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Hello Fresh was easily one of the best decisions I’ve made. Like in a really, super long time! Since becoming a grown up and getting my first big girl job, (with like real responsibilities and such) I have slowly grown HORRIBLE at going to the grocery store! There is just no time for it. When I do make the trip, I end up sending money on things I never end up making. It sucks! Being a total foodie, this has left me ADDICTED to fast food and eating out! (When I say fast food, I mean like Panera, these taste buds ain’t CHEAP!) So obviously, MY PANTS DON’T FIT ANYMORE! LIKE NONE OF THEM! Now the only thing small left about me is the size of my wallet! (That felt good to get out) Hello Fresh has helped me to eat balanced, healthy meals; also to just get in the habit of cooking again. The best part is, I don’t even have to think about it.

So if you haven’t heard, Hello Fresh is a meal service delivery company. My BF and I do the 3 meals for 2 people per week plan, (they have others); it comes out to basically $60 a week. I know! Sounds a little expensive, but its like $10 bucks per meal per person. When you think about it like that, it’s a steal! Especially because it’s delicious, the ingredients are already portioned out and it has simple, easy to follow directions! They even have this APP, which being a millennial and all, I OBVIOUSLY love! You can skip weeks, pick your meals, go pork free, beef free, etc. etc. etc!

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It arrives on your door step in this cute box! I literally get super excited EVERY TIME it comes, and we’ve been doing this since November, lollll! There is just something about getting a package in the mail that get me excited! Or is that just me?

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The booklet comes in the box with all the recipes for the week, in easy to follow steps. The steps are also broken down on that app as well!

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This is the setup right before I get to work! I like to keep the booklet propped up for easy access. Also, I have the worlds SMALLEST kitchen. Funny thing is, you probably think I’m exaggerating, and I WISH I were! lol

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Next, I pull which ever box I’m cooking out of my fridge. They are like long and skinny boxes.

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(Bonus points if you spotted the taco bell sauce pack in my fridge! Whoops!)

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I pull EVERYTHING out of the box in the very beginning, and use the box for the trash. That way you can throw away as you go! As soon as an ingredient gets used up, the container/package it was in goes in the box. This makes things SIMPLE! Look how cute all these ingredients are, all perfectly proportioned, awww, lol! This is also another peek at my ZERO counter space!

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See the trash box in the left of the pic? Makes clean up a breeze!

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This picture does no justice to this meal. My whole apartment has like yellow lighting for some reason. And I was starvinnngg, so I could not wait a minute longer, lol sorry! The steak was delicious with a balsamic glaze and a tangy vinegar cabbage, yummy!

Hello Fresh has been perfect for me! I know what to cook. I know its going to be super good, and easy! It has put more of a structure at dinner time, which my life desperately needed! Honestly, life is a little easier with Hello Fresh. Hahaha, listen to all these feelings I’m having over a boxed meal service! lollll

ANYWAY! I do have some free Boxes to give away! If you want to try Hello Fresh for free, leave me a comment saying “SEND ME A BOX!” and I’ll get you the code!

Well… I will see you guys next time! Oh wait, do you like my new site?? I almost forgot!! I hope you like it because it was a lot of work and doll hairs! Let me know what you think!

K love you. BBBYYYYEEE!

 

Matt and I desperately wanted to get out of town, but had limited time. Lucky for us New Orleans is only three hours away! Armed with some local recommendations from a previous local, (friend of a friend); we popped over Sunday night and came back super early Tuesday! Like 5:30 AM EARLY! But, so worth it! Here are some highlights!

  1. Catahoula Hotel– I cannot say enough about this hotel. I mean personally, I’m in LOVE with boutique hotels, along with other basic biotch stuff such as PSL’s, pizza, etc. DUH! Haha, In all seriousness, I did some research and this place had only been open 6 months, but we decided to take a chance and book anyway! It was the roof top bar that sold me. We were sad to find out it was closed by the time we arrived (late Sunday night) and didn’t open back up till Wednesday night (after we would be gone). We still left not even slightly disappointed with this place. They have the cutest courtyard, and downstairs bar. The hotel has only 35 rooms and is also super affordable. It’s the perfect mix of contemporary decor, while also remaining true to its good ol Nola roots, charm and all! It’s so dreamy, we will definitely be back! Also it’s worth mentioning the downstairs bar is a Pisco bar, which I had never tried before, it was phenomenal! The Staff/Bartenders were awesome as well!

