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Embrace summer with comfort & style

 Embrace summer with comfort & style

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The dog days of Summer may not have officially started, but in many places, it’s already sweltering. To survive the hot, hot days, I need to be well equipped. Besides staying hydrated and wearing lighter clothing, I need a lot of sunscreen and some comfy, stylish sandals.

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Adventures in Wine Making

Adventures in Wine Making

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 Red, white, sweet or dry, no matter the wine, I’ll try a glass. Even my late recuse puppy had a pension for wine. I had to be very careful where I left my glass when she was around. I still laugh when I think about the first time I discovered she was a wino. What I like most about wine is trying different blends from different countries because you never know what you might discover. When I was offered the chance to try my hand at home winemaking I knew it was an adventure I couldn’t pass up.

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Disney’s Bambi – The Anniversary Edition

Disney's Bambi - Anniversary Edition 

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It’s not often a piece of entertainment, or animation, in this case, stands the test of time to become a beloved classic. Of course, when it comes from the mind of Walt Disney and the Golden Age of Disney animation, it should surprise no one. One such classic was born seventy-five years ago when a little prince, known as Bambi, made his debut on the big screen. Since then generations have come to love Bambi.  Disney is celebrating that anniversary with the release of Bambi The Anniversary Edition on Disney Movies Anywhere on May 23, and on Blu-ray™, DVD and On-Demand on June 6.

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Bring Home Disney’s Beauty and The Beast – Live Action Adaptation

Disney's Beauty and the Beast

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Twenty-five years ago, I feel in love with the animated classic Beauty and the Beast. To this day, it remains one of my all-time favorite Disney movies. When the news broke that Disney was going to be doing a live action version of this classic, I was excited and skeptical. Would it live up to the original? How would they bring all the amazing characters to life?

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Hot Weather Essentials

 Hot Weather Essentials

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Memorial Day has come and gone and with it the unofficial start of summer. Of course, if you live where I do, the melting from high temps in the 90s started about a month ago.  Summer doesn’t just bring the heat, it also brings the humidity. This means having fun in the sun requires a lot more work on my hair and skin. Luckily, I’ve discovered some new hot weather essentials to help me feel refreshed and ready to go.

After a long day of being outside, there’s nothing I’d rather do than take a nice long shower. Washing off the sweat or the left-over sunscreen of the day away always sounds so appealing. Even though it’s hot and humid outside, my dry skin still needs hydration. I’ve found the perfect solution in the form of Senteurs D’Orient Hammam Soaps in Jasmine of Arabia.

Hammam Soaps Jasmine of Arabia

This soap on a rope has a fun retro feel and an intense floral scent. It was a little overwhelming at first, but did dissipate after a few uses. Each soap is handcrafted by Lebanese artisans and made from essential oils, fine fragrance, Olive oil, Shea butter, Vitamin E, and Glycerin. The soap is then air-dried for 10 days before being etched with the signature filigree. The result is a beautiful, luxurious soap that lathers to perfection while also treating my skin to pure hydration.

Each time I use this glorious Jasmine infused soap on a rope, I feel like I’m giving my sun soaked skin a little extra TLC. I’m also happy to know that a portion of the proceeds from each sale of Hamman Soaps helps women in Lebanon get the education they deserve.

Of course, before I jump into my shower, I like to take my eye makeup off. Or sometimes if I’m too lazy I often let my face wash do the work for me first. But no matter when I chose to remove my eye makeup, I always want the experience to be gentle. This can be a huge challenge for me because I have extremely sensitive eyes. Even products that claim to be gentle or made for sensitive eyes can cause me irritation.

Burt's Bees Eye Makeup Remover Pads

I was so excited to learn that Burt’s Bees had come out with their own eye makeup remover pads. As a huge fan of this cruelty-free brand, I couldn’t wait to test out these fragrance-free, kiwi extract infused pads. I’m happy to report, they didn’t disappoint.

Designed to be gentle on all skin types, safe for contact lens wearers, and hypoallergenic the Burt’s Bees pads didn’t irritate my eyes in any way. They gently removed my makeup, even tough black eyeliner and long-wearing mascara, without leaving an oily residue. Plus, they left my delicate eye area feeling nourished. I know I will be repurchasing these eye makeup remover pads long after the summer sun has faded into fall.

Now that I’ve taken care of my skin, I need to treat my hair. I put my hair through a lot of in the summer, especially because I love using sea salt or wave sprays for that tousled look. However, these products can leave my hair feeling a bit dry or crunchy. To help keep my hair looking good, well as good as you can look in 100% humidity, I like to use a treatment or mask. This can also be a struggle since I have fine, oily prone hair.

