Fall is in the air which means it’s time to update those accessories and I am here to help make that easier for you. What if Rachel Zoe, the fashion icon, handpicked fashion, beauty, and home items and delivered them right to your door? You don’t want to have to pay retail for those items, so you can also get those items for a quarter of the price (or less with the coupon code FALL2017 for $10 off). Guess what, it exists.

For those of you that are new to Box of Style, ( I did a summer box recap here)  it’s a seasonal subscription box of luxury fashion and beauty items. Each item is delivered four times a year for only $99.99 per quarter. Sounds pretty great right? Now let me show you what I got inside the Fall Edition box!

GIGI NEW YORK CONVERTIBLE CLUTCH

One bag, 3 ways. It can be a clutch or need to be hands free? Grab the strap. It also makes an amazing laptop carry bag. Fits most 13 in laptops. Not to mention it’s the most perfect shade of navy with gold accents.

LA SOULA TWO-DIAMOND RING SET

Diamonds are a girl’s best friend, right?  Can be worn so many ways. Midi rings worn together or separate plus comes in three different gorgeous colors.

ODEME GOLD CATCHALL TRAY

Everyone needs a gold tray on their desk or bathroom counter or really anywhere you want to feel chic and pretty. It’s the perfect size and color.

 

NUDESTIX PULSE GEL COLOR LIP + CHEEK BALM

Once again versatility wins. Go from day to night lips to cheek. Perfect for on the go touchups or traveling.

 

ORIBE SUPERSHINE LIGHT MOISTURIZING CREME

Transition from beachy waves to sleek fall styles with a fresh cream like this — it smells incredible too! Not to mention it helps tame my childrens wild, unbrushable hair.

SKINESQUE 3-STEP BRIGHTENING MASK

Grab a nice glass of wine, a fave show on Netflix and consider it a Spa Night in.  Treat your skin after months of damaging sun to a rich, luxurious max.

I have been compensated by/received free product from Natures Origin for this article, but as always all opinions
are entirely my own.

I’d like to pat myself on the back for a second and say that I typically have it together.  My kids don’t look like baby models, my house  doesn’t look like a show house, we aren’t eating home cooked organic meals for 5 meals a day, and I don’t look like the blogger I portray on the internet when I wake up every morning, but we make it through the day with fun activities and do fun things. We brush our hair (most days), eat home cooked meals regularly, and I spot clean-up daily (like one spot).

With summer closing in, workload increasing, my husband’s crazy travel schedule, and my kids boycotting all naps, no one has gotten a break in a while. Sometimes I feel like I’m drowning. My to-do list is a mile long and I have been on a quest recently to find ways to unwind and recharge. I don’t function well in extended chaos and that’s where I have been lately.  In order to relax, clear my head, and keep-up, I’ve been relying on exercise, healthy eating, and incorporating essential oils into my daily routine

 

  • Exercise & Eating Healthy
    • I have been getting up before the kids, dog, and hubs to get my workout in. When I would wait until the afternoon or the evening, something typically came up and took precedence. Now, my mornings start better: I have a couple cups of coffee before the kids get up. I can read the internet twice and get started on emails.
    • Something happened after the birth of my second child and literally my good eating habits went out the window.Habits are hard to break, and I’m still in the process of not snacking all day and eating whole foods and drinking a ton of water. I am happy to report that I am two weeks in and I will win this battle. My brain was starving for nutrients and I already feel so much more focused and aware.

