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Monday, November 17, 2014

"Just let it go, Enjoy the ride"

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So, this post is slightly inspired by Louise(SprinkleOfGlitter)'s post. I have been jamming to the song "High" by Young Rising Sons lately and it has become my new life motto.
"Just let it go enjoy the ride, without the low there ain't a high"
I have been trying to live up to this by appreciating the moments, not dwelling on everything else that is going on. This being said, this weekend I tried my best to live life to it's fullest and take every chance that I was given. On Friday, one of my suite-mates asked me to be her date for their co-ed fraternity's date party. At first I was hesitant, I never really fit in with that crowd and did not want to feel awkward all night. My last minute decision (seriously 15 minutes before they left) was a great one. I had an awesome night with friends I haven't spoken to in a bit and had great conversations with some new people too. We had a magnificent time dancing the night away. All in all, I'm super glad that I decided to take the chance and go out.
This is where I thought my weekend was going to end. One good night, that's better than not really doing anything. Boy, were were all in for a surprise. At the spur of the moment four of my suite-mates (Bessie, Ella, Sarah and Emily) and I decided to be groupies for the night and follow a local band of guys we know, Soft Cough (check them out), to a gig they were playing in Syracuse.
It was meant to be a surprise, but didn't work out too well and they found out we were coming. After an hour and a half drive of screaming some good ol' songs, we got to Syracuse and went to Funk'n Waffles, an eclectic waffle joint that has been featured on Diners, Drive-ins and Dives. All I have to say is INCREDIBLE.
I got Bacon, Brie and Basil with an Apricot Marmalade, mhmm
We then raced over to the show that was in a local art gallery. Bessie who is from outside of Syracuse, has friends that go to ESF and SU who also met us there. The show was great. After they performed we decided to go to a coffee shop called Recess. It had such a nice vibe.
We hung out there for a while and then went to a party a couple of houses down. We didn't stay for long, but the people there were really welcoming and super chill. We just jumped in a game of slap cup and they were so nice about it. It was a good stop and addition to our adventure. Once we decided to head out after making a plan, we went to Insomnia Cookies.
This is a cookie shop that is open late and delivers cookies. Ella and I got "cookiewiches" that were massive. It was awesome. I feel as though I am running out of adjectives... After that we headed to Bessie's house to hang out and sleep. We got cozy across two twin sized mattresses and watched Chopped while waiting for Ben and Dan, two members of Soft Cough to come back. After they got there and we shared some banter over a few more episodes, we all crashed for the night in one big mass of bodies.
In the morning we went to Bessie's local diner and then explored Armory Square. Then we headed back to Geneseo. All in all, it was such a great weekend and I am so glad that I took the opportunities that were thrown my way. I appreciate the rough times lately because it made this weekend seem like an even better experience for me. The moral of this story is just like the song says, enjoy the ride and wherever life may take you, especially if it is an unexpected turn.
 (p.s. ignore my under-construction blog, I'm working on it)

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

How Very Autumnal

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Hello, I know it's been a long time. I did mean to blog about moving back into my dorm and some college-y things, I promise! But, sadly, my father passed away and it has been a difficult past few months. I do plan on getting around to doing a few posts on college essentials and decor in the near future.

With Halloween just around the corner, Fall is in full swing. Autumn is such a nice time of year though. Being on a college campus, surrounded by trees and old ivy covered buildings makes the season seem somehow magical. The leaves change and begin to fall and you can watch as people begin to add layers. It's funny, college students either put on their winter coat the minute it gets chilly, or wait until it is practically snowing. I love adding christmas (or fairy) lights to my room, lighting candles (autumn scented of course), drinking loads of hot drinks and just keeping cozy.

It's been a bit of a lonely semester. Most people I know are either in an organization (Greek life, sports, clubs, etc) or in the process of pledging this semester. I was unable to pledge this time, but plan to pledge next semester. I've been enjoying the time by watching loads of films, and YouTube. I plan to add a Geneseo vlog to my YouTube within the next week or so as well as posting more on here.

My course load has been hectic this month due to midterms. Lots of papers, presentations and exams, but it has begun to settle down. I was able to go home for Columbus Day weekend and it was a great time spent at an Army football game and a vineyard, with my massive extended family, whom I love to pieces and am so thankful for. (So, now where's the turkey and mashed potatoes.) (37 days!)

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Rhode Island 2014

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Monday, June 23, 2014

What I'm Using : NutriMost


On the NutriMost diet, you are not allowed to put any oils into your body. This also goes for ON your body. I thought I would share what products I have been using lately that have worked for me on this diet.

