9 Incredible Beauty Products You Need Right Now

I’m going to start off this post with pointing out that I know nothing about beauty products. Wait, don’t click away just yet. Hear me out. This post is for girls like me who may like all of the glitter and the glam of Sephora but still waltzes down CVS like it’s no one’s business. Here is my truthful tale of my favorite products around.

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Clinique: All About Eyes

This eye cream has been a lifesaver. I’ve always put lotion underneath my eyes every since high school. I’m pretty sure I was convinced it was going to help my dark eye circles. I finally suckered down and bought a cream that would actually help try and remove my dark circles and puffy eyes. Thus, the reason why Clinique’s All About Eyes entered my life. Although my dark circles are still there, I have seen a drastic improvement of my dark circles. Who knows, maybe one day they’ll be gone.

Bath And Body Work’s Aromatherapy: Comfort

Are you tired of me telling you how much I love this product? Well, too bad because here it is again! If you haven’t smelt this incredible lotion get in your car and drive to the mall. This lotion has been really helping my dry skin during these dry months. Plus, it’s my favorite smell in the whole wide world so go on and buy it already.

Quip

You may have seen Quip all over social media because this company may be more obsessed with social media than I am. Quip runs an electric toothbrush subscription service where you get a new toothbrush head and battery every three months. I always forget to change my toothbrush out so I decided to try out this subscription service. The vibrating toothbrushes also have a two-minute timer with 30-second warnings to switch sides. It also comes in the cutest, sleekest colors. For someone who had braces for six years (yeah, you read that right), I’m definitely loving this product.

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Java Truly Skin Care

In December, I was given this the body serum and body scrub at a blogging event. It took one pump of the body serum to get me hooked. Seriously though, it’s like a magic pill in a bottle. I admit I was very nervous about putting an oil on my face because my skin breaks out pretty easily. Since my skin has been tortured with this wishy-washy New England weather, I decided to give it a try. The point of putting the oil on your sin is it is supposed to improve the appearance of wrinkles, firmness, redness, and texture all while protecting against skin damage. But what I really like about this product is that it fits in perfectly with my New Years Resolution of finding more socially sustainable/eco-friendly companies. This company is free from animal testing and they exclusively import all of their green coffee from Smithsonian Certified Coffee Farms and then it is stone milled in Rhode Island. It does all that while smelling like drops of heaven.

After Instastorying @JavaSkinCare in December, they contacted me to offer my blogging friends 20% their final purchase. Use the coupon code PORTER18 to get that 20% off. I’m definitely going to use it to get a full-sized bottle of Body Serum and maybe even the lip scrub.

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Tartelette in Bloom

I really didn’t think I would ever love a makeup palette more than my Too Faced Natural Eye Palette but girl was I wrong. This palette actually smells like chocolate. I literally have been making people smell my eyelids because I’m still not over the fact that it smells like chocolate. These shades are the perfect colors paired next to my green eyes and fair skin. Plus, it has a perfect mix of sparkly colors like funny girl, firecracker, and rocker and matte colors. If you’re looking for an incredible, warm-toned palette this one is for you. Plus, c-h-o-c-o-l-a-t-e.

Naked Urban Decay Smoky

I admit, I traditionally don’t play with smoky eyes because it is so intimidating. I’m convinced I will end up with a hack job that looks like I’ve been punched in the face one too many times. But, sometimes in life, you need to take some risks. I absolutely love the beginning three colors and the final four colors in this palette. I’m slowly working myself towards the darkest colors in the palette. If you like wearing darker colors in the evening this is definitely the palette for you. Also, if any of you have blog posts or tips on how to get over my fear of the smoky eye let me know in the comments down below.

Marc Jacobs Nail polish in Evelyn and Louise

If my college roommates are reading my post right now they’re probably cringing at the fact that I’ve added yet another nail polish color to my selection. I’m gross when it comes to nail polish. I paint my nails 2-3 times a week. Yeah, you read that right. I’ve literally painted them so much that I barely notice the nail polish smell. I’m usually a strictly an OPI and Essie fan, but I decided to get daring and try something new. Marshalls and TJMaxx always have a huge selection of nail polish and if you dig just right you can find a good price for a color. I’m actually scared that I like these two Marc Jacob’s colors (especially Louise) so much that I might not go back to my other colors. If you find these colors or even Marc Jacob’s in the store buy them immediately. Take this from a nail-polish-hoarder.

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Clinique Eye Smoothing Concealer

The one thing I’m pretty self-conscious about are my dark circles. I have some pretty dark ones that I can’t seem to get rid of. Although they have improved in recent years, I still cover them up with some liquid gold… aka concealer. I am a huge fan of Tarte’s Shape Tape but it gets very yellow on me when I’m in my winter-pale-faze.  So I decided to rummage around Ulta to find a concealer that would fit me better. The first time I went, I tried to talk to a sales associate who was convinced that Benefit’s Airbrush Concealer was the right product for me. Boy, was she wrong. This blotchy mess was terrible on my skin. The cream clumped and wiped off my face within hours. So I decided to make a second trip to Ulta and this time run around trying every product I could get my grimy, clueless fingers on. I ended up trying this Clinique eye smoothing concealer in moderately fair and swooned over it. It matched my pink undertones and glued to my skin like hot glue and stayed in place for the rest of the day. If you’re a fan of Tarte’s Shape Tape but it doesn’t quite fit your coloring I would try out this product.

