Do your face a flavor

Not only do I love delicious tasting things, I am also a sucker for things that smell good.

Like candles, lotions, and my favorite perfume (Blue, Ralph Lauren).

Recently I was surfing Amazon, looking for a facial peel to add to my home regimen. Since I stopped  my monthly facials-too busy-I have really missed that hour of pampering that ended in glowing skin and total relaxation.

I found something. Something Amazing.

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Let me just say, I have come very close to tasting this.

Spreading it on is probably the closest thing I will get to any fantasy of wearing a pumpkin roll on my face…. if I were to have such odd fantasies…….

And Peter Thomas Roth is a brand I love, products I’ve been introduced to by the spa that used to provide my facials, and one day will again as soon as I can fit it in.

Until I get someone else to pamper me, I’ve had to take matters into my own hands. This little tube of pumpkin smelling goodness is one reason I end up in bed so late. My night time routine often includes reading my kindle with some sort of spackle drying on my face, I find it really relaxing and it gives me time to read another 20 pages…

If you are of the pumpkin spice latte crowd, you will love this. I actually tried my first pumpkin spice latte a couple weeks ago, hated it…. don’t judge me.

I’m actually going upstairs now to slather up and enjoy the aroma of fresh pumpkin spice, and extra bonus, my skin will look awesome for it tomorrow 🙂

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Another Kidpik review

Since parting ways with my own styling service, I’ve had so much more fun waiting for Jenna’s boxes to be delivered. It helps that it’s only a seasonal thing-we can’t get bored very fast, and also that her entire box costs about the same as one piece of clothing from mine.

And the cuteness of it.

I’m not a lover of trying on clothes at all, but just for myself. I LOVE trying clothes on her, and thankfully she’s like minded. When we saw that box in the driveway yesterday, we both squealed 🙂

And so without further ado….I give you….(drum roll)

Another KIDPIK review!!!

She jumped for the glitter shirt right away, and paired it with the softest and most comfy skinny jeans ever. Now that we’re in school, all pants must pass the “pull down and up” test for bathroom success…. happy to say these elastic waist pants made the cut. Glitter shoes were also put on immediately as she recited where she would be sporting them.

 

She likes the “workout” appeal

 

I wasn’t crazy about the multi-colored sleeveless top, but it’s sparking joy for her

 

“I look like a teenager”

She’s already planning her outfit for school (sparkly top, skinny jeans, glitter shoes). All pants pass the bathroom test, so it looks like we’re keeping everything.

 

soft rhinestone bracelet with snap closure is part of her wardrobe

shameless bead advertising is a bonus gift, I think she likes this one more

 

grand total, with 30% discount for keeping all items, $64.05.

 

This is our second box, check out her first box here..  Still love the fact that there is no styling fee, none!  If I give it all back, we are out nothing. All the clothes are comfy and easy to get on and off, also versatile so we can mix and match. And the cost…. most items are $12-$14, that’s pretty cheap compared to stores around us.

She gets a bonus little gift (bracelet this box) as well as coloring pages as well. The shoes came in a soft bag with strings that she wants to wear on her back for some important reason she hasn’t yet thought of….

I really, really like this service.  Every season is perfect for us to get boxes, although we can get them more or less often if we want.

A win-win!

And no, I have not been contacted by Kidpik to review their boxes or given any compensation for this very flattering review…. we just like it that much 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

Time for another Fix

 

It’s that time again!!  Another Stitch Fix box to greet me after work yesterday….

It wasn’t AS exciting, since I already knew what was coming inside the box, thanks to the stitch fix app on my iPhone. You can scroll through photos of the items being sent to you even before you see them, and decide if you’re going to keep, send back, or even sell the clothes you don’t want on board like this, to try getting the 25% discount for “keeping” everything. So smart!!

Sooo, even before my box was here, I was able to send a text to my sister:

I’m pretty sure I had a shirt with a similar pattern in middle school…. but thankfully the sister loved it and already wanted to buy it so I didn’t have to bother selling it and she guaranteed my 25% discount.

I had been very specific with my stylist, asking for cropped jeans and pinning a lot of pictures of tops I liked on pinterest, they actually do check that stuff out!

