Life Update: Moving

February has gone by so quickly.  I’m looking at the calendar right now, and I cannot believe there’s only 8 more days left in this month.  February has been super hectic for me, from teaching to kinda, half way unexpectedly, moving.

Life can be pretty crazy, almost all the time, but I really wasn’t expecting needing to move in a three week time period.  At first it was super overwhelming, but then Rob & I found a renovated townhouse in D.C…. finally, we’re officially in the city.  No more rush hour traffic for me, my school is just over a 5 minute drive away.  It’s seriously amazing.

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NYC Happenings: Volez, Voguez, Voyagez – Louis Vuitton Exhibit

Before I get into this Louis Vuitton greatness…

A few days after Christmas my bestie, Heather, & I took the train into NYC with our Mom’s to have fun in the city.  We got our Mom’s tickets to the Radio City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular, with the Rockette’s, and the Radio City Stage Door Tour, where they met and had a cute photo sesh with a Rockette.  If you live in the tri-state area, or plan on visiting NYC during the next holiday season, this is an awesome gift to give…trust me.

You can find more info on the Radio City Stage Door Tour here!

 

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Behind the Scenes: Life Update

I’ve had a lot going on this summer, so I figure I’ll start taking Saturday’s to share with you all what I’ve been up to!  I’m hoping to make this a regular series, but I need to get better with saving photos that I Snapchat or InstaStory.  I’m so awful at actually taking pictures that won’t disappear within 24 hours on social media.

I’ll break up these Behind the Scenes posts into different categories, as you’ll see below!  Feel free to Tweet or Snap me your thoughts…@elizabethmayce for both!

I seriously can’t believe it’s about to be the second week of July…where has all the time gone?!  This is the first summer as a teacher where I’m not working some additional job.  I get paid through the summer so it doesn’t really matter, but it’s always nice to have a little extra moolah for brunch…or, as the adult me should say, credit card bills.  Le sigh.

What I’m Doing…

This first picture is a throwback from the last day of school last month where we left as quickly as possible to go to a bar.  Any teachers reading this totally understand where I’m coming from, and if you know me, and the year I had, you’re probably surprised I even made it to this day…& so am I.  We ended up having a great staff party, organized by yours truly, and brought in the summer exactly how it should be brought in…lots of drinks and great food.


I’ve also been up in Jersey quite a bit, I think more than I have been since in a summer graduating college, which I’ve been loving.  I spent some time at my Aunt’s beach house in Bradley Beach, she recently redid her patio and I’m obsessed.  It’s the perfect little outdoor oasis where you can enjoy your morning coffee in peace and quite, or grill and have happy hour!

Of course I have to share Leo pictures, he’s my pride and joy and has recently been living the life of a human.  In addition to visiting Bradley Beach this summer, Leo also took a spur of the moment trip to Atlantic City over July 4th weekend!  Since we booked so last minute, his day care couldn’t take him, so Rob & I looked up pet friendly hotels in A.C.  Showboat, which closed in 2014, reopened last year as a non-gaming hotel, pet-friendly, so we stayed there.  I loved Showboat when it was a casino, I actually had my 21st birthday party there, and we stayed in the House of Blues suite…all 20 something of us.  Showboat has so many memories, and memories I wish I could remember, so seeing so much of it blocked off and unused made me sad.  The entire gaming floor is empty and is covered by a huge curtain basically, it was kinda creepy, but all of the rooms are the same and are really nice.  I hope A.C. can be reborn again soon!!

 

PS: I have a huge trip to Europe coming up July 23, I’m looking forward to sharing tons of travel tips and pictures with all of you!

Where I’m Eating…

On the beach…of course.  Bradley Beach held it’s annual Lobsterfest so my family and I went.  So. Much. Food.  It was heaven.  There are tons of vendors, great options to shop, and eat local, which is important for our Jersey beach towns!  PS: That’s a lobster grilled cheese, and yes, it was to die for.

While walking along the A.C. boardwalk Rob & I decided to treat ourselves to a nice Italian dinner.  We chose Capriccio, in the Resorts hotel, and it was incredible.  This award winning restaurant did not disappoint, we laughed because we literally felt like back in the day this was probably the ultimate mobster restaurant for fancy dinners…maybe it still is?  I ordered the shrimp and crab salad, with a side of broccoli rabe, and it was so good.  Rob ordered chicken parm, and since there was nothing left on the plate at the end, I’m assuming it was pretty yummy.  We shared blackberry cobbler for dessert, it was delish.  If you’re in Atlantic City looking to treat yourself to a great restaurant, I highly, highly, recommend Capriccio.

