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This past weekend I got to go to my first official fashion show…in London…for London Collections Men *queue all the heart eyes possible*. For a girl that grew up dreaming about New York Fashion Week you can only imagine the excitement of getting to one up that and start in London! Don’t worry, I was all sorts of calm on the outside (for the most part), especially when casually walking into the room past David Gandy and Johannes Huebl.

My boyfriends fantastic older sister hooked it up with tickets to both Agi & Sam and Lou Dalton, both absolutely amazing. It is so fun to see all of the different styles, both from the collections and from the guests at the shows!

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Apologies for some of the blurry pictures!

I think it’s hard to leave these shows without suddenly wanting to become a fashion designer. Overall it was such a great time and I hope that it was the first of many!

xoxo,

Tabatha

The Cotswolds

Ahh the Cotswolds… the place where you are mesmerized by all of the rolling green hills and quaint little towns and simultaneously fear for your life with another car coming at you down the tiny little lanes. It was quite a change of scenery coming here from my little Michigan town but you slowly get used to seeing all of the stone buildings, having pubs instead of chains, and Tesco’s instead of Target’s. The Cotswolds are really just as idyllic as you picture them to be and for that I think everyone needs to make a stop here.

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Welcome to Chavenage House. If you are in the area it is definitely worth the visit!
Chavenage House– I may be a little bit biased, but it is definitely a must-see:)
Got to experience the lovely Badminton Horse Trials at this beautiful estate with my main man. A classic British afternoon!
Got to experience the lovely Badminton Horse Trials at this beautiful estate with my main man. A classic British afternoon!
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Bath, one of my favorite places!
A small version of London, Bath is the perfect mix of shopping and history!
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Afternoon walks at it's finest
Afternoon walks at it’s finest!

The list could go on of places to see and things to do in this part of England. It is definitely worth your visit! Here is to another month of drinking more tea than I could ever imagine and taking in the English life.

xoxo,
Tabatha

To London We Go

If you know me, you know that I have been dying to go to London since I was about 5 years old. Happy to say I finally got to visit last week, and it was just as great as my Parent Trap and Winning London dreams could have imagined!

I think my boyfriend and his brother thought I was a little bit crazy at just how excited I was to be there but I was completely okay with that. We visited a lot of the classic London spots including Trafalgar Square, Notting Hill, Covent Gardens, and Hyde Park, and we could not have asked for better weather! London has officially stolen me and I think I might just pack up and move there now.

Here are some pictures of our day trip to London before we went to the country side of England!

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Vogue London! I about died. Future job goals.

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Buckingham Palace, a must see!

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Trafalgar Square, possibly one of my favorite spots in London!

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I was slightly excited to see my first red double-decker bus:)

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Cappuccinos and Macarons in Covent Gardens aka living the dream

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Hyde Park, what a beaut.

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Can you be in London and not stop through Notting Hill?

All in all, London is perfect and I can’t wait to visit again. Stay tuned for some more England adventures, there have been plenty of them already!

xoxo,

Tabatha

3 Ingredient on-the-go Muffins

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So many people don’t eat breakfast and use the excuse of time. With these 3 ingredient, make ahead muffins, you’ll be able to grab and go without  the mess of crumbs in your car. With protein, potassium, and fiber, they’re everything you need for a great start to the day!

Here’s what you do… mash up one banana, whip in one egg and 1/2 a teaspoon of cinnamon, and bake in a muffin tin at 375 for 13 minutes. That’s it! How easy is that? Never let your morning slip away without key nutrients again.

Enjoy and happy eating!
Until next time,

Tiffany xo

April Favorites

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So I know the month is quite over yet, but I decided it was a good time do my April favorites! I always love reading about what other people were loving this month so I figured I would do one myself. This month I have a mix of beauty favorites and random loves, because why not!

