I would like to take a moment to step away from products and into the real world; as today I realized something fairly profound. I’m sure a lot of you have watched the viral bullying video and if you haven’t, I suggest you do. It sheds light on a phenomena that you can relate to whether you were the coolest kid in class or the most picked on. I am here to talk about something I didn’t expect to follow me after high school… being bullied as an adult.
There is so much energy, time, and money, that is spent bringing awareness to anti-bully campaigns for boys and girls, grades K – 12, and even throughout college. However, what seems to be less talked about is what happens after you graduate and how to cope.
I was picked on, albeit nothing super severe, but enough to be self conscious about my pale skin, my stutter, and my nervous laugh. Though, when I was young I wasn’t able to decipher how mean some kids were truly being, what bothers me now, as a 28 year old, is that bullying is still very much alive. It’s alive in nursing, in finance, in college and education.
My personal experiences have been as a new nurse, giving report to the older nurses while they roll their eyes, question your judgement, push off an impossible assignment to you to 1. watch you drown 2. lighten their load. It’s horse shit, it makes you cry, and breaks you down.
Bullying is in your first day of graduate school when someone makes you feel stupid, leaves you out of the after class invite on purpose, it’s in your lunch room when you can hear someone whisper behind your back, it’s in your bosses undermining comments and it’s in your mom’s glance at your waist but she smiles and says “what?”. Bullying is crazy, okay. But, just like in grade school, it’s what the people who have no satisfaction in their own life do to make themselves feel better about their own misery.
The only person who can stop the cycle is you.
Being a punching bag is horrible. But you know what’s worse? Being the miserable person doing all of the punching, because really, who has energy for that? Lonely, sad, bullies who have their own scars that are too scared to show them so they give someone else scars to look at. They want you to look at those scars, how they’ve treated you, to feel horrible, isolated, unloved, desperate for acceptance, and bitter. They are angry because they don’t understand why you don’t see the world just like they do, through a dim and jaded lens. Again, the only person to stop the cycle is you. Don’t let your spirit fade and if you have that voice in your head giving yourself compassion and love, HOLD ON TO IT. You deserve it. That’s the voice that will set you free. And apart.
All I ask in reading this is to be kinder to yourself. Give yourself a chance to be who you are and somehow be okay with that person. The world needs more of that. A more unabashed version of you.
Fuck the haters.
I am so happy to see you! Thanks for stopping by. Today I received my Curology 5 days after ordering and needless to say— I’m excited! I will be trying this for 30 days and of course will show my before and after pictures. Throw some comments my way if you have any advice about foods, habits, or tips in general that have cleared your acne up in the past and I’ll give them a whirl!
Thank you for joining me on this cystic filled journey! I’ll take all of the love I can get. ❤️👏🏼
Apple Watch series 3. It is seriously one of my favorite purchases in 2017. It has come in handy (get it) wether I am: asking Siri to remind me to call Wil at 3 p.m. and she’ll send me a friendly buzz then or if I don’t want my phone on me at work and am still able to see my mom’s text on my wrist. It has automatic replies like “Thank you!” , “Yeah!”, or “I’ll call you later” that you’re easily able to press on your wrist and send instead of getting out your phone, appearing like you’re not listening to the person in front of you and typing out a response. It’s water resistant (I’ve showered with it on multiple times) and reminds you to breathe with their meditating app. on it periodically throughout the day where it leads you through an easy meditation that can last anywhere from a minute to a half hour. This silly watch has improved my life for the better and is the ultimate gift for a special person in your life.
Soulcycle is a new concept to me as of last year and I am officially hooked. It is an experience like no other if you have someone in your life that is into a high energy, reflective, and rhythmic workout. I highly recommend looking into them if you’ve never tried with your pal for a holiday get together or calorie burning session pre or post indulging! If your guy or girl already has a package, buy them some more sessions! Their app. is so easy to download and classes are a breeze to buy!
This is a picture of me in Tokyo; a trip I was able to take mid wedding planning because of DealRay an app. and subscription service that alerts you about the cheapest trips from your major city airport! They only alert you about roundtrip cheap costs and they are normally all non-stop! We flew to Beijing for under $500.00 round trip direct flight from Chicago. This is a great service to either gift your boo or yourself to take them on the trip of their dreams. There are some awesome deals going on right now, so if you have prospects to travel with someone special in your future I recommend subscribing to their e-mail service for free or their texts for $10.00 a month that will alert you about the best trips!
