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Gifts to Give Yourself This Christmas

***These are all great last-minute gift ideas for your loved ones as well, but it might be a good idea just to buy them for yourself***

As I found myself spending hundreds on my friends and family this holiday season, I stopped to think that I could be using this money to buy those Burberry boots that I wanted, or that new pair of Nikes. While this is the season of giving, you should always make room to give back to yourself as well. These gifts are perfect to treat yourself with.

Labradorite Necklace

The perfect addition to any girls collection who wants to wear quality jewelry for a cheap price. At only $30, this gold-filled necklace is hard to pass up. There are also other lengths available!

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10.19.15 // Braids

These past two weeks have been especially stressful. Between classes, stocking and managing Cora and Bella, and trying to remember to eat, there hasn’t been much room for me to maintain my appearance, and my outfits often require night-before help. I also have been neglecting my time in the shower, and often forget to brush or take care of my hair. Braids have been especially useful to me in the last couple weeks, and here’s some Monday braid inspo.

all photos via pinterest

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The Best Underwear Brands of 2015

Hola Chicas!

I again apologize for not posting in a while, but school starting and my website (shopcoraandbella.com) has been taking up almost all of my time. One of my favorite items to buy and look at lately has been underwear. I know the topic can be a bit weird, but we all (hopefully) use it, and we all need to get it somehow.

I wanted to share a couple of my favorite brands here with you:

  • Negative Underwear

I recently discovered this brand while cruising through Pinterest, and their motto is basically that underwear shouldn’t have to be uncomfortable. I am the queen of comfort, but I also like to look nice; anyone who knows me knows that I NEVER wear real bras, only bralettes or sports bras. Anyways, I really want this “Boa” set. Read More

My Online Shop is Officially Up!

Hey peeps,

So I was away from this blog for about a week in order to focus on my new shop, Cora and Bella. Aside from the fact that my MacBook broke right before my trip so I was forced to use my iPad to launch my store, it has been fun to curate and add products to my site.

We have selected artisans from around the world to feature items in our shop, and our vision for the site is very clear: Cora and Bella is for those who put ice cream on their waffles, drink peppermint lemonade, and hand write their letters. Because we do that.

You can check out the whole site now here.

Here are a few items we have in stock:

  

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My Lazy Girl Skincare Routine

As many of you can probably relate, I am a semi-lazy person when it comes to taking care of my skin. It’s not that I don’t care, it’s just that I usually have a lot of things to do in so little time that skincare sometimes falls to the bottom of the to-do list.

Although I am a lazy girl, I still have a small group of products that I use regularly or semi-regularly to keep my skin moisturized and clean. These are just some products that I found work for me. They may not work for everyone. For reference, I have pretty dry skin and get some occasional breakouts, which are more often than not due to hormones. I have tried using many products at one time, washing my face too much, using less products, not washing as much, and it took me a long time to find this balance. Here are the daily and weekly items I use:

DAILY

For my daily Cleanser, I use the Clarisonic Refreshing Gel Cleanser. I use this once a day, once at night during my shower and once in the morning. Every couple days, I will mix it with my Clinique 7-day Scrub Cream and use it as a light exfoliant.

source: Nordstrom.com

source: Nordstrom.com

source: Nordstrom.com

source: Nordstrom.com

Before I moisturize, I use this Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs, and Rosewater. This gives my skin a refreshed look and feel, and adds to the smoothness I get from my moisturizer. I sometimes use this to set my makeup (if I am wearing any). It always seems to calm my skin when it is irritated.

source: Nordstrom.com

source: Nordstrom.com

My daily moisturizer is the La Mer Crème de La Mer Moisturizing Cream. This is my holy grail and also probably the reason I am broke. It is more expensive to maintain than my gym membership, but I don’t think I can ever switch. I went into Nordstrom the other day and asked some ladies to help me with a new moisturizer. I told them that I am now using creme de la mer. They all agreed that they wouldn’t even try to make me change, because no one ever wants to switch after they have tried it. So I guess it’s good for my face, but bad for my wallet.

source: Nordstrom.com

source: Nordstrom.com

Along with my face, my body is super dry and I have to lotion it every day. I use Jergens Natural Glow lotion to keep my skin moisturized and tan. I never really thought it would make me tanner than I was, I just believed it to be a tan-preserver. But no, this stuff makes you tan, and in a good way. I have gotten so many compliments and I can’t believe I didn’t find this sooner.

source: Target.com

source: Target.com

Lastly, I use Mask of Magnaminty from LUSH about once a week. The clay and peppermint cleanse your pores, and the honey, aduki beans, and vanilla absolute calm and soothe the skin. This is perfect for any skin type and is considered their “luxury” face mask. This can also be used on the body, but I would only go so far as to put it on my shoulders. They have a self-preserving version (what I use) for more sensitive skin, and a regular version.

