July 30 OOTD

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Shirt: Gap

Jeans: Oldnavy

Necklace: F21

Bracelet: H&M

Flats: Oldnavy

This shirt is one of the reasons why I love shopping in the men’s department sometimes…

I have two button-down shirts, including this one, that I bought years ago in the Gap men’s department.  I love how roomy and casual they are.  Simply throw it on with a pair of jeans and simple accessories and you’re good to go! =0)

Until next time…

FashionD

July 31 – Fully Raw?

So, on Instagram, I follow this user named Fully Raw Kristina (Find her IG here and her YT channel here).

Her pictures are flippin’ fantastic as she knows how to take the perfect, vibrantly colorful pictures of her fruits and veggies.

The inspiration behind this post is coming from a smoothie that I’m drinking while writing this post.  It consists of bananas, blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, blackberries, flax seed, chia seeds, honey and almond milk.  Now, I’m not sure if the almond milk and honey would still make this smoothie fully raw, but who cares…it’s good. =0P

Anywho, I have always been interested in the fully raw type of lifestyle.  I know that I could never adopt such a lifestyle myself because I love chicken and dairy, namely cheese, too much.  I also like homemade cooked foods, so clearly I couldn’t do the fully, fully raw thing.   I have always heard good things about it as far as the benefits like more energy, less health issues, etc.  However, I can’t help wonder if the people who have adopted the fully raw lifestyle feel the slightest bit of fatigue if they’re not eating.

One thing that I heard about “these people” is that they have to constantly eat – another reason why I couldn’t adopt this lifestyle.  I plan on getting some sort of teeth straightening contraption and if I am eligible, specifically, for Invisalign, then I definitely can’t become fully raw.  You have to keep those suckers in for at least 20 hours a day and if I’m constantly eating, good things of course, then the teeth straightening process will become greatly delayed.

Anywho, it’s something that I’ve considered and may actually do from time to time, but as far as an entire lifestyle? Yeah, I’ll pass…

Have any of you ever tried it? What was it like? Would you try it if you haven’t before?

Until next time…

FashionD

July 29 OOTD

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Color, color, color!!

Tunic: Target – Prabal Gurung collab

Jeans: Gap

Necklace: F21

Bracelets: Aldo, gifts

Flats: DSW – Steve Madden brand

The weather has been cooling down in these parts and I’m really excited about that.  I’ve mentioned time and time again how I work from home and how it can be quite frigid because of the air conditioning.  However, these days, we haven’t had to put it on because of the cooler weather breezing through our windows.

This cooler weather just means that fall is around the corner; and soon, it’ll be time for back to school! Parents everywhere are jumping for joy, waiting for that glorious day to come =0)

Until next time…

FashionD

July 28 OOTD

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Tee: My mother

Shorts: Jeans originally from the Gap that I cut up.

Sandals: DSW – Mixed No. 6 brand

Happy Monday everyone! Hope everyone had a pretty good weekend and are feeling rested!

Today is a typical day of work and tending to the animals, so no frilly stuff today.  I’m a sucker for a tee shirt which means that I have way too many in my wardrobe =0).  After my mom passed, I had the task of cleaning her stuff up, which included clothing.

When she was alive, she went from being a size 18-20 to a size 6 in what seemed like overnight.  Some of her things I was able to keep, but she had a lot of over sized tees that I just couldn’t fit.  However, this was one of the shirts that I was able to keep and I’m super excited to wear it.

One of my nieces is autistic and because this was my mom’s shirt, I’m going to keep it until the last thread falls out.  It’s a pretty special shirt and has sentimental value to me – I’m proud to wear it =0)

Until next time…

FashionD

July 28 – Excited for Fall Fashion

So one of my favorite times of the year, other than Christmas, is the time when all the August and September magazine issues come out.  It certainly feels like Christmas in July when I crack open a fresh new magazine and the smell of ink, paper and perfume fill my nostrils…

Fall is my favorite time of year for fashion, food, weather – I just love it! I can’t stand this extreme weather stuff so when the weather starts to drop to a comfortable level, I’m in heaven.

