December Obsessions

This month I went a little overboard with my obsessions. It is the end of the year so that’s ok right? There were so many good things this month I just had to share them. What were you obsession with this month? Check mine out below. Hope you enjoy!

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Alli

NYE

It is almost NYE. Have you picked out your outfit? Have you finalized plans? I don’t do something every NYE but every once and awhile I like to get all dolled up and go out.

This year my boyfriend and I are going to Chicago for his birthday and for NYE. Although it will be cold it should be a good time. I love an opportunity to get all dress up for an occasion, so I picked an outfit that was fitting for that. A silver sequins dress paired with a black velvet blazer and booties. I accessorized it with pink lipstick, a pink clutch and a pink necklace I made myself. I also added silver earrings and a ring with an aquamarine stone (my birthstone). I have to say this is one of my favorite looks and I will have to find somewhere else to wear this after NYE. Shop my look below. Have a happy and safe NYE! Hope you enjoy!

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Alli

Photos by: Angie Garcia Photography

Matcha Green Tea Powder

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I am always looking for things that help me get through longs days and give me the energy to last all day. Coffee works well but only for so long. A healthier option that I have found is 100% Pure Organic Match Green Tea, which can be found here.

It can be used in many forms such as baking (breads, desserts, etc.), or put in smoothies and coffee to drink. You can add it to any baking mix for a boost to you recipe. I like to put mine in a smoothie in the morning (recipe below). Matcha gives you great energy that last for an extending period of time because it has an amino acid called L-Theanine. It also improves memory and heath with an Antioxidants called EGCg, which is known to have cancer fighting properties. One thing I love about Matcha is that it is a metabolism booster. Which many us will love after the holidays. You can get the specific Matcha power I use here. Try it out and let me know how you like it. I have also link many products below that have Matcha in them. Take a look. Hope you enjoy!

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Alli
1 Tablespoon of Matcha Powder
5.3 oz Cup of Yogurt (any flavor you like)
1 scoop of Protein Powder (any flavor or brand you like)
1 Tablespoon of Almond Butter
1 Cup Orange Juice
1 Medium Banana
Put all in a bender and blend into smooth  
Matcha powder c/o Matcha Organics 

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Holiday Look 2

                                     
You can never go wrong with a gold skirt. Am I right? Gold is definitely a color for the holiday. It is a great alternative to the usual red that you see everyone wearing. Don’t get me wrong I love red, but I like to switch it up sometimes.

I love the length of this one because you can wear it almost anywhere,  such as your work christmas party, family or friend holiday get together, and even to a holiday church service. I paired this one with a tank, a little black jacket, and some booties. I have linked similar looks below. Hope you enjoy!

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Alli
                                     
                                       
                                     
Skirt c/o Eshakti

Holiday Look

Christmas is less than a week away and if you are like me you still have gifts to buy and wrap. I work well under pressure, it’s the life of a procrastinator to do so. One thing I will not be stressing about is what to wear on Christmas day or to a Christmas party. A cocktail dress is usually always fitting for the occasion.

Wether you are going to your family gathering or to a fancy holiday shindig, a cocktail dress will also work. I paired the dress with a black jacket and purse, bright jewelry and topped it off with a shiny pair of heels. What is you favorite thing to wear on Christmas? Shop similar looks below. Hope you enjoy.

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Alli

Warby Parker

Christmas is around the corner and if you are like me you do your best shopping at the last minute.  You have purchased most things on your list but still are looking for that great gift to give to your best friend, significant other, or even yourself. I always buy myself a Christmas gift (no judgement). Well I have the gift for youA pair of Warby Parker sunglasses.

Warby Parker is a great company that was started by students who wanted great quality glasses but at prices that college students could afford. Read their story here. The best part of their company is when you buy a pair of glasses or sunglasses they donate a pair to someone in need. This company saw a need for eye care and came up with a charitable business to help. Not only do they donate a pair of glasses they also work with a nonprofit to train individuals to in developing countries to give basic eye exams. Learn more about this project here.