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During my wild goose chase to find a concealer that actually worked, I found a powder foundation that felt like velvet and stayed put. I’m a huge fan of powder foundation just because it’s a quick dab and you’re done. If you want to get ready quickly in the morning I would recommend a powder foundation like this one.

What beauty products are in your top 9? Have you ever tried any of these products? Let me know in the comments down below.

As always,

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November Recap 2017

I cannot believe the year is almost over and 2018 is just around the corner. Do you just lose all sense of time once you become an “adult”? Seriously, I feel like I just graduated and I’ve already been six months out of college. Please make it slow down!

November was very good to me this year. I was able to travel to Boston with my friend, travel New York City for work, visit Robert in Long Island, and I even went all the way up to Albany for Thanksgiving. During the busy month, I picked up a few favorites…

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Favorite Makeup Product: Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara

Marc Jacobs by Marc Jacobs designed by Marc Jacobs and advertised by Marc Jacobs is fantastic. (Hopefully, you caught my sarcasm with the name). But for real, I’ve been falling hard for this mascara because of how full it makes my eyelashes. For someone who has little eyes, mascara is the best item to make an impact. I’ve noticed I can’t really cheap out on mascaras because of how easily it flakes off my eyelashes. Thus, I splurged a little bit more and picked up this mascara. I usually put on two coats on both my top and bottom eyelashes and call it a day.

Scents: Comfort from Bath and Body Works

If you read this post, you know I’m actually obsessed with this scent. Patchouli is now my favorite smell in all the world. I’m currently fighting my desire to buy all of Bath and Body Work’s comfort products. Trust me, it’s harder than it looks. Right now their candles are 50% off so make sure you pick up this comfort candle… you won’t regret it!

Favorite Purchases this Month: Earrings from Francescas 

1st top (sold out), 2nd top, 1st Bottom, 2nd Bottom.

These four earrings were part of my Cyber Monday purchases. I was able to score the first two earrings for $5 each and received 30% off the bottom two earrings. Since I received them in the mail, I’ve been wearing the bottom two nonstop. They add the perfect amount of pizzaz to any outfit. I also purchased a dress from Francescas… be sure to be on the look out for that. It’s defintiely not what you’re expecting.

Outfit I’ve been loving: Thanksgiving Day Outfit

Something about this oversized scarf paired with this lacy dress gives me all the feels. Plus, it does help that my favorite color is the accent piece in this look. If you’re ever nervous about wearing a tighter dress just throw on a giant scarf… you won’t even be able to notice if the dress is tight or not.

Favorite Place I visited: Bryant Park in New York City

When I traveled to New York City for a copywriter’s conference, I had free time before my friend finished her day of work. I decided to wander into Bryant Park because I knew that they had their annual Christmas market going on. The market is comprised of little glass huts filled with all sorts of goodies. I ended up buying a handmade ornament, churros, and an empanada.

Best Food I Consumed this Month: Bagelworld Bagels in Brooklyn and Union Square Donuts in Boston. 

There is this bizarre feud between New Jersey and New York City when it comes to bagels. Both places love to tell me that their bagels are the best, so I decided to find out for myself. After eating countless bagels in New Jersey when staying with friends, I decided to try out a Brooklyn bagel. Sorry, New Jersey, but Brooklyn understands bagels. I’m still thinking about the delicious everything bagel I had.

As for Union Square Donuts, if you’re in the Boston area you need to go venture out to this donut shop. Usually, I really only like the frosting part of the donut but the actual donut was out of this world. It was this doughy masterpiece coated with dark chocolate. *Insert Homer Simpson drooling*

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Favorite View I’ve seen: Sunset in Long Island.

When I visited Robert in the beginning of the month, he took me to see this beautiful sunset. There were two children and one man fishing while we watched the sun dip below the clouds. I could watch sunsets on the beach every day and not get sick of it.

AudioBooks I’m Loving: Tales from the Back Row by Amy Odell and Over-Dressed The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion by Elizabeth L. Cline. 

Amy Odell is a pure genius. She is whimsical, alluring, and I seriously want to be her best friend. She talks about high fashion and the fashion world in such a pure and genuine way. It would be hard not to fall in love with her. She talks about bloggers that have made it big in the world, how to get seen in fashion week, and all of the struggles associated with the high fashion scene. If you love fashion and one day want to see New York Fashion week in all it’s glory (or chaos) this is definitely an audiobook you should listen to.

I was hesitant to Elizabeth’s book on here because I still have about two hours left in the book. However, I’ve been hanging on Elizabeth’s words like an elastic waistband clinging to your skin. The research she has put into this book discussing the actual economic, social, and political cost associated with fast fashion is intense. I’m not even finished with the book yet and she has changed my entire thought process when it comes to fashion. If you’re someone who loves trends but wants to start investing in real, high-quality pieces this is the book for you.

