April 13, 2015

CRIB TOUR

Yo dudes! Sorry I've been M.I.A. lately. I have been doing a massive clean-out of my closet. I am moving soon and I am getting rid of 90% of my wardrobe and starting fresh! But the sorting is taking FOREVER. A lot of this stuff should end up eBay, so stay tuned for that.

Also I just want to give a huge thank you to everyone who's entered my giveaway so far! There's still a few days left, so make sure to enter! And for those of you who asked, international readers are welcome!

Anyways, a few weeks ago I shot these photos of my apartment. This was my first "big girl" apartment that I rented all on my own.   It pretty much always smells like coffee and it's almost never clean, but it's my place to kick back and hang out alone, so I love it. Most of my furniture is vintage or repurposed hand-me-downs. I've done my best to make it cozy with a budget of approximately $0 so I hope you like it!



I love my vintage brass bed. I picked it up for $35 in Schiller Park during the German Village garage sale and wheeled it home! The streets are cobblestone so it was, um, kind of a nightmare to say the least. But now that I have it in my home it was totally worth it!


My stuffed llama, "Dolly", whom I bought in San Diego in seventh grade. Yeah, I sleep with a stuffed animal. Deal with it.


RIP clothes...


I keep my necklaces on this bulletin board so they don't get all tangled. 


I have a really cool vintage console record player that unfortunately does not work! I had high hopes of fixing it myself. Then I remembered I am not an electrician, so it's mostly just a catchall next to the front door. This is usually where I toss my keys and sunnies when I walk in the house. Most of my books are in my garage, but I have a few choice tomes out (and library books).  I also have my painting of Marilyn Monroe that I made in seventh grade art class and my Lady & the Tramp figurines. 


Muddy boots by the door.


I have this massive leather couch that my parents bought in Michigan in 1995 and it's pretty much been with me ever since. It's definitely "distressed" after 20 years of wear-and-tear but it's still comfy and awesome-looking. My mom refinished the chest of drawers, which I wrote about here.


This chair was in my grandpa's bedroom as long as I can remember. The cushion was damaged so my mom covered it in black velvet and spray-painted the metal frame gold. I love it!


On my mantel I have a picture of my parents and me at my high school graduation party.


I like to keep invitations/birth announcements/Christmas cards and whatnot on my fridge. 


The kitchen is galley-style. It's not very big, but I don't care because I have a DISHWASHER! I didn't have one for like 3 years and it was awful. My apartment also has a balcony area that barely fits 2 Adirondack chairs, but it's nice to have an outdoor space.

My bathroom is TINY. So tiny, in fact, that I couldn't even get a good shot of it! Oh well. I would feel weird about posting a picture of my bathroom on the internet anyhow.

Well I hope you enjoyed my house tour! Let me know if you have anything similar on your blogs! I love to see where people live.

And PS if you want to see what my apartment looked like before I moved in, I have a post about it here.

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April 8, 2015

GIVEAWAY: AURA CACIA ROSEHIP OIL


Yay dudes it's finally spring! I love when the weather starts to get warmer. I can finally go on walks and drink on patios like I always want to do! However, the rising temperatures also mean SEASONAL ALLERGIES. Once all those trees and plants start blooming, pollen really starts wreaking havoc on allergy sufferers. Seasonal allergies and fluctuating temperatures can really mess up your skin, especially if your skin is sensitive. 

I usually get some form of dermatitis in the spring, but last year I got the WORST case of eczema on my face. I had dry, scaly patches on my cheeks and forehead and they itched like crazy! I was totally miserable. I tried eczema cream, coconut oil, and olive oil, but nothing worked until I borrowed a bottle of Aura Cacia Rosehip Oil from my mom (and never gave it back). This stuff works, people!


Rosehip Oil is cold-pressed from the seeds of rose fruits (AKA hips). It's filled with anti-oxidants and essential fatty acids like linoleic acid and omega-6. I originally started using it for its calming properties, which help with allergy breakouts and rashes. However, it's also known for its ability to rejuvenate skin. This makes it great for reducing the appearance of acne scars and speeding up recovery from sunburns. Rosehip oil is considered a "dry oil," meaning the formula is super light and non-greasy, so you can wear it all summer with sunscreen or other moisturizers. 

My only complaint about this product is that it doesn't smell very good. Rosehips are pretty potent! However, the smell wears off really quickly and once you see what an amazing glow this oil gives you, you won't even care about the smell. If it really bothers you, you could always add a few drops of an essential oil like lavender into the bottle. 


