yourself to see if bee pollen is right for you!  We have so much information available us through books and the internet, but please be sure that your sources are reliable if you are using the internet.  Also, even if you are not allergic to honey, you could be allergic to bee pollen, so it is important to test out one granule first or talk to your doctor.  I love including bee pollen in my smoothies, cereal, or on top of toast with coconut oil, nut butter, berries, and honey (I actually made that this morning!  I love coming up with crazy toast concoctions.).

Thank you so much for reading, and please let me know in the comment section what you think or if you have any questions!

Carly xx

“Is this really you?”

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For my final project in Fashion Technology this past Spring quarter, I was to construct a jacket.  Each student was given the same patterns, but we were aloud to pick out our own unique fabric and buttons.  I fell in love with this super soft, white velvet fabric from my favorite local fabric shop in Savannah.  While I was there, I also found buttons that were black and had gold trim with a gold skull and crossbones in the middle.  I went ahead and purchased the fabric, but decided to wait to purchase the buttons since they were so different from my usual style.  Here is the thing: I could not stop thinking about those buttons, so much so that I ended up purchasing them the next day!  I was more excited about this garment than any other one that I constructed that quarter (and this is including the bow and polka dot print skirt I made).  Fast forward to the last class of the quarter, where I was putting the final touches on the jacket that included sewing the buttons on.  The sewing tech in my class walked over to me, picked up one of the buttons, looked me in the eye and said, “Is this really you?”  I could tell that she didn’t like the buttons, and while I didn’t mind whether she liked them or not, her question took me aback.

I began to think about the way I am often openly told about the preconceptions people tend to have of me.  Yes, I own an exceptional amount of clothing in the color blush, my voice is higher than the average gal, and I have a rather soft demeanor.  However, when people get to really know me, they are often surprised by how different I actually am.  And with that, here is my answer to the sewing tech:

I don’t know.  I don’t know if those buttons are really me just like I don’t know if the ballerina skirt I am wearing right now is really me.  Why can’t they both me?  In my style post last week, I mentioned how much I have changed this past year.  We change as we grow and that is an important part of the beautiful process of life.  I think that it is limiting to feel as if we can only dress or be a certain way.  Maybe the next time I wear my tulle ballerina skirt, I will tuck my Grateful Dead tee into it.

One of my favorite bloggers compares her blog to an onion, in saying that it has a lot of layers.  I think that this is a great metaphor for people, too.  There are layers to each of us that the world doesn’t get to see right away, and this is why I think it is important to really try to get to know each other before passing judgement.  And people do surprise me everyday, in the most beautiful, kind ways.  I like to look at this in the way that when we do something that seems outside the realm of our style, it is simply just another layer to our personality, or an indicator of personal growth.

It’s okay to not know exactly who we are yet.  I used to not allow myself to do things because I was afraid to find out that it wasn’t who I was and I didn’t want to look silly.  In college, I’ve really let that go.  I have most definitely embarrassed myself a few times, but I’ve also made memories and discovered things that I will cherish forever.

I want to leave this post with one of my favorite affirmations from Empower Yourself, “I celebrate my uniqueness and individuality.  I am happy to be.”  I love saying this to myself because it reminds me to love all of the quirky aspects of my personality, and I am learning to not be afraid of exploring all of those weird quicks.  We are all beautiful and weird and doing the best that we possibility can.  We may not always know what the right thing to do is, but we can choose to live lovingly and courageously, and sometimes that means feeling a little silly here and there.  The more loving and accepting we are of ourselves, the more free we will feel to be ourselves.

I hope that you were able to relate to this, if even just a little.  If you have a story to share, feel free to leave it in the comment section!  And of course, thank you so much for reading.

Much love,

Carly xx