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Odds and Ends

1. Everyone should see these photos before deciding to have children.

2. It’s holiday card season so let’s address a very common grammatical mishap, shall we? #downwiththeapostrophe

3. At a pelvic ultrasound yesterday, my OBGYN informed me I was ovulating on Day 7 of my cycle. THE DAY AFTER MY PERIOD ENDED. I am feeling perimenopause and this article so hard right now.

4. This is the sweetest damn thing I’ve ever seen.

5. Horrified at what’s happening at the border? (Tear gas and rubber bullets aimed at innocent children?) Here’s what you can do.

6. Never been much of a fan of Bruce Springsteen, but this is a great read.

7. Another excellent read. Is your church gaslighting you?

8. Wondering what your dog is trying to tell you? This might help.

9. Huge giveaway on the blog this week. Over $1,000 of gifts!

10. This robe is so cozy. And I don’t want it to be, but it’s SO F*CKING COZY. Clearly passionate about it.

11. OMG, the top 100 best pens. Completely geeking out.

12. Another geeking out moment, The New York Times just announced the top 10 books of 2018.

13. In this week’s Selfie episode, Kristen and I discuss social media boundaries – how much is too much?

Happy Friday! I CANNOT BELIEVE TOMORROW IS DECEMBER.

image credit: uninvented colors

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Best Natural Gifts for the Holidays ( + $1,000 Giveaway!)

Welcome to the #CleanOver40 Series! After MANY conversations about the unique challenges women over 40 experience in terms of beauty and wellness, my good friend Lisa from This Organic Girl and I are teaming up to bring you the most effective clean skincare, makeup, and lifestyle products for those of us fortysomethings. This series will publish the second Monday of every month so be sure to stop by for the latest. You can also search #CleanOver40 on our blogs to access the entire series. Be sure to tag #CleanOver40 on social with your favorite picks as well…we ladies of a certain age need to stick together!

Thanksgiving has come and gone and you know that means…the holidays are here. Yay! Also, ugh omg so much to do. Well, I’m here to give you some gifting ideas for that great friend or loved one in your life! (Or let’s face it…for you too. I mean, these are too lovely to pass up if you ask me.)

And! Since I’m feeling all holiday-ish, I am going to give one lucky winner all of the products mentioned in this post.

But that’s only half of it. My partner-in-green-beauty, Lisa from This Organic Girl, is talking about her favorite holiday gifts too. Annnd giving away her picks as well. So one lucky winner will receive all 8 amazing gifts, totaling over 1,000 dollars. What the what?! Yes, my friends. This is some damn good action.

Let’s dive right in.

1.  Custom Initial Bangle by Yearly Co, $340

First, one of my favorite possessions of all time. I am asked about the bangles I wear often, and I want you to have one! Have you heard of Yearly Co? If not, get ready to fall in love. These 14k gold bangles are the epitome of class and charm, and when you hear the story behind the company, you can’t help but smile.

Ann Williams, the founder and jewelry maker is carrying on a 60-year tradition started by her grandfather when he gave a simple gold bracelet to Ann’s grandmother to commemorate their wedding anniversary. Every year, a new bracelet was given as a gift and the tradition has carried on with all the women in Ann’s family, shown below.

Isn’t that amazing? I just love the impetus behind it. Of course, you don’t have to be celebrating marriage to wear these gorgeous bangles. I wear three bangles from Yearly Co daily – all were gifts to myself. (Although my husband totally has these on his radar now. Not such a bad thing!) The bangles are solid 14k gold and are meant to be worn all day, every day. You can shower in them and all!

In today’s giveaway, I will be giving away The Initial Bangle to one lucky winner. The winner will be sent a sizing kit to measure their wrist first to make the bangle truly customized. I can’t say enough about these bangles -I’m wearing my initial bangle in the above photo and I love it so much!

Also, Ann is offering Whoorl readers 10% off your purchase with the code WHOORL10. A note for those of you that might feel the need to pull the trigger on a bangle – the initial bangles will be offered through December 1st to receive in time for the holidays. All other items can be ordered until December 10th.

2. de Mamiel Limited Edition Sleep Set, $99

Oooh, get ready for some slumber time luxury. We all know that your sleep ritual is an essential component of looking and feeling your best, and the De Mamiel Limited Edition Sleep Series Collection was created to soothe your tired mind and body in the most lovely way. This set comes with three blends to help you navigate a good night’s sleep. First off, there is the Settle rollerball which stills your mind and reduces inflammation with its botanical blend of herbs, watermelon seed oil, and passionflower oil, which maximize the impact of magnesium, zinc and Vitamin B—essential for a deep, calm sleep.

One for light sleepers, the Anchor balm slips you back into a calm state, letting sleep envelope you once more and the Rise rollerball is ideal for the mornings when you need an energy boost – through its blend of herbs, milk thistle, and jojoba, it stimulates your body, both physically and emotionally, powering you with the verve to take on your day. I’ve been using this as a perfume lately and I love it.

