I am choosing to feel grateful and positive despite the circumstances. ๐Ÿฅฐ I'd love to know one positive thing everyone has felt as a result of the #covid_19 shutdowns. One thing I am grateful for is that I have had the opportunity to work so much more on Mind Over Mango this year and expand our #crueltyfree platform! ๐Ÿฐ Mind Over Mango has also expanded into #cleanliving practices, and other related eco-friendly health and wellness topics. ๐ŸŒฑ  You can check out our latest content on our website www.mindovermango.com (new article #linkinbio too). ๐Ÿ˜„
I understand this time is uncertain, scary, and straining. If you or a family member have been affected, my thoughts are with you. ๐Ÿ‘ฌ๐Ÿ‘ญ๐Ÿ‘ซ We need to band together and make a positive impact in our communities. Please stay strong and feel gratitude in every way you possibly can. #gratefulheart #thankyouuniverse #mindovermango

I am choosing to feel...

I'm so excited to share with everyone the clean, vegan, cruelty-free subscription beauty box by a new company, @freebunni! ๐Ÿฅฐ This box was courtesy of Free Bunni, and I have not been paid for a review. 
That being said, I really, REALLY love this incredible box. 
Free Bunni is a quarterly subscription that will send you full sized products ($130 value) for $70. Before anyone hesitates, let's do the math:

4 boxes x $70/box is $280/year (or $17.50/mo). If you're paying an average of $25 every month for other boxes, that's $300/year. Right there you're saving money.

You also get 20 full size vegan products/year compared to a few handfuls of minis. ๐Ÿ’ธ

Finally, my review! Here is my full nightly face routine for the past 2 months: *Companies tagged*

Green Tea & Camellia Facial Cleanser: I've been using this cleanser nightly and it's like nothing I've ever tried. It gets super bubbly and fizzy and smells fresh. It's a really unique cleanser that helps take off my makeup every night. It kind of tickles actually and is fun to use. ๐Ÿ˜Š

Flower Water Toner: Next step is this toner. I'm absolutely obsessed with toners (hyperpigmentation) and this is by far THE BEST one I've ever tried. ๐Ÿ˜ญ Definitely my favorite box product. The difference in redness of my skin makes me feel good about myself.  It helps take off leftover makeup too. I also apply before makeup.

Physical Attraction Serum: I use this sparingly since hydration isn't big concern. ๐Ÿ’ฆ The colder months are drying out my cheek areas (no clue why) but this helps revitalize my skin.

Coffee Bean Caffeine Eye Cream: This is such a neat product. I use this every night under my eyes to reduce puffiness. ๐Ÿ‘€ It helps with dark circles too, though that's not a concern for me. It smells incredible! โ˜•

Lavender Lemon Lotion: I use this everyday because my hands get really dry. ๐Ÿ‘ It's creamy and thick and soaks in beautifully. I usually don't use it for my face, but I will in place of the serum if I'm in the mood.

Do I recommend: YES! โœ…

Thank you SO MUCH to @freebunni for this opportunity. I've been using these on a daily/nightly basis the past 2 months and my skin makes me feel  so  beautiful.๐Ÿ‡ #mindovermango #gifted

I'm so excited to share...

I can say that I have tried quite a few face washes and mists over the past 2.5 years. So far, Iโ€™ve pretty much enjoyed all that Iโ€™ve tried. That being said, I can say that @lather has been my longest face wash that I have used on a consistent basis. โณ I partnered with LATHER for this post to give an honest review of their products in exchange for a discounted price. ๐Ÿ‡ *Unedited photos. I am wearing mascara, brow powder, and lip stain.*
LATHERโ€™S products are botanically based. ๐ŸŒฟ Their cleansing milk contains oat protein and sweet almond oil that helps to condition skin, while their face mist contains algae and witch hazel extract to clean and tighten pores. Being that it is also vegan and cruelty-free, I decided that it would likely be a no-brainer to test out. ๐Ÿฐ (Shout out to @joinpalm as well for the opportunity to do so)!
My skin has cleared up and more importantly has stayed clear since using these products on a nightly basis. ๐ŸŒ I tried a couple of other new products this month to break up the routine and now kind of regret it. I started breaking out again around my chin, jaw line, and under my cheek bones after straying from my LATHER routine. โ€ข
I like using this face wash every night, especially because it does a great job at removing leftover makeup from the day. My routine is as follows: 1๏ธโƒฃ Remove makeup with makeup wipe. 2๏ธโƒฃ Apply face cleanser and massage on my face and across my closed eye lids + lashes. 3๏ธโƒฃ Rinse, apply additional products as needed, and finish off with spritzing my LATHER face mist all over my face and across my neck and chest for a refreshing coolness on the skin. ๐ŸŒฌ
Would I recommend these products and this company to a friend. YES! ๐Ÿฅฐ Absolutely. Iโ€™ve thoroughly enjoyed using these goods and look forward to my nightly routine after coming home from the day. I can only speak highly of this company and have had great experiences with their products. ๐Ÿ’˜
Thank you so much to @lather and @joinpalm for this wonderful chance to find new skincare products that have been working wonders on my skin! ๐Ÿ˜ธ I think Iโ€™ll continue sticking to my routine for a while. ๐Ÿ˜† #mindovermango #collab

I can say that I...

