Favorite moments in October

You guys, this post is more for me than anything else. This past month has been so crazy and filled with ups and downs and I just wanted to take a minute to talk about all my favorite moments before diving into another busy month!

Hubby had to be in Fontana for 2 weeks plus traveling for interviews so any time he came home was a highlight moment! The 2 week stent we were only apart for one of those weeks, but that’s the longest we had been apart since getting married. It was rough, but it made him being home all the sweeter!

Having a super quick trip to Vegas is 2nd only to hubby coming home. This was super fast, super delicious, and super fun! I also loved being able to have that experience with B and enjoy that time together!

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We had the annual retreat with B’s work this month! It was amazing being able to relax and hang out with some good friends especially since this will be our last retreat. We did ice-breakers, danced, and ate lots of snacks!

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Being at home with hubby and doing absolutely nothing! I think being away from home so much in October has made me really appreciate being at home with nothing to do. Sometimes routines can get boring, but right now I am craving some regularity to my weeks. I am still trying to enjoy and appreciate every moment!

The adventure continues this month with a flight and road trip and possibly some home renovations! I am planning on bringing you guys along and trying to keep posting as regularly as possible. Thanks for coming on this journey with me!

 

 

Some fall favorites

I have not been hating this fall thing that’s happening. It still gets nice and warm during the afternoon in LA, but mornings and evenings have been a bit chilly. Because of that I have been feeling all of the fall things!

My first favorite is something I’ve been looking for, for a LONG time. When you’re a shmall framed human it’s hard to find leather/jean jackets that properly fit and won’t break the bank. I finally found this beauty at TJ Maxx. It fits nicely, has pockets on the sides for your hands, and was $20!

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During the same shopping trip I found this reddish brownish burnt orangey polish from OPI. I probably don’t need another polish, but I honestly don’t have a shade like this and it seemed like it was meant to be 😀

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Brunch with bae has always been and will always be a fave..honestly any meal with him will be a fave. This particular meal was from Leo & Lily’s. It was their turkey club and their crunchy french toast.

I have been kinda loving and living in jumpsuits as of late. They are so comfy and you can pull one on and look put together as long as the fit is right. This was another TJ Maxx find. Maybe I should have named this a TJ Maxx haul 🤔

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Breakfast burritos are perfect for fall! When it’s chilly outside I have a hard time eating raw veggies. So if I can sauté them up and wrap it up in a tortilla with some scrambled eggs, cheese, and hash browns…why not?! Also it’s super delicious and filling!

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Obsessing specifically over Fage’s 2% Greek yogurt. I normally use the 0% Greek yogurt, but the hubby had been mixing the two. He had some 2% leftover recently and I was trying to use it up and fell in love. It’s super creamy and it’s not as tart as the 0%. Super impressed! Will be sticking with the 2%!

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These sunnies were a find at Francesca’s. My favorite pair of sunnies recently broke and I’ve been on the hunt for a pair. Just like finding jean jackets are hard for me, finding sunnies that fit my face are difficult…maybe I’m just picky! Who knows? I saw these, tried them on and loved them. They’re so lovely!

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Those are all my current favorites! Tell me what you’ve been loving this fall in the comments below!! Till next time!

Snacks I’ve been loving

The snacks I love change a lot, not because I stop loving something but because I find something else or my cravings change.

During the summer I love fresh fruits and cold, crisp veggies while fall and winter I prefer warmer more comforting things like hot cocoa or a small bowl of soup.

Recently my snacks have been leaning more towards the sweet side since my cravings have been more on the sweet side.

I’ve been eating fruits like grapes, berries, and these yummy figs. I love the crunch of the seeds that are inside and the beautiful mild sweet flavor.

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Dark chocolate almonds help satiate my sweet tooth and keep me full a little longer with a little protein punch.

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This last item is more of a dessert snack (whatever that means). I found these wafer cookies at Eataly and they were on sale. I got a vanilla and hazelnut flavor-LOVE both. They are light not overly sweet.

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Are you a snacker? What’s your favorite thing to munch on?

Fashion Favorites

I don’t know if it’s getting older or just getting more comfortable in my own skin, but the way I look at clothing has really changed.

I feel like I could never find clothes that fit me properly or anything “in style” did absolutely nothing for my body. If it actually looked good it was uncomfortable, I would wear it once, tug and pull on it all night and never wear it again.

Recently, I have been having no issues finding clothes that work well for me. They are comfortable and cute and I am excited to wear them.

I’ve been loving dresses this past summer. It was hot and wearing anything denim, pant-related, or heavy was a no-go. Dresses were great because they were light and easy to pull on, but you still look put together and pretty!

As fall is coming I wanted to find some dresses to transition my way into fall and these next two do exactly that. Both of these fall right in middle of my shin which is a trend I’ve been loving.

