Amazon-What’s In My Cart

Calling all Amazon lovers I thought it would be fun to share items that I buy often (and I love) and items that sit in my cart until I drink too much wine and finally give in and buy them.

I L.O.V.E these lotion bars. Mostly because they are all natural and have no added chemicals/fragrance, but also because they leave your hands feeling so soft. Honestly, my go-to and I don’t even miss my drugstore lotion.

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I am SO excited to try this collagen. About a month ago I bought some collagen off of amazon that had great reviews but it didn’t really do it for me. I didn’t notice any differences in my skin, hair, or nails really so I decided to stop using it. I reached out to a few girlfriends who use Vital Collagen and they are loving it! Update on that in a about a month!

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This Arc floor lamp YOU GUYS!!! Sorry for screaming but I want it SO bad. LOL my brother has one and it is so beautiful and modern looking. Every time I see it I just drool because I love it that much. Maybe tonight is the night I purposely drink too much wine??

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This Blue Lizard Sunscreen. My favorite. Y’all. Like liquid gold. Anything with minimal and meaningful ingredients has my full and undivided love. I have melasma on my face so effective sunscreen is an absolute must for me.

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This Ceder-wood Essential OilCeder-wood Essential Oil is a weird find for me. I’ve been looking for an all natural bug replant for my puppy and I have read that cedar-wood essential oil, diluted, works miracles to keep bugs away.

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With all the rave about turmeric right now, I had to get my hands on a bottle. I have been taking it for about three weeks and can’t wait to write a post about the noticeable benefits I have experienced!

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This liquid fish oil. It is a little pricy; however, 100% worth every penny. Supports heart, brain, vision and joint health and since I don’t eat the recommended amount of fish that I should, this helps me to get enough Omega-3s. I highly recommend doing research on the benefits of fish oil, more specifically Omega-3s. It is so important that you are getting enough of them. Just add a teaspoon into a glass of orange juice and you’re good to go!

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Lastly, These rubber hair ties. I have never used them before but I know a few people who love them and claim that they don’t leave a crease in your hair when its up so I thought I would give them a try. I’ll let ya know what I think!

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Curious to hear what items are in your Amazon cart.  Anything you swear by or love to use?

I bought a sewing machine!

A freakin’ sewing machine! Growing up we didn’t sew with our grandparents like some. I am not even sure if my grandma was really into sewing as I do not ever recall her sewing or even talking about it. Really, I had never even touched a sewing machine until today when I unpackaged it and set it all up!

For the last couple of years I’ve been obsessed with swimsuits that of course cost a fortune. Brands like Vitamin A, LA hearts, Revolve, ASOS, etc. etc. the list could go on and on. Obviously as a grad. student, I cannot afford them so I thought I’d invest some time, practice, and a lot of patience and make them!

Let me start by telling you I am an absolute beginner. Such a beginner I didn’t even buy fabric at the craft store today. I’ve decided to spend some time playing around on old t-shirts and fabric from clothes at the thrift store before I invest money into fabric.

You guys. The entire process of clothes is unbelievable to me. The way they’re designed, cut out and sewn, I just cannot believe it. It is such a beautiful process. Every piece of clothing I have put on since the day I began sewing with my machine I have analyzed, debated weather or not to take it apart to use it as a pattern, and even told myself ” I can make this!!” more than an handful of times.

I. Am. Obsessed.  

So, Before I get back to my sewing, I thought I’d share some of the tools I picked up at the craft store so if some of you decide to make your own clothes/swimsuits as a complete beginner, you’ll know where to start!

The sewing machine I purchased was a Brothers 1850. I did a ton of research far and wide and decided on this little gem. So far so good! I love it! I did a little shopping around and found it brand new on eBay for much cheaper than the price listed on Amazon.

In addition, I purchased

measuring tape.

Fiskars fabric shears . Despite the reviews, These scissors are great. I actually bought them at Joann and they were recommended to me buy a lady that works there.

Some pins. The cheapest ones I could find at the craft store.

This thread was also recommend to me by a lady working at the craft store. I basically told her I was a complete beginner and I needed something that wasn’t going to give me a tough time or break.

And that is it! Like I mentioned above I have just been practicing on some old t-shirts. I think I will head to the local thrift store today and find some different fabrics to play around with.

The hardest part for me has been cutting out the fabric. The fact that I am left handed and also trying to cut out my fabric perfectly is a combo that is going to take some practice but it has been so fun!

Here is a piece I made last night using two old t-shirts. I took a pair of old swim bottoms to give me an idea of the shape of the pattern and tweaked it a bit.

High waisted bikini bottoms