Welcome to INKWITCHERY!
If you’ve followed/known me for a while you’d know I’ve had a number of domains/websites (or online journals, before they were called blogs) since 2000. It has been such a long time since I’ve had a proper website. In fact my last real update was Spring of 2013! A lot has changed and most of it has been documented on my Instagram account (@inkwitchery).
This domain is my renewed attempt at keeping a cohesive online presence that extends beyond the quick FB, Twitter or IG posts.
As soon as I sampled ‘English Oak and Hazelnut’ by Jo Malone London, I knew I needed to add it to my arsenal. This is incredible! It’s clean and crisp, earthy and green, woodsy and masculine – mmm!
One of my favorite things about Jo Malone fragrances is, none of their scents are strictly for women or men. The presentation and packaging is neutral and classic. As someone who loves androgynous scents, this one is my new ride or die.
easy to use
feels nice, slight tingle
nice packaging (sturdy, closed well)
little goes a long way
several applications to see results
Having no experience with face at-home masks or peels I was excited to the Erno Laszlo White Marble Dual Phase Vitamin C peel out. For the record, I have combination skin that’s prone to being sensitive. I’ve had this set for over a month and after a several applications (at night after my usual cleansing ritual), I’ve noticed a decent improvement in my skin’s tone, clarity and texture. Additionally, most importantly, my skin did not have any adverse reactions – yay!
This is advertised as a “peel” but, the first step is more of an exfoliating scrub. If you’re not into citrus scents you may not like this. The scent is noticeable but, not overpowering. There’s also a slight tingly feeling upon application of the second step but, nothing that would indicate something was amiss.
While it’s an expensive product, I feel the benefits outweigh the initial sticker shock. Plus, you don’t need to use much in order to cover an area. As a busy mom of three I can appreciate the quick – 4 minutes – process.
[ I received this complimentary from Influenster in exchange for my honest/unbiased review. ]
1. The Husband, turned ‘gardener’, for keeping the front yard looking as cottage-y garden-esque as possible. He deadheads the roses, prunes the rosemary, waters the succulents, edges and mows the grass. He even makes sure the bird feeder is kept full. He is what pride of ownership is all about, folks.
2. YouTube for the numerous and informative videos on how to give yourself a haircut (long layers via ponytail!) and essential half-moon bang trims. Money saved and anxiety, over having too much hair cut, abated.
3. The Dodgers heading to the World Series not because I’m a fan (not into sports, really) but, because it made the Husband so, so, SO happy.
4. Not needing to “suck it in” for photos, ha. Still a work in progress but, hooray for small victories!
5. Herbal teas and coffee and refreshing ice cold water because I can’t drink enough liquids while I’m breastfeeding!
Don’t mind me, just admiring my new ink.
It has been far too long since I’ve heard the familiar buzz of a tattoo gun. 5 years, give or take. I’ve always wanted more but, had to wait because of my pregnancies, then breastfeeding, and other necessities (like buying our first home, remodeling, then selling it, then buying our second home then moving/settling in, then landscaping and painting the exterior… oy!).
Now that things have begun to calm down (not really though because hello, we have 3 kids!) it’s time.
It’s ME time.
It’s time to get all the designs I’ve been working on the last 5ish years out of my head and onto my skin.
C’s birth date was etched onto my wrist when he was about 7 months old. I had plans to get L’s birth date done around his first birthday but, that was when I found out I was (surprise!) pregnant with our third. O is 7 months old now so no more excuses.
It was worth the wait to get both L and O’s birth dates at the same time. Just simple Roman numerals to represent three special dates and three special little boys.
Adding to their birth dates is a concept I came up with soon after I found out I was having our third boy. The Husband stated I would be the “queen” with all my little monsters. While I am out numbered, I’m well loved.
I chose a queen bee because she (and the collective hive) represent family, unity, working together, communication, and striving for/enjoying the sweetness of life. The crown is simple (because I’m not that bougie, ha). It incorporates an alternative triple moon symbol. I wanted the center or “full moon” to be a hexagon as a nod to a beehive. C was born during a full moon, L during a waxing moon and then O during a waning moon. The body of the bee includes a pentacle to represent the five of us. I especially love the dotwork shading style she used as it doesn’t feel or look too dark/heavy. Honestly, this pretty queen bee could not be a more perfect representation of our family.