This floral black one I got from Old Navy. They had it on sale for 50% off or something and I couldn’t resist. I also ended up getting a solid black version as well. I figure I can pair it with a denim jacket (once I find one) and some mules or white slip-ons and be good to go!

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This wrap dress with the light denim material with the sweet floral-ish design had my heart the minute I found it on the sale rack at Target. It was $13 and I was positive it would not fit me. When I figured out the ties and got it on I was in love. I can’t even tell you how much I love this dress!

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What’s funny is that I can usually never find too many things from Old Navy that fit my petite frame and dresses at Target are pretty much the same way. I find that things are super baggy or tight around my hips/butt and hang loose around my waist/chest so I was incredibly happy to have found my dresses!

This last item is a jacket from Zara and I am completely unsure whether I keep it or return it. A part of me LOVES it and can’t wait for cooler temps to wear it with everything and everywhere. Another part is skeptical and mocking the first part.

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I have nothing like this teddy jacket. It fits big, but it’s snuggly and warm and IT HAS POCKETS. ugh.

 

Workout Favorites

Happy FRIDAYYY!! Today I wanted to share with you a few workout things I have been loving 🙂

The first is Pilates…I’ve been really loving incorporating Pilates movements into my strength training. Whether I’m at home or at the gym these movements help target muscles I don’t normally use if I’m just strength training or doing cardio.

I actually took a couple of Pilates classes while I was in college and really loved it. It really warms up my muscles and feels like a good warm hug. I’ve been loving it and if you wanna try it out just hit up YouTube and put in “Pilates Workout.” You’ll find a workout you will love!

The next thing is this new resistance band I got from Amazon. It’s from the brand Ethereal Gym. It’s a fabric type resistance band and man has it amped up my home workouts. I still have my elastic bands, but I’ve been feeling the burn with this guy.

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Going back to the Pilates-this band helps increase difficulty on some of those movements. I will say it’s a good idea to build up to this band if you are just starting to use resistance in your workouts.

Another “workout” type activity I have been loving is walking on the beach. It’s been hella hot in LA and especially in the Valley so hiking has been out of the question for me, but I do miss it. We’ve been loving going to the beach because it tends to be a little cooler by the water so we’ve been taking some strolls on the sand.

This is great because it is cooler by the water so I don’t feel overheated and cranky, I love walks, and walking in soft sand uses more energy since you’re trying to stabilize yourself.

The last item on this list is this massage roller device that looks like a scary torture contraption. I had received this back in March (I think?) in my Fab Fit Fun box. I used it for a little while then, but recently I’ve been interchanging it with my foam roller.

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It’s been a great tool to roll on my legs after leg day. I feel like it goes deeper than my foam roller and does a great job at targeting my tensed up muscles.

 

Loving Lately

Hi Sweet Friends! Welcome back to another favorites post 🙂 I’ve been loving a lot of things recently so I’ve been trying to break it up into some different posts so you don’t have to read a massive text book of the things I’ve been obsessed with!

I’ve been really diggin’ all the floral vibes and when I saw this bag at Aldo I couldn’t resist. Also, this store has become a problem for me-a problem in the sense I can’t seem to leave without buying something every time I go in. What’s wrong with me??

The bag can be crossbody, a wristlet, or you can carry it as a clutch which I love because I love having options.

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I discovered this next item on whim. I was standing in line at Trader Joe’s hungry (story of my life) and I saw this chocolate. I couldn’t resist and threw it into my basket and now here it is on my favorites list.

The chocolate is creamy and smooth, but the plethora of hazelnuts add crunch. If you love Hershey’s with almonds I think you’ll love this…the chocolate quality is better here too 😀

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I LOVE smelling good and good smells just make me so happy and if I could somehow photograph smelling good as a favorite I would, but I can’t so instead I’ve picked a couple of my favorite scents this summer.

These body sprays by VS smells fruity, floral and sweet. I’ve been spraying them on post shower, when I need to feel refreshed, and even at bedtime. I can’t tell you how delicious these smell!

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Last, but not least are fresh flowers. I’m not sure if I’ve ever talked about fresh flowers as a favorite, but I really love having them around the house. They just add a pop of color and can freshen up any vibe you’re going for.

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Do you love having fresh flowers? What’s your favorite chocolate currently? Talk to me friends and let me know!

 

Let’s talk Arugula

I think it might be the summer heat that’s left me craving fresh salads all the time-including breakfast 😀

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I’ve been loving mixing up greens and a particular green I’ve been enjoying throwing in is arugula. It goes great with some eggs for breakfast or into a salad for some extra flavor in your greens.

This peppery leaf can be a little underrated though. I feel like kale and spinach get a lot of the glory, but arugula is still a dark(ish) leafy green. It’s filled with antioxidants and who couldn’t use more of those?

