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Top 15 of 2015

by agirlandhermutt on January 29, 2016

Is anyone else ready to mark February 1st as their new New Year’s Day? Remember those resolutions you set on December 31st? No? Heh. Me neither.

Kidding. But for real though…January is almost over and 2016 is well on its way. But how can you forget 2015?! I know I can’t!

Despite last year being total crap, I had a few bright moments. INCLUDING some really great products.

So get ready for it…Top 15 Favorites of 2015!

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1. First Aid Beauty Skin Rescue Daily Face Cream ($20)- Super light but moisturizing lotion. I use this at night during the summer and every morning before I put on my makeup.

2. Alex & Ani Bracelets (~$28)- Throughout the year I picked up and received a few Alex & Ani bracelets. They were the perfect way for me to have a little reminder of vacations we went on or daily reminders of things I love. The two bracelets that stood out this year were the Key To My Heart bracelet from my husband and the rose gold Hand of Fatima (worn in defense against negative energy) from my Dad.

3. Dry Bar Triple Sec 3-in-1 ($26)- Not only does this spray smell wonderful, but it serves as a great dry shampoo. I’m not a huge fan of the buildup that happens when I use most dry shampoos, but this one feels pretty good. Plus, did I mention how good it smells!

BONUS ITEM: Drybar has an excellent shower cap that is lined with terry cloth. For those of you non-daily hair washers out there (unite!), this sucker is a miracle worker.

4. Spinning!- Not really a product exactly, but last year was the year of spinning for me. It was one of the few workouts that didn’t bother my neck when I first started getting back to fitness after my surgery in February and I loved how I could just do my own thing in the darkness. In particular, The Handle Bar was a favorite studio. Love, love, love.

5. IT Cosmetics Celebration Foundation– I hate cake face and this doesn’t foundation is never guilty of that. It goes on light but has great coverage. Plus, I don’t feel like a hot mess if I don’t exactly blend it correctly on early mornings.

TIP: Always check out QVC.com for IT Cosmetics before buying elsewhere. This foundation goes for $35 at Ulta and just $43.50 WITH a fantastic quality brush on QVC.

6. Vera Bradley Ultimate Backpack ($108)- This backpack was a gift from my Mom. Backpacks may seem really nerdy, but this sucker is so convenient. I wear a crossbody bag quite a bit but I found that it was pulling on my neck. My mom came up with the backpack idea, which I scoffed at, and sent me this one to prove that they can be cute. I’m sold. I ended up using it all year long as my work bag and it worked out perfectly when I was on crutches later in the year.

7. Hydroflask (~$28)- I think I own about 3 of these now in varying sizes. They keep everything cold and don’t leak.

8. Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick ($18)- The matte liquid lipstick trend was HUGE this year and I feel for it head over heels. One of my faves this year was the Jeffree Star brand. Great color, feels good on the lips (not too drying), and lasts forever. Best colors of the year for me were Unicorn Blood and Doll Parts.

9. New Balance 574 Sweatshirt (~$80)- Believe it or not, neon green/yellow goes with a ton in my wardrobe. Plus, the black and grey is the perfect neutral. I love these sneakers and got TOOONS of compliments on them. They aren’t sneakers to be work in Zumba, but they are perfect for running around town and just looking fresh.

10. It Cosmetics Vitality Lipstick Stain ($20)- I like every single color in this line, but my fave this year was Je Ne Sais Quoi. It looks like a balm, but works with your natural lip color to create a natural looking pink shade.

11. Kat Von D Everalasting Liquid Lipstick ($20)- Yes, more lip stuff. Yes, another liquid lipstick. This matte lipstick is the ABSOLUTE BEST you can get. It goes on super pigmented, stays forever and dries super fast. I have about 10 of them, but favorite colors this year were Lovesick and Bow & Arrow. Yesss.

12. Benefit Roller Lash Mascara ($24)- I have learned that this mascara is a love it or hate it type of product. It was definitely a love product for my miniscule lashes. It doesn’t go on too wet or dry, easily builds up, isn’t clumpy and instantly curls my lashes. Definitely a must for me!

