Friday, December 27, 2019

Local Food Spot: Iron Hen Cafe + other favs

Local Food: Iron Hen Cafe

Evening peeps!  I'm coming to ya with a quick little write about a new food venture for me today.  

One of my dear old friends, Bess, and I decided to meet up for brunch to catch up.  I had a workout class this morning off of Westover Terrace, due to proximity she suggested that we meet at the Iron Hen Cafe.  I had never been before, so I was eager to test it out.

We opted to eat breakfast dishes, but after scanning the menu I'll definitely be back to try their lunch and supper.  I chose to order the Iron Hen Scramble, which is 2 eggs scrambled with bacon, sausage, and home fries.  It also came with a side of fruit.  I ate it all!  It was yummy in my tummy.

One thing I've been noticing in myself over the last couple of years is that I'm tending to stay away from chain restaurants (except Chickfila duh) and indulging in local restaurants that have distinctive atmospheres and food.  I find my experience at local spots to be a bit more unique, something you don't find as much at chains.

Iron Hen is located right off of Wendover East (908 Cridland Rd), I've linked their menu below if you're interested!

Below I'm also listing some of my favorite local spots in Greensboro.

Hops Burger Bar
Lindley Park Filling Station
Bites and Pints
Print Works Bistro
Sticks and Stones
M'Couls Public House

Send me your food recommendations!  Jake and I are always excited to try new places.


Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Little goodies I've been loving

Hi friends!
Long time, no talk.  The beginning of the school year always throws me for a loop and I lose touch with things I enjoy.  It's year four of teaching and you'd think I'd somehow manage to have it together by now, but no 😅  However, it's officially fall, and it's October, one of my favorite months of the year.  That alone inspires me to write and share with y'all. I thought for this evening I'd share some of my favorite things as of late!

This picture brings my heart joy, Cackie and I rarely take a picture together.  Therefore, when the opportunity presented itself this weekend I took it!  I think I'm her mini me, I mean our names are even the same hehe
(keep scrolling for actual things)

1.  Dr. Brandt microdermabrasion
This stuff is wonderful, it's an exfoliator that always leaves my skin soft, and polished.  It is pricey, however, for me it lasted a year and a half.  I feel if a product lasts me that long, it's worth the money.  I also do not pay full price for it, the first time I bought it, I did it in late Nov./ early Dec., when Sephora offers 15% off for VIB.  I just recently bought my second bottle, when Sephora offered 15% off in late August for the end of the summer sale.  So if you're looking for a new exfoliator, this is my number 1 recommendation!  It'd be a great Christmas present 😊

2.  Olehenriksen Banana Bright Eye Creme
I bought this in December last year, and it lasted until August this year, so 8 months worth of product for me, and then I bought it again when it ran out in August!  This stuff works pretty well, there's a reason it's a bestseller at Sephora (also reasonably priced).  I took progression pics I shared in an earlier blogpost that show the transformation.  I'm now scared to stop using it lol

3. Anything Drunk Elephant
Jake got me a set of all of the 'littles' for Christmas, which is basically the trial sizes of their most popular products. I loved them all, they are fabulous!  However, they are too pricey for me to consistently buy, however, I did buy a 2 pack of their day serum after I ran out because I liked it so much.  I think I'll potentially buy the standard size for myself when Sephora does their sale around Christmas.  My favorite thing was the C-Firma Vitamin C Day Serum, it won an Allure best of beauty award.

4. Invisalign:
If you're wanting to correct your teeth, this stuff works!  Ya just need a little dedication to wearing them.  I had braces in middle school and high school, but my wisdom teeth came in and made my bottom teeth crooked.  So last year in the summer of 2018 I had my wisdom teeth removed, and then this summer I started Invisalign.  I had to wear them about 16 weeks, and I have to wear them an additional 2-4 more and then I'll be finished.  I thought they'd be uber noticeable and make me sound funny when I talk, but it's actually fine, and they hardly hurt when you put in a new set. When I'm finished I'll get a permanent retainer so I'll never have to worry about wearing a retainer ever again, praise! So if you're on the fence I do recommend them as an adult, not for children!  I can't tell you how many times I've misplaced them 😅

5. The Beach Club by Elin Hilderbrand
I'm a devoted reader to all of Elin Hilderbrands Nantucket beach reads, but this was one of my top 3 by her.  I haven't read a book that quick in awhile. 10/10 recommend.  I'm currently reading "Saving Grace" by Jane Green.

I'll wrap it out and stop at 5 things!  Let me know some of your favorite things that I should try out.

Thursday, August 1, 2019

BohoBlu Summer Round Up

Hi friends!

Today I wanted to give you a round up of some BohoBlu pieces I either personally own or tried on and loved!  I currently model at BohoBlu and get the opportunity to try on many clothes before I purchase them, yet when I go into the store to get them, I still try them on again...weird I know (gotta make sure it's right lol).  Their summer clothes are coming to an end and fall stuff is beginning to arrive, meaning some discounts!  Without further ado, here are some pieces I'm loving

Clarabelle Top
Mom and I bought this to share because it makes a great work top while it's still hot in August and September.  She even took it to Vegas with her!  Was $34 now $26!