 

Screen Free Recharge Time and Quiet Time

My kids are past the age of needing/wanting naps on a daily basis but momma needs a break from them and their chaos. So I send them their rooms with books, colors, and toys. They are to play quietly in their rooms or beds for at least two hours. I try to get more but it doesn’t always happen. During this time I plug in my Nature’s Origin™ Diffuser and drop in a couple drops of Eucalyptus Oil.  I’m new to the oil world, but I’m experimenting with  eucalyptus oil to sooth my senses, rejuvenate my spirit, and refresh my balance. brain. Eucalyptus has been used in traditional Asian practices for centuries for its cooling properties and has a slightly sweet and woody
scent. Its strong aroma is clean, fresh and positive .  Hello, I’m pretty sure it was made for me, right?  So while my room is smelling amazing, I work for an hour and a half because I need the quiet to think coherently. Then the last 30 minutes I turn off all notifications and I lay on my couch or my bed and try to get a little nap in. Even if sleep doesn’t happen, it still feels amazing to recharge.

These couple very deliberate things are helping me come out of the fog. Right now with so much going on, all of which I am very excited about and so very thankful for, I need to be on my A game. A personality flaw of mine would be the inability to completely chill. But I am working on it and incorporating essential oils into my daily routine has been my secret weapon

Need a few more suggestions on ways to utilize Eucalyptus Oil?

 

Eucalyptus Oil Bath

To unwind from the day

Draw a warm bath

3 drops of Eucalyptus Oil into a TSP of carrier oil, I use Nature’s Origin™ Aromatherapy Almond Carrier Oil

Pour mixture into bath and enjoy

Hair Mask

To change dull hair to shiny hair:

50mL Nature’s Origin™ Aromatherapy Almond Carrier Oil

5mL Eucalyptus Oil Mix Eucalyptus Oil and Almond oil together in glass bottle and warm in hot water. Gently massage oil onto scalp to stimulate blood flow to hair roots and comb through hair.  Contain hair in a shower cap or wrap in clean, warm towel and ‘cook’ for 20 minutes.  Shampoo and condition normally. More than one shampoo may be required to remove excess oil.

 

Muscle Relief

You may need this after the early morning workouts.

2-3 drops of Eucalyptus Oil

1 TSP of Nature’s Origin™ Aromatherapy Almond Carrier Oil

Massage balls or something comparable to work into sore muscle groups.

I’d love to hear how you use essential oils. Share your recipe below in the comments.

 

Carmex– A Girl Moms Saving Grace

After an amazing summer of sleeping in late, staying up later, eating lunch in PJs, and basically doing anything we want all day with no schedule the end is near. We have a couple more weeks of preparing for school to start again so we are getting back on track slowly with earlier bedtimes and a routine. My old type-A self would have loved this but my current type-B wants it to stay summer year round.

If I can get through the morning charades of getting dressed without a meltdown I feel as if I have conquered the world.  I have one overly opinionated daughter and then one who totally goes with the flow when it come to getting dressed. So laying out clothing isn’t necessarily a good fit for us. Instead I just send my little ones up to get dressed and then prepare to look the other way and accept their fashion sense.

Now any mom of girls has probably heard this before, “mom we are ready. Don’t we look pretty in our lipstick?”

MDM partnered with Carmex for this blog post. As expected, all opinions are my own.

My walls, carpet, furniture, bedding is all light and doesn’t work well with girls that have a love for red lipstick and a lack of motor skills or really bad eye sight. So after several days of this happening we had to come up with a solution to keep everyone happy.

We spent the morning picking out all the back to school goodies (ones we need and as well as don’t need) to make our little hearts happy. Not being in school yet our list is a little different than most. But we made sure to grab plenty of Carmex for our pencil pouches, backpacks, lunch boxes, and of course our vanities for “putting their lipstick on.”

I have been a Carmex user since as far back as I can remember (Carmex® Classic Lip Balm is my fave). So naturally it was the first thing I thought of when looking for a lipstick replacement. Here are a couple varieties I grabbed.

