In my never ending quest to get healthy, I often jump on the bandwagon for certain food or exercise trends. I'm not talking fads or unhealthy diets, but random food crazes like avocado toast or chia seeds. Right now I'm dabbling in the creation of smoothie bowls. It all begin a few years ago when I tried a smoothie shop called Peeled. They specialize in beautiful and delicious smoothie bowls, and it seemed simple enough for me to make my own.
1 container coconut greek yogurt
1 banana, sliced
2 handfuls strawberries, diced
2 handfuls blueberries
1 handful raspberries
2 ice cubes
Kiwi Strawberry Banana
1 banana, sliced
2 handfuls strawberries, diced
1 kiwi, sliced
1 container coconut greek yogurt
1-2 containers greek yogurt
2 handfuls mango, diced
2 handfuls pineapple, diced
Splash of orange juice
Peanut Butter Banana
2 bananas, sliced
3 scoops of peanut butter, melted
Generous splash of coconut milk
What is your favorite smoothie or smoothie bowl flavor?
The obvious winner this month was the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Moonstone (both pressed and liquid). The only Becca product I had tried prior to this was the highlighter in Champagne Pop, which I thought was my one and only (seriously, read my glowing review). That shade is still just as beautiful as ever, but I'm falling head over heels for Moonstone. Dabbing a bit of the liquid highlighter onto your cheeks, nose, and cupid's bow leaves a gorgeous, natural sheen, while the powder form leaves the perfect amount of shimmer and shine. For my skin tone, the pale gold works well in the winter, while Champagne Pop could be more of a summer shade.
Something that I haven't mentioned much in the past is my love for literature. I want to give my recommendations more, starting with my 2017 reading bucketlist. Milk and Honey, by Rupi Kaur, is one of the most interesting works I've read in quite some time (and I'm an English Lit major). Composed of short poems that discuss different aspects of relationships and womanhood, Kaur speaks to anyone who has ever loved, been loved, hurt, been hurt, cried, hugged, kissed, dreamed. I would recommend this to everyone with a heart.
Lastly, I have to mention a few fashion favorites. I found the Urban Outfitters Ecote Guinevere Dress on sale for $6, and the Old Navy V-Neck Dress for $10. Obviously, that balances out the Michael by Michael Kors Piper Sling that I am so in love with. Finding cute shoes that fit small-sized feet is a feat, so I am happy to call these mine.
January may have been a bummer of a month, but I am still confident that 2017 will be a brilliant year.
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January 23, 2017 • 2017, Books, bucketlist, Read
As an English major, I am constantly reading for class. For some that would mean never wanting to pick up a book in their spare time, however for me that means adding even more books to my personal list. While these 10 are not all of what I'm hoping to read this year, they are a look into my style and interests.
When The Moon Was Ours - Anna Marie McLemore
I'm still grappling with the fact that I'm entering adulthood, and to cope with this I try to read some YA fiction every so often. This novel sounded different from others in the sense that it contains some magical realism. Plus, the cover and title are beautiful in a romantic way.
For Whom the Bell Tolls - Ernest Hemingway
Hemingway has such a classic style that has always intrigued me. This has been sitting on my shelf for a few years, and I have decided that I will finally get to it in 2017. Although it will most likely be a heavier topic, I love Hemingway's embodiment of the “lost generation” of the 20s and 30s. His aimlessness after World War I creates an interesting platform in which to tell a story.
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian - Sherman Alexie
I remember some of my friends reading this in high school, and I'm excited to add something a little lighter and funnier to my list. While the protagonist is a younger boy, I think it's necessary to read characters both older and younger in order to gain a larger sense of the world.
The Outsiders - S.E. Hinton
I grabbed this copy during my Chicago Bookstore Tour last summer and have been trying to find a time to read it ever since. It wasn't until I read the last title on this list that I was inspired to pick it up, because that story pays homage to this one. I love the 60s and I love characters that have weird nicknames, so this should be perfect.
On the Road - Jack Kerouac
Once again a book that's been sitting on my shelf for ages (as you can see by this playlist from the summer), this story is classic for anyone interested in travel, growth, and finding themselves. I love the way this novel was written - Kerouac wrote it down in notebooks while traveling - and it inspires me to get on the road.
Atlas Shrugged - Ayn Rand
This book seems very daunting because of its size, but I am nevertheless excited to read the classic. I am always interested in reading works by female writers, regardless of the story's topic and themes.
Milk and Honey - Rupi Kaur
I have already finished this, but I wanted to include it because I think it's an essential read. Split into four sections of short poems, this book looks into different areas of relationships - hurting, loving, breaking, and healing. The message is great for not only women and feminists, but for all people who have experienced or will experience relationships (so, basically, everyone).
What We Talk About When We Talk About Love - Raymond Carver
Basically an older version of Milk and Honey, this is a collection of short stories about love and relationships. My mom recommended this book to me on the premise that it gave her an interesting outlook on love, and therefore I am very interested to begin.
