I have a new favorite handbag of the moment: Madewell's "The Marfa" Bag.  I spotted this in store last month and fell head over heels in love with it.  Because I posted an updated "What's in my Purse" video on my YouTube channel today, I thought I would do an in-depth blog post on the bag itself.


The Marfa is a small-medium crossbody bag made of super soft leather.  I love the rich cognac color, and the size is just right for what I look for in a crossbody.  I can fit a small wallet/cardholder, sunglasses (and case!), keys, and a few other on-the-go necessities.

Bag Dimensions: 10.25" x 5.66" x 2.5"

The part of the bag that caught my eye is the triangle detailing around the edge of the flap.  It gives the bag a "summer festival" vibe, perfect to pair with cut-off jean shorts and a flowy tank.


The front has a faux-buckle detailing, while the flap actually closes with a metal pin and strap.  The strap has two different holes to choose from, which go over the metal pin and hold the bag securely shut.


The inside has blue striped lining, which I think compliments the bag really nicely.  It also features one large zip side pocket for smaller things.


The crossbody strap is leather as well, and features a buckle to adjust the length.


The triangle detailing continues around to the back of the bag.


Overall, I'm thrilled with this handbag and have received a number of compliments on it!

The Marfa Bag retails for $135 and is available through Madewell!

Do you have a favorite handbag for summer?
xx, Allison

P.S. The new video, if you haven't seen it already!

Do you ever have lucky streaks where you randomly try out a bunch of new products and all of them turn out to be fantastic?  I've been on one of those for a while with shampoos and conditioners... until recently.  These days I keep striking out when it comes to trying a new hair brand.  Today's case in point: Avalon Organics Olive + Grape Seed shampoo and conditioner.  I had really high hopes for this duo because I LOVE the Avalon Organics Vitamin C Renewal Face Cream.


I'm generally not too picky about shampoo, but I have one word for this one... YIKES.  This shampoo made my hair feel like it had been stripped of all moisture and left in the desert sun for a week... and this was the instant I applied it in the shower, while it was still wet.  I could hardly even try to lather this because my hand couldn't glide over the strands.  I can't remember the last time I bought a shampoo that I deemed completely unusable and un-give-to-friend-able, but this one definitely qualifies.  After somewhat washing my hair with this, I was tempted to grab one of my clarifying shampoos just to re-wash and hopefully undo the atrocity that had just occurred.

The conditioner couldn't even begin to reverse the effects of its shampoo counterpart, so I've been using it with a different shampoo to see how it really performs.  Overall, the conditioner is okay... nowhere near as terrible as the shampoo, but still not "Extra Moisturizing" as the bottle claims.  I'll be able to finish the conditioner, but I don't recommend it as a hydrating rinse.

So the quest to find a great new shampoo/conditioner brand continues!  If you are interested in trying out Avalon Organics products, I always find them in the organic product section of grocery stores.  If you have used any of their hair care and had a better experience, please let me know what it was!

Hope you guys are having a great day!
xx, Allison
Do you ever have lucky streaks where you randomly try out a bunch of new products and all of them turn out to be fantastic?  I've been on one of those for a while with shampoos and conditioners... until recently.  These days I keep striking out when it comes to trying a new hair brand.  Today's case in point: Avalon Organics Olive + Grape Seed shampoo and conditioner.  I had really high hopes for this duo because I LOVE the Avalon Organics Vitamin C Renewal Face Cream.


I'm generally not too picky about shampoo, but I have one word for this one... YIKES.  This shampoo made my hair feel like it had been stripped of all moisture and left in the desert sun for a week... and this was the instant I applied it in the shower, while it was still wet.  I could hardly even try to lather this because my hand couldn't glide over the strands.  I can't remember the last time I bought a shampoo that I deemed completely unusable and un-give-to-friend-able, but this one definitely qualifies.  After somewhat washing my hair with this, I was tempted to grab one of my clarifying shampoos just to re-wash and hopefully undo the atrocity that had just occurred.

The conditioner couldn't even begin to reverse the effects of its shampoo counterpart, so I've been using it with a different shampoo to see how it really performs.  Overall, the conditioner is okay... nowhere near as terrible as the shampoo, but still not "Extra Moisturizing" as the bottle claims.  I'll be able to finish the conditioner, but I don't recommend it as a hydrating rinse.

So the quest to find a great new shampoo/conditioner brand continues!  If you are interested in trying out Avalon Organics products, I always find them in the organic product section of grocery stores.  If you have used any of their hair care and had a better experience, please let me know what it was!

Hope you guys are having a great day!
xx, Allison
Who doesn't love a good aqua blue nail polish in the summertime?  Today's nail of the day is China Glaze Too Yacht To Handle, a bright aqua cream from the new Sunsational collection.  It makes my fingers look like they've been dipped in sparkling turquoise waters of an exotic island!

natural light, 3 coats

The formulation of this was good.  Unlike some of the other polishes from this collection, this one didn't streak much at all.  It was smooth, and just a little sheer (I ended up doing three coats).


I've had a lot of people ask how this compares to China Glaze For Audrey, a similar looking blue.  For Audrey is less green and less bright (more dusty).  The two may seem similar in the bottle but are noticeably different when painted.

The China Glaze Sunsational collection is available at Ulta!

What is your favorite bright blue nail polish?
xx, Allison
Who doesn't love a good aqua blue nail polish in the summertime?  Today's nail of the day is China Glaze Too Yacht To Handle, a bright aqua cream from the new Sunsational collection.  It makes my fingers look like they've been dipped in sparkling turquoise waters of an exotic island!

natural light, 3 coats

The formulation of this was good.  Unlike some of the other polishes from this collection, this one didn't streak much at all.  It was smooth, and just a little sheer (I ended up doing three coats).


I've had a lot of people ask how this compares to China Glaze For Audrey, a similar looking blue.  For Audrey is less green and less bright (more dusty).  The two may seem similar in the bottle but are noticeably different when painted.

The China Glaze Sunsational collection is available at Ulta!

What is your favorite bright blue nail polish?
xx, Allison