IMG_2626Have you ever stumbled across something, and wanted everyone to know about it? I am one of those people, who obnoxiously tells everyone when they have found a good thing! These things I seriously cannot keep to myself any longer!!! So here we go 5 things you NEED in your life right now!!!

 

IMG_8032Milk Cooling Water Stick: This thing is sssoooo coollll lol LITERALLY! Well, and figuratively! This is the BEST wake me up and I look forward to it every morning. You apply the stick to your eyelids, it deputes soothes and cools. I keep my stick in the fridge to grab and apply each morning. This leaves me with the coolest sensation and THE ONLY way to wake up in the morning!!

CLICK HERE FOR THE MILK COOLING WATER STICK

(I have pictured here the mini stick, but they make a normal size too)IMG_8044

Cream Bronzer: Talk about a game changer!!!! I have always used just powder when it comes to bronzer! You know it was my comfort zone, it was nice, I lived there for a long time. As I  watched while the rest of the world applied what looks to me like face paint, and then blended themselves into Kardashians,  I still sat there applying my powder, dreaming of achieving that Kardashian level contour!!!! I finally made the switch, I’ve been using a bronzing stick by the brand MILK and let me tell you!!!! THERE IS NNNOOOO LOOKING BACK! It blends sssooo much better, it looks 9374965498 times more natural!!! Kim who? Kylie who? hahahahahahah jk jk BUT SERIOUSLY GAME CHANGERRRRR! (The one I’m using is by MILK)

CLICK HERE FOR THE MILK CREME BRONZER

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IMG_2631IMG_2630Taylor Swifts new CD: OMG OMG OMG OMG SHE DID IT AGAIN!!!!!!!!! Honestly my hopes for this album were LOW! I did not love “Look What You Made Me Do”, to be honest I HATED it at first, and then it slowly grew on me. Definitely didn’t love “Gorgeous” either. I assumed this was the end of my Taylor Swift era, BUT THEN, I decided to grab the CD magazine, at Target one night, when I was also grabbing everything else in the world that I didn’t need! And GUUUYYYSSS!!!!!! It’s so so so GGOOODDD!!! Like I have been carrying this CD around with me everywhere I go lolllll! So many bangers! Go get it! And, I really really love the magazine its so pretty, and so much attention to detail, such a cool idea! I have to mention “Don’t Blame Me” IS THE BEST SONG ON THE ALBUM!!! REPEATREPEATREPEAT!!!!!!!!! “Getaway Car” also on REPEAT!!!! Like I said though, so many good songs!!!!IMG_2632IMG_2634

MoviePass App: Personally I am a HUGE movie person, I probably go to the movies more than anyone I know. MoviePass was made for people like me! You pay $10 a month and get to see 1 movie a day, everyday, if you want!! Thats right you could go see a movie in the movie theater EVERY SINGLE DAY, for $10 a month!!!!!!!!! You download the app hook your card info up, they send you a card in the mail; it looks similar to a debt card, and thats what you use. This is the best thing that has happened to me in foreverrrr!!IMG_2673IMG_2676.JPG

IMG_2677The Morning Breath: This is the media you never knew you needed in your life, and it is EVERYTHINGGGG!!!!!! If you have an Instagram chances are you follow  THE FUNNIEST ACCOUNT @girlwithnojob Claudia Ostry, co-host of TMB, is the girl behind Girl with no job! Claudia, and her adorably perfect, small, frail, red headed, haven’t had a carb in 3 years, sister Jackie O host TMB Monday-Friday every morning at 10am cst, and it is PURE GOLD. I literally laugh out loud, there are times I have had TEARS in my eyes and it puts me in the BEST mood the whole day!!! They are both hystericalllll the chemistry of the sisters (or should I say STEENS) is untouchable. They cover everything from celebrity gossip, to global hard hitting new stories, with “The fast five stories you need to hear before you wakeup and smell your morning breath” I don’t even watch a lot of the shows they talk about but it doesn’t matter to me because whatever comes out of there mouth makes me laugh to my core!!!! The Morning Breath or “The most prestigious morning show” as we “Breathers” (and anyone with ears says) is available for consumption via Facebook live, podcast, Instagram live, or youtube! FB Live is my favorite way to consume, so I can really get the full effect! Ever since TMB came into my life the tone of my days has been lighter, and just better! PLEASE do yourself a favor, brighten your day, and become a Breather!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!IMG_2679IMG_2678FullSizeRender

