The Best Products On Amazon

If you’re anything like me, Amazon is your go-to destination for pretty much everything. I’m not going to lie, I probably go on Amazon at least once a day. There are so many amazing products on Amazon that I can’t recommend enough so I thought I would share with you some of my favorites!

Barefoot Dreams Blanket: The blanket you see above on Baggys is one I got for Christmas (thanks Dad!) I’m obsessed with this Barefoot Blanket. I use it everyday on the couch. It’s super cute and cozy. It’s not very warm so if you live in a super cold place or it’s winter you might have to double up with another blanket. This leopard print is absolutely perfect and a must have!

Wisdom Panel DNA Test: I got all three of my pups this DNA test for Christmas. It was super easy to use and it was so fun to see the results!

Mini Crumb Vacuum Cleaner: This is a lifesaver! I’m a mess, I’ll admit it. I love having this crumb vacuum for when I make a small mess or drag in dirt from my boots. It allows me to clean up small amounts without having to whip out the big vacuum.

Laptop Backpack: I started a new job recently where I have to go to meetings with my big laptop. I was searching for over a month for the perfect laptop backpack and I definitely found it! I love this, it’s fashionable but also very functional. I’ve gotten lots of compliments on it already. And it’s so much cheaper than a lot of backpacks!

Philip Hue Light Bulbs: It’s the way of the future. These Philip Hue lightbulbs are seriously lifechanging! I have them around my apartment and it’s a lazy girls dream.

What are some of your Amazon favorites? Let me know in the comments below!

Top 5 Budget Friendly Date Ideas

Life can be expensive. And no matter what your age, it’s good to save money when you can. It’s definitely something I’m trying to work on in the new year. When it comes to date night (or afternoon), sometimes the expectations don’t align with your budget. 

While it would be nice to indulge in a meal at a Michelin restaurant or head off on another expensive experience every time, the reality is that sometimes your bank balance simply won’t allow it. But that doesn’t mean that you can’t have an unforgettable experience without it costing you the world. Whether you’ve been with your partner for a few weeks or years, the below ideas make for a magical date idea – no matter what your taste or your budget!

Explore The City 

Following the words of Ferris Bueller, it’s good to stop and take a look around once in a while. So for this date night or day, why not explore the city with your partner? 

Taking in the sights that it has to offer, you’ll rediscover the beauty of the city that you live in. Whether you spend your time walking along the streets or you enjoy one of the free local attractions (such as a museum, an art gallery or a park), you’re bound to have a wonderful time. 

I recently had someone tell me they do “urban hikes”. They pick a spot in the city and just walk to it without a plan and stop at different places along the way. This would be such a cute date idea!

Host a Movie Night 

Prefer to stay in and get cozy under a blanket? Then why not try a movie night at either of your houses. With so many romantic movies to choose from, from Pretty Woman to my personal favorite: How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days , you won’t be lost on films to enjoy. A cheap and easy way to have a romantic evening just the two of you, you can complement it with sweet treats and ice cream!

Grab A Coffee

Love coffee? Then why not head out to your local coffee shop and grab a drink! Now, this doesn’t have to be the Most Expensive Coffee, but whatever you opt for, it’s the perfect opportunity to catch up and enjoy a refreshing drink. This can also be part of a more extensive date, enjoyed before ice skating in the winter or heading to the city to explore in the warmer months. 

Head For A Picnic 

Know of a romantic spot for a picnic? Then pack a hamper with both of your favorite treats and head out on a picnic. Sitting on a rug, you’ll be able to look out at the beautiful scenery that surrounds you. It’s also a very cheap idea, only requiring an outlay on the food and drink!

If you’re in NYC some cute picnic places (once it gets warm) would be Central Park, or Domino Park.

Get Active With A Hike 

Are you both walking enthusiasts? Then maybe a hike is a good option to choose. Whether you live in a city that’s surrounded by hiking trails or you’re in the countryside, it’s a wonderful opportunity to get your walking shoes on and head out for a bit of exercise! Not only will this make both of you feel great, but it will also give you the chance to talk and experience the picturesque nature together.

What are your favorite cheap date ideas? Let me know in the comments below!

Where to Eat in London

Last month, I went to London for the first time with my friends Amy and Vinny. It was a super quick trip. We took the red eye Wednesday night and came back Sunday. I honestly wish I could have stayed longer because I absolutely fell IN LOVE with London. I’m already plotting my next trip back. Before I went, everyone kept telling me that the food in London was not good. So I went in with low expectations. My expectations were wildly wrong because I found some AMAZING food spots in London that I want to share with you. These were my favorites from the trip – ones I would not only highly recommend but would go back again.

