Guest Post // February 18th, 2017


Sidebar: I thought that it would be fun to have a guest post from one of my friends every once in awhile to switch things up. This week Eileen On wanted to share her 3 tips on loving yourself inside and out.

Hello beautiful humans, as Alison would say. As her first guest to blog on A5T, let me introduce myself. My name is Eileen and I have had the pleasure to work alongside and become friends with Alison the last couple of months. She has been a great mentor within the workplace and a sister figure outside of the 8 – 5 schedule. When Alison asked if I would be willing to share some tips on her blog, I was more than happy to, but there was one problem… I had no idea where to start!

The more I thought about the month of February, the more I wanted to write on the topic of love. Just to clarify, I am no love expert, but I do know a little bit about loving myself. Growing up, my mother has always told me, “You have to love yourself first before you can love anyone else.” Years later, I finally understand the meaning behind those inspiring words.

Tip #1: Loving Your Skin

Being able to love the reflection you see in the mirror starts with having clear skin! A couple weeks back, Alison and I talked about skincare and I realized I have been neglecting my skin by using the wrong products all these years. She suggested that I try this simple skincare routine and then build upon that foundation at a later time.


Start off with cleansing oil to remove makeup, rinse with warm water, and pat dry. Follow with a cotton pad and a little bit of micellar water to wipe off any remaining makeup. Finish up with a light moisturizer to lock it all in! It’s simple, easy, and the products are affordable. Even with my sensitive skin, I am happy to say these products are gentle yet cleansing. I can’t wait to try other products and take care of my skin the correct way!

Tip #2: Loving What You Eat

Nothing is hard about eating, but eating healthy is hard! During this time of year, chili is great for warming up your belly and it’s simple to throw together. Two years ago, I bought this cookbook from a non-profit, which I volunteered for, and have finally cracked it open. I can promise you this Santa Fe Chili is unique and you’ll go back for more! I can’t wait to try other dishes from “Recipes from Home: The Bethlehem Farm Cookbook.”

Santa Fe Chili

Yield: 8 servings

  • 3 ½  – 4 cups of dry beans (any type), soaked (OR 7 – 8 cups canned beans)
  • 1 onion
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 TB oil
  • 2 cans corn (fresh or frozen)
  • 28 fl. oz. diced tomatoes (fresh or frozen)
  • 2 packets of dry ranch seasoning
  • 2 packets of taco seasoning

Directions:

  1. Place the soaked beans in a pot. Add fresh water until it is about an inch above the beans. Bring to a boil, cover, and simmer about 75 minutes until tender.
  2. Drain beans (do this whether you are using canned or cooked beans)
  3. In a large pot, sauté garlic and onion in oil for a few minutes.
  4. Add remaining ingredients to a large pot.
  5. Bring to a boil. Turn down heat and simmer for 20 minutes.

Tip #3: Loving Who You Are

Having confidence in who you are is the most beautiful and the most attractive quality one can display. Whether it’s having confidence in an answer on a test or having confidence to talk to that cute guy across the room, it’s a quality that everyone admires. As easy as it is to talk about, building confidence cannot be set within a time frame, such as a New Year’s resolution. It is an on-going process, building from one stage to another. Love yourself and allow that confidence to light every room you enter!

Leaving you with these three tips, I hope that you learn to love yourself first!

With Love, Eileen O.

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Five Things // February 10th, 2017

Happy Friday wonderful people! If you are reading this right when it posted then I have already landed in Germany, hallo Deutschland! Yes, that is right I was lucky enough to get to go for 6 days on business! While getting ready for this trip I thought I would do a post on what things are important to me when I travel and what items I use. So why don’t we just dive right in!

So why don’t we just dive right in!

One // Comfort

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Whether I am on a short or long flight it is still important to me to try to be as comfortable as possible and that can mean different things for flights. For the that I am taking, I know that it is going to be a long overnight one so my comfort items I am bringing will cater to that. Probably my number one item is an eyemask (Amazon), I sleep better in complete darkness and I have an easier time falling asleep. Also aiding in the sleeping process are earplugs (Amazon), these are just as important! Especially if there are young children on the flight or chatty people around you, it’s good to have something to block out all the noise. A neck pillow (Amazon) adds much needed to support since I am so susceptible to stiff necks… they are the worse and I hate them. To round out this group I added a scarf (Abercrombie & Fitch, no longer available) which can have multiple uses. It can serve as a blanket for extra warmth or even as a makeshift neck pillow in case you forgot one or it is a short enough flight and you don’t want the extra items to haul around.

