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Superfood Cookies You Can Feel Good About

Superfood Cookies You Can Feel Good About

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As we close in on the third month of 2019, those healthy eat resolutions might be dwindling. Let’s face it, keeping up those healthy eating habits can be hard when that sweet tooth comes calling. Luckily, you can indulge anytime you want with Emmy’s Organics Superfood Cookies.

Superfood Cookies with Coconut

This isn’t the first time I’ve had Emmy’s Organics. I remember first stumbling across them with my mom at a Starbucks. She was undergoing cancer treatment and had given up processed sugars. Instead, opting for more natural options, such as dates, agave, honey, coconut sugar, and maple syrup. We were always looking for new recipes or treats to try that would allow her to enjoy something sweet.

You can imagine our excitement when we read the ingredient list on the back of Emmy’s Organics; organic coconut, organic agave syrup, organic almond flour, organic coconut oil, etc. Finally, a quick sweet treat she could eat without feeling guilty. My mom chose the Vanilla Bean and I chose the Dark Cacao. Both were sweet, chewy and delicious. At the time, we didn’t realize there were many other flavors to be had.

Superfood Cookie_Emmy's Organics

In fact, these yummy superfood cookies come in eight different flavors, including Pumpkin Spice, Matcha, Golden Milk, Peanut Butter, Lemon Ginger, Vanilla Bean, Chocolate Chip, and Dark Cacao. Every cookie is made with 100% organic ingredients. They are also NON-GMO, vegan, kosher, dairy-free and gluten-free.

The main ingredient is coconut, so if you like coconut, you will definitely love these little bits. The coconut brings a nice richness to each cookie. It also pairs nicely with flavors like peanut butter and matcha.

Superfood Recipes

One of the coolest things about Emmy’s Organics is all the recipes they’ve developed to use with their cookies. You can check out the entire list on their blog, but for now, I’m going to share the one I tried out. It’s a delicious Cookie Dough Shake. (Note: Since I didn’t have the Chocolate Chip Coconut Cookies, I used the Dark Cacao.)

Superfood Cookies_ Cookie Dough Shake

 

This shake is very easy to make and super delicious. It’s rich and creamy, and you’d never know it contained frozen riced cauliflower. Honestly, it tastes like a regular milkshake with the added bonus of cookies and chocolate chips. And the serving size is pretty generous so you could drink it alone or share it.

Superfood Cookies_Cookie Dough Shake Finished Product

 

 

Emmy's Organics Cookie Dough Shake

A rich, healthy shake you can enjoy anytime. 
Servings: 1
Author: @LaurensLovelyKitchen

Ingredients

  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 ripe banana, frozen
  • 1/2 cup frozen riced cauliflower
  • 1 tsp creamy peanut butter
  • 1 scoop collagen peptides (optional)
  • 3 Emmy's Organics Chocolate Chip Coconut Cookies
  • Dark chocolate chips for garnish

Instructions

  • In a high speed blender, blend all ingredients except cookies and chocolate chips until smooth.
  • Pour shake into a glass, freeze for 30 minutes.
  • Break up two cookies, stir in frozen shake.
  • Top with one more crumbled cookie and a few chocolate chips.

What’s your favorite superfood cookie flavor? Would you try this delicious, healthy shake?

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Healthy Drinks to Add to Your Routine

Healthy Drinks to Add to Your Routine

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I don’t like to drink my calories unless I’m having a smoothie or a chai tea latte. Like most people, I try to stick to healthy drinks, like water and tea. Lately, I’ve been into some very unique choices in the form of CBD infused tea and birch water.

Healthy Drinks – Yönalé Birch Water

When I first heard about a drink made from the water flowing through birch trees, I was both intrigued and apprehensive. What exactly is birch water and how does it taste?

Healthy Drinks_Yonale Birch Water

To learn more about how Yönalé is made, we first must travel to Finland. Well not actually travel, though it would be nice. I’ve always loved the Scandinavia/Nordic region of Europe. But I digress…

Every spring the roots of Finnish Birch trees begin to absorb the nutrients found in the water and soil. These nutrients, along with the water, accumulate in the sap of the tree. Due to pressurization, the sap begins to flow up the tree towards the leaves. The increase of sap, along with its flow to the top of the tree, is also given a boost by sun and evaporation.

