Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Influenster: The Vitality Voxbox

Vitality Voxbox: c/o Influenster
I've had the opportunity to work with Influenster before (see here and here), and was pleased to have gotten the chance to collaborate again, this time reviewing the Vitality Voxbox from them! I wasn't entirely certain what this box would contain, but when I opened it to find these practical goodies inside, I had to smile.
As a college girl living on her own, I need the items in this box. 
But first, lemme take a selfie!
My lips have been really dry lately, so this cube from Soft Lips arrived just in time. It has a yummy vanilla scent and taste when applied - it's difficult not licking it off at times! 
I was pleasantly surprised by the Pure Leaf tea included in the box! It was good, and after chilling in the fridge for a night, a very refreshing treat. There's nothing more enjoyable than sitting out on your porch with a good book and sweet lemon tea on hand. 
The other items in the box included:
-Bikini Ready gummies
-Playtex tampons
-First Degree burn cream
-Elizabeth Arden Flawless Future

Needless to say, a lot of needs were covered by the Vitality Voxbox! I'll be taking a trip into the woods for a backpacking weekend I signed up for through my college, and I'll be taking a few of these goodies with me. So I'll be gone from the blogosphere for a few days, but when I come back, hopefully I'll have an experience to share with you!


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Monday, August 25, 2014

Music Monday: Madam Tsunami

You guys should know that I am a sucker for a good acoustic sound. 
Well, when I found out about Madam Tsunami, I was intrigued by the label for their sound; "Unplugged and acoustic with grunge influences"
They're a group formed in New Zealand and their front man, Adam Usmani, wrote the lyrics, inspired by his working class background. 

I'd have to say that's a perfect description! 
Check out more of Madam Tsunami and what they're about here.

Cheers to the week!

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Friday, August 22, 2014

Old School Charm

Dress: c/o eShakti   Hat: c/o Oasap   Wedges: Just Fab   Watch: c/o Feral Watches
"I need to add a touch of Linda to this!" I thought, as I speculated the adorable vintage-inspired dress hanging before me. When eShakti offered me a chance to review another of their dresses, I leaped at the chance! Then my eyes landed on this classic beauty of a dress, and I immediately chose it without much thought. Well, with a dash of leopard print, fringe, and some eclectic jewelry, I feel like I tried out a new style while still maintaining my own. 

I tried eShakti's custom fit option, and boy, is this dress going to get some loving. It fits. Perfectly.
Do you know how difficult that is for someone with my body shape? If a dress fits my wide hips, it's too tight on my upper torso. If it's too tight on my hips, then forget about even trying to shimmy it on. It ain't happening. However, eShakti understands not all women come in the same size and caters to that. Finally!

So this is what I wore to go grab some coffee with Kirsten and explore a (new to us) shop downtown filled with antiques. We couldn't smother the gasps and squeals of delight that escaped us as we stumbled across treasure after treasure of history. From old school cameras, to vinyl records, to ancient photos of people from the past, we found a hoard of valuables that are just sitting in this tiny shop collecting dust. 

Ah, the things you discover if you just go a little out of your way to find them. 

But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
Matthew 6:33
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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

3 Electives You Should Take In College

This list I've formed is a mix of personal experience as well as some articles I've read and agree with whole heartedly. Getting started in college is exciting and such a great time for growth. However, while many buckle down and focus on their specific major, everyone should take an elective or two. Here are my suggestions on what you could look into:

1. Anthropology
I've always felt that most Americans are happily encased in their own little bubble. Well, if you take a Cultural Anthropology class, prepare to have that little bubble nudged and hopefully burst. Because honey, it's time you wake up to the way other people live around the world. Taking this class will help you open your eyes in better understanding how and why people around the world live the way they do. It's absolutely fascinating, and I promise you won't regret it! Also, to give you a practical spin, it will help you in communicating and understanding others that are from around the globe.

2. Physical Ed (That's right, PE classes everyone!)
We all know exercise is good, right? Well, it can become a chore if you're not a gym rat who absolutely loves working out. However, take a look at the Physical Activity courses your college may offer. You could try something a little out of the norm such as Zumba, Yoga, or maybe Spinning. It'll force you to set aside a period of time in the day for the activity, and you might discover something you'll stick with for the rest of your life! I know that after taking several such classes, I've found a few that I know I'll be practicing well into my old age. Not to mention, if you're a full time student, it's a good way to schedule in an endorphin release. Working out is such a great stress reliever!

3. Art
As an Art major, you had to see this one coming. However, I hope that even those who aren't the most artistic in nature could take an art class and learn to appreciate it. It doesn't have to be a painting or drawing class either! Try photography (darkroom photography is the best), printmaking, or ceramics. Also, consider dance or music as well! You never know what just may click. Besides, according to this article, it can help your brain age better. So workout those muscles and your mind this semester!

With Fall semester starting up, I wish all my fellow college-bound peers good luck and a good year!
I hope this list helps and perhaps you'll end up looking into one (or all) of these options. 
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