2. Pat O’Briens– We don’t typically go for the tourist traps, but Matt had not been to Bourbon Street since he was of legal drinking age, so naturally, we HAD to get a Hand Grenade! They were horrible!!!!! I’ve had them before, but my 27 year old stomach can not drink that S-word anymore! It gave me an acid attack! Thank goodness people drink whiskey ginger, making ginger ale readily available, it saved the night! (BTW I swear by ginger ale for stomach aches) We stumbled in Pat O’Briens and had a blast! Who doesn’t love a good piano bar though?! SING IT WITH ME NOW “SSWWWEEETTTT CCCAARRROOOLLLIINNNEE”

3. Willa Jean– Breakfast/Lunch Place. We had a slow morning after Bourbon Street. We stumbled into this beautiful restaurant and had an early lunch. The ascetic was all there, and the food was delicious; we split the crab claws, and this meatloaf sandwich. I’m not normally a meatloaf kinda girl, but I’m happy I branched out because it was delicious!!! This place gets straight A’s from me for ambiance, taste, presentation, and great service. OMGOSH I almost totally forgot to mention I had some FROSE and it was delicious! My first Frozen Rose experience might I add!

 

4. The French Quarter– My boyfriend was not feeling so hot! He had a cold before we left, and the hand grenades did NOT help. He was a trooper though, and pushed through! Needless to say, I pretty much dragged him through the French Quarter…poor guy! I’m not a super fan of the Quarter. It’s fun to peddle around down there, for a little, but it’s kinda like once you’ve seen it, you’ve seen it! It is worth checking out though! My favorite part is looking at all the different art! You can see how happy of a camper Matt was as I dragged him around in the picture below. lol, Sorry babe!

5. French Market– I LOVE the French Market! It’s like a garage sale with great food! I had been craving a mango daiquiri my friend, Samantha and I had drank last time I was there. This one is made with like real, yummy mangoes, OMG YYUUMMM!!!!! Matt and I also had some bracelets made by this sweet woman. Mine says ‘Sunshine’, and Matt’s says ‘Do More’, (in the words of Casey Neistat) We love them! I also got a cute small brown leather backpack. I tried to haggle with the guy and failed miserably, lol. Oh well, I still think I got a good deal, and it cute; I’ve been needing a purse anyways.

6. Baru– After a quick, much needed nap and a fresh change of clothes, we went to a true local’s spot for dinner. You could certainly tell this was a popular spot among the residents, outside of the hustle and bustle. The food was really pretty, and tasty. Matt is one of those big portion size dudes. Not so much down for an $80 meal the size of your fist, lol. I didn’t mind though! I’d give the place a solid 8. The sangria was excellent as well!

P.S. Sorry about the quality of the pictures below! These are screen grabs of a video, but I wanted to give you the FULL picture!

7. The Monteleone, Carousel Bar– This is at a fancy schmancy, ballinnn hotel! The Carousel Bar is actually a real Carousel!!!! It’s also really hard to get a seat at said bar. Because who doesn’t want to sit at a bar shaped like a carousel and drink a fancy, yummy drink while you slowly spin like you are on an actual ride?!!! We were there on a Monday night, and I sat at it for just a second to get the vibe, because after an hour there was only one seat open. This was so cool. Regardless of where you sit, the whole place is beautiful!!! It is swanky, so expect swanky prices!!! This was probably my second favorite thing we did! We had some cucumber strawberry drink that was soo good! I will definitely come back whenever I’m in New Orleans! Great experience, but one of those places you have one drink and leave. Unless you’re like Kim K. or something!

8. Sucre–  After our pricey drink, and the fact we had to wake up at 5 AM, we decided to stop with the alcohol and get on with another vice. ICE CREAM! This place was on Yelp, and about a 2 minute walk from the Carousel Bar. Well, 2 turned into like 6 because we walked the total wrong direction, lol! We made it though! It was super adorable and exactly what we were looking for! The staff was excellent! I got hazelnut ice cream, yum!!! If you are a recovering Nutella addict, like myself, this flavor is for you! Matt got some fudge flavor and both of our tummies were happy!