Because this phenomenon is very short-lived, there is only a small window of time to harvest the water from the trees. Regardless, the makers of Yönalé take special care during the extraction process. While they want to harvest as much water as possible, they don’t want to harm the trees. They are big believers in practicing responsible foresting, while also preserving its delicate ecosystem.

Health Benefits of Birch Water

Healthy Drinks_Yonale Birch Water Options

Birch water isn’t just another fancy water, it’s loaded with electrolytes, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and prebiotics. Additionally, it may also offer many health benefits, including:

  • Help reduce muscle soreness and fatigue
  • Won’t raise insulin levels (low GI)
  • Supports liver and kidney functions
  • Help reduce cellulite & lower cholesterol levels
  • Boosts energy and immunity

Healthy Drinks_Yonale Birch Water flavors

Who knew you could get so much from a tree? Now let’s talk about the taste. Yönalé is available in two flavors, Original and Bilberry. The Bilberry is a bit tarter than the Original, but both are an acquired taste. The flavor is a bit earthy and does take some getting used to at first. I find that the colder the water is, the better the flavor. Regardless, I do find Yönalé to be very hydrating and refreshing, especially after a workout.

Healthy Drinks – Buddha CBD Teas

When I’m not drinking water or smoothies, I like to enjoy a nice hot cup of tea, especially in the winter. It just warms me up, body and soul, with its healthy goodness. Lately, I’ve also been adding some CDB to my healthy drinks.

CBD is all the rage these days, and for good reason. It offers a myriad of health benefits, including pain relief, reducing anxiety, improving sleep, reducing the risk of seizures, and even fighting cancer. You can take CBD in many forms, from tinctures to topical creams. So, of course, I was curious to try a tea infused with CBD.

Healthy Drinks_Buddha Teas CBD

Available in four flavors (Chamomile, Matcha Green, Peppermint, and Turmeric & Ginger), Buddha CBD Teas contain 5 mg of CBD. What does this mean exactly?

Buddha CBD Teas use 100% hemp-derived, water-soluble CBD. Because the CBD particles are nanosized, you actually get the benefits of the CBD because it can dissolve, or be incorporated, into the tea. This doesn’t mean you are going to get high from the teas, as they don’t contain THC. They simply contain the cannabinoid that can help the cannabinoid receptors in your body work better. These receptors are found in the immune system and designed to fight pain and inflammation.

The Benefits of CBD Tea

What I like most about the Buddha CBD Teas is I get more than the just the CBD benefits. I also get to enjoy these tasty healthy drinks, or teas, with their own soothing benefits.

Healthy Drinks_Buddha CBD Teas

  • CBD Peppermint Tea (my favorite) – contains the highest quality peppermint available in non-bleached tea bags. Aids in digestion, reduces stress and cools the body.
  • CBD Matcha Green Tea – sourced from Japan. Reduces free radicals and calm’s the mind and body.
  • CBD Chamomile Blend – paired with healing lemon balm and soothing lavender. Helps soothe and calm the mind and body.
  • CBD Turmeric & Ginger Tea – a combination of antioxidant and anti-inflammatory rich turmeric, ginger and black pepper. Helps settle the stomach and calm the mind.

Healthy Drinks_CBD teas

All four of these teas are extremely delicious and soothing. They are a warm beginning to a cold winter day, or a soothing ending to a long, stressful day. While the Peppermint is my favorite, I adore all four teas. Each is full of flavor. If you’re looking for a nice introduction to CBD, I highly recommend Buddha Teas. The 5 mg of CBD is pretty low so you won’t notice any major difference, but over time they may help improve the function of your CBD receptors.

Have you tried Birch Water or CBD Tea? What’s your favorite healthy drink?

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Become a Natural Deodorant Overachiever

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I can’t remember the last time I used regular deodorant or antiperspirant.  It’s been at least six years, if not more. I chose to make the switch to natural deodorant for two reasons. The first being health and the second because the deodorants I was using weren’t working.

Making the Natural Deodorant Switch

I’m not sure how or why, but my regular antiperspirants began to fail me. They didn’t stop odor. In fact, they seemed to make my armpits smell worse. It was the strangest thing. I would put on deodorant and within about 10 minutes I stunk. This is what initially sent me on a hunt for something different. I thought natural deodorants, with their cleaner ingredient list, might not cause the same reaction.

