Last year I was walking my dog around and I heard music in Winooski. Usually a pretty quiet town, I was very curious about what was going on. I walk down the hill to see… More
After finally getting my hair professionally dyed, I become a little addicted to having the most healthy hair care regimen possible. Another, the great part about using hair bar is they are also better for the environment. Unwrapped Life’s mission is to reduce single-use plastic in products while also making them stylish and sustainable.
Unwrapped life was started by two entrepreneurs Arden and Hayley. After giving birth to her first her first daughter she suffered from post- partum anxiety and developed “eco-anxiety”. She became so worried about the disposable plastic in our daily lives and how it was going to effect our future generations.
Hayley and Arden started looking for ways to cut plastic out of their lives, but there were very few options. Especially when it came to conditioner and shampoo. They started formulating and researching their own bars that work amazingly on all hair types. They are passionate about making spreading awareness and creating amazing hair days.
The hair bars I got were The Hydrator shampoo and conditioner. One of the best parts of this combo was how it realized how important it is to hydrate your hair. These bars are made with amla oil and colloidal oil. This hair duo works to treat scalp ailments, including psoriasis, rashes, excema, and dryness.
Living in northern Vermont this hair duo is perfect for the winter time. The cold winds and air can be very harsh to my hair. Within a few days, I saw a difference in how my hair was feeling.
These bars are great for hair that is damaged and in need of some shine and repair. These bars are full of vitamin B and natural polyacrylamide beta-glucan. That acts as an emollient, the oatmeal delivers shine, moister and damage repair. It makes your hair softer than any other shampoo and conditioner combo I’ve used.
Finally, I wanted to test how well this product works on different hair types. My hair is pretty frail and thin. On my hair, it worked great to give me more shine and help with my damaged ends. But, I wanted to see how it would work on my two roommates hair. My one roommate has super thick hair and my other roommate has curly hair.
After letting them use the product for a few day they saw nothing but improvements on their hair. Being in Vermont, which is super concerned with the health of our environment, they also loved the social impact of the product.
My two biggest loves in this world are food and dogs. Living in an area were adopting is very relevant and a large part of the community, I always look for small companies that I can support that are also supporting various dog foundations. This is how I found the bandanna company Cheifs that creates ethical and super chic bandannas.
Cheifs was launched in 2017 in Los Angeles. The created a well crafted bandana that any age, gender, or species could wear, while also supporting amazing causes that are important.
Orange Chief – Austin Pets Alive
Their limited edition orange Chief was designed to raise money for Austin Pets Alive. Each bandana helps find a shelter for a dog in need. My favorite part about this bandana was the little paw prints representing the cause.
The OG Chief – Toys for Tots
Their black and white Oxblood Chief is designed to raise money for Toys for Tots. My favorite part of this bandana was the contrasts of the Oxblood hem. Being a college student, being broke, and living in a cold area I used it to surprise someone with a night of indoor camping and this bandana was perfect for the surprise.
This bandanna has my favorite color combination and also gives back to Toys For Tots. One of my favorite things to do with bandanas is use them to decorate my apartment. These bandana are so unique and they’re made with a fabric that is more silky soft then your typical bandana.
Christmas is the season of giving, and this holiday season I really wanted to look into gifts that also give back. The Skipping Stone partners with local women and children empowerment non- porfits. Their proceeds help reach their goal of creating as many jobs as possible. Their company provides lifestyle products to consumers to make a difference.
The company was co-founded by Greg and Abhineeta Matney. They founded a non-profit called Aatma Vikas in India. Aatma Vikas helps those in unsafe positions find hope though training center. Aatma Vikas has had over 1,000 graduates and it continiues to grow.
The Skipping Stone sells lifestyle bags, vintage and artistic journals, and Bhoemian and ethic jewelry. Their products offer a gift for everyone on your Christmas shopping list.
My favorite products The Skipping Stone sells are their lifestyle bags. They’re very unique and beautifully created. They offer the best gift for the vintage clothing lover on your list.
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Instagram has quickly became the most popular social media platform used by people my age. Over this past break, I got the lowdown about how guys used Instagram and it made me a little interested to know if what my friend thought was true, was actually how guys use this platform.
Last year I was in a room with the guy I was seeing at the time and a group of his friends. One of his friends pulls out his phone and starts analysing this girl’s profile, seeing if she was cool enough to hook up with.
I haven’t had a personal Instagram for a few years now and when I did it was pretty much pictures of my dog and when I went out to eat I’d take a pic. A few weeks ago, I got a text from a friend asking me to “approve” of her Instagram. The photo was clearly edited and staged, which kinda surprised me.
