Stephanie is a writer who resides in Maryland with her boyfriend, their daughter, and their two orange tabby cats, Slam and Allie. She loves the beach, boardwalk, Barn 34’s pancakes, and soft-serve ice cream in Ocean City, MD.
They’re Awesome! Totally Awesome!!: Sydney Hale Fragrance Samples
I first came across Sydney Hale when I visited the nearest Anthropologie in Bethesda, Maryland on July 4, 2020. Their candles were in the Terrain store, near the beginning of the entrance, before you walk into the store. They smelled heavenly. My favorites were Oaked Bitter Orange, Bergamot + Black Tea, and Wild Blueberry. Oaked Bitter Orange is reminiscent of the warm, woodsy, and spicy Frankincense oil that I used in high school that calmed my nerves and helped me focus on my studies. Bergamot + Black Tea smells like Stella McCartney’s STELLA, without the hefty price tag. Wild Blueberry is a wonderful citrusy and refreshing unisex scent.
The Best Restaurants in Golden, Colorado for People with Food Allergies
Whether you’re a visitor or a local to Golden, CO, you no longer have to skip breakfast, lunch or dinner at one of the restaurants nearby after your hike at the scenic Lookout Mountain because your food allergies make it too daunting to dine out. Bon appetit!
My Skincare Regimen
Ah, in my young adult years from 1992 to 1998, my skin was a major source of pride that remained constant. In spite of forgetting to wash my face before bed or being too tired to do so, my skin was virtually flawless. I hardly ever broke out. I only needed a dab of foundation here and there on my face. Too bad I didn’t have the confidence to appreciate it more at the time.
How, When, and Why I Became a Vegetarian
Becoming a vegetarian was actually easier than I thought it would be. I never cared for fatty meat. There’s nothing worse than enjoying your tasty and supposedly lean beef and then suddenly, you bite into some hard, fatty gristle and it’s so gross that you have to spit it out into a napkin, and it just ruins the whole meal. What’s even worse than that? Fatty, dark chicken. You’re savoring it and then you break it up into smaller, more manageable pieces to chew. It’s not a pretty sight. There’s nothing but veins, arteries, and squishy gobs of fat and you have no choice but to stop eating it and pitch it.
The Best Inflation-Friendly Luxury Body Washes and Scrubs
I love my shower time. It’s my time to unwind as I wash and exfoliate away the worries of the day. These luxury body washes and scrubs will make you feel relaxed and refreshed and ready for a good night’s sleep. And they’re all inflation-friendly too. How awesome is that?!
Rating LÓccitane's Body Washes from Best to Worst
I have a confession to make: I love LÓccitane’s products, especially their body wash. Luxury body wash is a great way to unwind from a stressful or lousy day and to lather up with warm water in the shower on a cold winter’s day. I like to try the smaller sizes, if I can, first. LÓccitane’s stuff isn’t cheap and buying the smaller sizes is a great way to sample their scents without going broke and to figure out which ones are your favorites so you can buy them in the larger sizes in the future and which ones aren’t worth spending the extra cash on. Here are LÓccitane’s body washes from best to worst in their small sizes and these prices are inflation-friendly too.
The Updated List of the Best Body Washes and Scrubs for Every Type of Budget
I love my shower time. It’s my time to unwind as I wash and exfoliate away the worries of the day, including yet another variant that is prolonging the misery of COVID and the uncertainty of the upcoming new year. Regardless of your budget, these body washes and scrubs will make you feel relaxed and refreshed and ready for a good night’s sleep. And most of them are inflation-friendly too. How awesome is that?!
More Overpriced and Overrated Body Washes
With the Delta variant of COVID prolonging the pandemic and thus, making it feel like there’s no end in sight, there is nothing more important to me than a good shower. And I’m sure I’m far from alone in this sentiment. However, it is time to round up more disappointing and expensive body washes and scrubs that fail to make your shower experience a relaxing and rejuvenating one. Bypassing these body washes and body scrubs for better ones will put approximately $140 back into your pocket. Trust me, every cent counts in the midst of this awful inflation.
Hala, My Light in Shining Armor
Hala is an Arabic female given name, which means “the aura of light around the moon.” I had the pleasure and the good fortune of meeting Hala in 2014. Her household, which consisted of her dad, her, and their two cats, was filled with a lot of love. That was one of the first and main things I remember immediately. My family, as well as my household, was smarting from its share of loss and had therefore, become less than ideal to deal with and live in. I was missing a lot of much-needed love in my life and Hala and her family filled that void by loving me unconditionally — for who I was.
We Need to Stop Normalizing Woody Allen’s Creepy Behavior
Today, we’re going to have a look at Woody Allen’s relationship in the 1979 film, Manhattan, in which his character, Isaac Davis, is a 42-year-old writer who is dating 17-year-old Tracy (Mariel Hemingway), a college-bound high school student. No one around them in the film bats an eyelash, raises an eyebrow or does a double take in regard to this strange relationship. At the time, most of the critics, male and female — lauded the film, with no mention of this relationship being downright creepy. Mariel Hemingway has never looked more beautiful in the black and white cinematography and the Gershwin music is romantic and wistful, but it doesn’t take away from the fact that the normalization of this relationship is downright weird and unsettling. Although Mariel Hemingway says she had a positive experience in working with Allen, she does admit that he was the first person she ever kissed and that she was worried about this onscreen kiss for weeks. What’s even more disturbing is that she admits that he attacked her like she was a linebacker while they were practicing the kiss.
AFI Silver Theatre & Cultural Center’s Re-Opening Doesn’t Look Promising
I’ll admit it. I’m a total film nerd. And so is my longtime boyfriend. The both of us actually caught one another’s eye at Adam Spector’s Cinema Lounge/D.C. Film Society. The topic was whether or not you could separate Woody’s Allen’s professional life from his personal life. This was in the midst of he and Mia Farrow’s adopted daughter, Dylan Farrow, coming out with her sexual abuse allegations against him. I took the unpopular position that, yes, it mattered — what he did in his personal life and that he shouldn’t get a pass for being a creative and artistic genius. “Oh, my God! You guys are such dorks!!” our daughter exclaimed when we told her how we met. Nearly seven years later, I’m happy to report that Paul and I are still together and that we’ll always be forever grateful to Adam Spector and his group for bringing the two of us together.