Two // Entertainment

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Entertaining yourself on a plane can be hard, especially for long flights. Sometimes your not in the mood to read what you brought or you’ve exhausted your Spotify playlists. That’s why I think it’s important to have a few options to entertain yourself. I have 2 books, one has short stories and one is a longer novel depending on my mood. I also have my Amazon Fire tablet with me where I have access to my audiobooks and some Netflix downloads (I downloaded the Crown and I am very excited to check it out). On my iPhone I downloaded a playlist of some of my favorite songs and a few episodes of my favorite podcast, My Favorite Murder (great dark comedy podcast, two thumbs way up). And we can’t forget the noise canceling Beats headphones my friend Gina lent to me for my travels; thanks Gina you’re the BEST!

Three // Skincare & Hygiene

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I want a few items to be easier to get to such as lotion, face wipes, lip balm, and my toothbrush & paste. Airplanes can be very drying as most of you know so having hand cream (Kiehl’s), face lotion (Nourish Organics) and lip balm (Glossier) is very helpful so my skin doesn’t feel dried out. Face wipes (Simple) are also great for longer flights to help you refresh a little after you’ve taken a long nap. And I don’t think I have to explain the toothbrush and paste (Marvis) too much. If you’ve slept for a couple hours this will help with any kind of dragon breath you might be facing, but also if it’s a short flight or you don’t feel like brushing your teeth on the plane a pack or gum will be sufficient enough until you get to your hotel room.

Four // Snacks

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Packing snacks are very important because first you may not get food on your flight (not even peanuts, sad face) or you do get a meal and it may, unfortunately, be something you don’t like. If you don’t feel like bring your own you can always get something while at the airport. I think to bring simple snacks are a great option because you don’t want to anything to upset your something and you also want to courteous to people around you and some smells might upset people.

Five // Staying Healthy

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I don’t know about you, but usually after I’ve been on a plane 9 times out of 10 I get some kind of bug. To help combat germs that circulate through that recycled air it is a good idea to bring some sort of antibacterial for your hands. Another great thing to have on hand are tissues! If it’s a cold plane ride and your nose is running you will be happy you have them or if you are in need of a napkin they will come in handy!

What is important to you when traveling?

 

Five Things // February 3, 2017

Happy Friday wonderful humans of the internet and if you can’t tell my the title of my blog and the title of this post, I am going to raving about 5 things I am into this week. So buckle up cause here we go!

One // Chinese New Year 

This past Saturday I had an opportunity to kick off Chinese New Year by eating delicious Dim Sum and watching the loin dance in Cleveland’s own Chinatown restaurant Li Wah. We had a small group of us eating all the deliciousness that Li Wah has and my friend Eileen was our tour guide for the day showing us just some of what Chinatown has to offer. If you are not familiar with Dim Sum, it is a style of Chinese cuisine where there are small bite-sized portions of food served in small steamer baskets or on small plates. Typically carts are pushed around a restaurant where people can order and get there meals right there and then. We started out our meal with Shumai (pork & shrimp dumplings), Har Gow (shrimp dumplings), and Tofu wrapped pork; I don’t think I can pick a favorite child out of these three, but if I had to it would probably be the Shumai. Our next round to taste was Cha Siu Bao (baked pork buns), Spring rolls (vegetarian). Now I am usually not the biggest spring roll fan but OH EM G… these were so delicious and the Cha Siu Bao was a little bun of pork happiness! To round out our meal Eileen thought it would be good to try a dessert, Dan Tat (egg custard tart). Now first let me start out by saying that I am not what you would call a dessert person, so with that being said I can’t say I was the biggest fan of of this egg custard tart. All of the goodness was accompanied by a pot of jasmine tea, we needed all the help we could get with digestion with all the food we ate!

Shout out to Eileen for sending me all the names of the food we tried that day!

Two // Search Party 

Does anyone need a new show to watch because I am volunteering TBS’s Search Party as tribute. This dark comedy is based around a missing girl that the main character Dory (Alia Shawkat from Arrested Development) “knew” back in college and she becomes obsessed at trying to find her. Do you like murder mysteries and satire at twenty-something hipster’s expense? Well then get ready to binge watch this 10 episode series and become instantly hooked! This is Nancy Drew for the millennial and I assure you, you will not be disappointed. Here is a nice tip, if you download the TBS app (how I am watching it) you can choose between the edited episodes on TV or the explicit one so you can get the full experience when someone drops F bombs.

