3 Products You Need for Perfect Beach Skin

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Beach season is upon us and my skin literally couldn’t be happier. This sounds so ridiculously vain, but I really love the way I look when I get super tan. I feel like I look more awake, I wear less makeup, my legs look longer… I’m not trying to say pale girls look gross, but I’m definitely feeling myself when I’m tan.

Which is why I’m super into a beach/summer skincare routine. This isn’t so much about a face skin care routine to keep any acne at bay, but more a routine to keep me looking glowy and feeling moisturized and healthy.

I have three Holy Grail products that I totally rely on when going to the beach, and I’m pretty sure they can rock your world, too:

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Side note: I totally made this graphic before writing the article, so I didn’t take very good care in putting it in a logical order… Oops?

1. Banana Boat After Sun Lotion: See what I mean about ordering these in a way that Makes. No. Sense. This is the last thing I use in my beach skincare routine, but maybe the coolest because it’s been an old reliable since I was a little thing visiting my grandpa’s beach house. This stuff smells so amazing and summery, and is so, so hydrating. And hydrating your skin? Pretty damn important when you’re wasting your days away laying in the sun. This is probably just some stupid back-of-bottle claim, but the Banana Boat After Sun Lotion says it makes your tan last longer and I kind of believe it. Keeping my tan looking fresh and dope as hell? I’ll say yes to that.

2. Jergens Natural Glow: And this is the first thing I use in my skincare sequence! Why I’m listing it second, I do not know. Womp womp.

Before I can haul my ass to the beach, I’m all about the Jergens and have been for years. This gives me a slight summery glow so that I’m not a hundo P blinding when I first step foot on the sand. But I’m obvi not reinventing the wheel by using Jergens for going to the beach or making your legs look d0pe for skirt season.

I also love using Jergens for, yup, you guessed it… dance. (Oh, you didn’t guess that? That’s pretty awkward for you.) Spring and summer is recital and competition season, and having a nice healthy glow makes you look pretty fuckin’ amazing on stage. It keeps the lights from washing you out, and definitely makes you look way more toned.

3. Coppertone Clearly Sheer: And last but not least, the sun screen. Guys, I’m so about this stuff right now. It’s like putting normal lotion on, but instead of just getting the kind of soft skin everyone wants to rub and put their hands all over, you also decrease your risk of skin cancer. I’m not hating that. I usually go with 30 SPF, or maybe even 50 SPF (especially at the beginning of the summer), because when you get a lobster burn honestly you look (and feel) like an idiot.

The best part? This stuff doesn’t really taste like sun screen. Not saying I’m a sun screen eater, but sometimes this son-of-a-bitch gets in your mouth and you literally cannot escape that taste. Once again, I’m not hating that…

What are you all into when you go to the beach? Is there a sunscreen I’m totally missing? Should I be trying to get beachy blond highlights with a kind of Sun In that won’t make my brunette hair look like brass wire? Am I a total asshole for how much I love being tan? Let me know in the comments! Except for the asshole part. Ignorance is bliss.

2016 Christmas Gift Guide: Companies Who Give Back to Charity

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When you get older (hah… I’m 22), you start to realize that the holidays and Christmas time are about a lot more than just upping your Instagram game with pictures of your tree and drinking spiked hot chocolate (although there definitely is not age limit to enjoying that stuff, too!) It’s not even about getting the perfect present for your family and friends. Nah, when you get older, you start to realize that the holiday season is about helping those who don’t have much during this time of total extravagance. Nothing makes you notice the needy more than a season characterized by buying things.

But I’m starting to realize that I can have it all — the buying gifts and giving back, that is.

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By looking into companies who actively engage with charity, you can easily find that perfect gift and help folks in need. Give consciously people — it’s the raddest!

