Things to pack | Weekend getaway edition

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This Saturday through Sunday, my boyfriend and I will be spending the weekend at Pillar and Post in Niagara-on-the-Lake for our anniversary. Looking ahead, I am so thrilled to see the forecast for this weekend in front of me. Low 70’s makes for a great time exploring this little quaint town and the wineries that come with it.

Of course, being the person that I am, I am worried about what the heck to pack with me for this weekend trip. I believe I’ve discussed this previously on this blog, but if not, we will address it again – I am a severe over-packer. In all honesty, it’s quite bad.

As of now, I have formulated a packing list that is absolutely perfect for a weekend in wine country.

  • Comfortable shoes | I personally have never in my life done a wine tour, but if there is one thing that I have learned through research, it is not to wear heels, but something comfortable and easy to move around in.
  • Flowy tops | Perfect for layering under jackets or sweaters.
  • Skinny denim | The perfect pairing for flowy tops.
  • Sunglasses | I am not the sunhat-type-person, so for me, sunglasses will be a go-to.
  • A light sweater or jacket | For when it gets chilly at night time.
  • My camera | I have a “professional” camera [aka a camera that is not my iPhone] that I don’t find much use for anymore now that my brother isn’t home and we aren’t going to sporting events or school dances every weekend. Wine country is sure to make for some Instagram-worthy shots and I definitely don’t want to miss out.
  • A swimsuit | The hotel that we are staying at has both an indoor and outdoor pool that is absolutely to die for. I kid you not, the images of these pools make me feel relaxed and I am not even in them yet.
  • A neutral handbag | One way to avoid overpacking? Avoid packing more than one handbag. I have found that for any vacation, a neutral handbag has become my go-to for the sole fact that I don’t have to switch purses to coordinate with my outfit of the day.
  • Neutral makeup | This can directly relate to the idea above – the more neutral the makeup, the less of it you have to pack! One great way to switch up your look from day to night, or even one day to the next, is to swap out your lipstick color. Much lighter to pack than five eyeshadow palettes!
  • Presents | One of my favorite parts of anniversaries is giving my boyfriend gifts. Anyone that continues to put up with me year after year is worth spoiling rotten!

What are some of your must haves for a weekend getaway? xoxo.

What’s in my bag | Volume I

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I come from a family of purse hoarders. Not solely in the sense of purchasing bags, but filling these bags with items that are not really necessarily for everyday functioning, leaving said bag weighing 35 pounds and causing back problems.

With that being said, welcome to a new thread of posts hilighting the things I carry around on a daily basis. While my bag does not weigh 35 pounds, I hope that shedding light on all of the unnecessary things I carry on a daily basis will help me to eliminatesome of this clutter in the near future.

The bag: 

Kate Spade Emerson Place Small Ryley Black Quilted Leather Handbag | I got this handbag as an absolute steal amidst my small stint working at the Kate Spade Outlet during last year’s holiday season. We would get select merchandise from the retail stores sent to us from time to time and were able to use our insane employee discount on these ridiculously gorgeous, expensive bags. This specific bag lasted a whole, I’d say, 3 minutes on the shelf in the stockroom before I made it mine.

What’s in it:

  • Kate Spade Cameron Street Lacey wallet | Again, a purchase during my short stint as a Kate Spade employee. This wallet is my absolute fav due to the fact that a) it holds everything, and b) it’s big enough to use as a clutch in times where I don’t feel like lugging a bag around. And, extra points, it holds my phone!
  • Bath and Body Works Shea Butter hand cream in the scent Cucumber Melon | With the changing weather comes the cracked, dry hands. This travel size shea butter hand cream is a god send for those days when my hands don’t quite feel like they can make it through another moment! And cucumber melon? Brings me straight back to the ’90s!
  • Kylie Cosmetics Matte Liquid Lipstick in the shade Exposed | My go-to nude lip. It goes with any possible look and compliments my skin tone perfectly. I keep this in my bag at all times for those days that I either forget to put on a lipstick, or when later on during the day I am questioning my sanity as to why I didn’t wear a lip color in the first place.
  • Vera Bradley Breakaway Lanyard | aka home to my work I.D. and a Bath and Body Works hand sanitizer in the scent Energy, another favorite of mine from BBW.
  • Chapstick Total Hydration chapstick in the scent Sweet Peach | I apply this to my lips every morning before work and every night before bed, and sometimes a few hours in-between. This scent is apparently specifically made for Target, so naturally, I own it. And the formula? Feels like butter. Can’t get much better.
  • e.l.f. Mattifying Setting Powder in the shade Translucent | For those afternoon pick-me-ups that are needed after chasing kids around a classroom all day. It’s cheap, the packaging is durable, and it does its’ job.
  • A pen | Can’t leave the house without one. Mostly because the thought of touching everyone else’s germy pens really grosses me out.
  • Checkbook | Yes, I am old school. Yes, I have a checkbook. Get over it!
  • Vera Bradley Soft Eyeglasses Case | aka home to either my glasses or my sunglasses, depending on which one is currently on my face
  • Orbit gum | To kick the post-coffee breath.
  • Ibuprofen | For mid-afternoon headaches, or casual aches and pains.
  • Asthma inhaler | For when I really want to breathe but really can’t.
  • Headphones | For the semi-rare occasion I go to the gym.
  • Keys | To either enter my home or drive my car, both essential to living.
  • iPhone | Can’t leave home without it.

