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the new golden standard | randolph sunglasses and a weekend escape to the outer banks

There’s something about salty air and sandy skin that cures the soul. And something about summer that makes the soul long for endless days and star filled nights. It’s not just the sun. Not just the waves crashing on the shoreline. It’s the feeling. The feeling of freedom. The feeling of hope. It’s all of our favorite parts of the season that create a new summer story year after year. Amidst this year’s craziness, we were finally able to experience our first taste on Ocracoke Island, Outer Banks.

photography:JOEL CORSON | camera:CANNON 5D MARK III | sunglasses:c/o:RANDOLPH

While I could muse endlessly about the remote shoreline, marina culture, and quaint but charming setting, today’s topic at hand is on one of summer’s most quintessential accessories – sunnies.

Like a new bikini and vacation hoodie, sunglasses are an essential we find ourselves browsing for at the first sign of warmer weather. I was introduced to Randolph sunglasses just a few short weeks prior to our escape, and of course – decided the early summer holiday couldn’t begin without them.  

While sunglasses haven’t evolved a great deal over the past couple of years, Randolph has accepted that challenge and artfully designed a selection that truly stands out in a crowed space.

Perhaps it’s the 22K gold plated finish – let’s be honest, that’s enough to get my attention every time. 

After initial introductions to the brand, I decided I needed a pair (ok, fine… I needed two), which Randolph was so kind to send over my direction. They arrived just in time for our much needed getaway, and I quickly discovered what an excellent idea two pairs really was – after my fiancé stole a pair for himself on day one. 

Curious? After a weekend of wear in the sun, here’s my experience I’d like to share in this Randolph sunglasses review. 

First, here’s an introduction to the brand. Randolph was born rooted in a strong American heritage, and are still made in the USA today. Founded in 1973, Randolph sunglasses opened the doors to their factory just outside of Boston by formal Royal Air Force navigator Jan Waszkiewicz and machinist Stanley Zaleski. Since then, they’ve continued to pursue their dream of crafting the worlds very best in sunglasses. 

With a military background, quality and craftsmanship were not an option. They wanted to build something they could be proud of. And while most brands like to boast their stance of quality – the fact is only very few can say that without being secretly struck by lightning in the background. 

The fact is, the quality if Randolph sunglasses is extraordinary.

Upon opening the package and sliding the sunnies from their case, you can instantly tell they’re made at a higher standard. They are built solid, without being cumbersome. There was no wobble, bending, or alteration of the frames even with less than gentle handling throwing items in a bag for the beach.

More than that, as a luxury fashion blogger who has experienced countless brands, I’ve come to learn there’s one true tell of quality that cannot be denied – luxury is in the details. And the more you have your hands on superior quality, the less appealing fast fashion becomes.

As I write this, I hold a pair of Randolph sunnies in my hand, and I must admit, it is truly one of the best quality pairs I have owned. Surely, you all know what I mean when I say, often time even mainstream sunglass brands arrive feeling “loose”, or unbalanced. Instead, the frames and lenses have a mid-to-heavy weight feel, and some how “secure” is a word that doesn’t escape my mind.

As with all luxury pieces, care for them and they will last for years to come.

It feels good to hold something that doesn’t feel it will give way at the slightest misplacement. And, after a weekend of being tossed in beach bags, worn through fishing, dining and sandy seaside adventures, they returned home without a scratch or sign of wear.

Randolph offers an assortment of silhouettes, ranging from the classic aviator to modern geometric frames. For someone rooted in timeless essentials, my sunglasses of choice were the classic Amelia aviator, and the P3 rounded sunnies with a playful, edgy vibe. 

The designs are beautiful. Frames have assorted finishing options from matte black up to 23k gold. I selected gold for both pairs – because why wouldn’t I. After all, it’s not only the biggest accessory trend of the season, it’s also a timeless statement of elegance and sophistication. 

The vibe – freedom, endless summers, and understated summer luxury with a glint of something more.

If you’re curious about the specs beyond my musings, I did want to provide them in this Randolph sunglasses review. So here are the details you may want to know.

