Sunday Seven - April 22, 2018.

It feels like the weather has finally taken a turn - spring is here! It's an incredible feeling...moods have lifted and I'm inspired to get out and accomplish things in the yard, run errands and take on various tasks that keep getting pushed back onto the to-do list. Winter is definitely a struggle for me. I get a bit stir-crazy and feel more sluggish and bummed out. I'm so happy to see the sun now and to feel like I can actually start my seeds because yes, we will have a seasonal change and a warm-up! Huzzah!

1. Today is Earth Day and I thought of doing a post focused specifically on that, but I also know there are PLENTY of them out there today and this weekend in general. Trying to take on more sustainable practices is an important value to me and something I think we all should be doing. It's not always easy though and I think we need to focus on progress rather than perfection - it can be easy to feel like we're not doing enough, or can't possibly do enough, because we're not doing it all. This article which is a rather long one, touches on the historic drought in Cape Town, South Africa. It's a wonderful article on a fascinating story - I think it provides so much food for thought!

2. I suppose sticking with the Cape Town theme, I HAVE to mention the new album from Jeremy Loops. I ordered Critical as Water ye old fashioned way via a CD that came from across the pond in the UK. It took awhile to get here but it was well worth the wait. I feel like I'm the only one left who still listens to proper CD's but honestly I prefer them. I know that no matter what happens to my tech, I've still got the actual disc. I've lost whole hordes of music before because hard drives went kaput. Anyways, back to the CD - it's seriously so incredible. I can't get enough of Freak and really, the whole album is incredible. I've been listening to it on a loop (ha), rather than skipping past particular songs which I often do with albums. It's hard to find an album where you fully enjoy every. single. song. The sound is incredible, the production is incredible...the whole damn thing is incredible. <3

3. Let's talk TV for a minute. I feel like I haven't talked about TV in a minute here. It's not for a lack of opinions, I've just sort of being absorbing programs and not sharing my thoughts for no particular reason. Trust me, I still have plenty of them!! But I've got to mention this new show Splitting up Together because it's just a damn great sitcom. It's based on a Danish show called, Bedre skilt end aldrig, and follows a couple who have decided to divorce but co-parent together in the same house (essentially), for the sake of their children. It's funny and sweet and at some points sad, but it's all lovely. Jenna Fisher is great and I have no complaints re: Oliver Hudson who looked incredibly familiar to me, but I don't know why. Splitting Up Together is on ABC and follows Blashish, Tuesdays at 9:30pm.

4. I've been working on some serious spring cleaning and organization the past couple of weeks and this week I went and picked up this metal cart from Target and I honestly love it way more than I thought I would. I was drawn to it because of it's functionality for the particular project I have in mind, but I've found that I actually really like the look of it as well. Right now it's not totally full up yet, but I've got the top shelf (for now) filled with some of my house plants and I just love it! The cart is a dupe for the Ikea one, but I don't have an Ikea anywhere near me so this works!

5. BLUEBIRDS. The end of this week brought about a turn in the weather - finally. I was looking out our front picture window the other day and watching the birds and I noticed there was a little bird on one of our two bird houses. I put them up years ago specifically to try and attract Eastern Bluebirds. When the bird turned, I noticed it was a Bluebird!! I went out yesterday and got some fresh meal worms and filled up their special feeder. I haven't seen them eat yet, but they're incredibly interested in our one bird house and I'm so excited to be seeing Bluebirds. I'm really hoping they stick around - this has been years in the making!

6. This Will Be My Undoing: Living at the Intersection of Black, Female, and Feminist in (White) America by Morgan Jerkins. I finally finished this book this week. I feel like I read it rather slowly, but that may be because I've been trying to not pressure myself to achieve a certain speed in my reading (especially pleasure reading). It was a really good book. I feel like it was so many books in one. There were memoir style aspects that of course, appealed to me because that's one of my favorite genres to read, and then there was commentary on society. So really, it was many of my interests rolled into one and I just really enjoyed reading it. I think Jerkins writes really well - she has a talent for sure. She taught me things, made me think and entertained me all at the same time. I hope that she comes out with more books because I'd absolutely read them.

