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WinterFest

Nov 30, 2016

WinterFest Great America
WinterFest Great America
WinterFest Great America
WinterFest Great America
WinterFest Great America
WinterFest Great America
WinterFest Great America
WinterFest Great America
WinterFest Great America
WinterFest Great America
WinterFest Great America
WinterFest Great America
WinterFest Great America
 Mango Sweater // Strom Jeans (c/o Convert Boutique) // Forever21 Scarf and Boots // Coach Purse

Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving! We rounded out our Thanksgiving holiday weekend with a trip to California Great America's WinterFest Sunday evening with friends. I hadn't been to Great America in over a decade—Omied took me there on one of our first dates—and we had such a fun night! I shot these outfit photos in the afternoon while it was still light out (it gets dark so early these days!), before we drove down to Santa Clara for a festive evening. It's been getting a little chilly in the evenings, so I opted for a big cozy sweater, boots, and I made sure to pack mittens and a holiday scarf for Great America.

WinterFest was the perfect way to bid adieu to Turkey Day and get us all in the holiday spirit! The park was magically transformed into a winder wonderland, with over 7 million LED lights lighting up Santa's Workshop, an ice skating rink, and holiday shows. We watched the tree lighting ceremony, listened to Christmas carolers, drank hot chocolate, and rode a few of the thriller rides like Gold Striker and Flight Deck in between all of the merriment. If you love indulging in a sweet treat at theme parks like I do, and you love the holidays, you'll be happy to know that at WinterFest, eggnog funnel cakes are totally a thing, as are peppermint churros. 

WinterFest would be so fun as a family outing with kiddos, but even as adults (who are still big kids at heart ;)), we had a great time. Pro tip: You might be able to ride Flight Deck over and over again with very little wait time, if you're into that sort of thing. A lot of the park-goers are with little ones, so crazy drops and upside down thrills probably aren't on their list of things to do that night. But it was definitely on ours! 

Single day tickets are available for just $24.99 and admission to WinterFest is included with a 2016 or 2017 Gold or Platinum Pass. 

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Thanks to Cedar Fair Entertainment Company and Blog Meets Brand for sponsoring this post. All opinions are my own.

Date Night Makeup: Pretty Fall Neutrals

Nov 28, 2016

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fall beauty

Today I’m sharing my go-to makeup look this fall for a night out. Whether it’s a date night with my hubby or my girlfriends, these are the products I keep reaching for and the earthy neutrals I’ve been incorporating into my beauty looks. And to make things super simple for you, I've linked to all of the products, which you can find at Nordstrom.

I start this makeup look with MAC Prep + Prime to matte any excess shine on my face. Then, I apply a layer Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation over my face and neck. If I have some blemishes that need some extra love, I’ll dab on a second layer to cover them. This is my absolute favorite foundation and I’ve been using it for years, pretty much every day. I love that it provides great coverage and that you can layer on more if needed, but no matter what it never feels heavy or caked on. I flip-flop between a couple different shades depending on the time of year and how tan I am, so occasionally I will pop in to get color-matched at Nordstrom to make sure I’m still wearing the right shade.

Now is when the fun face sculpting happens! I use Nars Bronzing Powder to contour under my cheeks, and add Clinique “Sun-Kissed Face Gelee” bronzer, MAC Blush and Highlighter. A little brush of MAC Finishing Powder sets everything in place.

For this look, I like to play up the eyes with earthy neutrals, strikingly long lashes, and bold brows to frame the face. To achieve this look, I start with Urban Decay Eye Shadow Primer over my eyelids so that my eye makeup doesn’t stray. I then use MAC Eye Shadow to make my eyes pop. I use a warm, bronzy brown called One to Watch over the entire eye lid. Then I use a shimmery brown called Woodwinked (which seriously looks good on everybody) on my eye crease and fanned out a bit to the outer corners of my eyes. For eyeliner, I mix and match, using Laura Mercier in Smoke for the top liner, and MAC Buried Treasure for the bottom, inner eyeliner. 

I love having long, thick lashes, so I get extra volume in three steps: First, I curl them with an eyelash curler. Then, I add a couple coats of Urban Decay’s Subversion Lash Primer. And lastly, I apply two coats of my favorite mascara, MAC Haute & Naughty.

A MAC makeup artist taught me that you can easily use non-shimmery, earthy eye shadow as brow liner by using a damp brow brush. For my brows, I’m using the shade Coquette. 

And finally, I do my lips! For this look I think a dark lip would throw it off a bit, so I opt for more of a dusty rose. First, I use MAC Prep + Prime Lip. Then, I layer two MAC lipsticks in Kinda Sexy and Freckletone. And that puts the finishing touches on my date night beauty look!