Favorite Quote of the Month: “A strong woman accepts both compliments and criticism graciously, knowing that it takes both sunshine and rain for a flower to grow,” Mandy Hale. 

What were your favorites for the month of November? Let me know in the comments down below.

As always,

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Aromatherapy: Bath and Body Works Haul

My name is Logan Porter… and I have a problem. I’m addicted to Bath and Body Works candles. Addicted isn’t even the right word… I’m obsessed. I have over 30 different candles from Bath and Body works, and I have no intention to stop buying them. With that said, I have never fallen harder for the two candles I’m about to share. I literally can’t stop shoving my nose in their paths. I’m intrusive, rude, and above all in love with these scents.

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Rosewater and Ivy

Fragrance Notes: Soft Rose Petals, English Ivy, Soft Musk… happy tears from angels.

What it Smells Like: Coming home from a long day of work to find fresh cut flowers on your clean, kitchen table. You then go upstairs to take a long bubble bath and melt away every trouble that has ever entered your mind.

I fully admit that the reason I picked up this candle was because of it’s beautiful “marble” casing. I loved the soft pink on the granite and the beautiful label. No judgment, I already admitted I had issues. After cramming my nose in the white wax, I fell hard. I crawled up the candle in my tired, shopped-out arms and carried on to find an equally great candle. And that is when it happened…

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Comfort: Vanilla and Patchouli with Natural Essential Oils

Fragrance Notes: Vanilla Absolute and Patchouli Oil

What it Smells Like: Being embraced by a loved one you haven’t seen in a long time. You then wrap up in an enormous, fuzzy blanket and watch your favorite Netflix show for the next four hours.

This scent is the reason I thought it was the utmost importance that I shared this little haul with you. After lighting the candle for a quick hour, I started putting the entire line in my online shopping cart (a habit I am too accustomed to doing).

I’m obsessed with this beautiful, rich smell that makes my crazy mind feel at ease. The point of these two fragrances being added together is because the vanilla is supposed to bring a calming to the mind to encourage relaxation while the patchouli oil creates a sense of harmony. They really were not kidding when they said that “comfort” was going to enter your home with this candle. I feel like I’m being hugged by God himself.

As for the body scrub… I’m typically not the biggest fan of body scrubs just because most tend to be too harsh on my skin. After trying this scrub, I take it all back. I’m a huge fan… call me a fangirl if you must. The scrub is made of walnut shells and vitamin E to smooth and soften your skin and it smells like a dream come true. The best part about it is it doesn’t leave that sticky-just-washed skin feeling. Instead, your skin feels like silk that has just been spun. The smell itself is actually the reason I spent the past hour looking for perfumes that smell like this. Sadly, until Bath and Body Works makes a perfume I’m ‘stuck’ with their lotions, creams, scrubs, soaps, and more. Fingers crossed that they hear my cry.

P.S. if you’re looking for a fantastic quick gift they make a gift set of Comfort’s lotion and body wash. Trying my hardest not to buy it for myself right now. 

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What is your favorite scent from Bath and Body Works? Have you tried anything from their aromatherapy collection yet? Let me know in the comments down below.

By the way, do yourself a favor and check out Comfort… it’s worth it I promise.

As always,

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Relax Candle From Bath and Body Works: Does It Really Work?

Hello darling! How is your day going? Slightly overwhelming? I’ve have a bunch of essays due next week and just finished up a midterm yesterday. So, you could say I’ve been a little stressed… to say the least. I mean what college senior isn’t stressed about the idea of being released into the real world? If you’re a college senior and you’re not stressed… let me know your secret!

I was introduced to the idea of aromatherapy a couple of years ago and finally decided to actually try it out. Honestly, I first thought it was a load of crap the first time I heard it. I literally thought it was a hippy idea and that there was no way it would work. Three years later, I decided to give it a go.

I received an aromatherapy essential oils kit over Christmas. The kit was by Peabody and Paisley and included three different oils designed to help stress, sleep, and headaches. I have an incredibly difficult time falling asleep sometimes. It definitely has to do with always being on my computer of phone… but I’ll never admit it. I decided to try the oil and I felt like it somewhat worked. I was able to fall asleep much quicker than when I didn’t use it. In all honestly, it could be a placebo effect, but I felt like it really worked.

That is when I decided why not try one of those aromatherapy candles Bath and Body Works always sells. Sure enough, the next time I was in Bath and Body Works they had a crazy Christmas sale that had candles for $10 and then I had a coupon so I actually scored this candle for $7.50. What can I say… this girl can shop. There were two different types of Relax candles. One had a minty smell and the other one was this black chamomile smell. For those who don’t know chamomile is a very old herb that has been used since ancient Rome. It has been known to alleviate cold symptoms, promote relaxation and relieve stress, relieve allergies, aid digestion, and many more.