Anywho, I love reading the mags during this time because the fashion experts are starting to provide us with ways to transition our summer clothing into fashion fall attire.

Check out these posts from the Freestyle Blog and JustFab. Can’t wait for fall!

Until next time…

FashionD

July 27 OOTD

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Tank: H&M

Vest: Thrift Store

Skirt: Express

Belt: H&M

Necklace: F21

Sandals: DSW – Mixed No. 6 brand

I’ve been dying to wear this vest.  It seems like the end of summer is fast approaching and I didn’t want to let this beauty sit in my wardrobe without it seeing some sunshine at least once.

This is one of those pieces that I thought I’d never, ever see grace my wardrobe.  It screams 80’s and looks kind of old.  However, I decided to try it out anyway.  I figured if I didn’t like it, I could give it away or sell it…

When I put this outfit together, I knew that I wanted something kind of cute and casual to wear with the vest.  I thought, why not my maxi skirt and a tshirt or tank top?  I put it on and loved it!

It’s casual, but still cute and a little bit retro because of the denim vest.  I’m happy to say that I’m not getting rid of this vest and foresee lots more wear in the future =0)

Until next time…

FashionD

July 26 OOTD

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I’m getting some good wear out of these shoes…

Top: Aerie

Harem Pants: H&M

Necklace and Bracelet: Gifts

Shoes: F21

Casual, casual, casual. Nothing more to this outfit than that =0)

Today marks the first time in about a month that I’ve had nothing scheduled for a weekend.  I was actually supposed to go to NY again, but those plans were cancelled and I’m not upset about it.  I’ve been running around like a chicken with its head cut off for the past couple of months and I’m glad to have a chance to slow down, catch up on some projects and just relax.

Because I’ve been all over, my sewing projects have been put on the back burner. I’m going to use this weekend to get back to that.  I’m pretty excited as I’m thinking of opening up my Etsy store again this fall; and my sister and I are venturing out into the entrepreneurial world with our own little project – stay tuned for that.

Hopefully this weekend will be motivation to get back to being a bit more creative =0)

Until next time…

FashionD

July 26 – Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics – Lip Tars Review

A few weeks ago, I stumbled across OCC through a Lucky Break (read about it here).  After that post went up, a lovely reader asked if I’d tried their lip tars and if/when I do, to do a review on them.

So good people, that review is here!

This is the first straight up makeup review I’ve ever done, which is why it took so long to put up and I know I’m bound to make some mistakes.

Speaking of mistakes, when I took pictures of these lip tars on my own lips, I forgot one at my office in PA =(. However, I have a fun picture of me wearing it on my About page, so I’ve attached that picture to this post. Oops!

Anywho…

I have several lipsticks, one lip liner and a multitude of different lip balms/chapsticks/etc.  I’m trying to invest in a more mature makeup collection – you know, good quality products that will last a long time…starting with OCC lip tars…

I was in NYC a few weeks ago for July 4th and was able to check out the store and its products.  I knew that I already loved the nail polish, so I had to have a plan before going in there and buying up the whole collection of lip tars.

I knew that I wanted to purchase 4 colors – they have tons! I was instantly overwhelmed by the selection, but was adamant about buying only 4 colors.  Below, you will see the colors that I purchased.

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From left to right: Clockwork, Harlot (the one I forgot), Rhythm Box, Black Dahlia

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Each Lip Tar comes in its own little vinyl pouch with instructions on how to apply the product, the product itself, and a mini lip brush.  Love that!

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Black Dahlia: Deep purple color. Can’t wait to wear this one in the fall – love dark lip colors =0). Matte finish. Loves to bleed.

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Rhythm Box: Translucent purple stained gloss. Love the color – great for everyday without overpowering the lips. Not as moisturizing as I’d like – under the impression that it would be more like a regular sticky lip gloss.

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Clockwork: Coral color with a bit of peach in it. Hate this color alone, but loved it when I mixed with Black Dahlia (see last picture). Matte finish.

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Harlot: Hot pink, matte finish. My favorite from the bunch.

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This is what happened when I mixed Black Dahlia and Clockwork together. I love it! I could see myself wearing this everyday as it’s now a light berry-colored gloss with a matte finish.

