Plaid and Pearls

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

2017 Holiday Gift Guide

Ho Ho Ho Merry.... Wait. Please tell me how it's already DECEMBER!!!! 

Happy Holidays babes! I don't know about you but from Thanksgiving to New Years is hands down my favorite time of the entire year. For Christmas gifts this year I have decided to only give handmade gifts or gifts that I've bought from local vendors. I have tons of great gift ideas that will cover everyone on your list. 




Give your loved ones a pampering session, we all deserve it every now and then! Glow has such a wide variety of different treatments and products, everyone could find the perfect fit for them. We also just started offering a Circadia Skin Care Cocoa Enzyme facial with a Marshmallow Whip Moisture Mask. A hot chocolate facial?! That just sounds heavenly!!!



Photographs are such a treasured and valuable thing to me. How wonderful would it be to capture special moments with those closest to you and be able to hold on to those memories forever?! 

Kaitlyn also sells gorgeous prints of photos she's taken over the years that would look gorgeous in anyones home. 


3. Clothing from Ittikid!

Everyone has little ones to shop for this holiday season! I have just the place for all of your kids clothing needs!! 

"Ittikid is a family run online shop, selling organic, unisex, & eco-friendly children's clothing from Scandinavia.  We carefully select brands that design and make durable and high quality clothing that will last and last. Each brand that we carry was founded by parents, and the clothing made by adults with the highest fair labor standards and humane working conditions. I run the company from home, in between nap time and diaper changes! My Swedish hubby, Calle, and I are always on the look out for high quality Scandinavian brands that encourage kids to be kids, to play and get dirty, and to feel comfortable in their bodies."








I stumbled across Kaylee's Instagram randomly one day over the summer and have been obsessed with her creations ever since. Kaylee is from Northfield, MA and started Flower & Fern just a couple months ago. Everything is handcrafted with lots of love, and she is an absolute pleasure to work with! 




Going to the Buxton Christmas Barn has quite possibly become my favorite holiday activity. All of the scarves so unique and cozy with the cutest leather cuff to accessorize with. Grab your girlfriends, some hot cocoa (and peppermint schnapps), and make a day out of it! Your holiday season will not be the same! 




 My friend Danielle is quite possibly the most talented human being I've ever met. Every single piece of artwork, pottery, or jewelry she makes takes my breath away. These mugs would be the perfect gift for any avid coffee drinkers in your family.

7. Shelburne Falls Coffee Roasters:

Photographer: Rachel Franz 


Speaking of coffee... If you haven't noticed yet I'm quite possibly addicted to SFCR... Grab your loved ones a gift card, or bag of freshly ground coffee. They'll thank you later! 



I've said it time and time again, Burning Heart has changed my life in so many ways. Give the gift of self love, exercise, and sanity this Christmas with a Burning Heart class card or gift certificate!


Photographer: Bird's Eye View Photography 

A gift card/certificate from Honey and Wine would be such a wonderful gift for the fashion lovers on your holiday shopping list this year! Honey and Wine has such a unique and wide variety of clothing and accessories to chose from. Every piece you pick up is so different and would make a great addition to anyones wardrobe. 



With the new year quickly approaching these affirmation cards would be such a thoughtful gift for anybody trying to make a big life change, or just wanting to become a happier and healthier version of themselves. I pre-ordered my deck already and cannot wait for them to arrive in the mail! 


With the holidays quickly approaching this year I hope you all have a Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, and Happy New Year! Thank you so much for reading!

Love always,
Michaela 






Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Honey and Wine

Ever since I was a little girl I have always been super into fashion. I remember filling sketch book upon sketch book with outfits that I created. Another thing I've always enjoyed is thrifting. My mom took my sisters and I when we were little and within minutes of arriving our cart was filled to the brim. I love going into a thrift store and searching the racks for unique treasures that could add a fun twist or pop to any outfit.

Imagine my surprise when I stumbled across an adorable local boutique that has the perfect combination of those two things! Honey and Wine is a fabulous clothing store located on Main Street in Greenfield (They will be moving to a new location on Avenue A in Turners Falls next month!) that sells the CUTEST designer pieces, as well as vintage clothing. As I said before, the perfect combination. Walking into Honey and Wine is like walking into my dream closet. They a large variety of brands to chose from and I feel like you could find an outfit for any occasion!




Outfit details: Scotch & Soda shirt, Mother denim, Steve Madden shoes, and vintage jewels!
Photographer: Bird's Eye View Photography



Outfit details: Free People sweater, Mother denim, Sam Edelman boots, and vintage jewels!
Photographer: Bird's Eye View Photography

Go treat yourself to an adorable new outfit, and when you do, send me a picture! I can't wait to see what you find!

