Petit Vour // April 2015 Review

The April 2015 Petit Vour review is finally here. 🙂

A couple things before we get started:

1) I am super particular when it comes to what products/ingredients I put on my face. My mom is an esthetcian and has me on a great – although strict – skincare regimine that is based on hours of endless research. Because of that, some products may not be tested on my face, but instead on other parts of my body. I will definitely make note of that if and when that is the case.

2) Petit Vour doesn’t pay me for these reviews, so everything here is 100% my true opinion. I am reviewing each product based on the following criteria: Ingredients, whether or not I have previously used the product or brand, packaging, fragrance, and then a few words on each item.

Okay, here we go!

April 2015 PV Review 1 April 2015 PV Review 2

Overall Review and Like v. Dislike BOX Naturals Luxe Towelettes: If I could, I would carry these on me all of the time. My samples were lavender and rosewater scented. Both were great! Best part of these for me was how refreshing they felt on my skin.

Suntegrity “5 in 1” Natural Moisturizing Face Sunscreen “BB Cream”: This is a good option if you are looking for a broad spectrum sunscreen that contains zinc oxide, however, it t is not personally for me as I felt it was too thick and heavy. A tube of this runs at $45 and comes in five shades: fair, light, golden light, medium, deep bronze. It’s vegan and fragrance free, which are two other bonuses.

The Konjac Sponge Company: I LOVE this sponge. I received the green clay sponge, and today I learned in my research that each color sponge represented a different skin type. The green clay sponge is for oily and/or combination skin. I use it in the evening with my facial cleanser and love how clean my skin feels after. I will more than likely continue to purchase this product.

Lauren B Beauty: Lauren B Beauty nail polishes are free of the toxic chemicals found in the more common brand name polishes, which is wonderful. These polishes run at $18 each and it’s not something I would personally buy, but if you are a nail polish lover, I would check this brand out.


Our Fairy Tale Engagement Session

Guys, I am so excited about this post. Yesterday, the mister and I received the digital files of our engagement photos. I had high expectations for them, and these blew my mind. I love every single one of them. Our photographers are so talented and beautifully captured the concept and mood we envisioned for this shoot. These photos are so special to me!

But first, let me give credit where it’s due.

Photographers: Eleakis & Elder
Makeup: Jasmine Cardenas Makeup Artist
Hair: Katie Thompson, Salon Bravissimo
Clothing: Heart Boutique

Here are some of my favorites 🙂

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Petit Vour // March 2015 Review

It’s finally here! Check out below for my review of the Petit Vour March 2015 box.

A couple things before we get started:

1) I am super particular when it comes to what products/ingredients I put on my face. My mom is an esthetcian and has me on a great – although strict – skincare regimine that is based on hours of endless research. Because of that, some products may not be tested on my face, but instead on other parts of my body. I will definitely make note of that if and when that is the case.

2) Petit Vour doesn’t pay me for these reviews, so everything here is 100% my true opinion. I am reviewing each product based on the following criteria: Ingredients, whether or not I have previously used the product or brand, packaging, fragrance, and then a few words on each item.

Okay, here we go!

March 2015 PV Review 1

March 2015 PV Review 2

Overall Review and Like v. Dislike

MSC Skincare Lavender and Spearmint Lip Balm:
I love that MSC products are handmade and that she has an Etsy shop where you can buy her products. I really enjoy this product. It’s nourishing and doesn’t feel heavy at all.  An individual lip balm runs at $7 a piece, and I’m not sure what her shipping and handling cost is. Is it on the pricier side for a .15oz stick of lip balm? Yes. Considering that it’s vegan, handmade in America, and cruelty free, I think it’s worth it.

Juice Beauty Stem Cellular Repair CC Cream:
Juice Beauty has a great ingredient list on their website that goes into detail about what each ingredient is and what it does. As I mentioned earlier, I am going to stick with my Osmosis CC Cream, but I did like the amount of coverage Juice Beauty’s gave. One standout dislike was the smell. It wasn’t horrible, but definitely noticeable. I am interested in trying out other Juice Beauty products that will hopefully come in my future Petit Vour boxes!

The Little Alchemist Cacao & Banana Face Glow:
This product is made in Australia. The beauty benefits are said to nourish and hydrate, reduce the appearance of fine lines, soften, soothe, and smooth, fight signs of aging, exfoliate and regenerate skin, provide a deep cleansing by drawing out toxins and impurities, brighten skin, and reduce inflammation. It claims to be suitable for all skin types. I liked the smell of this a lot. It was a great combination of banana and chocolate! It didn’t feel too tight on my skin, which I liked. I’m going to stick to my usual skin treatments, but I definitely recommend this mask!

Vert Mont Eros Natural Oil Perfume:
This product is handmade in Vermont, which is cool, but that’s all I really have to say about it. To each their own, but this is not something I would personally wear or recommend.

Well, that concludes the March 2015 Petit Vour box review. 🙂

If you have any questions, used any of these products before, and/or subscribe to Petit Vour, let me know below!