Overall review:

Pros: Long-lasting. Rich, opaque colors. Great color selection and pricing.  Glosses with matte finishes didn’t smudge after being absorbed into lips. Can mix and match aka endless possibilities!

Cons: Not moisturizing (typical of lip products with staining power). Stained gloss – Rhythm Box – smudges. Have to use a primer with the product and possibly a liner for the colors that like to bleed. Possibly time consuming because of process and little lip brush. Lips must be exfoliated (if you have lip issues like myself – Black Dahlia showed every bit of dry skin and line on my lips =0/ ).

The company suggests using their primer before applying these products.  I wanted to try these out on fresh lips that were exoliated and moisturized without their products.  Let’s face it, most of the time when we use lip products, we don’t use them in conjunction with products of the same company…at least I don’t =0P.  I love the fact that a little goes a long way.  At first, I balked at the $18 price tag, but considering the fact that I will literally keep these forever, it was totally worth the investment.

I think the next set of colors I’m going to try out will be a set of nudes.  I’m in search of a nice, nude stain that will stay all day…

Thank you oh so much OCC…you have changed the life of my lips… =0)

So what did you think? If I left anything out or you have suggestions for future reviews, let me know! =0)

Until next time…

FashionD

July 25 OOTD

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Tank: Aerie

Jeans: Oldnavy

Sandals: DSW – Mix No. 6 brand

I may actually be going to the beach today…not sure just yet…

I’ve been wanting to get out there early in the morning to do some reading for a bit since I’m up at 5:30 am everyday.  This outfit is perfect for a morning beach session as it can be colder in the mornings near the ocean.  I’m in the middle of The Fault in Our Stars and the first Game of Thrones book, so they are perfect reading material for my morning session on the beach =0)

Until next time…

FashionD

July 25 – Life and Death…

Since my mom’s passing, I’ve been grappling with life and death – trying to understand them and their many complexities.

I know that I will never completely understand my mom’s passing and such, but I’d like to know how to at least deal with it…

I had a conversation with my best friend just recently and came to the conclusion that most of my frustrations come from things that I can’t fix.

I see life and the world as a huge puzzle with puzzle pieces embedded in other puzzle pieces.  If any piece is missing or simply doesn’t fit, that’s when frustration, anger, sadness set in.

When my mom first got diagnosed, I didn’t think it was real because my mother didn’t “look” sick and she was in relatively good health.  My first instinct was to stop everything I was doing and focus on her, but she wasn’t having that – she was the most self-less person I knew…

When she kept getting sicker, I would get more frustrated, upset at the fact that I couldn’t take her pain away, both physical and emotional, only God can do that.

While I miss that sweet woman terribly, I’m glad that she’s not in a weakened state and that she’s not suffering any longer.

I’ve been ok overall, but there are times when a wave of sadness and anger comes over me and I can’t control it.  Guys, Dee is a control-freak to the extreme.  I plan everything down to the wire, to the dollar, to the whatever.  I have a plan Z for my plan A at all times, just to be prepared.  I wasn’t as prepared for my mother’s death as I thought I was.  It hurts, big time, like someone’s trying to suck the air out of my lungs…

Anywho, I’ve been trying to take it one step at a time as that has helped prevent me from going completely nutso and take it out on everyone. I’ve also been more open to talking about how I’m feeling with others that have either experienced the same thing or are simply reaching out to be encouraging.  I have awesome friends in my life that check on me quite often. Any other day I’d say, “To hell with you and your love!” but these days, I’m basking in it =0)

“Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal.
From an Irish headstone” 

“Whoever said that loss gets easier with time was a liar. Here’s what really happens: The spaces between the times you miss them grow longer. Then, when you do remember to miss them again, it’s still with a stabbing pain to the heart. And you have guilt. Guilt because it’s been too long since you missed them last.” 

“I love you every day. And now I will miss you every day.” 

Matthew 5:4 “Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.” (KJV)

Isaiah 57:2 “Those who walk uprightly enter into peace; they find rest as they lie in death.” (NIV)