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Things I’m Loving This Month: November 2019

November honestly flew by and I can’t believe I am writing this monthly favorite post again! I feel like I was really thriving this month and enjoying being a little bit busy again. I don’t have a ton of favorites (which I think I say literally every month), but the ones I do have are really good. Keep on reading to see some of my favorites for November 2019.

Baublebar

I have talked about Baublebar a million times! They are my favorite shop to buy jewelry from, specifically festive and gaudy jewelry. I am the kind of girl that either wears no jewelry or is dripping in diamonds (not really but you know what I mean). I like Baublebar because they allow me to do both. I have some really beautifully made simple gold hoops from here and a pretty gold cuban link chain bracelet that I wear almost daily, but I also have beautiful giant heart earrings and rainbow earrings from here to. This is not even an ad, I just genuinely love their pieces!

Winc Wines

Earlier this month I did an ad for Winc and shared my latest box of wines I got in. I really was so happy with the wines I got from them. I finished 3/4 bottles and I was so happy to drink them. They were perfect for relaxing on a Friday night with some pizza and a terrible Netflix Christmas movie. You can use this link to get $22 off and complimentary shipping on your order which comes out to 4 bottles of wine for $39. This one IS an ad, but again, I really love their wines!

Headbands

I have showed you guys a ton of headbands this week and I can’t stop, won’t stop on that. I think they are probably the easiest way to dress up your outfit without having to do too much (same goes for earrings). I got a ton from Amazon and Baublebar recently and I am wearing them non-stop! I have a bunch linked in my Favorite Fall Accessories post that I did last week.

What I Wore This Week Blogs

I don’t know about you, but I am really enjoying sharing my weekly outfit recaps with you. It’s a nice way for me to look back on what I wore, how I was feeling and what was going on in my head that week. Plus it’s nice to have all my outfits from the week together in one place. Here is the link to some of my most recent outfit posts, here and here.

Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate

I think this has been in my last 2 monthly favorites, but I have to say I really really am loving this. After using it for a few weeks, I am really seeing a difference in the overall look of my skin! It is softer, smoother and my acne scarring is not as prominent lately. I also feel like I have to exfoliate less often now (which is also partially due to my 10% lactic acid from The Ordinary). I think my skin in general is more glowy and I’m also feeling less oily throughout the day! I highly recommend this! Pricey but worth every penny.

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What I’m Thankful For: 2019

Happy Thanksgiving!! I wanted to do a quick post today to share some things I’m thankful for. November is the national month for giving thanks and while we should be thankful all the time, the holiday season makes you feel especially thankful. I do my best everyday to be thankful for the way my life has turned out, but sometimes it slips my mind because I’m human. Keep reading to see some of the things I’m thankful for this year, in no particular order.

  1. My family
  2. Andrew & his family
  3. My friends
  4. My job
  5. The fact that I get to wake up every day excited about something (something meaning this blog)
  6. My creativity
  7. My dedication to the things I choose to commit to
  8. My house
  9. My need to research every detail before I make most decisions
  10. My love for coffee
  11. My love for wine
  12. All the wonderful, creative, and sweet bloggers I’ve made connections with over the last few months
  13. All the bad things that happened in 2019
  14. How much I grew into what I feel is my most true self so far
  15. Everyone who has supported me in the last year! I would not be here without you.

Now that I’ve shared what I’m thankful for, I want to know what you’re thankful for. Leave a comment below and let me know what your most thankful for this year!

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New Fall Winc Wine: Honest Review

After taking a month off from drinking, I am back sharing a review of my most recent order of wine from Winc. I partnered with Winc a couple of months ago for the first time and I was so excited that they asked me to work with them again. Thank you to Winc for sending me a few more bottles of wine to try out!

One thing I like about Winc is that you can rate and review your picks from the previous month so that your wines can be better curated to your taste for the following month. I found this really helpful because I was really unsure what I wanted to try this time around. I decided to take the quick six question quiz again but instead of ordering 2 white and 2 reds, I went with 3 reds and 1 white because I prefer reds in general. Thank goodness I picked more reds, because I think this box was curated perfectly for me!

