photographer with a knack for writing, passion for food, and a craving for adventure.
Eating Good in Portland, ME
If there's any place I daydream about moving to, Portland, Maine is high as hell on the list. Thankfully I'm close enough to take weekend trips to visit friends - and to say the food there is incredible is the biggest understatement. I'm a sucker for a small city with cute shops and unique food, and Portland hits those nails right on the head. If you're a foodie in any sense of the term, you've gotta check it out, if not only for an afternoon of restaurant hopping! Out of the handful of times I've been up there recently, I already have my favorite spots: read on and enjoy!
My Favorite Treats in Boston
A few years ago I worked in Boston, so I was super close to the city and I found myself exploring a decent amount of the time. One of my favorite things to do was find new spots to eat at, whether they be sit-down restaurants or just places to grab a quick bite to-go. I definitely still have a lot more adventuring to do throughout the city, but through my prior explorations, I've found some of my favorite foods that I want to share! If you ever find yourself in Boston, be sure to check out some of these spots for some awesome treats and meals.
A Foodie's Guide to Pancakes around MA
As a self-proclaimed foodie, I truly can't get enough of going out to eat. I'm the annoying friend who makes everyone wait to eat until I've gotten a good picture of their food - cameras eat first, of course! When I'm not going out to eat, taking a million different pictures of the tablescape, I'm usually looking for new restaurants to visit so I can do just that. And one of my absolute favorite things to do is going out for breakfast - seriously, who doesn't love a big heap of hashbrowns, scrambled eggs, greasy slices of bacon, or my favorite: stacks of huge pancakes?!
Avocado Toast 3 Ways
Avocado toast, the millennials' token meal. For some reason, this particular generation has received a lot of backlash for... liking good food? But in all seriousness, this actually is really, really good food. Avocado toast has been my go-to breakfast for a while now, and since I eat it so frequently, I've discovered some of my favorite versions of this versatile meal. You can make avocado toast for breakfast, lunch, a light dinner, or a nice snack. It's easy and quick to make, a great on-the-go snack, and all around really tasty! Here are some of my favorite recipes that I hope you try out.
Mario Badescu Enzyme Cleansing Gel Review
I've been using this cleansing gel from Mario Badescu ever since I got it as a gift in my stocking for Christmas a couple years ago. It's a best-seller on the Mario Badescu website, and for very good reasons! For way too long I had been wondering why my problem skin was not clearing up, and why my skin always seemed irritated, even though I was washing my face daily. As it turns out, I didn't know that my over-exfoliating was causing the problem. Since I was using an exfoliating wash everyday, instead of just a few times per week, my skin wasn't really improving like I wanted it to. I very quickly realized that I needed to get a face wash that would be gentle on my skin for everyday use, and my mom bought this cleansing gel for me on a whim. I've never been happier with a product than I have been with this one!
Younique Day Moisturizer Review
I had a ton of reservations about Younique products for a very long time, even when my sister started selling makeup as a presenter. I never really felt like I could trust those companies because they all seemed too good to be true, and I wasn't confident in the products enough to buy them for myself. The company is focused more on makeup, and I never really was interested in spending a ton of money on products I didn't know how to use. But when Younique launched their You-ology line, I started getting more interested in their products because they were focused on skin care rather than makeup. My sister started letting me try her personal skin care products from the company's new line, and I ended up buying a few different items of my own. I have to say, the personalized day moisturizer is AMAZING.
Spice Up Your Ramen
Ah, ramen noodles, the staple of every college kid's diet, and a quick, easy, and often boring meal in general. As someone who loves food, has studied culinary arts, and has worked in the food service industry for a while now, I generally try to cook nice meals for myself. But when life gets in the way, I'm on a time crunch, or I'm just feeling kind of lazy, I do like to whip up some ramen and think about how unhealthy I'm being.
The Body Shop Seaweed Gel Cream Review
I’ve struggled with combination skin for pretty much my entire adolescent and adult life, and I’ve always had such a hard time finding decent moisturizers to fit my skin type. In the winter my skin gets ridiculously dry in certain spots, but for basically the rest of the year, my face gets super oily around my nose, forehead, and even my chin. Since my skin is so finicky, especially living in New England with constantly changing seasons, it leaves me really prone to breakouts and shiny skin (the bad kind of shiny—like, greasy shiny). No matter which products I would try, nothing seemed to minimize my oily skin and still help to moisturize the dry spots. It can get really frustrating when you can’t seem to find the right skincare products, even when you spend a bunch of money and time to try to find the best ones.
How Writing Healed Me
I used to feel trapped by the thoughts in my head. Constantly, I would be pushed and pulled back and forth, dragged down by my mind and my heart, not knowing which way was up. I felt like there was no escape, no way to let out all of the bad things, the uneasy feelings, the confusion that weighed heavy on me for so long. So I kept everything inside, and felt like a burden when I opened up to others, even if they told me it wasn’t true. Talking helped, but it also hurt enough to not want to do it too much.