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Hi Everyone! I have not been great at keeping up with these Weekly Musings! I am back today though with some really fun and inspiring things.

I have been taking many more photographs and it feels so good. Capturing things that inspire me keeps me inspired.

My current hair-care routine has consisted of four products(two from one brand and two from another) and it is been such an easy routine, but the difference in how my hair feels, looks and smells is crazy!!! My scalp is no longer dry or itchy, my hair is shinier, it feels stronger, and it smells SO GOOD. I use this shampoo and this conditioner followed by this scalp treatment that I apply directly to my scalp and massage in (it does not leave over any type of residue). I then apply this dreamy creation to the middle and ends of my damp hair, braid it and then go to sleep and wake up with the healthiest looking hair. The three of these work so beautifully together, I find the scent combined to be completely addicting. 

If you are looking for a good Holiday gift for any woman in your life; this is it! (my full review is here).

BREAKOUTS BE GONE! I started using two new products and I haven’t had a single breakout since (knock on wood). THIS is the best cleanser I have used in years. Yes, I said that right: YEARS. It also doubles as a face mask. I also the Active Body Wash. I keep both in my shower and have used them every single day since trying. I’m obsessed.

Ever since seeing Lacy post about this nightshirt, I have had it on my wishlist. I’d love it in any color, really, but I am especially drawn towards the dark green, especially for this time of year.

I am in awe of the dancing/dancer in this music video and I cannot stop listening to this song.

The most comprehensive article on organic skincare that I’ve read in ages. A must read.

Another must-read article on skincare and essential oils that is so important.

Currently re-reading this book and am reminded of how much I need it in my life. I have learned so much about proper breathing for anxiety, panic attacks, insomnia, you name it. I highly encourage everyone to read this.

Speaking of proper breathing; I started seeing a brilliant woman who works with Biofeedback and she has been teaching me different breathing techniques and so much more when it comes to dealing with anxiety and chronic pain. More to come on this very soon!

I am currently taking this tonic twice a day in my water (it’s delicious!) and it is one of the best things I have come across for gut and skin health. There are so many products on the market for “gut health” and “glowing skin” that I have tried and often feel don’t do anything at all, or take a LONG time to feel anything from, but with this product, I felt it with the first dose. Bloating went down and I digested my food better. My skin is clearer and I look forward to it in my water because of how good it tastes. I am looking forward to trying more from the line!

Just made another purchase on Pact. I cannot get enough of their clothes. I am especially excited about this sleep romper, even with the weather being cooler- I know I will get so much wear out of this. I will pair it with these knee-high socks and this cardigan and it will be perfect!

This is one of the best shows I have seen. I finished it within two days and now I am really sad I finished it so soon. If you’re looking for a hilariously brilliant, often uncomfortably vulnerable show to binge-watch, this is it!

Now I am currently watching this and really loving it!

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The special Beauty Heroes Holiday Discovery is hereFeaturing a full-size Kari Gran Essential Balm (love it and wearing it now read more about it below!)

You also get to choose one Lip Whip in either: 

JOLENE Inspired by former beauty editor turned health coach, Jolene Hart, this berry-bursting color makes a statement when worn alone, or pairs well with the Shimmer Lip Whip for a bold rosé champagne shine.

SUJI RED The perfect holiday shade, this crushed cran-apple red delivers a bold and beautiful pop of color.

JEANNIE A tempered shade of plum, this beautiful hue works well with cool and warm skin tones and leaves just a touch of shine.

The Essential Balm is the perfect multi-benefit wonder balm packed with powerful organic ingredients: green tea, avocado, rosehip, calendula, and more. Perfectly melts in on application. It is a face balm, eye cream and primer. I love to use this on dry areas of my face. One of my favorite ways to use this balm is actually before I apply any mineral makeup. I spray my face with rosewater and then apply a very small amount to my skin, let it sink in and then apply my mineral makeup. It helps to limit any dry spots and helps the makeup look SO much more natural. Another bonus is the scent is divine. To me, it smells of Jasmine (but not too fragrant) and is very calming for my sensitive skin.

