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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AERIE PRETTY TEXTURE ONE PIECE SWIMSUIT
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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?

 

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5 Things // March 13, 2017

Hello wonderful humans and happy Monday! I decided to do this week’s post on a Monday to switch things up a bit or I just forgot to post on Friday because life got in the way last week and adulting is hard, haha let’s just say the first one. So without further ado here are my 5 favorite things from this past week!

Obey Lafayette Mac Jacket

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OBEY Jacket from 6pm.com

When I think of my dream raincoat I think about one of two things, a childhood bright yellow raincoat or a black raincoat that someone that lives in London would own. As much as I want a bright yellow adult sized raincoat I, however, found a black raincoat a London native would be proud to own… I hope. This jacket is weather resistant with a removable hood (if hoods aren’t your thing) and if also lined with jersey. I got this jacket off Amazon and I am really happy with it and feel that is a classic staple that I added to my closet for spring.

Milk Makeup Blur Stick

 

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Milk Makeup at Sephora

 

Do you ever just wish you can blur the imperfections on your face to give the illusion of an airbrushed appearance, I know there are times of the month I have. Don’t get too excited because this product doesn’t go to that extreme but some days that is what is feels like. This sticks smooths and evens out skin tones to give a great base to additional makeup or just to wear on its own. Another thing I love about this is that this is a vegan beauty product, in fact, the whole brand is vegan. It is free of silicone (which is known to clog pores), parabens, sulfates, and phthalates. I would totally recommend you checking out their Instagram account they post some pretty cool things (insert sunglasses emoji).

Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Serum

 

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Caudalie Radiance Serum

 

For my birthday Sephora “gift” I chose the Caudalie 2 piece set that came with their radiance serum and sorbet moisturizer. All I can say is that my bank account is going to hate me because I now must buy the full size of this. I am barely through half of my trial size and wow can I see a difference in my skin. This serum does everything it said it would, it evens out skin tone and enhances skin’s radiance. This is meant to target dark spots and to prevent them from appearing. I think that if you have more mature skin this would work wonders because I saw a noticeable difference and I currently to not have a lot of problems with dark spots beside some scarring from past breakouts (those are probably more noticeable to me than others).

Oil Diffuser and Oils

 

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Starter kit from Amazon

 

For birthday last month my friend, Katie got my an oil diffuser along with lavender essential oil since I have been deciding whether or not to get one for myself for awhile. Needless to say, I am hook and bought a starter essential oils kit from Amazon. There is nothing more relaxing than falling asleep to the scent of lavender and the soft trickling of water (which I thought was going to keep me up). Besides the much less risk of burning your house down by using a diffuser instead of a candle, there are a surprising amount of benefits to using one of these bad boys. Promoting relaxation and sleep or improving moods, help ward off illnesses, improving breathing, and pain relief is just a handful of benefits by using different types of oils. You can get a diffuser and oils for very affordable price points on Amazon, I recommend you giving them a try.

Cross Stitching

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NEW HOBBY ALERT!!! After a recent purchase (pictured above) from the Etsy shop Sarcastitch of one of my favorite podcast My Favorite Murder mottos to live by “stay sexy and don’t get murdered” I have been inspired to attempt to pick up the hobby! I am currently working on my first cross stitch project that is currently top secret because if all goes well it will make a pretty sweet gift for someone.

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 // 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!