Petit Vour // March 2015

Hi, everyone!

I’m a little – okay, a lot – late to the party with my March Petit Vour review, but I promise it will be here soon. Last month I signed up for the monthly subscription box to Petit Vour. I had no idea what to expect, but after researching different beauty subscription services, I decided on the organic and cruelty free Petit Vour.

As I said earlier, I’m running behind on my blogging schedule (I blame wedding planning), but I’ll be posting up reviews on the products soon. Until then, here’s a look at what I received in my March box.

March 2015 PV Box

A) Juice Beauty Stem Cellular Repair CC Cream // sample size
B) Vert Mont Perfumery // sample size
C) The Little Alchemist Cocoa Banana Face Glow // sample size
D) MSC Skin Care Lip Balm // full size

I’m really excited to try these items, so stay tuned for the upcoming reviews!

The Moment My World Turned Upside Down

This past month has been an emotional rollercoaster for me. I’m writing this here and sharing with all of you in hopes that it will help me process my emotions and eventually let them go.

On February 10th, 2015, my mom was diagnosed with skin cancer. To be more specific, she was diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma. Before this experience, the only skin cancer I knew of was melanoma. I had no idea there were different types and was completely ignorant to the causes, recovery, surgery, and success rates. The only thing I knew at that very moment my mother called me with the news was that the doctors must be wrong. The growth the doctors removed a week before wasn’t a tumor, it was just some weird scab. There was no way my mom, the biggest advocate for sunscreen and skin care, could have skin cancer. When I heard the fear in my mother’s voice as she sat on the other line of the phone explaining this to me, reality sunk in. My mom, the one person in this world who holds a part of my heart no one else can even touch, has cancer.

 That first night I was a disaster. After I hung up the phone with my mom, I laid on my bedroom floor for hours sobbing uncontrollably. All I could hear in my head was ‘my mom has cancer’ and my mind was flooded with thoughts that still can make me cry if I think about them long enough. My fiancé did everything he could to console me, he was the positive light that gave me the smallest sense of hope I so desperately needed to get through this past month. I felt out of control and so small. For someone who thrives on having control and finding solutions to problems, this was especially frustrating. After hours on the floor, I knew I needed to find a way to gain some sort of control, and I did this by going to the gym and running. I hadn’t run since my half marathon last March, but that night I ran until I felt as though I couldn’t run anymore. While I ran, I cried and attempted to keep a steady breath. All I could think about was how much I still needed my mommy.

 Day after day passed and with it came stomach pains, nausea, anxiety, confusion, anger, terror, and a list of many other symptoms. I was trying so hard to be strong for my mother as she had been strong for me all of these years. For once, it was my turn to be the tough one, and I was struggling with it. I didn’t want her to see me in a negative state or hear about what a hard time I was having because I needed to protect her in some way. The last thing I wanted was for her to worry about me worrying over her. Over those days, I told a handful of people about my mom, I did some helpful and positive research, along with research I wish I didn’t do. (Note to my future self: Please don’t Google. You will only terrify yourself.) Both my mother and I received outpouring support and love from those we told. Many assured us that squamous cell carcinoma isn’t a death sentence; that with surgery, all could be fixed. Logically, I knew the statistics were in her favor. Logic and research proved my mom would more than likely be okay. Even so, logic could not stop the nightmares from coming. For two weeks straight I had repeated nightmares of my mother dying that felt so real, I would wake up screaming and crying in the middle of the night. For me, that was the worst part of this experience. The physical pain and side effects I could handle, but those nightmares are still engrained in my memory that to this day it’s painful to even think about for a moment.

 While I was being this weak version of myself, my mom was being the strongest version of herself. That’s my mom though. There is this beauty my mom possesses where even in the darkest of moments, she finds a way to shine some light and continue living her life fearless. These are all qualities that I admire about her. I often tell myself that if I end up being only half of the woman my mom is; I will have succeeded in life. She has this energy where positivity continuously beams out of her soul and touches everyone around her. Amidst the frightening reality and the even more frightening unknown, her positivity prevailed.

A little over a week ago, my mom had excision surgery to remove the layers of skin in the surrounding margins of where the tumor was. It left a really deep hole in my mom’s chest that thinking about it now, is actually sort of symbolic. There was now a physical hole to accompany the unmanageable emotional hole left in each of us the night she was diagnosed.

 Seven days ago, we received the great news that the biopsy was clear of cancer cells. I don’t think I will ever forget that moment. I felt as though I could finally breathe again and as though my world was put back together. I finally had the sense of relief and mindset that my mom had all along: She is stronger than this.

 This may sound cliché, but if I learned anything from this experience, it’s to simply love one another. Be kind to people. Be a positive force in this world. Love your family and treat them as the rare and precious gem they truly are. Take care of your parents and mend the relationships with family members and friends if you can.


Love yourself, love your family, and love your life. After all, life is too damn short to do otherwise.

