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Odds and Ends

1. Feminism from Paulina Porizkova’s perspective. Interesting read.

2. The three books on my nightstand right now. This, this, and this.

3. Nude tassel shoe perfection. (And the red ones are 50% off!)

4. Internet trolls will eat their own words, literally.

5. Let’s talk about aging well in terms of emotional wellness. So many good tips in this one.

6. You guys, I’ve read this one too many times to ignore. (I’ve never been a huge dry shampoo fan anyway. Too obvious in my super dark hair.)

7. Cell phones. Keep ’em away from your face, please.

8. My gif for everything right now.

9. Damn, I miss The Office.

10. The hidden gems you haven’t seen on Netflix.

11. Real-life merit badges. I deserve all of these.

12. Well, this made me melt.

Happy Friday and Father’s Day weekend to you all!

image credit: jen garrido

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Odds and Ends

1. Loving this balloon art collaboration between Amy Turn Sharp and Oh Happy Day.

2. So it seems your drunk personality might have more in common with your sober self than you think. Hmm.

3. Real, tangible things you can do every day to fight climate change.

4. Yes! Bring back the half-ass dinner party.

5. Need to get your glow on? Don’t forget to enter my Maya Chia Illuminating Serum giveaway!

6. Why aren’t’ American teenagers working anymore? Interesting.

7. Did you all see McCain’s bizarre questioning of Comey this week? What the what?

8. Study finds every style of parenting produces disturbed, miserable adults. Ha. Pretty much.

9. The science of heartbreak. Is there a difference between emotional and physical pain?

10. Will you please look at these two dapper gents? Swoon.

11. I am loving the clean beauty collaboration going on at Nordstrom right now. The picks are spot on, especially this, this, and this.

Happy Friday to you all!

image credit: oh happy day

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Maya Chia Illuminating Serum is Tops

Folks, I’m no stranger to highlighters. (Remember this showdown?)

Well, I have a new one in my arsenal, and dare I say, I might not be reaching for any others in the near future? (Still adore this one too, though!)

I am absolutely loving the Maya Chia Highlight of the Day Illuminating Serum in the shade After Hours.

This Illuminating Serum is a pearlized mineral sheen suspended in an ultra lightweight, easily absorbed infusion of the world’s most nutrient-rich botanicals, and created from the highest quality natural, organic and wildcrafted ingredients from conscious growers from around the world. The serum is never formulated with parabens, phthalates, synthetic fragrances, PEGs, and SLSs.

If you aren’t familiar with Maya Chia, the line is based around Supercritical Chia Seed Oil, which, yes, sounds so very serious. IT IS SUPERCRITICAL, GUYS. Nah, actually, that term comes from a patented process used by Maya Chia to extract the oil called supercritical extraction. This gentle oxygen-free, solvent-free process results in oil with a total absence of chemical residues and impurities, and one that most closely mirrors the chemical profile of the plant. (Which you know is important to me. #greenbeauty)

You can read more about the benefits of Chia Oil here.

Back to the Illuminati! Uh, I mean Illuminating Serum. (When looking at the above bottle for the first time, my 10-year-old asked if I was involved with the Illuminati. Sure, son. Sure.)

The Illuminating Serum comes in three colors:

The Happy Hour – a cool-toned pink radiance

The Golden Hour – a warm-toned champagne radiance

After Hours – a bronze-golden glow for a believable sunlit sheen

I have been playing around with both After Hours and The Happy Hour.

After Hours on the left, The Happy Hour on the right. 

Being the start of summer, I immediately gravitated to After Hours. By the looks in the bottle, I was concerned it might be too dark, but that was definitely not the case! It blends so beautifully on the skin. It gives the perfect beachy sheen and the smell/texture is fabulous. I just put a drop on my palm and apply on my cheekbones, bridge of nose, inner corner of eyes, and cupid’s bow of my lips.

The Happy Hour is quite lovely too, and I see myself reaching for it in the cooler months, as I love pink tones.

Here’s a quick review I posted on Instagram stories about the product.


All in all, it’s such a lovely product!

Ingredients: Supercritical Chia (Salvia hispanica) Seed Oil, Brassica Oleracea (Broccoli) Seed Oil, Capriylic/ Capric Triglyceride, *Calendula Officinalis (Calendula) Flower Extract, *Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Oil, Tocopherol (Vitamin E) Non-GMO, Mica, Iron Oxide, Titanium Oxide, (+/- Iron Oxide) *2% Essential Oils

The lovely Susanne at Maya Chia is offering 1 bottle of the Highlight of the Day Illuminating Serum in After Hours AND 1 Bottle of the Body Illuminating Serum to one lucky winner! I’ve given you three ways to enter the giveaway – you can enter all three if you like. Winner will be emailed next week. Good luck!

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