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Holiday Beauty Gift Guide

Gift guide for the beauty lover 

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  1. Drunk Elephant Moisturizer // I got this stuff at Sephora as my birthday gift set and OMG is it good. I’m not a fan of the price point, which is probably why I like the quality so much, but luckily this holiday season Drunk Elephant has many gift sets available. (Like this one)
  2. OGX Coconut Miracle Oil // This oil is SO good. I started using it about a month ago and my hair has never been so soft and smooth. It smells amazing and doesn’t weigh down your hair. I love it most because it doesn’t make your hair look greasy.
  3. Farmacy Night Balm //  Such a good product. I got this night balm in one of my Ipsy bags awhile back in a sample size, and I love it. It has a nice, natural smell and not too oily of a texture. I also love that Farmacy is a clean brand, added bonus.
  4. Jouer Lip Balm // OK. This stuff is a little pricy. BUT it is SO good. It is a lip enchancer more than a chapstick so it plumps and firms your lips as you wear it. Let me tell you, it works. I’ve been wearing it consistently throughout the day for the past like 2 wks, and boy my lips look good. lol. Highly recommend this item. It’s on Amazon BUT I would purchase it from a retailer as oddly enough it is more expensive on Amazon, by like $8.
  5. Drunk Elephant Cleanser // So again, as I said before, I received this in my bday gift from Sephora and of course even though it’s pricy I fell madly in love with it. It is such a good cleanser. My face feels so clean after and it’s not drying. It has a light scent and jelly like texture and I love that it is a clean product. Overall, my new fav, just not a fan of the hefty price tag.
  6. Buxom Lip Balm // I love this. I actually scored it for cheap at TJ Maxx, which was the only reason I decided to try it out. Well that and I love Buxom. It is good, it has a pretty pink tint to it and that nice Buxom plumping tingle you know if you’ve used their products.
  7. Pureology Leave-In Treatment // This Pureology along with the coconut oil makes my hair SO soft. It smells amazing and is super lightweight. I use this as a heat protectant as well as styling spray. They say it works best with other Pureology products, I’ve found it to work great on it’s own as well. (Right now Ulta is doing a free full sized bottle with purchase!!)
  8. Pravana Purple Shampoo // OK. I have used at least 5 different kinds of purple shampoo, brassiness doesn’t look good on me. lol. However, THIS one is the best I have ever used and it’s at an amazing price point. $16 for a full bottle that has lasted me months is AMAZING. One use and all the brassiness is gone and it doesn’t have the gross toner smell to it. Def a must have for any blonde bombshells on your list.
  9. Lush Hair Treatment // Lush has some amazing products but this is my fav. I love that it is a hair treatment geared toward blondes. It has a light citrus scent. The texture of the treatment isn’t thick by any means and I think that is the one downfall since it directs you to apply it on dry hair, however it still makes my hair super soft and shiny.
  10. Kate Somerville Mask // This Wrinkle Warrior plumping mask is everything. It goes on with a gel like, cool texture and it’s hot pink. What’s not to love? The only drawback I have for this mask is the scent. Honestly, it smells like bar soap, which if you like that scent, you’re golden, however I was hoping for something more….. girly maybe? Other than that I only have raves about this product. Last thing, I scored this at TJ for like $15.. so if you can hold off until you can find a solid deal, I would.

 

I have used these products many, many times and love them now more than the first. I would never recommend anything I haven’t tried and love myself. Also always remember, when it comes to skincare and hair product recs to use your best judgement. You know what kind of skin you have and what will break you out/ wont work best for you. These are just products I love and that work really well for me! I hope you find some goodies for either yourself or your BFF!

 

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Sherpa Puffer Outfit Idea

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( Jacket: Vici (similar) / Jeans: American Eagle /  Shirt: TJ maxx find (similar) / Shoes: Vans / Crossbody: Tory Burch (similar)

This outfit is so versatile and great for cooler weather. I have had all of the pieces for at least a year now and LOVE them. I linked similar items since most either are out of season or out of stock.

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(Jacket: Vici (similar) /  Jeans: Abercrombie / Booties: Lucky Brand (similar) / Backpack: Target )

This outfit is everything!! The jeans feel like leggings they are so comfortable. The jacket is so cozy it helps you survive a chilly Seattle night out. The boots I’m wearing are from about 3 seasons ago but I linked equally as cute ones with the same vibe. Love this outfit for everyday style and nights out in the city!

(Also because I know I will get questions this is the styling tool I used for my hair.)

