My Favorite Things: Fall Edition

It is no news when I tell you I am a total product junkie. In this edition I share with you some of my latest discoveries, goodies that float my boat and a couple classics I cannot seem to stray from. It seems only appropriate that these go well with Fall. MYFAVTHINGS - FALL

Vampire Blood Incense – Don’t let the cheese ball name and packaging deter you. After Nag Champa, this is hands down my most favorite incense ever. I stumbled upon it at a shop in NJ and as I mocked it, the hippie dude behind the counter gave me the “oh don’t you rip” look and lit one in the store. Instantaneous love. | available on eBay or Amazon.

Three Sisters Apothecary Body Butter in Gravenstein Apple and Clove – Local to Sonoma County, I discovered them at the local Whole Foods. The body butter is super rich and this particular fragrance has a lovely clove back end. Rest assured you will smell like Fall. They have several other fragrances and while it isn’t my thing, apparently the black licorice and vanilla scent is just as amazing. I use it after my pre-bedtime shower and wake up baby soft. $9.50 a tub |  http://www.soapcauldron.com

Bumble & Bumble Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil Heat/UV Protective Primer – This spray is a godsend for hair like mine that is thick, color treated, dry and requires heat styling. It softens, detangles, de-frizzes and protects from heat abuse. I flat iron A LOT now that my hair is short and this eliminates having to put so much crap in it. I put it in after I wash, dry, iron it and I barely require any styling product after. Pricey and well worth the cash. $26 | available in salons

MAC Lipstick in “Dark Side” –  Now that my hair is darker I needed to switch up my color palette a tap. This color goes on lighter than it looks but when lined or mixed with black, you get a nice, vampy, burgundy wine color. $16 | at your local MAC counter or department store.

 OGX Coconut Milk Conditioner – I tried the sulfate free lines for a while and they just weren’t cutting the mustard for my hair texture. I really love coconut fragrance anything so I picked this up as a travel size when I went to San Diego. I loved it so much I have been using it since and you cannot beat the price – $5-6  | most drug stores, Target or Ulta.

Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab Fragrance Oil in “Bordello”- This has been my #1 favorite from BPAL for the past decade and I always keep coming back to it. The name is perfectly suited for this fragrance oil made with Bawdy plum, amaretto, burgundy wine and black currant. Totally smells like a sticky, sweet whore house. I have one bottle from 10 years ago and it ages even better. If this isn’t your thing, you should definitely check them out… right now they have limited edition Halloween batches and they never stay in stock very long. Can you blame them with names like Autumn Cider and Pumpkin Spice Everything? $17.50 | www.blackphoenixalchemylab.com

Papier D’arménie Incense Booklet  – This paper incense is a super best kept secret. Each booklet contains about 36 strips of paper incense. You light it and it cleans out the funk in the air. I can’t explain the scent but it is super amazing, isn’t overbearing. The beauty is you can carry it in your bag should you find yourself in situations that need some air cleaning. You will need to use your Google-Fu to find it since I am seeing all kinds of crazy prices for this one. Ebay looks like it has the best deal.

What are some of your favorites? I would love to hear all about them! 

 

Crack: West Coast Edition

It has been a while since I shared my latest discoveries! I haven’t written one of these posts in ages. I figured it was about time to share some things that have wormed their way onto my awesome list.

1. Coco-Roons: I stumbled across these this weekend while visiting my friend Michelle in SF. They looked good and I am a fiend for macaroons. I normally pass on macaroons cause they have way too much sugar. But these? It didn’t matter what was in them but as it turns out they’re raw, gf and low in added sugar… like, omg namaste. Instantly sold. Vanilla maple is awesome. ($7.50 at Whole Paycheck)

2. Merona Cowl Neck Long Sleeve: Come up! They’re available in 5 different colors, soft, flattering and cheap! For ladies like me with cans, you can stretch around the boobies and it gives you a wrapped look. Take my word for it, Josh looks at me like I am candy when I wear them. ($12.99 at The Red Dot Boutique aka Target)

3. Rosebud Strawberry Lip Balm: I take no credit for finding this… I posted on fb about needing a better balm and my friends pointed me down the road to awesome. ($7 at Sephora)

4. Cozy Cross Scarf: I normally am not a Forever21 kinda girl but walking through the store to get to the car I spotted this out of the corner of my eye. I cannot wait for crispier weather to wrap this around my neck. ($14.80 at Forever21)

5. Davines Love Shampoo: I hate the fact my hair loved this damn shampoo. One sample and I was sold! Unfortunately all the Davines products are not cheap but the couple of things I have tried are awesome. If you can get past the $25 price tag, get it. Or find a salon that sells it and ask for a sample. They may hook you up and then you will find yourself hooked like me.

I also couldn’t be happier with the results of my recent creative endeavors…

I recently uploaded one of my ouija designs onto Society6 and a few people bought the t-shirt or tank. Thank you for your support! My friend Diana posted this photo of hers and it was perfectly paired with Ouija Board leggings from Black Milk. FOX. (and she’s single! Vikings encouraged to apply)

You can also own one by purchasing on my Society6 page

My recent collaborations with Cupkozy went live earlier this month and it appears orders are finally making way to their happy recipients. Here is pumpkin and skull damask print in action, courtesy of Tia.

