Monday, July 31, 2017

Oh hey, hi babes! August is looming down on us & although it's still approximately 5000 degrees in the south, I'm already eyeing autumnal themed candles & big sweaters.


I was poking through The Anna Edit & was inspired by her roundup of personal highlights at the end of each month. This won't be exactly that, but I thought it'd be fun to chat with you about things that happened, I bought, watched, etc.

So, first things first, I guess I should address the little facelift going on here. It's been a hot minute since I updated the design & thought it was time. The design is from Hello Manhattan and I absolutely adore the simplicity! If you have a look at the sidebar you'll see I've added a food category.. I'm not turning into a food blog by any means, but I have been getting bit by the baking bug & want to start sharing more goodies.

Which brings me to... BAKING. I've been baking. Actual things. It may not seem like much, but for me it's an accomplishment, HA. I even bought the e-book version of Chrissy Teigen's cookbook (mostly because I wish I was her) and I'm SO READY. What are your recipe go-tos? I'm looking for any recs!

As for netflix, something you should know about me is I'm super into documentaries, (especially true crime) and I've been watching The Keepers, about the murder of Sister Cathy Cesnik & the general shadiness of the Catholic church. It's extremely interesting- albeit disturbing- and I fully believe she was killed because she knew too much.

What are your three things?



Friday, July 28, 2017

SheIn has kind of been making the rounds in the blog world as a high quality inexpensive shop. I'd heard all good things about it (even my lovely photographer recommended it) so awhile back I bought this set to test the waters. 

It came in within a couple of weeks, which I was pleasantly surprised with (they ship from China) & arrived intact, and after a good ironing sesh, came out pretty close to perfect. I was a little worried about sizing but the small fit perfectly!

I picked this set because I like co-ords, I like bows, & I love a good crop top.

I love that you can pair this with a bralette & it still looks fresh, perfect for summer days. A crop + short combo is pretty universally flattering, & an accent like a bow ties it (literally) all together. 

This definitely won't be my last shein order!

Have you tried the brand? What do you think?



Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Face masks are not a new part of skincare, but the trend is relatively fresh, for good reason. When used on a regular basis, masks are a hydrating, anti-oxidant filled treat that smooth imperfections & even out skin tone.

Plus, they're pretty dang fun to put on, no?

Let's talk a few of my picks, two of which I've touched on before:

Formula 10.0.6 Papaya + Citrus
This is a peel-off mask that unclogs pores & brightens things up. I like the way my face feels afterwards- bright & fresh!

This is a new addition to L'oreal's mask line & I am IN LOVE. I don't use clay masks very often & I don't know why not because it is such a revitalizing thing. In just ten minutes it draws out impurities in the skin & fixes up your complexion. I've never had a facial (I KNOW) but I imagine this is what one feels like.

Fresh Rose Mask
Everyone in the world needs a rose face mask, in my opinion. What's better than rosewater that cools and hydrates the skin? There's just something boujee about it. This particular mask is moisturizing and smooths out the skin, leaving you feeling rejuvenated and calm.

Freeman is that brand of masks that you see at walmart for super cheap, but is super high quality. In fact, I'm pretty sure the first mask I ever tried was this brand. They have so many different ones, like banana and avocado & oatmeal. Heaven!

*I received this item for review, but as always opinions are my own.

What's on your face mask edit?



Monday, July 24, 2017

Sharing recipes is something I don't do very often, mainly because I don't cook very often!

But I'm trying to change that, & on Saturday night I got a nagging urge to bake. Brownies, specifically. 

I didn't have any baking chocolate, only cocoa powder, so I urgently consulted pinterest for appropriate recipes. 

& there it was: a recipe for fudgy, gooey brownies that I couldn't resist. 

10 tablespoons (a stick & a half) unsalted butter
1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons (80 grams) cocoa powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2  eggs
1/2 cup all-purpose flour

1// Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Spray non-stick cooking spray on an 8 inch pan.

2// Fill a sauce pan about halfway full of water (I used a double broiler for this step) & heat until simmering. Add powder, sugar, butter, & salt in a heat-safe bowl & rest over water to warm ingredients. 

3// Stir frequently until butter is melted, remove bowl from heat, & set aside for 3 to 5 minutes to let cool down a bit.

4// Stir in vanilla & eggs until well blended, then add in flour until fully mixed. The original recipe says to then beat the batter vigorously at least forty times. (you can use a hand mixer) 

5// Spread batter into 8 inch pan & bake for 20-25 minutes (I did the full 25) & VOILA!

