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

Self-love and Following Your Dreams

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❤ A dreamy photo of Paris by Paris in Four Months, before beginning a novel of a post

I have been thinking about this all day, and here it goes:

I didn’t know what I wanted this blog to be when I created it.  All I knew was that I wanted a platform to fill with inspiration.  What Graceful Glass Slipper could be or grow into was something that I felt extremely frustrated with for nearly two years.  I remember dancing around my house the day I bought my url, celebrating something even though I had no idea what could possibly become of it.  Graceful Glass Slipper is a work in progress, but I finally know what direction it is going in.

This is something I have mentioned before but I want to to explain it once more.  I am a fashion design major (my sophomore year begins this September), so why is my blog becoming more and more beauty and wellness focused?

When I was fifteen, I read Treasure Yourself.  It changed my life because it introduced ideas to me that have altered the way I think and feel about life.  I will forever be grateful for the impact Treasure Yourself  had on me, and no matter what, I am able to go back to it for guidance.  It has led me to read more books that carry similar principles, ones that go even more in depth with certain ideas.

In grade school, we learn how to add and subtract and memorize vocabulary words.  Each of these things are important, but I think we also need to be taught how to take care of ourselves.  I can’t help but wonder why, in the midst of all that we learn in school as young children, we are not taught how to love ourselves and truly understand the thousands of thoughts that go through our minds each day.

Treasure Yourself taught me how I can choose to love and accept myself; and each time I take time out of my day to go for a walk or practice affirmations, I feel inspired to work on other areas of my life …. like following my dream to become a fashion designer.  Learning how to choose organic products for my skin or being mindful of what I am eating are seemingly small things that inspire me to keep going forward and move through the obstacles in my life.  The more I learn about my own body and soul, the more I feel like I have the tools I need to live each day to the fullest.  And I use the word tools very loosely, because in this moment, we all have everything we need to be happy.  Happiness isn’t expensive or something that we can only have if we have something else first.  Happiness is a feeling we create within ourselves through our own thoughts and actions.

I used to shy away from sharing things like this, which is similar to what I would write in my journal.  Writing openly and honestly like this has made me realize that I want Graceful Glass Slipper to be that place.  I want readers to leave Graceful Glass Slipper feeling inspired to love and take care of themselves so that they have the confidence to follow their dreams.

Remember to love your beautiful self,

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

My Three Day Juice Cleanse

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Happy Fri-yay beauties!  My three day juice cleanse is ending today, so tomorrow I get to eat solid food again.  There are a lot of misconceptions out there about juice cleansing, and while I am not a certified nutritionist and everything on my blog is solely my opinion, I believe that juicing is a great way to flush toxins out of our bodies, clear up skin, and improve mental clarity (I’ve experienced all of this over these past three days).

Nevertheless, I decided to do a juice cleanse because I have been experiencing stomach discomfort every single day over these past few months, and I haven’t been able pin point what has been causing it.  While I first thought that it could be stress, I now know that it is definitely something I am eating, because I have felt amazing just drinking juice these past three days.  Hopefully, as I reintroduce food into my diet, I will be able to figure out what it is that my body isn’t liking.

My cleanse included five veggie/fruit juices, one nut milk, and one wellness shot per day. Interestingly enough, yesterday and today have been a breeze, and the first day was the most challenging.

On the outside, my skin is much more smooth and glow-ey (always a bonus to doing a juice cleanse).  My skin also has the tendency to be a bit on the rosier side, and today I went without makeup because I noticed that my skin tone was more even.  This will definitely make me more aware of what I am putting into my body, since it effects me in more ways than one.

Many of my friends have asked me, “How are you doing this?  Are you hungry?”  My answer is no.  Yes, I would love to sit down and eat a meal, but I am not tummy-growling hungry because my body knows that it is detoxing.  Our bodies are smart, as they can adapt to anything; and our digestive system needs a break every once in a while.  The biggest thing for me is the challenge a juice cleanse is mentally.  I noticed, especially on day one, that I want food the most when I am stressed or upset about something.  Maybe even more so than focusing on eating clean (I like to eat 80% super healthy, 20% indulgent), I am going to make sure that I am eating when I am calm.  Food can make us feel better, but especially with the stomach issues I have been having, it is important for me to be extra conscious about not just what I’m eating, but why I’m eating so that I can make the best choices possible.

I have two juices left to drink today, and I’m excited to drink them because they are delicious!  If you live in Savannah or close to the Savannah area, I would most definitely recommend doing a juice cleanse through Beetnix.  Everyone who works there is so kind, and makes an effort to know your name.  I love going in there and sitting down at one of their funky tables to eat a smoothie bowl, superfood toppings and all.

Have you ever done a juice cleanse?  I would love to hear what your experience was like in the comment section, and feel free to leave any questions for me!  As always, thank you so much for reading.

Much love,

Carly xx