Randolph Sunglass Varied Features:

  • Range of finishes from matte black to 23k gold
  • Range of lenses including soothing green/yellow wavelengths that reduce eye fatigue and improve visual performance
  • Polarized lenses with glare and 100% UVA/UVB protection
  • SkyTec™ mineral gas with Vector™ anti-reflective and Blue Wave™ technology
  • Classic skull temples for all-day comfort
  • Embossed hard case and microfiber cleaning cloth included
  • Oh and by the way, they’re Guaranteed for life, designed and handcrafted in the USA in over 200 steps. 

You don’t need sunglasses to have a great summer. Summer has a beauty of it’s own, just waiting for you to shape it’s storyline. But, there’s something about sunglasses that does become the face of summer – in every photo, memory and experience you share with family, friends, or even on your own as you take the time to embrace whatever summer means to you.

Why not make yours exceptional.

Curious? Shop the collection at Randolph.

In accordance with the FTC regulations for Influencers, post is in collaboration with gen3marketing. All thoughts, comments and musings are made of my own opinion and honest, personal experience with the products reviewed or mentioned. I hope you’ve found this post informational and inspiring!

trending now: comfy bralettes that double as micro crop tops

With the days getting longer and the air getting warmer, summer fashion trends are officially on the radar. If previous summers have taught me anything, it’s that the classic crop top isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.

We knew crop tops were going to play a big role in 2021, and we knew they were going to be tiny. Many trends are redefined season after season, but with the crop top it is more like reinvented. Designs may come and go, but the crop top is here to stay. The perk: they’re casual, cool and one of the most versatile pieces in your wardrobe.

2021 crop top trends | crop top outfit ideas 2021
2021 crop top trends | micro crop top outfit with plaid mini skirt fashion trend
photography:JOEL CORSON | camera:CANNON 5D MARK III | bra crops c/o:TRUE & CO.

What’s new in crop top trends for 2021

One statement: they just keep getting shorter. Dare to go bare? The bra top (aka micro crop top) is the new crop top for 2021. Skin is in, and body positivity is here to stay. Crops have evolved from showing a hint of mid-drift to downright running out in your skivvies. And truthfully, something about it feels quite liberating.

Plus, there’s a style for everyone. Girly girl? Get playful with your crop tops and try styles with a little extra something like a statement puffy sleeve. Sporty chic? Athleisure sets have been getting more and more fashionable and this season designers are trying out cut-out or asymmetrical styled crop tops with their sets.

Sophisticated but not stuffy? Ditch the button down blouse and sport a bra crop under your blazer for a statement that says yes, I mean business – but I’ll be the one letting you know just what that looks like.

IMAGE CRED: @thecarolinelin

Who’s wearing the trend

Style icons from Hailey Bieber to your girl next door are embracing the new trend. Hailey adapts the trend into her everyday style showing us that crop tops really can be worn with just about anything. 

2021 crop top trends | hailey bieber crop top outfit

Don’t have a barely-there crop top? Double your favorite bralette

What’s so great about crops in 2021? You can double the use of your favorite bras or bralettes as your new 2021 crop tops.

2021 crop top trends | v-neck crop top outfit with statement necklace

Two big factors that tend to determine the longevity of a trend – fashion and functionality. Statement pieces are fun, but investing in essentials will help you focus your style so you can truly express yourself in everything you wear.

Style that goes beyond the runway is what we wear in real life, and there’s nothing more real then pairing your most comfy personal pieces and still feeling empowered to dash out the door for an iced latte.

Versatility is key to maximizing your minimalist’s wardrobe with better, fewer pieces that you’ll wear more often. Find new ways to wear what you already have.

2021 crop top trends | trendy crop top outfit ideas

Where to snag your next bra or bralette (aka the mini crop)

I’ve been wearing True & Co. for years have always been a huge fan of their traditional bras for comfy everyday wear. This season, I have just tried out their new collection of athleisure styles, expanding my obsession from bras for regular use, to styling them as mini crop tops this summer. 

Why True & Co.? Just a few weeks back they sent over a few of their new pieces to try. All I have to say, is the second you lay your hands on the fabrics and try one on for yourself, you’ll be sold.

True & Co. is an intimates line that knows how important it is to be comfortable. These bras are so silky and soft, with just enough support you’ll feel confident stepping out in nothing more. They are designed to be lived in. To relax in. To be the next best thing to wearing nothing at all.