The Body Shop

Buying from The Body Shop is cool because all of their stuff is natural and they have so many great values like protecting human rights and saving the planet. But did you know that this year, if you purchase one of their selected gift sets you’ll be helping them give one day’s worth of clean water to a family in Ethiopia? Too. Cool. Nevermind the fact that The Body Shop has some pretty great (and great smelling) products, this is an awesome cause to donate to.

Soap Box Soaps

Get off your dang soap box, you preachy asshole!

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…except totally don’t because Soap Box products are awesome, and do awesome things. Similar to The Body Shop, purchasing Soap Box products helps provide clean water to a community in need. While I’ve never used a bar of Soap Box soap, I have used their shampoo and conditioner, and it smells dope as hell and makes my hair super shiny. What better gift than the gift that keeps on giving in so many ways.

Bird&Stone

Nothing better than some super cute jewelry… except for when that super cute jewelry that helps other people. When Bird&Stone’s founder, Elena, took her first trip to Kenya, she saw crazy poverty and wanted to do something to help. After seeing the positive effects microloans (small sums of money that help people restart their lives) have, she decided to start selling some of her gorgeous jewelry to help fund some more of these microloans. I can def get on board with some of that.

Warby Parker

Ryan Gosling wants you to buy your friend Warby Parker crap.
Ryan Gosling wants you to buy your friend Warby Parker crap.

Warby Parker is pretty well-known as a glasses company. Now, you might be thinking, wow Sara, what an awk gift to give someone. And you’re totally right. Giving someone a set of their prescription frames is a wicked awkward gift, but good thing Warby Parker also sells sunglasses, fools! If you’re looking for a great pair of sunglasses to give a dear, dear friend or family member (because I’m not going to be the type of person to say $150 sunglasses is cheap), opt not for Ray Bans or whatever, but for something just as cute from Warby Parker.

As a lot of you all know, Warby Parker donates a pair of glasses to a kid in need for every pair they sell. Pretty rad, eh?

Out of Print Clothing

Books and loungey, slouchy t-shirts are kind of the perfect combination, which is why you should definitely gift your friends something from Out of Print Clothing. Get your loved ones’ favorite book quotes on a shirt or coaster or mug or matchbox (super regular), and you’ll also be sending a book to a community in need through another awesome org called Books for Africa. We all freaking love books, so spread the love and help some get to the kiddos who really need them.

DISCLAIMER: Influenster sent me the Soap Box shampoo and conditioner. All of my opinions on it are my own!

Ryan Gosling photo credit via this Buzzfeed article.

Surviving New England Winter: Cold Weather Essentials

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When you think of winter, you think of New England (at least you better). With our incredible mountains, penchant for cold weather sports, and knowledge of all things REI and EMS, we kind of have the whole cold weather survival thing down. We got over 100 inches of snow last winter, for God’s sakes!

As a staunch New Englander who genuinely believes we winter better than anyone else in the country, I have a little bit of know-how in the cold weather, snowy survival realm. For help any New England novices or winter wimps, here are my top winter essentials:

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Keeping moisturized:

It’s no secret that the cold winter weather sucks the life right out of your hands an lips, and honestly, it’s not a cute look. To keep my lips from flaking, I regularly apply ChapStick Total Hydration — in fact, I think it’s pretty safe to say that I’m actually obsessed. This stuff is so smooth and tastes smells so delicious. Right now I’m using the vanilla scent, but it also comes in a citrus scent. Keep your eyes peeled for pumpkin and peppermint flavors around Christmastime!

I’m not sure if this is just a Sara thing, or any everyone thing, but during the winter my cuticles split like crazy. It’s not the cutest look, especially as someone who loves to paint her nails on the reg. By far, the best thing I’ve used to remedy this issue is the Sally Hansen Cuticle Oil. I just brush this directly onto my cuticles before bed, read a few pages of a book while letting it soak in, and then rub it all the way in before heading under the covers.

