Sunday, October 18, 2020

Apartment Tour: Bedroom

Today I am sharing my bedroom which I love how it turned out. I bought these Lilly Pulitzer pillowcases and pretty much made that the color palette throughout my room. I never had a white comforter before but I love how versatile it is. If I ever get sick of the colors all I have to do is switch out the pillows and blanket and it has a whole different feel! 

 

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Apartment Tour: Living Room

If you missed yesterdays post I am going to be sharing my apartment with you this week. Yesterday I featured my office so today I am sharing my living room, front entrance and bar cart. The bar cart was my most recent area I worked on and I love the way it came out! I tried to link everything below or similar items. If it is not from Ikea then pretty much everything else is from Home Goods. 


Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Apartment Tour: My Office

If I am being completely honest these past few days I felt so unmotivated in pretty much all aspects of my life. I like having things to look forward to and funs plans (I HATE being board) but obviously with Covid that makes things kind of hard. Even with my blog I have just felt a little blah about what to post. I got the idea to do an apartment tour this week and showcase all the different areas of my apartment. I am really excited about this series especially because I pretty much have everything now that I wanted to decorate/finish my apartment. I have lived in my place for about a year and 4 months. I love how much space my apartment has especially with Covid I spent way more time in my place than I ever thought I would. 

I thought I would start with the office space first since I have been spending lots of time in here. This was really the only apartment I looked at that had an extra room for a desk. In the layout it was labeled as a den/dining room but my living room is so big I didn't really need it for that. Thank goodness I bought a desk because working from home now I use it quite often. As we go through the different areas of my apartment you will notice pretty much all my furniture is from Ikea because your girl was balling on a budget and I do love the simple look of their furniture. I am going to try to link everything I can find below! 


Monday, October 5, 2020

Fall Bucket List 2020

 If you missed it the other week I posted a fall clothing inspiration list and so today I am going to share a fall bucket list! I used to make bucket lists for the different seasons all the time but I don't think I have done one in years. I have been seeing quite a few other bloggers post fall ideas and I thought I would join in on the fun! I didn't include a ton of basic fall things I normally would either because of Covid or they are things I have already done. I was going to create this list a week or two ago but time got away from me. I have already decorated for fall and picked out pumpkins at the farmers market! I would love to know what fall things you are up to this year. 

I hope everyone is able to enjoy the season and make the most out of the last few months of the craziest year. I know I am looking forward to the rest of the fall and the holidays being home with family! Work has been kind of crazy the last week so sorry I have been a bit MIA on here. 


1. Bake homemade apple cider donuts // I use to love a fresh hot apple cider donut but have not had one in a few years now because they are never gluten-free. I was looking on Pinterest the other day and found a few recipes for baked donuts that I could use gluten-free flour with. I am going to try to make them at some point! 

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Fall Wish List

Happy Fall! Today is the first day of fall so I guess this post worked out to post today even though I have been planning on posting this for days now. A pipe in my apartment wall burst over the weekend and flooded my kitchen. So needless to say things have been a bit crazy and my life feels like it is in shambles lol. So glad I am finally getting around to post this. I love cozy fall pieces but this year I am definitely attracted to more loungewear pieces as I am working from home. I am loving all the animal print and tan colors!



Tuesday, September 15, 2020

How I Adopted My Corgi & Advice After One Year

Yesterday marked one year since I adopted my Corgi Cooper! A few weeks ago I posted my must have dog products but I never really shared the story of how I adopted him. So today I thought I would do just that. I also am going to include some advice I learned along the way in this post as well. 


Sunday, September 13, 2020

Lilly Pulitzer After Party Sale & Wishlist

The Lilly Pulitzer After Party Sale is tomorrow morning at 8am until Tuesday night. This is the latest it has ever been at the end of the summer. It is also only two days instead of the 3-4 it usually is. They did have a smaller sale in the middle of the summer during quarantine so I am not sure what to expect from this sale. I have no clue what the selection will be like. I also usually go in with a list of items I am looking for after trying on items throughout the summer. I have only been to one Lilly store this summer so I don't have a ton of things I am really wanting. I also didn't wear much Lilly this summer so if anything I am looking for more tops and less dresses. I did create a small wish list of things that I am hoping are maybe on sale! Not all of this I would actually buy but more interested to see if its included. What items are you hoping to get in the sale? 