Gwendolyn Top
I personally do not own this one, but I did enjoy wearing it while we took pictures.  I think it's fun for a flirty evening out on a date with your boo.  Skinny dark wash jeans, a pair of strappy heels and you're ready!  Was $25 now $19

Everly Romper
This is so comfy!! I love this romper y'all.  It's easy to throw on and look cute and casual.  I'd wear it traveling or to go to town in to run errands. Was $40 now $30
Tay Shrop you need this ;)

Elisha Top
When I initially put this on, I thought "perfect work top!" It has thick enough straps to pass school dress code lol and it's fun.  I haven't decided if I'm going to buy it yet or not, it's on my watch list.  Should I? Yes or No.  Let me know in the comments. Was $35 now $26

Yasmin Top
I've been eyeing this top!  Animal print is in, and this top does a good job giving me that vibe.  It's versatile enough to wear to work or out at night.
Currently $35

Kristine Top
Mom and I bought this one as well to wear to work for the warmer months.  I'd wear it with my black dress pants, and flats to teach in as I think it has a professional look to it with the collar. Throw a pretty cardigan on in the fall to go with it as well.  I think that back of it is neat too.
Was $30 now $23

Boho did not ask me to do this, it just came to my mind as I was looking at their site.  I would never post something if I didn't personally own it or like it.  I simply thought of all of the clothes I get to see and try on and it made me want to share the love with all of you. 

If you liked this and want to see more let me know!  I had fun writing it.


Monday, July 22, 2019

Vegas Travel Guide!

Hi friends!
After spending the weekend in Vegas with Jake I wanted to share a few things I loved, wish I would have done/known, and hope to do next time.  

Travel Accommodations:

I personally didn't know where I would be staying, Jake wanted to surprise me, we stayed at The Venetian, it was beautiful!!!!  However, I did get to pick our flights.  Thing to note, Vegas is 3 hours behind us, so I definitely recommend getting an early flight there, ours left at 7 am out of GSO and we landed at 10:54.  It basically gave us almost an entire day in Vegas. But.....prepare to be EXHAUSTED.  I was almost awake for 22 hours.  Also, do not take a taxi, they charge out the wazzo, but they are the first thing you see when you exit the airport.  Uber and Lyft are on a different floor, and are quite literally half the cost.  Trust me. (Fun fact, 2 Chainz was on our flight home!)

Sunday, January 27, 2019

My Current Skincare Routine & Fav Products

Happy day my loves!

I wanted to share my current nighttime skincare routine along with my favorite products as of late.  I would classify my skin as dry, I used to as a child, and occasionally now, still get eczema.  Therefore, moisturizing is a key priority for me.  Progress pictures for my eye cream are at the bottom!
**Pro Tip: I recently learned a tip from a model I follow that says you should apply your facial products according to consistency, so lightest to thickest! 

Sunday, January 13, 2019

How To: Get Into Reading

Hi friends, happy Sunday!  It's been quite the eventful day here, I woke up around 7ish to the power going out due to the ice.  I ended up walking over to my grandparents house across the road to get my morning coffee and oatmeal since they have a generator.  It thankfully returned around 11:30, praise to those Duke Power workers!  Then, we had a birthday lunch for my papa, mom cooked some banging homemade lasagna.  I did myself a Rebecca Louise HIIT workout, washed some clothes, and now here I am writing to all of you!

I wanted to talk about reading, one of my favorite hobbies.  I used to despise it in elementary school and early middle school, but in 7th grade I got a book for Christmas and ever since I have loved to read.  I'm a HUGE believer in the saying, "If you don't like to read, you haven't found the right book."

I've currently read 2 books so far for 2019 that I'd easily recommend to y'all (below).  I loved them both.  My 2019 book challenge is to read 25 books this year, but I hope I read more than that, it's a little more difficult to make the time during the school year but I'm trying.

A couple of tips I have for those of you who either 
A. Don't like to read or B. Want to read more.

1.  Find a friend/friends who like to read! 

Shoutout to my besties Lizzie and Hayley who have shared books with me and I with them.  It's so much more fun to read when you can share books with someone else who likes the same thing, and can broaden your horizons on books you typically wouldn't read.

2. Make a Good Reads Account

I just did this last weekend and I LOVE IT!  I'm able to connect with my friends online about books we've read, are currently reading, and want to read.  I created my profile based on what I've read since I graduated college.  It's super easy to type in a book, add it, then rate it!  I love being able to rate what I've read, and see what my friends rate the books they've read.  For example, I saw Liz had given a book a good rating, so I clicked on it, read the synopsis and decided to add it to my "want to read" shelf.  Here's my profile if you want to connect with me!
Good Reads!

3. Follow Reese Witherspoons Book Club!

"One Day in December" I found on her book club website, along with another book I got for Christmas.  Here's the link: Hello Sunshine

4. Google

Quite possibly the greatest invention on the internet.  I google stuff probably at least 10 times a day.  So google whatever you're interested in.   Example, if you're in your 20s, you could google books every 20 something should read.   Here's one I found  Or, if you're into health, google health books, fashion, top fashion books.  The list is endless!

Leave me a comment of your favorite book so I can check it out!

I'm currently reading "The Tattooist of Auschwitz".

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

How to: Start the New Year Healthy

Happy New Year Y'all!
I'm beyond excited to kick off 2019 and make it better than last year.  2018 was one of the most difficult years I've experienced, (next to 2010/2011, if ya know ya know) but I'm ready to move forward and conquer some of the goals I've set for myself.   I personally do not believe in resolutions, but I definitely believe in goals!  One goal on my list, and I'm sure on many others as well, is health.

I am in no way, shape, or form, a go to health person.  However, I do have several tips and tricks that work well for me to achieve my fitness/health goals, that I think could help you too!


  • Drink Water:  The first thing I do in the morning is down a glass of H20.  If you're feeling frisky, add some apple cider vinegar to it ;) But ya have to cut the soda out people.  I promise it's possible.  I went from drinking 2 Mountain Dews a day in high school, to 1 a day in college, to hardly any since my senior year of college, which was 3 years ago.  I occasionally pop one open when I'm craving that fizz but I cant even finish a whole can anymore because it's now too sweet for me.