On the topic of reading a little bit before bed, a total winter move is to set up shop in front of the fire getting lost in a good book. Right now I’m chipping away at The Bully Pulpit, a book about the golden age of journalism and the relationship between Teddy Roosevelt and William Howard Taft. While I’m kind of digging this book, I’m going to be real with you, it might not be for everyone. I was a history major in college and work as a straight up news journalist during the day, so this book is kind of my ish, but for people who aren’t into non-fiction, it’ll be hard to get into.

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Dress to impress.

And by dress to impress I mean wearing necklaces with skis and really warm leggings. I got this necklace on Etsy and I’m literally obsessed with it. I wear it on the day of the first snow every season, and rock it pretty regularly the rest of ski season. These necklaces are super cheap (10 bucks!) and can be customized for anything — best friends, ballerinas, tennis rackets.

As an avid skier, winter sports and leggings enthusiast, I think it’s vital to have weather-appropriate leggings. These ones are from Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS). While they don’t really come cheap (about $34), they have Techwick, which is really great for keeping you warm. It wicks any sweat out of the leggings, keeping you toasty your whole day.

Disclaimer: The ChapStick Total Moisture was graciously sent to me by ChapStick’s PR folks. However, all of my opinions are completely my own and entirely authentic.

 

Top skincare practices (& a product review!)

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There’s no doubt about it that my most watched videos on YouTube are nightly skincare routines, probably because I love skincare and I love hearing about different products people use.

The funny thing about these videos and these kinds of posts is that they never really change my routine. What I like more about these videos is that they impart a little bit of wisdom to my not-so-beauty-proficient self. So I figured today, instead of just boring you with listing off everything I do after I shower and right before I go to bed, I figured I’d let you know some little tips and tricks I’ve collected from other, more knowledgeable girls than myself.

And! Super mega bonus! I have a product review tucked right in here, too!

1. Go organic.

I’m obsessed with Lush Cosmetics because they genuinely are cruelty-free and they’re easy to get to.

What Lush Cosmetics, or any other organic product, will do is tell your body to tell your skin what to do. It utilizes organic materials found naturally on this earth to make your body do what it needs to do. It’s like it treats your body’s proneness to breaking out, instead of the breakout itself.

Also, FYI, the sponsorship in this post is not from Lush Cosmetics. I just love them. (But hey, Lush, I wouldn’t be opposed… *wink wink*)

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2. You may be young, but use an eye cream!

And I wouldn’t cheap out on this, either– believe me, I understand the temptress that is the cheap price tag, but it’s so worth it to get something nice! I rock it out with Clinique’s All About Eyes Rich formula, which is definitely an investment, but I’d venture to say it’s worthwhile. This bad boy retails for a whopping $31 for .5 oz, but seriously, it’s worth every penny. And when you’re applying this eye cream, make sure you pat, NOT RUB, it in. You’ll thank yourself later when you have fewer wrinkles because you took the time to not tug on your skin.

3. Make your own BB Cream.

Alright, so while it’s definitely worth it to invest in a great eye cream that will help me in the long run, I think it’s stupid as heck to pay a bunch of money to get a BB cream that I’ll only use for like three months during the summer, so my roommate gave me this hack.

Mix around some of your favorite moisturizer (bonus points if it has an SPF) with your favorite foundation. This’ll sheer out the pigmentation of your foundation (and who doesn’t love a natural, angelic look during the summer) and give you the perfect amount of moisture. Plus, you can’t beat the price of homemade(ish…)

4. Make your moisturizer go further by applying to moist skin.

So when you spritz your toner on your face, leaving it cool and slightly moistened, apply your moisturizer right on top of that before it completely dries. This will save you on moisturizer in the long-run, which is really benefiting me right now because I’m almost out of mine, and I’m waiting on it to ship to me.

Ever notice that your moisturizer just feels heavy sometimes, or that it’s sort of just sitting on top of your skin? This hack will help your skin absorb the moisturizer quicker and deeper. As your skin naturally absorbs the “wetness” from your toner, it’ll take your moisturizer right with it. Shout out to the girl from Lush who taught me this one.

