Monday, July 21, 2014

Weekend Recap: Forrest Gump and Free Donuts!

Wow! Last week flew by, am I right? 
Luckily I had a pretty low key weekend to catch myself up...or at least feel like I did. 


A local doughnut shop was giving out free breakfast Friday morning and I don't know about you but I can't think of a better way to begin my weekend than with a free doughnut AND coffee! Score! 

That little added excitement made running my Friday errands a lot happier! 
After that my morning went by quick and since the weather was surprisingly beautiful out, despite it being the thunderstorm prime-time, CM and I chanced it and headed to the beach. 
And it was worth it!
We spent our afternoon soaking up the sun and salty air and it was just what I needed. 

We finally made it to one of our favorite beach restaurants, Bubba Gump's. Going to this restaurant was one our summer bucket list because, well, it is a summer must do! 

I had a Bubba's favorite, Pear and Berry salad. So yummy and light enough that I didn't feel bloated in my bikini, but filling enough so I had the energy to lay out and tan (Because that involves so much work). 


Saturday started bright and (semi) early at my nephew's toddler soccer class. He had a blast! 

 After that I headed over to CM's for a picnic by the lake, another summer bucket list item. Well, FL made up for it's lack of rain on Friday with a downpour for all of Saturday afternoon so, needless to say, we had an indoor picnic. Oh well!  

If you are from the South, you must know about the awesome-ness that is a Publix sub. There is nothing more beautiful than a fresh pub sub on a hot, summer day. Okay, I'm getting a little carried away, but seriously you have to try one if you haven't! I opted for the chicken tender sub today, a cult fave, and it did not disappoint, other than the fact that I couldn't even finish half of it. 

In honor of our trip to Bubba Gump's restaurant the day before, CM and I decided to watch the movie that started it all, Forrest Gump. I'm not much of a movie person, actually the (small) amount of "classics" that I have seen is quite embarrassing, so when I realized I have never seen the entirety of this movie in one sitting, we decided it needed to be done asap. It is a great movie, a little on the longer side, but when you have a summer afternoon with nothing but a thunderstorm going on, it is absolutely perfect. 


Sunday was once again a day of errands, grocery shopping, and cleaning, but this Sunday was sprinkled with a trip to IHOP for breakfast and running into an old friend at good ole' Target. Always nice!

Sunday dinner was enjoyed poolside, something I've been trying to do all summer, but the timing never seem right. Salmon, shrimp, brown rice, and veggies, one of my favorite meals! 

What's your favorite summer meal? 
I'd love to know!

Linking up with Bella and Lisa for The Weekend Recap!

Weekend Recap

As well as Lisa and Rachael for the Weekly Wrap Up!

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

July Birchbox vs. Ipsy Showdown

Hello all!
I had so much fun doing this little showdown last month that I decided to do it again! 
So without further adieu, the contenders:

Birchbox's  Power Up Box

First off, can we talk about how pretty the packaging is?! I love the blue shipping box it came in, a nice change form the regular pink. But the actual box is so adorable! It's so cute it actually inspired me to work out....unfortunately, that inspiration hasn't been set into full action just yet, but it did inspire me none the less.

Klorane Gentle Dry Shampoo: Who doesn't love dry shampoo? I'm particularly excited about this one because it is a travel size so it is perfect to touch up on the go and it also has a nice light, fresh scent.

NAOBAY Body Radiance Lotion: I have already given this product to my mom because I was really not a fan of the scent to be honest. It's not bad, it is just one of those scents that provoke certain memories and for me that memory was the cleaner they used at my pre-school....

Vasanti Cosmetics Detox Facial Cleanser: On the other hand, I love the scent of this product (I feel like there is a trend going here...) It is a silky cleanser full of nutrients and I am excited to use with my Clarisonic.

Sumita Eyeliner in Raina: I love receiving eyeliners in BBs or Ipsy bags because I feel like you can really get your money's worth with that product alone. This eyeliner is a beautiful navy blue, a color I do not have, yet desperately wanted so I was very excited when I saw it in my box. I have yet to wear it but I can tell you that I swatched it on my hand before taking a shower and it is still on my hand now... as I type this... after my shower!

