2017’s End of the Year Round-Up

December 13, 2017

A year’s worth of blogs boils down to these ten most popular posts: they are the ones that got the most clicks from you guys!

So let’s take a moment to look back at what 2017 had to offer.

ONE || Friday five from March 24, 2017

Friday five

TWO || Friday five from November 24, 2017

Friday five

THREE || Upbra Review

Let’s Hear it for the Girls: An Upbra Review

FOUR || Travel Guide to Banff and Canmore in Canada

A Fall Getaway to Banff

FIVE || Travel Guide to Las Vegas

The Perfect Weekend Getaway in Las Vegas

SIX || Tasty Travel Snacks

TSA-Approved, Healthy, and Carry-On Capable Snacks

SEVEN || Relationships

It’s Time to Get Rid of Toxicity

EIGHT || Be Happy

Fit Happy Packs into Your Day

NINE || Travel Guide to Solvang, California

A Day in Solvang

TEN || Breakfast

Start your Day the Gergich Way

 

Friday five

December 8, 2017

ONE || A Pentatonix Christmas Deluxe

In case you aren’t up to speed, Pentatonix is an a cappella group from Texas. They’ve been doo-wopping and singing since 2011 and have found relative fame and success (thanks, in my opinion, to Pitch Perfect).

All that to say, they’ve released a Christmas album. I think my favorite songs they’ve included are the classic “I’ll Be Home for Christmas,” the jazzy “Good To Be Bad,” and the not-what-I’d-consider-Christmas-music-but-hey-why-not, “Hallelujah.”

Even if a cappella isn’t really your thing (we know you love it; stop frontin’), I think it’s a nice addition to the Christmas playlist.

TWO || Perfect Presents Gift Finder

The title pretty much sums this one up, but if you’re struggling to come up with ideas, eBay has sponsored this online gift finder that asks a few questions and offers some options! It’s perfect for even those toughest to shop for, especially since there are only sixteen sleeps until Christmas.

THREE || Box Fox

On a basic level, Box Fox is a company that lets you curate beautiful gift packages with the best products from your favorite brands. It’s really a great idea, and it lets me—being far away from loved ones—let them know I care and am excited for their big milestones.

Box Fox isn’t the only curated gift box company on the market, though, so if you’re looking for something different, here’s a list of some of the best in the biz!

FOUR || Gift Guide: The Blogger

I’m in love with this blogger gift guide (for the blogger in your life)! If you know anyone who is a blogger or needs that extra push or encouragement, this list is a helpful starting point. Krista from Covering the Bases is always really great about offering her expertise and experiences of her blogging journey to help aspiring bloggers, so her gift guide is really amazing.

FIVE || You Suck at Photoshop

As per usual, I’m late to the game, but the YouTube channel You Suck at Photoshop is so funny and helpful that I don’t care. The first video in the channel is ten years old, and I’m just now finding it. But let me tell you (even if you already know), it is hilarious. I’m always trying to learn more about photography and Photoshop, and this channel is both informative and comedic, which is something that Photoshop really needs. Because it’s so difficult and unintuitive, anything that makes learning and retaining it any easier is a priceless resource.

Friday five

December 1, 2017

ONE || Coco

Like all truly good Pixar movies, Coco will make you feel all the things and cry all the tears. By the end, my face was so swollen that I scared everyone waiting for the next showing. It was so good, though, and it’s worth the ugly crying.

A word of caution: The short before the movie is horrible and 20 minutes long and 100% WORTH SKIPPING IF YOU CAN. It made me so mad that I wanted to walk out of the theater without even seeing the movie.

TWO || Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Finally, a movie the truly represents the South in all its idiosyncratic glory. It’s a funny, moving black comedy, and while I loved every minute of this movie, it’s tough to watch. One minute you’ll be laughing out loud, and the next you’ll be clutching your pearls.

THREE || “Glue” by Fickle Friends

Fickle Friends is Brian’s latest find, and it’s pretty catchy. More ’80s synth pop from the Brits, but we can’t get enough. Fickle Friends’ sound is The 1975 meets Haim.

