Thursday, September 01, 2016

[Unboxing & First Impression] Dagne Dover Tiny Tote

I finally received my Dagne Dover Tiny Tote and I am in LOVE with it! They have 4 classic colors (Black, Deep Royal Blue, Blush, and Deep Burgundy) and I really wanted the blush but I didn't want to pay full price so I settled for the Nova Pink because it was on sale. I really wasn't sure if I was gonna love it or not. I've been wanting a small tote style with a long strap to wear it as a crossbody but everything I looked at was just way too pricey until I found Dagne Dover. :D

Comes in this white box and it comes with a card and the bag inside the pretty camo dust bag.

It's more of a fuchsia than a pink but I love this color! Very bright and will add a pop of color to any outfit.

Look at the details! It has 100% genuine leather trim, 14K Gold-plated zinc-allow hardware, their name engraved and printed on the zipper and straps and very easy and nice clasp. I love how it has a zipper so nothing can fall out.

One of the reasons why I love this one is because it comes with a detachable keystrap with 3 pocket card case. 

The inside comes with 3 pen/lipgloss compartments, zip pocket, magnetic closer large pocket, phone sleeve (not sure what phone can fit in there because its kind of small) and an id/metrocard pocket.

Dimensions: 7"L x 3.4"W x 6.7"H
4" Handle Drop

Don't be fooled by the size, you can fit a lot in there for how tiny this tote is. I am SO happy with my purchase and that I was able to get it on sale and also used a 10% coupon code "INNERCIRCLE". I can't wait to use this for my next trip to SF/NAPA!

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

DIY Passport Holder & Card Holder [WARNING: PICTURE OVERLOAD]

I LOVE DIYs and Crafts! Haven't made anything in awhile tho but I'm back! :D
I decided to make a passport holder because I swear I'm always misplacing my passport somewhere in my room. This way I think it'll be easier to find and plus the BF and I want to travel a lot in the future.

Materials Needed:
*Piece of material 
*cutting mat
*exacto knife or utility knife
*paper or cardstock
*E6000 or some sort of adhesive
*paper cutter (optional)
*sharpie (optional)

First I measured how I big I wanted this, then I cut out each piece on a piece of paper. I also marked dots so I can hand sew this in a straight line. I used my paper cutter to get nice clean straight lines but it's not as sharp as it use to be haha.

Then cut out the pieces on your material (I'm using a faux leather) using your template with your exacto knife.

As you can see, this material is really thin and flimsy. 

That's why I cut out two of these to glue together. I used E6000 to glue it together. I went back in and applied more glue to the edges.

Glue the card holder piece to one of the rectangle piece.

Just like this. Then take the template and needle and poke holes where each dot is. If you're using a sewing machine then you don't need to do this part but since I am sewing it by hand, I wanted a clean line.

Use a thicker thread but this is all I had at home so I just doubled it up.

Not a perfect line but still better than free handing it. 

Next using the template for the big piece, poke holes where the dots are using a needle. This will help you see where you're sewing through the back.

Glue all the pieces together. I forgot to take a picture of the next step but use the template again and poke holes on the top layers. 

Sew everything together either by hand or a machine and cut off the excess thread. I like cutting corners so I cut off a little bit to round it. 

And VIOLA! You are finished with your own passport holder! :D

This step is OPTIONAL but I took a black sharpie and colored in the edges to give it a darker look. I wasn't feeling that reddish brown color.

I hope you enjoyed my step by step instruction and if you made one, I want to see the finished product. Leave a comment with a picture of it :)

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Psoriasis on scalp -- MG217 Medicated Conditioning Coal Tar Formula Shampoo REVIEW

Hello everyone, Happy Hump Day!

Today I will be doing a review on the MG217 Medicated Conditioning Coal Tar Formula Shampoo -- what a long name!

Quick story.....or at least I'll try to make it quick :)
I'm not quite sure when it started but out of nowhere I noticed my scalp was getting super dry, especially during colder months. So I thought it was my skin changing as I age because I have noticed I went from super oily to combination skin. I didn't pay much attention to it and let it be. It was very embarrassing to have white flakes all over my top--and I basically only wear black so it stood out even more. I let years go by because like I said it was only seasonal so it was on and off.

Fast forward to beginning of this year --- 
I've noticed that since I've moved to the west coast, the water and air changed my skin tremendously. It's drying me out! My scalp was getting so itchy that I would scratch it so hard, it was causing me pain. The flakes were no joke! You could see huge chunks of dead skin lifted off my scalp, all stuck in between the hairs. I would wake up in the morning to see flakes all over my pillow and bed--imagine sleeping over at your boyfriends...yeah very embarrassing! I even covered my head in coconut oil and slept with it in but nothing worked. After doing some googling, that's when I realized that it wasn't just dandruff (well I realized when I saw the humongous flakes) and it was something more serious, psoriasis.

[image taken from web]

I went to my local CVS and checked out their tiny section of psoriasis shampoos. I picked this one because it said maximum strength on the front. I didn't notice much after the first time but I think the 2nd or 3rd time I noticed it wasn't as itchy. I've been using this for about 2 months or maybe a little more and let me tell you.....THIS THING WORKS! It says to use it at least twice a week but I use it every time I wash my hair, which is every other day. I always do 2 shampoos, the 1st one I scrub quickly to get rid of any oil, dirt, pollution, etc and rinse. Then I do the 2nd shampoo and really scrub my scalp with my fingertips (not your nails) and clip it up so the shampoo can sit for a few minutes. Now it does say it's conditioning so I usually don't apply any conditioner but I will spray a leave-in conditioner when I get out. If you want more softness, you can always condition it. It does have a strong coal smell but you get use to it. 