5. Clean your brushes.

So some people might think this is a little makeup related, which it could be, but for me, cleaning my brushes is all about the skin.

Your brushes, whether you like it or not, collect some of your makeup in them, which makes them a breeding ground for germs and dirt! Germs+dirt+skin = breakouts galore. Keep your skin clean by keeping your brushes clean.

I use Johnson&Johnson’s baby shampoo to clean my brushes. I just run them under lukewarm water, rub them in a circular motion in the shampoo in my hand, and rinse. I gently wring out the excess water and let them air-dry on my desk.

6. Use a mask that’ll clean your pores.

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I used to use masks that sort of just leave my skin feeling really dry or flaky instead of super duper clean. I never really understood that the dry, flaky feeling I was getting wasn’t so good until I recently started using a new mask.

It’s the Pure & Essential Minerals Dead Sea Mud Mask, and boy oh boy do I love it. The jar claims it’s an “ancient natural skin healing formula direct from the source,” which makes me feel like a magical voodoo goddess, and that it’s made from “pure dead sea mud, all natural ingredients,” which is awesome because it’s goes along with my whole use organic products thing.

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I’m going to be honest here, I’m not farmer or plant/oil specialist, so I’m not positive what all of the ingredients do. I do know that dead sea mud is like a magical skin nectar that scoops out all of your pore yuckies and eats them up. I know that organic shea butter will hydrate your skin when needed. I know that eucalyptus oil take down pimple inflammation while giving your skin a cool and fresh feeling. (I also know that xanthan gum is used in a lot of gluten free desserts, so there’s that…)

Overall I really like this mask. It totally did its job and made my skin feel nice and clean and clear. What sends me over the moon is that it is indeed an organic product and is cruelty-free and not tested on animals, because I like to know that my skincare routines back up my personal claim of loving planet earth a lot.

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What are your favorite skincare practices? What am I doing like a dummy? And have any of you ever used Pure & Essential Minerals’ product and love it just like me? Let me know!

DISCLAIMER: I received the Pure & Essential Minerals Dead Sea Mud Mask very generously from the wonderful people with Pure & Essential Minerals via Brandbacker. All of my opinions are my own. This product retails for $24.77 right now on Amazon.

Rave Reviews: InstaNatural Argan Oil Products

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Hey guys! So about a week and a half ago, the lovely people of InstaNatural sent me a few of their argan oil products to try out and review. These products included their Superior Hydration Argan Oil Hair Mask, their 100% Pure Certified Organic Argan Oil Multipurpose Moisturizer and their Age-Defying Skin Clearing Serum For Flawless & Youthful Skin. I’ve been using these products for about a week (they got sent to my house, so I had to wait until I stopped home to pick them up), and I have varying opinions depending on the product.

The Hair Mask:

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Let’s start with my favorite of the products first, shall we? This hair mask totally rocked. It has a really nice scent to it (banana? vanilla? something like that), and it lingers in your hair so you get compliments all day long after washing your hair with it. It made my hair really silky, soft and strong. The morning after I used this, I curled my hair with a curling wand for a basketball game, and it came out so much better than it ever had before.

I’ve only used this product once, but since it’s so hydrating, I think it’s one I’ll only use about once every two weeks. It’s really repairing, so I think it’ll be really good for using after a few weeks’ worth of damage. Here’s the consistency of the mask so you can see just how hydrating and thick it is:

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One thing about this product: In the directions, it says you should apply the mask from root to tip. I don’t think I’d do that, ever. I have pretty normal hair, maybe somewhat dry because it is naturally curly, but I also don’t like to wash it all the time (twice a week… go ahead, judge me for being gross). By the time hair washing night rolls around, my roots are pretty oily, and I think applying this mask to my roots would make it even worse.

