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Bottle Bronze

Happy October! October is my favorite month of the entire year! Making it even more special is that my very good friend, LEH, is getting married next Saturday. I’m so honored to be a part of their wedding (guess which bridesmaid I am on her bridesmaids post!). I also think our bridesmaids dresses are super cute:

They do, however, show a lot of leg and arm. Which wouldn’t normally be a problem, except I am paler than pale. I’ve always been pale – save for a semester in college I spent tanning. My nickname in jr. high was Albino. I’ve learned to live with this – somewhat. However, I recently tried on the dress (to make sure it fit) and noticed it made my legs look grayish. Not pleasant. Time to hit the (self-tan) bottle.

I began using self-tanner in 7th grade, with mixed results. After one poor attempt, classmates started calling me Toasted Marshmallow. Clever. I’ve always used drug store brands (Loreal, Jergens, etc), but I’d heard good things about St. Tropez.

I purchased St. Tropez Bronzing Mousse from Sephora. It was $30 for this 4oz bottle. Definitely a splurge, but I’d heard good things and needed great results.

Before:

Process:

It’s definitely a mousse and is tinted so you can see where you’re putting it. The smell is so much better than most – more like aloe vera rather than chemicals. It dries incredibly fast. I can feel it on my skin, but it doesn’t feel sticky. In the product reviews, some people noted it rubbing off on their clothes, so I’m wearing shorts to be safe. So far I’ve just done my legs, in case it’s awful. I could always wear nylons at the wedding but can’t really do anything about stripy arms! I would recommend using mitts when applying, which I have never bothered with. I used bare hands and really had to scrub to get all the product off. I even used a body scrub to make sure I got it all!

And after:

[Ok, so here was where I was going to wow you with my golden legs]

The color was very subtle and when I took a shower Sunday morning, it almost all washed off! I had read that some of it would in reviews, but I thought I’d still have some color! [Note: I double checked this was a tanner and not a temporary bronzer]. Balls! I started this post on Saturday and have been so mad about it, I couldn’t finish this post until now. Hoping to try again tonight and possibly use less lotion beforehand.

Tomorrow night we’re going to Game 4 of the Cardinals/Phillies NLDS series! That should sufficiently distract me from my paleness 😉

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Learn from my Experience

Our apartment was broken into in July. Everyone was ok, but all of our electronics and my jewelry box – including both of my grandmothers’ wedding rings – were stolen. I did have renter’s insurance, but I’ve learned a few lessons in the claims process. So to all you renters out there, I impart my hard-earned knowledge (I imagine this could also apply to homeowners, but never having owned a home or homeowners’ insurance, I really can’t say):

1) Have renter’s insurance. This is key, even if you think you live in a safe neighborhood with an alarm and a 2 ton guard dog, you could still have a fire or flood. Renter’s insurance is usually pretty cheap. Mine was $13 per month.

2) Spend the extra money on replacement coverage (which I did not). Otherwise, your insurance company will take their low-balled value of your items and subtract depreciation (probably about 30%, depending on your items).

3) If you live with someone to whom you are not married, you should each have renter’s insurance or be sure your roommate/live-in partner’s stuff is covered under your policy. Preferably, get this assurance in writing from your insurance company. Do not take your agent’s word that “they can’t technically prove whose stuff belongs to whom” for granted. Unless you really don’t care about your roommate’s possessions…

4) If you own something particularly expensive or priceless (i.e. jewelry, antiques, family heirlooms) get it appraised and specifically added to your policy.

5) Keep detailed records of everything you own that you may need to claim. Ideally, you should have:

  • Receipt
  • Picture of the item, including a picture of the serial number or other identifying information (e.g. engraving on jewelry)
  • Owner’s manual or other documentation of the item (i.e. model number, brand, etc – the receipt may not identify this)
When making a claim, you will need to provide documentation of your asset. You probably won’t need everything I listed, but the more support you have, the better. The serial numbers can also be helpful to have if the police ever find your item. Final tip on documentation:
  • Store your electronic documentation (pictures, word files with descriptions, etc.) on a cloud service – Shutterfly, google docs, facebook (you can make them private to you only). This way, if your computer gets stolen/your house burns down, you could still access your documentation.
It may seem a little paranoid, or you may feel like nothing will every happen to your stuff, but with a little preparation you will have one less thing to stress about if something bad does happen. Stay safe out there, friends!