It’s Only Natural: Deodorant

Deodorant is something we ALL (probably? I hope so, anyway) use everyday. And since the list seems to go on and on about why antiperspirants and aluminum filled deodorants are bad for you, I made the switch to the more natural stuff about 3 years ago. I’ve never used an antiperspirant because I don’t really sweat THAT much, but because I wear, you know, shirts everyday and the material rubs all up in my ‘pits, I tend to get pretty stinky if I don’t have on any deodorant. To give you an example of how smelly my underarms can get; last spring there was a sewage leak at work on a day I had skipped applying deodorant at all, and my first thought was “holy crap, is that me?!” C’est la vie, I guess?

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Of the 5 or so natural deodorants I’ve tried, most of them have sucked. For example, I bought this crystal stick to rub on my armpits and although I followed the directions given by real life users, I think it actually made me smell worse. And just imagine my disappointment when I bought this travel size Alba Botanica deodorant(one of my most trusted all natural brands) to take to Paris last year and it didn’t work at all. I ended up using my husbands deodorant for most of the trip because I’d probably have cartoonish green stink lines coming off of me, like Pepé le Pew, if I didn’t. I also tried this one, but it was kind of expensive and this one that worked well, but I had to reapply quite a few times throughout the day…

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It was a long, smelly process, but I finally found (IMHO) THE BEST all natural deodorant! I bought a stick of Schmidt’s from Target on a whim and I LOOOOOOVE IT! The only bad thing was applying this lime scented one right after shaving burned the living shit out of my armpits, but that’s what citrus will do to ya. I’ve since switched to the Rose + Vanilla scent and swear by its greatness! I keep a travel size one in my purse, in case of emergency, too.

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Am I getting old because something like finding an all natural deodorant that actually works is wildly exciting to me? Most likely! I can’t help it, I just want to shout “HEY EVERYBODY, COME SMELL HOW GOOD I SMELL” from the nearest rooftop, but probably won’t because that’s be weird, right?

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There’s nothing better than a successful pit check, am I right?! Bonus points if you don’t get any deodorant stains on a black shirt or dress.

BTW, this post is #NOTsponsored, but if anyone from the Schmidt’s team is reading this, I volunteer! I volunteer as spokeswoman!

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Dress/Nordstrom, Belt/SheIn

Straight Trippin’ In 2018

Woahhhh, happy New Year! When I wrote this post about all of the places I wanted to visit in 2017, I didn’t expect to get to go to all of them, but I did and then some! It just goes to show that writing down your goals really does increase the odds of achieving them. So I’m going to repeat the process every year with the places I want to visit. Here are my 2018 travel agenda goals:

Austin, TX. I love Austin soooo much and usually make it a point to spend time in my home state’s capitol when I visit family in San Antonio, but didn’t get to last time I was in town. Luckily, I’ll have double the opportunity as my sister and brother are getting married (not to each other!) in January and February of 2018, respectively. I’m trying to convince my older sister and her BF to stay with Joel and I either here or here for one night after one of the weddings. Austin is kind of the epitome of cool. I mean, it’s a very blue city smack dab in the middle of a pretty red state making it the black sheep sibling of all the Texas cities. One of my favorites for sure.

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Atlanta, GA. My sister-in-law, Rachie, lives in ATL and we got to go down for Thanksgiving back when I was just Joel’s awesome girlfriend (no ring yet!). We freaking love it there and since we’re expecting a new little niece or nephew in March, it’d be a great reason to go back!

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Albuquerque, NM. If I didn’t include ABQ in this list, I’d probably get virtually bitch slapped by my bestie. We’ve been wanting to go to the hot air balloon festival for so long, and maybe 2018 will be the year we do it! Then again, she does live in El Paso and I wouldn’t mind a weekend road trip to Marfa (hint, hint, Allie!). We love the Southwest!

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Morocco.  That very same aforementioned bestie of mine’s mama is getting married in June and since she is currently living and working in Fez, she’s having a Moroccan wedding. How freaking cool is that? Getting to see friends who are living in amazing cities has always been one of my favorite things to do! Who wouldn’t love a built-in, knowledgeable tour guide?!

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Whether it’s a weekend trip or a week long vacation, I hope to travel in 2018 at least as much as we did last year. I definitely go stir crazy staying put in one place for too long.

So where do you wanna go this year??

What To Wear To A Winter Wedding

IT’S WEDDING SEASON!!!

Well, it’s wedding “season” for us anyway. We have 3 to go to in a time span of about a month, and I’m soooo excited for all of them. I. LOVE. WEDDINGS. I’ve had my bridesmaid dress for wedding number 2 (my twin sister’s) for a while now and have been mentally planning what to wear to weddings 1 and 3 for way too long. Like I said, I’m excited!