This product:

  • Retails for $17.95 for 8 oz. (full-size)
  • Works great for really dry/damaged hair
  • Works great for naturally curly hair (it really defined my curls)

The All-Purpose Oil:

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This was, without a doubt, probably the least useful of the products I was sent. I usually use a Sally Hansen cuticle oil every night before going to bed, and so I thought this might be a nice, organic replacement for it, but it wasn’t. I then tried to use it all over my hands as sort of a lotion, and that didn’t work so well, either. Then I noticed on the bottle that it claimed to work to fight acne, and since it’s my time of the month and my skin has a habit of going crazy during that time, I decided to try that (with no luck). I used it on the ends of my hair in place of my Organix leave-in argan oil, and the InstaNatural also didn’t do a good job of that.

Finally, two nights ago, I decided to relegate this oil simply to taking care of ashy knees and elbows during this dry wintery weather. This appears to be the best use for this oil. It’s doing a really good job of fighting those dry patches of skin, and I’m feeling better about not being wasteful of this really coveted product.

I’m glad I found a use for the product, but I wouldn’t say that it’s a holy grail body moisturizer.

This product:

  • Retails for $17.95 for a 4 oz (full-size) bottle
  • Has a decent scent
  • Works well for dry patches of skin, but not much else

The Skin Serum:

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So I was a little nervous when I first got this product simply because it was called an “age-defying” skin serum, and being 21 and constantly mistaken for a high school senior instead of a college senior, I didn’t really think I needed “age-defying” yet. But then I looked at the bottle closer, and I saw that it was more like a “skin clearing” serum, and my period-only acne prone skin would really benefit from that. The main ingredients in this serum are vitamin C (20%), retinol (2.5%), niacinamide (3.5%) and salicylic acid (2%). The formula also contains vegan hyaluronic acid, which is super trendy in the beauty world right now, and I was pretty excited to try a product containing it.

The product claims to not only restore youth and reduce fine lines/wrinkles, but also to banish breakouts and reduce hyperpigmentation. Being a habitual zit-popper, I was really excited to see that it would rid me of pimples and the scars I’ve got from popping them.

I’ve got to say, this serum worked pretty well! The timing was perfect because I was in monthly breakout season, so I was really able to  see how it would work. The serum contained my breakouts to a few along my hairline (which were super small and easily hidden) and only one big guy! That’s a new record for me during my period. That big guy also wasn’t a real big guy, and the way it was formed, I could hide it really easily and I wasn’t compelled to pop it once.

What I was really impressed with was the way it started to break up the hyperpigmentation on my forehead that I have from popping zits. On my forehead it’s almost all gone, and I have two fresh zit scars that are starting to fade, too. Woohoo!

This product:

  • retails for $21.95 for a 1 oz (full-size) product
  • smells pretty nice (really clean)
  • works well if you break out often (or have normal skin all the time except when you’re on your period)
  • will do some work on your acne scars

A note about the company:

Although I only loved 2/3 of the products I tested, I have to say how great it was to work with InstaNatural. I was directly messaged via BrandBacker by a representative of the company, who was always really pleasant to correspond with. I was also pleasantly surprised by the products they sent me. I initially only signed up to review the hair mask, but the company reached out with other review options, which could include either one or two bonus options. Naturally I took as much as I could for free (graciously, of course). It’s really cool that they sent me all full-sized products, as well.

When InstaNatural sent me the 100% off coupons to order these via Amazon, life and travelling and other stuff got away from me and I hadn’t been able to order them before the coupons expired. I was worried I wouldn’t be able to continue with the campaign. I reached out to InstaNatural to see if there was anything we could do, and I promptly got a message back saying my rep had personally shipped my products to me and that I shouldn’t worry. The products came to me within two days, which is incredibly fast shipping time.

This was a really great company that I really felt good about working with, and although I’m not able to say super positive things about the all-purpose oil, I’m glad I will be able to enjoy my hair mask and skin serum and hope in the future to purchase more of those products.