 

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Leavenworth Travel Guide

Hey babes! I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving (if you celebrate it) and if not, a happy weekend! This past Thursday was my birthday and to celebrate Lu took me on a mini vacation to Leavenworth, WA.

I’m finding Leavenworth isn’t commonly heard about unless you live in the state, so I’ll give you a little overview. It is a quaint little town past Stevens Pass (beautiful mountain pass) that is themed in all things Bavarian. All the buildings and hotels were old time german as was the food themes and drinks. Now it may not sound like your cup of tea if you don’t like “german themed foods” however there is something for everyone.

As you enter town there is the cutest welcome sign and past it you begin to see all of the german styled buildings.

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Now I would love to take the credit for all of the amazing food choices but Lu planned and researched the WHOLE trip and took us to some of the best places you can go to.

First up, Stein Leavenworth. We had just gotten in after a three hour drive and were ready for some good food and good drinks. We shared a pretzel with beer cheese (yes its as good as it sounds) and paired it with two IPA’s (very WA, I know). One of the best ways to start the trip.

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Next up, (and before you judge or think to hard about it, yes we ate ALOT) we stopped at a place called Sulla Vita. It was primarily italian styled food like delicious wood fire pizza (what we had and couldn’t get enough of) and they had pastas and really good wine. The establishment was beautiful and there is heated outdoor seating for the wintertime. The pizza we got was called the Carne. Highly recommend this place.

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Alright if you’re a fan of Brat Wurst and you’re a fan of spicy foods, I can’t recommend this brat we had enough. It was at this place called Rhein Haus. They have apparently a few locations in WA but I can’t guarantee they offer the same items on their menus. BUT we started out our meal with a Haus Pretzel with beer fondue (I know), and paired it with their drink called the Raspy Mule. (A raspberry moscow mule, delish). That wasn’t even the main course for this one. Next we ordered a Habanero Cheddarwurst. Yes it was spicy and yes it was very delicious. It comes with the Wurst, Kraut, and a side of fries with curry ketchup. YUM.

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Between all of these delicious places we also got some amazing drinks. If you find yourself in Leavenworth not sure where to go to drink here are a few we went to and loved.

If you love ciders we HIGHLY recommend Bushel & Bee. They have delicious ciders, so many options and a great vibe. It’s a cozy, home like place where you can chill and drink or even play some board games. Another great cider place is Leavenworth Cider. They also have a huge selection as well as HUGE pretzels. Its a large open space full of light, laughter, and games. It’s great.

Another good one is Bavarian Bistro and Bar. Their pretzel and cheese wasn’t my favorite at this location, however I did order a mushroom gravy pasta that was delicious and my marg was SO good. (didn’t get a pic, it’s a darker place at night)

Our next favorite place was breakfast. Louie’s Cafe was one of the best breakfast spots we could have chosen. It’s small and quaint and everyone in town recommended it. I ordered the french toast with scrambled eggs and bacon (as pictured). Lu ordered the Denver Omelet with hashbrowns. He said it was good just needed some cheese (lol).

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(T-shirt is from Aslan Brewing Co / Beanie is from Amazon)

If you can make it during the winter (it can be rough through the pass) I recommend it. It was my first time going however the cold air and the Christmas decorations made it that much better. The huge Christmas tree was lit as well as all the streets.

Down the main street there are a ton of cute little shops and other restaurants to check out. We loved checking out the Cheesemonger, it’s a basement shop that has samples of cheese and sauces for purchase.

We also really liked the Oil and Vinegar Cellar, we bought some salts and oils from there for dinners at home. Overall, Leavenworth is a must see town, especially if you already live in WA or plan to visit nearby. the food and drink selections are out of this country (lol see what I did there?). The people are so friendly and the town is just as cute as can be.

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Avocado Brownie Recipe (GF)

Hey babes! This post is going to be a tad bit different than my typical posts. On my Instagram page (@meaganvasquez_) I shared some avocado brownies I had made for a  work party. I offered the recipe and SO many people were interested! So here we go!

(a little disclaimer: I hadn’t planned on sharing this so I didn’t plan and take pretty pictures to add into this post, SO it’ll be just the recipe lol)

These brownies are SO much better than normal and will earn you serious brownie points with your family and friends. (see what I did there) They are rich, and moist and have a nice fudge flavor.

A few of the tips I have for this recipe are including the following:

Avocado: I love using avocado as a healthy fat into this recipe, I still use butter but the avocado adds a texture and richness to the recipe.

