PupJoy Review

Anyone who know me, knows I’m a little too obsessed with my little puppy Eleven and I love to spoil her.  I love getting subscription boxes and there’s so many different options it is really easy to not know what the right box is for you and your dog.

My favorite thing about PupJoy is they give you the most customizable options.  My dog has a very sensitive stomach and she only gets her food and one type of treat.  Therefor I love that PupJoy gives you the option to have a box that is only toys. They also have options to do a mix of toys and treats, just treats, or what I got that was just toys.

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My dog is probably one of the pickiest little puppers when it comes to toys.  She has her favorites, some she’ll randomly get excited about and run around the house with, and some she will never touch.  In my box there was a great variety of toys.

Her box included a PupJoy Brewing treat dispenser, PupJoy Bad To Da Bone Ballistic Stuffless Toy , Doog Stick Elwood, Duck with tennis ball, and Zingfling.

Immediately right when I opened the box Eleven fell in love with this Duck, it was almost impossible to get a photo.  My favorite part about this duck is there is a tennis ball inside, which makes it super easy to play fetch with.

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The second toy Eleven decided to chew on was the treat dispenser, then moved on to the Elwood stick.  This stick is great for playing fetch outside.  It’s a lot easier to throw farther than a tennis ball and get out of her mouth.  Also, my favorite part, it’s super easy to clean.

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The cutest part is whenever I come home now Eleven greets me at the door with this stuffless bone.  Currently, she just learned how to rip stuffing out of toys, therefore the fact that this is stuffless, I absolutely love.

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PupJoy is very unlike other dog subscription boxes.  They are the only box that has treats for dogs with dietary needs, customizable toy options depending on what type of chewer your dog is, and customizable delivery options.  They work directly with indie brands to have the best quality, natural, and organic products. The best part is ordering from PupJoy your money is also going to a great cause.  A portion of every order is donated to help shelter animals find loving homes.

 

 

 

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Pact Organic Is Your One Stop For Ethical Leggings

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.

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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.

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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.

Why You Need To Know About KVossNYC Cosmetics

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

My Top 5 Tips For Shopping At TJ Maxx

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

4 Ways to Never Lose Your Rings

One of my biggest weaknesses is keeping organize.  You’d be surprised by the things I’ve lost, everything from socks to some of my favorite pieces of jewelry. Jewelry is incredibly easy to loose, but it is also very easy to keep organized if you just add one thing to your life.

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What I’m talking about is a ring dish.  It’s the perfect size to keep all your jewelry you wear every day and is small enough for your bathroom sink or your nightside table.  All the items below are made by Elycia Camille, which is a handmade Ceramic Art business on Etsy.

1. The newlyweds

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Any bride who opens this gift is going to love it because her husband will always have a safe place to put his wedding ring.  It also is a cute gift for a couple to keep for their new life together.

2. The fashionista

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This is perfect for someone who always has new bling they wanna show off.  It’s very important to take your rings off before you go in the water, even for a shower.  This way nothing will get lost or tarnished.

3. Your mother

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Just in time for mother’s day! This gift is perfect for any mother.  Over the years you’ve gotten her plenty of jewelry and now she has a place to keep it all.

4. Your Dad

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At least, in my opinion, I never know what to get my dad.  This is the perfect gift for your dad to hold on to his cuff links.

4 Steps To Create A Flawless Natural Look

Creating the “natural look” is commonly known as being more challenging than it looks.  The thing is it is if you’re using the wrong products.  These five products from IBY Beauty will make this effortless look actually effortless.

1. Conceal & Highlight Pen

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After washing your face in the morning apply this concealer.  This pen does a grat job of covering unwanted dark spots or blemishes.  It also works as a great highlighter, to emphasize your face.

2.  BB Cream

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BB cream is perfect to use for a light makeup.  This look is perfect for the summer months.  The reason being is BB Cream also has SPF and your face will be protected from the sun.

3. Brow Tint

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First, let me say that this brow tint is absolutely amazing.  A few years ago I got a brow tint and they stopped making it.  And since then I haven’t been able to find anything to come close until this brown tint.

4. Lip Stain Pen

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This lip stain is perfect for the right amount of color for your lips.  A common misconception is that you shouldn’t use any lip color for this look, but a little color make it look a lot better.

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13 Things To Wear When Weather Gets Confusing

Even though it’s a little worry some that it’s not snowing this month, I’m enjoying the nice weather.  The only problem is I have no idea what to wear in this in between weather.  It’s too hot for a jacket, scarf, and a hat, but it’s too cool to wear just a sweater.  Here’s the guide we all need for this weather.

1. Lightweight longline bomber

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These are great for when you’re going out.  The reason being is it’s still a little chilly to be bare legged, but a longline bomber will keep you warm.

2. Scarfs

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It’s the perfect thing to bring with you when you’re unsure about the weather.  If it’s too warm it’s so small you can always just throw it in your bag.