Other than the mystery cardigan with no picture, I knew what I was getting… and I was pretty sure I was going to keep it all.

What IS it about opening the box, and seeing that bundle of different fabrics and colors that just makes me want to do a little dance??? I’m happy to say that even though I knew what was coming, it’s still super fun to try things on 🙂

My instinct was right on, I liked what I expected, and bought it all so I can pass the savings on to my sister when I drop off the top she wanted. Probably my only regret with this box is that it is too much like what I already buy… I would have liked that weird blouse to have been something a little different for me, something a little edgy that didn’t make me feel like a confused adult preschooler if I chose to wear it.

So I think for my next box, I am going to ask for styles that are kind of like “me”, but different….. whatever that means!

If you check out stitch fix, let me know what you think! Oh, and use me for a referral!! I’ll get 25 bucks, and you’ll get the enjoyment of your own little fashion box to share with the rest of us 🙂

 

Dell hates me

I bought a new laptop recently, from Dell.  Had it less than a month. Realized something was very wrong with it…..tried to return it.

This was yesterday, as I started my 2.5 hour drive to pick up my daughter from college, I also dialed the phone. It took the entire ride……

I spoke with about 6 people, in various departments and countries. I learned that tech support lives in India, but the returns department might be in Brazil.

They also don’t speak to each other. Maybe they are not allowed to interact, on penalty of death.

There is also a man, in the return department, who is under the impression that he is The Master Of Returns… and he takes that role very seriously. He told me my computer had to be returned by the day before, since that was the 30th day from the invoice date. I scoffed initially, one day??! Give me a break, you guys weren’t working at 10pm when I realized finally the problem was you, and not me…. and I actually DID try to return it online and print out the label, but since the computer itself is doing weird things, it doesn’t let me fill in things like my zip code and so I couldn’t complete the return online.

He thought that was very unfortunate for me.

I spent 35 minutes alone with just him on the phone. It was like banging my head into a wall. He could not, would not escalate my complaint. It is NOT POSSIBLE…. because he is the master, and no one else in the world of Dell will speak to me, a mere customer. There is no headquarters, there is no corporate office, there is NO one to make a policy exception, or even consider it. There is just…..him.

I tried to explain I want buy something BETTER….from them. Give them more money!!  I just don’t want THIS particular, defective from the start computer. I begged him to check my account, my years of loyal history with Dell, including the last laptop I bought, also defective, that they finally did replace with the wrong computer, twice…. and I still came back.

I have never been reduced to tears of frustration, but at the end of my call with him I was crying. I hated him. Before we hung up, because he threatened to disconnect me anyway…. I came very close to saying something personal to him. Like, I hate you. You are a horrible horrible man. I think you must be compensating for something……..

But I didn’t….

I kept trying… calling after I got home, and I think my grand total of Dell employees spoken to was about 14 by the end of the day.

2 people in the “complaint department” told me that the computer was actually shipped to me on the day AFTER the invoice date, so I actually COULD return the computer….but all they did was reconnect me to the department under the reign of the Bastard of Returns, and all employees there were quick to tell me to stop calling, they weren’t helping.

I spent a good 30 minutes being transferred back and forth from them, back to customer service/complaints… only to be told “oh hey, no I’ll talk to them and they’ll return it…” and switched back to be told “NO!”

Finally I talked to tech support, who I was avoiding…. because I had been through that in the past and I didn’t want to fix it, I just wanted a computer that worked. From the start. For once.

Well, the guy was nice. He read the miles of notes on my account. He did some stuff, maybe it worked, I don’t know yet… because the problems weren’t something you could reproduce…. you just have to wait and see if it happens….

4.5 hours of my day.

some off those hours crying.

I am a broken person.

Dell… you have no soul.

 

A moment with stitch fix

 

My box came today! I’ve been doing this stitch fix thing for a while, and I’m debating the merits of continuing.

I want to love every piece in my box, at the same time I don’t because I don’t want to spend the money to buy everything.

I usually love or at least like one or 2 pieces. Once I bought the whole box because it was cheaper than sending the one thing back I didn’t like. I got the 25% discount for buying every item, and my mom liked the shirt that I didn’t.

I do what I can to give my stylist a head start, I keep a Pinterest page of styles I like…and I give feedback with every box I get.