Additionally, like most people, I’d also began to hear whisperings about the possibility of aluminum in antiperspirants causing breast cancer, and possibly Alzheimer’s. Of course, this concerned me. While studies have shown there is no scientific link between antiperspirants and breast cancer, I still prefer to use more natural products underneath my arms.

Becoming an Overachiever

Type:A. Natural Deodorant Tubes

Since making the switch, I’ve become slightly obsessed with trying out almost every natural deodorant available. From the drugstore to online, I get a thrill out of putting these products to the test. Some of my trials are successful, some not so much.

One of the most important things I’ve learned from all this trial and error is to rotate my natural deodorants. For me, this means having at least two products open at a time and wearing them on different days. It might sound silly, but it really does help ensure I’m getting the odor protection I need and want.

One of the newest deodorants in my rotation comes from Type:A.. After seeing the brand pop up in my Instagram feed, I was even more excited to have them offer up their products for review.

Type:A. Deodorant

I was intrigued by the Type:A. name, sweat-activated technology, and packaging. It is available in two scents, Visionary, a crisp, clean citrus blend with herbal notes, and The Minimalist, which is fragrance and essential oil-free. Unlike most natural deodorants, which come in a jar or stick, Type:A. comes in a squeezy tube.

The tube makes application of their patent-pending formula easy and less messy to apply. I just squeeze the tube until the product comes out, then swipe it on my underarms, and I’m good to go all day. But the packaging isn’t the only Type:A. attribute that works for me.

I also find their formula to be non-irritating, long-lasting, and clothing friendly. In other words, while it’s preventing my pits from stinking, it doesn’t stain my clothes. It’s exactly what I want out of my deodorant.

Did I also mention it’s sweat activated? If you’ve ever used a natural deodorant, you know they may prevent odor but fall short on sweat prevention. Of course, this is because they lack the sweat-reducing aluminum found in antiperspirants. Type:A. was specifically designed to activate whenever wetness appears. This means you stay dry and odor free.

And just when you think this deodorant couldn’t get any better…you’ll also discover it’s also Cruelty-free and made in the USA. (They do use Beeswax in their formula, so it isn’t vegan.) If you’re looking to try something new or make the natural deodorant switch, I highly recommend giving Type:A. a try. Your pits will thank you.

Have you tried Type:A.? Have you ever used deodorant in a tube?

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How to Make Jewelry Organization Easier

How to Make Jewelry Organization Easier 

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One of the most difficult items to pack when traveling is my jewelry. I’ve been using the same jewelry roll since college, or maybe longer. For the most part, it gets the job done. Although, I still struggle with keeping my necklaces, and sometimes other pieces, from getting tangled. This all changed when I discovered the Brelox Travel Jewelry Organizer. It makes jewelry organization easier.

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Add Some Glam to Your Holiday Makeup

Add Some Glam to Your Holiday Makeup

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Party season has arrived, and celebrations abound. With so many different events to attend, I want to look fresh, festive, and fabulous. Helping to add some glam to my holiday makeup looks is the Happy Together Collection from Jane Iredale.

Jane Iredale Happy Together Collection

As a huge supporter of this cruelty-free, clean beauty brand, I’m always excited to try new Jane Iredale products. I absolutely adore the festive fairies, fluttering butterflies and sparkling snow themed packaging of this holiday collection.

The Happy Together Limited Edition Collection includes the Let’s Party Eye Shadow Kit, Dance with Me Refillable Compact, Kiss and Tell Lip Stain/Gloss Kit, and Butterfly Bag. All of the products are vegan and gluten-free. The brand was kind enough to send the compact, palette and lip kit to review.

Holiday Makeup_ Jane Iredale

Although I don’t have the Butterfly Bag, I did want to mention that a portion of the sales from this bag benefits SaveOurMonarchs. This non-profit is dedicated to saving the endangered monarch butterflies.

