Meet Spencer

Meet Spencer

I thought I’d share something light and fun on this Friday morning! Everyone, meet my cat, Spencer. I adopted him back in February and he has warmed his way into the hearts of everyone he meets. He’s super playful and loves to act as an alarm clock (especially on the weekends) but his sweet demeanor and loving personality also trump the mischievous behavior.

I’ve always been a dog person, but I went to an animal shelter and saw him, and well the rest is history, I fell in love instantly.

Do you guys have pets? Are you more of a cat or dog person?

Let me know!

Xo.

Top 5 Products for Glowing Skin

Top 5 Products for Glowing Skin

Welcome back! Today I’m sharing my top 5 products for glowing skin- which is perfect for the upcoming summer months! As it gets warmer outside, I like to put less and less makeup products on my face, and try to go a bit more natural. However, I still want to have glowing, smooth skin, so these products are my go-to’s to achieve natural look while still looking radiant!

Drunk Elephant T.L.C Glycolic Resurfacing Night Serum.

This one can be a bit pricey, like most of the Drunk Elephant products. BUT it’s so worth it in my opinion. After using this serum for a few months I have noticed that my pores are basically non existent and it makes my makeup go on significantly smoother. It’s great for evening out your skin tone, providing the perfect base for glowing skin.

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Cleanser

This is one of my favorite drugstore cleansers. It makes your skin feel incredibly soft and brightens up your complexion. If you have any kind of dry skin, you’ll love this cleanser because it won’t leave your skin feeling super tight and uncomfortable. But even if you have combo skin, you’ll still love this hydrating, glowy face wash that leaves your skin feeling, and looking amazing.

Ren Ready Steady Glow Daily AHA Tonic

If you’re looking for a new toner, you should definitely try this one. You get a good amount for your money, and it does an amazing job at gently exfoliating your skin while leaving it soft and glowing after. The natural ingredients work together to smooth your complexion, and give you a radiant finish.

Sephora Collection Ulta Glow Serum

I love putting this stuff on before my makeup- it truly makes you have a lit-from-within glow. It’s not heavy or super oily, and melts into your skin super fast so you can apply makeup right after. This serum is great for all skin types, and as well as give you a natural glow, will also even out your skin tone and help reduce fine lines and wrinkles (so how can you go wrong)

Pixi Rose Glow Face Mist

If you haven’t tried a Pixi face mist yet, you need to go to your local target and try one immediately. You honestly can’t go wrong with any of them, but this is one of my favorites (it’s tied for first with the Pixi Milky Hydrating Mist). The fresh rose scent makes you feel like you’re in a spa, while it moisturizes, plumps, and helps brighten your skin. I love using this at night right before I go to bed, or in the morning right before I apply my makeup.

Travel Diaries: Paris

Travel Diaries: Paris

Welcome back to another travel diaries post! This week is all about Paris. I went to Paris about two years ago, and it was such a magical city. The food alone makes me want to hop on a flight back at any second. Besides the occasionally contemptuous french person, Paris was a beautiful city explore with so many things to do. Check out my favorite things about Paris below!

Food: The food in Paris was amazing. The first thing I tried when I was there was a beignet and I still often dream about it to this day. The second thing I ate was a french baguette sandwich and wow, does it make regular white bread look like the ugly step sister. OH and the macarons. If you go to Paris you HAVE to try the macarons. They make any American made macaron pail in comparison.

History & Culture: In my opinion, one of the best things about Paris is the amount museums, and history there is. The Louvre is arguably the biggest and most well known museum, for good reason, but there is so much more that I wish I had time to explore. Walking around the city made me feel like I was going back in time- there is so much history everywhere you go. It’s really something special, and makes you feel connected to the people who were there before us.

