The “Hangover” Routine

Beauty, food, Lifestyle, simplicity, skincare, Uncategorized

So last night I went out, as I do most summer nights on the weekend. I went to my favorite rooftop and basically kicked off my Summer by drinking (alcoholic)  peach slushies on a nice warm summer night.

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Naturally, I woke up in the morning feeling kind of blah and dehydrated. I won’t go as far as to say I was hungover, but I was feeling some after effects for sure. So of course, I have a whole routine to bring me back to life…especially my skin.

First off I start by going ham with the water. I’ve probably had about four or five glasses of water today and I’m still so thirsty. I like to drink alkaline water because it supposedly rids the body of toxins…but I also like my good ‘ol filtered water too.

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For whatever reason, my nail polish always gets chipped on one or two of my nails whenever I go out. Last night, they got pretty messed up somehow, so the blue will be coming off right after this blog post. Any good nail polish color recommendations?

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As I’m typing this, I have a hydrating mask on my face. I have the Farmacy Honey Potion on to be exact. This mask never fails to make my skin feel so smooth and look glowy, which is great after a night out drinking.

Normally, I would include a lip mask as well, but I currently don’t have one on me. I like to get the sheet lip masks from Sephora for $3. They actually do work especially after a good lip scrub!

Last, but not least, I rest! I use this time to catch up on my shows and get some much-needed sleep. It’s great to go out and enjoy yourself, but it’s even better to take care of yourself after a long night. I’m a huge fan of pampering myself even if I have no reason to! I plan to write more about self-pampering in the near future because it’s so important!

That’s it for tonight, you guys. As always, thanks for reading!

ChelsiKay

 

Back at it again with the CLEAN EATING

food, Green, Lifestyle, Natural, simplicity, Uncategorized

Ever since I’ve gotten back from Miami, I’ve been eating not so clean. I haven’t been eating extremely bad either just not as clean as I normally do. I’ve been going out a whole lot more than usual since the weather is warmer. What can I say? I love rooftop bars!

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It’s no secret that alcohol isn’t great for you and neither is most bar food. So, today I took it upon myself to go to the grocery store and buy whole foods. That’s not to say I won’t be going to the rooftops anymore, but I am going to be a whole lot more mindful of my intake of well anything again.

Before Miami, I was eating more salads, drinking more water and eating frozen and canned vegetables. Now, I’m taking it a bit further and I plan on eating fresh veggies that I can eat raw, steam, or sauté. Of course, I’m still going to be eating salads, but I want to start eating more of them more often.

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As for meat goes, I’m already a chicken and seafood girl and only indulge in red meat very rarely. As I’m typing this I am eating a salad that has lettuce (duh,) green onions and cucumbers with some salt and pepper and homemade honey mustard dressing.

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One cool thing I noticed while shopping today, the vegetables (lettuce, green onions) smelled extremely fresh like they were pulled straight from the dirt earlier this morning.  I am very much here for that!

Also, it might as well be Summer now because I found a really fresh watermelon that is so sweet! Look for black spots on the melon. This shows that bees have pollinated the watermelon, which gives it that sweet flavor! Fun fact!

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Well, that’s all for today. I wanted to get back on my clean eating game and include you guys in it. So, I hope you enjoyed this post! Thanks for reading.

ChelsiKay

Miami Travels

Beauty, Lifestyle, simplicity, style, Travel, Uncategorized

So yes I know that I’ve abandoned you guys once again, but I’ve been thoroughly enjoying myself in the beautiful city of Miami. I had an amazing time there, which I’m sure if you follow me on Instagram you can see for yourself. I thought I would just come on here and just briefly talk about my time in Miami along with some pictures! Read till the end if you’re participating in my giveaway.

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I didn’t get a chance to take any pictures of my outfits because I spent so much time in my swimsuit either by the pool or on the beach. I think it’s safe to say that Florida has some of the best beaches, but I’m no expert of course.

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When in Miami you just have to drink no matter what time it is. When it’s 10 AM the only acceptable drink to drink is a mimosa even though the price is hiked ALL the way up.

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The hotel I stayed in was called the Standard and it was everything but standard. The pool is located right by the bay on Venetian Island. I’m almost embarrassed to say that I spent copious amounts of time by the pool instead of the beach.

