Recent Skincare Changes and My Thoughts on Beautycounter

October 15, 2018

I can't believe I'm about to type these words, but here goes nothing: I have become a Beautycounter consultant!  Believe me, no one is more shocked than I am.  Despite the preconceived notions I had because I didn't think safe beauty products could actually be effective, I am officially now a huge fan! 

For those of you who aren't familiar, Beautycounter is a safe skincare and makeup company that prohibits the use of over 1,500 harmful or questionable ingredients when formulating their products.  (You can view The Never List here.)  Up until recently I figured that safe meant that all of the ingredients that make a product work must have been taken out.  Now, after using a few Beautycounter products for a while now and being happier with my skin than I've ever been before, I realize that that's not the case at all.  I've now learned that lots of the products I've been using include chemicals banned in Europe and generic terms like "fragrance" often mean that the scent has been engineered.

Truthfully, I have always been skeptical of MLM (multi-level marketing) companies but in the recent months I've realized that my snap judgement was unfounded on many levels.  So long story short, here is how I learned about the company: a friend who is a consultant sent me some Beautycounter samples and out of sense of obligation I figured I should order at least one thing since she went to the trouble of sending me samples.  I am so glad I did!
I decided to try out Dew Skin first, which is a tinted moisturizer.  I rarely wear foundation here in Hawaii but I do need a little coverage, so a tinted moisturizer with SPF is my typical go-to.  The Philosophy stuff I had used previously was discontinued so I figured it was time to try something new.  Well, I'm hooked!  I wear shade no. 3 and mix it with a little Olay daily moisturizer to thin it out a bit.  (I'll try swapping out my old Olay go-to once I use up this current bottle, I don't want to waste perfectly good face lotion.)

Dew Skin was the only Beautycounter product I used for about 4 months, until I ran out of my drugstore eye cream and night cream.  I decided to splurge and see if safer products without dangerous chemicals actually worked.  Beautycounter products are on the pricier side but as I've entered my 30s (I'll be 32 next month) I've realized that good skin care truly is a worthy investment.  So for my second order I decided to try the following products:

I've been alternating between using either the peel or the oil every night for about a month now.  Well let me tell you, after 2 weeks of using these skincare products at night I started receiving DMs on Instagram asking for my new makeup routine...yet nothing in my makeup routine had actually changed!  In fact I'm actually wearing less makeup than I did a few months ago (here is a blog post where I share my newer beauty habits and here is a blog post where I share the makeup I currently wear).  My face is simply brighter, my melasma has faded a bit, and I honestly feel like I'm glowing.  All with safe products I can use while still nursing my 13 month old.

I have yet to try any Beautycounter makeup but ordered a couple items to try and they should be arriving in the mail any day now.  I'll share what I think once I get a chance to use them!  It looks like there are so many beautiful options and they all seem to get really great reviews.

So here is my plan: I'm going to continue using the non-Beautycounter products I currently have and then will try a Beautycounter swap once I run out of each item.  If one of my "non-safe" products works better then I will happily continue using it, but if a Beautycounter product works just as well or better I'll report back here to let you know what I think.  In my opinion safe products are only useful if they actually work, so I plan on being totally honest and transparent with you all. 

Ok so all of that said, if you think it's time for you to try Beautycounter I'd love to be your consultant!  Feel free to leave a comment here, shoot me an email at or you can shop on the website using any of the links I included in this post.  I'm still learning but would be happy to answer any questions you have.  Sharing things I love with you all is one of my favorite thing about blogging, so that's the reason I signed up to be a consultant. 

If you can only try one product (and if you want to look a little more fresh-faced)...I would absolutely recommend trying the Overnight Resurfacing Peel.  You put it on a few minutes before your eye cream and night cream and you don't have to wash it off.  So simple!  You use it 3-4 times a week and it has seriously worked wonders on my face.  Even Tom thinks my skin looks brighter, and it takes a big change for a male to notice something like that haha :)     

Do you use Beautycounter already?  Do you have any must-try products?  Please let me know because I'm officially hooked!

