Saturday, February 28, 2015

Sponsored Post: Elements Beauty Shop review and Pinterest contest

Disclosure of Material Connection: This is a "sponsored post." The company who sponsored it compensated me via a cash payment, gift, or something else of value to write it. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising." All photos property of In Your Element Commerce and Elements Beauty Shop, excluding my embedded social media posts.

Hello to all of you! I'm so sorry I haven't posted much so far in 2015 (technically once, ouch). My life has been a comedy of errors lately. From my laptop dying to getting my first Mac ever (still trying to get the hang of it), from my neck going out twice to M getting the flu for 10+ days, the General Assembly session starting (and ending as of 10-ish last night), and mercifully a long trip to the OBX to try and get ourselves back into fighting shape... as you can see, the past six weeks really have been a chaotic mess! I'm very tech-aware but seriously the figuring out how to do certain blog-essential items on the Mac has been hilariously slow. Example 1: screen shots. Wow. That took about 30 minutes and 5 tries.

Back in early January, I was contacted by Elements Beauty Shop of Carytown RVA, to do a sponsored post. I was so excited and pleased to hear from them. First of all, let me point out that while they do have a physical location every item in store is available on their website, so those of you out-of-towner readers need to check them out!

I am a major advocate for the Shop Small, Shop Local movements. I have happily added Elements Beauty Shop to that list of businesses. The owners, Sherry and Jeanie, are eco-aware and sell items with no animal testing. Many of their products are also without parabens, phthalates, or sulfates. This niche market means they sell boutique-style or unique products that you may have never heard of or only read about in magazines. They also offer world-renowned luxury, organic, and beauty award winning products - so they have items for every price point. It's delightful to know that these brands are both sold in Richmond and available online from a woman-owned business!

Here are the lovely samples I picked up at their store in January:

As you can see in the still photo below, quite the #ElementsBeautyHaul to try out - which honestly took me to this week to finish up. I wanted to use them all up so I could really let you know what I think (reviews of each in another post, otherwise this one would never end!):

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My new favorites from this sample haul are:

For y'all, Elements Beauty Shop has a few excellent incentives - first, a Pinterest contest:

Check out my Pinterest Elements Beauty Shop wish list for the Pinterest contest here!

Secondly, a promo code! Go to and create an account here.

Once you set up your account and add to your cart, during the checkout process enter code: WorthyStyle and you will get 10% off your first online order. Plus they offer PayPal as an option (which I love). Unlike big box stores, you get free standard shipping for any order over $79 (some very limited exclusions), free samples with every order, GWP for every order over $75, AND you earn loyalty points for every logged-in online purchase! Those loyalty points give you a cash discount on your next order, as long as you place your orders while logged into your account!

Here is what I got from my first online order - which arrived on Thursday night. I cannot endorse this store more passionately! Everything was carefully packaged and glass items were carefully wrapped. Of course, having a 10% off promo code is wonderful and showing off my second #ElementsBeautyHaul to you all is fun as well. If you place an order and make a social media post #ElementsBeauty, #ElementsBeautyHaul, Elements Beauty Shop will make a drawing every month to award a person who posted that hashtag a $50 gift card. Just another incentive for those of you placing orders!:

I look forward to continuing to share more about this store with you all in future posts. If you are in the RVA area, please consider coming to our event at the Elements Beauty Shop in Carytown on Wednesday, March 11 from 5:30 - 7:30pm. Most importantly, thank you to Christina of Tiramisu for Breakfast for introducing me to Elements Beauty Shop! If you all haven't checked her blog out before, please do!

Friday, January 16, 2015

WorthyStyle x Modani living room design

Hey all! Long time no post. Wanted to share with you the fun Polyvore I dreamed up this evening. Kind-of like arts and crafts for tech aware people, yes? I could lose hours going on there and designing rooms and fun outfit combos. While you have seen my clothing and accessories related posts from Polyvore, this home decor set will be the first on WorthyStyle!

