Friday, December 8, 2017

CRUELTY FREE BEAUTY & LIFESTYLE | FRIDAY FAVORITES

Happy Friday!  Can you believe we only have a couple more weeks (and some change) until Christmas?  This month is flying by, per the usual, so I'm really trying to soak it all up until Christmas arrives.

I wanted to share a few Friday Favorites of mine that I recently came across.  I hope you enjoy!


CRUELTY FREE BEAUTY & LIFESTYLE | FRIDAY FAVORITES by North Carolina style blogger Rebecca Lately

Wind Blown Jewelry Horizon Necklace

I found out about this jewelry company through one of my favorite YouTube channels.  I saw this necklace in their online shop, and I knew it would be the perfect addition to my jewelry collection.  A few months ago, I culled my entire jewelry collection.  In fact, it could probably be purged again.  I want to have only my favorite pieces in my collection, and this Horizon Necklace is here to stay.

CRUELTY FREE BEAUTY & LIFESTYLE | FRIDAY FAVORITES by North Carolina style blogger Rebecca Lately


Paddywax Candles - Library Collection

Through my searches for cruelty free beauty and home products, I came across the Paddywax Candle brand.  I had never heard of them, nor had I smelled them, so I was really taking a chance with an online order  I ordered a couple small tins, one large candle, and a wick trimmer.  Side note: I didn't even know that wick trimmers were a thing!  I've been using my kitchen scissors all along.  A wick trimmer is essential to candle burning, and I am so glad I have one now.

From my purchases, my favorite scent has been from their Library Collection.  They have this amazing curated collection of scents inspired by authors.  Being the Austen fan that I am, I purchased the large size of the Jane Austen scent.  It did not go into it blindly, I did check the notes to make sure it was something I could like.

Basically, it's a blend of gardenia, tuberose, and jasmine.  Those are some of my absolutely favorite scents (I'm a floral lover through and through).   Specifically, the top notes are citrus zest, sparkling adlehydes, and coconut water.  The middle notes are white gardenia, jasmine petals, and pink peony.  The base notes are rosewood, sheer spices, and leafy greens.  The main scents that I smell are the floral notes.

CRUELTY FREE BEAUTY & LIFESTYLE | FRIDAY FAVORITES by North Carolina style blogger Rebecca Lately

 CRUELTY FREE BEAUTY & LIFESTYLE | FRIDAY FAVORITES by North Carolina style blogger Rebecca Lately

CRUELTY FREE BEAUTY & LIFESTYLE | FRIDAY FAVORITES by North Carolina style blogger Rebecca Lately

CRUELTY FREE BEAUTY & LIFESTYLE | FRIDAY FAVORITES by North Carolina style blogger Rebecca Lately

Nest Passiflora

Last, but certainly not least, I wanted to share my favorite perfume lately.  I am a huge fan of the Nest brand.  They have a lot of beautiful scents in their collection.  I have almost all of their rollerballs.  I can only think of one off the top of my head that I don't like.  This one is Passiflora, and it's been my scent of a choice for the past month or so.  It's gotten to where if I forget to apply it, I miss smelling it throughout the day.  The notes in this scent are passion flower, water hyacinth, and lily of the valley with an overdose of lush green notes.  As you all are fully aware by  now, I love floral scents so this has been, and will continue to be, a major favorite of mine.

So friends, what do you think of these Friday Favorites? Any you're planning on getting? Let me know in the comments below!

CRUELTY FREE BEAUTY & LIFESTYLE | FRIDAY FAVORITES by North Carolina style blogger Rebecca Lately

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Thursday, December 7, 2017

HOLIDAY GIFT IDEA | HAPPY SOCKS

These socks were sent to me with no obligation.  All opinions are mine alone.

If ever there is a time to love cozy socks, it is right now.  I love nothing more than coming home, putting on pajamas, and slipping on some festive socks.  Granted, my evenings are never that simple.  There's a lot that goes on between coming home and putting pajamas.  Say, maybe 3 hours, homework, dinner, cleaning up, making lunches, etc?

Let's just say my feet earn these comfy socks every evening.  I've featured Happy Socks before on the blog & on my Instagram feed here and here.  I also have a set of their limited edition Beatles socks, which are so cool.  They kindly sent this set of Christmas socks over, and I just had to share them with you.  To be 100% completely honest, Happy Socks are now the only socks I wear around the house.  I have even put my chunky, fuzzy socks to the back of my sock drawer and haven't worn them at all since I've started wearing Happy Socks.

Aaaand, lo and behold, I also found them in my local Belk!  I was so excited to find even more cool patterns.

You can check out all their holiday & Christmas socks here.  I specifically have their Holiday Socks Gift Box, if you're interested.  All of their socks are very soft and they don't slouch down at all.  They are a great option for someone who loves wearing fun socks.  The gift box is great, because it's already in a festive box.  But, you could also split it up into three separate gifts!


