To say traffic in Atlanta is a hassle would be a grave understatement. Venturing Downtown Atlanta is a necessity, but not a chore I enjoy. almost every conceivable option to ease the grind of daily traffic congestion, seemed like it had been taken. Lane expansion, tolls( put up, then taken down) HOV Lanes, temporary trolleys and now the scooter. This flock known as "Bird" scooters officially settled into Atlanta over the summer.
For many this was the answer to many a prayer, but for me, it's a never ending nightmare. As of the city streets of my beloved city aren't tight enough already, passing electric scooters left abandoned along the sidewalk is beyond annoying. The regulations were/are supposed to be that a commuter could use the scooter to get from one relatively short distance in the city to another, and had the luxury of returning to a nearby "nest". Fast forward six months down the road to..well now--and I'm ready for these birds to take flight and return home. Do you know the hassle of trying to get somewhere in the ATL quickly without the aggravation of tripping over an electric scooter? Seriously, they lay scattered about as if all the angel babies left them to run after an ice cream truck. It's ridiculous.
Even more ridiculous, the fact that people are earning extra cash by re-charging them at home. I'm not talking one or two, I'm talking an entire flock. Now for those that reside in a condo or apartment building, you're increasing the electric bill for other residents and creating a serious fire hazard ( can you say GA pine) for all those around you. I don't knock anyone's hustle or a great business idea, but this is one bird I'm ready to see take flight.
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Awhile back I mentioned that I received some product from the Swiss luxury brand La Prairie( www.laprairie.com). I've known of the brand forever, but I've never actually tried any of their products until recently. The angels at LaPrairie sent me some of their caviar infused foundation to test. First of all, the name alone is luxury at it's finest. Caviar water in my foundation--wow.
Infused with caviar water, plant extracts, conditioners and anti-oxidants, this foundation claims to improve skin texture and is buildable, as a light to medium coverage foundation. That's a mouthful, but I couldn't wait to try. The color I received was a bit too light for me, as I of course get more tan in the summer, but I tried it (Honey Beige NW30) anyway.
So how does a foundation priced at $195 a compact feel? Honest opinion--just like they told you it would. Unbelievable! I chose to apply with my fingers versus my kabuki brush, just so I could feel if there would be a difference from other affordable to mid-tier foundations. The texture is light, and feels like refined silk. I have never been so taken with a foundation, then again I've never tried an almost $200 foundation, but this is every bit amazing and then some. I had to use a setting powder with a little more color to warm it up a bit, but the finish left me with a dewy. smooth and refreshing look. I couldn't stop touching my face.
If there is anything negative( not much) I wish I had received what the shade that would match me in summer, the (Golden Beige), which is has more yellow in it, and I wish it weren't so pricey. Other than that, LaPrairie has hit it out of the park and some with this foundation. Thank you again LaPrairie, I certainly enjoyed it. I may not eat caviar, but I certainly don't mind wearing it ;0 Angel
You know that feeling when you're looking for something, but you don;t know exactly what it is until you find it? Well, I have always been a fan of 1950's era film and costume. The glamour, the beauty and elegance portrayed in film--thingsg that rarely exist today. Dorothy Dandridge, Jane Mansfield--over the t op everything and I love it all. I don;t believe I've ever seen any of the fanciful dressing gowns they used to wear in person, but while browsing on Ebay, there it was. I could hardley believe that what I had seen in my minds eye for so long, was staring me in the face. The prettiest shade of baby pink, with layers and rows of cotton candy like feathers--stunning. Just look at it.
How can you NOT fall in love with this piece? Boudoir vibes all the way. I was drooling. Looking at the price I heard Noni in my head saying" If it looks to good to be true, it probably is. I've found that to not always be true, but in this case, it certainly was. I told myself, it's not like you're actually going anywhere in it. Just the effect of it all--a little nostalgia.
I ordered two and waited for my package to arrive. When my postal carrier arrived you would have thought the lovelies from Publisher's Clearing House had just pulled up( mercy I wish they would) . I got out the mailbox almost as soon as she put it in, hurried inside, opened the package and THIS is what I had..
"She has a global perspective and claims her place in the world". Well hello friend. This quote comes from the founders of the lifestyle & luxury skincare brand Mullein & Sparrow, describing the type pf woman (i.e. muse), that their brand speaks too.
Ever since I decided to change my skincare routine, incorporating more organic and natural products, I've been reading, researching and browsing the web for what will actually suit my needs. No, this isn't a fad, my skin and my health are in jeopardy.
Having chronic illness and constant flare ups, I've noticed that what I put in my body, as well as on my skin is equally as important. Certain products choc full of synthetic ingredients and heaven knows what else have not done me any favors.