7. I've really been enjoying some of the essential oil blends I've been working on. I've been playing with essential oils in different ways for a few years but recently I've been utilizing them more as remedies for various issues, like pain. The blend I'm currently using is the best I've created thus far and I find myself using it for headaches, neck pain, back pain, and so much more. I'm definitely an essential oil fan. But more on that in another post! ;)

Hope everyone has a great week ahead!


The Perfect Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

I've spent years trying to find the perfect chocolate chip cookie recipe. More specifically, I've been trying to replicate the cookies my grandmother made when I was young. I remember her filling old coffee tins with these pale, lumpy chocolate chip cookies that were the perfect dipping cookies back when I could drink milk. I realize that to some this might not sound like the ideal cookie - and perhaps nostalgia is romanticizing them a bit. Regardless, when I think back to her cookies, I really wish I had learned how she made them (and really, most of her cooking in general). I find many cookie recipes to be incredibly sweet and I don't like cookies that are so sweet that they send electric waves through my teeth (hello, sensitive teeth). I tend to also like my cookies a bit on the drier side. The cookie recipe I'm sharing today definitely hits those marks.


Sunday Seven: April 8th 2018

The semester is over and I feel like I can finally breathe a sigh of relief. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy school, but this semester has just felt particularly exhausting. I've always sort of struggled during the "spring" semesters - this time of year in general sort of gets me down, so perhaps that's part of it. I'm sure I'm not alone? This week has been a lot of tackling things I've had on the back burner due to school - like cleaning and pleasure reading, so I feel like the Sunday Seven this week is extra nerdy (not a bad thing, just a thing).

1. This article about Africa splitting into two fascinates me. I read it when I couldn't sleep one night and despite it being 3 in the morning, I was actually able to comprehend a decent amount of what it discusses. Points for my insomniac brain!

2. Reading this Reddit post about how Instinct is potentially plagiarizing Bones. I'm not sure what to make of the details of the whole thing, but I will say that the video that I watched comparing last week's episode of Instinct and an episode of Bones (a show I'm not familiar with) really makes it hard to argue that at very least, they're recycling work the writer previously did. Hopefully the video is still up by the time this post goes live - it keeps getting taken down by CBS. Go figure - it certainly doesn't help them with the show they've been promoting like crazy (while they leave other shows in the dust.... Oh, Elementary, I miss you!!). You can likely find a re-uploaded version through the Reddit thread though if this interests you at all.

3. I learned that I sort of dislike read-a-thons. Over the weekend there was a #25in5 read-a-thon which had the goal of reading for 25 hours over the course of five days. Given that the semester had come to an end, I figure this would be the perfect way to get back into the swing of things with reading that wasn't school related. I like the idea of these reading challenges (which typically start on Instagram), because they feel like they foster a sense of community by bringing people together with a collective goal. However, I've learned an important reminder through trying to participate in this challenge. I don't like competitive reading. I'm easy to fall for it, but I don't like it at all. It stresses me out - taking the fun and enjoyment out of reading. I worry that I don't read quickly enough and that I won't get through as much reading as others. I worry that others will judge my reading speed/efficiency and my book choices. I love reading and this challenge was a reminder that I just don't enjoy the way competitive reading makes me feel. I like certain aspects of the bookstagram community, but others make me too hard on myself. Reading is a self-care action for me and that means it needs to happen naturally. Wanting to read a lot is different than trying to rush through things to fit in with others, so I'm going to try to be better about reading the way I want to, not the way everyone else is.

