Five Things // January 6th, 2017

I figured I would start out 2017 by trying to start something that I have been thinking about for a while… starting a blog. I think the biggest thing that was holding me back from finally biting the bullet and starting one was what to write about? So I settled on the idea of sharing 5 things I am currently into/obsessed with/in love at the moment.

I love when people ask for my advice on where to eat, what to read or watch next, or my opinion on a beauty product. What I love even more is when they actually take my advice.

Instead of babbling about why I am here, I am going to start with the first 5 things that I am currently into and loving this week!

Beauty // Glossier Balm Dotcom

For Christmas I decided to give myself the gift of skin care. I got some great items from Glossier, but I am only going to discuss one product this week that I am already deeply obsessed with! Glossier’s Balm Dotcom which is a universal skin salve which doesn’t sound like anything too impressive, but I actually got complimented while wearing it and keep in mind this is just a non-colored, non-scented balm! I also put a little bit on top of my cheekbone and on my eyelids, which I saw in a YouTube video. By putting this salve in these unexpected places, it just adds this subtle highlight and glow to a “no makeup” look!

I usually have a big can of Bag Balm in my bathroom, which is part of my nighttime routine. This is literally an oldie but goodie! It was originally designed for chapped cow utters, but now a lot of people in the beauty community swear by it for curing the driest chapped lips! I put a healthy amount on my lips every night before I go to sleep and I wake up with the most baby soft lips! Another take away to use Bag Balm is if you are going to be applying lipstick, put a generous amount on your lips a few minutes before you applying lipstick. Right before applying, wipe it off and apply your lipstick and you will notice the color sticks so much better. But since I am traveling overseas in a month, carrying a can of Bag Balm around isn’t the most convenient. I decided to buy the Balm Dotcom from Glossier, which is both travel friendly and works wonders!

 

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Glossier Balm Dotcom

Fashion // Adidas Superstar Stan Smith editions

A pair of shoes that I bought last year around February, I finally found myself wearing a lot lately; my Adidas Superstars Stan Smith editions. First of all, I feel like I am throwing it back to my middle school days, when I am wearing them, and second, they are SO comfortable. These shoes add an element of cool to any outfit, without trying too hard, which I am all about! I get a lot of compliments when I wear them since they are not the “classic” Superstars and you don’t see this version of them too frequently.

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Stan Smith Adidas

Entertainment // La La Land

Over the holidays, my mom, aunt and I went to the Cedar Lee Theater, a little gem in Cleveland Heights. I highly recommend everyone to see a movie there if you are in the Cleveland area. The essence of the theater contains an air of nostalgia. We saw La La Land with Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling, which I had been dying to see since I saw the previews a little while back. By far one of the best movies I have seen this year! It was a film that felt like a classic movie (the ones where they flawlessly incorporate song and dance into every other scene) even though it was set in present day. It has a healthy dose of singing and dancing, but I feel like if musicals aren’t really your thing, you can still appreciate this movie since it has a plot that will keep you on your toes. What I personally think makes a good movie is when I can’t predict the ending, and this one I didn’t see coming.

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Food // Gluten Free

So I don’t have a particular food or restaurant this week, but I want to share my current diet which I has the potential to influence my future choices in this section.

Starting a few weeks ago, I decided to change-up my diet by trying to cut out gluten. I am not allergic to it but I wanted to see if I was sensitive to it. Within the first 2 weeks, I started feeling the difference. I felt less bloated all the time and more alert/focused. I am not going to lie… Over the holidays I did cheat and I had a few Christmas ales because, I mean, it’s pretty hard in my family to turn those down with the cinnamon sugar rims! But after two drinks, I already felt gross (but it could have been because I had 2 Christmas ales, we all know how strong those are), and continued to feel bloated the next day. Trying to do a gluten-free diet is difficult and there are a lot of trial and errors with different foods, but I want to continue sticking to this diet for as long as I can or feel necessary.

 

Decor // Sweater Knit Blanket

With the winter months upon us and since my bedroom, I swear, rejects any heat, I got an additional blanket for my bed. When I was at Target a few months ago during one of my weekly trips, I found this gray, knit sweater blanket and I fell in love, but I couldn’t justify spending 50 dollars on a blanket. During all the holiday sales, I was able to get it for $29.99! It is heavy enough to add additional warmth under my duvet, but I also think it will be great during the summer months to use it alone during the cooler nights.

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Sweater Knit Blanket

 

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Author: Alison

Hello! My name is Alison and welcome to my 5 things! I am a twenty-something on the better half of 25 (wink wink), a born and raised Clevelander and proud to call C-Town home. I am simply just sharing my opinions and views with you in the hopes to inspire you to try some of my favorite things. So sit back, buckle up, subscribe to this blog, and take this journey with me.

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