Thursday, May 31, 2012

Beauty Secrets

I wanted to share my beauty secrets with you guys. I have a couple products that I grab from my local drugstore that have been staples of mine for years now. I still shop at Sephora, Aveda, and MAC for a lot of things and I tend to be a product snob but everything listed above is under 10 bucks and all five are things I CANT live without.

I also wanted to address my hair since lately I get a ton of compliments about it. First off, I have a great stylist. Her name is Chelsea and you can book an appointment with her HERE at LaLaLuxe Salon in Providence or follow her on IG at _chelseacupcake_ or hang with her on twitter HERE. Secondly, I have to point out that my whole life I have had frizzy, unruly, mega thick hair. I spent years trying to get it to be either curly or straight...neither of which it is naturally and finally giving in to my hair type and just letting it do its thing was incredibly liberating. I spend no time and barely any money on my hair. Years of paying so much for every kind of fancy shampoo and conditioner and spending hours straightening it seem like such a waste now!

1. and 2. These are it! My big beauty secret. Go HERE to check them out. I buy whichever one is on sale because honestly, I don't think there is a difference between the two. This is the only conditioner I use. I wash my hair about once a week with whatever shampoo is in the shower and then condition the heck out of it with this stuff. I CANT LIVE WITHOUT THIS. I have used every conditioner under the sun, spending BIG money on products that promised to get rid of my frizzzzzz and THIS is the only thing that has ever worked.

3. I have really dry, very sensitive skin. In high school I had to go to the dermatologist because my skin was so itchy I was scratching until I bled. Finally, after trying everything and seeing no results, my doc suggested baby oil! My life changed that day and I am not even kidding. After the shower, while I'm still wet, (get your head out of the gutter) I coat myself in it and let the baby oil sink in. It feels kinda gross but my skin is amazing.

**side note** My husband recently purchased a soap from whole foods that has minerals and some kind of scrubby stuff in it and it is rockin my socks off. He says it cost 5 bucks. I have no label or way to tell what it is but as soon as I know I will pass that info along

4. and 5. I read about both of these in Seventeen magazine when I was high school. Been using them ever since. Apricot scrub HERE and Acne Control Moisturizer HERE.

This is a bit more fun. I'm currently obsessing over these.
1. Kat Von D's lipstick in Homegirl.
2. Victoria's Secret Sexy Little Things Naughty Little Me, So Flushed Blushing Stick. I bought this years ago and recently hunted it down on amazon since they no longer have it in the store. ITS AMAZING. Buy it. NOW. HERE.
3. Thanks to someone on twitter (sorry, I forget who)  I bought They're Real mascara from Benefit and I am loving it. Highly recommend.
4. ESSIE nail polishes are my new thing. I cant stop buying them. My favorite colors are wicked, lilacism, turquoise & caicos, go overboard, tart deco, lapis of luxury, and coat azure.

I'm going to do more of these. I'll start working on one of my basic makeup bag essentials and kiddo products.

Any products you cant live without? Let me know...

Thursday, March 22, 2012


  It is impossible to get work done with a little monkey on your back.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Vintage Bedding

 Vintage sheets for sale! Available HERE. Also, I want to apologize for the lack of product in my etsy shop, all of my kids vintage is being saved for my popupshop with Monkey & The Bug. More on that later...

Friday, March 16, 2012


1. I have been in love with THIS watch by Unearthen for a while now. It's so dreamy.
2. No explanation needed. Buy it HERE.
3. I just grabbed this color, A Crewed Interest by Essie, and its now my new favorite. Too bad I am AWFUL at painting my nails. You can get it HERE.
4. I really wanna try THIS stuff. Anyone use it? Thoughts?
5. THIS new book by one of my fav authors.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

So I was tagged by a few people to play this fun game and i was supposed to tag people bag but I only took like, a month to get on this. FAIL. Anyways, here are my answers...

11 Random Things
1. I hate green beans. With a passion.
2. I used to straighten my hair every day and now I do NOTHING to it and get more compliments on it than ever.
3. I lived in San Francisco for a bit. I LOVE it there.
4. One of my biggest pet peeves is when girls take their shoes off in a club. If you cant hack it in the heels, leave 'em at home and rock some flats.
5. I'm only 4 feet 11 inches. Short as eff!
6. I HATE moving. Its one of my least favorite things in this world.
7. I have an unhealthy obsession with Lisa Frank.
8. I have three brothers and we are all really spread out and there is at least 6 years between us all (some 13 years).
9. I secretly love it when Hendrix clings to my leg.
10. I used to be reallllly organized and a crazy neat freak but in the last few years ive let it go and my house is messy and driving me CRAZY.
11. I only have a few tattoos right now but I hope to be covered. Face tatts included.

1. What is your favorite musician / band?
I really think its impossible to answer that with just one. Even with just ten. I listen to a lot of music.
2. What is your favorite thing about being a mom?
How naturally it came. Thats sounds kinda vain but really, I love how its just so natural and organic.  The one between my son and I is the easiest relationship I've ever had.
3. If you could have any job (besides being a Mom) in the world what would it be and why?
Vintage buyer. 
4. What are your main goals for 2012?
To give my career a good kick in the ass. Im doing great right now but there is always room for improvement. 
5. What would your child's name have been if he/she were born the opposite sex?
We never really decided but we liked Colette and Orien a lot.
6. What is your biggest guilty pleasure?
coffee with lots of sugar and cream.
7. What are your top 3 favorite stores to shop (for yourself) at?
 Yard sales, estate sale, thrift shops.
8. What will be your next big purchase?
Hopefully a new mattress. The one we have sucks and I'm dying to upgrade.
9. Is your life how you pictured it being when you were a child?
When I was a kid I wanted to be a mom to a whole bunch of babies, live in a mansion by the sea, and be a ballet teacher. I'm not nearly as rich as I had hoped as child so thats a bit of a bummer, I am however surrounded by love, have a really fun job, and live in a beautiful loft. I'm definitely as happy as I imagined I would be.
10. Top 3 Favorite movies (or books)?
1. Girl Goddess #9 by Francesca Lia Block
2. Invisible Monsters By Chuck Palahniuk
3. The entire Babysitters Club Series (you know you love it)
Side note: Im currently reading Just Kids by Patti Smith and it is fantastic! 


2.Breakfast at Tiffanys (I dont even care how cliche that is)
3.drop dead fred
4.girls just wanna have fun
5. The Fountain
(I couldnt pick just 3)

11. Your 5 must-read blogs currently?
One. Two. Three. Four. Five.