Does Dry Brushing Really Work: Benefits & Tips

Does Dry Brushing Really Work: Benefits & Tips

Happy Thursday Everyone!

A.K.A. Happy Rupaul’s Drag Race Day!

Today on the blog we’re going to talk about something a little gimmick-y that you may (or may not) have been wondering about.. dry brushing.

What is it? Why should we care? And does it really work? Are all questions I wondered myself and will be answering for you today! So let’s get right into it and learn a thing or two about this little technique!

What is dry brushing?

Okay, so for those of you that are unfamiliar with it dry brushing is basically just taking a bristled brush to your bare skin and brushing in a specific direction to maximize on health benefits. These benefits include exfoliation and stimulation of the lymphatic system (amongst others that will be touched upon later).

Brushes can be found literally anywhere but I purchased mine from Amazon. They can have a long handle to get to hard to reach places on the back or they can be hand held. Mine is hand held, but maybe in the future I’ll look into getting a different one.

Although you can get your brush practically anywhere (Target, T. J. Maxx, Walmart, etc.), be aware that some may be softer than others. The one I got from Amazon is perfect for me. It isn’t uncomfortable at all; however, for those that have dry brushed before, it may even be considered too soft. Moral of the story is, is that the brush shouldn’t be so rough that it’s breaking your skin when being used, but some redness is normal!

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How do you dry brush?

I, as well as many others, would most likely recommend dry brushing before you shower. In this way you then just want to take your brush and go in vertical sweeping motions starting at the feet and working your way up towards the heart.

I normally will go pretty quick up my legs, move on to my arms, and then take some time on more sensitive areas around the belly.

Many people will then take their shower as usual and then afterwards apply a natural oil. I normally just stick to a moisturizer because I’m picky about what kinds of smells I put on my body, and I still think I’ve noticed results!

Dry brushing is normally recommended a few times a week in order to see the maximum results and I would have to agree. I do it about 3 times per week and for me, this seems to be a good amount (:

Benefits to Dry Brushing

1. Exfoliation

Okay this is a no brainer, right? You’re literally rubbing all over your skin with a (soft) bristled brush. Obviously any dead skin cells are going to get demolished.

For me, this is the most noticeable benefit. Beware: The first time you dry brush, your skin will probably freak and look mega scale-y/dry afterwards but don’t worry, after a few times and some good moisturization (is this a word??), you’re skin will be soft and glowy in no time.

2. Lymphatic System Drainage

The lymphatic system is just another one of the body’s systems and is crucial for detoxification of tissues. Therefore drainage is important to ensure buildup doesn’t occur. When dry brushing, there are specific areas and circular motions you can do to target your lymph nodes and help promote that drainage.

Will you know you’re doing it? I’m still not sure I’ve seen a difference but I like to think it’s good for my body (:

3. Reduction of Cellulite, Improved Muscle Tone, and Unclogged Pores

Again, this one is still out for determination. I mentioned earlier that you definitely do exfoliate your skin so maybe this is a ‘side effect’ of that? Maybe, dare I say, placebo? Most likely yes, but again it’s worth a try, right? You’re getting other really good benefits so if this is just another one, then you can’t really go wrong!

If this is something you would be interested in, you might want to try specific oils that can help!

As far as unclogged pores are concerned? I can see this being a benefit. Again, I can’t actually know for sure but you’re exfoliating your skin and in my mind I can just see the pores of your skin finally being able to breathe.

Allegedly this unclogging of the pores will aid with better digestion too, which is something my very poor digestive system would like to believe is happening (:

4. Improved Circulation

Because you’re brushing your skin, the abrasive-ness of the movements help to bring blood to the surface of your skin. In addition to this, because of the way it is suggested to brush the skin, in short strokes towards the heart, it is helping even more move that blood.

This definitely happens, you might not necessarily be feeling the benefits of this in the moment but it’s just common sense that this is good for your skin and overall health!

5. Stress Relief

Okay this one is kind of a stretch but it could be a benefit. If nothing else, I will let you all know that dry brushing just feels good. It’s like an itch you can’t scratch and then all of a sudden you hit that sweet spot and it’s all good again.

Also, like I mentioned before, many people opt to do this right before jumping into the shower so after a majorly long day, this becomes a ritual people look forward to in order to just decompress.

I’m definitely not claiming dry brushing will solve your problems, but it’s become an unexpected treat in my grooming routine and I’m sure it is for many others as well.

My Opinion

I never really thought I would be saying this but.. I love it. Not only does it just feel good to do before you take a shower, it definitely has approved the appearance of my legs (perfectly in time for the summer months). Because you’re exfoliating the skin, I find that when I shave it gets closer to the root and that I actually have to then do it even less.. which that’s the real goal here, right? My legs are glowy and moisturized in a way they never have been before and considering the only thing I’ve changed is adding this to my routine, I can confidently say dry brushing is certainly worth it.

I’m not sure if it really does reduce the appearance of cellulite, but considering all of the other benefits that you are going to get, it’s worth it to try out. Maybe I’m just not using the right oil to get the maximum effect, but because I’m truly just not that big into oils to begin with, that’s alright.