For giveaways, I always want to give you guys my absolute favorite products. You know, the products that really CHANGED things for me. Seriously, you guys don't even know how miserable I was before I started to use this and then my skin was just GLOWING! Anyhow, I really wanted to give you guys a bottle of this and Aura Cacia was nice enough to supply a bottle for a giveaway!

The giveaway ends on April 20th. To enter, you just need to follow on Bloglovin, Twitter & Instagram. You can also follow on Pinterest or tweet about the giveaway for extra entries! You can earn an extra entry for tweeting about the giveaway for every day you tweet. 


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April 6, 2015

WHAT I DID FOR EASTER

I've got to be honest, I'm not really an Easter person. Pastels, eggs, and bunnies aren't really my aesthetic. But my parents told me that if I came home, there would be a delicious meal so how can I say no to that? We always have lamb for Easter, but this year our menu was North African-inspired with a variety of dips and sauces. It was UNBELIEVABLE.

My stomach may never return to it's usual size.

easter hot cross buns

Hot cross buns

Quinoa salad with feta and pine nuts

Quinoa salad with feta and pine nuts

chocolate lab dog kong

My darling Gibby

mechui moroccan lamb

Dad basting the lamb, prepared in a Moroccan style known as Mechoui.

chocolate lab dog kong


My mom is everything.


We had three different sauces for the lamb. This one was made of roasted eggplant, onion, and garlic with butter. It was scrumptious. 

mechui moroccan lamb

This lamb is NSFW. 

I'm getting hungry again just looking at these pictures! Luckily my parents gave me some leftovers to take home with me. I actually thought that I took a lot more pictures of this meal, but I guess I was just too busy visiting with family and playing with the dog. It was nice to see everyone but now I'm back to the grind...

What did you do for Easter? Do you have a special traditional meal?

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April 4, 2015

MARCH HAIR & BEAUTY FAVORITES

First of all, it's April. Can I get a hell yeah? The weather is starting to warm up here in Ohio. I am not going to bore you with the usual spiel about how the time is going by so fast. This was the longest winter of my life and I am anxiously awaiting the months ahead. I cannot WAIT for it to be summer. Who's with me?

Anyhow, I haven't done a round-up of my favorite hair and beauty products since, like, December. We have a lot of catching up to do!


HAIR

I am currently testing out Pura d'or Hair Loss Prevention Premium Organic Shampoo and Argan Oil Conditioner, so stay tuned for a review! So far, so good. My only complaint is that they come in pump bottles and it's pretty hard for me to reach the pump when they're on my shelf in the shower! Short girl problems, right?

I FINALLY got through all the bottles of dry shampoo I used for this post, so now I can finally devote myself 100% to my favorite: Batiste Dry Shampoo Original . This stuff is the shit. It makes your hair look ACTUALLY clean and doesn't leave a nasty build up. Plus, it smells nice.

I also recently purchased a rose gold Chi straightener, and I'm pretty much loving it. But with the new hot tools in my routine, I decided to pick up a heat protectant so I got this Pantene Heat Protection Spray. It's just okay. If you guys have any recommendations for a better heat protectant, I'm all ears!


SKIN


Things have been going pretty damn well for me in the skincare department. In the morning, I wash my face with Burt's Bees Orange Essence Facial Cleanser . It smells SO GOOD and it tastes good too. Yeah, I tasted it. So what. When I get out of the shower, I use JASON Pure Natural Hand & Body Lotion. It's super moisturizing, all natural, and it smells amazing. However, it's pretty heavy so I'm probably going to try to find something lighter now that we're moving into warmer weather. 

At night I've been using Radha Beauty Coconut Oil to remove my make-up. This stuff is rad. My make-up melts straight off. I clean up any remaining make-up with Yes To Cucumbers Facial Towelettes. Let's be honest: if I'm feeling lazy, I skip the coconut oil and just wipe off my face with one of these babies. I don't feel nearly as clean, but sometimes I just don't feel like washing my face. 

Once I've gotten all my make-up off, I use Radha Beauty Vitamin C Serum , OZ Naturals Eye Gel , and Radha Beauty Retinol Moisturizer Cream . I try to wait a minute or two in between each layer to give everything a chance to sink in. If you're curious about my anti-aging skincare routine, I've written more about it here. I've been doing this for about a month now and I'm seeing a HUGE difference in my skin. I feel like I look like I'm 21 again. 


MAKE-UP

Finally, make-up. Hell yeah! I'm still 100% obsessed with Skin79 Hot Pink BB Cream . This stuff is literally the best ever. You can read my full review here

After I apply my BB cream, I put NARS Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base on my eyelids. I have maybe the world's greasiest eyelids so this step is pretty critical. I've been loving Urban Decay's Naked 3 palette lately, which I always apply with Real Techniques Eye Brushes . These things are SO CLUTCH. You can go from dark colors to light and back with no mix-up of colors. I'm not a scientist. I don't know how it works but I love it. On my eyelashes, I use Maybelline Great Lash Mascara in Blackest Black . I've been wanting to branch out more with mascara, but I have been using this stuff since seventh grade. Why abandon the tried and true? 



