Fall Beauty 2015

Have you ever been to an event and looked around the room thinking “How does everyone have such perfect makeup on?” I do, frequently. I know I have said on this blog that I have always wondered how to do my makeup. What products do I buy? Do brushes matter? What is the difference between foundation and concealer? So I finally put an end to my questions and decided to explore the internet frontier, Youtube Beauty Vloggers.
Enter, Jaclyn Hill. I feel like I don’t even need to write anything else because I find all of her tutorials amazing. The first video I watched of her’s was the Foundation Routine tutorial. I was able to follow along, learn how to buff (who knew) and achieve the flawless makeup look that I always wanted. (Watch out wedding receptions, I’m feeling like Beyonce!) A few more of my favorite videos include this, this and this.

 

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Now onto my makeup wishlist. I’m jumping on the palette bandwagon and I would love to get a Naked Eye Palette by Urban Decay. My friend Alexandria’s eye makeup at Diner En Blanc last week was AMAZING and I would like to get the same affect. Now, I know contouring was big this entire year. Some say its here to stay, other outlets I have read said contouring is on its way out. Regardless, I think having a small kit would let me achieve that look for special events or nights out. A blender brush has been on my mind recently. (Has anyone used one? Let me know what you think!) The Real Techniques price point is up my ally. I will be buying it very soon! Finally, I do not own a lot of nude nail polish. I have seen a lot of Deborah Lippmann polishes recommended for brides and I have made it my quest to find one or two for a home pedicure. What are some of your fall beauty wishlist items?

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Happy Weekend!

Hi guys! I decided to continue my mental health break for the rest of the summer but I think it was for the best. I went on vacation in Asheville, North Carolina, had a small surgery, went to Art of the Brick and Diner En Blanc for the third time. I honestly thought about blog writing all the time but I just couldn’t get myself to physically write. I felt like I needed to work on me and get my creative juices flowing again before I committed to writing original content again. So I’ll be easing back into writing and I have a few projects in the works that I am excited to share.

I have to say South Philly is happening this summer. If you haven’t been to Le Bok Fin yet (myself included until last night) get there ASAP. Le Bok Fin is a pop up restaurant on top of the Bok Vocational School at 9th and Mifflin. I have always admired this school for its beautiful architecture so its wonderful that the building was bought and new energy is being implemented into it. The views are stunning so if anything get up there for a drink and an Instagram photo.

Tomorrow, I am going to go to the WHOLE Flea located on top of the South Street Whole Food’s location. Scott and I have been talking about going to flea markets all summer to see if we can find any unique pieces to add to our apartment. I think this is a good first try. Wish us luck!

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Photo via My Android. Our last night in Asheville.

Lighten Up with Parachute

When it came to decorating our apartment, I knew I was going to have to merge a TON of stuff with Scott. Let’s just say Scott and I both had different esthetics in our bedrooms before we moved in together. Regardless, I knew I wanted to create a bedroom that was light, relaxing and with neutral color palette focusing on grey. (Scott is more of an earth tones kind of guy and I love pops of bright colors). I picked out a light grey duvet for our bedroom and we’re going to build from there since we spent the first few months focusing on the kitchen and living room for accent pieces.

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Recently, I stumbled upon Parachute and I am in love with their bedding sets and accent pieces. How cute is this throw pillow and this linen duvet set? I am attracted to Parachute’s simple, clean aesthetic which is exactly what I want to achieve in our bedroom. Another bonus to Parachute? They specialize in top sheets! Scott hates being hot and I love being bundled under blankets, even in the summer. The top sheet is a great option for us to compromise and not overheat at night. My top pick is the Sateen Top Sheet in Ash!
Do you do anything different in the summer to your bedroom? How do you compromise aesthetics with roommates? Let me know!

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Farmers Market 101

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Last month, I finally had my first Farmer’s Market shopping trip. Luckily, my neighborhood in Philadelphia has a Farmers Market every Sunday from 10am-2pm in Dickinson Square. We enjoyed a quick walk to Grindcore House for coffee and strolled through our park to the market. Farm to City, runs the market near us and they had about six stands with produce, chorizo, guacamole, popcorn and sweets!