This is a VERY Limited Edition. $2 from each of these discoveries goes directly to the Mala Fund to support a full education for girls around the world The Holiday Discovery retail value is $116, you can grab this for yourself or use as holiday gifts for only $55

*You can Purchase here!*


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“I’m restless. Things are calling me away. My hair is being pulled by the stars again.”― Anaïs Nin

I’ve partnered with Sequin Jewelry in NYC to introduce you to a design studio that was started by two sisters, Kim and Linda Renk back in 2000. This is my new favorite jewelry brand! The Renk sisters along with their Creative Director, Tara Malkovich are the force behind this chic contemporary, modern yet classic, and romantic jewelry brand. The beautiful jewelry that is created by Sequin has been designed and handcrafted in the USA with components from around the world.

Many resort boutiques carry Sequin Jewelry like Neiman Marcus, Bloomingdales, and Nordstroms to name a few. The Sequin line follows the fashion industry’s seasonal schedule and introduces multiple collections four to six times per year. You will never run out of options for an addition to your jewelry and accessory collection! Kim and Linda, travel the world for inspirations and unique high-quality materials to incorporate into their distinctive beautifully designed pieces.

It was so hard to choose what I wanted to order from Sequin. I literally got the butterflies in my stomach feeling when I went shopping on their site. It’s SO me in every way. There are Tassel Earrings, Boho Statement Earrings, Celestial Necklaces, Hidden Message Necklaces, Talisman Chokers, and Star Maps. There is also a category to “create your own talisman”, where you can express your own personality and style by choosing the charms and chain that make the jewelry unique to you and what you want to show the world. I’m ecstatic that found this company and feel like Sequin has been the best-kept secret ever.

I guess I’m naive about this brand being a secret….Sequin earrings were just featured in the September Issue of O Magazine. Yes, Oprah loves this brand, need I say more? Not such a secret anymore. And look for special pieces of Sequin featured in the upcoming November issue of InStyle Magazine.

I’ve said this many times before, but when I find a brand I love that also gives back to causes close to my heart then it’s a win, win with me. I love to support companies that believe in giving back to their community and are deeply committed to supporting animal welfare. Sequin also donates time and resources with an entire page dedicated to important causes to help people and animals in need. Right now they are running a campaign with a special collection they created to support Breast Cancer Awareness. Sequin will donate 25 % of sales to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation when you Shop Pink and purchase from the Breast Cancer Awareness Collection.

I finally chose a necklace that I fell in love with from the Star Maps Collection. The Aries Constellation Necklace is made from 22K Antique Gold (or you can order the Rose Gold) dipped brass with crystal details. The charm measures 1” x 1.25”, and the chain measures 16” with lobster claw clasp and a 3.5” extender with Aries and Sequin tags. This is a totally exclusive Sequin design that you won’t find anywhere else. The Star Map Collection make the perfect birthday or holiday gift for yourself or best friend. Just choose the right Zodiac sign based on your birthday!

I had to have a pair of earrings to go with my necklace and I chose the Cosmos Earrings. They’re inspired by the stars and as you can see…..SO GORGEOUS. Made with 22K gold-dipped with labradorite, moonstone rainbow drops and crystal details and surgical steel posts. These earrings are stunning and I haven’t seen anything similar to these anywhere. I think the two pieces of jewelry go perfectly together! What do you think?

You can visit my Maven Board to see not just these items but also the other beautiful jewelry that I am lusting after!!

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This post was sponsored by MavenX.com in collaboration with Sequin Jewelry. I do not ever review a product that I don’t use and love. Affiliate links were used in this post. I only make a small commission from items that are ordered directly through affiliate links. These sales as well as your support for the brands I promote help me to keep pursuing my passions and to be able to continue to share with you my passions for all things beauty, fashion, wellness, and lifestyle!! If you buy through my links, promote brands that help I help to support and who support me, thank you so much! I provide coupon codes whenever I can to try and help you save money. I am never paid for any positive reviews and will always give my honest opinion.


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Surprise! Look what brand Beauty Heroes just launched on October 21st!!!  One of my FAVORITE Lipstick companies ever~ Axiology Beauty.

If you’ve followed my blog for awhile then you know how much I love lipsticks! Axiology has been one of my favorite brands since it was released. I’ve worked with the gorgeous (inside + out) founder of Axiology Beauty, Erika Rodriguez, on modeling campaigns in the past. You may have noticed my lips on her sites wearing her incredibly pigmented colors. There ARE SO MANY CHOICES! I literally get a little too excited when talking about lipstick brands that I love. As far as I am concerned – there is no such thing as too much lipstick. Axiology is so chic and edgy that I can never get enough of the colors. The range is creative and eclectic so that I can pretty much create an unlimited amount of makeup looks based around these lipsticks. Paired with some of the edgy wigs I’ve recently bought, just wait until you see what I have in store for you!

