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Thursday, December 29, 2016

Week 28 Pregnancy Journal

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How Far Along? 28 weeks

Week 28 Began: Friday, December 23

Size of Baby: size of large eggplant (14.8", 2.25 pounds)

Gender: A girl, Margaret

Weight Gain: Finally hitting some strides here with weight gain! I'm up at about 10 pounds gained now.

Maternity Clothes: Loving my cozy long sleeves sweater dresses I got earlier this year with my suede boots. Big fan of some oversized sweaters and some of my Grandpapa's cardigans I took on, perfect layering when tops won't button anymore!

Nursery: Nothing here other than confirming that we definitely love the paint color we chose. Everything else will wait until after Christmas.

Movement: Kicking and movement is consistent but not uncomfortable.

Symptoms: backache, abdominal aches and pains.

Side Effects: Itchy stomach. I use this awesome moisturizing oil from Eminence to keep it in check - a local dayspa in RVA sells it but here it is on Amazon in case you want to check it out.

Sleep: Harder to fall back asleep when I go to sleep. Having foam ear plugs, eye mask, and a noise machine going helps... as well as the Boppy wedge pillow!

Cravings: Sushi. Chocolate peanut butter everything. I mean it... everything!

What I Miss: Sushi.

Best Moment This Week: Holidays with the family - back in Lex - but with M and all kinds of fun happy memories.

What I Learned This Week: That women in my family have given birth both early and REALLY late. So it will be fun to see where Margaret falls in relation to the due date!

Looking Forward To: Getting nursery organized in the new year - we got a stroller, crib and the car seat for Christmas gifts!

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Week 27 Pregnancy Journal

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How Far Along? 27 weeks

Week 27 Began: Friday, December 16

Size of Baby: head of cauliflower (14.5", 2 pounds)

Gender: A girl, Margaret

Weight Gain: Not really much weight gain which I don't know is an OK thing or not? Kinda hovering around in the 7-9 lb gained range.

Maternity Clothes: Super lazy lounge looks. I love yoga pants, shelf tank bra tops, and my collection of vintage lounge pants and t-shirts.

Nursery: Trying to figure out how the layout of the room will be with furniture both new and old.

Movement: More obvious kicks are happening and I love trying to share them with M.

Symptoms: backache, abdominal aches and pains, gas, heart burn, leg/calf cramping

Side Effects: acid reflux is terrible. I have never had this problem before so it's totally a new thing to have to take stuff - Zantac is my new BFF

Sleep: Still getting some 10 hour nights which is marvelous. Having M with me again and also being back in our house just makes it all a lot easier for me.

Cravings: Sushi. Chocolate peanut butter everything. I even made doughnuts for the first time ever to that effect (see top of post).

What I Miss: Sushi.

Best Moment This Week: Michael FINALLY came home and he FINALLY was able to feel Margaret kick!!!

What I Learned This Week: A LOT about breastfeeding! I'm still REALLY on the breastfeeding bandwagon and am hoping so hard I can produce and do really well with that. So I am currently reading: Breastfeeding Pure and Simple from La Leche League. Super informative and not too complicated to follow!

Looking Forward To: Christmas with my husband and I reunited!

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Week 26 Pregnancy Journal

Proof that last Sunday I DID remember to take a 26 weeks photo! My weeks change on Fridays so now that M is home after being gone 3 weeks we will get some better bump shots of me from here on out (incl this week for 27 weeks!). I'll also try to rotate out to some other dresses haha!! But this way you can see the @ted_baker dress a lot better. It's a true midi length and continues to layer so well as the pregnancy progresses ๐Ÿ’— #pregnancy ๐Ÿ”ธ๐Ÿ”ธ๐Ÿ”ธ๐Ÿ”ธ๐Ÿ”ธ๐Ÿ”ธ๐Ÿ”ธ๐Ÿ”ธ๐Ÿ”ธ๐Ÿ”ธ๐Ÿ”ธ๐Ÿ”ธ๐Ÿ”ธ๐Ÿ”ธ๐Ÿ”ธ๐Ÿ”ธ๐Ÿ”ธ๐Ÿ”ธ๐Ÿ”ธ๐Ÿ”ธ๐Ÿ”ธ๐Ÿ”ธ๐Ÿ”ธ๐Ÿ”ธ๐Ÿ”ธ๐Ÿ”ธ๐Ÿ”ธ๐Ÿ”ธ #TedBaker #TedBakerLondon #TedBakerDress #WorthyStyle #holiday #personalstyle #pregnancystyle #currentlywearing #stylethebump #fblogger #whatiwore #realoutfitgram #lotd #fromwhereistand #momstyle #maternitystyle #lifestyleblogger

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How Far Along? 26 weeks

Week 26 Began: Friday, December 9

Size of Baby: length of a scallion (14", 1.75 pounds)

Gender: A girl, Margaret

Weight Gain: I actually didn't even weigh myself this week, but I am showing more.

