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Arcona Transformed my Skin

Maybe saying the Arcona skin care products transformed my skin is being a bit over dramatic. But I’m telling you I think it actually did! Back in January, my friend Laura, who works for Arcona, offered to send me a sample starter pack from the Arcona skin care line if I’d share it on Instagram and/or Facebook. I agreed to share an Instagram post of me in one of their face-masks, but in truth, I don’t necessarily like to “endorse” a product or service unless I’ve really tried it and can share my honest feelings and opinions about it.

To be honest, my expectations were low. I have pretty sensitive skin and often break out when I change products. That’s why things like Birchbox were never really my jam. Getting a bunch of samples to try just means I’ll be getting a rash or zits or both, and I ain’t go time for that…I’m not really a beauty junkie at heart, but I am all for looking better and of course sharing things that work.

My friend Laura, a breast cancer survivor, insisted that Arcona saved her skin after chemo, so I was cautiously optimistic. She also told me about how it’s all natural and organic, made in small batches and cold processed to ensure full potency and benefits. Since it was time to replace what I was currently using, I decided to give it a shot.

OMG am I HAPPY

What constitutes the BEST luggage?

Talking about a favorite luggage, be it brand or style, is kind of like talking about a favorite breed of dog. So much of it is personal preference and what aligns with your individual likes, dislikes, needs and values. There are a few features like roller wheels and weight that are basically required for a bag to be user friendly while traveling. But other than that, what makes a piece of luggage great??

Pass on the “Iconic” Luggage

Let’s not even talk about luggage like Louis Vuitton or Goyard. They are certainly iconic and lovely to look at. And very recognizable, like you might as well paint the price tag on the outside of your suitcase. But those pieces are not meant for the way most of us travel today. If I lived in the 1900’s, traveled by steamer ship and had a butler and ladies in waiting traveling with me, I’d be all over those logo happy brands. But, alas, I don’t…

I’m usually traveling by myself or with my family and schlepping my luggage thru multiple airports to get to my destination (that was a little bit of a dig at the airlines that have pulled out of Cleveland as a hub, meaning it’s dang hard to find a direct flight anymore!!) Bottom line, light weight roller bags are a need not just a want.

All roller bags are not created equal.

What’s better? Soft Sided? Hard Sided? 2 wheels? 4 wheels? The list could go on… We did a little recap from the many, many clients we’ve packed for and picked their brains about what they look for in luggage. Then we did a reader round up (and you guys were AMAZING!!) to find out what luggage you all think is best and why…

Red, White or Rose, You Need to Know About This Wine Gadget…

This is not a fashion post. This is however, something you need to know about, especially if you like wine. I may be making a big leap here but, from comments on IG,  FB and on blog posts, I think many of you guys are winos just like me! A glass of wine (or two) at the end of a day takes the edge off. It makes the frame go a bit fuzzy, not like hard alcohol drunk, just a little happy. A glass, one could argue, can make me a better mom and wife. And my friends like it because I loose a bit of my filter and might say what I’m thinking, even though it should probably stay in my head.

Having a glass of wine is heaven, but drinking a whole bottle alone, that’s waaaay above my tolerance level. When, I’m at home, thinking about having a glass of wine,  I usually pass. WHY? Because I don’t want to open an entire bottle of wine, knowing I’ll only drink a glass or two and the rest will go to waste. By the time I’m ready for another glass that delish bottle of wine will have become vinegar.

Does Any of This Sound Familiar? If So, Then You Will Be Thanking Me for Telling You About This Gadget.

The Real Deal About Undergarments

Talking about undergarments isn’t so glamorous, but it’s a conversation that needs to be had. The truth is most women don’t put enough thought into what goes UNDER their clothes. Think about it…it’s sorta like putting a new roof on your house. It’s a necessity not everyone truly gets to appreciate, but the benefits make a HUGE difference in the long run.

Bottom line – Undergarments are essential to making your outfit (and you) look it’s best.

Here’s the harsh truth people –  Your undergarments are the base to every outfit and the most important items you’ll wear Every. Single. Day.  If what’s underneath isn’t properly prepped, what’s on top ain’t gonna be lookin’ fine either. Listen, we’ve all seen it…