Archive | December, 2015

December / Year in review

30 Dec

December was a bad month for me in terms of wardrobe . Why ? 3 leggings of mine ripped (from India) and my favorite black skinny jeans/pant came apart in a week’s time. I ran to Uniqlo and picked up a Camel colored legging ($32) to ensure not going pantless to work.. Also picked up a pencil  skirt for $7 (down from $78) from Marshalls .

The last shopping trip of 2015 saw the addition of a Suede mint flats ($63) and a sheath dress ($11) . I was also gifted a black pant and burgundy belt by my SIL. Thats about $113 for this month.

I really like having an account of what I bought this past year.  I noticed that 4 items from this year (Keds/dolman top/sequin sweater/peplum top) don’t get any use. All 4 were ‘risky’ online orders. That means I ordered them inspite of knowing from the size chart that it might not fit me. That’s about $100 worth of clothes/shoes that will be unused. That is 6% of my purchases since March.I never had a shopping problem to begin with. I also don’t have a cohesive closet and nothing goes with anything else so keeping track has helped me immensely.

Also both the boyfriend jeans I purchased this year get used maybe once a month . I won’t buy this fit anymore.

That said, being accountable on this blog if only to myself has really helped. I wear every single thing that I bought this year routinely. I especially LOVE my November purchases although they are the most boring of the lot. They go with everything.

I think $2000 per year is plenty for me. Next year I will stick to my $500 per quarter plan but I wont accumulate more than 10 pieces per quarter. That is a lofty goal and one I set because I want fewer things in my closet which a) Must not shrink b) Must not pill c) Must not fade d) Must especially not rip 2) Must only be Cotton/Wool/Linen/Leather/Silk.

One of my thoughts for this year is to have a wardrobe shopping list similar to a grocery shopping list. This should simplify the process of getting ready. Some of the things I feel that are missing in my closet right now: Colorful Peacoat/jacket , Black riding boots, brown flats.

The sensitive skin struggle

12 Dec

Disclaimer: Worrying about skin is shallow and documenting it can be construed as especially vain, I acknowledge that is in fact the case with me. This is a fun blog I will never make anything when you click on any post.

This past year my skin has reared its ugly head. It looks dull, uneven, breaks out atleast 2-3 times a month and then leaves a giant dark spot making it look more uneven. .  I tried many things , mostly from 100% pure and went one month without trying anything and learned a few things.

->  FOr some reason my regular facewash was making my skin too oily. I switched to Dr.Bronners and used it according to the instructions. I used this Vitamin-C serum in lieu of the ester-c serum. The primary reason is that the second one leaves your hand sticky and has a strange smell. I bought a new lipstick from MAC which i love. I also tried the lip tint from lush . Don’t ever buy it, on two occasions it made my lips bloat up to 2x the size. I ended up using it like sidewalk chalk.

-> I had tiny flareups on my forehead for 3 whole months starting from late spring..  NOTHING helped. After a lengthy trial I have concluded that in summer the best thing I can do for my skin in leave it alone . I finally bought this spray moisturizer and went one month with using my body wash/ the one moisturizer .

-> Right now my skin looks dull and I started usign the vitamin c serum again along with cherry coffee cream moisturizer. This is a medium strength moisturizer, perfect for me.Dont recommend it for women who need extra moisturizing.

-> Facial skin is very thin. I read an article that said moisturizers applied on the face absorb faster than the rest of the body. So last winter I moved my entire facial care to natural/organic . I tried a few serums: This brightening one and this super fruits one.  The first one was good but not better than the rest. However, combined with the entire brightening line (I had samples) it had a great effect. The second one goes on like an oil. I gave samples to a few of my friends who loved it. I think i have a few more if you are interested.  I used mine and wont repurchase , it was too oily for me.

Finally, a few other things I’ve tried:

-> Body Wash: I love the 100%pure body washes but they are priced significantly higher than other prices. Some of the body washes dont need a moisturizer afterwards. Then again, this is what I found with the cheap neutrogena body wash.

-> Body butter/moisturizers/scrubs – THe body butter is outstanding. The rest are mediocre. Still, the only thing that helped get rid of scales in my feet is the cetaphil moisturizing cream.  Oh, HOW I WISH this had a scent to it. @#$!

-> Makeup: Honestly, if you use makeup then give this one a try. I am paranoid about applying chemical based makeup and the only things I use apart from my 100% pure line are the benefit magic ink eyeliner and MAC lipstick. Infact I bought the black tea eyeliner from 100% pure and it actually goes on better. No reason to buy high priced junk anymore when high priced good stuff is available.