Sweater: Goodwill — Scarf: Thrifted — Skirt: Gift — Tights: Sock Dreams (Codori Crochet Tights) — Heels: Thrifted (Naturalizer) — Necklace and ring: Hand-me-down — Earrings: Vendor on campus
Woo, autumnal colors for the end of the first week of January! I don’t play the seasonal game, baby, it’s a sham. (Really, this sweater is more goldenrod than it appears here, but apparently the camera thinks this is better? Whatever, I don’t require your editorial eye, Canon.)
Doing a product review yesterday got me thinking of other products I’ve used recently, and a couple that I’ve really enjoyed.
The first? Soak. I do a decent amount of handwashing for sweaters, scarves, and anything I’d like to last a little longer, and for a long time I was just using dabs of my usual laundry detergent in a tub of water, swishing, rinsing, and pressing the water out with a towel. This is going to sound supremely housewifey, but when I heard about Soak–I think from Ask a Clean Person or someone in the AaCP comments?–I was basically out the door hunting for it, because it’s a no-rinse wash that also purports to be environmentally friendly and biodegradable, and it comes in a scentless version! (I have recently been switching to scentless products where I can and delighting in it. Scentless dishwashing liquid is a joy and a pleasure.) It seems to work well for my day-to-day washings–I will note, though, that it doesn’t take the punch out of supremely stinky clothing. In particular, I am the new owner of a swapped sweater dress that has a distinct BO funk about it (which I somehow didn’t notice in the midst of the swap itself), and that funk has continued to linger despite a couple of Soakings. I’ll have to haul out the big guns for that baby.
The second product I’ve been happy with lately–Mia’s TMI corner coming up, flee if you must!–is the DivaCup. I purchased one from GladRags a while back and ended up setting it aside for nearly a year because I had initial difficulty inserting it properly and got really frustrated. Maybe a menstrual cup just wasn’t in the stars for me? I have some ongoing issues with vulvar vestibulitis which may have contributed to my difficulties, and I very nearly gave it up. However, in December I tried again, and it turns out that, as with training dogs and baking souffles, gentle persistence pays off! Yippee! It takes a few minutes to settle properly into place each month when I insert it for the first time, but when it does I forget that it’s there and I can even ride my bike to and from work like normal. (I had been concerned about this because, at first, the stem sticks out a bit, but it recedes quickly.)
There’s a great variety of menstrual cups out there of different sizes and different materials these days, and I can’t speak to most of the brands, but I do know that, finally, the DivaCup works for me, and I like it quite a bit. I tend to use it in conjunction with GladRags’ pantyliners, which I got as a part of the “make it a kit!” option on the DivaCup page, but I rarely need them on the days that I’m using the cup. GladRags has semi-regular sales and deals, so if you’re thinking about trying out a menstrual cup or need to stock up on cloth pads, you can sign up for their email list and get coupons. What a savings!
Also, while we’re on the subject, it’s worth noting that I bought these crochet tights because of how much I liked how Erika Moen(‘s legs) looked in her similar crochet leggings. I’m not sorry.