Something Old, Something New

I love collecting clothes. The beauty of clothes is what goes around comes around, so with that collection comes an abundant wardrobe that ends up being more affordable in the end. While not all of my old clothes fit thanks to two little girls and a post-baby body, I’m still lucky enough to have some items that still do the trick.

Now, I have fun shopping my closet and pairing old pieces with new items. Take this outfit for example. I just got these Wild Fable jeans for $20 at Target earlier this week and paired them with this leopard print jacket (that has been in my closet for a lot of years) and viola… I have a fresh outfit that only cost me $20 in recent years.

Outfit: http://www.shopstyle.com/shop/TotallyTash/43221744

In addition to shopping my closet, I also tried the Laura Mercier’s metallic eyeshadows I received in my Influenster Vox Box. I love the Caviar Stick Eye Color. It goes on smoothly and even. Plus, the Magnetic Pink is so pretty on. As for the Caviar Chrome Veil Liquid Eye Color in Rose Gold Metal… The color is very pretty, but it goes on very blotchy. That said, as soon as I blended it in, it looked great, especially paired with Pixi Beauty’s Antique Rose and Metallic Rose shadows from their Eye Reflection Shadow Palette.

Eye Makeup: http://www.shopstyle.com/shop/TotallyTash/43221871

*Please note this post contains affiliate Links. The shadows were also sent to me complimentary for review.

Not Your Favorite Dry Shampoo

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In a world where we are always on the go, dry shampoo has become a must, but finding one that works can be a challenge. That’s why I was excited when this Not Your Mother’s Refreshing Dry Shampoo was part of my Influenster Let It Snow Vox Box. Another dry shampoo to try. Maybe this one will be a winner.

This dry shampoo is part of Not Your Mother’s Natural line and smells really good. Unfortunately, that’s where the positive part of this review ends. This product only worked ok for my hair. A little background – I have always had oily roots, and even with a great dry shampoo, my hair can only go two days without a wash. When I used this Not Your Mother’s product, I had to spray a ton of it on my hair, and my hair still didn’t get through the second day (and forget about being able to wear it down). That said, I do believe this would work well for a lot of people, just not me.

My go-to dry shampoo is still Batiste. And don’t forget the dry shampoo trick… Spray it on before bed, so it soaks up all the oils while you sleep.

*Please note I received this dry shampoo for free in an Influenster Vox Box.

Trust Your Gut… And Advocate.

So this post is a bit different than my normal posts, partially because we’ve had an emotionally stressful and exhausting weekend when it comes to our fur baby, our first baby (she was even in our wedding!), our adorable pug. At 11-years-old, we know she is considered elderly, but it really hit home this weekend. 

Saturday started off like any normal day… until it wasn’t. When our pug went out for her normal potty break, she all of a sudden lost mobility in her back, right leg, and toppled over. We carried her inside, and she continued to have no control over her leg and refused to eat or drink. My husband thought she hurt her hip or knee somehow, but when I looked into her eyes, something wasn’t right. I told him I was worried something was wrong in her brain, possibly a stroke, and we needed to go now because the sooner you treat a neurological event, the better. 

Fast forward to the Veterinary ER hospital. I told them of her symptoms (though she had regained the majority of mobility in her leg, thank goodness!!!), and that I was worried the symptoms were caused by something neurological. They told me to sit in the waiting room, and I watched pet after pet come in after us, yet go back before us. They were treating our dog as a strictly orthopedic problem pup. She wasn’t the priority. At this point, I noticed her head had an abnormal tilt. And then we were finally called back. 

I told all the symptoms to the student in charge. Again, they focused on orthopedic and dismissed my concerns of a neurological problem. The student left the room to talk with the vet… for what seemed like hours. As I was waiting with my pup, I noticed her always hanging in the center tongue was coming out of the side of her mouth instead… for the FIRST TIME in over 11 years. That was it. I was my dog’s voice, her only voice, and I was going to make them listen one way or another. The student came back in, and I told her I didn’t think there was anything orthopedically wrong, and stressed the head tilt and now the abnormal tongue placement. She finally listened… and the response – “I hadn’t noticed that before, but her head is tilting” Excuse me? I pointed that part out before and have been talking about being worried something was wrong neurologically since I walked in the door! My fur baby is finally taken to the vet for observation. 

Fast forward an hour. The vet comes in and told me that I had a “great catch.” Nothing is wrong with her hips or knees, but she does have a head tilt, a side leaning tongue (because of my abnormal report) and her eyes aren’t behaving normally. What does this mean? Something is wrong in her brain. 

The official diagnosis is Vestibular Disease, but now they are trying to figure out why. They’ve been ruling out cancer, stroke, brain inflammation, benign tumors and more. We are still waiting on final results, but at least our pup is home and appears to be recovering. She is eating, drinking, walking more normally (with a few tumbles still) so I will take that as a win. 

The moral of this story is TRUST YOUR GUT. And after you trust your gut, ADVOCATE for it! If I hadn’t kept at it, they would have never even looked past an orthopedic problem. And it’s true in all aspects of life (especially with medical care). If you don’t feel something is right, it’s not. And make sure you are heard. Whether it be for yourself, your kids, your spouse, your pup, your friend, your siblings, your parents, whomever. I know I’m glad I did.

Trust your gut, and remember… YOU ARE YOUR OWN BEST ADVOCATE.