This print and the bat print are available on The Cupkozy Etsy shop. Both prints are limited edition (about 50-60% gone) so don’t snooze and lose!

You make it this far? Cool. Cause if you did you will know that a comment to this post will enter you to win a Kozy as shown above, just say you’re in. If the post is shared and I am made aware of it, gets your name in more than once. Winner drawn on Monday.

Comments on Facebook and LJ do not count!

**CONTEST CLOSED**

WINNER: Brit!

things I love

Every Valentines Day I have notoriously written sappy ass posts about my husband to which many people either gushed or threw up a little in their mouths. Sorry yo! I can’t help it. So instead of making y’all sick with my wussery, I will instead tell you about things I have been loving on…

Shopping with my iPod in tow. Yes, I probably look silly mouthing words and doing some ass wiggling in the bread section but look, the mundane can be extraordinary when you have a club in your ear. Music, I would be nothing without you.

I am addicted to the antique stores. I never cared as much cause the stores in Cali were picked over and the selection was just not as cool. Now, don’t think I am on a spending spree, I go in search for very specific things and most of the time I don’t find what I have an eye out for.

The other day I found myself driving to BFE Jersey… No joke! it was total farmland but I heard this was THE place to hit and holy hell were they right. Grist Mill Antiques was a house that is top to bottom crammed with loot. Two floors and every single inch of this joint is sections of stuff. Get a load of this business:

This is NOTHING. It’s just one of those things that you just have to be there to grasp the magnitude of awesome. I didn’t get much, I did however score a friend a complete set of turquoise Amish print pyrex, for $30! What did I score up on?

Skeleton keys. I have been picking these up when I find the ones with interesting finishes or shapes. The collection is growing and I will eventually be putting them in a shadow box or?? Who knows. I found a shop that had the smaller “kid keys” @ 3 for 50 cents. YEAH.

Other items I have an eye out for are vintage halloween, religious, medical, apothecary, things with devils and Freemason loot… I managed to find these two Eastern Star plates ($3.50 total! DEAL) and a couple jars that weren’t an arm and a leg. Vintage apothecary can get expensive yo!

Other things I love… well, LOVE. I thank every day that I am not jaded about the idea of love and am just as open to give it as it is to receive. I went through my instagram feed this morning and realized I tend to have a reoccurring theme amongst my photos. I guess I am a romantic at heart and I am ok with my cover being totally blown.

And speaking of LOVE, the new LOVE stamps from the USPS are money! Not as cool as those king + queen ones from a few years ago but still. I just stocked up cause I have been a snail mail machine as of late. No amount of instant gratification from email and texts will ever replace the gesture of getting something in the mail.

Other items that have been on my affection receiving end…

The Q&A journal. Every day is a question and you fill it out for 5 years. ($10-15 depending where you get it)

Baby Lips by Maybelline. I have the cherry and peppermint, they’re awesome and cheap! Available at all drug stores. Do not pay more than $4 for these. Mine were in the $3 range. (thanks for the tip @ Tara from Leviticus Jewelry <--- check her out /shameless) Matte About You polish by Essie. This turns any gloss polish into a matte. It pretty much rules. ($10 or so - anywhere Essie is sold, I scored mine at ULTA and Bed Bath and Beyond) And then there is that evil chocolate bar stuffed with cookie butter from Trader Joes. I stand by my theory that Trader Joes is ran by Satan himself. This is just another tasty goodie they totally nailed it on. And even more loves! Philly "we are young" by Fun. the fact Gomez purrs every time I touch him Spotify guilty pleasures stompy boots that say "I don't care what you think about me" every time I put them on The Big Pink (that is not a euphemism for vagina, at least not in this post anyway) body piercings! I just recently got some redone that I took out for childbirth... delicious rush. Must get more getting to see and catch up with old friends visitors! 6 months and I have seen several pieces from home which is so damned awesome The fact that Winter is coming closer to an end Ok, did you seriously think I was going to write a post about love and not include the ones I love the most? Uh yeah. I know this is an old photo but damn do I love it. Josh and Reza, without you I am only a shell of a woman. I love you more than life itself.

viva el amor! what do YOU love?

crack: the coconut oil edition

Where was I before I bought a tub of this? Clearly not paying attention but I am glad I am now. The other day I was at my massage therapists office and he gave me a rubdown using this instead of the regular oil he normally uses. It was awesome!

Now, I know coconut is super hit and miss with people… either you love it or hate it. I am one of those people who LOVES it and this stuff leaves me smelling like a cocada (coconut haystack).

Fresh out of the shower, slather it on instead of lotion… you don’t need very much of it. I got the tub at Henry’s for $8.99 and it goes a very long way. I also have used it as a skin conditioner for my face since I am on the dry side, I did a warm coconut oil treatment on my hair as well. The mop feels smoother but be warned it may take multiple washes to get it out.

Cass made chocolate chip cookies the other day and instead of using butter on the pan, she used some of it and it gave the cookies a very mild tinge of coconut. TASTY.

I am nutty for the coconut oil. Apparently coconut everything is the new black. Out with the pomegranate, mate and acai!