Every year we procrastinate the same. We never know if we're actually going out and then it's days before Halloween and we're stuck without a bomb ass outfit. If you're like me, you just decided to buy tickets to that ball that was once $20. You'll be shelling out $50 plus whatever you decide to scrap up for Halloween. Have no fear! AMICLUBWEAR is here to save the day.
I have teamed up with AMI to bring you 40% off of those amazing costumes. You're gonna die when you see my picks!
The changing of the seasons is the absolute worst time for my skin. Itchy, flaky, dry and overall totally unappealing, I'm always seeking something that will hydrate my skin for more than 4 hours. You can view the struggle with my feet here. Recently, I have discovered the mecca of moisturizers. Dr. Nona has got to be the oldest well kept secret. The company is 20 years old and is distributed worldwide.
Dr. Nona's products boasts that of Dead Sea components which are incredible. If you are not familiar with the Dead Sea, it's the only place on earth where the salt water is so buoyant that you can float unassisted, naturally. Like, you're literally just floating in the water. The Dead Sea's healing properties were so popular that John Lily created something called a floatation tank which emulates the dead sea properties utilizing epsom salt which is softening for the skin and hair.
I wasn't a big fan of using lotions prior to my pregnancy. The smells always counteracted my perfumes, clogged my pores and caused bacne(back acne), After having the baby, I decided to buckle down and start taking care of my skin (I have really bad stretch marks now). I've used tons of products since the baby but a majority of them aren't worthy of mentioning. I've been searching for something that would make my skin feel like I did when I emerged from the float tank. Solaris is it.
I spent a week with Solaris (their number 1 selling lotion). I cheated on my Bath and Body Works and coconut oil. Solaris' smell is light, a little minty and floral. It reminds me of when I was a kid and my grandma would give me something from her purse, but every thing in her purse smelled like her, even the candy. My grandmother always kept Keri lotion in her purse and I hated the smell but it made my hands soft. Dr. Nona's is Keri's lotion on crack.
The more frequently I used Solaris, the less amount I had to use. The first two days, I slathered it heavily all over my skin, including my feet. By day 3, half of what I used before sufficed for the same area. The lotion absorbs quickly, softens instantaneously and hydrates long term.
Last night I was looking to get some action from my fiancé and I spritzed some of my Chloe perfume into the lotion and it was magic! Dr. Nona not only has amazing products but the packaging screams luxury! When I unboxed it, my initial thought was "OMG it's so damn cute". The way a product is packaged tells me a lot about the company and whether or not they take their product seriously.
If you're interested in Dr. Nona's products for yourself(as you should be) or for Christmas gifts, head over to their website and purchase Solaris for $42. (Cheap tip: They have a coupon for 10% off and you can free samples by clicking here)
I decided that since I was sharing my life goals on my blog, I would also share my monthly blog/ brand goals on here as well. I wish to inspire any blogger that's having a hard time working on their goals.
1. 5,000 site hits for the month (5,223 10/25) (4,300 10/23)
2. 2,000 Twitter followers (2,090 10/23)
3. 5,000 Instagram followers (4,732 10/23)
4. Purchase a camera or new phone (Nikon purchased 11/4)
5. Finish linesheets for accessories collection
6. Pick up a paid writing gig for one site (applied for 3)
7. Start monthly book reads (blogged last week)
8. 20 Sverve sign up (9 for the month)
9. Get an eyelash/ makeup sponsor (10/15)
10. Do two product reviews (10/23)
5 WAYS YOU KNOW THAT YOUR SPOUSE IS TOTALLY BAD ASS
1. Criticism isn't driven or accompanied by anger or animosity.
There are ways that you can speak to your spouse about how you feel without being overtly aggressive and negative. If you have a spouse that can criticize you without belittling you or making you feel absolutely worthless, this is a sign that you have a keeper. Otherwise, leave that ass.
