My Favorite Healthy Snacks

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I’m not the healthiest person but I’m trying to change my ways! I just started a gym membership (and I’m kind of obsessed with going) and I’ve been trying to reach for more healthy options when it comes to snacks! Above are a few of my favorite things I love to reach for and do quite often!

Lara Bars  

These are by far my favorite bars to eat and I’ve tried quite a few! I’ve never been too into kind bars or cliff bars but I love these! I love the flavors they come in and I love how healthy they are compared to other similar options. I’m also a fan of the vegan options which I think is super cool! My personal favorite flavors happen to be the chocolate chip cookie dough one which is amazing and I’m a sucker for the peanut butter and jelly flavor as well!

Naked Juice

So I’m not the biggest fan of water at all unless it’s with lemon. So whenever I’m out somewhere and I’m thirsty I tend to reach for these! They aren’t the healthiest drinks but they’re a better option than soda or some sugary juice! I also love how filling they are! I’ll usually get one of these between meals and it’ll tide me over until it’s time to eat again.

Fruit

I love fruit but I’m super picky about eating it and how I prepare it. I tend to buy the precut fruit because it’s much easier to separate and pack away for snacks. However, I don’t mind cutting up my fruit as well. I absolutely love strawberries and pineapples and I find myself eating those all the time. They’re so sweet and juicy and I love how they feel like a healthier dessert. I also love apples soaked in lemon juice!

Tomatoes

I eat these by the handful and sometimes even by the carton. I swear these are my favorite snack ever and I’m obsessed with them. They’re not only healthy, but they are also sweet and juicy! They’re also super easy to grab and pack for a quick snack!

Nuts and Almonds 

I don’t often eat nuts but I do occasionally like to grab a small handful. They’re really good for you and high in protein and that’s a plus!

jess

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Run The Jewels Concert Experience

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So I ended up buying a ticket to the Run The Jewels: Run The World Tour – as you can see I got a shitty pic among various cool videos which I’ll post on my Instagram! I ended up going to one of four New York shows and I went on Saturday the 25th of February.

To start off, let me say, I was really excited to go because I love anything in New York, these people seriously know how to party – I mean they definitely don’t call it the city that never sleep for anything! I loved the vibe of the concert personally and Killer Mike and El-P were amazing and honestly the experience was so surreal, I never realized how many people loved this Duo! I personally only discovered them early January from some random guy! But back to what I was saying, the aura and vibe during their concert was amazing. All the fans knew all the lyrics and they put on a super amazing show and their set list was 10/10. Every song was amazing and was great for singing along and dancing too!

A highlight of the show was definitely when Gangsta Boo came on during “Love Again”. That’s one of my favorite songs from them and I loved how after the song she made sure to emphasize that “P***y is power” and she made sure it was engrained in everyone’s head. She was like a magical goddess and my drunk self was in love with her and I’ll definelty look more into her at a later time!

Like stated, the vibe was amazing and I was super happy I went. Killer Mike and El-P put on a great show and it 100% exceeded my expectations. At first I was excited and as time went I was starting to get a little apprehensive about going just because the ticket was so much but I am happy I went and it was such a surreal and amazing experience to be there.

The only downside was the schedule of the concert. Usually in New York people don’t get to places on time and usually come significantly late. To be fair, I never once looked at the schedule on El-P’s Instagram so it’s my fault for showing up at 10pm and missing all the openers but besides the point. I didn’t expect the concert to be done so fast! They started at 10:15 and went until around 11:30 and I half expected it to go later than that even if it wasn’t them playing. It may have just been me but I thought they ended particularly early and I definitely thought they could have started later on and had different openers!

But another plus was the location! The venue – Terminal 5 – was located in Hell’s Kitchen and it was super close to a lot of awesome restaurants and bars so afterwards going out was really simple and made super easy! One of my favorite bars in that area is Bar Bacon and I highly recommend that to anyone in the area regardless of whether or not you are visit the venue. It’s also pretty close to the Meatpacking District which is also a quick cab ride away!

Overall my experience was amazing and I’m so grateful and happy that I went. The show was 10/10 and if they’re ever around again I would love to go! I would higly reccomend the show if they still have available dates near you!

jess

January/February Playlist

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So every month I make a new playlist and I start a little early on the next month only if I start to get bored with the current month’s playlist – which is usually because I have a bad habit of overplaying songs I like. I’m always looking for new music and I have a pretty wide interest in music genres. I’ll keep this part short so here are a few of my favorites from my January and February playlists.