Rebecca Lately Happy Socks #happysocks #happinesseverywhere Christmas Socks Box Set

Rebecca Lately Happy Socks #happysocks #happinesseverywhere Christmas Socks Box Set


Rebecca Lately Happy Socks #happysocks #happinesseverywhere Christmas Socks Box Set

Rebecca Lately Happy Socks #happysocks #happinesseverywhere Christmas Socks Box Set

Rebecca Lately Happy Socks #happysocks #happinesseverywhere Christmas Socks Box Set

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

CRUELTY FREE BEAUTY | PETIT VOUR BOX NOVEMBER 2017

I'm so excited about the November Petit Vour box!  In case you've never heard of Petit Vour, it is a monthly beauty subscription box that features organic, natural, cruelty free, and vegan beauty products.  It costs $18 a month, and you receive 4-5 large samples.  Occasionally, they include full-size products.

That brings me to why I'm so excited about this Petit Vour box, because November's box had two full-size products in it.  The November box is valued at $49.50, which is super exciting.  Let's get into the box!


CRUELTY FREE BEAUTY | PETIT VOUR BOX NOVEMBER 2017 by North Carolina beauty blogger Rebecca Lately

My Daughter Fragrances "My Wild," $2.50, full-size $85

I could smell this perfume as soon as I opened my Petit Vour box, and it smells so amazing.  I've never heard of My Daughter Fragrances, and they have a gorgeous website that has a lot of information on their perfumes.  My Wild is their newest fragrance, and unfortunately I could not find any information about it on their website.  Included on the Petit Vour information card was that it's a sophisticated blend of violets, pink pepper, juniper berry, wild strawberry, vanilla, atlas cedar, sandalwood vetiver, and guaiac wood.  It's a mellow floral scent with woodsy undertones (my words).  I have been enjoying this one.


CRUELTY FREE BEAUTY | PETIT VOUR BOX NOVEMBER 2017 by North Carolina beauty blogger Rebecca Lately

CRUELTY FREE BEAUTY | PETIT VOUR BOX NOVEMBER 2017 by North Carolina beauty blogger Rebecca Lately

Mettä Skincare Coconut Lip Balm, $14

I am always happy to have a lip balm in my Petit Vour box.  Between free lip balms and chapsticks from Grove Collaborative and the lip balms I've received through Petit Vour, I rarely have to think about purchasing lip balm.  This solid coconut lip balm is ... quite solid.  It's been a little hard to smoosh it enough to get it on my lips.  So, it does take a few swipes to get enough on my lips.  However, when it's applied, it feels so soft and hydrating.  I have really been enjoying it.  It's in my nightstand so I can remember to us it every night.

CRUELTY FREE BEAUTY | PETIT VOUR BOX NOVEMBER 2017 by North Carolina beauty blogger Rebecca Lately

CRUELTY FREE BEAUTY | PETIT VOUR BOX NOVEMBER 2017 by North Carolina beauty blogger Rebecca Lately

Lily Lolo Makeup Mist, $18

It's been such a long time since I've used a makeup setting spray.  I had not happened upon one since switching to cruelty free.  In fact I have an amazing powder now that's been setting my makeup very well.  This makeup mist is okay.  I think the spray nozzle would be improved, because my face feels very wet when I use this.  I would rather the mist be more finely spritzed, if that makes sense.  If you are looking for a cruelty free makeup setting spray and are not picky about the size of the spray, I would definitely recommend this.  It's very effective, I just don't like the packaging.

CRUELTY FREE BEAUTY | PETIT VOUR BOX NOVEMBER 2017 by North Carolina beauty blogger Rebecca Lately

Juice Beauty Green Apple Brightening Gel Cleanser, $15, full-size $26

Juice Beauty was one of the first natural skincare brands I ever tried, years ago.  I am always excited to see a Juice Beauty in my Petit Vour box.  This gel cleanser is nice, but it's not something that I would purchase.  I prefer an exfoliating or creamy cleanser.  Since I use a cleansing balm at night, I have saved this for my morning routine.  It's very nice and effective, if you like a gel cleanser.  It's very refreshing in the morning.  It's not for me, but it's a really great cleanser.

CRUELTY FREE BEAUTY | PETIT VOUR BOX NOVEMBER 2017 by North Carolina beauty blogger Rebecca Lately

Last but not least, I have to share this month's art!  Each information card is a work of art, and the November picture is no exception.  I love how each card embodies the feeling of that particular month.  How cute is the little dog in the leaves?

Monday, December 4, 2017

NEW IN | BIRTHDAY HAUL & NISOLO REVIEWS

I have used my Nisolo referral link within this post.

Happy Monday, friends!  I hope you had a wonderful weekend.  My birthday was on Saturday, and I had a wonderfully relaxing weekend with my family.  There's nothing better than family, presents, and chilling out for a couple days!

