February 27, 2015

$800 Nordstrom Giveaway

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I'm teaming up with Oh My Gosh Beck and the rest of the lovely bloggers below to give away an $800 gift card to Nordstrom! Who wouldn't love a shopping spree for a new spring wardrobe? I know I would! Just follow the Rafflecoptor below for a chance to win.
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February 26, 2015

How to De-Clutter Your Day-to-Day Life


It's nearly spring (I promise, it really is) and you know what that means - time for spring cleaning! And while there are endless tips on storage bins and closet cleanouts and everything else, something that I think is equally important is to take time once in a while to de-clutter your daily routine.

There are things - like our phones, living spaces, cars, etc. - that we rely on and interact with every single day.  And while it can be difficult to find the time in your busy schedule to keep these things organized and sorted out, it can actually be more stressful on your day-to-day life to have all these things in disarray.

So this spring, I urge you to take some time and try out the tips below. You will probably be surprised how much easier it makes your daily life.

S O C I A L   M E D I A

While this may seem trite to some, I find life much less stressful when my social media feeds only reflect people and topics I actually am interested in following. See, like it or not, most of us (especially bloggers) spend a lot of time scrolling through various networks. If you find that seeing pictures of your middle school best friend's baby bump or irrelevant tweets from a spammy account you followed for a giveaway six months ago only frustrates or stresses you out, then hit the unfollow button. If you would feel guilty or rude unfriending someone on Facebook, you can just hide their updates from your news feed so they can still connect with you, but you don't have to see their misspelled rants when you log in to play Candy Crush.

P H O N E

Just as our social media feeds get jammed, so do our poor smart phones. If you're like me, you don't think about deleting those 30 failed selfie attempts until your exhausted phone pleads low storage. But wouldn't it be easier (and less stressful) to find the photos from your spring break trip 2014 if you didn't first have to scroll through 12 drafts of shadowy coffee Instagrams? Spoiler alert: yes. Also, remember all those apps you downloaded in January that were guaranteed to boost your productivity? Yeah, when was the last time you opened those puppies? Seriously, your phone and your sanity will thank you.

L I V I N G   S P A C E

Well, part of de-cluttering your life also involves de-cluttering your space. For instance, I'm in the process of redecorating my room, which is part of what prompted this post. I've always been a fan of a lot of knick-knacks and things everywhere in my space, but lately I've started to feel stressed out and constricted from the busy-ness of my room. So, the other evening I went through and did a sweep of all the things in my room and put away a lot of the things that aren't especially relevant anymore. 

For instance, I lovingly placed the three (yep, three) different TARDIS-es, a stuffed Dalek, and a sonic screwdriver on a shelf in my closet. 16 year old Lizzie adored Doctor Who, and wanted it to be surrounding her 24/7. However, 21 year old Lizzie has a bit more chill and can appreciate it from a distance. You certainly don't have to get rid of anything, but finding new storage solutions and clearing up your space so it reflects yourself exactly as you are in the present time period is extremely refreshing.

M O R N I N G

I don't know about y'all, but I am not a morning person. In fact, I've yet to ascertain whether or not morning people actually exist. Anyhow, since I unfortunately am faced with early mornings more often than not this semester, I've found that setting everything out and making it as easy as possible for my half asleep self in the morning does wonders to improve my entire day. If you can, lay out your outfit, pack your school bag, if you take lunch with you, make that up ahead of time. That way you can maximize your time in the morning and never have to feel rushed or unprepared, which can ruin an entire day.

P U R S E

Seriously, nothing makes me feel more stressed out than when I'm just trying to find my headphones, or a pencil, or a hair tie in my bag and it's so full of receipts and gum wrappers and Starbucks straw papers, and orphaned earrings, and melted lipsticks that it takes me an hour to unpack it all and finally find a quarter for the parking meter. And while it seems simple enough to fix, it's another one of those things that you just don't do in your day to day life unless you set aside a time to do it. So just take a deep breath, dump out your purse or backpack on the floor, and go to town sorting it all out. You'll thank yourself, I promise.

