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Wedding Websites

One of my besties just got engaged so we’ve gone wedding gaga together. Of course we try to keep the conversation toned down around our fiances who can only handle so much wedding talk. I’m crushing on all things white and gold while she’s going for a classy navy scheme.

Here’s a look my latest in wedding inspiration:

Plenty of beautiful pics found on 100layercake

Tables by Elizabethannedesigns

Greenweddingshoes: flowers, DIY & sweet advice from recently married couples

Interesting info:

Wedding readings from literature

Vows from the heart

The ultimate rock wedding playlist

Any favorite songs I must include on the dj’s list?

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Wedding Gaga

I’ve been addicted to pinterest wedding boards (pinterest is an online bulletin board where you “pin” things you like). I’ve been sucked into a little wedding cocoon for the past week. Here’s a peek at my favorite pins (sources linked below pics).

Easy breezy wedding gown

(out of my budget… but a girl can dream)

Rustic & whimsical

Love this color!

A classy garter belt


Would be cute for engagement party, bridal shower, bachelorette party and rehearsal dinner

Another stunning gown

(vintage…link no longer available)

Girls who are gaga over weddings…please send me your favorite links!

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Natural Beauty

Skincare I love

My name is Angela and I’m a beauty product junkie. It started with Bonnie Bell chapstick in  elementary school and festered to a new level at my first real job as a Walgreens cashier back in high school. I had hours to look over lip gloss and nail polish, plus an employee discount that I gladly used to buy hair dye. Let’s just say that my naturally dark brown hair has been everything from bleached blond, black and even a purplish red tint. And I’m not even going to get into the tacky highlights I’ve had over the years. Currently I’m back to my natural roots and loving the low-maintenance of living with (gasp) my own hair color. I have nothing against anyone that dyes, but for me it’s just too much work to keep up with my dark roots. But I digress. There are many reasons that I’m trying to get ahold of my beauty product problem: clutter in the bathroom, wastefulness, animal abuse and personal health (you can read about how a lot of “regular” beauty products contain stuff that’s bad for humans here). But on to the positive part of this post. Luckily being green is all the rage, and there are a ton of companies catering to us “hippies”. Read on to learn about my favorite all natural products, along with a few celeb choices.

Gorgeous & eco-chic: picks by Alicia Silverstone

Gwyneth Paltrow’s

A database that will tell you the toxicity level of a product

My favorites:

Tarte eyeshadow

Bare Escentuals mineral powder

Boscia facewash and moisturizer

Boscia black peel-off face mask

Lavanila deoderant

Yes, it costs $18 and is found at Sephora. But I’ve tried a lot (and I mean a lot) of natural deodorants and this one is the only one that works for me. I bought it in December, and it kept M from gagging on a hot and sweaty hike in Costa Rica, plus the tube’s still full two and half months later. Read this news article to find our why I stopped using Secret.

Dr. Bronner’s pure castile liquid soap (the almond scent is yummy!)

Giovanni shampoo and conditioner (sold at Target)

*I still haven’t found a toothpaste or mascara that I can live with, so if you’ve got a good one please share.

What are your favorite tried-and-tested natural beauty products?

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Homemade Beauty

Last spring my friend had a make-your-own-lip-balm party. It was loads of fun and inspired this year’s gifts for my friends.

Coffee bags from a craft store decorated with rubber stamps, tags from Staples

Jars and labels also from a craft store

I tried out various recipes and ended up with a few favorites:

Mocha Spice Sugar Scrub

Moisturizing Shea Butter Body Scrub

Lavender Vanilla Body Oil

Lavender Mint Foot Scrub

Most of these recipes can be made with items from the health food store and your kitchen. Lip balm is another story. I ordered the ingredients from Mountain Rose Herbs. This recipe for minty chocolate lip balm from Crunchy Betty is amazing (I skipped the honey). Yummy!

 A one for me, one for you gift

It’s incredibly easy to make your own scrubs and they smell so heavenly.

Have you made any beauty products at home? What are your favorites? Have you ever given or received homemade gifts? What were they?

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Made-from-scratch Lip Balm

Last night I went over to my friend Mariah’s house for a make-your-own lip balm party. She had all the ingredients ready, and it was a great girls’ night in. There were a few recipes to choose from, but I couldn’t resist the grapefruit almond version (it goes so well with my new body scrub).

Recipe:  Grapefruit Almond Lip Balm

Ingredients: (makes two lip balms…and don’t worry about exact measurements)

  •  2 tsp. grated beeswax or beeswax pellets
  • 1 tsp. sweet almond oil (you could also use jojoba oil)
  • 1½ tsp. cocoa butter (1-1½ wafers)
  • 3-6 drops flavored oil (I used grapefruit, she also had lavender available)
  • 1 vitamin E capsule

Supply station

Above: empty tubes, mini scrapers, beeswax pellets and cocoa butter wafers

Left: Shea butter and essential oils






Fill a large sauté pan with about two inches of water. Warm over medium heat. Put the first three ingredients in a small aluminum pie pan.

Place the aluminum pie pan in the water. Allow ingredients to melt together. Stir. This takes about 5 minutes.


(Left: Steph keeping an eye on things)

Once the mixture is melted, use tongs to take the aluminum pan out of the water. Place it on a plate to cool for about one minute.

 Then add the flavored oil and vitamin E.

Right: Mariah found vitamin E in a roll-on bottle. We popped the ball off and used a straw to extract a few drops. Vitamin E helps preserve the lip balm, and she recommends adding it to any recipe.

If your mixture is still liquid you can just pour it in the tube at this time. Mine started to get a little chunky, so I used the mini scraper to fill the tube.

Level the top, put a cap on it, and let it rest a little while. As it cools you can use a sharpie to label it, or even decorate it with cute stickers.

Left: Jessica knows what she is doing. She had a secret stash of supplies and made us a quick batch of lotion.

Below: Mariah, the hostess with the mostess. She bought some supplies from a local shop. She ordered the rest from an online company called Mountain Rose Herbs.




Helpful Hints (courtesy of Mariah):

  • Measurements are approximant
  • Mix and match ingredients. For example, swap beeswax for shea butter (I accidentally swapped the cocoa butter for shea butter…didn’t really matter)
  • Add the essential oils and vitamin E after heating, or else they will evaporate
  • Natural stuff isn’t full of icky ingredients, so toss after 3 months
  • Enjoy soft luscious, environmentally friendly lips!


Have you had success with any do-it-yourself beauty products?


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