Holiday Gift Guide: For Him

My second gift guide of the season is officially here! I don't know about you, but I feel like guys are always impossible to shop for. I've been with Nick for over 5 years and I still struggle finding the perfect gifts for him every year.

This guide includes items that are perfect for ANY guy in your life - your dad, grandpa, brother, friend, boyfriend...there's something for everyone. Read on for 20 gift ideas for that hard-to-shop-for guy in your life!

Holiday Gift Guide: For The College Student

Gift-giving season is officially upon us, which means struggling to find the perfect gift for a long list of people. I wanted to create a gift guide specifically for college students because they are in a weird part of life where they are adults, but not really adults. As in, a still-call-mom-to-ask-how-to-get-a-stain-out-but-also-have-to-pay-bills-and-work-full-time kind of adult. Sure, you could get all of your holiday shopping done in an hour on Amazon, but here's why you shouldn't. There are thousands of amazing products out there that were created by hard-working small business owners and entrepreneurs. I hand-selected every item in this gift guide because a) they are items I have tried myself and loved and b) I personally believe that gifts from somewhere other than Walmart or Target are much more thoughtful.

A lot of the gift ideas in this guide are super affordable, which is great if you're a college student buying a gift for another college student and also happen to be ballin on a budget. This guide is also perfect if you just want to shop for yourself! We all know a college student, and if you're lucky enough to have one you need to shop for, look no further...

Travel Skincare Essentials: 13 Things You Have to Pack

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Traveling can really take a toll on you. It's important to make time to take care of your skin even when you're on vacation. Since I usually only bring carry-ons, I use travel sized products or put my favorite products in travel sized containers. Life hack: it's usually a better deal to buy the big size of a product and pour some into your own container for travel than it is to buy the travel sized items! I travel a lot, so I have my travel skincare routine down to a T. Here's what I always bring: 

Travel Guide: Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Today's travel guide is a super fun one - my first time in Louisiana was such a great time! I stopped in Baton Rouge for about 24 hours because it was a good halfway point on my drive from Texas to Florida. I was so excited to explore this area because it looked so beautiful in pictures and there is so much to do there. It seemed like the perfect city for my first Louisiana experience. If you're looking for some tips for where to stay, what to eat, and what to do for fun in Baton Rouge, read on!
I did a lot of research to find the best Baton Rouge hotel to stay at. I've stayed at some pretty sketchy hotels in my life, and since I was traveling alone, I wanted to make sure I picked a good one this time. Review after review convinced me how great this hotel was. I knew I couldn't stay anywhere else during my visit to Baton Rouge. L'Auberge Casino came out on top - it has amazing reviews and has won countless awards (it won a #17 spot on US News World Report's best hotels in Louisiana for 2018). This beautiful 4.5 star hotel and casino is nestled right up next to the Mississippi River. It is modern and clean, with the most friendly staff and most comfortable bed. I fell in love with L'Auberge the second I walked in the door. I seriously wanted to move in after only one night there.

September 2018 Favorites

September was an amazing month! I moved out of Texas and spent about 3 weeks in Florida before finally arriving home at the very end of the month. A lot of my favorites this month are related to brands I'm partnering up with on the blog, and it's so exciting! I love being able to work with brands that I actually use and love.
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  • Drunk Elephant TLC Sukari Babyfacial. I've heard so much buzz about this product in the beauty community so I was so excited to try it out! At first it burned my face, which was slightly alarming, but I googled it and that's normal for this product! After the burning went away, I didn't even notice it was on my face. When I finally rinsed it off, my skin felt amazing. I can see why everyone loves this. I'm hooked!
  • Nads Facial Wand Eyebrow Shaper. I usually pluck my own eyebrows and I always dread doing it. I picked this up at Walmart to try out and I was so impressed! I got my brows done in under 5 minutes - it usually takes almost an hour! These were painless too. I also loved how much control the wax pen has. 
  • Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel Lotion. I wore a lot of sunscreen when I was in Florida. I usually wear the regular Neutrogena sunscreen, but I picked up this new one to try! I love how this feels on your skin! It doesn't feel greasy and leave a residue like normal sunscreen does. It feels like it soaks right into your skin. I am definitely going to be using this every summer from now on!