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Three // Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate 

Is it possible that I have found the holy grail of nighttime skincare? Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate is a little miracle worker, I swear little esthetician elves come and give me a facial while I am sleeping. This nighttime oil claims to restore the appearance of skin by morning and I feel that my skin has seen an improvement since I have started using it. I am a big believer of using oils for overall skincare, I know there has been a lot of buzz around oils for the past year but it is with good reason. I don’t use this as an alternative for my moisturizer. I simply add about a dime size or less to my finger tips and pat into my skin after cleansing my face, wait for it to absorb a bit then follow up with my nighttime moisturizer. The lavender scent is very relaxing, it helps set the mood in my bedtime routine. There are other great uses for this product, just click on the image to what else Kiehl’s suggest!

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Queen of the Nighttime Skincare

Four // Topshop Robe 

If you are like me and can be happy living in a robe, if you had the choice, the let me introduce you to this buttery cloud of warm and coziness robe from Topshop. I was looking into getting a new robe since my cotton one was just not cutting it for the winter months. I wanted to feel warm and luxurious when I lounged around in my robe for hours after my shower, so began my hunt. I really wanted a “I stole this from a hotel” look to my new robe and I just so happen to find it at Nordstrom. The off white color with navy blue piping was just what I was looking for, although the varsity lettering Not a Morning Person across the back isn’t may favorite part of it the pros of this robe thoroughly out way the one con.

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Check it out at Nordstrom!

Five // Nail Polish Top Coat

30 seconds to a dry fresh painted hand of nails, sounds like a myth right? WRONG. I was at Ulta this past week to pick up a few things I was running low on and one of them so happen to be a top coat for my nails. I usually buy Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Fast Dry top coat (which I do really like and I think it dries really quick), but I decided that I was feeling extra rich that day and decided to shell out the extra dollar it cost to upgrade to the top coat in a box, Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Anti Chip Top Coat. What is the difference you might ask while my usual top coat (the first one I mentioned) is an extension of the Fast Dry line, its fast drying and with the great applicator brush its simple to apply. The cons are that I usually have one or more chipped nails by the next day. The fast drying anti chip top coat that I just bought is also fast drying, but in comparison to the first it’s FAST FAST, 30 seconds and I felt comforting not babying my nails. From what I can tell the anti chip claim on the box is legit, the picture below is 4 days after I painted them!

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Five Things // January 27, 2017

Hello wonderful humans of the internet and happy FriYAY! Is it too early to kick back and relax with a glass of wine and Netflix? No? Okay then, I guess I will just share 5 things I have been into lately instead.

One // New Beauty Products

Over the past week I have acquired some new products I am excited to try out! I have added to my Glossier addiction, and I think it’s safe to say its becoming problem.

Hello, my name is Alison and I have a Glossier problem. I order their Stretch Concealer in Medium,  Generation G Matte Lipstick in the shade Cake, and yet another Balm Dotcom in the flavor Coconut. I think I am going to do a post very soon reviewing all of the Glossier products that I have acquired over the past month or so.

Another new product that I just got and started using is the Kristen Ess’s The One Signature Shampoo & Conditioner that just launched exclusively at Target. Both are 10oz. bottles for $10 each, so not too bad if you are used to spending a little more for your haircare products. This was the only shampoo and conditioner pair that was part of this new line and from what the bottle reads this is for all hair types. This is supposed to be lightly clarifying but safe for everyday use and weightlessly moisturizing which is good if you have finer hair. I like that this is sulfate-free but claims to give a good lather if that is important to you. The jury is out on the scent, although it has a very high-end salon smell once your hair is dry, I don’t know how I feel about it when I am washing it.

Two // Split 

Over the past weekend My mom and I went to see the movie Split starring James McAvoy (according to my mom, that’s her man). What can I say about this movie other wow… just WOW! It was such a well done psychological thriller, as in sitting on the edge of my sit covering my mouth with my hands because I cannot believe the amazing plot unfolding before me, psychological thriller. McAvoy plays a man who suffers from DID (dissociative identity disorder) and has 23 different personalities residing inside him. He kidnaps 3 girls in preparation for a 24th personality to surface. I highly recommend seeing this movie and basically hooks you right in from the start.

Three // EyeBuyDirect

I believe it was the day before Christmas Eve (or Christmas Eve Eve, if you are a Friends fan) I got my 2 little packages with my brand new glasses from EyeBuyDirect and something tells me there will be more little packages from them in the future.

If you read last week’s post where I talk about how I discovered my Lo & Sons bag, I also discovered personally EyeBuyDirect on my Pinterest feed as well. Again I did what I always do, stalk a company through Instagram, see what what people tagged them in and how their glasses were looking IRL. First of all I am a big believer in not paying an arm and a leg for glasses so when these eyeglass companies began popping up I was all for trying them out. I did the home try on with Warby Parker and everything I picked I wasn’t very crazy about once I got to try them on. Then I tried Zenni and I actually have 3 eyeglasses and 1 prescription sunglasses that I really like. But there was something about EyeBuyDirect that really interested me to try them, they have a very minimalistic feel to their brand/styles which I liked and made me want to try.