This is one of the first times I've made brownies totally from scratch & this recipe  is fully worth it. 

Happy baking!



Friday, July 21, 2017

The blog world has been FILLED with what the cool kids call the N sale this past week, & while that's awesome, I've found some other sales that you should also probably know about.

Extra 30% off sale items.

Extra 30% off sale items, now through the 23rd.

Regular sale items.

What sales are you most excited for?



Wednesday, July 19, 2017

I think the universe is against me. I finally shoot this outfit for y'all & THE SHIRT IS SOLD OUT!

Life, man, always unpredictable.

Coffee & GG are never unpredictable, though. They're always there when you need them, many times intertwined. 

Anyway, on the outfit:

Y'all know I love a good graphic tee look, & pairing it with a denim skirt seems to just do it for me. It's kind of a more 'professional' take on the tee.. although are you ever really too old for fun sayings on a shirt? I don't think so. 

tee, (similar, similar) skirt, sandals (similar)



Monday, July 17, 2017

I started bullet journaling back in May, and I've kind of found a groove of what I like & use it for. My brain is always SO FULL & if I don't write things down, the chances I'll actually remember them are slim to none, which is why when I first heard about the bullet journaling way I was instantly intrigued.

Let's start with the basics: What is bullet journaling?

Bullet journaling is a system created by Ryder Carroll as a simple notetaking/ journaling system designed for the individual. You essentially create the journal, tailoring it to your specific needs.

Kinda cool, right?

All you'll need is a basic moleskine journal with either bulleted or plain paper (I got mine from target) to get going. 

I put my own little twist on the method, using a lot of the original system but making it my own.

Perhaps the most important part of any BJ (what a sentence) is the daily or weekly calendar. I personally prefer weeklys, because I can see my week layed out & I know exactly what's coming, and can see if anything needs to be changed or added. This is also where you'll put any reminders or to-dos. I also have a space for daily gratitude, as I like to keep track of little things.

each month I have a page for blog posts, yoga tracking, & a monthly budget. Depending on what's going on I might add more, but those are the regulars.

That's where it gets fun; you might not need a page for blog posts. Instead, you might need a page for meal planning, (I need to get on that train) mood tracking... whatever you fancy!

That's the thing I love about this system; you curate it for you. & after two full months of using it, I can honestly say it keeps me organized & up to date. 

Filling it in starts to become second nature & it will become a daily part of your life.

What do you think about bullet journaling? 



Friday, July 14, 2017

In the hustle & bustle of life it can be easy to start to feel negative and down. Whether it's a text left on read or an unexpected circumstance, all feelings of happiness & positivity can be POOF, gone as quickly as they came. While it's not always simple to dig ourselves out of it, (hey, mental illness!) it's important to learn how to.

So how do we do it? How do we shake it?

First, remember that it's okay to not feel okay. 
You're not going to be 100% at all times, it's just not possible. The important thing is to not be hard on yourself, let yourself feel all the feelings. 

Cry, watch netflix, eat all the domino's & cookie dough it takes, then figure out your next step. Don't overanalyze, don't beat yourself up.

Mix It Up
I've talked about changing up your surroundings before, & there's a reason for that; it works. In fact, I'm writing this from a starbucks, iced chai latte beside me, (I know, I'm surprising even myself by not having a coffee) the gentle whir of the espresso machine & chats of strangers accompanying my blogging session. It's a simple step that can be all your mind needs for a little rejuvenation.

Surround Yourself With Good Vibes
I feel the term 'good vibes' has gotten a little overused, now strung in pretty fonts on t-shirts & wall art, something straight out of pinterest. But the intentions are good as the practice of surrounding yourself with only positive energy has proven to be effective.

That goes from the people you surround yourself with to the media you consume, ESPECIALLY social media. If you follow accounts that make you envious or down on yourself, unfollow them. Only follow accounts that make you feel happy, calm, inspired, or all of the above.

Find Mantras To Live By
Mantras are something I used to find a little cutesy & I thought 'do those even work??" spoiler: they do. This kind of goes with the good vibes thing; you also have to put positive energy out there. Don't even have negative self talk in your vocabulary. Pick a mantra that makes sense for you & repeat it daily. One of my favorites is from yoga with adriene, & it goes 'Everything Is As It Should Be.' 


How do you deal with feeling down?



