Thursday, June 30, 2016

Shark Bites

When it comes to Shark Week, I can't be stopped. From lapel pins to cupcakes, during the seven days of nonstop shark action, I am all in. For a simple and delicious treat, I whipped up some funfetti cupcakes with Pillsbury Aqua Blue frosting and blue raspberry shark gummies. For a midweek pick me up, I brought a batch into work and they were a huge hit! They even made it onto the company's Facebook and Instagram page! I am forever known as Mary, the girl who loves shark, and I am so okay with that. These were such a big hit, I am planning on making more this weekend and substituting the sharks for star-shaped gummies to celebrate the 4th of July. For more fun shark snacks, check out my Pinterest page!

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Roycroft Art Festival

Over the weekend, my mother and I spent a hot summer day browsing beautiful artwork at the Roycroft Art Festival. We saw incredible paintings and photography and indulged in strawberry shortcakes. My favorite part of the art festival was finding vintage earrings, pins and magazine ads. I, of course, purchased two vintage pins for my collection.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Shark Bait

To keep the Shark Week trend rolling, I have complied a variety of shark-themed items. This may come as a surprise, but I do not own any shark related pieces! Crazy, I know. I am in love with watercolor print and pretty tempted to purchase that for my apartment. I did just order the Love Shark pin to add to my lapel pin collection. I hope everyone is enjoying Shark Week as much as I am!

Monday, June 27, 2016

Weekly Spread: June 27th-July 3rd

It's been a while since I last posted a Weekly Spread. These past few weeks have been a bit crazy. I finally feel like I am all caught up from my trip to Bonnaroo. I cleaned the apartment this weekend and got things back in order. It's a good feeling.
For this week, I used the Glam Plan Monthly Mystery Subscription for June. This kit just happened to be perfect for Shark Week! My favorite week of the year. I also used some adorable shark stickers from Sweet Bean Plans. How cute do the little shark fins look in the waves washi tape?! I am excited to go home each day this week and watch sharkie shows. Life is good.

Friday, June 24, 2016

OOTD: Shower Style

Tis the season for baby and bridal showers! Tomorrow I am attending a baby shower for a co-worker. I love styling outfits and mixing and matching pieces, so I have really enjoyed playing around on Polyvore to create these Outfit of the Day posts. For the baby shower I am going to tomorrow, the parents have decided to wait to find out the sex of the baby until he or she is born. I don't know about you, but I tend to gear my outfits around themes. I put together 3 different outfits perfect for a baby shower, or even bridal shower. I love the stripped pink and white dress with bright white pumps and a pale pink bag. Dressy culottes are everywhere these days. For a casual, but still dressy look, I love the blue print paired with a simple lace detail top. Lastly, an outfit with a pop of yellow. I love the bright yellow top paired with the stripped midi skirt that encompasses pinks, blues, and yellows.
I hope everyone has a great weekend!

Thursday, June 23, 2016

My Worst Habits

I have never been addicted to cigarettes (or any other drug for that matter). I don't bite my nails and I don't think I have any out-of-the-ordinary bad habits. But, I do have some pretty bad habits when it comes to scheduling and money.

1. Buying books and never reading them. Maybe I am ambitious or maybe I am a book hoarder, but I can tell you right now I have about ten or more books sitting on a shelf that I bought and never touched. I can't explain it. I love books. I love to read, but I just don't take the time to sit down and read them. I get very excited about the idea of reading a book, buy it and forget about it. It's a terrible habit. Sure I'll have a great book collection some day, but I won't be able to say I read them all. Yesterday, I had a turning point. I was browsing Target's book section for The Girls: A Novel by Emma Cline. When I didn't see it, my next thought was to head next door to Barnes & Noble and grab it there. I immediately put that idea to rest when a pile of unread books popped in my head. I am banning myself from buying any more books until I read the ones I already own. Wish me luck!