Because I took a break from drinking, I’m slowly reintroducing it into my life and I’m also realizing that my taste has changed slightly. I definitely prefer something a little bit drier, bolder and fruity. Winc recommended the 2018 Mercana Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina and it is the perfect red for me. The flavor is bold, just like I want and it’s a perfect balance of fruity and dry. I personally would love the marinate a steak in this wine with some soy sauce, salt, pepper, garlic, parsley and olive oil and I think it would be so delicious!

I also tried the Sauvetage Rose wine and that was also delicious. It was a drier pink wine which I loved. Usually I find rose wine too sweet and I never really like that. I think this would pair really nicely with a lobster roll in the summer, because #lovesummerhateeverythingelse amirite. It was so yummy and not too fruity either. I’m not a big fan of rose wine, but this one was definitely a big hit for me!

The two other wines I got were the Matchlock Cabernet Sauvignon from Paso Robles, CA and the Les Bobos Grenache from France. I’m looking forward to trying the Cabernet because one of my favorite wines of all time is the Paso Robles blend of Cabernet by Josh so it’ll be great to compare the two! I’ve also never had Grenache so that will be exciting to try something that is totally new for me.

If you are looking to try out some new wines for the fall and upcoming holiday season, I highly recommend checking out Winc! They have a great variety of wines to try and they make the experience so personalized. It’s definitely worth it to receive a box of wines that has been perfectly curated to your taste. Using this link here, you can get $22 off plus complimentary shipping on your order which comes out to 4 bottles of wine for just $39! It’s an amazing deal, so definitely be sure to check out Winc!

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Things I Loved This Month: October 2019

October has been sort of a funky month for me, so I don’t really have a lot of favorites if we’re honest. I can say that this month went by really fast and had so many ups and downs that I’m very glad it’s finally over. Here are just a few of my new favorite things for this month!

1. Corduroy Mom Jeans

Last spring, I found white corduroy mom jeans from Topshop that I fell in love with. I wore them a ton because they are so nice and cozy, very comfortable and they go well with tons of outfits. This year, I found the same pair and decided I should get them in brown and also black! They are some of the best corduroy mom jeans I’ve found and I had to talk myself out of getting the pink also!

2. Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate

I’ve mentioned this product in a few blog posts (My Skin Care Routine and my Sephora Haul) and I’ve really grown to love this product. I love the way my skin looks in the morning after I’ve used it and I think the overall health of my skin is much better because of it! It’s so light and not sticky. I am definitely going to repurchase this since I’m just about finished with my sample!

3. Citrus Defender @ Starbucks

I was feeling really sick earlier this month and was sort of unsure what to do about it. I saw that the Citrus Defender tea at Starbucks was a good alternative to the Medicine Ball tea and decided to try it. Lucky for me it’s packed out with vitamin C because it’s made with citrus tea and lemonade and it’s absolutely delicious. I’m not saying it cured me, but I was feeling 100% again within 2 days…just saying!

4. Everything Brown

Seriously, I love everything brown. I don’t know how many times I have to say it. I have about 4 brown sweaters now, a pair of corduroy pants, I’m on the hunt for chocolate brown loafers, I have a brown satin body suit, I have issues. Brown is my color for this season, and next, and probably the rest of my life. Highly recommend you try this out in a monochromatic look or in satin-y materials because it just is really beautiful!

5. Similarly, Everything Green

This month I also bought the most beautiful green shoes and I want to cry every time I look at them. They are so cute and comfortable and exactly what my closet needed. I also recently acquired a few green sweaters and found a gorgeous green plaid coat that I plan on buying soon. Not sure what is going on but these colors are making me so excited for fall and winter!