It’s also got some vitamin C to help with boosting your immune system. It’s hard to imagine now with it being so hot, but when cold and flu season come up this might be a good mix-in for soups, omelettes, and other warm dishes.

Arugula contains vitamin A which is great for your eyes since it helps protect the surface of your eyes.

Did you know it also contains some calcium for strong and healthy bones? I don’t do dairy milk so getting in calcium wherever and however is pretty important to me and I know my bones will thank me later on.

There are so many different types of greens out there and they all have so much good nutrition in them so if arugula is not your thing that’s totally okay. I just wanted to highlight it because I think it’s a fun change up!

Do you like arugula? How do you use it?

Random Foods I’m Loving

I’ve been loving a lot lately and I know from this blog you know how much I love food so here are some foods I’ve been really enjoying!

These snap pea crisps are light, crunchy and delicious. I like that they have a little bit of protein in them and they really satisfy my crunch tooth 😉

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Speaking of crunchy things these plantain chips are not filled with protein, but they are savory and delicious. These have been my favorite flavor recently!

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This jackfruit curry from Trader Joe’s has been hitting the spot when I need a meal I don’t need to think about. It is spicy and flavorful!

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I just can’t seem to get enough of s’mores this summer and so I keep eating them and eating them…

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Last, but not least the roasted potatoes from TJ’s has been my go to for breakfasts. I’ve been making breakfast burritos every morning and these are the perfect addition to them!

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Obviously this isn’t all the food I’ve been eating or enjoying, but these are some of my more recent favorite finds (minus the s’mores) so I wanted to share! I hope you enjoyed this post and let me know what foods you’ve been enjoying this summer!

 

Loving, into, obsessed-My favorites

Honestly, whatever you wanna call it, it’s basically a favorites. I’ve been kinda loving a lot lately and it all makes me happy as anything!

This NYX Slip Tease in the shade Rosy Outlook is so beautiful and glossy. I’ve been loving glossier lips and this is an incredible color. I ate with this on and even though it did come off it didn’t come off patchy and awful. It kinda just looked faded or rubbed off, but evenly. Does that make sense?

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When it was still fresh and unopened…

I’ve been loving doing my nails again and find it pretty therapeutic. This hot pink color from Sally Hansen has been brightening up my hands and feet!

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This play-suit that this picture is doing no justice for. It’s the most gorgeous, vivid green and it fits amazingly. It’s light and easy to throw on for when you want to look nice, but don’t have the time, energy, or effort to put in 🙂

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I found these earrings at Aldo and needed them because I needed a few more everyday pairs and I like shiny things!

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The missing pair are these golden bubbly studs!

This basic white t-shirt that is made not so basic with the cactus coming out of the pocket was too cute to not have.

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Another polish I’ve been really into is this turmeric yellow shade from OPI. I found this at TJ Maxx and couldn’t resist it.

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These shorts were on sale at H&M and they are so nice! I love that you can tie them up to really accentuate your waist and what more-they have butterflies on them!!

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Speaking of glossy lips, this lipstick by Revlon in the shade Wine with Everything #520 is beautiful. It gives you subtle, pearly shine and a good wash of color. It’s not super pigmented, but it’s great for a everyday no mess, no fuss type of situation.

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I LOVE this dress. It’s navy and floral and who isn’t digging the floral situation this summer? It’s just lovely to look at and even better on!

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There are so many other things, but I will cap it off at that for now! Next Friday, I’m thinking about doing a food favorites type of situation. Let me know what you think!

What are some things you are into lately?

 

Recent Dessert Faves

Let me make this super duper clear people these are not all of my favorite desserts. THAT would take a book and nobody got time for that…

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While recently drooling over some food porn on my phone I couldn’t get dessert outta my head and now that I am typing this I am panicking thinking about all the delicious desserts I am about to miss because I have no recent pics….let’s take some deeeeeeeeep breaths iin and ouut phewwww

Okay let’s get on with the yumminess

This matcha soft serve from Tea Master is everything. The creamy texture and the potent matcha flavor combine to create this cool, light, and irresistible creation.

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Donuts from SK Donuts make me super happy. Donuts from Sidecar also make me happy, but I have no recent pictures. Major takeaway? I love donuts.

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This next one might not be technically a dessert, BUT it is sweet. I love pan fried plantains especially the perfectly ripened ones because they tend to be sweeter. It’s slightly crisp on the outside and sweet and soft on the inside. I would eat these all day!

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We’ve already talked about Somi Somi in a previous post so I won’t bore you with details, but if you haven’t tried this then what are you doing??

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Happy Days Cafe makes a mean churro, but did you know they make churro donuts coated in chocolate and sprinkles and you can add cookies n’ cream ice-cream to the side? Also, whipped cream.

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Tell me about your favorite desserts or if you’re like me and change your mind every minute what is/are your current favorite dessert(s)! Pleeeeaseeee and thank you 🙂