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Life Lately, 10/5/18

October 5, 2018
Hi everyone!  Just wanted to stop by and share some things that I'm really into these days.  I haven't done a round-up post in a while so here are 5 random things I currently like: a bag, a tv show, a recipe, an Etsy shop, and blue and white ombre pumpkins.  What has caught your eye lately?

tuckernuck monogrammed bag

-My birthday is coming up next month and Tom just ordered me a present that I have been wanting for months and months.  It's this big monogrammed weekender bag that has such a timeless look and it will be perfect for weekend trips or as a carry-on bag.  I got the bag exactly how it looks here, with the classic round monogram.  I can't wait to use it once he gives it to me on my birthday!  And yes, a little birdie (me) told him about it to help him with the gift buying process.  Normally I can't think of anything when he asks what I'd like for birthdays and Christmas so I've been keeping a running list whenever something catches my eye.  This light blue Vineyard Vines Yeti is also on the list (we'll see if Tom reads my blog or not haha).

-We're currently watching Patriot on Amazon Prime and it is such a good show.  The blurb about the show is: "to prevent Iran from going nuclear, intelligence officer John Tavner must forgo all safety nets and assume a perilous "non-official cover" -- that of a mid-level employee at a Midwestern industrial piping firm."  Basically every possible thing that could go wrong does go wrong while he's on this assignment, and he just takes it without complaining and fixes things over and over again.  It's incredibly well done and even though it's a drama it's also really funny.  This is a genre of show I'm not typically drawn to, but Tom had already watched all of it and thought it was so good that he's now making me watch it with him.  Seriously, it's amazing.  If you're looking for a show to watch with your spouse I'd definitely recommend Patriot.  There is currently only one season but I really hope they make a second one.


-My childhood friend Marianna recently opened an Etsy shop sharing some of her beautiful calligraphy.  The shop is called Penn and Parchment (her oldest's name is Penn) and she has a wonderful assortment of beautifully written Bible verses.  I especially love this one of Proverbs 31:25 that says "she is clothed with strength and dignity and she laughs without fear of the future" and this one of John 1:16 that says "grace upon grace."  She also can do custom calligraphy, so if you're looking for something unique please keep this sweet momma of 3 in mind!  

-A friend of mine shared this recipe that they tried recently and I have not been able to stop thinking about it since I saw it.  It's sheet pan harissa chicken + veggies with lemon aioli from The Defined Dish.  It has all the roasted veggies I love especially in the fall (even though it isn't really fall here in Hawaii): roasted cauliflower, brussels sprouts, carrots and onions and the fact that it's flavored with harissa is just icing on the cake.  I've been craving that stuff lately for some reason and cannot wait to try this out!

coastal fall decor

-I loved this post by Chelsea of Making Home Base about decorating seasonally without changing your home's color palette.  I mean, these blue and white pumpkins are perfection!

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Building a Timeless Fall Wardrobe

October 3, 2018

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Fall is such a fun time of the year for clothes.  I think my favorite weather is at the beginning of fall when it's cool enough to wear a sweater or long sleeves but warm enough to still wear shorts.  I'm living vicariously through all of you since it's a perpetual 85 degrees here in Hawaii (which I also love, don't get me wrong!), so I thought it would be fun to share the things that I think make a classic fall wardrobe that will never go out of style.  I own most of these pieces already (old versions mostly) but also included some new finds I'd definitely be wearing if I got to experience fall weather this year.  Happy fall and happy shopping everyone!  

1.  Open-Front Sweater Blazer.  This sweater is great because the blazer cut dresses up any outfit but it's actually a sweater so you still feel casual.  It works well paired with jeans and leggings and over any sort of simple top.  It's the layering piece of the season, in my opinion.  I have it in navy but it comes in a multitude of colors.  The camel or gray would be my next choices because they're so versatile and will never go out of style.  I have the Factory version and I'm obsessed.

2.  Chambray Button-Down Shirt.  Chambray shirts are a year-round essential in my opinion (always go for the lighter option).  They go great with a dark pair of jeans (long live the Canadian tuxedo!), leggings, shorts, a skirt... pretty much everything.  In wear weather I roll my sleeves so that they're above my elbows, and in cooler weather they look cute under a sweater or puffer vest.  I prefer ones without pocket flaps because those always get messed up in the wash and I hate ironing.  Here and here are two cheaper options.  

3.  Tan Suede Loafers.  I live in loafers in the fall.  They dress up everything you wear and look so cute with skinny jeans.  My tan pair with tassels is 5 years old and they're still a workhorse in my closet.  This tan pair is a great option if you need a good pair that'll last you for years.

