A-List Halloween Costumes!

Hi there 🙂

Halloween is nearing….fast! I’m a Halloween junkie (recently created in the past 2 years) and do you know what? I realized today that I have about 1 & ½ weeks to find a great costume in my size and get it here in time! And of course, while I was looking, I found a ton of hilarious, I want them all, OMG that’s too much – too cool – too fun costumes!

So, for all my late people out there in the same boat: I’m here to help you out.

Here are some of the best (in my mind anyway) Halloween costumes I’ve found, which also have super fast shipping guaranteed to even reach my part of the world before the big day!

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Shop now for Care Bears costumes!

Of course I had to start off with CARE BEARS!! They have the whole collection!

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Find The Goonies Costumes when you shop at HalloweenCostumes.com!

Now, I think I’m showing my age here when I say ‘GOONIES!!’ I have watched this movie 1000 times since I was kid. Who wouldn’t think this was a party starter?! Seriously though, love it. If I could get away with it, this would be my costume.

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 Alien Pick Me Up Inflatable Blow Up Costume – One size fits most

This is just fun…heheh

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DC Comics Robin Big Dog Boutique, XX-Large

Sooo…yeah. Can’t forget the furry ones! Hubby thinks I’ve lost it because I so badly want to dress up the dog too! This one is XXL. Mainly because its impossible to find big dog outfits. And I feed my animals well!

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Shop unique costumes for adults for dressing up or Halloween!

This is actually what my husband ordered. It’s everything but the shovel and boots. Sooo…one stop shopping! Can’t wait to see him in it!

I hope you have a Happy Halloween!

-Mliae

Must Have Witches!

I realized today, that halloween is next month! As most of you know, I am a new-found Halloween fan. As we don’t have so much on offer for Halloween in this country, I realized that if I order soon, they will be here well before Halloween time and just in time to really freak out the neighbors 😉

So I’m loving witches at the moment. Why, you ask? Well, because here we can use them several times a year and not just for the one holiday. And I love multi-use items. So a witch-fest it is!

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Sunstar Industries – Crashing Witch Betty Bash Decoration

I don’t know why, but I kind of need this witch! I have the perfect place for it and I think our friendly neighbors would cry laughing when they realize what it actually is 😀

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This is just cute as an alternative to a seasonal wreath on the door…

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Worth Imports Pair of Witch Legs Stake, 18″

Now, I must admit; I was thinking that some zombie hands would be the perfect scare. However, given that we all watched The Wizard of Oz as children, how perfect would it be to stake these at an angle by the house as if it fell on her?!?

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Witch On Broomstick Caution Crossing Sign Outdoor Yellow Diamond Metal Signs Novelty Funny Aluminum Sign Yard Sign 12×12 inches

This is just fun…especially if you have a public place with ‘witch’ to place it by your home..hehehehe

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BZB Goods 9 Foot Tall LED Lighted Halloween Inflatable Castle Haunted House Archway with Ghost Witch Spider Lights Blowup Party Decoration for Outdoor Indoor Home Garden Yard Prop

At over $100, this is quite indulgent, but I thought it was really neat so I had to add it!

 

And this is my list (for this week) of Halloween must-have’s that I’ve been drooling over. Do you celebrate Halloween? How do you do it?

-Mliae

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Introducing: Oma’s Cottage!

Hi there and thanks for stopping by today!

We met so many nice people when we were visiting the States this summer. One lady who stands out, is called ‘Oma’. This wonderful woman runs her own online store selling doll clothes made for the American Girl Doll series as well as some of their counterparts. I really felt the need to do a spotlight on this business because it is quite different than anything I’ve done and because I know that the American Girl Dolls and all of their accessories are quite expensive. The doll clothes at Oma’s Cottage will not hit you in the wallet the way that many will. So I also thought it might be of benefit to you, my readers, to be aware of the many things that Oma’s Cottage has to offer.

Oma’s cottage started 2 years ago when Oma found herself currently without employment and in need of an outlet for stress. She has been a seamstress since her teenage years and also enjoyed knitting and crocheting. As handicrafts are known to be a therapeutic hobby, she was really looking forward to getting back to it.