Okay Okay Okay!!!! Now that I have got all that off my chest and out into the universe I feel ssssoooo much better!!! Please try 1 some or all of these things, they will make you happier person I promise!!!!!! Let me know is there is something I NEED to know about in the comments below!!!!!!! Okay Happy Thanksgiving, hope this work week flys by and you drink all the wine GOBBLE GOBBLE! LOVE YOU BBYYYYEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!

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I don’t know about y’all but I am ALWAYS on the hunt for the new jam! Also its like once I find one who isn’t well known I feel like I want to shout it from the roof tops, let everyone know, and spread all the feels from the music; and make everyone happy about finding this new person too!!!! Here are some people that I am OBSESSED with so naturally I HAVE to share with you!!!!!

These power house of bad biotches listed below will BLOW YOU AWAY!!! So much talent, and so freaking ccccoooollll! They are like the new age of cool girls! What I love is that all of there voices are unique I’ve never heard anything like them. Without further ado here are the new bad biotches of music!

IMG_2595 Sigrid(photo credit) Sigrid is so so so cool. Her voice goes way beyond her years, it feels like she is singing from the depths of her soul. She is one of the most authentic singers I have ever heard. With her unconventionally beautiful voice, and look, she is a game changer! Her sound is totally unique to her and her lyrics are totally relatable, as in I feel like homegirl knows my life, and wrote songs about it!!!! hahaha (my good friend Tracy told me about her thanks Tracy!!!!!!)

BEST SONGS: Don’t Kill My Vibe, Dynamite, Plot Twist, Fake Friends, Strangers

(Also the acoustic versions are literally the best thing in the whole woorrllddd)

IMG_2602IMG_2598                                                                                                                                                             Billie Eilish: (photo credit) Billie is an genius and she is so so young!! Also so so so beautiful if you watch any of her interviews its so easy to fall in love with her. Have you ever been around someone, and you are just like wow that person knows exactly who she is and exactly what she wants and there is no apologizing for it. Its inspiring, and sort of takes your breath away. In the non cliche way. You know, she is so young but its like this is her, even if its just for now, she is exactly sure. That makes me feel so comfortable, that someone somewhere is so sure of something haha and its AMAZING!

BEST SONGS: Ocean Eyes, Watch, Belly Ache, CopyCat, Six Feet Under, Bored <In that order!

OMGOMGOMG I JUST SPILLED RED WINE ALL OVER EVERYTHING!!!!!!!!! LOLLLLLL MY FRIEND AND I FRANTICALLY CLEANED IT FROM THE COUCH AND ITS HER AND HER BF’S BRAND NEW COUCH OMG IM THE WORST!!!!!!!! LOLLLLL

IMG_2609Maggie Rogers: (photo credit) Ive honestly never heard anything like her in my life. She’s so fun and relaxing at the same time. Her sound is easy listening meets soul, sort of modern alternative folk, with R&B vibes, and a splash of pop. She has such an interesting story, traditionally a banjo player growing up in rural Maryland, she somehow found herself studying at music at NYU, coincidently at NYU she stopped making music completely for a few years, finally while studying abroad in France rekindled her love for making music, and thank god she did because her music is out of control AMAZING and a gift to our ears! You may have heard of Maggie from that viral video, where Pharrell came to NYU and was brought to tears by her music. Its a pretty inspirational video, I’ll drop a link below. Maggie is an original, and a breath of fresh air to the music game, AND TRUST ME needs a spot on your playlist!!!