My only regret is not taking before and after pictures to show you guys, but I guess you’ll just have to take my word for it please and thank you (:

What do you guys think? Is this just a placebo effect or is it the real deal? How many of you dry brush already and how many of you think you might start trying it? Let me know in the comments below!

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Until next time,

xx.Britani Skye

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What’s In My Carry-on Bag: Disney Edition

What’s In My Carry-on Bag: Disney Edition

Happy Friday Everyone!

As you all may know, I’m in Disney World this week! Of course, I’m taking some time to just enjoy the trip for now and cannot WAIT to be bringing y’all some story times soon, but in the meanwhile I thought it’d be fun to show off my carry-on bag essentials!

I don’t travel an excessive amount; however, I’ve been lucky enough to have gone somewhere in the world in which a plane is involved a few times within the past few years, and since I’m older now, it’s my responsibility to pack my own bag with my very own essentials. So since I recently had to prioritize packing, I thought it would be fun to show you all some of my carry-on necessities: Disney Edition.

So without further ado, let’s get right into it!

The Necessities

1. A reading book

I seriously will never travel without a book in my backpack. True, sometimes it doesn’t get touched as much as I would like it to, but you also can’t go wrong with this. No matter where you are or whether there is good cell connection or wifi, a book has always got your back. I truly can’t tell you how many times they’ve saved me from boredom and have also helped me stay a little less connected to the interwebs, something that I definitely appreciate when on a vacation.

This trip I’ll be bringing along the second book in The Darkest Minds trilogy, Never Fade. For anyone looking for book recommendations, I would 10/10 suggest this series for all of my dystopian society lovers out there (:

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2. Headphones

This is another life saver. Although I typically listen exclusively to Spotify and sometimes when in the air am unable to access all of my music, I just am one of those people who needs to have background noise. I can blast some tunes, get into my own groove, and either close my eyes or focus on something else like the previously mentioned book.

They’re also a necessity for me considering I’m a YouTube watching fiend and when in a hotel room or in the airport, I can’t expect everyone around me wants to listen to Shane Dawson or my favorite makeup gurus and their latest make up reviews, so these are seriously a lifesaver for me!

3. Sweatshirt

You never know what the temperature is going to be when you’re in the air. Even if I’m flying somewhere super warm like Jamaica, it’s still pretty probable that it’ll get a little chilly half way through your flight. And trust me, I find nothing more uncomfortable than having goosebumps and the chills for any longer than like, 3 seconds.

You can see where this is going, right? Bring a jacket! Even if you don’t use it, you’ll regret it even more if you find yourself wanting one. Bonus Jonas: They can double as a pillow too if needed!

4. Sunglasses

Who doesn’t want to pretend you’re a celebrity in the making? Or at least that’s what I think I am when I’m wearing sunglasses 24/7. Although these are something you could definitely pack in your luggage, I just find I prefer them to be on me just in the event that I find myself needing them. It’s kind of similar to the sweatshirt mentioned above.. I’d be kicking myself even more if I forgot them!

Now, I know Kanye’s lowkey a little controversial right now, but I still totally stand with him and when he says big glasses are out, you listen. Check out this pair I snagged from H&M for super cheap. They’re very chic and although they are, dare I say.. trendy, in black I just feel like you can’t go wrong! (:

5. A wallet

This is a no-brainer. You literally can’t go anywhere without it. It carries ID and money and that’s pretty much all you need it for, but at least everything is in one place!

The Electronics

1. My laptop

As sad as this is, sometimes I really don’t think I could function without this bad boy. It has my entire life on it, and leaving it behind just feels odd. Even though on vacation I know I won’t be using it to the extent that I’m used to at home or in school, I still just like to have it in those ‘just in-case’ moments. Plus, it’s a bigger screen to watch my YouTube videos so it’s a win-win, right?

2. GoPro

This is new and unique to this trip. I recently went out on a limb and purchased a GoPro because I really wanted to get a ton of vlog footage for both the blog and eventually a little travel diary. Disney is one of my favorite places to visit and I thought it would be a good chance to get creative with my free time and I can’t wait to see what comes of it. In addition to the camera, I’ll have a few little accessories such as a back up battery and handheld tripod to (hopefully) make filming just a little bit easier.

Obviously I’ll keep y’all updated on how the process goes but I’m optimistic that this will be a really good investment for vlogging in the future!

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3. Polaroid

This is lowkey very unnecessary but a fun extra. I really enjoy taking my polaroid camera on trips but I’m infamous for forgetting about it or not taking the time to get the right shots with it, but where better to change that attitude than in Disney, am I right? I’ll also be bringing some extra film and a little carrying case for it, so it won’t be a hassle to lug around the parks (:

The Disney Essentials

1. Autograph book

One of my favorite Disney traditions is always the autographs. My mom got me a special book this year for Christmas and I can’t wait to start filling it asap. You can see it’s a storybook/autograph combo and I really love it so much. Some of the people I most want to meet include: Peter Pan (this shouldn’t be a surprise), Gaston, Rapunzel, and all of the Winnie the Pooh friends!

