My latest prAna purchases

My Mom’s last few days here in California was right before everything was shutdown due to COVID. One of our last outings was to Palo Alto to browse around the beautiful Stanford Shopping Center. After that we drove across a few streets to get to the Town and Country Village, where I know they have a prAna store. I LOVE that store so much. In the past (around 2017, and 2018) I worked with them fairly regularly to promote new launches and new campaigns they had social media influencers working on.

I’m no stranger to prAna’s clothing as I remember my friends back in Newfoundland wearing them while we went climbing, back in the late 90s! So when I had the chance to work with them and try their clothing out for myself, I was hooked. I still have and wear most of the items that they sent me in the past. They wash and hold up incredibly well, even if you chuck them into the dryer. I still can’t get over how they still look pretty much brand new.

So, I waltzed into the Palo Alto store, tried on a handful of things I knew I wanted to try, and walked out with an updated (and smaller!) pair of leggings for myself. I liked the oversized fit (and especially the colour) of this cozy up sweatshirt, but I didn’t like how it bunched around my waist.

You can tell I felt great in this outfit! These are the transform leggings I ended up buying. For my birthday, I asked my husband to pick up the cozy up summer pullover for me – and he did. I’m pleased as punch.

These are the transform leggings in the green shade. I liked them a lot too, but I knew I’d get more wear out of the black ones. Plus, I already have a pair of olivey-greenish leggings.

I clearly did not want to leave the dressing room without buying the top too, but I couldn’t justify dropping all that cash at once, even though I reallllllllly loved the top. I knew I wanted to walk in there and get an updated pair of leggings.

Have you ever worn prAna’s clothing before?

See my older prAna posts here. 

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1 Sephora purchase: Drunk Elephant D-Bronzi

Drunk Elephant’s D-Bronzi was the only thing on my buy-list when the recent Sephora sale happened at the end of April. I’m at the bottom of the ladder when it comes to their point system, so I got 10% off my total purchase. Which was fine, because I wanted to have my freebie birthday gift mailed to me, since all stores are still closed (presumably) due to COVID.

It’s no surprise I love to self-tan and I’ve been doing so since 2011. I am pretty regular about it, minus a few months during the winter months. I like the way my skin looks when it has a sunkissed look to it.

Before purchasing anything, I always go ham and read every review under the sun about it. I was a bit hesitant at first when I heard someone recommend it, because although I’ve only tried one thing from Drunk Elephant in the past (last year’s Sephora birthday gift) it gave me a weird reaction and I haven’t used it since. So I was wondering what this D-Bronzi stuff was like, and why it received such high reviews on Sephora’s site: 4.5 out of 5!

Well folks, those reviews came through. I bought it, and it’s a game changer after only one use. I had already done my self-tan routine for my 40th birthday, but the tanner never seems to stick on my lower legs the last couple of years. Weird hey? My legs are just immune to the DHA now or what? Who knows. Either way, I applied my SPF50 sunscreen all over my legs, added a generous 5-6 pumps to each of my legs mixed with the sunscreen and holy boom did it ever look good. And you know what? It dried down to feel like my regular skin. No sticky feeling, no tacky, and it didn’t rub off on my clothes or fingers when I tried to see if it would lift. It also gave an unreal glow, making the legs look gooooooood. This is in the mid-day sun without a filter.

Look how dark it is! Keep in mind I do have self-tanner on my legs. I’m that dark because I have some self-tanner on my legs, with the Drunk Elephant D Bronzi layered over top for an extra amount of colour and glow.

Here’s a more subtle everyday approach, and what I’ll probably be doing the majority of the time. Applying a single pump to my facial moisturizer to give my skin an even glowy-sunkissed look.

BEFORE. All I have on in the before photo is eyebrow pencil, concealer, and I curled my eyelashes.

How much product I’m using.

Spreading it all around.

Directly after application. Still a little dewy but it does dry down.

 

 

Thoughts?? Have you tried it before?

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A scenic coastal trip to cap off my 40th birthday

It’s been scorching hot my entire “birthday week” and I’m loving every bit of it. When we first moved from Canada to sunny California in the middle of a famous snowy winter back in 2014, I had my first hot birthday ever (come May month). But every year thereafter, we had almost a cold-front where it was chilly and/or rainy. WELL. Not this year my friends! Mother Nature knew I was sick of being stuck around the house, came up with some 33+ degree temps and off we went exploring in the Mazda CX9 I had loaned for the week.

We didn’t drive it much, because with this whole quarantine and sheltering-in-place, and rules from the county I live in, we were supposed to stick to just around our neighbourhoods. We’ve been in this situation since March 10. Two days after my Mom left to head out of California and back home to Canada.

I had to take it out for a longer drive, though. Especially on my 40th birthday. So off we went to have a scenic drive down the coast and went to the Santa Cruz area. I love the ocean, being from Newfoundland and all, but it’s such a different feeling seeing the Pacific Ocean, the warm weather, the cool surfers trying to catch a few waves. It was a simple, yet so perfect day.

Even bebs loved watching the surfers too. It was a nice little treat and something out of the ordinary instead of being cooped up.

I’m pretty easy to please, just drive me to the ocean, come home and eat some grub and I’m grand. I ended up making us all a homemade pizza. Although, incredibly tasty I may add, I would have much rather had a feed of McDonald’s. Pizza was a nice close second though.

After our feed of homemade pizza and some DQ ice cream cake, we went for our nightly quarantine tradition, a walk around the neighbourhood. A great way to end my birthday.

Bebs is wearing:
Jan & Jul sun hat
Cotton-On Kids zip-up
Of One Sea tee
Zara shorts (from last years)
Bobux Roam sandals (new!)

I’m wearing: 
prAna pullover (a bday present from hubs!)
Athleta shorts (old, bought them when I first moved here in 2014)
Nike sneaks (also old)

Thanks for the loan for the week, Mazda! You know I have a soft-spot for Mazda’s in my heart…still drive my first and only car I’ve ever bought (lol) – which is a Mazda. But this was a much better upgrade for my ‘big day’. #DriveMazda

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