Pharrell & Maggie NYU 

BEST SONGS: Alaska, On + Off, Dog Years, Better, Split Stones

IMG_2610Muna: (photo credit) This girl group is upbeat and heart touching at once. There lyrics are really relatable and fun at the same time. It hurts so good is a phrase I would use to describe Muna. The vibe is Girly, alternative pop, with a hint of the 80’s! I love getting ready to go out listening to there music. Like all the artist I have mentioned they really have a unique voice and sound. This is the kind of music you want to turn your hair brush into a microphone for, while you sing a long, and dance on the couch too. Your playlist NEEDS Muna!

BEST SONGS: Loud Speaker, Winter Break, So SpecialI Know A Place, Crying on the Bathroom Floor,

IMG_4962IMG_4317IMG_6138IMG_6184-2Skye Dumont: (photos by me) This girl is just as gorgeous on the inside, as she is on the out!!! Skye and I quickly became best friends in real life, and we met on Instagram!!!! She is one of the best singers I have ever heard in my entire life!!! Her voice will blow you away!!! As a classically trained opera singer, (Manhattan School of Music) she can play like ANY instrument. Her pop and opera covers are out of this world, and I want the whole world to know how awesome she is!!!! I’m inspired by her talent, kindness, faith, heart, and the friend that she is. Skyes voice is the kind that leaves you with chills, so get ready for the goose bumps!!

BEST SONGS: Rise Up, We Don’t Talk Anymore, White IversonDon’t Dream its Over, In The Name of Love, Habanera, AND ANY OF THEM ON HER YOUTUBE CHANNEL!!!!! Also follow her on INSTA

IMG_1905So now we are at the end of this musical journey! I hope you enjoyed!!! Just so you know it took me 9027349238 mins to link all the songs because as I pulled each one up I HAD to listen to the whole song all the way through!!! If you guys have any good music suggestions comment down below, let me know! Also tell me who your favorite, that I mentioned is. Okay I love you bbyyyee!!!!

IMG_1910IMG_1561People always describe your 20’s as the best years of your life, which is true at first. Lets dive in and dissect these pivotal years real quick.

20-22 

Its still cute to beinge  drink 5 nights out of the week and your just getting out of the bumping and grinding at the club stage.

22-25

You know just throwing things at the wall seeing what sticks, if anything even sticks.

26-30

OMG OMG MAKE IT STOP!! Make all the big decisions find your career NOW like NOW you do not have time to throw stuff at the wall anymore, or you will be a poor loser.  AAHHHH!!!!!!

You know around 26-30ish is usually when the depression starts. Its like WHAM BAM MAKE ALL THE LIFE DECISIONS. Its the time  people stop telling you, oh you’re young you have plenty of time. People start saying “Ohhh” when you tell them your age. (lollll Its funny but its not) It just feels so isolating, because you are no longer part of a mass. You aren’t in school anymore, you aren’t a part of the mom club yet so you don’t belong there. All your friends have either moved or you’ve lost touch. I mean you still talk on the phone, but everyone has these careers and new lives in places far away, and lets just say it. You are no longer a part of there everyday. It stings, and if the loneliness goes on for longer it aches, and after much longer it becomes a deep ringing in your soul, that you can hear and feel. after that you get a numbness, everything is dull colors, things you once loved, your feelings. Then the questions start.

Who am I? You used to know. and now things have lost there significants. It almost feels as nothing matters anymore, in fact you don’t matter anymore. Its like every morning you open your eyes with a stack of encyclopedias on your chest and have to force yourself out of bed and sometimes the weight is just to heavy;  you can barley breath. Some days you don’t have a choice, so you must force yourself up.  As the day goes on you, feel like you are in a deep dark hole under ground, with only your head sticking out, and you are barley hanging on by your finger tips and your feet are flailing around kicking the darkness and your finger tips are clinching the earth for dear life because you are about to slip in the hole of darkness. And some days you do slip, and all you can feel is the darkness; some days you get a leg out. But every morning you wake up with the encyclopedias and its hard to breath, and you are in the dark hole and your finger tips hurt.

