Eat Pray Love

I know everybody loves this book and blah blah blah but there’s a REASON everyone loves it so much. And that’s because it’s a great book that can teach you a lot, especially if you’re able to relate to the main character in some way. If you know nothing about the plot, the main character is going through a divorce and trying to find herself again and figure out who she is outside of her marriage. Pretty relatable topic if you’ve ever been through a big break up, which I was going through when I read this. It made me feel a lot better in that a) I wasn’t alone, b) my situation could be much worse  and c) there are so many great experiences you can have when you’re newly single and need to spend time with you, and its so much better than wasting your days crying in your room.

I would tell anyone to read this book (well, any girl) whether she’s going through a break up or not. Chances are she has, or will at some point, and this story will dig a hole in your heart and nestle itself inside either way. It will teach you lessons, bring you a sense of adventure and make you want to do things on your own. Great read anytime anyplace any day of the year.  🙂

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McGillin’s Olde Ale House

As I continue exploring the bar world now that I’ve become legal, I want to share my favorite ones here. McGillin’s in Philadelphia was one of the first bars I went to as a newly-turned 21-year-old and I loved it!

 My best friend and I road tripped it up to Philly for my birthday weekend for a concert and went to McGillin’s after the show. A friend’s mom recommended the bar to us because she lived in Philly during grad school, and said McGillin’s was the best. It was February and FREEZING but the bar was packed and alive with young people, Christmas lights, and Valentine’s Day/Mardi Gras decorations.

The bar has two floors, and both were crowded. We met some interesting people and drank delicious drinks before we moved on to another bar/club around the corner (which wasn’t nearly as good; I honestly don’t even remember the name of it). I’m not a big beer person, but McGillin’s offered local beers, so my friend tried one of them and she liked it.

We didn’t get a chance to try the food at McGillin’s, but I’d imagine its great. One of the best bar atmosphere’s I’ve experience (not that there have been many so far, but still). If you’re ever in Philly, I suggest checking it out. And if you don’t trust me, maybe you’ll trust the bar’s slogan: “the oldest and best Irish bar pub in Philadelphia.”

Oil Cleansing Method

Before I even begin talking about this, I want to give full credit to The Healthy Diaries for introducing me to this miraculous discovery. Thank you!

I know it sounds backwards, but the Oil Cleansing Method is a way to wash your face. Its recommended for people who have tried every face wash on the market and still have acne problems and spots on their skin. That’s how I found out about it OCM, and that’s why I gave it a try. I figured, well nothing else has worked, so might as well. And at first I didn’t see much of a result, but after I’ve been washing my face with this method for a while, I can definitely see results.

Here’s how it works:

Oil combats oil. This means that using oils (the right ones, mind you) to wash your face every night will actually dissolve the bad oils that have built up on your skin all day. Washing away the bad oils with soap or regular face wash will naturally cause your skin to start producing more oil, to make up for what was stripped away with the soap. But washing with oils will dissolve the bad oils without causing your skin to think it needs to produce more. So, your skin will not overproduce oil, which is what causes acne.

Using the oils also naturally moisturizes your skin. This is an added benefit because I used to always put a little moisturizer on after washing my face at night, but I would hate knowing I’m going to bed with lotion clogging my freshly cleaned pores. With the OCM, I don’t feel the need for moisturizer after I wash, so: problem solved!

And if you’re wondering about makeup removal, the oils will also take care of that. It works great actually, equal to if not better than makeup remover. So we’ve eliminated the need to purchase face wash, night time moisturizer and makeup remover. Feeling richer yet?

The Ingredients

Personally, I used cold-pressed Castor oil and Extra Virgin Olive Oil because that’s what The Healthy Diaries recommended, and it has worked wonderfully.

The Castor oil works best for pulling dirt and makeup out of your pores and the EVOO is a moisturizer with the same PH as your skin.

Make sure the Castor oil is COLD PRESSED. You can find it on Amazon or at stores like the Vitamin Shoppe. Grocery store EVOO will do.

The Formulas

Normal Skin: use 1:1 ratio (1 tbsp Castor, 1 tbsp EVOO)

Acne-prone skin (what I have): 3:1 ratio (3 tbsp Castor, 1 tbsp EVOO)

Dry skin: 1:3 ratio (1 tbsp Castor, 3 tbsp EVOO)

The Routine

1. Run your faucet with the hot water turned all the way up. When it gets warm, splash some on your face, then apply about a tsp of your oil mixture to your face.

*I use an empty face wash container that came with a pump to make it easier to apply my oil mixture.

2. Rub the oil in well all around your face and under your chin for 30 seconds while the water continues to heat up.

3. After 30 seconds, soak a washcloth in the hot running water and wring it out a little, so its not dripping but is still wet. Lay the washcloth over your face and let it sit so it can steam out the dirt from your pores. Remove after about 10 seconds, then rewet and begin dabbing the rest of the oil off your face.

*Don’t scrub with the washcloth, just gently dab!

4. Make sure you are drying your face on a clean towel, not the one you use for your mouth and hands. I use my bath towel.

*You only need to use the OCM at night. Just rinse your face with warm water in the morning. I use an exfoliating face wash once a week (in the morning), and an exfoliating face mask once or twice a week (depending on if I remember on the weekend).

My acne has decreased tremendously so far. I rarely get a pimple or two here and there, but nothing like what I had. Please note I didn’t have AWFUL acne, but it was pretty bad around my chin and around my mouth. My skin is much smoother and clearer now!

*Also note: Don’t rely solely on this method for clear, healthy skin. Drinking enough water (8 cups a day) will work wonders on clearing your skin as well. I also started drinking a lot more water and truly believe this and my use of the OCM are to thank for my improved skin. And the best part is its all natural and a hell of a lot cheaper than buying a thousand face products!

Stupid and Contagious

This book did a lot for me. It inspired my career path (PR), it made me realize I like funny books the best and it introduced me to new music. If you’re going to ask a lot from a book, this one will likely cater to your needs.

It’s about a girl who works in PR but gets fired by an asshole, and then has to work in a restaurant until she finds a new job. She gets a new neighbor in the process, who works for a failing record label and befriends him in a strange but adoring way. She also gets a dog, which she saves from the street. I won’t spoil the end, but she eventually gets back into PR and becomes a stronger person.

The hilarious author, Caprice Crane, is passionate about music, which is why she ties in so many song titles and artists throughout the book. If you look up all the songs she mentions, which I did, you end up with a pretty cool playlist from the 90s. You might also realize, like I did, that PR sounds like the coolest job ever. And that you should absolutely rescue a pet. And be a dick to people who deserve it. And never ever work in a restaurant.