Today people go to extreme lengths to get attention from people on social media. From editing their photos to going through the “following” setting on Instagram to see what their friends are liking.
I decided I wanted some answers to some of the things my friends were talking about, when talking about the guys that interact with them on Instagram.
1. How do you use Instagram?
“Let’s just say Instagram is on that bottom toolbar of my most used apps on my phone, right next to my messages app.” The answers I got for this question were pretty much all the same. The guy would check it a few times a day to stay connected to their friends as well as keeping their friends updated on their life.
2.What entices you to like a girl’s photo? ( ex. To get her attention, or is it a harmless)
“I mean, I never usually have ulterior motives, usually it’s like, wow! She looks really nice, I’ll leave a like! Or sometimes someone will make an edgy joke or post a sweet meme I’ll give that shit a like.” This was one of the questions I was most interested, and here’s the reason why. For this experiment, I went through the following setting to see what photos the guy I followed like. Every guy I interviewed said they check Instagram a couple times a day, but only one of them liked a photo that day. The guy in question said “Attractiveness plays a role” and the photos he liked were both of girls. I also found it was very rare that a guy would come up in the “following” section and when they did the photo was in some way related to sports.
3. Have you ever DM someone on Instagram? If so why?
“Yes, because that was the only form of contact I had with my lab partner in a college class. Also, I’m a part of a couple lit group meme sharing group chats.” Out of the guys I asked, their DM’s consisted of group chats with friends sharing memes.
4. Have you ever posted a photo of your GF because you did something wrong?
This question had a little bit of a personal incentive to get the answer to why guys did appreciation posts. Over the past summer, I had a friend who cheated on his girlfriend of years. Instead of owning up to his infidelity he posted a photo of her on his Instagram in order to solve his relationship issues. “I try to not get in that situation in the first place but if I do I generally try to apologize in person rather than posting a picture.” All the guys had the same consensus that they wouldn’t post a photo in order to solve a problem, but one thing did come up interesting.
Whenever I start talking to any guy the first thing I do is creep through his social media. Not to find out who he is, but to find out if he also has a girlfriend. “One time we argued and she posted a pic of us from my Instagram and I didn’t take it down if that counts. It was a pretty dope photo though regardless of the circumstance.” Going through his Instagram before this photo it didn’t look like he had a girlfriend, which he has been dating for over a year. The girl even tagged herself in the photo she posted to make sure no one was confused she was his babe.
5. What makes you post a photo on Insta?
Girls tend to post on Instagram multiple times a week, while guys might post about four times a year. Guys will post on a larger event “Life events, share a memory.” Rather than just their pink drink on Instagram.
6. Do you Insta creep? If so, on who?
Of all the guys, the most I got them to admit they Insta creep was “I sometimes Insta creep on people who I just met or don’t know too well just to get a better feel of them or see what their interests are.” Out of all the guys I interviewed only one admitted to creeping on more than once. “Honestly, yeah. I have an Instagram for my band as well, and I’ve used that to creep on my ex.” A guy sees someone’s photo for about a millisecond, and even if they do like it they’re not analyzing it, because they’ve already moved on. There is really no reason to need to have a “perfect” feed because the only one creeping on you is your friends or people you don’t even talk to anymore in high school.
7. Do you analyse girls profiles? (ex. Oh she looks cool, just from her photos)
This brings it back to the extreme editing and photoshopping girls do on their photos. The only reason someone edits a photo is to get more attention. Celebrities are edited on magazines because well society’s version of attractiveness isn’t realistic. Out of all the guys one found the secret to pretty much everyone’s Instagram, “Hahaha I judge a couple of my friends’ profiles who I KNOW just post on Insta to look like they have a cool life. Here’s a shocker, they actually have a shallow personality.” I’ve had a friend tell me that she makes sure her feed is always perfect because she wants guys to go through and think “she’s cool” and start talking to her. But the thing is, you can’t tell who someone is from a photo and a short caption, they are just seeing the looks. “No, usually if it’s a girl’s profile, it’s just “she’s hot”, find some more hot photos and move on to the next one that’s sent to me via MLD or explore.”
“I would say most of the time I judge people based on their profile whether I mean to or not.” When Instagram first started pretty much no one shared selfies and now it’s pretty rare someone posts a photo of just their meal. Instagram was probably started as a way to share photos, but now some people think their self-worth is defined by how many likes they get on a photo. And if it’s not as many likes as the others, they delete it.
