I’ve been going through a bit of obsession lately with two things. My Erin Condren Life Planner and all of the stickers I’ve been buying to decorate it. Seriously, my boyfriend laughs because everyday there are just packets and packets of stickers in the mail for me and I can never tell him that those will be the only ones. They are just too much fun! I’ve been loving discovering new Etsy planner shops everyday and finding new sticker set favorites. Lately, since I have a bunch of trips to Disneyland coming up, I have been on the hunt for super cute Disney sticker sets to put me in that ultra excited Disney mood. One of my favorite sets have come from Planner Candy Designs, who designed Disney quote stickers that fit perfectly into my Erin Condren planner. I also just discovered and, of course, purchased these adorable Mickey Mouse shape themed stickers from Mila Print Shop. They are the perfect size and shape to help me really get into the Disney spirit. Aside from celebrating trips and vacations, I have been using the planner to remind myself to get things done, big and small. I have sticker flags from Oh So Pretty Planner that help me remember to plan blog posts for the coming weeks and the cutest Lush themed stickers from Alex Studio to help me remember to take a break once in a while for a little me time Lush baths. I have also been completely addicted to the stickers that come from Sweet Kawaii Design. All of her stickers are completely adorable and you always feel like the stickers are smiling up at you, which sounds weird, but definitely makes me a little happier.
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I’m not sure if it’s work stress or life stress, but lately my stress limits have been hitting their highest max. I’ve been in that mood where you feel like it’s all too much and you just want to run and hide somewhere far, far away. While I can’t manage to actually go and do that, I can go off and find my all alone hiding place. My favorite spot at the moment is my bathtub. I do everything I can to set up my bath like my own little personal spa and it has been one of my favorite ways to relieve some of that mounting stress. Calming music and an army of candles are two of my bath time essentials, but my ultimate bathtub necessity is the array of products I have picked up from Lush. Whenever I head into a Lush shop, I generally go straight for the bath section and pick up each melt, bomb and bar to take a whiff and decide what kind of bath each would make. Some, like those with lavender or eucalyptus are definitely more of a calming bath for me, but others, like those with citrus, tend to wake me up and put a bit of perk in my step. Either way, they make for a really luxurious bath and helps me forget my stress, if only for a little while. Here are some of my current Lush bath time favorites!
This Sunday was Sephora’s VIB Rouge Spring Social a.k.a. Beauty Before Brunch event. As a VIB Rouge, you get small perks throughout the year like special gifts, discounts and even separate exclusive shopping events. They have them twice a year, in December and in the Spring and I was really excited to use the special discount to pick up a few of the products that I had been eyeing lately. I’m not totally sure, but the code may only be for VIB Rouge members to use, but if you are a Rouge member, then now is the time to stock up on some of your Sephora favorites with the code ROUGELOVE.
I went in there with a very specific list of what I wanted so that I couldn’t be tempted to overspend. Of course, I was still really tempted buy a bunch of products that all sounded amazing, but in the end I stuck to my list. Since the event gave us a 15% discount, I thought it was the perfect time to grab a new scent for Spring/Summer and I knew exactly what I was going to get. I found the Replica ‘Beach Walk’ scent Summer of last year and I was totally smitten. One whiff of this scent and I’m rushed back to last Summer and all of the fun trips I took and I can’t wait to be wearing this scent again when I make even more fun memories this Summer! Some of the other items that I picked up during the event were the Evian misters, perfect for those hot days when my face could use a quick refresh, and a backup of my favorite Cover FX powder foundation. I also grabbed a container of the Beauty Blender solid cleanser. I just bought and have been loving the original Beauty Blender and I definitely want to make sure that it stays clean!
After you made your purchases, a perk of the event was receiving this little striped foldover clutch full of fun samples. I’m totally striped obsessed so it’s the perfect accessory for me!
It was the perfect time to show off my new arrivals from Rocksbox! I loved being able to throw a bit of color onto my plain ivory peplum top with this Perry Street Jane Necklace. The shades of blue were the perfect color combination.
