The truth about Tieks by Gavrieli

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A while back I posted Tieks flats as my shoe of the day. You can type that in the search bar and see that if you wanna check it out before you read this! (Also, this is a different pair of Tieks. I will explain that further down. Keep reading.)

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I have worn these a while now. In the last post, I put a photo of the red shiny ones. I ended up trading with my mom because we had the wrong sizes! We were unsure which size would fit us how we would like, so we ordered a US 7 and a US 8 just to see what would happen. One night we were sitting around complaining that they hurt our feet, I said something about how her cobalt blue Tieks didn’t hurt my foot at all when I tried them on once and I liked the color better too. Then we got the ingenious idea to swap them out. Immediately we were prancing around the living room and laughing about how comfortable the switch was for the both of us! We couldn’t stop laughing, because it was pretty funny we both felt the same way.

The reason I was unsure which size would be right is because my feet are skinny/long and a half size, and my mom was just as clueless since she has wider/shorter feet and is also a half size. So I am very happy we got lucky and happened to be able to trade out so nonchalantly. The website for Tieks says to order a size down, and that turned out being true for me, however my mom has a more unusual foot I guess, because she fit into the next size up!

****** I will warn everyone: THESE SHOES AREN’T COMFY AT FIRST! After about twenty wears, these are comfy, your arch feels gently supported, but I still can’t wear them for more than 4 or 5 hours before they feel uncomfortable.. Within the first twenty wears, your toes will probably get sore, and your arches will feel the same and you will be really grumpy because most bloggers lie about how these shoes feel.

They aren’t as feel-good or maybe not even as pretty as I expected, but there’s some positives. Like… You can’t feel the ground through them like you can with other flats. The colors are super bright and chic. They look like my ballet shoes from my dancing days. So they are really girly, and I like how flexible they are. You can walk on your tiptoes or flex your foot up, and that is something I haven’t found in any other flat.

Who knows, maybe after I break the leather in even more I will be happier with them. It’s been a few months though and so maybe they just aren’t super compatible for hair stylists or just my feet in general!

Enhance your Mood: Essential Oil Blends

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I put these mixes in my Scentsy diffuser. It is really awesome because they really do make your day better.

For anxiety, stress, or depression:

  • Frankensense
  • Bergamot
  • Ylang Ylang

If you need some Energy:

  • Orange
  • Lime

Boost your Libido:

  • Rose
  • Jasmine

Sleep Well:

  • Lavender
  • Chamomile
  • Magnesium

Tension Headache:

  • Peppermint
  • Eucalyptus

 

Jewelry of the Day: Tiffany & Co. Necklace

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This is one of the nicest necklaces that I have. If you have ever seen Breakfast at Tiffany’s then I am sure you can appreciate a piece from Tiffany & Co. If you haven’t seen that film, you need to go check it out ASAP. It is a great classic and any woman into drama and fashion NEED to be exposed to such a movie. It stars the elegant Audrey Hepburn, the best actress of her time. She is such a style symbol and a great idol for little girls, unlike Mrs. Monroe. Anywho, more on the necklace..

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The design is that of a lock, at least I think that’s what it is supposed to be. It has a phrase indented that says, “Please return to Tiffany & Co. New York”  It is also 925 sterling silver.

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Above is the nice soft pouch it came in.

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So shiny!!

Review: Scentsy Diffuser

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This was the best gift I have received in forever!!!!!!!!!!!

It’s pretty simple, just add water and essential oils and then relax. For example, if you’re expecting company or want to get rid of dog smell Try a fresh, clean scent like lemon, grapefruit, and bergamot!

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This is the only diffuser I could find that has a lifetime guarantee. I knew that would be important for me, cause I knew I would use out a ton. It’s super easy to use, only two buttons and I had it set up within minutes. There’s 17 different LED light colors to pick from, and two different (low or high)settings for the actual oils to be dispersed into the room. So on low it runs 8 hours usually, on high, four. It will last longer if you add more water too though.

If you are new to essential oils, you might not understand that they can change your mood and the atmosphere of your house in a few seconds. My boyfriend and I keep it in the bedroom upstairs, but the aroma spreads to the bathroom and other rooms upstairs. And depending on the scents you choose, you can smell it days after you diffuse them.

Jewelry of the Day:Bubble Tea Necklace

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There is a really cool vendor on Etsy that you need to check out. Check her out under Atomic Lace by Laura Michele!! All her stuff is really neat. From patches to faux gauge earrings.

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I am a huge fan of bubble tea in real life, so why not have it around my neck as well?! It’s so cute, and it is winking!!! I love these laser cut pieces of jewelry because of the thickness and shininess of the centerpiece.

Candle: Strawberry Lemon Ice

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It is kinda funny I snapped a pic of this candle on snow because the scent is so summer-ish. That is the perfect scent for this time of year though, because you can shut your eyes and pretend it’s warm and pleasant instead of horribly cold and numbing.