*When looking for gifs for this photo, I search Judging gif. What came up was a bunch of gifs of girls doing the stink eye. Life isn’t the bachelor, but it seems that girls are still competing for guys and giving “stink eyes” other girls. Let’s try to end that.
8. Do you use social media to get girls attention?
This is one of the most talked about aspects of Instagram and even more now that they have the story feature. For this question it was split, the guys I interviewed for who used it for attention and those who don’t. “I don’t specifically use social media for this purpose but I can’t say it doesn’t cross my mind when posting.” None of them completely said it was their whole purpose of posting a photo because they do only post when something interesting happened in their life therefore their posts are not that direct.
What is most misconstrued is that it means anything that they look at your story first. It doesn’t mean they like you, it only means they happen to be on their phone at that moment. It’s actually even worse if they’re the first one to view it every time cause that means they have nothing better to do. It only means something if they never view it for a consistent amount of time.
9. Are there certain people that you get happy when they like your photo?
Pretty much every guy admitted to getting happy when someone particular likes their photo. “Yes definitely, I’m even guilty of looking at who likes my pictures.” Only one guy said, “I like when I get likes. Period. (I’m desperate.) Or I don’t really care. I don’t know, it depends what kind of mood I’m in.”
10. If you’re in a relationship and you like other girls photos, is it all harmless?
“Totally harmless, I would never cyber cheat.” With the “following” section on Instagram pretty much your every move is tracked, unless the person you’re following is private. That being said, if someone you’re dating is liking a girls photo it probably means nothing. Not saying if you do have some suspicions you should ignore them, but talk to him before going cray.
11. What really goes down in the DM?
Many of the guys I interviewed said the only thing that fills up their DMs are group chats where they mainly send memes. When asked what they typically thought about what goes down in the DM I got this response. “You tell me, come find my DMs @…. I like to imagine it as “hey, I looked through the last 5 months of your Instagram history.” “awwww, thats so sweet and not creepy at all.” “yeah, I had a boner the whole time? U want mak fuk?!” “of course I would love to be nude and alone in a building with you!” All of the guys I interviewed, the only thing they admitted to going down in the DM was getting someone’s phone number. Therefore if any guy is DMing you he is probably a weirdo. There are so many normal ways to get someone’s photo today and therefor if his only way to contact you is through a DM he’s not worth it.
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Besides Provincetown, in my opinion, Falmouth Main Street is one of the best streets on Cape Cod. It’s home to one of a kind businesses with unique items you can not find anywhere else. It also has some of the tastiest restaurants on the cape.
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One of the most delicious mexican restaurants on the cape. Whether you go there for their amazing guac or the tequila, you will never leave disappointed.
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America Sunglasses are the most popular names in designer sunglasses. They carry everything from high end designers like Prada to the best lifestyle glasses from Ray-Ban.
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Eating at Bear in Boots Gastropub is one of the best experiences you can have on a Saturday night. They have one of a kind food and they have great entertainment on the weekends.
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I’m a complete chocolate enthusiast, so it’s pretty easy to say this place has been a must stop since I was a little kid.
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When you walk into this store, it will feel like you are brought back to the 50’s. This is a great store to get an authentic gift for your friends who loves Marilyn Monroe.
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If you skate, surf, or love Billabong, you need to stop by this store next time you’re in town. They have a great variety of clothing and shoes.
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If you’re looking for some cute Cape Cod kids clothing, stop by Caline For Kids.
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This store is great for when you are shopping for a gift for someone special. During Christmas time this store will put any Grinch into the Holiday spirit.
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My favorite book store in town; they have one of the best selections of books and also offer you a quiet place to read them.
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Ghelfi’s Candies offers a premium selection of homemade candies. Some of my favorites include their homemade barks and dipped oreos.
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When this store moved to Main Street a few years ago it instantly became my favorite place to shop. It has some of the most gorgeous clothing in Falmouth, and dresses that will make you host an event just to have a place to wear them.
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If you need to get your hair done on Main Street and want a cut that is Instagram worthy, go no further than Headlines.
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One thing I love about this store is everytime you go there, the inside always looks different. In the spring it’s decorated with fairies and during Halloween (my favorite) it is decorated spooky chic.
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If you’re looking for your colorful Lilly fix, this store will be your heaven. They also carry clothing from Resort and Shift.
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If you’re looking for an Italian dinner that will blow your taste buds, you need to make a reservation here.