So you guys know I’m a self-proclaimed foodie and found this place on South Beach called Naked Taco. I can honestly say…BEST. TACOS. EVER! I had the chicken and mango salsa tacos which I’m going to have to remake at home because – YES! I also couldn’t leave Miami without getting my hands on a Miami Vice (strawberry daiquiri mixed with a pina colada.)

IMG_5851On my last full day, I had breakfast by the pool and that was just amazing! This is the prettiest and tastiest Huevos Rancheros I have ever had! I’m not a huge fan of avocados, but I ate these without even thinking about it.

So I’m sure you can tell that I LOVED Miami and I will be going back at some point. I think it’s a good place to do a weekend trip with friends to just get away. I will say I am happy to be back in the D.C. area because this is home to me now.

If you’re in my giveaway or want to participate in my giveaway, remember that it ends tomorrow and the winner will be announced Monday, June 5th, 2017. Good luck!

ChelsiKay

Welcome to D.C., Ladurée

Fashion, Lifestyle, simplicity, style, Uncategorized

About two weeks ago Ladurée opened up in Georgetown, D.C. I think we all know that that is a blogger’s paradise. I’m honestly not one to be attracted to places like that other than the macarons of course. However, I really enjoyed my time at the Parisian tea room. I wish I would have taken more pictures of the décor because it was so bright and different from other places in D.C. I plan to go again, so I’ll take more pictures next time.

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Since I consider myself kind of a foodie (how pretentious of me) I mainly took photos of the food and the way it was presented. So I’m not great at French so I’m going to just say what I got in English. I ordered boiled eggs over toast and truffle potato bites.

The food was so fresh and flavorful but that was to be expected from a place like this! Of course, I had to get some macarons, not to be confused with macaroons. I was surprised because Olivia Macaron tastes so similar to the Ladurée macarons. If you like Ladurée macarons then you’ll like Olivia’s too.

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So, not only did they open a location in Georgetown they opened one in Union Station as well. It’s a small little kiosk that can almost barely be seen, but it’s there! So that’s all today. I thought I would take you on a small journey into D.C. life! Oh and let me just include my outfit and then I’m signing off!

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ChelsiKay

A Laidback Post

Beauty, Lifestyle, simplicity, skincare

So, I had a blog post in mind for today, but I couldn’t get my thoughts together once again. I think way too much and have too many ideas sometimes that it all merges together and makes no sense once I write it out.

For, today, I thought I would just go over my weekend as well as a little bit of today since it was kind of eventful.

Saturday, I hung out with my dear boyfriend after I went to this Origins skin care event that was completely packed, but while I was there, my eye caught on to something. There was this Mega Mushroom Micellar Water that I kind of want to try since it’s natural and gets your makeup off in one fail swoop. Oil cleansing has kind of been irritating my eyes a bit so I may need to switch it up with my first cleanse.

Afterward, my mom and I headed to Sephora and I purchased a First Aid Beauty product that I’ll expand on in my next blog post.

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Sunday, I went to Lush and purchased some gifts for two of my friends who happen to be twins. I’m meeting with them on Wednesday for happy hour and I refuse to show up empty handed because their birthday passed not to long ago. I didn’t want to be cliché and get them both the same gifts because I’m pretty sure that’s what people ALWAYS do. I decided to make one of my famous gift boxes/bags that includes bath bombs and bubble bars. I’m not going to show what I got them because I’m honestly not sure if they read my blog or not so I can’t spoil it for them if they do read it.

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Later that day, I met up with my parents at the MGM National Harbor Casino and sat outside with them because it was such a beautiful day. I was wearing my new Madewell shirt that I’m seriously loving. I’ve already come up with different outfits and accessories that I can wear with it. I’m actually very content with how I added color to my wardrobe. More outfits featuring my new tops will be coming soon, I promise!

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Today, Monday, I woke up to my mom asking if I wanted to go to City Center with her. Of course, I agreed and we headed out an hour later. If you check out my Instagram (@chelsiiohkay) I posted a few things on my INSTA story – needless to say, it’s a gorgeous day and everything is aesthetically pleasing. We then went to this gelato and coffee place and obviously I ordered the Affogato because…warm espresso and ice cream YES, please!

