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  1. Some beardy fellow I know is getting a birthday gift from The Parks Project. Obviously, I’m not going to tell you what it is, but it’s not this tee. I want this tee for me.
  2. Until I’m able to find a reusable cup for iced coffee that I am 100% pleased with, disposable iced coffee cups are pretty much my one major ABSOLUTELY TERRIBLE FOR THE PLANET …thing. I don’t drink a daily takeout iced coffee, but I definitely splurge multiple times a week. Enter, the coffee cozy. The Lovemich Collection iced coffee cozy has been a highly coveted item in my life for about two years, now, and I finally managed to snag the lovely purple one picture above. I totally understand the hype. My ice remained unmelted, my cup remained drip-free, and my hands (because ICED COFFEE ALL YEAR ROUND) remained relatively un-frozen. Do I maybe feel just a little bit “basic?” Yes, a bit. But I also feel really good about supporting a woman who makes a high-quality and aesthetically pleasing handmade product. The girl is a boss, and she deserves all the praise and hype she receives. Each product is available in very limited quantities during a short window of time. The shop sells out in a matter of minutes. I suggest joining the mailing list and setting a reminder when the next update comes around.
  3. A friendly reminder in the form of this enamel pin.
  4. Am I the only modern lady who’s a one-purse-at-a-time kind of person? I used to have a great little Lilypond bag that I managed to score second hand. It got lost at DCA long before its time was due, and as much as I’m okay with my current crossbody bag, it doesn’t really hold a candle to my old Lilypond. The Rainshower is likely to be my next purse.
  5. Hello. My name is Naomi and I am a Cocokind Collective convert. That alliteration, though. I recently purchased the matcha moisture stick to use on dry patches and dark circles, and I have to say it’s a keeper. This definitely falls under the category of “I could make this myself, but I simply can’t be bothered, and this is pretty much perfect.” The vegan-friendly version of this product contains shea butter and candelilla wax instead of beeswax.
  6. The Metamorphosis bath bomb from LUSH is only available online. I really wish I had a bathtub, because this speaks to me on a level I never thought possible in a bath product.
  7. I’m going to be honest. I am not in love with the newest catalog from Jamberry. Most of the new wraps are totally gaudy and unwearable. Shown here is New World, literally the only design I would purchase, given the disposable funds. It’s a nice combination of softer shades and graphic black and I fell for it immediately. Good for summertime, I think!

Sorry for the silence as of late. I realize there are only a handful of people reading this, but I do feel like I should be sharing something, even if it’s just a simple Friday Favorites. School is taking up a lot of my time and energy, which is not at all a bad thing, but it leaves little time for this space. I think the only other thing I have to offer right now is too many photos of my dumb cat. When I’m not reading or writing for class, I mostly just want to watch Netflix. I’m sure you understand. Also, my cat is just really darn photogenic.

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  1. In support of The National Parks Conservation Association and The National Park Foundation, Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab has released a new scent. From BPAL: “The Theoi Nomioi are the gods and spirits of the wild: the countryside, the pastures, the forests. Under their auspices, untamed nature thrives, the beasts of the wild feast and multiply, the mountains reach to the heavens with their stony, snow-capped fingers, and the forests grow thick and dark with mystery.” You can follow the rogue un-gagged NPS Twitter account here, @AltNatParkSer.
  2. I guess I’m just feeling soft pinks and purples these days. This rhodonite Precious Threads bracelet from Alex and Ani is calling to me in dulcet, romantic tones.
  3. Spring has officially sprung at PrAna, and the collection is right up my alley. I’m particularly fond of this crochet neck top, which is Fair Trade and made from a recycled/organic fabric blend.
  4. Speaking of spring (because that’s what we do in January, I guess), Sparitual’s Inhale collection is gorgeous. Shown here is Inner Peace, which is probably my favorite of the bunch.
  5. Wave rings are back in stock at Pura Vida Bracelets. Available in gold plate and sterling silver. You can save 20% on your Pura Vida order with the code NAOMIDENSMORE20.
  6. These wooden sunglasses are on my shopping list. My current pair of shades is completely and utterly useless. Sometimes a girl just needs something both practical and fun. Love the rainbow.

