Thursday’s Fab Five

Happy Thursday!  I’m so happy the winter break is almost here, teaching has been exhausting this year.  I’m also super excited for this upcoming Saturday, Rob & I are hosting a holiday party, Cookies & Wine at 4089 which of course will feature tons of homemade cookies, even tons more wine, and I’m adding in a taco bar for sustenance.

Here are five things I’ve been loving the past few weeks, and all would make great presents too!

Thursday's Fab Five

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D.C. Happenings: MetroCooking D.C. 2017

Happy Friyay!
D.C. is bustling this time of year with holiday events and pop-ups everywhere you look.  One event I make sure to attend every year, since college actually, is MetroCooking D.C., aka the Metropolitan Cooking & Entertaining Show.  This year the convention will take place on both Saturday, December 9 and Sunday, December 10- each day has its own unique offerings along with hundreds of food, drink, and exhibitors.  With a tagline like Shop. Sip. Sample. you know it has to be good.  Shopping, sipping, and sampling are three of my favorite hobbies!

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Recipe Wednesday: Gifts for the Chef in Your Life

If you’re anything like me, you love to cook!  I’m much more of a chef than a baker, so I’m always looking for new kitchen gadgets to add to my collection.  The best part about most cooking & baking things is that you can find them at a reasonable price point!
Check out some of the helpful kitchen tools I think any chef would love this holiday season!
PS: Don’t forget to shop through Ebates for cash-back from tons of stores!
Kitchen Gadget Gift Ideas


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Thursday’s Fab Five

Thanksgiving is quickly approaching & I love being at home on the weeknights cooking dinner and catching up on my favorite shows.  Don’t you?!

The weather has been so weird here in D.C., first it was warm and gross, now it’s cold and clammy.  I honestly can’t keep up with it, and neither can my sinuses!!  The beginning of the week was chilly & rainy, it legit felt like January and gave me the worst sinus headache.  So annoying.

I can’t wait to have off from work tomorrow and drive up to NJ for a wedding!  My good friend Mike…we’ve been friends since pre-k 4, can you believe that…is getting married!!!  It’s going to be such an epic celebration, so make sure you’re following along on both Snapchat (@elizabethmayce) and Instagram stories, @elizabethmayce!

Here are some things I’ve been loving recently, some classic favorites and some new goodies too.  Tweet me some favorites of yours @elizabethmayce!

Thursday's Fab Five


Bath & Body Works Candle in Sweater Weather, $12.50
Right now all B&BW candles are $12.50, which gives you a perfect excuse to go out and buy tons of fall and winter scents.  My favorite for this time of year is def Sweater Weather- it always sells out, so make sure to buy some quickly!  Sweater Weather is the perfect fall scent with notes of woods, eucalyptus, juniper berry, and sage.  The apartment smells incredible within 5 minutes of lighting this, & as I said, it’s everyone’s favorite, so buy it now!!  PS: Ebates gives 1% cash back on Bath & Body Works purchases, if you aren’t an Ebates member, join here!

The Body Shop’s Vitamin C Skin Boost, $29
I wrote about this product back 2012…yes, 2012. Shocking.
It just recently reentered my life, and o.m.g. why did I ever stop using this?!  This skin boost is an incredible morning serum to use, it instantly brightens up my complexion, which has been much needed with this week’s weather.  You can read my original thoughts here, keep in mind, this post was from 2012- but my thoughts on how great the product is, are still the same!
Right now The Body Shop’s having a buy 3, get 3 free promotion.  & Ebates gives you 3% cash-back on your purchase!

Essie Kimono Over Polish, $9
My polish this week is this gorgeous deep purple from Essie’s fall collection last year.  It goes with everything, is the right degree of vampy, and will coordinate perfectly with my cobalt color dress for a wedding this weekend!  This was def one of my favorite colors from last year’s collection, and I’m so happy to be bringing it back into my life this season!  Shop through the link above, and save 2% cash-back through Ebates on HSN!

Gap’s High Rise Ankle Jeggings in Rich Wine, $30 
YOU. MUST. GET. THESE. Originally $60, these pants are so comfortable and the rich wine color is amazing with any boot you might have.  I love the rips, they’re subtle enough where people don’t give you a side eye, but just enough to be edgy.  Did that make sense?  I bought these about 2 weeks ago (for 40% off, not 50%!!), and I love, love, love, they way they fit and feel.  I bought the tall size, so they are full length and also look great with heels and flats.   I’m thinking about buying the black moss color as well…for this price, it’s a serious steal.  Use code CHEERS to save an additional 20% off, and use Ebates for 2% cash-back on your purchase!

