Outfit: Western or Boho?

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Outfit - western or boho 2 via @poorandpretty

I’ve been meaning to photograph and blog this outfit for a while now because it’s so fun! It’s another sweater dress from Marshalls. I love the funky designs and color mixes of hot pink, navy, and tan. Standing by a mound of snow nearly as tall as me really makes those colors pop!

Outfit - western or boho accessories via @poorandpretty

My favorite Timex watch and a few colorful handmade bracelets gave my wrists a little more personality.

Outfit - western or boho via @poorandpretty

I wore it over the weekend, thinking it was kind of 60’s bohemian inspired, but my Dad said I looked like a country singer (guess I finally lived up to the name “Sami Jo!”) — what do you think? Western or Boho?

Outfit - western or boho 3 via @poorandpretty

Outfit Details: Boho/Western Sweater Dress: Flying Tomato, Marshalls, $20 (similar). Pink tights: Betsey Johnson, Marshalls, $10 for a pack of 3 (similar). Button Wedge Boots: Miz Mooz, DSW, $120 (similar, similar). Copper Necklace: Kate Stephen JewelryBracelets: Handmade. Watch: Timex Originals Classic Round, courtesy of Timex.

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Israel’s Olea Essence: Olive Oil & Natural Skincare

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Olea Essence tour Qatzrin Israel via @poorandpretty

One of the places Stan visited during his Israel trip was a family-owned olive oil press in Qatzrin, in northeastern Israel. Founded by the Talmon family in 1997, Olea Essence is known for its high quality olive oils and sustainable farming and manufacturing processes. It was this ecological focus that led to the introduction of their 100% natural skincare line.

Olea Essence Skincare via @poorandpretty

Olive residue, a by-product of olive oil manufacturing, is harmful to the environment due to its excessive concentration of antioxidants. But the Talmon family found that this made an excellent base in cosmetics, especially for its anti-aging benefits. No wonder Israeli women have such beautiful skin!

Olea Essence tour ancient press Qatzrin Israel via @poorandpretty

Stan (who hates olives but loves olive oil!) learned about the olive oil process from harvesting through pressing, including ancient and modern-day techniques. He also taste-tested Olea Essence’s different flavored olive oils and brought home a delicious bottle of Tabha Olive Oil, which I’ve been instructed to “only use for dipping good bread in.” And of course, he picked up a few all-natural cosmetics for me:

Olea Essence Skincare products via @poorandpretty

I was a little skeptical to try these at first, thinking they’d all smell strongly like olive oil, but they really don’t. The body milk is lightly scented with lemongrass, pine, grapefruit, and tea tree oils and absorbs very quickly into the skin.

Olea Essence Hand Cream via @poorandpretty

The hand cream is barely scented, and is more like a balm than a cream. It’s really good for Stan’s very dry, cracked hands. My hands usually don’t need as much attention, but I like using this on my cuticles.

Olea Essence Olive Wash and Exfoliate via @poorandpretty

Olive Wash and Exfoliate is mostly olive pulp and has an invigorating but light lemongrass scent. It’s a wonderfully gentle all-over body cleanser and exfoliator, and reportedly great at treating acne. I follow it up with the body milk or my whipped body butter.

Don’t worry: you don’t have to go all the way to Israel to try these! All of these products can be purchased online.

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Color Love: Lucite Green

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One of PANTONE’s color trends for this spring is Lucite Green ~ a pretty color that looks like the lovechild of seafoam and aqua. I loved putting this inspiration board together because it reminded me that spring is coming (eventually) and that there are actual colors in this world (not just white, brown, and gray). Here are a few of my favorite Lucite Green things:

Color Love - Lucite Green via @poorandpretty

1. Peekaboo Clutch by ban.do. // 2. Door Knob Curtain Tie-Back via Urban Outfitters. // 3. Cheer I Go Top in Mint via ModCloth. // 4. Make Love Not War Print by Patti Murphy. // 5. 3″ Chino Short in Seamist via J.Crew. // 6. Mossimo Bikini Top & Bikini Bottom via Target. // 7. Copper and Dipped Enamel Arrow Ring by miju. // 8. 2015 Mint & Gold Confetti Planner via Paper Source. // 9. Seafoam Nail Polish by 100% Pure.

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The Hunt for the Perfect Tinted Moisturizer

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I’ve been an ingredient-investigator for years now, but ever since I downloaded the Think Dirty app, I have been super vigilant about keeping my “bathroom shelf” rating low. This can only be achieved by using products that are “clean” or non-toxic, and therefore have low ratings. The hardest not-so-clean beauty product for me to let go of was my tinted moisturizer.

natural tinted moisturizers and beauty balms via @poorandpretty

I don’t typically wear heavy makeup or foundations, but I love tinted moisturizers and beauty balms because they give just the right amount of coverage and natural color. I’d been using Aveda’s inner light™ mineral tinted moisture in Aspen because it perfectly matched my skin tone, buuut it’s rated a 9 in Think Dirty (the second highest/worst possible rating!) I finally threw it out a few weeks ago and am now on the hunt to find its clean, low-rated successor. Here’s what I’m testing out:

1. derma e BB Crème, Light Tint.

2. Andalou Naturals All-In-One Beauty Balm Sheer Tint SPF 30.

3. Juice Beauty SPF 30 Tinted Mineral Moisturizer, Ivory.

4. 100% Pure Fruit Pigmented Tinted Moisturizer, Creme.

5. Pacifica Alight Multi-Mineral BB Cream.

I’m evaluating them on toxicity (must be rated 4 or less in Think Dirty or EWG’s Skin Deep Cosmetics Database), color, coverage, texture, absorption, scent, and price. And it of course should not be tested on animals.

Did I miss anything awesome? Have you tried any of these? I’d love to hear your suggestions/feedback in the comments!

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Outfit: My Scandinavian Sweater Dress

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Scandinavian Sweater Dress winter outfit 3 via @poorandpretty

Stan came home last Thursday with the surprising news that it had snowed in Israel. I had very little sympathy because of bone-chilling cold we had the entire time he was gone, but I’m so glad he’s back! We have done nothing but cuddle and watch House of Cards all weekend.

Scandinavian Sweater Dress winter outfit 2 via @poorandpretty

It’s March, but I can still get away with sweater dresses for another few weeks, right? This one reminds me of Scandinavian Fair Isle sweaters and my tights mirror the deep blue in the Swedish flag (did you know I’m part Swedish? And Danish, Irish, Italian, and possibly some small part Native American).

Scandinavian Sweater Dress winter outfit via @poorandpretty

Outfit Details: Fair Isle Sweater Dress: Pink Rose, Marshalls, $20 (similar, similar). Pink Bow Belt: Forever 21, $5 (similar). Blue Tights: Solid Lycra Tights In Navy, courtesy of We Love ColorsBeige Patent Wedges: Chinese Laundry Marcie Patent Wedge Pump via DSW, $40 (similar, similar).

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