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Thursday, November 12, 2015

Siren of the Dark Waters - OOTD

As some of you may know, I did a collaboration with one of my favorite designers, Crossfox! Her clothing is so inspiring and I was given the honor of modeling two pieces from her collection. Here I'm wearing her Distressed Backless Siren Dress. I really felt like I became Ghost Siren while modeling this.


I love where the dress sits on your back. It's so sensual and flattering.


The Tattered appearace really makes the dress so unique. I felt magical, dark, and elegant wearing this. When you walk it flows so nicely.


I also like the cut of the bottom half of the skirt and how it's able to reveal some leg. I mean, who doesn't like some leg, am I right?


This dress will satisfy all of your alternative fashion needs. I really think it can be worn formally and casually which is a wonderful thing to own. Weather wise I'd say it's prefect for Late Spring and Early Summer.

See more from this series here.

This look is also featured on my Lookbook:





Thursday, August 20, 2015

Something wicked this way comes...

Ah, it's almost the end of the summer! I find myself complaining about weather a lot. I really have trouble tolerating extreme heat and cold, though cold has become easier to tolerate. Today was finally an okay day, temperature wise, and I was able to put on some dark drabs and my new boots without melting. 


 







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All photos taken with my Canon EOS 6D and a 50mm f/1.8 Lens
Tops and skirt are thrifted | Boots from Modcloth | OOAK Necklace by Enchantress Adornments

Until next time...

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Sunrise Fae

From a little while ago in April perhaps. I'm a bit behind on my blogging. I have so much to share. I did a little Outfit of the Day shoot because I was so happy with the colors blooming around me and the colors in my wardrobe. This outfit is inspired by the forthcoming of spring (at the time) and the spring court of the fae.



 







Floral Dress from Shop Ruche
Bodice from my local Renaissance Faire
Booties from PacSun
Socks from Sock Dreams
Earrings from A Fine Distraction
Belt, Choker, and Cardigan are vintage
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All photos are taken with a Canon EOS 6D, 50mm f/1.8 lens

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Autumn Crystal Magic

"In November
Marble grey skies
Marble shadows fly
Pale beauty shimmer
The skin of elfin pride
Pale skin of elfin shines"
- Leaves' Eyes

I've been very much missing Autumns charms and temperatures. It's beginning to become very hot here and it's only the middle of June. Midsummer hasn't even arrived yet and we have had days hitting 90 degree Fahrenheit. I miss the cooler weather with all of my soul. There is so much more to do and so much character. I hope the rest of this summer will not be to harsh. 
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Here is a photo-set I did a little while back. Lookbook wouldn't let me post it since they are mainly head shots. Oh well, here they are now. Details posted below. 



Hooded Shrug by Phantomlovely, Jewelry by Naturae Design
I took every photo you see here.
Photos taken with Canon 6D 50mm lens.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

The Skinny & Healthy Tea Tox!

 



As most people know,Teatoxes have been a really big trend lately. I know a number of people who swear by them as well. I've always been skeptical or not interested with most trends. The detoxing treads I didn't give much thought to until they decided to throw tea in the mix! I'm sure you may not know this about myself but I'm a huge tea geek. I have so many different flavors and I love trying new ways of steeping and the like. It's definitely an art in my opinion, and a very delicious art at that. 

So when I learned about detoxing with tea I had to learn more about the exciting news.
I spent a lot of time looking into the different kinds of teatoxes that were out there. The one that piqued my interest the most was Skinny Teatox located in Canada. 





So being insanely happy with this company I found, I still didn't let my skepticism completely dissipate. Of course I had to look up what exactly is in these teatoxes, specifically this one what would give me all of these benefits they claim to give such as:
~Lose weight
~Burn calories
~Boost metabolism
~Cleanse
~Detoxify
~Suppress appetite
~Increase energy levels

My findings explained it all after doing a little research and no doubt would this tea give you all of these benefits with its wisely chosen ingredients. Many of the ingredients you may already know of, but I did the honor of looking up the benefits to some of the more ambiguous herbs thrown in there as well as the more familiar ones for your benefit.