5 A.M. – Kartell ♦ Homegrown – Haux ♦ Tell Me That – TĀLĀ ♦ Overdose – Armors ♦

Leave This Place – Lione ♦ Deep of the Night (ft. Diamond Thug) – Goldfish ♦

stfu (ft. Spark Master Tape) – mansions ♦ Pure – Shannon Saunders ♦ Alone – Marshmello ♦

Outlaw – Sinead Burgess  ♦ It’s Alright – Fractures ♦

Anything You Want – HYDDE & MOONZz (fav song rn) ♦ Castle on the Hill – Ed Sheeran ♦

Daylight // Follow Me – Beauvois ♦ Don’t Manipulate (ft. PG-13) – Almand (another fav!)  

♦ Oceans Away – A R I Z O N A ♦ Is It Love (ft. Yeah Boy) [Sultan + Shepard Remix] // You

Want More – 3Lau ♦ Millon Eyes – Loïc Notte ♦  Run The Jewels // Legend Has It // Close

Your Eyes  – Run The Jewels ♦ Forever or Nothing (ft. Lauren Bennett) – NERVO & Savi ♦

Trouble – RIVRS ♦ Body Say – Demi Lovato ♦ Please Don’t Go – Joel Adams  ♦ Only One –

Sigala ♦ Everything – R3hab & SkyTech ♦ Can’t Go Wrong – Wiley ♦

Paris – The Chainsmokers (casually waiting for them to drop a full length) ♦ 

You Don’t Know Me // What I Want // Be Mine- Offenbach ♦

Kids (Soulwave Remix) – MGMT ♦ PRBLMS – 6LACK (on repeat) ♦ 

Sex for Breakfast – Life of Dillon ♦ Castro (ft. Kanye, Big Sean, Quavo & 2 Chainz) – Yo Gotti

(thanking god for this one) ♦ Where You Are (ft. Wired) – Sammy Adams ♦

Feel Something (ft. REMMI) – Black Coast ♦ See You Son – dePresno ♦ History – Oliva Holt

♦ When You Love Someone – James TW

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So those were a few of my favorites which happened to make it into the list! I obviously listen to a lot more but these are the most noteworthy! Hopefully the layout of this wasn’t too annoying to read! Hope you enjoy!

jess

Beach Please (Style Guide)

I don’t know about you but I’m super excited for warmer weather! Also, currently in the middle of trying to plan a trip to somewhere with a warmer climate! Even though the beach-pleasetemperature has been saying 20’s my heart has been saying 80’s and 90’s! I’ve started to start shopping for spring/summer clothing and I’m all about the relaxed beach look and resort wear! I’m so over cold weather and I’m ready to be sitting on the beach in a bathing suit with a book in one hand and  a mimosa in the other.

Lately, I’ve been starting to buy more and more summer-esque clothing and I’m loving all the muted colors that have been coming out for the upcoming season! I’ve always been a fan of muted and pastel shades and I’m super excited for all of these colors to be all over the place and easy to find! Here are a few of my favorites:

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Colors from Colourlovers.com

Like I said, I’ve started buying more and more clothes for the summer to add to my already existing summer wardrobe. I’m loving tassels and stripes right now and I think they channel the beach-y vibe I’m going for perfectly! Right now Aerie has the cutest pieces for the summer and I’m eyeing literally everything (especially since they’re always doing sales)!  Aerie happens to be my favorite right now but Nordstrom and Forever 21 have some cute pieces as well that happen to fit this beach-y aesthetic!

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I’ve said this probably a thousand times already but I just love the style of beach wear and I just can’t get enough of it. It really makes me contemplate living in new england! I’m also loving beach accessories right now and I love all the styles coming out right now! Here are a few pieces I’m currently loving and would love to get my hands on:
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Cat Eye Sunnies // Striped Tote // Phone Case (half off) // Espadrilles // Floppy Hat (linked similar) // Bandana // Bronzer
Another thing I’m loving right now is one piece swimsuits! I did a swimwear guide here! I recently picked up a one piece that’s to die for featuring scallops, a plunging neckline and back, and the right amount of cheekiness and I’m in love! My favorite places to get swimsuits right now is Top Shop! Be sure to check out my post on those linked above!
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I’ve been loving all this beach wear and I’m super excited for summer to come! Good luck in all your shopping for the upcoming season!
jess

Swimwear + Sandal Guide

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I personally believe that it’s never too early to start shopping for swimsuits and sandals – especially if you live somewhere warm and sunny 24/7. Swimsuits have always been my guilty pleasure and I own more than I should but I finally ended up cleaning out my massive collection and now I’m ready to start adding to it again! I’m all about the “One Piece Revival” that’s happening! I totally prefer one pieces to my usual favorite – the bikini! I listed a bunch of my favorite swimsuits all in a variety of price ranges! They’re all super cute and fun and I can’t wait to get my hands on a few of them!

