Dude gift guide

Here’s some present suggestions for the men your life!

Under Armour polo – $40-75

I’m fairly sure that my dad asks for a polo every year and I love these for their quality and color options.

Timex Watch – $99

I love the look of this classic watch.

Patagonia Better Sweater 1/4 zip – $100

This is a pricey jacket but this is so warm and such amazing quality it will last forever.

Anker portable charger – $50

These are life savers, I literally have 6 of varying sizes and brands and they come in handy ALL THE TIME. You never know when you’re going to need extra battery and these can provide up to 300% charge!

Custom dog socks – $30-40

Literally you can have you or your best friend’s face on your socks!!

Weber Roadtrip Party Propane Grill – $40

Great for tailgating or camping!

Orca 26 Qt Cooler – $225

Just as good as a YETI, for 2/3rds the price!

State silhouette cap map wall decor – $36

This would be great for a man cave! Comes in all 50 states.

Rainbow Men’s Double Layer Classic Leather – $60

These are JTs favorite shoe option. It is a negotiation every time I ask for him to wear literally anything else when it’s over 60 degrees outside! Gift them wisely haha!

Alpine Swiss RFID-blocking bifold wallet – $15

My brother has his credit card info stolen about twice a year so this is a must for him.

Happy shopping, lovelies!

Festive Jammies!

My family never had a Christmas pajama tradition. We woke up in and ran down the stairs in whatever was on us and tore into presents. However, as an adult (and with the invention of social media) I can absolutely appreciate the picture potential of a whole family in coordinating jammies around a Christmas tree. I definitely think that it’s a tradition that I want to start when I have children.

That being said, here are some super great options for festive jammies if your family has a pajama tradition.

Women’s Plaid PJ set – $20

Super cute traditional option.

Santa, I tried 4 piece set

Hahaha enough said.

Flannel PJ set – $30

These would be great all winter long!

Red Pajama set – $30

These are unfathomably soft! They also come in gorgeous Christmas tree-green!

Reindeer leggings – $16

These are so cute and totally count as PJs that can be worn out side the house!

Alright, I know this isn’t me normal content but I saw this and the matching adult PJs below and I literally couldn’t help myself. This is so stinking cute!

Buffalo Check baby onesie – $30

Women’s Buffalo Check PJ set – $60

Men’s Buffalo Check PJ set – $60

Toddler Buffalo Check PJ set – $40

Happy shopping lovelies!

Girly Gift Guide!

Hey lovelies!

I’ve rounded up some of my fave present picks for the ladies in our lives!

Fossil Smart Watch -$275

This is gorgeous but pricey so it would be great to go in on with siblings for Mom!

Boss Babe mug – $9

For the boss babe in your life!

Sherpa quarter zip -$30

I honestly think this is the softest thing I’ve ever felt and it’s so affordable! It’s definitely an over sized fit so size down if you want the fit a little more snug.

Jewelry Travel Case – $11

This is perfect for the gal on the go!

THE Spanx leather leggings – $98

These are definitely on my Christmas list!

J Crew pavé circle earrings – $25

Great for any occasion!

Birchbox subscription – $10/month

This would be great for beauty lovers! This service sends you 5 beauty samples each month and for such a low price you can easily send these several months to find some new awesome staples!

Selfie Phone light – $11

This is the best way to get the “perfect” selfie from your smartphone. What we are all looking for in life!

Happy shopping and gifting, girlies!

Face Mask Review-a-palooza

Holidays are a highly-photographed time of year. And because of this we’d all like to have the best skin possible to be memorialized in our mom’s photo albums (and instagram of course). So, I’m talking about a few of my fave drug store face masks that could take your instagrams and family photos to the next level!

First up, is the Yes to Tomatoes Detoxifying Charcoal Mud Mask for acne. I chose this one because I’ve been struggling with some breakouts recently. This one applied fairly well and I felt it start to tingle right away. Over the ten minutes the areas where I applied the mask thinner hardened slightly. I will say that it was a little difficult to wash off my face because it was so thick but once I did my skin felt dewy and fresh!

Here’s so smaller pores because that’s what society says we need to be pretty!!

Bioré Charcoal Pore Strips have a controversial rap. Do they pull out black head? Do they just pull off dead skin and hair? I may never know the real truth but what I do know is that my nose is my biggest problem area and I like how it makes it and me feel. And that, to me, is half the battle when it comes to confidence.

These are my current favorite under eye masks. I think they noticeably decreased the darkness under my eyes that really bothers me. I definitely try to put them as close to my eye as possible because that’s where the darkness begins. This makes it difficult to move my eyes too much but it doesn’t really irritate them which I like.