6. Louise et Cie Kota Heels

I’ve shared these shoes a few times on my instagram and they are just the best. A beautiful, classic heel with a super comfortable heel height that will last you for years to come. They are from Nordstrom and I bought them in white, black, and navy and I can’t get over them. A great shoe for day to night and just about any occasion.

This post contains affiliate links to Nordstrom.com.

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Why I Stopped Drinking for a Month

Some of you may not know but for the month of October, I actually decided to take a break from drinking alcohol to give my body a rest. August and September had been such busy months and I spent a lot of time drinking socially with my friends and family to celebrate life events, the end of summer, birthdays, etc. By the time October rolled around, I was feeling really sluggish and just overall icky. I decided to stop drinking for about 30 days and see how I felt afterwards. Keep on reading to see what I learned from this experience!

First thing I learned is that I enjoy waking up and not being hungover. I woke up not hungover for majority of the week even when I was drinking because I really only drank Friday – Saturday and the occasional Sunday. However, I had a major appreciation for waking up on a Saturday or Sunday morning and feeling well rested and frankly, hydrated. It was not a new experience, but I definitely was much more appreciative of it.

Next thing I learned was that, during the week after a long day of work, I felt like I wanted a glass of wine about 2 days per week. I associated having a glass of wine after work with relaxing. It was my little treat for myself because during the day I really only drink water and coffee. But because I wanted to really stick with my plan, I switched out my glass of wine for some flavored sparkling water and, while it didn’t really do the trick, it was enough to hold me over on the days I really felt I needed something special.

Next thing I learned is that, I definitely had gained weight from drinking so often. In the last month, I really haven’t worked out much, but in general I feel like I like the way I look a little bit better. My tummy is a bit flatter and not bloated very often and maybe it has nothing to do with drinking, but that’s what I’m going to attribute it to.

I also learned that, I can’t always blame drinking for waking up feeling hungover. I distinctly noticed that there were a few mornings that I woke up feeling hungover, when I hadn’t even drank anything but water the previous day. Maybe it wasn’t enough water, but I certainly didn’t sneak in any alcohol. I woke up with headaches and a feeling of dehydration on a few days, so that’s something I need to be more conscious of also!

Lastly, when I went back to drinking (on 2 occasions for a birthday and Halloween), I did not feel good afterwards. One day, I drank only wine and the other day I drank rum & coke and both were not kind to me. To be honest, it’s enough to make me want to take a permanent break from hard liquor and stick with beer and wine. But for social reasons, it’s always nice to have the option of saying, “Hey, let’s grab a drink!” So will I stop drinking for good? The answer is a hard no, of course not! Will I be more careful about what and how much I drink, absolutely. I prefer to feel my best and sometimes, it’s just not worth the trouble!

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5 Things To Do This Fall: Activity Ideas

Fall is about 1/3 of the way done and I realized I haven’t shared any fall activity ideas this year yet, so here we are. These are some of my favorite things to do in the fall. Keep on reading to see what I plan on doing this season!

1. Vineyards, Breweries, Hard Cider OH MY!

Cute, right? Anyway, fall is THE season to spend every weekend exploring all the vineyards, breweries and orchards nearby. There’s tons of these out in eastern Long Island, so that’s where I love to spend my weekends with my friends. There is seriously nothing better than a glass of hard cider, or a pumpkin beer and some apple cider donuts with extra cinnamon sugar. Some of my favorites that I’ve been to are the Riverhead Ciderhouse for cider (duh), the North Fork Brewing company’s Butternut the Hut beer, and I just went to Osprey’s Dominion and enjoyed their spiced wine!

2. Farm Stands

There’s nothing like fresh produce in the fall, so farm stands are some of my favorite places to stop by. You can buy fresh corn on the cob, pumpkins, apples, all kinds of squash, more apple cider donuts, and hot apple cider too. They are so fresh and it’s always nice to help out local businesses! Plus there’s tons of these out east on Long Island, so you can basically try a new one every week!