First thing is first. Candles are relaxing overall. They always make me feel more calm. I don’t know if it is because of the soft flicker of light or if it is just the constant smell that makes me want to sink into my pillow. So, I went into this knowing that I was probably going to be relaxed when I tried this candle. With that said, yes, I think this candle does actually “work magic.” The smell of the candle is this sweet smell that makes you feel like you’re sinking into a beanbag chair. I think there has to be at least some kind of connection with smells and feelings because your nose is so close to your brain… at least that is my thought process!

What is your opinion on aromatherapy? Do you think it is a bunch of garbage or do you think there is a science behind the madness? Let me know in the comments down below!

As always,

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35 Funky Ideas for Your New Year’s Resolution

Hello darlings! What is your opinion on New Year’s resolutions? Do you think its a great opportunity or a bunch of lies? Now this post might be a little late but you can always start a new beginning. To me it seems like people are either pessimistic or optimistic about New Year’s resolutions. You’re either the positive, “I’m going to improve my life drastically” or pessimistic saying “I can change anytime I want.” I’m in-between both of these ideas because I like the idea of setting a goal. Yes, I realize you can do that anytime and be successful. I’m not doubting that. However, what I am saying is that the new year is a great opportunity to make a few changes in your life. Nothing drastically, but little things that you can improve on day by day. For example, every year I tell myself “drink more water.” Some days I forget… hey, I am human after all. But most days I remember. Making the New Year’s resolution in the beginning of January helps me refocus my goals and try to make the best out of everything.

There is always room for self improvement no matter who you are. New Year’s resolutions gives you the opportunity to reflect and possibly even make yourself the best you can possibly be. I know that is cheesy and what not, but I think that is why people are so drawn to creating a New Year’s resolution.

Here are 35 funky ideas for your New Year’s Resolutions:

  • Drink more water.
  • Eat more vegetables.
  • Come up with something creative to cook once a week/or month.
  • Go somewhere new once a week/month.
  • Go a different way to work/school once a week/month so you can look at things differently.
  • Try a new hobby once a month.
  • Read a book once a month.
  • Read 3+ scholarly articles once a week.
  • Learn a new word every day.
  • Try new workout classes/routine once a week/month.
  • Try saying “yes” more than “no”
  • Try a different culture’s food once a week/month.
  • Listen to yourself more.
  • Leave the house every day.
  • Sleep 8 hours every day.
  • Dress up more.
  • Compliment at least one person a day.
  • Work on forgiveness.
  • Comment on someone’s blog post once a day.
  • Volunteer more.
  • Plan your outfits the day before.
  • Change your bed sheets more
  • Do 30 squats or 15 push ups every day.
  • Give yourself at least 30 minutes every day to relax.
  • Develop a better Spotify playlist.
  • Write down one thing that made you happy every day.
  • Write down one thing that made you grateful every day.
  • Wear less/more make up (which ever you prefer).
  • Say “I love you,” “thank you,” and “please” more.
  • Learn an interesting fact once a day.
  • Think more about what you’re putting into your body.
  • Think more about where your clothes are coming from.
  • Reflect more on your decisions.
  • Do something you wouldn’t normally do once a day.
  • Tip more.

Maybe pick one or two from this epic list or even come up with your own. As for me, I plan improving myself to my best of ability by working on a few of the ideas listed above. I knew its cliche, but sometimes you need a little push to improve yourself. After all, I’m graduating this spring and will soon have to figure out where my life is headed. When you’re coming up with your New Year’s resolution or even just an idea of how to improve yourself, think of not only how you want others to see you but how you want to see yourself. Do you want to see yourself as a positive, helpful person or do you want people to see you as a funny, charismatic  person? Your New Year’s resolution can help you reach that type of goal.

Some things I’m beyond happy to enter the new year with includes this wonderful wall calendar. I love this wall calendar because each month has different illustrations based on the weather change. You bet this baby is going to be hanging in my room at school as soon as I get back.

If you haven’t shopped for Bath and Body Works candles as of recently I might think you’re insane. Last week, the candles were $10 each and I had a coupon for $10 off $40 so they actually ended up being $7.50 each. The coupon is: F165207 at check out and if you’re in store here is the coupon. Right now the candles are at $11.25 so get them while they’re this cheap!

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I recently got this mascara kit for Christmas. You get to try 5 different types of mascaras and then get a full size one once you pick which one you like most. I’m still deciding which one I want to get but this was definitely one of my favorite gifts. If you’re looking for a new mascara check it out in stores at Sephora.

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I have this weird obsession with painting my nails and 2017 is no different. I received this nail polish, Tickle My Franc-y , from one of my best friends and I literally cannot stop reaching for this color. It’s been a month and I can’t seem to paint my nails any other color. This pink shade of nude nail polish is perfect for any occasion so definitely check it out.

The Butter London lipgloss in Hot Totty is from Marshall’s. They’re usually $20-$34 depending where you buy it from and what color it is… I scored mine for $5. Like my nail polish, I keep reaching for this lip gloss. It smells good, stays put, is incredibly moisturizing, and it makes me feel like a princess. So yes, I’m slightly obsessed. Be on the look out when you’re shopping at Marshall’s or T.J.Maxx you never know what you’ll end up with.