4.  Large Pearl Studs.  My daily wardrobe almost always consist of a pair of small diamond studs or these large pearls that have really pretty gold detailing.  Julie Vos (a beautiful source for unique jewelry) sent me this pair for a blog post last year and I have continued to wear them all year long.  Pearls are always classic and will never go out of style.  The larger size makes a statement, but this style also comes in a smaller version if that's more your style. 

5. Align Crops.  These crops are the best because they are great for the gym and running but they also work really well as everyday leggings paired with boots, loafers or mules.  They seriously feel like you're wearing nothing and the high-rise is super comfortable.  I have them in navy and black but plan on buying this sage color soon.  (My normal lululemon size is a 6 but I size down to a 4 in these.)

6.  Reversible Herringbone Serape.  Oh how I wish I had a use for this in Hawaii, because it is gorgeous and looks so comfy and versatile!  The gray color would go with everything and I love the subtle herringbone pattern.  It's made by Barbour so the quality has got to be fantastic, yet it's only $99 (not bad for great outerwear).  By the way, I just had to look it up and a "serape" is a "shawl or blanket worn as a cloak in Latin America."  Learn something new every day!

7.  Solid Long-Sleeved Shirts.  These are my favorite long-sleeved shirts and I buy a new one every year.  They're cheap, they fit really well and I love the boatneck neckline.  Mustard is the color of the season but this also comes in a 12 other fun colors. 

8.  Slim Camel Sweater.  J.Crew Factory makes the Teddie Sweater every year and I probably have 10 of them.  They look great with everything!  Most of mine are the older 3/4 sleeve version but this year it looks like they're all long sleeved.  Camel goes with eeeeeeeverything

9.  Slim Navy Sweater.  This is actually J.Crew's version of the sweater listed above.  Navy is such a staple in my closet (though this sweater comes in lots of colors).  99% of the time I turn to it rather than black, so a solid navy sweater is an essential in my opinion.

10.  Striped Boatneck Shirt.  This is one of my favorite shirts that I own, and I've had it for years!  I always get compliments on it because it's simple and such a classic.  I wear it with white or blue denim shorts in the summer and with white or blue jeans in cooler weather.  I love pairing it with leopard print loafers.  I've also worn it tucked into a pencil skirt!

11.  Tassel Earrings.  These are my go-tos any time I want to wear statement earrings.  They come in a million colors but I think the pearl version is the most versatile.  Lisi Lerch sent me these for a blog post a couple years ago and they've been my favorite statement earrings ever since then!  They also now come in a mini version that is slightly smaller and $40 cheaper.  

12.  High-Rise Denim.  You can't beat high-rise skinny jeans, especially if you've had a baby.  We live in Hawaii so I'm not in the market for jeans at the moment but the second we move back to the land of seasons I plan on trying these Madewell jeans I've heard so much about.  For another option I always love J.Crew and that is where most of my jeans come from.  Oh and I bought 3 pairs of these Walmart jeans this summer and they are a great super-cheap version :)

13.  Cocoon Coat.  I got my version of this coat in 2013 when I lived in DC and I have worn it every fall and winter since then.  It looks good with everything, yet the cut is slightly dressy which ensures you don't look sloppy when you're all bundled up.  Comes in lots of colors but I like the traditional tan one.  If you need a good winter coat that will last you years and years I'd highly recommend this one.  Here is J.Crew Factory's version, which is a bit cheaper though it seems to not get the best reviews.

14.  Ruffle Neck Pullover.  I saw this shirt online and even though I don't need it right now I ordered it in both colors because I loved it so much.  It's sweatshirt material but it has subtle ruffles at the neck and wrists which dress it up a bit.  The gray version has chambray ruffles and the navy version has blue and white striped ruffles...both are so cute that I had to get them both!  It'll be darling (and comfy) with skinny jeans and I know it'll last for years and years.

15.  Twill Jacket.  These twill jackets are essentially the same every year and they are such a classic.  I've had the navy version for about 5 years and it's a great piece for fall and for spring (this year's navy version has a hood).  I'd love to add this mossy brown color to my collection but I already have the Old Navy version which is just as cute, though a tad more casual in my opinion.  The quilted version is a great alternative if you want something that will be a bit warmer.  I love layering these with a long sleeved shirt or a slim sweater.

