DV by Dolce Vita Sneakers

Normally, I’m not a sneakers kind of girl. After working in “corporate America” for several years I was used to getting dressed up and slipping into heels every day. Once I became a SAHM I realized I didn’t have as many casual options in my wardrobe. Sure, living in SoCal, I can get away with throwing on jeans, a tee and flip flops (and I have and it’s totally cool if that’s your MO) but I want to at least make some “self-care” effort.

I went from only owning one pair of (15+ years old, beat up) black Converse Chucks to having my choice of silver metallic Vans slip ons, Adidas Superstars (red/white) and now these pretties…

The DV by Dolce Vita Ruth high top sneakers! Shipping took a while but that’s the norm for all Target orders (at least in my experience).

I’m so in love with the dark charcoal grey color and happy I chose it instead of the black version. They fit true to size (I’m an 8 for reference) and the zipper closure make these super easy to put on/take off. Plus, the perforated cutouts are on trend (and will keep your feet cool). Highly recommend these!

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Influenster : Laura Mercier

I recently downloaded the Influenster app after signing up for it years ago (like, back in 2011!) because I was looking for product reviews. After updating all my info, interests and linking to my social media accounts, I was surprised to receive a complimentary @lauramercier TLSP VoxBox in the mail!

I’ve had the Laura Mercier Translucent Setting Powder saved in my Sephora ‘Loves’ list with the intention of buying it eventually but, I always end up getting other things instead. I’m sure y’all know how that goes, ha. Now that I’ve had a chance to play around with it, I have to say it’s has lived up to its hype.

• PROS :
finely milled
doesn’t cake up
translucent
no scent
a little goes a long way
can be applied with puff, brush or makeup sponge
various uses

• CONS :
may not be for those with very dry skin
puff is larger than container
not travel friendly

• OVERALL :
My skin is normal to dry and sensitive so I was a little wary about using a mattifying setting powder. However, I was pleasantly surprised with how this product performed. It left a nice, non-cakey appearance. And yes, it is translucent even on my skin. I applied a light dusting over my t-zone with the puff and brushed off the excess with my MAC 187 stippling brush. My face stayed matte all day, there was no oxidation and I did not experience any skin reactions.

While I do like the product and plan to incorporate it in my makeup routine, I wasn’t too thrilled about the puff being bigger than the container itself. It will have to be stored separately which can lend itself to being misplaced, getting dirty etc.

Since you can’t store the puff inside the container, it does not make it travel friendly. Once the protective sticker/cover is removed the powder will come out and accumulate on the lid when tossed around in your makeup bag. I had a similar issue with Bare Minerals containers until they changed to a twist closure. I hope this will be something they’ll look into for the future.

Despite those two nitpicky things, I am quite impressed with this powder. The price point is reasonable especially for the amount of product you’re getting. It’s available at Sephora for $28-$38 and comes in two shades; ‘translucent’ and ‘translucent medium deep’.

• Note : Opinions are my own. I received this product complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.

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Recent work.

I’ve been too tired at night to stay up and draw, so this may be my last piece for a while. However, I would like to create another piece before the baby arrives. I’ve got 2 weeks (give or take) left!

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Thirty Eight

I turned the ripe old age of thirty eight on the twenty fifth of January.

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If you had told me I’d be 37 weeks pregnant with our third child at the age of 38, I would have laughed hysterically in your face.

I never imagined I’d be a mother to one child let alone three. When I was in my teens and 20s I was sure I didn’t want children. Then I changed my mind and stated I’d like one (mostly, I knew I could only handle one, ha).

It wasn’t until I turned 30 that I/we seriously entertained the thought. Then I told myself my “cut off” (for having kids &/or getting pregnant) was 35. Obviously that didn’t work out quite like as I planned.

Isn’t that life though? You can make all these plans for the future, but in reality you’ve absolutely no control of how things will work out. Planning can only take you so far. That’s the frustratingly beautiful and exciting part of it.

I’m a planner by nature. I like to know what’s going to happen next – my next move, what I can expect, what is expected of me… It has taken me a long while to be OK with ‘going with the flow’, to relax. It wasn’t until I became a mother/parent did I realize I had to give up control sometimes (read: most of the time) and it’s totally OK to do so.

Here’s hoping the year ahead will be a good one. After all, we’ll soon be a family of 5 and it can only get better from there!

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