Subtle (and GORGEOUS) geek jewelry you can wear every day!

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I don’t know about you guys, but even though I like rep myself as a loud-n-proud nerdy girl, I tend to keep things on the subtler side in my daily life. My current work dress code is quite casual, but I still can’t rock my TeeFury shirts in the office without receiving some serious side-eye. And while I love and wear my pokeball earrings and piece of heart necklace on a regular basis, I also find it fun to invest in some more classic-looking geek jewelry.

In the last week, I splurged and bought two stunning pieces–a ring and a necklace–that are ultra cute and ridiculously nerdy! Read more

I Splurged and Bought My First Ever Designer Bag

Oh man, guys. I just shelled out a truly embarrassing sum of money for the most “Kaitlin” purse I have ever seen or loved.

It all started around my birthday, when my mom offered to take me to Coach and buy me a designer bag as my present. I declined the offer at the time. I’ve never been a fan of Coach, and I’ve never been the kind of girl to love purses anyway.

I’ve been using the same black purse that I’ve had since my college days. But the idea of having a designer bag stuck in the back of my mind. Kicking about on Pinterest and the Interwebz, I stumbled upon this Kate Spade bag and was struck with a white-hot bolt of bag lust that I’ve never experienced before.

The “All Typed Up” purse by Kate Spade wasn’t even available in stores anymore. It was, however, for sale on Ebay and I spent a good month staring wistfully at it, featuring it in my “If My Blog Were An Outfit” post, and generally pining over it until my sister convinced me to suck it up and spend the money.

It was delivered to me over the weekend, and I’m still beside myself with happiness over it.

Check out my mad swag, yo!

Big Race Rundown

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So this Saturday I ran my first race in AGES. It didn’t go as great as I had originally planned, but I was fairly satisfied nonetheless.

You see, I was super sick before leaving for Disney last weekend, and the week leading up to the race, I was just trying to get some proper rest. So I hadn’t run in about 2 weeks. Not a great way to go into any race.

I still managed to run all 5 miles without walking, and I finished in 54:27, according to the roster. Not too shabby considering how craptastic I felt while I was running.

It was a humid morning, and it took my until about mile 3 to really hit my stride. Today, as I’m writing this, my legs are still incredibly sore, but I’m proud to have run the race through to the end.

Now that I know I can do a full 5 miles, that puts my SIGNIFICANTLY closer to my 13 mile (half marathon) goal.

 

 

No Poo Hairwashing for Hard Water

No Poo baking soda hair recipe for hard water via Zombies4breakfast.com
Photo courtesy of Shira Gal

I’ve been meaning to post about my No Poo experiment for a LONG TIME now, but honestly the road to shampoo-less hair has been a bumpy one, and there were a variety of issues to troubleshoot and overcome, the most daunting of which was the hard water in my apartment.

I’ll assume most of you are familiar with the term “No Poo”, which is a method of washing your hair using baking soda and vinegar instead of shampoo or conditioner. And let me tell you, it IS pretty awesome, now that I’ve gotten the hang of it. Of course, getting the hang of it took me about 2 months of trial and error and frustration, but since I’ve already gone through all that, I’m happy to give you the cliff notes.

Transition Phase

When you use shampoo, the soap strips your hair and scalp of the natural oils your body produces. Regular use of shampoo (especially DAILY use, which I was guilty of before I switched to No Poo) can cause the oil glands in your scalp to over-produce oil because those oils are being constantly stripped away. Thus, when you stop using shampoo, you have allow time for your scalp to readjust and return to normal oil production. This transition can take a few weeks to several months.

For me, the No Poo transition took about a month. During that month, my hair felt greasy and flat at the roots, but it didn’t really look dirty or even that greasy. Here are a few photos of my hair during the transition.

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On my greasiest looking days, I wore my hair up in a bun, a ponytail, or a clip and no one was the wiser, but I had good enough days to wear my hair down also.

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For the first 3 weeks I was going strong, but around week 4 or 5, I started to hit road blocks. Read more

Cinnamon, Nutmeg, and Honey Face Mask

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Cinnamon, nutmeg, honey, and lemon–a delicious-smelling combination, right? When their powers combine, they can also clear your face of some particularly stubborn acne scars.

It's kind of like this...but with spices!
It’s kind of like this…but with spices!

I’ve been fighting a battle with my skin since I was about 12 years old, and in the 10+ years since I started having acne issues, I’ve tried just about every kind of skin care solution you could think of (short of Acutane). Prescription creams, gels, and pills, ProActive knock offs, Clean & Clear, Clearasil, Cetaphil–I’ve tried it all, and none of it really seemed to work for me.

So in the last year, I’ve moved towards some more natural methods of skin care. I’m always up for trying something new, so when I found the pinterest recipe for this “Acne Scar Fading Mask” and saw that I had all of the ingredients in my pantry, I figured I’d give it a shot.

Cinnamon, Honey, Nutmeg, and Lemon Acne Fading Mask

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp nutmeg

1 tsp honey

A few drops of lemon juice (I think I used 8 drops)

Leave on for 15 to 30 minutes

Now for a quick Public Safety Announcement–BE CAREFUL WITH THE LEMON JUICE. Read more

A Nerdy Girl with Nerdy Curls: A Sock Bun Curl Review

So, I have extremely long hair nowadays. In fact, right now my hair is the longest it’s been in about 8 or 9 years. I wish I could say I do a lot with my long hair and that I know how to do intricate styles and braids and things…but I’m way too lazy for that. My usual hair routine consists of four things:

1. Wash

2. Condition

3. Comb

4. Air dry

Sometimes, when I want to shake things up a little bit, I even put my hair in a ponytail. (Sorry if that’s too crazy. I can be kind of a wild child)

Anyhoo, I recently found this awesome picture on Pinterest.com along with tutorial for a no-heat curl technique called Sock Bun Curls.

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Who WOULDN'T want hair like this?

Since my hair is naturally rather wavy (although heavily weighed down by its length at the moment), I figured this would be a nice, low maintenance way to style my hair. And the webpage itself practically PROMISES perfect curls.

Here’s what you do: Read more

Super Cheap and Easy Skin Care: The Aspirin and Honey Face Mask

I know what you’re thinking. ASPIRIN? HONEY? ON MY FACE?!?!

Just close your eyes and breathe. Count to ten. Whatever it takes.

Feeling better now? Good.

Doxycycline pills

First, I just want to say that I’ve struggled with bad skin and acne for the majority of my life. From the age of 12 all the way to now, I’ve suffered from that crushingly upsetting feeling you get when you look in the mirror and hate your skin. All acne-sufferers feel this way.

Through the years I’ve tried everything from Proactive, to Clean & Clear, to Differin Gel. I’ve had 2 different dermatologists.

At the age of 14, I was prescribed Doxycycline, an oral medication to help with my acne. It was summertime. As a truly horrible side effect, I got chemical sunburns on the backs of my hands. Read more