An Elegant Evening



It was such a nice evening. My, not so little, black dress and pearls went beautifully with his crisp white shirt and tuxedo jacket. The food was divine and the wine poured freely. There were laughs all around as everyone enjoyed the evening a little too well.

Current Hair Routine


I am really enjoying the results of my current hair care routine. I'm getting nice, soft, healthy, glowing locks.... and I'm loving it. 

I start off with Avalon Organics Biotin B-Complex Therapy Thickening Shampoo. It has a light minty smell and lathers well. Once that is rinsed out I lather up again with their Volumizing Rosemary Shampoo. This one also has a light minty fragrance and nice lather. My hair really feels squeaky clean when I'm finished washing.

Those are followed by Avalon Organics Strengthening Peppermint Conditioner. This one smells like candy canes. I comb in the conditioner and leave it in for a few minutes before rinsing it out. 

For every other wash, I also use Shea Moisture's Raw Shea Butter Deep Treatment Masque with Sea Kelp & Argan Oil. I will not lie, Shea Moisture's products (the ones I've tried) do not smell pleasant to me. The smell of this particular hair mask isn't too bad and I love the results. So it's well worth the time and extra effort. Once it's combed in I leave it in for about 5 minutes before it is rinsed out. 

I like to blow dry and curl my hair on wash days and I'm really impressed with Alterna's Bamboos Smooth Kendi Oil Dry Oil Mist. (Make sure to put towels on the floor before you spray this, it makes everything slick.... and I do mean everything!!) You just spray it on damp hair and blow dry as usual. I use the upside down method and when I flip it over I generally have a frizzy mop to tame. Using this Kendi spray really took control of the frizz. I really don't have to straighten or curl it if I don't have the time. 

Generally I do still use the curling iron to straighten at the roots and curl the ends. I don't use any other finishing spray and I am able to go 3-4 days between washing and I don't need to use any other styling tools between washes. I simply brush it out each morning and go.

This is the routine I've been using for most of the month. Unfortunately, I'm almost out of the shampoos. Do you have a natural/organic shampoo recommendation? Tell me about it in the comment section below. 

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100% Pure Hydrogel Masks




First impressions:
These are my first impressions during and after the use of one mask. My thoughts going into this was that if I could see any results after just one use, it would be worth getting more to use regularly.

~ Caffeine Mask ~

First of all this was a free gift with my March order. In looking at the description, I knew it wasn't going to be something that I needed. It's for reducing damage caused by the sun and puffiness, which I don't have issues with. However, I thought it would be fun to give it a try anyway. 

I was surprised how refreshing it made me feel. But, in the end I didn't see any difference in my skin. This one just wasn't for me, but it did give me a push to buy both of the other masks that 100% Pure offers. 

As a side note, be careful in taking the mask out of the package. Otherwise you will spill the excess liquid all over yourself, like I did. Lol

~ Green Tea Water Bomb ~ 

This mask had a very nice, clean, refreshing smell and felt very cool and refreshing while I had it on. 

I had really high hopes for this mask. I am so dry that I was really hoping for a miracle when I took the mask off. The package says that it is intensely hydrating and skin soothing. The only real difference that I saw was in my top lip. This in itself is enough to entice me to get more.

~ Ginseng Collagen Boost ~

I tried this mask last and I'll just skip to the end. I'm getting lots more of these!!!! I saw a major difference in my skin in just this one use. Apparently I have graduated to the esteemed level of "mature skin". With that comes all of these strange issues that I never had to deal with before. The most prominent are dryness and fine lines. Both of which were noticeably reduced. 

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3 Simple Steps For Storing Cashmere

Spring is fully in swing and now is the time to pack up the cold weather sweaters. I also like to take this time to sort out the items that I don't plan to keep. Donating things that are still very usable gives me a nice feeling and I encourage you to try it yourself.



I have enjoyed my collection of cashmere sweaters and wool coats and plan to continue to add to it next fall. In the meantime those fluffy dreams need to be put away so they will be fresh when I'm ready for them again. (In addition to my cashmere, I also have a few Angora and lesser wools.) 

Here are the steps that I have found to keep those treasures like new and ready for next winters enjoyment.

1. This process starts by sending them out to the cleaners. I generally do this in batches, starting with the ones less used. Inevitably there is a bit of food or some other unnoticed issue that, if unattended, could turn into an unsightly mess once it oxidizes in storage. 

2. As I get them back, I take my time, folding them around acid free paper and packaging them, neatly folded, into large clear tubs with tight fitting lids. It's important to not overpack your containers. The key is to pack them loosely to maximize airflow.

3. Since my containers aren't made from cedar, I improvise and use cedar blocks. I don't want any of these lovely fibers to become lunch for an uninvited pest. It is very important to make sure that none of the cedar comes into contact with your clothes. The wood has natural oils that could damage them.

If you have cashmere or wool goods I encourage you to pick up this practice as well.  My cleaner charges $4 per sweater so the expense is really minimal compared to the purchase of new pieces. Also, this practice extends the life of my items in an amazing way. For example, one of my favorite angora sweater has been with me since high school. 

Do you have a special process for packing away your winter fashions? I'd love to hear what you do. 