Before hand I wish I hadn’t forgotten a reusable grocery bag for our trip. Most of the stands will give you a plastic grocery bag, but for next time I’ll be a little more eco conscious. You should definitely know to grab the items you want before you pay! I really wanted flowers for the living room, well so does every other consumer. I lucked out grabbing the second to last bouquet before they were all gone.

Don’t be shy about asking the farmer’s questions either. That is what they are there for! Its very satisfying to know where your produce and other grocery items come from. Plus you can ask about any additives or if the product is vegan, kosher, or nut free!
I hope this helped out all of my fellow farmers market novices. Have you checked out a farmers market in Philadelphia yet? What are your favorite things to buy?

StressRELIEF

So if anyone is a regular reader of this blog, you’ve probably noticed that I have been MIA over the past few months. I know that bloggers don’t have to apologize for why they can’t write or don’t have time to write… I just want to come clean. Honestly, I’d love to blame Mercury Retrograde but it was stress. I was stressed out in a variety of aspects in my life and that resulted in a lack of creativity. I didn’t want to blog, pin, schedule, photograph or much of anything when I got home after work. And I felt alone in the process.

I didn’t want to admit to anyone accept for two people how much the stress was affecting me. I kept being told that things were happening to me. That it wasn’t just me creating stress on myself but that it was out of my control how much was going on. I had some trouble accepting that because historically I tend to put the blame on myself which can result in some negative self talk. Finally, I had a breakthrough last week (!) but at the start of the holiday weekend I kept finding things to be upset about. I couldn’t quite shake the stressed out mindset I had been used to over the past two months and all I could do was let it all out. Then I went to the beach. Not a bad treatment huh?

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I guess what I am trying to say with this check-in is its okay to ask for help when you’re not feeling 100%. Whether its with friends, family or professional help, I find talking about my problems helps me get everything off my chest and I can try to figure out my plan of action to get better. I know its not going to be an easy journey, but I’ll push through like I usually do. Getting it all out on here has already taken a weight off my shoulders.

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The Band T-Shirt

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I’m going to see Rush tomorrow night. Yes, that band from I Love You Man. I hope I see so many epic band t-shirts. The reason behind this post!

Ah the band t-shirt, a right of passage if you will. I remember when I was younger and having quite the disposable income to buy a band t-shirt at every single concert I went to. My drawers were filled by Coldplay, pop punk high school band tees and VANS Warped Tour memorabilia. Oh to be young(er) again. Now I just quickly glance at the tour merch on the way to the beer stand because I can’t afford to spend $40 on one item anymore.

If I ever do feel the need to splurge on band apparel or merchandise I always look for a cool design, bold colors or maybe a sweatshirt or different style of t-shirt. The above four t-shirts I picked out because I love how they were styled editorially and of course the graphics. I think I mainly picked the Nirvana t-shirt because its tie died and who doesn’t love that?

Are there any band t-shirts you are holding onto or itching to buy?

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I’d like to think that mercury retrograde did something to me the last few weeks, but probably not haha. My brain has been racing and I’ve honestly felt a little overwhelmed which resulted in a lack of creativity. After talking things out with a few of my loved ones over the weekend, I’m going to put my best foot forward and get back in the saddle with writing and enjoying my day to day. I’ve always wanted to be in the communications world and I have been so lucky with all of my work experiences so far. Hopefully, I’ll get into a groove with my writing schedule and a few other projects I get to be a part of. As always thanks for reading!

Wedding Season Takes Off!

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This weekend begins my 2015 wedding season! My friend Katie from high school is getting married at The Smithville Inn in South Jersey. (Its great for me because the inn is down the street from my mom’s house. Win!) I can’t wait to be around a few of my closest girlfriends from high school and reminisce about all the silly things we used to do. Since this is my first full wedding season, I’ve decided to share what I have learned so far and how to celebrate your friends special days:

Bring Out Your Inner Nerd and Make a Check List: I’m going to three weddings, missed one bridal shower, going to two bridal showers and a bachelorette party. That’s a mouthful. All of the wedding invitations and a save the date came within one week in the mail and I knew I was in over my head. I decided to make a checklist on Google Drive with Scott so we could keep track of each wedding. I was able to check off what we bought, when we sent the invitation and write out the reception venue/where we were sleeping.

