Review: Bamboo & Metal Straws

I was so excited to find large metal straws at Little Sweet on 9th Avenue (San Francisco)!!

San Francisco is establishing one of the widest plastic straw bans in 2020, prohibiting even compostable plastic straws (PLA) because they act like conventional plastic in our environment if littered. This means that single-use straws sold in San Francisco must be now biodegradable, which is fantastic by all means! Establishments all over the city are getting an early start, such as many boba places switching out plastic for bamboo fiber straws and also selling metal options.

The bamboo fiber straw is not to be mistaken for a bamboo straw. While both are biodegradable,
these babies are much more flexible and only meant for one-time use (via the Boba Guys)

Those who want to reduce this waste one step further should think about owning their own straw—one that can be washed and reused multiple times. I only own two types: bamboo and metal. Here are some thoughts on these two popular straw options…

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Review: Buffy Firm Cloud Pillow

It was time to replace my pillows. Since the beginning of this year, my extremely flattened and compressed one led to painful stiffness in my neck and shoulders… the quality of my rest decreased dramatically! After deliberating on which pillows to buy, I took a gamble on Buffy’s Cloud Pillow via an Instagram ad, and it turned out to be a great purchase. Read more for general background information on Buffy and my review of their Firm Cloud Pillow.

My bed is a hot mess, so enjoy this picture of my décolletage and my new Cloud Pillow.
Also peep my beautiful piece of flesh art by @catdaggers from Temperance Tattoo.

Review: Ethique Frizz Wrangler, Heali Kiwi & Guardian Bars

Hi there! Thanks for stopping by to learn a bit more about sustainable hair care. We’re going to focus on two products I’ve just started using: the Heali Kiwi shampoo bar and the Guardian conditioner bar, both by Ethique.

I found out about the sustainable personal care brand, Ethique, through my friend Tessa’s wonderful sustainability blog, Grown Acorn. Her website has been a wonderful wealth of knowledge and advice in learning more about waste reduction and the incorporation of environmentally-friendly practices into daily life. It’s helped me more easily transition into an environmentally-conscious lifestyle.

Now, onto shampoo and conditioner bars!

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A 1-Night Stay in Santa Cruz

In April, I visited my best friend in Santa Cruz County! My partner was so kind to drive us around the entire time, and we booked an Airbnb for one night. I’ll be sharing things we did, reviewing places we visited, and one product review.

I’ll also share a powerful incident of tension in my relationship during this trip, but that is for another article (click here!)


Mentioned in this post:

• Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
• Sport-Brella Sun/Weather Shelter
• Santa Cruz Massage Harbor
• Regal Santa Cruz 9 Theatres
• Penny Ice Creamery
• Our Airbnb
• Roux Dat (Capitola location)


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Review: Natracare Organic Cotton Panty Liners

Review: Natracare Organic Cotton Panty Liners

The eco-friendly period conversation continues, this time about the ever-essential panty liner. It’s only natural to consider the environmental costs of a product one uses every single day. When I ran out of liners unexpectedly, I didn’t go to Walgreens due to traffic and roadside construction (for my old go-to for liners, which admittedly were of synthetic material). Instead, I went to my local health foods market, hoping they had the style I liked—lo and behold, they did… but only in this brand! I don’t think I can go back to using synthetic panty liners, and here’s why.

I never thought I’d be staging a photoshoot for panty liners, and yet, here we are…

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Review: City & Premium Notebooks by Minimalism Art

My bullet journal starts in July, which is approaching fast! I’m trying to minimize purchases and am using any opportunity to save money. Though content with my current one, I do like changing it up… So, I bought Minimalism Art’s City Edition Journal on Amazon. I also had the opportunity to try their Premium Journal when they offered to send it to me after I’d joined their mailing list. Here is an honest review of the two journals.

PLEASE NOTE: Images may look a bit dark, as they’ve been left unaltered to reflect the true colors and opacity of the pages. I tried taking these photos in the best natural lighting I had available.

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Review: Rothy’s The Point

For almost the entire year, I’d been ranting and raving about Rothy’s shoes to friends and loved ones. To my excited delight, my sisters got me a gift card for Christmas for my very first pair.

*UPDATE* Since posting these, I have sold these shoes and bought a larger size in a different color (6.5) … I’ve also tried size 7, which was slightly large for me and kept slipping off the heel. Size 6.5 is perfect for me! Don’t be dissuaded by the strange sizing—for those who can’t try them on in-store, Rothy’s has a great 30-day return & exchange policy so long as the shoes are unworn. Rothy’s shoes also have great resale value in the online secondhand market.

I ordered The Point in Mink. For most shoes, I float between size 5½ to 6. I took the advice of sizing up for wide feet and got myself 6’s (again, I later sized up to 6.5 because size 6 was just a touch too small).

Mink is an incredibly beautiful color, described as a “warm taupe” but I think it does lean towards purple in some lights. It’s versatile and can be paired with so many outfits, which is why I chose it. 

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The 5-Year Journal, Q&A a Day

The 5-Year Journal, Q&A a Day
Afraid of diving head first into journaling? This baby
has prompts for each day to get the ball rolling for you.

With 2018 drawing to a close, I’d like to spotlight this neat little journal which I’ve been using to supplement my bullet journaling. It provides daily questions which, when used daily, is a nice reflection of those years once they’ve been filled up. I started this in January 2017 and managed to keep up with it, despite needing to go back a week to fill it in a few times.

Published by Potter Style, Q&A a Day: 5-Year Journal has beautiful gilded pages that caught my eye in Barnes & Nobles last year. Behind its simplistic paper covering and stylishly lettered title are 365 questions for you to answer throughout the year. The layout makes it easy for a person to start any year on any month since you fill in the last two numbers following ’20__’ before writing down your answer.

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Review: The Lily Cup One

Review: The Lily Cup One

As far as I know, the Lily Cup One is one of the only collapsible menstrual cups available. Squish it down until it’s practically flat, then tuck it away in the carrying case which comes with your purchase! It also features a ring stem, which helps one pull the cup down easier for removal.

The cup and carrying case is hot pink, as it’s Intimina’s signature color. Some reviewers described it as too feminine.
On the flip side, the carrying case can easily be mistaken for a package of blush or lip balm due to the hot pink color.
(via Amazon)

The Lily Cup One by Intimina (“LC One”) is aimed towards teens and first-time users, but it’s also marketable to any user seeking a portable cup. The circular case is as round as tarte’s sample-size Amazonian Clay Blush, and as thick as a Dirty Little Secret blush case (see pictures below). You can tuck it away in a bag or jacket pocket without it taking up much room. If your period suddenly comes while you’re on the go, this menstrual cup has your back!

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