New Product Findings: SIN-MIN Lipspread

Maybe it’s my underlying yearning for sun on my face, sand in my toes, and sun bleached hair, but I’ve been gravitating towards a favorite location for product-inspo: Cali. Destination for all things laid back and “cool” I’ve opted to try out a cinnamon lip balm, adorably called SIN-MIN. This company is all about the cinnamon, and I’ve never been happier — it’s one of my all-time favorite spices. Dubbed “Horchata Lipspread,” this lip balm first brought awful American Dad associations to mind, but once I received my package last week I haven’t been able to put it down.

I was sick of constantly rotating between Burt’s Bees, Rosebud, and my Sugar Stick just thinking, “These are great, but I want something new and different, not something that I can find everywhere.” In walks my latest obsession: SIN-MIN Horchata Lipspread. I wasn’t kidding—I really can’t find it…anywhere. For us East-coasters, this delicious balm is only available for purchase via their website: Pick up your goodies in a 2- or 5-pack — I opted for the duo leaving one in my purse and one on my nightstand. My push to convert my product arsenal to more natural ones gets easier when there’s an incentive. In this case it’s the taste, texture, packaging, bulk-buying abilities, and Earth friendly company mantra 🙂 A bit about them from their website:

Spread Well. Made in California for your lips and those you share them with. SIN-MIN is created using the finest all natural and organic ingredients and packaged with recycled materials, ensuring a big impact on your senses and a minimal one on the environment.

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Ideal Space Saver Must: Card Case

Designer Card Cases
Upon first reading the title I’m sure you thought,
“Card case? Why the f%*^ does this chick care so much about a card case?”
Well, b*@$# I’ll tell you why.

1. Super space-saver – Summer’s right around the corner, I will be carrying MUCH smaller handbags, won’t you? To avoid the bulk, I plan to trim down what I carry with me and minimalize my wallet down to one of these bad boys
2. Amazingly gorgeous (well, these are at least) – from exotic skins to funky irridescence, designer card cases add jusstttt enough pizzazz to be “my little secret”. Imagining some of these fabrics in an all-over handbag gives me a headache, but this small of an accessory is unique and an adorably petite way to show personality
3. At less than $250, yes, you can totally go for it…because the handbag versions of these are all $600+

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As you can see (above) I’ve already scored the metallic 3.1 Phillip Lim version for my summer accessory arsenal, and in case you’re interested, these are the ones listed above starting from upper left corner:
– Brown Croc, Aspinal of London, $59
– Grey / White tonal, Giorgio Armani, $248
– Naked Lady pin-up, Paul Smith, $200
– Blue lizard, Coach, $298
– Metallic Fuschia, Saint Laurent, $275
– Grey + Blue Ostrich, Maison Takuya, $240
– Orange, Valextra, $240
– B&W, Alexander McQueen, $325
– Blue/Green, 3.1 Phillip Lim, $150
– Tiffany blue ostrich, Tiffany, $185
– Embossed Ribcage, Alexander McQueen, $165
– Blue Stars, Jimmy Choo, $245

Treating Myself…Birthday Edition

Birthdays are a time for celebration, time with close friends, and a bit of self-indulgence. I celebrated my birthday this past Friday through Monday. Yes, I took off the Monday following my birthday because what better indulgence is there than time off from work? From a bit of shopping, to dinner out, to exploring the city, to a little spa time, I can happily say I’ll be returning to work on Tuesday with a bit more pep in my step…and a few new goodies to enjoy for Spring 🙂 Enjoy my birthday weekend in Instagrams below:
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Healthy Dessert: Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding

Homemade chia seed pudding made with Silk dark chocolate almond milk with a sprinkle of cinnamon, sliced banana, hemp seeds, + one fig.

Taken straight from my Instagram. For the full recipe, check out my post here.