The Face Behind My Logos

img_5545 2Today is an extra special blog post. Today I am going to be promoting my family and a girl super close to home. A girl who is super talented and created my logos for me while also being the sweetest bean known to man.

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I mean she has to be, she’s related to me. 😉 (kidding).

Today I am going to introduce my extremely talented cousin, miss Caitlyn Divita.

Cait majors in communication and PR / advertising, but has a little side hustle graphic designing. She has created hundreds of beautiful designs and the coolest part is, she is self-taught.

“I actually taught myself everything I know. I started doing it for fun and now it’s become real and exciting and something I can actually do for a career or side hustle”

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Cait did me a favor and designed a new blog logo for me capturing all the things I love. She made each one personal and even Facetimed me with literally 100s of designs that I could pick from.

Cait has always been a creative soul since I have known her and she has always wanted to break out and show her artistic ability in some way. I think graphic design is the perfect opportunity for her and captures everything she is trying to put out into the world.

Cait started selling her own stickers on etsy, with such cute designs.

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She also sells two of her winter themed bar signs, all for an affordable price.

Cait has a Weebly account where she posts all of her designs as well as an Instagram.

You can find her weebly account here .

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Her Instagram is @divita.designs & you can keep up with her and all of the amazing projects she is working on by following her or even checking out her page.

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Cait is a Buffalo Babe and one that I hold near and dear to my heart. She is one of the most selfless people I know with the biggest hearts.

If you are interested in Cait’s designs, visit her website or her Instagram or contact her at cdivita@buffalo.edu or dm her on her Instagram!

I hope you guys enjoyed this little insight into my oh-so-talented family and decide to follow Cait along her journey!

xx,

G

“Creativity is the greatest rebellion in existence” – Osho

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Love Languages

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As the year has rung in I have been trying to tap into myself and my relationships lately. I have been reading the book Attached by Amir Levine and have been struggling to get through it just because I need to set aside personal time dedicated to reading it. But a concept in that book is attachment styles and love languages.

Love languages have always been fascinating to me. We each have a love language specific to us, or multiple, and it is how we accept and want love in our lives. Discovering your partner’s love language is key to having a good and healthy relationship. (Not like I would know this is just for personal research, ha)

The five love languages are as follows:

  • words of affirmation
  • receiving gifts
  • quality time
  • acts of service
  • physical touch

The 5 Love Languages in Relationships

 

Words of Affirmation:

With the words of affirmation love language, words speak louder than anything else. This type of person appreciates kind words and being built up by words of affection. Simple phrases mean a lot to them, such as a simple “thank you” or “I appreciate you” moves mountains for them. Notes and expressions of love are what hits home for them, how they prefer to be loved. On the downside negative words hurt them a lot more than people who don’t have this love language. Choosing words wisely with this person can make or break your relationship.

Receiving Gifts: 

The love language of receiving gifts is pretty self explanatory. This type of person finds the most love when people give them gifts or make them a gift that shows them that they thought of them. They believe that a gift shows them that their significant other understands what they love and goes out of their way to get it for them.

Quality Time:

The quality time love language focuses on spending time with their significant other. Doing anything with their significant brings extreme joy to this person and is how they feel most loved. Just being in the presence of their significant other makes them happy, even doing nothing with them.  This partner hates spending time apart from their significant other and long distance is often a deal-breaker or extremely hard for this relationship. If you are dating someone with this love language it is important to reprioritize so they feel like a priority in your life. Having a conversation with eye contact and actual listening skills is important too.

Acts of Service:

Setting up and making dinner, doing chores so the other person doesn’t have to. This type of person likes people doing things for them so they don’t have to. For example, they had a long day and they still have to make dinner, so their partner makes dinner for them. This love language is difficult because it is easy to become a person that does everything for them.

Physical Touch:

This type of person feels love through hugs, kisses, sitting, playing with hair, just being as close as physically possible. This person just likes to be touched at all times, no matter how small. This can be potentially dangerous to relationships because some people have a bubble and can get irritated with constant closeness and touch. This could also cause moving too fast in relationship situations. I thought that this would be my love language, for sure, but I didn’t get it in the results. I started to realize that I do like physical touch, but I too have a bubble and do not want anyone touching me at certain times.