 

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Then it was time to end our afternoon and head back home before the D.C. traffic hit.

Hopefully Wednesday, I’ll have an actual post about something but for now, I hope you all enjoyed this kind of laidback post!

Thanks for reading!

ChelsiKay

For Once, It’s Not About Acne

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OK, so this was a 1st world story I HAD to tell you all. I was going to talk about my acne woes again, but I didn’t want to bore you guys and woe is me about my damned skin for another post. Long story short – I have shitty skin right now and I’m trying to fix it by healing it from the inside and also with products that work as “healers” rather than with harsh acne products. I will explain more in another post next week.

Anyway, I went to this really cute café in D.C yesterday and fell completely in love. Except for the fact that that they had zero WiFi and it was pretty obvious that they throttled down the signal. Okay, I get it A Baked Joint (name of the café/restaurant)…you want people to be more social. *Le sigh.* I did a quick Google search of the place and read that last year they banned laptops and studying materials. What? D.C is home to so many freaking colleges and universities and you banned studying? Also, D.C is corporate AF…do you know your target audience or nah? Cool, they don’t ban laptops anymore, but I guess if you take up too much space then you might get a stern talking to, which is a perfectly acceptable argument.

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Now I can’t tell someone how to run their business of course. I’m just a paying customer and love the coffee shops’ aesthetic and food and coffee and tea. I can have an opinion, though, right?

Well, you just can’t force perfect strangers to be social with each other. A coffee shop (A Baked Joint calls themselves a restaurant but are set up like any other café) is an introverts’ best friend. I can be around people without draining my essence all while getting some work done and giving my eyes something pleasing to look at. Even if you took away my phone and computer, I’m still not talking to Janet or John whose sitting two seats down. If I come with friends I’m definitely not talking to Janet or John and I’m pretty sure they don’t want to talk to me either.

IMG_5254Also, I’m kind of tired of people blaming technology for making us less social when I think that we are a WHOLE lot more social now. We may not communicate on an oral (out loud? auditory?)  level as much, but man I can text all five of my friends in ten seconds and plan a movie night at my place. I even met my beau online and we have a really good thing going right now yet our society is less social? Sure our communication skills could definitely use some work (the society not my relationship) but nothing is perfect.

I do get the purpose of the WiFi or lack thereof, but why do you have to mess with my signal, though? We’re in a tech age now and I’m sick of being told that it’s a bad thing and brainwashing us. Maybe some of us, but definitely not all of us. The perfect example of cool technology…I started this blog on a whim to really get the things that are on my mind out there and I actually have people who read this blog on a daily basis now. If it weren’t for technology…the Internet, this blog wouldn’t exist. Well, that was a good example to me.

Anyway, like I said, I can’t tell anyone how to run their business even though I think that it is a bit obnoxious from both a business and consumer perspective. The idea is great on paper, but in practice…it can be divisive. Technology has its issues but so does everything else. I will be going back to A Baked Joint sometime soon because I can’t resist the atmosphere. I just won’t be going back to get any work done, which I guess, is the point. Hopefully, I didn’t come off as being too whiny because there are dozens of coffee shops that I CAN work at and I know that. Also, I found this topic to be interesting and it sort of peaked my curiosity. I’m always fascinated by the way certain establishments run their business and why exactly. So that is all for today and I will be returning back to my regular beauty, fashion and simplicity posts on Friday!

ChelsiKay

Blogmas Day 12: Holiday Booze Recipes

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Hey, you guys welcome back to BLOGMAS!! Only 13 days until Christmas! Today, I’m writing about Holiday Booze Recipes. I have many many recipes because I like to experiment with different juices and liquors. There are some recipes that simply fit the holiday season. I’m not big on anything that is too difficult to make unless we’re talking Sangria, so these recipes are very simple and require little prep or ingredients.

Lately, I have really been loving Prosecco in EVERYTHING! I prefer the La Marca brand over any because it’s sweet and smooth. I’m not at all a fan of dry champagnes, sparkling wines and red wines. If you also prefer sweet sparkling wines, then La Marca is for you.

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Of course, I add this to some orange juice and enjoy a few Mimosa’s in the morning…or night. I also enjoy a nice Faux Bellini when I go to holiday parties or just hanging out with friends.

