8.19.2015

REVIEW: Traveling with Uncommon Goods

REVIEW: Traveling with Uncommon Goods

"At the core of our company is a great respect for the integrity of the creative individual and the belief that it is our responsibility to use our business to impact the world in a positive way."

When I booked my flight to Belfast in June, I started packing pretty much immediately. Don't judge; I was excited! Because I'm crazy, I decided I wanted to travel for about 12 days with just a carry-on. I spent the last few months making lists and whittling them down to practically nothing. It was kinda perfect timing when the generous people at Uncommon Goods reached out to me for a product review.

Uncommon Goods truly lives up to its name. I mean, have you looked at this site? I'm willing to bet you could find at least one gift that's perfect for literally every person you know. How cool is it that that most of the products they carry are created in the US, half of what they sell is handmade, and one-third of their collection incorporates recycled/upcycled materials?

The coffee cup
The iconic Anthora coffee cup has been immortalized in ceramic! I love this little slice of New York history. Even though it has no handle, it's perfect for sipping my morning coffee.
REVIEW: Traveling with Uncommon Goods

The bag
This bag was perfect for my trip to Belfast and has been wonderful for my busy days before/after the trip too! I work at two part-time jobs, which means I'm out of the house most of the day and I need to bring a lot of things with me. It fits everything I need, from books to a change of clothes to my phone charger and wallet and makeup bag. And the best part: even though it's pretty roomy, items don't get lost like they tend to do in bigger bags! The shoulder straps are super comfortable, even when the bag is full and heavy. The outside pocket fits my phone and keys. Did I mention it's reversible? Bright yellow on one side and striped on the other. It's like two bags in one! For my flight to Belfast, I only brought a carry-on bag and this tote as my "personal item". Before I left for the airport, I put everything I knew I'd need for the flight to my friend's apartment in the tote so I wouldn't have to dig into my luggage in the airports or during the flight.
REVIEW: Traveling with Uncommon Goods

The phone charger
This charger is one of those things that you never knew you needed until you had it. Both on this trip and in real life back home, it has become such an indispensable resource. It's about the size of a credit card, though a little thicker. You charge it through a USB and it charges your phone up to 60%! Perfect for busy days.
REVIEW: Traveling with Uncommon Goods

Disclaimer: Products provided by Uncommon Goods, but all opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting those who support this blog. :)

7.11.2015

Belfast!

Belfast!

In a little less than two weeks, I'll be boarding a flight from Newark Liberty International Airport to Belfast, Northern Ireland. I first visited Belfast about a year ago and I freaking loved it. My dear friend Adam lives there, and after years of him telling me to visit, I finally caved. I thought Northern Ireland was just a bunch of fields and trees, and while it is quite a verdant country, I spent most of my time there in the city capital, Belfast. Adam and his girlfriend and all their friends took such good care of this American lass, when I boarded my flight home I felt like it was the last day of camp. I even got a tattoo of the famous Samson and Goliath cranes! Belfast is a small and friendly city, with lots to do and see. I can't wait to see more of Belfast and NI in a few short days! Here are some of my favorites from last year. Any recommendations will be greatly appreciated.

DUKE OF YORK: 7-11 Commercial Court
Super-fun and pretty-crowded bar with lots of outdoor alley space. I had my first half-cider (of many) and kept repeating that it reminded me of EPCOT. #american
Belfast!

ST. GEORGE'S MARKET: 12-20 East Bridge Street
Indoor market with tons of vendors and lots of food and drinks. Try a bap!
Belfast!

BLACK TAXI TOUR
If you're an uneducated heathen like I am, you might not know much about the Troubles in Northern Ireland. Take a tour and learn some stuff.
Belfast!

THE MERCHANT HOTEL: 16 Skipper Street
Fancy hotel with a fancy lounge. I foolishly ordered a whiskey ginger ale before seeing their large selection of beautiful cocktails.
Belfast!

MCHUGH'S BAR: 29-31 Queen's Square
We went to McHugh's a few times and all of them were fun. Mega-drunk dance party one night, casual beer one (late) morning, food and cocktails with a friend one afternoon. Good times!
Belfast!