3. Wool coats

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I know what you’re thinking, wool? Really? But they are perfect for a day out in inbetween weather.  The reason being is you don’t have to zip or button them up.

4. Light jacket, with a mini tee

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I just got a mini tee and love it.  Tees are one of the most underrated tops.  It’s a perfect opportunity to wear a pair of high waisted jeans. A light jacket will keep you cozy when you’re outside.

5. Bright accessories

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With warmer weather it’s a great chance to start wearing your favorite baby pink bag that you thought you could only wear in spring and summer.

6. Mini skirts

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I did this last week when the weather was so nice, warm, and it was amazing.  Stick to colors that are still wintery like denim, suede, or corduroy.

7. Light sweater

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Don’t worry – sweater weather is still not over.  Just trade in your wool knit sweaters for lighter ones.  They are perfect under a light jacket.

8. Statement coats

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Remember that leopard print coat you bought thinking you’d wear so much, but it’s always been so cold? Good for you this warmer weather let’s you wear that coat all you want.

9. Sneakers

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No need to worry about messing up your converse that you can’t possibly get any type a scuff mark on. Also, sneakers are super cute and way easier to walk in than heels.

10. Leather Moto jackets

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These a great because they add the perfect amount of warmth.  They also look amazing zipped up or better yet not zipped.

11. Long sleeve crop tops

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These are great for when you’re going out.  Let’s just say this warmer weather has made going out so much better.  You look cute and you’re also not freezing.

12. Draping

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No longer is this look for people who think they’re “too cool”.  This is perfect for when you’re walking around town and need a little warmth and love your winter jacket.

13. Overalls

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Match your overalls with a sleeveless turtleneck.  It’s perfect for when you’re going in between chilly and warm.  For example going between classes.

7 Stylish Memo Boards For Every College Student

Sitting in class right now the day after spring break could not seem like it could go any slower.  The thing is your brain is still on spring break mode, which is fine. But the problem with that is sometimes your spring break mind can sometimes make you forget about something important you have to do.  Here’s a list of memo boards featuring MagnaMemos on boards for every college student to keep them organized.

Being a college student, the best part about these boards is how light they are.  If you’re living in a dorm or renting an apartment off campus, you can’t use nails or anything stronger than command strips.  These are easy to set up and put anywhere in your home.

1. The World Traveler

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If your passport is filled with stamps from all over the world or if you have a wish list of all the places you wish to go in the future, you’ll love this board.  You can make note of the places you want to go, by drawing on the map itself.  The best part of these is they are completely dry erase safe.

2. The Disney Lover

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I feel like everyone has a friend who is obsessed with Disney.  This is the perfect gift to get them.

3. The Cat Lover

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What cat lover wouldn’t want to write their daily to-do list on this board.   It’s purfect for someone who loves their cat more than anything.

4. The Wine Lover

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Because sometimes you need a reminder after that long day at work to stop and get yourself your favorite type of wine.

5. The Vintage Lover

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If you love going to thrift stores on the weekend, this is a perfect place to write down a vintage clothing piece that you’re looking for.

6. The Beach Lover

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All these memo boards at Magna Memos have a different frame that perfectly matches their photo.  This is perfect for anyone who loves the beach and wants something to remind them of it.

7. The Organizer

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If you’re the person that plans everything out in a month, this is your board.  You have a dot for every day, there’s no way you’re going to forget anything.

The Fashion World Would Not Be The Same Without These Refugees

The reason I started this blog way back when was to show that fashion is more than just clothing, it’s about making a statement.  Even though it may seem longer, Trump has only been president for a month, and so far he’s signed multiple executive orders that have upset Americans.  His most popular being the “muslim” ban.  This ban “prohibits nearly all citizens from Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen from entering the United States for 90 days”.

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Trump did this to “protect” our country.  What I don’t think he understands is that these people are coming to America to start a new life and be safe.  They go through years of screenings and background checks to come here.  Most importantly there has been no attacks made from any refugee entering in the United States.

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The fashion industry has greatly impressed me by the statements and stand they are making with this ban.  Teen Vogue has completely changed and has political articles and are showing young women how to be educated about the topic and make sure they have a voice.

Halima Aden

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Halima Aden made one of the biggest runway impacts this past fashion week in New York City by simply being herself.  Aden stepped out on Kanye West’s Yeezy show wearing her hijab.  She was proudly representing Muslim women at one of the biggest shows.  Aden was born in a Kenyan refugee camp.

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“My goal is to send a message to Muslim women and young women everywhere that it’s okay to break stereotypes and be yourself,” she says. “Always stay true to who you are—barriers can and will be broken!”

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Aden is on her way to break even more of them.  She has a photo shoot with fashion legend Mario Sorrenti. “I haven’t received any pressure to be anything other than myself,” she says, “and for that, I am so grateful.”