2. Making too many plans. I like to stay busy. Many people have called me a social butterfly. But there are times when I just over due it. This week for example, I started the week with far too many plans and all I want to do is go home and binge watch Orange is the New Black, but I can't. I have to run errands and bake cupcakes and clean. Sometimes I need to tell myself that not having plans is a plan. After my previously scheduled events on Saturday, I will be scheduling some R&R into my evenings.

3. Not setting a budget. I have divulged my terrible money habits in the past, and while I am at a more stable time in my life with a job and steady income, I have yet to really master the art of budgeting. This week was also the first time I really looked at my bank account and thoroughly looked ahead at the coming weeks to see what I have going on and how much I may need or want to have for each event. I gave myself a good pat on the back for that. Granted it's only been a few days, but I have been very conscious of my spending and saving the past few days.

Everyone has bad habits, the hard part can be really recognizing them and taking the steps to work through them. I may be 27, but I am learning every day how to be better with money or my time. It's baby steps like the ones I took this week that are ultimately going to help get me to where I want to be financially and personally. So, cheers to baby steps and breaking bad habits!

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Heavydirtysoul: Twenty One Pilots Concert Review

I am still on could nine after last night's Twenty One Pilots show. There is nothing better than seeing a band you truly love perform live. The energy and passion from the crowd and TOP last night was incredible. Josh and Tyler can put on a show. They opened and closed the show on high, fast paced songs having everyone's attention from start to finish, and exceeding our expectations with an encore of "Goner" and "Trees." During "Guns for Hands," Tyler rolled about the top of the crowd in a hamster ball! Josh played his drum set literally on top of the crowd. I could go on and on about all of the wonderful and crazy things that happened during this show. If you ever get the chance to see Twenty One Pilots perform live, grab your tickets as soon as you can.

 Tyler in his infamous red beanie.

Josh playing drums in the crowd.

 Tyler climbed the stage for "Car Radio."

 Red Confetti Finale.

Black, white and red.

There are things we can do
But from the things that work there are only two
And from the two that we choose to do
Peace will win
And fear will lose
There's faith and there's sleep
We need to pick one please because
Faith is to be awake
And to be awake is for us to think
And for us to think is to be alive
And I will try with every rhyme
To come across like I am dying
To let you know you need to try to think
-Car Radio

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

OOTD: Concert Style

Tonight I am going to see Twenty One Pilots at an outdoor concert venue along the Erie Canal. I am so excited to see this band live. I bought these tickets back in October and have been anxiously waiting for this day to arrive. I just started to brainstorm what I should wear and came up with two looks perfect for an outdoor show.
The first look is my summer go-to: a shift dress with comfortable shoes and a jean jacket to throw over my shoulders to keep the cool air at bay once the sun sets. The second look features one of my favorite details of the moment: embroidery. A embroidered peasant top with distressed cut offs paired with laced espadrilles. This ensemble will be my weekend wardrobe this summer.
For links to all the pieces, check out my Polyvore sets!

Monday, June 20, 2016

Unboxing: June Birchbox

It's that time again! The monthly unboxing of my Birchbox subscription. I am a bit sad to report this will be my last Birchbox unboxing. There are a few reasons for this decision. I have so many samples and more than half of them end up unused and forgotten in a drawer. If you are a Birchbox subscriber, you may have heard the news about the Birchbox Review Points Program changing. This was also a major contributor in my decision to cancel my subscription. I have been a subscriber on and off since June of 2011 and was a part-time employee at Birchbox for about two years when I was living in NYC. My love for Birchbox runs deep, but I feel it is time to say goodbye.

1. Benefit gimme brow volumizing fiber gel. I am all about ease when it comes to beauty products. This Benefit brow product is one swipe and done. I think I just might do more with my brows because of this awesome beauty product.

2. IPKN Moist & Firm Beauty Balm SPF 45. I have never heard to this brand and have yet to try it. I am always hesitant to try new foundations or balms because my skin in so sensitive. This product is matte and packed with vitamins, so I might have to give it a go.

3. dr. brandt® PoreDermabrasion. I love the dr. brandt pores no more, and I'm looking forward to seeing if this product will match up.

