June Favorites

It's been a week since my last blog post, and I sadly have to say this might become a new thing.  I'm going to try to keep to my Monday, Wednesday, Friday posting schedule, but my summer class starts on today and my job on campus starts in a few weeks so I'm not sure how my workload will be.

Since it's the last day of June, I figured it was the perfect day to post my monthly favorites!

favorite products from june

Favorite Skincare Duo

Posts about skincare can get a bit fuzzy. I can tell you what works and doesn't work just as well as the next person, but it still all comes down to your skin type and what works for you personally.

I have pretty normal skin, though (not too many breakouts, comfortable cheeks, slightly problematic T-zone), so my advice would be useful to most people.  (The advice from the people at the product counter is useful, too--no matter how much research I do, I still typically end up in front of them with a face that says "help me.")

I just recently decided to take a break from my Clinique 3-Step Skin Care system since I ran out of the cleanser.  My forehead was being oily and stubborn, so I figured it was time to try something else anyway.  

Easy Cold-Brewed Coffee

It's hot, like, it's so ridiculously hot you don't even want to go outside.  It's almost "officially" summer (as if we had any other season in Florida) and the days of kind-of-bearable weather are over.  It's okay, though, because I have a solution.

Iced coffee!

iced coffee
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Not that this is breaking news, but get excited because we're not talking about plain hot coffee poured over ice here (cause let's admit it--that's gross).

I discovered cold-brewed coffee a little while ago, and after reading about how much better it is (less acidic, tastes better than hot coffee over ice, etc.) I've wanted to try some.  Specifically, I've been wanting to try the already made cold-brewed coffee concentrate thats sold in bottles--but I can't find it anywhere.

Yet another reason why my hometown needs a Whole Food's. (Please, I'm begging you.)

Since it's summer, and iced coffee is a necessity, I sucked it up and made my own cold-brewed coffee. It's so easy, it doesn't require instructions--but I'm going to tell you how to make it anyway.

Fresh Juice

Most of the time, I try to focus on being healthy.  By most of the time, I mean when I have access to a fully functioning kitchen (dorm life was a rough time).

Basically, this means one of my meals consists of a smoothie.

I have a love/hate relationship with them because they're super filling.  I guess that's normally a good thing, but sometimes I'd rather have a lighter option.

Cue the juice!

juice and macbook

Why you should see "The Fault In Our Stars"

Fair warning that I'm still a mess from seeing the movie last night. 

the fault in our stars movie poster

First, the book.

I've been wanting to read this book since before I even knew they were making the movie.  I never got to it, but I finally read it the night before seeing the movie.

It was well worth the tears constantly streaming down my face.

Now, the movie. (P.S. there may be spoilers below!)

If you've read the book--go see it now! If you haven't read it, then I want to tell you to read the book first (obvious choice) but then it kind of ruins the movie because you know what's going to happen, so I leave it up to you.

Honestly, I thought the movie was great.  It stayed pretty true to the book, and that probably was because John Green (the author) was so involved in making the movie.

There are some things that made the movie different, but it was a good different.  The main thing for me was that (spoiler--maybe, not really?) Augustus Waters, who Ansel Elgort played perfectly, really made the movie.  The book seemed to be more about Hazel, while the movie kind of revolved around the impact Augustus made.

Basically, the book was about Hazel and the movie was about Gus.

Buzzfeed's 14 Reasons You Shouldn't see "The Fault In Our Stars"  is on point.  I would say number 10 is pretty accurate (I also cried like a baby at that part of the movie). But, like it says at the end of this article, those are really 14 reasons why you should go see the movie.  It's just THAT good.

xo Marina

Father's Day Gift Guide

Father's Day may actually be the occasion that gives me the most shopping anxiety.  I never know what to get my dad.  He never wants anything--which is kind of handy in a pinch, but leaves me with no ideas.  Mostly everything I think of ends up being something he would never, ever use.

Here are some gift ideas I've found at different price points that would be good for Father's Day.  Even my dad would use some of them, so you definitely can't go wrong!
gift guide

Cologne // Travel Mug // Watch // Phone Case // Ray Ban Clubmaster (my favorite!) // 

I might get the travel cup and the cologne for my dad, those are my safe suggestions. It's so difficult to shop for guys in general.

What are you getting for your dad? I need more ideas!

xo Marina

"I'll just have water, please"

Maybe it's because I've been going to the gym.  Maybe it's because I'm trying to be healthy.

Maybe it's because I've finally accepted the fact that I literally cannot live without drinking water (duh).

Regardless of the reason, I've been opting for water a lot more than usual.

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I know, I know, another "be healthy" post.  I just sort of had an epiphany last week that made me realize that the gym might make me look better, but it won't make me feel better; and no one wants to feel sick all the time.

Easy Vanilla Chia Seed Pudding

When I'm trying to find recipes, there are always two major things I look for: it has to be healthy and easy to make.

Let's be honest, I can't cook--like, at all (I can make oatmeal, if that counts); so when I find something that I don't even have to cook, it's the best thing ever.

I've been wanting to try chia seed pudding for a long time, and I finally made some yesterday.  It's really simple, and you can find tons of recipes on Pinterest (which is where I got mine from).

recipe and image source
Ingredients (there are only four!):
1/4 cup of chia seeds
1 cup almond milk (I used Almond Breeze Original)
1 tablespoon honey
1 1/4 teaspoon of vanilla extract (I would use less next time, though. It gave it that chemically-y vanilla flavor)