Gifts: I missed Katie’s bridal shower because it was the same weekend as Passover & Easter. Of course I sent her a text explaining my absence and of course she understood! I wanted to still be a part of the shower so I sent her these mrs studs from Kate Spade. (Which was greatly appreciated.) For my next bridal shower, I read from The Knot “There does not have to be a certain amount of money spent on a gift, but a gift should be brought to the shower.” Myself and another girlfriend traveling to the same shower opted to buy one big present for the bride and split it. Thank goodness for wedding registries because its totally acceptable to buy a bridal shower gift from what the couple has already registered for.

Outfits: Ah, what to wear. Another one of my favorite games. For bridal showers, my advice is to go with wearing a dress or pants with a blouse. Chances are the bride’s family is going to be present and you will always want to look presentable in front of family. Especially if you are meeting them for the first time. For weddings, take a look at what is specified on the invitation.

I hope this helped a little! For any of my readers who already have a few weddings under their belts, please feel free to share with me your tips!

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Let’s Get Personal… Training

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Strength training. It has been a foreign concept to me until recently. Usually my gym routine consists of all cardio and I just think about how nice it would be to add weights to my routine. Sure, I have tried to use the machines at Thinking about it counts as doing it right? Wrong. Sure, I have used the machines at the gym but walking over to the free weights section can be very intimidating and crowded! Post Broad Street Run has been a little bit of a slump for me so here goes my story of how I ended up at Strength Personal Training in Northern Liberties over the past few weeks.

At the end of April I got an email Adam at SPT about how he found my blog and wanted to help me reach my fitness goals with two sessions at Strength Personal Training. Me? Personal Training? Woah now. I only had one personal training session when I graduated from college and it quickly turned into a sales pitch after that. It wasn’t that I had negative feelings about personal training sessions, its just an intimidating experience. I waited until after Broad Street Run to schedule anything with Adam and he was nice enough to follow up with me and said he hoped my run had gone well. For my first session, I anxiously walked into the gym not knowing what to expect.

Adam met me and showed me around Strength Personal Training (which offers kick boxing, muay thai and yoga) and then we sat down to talk about my fitness goals and how he could help achieve that. I said ultimately I just wanted to slim down. I gained weight from the holidays that I just haven’t been able to shake off. Also, I let Adam know that when I had trained for my first Broad Street Run in 2013, that I did see my weight go down due to the increase of physical activity and I had changed my diet. Where I fell off in the past 6 months, I wasn’t sure but I was wanted to make a change. For my first workout, I did free weights, push ups and planks (eeks!), squats and crunches. I was feeling pretty awesome until I went way too hard on the row machine doing cardio and I got very very dizzy. So dizzy that the session had to end early and I got a free Gatorade on the house. Yeah, not my best moment but I feel like I should let you, my readers know its okay if this happens to you! It has happened to everyone and I am not embarrassed to admit that during my second session, I got dizzy again.

As much as I was intimated by what was happening to me, I have decided to keep going at Strength Personal Training! On days when I know I will be weight training, I’ll eat 4 small meals at work and over-hydrate my body. Adam is working on creating a routine tailored to me and we’ll build upon it over the next four weeks. I hope that I will be able to give you a two and four week update on this journey. If you have any questions, reach out to me and I will ask Adam the next time I am at the gym.

Strike Out Summer Business Casual

I have a confession – I detest wearing business casual in the summer. Since I am a Jersey Girl through and through admitting this sentence out loud is a little heartbreaking. I grew up outside of Atlantic City and I wore shorts, tank tops and sundresses all summer long. Flip flops were the only shoes I wore. I guess I am saying goodbye to my old clothing habits but ever since I started working in an office that is business casual and up I struggle with what to wear when the temperature is above 80 degrees outside.

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Believe me, I rack my brain each morning trying to figure out how to not wear black pants every single day. Its just easier. However fashion should always be fun and I do not want to fall into a fashion rut in the work clothes department. To keep up with my black pants, I’d like to add a pair of light grey, navy and olive pants to my collection. I want to add 1-2 skirts that are ponte material so I can transition from each season. Since I am a bit of a t-shirt hoarder (Scott shares the same problem), a few summer cardigans and necklaces I think will do the trick.

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