Along with the gorgeous oil blends, you also receive a sleep journal to help you reflect- whether it be gratitude, unresolved issues, or future plans. I have enjoyed this set so much, I want you to have one as well. (Thanks to Beauty Heroes for providing the set!)

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My Favorite Black Friday Deals!

Hello and happy Thanksgiving Eve! I’m currently en route to Santa Fe, New Mexico for the holiday weekend, but far be it for me to not share some of the best Black Friday/Cyber Monday promotions. Wow, there are so many deals to be had, but I am going to stick to spotlighting my favorite beauty brands and shops that I feel worthy of our almighty dollar. (I really tried to keep it around 10 mentions, but I couldn’t make it happen. We landed at a respectable 16, folks.)

Some promotions have already begun and some not quite yet, but I will include dates for you, as well as my top picks from each shop!

TRUE BOTANICALS

 

Let’s not beat around the bush…the first Best of the Best post on this website featured True Botanicals for good reason. Their skincare is absolutely lovely and it WORKS. Period. My very detailed review of favorite products is here, but if I had to choose two products from the line, the Resurfacing Moisture Mask and the Vitamin C Booster would take the cake. Every single one of you could benefit from adding these two to your rotation.

True Botanical’s once-a-year sale includes 20% off everything. EVERYTHING. Plus, you can earn a $10 credit for every $50 you spend. Use code ONCEAYEAR. Goes live Friday, 11/23 through Monday, 11/26.

AILLEA BEAUTY

 

AILLEA has become my online green beauty retailer of choice due to the sheer number of incredible brands in one place. (There are brick-and-mortar shops as well in Denver, Charleston, Raleigh, and Atlanta, and oh, how I wish I lived closer to one.)

AILLEA is offering 20% off store-wide Friday, 11/23 through Monday, 11/26. This promotion is happening both in-store and online, and shoppers can use the code CHEERSAILLEA when shopping online for the discount code to apply.

My Top Picks:

Kjaer Weis! Oh my goodness, you know my love runs deep for this brand. Cream blushes, my beloved KW Red lipstick, the new cream eyeshadows (love Gorgeous for the lid and Enticing for a liner)…these products are incomparable.

Kjaer Weis Eye Shadow in Pretty Purple, Cream Blush in Abundance, Lipstick in KW Red

Aila Nail Polishes are my nail polish of choice! My favorite shades are Ms. Martin, Sarang, Mr. Pookie, Room 212, and the Better Than Gel Topcoat is a must!

Can’t get enough of Clove + Hallow. Lip Velvets, Lip Glaze, and the Conceal and Correct concealer are my faves.

left to right: Clove + Hallow Lip Velvets in Roadtrip, Sugarbear, and Napa

CV Skinlabs Body Repair Lotion is the best body lotion for sensitive skin types.

Olio e Osso Lip and Cheek Balms are perfect for toting around. Wrote about the gorgeous tinted balms here!

Vapour! Love love love Vapour AER Deodorant (it’s my daily deodorant), the Soft Focus Foundation in 115 (see it in action here), the Multi-Sticks, and the Lux Lip Conditioner. (Full brand review here.)

Kosas lipsticks and cream blushes are in constant daily rotation over here.

And don’t forget two of my favorite skincare lines, MUN and Maya Chia! (psst – if Maya Chia is on your radar, check out my Beauty Heroes section below!)

LAUREL

 

This is Laurel’s only sale of the year and it is quite special. The Thankful Sale starts on Friday, 11/23 through Monday, 11/26 and is 20% off your entire order. Use the code THANKFUL at checkout and orders over $100 receive complimentary shipping.

Also, there are some really wonderful Thankful Sale Gifts with Purchase too:

Spend $250+ receive a deluxe trial size Limited Edition Honey Rose Spice Mask (15ml)
Spend $400+ receive a deluxe trial size Limited Edition Honey Rose Spice Mask AND a deluxe trial size sneak peek Jasmine Hydrating C Elixir (coming in 2019!)

I am obsessed with trying both of these products – the Honey Rose Spice Mask has an abundance of local organically farmed Roses, raw California Orange Blossom Honey, and warming spices of Tulsi, Nutmeg and Vanilla. UM, come to mama. The Hydrating Jasmine C Elixir is a whole plant Vitamin C and flavonoid-rich Hydrating Elixir including Hibiscus, Camu Camu, Rosehip and a genuine Jasmine Hydrosol made by the only artisan distiller in the world who has mastered the distillation of the delicate flower.

Wondering what to purchase from Laurel? My top three products are the Brighten Mask, the Honey Berry Enzyme Mask (reviewed here), and the Sun Damage Repair Serum. You can’t go wrong with these gorgeous options!

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