Its a constant battle. How are we supposed to make sense of everything thats ever happened in our lives? How come no one talks about this chunk of life where you are supposed to have the basic answers to the questions that the girl who went to the same high school as you asks in the dark corner of the dive bar, in town, when everyone is home for the holidays. How come the sense of failing is so heightened. How come you don’t have the kind of friends anymore that can be at your house in 10 minutes, at the drop of a hat. Why do you feel the pressure to change yourself completely but feel guilty for leaving your old self behind too. Why is it so hard to connect. It used to be so easy. What do you want to do, who do you want to be? It seems like everyone else knows already.

So you pick something, or an opportunity falls in your lap, and you’re living your life. You are tired all the time, and stressed, pretty soon you are just going through the motions. Everyday feels the same. You are treading water, you are lonely, and you feel so guilty. What do you have to complain about? So many people have it so much worse, and that only makes you feel even more pitiful, an pathetic.

Coming from me this probably seems a little surprising, people always think I’m so positive and happy, which at the core of my soul I am. As I’ve had these open conversations, a lot of people who I would have never guessed feel this way too. Luckily I have been ale to pull myself out of these times that have popped up in my life. I write this to start an conversation, and hopefully to let others know you are not alone! It gets better and there is light after darkness. (Here are a few things that have helped me, this has been a long process and all easy said then done.)

  • BE STILL– Part of growing up is being your own best friend, that means being a good friend to yourself. Get to know yourself. Sometimes you need to go through these motions and feel all the things you’ve been trying to push off. Its best to feel what you’re feeling journal it and move on. And in the words of Chris Crocker don’t forget to “TREAT YO SELF”
  • FIND A NEW OUTLET/HOBBY/PASSION AND POUR YOURSELF INTO IT– You know for me its this blog, and photography and video editing. It doesn’t even have to be something you are passionate about necessarily but something you have an interest in. Also don’t give me any excuses. If you can’t afford it get resourceful, reach out to someone who could help you out!
  • FIND A TRIBE– This is the most important in my opinion, but also the most difficult. It takes time, trial and error, and patients. Once you have found a tribe of people who have your best interest, who love and support you, it can be world changing. (I’m going to be doing a post about adult friendships super soon) the internet can be super helpful in this department.IMG_1290bikeride

If you have been feeling this way please do not hesitate to reach out, I will always be an ear for those who need it. I hope this starts a conversation of something that seems so taboo. Thank you guys for letting me be vulnerable with you, and for allowing me to show a different side of the sunshine I try and radiate everyday. The next post will not so dark I promise. Remember it does get better and I love you!!!!

So I do this blog to give others helpful tips and tricks, and to share beneficial experiences, the ultimate goal is so you guys get something out of it. I don’t want to sit here and talk about myself. With that being said I am STRUGGLING this week, not to gush on, and on, about how I have the best friends ever; but I’m going to do my best, and tell you guys how to do a 30a birthday. (because our weekend was pretty close to perfect!)

First though let me introduce to you the birthday girl/bride to be/best dancer in the world/best friend everrrr Kaitlyn! IMG_5085IMG_5587IMG_5367 I KNOW I KNOW HOW BEAUTIFUL AND PERFECT IS SHE?!?!

okay I’ll get to the tips!

