Blogger Spotlight: Looking Fly On A Dime

If you want to be like the greats, learn from the greats. –
Raphael Saadiq

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I have a few thrift blogs that I devour weekly, because I love them so much. One of them is called Looking Fly On A Dime, by blogger Patrice Williams. If you remember, I post previously about the book she wrote, also called Looking Fly On A Dime.

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Patrice J. Williams started her quest for budget friendly fashion during college and then plunged deep into the thrift world when she moved to NYC and began her career at a top fashion magazine. I love looking at the amazing outfits she comes up with –and I really love all the advice she gives on how to find your own clothing gems.She has a fun challenge, called #ThriftyThreads365, where she buys only previously used clothing for an entire year. I plan on taking up that challenge in 2017.

Since I love this blog so much, I would love to share a taste of her blog with you, so here are 3 of my favorite blog posts at Looking Fly On A Dime:

1. Thrift Shopping: How It Can Help and Hinder Your Personal Style : I love how she points out the pitfalls of thrifting and what you can do to avoid them.

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2. 7 Ways to Update Your Wardrobe without Spending a Dime : This was really good advice for me –sometimes you need to look at your wardrobe different and use a little creativity.

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3. How Creating A Thrift Wishlist Can Save You Time and Money : THIS! This advice is one of the hugest things that has helped me in my thrifting endeavors.

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Looking Fly On A Dime truly is an inspiration to me and enriches my life. Whenever I find hidden treasures, I feel the need to share with everyone!

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Disclaimer: I am not in any shape or form being compensated to write this post. All opinions are my own. 

 

 

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Tuesdays With Heather Marie: Empties Review!

 

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Hello everyone!

I am excited to announce that I have a new blog post series in the making. Once a month, I will feature a guest post from Heather Marie! She will give reviews on beauty, fashion and other budget friendly products. Heather Marie is a wiz at finding great deals, and pretty much awesome all around. I promise I’m not biased -even if she is my little sister. 🙂

 

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For today’s post, Heather will be giving reviews on 5 beauty empties. In case you don’t know, an “empty” is a review on a completely finished product. Instead of a review at the initial buy, she can give you a much better picture of how that lipstick or skin care works.

Without further ado, let’s welcome Heather Marie!


 

A little about Heather:

 

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“My name is Heather Gooss and I’m a cook, a card crafter, a painter, an amateur pianist, a skilled movie watcher, and a book lover. Professionally, I’m almost done with my degree in applied mathematics and am working part time. While I’m not sure where I’m going in life right now, I’m sure I’ll enjoy the ride!”



Empty #1: Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion

 

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I bought this lotion with a coupon that made it free! I didn’t think much of it at first; I just bought it because it was free. However, the more I used it, the more I liked it. It is a very creamy lotion that feels very hydrating and luxurious. It is not greasy and has no real scent. I like to put it on before bed and allow it to soak in overnight. It makes a big different for my dry, cracked hands. I definitely plan to buy Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion again!

Rating: A Beauty Must-Have!


 

Empty #2: Paul Mitchell Super Skinny Serum

 

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I was given this travel size skinny serum and have added it to my morning routine. I have medium to loose curls and normal hair, aka not fine nor thick. I think it helps with my hair not being too frizzy. However, I am not satisfied with using it alone. I use it in conjunction with a curl defining cream and hair spray. Since adding it to my routine, I feel like my hair stays styled longer. I will probably try an alternative when I replace this one.

Rating: Meh, It’s Okay…

 


 

Empty #3 Alba Botanica Hawaiian 3-in-1 Cleansing Towlettes in Deep Pore Purifying Pineapple Enzyme

 

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I like using make removing/cleansing wipes each night to clean my face. I tried these because they were a dollar cheaper than my normal wipes (mentioned in the next review.) They cost $5.29 at a Walgreens in Washington State. I thought these were okay, but not ideal. I have very oily skin, so I thought they would be okay. But, they were more drying than I’d like. They removed my makeup but I had to rub a little harder than I have to with other wipes. I also noticed that I was getting a little more acne with them. I’m not sure if they wipes weren’t cleaning my face enough or if they solution on the wipes was irritating my skin or otherwise causing the acne. Either way, that was a bummer. Overall, I do not plan to buy these again.