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This places is one of the best places to grab a beer in Falmouth. They also have karaoke Tuesdays during the summer, and nothing is better than watching people “sing”.
After eating at this bakery you would think you just teleported to France. My favorite is the raspberry tart but, what ever you order here you will not be disappointed.
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When you’re waiting for you table to be ready at Anejo stop by Maxwell’s. They have a great collection of contemporary clothing.
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Perfect place to pick up a sandwich for lunch at the beach. My go to is the farmhouse sandwich.
Puritan Cape Cod
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If you’re looking for a winter coat or boots in the winter or some scandals or swim apparel in the summer this is the best place to go. They carry some of the best brands that are known to last.
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If you’re craving some great seafood this is the place you need to make your reservation.
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My favorite restaurant in town. Not only do they have the best pizza in town, they also have some pretty delicious sandwiches.
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One of the best breakfast places in town in my opinion. If you’re a person who likes a sweet or savory breakfast, you’ll love this place.
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If you’re looking for some Cape Cod inspired jewelry, this is my favorite place to get pieces in Falmouth.
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Twigs is one the my favorite little gift shops in Falmouth. They have jewelry made by local artists and cute Cape Cod housewares.
We are about half way through summer and sadly I’ve been to the beach only a few times. I know, I think last summer I went at least a few times a week. As a native Cape Codder, I know a little about how to pack the perfect beach bag. So here we go.
My beach bag is not your typical colorful bag, but I love the fridge, also it’s has a round shape and no sand gets stuck inside of it. I got this bag from American Eagle probably last summer for under $10. If you’re ever looking for an inexpensive well made a bag look for an end of season sales at American eagle.
Never ever go to the beach without a water bottle. The reason is no one wants to stand on the hot pavement waiting for the millions of kids trying to get their ice cream. You don’t have to fill it with water, the beverage is up to you.
For me, I’m always exhausted at the beach, but where do you get good coffee at the beach? The answer, is sadly nowhere, at least on the cape. These mints are super tasty and actually give you some energy to beat everyone in can jam.
Lets just say, the sun is horrible. I got a sunburn on my leg yesterday from just eating lunch outside. The sun is also very damaging to your hair, but this serum can help protect it. Also, you can use it as a detangler and a leave in conditioner.
I absolutely love this brand more than you could ever know. I probably spend hours going through their website wishing I could buy everything. They have extremely creative patterns and literally everything you could need. From bags to yoga pants.
I always put the lotion in my beach bag, because my skin is always so dry. Always keep your skin hydrated when you’re out.
The fashion industry is not always the most ethical industry in the world. That is why I like finding brands that are doing business for a purpose. Pact Organic is committed to organic cotton to minimize their impacts on the environment. They improve the quality of life and improve conditions of the people who make their clothing.
Pact Organic united the collective vision of responsible manufacturing, cotton farming, values-based shopping, and sustainable and ethical certifications. Growing organic cotton keeps families and farmers safe. The are not exposed to the toxic chemicals in the water supply and in the fields or through their food. This means that farmers can grow more than one crop with supplements their income and food.
Pact Organic has clothing for everyone. The have a womens, mens, and kids line. The other great thing about Pact Organic is their prices. Many ethical clothing companies tend to be more money, but pact is reasonably priced and have sales often.
A few months ago, I totally did not care about organic or natural anything when it came to cosmetics. Then I went on Accutane, and quickly learned how important it was to look into what your putting on your skin and hair.
I loved finding new organic companies and learning their story on what motivates them to start their business. Being a small business owner myself, I always try to look for female entrepreneurs I can support just by buying their product.
Kristen Voss started her business four years ago in her tiny kitchen in NYC. When she was younger her mother had skin cancer. She never went out in the sun, but she was freckled head to toe with red hair. When her mother was diagnosed with cancer it didn;t make any sense.
Voss started researching all the products she used to understand what was in the products her mother was using. Skin acts more as a sponge than a barrier. For example when you put something on your skin it goes into your bloodstream faster than if someone ate it. She created products to address all unique skincare needs and are made with the highest quality and effective ingredients.
After being on accutane the two things that are the most dry were my legs and my lips, I wanted to find something that would bring back my smooth skin that I had before taking accutane. Therefore I tried her body lotion and lip balm.
My favorite part of the body lotion was it’s label. Whenever you look at a label of lotion in the drugstore their ingredient list is so tiny it’s a little hard to read because they don’t want you to know exactly what’s in it. Her label clearly showed what exactly is in the lotion. This lotion was perfect to put on your legs right after shaving. It was effective in soothing the damage a razer does to your skin.