If you need more info about this sale check out this FAQ page

https://rstyle.me/+goCx1jSGVd5a2D70afa5iA 


Thursday, September 10, 2020

My Go To Dinner Recipes (Dairy & Gluten Free) - Part 2

Back at the beginning of Covid, I shared a list of my favorite go-to recipes that I always reach for when looking for what to make. I have discovered quite a few amazing new recipes that I have added to my dinner rotation. Since Covid I have definitely been eating more at home so I have been able to try lots of new recipes. Just like the last posts all these recipes are easy to follow and can be modified to be gluten & dairy-free! 

Check out my original list here

1. Elevated Hamburger Helper // OMG I have made this at least three times and I love it because it has amazing flavor and is pretty easy to do. I had tried to make a goulash recipe a few months back and it did not turn out it was just too bland. This is the complete opposite of bland. I follow the recipe exactly and use the Jovial brown rice elbow pasta the recipe calls for. Since you are not boiling the pasta in water but instead you let the pasts soak up the beef broth I am afraid to use a different kind of GF pasta in case it would not work with this method. This step I think is key to it having lots of flavor. I usually add a little bit of non-dairy milk and for cheese, I use this Violife non-dairy cheese

One-Pot Hamburger Helper
Image source 

Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Life Lately (August in Review)

I have a ton of fun blog post ideas coming up that I am excited about! Today I thought I would share some photos I haven't shared yet that are from the past month. I did something similar back in July and I thought it was a fun post to update you on my life and share some pictures. Krista also recently did a similar post that I enjoyed reading. 

August started off very slow and quiet but it turned into a really great month with friends and I tried a few new restaurants. Even though I started off the month feeling a bit off I ended the month excited for the next few months and I am motivated to make the best of what the year has left even though this year has not been what I (or anyone) expected. 


I tried a new restaurant for lunch with a friend out in Frisco. It is called Heirloom Hall and it is a small cafe and lunch spot in with a thrift store. The food was really good and the place was super cute inside. I had a glass of froze and salad/sandwich combo. They had GF bread which was a nice bonus. I also tried their chocolate covered strawberries which were just as good. This place was the perfect afternoon lunch spot! 

Friday, September 4, 2020

August Favorites

Happy Labor Day weekend! I hope everyone has plans to take some time, relax and enjoy the outdoors. I am headed to a friends place for the night. Which I excited to get away from my apartment for the night. Another new month means another new month of favorites... 
 
1. Waterloo Peach // I tried this brand of sparking water in watermelon and didn't love it but when I saw this peach flavor at Whole Foods it sounded very refreshing. This flavor tastes exactly like peach and I love it! I love peach tea but this is a much healthy alternative. 

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Book Review: Such A Fun Age

This past month I have been doing a fair bit of reading between sitting at the pool, spending time at the beach and while traveling. I have another book review today for a novel from Reese's book list. I would love any recommendations you have for books I should read next! 

Such a Fun Age: Reid, Kiley: 9780525541905: Amazon.com: Books
Such A Fun Age by Kiley Reid 
  

Overview: This is Kiley's first novel which is about a young black woman Emira who nannies part-time for a well off white family. One night at the supermarket Emira is confronted by a store employee because of how she is dressed. While the family tries to fix the situation Emira comes to realize some hard realities about the family she is working for. There are lots of truths that are uncovered on both sides as both Emira and the family struggle with what the truth really is. 

Review: I can't put my finger on exactly why I didn't love this book but I felt it was lacking a bit. While the plot was interesting it kind of moved a bit slow to me. The book kept my interest enough to keep reading it but it didn't get overly juicy I didn't think until about halfway through. I will say that I had no clue how the book was going to end which definitely made me want to keep reading. There were also points in the plot where I didn't know where the plot was exactly going. I will say the author did a really good job of making me feel and see each character's point of view. This story is what I would consider a coming of age store but it has deep roots tied to race that makes it more complex. The race piece made the story very eye-opening and confusing. Every time I thought one thing I would read another character viewpoint on the incident and be more confused about who was in the "right". While I would not say this was my all-time favorite book it did get me thinking of what other books I want to read around this topic of race and how complex it really is. 

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 ⭐

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Happy National Dog Day: My Dog Must Haves

Hey guys the last few weeks I have not been feeling amazing and I was away last weekend but have missed posting! Today is national dog day and I thought it would be fun to share all my favorite dog related items. For those of you who don't know I adopted an older corgi named Cooper a little less than a year ago. Previous to that my family had never owned a dog before so I kind of learned as I went with regards to what products were a must (and I am still learning). Cooper has a very sensitive stomach so most of the items I am sharing are geared towards this. 

