What Was My New Years Resolution?

Thursday, June 10, 2021

Well, we are 6 months into the year and I never shared what my New Year's resolution was, so I thought that would be fun to do now. Plus, how have I done with keeping up with my resolution? 

We live in a fast-fashion, hyperconsumerism world, and social media certainly doesn't help this. I wanted a New Year's resolution that would not only benefit me, but others as well. I decided that I was going to try to shop local and second-hand as much as possible. With the pandemic and all the problems it has caused small businesses, I thought this would be a worth-while goal even if it was inconvenient at times (such as groceries!) or could sometimes be more expensive. This just meant I would need to be conscious of quality over quantity, which was part of the point anyway. 

So how have I done so far? Really well, actually! My whole outfit above was purchased second-hand, just as an example. I needed a dress for a baby shower, and a clutch for a wedding, so I looked second-hand and fell in love with these pieces. The best places I have found to buy clothing and accessories are Poshmark, local thrift stores, and local boutiques. I typically search somewhere like Poshmark for brands that I know really well in terms of sizing and quality, that way they are the most likely to be exactly what I want since I can't see them in person.

I have also had some luck with local groceries. My favorite grocery store closed, which I was pretty sad about since they had tons of locally made goods. Farmer's Markets have been a great way to still buy food locally as well as another grocer here in Savannah called Brighter Day.

I definitely recommend as many people try this as possible! It helps real people support themselves and their families as well as being a small way to contribute to your community.

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How to Style a Bar Cart

Monday, May 31, 2021

Happy Tuesday guys! Today I am going to share with you my bar cart. Styling one is super easy and can be done fairly affordably too.  

Starting with the cart, mine was purchased at Target. They have tons of different styles and so far the quality has been amazing. I did not find my exact one, but this gold one is really close. I also love this gold cart and this gold cart. Acrylic carts are also stylish and ideal for small spaces because they are transparent, they appear like they take up less space. I love this acrylic cart and this acrylic cart. Etsy, Ebay, and thrift/antique stores are other great places to look for a more unique option.

The next thing to decide is how you want the cart styled. Pink is my favorite color so I was originally going to make it VERY pink (hence the pink straws on the bottom), but I decided to do something a little more classic instead to match the rest of my apartment. I love the look of fluted glassware, it is classic and has the perfect 60's/70's look. Mine are from Macy's, but tons of places are selling them right now. West Elm has acrylic ones at a great price and Anthropologie has some with a cute gold twist. I found the perfect matching carafe from Urban Outfitters, but it is sold out. However, this one is almost identical. Etsy also has tons of gorgeous barware if you are looking for something truly vintage. My cocktail shaker was a gift, but this one and this one are really similar. The brass is perfect because it keeps with the 60's/70's classic look.

Next is accents! I knew that I wanted yellow as a pop of color and fresh lemons are the perfect way to do this! Not only are the perfect in mixed drinks, but I also use them every day in my water. To complement this, I added a book from my kitchen: Love & Lemons. Flowers also add a nice touch to the overall look. My vase is from Anthropologie and is the 'short' one. Cocktail napkins are another nice touch. The one hanging on my cart was actually a gift from one of my best friend's wedding. It has a note embroidered on the inside and fits perfectly on the cart. 

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My Current Beauty Products

Sunday, April 18, 2021

To preface this, I have always struggled with pretty bad acne. It took me a long time to find products that worked with my skin without causing more acne. I also see a dermatologist regularly to help manage this and she is wonderful. I did not picture the prescription retinol that I use since it is a prescription and not everyone's skin reacts to retinol well. Everyone's skin is different so some of these may or may not work for you, but I hope you enjoy my favorites!

I LOVE this face wash so much. My husband found it via Instagram a few years ago and really made a difference with my acne. I have used it for years both morning and night. 

Another product I have used for years. I like it because it helps with my post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation as well as helping to prevent more acne.

This one is slightly new to me. I bought it because my lotion was hard to get during the pandemic and I was hoping it would work similarly. It did not, but it actually works really well under my lotion to help prevent my skin from being a weird texture from the retinol.

4) Moisturizer: Sunday Riley Tidal
I have used this moisturizer for about 2 years (I think) now. I have tried to find cheaper substitutes because I honestly don't like how expensive it is, but have yet to find a good replacement (so if you have any recommendations let me know!). That being said, I love how well it works for me. It does not make my skin oily even when I wear a lot of makeup, and it keeps the texture really nice.

5) Sunscreen: Supergoop! Zinc Screen
I bought this on a whim when I ran out of my other sunscreen and am so far pretty happy with it. It has a little bit of tint which I like. It also has to be applied fairly carefully because it can pill up if you rub too hard.

6) Spot Treatment: Peace Out Salicylic Acid
Salicylic Acid has been the best spot treatment for my skin. The brand I used for the past year came in a pretty tiny bottle, so I wanted to try a different brand. I came across this one and so far love it. It is about the same price for 3x the product. Salicylic Acid spot treatments can be found pretty easily at the drug store too.

7) Face Mask (my current jar is the Barbie edition): Glam Glow SUPERMUD
This is another product that I have used for years. One jar lasts me months because I only use it about once a week or once every other week. It really makes a difference with improving my complexion. 

I JUST purchased this. When I ran out of my last deodorant, I ordered some mainly because I am obsessed with the color (haha). I love the scent and the fact that it is a reusable container. The scent is definitely not rose to me, but it still smells really good.

So I have to be honest about this shampoo, I like Head and Shoulders way better. I have used them for years and have not had any issues. I bought this as a fun 'treat yourself' thing. I love the bottle, it was super fun to try, and it works really well. However, Head and Shoulders works the same for me and is much more affordable.

10) Conditioner: Eva NYC Hair Mask
I think this is supposed to be more of a hair treatment or mask, however I have used it for a couple years as my regular conditioner and I love it.

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Coffee Date No. 2

Sunday, March 14, 2021

While exploring some waterfalls this past week, we needed to grab some food and found this really cool diner quite literally in the middle of nowhere. We had coffee, burgers, and cheese covered fries. Could not have been better.

This is one of the waterfalls we hiked to! We ended up hiking to the base of it which was probably my favorite part. The hike below the rocky overhanging's was so stunning and so much fun.

I shared this one on my Instagram this week. It is basically what I wear every day for work. The shoes are unbelievably comfortable and the whole look is simple and classic.

We spent one evening walking around downtown and I grabbed this photo. I love our city so much and admire all old architecture here. Savannah really is such a unique place and I feel so lucky to call it home.

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