Glossier Pop-Up, Chicago, Review ⭐️

In a time, when values have shifted from permanent investments to temporary life decisions i.e. renting your dress, purse, house, and even phones, I have been a huge skeptic of this “pop-up” store craze.

I was even MORE skeptical of this brand, Glossier, which had been circulating my Instagram for the past year. Any advertisement that portrays an Emily Rajajkowski look-alike teaching me how effortless this eye brow enhancer can make me look like said, Emily dopple-ganger, count me OUT. Lets be real, no amount of mascara or “Boy Brow” will give me that a**; just over here being honest and incredibly insecure. I digress.

When I heard they were coming to Chicago, for a limited amount of time, I thought “oh great. another opportunity for me to either be debilitated with FOMO, shamelessly scrolling and secretly envying all of the swag, OR, a chance for me to wait in a very long line while possibly having a panic attack in the midst of buying lipgloss because everything has Coconut and why the f*ck AM I HERE?”. 😬 Ranting again…

I had two girlfriends visit me in Chi this weekend and they are some of the most courageous and hilarious people I know. When I mentioned it was here, they were immediately in and half-way through ordering the Uber. I was nervous but followed suite. We saw the line and I said, “You guys! This is crazy. Lets go get mani-pedi’s and maybe circle back? Or not? ha? ha?” “Yeah, no, lets get in line!”. Okey doke, there I was, about to enter this world of blush pink that I was conflicted between excited and creeped out by the fact NONE of the workers seemed to have any make-up on and were all glowing like angels!

It was our turn in line and my stomach began to flutter. I was EXTREMELY excited by this point because even though the line was almost the entire length of the alley it was down, we only stood there for 15 minutes! Just long enough for me investigate each product I was interested in for any traces of coconut! Guess what, only ONE of them I wasn’t able to buy! GIVE ME THAT KOOL-AID! MAMA. IS. THIRSTY.

Upon entering, it was a little crowded because of the narrow space, however, they only let in a certain amount of people which creates a fun, functional, non-stressful atmosphere!

Women, girls, toddlers (not really but omg have you seen 16 years old lately?! As Hillary would say, EX-SQUEEZE ME?! Ranting. Got it.) were all swirling the shop enhancing their skin, brows, lips, and cuticles with these products of trend and ease. I nervously approached the counter for the Zit Stick and nervously yet failing to cover my enthusiasm, I chuckled at the salesgirl saying, “I have adult acne!”. She smiled and said, “ME TOO” pointing to the blemish on her chin. She stated this device, with the cool, metal-ball roller will shrink your zit in hours and before she could finish and pulled out my credit card.

The cool thing about this store is that you get to try, EVERYTHING, you have seen advertised online. At the end, each of the cuties of the pink jumpsuits will check you out with their iPads, you wait for your order to be made (about 3 minutes) and they give you your bag, and you’re off!

I had SUCH a blast, and even booped my pink jump suite soul mate, Gabriella. I HIGHLY recommend checking out this store if you know of their brand or are looking for make-up that is highly effectively, minimally hurtful, simple and trust worthy.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️’s for YOU, Glossier Pop-Up!

We had a blast, and know you will too, regardless if you have the courage on your own or some crazy friends that’ll drag you there, quietly, against your will.

And yes, I bought the “Boy Brow”.

The Bagnet Unveiled ⭐️

To ‘grammers and general shoppers alike, the Bagnet is a product on the market that has them all scratching their chins. This is a device that has been designed to easily attach to your favorite purse [via a spring clasp] preferably one you do not want to set on the floor, and magnetically adhere to any metal surface while holding up your bag thus keeping it clean.

Here is the video that sold me!

“Does this magnet actually work?”

“There is no way it can hold MY purse!”

These are just a few comments I received from friends after ordering said bag holding magnet.

I am here to tell you this product, is gold, baby. Solid. Gold.

The moment I was sold: my purse contained 2 outfits, a full liter of water inside a metal container, keys, wallet, and A BOTTLE OF WINE. My husband and I were out to dinner and this baby was packed to the brim. Refusing to ask for a third chair and have Louis be, once again, third wheeling date night, I cautiously reached under the wooden table and found it was indeed being held up by a metal stand.

I grabbed the Bagnet, and AH-HA, my moment of truth. It firmly clasped to the tables base and DID NOT BUDGE!