Faux Bellini 

Prosecco or Sparkling Wine

Raspberry Lemonade

That’s it! No need for peach puree or marination. I add equal parts lemonade and sparkling wine and that’s my Faux Bellini recipe…there’s nothing to it. White grape juice or peach lemonade will taste great as well!

Okay, so I really don’t like red wine at all. I have found a nice Spanish red wine that tastes alright by itself, but I definitely am all about red wine spritzers. Spritzers are great for any time – Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter. fullsizerender-2

Red Wine Spritzer

Red Wine

Ice

Sprite or sparkling water

Juice of Lemon

Lemon Slice

Yes, I know ice in red wine!*gasp* I told y’all before I’m a rebel! This recipe calls for 2 parts Sprite and one part red wine and a splash of lemon. I have no idea why this tastes so good, but together the flavors are amazing. I make this at parties and for whatever reason, it is a huge hit.

Next to tequila, my other favorite liquor is bourbon. Bourbon has a warming effect, so it is perfect for the cold snowy days. It just so happens that bourbon mixes pretty well with about any kind of juice. I prefer juice over mixes because they don’t have nearly as much sugar in them. Also, bourbon is pretty sweet by itself, so there is really no need for any extra sweetener anyway.

The restaurant Matchbox has this bourbon drink that contains apple cider, orange bitters, lemon, and cinnamon syrup. As stated before, I like to experiment with juices and of course less sugar!

Matchbox Remake

Apple Cider or Lemonade or White Grape Juice or Apple Juice (100% Juice preferably)

Cinnamon Stick

Lemon slice (if you’re not using lemonade)

Pour the juice first and then the bourbon because it can be on the stronger side. Taste as you go. Squeeze some lemon juice in. Add in a cinnamon stick and let sit for about five minutes. The longer the cinnamon stick sits, the more flavor it gives to the drink. Feel free to add any bitters if you please. That’s all!

I love love love all of these recipes because they’re so different from a hot toddy or egg nog or your Bailey’s spiked hot cocoa. I hope you guys loved these easy booze recipes as much as I did. Thanks for reading and drink responsibly!

ChelsiKay

 

 

 

Mindful Eating

food, Lifestyle, Minimalism

Ahh mindful eating. This is a big one for me, yet probably the easiest change for me. I’m definitely an abuser of eating junk when I’m bored; who isn’t though? Eating mindfully comes easy to me because I gave up gluten around this time last year. So once I gave up gluten, eating healthy and clean was something that was pretty much written in the stars for me.

This definitely isn’t a how to guide to healthy or mindful eating, because what may work for me may not work for you. Personally, I read a few books and magazines and even watched a couple of documentaries. I ran into this user on Reddit who makes these amazing recipes, both clean and not so clean. NerdsWithKnives is their website and I certainly will be visiting quite often.

As for the books – cookbooks to be exact, they really aren’t always the best. You read this awesome recipe only to make this huge dinner and have ALL these leftover herbs, spices and sauces that you’ll probably never ever use again. Recipes seem to be written for families of 5 of 6 as well. Have you ever seen a recipe that says “Serves 8” and you’re only a family of four or less? I mean even the ones that say “Serves 4” you end up with this giant meal for an extra three people. Of course leftovers, but do we really want to eat the same thing for the next three days? If you have this problem, try to half your recipes; yes this involves a little math, I apologize. Or you can eyeball everything, I don’t think I’ve ever actually followed a recipe to tee – yup I’m such a rebel.

I picked up this cool mimg_3977agazine on whim at Wegman’s and it includes some really creative recipes. Instead of it being sorted by meals of the day, it is sorted by type of food. For example: There is a section on egg recipes and then another section on pork, chicken, etc. The portion sizes are pretty decent and they’re easy and affordable.

Pretty much any documentary talking about any social or economic issues like the food industry, it is going to be somewhat extreme. I’ve watched about three documentaries on the affects of junk food and processed foods and sugar. All of this stuff is bad for us and we know that. The problem isn’t that we eat these foods; it is that we eat it in excess. That’s what the documentaries don’t tell you which is why they don’t really seem to be that effective. If they came out and said, “hey don’t eat so much of this, you’ll feel better,” this would be a better tactic. The key should be to change the way we eat, not to scare us into eating healthier foods. So when watching any documentary on food or any other economic issue, take points from it and not at face value.