PS: Cooper really is not too into plush toys or dog beds so I don't have any recommendations in that department. Covid boredom has been getting to him so if you have any recommendations in that department let me know!



1. Dog Bowl Maze // This is one of the first products I ever bought for him and it is a must if you have a dog that is a super fast eater like Cooper is. He would eat his food in about 5 seconds if he could. This is pretty affordable and makes him slow down at least a little bit. 

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Book Review: The Lies That Bind

I am a HUGE Emily Giffin fan and I have read most of her books. I was looking on Amazon and there are still a few older ones that I need to read. I love the plot of each of her books while they are definitely a more girly beach read each one always has a unique plot you never can quite guess. Her books always make me want to keep reading from the very beginning! Which is what I need otherwise I lose interest pretty quickly. 


Overview: This is the newest book from Emily Giffin and it is about a women who moves to New York City to pursue a career in Journalism. After a tough break up she meets a guy and they immediately have a connection. Then 9/11 happens and her whole world changes. Her life she lived, the job she had, the guy she started to fall for and her family are all put into perspective. Everything starts changing as more secrets about the guy she thought she was falling for are revealed. I don't want to give too many spoilers away but man are there a lot :) 

Review: This might be one of my all time favorite books of hers up there with All We Ever Wanted. While I would consider this book a romance novel I really enjoyed it because the story is not your traditional storyline. Just the 9/11 plot alone made this book quite unique but there are so many other parts of that story that you never see coming. She really develops each character and from the very beginning I was hooked. The ending was also really well done. It wrapped up the story but it was not some completely unrealistic ending. 

Rating: 5 out of 5 ⭐

Saturday, August 8, 2020

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2020 Picks

I normally don't shop the Nordstrom sale for a few reasons. Mainly because it is normally right around my birthday and I also like to save up my spending money for the big Lilly Pulitzer After Party Sale that is normally at the end of August. I also feel like a lot of the clothing items are not really worth the price. Yes they are a deal but a lot of the items you could find at Target, Old Navy or J Crew. Everyone has their own preferences on what they want to spend their own money on. I guess for me a lot of the Nordstrom items are not worth it. This year I did decide to go through the site and see what they had. Mainly because you can preview the items this year before shopping. I can't shop until August 13th with my Nordstrom card and it opens to everyone else on August 19th so a few items I found I included here are already sold out! 

Items I Own That Are Worth The Deal: 

1. Patagonia Los Gatos Vest 
2. Patagonia Better Sweater 
3. Bombas Socks (Currently Sold Out Online) 
4. Adidas UltraBoost Sneakers 
5. Natoria Bra 
6. Natoria Underwear 
7. Kate Spade Initial Necklace 

I am not sure if items will be restocked at all but here is all the info for the sale

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

July Favorites

I don't have too many exciting things to share from July it's mainly food but thought I would still share the items! 
Peacock TV // This is a free streaming service that launched in July through NBC. If you are like me I don't pay for cable so this streaming service is a game changer. They have an app on the Apple TV which is how I have been watching. I have been on a major trashy reality tv trend and have been watching lots of Real Housewives. Right now I am watching Dallas. They also have the newest season of Suits! 

Monday, August 3, 2020

Week In Hilton Head Island & Thoughts On Traveling

Last week I took my first full week of PTO since I started my new job last summer. I went to Hilton Head with my mom and sister for the week. We rented an Airbnb and had the best time spending the week at the beach. Seriously one of the most relaxing trips I have had in a long time. Obviously, this tip looked much different than other years past when we have gone to HHI. I wanted to share my experience and thoughts around traveling right now during the pandemic to maybe help others who are torn with what to do. I also wanted to share a mini travel log of what we did during the week because HHI has a special place in my heart. I worked on the island one summer during college and I have never found a beach I love more! 


Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Life Lately


Hi y'all I feel like it has been forever since I have just sat down and updated you on what I have been up to. I thought today I would share some recent random photos some of which I have already posted on my Instagram. 

My sister flew in at the end of June and her plans changed about three or four different times. Her original trip was going to be a short weekend trip. Then she extended it to the 4th of July. Then when NY came out with additional travel restrictions she decided to stay for the month and fly back after our beach vacation next week. It has been so nice having company after doing nothing for two months. We aren't doing much but eating lots and spending time outside but it has been so nice. It is just so weird not to be able to plan any trips or outings. I had so many fun things planned for the year so it sucks that now I pretty much have nothing going on. The hardest part for me is that I am still relatively new to Dallas and have so much I wanted to explore in Texas and new people to meet! We were planning on going on a weekend road trip for the 4th of July but ended up canceling due to some things that came up. Next week we are taking a trip to the beach which will be my first time away from my apartment since March. I am so ready to get out of town for the week but am obviously a bit nervous. We have no plans other than just sitting at the beach which sounds amazing! 