There are a lot of herbs thrown in there for healthy digestion, weight loss, and energy boosts, that are definitely familiar to most such as:


~Rhubarb - Super yummy and high in fiber!

~Ginger - A big energy booster as well as aiding your digestive system.
~Ginseng - Promotes a healthy digestion, and aides in weight loss.
~Orange Peel - Used for anti cholesterol as well as aiding in digestive and respiratory issues. Also super yummy!
~Cloves - This yummy ingredient helps improve digestion!
~Cinnamon - Another delicious ingredient that is a great antioxidant!
~Chrysanthemum - I've had Chrysanthemum tea before and it tastes so good! It's high in Vitamin C, aides in digestion, helps to detox the liver and helps to rejuvenate the brain for better mental energy. Definitely a power ingredient in this mix!

Now to cover some of the more ambiguous looking ingredients, I will make them more familiar to you.

~ Malva Verticilliata also known as Chinese Mallow which is used a lot as an anti-inflammatory for skin. It's also used traditionally as a medicine to fight cancer. Absolutely safe and great for your complexion. It's also used for weight loss.

~Senna Leaf aides in weight loss and relieves constipation. 
~Cascara Sagrada also know as Bitter Bark or Sacred Bark, is used as a laxative to flush out toxin build-up.
~Uva Ursi  is used to loose weight, treat urinary tract infections, promote healthy digestive tract and it's anti inflammatory.


This tea looks absolutely promising! The only thing one would need to be aware of is to stay very hydrated during this detox (or any detox really). While detoxes flush out all of the toxins and garbage from you, you loose a lot of water in doing so, so it's important to drink at least 2 liters of water a day while doing this. Tea counts as water too! *wink*



I hope this entry is found useful to anyone who was looking into Skinny Teatox and I also hope this shows how awesome the teatox is. I will definitely be looking forward to giving it a go and of course doing a review on my findings.

Have you ever been on a detox, or a teatox before? What were your experiences?


Photos taken from Skinnyteatox.com and taken by myself with my Canon 6D.

Monday, January 12, 2015

A few of my favorite things ~ 2014


This past summer I made a vlog about my favorite cruelty free and organic products that I discovered in 2014. I also just so happened to take a few pictures of them for a blog post and completely forgot. At first I thought I could never post this but then I thought to myself, maybe it would be cool to start the new year with a post about the products that were great last year. 
Of course, I already have a list of new products for 2015. I'm always trying out new stuff, but I'd like to go a bit more in depth with how awesome these products are.  
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To begin, this is a handmade and all natural shampoo and conditioner made by Good4you Herbals. The ingredients are amazing, a few of my favorites being stinging nettle leaf (which has SO many benefits, one especially being for hair growth), tea tree oil (which is EXCELLENT for your scalp) and Horsetail (which is another great herb for hair growth and strengthening). Although these products are more watery than thick, I found they work really well when I mix them in with my normal shampoo and conditioner (for extra benefits)! They smell amazing and your scalp will thank you forever for being so good to it.

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My next favorite product is this delicious coconut body butter by The Body Shop. For the longest time I had not a clue that this company was cruelty free and I always avoided them. One year I got this as a gift and I was way too nervous to use it so it just sat in my room forever. One day I was looking up some new cruelty free companies to explore and they came up! So I gave my gift from years ago a try and I LOVE it. I usually do not enjoy using body lotion because I feel all slimy afterwards, but this stuff is literally like butter minus the grease and the weird smell. It's really fun to use and smells so good I might accidentally eat it one day.


