Sunday, August 17, 2014

The Retrospective Penultimate Summer Bucket List

There were so many things I wanted to do this summer and planed to accomplish before starting medical school. Looking retrospectively, I am so thankful for the summer I had this year. I visited some new places and really enjoyed my time off before things got hectic.

My bucket list for the summer mirrored that of a to do list with spurs of activities.

Travel
ROADTRIP! New Orleans, Houston, Austin, and Orlando were all places I traveled to this summer. I am happy I was able to go enjoy and experience different parts of the country. I really wanted to take a summer trip to Helen, GA - never got around to it though.

Explore and be more adventurous

After being trapped at school for an entire year I yearned for nothing more than to explore, stay outside, and soak up the summer sun. I had ambitions to visit the mountains, the beach, different parts of the state I've never been to, as well as some national parks and nature preserves. I wanted to go hiking, tubing, and camping - all outdoorsy types of activities I wouldn't normally do... I didn't get to accomplish this, but that's okay.

Go outside everyday and enjoy the sun

I went outside most days, but didn't really stay out for to long. I always underestimate how miserable the summers are in the south.

Go to the pool

I only visited the pool 3 times this summer. Pasty legs for me =]

Visit my sister
I love you sister, glad you are back home! Texas was fun. And a big thanks to Shani.

Go to Harry Potter world

OMG. HARRYPOTTERWORLD. ILOVEJO.

Craft/DIY projects
Stay tuned for some upcoming project posts! I am so pleased I got these ideas translated into what I wanted.

Blog More

Well... you can be the judge of that!

Organize closet and create a capsule wardrobe
No I did not accomplish this, though I did weed out many articles of clothing for donation!

Have family dinners and spend more time with my family
This is something I desperately missed during the school year. I was so thankful to have a few rare moments in the summer where everyone's schedule matched up to spend some quality time together. I am especially thankful to have enjoyed a sleepover with my little nephew who I deeply love! Thanks for playing Legos with me kiddo and entertaining my love for Harry Potter. =]

Edit makeup collection
Oh yes, I pared down quite a bit what was long over due. I am quite chuffed with my collection. I cannot believe the amount of makeup I own as I rarely have the time to wear a full face.

Fix up the bedroom
Finally, all pictures are up! 2 weeks after summer started Q and I finally got out wedding photos back. Ah. So happy to have them up and hanging in our home. I made some photobooks and albums to send to family too. In addition to the photos, I found the right Euro pillows I had wanted. They were ordered off of Overstock and are perfect for our queen. Our nightstands also were recently ordered and I changed the hardware on them to match that of the updated dresser.

Read more
I started 3 books during the summer and didn't finish any of them! I'm so irritated. Next time, I'll just take on one book at a time. Lesson learned.
Wicked: 1/2
God Save the Queen: 1/3
Orson Scott Card:1/4

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Battle of the Dry Shampoos

In my experience, finding the right dry shampoo can be tricky. I have tried many of the hyped ones only to have them not preform as optimally as they had been said too. I recall using a blonde tinted formula from Sally's back in the early days of my college career (scary) as my first foray into dry shampoos. It was so difficult to work with and didn't do anything to refresh my hair, not to mention the color from the blonde would settle all over my bathroom. When I decided to chuck that I moved to tried hair powders with no avail. Eventually, I went back to using an aerosol formula dry shampoos.

Tresemme, Got2B, Batiste, and Klorane, just to name a few, are some of the brands I tried. Of those my favorite was Batiste. This left my hair feeling refreshed and freshly scented (also, it should be noted it was very affordable and readily available). The only downside was a bit of a greying effect on the sports where I had distributed it and my hair seems more weighed down.

I wasn't entirely pleases and would switch back and to Batiste from other brands like TIGI and Not Your Mother's (NYM). I tried the two different dry shampoos from TIGI's Rockaholic and Catwalk series, they both required a lot of product to absorb the oil and reapplication was needed to keep my hair looking refreshed throughout the day. NYM dry shampoo worked well and I though that it my be my HG dry shampoo, light scent, not a huge greying effect and affordable, but it left my hair feeling sticky and heavy. I still wasn't satisfied so on chance in May I picked up Dove's Dry Shampoo and I am so glad I did.