Rating: Bottom of the Waste Basket! 

 


 

Empty #4: Shea Moisture African Black Soap Clarifying Facial Wipes with Tea Tree Oil & Calendula

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These are by far my favorite face wipes! Again, I have very oily skin, and these clean me right up. I love how well they remove my makeup, which is a definite plus. They have a more greasy feel to them, however they do not give me acne. In fact, I’ve seen an improvement since I started using them. They have no real scent to them. Overall, having a simple routine for the evening helps me be more consistent with my skin care, and these are perfect. I will definitely buy the Shea Moisture African Black Soap Facial Wipes again!

Rating: A Beauty Must-Have!

 



And there you have it! 4 Fantastic Empty Reviews! We’ll see Heather Marie again in September!

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Note: Just so you know, this post includes affiliate links.   This helps me to find more hidden deals and review more fantastic beauty products! As always, I only link to beauty items that rate a Beauty Must-Have. Thanks for your support!

Hello Again!

 

Hello, everyone! It’s been a while since I’ve written. So, I thought I would give you a quick catch up on my life recently.

Here are some of the things I have been up to:

  • Visiting Teddy Roosevelt’s house in Medora
  • Coloring and cuddles with Cecilia
  • Chalk painting a rock display box
  • Reading my new book, Tranquility Du Jour Anthology by Kimberly Wilson
  • Adding new rocks to my collection
  • Attending a chocolate exhibit at the North Dakota Heritage Center
  • Stopping by the Mandan Kite Festival
  • Visiting Buckstop Junction —Historic buildings were moved to a piece of private property, creating a ghost town that never existed!
    • The Foley House circa 1907
    • Bethel Lutheran Church circa 1915
    • Yagen General Store circa 1877
  • Enjoying all of the lilac and lavender blooming in Bismarck
  • Jumping in the Tardis at the Fargo-Moorhead Comicon
  • Getting a caricature drawn of Ben and me at iMagicon
  • Raising money for the Abused Adult Resource Center at iMagicon
  • Creating collages
  • Starting an art journal 100 day project and playing with washi tape

I have some fun posts coming up!

xo Dana Maye

Ona Restaurant Review

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Brr, the weather is cold and windy today -I think it’s time for another summer post!

While Ben and I were at my family reunion trip in Yachats, Oregon, we went to the Ona Restaurant & Lounge.

The waiter was friendly, and gave great suggestions on entrees to try.

I ordered some Oregon Dungeoness Crab Cakes -they were amazing! The crab in them was so fresh. Also, I loved that the crab was the featured star -the crab cakes weren’t mostly stuffed with breading and other fillers.

Ben got the McK Ranch burger and said it was great. He loved the taste and the size of the burger. He wasn’t too impressed with the fries, but then, we have spent quite a bit of time in Idaho. 🙂

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Kelly, Ross and Audrey -my awesome sister, her man and adorable baby -went with us too. We had loads of fun together. I held my  adorable niece as often as I could. 🙂

All in all, it was a great dining experience. ❤


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Ona Restaurant & Lounge

Hours:

Monday-Friday: 4 pm -8:30 pm
Saturday -Sunday: 11 am -8:30 pm

Address:

A131 Highway 101 North
Yachats, Oregon 97498

541-547-6627

Comfy Car Ride Style

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This past weekend, Ben and I went to Fargo. Knowing that I wouldn’t have  time to change before the car ride, I decided to wear something comfy, yet work appropriate.  I came up with this simple outfit -a white button-up shirt with black leggings, a pair of boots, and a cozy scarf. I think it worked well.I especially like the mint and peach scarf-it’s a fun color pairing.

It was nice to get away for the weekend. Ben had some work to do in the Fargo design studio, so we headed over for a couple days. We also went to the Fargo-Moorhead Com-icon (more on that later). It was lovely to spend time with Ben, especially with no distractions. I think we both needed the relaxation and fun. 🙂

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I also want to show off my latest makeup routine! I am love with my Clinique chubby stick! Lipstick tends to dry my lips out and make them look thinner, but this lip crayon helps my lips look naturally full. I love the  sheer, barely there color.  I also like my eyeliner, made by Just For Redheads. I plan on buying one of their mascaras and reviewing it later on!