What are some of the essentials you carry with you daily? xoxo.

The day I tried to do my makeup like Jaclyn Hill!

As previously documented on my blog, I was one of the lucky ones to get my hands on the Jaclyn Hill palette. Sure, I’ve done some playing around myself with this palette, totally pretending that I am a makeup guru on YouTube and a total professional at this art. But the reality is, I’m just a girl in front of a dirty mirror with bad lighting who pokes herself in the eye with her mascara every. single. day. 

Naturally, my inner fangirl was reeling when my girl Jaclyn posted a makeup tutorial on her YouTube channel using her palette that she considered her go-to, so I figured, hey, must be easy to have a go-to label! If you’re not feeling watching the video, the look can be seen below –

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Granted, it was my first try at this look so I know there was absolutely no way in hell I would come anything close to looking like the queen herself. Let’s just say I am happy I carved out a chunk of my time to work on this and take my time! To achieve one look, this girl used nine colors from her palette.

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The shades used were: silk cream, butter, pukey, buns, mocha, pooter, central park, enlight, and abyss. That is literally one fourth of her palette – today I was overwhelmed is a gross under-exaggeration.

Did my final look resemble that of Jaclyn’s? Truthfully, not really. Mine came out more orange-y than hers, but I still think I did pretty damn good for how hard I tried [and my first try at that]! My final result can be seen below –

I paired this look with the e.l.f. Day to Night lipstick duo in the shade Need it Nudes. I layered both ends of the lipstick duo together!

What I ended up getting out of this video was even more respect for these ladies and men out here putting on faces full of makeup in front of a camera day in and day out because, damn. Not only is it time consuming, but it is sheer talent to be able to achieve some of the looks they do.

What are some of your favorite go-to looks? xoxo.

Target haul!

Today I went a little too crazy at Target [as seen on Instagram]. Not that today was really any different from my usual Target run with getting more than I planned, but this time, overboard really is the only way to describe it. I ran in for two simple things: mascara and razors. What did I leave with? Well, stick around, and you’ll soon find out!

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  • e.l.f. HD Powder in the shade sheer
  • e.l.f. Daily Brush Cleanser
  • e.l.f. Lip Primer & Plumper in the shade neutral/clear
  • L’Oreal Voluminous Lash Paradise mascara in the shade blackest black
  • Crest White Strips
  • Razors
  • 6 pumpkin favor bags from the dollar spot
  • A pumpkin candy dish from the dollar spot
  • M&Ms White Pumpkin Pie candies
  • M&Ms Cookies & Scream candies
  • American Greetings Halloween sticker pack
  • 3 bags of “trick or treat” size candy bags

I purchased the same candy dish last year, but the ghost, with my boyfriend for his apartment. On one our most recent trips to Target together, we purchased, again, the same candy dish – this time the vampire. When I saw the pumpkin today, I knew I had to buy it for my mom, as she always keeps a candy dish out in the house.

Much to my surprise, the “trick or treat” size bags of Halloween candy were 40% off! It was a “today only” deal, so of course I had to buy more than one bag to ensure that my family and I had enough to pass out on Halloween, along with enough to bring my kiddos to school!

Perfectly enough, the little pumpkin favor bags [they had other patterns available] were only $1! They will be filled with the sticker sheets and candy for my students – cute, cheap, and easy! Every teacher’s dream!


Of course, every Target run is not complete without an iced beverage from Starbucks. This time, my second PSL of the season. How does one break the trend of being a “basic white girl” when everything fall is just soooo good?

Have you picked up anything good from Target recently? xoxo.

Jaclyn Hill can do no wrong.

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Guys, I did it.

I got my hands on the Jaclyn Hill x Morphe palette.

It took until the third restock to get my hands on this beauty, but you know what they say, third time’s the charm!

For those of you unfamiliar with the goddess that is Jaclyn Hill, she is a beauty blogger/vlogger/YouTuber who is not only drop dead gorgeous, but has the kindest heart and sweetest personality. Also ton be added to her ‘”resume,” she is basically the sole reason that I somewhat know how to apply makeup to my face.

When she announced the creation/launch of her eyeshadow palette collaboration with Morphe cosmetics, it only made sense to me that I had to add this to my ever-growing makeup collection. As stated before, it took me three times to get my hands on this palette, three.

On the morning of restock number three, I literally was so much of a lame-o that I sat by my phone/computer waiting for the clock to strike 11:00am. I kid you not, the second the clock turned to the golden hour, my hands moved quicker than I had ever seen them move before. And I did it. I got it.

I got my palette in the mail on Saturday, almost a week ago, and after playing around with it, I can now see why this is in such high demand. For $38, you get 35 colors, making that a super-affordable $0.92 per pan. I have reached for this palette every single day since I received it – the amount of looks that you can create are endless due to the wide variety of colors. The formula is so creamy, easily bendable, and the colors are gorgeous to a whole new degree.

