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Happy Friday! Last weekend was so full of love and excitement and this one will be too! Tonight is my work holiday dinner, tomorrow morning is a Friendsmas Brunch at Lavagna, and then I’m going back to Laytonsville so that Kendall and I have some separate time to wrap presents!

Gray Plaid Cardigan

Lately on The CaroLøve

I’ve got my eye on…

Essie inspired earrings! Yes- the nail polish! How amazing is this idea? via SizzInWonderland

Ok so maybe it’s just because this cold and then extreme heat indoors has made me itchy and dry but I’ve been craving body butter. And Saturday Morning Cereal Whipped Body Butter sounds delicious! via UniquelyMebyVee 

Because of a rather embarrassing breakout problem around my neck + chest, I’ve been wearing more statement earrings than necklaces recently. 2 Pairs of Tassel Dangle Earrings for under $10? That sounds like a steal! via Amazon

Don’t forget you can always peek at my wish list over in my sidebar. Here’s what I’m currently craving:

 

Around the internet

There’s a Jonathan Adler candle I actually registered for that seems to be sold out. Turns out, Pier 1 has a dupe. Check out their Vanilla Bourbon Cocktail Filled Candle!

If you saw any of my pics from the gorgeous Winter Wonderland Bridal Luncheon my Aunt Jule threw me, you can tell I don’t shy away from a sequin. All of the snaps to Katie for pulling off the bold sequin legging look!

Despite my mom’s wishes, I used loooove watching The Simpsons with my dad. Now that I’m older, I can appreciate some of the humor I didn’t get when I was little PLUS I can understand the cultural and social references that went over my head. I find it fascinating when The Simpsons predicts the future. Guess what- it happened again! via MSN

I feel like there are two camps at Christmas: those who love eggnog and those who do not. It’s not the ONLY Christmas cocktail, you know. I found 40 easy holiday cocktails to please everyone on your naughty and nice lists. via Delish

Sales

  • I’m having a 12 Days of Christmas Sale in my Etsy shop! For every purchase over $12, get 25% off until Christmas!
  • Barneys: Enjoy up to 50% off designer collections for women, men, kids, and the home. Plus, enjoy an EXTRA 30% off sale styles for a limited time
  • Moda Operandi: Take an extra 30% Off Sale, get $100 off when you spend $500, $250 off of $1000, valid through 12/18.
  • Kate Spade: Sale on Sale 30%, valid through 12/25.
  • Nordstrom: Happy Hanukkah! Valid through 12/20.
  • My Theresa: Now up to 60% off
  • Urban Outfitters: In-store $10 Off $50/$15 Off $75; Online only $20 Off $100.
  • Saks: Designer Sale Up To 60% Off.
  • Yoox: Take an extra 35% Off Selection
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This post was sponsored by VIIcode and I received free product for review. As always, opinions are my own!

Aside from the skin woes I mentioned yesterday, I have been way better over the past few years about preventative care for my fair skin. SPF is a must, as well as a moisturizer. But I’ve been neglecting my eyes! That is until VIIcode reached out to me asking if I would like to try their oxygen eye cream. And now I’m wondering why I left my eyes alone for so long when I can get what feels like a spa treatment right at home, especially if you try to turn your beauty routine into a ritual, like I do!

Make sure to start with a clean face, then gently massage your under eye with the crescent activation strip. Honestly, I was tempted to skip this step, but whether this was psychosomatic or not, I really did feel like the cells under my eyes were coming alive! It’s sometimes good to follow instructions, no?

After the little message, just dab a tiny bit of the VIIcode T2 Oxygen Eye Cream (VII pronounced ‘vee two’) under your eyes. Oh my goodness it smelled and felt so good from first opening. The cream has no greasy feeling to it, but a nice thickness. It makes sense that it smells so good because of the key ingredients:

  • Elderberries: Antioxidant content maintains the skin cells, leaving you with glowing, younger skin
  • Jojoba Oil: Not only firms and keeps your skin hydrated, but also useful in lessening the appearance of skin wrinkles. Rich in antioxidants, which help regenerate the skin cells.
  • Evening Primrose: Boosts blood circulation, which is helpful to treat tired skin and eyes and is especially effective in removing wrinkles.

