5 ways to start this New Year

Well yes, I am well aware that we are well into March. This does not however mean that you still can't start 2015 right. Not everyone is on the same schedule and some of us probably wanted to hold on to 2014 a bit longer. I just happen to have had a late start to 2015. Anyways, if you are like me, here are 5 little ways you can do to salvage your "new year, new me."

52 money challenge. This was popular two years ago. You can either do it for weeks or days. Each day you add to a jar a certain amount ex. day 1 = $1, day 2 = day 1 + $2, day 3 = day 1+ day 2+ $3. By the end of day 3 you should have $6

No buy month. Basically only buy the basics of life during one month. Things like clothes, make up, dinner outings, movies, and shoes.

Drink more water. Your body and skin will thank you :)

Plan weekend trips. I've got about 3 marked on my calendar so far. It is a way to have multiple mini-vacations during the year and disconnect for the "other" things of life.

Make a list of good books to read or re-read. Because reading is sexy? It really doesn't hurt to read a good novel or two. I recently started my reading list, it is the most effective way to not fall asleep on the metro.

Start meal planning. Pop over to Pinterest and start planning. It is the easiest time and money saver especially if you have a full-time job and do not enjoy the process of making a meal each night.

...well 6 ways, but who listens to rules anyways.

5 things I'd like to do in Spain

After having been in Spain for several months, there are still so many places and things I would like to do and see. The country is so vast and full of things to satisfy each person's wander-needs. From time to time, I get into conversations with locals and see what they are into. What places and things they enjoy doing also, what some recommendations are for me to do. If I were to do each thing I have been recommended to do, I would need infinite funds and a bit more time than I actually have. Some of the more interesting things I do want to do are: 
  • Having some paella in Valencia, I have been told it is the best in all of Spain. The paella is made with wood fire which makes all the difference.
  • A winery tour in the Roija area of Spain, only fitting as most of the wine I like in this country are from that area…only fitting. 
  • Partying hard in Ibiza, because why not and #yolo…The way people describe this place makes it sound like Disney. 
  • Visiting the Guggenheim in Bilbao, the architecture of the building itself is to die for. 
  • Finally lay on the beautiful beaches of Mallorca. Google it…just google it! 
Did I miss something? 


Postcard From my basil plant


Just because I am feeling mildly homesick and have yet to find fresh basil in Spain
From June 2014
Virginia, USA

Empties #2

Since moving abroad, I have been using up a lot more of the products I brought with me. If I was at home I would just start using something and somehow after going to either Sephora or CVS find something new before finishing the old products. Perhaps the language barrier of Barcelona is working in my wallet’s favor. Here we go...

Let’s start with something that I just need to admit to myself  is quite a “forever” favorite THE almighty Caudalie Huile Divine. I finally bought the full size bottle when I was in France over the holiday. You should give it a whirl! 

On to the scents. I have always bought the Victoria Secret scents…but never really used them. Well, not at all, they are just too sweet and act better as a room spray than a body spray. Lemon Escape smells like a lemon-ey cake, so I used it to spray my closet. Citrus Dream is better…but used it for my bedsheets since it is not overwhelming. One scent I would repurchase is the travel size Gucci Guilty eau de toilette. It is such mesmerizing  goodness of a night scent. It smells like a sexy summer night on a rooftop bar by the beach. 

Oh skincare… I do have a somewhat review of the Aveeno Targeted Tone Corrector [here] it is a good budget buy for dark spots. If I had access to this a.k.a. a Target nearby, it would be back on my stash.. The Jurlique Purely Bright Treatment a little pricey and high maintenance but it works oh so well. The instructions say “apply 2-3 times daily” but who has time for that? Using is once and sometimes twice a day, results were seen within days. It was worth the money, and yes I would buy it again if my face started acting up. 

And then there was one lip product…just one. Secret Agent Pretty Pink Provocateur  which I got in a Birchbox a long time ago but never used…until Barcelona. It smells great and the packaging is awesome but I does not last more than an hour on me. So…would not go out of my way to buy this. 

Has anyone else tried these products? Thoughts? 

Check out the last “empties” post HERE