Almond Flour: I found I am allergic to gluten so I went with my favorite flour alternative. I’m sure you can use all purpose GF flour, or coconut flour, however it would have to be tested for appropriate ratio as Almond flour is typically coarser/heavier than other alternatives.

Maple Syrup: Adds a unique type of sweetness that sugar alone cant handle.

One of my favorite parts of this recipe.. it is ALL mixed into a food processor. It makes it quick/easy/ no sore arms/ and easy clean up.

I do not have specific prep times however I was able to whip these up and bake them in under an hour.

INGREDIENTS:

1 large ripe avocado

2 large eggs

1/3 cup light brown sugar (coconut sugar can be used as an alternative)

1/4 cup of pure maple syrup (it has to be pure)

1 tsp pure vanilla extract

1/2 cup of unsweetened cocoa powder

3 tbsp of unsalted butter (coconut oil can replace for healthier option)

1/2 cup of almond flour (again, you can try other flours but they may be runnier)

1 tsp baking soda

1/2 cup of chocolate chips or chunks (I use dark chocolate, you can use whatever you like best!)

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Bake in an 8×8 pan. (I used a clear pie pan because I didn’t have an 8×8 pan)
  2. Add avocado, eggs, sugar, butter, vanilla, and maple syrup to your food processor. (Make sure you have the steel blade attachment inserted) Blend up until smooth, occasionally scraping the sides.
  3. Now, add the dry ingredients. Cocoa powder, almond flour and baking soda. Blend until combined, scrape sides of bowl as needed. Add half of the chocolate chips. Pulse a few times. ( I left it so there were still chunks of chips)
  4. Pour the batter into a lined pan. I used tin foil to line the pan and sprayed it with oil to help with sticking. After the all of it was poured into the pan, I smoothed it over and sprinkled the rest of the chocolate chips on top!
  5. Bake for approx 25-30 minutes. (mine took 30 minutes but every oven is different) Take out when an inserted knife comes out clean or with a few loose crumbs.
  6. Let cool! Then eat!

 

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Cool Weather Must Haves

Alright ladies. It’s getting cooler (in some places, sorry to those who live in the south) I know here in WA it is 62 degrees and its almost noon. Oh boy. I had planned a cute crop top outfit with my distressed jeans but then thought…. Meagan, you live your life freezing. Don’t make a bad decision.

So that is what brings me to this post. Jackets are my life. Sweaters, cardigans, jean, rain, whatever kind of warm cover up you can think of, I’m here for it.

With that being said there are SO many options. But my first love will always be my jean jacket. It is so versatile, it’s super casual, but it adds a uniqu-ness to any outfit.

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Jacket: Levi’s  /  Jeans:  American Eagle (similar)  /  Tee: Garage (similar) /  Wallet: Target

Like I had mentioned in a previous post, I RARELY buy anything full price if I can help it. So the Levi’s link is the jacket however I bought mine at TJ Maxx for like $30. Similar with the whole outfit, all was either clearance or sold at their outlet stores.

Let’s talk flannels. They can make an outfit 100x better. They are cozy, versatile, and perfect on a cooler but not cold day. To be honest I rarely buy my own flannels (lol, sorry Lu) but my husband’s flannels make the perfect cozy outfit tie together. They are warm, baggy, and super cute.

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Shoes: Steve Madden  / Jeans: American Eagle  / Flannel: J Crew Factory / Purse: Abercrombie & Fitch

This whole outfit was purchased on a sale of some kind or was gifted! So comfortable and cozy. For cooler weather I would switch out the shoes for some cute boots or booties.

Let me know what your favorite cooler weather must haves are!

 

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My Favorite “throw together” outfits

Hey babes! Happy September! How is it already almost fall?? Before everyone starts throwing around pumpkin spice and everything nice, I wanted to share my favorite everyday quick outfits.

I love these for errand running, coffee dates, and let’s be real, anytime dressing up isn’t required.

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Flannel: JCrew  /  Jeans: American Eagle (similar)  /  Shoes: Steve Madden (ON SALE)  /  Bag: A&F (no longer sold)  /  Undershirt (not seen):  H&M 

The next outfit is SUPER thrown together, actually for a coffee date with a friend this morning. It was unusually sunny and warm today and I am so glad I decided on this tank rather than the long sleeve I was going to wear. My top is no longer sold, but linked is a pretty satin tank. As well as an equally as gorgeous bandeau.