I am still working from home but I have to say I kind of miss the office and having a routine during the week. I especially miss workout classes and just my daily work schedule. I did try out the gym for one day but decided to continue to put my membership on freeze as TX is not doing great with cases. August is going to be another pretty uneventful month but I am hoping to maybe do a day trip or two with one of my close friends. 

I hope y'all are hanging in there through all of this. It is such a weird year of events I don't know what to even think about everything. 

Target Dress 
A few weeks ago we tried a new restaurant for dinner Bellagreen. The salad I got was so good! It felt great to be able to get dressed up and sit outside. I am loving this dress I picked up at Target. 

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Weekly Wellness: What Supplements I Take Daily

Finally getting this posted after working on this for way too long. The Real Housewives of Orange Country got in the way of my productivity. I started binging the last few seasons with my sister!

I have not done a wellness-related post in what feels like forever so today I thought I would share the supplements I take on a daily basis. I started taking these supplements about three years ago when I went to see a nutritionist at the height of my health problems. I did a blog post a while ago talking all about my thoughts about my Nutritionist experience. While I am still not sure to what extent they are worth the money she did provide me with some great supplement suggestions that I think made a big difference. These supplements are quite pricy so I am going to narrow down the list to also share which I think provides the most benefit. 

Before we dive into the post I want to make it clear I am in no way a doctor. I just wanted to share what supplements I take and has been recommended to me. Definitely talk to your doctor if you have questions! 


Morning: 

1. Magnesium // This I actually started taking after a recommendation from my neurologist. It is supposed to help with migraine headaches. This supplement is pretty inexpensive and I think it does help with headaches but only to a certain extent. It is not going to completely get rid of migraines but I think it does make a difference. 

Thursday, July 2, 2020

June Favorites

 Happy July! Today I am sharing with you all my favorites from the past month. It is a random mix of things but I think they are all pretty useful. 

Healthmate Forever TENS Unit // My doctor recommended this to me to help with my shoulder and neck pain I often have. I have used a similar system to this at the PT and Chiropractor but those are more high tech. I was not expecting this to be so powerful but it works so good for the price. I have used it on my shoulders a few times and it has really helped. If have any pain or muscle soreness I highly recommend this. 

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Lilly Pulitzer & Dallas Arboretum

My sister came to visit me last week which is why I have not posted as much recently. She is actually going to stay now for about a month as Covid travel rules keep changing for NY and she is off of school. So I get to have some company for a while which is nice! Last week we went to the Dallas Arboretum in the evening and walked around. It was the perfect night and I was able to get some awesome pictures. Right now they are letting people bring in food to have a picnic in the park. So many people were doing this. We definitely want to go back at some point and bring pizza! If you live in the Dallas area and are looking for something to do right now that is Covid friendly I highly recommended going to the arboretum. The flowers are so pretty!

I have not posted a "formal" outfit post in so long! This dress is one I got at the end of the summer on sale and I love the style of it. Lilly is having a summer sale right now that ends tonight. While I was excited for this sale in the middle of the summer I was not very impressed. They didn't have much in stock in a small so I didn't pick anything up. Hopefully the annual after party sale will be more successful. 

Dress: Lilly Pulitzer // Sandals: Jack Rogers / Sunglasses: Ray Ban

Friday, June 26, 2020

4th Of July Inspiration

4th of July is right around the corner and there is nothing I love more than a red, white & blue combo! The 4th is one of my favorite holidays and while it is going to look much different this year I am still excited to put some cute outfits on and celebrate. I love all the things on this list and had lots of fun putting it together. I am going to wear this USA tank I ordered! 

I would love to know how everyone is celebrating this year social distance style! I am headed to a cabin with my sister for a few nights. 

Sail To Sable Tunic // Vineyard Vines Scalloped Bikini Top & Bottoms // Vineyard Vines Striped Pullover  // Target Tie-Dye Dress // Vineyard Vines Sun Hat // Target USA Tank Top // Old Navy Striped Swing Dress // Old Navy Tie-Dye Sweatshirt // Target Red Dress // Mi Golondrina Embroidered Dress // Vineyard Vines Tassel Earrings // Target Tie-Dye T-Shirt // Old Navy Striped Blouse // Mi Golondrina Hair Tie // Havaiana Flip Flops // Mi Golondrina Embroidered Blouse 

Thursday, June 18, 2020

My Experience Moving Across Country

It is coming up on one year since I packed up and moved from Buffalo, NY to Dallas, TX. It was a whirlwind of a few weeks when I moved. I was excited about the move but also VERY nervous about it. I felt like I could have used some tips and advice on where to even start. So I wanted to share everything I did when moving. Things that worked well and things that I would have changed! Once I accepted my job I had to hit the ground running to find an apartment and move within a month to start my new job. 