I paired the necklace with this beautiful Gorjana Downtown Layered Cuff that also came in my most recent Rocksbox, courtesy of my awesome Rocksbox stylist.
It was only proper to end the morning of shopping with a quick brunch trip to one of my favorite Marina spots, Marengo. Prosecco, yes please!
I definitely have a serious Etsy addiction. It seems to be one of the first sites I look through every morning and one of the last sites I head to at night. I keep discovering new shops and new creations that keep coming back day after day and I can’t say I’m complaining, although my wallet probably is a little sad.
Take this shop, Simply Jessica Marie, for example. I randomly stumbled upon the shop as I was looking for fun illustrated prints that could bring some color into my apartment when I found myself looking through page after page of adorable illustrations that were totally me and my style. The shop owner, Jessica Clinch, designs and creates all the images herself and I have to say, she is one talented girl. She describes her style as feminine and light hearted and meant to make you smile and I think she definitely accomplishes that goal with her creations. Not only does she design and create adorable personal stationary, greetings cards and watercolor paintings, but she can even create customized illustrations that would make for one hell of a gift. Heck, I want one of me and my boyfriend to hang up in our new apartment! If you’re looking for a one of a kind greeting card to send or a personalized gift, I would definitely check out her shop on Etsy and check out some of my favorites from her shop below!
With the small, odd bouts of rain we have been having this week in San Francisco, I can safely say that Spring is definitely in the air. With the weather officially changing, I like to change a few other things in my life too, like my makeup. Gone are the dark lipsticks, eyeshadows and deep berry blushes. It’s time to bring in some light and some shimmer!
I’ve been packing away all my darker blush shades in favor of some paler pinks and definitely a whole lot of shimmer. During Spring, my blushes almost always have a hint of shimmer somewhere. It’s like I want my cheeks to show that the Winter chill is finally over and the sun is out and shining.
One of my absolutely favorite blushes this Spring has to be the Hourglass Ambient Lighting blush. When I said I need shimmer, this blush certainly delivers on that. It gives my cheek such a pretty glow and the color is completely buildable, which is perfect for dressing down during the day and dressing up at night.
A blush that I also really want to try out for Spring is the Too Faced Sweethearts Perfect Flush Blush. Not only does it look adorable in its little heart case, but I love that it has three different shades that can be used individually or all together. Definitely let me know in the comments below if you have tried out this blush!
My sister Amanda and I have been passing back and forth our own self created subscription boxes for a few months now. It all started because we were disappointed and a bit saddened to cancel a few subscription boxes that we used to love. We were tired of getting things that we weren’t interested in/would never use and the monthly costs of the boxes was definitely starting to add up. Even though we knew it was for the best, we were still a little bummed. We loved getting those monthly surprise boxes in the mail. It was always a little something to look forward to. To remedy this bit of sadness, we came up with the idea of creating our own subscription box entitled The Bestie Box. Each box centers around a certain theme and all the products in the box go along with that idea.
This month’s theme was Disneyland! My other sister recently got engaged and her bachelorette party is scheduled for the first weekend of May. One of the big things she wanted to do was spend a whole day at Disneyland so I thought that would be the perfect theme for April’s box. I could get all the necessities to make sure we have an amazing time during our Disneyland adventure! The Minnie Mouse ears were obviously a must as was the minnie bow shirt, but I loved adding little other bits I found like this Olaf celebration pin that I found on Etsy and this Mickey Mouse shaped bowl that definitely makes your cereal a bit more Disney! I think we will be ready to hit the park with this little kit of adventure necessities.
Every Easter, my San Francisco based sister and I make the 45 minute trek to Marin to spend Easter day with our parents. While we don’t head to church or celebrate in the most traditional of ways, we spend time the best way we know how, with our family. We ran around chasing Easter eggs, opened our own Easter baskets and even enjoyed a very non-traditional Easter dinner. It was a fun day that we got to spend with family and a few close friends.
I always need a little bit of Easter festiveness on the day! How cute is this little Easter cupcake?
I made a triple berry pie with black raspberries, marion blackberries and blueberries! It was a big hit with one and all! I only wish we had some ice cream to go with it!