I have tried every color in their line and I have never been disappointed with the quality and amazing ingredients. The pigmentation is truly phenomenal. They had recently released Lip Crayons which are so good. However, their lipsticks are staples so I was happy to be able to talk about the incredible deal of this Makeup Discovery which features BOTH formulas. It is valued at $85 per collection of 3!

Axiology lipsticks and crayons are created with conscious and ethical company values. There is no compromising in any way when you purchase from this brand. I’m thrilled that the founder of Beauty Heroes, Jeannie Jarnot, has offered these in this Makeup Discovery Box. This is a true discovery. 

Beauty Heroes Members pay only $45 for this $86 dollar value of 3 Axiology Beauty lip products. Read below about the three categories of color choices you can pick from when you order. (Order Here) ABOUT THE LUXURY LIP COLLECTIONS

Made with just 10 organic and wildcrafted ingredients, each lip product in the Axiology line provides earth-based pigments and long-lasting hydration, with no fear of the dreaded ‘feathering’ effect. The secret to the lip stains’ staying power is avocado butter and candelilla wax, a vegan alternative to beeswax. Each encased in a chic, gold vessel, the crayons and lipsticks are offered in three intensities: matte, cream, and balm.

Below are the three categories that you can choose from when you order, #1, #2, and #3:  Bright Collection

Bright yet balanced, the Bright Collection is a traffic-stopping palette that provides an unapologetic pop of color.

From Left to Right: Vibration, Noble, Keen.

Daring Collection

The boldest of the bunch, the Daring Collection strikes the perfect balance between warm and cool reds, making it perfectly suited for most skin types.

From Top to Bottom: Infinite, Worth, and Valor.

My favorite color from every collection is WORTH. It has been a staple of mine for years.

Natural Collection

Sweet, but not innocent, this playful palette delivers just the right amount of shimmer and glitter to make the Natural Collection a sexy staple.

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Surprise! Look what brand Beauty Heroes just launched on October 21st!!!  One of my FAVORITE Lipstick companies ever~ Axiology Beauty.

If you’ve followed my blog for awhile then you know how much I love lipsticks! Axiology has been one of my favorite brands since it was released. I’ve worked with the gorgeous (inside + out) founder of Axiology Beauty, Erika Rodriguez, on modeling campaigns in the past. You may have noticed my lips on her sites wearing her incredibly pigmented colors. There ARE SO MANY CHOICES! I literally get a little too excited when talking about lipstick brands that I love. As far as I am concerned – there is no such thing as too much lipstick. Axiology is so chic and edgy that I can never get enough of the colors. The range is creative and eclectic so that I can pretty much create an unlimited amount of makeup looks based around these lipsticks. Paired with some of the edgy wigs I’ve recently bought, just wait until you see what I have in store for you!

I have tried every color in their line and I have never been disappointed with the quality and amazing ingredients. The pigmentation is truly phenomenal. They had recently released Lip Crayons which are so good. However, their lipsticks are staples so I was happy to be able to talk about the incredible deal of this Makeup Discovery which features BOTH formulas. It is valued at $85 per collection of 3!

Axiology lipsticks and crayons are created with conscious and ethical company values. There is no compromising in any way when you purchase from this brand. I’m thrilled that the founder of Beauty Heroes, Jeannie Jarnot, has offered these in this Makeup Discovery Box. This is a true discovery. 

Beauty Heroes Members pay only $45 for this $86 dollar value of 3 Axiology Beauty lip products. Read below about the three categories of color choices you can pick from when you order. (Order Here) ABOUT THE LUXURY LIP COLLECTIONS

Made with just 10 organic and wildcrafted ingredients, each lip product in the Axiology line provides earth-based pigments and long-lasting hydration, with no fear of the dreaded ‘feathering’ effect. The secret to the lip stains’ staying power is avocado butter and candelilla wax, a vegan alternative to beeswax. Each encased in a chic, gold vessel, the crayons and lipsticks are offered in three intensities: matte, cream, and balm.