Dog Mother, Wine Lover Muscle Tee, $30
I love the CoffeeInTheShower Instagram page, so when I saw they had a coupon code, I finally purchased this cute, and incredibly truthful, tee in black.  I love these graphic tees, and I’ve ordered from this company a few times.  It’s decent quality, comfortable fits, and I just love how this tee can perfectly describe me as a human being.

Have a fabulous weekend!! 



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Recipe Wednesday: Taco Tuesday Chicken + Avo-Corn Salsa

Okay, okay, I know, I’m sharing a Taco Tuesday recipe on a Wednesday…
…but really this recipe could work any day of the week, obviously, & I think it would be particularly spectacular on Football Sunday while watching your team.

This recipe is originally from Chelsea’s Messy Apron, but I put my own flair on it…and literally just used what I already had in my fridge.  I didn’t go shopping for anything in this delicious recipe, I was honestly just trying to use some things up and remembered the original recipe I had seen.  That avocado- corn salsa…omg yum.

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Sunday Things: Photo Share

Does anyone else have this feeling…or is it only me?????
I’m pretty sure it’s not only me.
Anyway, I haven’t posted in a while, life is totally in the way.  Also, I’ve been so in love with the products I’ve been using for a while now, and I haven’t really switched anything up…which is so unlike me…and doesn’t really give me anything to write about!!  Ugh.
I’m usually the ultimate time manager, and as far as teaching goes I still am, but I’ve realized that for the past month I’ve totally gotten off track in every other aspect of my life.  So, my big focus this weekend has been to rebalance myself, get some great posts written, and get back to being on my #girlboss grind.
This past month has been so busy and fun, so here’s a sneak peek of everything I’ve been doing lately.
I decided to take myself out to lunch before an appointment one Friday, I’d been wanting to try Barley Mac in Arlington for a while, so I hopped in and sat at the bar with my book.  I wanted to try a few things, and I knew a pizza would be perfect to take home as leftovers, so I started with the Caesar salad, and then had one of their popular pizzas…the Fresh Fig Prosciutto & Goat Cheese, sans figs because I’m not really a fig gal.  Everything was so delicious!!  I especially loved the cucumber margarita, it was so beautiful and tasted delicious on a Fri-yay afternoon.  If you’re in the Arlington, VA area for a day of shopping…or doctor appointments…stop by Barley Mac for lunch!

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Lifestyle: So, Should I Think About Buying a Car?

[This is a sponsored post in collaboration with  All opinions are my own.]
I was speaking with a friend the other day about how she’s thinking of getting a new car since hers has been giving her trouble lately.  As we were talking I was thinking, when is the right time for me to start brainstorming of new car ideas?  I’ve been so lucky with my Mercedes, but as it gets older, and racks up the miles (240,000 so far), I know the reality of me needing to purchase a car in the future is real.  Collective sigh.
So, while I know buying a car in the super near future is def not on my to do list, it doesn’t hurt to start thinking about the process, and what I should be prepared for.  I’ve teamed up with to think through some key points I need to write down for when that time comes, and I’m hoping my POV of a twenty-something young professional is helpful to any of my readers that may be going through this process, or are like me and are at least getting prepared.

First, I want to make sure I have enough $$$ saved up for a down payment.  I’m all about that certified pre-owned life, & I love the What Price Should You Pay feature on the website.  I can choose to view Certified Cars, the make, model, and the max amount I’d like to spend.  From there there’s a price comparison tool, and you have the ability to save and compare cars when you make a free account.
We all know you need to do some homework, ha teacher talk, when buying a car…but it really is super important.  If you’re going to make a big choice like this, you of course want to make sure you’re doing it right!!  I love the options gives to make sure you’re making the best choice for you, finding what you want is super important in terms of price & style, but you can also find out a lot of safety info through as well, which should always be top priority.
I hope you all have a great weekend, & if purchasing a car is around the corner for you, I hope sharing this resource will help!
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Simplicity Skincare’s Reversal Protection Complex Review

I love working with new brands, I’ve truly never had a bad experience, get introduced to new & innovative skincare, and help small businesses spread the word about their products.  Simplicity Skincare is a bit different from any other brand I’ve recently partnered with…they have one product, that claims to cover all the skincare routine bases.  Too good to be true right?  Not so fast…

First off, I love the packaging of the Reversal Protection Complex, it’s half serum, half moisturizer…both products side by side with a dual pump for application.  The serum & moisturizer work together with great ingredients, hyaluronic acid, peptides, & retinol.  These are prime time ingredients for any anti-aging routine, and no matter what your age, it never hurts to start using anti-aging products…trust me.