Warby Parker has a great home try-on program. They will send you 5 pair of your choosing (free of charge) so that you can see which pair best fit you face. Help me pick out the sunglasses I should purchase below. Also shop the look below.
Hope you enjoy!
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Alli

Valentia Eye Cream

Lets face it ladies (and men) we are not getting any younger. So to combat the aging process I try to take care of my skin with the best products I can. What are some of your favorite products? One of mine is Valentia True Glow Eye Cream, which can be found here.

The older we get the more likely we are to have under eye wrinkles and dark circles. This products helps reduce that. Even if you do not think you need it now it is never too early to be preventative. If you are 30 or above you definitely should be using an eye cream everyday. I recommend the Valentia True Glow Eye Cream, not only because it reduces wrinkles and dark circle but because it nourishes and hydrates. I have been using this product for over two weeks now and I can tell a difference. My eyes look brighter and it has tighten the skin around them. This illuminating antioxidant rich eye cream contains high quality products such as vitamin C, organic rosehip oil, amica (anti-inflammatory agent), astanxanthin (increases moisture), and resistem (natural plant stem cells repair). It is also at a great price point that won’t break the bank, under $25. I would definitely recommend this product, shop it below. If you try it. Let me know how you like it.

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Alli

Coconut Oil Supplements

                                        
                        
Coconut oil has been very popular lately. You see it on the shelves of any health store, usually your local grocery store or online. It can be found in a pill form or in a oil base. Coconut has many benefits in any form.


Some benefits are improved thyroid function, promotes heart health, and balancing out cholesterol. Coconut oil as helps with weight control by speeding up your metabolism. I have used both  supplements and oil based coconut oil but I really like supplements for everyday use. One that I like that is budget friendly is Good Health FX Extra Virgin Organic Coconut Oil Supplement, which can be found here. I have been using these for the past 2 weeks and I can definitely tell that it has helped with my dry skin and hair. Coconut oil helps improve acne and eczema. I take them in the morning when I get up and have noticed that it gives me a boost of energy as well. I would recommend the Good Health FX Extra Virgin Organic Coconut Oil Supplement because it provides you with vitamins that you need each day, such as vitamin E and helps combat many dryness problems you are having with your skin and hair.

Below I have link some products that have coconut oil in them. You can find the exact supplements I use here.
Hope you enjoy!
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Alli 

Shabby Apple Maxi and Giveaway

Happy Thursday! Christmas is around the corner and I cannot wait. Have you picked out your holiday dress or dresses? Lets be real I use the holiday season as a time to wear all the fabulous outfits I cannot wear during the rest of the year because I do not have any fancy parties to go to. This is one reason I love the holidays.

This maxi from Shabby Apple, which is one of my favorites, can be found here. If you are not shy about wearing color it is the dress for you because it definitely makes a bold statement. The dress is long sleeved so it is great for the winter months. The split up the side allows you to show a little leg but not too much. I paired this dress with a leopard print clutch, black booties, and gold jewelry. This dress is great for holiday parties, a social outing with friends, or date night with that special someone. Get my Mirina Collections necklace, which can be found here, for 20% off using code: allixo.
Shabby Apple wants to give one of my readers a $50 gift card. All you have to do is follow my Instagram here, follow Shabby Apple Instagram here and like my post with this dress on Instagram and your are entered. The giveaway runs till December 24th. You have to be following both to be eligible to win.
Shop the look below. Hope you enjoy!
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Alli 

                   Photography:Angie Garcia Photography     Micha Maxi c/o Shabby Apple

Everyday Dress

I love a simple easy dress that you can wear everyday. Who is with me? That one dress that you can throw on when you are undecided on what to wear. The dress that you know always looks good on you.

That dress for me is a shift dress. The clean lines and length have always worked for me. This dress can be paired with heels, boots and flats and can look great. In the fall and winter I like to pair this type of dress with boots like I did below. I also add simple jewelry and a tote to finish the outfit. I bought this specific dress year ago but I liked similar shift dresses and all other accessories below. What is your favorite go to dress? Hope you enjoy!

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Alli