So I decided to take the Five Love Languages Quiz, if you want to take it yourself you can find it here.

My results revealed that I find love in words of affirmation and quality time.

If you are interested in the love languages I recommend watching the video that I did, linked below.

 

I am super interested in human behavior and what makes us love and how we love so this was right up my alley.

If you guys have any comments or questions, comment below as well as blog suggestions!

xx,

G

There are all kinds of love in this world, but never the same love twice – f. scott fitzgerald

Book Review: Tina Fey, Bossypants

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Oh do I have a good one for you.

For my non-fiction book of the month, I chose Tina Fey’s autobiography, Bossypants. 

If you guys are not familiar with Tina Fey she is, as Wikipedia claims her to be:

“Elizabeth Stamatina “Tina” Fey is an American actress, comedian, writer, producer, and playwright. She is best known for her work on the NBC sketch comedy series Saturday Night Live and for creating the acclaimed comedy series 30 Rock and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.” (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tina_Fey).

Not only did I not know her real name was Elizabeth (did I read the book thoroughly?) , I did not know that I admired her as much as I do now. As a child, it was always my dream to be on SNL. It still is, but further out of reach unfortunately on the basis that I am not funny.

Tina Fey’s writing style this entire book is so funny and witty that I literally read the thing in 2 days.

Tina starts off talking about her childhood growing up looking like a boy and not having any sexual experience except with the boy who would pick her up at night and makeout with her while he talked about other girls. She mentions her father, Don Fey, who according to her looked like Clint Eastwood. Don Fey was the polar opposite of Tina and was a pretty strict and stern man. She talks about a story where Don Fey buys a carpet shampooer to figure out that it is indeed broken and needed to be returned. Long story short he ends up leaving Tina at the store because he will not cough up $3.

Tina picks up a job at the Young Men’s Christian Association in another chapter, where she works the desk. Tina works with her co-worker Donna who works the phones. Donna was one to complain, but you could NEVER complain to Donna. Tina writes about how the certain rich members felt entitled to pass the line and go in front of people waiting to sign in.

Rich entitled male trying to skip the line: “Don’t you know who I am?”

Tina: “Don’t you know who I AM? Then how could I know who YOU are? We don’t know each other!”

Long story short Tina ends up stealing the new office position from Donna on the phones because she wouldn’t settle for being the underdog of any situation.

My favorite portion of the book was her focus on women in the workplace. She goes on to say how Amy Poehler would make a joke and the men on set would say how women aren’t funny. In which they would respond “We don’t fucking care”.

“It is an impressively arrogant move to conclude that just because you don’t like something, it is empirically not good…”

She talks about Chinese food and how just because she doesn’t like Chinese food doesn’t mean she is going to sit down and write articles about how she doesn’t like Chinese food.

“Don’t waste your energy trying to educate or change opinions. Go “Over! Under! Through!” and opinions will change organically when you’re the boss…”

She talks about sexism in the media and how men commonly wont like a show because they don’t want to “f*ck the cast”. Women are seen as objects in media, television, and the workplace!

My favorite quote and takeaway from the entire book is this right here:

“So my unsolicited advice to women in the workplace is this. When faced with sexism or ageism or lookism or even really aggressive Buddhism, ask yourself the following question: “Is this person in between me and what I want to do?” If the answer is no, ignore it and move on. Your energy is better used doing your work and outpacing people hat way. Then, when you’re in charge, don’t hire the people who were jerky to you.”

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30 Rock was a show I never watched, and apparently not a lot of people did either. Tina talks about how 30 Rock only took off because of Alec Baldwin and the cast and crew and producers were ready for it to end at any minute.

In the words of Tina Fey:

“We were not a hit”.

This show did not take off, and honestly what I had heard about it when it came out, I never even wanted to watch it. After reading this book I will 100% be watching this show because I believe it will apply to my humor now that I am older. How she talks about her own show, her own idea, and her own cast and crew is absolutely hilarious to me and I respect her honesty like no other. This show was basically nothing, it was waiting to be canceled after the pilot. But then!!!!!! It received the Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series in September.