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Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

Nov 25, 2016

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Wondering what to do with the left over pumpkin puree you have in the fridge after making pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving? These pumpkin muffins with chocolate chips are super easy to whip up (since you probably don't feel like an elaborate recipe after cooking up a storm for Thanksgiving) and a total crowd pleaser. Grab the easy recipe here and enjoy the last bit of fall we have with these pumpkin muffins!

Ingredients
4 eggs
2 cups sugar
1 (16 ounce) can pumpkin
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1⁄4 cups vegetable oil 
3 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt
12 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips 

Directions
Mix together eggs, sugar, pumpkin, vanilla and oil until smooth.

Combine dry ingredients and then mix into pumpkin mixture. Add in chocolate chips.

Paper-lined muffin cups 3/4 full.

Bake at 400 F for 16-20 minutes. Let cool for a few minutes and remove from pan.

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pumpkin muffins

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Mallorca Travel Guide

Nov 23, 2016

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I'm finally sharing the last of our Spain photos and a travel guide for Mallorca today (I also wrote up travel guides for Barcelona and Madrid)! To be honest, I hadn't really heard of Mallorca before we started researching Spain, but when I saw photos of the island and the beaches there, I thought it would be a great way to end our trip. Mallorca is just a 30 minute flight from Barcelona and the turquoise water and little beaches are so beautiful. Here's our itinerary for our trip, with the caveat that relaxing at the beach is pretty much all there is to do in Mallorca, so it's pretty much recommendations for the best beaches!

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things to do in mallorca

Day 1
  • Check-in. Mallorca is a pretty small island and you can drive from one side to the other in under two hours, which means that any spot is doable in a day trip no matter where you stay. We did receive one piece of advice before the trip, which was not to stay in Palma, and I'm definitely glad we listened to that, since the main town of Palma is pretty rundown. We decided to stay about 20 minutes west of Palma in a teeny town called Santa Ponça, so that we'd be able to easily get to the airport for our morning flight back home. Another tip if you're visiting Mallorca—you'll definitely want to rent a car, as buses and cabs can be sparse. It's easy to get around if you have your own car, although fair warning, people pretty much drive 20 under or 20 over the speed limit, with no in between.
  • Cala Varques. During our first full day in Mallorca, we drove to the east side of the island to hang out at the secluded beach at Cala Varques. It's a bit of a pain to get to—if you park on the road it's about a half hour walk to the beach. You can also test your luck and try to park along the gravel path to cut down on your walking time. But either way you will have to walk down some rocky paths. In my opinion the trek was worth it, since we stayed all day and it was beautiful. There are some fun caves to explore and there were a couple guys running a little bar for drinks and snacks (although I'd recommend bringing your own food too, because who knows if they are there every day). Oh, P.S., it's a nude beach, so be prepared to see lots of titties and wein.
  • Ca'n Manolo. After spending the day at the beach, we drove back towards Santa Ponça (but had to pull over on the highway on our way to catch an incredible sunset!) and stopped for dinner in Palma. We hadn't had paella in Spain yet, so I had been Googling "best paella in Mallorca," and found Ca'n Manolo. You guys, the paella was insane. So, so delicious. If you're in Mallorca, you have to go here for paella!
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things to do in mallorca

Day 2
  • Alcudia Old Town. On our second day we went up to the north part of the island to visit Alcudia. We started our day out in the old town, which is absolutely adorable. We strolled through it and popped into some shops and had tapas there for lunch.
  • Platja de Sant Joan. We then staked our spot at the nearby beach called Platja de Sant Jaon, where you can rent a couple lounge chairs under an umbrella for fairly cheap (I think it was ~10 euros). There's also a little restaurant and bar so you can enjoy food and drinks beachside. 
  • Port d'Alcudia. We caught the tail end of the sunset here and I would highly recommend coming here to watch the sun go down. The reflections on the shallow water are stunning! We had dinner by the water at Sa Gavina and had some yummy Italian food. If you're planning ahead, sa Roqueta kept popping up in my searches as one of the best restaurants in Alcudia, but they didn't have reservations available for the night we were there.
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things to do in mallorca

Day 3

  • Illetas Beach. Ah, another day at the beach! This time we stayed close to Santa Ponça and spent the day at Illetas, which I found listed as one of the top 20 beaches in Mallorca (there are so many beautiful beaches, so I guess that's saying something!). There were two restaurants so there are plenty of food and beverage options. 
  • Iberostar Suites Jardin del Sol. We stopped by this pretty little boutique hotel to watch the sunset and enjoy a couple drinks before heading out to dinner.
  • Appetite. For dinner we went back to Palma and ate at this Asian fusion spot. It was super tasty and the perfect casual dinner we were looking for. 

That's it for our Spanish adventures! Mallorca was a great way to unwind after lots of jam-packed sight seeing in Madrid and Barcelona. If you've been to Spain and have recommendations for other cities, I'd love to hear them! We'd definitely love to go back some day.