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Tank: A&F  /  Bandeau: Aerie  / Jeans: American Eagle  / Bracelets: Earthbound Trading  / Phone case: Loopy Cases (ON SALE) /

Alright ladies. This next one is a great outfit for transitioning into fall. Not every fall outfit has to involve fall colors, you can dial it down with all back and an accent jacket. Whether the weather is warm or cool you’re prepared! The jacket is kind of pricey if you buy it through the Levi’s website. BUT good news, I found mine at TJ Maxx for like $20! Look around for good deals, you’ll find them!

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Top: American Eagle (ON SALE)  /  Jacket: Levi’s  / Jeans: American Eagle  / Shoes: Vans  / Hair ties: Invisibobble

These basics are my favorite and great transitions into the fall season. Try them out and let me know how much you love them too!!

 

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Simple Ways to Practice Self Care

When is the last time you focused on something for yourself? For your body? For your soul?

A year ago? What?!

Listen, it doesn’t have to be something extravagant or expensive, it just has to be something that makes YOU feel good.

So here we go, I’m going to share some common self care practices that either don’t take too much effort or don’t take too much $$.

Since I’ve started focusing in on my health and wellness, I’ve really been trying to focus on bettering my self care practices. Taking time for yourself changes your inner self for the better. So let’s start now!

  1. Burn your favorite scented candle (LOVE TO DO THIS)
  2. If baths are your thing, take one, a long one with bubbles and salts.
  3. Relax. Meditate and breath. Really take a few minutes to recenter yourself.
  4. Go outside. The sun is crazy good for your body and mind.
  5. Enjoy a hot cup of tea before bed. It will help you calm down and fall asleep.
  6. Start a gratitude journal. They say you can change your happiness in just 21 days.
  7. LEARN TO SAY NO. This is vital to your well being. And remember, no one needs an explanation.
  8. Take a walk or a hike or a bike ride. Get some fresh air and move your body.
  9. Workout. The endorphin rush is enough to make it worth it.
  10. Eat WELL. Fuel your body with nutrient rich foods, not processed crap.
  11. Stretch. Breathe and reach for your toes, feel your body elongate.
  12. Unplug. No computers, no phones, no social media. Take time away from the screen
  13. Read a book. Get lost in a story. If thats not your thing, read a Personal Development book and expand your mind.
  14. Go out to coffee or lunch with a friend. Catch up over a capp.
  15. Write down a few positive affirmations. Go over them again. And again.
  16. Take yourself on a date. Embrace yourself. Show yourself the love you show so many others.
  17. Do a face mask. Do a hair mask. Shave your legs. Do some self care that makes you feel unstoppable.
  18. Check in with yourself. How are you feeling? What do you want? Are you ok?
  19. Speak up. If you don’t like something, say it. If you feel something, say it. Do not internalize.
  20. Wear your favorite outfit. Feel confident and beautiful. Because you are.
  21. Call a loved one. This one goes both ways, they’ll feel the love too.
  22. Binge watch your favorite show. It can be hard and not feel ok to slow down, but just remember you can’t give your best if you never relax and slow down.
  23. Give yourself grace. You are doing a great job. It is ok to not always be on and working.
  24. Let go of toxic people. Just because you’re close doesn’t give them a right to continue to know you. Remember that.
  25. Go get a mani & pedi. One of the best forms of self care in my opinion.
  26. Laugh. Watch a funny movie or stand up comedy. Laugh with a friend or family member. Let it go and laugh.
  27. Take control of your finances. This isn’t a fun one but it’s necessary for a good future.
  28. Splurge on yourself. Obviously don’t go overboard but a treat now and again doesn’t hurt.
  29. Forgive. Forgive those who hurt you in the past, let it go so you can move on.
  30. Get out of your comfort zone. Great things will come from it and it will help you grow as a person.
  31. Work toward something that inspires you. Continue to push for your dreams.
  32. Create a vision board. Get clear on your goals and go for them. Don’t stop until you’re there.
  33. Buy yourself some flowers. They don’t have to be expensive but they do have to make you happy.
  34. Diffuse your favorite oils. Whether you’re a lavender girl or a fresh lemon type. Whatever helps relax you, diffuse it.
  35. Sleep in. It’s called beauty sleep for a reason.
  36. Go makeup free for a day. Wake up, wash your face, and moisturize. Let your skin breathe the rest of the day.
  37. Silence your inner mean girl. Her words don’t matter.
  38. Bake/buy your favorite treat. Sweet treats are never wrong.
  39. Declutter your space. Productivity happens when you have a clear area.
  40. Reflect on all that you have accomplished. It’s easy to forget and focus on the negative, but remember how much you have done. It’s important.

 

There are SO many other good ones, but here is a short list to get you started, babes.

 

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