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2. Minnie Ears

I’ve gotta include these. They’re pretty much going to be an extension of my body for this entire trip and for that reason will definitely be packed in my carry-on. You better believe they’ll be on my head the minute we touch down in Florida and I’m so so so excited. They’re beyond cute and I love that they’re sequined, taking a classic take on the normal Minnie Ears. In my opinion, these are an essential for any day in the parks!

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The ‘Just In-Cases’

1. Extra clothes

This is just a precaution in the event that your luggage goes MIA. The probability of that happening is low, but you also don’t want to be stuck wearing the same underwear all week, right? So do yourself a favor and pack at least one back up plan outfit. Again, you won’t regret it in the event that something DOES happen.

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2. Gum

I tend to not chew gum, but I am often around those who do and they really appreciate when you’re able to offer them a piece. It’s also a good thing to have on a plane and can help with the pressure built up in your ears!

3. Chapstick

When you’re going some place sunny, you always want to keep those lips moisturized and protected. There is seriously nothing worse than burnt, crusty lips. So you can bet I bring not one, not two, but at least three of these bad boys anywhere I go.

I got this pack of Hatchimals chapsticks from T.J. Maxx and it was a steal and a half. They’re so cute and yummy!

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Luckily, a flight from PA to FL is pretty short so there isn’t a need to pack anything big like blankets or neck pillows. For me, I get to pack the things that I could possibly need or can’t bear to part with (my laptop). I also don’t need to worry about things that I would normally pack such as a passport or sunscreen since I’m not leaving the country and my mom will be handling the ‘boring’ stuff.

What are some of the things you all make sure gets in your carry-on bag? Who are some Disney characters you’d like to meet/get an autograph from? Let me know in the comments below and be sure to follow me on Instagram @manhattanskye to stay up-to-date with our Disney adventures!

Until next time..

xx.Britani Skye

Is ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’ *REALLY* Worth It?

Is ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’ *REALLY* Worth It?

Happy Wednesday Everyone!

Today on the blog is another storytime/review hybrid that I wanted to set free into the world, as it’s something some of us probably idealize on the daily.. a boujee Sunday brunch surrounded by your socialite friends and a neck dripping with pearls.. or maybe that’s just me? I’m not sure, but I’m going to give y’all the 411 on what it’s ACTUALLY like to snag a spot in the coveted Blue Box Cafe and if it’s really worth it! So stay tuned and let’s jump right into it!

Okay, so as you all know, I’m fortunate enough to say I get to go to the city lots of times each year. So of course, I like to keep each time interesting and am always looking for new (and instagram-worthy) things to do! This time around, the Blue Box Cafe had my attention.

To be honest, I didn’t know much about it, other than that I wanted to go, so I did a super quick search for it on the inter-webs and quickly learned these are reservations you need to make 30 days in advance. Of course, that’s no biggie, but that’s also really important to know if you want to live it up in this little cafe for the day. Tables open up at 9 a.m. EST for the next month and let me tell y’all, they go quick. It definitely helps to have your credit card info saved on your computer and to know exactly what time you’d like to go and how many people will be attending before the reservations are made available. Otherwise, you’ll just be scrambling around and gasping like a fish out of water when all of a sudden ‘I’m sorry, but this time slot is no longer available’ pops up on your screen. So yes, have a plan A, B, C, and maybe even D if you want to be super prepared, because chances are the time you want to go is the time everyone else wants to go too and spoiler alert.. the cafe is NOT that big so the tables will get swiped up in no time flat.

Also, it’s important to note you probably can’t just walk into Tiffany’s and expect to have a table if you didn’t make the reservation. I watched them turn down multiple people who were trying to butter up the hostesses, and unfortunately unless you know someone mega important, I truly don’t think they’ll even bat an eye at having to tell y’all no.

So anyways, stressful reservation making aside, I had a table for my boyfriend and I on March 24th for 1:15pm. Mission Accomplished.

Okay so fast forward to the actual day in NYC. Seth and I arrived with a few minutes to spare and we were taken up in the elevator to the fourth floor. To actually get to the cafe itself, you have to walk through the first part of the floor which is littered with sparkly china, smelly candles, and keepsake mugs. Finally, you get to the hostess and upon confirmation of your name, they seat you pretty promptly.

Like I said, the cafe is TINY. I don’t know why I didn’t expect this, but it couldn’t have been more than 1/4 of the entire floor. It maybe held 20 tables tops and not every table could fit more than two people. That being said, I fell in love with the ambiance almost immediately. It’s sophisticated, very aesthetically pleasing, and a combination of calm, liveliness all at the same time.

They have everything set out for you at the table when you arrive, it’s the classic Tiffany blue plates and mugs in combination with an Erlenmeyer flask holding two flowers in the middle of the table. I’d be lying if I told you it wasn’t pretty to look at, but get your insta pics quick because as soon as they know what you want to eat they swipe it all up and take it away from the table. This low-key devastated me. I had barely been in the cafe more than 5-10 minutes and I already missed my first opportunity to capture what I came for.

