April 2017 Favorites

Happy Monday to all my readers I hope you all had a fun filled weekend! Another month passes us by and here we are in May! April was filled with a lot of fun adventures and trying a lot of new things, so without further ado here are my favorites from April.

Products

Sweet Dish & Darling Candles

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Peachwood Amber & Patchouli Grapefruit

At April’s Cleveland Flea I purchased 2 candles from Sweet Dish & Darling soy candles, I got the scents Peachwood Amber and Patchouli Grapefruit. I usually gravitate to the more woodsy/muskier scents but these had an unusual sweetness that you would normally not find paired with amber or patchouli which really got me, I couldn’t stop smelling them. So far I am currently burning Peachwood Amber and I love the smell that fills up my room, I can’t wait to burn the next one.

Meow Meow Tweet Deodorant

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Buy it on Amazon

I talked about my recent purchase of this baking soda free deodorant in this past post but after trying it for over a month now I love it! This deodorant does not irritate my underarms which was my biggest problem when first switching over to natural deodorant. Also, the grapefruit scent is subtle but pleasant. Although this doesn’t last the whole day, it does get me through at least 8-10 hours without needing to be reapplied. If you are thinking about switching to natural deodorants I would recommend this one because in my personal opinion the baking soda based ones were too much and this helps you ease into the transition.

SUNDAY RILEY Good Genes All-In-One Lactic Acid Treatment (Sample Size)

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Buy it Here from Sephora

I got a Sephora sample earlier this month and was crazy excited to try it out, I am sure most of you have heard about this brand. And let me tell you this product completely lives up to its hype! The only way I can describe what it does for my skin is healthier, it just appears healthier. The only downside to this? The price point… this product is $105 and the sound of that kinda hurts my wallet. Now don’t get me wrong this product is definitely worth the price tag, but I  wanted to see if there was an alternative out there. I am sure a lot of you have seen the brand The Ordinary out there, that offers good products at a low price point. I order their lactic acid product recently, and once I get it and try it out I will let you know how it compares to Sunday Riley and my thoughts.

Travels

Backstreet Boys Concert in Las Vegas

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This past month my friend Gina and I traveled to Las Vegas to see the Backstreet Boys and let me tell you I never felt more like my 8-year-old self! It was such a nostalgic experience to relive all those songs in person. Everyone in the audience was just feeding off each other’s energy it was amazing. This was their final week of performances before they went on their Las Vegas hiatus. We also got lucky enough to go to their after party where Kevin and Howie hosted and sang some great 90 throwback songs. Oh and also we worked our way to the front and Kevin held my hand for 1.5 seconds. Apparently, there is a Backstreet Boy cruise but that is sadly sold out already… next time BSB I am coming for you at sea.

Cleveland

The First Cleveland Flea

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The Cleveland Flea Homepage

This past month The Cleveland Flea kicked off the spring season with their first flea! I love the flea, it creates such a perfect Saturday in Cleveland offering vintage pieces, original creations, and food/drinks to die for. It’s important to support these small local businesses because they are what make Cleveland great, original, and feel like home. I went with my mom and friend Eileen on the brisk Saturday morning as we clung to our hot coffees, we all walked away with a little something that day. You should check out the next flea May 13 from 9-4 pm if you have the chance, you won’t be disappointed.

Entertainment

S-Town Podcast

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S-Town Podcast from Itunes

So I started this podcast because there was a lot of hype about it and it made me curious. And let me tell you I am one episode from being done and I am still thinking to myself WTF? It is basically about a guy named John from what he calls Shittown, Alabama. Its hosted/investigated by Brian Reed from Serial and This American Life. This podcast starts off with an alleged murder that has taken place but justice is not being served which upsets John, but then turns into this Grey Gardens like vibe about John’s life. It’s quite fascinating and I encourage you to give it a listen if you are in the market for a new podcast, there are a lot of episodes so it doesn’t take a lot of commitment.

Fashion

Aerie Bathing Suit

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Recently I have gotten two new one-piece bathing suits from Aerie and I am obsessed! First off I am so happy for the one-piece comeback and second, Aerie has such great suits to choose from. I got one more “basic” plum colored one with a criss-cross back and then one more “fun” vintage red one with ruffles and a small cut out. Both are flattering and are super comfortable to wear all day at the pool. You can find me in them all summer long by the pool.

What have you loved this past month?

 

March 2017 Favorites

Happy Monday to all! Is it me or did March fly by? I can’t believe it is already April and we already have showers, at least in Cleveland. Below are my favorites things from 5 different categories for the month of March, I hope you find something below to try for the month of April!

