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    Why I Transitioned to Organic Products

    Seventh Generation Organic Tampons

    This post is sponsored by Seventh Generation and Her Campus Media. All opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that make Lots of Sass possible!

    Happy Monday, friends! I hope y’all had a lovely weekend and have started this holiday week off on a great foot. As I mentioned the other day, I will be traveling for Thanksgiving so this week has started with me getting tons of laundry and cleaning done so I can pack and come home to a clean home when I return. Am I the only person that has to clean like crazy before they leave town? I always get so nervous that I will return too late the night before work or something important and then, won’t be able to get myself together. Another thing I do is take out my clothes and meal plan for the next week. This is something I learned to do very early on when I started college and it has stuck with me over the past few years. What are y’alls must-do tasks before leaving town? Let me know in the comments so I don’t feel alone.

    So a few months ago, I mentioned in one my posts that I wanted to start transitioning to cleaner products because 1. It is better for me (semi-sensitive skin) and 2. I wanted to be more aware of what I was putting in my body. One of the first things I transitioned was my feminine products AKA tampons to Seventh Generation Free and Clear Organic Tampons. What I was searching for most in organic feminine products was dye free and fragrance free, because honestly y’all, I don’t need any dyes or added fragrances down there. So like anything else I need to know, I went straight to Google and searched for exactly that and was so excited to see that Seventh Generation made tampons just like what I was looking for. For the past two years, I have used their dish detergent and was so pleased with how gentle it was on my hands and dishes. So obviously y’all, I headed right to Target and grabbed 4 boxes so I would be stocked up. As I was reading the box and trying to educate myself a little more on why organic feminine products were so important, here were some other things I learned:

    • Seventh Generation’s Organic Cotton Tampons has a new smooth, BPA-free plastic applicator that is designed for your comfort.
    • The comfort applicator is made with 95% plant-based materials, rather than petroleum-based sources.
    • Our Free & Clear, Certified Organic Cotton Tampons are hypoallergenic and made for your most sensitive skin with no added fragrances.
    • The Certified Organic Cotton provides you with effective leak protection.
    • Seventh Generation Organic Cotton Tampons with Comfort Applicators are available in regular and super absorbency and can be found at your local Target.

    Out of those, being hypoallergenic and made with mostly plant-based materials were the two that won me. I personally felt it was important to invest in organic feminine products primarily to avoid add breakouts and rashes, that could potentially come from feminine products that contain dyes and added fragrances, that I didn’t feel like I needed anyway. I love that Seventh Generation believes in a woman’s right to know what is in her feminine care products, and advocates for ingredient disclosure in all feminine products. In addition, being plant-based versus petroleum-based is more eco-friendly and overall better for our planet. Altogether, I have been using Seventh Generation Free and Clear Organic Tampons for 6+ months and have loved them more than I ever thought I could. Are ya’ll looking to transition to more feminine organic products? I totally suggest to start with Seventh Generation Free and Clear Organic Tampons! Make sure to stop by your local Target and snag a few boxes for yourself.

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    Have a lovely day friends! See ya tomorrow 🙂 -xo, Azanique <3

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    Friday Five

    Friday 5 – 6/16/17

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    Happy Friday, sweet readers. I feel like it has been forever since I have written a Friday 5 post, so I am trying to get back into the habit of it. For starters, how was your week? I am so thankful to have had a very calm week and I had a lot of time to catch up blogging, wind down from my job and enjoy some much needed relaxation. On top of relaxing, I had some time to prioritize my life and get some plans in order, which are the best things you can do when you feel like you’ve been running on E for the past 3 months. I can’t wait to share so many new things and changes that will be happening in the next few months with all of you. So, let’s get started with my Friday 5.

    1. My week started off amazing. This week was the food truck rodeo in Raleigh, then I headed to Durham for dinner. As we were walking, we heard the best live band and end up at the rooftop bar of The Durham Hotel. Let me just tell you this, I haven’t been this happy to get lost in a very long time. The band was amazing, the view was incredible, the people were friendly and the drinks were good. It turned out to be a great pre-dinner stop. Not to mention, tap dancers from the area showed up and performed with the band (totally unexpected & not planned) and turns out, the vocalist talked about his run for mayor and keeping arts alive in Durham. How awesome is that? For those who don’t know, Durham has a huge visual and performing arts scene and is filled with tons of amazing artists that share their talents at multiple venues around town.