 

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  1. I’ve been trying to be more mindful in my clothing purchases and wishlist additions (window shopping only, these days). Will I wear this often? Is it flattering? Who made this? Will it replace something of lesser quality already in my closet? Is it adult? All valid questions. I’ve also been trying to add maybe a little more color to my wardrobe (just a little), but sometimes black is simply the way to go. I love this dress from Synergy Organic Clothing.
  2. Girls. To. The. Front. I love this pin by Chicago-based artist and designer Jenna Blazevich. Find it at Vichcraft. Now, maybe more than ever, we need ladies supporting ladies.
  3. Sand Cloud Towels donates 10% of every purchase to help protect marine life. This peachy beach towel is currently sold out, but I’m keeping my fingers crossed for new or re-stocked striped designs closer to spring! You can use this link to save 25% on your first order at Sand Cloud. This is valid for new accounts only; enter your e-mail address to receive a code!
  4. Valentine’s Day at LUSH is basically my favorite ever. Rose scented everything, please! I like buying bath bombs (like this one) to bring on trips, since we don’t have a bathtub. Hotel baths are always nice.
  5. At some point between Halloween and Christmas, my face broke out in a red bumpy rash because of some dumb thing I put on it. Make up? Soap? I don’t know, but since then I’ve been making more of an effort to be kind to my skin. This facial steam herbal blend from Mullein & Sparrow has become a semi-regular part of my self care routine.  It’s full of lavender, rose, and calendula.
  6. That thing I said about clothing at the beginning of this post also definitely applies to jewelry. I spent a few hours last week sorting through my collection and tidying up my displays and storage. I then did a second round yesterday, getting rid of even more junk. It felt good. So, that said, I’m smitten with this pair of tiny, simple pearls. My previously suggested questions have all received the proper answers.

Do something kind for yourself, this weekend, and do something kind for someone else. If you’re able, get outside. Or pick up a book from your library. Support a local business you’ve previously neglected. The light has to come from somewhere.

 

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Unboxing: Pura Vida Club January Review

It’s the first unboxing of 2017! I’m happy to kick this off with a review of the Pura Vida Club box for January. I wasn’t planning to pay any attention to this box whatsoever when it was unveiled last year, because I don’t really like surprises when it comes to jewelry and accessories. When teaser photos were shared of this month’s bracelets, though, I caved. I’m a sucker for anything with an ocean theme. Thankfully, this subscription is very easy to pause if you decide you need a break.

The Pura Vida Club box is $14.95 each month, shipped. Each month’s shipment includes three coordinated bracelets, which may include Club exclusive designs. Each bracelet is made by hand with wax coated cord, and is 100% waterproof. Charm and beaded bracelets might require a little extra care, obviously. Pura Vida provides jobs for Costa Rican artisans, supports a number of non profit organizations, and is a member of 1% For the Planet.

Unboxing: Pura Vida Club January Review

January’s Club included: Gold Wave Charm ($15 value), Braided Sea Nights ($15 value), Wave Chaser Original ($5 value)

I  already knew I was going to love all three bracelets (the wave especially), so obviously I couldn’t be happier. These bracelets make a perfect stack, but can also easily be paired with a number of Pura Vida’s other designs. My only minor complaint with the subscription is that marketing materials are sent with every order, and I wish there was a way to opt out. As a Pura Vida rep, I like being able to give away stickers, but the extras still seem unnecessary. Still, far less waste and packaging here than with many subscription boxes! So Kudos on that note. ♥

As evident in my photos, it snowed six inches or so yesterday, so the arrival of this package was timely and very much appreciated. I needed a little brightness and color! Besides, my love for the ocean is certainly not seasonal! Honestly, this southern Maine/New Hampshire stretch of seacoast is beautiful this time of year.

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2016 was a year of eco friendly and cruelty free discovery, for me. I thought I’d return from my lengthy and accidental blogging hiatus by sharing some of my new favorite beauty products.

