Solstice at the Spiral Jetty

Casual outfit for the summer solstice at the Spiral Jetty, Utah — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Spiral Jetty during the summer solstice, Great Salt Lake, Utah — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Spiral Jetty at the Great Salt Lake, northern Utah — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Casual outfit for a windy day at the Spiral Jetty, Great Salt Lake, Utah — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair

Korri and I spent our summer solstice meandering through southern Idaho and northern Utah on our way to Salt Lake City for the weekend. Our last stop of the day was to the Spiral Jetty, an earthwork sculpture created by Robert Smithson located on a remote northern shore of the Great Salt Lake. This famous piece of “land art” consists of over 6,000 tons of basalt rock, salt, and sand found at the site. It’s 15' wide and juts 1500’ into the lake. In years past, the Spiral Jetty has been completely covered by the lake, but in recent years, drought has exposed the jetty. You have to take a nearly 16-mile dirt road to get there. Let’s just say that I’m very glad my car held up!

Casual summer outfit with grey cropped tee and black wrap skirt — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Black wrap skirt summer outfit with grey ribbed tee — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Spiral Jetty earthwork sculpture, Great Salt Lake, Utah — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Black wrap skirt casual summer outfit with grey tee and red sandals — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair

I lived in Utah for a few years for grad school and never made it out to see the jetty, so I’m very happy we finally made it! As luck would have it, we visited on one of the coldest days so far this summer. Gotta love when the summer solstice is chillier than the days around it! ;) It was about 60°F, which was chilly but not terrible, but the wind over the lake made it feel ten times colder…it was blowing at 20-30 mph! I picked an outfit that would look fine in the wind, but I wasn’t anticipating it to be that windy. I probably (definitely) flashed the other folks there…

I actually ended up wearing this outfit all day. I don’t normally travel in skirts, but this one is flexible around the midsection, soft, and so comfortable. I topped it with my ribbed crop tee; the long-sleeves added much-needed warmth. I added the sandals for ease and knowing that the jetty would have sand, and sandals fit the “scene” the best in my opinion. I did almost slip/trip a couple of times walking down to the jetty, though, haha. I don’t wear sandals while driving, though. When I drive long distances, I wear secure shoes, like sneakers or my old Toms, because I like having the stability.

We had so much fun taking the scenic route for once! It was way better than sitting behind a computer working all day. How did you spend your summer solstice?


OUTFIT DETAILS

H&M tee / exact style (limited sizes) or similar from Zappos
Amour Vert skirt / exact or similar by ASOS
Kino sandals / exact style or similar by Frye
Le Specs sunglasses / exact style
Dior Addict Lip Glow in pink / exact

Review of the MightyNest MightyFix monthly subscription: part 4 of 4

Review of the MightyNest MightyFix monthly subscription of green home products — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair

I’m at the end of my annual MightyFix subscription! A year ago, I used a coupon code I found on another blog to sign up on the MightyNest website, and since then, I’ve been receiving sustainable, eco-friendly alternatives to common home and wellness products every month. (My first review was shared last September, second review last December, and third review in March.) The MightyFix by MightyNest is an excellent way to be introduced to new products and slowly transition to a greener, healthier lifestyle. (I’m still very much a work-in-progress when it comes to my lower waste goals.)

The subscription increased in price to $11 per month (formerly $10 per month) in order to cover the cost of using eco-friendly shipping materials—$132 annually if not prepaid. I paid $99 with the coupon code, making it $8.25 per month. As a member, you also get discounts on most products, and if you want to buy anything from the site, it ships free with your Fix. After much deliberation, I decided to renew my annual subscription, which is offered for a reduced price of $114 if it’s prepaid. That makes each fix $9.50, an increase of $1.25 each over my first annual subscription. The majority of the products I received this past year would still be well worth the price at $9.50 each. I’m excited to see what I receive over the next year! (I won’t be writing any more formal review posts, though. If I receive any amazing products I’ll likely mention them in general round-up type posts!)

I can invite three people per month to receive a free month of the MightyFix monthly subscription, so let me know via email if you’d like an invite (cottoncashmerecathair (at) gmail (dot) com)! If you email me in June, let me know which of the three products below is your favorite and I’ll select that item for you to receive. Note that MightyNest did not pay me or ask me to write this post, and I paid for the subscription myself.

