Birkenstocks have been popular among travelers for quite some time, but the classic style was not appealing to me. In recent years, however, Birkenstock has branched out into a number of great looking styles. I decided to try the Gizeh model for my first pair. Yes, I said first pair. As in I can totally see myself getting more Birks in the future..
The sandal offers some great support for my foot with the anatomical footbed. The shoe molds to your feet over time, so you will get a great fit. One thing to note is that you are meant to sit back in these sandals. If the thong style sandal is causing you pain between the big toe and second toe, your foot is likely too far forward in the sandal. Set your heel all the way back, allowing the heel cup to cradle your heel. There is great arch support and a toe ball.
Do you think these could be the perfect travel sandal? I, for one, am curious to find out!
I finally did it. The insane. The unheard of. The completely uncharacteristic. After several years of staring, drooling, trying to choose a color.... I finally broke down and ordered the outrageously priced luxurious leather ballet flats -- Tieks.
Most people are not especially interested in modest swimwear, but if you are you know how difficult it can be to track down. Even a one piece is often cut in multiple ways that can make it quite showy.
I have lovedswim skirts as an option, but it can be annoying how the flowy skirt portion floats up to the surface of the water and besides, some of the skirted parts aren't even long enough to cover anything, but are more of a decoration!
If you want the convenience of two pieces with modesty and functionality I recommend the swim short... or swim pant? or swim Capri?
I wasn't sure how this would go so I ordered 3 options from Amazon that had free returns:
I found all three to be suitable options (pun intended)... :p
But I decided I liked the weight of the material best on the two from Private Island Hawaii Brand.
It took me a while of deliberating. But since I plan to wear these with tankinis that adjust to swim dress length, I decided I liked the longer length ones. These also give me the option to easily go from pool and beach to shopping, traveling, touring, eating, etc without totally screaming "Hey Y'all, I'm in swimwear!"
If you're looking for a modest, comfortable, and versatile swimwear option I think this style is a great bet!
This month's ipsy bag is all about having a chill summer. It featured the Sanrio character Gudetama, a humorously lazy fried egg. The bag is amusing & cute - front and back. (hehe)
Delayed Delivery of Ipsy Bag
This is my second month of Ipsy. Check out my first month here.
Last month my bag arrived on time for the estimated delivery which was 4 days after the shipping date. This month the bag did not arrive for 5 days after the estimated delivery date. I know Ipsy can't really help it if the delivery is delayed. We don't want the monthly cost to go up so they probably can't get any better of delivery systems, but I was so anxious to get my bag!!! I had to avoid youtube videos and Ipsy emails which spoil your entire bag! I can never decide if I want to know ahead of time what I got or if I want to be totally surprised. So far I have been trying to use self control to not peak at my bag contents before it arrived!
Thoughts on July 2017 Ipsy
I am once again quite pleased with my Ipsy bag!
The Gudetama theme is so adorable and prompted me to watch some Gudetama on youtube. This made me more amused about the bag and I enjoyed the cultural aspect.
A lot of my makeup brushes I have had for a while, so I like the idea of getting some brushes in my bag and if I like them replacing some older brushes that have seen their day.
I don't use lotion or cream often. I hate when your hands are all greasy and everything you do after you put the lotion on leaves residue. I like that this lotion has dead sea water/minerals in it. Partly marketing, partly because I think there really is benefit to it. lol. This is a great size for travel. I don't love that it has added fragrance, but the fragrance itself is mild and doesn't bother me in any way. It actually absorbs quite nicely into skin.
The eyeliner seems interesting and is described as a "gel-kohl". I am hoping it will glide on smooth and be long lasting. It has a pencil at one end and a liner brush at the other. Good for smudging out but I can also see this being great to travel with as you could use the line brush for multiple purposes!
I have never tried any products from Ofra Cosmetics before. This shadow is a gorgeous color. It comes in a refill pan that you can put in a palette. Fortunately, I have a mac make up palette with room to add this in!
In *love* with the adorable packaging on this little blush palette. I think this will be great for traveling. It offers a nice range of shades to pair with various eye looks which is ideal for me because I like to mix things up! The size is quite small, but I have been using with no trouble myblush sample from last month from the Balm and it has a similar size
If you wanna try Ipsy, this is my referral link. I think we both get points if you sign up for this link? You can use points to buy products from the ipsy website!
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** Why I like this nail clipper set **
I think the main photo of this product doesn't do it justice. This is a set of not only nail clippers, but also 3 other mani/pedi supplies to push back cuticles, clip hang nails, and file your nails, AND it's all in a really nice quality zipped storage case, making it perfect to keep everything in one spot at home and ideal for travel as well!
The clippers also have a nice sturdy feel when clipping nails, the hinge (or whatever?) is nice and tight which means you get an accurate clip on the first try.
**Experience With iSirius Products**
I have several products from iSirius and have been impressed with them all! I will link them at the bottom.
People are taking more photos than ever before. The sad thing is, a lot of our photos sit on a phone, hard drive, or memory card and aren't looked at again. :( Taking time to go through your pictures is a powerful way to take yourself back to the incredible things you have experienced and jog you memory about the way those experiences felt, tasted, smelled, etc.
Every trip bears many photos that mean a lot to you as an individual and usually you will also have a few stand-out shots that deserve more attention. Ordering a canvas print is an awesome way to reward your favorite pics and personalize your home's decor.
ArtToFrames will take your awesome pictures and put them onto canvas, gallery wrap style. That means the photo wraps around the sides of the canvas as well, so no matter how you view it, you will be seeing some of the image and not a bare white canvas along the sides.
The quality is really great, I love the texture ofcanvas prints. It comes with the hanging hardware already attached, you just need a nail on your wall and you're all set. They create and ship promptly and I really love my canvas- it brings back a lot of special Bermuda memories. I bought it for a discount, but would absolutely recommend purchasing it at full price.#arttoframes
Click the pictures to check out ArtToFrames on Amazon.
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