It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas… or Hanukah, or any holiday you celebrate in winter! Which can only mean one thing in our house, BAKING! The one request I get over and over again is for easy cookies. Meaning, not a million ingredients and steps. Which I totally understand.
This morning I got so wound up reading BS on the internet. I’ll admit it, every once in a while… I give into the black hole of Instagram and reviewing the nastiness out on my feed.
Close your eyes. You hear that buzzing. It sounds kind of like when a light bulb goes out? Those are all of the shits running around playing freeze tag in your brain. Slowly driving you crazy. Those little buggers are what are holding you back. They’re what are keeping you from going after that job you want, going up to those girls you really want to be friends with, asking for a raise, trying a new hobby…
It’s that time of year… to stress out about money & gift giving! Anyone else struggle to figure out what to get people? Well, I have a great idea for you! S’mores Hot Cocoa Jars!
Not only are they super easy, tasty & affordable, they’re totally customizable!
All you need:
1 Cup of Powdered Sugar
1 Cup of Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
1 Cup of Powdered Milk
1/2 teaspoon of salt
Graham Cracker Crumbs
It’s literally fool proof, you can make more or less depending on the size of your mason jar or how many you want to make! Mix the Powdered Sugar, Cocoa Powder, Powdered Milk & Salt. Then add a layer of Graham Crackers and Mini Marshmallows. Decorate with bows, cards or twine!
Over the weekend I met up with some friends for drinks. You can probably guess our topic of conversation: boys, boys, boys. NOT! Literally 75% of our conversations revolve around careers and success. What am I doing with my life? What should I do next? Have I made the right decisions? Am I on the right path? What am I doing wrong?
Cyber Monday is upon us! Which means all of you thrifty gals can get your shop on! I’m using the sales as an opportunity to get all of my holiday shopping done! One of the hardest parts of shopping for me is finding gifts for my friends. I have such a hard time focusing & making a decision. If you’re like me and have shopping ADD, you’re in luck because I have a ton of options under $25 from ASOS! To make things even more exciting, you can use code GOGOGO for an extra 20% off!
It’s the most… wonderful time… of the year! YES! That’s right, you get to spend a whole lot of time with your family, being thankful & stuffing your face with food. But don’t forget, it’s the best time of the year for shopping! So, while you’re listening to your cousins screaming and your weird uncle talk about making his own kombucha, get your computer (or phone) out and shop till’ you drop!
Fun fact, one of my favorite things to do: pack! There’s something so calming about folding & organizing. I know, I’m crazy. I love doing laundry and organizing my closet & drawers too. It’s like, my zen time.
As you know, I travel… A LOT! I’ve gotten my own routine and have to say I’m pretty good at packing & prepping. Packing for Europe was a little tricky because I didn’t want to bring a giant bag. In a perfect world, I’d bring 2 magnum suitcases filled with anything and everything. But, I’m fairly low maintenance and can plan out ways to get the most bang for my packing buck.
Tip #1: Get good luggage. I know you’re thinking, what’s the big deal? But I know from experience, all luggage is not created equally. I prefer suitcases that are “double sided”. Having two sections helps me stay organized, instead of having a giant pile of stuff in my suitcase. It keeps thinks neat during travel because everything is accessible. I am obsessed with my Marble luggage from Calpak. It came with a set of 3 suitcases (that nest) making it really easy to store them. You can also buy a set of two or individually (like this carry on). They recently started selling an ammmmazing looking black marble set too, major drools.
Tip #2: A cross body bag. I always, always, always travel with a cross body style bag. Not only is it comfortable, but you can keep your bag closer! I get a little stressed carrying around cash and my passport, so having my bag close to me is really nice. I got my Rebecca Minkoff Crossbody on Gilt (for like $50), but she makes a ton of cute styles that you can find on sale pretty frequently.
Tip #3: Roll, roll, roll. That’s right, don’t fold your stuff, roll it! I usually pick out some basics, t-shirts, sweaters & black jeans. That way, everything matches! Then, you can mix and match & pack less! The tricky part about traveling in the winter is that jackets & sweaters are bulky. Rolling not only saves space, but keeps things from getting wrinkled! Some other necessities: gloves, beanies, tights (for wearing under pants to stay warm, comfy sweats, a scarf, layering options (think t-shirts & sweaters) & basic jewelry. I bought most of my stuff from Forever 21 & Boohoo! The UBER CUTE “python” printed track pants I had on for my flight are from one of my favorite new brands INDAH. (Pro Tip: If you sign up for their mailing list, you can get 10% off your first order!)
Tip #4: Bring smart shoes! Ok, so you have a super cute pair of wedges you want to bring. Think long and hard… are you going to want to wear them in the rain, or walking around for 5 hours? I’m all about finding cute, comfortable shoes. I brought a pair of Nikes, my super cute/more stylish snakeskin sneaker/booties from Lucky & a pair of waterproof boots from Boohoo!
Tip #5: Get a smart toiletry bag. I used to have like 4 mini bags spread out all over my suitcase with different products in them. I recently invested in an “all in one” bag from Sonia Kashuk from Target. Totally worth the $20 because it has compartments to fit all of my makeup, brushes, shower stuff, toothbrush, hair stuff, etc. The only thing that doesn’t fit is my trusty GHD Hair Wand! Literally the greatest hair curling wand ever. Every time one of my friends uses it, they order one for themselves the next day.
Hey friends!! I’m back! And I’m so excited to share more about my trip with you! There’s something about traveling alone that is really motivating and empowering. I flew to Europe last week to meet my boyfriend and had the best time! At the end of the day, I have fun everywhere I go to visit him, but being able to go to Europe for a week to explore is definitely memorable!
Remember that ol’ saying “No white after Labor Day”? Well, I’m here to tell you it’s stupid and not true. You’re allowed to go outside with wet hair, swim after eating and wear white in winter! I’m all about the Winter Whites right now!
A few fun facts about me:
1. I have hardcore insomnia. Like awake until 4 AM for weeks in a row with no break insanity.
2. I’m a super stresser. If it’s possible to overthink, overanalyze, direct & stress over, I’m on it!