HOME RESTAURANT: 22 Wellington Place
Delicious and cozy.
Belfast!

THE SPANIARD: 3 Skipper Street
The night we went there was a great DJ who played the Pixies for us. Try a Dark and Stormy or two or three!
Belfast!

THE BOTANIC GARDENS
Beautiful gardens and greenhouses. Perfect for a long afternoon.
Belfast!

THE ULSTER MUSEUM
Located right near the Botanic Gardens! We saw an exhibit about the Troubles and it was truly moving.
Belfast!

COPPI: Saint Anne's Square
Their appetizer called "Feta Fritters" will undoubtedly change your life for the better. Tasty drinks and attentive staff, too!
Belfast!

THE CROWN LIQUOR SALOON: 46 Great Victoria Street
Historic and gorgeous. Stop in for a Guinness and some great Instagram fodder. ;)
Belfast!

MAGGIE MAYS: 2 Malone Road
Perfect for hungover brunch. So delicious, with large portions. Try a boozy milkshake.
Belfast!

ALLEY CAT: 46 Church Lane
I had my second boozy milkshake of the day here once. We need more of that in New Jersey.
Belfast!

7.10.2015

ADVERTORIAL: WSDear

ADVERTORIAL: WSDear

One of my advertisers this month is WSDear, an online clothing store stuffed to the gills with tons of trendy pieces. Looking for cute summer dresses? Look no further. My favorite at the moment is the 90s-style polka dot dress. A trend I fully approve of but rarely wear for whatever reason is the romper. Though my favorite type of outfit is one that feels like pajamas but is decent enough to wear in public. Comfort ├╝ber alles. When printed/elastic-waist pants came back into style a few years ago, my icy heart started beating again. These emoji joggers fit the bill and are absolutely amazing. The 100s are the best, in my humble opinion. The selection of bathing suits at WSDear is pretty cool, too. The crocheted style isn't one I'd normally gravitate to, but I think I'm starting to be swayed. So pretty! But what about tan lines? And of course, there's few things I love more than a good bargain, so the under $9.99 sale section is right up my alley.

6.22.2015

REVIEW: A New Pair of Glasses from Firmoo!

Firmoo!
Firmoo!
Firmoo!
Firmoo!
Firmoo!

I've spoken of my love of Firmoo eyewear again and again, and today is no exception. Firmoo generously sent me another pair of glasses recently, and like usual I love them! I opted for a slightly larger, tortoiseshell frame this time. Sometimes after a long day, my other glasses feel tight on my head. These are so light, I never have that problem! Also, how cute are these pink stone earrings Diana gave me? I think we should all give our friends little gifts for no reason more often. It was such a sweet surprise. :)

5.31.2015

An Afternoon at the Beach with SwimOutlet.com

An Afternoon at the Beach with SwimOutlet.com
An Afternoon at the Beach with SwimOutlet.com
An Afternoon at the Beach with SwimOutlet.com
An Afternoon at the Beach with SwimOutlet.com
An Afternoon at the Beach with SwimOutlet.com
An Afternoon at the Beach with SwimOutlet.com
An Afternoon at the Beach with SwimOutlet.com
An Afternoon at the Beach with SwimOutlet.com
An Afternoon at the Beach with SwimOutlet.com
An Afternoon at the Beach with SwimOutlet.com
An Afternoon at the Beach with SwimOutlet.com
An Afternoon at the Beach with SwimOutlet.com

I was recently contacted by SwimOutlet.com to try out some of their products. I chose the Penbrooke Hot Tropics Glam Girl Leg One Piece and Big Mouth Toys Pink Flamingo Pool Float, obviously. The suit has that perfect retro feel I was looking for and it's so flattering! The flamingo has been named "Gary" because of a misunderstanding regarding my friend Kerry. I have a feeling he will accompany me on many adventures this summer. Thank you so much, SwimOutlet! You can find SwimOutlet on Instagram (@swimoutlet) and Twitter (@swimoutlet), too.

Suit and flamingo: c/o SwimOutlet.com
Shorts and kimono: Target
Shades: c/o ZeroUV

Photos by the amazing Diana Van Horn Photography!

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