Picking out what to wear isn’t rocket science, but sometimes it’s hard. If I don’t plan what I’m wearing to a specific event or outfits for a trip far enough in advance, I usually spend an hour or so staring at my closet screaming “I HAVE NOTHING TO WEAR” while crying ever-so-dramatically…

Even though the three weddings will be vastly different, I thought I’d give myself (and you, dearest readers!) some general guidelines of what to wear and what NOT to wear to a winter wedding.

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How To Dress Yo-self Before You Wreck Yo-self: Winter Wedding Edition. 

  • You can never go wrong with an all black ensemble. This skater dress with eyelash lace detailing is chic as hell. I can fit a box of leftovers in this black quilted bag. Add a pop of color with a jacket or shoes. Cool!
  • I’m always a fan of accessorizing with minimal gold jewelry and Madewell has some of the best I’ve seen.
  • Layer up! It was 22 degrees when we took these photos and the fact that I was wearing this bodysuit with tights under my dress was keeping me quite cozy. If I wear this dress to my little brother’s wedding in Texas in February, I’ll probably be able to skip the tights and bodysuit.
  • Take advantage of post Christmas sales!!! Joel got a new black suit on the day after Christmas for $71 at Nordstrom Rack.
  • If you’re a guy, don’t wear shorts. If you’re a gal, don’t wear white. Easy!
  • Ask yourself these questions before buying any garment for a wedding or big event: Can I dance in this? Can I easily pee in this (the bodysuit I’m wearing in these photos is, luckily, very easy to undo!)? Will this look okay in photos? Am I comfortable in this?
  • Keep in mind that if you’re a guest at a wedding, it is not your time to shine and it is not your day. Don’t be over the top and don’t worry too much about what you’re wearing.

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See now, wasn’t that easy?

Note to self: Louboutins + Tights + Icy sidewalks are a recipe for disaster. WEAR YOUR KATE SPADE BOOTIES BEFORE YOU FALL AND DIE, YOU IDIOT.

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Fur Jacket/ J.O.A, Purse/Similar, Sunglasses/Amazon, Dress & Bodysuit/TOBI

Holidays Daze

And just like that, round 2 of the holiday season is over. IDK about you, but I am definitely feeling a Christmastime hangover because it comes and goes too quickly. We try to pack as much stuff as possible into a short amount of time and our heads are left spinning.

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This Christmas was different from the last five I’ve had with my Pittsburgh family, but we added some great new customs to complement the old. My sis-in-law + her husband (our family’s most loveable weirdo, Friggin’ Todd) usually come to town, but stayed in Nashville this year. And although I hate to miss an opportunity to hold the cutest baby in the world, our niece Lola; seeing her via FaceTime was so, so sweet. We usually get pretty dressed up for Christmas Eve dinner at my in-laws, but my new favorite tradition of drinking all night and dancing in the living room until 6 a.m. on the Eve of Christmas Eve meant showing up in yoga pants. I’m also 99% sure one of our new things to do every year is letting friends wear my hair extensions.

 

Another new tradition we’ll be honoring is going out for fancy hot chocolate. Millie’s Homemade Ice Cream makes the best. It’s so rich and decadent and will definitely make you sick if you drink it too fast or too much of it (oops!), but it’s somehow sooooooo worth it. This was the first time we’ve ever been to Millie’s that it wasn’t packed full of people, so we took some photos. Definitely put this on your list of places to go to in PGH if you haven’t been!

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faux fur coat/SheIn (similar), look of regret on my face c/o being lactose intolerant

Anyway, happy belated birthday, Jesus! I’m feeling pretty hashtag blessed because I’m looking forward to going back to work tomorrow and we’re almost through the final round of the holiday season (NYE is Sunday). Happy ‘Daze!

Dressed To Match

Raise your hand if you can’t walk by a Where’s Waldo book without opening it up and finding that little dweeb on one of the pages. *enthusiastically raises hand*

Waldo is who I think of every time I blend in with my surroundings. Which is pretty stupid considering Waldo himself isn’t actually camouflage and sticks out like a sore thumb once you find him. I should probably rewrite this post, but I feel like I’ve come this far and I might as well keep going. Whatever. They can’t all be winners.

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Dress/TJ Maxx, Purse/SheIn, Pizza Necklace/B-day gift from Joel (found here)

These photos of me dressed to match the building behind me were acquired by no coincidence whatsoever. I packed this b&w striped dress for Miami specifically to take photos in front of this specific b&w striped wall. Which kind of made me question all the things I do and why. I guess this is my own version of art? Sure! We’ll go with that answer.