 This week I had a lovely girls dinner at Rose’s Luxury, in D.C.  If you know about the D.C. restaurant scene, you know Rose’s doesn’t take reservations, so you need to get there early and wait in line…which we did.  This was my second time visiting Rose’s Luxury, but since the menu is constantly changing, it felt like a completely new experience.  The attention to detail in the service, and the menu, is why this is has been a top rated restaurant in D.C. since it opened.  My suggestion: arrive around 4:30pm to make sure you’re seated as soon as it opens at 5.

What I’m Loving… 

Every month I change my desktop calendar, and I’ve been using Designer Blogs calendar template to do so.  It’s free, and Designer Blogs emails you the new template each month, so it’s super easy to download and change.  They also have the themed template for your tablet and phone, so if you love consistency, here ya have it.  & for other bloggers out there, Designer Blogs has quite a few freebies, such as tips and tutorials, and great blog templates if you’re looking for something new!  Maybe I’m biased because it’s my birthday month, but so far the July template has been my favorite this year!

Okay, so I always see celebrities hawking Fashion Nova on Instagram and I questioned so many things about this brand…are they legit…if I buy something will it be five sizes too small….is the material cheap?? So. Many. Wonderings.  Well, I bit the bullet after a few glasses of wine and a coupon code last week, and I’m so pleasantly surprised with what I ordered!!  
I only purchased two things, since I wasn’t sure how I’d feel about the brand, but I can’t wait to buy more.  & Fashion Nova is always sending coupon codes, 20% off, free shipping, etc…and since the prices are already so reasonable and inexpensive, I think this is my new go to shopping site…and I’m so shocked I’m even saying that because I really thought the clothing was going to be low quality and awful…oops.
The maxi dress I ordered is the Ensenada Tie Dye Dress, which is perfect for a pool or beach day.  I love the kimono style of this dress, and it fits perfectly. & I ordered a pair of leggings, because I figured you can’t go wrong with leggings, and I love the mesh pattern on these…it’s different from what I own, and will work perfectly for a going out night.
 

Where I’m Shopping…

Fashion Nova: 20% off with coupon code HAPPY20

The Body Shop: 40% off almost all items, so stock up on some of their body butters!

Macy’s: Their having another One Day Sale, which I feel like they have every day…but whatever the prices are incredible.  You can save 50% off a large selection of kitchen items, with code FIFTY, and there are tons of clothing items on sale for 20% off or more…bathing suits are 40% off!

LOFT: 50% off sale styles, and an automatic 40% off certain full price items…not bad at all.

Gap: 40% off with code DEAL, I love Gap for summer dresses & jeans!

Bath & Body Works: Aka, the only place I buy candles from.  $1 shipping with orders over $30, code SUNTAN.  However, I always prefer to shop in store, today candles are $10 off!

I hope you all have a great weekend!  & I promise to start taking way more, and way better, pictures for this series, but hey, I gotta start somewhere!! 

XO.
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What Blogging Has Taught Me: LLB’s 6th Birthday!

I cannot believe today marks 6 years from starting Love. Life. Beauty.  
I started this blog my junior year in college, thinking it would be just for fun- I also thought it would totally tank.  I didn’t tell my friends or family for the longest time that I had started this…I was nervous that people would think I was joining in on the blogger fad and wouldn’t really care.  I thought that if I did fail at this endeavor, everyone who I told would think less of me…people would know I “failed” at something…and the thought of that freaked me out. 

The truth is, while I’m not as big as some other beauty & lifestyle bloggers, I have done quite well.  Paid sponsorships, affiliate earnings, and product reviews aside…I have truly enjoyed running Love. Life. Beauty. and I’ve loved the fun opportunities this little blog has given me.  I’ve been able to try out new products from my favorite brands, and share my thoughts with my readers, but I’ve also been able to branch out and work with quite a few lesser known brands that truly have great products.
Blogging has also allowed me to connect with some great D.C. businesses, and the ability to attend unique events to this city.  It’s been great to get to know new people, see all of what D.C. has to offer, and then, the best part, sharing it with all of you!! 
Blogging isn’t easy, it’s time consuming and it’s been so easy for me to get off track.  The truth is, I know Love. Life. Beauty. would be so much more if I just put more time into it.  Teaching in D.C. is my full time job, and let me tell you, sometimes it feels like that job alone is about 3 jobs put together.  So, inevitably, blogging takes a back seat when classroom stuff is heavy.  Nonetheless, I know I can always jump right back in and come up with some new content, talking about my new favorite products, or sharing a recent recipe.  
I have a lot of goals for Love. Life. Beauty. and while I’m still refining how to accomplish them all with my schedule, I’m so proud of where I’m headed.  I really do grow each day, and that’s been amazing to see through the years. 
I’m always learning and I’ve been trying to put in a little more each day…it’s really hard sometimes, but I know if I can make it this far, then I can go all the way with this little side hustle I got goin’ on.