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This is one of my fave. at the moment. It fills up the whole house and stays in the air well after it is blown out. It has a good mixture of lemon and strawberry. It isn’t too sickeningly sweet smelling, which I have dealt with with past Yankee Candles. I know it’s probably full of chemicals, but it’s a really refreshing scent that smells like real fruit.

Review: Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick

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So it’s been a little while since I got all of my Jeffree Star lip stuff. I am still really into his brand, I love the look and the feel of his product overall.

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What do you think? Pink is so fun, but neutral is so chic!

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Top photo, lip color is Queen Supreme, lower photo color is Androgyny.

Let’s get down to it. I really, really love the smooth application of his lipsticks, but I wish that the wand was a little smaller. The tip is made for people with larger lips, so if you have a petite mouth you will have to be very careful as to not smear it every where! Kylie has a better wand I believe, and so does Tarte, and Kat Von D. However I like the fact that his do not peel or flake like Kylie’s seem to do so easily.

You can eat with this on, as long as you are extremely careful about not touching anything greasy or wet to your mouth. That is pretty much how all these brands are. Anything oily or really liquidy is a no-go. Don’t even lick your lips! The best one to eat with is probably Tarte, because it doesn’t flake off and look so horrible, it just subtly rubs a little, and certain days it seems to not even budge because it’s so super creamy. I have had some luck with eating with Kat Von D’s, as long as I am very careful. Really depends on the food. One time I ate a cupcake with Kat Von D’s matte liquid lip stick and none came off!

I love that Jeffree star’s liquid matte colors are vivid and light weight on your lips, they aren’t drying, they aren’t too creamy, or too cracky/flaky/peely, it is a nice in between as long as you keep it dry. The pigments are very true to color unlike Kylie’s have been for me. I wish that I could layer Jeffree’s a little more, because sometimes the pigment looks a bit opaque. And honestly, I could do without the chemically smell his seem to have. All the other brands smell pretty nice to me.

I cannot think of anything else right now. I am very pleased with his colors and the way they go on/ stay on in general. I also have one of his plain lipsticks that comes in the old fashioned lipstick form, and it has glitter in it which looks incredible layered over a velour lipstick. I will have to save that more another post though!!

Hair of the Day: Hot Cross Bun

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I made up this updo, well, at least I made up the name for it! Isn’t that cute!? I know, I am sure a lot of people do a tuck and twist type of bun. It’s so easy though and can be fancified with a hairbow or headband! Just put your hair in a high pony tail, tuck it into itself, fold it out to make it fuller and round like a doughnut, and use a couple bobby pins. That is all you need to know honestly. You really don’t need the little foam structure or a sock to make a cute bun. I went to a local pizza joint with this little doo.

See how it kind of crosses itself? Oh yes, my lipstick is Lolita by Kat Von D, eye shadow is from the Urban Decay Electric Palette. Smiling cloud earrings from Atomic Lace on Etsy.

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Photos by Duncan Madaris Hill, but they were taken with my Nikon, which is crappy compared to all of his nice ones!

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Review: Hunter Boots

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A while back I ordered these bad boys and they were featured in an earlier post called “Shoes of the Day: Hunter Boots” If you would take a moment and check that.

Soooo, I would have to say that I recommend these boots for everybody. They are super comfy and pretty and easy to walk in. They don’t rub your foot like some rubbers. They don’t feel like your foot is moving back and forth inside the shoe either. They feel very stable and they aren’t too tight with big fuzzy socks, even though they are  US 5/6 in size! They are equipped with reflectors on the back in case you’re walking or sledding or whatever on a dreary day. They are the best for milder, rainy weather because they are not insulated with anything to keep you warm in the cold snow or icy conditions. I really dig that I have not scuffed them yet! I just wish these were taller, but besides that I don’t have any complaints.

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Shoes of the Day: Tieks by Gavrieli

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Over the holidays I got a pair of flats, which I must admit, is a FIRST for me. I don’t believe I have really had a pair of cute flats since high school. I usually wear heels, wedges, boots with platforms, etc. The reason I finally broke down and accepted a pair of flats into my life is because these are special. What I mean is that these are not just any flat shoes! They are not only delicately beautiful and handcrafted with Italian leather, but they are also the only orthopedic flat shoes that I know about! Yes, they have arch support and are great for traveling, standing, any activity on your feet. I got these for work since I am a hair stylist, AKA: a slave to standing.

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It snows here like once a year so I took advantage of this opportunity. However, I wouldn’t advise anybody to walk in snow with these babies unless you want frostbite. I’m sure the snow isn’t great for the quality of the genuine leather either! I will be sure to post a review of Tieks once I have broken them in and can accurately get a feel for what they offer my tootsies!