Spooky Series To Watch On Netflix

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Hello loves,

It seems that every time October begins, so does Halloween—even if it technically lands on the 31st—but all of us spooky lovers tend to ignore that fact. If you’ve been sporting vampy lips, eating tons of candy, rewatching Hocus Pocus another hundred times, and filling your home with creepy decor then you’re totally on the same band wagon as a lot of us in the world. High five and let your spooky flag fly!

While this month has been creeping by I’ve been soaking up every October day not only with pumpkin spice erry thing, but with a few Netflix series that give me all the chills. Now, of course I’m not keeping these series that I believe are super Halloween-worthy a secret; I’m sharing them with all of you! So grab yourself a cup of your favorite hot beverage, snuggle into some blankets, light a candle and get ready to scream…not really. You may cover your hands over your eyes at times, but these Netflix series each have plenty of entertaining and interesting elements, as much as they are creepy.

Have a spook-tac-ular time watching!

P.S. I’ve linked the trailers of each of the series within their titles as a sneak peek for what you may be interested in watching!

1. Penny Dreadful

A dark series that takes place in Victorian London brings together some of literature’s most classic and complex characters, like Frankenstein and Dorian Grey. I’ll be frank about this series—it can definitely get a bit out there, but that definitely is the quintessential of the show. It’s a psychological thriller that is utterly unpredictable, and with three seasons under its belt you’ll be entranced with every turn it takes.

2. Hemlock Grove

Another Netflix original series that is a bit out there as well, but one that will totally have you binge watching episode after episode. Hemlock Grove is based on the book by Brian McGreevy that centers in on a fictional town in Pennsylvania whose residents are peculiar…and not exactly human. Nothing is what it seems in this series and you’ll be trying to put together the puzzle pieces with each strange happening that occurs.

3. Lost Girl 

To be honest, this series reminds me of one of those cheesy original series on the Syfy channel. However, what’s different about this series is the original and personable characters that keep you wanting to watch till the very end. I’ve binge watched on Lost Girl like no tomorrow and have been waiting eagerly for Season 6 to launch. Lost Girl centers in on a young woman named Bo who turns out to be a succubus—a mythical creature that feeds on the sexual energy of humans. After a deadly encounter with a human, she is brought into the world of Faes (being the mythical creature world) and strives to find out who exactly she is, and where she came from.

4. Stranger Things

A Netflix original series that you may have already heard of after all the hype behind it. Stranger Things is a total must-watch in my book because it merges many classic Sci-Fi elements into a modern-day show that isn’t too overboard or unbelievable. It takes place in a small town in the 80’s (Gah. I know. Perfect, right?) in which resident, Joyce Byers’ 12-year-old son, Will goes missing. After his disappearance an investigation is launched that opens up doors in the small town that were always meant to be kept secrets. Meanwhile, Will’s three best friends also launch their own investigation in the search for him, stumbling upon one of those secrets—an unusual little girl with paranormal powers. This show is coming out with a second season so I would definitely catch up before then!

5. Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell

Based on the novel by Susanna Clarke, Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell takes place in 19th century England and focuses on the reemergence of magic by two men—Mr. Norrell and novice, Jonathan Strange. Together, this duo, both set forth to bring magic back into the light, but with two very different views on it there is bound to be a collision.

Which series will you delve into first?

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Just In: Skincare Goodies

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Hello loves,

Recently I filmed a faul, fall +haul, video on my YouTube channel (Watch it here!) in which I shared a bunch of fashion and beauty items I had purchased that were fall inspired. Now, I wasn’t able to share every beauty product I recently received because let’s be honest—that video was already long as is. Haha. However, that’s what this blog is for! To go on about all of my favorites without a time frame on my endless raves. So, without prolonging it further since I have a lot to say, I’ll be chatting with ya’ll about my latest skincare goodies that my skin has been loving like no tomorrow. Take a read down below and let me know if any of you have tried these products. I’d love to know your thoughts on them!

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BareMinerals Bare Haven Essential Moisturizing Soft Cream: I know what you’re thinking. It’s one of the longest product names ever, but this moisturizer definitely covers everything it stand for. It is moisturizing, a soft cream and has quickly become an essential in my skincare routine. I prep my skin in the morning after I wash my face with this container of heaven, and my skin instantly feels hydrated and ready to start the day. The creamy texture of this moisturizer does not feel heavy at all when soaked into your skin, but instead glides on effortlessly, while still providing the moisturization you’ll need throughout the day.

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L’Oréal Advanced Revitalift Eye Cream: I have been searching for an eye cream to try for quite some time. I’ve tried a few here and there, but I’ve never purchased my own before. What I wanted in an eye cream was quality, ingredients to brighten dark circles and anti-aging benefits to help tweak down fine lines. I ended up narrowing it down to this eye cream by L’Oréal that had some of the best reviews out there. I’ve been using this cream for almost a month and my under eye area is starting to appear brighter and smoother by the day. I love the lightweight feel of this product when dabbed into your skin. It’s perfect for anyone that has sensitive skin as well, and a little goes a very long way.