While she was researching ways to do the handicrafts she loved, as well as searching for new business ideas; This family woman noticed the Target doll one day. As an 18 inch doll, she really liked the size of them. When she was a child, she played with the ‘Ginger Doll’. The ‘Ginger Doll ‘is a pre-Barbie Doll. Because of this, Oma prefers childlike dolls instead of the womanly figured Barbies and when she discovered the ‘American Girl Dolls’ (while playing dolls with her granddaughter) she got to thinking about it and a business was born!

Oma enjoys the imaginative play that playing with dolls brings to children. And I have to agree with her! Children’s imaginations should be fostered as much as possible. Something we seem to be losing in our modern day.

As this business began with family, Oma began searching the web for patterns that she could make for her granddaughter. After awhile, she realized that she could do this and loved making these items. She began to get creative with colours, textiles, and patterns. Even trying her hand at shoe making for the dolls! (I believe that this must’ve been quite a challenge!)

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She has up-cycled silky formal dresses and other items into these doll clothes, which I believe should give her a big ++ in sustainable business practices. Oma wants all children to be able to enjoy having beautiful clothes on their dolls, so the clothes for the 18 inch doll are not exclusive to the ‘American Girl Dolls’ but will also drape beautifully the ‘Our Generation Doll ‘from Target and the ‘My Life As Dolls’ from Walmart.

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Once Oma got into the rhythm of making clothes for the 18 inch dolls, along came the 14.5 inch ‘American Girl Doll’ and the 14 inch dolls that are similar. Oma explains to me that the ‘Wellie Wisher’ is for younger girls. That there is no cloth body and the eyes don’t close. I don’t so much about dolls, so it was quite interesting to learn!

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Oma’s Cottage is currently working from her facebook page and the occasional craft fair. If you are looking for doll clothes for some of these sizes, I strongly recommend checking out her facebook page. I know that these doll clothes are made with love. I also know that my readers dislike overspending on things and that the retail of these items are infamous for being quite pricey. At Oma’s Cottage they will not be a budget buster. The items are beautiful and reasonably priced. Yay! She usually sells within the USA, but Oma is excited about branching out into the world and has made sure that she can offer reasonable international shipping for any of our readers abroad who would like to make a purchase. Double yay!!

Her contact info is as follows:

Facebook 

*If you are having trouble accessing the FB page, please feel free to contact Oma via email. She will send you any information that you request.

Email: mestorms279@gmail.com

(Phone: in US 219-713-9525)

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Thank you so much for reading!

-Mliae

Weird Amazon Items

Affiliate links get boring. And I know that nobody really wants to read posts where somebody is just trying to sell things. So I’ve decided to flip the script and make this something fun.

Introducing my new, randomly-timed, Weird Amazon Items series! I went past all the great sales and unbelievable items to find the most un-ordinary, bizarre, weird and just plain silly items that are currently listed on both Amazon US and Amazon UK.

Laughter truly is the best medicine. I hope you enjoy reading this as much as I’ve enjoyed putting it together!

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Garden Gnome Pervert – Scarface Statue Yard office Outdoor Sculpture-Figurine

I know that this is totally inappropriate. However, I laughed so loudly about this that I kind of HAD to make it the first one. *Enter the trolls to inform me of what a wildly inappropriate  person I am*

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Accoutrements Public Toilet Survival Kit

I think we all have that one friend……

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Fred PICK YOUR NOSE Nose Cups

It’s not what it sounds like… These seem like they would actually be a hit at a party. See what each nose looks like on you while you sip your beverage! Haha 😉

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Hair Brush For Bald Heads ~ Joke Gift ~ Funny Secret Santa Present ~ Weird Gag

OK, this is just kind of funny. Have to say that I would probably give this to a bald friend with a great sense of humor.

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Rubie’s Star Wars Classic Leia Cat Buns

Uummm..yeah. About that….