The second product I tried was her peppermint lip balm. What I loved about this lip balm was it was very light, while still moisturizing your lips. Also, it had the perfect amount of color for a lip balm.
In junior high, it makes me a little sad how long it took me to get ready, yet I was late pretty much every day. When high school came around, school started at 7:30am and I don’t know how I made that when I complain about my 10am class now. In high school, I used to be able to shower, do my makeup, and have straightened hair in 20 minutes. Today, every morning I get up 15 minutes before I have to leave and am never rushing to my first class.
1. You can do your makeup in under 5 minutes
Sticking to a basic routine has two pros. One is you get so good at it it only takes about five minutes to do your makeup. The second is no one ever knows you wear makeup because you only have five minutes, no time for winged eyeliner, therefore no one ever thinks you’re even wearing makeup.
2. You’ve mastered the art of multitasking
My most impressive multitasking is doing my makeup while brushing my hair. When you’re crunched for time, because well you love your sleep, you learn some tricks that are actually super useful.
3. You’ve lost count of how many times you’ve worn those leggings
We all have “those” leggings. The ones that sit somewhere in your room or on the hook in your bathroom. Even though you may have a couple more pairs you just love these ones. Therefore you may forget how many times you’ve worn them.
4. You’re not a morning person
The only time you’re awake before 9 is because food is involved and even then you have to think about it again.
5. You have a morning alarm, but never stick to it
Every day my alarm goes off at 9am, but I don’t think I’ve ever gotten out of bed at that time. I continually set timers that go off until I have 15 minutes before I have to leave.
6. You’ll scroll through your phone until you absolutely have to wake up.
On the days where you’re awake, but don’t feel like participating in life just yet. You start going through your phone because so much has changed since you went to bed at 1am.
7. You don’t understand why you didn’t do this in high school
You used to wake up hours before class and now you’re waking up 15 minutes before and even looking better.
8. You wear the same pieces of clothing in a loop
You have your classic pieces hanging somewhere in your room you can grab in a rush. My current favorite it is maroon yoga hoodie. Have I ever done yoga? No, but who has to know.
9. Dry shampoo is your best friend
I don’t understand how people have time to shower, and no one wants to walk outside in winter with wet hair. Therefore, if your hair looks a little greasy just spray in some dry shampoo.
10. You love your nighttime shower
If you do have time to take a shower, it’s about 45 seconds and you don’t have any time to relax. You love your nighttime shower because you have time to sing through your favorite song.
11. The last time you sat down and ate breakfast was pre-k
I don’t remember the last time I ate a breakfast sitting down. You love just grabbing something to go, eating it in your first class, or stopping by your favorite place on campus to get food.
12. You continue to challenge yourself
I’m always seeing how fast I can get ready. It’s fun because whenever I challenge myself I end up getting ready even faster than planned.
13. You haven’t failed so far, so why stop now?
You have never failed. Your routine is an accomplishment you can talk to your friends about, sharing your secrets about how to look flawless without taking hours.
I would like to start off by saying I hate shopping. I still have flashbacks from having to try on shirts multiple times in a dressing room with the store employee asking if I’m okay. I love to do my shopping in my bed and preferably on Amazon. Recently I’ve started to go to Tj’s to pick up things for my new dog. I found that Amazon was actually more expensive and the quality was way higher at Tj Maxx. Like pretty much everything in life, shopping is always better with a few strategies, here’s a few of my tips.
1.Go to your local store, not online
In my opinion, I always find better things at the store that are also less expensive. The main reason behind this is the online store has more expensive brands and a smaller collection. For example you can’t buy bras or many home items online.
2. Never go on the weekends
This is one of my biggest rules about Tj Maxx. On the weekends, the store is packed and sometimes you don’t get to relax and look through everything. You could miss out on a great deal because you skipped over the section because a woman was standing in the way for ten minutes.
3. Always check the clearance
Even if you’re going there for a black pair of pants you only need for work, always check the clearance (unless you’re strapped for time). Some of my favorite things for my house I found in the clearance; sometimes you even find some funny stuff you just have to get.
4. Shop during January and July
Stores tend to try to clear out inventory during these months to make room for the new season. This could be the best time to get your winter jacket or bathing suit.
5. Use the Amazon Price comparison app
All you have to do is simply scan the barcode and you can figure out if you’re getting a good deal. Everyone knows about the “compare at” price on all their tags. Well that “compare at” price is sometimes very inflated to make it seem like you’re getting a better deal.