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Monday, October 15, 2018

Pixi MatteLast Liquid Lip Review

*These products were provided as PR Samples from Pixi By Petra, all opinions are my own. 

I'm sure if you've been in a Target beauty isle recently you've seen the pretty packages of Pixi by Petra. I discovered this brand a while back and was so excited for an affordable makeup brand that had such a variety of products. I've luckily been on the receiving end of some of Pixi's favorite products through PR packages, and I just had to share these MatteLast Liquid Lips because holy moly do I love them. With so many shades, there's a perfect for everyone and the best part is that they are no fuss - something that I can't stand about most other liquid lipsticks (my only exception being Tarte's!)

Thursday, October 11, 2018

My Trip To Dallas: A Mini Guide + Life Update

Hello friends, hope your week has been a great one so far! I'm back from my most recent trip to Dallas and I had a blast. I got up to so many things, but also didn't get around to doing everything I wanted to do while there. This won't be an official city guide (more on the reasoning for that below!), however it will be a little guide to what I did on my visit and where I stayed. I also have a bit of a life update near the bottom of this post, so make sure to read that too if you want to see what's happening in my life!

Where I Stayed

When looking for a place to stay I wanted to be a little outside of the downtown area while still having a lot in walking distance. The Canopy by Hilton in Uptown Dallas was exactly what I was looking for! The place just opened a few months ago, and reading all the reviews made me want to stay there even more. It was centrally located in Uptown right next to shops, restaurants, and parks, and the hotel itself was so nice! Everyone who worked there was so sweet and talked with me about the neighborhood, and they even gave me some macarons from a local shop when I checked in (which I promptly ate when I got to my room since I hadn't eaten at all that day haha!). The room itself was SO BIG I was totally in shock. I just got the traditional king bed room and it was huge! I had my own closet, a large bathroom with a walk in shower, and the bedroom itself was enormous. Everything was also totally updated, and I have to admit I did spend a good amount of time in the room...more on that in a second.

They also have a full breakfast each morning which is complimentary, and they have so much stuff. I've never seen a hotel breakfast this expansive. I wish I had photos, but they had a breakfast taco station, fresh fruit, a large variety of pastries, cereals, along with local jams/jellies to go along with everything. One morning they even had avocado toast! And on the 8th floor they have a bar with a beautiful view of downtown. If you go hopefully they still have their spicy margarita on the menu, so good! Now let me be clear, this isn't sponsored, I just really loved my stay here! (And as always if something is sponsored I would let y'all know!)

What I Did

So, on my very first morning I managed to take a pretty bad tumble while walking into a Target. I literally stepped out of my uber and just absolutely ate it. Thankfully the people in Texas are super kind and a nice man helped me up, but I scraped up my elbow and knees pretty badly. Not exactly what I imagined my first day of the trip to be like. After that it made my adventures a little more limited as I was injured and walking irritated it, so I spent a good amount of time that first day in my hotel room trying to rest up for the rest of the trip!

After falling, I explored the Uptown area a bit then made my way to the Arboretum.

I went in knowing this place was big, but I didn't realize that the Arboretum is about 66 acres! I didn't exactly pack walking shoes, so my feet were killing me in the slides I was wearing. However I would have to say it was worth it for all the beautiful pumpkins and nature that I got to see while exploring here! They have really outdone themselves in the fall decor, I wanted to take all the pumpkins home with me. I walked around looking at the waterfalls, the sculptures, and listened to the birds for hours before I finally made my way back to the front gate. I highly recommend making a stop here, especially if you're here for autumn! And since my feet were in need of a little TLC I bought myself a pair of slippers at the arboretum store at the end of my trip, haha.

The following day I made my way to the Texas State Fair! I was so excited to hear that this was happening since I've heard rumors about how fun it is. Y'all when they say everything is bigger in Texas, they mean it!

Again, I knew this fair was a big deal, but I didn't realize just how much of a big deal until I was there. Walking through the area was insane, there were huge museums, auto shows, shopping expos, and more. And that was just within the first few steps of walking into the place! There isn't all that much shade in Fair Park, so whenever it got too hot I would just dip into one of the showrooms and look around at all the stuff that was on display or for sale. After taking a look at all the expos, I finally made it to all the main attractions.


Inside the actual "fair" part of the State Fair, there are theme park rides, games, a huge pond for swan paddle boats, livestock, tons of food stalls, more expos, and MORE. Honestly the list could go on and on there is just so much to see.

