5 Products I’ve Been Loving Recently

1.ย Kopari Coconut Deodorant

This product is my NEW FAVORITE thing. After hearing about this aluminum-free deodorant, I saw it at the airport on my way to Florida and I decided to give it a try!

To be honest, I haven’t used women’s deodorant since high school. I really didn’t like it, and I felt like it didn’t actually work, so I started using Old Spice Pure Sport deodorant all the time. No one notice that I smelled like a boy, and I also didn’t smell like weird flowers and have white, crumbly armpits (ew).

Kopari is the perfect deodorant. It smells great, it works really well, it doesn’t feel heavy, and it goes on clear! Plus it is free of harmful ingredients, so it’s a win-win.

2. Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs, and Rosewater

I’ve used a few Mario Badescu products in the past, such as the Drying Lotion and the Cucumber Tonic Mask, but this is one of my new favorite products! Amazing on a hot day for a little refresh, and a great afternoon pick-me-up. I use it in the morning before I jade role, and sometimes after I shower, just because! The smell is so calming, and it’s good for sensitive skin.

3. The Oaui Leave in Conditioner

I got this in my FabFitFun box, and I have been loving it! I usually shower at night, and a little of this helps keep my hair tame and less frizzy after sleeping on it. I have lightly wavy hair, and I spray some of this on and comb through with my fingers. I don’t lose the waves, except I do lose the frizz, which is a plus!

4. St. Tropez Express Bronzing Mousse

St. Tropez is the easiest self tanner that actually works well. It’s pretty fool proof and will give you a nice glow, fast. Personally, I think the self-tanning mitt is the key, along with watching this video from St. Tropez!

5. Vital Proteins Collagen Creamer

Collagen is great for the skin, and you don’t get it from other foods (other than bone broth), so this supplement is one of my favorites! I’ve been having the vanilla flavor

I also have the Strawberry Lemon Beauty Collagen from Vital Proteins as well, which tastes great in smoothies, water, and even mixed into cranberry juice (a recent and delicious discovery).

 

 

 

 

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DSW Spring Favorites!

DSW is having a Flash Sale right now! They usually have sales frequently, however I also wanted to share my favorite shoes for spring after that beautiful weather we had over the weekend. I can’t wait to be wearing these shoes soon enough. The most updated code: “BIGMOOD” for 20% off!

Daffodil Espadrille Wedge Sandal

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These Daffodil wedges are a good Chloรฉ dupe for a very reasonable price! Comes in a few fun colors. I personally love this color pictured and the blue.

Converse Chuck Taylor’sย 

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I have been needing a new pair of white Converse since I had to throw mine away in Cancun my senior year of college. I wore them out to a concert there, and while my feet were saved from being trampled, the sneakers were beyond saving!

 

Dolce Vita Derby Sandal

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Loving the snakeskin and light brown leather look in a more casual sandal.

Dolce Vita Paddy Sandal

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Another fun pop of snakeskin on a more neutral sandal! Very city chic for the warmer months.

Jack Rogers Sandals

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A timeless style in some more non-traditional colors. I love the cork and black, and the cork and navy whipstitching.

Steve Madden Kimmie Wedge Sandal

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These Steve Madden’s were all the rage at the end of last summer/early fall. They were completely sold out when my sister went to grab them for sorority rush in Charleston! Still cute and neutral for a fun summery look with jeans and a white tee.

Steve Madden Emmi Platform Sneaker

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White sneakers are a personal favorite of mine, and you can never have enough! I have a few on rotation to keep them from getting super dirty. This look is very similar to the platform Superga’s, definitely a good dupe that’s slightly less expensive and runs in US sizes!

Steve Madden Marky Wedge Sandal

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Loving the rose gold for a fun pop of color. These banded sandals look cute and will stay on your feet. Plus I love the stretch in the middle band!

J.Crew Factory Haul

Hi! I’m back from my vacation in Florida, which was super nice and very relaxing. While I was down there I learned how to play pickleball, went to the beach, the pool, out to eat, and SHOPPED.

When I’m with my mom and sister, we love to shop! We are dangerous in a store with a sale. We went to J.Crew Factory and the whole store was 50% off. I got a few things that I thought I would share with you, since J.Crew Factory is always going on sale.

Navy Blue Tank with Gingham Hem

This shirt fits so well. It’s soft and comfortable, yet cute and work appropriate! Currently 50% off + and extra 20% online, so hurry and grab it. It comes in a few colors, my personal favorites were the navy gingham and the gray and white.

Destination T-shirt

I love, love, love this destination tee! I have been to all these cities, and have lived in two of them, so I knew I had to get it. I also love it because it’s a fun plain white t-shirt to wear with blue or black jeans. Plus, there’s a bagel in the New York section, so how could you not?

Broken-in T-shirt

I picked up this shirt in both navy and white. I always feel like I have no shirts, so picking up these two neutral colors will help when I want to wear a pair of fun, printed pants or a bold jacket.

Bow-neck Sweater

Yes, I got this bow-neck sweater in Florida. Yes, I had to carry it back in my suitcase. Yes, it was majorly discounted and totally worth it. I have the light gray bow- neck sweater dress and it’s super cozy, along with this sweater!

Tortoise Sunglasses

I have too many pairs of sunglasses, but this pair goes with everything. I also like having a cheaper pair of sunglasses around, so its not the end of the world or a huge loss if I lose or break them by accident!

3 For $12 No-show Socks

I always jump on a cute pair of no-show socks, just in case they do end up showing a bit… but I love these NYC socks! I also got the anchors and the doughnuts. SO cute.

Scalloped Hem Sweater

I have a similar sweater in this color (just without the scallop hem) and it’s great. The color is fun and makes my eyes pop, and the scallop hem is even better! I think I might buy this in black because I just love it so much.

Scalloped Cami Tank

I didn’t pick one of these tanks up this time around, but I have it in pink and it’s perfect to spice up a pair of jeans. I also find this color works perfectly with some of my Lilly bottoms as well. I really want the light blue color or plain black next!

The code EXTRAEXTRA will give you an extra 20% off your purchase today. Happy shopping!

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 gotย 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!

 

 

 

 

 

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.