Getting PersonalPosted by Gaetana Friday, June 09 2017 06:28AM
Another month has flown by and June is here finally and hopefully summer will arrive with it. This past May I was loving so much. From jewelry, accessories to makeup to hair care to home goods. So I have a bit for everyone.Enough chit chat and onto the favorites.
This first must have has been a staple in my makeup collection for years.It's the NYX Mosaic Power Blush in Love (MPB10).
As you can see it's been well loved. But nevertheless, with it having 0.20 oz should last me for a bit longer. And luckily NYX still sells it too. From NYX website it's described as a coral with gold shimmer. Which is kind of true. The shimmer is never subtle and is more of a sheen then anything. A must in my opinion if you love coral blushes.
Now me and my sister are diehard Bath and Body Works candle lovers but one day while in Home Goods we picked up this candle.Hands down the best candle ever.Burns so clean, smells amazing and can burn for hours .We've had this one I think for 3 months and you see how much we have left. It's by WoodWick in the scent Summer Melon and usually costs $15 but you get them at HomeGoods for $9.99.A great steal.HomeGoods have a ton of different sizes and scents.
Now that my natural hair is getting bigger I'm using my turban headbands more.They not only keep my hair out of my face but are cute and fashionable too. Our Black Out
will always be my favorite solid while our Safari
is my favorite animal print and our Paisley
is my favorite print.I've been wearing all 3 in May. If you follow us on Instagram
you've probably seen them. You can find them on our website in the Accessories
You know I have to throw one hair product in the mix. This was actually supposed to be in last month's Must Haves but I forgot to grab it. Nevertheless, the Cantu Shea Butter for Natural Hair Dry Deny moisture seal gel oil
is the business. I ran out of my EcoStyler Gel in April so instead of going to buy more I looked in my stash to see what else I had and came across this.I'm glad I did. It has held me down all through April into May.Wash n' Go,twist out and braid outs. It not only has a great hold without being crunchy but looks in the moisture too. I'm coming close to the end of it and started looking for but unfortunately have come up empty at my Walmart and local beauty supply. Oh did I not mention a little bit goes a long way. It's available on the Cantu website
so I might have to buy it there.
Yes I still love my MAC StarTrek blush but the Wet n Wild megaglo Highlighting Power in Precious Petals
is giving me life.
My sister gave me this highlighter and when she applied it to me one day I was in love and she was like here. She actually used it in combination with the MAC highlighter I love. She added a bit of Fix+ then touched the product and then my face.Gorgeous. It's a golden gold and it's build-able.With it being super affordable is an added plus.
If you know me then you know I'm hands down a earring lover.I can't leave the house without a pair.So when I lost one of my White Opal Vintage Glass Stud earrings
I was heartbroken. What was once lost was found right in my sister's jewelry box. Can you believe she thought it was her earrings.NOT! I refused to take the last pair out of my inventory and with my supplier not longer selling the vintage cabochons. I got my earring back from my sister. We've been inseparable since. Like I said there is only one pair left on my website. Don't walk, run.
When it comes to my stud earrings I really need to find a better way to store them because I lost my Goddess Faux Druzy Stud earrings
too.Well one at least. Still don't know where it went. But I refused to throw it away and I'm glad I didn't because I've never been so happy to give an odd number of supplies before. I remembered I had an extra one that I made into a stud but it didn't have a match.Now it does. They're a bit of bling without going crazy and my FAVORITE of all my faux druzy studs.
Well this concludes my Must Haves for May. I'm not sure if they'll be one in June since I"m using the same ol' stuff but you never know. What are you loving?
Getting PersonalPosted by Gaetana Tuesday, May 30 2017 11:53AM
I was recently in a reading slump and didn't pick up a book or my Kindle for a month but I think it's officially over. I was recently sent Too Hard to Forget by Tessa Baily by the publisher Hachette. I give it 5 out of 5 stars.