Alek Wek

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In 1991 Wek fled to Britain  to escape the Civil War in Sudan. She now lives in Brooklyn, New York.  When she was only 14 she enrolled in London’s College of Fashion.  One day in 1995 Wek was discovered in an outdoor market in Crystal Palace, London.

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She appeared in a Tina Turner music video then signed to Ford Models.  Since 2002 she has been an advisor to the U.S. Committee for Refugees Advisory Council.  That Council helps raise awareness about the situation in Sudan as well as refugees worldwide.

Ataui Deng

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Deng came to the United States when she was 12; she was one of the 3,500 Sudanese refugees that fled their war-ravaged country for the US in 2004.  When she was 16 she signed with Trump’s agency, and quickly was whisked away to walk runways all over the world and part of high profile campaigns.  Corinne Nicolas who is the president of Trump Model Management, told the San Antonio Express-News, “I think Ataui, through the hardships that she’s had in life, through what she’s seen, it’s probably made her stronger.”

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All of the models in Trump’s business are foreigners, and are not permitted to work in the US because they only have tourist visas.  Michael Wildes who is Trumps own immigration attorney, said, “This is not the way you deal with people’s lives.”

Angok Mayen

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Mayen escaped a terrible civil war in South Sudan and setting in Syracuse in 2013.  She started doing some photo shoots, but for money she took part time jobs at Marshalls and TjMaxx.  One day while working she met Cushman and has since been on two issues of Vogue Italia, many American magazines, and Esprit Clothing campaign.  Since moving to America, Mayen has worked for these glamorous opportunities.  As a refugee, her vision of the American Dream involved education and stability.

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Monica Phromsavanh

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Monica is from a small town in northern Argentina where her family lived as refugees after leaving the violence and chaos of the secret war in southwest Asia.  “We lived a life of poverty that only a refugee could know,” said Phromsavanh. “Hundreds of families lived in a warehouse without electricity or running water. Work was sporadic and often impossible to find. We didn’t speak Spanish and the Laotian people were subject to harassment and treated with little respect.”

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She dropped out of school at 14 and began working 60-hour weeks.  She stood on her feet from morning to night in a dusty warehouse in Buenos Aires. Instead of focusing on the small paycheck and the horrible working conditions she cherished the opportunity to be independent. “For the first time in my life, I could afford groceries, shoes, and a winter coat. That meant the world to me, and I was happy,” she said.

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After taking a trip to Laos she decided to start Modabox. “I was ready to create something worthy of the business acumen I had developed over the years, and that matched the potential I knew I had,” she said. “I wanted to reach a greater audience than I could through a traditional retail setting.” Modabox provides the convenience of a personal stylist for online shopping.  Modabox created fully styled outfits delivered to your door.

7 Reasons Why Being Single on Valentines Day Is Lit AF

I have to disagree with Taylor, staying in on Valentine’s day with your friends is nothing but pathetic.  Even though every romantic comedy makes it seem like is impossible to be happy single. You don’t need anyone, but yourself to be happy.  You are a strong independent women who don’t need no man.

1. You don’t have to spend any time picking out something he “might” like

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I have two older brothers and still have no idea what to get a guy in any situation.  I usually write something dirty, but probably shouldn’t do that cause well, I’m single so clearly doesn’t work.

2. You can look as fancy or as ratchet As You Want

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The best part of staying in is you don’t have to wait 45 minutes to get into a so-so restaurant in your town than to get seated next to some couple who is feeding each other chocolate cake.  When you stay in your friends and put frozen food in the oven and bake some chocolate goodies.

3. No disappointment

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After being in a relationship for the past year, only thing amazing about being single is there’s no disappointment.  Here’s my trick talk to at least three guys, therefore you can’t ever build up expectations.  Also, I’ve gone through planning pretty romantic things to never be what I thought it would be.  Long story short any girl who rants about how great her boyfriend was on V-day, it probably wasn’t that lit.

4. Boys come and go, best friends stay through it all

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The best part of a girls night in is you don’t have to worry about feeling alone.  You are surrounded by the people that will have your back no matter what.

5.  You don’t have to share

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Oh, your boyfriend bought you a box of chocolate, but you didn’t get any?  The best thing about any holiday regarding candy is the day after everything is half off.  You can have all the candy you want and can eat that toffee bar that you normally let him have.

6. You can do WHATEVER you want

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No Taylor you don’t. Every article about being single on Valentines Day says that if you’re single that it’s just a normal day, but why does it have to be? Do something you want to do, just cause you’re single doesn’t mean you have to go home watch mad men, and shit on guys.  Treat ‘yo self.

7. You can meet someone new on Valentines Day

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Just cause it’s on some random day in the middle of the week doesn’t mean you can’t go out.  Go out, wear that cute top you’ve been needing a reason to wear. Meeting new people is a great thing, which we don’t (at least my generation) doesn’t take advantage of.