Sand Cloud Review

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Every now and then I see an invention and think to myself, “Man, I wish I had created this!” Usually it’s while I’m watching Shark Tank and other times it’s when I stumble upon it online, usually on Buzzfeed. One of those products I’m speaking of is Sand Cloud.

Sand Cloud is a new beach life style company that came out with a unique summer product for beach lovers. The Sand Cloud is marketed as “the most comfortable towel you will ever buy”. The product incorporates a built in removable pillow in a high-end Turkish towel. The built in, removable pillow provides the head and neck support that your body needs to get comfortable. It’s made from 100% handwoven Turkish cotton, is eco-friendly and is built to last. It’s also machine washable and lightweight- which are crucial for days at the beach.

If you’re anything like me, you enjoy laying out in the sun but often give up halfway through because you’re uncomfortable with the way you’re laying. The Sand Cloud props my head up at just the right angle. If you’re laying on your back, it helps your neck from getting store. And if you’re laying on your stomach, you can rest your head on the pillow. Genius!

Sand Cloud also has a strong passion for giving back and protecting the ocean, which is why they are donating 10% of net profits to several foundations that support the preservation of marine life. You can read more about the company and purchase the product here via their Kickstarter page. Help support a fun start-up and enjoy your beach vacations!

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Jose Eber Beauty Cheveux – Instant Radiance Spray

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I’m all about trying new hair products, which is starting to become a problem. No, it’s not lowering my bank account (most are free samples or trial-size products), but I am running out of room in my “hair box”. My hair box is actually a Rubbermaid Bento Storage Box from Target. I love the different compartments and how you can section it to your liking. I keep this box stored under my makeup vanity and store all my hair tools, hairsprays and other products.

Anyway, onto the product review. I recently tried the Jose Eber Beauty Cheveux – Instant Radiance Spray, which is part of their new haircare line. This new line has a “neo-molecular delivery system which allows micro-molecules to penetrate the root sheath and into the cuticle for moisture-rich and environmental damage blocking ingredients to delve deeper into the follicle for long-lasting results.”  The unique foam-based formula is dispensed via aerosol cans, which contain the most advance dispensing technology, preventing oxidation and insuring that the precise amount of product is distributed without waste.

I’ve been using it as a basic hairspray in the mornings before work. I style my hair to my liking (which is normally air-drying it to bring out my natural waves) and then finish the style off with this spray. After applying, I can instantly brush my hair to evenly distribute the product, as it dries so quickly. I’ve found that it also adds a bit shine to second-day hair, which can be limp and dull. Lastly, I love the scent. It’s fresh but has a hint of citrus. Unlike some hair sprays, it doesn’t smell like chemicals and it’s not too overpowering.

 

Engagement Gift Ideas

So in case you don’t follow me on social media or missed my post from a few weeks ago, James’ sister Danielle got engaged! I’ve had the pleasure of knowing Danielle for the three years I’ve been dating her brother and consider her a close friend of mine. This past weekend she actually asked me to be her bridesmaid, which makes me even more excited for her next-fall nuptials. All this wedding buzz has me browsing Pinterest and wedding blogs for fun ideas, gowns I think she would look good in and bachelorette party ideas. So prepare for the occasional wedding-themed post on here over the next year.

First up- engagement gifts. While some couples throw extravagant engagement parties to celebrate, others keep it more low-key. Either way, if your BFF, cousin or co-worker gets engaged, the nice thing to do is get her a small gift. Whether it’s something small like a bridal magazine (to help inspire them with wedding ideas) or a custom piece of “mrs” jewelry, they’re sure to appreciate it. My favorites are below- including a lovely picture frame with your favorite photo of the couple and the perfect ring holder.

 

engagement gifts for her

Kate Spade Taken Necklace  |  Kate Spade His and Hers Old Fashioned Glasses  |  Grace Avenue Ring Holder  |  Grace Avenue 8 X 10 Frame |  Subscription to Brides Magazine  |  Our Q&A a Day 3 Year Journal

Who Are Your Trying to Impress?

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Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about the evil sister of the back-handed compliment- what I like to call “the rude comment”. A back-handed compliment can be described as “a phrase that sounds like a compliment at first, but is actually an insult in disguise”. Examples that have been said to me recently include:

  • “You’re lucky you’re so skinny- you can probably shop in the kid’s section!”
  • “Have you considered acting? You have such a unique look- they would love you!”
  • “Your hair is so long- have you ever thought of donating it?”