16.  Leopard Print Shoes.  I love leopard print loafers or mules because they seriously go with everything and they're a great, yet subtle way to embrace such a classic pattern.  I like leopard paired with jeans, stripes, bright colors, brown, black, gray and camel...pretty much everything except navy blue.  My pair of loafers is super old from J.Crew but this mule pair is so nice.  Here is a cheaper loafer version that is just as cute.

17.  Striped Crew-Neck Sweater.  Blue and white stripes is my love language...I cannot get enough.  This one is only $26 and looks like it would be a perfect wardrobe staple.

Oh and if you do decide to order any of these items (or many of the things you happen to discover on my blog) I would appreciate it so much if you did so after clinking one of my links.  I put many hours and lots of work into these round-up posts and will make a tiny commission if you buy anything, but it won't cost you any extra.  Consider me your personal shopper!  You certainly don't have to but I would be very grateful.  By doing so it'll make all the work worthwhile and it'll allow me to compile this sort of post more often.  I love sharing fashion tips and finds with you but finding all the items and links takes more time than you may think.  Also, I'm on the app which makes shopping my outfits and things I share a breeze.  I'd love for you to follow me there (same username as my instagram handle: lifewithadashofwhimsy)!  Thank you for your support and for following along on all platforms.

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Stripes all Around

October 1, 2018

classic style

blue and white stripes

striped shirt (old, similar option) // white jeans (similar option) // tote c/o Crab & Cleek // monogrammed sandals // earrings (raffia no longer available but there are 3 other pretty colors) // Caroline's shirt // Caroline's bow

Oh stripes, I just can't get enough of you.  Stripes of any kind are great, but blue and white stripes speak straight to my heart.  There is something so classic and timeless about the pattern and I often dress the whole family in it because I simply can't help myself.

blue and white stripes

Today we are starting back with our monthly "Mommy Monday" posts, where a few other bloggers and I introduce you to a small business that we really love.  For this installment we are sharing Crab & Cleek, which is where my adorable French Sailor Shirt Tote is from.  They make canvas boat totes, tunics, and accessories that are a classic style lover's dream.  

blue and white stripes

I use canvas totes all the time (Hawaii has outlawed plastic bags at all stores), so I always have a few in my car and also use them for our frequent beach and pool trips.  Crab & Cleek has so many fun patterns on their totes, including ginger jars, flamingos, tennis balls, and even the iconic Grand Wagoneer, though the striped shirt one is obviously my favorite.  The one I have is a large but they also come in medium.  As you can see below, the large one is big enough for a one year old to fit in it :)

As far as my outfit goes, the shirt I have on is old from Forever 21 (can you believe it?) and the white jeans are from Walmart.  I love high-low outfits because it's proof that you really can find great pieces whatever your budget is.  This striped shirt (the ivory and navy option) looks almost exactly the same, if you want to snag a classic piece that will last you years and years.  The monogrammed Jack Rogers are one of my favorite pairs because I wore them with my wedding dress during our reception (which was almost 4 years ago!).  The earrings I have on are the raffia version, which unfortunately is no longer available.  I think they were only sold during the summer since raffia is such a summer texture, but they currently come in navy, gold or white, which would all be beautiful options for statement earrings.

Be sure to check out the blogs of the Mommy Monday ladies to see how they style their Crab & Cleek totes.  We are all moms and all have very different styles so it's fun to see other ways to use them!

Mireille of City Peach
Nina of The HSS Feed
Tiffany of Tiffany Style Blog
Amanda of The Penny Parlor
Mikaela of Mikaela J

Thanks to Crab & Cleek for sending me this tote.

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4 of My Go-To Dinners

September 26, 2018

jeans (similar) | loafers (old but these and these are similar) | shirt (old, similar)

I like to improvise in the kitchen but I also enjoy having a list of go-to recipes that I know are healthy and delicious.  So here are some of my favorites that I've found online that I turn to time and time again.

Ina Garten's Lemon Chicken Breasts.

When I cook chicken I almost always use this recipe.  It's lemony and garlicy and always turns out well.  I use boneless skinless chicken breast and normally just use extra lemon juice if I don't have a real lemon to zest.  I'll serve it with one of these prepackaged quinoa and brown rice packets I buy at Costco and a vegetable like sautéed zucchini, roasted brussels sprouts, roasted asparagus, or steamed broccoli.  Make sure to reserve the juices from the pan because that stuff is gold!  I drizzle it on the chicken and the rice and veggies and always save it and find a way to use it later on for another meal.

