Florida Bound: What I’m Bringing!

This Wednesday, I’m heading down to Florida to spend a week with my family! My sister is on her spring break and my parents rented a house down in Naples, so this was the perfect opportunity for a getaway from NYC.

I usually have all my summer clothes at my parents house in Rhode Island, as well as all of our suitcases and travel gear. When I go home, I usually just use a duffle bag to carry my clothes and other necessities, so I felt like this was the perfect time to invest in my own suitcase. I had been thinking about splurging on an away suitcase, which is all the rage these days. I ended up finding a larger, and far less expensive Calpak suitcase at TJ Maxx. Along with my Dagne Dover carryall, these will be all the luggage I’m using for this trip!

There is so much to do to prepare, such as packing, laundry, nails, sugaring, etc. So for this trip I decided to use my free spray tan at Sugared + Bronzed when I go for my sugaring appointment!

In terms of clothing, I’ll be bringing some classics, as well as some athletic wear. I love to spend my days doing some form of exercise, along with beach, pool, shopping, eating, you name it. I have to be prepared for anything!

Bathing Suits

I got this suit from Shein last summer and it is cute and simple. I would recommend sizing up if you aren’t a stick, because although the small fit fine, I feel like I could have taken the medium and been fine. The reviews are very important on Shein, so definitely read them carefully.

I also got this fun bikini from Shein last summer, which is a little cheeky, but not too much! I felt like the small in this suit was better since the straps are not adjustable.

Bottoms

Last year in Florida, I got these jean shorts from Principle Denim and they are the best! Not too short, but short enough and a great color. They are currently 50% off, so I might have to buy them in white as well.

Lilly luxletic leggings, because workout Lilly is amazing! They also have a whole new golf line, which is super cute and easier to move around in.

Always a go-to, I have a few pairs of these lululemon speed up shorts which are great to throw on for a quick walk in the morning.

Lilly’s Palazzo Pants have also been a long time favorite of mine! If you are short, you’ll most likely have to get them hemmed, even with wedges on, these pants are still to long on me!

Tops

Madewell’s T-shirts are classics that are easy to pair with blue/white denim, as well as more beachy attire.

I love to pair my favorite Lilly Palazzo pants with this Scalloped Cami from J.Crew Factory. The pink goes with so many Lilly bottoms!

I got an Outdoor Voices set, and the leggings are okay, but the Tri-tone Slashback Crop is my new favorite workout top!

Dresses/Rompers

Aerie makes cute and comfy rompers, and while mine is from a few years ago, this one is cute and the same style.

The Mila Shift Dress from Lilly is another classic which I always bring along in my suitcase because it’s perfect for dressing up or down for dinner or a fancier event.

Vineyard Vines really surprised me with a cute, soft material romper last summer. Here’s their more updated look.

Shoes

True life. Soludos Palma Platform Sandals are my favorite summer shoes. I have them in both colors and they are super wearable and very comfy! I hate heels more than anything, but I love the way they look, so I ordered these. The more flat wedge makes them the perfect shoe for literally all day wear.

Still on the Soludos train… these Ciao Bella Smoking Slippers are another one of my favorites that will make the trip with me!

Jack Rogers Platinum Hamptons Sandals are another shoe I wear regularly in the summer and on vacation. The platinum sandals are my favs because they aren’t quite silver, but they aren’t quite gold. Matches with everything!

 

 

 

 

 

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My vote for the next Bachelorette…

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The first season of the franchise I actually watched was JoJo’s season of The Bachelorette. After that, I was hooked on all of the shows! I feel like I personally prefer The Bachelorette, since the last few Bachelors have been sort of a “miss” in my mind (minus Colton, but he’s also SOMETHING else…).

Some of the girls on this season were good for drama, however didn’t strike me as good Bachelorette material. A lot of them were just… boring. The younger contestants also just seem like they are there for the Instagram followers and not “the right reasons.” Although, after her run on the season played out, Hannah B. really strikes me as a good pick for the next Bachelorette. She was a little crazy, but also funny and relatable. I think it was mature that her and Caelynn put aside their differences and remained civil.