The book features our two main characters Peggy who when they first meet is a college senior/popular cheerleader and Elliot aka. The Kingmaker. Who is the colleges legendary football coach who makes player that go to the NFL. Elliot first sees Peggy during a difficult time of his life when he wife dies suddenly and he's left to raise his daughter alone. He blames himself because he chose his job/football over his family. Even though they both know a relationship of any kind is forbidden they still pursue one another. Which results in a year long secret relationship where Elliot forces Peggy to leave despite her wanting to stay after graduation. Their relationship was a fast pace, sex driven and pure lust which grew into love despite them both trying to fight it.
Speed forward to 3 years later. Peggy finally comes back to the college for alumni week where she wants to get back at Elliot for the way she has been the last 3 years since leaving. Which result in 4 failed relationships/engagements. She keeps her past engagement rings on a necklace that she never takes off. During those 3 years Elliot has thrown himself into football and pushed everyone away including his daughter with his cold and hard exterior. When he hears and then sees Peggy after so long it's like life has been given back to him. Elliot is desperate to get Peggy back at all cost while Peggy wants to him to fall for her and then she walk away. Nevertheless, Peggy plan fails. Elliot manages to lift the burden that he put on her and she does the same for him. Elliot then goes on the mission to win Peggy over and for her to stay.Just when she thought Elliot wasn't going to show for the alumni banquet he does and give a speech that Peggy wasn't even expecting. One that won her over literally.She finally got the right proposal.
This book is all about fate. The author did an amazing job of Elliot's self loathing, religion and guilt. Which result in Peggy having a particular kink. Both character have a great depth to them. I normally hate flashbacks to the past but the author did these so well that I enjoyed going back 3 years and learning their story behind it all. In the end, I was cheering for Elliot and Peggy and was overjoyed when everything worked out.
It's the third book in the series and I look forward to reading the rest. I highly recommend this book and author.
Getting PersonalPosted by Gaetana Tuesday, May 16 2017 11:32AM
If you're a planner junkie then you're going to love today's blog post. If you remember a while back before my computer went kaput I was creating printable for my traveler's notebook and ring bound planner. Now that my computer is back to running condition (knock on wood) I'm recreating them. Today I will be sharing with you my monthly goals printable.
It's a printable that you can put in the front of your monthly calendar that has not only any important dates but birthdays, your goals for that month, a reading list and a notes section. Let's take a closer look.
At the top you can write in the month which makes a great printable to have on hand.Now onto the part you're waiting on. The download. Note: this is made for personal size ring bound planner.
This Month Personal PrintablePrinting Instructions
To print, click print then go into your printer properties and make sure it's on portrait. Then click print. I personally print all my inserts on landscape to have more room to work with.It's up to your personal preference.
Getting PersonalPosted by Gaetana Friday, May 05 2017 10:03AM
I'm the type of person that you can depend on me to be very dependable. I rarely switch things up but when I do I often turn to love the item and it's added to my regular "stuff". That's what happened in April.
In April I added two items to my daily life and brought 2 things out of reserved that remind me why I love them so.
With the weather finally starting to get warmer in New York I can finally switch up my jewelry and accessorize like I want to. With that said my jewelry case has found a spot on my bedroom floor.It's that big and heavy that's the only place it can go. With that being said my most beloved necklace has found it's way back out.
My Scorpio Brass Gold Finish necklace
is back into my everyday jewelry wear. Yes, I'm a proud Scorpio woman and I show it. Now that the weather is getting warmer and no more chunky anything is needed.I can finally wear my necklaces. It's pointless when you're bundled up from head to toe. This necklace has been my go to necklace because it goes with everything. The reason why I even created this piece is it's a take on the name plate necklace. Yes I had one, along with the bracelet and ring. So instead of flashing your name. You're flashing your sign. I love it. Yes, you can still find certain signs still in stock on my website
I swear I feel like I live in Dollar Tree sometimes but you can't beat it. Everything is a dollar.
If you follow me on Instagram then you might have seen the pink pen (shown above) in my planner pictures. I obsessed with it. I went into Dollar Tree on the hunt for a new pen because my coveted pens from Target and other Dollar Tree pens were slowly but surely dying out on me. So I more then anything pick these pens up for the color and pattern on them then the ink inside them. Well I surprised when I got home and found them to be gel instead of regular pens. But let me tell you that I LOVE them. I tried using a regular pen one day and threw the sucker to the side and went an grabbed my gel pen out of my planner. I don't think I"ll ever go back to a regular pen again. I've been converted.Gel pens all day, everyday.
