How to throw a Galentine’s Day Party!

Hi Friends!

Last year, I planned my first ever Galentine’s Day Party and it was a complete success! I decided to go all out and order some fun decorations, fun food and some party favors that made perfect for our signature cocktails!

Here’s how I went about throwing my party:

Pick a date

This year my friends and I are having it on Wednesday, February 12th, because I will be headed off to Florida on the 13th for a half-marathon (more to come on that)! The 13th is technically the designated day for Galentine’s Day, but I think any day in February works to get together with friends and have fun drinks and heart shaped food! 🙂

Guest list

For Galentine’s Day, I just had my closest gal pals from college that live in NYC and my roommates. I wanted to get us some fun little gifts, so I kept my guest list relatively small.

Pick a location

I decided to have it at my apartment so I could decorate and make everything I wanted to make, while also staying on a budget.

Decorate

THIS was probably the best part of planning the party (next to creating my signature drink in my fun glasses), and I decided to go all out for it! I already have an on-theme light up sign in my apartment, so I decided to get a glitter wall to play off the light that we already had. I got this glitter wallpaper type thing on Amazon in pink and gold. I layered them to give it a subtle pink look, and I honestly never took it down after that. It lives in my apartment now.

Other options I love and am using for this year are: these heart garlands, these hanging paper hearts, twinkle lights, heart light, and this adorable pom-pom heart mirror!

Party favors

I wanted to get something fun and cute, however not too pricey for my friends and I to have for the party. After looking up some inspiration from my friend, Danielle (who plans a killer Galentine’s Day party every year), I decided on these personalized champagne flutes from Etsy! They were $5 each, came relatively quickly, and my friends LOVED them.

Food and drinks

This is your chance to really play around with fun on-theme foods, or just making your favorites. Last year, we bought pizza dough and other pizza fixings from Trader Joe’s, and made our own heart shaped pizzas. Unfortunately, we forgot to take photos because making then heart shaped pizzas was quite the event, and we were all ready to eat.

I did make a fun signature drink in the flutes that I got for us. It consisted of Trader Joe’s fancy pink lemonade, raspberry lime seltzer, mint, raspberries and lime juice! Plus vodka of course. This year I’m thinking of maybe doing a grapefruit mule, or something else fun and pink!

Supplies

Straws

From Amazon, I also picked up these Valentine’s Day themed paper straws, which came in a such a large pack that we literally still a few left for this year’s party haha.

Plates

In addition, heart plates from Amazon, came in handy from last year, and here’s a heart shaped option on Prime for this year is linked here.

Napkins

The CUTEST napkins from Amazon for Valentine’s Day are by far these ones. I’m ordering these just to have as fun cocktail napkins because they are fun and I love hearts.

 

 

Smile Brilliant CariPRO Electric Toothbrush Review + Giveaway

Happy New Year Everyone! To kick off 2020, I’ve teamed up with the amazing Smile Brilliant again for an awesome giveaway. First off though, I’m going to tell you more about Smile Brilliant’s cariPRO ultrasonic toothbrush!

One of my goals for last year was to really keep up with and improve my dental health, and that was helped by the use of an electric toothbrush. However, I was using an older model and wanted to upgrade to something new without breaking the bank.

Enter Smile Brilliant’s cariPRO! I was shocked in learning that this electric toothbrush had five different modes and a very sleek design at this affordable price point. The replacement brush heads are also super affordable and very convenient. I had used similar, yet more expensive models in the past, and none of them had as many modes as the cariPRO.

Each brushing mode goes for two minutes, and every 30 seconds it pauses to let you know to move to a different quadrant of the mouth. Simple, yet ~effective~! I had been using a manual toothbrush for a few weeks, and I started off using the “sensitive” mode to ramp up to the “clean” mode and that was a really helpful transition. After that I started experimenting with the “whitening” mode as well, which I think is my favorite so far.  I also have been using the toothbrush every day, twice a day for well over a month and it literally just started blinking for low battery power this morning. Battery life is excellent!

I have already noticed a difference in my teeth! Not only do they feel cleaner, they also do not have that lackluster look to them anymore. My goal for this year is to keep up my good reviews at the dentist, and the cariPRO toothbrush will certainly be contributing to that.

Now, it’s giveaway time!

Here is the link to the electric toothbrush giveaway!

If you don’t want to try your luck with the giveaway, here is a code for 20% off cariPRO Ultrasonic electric toothbrushes: 20mvyprep

More info below

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Binge-worthy shows on your favorite streaming services

It’s no secret that people today love binge-watching shows on our favorite streaming services like Netflix and Hulu. While I still enjoy watching shows every week on live TV *The Bachelor franchise*, I also love being able to hit ‘next episode’ while I’m laying in my bed on my own time.

I recently became obsessed with “Stranger Things,” when my sister and my mom started watching season 3 over the 4th of July. For some reason I didn’t want to watch it, I have no idea why I was so against the show. I finally watched it and I as HOOKED. My roommate had just finished season 3 as well, so she opted to watch some of the older episodes with me as as refresher.  This prompted me to write about some of my favorite shows on our favorite streaming services, along with some of my binge-watching essentials!