Maternity Clothes: Really quiet week so nothing of note here!

Nursery: My sister and her husband came to Lexington - I hadn't seen them in 3 years so it was a nice catch up session. She brought me her hardcover illustrated edition of The Hobbit which I adored as a little kid. It was a super thoughtful 'heirloom' style thing to share with me and our next generation!

Movement: Still subtle but definitely there.

Symptoms: Backache so bad! Gas... so awkward. haha. Heartburn. Leg cramping - really just in my calves.

Side Effects: A new thing is if I don't eat soon enough I get really REALLY tired and irritable. My parents are used to a leisurely eating schedule so it's been a lot of my snacking throughout the day!

Sleep: I'm hitting 8+ a night, sometimes 10 hrs which is AWESOME. My Dad often is letting Lily out in the morning for me so I can sleep more which is so nice and helpful.

Cravings: Chocolate. Popcorn.

What I Miss: My husband. I hope he comes home soon.

Best Moment This Week: Visiting with family. Having a big family meal for my sister and her husband while they were in town.

What I Learned This Week: It's okay so say "no" to something and no shame in walking away from drama.

Looking Forward To: M coming home soon.

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Week 25 Pregnancy Journal

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How Far Along? 25 weeks

Week 25 Began: Friday, December 2

Size of Baby: size of a rutabega (13.5", 1.5 pounds)

Gender: A girl, Margaret

Weight Gain: I'm only up about 7-8 pounds since I first got pregnant, which is surprising me. I definitely am working to keep an eye on my food intake to make sure we are BOTH getting enough.

Maternity Clothes: This week my parents, Grandmother, and I went to West Virginia to The Greenbrier so I had to dress up a bit more than I had been the past week or so. It was a chilly rainy day when we headed over there so I pulled out my Gamee fur (Gamee is what we called my Great-Grandmother Jones) and was so relieved when it still fit! The dress I am wearing in the post at the top is by Ted Baker and is called the Tarala body con dress. It is SO comfy and chic for a non-maternity dress. Fully lined and is now on sale on ASOS for a great price!

Nursery: For Small Business Saturday I got a few items from our local baby shop called Baby's First Gifts. I totally forgot to mention that in my last post! A Mother Goose nursery book, a few simple basic things like that.

Movement: Definitely more movement. Still very subtle because placenta is still anterior.

Symptoms: Ugh, the heartburn has begun and it SUCKS!

Side Effects: my nails are breaking. Which is weird as I have not changed anything about my diet or prenatals so that bums me out - I just had my nails done and had hoped they would last through the holidays... oh well!

Sleep: Still working out in my favor a lot of the time... but it is harder and harder to get moving before 10am.

Cravings: Hot fudge sundaes. Hot chocolate. Chocolate anything, really. My Mom gave me her container of Trader Joe's dark chocolate covered ginger which has been AWESOME for a night-time snack.

What I Miss: Sushi. Stinky soft French cheeses. Raw oysters. Mimosas.

Best Moment This Week: My first unsolicited belly rub - thankfully it came from my Mom - not a stranger! She is so excited about her first grandbaby - she is 72 so she has waited a LONG TIME for this moment!! Also going to The Greenbrier with my Dad, Mom, and Grandmama for my Dad's birthday. It was our first family visit since my Grandpapa passed away which made it bittersweet. I think we all thought we were prepared to be there without him but it hit all of us in different ways... that said, it was a good outing as a family unit.

What I Learned This Week: my glucose test went REALLY well which was great. Basically I didn't even fast and I was still really low so I am kinda given carte blanche on what I am eating and snacking on. Feeling really good about that! No more appointments until the new year. Blood pressure is also really good so lots of relief heading into the holidays. I think all of this health news boils down to my staying on the Metformin my fertility doc put me on - it has kept everything in check for sure.