The next day, if I have leftover chicken, I'll often shred it and make chicken salad (loosely using this recipe from Plum Pie).  I place it on top of baby spinach or arugula and sometimes make a sandwich with it on whole wheat bread.  I normally use greek yogurt as the base but sometimes use a mix of avocado or mayonnaise too.  Walnuts, crasins, and apple are my favorite stir-ins.

The Forest Feast's Roasted Cauliflower and Corn Tacos.

If I could only recommend one cookbook it would be The Forest Feast.  And I'm not even a vegetarian.  It is my most-used cookbook and it's chock full of simple and delicious recipes and the entire book is beautiful.  This is one of my favorite recipes from it and I have been using it as a guide for years.  Even Tom who really doesn't like cauliflower loves these tacos.  Sometimes I'll make a similar version using sweet potatoes, sometimes I'll also add onions to the roasting pan, or sometimes I'll even add chickpeas.  It really is a very versatile meal and I just use whatever veggies we have available.  We top with greek yogurt, avocado, feta cheese and Texas Pete hot sauce.  If you've never eaten corn tortillas before make sure you don't skip heating them up in a skillet.  It's a very important step that only adds a little extra time.

Salmon with Sweet Chili Sauce.

We don't eat fish as often as we should but this is one of my go-to recipes for salmon.  The sweet and spicy sauce tastes so good on the fish and the veggies and it's super easy to make.  Sometimes I make the sauce and use on shrimp instead.  I love soba noodles (which this recipe calls for) but often substitute brown rice and quinoa packets from Costco.  Most of the time I'll also serve it with sautéed frozen mixed veggies (the stir fry vegetable blend from Costco is always in my freezer).

Michelle's Lowcountry Shrimp and Grits.

Ok so this meal is NOT healthy at all, but it is so delicious and I make it every couple of weeks as a special treat.  Growing up going to the beach in South Carolina has resulted in me having a very high standard for shrimp and grits.  I've tried countless varieties over the years, and you know what?  Once I discovered this shrimp and grits recipe even the most expensive restaurant dish does not even compare.  I normally just use frozen shrimp, use pinot grigio (what we drink) rather than Madeira, and sometimes use frozen bell peppers instead of poblano (they're difficult to find here for some reason).  I normally just used quick cook grits to save time, and I also typically just use whatever cheese we have for the grits.  (I actually cooked risotto the other day since we didn't have grits and it was a delicious substitute!)  Often I'll use freshly grated parmesan, sometimes I'll use gouda, and sometimes I'll use shredded Mexican-blend cheese.  You really can't go wrong.  If you've never tried shrimp and grits before I promise this is worth the effort.  Sure, it sounds weird but it has such a deep, complex flavor that is absolutely delicious!

   All images are from their respective websites and linked in the recipe titles.

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Marathon Training Update, 9/21/18

September 21, 2018
marathon training

shoes | shorts (old but this is the current version...only shorts I ever wear) | top (my favorite and I have 3 of them) | GPS watch (old but this is the current version)

I'm just about 10 weeks out from my marathon and lately I've been dealing with running a problem I've never faced before.  The little tendons on the top/outer part of my right foot hurt really badly and it's affecting me when I run and when I'm not.  When I flex my toes/foot it especially hurts.  I had to cut Wednesday's 7 miler short at 3 miles because I just didn't think it was worth trying to push through it.  This is incredibly frustrating because other than that my body feels strong and up to the training, but my foot is not on board.  I did a quick google search and it looks like it may be extensor tendonitis, which is caused by excessively tight calves.  My calves have always been a little tight so I'm going to try to stretch them a bit more and see if that helps.  I'm so bad about stretching but I guess I need to make it a priority now.  The only other thing I can think of that may have contributed to this is that I recently bought a new pair of shoes.  

As I've mentioned before, I ordered 2 new pairs of the running shoes that I've loved for nearly a year...and for some reason they seem to fit a little differently and are stiffer than my old pairs (this is the pair I just bought and this is the pair I loved and wore into the ground).  They look the same but the sole on the new version doesn't have as much give.  I've never been one to replace insoles but I decided to give it a shot because they just weren't as comfortable as they should have been.  I bought some athletic Dr. Scholl's insoles and replaced the ones that came in the shoes and they already feel a lot better.  My foot pain has subsided a bit and I'm hoping that this does the trick and that I won't have to try to find a completely new pair of shoes.  Finding the perfect pair of shoes is such a challenge!