The menu they have is pretty simple. For each category they have a few options to choose from. Breakfast is $29, lunch is $39, and drinks/desserts have their own individual pricing. Seth and I decided on lunch considering our reservation was in the late afternoon and I think we were both hungry for something that was more along the lines of a meal than just some classic brekkie, although yes, I do know I’m letting all my ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’ fans down by settling for anything OTHER than the avocado toast, scone, and tea assortment offered.

For drinks, we both ordered a refresher. Sethy went with the Emerald and I went with the Red Opal Spritz. The former consisted of honeydew, cucumber, parsley, and granny smith apples while the latter consisted of cranberry, lime, and honey. I wasn’t blown away by the drinks. I thought Sethy’s was weird because of the parsley and mine was a little sour, but they were cute and I guess a part of the experience. Alone, I probably wouldn’t drink them again, but with some food, they weren’t the worst.

We both went for the Blue Box Chopped Salad as our starter. To be honest? It was actually pretty good. I’m a particularly picky eater and this seemed to be the safest thing on the starter menu for me. It’s basically some leafy greens, bell peppers, feta cheese, and sriracha. The portion size is pretty small, but considering the main dish is still to come I wasn’t particularly bothered by that.

Then, for the main part of our meal, I ordered the Fifty-Seventh Street Flatbread and Sethy ordered the CLT club sandwich. So, like, hear me out. I ordered the flatbread with tomato and fresh mozzarella… and like the fool that I am, I expected it to be raw. So when they bring out the epitome of a pizza, I’m literally shocked (for more reasons than one). First of all, I gave up pizza for lent, and like, HOW am I supposed to just tell the people at Tiffany’s that I just can’t eat this? I can’t. And secondly, WHY is Tiffany’s making pizza? Isn’t it a little boujee for that? Nevertheless, I’m not proud to admit this.. but it was delicious. I’m not saying it beats a slice of greasy pizzaria pizza (shoutout to Prince Street), but it was yummy either way. I would say Seth’s sandwich was just okay. I kind of thought it was lacking flavor and honestly I think he might agree.

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**Bonus Jonas: Peep the look on my face the moment I realized I ordered a pizza during lent**

So by the end of the meal, can I say it was really worth $39 per person + what we paid for drinks? No. It’s really not.

The food is okay, it’s nothing special. To be the most honest, I would have probably been happier with a Taco Bell $5 box and a Baja Blast Freeze. The service is suuuuuper slow and the people working don’t really treat the customers as though those in ‘fine dining’ would. Not only that, but sometimes the lighting depending on where you are sitting is kind of wonky and therefore the instagram pictures that you’re probably going for are hard to get and the ones you do get might leave you unsatisfied.

Of course, there’s no way to know all this and I think the experience was worth while, but rest assured, that’s probably the first and last time I’ll ever be going and I don’t even think I would recommend this before some of my other favorite cafes in the city to my friends.

But what do you guys think? Have you been there and what are your opinions? Is it worth it for a die-hard fan? A boujee brunch lover? Or is it all just hype? Let me know in the comments below (:

P.S. Enjoy this very brief picture featuring my outfit for the day! The dress is from ASOS and I was seriously head-over-heels obsessed after first sight!

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And..

Until next time,

xx.Britani Skye

Storytime: Romping with Rhinos

Storytime: Romping with Rhinos

Happy Wednesday Everyone!

Today on Manhattan Skye let’s all say a big hallelujah to the Earth and I’ll tell you a quick little story time about my new friend Tony, a 16 year old Southern White Rhinoceros living at the Philadelphia Zoo (Originally from Texas, and named Antonio, he had to be called something a little more Philadelphia-ized).

Okay, now hear me out, I know it’s low-key twisted to be visiting a zoo on Earth Day, but that’s what went down and so obviously I had to make the best of it. Also, fun fact, rhinos have been my favorite animals since like the 5th grade and I was beyond thrilled to see that the zoo offered a behind the scenes tour with their very sweet rhino.

Also, a quick disclaimer** I am by no means advocating for rhinos as pets, although I do, and will continue to, describe Tony to you all as a big dog. I know and recognize that he is a wild animal, and that in my heart all animals like this belong in the wild; however, I cannot deny that experiences like these are special and may even be necessary to inspire a movement in people. Okay.. enough of that, let’s get to the main event: My main man, Tony. (:

Now, from the website you kind of get the gist that the rhino likes to be brushed but you don’t really get much else. I kind of went in with the mind set that I most likely wouldn’t be able to touch it directly with my hands and that the whole experience might be 10 minutes tops, but I’m so happy to say that couldn’t be further from the truth.

Basically, once there we were taken behind the gates and met with Tony’s keeper. She was eager to answer any questions from the group and definitely was an expert in rhinos, she was seriously able to answer anything! She then briefed us pretty quickly on how we should brush Tony once he comes over and that we were even encouraged to rub him with our hands as well if we wanted.

And just like that we were out and behind a few poles waiting for Tony’s arrival. His keeper told us that he’s trained by audio cues considering rhinos’ eyesight is so poor. So when she rings the bell, he’s expected to come to wherever the noise is. Honestly? It wasn’t looking good for a little while. Tony was just chilling in his area and was doing a pretty good job at ignoring his cue. I kind of had to get a laugh out of that though because they prefaced the meeting by saying he’s basically a big dog, and I know my dog at home would do the same thing. Whenever you want them to listen, they do the exact opposite..

