Lazy Monk Menstrual Cup Review

If you’re squeemish or a guy, let me stop you right here. This post is about menstrual cycles and lots of gross, female stuff lies ahead in the text. Ladies, if you get that annoying monthly visit from Aunt Flow, keep reading!

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I recently had the opportunity to try and review Lazy Monk Menstrual Cups and let me tell you, I was super excited to try because I’ve been looking for a good alternative to pads and tampons. I personally have a super heavy flow so it gets real messy once a month. I’m not currently on birth control and my doctor pretty much told me too bad, so sad when I asked for alternatives to help regulate it, so each month I just deal with the PMS, cramps, bloating, fatigue and the worst – leakage.

My cycles get so heavy that I often have to double up and wear a tampon and pad, so when I saw Lazy Monk came with two cup sizes – one for light days and one for heavy days, I was grateful.

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My first day, I used the smaller, light day cup. I didn’t experience any leakage! Unfortunately, my second and third day I used the bigger cup in addition to a pad to soak up access leakage. I could have potentially gotten away without having leakage on day three had I been able to empty my cup after 3-4 hours. However, life happens and you can’t always get to a safe haven aka your own bathroom.

Which leads me to my next point. These menstrual cups are made from natural materials and FDA approved so I had no qualms about literally putting it inside me. However, the first insertion is a bit awkward. But you definitely get used to it. I’m kind of a pro now! Pro tip: fold the cup as small as you can and squat for seamless insertion. Another tip, insert and remove in the shower!

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The cup collects as much blood as possible but if you think you won’t get any on you during removal, think again. Hence, my best advice is to remove it while you’re in the shower.

Overall, I’d recommend Lazy Monk Menstrual cups. While you can often times feel a tampon, the Lazy Monk cup feels invisible. I didn’t experience any discomfort or negative reaction. The only downside is that I’m basically the Hoover Dam and require a little extra help to soak it all up. So to all my fab friends with a similar heavy flow, be sure to keep pads in rotation.

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Give it a try. You can purchase your Lazy Monk here.

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Mala Prayer Beads

Positive energy, passion, and healing. All things we could all use a little more of in our lives, and they all happen to be some of the great things Mala Beads stand for. Now a proud owner of Mala Prayer beads, I am already attracting more positive energy and love.

My beads, which double as a necklace, feature matte watermelon stones and alloy beads, and no two bracelets are alike. This handmade Mala Prayer bracelet was created to attract love. Because all you need is love, right? I also love that they can be dressed up or dressed down. Worn during meditation or yoga, or event at work and school.

Each piece is created with care and love and Mala Prayer believes in giving back, too. All sales made through Mala Prayer will provide female entrepreneurs with a microfinance loan, which they can invest in their business, home or community.

Shop the Mala Prayer collection. and experience the power and positivity of the beads!

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The Most Fashion Forward Cars at NAIAS 2017

I like my cars like I like my clothes: well-made, stylish, and the perfect color. The newest selection of vehicles at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) brought all the style and checked all the boxes.

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I partnered with She Buys Cars and The Steel Market Development Institute (SMDI), premier sponsor of NAIAS to bring you a peek at what you’ll see at this year’s Detroit Auto show, plus school you a little bit on the benefits of purchasing a steel-made vehicle. Have you ever thought about what your car is made of and how it can affect you and the environment? Bet you will now!

SMDI aims to accelerate innovation in the automotive industry by spreading the good word about steel. For starters, steel is a performance leader because of its superior strength, and lightweight durability. Plus, steel-made vehicles are much easier to repair. And did you know steel has the lowest greenhouse gas emissions? Today’s steels are as much as six times stronger than steels of a decade ago and three to four times stronger than the latest aluminum alloys on the market.

 

So as you walk through the show floor at this year’s auto show, remember – only one material is Accelerating Innovation through increased performance, value and sustainability. You can follow the steel story during NAIAS on Twitter via #SteelMatters.

Now that I dropped a little knowledge on you, take a look at my picks for the most fashion forward rides at NAIAS 2017.

2018 Kia Stinger

 Kia Stinger

Hello, red hot ride! The reveal of the 2018 Kia Stinger was a jaw-dropper as this sleek and sporty machine alters the collection of Kia vehicles, and in a good way.

2018 Jeep Compass

 Jeep Compass

Jeep Compass Grey

Jeep Compass Grey

The newly designed Jeep Compass got some major upgrades this year when it comes to style. New body type, fun colors, and all around great looking ride. As a current Jeep owner, I was very pleased to see this little beauty.

Mazda MX-5 RF

Mazda MX-5 RF

I’m not one to pay attention to super sporty cars, but this little baby caught my eye instantly. The interior reminds me of something straight out of a 007 film. Vroom vroom, my friends.

Black Label Lincoln MKX

Black Label Lincoln MKX

Luxury goals! I have had my eye on Lincolns recently, so naturally I had to visit the Lincoln display at NAIAS. I was pleasantly surprised to find the seats offer a massage and the black on cream interior is quite classy (I typically go for black interior). Best part of this car? It’s made of steel, as are all Lincoln vehicles excluding the Navigator.

