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Pretty Passport Covers

pretty passport covers

I lost my passport. Ugh. What I hate the most about losing it is that I have to go through the daunting process of getting another one. I’m not sure what it takes for you to get a passport, but for me, I have to schedule an appointment to go to one of the post offices with all the information I can find about myself. Afterwards, we leave with a generic passport and blank face photo of ourselves. It’s definitely worth noting that the available appointments are scarce and far apart. Hassle City!

So, I figured that a great way to reward myself and hopefully encourage me to use it sooner than later is to find it a pretty dress A.K.A pretty passport covers.

One of the awesome benefits of having a distinct, maybe even brightly colored passport cover, is that it will make it easier for you to spot and location among a travel bag of small airplane size bottles and other travel bag necessities.

So, if you have a that basic navy passport cover and want to spruce it up, check out these Instagram worthy passport covers.

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Natural Deodorants

natural deodorants

natural deodorants

I have an addiction to deodorants. Actually, it’s pretty easy to get addicted to deodorants. All you have to do is be a 8 year old girl who forgets to wear deodorant on a hot summer day in Memphis and for your older brother to exclaim (loudly) in front of all your shared friends that you’re “musty”. See? Simple. After that, prepare to spend the rest of your life carrying deodorants in your purse, no matter the season. So, yes, I’m addicted to deodorants. Ask my purse! However, in my desire to live a more natural product filled life, I’ve been exploring the world of natural deodorants.

In case you aren’t aware, most known deodorants on the market are loaded with strong chemicals and artificial ingredients, which aren’t necessary the healthiest thing to add to or on your body. Like me, you probably assumed that the point of deodorants is to prevent you from sweating and smelling. Well, that is true. However, in order for the traditional deodorants to do that, they use antiperspirants. Antiperspirants are typically aluminum, parabans, chlorohydrates, and other ingredients that are formulated to prevent you from sweating, but guess what? Your body is supposed to sweat. That’s why we are covered with sweat glands…to sweat. Sweat removes a lot of things from our body including excess water and toxins. So, you shouldn’t want those things lurking around in your body and good ole sweat helps us remove those things. Therefore, that’s one of the reasons I’ve started to use more natural deodorants.

There have been some studies about the negative side effects that those ingredients can have on your health (ask Google), but the main reason I decided to try natural deodorants is that I was more interested in exploring more natural and organic ways to live healthier lifestyle. Years ago when I first heard about natural deodorants, the main complaint was they didn’t work, because they would still sweat and smell just as bad (if not) if they wore no deodorant at all. Funny, but true. Natural deodorants have really evolved over the years and well as the market itself. There a crap load of natural deodorants out there and most have different scented options that are not only natural and break down sweat, but have fresh and fragrant options.

Ever since I added natural options to my deodorant collection, I’ve actually started to prefer my natural deodorants over the convenient antiperspirant deodorants. Below, I’ve shared some of my favorites that I feel are definitely worth trying. Even if you aren’t interested in natural products, you still my find your next favorite deodorant.

NATURAL DEODORANTS TO TRY

natural deodorants to try

  • LaVanilla  Deodorant – Available in unscented, but the scented ones are just as safe. Grapefruit and Lemon Vanilla are devine!
  • PiperWai Natural Deodorant – As seen on Shark Tank and the first natural deodorant I tried that made me a believer that all natural deodorant can block sweat body odor.
  • Tom’s of Maine Long-Lasting Deodorant – The OG of natural health care, especially their deodorant. What makes Tom’s great is that they are also available in different scents, have multiple natural scented options, and super convenient since you can find them in most drug and box stores like Target.
  • Weleda Wild Rose Deodorant – Weleda essential oil scented spray deodorants are free from antiperspirants. Warning, Weleda sprays are not intended for heavy sweaters, but for the typical low-key sweater will appreciate the fresh and crisp scents.
  • Schmidt’s Deodorant in Bergamont + Lime – Just used this for the first time this week and the scent alone makes it perfection. The fact that is natural and plant-based is the cherry on top. There are other scents available, FYI.
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How To Shop At Outlets…LIKE A BOSS

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It’s been quite a while since I’ve shopped at an outlet. Although I love a good deal, I just can’t deal with the groups of people that flee to them to grab the same deals that I’m hoping to get, too.

A new outlet opened in my area and I’ve been meaning to check it out. However, when it comes to outlet shopping, there are some tips and tricks I use to make sure I do it right. Therefore, I wanted to share some tips to keep in mind the next time you go shopping at an outlet.

HOW TO SHOP AT OUTLETS….like a BOSS

  •  AVOID THE WEEKEND – Going to outlets at the beginning of the week is best, because you won’t have to deal with crowds of shoppers. PLUS, most retailers, including outlet stores, restock on Monday or Tuesday since it’s not so crowded. Therefore, you can get first grabs at new items without the hassle of swarms of people.
  • QUALITY over QUANTITY –  Don’t let the 50% off tag blind you from the quality of the garment. Check the seams, construction, and fabric for stains. If the quality of the garment is not up to par for you, feel free to put it back. It’s not worth it, especially if you would have to pay extra to get it repaired. Plus, some outlets have a no return/final sale policy.
  • SIGN-UP FOR EXTRA DEALS- Most retailers offer coupons and discounts on their website and apps, including for their outlets. Can’t beat extra savings.
  • IS IT REALLY A BARGAIN? – Just because an item is at an outlet doesn’t necessarily mean that’s the best price. Do a quick online search to see if you can get it for a better price elsewhere, especially for big ticket items like electronics and furniture.
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Last Minute Weekend Getaway Bag

weekend getaway bag

Despite my desires, I’m not much of a spontaneous person. I love normalcy. I’m very pleased that my body, almost like clockwork, wakes me up everyday at the same time (usually 5:30ish). I also try to be in bed every night before 10pm. The way some people get annoyed when someone wakes them from their sleep is the same way I feel when someone interferes with my schedule; annoyed.