Nobody saw that coming.

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The show proceeded to win 7 more Emmys and is really Tina’s showboat for the American Dream.

I also did not know Donald Glover was a writer for 30 Rock, fun fact.

And here it is, Saturday Night Live. My dream, my passion, my extremely out of reach goal that I will probably never reach considering I am pursuing a career in nursing.

Tina talks about how she was never really asked to be in sketches because all of her co-workers had faces that could create other characters while she just looked like herself in a wig, or her brother.

Except when she looked like Sarah Palin.

She literally was casted for this part because she had brown hair, glasses, and slightly resembled the politician. She wasn’t even working for SNL when she got offered this. So what did she have to lose really?

One of my favorite sketches she did as Sarah Palin was with Amy Poehler as Hillary Clinton. If you are not familiar with that sketch, PLEASE proceed to watch the video below before continuing on.

Now that you have experienced the pure humor and brilliance these two share in this sketch. The subtle feminism focus is what I loved about this as well. They really focus on sexism in that campaign and how these women experienced different sides of the “sexism coin”. Hillary wasn’t liked and called a ballbuster, while Palin wasn’t liked and called Caribou Barbie. They were marginalized based on their gender. She talks about how this was a big feminism ploy but you couldn’t even tell because of all the jokes.

I never really thought I would ever want to read this book nor would I go out of my way to buy it. I picked it up at a thrift store for $.50 (Sorry Tina). I am SO glad that I did.

This was one of the most enjoyable autobiographies I have ever read and I truly did not want to put it down. I have already recommended this book to like 3 of my friends (my only friends) and will recommend it to all of you.

I never realized how big of a Fey fan I was until I read this book and it is making me go watch 30 Rock because I feel bad.

What a girl BOSS.

If you are interested in the book you can purchase it here.

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If anyone knows Tina Fey and has some gross connection please send her this blog post in hopes of completing my dream of being on SNL or even meeting someone who has been on SNL (I guess she is pretty cool for other things too).

If you guys have book recommendations please comment them below!

xx,

G

Rating: 5/5

Confidence is 10% hard work and 90% delusion. – Tina Fey 

travel diaries: allegheny state park

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So, I have been on winter break for almost a month and a half now. Unfortunately, since the break started I have been on two antibiotics and been a very sick girl! My best friend decided to drag me out of bed and force me on a road trip to see some of the beauty this world has to offer.

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So we set off in the winter weather for a couple hour drive to go up to Allegheny State Park.

For it being January, the weather was pretty nice. It was still chilly, but the drive down was absolutely beautiful and I wore a dress. Good thing for a sick girl to do, right?!

Anyway, Sara drove and I controlled the music. It was her playlist, but I controlled the aux so it counts right?

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The park was absolutely beautiful and even though we didn’t have the winter snow or the fall leaves, it was still a sight to see. I loved sitting there and breathing the fresh air in and listening to the literal silence that was surrounding us. Living in a busy suburb with constant noise you never realize what actual silence is until you’re in a place like this.

We walked around for a couple hours frantically looking for bears and then later realizing that they are in hibernation, it is winter.

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We took some pictures, did some minimal hiking, and then realized it was far too cold! We ventured past the road closed sign and did most of our exploring because thats what rebellious 20 year olds do these days. 

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Although this trip was short lived, it was one of my favorites. Sara forced me out of bed and out into the fresh air for just a couple hours and I instantly felt my spirits lift. I highly recommend to get outside and put down your phone for a couple hours (unless it is golden hour and you take these cute pics). Go out of your comfort zone and say yes to days when you feel like staying in bed. It made a fun memory and it cleared my head so much.

One of my goals for this new year is to take footage of my little adventures and get back into creating videos. I used to do this with every trip I went on, but was embarrassed to post them anywhere and ultimately stopped doing so. I decided to make a video for this little trip of ours to inspire me to do more of it.

Heres a link to my little video if you are interested in watching.

(the stabilization on my GoPro is all wack, so I apologize for the little shakiness)

As always, do things that are good for your mental health! Do things that make you HAPPY. It is OKAY to take a day off of being productive and do things that make you spark inside.