I am so incredibly blessed to be apart of the cruelty-free community! ๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿ‘งโ€๐Ÿ‘ฆ @petitvour has once again graciously gifted me their vegan monthly beauty box, this time for August 2019. ๐Ÿ“ฆ I've uploaded an "unboxing" on my IGTV of the goods that came in this month's box. ๐Ÿ“บ For as low as $15 a month you can receive up to $50 worth of vegan, non-toxic, and cruelty-free beauty products to your doorstep. ๐Ÿฐ If you love what you received, you can buy duplicates or full sizes of any products you received in your box on their website.
Featured in this month's box:
1๏ธโƒฃ Lengthening Organic Mascara by @harvestnaturalbeauty - $18
2๏ธโƒฃ Pa'akai Cleansing Cream by @honuaskincare - $12
3๏ธโƒฃ Essential Radiance Toner by @dermae- $2.50 
4๏ธโƒฃ Blemish Clearing Serum by @juicebeauty - $15
5๏ธโƒฃ Envie Desoir Natural Perfume by Petite Histoire (@becomealover) - $5
6๏ธโƒฃ Noir by Antonym Eyeliner by @antonymcosmetics - $19
Total box value: $71.50
Total savings: $56.50
Check out my IGTV for a real inside look at this month's box to learn more about the products and my thoughts and experiences about them all. ๐Ÿ‘€๐Ÿ“บ๐Ÿ’˜๐Ÿ‡
Thank you so much to Petit Vour for your kindness and generosity to the animals, and also to this Mango, too! ๐Ÿ™ƒ๐Ÿฅญ #mindovermango

I am so incredibly blessed...

Portugal Pinup. ๐ŸŽ€๐Ÿ‘™๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น #mindovermango

Portugal Pinup. ๐ŸŽ€๐Ÿ‘™๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น #mindovermango

Drone shot from my holiday (as everyone outside the US seems to call it) on Sao Jorge Island in the Azores! ๐ŸŒ I shot this on my DJI Mavic 2 Pro, who right now is getting the love he needs in the DJI repair shop because I crashed my baby while away on vacation a day after this image was shot. ๐Ÿ˜ญ That being said, I'm so incredibly grateful for the amazing footage I was able to capture prior to the accident! ๐Ÿ›ฉ #fromwhereidrone #womenwhodrone #mindovermango

Drone shot from my holiday...

I went on this crazy bathing suit shopping spree right before my trip to the Azores because I hadn't bought myself a bathing suit for the past 6 years. ๐Ÿ˜ญ So if I'm doing my math correctly, 5 new bathing suits = 30 more years until I need to buy another one. ๐Ÿงฎ #mindovermango

I went on this crazy...

I couldn't decide which background to choose, so I chose all of them. ๐Ÿค— I wanted to introduce some of you to a product (and company) you probably have never heard of before. @hairshotsbyamy is a unique hair goods company who has created their own "hair perfumes" that are meant to be used to freshen up your locks when they need it. ๐Ÿ‘ง

This company states that "hair shots starts where shampoo leaves off". ๐Ÿ›€ Often times the scent of our shampoos vanishes after washes, and during our workouts, our heads naturally get sweaty (and maybe a little bit smelly too). ๐Ÿ˜ท This heat activated hair fragrance helps to #sweetenyourlocks and keeps your hair smelling fresh when you need it most. 
Amy was cool enough to send me over two of her bottles (of course I had to try a mango scent) that I was able to bring with me on my vaca to the Azores recently. ๐Ÿ›ฉ I figured with the heat and vaca activities, I might need a little refresh and I'm thankful that these cute bottles gave my hair a much needed boost. ๐Ÿ™‚

They come in all kinds of scents, so you can pick what you may like best. I need to say that the Asian Green is probably my favorite, and I highly recommend trying out this scent if you're in the market for a new type of hair product with benefits. ๐Ÿ๐Ÿฅญ Thank you Amy for letting me give your products a test run. I'm grateful and look forward to using my new hair shots again in the future! ๐Ÿ™‚ #mindovermango #hairshots

I couldn't decide which background...

Bringing Back Embroidery

For The Love of Embroidery

Welcome back to another blog post here at Mind Over Mango. Today we will be talking about my vintage Kathy Che Peter Pan blouse, which features an elegant detail of embroidery that I’m currently obsessed with. I’ll also talk about how I decided to style it with a few new pieces I recently picked up, along with a little DIY accessory that I created as well.

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Why I Love Vintage Clothing

First off, I think we have established at this point that I LOVE vintage clothing. The thought of owning a preloved item that is in great condition makes me feel good. In today’s world, “reduce, reuse, recycle” should be a motto we all live by. Of course, buying or having new clothing is still okay sometimes. What’s important is that you make sure that the new pieces you own are ones you will love for a very long time, and are made of good quality materials that will last.