Wednesday, July 12, 2017

The middle of summer is the hottest it is all year (I just made that stat up but it sure as heck feels right) & hair needs to be tamed.
There's nothing worse than feeling like you've got on a wool scarf of hair, no?
These are my go-to easy, effortless styles that work on any length & most textures!:
The Milkmaid:
When my hair was long I would do this updo ALL THE TIME. It was my 'fancy look,' even though it takes all of five minutes. It takes some getting used to on short hair, but can still be done if your hair is at least throat length. (that's a new one, but you get what I mean, right? basically my length)
The basics are the same at any length: braid each side of your hair however you desire (I like a good fishtail) & secure with an elastic. Puff the plait out a bit, then pull each braid upwards onto the crown of the head. Then, BOBBY PIN YOUR LIFE AWAY.
The Ariana Grande:
The half pony is IN & ever since I went short, it's been THE go-to for me. It's simple yet put together and can be in five seconds flat. A chic variation on a regular pony, & can even be switched into a half bun if you're in the mood!
The Twist & Pin:
Another 'kinda fancy but kinda casual I just threw my hair up' look that I love: gathering the fronts of the hair & twisting it, then pinning it. Do the same on the bottom half & you're good as gold. Gets the hair out of the way and is super cute, plus takes two seconds. (ok, maybe twenty)
There ya have it! Three easy peasy styles for ya.
What are your go-to summer looks?


Monday, July 10, 2017

Oh HEY THERE, babes!

I recently added this boohoo romper to my wardrobe & brought it out for my cousin's baby shower. It was A HIT with me & now I want to wear it pretty much every day.

Every detail is perfection, from the flutter shoulder to the waist to the print. What's not to love about gingham? First made chic on picnic outings, it's now chic on street wear & I've been a fan of it for too long to not actually OWN a print, ya know?

I chose this specific romper because of the petite cut and straight silhouette, the defined waist breaking things up a bit.

For me, adding a long necklace or choker + necklace combo is the best accessory to sauce the look up a  tiny notch.

I've listed some more romper picks down below!

Are you a gingham fan? Let's chat about it!




Friday, July 7, 2017

HEY OH, loves, happy Friday! 
Today I've got a few favorites as of late to share with you:
1// & Another Romper
 I adore gingham but hadn't actually rocked it until I found this fun little romper. Always love a good cold shoulder too & this piece combines it all. 
2// The Ice Roller
I just wrote a whole post on the ice roller & its benefits. What a gem of an invention! Nothing like a good ice roll first thing in the AM to get the juices flowin. 
3// NYX Soft Matte in Addis Abara
HOW FUN is this bright, bold lip color? Not that I needed another one, but I spotted it on one of my target escapades & couldn't resist. It's such a good color for summertime and the stay is so long wear! 
4// Melodrama
(LISTEN ON SPOTIFY) Lorde's long-awaited sophomore album was waaaay past due but well worth the wait. I've been listening to it on repeat & after much consideration, my favorites include Hard Feelings, Perfect Places, & Supercut.

Tell me what you've been loving!


Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Off the shoulder tops are such a fun summer-y look, & I love the look they give paired with a good pair of culottes.
My favorite way to add a little oomph is by tying a knot at the side, adding some depth to the waist as well.
This top is so cute & super cheap! Win win.

top | target
bralette | vs (similar) 
culottes | f21
bag | kate spade
wedges | target (similar here)
earrings | unknown
choker | francesca's (similar)
bracelets | random ones from f21 (they have the cutest!)


Monday, July 3, 2017

I first heard about the ice roller from lauryn, & was instantly curious, & with a list of benefits like anti-inflammation, swelling, & cooling & tightening the face, who wouldn't be interested?

I gave in awhile back, ordered one from amazon, and tested it out for about a month or so for y'all. I've incorporated it into my morning routine, the first thing done even before washing my face.

First, rolling ice all over your face first thing in the AM is the BEST wake up call I never knew I needed. Kinda tingly, kinda fresh, your skin wakes up & feels great.

My face doesn't get puffy a whole lot (except for hormonal) but I feel this is a good preventive in case my skin decides to go rouge. Once I use the roller everything seems a bit... smoother somehow. It also does wonders for headaches.

I was actually out of town over the weekend & didn't bring my roller. and there is definitely a difference in just the two days I went off my routine. My face got used to the cool & my under eye circles have rebelled.

Maybe it's a placebo affect or maybe it really works, who knows. All I know is I don't remember what life was before ice rolling. 

Have you ever tried ice rolling? Tell me about it!

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