What do you think of my modern living room look? I've always loved modern architecture and style. In an ideal world, when I retire I will end up in some beautiful waterfront or desert locale with a gorgeous energy efficient modern home. Maybe even a passive solar one, like my parents place in the Blue Ridge Mountains...

At some point in the past few years I became a huge fan of the color gray - some of my favorite work wardrobe items are in that color and I love it in interior design, too. I decided that this room would look more moody with a gray interior paint and a very simple color palette. The black sofa is one of many Modani sells so check out their selection of modern sofas. I feel like while the couch is leather it's really quite family friendly and durable - perfect for any home for many years to come!

I'm absolutely obsessed with the floor lamp - such a mid century modern look to it. Also, I've seen jute rugs in interiors similar to this one, but now I'm not convinced I made the right choice here - what do you all think? Maybe a plain bamboo flooring would work better?

Do you ever dream up interior design looks on Polyvore - rather than endlessly Pinning items on Pinterest?

WorthyStyle x Modani modern living room

Modern lighting

Arm wall sconce

Pottery barn rug pad

White wall art

Leather sofa

Onyx furniture

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Lately Loving: The Little Market

Remember Lauren Conrad "LC" from Laguna Beach and The Hills? Well, she has had a lot of different projects going on since finishing up her 'reality' series. From her LC by Lauren Conrad line at Kohls to her Paper Crown collection, as well as her XO(eco) by Blue Avocado designs and her book series, she has been quite busy!

The Little Market Guatemala from Jacob Taylor on Vimeo.

One of her more recent projects is The Little Market. I first read about this project in the July 2013 issue of Marie Claire magazine. The premise of this venture is simple, fair trade e-commerce. The Little Market's mission states:

Our mission is to build sustainable partnerships with artisans from around the world, by connecting them with customers through an online marketplace. We seek to empower women artisans to rise above poverty and support their families. Our handmade goods showcase the artisans’ traditional skills and their dedication to preserving their artisanal techniques. We source all of the artisans’ products ethically and practice fair trade principles. We acknowledge the interdependency of people around the world and our responsibility to help others.

Since The Little Market's launch in September 2013, it has grown in terms of items offered in the online store as well as the press coverage of the business itself. What I love about this company is that it offers a wide range of items in varying styles, colors, and personal tastes. You can have bright, vibrant pieces or more delicate neutrals. Everything is so beautiful. Check out my favorite pieces below:

Soy blend lavender and chamomile candle, from Prosperity Candle (Massachusetts), where female artisan refugees from Burma, hand make all of their products, $24.

Rectangle hand painted tray in turquoise, from Handmade Expressions (India), a fair trade company, $18.

Overnight bag in Newport, from Maya Traditions (Guatemala), an indigenous female fair trade company, $240.

Alpaca scarf in mocha, from Asociacion de Artesanos Andinos (Bolivia), a traditional female weaver-artisan company, $100.

Sweet rose quilt, from Community Friendly Movement (India), supporting marginalized artisans, $180+ ($200 for king size).

Clear bureau recycled glass pitcher with drinking glass, from Rose Ann Hall Designs (Mexico), supporting disabled artisans while promoting traditional Mexican arts, $68. Drinking glass does fit over pitcher.

Seaside tagine, from LeSouk Ceramique (Tunisia), a handmade ceramics company for artisans, $84

Striped towel in natural, from Woven Promises (Ethiopia), an artisan-friendly Fair Trade Federation company, $60

15" Macbook jacket in gray, from Nappa Dori (India), an artisan-supported fashion boutique, $180

Olive wood rustic board, from LeSouk Olivique (Tunisia) (a sister company of LeSouk Ceramique), which produces olive wood kitchen tools, $38

I hope you all check the website out - no paid affiliate links here - I just wanted to share this amazing business with you all in case you hadn't read about it yet. Perfect place to find a neat gift for someone in your life, or to get cute items for yourself! I think my favorite may be that tagine... what about you?