Sketch – Go to Sketch for Afternoon Tea. Sure, it’s pretty pricey but you get unlimited tea and refills on the sandwiches and treats. The decor at Sketch was honestly probably one of the best decorated restaurants I had ever been to. It was cool, sophisticated and so instagrammable.

Dishoom – London is well known for it’s Indian food and Dishoom is one of their popular spots. I’m a huge fan of Indian food but I find it not as popular here in the states. I was excited to go to Dishoom and see what all the hype was about. It did not disappoint. The food was so incredibly good. We tried to go again another night but the wait was too long. I would highly recommend making reservations for this place or you might end up waiting upwards of two hours.

Chiltern Firehouse – Shoutout to Jackie Schimmel of the Bitch Bible for talking about Chiltern Firehouse on her podcast. If it’s good enough for Jackie, it’s good enough for me. We went here for brunch. I obviously had to get the avocado toast (which not going to lie, I didn’t think looked very appetizing) but boy was I wrong. This was absolutely delish! Chiltern is a little on the pricey side but if you’re looking for a nice brunch or dinner option I would highly recommend.

Breakfast Club – This is a The Girls Who Brunch after all so I had to add some of my favorite brunch spots. Breakfast Club is a great little diner-esque spot that has an amazingly delicious brunch. Be prepared to wait on line because it’s a popular spot.

Granger & Co. – The cutest little spot in Notting Hill. I mean look at all these amazing drinks. From the coffee to the blood mary – this was a great place for brunch. I got the pancakes – which I would say I normally don’t ever order but they were delectable!

I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to get to London. I will definitely be making another trip (hopefully soon!). If you have ever been to London, let me know your favorite spots to eat so I can add them for my next trip!

Three Ways to Improve Your Mental Health

You all know by know that mental health is something I take very seriously. It’s something I’ve been open about in the past, as I’ve struggled with anxiety and depression.

If you are feeling anxious or low, I’ve come up with three different tips to improve your mental health.

#1: Make changes in your home

We come home to relax and unwind, but if your home is causing you to feel stress, then you probably need to make a few changes. So, you might want to declutter your home if a lack of space is getting you down, and you should get on top of any repairs if there are any niggling issues that are adding to your stress levels. This is something I am planning on doing this weekend. I want to declutter and get rid of items that I just don’t need.

You might want to include a few additions to your home too. Houseplants are great stress-relievers, so add one to two to your home, as you will instantly feel calmer by the scents and aesthetics they provide. Be sure to place a plant grow light nearby to give them a chance to grow and flourish. 

You might also add works of art and personal photos to your walls, as these can both invoke feelings of calm and happiness. Think about the other elements of home decor that are personal to your tastes, and add them to your home to boost your happiness levels. 

#2: Make changes to your diet

I’ll be honest here, I haven’t had the most healthy diet recently and this has definitely affected my mood. Sugary goods, takeout and processed foods have all been linked to depression. Not only that but it makes you feel like crap.

It’s important to improve your diet, which can be difficult, especially if you regularly reach out for unhealthier options for comfort eating purposes. Still, it’s worth having a clear-out in your kitchen, as if you replace junk items with foods that can improve your mental health, you will be unable to eat something bad for you. 

By eating a healthier diet, you will also be less prone to other health issues, of course. The knock-on effect of this is that you will then have less to worry and stress about, so let that be another incentive to improve your diet. 

#3: Make changes to your daily routines

If you regularly suffer from stress and low moods, it might be because of your daily routines. 

If you never carve time into your schedule for relaxation purposes, you might be pushing yourself towards burnout, especially if you are always busying yourself with something. On the other hand, you might spend too much time of your time relaxing, and this is problematic, especially if you’re forever sat on the sofa with your feet up. A sedentary lifestyle can lead to depression and other health issues. 

Consider what you do during the week. If you’re always busy busy busy, you really do need to slow down once in a while for the betterment of your stress levels. And if you’re forever sitting on the sofa being lazy, you need to make a change to your routine and exercise more, as you will feel both the physical and mental health benefits if you do. 

Keep in mind, these tips might not be easy but they definitely help! These are some tips that I myself need to incorporate into my daily routine. Hope you all have a healthy and happy weekend!

 

 

From Fixer Upper to Dream Apartment

I just recently moved into a new apartment. While it’s not exactly a fixer upper because it’s a brand new construction, I came into a blank space with no idea where to start. If you’re like me, you probably have a to do list as long as your arm, and you haven’t even considered your costings yet. Here are some ways to fix up your brand new space without breaking the bank.

