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Octer: An Online Shopping Mall

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Since real malls are pretty terrible (at least my local one is, the only worthy store is Target) there aren’t really many options for seeing a bunch of different styles and brands in one convenient place. I mean sure, department stores offer more than one brand, but typically they aren’t as diverse as I’d like them to be, especially when I’m shopping for activewear. I have INCREDIBLY particular taste and need when it comes to activewear; I do yoga at least twice a week at a studio and several times a week for my home practice. I like high waisted, full length leggings and they absolutely have to be OPAQUE. I can’t even tell you how many times I’ve tried on (even purchased one pair by accident) “yoga” leggings that are see through once you start ACTUALLY DOING YOGA IN THEM. I don’t like hunting around several different stores nor do I like loading half dozen different websites to see who has what and what’s on sale (because I’m cheap).  Enter Octer.

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Octer.com started in 2014 as a way to search multiple places for the same type of items without having to go between a bunch of sites. Everything is in one place and it features many of the best department stores. So, I can find the Activewear category, choose leggings, and scroll through 100s of pairs at once from several different place. And the best part? I check on little box “Sale Items Only” and VOILA – sale leggings galore.

Octer also has a mobile app, so you can browse on your phone as well (who uses their computer anymore?). You can search by department or browse by store! And Octer features one of my favorite stores, TJMaxx, so I’m sure to be browsing by store in the near feature. Also, you don’t need to search for just clothes – other departments include Home & Garden, Beauty, & (one of my personal love) Stationery!

So if you’re in the market for some yoga pants or whatever else you wear all winter, check out Octer and let me know what you think!

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Beauty Review: Cloud 9 Bath & Body Products

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Oh, summer, where did you go? I had such big plans of blogging and a huge calendar of ideas and then the pool opened and wedding planning happened (I can’t wait to show you pictures of my DIY wedding!) and absolutely nothing happened on this poor, neglected space. I truly admire everyone that manages to keep up with their blog regularly; I used to have the discipline and I’m slowly getting this space back together, but nothing like I used to when I first started!

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In honor of getting it together, I wanted to feature someone who has gotten it together and feature one of my new favorite lines of products! Last winter, my friend Veronica started making whipped body butters as a fun DIY (most of my friends and I are really big DIY/craft/cooking dorks) and gave me a beautiful jar of whipped tea tree and lavender body butter. It was AMAZING. I get really dry skin in the winter and most products just irritate it further, but I can just slather this stuff on, smell like heaven (pun intended), an go about my day being a non-itchy and flaky productive member of society. I also use it to soothe razor burn, because I still cannot shave my legs properly. Her whipped body butters are made with all organic coconut oil, mango butter, Shea butter, and olive oil and essential oils. 

 

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After several people raved over her body butter, she expanded into a few other things, and Cloud 9 Bath & Body Products was born! While they don’t ship just yet, you can order and have local delivery or pick-up (which I take advantage of quite frequently).

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I’ve tried a bunch of other Cloud 9 products – currently I’m carrying around a coconut oil lip balm in my purse and my FAVORITE Don’t Bug Me! Insect Repellant in my hiking backpack. I started hiking this past summer and I absolutely hate using bug spray – (we all know that DEET isn’t good for you) but I also hate bugs swarming my face when I end up in an inevitably swampy area. I just bring the bottle of Don’t Bug Me! in my bag, spray as needed and I don’t have to worry about DEET or bugs. And I smell pretty good, too.

Cloud 9 also makes bath bombs, sugar scrubs, salt scrubs, & deodorant – so basically everything you could possibly need to smell good and have great skin. I love being able to support a small business and also get great products that are good for my skin. You can see below several of the other products – and make sure to check out their Facebook page for updates, too!

I’ll be featuring other products I’m currently obsessing over – both local and beyond! Keep up to date with Return to Sender by signing up for my newsletter (just enter your address  on the right sidebar!).

 

 

 

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Organize It! The KonMari Method: Getting Starting, Slowly (and easily!)

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I’ve talked to several people about the KonMari Method since I read the book and implemented parts of it in my own house. I know that one of the main complains is…

“Where do I start? How do I start? It’s too much at once!”

I can see how it is intimidating – taking everything you own and tossing it in a pile doesn’t sound very appealing to most people – I know I didn’t have an urge to empty all of my clothes on to the floor of my dressing room and watch my dogs dig around and create nests. (Which they do under any time of cloth – and frankly, they’re hard to find when they’re buried.) And frankly, I know some of it isn’t realistic! Most people have hobbies! I can’t get rid of all my paper – paper IS my hobby! I can’t get rid of every tiny thing that doesn’t bring me joy immediately, because I’m also a person that goes through phases with my hobbies. Right now, I’ve been making perler bead figures. Three months ago, I could’ve donated them because I hadn’t used them in ages.

So here’s my proposal: Let’s start again and let’s start small. And let’s start with a game.

Let’s Play a Minimalism Game!

I first saw the #minsgame on Instagram and couldn’t figure out what it was at all. A quick google search let me to this description from The Minimalists:

Find a friend or family member. Someone who’s willing to get rid of some of their excess stuff. This month, each of you must get rid of one thing on the first day of the month. On the second, two things. Three items on the third. So forth, and so on. Anything can go! Clothes, furniture, electronics, tools, decorations, etc. Donate, sell, or trash. Whatever you do, each material possession must be out of your house—and out of your life—by midnight each day.

It’s an easy game at first. However, it starts getting challenging by week two, when you’re both jettisoning more than a dozen items each day. Whoever can keep it going the longest wins. You both win if you can make it all month. Bonus points if you play with more than two people.

 

Sounds fun, right? And a little less daunting than throwing away everything at once? I think this is a good way to ease into the KonMari Method – after all, you have about 6 months to get your house in order with the KonMari Method. I propose we all start on July 1st, 2015 and play the #minsgame together! Post your pictures on Instagram and tweet about it – and add #organizeitRTS so I can see your progress!

I know it sounds a little challenging – e.g. two weeks in, FOURTEEN things to get rid of? Well think of all the little things in your house:

  • nail polish
  • old utensils
  • board games you never play anymore
  • books
  • makeup or lotion you don’t use
  • tattered linens you don’t need anymore (am I the only one that keeps saving junkie, bleached towels?)
  • Dog toys (just kidding – Hami would never let me throw away any of his toys)
  • Maybe SOME of that stationery and paper we don’t need…

Or adjust it as you need to – get rid of one thing a day everyday of July! Just join me! Let’s start decluttering for the summer. Leave a comment if you plan on joining in – I can’t wait to get started!

 

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