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Mario Badescu Seaweed Night Cream: Since fall has made its way to the East Coast the temperature is beginning to slowly drop, and with that means the cold weather. Cold weather = dry skin, of course. I have combination skin, but when the no-mercy weather comes along it tends to be more dry than oily. Yay me. What I have found that works best for my skin during these times is face masks and thick night creams that help bring hydration back to it. The Mario Badescu Seaweed Night Cream feels like such a dream when I put it on in the evening. It instantly relaxes me and has my skin feeling ten times better after a long day. The only downside to it is that it can burn your eyes so I recommend applying it nowhere near your under eye area.

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SKINFOOD Egg White Pore Foam: This product has been on my must-buy list for a little while, especially after seeing so many other raves about it by my fave beauty bloggers. After using it consistently I totally understand the hype. The Egg White Pore Foam is unlike any skincare product I have used before—and not just because it contains egg white extract. It deep cleans my pores like no other cleanser or mask has done before, and I have seen such a reduction in the size of them within just a couple weeks. It also is a champ in removing makeup and cleaning your skin at the same time making it an A+ for me.

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L’Oréal Detox & Brighten Clay Mask: Speaking about A+ products, the L’Oréal clay masks have been out for a bit, but I recently got the chance to try them out the past month. Out of the trio that was launched, my favorite is the Detox & Brighten Clay Mask made with charcoal. In this mask’s description it states that it will “detoxify and illuminate your skin within 10 minutes.” Sounds too good to be true, right? Well, my friends after using it multiple times this product is true to its word. The best part about it? You can actually see the results afterwards. Say hello to glowing, rejuvenated and healthy skin within minutes.

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Mario Badescu Glass Bottle Drying Lotion: Another skincare product with major hype behind it is this fella right here. And I purchased the glass version of it because…well, it’s glass. I really wanted to try this product after hearing so many almost “magical over-night” elements it had. So, I purchased it and have given it a go a few times. It definitely does make any acne that was raised the day before become flat overnight, however it does not get rid of it fully. It just flattens it, which is great if you’re trying to cover it up. I honestly don’t think it’s as incredible has the hype behind it, but it definitely is a quick way to make any acne less noticeable in a cinch.

Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Herb and Rosewater: Need I say anything? This Mario Badescu product is a repurchase of mine, and this time around I needed to get the larger bottle. I use this facial spray every day to set my makeup and spritz my skin to give it a little something more. It’s a holy grail skincare product of mine that I don’t see leaving my beauty routine any time soon—unless I run out and have to run to Ulta.

Thank you all for reading! Stay tuned for a new blog post coming your way soon. Until then…

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Girl, You Got This | Little Life Update & Some Words

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Hello loves,

It’s been quite some time since I’ve shared a blog post with ya’ll and truth be told, life just has gotten in the way. So, what have I been up to as of late? I’ll sum it up in a few bullet points down below.

  • Working like a mad woman.
  • Spending time with my family.
  • Spontaneous adventures with my boyfriend and friends.
  • And last but not least, trying to find my way back to writing again.

Now the last bullet point definitely can sound like a shock because writing is what I do all the time. It’s what I went to school for, how I ended up where I am today and something that always helps me center myself when everything is wracking inside my brain.

Don’t get me wrong, I love writing and always will. Words are utterly powerful to me in the way that they can create worlds, characters and feelings without you having to see anything. Writing non-stop though can take its toll; I love what I do very much, but I am also my own worst critic. I had come to a point where I was putting pressure on myself to quickly write a piece, even if it wasn’t going to be my best work. That was when I had to stop. I needed to give myself a break and let life just swoop me up in the hopes to find my inspiration all over again.

I had an English teacher in high school who told me once, “Never put your name on something you aren’t proud of, because what you write is a reflection of yourself.” I have carried that quote with me for years; all throughout college and my post-grad life. So when I’m feeling crappy and I know my writing will be crappy, I need a revitalization. Something to wake my creativity up after it has been drained from using it so much. Does that make sense? Just envision yourself doing something you really enjoy so much that it starts to feel empty. It’s not second nature any more. You’re just doing it to get it done—cringing along the way and struggling to remember just what it is that made it so easy once.

With my fast-paced work schedule, spending time with my family, going on adventures when I have spare time and just having a “me moment” I had to remember why I love what I do. I believe we all need moments like these. A time where you just need to unplug yourself from social media, your blog, being creative, or whatever your niche is, and just be.

So that’s what I’ve been doing; living and finding inspiration along the way to help the creative juices start to flow again. It’s safe to say that I have a grip on them once more with this little blog post as an introduction to my favorite series from my old blog—say hello to “Girl, You Got This.”

