AUrate Summer Must-Haves Collection

Ever since I discovered AUrate (pronounced OR-ate), a fine jewelry brand that combines ethically- sourced materials and fair prices, I've marveled at their delicate and beautiful pieces. So when I heard of their most recent launch for their new Summer Must-Haves Collection — I jumped at the chance to share my thoughts!

I'm known to invest in minimalist jewelry I feel will retain value for decades to come. What I love most about AUrate is that their pieces are timeless, the kind you can wear daily and also pass down to generations.

Do you stack your rings and necklaces?
Since AUrate's jewelry are on the more daintier side, they'd pair well with other pieces you already own — just as long as you use pieces with similar aesthetics (i.e. classy, preppy or boho). It's all about balance, ladies!

Here's a closer look at some of the individual pieces of the collection — all of which would make for a polished day, work or nighttime look. What's your favorite item from the collection? I'm especially loving the bracelet — It's chic and would be a great back-to-school gift.

AUrate's jewelry is crafted with real gold, diamonds and pearls. They also offer a vermeil selection — made from 100 mils of 14 karat gold on top of sterling silver.

AUrate was founded by Sophie Kahn and Bouchra Ezzahraoui, two Princeton alums who saw a gap in the market for reasonably-priced fine jewelry and decided to fill the void.

There's also a charitable component to the brand, for every piece of jewelry purchased, they will donate a book to a child in need.

Thank you all so much for reading. Don't forget to share your thoughts in the comments below!


I Added Powdered Collagen to My Diet and This Happened!

 Photo: Brooklynblonde (Keith Hodne)

Although I'm very disciplined about my skincare routine, I knew there were steps I could be taking to nourish my skin from the inside as well. I'd heard about the many benefits of collagen and had seen the ingredient listed on many skincare products over the years — so logically, ingesting it was the next step.

First, here's what you need to know about collagen:

Collagen is a protein that keeps the skin plump and smooth. It also aids in the reduction of joint pain, stiffness and inflammation. Although collagen is found naturally in the body, particularly in the skin, bones and connective tissues, most people will begin experiencing collagen depletion in their early twenties — leaving them more susceptible to fine lines, wrinkles and a loss in skin volume. Adding it to your diet is supposed to help reverse the process. 

How I've been using collagen for the past seven months:

I add one teaspoon of collagen powder to a glass of lemon water each morning, and since it's virtually tasteless, I've even sprinkled it on my oatmeal. I began noticing results almost immediately! Within the span of one week, I felt more energized. I have a few fine lines at the corners of my eyes and believe me when I say, I barely notice them anymore. Also, my nails are growing like weeds. This stuff works!

FYI: My mother began incorporating collagen into her regimen around the same time I did and stresses that it's most effective when taken on an empty stomach. However, researchers are saying its just as effective when taken with food. 


Have a Lovely (Fourth of July) Weekend!

Can you believe we're a little more than halfway through the year already!? What are you up to this weekend? A day trip? A long getaway, perhaps? 

A friend of ours invited us to her home in Upstate, NY, for a weekend filled with food, laughter, and lots of rosé 🍷

Her house is beautiful and reminiscent of a dreamy Victorian cottage. I'm so excited to unwind. It's going to be a short shorts and flip flops kind of weekend :)
(Palm tree photo: Tameramowry.com)

Happy Fourth, everyone!


OK Monday, Let's Do This! (Links)

Hi everyone,

Hope you all had a wonderful weekend! Here are some links from around the web to brighten up your Monday morning:

Barack still tucks Michelle in bed at night — why are they so perfect!?

So excited for the return of Younger this Wednesday. Have you seen the trailer for season 4? Will you be watching?

Speaking of trailers, the new movie Detroit looks incredible!

The universal phenomenon of men interrupting women

Here's how much it actually costs to be a wedding guest. Wowza!

In 10 years, your iPhone won't be a phone anymore

Big round of applause for Teen Vogue's latest guide to masturbation

If Sex and the City came out in 2017, Miranda would be the star. So true

Love this satirical children's book

Merlot Lollipops. Ha!


This DIY Natural Deodorant Really Works!

Sometimes I like to give my armpits a break from the harsh chemicals of commercial deodorants. So when I need a little TLC, I turn to this DIY homemade concoction. During the summertime, I use it in conjunction with my antiperspirant (usually Dove) to stay smelling like a spring rose longer 😂, but it also works just by itself—truly (it keeps me smelling fresh until the following day!)

Check out the ingredients below, and if you decide to give it a try, let me know if it works for you in the comment section.

DIY Homemade Deodorant for Sensitive Skin:
Pure Cornstarch Powder
Baking Soda
Melted Coconut Oil
Tea Tree Oil
Peppermint Oil 

Combine cornstarch powder, baking soda, melted coconut oil, tea tree and peppermint essential oils until the mixture reaches your desired consistency. Then, refrigerate until it solidifies. Apply to your armpits using your fingers —Voila!

Warning: Tea tree and peppermint essential oils are very potent and may burn the skin if applied undiluted. Since I tend to make this recipe in bulk, I usually use 5-10 drops of tea tree oil and 1 or 2 drops of peppermint oil. Please use your judgment.


How Much Money is in Your Emergency Fund?

Photo: A Cup of Jo

You probably have funds set aside for unexpected expenses, but is the amount of cash you have stashed away enough to maintain your lifestyle in the event of a sudden medical emergency or long unemployment period?

For years experts have been reporting that you need to have a minimum of three-to-six months worth of living expenses in your emergency fund. Suze Orman, a personal financial guru, thinks that goal falls a bit short. She suggests having at least eight to 12 months worth of your living expenses in your bank account — just enough to give you piece of mind if you ever find yourself in a financial cul-de-sac.


Times are Changing: More Women are Getting Pregnant in Their 30s Than in Their 20s

Inevitably, most women will have to deal with a litany of unsolicited pregnancy tropes. Recently, I've experienced these classic gems from friends and family alike: "You're not getting any younger," or "have you ever thought of freezing your eggs?" Hopefully, this latest development from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will ease the pressures women feel to conceive at a younger age.

According to the CDC, more women are having babies in their 30s than women in their 20s. What's more, the average age women in the U.S. have their first child have also increased. First-time mothers are waiting until the age of 28 to take the leap, a two-year uptick from 2014. In 2000 the mean age women conceived was 24, and in 1970 it was 21. Wowzers!

Here are some powerful quotes on the joys of motherhood:

"To describe my mother would be to write about a hurricane in its perfect power. Or the climbing, falling colors of the rainbow. "— Maya Angelou

"Birth is the epicenter of women's power."— Ani DiFranco

"I believe the choice to become a mother is the choice to become one of the greatest spiritual teachers there is."— Oprah

"We have a secret in our culture, and it's not that birth is painful. It's that women are strong." Laura  Stavoe Harm

"Motherhood: All love begins and ends there."— Robert Browning

Motherhood isn't for everyone, and I have much respect for women who choose otherwise, like these brave souls: 

"To abjure [motherhood's] joys is to call into question your capacity for unconditional love, selfless care for others, dedication to the wellbeing of future generations and service to your country."— Catherine Mayer

"We don't need to be married or mothers to be complete. We get to determine our own "happily ever after" for ourselves"— Jennifer Aniston

"Motherhood has never been an ambition. I don't think like that."— Renee Zellweger

"Everybody with a womb doesn't have to have a child any more than everybody with vocal cords has to be an opera singer"— Gloria Steinem

" I want to have kids when there's nothing else I want more."— Sarah Silverman
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