100% Pure Gingerade Shower Gel: I'm not sure how I feel about these beauty extras or if I am actually going to use them, or give them to someone else, solely because I am not a fan of ginger scented products. I am glad that they are an extra as opposed to one of the actual samples though.

As I've mentioned before I love the little extras BB throws into their boxes. They are really thoughtful and very creative. To go along with the theme, this month's box came with a little flipbook of mini challenges you can try to "power up" your every day. They're actually pretty interesting and I just might be doing them myself.

Ipsy's Sensationally Sunkissed Bag 

 Love the name/ theme! Perfect for this time of year and so catchy. The bag itself is this brilliant hot pink that I am so excited to throw into my beach bag! 

Hang Ten Dark Tanning Oil: I am a huge fan of tanning oils for pool days or for afternoons when I just want to lay out. Unfortunately I have not been able to try this one out yet due to the weather, but I think it will make a good excuse to take a an afternoon off to lay out and test it out. I also love that it is travel friendly because my other tanning oil is so bulky to carry around.

Befine Daily Moisturizer: I am so glad that I have finally jumped on the daily moisturizer bandwagon. I always thought my skin was too oily for it, but I am now noticing that without it my skin does not look its best. I love trying out new ones to see how my skin reacts to them and from the looks of it this one seems to be a good contender with SPF 15 and a nice, light scent and texture.

wHet Nail Polish in Facetious: Love this bright dark blue! Definitely going to be the next color I paint my toes with!

BareMinerals 5-in-1 BB Cream Shadow: Although this little guy may seem ittie-bittie at first look, I feel like it will actually last me a long time considering the small amount you need for application. I didn't think I was going to really like this product, but I completely changed my mind once applying. The application was so smooth but still stayed in place and the shade is smokey yet wearable for the daytime.

Pixi Tinted Brilliance Balm in Unique Pink: I'm not sure what it is about this product but it absolutely love it. It is one of those balms that adjusts to the pH of your lips so each shade will be a little different. I was a little afraid of how light the color was in the tube, but after applying and waiting a few seconds it turned into this beautiful "my lips but better" shade with a nice, glossy favorite. Definitely a new favorite!

And with that I must choose a winner and that winner is.... Ipsy! I was genuinely excited about each of the products and my first impression of each product was a positive one. I was a little underwhelmed by the product selection of this month's BB which is unusual, but you know, not everyone is going to like everything. There were some great products in it however and I absolutely loved the packaging and the little challenge booklet as well.

So that is that!
What did you receive in you monthly subscription box? I'd love to know!


Monday, July 14, 2014

Weekend Recap #5: Japanese Gardens

Happy Summer Monday! 
I can't believe this will be my 5th time doing a weekend recap! Where has the time gone?  (Like I don't ask myself that question enough)

It was another rainy week last week and by some miracle the weather cleared up just in time for the weekend. I will never understand FL weather. So once again CM and I decided to make a mini trip, North this time, to take advantage. 


Friday was a low-key yet relaxing day for me. I spent the day dog-sitting my sisters' dogs while she was out of town. I will dog sit over baby sit any day! (Hey I'm only 20 :P) They honestly didn't need to be watched....but I just love them so much and it made my day sound so much more productive.

I mean, how could you say no to that face?! 

 Not gonna lie, I am obsessed with laptop/desk/work-space pictures so I was a little too excited taking my first one. It is officially on my bucket list to perfect taking these kinds of pictures. Okay, off topic. I spent the afternoon doing some bloggy stuff and catching up on my favorite blogs. (I may or may not feel really cool saying that #newbloggerconfessions)

After not seeing CM for over a week, we decided to head out for pizza on the beach. There's just something about pizza made near the salt water that makes it just that much better. Unfortunately, there is no picture of said pizza because, well, we devoured it before I could even think about whipping out my phone, and I have no shame.

