Broken-in Boyfriend Shorts

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These J.Crew broken-in boyfriend shorts are like my favorite childhood summer cutoffs, all grown up.

I Have This Free People Tee in Four Colors

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First thing’s first: three days of rain and swampy humidity have plastered my hair to my head. There’s just no saving it; it’s all unfortunate hair days ’til the sun comes back.

Now, this Free People ‘We the Free’ Free Fallin Tee: It’s my favorite. I have it in four neutral colors, and would happily wear them as a daily uniform with skinnies and flats. I know it’s crazy to spend $60 on a t-shirt, but these are so soft, and perfectly drapey, and they get better with each [gentle] wash.

Plus, it meets all 5 of my shopping rules!


Essential Oils on the Go

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I started using essential oils about seven years ago, when my anxiety was out of control and I would try just about anything to calm my frazzled nerves. Lavender essential oil became my BFF that year: I kept a bottle in my handbag, mixed it into sweet almond oil as a body moisturizer, added it to hot baths, and basically dipped myself in it daily.

Later, when I experimented with making some of my own cosmetics (see: homemade deodorant) my collection of essential oils grew and they became a fixture in my beauty routine. I use them to make gentle oil cleansers and serums, keep my nails healthy, and blend custom fragrances. (More on all that later!)

It wasn’t until recently that I considered carrying a “tool kit” of essential oils on the go for aromatherapy remedies.

Last Valentine’s Day, I woke up with all the stress migraine warning signs on our biggest delivery day. I dragged myself into the flower shop with my sunglasses on, feeling anxious, achy, and miserable. My mother-in-law gave me a cocktail of essential oils to apply to my temples and forehead, and within 30 minutes I relaxed enough to forget about my headache and power through the day.

Now I keep these multi-tasking essential oils in my work bag:

Lavender – Lavender was reportedly used in ancient times to tame lions and tigers, so imagine what it can do for your moderate stress. Also helps relieve headaches and sore muscles.

Peppermint – Soothes motion sickness and nausea, reduces headaches, eases sinus pain and congestion, boosts energy and alertness, and wards off stress and anxiety.

Lemon – A refreshing mood-lifter and energizer.

Eucalyptus – A lifesaver for sinus pressure and congestion.

I use them alone or blended together, and typically use just a drop or two — either warmed in my hands and breathed deeply or applied to my temples. If I need extra ‘oomph’ I mix them with sweet almond oil (stored in a small glass bottle with a tight lid so I don’t have an oil spill in my handbag) and rub them into my chest and/or the back of my neck for tension, or directly onto tired sore muscles.

Other Helpful Resources:

21 Things You Should Know About Essential Oils

The Essential: 6 Uses for Peppermint Essential Oil

13 Uses for Lavender Oil: The Only Essential Oil You’ll Need

Blending Essential Oils for Beginners

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