13. Kat Von D Shade & Light Eye Palette ($46)- At first I didn’t give this palette much thought. It didn’t seem to have colors that I was interested in or wear very often. Then I started watching some tutorials and hearing rave reviews and decided to give it a try. This was THE palette I used for the year. I love every single color in here. They are smooth, blend easily and can work for just about anyone.

14. First Aid Beauty Face Cleanser ($20)- FAB products totally won me over this year. This face cleanser is so wonderful. It is gentle, paraben & sulfate free, but gets all of my makeup off. I use this alone and with my Clarisonic Mia. I buy the travel tubes of it too so I can have it with me whenever I travel.

Tip: Also available on QVC!

15. Anastasia Beverly Hills DIPBROW Pomade ($18)- Yet another thing my Mom introduced me too. When I’m looking to have my eyebrows on POINT, I use this product. The pomade not only makes my eyebrows look naturally filled in, but it keeps them in line without the use of a brow gel. They have a nice selection of shades for all brows and for the amount of product you get vs how much you use, this is a steal.

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I hope you enjoyed the list of my 2015 favorites. It was hard to narrow everything down to just 15!

I hope you are having a great start to 2016. I’ll be back next week with a look back at how I did with my January goals and what my goals are for February (my birthday month!).

See you soon!

 

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Welcoming 2016!

by agirlandhermutt on January 11, 2016

Hey hey there! Welcome to 2016! Well, welcome to almost 12 days into the new year.

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We had a long weekend in Brooklyn and had a blast. Lots of great food, TONS of walking, a spin class and an all-to-brief lunch with my buddy, Meg. It was a great long weekend and the perfect way to start the year.

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Unlike everyone else who started their resolutions on 1/1/16, I was in this kind of vacationland eating cotton candy bagels and funfetti cream cheese from The Bagel Shop. Life. is. good!

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But it is back to work and I’m ready for a great year.

New Year=New Goals!

When I started writing this post I decided to check out the post that I made this time last year. Funny enough, I didn’t post till the 13th. I’m actually ahead of the game in 2016!

Last year I declared my focus word for the year to be “Positive”. My exact words were,

There will be stressful times. There will be hard times. There will be excellent times. But during ALL of those moments I want to focus on the positive and not let myself be consumed by the unknown. I want to enjoy what life throws me!

HA! *Excuse me while I drag myself off the floor from laughing.* Oh my gosh. Boy, I had NO idea how stressful and hard times would get. But believe it or not, I really focused on being positive and found refuge in my focus word. One thing I really find pride in was that during my hospitalization last February, many of the people I came into contact with throughout the day would comment on my positive attitude. My parents, my husband, my Drs, my nurses…they all mentioned that they were so impressed with my positive attitude. It felt good that people noticed my outlook and hopefully it helped them to be a little more positive during the day too. That doesn’t mean that there weren’t plenty of really, REALLY, down times, but I kept telling myself to be positive. The power of fake it till ya make it is real! At times being “positive” meant outwardly being positive to other people. Being a little nicer to those around me. Not assuming the worst in some situations. Other times being positive mean just being kind to myself. I wasn’t perfect last year and I had to remind myself that it was ok to fail sometimes.

So this year my family and I decided on a family focus phrase.

LIVE WELL.

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Ahhh. I just LOVE this. Just like being positive took on a different meaning at various points in the year, this phrase will do the same.

Live Well…stay on track with my diet, my exercise and realize that it is ok to say “no” to some things in order to meet my goals.

Live Well…take time to enjoy life. Enjoy an extravagant meal on vacation or for a celebration. Drink wine with my friends. A beer with my husband.

Live Well…go on vacation and not worry about missing anything back home, on social media, or at work.

Live Well…enjoy where I am right here and right now. Plan for the future, but don’t spend so much time planning that I don’t enjoy my life right in the moment.

Live Well…do things that I KNOW will eventually make me happy, but are super scary to start.

