Wednesday, February 3, 2016

What's in my Bag?-February Edition


With the New Year officially a month into full swing, it's safe to say some have either stuck or broken their New Year’s resolutions. One of my biggest resolutions was to try a variety of products every month. This means, carrying around different essentials monthly, to find out what ALWAYS needs to stay in my bag at all times (this is also a way to make sure I don't carry my entire life in my tote)

1. OH SUGAR! VITAMIN INFUSED BALM: During the harsh winter weather, my lips always end up dried/chapped. Though lip scrubs make me feel hashtag blessed, I love knowing that my lip balm helps cure them during the day.

2. Tom Ford Sunnies: Many may think that sunglasses are only a summer accessory, but did you know the UV rays are just as harsh (if not more) in the winter? Not only do they look AMAZING on, but I know they're keeping my eyes safe

3. Chomp Sticks: Let's be real, I'm not the skinniest blogger out there. I'm basically hungry 24/7. With three 2.5 hour classes in a row, I barely have time to eat during the week. Chomp sticks are a healthier alternative than slim jims/beef jerky (my favs) and taste sooo good. With three flavor choices, you're guaranteed to find your new mid-day snack obsession

4. Zoya Nail Polish: I take major pride in my nails. Since I'm always on the go/doing something with my hands (I'm an art student, hello?) I've given up spending a fortune on a professional manicure. One of my galpals gave me this nail polish for Christmas, and I CANNOT stop wearing it. It takes forever to chip, the color choices are beautiful, and they make my nails feel super strong.


Have any product suggestions you want to see in my March bag? Let me know in the comments below 

Friday, January 22, 2016

Proactiv 3-Step System Review

This post was sponsored by Proactiv as part of a Influencer Activation for Influence Central. I received complimentary products to facilitate my review

About six weeks ago, I told you all about my journey for flawless skin. As a college senior (and perfectionist) I tend to have occasional stress breakouts. This leads to even more stress because I hate to face my classmates with a face full of pimples. As a Fashion marketing major with multiple class presentations a week, I want my peers to focus on my presentations, and not on my skin. So since the beginning of December, I have taken part in the Proactiv 3 Step System.

Before starting Proactiv, I have to say my skin was dry, bumpy, and had a bit of redness. After using the Renewing Cleanser, Revitalizing Toner, and Repairing Treatment nightly for over a month, I have noticed a drastic change.

I hate when people say they notice a difference within their appearance/health after using a specific product one, but I have to say Proactiv made me spew out that cliché to all of my friends/family. The morning after my first Proactiv use, I did what any average student does before class: press the snooze 5 times, and hoping to make it to class before the professor takes attendance. While rushing out the door (and forgetting to put on makeup) I touched my skin in horror! *Note I don’t even go to the gym without foundation because I’m insecure of my complexion* while doing so, I realized my skin felt different then every before: moisturized, smooth, and healthy. I turned on my camera to see my face, and the redness was COMPLETELY gone. Over the course of the month, old blemishes disappeared, and my skin finally started to look normal again

Now I have to remind everyone that your results with Proactiv may vary, but considering that you can order Proactiv without a prescription, I say it’s DEFINITELY worth a try.

Have any skincare routines worth sharing? Sound off in the comments below, and they may be featured in an upcoming post

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Step One of a Minimalist Closet: The Shoes


Last quarter at SCAD, I took a class all about sustainable fashion. It gave me insight into how clothes are really made, and why it’s so important to only own essentials (and to not overbuy).

In the past, I was one of those “fashion girls” that LOVED bragging about how little money I spent on a new pair of jeans or heels, but now, I really look into what I’m purchasing, and where it’s made.  
The one downside to having a minimalistic closet, is seeming repetitive (which I hate). Yes, you have the option of mixing and matching items, but eventually you’re going to wear every option.


Shoes have always been something I tend to overbuy. I fall in love with a certain style, and buy it in every color. With my new outlook on shopping, that’s obviously not going to happen again. So, I had to search for an alternative approach to having shoes that match every outfit (and don’t seem repetitive). Seems like an impossible situation, right? Well ladies, I found the answer and that is Alterre. I promise, this isn’t an ad post whatsoever. I’m so obsessed with these shoes, I just want EVERYONE to know about them. Check out how they work.



Pretty cool, right? Alterre is giving my readers the chance to win a set for themselves. But the contest ends tomorrow, so you better enter quickly! 

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Chesapeake Hummus Recipe


Never in a million years would I (or anyone that personally knows me) think I would be writing a recipe. Yup, you read that right. Angela actually cooking something that is not frozen/comes in a box.
Even though my favorite Football team has not been playing their best this year (come on Ravens 4-8 really?) the weekend is dedicated to watching every football game on TV. This includes inviting friends over, watching the games, and enjoying really yummy food.

After being away at school for three months, I’m so happy to be home, celebrating the holiday season with my family. And what better way to celebrate than making delicious recipe for your loved ones.  Check out this Chesapeake Hummus recipe, which will have your holiday guests begging for more.  Also shout out to my Dad for coming up with the name of the recipe!

What you’ll need:
1 can of Garbanzo Beans (chickpeas)
Olive Oil
Garlic Powder
Old Bay Seasoning
Food Processor
*optional crabmeat*
Directions:
Drain the can of chickpeas, and place them in the food processor
Add ¼ cup of olive oil to the food processor.
When it comes to adding the garlic powder and Old Bay, it’s all up to your taste preference. Personally, I only add 2 pinches of garlic powder and 1 tablespoon of Old Bay to the hummus.
*OPTIONAL*If you’re feeling brave, add some already-cooked crab meat. I prefer lump vs. claw, but again, it’s a preference thing
Turn on the food processor, and keep it running for about 45 seconds.
Pour hummus into a serving bowl with crackers, celery, or bread, and enjoy!
Piece originally posted by me on Her Campus.com

Monday, December 7, 2015

Tis the Season...TO PARTY

How many of you already have your Christmas shopping completed? If you do, I’m so jealous. Although Christmas is my favorite holiday, I always take FOREVER to find the perfect gift for each of my friends and family members. I decided to venture off to Fairfax, VA to attend SouthMoon Under’s holiday party and trunk show for Gorjana jewelry. This gave me the opportunity to see the store layout in VA, as well as meet/catch up with some awesome blogger babes.

 If you live in the DMV area, chances are you’ve seen a SMU somewhere. If you haven’t, you should totally check them out. They offer brands like Free People, House of Harlow, Splendid, and many more.

I had the opportunity to shop some of the latest pieces from Gorjana, as well pick up a few gifts for my fashion-loving friends. Check out some pictures I snapped at the party, and my fabulous gift bag from South Moon Under. 








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