How-To Pack for HP World (+FREE Printable)

Monday, July 29, 2019

      The Hubs and I are heading to the most MAGICAL place on Earth next week, so I figured why not show you everything i'm packing for HP World.
Before we get started, I figured that i should mention I'm a Slytherin. 
I'm a nice one though, so we can stay friends. 
Any who- let's get packing!
I'm actually heading to Orlando for my Younique Convention. I'm super excited about it, and had such a fun time at our last one in Texas. We decided to stay a couple of extra days to make a little vacay out of it. I can't think of a better way to spend our vacation than than to swish & flick (and butterbeer sip) our way through the Wizarding World.

First things first- let's tackle my carry-on. Keep in mind that it's a super quick flight from Ohio to Florida, so i'm not packing a TON. Also keep in mind that I over-pack, so...

Before we get to the BIG GIRL suitcase, let's talk about my Airport Attire. Two things to keep in mind: Comfort is always key  #majorkeyalert, and it's literally ALWAYS cold. You can't go wrong if you keep those top-of-mind when you're throwing something on half-asleep before leaving to rush to the airport at 5am. 
  • Lululemon All The Right Places pant- I LOVE that these have pockets to hold my phone & ticket! 
  • Comfy tank top 
  • Scarf- I like to bring one that's big enough to double as a blanket if needed
  • Tennishoes 
  • Fresh-Face- I always feel like planes clog my pores, so i try to never wear any on the plane! Slather on some moisturizer & chap stick & call it a day
  • FitBit - who wan't to guess how many steps it will take us to walk the park ALL DAY?! 

For our checked luggage I was nice enough to let my husband share some room. It's a fairly large suitcase, plus we're both bringing a carry-on so he'll be fine. #wifeoftheyear

  • All of my makeup/brushes
  • Toothbrush/Toothpaste
  • Shampoo/Conditioner
  • Younique skincare
  • Packing Cubes
  • Face Halo 
  • Jewelry 
  • Razor
  • Jammies
  • Bathing suits
  • Death Eater Wand
  • Younique SPF
  • Jean shorts
  • Maxi dress
  • Paperbag Waist pants - light & linen
  • Tanks/tees
  • Bras/Undies/Bra stickies 
  • Faux Birks 
  • Sun Visor
  • Socks
  • Workout Outfit + Sports Bra
  • Sandals 
  • 3 Convention Outfits
  • Perfume
  • Hairbrush
  • Wave Spray/Dry Shampoo.

Anything that we (I) forgot, we can easily grab either from our Hotel or one of the super close convenience stores! Feel free to download my FREE Printable packing checklist here to use on your next vacation!

Let me know in the comments where you're headed next & if you've ever been to Harry Potter World!

Summer Amazon Haul

Thursday, July 4, 2019
Does anyone have a major shopping bug right now?
I don't know if it's the weather or the late night margaritas that have me binge shopping on Amazon lately. Don't get me wrong, most of my goodies were fairly inexpensive because #imcheap.
So in the effort of not being alone, i'm going to show you all of my recent purchases so you, too can spend your money.

Then we'll be in it together. Poor, but fashionable.

I love making lists (ask my husband), and love organization. I also realized that my current planner was going to run out at the end of this month. To guarantee i didn't miss a hair appt, i HAD to purchase this Planner! It's iridescent, has fun graphics and the  most adorable little quotes on each month. It also includes made-up Holidays like "National Margarita Day". So it's a win from me. 

I've been living in high-waisted paper-bag pants lately, and thought to myself- i really need a cute cropped tank! Leopard is an easy neutral in my wardrobe (and will conveniently go with all three pairs of these pants that i purchased). I saw this guy on the explore page and new i had to have him! This Leopard Tank is racer-back and fitted. So perfect for the summertime! It's also snug enough that
you can skip a bra with it. #GOALS


Since i'm a basic bish, i also needed to add a Fedora to my shopping list. I found this cute one that was only $16! It did, unexpectedly, arrive with a slight pink hue. But i think it's growing on me. It has a nice string on the inside so you can tighten the fit- so no blowing away in the wind!

Sometimes i pretend to be an IG influencer. No shame. 
I saw all my faves carrying woven circle bags and i thought "I NEED". It will also be the perfect accessory when hubs and i go to Hawaii to celebrate our 5yr! So tropical. 
There were tons of options, but i loved this white Circle Bag the most!

Enter my new found addiction to Hot Yoga. My current Yoga mat had seen better days, so i figured why not invest in another that i will just drip sweat all over. Right?! I was shook to my core when i found this Yoga Mat for $24! It has great reviews and looks SO CAUUTEE in person. If you didn't know, i love a good moon phase, so I was definitely feeling this whole vibe.