Four years ago, I started a birthday tradition for myself.  After being so frustrated at the amount of purses I (a) owned and (b) owned that would fall apart after using them all the time, I decided to start a proper purse collection.  I love purses.  The trouble I was having that I had too many, and the ones that I used all the time would just fall apart after a while.  I really wasn't investing in that part of my wardrobe.

So, now, every year for my birthday I purchase one really well-made purse for myself.  I put a lot of thought into it, and I try to vary the colors that I purchase.  So far, they have all been leather and I've purchased a different brand each year.  In the years past, I've bought one from Madewell, one from Michael Kors, and two from Kate Spade.

This year, I purchased from a new-to-me brand called Nisolo.  And I bought a couple more items along with it because they had an amazing sale the weeks leading up to my birthday.

That's the major plus of having a birthday the week after Thanksgiving!

This purse is the Nisolo Simone Crossbody Shopper in black. I already own a black purse, but this one is a bit more structured.  I like to vary the shapes and styles in my purses, as well.


Rebecca Lately Ethical Fashion Nisolo Reviews Simone Crossbody Shopper Nisolo Wallet Clutch Nisolo Serena Sandal

When I first found out about the Nisolo brand, I checked out everything I could find on their website.  Nisolo is an ethically produced brand.  They started with shoes in Peru and have expanded to accessories and jewelry as well.  They have an amazing video about how they started in Peru.  They employ shoemakers in Peru who learned the shoemaking skills from the generations before them.

The Simone Crossbody Shopper is a tall and skinny tote style bag.  It has two short handles and one detachable crossbody strap.  I love the little the details in the straps, like the knots and the little pegs that let you adjust the length of the long strap.  It is not lined, and it has a small zippered pocket on the inside.

Rebecca Lately Ethical Fashion Nisolo Reviews Simone Crossbody Shopper Nisolo Wallet Clutch Nisolo Serena Sandal

Rebecca Lately Ethical Fashion Nisolo Reviews Simone Crossbody Shopper Nisolo Wallet Clutch Nisolo Serena Sandal

After I bought the purse, I was looking for a skinny wallet to use with it.  My current Vera Bradley wallet will take up to much room and, to be honest, I wanted something that matched the aesthetic as well.  I happened upon a Nisolo sale (before they had even sent an email about it!) and picked up this black Clutch Wallet (sadly, sold out!).

Rebecca Lately Ethical Fashion Nisolo Reviews Simone Crossbody Shopper Nisolo Wallet Clutch Nisolo Serena Sandal

This wallet is very slim, but it can actually hold a lot.  It has a cute tassel detail on the front.  The flap has a magnetic closure.  On the inside, it has 8 card slots, an open section, and a zippered section.  I am excited to move all my wallet items to this one, because it will finally motivate me to clean out useless cards and items from my current wallet.

This doubles as a clutch, so you can throw it in your bag during the day and use it as a purse if you go out at night (or anytime, really).

Rebecca Lately Ethical Fashion Nisolo Reviews Simone Crossbody Shopper Nisolo Wallet Clutch Nisolo Serena Sandal

Rebecca Lately Ethical Fashion Nisolo Reviews Simone Crossbody Shopper Nisolo Wallet Clutch Nisolo Serena Sandal

Last, but certainly not least, I purchased a pair of their sandals. I've been wearing my beloved Target sandals for years and they have definitely seen better days.  After this summer, I decided to find a nicer pair to replace them.  I wear this style so often in the summer, I really need something that will hold up over time.  When they had these Serena Sandals half off, I snatched them up really quick.  They are actually sold out  now, so I am really glad I didn't waiver on the decision!

I've worn these around the house to test them out, and they are incredibly comfortable.  They fit true to size, in my opinions.  I typically wear an 8, and that is what I ordered.  The ankle strap is adequately sized and is very comfy.  I wanted to mention the ankle strap specifically, because sometimes I will purchase a pair of shoes in the correct size and yet the ankle strap will be too small.  This typically happens to me with shoes from Target (save the black strappy pair that these will replace).  These also have a very small heel, which I think is very pretty.

Rebecca Lately Ethical Fashion Nisolo Reviews Simone Crossbody Shopper Nisolo Wallet Clutch Nisolo Serena Sandal

Rebecca Lately Ethical Fashion Nisolo Reviews Simone Crossbody Shopper Nisolo Wallet Clutch Nisolo Serena Sandal

Rebecca Lately Ethical Fashion Nisolo Reviews Simone Crossbody Shopper Nisolo Wallet Clutch Nisolo Serena Sandal

Rebecca Lately Ethical Fashion Nisolo Reviews Simone Crossbody Shopper Nisolo Wallet Clutch Nisolo Serena Sandal

I am so happy I discovered the Nisolo brand.  I can already tell that I'll be purchasing more pieces from them in the future.  A couple items I have my eye on are the Emma d'Orsay Oxfords and the Dari Boots.

Thanks for reading!