Disclaimer:

This is a sponsored post. All products reviewed on this page were sent to me complimentary from InstaNatural, via BrandBacker. All opinions are my own.

Rave Reviews: COVERGIRL #GoBloom Full LashBloom LashBlash Mascara

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Hey guys! So last week the wonderful people with Covergirl and Influenster sent me this new mascara, which is part of the new Covergirl GoBloom collection. This mascara goes for $6.99-$8.99 depending on your retailer.

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I was ridiculously excited to rip into that special delivery, and I gotta say, it didn’t really disappoint. Covergirl and Influenster told me to work with the mascara for a week, and after that, I’d be sure to be in love, and that was pretty accurate. I think I’ve found a new day-to-day mascara!

The Claims: This mascara claims to provide “A petal-shaped molded brush with short and long bristles that aligns, combs and coats every lash evenly for full, separated volume from root to tip. A detailing tip that allows you to build volume and reach those hard-to-get lashes, while keeping lashes soft and flexible– never wet. A new soft-set formula with natural beeswax to provide buildable volume that doesn’t go on wet or set hard. The formula delivers full, soft lashes that resist flaking.”

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It has a pretty standard wand that does appear to have longer and shorter bristles to reach each lash individually. I like the way the wand combs through my lashes without clumping them together. I usually apply by wiggling the wand left and right through my lashes to make sure I’m getting them all, but sometimes with drug store brand mascaras that makes them stick together a bit, but this didn’t do that at all.

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There’s a side-by-side of me without mascara (left) and with mascara (right) so you can see the effect the mascara has on my makeup look.

This mascara gives a really natural look, which I’m definitely not complaining about. I don’t usually go for very vampy makeup looks, so this mascara was perfect. It did just enough to make my lashes look full without being too fancy. I don’t think I’d use this one for a more glamorous look because it does tend to be more subtle, but for daily wear, this mascara gives a great look.

I also am so impressed by its staying power. I tend to need either waterproof mascara or a Benefit mascara or I’ll end up with smudging by the end of the day. This mascara is a major exception. I think because it isn’t super wet and doesn’t flake, I can wear it all day and it looks exactly as it did in the morning. I never ended up with any flaking under my eyes.

So would I recommend this to a friend? Absolutely. This mascara is perfect if you…

  • Want a subtle look
  • Are just starting to use makeup more
  • Want something that will work all day
  • Want something that will build more volume
  • Want something less vampy and more wearable

DISCLAIMER: I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.

Rave Reviews: MayDesigns Weekly Planner

Rave ReviewsSo I’ve been buying MayDesigns products for years, and there’s a reason for it. Every year, around the start of December, I design my very own weekly planner/organizer and email to my mom exactly what I’d like as a Christmas present (it’s the only thing I get that isn’t much of a surprise).

With MayDesigns planners, you get to design pretty much every aspect of it– you get to choose from approximately a zillion background colors, get to choose what will be on the front cover (name? initials? personal mantra?) and in what font and behind what nameplate, and you get to choose if it’s going to be a weekly planner or a calorie diary or a notebook with blank pages or any of their other options.

I love being able to personalize my planner so that it looks like something nobody else has. I also love that the pages are stitched together so that it’s eco-friendly. I also love that I’m supporting a small business. Suffice it to say, I love pretty much all of the aspects of this company.

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This is the beaut I got this year. I believe the pattern came from their Tea Collection from this past fall, but I thought it was a nice combination between pretty and sort of retro boho (what a strange combination, huh?) and would reflect my personal style. I also challenge myself every year to get a different nameplate than I did the year before, even though I always do a monogram of my initials in the script.

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This year MayDesigns did something a little different. They always include both a monthly view as well as a weekly view for planning and organization, but usually they would put the monthly view right before a series of weekly pages. That would get awkward sometimes because, as you can see on the left, they show you one week on one page and another on the next page. When a new month would come in between, it would kind of get out of whack. This year, they put all of the monthly views at the beginning and put the weekly views consecutively after that. The font and general design is also a little different, and it has a really nice clean view.