View from the Louvre
In front of the Louvre

Sights: This goes along with the history aspect, but there are so many incredible sights to see when you’re in Paris. Obviously the Eiffel Tower and the Arc de Triomphe are the most notable, but even just walking along the Seine river provides such a beautiful picture of all that Paris has to offer. You could spend days walking the streets of Paris, exploring every scenic building and landscape. I was truly in awe everywhere I went

My two best friends and I in front of the Eiffel Tower

And that’s it! I hope these provided a brief overview of Paris to any of you out there who are considering visiting! I could not recommend it more, and I personally cannot wait to go back, hopefully sometime soon.

As always, keep it klassy, xo.

Patience

Patience

Happy Wednesday recently I’ve been struggling with being patient and trying not to let the weight of my anxiety get me down. This quote was a helpful reminder to try to take a step back and relax. Although this is easier said than done, I’m definitely trying to be better about not letting even the little things overwhelm me.

Right now in my life I have a lot of decisions I have to make, but not all the information I need to make them fully informed. This has been driving me crazy, and causing an insane amount of stress and anxiety over the past several months. Waiting for answers, waiting for things that are out of your control is really hard to do. It’s hard to relinquish control and tell yourself that you need to let the universe work it out for you- there’s only so much you can do. I’m not used this mindset, I can be a bit of a control freak sometimes.

In the next few months, I really want to work on accepting the things I cannot change and being patient. I don’t want to feel like everything is going to come crashing down at any minute, and I need to really re-evaluate the way to handle stressful situations, while focusing on what makes me happy. Sometimes we lose sight of all the progress we’ve made and forget how far we’ve come- we only want to focus on what’s ahead.

What do you guys do to calm your anxiety?

Talk to you guys soon, keep it klassy, xo.

My Lasik Experience

My Lasik Experience

Have you ever wondered about lasik? Coming from someone who spent 10 years wearing contacts, and 12 years wearing glasses, I always had questions about lasik. It seems like a magic cure for those of us who struggle to see without glasses or contacts, however there are definitely a lot of things to consider before deciding to get the procedure.

I decided to get lasik back in February, after many years of dealing with contacts and glasses. For me, I knew it was something that would be well worth the investment and that would greatly improve my day-to-day life. Let me start from the beginning of my lasik journey, and let you guys know all my tips and recommendations if you are considering getting lasik.

Consultation: At most places you can get a consultation for free, which is great. It’s not a quick process, (mine took about 1.5 hours) but it’s a fantastic way to get all your questions answered, and even see if you qualify for lasik without having to commit to anything. This is also a good time to discuss payment plans or financing, depending on what the practice you go to offers.

Pre-Op: So, you go to the consult and decide that you’re ready to take the plunge and get lasik- so what’s next? The doctor should run through all the requirements you have to do before the procedure. Mine told me not to wear my contacts, only my glasses, for two weeks leading up to the procedure. Some doctors may require you to come in a few days before the procedure to re-measure your eyes and make sure everything looks good before the big day. I met with my doctor two days before my procedure, and it was a great time to ask last minute questions.

The Procedure: I’m not going to lie, the actual experience of lasik was definitely weird and mildly uncomfortable. This should be no surprise considering what is being done to your eyes, but some people may not know what to expect. The good part is that the whole process should be done within 20 minutes or less. I think mine took a total of 15 minutes. It’s very quick, it’s usually automated for the most part with a machine so there’s little room for human error, and besides the discomfort, it’s generally not too bad.

Post Op: Immediately following my procedure, I was extremely sensitive to light and my eyes had a slight burning. My doctor told me this was very normal and to go home and nap and when I woke up I would feel much better. I did just that, and he was right. I woke up with much clearer vision and less pain. The next morning I was able to drive to my appointment and my doctor advised me that everything looked perfect. I had to come back in a week for another post op appointment, and I had to use artificial tears every hour for the first two weeks following the surgery. Nothing too crazy.