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To stay on track in 2017, I think everyone needs a good planner. Last year, I purchased a similar planner to this one. I love Ban.do‘s planners because they don’t have lines on the days of the week. One thing I really like doing with my planners is drawing on them instead of writing down the event. Ban.do also does a great way to make the planner as interactive as possible by including multiple compliments and activities to do on random pages. You can see last year’s planner here and see all of the wonderful features pictured. The differences between this year’s and last year’s planner is that there are more note pages, different drawings/compliments/activities and there are more stickers that you can use. Kind of a win-win.

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I agree with Ban.do when they say don’t look back. I hope this year brings you all joy, happiness, and health. Focus on the positive and hopefully make this year the best it can be. Let me know in the comments down below if you have any New Year’s Resolutions for this upcoming year or if you have any necessities to bring on this wonderful year.

Happy January 4th!

As always,

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72 Holiday Gifts for Her

Hello darling! Are you at a loss for what you might want to give to that certain someone? I put together photo sets from nine different stores that will hopefully give you a few ideas on what to get that certain girl. I hope this gives you at least some kind of inspiration on what to give to that special someone.

American Eagle.

Anything from American Eagle would be a safe gift for anyone because they sell basics with a unique flair. Not only are their pieces unique but they also last forever. You’ll literally give a gift to someone that lasts forever. For example, I still have the same jeans from freshman year of high school because they’re still in perfect condition. If you know someone who typically wears things that have lace or random elements on them I would try looking at American Eagle.

Current promotion: 40% off and free shipping, jeans buy one get one free, $15 pjs, $20 sweaters.

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Francesca’s 

Francesca’s is definitely the perfect store for the girly girl hostess. They have such a wide arrange of fun nicknacks such as cheerful pillows, fun accessories to throw in your purse, coloring books, and decorative signs. The store offers adorable lacy clothing that is sure to appeal to the girly girl. If you don’t want to gift clothes, I would definitely recommend looking at their jewelry selection and their home gifts selection.

Current promotion: Home & Gifts buy one get one 50% off and Bogo mixer buy one get one 50% off.

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Tobi.

The next two stores are definitely stores for the girls who are trying to try out the newest trends. Tobi has a wide range of interesting clothing so if you see on someone’s wish list something like “off the shoulder shirt” or “unique shirts” I would look at this website. I’m literally obsessed with this velvet blazer and I’m sure your style guru will too.

Current promotion: All new products are always 50% off when added but right now they’re 60%. You also get 50% off your first order.

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Forever 21

Just like Tobi, Forever 21 is definitely a store to go to for the trend setter. From overalls to statement necklaces you’re sure to find something for everyone here. Brace yourself if you plan on going its the actual store though. It’s like the gym the day after new years… everyone wants a piece of something. My recommendation? Buy everything online and make sure you get a gift receipt because their sizes tend to be pretty interesting.

Current promotion: $20 off when you spend $100 or more. 70% off winter items.

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Sephora

Okay, I don’t know what it is about make up but girls go insane about it! It’s something to do with the pretty colors and getting to look a certain way. Anyway, there are tons and tons of kits and tricks you can get from Sephora. One of my top 10 favorite gifts I’ve ever received (#1 is a blanket) is the scent certificate. Okay, before you skip to the next store hear me out. You get a package of 5 different scents to try out and they you get this certificate where you get to buy a full roll on perfume. Since perfume is definitely something you can’t just get anyone, go for this because that way they in a way get a gift but they also get to pick out their present. Kind of a win win. Trust me its not a cop out like a gift card it’s a really cool present.

Current promotion: Check the sale section because some of these packages are on sale.

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Bath and Body Works

If you only knew how insane I become when candles are in the mix. Okay, who doesn’t love candles. Okay, lame question I know. But they make any room warm and smelling like happiness. The best part? With some candles you can even get matching lotion, soap, hand sanitizer, and perfume. That may be going overboard but it is definitely an option! My advice is to not buy this online because you don’t know how it actually smells. If you really don’t want to go in person to buy things, I listed some great candles below.

Current promotion: Candles are half off right now ($12.50). Everything else is buy three get three free.

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Urban Outfitters

Know someone who is incredibly difficult to shop for and they won’t tell you what they want? Well welcome to Urban Outfitters were everything hipster is right at your disposal. Things range from mirror trays, to sarcastic books, to random wall decor. Going in this store makes you feel like you’re in some type of universe, but their website is incredibly helpful and all sorted out like a charming charlie (only a few of you will understand that comment). When it doubt wander over to their book selection because thats where I go as soon as I enter an Urban Outfitters. If you’re trying to be productive click on their gift tag and you’re all set. There is even a men’s and a women’s section to be even more helpful.

Current promotion: $20 off 100.