Below are the three categories that you can choose from when you order, #1, #2, and #3:  Bright Collection

Bright yet balanced, the Bright Collection is a traffic-stopping palette that provides an unapologetic pop of color.

From Left to Right: Vibration, Noble, Keen.

Daring Collection

The boldest of the bunch, the Daring Collection strikes the perfect balance between warm and cool reds, making it perfectly suited for most skin types.

From Top to Bottom: Infinite, Worth, and Valor.

My favorite color from every collection is WORTH. It has been a staple of mine for years.

Natural Collection

Sweet, but not innocent, this playful palette delivers just the right amount of shimmer and glitter to make the Natural Collection a sexy staple.

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The first time I had heard about the Bridge the Gap Campaign, it was  from my mom about a month ago. She asked me to be a part of this revolution with her and 198 other women, to try and change the way people think about age. At her recommendation, I went to take a look at her friend Catherine’s site to learn more.

I had no idea what to expect, but any program, idea, or especially a campaign to promote knocking down barriers of discrimination and misunderstanding appeals to me. I believe that each of us is unique and has something special to offer to each other and that together we can change the world.

Catherine Grace is the inspiration behind this campaign. She rallied to get 100 like minded Millennials and 100 Midlifers to show solidarity and use our voices as a platform for change. Of course my mom chose me to pair with because together, the two of us are perfect for showing the world that age difference means nothing at all. My Mom and I have been the best of friends since pretty much, forever!

I have so much respect and admiration for my Mom. Two years ago I gave her the idea to start her own Instagram and then to go all the way out of her comfort zone and put her voice out into the world with her own website. I knew that she has so much to offer the world with her creativity and positivity. She was hesitant and scared at first, because she thought that nobody would want to hear what she had to say. That there were too many bloggers out there anyway. I pushed her forward with positive reinforcement and encouragement.

She started: http://www.musingsofkathleen.com in the spring of this year and is so proud of her accomplishments, and so am I for her. She is a positive role model for Millennials and Midlifers to embrace life with a positive attitude and spiritual practices like meditation and yoga. She is proof to me that living a full life with integrity, at whatever age you find yourself, is key. Self esteem and caring about what energy you put out into the world is crucial. I have never met a more loving, loyal, positive person in my life.

My Mom exemplifies all the strengths and qualities that I aspire to have in my life. She has always put her love of her family first. She was a single working Mom to me and my brother when I was 7 and he was 10 years old. I remember her coming home after working all day to have a healthy sit down dinner and was there to ask us about our day. She was always there for us no matter what. We never felt judged with anything we may have been going through. The advice she gave us was to always “remember who we are and to act accordingly.” To value ourselves and never forget how much we both are loved. To this day, that has been my personal foundation that I go back to whenever I get overwhelmed with life. Even though I’m a Millennial and have an entire lifetime to learn my own lessons on what life means to me, I know I’ll always have a strong solid foundation that my Mom and family have always offered to me.

I’ve learned that Millennials and Midlifers really are not so different after all. For me, I look forward to being the kind of woman that my Mom has become. She shares with me how much I remind her of the way she used to be. The two of us are both the past and the future combined. I am so thankful for this.

When I get overwhelmed about circumstances in my life, my Mom reminds me that no matter what, I can always do whatever I set out to do. She never gives up. Ever. I think she is where I learned my perseverance from. I always try and focus on the positive blessings that I do have in my life, not what I don’t.

Last year when I was criminally harassed by a member of the green beauty community, my Mom supported me in fighting back to stop the injustice.  She and my family literally paid thousands of dollars to fly to California Superior Court to support me. I won the case against this blogger and was awarded monetary compensation.

The lesson I learned from this is if you have a family as supporting as mine is, and you never give up,  you can pretty much get through any hardship that life will pass your way. And I learned the lesson of strength of character.

I agreed to be a part of this campaign because I’m a fighter. I fight for injustice any chance I can. With my voice on social media, I let people know that you have to be strong. You have to break down stereotypes any chance you get. You need to fight for justice and inequality. People can try and discredit you and even embarrass you. What you do is you get active. You openly share your experiences and the lessons you’ve learned in your life and you pass on that knowledge to others that may be suffering.

