Bliss Re-Vamp – And Now at Target

Bliss recently underwent a total re-vamp.

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Their product line has been seriously edited.

Gone are the cosmetics, candles, skin tools and too much more to recount.

Saved are my beloved Lemon and Sage Soapy Suds Body Wash and Fab Foaming Cleanser.

New are a few products that borrow heavily from Glossier and K-beauty regimens (lychee jelly cleanser).

And here’s something really exciting: prices across the board have been slashed. Where the Lemon and Sage Soapy Suds used to be $18, now it’s $10 for 17 oz.

One final thing: Bliss products are now also available at – drumroll – Target. Find Soapy Suds for $9.99 here.

 

 

Another Gray Bag for Spring

After obsessing over this bag – but not being able to pull the trigger – I found another one I like:

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Here’s bag #1 again, for reference:

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Both of these share obvious qualities: similar color, gold hardware.

While not entirely visible, they both also have a zippered top opening and a slim silhouette, probably only 3-4″ deep.

I think I still like original bag #1 better, but still, I’m having pre-buyer’s remorse over the cost. Probably better to keep thinking about it.

 

 

 

Love Beauty and Planet

Have you been seeing this brand everywhere?

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Because seemingly, it is.

Through some amazing PR boost, Love Beauty and Planet is getting a lot of press, plus shelf space at retailers like Target.

The company offers an impressive array – six different collections – of hair care and body products.

When Target was offering a $5 gift card with the purchase of three Love Beauty and Planet products a few weeks ago, I decided to give them a try.

Considering that a full-size (16 oz) shampoo, conditioner or body wash retails for only $6.99, it was almost like getting one of the three for free.

After a few sniffs, I determined that Coconut Oil and Ylang Ylang was my favorite.

The smell is really nice. The conditioner is a bit thick for my liking, but the shampoo is rich and together, they work well enough to keep me from going back to my much pricier Oribe shampoo and conditioner.

 

 

 

 

The Reset Trench

This coat intrigues me. A lot.

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From new-to-me fashion label The Reset, this vegan suede trench comes in one shade, oatmeal.

From their website:

It doesn’t get more timeless than the trench. Flattering on every body, it’s a piece that goes with absolutely everything in your wardrobe. Our buttery soft vegan suede take comes in one color, and one color only—because we spent months tweaking it until we had the absolute perfect, luxurious tan hue. Belt it over work wear. Leave it open on the way to cocktail hour. Wear it everywhere. We do.

It’s currently sold old, but more are coming. Pre-order now for delivery in May.

Natural Accents from Crate and Barrel

I’m really digging some of the natural accent decor pieces available now at Crate and Barrel.

Much of it is easy, light and neutral, which is basically how I want to feel. 

This hurricane is oversized enough to be a stand-alone centerpiece:

It’s hard to appreciate the scale of this driftwood bowl.

Here’s a picture for perspective:

It would work on the floor or as a centerpiece.

And then there is this bowl:

 

I love the addition of these stones to it all:

 

 

 

 

Cheap and Cute, #5

This is the exact Target beaded bracelet set that I wrote about yesterday:

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For only $14.99, this set of three bracelets is a steal.

These are from Target’s new-ish Universal Thread collection, which is basically Target ripping off Madewell.

Universal Thread’s collection is 579 items large and includes not only these bracelets, but also these $12 (on sale) sandals:

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They do a particularly good job in simple sandals, but they also heavily borrow from Madewell with bandanas, boxy tees, and much cheaper riffs on Madewell’s classic transport tote and straightforward bags.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kinsley Armelle Bead Stacks

A few weeks ago I saw a stylish woman wearing a stack of beaded bracelets, something along these lines:

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Screen shot from the Kinsley Armelle website

I could see that the bracelets had some type of charm on them, but I wasn’t paying close enough attention.

I liked the look, though, and I started searching out beaded bracelets like this.

First stop: Target. 

Target started a collaboration with Bauble Bar a year or two ago, and I thought they may have a cheap, on-trend bracelet set.

Target didn’t let me down.

I found something similar to this:

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But that was just the start of my stack.

I also Googled “beaded bracelet with gold charm” and came up with these Gorjana bracelets:

I loved the soft pink, gray and marble colors, but at $78 each, I couldn’t justify the Gorjanas. Sorry, girls. Maybe next time.

Amazon was a treasure trove. A quick search for “beaded bracelets” brought thousands of hits, too many to sift through. I ordered about 3 or 4 bracelets, most in the $8-10 range, which is perfect for a stack.

Remember the stylish woman I saw wearing the original stack? I saw her a second time, and once again the bracelets made an appearance.

I don’t know why, but for some reason I didn’t want to stop our conversation and inquire about the brand, so I would surreptitiously look at her arm.

I could make out two words on the charm. They appeared to be names. I made a mental note of “Kinley Michelle.”

Close, but not quite: it was Kinsley Armelle.

Thank you, Google, for asking me if that was what I really meant.

Kinsley Armelle was the jackpot.

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It was almost impossible to narrow the field, but I fell in love with the softly hued multicolor bracelets shown above. The two on the far right (slightly smaller pink quartz beads and the gold one) were from my original Target purchase, but the rest are Kinsley Armelle.

I am really digging this look for spring, particularly since it is in the soft color palette that I am decidedly leaning to now.

A New Gym Hack

Ok, I thought I was a pro at getting ready quickly at the gym , but this new trick has been a game changer.

I previously wrinkled my nose at 2-in-1 shampoo/conditioner products, mostly because it seems like something that would not really do a good job at either task.

I recently read about using both of those products in tandem, which is something a bit different.

Basically you wet hair and lather it up with shampoo, focusing on the sweatiest parts at the roots. Once frothed, you add conditioner to the ends, then rinse everything in one fell swoop.

I’ve recently been working out in the morning quite often, necessitating getting ready for work at the gym. I’ve tried this technique about a dozen times over the past few weeks and it works really well. I can still use the products I like – no weird combo brands – but the all-in-one rinse saves at least a minute or two in the shower. When time is of the essence, this hack helps a lot.