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AdoreMe

Through all of their social media presence on accounts like Facebook and Instagram, I’m shocked I haven’t heard of this company earlier. I was pleasantly surprised by the adorable sleepwear and active wear sections. My family always exchanges pjs on Christmas Eve and then opens presents in them the next morning. It’s a little tradition that has carried on year after year. AdoreMe’s pjs are perfect for the Christmas morning and opening up presents. They have a variety of different pants and colors that almost replicate Victoria Secret’s but for a more affordable price. You can see the similarity in the black button-down set. Also, I adore that you’re buying a set when purchasing things. For example, you’re getting both the top and at the bottom of each of the sets in the pictures below. But the real reason I added this website on my epic christmas gift list was their unique activewear selection. They have joggers with mesh pockets and leggings with mesh cutouts. They even have matching tops to go with the bottoms! Their activewear selection would be a great Christmas for everyone who loves to work out and look trendy while doing so.

Current promotion: 1 set $24.95 and free shipping!

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J.Crew

Trying to buy something for someone who is the definition of preppy? Head over to J.Crew and feast your eyes on all of the beautiful colors. You really cannot go wrong with anything form J.Crew, but you might want a gift receipt because sometimes the sizing is a little bit different on some items. Regardless, gifting any of their items are a great gift. I mean can you really go wrong with two fat otters on a sweater?

Current promotion: 50%-60% off everything online!

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I hope this helped! You’re for sure to find a great present for that certain someone. Let me know if it did! Check back tomorrow to see my post about a gift’s that help the world.

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What Is In My Fall Bag?

Hello darling! You might have seen this bag in my earlier Lark Fest post. I’m in love with this earthy color. I’m so glad I decided to get this rich green instead of the matte black. They also had a white and black combo one. This bag is redicously perfect for fall because of its rich color and dipped texture.

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I love following the “What’s in my bag” tag on WordPress! Some of the things people lug around is so fascinating to me. I’m just obsessed with finding out what people carry around in their purses… is that weird? The anticipation of finding out if they carry around a knife or a small rodent is thrilling. Okay, sadly I don’t carry around either of those things. I’m actually pretty boring when it comes to what I carry. But I figured I’d give you an update on what I’ve been lugging around because my last “What’s in my bag” was in May of 2015.

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  • Pen: This pen is embarrassingly from the Saratoga Race Track. I needed to purchase a pen in order to write on one of the race books… this pen cost me $6. I’m not proud of this super expensive purchase, but now I always carry around a pen!
  • Sunglasses: These are from this random shop in New Jersey. I love the cat eye frame on my face. I feel like I’m traveling back in time when i wear them.
  • Hand sanitizer: I always purchase a bunch of these every year from Bath and Body Works. It is something you always should carry around in my opinion. This scent is one of my favorite and is called Apple Wreath.
  • Headphones: I feel like this is always a necessity. I love listening to songza so I have my headphones scattered around like a mad man.
  • Ghirardelli Dark Chocolate sea salt caramel: these are literally my weakness. When I eat this, I get the same feeling I get when I see puppies; this gooey feeling inside my heart.
  • As for these lip stains I love the pigment and this plum color for fall. This particular style of matte lipstick smells like a candy store. It isn’t very matte when you swatch it but it is matte when you apply it to your lips.
  • Nivea is my go to chapstick! I usually go for peppermint chapstick but recently fell in love with this one. I do apply this very often thought the day. I wish it lasted longer on my lips.

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It wouldn’t be a purse without a few pieces of gum and a wallet! I recently have been trying to ween myself off of chewing gum and replacing them with mints. I still have this case of gum though. After I finish it, I’ll have to get a little can of Altoid mints. As for the wallet, this is from my summer bag but wanted to carry it over.

What do you carry around in your bag? I’d love to find out if you carry around something funky. Link your blog post in the comments or just let me know!

As always,

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Treat Yo Self- Haul June 2016

Hello darlings! Before you read any further, I just want to point out that these purchases have been over a month and have just started piling up. I figured I would share some of my lovely purchases with you guys because they make me warm and fuzzy inside. Plus, I love reading all your hauls so maybe someone gets that oogy-gooey feeling like I do.

It seems like this time last year I blogged about Bath and Body Works. It might just be that they always have a fantastic sale going on around this time. No worries I have some new goodies to show. Oddly enough, that post gets revisited time after time. Someone must just love looking at their colorful products… I know I do! I feel like every time I go into Bath and Body Works I get sucked into this other world. Luckily enough, there is a sale going on this week. If you haven’t checked it out already… go, go, go! Right now the original $22 candles are half off. You guys know my obsession with candles (my roommate, Courtney, admits that she is ready for all of the scented candles next year). I ended up purchasing 3.

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The Autumn Mums smells like florals with a hint of the generic Flesh Linen candle. The underneath of the candle says that the candle smells like “a floral blend of soft mum petals, amber and a hint of sandalwood.” I think that nailed it.

The next candle is the Baja Cactus Blossom.  This one really caught my eye because I didn’t really know that cacti had a scent. I really wish this candle had a lotion because it has the softest note of coconut that makes the candle so alluring. The back of the candle says that the scent is from the “alluring beauty of a cactus flower captured in a blend of fresh white flowers, green cactus stems and sun kissed coconut.” Not captured in my photos, the lid of this particular candle has palm leaves which makes a great addition to my candle collection.

