Sunday, June 13, 2021

May 2021 Favorites

I can't believe it has already been almost three weeks since my last blog post. I have not been that busy recently but the weeks are still flying by. I have a bunch of trips planned in July and August this summer so I am kind of just taking it easy this month.
1. Athleta Warrior Long Line Sports Bra // There is an Athleta store pretty close to my apartment so when my mom was visiting at the beginning of May we walked down to the store. I had not been into an Athleta in a very long time. I was surprised by how many cute things they had. I ended up getting this sports bra in Navy. I don't know why it is so hard to find navy athletic wear. I have worn it a few times to workout and love it. It is long enough that I don't have to wear a tank top over it and it keeps me in place! 

Monday, May 24, 2021

Overhyped or Underestimated: My Honest Review Of Blue Apron

I have had this idea for this blog series for a few months now and am finally getting around to posting the first edition. I have lots of product review ideas but want to make sure that I 100% review and test the product before posting my review. I got this idea because so often I see the same products promoted all over Instagram by the influencers I follow. I always wonder how great the products truly are and if people would actually spend their hard-earned money on the products they promote. In the last few months, I have tried a handful of "popular" products that I wanted to share my true thoughts on. All the products I will be reviewing in the series I have completely bought with my own money. I think part of the issue is with products being promoted on Instagram is there is not enough time to fully try the product out before hand. I am not saying bloggers promote products all the time without testing them out. What I am saying though is that I think oftentimes bloggers will try a product once or twice and really love it. They then promote the item but have they really used it enough or long enough to truly give an honest review? 

So that is where I come into play. Anything I post in this series is going to be items I have fully used many times over and over again.

The first brand I am going to be reviewing is Blue Apron. Once in college, I had tried to order Hello Fresh but quickly got frustrated with it and gave up. Basically, it did not come on the day it was supposed to and I had plans for the weekend but had to wait around for the food to show up, and then the box was damaged in shipment so it never ended up coming. That kind of ruined my experience with meal deliveries as it seemed like a hassle and expensive. My mom started to try Blue Apron a few months ago and I quickly decided to give it a try after she kept raving about out it. I love it because I don't have to find recipes each week, my grocery store runs are for very few items, and I don't have to eat the same thing for a week when cooking for one. I also find that I don't hate the actually process of cooking as much as I used to. I did some research on different meal delivery brands as there are a TON out there. I didn't really want to try Hello Fresh again. I was tempted to try Sun Basket because they had a specific Gluten Free option but the price was not as good as Blue Apron. The only other one I have heard bloggers talk about is Home Chef but I decided to go with my mom's recommendation.

My Rating: 4.5 out of 5 ⭐️ 

Saturday, May 22, 2021

Saturday Shopping: Summer Wants

I have been a little MIA on here the last few weeks. My mom was in town the first week in May for her birthday and we had tons of fun. I also have had a few days I have not felt amazing and have just kind of been feeling unmotivated to write a post. I have a few things I have been meaning to post I just have not gotten around to writing them. The weather is rainy tonight so I thought it was the perfect night to work on a new post. I stopped by the mall this afternoon looking for this J Crew tank. I also took a look in Loft and Lilly and spotted a few really cute items so I thought I would put together a summer inspiration board. I am loving all the breezy midi dresses this summer!

Monday, May 3, 2021

March & April 2021 Favorites

I feel like April flew by because Easter does not feel like it was a month ago. I never got around to posting my favorites for the month of March so I am combining it with April. I think this may be the most random assortment of products to date but I have been loving them all. Can you tell I was in the Spring cleaning mode? 
1. Kind Frozen Ice Cream Bars // OMG I think these are the best non-dairy ice cream bars I have ever tried. I found them at Target and tried them on a whim. They come in a salted caramel and peanut butter flavor and are relatively "healthy" for ice cream. You have to give them a try if you have a sweet tooth!

Monday, April 19, 2021

Recent Skincare Tool Favorites & Dupes

In the last few months, I have discovered two amazing skincare tools that are pretty affordable! I bought a Clarisonic way back in the day when they were super popular on Youtube. While I did enjoy using it I hated spending the money on the brush heads. I always kept them probably way longer than I should have. Over the holidays I had gone to Ulta thinking I was going to buy a new brush head. Come to find out the company is now out of business and you can't buy the brush heads anymore. I stumbled upon this Flawless one which looked a lot like the Foreo but way cheaper. I have been using this since Christmas time and really don't have anything bad to say about it. The charge lasts a really long time, it has multiple settings/speeds, it is small enough to travel with, and it has a handle. Plus it is all silicon so you don't have to worry about the brush head getting dirty like the Clarisonic. I think I have charged it once since I got it months ago. While I don't use it every day on my skin it is gentle enough you definitely could. 

The second tool I discovered more recently within the last month. It is this skin scraper that uses vibration to extract the gunk from your pores. I first saw the expensive Dermapore version on a few Instagram stories. Though I was definitely not wanting to spend $100 on a skincare tool that is only used about once a week. I ended up finding this dupe on Amazon that has tons of reviews. It seems to work great and it can be recharged. I have been using it around my nose because I hate how big my pores are. For how often you use it I think the Amazon version works just as well. Let me know if you have tried either of these before and what you think! 

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Weekend in Newport, Rhode Island | Travel Guide

For Easter weekend I flew to Newport, RH and my family drove up and we spent the weekend exploring the town. We all really loved it I would love to go back in the summer when it is a bit warmer. The weather was sunny but definitely chilly. Between Covid and it being off-season not everything was open but we still got to see a lot of the town. The only thing we would have done differently is to make sure we made more dinner reservations earlier in the week because things booked up really quickly that weekend. 