Carmex Comfort Care™ Lip Balm (2017 Product of the Year)

A natural* blend of soothing colloidal oatmeal, fruit seed oil and sugar plum flavor that helps restore moisture for smoother, healthier, naturally beautiful lips

  • Crafted with a soothing blend of colloidal oatmeal and cold-pressed antioxidant-rich fruit seed oil
  • Helps restore lips’ natural beauty with long-lasting moisture
  • Visibly smoother, healthier looking lips

Carmex® Classic Lip Balm

Squeezable medicated lip balm that goes on smooth to soothe and protect dry, chapped lips with SPF 15 and a sweet cherry flavor

  • Provides long-lasting protective barrier to help healing
  • Glides on smoothly to help soften and hydrate lips with moisturizing cocoa butter
  • Cools and soothes lips with camphor and menthol

Carmex® Classic Lip Balm

The iconic medicated lip balm that generations have relied on to soothe and protect dry, chapped lips.

Not only do the girls love the feeling on their lips. Plus with the AC in schools, I know their lips are protected from drying out and cracking. But they also love the smell of them. In fact at any given time they have quite a bit of “lippy” under their nose from smelling.

 

MDO Back to School Must Haves 

Most likely your teachers will provide a list of things you will need. But I remember last year feeling very overwhelmed with it being our first year and having both kids at same time. Different teachers, different lists. Here are a couple things I keep in their backpacks just in case.

  • Carmex
  • Backpack
  • PlanetBox Lunchbox
  • Waterbottle
  • Antibacterial waterless soap
  • Pillow, blanket, nap mat
  • Change of clothes and shoes
  • Photo from home
  • Tissues/Wipes
  • Large bag to carry everything in. Especially useful if you have more than one kid at school.
  • Lastly I let them pick out a few things that they feel they need for school and put them in a pencil pouch.

What you put in your body is just as important as what you put on your skin in terms of anti-aging and overall skin health. Sure you can hydrate and plump skin topically but like all things beauty start within to see the greatest change. For me the easiest part of my skincare routine is def washing my face twice a day even with the 4-5 steps my routine consists of, the hardest part is seriously drinking enough water. I have no idea why, but sometimes I have to pretend I’m at a college frat party and funnel water in order to drink any in a day. I kid, but now that I have said that out loud that sounds ingenious so I might be trying it soon.

What you eat is also very important to maintain good skin health.  Any one you talk to with a background in diet and nutrition will agree that we could all benefit from more veggies from breakfast to dinner and snacks in between vegetables should make up the bulk of your plate. Along with water this is another task I have a harder time doing so I started drinking Salad Power to make sure I was able to get in all my greens without having to start the day out with a Bloody Mary. Not that that’s not a good idea, but Sunday Funday can’t happen for me on the reg. But if you are brave enough for a Bloody Mary every day, check out Salad Powers recipes and at least you will know you are getting nothing but the good stuff.

The great thing about Salad Power is that they have only added the good stuff. No added sugar or fillers, just plain skin aiding vegetables (they have some with fruit too if you like it a little sweeter).

As you drink down your vegetables today, here is a list of their ingredients and what benefits they are doing for your skin,

Kale:

Contains Vitamin C which helps you make the collagen needed for skin strength, Copper which boosts the synthesis of melanin — a pigment that protects your skin from the sun — and, like vitamin C, it helps you make collagen, and Vitamin A which promotes healthy cell growth.

Celery:

Being rich in vitamins A and C celery protects the skin from damage from free radicals. This vegetable is also dubbed as the ‘acne killer’. Not only does it fight acne, but even the scars that could otherwise be left behind. Celery even helps cleanse the skin and removes dirt, thereby keeping your skin clean and less prone to acne outbursts. Celery not only offers hydration to the skin but also clears off the excess oils

Carrot

Carrots are most known for their beta carotene, an antioxidant that is converted to vitamin A inside the body. It helps repair skin and protects against the sun’s harsh rays along with many other benefits

Cucumber 

It is high in vitamins and minerals and improves your skin, leaving it rejuvenated. This is perhaps due to cucumber’s high antioxidant levels, which calm inflammation in the body, reduce the likelihood of redness, puffiness and blemishes.