I couldn’t believe it. I wanted to shout in the middle of the restaurant… scream it from the roof tops! Instead, I settled for a small dance of victory in my seat while my husband watched in confusion.

I have used this device every time I bring my purse outside of the house! In fact, I am so obsessed I bought another for my work bag.

If you’re anything like me and wondering, how much weight this baby can hold? Taken directly from their website, here is the answer:

The weight Bagnet holds depends on the object you’re hanging it on. For instance, if you were to try it on your refrigerator it would hold very little weight – just a pound or two (or not at all if it’s stainless steel). If you use it on commercial grade metal such as bar stools, table bases, restaurant chairs, etc, it holds anywhere from 8 to 10 pounds. It also depends on if the metal is flat or curved, textured or smooth. This is why we recommend trying it for yourself in multiple environments and situations.

Available in so many chic adorable color combos. they also have mini Bagnets , kids styles, luxury, and a special sport design without any leather.

I currently have: the Sophie and the Katie and love them both equally.

For under $25.00 a pop, I cannot believe what a game changer the Bagnet is! If you’re looking for an awesome gift for a loved one, or maybe for you, I HIGHLY recommend this product!

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ out of ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Hands down, this is my favorite product I have tried, yet.

How to Avoid Wedding Season Burn Out! 🎊

Once upon a time, 3 years ago, this gentlemen and I had the incredible opportunity of being invited to 13 weddings in ONE summer!

Though we only made it to 11 (there are only so many weekends in a summer, people!) it was a combination of joy, insanity, and extreme fatigue.

Now, having been through a wedding of our own, there are SO many things we learned and now know how to: escape wedding season burn out!

Here is a list of the best tips I learned on how to: save money, preserve your sanity and also, possibly, your own relationship.

Tip #1: THREE WORDS. RENT THE RUNWAY. that entire summer I invested in TWO staple dresses and the rest, I somehow managed to not break the bank AND avoid any fashion faux pas’s by this amazing site. They send you two sizes, they are always on time, and just trust me when I say, the more expensive dresses on that site are not necessarily better. They normally send the dresses within one or two days of your event, but as I have used this for many years now, I have NEVER experienced a late delivery or any disappointment with my rentals. Just because you’re attending someone else’s big day, doesn’t mean you can’t use this time as an excuse to try new crazy styles, without fear of them congesting your closet forever!

Tip #2: Buy wedding cards in bulk, baby.

Plain and simple… buy some bulk adorable cards, fill them out IMMEDIATELY, after you buy them, regardless of how far off the wedding is. One of the more stressful moments during a big event is realizing you don’t have a card or shooting your self in the foot by not filling them out in time and scrambling for words at the last minute. My rule of thumb is, if I know I’m attending or not, my amigos get a card, no excuses. People love great cards, and it literally takes 2 minutes to fill out! Be proactive now, feel empowered and on top of your sh*t later.

Here are some of my favorites!

Rifle Paper Champagne “Cheers!”

Rifle Paper “Just Married”

Cute Card Organizer!

Tip #3: SPLITWISE!

If you have a date for the wedding, especially if it’s a friend or loved one (if it’s someone else, I could see this being useful too, no judgement, people) you need to download this app. Between buying wedding gifts, prices for gas, snacks, cash bar, or what have you, this sneaky app. splits up all of your costs evenly while connecting to your multiple payment options (Venmo, Cash, Etc.) and at the end of your trip divvies up who owes what, and allows you to send it right then and there through your app. of choice! It’s a life saver and it’s 2018 so please, throw away that pen and paper (and TEXAS Instruments calculator, Jesus).

Tip #4: Share your Google Calendar with your date!

If you have a whole bunch of events coming up, with all of the details to remember, it’s important to stay on the same page as your partner/guest to avoid mucho confusion and frustration.

Tip #5: Book a dry bar appointment for either the morning of the big day or the night before!

With blow out bars being huge in the US right now, make it a point to treat yourself immediately before the event if you’re able, to elevate your mood and have confidence knowing you’re putting your best foot forward for (someone else’s) big day!

Tip #6: WHITE STRIPS!

Since prom in high school, I always make it a habit to bring a few Crest white strips with me before big events (weddings or not!). Not only does it make you feel super confident smiling and enjoying every moment of the day, but it makes you feel a litttle bit better about drinking that Cabernet and Espresso throughout the night! Again, best foot forward = beautiful pictures despite how exhausted you may feel!

