Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Smarty Pits from Handcrafted Honeybee (Pumpkin Spice Bonus)

Quick back story I’ve made a conscious effort to make sure my largest organ (my skin) is treated with the same care and thought as my internal ones. I try to use products with no chemicals, or materials that have been shown to be safe and also benefit the skin in the long run.  So when it comes to deodorant I’m “all natural” (or as natural as you can get with actually still wearing product). At night I typically put on the crystal deodorant which works well for me, but since I have such long days and end them at the gym I need something that is natural but effective. I went through many items some of which just smelled awful, and others that kept me more sweaty that normal.


In comes Smarty Pits from Handcrafted Honeybee I did not have that problem. The Smarty Pits deodorant keeps me pretty much sweat free (although it’s not technically an antiperspirant) and odor free from 6am to 7pm which includes a 1 and a half hour gym session, and a lot of that is because there unique formulation includes probiotics which gets your body to work in your favor. I came across the brand on Instagram and though, why not try it since it’s a Northern California based brand and I knew it would get to me via mailed quickly. One other note, I have a serious baking soda sensitivity (I get itchy and a gross rash under my arms if I use an item with it) so I was happy to know that a baking soda free option (Magnesium is used instead) was available. I selected the Coconut Mango fragrance (they have fragrance free), and have been happy using it for over 3 months.

Cut to about a week ago, when the Smarty Pits announced that they were introducing a Pumpkin Spice fragrance.  Have said that I’m a card carrying member of the pumpkin Spice Fan Club, the pumpkin spice hive if you will so this was up my ally, and I immediately ordered. I cannot wait until November when the Almond Biscotti fragrance will be released.


If you already use an all-natural deodorant and looking to change up, or wanting to get away from the drug store brands, I highly recommend Smarty Pits

Price Point- $12 for 2.37 oz , $5 for 0.35oz, or $15 for 4 0.35oz containers

Where to Buy- Primarily online at the website, however check this link for stores in each state

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Cute Alert: Topshop Side Snap Straight Leg Jeans

Photo Cred:

In the first 7 months of this year, Topshop has come under some comical fire for the release of jeans with plastic windows on them. However the release of this “unique” jean from the brand has me interested. I honestly understand how anyone can thing these are silly, but I find them absolutely stylish and just plain cute. You honestly have a couple pair of jeans in one and can make them super casual (keep them buttoned up with a tee), to a pair of evening jeans by pairing them with a blouse and unbuttoning the sides to a daring height. My only complaint is that these don’t come in a darker wash, so that they transition easily into the fall/winter.

Photo Cred:

Where to Buy: Nordstrom/

Price: $95.00

Monday, July 31, 2017

Nailed It: d.i.d nail paint


I’m back, and here with one of my favorite topics, nail polish (remember when I had a line). This time I’m night highlighting nail art, I or my favorite nail artist did, but a polish line. One think you may not know about me, is other than Japanese Nail Art, I really like supporting nail polish/nail care brands that are owned by women of color (WOC), I have a few favorites, that I’ll let you know about in another post, but I came across a new one and I’m so excited.





d.i.d nail paint is a 8- free, and cruelty free nail polish line, which was started by nail technical Adrienne Blanks  The line launched with a Indiegogo crowdfunding even a few years back, and now the bottles have changed and the brand seems to be doing well. The color range is not as expansive as some of your name brands; however the collection has a core group of colors, along with some bright options for the summertime.  I’m personally in love with “The Nude Collection”., and picked up “Skinny Dip” as well as “The Nail Care Essentials” kit  (Non acetone+ moisturizing remover, Start (Primer), and Photo Finish (high gloss top coat) ).  The one color from the line I’m dying to get my hands on is “Sweet Potato Pie” ( I could go for an actual slice too), but it’s sold out. Overall I’m happy with my purchases, the primer and top coat are AMAZING (and play well with other polishes), and the nude is perfection.  

My nails are so well moisturized after using this remover.

The Remover is one of the most unique nail products I have tried. It’s unlike any other “safe” remover I’ve tried as well, it is 100% moisturizing, removes polish well (I had polish that had glitter in it), and has absolutely ZERO polish remover smell (even the other healthy ones have similar scents). I highly recommend this product to those who have issues with the scent, and also want to keep the toxins around them low.



