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Fashion Find Friday: Cinderella for Grown Ups


A few weeks ago I found out that Kohl's would be releasing a collection of Cinderella themed clothing to promote the upcoming movie in March. Look how pretty: 



I LOVED Cinderella as a kid . . . Who am I kidding, she's still my favorite. 

Exhibit A:


So going to see the collection was a top priority this weekend. The collection was set to be released on the 22nd but I think I was available earlier because that blue skirt is already sold out in some sizes. 

But don't worry y'all, I was still able to grab this: 


That skirt has a castle and enchanted landscape scene, it's gorgeous in person. 

I've wanted a tulle skirt for awhile now but admit that as a plus size girl they make me nervous. I've seen lots of plus size girls rocking them though and my desire for this particular skirt overrode my fears, I FEEL like a princess in it! The key it seems to pulling off a tulle skirt is the tucked in top and worn high on the waist. I'm honestly not sure if I'll wear the sweater with this, I am considering a white button down or blue cotton top as alternatives. Regardless of the top I think my silver heels will be a must for this skirt. I'm obviously wearing this when I go see the movie, I love theme dressing! 

In addition to the sweater (which is also available in Navy) and skirt (which is also available in Pink, Blue, and a Green print) there are a few dresses, some cute tops and adorable tees. Love these tees: 



 

Right now the collection is 30% off, which makes the skirt and sweater $44 each, plus there's a $10 off a purchase of $30 or more coupon. Plus you'll earn $10 Kohl's Cash for every $50 spent. 

Hurrah for tasteful adult fairy tale wear! 

Oily Clean


It's taking input Thursday and per request I'm giving a beauty post. 

I talk about this a lot in my beauty posts but have never really addressed this in its own post. So today I'm going back to basics and talking about oil cleansing. I first heard about oil cleansing in 2013 from a sorority sister and was very doubtful. Oil cleansing is the process of cleaning oneself with oil rather than soap and water (not to be confused with oil pulling which is a procedure of using oil as a mouth wash of sorts to pull bacteria from the body). 

I have oily skin, so the idea of rubbing my face with oil seemed crazy - it will cause clogged pores I thought! But I pondered the idea for a bit and it started to make sense - oil desolves oil (ie gross yuck stuck in pores) and soap and water strip it away and cause the skin to produce more - think of soap as like a crash diet for your skin. So, I gave it a try and guess what, I get blemishes less often, my skin feels healthier and I don't feel like a greasy dirty weirdo. 

I started off with a commercial oil blend, and yes I was lured by the pretty bottle. 


This is $80 on amazon!!! ($40 on other sites though). Still, ridiculous. I do love the bottle though and forgot to save the last one so I'll probay buy it one more time. When I looked at the ingredients I saw a bunch of stuff I can't pronounce and basic kitchen oils - olive, almond, grapeseed and corn. I decided to play around with my own blend and see if I could do something just as effective on my own. 

Right now I use these: 


Mostly grapeseed oil for the base because its moisturizing, than some Jojoba oil which is the oil closest to skin's natural ph, and vitamin E for healing properties. I also mix in some tea tree essential oil (good for acne) and lavender for scent (it's also soothing to skin). 

Making is super easy, I just pour my oils into a small container to mix and then pour into a bottle for storage. 



Finally, a use for the Lilly bottles from the Estée Lauder collaboration! 

At night I massage a quarter size amount into my face for about a minute and then wipe off with a warm, damp washcloth. This removes all my makeup and leaves a light bit of oil on the skin so it doubles as a moisturizer. I still get a pimple or two (I'm 30, so unfair!!!) but this has cut down the frequency and duration. I don't ever see myself buying a facial wash again. 

It's been a while since I've tried a new beauty project so if you have any ideas let me know! I'd love you thoughts on beauty projects or any idea you'd like to read about next week. It's Thursday and I'm taking input! 






Essential Oil Blog Hop - Eucalyptus Globulus


Disclaimer:
*The information in this post has not been evaluated or approved by the FDA. Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY.*
*In addition, I received a sample oil in exchange for my participation in this blog hop and for the purpose of a testimonial. All opinions are my own. By being a part of this hop, I have the chance to receive a referral bonus.
Essential Oil Blog Hop

Welcome to the Essential Oil Blog Hop!
Each participating blog has a different post on a number of topics, from how to use essential oils in general to actual uses and testimonials for the oils themselves. We hope that you will have some fun and learn a bit as well! If you are new to essential oils, you may want to start with some of these introductory posts:
  And now for some information about   Eucalyptus Globulus - Healthier Oil the Thyme
Information and Uses
  • Fresh scent
  • Contains a high percentage of eucalyptol, which is found in many mouth rinses
  • Supports respiratory system (topically or diffused)
  • Soothes sore muscles after exercise
To Use
  • To use as a dietary supplement, dilute one drop in 4 oz of liquid.
  • Dilute with a carrier oil before applying topically.
  • Rub on chest or feet to help support the respiratory system
  • Diffuse in a essential-oils specific diffuser
  • Add 1 drop to a liquid carrier oil, like jojoba oil or Young Living V-6 oil to rub onto sore muscles
Things to Consider/Warnings
  • Avoid using on infants and small children (typically under 2)
My Testimonial
In Memphis we have three seasons: flu season, allergy season, and it's so hot we hide inside with our dust season with of course allergy season appearing twice during the year. Point being, most of the city spends a significant time of the year not breathing properly and I am a lucky part of that. So I was THRILLED when Eucalyptus was the oil I got to try for this blog hop since it is great for respatory issues. Years ago I had used some shower discs from the same brand that makes a popular blue bottle chest rub when sick and while they work wonders, they don't last long, were pricey and don't even seem to be available these days. So I had all these grand plans to use this oil to make my own with water, baking soda and an ice cube tray but then I started to feel a little congested before I had the chance to get crafty, so I wound up mixing a few drops with grapeseed oil and rubbing on my chest before bed a few nights. Guess what y'all, it worked great and was far less sticky than the blue jar stuff and more spreadable, I was presently surprised how a far a few drops went. One of my biggest concerns with using essential oils is the price but at  $19.08 ( retail price, Young Living members save 24%) for a 15ml bottle (approximately 250 drops) it's $0.23 per application plus the cost of my carrier oil so let's say $0.30 per application, or less if purchased through a wholesale membership. Meanwhile, I pay over $5 for a jar of the blue stuff I'm lucky if I can get 10 uses out of. 
  Please spread the love and visit some of the other posts in this Blog Hop!
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