We spent the rest of the night on the beach. There was a full moon and it was so beautiful. I tried to capture it...but you know how Iphone cameras go. 

CM and I decided to continue our museum adventures by going up North a bit to the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens. It had a beautiful trail and it was a great way to appreciate the good ol' mother nature and just be outdoors, especially after a week of  being stuck inside with a miserable storm. It was more of a 1/2 day trip but I still highly recommend making the time if you are in the area and enjoying the trail. Oh but you might want to plan it for the "winter" time because the sun was definitely out and it was definitely hot!

Can't go to a Japanese Museum and not get some authentic (I hope) green tea!

Upon leaving we realized that one of our favorite, and very missed, places was close by! Our local Stir Crazy, basically a build your own stir fry restaurant, had closed about a year ago and the closest one in the area happened to be nearby. It was a nice blast from the past as we spent a couple of our earlier dates there. 

Another cool find in the area was a mall with a Lily Pulitzer! I've never been to the store before so when I saw a girl walking through the mall with a LP bag I hunted it down. It was all my little Florida sorority girl heart dreamed it would be. And I have to say, I've never really been into the actual clothes, just the prints and accessories, but seeing them in person has really made me want to add a few pieces to my wishlist. 

And I can't forget to include my Aldo accessories steal: BOGO free on already marked down jewelry! 


No pictures for Sunday because the day's to-do list was far too boring. It looked something like:

Deep clean the shower
Install new shower caddy
Grocery shopping
Get school document notarized
Drop off bags at Goodwill 

Did you visit any museums this weekend? 

I'd love to know!

Once again linking up for The Weekend Recap!

Weekend Recap

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

I Am the Girl Who...

...contemplated blogging for years, but finally summed up the courage this past summer (and is loving it!)

...dreams of the day when she can own her own pug.

One day my friend, one day becoming more confident in her college decision of going to a local, private university instead of traveling to a big state school.

...gets a little too happy to go grocery shopping. so excited to be a Rho Gamma for sorority recruitment this Fall

...plans her coffee intake for the day. And 95% of the time it is Hazelnut coffee.

...loves to help people. Even if it is just giving them a much needed hug.

...buys the same color clothing in any store she goes. in a long distance relationship and actually likes it.

...checks to see if she has tan lines after laying out for 5 minutes.

...still gets nervous making phone calls to strangers. excited to start Nursing School in the Fall but is worried about everything from being able to pass to "Do these scrubs make my butt look big?"

...spends a little too much time getting ready in the morning. working on living a more positive life.


...after being served her food at a restaurant, whips out her phone to take a picture of said food. in a relationship with a guy who does the exact same thing mentioned above ^^

...wants to run in 5ks but absolutely hates running.

...loves to journal and has been ever since she was little.

...has moved on from competitive dancing but misses it every day.

...always is working on her time management.

...has made it her life goal to be a Disney Annual Passholder.


Happy Wednesday all! 
Today's post was inspired by a wonderful link up a came across and just had to give it a go. 
I've been wanting to start sharing a bit more personal things on this blog and I think this was a great way to do it! Spontaneous posting is always fun :) 

How would you describe yourself? I'd love to know!


I Am the Girl Link-Up

Monday, July 7, 2014

Weekend Recap: A Rainy 4th

It's that time of week again! 
Reliving my weekend through these recap posts has really been a lot of fun and are a great way to look back on great times! 
Unfortunately, my weekend was filled with thunderstorms, rain, and gloomy clouds for the most part, but I still managed to squeeze in some fun the few times the sun decided to come out!

4th of July Friday!

A little glimpse of my outfit. 

I was pin-spired to paint some patriotic nails for the holiday. And in case you were wondering, the design on the pin looked much better than mine.  xD

In honor of the holiday, CM and I decided to try grilling for the first time and it was ridiculously hot really fun! 

Our "Let's pose like we actually know what were doing" picture. 

