I Have an Etsy Store!

Hey y’all! For today’s one-word prompt, I thought that I would share something that makes me very jolly. As you can see by the title, I have opened my own Etsy store! Earlier this month I decided to take a risk and order several hundred dollars worth of vintage clothing off of an online bulk wholesale store. Needless to say, it was kinda nerve-racking to order so much inventory from a place all the way in Philadelphia. Thankfully, pretty much everything that they sent me was amazing! I have piles of vintage denim, t-shirts, hoodies and sweatshirts, and so much more. As of last week, I officially opened my store on Etsy and have already had my first order! Want to know more? Just keep scrolling;)


 

  • What is your store called?

My Etsy store is called Vagary Vintage.

  • What all are you selling?

On Vagary Vintage, you’ll find an assortment of vintage apparel. There are hoodies, sweaters, mom-jeans, denim jackets, and t-shirts. Most of it is 80s and 90s vintage, but there are some great 70s pieces to come! I try to add several new items every weeks, so check in often. Here are a few pics of my current inventory…

  • How can I find Vagary Vintage?

To find my store, you can search VagaryVintage on Etsy. Either my store-front or my listings will pop up. You can also follow us on Pinterest by clicking here.


 

Well thanks for stopping by! I hope you are all having a very jolly Christmas season.

Emerald

P.S. Come by later this week for some holiday recipes!

via Daily Prompt: Jolly

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How to Reboot After Thanksgiving

If you’re anything like me, you probably ate way too much Thanksgiving and now feel groggy and bloated. The mounds of turkey, buckets of gravy, and lack of green vegetables can be quite the trial. Trust me, the struggle is real lol. Since we’re probably all in the same boat, I thought I would share a few tips to help you get back on track…

  1. Drink More Water ~ Water is always mandatory, but is especially helpful when high sodium and greasy foods are apart of the scenario. Drinking a little more water than you typically do will help you to flush out those toxins and feel much better.
  2. Exercise ~ Adding more movement into your schedule over the next week will help to cleanse your system even more. Taking the stairs, parking farther away from the store, or maybe even hiking this weekend are great ways to boost your physical activity.
  3. Keep Breakfast Clean ~ This week, really watch what you eat for breakfast. What you choose to fuel your body with first sets the tone for the rest of the day. For a quick and easy breakfast, try making a dressed up bowl of oatmeal such as Good Morning Breakfast Oats.  They will keep you full until lunch and give you the energy to conquer the day.
  4. Pray for Gratitude ~ Thanksgiving is about giving thanks and celebrating harvest, but how often do we think about gratitude any other time of year? Let’s remember to thank God daily for His blessings AND trials. Pray that God would give you gratitude for every situation in life. The hardships help us to appreciate the good times.

Thanks for stopping by Little Things and Sunshine! Feel free to leave any tips you have for getting “back on track” in the comments below.

Have a blessed week,

Emerald

~Mini Skin Care Haul~

Well this week I walked into Walmart saying, “Emerald, you aren’t going to buy anything. You need to save your money and be a wise person,”…. well that plan backfired the minute I walked past the skin care section. Needless to say I walked out with $17.58 worth of stuff. Yay me😂! Let me show you what I gave into weakness for…


Bioré Charcol pore strips- Being a but skeptical, I’ve never used a black head strip. These actually proved to work very well. They do a great job of getting the very deep blackheads. 

Queen Helene Cocoa Butter hand + body lotion- Now I was drawn to this stuff because of the insanely good price (it only cost around a dollar for a huge bottle!). A lot of women use this during pregnancy to reduce stretch marks, so I figured it  might help with all of the “average teenage girl” stretch marks that come with insane growth and a love for chocolate (trust me. I’m in the same boat as you.) When I used it, I was very surprised at how fast is absorbed and how little it took. While I’m not sure about the whole “stretch mark reducing” claims yet, it is extremely moisturizing. 

Burt’s Bees Sensitive facial cleanser – I was looking for a gentle, soap free cleanser that wouldn’t make my skin super dry or overly oily and this one seems to do the trick. It let my face feeling soft and clean and worked well with my Neutragenia Naturals moisturizer. 

You can find all of the products on Amazon at the links below: 

Pore strips~  https://www.amazon.com/Biore-Cleansing-Charcoal-Strips-Count/dp/B00T6IHQCC/ref=sr_1_1_a_it?ie=UTF8&qid=1497646462&sr=8-1&keywords=biore+charcoal+strips

Lotion~ https://www.amazon.com/Queen-Helene-Lotion-Cocoa-Butter/dp/B010D02S7E/ref=sr_1_11_a_it?ie=UTF8&qid=1497646591&sr=8-11&keywords=queen+helene

Facial cleanser ~ https://www.amazon.com/Burts-Bees-Cleanser-Sensitive-Ounces/dp/B00NQ2K7B6/ref=sr_1_1?srs=7301146011&ie=UTF8&qid=1497646673&sr=8-1&keywords=burts+bees+sensitive+face+wash
Well I hope that you enjoy these products as much as I have! Also, do you have any summer holy grail products? Let me know in the comments;)

Have a fantastic weekend! 