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[You can see Jaclyn go into detail about her palette here.]

It is my only wish for everyone to be able to get their hands on this palette one day or another, and for everyone to be able to work with this on their own and create their own unique makeup looks. Totally worth the wait, totally a deal, totally perfect. Makeup lovers or not, this is a staple. xoxo.

Things I’m currently obsessed with, 7.0


  1. Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce. In terms of shows on Netflix, when I start a new one I tend to binge and binge until I am completely through the entire series [or at least what is on Netflix]. This show, let me tell you, is absolutely hilarious all while leaving you on the edge of your seat. It revolves around self-help author Abby McCarthy who finds new friends, new adventures, and a new life after her impending divorce. Basically, her figuring out how to live life again after 17 years of marriage. It’s a hit, and I can’t wait for more.
  2. It’s Not Yet Dark by Simon Fitzmaurice. I made it my mission over this “vacation” to look at the list of top-selling books, to buy one, and to complete it either before vacation ends, or before school begins again. At the rate it is going, this book will be done in no time, as I can’t seem to put it down. A memoir about Mr. Fitzmaurice, who after being diagnosed and struggling with ALS, has gotten an entirely new outlook on life. You will go through every emotion throughout this book, as you learn about this young husband and father of five small children. I’ll be sure to write an overall review as soon as I’ve completed it.
  3. Aveeno Ultra Calming Daily Moisturizer. I will scream it from the rooftops, THIS. MOISTURIZER. HAS. SAVED. MY. LIFE. Well, my face, but you know what I mean. Back in the day, I used to have flawless skin. I know it sounds like I am tooting my own horn when I say that, but compared to now, you would think that we weren’t even the same person. I tried, and tried to find a facial moisturizer that will help with the dryness and the redness on my skin and finally, I found one. I checked out my nearest Target to find this moisturizer, sold for around $12. I’ve been using it in the morning and before night everyday for the past two weeks, and I have seen a complete change in the color and complexion of my skin. I am not scamming you. It works. It really fricken’ works.
  4. Not Your Mother’s Clean Freak Refreshing Dry Shampoo. It wasn’t until the other day when my boyfriend said “you haven’t stopped using that since you bought it” that I realized how obsessed I was with this product. I just became a dry shampoo user within the last six months after buying a travel size bottle to being with me to Long Island for my brothers State hockey tournament. This bad boy saves me multiple mornings a week when my hair is clean enough to go to work without a full wash, but still needs that extra oomph in the morning. This brand runs for just under $5 at Target and comes in multiple scent variations. I haven’t had any problems with any residue and my hair looks great all day after use! 

Maybe she’s born with it.. never mind, it’s probably another post about makeup.

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First off, hey guys! I have three days vacation from work and I am taking these three days to type my little fingers off and get some new blog posts rollin’.

First post of the many ahead are focused on my most-recent trip to Ulta. I went in to purchase some of my trusty Maybelline Fit Me! Matte + Poreless foundation, as I had waited too long to pick up a new bottle, and I found myself to be completely bone dry. Much to my surprise, my local Ulta was sold out of my shade *cries* but did that stop me from continuing to shop around? Of course not.

I didn’t quite know what I was looking for, but it had been over a month and a half *gasps* since I had been in there, so I figured, why not? I had some free time to kill to myself, although I really should have been at Wegmans picking up the ingredients for the dessert I was planning to make for my family reunion [more on that later].

If you know me, you know I am a drugstore cosmetic girl. I can never seem to justify spending a lot of money on makeup. Yes, the higher the price the higher the quality, but I could never seem to take the plunge [minus one Tarte liquid lipstick, but that’s only because they had the exact shade I was looking for to match an outfit], mostly because I always had a feeling that once I started on the high-end makeup trail, I would never want to go back.

But, thanks to the show Parks & Recreation, I went into full “treat yo’ self” mode and took a very small plunge.

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My first high-end purchase was the Dream Big palette from Tarte Cosmetics.

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This limited-edition eyeshadow palette has 8 shades destined to motivate and inspire your inner glam-getter [as per Tarte’s website]. The palette contains two matte and six shimmer shades ranging from dark to light, essentially making it a palette that I would reach for on a daily basis due to the unlimited amount of makeup looks you can create.

When I watched the shades in-store, I appreciated the creamy texture of the formula, but it wasn’t until I got home and actually used the palette on my eyes that I appreciated this formula. The eyeshadow shades are super pigmented and super easy to blend out, making me appreciate the difference between high-end and drugstore products. I always thought what I had was incredible, until I tried this, and I haven’t reached for anything else since! This palette runs for $30.

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I also picked up an Ulta brand lipstick on my way out in the shade 254 Rosey Glow, a light rosy pink with slight shimmer. I love Ulta’s lipsticks, and their nude line is absolutely to die for. The shades are soft and neutral and they go with anything or any skin tone. This lipstick runs for $8.50, but since I also picked up a new beauty blender, I was able to use my store coupon!

What are some new makeup items you’ve tried recently? I’d love to know! xoxo.