Binge-watching essentials: Sweatshirt / Joggers / Slippers / Necklace / Sheets / Blanket

Roku / Binge-Watching Beauty Kit / Boom Chicka Pop 

 

Friends

This is an absolute given, who doesn’t love watching old Friends episodes?! I actually had not really seen many “Friends” episodes before it came on Netflix one summer while I was in college. You know I sat at home at night after my internship and binge-watched all 10 seasons…

The Society

Recently added, this Netflix original features Kathryn Newton in a post-apocalyptic type show about high school students in a town all alone. No parents, strange happenings, and dramatic events happen in this “Lord of the Flies”-like series, and every episode gets better and keeps you wondering what could happen next!

The Haunting of Hill House

This show came on the scene during October of last year, and my friends and I sat home one Saturday and watched the entire show. It’s only one season, so it’s not too much of a commitment, but it is a show you can’t stop watching until you get to the end. “Hill House” could be hard to follow at some points, because the show has a lot of flashbacks. You need to give your full, undivided attention to make sure you know what’s happening.

The Office

On a lighter note, this is a show that is always a go-to after watching something sad or scary. If you watched “The Society” or “The Haunting of Hill House” this might be a good show to turn on to have a good laugh and lighten the mood. Plus this AND “Friends” are leaving Netflix, so watch it while you can!

Stranger Things

If you were living under a rock like me and haven’t watched this Netflix original series, I’m here to tell you you’re missing out big time. Max and I had both not watched the show, and we started it one weekend and watched a few episodes. I couldn’t wait to watch it with him the next weekend and I binged the whole series. I’m obsessed and I’m planning on being something “Stranger Things” related for Halloween this year!

Greek

Formerly on Netflix, “Greek” is now available on Hulu! I also watched this whole series one summer home from college

It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia

A cult classic for the times, one of my favorite shows ever. It’s quick, hilarious and ridiculous. Now on Hulu, this is a good one to keep on in the background or watch and laugh.

Friday Night Lights

This show gives you all the feels. Coach Taylor, Matt Seracen, Riggins, Tyra, Lila, etc. all the characters will make you mad, sad, and happy throughout the whole series. It’s an interesting look at life in another state as well. I know it’s a TV show, but it’s really interesting to see what life revolves around in rural Texas.

The Mick 

The “family” dynamic of this show is what really gets me going. Every episode of this show had me laughing and I kept wondering how each episode could be more ridiculous than the last, but they were every time! My roommates heard me dying laughing in my room and wanted to know what I was watching because it had to be hilarious.

How I Met Your Mother

A classic New York TV show, HIMYM is funny and also hits you right in the heart. The friendships are different than other NYC-based shows like “Friends” but are just as good!

Euphoria

HBO’s “Euphoria” is A LOT. The series is about high school students, and you would never imagine all this heavy stuff happening in high school, but you can’t stop watching. It just like a train wreck, you can’t look away. The episodes are long, but the music is excellent! Drake is one of a producers of the show, so naturally good music.

Reign

One of my all time favorites for sure, Reign has amazing costumes, hair, and makeup, as well as exaggerated yet juicy historical drama. Mary Queen of Scots is now my idol, and with 4 seasons, it is quite binge-worthy!

The Boys

I have actually not watched “The Boys” yet, but my mom has been telling me to watch it ever since she started this Amazon series! I’ve heard great things from others as well, one of the guys from IT at my office was also raving about it the other day!

Mad Men

Such a love-hate with this show. I really do love it but it was challenging to watch at times. I had to take a couple of breaks, but overall I binged most of it. I loved the show, and the ending certainly doesn’t turn out how you would expect. January Jones and Jon Hamm are two actors I didn’t know much about before the show, and they are so great playing their characters on “Mad Men.”

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Picks and Favorites

It’s that time of year again! The NSale is here for Nordstrom card holders and access for everyone else begins on July 19th.

I’ve rounded up some of my favorite items I already have that are being included in the sale, as well as some of the items I’m picking up this year.

What I have and LOVE:

Spanx Faux Leather Leggings

I got these leggings this winter and they are so great. I’m able to wear them to work with a long sweater and with everything else on the weekends and at night!

They are also camel toe-proof because there is no seam in the middle of the leggings, which I thought was sort of weird at first. Spanx proved me wrong! Sans middle seam for the win.

Thread & Supply Wubby Fleece Pullover

I got this pullover last fall, and although I seriously do not need another pullover/sweatshirt in my life, this one is worth it!

The inside is a sweatshirt like material, and the outside is super soft and fuzzy! I can’t wait to break this out again.

Blank NYC Suede Moto Jacket

My aunt got this jacket for my for Christmas 2 years ago, and I’m still obsessed with it. I have the gray color, and I feel like this is just a timeless piece that will always be in style.

Just a tip, I would size up one size especially if you are sort of in between sizes. I got the extra small and I think I could have taken the small. The arms are a bit tight, but it’s livable.