4. Mocha Cold Brew from Chameleon Coffee. OMG you guys, this stuff is dangerously yummy. For the past few months, I've been drinking cold brew coffee nearly exclusively and it's always been Chameleon (I tried the Trader Joe's cold brew concentrate but it was no bueno IMO). I used to have a lot of GI issues from coffee but thanks to Cold Brew, that is all in the past. I love how easy it is to make a delicious cup of coffee every morning and while you can make it hot, I much prefer it iced. It was on sale this week at Target so I finally picked up the Mocha, and now think I've tried all of their flavors (except for the caramel, which now that I looked it up and realized its dairy free, I'll have to try it next time). I typically stick to the regular black but damn, this mocha is really really delicious!!! It honestly gives me vague Tim Hortons Ice Cap vibes when I mix it with my Silk Soy creamer!! I don't do dairy anymore so I haven't had Timmy Ho's in months and that might be the thing I miss the most!! The mocha has enough of a chocolaty hint without tasting like straight up chocolate milk - it's really well balanced. So much so that I broke my rule of one cup of coffee a day to have a second because its just that good!

5. It's Judy's Life - due to school, watching YouTube had mostly be placed on the back burner for me. This week I've been slowly making my way through my queue of subscriptions and I've really been enjoying Benji and Judy's Tokyo vlogs. I more or less enjoy all of their vlogs because they feel more down to earth than some on the platform. But these vlogs in particular I enjoy because I feel like when they travel, they often immerse themselves into where they are and the culture, more so than some. It's been interesting to watch them and their experience in Toyko. In one of the vlogs, Benji was talking about one of the reasons people might wear face masks in Japan and he said it was part due to the mass planting of non-indigenous trees and it honestly felt half believable and half far-fetched so I looked it up and it's actually a pretty fascinating story. You learn something new every day!

6. While winter just doesn't seem to want to leave, I'm still feeling inspired by the prospect of spring. For some reason, spring often makes me feel the desire to change things up. I love cleaning this time of year - I'm talking going through EVERYTHING and getting rid of things that don't serve you. I find it so therapeutic. I've been thinking of ways to revamp by bedroom as well and I'm really loving the inspiration one can find through Pinterest. This particular bedroom just speaks to me - it's in need of more books and some plants though!!

7. Speaking of spring, I've been trying to figure out what the hell I'm going to plant this year in the veggie garden. I feel torn between wanting to keep it simple, and wanting to switch it up a bit and plant some new and perhaps unusual things. If you have a veggie garden, what do you grow? I live in WNY so our growing season is pretty damn short, but that doesn't mean all hope is lost! I'm so excited for the weather to finally get to a point where I can actually get outside and play in the gardens. I picked up a bunch of gladiolus bulbs yesterday because I just couldn't resist. I've picked up some seeds too but I'm not sure that's all I want to plant. Decisions....decisions...

I hope everyone had a great week! x


One Day At A Time: Picked Up For A Third Season.

It was announced today that Netflix has picked up One Day At A Time for a third season. The popular sitcom is a remake of the original 1970s Norman Lear production which chronicled the life of a single mother and her children. In the remake, the sitcom follows the life of a Cuban American family headed by a single mother, through all their ups and downs.


Sunday Seven - March 25, 2018

I wanted to start a new series here on the blog. I find that throughout the week I often come across links I want to share, or discover new products which I love (or hate). Sometimes there's music or a TV show that I'm obsessing over, or a book that I really enjoyed. These might not be monthly favorites, but they're things I'd like to share so I decided that I'd start doing a quick, casual list on Sundays (most but perhaps not all), so I could share these as a bit of a week end round up. Feel free to share what would be on your lists or on your mind, in the comments. x

1.  I recently picked up Lauren Toyota's new cookbook, Vegan Comfort Classics and so far, I'm really enjoying it. I've already made two of her recipes and I've got her recipe for feta cheese marinating in my fridge as we speak. I've got a ton of the recipes bookmarked so stay tuned for a full on review of the book in the future.

2.  I'm trying out a new day cream from Alaffia and I'm actually pretty impressed by how much I like it. It's got a great smell, isn't too heavy, and just feels like it's soothing on my skin. I haven't been using it long enough to make an official opinion on it, but I've really enjoyed reaching for it every day (and night if I'm honest).

3. March for our Lives. While I didn't go to an actual march yesterday, I did watch coverage, and follow them on social media. I was blown away (but not surprised) by the crowds all over the country (really, the world), and it warms my heart to see this kind of momentum for something so important. I hope that people will continue to follow this important movement.