  1. Seche Vite top coat. This top coat is by far my favorite one I have ever tried. It gives you the look of having shellac without having the nightmare of trying to take it off later! My nails chip SO easy and this helps them stay for 4-5 days (that’s a long time for my nails).
  2. Green Tea. For those of you that don’t’ know me, I am a very big fan of tea. Green tea is so incredibly good for you but it can sometimes be a little bit bland. If you are trying to join the green tea life but need something with a little bit more kick this is definitely for you! It is a blend of Jade, citrus, and mint, which packs in so much flavor. I add a little bit of honey to mine and that’s it!
  3. Naked 3 Eye Palette. I have had this palette for a long time now, but I kind of fell out of love with it for a while. I picked it back up this month and forgot how much I love it! They have such great shades and these shadows blend so nicely. And the brush that comes with it is definitely under-rated!
  4. Jess Glynne. This is a random one, but this month I have been obsessed with her! If you have not listened to her music, go take a minute right now. She has been on repeat everyday for me!
  5. Bvlgari Omnia Crystalline. This is probably my favorite perfume I have ever owned! I know it is on the expensive side, but it is worth it. I am a big scent person so I have quite a few perfumes. This is not my everyday perfume, I save it for nights out or special occasions, but i’m obsessed!

Now let’s hear some of your April favorites!

xoxo,
Tabatha

Grillin’ Out!

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What is better than a summer night grill out? The windows open, the cool summer breeze, and the smell of some good food grilling. You can’t beat it. Us Michiganders especially love it when the weather takes a turn for the better because it usually won’t last long! Everyone knows the usual grill items…burgers, chicken, steak…but how about pizzas?! My husband and I love our pizza nights, and grilling them makes it feel like a gourmet meal. Pair it with some good wine and have yourself a good time!

On our pizzas we love the traditional items: sauce, green pepper, onion…the usual. But this week we tried something new. With pesto as our base we added chicken, cheese, green pepper, onion, and fire roasted tomatoes on top. And I must say, it was de-lish! Just find some whole wheat pita bread, toast one side on the grill for about 30 seconds then take it off the grill and add your toppings to the toasted side. Place back on the grill until it’s finished to your liking. So simple but SO good! Bon appetite!

Until next time,

Tiffany xo

5 Ways to Up your Packing Game

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Although there are very few benefits of being in a long-distance relationship, getting to go to England happens to be one of those benefits (and the only one at that) in my case! Coming up in a few weeks I will be saying goodbye to little West Michigan and hello to England! Although I am more than looking forward to finally seeing my boyfriend, meeting his family, and living out my Mary-Kate and Ashley dreams, (Winning London anyone?) with traveling inevitably comes…packing. I don’t know about you, but packing for a month long trip to a place that you’ve never been is not the easiest task, especially when you are a person that likes to be prepared for everything. I know I did a tips post last week, but this one seemed fitting! So here are a few tips that I have gathered when it comes to long travel packing!

  1. Plan! I both love and hate my incessant need to plan (I guess that’s why I’m getting a degree in it), but in this case, it works to my advantage. I know this sounds crazy but I will  physically put on outfits and take pictures of them ahead of time so I know exactly what to pack. This helps me find multiple outfits around one top which in the end leads to less clothing to pack.
  2. Be monochromatic (shocking coming from me, I know). This one is pretty easy for me as most of my closet consists of blacks, grays, and whites, but it makes mix-matching SO much easier. By keeping it all in the same color-family you are (almost) completely worry free about not matching. I like to every once in a while add pops of color in lipstick, scarves, and maybe one or two tops.
  3. Know what’s most important to you. By this I mean…decide whether you can go without that fifth pair of shoes in order to take two extra jackets, and visa-versa. Unfortunately, you can’t take everything.
  4. Watch the weather. This is a big one for me as I am cold well….99% of the time. I can ask my boyfriend as many times as I want what kind of clothes I should bring, but he is a personal heater so I can’t take his advice to heart too much. I watch the weather to basically know how many layers I should plan on wearing because let’s be real, no one likes being cold.
  5. Last but not least, don’t stress. Traveling is fun and although I like to be prepared, I try my best not to over think it. You can always wash and re-wear your clothes and you can buy clothes there (this happens anyways) if need be.