FabFitFun is a partnership I have, meaning, if you use my link I may get perks from their company. If you use the code SANTABABY you will get $10.00 off your purchase and that I do not receive any benefit from! Having that said, I became an affiliate with them for a VERY good reason, I am OBSESSED with their company and all of their products. They have an awesome mission and all of the products they send are from legitimately good companies that are giving back in the world. I have been receiving their monthly packages for over a year now and my husband just gifted me and I actually screamed because I was so excited. Their yearly package is, in my opinion the best, and for only $176.00 not only are you giving your girl a year full of presents that will remind her you’re the best around but she’ll also be guaranteed obsessed with them, and you, for 365 days AT LEAST. I freaking love them and if you want to know how much, read my last post, FabFitFun Reviewed
I know, I know, I’ve wrote about Teami a lot. Hear me out, they have and continue to help me so much with my health that I think anyone in your life whether they’re trying to lose weight, be healthier, or may benefit from their detox in anyway needs to have this! Read: Teami…Friend or Foe for my whole experience! Still obsessed and that says something. Click here to buy!
HelloFresh is a kick I tried for 6 months this year and it not only gave me confidence in the kitchen but made me look like a serious boss to my husband! I am not one that is comfortable in the kitchen literally even trying to make eggs but their simple meal plans and affordable price made me actually like cooking! And eating, what I made, in fact! I seriously enjoyed every single thing I made not to mention made some BOMB instastories. Book a class on Dabble in your city to try a fun fencing class like this one or something new! I took this with my friend Alli (arguably against her will) and we not only worked up a sweat through a seemingly dangerous but hilarious and very safe activity but we both decided we wouldn’t be doing this professionally anytime soon (hey, you never know until you try). We have also taken a calligraphy class that was a blast and are planning for more in the future, but it would be a seriously fun present to gift someone you want to spend more time with and to try something fun and new together!
Ritual Vitamins are a sustainable new vitamin to the market that have reinvigorated the supplement game. They are vitamins that have been mindfully created by a woman who was sick of not knowing exactly what she was buying with the other daily vitamins on the market and have created these with only the things we are proven to need. They have mens and women’s, where it is only $30.00 a month for a small but crucial step in maintaining your health. I have been taking them for a year now and I love them. I am someone with a slightly more delicate immune system and this year I have been noticeably less sick, more active, and healthier than I have been before.
Having tried StitchFix before I was not sure what to expect with LeTote. They are a clothing rental service meaning, much like Rent the Runway, they send you clothes that are specific to your measurement and style that have been previously worn with the caveat of if you like what you were sent, you can keep and buy for a substantially cheaper price. If you don’t buy it however, you get to wear the clothes for a solid month (like seriously, wear it!) and send it back! I am obsessed with LeTote and it makes being trendy in ever changing season styles affordable and ADORABLE (see what I did there). Check them out for yourself if you’re in need of some winter clothes or gift them to your bestie to try for free for a month or two! 1. Everyone loves mail. 2. Everyone loves looking hot. It’s a win win!
Having thought previously that Herschel Backpacks were only for boys, I decided to buy one of my own after shoving literally every toiletry that I had in my husbands during our honeymoon. They have some seriously cute styles and are perfect for the gal or guy in your life. They can hold my entire world whether it be their separate compartment for my laptop or multiple curling irons, a full can of hairspray, any of my 2,000 facial products or 30 binders that I carry around with me for no reason.
Enso Rings are a product that are heavily marketed on Instagram and Facebook that I decided would be a good thing to have to wear instead of my rings during work and my workouts. If you don’t have a job that allows you to wear jewelry for risk of damaging it or don’t want to get your ring dirty during your sweaty workout or caught on things while sleeping for that matter, Enso is for you. I LOVE my silicon band and it allows me to wash my face, clean my house or my patient freely without fear of getting it dirty or chipping a stone. They’re cheap and a great gift for your hubby or wife, or friend who you think would love their styles!
The Bling Brush from Baublerella may just be my most beloved present to myself this year. It’s one of the most essential things I have in my purse and I am constantly using it to clean my ring. It makes me so sad to look down and have cloudy ring or piece of jewelry then have to privately whisper to it after a glass of wine “I promise I’ll take better care of you”. This little guy is $18.00 and completely safe for your gems. I love it, I clean all of my friends rings with it, it’s a must have for yourself or the best little stocking stuffer around.
Thanks for reading and listening to my completely biased insight as to what I think you should get your loved ones this year; I hope this helps you find a great gift for them or yourself! Also, thank you to every person that submitted one of these suggestions, they have seriously changed my life for the better.