If it’s a TRUE fixer upper:

Before you do anything with your new apartment, you must ensure that it is fit to enter. A simple hard hat may not do. Some fixer uppers haven’t been lived in for decades, and they have seen better days. They may have structural issues and are at risk from letting in damp. You need to instruct a qualified surveyor to assess the safety of your site. Top floor apartments, in particular, can let in water if the guttering isn’t sound. Look up and check the roof. Are there any leaks or slipped tiles? Many mid century apartments have flat roofs so need inspecting more regularly than most. Check your windows for drafts and cracks. If your glazing needs replacing, consider vinyl replacement windows to cut costs and ensure that you don’t lose heat from your interior. Ensure that all utilities are connected including mains drainage, electricity and gas. These are the things you might easily forget about but they’re super important!

Figuring out your budget:

It’s vital that you go room by room and construct a budget for your plans. Yes, you might want that granite quartz kitchen counter but can you afford it? There’s nothing worse than starting a project, only to then realize that you don’t have the money to finish it. List every job no matter how tiny to get the most accurate budget possible. Apartments are naturally smaller than houses but it’s easy to spend money. Once you have budgeted for your plans, get started!

The fun part, decorate!

This may or may not be your forever dream apartment, so don’t be too concerned about following trends or opting for color palettes that maximize resale value. If you aren’t planning to sell, then what’s the point? Try and opt for decor and fittings that suit your lifestyle. Go for the exposed bricks walls, the integrated kitchen appliances and the white walls to create a fresh and bright ambiance to your pad. Create an apartment that makes you excited to come home each day.

 

Make Food Fun!

Do you ever go through ruts where you can’t think of what to eat, or you don’t really crave anything? Ever just eat the same thing over and over again? Especially after a long day of work, the last thing I want to do is think about what I’m going to cook – or even worse have to grocery shop for. I’m on a mission to enjoy the process of food again. Here are some tips I have to make food fun!

Make Dinnertime an Experience

The best place to start when it comes to falling in love with your food again is to do as much as possible to make dinnertime an experience. There are a lot of factors that you need to keep in mind when you are looking to achieve this, and it is important to embrace this. By turning dinnertime into an experience, you make it exciting and something to look forward to. A lot of people view preparing and making dinner as a chore, and a lot of this is to do with mindset. By viewing it as a complete experience, you can look at it as a more positive experience, and this will enhance your enjoyment. Turn on your favorite podcast or jam out to your favorite song while you cook.

Expand Your Culinary Skills

Expanding your culinary skills is another massive thing to think about when trying to rekindle your love for food. If you can learn and try out new recipes, you will be well-placed to improve your knowledge and understanding of culinary skills. You could even extend to baking as well, allowing you to make cakes and tasty treats. Visit Loaves and Dishes for some recipes that will help you with this, and get the process started right now. I love looking up new recipes on the weekends and try to plan out my what I’m going to cook for the week. Try to switch it up with something you’ve never tried before!

Treat Yourself by Eating Out

If you want to really have a great food experience, you need to treat yourself by eating out now and again (something I partake a little too much in haha!). There are a lot of factors that play a part in helping you find the perfect restaurant, and it really depends a lot on what you want to eat. I’ve written some blog posts that might help! Check out the top 5 brunch spots in LA for starters! Rewarding yourself by eating out is an excellent way of viewing food as a treat, and it removes some of the stress of having to cook yourself. 

Learning new recipes, cooking and baking more, and enjoying eating out on occasions is essential. Food is one of the best experiences we can have, and this is something that can really help enhance and enrich your life. 

I’m always looking for new restaurants or recipes to try out, so if you guys have any favorites let me know in the comments below!

2019’s Hot Accessory Trends

2019 is well under way, but it isn’t too late to embrace some of the more fashionable trends to hit magazines, streets, and venues across the world. From pearls to baker boy hats, and snakeskin boots to scarves for your handbag, there’s plenty of options for the discerning fashionista, whether you’re heading to the beaches of Maui or the streets of Los Angeles. You don’t have to spend a fortune to achieve some of these looks, either.

Pearls

Pearls are everywhere this year. Rather than pearl necklaces of the 1950s, though, celebrities have been adorned in contemporary styled pearls. While pearls are striking and memorable, they don’t have to be expensive, and if you aren’t comfortable wearing them around your neck, consider earrings, hair berets, and bracelets. 

The pearls don’t have to be perfectly round, either – the more natural look of slightly misshapen pearls is very popular.

Anklets

If you’re heading to the beach, or any hot climate, you could even opt for a pearl anklet. Anklets are another fashion item that have made a firm return to the spotlight this year, and you will find many a collection and style in any good jewelry store

Anklets are not only on trend, they are are a great way to show off your tanned ankles and draw attention down to your carefully chosen footwear.

