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Beauty Review: Lip Balm and Black Soap

Smith's Rosebud Salve

The Smith's Rosebud Salve is widely known as super popular good stuff and I don't disagree. I love this balm! It's a classic beauty staple and I use mine to the very last bit. I like that it has a sheen and looks like lip-gloss, but still hydrates your lips.

Strangely, I wasn't as fond of a new version. I got Smith’s Rose & Mandarin Lip Balm in a sample kit and I was super excited, but I'm halfway through it and convinced that it's making my lips worse. My lips have been super dry lately and I applied this religiously every night. It's possible my lips are too sensitive for this version. It tingles very slightly sometimes and I end up with the same dry lips or worse in the morning. The smell is a little stronger and as I get older, my skin gets weirdly more sensitive.

This Beauty Bee Lotion Bar has been a definite "lip-saver." It literally fixed my crazy chapped lips in two or three nights. It's super thick and incredibly moisturizing. I got it at a BUST Craftacular, but I didn't use it for while since, as a hand lotion, it gets greasy and can leave marks on my desk. As a nighttime lip balm, I'm obsessed!

Beauty Bee All Natural Lotion Bar

These days, I'm also into African Black SoapI was skeptical, but I totally credit it with toning down random rashes that suddenly appear. It also works well for shaving and as an exfoliant. It feels odd when you first start using it since it lathers in black and leaves my tub sort of dirty, but it smells great and you're obviously squeaky clean after.

African Black Soap

Blogger Meetup Part Two: Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Blogger Meetup at Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Part one of our blogger meetup consisted of picnic time in the park and hanging with Tallulah. I love how laid back that day felt. It was a great way to meet-up and get to know each other. Day two, we headed to Brooklyn Botanic Garden, where the flowers were in full bloom. This made the perfect venue for a blogger photo shoot. Check out some of my favorite shots from that day!

Blogger Meetup at Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Blogger Meetup at Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Blogger Meetup at Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Blogger Meetup at Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Blogger Meetup at Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Blogger Meetup at Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Blogger Meetup at Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Blogger Meetup at Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Blogger Meetup at Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Blogger Meetup at Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Blogger Meetup at Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Blogger Meetup at Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Blogger Meetup at Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Blogger Meetup at Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Blogger Meetup at Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Check out Midge and Sammi's post of this fun-filled day.
They have some really great group shots!

Blogger Meetup at Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Photo Diary: Summer in the City

On a gloomy day like today, here are a few favorite photos from summery days in the city. The days I'm not louging around my apartment are spent eating lobster rolls or thrifting for new finds. 

Lobster Roll
Brooklyn Flea
Thrifted Finds
Thrifted Finds

ModCloth Presents: NYC Street Style



Modcloth was in town for fashion week and they caught me before I headed to Brimfield. I was interviewed for their NYC Street Style video, where I mostly rambled about Ronnie Spector. I love my awkward laugh at the end. haha 

Buzzfeed also snapped me that day, asking "What People Want To See More Of In The Fashion Industry?" I took a cue from my #FashionTruth post and wrote, "Inclusivity." I included my "filtered version" of the photo since the lighting in the original is kind of harsh.

Twee Valley High on Buzzfeed

My Life in Instagram: Antiquing in Brimfield, MA

Twee Valley High Antiques in Brimfield
I somehow convinced my mom and boyfriend to escort me to the biggest antique show in the United States. Neither are big on shopping, but both love a good trip. My mom rented a car and we drove about three hours from Brooklyn to Sturbridge, MA, where our hotel was located. It was a hot weekend, but thankfully the hotel had a pool! 

If you follow me on Instagram, you probably saw some of my fabulous finds. I didn't find anything on "the list," but I found lots of other treasures that I'm super happy with. 

Twee Valley High Antiques in Brimfield
We stopped at a diner on the way and I had the most delicious pecan pancakes. I'm so craving them now. I don't think I emphasize enough how much I love breakfast food. Maybe that's why I love Leslie Knope so much.

Parks and Recreation, waffles, Leslie Knope

It's kind of crazy that we were only 15 minutes away from this small town filled with vendors. We stayed in Sturbridge, but the market was in Brimfield. 

Twee Valley High Antiques in Brimfield
My beautiful mom and I struck a pose before the heat melted us. My boyfriend said I seemed unfazed by the sweltering weather, but I guess I was mentally prepared.

Twee Valley High Antiques in Brimfield


Day one was a huge success! There were a few things I wish I'd gotten, of course, but I'm in love with the things I found. I got three feather hats in perfect condition for about $10-$15 each. I got a pancake candle that smells like maple syrup, along with a variety of food cutouts. I got perfect flower broaches, a cute purple dress and a pastel Marc Jacobs bag. The bag ended up being $25 with a combined deal!

Twee Valley High Antiques in Brimfield

Alas this dress did not come home with me. It was lovely but too big and I'm too cheap to pay for a tailor on top of the semi-expensive price.

Twee Valley High Antiques in Brimfield

Day two was a smaller success, but equally fun! I nabbed these adorable broaches and a beautiful carpet bag. I don't have any photos from day three since we left around mid-day, but I ended up with a red leather tote and an illustrated Supreme's poster. 

Twee Valley High Antiques in Brimfield
I feel weird and not weird about posting this photo. Maybe I feel weird that I don't feel weirder, like it should be a statement or something, but I'm kind of like "Whatever, this is the real me, belly, cleavage and all." I'm super into my new bathing suit!

Twee Valley High Antiques in Brimfield
Twee Valley High Antiques in Brimfield
It took two days to get this shot, I kept missing it!

Twee Valley High Antiques in Brimfield
Stay tuned for more photos via my camera and maybe a post about what I learned/tips!

P.S. I literally just finished the bag of homemade doughnuts we bought there and now I'm sad. They were sooo good. We're already planning to go next year in May. I was surprised to hear my mom was open to it once more!