I bought a ton of coupons (for food and rides) as well as a game ticket for the fair games and just had the best time. This trip to Dallas was my first trip alone, so I just took my time with everything. I rode the rides I wanted to, played the games I thought were fun, and ate the fair food that looked the best. It was awesome, I basically felt like a little kid again! I even forced myself to go on the Texas Star, a big ferris wheel, so that I could get a birds eye view of the fair and the Dallas skyline. That's the photo right above, it was such a great view!

And that huge cowboy you see in that photo above? His name is Big Tex, and he is ENORMOUS. I didn't expect to see anything like that, and he even talked about things that were happening at the fair. Obviously I had to take a photo with him! Just look at that height difference! I had such a good time, and it was totally worth the sunburn and heat rash that I got for spending too much time outside. (My fault, I didn't pack for 90 degree weather!)

On my last day I had a few hours to spare before my flight home, so I decided to venture into downtown a little more. I heard about Klyde Warren Park from a number of people, so decided to check it out. This small park is located directly over a freeway! It's right in the downtown area next to a few museums, and is the perfect place to spend some time with nature in the city. I loved that you could see all the downtown buildings from within the park, and it looked like a great place to gather with friends and eat at one of the many food trucks. I was there early in the morning and there was actually a pretty large yoga class going on out on one of the main lawns, such a cool place to hang out!

Next I traveled to the Kennedy Museum. It had totally slipped my mind that JFK was assassinated here in Dallas, and when an uber driver reminded me I knew I had to go check out the museum. I got to learn a little bit more about JFK and his upbringing, his presidency, and ultimately his death and assassination. The museum is actually in the building where the shooter was, so it's pretty emotional walking past where it happened. My favorite part was hearing all the different conspiracy theories about the shooting though, and learning a bit more about the aftermath of the assassination. It actually inspired me to watch the movie Jackie on my flight home! (Great movie by the way!)

And now for a little bit of a life update and my reasoning for traveling to Dallas. Well, I'm 99% sure that I'll be moving there in March! During the times when I wasn't exploring the city I was looking at apartment buildings. I had never been to Texas, but it was my first choice in moving after college, however Seattle seemed like the best option at the time. After living here for a few months, I decided it isn't what I'm looking for in the long run. I have nothing against the city itself, but it just isn't what I was hoping it would be. So I took the trip to Dallas to see if I could see myself living there, and surprisingly enough it kind of reminded me of Orange County, just with some southern flair. After looking at a few different places, I can definitely see myself there and am excited for the next adventure it will bring me when I make the move!

If you live in Dallas, I would love to hear your thoughts on the city and get some more recommendations from you! I'll also be doing a bigger Dallas post after living there for a while and getting some more experience to share. Hope you enjoyed the post!

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Favorite Fall Sweaters

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Leith Turtleneck | Free People Structured Knit Tunic | V-Neck Twist Front | Grey V-Neck SweaterCable Knit Design Sweater | Free People V-Neck | JCrew Mustard Sweater |  Leopard Print Sweater | Blush Striped Sweater | Crewneck Fringe Sweater |

Happy fall everybody! One of my favorite things about this season is the fact that I can finally pull out my sweaters. I love a good Halloween themed one, like this $10 one I shared on my Instagram the other day, but I also love more traditional sweaters. I think they're so cozy, comfortable, and you really just can't go wrong with them. Today's post is a round up of some of my favorite sweaters I've seen lately and have been loving!

Sunday, September 30, 2018

Beauty Empties Vol. 1

As a blogger I try SO many products. Although I'm not complaining in the least, it does get tough to stick to a routine when I want to try everything. At all times I'm practically overflowing with beauty/skincare products. I try to test as many products as I can so I can review them, but that means in the long run I don't get to finish a good number of things. However, I decided to start this 'empties' series on the blog for the rare occasion when I do finish beauty products! If I finish something it normally means I have strong opinions about it, however it can also mean it's just what I had on hand. I hate to waste, so whenever possible I do try to finish products. (Fun fact, a lot of shelters/donation places don't take opened items, so it makes it hard to donate products that don't work for me!) So that leaves me with a few products that I've used up and want to share with you all!

Amika Velveteen Dream Smoothing Shampoo

Recently my hair has been absolutely finicky. In the past my hair took DAYS to get slightly greasy, but now it seems the day after washing it's already a greasy mess. I'm just saying I'm thankful for dry shampoo now more than ever. This shampoo started off strong, but in the end I think it was too silky/smooth for my hair. It's a very thin and runny formula which I think contributed to the grease buildup in my thin hair. If you have thicker hair with more texture (mine has no texture/grit at all!) this would probably be great for you! On the plus side, it did smell great!

