5 New Products to Review!

It would be an understatement to say I enjoy shopping. Not just for clothes, either – I just recently moved so I’ve been big into purchasing items for storage, decorative pieces, and boring stuff like a microwave and, ya know, groceries. These are some of my new purchases and my current thoughts on them.

Crystals

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In my last post, I talked about how I was trying to get into the crystal game because I wanted to see what all the hype was about from my hippie friend (still love you, Claire!). I purchased Black Tourmaline, Citrine, and an assortment called the New Beginnings Crystal Healing Kit which contained Green Aventurine, Crystal Quartz, Green Calcite, Kyanite, and Howlite, which are all supposed to help bring peace, creativity, and protection (among other things) to a new home. I followed all the directions on every website I used to research these crystals and “cleansed” them by burning sage around them (there are other ways to cleanse), and “setting intentions” for each one. While I felt super weird sitting in my apartment and doing all this, I did feel a sense of calmness. It’s only been about two weeks, and I’m still not sure if I believe all the hype, but I can’t really knock it until I truly try it!

Glossier Invisible Shield SPF 35

I typically only use SPF on my face in the summer (I know, I know, I should use it everyday), but I wanted to test this one out on my face to make sure it didn’t break me out and I could return it. So I’ve been using it every morning for about a week and haven’t had any breakouts! Major shock since just about every SPF moisturizer I’ve tried out there messes with my skin. The only downside I would say is that the container/amount of product is much smaller than most SPF moisturizers and there is no way to tell how much is left in the bottle, potentially leaving you in a sticky situation during a spontaneous beach trip. All-in-all, I’d recommend!

Trilogy Rosehip Oil

After (another) glowing recommendation from my friend after seeing amazing results on her skin, I decided to purchase some organic Rosehip oil to work into my skincare routine. I’ve been using it for about two weeks now as a sole moisturizer (after toner) in the AM and under my Glossier Priming Moisturizer Rich in the PM for some extra love. This is the first oil that I’ve used on my sensitive skin that hasn’t made me breakout so it’s a win in my book! All I can say is that I see the glow in my face my friend was talking about!

Nike Air Force 1 High

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I just copped this kicks last Saturday whilst roaming the city in the gorgeous 80 degree weather. I initially went into the store to ask about the Fila leggings I’ve been dying for, but sadly they didn’t have my size (but I found them online!). Naturally I browsed the store after my upsetting realization and came across these beauties. After sending multiple pictures to my friends and getting (some) stamps of approval, I took the leap and handed over my credit card. First impressions: I love the olive color and the Velcro strap (tied in the back) and they are super comfortable!

Lo and Sons Catalina Deluxe Weekender Bag

Ok so, I didn’t necessarily just get this item, but it’s definitely worth talking about. In an ideal world, I would own a fabulous LV duffel and look as chic as possible at the airport or on short trips. However my bank account will not allow it. BUT Lo and Sons has got me covered on an amazing bag. Their most popular item, the Catalina Deluxe Bag, has just about everything you want, and then some. There are pockets galore on the front, back, and inside, and on some sizes (I have the large version) there is a bottom compartment that is perfect for shoes and/or makeup/accessory bags. I have to say it’s been a life-saver on quick trips to NYC or when I need to schlep all my laundry home to my parent’s house. Compare sizes here and see which one best fits your needs!


Have you tried any of these products? Have any other suggestions? Post a comment below and I’ll check them out!

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Top 3: This Week’s Must-Haves

3. Lizou Jewelry

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I came across the Lizou Jewelry Instagram page after they liked one of my photos and I got lost in their feed for about 15 minutes. Inspired by French and California vibes, this company has numerous (and moderately-priced) collections to choose from, including wraps, bracelets, necklaces, earrings, and more. I’m especially privy to the wrap collection because the bigger the wrist-game, the better.  This bracelet and this necklace/bracelet especially caught my eye due to the gorgeous color combos. I’m guilty of wearing all black to just about everything, but I can definitely get into an accessory with a pop of color. I highly suggest checking out the site here for a closer look into this trendy line.

