Odds and Ends


1. I mean, this might as well be a beauty blog lately, but please heed my advice. Buy this palette. It’s amazing. I’m not using anything else on my eyes right now (well, besides mascara) – I’m even using the darkest shadows as liners and I love it. The colors aren’t chalky at all, and I love that I don’t have to worry about shimmer and glitter falling all over my face. Did I mention I love it? I LOVE IT SOOOOOOOOO MUCH.

Enough with the beauty for a bit…

2. Up until this point, I always assumed that a “highly sensitive person” was someone who got their feelings hurt easily. It wasn’t until I started this book that I realized it goes far beyond that – a highly sensitive person is a person that possesses the innate trait of high sensory processing sensitivity. I bought the book with Wito in mind, but quickly realized (after scoring off the charts on the test), that I, too, am a HSP. If you have always noticed (or been over-stimulated by) subtleties in your environment – lights, sounds, even others’ feelings – that others don’t seem to notice, you would really enjoy this book. It has explained so many of my behaviors in certain situations.

3. Toxins are everywhere. Detox is such a hot subject right now, and it’s something I hear about all the time from my practitioners and my own research. However, many say that detoxing is a myth. In fact, here are some ways to avoid detox scams. What do you think about using supplements or foods to detox the body? Do you buy into it? If it’s all a scam, I just spent a fair amount of money on nothing over the past year and a half. Yikes.

4. Looking for a good read? I’m digging these suggestions.

5. Now that I live in a colder climate, I pretty much detest the thought of working out in the elements. Well, I think this article just changed my mind.

6. Oh yes. These words should be inspiration for a Mindful Monday post. (More coming in the new year!)

  1. Sunny

    December 19, 2014 at 12:37 pm

    looking for new books to read. Could you repost the link? I couldn’t get the one above to work.

    • whoorl

      December 19, 2014 at 1:46 pm

      Should work now!

  2. Lauren

    December 19, 2014 at 12:49 pm

    I’ve been looking for new books to read. Thanks for sharing = )


  3. zoe

    December 19, 2014 at 1:26 pm

    whoa. i checked every box on that HSP test, except for two. and those were even a little borderline. that explains so much. gotta get that book, and read it in a quiet room all by myself. under a blanket.

    • whoorl

      December 19, 2014 at 1:47 pm

      Haha, I hear ya!

  4. Lauren B

    December 19, 2014 at 3:43 pm

    I have to say, I agree with the idea that detoxing is mostly a myth. Not as it relates to things like hard drugs or alcohol dependency, but your liver and the actions of removing waste and non-useful things from your body happens constantly. You don’t really need to do anything to “start them up.” That’s not to say that going on a processed food “cleanse” is a bad idea or quitting diet coke for 30 days won’t be helpful, but that’s more nutritional advice and not really something you need a week’s supply of juice for. I totally agree that there’s sketchy stuff in lots of products on the shelves and that you shouldn’t microwave styrofoam, but some juice probably won’t cleanse anyone of those problems. :)

  5. KJS

    December 19, 2014 at 4:19 pm

    The idea of detoxing is handled very well in the book Toxin Toxout, a follow up to the book that handles the subject of toxins very well, Slow Death by Rubber Duck. I read a lot regarding health and wellness and these two handled it in a way that wasn’t overwhelming. Interesting about sensitivity, I think we use it to express very narrow reactions, when in fact there is a much broader way of looking at it.

  6. Lucy

    December 19, 2014 at 4:41 pm

    im definitely buying that eye shadow. Thanks for the suggestion! Your list of books to read is not pulling up and I noticed someone above had the same problem. I’ll try later!

  7. Amelia

    December 19, 2014 at 8:47 pm

    Detoxing is complete and utter hooey, from a scientific perspective, and the people who peddle it are largely either charlatans or people who lack the education or discernment to distinguish the placebo effect from an independent effect. That said, the placebo effect is real and very, very powerful, and if that makes someone who is struggling feel a marked improvement in their own mental or physical state of affairs, then more power to them. I think it’s grossly unethical to try to push (often expensive) detoxing routines on people because they just flat out don’t have any scientific basis, but would never judge someone who used them personally if they felt a positive effect.

    • whoorl

      December 20, 2014 at 7:31 am

      Great points, Amelia. I have to say I agree, from a scientific perspective. And you are so right about the placebo effect!

  8. Kristi

    January 2, 2015 at 3:29 pm

    I just bought the eye shadow!! I’m so excited!