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    2. I am obsessed with this perfume from DefineMe Fragrance. I honestly have had this perfume for some time, but really like to use something a few times before really forming an opinion. And let me tell you, I will be restocking on the Sophia Isabel scent. It is the perfect balance between sweet and fresh, which I love for a light scent in the summer. Not to mention, I haven’t had any type of skin reactions to this, which is wonderful because a lot of the stronger scents that I find it stores cause a skin reaction. Not to mention, DefineMe Fragrance is a woman owned business and for every full-size bottle you buy, $1 get donated to She’s The First. Those of y’all who know me or have even talked to me for 10 minutes, know about my love for She’s The First. STF is a non-profit organization that raises funds to support girls’ education in low-income countries. It’s truly phenomenal and I have seen first hand, by being involved in a campus chapter with 8 scholars, the tremendous amount of work that She’s The First does. I’m all for women helping women and creating future #GirlBosses. I would definitely recommend checking out DefineMe Fragrance, read their story and try out the scents for yourself. 

    DefineMe Fragrence

    3. My favorite recent post is part of my new #WorkWearWednesday series. Check out the full post here and let me know your thoughts. I am super excited to start this fun series and would totally love any feedback. Also, feel free to let me know what your favorite work wear pieces are and what items you find to be more comfortable after a 8-12 hour day.

    Work wear for new jobs

    4. So here, I want to round up my 5 latest purchases. I have been on a crazy clearance and sale haul, now that I working full-time and trying to save more. I’ve snagged some cute work pieces and summer accessories all on sale H O L L A!

    5. Lastly, I’m rounding up 5 of the items on my summer wishlist. I am currently working on updating this spot on my blog, but want to share some of the items I am loving and will definitely be grabbing in my next shopping haul.

    Well, that’s all I have for you today friends. Leave me a comment below and let me know what you’re doing this and/or leave feedback for this post or another post. Thank you for reading 🙂

    xo, Azanique 

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    Fashion Friday Five

    Friday 5: Small Businesses I love working with + LIKEtoKNOW.it

    Happy FriYAY, babes. This week has flew by and tons of things have been happening. If you checkout out my Instagram, you’ll can see that I am now part of LIKEtoKNOWit! This is wonderful for you because it means you can receive my Instagram outfits right to your email. Make sure to create an account with LIKEtoKNOWit, so that when you like an Instagram photo with a www.LIKETK.it link, you receive ready-to-shop product links. This is a great way to support your favorite bloggers and let them know what products you are loving! I would be glad to answer any questions for you 🙂

    So, for today’s Friday 5, I’m dishing on my top 5 small business I have loved working with. Keep an eye out for some discount codes too 🙂

    The Copper Petal: I snagged this sweater a few weeks back and have gotten so many comments on it! It is super soft & chic 🙂 The Copper Petal ALWAYS offers free shipping & you receive items in about 3 days (So quickly, right?) I love their customer service and they update the shop A LOT. Which is great for you to have some variety to chose from 🙂 Use my code “lotsofsass” for 10% off your purchase

    Druzy Bracelet-Bar BraceletKinsley Armelle: Okay, so I am seriously obsessed with all their jewelry! They have beaded necklaces, druzy stone bracelets and the cutest rings. One of the best parts about ordering from Kinsley Armelle is that you receive a jewelry bag and jewelry container to store your beauties. Those additional items have been so convenient when trying to organize my jewels. I highly suggest grabbing a few pieces from there! Use my code “AZANIQUE15” to save 15%
    Jord: It is no secret that I adore my wood watch from Jord! I seriously wear it multiple times a week and always get compliments. Jord makes very unique watches, for men and women, that fit any style and any budget. Check here for my full review of Jord! For $25 off your purchase, use my code “lotsofsass25ek”

    Green skirt + accessories

    Lime Dot Shop: In case you missed this outfit post + giveaway, find it here. I have recently fallen in love with Lime Dot Shop! This spring skirt seriously flatters everyones’ body and is super affordable. What I love most about Lime Dot Shop is the accessories! I snagged this clutch and I carry it everywhere. It is really roomy and I am able to through in my phone, charge, gum, lipgloss, money, cards & more. I definitely recommend check it out!

    Chosen-Loved-Fearless-Enough Karla Storey: So, if you guys know me at all, you know that I am tied to my faith. I seriously adore these tee’s by Karla Storey, but not as much as I love their mission. Their mission is to be the voice for the fatherless and spread a message of hope to girls in the foster system to tell her that she matters! Proceeds from every sale will be donated to providing girls in the community with a Daughter of the King tee along with a hand written note reminding them that they have value and a purpose! Their goal is to spread the message that they are loved, they are worthy, they are enough. God loves them just as they are, right where they are because they are Daughters of the one true King <3 Most of my friends know that I volunteer as a Guardian Ad Litem, working in the judicial system for children, so this mission is so important to me. You can make a guilt free purchase, get a cute tee and know that you are helping a little girl in the community. Use my code “AZANIQUE15” for 15% off your purchase.

    That’s all for today 🙂 Be sure to follow me on social media for more steals, deals, discount codes and info on the best brands to shop: Facebook | Instagram | Snachat: azanique

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