Holiday Makeup – Let’s Party Eye Shadow Kit

Holiday Makeup_Jane Iredale Let's Party Palette

When I’m creating my holiday eye looks, I like to play with a little bit of shimmer and color. The Let’s Party Eye Shadow Kit lets me do both. The palette features five shimmery Jane Iredale PurePressed shadows, including:

  • Spree – pale pink with subtle shimmer
  • Wing-ding – plum with subtle shimmer
  • Soiree – royal blue with subtle shimmer
  • Shindig – shimmery jade green
  • Hootenanny – shimmer chocolate brown

Holiday Makeup - Jane Iredale Let's Party Palette Swatches

With names like Hootenanny and Wing-ding, it’s hard not to love this beautifully packaged palette. It’s also hard not to like the variety of colors in the palette. The pop of green and blue are pure fun and pair very well with the pink, brown and purple shadows. In addition to the shade options, the shadows are pigmented, long-lasting and crease resistant.  They also contain botanical extracts that soothe and nurture skin. This is ideal for mature lids that can often look crepey.

Holiday Makeup_Jane Iredale Let's Party Palette Looks

I had so much fun testing out this palette. I really love the holiday makeup looks I created, from the icy pink with a blue accent to the smoky green and chocolate.

Jane Iredale Refillable Compact

Holiday Makeup_Jane Iredale Dance with Me Compact

One of the most unique aspects of this holiday makeup collection is the Dance with Me refillable compact. I love the fluttery butterflies on the cover. It makes for such a nice gift. Since I already have one of these compacts, I’m going to pass this one on to my niece who’s a butterfly fan.

Holiday Makeup_Jane Iredale Refillable palette demonstration

This compact is designed to hold refills of Jane Iredale bronzers, powders or foundations. I use mine to hold my Warm Peachy Pink Bronzer refill. It’s the perfect on-the-go blush, bronzer, highlighter compact that I can use on my face or eyes.

 

Kiss and Tell Lip Stain/Gloss Kit

Holiday Makeup_Jane Iredale Kiss and Tell Lip Kit

This adorable little set features two lip stains and a shimmer gloss for all your holiday makeup needs.

  • Craving – light salmon stain
  • Fascination – rosy pink stain
  • Crystal – clear shimmer

Holiday Makeup_Jane Iredale Kiss and Tell Swatches

Though I’ve tried lipsticks from Jane Iredale, I had yet to try her stains or glosses. As with everything from the brand, I’m impressed. The stains not only condition and protect my lips but also don’t feather or move.Once you apply Craving or Fascination your good to mingle from event to event.

Holiday Makeup_Jane Iredale Kiss and Tell Lip Swatches

As I mentioned above, there is also a lovely clear, shimmery gloss. You can wear Crystal alone or pair it with the stains. I really like the way the gloss looks with the stains. It adds a little something-something to any lip look. The formula is conditioning, non-tacky, and doesn’t feature any petroleum. Essentially, it’s a gloss that’s also good for your lips so it won’t interfere with all that holiday eating and drinking.

With the Jane Iredale Happy Together Collection, you’ll party hop your way to fabulous holiday makeup looks all season long.

What’s your favorite piece from this collection? Are you holiday party ready?

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Fashionable and Functional Heels

Fashionable and Functional Heels

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We all have those heels; you know the ones that look good but are torturous to wear. I call them my sitting shoes. This doesn’t mean I will give up style just for comfort. Sometimes the search for fashionable and functional heels can feel never-ending until I found Skypro. Now I can have shoes that look and feel good, no matter what I’m doing.

Skypro Wally Funky II

Unless you are a stewardess or work in the airline industry, you may not be familiar with Skypro. I know I wasn’t until I tried their Skypro Wally Funky II. As a leader in the aviation industry, Skypro has been creating fashionable and functional heels, flats, boots and more for 10 years. In celebration of their anniversary, they recently made their shoes more accessible to the general public.

Fashionable and Functional Heels_Skypro Wally

The brand kindly sent me their Wally Funky II to test out. Not only are these heels comfortable and stylish but they are also airport friendly. Manufactured in Portugal, every Skypro shoe features anti-skid and anti-static technology. In other words, you won’t have to worry about slipping, falling or getting “shocked”, especially during the winter.

Functional and Fashionable Heels_Insole and Bottom

Additionally, the shoes utilize Ambicork material, which is fully sustainable, lightweight, and resilient. This also helps add more cushioning to the shoes and make them resistant to humidity, mold, and mildew. Speaking of cushioning, my Wally Funky heels feature a microcellular insole designed to be soft, breathable and help absorb ground impact.