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Christmas Gifts Quirky Handmade Nose Shaped Wooden Decorative Spectacle / Reading Glass Holder / Stand

I have to admit that this is an item that’s ‘my kind of weird’. I’m constantly searching for my glasses and this on my desk would be a fun way to not have to go through that.

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Baby Pacifier – MUTE BUTTON – Funny! ~ Silicone BPA-free ~ Big Mouth Toys

Anybody out there besides me, tempted to start passing these out?

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Pair of Duck Feet

Duck feet for your fingers. Okei…..

That’s it for this edition of Weird Amazon Items. I hope I was able to make you giggle just a little bit 😉

Thanks for reading!

-Mliae

Amazon, WTF?! #weird

Good day 🙂

I hope you are all well!

Most of us have a habit of scrolling through the internet when we get a bit bored. My weakness is online shopping. Not just because I love to torture myself with all the beautiful things I cannot have, but because I have a true interest in the retail sector. It all began with my ultimate frustration in not being able to easily find the gorgeous design worthy items I love in 100% natural fabrics. I still have this problem, though I have managed to find a few great stores. Anywho, I digress. Because of this fixation, I actually have to spend a LOT of time scrolling, scrolling, scrolling…  I almost always share my happy finds with you guys.

I scroll through Amazon quite often. It takes awhile, but there are some really good finds there. While digging through, I come across some ‘interesting’ items. So I thought it would be fun to post some of the biggest WTF items I saw on Amazon today. Hope you get a giggle, or perhaps can explain to me what some of this stuff is?!

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Intrepid International Shipping Boots, Hunter Green

Can anyone explain these to me? Please??

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Set Of Ten Finger Hands Finger Puppets

This is just bizarre, but kind of fun in an Adams Family type way. Cool for Halloween maybe?

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Unspeakable Fortune Stephen Mackey Fantasy Odd Weird Animal Cat Print Poster 16×20

Uuuuuuhhhhhhmmmmm……

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The Official BS Button

I need this.

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Functional Silicone Rubber Face Facial Slimmer Exercise Mouthpiece Anti Wrinkle by Abcstore99

Ok, I seriously have to giggle like a 14 year old boy now. Whhhhyyyy …. This contraption looks like it belongs on a, um, pleasure doll more than an anti-wrinkle whatever you want to call it. I just don’t understand.

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1pc Silicone Baby Nipple Dummy Funny Pacifier Soother Joke Prank Toddler Pacy Orthodontic Nipples Teether Baby Pacifier Care Design 10

Funny, but bizzar-o.

That’s it for my WTF post for today. What are some of the most head-scratching worthy WTF items you’ve come across in your online shopping?

-Mliae

My Lust list

I’m not sure why, but I felt the need to share some of my faves for this season. I try to stick to a simple capsule wardrobe, but it doesn’t mean that I don’t spend boo-koodles of time on the net drooling over fashions I would love to see hanging in my closet.

Here are a few of the items I would buy in a heartbeat if I was able:

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Verdusa Women’s Casual V Neck Side Split Beach Long Maxi Dress Grey L

I’ve really been into super comfy dresses, especially since I have surgery coming up and like to look nice, even though I’ll be hanging in around the house. This, I’m in love with! So simple, comfy, yet will look super sleek with a thick belt.

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Retro Wide Metal Interlock Buckle Womens Elastic Waist Belt Cinch (Black 1)

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Parker Women’s Annie Blouse, Argentella, L

A great silk blouse with leather pants or a leather skirt for an edgy look.

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Jessica London Women’s Plus Size Leather Pants Black,12

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Lark & Ro Women’s 100 Percent Cashmere 2 Ply Slouchy Turtleneck Sweater, Light Grey, X-Large

Starting to see a pattern here? I love items that can mix and match easily with each other. It makes it possible to create a variety of looks with minimal effort (and expense).

Now for accessories and home, which I am really digging right now because I want to feel comfy and luxurious, and I want to look like I spent hours on my look, when I only threw on some bangles and earrings 😉

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Kate Spade New York Womens Idiom Bangles Solid Gold Gold One Size

I am loving this bangle right now. It can be worn with basically every kind of outfit to kick it up a notch.

