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DERMA E Fresh New Look

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DERMA E is a line of natural skin products at a reasonable price available at Whole Foods, Target, and a number of other stores. 

I am definitely a fan of DERMA E's packaging reboot.  It's a simpler, yet sleeker.  Absolutely more appealing aesthetically.  However, the formulas are the same.  I have actually been a fan of the DERMA E products since my first DERMA E post months ago.

The DERMA E brand is passionate towards health, wellness and evironmental sustainability. Their products are 100% vegan and cruelty-free.  They do not contain parabens, sodium lauryl sulfates, petrolatum, mineral oil, gluten, soy, GMOs, and most importantly for me there are no artificial colors.  I have known reactions to artificial colors so this is a huge selling point for me! 

Personally, I feel my skin screams help!  This hydrating duo came to the rescue.  I used both the Hydrating Night Creme and Hydrating Day Creme for two weeks and I loved it.  It wasn't greasy like other cremes that boast being hydrating to skin.  It felt so light on my skin, and it left my skin feeling soft and smooth.  Sometimes I would put my makeup on a little after I used the Hydrating day creme and it made my makeup go on smoother and my foundation less heavy.

After my two weeks of use, I can say I am definitely satisfied.  I liked it so much, that DERMA E's Hydrating Day Creme and Hydrating Night Creme is definitely an easy answer for the perfect Holiday gift.       





When my babies were babies...


Cents of Style: Remi Long Sleeve Swing Dress

Finally a dress made for every body type.  I rarely wear dresses pass my knees because I'm not very tall and long dresses look like nightgowns on me.  The Remi Long Sleeve Swing Dressis sooo comfortable, not heavy, and so easy to wear. It comes in many 17 colors and is available in sizes Small-3x. The Remi Swing Dress is $21.95 + Free Shipping with promo code DRESS2016 at checkout.    



I chose the Serenity Blue Color because I love how it will contrast against the colors of the changing fall leaves, how it would stand out against the white winter snow, and how the color is light and airy for when winter turns to spring.  This is definitely a dress for all season. 

I paired the Remi Swing Dress with Cents of Style's Jojo Solid Blanket Scarfin charcoal.  The scarf is light enough to wear around your neck when it's chilly out or as a wrap on those cold season nights.

The Remi Long Sleeve Swing Dress is easy to dress up or down.

*Paired it with leggings and ankle boots to keep you warm and casual. 

*Dressed it up with date-night accessories and heels.

* Wear it with a fitted or loose sweater and show it off as a nice long skirt.

The are so many possibilities!!!

Fashion Friday Story - Long Sleeve Swing Dress for $21.95 + FREE SHIPPING w/code DRESS2016

A few style tips courtesy of Cents of Style

Our Style Tips

*Wear your new swing dress with your go-to pendant necklace and a pair of heels. It's simple and elegant. Hello, holiday parties!
*Plaid! Add a plaid shirt tied around your waist for the ideal festival vibe.
*This dress is an ideal addition to your favorite ankle boots. We're loving this look! (Hint - it pairs well with everything from a plaid shirt, to a vest, to a kimono, to a pendant's the perfect finishing touch.)
*Layer a cute vest over your swing dress. It provides interesting texture and contrast and switches up your look just a little.
*Cold weather is coming! Pair this swing dress with a coordinating blanket scarf, add a great wool fedora and ankle boots, and you have a pulled together look that will keep the chill out too.
*Don't forget our other must-have accessory this Fall & Winter - the kimono. Layer a heavier kimono with a little length over your dress to add a bit of warmth without feeling bulky. You'll be right on trend.

Cents of Style

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Cents of Style Life Is Series...Life Is Beautiful

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As part of Cents of Style's "Life Is.." campaign, I wanted to show you my "Life Is..." slogan: 

Life Is Beautiful

Life Is Beautiful

In 2013 our family suffered 2 unexpected heartbreaking losses.  With those losses, I, like many other people who have lost someone, made promises to embrace life's moments, appreciate those around me and to take care of myself.  For a few months those promises lasted.

Everyday life and stresses made the days pass quicker.  Taking time to look around and feel the beauty of life stopped.  My days were filled with just accomplishing and getting over daily tasks.  I never did get around to take care of my health.  I've had a known thyroid issue for a few years and there have been a few times I would be really sick for unexplained reasons. Soo sick I went to the ER.  I've known of my issues but I had cast them aside to deal with them later.

In October 2014, things changed.  I got sick again, but it was different.  Without going into deeper details.  I thought it was it for me. I felt like my soul was leaving.  All I could think about was that I should have given my children and husband more of me. I could have been so much more for them. 

I got better, but after a few tests they still didn't know what was wrong.  I felt betrayed by my body.  Most days I would stay in my bedroom in the dark.  Going out was difficult.  I would then go back to the ER two more times within 2 months.  The doctors would find different things wrong with my body but not the source of my initial problem.

My January birthday passed and nothing changed.  By February, the birth month of my two children, I decided I wanted to feel life again. With time, the patience and support of my husband and children, and a few huge lifesyle changes, I have gotten better, but I'm not 100% the same.  Now I take the time to appreciate life, even the simplist things. Life is too beautiful to spend it in a dark room all alone in despair.

I chose Life Is Beautiful as my slogan because I truely believe that life is beautiful and should never be taken for granted.

Life Is Beautiful. Life is too beautiful to miss.

Life Is Beautiful.  Be a part of Life's Beauty!

What is your "Life is..." slogan? 

Cents of Style


Seven Magic Mountains





"Nothing’s ever been done without criticism. Every great change, every great … whether it’s revolution or evolution of things … there’s always criticism of it. And there’s always that, ‘I don’t like change’ kind of mentality. But you have to be able to take that and say you know what in the long run they’ll see what’s going on, they’ll see what’s right, and they’ll understand." -KAEPERNICK


A Day at Julian Mining Company

Julian Mining Company was a very fun and education sidetrip during our trip to San Diego. We did gold mining as well as gem mining, which my kids loved!









There is a cute little store with the coolest items! Like animal shaped slingshots!

There are fun animals.




Pura Vida

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Pura Vida's Beach Clutch

With NEW custom styles to choose from, Pura Vida's Beach Clutch is your new go-to summer bag! Carry all of your beach essentials with you for a fun day in the sun. Live Free, Pura Vida! *Includes a free randomly selected bracelet with purchase.

• Water Resistant Interior Lining
• Custom contrast zipper with leather pull
• Leather Pura Vida patch
• Fully lined with 100% cotton
• Product measures: 12 in W x 9.5 in H

Pura Vida's Friendship Pack

Save some cash by purchasing bracelets in this custom style pack that is made up of our ten best-selling originals! Wear them all together or mix and match your favorite combinations.

Pack Includes Our 10 Best Sellers!
• Coral Reefin'
• Seafoam Seamonster
• Hakuna Matata
• Berry Cute
• Wish You Were Here • Life in Color
• Changing Tides
• Abalone Obsession
• Beach Life
• Color Collage

Pura Vida's Yoga Girl Pack

This pack was designed by Rachel Brathen, New York Times best-selling author, motivational speaker and international yoga teacher. Known to her 2 million social media followers as @Yoga Girl, she travels the world teaching and inspiring people across the globe to live a life of balance and self-love every single day. 10% of the proceeds from her pack will be donated to 109, a non-profit organization that supports global missions to combat the greatest social and environmental challenges of our time.

Pack Includes:
• Seafoam Braided
• Beach Life Original
• Gold Feather Strawberry
• Solid Neon Pink
• Flat Braided Pacific Blue


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