The last candle is the sweet Paris Lavender Macaron. This candle says that it smells like “lavender blossoms with a delicate patisserie cookie,” but I smell something completely different. When I smell this candle, I smell a sweet vanilla, cinnamon, and cream cheese frosting. This particular candle I think should be burned for a little because it is stronger than the others.

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I also ended up getting something that I’ve never purchased before. I ended up getting this adorable car freshener and 4 different scents. I admit, it took me a little while to actually figure out how to insert the scent. Once I figured it out the first time, it’s easy to change. I have a soft spot for candles and cacti so I guess Bath and Body Works knows the way to my heart. The scents right now are 4 for $10. Which isn’t too bad considering they’re normally $3.50. They also have more adorable holders than this cactus. For example, they have a margarita glass, anchors, turtles, and flowers.

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Going along with the car theme, I’ve been looking for a keychain for my car keys. It’s just been a little hard finding them in my purse so I just wanted a little tassel. I found this one at DSW and thought it was adorable.

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When it comes to shoes, I have trust problems. It’s very, very rare that I will fall in love with any shoes that aren’t Steve Madden. My boots are always Steve Madden. I don’t know what it is but he just seems to know what I like. So, naturally, going into DSW my eyes somehow always dart towards Steve Madden shoes. It’s almost pathetic. I was wandering the store looking for shoes for an upcoming wedding, and I had three different boxes… All Steve Madden. I ended up getting two lace up pairs of Steve Madden. Do any of you have a brand of shoes that you just can’t seem to escape?

 

The pair on the left is actually a little bit of a darker brown than the pair on the left but the picture disordered it a little. With that in mind I really like both of these shoes because they make your legs look longer. When you have shoes that are a similar tone as your skin, it plays a trick on the eyes by making your legs look longer. These sandals are incredibly comfy because they don’t have that thong in-between the big toe and other toes. I also love the lace up aspect of them. It’s a unique flare.

The pair on the right is such a show stopper. I’ve fallen in love with the lace up shoes ever since I bought my first pair in Ireland. You can see them here. Plot twist: they’re from Top Shop. The heel on these shoes are about 2 1/3 to 3 inches. I love that you can tie a bow either in front or back of your leg. Okay, that may seem really minor but it really makes a difference depending on what you’re wearing. For example, the dress I’m wearing to an upcoming wedding is very elegant and says enough without needing shoes to say more. Therefore, by putting the bow in the back of the leg plays down the shoe. If I was wearing a simple dress I would want the bow in the front. Regardless these shoes are a great addition to my shoe collection. P.S. the red on the shoes is from a clearance sticker… It is NOT blood! I don’t want anyone to be worried/alarmed!

I ended up going into Madewell. Madewell is actually a really new store to me. They are  partnered up with the lovely J.Crew but have a more youthful vibe. Many of their items are very clean cut and simple but have a little bit of a unique cut or style to them. For example, their plain shirts might drape a certain way. All of their jewelry is this funky gold color. I have a hard time describing it so if any of you know the proper term let me know in the comments. It’s a really unique quality their jewelry possesses. I ended up spending a lot of time looking at their jewelry and ended up with this ring that looks between a sun and a bullet wound (might look like a bullet wound to me because I’ve been spending a lot of time watching Lost). If you’ve never been to a Madewell shop it’s definitely a place you should check out. I forgot to mention, their bags are phenomenal as well. They have leather bags that you can initial or make them say whatever you want. I’m thinking about purchasing a simple leather bag for all my papers in the future.

 

Earlier this summer, I went to Maryland with my boyfriend’s family and met more of his family. I ended up purchasing this 100% vegan, cruelty-free roll on perfume. I love roll on perfumes because they’re so easy to throw in your bag and apply them on the go. They make a few different smells. If I see this brand again I think I’m going to purchase the grapefruit one next!

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Whenever you go into a place like Marshalls, TJ Maxx, or Nordstrom Rack you never really know what you’re going to come out with. Recently, I wandered around Normstrom Rack with my mom desperately looking for a dress for a wedding (I founded it but that is for another post… The anticipation I know)! I didn’t know where to begin looking for just normal shirts. I just looked at random racks here and there. I still don’t think I looked at everything. I ended up falling for this beautiful blue top. The way the top sits on your shoulders is incredibly flattering. I can’t wait to show you guys how I pattern this top a few different ways.

There are three dresses you will ended up seeing in future posts. I’m incredibly excited to show you the dresses and the experiences associated with them.

Like the Nordstrom Rack… Marshalls is just as good. I found these spring pattern shorts on one of the racks. I love this deep, rich green color and the funky blue pattern.

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Along with the shorts this breezy top was hiding in one of the racks. It has cutouts on the shoulders and flows everywhere else. This is a perfect shirt for a colder day because it would look phenomenal with white skinny jeans.