You know I have to have some hair products in my monthly favs. So get ready because I"m about to go on a love fest. Eden BodyWorks my hair loves you.
I finally finished the Cream of Nature CoWash. Thank god because the smell of it was turning me off for some reason. I've used the Eden BodyWorks All Natural Cleansing CoWash
before and loved it. I was surprised I had another new bottle to use. I now remember why I love this stuff. #1 it has amazing slip, #2 it doesn't take a lot , #3 it foams up like a shampoo, #4 makes my hair feel clean, #5 smells so good, #6 my hair loves this stuff and responds well to it, #7 makes detangling so easier.
Yes my container is almost done. I can probably get one more wash out of this for me and my mother's hair. Yes, my mother's hair loves this too and her hair type is more kinker than mine. You can see from the picture that the consistency is so lightweight and is water based. Any that that is super light and water based my hair LOVES. Heavy products my hair hates with a passion and will show too. I have to buy another bottle ASAP. You can find this at your local beauty supply, Target, Walmart, and Sally's too.
Now this product my sister got a while back from a CurlBox and was hoarding it. She finally said here try this and I"m so glad she did. Mind you she has relaxed hair. Total side note. But anyway...
Now that the weather is warming up I can now go the easier route with my hair and wash n' gos are it. So I tried out a wash and go using the Eden BodyWorks All Natural Curl Definining Creme
. Gurl... Gurl, I LOVE this product. I did my regular routine and then used this and Cantu gel. My curls came out popping. And my hair was so moisturized. Not just a day or two but the entire week. To the touch when I would fluff up my hair I could legit moisturize my hands afterwards. So I said to myself let me do a twist out and see if my twists come out good too. It didn't let me down.
The picture doesn't lie. My hair was on point and everyone was raving about my hair. It was super moisturized and got bigger and bigger as the days went on.
As you can tell from the photo (shown above) it thick but not thick in a heavy way. It's still lightweight because one of the first ingredients listed is WATER. Good H2O. It has amazing slip. Which my hair loves. It absorbs into my hair and leaves my hair super moisturized. This week I was super lazy and put my hair into a puff right after cowashing and deep conditioning. I worn that for 2 days then twisted the front and put a puff in the back. My hair was so dry from my laziness. I said to myself let me grab this. I put this in my hair as a moisturizer and styled my hair. It didn't let me down. After three days I took that out and remoisturized my hair and did two two-strand twists until wash day tomorrow.So it not only works for wash n' gos, plus twist outs but works as a moisturizer and styler. Along with Curlz Twist n/ Shout this is going to be my go to product for everything. When you find a product that works I stick with it.
I used this product for 5 weeks straight and I have so much to still go. I can probably go another 5 weeks before I need another container. So you get a lot for you money. But on a side note, DO NOT use Eco Styler gel with this. I tested it on the back of my hand and it doesn't mix well. Luckily, I had a bottle of Cantu gel which it works well with. I forgot to add that with my favs so I guess it will be included in May's.
So this concludes my Must Haves for April. Go try Eden BodyWorks
products they're the business. They get my stamp of approval.
What were you loving for April? I would love to hear.
Getting PersonalPosted by Gaetana Tuesday, April 18 2017 11:42AM
Not everyone is a morning person. Years ago when I was working during the day and going to school at night I was a night owl. A decade plus later, I love going to be at least 11pm. 12 am if I want to live dangerous. I'm a morning person and is normally up at 5:30am or 5:35am every morning even on Sundays when I try to sleep.
Being a morning person has really help me to get more done in my day. By 12 midday I can honestly say majority of the items on the list for the day are completed. Which frees my time up for other things. Here's what I've learned by being a morning person.
1. Wake up early it will motivate you more.
Because you're up earlier you'll want to tackle the things you have to get done. You'll be motivate to get them done.2.Give yourself time to get ready.
I hate being rushed to get ready. So getting up early gives me plenty time to get ready at my own pace plus make breakfast and etc.3. Take a hot shower.