Thanks for reading!
Love always,
Michaela

Friday, August 25, 2017

Healthy Mindset 101

Happy Friday! Can you even begin to wrap your head around the fact that summer is almost coming to an end?! Jeez Louise.

I've had a lot of people approach me this past week and ask, "how are you always so positive?" Well first of all, ask my family, I'm definitely not always the most pleasant person in the world. My attitude is not stellar 24/7, and I have my fair share of bad days. BUT, one of my goals is to put my best foot forward when feeling frustrated in certain situations.

One thing I've noticed that helps a ton with my overall mindset is exercise. It doesn't have to be a two hour gym session, but move. Move for fun, move in strength, and always honor and cherish your body for all that it can do. When you start treating your body as though it's a temple, good things start to happen.

Meditation is something I've tried getting into for months. My mind doesn't like to slow down, and is constantly racing all over the place. Recently I've downloaded the Headspace App and have found myself really enjoying the quick three minute guided meditations. I think with the crazy world around us and and the constant go, go, go, mentality we all have, it's important to slow down every now and then. Even if it's just for a couple minutes.

Chose "your people" very wisely. The energy of others quickly becomes the energy you give off. When you're around negative people, you tend to start giving off negative vibes as well. Unfortunately most of us don't realize this until it's too late. Surround yourselves with loving, kind, motivational, strong, individuals who push you to be better and won't put up with anything less.

Make time for YOU. It's crazy how often I hear people say that they really want to do something but won't because they're alone. Go by yourself. Allow yourself to enjoy your own company. Use that time to reflect and explore the world around you.

Once you start prioritizing who you are and who you want to become the universe has a very strange way of working things out. Remember to keep faith, remain strong in difficult situations, and always stand tall.

I love you all to pieces. Thank you for reading!

Love always,
Michaela


Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Skincare Tips and Tricks

Hey sweets!

Today I wanted to do something a little bit different on the blog. As you all might know, I'm done with my esthetics program at Catherine Hinds this week. Saying I'm excited would be an understatement! I cannot wait to begin my esthetics career and help each and every single one of you learn more about your skin and show you the best and most effective ways to take care of it.

First let me start off by saying your skin is the largest organ in your body. Wouldn't you think that because it's the largest organ we would be putting more effort into taking care of it? A lot of people don't know where to start and feel intimidated when buying or testing out new products. It's all a learning process and everyone's body reacts differently. My biggest goal is to help you feel more confident and comfortable when approaching your skincare routine.

Personally I think it is SO important to take care of yourself starting from the inside and working your way out. What I mean by that is eating a clean and balanced diet. Only consuming products that are whole and nutritious and really paying attention to what you're actually putting into your body. Exercising on a normal basis, and prioritizing your mental health. Drinking the recommended amount of water for your body type is crucial to not only helping your skin, but all parts of your body. I should be drinking anywhere from nine to eleven and a half cups of water a day. Am I doing that? No, not religiously, but when I do I see a huge difference in the appearance of my skin and in my overall health. The top layer of your skin regenerates itself every twenty-eight days give or take. That being said, if you're not properly taking care of yourself that number tends to slow down which means you tend to start seeing fine line and wrinkles a lot faster as well as having a dull appearance to your skin.

Some tips and tricks I've learned since being at school is to get your skincare routine down. Find products that work for you and stick with it. My recommendation is to use a cleanser, toner, and moisturizer twice a day. Once when you first wake up in the morning and once before you go to sleep. Another important step in your weekly skincare routine is to exfoliate one to two times a week. The amount of dirt, debris, and free radicals your skin is exposed to on a daily basis is mind blowing so you want to make sure you're properly cleaning your skin frequently. Make sure you're changing your pillowcase, as well as cleaning your phone religiously. Think about how much bacteria builds up on those two surfaces, and then think about how often they're in contact with your face. Please make sure you're removing your makeup before bed! Not only could it cause your skin to age more rapidly but it also clogs your pores which leads to breakouts. My last tip for you is to find yourself a lovely Esthetician! It's our job to help get any problems or concerns you may have under control and assist you in getting to a point in your life where you feel comfortable and confident in the skin you're in!

If you would like to stay up to date with my new career you can follow my Instagram account @lovealwayskincare and feel free to reach out if you have any questions or want to book an appointment!