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This next product I was so eager to try. I've seen LimeCrime literally everywhere and that's how I learned that they make lipsticks in just about every color on the spectrum. Around this time I was also looking for some solid and reliable lip stains, so when I learned that their Velvetines were lipstains and they were coming out with this gorgeous dark brown shade called "Salem", those were just too many pluses to ignore and I knew I had to buy it. It's a little pricey, but nothing out of the ordinary from Sephora prices and it's so worth every cent. It's super long lasting, the color is magnificent and it also smells good which is always a plus in my book. If you're looking for a good lip stain, look no further and click the link above, you won't regret it. (I'm wearing it in the first photo of this post)


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This is another fun make-up brand I found whilst in Sephora one day called Illamasqua. They also have a lot of funky colors. I saw this purple and it was love at first sight. All of these wonderful ideas flashed through my mind as I picked up this single tube of lipstick. It was destiny. It applies great and it's just super fun as lipstick should be! I have done some photoshoots with it if you'd like to see what it looks like applied: here and here ;) I have yet to try any of their other products but 2015 will definitely be the year to try them. 


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So I have a lot to say about the magically wonderful products I've bought from Lush the last year and some change. I'm using this photo because I forgot to get a photo of my favorite cleanser alone, so I will tell you about it right here. Angels on Bare skin is a delicate mix of lavender, almonds and other natural ingredients to make a very gentle and aromatic cleanse for sensitive skin. I love using this one in the colder season since my skin becomes extra sensitive. The overall experience using Angels on Bare skin on your face is worth a try. I always feel so calm and clean afterwards. I highly recommend trying this product if you have sensitive skin. 


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Here we have Herbalism, another cleanser by Lush Cosmetics that specializes in blemished skin. I blemish a lot and this one absolutely works magic on troubled skin. Herbalism has gentle acne fighting ingredients like nettle, rosemary, almonds and rice vinegar that leaves your face feeling cleaner and refreshed. I definitely see a difference in my skin if I'm breaking out fast and it never burns like some acne cleansers do. I like using this one in the warmer weather when I tend to break out and blemish. Sometimes I like to combine it with Angels on Bare Skin in the colder weather when I need the extra benefit. I love these cleansers because they are in the form of a crumbly clay. All you need to do is mix some water in with a small amount of the desired cleanser and it's ready to apply on your face. It's so amazing and they really work. I recommend giving any of them a try if you haven't already. 
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Lush really has everything you need ranging from face products to hair to bath time fun to make-up. I use it all, trust me! This one product made a huge impact in my daily facial routine. In the past, I was never able to use a moisturizer that didn't burn my skin or cause a weird reaction on my face. I never had a severe reaction to them but it moisturizers always seemed to cause me discomfort until I tried this one in a Lush store one day and I've been using it non-stop ever since. It's the best moisturizer I've ever used. My skin always feels soft, it makes my skin tone look even and great and it never burns me, ever. This has been the missing link all of my life to a happy complexion. Not only is it super effective but it smells like the yummy ingredients in it such as vanilla water, almond oil, almond milk and cocoa butter. It's perfect and if you've been reading this blog post and feel like you may have a similar skin type as myself, this product might be what you need. I recommend it to all of my friends and family and I've gotten a lot of them hooked just like me. 


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The last product I would like to mention in my list of favorites, is the best acne treatment I've ever used and of course it's by Lush Cosmetics. Grease Lightening is amazing and infused with some of my all time favorite natural remedies for pimples. This gel like spot treatment has fresh ingredients including thyme, rosemary and tea tree infusion, aloe vera extract, and witch hazel extract that really cleanse a specific spot, sterilizes it and make all your acne troubles go away. This is something I've been sure to have always throughout the year because it has helped me clear my stressed out skin so much and has made a big difference in the overall health of my skin.
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Those are my favorite cruelty free and organic products of this past year. I definitely did a lot of exploring with all kinds of brands and products and it's always satisfying to find a brand that has everything you need and works tremendously. Of course that can get boring sometimes which is why I explore and share my findings with all who wish to know. I hope you found this helpful and I hope to hear from anyone reading this. What was your top 3 products this past year and why? Were there any products you absolutely hated? 

Cheers~

(All photos taken with a Canon EOS 6D and a 50mm f/1.8 lens)