While I am an omnivore, cruelty-free (no animal testing) personal care products are a top priority. The products listed below all happen to be vegan, too, but I do use products that make use of animal ingredients (like beeswax and goat’s milk) fairly regularly. I’d also like to note upfront that this is not a sponsored post. These are just companies that I feel really good about supporting!

  1. Hurraw! Balm Papaya Pineapple 100% natural / certified vegan & cruelty-free / GMO-free / made in the US $4.49

If you’ve been reading this blog for a bit, or if you follow me on social media, you are probably familiar with Hurraw! I’ve definitely gushed about them before. This company is good people. The Papaya Pineapple was a new variety to me, this year. It’s a tube of tropical perfection in my snowbound New England. I want to keep one in my purse, and one in the car, and one… you get the idea. Whenever I order from Hurraw!, I order four or five tubes, and they have always included a free balm with my purchase. This time around, because it had been a while, I also received a very sweet handwritten note on my invoice that said, “Naomi’s back!” I can’t say enough good things. If you can’t find Hurraw! balm at a local retailer, it’s absolutely worth ordering through the mail.

  1. Trust Fund Beauty Nail Lacquer  vegan & cruelty-free / 10-free / GMO-free $15

My nail polish collection has been toxin free and animal friendly for about six years, now. It includes a variety of brands in all price ranges (proving that the way you choose to spend your dollar 100% counts, because ten years ago the options were incredibly limited). I discovered Trust Fund Beauty over the summer, and this brand is now at the top of my list when it comes to polishes. My first purchase was Hot in the Hamptons, an ultra bright shimmery pink, perfect for summer. I immediately fell head over heels for the coverage and durability of this product. This is the first polish I’ve used in ages that didn’t just chip off immediately. I’m looking forward to purchasing a couple nude shades (including pictured, Bitches Who Brunch) when I have the budget for it.

  1. Zao Organic Volume Mascara 100% natural / cruelty-free / free of petroleum derivatives and parabens $33.20

I’ve used a few different cruelty-free mascaras, but never anything quite so luxurious. The price point reflects the quality, and for the one cosmetic item I use almost daily, I do think it’s worth it. I love the bamboo packaging. I received this in a Love Goodly subscription box!

  1. OSEA Malibu Atmosphere Protection Cream 100% natural / vegan & cruelty-free / made in the US  $48

Oh my goodness. So. To be honest, the name of this product made me giggle a bit when I first got it (another amazing Love Goodly subscription box item), but it is so, so good. I will never giggle at it again. This is not something I can afford to replace at the moment, and I am incredibly sad to see that my bottle is nearly empty. This is honestly the nicest daily moisturizer I have ever used. It smells great, it feels great on my dry, sensitive, and aging (bwamp bwamp) skin, and it’s full of nourishing ingredients.

  1. Schmidt’s Deodorant Rose + Vanilla Stick certified vegan & cruelty-free / free of aluminum, parabens, and phthalates / made in the US $8.99

I finally found my dream deodorant. I’ve been using strictly natural deodorants for the last four years or so. It’s been a bit of challenge finding the right one for me. Flash forward to the release of this particular scent (in stick form), and I decided to give Schmidt’s another go, after not being 100% in love with their jar formulas. I am so thankful that I did just that. Natural deodorant is tricky, for a lot of people. It’s something that’s really important to me, so I’ve kept at it over the years. The price point is right, I love the ridiculously girly scent, and this product actually works.

  1. Acure Ultra-Hydrating Body Wash certified vegan & cruelty-free / paraben & sulfate-free / $9.99 (price varies)

I discovered this after searching for the “best moisturizing body washes” when it started to get cold. I’m never looking back. I do, admittedly, feel a little guilty about the plastic bottle (because we’ve been really good about using bar soaps with minimal packaging since I moved into the house), but this product really is incredible. And it smells so good.

I’m really pleased that I managed to discover some new things over the last year, even if a couple of them are definitely out of my price range right now. It’s important to me that I continue to support the companies that are ethical and genuine, and that the self care products I use regularly are ones that I can feel good about, in more ways that one.

 

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