All That It Seams - Winter Accessories Review - Dana Chirps

December in South Florida. People flock from their northern abodes to sunny Soflo to escape the winter wrath of Mother Nature. Now that I've lived here for almost 4 years, my body has totally adjusted to the tropical climate. This means I've become one of the people that I used to playfully poke fun at for wearing Uggs and other standard (#basic) winter apparel during those blistering (sarcasm font) 60-something degree days! You can easily tell if someone has been in South Florida for a while based on what they're wearing during the winter months --- shorts, tees, and flops means they must be a snowbird or vacationer, but if you're in scarves, boots, hats, and gloves --- you've lived in South Florida for at least 2 years. 

Now just because I'm a tropical sun goddess, doesn't mean I don't enjoy the winter! I happen to love it as long as I'm dressed for it. Here in Soflo, it's less about the bulky winter coats, and more about those cozy accessories. Recently, through social media I stumbled upon All That It Seams. All That It Seams is run by this kickass girl named Caitlin who handcrafts some seriously cute knit accessories while keeping durability and functionality in mind. But the icing on the cake is that All That It Seams donates 10% of their profits to no-kill animal shelters. UM, TAKE ALL MY MONEY. Anybody who knows me knows that I lovvvve animals, especially dogs. Talk about guilt-free shopping! Caitlin (who is awesome btw) sent me two really cute items to try out and write about. Here's the scoop:

Let’s start with the gloves which are cleverly named “Texters Best Friend.” I hate hate hate hate hate not being able to do simple tasks that regular gloves make it difficult to do - turning a doorknob, posting on Instagram, reapplying makeup, etc. These open-ended gloves keep your hands super warm, but still give you the flexibility of being able to do your day to day things. I also like that the bottom of the gloves have a cuffed look. My favorite way to wear them is layered on top of a long sleeved shirt.

Pro Tip: You can type in these puppies. So if you happen to work in one of those freezing cold corporate offices, consider these gloves your saving grace... not that I've ever done this. ;)

Next up is the knit headband dubbed “The Butterly Wings.” Ladies, if you were blessed with a big brain (this is my way of saying huge head - my fellow Polish friends - I’m looking at you!), this is a GREAT piece. This stretchy knit is a cute way to keep your ears warm. I also have to point out the shade of white that was selected is flattering for all skin tones, and although it might sound cheesy, it just seems to really bring out the sparkle in everyone's eyes. Basically, this is the ultimate accessory for your winter selfies.

Butterfly Wings Headband - Dana Chirps

Ladies, and gents shopping for ladies, here is the link to All That It Seams

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Dana Podgurski

Hi everyone! I'm Dana Podgurski! 

I'm a foot in the mouth, tongue in cheek, head in the clouds, and heart on the sleeve kind of gal. I live for new experiences, but am a total sucker for nostalgia at the same time. I'm tough as nails, but am a complete softie for all things kids and animal related. I fly by the seat of my pants, and live for adventure. But I firmly believe that adventure is a mindset that one's self determines.

For work, I am a marketer through and through. Bringing brands to life, and content marketing are passions of mine. Many would consider what I do as nerdy, but I seriously dig it. I have been doing marketing contract work for years, and appreciate the variety it brings, and the relationships I've developed with my clients. To check out my work portfolio, or if you're interested in a partnership, click here.

For fun I love to create - writing/blogging, photography, and painting are my main three mediums of doing so. Feeling good and healthy is also high on my list, as it really lends itself to making everything more enjoyable. So I maintain a very active lifestyle, eat pretty healthy, and am outdoors as much as I can be. And if my blog didn't make it abundantly clear, I absolutely LOVE to travel. I spend any extra money I have on plane tickets, and feel so fortunate to have been to several amazing destinations both domestically and internationally. There's nothing more fulfilling than coming home from a trip and adding a been-there-pin to my map.

Hair Treatments

Living in south Florida has a ton of perks, but like anyplace, there are a couple of downfalls.

For example, if you move to south Florida, you can kiss your good hair days goodbye.

Recently, I've tried a couple products to turn my cray-cray-sandy-frizzy-strands into the smooth, shiny blonde locks I'm used to having.

First, I tried apple cider vinegar. Yes, like the kind you get at the grocery store. My boss (who at one point had a cosmetology license) was actually the one that suggested trying ACV. I couldn't tell if she was screwing with me, but I decided to give it a shot anyways.

I filled a spray bottle with half of ACV, and half water. After I did my regular hair routine (shampoo and conditioner) in the shower, and while my hair was still wet, I doused my hair with the spray. Then I let it air dry. It did smell like vinegar, but beauty is pain. After it dried, my hair felt really clean, as though any remaining residue from products was stripped down.  It also looked a tiny bit more shiny.  Would I do it again? Yes, as a way to better clean my hair. But I would only do this on a day where I was planning on staying in, because of the smell and air drying elements to this process.

And then today, I tried this stuff:

I had purchased a sample packet from Ulta a little while ago, and finally gave it a shot today. The instructions recommended that after your shower, you comb a liberal amount of the masque into your hair and leave it in for 7 minutes. Naturally, I left it in for over an hour as I wanted to achieve maximum results. ;)

First of all, this stuff smells amazing. While I washed it out, I could already tell it had smoothed and softened my hair. As I let my hair air dry, I felt like I was witnessing a miracle... my hair feels SO soft, is frizz free, and looks as good as it can possibly look without having blown it dry. And I can't get over how amazing it smells. Completely obsessed. I would recommend this to anyone trying to smooth/soften/increase shine/etc. with their hair. 5/5 stars.

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Dana Podgurski

Hi everyone! I'm Dana Podgurski! 