Goldwell Kerasilk Restorative Balm

I was curious to see how the Goldwell Kerasilk Restorative Balm would perform for me. Formulated with Keratin and Hyaloveil, this restorative balm is designed to improve the elasticity of stressed and damaged hair. It also helps with breakage, prevents dryness and protects against heat.

After trying out this balm, I find it’s a little too intense for my hair. I think it would work better for those with thicker hair or very dry hair. If you are going to use it on fine or oily prone hair I would recommend a light application. I had to rinse out my hair the next day because it felt a bit too greasy. Though I will say after doing so, my hair felt and looked fuller and I didn’t notice as much fallout as I typically experience. I think I might just save this treatment for days when I wash my hair after using a sea salt or texturizing spray and it needs some extra nourishment.

Whether you love summer or are just counting down the days till fall, using hot weather essentials can make enduring the heat and humidity less of drag.

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What are your hot weather essentials? How do you keep your skin and hair looking great all summer?

 

Turbo Charge Your Steaming

 Turbo Charge Your Steaming

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We all have a few tasks in life we deeply dislike. I for one, despise ironing and avoid it all costs. My hatred stems mostly from being left handed. Trying to learn to iron as a left-handed kid was a nightmare. The iron cord was always in my way and I could never figure out which side of the ironing board to stand on. Thankfully, when I went to college I received a steamer and my wrinkle problem became less of a problem.

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Make Your Workout a Splash

 Make Your Workout a Splash

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What if I told there was a workout pant that you could wear in the water and on dry land? Would you think I was insane? Or would you want to run out and get yourself a pair? Well, if you’re ready to make your workout a splash, then you’re ready for Vyve’s Splashpant.

Made from compression fabric, the Vyve Splashpant was designed to allow you to bike, run, and swim all in one workout. You can wear them for water aerobics, at waterparks, to the beach, or anywhere where you might get wet. Or if you just want a workout pant that hugs your body without being constrictive.

As a super pale girl, I’m not someone who spends too much time in the sun or in the water, unless I want to become a lobster. And when I do take a dip I like to cover up my thighs so they are protected from the sun and so no one can see my cellulite. Yes, I’m going there. I’m excited to be able to wear these pants over my suit, whether I’m going for a swim or just spending time outside by the pool.

Vyve Splashpants on Dry Land

 

I also appreciate the diversity of these capris. I’ve used them many times while I workout and have found they don’t interfere with whatever position I contort myself in, or try to at least. I feel like they kind of wick the sweat away and help keep me from getting overheated.

Because the Vyve pants are designed to tightly fit your body and run small, I ordered an XL as recommended by the site. I usually wear a medium or large in workout pants, depending on the fit. I’m glad I went with the larger size, but I did have some issues with the fit. I have a long body and short legs. This means I often have trouble finding pants that fit my body just right. They are usually too long in the legs and too short in the lower torso.

Vyve Splashpants

I had to really work to find the right location on my leg for the pant. If I didn’t line up the Splashpant perfectly with my knees, they would cut the circulation off on my calf. I also found that the pants fit a little too low on my tush and did work themselves down a bit during my workouts.

Again, this is not really a reflection on the pants so much on my weird shaped body. Although I do wish workout brands would offer more fits in their pants and/or tops. We all come in different sizes so it would be nice if curvy girls with short legs and long bodies could find the perfect fit. Regardless, I still plan to rock the Vyve Splashpants in future workouts and in or around the pool this summer.

Vyve Splashpants on Dry Land

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Have you tried Vyve Splashpants? What do you think of this water/land capris?

How To Pack Like A Pro

 How to Pack Like a Pro

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One of my least favorite things about traveling is packing. I worry my suitcase is going to exceed the approved weight limit. If I’m doing carry on, I worry not everything will fit inside my smaller suitcase. I actually have FOMOS, fear of missing outfits and shoes. A girl must look good and be comfortable no matter where her journey leads her. Thankfully, my fear has subsided now that I know how to pack like a pro.

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Top Tips for Looking & Feeling Festival Ready

 Top Tips for Looking & Feeling Festival Ready -- Korres, Cuvee, Lavanila, Hairdo

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Festival season is here. From music to food, to art and everything in-between, festival goers are lining up to experience all the sights and sounds the season has to offer. They’re also shopping for that perfect festival look. Even though I don’t always get some of their choices, I do admire their tenacity.

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Feel All Comfy Cozy

Feel All Comfy Cozy

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We all need a little pampering every now again. For me, this usually involves some nourishing bath products and a cozy pair of pajamas. There’s nothing like refreshing my skin after a long day. Then, following it up by diving into bed wearing a comfy set of pjs that help me fall asleep faster.

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