Seriously though, if you’re in the market for a new and interesting Instagram account to follow, check out @DressedToMatch! It’s pretty much where I got the inspiration for this particular photoshoot. Taking photos of you matching art work is in itself a version of modern art! Cool!

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Now if you’ll excuse me, there is a neon color park in town that is begging me to be seen with it…

24 Hours In Miami

Last weekend, Joel and I took a trip to Florida to celebrate my 28th birthday AND to visit some good friends who moved down south back in April. Although we were flying into Ft. Lauderdale and staying with our friends in Davie for most of the weekend, we couldn’t not go to Miami! Miami has been on my list of U.S. cities to see for quite some time (Wynwood Walls is basically every blogger’s version of the Holy Land) and I’m so glad we got a little break from the cold weather in Pittsburgh to soak up the sun and feast our eyes on the most colorful city I’ve ever been to.

When I was researching stuff to do in Miami for our trip, Art Basel kept popping up. “What the hell is this Art Basel thing everyone keeps mentioning” I thought to myself as I scrolled through my Pinterest search of “cool spots in Miami, FL”.  Basically, Art Basel is a lot like Austin’s South By Southwest, but instead of music all over the city, there’s art. It’s actually held word wide throughout the year, but Miami is the biggest one. There are tons of events going on throughout the week and there are SO. MANY. PEOPLE. I remember thinking it would be cool to see Art Basel someday (and get invited to some parties or gallery openings because I’d be such a popular blogger in this futuristic fantasy)… I did not realize that Art Basel would actually be wrapping up during our weekend in Florida, but I’m so glad we got to witness the craziness!

Bienvenido à Miami!

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Jumpsuit/Show Me Your Mumu (similar)

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As a birthday gift, my friend Jess got us a room at Atton Brickell so we could stay in the city and not have to worry about driving back to Davie Saturday night. IT WAS AWESOME! They have a rooftop infinity pool that we had to ourselves because we were the only people not cold in 60 degrees, south Florida’s version of “winter”. I loved seeing Floridians in their fur coats and down jackets; it reminded me of my hometown of San Antonio where people freeze when it’s any temperature under 70.

During the year’s biggest art festival, Miami’s Art district was the place to be! We went to Wynwood to walk around, eat, drink, window shop, and look at the most beautiful street art in the world. It’s where we spent both Saturday night as well as Sunday morning and early afternoon. Did I pack a suitcase full of different outfits to change into throughout the day? WHAT DO YOU THINK?! I definitely changed clothes in the middle of the street where there were people spray painting 20 feet away too… Miami is not a city where you have to be shy, I actually saw a guy peeing in the street on Saturday night so I figured changing my top would be NBD. I hope there are some people who are looking at the photos in this post without reading anything because it’ll look like we were in Miami for a whole week and not just 24 hours.

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Sweater/Wildfox, Glasses/SheIn, Bandana/Ban.do

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Visit Miami If…

  • you get inspired by all things colorful
  • you want a cool backdrop to have your picture taken in front of
  • you want a cool backdrop to take pictures of your food in front of before you eat it
  • you enjoy being completely surrounded by beautiful art, both on the streets and in the stores
  • you love shopping
  • you’re a beach person
  • you like Art Deco
  • you’re a people person
  • you don’t mind traffic
  • you want to be fashionably daring, but it’s too cold in your hometown (see my cool jumpsuit in the second photo from the top)
  • you’ve had this song stuck in your head for a while now (swap Philly for Pittsburgh, a convertible Bentley for a sweet, sweet Saab, and the music video is literally our trip to Florida in a 90s nutshell)
  • you enjoy visiting freakin’ awesome cities

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Dress/ASOS, Jacket/LuLu’s, Glasses/Amazon, Bag/SheIn

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“if you post this picture, you should say something about being a big FAN of Miami” -Sam Henderson

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We left Wynwood Sunday afternoon with the top down on our borrowed Saab convertible and headed to South Beach. What a gorgeous part of town!!!! I love the Art Deco hotels that line Ocean Drive and don’t even get me started on the eclectic lifeguard stands on the beach! All the heart eyes for this crazy colorful city.

There are a few things we did not get to do whilst in Miami; such as gawk at the modern architecture, hang out in Little Havana, or visit The Villa Casa Casuarina (aka The Versace Mansion). But it’s always good to leave a few things to come back to…

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Party in the city where the heat is on. All night on the beach ’til the break of dawn. Can’t wait to see you again, Miami!

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