Black Cutout One Piece // Plunging Neckline One Piece // Ruffle One Piece (totally getting this asap!) // Reversible One Piece // Lace Up One Piece (i have this in a different print!) // Mesh Paneled One Piece // Lace Up Back One Piece //  Lace Up Halter Top // Wrap Bikini Top // High Neck Bikini Top  + Cheeky Bikini Bottom  // Metallic Bandeau + Cutout Bottoms // High Neck Cutout Bikini Top + Cutout Bikini Bottoms // Cover Up Pants // Cover Up Maxi Dress // Foliage Swim Cover Up // Cover Up Dress

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I totally love sandals and I think they’re some of the easiest shoes to wear. I have quite a collection and I love wearing them to the beach, the mall, to lunch, etc. I think they’re perfect for dressing up or down an outfit! Besides sandals, I’m also a huge fan of wedges! I love how casual they can be and I love how they add a little height and a little flirtiness to an outfit!

Toe Ring Sandals // Criss Cross Sandals // Logo Flip Flop //  Jelly Sandal // Whipstitched Sandal (15 colors – I love these, I’ve had 4 pairs) // Strappy Studded Sandal // Espadrille Wedge // Studded Wedge // Strappy Wedge // Lace Up Wedge

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Women’s March 2017

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All over the world – women (and men) united to march for a cause they truly believe in. Here is a statement from their website about their cause before I get into talking about my  almost indescribable experience.

Women’s March Global invites individuals and organizations committed to equality, diversity, and inclusion and those who understand women’s rights as human rights to join our local coalitions of marchers in representing the rights and voices of progressive people around the world.

As concerned citizens standing up for human rights, Women’s March Global immediately seeks to increase the number of coalitions participating in the upcoming global marches, while continuing to organize future campaigns. Women’s March Global is building and empowering a persistent global network that will organize future campaigns and actions in support of progressive values including women’s rights.

Women’s March Global is a proactive international movement, not a U.S. election-specific protest per se, which has galvanized people to defend women’s rights and those of others in response to the rising rhetoric of far-right populism around the world.

 I was on my way back home from New York and I was on the hunt for the perfect brunch before heading to Grand Central Station to catch a ride back and I went to Bryant Park to scope out the area for some good spots. As I was wandering around, I noticed a lot of people holding signs and it was at that point that I knew something big and important was happening. I officially found out about it from the nicest security guard ever at the New York Public Library (which let me tell you, is absolutely beautiful)! I never intended on going to the march even after hearing about it because I didn’t think I would be able to find it – and let me tell you how wrong I was.

After a quick lunch at a small little place, I tried to find the train station and on my way there, I saw how blocked off 5th ave was. It was full of people protesting and marching and it was truly magical. I only intended to stop and quickly look but somehow I found myself climbing over the barricade marching along with all these amazing people.

The cause itself was amazing but the energy was crazy. I was listening to Kids (Soulwave Remix) by MGMT and I couldn’t help but feel so pumped up to be there. The amount of people I saw was crazy. There were so many men, women, and children alike all fighting for something that should be a basic human right.

Being there was unlike any other experience I’ve ever had and I 100% can’t put into words how amazing it was.  I’m so proud of everyone who marched and everyone who took  part on this day. It was truly amazing to be part of something so much bigger than I am.

A quote I saw that resonated with me most and will continue to stay with me is “Respect existence  or expect resistance”. With that being said, I’m so grateful that I happened to be in the right place at the right time and my experience was truly amazing and one of a kind.

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Here are some photos that I took – most highlight my favorite signs!

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I wish I could capture how many people were there and the vibe that was there.

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My favorite picture I’ve ever taken!
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I loved her sign and she happily posed for a picture! Thank you to whoever you are!

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A fitting last picture from my adventures protesting. It is no secret that I will miss this amazing man and his sweet family.

What’s New at Target!

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Target is my happy place and there’s no question about it. I go there 2-3x a week and lately while browsing I’ve been noticing quite a bit of baby pink and it turns out, Mossimo Supply Co. released a ballet collection! FYI it’s to die for! I’m loving everything from the collection an it’s really hard to say no to any of it! I’m a huge fan of baby pink and heather gray and I love how feminine and classic it all is! This is by far my favorite collection Target has released ever! The best thing about this collection is that everything is under $30!

Shop some of my favorite pieces below!

Cowl Pullover Sweater (just bought this for $8.50) // Skater Skirt // Wrap Bodysuit // Pink Tutu // Knit T-Shirt Dress // Pink Bomber Jacket // Wrap Legging // Cold Shoulder Sweater // Ruched Legging 

These were my favs from the collection and you can shop the rest of the collection here!

Happy shopping xo!

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