I'm a foot in the mouth, tongue in cheek, head in the clouds, and heart on the sleeve kind of gal. I live for new experiences, but am a total sucker for nostalgia at the same time. I'm tough as nails, but am a complete softie for all things kids and animal related. I fly by the seat of my pants, and live for adventure. But I firmly believe that adventure is a mindset that one's self determines.

For work, I am a marketer through and through. Bringing brands to life, and content marketing are passions of mine. Many would consider what I do as nerdy, but I seriously dig it. I have been doing marketing contract work for years, and appreciate the variety it brings, and the relationships I've developed with my clients. To check out my work portfolio, or if you're interested in a partnership, click here.

For fun I love to create - writing/blogging, photography, and painting are my main three mediums of doing so. Feeling good and healthy is also high on my list, as it really lends itself to making everything more enjoyable. So I maintain a very active lifestyle, eat pretty healthy, and am outdoors as much as I can be. And if my blog didn't make it abundantly clear, I absolutely LOVE to travel. I spend any extra money I have on plane tickets, and feel so fortunate to have been to several amazing destinations both domestically and internationally. There's nothing more fulfilling than coming home from a trip and adding a been-there-pin to my map.

USA, Fashionably Awesome

Zach Parise, captain for Team USA's hockey team
Zach Parise, captain for Team USA's hockey team

One of my favorite parts of the Olympics is seeing what the athletes from around the world are wearing for the opening ceremony. It's the most patriotic fashion show in the world. Designers put so much thought into creating these patriotic ensembles that are to be draped on their nation's top athletes. Ralph Lauren designed the outfits for the American athletes. Personally, I think he nailed it.

It's just so tacky-Christmas-sweater-chic. But really, I think RL pulled something off that could have easily been way too over the top, and, well, tacky. However, the outfit exudes classic winter cabin America. The boots I think really pulled the outfit together, with the red laces, and thick soles.

Win or lose, USA is going to look good. But I think they'll win. ;)

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Dana Podgurski

Hi everyone! I'm Dana Podgurski! 

I'm a foot in the mouth, tongue in cheek, head in the clouds, and heart on the sleeve kind of gal. I live for new experiences, but am a total sucker for nostalgia at the same time. I'm tough as nails, but am a complete softie for all things kids and animal related. I fly by the seat of my pants, and live for adventure. But I firmly believe that adventure is a mindset that one's self determines.

For work, I am a marketer through and through. Bringing brands to life, and content marketing are passions of mine. Many would consider what I do as nerdy, but I seriously dig it. I have been doing marketing contract work for years, and appreciate the variety it brings, and the relationships I've developed with my clients. To check out my work portfolio, or if you're interested in a partnership, click here.

For fun I love to create - writing/blogging, photography, and painting are my main three mediums of doing so. Feeling good and healthy is also high on my list, as it really lends itself to making everything more enjoyable. So I maintain a very active lifestyle, eat pretty healthy, and am outdoors as much as I can be. And if my blog didn't make it abundantly clear, I absolutely LOVE to travel. I spend any extra money I have on plane tickets, and feel so fortunate to have been to several amazing destinations both domestically and internationally. There's nothing more fulfilling than coming home from a trip and adding a been-there-pin to my map.

Smelly So Good

I'm a major smell person - I love perfumes, candles, soaps, etc. A couple months ago, I was in Ulta with my friend Brandy (who is also a product junkie like myself); and we were sniffing every single godforsaken a couple of perfumes, and I across "Miss Dior."

It was love at first sniff.

So when Christmas came, and I opened a box of this Natalie Portman endorsed perfume, I was absolutely delighted to add this to my not-so-little collection of amazing smelling things.

Miss Dior Perfume
Miss Dior Perfume

And props to Dior - their packaging is so pretty, and feminine! Nordstrom's description of the scent was "Italian mandarin essence, Egyptian jasmine absolute, Indonesian patchouli essence."

Look, I have no idea what "patchouli" is, but it smells damn good. Personally, I think it's the perfect "going on a date" perfume. The likeable scent sticks solidly for a good 4-5 hours, and it goes on light so that it's not overpowering a room.

Men - I know it's a little early, but if you have a lady in your life that wears perfume - this would make an awesome Valentine's gift! Ulta doesn't seem to have it on their site at this moment, but Nordstrom does. And if she doesn't like the smell of patchouli, then dump her.

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Dana Podgurski

Hi everyone! I'm Dana Podgurski! 

I'm a foot in the mouth, tongue in cheek, head in the clouds, and heart on the sleeve kind of gal. I live for new experiences, but am a total sucker for nostalgia at the same time. I'm tough as nails, but am a complete softie for all things kids and animal related. I fly by the seat of my pants, and live for adventure. But I firmly believe that adventure is a mindset that one's self determines.

For work, I am a marketer through and through. Bringing brands to life, and content marketing are passions of mine. Many would consider what I do as nerdy, but I seriously dig it. I have been doing marketing contract work for years, and appreciate the variety it brings, and the relationships I've developed with my clients. To check out my work portfolio, or if you're interested in a partnership, click here.

For fun I love to create - writing/blogging, photography, and painting are my main three mediums of doing so. Feeling good and healthy is also high on my list, as it really lends itself to making everything more enjoyable. So I maintain a very active lifestyle, eat pretty healthy, and am outdoors as much as I can be. And if my blog didn't make it abundantly clear, I absolutely LOVE to travel. I spend any extra money I have on plane tickets, and feel so fortunate to have been to several amazing destinations both domestically and internationally. There's nothing more fulfilling than coming home from a trip and adding a been-there-pin to my map.