If you want to purchase anything from d.i.d nail paint check out the website, or social media accounts:









Monday, May 1, 2017

1 Day Pressed Juicery Cleanse + Dairy Free Journey

Today I wanted to take you on a small journey that I’m taking.  First off I love food, I would definitely call myself a foodie but today I decided to do a 1 day juice cleanse (I don’t see myself being able to last longer than that).  I’m doing this cleanse to prepare myself to eliminate dairy from my diet (on a vacation/special occasion I may have a little). I can’t really drink liquid milk, and have too much dairy or it makes me bloated, my skin breaks out, and I have stomach issues. The one type of dairy I can tolerate is cheese (which is generally low in lactose). However, I found maybe in the last year that I eat cheese multiple times a day (it’s so good right), and while it doesn’t cause the same stomach issues, my skin sometimes pays for it as well as bloating (hell and gas since we are being honest).


I’ve decided to try it for just the month of May, if it goes well and I actually feel better starting from the inside out I’ll definitely continue this lifestyle.



1 Day Cleanse Information:

Who:  Press Juicery

What: Cleanse 1 + 2 Cleanse Waters (recommended for first time cleansers or athletes aka gym rats who need a higher caloric intake)

Where: Walnut Creek, CA

However you can purchase online and they will deliver or there are several locations in the Bay Area including Marin, SF.  If you are in SoCal, NYC, Vegas, Seattle, and Hawaii you can find the Press Juicery as well.

How: Check out the Vlog of my 1 Day Cleanse

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Interested in going EVEN HARDER (3 day cleanse), then check out

Friday, April 28, 2017

Style Steal: QHEMET BIOLOGICS Spring Sale


WHAT: 25% Off (sub total)

Sale includes hair and body products.

WHEN: Saturday 04/29 at 8 a.m. EST, 7 a.m. CST, 6 a.m. MST, 5 a.m. PST


Monday, April 24, 2017

Mezcal Paloma

Since the sun stayed out for consecutive days in Northern California, I was inspired to make a great sunny day drink (you can make this without the Mezcal, it's very refreshing). Traditionally a Paloma is made with tequila and it's the most popular tequila cocktail in Mexico (yes, it beats out a Margarita). Adding Mezcal (Tequila's fraternal twin as it is also made from the agave plant) instead of tequila gives the drink a bit more depth as it can be a bit smokier in flavor. 


There are so many recipes for a Paloma many call for grapefruit soda, but I don't drink soda and I find fresh squeezing or muddling fruit provides a much better flavor (you can create your own soda) and cuts back on some of the sweetness. 




Ingredients needed:


1 Grapefruit (you will get two servings)

1 lime

Agave Nectar 

Club Soda


Equipment needed:

Juicer/Hand Juicer/Squeeze by hand

Spoon/Shaker (you can stir or shake)


My Recipe:

Into a shaker or glass

  1. Squeeze 1/2 Grapefruit (this is about 1/4 cup) +save 1/4 of a half for garnish

  2. 1 tsp lime juice

  3. 1 tsp or 1tbsp of Agave Nectar (depending on the sweetness I prefer 1tsp)

  4. 1/4 cup of Mezcal should be equal parts to the grapefruit juice (I also prefer a smoky Mezcal like Veda)*

  5. Mix ingredients 1-4 together wither in a glass with a spoon or in a shaker

  6. Use 1/4 of grapefruit wedge to rim glass and dip in salt 

  7. Pour ingredients 1-4 into low ball glass (many use a highball but this isn't my preference)

  8. Top with club soda and place 1/4 grapefruit wedge on the rim of the glass

*remove the mezcal for a great non-alcoholic beverage 


Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Cute Collabo: Reebok + FACE Stockholm

Photo Credit: FACE Stockholm

I’ve known of FACE Stockholm as a cosmetics brand for a very long time, and have picked up an item along the way. What I admire as much as FACE Stockholm’s cosmetics line, are the collaborations they have with Reebok. For the past few years the collaborations have focused on the classic Reebok line (low and high tops), in limited edition and often times in metallic colorways.  While I’ve wanted a pair for a while I never “pulled the trigger”. The most recent collaboration features the Rebook classic Freestyle Hi Rebook, circa 1982, that year is significant since it’s the same year that the first FACE Stockholm (founded in 1980) store was opened in Sweden by Gun Nowak.  The current Reebok + FACE Stockholm are available in colors Loyal, Optimistic, Courage, and Tough.  While I like all the colors, I’m really in love with Loyal (an almond milk white), and Optimistic (a light nude).

Photo Credit: Reebok


Which ones would you pick? Happy Shopping!

Photo Credit: Reebok

Where to Buy:


You can get them on either the Reebok (they are literally only one cent cheaper there) or on the Face Stockholm sites. They retail for $89.99/$90.00


P.S. Some of the previous collection is on sale as Face

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