2021 crop top trends | true and co racerback bra
IMAGE CRED: True & Co. True & Co Women’s True Body Triangle Lace Racerback Bra

True & Co. hybrid bralette crop tops to shop

So far, I have tried 3 of the new athleisure styles from True & Co. The True Body Triangle Lace Racerback Bra looks like lingerie in the back, but remains perfectly wearable in the front. The adjustable racerback straps make it a great layering piece with athleisure wear while also adding in a bit of feminine flare. 

2021 crop top trends | true & co true body v neck bra

The True Body V Neck Bra is made from a double layer of our smoothing True Body fabric that supports your natural shape of your body without wires. This style is so sleek and comfy, it’s the perfect essential that’s going to blend seamlessly with everything in your summer wardrobe. (If you can’t tell from the above, it’s my fav.)

2021 crop top trends | true and co true body scoop neck bra
IMAGE CRED: True & Co. True Body Scoop Neck Bra

The True Body Scoop Neck Bra is perfect for when the thought of  wearing anything else is just too much. This style layers great under a blazer with coordinating biker shorts for a look that’s daringly sophisticated – plus it’s comfy enough to wear under your white tee when you can’t just wear it by itself.

2021 crop top trends | biker shorts athleisure bra top coordi outfit

More micro crop top outfit ideas

Looking for more inspo on how to style your micro crop tops? I’ve been hoarding sexy minimalist looks on Pinterest for months with dozens of ways to wear the micro crop top. Check it out, get inspired and rock the trend your way.

IMAGE CRED: Pinterest

the essence of biossance, a glowing skincare review

My boyfriend just introduced me to my new skincare routine – no joke. Here’s the scoop.

If you’re like me, you are always on the hunt for the perfect skincare routine. Whether it’s trying a new brand getting raving reviews, or just trying to revamp dull skin with a deep dive into key ingredients. We all know this past year of quarantine has been seemingly never ending, but I have discovered this past year of downtime has been one of the best things that could ever happen for my skin. Work from home life saved time, and I was able to focus more on personal care.

The search for the perfect skin care routine can be rather tumultuous with all the millions of products on the market, so I’ve decided to share with you my new secret weapon. One word: Biossance. 

photography:JOEL CORSON | camera:CANNON 5D MARK III | skincare:BIOSSANCE

Biossance is a skin care and beauty line that formulates clean, nontoxic products using the highest standards in the industry through their commitment to transparency and a blacklist of 2,000+ toxic ingredients.

Biossance originally started as a company that used biotechnology to create an accessible cure for Malaria back in 2003. Over 120 million royalty-free treatments have been given due to this technology. Today they have continued to use this innovative biotech, but have turned to skincare. They continue to make a positive impact on the world through the way of what people put on their faces and bodies every day. 

They create skincare that is effective and safe without harming the environment or animals. These products can make a difference for the health of your skin and the health of the planet. 

Squalane is the major ingredient in all Biossance products and was created in their labs. The human body produces its own version of Squalane called squalene, but the amount retained is decreased as you get older.

Biossance has engineered a way to produce squalane as safely and effectively as your own body does.

Biossance squalane comes from 100 percent plant-based, renewable sugarcane, and then is bio-fermented to create the flawlessly hydrating end result. This highly stable, completely sustainable and eco-friendly squalane is perfect for all skin types. Squalane locks in moisture, clams and protects skin, improves natural elasticity, and balances oil production without clogging your pores. 

Squalene is an oil that has historically been used to create moisturizers and skin care products. This oil is found in sharks, thus putting them in danger from hunters since the 16th century. Not really worth the price. Sharks are critical members of the ocean ecosystem and  directly or indirectly affect all levels of the food web. They are major players in the need to maintain structure in healthy ocean ecosystems. Biossance has made it their mission to create squalane, a renewable, sugar-cane derived, version of squalene.

This ethical, vegan hydrator is at the heart of all Biossance products and has helped to save 2 million sharks every year.

The beauty industry takes a major toll on our earth, whether its animal testing or producing waste. Biossance is simple. Clean. Skincare.

Of course we all love our skin care, but it’s time to be more responsible with our choices.

One more reason Biossance is such an incredible company, going beyond a great product, and considering our environment a well. I mean really, do you even know what is going on your face half the time? Biossance is not only a clean, non-toxic company, they’re also working to inform their consumers on dangerous chemicals for skin and the environment that are often pumped into our beauty routines. That’s why Biossance has a list of 2,000 banned chemicals, to help you make clean choices. 