Oh, how did that get in there? Just me and Dolly Llama hanging out. NBD.


Anyhow, on the left is the Rimmel Kate Moss lipstick. It's a very pretty, matte rose color. It makes me feel very grown up and pulled together. It's pretty drying, but Ulta has it on sale for $0.97 now so what do you have to lose? On the right is the NYX butter gloss in Cherry Pie. It makes me feel like a hot mess and I love it.


By the way, how cute is this lipstick pouch that my friend Alicia made for me for Christmas?


It's a mouth, get it?! I die. She's a genius.

What have you guys been using lately? Please share in the comments! I'm always up for trying to new things!

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April 3, 2015

REVIEW: RADHA ARGAN OIL


radha argan oil coocoo for coco

You guys know I'm all about the oils, right? I've used coconut oil, kendi oil and rosehip oil...I was even using olive oil on my skin for a little bit. So when I had the opportunity to try Radha's Argan Oil I was like, "Yeah, why not?"

According to the packaging, Radha Argan Oil is "extracted from the nut of the Argan tree, then cold-pressed to protect its revitalizing and hydrating properties." The argan oil is 100% organic and cruelty-free. It also comes in a very pretty blue glass bottle and is packaged with an eye dropper in addition to the regular cap. The oil is imported from Morocco and packaged in the USA. 

radha argan oil coocoo for coco

I didn't think that this product had any noticeable scent. It has a thinner consistency than a lot of the oils I've tried. As you may know, I only wash my hair once or twice a week. When you don't wash your hair often, the ends can get super dry and brittle so it's important to moisturize so you don't get split ends. This oil is great for that because it's super lightweight so you don't end up looking like a greaseball. That's not desired look, right? I've also been using this as a final layer in my nightly skincare routine. The oil kind of acts as a barrier to keep all my yummy skincare products on my skin, but it's still light enough that I don't break out.

What are your favorite oils to use on your hair and skin?

This post was sponsored by Radha Beauty via Brandbacker but all my opinions are my own.
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April 1, 2015

MONTHLY MUSIC PICKS


Yo homies did you start your squat challenge yet? I just dragged my butt out of my sick bed to do them, so you have no excuses! I feel like since I posted it on the internet, I'm pretty committed to doing this now. Even if I may or may not have mono...

So anyhow, I don't have as many music picks this month because to be honest, I've been listening to NPR TED Talks while I'm at work. It's nice to learn something every once and a while, you know? I did hear a few new and exciting things so here goes.



Best Coast - California Nights

Yas queen yas! You guys know I adore Bethany Cosentino and her band, Best Coast. This song has nice psychedelic vibe but it also still reminds me of Sheryl Crow. I love it.


Pixies - Wave of Mutilation

If you don't know them, Pixies are a very cool alt-rock band from the late-80's/early-90's who had a huge influence on bands like Nirvana and Weezer. I'm sure you've heard their songs (like "Where is My Mind?"). I must have missed this song when I was downloaded their discography on Limewire in 7th grade. It's great!


Temples - The Guesser

I listened to Temples a lot last year, but I finally got their CD to listen to in my car and I've been listening to it on repeat. It's pretty much perfect spring music. They really nail that neo-60's sound.


Tired Lion - I Don't Think You Like Me

Another amazing Australian rock band! I think I might need to visit Perth because they seem to have the most happening music scene in, like, the world. 


Marina and the Diamonds - Froot

I haven't listened to a lot of Marina and the Diamonds, but I know she just had a new album come out and this is the title track. It has such a fun, disco beat. 


Django Django - Reflections

Another new song from Django Django! I'm so excited for this album to come out in May. I hope I get the opportunity to see them live again because they're probably one of the best live bands I've seen.


The Jacksons - Show You the Way to Go

I also listen to oldies radio a lot. You would think I would have heard all the "oldies" music ever made by this point, but there's this station here that plays a lot of cool stuff that's not that popular. I've never heard this Jacksons song but it's great! Such a cool chorus.


Mark Ronson ft. Kevin Parker - Leaving Los Feliz

Yes, I know we have already talked about Mark Ronson before. But this album is so sick! When I do my Uber driving, I just listen to it over and over again. This song taught me that I have been mispronouncing "Los Feliz." Apparently in LA you should pronounce all the Spanish place names phonetically in English. Noted.

What have you guys been listening to lately?

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