Love always,
Michaela

Monday, August 21, 2017

Life Update - August 2017

Hey babes!

With summer quickly coming to an end I have SO much to fill everybody in on.

My first set of big news is that in three, yes I said three, days I will be done with school! The decision to start esthetics school was one of my biggest/best moves I have ever made. I'm absolutely in love with the industry and can't wait to begin my career. Before I do that though, I just would like to say a HUGE thank you to those of you who have supported me throughout this insane roller coaster of a journey. I won't name names because then this post will turn into an emotional mess, but it's been one heck of a ride and I'm incredibly grateful for those of you who have had my back for the past couple of months.

Secondly I want to announce that I will be working as an Esthetician at Glow Beauty Bar at both their Hadley and Turners Falls locations. Words cannot even begin to describe how thankful I am for this incredible opportunity and I'm beyond excited to be a part of such a wonderful team! So please do me a huge favor and come see me for a facial, wax, makeup application, and once I get certified, lash extensions!

Trying to maintain a normal life the last few months has been pretty challenging, but now that the finish line is in sight I am starting to get more and more excited for the new chapter I am about to begin.

In the past I've tried to make myself as transparent as possible so that everyone knows I'm just your normal/average girl and have goals/dreams I'm working towards too. So without further ado, here are the next set of things I'll be working on ASAP!


  • Become yoga teacher certified 
  • Creating better content for y'all (new videos/blogposts)
  • Work on getting my healthy lifestyle back in check
  • Finish wedding planning

I love you all endlessly and am beyond thankful for your love and support throughout this crazy thing we call life. I hope you're all having a wonderful summer and are doing well.

Love always,
Michaela 



Sunday, June 4, 2017

New Chapter

Tomorrow morning at 6:30 a.m. I'll be walking out my front door to begin the two hour commute to Catherine Hinds Institute for Esthetics.

For those of you who didn't know I enrolled at Catherine Hinds, surprise! I start school tomorrow, June 5th, and will be done at the end of October.

Ever since I was a child I've always thought about pursuing a career in the health and beauty industry. Twenty-two years later and I'm finally following my dreams!

Let's get to the point, shall we? I think that it's SO important to trust your intuition and go after what you truly want in life whether you're ready or not. I'm continuously reminded of just how short life is, and how each day is a gift. It's time to rise to the challenge, overcome your fears, and create the life you've always imagined. Stop waiting for the perfect moment because it's never going to come, just do it! If you've been waiting for somebody to tell you to go for it, here's your sign! Take the leap of faith, and everything else will fall into place.

Prayers and good vibes will be very much appreciated over the next couple of months! I know this process will be tough, but I know that I can achieve anything I set my mind to. The overwhelming support of my loved ones throughout this decision/process have been incredible and I'm so thankful for each and every single one of you!

Wish me luck! I can't wait to share this journey with you!

Love always,
Michaela

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

April 26, 2017

Long time no blog. Hey guys it's me. Yes me, Michaela Deborah Loynd. Jeez, don't you just love when your life gets SO busy/hectic that you don't have time to do what's important to you? No? Ya me either! So I'm about to change that.

More so recently I've really been trying to focus on my future and doing what's best for me. There are some huge risks I'm about to take, and quite frankly it's a little scary. That being said, I'm going to do it anyways. YOU OWE IT TO YOURSELF TO TAKE RISKS, STEP OUTSIDE OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE, AND LIVE THE LIFE YOU HAVE ALWAYS WANTED. Harsh, I know. But SO true.

Typing this right now is very hard. I really don't even want to admit this to myself, let alone all of you. One thing that has always gotten in my way are other people. But guess what? You cannot allow someone else's insecurities to seep into yourself. Gosh I've never heard something that has ever hit me so hard until I heard that quote this morning while listening to the Honestly Uncensored Podcast. To be completely honest and real with you, I can almost guarantee that I've lived every single day of my life, up until now, doing just that and it's time to stop. It's time to take off my training wheels and stop being afraid of the unknown. It's time to pedal as fast as I can towards the rest of my life and I'm not looking back for anything.

Your life, your goals, your future, they do not have to make sense to anybody else. So do yourself a HUGE favor and stop looking for confirmation from other people. The only person you should be listening to is yourself. That's it. GIVE YOURSELF THE DAMN WORLD and don't apologize. It's okay to be afraid, it's okay to feel nervous, but never let that stop you. If you don't make this happen for yourself nobody else will.

End rant.

I love you all to the moon and back and I cannot wait to start this new/crazy journey.

Love always,
Michaela

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