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The best kind of donated clothing are the ones that have stood the test of time. You may eventually decide to donate some of your clothes. By choosing good quality materials, it ensures that they will less likely end up in a dump somewhere in the world. Plus, someone else would be happy to find a beautifully aged item. When I stumbled across my “new used” blouse for only $3.99 at the thrift store, I was ecstatic.

Model Photoshoot Interesting Background Textures

1980’s Fashion

This blouse dates back to the 1980’s, one of my favorite vintage eras of clothing. Surprisingly, the 80’s had a lot of different fashion trends. People tend to associate them only with bright colors and crazy patterns. In reality that was only a fraction of what an entire decade’s fashion had held! The 1980’s saw a phase of delicate pieces that seem to have been buried with time. 2018 has been slowly adopting the born-again trend of bringing back embroidery. Coupled with a rebirth of statement collars, digging through your local thrift store racks can prove to be very trendy and well worth it!

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Why Should We Bring Embroidery Back?

Embroidery has been an age-old art dating back from the 5th – 3rd century BC. Even the Ancient Greeks credit the Goddess Athena for bestowing the art of embroidery, and even weaving, another fiber art as well. So basically, it’s so old that it’s cool. Who doesn’t like wearing some form of history on their clothing? Also, embroidery has been a very undervalued art form, and has not been given the rightful attention it deserves. By sporting embroidery anything, you’re bringing light to an art form that has been underappreciated. It wants attention and it wants it now (and so do you)!

Vintage Blouse Peter Pan Collar Embroidery

What I Wore

Embroidered Blouse

As you will see, an oversized and floppy Peter Pan collar takes the stage, with an intricate cut in the fabric as well. The twists and turns that the cuts and embroidery create really set this piece apart from your typical white collared blouse. It is finished off with faux pearl beaded details that carefully line the edges, making it an extremely elegant blouse that can be played up or down. I would say it was definitely a successful find of mine! Since it is vintage, I linked below examples of how you can similarly recreate this blouse on a budget.

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Straight Leg Trousers

As many of you know, aside from my obsession with vintage clothing, my other obsession is COLOR BLOCKING. I can’t get enough of it. So when I brought this dainty white blouse home, I knew it needed that real POP of color to make it my own. I decided that pairing it with my hot pink trousers by Adrianna Papell would easily make a bold statement, without going overboard (let’s face it though, I love going overboard). The material has a wonderful stretch, one of my favorite qualities in my never-ending search for skinny jeans! ๐Ÿ‘–

Mix. No 6 DSW Mint Green Heels


Now, time for accessories! I threw on my Mix No. 6 mint green heels, along with my cute DIY grey faux fur puffs that I clipped onto each heel. ๐Ÿ‘ก I will make a blog post about how I made these (which by the way, it cost near to nothing to create). I find that adding a puff detail is flirty and fun; it can completely transform a pair of shoes within seconds!

Martha's Vineyard Boutique Handbag Purse

Crossbody Handbag

Finally, I slung a preppy tartan checkered crossbody over my shoulder to finish off the look. I had bought this purse on Martha’s Vineyard one day, and finally, put it to good use!

So that about wraps up this week vintage outfit! Thank you for joining me as always and for checking out my blog. I can’t wait to show you what’s next on the fashion agenda!

xoxo Sara

Shop This Outfit!

ASOS White Collar Blouse
Detachable Embroidered Collar
Adrianna Papell Trousers
Mint Green Pumps
Arctic Fox Virgin Pink
Arctic Fox Aquamarine
ASOS White Collar Blouse
Detachable Embroidered Collar
Adrianna Papell Trousers
Mint Green Pumps
Arctic Fox Virgin Pink
Arctic Fox Aquamarine
ASOS White Collar Blouse
Detachable Embroidered Collar
Adrianna Papell Trousers
Mint Green Pumps
Arctic Fox Virgin Pink
Arctic Fox Aquamarine


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Come chat with me! I'd love to hear from you!

  • Katie
    July 3, 2018

    Oh I love this blouse! I’ve got lucky too at my local thrift. ๐Ÿ’ฐ I agree about the point of making sure your new clothes are good quality. I personally have a hard time letting go of anything! ๐Ÿ˜‚ But when I do I want it to be in good condition for the next. Lovely post! x

    • Mind Over Mango
      July 3, 2018

      Thanks love! It’s definitely one of my favorites. I know what you mean! I recently let go of quite a few things to make room for new wardrobe, and everything was luckily still is great shape. I like offering it to friends first and then donating what’s left! ๐Ÿ˜ƒ Thank you for your comment, Katie!

  • Ashlee Morgan
    July 6, 2018

    Do you have any vintage brands that are your favorite? If so could you make a blog post about them someday? I’d love to know. ๐Ÿ˜ƒ I like the color contrasts btw!

    • Mind Over Mango
      July 8, 2018

      Hi Ashlee! Thanks for asking and for your comment. I actually do! Much of my vintage wardrobe is from a lot of completely different brands; it can be hard to find pieces from the same company sometimes. However, there are a few that I have collected from the same designer, and I can definitely write about this in a blog piece someday! I love the idea. Thank you! P.S. I’m glad you enjoy the color combos as well. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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