Top 10 Blog Posts of 2016

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As we are in the midst of wrapping up another year, I am taking a moment to reflect on the past year and the whirlwind of change and emotions it has left me with. I think it’s safe to say, that 2016 has outdone any year in my past as far as change, risk-taking, and starting a new chapter in my life are considered. The last time I can remember going through something similar was in 2012, when I packed my car to leave my hometown of Charleston to live in Miami, FL. And even then, that seems like such a tiny blip on the radar compared to now, living in Rome, Italy of all places.

Thankfully I have my blog to document all of my trials and tribulations, successes and failures, and everything else in between. In the year, 2016, I wrote 47 total blog posts, which is about 4 a month. I am quite happy and proud of myself for being consistent and posting at least once a week since consistency is something I have struggled with previously. So, in honor of that, I have rounded up my top 10 blog posts of the year and here they are:

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Holiday Gift Guide

Christmas room in shabby chic style. Decorated tree near window.

It’s that time of the year again. In addition to making our lists and checking them twice, shopping for friends and loved ones is in full swing. However, after buying for “framily” year after year, it gets more and more difficult to stay creative as far as the gift picking department is concerned.

As well, gift giving is going to be a little harder for me this year since I am overseas, but since most sites offer the option to have the item delivered directly to the recipients home, it makes the process a little smoother. Below I’ve rounded up the best gifts for your loved ones, co-workers, friends, or anyone else! And some things I have been eyeing myself 😉

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Lush Product Review 

Lush Cosmetics

Giving gifts to others is something I particularly enjoy and more often than not I lean towards gifting beauty products since that tends to be what I know the most about. Lately I’ve been gifting products from Lush because they have the cutest packaging and everything they have smells genuinely fresh and invigorating (well…almost everything)! Don’t believe me? Just walk into your local Lush store and see for yourself.

After all these years of purchasing Lush for others, I decided it was time to try their products myself. After all, I was in need of a new toner, eye cream, and face/body scrub. I have been using these products for the past month or so now and here is my take on each one…

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