Five Things I'm Currently LOVING!

Sunday, September 16, 2018

 The last couple of weeks have been incredibly busy!  Back to the hustle and bustle of things and admittedly, I'm exhausted!  I have been wanting to write this post in the worst way, but have been defeated by time and honestly, lack of motivation at the very end of a long work week.  Alas, Sunday night is here and after meal preps, packed lunches, folded laundry and so on, i am finally here, cup of tea in hand, sharing five things I'm currently loving!

I'm beyond proud of my beautiful cousin, Sonia Andresson Nolasco on the release of her new book PORTO, Stories From Portugal's Historic Bolhao Market!  Whether you've traveled to this region or have been longing to do so, this book acquaints its reader with the Bolhao Market which has been the 'life force of Porto and, until recently, the engine that powered the North of Portugal!'  While i have yet to visit the city of Porto, i feel compelled to do so on my next visit to Portugal.  This book is essentially an imaginary feast for your senses.I found myself creating a wonderful mental picture of what it's like to be amongst the locals of this market, exploring a variety of foods and feeling as though I can taste the beautiful array of tastes within these mouth watering foods.  The chapters are broken down by breads, fruits and vegetables, fish and seafood, poultry, meat, cured meats and perhaps my favorite (next to bread of course) pastries and coffee!  You will even be treated to a few 'grandmother recipes' that are meant to be 'explored and experimented with'.  I mean... it doesn't get any more authentic that this!  This book, as you can see by the cover, it's a wonderful book to display and a brilliant conversation piece!  I've shared it with just about everyone that has stepped foot in my house!  It's beautifully written (i may be biased because i adore my cousin but it is indeed the truth) and i am proud beyond words!  You can purchase your copy here!

I've been LOVING Fresh Beauty so much!  So much so that these two products featured here on one of my recent Instagram Photos have earned prime real estate on my nightstand.  I honestly don't think that i could ever live without these two powerhouse products.  The Fresh Rose Deep Hydration Facial Toner is incredibly luxurious (um, yes that's real rose petals floating inside the bottle!) and works wonders on my skin!  It removes impurities while leaving my skin balanced and hydrated. I'm on my second bottle and will forever use this every morning and night!

The Black Tea Kombucha Facial Treatment Essence is like nothing I've ever tried before!  It provides anti-pollution protection (yes, you read correctly)! It's also a highly concentrated age-delay (ahem, i need that) treatment filled with antioxidants to help prevent the early signs of aging.  Seriously, Fresh Beauty is slaying the skincare game!

I have not been able to put down the Tarte Tartelette 5-Piece Makeup Bag Must-Haves since it arrived at my doorstep! I've been a Tarte fan for many many years because their products are excellent quality and are made with skin-loving ingredients! This gorgeous kit has everything you need to create an array of looks and comes housed in this sleek makeup pouch making it perfect for tossing in your bag!

This kit includes the long-wearing Amazonian Clay Stick Foundation providing full coverage with a velvety matte finish. The included brush blends it all to perfection.  This brush is uhhhhmazing... seriously blends and buffs like a dream!  Equally gorgeous is the Clay Play Must-Have Eye and Cheek Palette featuring 12 super-pigmented shades to create full-face looks from day to night.  This palette is filled with super wearable and stunning neutral shades that work on everyone! I've worn Maneater Voluptuous Mascara for quite some time and was excited to see that this kit includes this great staple!  Also, when Tarte released the Lip Sculptor lipstick-and-lip gloss combo contours, i immediately picked up a few because i thought the concept was fantastic! They did not disappoint so naturally, this seals the deal for me!  This kit is such an amazing value!  Snatch yours now before it's gone!

I have been living for this bag and these pants! Seriously obsessed with an updated seventies vibe!  When i spotted these jeans, i knew i needed them stat!  They're so fun and slimming!  I love that they're ultra stretchy and comfy too because let's face it... it's fun to look cute but if you're not comfortable, chances are it will ruin your vibe.  These are definitely statement jeans but I'm planning to rock the heck out of them this fall/winter!  Oh and i also picked up these!

This delicate bag has been on my radar since it's launch!  It's one of those bags that is so unique and ultra feminine.  To me, it's beautifully crafted wearable art... in fact, when I'm not wearing it, I'm displaying it in my 'beauty room'!

These earrings are my new obsession!

Again, statement pieces but so light and comfortable!  This brand is seriously slaying.  If you want beautiful, unique accessories, you must check them out!

I hope you enjoyed this post!  Thank you so much for reading and have a wonderful week! Xo, Carla

*Some products were sent for consideration and some were purchased by me.  All opinions are my own.