I don’t see that the two generations are really that different at all. To me, it seems like the Midlifers can teach Millennials so much. You guys have been there and done that. I’m always open to learning what you have to teach. I don’t see any “gap”, probably because there never has been one in my family. We really are stronger together.

https://catherinegraceo.com/bridging-gap-2017/


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I’ve been using Tom’s of Maine products for over five years now. This was one of the first brands that I discovered when I was transitioning over to more natural products. I love that they are affordable and available everywhere! They emerged back 47 years ago to create a trusted personal care and oral care brand that is made with no artificial colors, fragrances, preservatives or flavors. Tom’s of Maine products are not tested on animals (yay!!) and all of their packagings is recyclable through Terracycle. Take a look at the site for more information.

When it comes to toothpaste I AM EXTREMELY PICKY. I suffer from occasional Perioral Dermatitis. It is a condition that can often be worsened from many kinds of toothpaste (often fluoride!), because of this I have had to switch over to natural toothpaste that has not delivered very well. I have had cavities since I stopped using fluoride and noticed a huge decrease in my overall dental health since stopping it and was excited to give it a try again. That combined with the whitening aspect made me especially excited.

I’ve been using the Luminous White toothpaste (Tom’s of Maine’s most advanced whitening toothpaste to date), twice per day for the past two weeks. My favorite thing about this product is the results I’ve had. My teeth look whiter. It’s amazing to me how just having some of the surface stains (don’t ask me to stop drinking my one cup of organic coffee per day, because it’s not going to happen, lol), removed from my teeth can make my smile so much brighter! Now back to perioral dermatitis: It’s been two weeks and I have had ZERO irritations from using this product. I am extremely excited about this.

The natural peppermint flavor is really refreshing and invigorating also and not too harsh! Sometimes Peppermint can be overpowering in toothpaste and this is just super fresh and subtle.  My teeth and mouth look and feel cleaner when I use this product. And another benefit is fresh peppermint breath.

The formula: is safe for my tooth enamel, is made with biodegradable or mineral ingredients, is safe for everyday use, AND is GLUTEN FREE (very important for me). Many people don’t realize gluten can be hiding in toothpaste. Make sure if you have a gluten sensitivity like I do, that everything you use on your body is gluten-free.

I shop at Whole Foods and I’m happy to say they carry Tom’s of Maine products and now offer the Luminous White Toothpaste. Whole Foods is where I first discovered this brand.

I’ve mentioned this before in my other featured blog posts, that I really love when I find a product that not only performs the way they advertise it will, but that gives back to the environment, and or the community. Tom’s of Maine does both with donating 10% of profits to human and environmental causes. That’s a lot of helping and goodwill going back to causes that are important to me!

Tom’s of Maine does a great job, in my opinion, to help people everywhere with affordable and natural products to help them make better choices for their health and the welfare of our environment.

The Original Owners of Tom’s of Maine

Way back in 1968 Tom and Kate Chappell moved to rural Kennebunk, Maine. Part of their reason for doing so was to simplify their lives. Naturally (literally and figuratively), they looked for unprocessed foods and unadulterated products to complement their new lifestyle.

When they couldn’t find personal care options for their family, they decided to create and sell their own! They believed they could start a company based on the philosophy that their products would not harm them or the environment.

Tom’s of Maine has grown and developed into a unique innovative company all from the humble beginnings of a $5000 loan and a strong philosophy of care.

Unable to find natural personal care options for themselves and their children, in 1970 Tom and Kate decided to create and sell their own. They began with a $5,000 loan from a friend and the philosophy that their products would not harm the environment.

I’m happy I discovered Tom’s of Maine five years ago to help me transition to affordable and more natural solutions for my personal care needs.

Have you used Tom’s of Maine products before? Share with me your favorites below and if you have any questions I’m happy to answer them!

PS for anyone wondering about the safety of Flouride in your toothpaste please read this article.

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This post was sponsored by Tom’s of Maine. I do not ever review a product that I don’t use and love. Affiliate links were not used in this post. I only make a small commission from items that are ordered directly through affiliate links. These sales as well as your support for the brands I promote help me to keep pursuing my passions and to be able to continue to share with you my passions for all things beauty, fashion, wellness, and lifestyle!! If you buy through my links, promote brands that help I help to support and who support me, thank you so much! I provide coupon codes whenever I can to try and help you save money. I am never paid for any positive reviews and will always give my honest opinion.


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