My name is Sarah and I am a Chicago native, NYC resident, and Virgo. I was born on my exact due date (and only 1 in 20 people are). I have been in two countries at the same time...twice. I am related to Freddie Mercury. I once had a pet rooster. Definitely, fantastic.
Even though the fall equinox isn’t until September 22nd, summer ends with labor day. Of course it is still muggy and balmy in New York City, but I take this opportunity to swap out my perfume at this point in the year. I haven’t done as much research as when I was searching for a summer fragrance, but I think I already have a type in mind. Here are my picks for fall perfumes:
I have been using Lacoste’s Pour Femme as a fall fragrance since Sophomore year in college. I’m pretty sure it’s since been discontinued. Lacoste says the notes are: Jamaican Pepper, Hibiscus Flower, Velvet Skin and Sandalwood. It’s very hard to describe otherwise but it works so well for crisp fall days.
Last year I got YSL’s Manifesto and it is just so intoxicating and beautiful (just like it’s celebrity endorsement Jessica Chastain). It’s also what I’ve started wearing this week. The notes are: Jasmine, Wood, Vanilla and Tonka Bean. Now I see they have a Manifesto L’Eclat and L’Elixir! How have there been two more versions of this fragrance in a year?
Lastly a fragrance I do not own but would buy if I were in the market for one is Juicy Couture Viva La Juicy Gold Couture. I smelled a tester in a magazine yesterday and it reminded me so much of my favorite, ultimate fragrance of all time, Burberry Brit. Unlike Brit it seems like it could be worn earlier in the year as well, where Brit is only at it’s peak in the winter months. The notes are: Berries, Honeysuckle, Golden Amber, Caramel and Vanilla.
Yes they are all powdery and musky and thick with vanilla, which is not what I’d think I’d like, but it is what I like. So there.
Crest, worst tooth paste and now, worst mouthwash. A little backstory on the toothpaste, it makes the skin in my mouth peel off. Yum. Colgate 4 lyfe.
I use two different kinds of mouthwash, a whitening one in the morning and this anti-cavity one at night. Both are alcohol-free since the alcohol-full ones are really bad for your gums. Seriously, that burning sensation does not mean it’s working, it’s just frying your gums into gum disease land.
So that is why I was using this mouthwash since it is alcohol-free but also has fluoride since I am prone to cavities. One evening I decide to peek at the label of this here bottle only to discover it has parabens in it! I have been rinsing my mouth for years (?) with parabens. Great. So I did a little research and Listerine’s Zero line has an anti cavity fluoride version without parabens! The whitening one I use is Target brand, no parabens.
Just comes to show you how many products on our shelves have all these bad ingredients. Check your labels folks!
Also, when I was googling the above image, turns out a lot of people have had issues with Crest mouthwashes STAINING THEIR TEETH. Some even included photos of the staining that looked a lot like what I have been dealing with. I actually had a blog post drafted ready to blame oil pulling on the staining after discussing it with my dentist. Now I think I might have found the real reason, but we’ll need to do another testing phase now.
So this is my all-purpose bug spray. I spray it on my bed linens because NYC has had a bed bug breakout again, gosh I love summer.
All it takes is alcohol-free witch hazel since you don’t want everything you spray to end up flammable and then whichever essential oils you like and have from this list:
Citronella Lemongrass Lavender Geranium Rosemary Clove Eucalyptus Peppermint Thyme White Fir
Mine is a combination of Lavender, Peppermint, Geranium, and Rosemary. I think I put in about 5-10 drops of each for 2oz of witch hazel. Each oil repels a different kind of bug, but those are the oils I have on hand and if I acquire any more all I have to do is add a few drops to the existing spray. Can I just say that this spray smells amazing. I haven’t used it for mosquitos outside yet, but I’ve been spraying it on my linens and it makes me feel a little better. Peppermint is also very offensive to mice so if that’s a problem you could just make a witch hazel + peppermint spray for those critters.
Also for anything with essential oils, it’s best to use glass containers.
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So I have officially signed up for HelloFresh. I don’t get my first box until Friday 9/5 but if you are so inclined to try it you can get $20 off your first order with this code: RJVUUY
If I want to find a man and keep him I should probably learn how to cook, which is why I am trying this new adventure. Currently you can only get packages of three meals per week for either 2 or 4 people. For a single gal like myself, this means I have dinner and leftovers the next day for 6 days a week! At $70 per week that’s a little over $10 per meal, but I am learning valuable cooking lessons and get to keep the recipe cards to re-make the dishes I enjoyed. You can always put your meals on pause for a week if it gets to be too much. All you need in your pantry is sugar, butter and olive oil and you get sent the rest in perfect portions so no wasting celery or basil that you need to buy bunches of when you only need 1/3 of a cup.
