Sunday, March 26, 2017

City Love: Drip Affogato Bar

To be completely honest, no matter where my travels take me the opportunity to try new food is always my favorite part.  If you're headed to New Orleans, I definitely recommend a stop by Drip affogato bar.  Instead of choosing between coffee and ice cream, you can have both, making it the perfect place for a mid day pick-me-up or dessert.  

The Classique
Tahitian vanilla bean ice cream 
pistachios + stroopwafel + espresso 

Additional affogato flavor combinations include Bananas Foster, Matcha, Tiramisu, Vietnamese coffee, as well as seasonal boards and build your own options.  Drip also offers creole creamery ice cream by the scoop, sundaes, a variety of french truck coffee brews, teas, and lattes.  

The next time you're in New Orleans be sure to stop by this sweet little shoppe

Have any New Orleans favorites?  Share them below!  

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

City Love: New Orleans

Long overdue, but I'm just as excited to share about my New Orleans trip from December.  I thought it would be my first big trip with my then boyfriend exploring a new city, but it ended up being much more.  By no means did we experience all NOLA has to offer in just a few days, but over the next few weeks I'll be sharing my reviews and suggestions of the things we did see and do while we were there.  Be sure to check out my travel page for my recommendations and reviews for some of the other cities I've visited so far!    

Visited NOLA?  Leave some of your favorite places below!

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Morning Routine: Easy Breakfast

One of the reasons we don't achieve our goals is because we try to do it all at one time.  For years I've wanted to be one of those people who just had it all together in the morning with the ultimate routine, but I'm just not there yet. 

To quote myself, I haven't been the best at scheduling and planning lately.  Not to make excuses, but one of the difficult things about third year is adjusting to a constantly changing schedule.  Every rotation has had a different start and end time that also depends on the physicians you're working with as well as varying travel times per location.  It also takes some time to unload from the day, and then the rest of the night is spent studying, with a test at the end of almost every month.  By the time you get into a groove you're on to the next rotation.  

Instead of setting the unreasonable goal of crafting the ultimate morning routine all at one time, I've decided to break my goal of a "master morning" into smaller parts.  After fighting the desire to perfect this all at one time, just to return to my own dissapointment when I don't make it past a couple of days, I'm giving myself the freedom, the flexibility to "get my act together" a little bit at a time.  It's okay if everyday is a little different.  Somedays you'll hit all your marks and other days you might be less productive or have a later start.  It is my hope that in conquering these little moments, I'll conquer my mornings as a whole and transform them from hitting snooze a dozen times and rushing out the door, to creating a peaceful and productive start that sets the tone for the rest of the day.

That being said the most practical place for me to start was with breakfast.  A couple of hypoglycemic episodes during my surgery rotation quickly taught me that breakfast isn't an area to skimp on.  As much as I enjoy cooking, I'm not interested in spending time on this in the mornings during the work week.  Enter: Greek yogurt.  

Growing up I've never liked the taste of yogurt; I've always found it to be "tangy" in an unappetizing sort of way.  However, desiring a quick and easy way to get a load of protein in the morning caused me to branch out again.  I've experimented with several popular brands but never really enjoyed any of them until I stumbled upon the Trader Joe's nonfat Greek yogurt.  I top it off with about half a cup of the TJ brand granola (maple pecan or vanilla almond), and I'm good for hours.  They're a great source of protein, calcium, and most importantly zero preparation.  I alternate between the black raspberry, mango, and blueberry flavors, and I buy it by the dozen.  

So, if you're struggling to get going in the mornings, struggling to make your morning really count, start with breakfast.  Develop a breakfast routine you look forward to, something that gets you going.  And keep it simple!  Save the full courses for the weekend, and instead come up with one or two combinations you can count on to get your day off to a great start.

What's your "go-to" breakfast?  How do you get your morning off to a great start?

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Glossier: First Impressions

Growing up, I never really got into wearing makeup.  Even now in my late 20's my beauty routine is close to nonexistent.  So when I heard about a brand that focuses on things like "your best skin" and "makeup that's there but not there," my interest was caught.  I love the idea of products that are simple and the look of natural skin that glows.  After hearing so many great reviews from blogger crush and training dermatologist Elyse, I decided to try some Glossier products out for myself.

Since I still have facewash and moisturizer from some other brands, I decided to try the perfecting skin tint, mega greens galaxy pack, and boy brow grooming pomade first.  One big goal for me this year is to be more thoughtful with my purchases and not buy things I already have or that won't add much value.  Keeping this in mind, I'm trying the skin tint in deep for minimal coverage and to polish my work look, the face mask for some weekly maintenance, and the "all-in-one brow fluffer, filler, and shaper" to add a bit of definition to my brows without all the fuss that can come with using other tools and products. 

I'm looking forward to branching out, adding a bit of glow and polish, and just taking better care of my skin in general.  At the same time, with many busy days ahead of me I want to keep my routine simple and low maintenance in the process.  I also love a good review, so I'll be sharing my thoughts on these products (and more) in more posts to come.

First Impression: what's not to love about simple, reusable packaging + stickers (appealing to the kid in all of us) + free samples!  Glossier, already off to a great start. 

Spoiler alert: I've already worn the face mask twice, and I love it!  More to come!

What are some of your favorite beauty and skincare products?  Try any other Glossier products out?  Tell me about it below!

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