Friday, July 22, 2016

Hot #Nsale Finds!

Hey babes!! Today is the first day the #nsale is open to the public! Lots of things are already sold out so scoop up the items you want while you still can! This is seriously the BEST sale of the entire year, you don't want to miss it! I'll be tweeting about the sale throughout the day so make sure to follow me on Twitter @mapleandmint. Have a great day!!!

#Nsale Beauty Buys!

Guys it's finally here!! The Nordstrom Anniversary sale is open to the public!!!

Here are my #nsale beauty picks for you guys so you don't have to go through the hundreds of products and try to find the best deals. Sale items include the best NARS cheek palette, Bobbi Brown lip and eye sets, Jo Malone cologne, Voluspa candles, and more!

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Top 26 Moments of Being 26

Hey blog family!! I hope you are all having a fantastic Wednesday! Guess what... Today is... MY BIRTHDAY!! :D I am 27 today so I thought it would be fitting to do a list of my top 26 moments of being 26. In no particular order...

1. Family trip to England and Scotland!! I loved seeing the Churchill War Rooms and Big Ben, visiting the apartment I lived in in South Kensington when I studied abroad in college, walking through Hyde Park with SH, going to HARRY POTTER WORLD and seeing so many amazing costumes, sets, props, the great hall, getting to ride on a broom around the Hogwarts grounds... Going to Scotland and seeing Dunnottar Castle, visiting the cutest little seaside town, Stonhaven, staying at cute little bed and breakfasts, etc. I fell in love with Scotland on this trip.

2. Going to the TSwift concert with my momma! 1989 World Tour what what! I've seen Tay three times in concert, she's seriously amazing, I don't care what Kim K says.

3. Having Mart and Char come visit me and Dana and Ben! It's always so much fun having friends in town, I love it. We went to Malibu Farm Cafe and walked around Malibu a bit, had drinks at Chateau Marmont, saw a comedy show, and Char actually comes in town this weekend for my bday!! Can't wait!

4. Watching the new Star Trek movie with SH, my mom and dad and some frandz at The Irvine Meadows Amphitheater.

5. It wasn't a favorite moment but it was a big one -- helping my parents pack up our Bay Area house so they could make the move down to Southern California. Now I love that they live down here!

6. Latte Art class with Angela at Blue Bottle -- so much fun. I definitely recommend taking a latte art class if you are into coffee and want something fun to do for a couple of hours.

7. The Vanity Fair Emmy's Party at WeWork LA in Hollywood - super awesome hearing Matthew Weiner's interview.

8. Wine tasting in Temecula with Ang and Megan! Falkner Winery and Leoness were lovely. Really loved Temecula. I can't wait to go back.

9. Going to the Tswift exhibit at The Grammy Museum with my coworkers -- oh em gee loved it!

10. Taking SH to the USS Midway Museum in San Diego.

11. Visiting SH's fam in Illinois in October.

12. Camping in Joshua Tree and seeing James Van Der Beek at the Route 62 Diner!

13. Seeing the Cabazon Dinos on our drive home - sooo weird/cool!

14. Dressing up as Elsa for Halloween and going to sushi with friends, and on our way to dinner a little girl stopped and looked at me and said "HI ELSA!!" and I basically just melted.

15. Going to Stylecon!

16. Going to the Queen Mary Chill with SH and mom and dad and tubing down an ice slide and seeing a bunch of amazing ice sculptures.

17. Hiking at White Point Nature Preserve with SH.

18. Flying to SD, going to the SD Zoo with SH and seeing all the animals :)

19. Our one day skiing trip to Big Bear and the snow chain adventures, lol.

20. Taking a bus trip to Lompoc and watching the Spacex launch.

21. Making my first King Cake for Mardi Gras!

22. Molly's bachelorette weekend wine tasting and chilling at her family's beach house and celebrating the love her and Matt have for each other!

23. Angela's bday tea at the Langham Hotel!

24. Aunt Jackie and Uncle Larry coming to visit Adam and us all hanging out at Crafted at the Port of Los Angeles!

25. Visiting my East Coast fam and going to Reading Terminal Market and eating allll the delicious food!

26. Justin Bieber concert!!

Flying to Catalina for lunch with SH and Mike -- eating the most delicious bison burgers ever!
Dana and Ben's wedding!!
Molly and Matt's wedding!!
Hiking in Muir woods with Richie and Lisa!
Taking the ferry to Catalina with mom and dad for mom's bday :)
Staying at The Saguaro in Palm Springs with Mike and Melissa and SH!!
Visiting the Palm Springs Aviation Museum
Going to see The Little Mermaid at The Hollywood Bowl with Ang!
Seth and Melissa's wedding!!
The yummiest breakfast at Issaquah Cafe
Hand lettering
Bus trip to Montana... Everything about Glacier National Park - horseback riding, all the delicious food Sarah made for us, the 5 hour long hike in the rain where we got kind of lost
Sitting on the beach with mom
Mom mom and pop pop visiting our new home in SoCal
Everything about the new home in SoCal

Whew! As you can see I went way over my list of 26 things. I'm very grateful that I got to travel so much and spend so much time with SH, family, and friends. I feel pretty good about this past year but it definitely had its own growing pains -- quitting my job at university and starting a new job has been tough. I moved AGAIN lol but this time was a little easier than the last... four times, I must admit. I'm still not making as much money as I should be/would like to be. I had a lot/am having a lot of growing pains at work. My blog is not where I 100% want it to be (but I think this will always be a work in progress.) Some friendships changed, others deepened, others drifted. There have been lots of family things happening, most good. 26 was definitely a year of change for me. Lots of change. I hope that 27 can be a year of positive growth and more of an upward trend of success. It would be nice to see some benefits from work I put in in a few areas of my life.