In other words, these Skypro heels will not only last a long time, but they also stay stylish and comfortable for years to come.

Styling my fashionable and functional heels

As a shoe lover, I often pick out my shoes and then an outfit to match. I like my shoes to be the focal point of whatever look I’m wearing. When my Skypro heels arrived, I started planning out what outfits would pair perfectly with them.

Since they are fashionable and functional heels, I am able to wear them with dresses, pants, and even jeans. I’ve worn them to a meeting and even to Thanksgiving this year. They were a welcome relief for my poor feet, which decided to swell from standing for way too many hours preparing Thanksgiving dinner. My sister even commented on how much she liked my Skypro heels.

Fashionable and Functional Heels - Looks

The 2.6-inch heel is the perfect height for comfort and walkability. The rubber sole means I can navigate any sidewalk, flight of stairs, or floor without worrying about slipping or sliding.  And the cushion insole adds comfort to my every step. I can see why they are so popular with those in the airline industry.

I will say they do take some breaking in, like most shoes, especially in the toes. I did get a few blisters the first time I wore them all day. To deal with this, I used a blister blocker stick and/or some athletic tape on my toes the next time I wore them. I find this helps whenever I’m breaking in shoes.

If you’re looking to treat your feet to some fashionable and functional heels, flats, or boots check out Skypro. You can find them for both men and women, in a variety of styles on Amazon, Zappos, Shoes.com and ShoesCentral.

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Celebrate the Season with these Special Holiday Wines

Celebrate the Season with these Special Holiday Wines

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The holiday season is officially here. It’s time to get ready to shop, cook, bake, wrap presents, decorate, entertain, and party hop. And let’s not forget the traffic and crowds, delayed flights, crazy weather, and even crazier family. Is your head spinning yet? Never fear because we’re making celebrating the season easier with our top picks for special holiday wines.

Special Holiday Wines – FitVine

There’s a lot of eating going on during the holidays. It’s a real calorie fest, especially when you include those holiday beverages. Enter FitVine and their selection of guilt-free wines.  With their proprietary extended fermentation process, FitVine creates flavor rich wines low in calories, sulfites, sugar, and carbs. Hence their slogan, “We crush grapes, you crush life.”

The brand was kind enough to send me two of their seasonal offerings; Limited Edition Holiday Red Blend and Prosecco. These special holiday wines are ideal for lovers of red and white, sweet and dry.

Special Holiday Wines_FitVine Holiday Red

The Limited Edition Holiday Red features a blend of decadent black fruits, dark raspberry, and a touch of chocolate. It has a nice full body that isn’t too heavy or overpowering. It also only contains .01 grams of sugar, 120 calories, and 3.5 grams of carbs (based on 5 oz glass).

I find it to be very light and smooth, which is due to its ultra-refined tannins. FitVine’s Holiday Red is one of those unique reds you can drink by itself or pair with a variety of foods. It would make for a nice hostess gift, or as an offering at your holiday party, Thanksgiving, Hanukkah or Christmas table.

Special Holiday Wines_FitVine Prosecco

If you’re looking for something a little sweeter or with some bubbly, you’ll love FitVine’s Prosecco. With its notes of apple, pear, citrus, and tropical flowers, this Prosecco has a light, clean, and refreshing flavor. It also is comes in at 92 calories, .7 grams of sugar and 3.0 grams of carbs (based on 5 oz glass).

As you can see by my picture, I added some strawberries to my flute glass for added flavor and color. You could also add your own berry of choice or perhaps a few slices of pear or apple to make it feel even more festive. Prosecco is a great option to champagne. It works well as a dessert wine, one its own, or as a nice complement to your holiday brunch offerings. Can someone say, Holiday Bellini or Mimosa?

Give Back with Cashmere Black

Next up we have a wine whose name and label caught my eye. Am I the only one who picks wines simply based on the label design, description or even the wine name? In the case of Cline Cellars Cashmere Black, it was hard to resist all of the above. Not to mention, I’m a huge fan of blends.

Special Holiday Wines_Cashmere Black

What truly garnered my attention the most, besides the blend of varietals, was the fact that Cline Cellars is a supporter of important causes. To date, they have donated over $330k to charitable organizations. I was also pleased to learn that this winery has been sustainably farmed and family owned since 1982. It’s nice knowing the bottle I’m enjoying was made without causing damage to the environment where the grapes are grown.

