Monthly Archive: March 2012



March 2012



Beauty Product Love: L’OCCITANE

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As I’ve mentioned before, I’m a pretty big beauty product junkie.  I love trying new things but there are a select few items that I absolutely love and are staples in my product inventory.  A few L’Occitane products have recently been added to my must-have list.  L’Occitane was a store that I had passed in higher end malls before but never went in-it just looked a little too fancy for me.  A couple years ago my coworker introduced me to my first product from L’Occitane (pronounced Lox-ee-tahn), their Shea Butter Hand Cream, and I am now a full-on L’Occitane junkie!

This, in my opinion, is the holy grail of hand creams.  It is absolutely amazing.  The scent is light and beautiful but not overpowering.  The cream is thick but is so easily absorbed and non-greasy, and it just makes my hands feel amazing.  I have tubes of this everywhere-in my purse, on my bedside table, on my desk at work-I couldn’t live without it.  At $28 for a 5.2 oz. tube it isn’t exactly cheap, but try a travel size and I’ll bet you’ll be willing the shell out the $$ for the full size tube.  *Fun fact:  This hand cream is sold every 5 seconds around the world!

 My next fav L’Occitane product is the Almond Shower Oil.  Again, I love, love, love this product!  I discovered it somewhat on accident-I bought a bunch of products over Christmas for my coworkers and I got a mini-version of this shower oil in a free gift with purchase.  The sales associate told me to try this for shaving so I did, and I haven’t looked back.  I’ve never been a big shaving cream user-water and a razor was all I ever needed-but not anymore.  I slather this shower oil on my legs in the shower and while the light, almond scent was enough to keep me coming back, the silky feeling of my legs afterwards sealed the deal.  The product doesn’t bubble up like a regular shower gel or soap, but kind of creates a white, creamy lather on your skin.  Again, $24 for an 8.4 oz bottle of shower oil is a little pricey, but the bottle lasts a long time and its a little luxury that I’m willing to spend a little more for.

Last, but certainly not least, is the Almond Milk Concentrate Body Moisturizer.  I love this because it smells exactly like the shower oil-a very light, clean almond-y scent-it is my favorite!  The texture is a mix between a cream and a lotion, it goes on very silky and like the hand cream it melts right into the skin and is non-greasy.  At $44 for a 7 oz. jar this cream is definitely a luxury and I only use it on “special” occasions when I want to feel really good (or when I’m really just jonesin’ for the delicious scent!).

I’m super excited because they’ve added a couple new products to their Almond line for the spring-if I get the chance to try them out I will definitely let you know what I think!



March 2012



Book Review: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

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First off, have you ever heard of Goodreads?  If not, and if you’re a big book reader, I highly recommend you check it out.  If you go down on the right side of my page at the very end there is a link to Goodreads and a little window showing all the books I’ve recently finished.  It is basically Facebook but just for books.  You have friends and you can see what books they’ve read, are currently reading, or want to read in the future.  You can also see ratings and read reviews similar to Amazon.  Add me as a friend so I can see what you’re reading!

So onto my book review.  I read a LOT of books, so I’m going to try and post my reviews on here from now on-nothing too in-depth, just a quick few thoughts on how I felt about the book.  We’ll see how that goes.

A few days ago I just finished the book The Book Thief by Markus Zusak.  The narrator in the book is Death and the main character is Liesel Meminger, a young girl living with her lower class foster family in Nazi Germany before and during the height of WWII.

I liked the book because you got to see a side of Nazi Germany that you don’t often hear about-the struggles the German people faced during that time and stories of those who didn’t agree with the Nazi movement and how they defied the regime.  The book was very well written and I felt very connected to the story and the characters at the end.  This wasn’t, however, a light, easy read.  Now don’t get me wrong, I enjoy a heavy read every now an then but I really felt like I was going to be quizzed by my high school English teacher on the symbolism and hidden meanings when I finished reading each chapter.  It was a great story but maybe just a little too much for me-on a scale of 1-5 I give it a 3.5.

Next on my reading list is The Descendants by Kaui Hart Hemmings.  When books are made into movies I always like to read the book before I see the movie.  This book is pretty thin, so it should be a pretty quick read.  I’ll let you know my thoughts when I’m done!

Have a great weekend!!



March 2012



Work. It. Out.

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Is your workout playlist in need of revamping?  Do you need some fresh new tunes to keep you going through that tough cardio?  Do I sound like an insurance salesman right now?  Yes, yes, and yes!

This post is going to be short and sweet but I had to share the latest and greatest addition to my iTunes library with you.  One of the owners of my gym finds all the greatest mashup websites and when I heard his latest find while busting my butt at bootcamp last Thursday I immediately thought to myself-I need this mix!!  For those of you who aren’t familiar with the term “mashup”  …according to Wikipedia, a mashup is “a song or composition created by blending two or more pre-recorded songs, usually by overlaying the vocal track of one song seamlessly over the instrumental track of another.”  Basically pure awesomeness.

I especially love mashups when I’m doing cardio because I get bored of songs really fast.  I need something new to keep me going when my legs just don’t want to move anymore.  Enter’s Best of Bootie 2011.  This mashup combines some favorites from the 80’s and 90’s with today’s hits.  You can download a few different versions, 1 is a continuous 80 minute track and another that I downloaded breaks it into separate tracks so if you want to skip ahead you can-but I haven’t needed to skip ahead yet!  For example-track 4 has Bubba Sparxx Ms. New Booty, Ray Charles Georgia,  Jermaine Dupri and Ludacris Welcome to Atalanta, Outkast Ms. Jackson, and a little Queen thrown in.  Just do your self a favor and download it to see for  yourself!  

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