Live Well…sleep when needed. Wake up early when I should. Take naps when required.

Live Well…embrace my hobbies and dedicate time to them.

Live Well…value and give time to the important people in my life.

2015 was a tough transitional year for me. I feel like I finally became an adult. Adulting can be tough, but I realized that NOT adulting can be even tougher. I really want to take all those lessons learned in 2015 (both good and bad!) and put them into use for 2016. I want to LIVE WELL.

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I hope you are having an excellent start to the new year!

Stay tuned for at least two more posts this month. 😉 I’m not promising more but I WILL have these. January goals and my 2015 favorites. My two favorite things to talk about!

See you soon!

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Rewind: Life wasn’t totally horrible

by agirlandhermutt on December 23, 2015

You guyyyyssss! The last time I checked in it was to tell you some of my December goals. I’ll be updating you at the end of the month on how those went. BUT! A lot of life went down between Halloween, my 1 year wedding anniversary, knee surgery and then saying good-bye to Korky. In general, this year has been utter crap, but there have been some really fun moments in there too.

I know that these are totally out of date and potentially not interesting at all, but since I use this little blog as a bit of a journal for myself, I want to put these things out there so I can look back and remember that 2015 wasn’t all bad. Just like 95%. 😉

Fade all the way back to Halloween. Do you even remember October?! Me neither.

I dressed up as Linda Belcher from Bob’s Burgers! My love of all things Bob’s Burgers (a cartoon tv show) is well documented. My husband and good friend, Tiffany, agreed to dress up with me as Bob (Linda’s husband) and Tina (Linda’s daughter). We went to a party at a local brewery and had a BLAST.

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Shortly after Halloween, the husband and I headed down to NYC for a weekend away. We spent the majority of our time in Queens and had a blast. It was relaxing, fun and the perfect time to see some old friends.

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When we returned life took a little bit of a detour and we had to say good-bye to Korky. It was perfect timing that shortly afterwards I had to head down to Florida to visit with my parents. My trip was mostly to help my Mom out during a knee replacement surgery, but there is always fun involved when I’m with my parents. My main responsibility was taking care of their dogs, Butch and Spike. It was the perfect antidote to a bit of doggie loss depression.
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Look at those cute faces!

I’m not able to be back in Florida for Christmas (another wahhh moment!) so my parent’s were awesome and set up the Christmas decorations for my visit. Did I mention that this was the week before Thanksgiving?! HA! Untitled
My whole visit to Florida was strange. Fantastic, but strange. My parents sold my childhood house a few months ago and have already moved into an apartment. This is just one of the last few steps for them before them MOVE UP TO BOSTON! I’ve never visited Florida and not been in the house, but the apartment was so comfortable. Home is where the family is, right?!

I got back to Boston ON Thanksgiving, just in time for a classic dim sum dinner. :) I didn’t want my husband to be slaving away over a dinner that I potentially could have been too tired to eat, so we just planned on eating out. It was such a good choice!
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Then it was time to start gearing up for Christmas!

The first present I gave was an craft beer advent calendar. Genius!Untitled

I found some energy to decorate our Christmas tree. I wish it was acceptable to leave this thing out all year long. It makes me so happy. Our cute little fake fireplace is actually a space heater. Adorable, huh?Untitled

I was feeling really emotionally drained and decided to not put together the annual girl’s holiday dinner. I put it together for 5 years, but I just didn’t have it in me this year. Instead I decided to just do some fun outings with a few of my close friends. The first was painting decorative pillows at The Paint Bar.
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Normally around this time of year I am back in Florida, but since I’m staying in Boston this year I really embraced all the pre-Christmas festivities. My work holiday party, multiple friend’s holiday parties and of course, the new Star Wars movie!Untitled

No spoilers: I LOVED THE MOVIE! Seriously. Just loved it! Anyone else agree?!

Have you ever tried to wrap up a few months in just a few paragraphs? It is hard! Thank goodness for Instagram. I also can’t thank all of you enough for sticking around this year. It means a lot. :)

See you soon!

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