I did switch over to a regular shampoo in the middle to see if maybe I can alternate the two but my psoriasis is so bad that the day after I used it the pain, redness, itchiness and flakes all returned! So looks like, I'll be using this for the rest of my life. 

I got mine at my local CVS for like $11 but I can't find it on their website. Walgreens also sell it for $9.99 on their website so you can check out your local store or purchase it online. 

I will do a review on the MG217 Eczema Body Cream after I test it out. Just my luck, I have bad eczema on my arms :(

Monday, July 11, 2016

Summer Accessories - Henri Bendel Sale

Happy Monday!
Henri Bendel is still having their semi-annual sale and the timing was perfect because I was in search for a new summer bag and card holder.

West 57th Crossbody : I wasn't really sold on the yellow at first but it grew on me and I am loving the bright yellow for the summer. I like to wear a lot of neutral colors so it's nice to add a pop of color to my outfits. And I love how much I can fit in this bag. (Yellow is sold out but Med Pink is still available)

West 57th Card Case : I've been wanting a card case for traveling and they had the matching color to my crossbody bag so I had to get it. Also, you can't beat the price tag of $19!! 

West 57th Kangaroo Wallet : I really didnt need a wallet but this one caught my eyes because it comes with a removable pouch which I can always use for traveling. And the bright orange really stood out. 

I've been buying so many black everything that I needed some color back in my life. I'm very happy with my purchases and I've been carrying the bag and the pink removable pouch on my travels. 

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Moving Across Country

[all images taken with my iphone]

This post is long overdue and I've been meaning to get around to it but I've been just so busy that I completely forgot. Moving across country has always been a dream of mine but the thought of actually moving 3,000 miles away scared me. Ever since I visited LA in my late teenage years I fell in love. The weather, party scene, sand, beach and with so many things you can do outdoors; what more can you ask for? I wanted to make the move when I was in my low-mid 20s but I was scared that I wasn't going to be able to survive by myself, with no help from my parents who'll be thousands of miles away. I gave up on that idea but every few years it would pop back up in my head. It was an ongoing cycle for years. Every time I made an attempt to plan I would get comfortable again and forget about my dream. It's really easy to fall back into your comfort zone and just be content with your life. Fast forward, to my early 30s, I started thinking about it more and more. I just got so sick of DMV (DC-MD-VA). I was born and raised in Maryland, thats where my life is, my family and friends; that's all I knew. But it just became repetitive; same people, same bars, nothing ever changes there. I knew I had to get out of there and that I just don't belong.

In 2014 one of my girlfriends tells me that she is moving to San Diego and asked if I wanted to drive across country with her. UM, did she even have to ask? I said YES, of course! I took 2 weeks off so I would have enough time to help her move, settle in and get a vacay out of it. We left the morning of Black Friday after I spent Thanksgiving dinner with her family and we were on our way! I won't go too much into detail about this trip because I want to talk about my experience. Anywho, I helped her move and I was able to see San Diego (it was my first time), Orange County and LA. Ever since I went back home the only thing that was on my mind was going going back to back to CALI CALI. So I booked a ticket to visit her again July 4th weekend in 2015. I absolutely fell in love with San Diego. It's so laid back, people are super friendly, great food, there's so many different beaches, beautiful sunsets I would never see in MD, and weather is just freaking great. My gf would constantly ask me when I'll be joining her on the best coast ever but I kept coming up with excuses like "oh give me a year or two so I can save up more". We all knew that the more I kept pushing it back, the further and further my dream kept going. After a lot of pushing and persuasion I finally decided to just do it! I gave myself 3 months to plan everything, gave my two weeks in and started packing! EEEK how exciting!

[In Santa Fe, NM]
[In Santa Fe, NM]

[In Santa Fe, NM]
[Drove through a crazy storm]

November 1, 2015 is the date I picked to get on the road and start driving to my, soon to be, new home. Took me 3 days to drive across and it was the most brutal thing to do alone ever! I drove like 12 hrs the first day, 15 hrs the 2nd and 17 hrs the 3rd. My body was crying for help. I don't recommend anyone to drive by themselves.

This has been the best decision I've ever made in my life. I absolutely love SD and couldn't be happier!

Here are some tips:
1. Save as much as you can. Money goes by fast when you move, especially this far.
          *Think about whether you're shipping your car or driving.
          *A shipping container if you need to ship over furnitures and boxes.
          *APT's security deposit and first month's rent
          *Furniture and other household items (*save those Bed Bath and Beyond Coupons!)
          *Storage Unit if you plan on staying with a friend until you find a place
2. If you plan on using a container to ship over big items, do your research. From what I can remember Door-to-Door was the most reasonable inexpensive company. It was still about $1700 I believe but every other place quoted me over $2000.

3. Start packing early if you have a lot of shit, and get rid of stuff you don't need!

Yeah, that's about it! For anyone doing the move, GOOD LUCK and wish you the best! If you have any questions leave me a comment below.