Maybe I am crazy and think way too much into packing, but hey, to each their own. I thoroughly enjoy packing because I know it means I am getting to travel, and to me that makes it all worth it!

P.S. I will be in London for a couple of nights and then I will also be in Edinburgh for a few nights so if anyone has any must-sees, feel free to comment below!

xoxo,
Tabatha

Sweet-Tater Butternut Squash Hash

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Who doesn’t love comfort food? I might love it just a little too much, but this healthy hash will keep you coming back for more! It’s simple, it’s quick, it’s delicious!

Here’s what you do:

Peel and cube sweet potatoes and butternut squash (as much as you want) and toss in olive oil. Lightly salt and bake (covered) at 425 for 30 minutes. Drizzle with maple syrup when finished and enjoy! A healthy comfort food that keeps you full without the guilt! And who doesn’t love that?

Happy eating everyone!
Until next time,

Tiffany xo

5 Tips to a Better Blonde

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For those of you who, like me, have bleached hair…you know the struggle. Because bleach is stripping your hair of color, with that it is taking out the protein. All of this adds up to beautifully light but dreadfully dry hair. Since bleaching my hair for the first time, I have figured out a few ways to {do my best} keep my hair as healthy as I can!

  1. Don’t wash your hair everyday! I repeat, do not wash your hair everyday. This really goes for anyone, bleached or not bleached. When you shampoo your hair you are stripping the hair of it’s natural oils and doing that everyday will only lead to more dry hair. This is where the beauty of dry-shampoo comes in. Use it!
  2. Hair masks are your best friend. There are a lot of hair masks out on the market, but my personal favorite is easy and simple coconut oil  {we are obsessed with coconut oil, I know}. The night before I wash my hair I will put in a good amount from ends to about half way up. Avoid the scalp so you don’t get too greasy! This will help keep your hair soft and shiny.
  3. Regular trims. I know there are many differing opinions on this, but I am a big believer in getting a trim ever 6-8 weeks. The only {and I mean only} way to get rid of split ends is to get them cut off. Now i’m not saying you have to go get three inches cut off, but keeping your hair trimmed every couple of months helps eliminate some of the damage and prevents it from splitting even further.
  4. Don’t skimp on your shampoo and conditioner! Listen, i’m a broke college student, I understand the want to buy cheap shampoo and conditioner because it goes so quick. However, hair is one of the things that I am willing to spend more on because it is worth it! When you buy the generic brands from drugstores, they are adding layers of “wax” to your hair that is in the end only going to prevent your hair from living it up to its full potential. Spend the extra money and get a quality shampoo and conditioner, your hair will thank you for it. p.s. My all time fav is Moroccanoil!
  5. Top tip: no heat! I know this is a hard one for many people. But I do everything in my power to keep from having to use heat on my hair {blow drying included}. I always let me hair air-dry and I have figured out ways to curl my hair through twisting and pinning it rather than having to use a curling iron. Not only do heat products damage your hair, but they also can ruin your color. I’m challenging all of you to find your own ways to skip out on heat at least half the week! Braid it, bun it, do whatever you have to!

These are just a few things that I do to keep my hair as healthy as possible, try them out and let me know what you think!

xoxo,
Tabatha

Healthy Pancakes

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Per a request by a reader, I bring you healthy pancakes! These dense and delicious cakes have protein, fiber, and other nutrients that will give you the fuel you need to start your day, plus the fiber and protein will keep you full for longer. Here’s what you do…

Mix together:

  • 1 mashed banana
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 tsp honey
  • 1 tbsp peanut butter
  • 2 tbsp whole wheat flour

Cook on low-medium heat in a non-stick pan with coconut oil. Cook slowly in order to avoid burning and top with the fruit of your choice. Makes about 3 pancakes. Happy eating!

Until next time,

Tiffany xo