Monday, April 12, 2021

The Perfect Spring Dress

I am so behind on blog posts! I have a whole list in my planner of post ideas but lately I have been so busy after work. Last week after I got back from a weekend away things were kind of crazy with some work emergencies and taking Cooper to the vet for his annual appointment. I will be sharing a travel guide for Newport tomorrow. In the meantime I wanted to share what I wore on Easter. Yes I know it is a few weeks late but this dress so cute. It is not available online from Target anymore but I did a quick search and there seems to be lots for sale on Poshmark. 

I got this dress last year after Lonestar Southern had posted about it. The quality of it is amazing and it looks so cute on. It was from last summers Lisa Maria Fernandez clothing line at Target. I had never heard of her brand before then. I got another dress too which I shared a picture of last year

I wore these wedges for my college graduation and I forgot how much I love them. They were a total splurge for me considering I can't wear them very often but they are so cute and actually pretty comfortable considering how high they are. 

Dress: Lisa Maria Fernandez Ric Rac Dress // Shoes: Marc Fisher // Jacket: // Necklace: Kendra Scott  // Earrings: Kendar Scott

Monday, March 29, 2021

Dallas Arboretum Spring Tulips

I 100% do not consider myself a "Dallas blogger" by any means but I do enjoy sharing some Dallas related things every now and then. This is one of those fun things I had to share! I have shared about the arboretum before as it is a great outdoor activity throughout the different seasons. Last year with Covid I never made it to see the tulips at the arboretum. So this year I made sure to check them out. The weather this past weekend was perfect and it was the perfect day to take my camera and get some pictures. I expected there to be quite a lot of tulips but wow there was a TON. It was definitely worth checking out! If you live in Dallas or ever visit between February-April I highly recommend checking out the tulips. They have different tulips that bloom throughout this time 🌷 

I thought I would simply share with you these pretty pictures I got of them! 

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Lift Updates & Catching Up

It feels like it has been forever since I got a blog post up. I feel like I have been really busy or resting from not feeling great so I have not gotten around to posting recently. I have a few post ideas I have been meaning to work on but they are more in-depth review type posts. So I thought it would be fun just to catch up and chat on a bunch of random things. 

1.  I Got The Covid Vaccine // I really can't believe it worked out but I was able to get an appointment an hour outside of Dallas at a CVS. A few weeks ago a Dallas blogger I follow posted some places that were offering the vaccine. I technically was able to qualify due to my autoimmune conditions so I went on the CVS website that night but nothing was open. So I signed up for the local county list too but never thought I would get an appointment. The next day I decided to check the CVS website again and they had appointments available. I quickly booked the two appointments and had my first Pfizer shot about two weeks ago and I go back for the next round this weekend. CVS made it super easy and was really happy with their service. I did end up getting a text the following week from the county but CVS seemed easier anyway. I did feel pretty crappy for the next two days after but I also have a lot of health issues so take my experience with a grain of salt. I am glad to be able to maybe start to get back to the gym at least after my second dose! 

Wednesday, March 3, 2021

February Favorites 2021

Simple Mills Brownie Mix // I picked up this brownie mix last week at Whole Foods. I have tried a few of this brands products before but had never tried this. I was pleasantly surprised with how good these tasted! The ingredients are relatively "healthy". I will definitely be making these again soon. The only downside is the mix is on the pricy side but all you need to make them is butter, water, and eggs. 

Saturday, February 27, 2021

Spring Target Haul

I think it was two weeks ago now Target was having 20% off their clothes which they usually don't do. I go in spurts with their clothes but lately, I have been loving what I see. Their loungewear is amazing! I do find that the stores are normally pretty picked over and they had the dressing closed with Covid. Not sure if they are open now. I have a Red Card which I highly recommend if you shop at Target a lot. So I get free shipping so it was easy just to order everything online. I had zero clue if any of this stuff was going to look good but most of it was actually really cute. I also filmed a video over on Instagram if you want a better look at any of these items! 

Target Universal Threads Embroidered Top // I think this is my favorite top out of all of them. I love the eyelet detailing and the ruffle. I was not sure if the ruffle was going to be too much but I am loving this all around. It also comes in black and a blue floral. 

Thursday, February 25, 2021

Spring Inspiration

This week the weather has been the perfect spring temperature and the sun has been shinning. A complete 360 from last weeks winter storm. It seems maybe a bit early to be jumping into spring but it is a nice change from all the cold weather. I wanted to share a few spring pieces I have seen from some of my favorite brands. How cure are these gingham sandals

J Crew Chaco Sandals // Lilly Pulitzer Geanna Swing Dress // Target Sweatpants  // Target Swing Dress // Vineyard Vines Chambray Dress // Kelly Wynne Beach Tote // J Crew Factory Sweater // Spartina Crossbody // Lilly Pulitzer Olivet Midi Dress // J Crew Staycation T-Shirt // Aerie Bikini Top 

Sunday, February 21, 2021

Weekly Wellness: Health Update 2021

Wow this past week ended up turning into a crazy and some what stressful week. Sunday it started snowing here in Dallas which lead to millions waking up Monday without power and many without water. It was a crazy storm I was not expecting to get that bad especially growing up in the north but the city is not equipped for a few inches of snow. I luckily didn't lose power or have any damage from the storm but it was still very stressful not knowing. I filmed this health update video last week but I really just didn't have any energy to be posting this past week. I am rested up from the weekend and ready to get back into the swing of things. 

It has been a LONG time since I last posted any type of health content so I thought it was about time for a health update. I have a bunch of other posts you can check out here! I also linked everything I mention in this video down below at the bottom of this post.