Have any of you dealt with this foot problem before?  What did you do about it?

I mentioned on Instagram Stories last week but I'm actually competing in a triathlon this weekend!  It'll be a 600m swim, a 12 mile bike ride and then a 5k run.  I'm all set for the swim and the run but haven't been on my bike in 4 we'll see how this goes!  I plan on riding around a bit this afternoon to practice changing gears and clipping in and out with my bike shoes.  I've always wanted to do a triathlon in Hawaii and am so excited and nervous about it!  I wish I had spent time on the bike because I know I'm going to be humbled greatly, but oh well.  I know I can gut it out and just hope that I can make up some time once I get to the run.  This will be my 3rd triathlon but it has been about 5 years since my last one.  I'm skipping my marathon training runs this weekend (should do a 14 miler this Sunday) but I think the amount of time I'll be working out during the race should be about the same so it should be ok.  

I'll report back and will let you know how it goes and what I learn from the experience.  Any tips are welcome!  The big questions is what do I do with my hair?  I'm thinking a low ponytail that is braided so I can transition from swimcap to helmet to a running hat easily.  French braiding isn't an option because I can't do my own hair well enough haha

Happy weekend everyone!  


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The Hunt for the Perfect (and Affordable) Dining Chair Cushions

September 20, 2018
dining chair cushions

dining chair cushions | marble dining table (old from Crate & Barrel but this one is similar) | rug was purchased when I was deployed to Afghanistan

At long last, I'm back with a new post about decorating!  Our small, childproofed apartment doesn't really lend itself to many updates these days so the topics to write about are few and far between.  BUT, today I have a topic that has been years in the making.  

dining chair cushions

If you recall, I found the thrift store score of a lifetime back in 2015 before Jack was born.  I found a full set of Ballard Designs Chinese Chippendale chairs for $49 (total) and then repaired them and painted them myself.  (They're normally over $200 a piece!)  They came with some terribly ugly and dirty cushions that I immediately tossed in the trash.  And they have remained cushion-less ever since.  Here is the blog post about finding them, here is my post about making them over, and here is how I used them in our historic Fort Leavenworth, Kansas home.  (Also see the picture below.)

These chairs have made 3 moves since I found them and while really pretty and clean-looking without cushions they honestly haven't been very comfy.  Over Labor Day weekend I finally I decided it was time to find some cushions that were pretty but didn't break the bank.  And oh my gosh was that an endeavor.
If you Google "dining chair cushions" you will find countless beautiful options at Pottery Barn, Ballard Designs, Wayfair, Pier 1 Imports, etc. and the prices are astronomical.  Even for not very pretty ones.  I even searched Amazon and had no luck.  These navy blue ones with white piping were my ultimate dream but at $89 a piece I just couldn't do it.  I tried to order these affordable and nice looking cushions from Hayneedle but once I put in my Hawaii shipping address the website said it would cost $150 just for shipping, so I immediately tossed them out as an option.  (Hayneedle also sells them through the Walmart website...and Walmart touts free shipping...but once I put in my shipping address they were immediately marked as "sold out."  Definitely some shady stuff going on at Hayneedle.) 

After hours of searching I finally settled on the Stonewash Dasutti Chair Cushions from World Market.  We don't have World Market here in Hawaii so I really went out on a limb with these.  The tufting wasn't what I initially wanted and I wasn't sure what the color looked like in person (I prayed it didn't come across as purple) but the price was right ($16.99 a piece but $12.74 a piece with a Rewards Member discount) and shipping was only $25.  (Shipping is much cheaper to any place other than Hawaii.)  It came out to just under $100 total for the cushions and the shipping and they actually got here really quickly!  

dining chair cushions

I am so pleased with the design of these cushions and they do not look cheap at all.  They are very comfortable, fit the seat perfectly and I love the color so much!  My gut reaction was to buy navy cushions but honestly I think the coneflower blue is a perfect go-between for all the different shades of blue in my home.  These cushions also come in gray, cream, and some other nice colors so if you're in the market for some dining chair cushions I can whole-heartedly say that I recommend these.  Just be sure to spray them down with Scotch Guard to make them a bit more durable since you can't machine wash these. 

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