VIIcode T2 Oxygen Eye Cream c/o

Using this stuff is literally giving your skin the royal treatment. Apparently, Napoleon Bonaparte’s wife, Josephine, is said to have used this same luxurious formula, developed more than 250 years ago.

History lesson aside, I fully endorse this eye cream. While I’m not seeing a significant difference in dark circles per say, my very sensitive eyes love the stuff, and they feel brighter and tighter. I’m tempted to use it all over my face, but I want to treasure my little bottle of VIIcode T2 Oxygen Eye Cream and make it last.

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…charcoal that is. I’ve been naughty- to my skin. Let me explain.

Just when my skin was happy, soft, and clear… I messed up. I read a blog post from a British blogger about a Korean BB cream with tea tree oil in it. I was intrigued, as tea tree oil is supposed to be very good for the skin. I found it on Amazon for under $10 and decided to give it a go, even though I was perfectly happy with my Neutrogena Healthy Skin Enhancer  for every day.

Ladies, if I teach you nothing else in the whole of this entire blog- let me tell you that once you find something that works for your skin, don’t mess with it! Especially if the ingredients are in another language because who the heck knows what I was doing to myself.

I went from having skin complimented by makeup friends to the return of the cystic acne all over my chin and neck. It’s horrible. I call it uggo-face and I feel like I’m back in middle school. And my stubborn ass just FINALLY threw the stuff away because I didn’t want to waste it. Yes. I KEPT using it like an idiot until I finally started getting itchy hives on top of the breakout. No. More.

I told you yesterday about my online Etsy community. I have found some of the nicest little extras for Christmas from that group, but I also went to these makers with my skin problem. Not only did I receive a bunch of product suggestions, but an aesthetician also answered my plea for help. She said to monitor my stress levels, monitor my cycle (hormones have a lot to do with chin acne), pay attention to my diet, and watch my routine for talking on the phone more, etc. She also suggested a mask and an exfoliator one to two times a week.

Based on her suggestions for a routine and the recommendation of products from other Etsy sellers, I think I’ve come up with a new skincare routine. I’m wanting to go more natural with my skincare, because forget ingredients being in another language, even if they’re in English I don’t always know what they are and that’s probably not good.

Check out the products on my wish list to help get me glowing again:

Anti-Acne and Facial Cleansing Mask

Tea tree oil, Vitamin E, Honey, Cinnamon, Witch hazel

Activated Charcoal Scrub

organic Shea butter, sunflower oil, mango butter, colloidal oatmeal, activated charcoal

peppermint charcoal goats milk soap

EDTA, Triethanolamine, sorbitol, Titanium Dioxide, goats milk powder, Lauric acid, sodium hydroxide, aqua, coconut oil, palm oil, glycerin, peppermint essential, activated charcoal

Frankincense Face Cream

frankincense essential oil, meadowfoam oil, vitamin E, jojoba oil, citric acid and sunflower oil, goats milk

I can’t wait to try out my more natural skincare routine, and I’ll keep you updated on what works (hopefully all of it). Plus I love that I’m supporting small businesses and let’s be honest… the packaging is way cuter than anything you’d find at a drugstore!

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Ok so remember when I said that having my own Etsy shop would be a learning experience? It has been, believe me.

One of the best things I’ve done is join a Facebook group devoted to Etsy buyers and sellers. I say this as not only a seller- but as a buyer I found a few really perfect Christmas presents/ stocking stuffers that I might not have found otherwise. It’s a funky little community, but mostly supportive, and very forthcoming with the advice.

