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7 Great Uses for Rosewater.

I've been using rosewater as part of my daily beauty ritual going on half a decade now and I must say, I'm a huge fan. Not only is it great as an au natural makeup remover, it's also the perfect on-the-go skin refresher when my face feels like it might implode from all the sweat, dirt and debris that accumulates by the end of the day. But did you know there are a ton of other uses for this miracle beauty water. Here are 7 ways to incorporate rosewater in your day-to-day health and beauty regimen:

1. To Treat sunburn: dab a bit on to feel immediately relief from the stings of the sun.

2. As Toner: Spray or swipe on to reblance your skin's pH levels and prep skin before applying moisturizer.

3. As Insect bite relief: self-explanatory

4. As a skin hydrator: Stick a bottle in the fridge and spray on when your skin is in desparate need of a pick-me-up

5. For oil control: I've always had an oily T zone. With just the swipe of a cotton ball, this definitely helps keep the grease at bay.

6. As a frizz fighter: Here's a great recipe to create your own hair tonic!

7. As a room refresher: I add half a cup of rosewater to my cool mist humidifier to tackle stale odors in cramped spaces (think half bath, closet).

Do you use rosewater? What are some of your favorite uses for this natural beauty cure-all?


Walk On By.

Fact: there are certain things you will start to obsess over when you become a homeowner. My obsession of choice—welcome mats. Sounds random and ridiculous, right? But hear me out.

A welcome mat is the first thing people see when they arrive at your front door. It sets the tone for the kind of vibe one can expect once they cross the threshold into your domain. You can choose to be all fancy and formal with a monogram or say it like you mean it with a demand  recommendation for food and liquor. I tend to roll with the latter. Like these . . .

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airstream dreams.

I'm completely fascinated by the whole tiny living concept, as it certainly appeals to the hermit crab side of my personality. I often look around our house and wonder, "When did I accumulate so much stuff? Do I even use half of this crap?" (That's a post for another day).

While I'm not totally ready to downsize to 300 sqft or less of space (my husband is 6'1", after all), I do think it would be totally badass to restore an old school Airstream trailer and turn it into a mobile office, business or something equally quirky cool.






When You've Abandoned Your Blog For Far Too Long . . .

Photo Courtesy of Christina Elyse
I started this blog three years ago as a way to celebrate my weight loss and all the fun I was having shopping & finding deals while living life in my svelte new body. And in 2015, adulthood happened.

I got a new job. A very DEMANDING new job. I stopped going out during the week. My standing gym appointments took a backseat to late nights at my desk. I was missing in action at my favorite mani/pedi spot. Shopping was done out of necessity rather than my weekly therapy. And a "hopping" nightlife for me was a stroll through the Whole Foods hot bar after 8:00 p.m. I was in a deep funk and just didn't find enjoyment in the things I used to love. Needless to say, 2015 didn't end on a very high note for me. And the one thing I kept thinking I missed most was my blog. I really HATED the fact that I was neglecting my blog. It was my little spot on the Web where I could share my thoughts and musings, no matter how silly or frivolous they were.

As the second week of 2016 has rounded the corner,  I have decided to reinvest in my happiness and start spending more time at my second home -- the blog. I'm currently in the process of rebranding (God, I hate that word) my blog. I've become quite the little homemaker and I find writing about cooking good food is just as satisfying as sharing my score of a DVF dress in TJ Maxx with a red sticker. And lastly, I'm learning to embrace my mid-30s, which means I am much less tolerant for the BS and less apologetic for being so, and wish to pass on some of this hard-learned wisdom with others. So maybe something a bit more lifestyle-focused (another term that makes me want to give a deep eyeroll) with my real life mixed in.

So please bear with me as I search for the perfect balance for all these ideas and thoughts and feelings and experiences and try to present them to you without sounding like a total crazy person.

May 2016 be the year that you find it . . . whatever IT is.