I’m ’bout to get real, real regarding my terrible skin. I am a natural red head, mainly Scottish decent, cursed with some terribly sensitive and congested skin since the age of 23. Despite my freckles in my teens my skin has been pretty great until my early adult age… which was no problem considering being twenty something post-undergrad. Is the most glamorous and secure time of your life as it is. NO IT IS NOT.
I have literally tried it all. Antibiotics, birth control, changing birth control, ketogenic diet, anti-inflammatory diet, vegetarian diet, vegan, gluten-free diet, you name it–I’ve done it and it’s only intensified my raging cystic friends.
One thing I have NOT tried, however, is Curology. A product strongly advertised on Instagram and Facebook. They give you a personalized physician to evaluate and prescribed your unique formula to treat your skin. As much as I’ve enjoyed trying different things for my skin without success and flushing my money down the toilet on expensive facials I decided it’s time to get serious and this only thing that sounds like it works. With the first month being free, I’ve really got nothing to lose other than these jerks on my face.
I’m excited to try this for a month and post my results, here is my before picture to give you some perspective for what we’re dealing with!
Here is my review of FabFitFun, the seasonal box that so many celebs rave about. I have been receiving this box since last winter and it was quite the upgrade from previously having Birch Box.
*SPOILER ALERT* pictures from my Winter Box are here!
All of the items are FULL sized and FULL FUN. FULLY FAB FIT FUN. Damn it. It really is just so good.
I am not lying when I say I actually count down the days to when my box ships. I am an annual subscriber meaning for the entire year I get PRIORITY picks and my box ships before all of the others! The annual subscription is only $179.00 and is SO WORTH EVERY PENNY. They advertise that the entire box amounts to more than $200.00 and that’s for only one box meaning you get $800.00 worth of trendiness for less that $180.00!
I have received so many different things that vary from my favorite scarf, amazing jewelry holder, mugs, jewelry and my all time most cherished hand cream. They also included passport and luggage tags in my Summer Box that actually may be something I love an inappropriate amount.
Needless to say, ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ for FabFitFun, they officially get the prize for my most beloved subscription!
Long story short…
I rate Teami Blends ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️/⭐️⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️
*If you have a queasy stomach please do not read the second or third paragraph.*
They are a brand that delivers. Literally and figuratively. Teami Blends, to be honest, is what launched me into @glamorgrit on Instagram. I saw a celebrity promoting it and I was like “Absolutely not. She is endorsed and making thousands from people subscribing to this, and wow, she looks great”. A few minutes later, yes, I used her promotional code and got 10% off of my purchase and bought my first tea-tox.
With the seductive advertisements that the skinny tea had been promoting circa January 2017, I fell victim but was also very skeptical of this whole “drink tea and be skinny” business. Three days later I was fully stocked and ready to rock this Teami Blend bandwagon. Within the first 4 days of the 30 day program, I felt the “inflammation” (AKA raw cookie dough I had been eating fists full of) start to decrease. I suffer from Irritable Bowel Syndrome Type 2 (IBS) (ALL THE LADIES IN THE BACK SAY “HAY”. Oh. You don’t have it? Me either.) (Yes I do.) (What?) which is the kind where you become constipated vs. cannot stop Jason waterfalls. Whenever I am slightly stressed or in a new place (my high-rise lobby, for example) my entire digestive system seems to paralyze itself and shut-down. This year I traveled to Beijing- China, Tokyo- Japan, the entire country of Ireland, two impromptu trips to Colorado, NYC multiple times, Hong Kong, followed by a more than long week in the Maldive Islands off the coast of India. As you can imagine, if a bathroom located literally in the same building as my home flares up my IBS, these trips would have been enough for a person to go into sepsis.
I, however, did not, go into sepsis. I did the 30 day Teami Blends detox with a month in between doing the 3- month detox program. The biggest thing that the 30 day detox did for me was regulate my bowels. I know this sounds like a moot point but hear me out. As a nurse (my favorite phrase, just so you know I’ll be using it a lot), the pathophysiology behind the program is what stood out to me. The science behind their “Skinny Tea” and “Colon Tea” detox are, that over the years of your life, regardless of your health, stool and bacteria that have accumulated in your intestines leaving a coating, if you will, inside the areas that are needed to properly absorb nutrients. This is similar to the effects that the warm water and their proprietary tea blend has on your kidneys and liver with the toxins that have just been sitting there taunting you for years, not allowing you to lose weight. Even being in your 20’s, in order to stimulate your metabolism and give your body a fair chance before even working out or changing your diet, you’re going no where fast if your body’s still focussed on plaguing itself of all of the junk that has accumulated over the years. This program has not only completely reinvigorated my metabolism but has left me with a sustained energy that coffee can never compare to.Their “Skinny Tea” has oolong in it which is a caffeine like substance that goes through your liver instead of your kidneys and because of that you have more energy all day! *Graphic description alert* The difference here is with other caffeine being filtered through your kidneys, you urinate out. With oolong going through your liver, in order to eliminate it, you have to poop it out. It makes sense that it lasts longer (all day for me) though, right? How many times do you #1 vs #2 a day? #2’s are a lot harder to come by (especially in my case!)