Tip #7: Spirunlina and Chlorella = Never have a hangover again!

Late nights, bites, dancing, and shots… you are bound to wake up the next day tempted to down that entire bottle of Advil. First of all, DO NOT. Second of all, let me introduce you to the mighty powers of Organic Burst. Four tablets of their incredible Chlorella (increases oxygen and vitality of your cells and improves overall organ function) and now I take another four, of their Spirulina! Spirulina helps curbs cravings, increases focus, and aids in energy levels! I swear by these homeopathic regimens, start taking them daily now and see what magic happens for you!

Tip #8: Buy a gallon of water (if you’re driving) and bring an old school water bottle!

Instead of waking up, drinking the tap or worse… drinking the hotel’s $3.00 Evian *gasp* do you and your honey a favor by grabbing a gallon of delicious filtered water at the gas station or whatever, to keep hydrated all weekend without spending an absurd amount on fluids! Extra points: grab snacks and Alcohol in bulk from Costco or Aldi instead of going to the bars to pregame or eat, to throw an old school hotel party before the reception (or after! If that’s your bag, baby).

I hope these tips help you as much as they’ve helped us from putting an end to smoking credit cards and major headaches (literally and figuratively). Remember *by putting your best foot forward and taking care of YOU first, doesn’t make you selfish, it makes you fully able to enjoy you loved ones biggest day of their life and support them, by both of you living to your greatest potential. ♥️

Isagenix. 💪🏻

Hi glamfam!

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It has been a MINUTE. Life has been moving and I, too, with it.

Let me preface this with I am no stranger to trying fad diets. But I will admit, after discovering my life threatening allergy to coconut I have not altered my diet much since establishing one that wouldn’t put me into anaphylaxis.

This means processed foods, the occasional veggie, and way too much pizza. For so long I had to be on a high and then low dose of steroids and this is the crap I consumed my body with [literally, WTF, tho?] I tell you this not to publicly shame myself for waking up and eating cookie dough regularly [but also, SHAME] but to give you insight as to where I was before this, and my story as it relates to this new product I am trying.

For three years I was gluten free, two years ketogenic diet based, and before that I seriously lived on a greens filled and sometimes all liquid diet (smoooothies!) that I’m scooting back towards today. I have cystic acne that I’ve been battling since high school which resulted in a physician keeping me on a high dose of antibiotics for two years straight — completely destroying my gut and overall health. I’ve always suffered from a lowered immune system from lots off illnesses I battled off as a tot (Chronic Active Mono resulting in a tonsillectomy, Scarlett Fever, pneumonia, to name a few) and so you get it, you get it, I was sicky! Not to mention, I’ve got a pretty sensitive system. This is why I’ve always had to take my health into my own hands…

Feeling constantly run down, inflamed, always getting sick, with a daily terrible either stomach or headache (sometimes both) one month ago and for two years before that, I was in serious need for a change.

Which brings us to present day.

I ran into a friend who lives in my building twice and the first time I was like “WOW! girlfriend looks good!” And the second time I was like “WAS THAT GIGI OR EMILY!?”, and there, I was sold. Whatever she was doing, as long as it wasn’t crack, I needed in on it.

She told me about her new lifestyle habit which included using Isagenix; an all encompassing proprietary healthy lifestyle approach that helps people meet their nutritional goals. Lose weight, have energy, sustain weight, you name it, they probably have a system for it. Emily then introduced me to Kinsie, whom then sold me my first 30 day basic kit!

I could totally stand losing 5 pounds and just ultimately burning fat around my stomach and hips (EXCUSE ME, WHO TOLD YOU THIS WAS YOUR HOME NOW!?). This means I am substituting two meals a day with their DELICIOUS shakes, with two 150 calorie snacks allotted, and a 400-600 healthy calorie “normal” meal in between. Sounds easy? Keep reading. There are 4 days of intermittent fasting involved in this 30 day haul, both of which they recommend splitting up into two separate 48-hour sessions. This means drinking their cleanse solution four times a day and eating the snacks provided to you. The snacks are proven to not stimulate gastric motility, therefore, keeping your body in fast mode.

I know this all sounds crazy and extreme, but my husband does intermittent fasting and is the biggest role model for my health!