For shampoo I have been switching between using both the Pantene Aqua Light Shampoo and the Biosilk Silk Therapy Shampoo, both of which I really enjoy and help my thin hair feel not as weighed down and may continue using after the program. For conditioner I use the Pantene Aqua Light Conditioner, which I, again, really enjoy.

For soap, I use Ivory bar soap, which makes my skin feel a tad dry, but I have dry skin to begin with, so it is expected (I forgot to picture it with the others because the bar I am currently using is in the shower so it gets it's own picture). For face cleanser I use the Harmon Face Values version of Cetaphil in Gentle Skin Cleanser. For makeup remover I use Almay Oil Free Gentle Eye Makeup Remover Pads. No lotions are really allowed except oil free so I use Harmon Face Values version of Neutrogena Oil-free Moisturizing Lotion SPF 15 as face moisturizer and Coppertone Oil Free Sunscreen Lotion.
For toothpaste, I have been using Tom's Simply White Fluoride Toothpaste Clean Mint, and loving it! It doesn't leave any residues in your mouth and tastes really nice. As for deodorant I use Crystal Body Deodorant Stick, it's literally a natural mineral salt crystal that you have to wet to use and can last up to a year of daily use!
Now on to makeup, for foundation, Physicians Formula Mineral Wear Loose Powder in Buff Beige. For blush, Physicians Formula Mineral Wear Blush in Rosy Glow. I use my Real Techniques Multitasking Brush to apply both, I cleaned it well with the Pantene shampoo before using (excuse the dirty brush it obviously needs to be cleaned again). They both work well, and it is easier as I have fairly clear skin, it is a nice break for the summer for my skin to breathe free of liquid foundations. For mascara, you are allowed to use any, and I use my favorite at the moment, Prestige Cosmetics Total Intensity Beyond Lashes Dramatic Precision Mascara in Jet Black.

I hope this is helpful if you are starting the program, or looking for some good oil-free, natural product alternatives to use daily!
Today is day 19 and I have lost 14.6 pounds!

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

NutriMost Weight Loss System


Today is day 14 of my journey with the NutriMost system. I have struggled with my weight for the past 5 or so years, and decided that I needed a major change. I am doing this mother as well. at first we were just looking into it and once the did our body composition scans we decided that it was definitely something we needed to try.
First, a little background to start these updates off; NutriMost is fairly new program which declares itself as "the ultimate fat loss system". It works to fix any hormone imbalances you may have with specially formulated drops. You can find a more in depth and really helpful explanation about the process on almostathirtysomething, a blog I looked at for first impressions of the system and as an amazing, real, daily testimonial for the program.
Now, today at the beginning of day 14 I have lost a total of 13.6 pounds. (In 13 days!!! That's basically a pound a day!!) Sure you miss the foods you can't eat, for me, mainly carbs and cheese, but once you see those numbers going down you become extremely motivated to keep it up and not cheat. I personally am not craving junk like cookies or candy, just more hearty meals but I think that this is just me mentally pining for these items and watching my brother and dad eat them. The only times I'm hungry is when I am sitting around bored. Which was probably the problem in the first place. The toughest part for me is the makeup limitation. You are only allowed to use mineral makeups and mascara and it's killing me (but my skin is thanking me)!
I feel great and am getting used to the routine of the program, not to mention the foods are delicious (my mom and I are huge fans of the lettuce wrapped tacos and buffalo burgers).
This is just the first leg of my journey on the system. Lets hope it gets even better from here and I can go back to college feeling better and more confident than ever!!

Friday, June 6, 2014

Summer Makeup Favorites 2K14

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These are my favorite makeup products for this summer:
1. e.l.f. Contouring Blush and Bronzing Powder in St. Lucia
2. Rimmel Kate Moss Lipstick (Shade 111, Kiss of Life)
3. Gilly Hicks Pyrmont Blue Fragrance Splash
4. NYX Eyebrow Cake Powder in Blonde
5. e.l.f. Healthy Glow Bronzing Powder in Sun Kissed
6. Total Intensity by Prestige Beyond Lashes Dramatic Precision Mascara in Jet Black
7. Sleek Eyeshadow Palette in Au Naturel
8. Rimmel Match Perfection 2-in-1 Concealer and Highlighter in 230 Fair/Light
9. NYX Cream Blush in Tea Rose
10. Maybelline Color Tattoo 24hr Metal in Barely Branded