I hope you all are having a lovely + loving February. During this month, remember that giving yourself the love you need not only can benefit yourself, but others around you too. I know, that with this month comes Valentine’s Day; and with Valentine’s Day can come the worries of not having a date or someplace to go or someone to be with and post photos for the gram. Please be easy with yourself. You do not need to be with someone or rush to have a romantic partner/connection just because of one day. Love does not have to romantically involve another person. Love comes in all forms-most importantly coming from the one that should be at the center of it all, yourself.
When I found out that Wet n Wild was coming out with a Photo Focus collection ft. new face products I went gaga. Initially I was going to place an order on their site, but with luck, I happened to stumble upon the collection in a local Walgreens. Don’t you just love when that happens? Plus it’s so much more helpful when it is a face product; that way you can color match right then and there. I ended up picking out two products being the Photo Focus Foundation in Soft Beige and the Photo Focus Pressed Powder in Neutral Buff. I’ve been trying out this duo for the past 2 weeks and have gathered my thoughts about them down below to help any of ya’ll who are thinking about picking these up.
Happy New Year! I hope you have had time to reflect on 2016, let it pass over you and move into 2017 with an open heart and a fresh start, no matter of the happenings in the last year. I hope you welcomed this year with your loved ones, lots of laughs and sweet memories to kick it off on a bright note. If you spent it at home by yourself, snuggled up, eating lots of goodies and watching NYE specials then what a cozy way to start it! If I didn’t have traveling plans it’s exactly what I would have done too. Whichever way you transitioned into the new year I do hope it was one that you enjoyed—one that awakened inspiration within you and got you excited for what is to come.
December has flown by and with Christmas making its way to us this Sunday prepping for it, while planning for NYE, working and staying on top of personal goals has been a bit of a whirlwind. The holiday season is always hectic, but the cozy and lovable vibes in the air seem to get everyone every time. By now I hope you have gathered all of your Christmas gifts and just have gift wrapping to cross off your lists. The majority of my gifts are all stacked up in the corner of my room like a mountain as I type this, just waiting to be wrapped in snowflakes, plaid and ribbons.
If you know me you know that I have two loves in my life that can never be faltered—one is for elephants, and the other is for food (after God, family, friends, etc. of course). Teehee. Today we’re focusing on my love affair with food though. I’m a foodie down to the core and if I’m not tweeting about my obsession with Master Chef or Top Chef then I’m binge watching on all the foodie related shows on Netflix. Shoutout to Iron Chef America! I’ve always felt such a sense of relaxation when it comes to food. Following the steps in a recipe, experimenting in the kitchen or just watching someone else prepare a meal has always filled me with such warmth and comfort. It’s probably why you’ll find me covered in flour with a sink full of bowls during a baking session if something is truly bothering me.
I find solace in the creation of food and see it just as another form of art. It is always intriguing to me too that if just one ingredient is missed, added or overworked it can affect what ends up on your plate in such a significant way. Your taste buds of course will be the first to tell.
Lately though what has been making me crave food more isn’t just what I’ve been tasting, but what I’ve been seeing from four incredibly talented food bloggers. Whether it’s their mouthwatering Instagram account or eye-catching blog posts that make me want to try each and every recipe—these food blogs will make your heart and tummy feel full in the best way.
The name of this blog just gets me every time. Created by Mary Elliot, her blog Oh She Swooned has such meaning behind every recipe she posts that it just makes you want to smile. I feel that soft comfort every time I’m cooking in a kitchen when reading her posts. She truly has a way with not just food, but words as well and I am effortlessly swept into each story that she shares on her blog.
The Sugar Hit is a sugar rush just waiting to occur. Sarah Coates is a badass babe in the when it comes to whipping up something delicious. Her quote, “We welcome salads, we welcome fries, we welcome donuts baked and fried, all we require is deliciousness and a bit of a laugh” stuck out to me right away when I first discovered her blog and it is definitely something to note that shows the type of incredible person she is. Not to mention that I cannot get over the ’90s feels her blog’s theme gives me. Raise your hands ’90s babies!
It doesn’t bother me one bit that I do not understand a word of Slovak, yet The Story of a Cake is written entirely that language. Sure, I Google translate it, but just browsing through this blog and seeing the photos is enough for me sometimes. Each photo that blogger Marta Marcakova captures is like a memory stuck in time. It’s as if she is capturing her food right after it has had its finishing touches—so right then we see it in all its glory. Definitely click over to her blog or Instagram and you’ll understand what I mean with her head turning creations.
When I stumbled across Constellation Inspiration my heart totally skipped a beat. My entire aesthetic is captured by Amy H. in her food design making me fall head over heels for whatever she makes. There is such a subtle romance I find in her blog posts and photos as well that really draws me in. It makes me want to know the story behind each recipe and has me heading to her blog numerous times a week.