4. Speaking of gun control, I'm obsessed with these buttons that I ordered from Busy Beaver Button Co. - they're made in collaboration with Everytown and I'm honestly just such a sucker for a good button. I love being able to proudly display my stance on issues that are important to me, and these buttons do just that! Plus, they are made in the USA, great quality, and shipped super fast!!

5. Not shopping on Amazon. I made this post earlier in the month about how I was no longer shopping on Amazon and while there was certainly some convenience to the site, I am honestly loving not shopping there anymore!! When I deleted the app from my phone, I realized just how dependent I had become on using the site as a google for shopping. When I search for an item, they're often still the first result (or many of the results), and it's frustrating because I've definitely gotten a clear picture of just how hard it is for anyone else to compete or stand out. I've been patronizing stores I haven't in awhile, buying this in-person more or online from other merchants. I also feel like I'm a bit more mindful of what I'm purchasing. I think everyone should reconsider their relationship with Amazon, I know there's a level of convenience, but it certainly comes at a cost.

6. This might seem weird, but I recently bought new pillow cases and I really, really, really love them. Pillow cases. The world's most exciting product - are they not? Seriously though, it might come across as strange, but I have to share these because I'm just so pleased with this stupidly simple purchase. I had some pillow cases that were lighter in color, and had an odd texture. I tried to look past it, but it honestly it was driving me CRAZY!! I didn't even want to touch them. I got the idea in my head to get brown pillow cases, which I realize to most, might seem like the worst color ever, but which I'm really loving right now. They weren't the cheapest pillow cases in the world, but they're far from the most expensive (pillow cases and pillows blow me away with how much they can cost!!). The dark brown color is perfection!!!

7. Zip up hoodies. I don't know why, but for most of my life, I have hated zip up hoodies. I would only buy pullovers, but then, seemingly out of the blue, I started to feel really uncomfortable with pullovers. They were driving me crazy!! I struggle with anxiety, and maybe this is something that only I experience, but I find that pullover sweatshirts and shirts with higher collars (especially unisex tee shirts), really irk me. They make me feel more anxious - and almost like I'm being suffocated, or am trapped/choking. Does anyone else ever feel this way?? I'd love to know if it's just me or if anyone can relate to this. I have a ton of pullover hoodies that I now don't know what to do with, and only one zip up that I've been wearing and washing constantly. I just love the ability to control how open or closed it is, and the fact that they don't cover my neck as much as a pullover hoodie does. This might seem like the most random thing to share, but I'm really curious to know if there's anyone else who feels the same!!

Okay, that's it for the inaugural post in this particular series. I hope you enjoyed it, and I'd love to know what would be on your list! Leave me a comment!


Little Coffee Shoppe Eats: Blaze Pizza Review

Today I headed out to run some errands in an area of town that I don't typically find myself in. It's Monday, I've been feeling crampy all day, so I decided to treat myself to lunch while out. Sometimes that's easier said than done since I don't eat dairy. But thankfully there's a bunch of new places that have popped up, one being Blaze Pizza. I quickly looked up their menu online and when I saw that they had vegan cheese I was instantly down.

What a beautiful passenger!


Why I'm No Longer Shopping At Amazon.

I'm no longer shopping on Amazon.

I shop online a lot. I like the convenience, and the ability to lay in bed in my pj's and order anything and everything and have it brought to my door.

I buy a lot too many books and more often than not, the prices are far more competitive on Amazon. I want to support smaller, independent book stores, but I'll be honest: I also want to maximize the number of books I can afford to buy. Half.com used to be my in between, but that mysteriously disappeared in the night last year and I haven't found a proper equivalent since.

I use Amazon to buy text books for Grad School. I use it to buy health care and personal products that I can't find easily in stores. It's weird because while I feel like I *do* live in a large enough city, sometimes it's impossible to find what I'm looking for. Between Amazon and eBay, I'm generally able to find anything. Amazon has essentially become my google when it comes to online shopping. I always check there first. When it's time to do holiday shopping for family, we all make neurotic Amazon lists to try and ease the stress of finding each other gifts. 