How Did I Find Apartments To Tour? 
Since I didn't know the city well at all I used an apartment locator to help curate a list of possible places for me. I had never heard of this service before but most bigger cities have apartment locators. They work with you to come up with a list of available apartments. The one I worked with did not charge a fee but instead, when you sign with an apartment you listed the locator company. They then received a small commission from the lease I signed. 

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Father's Day Gift Guide

If you can believe it Father's Day is next Sunday June 21st! Don't worry I have not gotten anything either but we still have time. I wanted to share some gift ideas that I think would make great gifts at all different prices. I wanted to include items that most guys need/use in a more "luxury" version that they may not ever buy for themselves. Like this really soft workout shirt or this carry-on duffle.


Friday, June 5, 2020

May Favorites

Happy Friday! I don't even know where to start as so much has happened in the past week. A week ago today several small businesses got luted in downtown Dallas which lead to a curfew being put in place. Then you have the much needed black lives matter movement that is hopefully that start of bigger changes. On top of that Cooper, my corgi has been kind of sick all week. So ya it has been a draining week. I have been sharing resources I find helpful over on my Instagram related to racism. I may eventually compile a blog post with links I find helpful and my thoughts surrounding the issues of racial injustice but for now, I am still process and researching.

It is hard to believe yet another month has passed. It is so weird to think how many months have already gone by in this year but not too much has happened in my day to day life. I wanted to share some of my favorites from the past month and things I have been enjoying. It is funny that pretty much everything is either food or fitness related as that pretty much sums up what I have been up to these days.

1. Starbucks Violet Drink // If you love Starbucks refresher drinks and have not tried this one I highly recommend it. I had never even heard of it until my mom told me about it. It is SO good! It reminds me of a mix between the pink drink and dragon drink but not as sweet.

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

How I Curl My Hair Using A Straightener

A few weeks ago I shared my hair care routine and I have been meaning to share how I curl my hair using a straightener. So I finally got around to filming the video this past weekend. I have used everything from a traditional curling iron to a curling wand. I find this way of using my straightener is super quick and easy. I don't have to worry about getting a crease from the clamp or burning my hand with a wand. This BaByliss Pro straightener heats on the outside which makes it perfect for curling. I have had this straighter for years and I swear by it. It's seriously THE BEST! I hope I did a good job explaining how I curl it. Once you try it a few times I find it easy to get the hang of.


Monday, May 25, 2020

Happy Memorial Day & Swimsuit Top Pics

I hope everyone is enjoying the long weekend! I spent Saturday laying by the pool and it was SO nice. Yesterday I was able to get a run in before the rain came in the afternoon which lasted pretty much all of today. I love having three day weekends and am not wanting to go back to work tomorrow. At least it's a short week!

I have been loving all the swimsuits I have been seeing recently so I wanted to share some of my top picks. There is definitely a trend of stripes, off the shoulder, and ruffles 😁 


Friday, May 22, 2020

Memorial Day Weekend Sale Roundup

TGIF! It feels extra nice because the sun is shining and it's a three day weekend. Even though work was pretty quiet for me this week I am so ready for the weekend. I had a pretty rough weekend last week between it raining ALL DAY Saturday and a trip to immediate care which is a story for another day. Needless to say I need a nice weekend to relax and recharge. It goes without saying that I am going to try to make the most of yet another holiday celebrated away from friends and a change in plans. This weekend my friends were planning a trip to NYC to visit one of my best friends from high school. Obviously that trip is no more so I plan to spend some time at the pool, have a cookout, make some cocktails, and venture out to Target for a much-needed trip. I haven't been to Target in literally months. I hope everyone is able to enjoy the holiday and relax! 

Today I decided to start the weekend off right with a proper festive outfit! Nothing special but loving this casual look. 

Top: Old from J Crew Factory / Shorts: Abercrombie / Necklace: Kendra Scott / Earrings: Kendra Scott / Bracelet: Made myself but this is very similar (Allie & Bess) 
With retail stores mostly being closed and the long weekend I expect some of the sales to be extra good. So I wanted to round up some of my favorite stores that currently have a sale going on. Some of these sales may be even better come Monday! 