If you’re still reading, I suggest doing your own research when it comes to food. This is a personal and intimate choice for us all. Changing the way you eat is a huge adjustment to your life and not everyone can do same thing. Even eating mindfully is a big change, but definitely attainable. Give it a try; you might like it.

ChelsiKay

 

Documentaries (All on Netflix)

Food Matters

Hungry For Change

Sugar Coated

Books & Cook Books

Waste Free Kitchen

Damn Delicious

Eat Cheap. Eat Healthy

 

 

Foodie Fridays

food, Lifestyle

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  1. Breakfast in bed is one of the best things ever. I get spoiled by my boyfriend almost every weekend with a fried egg, bacon and cinnamon toast. Sometimes the breakfast changes every now and then, but this is usually the norm. I gotta say, he might be a keeper :).
  2. Have any of you seen these jello shots all over the Internet? As soon as I saw these, I had to make them. A couple of weeks ago I mentioned that I was throwing myself a birthday party. Well I did! I made a big batch of these awesome jello shots and my friends and family loved them! The key to making jello shots not taste like cough medicine is…use tequila and any flavor of jello that is not cherry.
  3. This giant pancake was probably the best pancake I’ve EVER had. That allergy stick is there is because I got them made gluten free. Normally GF waffles and pancakes are not that great, but this one may have been better than regular pancakes.
  4. Who doesn’t like seven layer bean dip? I also had this dip at my party and half way through it was completely gone. Everyone kept on asking me where I got it from and when I told them that I made it myself, they were surprised. It is literally the easiest recipe ever. Comment if you would like for me to share!

That’s all this Friday! Thanks for reading and if you would like me to share any of the recipes or restaurants, just leave a comment!

ChelsiKay

Mindfulness and Parties

food, Lifestyle, Minimalism

It’s that time of the year where I get extremely ecstatic because August is my birthday month. I don’t celebrate all month of course, however I do prepare to start celebrating once the month starts. If you haven’t caught on yet, I am really serious about birthdays! I don’t know if it’s the cake or the presents, but I love celebrating someone’s special day including my own (duh!)

This year I am planning my own birthday party with some help from a friend and I couldn’t be more excited! Planning events can be extremely stressful, also it is really easy to over spend on things you don’t even need. Pinterest is a really good outlet for DIY everything!

When it comes to planning any event, mindless shopping just happens. You want to please your guest so you buy lots of alcohol, food, party supplies, decorations etc. etc. What you’re left with is a bunch of leftover food, half full (or empty) drinks, and leftover plastic plates and cups.

I am attempting to do the bare minimum with hopes of having a maximum party. The first step is to have hors devours and side dishes instead of big entrees of food. This does require a little more work, but the clean up will be extremely minimal. Can you say skewers and various finger foods?

The next step is to have people bring their own bottle (optional of course) but still have a good selection of drinks. Sangria is usually a big hit at most events and who doesn’t like margaritas? BYOB seems like its for the younger crowd when the host can’t afford liquor, but if you throw a “happy hour” party bringing your own liquor is almost essential. The guest will be able to make their own drinks if they prefer something other than what is being served.

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The red solo cup dilemma is a hard one. For whatever reason people ALWAYS use about five different cups. I still haven’t figured out how to remedy this problem. At my party I will set a limited number of cups out and put a couple of sharpies by them. Hopefully that will relieve the millions of cups that end up all over the kitchen counter.

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Remember back in the day in preschool and kindergarten when we used to create decorations for the classroom and they would come out alright? Fold the paper hot dog or hamburger and cut slits all over and now you have snowflake! Yeah you remember! DIY’s come out a lot better (for some of us) now that we’re older. Tissue paper and construction paper goes a long way for some pretty awesome decorations.

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These are the few tips I have to throwing a great yet mindful party. Not only do you save money, but you’ll save time on cleaning up. I hope my party is a big hit and ends up being as easy as the planning process. I’ll be sure to update and post pictures of the party when the time comes around. Thanks for reading!

ChelsiKay