So far I am on day 10 of 30 and, for fear of sounding predictable, I feel AMAZING! Substituting those shakes alone has me feeling lighter, more energized, and ultimately so much happier. The first two days were BY FAR the hardest. I am not joking when I say I felt like I had the flu… I think my body was withdrawing from the literal garbage I had been disposing into it! Headaches, feeling feverish, clammy, and MOODY, I was miserable. Day 3, for whatever reason, I started to feel good. No tummy aches or headaches since! 🙌🏻

Today starts my first day of the cleanse and I cannot wait to report what I think. *stay tuned friends!*

xx,

Andi

Land the job.

Hi friends!

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I have been told in the past I am exceptional at interviews [humble brag or just brag? prolly just bragging.]. Last week, I somehow managed to land the job of my dreams, and the interview was a major part of the process. Several hours and being grilled by panels on clinical and personal levels, it can be so hard not to crack under pressure. Without further ado,

Here is my guide to getting your dream job:

  • If you feel something in your heart while reading the description, go for it.This is so important. I have recently made the conscious decision to live my life with my heart. This means that I listen to it, and make choices based on what instinctively feels right. When it comes to your career, people tend to do the opposite. More money, more power, more flexibility, making choices only based on what looks good on paper… be weary of your ego friends. If you choose a job to feed it, you will live your life a slave to inflating it.

 

  • Make your resume for YOU.Don’t make it based off of your friends, your colleagues (unless you particularly love their style), or competition. I know that sounds silly, but it will stand out the most if you create it with your own personal style in mind. I am a nurse and recently threw out my boring old white template. If you’re looking for some out of the box inspo. check out my resume!

 

  • Make a mission statement.This is amazing advice that seriously applies to your life. If you are currently not sure how to listen to your heart or maybe feel disconnected to it; making a mission statement will open up the flood gates to living your life with intention. I have two right now, and I alter them as I need. I created mine after having a particularly significant meeting with our Chief Nursing Officer, crying in the back of an Uber because I finally realized what I wanted for my life. It was easy, and it was my truth:

“as a nurse and as a human, caring for others is my calling”.

Whether you choose to wear your truth on your resume, cover letter, or even just drop it in an interview (HIGHLY recommend), you are #1. guaranteed to stand out. #2. you are making decisions based off of what you know you were put on Earth to do.

  • Make it personal. Before every interview I’ve ever had, the night before or a few days leading up to it, I will whip out my legal pad, and write down every reason why I am applying for this job. Next, and I think the biggest key to my success, is I relive and write down examples of times in the past that made me stand out as a leader, memories that make me so damn proud to be a nurse, times when I was a team player and an innovative thinker. I literally write out where I was, what happened during the scenario, and how I felt afterwards and during. By writing these down and feeling all those feels, I keep these examples in the forefront of my brain that gives me an entirely different level of confidence. While prepping for an interview, a lot of people go through questions on Google (which I do too, of course), but if you create a solid list of examples of times that made you a badass and are actual moments that may have inspired you to get the job, you will answer these questions in a totally different and enlightened way. A way the exudes passion, authenticity, and truth.

 

  • Next on that legal pad, write down REAL questions, you are curious about for the job.My personal favorites for managers interviewing you: “what does your personal definition of success look like in this job? Whether it be success for you or for your employees, what is your marker?” This gives you insight to what they are looking for and if you two are using the same measuring stick at the end of the day. If they’re all about making money as success but you’re interested in saving the world, you may want to end the interview there. Also, don’t forget to ask what their expectations of you would be by the end of the day, and the end of your first year there. You want to know what you’re signing up for!

 

  • Remember, the ball is in your court. Interviews are scary because you want everyone to like you (at least for most of us), but seriously ask yourself, “do I like them?”. I once met with my therapist (if you’re shocked I have one, go home) before an interview and I asked “I know the answers they want to hear, but there’s a part of me that is struggling to just say those with fake confidence like I’m sure everyone else is, or should I tell them my truth, even though it may not be what they want?”. Her advice was simple “speak from the heart. You can never go wrong and if the interviewer doesn’t agree, the job wasn’t meant for you and trust me, you won’t want it.”. That advice put me in the top ranks for a job that I was EXTREMELY unqualified for (like, they asked for 2-5 years experience and I had one… barely, and to be a certified nurse, nope, and to have been currently enrolled in graduate school, definitely not). I was only considered because my manager had told me, that I had the best interview he had ever been apart of.