4. Lavanila The Healthy Sunscreen Sport Luxe SPF 30. This face and body sunscreen claims to protect and nourish. It is full of antioxidants and shea butter to replenish and moisturize the skin. I think I'll keep this in my purse for on-the-go applications.

5. Avène Thermal Spring Water. This face mist has all sorts of powers. It 'soothes redness and calms all sorts of skin troubles, from sunburns to allergic reactions to eczema and itching sensations,' and even works as a makeup setter. I give this a big thumbs up.

What did you receive in June's Birchbox? How do you feel about Birchbox's points program change?

Friday, June 17, 2016

Wanderlust: Exploring Columbus

Early Monday morning, we packed up our campsite at Bonnaroo and hit the road headed towards Columbus. We decided to split up the trip home into two days so we wouldn't go stir crazy in the car. Our halfway point was Columbus, Ohio where we stayed in an adorable AirBNB home right off High Street. 

Monday night, we arrived in Columbus around 6pm. After we each showered and scrubbed all the dirt off of us, we hit up a local spot called Roosters for wings and the NBA Finals game. Being from Buffalo, the chicken wing capital, we were a bit skeptical about how the wings would taste, but we were pleasantly surprised. They had a crispy coating that I really enjoyed.

On Tuesday, we all woke up feeling refreshed. After four days of trying to sleep on a partially inflated twin mattress, sleeping in a bed, although a bit stiff for me, was heaven. We ventured onto High Street for breakfast. Yelp directed me to Jack & Benny's, which has been voted "Ohio's Best Breakfast." It did not disappoint. The sausage gravy and biscuits were mouth watering, and the giant blueberry pancake was superb.
After fueling up on coffee and pancakes, we headed a few miles down High Street until we hit The Ohio State University. My brother has been an Ohio Buckeyes fan for a few years and is looking to transfer to OSU in the next year or so. He was so excited to explore the campus, as were the rest of us.
It was stunning. The Horseshoe, or Ohio Stadium, was majestic. All of the buildings on campus had beautiful architecture and intricate details. There was an interesting mix of classical style buildings with a few modern buildings here and there. It added an interesting aesthetic to the charming campus. My favorite areas were the Thompson Library and the Union. The library had a mini "museum" which displayed the Underwood typewriter (I learned it is tied to the hit show House of Cards) and a tool women once used to achieve waves in their hair. We each learned a little something during out time on the campus and had fun taking in all the sights.
Exploring OSU was the perfect cherry on top to close out our trip. Fingers crossed Steve applies to OSU so I can go back and explore some more and attend an OSU football game! Go Buckeyes!

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Father's Day Gift Guide

Father's Day is this Sunday! While I try to be more prepared for special events by planning and shopping in advance, my Bonnaroo trip has me behind in a few areas, mainly laundry and Father's Day gift shopping. Yesterday, I was browsing the web for ideas and found so many great items I decided to put together a gift guide to help other last minute shoppers such as myself.

1. Punny cards
2. Darth Vader Mug
3. Dad's Playbook
4. Wooden Family Portrait
5. Superman Apron
6. Scratch-N-Sniff Whiskey Guide
7. Personalized Cigar Cutter
8. Handyman Wall Art
9. Wooden Wine Glasses

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

My First Bonnaroo!

I survived my first Bonnaroo! I am not gonna lie, I was a bit nervous that the heat would get me. While is was a scorcher out there, I made it with the help of loads of sunscreen and gallons are water, I lived to tell the tale of my first Roo.
I didn't know what to expect at Bonnaroo. I was apprehensive from the start. Mostly due to the fact that I am not a camper, I love my bed and coziness is key for me to be comfortable and at ease. Sure, I guess you could say I am a diva, but really, camping just isn't for everyone. Aside from that, I loved it!
The overall experience: Great! 
The music: Incredible! 
The food: Delicious! 
The company I was with: Made my time at The Farm memorable. 

