Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Fall Night Time Routine

As the air gets a little crisper and my skin starts to feel a bit dry, I like to modify my skin care routine in the evenings. To be honest, my skin care routine is really simple. I've never been one to incorporate too many steps on a daily basis. I like to find a routine that is sustainable and gets the job done. Several products and steps have made all the difference in making me feel my best before bed.

For the past few months I've been obsessed with my Quip electric toothbrush. It's amazing! The design is so sleek and lightweight. I love that the brush has a built in two minute timer, which pulses every 30 seconds to help you take care of your pearly whites. The brush kit includes a wall mount, three month supply of toothpaste, and a travel size toothpaste. This post is not, by any means, sponsored but I do have a discount code [to save you $5!]. 

As far as skin care goes, I keep it pretty straight forward. I start by taking off any makeup with my tried & true micellar cleansing wipes and then I go in with a gentle cleanser. I will also use my Clarisonic a couple days a week for a deeper clean. After cleansing, I'll either apply moisturizer or an overnight mask and eye cream. Although this is relatively simple, it does the trick and keeps my skin feeling hydrated. 

What are your to go skin care products?


Wednesday, September 27, 2017

The Ultimate Fall Bucket List

Even if it doesn't feel like it in New York City, fall is upon us. The time of year for apple picking, scary movies, and pumpkin everything. Fall officially started almost a week ago and I've yet to make my annual bucket list. This year I plan to take full advantage of fall foliage and seasonal treats. 

Take a peep at my 2017 autumn bucket list:

❤ Pick apples
❤ Visit a pumpkin patch
Decorate for fall
❤ Visit a covered bridge
❤ Munch on fresh cider donuts
❤ Watch my favorite Halloween movies [Hocus Pocus & Nightmare Before Christmas]
❤ Host Thanksgiving [this will be my first time!]
❤ Make a pumpkin spice latte
❤ Watch a scary movie [I'm trying to get myself to see It]
❤ Bake a pumpkin pie
❤ Pick up seasonal produce from the farmer's market
❤ Attend a harvest festival
❤ Make caramel apples
❤ Watch my fall series [This Is Us is finally back!]
❤ Curl up with a good book during a rain storm
❤ Take a road trip [Joe & I are going to Vermont next month]
❤ Watch the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade
❤ Make crockpot chili
❤ Sip hot apple cider
❤ Photograph fall foliage

What is on your fall bucket list?

Thursday, August 17, 2017

5 Ways To Stay Focused

Every afternoon around 3 or 4 o'clock, I start to lose my concentration and just want to take a nap. I've been slowly incorporating little changes into my afternoon to perk myself up [without coffee]. 

1. Chew Gum: Science has proven that chewing gum increases alertness. Also, you have the added benefit of fresh breath after lunch.

2. Take A Walk: Although this may not always be feasible, taking a short walk can really help wake you up. Whether it be outside or a stroll around the office, try to get up at least every couple of hours. 

3. Use Essential Oils: Essentials oil are a great way to stay alert in the afternoon. If you watch my videos, you know that I'm a Simply Earth ambassador. This amazing company puts out monthly recipe boxes with essential oils and suggestions for their usage. They also donate 13% of their profits to organizations that help to prevent domestic trafficking. In their August box, they included a Focus essential oil and supplies to create a Get Focused! roll on. If you're interested in Simply Earth, you can use the code MODERNMOLLIEFREE for 10% off single oils OR a $40 giftcard with a recipe box purchase!

4. Drink Water: Drinking water is just good for you. Water helps energize your muscles and improve performance. I aim to drink 24oz in the morning and 24oz in the afternoon to stay hydrated at work.

5. Listen To Podcasts: Whether I need a distraction or want to focus on a task, I always go for a podcast. My current favorites are Will You Accept This Rose? [hilarious Bachelor podcast hosted by comedians], At Home With, & Ladies Who Lunch.

What helps you stay focused?

Disclaimer: Simply Earth sent me their products for review purposes. All opinions are my own.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Two Years in New York City

Today marks two years since I moved to New York City. When I moved to the Upper East Side from Northern California, I had absolutely no idea what to expect. Two years later I can say, with certainty,  this was the best decision I ever made.

When I moved to the city, my life was anything but normal. I was in grad school and had classes at night. I struggled to meet people I connected with. I learned a lot over the first year and had a blast living in the city. 

My second year led to even more growth. I completed my master's, decided to switch career paths, got married and am about to move to Jersey City [don't worry--my blog will still have lots of New York City content!]. I feel a bit more settled even though I know I have more growing and learning to do. I don't have much wisdom to share, unlike in my one year update. I mostly experienced personal growth, rather than just adjusting to living in a big city. Even though I'm technically moving out of the city, I'll still be working in the city and spending most weekends here. My heart is truly in New York City and I wouldn't have it any other way.