Biossance Squalane + Vitamin C Rose Oil Review

It’s time for me to get to the good stuff – the Biossance skincare review. The first product I tried was the Squalane + Vitamin C Rose Oil. This oil is meant to brighten, firm and hydrate. Just press a few drops into your skin morning and night, after serum and before moisturizer.

The vitamin C is a strong brightener and even helps to boost the elasticity of your skin to keep that youthful bounce, while the squalane locks in moisture. This product absorbs into the skin beautifully and leaves your face dewy and smelling of roses. Truly luxury in a bottle. 

This is my favorite of all the Biossance products I’ve tried, and my boyfriend started noticing a difference in my skin just days after regular use. My dark spots started to fade (thanks Vitamin C), and I had a healthy, notable glow.

Biossance Squalane + Omega Repair Cream Review

Next up is the Squalane + Omega Repair Cream. If your skin is begging for a deep moisturizer without the greasy feel after, then this product is for you. This repair cream is formulated with lipids that mimic and support your skin’s natural moisture barrier The squalane and omega fatty acids help plum and nourish your skin. Apply this product to your clean face and neck, following your eye products, serums, and other treatments. This repair cream is amazing for super dry and tight skin, especially if you love in a place that is cold and dry. Your winter skin will never be the same. 

I apply a finger’s dab across my most dry areas after applying the rose oil, and it helps my skin to stay hydrated throughout the day, without getting oily.

Biossance Squalane + Maine Algae Eye Cream Review

The Squalane + Maine Algae Eye Cream instantly firms, lifts, and smooths the look of skin. It truly breathes new life into dark and tired looking eyes. Maine algae and paracress extract are the newest innovations in our eye cream technology. Together they result in lifted eyes that have visibly reduced fine lines and wrinkles. This cream’s melt in texture helps to deeply hydrate and creates a perfect canvas for makeup. For the best results, apply this cream to the entire eyes area using your ring finger. Massage around the eye, out to your temple, and underneath your brow bone. Use this life saving cream twice a day, morning and night, after cleansing and before serums and moisturizer.

Biossance Squalane + Omega Repair Hand Cream Review

Winter might be over, but dry skin is a battle that’s ongoing. If you have the tendency to get dry or even cracked hands, Biossance Omega Repair Hand Cream has the solution. The formula is deeply hydrating, packed with (you guessed it) squalane, omega fatty acids and vitamin E that helps provide instant relief to dry skin. When I really feel like treating myself, I use this on all of my driest spots like my elbows and knees.

Biossance Squalane + Rose Vegan Lip Balm Review

Last but certainly not least, the Squalane + Rose Vegan Lip Balm. Don’t forget, lips are skin too and need just as much attention as the rest of that gorgeous face. If you’re like me and are constantly reapplying your lip balm, then this is hands down the product for you. It is the best clean lip balm out there.

This vegan, petroleum-free formula delivers a long lasting replenishment. The ultra-hydrating moisturizers, luxurious rose wax, and plumping wakame algae is the perfect trio for healthy, soft lips. The shine and softness that it leaves on the lips stays all day.

My lips are forever chapping, and I’ve found that an application in the morning and evening helps me maintain healthier lips in addition to my frequent daytime applications. If you do decide to shop the balm, I’ve noticed they’ve changed up the packaging from this mini tub to a tube (even better for effortless application).

If you are looking for a new skincare brand to try out then look no further. Biossance products are truly amazing and do exactly what they are designed to – plus the sustainability and mission of the company is a great added bonus we can’t afford to ignore. Protect your skin and the earth with these effortlessly luxurious, yet conscious products. And remember, nothing looks better in your fifties than skincare in your twenties.

transitional style for chilly nights | the oversized utility shirt “shacket”

In 2020 at home, casual style was taking over the scene with co-ord sweatsuits, graphic hoodies and fuzzy slip-ons. Well 2020 is over and it’s finally time to dress to impress – the only problem is now that we’ve gotten a taste of the cozy, how are we supposed to leave that behind?

2021 spring fashion trends are all about being comfortable while stepping back out into the world for the first time in months. What we’re all really looking for is how we bring our new comfy lounge aesthetics outside.