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Avalon Organics

Avalon Organics Hand & Body Lotion,
Vitamin C Renewal Refreshing Cleansing Gel, &
Strengthening Peppermint Conditioner

We recently gained a TJ Maxx and decided to see what all of the hype was about. I was impressed because I usually have to go online to order organic products that I want to try. The prices for these were really cheap so I'd put them in the same range as drugstore items. 

I specifically looked for a face wash because I ran out of my current favorite and hadn't ordered any more. It's the Vitamin C Renewal Refreshing Cleansing Gel. It does the job but I'm not terribly impressed. It doesn't seem to clean deep enough for me. It hasn't clogged my pours or given me a breakout, so that's a plus. Also, it smells really nice. 

The other two were impulse buys. I couldn't believe that I could get such a large bottle of organic lotion for around $5. It has a much thinner consistency than the lotion that I'm used to and takes a few minutes to absorb. It reminds me of the Jergans lotion that my Grandma used to use, years ago. However, I'm doing a lot of exfoliating, in anticipation for swimsuit season, and am using this daily. I'd say it's doing it's part in making my skin feel soft and smooth.

The last thing I grabbed on that particular trip was their Strengthening Peppermint Conditioner. It's been part of my hair routine and I've really been happy with the look and feel of my hair.


Avalon Organics Volumizing Rosemary Shampoo and
Biotin B-Complex Therapy Thickening Shampoo

Since that first purchase, I've gone back for a few more things. I'm one of those people that shampoo twice, each time with a different product. So I picked up Avalon Organic's Volumizing Rosemary Shampoo and their Biotin B-Complex Therapy Thickening Shampoo. I'm really liking the results so far.

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Small Shoe Share Video

Finally published.... my very first YouTube video. This is a first try using the YouTube publishing platform. The finished product is far from perfect but it was so much fun to record, edit, record some more, edit some more, and finally set to music. LOL

I have to admit that we had to record twice because all of the video we took the first day ended up being edited down to 1:55 and you couldn't really see the details on the shoes. So, the second day we recorded again, trying our very hardest to be serious. What we ended up with was about a 5 minute video that was put away over the Easter festivities.

Now that the holiday is over I figured that it was high time to have this thing published. Watching it again brought back the memories of all the giggling and laughing. To top it all off, we opted to use the best that YouTube music selection had to offer from it's 150,000 collection. LOL. Somehow it seems fitting. I do hope you enjoy!!


Making this video was such a fun learning experience. The biggest thing that I learned is that we need to purchase a video editing software and find a better music selection. If you have a suggestion for either, I'd love to hear it. I'm currently using a Windows base laptop as opposed to a MAC.

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Spring Exfoliating



100% Pure Neapolitan Body Scrub Gift Set, Strawberry, Vanilla, & Cocoa Kona Coffee 

It feels like spring and I am more than ready for summer to be here. I'm already planning out trips that include bathing suits. My skin, however, is not ready. So I'm on the lookout for some great exfoliaters. It will be no surprise that I have started my search with 100% Pure. 

This exfoliating gift set is on clearance so I don't know how much longer it will be available. I liked the idea of a variety set so if I'm not thrilled with one I can try another.... or I can just have fun trying something new and a little different every day. That's always fun too!!

100% Pure Cocoa Kona Coffee Body Scrub

I started with the Cocoa Kona Coffee Body Scrub. I was really surprised by the strong coffee scent. I'm not a coffee drinker but I do love the way flavored coffees smell. The consistency was a bit different than I was expecting. It really does look like melted chocolate with coffee grounds in it. 100% Pure claims that this exfoliater will buff away bumps and flakes, increase circulation, discourage cellulite and help to remove toxins... and who doesn't want that? Right?!? Because of those claims I used it exclusively from the waist down. I really like the soft smooth feeling that it gave my legs. As for the part about cellulite and toxins, I have no idea how long I would have to use this to see those results so, I really have no comment. The only real complaint that I had with this was the incredible mess that I made in the shower while using it. Lol

100% Pure Vanilla Bean Body Scrub

The second flavor that I tried was the Vanilla Bean Body Scrub. I have to admit that I fell in love with this one at once. The scent is delicious, the consistency is exactly what I had in mind for an exfoliating scrub and it leaves your skin very smooth and soft. I do have to add that it also leaves your skin feeling like you already used lotion and that's not really what I'm going for while in the shower. So when I was finished using this scrub, I followed with my normal shower gel. (Currently the Pink Grapefruit Shower Gel from 100% Pure)

I have used this one daily on my hands and feet and love the results so far. In this case the lotion feeling is greatly appreciated. I do still add a moisturizer but I can take my time in getting around to it. This scrub doesn't dry me out. 

100% Pure Strawberry Body Scrub

After starting with the coffee scrub and making such a big mess, I was a little hesitant in trying this pink, strawberry scrub. I'm glad that I didn't let that stop me for long because this scrub is scrumptious. The strawberry scent is light and fresh, not at all perfumy or overpowering. In short I found this flavor to work the same as the vanilla. The descriptions on the labels read almost exactly the same. 

I am so pleased with the results of these body scrubs that I'm not sure that I really need to look much further. Especially since I have so much in these three little tubs. Each is 6 fl oz. This is a gift set, so I was expecting smaller containers, more of sample sizes.  

Do you have a different "go-to" body scrub that I should try? Have you tried these scrubs? Which one is your favorite?

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