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14k Yellow Gold Hoop Earrings (2″ Diameter)

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TexereSilk Women’s Luxury Long Silk Bathrobe (Beautibliss, Mulberry, Large/X-Large) Unique Bath Robes for Her WS0102-MUL-LXL

This Mulberry silk robe is one of my must-haves. Super soft, cozy and WASHABLE 🙂

Thanks for checking out my online window shopping wish-list!

-Mliae

Sustainable Fashion Feature: Shift to Nature

Greetings all!

As many of you know already, I have been on the hunt for friendly, fashionable, sustainable, fashion houses with great customer service which utilize sustainable business practices. And I found a great eco-fashion start-up that goes by the name of Shift to Nature, in Australia. They are awesome! Truly, super-cool and incredibly friendly and cooperative people! So much so, and I have to tell you this because it just never happens, that I was put in contact with the owner and personality of Shift to Nature and she is the one who made sure that every single one of my questions were answered, that I had all the facts, and went WAY above and beyond the call of duty to make sure that we have everything we need to make our own evaluations of the company! (and she returned all 8 million of my emails) This fact, in and of itself, really made me acquire a fashion crush on this company. I wish that more companies were able to understand the true value of incredible customer relations. As this can either make or break a sale, or a lifelong of sales, regardless of how pretty the item on the hanger is.

How I came to contact Shift to Nature

I have spent countless hours researching fashion houses. I’ve even spent loads of time searching brand names woven within massive e-commerce sites, in the search for a handful of businesses that offer fashionable sustainable clothing that I feel confident are the crème de la crème. However, even though sustainable and eco-clothing seems to be gaining in popularity, there are some boxes that need to be ticked for me to contact a company in the first place:

  • A majority of the products must be natural fabrics (I say majority because some of the businesses are doing good things by upcycling non-natural fabrics to avoid creating waste)
  • Fashionable items. I want to feel beautiful in my clothes at work, on a date and at home. I know you do too.
  • Fair trade (it doesn’t have to be registered fair trade. Using local artisans and product or helping those in need by paying fair wages IS Fair Trade…with or without the label.)
  • Sustainable business practices
  • Transparency in business practices
  • A non-market based orientation for their products. (Unfortunately, so many eco-fashion houses are mis-using the identity as more of a marketing strategy and less of a genuine concern)
  • Good customer service
  • Reasonable international shipping. (You know this is a MUST for me. I’m neurotic about shipping…not sure why.)

Shift to Nature has far exceeded my wish list.

To show you some of the 100% natural fabric women’s items I fell in lust with, I’ve created a virtual capsule wardrobe for ladies from some of Shift to Nature’s product line! Even the sunglasses are bamboo!

  1. Bamboo Wide Yoga Pants,  2. Bamboo Long Sleeve Crew Neck Shirt,  3. Merino Wool Eco Snood, 4. Aurora Black Scarf, 5. Tortoise Ethical Eyewear

1A. Black Stripe Bra and Underpants, 2A.  Long Sleeved Organic Cotton Stretch Dress in Charcoal Grey 3A. Bamboo Wrap  4A. Celestial Nightie, 5A. Bamboo House Dress

A bit about Shift to Nature

Shift to Nature does work with designers, some are smaller than others, which creates a great opportunity for new designer discovery as well as for the consumer to find an item they go ga-ga over without having to pay the usually astronomical designer price. (Hello Virtual Capsule Wardrobe…you will be MINE!)  New items from different designers are added monthly, as well as keeping with some of the continuous favourites. They do re-order stocks of the best-selling items, so if there is something you love that currently isn’t in stock, ask about it and wait whilst daydreaming. It will be back!
Product pricing is affordable compared to many of the eco-fashion stores, but it is not cheap. It is quite clear that they go to great lengths to provide fair pricing and to take into account the customers relative sticker shock when making the move to eco-clothing. They also offer very reasonable international shipping (Yay! Happy me 🙂 🙂 )

I’m doing something a bit different in this feature. I hope it works out. While I was looking over some of the answers to my questions I received, I wasn’t exactly sure how to put it into narrative. You see, my problem was this: The answers just ooze personality. If I were to reformat that into my words it would….lose something. I think that the personality is so important to a brand, especially when it is the owner speaking and you can hear the passion and excitement in your mind while reading. I don’t want to take that away because it is so important! So for the first time ever, I am leaving it in Question (me)/Answer (Shift to Nature) format.