I’ve been using this product nightly for 3 weeks, and it’s been working great for my skin.  An interesting fact, the moisturizer started out as simply an eye cream, so you know it must be quite gentle.  After my toner, I do one pump of each, and work the product into my skin.  Sometimes I do one pump, plus a little extra, of each product.  It truly depends on how my skin is feeling, but there is plenty of product in one pump and once I work it into my skin I feel fresh and hydrated.  No oily feeling, and I have experienced a breakout since using this either, so it’s passed all of my tests!

If you’re a minimalist with skincare then this product is def for you, and even if you’re like me, and the complete opposite of minimalist in skincare, it’s a nice change of pace to just be reaching for one product in the evening.  Also, when traveling, how easy is it to just pack one bottle to cover 2 steps of skincare?!?!

Simplicity Skincare Reversal Protection Complex | $48

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NYFW Spring 2018: alice + olivia, Derek Lam 10 Crosby, & Zac Posen

This weekend I’ve been catching up on all of the spring 2018 fashion shows.  Milan Fashion Week is currently wrapping up, Paris is up next, and I cannot wait to see what comes out this week!!  I’m pulling out my favorites from New York Fashion Week, so check them out below!
alice + olivia 
I love alice + olivia, I always find their dresses comfortable, and I really relate to the brand in general.  I love how easy the dresses in this collection seem, & the green one below is giving me serious Jennifer Lopez vibes.

Derek Lam 10 Crosby
I love Derek Lam, and these 3 pieces from his spring 2018 collection, especially that last dress, really caught my eye.

Zac Posen
Okay, it’s my dream to wear a Zac Posen dress to all future fun events in my life.  I love, love, love his work, he’s such a fun guy, and I think he makes stunning pieces.

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Thursday’s Fab Five

I love the summer, it’s my birthday season, the beach is my best friend, I love outdoor happy hours…but when August rolls around, and the new school year starts…there’s just something about fall that gets me all super excited.  Fall scented candles, Sunday football, slow cooker meals, & mulled wine…ARGH, I love it so much!!

Thursday's Fab Five


Here are some things I’ve been loving the past few weeks, tweet me (@elizabethmayce) some of your recent favorites!!

Um, yes I started burning fall candles September 1st when it was still quite warm out, and no I don’t care.  Sweater Weather is one of my favorite scents, it’s woodsy with notes of sage, juniper berry & eucalyptus.  It isn’t overpowering, and freshens up my living room perfectly.  Bath & Body Works always sells through this one, so if it’s a favorite I suggest you stock up like my Mom & I!  & an even sweeter deal, B&BW candles are $12.50 right now compared to the full price $22.50, and use code PUMPKINLUV for $10 off $30!
I’ve been using this for a month as bubble bath, and I loveeeeee it!  We all know The Body Shop is all about Community Trade, which is why I always return to this brand.  The olive oil is from Italy, and has such a light scent that leaves my skin soft and feeling great.  Right now this product is 30% off, only $7, so I might head to the store this weekend to pick up another one.
This mask is an awesome budget friendly option!  It exfoliates great, it’s not too rough on my skin, and leaves me feeling super smooth and fresh.  I can get two uses out of one packet as well, which is awesome.  The pearl powder helps with inflammation, which is perfect for me since I have rosacea.  Since I’m all about face masks the quality of this product for the price is great, it isn’t cheap and gets the job done.

I already have a pair of these boots, but I’ve worn them so much the past two years, I need a new pair!!  They are so comfortable, go with anything, & I love the mix of cognac and black.  The price can’t be beat either.  You will wear this all of the time, I promise!!

Jouer Lip Enhancer Conditioning Lip Treatment, $16 
I love Jouer lip glosses, so when I recieved the conditioning lip treatment in a sample bag I was so excited to try it out!  Yes, this is def considered a luxury product with that price tag for a lip balm, but it is such a lovely product.  I’m currently keeping this in my work bag, it keeps my lips hydrated and helps to decrease fine lines.  A few of my friends have tried it out and have loved it too!

Remember to let me know your recent favorites, over on Twitter! @elizabethmayce 

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