I saw this brand on IG and visited their web-page. I fell in love with their story and mission. Fortunately for me, they were having a blowout sale. In serious need of products to help detox and calm the inflammation I'm dealing with, I settled in trying these two items, the Facial Steam and Facial Mask.
Since this company is new to me, I honestly had no real expectations to speak of. The bottles look jut as shown( this is my actual pic) sleek glass, with simple black and white labels with a light gold border. I started with the facial steam, which has the look , scent & feel of English tea leaves or potpourri. A beautiful blend of Lavender, Chamomile, Rose, Licorice root, Rosemary and Chickweed--the facial steam detoxifies and cleanses the skin of impurities.
Yes, this is an old fashioned over the pot steam, not my favorite, but it works. The process is simple, bring 4 cups of water to a boil and add a handful of herbs. Allow to steep. Grab your towel, tent and over the pot yo go. I honestly don't think I've done an old fashioned steam like this since I was in college. The aroma of all of these herbs together made me feel as if I were in an old English apothecary. Refreshing and calming, my skin felt amazing. I followed up the steam with the facial blend. The mask. I love, love, love a good mask.
I instantly liked this blend. Comprised of Kaolin , Rhassoul, Sea and Bentonite clay and Aloe Vera powder, the consistency is finely milled and powdery soft. Unlike other clay masks I've tried, this one doesn't leave my skin feeling parched or stripped of it's natural oils. I'm not sure if it's the combination of clay types of the infusion of the Aloe Vera, but it definitely is a winner. After applying, I allowed it to set for about 15 minutes and removed with a warm , soft cloth. Talk about a spa like experience. I really, really like this brand and as I'm typing a few hours after use, no skin irritation whatsoever.
I'm so glad we're headed into the holiday season, because more Mullein and Sparrow is definitely on my list. Visit them at www.mulleinandsparrow.com to browse the complete range of products. Til next time, Angel ;0
Throbbing, searing pain right behind the eye-- usually my left--and incapacitating nausea, that renders me absolutely helpless is the best way I can describe my migraine headaches. If this scenario doesn't sound familiar, consider yourself fortunate.
Having auto immune disorder for many, often brings other health issues as well. I have suffered from migraine headaches for years and trust me they never seem to get better. Much more than a headache, migraines are a neurological disease. According the the Migraine Research Foundation https://migraineresearchfoundation.org migraines are the third most prevalent illness and affects more than 28 million women per year.
Research also suggests that women(go figure) are impacted far greater than men by migraine headaches by more than--18% vs 6% to be exact. So this begs the question why and what exactly triggers a migraine in the first place?
Unfortunately, these are questions for which the medical community still have no concrete answers. Thus far we know that migraine sufferers typically have a family history of such, and the onset of this disease generally begins after puberty. That's not a lot to go on, but thus far that's all we've got. Actual triggers and causes of a migraine are as unique to the person suffering as are the courses of treatment.
Most doctors and medical professionals suggest you as the individual pay close attention to the"when" of it all, to try and better pinpoint what is bringing about the headache. It does help a little to know that there are 7-10 different types of a migraine.
1) Migraine W/out Aura- This is the mo st common of the group. The type that generally attacks with no warning, the pulsating, pain over one eye or the other, nausea inducing variety.
2) Migraine w/Aura- This migraine is said to have less pain, and more visual disruption & body numbness. Patients have also noted that they recognize their symptoms of blurred vision about 10 -20 minutes prior to an attack.
3). Migraine without Headache- Similar to the above, but tends to be more prevalent in children, with the symptoms of vomiting and upset stomach.
4) Migraine w/Brain-stem Aura- A migraine originating from the brain-stem, but without motor weakness. Most commonly found among teenage girls during their menstrual cycles.
5) Hemiplegic Migraine- Rare, but considered the most severe, in many cases causing temporary paralysis on one side of the body or the other for a matter of days.
6) Retinal migraine- Much like the migraine w/Aura, this type is characterized by the visual disturbance & impaired sight in one eye or the other.
7) Chronic migraine-As the name implies, this migraine is one that appears no less than 14 day per month, usually lasting for 8 straight days at a time. Absolutely torturous.
Depending on the age of the patient and the classification of their disorder, in some cases it may be more than one, the type pf treatment received varies greatly. Researchers are constantly engaged and working to learn more and discover new & more effective forms of treatment and care.
I personally am a bit of a combination case. Stress and menstrual cycles tend to be my Achilles heel with migraines. If I'm lucky, the eye pain starts first. This is my first clue to hurry up and get my medication. Sometimes that may mean pills, other times I may take a holistic approach. We'll get into my personal wellness plan in another post to come, but I will say Excedrin in a pinch, can be an absolute life saver. If you're experiencing any of these symptoms or have questions, please don't brush it off. Speak to your physician as soon as possible.
A few resources that may provide the answers to some more common questions can be found below. Til next time. Angel ;0