Bedside Table Lamp Options

After over two years of living in my current apartment I have finally made the decision to revamp my bedroom. At the moment the only pieces of furniture I have in there are a bed, matching dresser with mirror, decrepit white bedside table from college and an even ruddier bedside rug. I purchased two brand new bed side tables from Wayfair this weekend and plan on painting a dark taupe and after that I want to adorn them with some new matching lamps. Here are the options I’m picking from. I’d love to know your thoughts!

 

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(Somewhat) Productive to Spend a Rainy Day

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In honor of it being an absolutely dismal day here in New England, I’m going to share with you some of my favorite ways to spend a rainy day such as today (if you have the luxury of free time which I currently do not).

  1. Spa day – Doing an at home face mask or two and a manicure gives you a good excuse to not move for a while. Plus, technically you are being productive!
  2. Try a new recipe – There’s nothing like trying a new recipe out when there is zero pressure to get it right. And hey, if you do it well, your friends and family will sure to be impressed at your proactive(ness?).
  3. Watch a documentary – If you have Netflix (or more likely the password to a friends account) there are some great documentaries out there. Entertaining and educational!

October Favorites

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  • Brow Wiz in Taupe – This brow pencil blows all the other ones I’ve ever used out of the water. It stays on for hours on end and is incredibly easy to use.
  • Pretzel Crisps in Peanut Butter Crunch – These little crisps are the perfect balance of peanut butter, chocolate and salty goodness. I’m going to be ordering a bunch of these from amazon.
  • Casey Neistat – I don’t know how I didn’t get hooked on Casey’s videos before but he’s great! His daily vlogs are very well done; great editing and great shots. He’s very adventurous but at the same time super down to earth.
  • ASOS – I ordered a bunch of things from ASOS that ended up being too small but I’m returning them and ordering them again. In a 4 this time.
  • Westworld – This show is AMAZING. It’s centered on a old western styled super realistic theme world thats run by humans that have created “hosts” or extremely life like robots to please the rich customers who frequent the park. Things quickly start going amiss when the hosts start becoming a little more lifelike than they’re supposed to be though. Absolutely gripping storytelling, acting and effects.
  • Jack Garratt – His songs “Surprise Yourself” and “Weathered” absolutely tear at my heart strings because of how beautiful and epic they are.

Super Simple Scallops

Last night had a craving for seafood, specifically scallops. So with little forethought and zero experience in scallop cooking, I set out to make my very first scallop dish. And unlike fish dishes which require a lot more guess work as to when they’re cooked, scallops were super easy and took less than 10 minutes to make! Less than 15 minutes from prep to plating, can you really beat that?  Of course you can make a much more fancy dish if you use more than 5 ingredients but these were perfect to top off my risotto and salad.

Ingredients (for about 20 small scallops, definitely enough for 2 people)

  • 1lb scallops
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 1 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 Tbsp Butter
  • 1/2 Tbsp Garlic (optional)

Instructions

  1. Rinse and pat dry your scallops
  2. Season with them salt and pepper
  3. Melt olive oil and butter together in a pan on a medium-high heat (think 2/3 to 3/4 of the heat dial) until you start to see steam rising from the panIMG_6980.JPG
  4. Place scallops down flat on the pan (make sure they’re spread out evenly and not touching)IMG_6981.JPG
  5. Flip your scallops after a minute and a half (the more rounds you cook the browner your scallops will look when flipped)IMG_6983.JPG
  6. Wait another minute and a half
  7. Take them off! IMG_6984.JPG

Product Review: NYX Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick

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NYX Butterglosses are some of my favorite glosses to wear so when I heard good things about their Liquid Suede Cream Lipsticks, I was very excited.

PROS:

  • The color stays put and does not run
  • Does not stain the lips
  • Gorgeous color (Cherry Skies)

CONS:

  • Kind of streaky and requires multiple layers of application
  • Flat rounded applicator makes for a very difficult and not very precise application
  • Dries out and lips and starts to crumble after not very long at all
  • Gets stuck on teeth very easily if you try to add any moisture back into your lips via a lipgloss

Overall, I will not be repurchasing this product. The application was difficult and time consuming, the product itself was very dry and started to crumble after about only an hour at which point I had to apply lip gloss which made the product stick to my teeth. The positives that it was long lasting and didn’t bleed just didn’t outweigh these negatives.