Accessorizing Your Home

Fashion and interior design are two pretty peas in a pod. As a statement necklace can tie together an outfit, the right home accessory can make a living room look über chic.

Slowly but surely, I’ve been re-designing the interior of our home. In the name of frugality, I have been using what we have and finding innovative and creative ways to mix things up. For example, I’ve switched out our gray rug downstairs and replaced it with our deep sea green rug that we kept in our room, my mom has offered to create new pillow covers for the couch decor pillows with fabrics of my choice, and I’ve also found some really great Ikea hacks on Pinterest that I plan to take full advantage of.

Because I’m not in the position to go crazy and buy an entirely new living room set along with awesome accessories (I’m looking at you, upcoming wedding and brand new car), I get my interior design fixes from other blogs and spend a lot of time window – er – screen shopping online. I was introduced to the kind folks at Modani and designed a virtual living room using some of the beautiful pieces from their store that gave me serious design lust. Take a look below to see what I’ve come up with!

ModaniWhen designing my virtual living room, I wanted to create a super modern and chic set with color accents. I was instantly drawn to the Onyx Sofa Bed from Modani’s collection of modern sofas, most likely because it’s something I know I could never realistically have in my house thanks to these two crazy pups of mine. I love that, while risky, white furniture looks super fresh and elegant. I brought some of my personal style and taste into the design by adding pops of color with the neon yellow and blue throw pillows, as well as the moroccan style pouf. The Mateo Cream Rug added some dimension and tied in really well with the Boden floor lamp. After all of this, I still felt as though I needed one more accessory to really make this living room set-up cohesive. Enter, the statement-making Solaris mirror.

The Best of 2014 via Instagram

2014 was such an incredible year for me. I started this year off in the snow, then took a flight to Waikiki, ran my first half marathon, the boyfriend and I moved in together and welcomed a new pup son into our lives, and best of all, we got engaged! I know I say this every year, but this was the best year yet. I can’t wait to see what 2015 holds, but until then, here’s a look at my 2014 via Instagram. I hope you all had a wonderful year and wish you the best for 2015!

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A Look Back on 2014

I can’t believe that 2014 has come and gone. The Mr. and I were talking the other day about how we spent our New Years last year and it seriously feels as though it was only a few months ago! 2014 was an incredible year for me, and I know that 2015 will offer even more joy, love, and happiness. I was reflecting back on my goals for 2014 that I wrote last December, and wanted to see how accurately my year reflected those goals.


A few health and fitness goals I had and stuck to throughout the year were: exercise three times a week, drink more water, and complete a half marathon. I accomplished some travel/adventure goals as well, such as explore a new county in Europe (London!), camp Yosemite, and hike often. Lastly, I had goals for obtaining a healthier mind and spirit. Some of those were to start a gratitude journal, read more, see more sunrises, and cook often.

For 2015, I want to continue working toward a lot of these goals, but also introduce some new ones into to my life. In 2015, I want my main focus to be on self-healing and creating a positive lifestyle from the inside out. I know how to take care of my body on the outside by eating good food and regular exercise, but often times I forget to take care of my mind and spirit. Stress is a huge problem for me. My mom always tells me that my biggest problem is worrying about situations that aren’t happening, or in fact, may never happen. Stressing less is always on my goal list for the New Year, but rarely do I feel like I succeed in it. So, 2015 is the year I stop talking about it, and actually be about it. Another thing I want to work on is having more trust in myself. I am my harshest critic. I tend to doubt myself a lot and give myself a hard time when I make mistakes. I lose faith in myself easily and get discouraged if things don’t go according to my plan. These behaviors do not a peaceful soul make.

I still plan to see more sunrises, hike whenever possible, maintain a gratitude journal, and read as often as I can, but 2015 will be about healing from the inside out, and I am looking so forward to it.

In this post, I want to include some of my favorite posts from the past year. Here they are:

For a little inspiration: Living Wild

For when you don’t think you can accomplish something: How Running Changed My Life

For a little wanderlust: Waikiki Beach 2014, or Why I Wish I Were an Island Girl

For finding the beauty in nature: Snapshots of Table Mountain

The Weekly Vibe: Geometric Print

PRE_3318.1366x2048Preen by Thornton Bregazzi // via


Geometric Pillows // via Etsy

teal-peach-geometric-wedding-68That cake! Love it. // via Ruffled

il_570xN.609197720_3g4rArt Print // via Etsy

notweddingphilly-jessicacooper-45LOVE. WANT. NOW. // via Ruffled

As of Late // 10.20.14


Wanting: to celebrate! Robert and I are engaged, y’all! 🙂

Hoping: for this excitement to always be in our lives.

Loving: my life and everyone in it.

Wishing: salad tasted as good as pizza.

Seeing: my niece grow up… so cool!

Reading: Not That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham

Watching: the Gilmore Girls series… again.

Feeling: excited!

Trying: to stay focused.

Missing: Seattle.