Q – Does Shift to Nature work with any designers?

A – Shift to Nature is a really large collaboration with designers and brands for their own products as well as new in-house Shift Collaboration such as Faite, Noa Lane Nail Polish and Lily & Leo organic cotton kids range coming soon! Designers with their own brands are featured such as Alas the label with Sleepwear, Eleven44 hot yoga wear and more. All of the designers work on a small scale and have chosen to make the shift to eco fabrics. While this has been in no way limiting their designs, as each designer brings the wearability and softness of eco fabrics into a contemporary colour, lines, prints and fits. Our “in-house” designers are actually wonderful collaborations with notable freelancer designers around the world. Aude in France, Tess in Perth, Project Change collaboration in Cambodia, eco designers in Sydney. For me this promotes alternate economies for people. Lovely and creative women, often mothers can work at home, managing their own time and also having fun with the process. It’s one of my favourite parts of the Shift to nature process – there is now a community of very talented creatives around it – including Bloggers 😉

Q – I see that you also include Lenzig Tencel, any thoughts as to eventually incorporating Cupro into your catalogue?

A – Yes I would love to include Cupro which is a regenerated cellulose fiber derived from cotton linter (the ultrafine, silky fibers that stick to the seeds of the cotton plant after it’s been ginned) creating a silk like cotton fabric. However as this is a new fabric it is still very expensive to make it into reasonably priced eco garments. I noticed that high end designers such as Donna Karen are using it. This raises the question of cost in the fashion industry – hopefully as the new eco fabrics are developed and become widely available a drop in their prices can make them available to smaller designers who can find the balance between eco and acceptable purchase prices for the consumer. There is a tension here. While customers move toward ethical and eco purchases there is difficulty often to justify the higher prices. The higher prices are ethical and related to the real transparent cost of eco fabrics, fair wages and ethical business. However due to fast fashion companies producing incredibly cheap and plastic clothes, consumers are now used to purchasing leggings for $5. This makes the shift to eco very difficult, unfortunately. For designers and makers we are limited to reasonably priced organic cotton, bamboo, lenzig tencel and other such more available fabrics to keep the costs reasonable.

Q – Approximately how many farmers, artisans, etc can you say that your Fair Trade practices help worldwide?
A – Goodness, that is very difficult to say. It takes a lot of minds, hands and hearts to make quality products. Possibly 100’s of families are helped through the activities of Shift to Nature designers and makers. This is probably unique as Shift is a collective with people making lovely items across the world – from Estonia, Bali, Germany, India, Cambodia, Denmark, Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Peru – rather than having a limited place of making. As we search for newly unique items everyday we find some wonderful items – and manage it all online, so as carbon neutral as possible in terms of business operation. And we are not limited to English – we love to stretch ourselves and make connections really finding the most unique products.

Q – Do your sustainable practices extend to logistics as well?

A – Yes so for items that come to us as stock, we use sea freight if international. For packaging and posting to our customers we use Australia Post who have good quality assurance and standards. We also believe in public shared economy – so it is important to utilise the international postal systems in each country – keeping them alive and serving all. Based in Adelaide Australia, we have recycle policies of our local council. We remove as much plastic wrapping as we can and then hand wrap the items with recycled tissue paper. We then recycle or reuse as much as we possibly can.

Q – Is there transparency in Shift to Nature’s business practices?

A – Yes there is as much as possible. We will be applying for B-Corp status such that, this certification will require reports. However we are a startup and so I am partly still self-funding the business. We do not make a profit because all of the funds go back toward research and development of new designs and eco products. We are hoping that this will carry us into the future. Our business aims is to create a self-sustainable business – meaning that it can survive as a business stand alone, without additional investment, and that its income is reinvested back into itself to create better products. We spend much much more on R&D than on marketing, for example.