He’s also cute and has a cute family and his designs are cute and I kind of hate him and anyone else with their cute lives for it. My life is not cute.
He tells the story of how he kind of just fell into design after seeing a friend making ‘money’ doing a somewhat simple project. I hope he’s making some money now because I sure ain’t. I wish I could just fall into my true calling (that makes me money). I feel like graphic design is something I have been forcing since I entered the real world. It was fun while I was in school, but now any task is just daunting.
Anyway, woo design! Don’t ask me to make you a logo, that is way to personal of an endeavor. I’d have to know you and your goals pretty well to even attempt it. Right Amy? hah…
I finally got around to making my own sugar scrub! I ran out of the store bought stuff I had and was too lazy to go an get a bag of sugar since I don’t typically have a need for it at home.
To fill this 7.75oz container I combined 3/4 cup of normal white, granulated sugar and about 1/3 cup of coconut oil. You can make it as grainy or gooey as you’d like. I like the rough texture and there is still enough coconut oil that I feel the moisturizing quality on my skin. I also added about 15 drops of lavender essential oil and 15 drops of bergamot essential oil. Both lavender and bergamot are great stress relievers and great for your skin. Maybe I’ll sprinkle in some rosemary later too, though that I’m saving for my hair stuff.
That’s the best part about making your own beauty products is they can evolve over time. If I get sick of the scent I can add something else to create a new blend. You can also use coarse salt like epsom salts instead of sugar, but sugar is cheaper and I like the small granules. Totally customizable!
ps I had no idea Bergamot was a citrus or that it was a small green citrus fruit. I just knew it as the stuff that makes my Earl Gray tea delicious. It actually has a similar kind of scent to the lavender, so I’m not really sure what I smell more, but they smell amazing together. It’s also a great opportunity to use the bergamot since it is a citrus and can’t be used in anything that I’d be wearing outside like lotion, deodorant or sunscreen. It also gave my scrub a slight greenish tint!
Triclosan is a chemical used in a lot of anti-bacterial products like soaps, toothpaste, deodorant and face washes. Triclosan has actually been banned in Minnesota. The whole state. It’s been shown in lab rats to mess with thyroid function and speed up tumor growth in mice. Yikes. Yikes yikes yikes. It’s even been shown to not be very effective at killing germs and if anything, makes bacteria more resistant to the chemical.
So how has this only managed to get banned in one of our 50 states? It is especially dangerous to pregnant women and young children. I probably grew up with this stuff. Many companies are quietly phasing out products with this ingredient, but they are definitely still lurking in the cosmetics isle. Take a peek at the stuff you’re using every day, you might be tossing a lot of stuff out tonight.
I was in the park yesterday and came across this tango class that takes place every Saturday night by the Shakespeare statue rain or shine (they have an alternate covered location for rain).
This photo was taken in 2009 the first time I visited New York City. It was early August and extremely steamy. It was so hot that we sat on those benches for maybe an hour because we were too hot to move, and then suddenly this tango class started to gather, someone turned on some music and people started pairing off and dancing. It was pretty magical.
So last night I stuck around to watch, got asked to dance, had to decline because I don’t know the first thing about tango, but now I’m thinking I might also pick up tango…as if I don’t already take four dance classes a week. Tango seems like it has no rhyme or reason. I hope it’s like salsa where there are a few basic steps that you can combine and build on, well that the leader can combine and build on because all I have to do is follow.
So, I am seeking a male to come to tango with me so I don’t have to dance with the creepy old guys. Preferably a guy who already knows how to tango so he can teach me, aka I can follow his lead. kthxbye!
Even though I’m beginning to think that my skin is irrevocably terrible unless I’m on birth control, this face mask is so much fun and so much cheap.
When you mix this bentonite clay with apple cider vinegar, bubbly magic happens. It’s what I expect to come out of some geyser or volcano but won’t burn your face off. Just a 1:1 ratio and you got a thick green goop (that happens to match my eyes) that is all tingly and pulsating and gets so tight when it dries it kind of disfigures your face. But thats ok, you know it’s working!
Actually I don’t know if it’s working because my skin sucks, but it makes me feel like I am trying. The Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay is only $5 at Vitacost so it’s always worth a try.