C A R

Another thing that always stresses me out is when my car is super cluttered with pop bottles and wrappers and receipts and gloves and whatnot. But again, it's one of those things that I never think about until I'm getting into my car to drive somewhere and thus don't have time to remedy the situation. So, take some time this weekend and, if your car is like mine, show it some TLC. I think I have mints in the glove compartments from 2012.

So what are you doing to de-clutter your life this spring?

February 19, 2015

#YearOfHappy February Link Up


Hi all! I'm so sorry this took so long, there have been a few technical difficulties with #YearOfHappy this month! 

As a reminder, here's this month's prompt:

February - Go to a thrift shop or dollar store and buy the weirdest, goofiest, strangest things you can find - anything that makes you happy! Then, make a haul post or (better yet) a video sharing what you bought. Don't spend more than $10 and remember to have fun!

My post isn't quite ready yet, but don't worry, I'll be linking up soon! In the mean time, here's the link up for all you lovely folks. I cannot wait to see what you've come up with this month! Don't forget to use the hashtag #YearOfHappy on social media!


Best Products for Thick Hair


So, as any hairstylist I've ever had will tell you, I have insanely thick hair which, to be frank, is both a blessing and a curse. Sure, I usually have volume comparable only to that of a Disney Princess, but it's an absolute nightmare to tame in the morning, and most the time I end up looking more like 11 year old Hermione Granger than Queen Elsa.

So, today I thought I'd share my top picks for hair care products for those of you that were cursed blessed with thick, dry, damaged, or frizzy hair!

1. The Tangle Teezer - So I was sort of skeptical of this little thing when I first saw it showing up in blogs and favorites videos on Youtube, but after I found one for $5 at TJ Maxx, I thought I'd give it a try. I was pleasantly surprised! It detangled my hair really easily, and it didn't yank it out by the roots as many brushes are wont to do. Plus it's small enough to throw in my bag, since I work every morning and sometimes the hat really messes up my hair.

2. Dove Dry Oil Haircare System (Shampoo, Conditioner, Serum) - This stuff has been a godsend! I've been trying various hair care systems for years, but when I finally tried this stuff, the effect was instantaneous. It leaves my hair shiny, soft, and silky, and the oil treatment makes my damaged split ends disappear. 

3. Biosilk Miracle 17 Leave in Conditioner - With so much hair, it gets super tangly when it's wet. I found this stuff (again) at TJ Maxx, and it's probably magical. I just spray it on before I comb my hair after I wash it, and it's like there were never any tangles. Plus it adds to the sleek, shininess of my hair after it dries.

4. Paul Mitchell Super Skinny Serum - Since I have massive quantities of hair, there are plenty of times when it gets frizzy and bushy and huge and completely unworkable. I got this stuff from my salon after my hairdresser used it on me this summer. It makes it sleek and shiny and flattens it down when I'm having a massive hair day. And it's a bit pricey, but a little goes a long way and it lasts a long time.

5. Shea Moisture Deep Treatment Hair Mask - Having dyed my hair so many times in the past year, the ends especially are quite damaged. I haven't had a chance to get to the salon and have them trimmed yet, so this is the next best thing. This hair mask like once a week can visibly repair the damage and split ends. 

February 11, 2015

The Lust List

As much as I love finding a good bargain, every once in a while I like to go through the magazines and go through all the high end stuff that I'd love to splurge on if I had that much expendable income. So, I though I'd put together a little list of the things I've been lusting over lately. 

1// Kate Spade New York Sedgwick Lane Satchel, $267

2// Tom Ford Lipstick, $50


3// Charlotte Tilbury Fallen Angel Shadow Palette, $65


4// TOMS Desert Wedge Bootie, $89


5// Hunter High Gloss Boots, $148


6// Dogeared Karma Pendant, $82


7// Deborah Lippmann Polish in Happy Bday, $20


8// Vita Fede Ultra Mini V Ring, $125

What are you lusting after this season?