Dove's dry shampoo, is a bargain coming to just under five dollars at check-out. Not only does it score point with my wallet (lol), but a reapplication throughout the day is not needed and it doesn't leave my hair feeling so weighed down. While I do have blonde hair, there isn't a noticeable greying/lightening/white cast with this formula. The scent is light and smells fresh. I feel that I have more body in my locks with this on. That said, it feels very weightless and soft while extending the length of my wash by at least another day... or three (unheard of). The only thing I would pick on is the fact that the product in the can doesn't seem to last to long, maybe 3 or 4 weeks, so I have been buying around one can per month.

In considering the right shampoo for you you must think of the finish you desire, the type of hair you have, the color, as well as the texture, all the while to achieve the perfect revitalized look for yourself. This has been my recent favorite and most affordable dry shampoo, after having searched for and trying many drugstore options. Of course I'd like the opportunity to try more dry shampoos, but this one will do for now!

My hair type: Thick, normal, combination oily, blonde

Have you tried this particular brand and formula? Do you use dry shampoos? If so what is your favorite dry shampoo?

XOXO,
Carolyn


Saturday, August 9, 2014

Empties #5

Another round to empties for today's post.  
Feels so goood.

Dove Cool Moisture Shampoo & Conditioner

I am so glad that this has finally moved out of my bathroom and into the recycling bin! I have had this shampoo for over 2 year. It was really hard to me to finish off because I very much disliked how my hair texture was after using them. It felt slightly sticky and not really clean. In the end of me trying to use up all of the combo, I started refilling my hand soap containers with a mixture of the two... which surprisingly worked and achieved both clean hands and cleared up space in my bath closet.

Neutrogena naturals purifying facial cleanser
I have a love hate relationship with the willow bark family. I can use it for about a week before my skin revolts and causes all my normal self-esteem to run away. I love the smell, the fact that it was "natural," and the length of the ingredient list. This is sadly not a repurchase for me due to my willow allergies.

OPI Nail Envy Original formula
Oh how I do love a good nail treatment and base coat. I think I've gone on about this before an I'll do it again if I haven't. This is a great nail treatment, 'nuff said. Seriously, there are other options of of nail treatments out there, but I really prefer this one, tried-and-true. It's low odor, last for a reasonable amount of time on the nail. The formula is recommended to be applied every other day when using as a treatment and to clean on the 7th day. I don't notice a discoloration or build up of color on the nail from the treatment regime or when using a color on top. My nails are visibly better looking, but that could be my diet...

Rimmel Stay Matte pressed powder
I think that Rimmel, here in the US, is seriously underrated as far as drugstore beauty products go. I love their eyeliners (especially the kohls), lipsticks,glosses, and powders. This powder is very affordable and is great for finishing or setting your face and keeping most of the shine away.

L'Oreal Fresh Dust Dry Shampoo Texture Expert
Anna Runs With Scissors is an amazing hair artist, I'd love for her to cut and style my hair one day. I bought this after she professed her fondness of it, which I did not share. It just didn't work for the type of hair I have or how I like my hair to be styled.

So happy to have my bathroom closets and cabinets to be a bit more lighter after this post. Still more to come!

Have you used any of the products I mentioned?

Also, a big thanks to everyone who commented on my last post! I really enjoyed have a photo diary segment and I have a few more to come before my classes gear into full motion. Stay tuned! 

XOXO,
Carolyn

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Sunday, August 3, 2014

{Photo Diary}: New Orleans - French Quarter | Honeymoon Part 1












Recently, Q and I ventured out of our little bubble of a comfort zone and embarked on a major trip to Texas to visit my sister. Along the way, we made a detour to New Orleans as part 1 of our Honeymoon trip, to justify the splurge I suppose. We stayed in the Omni Royal Hotel located in the French Quarter district, and made our way around the different streets to Jackson Square to continue enjoying and exploring more areas. It's was a quick trip, but quite memorable. Q discovered a new taste to add to his palate, cajun food, and I gushed over the 18th century architecture which includes influences from French, Spanish, and American styles.

I hope you enjoyed me sharing my trip with you. If you have any questions about how I planned the trip or how you got around the area, feel free to ask! I researched a lot before we left.

Have you been to New Orleans? Do you have any other destination recommendations?

XOXO,
Carolyn

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