Combat Boots

If you follow all the top models and influencers on Instagram, you’ll see that they’re all rocking a pair of black combat boots. I happened to get a pair while I was in London and I’m obsessed. You can dress up or dress down a pair of combat boots to suit your own personal style!

Snakeskin Boots

Alternatively, if you prefer patterned feet, you can opt for another of this year’s fashionable footwear trends – snakeskin boots. 

Prints like this are bold, and they can appear quite masculine, so it isn’t surprising that they are typically accompanied by ruffle dresses and feminine long coats.

Bag Scarves

Why let your neck have all the scarf wearing fun? This year, women are adding scarves to their bags rather than their bodies. They tend to be bold and colorful, can incorporate prints and patterns, and they are usually tied around the handle, or even into the straps of the bag. 

How To Get Your Creative Projects Started!

Ever wanted to get started on a creative project? And yet, for some reason, doing so can be such a hard process. You may feel overwhelmed even by the first steps, or maybe you’re confused and unsure of how to start. Thankfully, this is something you can grow and develop out of, but for those just getting started, getting started is a scary process.

So, finding measures to help kickstart your goals in this capacity can be a truly worthwhile venture. Here is how to get started:

Just Start
It sounds so simple. But sooner or later, you’re going to have to start this practice in the scope that makes the most difference to you. You cannot evade step one. As Lao Tzu said, the journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. Just start. If you wish to be a writer, start writing something in a note taking application, even if it’s absolutely terrible. If you want to paint, buy some paints and try to paint something. If you want to sing, sing to your favorite songs and take up classes. You will tell yourself one thousand reasons as to why you aren’t ready just yet, and then by the time you’ve settled all of those you’ll tell yourself one thousand more. 

The only step forward is to begin, even if you’re far from perfect, you’ll get there. Consider the term ‘writer’. Is a writer someone who writes for an online content company as a subcontractor? Is it an author? Is it someone who has written the best stand up comedy to live life as a professional? Yes, but  it’s also just someone who writes. That is all you need to get started.

Get Your Ideas Down
Getting your ideas down on paper is the most important step. You might have a great idea strike you while you’re brushing your teeth, and then if you fail to note it down, or draw it, or use a mind map, or scrapbook stickers to keep yourself within this creative output, getting your ideas down is going to be a troubling issue.

Develop An Understanding
Learn from those who have developed a project you care about before. Study the greats, or those within your peer group. Join writing groups. Care for the craft, because you need to learn the rules before you subvert them. If you can do this, you are sure to develop the correct understanding to help guide your action towards skill.

Alright, now go get started! 

What To Do When You’re Feeling Anxious

Anxiety can creep up at any moment. For me it usually happens when I’m trying to fall asleep. My chest will start to tighten, my heart races and it honestly feels like little spiders are crawling in my heart. It’s not a fun feeling. It’s taken me a year to get a handle on my anxiety, and by no means am I cured. I still get that creepy crawly feeling every once in a while but not nearly as bad as I used to get. These are tips that I like to do when I’m feeling anxious to help with those feelings.

  1. Take a deep breath. This might sound simple but taking a few deep breaths really helps to calm down your nervous system.
  2. Try meditating. This is definitely something I need to do more often but meditation can really help. I love the app Headspace, because I find the guys voice to be very soothing.
  3. Go for a walk. Getting outside in the fresh air and taking a walk can help you to relax.
  4. Talk to someone. When I’m feeling super anxious, I’ll text my best friend or give my parents a call. Talk to someone you trust, who won’t judge you when you’re having these anxious thoughts. The worst person to talk to is the one who tells you to “just get over it”. Anxiety is not something you can “just get over”.
  5. Try CDB. I enjoy using a CBD vape, my favorite is lavender flavored and you can get it here.
  6. Exercise. This is one of those things you might not do in the moment, but exercising regularly can help combat those anxious feelings.
  7. Music. Listen to your favorite song, or watch a music video. I find music to be very therapeutic.
  8. Therapy. I think EVERYONE can use therapy. I actually love going to therapy and I think people should feel encouraged to talk about their feelings more.
  9. Medication. I’m not a doctor, so please go see a doctor if you wanting to learn more about medication. But for me, medication has been a game changer with my anxiety.
  10. Just know that it will pass. When you’re feeling anxious, it sometimes seems like you will feel like this way forever. But try to remind yourself, that this feeling will pass.

If you guys have any tips on what you do when you’re feeling anxious, let me know in the comments below!