Looking Forward To: Everyday M and I try to talk, so I'm looking forward to hearing his voice and hearing about his day as he is still out of town.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Week 24 Pregnancy Journal

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How Far Along? 24 weeks

Week 24 Began: Friday, November 25

Size of Baby: length of an ear of corn (1.3 pounds)

Gender: A girl, Margaret

Weight Gain: I actually didn't weigh myself this week since my last OB appt told me I was on the low end and wanted to enjoy the holiday weekend without guilt!

Maternity Clothes: Since I'm staying in my hometown for a while and I'm not working anymore I'm tapering into more casual stuff. I've loved expanding my loungewear and athletic options - still not specifically maternity but my yoga pants... which continue to be really comfy since they can be over the tummy or rolled under! Lots of fun finding out from week to week what tops still fit as my bust continues to expand. These shelf bra tops are a favorite of mine!

Nursery: Nothing really going on here since I'm not home right now. I have been going through boxes of stuff from here at my parents house to sort things to go in the nursery which of course Dad loves as it frees up space in his storerooms... haha.

Movement: Definitely can tell what is the baby and what is gas now...! Can feel a vague general sloshing if I flip from one side to the other while I sleep.

Symptoms: No real symptoms. I'm pretty boring for a pregnant person... for now. My nails keep going from being strong and bionic to being super delicate which is annoying. Same with my hair. Sleepiness is a real thing! I want to just hibernate.

Side Effects: Gas, honestly nothing much else!


Cravings: Good savory foods. There is a great place here in Lex called Blue Phoenix and they have awesome gluten free/vegan club sandwich that has artichoke hearts and avocado and cheese... etc etc. It is one of my favorite things right now. Also my Mom's turkey corn chowder. Mom and Dad's chili. Dad's broccoli/asparagus with hollandaise sauce. Mom's caramel cake.

What I Miss: Gluten-y sushi. Still. The occasional rum & Coke.

Best Moment This Week: Going out on a cold but sunny day with Lily to walk the Chessie Trail here in Lexington. We did over 8,000 steps which for me is really good. My goal everyday is 5,000 steps as my parents house is multi-floored and going up and down all the flights of stairs is not the same as just walking around. Another great moment was captured in the photo at the top of the post - Lexington's Christmas parade! It was HUGE this year and a lot of fun. I'm pictured with a girl I've known since pre-school so it was great seeing Tara and catching up!

What I Learned This Week: Currently reading: The Happiest Baby on the Block, Second Edition by Harvey Karp. Learned about the 5 S's and more ideas on how to calm the baby. This book was frequently referred to us by friends so we wanted to check it out... pretty sure it could've been shorter! But another takeaway was tips on how to do baby massage, which I started doing when I was nannying and it seemed to go over really well for that little girl, so I look forward to seeing how/if Margaret likes it as well!

Looking Forward To: Getting a Christmas tree at my parents house - M usually likes getting one with me pretty soon after Thanksgiving (at a cut-your-own place) and my parents are not as uhhh... enthusiastic about it as I am. Which is hard, but it's their house so it's just another weird thing to get used to as I stay with them this holiday season.

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Week 23 Pregnancy Journal

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Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

How Far Along? 23 weeks

Week 23 Began: Friday, November 18

Size of Baby: large mango (just over a pound)

Gender: A girl, Margaret

Weight Gain: Up 6-8 pounds from my pre-pregnancy weight (fluctuating all over map this week due to the holiday!).

Maternity Clothes: I have really enjoyed wearing the dress in the photo at the top of this post (Similar). I got it at Nordstrom in the New Savvy department. Brand is called ASTR and the wrap front is so great for layering with a shelf bra or tank. The lower half may be too much leg for many, but I've been wearing it with knee-high or my suede thigh high boots for added coverage. The midi length is great for flat or high heeled boots!

Nursery: Not much movement here - still working on organizing everything and going through stuff to prepare to change our home office and the guest bedroom into a home office/guest BR and then the other room become the nursery.

Movement: Annoyingly, not really. Anterior placenta continues to make only the biggest of kicks obvious to me. But they are becoming more frequent!

Symptoms: I'm finally showing - have really great hair color and cut now to last through the holidays - and some fresh nails to hopefully last until January.

Side Effects: Gas, having to go more frequently, hunger is increasing so I'm trying to get into the habit of frequent healthy snacks, no swelling or anything but legs or wrist/fingers will fall asleep if I'm in one position too long.