And here we go…

It’s very exciting at first glance. The colors and textures are promising… So let’s try things on.

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Ok. I like this shirt. It’s not amazing but it is completely my style and I will wear it a trillion times. Probably I do have similar tops, but not with that sassy colored edging.

Let’s move on.

Ok. I know this grey sleeveless sweater thing must be stylish. I think with younger ladies who are not fully mature women yet, and like to wear clothes with vital parts missing in the name of fashion. I see plenty of cut off, and backless tops, even tops with strategic cut outs. But this just feels wrong to me. Where are the sleeves? Why the big cowl neck and nothing to balance it?

And white jeans. This is no fault of the stylist, but white jeans have no place in my life. They call attention to every flaw, they shine like a cellulite beacon, and they attract things like grubby sticky preschool hands. No thanks.

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I am truly stumped. I can’t tell if this is something I like or not. I love the color. But do I look like I stole it from my fancy grandma?? Should this be accessorized with burgundy heels, or spectacles? Bifocals? Hearing aide? Alas, my oldest is not here to guide me. I will keep it and believe I look romantic and not elderly.

Easiest part, throw what I don’t want in the postage paid bag.

Goodbye white jeans. Goodbye weird sleeveless but otherwise really biggish and shapeless sweater thing. Goodbye pinkish knit cardigan that I could not actually wear over a shirt because your sleeves are far too tight to layer effectively.

No, I’m not quitting. Some boxes are better than others, and it must be really hard to style someone who actually has no sense of style or personal style beyond comfortable and striped.

Kudos to all those people who have figured out how to dress themselves well. Some of us are still learning.

 

Are my teeth whiter yet?

Remember when I posted about this awesome teeth whitening kit I stumbled across at the drugstore? I was really excited to try it, because it had a little laser/light thing for my teeth, and it seemed pretty miraculous.

I was eager to use the kit, and show off my shiny new smile.

One day, I decided I was ready….. so out came the box and instruction reading commenced.

Match your color to a number

Match your color to a number

That was kind of easy….except after a few minutes all the shades seem to match, and yet not match.

floss and brush your teeth. No problem.

floss and brush your teeth. No problem.

So far so good. All things I’ve done before and seem to be doing well at.

First rinse with the "whitening accelerator"...

First rinse with the “whitening accelerator”…

The light, the light!! Yay!!

The light, the light!! Yay!!

Next steps include swishing with this liquid accelerator for 10 seconds. Then brushing each tooth with a layer of clear gel, and letting your teeth dry before your lips or tongue touch them. You have to wait 20 seconds before stuffing the light into your mouth, where it stays on for 2 minutes and turns off by itself.

I did not factor in that I have many children, who seem to require my constant attention and time, as well as my ability to yell at them at the drop of a hat. It is impossible to yell properly with a shiny laser/light thing shoved in your mouth.

I did not factor in the monotony of following the same steps over and over and over, before you can expect a result. It’s booooring. You must run through this process at least 10 times before seeing results, 20 times is recommended. Ugh.

I hadn’t considered the drool factor. Think Cujo.

Is it rabies, or is he whitening his teeth?? hitfix.com

Is it rabies, or is he whitening his teeth??
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So….. although it looked really simple, and it was technically easy…. I didn’t like it.

All the steps! Brush teeth, swish with the stuff, spit it out, brush on the gel, hold your lips away from your teeth while breathing heavily through your mouth-trying to dry your teeth, suck on the light for 2 minutes. Rinse, brush, repeat. Seemed like there should have been a salt shaker and a lemon wedge somewhere in that process….

So the first time I made it through 3 cycles and got sick of it. A week later, another 2 or 3. This past weekend, the day before my daughters graduation party…. 5 times baby!!!

I didn’t see a difference.

I think I’ve given up. Probably, I will stick to the white strips. I still don’t use them properly, one box has lasted me years because I also don’t ever seem to have the time to use them… but at least it’s only one step when I finally get around to it. Kind of bummed out I didn’t like the laser light more, but catching mouthfuls of drool in a towel as I held it in place seemed to really put a damper on it for me.

If you’ve tried this and actually finished it… I’d love to know your thoughts!