 

9.  Bourbon Street Pizza– I should mention at the end of our Bourbon Street adventure on our first night in town, Matt and I split a slice of good old New Orleans Bourbon Street PIZZA! To know me, is to know that PIZZA is my FAAVVVORITE food ever!!! With that being said, do not judge me for what I am about to tell you! All day, Matt was talking about that pizza. So, we decided to walk on over stone cold sober to Bourbon Street on our way back from ice cream, and grab a couple slices. We decided to take them back to our fabulous hotel and have a PIZZA PARTY!!!!! I know, I know, “Didn’t you just have dinner and ice cream?” YES, but also this is vacation, and everyone knows, rules don’t apply during vacation, and I said don’t judge me! SO, we ended our Nola trip with a pizza party watching Forensic Files and cuddling! And NO, I do not regret it!

All in all, we had the best time being a tourist! I love traveling, like sooooo much! It’s when I feel like I am the best version of myself. It did kinda suck that Matt was so sick, and unable to enjoy himself fully! We made the best of it though and he pulled through! We ended up doing a lot anyway. I just hate knowing he wasn’t feeling good. Lucky for us, Nola is only 3 hours away and we plan to be back often!

Leave me a comment and let me know what you thought about my first official Blog post! AH!! I kinda made this on a whim. I’ve been talking about it forever, but hey, no time like the present! What was your favorite thing we did? Thanks for taking your time out to read, if you’ve made it this far in the post! I hope your day is filled with tons of SUNSHINE! MUAH!

Let me start off by saying that I am in no way, shape or form a makeup artist. This is someone who doesn’t even know how to put on eyeliner. LOL! I mean apply. HAHAHA, SEE I can’t even get the lingo down! I can probably count on two hands how many times in my ENTIRE 27 years, that I have even worn any eye makeup, other than mascara. See my skills below.

(This is my attempt at heavy eyeliner and Cat makeup for a halloween promo a few years ago.)

However, seeing as I get asked on a daily basis about my lashes…and seeing as Sephora has awarded me a RED Rouge Card for the ungodly amount of dollars I spend there; I feel obligated, and qualified, to give my tips and tricks on how I get lashes that get tons of complements! (THANKS BTW!) Eyelashes are MY thing! ALRIGHT, here we go!

  1. Mascara– I have tried ALL KINDS of mascaras, from super expensive, to drug store. I STRONGLY believe mascara is the one beauty product you DON’T have to pay a ton of doll-hairs for!  Also, you should really get whatever formula-brush combination that works for you. For example, since my lashes are longer, the bristles have to be longer as well, in order to comb through them. As far as formula goes, mine are extremely thin, so I need a THICK formula. If you have short, thick lashes the same one probably won’t work for you. It’s all good though, seeing as their are TONS of brands with all sorts of brush and formula combos! Lots of people like the short plastic applicators and those DO NOT work for me. TIP: LONG LASHES=LONG BRISTLES My holy grail is actually in the plain black L’OREAL tube. HAHAHA I DONT EVEN KNOW THE REAL NAME! I’ll google it!  Picture of the magic tube below! (Click HERE to check it out!)                                                                                                              L’Oréal® Paris Voluminous Extra-Volume Collagen Mascara

2.  Application– I personally think that the way you apply mascara makes all the difference in the world!!!! One of my BIGGEST tricks is, I basically curl my lashes while I apply. Take the wand and go mid-lash to the tips, in a curling motion. After you go over your top lashes, really focus on the tippy tips, of the top as well. For the bottom lashes I hold the wand vertical and run it down the bottom lashes. Don’t forget about the tippy tips!

3. Care– Take your mascara off at night, no matter how many beers or martinis you’ve have! If not, they fall out faster! This is also the pot calling the kettle black… I use to be the queen of sleeping in my makeup. You know what? Every once in a while, I’m tired; or maybe I’ve had too much wine, or something, and that’s okay. But seriously, take it off as often as possible. For FOREVER I’ve been on the search for a go-to remover, and I FOUND ONE! It’s called We Love Eyes, it’s vegan, and there is no trace of mascara after you’re done. It’s a two step super easy process. I actually made a video for my INSTA!  (To watch the video click HERE) I think it’s super cute!!! I seriously LOVE, LOVE this stuff! It has really helped my eyelash game! They are sooo healthy thanks to We Love Eyes! I would not recommend something I didn’t LOVE and use myself!  (Click HERE for the remover)

Those are ALL my eyelash tips and tricks! I just wanted to pass on any knowledge I have! Again, I am NOT a professional so posts like these will be few and far between! I mean, I do LOVE makeup. It’s so fun and it’s really great to feel confident and good about yourself. Not that long eyelashes are the sole reason to feel good about yourself, but when you look good, you feel good; and that certainly helps! I hope these tips work for you, and that it makes you feel beautiful, with some long looking lashes, you go girl!