*yes, that is and was still the best compliment I have EVER received, this guy was a BOSS (figuratively and literally, no I’m not sorry for that)*.

  • Lastly, dress like a motherf*cking boss, okay.Buy the dress you can’t afford, the briefcase you can’t stop thinking about, the shoes that are calling your name. Treat yourself beforehand to an item that may seem superficial and unreasonable to others, but will bring your power during your interview. For me, that was this Ted Baker shirt. My rationale: if I couldn’t afford it when I bought it, I would be able to after I got the job.

I hope any of this advice helps if you’re in a spot where you feel like that dream job you want is a reach. Above all else, believe in yourself. You are too damn good to fail, I promise.

Also, send a Thank You e-mail, card, WHATEVER. Just be grateful you got this opportunity and show them that.

xoxo,

Andi

Taking Back Your Life.

Taking Back Your Life.

 

Hi y’all!

Is it just me or do you feel like most bloggers are from the South? Any who… this is a subject I’ve been trying to put into words for awhile.

The past year, as I’m sure you can tell by my previous “getting married is miserable” post, has been very hard. 2017 was tough for me. Feelings of constantly falling short and being inadequate were overwhelming and made me feel, helpless. But guess what MF? It’s MARCH 2018!

I am FINALLY getting my life back. I am taking back my power. As I am reflecting on last year, and even the one before it, there were very heavy times of misery that I couldn’t seem to shake. I want to know why and how to make sure that never happens again. Recently I’ve landed on the conclusion that those terrible times, I blamed the world for my problems. I was incapable of being happy because “work is hard”, “wedding planning is terrible”, “I’m too tired”, etc. wrong! For whatever reason, my paradigm had shifted to only see the negative, sad, dark parts of my days instead of celebrating the little and big victories I was constantly winning.

Being happy is not hard. I’ve always known this but for some reason, when you’re constantly getting down on yourself and always reacting to situations, it seems effing impossible.

Everyday, I have been waking up with the mantra of “what would today be like if I gave myself consent to be 100% who I am instead of who the world wants me to be?”. This question alone, makes me feel happier, freer, and so much less stressed. I am remembering I CHOSE this life. Deliberately. Carefully. And intentionally.

From this day forward, I choose to live each day of my life with intention. I will lead with my heart and mindfully choose the values that give my life meaning.

If you are ever in a tough spot, know that it will pass. Even if there is some asshole smiling next to you acting like their life is perfect, it’s not, they just chose to wear a different face. Just like you have the choice to think different thoughts.

Thanks for reading!

xo

Andi

I tried Botox.

Yo, yo, yo!

Okay, before you get all judgmental just know that’s totally fine and I’m kind of judging me too.

Today, I am out in Denver visiting my mother. We were bored and for some reason I blurted out “let’s get BOTOX!”. We stop, starred at each other, and both decided this is either the best or worst mother daughter activity that exists. Either way, she was game.

We logged onto Groupon, found a place that looked cheap and legit enough that we weren’t scared of contracting something but also wouldn’t break the bank… thus we made an appointment!

The sun rose this morning and away we went. Both agreeing this was the closest we’ll get to living forever, we were psyched. We entered the beautiful MedSpa and started on our paperwork. Thorough and concisely written, I felt like I was seeing a new gynecologist or about to make another type of life long friend.

Maria greeted us with a smile, held up a mirror and asked, “okay, what don’t you like?”. I nervously laughed a little and said “this line right in between my eyebrows! It looks like I’m constipated and confused all day!”. Then she, nervously laughed.

20 injections right in between the eyes and the forehead, with super minimal pain. She was compassionate, non-judgmental, and explained how this has also been proven to help with migraines.

Migraines being the second reason I tried this; I’m excited to say I can already see a small difference in the wrinkle between my eyes. I know it sounds silly and superficial (and YES, I understand that I am putting a neurotoxin intentionally into my blood stream) but I like that the wrinkles on my forehead have smoothed. I like my face but I’m not always the kindest to my skin. Is it too much to ask to live until I’m 400, with porcelain skin, and legs for days (will someone please invent that surgery!?).

I digress. I tried Botox, and even though I’m slightly embarrassed, I’m proud of myself for trying something SUPER out of my comfort zone. It’s going to take at least 5 days to truly kick-in but get ready for some before and after pics!

xoxo,

Andi