I hope you stay along for the journey.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

How To Change Your Name After Getting Married

One of the major pains after getting married is changing your name (if you choose to change it!). When we got our marriage license, I was able to select to change my last name (and middle name, if I had wanted to). Although I chose to change my name, I needed to update all of my official documents  in order to fully use my new last name.

Here are the places you need to update your name:

Social Security: You'll need to get an updated social security card with your new last name. This must be done in person by visiting a social security office. I visited the office in lower Manhattan. I brought my marriage license and identification (my driver's license). It took about a week for my new social security card to arrive in the mail.

Driver's License/Identification Card: I was able to update mine right after visiting the social security office. I went to the DMV Express. I filled out a form, showed them my marriage license, paid $12.50 for the change, and took a new photo [I was not prepared for this so this is your warning!]. They gave me a temporary license and told me it will take 2-3 weeks for my new license to arrive--it took about a week and a half to come in the mail.

Bank Account: You'll need to change your name, order new debit and credit cards, and new checks. I just had to bring my marriage license. I was able to use my old driver's license as identification. It took a few days for my first new debit card to arrive and once it was activated, I was all set. 

Official Accounts: Several accounts will need to be updated once you have your new identification card. Make sure to update your employer/payroll, electric and utilities companies, landlord or mortgage company, insurance companies, voter registration, and airlines (for frequent traveler rewards). Some of these will just need a phone call and others will require your marriage license or new identification card.

Passport: I haven't gotten a chance to change my passport yet. Luckily, this can be done by mail. I'll need to mail in a form, check, my old passport, and a scan of my new license. 

TSA Pre/Global Entry: Once I get my new passport, I'll update my name on my Global Entry. This needs to be done in person but does not require an appointment. If you have either of these, you'll need to make sure the name on your plane ticket, ID or passport, and TSA Pre/Global Entry account name all match for future travels in order to use the service.

Accounts/Memberships/Social Media/Mailing Lists: This is totally optional. You may want to change your name on various online shopping accounts, museum memberships, gym membership, social media, etc. Likely any account that requires a payment will at least need an updated name on the billing statement.

Let me know if there are any other places I missed.

I hope this is helpful to any newlyweds!

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Our Wedding Photos

On June 24th, 2017, Joe and I committed ourselves to each other forever. 
The setting was a beautiful ranch in San Luis Obispo, where we met five years ago.
Surrounded by our friends and family, we said "I do" and spent the evening celebrating our love. 

Joe spent the day with his groomsmen and our dads. They had lunch, got ready, and played with their gifts [inflatable couches--and yes, I really meant played]. 

The morning of my wedding was such a whirlwind. My maid of honor and I rushed over to the venue to check on some last minute things. Then we all headed to the salon to get ready for the day. I feel like I never stopped to breathe the entire time! Luckily our photographer was fantastic and made sure we got the majority of the shots we wanted before the wedding. By 3 o'clock, the bridesmaids were off to the wedding and my dad and Joe were being set up for our first looks. 

Our first look was one of the most special moments of the day. I walked up to Joe, stood back to back with him, squeezed his hands then we turned around to see each other. It gave us one calm moment to fully take in the day and everything it meant to us.

Our ceremony was officiated by a mutual friend. I created our ceremony script and we wrote our own vows. We wanted everything to be intimate and just for us.

In our ceremony, we selected one reading to be shared: a excerpt from Winnie The Pooh

“We’ll be Friends Forever, won’t we, Pooh?" asked Piglet. 

"Even longer," Pooh answered. “If ever there is tomorrow when we’re not together… there is something you must always remember. You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. But the most important thing is, even if we’re apart… I’ll always be with you.” 

I loved how our head table turned out. We placed the head table in the back of the barn. We seated our maid of honor, best man, and both sets of parents with us. Joe and I used my grandparents' toasting flutes from their wedding--it just happened their glasses were gold rimmed and matched our decor! 

Our cake was everything I ever wanted. I may not have always dreamed about my wedding but I've known forever that I wanted a three tier cake. We tasted cakes at a couple different bakeries last summer. Ultimately we went with Splash Cafe, a well known seafood cafe, which also has an amazing bakery. I knew I wanted a less traditional cake topper. I went with this happily ever after gold topper--I love the script and happily ever after was a theme of our wedding. As one of our other colors was blush, we chose to have pink roses cascading down the cake. For the cake itself, we selected different flavors for each layer. The top tier is our one year anniversary cake. The second tier was chocolate cake with strawberry mouse filling. The third tier was vanilla with lemon curd and fresh raspberries. The entire cake was covered in vanilla buttercream frosting. We got so many compliments on the cake and how great it tasted!

Just before sunset, we snuck out to take some photos on the hill. I love how our photographer used light to capture some amazing images. 

We ended the night with a sparkler send off. We gave out personalized matchboxes as our favor, which was also functional for the send off.

As much as I wish I could have included all 1000+ photos into this post, the page would never load! I put all my favorite photos into a video. Make sure to watch it next! 


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