Abercrombie // 40 to 60% off everything plus an extra 15% off sale (no code needed) 
Draper James // 40% off sale styles (no code needed)  
Gap // 50% off everything with code WARM
J Crew // Up to 60% off with code HISUMMER
J Crew Factory // 50 to 60% off everything (no code needed)
Kelly Wynne // 25% off sale items (no code needed) 
Kendra Scott // 20% off everything (no code needed) 
Lilly Pulitzer // Free Tumbler with $100 purchase (no code needed) 
Loft // 50% off and free shipping with code FRIEND 
Old Navy // Tees, tanks, shorts and swim 50$ off (no code needed) 
Target // BOGO on swimsuits and sandals plus sales on outdoor and summer items (no code needed) 
Tarte // $25 for a bunch of their popular items. Sale ends TONIGHT but they may have another sale on Monday.
The Impeccable Pig // 20% off everything with the code PARTYINTHEUSA
Tuckernuck // 25% off sale style with code BERRY25 

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

One Year Post Graduation & My Advice

It is hard to believe that it has been a whole year since I graduated from college last year. Part of it seems like it was just yesterday and part of it feels like it was forever ago. I can't imagine graduating right now not knowing how the world will look a month for now. The added stress that brings is just SO hard considering how much I struggled in a normal graduation season. I think that graduating from college is hands down one of the most challenging things. It's not like high school where most people graduate and go right into college. Once you graduate from college there are so many different things. You can go for more schooling, look for a job, move, travel and the list goes on. I thought I would share my perceptive from college graduation and my advice for new graduates.

 

Friday, May 15, 2020

What I Have Been Watching During Quarantine

Happy Friday! I missed the blog this week but I was SO busy this week with work that by the end of the day I just didn't have the motivation to get a post up. I also just had a blah weekend last week so I am looking forward to making the most of the weekend and hopefully getting outside. 
In any other situation I would be ashamed to share how many tv shows I have been watching but I think at this point anything goes. I shared a list of tv shows back at the end of March with current tv shows I was watching and my favorites. I have a ton of shows on that list but I wanted to share with you what I have been watching the past month or two. 

Saturday, May 9, 2020

Saturday Shopping

This past week I had a busy work week and if I am being honest I have kind of hit a wall this weekend. You can only go so many weekends without doing much before it gets to you. Today I did get out for a walk, grab a Starbucks, and picked-up dinner. I have a few fun posts I am hoping to get up this week. Although those posts will take a bit more time and effort and today I was just feeling some online shopping. I thought it would be fun to share a bunch of random things that I have recently come across that I really think are cute! 

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Haircare Must Haves

In the last few weeks, I have shared a few skincare posts (here // here) so I thought I would share my must-have haircare products I can't live without. I pretty much have been using all these hair products for years now and swear by them. My hair is very thick, frizzy, and wavy so I need lots of products to help it out! I also filmed a corresponding video in case you want more in-depth information about any of the products. I will say that pretty much all of these items are "salon brands" but I think they are totally worth the money. I also try to get deals from Ulta as much as I can. For the shampoo and condition, I always make sure to stock up when Ulta is running their jumbo sale which is normally twice a year. I try to go about 3-4 days in between washes so I wash it at night before bed. When it comes to styling I typically will straight it and every so often curl it with the straighter (going to share a tutorial on this soon). If I happen to not wash my hair at night I will either scrunch it and let it air dry or use the Revlon volumizing hair dryer which gives the BEST at-home blowout (review here). 

Friday, May 1, 2020

Current Things Making Me Happy

Happy May!! I don't know about you but I am excited to start a new month. I don't have anything crazy planned or anything. I am just looking forward to a fresh start to get into a workout routine, the weather is getting so nice, and I just feel more into a routine doing everything out my apartment. This past week I had some flu bug or something for a few days. I just had a bad stomach ache and low energy but I missed not being able to post. I was going to share my monthly favorites but instead, I thought I would just share some more things that have been making me happy lately (check out the first version here). I really love reading others post like this so I wanted to share a few things I have been enjoying the last few weeks. 

1. Old Navy Lounge Set // I saw this set ( shorts / sweatshirt) on Jade Scott's Instagram and thought it was so cute. I like that it is tie-dye but not super bright. I also really like that it is shorts and not pants which are perfect for the Texas weather right now. I have it on today and it is so comfy. 


