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Destination Comfort

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MomentswithMillie| Destination Comfort

Destination Comfort| Moments with Millie

Have you ever returned from a vacation just to feel like you need a vacation? That was me last month. I traveled during most of the month (hence the absence from posting). And even though it was a whirlwind of a trip I enjoyed my time away. I think part of this trip’s success is that I have finally found my traveling groove.

I like to be as comfortable as possible when traveling. However that doesn’t mean that I don’t like to look somewhat put together.  Jeans, a tee shirt and comfortable shoes is a fool proof outfit that can be dressed up or down with very little effort.  I like to wear tennis shoes to the airport to save space in my suitcase. If necessary, I can change into heels when I get to my destination.

Below are some of my favorite traveling tips. Let me know if you have any tips that I can add to the list.

  1. Pre-pack. Some may not see the benefit in this but packing in advance is a lifesaver. I find that having pre-packed toiletry, hair and makeup bags alleviates stress, and ensures that I do not forget anything. Obviously there are some things that you cannot pack in advance. However those that can are ready to go.
  2. Sample/travel size products are your friends. I always save the free samples I receive from Sephora. Due to their size, sample items such as perfume, makeup, skin care, etc. are great space savers. When ordering online, I often request items that I know work well for me so I can stow them away in my suitcase.
  3. Roll your clothes. I am sure everyone uses this tip however I had to mention it because it really works!
  4. Suitcase staples. I always pack this laundry bag in my suitcase. I love that it keeps my dirty clothing from mixing with clean ones. I also love how compact it is when not in use. I like to keep a dryer sheet in the bag to help keep away foul smells. Like many I also pack my shoes in a separate bag. However instead of purchasing a bag for this, I use a reusable drawstring bag (similar to the reusable grocery ones). They are inexpensive (sometimes free) and practical.
  5. Simple Luxuries. Traveling can be stressful. And stress can wreak havoc on your skin. To help alleviate stress and combat environmental changes, I bring along an inexpensive face mask. I find  sheet masks to be perfect however traditional masks can work to. If masks aren’t your style, consider carrying a linen spray, mini candle or book to help take the edge off from traveling.
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Breaking All The Rules

Breaking All The Rules | Moments With Millie

Breaking All The Rules | Moments with Millie

Breaking All The Rules | Moments With Millie

No need to adjust your computer screen. Yes, I am wearing white after Labor Day. As you know, wearing white (specifically white pants) during this time of year is considered a huge fashion faux-pas. I am not sure of the rule’s origin however I do know that I am not following it. Fashion is a form of self expression therefore you should determine how to express yourself. Plus, I’ve never been a fan of being told what I can’t wear. And while I am all for following certain fashion guidelines this rule was made to be broken.

 

Duster: Similar | Jeans: ASOS

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My Staple Hair Products (Drugstore Edition)

MY STAPLE DRUGSTORE HAIR PRODUCTS| Moments with Millie

Finding quality yet affordable hair care products can be quite a feat. Products geared towards us natural (coily/kinky) hair girls can be very expensive. I’ve tried my share of products and have found so many gems in the drugstore. Below is a list of some of my favorites. What are your favorite drugstore hair products?

  1. ORS Creamy Aloe Shampoo
  2. Pantene Pro-V Truly Natural Co-Wash Cleansing Conditioner
  3. Trader Joe’s Nourish Spa Conditioner
  4. Suave Almond + Shea Butter Conditioner
  5. Design Essentials Almond & Avocado Moisturizing & Detangling Conditioner
  6. Shea Moisture Superfruit Complex 10-IN1 Renewal System Conditioner
  7. ORS Replenishing Conditioner
  8. Pantene Truly Natural Deep Conditioner
  9. Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Moist
  10. Camille Rose Curlaide Moisture Butter
  11. Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Extra-Moisture Detangler
  12. ORS (Curls Unleashed) Curl Defining Creme
  13. Eco Styler Gel
  14. Organic Virgin Coconut Oil
  15. Extra Virgin Olive Oil
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Working Girl

 

Working Girl | Moments With Millie

Working Girl | Moments With Millie

Working Girl | Moments With Millie

Working Girl | Moments With Millie

There is a huge misconception that prints are not polished enough for the office. All over America, offices are filled with individuals outfitted in neutral colored solids. Now don’t get me wrong- I love neutrals! However in the sea of gray and black attire, prints help you to stand apart. I am a huge believer that workwear does not have to be boring. Sure, maintaining a professional appearance can be a little limiting but it isn’t impossible. Pairing prints with solid, classic pieces is an easy way to create a professional yet stylish look.

The printed pants in this outfit is an example of how I would wear prints to the office. I paired it with a black top however virtually any color would work. A solid top allows the pants to be the star of the show while balancing out the outfit. I love how versatile these pants are. The classic color combination allows for an infinite amount of styling options. It looks great with black, monochrome or bright shoes.