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At the beginning of the book they also gave you a year in review page. I love this feature because it keeps you from needing to flip all the way to that month in the calendar to see what day a certain date falls on or something like that.

MayDesigns are so simple and so easy to work with. They don’t take up too much room in your bag due to the fact that they are stitch-bound and have plenty of space for you to write all of your homework assignments or any engagements you need to plan out. Getting my new planner almost makes me excited to head back to school so I actually have stuff to write in it!

DISCLAIMER: All of these opinions are my own, and this post has not been in any way subsidized by MayDesigns by way of monetary compensation or gifting. Read: My mommy and daddy got me this planner for Christmas and I wanted to share with you all 🙂

Rave Review: The Fix, Worcester

So the one highlight in all of Worcester, Massachusetts that all of us college students are able to look to with excitement and joy is Shrewsbury Street. Literally all up and down the street are just unreal restaurants. You would never think that those restaurants could be in a city like Worcester, but they are. And it’s awesome.

We don’t regularly head over there for dinners, though. Part of it is the drive (it’s so much easier to go to Panera, which is only like five minutes away), but another part of it is the fact that we don’t have any money, and these restaurants kind of require you to have money.

But this past Friday, we were like, “empty wallets be damned, we’re going to The Fix.”

Fix_CoverThe best part of The Fix? The milkshakes. Hands down. Nobody would win trying to argue that with me.

The Fix’s milkshakes aren’t completely rated PG, though. Seeing as I’m 21 (woohoo being legal!) I opted to get my chocolate milkshake boozy, and while it was delicious, I think next time I’ll get mine sans alcohol. I certainly wasn’t looking to get tipsy during that dinner, and it was kind of strong. I would’ve preferred having a purely chocolatey experience.

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But isn’t it beautiful? Absolutely drool-worthy.

My roommates and I also got our trademark app– fried pickles. And before  you cringe and ask what the heck a fried pickle is, let me tell you: these things are Out. Of. This. World. Like right now I miss them. I miss fried pickles. I ate them less than a week ago, and I already miss them.

Fix_PicklesOh the things I wouldn’t do for some of those right now.

For my meal I ended up getting a burger (duh… it’s The Fix’s specialty). Now, I’m not the biggest burger person. I’m not going to say that I don’t like them, because that would be a total lie, but I’m not the type of person to crave a burger or to go out of my way to order one at a restaurant. When my mom makes them I usually just have the plain patty with no bread (yup… I’m that lame).

So, seeing as I only got a plain hamburger with pickles, I didn’t take a picture. But I’ll tell you this: The Fix has a zillion specialty burger options with a crap ton of different toppings. For anyone who is a huge burger-loving foodie, this place is for you. Just take a gander at that menu:

Fix_MenuProbably the best part of The Fix was the atmosphere. It was a small restaurant with a bunch of tables kind of close to each other, but not in a sloppy or invasion-of-privacy kind of way. It seemed really warm this way. Shrewsbury Street in general is really pretty with all of these nice restaurants lining either side of the street, so the view out the window ain’t too shabby either.

The inside was dressed up in really cute, rustic New England kind of Christmas decorations and holiday music was playing in the background. I really liked that the restaurant seemed lively but I was still able to hold a conversation with my roommates. Plus, it had a nice family atmosphere. Funny, considering the fact that the restaurant prides itself on its great alcoholic desserts, but it wasn’t in any way tacky or crude.

Fix_Mural

So, I guess to sum up: Would I recommend this place to a friend? Yeah! Of course! I’d just suggest planning ahead to spend some money (I mean I only paid around $20, but for me, an unemployed college student, that’s a wee painful to part with) and to be in the mood for some crazy (delicious) burgers and shakes.