3. Food & Drink Festivals

There are tons of these, which I actually had no idea about. You can buy tickets usually on Eventbrite for not very much and they are all over NYC and Long Island. There have been lots of Oktoberfests in NYC this past month, there’s also the upcoming Brooklyn Wine and Food Festival in November. These are great ways to get outside, try some new food and drink yummy drinks in the fall time.

4. Free Days/Nights at Museums & Exhibits

Lots of museums have free days/nights or Pay-What-You-Can days in NYC. Off the top of my head, I know the Whitney Museum has free nights on Fridays which is a great way to start off your weekend. Stop by happy hour before and head over to the museum around 7:00 PM to get in free! The Rosé Mansion also has their exhibit in the city too! It’s not free, but it’s a fun and super instagrammable exhibit that’s cool to check out and sip some rosé while you’re at it!

5. Stay HOME!

Fall is the perfect season to stay home and spend some time with your family and friends. There’s tons of holiday movies coming up, so it’s nice to get snuggled up and watch those with some fresh baked cookies and hot chocolate or wine! Fall is the start of the holiday season and what better way to get into the spirit than hanging out with the ones you love!

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How To Deal With Stress and Burn Out

I have to be honest, I have not done my best job at self-care lately. The last 2-3 weeks, I have been feeling really stressed, over tired and definitely burnt out. I’ve been trying to manage it as best I can, and while I’m still struggling to handle it, I have at least recognized some of the causes so I thought I would share my process of recognizing burn out and how to stop it. Keep on reading!

My first step in dealing with burn out is, of course, recognizing that you’re burnt out in the first place. For me burn out comes in the form of crying over small things, feeling REALLY tired to the point where I could cry, and lashing out in anger among a few other symptoms. It usually starts with being tired, and then the crying and then the lashing out for me personally but it will look different for everyone. Once I start seeing those symptoms, I immediately know that it’s getting to be time for a break. But with all the crazy things we tend to have going on in our lives, we can’t just drop everything to take a break because we’re feeling stressed.

So my next step, is planning ahead and prioritizing. For me, my blog is a hobby that I treat like another job which means that everything I do for it, is super important and has a deadline. Aside from going to my real job, that’s usually my next priority as far as tasks go, not to mention spending quality time with my boyfriend/family/friends, working out, sleeping and eating. Because I have so many things to prioritize, that alone can feel overwhelming for me. Lately, one thing that has been making me stressed is actually that I’m a little behind on my blogs (shhhh)! I usually plan posts, and shoot them at least a week in advance if not 2-3 weeks and right now that is not what I’ve been doing. For me prioritizing means looking at my whole month, picking out what’s most important (blogs, spending time with Andrew/friends/family, and working out) and making sure those get scheduled in first before anything else. Then I can go week by week and plan out what needs to get done by when. Of course, I also need to schedule in my time to relax so I A) have something to look forward to and B) actually get to relax!

Along with prioritizing comes setting boundaries. Deciding when I can go and enjoy something and when I have to put my foot down and say “no”. Recently, I’ve definitely had a ton of trouble saying “no” to things. I’ve been busy every weekend since mid August because I can’t bring myself to say “no” to plans! One thing I really need to learn is that sometimes I have to force myself to turn down the plans and relax at home or focus on getting my work done. It’s probably the hardest, but definitely most important step!

Last but not least, when I do finally relax, I have to make sure I’m doing stuff that makes me feel good and relaxed. For me, that usually means making myself a big breakfast with a giant cup of coffee on a Saturday morning and then laying on the couch watching TV for the rest of the day. But it can come in many forms depending on what’s most important to you! For some people, that means getting a good workout in and for others that means spending time with friends or family and catching up. You have to figure out what makes you feel your best and set aside time to actually do that, uninterrupted for as long as you need.

I hope this was helpful and also helped you see that you’re not alone when you feel stressed and tired and completely burnt out. It happens to the best of us, but make sure you take care of yourself first! xx

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