Weekly Fall Favorites

Maple Pecan Latte – Starbucks & Dunkin

I’m a pumpkin spice girl during this time of year, don’t get me wrong. It’s just, the flavors of Fall are calling and they want me to try! One of those flavors is the Maple Pecan Latte from Starbs. This speciality latte is flavored with a sauce rather than a syrup and is sweet but not overpowering! The drink has a strong maple taste but gets balanced with the notes of pecans. I’ve only tried this iced at Starbucks so I can’t vouch whether or not the hot version is just as great. Pick one up for yourself and let me know how it is!

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Ole Henriksen Wonderfeel Double Cleanser

I’ve always neglected my skin in the past and haven’t paid much attention to newer skin care products. Up until recently, I never knew there was a need for it! I just assumed my face was as good as it was gonna get and there wasn’t a thing I could do about what I didn’t like.

“But first, skin care”

I was never extremely unfortunate with my skin though. I’ve considerably been very lucky! Rather than struggling with acne or blemishes I’d regularly experience dryness, occasional blackheads, and redness. Nothing a little foundation and concealer couldn’t fix right? Wrong. I’ve come to the conclusion now that there are so many great products out in the world geared towards my specific problem areas. Things I never knew existed!

ole henriksen wonderfeel double cleanser flatlay with marble earrings and wood background

One of those products (and my personal favorite) is this Ole Henriksen Wonderfeel Double Cleanser. This little guy is made for removing make up, hydration, and of course cleansing. An added bonus, it’s great for people with sensitive skin – the texture is light weight and creamy which makes it perfect for massaging into the cheeks, chin, neck, and under eyes.

I use it both in the morning when I’m getting ready to put make up on my face and at night when I’m preparing to take it off. It leaves me feeling refreshed every time no matter what. It’s becoming quite the necessity in my daily routine.

Biking

“When in doubt, pedal it out”

Going to the gym everyday has been a habit of mine lately. I’m super committed to changing my lifestyle drastically and the gym is the way I’ve been doing that. Specifically, with cardio. Typically, you can find me on the treadmill or elliptical and occasionally using the weight machines (I’m still new at this so bear with me). But recently I’ve been loving the bike! I’ve been doing 20 minute workouts with intervals. Meaning I’ll go hardcore on a high level for 5 minutes and switch back to a lower level up until my time is up. It keeps my heart rate going and acts as a game I try to beat! Feels like I’m at my own soul cycle in a way! Lol.

So what are your Fall favorites this week?! Let me know in the comments!

Fab Fit Fun Unboxing Fall 2017

Hooray! I’m so happy I finally jumped on the FabFitFun train! These seasonal boxes are seriously amazing and full of great goodies. Everything from hair products, to skin care, accessories, makeup, and a bunch in between. If you’re not familiar with this awesome brand…let me give you some details! FFF is a seasonal subscription service that delivers to you for only $49.99! Which is a fabulous price considering the products inside are valued at over $200! They’re packaging is to-die-for, their customer service rocks, and best of all you’re given unique products you may have never picked out on your own! It’s like Christmas every season!

So anyways, the company just launched their Fall box and I couldn’t wait to share with you what’s inside. I’m sure there’s something in here that will fit your fancy someway or somehow. Let’s get into it!

  • Heart Ceramic Jewelry Holder
  • Mytagalongs Hot & Cold Gel Pack
  • Ombré Wrap Scarf
  • Private PartyGym Bag
  • Trestique Matte Color & Shiny Balm Lip Crayon
  • Whish Beauty Renewing Mud Mask
  • Deco Miami Lavender Cuticle Oil
  • Cottonelle Freshcare Flushable Cleansing Wipes
  • One Of The Following 4 Products: B-Low The BeltFashion Belt, Apple Cider Vinegar Hair Rinse, The Jet-Set Diaries Beanie, Whitening Powder With Toothbrush

Can you believe how much is jam-packed into this lovely little thing?! My favorite most of all has gotta be that Ombré Wrap Scarf! Super cozy and comfortable for those crispy-cold mornings. You could even lay this piece down on your bed as a runner! Super cute!

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Another thing I was pleasantly surprised to find in this box was the charcoal teeth whitening powder. I’ve seen this on a ton of YouTube videos but have yet to give it a shot. It’s such a different type of product I would have never had the guts to get myself. Easily one of the items I’m just dying to test out!

What was your favorite piece from this months Fall box?! Let me know in the comments below! Haven’t tried FabFitFun yet? Don’t worry! Use the code PUMPKINSPICE to save $10 off your first box!