So the thing i mentioned earlier about sweating....
This isn't a need by any means. You can totally use a beach towel, bath towel, kitchen towel- whatever you have on hand. But since i've been proud of my down-dog lately i wanted to treat myself to some Yoga Towels to protect my beautiful new moon baby mat!

Since i can't possibly be bothered to carry my mat under my arm, I found this super cute Yoga Mat Carrier! The little zip pouch in the front can easily fit my phone & keys.

You guys know i love my glass straws. I wanted to buy a few metal ones to try out, and these were rose gold Metal Straws! Save the environment, and look super fab doing it. I also love that these come with a cute little pouch, so i always keep a couple in my purse when i'm on the go! No plastic here, plz. #BYOS

Finally, i hopped on the bandwagon and grabbed some XXL Alligator Clips. When i say these are large, they are LARGE. I have thin, unfortunate hair so these stay in fairly well. I love the more neutral ones in the pack compared to the pearl covered ones, but they are all so fun! I'm living for the 90's influences that are out right now. 

Let me know if you end up snagging anything, or if you have any current Amazon faves that i should check out buy immediately. 

Quick & Yummy Plant-Based Smoothie

Friday, May 24, 2019
         Do you ever have those mornings where you have zero energy to give the world? Like, yes, pancakes sound exceptional- but, I PHYSICALLY CANNOT. Sometimes you just need something quick. Lots of times those quick things can lack flavor, or you’ll be hangry in about 10 minutes. Nobody wants that. Nobody wants to see you hangry. Just ask my husband. It’s not cute.

            Insert the yummy, filling, plant-based smoothie to swoop (or blend) in to save the day! Let’s set the record straight real quick- there are “meh” smoothies, there are “yum” smoothies, and then there are 
OMFG STHAAPP YASSSS” smoothies. I prefer the latter.

What You’ll Need:
  • Blender
  • Hand-full of Ice 
  • Hand-full of Spinach 
  • 1/2 Banana (frozen)
  • 1/3 cup frozen Bloobs
  • 8oz. Plant-Based Milk of your choice/H20 (i like to do half milk/half water)
  • Serving size of Protein Powder (1-2 scoops) 
  • 1 tbsp Maca Powder 
  • 1 tbsp Chia Seed
  • 1 tbsp Hemp Hearts
  • 1 HEAPING tbsp Almond Butter, bcuz YUM

            Having an amazing, super fast Vitamix blender is cool and all, but any old blender will do the trick as long as you have some sharp AF blades. We use the Ninja Master Prep and it does a pretty good job! 

          Toss all of your goodies into the blender and pulse away. I like to run mine until the consistency is a very liquidy Purple Sludge. Which probably equates to 3ish minutes. Honestly though, just eyeball it- if you have a rogue banana that is matrixing around the blender blades it may take a bit longer. I like to do this so i can slurp mine up with my favorite glass straws from Amazon

            This breakfast clocks in at 453 calories according to MyFitnessPal. But remember, a lot of the cals are coming from HEALTHY sources like the Chia seeds, Protein Powder and fruits! It contains 46g carbs, 13g fat, and 40g of protein. You can definitely customize your own by adding different fruits, oats, or even some dates! Mmmmm add Dates, you'll thank me later. 

            Let me know if you end up trying my concoction, or throwing something together on your own! I love trying new smoothie recipes- especially during the summer! 


How-To: Destroy a Thrift Shop Tee

Sunday, May 5, 2019

Band tees are one of my closet STAPLES. Mario Kondo will not be taking those away from me! The one thing I hate about vintage-y band tees are the price. I don’t want to shell out $50 for an uncomfortably stiff Led Zeppelin tee. I want it to feel as though a groupie has worn it for 4 months straight. Super soft, comfy & probably has some wear and tear- because, groupies.

Especially the Rock Band groupies.  So, how can you achieve this by spending less than $10?

Insert Macklemore Thrift Shop... What, what

 For real though- head on over to your local Thrift (my personal fav's are Volunteers of America & Ohio Thrift) and get ready to search. I’m not talking just sifting through a few racks here and there, I’m talking about looking at every single t-shirt rack in the Men's, Women’s and even Kids section! Eight times out of ten I’ve found a band tee. A cozy, lived-in band tee. Sometimes they’re truly vintage, and sometimes they may come from current stores (think UO, or Target).

So, the graphic is dope, but it’s not quite the vintage vibe you’re looking for. Don’t get flustered and put it back on the rack, because I’m going to show you how to make those band tees feel like it was found in a KISS tour bus from 1987. 

After your thrift scavenger hunt, run over to your local Target (or supermarket of choice) and grab nailclippers, a lemon zester, chalk, and some scissors. We’re going to Macgyver the shit out of those tees! And after we’re done with the tee, you can give yourself a mani & make freshly zested. Look at you go.