One FW20 trend that has transitioned to the spring of 2021 is the shacket (or shirt jacket). This oversized utility shirt trend is just what it sounds like: a shirt that can be worn as a jacket, dress, or (obviously) an oversized shirt. It is a perfect combination of a tailored button down look with a more cozy, spacious feel that makes it extremely versatile.

How to style a shacket

There are so many different ways to incorporate this key item into your early spring looks for the season. From the different types of shackets, to how you style them up (or down) – they are a great stand alone piece, or extra layer for the chillier nights.

If you follow current fashion trends season to season, you know just how exhausting it can be to watch trends go out of style just as quickly as they came in. That’s why timeless, essential fashion pieces like these utility styles shirts are such a great way to follow the trend, without the wardrobe waste. You can do just about anything with them, and they’ve obviously withstood the test of time.

It’s months since this trend first took off, and we are still seeing them everywhere. Why? The comfort and versatility, hands down.

These shackets come in so many different styles whether it’s cropped, short, or long. They also are seen in every pattern and material Imaginable. Some highlights of the season have been basics, plaid, flannel, teddy, corduroy, and faux leather. As you can probably tell, teddy has been my go-to.

When it starts to get warmer, opt for a more lightweight version you can layer over biker shorts or a 2-piece athleisure set for a look that’s airy and versatile.

IMAGE CRED: @lozvassallo

Where to wear a shirt… jacket, dress (you get the idea)

How you wear it is up to you. There is no seasonal rule out there that says you can’t wear after a certain day or to a certain occasion. This ensemble essential is made for any day, any way. Layer this piece with a matching sweatsuit and sneakers for a cozy WFH day or for model-off-duty street style.

Outdoor dining still a bit too chilly for your spring dresses? Be bold and style this shacket as a dress paired with a mini bag and heels. For this look, I’ve styled the teddy coat with a Prada bag and black Tamara Mellon boots for some edge. As the weather warms, you cans swap out the boots for a pair of barely there kitten heels and a pastel handbag for a springy pop.

Versatility, comfort and ease, this is the perfect transitional piece to wear now, and dig back out again for those outdoor adventures in the fall. Wear these jackets layered over a turtleneck and under an overcoat throughout the colder temps, or you can throw it on over a lightweight tee with little effort required.

IMAGE CRED: Who What Wear

Who What Wear suggests “Pair your shacket over a knit turtleneck with leather trousers and lug sole boots for an effortlessly cool weekend look that’s wholly on-trend.”

Then try a tweed or plaid shacket for a smart street style look. Whether you’re working from home, running errands, or using the street as your own personal catwalk, this fresh, yet timeless look will keep you chic.

Spotted wearing the trend

Not only has Vogue and Who What Where been absolutely raving about the shacket trend for months, it has also been spotted on celebrities all across the board. Models, actresses, singers and stars have been sporting this style all fall and winter. Vogue has spotted new mom Gigi Hadid during a recent coffee run in NYC styled with a knee-length, plaid shacket over a denim-on-denim outfit.


Vogue also featured Lily Collins rocking shackets a few times this fall. “Lily Collins has been a source of shacket outfit inspiration over the last couple of weeks. Her recent paparazzi pictures prove the shacket’s versatility. She’s layered the boxy top over T-shirts and turtlenecks, proving a mastery of French style that outpaces her Emily in Paris character.” If you don’t want to take it from us, take it from the celebs.

Where to snag a shacket

If you’re ready to tuck away those big puffer coats of the winter and accept this incredible style for spring, then shop some of these steals to hold you over for warmer weather. If you’re looking for something similar to this look, shop the AllSaints Sophie Sherpa jacket.


Want something more lightweight to transition you into summer style? Asos has a similar brushed shacket that you can grab for a steal.


Want to start incorporating more prints in your life? Plaid shackets are a favorite in the trend. You can shop this oversized shirt jacket from Mango that works great on its own, or as a transitional style summer layer when styled over a bralette or mini crop.


If you’re looking for a way to elevate your wardrobe this spring without having to give up the comfort of all those quarantine trends, then the shacket is for you. Use as a layering technique or style as a full shirt or dress for the mornings, day, and nights. Find the design that fits with your style most and run with it. Dress it up or down, and most importantly, make it absolutely you.

spring style preview

A year since lockdowns, there have been a slew of fashion revelations and new trends that have risen from our new lifestyles. It was a year that proved nothing can come between true fashionistas and their passion, not even a global pandemic.

