January 27, 2015
January 26, 2015
Last weekend I headed to Savannah with an SUV full of ladies to celebrate my lovely friend Brooke's upcoming nuptials. Brooke and I have been close since I first moved to Charlotte in 2009, when she was basically Elise and my third roomie and when our weekends consisted of bar, hangover, Bojangles, repeat.
Let's just say we've all come a long way.
Friday nights are the worst for heading out of town (driving after a long week = no bueno), but our friend Erin was able to rent us a sweet ride so a bunch of us could carpool down to Savannah together. #heckyes
|You didn't plan on actually using your rearview mirror, did you?|
Instead of a million hotel rooms, we rented a sweet house right in downtown Savannah that slept all 12 of us. All the better for day drinking and strolling, made all the more fun since Savannah has no law against open containers.
|We made some new friends|
|All the ladies after dinner at Pink House|
Our after dinner activity was a Haunted Pub Crawl, which basically involved going into creepy places like this with a beer in our hands:
Turns out I was like, the only one who believed in ghosts, so I may have gotten a tad more freaked than anyone else. Plus our tour guide kept showing us videos with creepy orbs in them. Don't ask.
|besties with vesties|
After that, the cool crew stayed out and another group of us headed back to the house for a long winter's nap. There were plenty of years I could be hungover two (or more) days in a row, but those years are long gone. Mama needs to hydrate and get eight hours of sleep.
Our Sunday morning brunch spot was literally next door to our house, which made everything ever so easy.
Knowing I'd need coffee desperately, I brought my own soy milk...
...only to discover they actually had it on the menu! Whaaaaaaaaaat. Happy dance. Then I promptly hid my carton of soy milk under the table because what kind of freak brings their own milk to a restaurant?
I ordered the Black-eyed Pea Cake Sandwich, which was basically a black bean burger on crack. So. Freaking. Good.
Since brunch is generally the hardest meal to eat out at as a vegan, I was more than happily surprised that they had an option for me. Plus the waitress didn't blink an eye when I asked for the sandwich vegan (aka no cheese), so I have no doubt they would have made me something else yummy if I'd asked.
|I generally only order a sandwich so there's an excuse to have french fries. But really.|
With that said, I leave you with a GIF that I like to call #bacheloretteprobs:
January 15, 2015
The ingredients are slightly different, but the effect is the same: apply to wet hair for style and hold while blow drying. Since I have a major cow lick right where my part is, this is of particular importance to me to avoid having a single corkscrew curl amidst my otherwise straight hair. Not a good look, trust me.
While the Bumble and Bumble version is a spray, Giovanni's is more of a cross between a spray and a gel and is a thick liquid you pour straight into your hand. Since my hair is short, I place a quarter-sized dollop in my palm, rub my hands together, and get all up in my cowlick. I sometimes dab a bit on my ends so they stay straight, then blow dry as I usually do.
The result? Straight ends, bouncy volume, and not a corkscrew curl in sight. The $20+ I save doesn't hurt, either.
Do you have any favorite cruelty-free hair products?
Cheers to good hair days!
January 14, 2015
Bottom line: if it's not a color you'd naturally see at the beach, it's not coming in our bathroom. I may have to "lose" that on moving day as well.
January 13, 2015
|I swear I didn't stage this bike.|
|Cozy interior on a chilly day|
|Pumpkin soup? Yes.|
|I may have taken a bite from this before I took the photo...|
The weeks after my training sessions are spent catching up on all of the "weekend" things I had to brush aside, like laundry, cooking, and sleep. The next few months will consist of me buckling down in a major way in order to finish my AMS certification on time, so I'm going to enjoy these snippets of relaxation while I can.
How is your week starting off?
Cheers to exploring new places!
January 8, 2015
The weeks before my Montessori training weekends can tend to be stressful and full of last minute assignments that I've procrastinated, which means I need my workouts all the more. My goal in the new year has been to exercise at least four times a week, preferably six. I let myself get out of my routine when the new school year started and it's time to get back on track.
P.S., if you're in the Charlotte area, check out Carolina Barre's 21 Days to Form a Habit! $121 for unlimited classes = totally amaze.
January 7, 2015
(Note to readers: this is not a sponsored post. I actually bought, paid for, and used every product I mention here.)
Enter the Cosmetics Cop, aka Paula Begoun. I've been reading her books since I was 12 (yep) when I received The Original Beauty Bible as a Christmas present. I give her full credit for convincing me to stop using things like Sea Breeze astringent, which was basically just irritating the heck out of my skin and making my acne worse. She's also the reason I've been wearing SPF daily since I was a teen, so I fully expect to be like Benjamin Button as I age.
Luckily for me, she now has her own skin care and make up line that (ka-ching!) isn't tested on animals. Paula's Choice has everything from antioxidant serum to lip gloss without a whiff of patchouli anywhere. #thankyouJesus
I got quite a few Visa gift cards for Christmas, which I used to stock up on some of my essentials as well as some that I'd been coveting for awhile. Here are some of my favorite products:
1. Best Face Forward Foundation SPF 25.
You can buy a sample pack to make sure you get the shade that's a perfect match for you, which saves so much time and money it's ridiculous. Why doesn't every brand do this? I tend to have a winter shade and a summer shade, and mix a few drops in with my Trader Joe's SPF moisturizer every morning. When I need to kick it up a notch I apply it straight on. I have another post about this great product here.
2. Resist C15 Super Booster + Skin Balancing Antioxidant Serum
This Vitamin C booster was something I'd been coveting for awhile and finally bought when I had a gift card. (Not that it's expensive, just that I needed an excuse.) I feel like teaching can sometimes make me look um, haggard and I need a little boost to look like I'm 28, not 48. After I exfoliate with the Resist Daily Pore Refining Treatment (below) I apply a pea sized amount of the serum and a drop or two of the C15 booster over my entire face. Serious skin-like-a-baby's-bottom in the morning. I also find that I use less makeup now that I've included this in my routine.
3. The Nude Mattes Eyeshadow Palatte.
Oh. My. Heavens. What more does one need? Thanks to a special they were running around Christmas, I got this gem for FREE in my order. Drugstore eyeshadow brands tends to flake all over my undereye, giving me a depressed/heroin chic look. These are not only some of the most gorgeous colors I've ever seen, but they stay put. It feels good to get rid of all the half-used tins of crappy shadow and just have this beauty sitting in my makeup bag.
4. Resist Daily Pore Refining Treatment.
If you're still using St. Ives Apricot Scrub, it's time to get a grown-up exfoliant. I put a few drops of this onto a cotton ball every night and apply it to my face. It absorbs quickly, never stings or makes my skin red, and make it so soft I find myself just touching my cheeks for the sake of it. (Which can get me weird looks.)
5. MegaLength Mascara.
Done. Best mascara ever. Gives me an almost fake-lash look without sticking, flaking, or the dreaded raccoon eye. And it's the same price as drugstore mascara. Decision made.
6. Soft Cream Concealer.
Under eyes, breakouts...this stuff is awesome. I apply it right after my little tinted moisturizer concoction and feel like it really covers up the whole I'm-a-teacher-and-never-sleep-past-6am look. Whew.
Buy Paula's Choice here.
Listen to Paula's podcast here.
What are some of your favorite cruelty-free brands/products?
|Clockwise from top left: //Best Face Forward Foundation//Resist C15 Super Booster + Skin Balancing Antioxidant Serum//The Nude Mattes Eyeshadow Palatte//Resist Daily Pore Refining Treatment with 2% BHA//MegaLength Mascara//Soft Cream Concealer//|