I will never forget my First Bonnaroo. Seeing some of my favorite acts live was a dream. Being in the pit for the Halsey show was by far my favorite part of Roo. I also saw Borns, The Chainsmokers, X Ambassadors, Chvrches, Chris Stapleton, Dead and Company, Death Cab for Cutie, and so many others in just 4 days! I discovered new artists that I now love. I will never forget the energy or the high fives you get and give randomly while walking around. I will never forget seeing my brother so happy and in his element while listening to his favorite bands. It was truly an experience I will never forget!

 First meal at Roo. Jasmine Rice Bowl with Curried Chicken from Roti Rolls.

 Yours truly in my uniform: straw hat with a wet bandana to keep cool
(and some major under eye bags).

 Neon rainbow at the VIP entrance.

 B and I outside the main gate with the Bonnaroo arch.

 The watering hole.

My first henna tattoo.

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Bonnaroo Outfits

Today is the day! We are on our way to the Bonnaroo camp grounds! In a few hours we will be at the first show! I cannot wait! When packing, I tried to be reasonable. I know it is going to be so hot down there (98 degrees is forecasted for Saturday and Sunday). Shorts were a no-brainer, but the tops threw me for a loop. I am not a big fan of sleeveless shirts, but I didn't want to wear t-shirts either. I am hopeless, I know. I was able to settle on an in-between style that is also on trend, off the shoulder tops. Over the past 2-3 weeks I have been perfecting my Bonnaroo wardrobe, picking things up here and there. My go-to stores quickly became Target and Old Navy. Have you seen Target's summer clothes yet? Everything is amazing! I found so many cute shorts and tops there. I also found this fringe top the other day at Kohl's and I had to have it. I am bringing minimal jewelry, aside from one necklace and a few earrings I designed (blog post to follow). A hat is definitely necessary, and handkerchiefs to tie around my neck for a little something extra. Footwear is mostly closed toe to account for all the walking around. But, I did walk all over NYC in flats and sandals, so one pair of slip on sandals is coming with me. I am so excited for the artists and the music, but I am also excited to get my festival style on!

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Road Trip Reads

I'm currently on the road headed to Bonnaroo! We should be in Nashville by this evening! I have snacks, music, and some good reads along with my travel companions to keep me entertained throughout this road trip. I tend to always over pack books and magazines when I travel. I like to be ambitious with my reading, but I usually end up only looking at the magazines. I have two magazines and two books I am bring with me on my road trip.

1. People StyleWatch. I love looking through magazines for blog inspiration, and, of course, outfit inspiration. I particularly love People Style Watch since it is equals parts style and celeb news/gossip.

2. Sharks: The Ultimate Handbook. Have I emphasized my love of sharks and more speciafically, Shark Week? 20 days to go! I am so excited to read every single word of the shark handbook and spit out facts all throughout the road trip. We will all be shark experts by the end of this trip.

3. Me Before You. I have a terrible habit of not reading the book in advance of the movie coming out, but the plus side of that is being able to rent it by the time I finish the book. When I saw the trailer for this, I was in tears and knew I had to read it.

4. I Am That Girl. I found this book through a Refinery29 reading list. Barnes & Noble states, "Alexis believes that you’re not broken nor do you need to be fixed. You already are that girl who creates magic wherever she goes, who lives fearlessly, who inspires those around her to dream bigger, and who will leave the world better, just for having been in it." We could all use a little inspiration some times.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

CFDA Awards: My Favorite Looks

Last night was the 2016 CFDA Fashion Awards. Beyonce was honored with the Fashion Icon Award. Marc Jacobs was crowned the Womenswear Designer of the Year. For more winners and awards, you can see the full list at the CFDA website. Here are my favorite looks from the night. My number one favorite is Lauren Conrad in a pastel pink silk gown paired with an edgy blazer and dark lip. I love the light and dark contrasts.