With the world reopening and society normalizing, we are fully ready to embrace fashion once again. Goodbye sweats. There is an amazing assortment of fashion pieces now being designed and showcased by women of all ages worldwide to celebrate the ‘rebirth’ of their style. 

If there is anything that lockdown taught us is that nothing is predictable. Fashion is a reflection of society and humanity. Our fashion forecast has shifted more dramatically in the past year with the adaptation to our new lifestyle habits. Without further adieu, let’s jump in to some of the biggest spring style fashion trends of 2021 today.

spring style trend 2021 preview mirta crossbody bags

Handbag Styles in Spring 2021

This season it is all about the handbag. Since many of us haven’t been able to carry a gorgeous luxury handbag for so long, now is the time to show off a new bag. Get yourself a statement bag. Not just any bag – go for a cross body in a pastel color (for spring..duh). What’s so great about cross body bags is that you can fit everything in and still keep your hands totally free to re-explore the world. 

spring style trend 2021 preview crossbody bag

You can find some amazing timeless yet trending fashion cross body purses via luxury fashion sites like Mirta, that offers an assortment of artisan bags made in Italy that ship directly to you. It’s almost as good as traveling abroad to pick up something special at a local boutique, but you can shop from home.

The Scoop on Skirts and Shorts

Spring is time to make a fashion comeback. Skirts and shorts are trending in a big way in a variety of silhouettes. If you’re looking for the most relevant updates, update your wardrobe with leg grazing skirts and pair them with either a pair of boots or fashion sneakers. Why skirts and sneaks? Embrace the feminine beauty and confidence of leg baring styles – while maintaining the comfort you’ve gotten used to in sneakers. It’s sort of a win win on the fashion scene this season. 

In shorts and skirts, mini is still our main story of the season. So prepare to bare those stems in pride. For those who are bold, grab some flatform sandals to elongate your legs even further.

spring style trend 2021 preview  floral print dress
IMAGE CRED: @girlwithclass4

Bold Prints

Leopard, snake, cow and florals… It’s time to have fun with prints. Don’t be afraid to mix them either. On several (virtual) runways all over the world, you probably spotted leopard print mixed with zebra print pants, and so many other wild combos your head might be spinning. Everybody has a print that suits them so don’t be afraid to experiment a bit here to see which print(s) work best for you. 

Spring fashion trends are all about expressing your unique style and personality after so long indoors. So do so with pride.

spring style trend 2021 preview floral print dress
IMAGE CRED: @interiordesignerella
spring style trend 2021 preview printed suit
IMAGE CRED: @olivialaura_
spring style trend 2021 preview strappy sandals
IMAGE CRED: @lisaholdshteyn

Updated Strappy Sandals with a Heel

Strappy sandals have always stolen the show in spring because you can wear them with almost every outfit in your wardrobe. Try an updated strappy sandal with a distinct block heel, or “barely there” sandal exposing your fresh pedi. They are easy to wear and simple above all. A wardrobe staple for minimalists and trend followers alike. The assortment of delicate toe loops and straps available on the market make the shoes an elegant transitional fashion trend that can go from daytime to the evenings. 

spring style trend 2021 preview strappy sandals
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backless dress
IMAGE CRED: @allchloerose

Backless Tops and Dresses

Hello sultry sophistication. Wearing backless tops and dresses exudes confidence without baring it all. Have some fun with these looks by adding a long statement necklace worn backwards dangling down your spine. 

The direction of fashion trends is often a reflection of our society and the state of humanity. The past year has been a challenge, but born from that is a great revolution and new understanding of style and functionality.

spring style trend 2021 preview backless dress
IMAGE CRED: @laurencefortincote
spring style trend 2021 preview backless

It is up to you to embrace the new fashion frontier – whatever that may mean to you. Whatever you choose, make this spring one to remember, as you present the bold new you in a truly one-of-a-kind step-up to the season. The world has changed, who will you be? 

In accordance with the FTC regulations for Influencers, this post is in collaboration with Mary Davis. All thoughts, comments and musings are made of my own opinion and honest, personal experience with the products reviewed or mentioned. I hope you’ve found this post informational and inspiring!