Amika Velveteen Dream Smoothing Conditioner

Unlike my shampoos, I actually don't mind a silky conditioner! With my hair being thin, it tangles easily and needs something smooth to loosen it up a bit. Used with a different shampoo than its partner, it did a good job at smoothing, de-frizzing, and made it easy to detangle after washing.

Spa Thyme Hazelnut Toffee Latte Scrub

I am obsessed with body scrubs and exfoliants. I've actually had this one from Spa Thyme for a while and made a review upon my first few uses in this post, however I finally just finished the tub! As I said I have to make it through a lot of products, and this one was just sitting in a drawer until I found it again a few months ago. Let me just say that I LOVE this stuff and am so glad I found it again. It has the best smell (think Starbucks during Christmas time) and feels great on my skin. There are essential oils and sugar in it to both soften and exfoliate your skin at the same time. I typically use it on my arms and legs, however you can use it for your whole body! My favorite part of this is
that the scent and oils are long lasting, so your skin smells and feels amazing for hours after.

Love Beauty & Planet Hope And Repair Shampoo

This shampoo was a thicker formula than the Amika one, and definitely added a little more grit to my hair. The smell wasn't my favorite, but it wasn't bad by any means, just not something I normally go for. It gave me an extra day without grease, but the grease did come back so unfortunately it's still not going to be something I go back to. I think for me it's the coconut oil that added excess grease, I know some people swear by it, but I've never been a fan of it.

Love Beauty & Planet Hope And Repair Conditioner

Once again I think the coconut oil didn't go well with my hair. When I used this conditioner my hair looked and felt greasy from the moment my hair was dry. Again, I'm sure someone with thicker/more textured hair would benefit from this product more than I did!

Fresh Lotus Youth Preserve Face Cream

This is actually the second tub of this face cream I've finished off because it's AMAZING. I have dry, sometimes combination skin and this moisturizer is the absolute best. I use it whenever my skin is starting to feel tight, and also after every shower (when my skin feels the driest). It smells like cucumber which makes it feel a little more relaxing when you put it on. The moisture is great and lasts the whole day/night so no need to reapply it multiple times a day, although I'm sure it wouldn't hurt. You also only need the tiniest amount so it lasts forever! I use this every day and the 1.6 oz jar lasted a little over a year.


That's it for my empties! Have you tried any of these products? What are your thoughts on them, and what products are you loving that you recommend?

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Fresh Laundry With Tide Purclean

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Talking about a little something different today on the blog....laundry, and how Tide purclean has helped me gain a better way to get it done! It's a chore I've actually grown to love over the past few years, mostly because it always leads to some organization (which I love!). Since moving to Seattle my laundry experience has only been elevated, namely in a way that involves less harsh chemicals and more plant-based products. As you can imagine, Seattle is a huge environmentally based city, and people here are always looking for ways to improve on their daily lives. I had heard of plant-based detergents, but didn't really give them a second thought until moving here. I wasn't sure how well they worked, what the benefits were, and most importantly how they would compare to my old detergent. Luckily, I found the perfect one that is everything my old detergent was and more: Tide purclean.

Monday, September 24, 2018

Pink Striped Sweater

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It's finally fall! I'm so excited that the leaves are starting to change and the weather has already cooled down a significant amount here in Seattle. I've been trading dresses and shorts for long sleeves, sweaters, and denim and I couldn't be happier. Although I do love a good sundress, there's nothing I love more than a comfy sweater. It just makes me feel relaxed and ready to snuggle up with a good book and a cup of apple cider. Even though it's barely fall, my apartment is already well decorated for Halloween (Homegoods is where it's at everybody! I've already bought three decorations and a real pumpkin...) and I'll slowly be adding more until the holiday is here. Side note, I have NO IDEA what I want to be this year. Last year I was Winnie the Pooh, but can't think of anything for this year and am open to suggestion. Now, going back to my favorite article of clothing for fall...sweaters!

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Travel Guide: Atlanta, Georgia

Hey everyone! I took a little hiatus last week while I was in Atlanta, but I'm so glad to be back sharing my trip with you all today. I was there for four days, and although I did do a number of fun things, I also spent a lot of time just inside my own hotel. I say that because I was actually there for a conference being held at the hotel. I'll be sharing a little guide of all the things I got up to while in Atlanta and my thoughts on the city and all the things to do, eat, and see there!
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