I decided to try the brand out during the holidays when they had a 2 for 1 deal, and after days of narrowing it down I decided on two pairs. I got the Aurora in Flecked Ivory as a more everyday style and then Theory in Translucent as my more stylist pair. Both glasses are a classic keyhole style which I feel fits my face shape and personal style well. If you want to give it a try and get $10 off your first pair use my code IFSNJ2VM5M.

Four // Amazon Fire Tablet

Last week I bit the bullet I have been thinking about for awhile, buying an Amazon Fire Tablet. Amazon offers 5 versions of their tablet that caters to different lifestyles and end uses. I ended up choosing their cheapest model, Fire Tablet 7″ Display, 8 GB (Includes Special Offers), in Black since I don’t plan on using it for anything too crazy. I liked the idea of the smaller size that if I wanted to I would have the option of fitting it into my purse and I also thought this size would be very travel friendly. I am getting ready to go on a business trip to Germany and this way I can download books, movies, and shows to entertain me on the long flight. Overall my first impressions were very good, although it took some getting used to if you are an “Apple product snob” like I used to be (I am slowly crossing over into the Amazon product world). I was able to download easily every app that I wanted to, and I like that my Audible and Kindle books already were on there. I would recommend trying this tablet if you are mostly looking for a tablet as a source of entertainment because for the price I think its a nifty little thing.

Five // You Must Remember This, Podcast

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So I don’t know if you’ve jumped on the podcast bandwagon but if not what are you waiting for? I have a list of podcasts that I listen to while getting ready in the morning or sometimes on my commute to and from work. But I am not here today to give you a list of my favorite podcasts (at least not yet), I am here to talk about one in particular, You Must Remember This (YMRT). The best way to describe this podcast is straight from the source, it is about the secret and/or forgotten history of Hollywood’s first century. Karina Longworth does a fantastic job of researching and narrating different parts of history that took place in Hollywood, by splitting historical stories up into mini series. The one series in particular they got my hook these past few week was titled “Charles Manson’s Hollywood”. If you are not familiar with the infamous cult leader turned murderer of the 60’s I highly recommend you give this a listen as it completely dissects all of the events and people involved with Manson leading up to the Manson Family murders. Bravo Karina, bravo!

Five Things // January 20, 2016

Happy Friday Everyone! Today I thought I would talk to you about my 5 favorite essentials that I always keep in my purse!

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But first let me tell you about my actual purse where I keep all these favorite things! I have the Lo & Sons The Pearl in saffiano black leather with gold hardware, perfect for the winter months. A little over a year ago, Pinterest ads kept popping up all the time in my feed and would always catch my eye. I eventually started doing a little more research on this bag, mostly on Instagram (sidebar: if I am ever curious about a product I like to look on the brand’s tagged Instagram photos to see what people really think about it), to make sure it was worth the price and that the brand itself checked out. I ended up buying it during a sale where I got a great deal on it and have been very happy with my purse ever since! It’s a great cross-body that is easily adjustable with such a vast amount of space for how compact looking it is. I was very impressed with the quality and the company’s great customer service (had some shipping issues), I even added their small Weekender bag to my Christmas wish list!

One // Lip Product Collection

I admit I am one of those people that has at least 5+ lip products with her at all times, but hey you never know what the occasion will call for. I have chapstick, tinted chapstick, lip liner, nude, mauve, burgundy, and red galore! Lately besides my tinted chapstick I talked about last week, but I also have really been loving this nudish one from Sephora, Sephora Collection Color Lip Last Lipstick in Brown Is Back. It is this pinky light brown in a matte finish that can look great on anyone!

Two // Vintage Mirror

I don’t know about you but I am not talented enough to apply lipstick and especially not lip liner without a mirror, that’s why I always carry one with me! Over the summer my mom and I went to Flower Child out in Lakewood and we found this vintage compact with a pearl like top. I thought it was so feminine and delicate I had to have it. I love vintage pieces and incorporating them in today’s life and this little mirror was perfect to keep in my purse.

Three // Revlon Nail Clipper

I know this is a random one but, a nail clipper! I always break my nails or I have a cuticle situation that needs corrected before it gets out of hand and every time one of those happens I am so happy I have my nail polish splattered Revlon nail clipper. It’s one of those things that you may never need but or oh so happy when you do! Even if it’s sometimes is using it as a pair of makeshift scissors to cut a tag off or anything of the sorts.