Hannah seemed very level-headed and not petty at the Women Tell All. Her overall positivity made me think that she would make a good, interesting Bachelorette over some of the other contestants, EVEN though she is young.

I am open to other contestants from Colton’s season (or otherwise,) so let me know who should be the next Bachelorette!

 

Review: Skin Laundry after 4 treatments

I’m back with my review of Skin Laundry! As I wrote previously, I started going to Skin Laundry for their laser and light facial. The first appointment is free, which is great because the treatments are usually $75!

I just had my 4th week getting a laser and light facial, which I have really been enjoying. I felt as if the first 2 weeks I did see an improvement in my skin. I came out of the facial glowing, and my skin looking great. I had a few small breakouts that subsided quickly following my treatments, but nothing huge or noticeable.

This past Thursday, they used a stronger laser because I had done well with the last two treatments. I thought my skin didn’t look as good afterwards, but it looked great the next day. This week I used the highest level laser, and my skin adjusted to it well!

I’m continuing my laser and light facials twice a month after this last treatment — they have a membership which gives you a slight discount, and I feel like this could really help my skin over time.

Stay tuned!

 

 

The best cold fix recipe: “Health Tea”

Last week I went out to a vendor lunch for work at Westville Hudson. There are a few Westville locations in NYC (one very close to my apartment!), and I had never actually been. I knew they had seasonal vegetables, and other random things like french fries and hot dogs. However, I didn’t realize that the restaurant was a perfect mix of healthy and indulgent! I loved that they have so many different seasonal veggies options, as well as packed salads and sandwiches.

In addition to the smoky mac and cheese, my favorite item was a drink special called “Health Tea.” I made sure I took a picture of all the ingredients so I could re-create this recipe at home!

Recipe:

A few sprigs of mint, to taste

A few sage leaves, to taste

2 orange slices

2 lemon slices

A large piece of fresh ginger

1 Cinnamon stick, or a dash of ground cinnamon

Hot water

Honey, to taste

I made this at home this morning in my ban.do to-go coffee mug, and my trusty Chef’s Choice electric kettle. I added the mint, sage, ginger, orange slices, lemon slices and cinnamon. I then poured hot water over the other ingredients to steep. I then added some honey to sweeten it up a bit!

I’ve been refilling my mug all morning with more hot water, I love this alternative to lemon water or tea! A great way to switch it up.

 

 

2019 goals

Happy February! I have had this post saved in my drafts for quite some time and I figured today was the day to publish it. My 2019 goals are very similar to my 2018 goals. As a matter of fact, I looked at my list of 2018 goals and thought, “all of these things still apply to 2019.” Maybe my goals were very general, but they are all things I need to constantly be working on in my life.

My goals are mostly health and fitness related, however there are some that I need to help me push myself every once in a while.

Moisturize often

Especially in the winter, moisturizing is necessary for the skin. Cold weather, winds, and even just the change of the seasons and cause dry skin. I’m always looking for new moisturizers to try out, whether it be for my body, hands, or face! I’ve recently been using the mersea x Anthropologie collection coconut sugar body whip, and for my face I just started using the Renee Rouleau skin recovery lotion.

Eat more colorful foods

We are all guilty of loving beige/white/brown foods. I do love fruits and veggies, however sometimes they require more prep and time then just boiling some pasta. My goal is to eat a variety of (naturally) colorful foods this year!

Get in good shape

I played sports in high school during every season, so “being in shape” was really always the case when you worked out at least 5 days a week. In college I still play sports and worked out, but definitely not 5 days a week! I’m trying to feel good about working out, because it just makes it easier and less dreadful.

Try new workout classes

I’ve found that I like to attend workout classes, as I like a structured workout that I didn’t plan myself. I also like a little friendly competition with other people in class! It’s not a contest, but it’s good to push yourself a bit.