Sleep: No more work so I can really sleep whenever I want! Which means my body never wants to other than the normal-ish evening hours... haha!

Cravings: Food Lion brand orange sherbet. Sabra hummus. Santitas tortilla chips.

What I Miss: Gluten-y sushi. A good wine over Thanksgiving dinner. Champagne when we celebrated my cousin Brandt's birthday this week.

Best Moment This Week: When my Mom and I had the picture from the top of this post taken on Thanksgiving. The light was perfect. It was a lovely day albeit a long one for me visiting lots of family!

What I Learned This Week: Currently reading: Feed Yourself, Feed Your Family: Good Nutrition and Healthy Cooking for New Moms and Growing Families by La Leche League. Learned about how to add in more vegetables to my diet, good snacking ideas, and the book actually had great recipe ideas or adaptations for basic stuff I have made for years. Also some good tips on meals that will freeze well!

Looking Forward To: M coming home. He will be leaving this weekend for an unknown amount of time, so I will be staying with my parents which is good... but it's still going to be hard and stressful to be without him while going through all of these changes.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Week 22 Pregnancy Journal

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Happy Monday to all. I thought it would be fun to share a pregnancy journal on here... I've meant to do it for ages but I keep forgetting and would rather sleep when I'm not working... haha! I hope you enjoy being a part of my pregnancy journey which is already more than halfway over! I just want you all to know I'm not going to be all flowery and vague on these journals and pregnancy posts ...I'd rather keep it real for you all and tell you how I'm feeling and the weird symptoms, medical stuff, or cravings along the way!

How Far Along? 22 weeks

Week 22 Began: Friday, November 11

Size of Baby: An American Guinea Pig (8-12 in long)

Gender: A girl, Margaret

Weight Gain: Up 6 pounds from my pre-pregnancy weight.

Maternity Clothes: I love wearing my inexpensive but super comfy pregnancy yoga pants that are cotton with some stretch. I also wear lots of sweaters or if I'm going out, a non-maternity dress with comfy-chic fall boots and tights.

Nursery: We have done more with the bathroom than the nursery... haha. Got a shower curtain, new rugs, and towels for the guest/baby bathroom. I spent yesterday hanging up my clothes, my brothers clothes, I think even some were my Dads as a baby (my Mom is the eldest of 5 so none of those exist anymore), and then ones we've purchased or been given so far (like from my Carters post). We plan to use the furniture I had growing up as a kid/tween/teen which is this lovely whitewashed wicker and wood set. We will move the queen bed in this room into the office and move the twin daybed from the office into the nursery. Plan to get a glider-recliner ordered, and the crib ordered as well before Christmas!

Movement: Annoyingly, not really. I have an anterior placenta, and so I've missed a lot of that movement. Occasionally, like last night, I thought I felt her move her foot or hand across my stomach... which would be GREAT as that would mean the placenta moved up (hopefully up and not down). We have another ultrasound (my one billionth, it feels like) this Thursday to check the placenta position and hopefully get a look at Margaret's face for the first time since 14 weeks (which is why the scheduled another one when we had one a couple weeks ago). Finally for SURE felt her kick back at my OB who was checking on her on Friday, which was GREAT. I almost burst into tears. OB has been great at pulling out the doppler on my non-ultrasound appts to confirm her movement, heart rate, etc. to ease my nerves.

Symptoms: I'm finally showing more, although just barely. Seems I am long and lean but when I eat a good meal it shows a lot more! haha. Finally able to eat more, it took a while to get used to due to my Celiac but things seem to be moving better now. Hair and nails look healthy... excited about my hair appt on Thursday afternoon so I'll look a bit more fresh for the holidays!

Side Effects: Awkward gas (one end or the other...). Insane dreams. Difficulty in returning to sleep. Some aversions to types of textures of food. Just started heartburn for the first time in my life the past couple weeks, so that's been hard to get used to. Congestion and a runny nose I cannot seem to get rid of - love my saline spray, warm humidifier and Kleenex coconut/Cool Touch tissues - saving grace for my raw nose! I get round ligament pain occasionally, and thankfully the pelvic floor pain twinges have eased with continued pregnancy yoga/pilates and pelvic exercises.

Sleep: I never seem to get enough sleep but I average about 9-10 hours. My last week of work is this week so I look forward to no days of alarms and being able to rest as much as I feel I need to. Started using the Boppy wedge this week and I'm sure I'll start using my Snoodle soon.

