Friday, January 29, 2010

The pursuit of the perfect bag

I am always in pursuit of the perfect bag or purse that can carry everything I need from lip gloss to my check book and all of my important files.

I need bag to express the very mood I am in at any given time and I need something with versatility. So with so many choices out there… how do you choose?

I don’t have a ton of money to spend on over priced bags from department stores and I also like to have something unique, something that not everyone has…I have sifted through some wonderful sites on Etsy and came up with some perfect options for the a bag to suite all needs! These are some of my personal favorites and they are all reasonably priced!

Take a look:
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The Kangaroo Pouch from Kinies's

Kinies Sassy Linen Tote / Messenger in Olive Darb Green (I love this bag)

Christy’s Studio

STOCKHOLM III Everyday Purse Khaki

Festive and Fun Bags from

And finally a great clutch for an evening out!

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Winter Blues got you down...

Ok, we’ve talked about beating dry, winter skin…but what’s worse then that is trying to beat the Winter Blues. I think most of us that live in a cold wintery climate experience this from time to time, but some of us are affected by it so greatly it starts to affect our work, relationships, and so much more.

With winter not even half way over, how are we suppose to get through? Here are some helpful tips and websites to help you get through the last part of winter with a smile (or at least help elevate your mood):

1. Wear Bright and colorful clothes or accent your home with Bright Colors. That’s right, break out of your winter blues and blacks with a dose of red, orange or yellow. If you’re like me, this will be extremely tough at first to leave the comfort of my favorite black sweater...but we can do it!

The more you surround yourself with warm summer colors, the better you may feel. Now, don’t rush to Home Depot and change the color of your room or throw away all of your clothes and buy all new stuff, but subtle changes can help. Try some new pillow shams in a nice peachy tone or scarf in red.

Here are a few of my favorite sites to find those little things to boost your mood without breaking your budget:

2. Buy yourself something nice without breaking the bank. While buying something new to help boost your mood is one thing, going on a bender is something completely different! Don’t confuse the rush of spending money on shiny new things with feeling better or as fix for your Winter Blues. If it is a fix, it’s a short term one and you will feel worse once your bank statement arrives. Treat yourself, but don’t over do it. Here a few site to help you treat yourself without breaking the bank and help you fulfill tip number one:

Candles :


Shirts and things:

Pillows, Purses and more:

Charming Wall Decal’s:


3. Next on the list is exercise and eat right. I know your thinking, “God, I don’t even have energy to change my clothes and brush my teeth, let alone EXERCISE”. I know, but trust me, this one you don’t want to skip out on. Exercise is a very important part of keeping your body and your mind healthy. Ten minutes a day (on bad day) can change your mood! Try using a balance ball while watching TV or taking the stairs at work to ease you in.

Not sure how to change those eating habits? One of my favorite sites to getting you a healthy track is

You can create a meal and fitness plan to you and on your bad days, you can write about it.

4. Which brings me to my next point: Write about or talk about it.

It doesn’t do anyone any good to sit at home and make yourself feel worse. The Winter Blues can make a person retreat away from social situations and not want to talk about how you feel. If you can’t talk to someone, write about it. Write down how you feel and don’t be afraid to spill your guts. When your ready…find a friend and just talk about it. The more you talk about it, the easier it is to mange the blues.

Of course there are many other suggestions like investing in a S.A.D (seasonal affective disorder) light or tanning and so much more. So don’t be afraid to do some research and remember, you are not alone.

Here are few links to help get your started:

If you think at all that your Winter Blues might be something more, than please get help! The most important thing in life is to be able to enjoy it. Don’t rob yourself of being able to be happy. If you don’t know where to get help or how, here are some great starting points:

Friday, January 15, 2010

Shop Wisely, Act Globally

I have always been a big supporter of shopping Locally in your community, but sometimes, you can't always find what you need locally. I try to be relatively consientius of where the things I buy come from. A site I came across recently really addresses some of my concerns with "buying abroad" and making sure that the items go through a Fair Trade commission. It's great to get things for a steal, but at what cost to someones freedom or health.

Fair Indigo ( takes things that are made around the world and in the United States (which they are currently expanding), but all made with Fair Trade practices in mind. They specifically look for if you are focused on purchasing Eco Friendly, Trade Conscious, or Made in the USA items .. . it's a great resource!

I can't think of a better way to support something so vital as economic stability and higher wages for impoverished countries.

Friday, January 8, 2010

The Saga continues of Dry Winter Skin...

Did you know that Aloe Vera Gel is not just for sun burns? It's not widely advertised as such, but it can be used a great remedy for DRY WINTER SKIN and has many other medicinal purposes.

It works great for burns and scrapes, Sun burns and more...why not to sooth dry, irritated skin.

I recommend a natural gel base with not a lot extra ingredients- you can get it online or even in the local drug store. The less chemicals used, the more your skin will thank you.

Try some of these sites:

Monday, January 4, 2010

Happy 2010

Wow, I can hardly believe its 2010 already. I haven't had much to report on the last few weeks with the holiday's and everything, so here goes.

One of the boutiques that was carrying my line has closed due to the economy- Bare Boutique in Burnsville. It's so sad to see so many wonderful small businesses closing because of lack of support/business. I really want to help make a change, especially for Women. In the next month or two Twilight Soaps will be embarking on a series of networking meetings for women to have a place to gather and get ideas from other like minded women. Lets face it, we all (Small business owners) have to stick together, now more then ever! Stay tuned for more information!

Twilight Soaps & Gifts will also be participating in Minnesota's Winter Carnival Fashion show as a vendor and I am super excited. I participated last year and had a great time! There were a lot of great people to meet and good food and fashions to be had! I am planning to bring some of my new products including the sugar scrub and hopefully a digital display!

I hope you all have a wonderful start to 2010!

Vintage Earring Magnet

Vintage Earring Magnet