MightyFix All Good Goop healing balm — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair

All Good Goop Healing Balm (March 2019)

This all-purpose balm is perfect to use on minor cuts and scrapes, dry skin, and other skin irritations like bug bites and sunburn. It features an organic formula of essential oils and medicinal plants that is free of petroleum, parabens, GMOs, gluten, and synthetic ingredients. The 2 ounce size is perfect for travel.

I first used this balm on a couple of cat scratches (such is my life) but didn’t notice much of any change. Now that I think about it, I probably didn’t use it enough days in a row! This product is very highly-rated, especially for use on diaper rash and dry skin. After reading some of the reviews, I’m going to try it on body acne to see if it helps that at all! (My skin has been freaking out a little bit since getting my IUD a couple of years ago.)

Regular price: $13.99 / Member price: $12.59 / I paid: $8.25

MightyFix Cose Nuove Swedish dishcloths — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair

Cose Nuove Swedish Dishcloths (April 2019)

These Swedish dishcloths are made of cellulose and cotton fabric, are incredibly absorbent (up to 15x their weight), and claim to leave no streaks on surfaces. They’re a natural alternative to disposable sponges and paper towels. They can be machine washed (and air dried) and will last for 9-12 months if cared for properly. At the end of their life, they are compostable and biodegradable.

I already own a set of “unpaper” towels, which are basically just reusable towels, and received a set of Tidy dish cloths in a previous Fix, and those have already dramatically reduced my dependency on paper towels. I’m thrilled to have another option, though! You can never have too many towel or sponge alternatives. I love that they are compostable since we have curbside compost pickup here. The designs are super cute, too. ;) (I received blue circles and green leaves.)

Regular price (each): $5.99 / Member price (each): $5.59 / I paid (for two): $8.25

MightyFix RSVP Endurance stainless steel straws and EcoJarz stainless steel straw cleaner — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair

RSVP Endurance Stainless Steel Straws (& EcoJarz Stainless Steel Straw Cleaner) (May 2019)

These stainless steel straws are made from high-quality, medical-grade stainless steel. I received a set of bent straws, but they straight straws are also available (that are slightly wider for thicker drinks). They are dishwasher safe! It is suggested to rinse the straws out first before putting them in the dishwasher. The straw cleaner was also included as part of my Fix, which was a nice touch.

I was thrilled to receive this Fix! I’ve been wanting to get some reusable straws, and these are a great starting place. (I’m also curious about glass straws.) The only thing that makes me nervous is cleaning them! I appreciate that these can go in the dishwasher, but I want to make sure they won’t fall through any holes…haha. I also need to remember to bring them with me in order to actually use them when out and about. That always seems to be a big hurdle for me.

Regular price: $10.99 (+ $1.99 for the cleaner) / Member price: $9.89 / I paid: $8.25

My current favorite hair care products

Formulate personalized hair care review and favorite hair products — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Formulate personalized hair care review — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair

I’m definitely not high-maintenance when it comes to my hair care. I prefer doing as little as possible in order for my hair to look presentable, and that’s not always easy to do with few products and little time.

My hair is naturally thick and light brown/dirty blonde. It’s always been stick straight until recently when it decided to wave a little bit after being washed. I usually shower at night and let it air dry overnight. It tends to poof and frizz. After highlighting my hair a couple of times in high school and college, I started getting regular highlights in grad school. Now, I get some highlights a few times a year but am currently giving my hair a bit of a break. (I haven’t been to the salon in about six months.)

Personalized shampoo and conditioner

For the past few months, I’ve had the pleasure of using personalized shampoo and conditioner made by Formulate. To get started, you fill out a questionnaire detailing your hair characteristics, what you want to achieve with your formulation, and your environment (because your climate plays a huge role in how your hair behaves; I live in a dry climate, so my hair tends to be dry). You’re also able to select your scent, and in a few short weeks, you’ll have your 100% personalized shampoo and conditioner!

You can see the details of my hair and formulation below. You’ll receive a card that lists exactly what you see below (plus the ingredients list) along with your shampoo and conditioner. The card also describes the purpose of some of the ingredients used in the products. For me, those were pumpkin seed oil (a hair “superfood”), acetamide MEA (improves texture of color-treated hair), and keratin oil (for strength and protection). All of the Formulate formulations are sulfate-free, paraben-free, dye-free, preservative-free, and cruelty-free.