“Glue” is particularly great. The band only has singles out currently; however, they’re all worth a listen. Brian said, “This is how I’m finishing 2017.”

FOUR || “Rudolph the Rednose Reindeer”

Y’all remember “Party Up” from DMX? In all its 1999 glory? You know: “Y’all gon’ make me lose my mind / up in here, up in here”

Well, Christmas came early because DMX released his “Rudolph the Rednose Reindeer” cover this week. You’re welcome.

FIVE || Upbra®

Bras. For boobs. It’s good. Read the rest of my thorough and honest review.

 

Let’s Hear it for the Girls: An Upbra Review

November 29, 2017 upbra_feature

Whenever I see a woman rocking a plunging neckline and boobs that seem to defy gravity with nary a bra-strap in sight, I wonder to myself, “What witchcraft is this?”

Good genes aside, an amazing bra can do wonders for “the girls” (sans witchcraft), but it can be so hard to find something that offers lift, cleavage, AND comfort. And in a strapless option? Don’t even get me started. So when Upbra® approached me to review their line—bras with patented technology promising instant cleavage and lift—I didn’t hesitate.

Upbra® Review

Designed and developed with almost every chest size in mind, these bras are truly a work of art. One of my favorite elements was the seamless look and feel. It’s not all underwire and padding, which made wearing it all day long a cinch; plus, it was sleek and seamless under my clothes. Seriously, the Upbra® bras are, hands-down (boobs-down? boobs-up?) one of the most—if not the most—comfortable bras I’ve ever worn, including the strapless one.

Strapless bras always end up one of two ways: either down around my waist like a belt or a too-tight, useless boob-masher. The Upbra® Miraculous Stay-Up Strapless Bra was comfortable under my strapless dress, and it gave me that witchcraft-worthy lift, and bonus, I wasn’t constantly pulling it up or fidgeting with it the whole night. When it comes to fit, by the way, the bra should be snug in the band and the cups, so you can get the best cleavage and lift possible, and boy, did it ever give me some amazing cleavage. I wore the Perfect T-Shirt Bra with a black v-neck, and I felt comfortable and confident because it was all me, just with a little bit more encouragement.

I will say, there is a learning curve to using these bras, though. The adjustable lift-control straps are a great component, but it did take me some time to figure it out and get it all just right (watch their how-to video, here). That won’t be an issue after your initial wear, but it’s worth mentioning, I think.

Upbra® Details

Comparatively, the price of Upbra® bras—$77, $79, and $84, respectively—are competitive with well-known brands like Natori and major retailers like Victoria’s Secret, but I really appreciate that Upbra® bras are handmade in California, quality material, and basically customizable. Available in white, nude, black, and red, there aren’t too many options, but prints and lace are coming soon.

Trust me, you need Upbra® in your life. To sweeten the temptation, my readers are receiving an exclusive discount, so type in this code when you check out: WB-10D-15

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Disclaimer: I was provided with free product in return for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions expressed herein are my own and not influenced by Upbra® and/or its affiliates in any way.

The Cozy Gift Guide

November 27, 2017 cozygiftguide

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For me, nothing says Christmastime like cozy-time, so I put together all of the best items to feel warm and cuddly this season. I’m excited to catch up on my booklist, specifically The Bear and the Nightingale, an atmospheric read about Russian folklore. Set at the edge of the wilderness amidst a harsh winter, the best way to pass the long nights is to listen to exciting fairy tales … until they start coming true.

My holiday looks like books and mugs of tea, fluffy pullovers and comfy joggers, and the most comfortable bra I’ve ever worn, the Upbra. This bra will help you stun when you’re rocking it at parties this season. Since it’s meant to provide great lift and cleavage—and in this festive red—you’ll be holiday ready whether you’re going out for drinks or cozying up on the couch in front of the fire with your boo. It’s a wishlist must-add.

Thanks to Upbra® for sponsoring this post!