Happy Easter!

Happy Easter everyone! My family celebrated at home today for the first time in years. It was nice to have a delicious homemade meal, company, and another beautiful day.

My mom made 2 different quiches and cinnamon buns to start the day! I had them as more of a breakfast portion to our “brunch.” The first was spinach, asparagus & goat cheese and the second was a cheddar, mushroom & red pepper quiche.

I ran to Seven Stars Bakery to grab iced tea for my sister and I, in addition to a hot cross bun for my grandmother! Yesterday, my mom and I made some Easter-themed Rice Krispy treats, and today we decided to give them jelly bean eyes. We used the special “Spring” version of the Rice Krispies cereal and added some neon pink food coloring to give them even more of a fun spring feeling.

The cooking and cleaning continued, as well as getting ready for our guests to arrive.

After many outfit deliberations, I decided to wear a new pair of Lilly Palazzo Pants I got from the After Party Sale this past summer, along with my favorite sweater from Wooden Ships and J.Crew Espadrille Wedges.

Overall, a successful day with the family. One more day at home before I head back to NYC. Snow is in the forecast for tomorrow, hopefully that’s an April Fools joke. Hope everyone had an amazing Easter weekend!

The Sun Finally Came Out!

A few weeks ago, it seemed as if winter was NEVER going to end. Yesterday in NYC it was a mild day but rainy and not very sunny. I headed home after work to Rhode Island for Easter, and hoped that the weather would be sunny and warm.

I got just what I asked for, and today was a perfect sunny day! Not the warmest day but it was nice to sit outside in lululemon cropped leggings and a Patagonia pullover.

Today included some hanging out in the backyard, enjoying the nice weather and preparing for Easter at our house tomorrow. After shopping, baking, cooking and cleaning, all that is left is to pick out an outfit for tomorrow. Let’s hope the weather stays warm and sunny, because I’m breaking out the Lilly!

Anyway, here are the details for today’s outfit:

Sunglasses: Customized Ray-Ban Aviators

Pullover: Patagonia Re-Tool Snap-T

Necklace: Marlyn Schiff Silver Wishbone

A Year of FabFitFun & Review of 2018 Spring Box

DSC_0161I signed up for FabFitFun after seeing it heavily advertised on social media by contestants from “The Bachelor.” I had heard of it before but Instagram offered more photos, more information and frankly, a discount code to use on my first order. (Thanks, Jasmine) The whole thing is “full-sized products worth over $200 for only $40,” which is totally true! Most of the products are really great and I actually have re-purchsed a few products after I finished them.

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The only downside to FabFitFun is that there is limited customization. You can pick a few different items, but not more than 2 or 3 per box. I also understand its supposed to be a variety of items, but makeup its not one of my favorite things. I did receive an eyeshadow palette in the 2017 winter box that I loved, but other than that the other makeup products I have received have been kind of a miss in terms of color and style.

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I have officially done a full year of boxes, so I decided to write a review after getting one for each season (plus another!)

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Let’s get to the products in the Spring 2018 box: I got to customize the box and pick between a jewelry item and a skincare product (i think). I chose these amazing earrings from Ettika and a body butter from Korres.

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This box was filled with skincare products, which is a win for me since these are the products I think I tend to use the most. I used the body butter and the Murad Skin Perfecting Lotion the day I opened the box! I also used the Free People x Understated Leather eye mask. Other products included the Dermelect Cosmeceuticals Makeover Ridge Filler, Dove Exfoliating Body Polish, Physique 57 massage roller, Anderson Lilley candle in “Manhattan Beach,” ย ISH Lip Statement Palette, a $50 off promotion from HelloFresh, and finally a reversible clutch from Rachel Pally.

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I probably won’t use the ISH Lip Palette, just because I’m not very adventurous when it comes to makeup, but I opened it to see the colors and there is a big variety! I received the Rachel Pally clutch in this orange/yellow/red floral/leather and it’s just horrible.