But after the third bell ring, Tony was up and on his way over to us.

In addition to being taught to come in response to an audio cue, he’s also taught to stand at a certain distance from the barrier in order to get his behavior reinforced with pets. His keeper let us know that he isn’t particularly food motivated but that he really loves getting rubbed and that’s why we got to help with that; however, if Tony ever got too far from the poles we had to stop petting him so that he knew being at that length was wrong.

Being up close to a rhino is just so incredible. You see them in a way you never would just in pictures or videos alone. I noticed things like their eyelashes, the little hairs sticking up from his horn, the texture of his skin and how it changes from tough to soft depending on whether its on his back or face, and even how adorably shaped his big feet were.

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After he had enough of our brushing on one side, Tony let us know it was time to switch it up and he did a little half circle so we could get the other side. He was just so sweet. Depending on where his face was, his keeper let us touch around his forehead and cheek area. He wasn’t a fan of his ears being scratched but they were just another thing about him that made me fall in love — the way they swiveled to their surrounding sounds and how he would react to beeping noises echoing throughout the zoo was just one of the things that would sometimes catch it attention. He was just so aware and smart, and had his very own personality. It was just the best. He was truly a big goober as his keeper might say.

His keeper also taught us how he rubs down his horn himself against the poles and the wood posts around his enclosure, as well as the little toys he has to push around. She showed us how depending upon the way he plays in his enclosure, how he also sometimes will hurt himself. More specifically, he uses his forehead to spar and sometimes will get little scrapes and scratches there because of it.

After plenty of pets, rubs, pictures, and memories it was sadly time to say goodbye to Tony. Since he had moved a little far from the poles we had to stand behind, we all shook his horn and thanked him for being so wonderful. We were led away from his enclosure and taken back into the main part of the zoo where we continued to enjoy the rest of our day.

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Overall, I really enjoyed my time at the Philly Zoo. Honestly, there are moments that I do feel sad because an animals looks as though it wants to be somewhere else, but I have hope that they have keepers who care and want to do what is best for them despite the situation. It’s been such a long time since I had last been, that I forgot exactly what they had there and I truly loved getting to watch how the animals interacted with one another (especially the monkeys).

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At the end of the day, if I could recommend anything to you all, it would just be to take the time to explore these animals more. They are in danger of becoming extinct and their protection is so important. So for the sake of wanting to show my great grandchildren one day the beautifulness that is the rhino (or whatever animal you may be passionate about) let’s all just take a moment to recognize what the problem is and try to make conscious decisions on how we can help/move forward.

I know this was a quick little story time, but it was such a fun experience that I wanted to let you all know! Maybe there are behind the scene tours at your local zoo, as well as ways to get involved in the preservation/conservation of species close to home! Let me know what you think in the comments below, as well as what your favorite animal is!

I’ll be seeing y’all in the next one, but..

Until next time,

xx.Britani Skye

10 Reasons to Be Excited About March

10 Reasons to Be Excited About March

Happy Wednesday Everyone!

Can we believe it is the very last day of February already? As I sadly pack away all of the pink and red pieces in my life, I’m taking a few moments to remind myself why I should be excited for this next month! And spoiler alert.. there are TONS of reasons!

I love taking time out of my day to think about the little things that make me happy and excited, and doing this fulfilled that. So I encourage you to both read on, but make a little list of your own about why you should be excited for the next day, week, or month!

And.. enough chit chat, let’s get right into it!

1. The First Day of Spring! — March 20th

Who doesn’t love the idea of leaving winter behind come March? I’m ready to soak in the sun, take walks outside, and see all of the flowers sprout. Granted, all of that might not happen outside of my head, but it’s the idea that gets me really pumped.

Plus, for all of those on the east coast, can I get a shoutout for free Rita’s on the 1st Day of Spring?? Holla (:

2. Spring Break!!

Whether you’re going on an elaborate trip or just taking the week off at home, I love the idea of a little break. Especially as a college student, sometimes we need some TLC with our dogs and a homemade meal from our mom. ‘Nuff said.

This spring break I’ll be going to Jamaica on a mission trip. I’m extremely excited and can’t wait to see what the trip will bring. I’m sure it will be eye-opening and even tough at times, but I know that with the faith of God I will be able to open my heart and mind.

3. Mint EVERYTHING!

I’m talking mint nails, mint sweaters, mint sneakers, and mint drinks. It’s the perfect color for March and one that I don’t often acknowledge (sorry, purple is my go-to, always.)! So I look forward to taking total advantage and sporting the shade here, there, and everywhere (:

4. St. Patrick’s Day! — March 17th

Okay, this holiday is definitely underrated (or at least in my world it is)! I remember when I was super young and would set up little traps for the leprechauns in my house.. of course I would always come back from school to see them tampered with and totally empty, but that made it all the fun (thanks mom)!

In the spirit of the holiday, I’m excited to celebrate and make lucky treats! We’ll have to see what comes of that but Lucky Charms sound like an excellent place to start! (:

5. Pi Day! — March 14th

Okay, I hate math and even I can get excited for this one! It was the one day we could always convince our math teachers to let us throw a party, and who doesn’t want to do that when the only other option is geometry vs. calculus?

