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I am so sorry for the unplanned hiatus. I spent five days in Atlanta last weekend and the warm, spring weather was fantastic. Getting back to the Midwest, which requires wearing my down coat and boots again, was somewhat of a shock. But I am now in the mood for sunshine and green grass and hope to inspire you all as well!
I am so excited to head to Atlanta on Thursday, but after months of cold and snow it can be hard to switch gear into warm weather mode. Refresh your memory of springtime style with these posts and then step outside to enjoy the sunshine! I can't wait to spend a few days away from my snow boots and down coat so that I can test out a few new outfits I've had in mind.
I don't regularly post outfit of the day pictures, partly because my photography skills are subpar and partly because I don't like being in photos. However, I do occasionally take outfit photos, so today I am sharing some of my favorite looks from last month. (I apologize in advance for the poor photo quality.)
My other favorite way to add color is with a fun, patterned scarf. I rarely buy solid-colored scarves and I love patterned tops so my outfits have a fair amount of pattern mixing. One of the keys to mixing patterns is to be confident. If you don't look comfortable in your clothes, then people are more likely to look at the pieces with a critical eye. If you hold your head high and walk with your shoulders back, then people will assume that you are embracing a trend they are not yet privy to.
Although I blog about fashion and love clothing, I know very little about makeup and other beauty products. Since there are seemingly endless options to choose from, I joined Birchbox last November. This way I get a variety of samples sent to me each month (for only $10) without having to brave the beauty aisle.
I was definitely overwhelmed when I got my first couple boxes because there were so many new things to try. I only tried a few, select items out of those first boxes, but I am now making an effort to try everything, no matter how out of my comfort zone it is. So this is the first in what I hope will become a monthly installment of reviews of products from my Birchbox.
32 Oral Care Effervescent Breath Crystals with IsoVoxy
This is the item in this month's box that I was least interested in. There are a million and one breath fresheners out there, but most of them have a very strong after taste. I don't like tasting peppermint in my mouth for long periods of time, so I am personally a fan of Trader Joe's Gingermints. I tried the lemon flavor of the breath crystals and I was pleasantly surprised that there was not a strong after taste. However, I am still on the fence about these. They are packets of little crystals that dissolve in your mouth, which sounds harmless enough, except the crystals pop and fizzle. You are supposed to swish them around for 60 seconds, which means that for a minute your mouth is full of tiny explosions. It was a very strange sensation and not one I am particularly looking forward to repeating. But the end result was fresh breath without a strong aftertaste, so it ended up being worth the effort. I probably won't buy these on my own, but they were definitely an interesting experience and I'll try the spearmint flavor at some point.
I just received my March Birchbox today so I am looking forward to trying out the new products over the next couple weeks and reporting back to you next week! Want a sneak peek at what's in my March Birchbox? Here you go.