The Body Shop Moringa Body Mist | Review

March 03, 2015

Last month I ordered this fragrance on a whim as a part of a sale at Ulta and have been delightfully misting myself with it everyday since. Made with pure moringa extract and fair trade essence from sugarcane, The Body Shop's values and ethical practices are present with this product. Described as having a delicate, white floral scent that is light and fresh, Moringa is the ultimate spring/summer daytime fragrance with a unique profile different than your typical flowery body mist. When I waft it under my nose, I first catch the full floral notes and the sweet femininity it has which then transitions into an almost dated, 'what a 90's teen would wear' vibe. The scent doesn't last but a couple of hours on the skin, however layering it with lotion or spritzing directly on fabric to wear or sleep in extends the potency. If you like the appeal of a frilly, sugary, yet refreshing scent to toss in your handbag as a pick-me-up then give this bottle a try.

I find a sentimental value to the Moringa fragrance as it is similar to a candle I once made in my Aunt's beauty laboratory that we dyed pastel pink, labeled with butterflies, and called Melissa. It takes me back to those almost spiritual summer days in my hometown listening to 70's classics and sipping on Gevalia coffee while enjoying her warm company.

What is your favorite floral fragrance?

How to Stay Happy

February 27, 2015

Eat food from farmers markets.
Drink good tea each morning.
Read books that make you feel.
Paint, even if you're awful.
Write, even when you have nothing to say.
Sit in the fresh air outside.
Go on hikes.
Swim in lakes and wade in streams.
Sleep as long as you need.
Work hard at what you love.
Work hard at what you hate.
Love unconditionally and wholeheartedly.

-  Michelle

Stylish Ways to Stand Out in Winter

February 23, 2015

Living in Michigan where we have been experiencing temperatures so cold that nomadic Alaskans would be sympathetic, I find that staying stylish here in the harsh elements can sometimes be an afterthought. While my idealistic vibe is bundled up snow bunny, I end up rocking more of the practical yet frumpy marshmallow look. In order to solve this fashion crisis, I've taken time to put forth effort by adding some chicness to my winter attire and have since been loving the sparkle of personality it gives my once bland outfits.

Play with the details
Although I've been feeling the grey monotone look as of recent, I still like to mix it up with a clash and match of colors and prints as it can make outerwear become instantly stylish. Articles that layer to make a statement while also keeping the body warm are your typical thick scarf, a pair of gloves or socks, vests, and headwear if you're into that. Playing with contrasts and textures of these pieces creates interest and eye appeal for a more sophisticated, heightened element to your look.

Accessorize yourself
I love the simplicity of an oversized sweater paired with leggings but sometimes feel it is a bit too basic for certain moods. A wrist full of stacked bracelets like from Alex and Ani, chunky necklaces, a bold watch from Pragnell jewelers, or a big pair of glasses with a funky frame develops lots of character without compromising comfort. A staple handbag also works wonders, and for this fashionable effect I adore totes or satchels with enough room to hold bulky gloves and scarves.

Walking art
If layering neutrals just isn't your thing, going for a bright peacoat or patterned snow boots contrasts the white weather to elevate your winter wardrobe. Going bold with the basics of the outfit is a great way to add tons of personality, and also makes maintaining a style so effortless once the shopping is done. For new ideas on what to wear, I find tons of inspiration from various independent fashion blogs, tumblr, or the ever trendy Polyvore.

What is your favorite winter accessory to wear?