Before I start this post, I want to take a moment to express that though things on the blog will be “back to normal,” that certainly isn’t the case for our city. Rebuilding the city we love and call home will be a long process — and one during which continued support is critical. I will continue to share opportunities to give, brands and shops raising funds for relief efforts as well as other recovery initiatives. I know many of you come here to talk style, beauty, home decor, etc., and that this kind of content can serve as an escape, but know that my continued commitment to Houston is very much a part of my day-to-day. With Hurricane Irma now projected to hit Florida and having already hit the Caribbean, please join me in prayer for all of those in this hurricane’s path.
My last amazon favorites post got so much love so I decided to share another one that’s a mix of old and new purchases. Honestly, I’m a little nosey and love seeing what other people buy, so these posts are fun for me to do (and to read when others share their purchases!)shark vacuum cleaner | hot roller clamps | external phone charger | charcoal teeth whitening powder | the subtle art of not giving a f**k | coco chanel children’s book | blush pink heels | vital proteins collagen peptides | eyebrow razors | bad air sponge | dell keyboard
The first item, this shark vacuum cleaner, is a LONG time coming. We hadn’t purchased a new vacuum in years and my in-laws ended up giving us their backup vacuum when our last one broke down. They were the same make/model, so they both broke down eventually. I asked in a Facebook mom group I’m part of, and though there were a lot of suggestions, this shark vacuum cleaner won me over with over 9,000 reviews, over 70% of which were five-star. It’s under $200 and some compare it to Dyson (which retail for closer to $600). I cannot wait to use this. I know my excitement over a vacuum is a little overboard, but we haven’t had a good one for quite some time, so I’m simultaneously horrified and thrilled to see what will come out of our carpets.
I’ve been using these hot roller clamps for over 15 years to hold my velcro rollers in and also to throw my hair up and get my hair out of my face when I wash it at night. They’re so essential. I even use one to help keep my topknot up at the gym. I think I have about 20 of these, no exaggeration.
I learned about vital proteins collagen peptides from my friend Lindsey Regan Thorne’s blog and instagram stories. It’s a colorless and flavorless powder that you can to your drink that benefits your skin, hair, tendon, cartilage, bones and joints. If you read the reviews, they are amazing. I’m hoping this will help with my skin and my wonky postpartum hair. Let me know if you’ve tried this!
I purchased an external phone charger for our Disney World trip last year and I’m getting it all charged up again for our trip soon. I like having this as a backup for emergencies. It re-charges your battery on-the-go, no outlet necessary. All you have to do is make sure you charge it up so it’s ready to give your phone a battery boost when you need it.
My teeth haven’t looked their whitest lately, so I decided to try this charcoal teeth whitening powder that I read about online. It’s kind of weird to use, but I’m used to it now and like it so far. I don’t think I’m using it often enough to see dramatic results, but it’s a natural way to whiten and you can use it to maintain your whitening results or just as a supplement to your whitening toothpaste. Also, it’s a good alternative for nursing moms since you can’t use the regular strips.
I saw someone share this book recently, aptly titled, the subtle art of not giving a f**k, and I thought to myself, hmmm, I could care less about some things in life. I’m only a couple of chapters in, but I’m hoping to get some fresh perspective. I think when it comes to reading “self help” books, you have to go in with an open mind and just see if it resonates with you. I’ll update when I’ve finished the book.
I ordered this coco chanel children’s book for Harper a while back and it’s one of our favorites. The illustrations are so sweet and there is an entire series that focuses on women in history.
These blush pink heels just arrived last week and they’re perfect. I had been looking for a neutral heel in a blush tone and these fit the bill — pointed toe, good quality, good heel height and prime shipping! I’ll be sure to style them with some outfits soon.
In my last amazon faves post, I shared a facial hair removal tool. But in case you thought I was done with that topic, a new “trend” I’ve seen on YouTube is using an eyebrow razor to shave your peach fuzz (see a video here). I think the process can also be called dermaplaning, but don’t quote me on that. I have been using these for a few months just on the sides of my face (sideburn area) and they’re great. I was never one to notice or care about peach fuzz, but it really does make your makeup go on more smoothly. You can also use it if you sometimes see fine upper lip hairs. Because, you know, that happens.
Given that we just had a hurricane, I ordered this bad air sponge after reading an article on Facebook recently about the best ways to get rid of bad smells in your home. We haven’t noticed anything yet, but I wanted to be proactive and have something ready to go. I’m also planning to use it in our downstairs closet that is by our garage because that space holds a ton of shoes and jackets and doesn’t smell the best.
Lastly, I ordered this dell keyboard for my computer at work. The keys are super thin which I like (reminds me more of my Macbook). My current keyboard is a level of disgusting I cannot describe, and I’m embarrassed to be typing this (and a 2008 ABC news story suggests keyboards are dirtier than toilets, so…) Not only am I not the only person who has used it, but I eat lunch at my desk a lot and even with using compressed air to clean, it would probably test positive for things I don’t even want to know exist. It was time. RIP old keyboard.
I hope you all enjoyed this post — thanks for reading!