Honorable mentions:

Toyota Corolla

Toyota Corolla

The first car I purchased on my own was a little red Toyota Corolla I named Lola Perez. So of course I appreciate the upgraded features of the newest Corolla, and was happy to find out the car is celebrating its 50th anniversary. And how fab is this color?

2018 Lincoln Navigator Concept

2018 Lincoln Navigator Concept

There’s a built in closet. *drops the mic*

NAIAS 2017 is open to the public January 14-22. Get all the information you need here. Enjoy the auto show!

This is a sponsored post. All opinions are my own.

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Target Style: Who What Wear

Recently, my life has been super hectic, not leaving a lot of time for much needed retail therapy. So when I get a moment to shop, I hop in Target for a quick fashion fix. I typically peruse the sale rack for a little stylish pick-me-up, and work my way around to the regular priced items last. Because adulting and saving money is a real thing, the sale rack has become my shameless go-to. However, there are times when I have to spring for a great full price item like this trench vest from the Who What Wear collection.

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Although it wasn’t on the sale rack, it still was reasonable at only $40. Plus, it’s a staple piece that can be worn for multiple occasions, with multiple looks. This neutral colored trench vest can be worn with a dress, denim, leggings, or if I’m feeling sassy, I can zip it up and rock it as a dress. The possibilities are numerous!

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Thank you to Target and Who What Wear for creating this affordable, and fashion-forward collection perfect for the busy girl who seeks effortless style. See the full collection here.

Photo Credit: Developed. Photography by Andrea

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Cape So Hard

Some of you may recall my short stint as a super hero of fashion this past fall. I’m referring to the time I rocked a fabulous cape from Merchant 31. But as the seasons have changed, and Target collaborated with the fashion blog, Who What Wear, I’m back on the scene with a new nod to fashion heroism – this classic black cape blazer!

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Seriously. How chic and functional is this piece? Straight from the Who What Wear collection at Target, this black cape blazer, (which was very well priced at only $30), has come in handy on several occasions recently. It’s great for a night out, or a day in the office. But most importantly, this cape blazer is comfortable yet chic.

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For this particular look, I chose to pair my Who What Wear Cape Blazer with all black and subtle accessories for a mild pop.

Pants: H&M

Shoes: BCBG

Clutch: Forever 21

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Photo Credit: Developed. Photography by Andrea

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Fashion Nova Jeans

Even though the wearing white after Labor Day rule went out the door YEARS ago, I’ll share with you a little white ensemble just in time for the holiday, plus fill you in on where you should purchase your next pair of jeans.

Fashion Nova Jeans and Sunnies

I LIVE for great a recommendation of new places to shop, especially online. So, I would like to thank my partner in crime, Jenny from the block, for introducing me to Fashion Nova for jeans. I recently purchased two pair of jeans from Fashion Nova for a total of $60. 30 bucks a pop for super cute, well-fitting jeans is certainly all right with me.

I am personally not a big fan of jeans. I find them [sometimes] flattering, but restricting. But when my employer announced that we had a more relaxed dress code, I felt compelled to stock up on jeans; so I turned to Fashion Nova for some denim options.

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Fashion Nova is an online boutique that offers a great variety of jeans (for work and for play) at extremely affordable prices. This online boutique also carries fun and sexy clothes including skirts, dresses, and tops for all occasions.

About my look:

I paired a light and airy, and also very comfortable shirt from Pitaya (Royal Oak) with Fashion Nova Jeans, and white pumps from the clearance section at DSW.

If you are in the market for a new pair of jeans, be sure to visit Fashion Nova !

Photo Credit: Developed. Photography by Andrea

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For Men: My Dapper Box

Dapper: (typically of a man) neat and trim in dress, appearance, or bearing. 

Give dad or the special man in your life the gift of style with Dapper Box this Father’s Day!

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Dapper Box is a monthly service that will keep men looking stylish and fashionably refreshed. It’s great for guys-on-the-go, male fashion lovers, men who aren’t afraid to try new styles, and most importantly, it’s great for ladies who love to gift their men with something unique.

Thanks to Dapper Box, I will be one-upping my mom this Father’s Day by gifting her boyfriend (he is like a dad!) with a box. 😉 He has been a blessing in both our lives so he deserves something special. Plus, he’s all about wearing awesomely colorful socks. This Dapper Box equipped with a tie, socks, and cufflinks, is perfect to compliments his style. Spoiler Alert:

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Dapper FAQs: 

  • Each box comes with 4 – 5 Dapper Items worth up to $96
  • New members ship within the same week
  • Shipping is Free within the US
  • 100% Money Back Guarantee. Cancel anytime.

I have teamed up with Dapper Box to offer you guys a coupon code for Father’s Day so you can gift dad or that special guy in your life. Use code FABDAD for 15% off your Dapper Box purchase!

 

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