It’s not a secret that I’ve wanted to have my own t-shirt line since… forever? The rise of graphic tees when I was in middle school probably really kicked it off. Logistically, I didn’t think I’d really be able to make it happen for a quite a few years. There’s the cost of production, keeping track of inventory, and shipping- not to mention the upfront cost of all of that- just is not feasible for my current budget and lifestyle. Playing around with Amazon and Zazzle, I got a couple things going. I’ve even made sales on Zazzle- and not just from myself! It didn’t seem quite right having two totally different shops though- Etsy for my digital prints and Zazzle for my shirts, but I would make it work. Until, from the aforementioned Facebook group, I found a place that could integrate my designs into products and link directly to my Etsy, even pricing the products for me. HOLLAH! Printify makin’ my dreams come true.

Here’s the short version of how it works- I decide what products I want my designs on, upload the designs to that product, and then Printify links the product directly to my Etsy. I can edit the product description, title, etc. on my Etsy once that’s finished, and it’s right there in my shop! They take care of the production and shipping.

Somewhat related, I also bought a Print On Demand License from my favorite graphic shop on Etsy. I chose WriteLovely to be my exclusive design “partner” for many reasons: she has a huge selection of gorgeous graphics, they’re inexpensive, buying a license from her insures that all my designs are legally mine, and having one graphic person I work with will make my shop more cohesive. I’m not going to close my Zazzle shop, because what’s the point of disregarding all the work I’ve already put into that? But going forward, my Etsy will be my focus, along with, of course, continuing to build my blog brand.

Thank you for sticking with me as I figure this all out!

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Many of us are hoarders when it comes to clothing. We buy items only to realize we don’t like them and cling onto old clothes out of sentimental value. Many of us could do with a closet clear-out, but how does one begin to take on such a difficult task? Here are just a few ways that you might be able to cut down your wardrobe.

Get rid of the clothing you don’t wear

This may seem obvious and yes, it’s harder than it sounds. However, it really is the most effective way of slimming down your wardrobe. A good solution is to use the coat hanger method. This involves turning all the hangers so that they’re facing you. Every time you wear an item and clothing and put it back in the wardrobe, turn the hanger to face the other way. After six months, you’ll be able to see which items of clothing your regularly wear and which items are unworn and worthy of donating to the charity shop.

Start dressing more ethically

Another way to cut down your wardrobe could be to start thinking ethically. This could involve getting rid of synthetic fibers that aren’t eco-friendly such as those made of nylon fabric. It could alternatively mean getting rid of leather or wool that’s not been ethically sourced. Having a cause can make it easier to get rid of items that no longer meet your beliefs.

Opt for a minimalist wardrobe

You could consider dressing minimalist. This style centers around having a small range of clothing items that are interchangeable. Do away with wild patterns and novelty items and focus on basic designs using block colors. A great minimalist wardrobe is so effective that you can choose any two items and they’re certain to go together.

Hanging Branch Clothing Rack

Start renting clothing for special occasions

When it comes to boutique dresses for special events, start hiring clothing rather than buying it. This not only prevents novelty dresses from cluttering up your wardrobe, it can save you money – renting a dress usually costs a tenth of what it might cost buy it. Professional dress hire companies take care to thoroughly clean and press each dress so it feels like brand new.

Get help from a friend

Having a friend to help sift through your wardrobe could be beneficial – especially one that’s able to offer some brutal honesty and what clothes they think are worth keeping onto. Many people find when de-cluttering that it’s easier to have someone with them who can approach the clutter with a fresh eye. You may be sentimentally attached to certain items and a friend can help you to see these items of clothing for what they really are.

Downsize your wardrobe

If you’ve got a big wardrobe, this could be encouraging you to hoard clothing. Downsize to something smaller and this will force you to get rid of items and keep your collection to a certain size. You could even take the extreme measure of using a clothing rail – this prevents items from being hidden away and forgotten about.

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