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beauty + an ode to ice rolling

I have a very large, round face. If I lost 100 pounds, I would still have chipmunk cheeks. Although I gained weight everywhere in college, a majority of it was on my face. Too much tequila and not enough water, plus a sub-par diet really adds bloat (shocking, I know).

Now that my face is significantly reduced in size, I like to take the necessary precautions to at least give the illusion of me having a striking bone structure.

Meet the ice roller.

I first read about it on my fave blog, and I'm hooked. I've been on a huge skincare kick and the ice roller really makes me feel like I'm having a facial without actually leaving my house. An ice roller is exactly what it sounds like; a handheld, steel roller that you put in the freezer to get nice and cold, then you take it out to roll it over your face. 

I literally bloat by looking at food and alcohol, especially in my midsection and face, so the ice roller is a nice way to combat puffiness. Every morning, I like to take the ice roller out of the freezer and have a nice little ice facial while I'm eating breakfast. The great thing is that the roller stays cold forever. While you do get used to it after a couple of minutes, if you let it rest for a few afterwards, then go back in for round two, it makes a huge difference; it kind of renews itself and goes back to being cold!

The ice roller helps with puffiness, fatigue, redness, as well as tightens your pores for a clear and soothed complexion. Use it if you have a sunburn, after an especially hard workout (get rid of that red face!), and the morning after a night with one too many margs. 

The specific ice roller I bought off of Amazon is currently unavailable, but similar versions can be found here and here
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what to wear + st. patrick's day

Tomorrow is St. Patrick's Day, and for all of you who will be drinking Guinness at some Irish bar tomorrow night, it's the one day a year where it's pretty much required to wear green.

Which is way, like usual, I will be wearing black. 

I'm going to a St. Patty's Day party at a friend's apartment. Guys, I tried. I really did. I searched for like two weeks for green tops to wear to this party. Nothing. I could not find anything I would actually consider purchasing which is a real shame because I actually do like wearing green! I was totally open to wearing something brighter, but the world of retail was not on my side.

Last year's inspired themed outfit
This is only my second year celebrating St. Patrick's Day, and last year I borrowed a green top from a sorority sister. Green is hard to find! It's also tough because green on a computer screen is way different than green in real life. I wasn't willing to take that chance. Instead, I'm wearing this top in black (which is really more like dark gray, idk what colorblind person thought this top was actually black), jeans, and booties with some fun four leaf clover necklaces so I can at least pretend to be into this holiday. My last name is literally Holliday, I should be way more festive.

The green I was looking for was a perfect British racing green. Couldn't find it anywhere. There is an abundance of olive green, let me tell you. I'm not opposed to it, it just didn't fit in with my outfit vision.

The formula for this particular event is a green top + jeans + booties. Simple, comfortable, non-offensive, easy. If you're doing a bar crawl (a lot of my friends were in Chicago and Charlotte last weekend decked out in full leprechaun outfits), then you should maybe be a little bit more outragous...maybe even a t-shirt with something about being Irish on it? Idk not really my thing SO that's where my formula comes in! Easy breezy beautiful.

Have fun, stay safe, drink like you're Irish, and maybe I'll actually take pictures at this party to show y'all! 

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lifestyle + spring break recap

I'm back from Spring Break and I'm honestly questioning why I live in the northeast and not Florida. 

For those of you who haven't been following my trip on this blog or my instagram, I spent a long weekend in Naples, Florida with my best friends / sorority sisters from college. There are 7 of us in the group, and we haven't all been reunited since Wake Forest homecoming in October. I'm pretty shocked that we got our acts together and successfully made it to Florida all in one piece! 

I only packed black bikinis, and when I wasn't in one of them, I was in a tee and shorts (except for the one night we went out). Very boring fashion on my part, but I included links above to everything I packed, but unfortunately didn't end up wearing.

Real talk though: when you're out in Naples, it's not the time to wear your typical black uniform. Besides my bikinis (which was actually unintentional that they were all black, tbh), I packed a bright blue printed Lilly romper, a turquoise embroidered shift and seersucker off the shoulder top from Vineyard Vines. While I do love my dark colors, it was nice to actually wear something bright and fun. 

It's a shame that I'm back in CT now where it's 30 degrees out and I can't really show off my tan. Again, why am I not living on the beach? 

My friends and I all met up on Friday morning in Florida, then promptly headed to the beach to make the most of our few short days in warmer weather. 

One night we went to dinner (where we were the youngest people), and then ended up going to a Naples. Guys, I don't recommend. Very odd, despite the great music. We were also the most boring 23 year olds because we only lasted like 20 minutes at the nightclub before going home to sleep off the two drinks we had each. We're getting old, y'all. 

The next reunion is in the early planning stages. Two of the group live near me in the city, and two more could be moving with me to the city this summer. In a perfect world, we'd all live in houses next to each other on the beach...but we have to be a little realistic. 

Happy Tuesday!
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