  • BIKES! Bring them or rent them how ever you can, but on 30a they are a MUST for a sorta of celebratory event! Not only is everything close enough to bike to (for the most part) But you can stop a long the way for food, and drinks! Or in our case bring the Rośe and take swigs out of the bottle along the way! (which leads me to my next tip!)IMG_5219IMG-2281IMG_5241
  • Open Container Law! So I don’t know if you knew this but Seaside and Rosemary beach are both magically considered “Resort Communities” So what does this mean?! BOOZE IS FAR GAME EVERYWHERE! Feel free to walk around with wine beer or even BOTTLES of Rośe!!!!!!!
  • Start the day with CHAMPAGNE! Nothing says celebration time like CHAMPAGNE, you know champagne is such a fun word to say. I love the way it rolls off the tongue and fizzles in my stomach. There really isn’t a better way to start the day!!! I mean look at all the fun!!!!IMG_5270IMG_5282IMG_5286IMG_5296
  • RESTUARANT HOP! We hooped on bikes and stopped and restaurants along the way got an appetizer and drinks all along the way! It is the way to do it!!!IMG_5304IMG_5326IMG_5480
  • DO NOT miss a sunset!!! We accidentally missed it on our first night, so the second night we were bound and determined. We picked up some yummy Rośe at that cute grocery store, and after a short nap, headed over from across the street to watch. This was one of our most favorite times. We laughed sipped and watched a heart stopping pink sky, that matched our Rośe. I’m all smiles just thinking about it!IMG-2314IMG-2271IMG_5499IMG_5509IMG_5525IMG_5518IMG_5521IMG_5538IMG_5540IMG-2313IMG_5491IMG_5494IMG_5495
  • DO hit the stores! All the stores have unique offerings, Its so much fun to look. I know shopping can sometimes be a bore or feel like a pause in celebration, but not these guys! The Sundog Book Store is enchanting. Kelley and I were just talking how calming and beautiful all the stores are, especially that book store, it makes time stand still. Also upstairs is Central Square Records and it is so so cool! The Art of Simple is probably one if the best stores everrr!!! They have the CUTEST STUFF!!!! OMG I WANT EVERYTHINGGG!! I’d like to met there buyer because the taste of that human is impeccable!!!!!!!!! Modica Market is also THE WORLDS CUTEST GROCERY STORE!!! You know those stores you could just spend FOREVER in? These are perfect examples! Of all the seaside shops these are my FAV’S!IMG_5361IMG_5363IMG_5411IMG_5452IMG-2230 (PERFECT FOR THIS BRIDE!^)IMG_5355IMG_5391IMG_5392IMG_5398IMG_5410IMG_5406IMG-2317IMG_5436IMG_5430IMG-2228

(one of our good friends works at this vineyard!!!!!!)

Now that I have picture OVERLOADED YOU! We are going to move onto Restaurant and Bar MUST DO’S!IMG_5612IMG_5600IMG_5575IMG_5604IMG_5571

  • Le Crema!!! OMG OMG OMG OMG CHOCOLATE FONDUUUUUU WITH A PEANUT BUTTER SWIRLLLLL!!!!!! I have DREAMS about this place, and the fondu!! Also the hot sipping chocolate! Seriously this is my favorite place in the world!!! Its in Rosemary Beach and it is a slice of HEAVEN!!!!!
  • The Pearl! Also in Rosemary Beach, The Pearl is a BEAUTIFULLLL boutique hotel, with one of my favorite bars ever! They have the cutest outside fire pits and cabanas, also the bar inside is gorgeous as well. The change the cocktail list often and the drinks are always yummy and strong!IMG_5123IMG_5128 These are at the inside bar, but trust me outside is to die for!!!
  • Fonville Press! So I saw this place spring up last year, and finally got the chance to check it out a few months ago. Not only are the aesthetics superb, but the food and coffee is a 10/10! It was the perfect spot for a final meal and goodbye to a beautiful weekend.IMG_5868IMG_586580A715E2-83DD-41AB-B3B4-972FA2712F9BIMG-2318IMG_5877IMG_5887IMG_5891IMG_5893IMG_5895IMG_5898IMG_5916IMG_5909IMG_5953IMG_5977IMG_5972IMG_5998    IMG_5901Okay so those are my tips for celebrating a 30a birthday! Now I am going to throw in any other cute pic’s I didn’t get the chance to throw in here!   IMG-2278IMG_5307IMG-2279IMG_5069IMG_5116IMG_5207IMG_5388IMG_5660IMG_5311IMG_5343IMG_5486IMG_5596IMG_5676IMG_5679IMG_5751IMG_5768IMG_5779IMG_5797IMG_5839IMG_5840IMG_5848IMG_5850IMG_5854IMG_5862IMG_5863IMG-2280  One last thing before we part. May we never get too old and boring to try on each others clothes and shoes while we eat macaroni drinking wine and dance at 2AM! Alright I love you!!!!!!!!! BYE!!!!!!!