Plus, one year I made it my mission to learn as many numbers of pi as I could.. I didn’t get far.. but it still has a special place in my heart!

6. Trip to NYC!

As I’ve mentioned before, I work for my school as an event programmer. This month, I get to take a group of students to my favorite place, New York. The day is very low maintenance on my part AND I get paid. It’s seriously the best.

This time I want to have brunch at the Blue Box Cafe, but we’ll see.. I know reservations for the place are crazy but I’m excited to try anyways!

7. Marshmallows!

This is the best month for my favorite sweet treat! Seriously. I think you can use marshmallows in both your St. Patrick’s Day recipes AND your Easter ones (which by the way, will be right around the corner on April 1st!)!

So naturally, this month I will be very excite and probably stuffing my face with plenty of these pillow-y dreams. Yes, please, and thank you!

8. Egg Dying Partay!

Okay, as previously mentioned, Easter is right around the corner, so OBVIOUSLY the egg dying will need to ensue in March! I always loved doing this with my grandparents and am looking forward to being able to do it again this month. I think this could also be something really fun to do with friends as a way to destress. And you can immediately tell who the artistic ones are too!

My eggs always have as many colors as I can get on before they turn brown and naturally plenty of stickers. I’m sure this year will be no different (:

9. The End of the Cold Weather!

Thank goodness. I hate the cold and look forward to the rising temperatures! Walking (not speed walking) to class without a big bulky coat is the best and I can’t wait until it warms up to the point of being able to do work outside again! That’s my absolute favorite thing to do and I get to soak up some Vitamin D in the process. It’s a total win-win!

10. Throwing a Successful Taco Party!

This is another event I have planned for the month of March. Myself and another programmer do this in time with Midterms as a little stress reliever for those on campus. We plan to have tacos, queso, and of course, guac catered to campus as well as plenty of sweets and refreshments.

I can’t wait to crush the theme and have a totally aesthetically pleasing event.. yeah, I’m talking lots of gold, succulents, and tacos. That’s practically all of my dreams come true (:

And that’s about it! Of course there are so many other things to be excited about, but those are just a quick list of 10 I came up with. What are you excited about in March? Let me know in the comments below! I can’t wait to get my hands on a Shamrock Shake honestly..

I hope you are all having a fabulous week and..

Until next time,

xx.Britani Skye

Story Time: Va-Va-Valentine’s

Story Time: Va-Va-Valentine’s

Happy Wednesday Everyone!

Okay, so I know I swore last week to never talk about Valentine’s Day again for like a WHOLE 365 days, but I can’t help myself.. I’ve got to get just one more post out (:

This week, I want to tell you a little bit about my Valentine’s Day in a short little story time fashion. Of course short always turns into long with me, and I’m sure this will be no exception, but really I just want to tell you all why my Valentine is so special.

For those of you that might not know, my boyfriend’s name is Seth and this will be the second Valentine’s Day spent together. Now, Seth and I spend lots of time together and do lots of stuff, so although we celebrate how much we love one another always, it’s still nice to have an extra special occasion to do so.

Okay, so let’s rewind. It’s February 14th, 2018. Valentine’s Day. I get up, go to the gym, have a pretty productive morning (making of chocolate covered strawberries included) until it all falls apart.

Unfortunately, I had obligations at school that I just couldn’t get out of without consequences. So Sethy gets a phone call and our dinner and movie date is cancelled for the night. To say I was devastated is an understatement. I love Valentine’s Day so much (obviously) and was really excited to have a night off, but everything happens for a reason and it always ends up being okay in the end.

Sethy obviously assured me it was okay and still came to my apartment that night to spend whatever time we could together. He brought Panera and ice cream from my favorite ice cream shop in Lancaster and although it wasn’t elaborate, it still meant a lot. And so Valentine’s Day was saved and everyone was happy.. thank GOSH.

Rewind again (but also kind of fast-forward?). It’s February 16th, 2018. Valentine’s Day ‘Weekend’. I but weekend in quotes because obviously there’s no such thing, but because Sethy knew that we wouldn’t be able to spend the whole day together on Valentine’s Day he asked me to keep the weekend open for a more spread out celebration.

So like normal, I get up, work, and get ready for the weekend to come and at 5 o’clock sharp Sethy takes me away for a night I know nothing about.

We pulled onto what I thought was just a random street that kind of looked borderline vacant, and he told me we’d be eating at a place called Bube’s Brewery. I didn’t even know what to think, other than that I had literally no idea what he was talking about OR what I had gotten myself into.

We walked into the restaurant and it certainly is nothing like I’ve ever seen before. The main hostess area leads into different parts of the place and it’s honestly cooler than I ever could have imagined. It’s a 19th century brewery, think very prohibition era, and one of Pennsylvania’s best kept secrets.

After a tour around the place, and a more formal introduction to the brewery’s founder, Allois Bube, we were seated in the catacombs for our meal. The menu options were great and could please anyone, yeah I’m looking at all you duck lovers out there, and everything tasted even better!