After some trial and error, I figured out that the shampoo works best when you work it into sopping wet hair. It does not suds up if my hair isn’t soaking wet, and then it feels like it’s not cleaning. I also take the time to really rinse it out before applying the conditioner. I wash just my scalp and roots with the shampoo and only use the conditioner on the ends up to the middle of my hair to prevent oiliness and buildup at my scalp. The scent of the products is subtle and not at all overpowering.

Each bottle is 14 ounces, and I’ve had my formulation for about five months now and there is still a lot left! For reference, I wash my hair about every three days. I also tend to use more shampoo than conditioner so I anticipate my shampoo running out first.

Formulate is generously offering a giveaway where you can enter to win your own personalized set of shampoo and conditioner! Click here to enter the giveaway. The giveaway will close in mid-June, and there needs to be 30 entries so definitely enter if you’re interested—and spread the word. :)

Note: I received complimentary products for the purpose of this review but no monetary compensation. As always, all of the views are my own.

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My Formulate personalized hair care formulation — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair

Hair products I use when necessary

Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Dry Shampoo • When my Amika Perk Up dry shampoo was running low, I decided to order the Living Proof dry shampoo to try after reading raving reviews, mostly by other bloggers I follow. I don’t like using dry shampoo very often; I’ll use it on day three hair if it really needs it. Basically, I only use it when I know I’ll be washing my hair at the end of the day. I prefer the smell of the Amika dry shampoo, but the Living Proof dry shampoo makes my hair look really clean. I like to spray it in and work it through my hair at night and by morning my hair is good as new!

Verb Ghost Oil • This has been a mainstay in my collection since 2015! I don’t use it much now, but if I have an event, I’ll pump a tiny bit (1-1.5 pumps) in my hands and run it through my ends for extra shine. This makes my hair look healthy and not oily but it doesn’t combat the poof my hair sometimes develops. It could also probably be used on damp hair but I haven’t tried that yet.

Aquis Lisse Luxe Hair Towel • I use this after I shower instead of a regular towel to cut down on damage and kick-start the drying process. I love it and take it with me every time I travel. Now that my hair is longer, I really should buy the long hair version for the extra length.

Other products I own and use occasionally

Moroccanoil Treatment • I used to use this every time I showered, but I took a break when I started using Formulate. I haven’t felt like I needed to use this as much! I still have a little bit and like to travel with it. I add a small dollop to the ends of my damp hair at the end of my shower, and it seems like my hair is softer and shinier after it's dry (I shower at night and let my hair air dry while I sleep). I recommend buying the smaller size since it is less expensive per ounce than buying the bigger size (plus you can travel with the smaller size in a carry-on bag).

Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Set • I used 500 Sephora points on this set when it was available almost two years ago. It included trial sizes of the Perfect Hair Day shampoo, conditioner, nightcap overnight perfector, and in-shower styler. They’re all perfect sizes for travel, and I’ve been taking the shampoo and conditioner along with me when I fly. I use travel as an opportunity to mix up my routine a little bit so my hair doesn’t get “used” to my regular products (don’t know if that’s just a myth but my hair seems to do better when I mix up the products occasionally). I don’t recall using the other two products in the set (I’m not sure they ever made it in the shower, oops) but the reviews are pretty high for both products!

Kristin Ess Weightless Shine Air Dry Creme • I heard amazing things about this inexpensive line, so of course I picked up a couple of products from Target to try, including this because I always air dry my hair. I used this once many months ago and wasn’t thrilled with it; my hair felt greasy and heavy. It’s totally possible that I didn’t use it correctly, so I’m planning to try it again, but there are a number of reviews posted on Target saying the same thing… I’m sure the Living Proof in-shower styler works similarly to this product (but LP could very likely work better).

Kristin Ess Weightless Shine Working Serum • I haven’t tried this product, but it got better reviews than the air dry creme so I have high hopes for it. It probably works similar to the Verb Ghost Oil or Moroccanoil Treatment. (Can you tell I have a problem with buying products and then not using them? Gotta fix that!)

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