IMG_2119IMG_3985okay okay okay…. before you say it I’m going to, YES I really am that extra!!! Chances are you’ve probably heard of Riverdale, and if you haven’t WHAT ARE YOU DOING?!? Seriously go turn on your Netflix right meow!

The show is very loosely based off the Archie comics, which hold a special place in my heart. When I was around 5ish My dad used to take my sister and I to a little place called Coopers Drugs, a tiny drug store that also sold comics, my sister and I would always get the Archie comics. That place felt like it was stuck in a different decade even back then.

Anyway, I love this show #teambetty #bughead hahah SORRY had to get that out so you know where I stand and all! When season 2 was going to premiere I KNEW I had to throw the most epic Riverdale party there ever was!!!!! When Pinterest and google failed me it was up to me!!

IMG_3972IMG_3979I KNEW I had to had Pop’s inspired food! That meant Milk Shakes, Fries, and burgers (but in this case I though sliders would be cuter and more appropriate party food!) Ordered the food baskets and red an white checkered liner paper off amazon! The old school cake stand is from Walmart only $10!IMG_4049IMG_3942

How cute were these food baskets!! I made simple basic sliders, baked a bag of 5lb fries they were delish though. If you guys would like the burger recipe comment down below and let me know!

Moving on to the Milk Shakes, were spiked DUH; Vanilla ice-cream, Chocolate syrup, frozen strawberries, vanilla extract, a little milk, and raspberry vodka!!!!! (Ordered the Milk shake glasses and straws from amazon!)IMG_4230IMG_2105

I knew I had to make Jughead crowns, and Josey and the Pussy Cat doll ears! I made them both out of poster board, paint, a glue gun, and headbands! I even attached bobby pins to each crown so they would be secure for pictures! Everyone watched the show in either a crown or ears of their choice! It was so fun to see everyone all decked out!!!!!

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The Shirts were pretty simple and super fun to make! I thought about doing iron on letters but that was getting expensive, so I opted for stencils and black paint. I got a pack of white big tee’s at Target, thought of cute clever things from the show and went to town. I didn’t want to put anyones specific first names on them because that just seemed a little basic to me. This was one of my fav parts! The shirts said : DARK BETTY, SOUTHSIDE SERPENT, BUGHEAD, BLOSSOM, ARCHIEKINS, SECRETS & SINS, HBIC, MAPLE RED

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SO WORTH IT!!!! These were so fun to make and so much fun to pick out!

For the photo background, or in technical terms “step and repeat” I ordered the gold ballon letters off esty, and the blue back drop off amazon! It looked magical!!!! So perfect!!!IMG_4009-2IMG_2129IMG_2131 3IMG_2121 3

Then I KNEW we NEEDED Riverdale inspired cocktails!!! I phoned a couple bartenders and with a little help from google came up with these! They were a HIT! The Blue and Gold was so popular there wasn’t even ANY left for the picture!

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Getting to watch together and talk on all the commercial breaks, was probably the best part of all! We talked about our favorite characters, and the episode as it was happening and just being together! Honestly the best part was just being with these babes! We had all the laughs took all the pictures and I had all the warm fuzzies!IMG_4214IMG_4213IMG_4093IMG_4041IMG_2117IMG_2129IMG_2135 2IMG_4083IMG_2064IMG_2070

From my squad to yours PEACE LOVE AND JUGHEAD!!!!!