If you don’t remember my motivational series from my old blog, “Girl, you got this” is a saying I’ve been telling myself for years whenever I have felt scared, in a rut (like writer’s block), doubtful, brave, emotional or gutsy. Those four little words help uplift me into going out into the world and just doing. In “Girl, You Got This” I’ll be sharing monthly blog posts filled with self-love, affirmations, quotes, feminist topics, inspiration, chit chats, personal insights and a whole lot of girl power made to cheer you on, and help any of you remember the extraordinary person you are.

I’m so excited to start this series again and hope ya’ll find something that you are looking for within each of them. Feel free to share with me anything that you may have on your mind in each post as well; I’m always happy to lend an ear or some words. <3 Hope ya’ll are having a beautiful week and stay tuned!

I began to realize how important it was to be an enthusiast in life. If you are interested in something, no matter what it is, go at it full speed ahead. Embrace it with both arms, hug it, love it and above all become passionate about it. Lukewarm is no good. – Roald Dahl

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Girl Power All Day Erry Day

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Hi loves,

Vic here with the second post to my Daisy Natives mini series! I know I have enough excitement for all of us when kicking off the last style post to my lil’ duo. Don’t worry though—there’ll be more to come in the future too. I mean could you blame me after taking a look at Daisy Natives’ tees? If you haven’t checked out my first post yet featuring one of my fave brands evaaa just take a scroll down or click here. Fingers crossed you won’t regret it.

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Now, it should go without saying that I absolutely love supporting other gals in their creative endeavors. Whether you want to write poems, love to make the cutest homemade items, are trying to make your dreams of big city livin’ a reality or anything else you put your heart into—I am all about girls uplifting, motivating, loving, inspiring and supporting one another. No matter if it’s a little action from commenting to how much you admire what they do or if it’s a big action, like promoting them as much as you can. Haiii Sarah (aka Daisy Natives’ girl boss) haiii! Empowering the rad, powerful and wonderful women I meet makes me believe that we can really make any changes within the world together.

The “Girls Support Girls” tee, available in pink and white, by Daisy Natives supports this movement full of girl power like no tomorrow. Worn by some of my favorite creative babes that I admire, this tee has become a must-have for any girl boss out in the world; so much so that it is even being sold on ModCloth and is now available in pin form!

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I honestly could wear this tee every day of the week and never get tired of it. With a message like that, how could you?!

Want to show your girl power all day erry day? Then snag your very own tee (or pin!) on Daisy Natives today. <3 You’ll be supporting an extraordinary gal as well—and that’s a win, win in my book.

Tee:  Here
Shorts: Similar Here and Here
Tote: Here
Headband: Mom’s scarf tied up.

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Mimosa Madness

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Hi loves,

I’m sorry bunches for being a bit M.I.A lately! I’ve been such a busy bee with working that making the time to sit down and write to ya’ll has been almost impossible. Luckily though, I’m finally typing away, on none other than my favorite day of the week, happy to share a style post with you featuring a delightful brand that I hope will put a smile on your faces.

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Say hello to Daisy Natives,  a magical brand created by an extraordinary babe named Sarah Lapp who curates some out-of-this-world tees for the little nerds, creators, unicorns, go-getters, brunch addicts and superwoman gals we all can be. I have been ga-ga over Daisy Natives ever since I came across this small brand on Instagram about a year ago. Since that time, I have watched Sarah Lapp’s bundle of joy grow more and more, which has been truly magical to witness. From her “Girls Support Girls” tee (stay tuned for a style post ft. it this week) that has grabbed millions of girls’ attention, and is currently being sold on ModCloth, to all of the epic sayings that are painted over each tee she comes out with—including the one I’ll be sharing with you today. With her authenticity and badass aura there’s no denying that Sarah is a dream-come-true for all of us quirky gals in the fashion world.

I’ll be sharing with ya’ll two style posts featuring my lil’ collection of tees (that will be growing, I’m sure) from Daisy Natives. And what more of a perfect way to start than with her “Mimosa Tee” on a Sunday? So grab yourself a glass of champagne + OJ and gain some style inspo with this bright number!

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I am a diehard fan over mimosas. I could drink them by the pitcherfull and never have any regrets…well, until the next morning that is. Needless to say, I needed this tee in my life when my eyes landed on it. I swear Sarah makes all my thoughts a reality with what she creates. A mimosa tee for a mimosa babe. It’s a match made in brunch heaven. Paired with a trendy denim skirt, blush wedge-heeled espadrilles and a knotted head wrap you’ll be ready for any festivity you’re attending—including brunch, of course.

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Snag your own Daisy Natives merch at www.daisynatives.com. Be sure to follow @daisynatives on Insta as well and show Sarah some love!

P.S. Stay tuned for the 2nd part of this fun series coming this week! <3

Tee:  Here
Skirt: Here
Wedges: Here
Headband: Similar Here and Here

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