Sunday, October 25, 2015

{Fine Finds} The Body Shop

I'm not a beauty blogger.  Why?  Because I rarely wear makeup.  I have nothing against it.  Working in a beauty department selling it has only exacerbated my fear of "testers."  That being said, I do want to add one or two items to my routine because I do see the benefit as I get older and advance in my career of adding a little polish to my look.  So, I'm starting with the basics.  You can't get any more basic then your skin.  Years ago I first tried this exfoliating washcloth from the Body Shop, and I can't recommend it enough.  It's the ultimate exfoliant, no scrub needed.  It does a great job of getting rid of all those dead cells, sweat, and buildup from creams and lotions.  It also dries fast, so it's great for travel.

After seeing it on Sara's wishlist, I also decided to give this lip tint a try.  It has special ingredients in it that adjust to your body's pH developing a custom color to match your skin.  I was a bit skeptical at first but it does work if you're looking for a skin flattering pink stain.  At the end of the day, I'm still a balm girl; however, I'm starting to see the benefit of taking better care of my skin and adding a bit more effort in this area.

What are some of your favorite beauty products and resources? 


Thursday, October 22, 2015

Sweater Weather


What's the opposite of buyer's remorse?  You know, when you're remorseful for something you didn't buy?  Whatever you'd call it, that's what I have with this sweater.  I don't do much shopping these days with an exam literally every other week, so it was a nice treat to get to a mall last weekend.  While I was there, I stumbled across this cozy sweater in
Forever21 that someone put back in the wrong place.  In retrospect this pretty stone color would have made a nice addition to my closet.  At the same time, after seeing that it came in two other colors I couldn't quite make up my mind.  I'm working on being more intentional about my purchases and only buying things I really "need."  For instance, I could use a classic black sweater.  While this boyfriend cardigan has been my "go-to" for the last few years, I'm looking for something a bit heavier yet still polished enough to wear over professional clothes.

Does this ever happen to you?  Do you ever think about the things you didn't buy? 


Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Tips: What to Do With Old Bananas

I don't know about you, but it seems like I can never finish a bunch of bananas before they turn brown.  By then they're way too sweet to be palatable for me, but over the past year I've found a little trick for using them.  I always make sure to keep a box of banana bread mix on hand for these situations.  Even though the recipe on the box doesn't call for it, I've been known to mash one or two of them up and drop it right in the batter.  Not only does it add to the flavor, but I find that it adds a little extra moistness to the muffins as well.  I've also added them to blueberry muffin mix.  Especially if you have a busy schedule, these are easy to whip on at the start of the week, making for a nice snack or quick breakfast during the week.

How do you salvage old fruit?  Share your recipes and kitchen tips below!

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Things to Do: October 2015

Moccasins (here), Blanket Scarf (almost identical), my favorite Jeans (under $10!)

Inspired by this post a few days ago from a new favorite, here's my list of things to do before the month is over

Apple Cider Donuts.  This is an absolute must for me every year.  I eat at least half a dozen by myself in about two days.  I always buy them from here, but if you're feeling particularly ambitious you can always make your own with this recipe.

Decorate.  Pumpkins, plaid, leaves, fall colors.   There are so many ways to do this.  Drape a throw blanket across your bed or couch.  You can even hit up the dollar store like I did for these floral-pumpkin arrangements.  It doesn't have to be expensive.  I've seen pumpkins of various sizes for under $5 at my local market.  Incorporate some DIYs as well like this wreath.  Add some branches to a vase or make a fall flower arrangement.  Adding a few little touches early in the season will have you all set for Thanksgiving as well.

Pumpkin.  Not only are they great for decor, but this is also the perfect time to try out fall recipes.  Whether you buy a few cans of pureef or harvest your own from fresh pumpkins I recommend doing it now.  I'm still not sure how true this is, but I’ve heard there may be a pumpkin shortage; I wouldn't want anyone to miss out.  Once November gets here, it will really be in demand for Thanksgiving.  And if eating pumpkin is not your thing, you can still bring a bit of pumpkin into the kitchen with this adorable pie dish.  I ordered it as a gift, and I wish I had more use for it now because I would have ordered one for myself as well.  This pumpkin cocotte would be perfect for baking sweet potatoes, with these mini-cocottes perfect for soups or desserts.

Shop.  One of my favorite things about fall is the color palette.  Navy, browns, burgundy, camels, and olive.  Gotta love how all these colors magically go together in any combination.  For that reason I'm looking forward to wearing these multi-colored heels from Clarks, a company known for comfort.  "Sold" is when I find something that can be used or worn many different ways, and these comfortable heels are definitely that.  I know they'll go with pretty much everything in my closet. On the complete opposite end of the style spectrum, this is also the perfect time to buy your bean boots.  Depending on what size you wear and when you order, you're lucky if you get them by the end of the year.  Seriously.  But it's worth it for the classic weather boot.  They're practical and definitely the kind of shoe you can keep for years.  And if you're still not convinced, Sperry has some pretty cute alternatives too.

What's on your fall bucket list?

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Green Thumb In Progress

Remember when I said, "plant something to keep throughout the journey"?  Well, I've planted multiple things throughout my journey, and only the faux survived.  Growing up with a mother who loves gardening and plants, I've definitely inherited her passion, but not her green thumb.  I've lost several plants over the last year, including this succulent purchased only a few weeks ago; however, I won't give up.  I continue to try again.  At the same time, I'm exercising a bit more wisdom this time around and focusing on the joy of faux plants in lieu of buying more living.  I have one of these in my bedroom and bathroom, but my favorite is this new addition.  Especially with my current schedule, I think it's best I limit my living plants to a number I can better manage; at this time, that's just two: my "long standing" corn plant and a replacement aloe.

Here are a few more favorites:

What are some of your favorite house plants?  Any tips on how to cultivate my green thumb and keep them alive? 


Monday, October 5, 2015

Life Lately (10.5.15)

My second year of medical school has been off to a great start.  Lots of prayer, positive thinking, and adjusted study habits later, and thank God, I'm in a better place than I was this time last year.  So much still lies ahead, but I'm thankful to finally begin to see some of my work pay off and so grateful for all the opportunities I have.

After a few unsuccessful alternatives, finally took the plunge and purchased these, totally changing my study game forever.

Became a mentor to high school students.

Got my first car!...and overcame my fear of pumping my own gas!!!  Maybe the last part doesn't sound like such a big deal, but due to a childhood mishap I've had a bit of a phobia of pumping gas. 

Tried Essie nail lacquer for the first time and loved it!  My favorite (and only) colors so far are Lady Like and Topless and Barefoot.  Despite the name of the second one, they'll both be great colors for me to rotate between when I have to dress professionally.

Major closet cleaning, organization, and a love affair with these laundry and
cleaning products. 

Bought some new new plants, lost a new plant.

Early (26th) birthday presents.

My first batch of apple cider donuts. 

And many answered prayers!

I also hit 500 followers on Instagram! So much inspiration, tips, positivity and connections shared with you "insta-friends," so big thanks and much love to you all for all the support with this "micro-blog."  And if you don't already, join in and follow along!  

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