Friday, January 23, 2015

Target Find!







The cuteness kills me! I got this at Target, I love Valentine's Day stuff<333 (Plus a ton of toys are on sale too for anyone looking to stock up for their kiddos!)



Monday, January 19, 2015

My First Lush Experience


{Lush Store at St.Matthews Mall Louisville, Ky.}


If you read my blog, you know how much I love all natural & organic beauty diys. Because of my skin issues (Atopic Dermatitis), its *very* hard to find products in store that work well for me. Face washes & moisturizers are the number one problematic product... I usually end up using diy probiotic yogurt masks, honey washes, and coconut oil for moisturizers. All of those work out pretty well, but, in all honesty, it can be inconvenient at times! I missed just opening up a bottle, and washing my face with something that smelled good... until now.


{New Lush Valentine's Day Line}

When I was buying new make-up for my brother's wedding, I passed by the Lush store, and thought why not? I had looked in there before, but figured I didn't want to risk a bad skin reaction. Since I really wanted to feel pampered for the wedding, I figured what the heck, I'll just give it a try.


{Beautiful & Delicious Smelling Lush Soaps}

I took a look around, and was a little overwhelmed at first. There were so many products to try out, I didn't know where to start! One of the lush ladies immediately asked if I needed help, and then began my amazement... I was impressed with how informed she was about their ingredients, and how thorough she was with explaining how they would help my problematic skin. She recommended a few face masks, a lip scrub, and a moisturizer. These were a few of my purchases:


{Catastrophe Cosmetic Fresh Face Mask}



{Celestial Facial Moisturizer}


{Lush Bath Bombs}



{Lush Fresh Face Masks!!}

I usually don't rave about store experiences... but you guys, this was beyond what customer service is! I'm not sure if this is what every store is like, but the one I went to was phenomenal. The woman that helped me not only went out of her way to help me test products (not pushy at all.), but I know she knew *exactly* what she was talking about, because miraculously my dry spots are *completely gone*. My mom even commented how my skin was all cleared up. (As soon as I ran out of my face mask, my dry spots returned... I'll go into further detail when I review the products I purchased.) I was so impressed with the service I received, as well as the products I purchased. I honestly cannot think of any recent department store moisturizer or face cleanser that I have ever loved as much as I do these products. (and same goes for customer service, I can't remember the last time I left a store that just blew me away with customer service.) If you've been to Lush before, you probably know exactly what I'm talking about. And if you're a newbie, I promise you won't be disappointed, this stuff is amazing..

A little background on Lush Products:

  • 100 % Animal Cruelty Free.
  • Fresh Organic Fruits & Veggies in their products!!
  • Their products are handmade with no or little preservatives.
  • 100% of the purchase price of Charity Pot is donated to Environmental, Humanitarian, & Animal Rights Charities.
 
And the list just goes on! All of their products I tested smelled delicious and felt great on my skin. I can't wait to do a product review on the Celestial Moisturizer &  their Catastrophe Fresh Face mask I purchased, but I can already tell you I was just blown away.

Their new Valentine's stuff looked super pretty, and I've heard great things about their body washes and bath bombs! What are your favorites?


(I was in no way, shape, or form asked to do a review. I was just so amazed with my experience at this store that I had to let you guys know!)
 
And a little side note to Lush, you guys have some amazing employees over at Oxmoor Mall. What a wonderful asset to have for your company. I wish I remembered the woman's name who helped me out.<3

For more information on Lush products, find them on their website here. Or follow them on twitter or instagram.

Lush Handmade Cosmetics
Oxmoor Mall
 7900 Shelbyville Rd.
Louisville, Ky.
(502) 439-0329


Monday, January 12, 2015

Inspiration.











Monday, January 5, 2015

Jorgensen Studio: Local Louisville Jewelry




 


While browsing through Etsy (to do a feature on local artists), I came across a store that really caught my attention (I absolutely love moonstone rings, so I immediately clicked to see what else she had available.).



The more I looked, the more intrigued I became with the attention to detail in every piece. I took a look at her shop info, and seriously, its hard not to be impressed with someone that clearly loves what she does.

" I am a maker of handmade wedding rings and sets,alternative engagement rings, promise rings, commitment rings, and gemstone jewelry.
As I child I spent lots of time at Art Fairs, I was in awe of the talent and the beauty but could never afford to bring any of it home. I always thought artists were a special breed of people that were born with some special talent that sprouted forth whole. I started this journey as a potter for a hobby. Clay led to metal clay and when I found that limiting I took a metalsmithing class and then I fell in love. you see, I always thought I would be a collector and not a maker but once you find the medium that speaks to you the need to be a maker is overwhelming. When I first started working in metal I felt instantly at home. I feel very lucky to be able to fill my days doing something I love to do & I hope it shows in my work. We are all artists and we all can develop that talent that is born within all of us.
It is important to me to make things that are affordable and beautiful so that everyone can bring a piece home. Everyone deserves beauty in their lives, especially little dreamer girls wandering art fairs.
"

The about page goes on to explain the type of work she does and so forth... Just reading the tidbits gives me a sense of how passionate she seems about her work. I think the photos of her jewelry speak louder than anything else. Something about wearing jewelry that you know someone made with their bare hands... pretty neat! 

Here are a few other pieces that I really liked:

 



I think any of these would be the perfect gift for Valentine's Day! 

According to her page, she was at the Flea Off Market, so I'm curious to find out where else she sells her jewelry. Check out her shop and support local :-)

Do you have anything in mind for Valentine's Day? Who is your favorite Etsy seller?


Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Merry Christmas Eve.







For Christmas Eve, I thought it would be fun to decorate some gingerbread cookies. I stopped at Micheal's, luckily they had a sale on their gingerbread cookie kits.


 

The boys had fun decorating them<3 The left was made by my 8 year old, and the right was made by my 4 year old lol.




I ordered some sushi from two of my favorite sushi places (Oishii Sushi & Sushi to go). I made Ceviche and other goodies for the boys, but I needed sushi in my life.


 

The boys were SOO excited that their Elf (lovingly named Elf) brought them pajamas :-) (it made for nice pictures Christmas morning.)


 




 

Santa was kind enough to leave a red carpet leading to the tree, and he "accidentally" left his foot prints on it. I can't begin to tell you how happy the kids were... Christmas is such a magical time for them, I feel really blessed to be able to experience Christmas all over again through their eyes<3

Merry Christmas<3


What traditions do you do at home?