But in recent years, shopping at Amazon has started to irk me. I'm part of a prime membership so theoretically I'm able to get items with two-day shipping. Honestly, that stopped happening at least a year ago. Now things come in a week or so - prime or not. In most instances, I can wait, but there have been times I ordered something prime and needed it ASAP (ex: textbooks). When they don't arrive when they should it's annoying. Especially if you're paying for it. There's all sorts of other features with a prime membership, but that access is limited to the main account holder. Weird. Netflix lets all users access their product. Otherwise, what's the point?? 

But my gripe with Amazon goes well beyond shipping. That's more my first world problem. I actually can wait longer... I just don't care for false advertising.

I feel guilty supporting the Amazon machine. The internet has absolutely changed our world and the landscape for retail. Amazon is not the sold proprietor, but they have influenced this evolution far more than others. They're aggressive and they're everywhere, in everything. First there was Walmart, and then there was Amazon. Together, I'd argue that these two stores have completely rearranged the world of retail. Small businesses (read: smaller than Amazon) struggle to compete and we see store after store close its doors. I don't want to continue feeding this mega machine. I'm giving up convenience for a slightly clearer conscience.

What really frustrates me though, are the facts that Amazon not only continues to advertise on hate mongering website brei*bart, but they also refuse to remove nra TV despite a significant public call for them to do both. There's a difference between allowing free speech, and perpetuating hate groups. In my opinion, both are absolutely hate groups - without question. After Parkland, the public outcry over association with the nra grew (rightfully so), and I waited to see how Amazon would respond. So many large companies spoke out and announced they would be severing ties. Amazon didn't and I haven't purchased anything on their site since. Now, I think it's clear that they aren't going to respond. They seem to opt for the theory that they can ignore public outcry and continue on unscathed. Maybe they can. I know that my no longer shopping there isn't going to put a dent in their massive operations. But I also know that I can't continue to support a company like Amazon. They allow for terrorist operations to utilize their site, and advertise to hate groups. I won't continue to give them my money.

This means that I will also stop utilizing their affiliate program. I have used their program for a couple years here on this blog, but that will cease today. Any post made from here on out, will no longer utilize Amazon affiliate links. I do not want to profit from a business profiting on hate.

I know everyone has opinions when it comes to issues like this. When it comes to gun control and reform, people get hostile. I don't really care all that much about the potential consequences of getting political on my blog. You are entitled to your opinions, as am I. My opinion is that we needed gun control years ago. I'm inspired by what these young children are doing and I think that they have achieved more momentum and focus than any politician has done over the years. My opinion is that, if you receive money from the nra, that I cannot, and will not vote for you. Gun control should have happened decades ago and it didn't. We haven't come close. These children are pissed and have every right to be. I hope that they are the change makers we need.

So that's where I stand - I hope that you will join me in giving Amazon the boot. I hope this post at least made you think. If you want to know what else you can do, please visit Everytown, or check out the upcoming March For Our Lives happening across the country.


Migraine Buddy App Review

I honestly can't remember a time when I didn't struggle with migraines or headaches. I remember going to one of my doctors years ago and talking about how they were bothering me, and getting such incredibly underwhelming responses: "sleep more"... "it's caffeine withdrawal"... "it's because you're a woman" .... that was probably the last time I went to that doctor. I've tried finding a good primary over the years but I just haven't been able to find someone I really connect with that feels like they're listening to me. My issues finding a doctor is a whole different story, but long story short, when it comes to my migraines and headaches, I've had to do my best on my own. Over the years, I've learned a lot and I've been able to get at least some understanding of how to try and manage my migraines.


February Favorites 2018

I'm not sure if I'm happy or sad that February has come and gone. I think it's more of the former... closer to spring, and closer to this semester being done (I haven't been 100% loving school right now if I'm honest). I feel like my favorites this month are a bit strange, but I try to always share whatever random things I've been loving - there's never any rhyme or reason to these round ups.. let's just get to it!