To Sara, thank you for being the one who has been there for me during my ups and downs of my mental health and my life in general, you are my soulmate and best friend.

Do something for YOU today.

xx,

G

You can go to the gym, drink your water, and take your vitamins, but if you don’t deal with the shit going on in your heart and head you’re still going to be unhealthy

Book Review: When Life Gives You Lululemons by Lauren Weisberger

IMG_3600.JPGI am a book worm.

I have always loved to read and I have always loved a new book. Unfortunately I have lost myself in the world of social media and lost my love for literature. I decided to create a goal to read at least 12 books this year, one every month. I am hoping that this will be an easy task to obtain, but I have learned to set my goals low and work to aim higher.

So the first book in my book review section is When Life Gives You Lululemons by Lauren Weisberger.  

I received this book for Christmas from my mother, but I may or may have no picked it out because of the aesthetically pleasing book cover. The “packaging” (lol) is super cute and definitely caught my eye. Well down Lauren!

I am not a big fiction reader, so picking this up was outside of my comfort zone for sure. I used to love fiction books, but once I got into self help and non-fiction books I never looked back. Except of course for Harry Potter, but that is obvious.

Lauren Weisberger is also the author of The Devil Wears Prada, so I was immediately attracted to this book, and I am GLAD I picked it up.

This book is about 3 friends who connect in an extremely interesting way. Emily, is a L.A. working girl whose main job is to diffuse celebrity “uh-ohs” and steer the mistake away from the public eye. She has a loving husband Miles who is a typical L.A. hottie who is obsessed with Emily and wants nothing more than for her to have a baby, but that is NOT in Emily’s plan. Emily was by far my favorite character with her attitude and humor and her love for wine.

Emily is friends with Miriam. Miriam is a down to earth, quiet, completely opposite of Emily suburban housewife. She used to live in the city with her husband Paul, but moved to Greenwich, Connecticut so that her kids could grow up with a backyard. (How sweet). Miriam has been long time friends with Miriam and has tried to convince her to move to the suburbs multiple times. Miriam focuses on her sex life, or lack thereof, her “mommy belly”, and her outfits almost the entire book. She is the friend that always thinks she is fat, when she is not. Paul and Miriam’s relationship goes through a lot of ups and downs and my opinion of Paul changed wildly throughout the book. Miriam has a long time best friend named Karolina.

Karolina is a beautiful, ex Victoria’s Secret model and current wife of Senator Graham. Senator Graham who is in fact running to be President. This book focuses on Karolina’s run in with the law that turns out to be an elaborate set up to bring her down. I don’t want to go into too much detail because it will give away a lot, but the entire situation has so many twists and turns that I literally found myself getting so mad at all of the characters and their involvement.

This book gave me so many feelings of hurt, anger, empowerment, and that is everything I look for in a book. I felt like I was watching an episode of Desperate Housewives and It was everything I loved in a soap opera.

This book in total was 340 pages and I finished it in two days. I was sick when I opened this book and boy am I glad, because I don’t know If I could have put it down. This was definitely such a good book to get me back on my fiction kick! I would totally recommend this book to anyone who likes funny, housewife drama.

If you guys have any books you want me to review, comment below!

xx,

G

4.5/5 Rating

Welcome to Greenwich, CT, where the lawns and the women are perfectly manicured, the Tito’s and sodas are extra strong, and everyone has something to say about the infamous new neighbor.

Year of YES: Spinning

Processed with VSCO with a4 presetSo I decided to try something crazy. This year I’m gonna say yes to things.

INSANE right?

For me, yes.

I have always been the type of person to say no or make an excuse for not doing something. I have found that I experience major FOMO when I do so, and regret not saying yes to the thing I said no to. So in 2019 (we’ll see how long this lasts) I’m gonna say YES.

My first year of YES came before 2019, but we’ll still count it.

Today, I decided to try spinning.

I have always wanted to try spinning, cycling, biking, whatever you want to call it, but never got my butt to do it. So, when I got asked to do a free class at 830 am. Yes, 8 30 in the morning. That is like 4 hours before my usual wake up time, I said YES.

