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Friday, January 23, 2015
On cold winter nights, all someone needs is a good pamper night to brave the cold weather outside. Me personally do this every week or so and my body (and my mind) thank me.
So with that in mind, turn on your favorite music and relax.
Here's what I recommend:
Turn on a nice relaxing playlist. My current fav? Pandora's Laid Back Beach. Perfect for thinking you're in 80 degree weather.
Step into a nice hot bath with either your favorite Lush bath bomb or my current favorite: Philosophy's Bubbly (perfect for creating those amazing bubbles)
While in the bath, I treat my skin with my absolute favorite Tocca's body polish which gives you amazing soft skin.
(Don't forget your rubber ducky!)
When in relax mode, candles are a must in my book. For an ultimate relax, I turn to my two favorites: Trapp's Orange and Vanilla (#4) and Barr Co's Original Scent.
You can never go wrong with these two amazing scents!
After your relaxing bath, no need to stop. I always follow up with Bobbi Brown's amazing Hydrating Face Cream, perfect to save your skin in the winter.
I exfoliate my dry rough lips with Lush's Mint Julips Lip Scrub, amazing for getting super soft lips.
(Bye-bye winter chapped lips)
I finish with a new favorite, Chantecaille's Lip Potion, a cute color and to-die-for moisturizer for those lips.
What do you do to relax on those Winter nights?!
Tuesday, December 23, 2014
The holidays can surly be a time to get busy wrapping presents, cooking, friends, family, and studying for exams if you're like me. The crazy holiday times are also a time to reflect on those most important to you. Whether it be that friend or family member, forgiving and forgetting is something to remember during the holiday season. As we come into the new year something I want to remind all of you is to surround yourself with people you love and to not take anything less. One of my favorite quotes to keep in the back of your mind is "In life, you will meet two types of people. The ones who build you up and the ones who tear you down." So please, my one piece of advice during this amazing holiday season, surround yourself with those who build you up and make me the best you.
Mini rant over, these are the things that I have been loving during this holiday season. I promise to be back and better.
Have an amazing holiday season and new year!
Sunday, October 12, 2014
1 cup and 2 Tbst. All-Purpose Flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1/2 tsp allspice
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp ground cloves
pinch of salt (optional to taste)
3/4 granulated sugar
1/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
3/4 cup pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)
1/3 cup coconut oil (could use vegetable oil- I did)
1/4 cup Silk Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk (could use other milks)
2 Tbsp mild or medium molasses
1 Tbsp vanilla extract
Cinnamon Sugar Coating:
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
*This was plenty for me for, even a half portion could be used
1. Set oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit and set aside your mini-muffin tin, sprayed with baking spray.
2. In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, allspice, nutmeg, cloves, and optional salt.
3. In another large bowl, combine the sugars, pumpkin, oil, milk molasses, and vanilla until combined
4. Pour the wet pumpkin mixture over the dry ingredients and stir until combined, dont' over mix.
5. Divide batter equally among the tray and fill 3/4 of the way.
6. Bake for 10-12 minutes but be careful, these cook quite quickly and you don't want them to overcook. At 10 minutes, stick a toothpick in the middle and if no batter comes out, pull them out.
7. While still baking, combine the sugar and cinnamon to create the cinnamon-sugar mix.
8. After the mini-muffins cool, roll each one in the cinnamon-sugar mix and set aside.
Thursday, September 4, 2014
When I popped onto J. Crew and saw there was a sale, I couldn't resist throwing a RMS Beauty product into my cart. I had heard about the brand from my beauty-inclined friend, Lili over at Parisian To Be, and decided to try out the lip and skin balm in simple vanilla. A brand that is prided by their organic lifestyle and their organic materials, this brand was not a disappointment. As a sucker for a good lip product, this product in its sleek and chic packaging didn't disappoint. Although the product is quite hard and compact and the price of the .20 ounces of product is tough, this tiny little pot will last you ages. I tried putting it onto my lips before bed and when I woke up, my lips were delightfully smooth.
As for more RMS Beauty products, I can't wait to try out more of these little gems!
Have you tried any of these products? Let me know!
Thursday, August 14, 2014
With the end of summer coming and new music being realsed constantly, my favorites in music are quickly expanding for the better. With that, here are some of my new music favorites:
Troye Sivan- Happy Little Pill
Jessie J, Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj- Bang Bang
Demi Lovato- Really Don't Care
The Vamps- Somebody to You
*New guilty pleasure*
Monday, August 11, 2014
When it comes to working out, I am not the type of person that does it every day, yet alone every week but when I am feeling motivated, I love that after workout feeling and feel good about myself. The feeling during the workout, I don't love as much though :). Since the school year is about to start and a more normal fitness routine for me will kick in, for those of you who don't have a normal routine, here is what I do to stay fit.
Don't get me wrong, though the workout is the main focus, the clothes that you wear can definitely effect your workout. Here is what I would were on a normal day working out:
For me, the music can either make or break a workout. You definitely need a playlist that will keep you moving at a fast pace. I normally either use the Pandora app on my phone and listen to the "Pop Fitness" Station or to ignore all of the adds, I create a workout playlist that will keep my going.
The hardest part of the actual workout is forcing myself to actually do it. Though the after feeling is worth it, during the actually working out, I'm dying on the inside. My normal workout either comes from my Pinterest or I basically invent it in my head. I am no expert trainer so this is just what I have done and it is what has made me feel great but do whatever you're comfortable with and make sure to have plenty of water!
Here is what I do normally:
45 minutes on the treadmill: a mix of walking and running; intervals are my best friend here.
30 minutes on the elliptical: I keep it at a steady rate and don't push myself too hard.
10- 15 minutes of abs: I will either force myself to plank (normally not gonna happen) or I will look up some Youtube tutorials where I can actually be watching something and entertain myself. My favorite channel is Blogilates, she keeps it fun and entertaining (something I definitely need after working out.)
And to finnish: 5-10 minutes of stretching: possibly the most rewarding part
So that's my normal workout! Though that is the basis of what I do, the times differ constantly. I love to mix it up in the workout and love to add in a bit of yoga if I'm feeling steady!