Our finished products. Shoutout to CM's mom for teaching us how to grill and also how to not burn the entire place down. (Note the dark clouds rolling in. We made it just in time before a tremendous downpour) 

And nothing says 'Murica! like a giant chocolate chip cookie with firework icing!

My Saturday plans were cancelled due to the horrific storm looming over us for what seemed to be the entire day. After a few quick errands I stayed indoors for the rest of the day taking care of some far-from-exciting to-dos. 

What I picked up from the happiest place on earth aka Target. Super random but that's the beauty of Target right? I'm a sucker for the Dunkin' Donuts coffee creamer and the Whale crackers from the $1 section. 

My Saturday plans became my Sunday plans which happened to be a date with my very first pre-school teacher! She has known me ever since I was a 2 year old and although I cried pretty much every day in her classroom, she is hands down my favorite teacher. She's become more of an aunt to me now and although I don't get to see her all too often, it is always nice to catch up. 

We had breakfast at this cute little German/French/English inspired cafe (yeah, confusing). The croissant was heavenly though!  

Our next stop was a local plant nursery that is honestly the most adorable little place. For her upcoming birthday I wanted to buy her a plant as she is big into gardening.  If it wasn't for the constant drizzle, we could have spent all afternoon there. 

Gardening, well at least trying to garden, was something on my Summer Bucket list this year. #20goingon50 I had come across a Groupon for this specific nursery so I figured it would be a great time to try. Here is what I decided on. Two beautiful annual flowers and a mint plant. I was going for easy to care for plants that were also really summery. Expect updates on them later this summer! 

And with that was another weekend in the books. 
How was your 4th of July Weekend? I'd love to know!

Weekend Recap
Linkin' Up with Bella and Lisa once again!

Friday, July 4, 2014

5 Things Friday #1 + Happy 4th of July!

Happy 4th of July! 


Because of this fun occasion on this wonderful Friday I decided to show you my 5 favorite purchases of the week! They're a bit random but the more random the better in my opinion!

1. Bath and Body Work Semi-Annual purchases 

I am considering these items a purchase of this week because, although I shopped in store almost 2 weeks ago, because my online order came at the beginning of this week. I love stocking up on candles and wallflowers during these sales and have been obsessed with the candle scent in Sundress and the signature collection scent in Violet Lily Sky.

2. Starbucks' New Blackberry Mojito Iced Tea

Not gonna lie, I did not have high hopes for this iced tea but boy was I wrong. I love this! It's light and refreshing, but not in the typical way and it is actually sweet enough on its own that I did not feel like I needed to have it sweetened. This is going to be my new go-to drink of the summer!

3. Quest Bars

I finally got my hands on a few Quest bars and I was a little too excited when I came across them at the store. I have been wanting to try these bars out for awhile ever since I heard great things about them. I immediately picked up the flavors 'cookies and cream' and 'cookie dough', naturally, and they are SO GOOD. It is crazy to think that each bar has 21 grams of protein. A must try! 

4. Panhellenic Crest Tank 

Being a Rho Gamma for fall recruitment means that for the summer I temporarily drop my letters. I will probably go more in depth about this experience in later posts because I am honestly so excited about it. Along with deactivating of social media, being "disaffiliated" means that I cannot wear any clothing that is associated with my greek affiliation. Because I basically live in letters and sorority shirts, when I am not in my usual office attire, this is becoming a little hard for me. I decided to use an Etsy gift card that I had to buy a simple PC tank that I can wear during the summer and still show my Greek pride. If you are interested, I bought mine here. :) 

5. Stethoscope Laptop Sticker

Buy It Here

Super impulsive buy, but I figured this could be considered preparing for Nursing school, right? It was just too cute and I can't wait for it to arrive!

I feel like I am cheating but I just had to throw in these beautiful red, white, and blue flowers I purchased at the grocery store today. All in the spirit of the holiday. #'merica!

Did you have any exciting purchases this week? I'd love to know!

Linking up with Claire @ Fitting It All In today for 5 Things Friday!

Have a happy and safe 4th all!