Books, Movies, & TV

Book: Not That Kinda Girl by Lena Dunham

First off let me start by saying that I am a huge fan of Lena’s work and what she stands for, so I was really excited to start this book. Second, I listened to this book on Audible (literally one of the best things invited today) and loved that she personally narrated her book. What I loved about this book is that you can see where she drew her inspiration for in Girls and Tiny Furniture and made me feel like I had a better understanding of her work and who she is as a person. She talks about uncomfortable topics that a lot of people still shy away from today and tackles them head on. It is a fantastic read/listen and I recommend you picking it up this April if you haven’t already.

Movie: Beauty and the Beast

GOOSEBUMPS! I had goosebumps and was on the edge of my seat for this movie. I felt like a little kid again and was filled with nostalgia. I hear people disappointed that it wasn’t EXACTLY like the cartoon original and I hear some people say it wasn’t different enough, but if you take it for what it is as its own independent movie you will thoroughly enjoy it. Also, the soundtrack is killer so I recommend giving that a listen too.

TV: Netflix’s Original Love season 2

This comedy stems from the minds of Judd Apatow, Lesley Arfin, and Paul Rust. Season 1 hooked me where two polar opposite people meet by chance and it shows a good look at dating in today’s modern age. If you a single person in today’s world you will definitely get a good laugh out of this and shake your head in agreeance as you possibly relate to it.

Activities 

Wineries –

Wineries seemed to be a big part of March. My cousin had her bridal shower at one outside of Erie and my friend Courtney had a winery crawl in Geneva. I’ve never been to Geneva wineries (I know, right?) so I was really excited to celebrate Courtney’s birthday there. We started at Laurentia which was beautiful, we enjoyed two bottles of white wine in the cellar. Then we moved to South River which is in an old church, they were having an ice wine festival so it was a bit packed but we lucked out snagging a table and switched it up to their Trinty red wine. Last but not least we ended at Hundley Cellars for some more white wine, some snacks, and live music!

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Car Shopping – 

This past week I went car shopping since my lease was up and I am pretty pumped about my new car. After having a VW Jetta for 4 years I wanted to upgrade to a small SVU, a VW Tiguan to be exact. Although nobody wants to spend their entire day at a car dealership I am really happy so far with my new car.

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Beauty (Skincare & Makeup)

Glosser Cloud Paint –

As we all know I LOVE GLOSSIER so I had a feeling I was going to like their new Cloudpaint Blushes. First of all, Glossier killed it with the packaging, yet again, they look like acrylic paints which bring me back to my art class days. A little product goes a long way which means this tube of blush will last you awhile. It comes it four shades, Dusk (nudey), Puff (pink), Beam (coral), and Haze (berry) which were inspired by the NYC sunsets. Glossier was and still is offering a 2 for $30 deal with the code 2BLUSH, I got Dusk and Haze. Haze is the perfect flush which looks like maybe I just went to the gym maybe not? (definitely not, though). And Dusk which is a nudey colors which I have been using as a natural looking bronzer and an eyeshadow. These formulas blend effortlessly together and on my skin. Get 20% off your first purchase with my code http://bff.glossier.com/eNLsb

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L’Oreal Paris Skin Care Pure Clay Mask Detox and Brighten –

This was an impulse purchase at Walgreens between coupons and sales it was “basically” free. Out of the 3 clay masks that L’Oreal has out at the moment, I decided on the detox and brightening mask since it was more geared towards a normal skin type. What I love about this mask besides its actually easy to apply and remove compared to other clay masks, you can actually see the impurities being drawn out. I love when I can see products working.

Hair

Umberto Dry Texture Spray –

I love texturizing spray, it is my favorite thing to use when I curl my hair. I needed a new one and was at target one day and wasn’t in the mood to spend more than $10 and this guy was $9.99. I didn’t expect to like it as much as I did, and although I never heard or used the brand before, I have seen it in Target for quite some time. If you want a good texturizing spray at a good price point give this one a try!

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Batiste Dry Shampoo Clean & Light Bare –

I hate washing my hair and if I can drag out my hair style for a couple days I will and a good way of doing that is a dry shampoo. And surprise, you don’t need to spend a lot on a decent dry shampoo. My favorite drugstore dry shampoo has been Dove for quite some time, but my friend Gina swears by Bastiste! I decided to give it a try and I am not disappointed. I decided to get the Bare scent, which is a clean and light scent that is not overwhelming. Move over Dove I think I have a new drugstore dry shampoo favorite!

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Fashion 

MIA Elsa Mules –

Ever since I received these last week I cannot stop wearing them! I talked about them in my Shoes for Spring post from last week (you can read it here). I love the effortless vintage look it has been adding to my outfits and it is such a great transitional show moving from winter to spring.

What did you love in the month of March? And let me know if you have tried anything I mentioned!

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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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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