Thursday, April 23, 2020

Mother's Day Gift Guide

Happy Friday even though weekends are pretty strange these days. If you can believe it or not Mother's Day is only a few weeks away. With shipping times all over the place I wanted to get some ideas up for you guys in case you are struggling with what to get. I tired to include a few items from small businesses and all different prices points. I recently purchased this citrus notepad and love it! I also have this throw blanket on my bed. The quality is amazing and it looks so much more expensive than it actually is!

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

How I Cleared Up My Hormonal Acne & My Dermatologist Experience

Happy Wednesday y'all I just finished watching Little Fires Everywhere on Hulu and man is that show good! Yesterday I posted my daily skincare routine which I do on a daily basis. With that said I think it is important I share my experience with clearing up my skin and my dermatologist experience. I can confidently say that my skin would not be what it is today if it wasn't for a prescription. I hesitated for a while about going to a dermatologist but looking back on it no skincare product from the drugstore or a beauty store was going to completely get rid of it without getting a perception. 

So back in high school, I had some pretty stubborn acne mainly on my forehead which I did go to a dermatologist for a while. They had me take an antibiotic (not sure which one) and use Aczone gel as  a spot treatment which you need a perception for. These things helped but I felt like it never worked completely. Then once I went on birth control things started to improve quite a bit so I stopped going to a dermatologist. 

High school acne on my forehead

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

My Skincare Routine (Sensitive & Acne Prone // Natural & Luxury)

The Sephora Beauty Insider sale is happening this week which is one of two times a year that Sephora has a coupon that can be used on products. I don't have anything I am planning on really getting but now is a great time to stock up on products. Today I am sharing my daily skincare routine and the products I use daily. Within the last four months, I have been using a perception Tretinoin cream for bad hormonal acne I had on my chin. Since I went to the dermatologist and started using this cream along with an oral medication my skin has been the best it has ever been. Tomorrow I am going to share more on that but today I wanted to share with you the products I use daily. I also filmed a video below which I talk about my full routine and each product! 
Products I Use: 
Origins GinZing Refreshing Scrub Cleanser // SuperGoop Unseen Sunscreen SPF 40 // Trader Joes Face Wipes // La Roche-Posay Hydrating Gentle Face Cleanser // Clarisonic Mia 2 // Kiehl's Ultra Face Toner // Sephora  Collection Nourishing Moisturizer // Treatinoin 0.05% Cream (prescription needed) // La Roche-Posay Dual Action Acne Treatment // Sephora Collection Brightening Eye Cream // Mario Badescu Cucumber Facial Spray // Tarte Maracuja Oil // Caudalie Vinoperfect Anti Dark Spot Serum // Peter Thomas Roth Irish Moor Mud Mask // Peter Thomas Roth Cucumber Gel Mask // Peter Thomas Roth   24K Gold Mask // Peter Thomas Roth Hungarian Thermal Water Mask // Jade Roller // Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask 

Other Products Mentioned: 
First Aid Beauty Face Cleanser // First Aid Beauty Moisturizer // Drunk Elephant Lala Retro Whipped Moisturizer // Ice Roller 

Sunday, April 19, 2020

Bar Cart Inspiration

Now that I have been living at home for over a month now I have gotten inspired to do some additional decorating and organizing to my apartment. I have most of my apartment decorated but last week I had this idea to add a bar cart in the corner where my kitchen table is. I have the perfect wall and space for it. Plus I can move some of my wine and champagne glasses out of my kitchen cabinets. So I have been doing lots of searching for a bar cart and decor inspiration on Pinterest. So I thought it would be fun to share the items I have an eye on. I haven't bought anything yet but am slowly getting ideas! I would love any bar cart idea you have. I will be sure to share images of the final product once I get everything decorated.




Thursday, April 16, 2020

Day Trip to Magnolia Market & Waco, TX

When my sister came to visit after the holidays we took a day trip to Waco, Texas which is less than two hours from Dallas. The weather that day could not have been more perfect and we had such a fun time. I thought it would be fun today to share some pictures and what we did for the day. We had never been so we didn't know what to expect but we had a great time and would recommend it if you are in Texas!


Monday, April 13, 2020

Perfect T-Shirt Dress From Target

I am back today with another outfit and some OG mirror pics to share the look because of #quarantine! I tried this dress on in Target in the color lilac. I didn't like the color of the dress against my skin tone but I fell in love with the cut of the dress. It is the perfect fit and can easily be dressed up or down. I ended up picking up this dress in the charcoal grey color and I am obsessed with it. I can already tell this is going to be a go-to when the weather starts getting hot. My sister also picked it up after she saw it! I love pairing it with my Golden Goose dupe sneakers or a pair of sandals. For the dress only being $15 it is the perfect closet staple. 