It was such a nice night and I loved it even more knowing that it was a special occasion. I mean, it’s hard to deny when you’re literally eating by candlelight like x amount of feet under the streets!

And then once we were done with our super wonderful meal, Sethy got tickets for us to do the escape room in the building as well! Now, this is kind of a recent favorite for me. Like I went to one escape room a few weeks ago, and ever since I’m kind of obsessed. This time, it was Seth and I and another couple (we didn’t know them, but they were super nice and still made it a great time), and spoiler alert, we didn’t make it out.

That being said, I actually liked this escape room a lot more than the first one I went to. It was super fun and although there were certain things that hung us up, I kind of thought it was easier to follow. AND some of the items in the escape room were recovered from the brewery (like an old-timey safe that ultimately kept us from our escape) which I thought was actually really really awesome!

And after all of the excitement, we went back home and went to bed for it all to begin again the next day (:

And so let’s follow suit.. rewind pt 3 (but also fast forward pt 2).February 17th, 2018.

We woke up and made breakfast together as normal and really just got to take our time in the morning. Since we didn’t get to see 50 Shades on Valentine’s, I knew that was on the agenda and we hit an early showing. In my wildest dreams there would be a follow up blog post featuring ’50 thoughts I had while watching 50 Shades Freed’, but I’m not currently in the business of making my blog too crazy so I’m going to leave it at this.. Jamie Dornan appeals to me in two cases: 1. when he’s wearing the red room jeans and 2. when he sings (which you would probably already know if you read my last post) and Dakota Johnson makes me question my hair choices.. are bangs in my future? Heck. No. But for a split second she made me have an identity crisis.

And after the movie was over, Sethy told me we were going to a casino for the rest of the day. Okay, now to some that might not sound like the jack pot, but for me, it totally was. I’ve only ever been once, but to say the least I was lucky and it was a lot of fun! Was I as lucky this time around? Definitely not. But it was still a different way to spend the night together.

We bounced around from machine to machine and although I wasn’t lucky, Sethy at least seemed to be doing a little better than me which was exciting (:

We ate dinner at the casino’s buffet and it was super yummy. I always love when dessert time rolls around and we come back with literally a plate piled high with any and all the sweets we can imagine. I’m not really the craziest about peanut butter, but they had some really great mousse that I was a fan of as well as so much more (:

Finally we made our way home again and pretty much passed out. Luckily we made it back safely as it was super snow-y, and I think we passed at least 5 cards off the road on the way.

And for the final time, let’s rewind pt 4 but fast forward? pt 3. It’s February 18th, 2018.

We didn’t have any crazy plans for this day which was nice because we got to just relax and enjoy each other’s company and we finally exchanged our gifts.

On the menu for Sethy, were two new travel mugs/protein bottles, a pair of Uggs slippers (if only I could have captured the confusion on his face when he saw the box.. Uggs.. for men? Who knew such a thing existed), and a few picture of us to hang on the wall. I got the pictures made from an app called Marlee App and I thought they would be nice to maybe eventually make a gallery wall in his apartment.

On the menu for me? A gigantic stuffed dinosaur respectively named Steve (of whom, I already love dearly and my golden retriever will be very jealous of), a bath bomb, and two memory boxes hand made by Sethy himself (one for him and one for me, commemorating our time in Mexico). Plus literally everything we did that weekend.. he’s seriously the sweetest and I adore that he planned it all. I really had no clue what the weekend might turn out to be like and it couldn’t have been more special (I hesitate to say perfect, because there have been lots of times that are just as good, I can’t pick a favorite!)

And that night (although not a part of our official V-day weekend) we went out and had some delicious guac at a local mexican restaurant and spent the rest of the night in relaxing.

And so that concludes a very refreshing and romantic weekend with my Sethy. I loved every second of it and am so happy to have been able to spend a weekend off with him. He puts so much time and effort into our relationship and I appreciate it so much.. find you one like this ladies please and thank you (:

I only wish I had more pictures but that’s okay, I think it shows how much we actually focused on one another and not on capturing everything, but I’ll leave you all with what I do have below (:

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I hope you enjoyed this story time and I’ll see you next week with another post.. (or maybe sooner if I get a bonus jonas favorites of NYFW FW18 together)! But..

Until next time,

xx.Britani Skye

Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

Happy Wednesday Everyone!

As we all know, we’re approaching Valentine’s Day! I used to be a total Scrooge when it came to this holiday, but that was before I was first of all comfortable with myself and being single and then before finally having a boyfriend worth celebrating it with. So that being said, even if you’re an independent lady out there celebrating galentine’s day or having a cozy night in, this list could be the inspiration you need to treat yo’self. OR, if you really need help thinking up cute, sentimental gifts for your significant other (or otter, as I affectionately like to think of it), this list is going to be perfect for all (:

So let’s jump into it!

Male Gift Guide

Let’s do the men first because obviously THEY’RE the difficult ones (:

1. A watch

I don’t know what it is about a man wearing a watch, but I’m super into it right now. Seriously, it looks so good. And the best part about this gift idea, is that you have so many options. You can go sporty, simple, or over-the-top if that’s something he’s into.