However, one spontaneous thing that I’m always down for is a quick weekend getaway that usually involves a couple of close girlfriends, a fancy hotel not too far away, and impromptu fun. So much so, over the years, I’ve been able to streamline the perfect weekend getaway bag.

Most weekend getaways happen in the spring and summer and fortunately don’t call for many things or heavy items. So, almost everything can be perfectly rolled and slipped into a large duffel bag. My personal style is very classic and muted with neutral colors and versatile pieces, but still it can very hard. I once seriously had a 5 minute internal debate on if I should pack my white v-neck tee or my white crew neck tee. Hard decisions, I tell ya!

Colors and neck fits aside, the ingredients for the perfect last minute getaway bag are simple and easy to toss in and out your bag along with the usual suspects of sunscreen, bathing suit, and tees. Keep reading to see key essential to pack into your next weekend getaway bag.

WEEKEND GETAWAY BAG:

weekend getaway bag

Weekender Bag – When traveling, especially when by plane, it’s best to select luggage that very distinctive to easily spot on a turn belt full of boring, black bags. Even if you’re just taking quick road trip with friends, it still doesn’t hurt to have colorful bag. This weekender bag from Splendid is roomy, cute, and full of many outer compartments to hold everything else you thought you might need. Plus, the strap is adjustable. Trust me, that’s important.

Relaxed Jeans – Every packed suitcase needs a pair or jeans. In the case of weekend getaways, definitely pack a pair relaxed fit denim that’s comfortable enough to do a little sightseeing or hang around the hotel lobby sucking up free wi-fi. No judging. These H&M girlfriend jeans are the perfect ease of jeans, but with a slightly feminine fit of not too tight or too loose.

Comfy Sneakers – I mean who wants to go walking around and exploring a day time vibes of a new city in just heels? Well, I know some people would, but your feet will love you more if you get your tourism on in a pair of sneakers, like Nike Tajun. Sleek, comfortable, and available in multiple colors!

Simple Nude Sandals – A pair of simple nude sandals will tastefully take over many spring and summer days in your life. Tossing a pair into your getaway bag will make those day-to-night moments effortless.

Minimalist Jewelry – Nothing too glitzy of embellished. Simple gold and or silver pieces that are easy to slide on and off or stack for a little more “sparkle”. A simple cuff bracelet and thin Y necklace that can be dressed up and down are versatile and easy to pull off with any look.

Light Jacket – For those chilly nights/moments, it’s a wise idea to pack a casual and chic lightweight jacket, such as this lapel jacket from Zara. Clean lines and soft colors always look chic.

Day-to-Night Dress – One of the clothing items I tend to buy more of the summer are light dresses that can easily transition from day to night when paired with a strappy sandal and a couple of extra pieces of jewelry. I love the vibe of this strappy minimalist dress from TopShop, which can easily be styled casually or fancy.

Convertible Bag – All for the sake of enjoying your quick little getaway, the less things you have to worry about toting around, the better. So, a chic little convertible purse is ideal. This bag from Tory Burch is small, cute, and versatile. You can carry wear it over your shoulder, as a crossbody or even around your waist fanny pack style.

If you can think of anything thing else to help streamline the packing a quick weekend getaway bag, please share below.

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Favorite Food and Cooking Apps

cooking apps

One of the biggest changes I made toward improving my health this year was learning to cooking more for myself. Thankful, there are so many cooking apps out there that help make preparing your own meals at home at lot easier and convenient. So, here are some of my favorite cooking apps to use when I’m trying to decide what I want to cook.

FAVORITE COOKING APPS:

bigoven cooking app

BigOven is the ultimate cooking app that has over 350, 000 recipes ready for you to make. However, my favorite feature is the ability to list all the ingredients that you have in your fridge or pantry and BigOven will list all the recipes in their directory that you can make with what you have. Definitely a clutch feature.

fooducate-app-stained-couture

Okay, well this isn’t really a “cooking” app, but Fooducate is awesome when you want to see how and if the food you are buying is healthy. All you really have to do is snap a picture of the barcode within the app and Fooducate will not only pull up the nutrition facts, but also inform you if there are healthier options. A must app if you are focused on buying healthier foods.

yummly-app

Yummly is an app that pulls recipes from all over and allows you to narrow down your preference including ease, health, and seasonal. With over 1 million recipes from all over the web, it’s pretty much like having the complete recipe book in your pocket.

kitchen-stories-cooking-app

If you are a beginner cook and need a just a little more visual help with preparing and cooking meals, Kitchen Stories is the cooking app for you. It’s loaded with how-to videos and step-by-step picture guides. Not only are the visual beautiful, but the meals are delicious and easy to

If you have a favorite cooking or food app, please share below!

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