Spend time with friends + family

Not living at home, it’s hard to spend time with my family as much as I would like. My sister is in college in South Carolina now as well so I don’t get to see her too often anymore. We’re all going to Florida next weekend, I can’t wait to spend some time with my whole family! In terms of friends, I don’t see my college friends as much as I used too, so I want to plan some meet ups for all of us to reunite.

Try to limit stress and anxiety

This is like doing the impossible, but it’s okay to take a minute to breathe or relax if you need it.

Try new recipes

Max and I (mostly me) started a food Instagram towards the end of 2018 called madmaxfood. We love to eat together, and try fun recipes we see online. He’s a great cook, and I’m the designated baker, so recipes are one of our favorite things to try together!

Travel somewhere new

Last year this was on my list, and I ended up going to Chicago. Chicago was great, definitely one of my new favorite cities and I can’t wait to visit again. I have a ton of places on my list, especially in the US! Nashville, New Orleans, Seattle, and St. Louis are just some of the places on my list…

Here’s to 2019!

Review: Laser Facial at Skin Laundry

Recently, I stumbled upon Skin Laundry on Instagram stories. After looking at their social media and website, I knew I had to try it! The first appointment is free, which is awesome for an expensive service.

The staff made me feel very welcome and comfortable, as well as did the RN that was performing the treatment. They have a few different treatments, however the free treatment is the laser and light facial. They use a YAG laser first, which is like a warm, pop rocks feeling. Then they use an Intense Pulse Light laser which helps to kill bacteria, and target pigmentation, inflammation and redness.

I was nervous for the treatment, as I have very sensitive skin, however the facial was quick and got easier as it went on. At first, the laser felt shocking on my skin, but after the first round I didn’t feel it at all! The second round is painless, although they do use a powerful light which you can see through the goggles. Since it was free, I decided to add a hydration boost because the cold weather was making my skin extremely dry. The hydration boost was nice and cooling after the laser treatment!

My skin looked great post-treatment and I was very hopeful that this would help with my acne scars and inflammation over time. I had a small breakout the next day, but it quickly subsided and my skin looked great over the weekend! I would definitely recommend trying this if you have acne prone skin, acne scars, pigmentation, or really any other skin issues!

I am going again this week, and I will hopefully give an update on my progress! If you decide to go, feel free to reach out for a referral 🙂

 

 

 

Quick Super Bowl appetizer: The best buffalo chicken dip recipe

I was born on Super Bowl Sunday 24 years ago! As a Super Bowl baby, I am always amped up for the day (especially when the Patriots are playing).

As a self-proclaimed foodie, I love all the fun recipes that come with the day, as many of them are foods you would never eat otherwise. Many of them are ridiculous, over-the-top foods that also require a lot of prep and cook time. This buffalo chicken dip is a quick, simple recipe that is equal parts easy and delicious!

Truth be told, I usually slightly follow Frank’s Red Hot Recipe for temperature and measurements, but I tend to add my own flair too it.

The Recipe:

2 cups of shredded, cooked chicken. I use the meat of 1 rotisserie chicken, I usually cut the breasts with a knife and measure it out to 2 cups.

8 oz of cream cheese. I usually use low fat cream cheese, and I let it soften up a bit first.

1/2 cup of Frank’s Red Hot Buffalo Wing Sauce. This is KEY. The regular hot sauce also works, however I love to use the buffalo wing sauce from Frank’s, it’s the best.

1/2 cup ranch dressing. I repeat, ranch, not bleu cheese.

1/2 cup of your preferred shredded cheese. Frank’s calls for bleu cheese crumbles, but I personally prefer shredded cheddar and Monterey Jack cheeses. I mix 1/2 cup in with the cream cheese, buffalo sauce, ranch, chicken mixture, as well as some for melting on top.

Scallions (for garnish).

Pre-heat oven to 350° F, place mixture in a shallow baking dish of choice. Bake for 20 mins. Serve with pretzel/pita/tortilla, bread, veggies, or really whatever you prefer!

Frank’s recipe recommends to mix up the dip after it is warmed, however I think it is best with the meaty cheese top and fresh scallion garnish!

Happy Super Bowl and GO PATS!!