Monthly Archives: August 2018


4 Pairs of Shoes I am loving for Fall…

College football kicks off this weekend! And I for one have been counting down since January 9th of this year. I am so very excited!

Kickoff always announces the beginning to my favorite seasons of the calendar year- fall & winter.

My next countdown is when this weather finally cools and I break out a light jacket and ankle boots.

So, in that spirit and in that same vein, here are 4 fabulous shoes that I am loving for fall 2018!

Score Ankle Boot

I love Seychelles Footwear, and I think I own 4-5 pairs of their shoes or boots now. For me, they are the most classic cats, incredibly comfortable, and extremely fashionable, accessible, and wearable. And this pair, the Score Ankle Boot, is my favorite new style they have out for fall 2018.

Comes in Black, Navy, Taupe, Charcoal, Cognac, and this beautiful Rusty Red. It features soft, luxurious suede and a soft python pattern paneling and an inner side zipper for easy on and off!

I can just see these with jeans, pants, skirts, and maxi dresses and think they’d be a lovely transition piece from late summer into fall and fall into early winter as well.

I love them, and wouldn’t be surprised if they end up on my shoe tower soon enough.

Rojas Mule, by FashionABLE

I love a good slide or mule.

For me, they are the ultimate pick up off the shelf and slide in and go about your day shoe. How’s that for an intro? And this pair of Rojas Mules in leopard print? Major foot crush! But, if this looks a bit wild for you, no fear… it also comes in enchanting lavender or indigo suede and cognac leather.

See what I mean? All of them are fabulous!

Handmade in Peru, it is outfitted externally with soft suede and interior is leather and it will perch you up a little over 2 inches, but has a very comfortable, thick, wooden-stacked heel for all-day wearability.

Faven Ash, Bootie by Chocolate Blu

Have you ever heard of Chocolate Blu? It was a new brand for me too, but once I discovered them, I never turned back! They are incredibly crafted and very comfortable too! And way too often, that is not the case in women’s shoes.

And these Faven Ash booties are just so incredibly functional, fashionable, and intricate. I love the open lattice work on the side panels and they are outfitted with an easy back zipper.

Plus, who can beat classic metallic leather?!?

And because one Seychelles Shoe is never enough, I am returning to my favorite footwear brand for my final pick…

Undivided Ankle Boot 

A rounded toe mule/ankle boot with great coverage, great detailing, and the black pair is adorned with little metal studs!

Not into it?

They are lovely also in classic Camel, Sand, or Brushed Metallic as well. And I love the Slit detailing. It’s sometimes the simplest of things that make a piece so interesting.

So, those are some of my picks for stepping into fall well, and beautifully!





My Green Beauty Bag

Throughout my health journey and living with autoimmune disorders and pre-existing conditions, I have been consumed by regimens, diet or meal plans, shopping lists, medications, vitamins, etc. And while I am FAR from perfect and certainly cheat now and again, and definitely don’t get the amount of exercise I would like, I have become pretty particular about what I put into my body, and most recently, what I put on my body. 

Many will treat the immediate symptoms and tackle these conditions head on with diets and exercise, but what we may not immediately consider are the products we are using on our external self: hair care, facial cleansers, body lotions, deodorants, and cosmetics. It’s been a journey and one that has taken me a few years, honestly, to work up to and to replace some beauty products that I had come to love and adore. My Mom has been so integral in this journey as well and has been one of my thought-leaders, researchers, and testers. Thanks Mom! Moms are the best… ya know?!? And together, we have found some products we BOTH love and adore that have easily replaced an old make up bag favorite.

So, step inside my Green, All-Natural Beauty Bag complete with all my favorite, tried and true, and tested beauty products. I’m dishing on everything from shampoo to bar soap to mascara! We are talking head-to-toe green beauty.