Fresh Umbrian Clay Mattifying Face Exfoliant - I don't really use exfoliators on my face all that often. I find my sensitive skin tends to do better when I keep things pretty simple. But I really like this one from Fresh because it is incredibly GENTLE. There's nothing harsh about it and it feels so good on my skin. It also smells really, really good which is a nice added bonus. Some Fresh products can be a bit pricey, but this one is only about $30 and you get a good deal of product. If you're looking for a gentle face exfoliator to add to your routine, I suggest checking this one out!


OGX & L'Oreal: New Drugstore Hair Products (Review)

I'm pretty boring when it comes to hair care. I own a straightener and a curling iron, but to be perfectly honest, I can't remember the last time I used either. I'm a huge product junkie - that's definitely no secret, but when it comes to hair care, I can't really be bothered. I don't like products that make my hair feel greasier (especially when I've just washed it - this honestly drives me crazy), or weighed down, and I'm pretty picky about what I like for my hair.

I have fairly long hair that's on the thicker side, and definitely frizzy. It's wavy when it wants to be, but more straight on my left side for some reason. Drying it takes forever and honestly exhausts me (in warmer months I often let it air dry - which makes it wavier). My scalp is pretty sensitive and I've learned that avoiding sulfates helps the problem massively (I've recently discovered an AMAZING shampoo & conditioner duo, which you'll hear about in my February favorites!), so I'm paying more attention to labels and what goes into a product before trying it. As much as I'm not opposed to higher end hair care, I'm always in search of a good deal so when I saw a few new goodies at the drug store, I picked them up to give them a try.

I picked up two new items from OGX which just released a ton of new products. I mean, there was an overwhelming amount of newness and I was really, really intrigued by a lot of it... but tried my best to keep it simple, so I only picked up two new items: a dry shampoo and a heat protectant.

I also came across these hair sheet masks from L'Oreal. They're in their sulfate-free range which is what really drew me in.


Ten Favorite Dairy-Free & Vegan Products.

So I've been dairy-free for awhile now. Right before Christmas, I decided to give up dairy to see if it would help how I had been feeling. I am a huge cheese lover and used to have ice cream way too often. Unfortunately, what I enjoy eating, and what my body enjoys, seem to be two very different things. I found that when I eliminated dairy from my diet, I started feeling much better (NOT perfect by any means, but better). I saw an improvement in the stomach issues I've been struggling with. I also think that it may have helped the frequency/intensity of my migraines and headaches, and that I may have shed a few pounds in the process. I honestly don't know if its done anything for my skin as my skin has just been cranky lately in general.

While it hasn't been perfect or easy to eliminate dairy (trust me, I still crave things like a cheeseburger, or a grilled cheese), thanks to all the alternatives out there, it also hasn't been half bad. I've decided to compile a list of some of the things I've discovered in this process because I think that having options definitely helps. If you're looking to eliminate dairy, for whatever reason, I hope that this list helps you to find some yummy non-dairy alternatives! Everything on this list is also vegan friendly!!


January Favorites 2018

Why hello there! It's the new year and here we are already a month in, which means it's time for my monthly favorites! I always love putting these kinds of posts together because I enjoy trying new things, rediscovering old things, and I really, really, really, like sharing my opinions! ;) It's been a bit quiet around here as I've started a new semester of grad school and the time that I have to dedicate to the blog has become a bit overrun by other work, but I'm still here! At the very least, there's always a favorite post in the works!

I feel like if I had to pick any word to describe my favorites for this month, it would have to be: winter. The winter weather has certainly been taking a toll on my skin and I've been on the hunt for hydration helpers. I feel like over the past year or so, my skin has changed a bit in general and has become far drier than its ever been before. I still have oily spots (hello eyelids!), but overall, there's definitely more dryness than I've ever experienced. It's especially noticeable (at least to me), in my cheeks. This month I've discovered two products that have actually been making quite a difference in my dry skin.