Plus, although this gift is definitely practical, it’s can also be a staple in his wardrobe. Now, I’m not saying you need to try to make him more stylish than he is already, but there is something I like about knowing I picked it out and he’s wearing it. If you’re like me, you’ll definitely get that satisfaction with a watch (:

I’ve listed some of my favorite options below!

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MVMT

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Fitbit

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Swatch

2. Shoes

I’m listing this one next to get out of the way all of the ‘wearable’ options. This is kind of a classic option. In my experience, guys kind of have a thing for shoes as well. And again, you literally have the world at your feet when it comes to options. You can opt to get him a pair he either really needs, or maybe a pair that you think will just add a little something extra to his wardrobe. Either way, it’s a win-win!

Right now, I’m loving Adidas sneakers for guys. I think the army green and beige/tan colors are super on trend and would work for any guy!

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Adidas

3. A basket with alllll of his favorites

This could include his favorite snacks, gift cards to places you like to eat out together, or even some of his favorite movies etc.

I feel like this gives a chance to be a little more creative, sentimental, and prove that you really listen/pay attention to things about him.

Plus, isn’t it like a rule of thumb that guys love to eat? So I feel like too many snacks could never be a problem, especially if they’re ones he enjoys (and you aren’t making him gain weight in the process) (:

4. Something sentimental

Okay so I know this is kind of broad but I feel like on Valentine’s Day you always feel more inclined to kind of get him something special, or at least I do anyways.

Some gifts that I think are absolutely adorable are those little books that have fill in the blank spots and keychains that you can get a picture of you two on or engrave a special date.

Last year I filled a jar with notes about why/what I love so much about my boyfriend and folded them up into little paper cranes. It’s cute, thoughtful, and can be enjoyed for more than one night (unless you have a super eager one who has the patience to unfold them all)!

Of course I really encourage you all to kind of think out of the box for this one because it’s so much more memorable if it comes from the heart (:

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Knock Knock

5. Tickets

These could be tickets to anything. A game, a concert, a show, literally ANYTHING. But it’s something you get to do together and you can even throw in that you’ll get dinner that night as well.

Memories are so priceless and although this might lean towards the more pricey end of gift getting, I think the thought would go a very long way.

Female Gift Guide

1. Flowers

Let’s start with the cliche stuff first, okay? I don’t care what anyone says, there is nothing sweeter than someone bringing you flowers. Yes, I know that they’re just going to die, but they’re the most perfect gift for Valentine’s Day.

They’re simple but make any room just a little brighter, and honestly, they have the power to make your SO feel so special. So never underestimate these. And even if your girl tells you she doesn’t like flowers, she’s probably lying just a little bit, because you can never truly erase the ‘basic’ in every girl’s soul.

2. Dinner

This is also another really simple one and can go either one of two ways. You can either A) Plan an elaborate night out and surprise her with an entire date night or B) Plan a cozy night in with her favorite take-outs (AKA that means pizza x10000 in my language)

The thought is so sweet and I’m pretty sure most girls like not having to plan or worry about anything for a night. I know I love when my boyfriend plans our dates and I’m pretty much just along for the ride. I think it’s so sweet and I love knowing that he actually had to put thought into it.

3. Something you think your date would look good in — Ex: A dress

Okay so yes, I know this is kind of vague but I really think it’d be adorable if you went to/shopped online at one of her favorite stores and picked something out that both you would love on her, and that you think she would actually like as well.

Maybe it could even be something you have for her to wear on the date you planned for the night, who knows, but it’s super sweet again knowing that you actually took the time out of your day to search for something nice.

I included some of my favorite options below for those of you looking for some inspiration (:

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Nordstrom

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ASOS

4. Home Decor/Prints

Hear me out. I know this doesn’t scream Valentine’s Day, but I kind of love the idea of a guy buying me something for my room/house.

Especially if it’s art/a cool print. Seriously, you can find stuff like this at Urban Outfitters so it’s not like it’s difficult, and it’s actually a really cool and unique idea.

Or if you aren’t confident in your artwork picking abilities, you could always opt for a candle or even pictures that you like of the two of you. They’re really all good options!

Again, I included some of my favorites for you all below (:

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UO

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5. A simple piece of jewelry

Girls love jewelry. I might not be one of those girls, but I would appreciate something simple and meaningful if it ever came my way.

This would be something like a delicate necklace that borders on simple choker or a thin banded ring with some small, main detail.

It’s something that a lot of girls will wear with pride, and almost every day. Yes, it’s stereotypical, but it’s Valentine’s Day and you only get to be super mushy like this pretty much once a year so why not just 100% go for it, right?

Some options for y’all below (:

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Mejuri

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Mejuri

Okay so obviously I broke these categories up into both men and women, but really they can be swapped and customized for both, so of course, take it all with a grain of salt (:

I hope these ideas were able to give you all some inspiration and most importantly I hope you have a fabulous V-day whether you’re single, in a relationship, or it’s complicated (AKA dating a celebrity who doesn’t know it yet).

Let me know what you think in the comments below and what you’ll be getting for yourself/someone else OR hoping you’ll get this year! And..

Until next time,

xx.Britani Skye