I saw the best results with their 90 day detox program. At first glance, I thought it was just a way to sell me more tea and for them to make more $. Needless to say, after the first 30 days I was sold and needed more. In their 90 day program, you must take off a week in between sipping their “Profit” blend which gives your body a chance to not plateau.
Side note: Teami has a-lot of pop-ups on their site. Don’t let it deter you from checking out their items; they’re a relatively new site and it seems that their founders are young and just getting started. Find their 30- Day Tea Detox Program and make sure to order a Teami Tumbler (I swear to God I do not work for them) because they are seriously adorable and convenient! I have the pink, yellow, white, and green. I personally love the white the most because it doesn’t show any signs of wear or tear!
The only things I will warn you with:
DO NOT LET THE COLON TEA STEEP MORE THAN 2 MINUTES. EVER.
If you’re looking to also replace coffee, buy the Energy Tea– it’s REALLY good and leaves you with energy way longer than the java does.
If you’re purchasing the 90 day program, make sure to buy the Teami Infuser because their Skinny and Energy teas are loose leaf.
Just get into the habit of boiling water vs. starting your Keurig and you will absolutely love this program! I will show you my before and after pictures from the 90-day program and I hope that explains my obsession!
As always, e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a comment below- I love to hear your feedback, Please let me know if you have any questions!
Welcome back! I am so happy to see you! I thought it may be worth it to go over my rating system, just so when you see my first review you know exactly where I’m coming from!
I like to review products on a star system; I feel that it is an oversimplified system that allows me to get my point across without ranting for. ever. Here’s how it works:
5 stars ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ = I DO NOT UNDERSTAND HOW I EVER LIVED WITHOUT THIS PRIOR TO TRYING IT. I am already on Amazon, with 7 in the cart and 5 on my face. I. CANNOT. GET. ENOUGH.
4 stars ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ = Majority of the components about this product or trend was so satisfying BUT there is that oneeeee little glitch. A little glitch for me means: outrageous costs for shipping/ inability to easily access the item, too expensive to afford regularly purchasing (>$100.00/month), or something that is a small unpredictable but may hinder me from using again.
3 stars ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ = I felt indifferent about the purchase. The product or trend* wasn’t intolerable, but I didn’t feel, ya know, ooshy gushy about it. I don’t know what to call it other than a “trend” if it’s not a “lifestyle activity” or something ridiculous.
2 stars ⭐️ ⭐️ = I think you get it. I semi didn’t like it. But there’s a little give there… perhaps the learning curve was too long/complicated and not worth it, pricey, etc.
1 star ⭐️ = 😔 Why you put this on market tho? Why you make me look and feel like fool on Instagram tryna use dis? HOWEVER, I saw where you were coming from, I feel your intentions, and there was one little quality that I could see a very particular person using and enjoying.
0 stars = Yeah. That can happen. I’ve never given 0 stars BUT, if I’m actually insulted purchasing something you’ll be the first to know. That big fat, 0. Sorry br0. Don’t play me tho!
*Trend (in my jargon): I mean something like, Soulcycle, Kayla Itsine’s workout app., HelloFresh, Barry’s Bootcamp, etc. Something you go out of your house to do or intentionally make a habit with it to enhance your lifestyle.
Having that said, just please be aware that though I try so honestly to stay unbiased and objective, I am a middle class, 27 year old, white, 5’2″, blonde, living in Chicago and I have off days where I come home and the only thing that’s going to get ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ is a bottle of ice cold La Marca Prosecco. Yeah, that link takes you directly to Amazon’s wine store. I’m just saying, we all have off days and please don’t take everything I say on here as fact, though it is my promise to you, that I will always:
Try a trend for at least 30 days (I really feel this is how long it takes to see any type of results if it’s fitness, health, wellness, beauty amplifying etc. related).
Try a product for at least 3 weeks (if it’s a hair mask, for example, and it says to try twice a week– you have my word, I will give it at least 3 shots to work it’s magic).
BEFORE I write a review.
If you follow my Instagram I like to post a lot of things in #mystory to show the process on a daily basis.