Ariel - Sylvia Plath
I'm a huge fan of The Bell Jar, so I am even more excited to read Plath's poetry. She had incredibly interesting ideas, plus a fantastic style of writing. Whether you're interested in feminism, women's rights, or a look into women's lives in the 50s and 60s, Plath is an author to add to your list.
Kids of Appetite - David Arnold
Lastly, this YA novel was my Cancun beach read. I loved Arnold's first work, Mosquitoland, and had just as much fun falling in love with the flawed and funny characters of this story. As I mentioned earlier, it ties in themes from The Outsiders, which gives the story an interestingly layered effect.
What are you reading this year?
Have you read any of these?
As a college student juggling class, extracurriculars, relationships, and the transition into adulthood, I am no stranger to stressful times. That's why, upon my mom's suggestion that I create a "stress emergency kit", I decided to take action. I was further inspired by the "minimergency kit" that I've seen floating around in various styles at different stores. The value behind that kit is that one will never be left without certain essentials, such as floss, bobby pins, and deodorant.
The stress kit is slightly different – more of a "break glass in case of emergency" type. It's stored away until that terrible week hits. You know the one: 5 important deadlines, battling the worst cold of your life, dealing with mother nature's monthly gift. Whatever it is, the stress emergency kit is here to help. The contents of the bag are, of course, adaptable, but here is my version.
Something snacky. I chose a chocolate bar, because I have a ridiculous sweet tooth. Popcorn, chips, or candy are all acceptable, as long as it's something slightly indulgent or unhealthy that you don't let yourself have as often.
Something relaxing. I added a candle, the scent of which (Bath & Body Works Lavender Vanilla) I strongly recommend (I'd also recommend using a mini sized candle, but I did not have one on hand). This will calm your nerves and allow you to momentarily forget your stress.
Something distracting. Whether it's a book, magazine, or movie, find something that will take your mind off the stress. Some of my guilty pleasure favorites are Legally Blonde, Sixteen Candles, and the Harry Potter series – they never fail to make me smile. Another viable option for distraction is a small puzzle to toy with. I chose a Rubik's cube, because doing something with my hands helps to calm my brain.
Something cozy. My pick is comfy socks, because I have a mild obsession with them. It was difficult to narrow down, but my favorites are: Urban Outfitters boot socks, Hot Sox cupcakes, Sock It To Me hedgehogs, and Hot Sox dogs. When you're feeling cozy, stress will melt away.
Something rewarding. I threw in an extra $5, because hey, stress might be related to money problems. Seeing an extra few bucks to spend on coffee or mascara can help brighten up a bad day. Or, add an extra $5 to save for the future.
Something mindful. It could be a journal to vent about all your frustrations (I love this one), a coloring book to give your head a break, or just scrap paper to doodle on. Whatever it is, find something that will put your mind at peace.
Other possible options are tissues (for the stress tears), Excedrin or Advil (for the stress aches), or a mini bottle of wine (for when all else fails).
What is your go-to stress reliever?
What would you put in your stress emergency kit?
Although I am no longer poolside, basking in the sun, I am still trying to keep some of that warmth with me by reminiscing on the few wonderful days I spent in Cancun. The weather wasn't perfect, but we still managed to relax, walk along the beach, and get a bit of sunburn.
After a lovely first morning at the JW Marriott pool, the weather took a turn for the worse and we were forced to spend the afternoon inside.
All was not lost, however, because we had a great dinner at Fred's House. Do not miss the banana churros; I actually died of tastiness while eating them.
I wore a new Urban Outfitters Dress that I got on sale for $6 (bargain buy of the year, amiright?), accompanied by my newest love, the Michael by Michael Kors Piper Sling. I love how the shoes channel the vibes of the 60s & 70s.
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We unfortunately had another cloudy day, and eventually headed to Señor Frogs for dinner. This is the ultimate place to go if you're looking for good drinks & a party atmosphere (you can tell by the sign they put on the back of my chair).
The next day we headed over to Isla Mujeres, a small island off the coast of Mexico. It's accessible by a 20 minute ferry ride, and is definitely something to check out if you love going off the beaten track. While the downtown area was a little touristy, you can rent a golf cart (embrace your tourist status, it's a good way to get around the island), and see some gorgeous views of the water. You can also spot some adorable bright houses, doors, and windows.
I sported my Everlane Box Cut Tee and a denim jacket (similar ones from Levi's, Topshop, Asos, Gap) to be prepared for both sun and clouds.
We were pretty tired after coming back, but still managed to make it to a fantastic dinner at Harry's. It's not the best restaurant to go to for a taste of Mexico, but the food is delicious and the service is impeccable.
Finally, on our last day we had the perfect beach day. The sun was shining, not a cloud was in the sky, and we relaxed by the pool all day. I couldn't help but snap some shots of the gorgeous view from our balcony.
Our final dinner was spent at Lorenzillo's, a restaurant on the water (literally, a crocodile swam up to our table). I wore a $10 Old Navy Dress (second best bargain buy) with my favorite Michael Kors Josephine Wedge, and my stunning Nadri Necklace.
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Have you ever been to Cancun?
Where are you excited to travel in 2017?