When you get up early you have time to actually enjoy a long shower instead of jumping in bathing and jumping back out. 4. Do your beauty routine.
Being up early enables you have the need time to do your beauty routine without feeling or being rush. Even though I can beat my face in 20 minutes if I really have to.5. Exercise! Get your stretch on and then a workout before you leave.
Some people like to get a early workout in before they start their day. You're body will thank you later in the day.6. Plan our your day.
Being a planner, my day is already planned out. I just take a brief look inside my planner and see what I have to get done for the day.7. Pump that music.
Due to the time I get up I can't pump my music but if you're like my sister she's always pumping her music when she's getting ready. It'll keep you in a good mood while getting ready to start your day.8. Read something that inspires you.
Because I get up so early I normally have time to read a chapter or two of whatever book I'm reading at the moment. It's a great start to the day.9. Start your day doing the most hardest task.
I've noticed if I get the hardest task done first thing in the morning my day moves more smoothly.It's like lifting a weight off my shoulder.10. Brain exercise - crossword or sudoku
Got to keep you mind sharp. No better way then doing crosswords or sudoku early in the morning.11. Eat light at night so you don't wake up feeling full.
I've noticed if I eat a very heavy meal the night before I'll wake up super hunger the next morning which will result in me wanting to eat a super heavy breakfast. Which isn't good.12. Don't press snooze.
I'm really good with not pressing snooze.Because all that does is delay your day.13. Get out of the bedroom don't tempt yourself to get back in bed.
Your bed will tempt you. So once I'm done getting ready I get out of my bedroom.14. Meditate.
If you're into meditating then this would be a good way to start your day.15. Check emails and voicemails so you can plan accordingly.
Out of habit we all check out phone first thing in the morning but instead of scrolling on Facebook or Instagram check your email. If there are any pressing items you can add it to your schedule for the day.16. Catch up on the news so you don't face the day completely clueless about the day events.
With our current world it's good to stay up-to-date on the current world events.17.Drink water.
I'm not a water drinker but I'm trying. I've heard it's good to start your day with at least a cold cup of water.18. Stick to your routine through the week and try not to deviate too far on the weekend.
Just like keep your children to a routine you need to have one too. Once you start on try to keep it going even on weekends. You'll be happy at it later.
These are why I like being a morning person plus so many more not listed. Are you a morning person or a night owl?
Getting PersonalPosted by Gaetana Tuesday, April 04 2017 02:14PM
This week I decided to do something different and take you inside my bag that I carry majority of the time. So let's go inside.
The tote that I carry 80% of the time is from Zara. I purchased it over a year ago as a birthday gift to myself. As you can see, I add a cute black puff as an added accessory. When you look down into the bag you can see there are two compartments and a middle zippered area. That's the best part of the bag.So all the little and loose items can go in there and don't get lost in the bottom of my bag. On one side of the compartment it houses my planner and notebook and the other my books. So let's go into each item in my bag.
You guys are probably pretty tired of seeing my planner but here it is once again. My planner is the Recollections Creative Year Solid Planner in metallic ivory. To see an inside look at my planner, check out my blogpost "2017 Planner
". This baby isn't too far from my bag if it isn't inside my bag. Got to start organized.
Along with my planner in that one compartment you'll find my notebook and pen. Because you never know when you have to jot something down or an idea may hit you. This notebook and pen set is from the Target Dollar spot and is always in my bag no matter what.
I always have some type of book on me and I'm STILL reading I'm Judging You by Luvvie Ajayi. I'll finish it one of these days. To see a full review of what I think on it, check out my blog post "What Were READING
The other item in that compartment that never leaves my bag no matter what is my Kindle. I have over 3,000 books on this thing and I would hate to be stuck anywhere with this thing. I hate being bored. Might as well spend my doing something useful like reading.
Lastly, inside the zippered area you will always find my makeup bag which houses my life of makeup on the go. It's actually lighter today because a good part of what I carry on a regular day is in my crossbody bag at the moment. So let's go inside and see what I'm loving as far as makeup.