Saying that I’m skinny is usually seen as a compliment in our society, but shopping in the kid’s section as a grown woman is seen as embarrassing. Telling me I should look into acting is a compliment, but saying I have a unique look implies I’m weird-looking. Complimenting me on the length of my hair is a compliment, but to tell me that having long hair means I should automatically donate it is somewhat of an insult. There are things I can’t control (like being naturally skinny) and things I can (like the length of my hair), but neither of those gives you the right for these snappy judgments.

Which brings me to the topic of the “rude comment”, which is when someone glosses over their insult with some flowery words and a smile. Usually the person is an acquaintance and sometimes they are even a family member or friend. Lately, and as far back as college, I’ve been receiving one rude comment in particular. It comes in the form of a question and usually is phrased as “Who are you trying to impress?”

Example 1: Back in my sophomore year of college, I became friendly with a girl who I had 2 classes with during fall semester. We would talk while walking back from class twice a week, so we got to know each other pretty well. She loved to complain about all her boy drama. She complained about having to look perfect every time she was in public so guys would notice her (including never wearing sweatpants in public, always having her makeup done, and religiously hitting the gym). One day after a rant about all of the issues I just listed, she turned to me and said, “You’re so lucky you don’t have to worry about this stuff, since you have a boyfriend and don’t have anyone to impress”.

The context and way in which she said it came off as “You can look ugly and not care about yourself since you’re in a relationship, but my standards as a single girl are set much higher”. It hurt a little, but I knew she wasn’t being malicious so I understood. She was just an insecure girl who said something she shouldn’t have.

Example 2:  Although this isn’t a specific example, rather a mash-up of a few, there are many times where my appearance comes into play with the “Who are you trying to impress” line. One time I curled my hair and then went to a basketball game. My then-friend snapped at me, wondering why I was primping myself to look good for a stupid basketball game. I didn’t realize it was a crime to curl my hair and want it to look nice. Who knew!?

When I wear a nice dress for a night out and all the other girls end up wearing jeans, they’ll playfully ask who I’m trying to impress with my dress. The truth is, I’m looking nice because I want to. I like wearing certain clothes- including a dress that might be tighter. I like wearing makeup. I like doing my hair. I like all of those things, but that doesn’t mean I’m doing them for someone else. It doesn’t mean I’m superficial and it certainly doesn’t warrant judgmental comments.

I wish more people would realize that just because you are a. in a relationship, and b. like to dress nice and wear makeup, doesn’t mean you are or aren’t trying to impress anyone. Asking me “Who are you trying to look good for- you have a boyfriend?” or “Why are you wearing that?” comes off as rude and doesn’t make me value your friendship or opinion all that much.

Has this ever happened to you? What is the best (or worst) back-handed compliment or rude comment you’ve received? 

What Makes Me Sparkle #sparklewithDASANI

This post is sponsored by DASANI, but all opinions are my own. 

I’m just going to put this out there- I’m not a big fan of soda. I would drink it at birthday parties growing up (so maybe 10 times a year?) and occasionally as a mixer when I went to bars in college, but I prefer water and unsweetened tea as my drinks of choice. However, plain old water can be a bit boring, which is where sparkling water comes in. Dasani has recently launched a new product – DASANI Sparkling (a sparkling water). Their sparkling water adds the carbonation of soda, the health benefits of water and a fruit flavor so my tastebuds won’t ever get bored.

As someone who works in marketing and is constantly working to brand herself along with her clients, I can appreciate the branding behind DASANI Sparkling. Yes, it’s sparkling (carbonated) water, but it also sounds glamorous- who wouldn’t want to be described as “sparkling?”

So when DASANI asked me to describe what makes me sparkle, I immediately though of my blog. It sounds silly, but my blog is a hobby that also really makes me feel good about  myself. I get to share my personal struggles and triumphs and there are people out there who actually care. I get to make new friends- online and in real life- and have a huge support system. I have the opportunity to put my writing out there for others to read, and that’s an awesome feeling. My blog is a great opportunity to really show my sparkle, as cheesy as it may sound.

 

DASANI is also currently giving away a grand prize of a Sparkling Getaway- which is a trip to the Westin Diplomat in Ft. Lauderdale which includes airfare, hotel and spa treatments for 4 people. Entering is as easy as uploading a photo of what makes you sparkle to Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #SparkleWithDASANI. You’ll also want to like @dasaniwater so they can contact you if you win.  The winner will be selected in early August.