XO.
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2017 Vision & Goals

Happy New Year, beauties! 

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I hope each and every one of you had an awesome & relaxing holiday season.  I know the holidays are always a busy time.  For me personally between all of the holiday events and wrapping up teaching before the winter break, it felt like forever before I could stop, relax, and enjoy being home in New Jersey with my friends & family.

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Unfortunately, per usual, blogging takes a back seat when it comes to all of those other things going on in my life.  Not because I don’t care, but seeing that Love. Life. Beauty. isn’t my full time job, sometimes my direction just gets lost.  This is something I really want to work on in this new year, I want blogging to be more than just my side hobby.  I’m really good with time management in my personal and teaching life, but in my blogging life, I’m terrible at it!! Ugh, it’s so embarrassing & drives me crazy.  I guess because I’m responsible for the 3rd grade mathematical success of 48 kids I just naturally devote all my time to that part of my life, but I also need to recognize how much this blogging part of my life also makes me happy and fulfilled. 
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I made a Pinterest 2017 Vision Board (check it out!) to help keep me on track this year for all my goals: personal and professional.  I’ve been adding new pins each day that resonate with me and where I’m headed in 2017.  I even have a phone alarm set daily to remind me to give it a glance, even if I look at it for under a minute, I can keep these quotes and “happy pictures” fresh in my mind.  I’m hoping I can continue to add more pins through the year, and track how it’s helped me be more focused and directed on my personal goals & visions. 
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XO.
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Happy Thanksgiving Eve!

Happy Thanksgiving Eve, everyone!
I’m excited to drive up to Jersey this afternoon after work.  Yes, DC Public Schools has school the day before Thanksgiving…so annoying.  Traffic will be bad but I’ll have good music, my dog, oh, and the turkey, with me.
I cannot wait for Black Friday shopping, but this year I’m also keeping in mind how important Small Business Saturday is.  Small businesses are a cornerstone of our country, and I want to support these shops all I can.  So, I’m taking the pledge to do a majority of my shopping through small businesses this holiday season.  In D.C. and Northern Virginia there are a ton of small business shops, restaurants, etc.  I’ll be in Jersey on Saturday this year, and I plan on scoping out the Princeton area for some cute shops and cafes I can support on this day.
You’ll never know what great local businesses are around if you don’t explore a little, so take the time this Small Business Saturday to do just that!  

Have a safe and enjoyable Thanksgiving with friends & family.  Even when life is tough, we all have a lot to be thankful for! 

XO.
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Sunday Things: Friends + Giving

I think I might start these Sunday Things posts more often as a way to let you, my readers, into my every day life, while still making it meaningful & fun.
This is the time of the year when we just want to relax, celebrate the holidays, eat delicious food, and enjoy life.  Last night was the first Friendsgiving of the season, it was everything a Friendsgiving should be…delicious, cozy, and filled with great people.  I was so happy when my work bestie, Jill, said she’d be hosting a Friendsgiving this year.  I hosted one last year, and while it was the best night ever, it’s so much work!!! 

When you have great people in your life, it’s important to celebrate that gift.  What better way to celebrate such awesomeness than with incredible Cranberry Sangria made with brandy?!?  Bravo Jill, it was delish. 
Dinner was a perfect mixture of everyone’s favorite things: turkey, ham, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, mac & cheese…and homemade cranberry sauce and green beans in a red wine shallot sauce made by yours truly!!
Friendsgiving ended at the fire pit, which was perfect on a chilly 35 degree night.  Jill & her husband hosted the perfect evening, I’m so lucky to have such great friends…with a great house. 😉 
This is the time of the year we should all be appreciative of what we have.  I’m trying to be mindful and in tune with that a little bit more each day.  It’s not always easy, and we all go through trying times, but it’s so important to recognize our gifts in life.  Surround yourself with people who have the same values and spread the same love as you, & you’ll always be A-OK.  It’s pretty much foolproof!
XO.
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Sunday Things: Halloween Housewarming Party