  • Step One: Lay your new tee out on a flat surface and take your chalk and mark where you want any destruction. Throw the tee on to see if the destruction is…well, appropriate. I found this out the hard way. If you’ve watched Mean Girls, you know

  • Step Tw0: Time to destroy. Grab your clippers & scissors and begin clipping tiny holes into your tee where you marked with chalk. I like to use the sides of the clippers and go in at an angle for the sleeves, neck & bottom hem; and the scissors for everywhere else. After you cut the larger holes, give it a good stretch. This helps to achieve the nice "worn in" look!


  • Step Three:  Time to zest! Be SUPER careful when using the zester. I have grated my fingers before and it is not pleasant. RIP fingerprints. I would also recommend starting with a “less is more” approach so you don’t accidentally zest too much away.

  • Step Four (optional): To add a pop of extra to your band tee, grab some household bleach. Put on some gloves and carefully pour a teensy of bleach (eyeball it) into a spray bottle. Take your tee outside, or in a ventilated space and start decorating! For this tee i used the "fine mist" option on the nozzle to spray all over. For the more distinct spots i used the "stream" option. You can also use a dropper to get the same look!

  • Step Five: Toss your tee in the washer (I like to flip him inside out) and let it air-dry! You can definitely pop it in the dryer, but I personally, like to let mine air-dry to guarantee it doesn’t’ shrink up on me. 

You’re done! Show off your new tee like the groupie you are!

If you feel inspired to DIY your own thrift shop band tee, please share with me! I would love to see your creations! 

The ONE tool you need to wash your face (and save the Planet)

Monday, April 15, 2019

     Picture this: You had a long day at work, you’re tired and have zero energy to do   A N Y T H I N G. Literally, the last thing you want to worry about is taking off your makeup. You say “screw it” and go to bed. The next day you wake up with one thousand (not exaggerating) pimples as you look at yourself in the mirror with half your eyebrow wiped off and scream like Macaulay Macaulay Culkin Culkin (AKA Macaulay Culkin) on Home Alone. I’m LOLing right now at his ridiculous name change, but Yolo. Do people still Yolo? Any who-

     Scary, right?! I’ve been there. In high school I would always go to sleep with my makeup on. I would even apply mascara right over top of my yesterday’s mascara. That sentence makes me physically cringe thinking about my spidery lashes. I don’t want anyone out there to feel like they don’t have time to wash their face. So, let me ease your fears. I have found THE best product to quickly and easily remove your makeup every single night!
It’s called Face Halo, and it was sent from the Gods.

I’ve been using my Face Halo religiously for a few years now, and I can attest to how amazing this product really is. Face Halos are cute, circle shaped mono-chromatic (so trendy) face pads that only need water...YES, only H2o, to remove that stubborn makeup. The pads are made up of Halo Tech fiber strands that trap and remove every ounce of your #MOTD. The best part- it’s perfect for ALL skin types! So no need to worry, sensitive gals- I’ve got you.

         Unlike traditional wipes, no scrubbing is necessary with the Face Halo. Have no fear of smudging that makeup around, because the Face Halo will hold onto that seven pounds of Shape Tape and guarantee not to put it back onto that clean skin of yours! Simply wet & wipe to reveal the fresh-faced goddess that you are. When you’re done, Face Halo recommends to hand wash with warm soap & water after each use to keep it so fresh and so clean, clean.

Here is where saving the planet comes in- you can wash your Face Halo up to 200 times! Throw it right in with your whites once or twice a week, and let it air dry to perfection. This replace up to 500 of those toss-away, planet-harming face wipes. Just be sure not to use fabric softener, as it can clog up the Halo Tech fibers and make them lose their magical powers. Just think about that for a minute. If you wear makeup every day, and constantly have to purchase face wipes to remove your makeup, you will not only save money with the Face Halo (I know I have) but you will also contribute to our Planet’s well being! That my friends, is pretty damn cool.

         The Face Halo come in a pack of three for only $22. Keep one, keep two, or be selfish like me and hoard all of them for yourself because YOLO. I think people still YOLO. I’m going to bring it back. You can grab the Face Halo OG’s (the white ones), or their new Pro Face Halo’s (black). The Pro’s are my favorite for removing heavier makeup and things like face-masks! If you’re a heavy makeup wearer, I would recommend the Pro’s only because you can’t see the stains. I’m weird and get an extreme satisfaction out of seeing all of my makeup come off on the white Face Halo to get it back to it’s pristine, white, angelic self. But you do you, boo.

So, if you want to be a Planet Earth Warrior while also rocking a fresh face before bed every night- do yourself a favor and grab a Face Halo.