St. Tropez Express Bronzing Mousse

St. Tropez self-tanner has been one of my go-to’s since I started using it last summer. I have the express and I think I might need to invest in another!

The mitt is key, so don’t forget to pick up one of those as well.

On my wish list for the sale:

Blank NYC Suede Mini Skirt

Okay… I LOVE this skirt and I’ve been looking for a cute suede mini for quite a while now. I know the suede is good quality because I already have the jacket.

Now the debate is: do I get gray to match my jacket? Or get the coffee color because it’s super cute and fall friendly? 🙂

Kendra Scott Ever Pendant Necklace

I have always wanted a Kendra Scott necklace like this! I finally may actually make the purchase I have thought about countless times.

Mario Badescu Trio

This trio has two of my favorite products of all time, and a new product I would love to try!

I recently was turned on to rose facial spray. I have the travel size but I think I need to upgrade, and this trio seems like the perfect opportunity.

Barefoot Dreams Cardigan

My eye has been on these cardigans for about a year now. I think I might actually pull the trigger this year and get one!

Blondo Waterproof Booties

Waterproof?! Sold. I actually have the suede knee high black boots by Blondo and they are great in the horrible wintery mix type slush.

I think that’s it for this year’s sale. There’s a ton of great deals on so many brands, so don’t wait too long!

Happy shopping, xoxo!

Graduation Cap Decorating & Inspiration

It’s grad season! With college graduations in full swing and high school commencements rapidly approaching for many people, I figured I would share some graduation cap decorating tips and inspiration for those looking for a little décor.

In high school, I did not have a cap and gown like most other schools. Girls wore white dresses with our school charm bracelet and the boys, khaki pants with a navy blue blazer, along with the school lapel pin. So for college graduation, I was looking forward to decorating my graduation cap!

Most of my friends had caps in high school, so they went all out decorating them back in the day. They didn’t really want to make the effort to decorate and get materials during senior week. I knew I wanted to keep it pretty simple, and I saw a few other people decorating caps, so I said “why not!”

I headed to Michael’s to pick up some supplies and I was so happy what I came out with. I got some simple gold and pearl letters to put my initials, and then some pearl stickers to add to the edges of my cap. I initially had thought about painting something on my cap, but then I realized that senior week was very busy and I didn’t have the time to think of an idea, paint it, let it dry, etc.

This idea ended up being quick, easy, and simple, which I loved! I even still have my cap on display at home near my diploma, since the pearls looked great with my black cap and red tassel. This idea would look great on any color cap, and is SO, SO easy to do if you are in a time crunch.

Happy Graduation, xx

 

Game of Thrones Premiere & Cheese Board Debut

Who watched the GOT season 8 premiere Sunday night?! I was so excited for it, and the episode didn’t disappoint. I watched the season 7 finale right before, and I forgot just how action packed it was. Watching that made me so pumped for season 8. I can’t wait to find out who ends up on the iron throne, but I’m sad that some of my favorite characters could face death! ):

Anyway, I had a few friends over for the premiere, so naturally as an entertainer and someone who just purchased a new cheese board, I had to make up a cheese plate for the watch party.

As I mentioned in a previous post, I picked up this marble cheese board with a golden pineapple detail about a week ago. The board came in the mail and I immediately felt the need to buy a bunch of cheese and invite people over, then I realized that the GOT premiere was the perfect time to break out both!

I picked up most of the items from good ole Trader Joe’s (there is one right around the corner from my office, and it’s never too packed, truly a blessing). I got some Cotswolds cheese, double cream gouda, herbed goat cheese, and Dubliner cheddar. For fun other cheese plate items, I used truffle marcona almonds, bread and butter pickles, pita crisps, cornbread crackers (all from Trader Joe’s), shelled pistachios, and some cucumber and orange pepper cut up.

It was all very delicious and extremely filling! I would definitely recommend getting and making a cheese plate for entertaining, as it was the highlight of the night (other than the episode, obviously).

Happy eating! xx

Aerie Swimsuit Picks on Sale for 4 days!

Many people hate buying/shopping for swim suits, and sometimes I know exactly what they mean. Before my trip to Florida, I was looking for a cute but simple bathing suit that was not going to break the bank and not really finding exactly what I wanted for in store at Aerie or Target, and not really anything online.

Thankfully, Aerie has updated their website with some more fun spring/summer prints and styles of bathing suits. They are also currently $17 for tops and bottoms, which is pretty cheap! I added a few extra options that are of varying prices, but they are still on sale.

I think that their bathing suits are good quality, especially when they are having a promo like this, which makes it very affordable. There are also even cheaper options other than the new arrivals.

Gingham Bikini Top + Bottom

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Pink Seersucker Bikini Top + Bottom

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Green Seersucker Bikini Top + Bottom

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Two-tone Wide Strap Bikini Top + Bottom

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Striped High-neck Bikini Top + Bottom

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Lace Up One-Piece

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Pique Printed One-Piece

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Happy shopping! xx