I cannot believe it’s October 30th.  
November is right around the corner!  
Matter of fact, 2017 is right around the corner, AH!
As a teacher, and unfortunately only part-time beauty blogger, life seems to just be whizzing by.  The amount of work I need to do on a daily basis to be considered a “good” teacher leaves me little time to just sit and reflect on my profession, blogging side hustle, & oh, life too.      
Hm, no wonder so many people leave teaching just as quickly as they entered it.  
Blogging always gets a back seat, ummm, as does anything else I genuinely enjoy doing.  Rob & I moved into a super cute 2 bed, 2 bath condo a month ago, so setting up this new home has also been running my life for little while now.  There’s always so much going on!  
I need to start getting back into a real schedule, the move kinda threw me off, but I need to get back on track and straighten up.  
I will always be a pineapple. 😉
So, I said all of that to say…Rob & I hosting our Halloween Housewarming Party this weekend came at a much needed time.  A night with true friends, good food, and plenty of libations (caramel jello-o shots, incredible), is a recipe for an amazing night.
No matter how stressed, over worked, totally underpaid, and just generally over it I am…I am so crazy grateful to have friends that I love & appreciate so much.  We had a great time last night, & I was so happy to finally just enjoy and live in the moment for once! 

XO.
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My Favorite Beauty YouTube Gurus

I wish I had the time, editing knowledge, and speaking skills necessary to branch into YouTube videos.  I could certainly work on the knowledge and speaking skills part of the equation, but as far as time goes, as long as I’m teaching I’m not sure YouTube is really a viable option.
Over the years I’ve added quite a few beauty vloggers to my YouTube subscription list.  It’s been awesome to watch them grow their mini empires over the years, and I love how these women still maintain great personal relationships with their subscribers.  All the YouTubers I follow give something different to the notion of beauty vlogging, and as a young professional woman myself I think it is awesome to see how they have evolved over the years into the powerful people they are today- especially since it’s been through doing something they truly love.

I first discovered Casey Holmes, and loved how easily I could relate to her on every level.  I love her haul videos, and I’ve purchased many products she’s suggested.  Just like her I have rosacea, so I’m always interested in her skincare and foundation routines to manage and treat it.  Despite her rising fame she has stayed so down to earth, and I love following along with her tutorials, hauls, and girl talk videos.
  
Next up is Jaclyn Hill, who truly has taken over YouTube and is now taking over Becca Cosmetics as well with her Champagne Pop Highlighter.  Jaclyn has an awesome life story, and I love watching her Snapchats, she truly takes her fan into her life.  I love her home, her decor is seriously the cutest, and her constant puppy Snapchats are too relatable for me.  But seriously, her ability to maintain a normal lifestyle, given her rise in fame, is something I really admire.

My next favorite YouTube beauty guru is Jen, of From Head to Toe.  Her favorites videos make my month, and I love her sweet and relaxed demeanor.  I’m also a huge fan of her choice in products, so I’ve purchased a lot of palettes and other skincare products she’s mentioned.  Right now Jen is chronicling her pregnancy journey for her viewers, and it’s been great to see her so happy and still hard at work! 
Lastly, I’m too obsessed with Liz Heart, of Miss Liz Heart.  She’s a relatively new YoutTube face compared to the other three women on my list, but she’s made huge strides in subscribers, and puts out great tutorials, hauls, and lifestyle videos.  I love that I can expect a lifestyle video every Sunday, she incorporates home decor, organization, and cooking elements, all of which I love!  I feel the most connected to Liz (maybe it’s a name thing) since I’ve been following her since the beginning and have seen her create and grow her brand!  I’m looking forward to her continued success, she’s an awesome woman. 
I’m always looking to add new YouTube gurus to my lineup, if you know of any other great people, let me know! 
XO.
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Happy Friday!

If you’re on the East Coast, like me, good luck with the blizzard this weekend!
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I was so happy to hear that DCPS canceled school for today…yesterday.  They very rarely cancel so far (one day) in advance…but this city is seriously shutting down.  I know that I’ll be snuggled in my apartment all weekend, starting right now, with the fire place going.
I went to Target yesterday and did some serious snack/ wine shopping to prepare for the storm…and could you believe the chip aisle was like…empty.  Basically all of my favorites were gone, UGH, but luckily somehow I was able to scrape up some yummy things. 
Both at Target and in the grocery store basically all of the meat was gone, UGH, but I was able to grab the very last bone-in short rib to slow cook on Saturday, I cannot wait for that.  Anyway, I’m excited to get all of my report cards done this weekend, as well as some new content for the blog.  I have a ton of new candles to burn, and bath bombs to use, so clearly I’m more than ready for a snowy relaxing weekend.
Stay warm everybody! 

XO.
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