 Imaan Hammam 

 Karlie Kloss

 Lauren Conrad

 Olivia Palermo

Rosie Huntington Whiteley

For more red carpet looks, check out

Beauty Review: CoverGirl The Super Sizer Fibers Mascara

I know, I know. I have a mascara problem! I heard about CoverGirl's New Super Sizer Fibers Mascara through Ingrid's Youtube channel, and I was pretty excited to try it out. Yesterday morning was my first test run with this new product and I only have good things to say. At first glance, I was not sure how I would feel about the brush with teeny tiny bristles, but it is absolutely the key to achieving long lashes. I felt like I has pretty good control with this wand and was really able to get those baby lashes that hide in the inner corner of my eye. The lashes looked longer and fuller. After the first few strokes, the formula started to clump, but with one or two more brushes through my lashes, the clumps combed out. This product is so light. Some mascara can weigh your lashes down, but I applied 3 coats and my lashes still feel light as a feather. I will be bringing this mascara with me to Bonnaroo. I plan on only wearing a few coats of mascara and sunscreen on my face over the next few days. It will be a great way to let me skin breathe.

Monday, June 6, 2016

Weekly Spread: June 6th-June 12th

I cannot believe I hit the road tomorrow for Bonnaroo! When I was thinking of how I wanted to decorate this week, I was originally thinking music and a rainbow of bright colors. Then I saw a few camping kits popping up on Etsy and they were just so cute. So I decided to go that route. We will be setting up camp for a few days, listening to incredible music, and sleeping under the stars. This kit from Happy Gal Planner could not be more perfect. I love the tent and the starry washi tape!

Friday, June 3, 2016

Bonnaroo Bands

I apologize if you are already sick of me talking about Bonnaroo! I am just so excited! This weekend will be spent packing and organizing while listening to music of the bands I plan on seeing at the festival. To kick that off, here are some songs I am loving and cannot wait to see performed live:

1. Ellie Goulding- Army
2. Halsey- Drive
3. CHVRCHES- Clearest Blue
4. Miguel- waves feat. Travis Scott
5. The Chainsmokers- Don't Let Me Down
6. Purity Ring- heartsigh
7. Sam Hunt- Make You Miss Me
8. X Ambassadors- Unsteady
9. St. Lucia- Dancing on Glass
10. BØRNS- 10,000 Emerald Pools

Thursday, June 2, 2016

What's In My Bonnaroo Bag?

A week from today, I will be on my way to Manchester, Tennessee for the Bonnaroo Music Festival! I am so excited, but I still have so much packing to do! On my packing list is my "Backpack Survival Kit." Aside from water, my DIY sunglasses, and my wallet, I created a list of items to carry with me throughout the festival so I can be prepared. Here is what I plan on adding to my backpack:

1. Neutrogena Clear Face Sunscreen & Banana Boat Sport SPF 30 and 50. Neutrogena Clear Face Suncreen will protect my sensitive skin from UV rays and prevent my pores from clogging. With hot weather and sunscreen, the last thing I want is my sunscreen to melt into my pores. I plan on applying sunscreen to my arms and legs every few hours as well.

2. Bandanna. For style and function, a picked up a few bandannas to tie around my neck, wipe away sweat and cover my head. Sunburn on the scalp is the worst.

3. Light blanket. In between shows, while we hang out or eat, a light blanket will be perfect sit on and relax.

4. Polariod camera. I cannot wait to capture some lifelong memories with my pink Polaroid.

5. Makeup Bag. For little items, I want to keep them tucked away on one easy to find place.

6. Fabric Hair Ties. I am notorious for loosing hair ties. I plan to bring quite a few so I can braid my hair or throw it up to keep it off my neck.

7. Hand Cream. I always need my favorite hand lotion.

8. Hand Sani. Same goes for hand sanitizier for an on-the-go cleanse.

9. Band-Aids. You never know when you might need a band-aid: blisters, cuts, you name it.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Weekly Spread: May 30th-June 5th

Happy June! When I think June, I think yellow. I think of sunshine and flowers. This spread, while very yellow, makes me so happy. Sunflowers are my absolute favorite. When I was about 7, my mom and I planted a sunflower seed and it grew to be almost 8 feet tall! I am currently growing a few sunflowers on my patio. I cannot wait for them to bloom. I hope everyone has a sunny week!

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