So there's a lot I wanted to fill you guys in on (kind of like my "Currently Trending" series, except more emphasis on life updates!) and this post is basically going to be a mash-up of the various things I wanted to tell y'allz about!<3
ONE // Trip to South Florida
Originally, Matt and I were going to just drive the 2.5 hours to visit the Jacksonville Zoo (in the northern region of Florida) BUTTTTT then my grandma and I were discussing the trip and she asked if we'd be willing to come visit her, since we'd already be in Florida! Now, I hadn't seen my grandma in like, 4 whole years, so I wasn't about to say no! We tacked on an. extra. 4. whole. hours. So the entire trip wound up taking about 7 hours, mainly because of foodie breaks or having to pee (LOLZ, GUILTY. *raises hand*) In case you've never been, you should know that Boca Raton is absolutely beautiful. There are so many different types of palm trees, and the other plant life (and animals, like the BIRDS, omg!!) are absolutely stunnnnn-niiiiing. The food there is fantastic, too (in case you haven't seen the picture of the chocolate mousse cheesecake at Junior's that Matt and I shared, click here. Y'allz are welcome...) - there aren't exactly many places in Savannah to get some matzo ball soup or a bagel with nova lox, so being surrounded by the food of my people/people who share a similar religious + "ethnic" culture to me was an exciting change of pace. In all, it was a really amazing time, both catching up with my family members and exploring the beautiful, tropical city, and I was thinking how great it would be to live down there in a few years... we'll see! ;) PS - THE SHOPPING IS TO DIE FOR. THAT IS ALL.
|You don't know what love is until you've tried the Mocha Hazelnut Frappucino! #MyFave|
|I was soo000ooooOOoo pumped, yayyy!|
|The Korean Cauliflower at The Cheesecake Factory is literally givin' me life...|
|Two little muffins in their natural habitat XD lololol!|
|When Bae voluntarily orders the food of your people>>>>|
|Sometimes I think I'd like to live my life as a Floridian snail, tbh~|
|Gorgeous shopping center (bring your wallets, though! $$$$$$$$)|
|Potato latkes done right, I must say!! #onehunnit|
|More of Mizner Park!|
|Matt embracing my "preppy lifestyle" roots :p !! Peep dat Vineyard Vines thoooo!|
TWO // NUTELLA DONUTS AT KRISPY KREME.
Not going to lie, their " #EasiestSellEver " hashtag about the new Nutella donut is pretty gross. Honestly, Matt didn't even want to give them our money to try it, because of how condescending it is to their consumer. It's pretty off-putting. But, of course, I still wanted to try both the Nutella "Nutty Ring" and the Nutella with hazelnut creme-filled options, so off we went to the local Krispy Kreme this morning. They were okay! I think I prefer the Nutty Ring (the option without the creme filling), because there was a serious lack of that creme filling in the hazelnut-filled one that I tried so I was
quite grumpy mildly bitter about that; however, the Nutty Ring donut, itself, was a tad stale somehow! Overall, I still think that I like the chocolate iced ones best though (which, trust me, I'm as shocked by this news as you are LOLOL.) because the amount of Nutella that's on top of each donut could be increased, for sure. But still! I'm really glad I tried it -- are these donuts really worth the hype!? Not sure...I'd give them like a 7.5 out of 10 (I hate giving numbered rankings, though!) Let me know if you like them or not! I'd love to hear your input~
THREE // Latest Beauty Picks
YOU GUYS I have turned into the biggest beauty buff/makeup lover everrrrrr. Honestly. Sephora and Ulta are my happy places, legit. I was actually even sent free makeup from Maybelline to review for you guys -- how cool is that!? That post will be up on the blog super soon, so keep an eye out! Anyway, I'd been meaning to do a huge TPL Fall Beauty Awards post but alas~ the fall came and went so quickly that I didn't have a chance to finish editing/take pics/etc. SO! I'll be doing a 2016 Fall Beauty Awards post soon featuring my favorite makeup picks that I discovered this past year (note: a lot of the products have definitely been around for over a year, like for sure. However, I'm just rounding up what I personally have loved the past year; hope that makes more sense!) Keep an eye out for this as well! Although right now, I'm super hyped about the Too Faced Sweet Peach Eyeshadow Palette. I've heard mixed reviews about it, though! Some people have said that color payoff is not good at all, and that the product is really chalky. But other people swear that it's a really "useable" palette and that the pigmentation is amazing... talk about conflicting reviews, amiright!? So I might just have to splurge and see for myself... Have you tried it? What do you think about it if you have!? Worth the money or nah?
FOUR // Books To-Read! (or To-Read list of books, but "Books To-Read" rolls off the tongue better, I feel, ahaha! :D )
I'm pretty convinced that bookstores will never close because I buy enough books to keep the industry of book selling alive, tbh. I am the princess of book-buying. If Barnes & Noble emails me a 30% off coupon, I'm gonna go buy a book with it, ya feel me? So right now I'm reading this book called Positive Energy by Judith Orloff, M.D. and it's highly thought-provoking. Positivity is key to living a healthy life (negativity can actually lead to physical aches and pains, like nervous tummy aches or tension headaches, so it makes a lot of sense, I'd say!) and I love the spiritual element that pervades the ideas in the text, about the chakras (bodily energy centers like the head, the heart, etc.) Fascinating stuff, even if you don't really believe in that sort of thing -- seriously, I'd give this book a chance, regardless. After I finish this book, I'm really looking forward to a few of the new ones I bought: Ringworld by Larry Niven (Matt's favorite, but I've never read it!), You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life by Jen Sincero, and Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness by Susannah Calahan.
PS - Totally unrelated, but! If I do an "apartment tour" for you guys, would you rather it be a YouTube video with narration and commentary, or a blog post featuring images and text!? Just let me know -- Matt recently invested in a new camera for us, and he's amazeballs at using it so I'd be down to film an actual video with it! Definitely trying to branch out into the world of YouTube.