New Favorite LUSHie + City!

I went to Washington D.C. for the first time! I’ve been to almost every major city in the U.S. except for D.C. and fell in LOVE! The cherry blossoms were starting to bloom, the monuments were gorgeous, and the tourists were definitely coming out from hibernation! I even got to see Bill Belichick, the Patriots coach, and Obama’s barricade. Even though it was a very short trip, it completely changed my life for the better! As a college student, I appreciated the monuments, museums, and historical architecture.

My friends and I went to Georgetown on our last day for a bite to eat and shop! We went to Vineyard Vines for the Kentucky Derby party, Madewell to look at the latest collection, and Alex and Ani for some positive motivation! We were walking to get cupcakes from Baked and Wired (which was absolutely AMAZING) and I smelled LUSH… I did not see the store, but I definitely smelled it! We then looked back and saw it hidden in the alleyway of 8th Street.

The sales lady, Leslie, was an absolute sweetheart – very welcoming and super bubbly! She was the first LUSH employee to help me pick out products for my irritated skin on my arms (there is some medical name for it). I ended up going with the Buffy, Aqua Mirabilis, and an Oatfix mask! Plus, she was actually headed to London for the first time in May, like me! We want to meet up and experience the new LUSH Oxford St. store together!

Have you been to the Georgetown LUSH and have met Leslie? What products do you use for irritated, dry skin???

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LUSH Mother’s Day Haul + Gift Ideas

The Mother’s Day collection from LUSH Cosmetics was not a surprise because it debuted a month ago in the UK. Therefore, I knew what products were going to be on my wish list!

  • Yummy Mummy Shower Gel – a lavender shade that smells even better! I have been waiting to try the Yummy Yummy Yummy Shower Gel for ages… this is the closest to it! Hints of berries and silver luster illuminate your skin, making it a great spring shower essential!
  • Yummy Mummy Body Conditioner – a complimentary hydro-boost to its twin! With the same aroma of the shower gel, this product is a fruity moisturizer for extra hydration. I cannot wait to try this duo! Have you?
  • Secret Garden Bath Bomb – A repeat from last year’s collection! This bath is beautiful! One of my favorite floral bath products because it is not too strong and turns your bath a foamy sea green.
  • Rose Bubble Bar – Another repeat from last year! LUSH must think Mother’s love roses… I am not complaining because I sure love them! This bubble bar is a beautiful mixture of citrus and rose to calm and relax the skin.
  • Rose Bombshell Bath Bomb – A new invention from LUSH with red rose petals and soy milk – a new level of bath bombs! I am excited to try this luxurious bath… I am sure my mom is even more excited!
  • Mother Superior Bubble Bar – The odd looking bubble bar! I have no idea why this product looks so weird… I guess it has something to do with an English tradition? Anyways, I decided to get Mother Superior because the reviews were excellent… we will see! 

MOTHER’S DAY GIFT IDEAS

What to get for Mother’s Day? My mom sure loves flowers, books, FOOD, natural beauty, and Lilly Pulitzer! Here are some of my picks for vibrant Mother’s:

  • Lilly Pulitzer – Anything from Lilly is a phenomenal gift for Mother’s who adore bright colors and summer! My mom particularly likes the Lilly skirts and tops. P.S. – Did you see my #LillyforTarget post?
  • Dior Rosy Glow Blush – One of my favorite blushes! This blush matches most skin tones and creates a natural, youthful rosy flush! Exactly what every women needs to achieve a summer glow!
  • Alex and Ani – Have you seen the new and romantic collection of bracelets?? My mom would adore the Persephone Collection with all of the pastel shades and flower outlines. She also likes the Crystal earrings – the perfect sparkle to pair with a Lilly!

Alex and Ani – #MotivationNation

Alex and Ani is an awe inspiring company that focuses on the aspects and realities of being a human. They created a product that relates to us. Whether it is the Tree of Life or the Star of Venus. Each item has it’s own characteristics – hope, inspiration, beauty, love, intelligence, luck, and many more.

I especially love their #MotivationNation campaign that is about bringing positivity and motivation to their audience.

What do you think of their motivational quotes? Is this a social media campaign that reflects their brand message?

Alex and Ani – Path of Life

So I rarely post jewelry posts, but I am posting one today! I got the Alex and Ani book for Christmas, Path of Life. It was very very very positive and almost life changing for a jewelry company’s book! So I wanted to share my Alex and Ani jewelry along with my thoughts and reasonings behind purchasing each piece!

Here is the Path of Life book:

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So this book was great… it basically was composed of mini stories about why people gravitate towards certain Alex and Ani bracelets. I enjoyed reading about each persons reasoning and logic behind a simple piece of jewelry! The book also described the company’s history and roots in Massachusetts. The final part of the book was a dictionary of all the bracelet’s it was really interesting to see every bracelet they offer!

Here is my collection of Alex and Ani bracelets:

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I have seven bracelets. Some have a personal connection while others are just for fun and looks! Each bracelet has three words that go along with it! You will see what I mean when I describe each. I have (from left to right)…

  • Star of Venus – love/beauty/inspiration – this is a lovely bracelet for me. I love love love the gold copper color of the wires and the meanings should be held true for every women!
  • Living Water – purity/healing reflection – this is actually a Charity By Design bracelet from Alex + Ani. This means that they send a certain amount of the profit from this bracelet design to the charity they are representing. In this case, it is Living Water International.
  • Peridot (August birth stone) – peace/luck/courage – yes, I am an August baby! This bracelet is one of my only ones in silver. I love how shiny it is and the meaning behind the stone is so powerful! They offer a birth stone for every month.
  • I am not sure that this blue beaded bracelet has a specific name… it is just one of their bangles that has mini royal blue beads around it! (You can see a part of the beads in the pictures below).
  • Initial Charm – A – personal/timeless/distinctive – this is actually their old initial design. Obviously, my name is Andrea so this charm bracelet is personal and distinctive and even timeless to me! They have all the letters of the alphabet in this charm style!
  • Best Friends – loyalty/happiness infinity – this charm bracelet comes with two halves. It is like one of those best friends bracelets! One of my good friends has the other half of mine! This one is another Charity By Design bracelet supporting the chairity, American Heart Association.
  • Air Force – integrity/excellence service – my boyfriend was in the Air Force for a while and he got me this bracelet. I love love love it! He did a great job in the Air Force and am proud to call him my other half!

Other than bangles, Alex and Ani also offers necklaces, rings and earrings. Another gift I got for Christmas was a pair of Alex and Ani earrings in the stone, Illumination. Illumination is a part of their Crystal: Color Therapy line that has 11 different stones. Illumination means intellect, illumination and spirituality:

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To finish of this unique post, I wanted to show you two close ups of my favorite bracelets. Alex and Ani is an awesome all-American jewelry brand that is insanely popular in the Northeast. Check it out! Let me know if you have any Alex and Ani jewelry that you treasure!

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