Happy Feet

I need to take a moment to talk about feet. Particularly, what our feet go through everyday.

We walk. We run. We run into things (or at least I do). We slide our feet into flip flops, and squish them into pairs of cute heels (praying that the pain won’t last all night).

Our poor feet.

I hadn’t given my feet much thought until I received the latest VoxBox from Influester. I’ve gotten some pretty cool stuff from them – and I love trying the products out. This last one was the Dr. Scholl’s Active Series insoles. And let me tell you, they are pretty awesome.

I used them to work out, and geez, did my feet hurt! More specifically, my arches. But my feet felt great afterwards (and not because I took them off). So I’ll be keeping these insoles in my (bright pink) Pumas, and most likely going to get some other insoles for my cute-but-not-so-comfortable flats.

October 2012 Birchbox

Last month’s Birchbox was a bit of a disappointment, so I was really looking forward to this month to decide whether I wanted to keep my subscription or not.  October’s box did not disappoint!

 

My little box of goodies included:

Harvey Prince Eau Flirt – Lavender Pumpkin – 100 ml

theBalm® cosmetics Mary-Lou Manizer

Mox Botanicals Lip Butter

Mighty Leaf Tea – Tea Pouches

LiQWd The Perfect Wave

LiQWd SiLK Professional Deep Conditioning Treatment

I think my favorite out of the box was the Mary-Lou Manizer.  I’ve been using it everyday with my eye shadow to highlight my brow bone.  The Mox Botanicals Lip Butter smells tropical, and if I didn’t have so much lip product, I would totally buy it.  The perfume smells wonderful, but once again, I have way too much perfume.  I was so happy to get the tea pouches as a little extra in my box – I love tea, and love Mighty Leaf Tea.  I have not tried any of the LiQWd products yet.

I’m very happy with this month’s box, and am looking forward to what Birchbox has planned for the holidays.  If you want to get your Birchbox, click here.

 

September Birch Box

I need to get better at posting these the month I receive them!  Here is my September Birch Box:

My box contained:

- Kate Spade New York Twirl sampler

- Twistband hair tie

- Tili small bag

- WEI to Go Sleep Over Kit: Clean and Ideal Skin

- 21 drops Aromatherapy Blends in Focus

- Birchbox and Color Club Custom Collection Nailpolish in Status Update

I think my favorite part of the box was the Twistband hair tie.  I had heard about them before, but wasn’t about to spend $18 for 12, so it was nice to have one to try.  I love them!  But I still didn’t want to spend $18, so a quick pinterest search brought me to Lil Blue Boo who had a tutorial on making them!  For $6, I got 10 yards of brown fold over elastic (FOE), and made a bunch of work-appropriate colored Twistband knock-offs.  Now I think I know what I will be giving out for Christmas!

The perfume sample was ok.  Honestly, I’m tired of perfume samples – I have way too many perfumes already, and my new motto is that I can’t buy a new one until I use up one!  The Tili bag was pretty, but I found it useless because I carry my makeup around in make up bags.  I’m still on the fence about the 21 drops Aromatherapy Blend.  It smells nice, but it doesn’t last very long.  I do think it will be good for when I’m studying for the Florida Bar, because I will definitely be needing help focusing on studying for 2 1/2 months straight!

The nail polish is ok.  I’m not ready to give up my bright summer nail polish (and since I live in Florida, I don’t have to ever really give it up), but I’ll try it soon.  It’s just very dark.  I have not tried the WEI to Go Sleep Over Kit, mostly because I have an awesome Origins Checks and Balances face wash that I love.  However, I will probably bring it up to Chicago next time I visit.

I’m hoping next month is a better box.  If you want to join Birchbox, click here!

Harry Potter Gryffindor Scarf

I have a friend who is a huge Harry Potter fan.  So, for her birthday I decided to knit her a Gryffindor scarf.  I had previously knit a Gryffindor scarf for an ex-fling, which turned out ok – it was the first pattern I had made myself.  I improved on the original pattern for my friend, including adding an iron-on appliqué.  The scarf is knit with Knitpicks Shine Worsted yarn in Currant and Dandelion.  I love this particular yarn because it is a blend of pima cotton and Modal® natural beech wood fiber, which makes it extremely soft and washable!

Perks of living in Florida – knitting in a hammock :)

Knitting while I watch videos for my on-line course

The final product!  Someone suggested including a note when you give a knit as a gift, talking about the yarn, why you decided to knit that person this particular project, how long it took you, etc.  By including the note, the gift has more value – it gives the receiver a chance to understand how much work you put into the particular gift, and in return, the receiver is generally appreciates the gift more.  I did that for this particular gift, and I think it made her realize how much work actually goes into a knit gift.  Definitely something I am going to continue doing!

Nathan’s Socks

Apparently it’s been said that you should never knit for your boyfriend.  Why? Because if he doesn’t wear/appreciate whatever wonderful knit you’ve spent hours knitting for him, it can cause detriment on the relationship.  However, I disagree.  I’ve knit for every guy I’ve dated, and while those relationships didn’t last, it wasn’t because my knitwear wasn’t appreciated.

I’ll be honest – I’m always a little nervous to tell a guy I knit.  It’s mostly because I’m worried they will think I’m an old lady – going with the stereotype that only those who knit are old, which is obviously completely not true.  Surprisingly, I’ve found that every guy I tell – whether he is a potential mate or just a friend, is actually impressed that I knit, and I often get requests for knits (see my post about the Jayne Cobb hat – a request from a guy friend).