It is so hard going into American Eagle and not buying something. I plan on showing these three items in an outfit post so I had to just show them in a little sneak peak…

 

I love Francesca’s… what is not to love about their delicate jewelry pieces and feminine clothing. Also, they have the best accessory section compared to Urban Outfitters. I ended up getting this adorable flower case and matching mug. I’ve been looking at this mug since the winter and have finally shelled out the money to purchase it. I’m really indecisive if I should keep it as a mug or if I should transform it into a succulent platter. If you have any opinions let me know in the comments!

I love these sparkly earrings I picked up as well. I’ve gotten so many compliments on them  that I knew I had to blog about them. The outside rim is a faux looking wooden branch and the inside are filled with different sized gems. What isn’t to love?

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Obviously I needed help talking pictures so Butch graciously volunteered. He helped me pick out which item to photograph until he got distracted by this enormous frog that lives in our little coy pond.

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As you read this post, I am moving to Troy. I’ve been offered a great position at the Children’s Museum of Science and Technology. I’m extremely excited to start teaching! I hope to update you more on Troy in a later post.

As always,

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Small February Haul

Hello, darlings! I went on a little shopping spree last month. I shouldn’t be left alone with a computer and access to my debit card. It always results to these types of posts. Here is what I bought in the month of February…

I have a problem. Every time I go into American Eagle I’m sucked into the third dimension. I usually dart straight to the sales rack and then slowly work my way to the front of the store… if you want to get great deals I recommend this strategy.

I ended up purchasing two dresses and a simple ring. The first dress I thought it would be a great cover-up at the beach or an interesting piece for Coachella because of the nautical feel. The second dress I may or may not have fell in love with. It was on sale for $14.99 and the color and style is wonderful. I’ve actually already done a blog post about it see here.

 

 

Bath and Body Works had a sale for $9.99 for each candle. The first candle is from the collection White Barn, a company Bath and Body Works carries. It is called “Sundress.” It smells like fresh bedsheets that have been drying out on the line mixed with lilies. I love the lid of this one. It is one of the candle containers you want to save because it’s so adorable.

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This second one is “Beautiful Day” from White Barn also. It’s a smell that gets you excited for spring. It smells like sweet, juicy apples and flowers that have just blossomed.

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I have this warm and gooey feeling when I see this belt (insert freshly made cookies). I got it at Ralph Lauren outlet for $27.99 (I had a 20% off coupon). Stay tuned for later this week, I’m doing an outfit post on it and couldn’t be more excited.

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This wonderful suede jacket is from Forever 21 and was originally $59. I lucked out big time and scored this jacket for $7. I’m so happy the weather has been warming up so I get to break out this jacket. Like the purple dress above, I’ve already made a post on this jacket here.

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I bought these earrings for $6.99 at Forever 21. I have silver dangly earrings but was on the hunt for a golden pair. These earrings are a great addition to my collection.

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I also purchased these wonderful shiny earrings from J.Crew. I think the little rhinestones are a perfect touch in these rather simple studs.

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I was in need of a winter hat because Albany gets really cold in the winter. I can’t tell if I’m lucky or unlucky because I haven’t been able to wear this hat yet. It has been so nice out lately. I guess the groundhog was right. I’ll let you be the judge if I’m lucky or not

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Last but not least, I purchased a little Vera Bradly bag to carry small items in. Isn’t this pattern and the frilly detailing wonderful? I haven’t decided what I wanted to use it for. If you have any ideas let me know!

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That is my little haul! I hope you enjoyed it! Does online shopping or the sales rack always get the best of you? Let me know in the comments down below!

As always,

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Monthly Favorites: January 2016

Hello darlings! I used to do monthly favorites a couple of times last year. I want to start doing them a little bit more frequently. They’ll range from favorite recipes to new videos I have found. I hope you enjoy!

I’ve always loved the “100 years of __” and I found this wonderful one showing 100 years of fitness! I thought it was so cool.

 

I’m obsessed with this candle from Bath and Body Works. It smells like if you put happiness into a bottle, filled it with red apples, and then sprinkled cinnamon on top. I am aware that it is a fall scent, but I’m someone who loves fall smells. I really can’t get enough of them. I’d be totally okay if fall lasted all year long.

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This month I’ve been obsessed with the color Bobby Dazzler by Butter London. I wore this color for New Years Eve and loved it. It’s such a statement nail polish because it looks like you put tin foil on your hands. All night long I kept looking a my hands admiring the color.

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My favorite jewelry of this month has to be these three rings from Francesca’s. I received them for Christmas and I have worn them very, very frequently. When I do a look book you’ll definitely see some of these rings in the pictures.

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Favorite DIY of the month: My dream catcher! Mind you I only did one DIY this month, but I’m literally obsessed with how this came out. Every time I go in my room I look at it. If you missed my post on in click here.

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Favorite photo of the month has to be this one. It was the first photo taken this year and I love it. It pretty much reflected how little I did over the winter break… thinking about that now that I have a few essays due next week!

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What is your January recap? Did you do anything fantastic or did you fall in love with a new product? Let me know in the comments down below!

As always,

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