You can truly taste their efforts in Cashmere Black. As far as holiday wines go, Cashmere Black is the ideal. Its full-bodied flavor comes from a blend of Petite Sirah, Zinfandel, Mourvedre, Carignane, and Alicante Bouschet. It’s like drinking a rich mashup of blueberry, plum, violet, cherry, vanilla, and coffee, with an oaky finish. Basically, Cashmere Black is heaven in a glass. It’s the perfect end to a long day of holiday shopping, or the quintessential beverage to enjoy alongside your holiday turkey with all the trimmings.

So when it comes time to choose your special holiday wines, consider FitVine’s Holiday Red Blend and Prosecco, as well as  Cashmere Black from Cline Cellars. They’ll make you want to clink your glasses in celebration of their rich flavor, low calories, and sustainable creation.

What is your favorite holiday drink? Which special holiday wines would you want to try?

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Find Your Signature Fragrance

Find Your Signature Fragrance with A.N. Other

 

When I think about all the perfumes I’ve worn over the years, only a few stand out in my memory. Some because of their iconic bottles and others for their iconic scent. I still have my mom’s last perfume bottle. Each time I smell her signature fragrance, it’s like she’s right there with me again. For me, perfumes provide one of those unique sensory experiences that go beyond smell. It’s like hearing your favorite song and remembering exactly where you were the very first time it came on the radio.

A.N Other – perfume reimagined

Recently, I was introduced to an incredible fragrance company known as A.N Other. The brand has a unique concept for how their perfumes are produced. They believe luxury can be accomplished without the “name, mood, gender, designer labels, and inflated price tags.”

A.N. Other Signature Fragrance - WD18 perfumer

To accomplish this, A.N Other gives perfumers complete freedom to create their own signature fragrance. The company invests in eco-friendly, ethically sourced ingredients, which means no animal products, dyes, preservatives or toxins are used at any time during production. And because the perfumes are sold directly to the consumer, A.N. Other is able to keep the costs down, which means you aren’t paying ridiculous mark-ups.

Your signature fragrance

A.N Other was kind enough to offer me a chance to try out their scents. I had the hardest time choosing between Oriental, Floral, Fresh, and Woody, so I asked them to surprise me. They sent me a bottle of WD/18 (Woody) created by Patricia Bilodeau, along with a few samples of the other three fragrances.

Find Your Signature Fragrance - A.N. Other Woody 18

What I like most about Woody is that is a unisex scent. It can be worn by both men and women. Although I don’t know if I would want to share my simple, yet elegant bottle with anyone else.

Perfumer Patricia Bilodeau, the creator of Jo Malone Red Roses, drew inspiration for her WD/18 from a piece of driftwood floating between the East and Hudson Rivers in New York City. She wanted to recreate the experience of seeing the sun setting upon this weathered piece of wood. I would say she captured the moment perfectly. WD/18 is rich, but also light. Musky, but also fruity.

WD/18 is a complex fragrance filled with:

  • Top Notes – pear sparkle, cardamom spice and violet leaves
  • Heart – rich orris, cypress and amyris
  • Base – sandalwood, blonde cedar and vetiver Madagascar

A.N. Other Signature Fragrances -2018

I truly enjoy this new signature fragrance, whether on its own or layered with other A.N Other scents. As I mentioned above, the brand was also kind enough to send me their sample collection. This allowed me to try out all four of the 2018 fragrances.

FR/18 – Fresh by Carlos Vinals

  • Top Notes – melon pop rocks, grapefruit zest, and gin & tonic
  • Heart – juniper, Madagascar ginger, and aromatic lavender
  • Base – chilled amberwood and metallic musk

OR/18 – Oriental created by David Apel

  • Top Notes – blood orange, star anise, and lemon sugar
  • Heart – cannabis accord, myrrh, and night blooming jasmine
  • Base – vanilla crème, tonka, and driftwood

FL/18 – Floral created by Nathalie Benareau

  • Top Notes – cotton candy, elemi, and saffron
  • Heart – Brazilian mate, night blooming jasmine, and ambrette
  • Base – aged leather, cashmere musk, labdanum, and amberwood

I must admit, I want all four A.N Other perfumes to be my signature fragrance for this year and beyond. I’m trying to decide which one I want to add to my collection next. If you’re looking for a great holiday gift for someone on your list, even if that is yourself, I highly recommend A.N Other. Pick up a bottle or two or order their sample collection to see which one will become your signature fragrance. You can apply the $10 cost to a full-size bottle purchase.