Cravings: My BFF continues to be a small bowl of Food Lion brand orange sherbet almost every night. I love savory meals - things with fish sauce, etc.

What I Miss: Things that have gluten... haha. I dream about gluten and surprisingly processed food items I literally haven't eaten in the 3+ I've had my Celiac diagnosis. Fully loaded lox bagels, Campbells cream of mushroom soup casserole dishes, Fried Onions on green beans, Marie Callender's chicken pot pies, Edwards key lime pies, dumplings from this place in Charlottesville on the Downtown Mall called Marco and Luca, sushi that involves tempura soft shell crab, etc. etc.

Best Moment This Week: When the OB helped me feel her move. That was such a wonderful experience and I felt such a huge rush of relief and love.

What I Learned This Week: Currently reading (almost finished with) The Baby Book by the Drs. Sears. I learned this week about potty training methods, changes/stages/suggested toys/entertainment from birth to two years, baby wearing, nighttime parenting. Learned from my Mom that I went from breast feeding straight to a cup (like a normal open top drinking cup... not a special kids cup with a top or bottle or anything). I hope I can breastfeed and I want to do it as long as possible, ideally to two years while adding in solids at the normal stages...

Looking Forward To: Another nice weekend at home with M as we try to get some house tasks done in the next couple weeks before Thanksgiving. Also looking forward to Thursday morning when we will hopefully see Margaret's face for the first time together.

Are there any pregnancy details you would like me to share as the pregnancy progresses?

Wednesday, November 9, 2016


She wanted, passionately and persistently, two things which she believed should subsist together in any well-ordered life:

Amusement & Respectability.

-Edith Wharton, The Custom of the Country


I'm deeply disappointed... devastated, really... about our 2016 Election Day results. And that's all I will say about that.

Monday, October 24, 2016

And baby makes three...

I feel terrible that I forgot to do this post here on the blog! I shared this exciting news on Instagram and Twitter basically a month ago and I know some of you read here more so than follow me on social media. D'oh! So yes! The hubby and I are super excited to share that we are expecting our daughter, Margaret, to arrive on St. Patrick's Day 2017. I will be sure to share more soon. Everything has continued to progress quite well. XOXO

Monday, September 19, 2016

The essential baby girl clothes checklist from Carter's

This post is sponsored by Carter's; however, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

Carters Essential Baby Girl Checklist

Carter's is a baby clothes brand that my family has known and loved for well over 30 years. This long-term relationship means my family and I appreciate Carter's and find their baby boy clothes and baby girl clothes to be some of the best quality and most affordable on the market. Baby fashion can be a fickle thing, but it certainly is more fun when staple items like The Original Bodysuit are easily paired with coordinating pants, tops, crib shoes, and other layering baby fashion items.

The sweet variety at their Baby stores makes it well worth a stop by, whether you are expecting or you are searching for a perfect baby shower gift (Click here for their Store Locator page)! You won't be disappointed. Look at this sweet Scottie dog set I was able to get! Isn't it so precious? That is a long-sleeve The Original Bodysuit, a coordinating pant and crib shoes that I paired all together.

If you're a parent, you may be wondering... 'what are the essentials for our child?' or as a friend or family member, you may think... 'I don't want to get them something they won't use... what do they really need?' And that's where Carter's comes in. For baby clothes, here is a great layette checklist, published by Carter's themselves. Also, newsflash, Carter's literally sells all of these items in store, online, and at their outlet locations:

You may be noticing the frequency or volume of the bodysuits listed. Carter's baby clothes staple is The Original Bodysuit. It's both handy and adaptable to any outfit. It is a wonderful layering piece and incredibly useful as they come in a variety of sizes and styles. The Original Bodysuit is sold in sleeveless, long-sleeve, and short sleeve. It can be purchased in plain white multi-packs, or in colors or patterns to coordinate with wardrobe pieces. All are 100% cotton. They come in side-snap and/or bottom-snap - all of which are reinforced. The breakdown for many of these bodysuits is that they are around a per-item cost of only $2.60 - 4.00 a piece (depending on style, sleeve, etc.). That's incredible savings when you look at the multi-pack prices! It makes diaper-changing a breeze, too. These options make them so ideal for every baby in your life!

What are some of my favorite Fall 2016 looks for baby girl clothes from Carter's? Check out these adorable little ones - and all of these items are in stores now, and part of the recommended clothes checklist from Carter's:

How can you not love each of those pieces and the little ones modeling?! Carter's loves their customers, new and long-term. They have two amazing opportunities to save you money.