Our mom puts on a fun Easter egg hunt every year for my sister and I. We definitely feel that we will never be too old for an Easter egg hunt. Things got intense to see who could get the most eggs and I will definitely admit that there was some shoving involved (cough cough….Amanda). We ended up both getting a bunch of eggs and took our time bartering and sharing our goodies.
Our beautifully put together dining room table! Fancy enough for Easter, I must say!
Had any fun Easter plans of your own? Share with me in the comments below!
So I’m a bit of a mess when it comes to creating things. When I cook, my boyfriend likes to refer to me as Hurricane Brenda because of the giant mess I leave in my wake. I don’t seem to mind it most of the time. Clean up is just part of the job when you are cooking and creating, but for Easter I wanted to take a bit of an easier road.
For Easter, I opted for some Instant Egg Art as my cleaner, easier option for decorating eggs. I knew if I even tried to go near dye and vinegar, I would probably become a color explosion with a vinegar scent. These little Disney themed egg slips are the perfect way to decorate eggs with your kid or supremely messy adult friends without causing a huge mess. They just slip on it and then you dip them in boiling water for 3 seconds and suddenly you have an egg delight with an adorable design. Although I probably will incorporate dying eggs in years to come, I will definitely add in a few wrapped eggs here and there. They even have disney stickers for eggs now too!
The tiny little wraps came in a bunch of different designs!
Are you decorating eggs for Easter? Share with me in the comments below!
It’s around 3pm at work and you can’t seem to keep your eyelids open. The clock seems to be ticking by unbelievably slowly and you feel as if you may fall asleep in your chair right here and now. I have this feeling at least once a week and I can’t keep reaching for that extra cup of coffee. Too many cups and I find that i’m practically vibrating off the caffeine. I had to find some ‘perk up’ alternatives that wouldn’t have me nodding off or vibrating out of my desk chair. Here are some of my tried and true methods for perking up that midday slump without that extra dose of caffeine.
1. Drink Some Ice Water. A super, super cold glass of water seems to shake up my system a bit. It’s like when you jump into that super cold pool water or get hit with an ice cold water balloon. You just feel this super-chilled burst of energy that can definitely perk up your afternoon. Don’t feel like drinking water, try splashing some chilled water on your face or running cold water on your wrists. You’ll definitely feel a tad more awake after that!
2. Sniff Lemon or Peppermint Oil. It may just be that I love all things scented, but scented oils have been another obsession of mine when it comes to perking myself up in a mid-afternoon slump. You have to be careful though which scents you choose because certain scents, like lavender, will definitely increase your desire to catch some zzzzz’s. You want to go for bigger, brighter scents instead like citrus-y lemon or invigorating peppermint. I really love the smell of grapefruit and always seem to have a small bottle of grapefruit essential oil handy. I like to rub a few drops between my hands and then inhale the tasty scent. It seems to give me just the boost I need! You can always dab a few drops on your wrists or on your temples too.
3. Get Some Sun. It could just be the actual acting of leaving the artificial lights of the office for a few minutes, but a quick jaunt outside in the sunshine is always a great remedy for an afternoon drop in energy. So head outside, soak up some Vitamin D, and take in some deep breaths of the outside air.
4. Enjoy a Snack Attack. An oldie, but a goodie. Eating a snack can help boost your energy levels like you just took a 20 minute catnap, but definitely be careful of the snacks you choose. While a donut may seem like the perfect amount of deliciousness, the sugar crash later will have you telling yourself that it was so not worth it. I really love grabbing a portion controlled snack from my desk drawer like a Kind Bar, a Graze snack or one the little packets of deliciousness from Nourish snacks. It definitely gives you that burst of energy without the crash.
5. Listen to Some Dance Tunes. So depending on your office rules, you may or may not be able to try this one, but working at a startup, we can all choose the music playing throughout the office and I always tend to throw in a few of my upbeat, dance party favorites into the mix around 3pm. I can groove along in my desk chair and lip-sync to a little T-Swift to get my energy levels to a higher level and that just all around puts me in a better mood.
Have any non-caffeinated perk up tips of your own? Share with me in the comments below!