Clothes and accessories are like one of my most favorite things in the world! To me, clothes are like an extension of yourself; It’s kind of like a creative outlet. Putting outfits together in my head really gets my creative juices flowing. I love taking what is popular in fashion and coming up with my own way of doing it. Sometimes though, I just cannot hop on the bandwagon! Example: scarves, I HATE SCARVES! lol I don’t know why, I just do! I will wear them if I’m cold, but only if I have to, though! Who likes being cold? Not me! I am from FLORIDA, so luckily I don’t have to wear them that often, or ever while I’m home! These fall trends though, I LOOOOVVVEEE!!!

Mauve

This COLORRRRR! I normally do not like the color PINK, it’s too cheesy for me… However mauve pink just gets me. It’s girly, neutral, and just my style! Something I really appreciate about this color is the wide range: from brownish to pinkish! For some reason, this color makes me feel calm. Is that weird? Haha. This fall has been all about mauve colors, from lips to clothes! I have three shirts in this color, but this one is my FAV, it is ssooooo soft! (Got it at PACSUN)

Jean Jackets

I have always wanted a jean jacket, and I love that they are back in style! They make me feel secure, and also add depth and texture to any outfit. One of the main things I LOVE about a jean jacket, is you can throw it on and it magically looks like you put a lot more effort into your outfit. For some reason they just make it look more put together! I really, really want to add a light color jean jacket to my wardrobe, eventually. These things can get a little pricey this one is only about $30.00. I think that’s pretty reasonable! (I couldn’t find it, but click HERE for a good dupe)

Leather Bags

Leather is so fall! Every time I smell leather, it makes me think of BBUURRR weather and Ugg boots! The fact that my leather bag is also a backpack is what you would call a WIN-WIN! Haha! Backpacks are sooo convenient! See, when you would lose your head if it weren’t attached, backpacks really become a integral part of your life. This brown leather backpack has become a staple for me this fall! (I would link it, but I got it on a street stand in NOLA, so you’d probably have to go there to get it!) HERE is a dupe!

 

Chokers

You probably threw these out of your jewelry box after middle school! Jokes on us, THEY’RE BBAACCKK! I love chokers so much! They are ssssooooo fun and versatile; it’s weird how it can dress up an outfit, or dress it down. I’m pretty picky about jewelry. I honestly don’t wear a ton of it; but chokers, that’s an accessory I can get behind! They modernize almost any outfit, which is kinda ironic since they are a surefire 90’s staple! ALSO, they can be super cheap!! HERE are a few of my faves!!! I think it’s so funny, and awesome, that these babies are back in full force!!

Flannels

Speaking of the 90’s! FLANNELS have made such a HUGE comeback! These things have been a hot item since summer 2015! There is just something fall-ish about flannels though. It’s like you can take the shirt out of the season, but you can take the season out of the shirt! LOLLLL I really crack myself UP sometimes! ANYWAYS! I have two that I’m currently obsessed with! One is over-sized, the other more fitted. I love them both so much. Each one is a totally different look. Tie them around your waist or button them up, either way it’s back to the 90’s baby! (Couldn’t find originals. HERE is a similar black flannel. Click HERE for the red flannel)

Dad Caps

Can we all just take a moment to thank the trendsetters of the world for making dad caps a thing? Thank you, thank you, for allowing me to cover my roots when they are so greasy you could literally fry an egg upon them! Thank you for allowing a shelter for my roots when they are too short for me to tell people that it’s not that I haven’t got my roots done, it’s actually ombre, or balayage, or whatever the thing is now. When actually, it’s just that it’s expensive to get your hair done and you haven’t been able to swing it lately. LOL Mostly, thank you for allowing a simple and trendy solution to a horrible hair day! I LOVE DAD CAPS! It’s the simplest way to trendify yourself! Last but not least, THANK YOU DADS for being the pioneers of this wondrous fad! My boyfriend and I won this hat at a *COUGH* movie club *COUGH* that we go to. DON’T JUDGE ME! Sometimes I’m a nerd okay! (Couldn’t find original, click HERE for a dupe)

(Homage to the election today!^ )

What are your favorite trends right now? I hope you enjoyed mine! I’m still figuring out this whole thing. I know there is no comment section, and I’m trying really hard to fix that. Pretty frustrated about it. It is coming though! Thanks for reading. Hope your day is filled with tons of SUNSHINE! See you next time!!!