 

Top: Jessica Simpson| Pants |Pumps: JustFab |Flats

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Motivational Monday: Back to Work

Hi Everyone! We are nearing the end of August.  And you know what that means- time for back to school. It’s been a while since I’ve been in school therefore I don’t know if I can offer any helpful back to school tips. Instead, I decided to take some time to speak to the ladies that are going into the workforce. It’s not the same however I feel like I can relate to her more. I worked in Corporate America for over 10 years and have learned quite a bit during that time. Here are some of my tips:

  1. Work Hard, Play Hard. One of the things that I struggled with is proper work/play balance. There were many weeks I thought I would just drop from sheer exhaustion. I worked early mornings and late nights just to work through the weekend. I felt like a zombie. I realized that my stress level was affecting my relationships. I never completely mastered the skill however I did learn to take breaks to help clear my mind.
  2. Ask Questions and Offer Solutions. This is something that I learned from one of my supervisors. She let me know that it is ok to ask questions and voice concerns however it is also good to offer up solutions. I found that my supervisor was happier to hear from me when she knew I wasn’t there just to complain and ask questions.
  3. Get Organized. This is a very important skill to have. I find that when I am organized, I am more efficient. Try to get into the habit of organizing everything from your work, work space, mind, etc. If possible, try to set aside some time each week to get organized. It will save you from being a frazzled mess.

To the girl that is not working in her desired field but has accepted a position in order to pay her bills- I know how difficult it can be. My best advice to you is to make the best of your time at your position. Learn as many skills as you can (they may come in handy when you are ready to make your transition). Lastly, stay focused. Try to connect with professionals in your desired field. Who says you can’t have a side hustle while working your 9-5?!

Motivational Monday: Back to Work | Moments With Millie

 

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DIY Hair & Body Oil

DIY HAIR & BODY OIL| Moments With Millie

I was in the process of whipping up a batch of my hair and body oil and thought I would share my recipe with you. As you may know,  I have dry hair and skin. 😦 I have tried so many products to help alleviate the dryness. For me, there hasn’t been one item that has completely eradicated the dry skin. I find that I have to use a combination of things to see results. I often use the oil for hot oil treatments, to moisturize my hair, to moisturize my skin, as a cuticle treatment, etc. Do you use oils to moisturize your skin? Let me know which are your favorites.

35%  Olive Oil -(Adds moisture to the scalp and skin, makes hair soft and shiny, has antibacterial and anti-fungal properties that fight off common scalp and hair problems).

25%  Coconut Oil -(Naturally antibacterial and anti-fungal, an excellent moisturizer, and can penetrate hair better than many oils and smells great).

20%  Sweet Almond Oil- (Rich in Vitamin E, monounsaturated fatty acids, proteins, potassium and zinc, excellent moisturizer, and also smells great).

10%  Jamaican Black Castor Oil* (Moisturizes, thickens, strengthens and rapidly increases hair growth. JBCO increases blood flow to the scalp, supplying valuable nutrients to hair follicles)

10%  Jojoba Oil (The only oil that closely resembles human sebum, it is anti- bacterial and anti-inflammatory. Jojoba oil is an excellent moisturizer and emollient).

* I use this interchangeably with Haitian Black Castor Oil when available.

 

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Rapid Review: Caudalie Makeup Remover Cleansing Water

Caudalie Makeup Cleansing Water| Moments With Millie

Hi Everyone! I am back with another Rapid Review. This time I am reviewing the Caudalie Makeup Remover Cleansing Water. I featured this in my New In: Spring Beauty Goodies post. As you may have noticed cleansing/micellar waters are all the rage this year. I was really skeptical about them however I decided to give them a try after I stumbled across this particular one. Since Caudalie is a well respected skin care brand I figured I was in good hands. Below are my thoughts. Have you used any cleansing/micellar waters? What are your thoughts on them?

  1. Price-  $4.97 (Nordstrom Rack)
  2. Use(s)- This soap-free cleansing water effectively removes make-up from face and eyes, as well as cleanses and tones skin.
  3. Product Claims- Make-up Remover Cleansing Water soothes, moisturizes and softens skin. With a gentle Micellar cleansing base, make-up is easily removed without rubbing, and face and eyes are left thoroughly clean. The improved formula is now more natural, more effective and gentler on skin. Fresh fragrance includes orange and lemon blossom, watermelon and mint leaves. Make-up Remover Cleansing Water is non-irritating to even the most sensitive skin types.
  4. My Thoughts- I really like this cleansing water. It is very gentle yet effective at removing face makeup. I would say it is not the best at removing mascara and eyeliner. Although I am not vegan, I do love that it is a plant based product.

P.S. I hope you enjoy this format for product reviews. You can review my previous Rapid Review post here.

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