My Makeup:

  • Covergirl Outlast Stay 3-in-1 Foundation in Classic Ivory: $9.47
  • Clinique Chubby Stick Lip Balm in Super Strawberry: $17
  • CoverGirl Clump Crusher Mascara in Black Brown $6.94
  • Mirabella Blue Color Duo in Blissful: $34
  • JFR Mineral Eye Crayon in Penny: free gift with purchase ($16.99 retail)

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Since it was 20 degrees outside, I did wear a coat most of the time. 🙂  This pink pea-coat  is one of my favorite pieces in my outerwear wardrobe. It’s made by Monoreno, a clothing brand that you can find on Shoptique and Zulily. One thing I love about thrift shopping is that I am introduced to brands I’ve never heard of.

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Isn’t the design studio lovely? It’s a perfect place for a blog picture, if I do say so myself. 🙂

My Outfit Deconstructed:

  • White Button-Up Shirt -Part of $1 Bag, thrifted (Van Huesen Studio/JC Penny)
  • Black Jeggings : Part of $1 Bag, thrifted (Mossimo/Target)
  • Mint and Peach Scarf -$3, thrifted
  • Brown Leather Boots: $8, thrifted
  • Leopard Print Purse: $8, thrifted (Sienna Ricchi/Kohls)
  • Pink Pea Coat: $1, thrifted (Monoreno)

Nature’s Bling Rock Shop

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When it’s cold and sleeting outside, my thoughts easily drift back to summer vacations. So today, I thought I would share a throwback post to my summer vacation in Oregon.

As you probably already know, I adore rocks. Rocks are pretty much the coolest creations on this planet. I have rocks all over my house, in my car, inside my suitcase, in my jewelry box; I even have a rock keychain! Well, while I was in Oregon, I found a super cool shop, called Nature’s Bling.

Nature’s Bling had some of the coolest things like this amethyst stalactite – or portable cave as I call it. If I were a rich woman… I would have five of these amethyst caves in my yard… or perhaps my ballroom… 🙂

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Check out this huge chunk of rose quartz. I couldn’t even lift it! I find it interesting that both amethyst and rose quartz are the same type of rock, but have different minerals that change the color. Rose Quartz is pink because of the manganese it contains. Amethyst is purple due to iron impurities -and ultra violet irradiation.

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Nature’s Bling is a fun rock shop, and I’d definitely recommend going the next time you are in Yachats, Oregon!

Nature’s Bling Facebook Page

Hours:

  • Monday -Tuesday: 10 am – 5 pm
  • Wednesday -Thursday: 9 am -5 pm
  • Friday -Saturday: 9 am – 6 pm
  • Sunday: 11 am to 4 pm

Address: 

2334 Highway 101 N
Yachats, Oregon 97498

(541) 547-5033

Music Monday: Renee Olstead

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Welcome back to Music Monday…. or should I say Music Friday. 🙂 I was a little late this week, but I wanted to make sure that I found a fantastic artist to share with you. As I listening to my trusty Pandora vocal jazz station, I came across Renee Olstead. Although she is more known for acting roles in TV sitcoms, Renee Olstead started singing jazz at age 13. She published a self-titled album with Warner Brothers in 2004, and then Skylark . One of her songs, “A Love that Will Last,” appeared in Princess Diaries 2.

I love her traditional jazz, bluesy voice. I also love her talent with vocal scatting -a skill I would really like to develop. 🙂 I can’t believe it took me this long to find her!

Here are five of my favorite songs by Renee Olstead:

  1. Summertime by Renee Olstead

2. Alright, Okay, You Win by Renee Olstead

3. Hit the Road Jack

4. Skylark by Renee Olstead

5. Someone to Watch Over Me by Renee Olstead

 

I hope you liked Renee Olstead’s amazing voice and stylistic talent as much as I do! 💚