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I looked online at the other colors, and I like them so much better! It’s a shame, but hey, I opened the box last night, listed the clutch on Poshmark a few hours ago and it already sold! That’s the beauty of spending the $49.99 for the box, I didn’t like the clutch and sold it for $15, so that will probably go towards my next FabFitFun box.

What do you guys think of FabFitFun? I’d love to hear! Thanks for reading.

 

Products I’m Loving Right Now

Taking care of oneself can be a challenge. Scheduling appointments with all my doctors, eating the right foods, working out regularly and not overindulging are some things I struggle with. In addition, I tend to be plagued with stress and anxiety from time to time.

I set a few goals for the New Year, most of which were ways to take better care of myself. Whether it be moisturize more often or try to reduce stress and anxiety, here are some products that I have been loving in terms of self-care!

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Essential Oils Rollers from White Lotus

I stumbled upon these essential oil rollerballs on a trip to the mall with my boyfriend in his home town. This store was filled with cute little trinkets, clothes and a large number of essential oils, fragrances and candles. These rollers both smell amazing, I put them on before I head out to work and when I get out of the shower at night.

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bliss maximum moisture cream

I have always been a fan of bliss products. They used to sell them at Sephora, but now I’ve found they are available at Ulta or online! These moisturizes are on the pricey side, but they really do the trick. I noticed results immediately, plus the scents are soothing.

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Stress Relief Pillow Mist

I’ve been using this since last year at school. I just loved the relaxing but fresh scent of the spearmint and eucalyptus pillow mist. I usually use a spray or two on my pillow before I lay down at night to sleep/watch Netflix. It’s a very calming nightly routine, although sometimes I just forget to use it. They have a whole line of products in this scent from Bath & Body Works, I also recommend the body wash!

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Jack Wills FOUR Fragrance

Definitely had some trouble finding a good link for this product, as it appears to be out of season. My mom got it for me for Christmas, and I LOVE this scent! Rollerballs are so much easier to carry around with you on the go.

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Vitamin Gummies!

I actually got these in my FabFitFun box ages ago, and I ran out of them. I’ve been meaning to buy a new one, because honestly these taste SO good. You’re supposed to have two a day, and it sometimes is the perfect little sweet treat I’m craving AND it’s a vitamin.

While I may not be the best to give health tips, these products are sure to help you take care of yourself. ๐Ÿ™‚

Baking: Blueberry Cream Cheese Cookies with Lemon Glaze

I went down to visit Max this weekend at his grandparents house in Ventnor City, New Jersey. Tagging each other in recipes on Facebook and Instagram has become one of our favorite past times, especially while enjoying quality time inside all winter. On Saturday afternoon, while sitting on the couch, I found this recipe from Delish, which turned out to be a recipe from The Recipe Critic!

I thought the recipe looked delicious, and Max immediately agreed. He decided that we must make the cookies that afternoon, so we looked for ingredients at home. We then set out to the store with our shopping list. After picking up a lemon, blueberries, flour and some Spindrift seltzers, we went right home to get baking.

The cookies took a bit longer too cook than anticipated. I made them a bit larger than in the photos, because who likes a small cookie, right? The first batch came out a bit softer than the second, but they were delicious nonetheless. When I made the first batch, I thought to myself, “wow, thats a lot of berries.” In an effort to not crush the blueberries, the middle of the dough was lacking. When I made the second batch, I was really trying to make sure there were a good amount of berries in each cookie. My recommendation would be to gradually mix in the blueberries and make smaller balls of dough if you prefer crispier cookies.

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Overall, they were a huge hit. Max and I couldn’t wait to try them as soon as they came out of the oven. His parents, aunt and uncle loved them, my sister and parents loved them. My dad literally was chewing the cookie and saying “de-licious.” I can’t wait to make these again, hopefully in the summer with fresh blueberries from Morning Glory Farm!

Linked here are the ingredients & the directions:

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