Spring Favs: Outfit Ideas, Things To Do + More

The weather in Illinois has been absolutely amazing lately. Bravo Chicago you’re finally doing this Spring thing right! Can you believe yesterday I wore sandals? Sandals…in April! Crazy isn’t it?! Get this, as I’m writing this post the temperature reads 75 degrees. How exciting!

Anyways, today I thought I’d publish a post all about Spring Favorites! The weather is changing which means trends and styles are too! I’ve made so many recent purchases prepping for these upcoming weeks. I wanted to share my finds and hopefully get you guys in the Spring mood too!

Two-Strapped Sandals

To start, I know I’m a little behind on this whole Birkenstock trend but man these shoes are comfy! I love pairing mine with some leggings and a large tunic. Lately, that’s been my go-to Sunday attire. Super simple to throw on and gives me the support I need to walk around comfortably.

Collared Shirts & Dresses

I’ve been totally in-to the collared look. Recently, I picked up a few striped styled collared short sleeves that go great with distressed skinny jeans. The tops make me look less grungy and more put together when paired with the rips. I’m a sucker for that kind of stuff. A perfect compromise for sure!

Dresses are my guilty pleasure. Sometimes I really don’t feel like wearing pants. Can I be the only one?! Dresses are easy and light weight. It’s basically a whole outfit in one. Gotta love that.

L’Oréal Air Dry It Wave Swept Spray

We all have that one hair product that does our locks wonders, this is mine. I’ve always struggled to find something that can tame my hair while also keeping it volumized and beachy. The Air Dry It Wave Spray gives me everything I need for a simple, quick, style. I recommend it for those who are always on the run yet want to feel refreshed and natural.

H2O+ Marine Toner

To give my skin the extra little glow, cleansing, and replenishing it needs I look to this stuff. Filled with ingredients found in the sea, it’s quickly becoming my favorite new face product to use on the daily. I use this before bed time after I’ve completely washed my face. It leaves the skin feeling renewed and healthy. Pick up a bottle of this stuff now!

Pearl Earrings

Pearl anything for that matter! Did anyone else forget these beauties existed? Because same. These wonderful pearl studs from Ice Jewelery complete all of my Spring outfits. I feel like such a classy lady when I put mine on. I never want to take them off!

To add, Ice Jewelry has so many other great jewelry options for every occasion all for affordable prices! The site lets customers purchase straight from designers keeping everything very low-cost. Plus, if pearls just aren’t your thing they carry a variety of other great pieces. With Mothers Day right around the corner, this just may be the destination for the perfect gift! Use my code Natalie10 for 10% off your next purchase. Happy shopping!

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Psssst…stay tuned towards the end of this post for special giveaway information! You could be the lucky winner getting your own pair of pearl earrings just like mine!

Iced Green Tea & Honey Lavender Lattes 

The love for this one goes deep friends. The Starbucks Green Tea Latte gives me life. Except, I love to put my own little spin on it. In my drink, I like to add non fat milk, 2 pumps of peppermint and light ice! It’s so refreshing and revitalizes your mood quickly! Pick one up for yourself and tell me how you like it!

I’ve also been swooning over honey and lavender lattes. The sweetness of the honey engages with the lavender so well. Feels like joy and happiness every time I drink one!

Pierogies 

I come from a mixed breed family with ancestors spread throughout France, Poland, Germany and so many others. However, growing up I always knew one European style food I just couldn’t get enough of. Those were Pierogies! These consist of crispy dough on the outside filled with whatever you want on the inside. I’ve been cooking them up for breakfast and dinner non stop just to relive my childhood a bit. Some of the greatest fillings to me are sweet cheese, potato, and sauerkraut! Add a dollop of sour cream for the saltier options and sugar for the sweeter ones. So delicious!

Conservatories

Plants have become quite a big part of my home. I’m always on the look out for adding new ones to my collection, big or small. One of the greatest places I love to gain inspiration from is the Lincoln Park Conservatory in Chicago. There are so many plant species and amazing things to look at. It’s really an awesome Spring day idea if you’re searching for something to do. It’s also free!

If you’re not an Illinois native, try a local greenhouse in your area. The place will make for pretty pictures and a wonderful shopping experience. Much better than Home Depot. I promise.

GIVEAWAY TIME

Now, earlier in this post I mentioned to all of you I had a little giveaway going on for one of my favorites this Spring season. Thanks to my friends over at Ice Jewelry, one of you is going to win your own pair of pearl earrings! Here are the simple rules for your chance at scooping these up! Be sure you’re following myself as well as Ice Jewelry on our Instagram accounts, then tag a friend on the collab post I recently did with them! After that, you’re done and entered! The winner will be chosen May 15th so get those entries in quick! Good luck!