Source: Lush.com

Source: Lush.com

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10 Pictures To Prove That Dogs Are Cooler Than You

I am putting this post under the “Inspiration” category because I think that if you look real close at these cool dogs, you may be as cool as them.

In all realllnesseesss, I am working on a project (Hint,hint, online store) that may be ready by the end of this week, so I am pre-writing all of these fun posts ahead of time, and may not be able to write very long posts or respond to all comments. Enjoy!

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Whole Foods: What To Buy (And What NOT To Buy)

Before a Whole Foods opened in my town, all we really had was Jewel. And I would usually make the 20 minute trek to Trader Joes because their food is just more fun(?). They also had some pretty unbeatable prices, and usually beat or came close to prices at Jewel. I liked their “organic” feel, and also the fact that they had some very unique and (usually) good-for-you food. If you have one near you, get the Sweet Sriracha Bacon Jerky. You will thank me. But I’ll do a post on Joe’s later.

Whole foods has taken over the world, basically. Every Dominick’s around me has closed, and almost every one was turned into a Whole Foods Market. Don’t get me wrong, Whole Foods is AWESOME and they have really good on-the-go food as well as fresh fish, but it can be pricey. VERY pricey. And usually I go there and buy my few fair-trade, organic, gluten free, vegan, items that I can’t get anywhere else, but I always end up skipping most things that I see at Jewel for sometimes half the price. Here’s what I think are the products that make the cut:

  1. Their Fresh Salsa & Guac – although other generic grocers carry freshly made guac and salsa, I personally think that Whole Foods has the best. The guacamole tastes like it came form heaven and the Mango Salsa is just unbeatable. I always get a container of it when I go.
  2. Their Vegan and Gluten Free options – Whole Foods does a great job of catering to people with all kind of food restrictions, especially Vegans and those who are Gluten-Free. Most of the vegan items are frozen, and one of my favorites is the Beyond Meat Fiesty Flavored meat alternative. It is made up of pea protein, and I make all my Taco Pizza and Tacos with it. Sidenote: I’m not even vegan, I accidentally had mistaken it for real meat, but I still purchase it.
  3. Yogurt – Whole Foods has mostly the same yogurt as any other grocer, but I actually have seen it cheaper at Whole Foods than at my local Jewel. Greek yogurt in the big containers saves you the most.
  4. Grains, rice, flours, beans in bulk – From steel-cut oatmeal to cherry granola, the bulk section in Whole Foods is much cheaper than buying straight off the shelf.
  5. Dairy-free milks – Along with their catering to vegetarians (see meat alt.’s above), WF has a large selection of dairy-free milks such as almond, cashew, etc that vary in flavor.
  6. Spices – This is a weird one, and probably wont save you much money, but the WF 365 brand of spices are at unbeatable prices and have enough to last you forever.

What NOT to buy at Whole Foods:

  1. Meat and Fish – If you can stand not having grass-fed, no pesticide, free range meat than you are better off going elsewhere. Whole Foods hypes up these points when it comes to their meat, and jack up the prices too. The fish is also Über expensive, and just as fresh as any other grocer.
  2. Nuts in bulk – We just talked about buying grains/rice/flour etc. in bulk, but the nuts in bulk at WF are more expensive (sometimes twice as much) as regularly packaged nuts.
  3. Milk and eggs – These staples can be compared to meat, as they too have their prices raised due to their “specialty” factor. Again, if you can deal with having milk and eggs that aren’t from cows raised in the mountains or chickens that each had their own room, then skip out on buying them from WF.
  4. Household items – Today I paid about $5 for a box of 30 sandwich bags. Never again.
  5. Pre-cut produce – The convenience seems tempting, but skip the high markup and cut the fruit yourself to save about half the money.

If you have any more, feel free to comment!

xx Kate and Corabelle