the tea: on thrifting

so, it is time for the tea.

thrifting; do you do it?

well you should and in this blog post i am going to be dishing out the tips and tricks i use when going thrifting as well as showing you my recent finds.

so, my #1 tip for thrifting is to go unplanned. don’t go into thrifting looking for a certain piece or outfit because you will tear your hair out trying to find it.

today, i went thrifting completely randomly and found more items than i really ever have. i didn’t go looking for a certain piece or even color really, i just went in looking!

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so to start off the shopping trip, i found my go-to fashion item; t-shirts.

i tend to go to the tshirt section to look for oversized shirts to wear or shirts i can cut into crops. my style is generally more laid back and i wear a lot of crops and oversized shirts in the spring time.

all of these shirts were around $2-3 each and i was very happy with what i found.

next, the jackets.

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although winter came to a close, i still wanted to check the jacket section for my next favorite fashion item – windbreakers.

i found these two for $6 each and i am suppppper exctied about them. i actually bought the wilson tennis jacket for my friend who plays tennis. i was sad to see it go, but i have a million jackets, i could spare this one.

the red jacket caught my eye and took me out of my comfort zone. red is NOT my color, but this jacket was super cute and comfy on.

so tip #2 is to go out of your comfort zone! try different styles, colors, and sizes, and SECTIONS. most of the clothes i thrift come from the men’s section. dont be afraid to try things out.

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the black shirt was hard to capture in a picture but it has a tie in the front and is cropped and is super stylish and cute. the yellow shirt is my favorite color and perfect for spring time.

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these next two i caught last minute. the white top is so feminine and petite i was super happy to come across it. paired with a white bralette and a skirt is a perfect sheek spring outfit. the striped top was more my style and the buttons were such a cute add on.

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the pants section!!!

i got 3 pairs of insanely cute pants. the first pair on the left is from j.crew and were a stretchy denim fit with a tie that scrunch at the bottom. the middle pair reminded me a lot of a pair i had from forever 21 and were super cute and retro. the black pants were stretchy black jeans that somehow i had none of?

total: $8.

tip #3 would be to try the clothes on if you can. this day, i didnt have the proper clothing on to try on my items, and honestly i was not in the mood so i just opted out of my own tip. but to confirm your purchase, try it on!

my last place i check in the thrift store is the book section.

and boy, did i hit a jackpot.

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so not only was the deal buy 4 books get one free, i found all of the books that were on my Amazon wishlist for more than 50 percent off.

these books were THREE DOLLARS EACH PEOPLE. and i got one free.

incredible.

(if you want a book review on any of these, please lmk)

so ladies and gentleman, those are my 3 thrifting tips.

thrifting is so cheap and beneficial to the environment as well as helping out people and charities in need.

go in with an open mind, and getcho thrift on.

I shall go into the thrift store just to look, sure... thats what they all say. Next thing ya know your buying a ton of stuff XD

x,

g

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the tea: on blue light glasses

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This has been a VERY requested post on the blog so I decided to dive into it.

I had heard about blue light glasses from multiple instagram influencers and commercials and really didn’t believe the whole “hype”. I have suffered from migraines since high school and looking at a computer screen and my phone screen has caused insane strain on my eyes and multiple headaches.

I had tried everything to fix my migraines. Sumatriptan, no coffee, coffee, physical therapy, etc. Things seemed to help temporarily but I still had constant migraines, especially in the hospital during clinical rotations.

So, I decided to give blue light glasses a try.

But what is blue light?

Now that you have a little more education on what blue light is, the glasses work to block out the light coming through from your tablet, computer, etc. The lights have a tinted frame that makes everything yellow when you wear them.

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You can kind of see the yellow hue in this picture here.

“Bue light glasses are designed to filter out 55 percent of the 474-475 range of blue light that is emitted from digital devices. Blue light blocking glasses are effective at blocking out harmful light. Some blue light is necessary for our health because it helps keep us alert and aware during daylight hours.”

– https://www.eagleeyes.com/blogs/news/how-blue-light-blocking-glasses-protect-vision

Blue light also forces our body to stay awake. So, when you are on your phone or computer late at night the blue light is convincing your body that you should be staying awake and makes it a lot harder to fall asleep. Exposure to blue light has been proven to reduce melatonin production at night.

Sleep was a major difference I saw in the effects of blue light glasses. I had such trouble falling asleep in general and would be on my computer into the late night for school, youtube, etc. Once I started wearing these glasses, I found myself able to fall asleep a lot easier.

Not only do I wear my blue light glasses at night on my computer, I also wear them in the hospital. The bright lights in the hospital caused intense eye strain and were a major trigger for my migraines and had even caused me to go home sick with a crippling aura filled migraine. Not to mention frustrating, but embarrassing.

I have been wearing my blue light glasses for a little over 2 months and have noticed an insane difference. I can fall asleep easier and quicker, I haven’t had light-induced migraines, my eyes don’t feel strained and I am able to get through an entire shift of clinical.

Whether it be the technology of blue light blocking or a placebo, I don’t care. These things have worked WONDERS for me and I will continue to wear them until they break.

The best part is I literally got them on amazon for $16, and they’re cute. IMG_8077.jpg

If you are interested in my blue light glasses you can find them here.

If you guys have any questions or want the “tea” on another specific product be sure to let me know via email or in the comments below.

As always, have a fabulous day.

xx,

G

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 

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