One is a contest, which you may have seen on their online accounts (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram). Called the Pin Baby Pin contest, it involves Pinterest. It runs until September 26th. When the contest period ends, 75 entrants will be randomly selected to win a $50 Carter's gift card! Entries require you to upload your favorite Carter's baby's first look at this link: Let me tell you, $50 can go FAR at Carter's! What an awesome prize!

Lastly, the other opportunity to save is a wonderful 25% off coupon. It only requires a purchase of $40 or more, and is valid through October 3, 2016. It is valid in store and online, but there are some minor exclusions. The online code is CARSEPB. A printable copy of the coupon is below:

What are your favorite baby girl clothes essentials?

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Sponsored post: How to choose a signature scent with Lubin parfums Paris and Elements of Carytown

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Elements of Carytown and Elements Beauty Shop online are introducing a new parfum brand to RVA this Fall – the 18th c. French parfumeurs – Lubin of Paris! This fragrance house was founded in 1798 and captured the attention and admiration of French society, from Empress Josรฉphine to Queen Marie-Amรฉlie, to the Incroyables and Merveilleuses. Like similar established fine fragrance brands Creed and Santa Maria Novella, Lubin has won over royalty all over Europe and further East. As the 19th c. French writer Guy de Maupassant stated, "He's the apostle for women, the apostle perfumed by Lubin." [Source: "History"]. Investing in a fragrance should be held in similar high regard as purchasing and investing in a fine handbag or designer heels.

A signature scent is something that carries you and defines you as an individual. It can become the way a person remembers you or recalls certain events. Romantically, some brides and grooms choose a signature scent for their wedding day, something new to define such a major occasion. Historically, many people have chosen a new signature scent due to a job promotion or reaching a certain personal highlight in their life. Even if a person is no longer a part of your life, you may come across their signature scent and it immediately transports you. For many, a person can enjoy collecting fragrances that have specific notes to them, so they have a signature note but maybe not a specific parfum that they are tied to. Here at WorthyStyle, you’ll often find me wearing a fragrance that has one or all of these elements: magnolia, jasmine, gardenia, or orange blossom flower.

To properly choose a signature scent you need a few things – 1. Time, 2. Coffee beans to neutralize your nose after each scent, 3. A good idea of your likes and dislikes (similar to people having likes/dislikes of food or wine notes). However, time is not the biggest thing here, knowing what you like is the most significant. A good sales person like the educated staff at Elements of Carytown can quickly direct you to a scent with some brief background questions. Another major element is the understanding that a scent may be marketed towards men or women, but don’t let that limit you in your options. One of my favorite summer scents is a unisex fragrance. Another scent I like it definitely seen as “male” but it’s very light and refreshing on my skin (and that’s another thing, scents may dry on you differently versus another person). For example, I do not enjoy ouds (a mold-reacting tree resin – yum!), orientals, woodsy, or incense scents in the summertime. However, in the cooler months, I do enjoy fragrances with some light lacing of one of these more intense notes as it helps the scent linger on my skin longer. Do you like citrus? How about florals? What about vanilla? Write down things you enjoy and share them with the sales staff. They will be able to steer you in the right direction!

At Elements of Carytown and Elements Beauty Shop, they are carrying nine of the Lubin eau de parfums in store and online. These include: Black Jade, Grisette, Upper Ten for Her, Galaad, Idole, Upper Ten, Akkad, Korrigan, and Gin Fizz


Black Jade

  • Top notes: Galbanum, bergamot and cardamom
  • Middle notes: Rose, jasmine heart, incense and cinnamon
  • Base notes: Amber, exotic woods, Indian sandalwood, patchouli, vanilla and Tonga bean


  • Top notes: Citrus, grapefruit, bergamot, rose concrete
  • Middle notes: Iris, incense
  • Base notes: Musk, amber, woody cedar, Madagascan vanilla absolute

Upper Ten for Her

  • Top notes: Isabella grape and bergamot, elemi and artemisia
  • Middle notes: Bulgarian rose, raspberry liqueur and Sichuan pepper
  • Base notes: Wood, amber, frankincense and dark chocolate


  • Top notes: Cardamom, cypress and rosemary
  • Middle notes: Myrrh, honey and copahu balm
  • Base notes: Agarwood (oud), atlas cedar, cypriol oil or nagarmotha and blond Burley tobacco