Biomega Volume Shampoo, by Aquage 

Biomega Volume Shampoo Unisex Shampoo by Aquage, 10 Ounce

This amazing shampoo that I literally swear by is a lightweight and gentle formula that revitalizes thin, limp hair with a volumizing infusion of all natural ingredients like Gugo Bark Extract. And, it is Gluten, Paraben, Sulfate, and Sodium-Chloride FREE!

Since I have been using this product, I can attest to the facts that my hair feels thickened from within, I have more fullness than ever, and my styles last longer also. Sometimes even 2-3 days! Plus, if you color your hair, this shampoo contains UV protectants to keep your color more vibrant and last longer.

Osmia Organics, Oh So Bar soaps 

Oh So Soap

Called the Oh So Soap because it is “Oh so simple!” Comprised of mostly olive oil and mango butter, this luscious and super-cleansing bar soap is low-lather, extremely moisturizing, leaves no residue, and softens my skin while leaving it smelling fresh and not overly fragrant. No essential oils or colors or flavors added so that it is good for those that suffer from various skin irritations such as eczema, psoriasis, or dry, flaky, and itchy skin.

This soap is also perfect for moms, babies, children, or 30 year old women too!

True Botanicals Clear Facial Cleansing Set 

Image result for true botanicals clear line

A relative newcomer in my skincare lineup, but I am already so sold on these products!

Called a “thorough acne-fighting trio, including cleanser, toner, and face oil. Drying skin to clear acne is simply a fast track to aging it, so our approach to acne is different. Packed with balance-inducing, infection-fighting ingredients, the Clear Trio banishes blemishes fast without drying. Skin is left clear, hydrated, and glowing.” And, in addition to those glowing remarks, this line fights infection, clears congestion, and restores balance to your skin.

And, I can honestly say, my skin has never glowed quite like it does right now while ONLY using these 3 skincare products.

Key ingredients include Green Tea & White Tea in place of excess water, Black Willow Bark Extract, and Helichrysum, an anti-inflammatory that is both antibacterial and antifungal.

Check out the website linked above for more info, more details, and a great video for How to Use the products plus tons of testimonials!

Agent Nateur Holi(Stick) Natural Deodorant 

Image result for agent nateur

Let me start this shameless plug for natural deodorants by linking to this essay.

Read it. For real though.

Agent Nateur is a baking soda free formula specially formulated for those with sensitive skin with coconut oil, natural beeswax, jasmine, bergamot,and sandalwood. It’s non-toxic, non-GMO, and is a non hormone-disrupter.

Inika 100% Vegan Long Lash Mascara 

Image result for inika long lash mascara

Helps to create length, volume, and great lash span with Inika’s Vegan Long Lash Mineral Mascara. This mascara also is formulated with Vitamin E,and so my luscious lashes get some conditioning during the day and I have experienced no clumping, no flaking, and no brittle lashes by the end of the day either!

Lip Care 

Dr. Roger’s RESTORE Healing Balm 

One simple product that I am such a crazy raving fan of! This stuff is a wonder… a great lip balm, a great post-procedure treatment or ointment for skin injuries or scars (cuts, scrapes, burns,and diaper cream), and soothes and heals dry and damaged skin and nails.

One tube is in my purse and another lives on my bedside table. Restore is always within my reach!

Kosas Weightless Lip Color

Image result for kosas lipstick

I am a big believer in a great lip stick. And finding a great, rich, flattering, and maximum wear green lip color was a bit of a process. But, Mom did a lot of the legwork in this process and tested many before recommending Kosas to me.

Kosas is always free of parabens, phthalates, mineral oils, propylene glycol, synthetic fragrances, and are never tested on animals.

Loving the Rosewater shade right now! Fabulous for summer and fall, but that Violet Fury shade is also calling out to me.

So, that’s a little look into my make up bag, behind the doors of my bathroom cupboard, and beneath my bathroom sink.

Hoping you find some inspiration in these above products and that you do some research on the products you currently use.

Next up in my all natural beauty journey? Liquid eye liner and hair spray!