Next up was a first for me! This was my first peel off mask and I definitely didn’t do it right lol. If you use this one, (which smelled amazing and I actually really liked) LEAVE IT ALONE for at least 25-35 mins. I only left mine sit for 15 ish mins and it was not enough! You have to let it dry completely to have the “peel off” effect. All of that aside, I really liked this one and felt like it definitely had a brightening effect on my skin!

Asking for a friend

I love the holidays; all of them. This time of year feels so magical and full of possibility. I think that everyone should have a sense of childlike wonder about the holidays. However, one of the things that really stresses me out about the holidays is decorations. I want to be one of those people that transforms their home into a spring dream or a winter wonderland. But I’m a girl who *tries* to stick to a budget and who lives in an apartment that I know I’m going to move out of in the next year or two. None of that is really cohesive with *that* person. BUT I do like to add some seasonal flair to my apartment and I am working on adding some more adult touches to my home.

However, I feel like this is an in between time where I want to celebrate fall and Christmas all at once. So, can you celebrate both at the same time? …I’m asking for a friend?

Tray: Hearth & Hand for Target

Candle: Haven Street Candle Co – Aged Applewood

Pumpkins: Home Goods (sadly sold out)

Happy decorating, lovelies!

Real talk in teal Corduroy

The other night I went out to dinner for my Brunswick bestie’s birthday. It was a small little dinner with a few friends and significant others. I wanted to pull together a look that was “fall-y” since we were finally having some cooler weather.

So I pulled out a pair of jeans that I don’t think I’ve worn in probably 6 months. I truthfully don’t know how to feel when I tell you that they were uncomfortable to be in or to look at myself in. I could zip them but there was a significant amount on “muffin top” going on. These amazing teal corduroy bell bottoms were the only long pants in my closet that would fit me.

As some one who has struggled with an eating disorder this is almost something to be proud of. However, I’m not proud. I’m annoyed that it means that I’ve been slacking off going to the gym even though it’s something that makes me happy. I know that it means that I need to add more veggies to my weekend diet and drinking less the whole week.

So as I write this I am wearing gym clothes because I did a 30 minute treadmill interval workout, I had a salad for lunch and chicken noodle soup for dinner. I’m making my way back to balance as opposed to leaning heavily into restriction or indulgence.

The first outfit I put together was not exactly suited for 70 degree weather so get ready to see that later on this year but I did up putting together a fall-friendly outfit that still made me over dressed for my BFF’s birthday dinner (and I didn’t care one bit!).

The Wonders of a Solo Date

I have always HATED being alone. For the first two and a half years of my life I screamed in the car because I had to sit in the back seat by myself (I think my mother nearly killed me haha). However, being alone with yourself and your thoughts has great mental benefits as an adult especially towards “finding yourself”. As our 20s are supposed to be our time to “find ourselves”, I’ve been working hard in my mid-twenties to do just that.

Part of my strategy to do this has been to take myself out on dates. I’m not going to say that I’m super good at this concept but I’ve enjoyed it so far. Going out with just myself gives me time to think about what really makes me happy since I am a huge people-pleaser. It also gives me time to think about my future and what I want my life to look like and how I think I can make that happen on a personal and professional level. If I were the journaling-type this is probably a time where I would journal too. All of this happens while I am at dinner when you would in theory being getting to know the person across the table from you. However, I also make sure that I plan a fun activity too. I usually lean towards going to movies that I can’t convince my friends or boyfriend to go to with me but I have also done shopping or laying on the beach with a book.

Another thing that I always make sure to do is to dress up or at least look put together. My thought process on this is two-fold: A) I enjoy getting dressed up and it makes me happy and B) you’d dress up for a normal date for a random person so why wouldn’t you do the same for yourself?!

I’ve found that this has been super helpful in my “finding myself” stage of life but I’d love to hear any suggestions you gals may have!

Yoga Chic

This outfit would be perfect for running errands after yoga or coping with fall temps on the way to the gym.

I love all of these pieces together and mixed with other outfits and would definitely recommend any of the item below!

Leggings: Nordstrom – $55

Sports Bra: Nordstrom Rack – $33

Target – $20

Target – $20

(As you can see, I love Target sports bras because they’re always super cute, comfortable, and supportive speaking from a medium-ly…gifted woman)

Sweater: Nordstrom Rack – $20 (a different Zella long sleeve)

Nordstrom – $60

Target – $20 (super cute long sleeve wrap top)

Here is a blooper for your personal enjoyment: me getting in touch with nature haha.

Happy shopping, lovelies!