Now that it’s been almost 3 months since I got lasik, I would definitely recommend it if you find yourself relying heavily on glasses or contacts. I couldn’t comfortably see without some of kind of lens correction, and it was a hassle at times. Lasik can be pricey, depending on where you do it and the financing options, but I looked at it as a life long investment. I would never have to spend money on glasses, contacts, eye exams, nothing for the rest of my life, and at 22, that sounded pretty good to me. Like any big purchase or investment, definitely think it over because it is a big decision, but to me it was well worth it.

Have any of you guys ever had lasik? What are your thoughts on the whole process?

Hope everyone had a good weekend! xo.

Current Favorites: Motivational Books

Current Favorites: Motivational Books

Happy Friday everyone! Are you in need of some motivation-something to jump start you into being more productive, happy and satisfied with your life? WELL, these two books, Unfu*k Yourself by Gary John Bishop and Girl Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis are guaranteed to get you out of whatever funk you may find yourself in.

Both books focus on readjusting your perspective so you can look at life differently and truly get the most out of it. They’re both extremely easy to read, light hearted and really get you thinking. I love reading them before bed so I can be even more reflective about my day and my actions.

I know the idea of a “self help” or “motivational” speaker type book can be a bit of a turn off, but I swear these are really worth the read. Both authors offer different perspectives and ways to change little things in your life that can really have a significant impact.

What are your favorite motivational books?

Hope everyone has a great weekend! xo.

Organizing on a Budget

Organizing on a Budget

Do you have a messy space you want to organize but have a list of excuses as to why you can’t? If one of them is that organizing is too expensive you can now officially cross that off your list of excuses because I am going to tell you the best ways to save money on organizing. Yes, organizing can get very expensive very quickly if you’re shopping at the wrong places. I have found great ways for finding new alternatives to organize your space without spending half your paycheck on organizational supplies.

In my first post about organizing, I talk about evaluating your space to decide what you may need to properly tidy it up. A lot of times using bins or baskets is an easy way to clean up a space, and can be extremely affordable. One of my favorite places to shop for bins and baskets is the Dollar Tree.

If you have not been inside a Dollar Tree recently, I highly recommend it. They have so many products for, you guessed it, a dollar, and they’re actually surprisingly good quality. I love getting different colored bins there to organize my pantry, office supplies, and tupperware.

These are some of the bins I’ve gotten from the Dollar Tree, they come in a bunch of different colors and are a great way to spruce up any area of your house!

With each bin only being a dollar, you really can get creative with how you want to organize a space and really put your own personal touch on it. Here’s a before and after picture of my pantry, which I recently reorganized using some Dollar Store bins.

Some I already had, but using the baskets really does make a difference and help me keep everything in its place.

Another great way to organize on a budget is to reuse items that you may not normally use for organization. This could be certain types of boxes, older tupperware you don’t really use anymore, recycled candles, mason jars, etc. If you take a look at some of the things you have around your house, you may have everything you need for a complete organization project. So many items can serve multiple functions, and it’s a great way to extend the life of an item as well as save you money.

My third tip for saving money while organizing is to look at clearance/sale items, and at items that may not be advertised as for organizing but could still be useful. The Container Store is a place that is fantastic for organizing, but can definitely get expensive. A great way to shop there is to look for their sales and discounts. I’ve gotten plenty of items from there, but I rarely pay full price. Also, if you join their free rewards programs, you get coupons all the time!

Going off of my last tip, when you’re in Hobby Lobby, Homegoods, or a similar type store, try looking for items that are not advertised as for organizing, but could still be used for it. I recently bought $2 acrylic cups that were meant for outdoor dining, but instead I’m now using them in my bathroom to hold my Q-tips and cotton pads. Much less expensive compared to the $10 designated Q-tip and cotton pad holders.

Basically, the number one thing to take away from this is if you want to save money on organizing, you just have to be creative. It’s not hard to find cheaper alternatives to more expensive organizational items, or just to re use items you already have! If you’re willing to think outside the box, I guarantee you will come up with amazing ideas to tidy up any space in your house .

I hope these tips helped any of you out there looking to organize on a budget! Until next time, always keep it klassy. xo.