Green Pepper

The phytonutrients content of green peppers is very effective in curing rashes, blemishes, acne, and other skin infections. As well as the different antioxidant vitamins, especially vitamin C, present in this type of bell peppers can facilitate the formation of collagen in our skin in order to keep it firm and healthy as well as create a barrier to more damage.

Tomato

It helps in getting rid of tanning, counters discoloration of skin, helps in treating and preventing acne, shrinks open pores and regulates secretion of sebum in oily skin.

Spinach

Spinach is a rich source of vitamin A and vitamin C. Vitamin A improves skin tone whereas vitamin C plays an important role in the repair as well as growth of skin cells. Being rich in vitamin K and folate, spinach gives you a clear complexion by minimizing acne, bruising on the skin and dark circles.

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I started thinking about doing this entirely too long ago, but then I would head over to google image like any sane person and then run for the hills at some of the “microblading” that shows up. I mean that shit is terrifying. It’s a tattoo on your face after all. But I finally found someone I felt confident in and scheduled my appointment.  I have always been an over plucker. So I would sit in my car (natural light was great for this) and I would start plucking and before I knew it, i was missing chunks of eye brow. I also rarely get my eye brows waxed. Like maybe only once every 6 months so theres no chance those holes where going to fill themselves. But my main concern was that I had a very flat eye brow and wanted an arch.

What Exactly is Microblading?

Microblading is a semi-permanent cosmetic procedure that uses a specialized tool done by hand, to make fine cuts in the skin to implant pigment that resembles the appearance of natural eyebrow hair. It is ideal for filling in sparse areas of the natural eyebrow where hair isn’t present, and also defining and enhancing brow shape.

 

Was It Painful?

I have no tattoos so I have nothing to compare this to in that aspect, but she did use a topical numbing cream which totally helped.  I def flinched though a couple times and then she would put a little more numbing cream and we were good to go. Pain wasn’t something that would keep me from doing it again. But they noise to me was a different story. haha. It reminded me of raking leaves with a metal rake as a kid.  I’ve also heard it was sensitive after the fact resembling a sunburn, so far I’m 2 days in and there is no sensitivity.

 

Whats the Process Like?

I went in to the salon with how I typically color in my brows so she could see how I wear them on a normal day. But that was part of my problem, I’m so bad at coloring them in and making a good (symmetrical) shape between the two that I wanted to make sure she was aware that’s why I was there.  I need her help in making my brows pop. We took off the makeup and then she used a ruler to draw the shape and arch on. Then she began! It took around 1.5 hours for the first session and my artist was OCD which is totally not a bad quality to have when you are tattooing peoples faces.

 

How Long Does It Last?

Like anything there is no exact answer for this. It depends on skin type, sun exposure, oil production, how you allow them to heal but if you can get 2 years without getting them touched up you are a rockstar. Ill be keeping this

 

Things to Keep in Mind

  • You can’t get your brows wet for 7 days (no that doesn’t mean you don’t have to shower for 7 days, just down water board yourself).
  • You also can’t sweat. It will push the color out which could affect your brows. Not worth it!
  • You will have to go back in 6 weeks for a touch up and thats where they will be perfected.
  • You also have to put ointment on your brows for a week so they tend to be a bit shiny and goopy.
  • They will scab

 

Prior to Microblading-No Brow Makeup

One Way Home from 1st Appt

 

These are the pictures my Eyebrow Artist took and you can really see the detail. This is immediately before and after so they will still change quite a bit and I will continue to update this post through the process.

Let me know if you have any questions in the comments and Ill be sure to answer them. Overall I am so excited for the end results and totally wish i would have done this earlier.

 

And if you are in Nashville or Brooklyn (because my brow chick travels) you def need to reach out to her. Amy Kendall is a brow wizard and I can’t wait to see her on my follow up. I will def keep this updated as to how things progress along with pictures of the final product.