Dress: Target // Sneakers: Amazon // Sandals: Kate Spade (similar) // Bracelets: Lily & Laura / Jean Jacket: J Crew Factory

Things Currently Making Me Happy

I hope everyone had a nice weekend & Easter Sunday. To be honest, this weekend was so weird for me. Easter didn't feel like Easter and my family would have been in town. So I tried to keep busy but I also felt a large lack of motivation. So I let myself be pretty lazy and not do anything too crazy this weekend. I thought it would be nice to share some things that have been bringing me small bits of happiness recently. I have to say this post idea is 100% due to Kate from Lonestar Southerns happiness list blog post she recently did. I loved this idea and thought I would share some of my own things. 

Trader Joes Margarita Mix // I picked this up last weekend when I went to the grocery store. I have had this in the past but forgot how good it is. I am glad I picked this up for a weekend drink at Melanie's quarantine bar! All you need to make this is the mix, triple sec, tequila, and a lime.
 

Thursday, April 9, 2020

My Top Products That Help Manage Chronic Muscle Pain

I have had this on my list of things to share for a while now but wanted to make sure I shared products that I usually frequent and that do help. If you suffer from any type of chronic pain or even muscle soreness after working out then this post is for you! If you want to catch-up on my health background you can check out this group of blog posts. Long story short though a little over two years ago I found out I have some audio-immune condition but not exactly sure what. One of the main symptoms that I continue to have is muscle pain. So today I am sharing the top products that I think help provide some relief. I also filmed a video in which I talk in detail about the products and how to use them so be sure to watch that as well below. I would love to know if you do or use anything I have not mentioned! 

Sunday, April 5, 2020

March Favorites

I hope everyone had a nice weekend and tried to do some fun things around the house. I had both a productive and lazy weekend. I went on a few walks, watched a movie, went grocery shopping, and ended the weekend with a trip to TCBY for ice cream. I thought it would be fun to share some of my favorites from the last month. This is a very random mix of items but I hope you enjoy it. I always love these posts and looking back on what I was liking at different times. March felt like the longest month so I am happy to start a new month adjusting to this new routine of social distancing. 
1. Downy Fabric Softener // This was completely random because I couldn't be picky ordering online. It smells ok in the bottle but AMAZING after washing your clothes.

Saturday, April 4, 2020

My Go To Dinner Recipes (Gluten & Dairy Free)

Now that I fully live on my own I pretty much cookie one or two meals for dinner a week. I don't love cooking but I have found that it is a lot easier to have a list of go-to recipes. These are all recipes that I have made and really enjoy. For me, the main thing is that I don't need a ton of ingredients and the time to prep the meal is not super long. I thought it would be helpful to share my go-to recipes with you in case you need so suggestions or inspiration. As I find more recipes I like I may add to this list or do another post. I will also mention that I am gluten-free and dairy-free so all these recipes are gluten/dairy-free or can be modified to be gluten/dairy-free. Let me know if you end up making any of these recipes!

1. Orange Chicken With Rice & Snap Peas // This recipe is quite easy and so tasty. I pretty much follow the recipe other than I use gluten-free flour instead of arrowroot starch. This is just because I normally have gluten-free flour on hand so it is just fewer ingredients I have to buy. I normally pair the chicken with brown rice and snap peas. 


2. Stuffed Peppers // I use to think stuffed peppers were super hard to make but this recipe is quite easy to follow and they taste so good. I like that the whole meal is done all in one with the veggie and meat. To make dairy-free I just use dairy-free cheese for the top. 

Monday, March 30, 2020

Book Review: When Less Becomes More

I finished reading this book over the weekend and wanted to share my thoughts on the book. I think there is no better time than now to read this book as we are all in a time period where we have time to slow down and focus on things that we enjoy doing to pass the time. If you have already read this book I would love to know your thoughts on it!


Overview: This book is the newest book by Emily Ley where she talks about her journey over the last few years to live a simpler slower life. The book is broken up into 10 different categories including topics on social media, rest, wellness, faith, and more. The book starts off with her talking about this idea of the "paradox of everyday empty". Where our lives are often filled with so many tasks and things we feel we have to do yet we often feel overwhelmed and empty. In each chapter, she tells different stories and experiences she has had regarding questioning and rethinking the way we think about and live out all different areas of our lives.