Friends: A Completely Unsolicited and Vaguley Thorough Review of the Entire Series

Despite being a huge lover of sitcoms, there's quite a few that I like, but haven't watched in their entirety, or in order. Friends ran from 1994 to 2004 and despite enjoying it whenever I caught it, I never saw the entire series (in my defense, we didn't always have TV...), and I definitely didn't catch it in order. So I decided to finally right that wrong and during my break between semesters, I've been working on watching every episode from start to finish.

Since you didn't ask, I've decided to compile some of my thoughts on the show as I progress through it. Watching ten years of a show is quite a commitment and I had to talk about it somewhere...

Friends is a time capsule for the 90s. Although the show bridges decades, going from the 90s to the 2000s, it's early 2000s so it still carries that 90s charm through to the end for the most part. The 90s were my jam so it shouldn't come as any surprise that I enjoyed reliving it through this show. Things were simpler in so many ways and there's an appeal to that. In general, I love the style both in terms of decor and fashion way better - I feel like with a few exceptions, there was a theme of comfort, and I'm all about that. But beyond clothing, the fact that they weren't connected to smart phones or the internet 24/7 really stands out (actually this is something absent from ALL of my favorite sitcoms...). There were times where technology certainly would have helped (I was amused by the simple fact that they had to call to get a plane ticket), but it's absence also allowed for more conversation and just a general simplicity that I really appreciated. I'm sure our current political climate doesn't help at all in terms of making me yearn for a quieter time... #sarcasm


Flower Beauty Flower Pots Powder Blush: First Impressions

 Flower Beauty is nothing new, and I'm sure most of you have heard of it. But since it's (so far) only been available in Walmart and online, I don't know if it's as well-known as it potentially could be. Flower Beauty comes from the creative mind of Drew Barrymore. I don't know about you, but I think she's the perfect person to have a makeup line - She always looks gorgeous -without looking overly made up. It seems that her general vibe makeup wise is fairly natural, so that's a positive in my book because generally speaking, I go for the more natural makeup look (don't get me wrong, sometimes I'm down for something a bit more intense...).


2018 Goals (& 2017 Recap)

2017 was one hell of a year. I know people say this every new year, but trust me: I am SO READY to put 2017 behind me. I'm exhausted in all possible ways and much of it hinges from our current political climate if I'm honest. I do try to remove myself from time to time because I find it's really taking a toll on me, but it honestly feels inescapable. It's hard to find a balance between being informed and being oblivious for my own well-being. Anyway, that's not really what this post is about. Today I'm sharing my 2018 goals and doing a quick recap on my 2017 goals and how well I did with those (or didn't). I've said it before, but I'll say it again. I hate the word resolution, and much prefer to start the year off with some goals because I feel that makes more sense. Goals can evolve. Resolutions feel... well, ... resolute. Things change. Our desires change. So I try to focus on goals that allow for some fluidity.


December 2017 Favorites

I don't know about you, but I am READY to bid 2017 adieu. It's been a long, difficult and frankly, shit show of a year. So I'm happy that it's now time for me to recount my December favorites. I thought about doing a yearly favorites rather than my monthly favorites for December, but I decided I'd rather talk about what I'm loving this month than trying to choose more "ultimate" favorites.

American Eagle Jeans - I used to wear jeans every single day. Then somewhere along the way I started wearing yoga pants and leggings a lot more. I attend school online, work from home, and as a spoonie, I don't always feel 100%, so I don't have too much need for dressing up. But sometimes I feel frumpy and I don't want to look like I live in my pajamas. I've tried finding the perfect jeans over the years and I've given up a handful of times, but I decided to give the search another go. I was inspired by Sarah Rae Vargas - who does these awesome try-on videos with different clothing retailers. She recently did one with American Eagle, which is where I used to get my jeans from years ago. I guess I just figured that they no longer had anything for me, and somewhere over the years, I just stopped shopping there. Well, I'm here to say that I was so wrong. I placed a pretty big order from them in November, and ended up finding my new favorite jeans. Favorite Jeans. That's something I haven't said in a really, really, long time. These jeans are so incredibly comfortable that I can actually forget that I'm wearing jeans. They make me feel a little more human, and I'll definitely be coming back for more!!