In August, I stumbled into a nail salon downtown Brooklyn with anticipations of getting a full set of nails with some jazz on it for a wedding. I usually do tips once a year and I know the higher end places (Bling Bling, The Nail Boutique) are super pricey so I strayed from those and opted to go the cheaper route to stay in my budget of $40.
I was in for a surprise! My full set of nails with two nail design came out to $60. Yes, you read that very correctly. $60. I was astonished. My initial reaction was BITCH, WHERE?! In order to not fulfill that ratchet black girl stereotype, I paid my $60 and fled out of the salon. Upset only because that extra $20 was meant for my pedicure and a bitch is broke. If you're a NYC girl then you know that a full set of nails usually ranges from $20- $30 adding $5 or $10 for design. There were times where I have bedazzled the hell out of my nails plus had a pedicure and paid $60. However, never have I ever paid $60 for some damn acrylic. I really felt robbed.
After investigation and conversation with other women who get tips on the regular, this was the newest complaint in the stay fly community. Cuomo is to blame. Cuomo and DeBlasio have been on this pay tirade lately, first with the fast food workers making $15 an hour, and then on to the nail salons which have been publicly known to underpay their workers (less than minimum wage because of tips and percentages of add on services.)
I spoke to a shop owner (but I can't reveal which shop for anonymity purposes) who in short, told me she pays her girls in upsells and tips and they get way more than they would if she were to pay them hourly. She told me the incentive of more money makes them business oriented and gives them the desire to push customers for the eyebrow wax and pedicure instead of being lazy and not peddling more services. The fact that her pay scale was work performance based means that she has the best girls, who do the best jobs. As we all know it only takes one person with a bad experience to make a nail salon lose tons of business. In addition to the wage increase, she told me there was another clause that will require all salons to use disposable instruments. Because I used to work for a podiatrist, I know how costly those can get. It is so much cheaper to spend $700- $1000 on instruments one time and autoclave them after every use than to spend $200 every month on disposable ones. I also read online that another component to Cuomo's emergency plan is that there will be a chip inserted in the work area to monitor the amount of fumes because there is belief that formaldehyde(possibly causes cancer) is being used at some of the cheaper salons.
For someone like myself, I simply can not afford to pay $60 for nails. In today's society, being in a professional environment and not having your nails done is not acceptable. Luckily, I can do my own nails pretty good but not everyone has the time or patience to do so. There have been murmurs of salons who have been mixing high end and low end polishes but charging the premium to make up for some of the costs. Shady.
I know that there will be adverse effects for the workers because of this initiative. Whenever minimum wage is raised or over time is enforced for any industry, employers force workers to take days off, drastically cut their hours, dock their lunches and a whole bunch of other shady practices. One New York Times article has already stated that for some employees this bill has hurt them instead of help.
Have you have any experiences with inflated nail prices?! What do you think about the new initiative? Do you ask your manicurist if she gets paid in accordance to the law? Is that even your job?!
10/22 update!! My hair is so beautiful!
A couple of months ago, I answered an ad on craigslist to come in and try this new program while getting compensated for my thoughts on the website. Naturally, I obliged. I set up an appointment to meet with the developers of THISISALICE.COM to discuss the usability, practicality and functionality of their website. Since our initial meeting, I have been singing their praises to everyone that I meet.
This Is Alice provides an invaluable to service to anyone that rides the train and purchases a weekly or monthly metro card. More specifically, Alice's primary target market is people with low income. Many times, people who are living pay check to pay check can't necessarily afford a monthly or weekly Metrocard even if they absolutely need it. That's where This Is Alice comes in. For $28.50 a week, Alice provides you with a monthly metro card for less than you would pay for a weekly. There are three beautiful things with Alice, 1. They charge you weekly on whatever day you specify to be charged (preferably a pay day) 2. Signing up for Alice is like signing up for a credit card as they report POSITIVELY to credit agencies (not negatively and your social is not necessary) and 3. It doesn't matter how much you make, you can still receive a discounted Metrocard..
If you hate the MTA as much as I do, this is a small way to "stick it to the man"..