I was really nervous to get in there for the first time, but the instructor was so welcoming and I didn’t feel judged or embarrassed like I do at most gyms when I don’t know what the heck I am doing.

This class was a slower pace, but do not let that fool you, it was FAST. My instructor played amazing music that was current and cycling to the beat of the music was advised. It was so hard to catch a rhythm the first time because I am so uncoordinated and musically challenged. Once I caught the rhythm, it was so much fun.

Spinning is so much exercise without feeling like you are doing a lot of exercise. I didn’t find myself being fatigued or tired once my body got used to it and the 55 minutes we spun, went so fast. I am currently sick so I was nauseous during it, but I don’t think that would happen otherwise! I was sweating up a storm, which is ironic because when I walked in I was complaining about how cold it was. The only thing I didn’t like was that on the screen all of our percentages were visible for everyone to see. I felt slightly insecure because I wasn’t keeping up with people who had been doing this for a while, but the instructor told me I did really well for my first time. She told me I didn’t have to go as hard as I did, but my competitive nature would not allow any less.

Overall, I loved the experience and could see myself doing it again. I want to wait until I have enough stable money to get a membership, but we have spinning bikes at school that are for free. This workout used my arms, legs, and core to intensity. I am sure I will be feeling this tomorrow and will regret the decision of going, but for now (20 min after) I feel incredible.

So, here is to my year of saying YES, and I encourage all of you to do the same.

xx,

G

Buy or Bust : Concentrated Naturals Bath Bombs

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So I decided to add a section to the blog with the coming new year. “Buy or Bust” is a little harsh of a section, but it is catchy. In this new section I will be buying or trying out things that I have received from myself or from other people.

First up: Concentrated Naturals Bath Bomb Gift Set

This gift set I received as a Christmas present and got super excited about it. It contains 12 bath bombs with names that seem to suit sensitive skin. “shea butter”, “lavender”, “sea salt”, I assumed that these were the only ingredients in these things, but boy was I wrong.

A little background on myself is that I have suffered with eczema since I was little and have not had it in a very, very long time. For some reason I like to continue to test things on my skin to see if I’ll have a flare up! Needless to say, I have very sensitive skin.

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The packaging of the bath bombs is super cute but for only reading the sticker on the bath bomb, and not the ingredients, I was very mislead. I chose to experiment with the least harmful one, lavender.

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I decided that I, myself, wanted to have a “Cozy Night”, so I popped this in my bathtub.

I have had severe allergic reactions to all of Lush’s products, including their especially “sensitive skin” made bath bombs, so I was a little excited for this. I assumed it would be natural due to the name, and soft on my skin.

The initial bomb was a pretty pink color and smelled more like rose than lavender.

IMG_3617Excuse my beautiful nursing student manicure and try to focus on the bath bomb itself.

I dropped the bath bomb into the tub and alas, my first disappointment. It was not fizzy and really just “plopped” in there. I had to break it up with my foot and I really missed out on the cool fizzing video I was preparing to take for some #content.

I want to make it readily open that I did in fact process this picture with a VSCO preset to match the “aesthetic”, and it was in fact not this No fizz, unfortunately.

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To spice things up and for my own satisfaction, I added some baby shampoo to add some bubbles, because like I said; no fizz.

Ah, now that is more aesthetically pleasing wouldn’t you say?

Unfortunately, to my disappointment, I did not have myself a Cozy Night with this bath bomb. I began itching extremely aggressively and began spiraling down the Lush bath bomb path in severe disappointment.

DISCLAIMER: the box does CLEARLY state that there have been reactions to people using with sensitive skin, but I, for some reason, choose to stay positive in these situations knowing what will happen to me.

So folks, unfortunately, I will be sticking to Dove Soap baths and things without any ingredients in them. I broke out in red rashes and hives and my eyes started to swell. I do not blame the company for this because they clearly gave me a disclaimer I refused to follow, but I am disappointed.

The misleading packaging had me thinking that this was a natural approach to bath bombs and I was really mislead.

Now that that is over, I’m going to take a Benadryl and hope my eyes stop swelling.

This product has been ruled as a : BUST.

(ouch i feel so mean saying this, nothing personal concentrated naturals 😦 )

xx,

G