  • Top notes: Rum Absolute, Saffron, Black Cumin, Bitter Orange Peel
  • Middle notes: Doum Palm, Rock Rose, Smoked Ebony, Frankincense, Sugar Cane
  • Base notes: Leather, Red Sandalwood, Amber

Upper Ten

  • Top notes: Italian bergamot, Bay Rose, Saffron, Juniper berry
  • Middle notes: Cinnamon, Essence of Cardamom, Peach, Orange blossom, Geranium
  • Base notes: Cedarwood, Sandalwood, Leather, Patchouli, White musk, Dry amber


  • Top notes: Mandarin, Bergamot, Clary Sage
  • Middle notes: Cardamom, Elemi, Frankincense, Styrax
  • Base notes: Amber, Cistus-Labdanum, Vanilla, Patchouli


  • Top notes: Juniper berry, saffron, cognac
  • Middle notes: Lavender, ambrette, whiskey distillate
  • Base notes: Cedar, oudh, leather, vetiver, musk

Gin Fizz

  • Top notes: bergamot, sicilian lemon and mandarin
  • Middle notes: iris, orange blossom, rose absolute and Turkish jasmine
  • Base notes: vetiver, oak moss and lily

Consider stopping by local woman-owned business Elements of Carytown to have them assist you in choosing your own signature fragrance. Or, shop their site at to learn more about Lubin Paris fragrances and their awesome store that carries beauty products/brands that have no animal testing. If you do make a purchase, know that online purchases count towards a cash-redemption loyalty program, and both in-store purchases and your first online purchase can help you by saving 10% using code WORTHYSTYLE at checkout. When you get home, tag your online or in-store purchases with #ElementsBeautyHaul on social media to enter to win a $50 gift card to the store – they do the drawing monthly! They offer so many amazing ways to reward their customers. Interested in more of my favorite Elements Beauty Shop products? Check out my sponsored Pinterest board here.

Do you have a signature fragrance? What is it?

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Sponsored post: WorthyStyle loves Sun Basket

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I was recently given the opportunity to test out two weeks of Sun Basket, a meal kit service similar to other major brands out there with a HUGE difference: they offer gluten free, Paleo, dairy free, vegetarian and soy free options for people of all diet restrictions. As many of you know, I have Celiac disease and for what it's worth - I've never had a negative reaction to the Sun Basket gluten free dishes. It's so wonderful to get 11 meal options to pick from each week, of which EIGHT are gluten free. No other meal service gives me so many options. We have loved this service so much, that we actually pay for the "family" plan just so we get to enjoy 3 bigger-portioned meals and have plenty of leftovers for the remainder of the week.

Gluten free groceries are REALLY expensive if you're buying gluten free breads, etc., but these meals have never included a single bread or pasta dish... and to be honest neither me nor my carb-loving husband have missed them a bit. Each has had enough portions to even have leftovers of the sides, and the proteins (fish, beef, turkey, pork, cod, chicken and salmon) have all been 5-6 ounces per serving, which is more than enough. These meals also help ensure I get all the fruits and vegetables I need which is so important for my diet.

As if all of these options weren't already amazing, they also source the majority of their ingredients to be organic, non-GMO and hormone-free. Not many 'meal order' brands can say that. Occasionally an ingredient may not be organic, but it's good to know they attempt to do all of the above a majority of the time. Sun Basket also sends you your order in boxes and containers with mostly recyclable items (plastic or compostable containers), recyclable/compostable cotton and film, and you can return to them some insulation or freezer packs with the enclosed stickers they include in your shipment box.

You may be wondering, what dishes have we been able to enjoy from Sun Basket so far?

  • Pan-roasted pork loin with peach tomato salad (Gluten Free, Paleo)
  • Grilled steak with roasted poblanos and New Mexican chile sauce (Gluten free, Paleo)
  • Mediterranean beef kebabs with mint-pistachio relish (Gluten free, Paleo)
  • Vietnamese cod with rice noodles and mango salad (Gluten free)
  • Steaks with artichoke butter and summer vegetables (Gluten free)
  • Moroccan-spiced chicken breasts with melon-cucumber salad (Gluten free/Paleo)

So what are you waiting for? Get 3 Meals Free from Sun Basket! Fresh organic ingredients and easy recipes delivered, with Paleo, Gluten-free and Vegetarian options.

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