Q – Any new product lines we can look forward to?

A – 🙂 Big smile – yes! Without giving everything away, we think eco and fair products should start with kids. Kids have a big sense of fairness and care and childhood is where a sense of wonder and concern for the planet is sometimes at its strongest. They also want fun and comfortable clothes. Lily & Leo is just around the corner – but no peaking!

Here are some of the items for Home, Kids and Men available:

1B. Luxury Organic Cotton Sheets  2B. Bells Beach Turkish Style Cotton Towels 3B. Men’s Tailored Hemp Linen Shorts 4B. Dino Quilt Cover Set

And this is where it gets even better! 😀

Shift to Nature has very generously offered us a 15% off discount promo code (M15) AND is giving away a bottle of Noa Lane vegan nail polish* with purchase (remember promo code: M15)! *While supplies last, colours may vary.

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A bit about Noa Lane:

Q – I would love to share more about the Noa Lane Vegan Nail polish that you have so generously offered as a bonus to our readers! What makes it vegan?
A – This is so exciting! People often say: ‘but nail polish has no animal products’ but it actually does. Regular nail polish does, in fact, contain fish Scales (usually from Herring) that creates the Sparkle. The iridescent qualities of the scales make them “ideal” for grinding up into glitter. Noa Lane Nail Lacquer does not contain any Fish Scales. The sparkle comes from mineral Micas! Naturally forming mica flakes are from Muscovite mineral rocks which are refined and for safe cosmetic use, the result combined with colour gives the beautiful Opalescent finish. When used in nail polish suspension base the Mica powders distribute freely and evenly leaving a uniform colour saturation. The shine and shimmer of the mica compliments glitter polishes and unlike powder pigments micas do not clump or cause streaking in nail polish. Noa Lane Nail Lacquer also Does Not contain these animal by-products commonly found in regular nail polish: stearic acid, glycerol and cochineal, or crushed bugs. Items from the Noa Lane Mineral Cosmetics range are Vegan and Not Tested on Animals. They are free of Five particularly nasty chemicals including formaldehyde which has been linked to cancer by national research bodies. Noa Lane Mineral Cosmetics is made in Australia with ingredients comply with International standards.

It has truly been a pleasure to work in conjunction with Shift to Nature in order to write this feature on sustainable fashion! They have gained a lifelong customer here and I know that your experience, should you so choose to check out the company, will be as awesome as mine has been!

Thank you so much for reading! And please remember, if you find yourself on the Shift to Nature website  use promo code: M15 at checkout for a 15% discount and a complimentary bottle of Noa Lane vegan nail polish! (*While supplies last, nail colours may vary).

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-Mliae

Some great gift ideas I’ve been drooling over recently

The holidays are just around the corner, and if you’re anything like me, you’ve already begun the online search for gifts with reasonable shipping, as well as finding yourself day dreaming about what you would like to have waiting in that pretty box.

Here are some of my finds & fantasies for this week:

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Amazon.com $25 Gift Card in a Gift Box Reveal (Classic Black Card Design)

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Yankee Candle Advent Carousel

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KitchenAid KP26M1XER 6 Qt. Professional 600 Series – Empire Red

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KitchenAid KSM1APC Spiralizer Attachment with Peel, Core and Slice

(Ok, I’ll admit it – the kitchen aids are my fantasy…)

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The Secret Life Of Pets (DVD + Digital Download) [2015]

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Brouk & Co. Travel Cord Roll

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Men’s 100% Cashmere Solid V-Neck Sweater (L, Heather Dark Charcoal)

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MIHOLL Women’s Lightweight Criss Cross Cardigans Top Blouse (Small, Beige)

(Oooohhh, I want one of these in every colour!)

That’s it for this weeks edition of items I’m drooling over. I think my fiance would love this cord roll. He’s always dragging tons of chargers with him wherever he goes. Whats on your Christmas list?

Thanks for reading!

-Mliae