What’s your signature fragrance? Are you a woody, floral, fresh or oriental?

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Join the Clean Beauty Revolution

Join the Clean Beauty Revolution

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Do you really know what’s in your beauty products? Have you ever wondered what those ingredients actually are? If like me, you are concerned about what you’re putting on your skin, it might be time to join the clean beauty revolution.

Clean beauty is more than simply switching to all-natural products. It’s about using ingredients that are safer for your skin and body, whether they’re man-made or natural. In most cases, this translates to cruelty-free products which don’t contain parabens, phthalates, sulfates, silicones, and synthetic fragrances.

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Handcrafted Candles for Every Occasion

 

Handcrafted Candles for Every Occasion_Pink Disco and MinimalistBeauty Brite Disclosure 

One of the simplest ways to update your décor is with candles. They can transform a room with their warm glow, aromatic throw, or elegant packaging. For me, candles let me express my style and help create the ideal mood, or feel, of every room in my home. This time of year, I’m creating a myriad of sensory experiences with the handcrafted candles of Brooklyn Candle Studio.

This independent studio, located in Brooklyn, New York, was founded by in 2013 by designer Tamara Mayne. Her obsession with aromatherapy and candlemaking extends beyond creating beautifully designed candles. It’s also about being eco-friendly. Each handcrafted candle from Brooklyn Candle Studio is made from 100% soy wax with lead-free cotton wicks primed with vegetable-based wax. In addition, each every candle is vegan and free of preservatives, petroleum, and animal testing.

Handcrafted Candles – Minimalist

While I like to burn candles all year long, my favorite time of year to do so is in the fall. There’s nothing like taking a hot bath or cozying up under a blanket while warm, toasty scents fill the air. You can imagine my excitement when Brooklyn Candle Studio offered me to send me some of their seasonal offerings.

I received Apple Cider and Fern + Moss from their Minimalist Collection. Packaged in simple glass jars, with brushed gold lids, their Minimalist Candles look perfect in every room of the house, from the kitchen to the bedroom.

 

Handcrafted Candles_Minimalist in Apple Cider and Fern+Moss

 

Apple Cider is the epitome of fall. The natural cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, orange, and cedarwood essential oils blend perfectly with the top notes of crisp apple. There’s nothing artificial about this candle either. It’s has a nice, rich throw, without being too sweet or overpowering.

The best way I can describe Fern + Moss is that of a yummy, outdoorsman. In a good way of course. It’s blend of natural sage, lavender, orange, spruce, and pine are heavenly. I can’t get enough of this candle, even though when I first smelled it, I wasn’t sure it was for me. I thought it would turn my home into a den of cheap cologne. Quite the contrary. It has the perfect, woodsy, musky throw.

Now if both handcrafted candles could magically bring me a hot, man carrying warm mugs full of whiskey infused cider…ah, a girl can dream.

 

Brooklyn Candle Studio – Pink Disco

 

Handcrafted Candles_Pink Disco in Prosecco

In addition to the Minimalist Collection, I was also drawn to the Brooklyn Candle Studio Limited Edition Pink Disco Collection. This unique holiday collection was inspired by cocktail party season, and features three handcrafted candles in Prosecco, Fireplace, and Cypress. Each candle is hand-poured into a frosted, blush colored jar and then stamped with a gold foil accent.

As a fan of sweet libations, I decided to order Prosecco. Nothing says holiday, cocktail party like a flute of Prosecco. Not only is the candle gorgeous to look at, but it also has a lovely throw. With notes of red berries, wild roses and white musk, Prosecco is the ideal candle for starting your evening, or cocktail party, off on the right note.

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What I like most about these handcrafted candles is the divine scent they leave long after I’ve extinguished their warm glow. It’s always a treat to walk into the room the next day and still smell their throw. I look forward to burning these Brooklyn Candle Studio gems all season long, as well as picking up some more for myself and for gifts.

 What are your favorite fall candle scents?  How do like to incorporate candles into your home decor?

 

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