Monday, July 18, 2016

#Nsale Haul and My First Youtube Video!!


Hi guys! Check out my first ever Youtube video where I show you my #nsale must haves! The early access is still going on right now for Nordstrom debit and credit card holders. The burgundy Leith top I show you guys in this video is already sold out :( But hopefully it will come back in stock. What I forgot to mention in this video is everything I'm wearing is size small -- just for reference! Have a great Monday!!

Thursday, July 14, 2016

#Nsale Early Access

It's the most wonderful time of the year!!! The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale (Early Access!!) Here's the scoop... Nordstrom cardholders have access starting TODAY through July 21st on fall's hottest items. So to help you out, I've rounded up the best of the best from ankle booties to designer handbags to flowy tunics and leather jackets! I'll continuously be adding products to my blog, Instagram, and Snapchat, so make sure to check back frequently for all your #nsale shopping needs! The sale opens to the public on July 22nd :) Remember... prices go up once the Anniversary Sale is over!! Now is the time to get all your fave items for fall for less :)

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Amazon Prime Day Sale!!

Hey guys!! You all know I love a good sale! Amazon is having a sale for Prime members today and there are tons of goodies available for less so I rounded up a few of my favorites below! From designer jewelry (ahem, Kate Spade watch, I'm looking at you) to a highly coveted, on super duper sale rice cooker, I've got you covered. (Seriously though there are lots of great #1 rated kitchen items for sale today. I've linked them below.) Happy Shopping!

Thursday, June 9, 2016

10 Products I Never Travel Without

Hi guys! I'm heading to Seattle tomorrow so I'm super excited to bring you today's post about the 10 products I never travel without. These 10 products are essential to me staying happy, healthy, and energized when I'm on the road!

1) Lavender Oil
Sometimes I get nervous or anxious so I actually always carry this lavender oil with me, (whether or not I'm traveling.) Anxiety is something I've battled with since I was young and lavender oil has proved very effective in helping me feel calm. When I start to get nervous I dab a little on the edge of my nose and take slow, deep breaths. You can also dab it on the inside of your neck or your wrists, or rub it on your shoulders to help relax your muscles. Just be careful not to over apply because the smell can become overpowering! A little bit goes a long way! I've also dabbed it on my stomach to help soothe stomach aches. It really is a wonderfully relaxing scent.

2) Neutrogena Oil Free Moisturizer with SPF 15
I apply this every day. It's my favorite moisturizer, it doesn't make me break out, it doesn't feel greasy, it's truly the best. I also apply it on the back of my hands to prevent age spots. You can get it at your local drug store.

3) Phone Charger
I usually carry my iPhone charger with me but this is a super cute portable charger! I keep my charger in my purse whenever I'm traveling because I usually take so many photos and use my apps so often that I drain my battery very quickly. I hate being in a new or foreign place with a dead phone!

4) Headphones
I really love my Sol Republic headphones, which are similar to these. I've had them for years and years and they are still in great condition. The sound is so crisp and clear. I've never tried noise cancelling headphones so I'm not sure how they compare, but I'm a big fan of the ones I have. They are stylish and comfy to wear, too, the part that goes around your ears is very squishy so it's comfortable to wear them for extended periods of time, like a long airplane ride.

5) Sunglasses
I've been on a sunglasses kick lately because I recently got contacts again. My favorite pairs are these and these right now. Sunglasses are great to have on a trip but I recommend packing them carefully -- you want to have a hard case for them so they don't get damaged, and you also probably want to pack them in your carry on if they're expensive in case someone with sticky fingers happens to go through your checked baggage. Not saying it happens often, but it's been known to happen.

6) Lipgloss
Bobbi Brown makes pretty much great everything, but I definitely love her lipgloss, I've been wearing it for years. It's the perfect amount of sticky and it doesn't get clumpy or gross. Right now I'm wearing Almost Nude which is basically a sheer gloss with a little bit of a nude tint.

7) Antibacterial Towelettes
I usually buy Wet Ones (which can also be bought at pretty much any drug store.) They come in convenient little travel packets and for a germaphobe like me it's just nice to be able to wipe my hands when I'm sitting in my airplane seat or in the car and wanting to dig into a snack.

8) Snacks
Speaking of snacks, snacks are a CRUCIAL part of my packing planning. I have to pack at least one snack per travel day or else I am going to be very hangry and upset. I really like Lara Bars, they're pretty much all natural. My favorite flavors are Cashew Cookie and Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough. I also like Power Crunch Bars, my favorite flavor is Vanilla. Those are great because they are light and flaky almost like a cookie but they're packed with protein.

9) Medicines
It might sound crazy, but I always travel with a mini pharmacy, even if I'm not leaving the country and I'm going somewhere that definitely has a CVS. I just feel better knowing I have my allergy meds, ibuprofen, Tums and Cold Calm with me when I'm traveling.

10) Smooth Move Tea
It might not be the most glamorous thing to say, but sometimes travel can make a person constipated. I really like this tea called Smooth Move  - I'm not a doctor and you should always consult with your doctor before you try new medicines or herbal remedies but this works beautifully for me! I prefer the chamomile flavor to the chocolate flavor, I find it's milder on my stomach -- the chocolate is sometimes a little too forceful. I steep the chamomile smooth move for five minutes exactly and remove the tea bag, drink it before bed and it works overnight. I recommend trying it at home first before you go on a trip, just to see how it works with your body.

That's it! I love hearing travel tips so if you have any must-have traveling products, let me know in the comments!

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