In the past, I’ve knit scarves for significant others.  Long-term boyfriend got both a grey scarf and a moss stitch white scarf to keep his warm from NY winters – I even let him pick out the yarn.  Guy I was seeing got a Harry Potter Gryffindor scarf, made from a super soft but washable yarn from Knitpicks (I made the scarf again for a friend – post will be coming soon!  It was much better the 2nd time around).

Right now I’m with an amazing, wonderful guy – Nathan.  I wanted to make his something special – not another scarf (although he has requested a scarf, so I’ll make him that next), so I pulled out Judith Durant’s Never Knit Your Man A Sweater (Unless You’ve Got The Ring) book.  A word about this book: I picked it up during long-term boyfriend.  It has some great patterns from men (and a few not-so-great ones, including vests that your grandfather would wear), including hats, scarves, gloves and computer cases.  Oh, and the socks I decided to knit Nathan.  If you’ve got a boyfriend (or brother – I’ve made my brothers hats from it) then I highly suggest picking up this book.

Anyway, I decided to make Nathan socks.  He’s recently moved to Chicago to get his Master of Law degree in Taxation from Northwestern – and has never lived in Chicago.  I grew up there, and being very aware of how cold it is (plus, add the Lake Effect and suddenly the temperature drops 20 degrees), I decided to go with a thick, warm sock.  I took a quick trip to my local knitting store, The Flying Needles, where I found Berroco’s Vintage yarn, which is a soft, washable yarn (because we all know guys won’t pay attention to “hand wash and line dry” – just do a washable yarn and save yourself from the heartache of seeing a time-intensive knit shrink).

This was my very first sock project, so I was unsure what to expect.  I ended up using the magic loop method instead of double-pointed needles, which I found to be much easier and quicker.  

I really like the finished product!  I want to knit myself a pair for when I go visit him!

Note: The pattern called for 2 balls of the yarn – I ended up using one and just a few yards of the other one.  I would knit a shorter top of the sock and just use one ball – I actually am planning to make another pair that way using the leftover yarn.  I also knit elastic thread into the first inch of the cuff – just to help the socks stay up.  I ended up using 2 spools of the elastic thread.

August 2012 Birchbox

Since I posted last month’s Birchbox review waaaaay too late, I figured I’d get this one up ASAP!  And, as a side note, I’m munching on a Larabar that I bought after I tried the sample in last month’s box – so delish!

I got my box on Wednesday, and I’m a little disappointed with it.  First, I only received 4 samples and a bonus, which felt like a little bit of a let down.  Then the samples I did receive were average.

First was the Schick Hydro Silk Razor.  This was the bonus item, and while razors are great, I’m pretty sure most women own a razor.  I have one, I love it, I don’t plan on changing it.  I actually bought the Schick Hydro Silk Razor when I was moving because I couldn’t find my regular razor, and I was not impressed with it.  So now I have an extra razor that I already own.

Next up was the Yu-Be Moisturizing Skin Cream.  I used it and I wasn’t a huge fan of the smell.  But I have seen it at Sephora, so I figure I’ll use it then judge it.

I also got Caldrea Hand Soap samples.  I was not excited about these.  I haven’t tried them yet, but when I opened the box and saw them, it was one of those, “really, I got a sample of hand soap” moments.  Maybe it’s because I don’t spend $11 on hand soap – I buy Method ones at Target and love them.  I mean, I have them, so I will try them.

Then there was the perfume sample, Juicy Couture Viva la Juicy La Fleur.  While I like this scent, I just bought perfume last month.  I already own way too many perfumes, and probably enough sample sized perfumes to last me a year.  While sometimes its nice to have perfume, I hope they stop sending me perfume samples.

The winner of the box was stila smudge stick waterproof eye liner.  This one I am planning on purchasing.  I am in love.  I have it in black, but its not your typical black – it has sparkles in it, but not in an over-the-top way – more of a subtle sparkle.  I don’t think its very waterproof, but I’m happy with it nonetheless and will be buying this in the near future.

So while this box wasn’t a complete win, I did find an awesome new eyeliner.  I am going to keep getting it – hopefully next month’s box is AWESOME!

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July 2012 Birch Box

I have a new favorite thing.  It’s Birchbox, and it’s like a little box of fun every month.  This was the first month I’ve subscribed to it.  After I received the e-mail that it had shipped, this was me:

I also googled every day to see what others had received.  I’m not going to do that again – it would be more fun as just a surprise!  When my box finally arrived, I was like a kid on Christmas.

My little box of fun included bronzer from Ada Cosmetics, Hello perfume by Harvey Prince, lip enhancer from Jouer, a lip stain by theBalm cosmetics, an uber granola bar by Larabar, and earbuds.

I’m not a huge fan of the bronzer, because it sparkles a little too much for everyday.  The lip enhancer is nice, but I think the lip stain doesn’t stay long.  The granola bar was delicious (note to self: pick some up from Target!), and the earbuds were just a nice surprise (because who doesn’t need more earbuds?).  My absolute favorite part of the box was the perfume, which I ended up buying the next day because it smells so wonderful.  It’s a playful, yet sophisticated scent.

After giving one month a trial, I think I’m going to upgrade to a full year.  The Birchbox was such a fun little surprise, and at $10/month, it is an affordable fun surprise – one that I think I will be giving as gifts for birthdays and Christmas!

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