Emerald 

Basic Everyday Drugstore Makeup Products

Hey there! This is Emerald from Little Things and Sunshine  and I’m here to talk about makeup. I loveeee to experiment with different makeup products, but sometimes you just need a few dependable items that you can count on every day. The list of products I’m going to share with you are some of the favorites in my collection. This list is also great for those of you just starting out with makeup:)

FOUNDATION

For an everyday base I like to use a bb cream. If I’m wanting a more “flawless” look I reach for a full on foundation. These are the two products that I use the most.

 

 https://www.walgreens.com/store/c/maybelline-fit-me!-matte-%2b-poreless-foundation/ID=prod6268422-product

CONCEALER

 https://www.walgreens.com/store/c/maybelline-instant-age-rewind-eraser-dark-circles-concealer-treatment/ID=prod6080631-product

 

EYE SHADOW

This is one of my absolute favorite drugstore eyeshadow pallets. It has a great mix of matte and shimmery shades that are great for everyday use. The black on the far right is nice for a natural powder eyeliner as well.

MASCARA

Maybelline Great Lash Washable Mascara, Blackest Black

Maybelline Great Lash Washable Mascara 

BLUSH

 Well thank you so much for stopping by! If you have any questions or comments just comment below.
Have a great day:)

 

Soothing and Toning Lavender Yogurt Mask

It was 10:40. I was sitting around, scrolling through  Pinterest when it hit me that I hadn’t posted a blog all week! oops. Well then I thought “What can I share that will help these folks through these face drying winter months?”. The answer was of course one of my fav face masks.

Yogurt masks are some of my absolute favorites. They’re sooooooo easy to make too. The one I’m going to show you takes three ingredients, measuring thingys (I can’t remember the name of them at the moment), a bowl, and a fork. It’s basically just a matter of stirring the mix and smearing it all over your face. So let’s get started!

I used three ingredients: greek yogurt, dried lavender, and honey.

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Simply take 1 tablespoon on greek yogurt, img_0014

1/2 teaspoon of honey, and 1/4 a teaspoon of lavender and mix together with a fork, lightly smashing the lavender to infuse the yogurt. Then just apply it all over your face and let sit until the yogurt is tacky (I kept mine on for about 30 minutes).

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After I removed mine with a damp wash rag, I could really tell how much it evened out my skin tone, toned my face, and lightened my breakouts.

I hope you enjoy this mask! Have a great day;)

Calming Green Tea Oat Face Mask 

Hello folks! Welcome to my very first blog post. Like ever.

Last night I was super board. So I thought “why not make a face mask!?”. I set out my record player, put on some Frank Sinatra, and set out to create my very own oat mask.

Green tea is used a lot in skin products to soothe the skin and remove those under eye bags (no one likes those). So I started out my concoction by steeping one of my fav loose leaf green teas.

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For this recipe I used Trader Joe’s Coconut Green Tea. It has lemongrass and ginger which I love a lot.

Then I added the tea (make sure your save the leaves;) to some Old-Fashioned oats, mixed it, and let the combo sit for a few minutes. After the oats were soft I mashed them to make more of a paste.

To my oat/tea mix, I added honey, my tea leaves from earlier, lavender oil, and coconut oil and mixed it all up.

I know It’s gross looking but trust me lol.

Take your amazing gunk and transfer it into a food processor and blend until it’s a pasty, creamish, gunk type texture (sorry for the gross description).

After that I put mine in a mason jar with a lid and let it sit overnight. When it’s all done, the texture should be very similar to mashed up, cold oatmeal. Delicious am I right!?

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After it has been in the fridge for a few hours, it should be ready to apply! Because of the texture, you won’t be able to spread it like a typical mask. Just take a large amount and message it into your face in a circular motion. I let mine sit for about 15 minutes and then removed it will a damp wash rag.

Afterwards my face felt and still feels FANTASTIC! I feel like the mask really exfoliated, tightened, smoothed, and softened my skin all at once. It was also really soothing and just a great everyday type of mask. It also made my face smell like a field of lavender which is always great;)

So thank you so much for taking the time to read my post (horrendous pictures and all)! You can let me know what you think and/or any improvements you made to the mask in the comments:)

P.S. Here is the pdf of the exact recipe:)     green-tea-oat-mask