Four // Perfume Oil

I would like to think is my signature scent is Elizabeth and James’s Black Nirvana, since I have been wearing for I believe the last 4 years. Its a blend of violet, sandalwood, and vanilla; border-lining masculine and feminine while making you feel all warm and cozy inside. When I first got this product it was during the holiday time and Sephora was offering a gift set which included this travel-size perfume oil, perfect to keep with you throughout the day if you feel that you need a touch up.

Five // Wallet

I feel like this one should be a given? I really love my current wallet, its more small and compact compared to ones I’ve had before, but still fits everything I need. I got it a couple months ago from Target and was immediately drawn to the color, I would say its a plum-ish burgundy shade. I was in the market for a smaller wallet since I was getting sick of my other ones taking up the majority of my bag and this was perfect! It is from Target’s Merona line and unfortunately I don’t believe the color is in stock anymore, but there are still a ton of great colors currently!

What essentials do you keep in your purse?

 

Five Things // January 13th, 2017

Beauty // Chapstick Total Hydration Lip Balm in Coral Blush

Over the weekend one of my best friends/roommate, Courtney, introduced me to this little beaut and I had to run out and get my own ASAP! First of all since before I can remember Chapstick brand’s cherry chapstick has been my all time favorite go to lip balm without a doubt. I used to have stock piles of it everywhere! But in the past year I have been branching out and trying different balms and lip treatment because, I mean aren’t we all curious what else is out there?

What I love about this chapstick is that it is moisturizing like my classic cherry chapstick but it adds a hint of color that is near my actual lip color. In the winter time not only my skin is dull, but my lips are too and they need a little extra color.

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Fashion // Madewell Socks

I have a confession… I LOVE buying socks. I get such great joy buying big comfy socks on the regular and it doesn’t help that Courtney is the same way. So when we were out shopping and stumbled upon some great looking socks we both reassured each other that we need another pair and its okay to have too many socks.

I won’t continue to bore you with my passion for socks rant, so why are socks are one of my favorite things this week? It is because Madewell had a great sale on socks over the weekend and I bought a crap-ton! 30% off socks and then an additional 40% of on sale items, how can anyone say no??? I was cornered by a killer sock sale! Boot socks, crew socks, ankle socks galore!

Entertainment // Cleveland Art Museum

I remember going to the Cleveland Museum of Art when I was a little girl with my mom and cousins and getting too close to Monet’s Water Lilies that the alarm went off.

Flash forward to this past Saturday. First things first, I had forgotten how huge the museum is and how you can get lost and lose track of time, but that is the beauty of it. It was nostalgic revisiting works of art where I remember repeatedly saying “that ones my favorite, no that one is”. I know I am probably the last person in Cleveland that hasn’t seen it since the renovation, but I highly recommend taking a day out of your weekend and getting lost in time.

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Food // La Dolce Vita in Cleveland’s own Little Italy

SOOOOO in my last post I talked about working towards changing my diet to a gluten-free one, but this past weekend I cheated… I am only human and pasta!

Hear me out though! when one goes to Cleveland’s Little Italy it is next to impossible not to order pasta. Or if you’re like me pasta (a dollop of ricotta) and eggplant cutlets. After Courtney and I went to the art museum we decided the right way to end our cold Saturday was with a big ole dish of pasta and a glass of Chianti of course.

If you are from Cleveland and have ever been to Little Italy I am sure you and your family have “your restaurant”. A restaurant that you or your family goes to without question. My family’s is Mama Santa’s, and according to my mother they have been going to it since it opened back in 1961! This past year my mother and I decided we wanted to venture out and taste what else Little Italy has to offer, and we have made it a point to eventually try every restaurant in Little Italy. Currently one of my favorites, which Courtney and I ate at Saturday, is La Dolce Vita.

We watched the people walk by as we sat in the front window and cheered to a very successful Saturday afternoon!

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Decor // Organization

On Sunday I decided I would attempt to re-organize my bedroom/closet a little bit, after of course I dabbled in a little Gilmore Girls binge.

I switched furniture around to give myself more storage in my closet and room to stretch in my bedroom. I also moved my large full length mirror from the closet to my bedroom to cash in on that natural lighting. This freed up some floor space and the room seemed less cramped. Hello carpet angels. In return, I moved my 4 cube storage into my closet and utilize it more for clothing storage than decoration. At first I wasn’t too crazy with the change but I think having my mirror in my bedroom versus my closet with more room to step back and look at myself makes this switch grow on me.

What have you been into lately?

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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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