Today I only have 4 MAC lipsticks. That's pretty good because I normally have up to 6 or more. Yes I said 6 or more. The current ones in the photo are Velvet Teddy, Whirl, Cozy Up, and Cherish. I also have a NYX lip pencil in Soft-Spoken. As well as a MAC Vamplify in Tuned in. Oh and let's not forget the perfume sample in Madonna Truth or Dare.
I try to keep my bag as clean as possible. I hate loose paper and tissues so normally at the end of the day I clean it out. Because this tote can be a catchall if I don't keep up with it. Which will only result in getting too heavy.
So that's the inside of bag. Minus my keys, mirror, and business card case. What bag are you carrying. Feel free to share.
Getting PersonalPosted by Gaetana Friday, March 24 2017 01:58PM
I've been slipping in and out of a reading slump since the end of last year. I have so many books to read but no ambition to read them. I bought I'm Judging You by Luvvie Ajayi
around my birthday last November. Since I heard her on Myleik Teele's Podcast I knew I had to get the book. Luvvie was HILARIOUS. I've been reading this book off and on since last year. I can usually finish a book within a week but for some reason I've been picking up and putting down this book.
Don't get me wrong it's GOOD
but my mind just can't stay focused enough to read it through. I have 86 more pages left and is determine to finish it before this month is over.
If you don't know Luvvie by now you've been living underneath a rock. This book has reach the NY Times Best Sellers list. She's doing speaking engagement all over the world including the White House. But enough about her because I can go on and on.
Luvvie touches every topic you can imagine from friendships to racism to rape to social media to business. She touches them all and then some. She tells it like it is and is funny while doing it. I read some of the reviews before opening it and just had to shake my head. Some people just don't get it but it's her opinion on these topics. She never said she was an EXPERT
I really should of been keeping notes while reading this but there was so many times I had to stop and read my sister a couple of lines with tears in my eyes from laughing so much. A couple of times when she talked about racism I had to put the book down because what she was saying was so true and it had my blood boiling. She talks about the topics that people are too scared to talk about. That we all sometimes brush underneath the rug and hope it goes away but when you pull back the rug it's still sitting right there. Even though I haven't finished it I will tell you that you HAVE to read it. It's a must read. I'm looking forward to her next book. I follow her on Instagram and Twitter and highly suggest that you do too.
If anything that you take from reading her book is she makes you think about the topics she discussing. She makes you talk and want to discuss them with your friends and family.
Don't walk, run to go read her book. Don't read the reviews like I did. Actually read them. They'll make you want to read what the BAD
reviews are talking about. Because they just don't get it. They really don't.
What are you reading? I'm always open to book recommendations.
Getting PersonalPosted by Gaetana Tuesday, March 21 2017 01:45PM
Happy Spring!!! It's finally here even though Mother Nature still refuses to warm up permanently.Nevertheless, it's time to do my spring bucket list.
Just like previous bucket lists.I used a blank sheet of graphic paper in my planner and used stickers from Create 365 The Happy Planner Seasonal Value Pack Stickers
to create this bucket list. I made sure to include items that I would actually do realistically.
This spring bucket is way easier then other bucket lists in the past. I love spring because the farmer markets are back in full swing but this year might be harder to find one because the one I usually frequent is no longer around. But I'm determine to find one if it kills me. I'm always baking so baking cookies I'll probably do next week. Probably some nice lemon cookies. Fresh and tart. I can't wait for it to get a little bit warmer. I miss bbq-ing and food fresh off the grill. Yum! Spring cleaning. Does anyone want to help me? I'm planning to do a little bit at a time. Starting tomorrow to be exact. Just as soon as it get a little bit warmer I have to picnic all planned out at Prospect Park. My mother gets cooked for a daily basis so that one is already done and completed. Valentine's Day has already came and went and I actually made a Valentine. If you remember my open letter. I handmade the whole thing. My father loves kits and it will take him back to his time back home in GT. I heard Dollar Tree has some good ones. So I'll check them out and hopefully they have one so I can fly a kit with my father. Lastly, pick fresh berries. I'll knock this one off my list if I find a good farmer's market to shop from.
So as you can see my bucket list is easy peasy. I should be able to knock each task off easily. I'll check back at the end of spring and let you know how I do.
Are you doing a bucket list for spring? If so, what's on your list?