2. Black Tourmaline

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I’m new to crystals and the belief behind them. After hours of extensive research (yes, hours) on crystals to protect, bring creativity, and shield negative energy, I came across black tourmaline, among others. I was specifically drawn to this crystal due to it’s protective and grounding properties to keep away negativity, suppress anxiety, and bring on calmness. I purchased six stones to place around my apartment in order to keep a safe space for myself and leave my life stressors at the door (or so I read somewhere on the internet). I also bought a necklace with the stone to keep toxic energies away from myself through my day and protect from the anxiety I experience everyday. While I’ve only just set up my crystals around my house, I have high hopes of what they will do in the future.

1. Fila Everthing

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On my way back to my apartment after buying a few bottles of Prosecco, I noticed the store window of a trendy street wear/sneaker store and the mannequin caught my eye. She (it?) was decked out in Fila, but more specifically these Fila leggings that I now must have in my closet. (These are also pretty sick.) I recently purchased the classic Disruptor 2 sneakers and re-fell in love with the brand. I’m big on Adidas and Nike, but I wanted to branch out into more old school brands like Fila and the now-popular Champion. With the love of my recent purchase, I definitely see more Fila gear coming into my life.


As always, check out my instagram @sydconn to see my latest posts and what’s going on in my life! Feel free to drop me a comment or email to let me know what more you’d like to see on my site!

5 Ways I’m Getting My Shit Together

Every day I try and take some time to better myself, or at least try to. This includes things such as starting a new book, trying out a new workout class/regimen, eating something that doesn’t resemble what a five-year-old eats, etc. This is a new type of blog post for me, so remain patient, as some of my “activities” may not be that interesting…Sorry about that.

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Reading Classics

On my recent solo-trip to Paris, I stopped by the Shakespeare and Company bookstore, as any tourist should. At first I wanted to get one of my favorite books, The Sun Also Rises, but the cover was exactly the same so I thought it was pointless. (I’m not sure why I thought it would have some extravagant cover to show where it was from, but I digress.) Instead I figured I would pick up some classics and just have them stamped with the company logo on the inside. I picked up To Kill a Mockingbird and Lolita, both of which I never read in high school or college. I started reading To Kill a Mockingbird almost immediately and haven’t been able to put it down since, aside from the past week when I was moving into my new apartment.

This brings me into my desire to get back into reading more books like I used to in order to relax. We’ll see how it goes.

Watching New Shows

I know this might not be the “best” activity to do when I probably have a million other things on my plate, but it allows me to take a mental break after I have to open up my work computer at home and answer emails for a solid two hours. We all get into our typical rut of watching the same thing over and over again, like The Office, Parks and Rec, and Friends, but I’ve tried to branch out a bit since I’ve seen these series at least seven times.

My friends in my group chat are always touching base on the latest episodes of Real Housewives (any edition) and I’m always confused since I’ve only seen the first two or so seasons. Starting from scratch, I went straight Hulu (my friend’s subscription because I’m cheap) and tuned into the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and let me tell you, I have not been disappointed. I know, I know, people don’t understand how one can watch these shows with all the “fake,” bitchy drama, but somehow watching other people duke it out and be stressed makes my stress levels go down. Although I do think my new neighbors hate me for yelling at my TV whenever someone says something stupid or is spouting lies.

Whether it be trashy TV or the latest drama, I suggest getting out of your comfort zone and trying something different.

Exploring the City

I just recently moved to Center City in Philadelphia and I couldn’t be happier. I’m within walking distance to the best restaurants and bars the city has to offer, and my best friend only lives 10 blocks away which is a major plus. I’ve only been there for less than two weeks, so I haven’t had much time to walk around the city between unpacking and the fact that it’s freezing outside, but I will say that by my second day there I had already found the closest Target and liquor store, the places I will be frequenting the most.

Once it gets a little nicer I definitely plan on throwing on some sneakers and leggings and getting out there to just wander around the streets to find new bars and funky shops, which I know there are a plethora of that I just haven’t experienced yet. Maybe a day in Rittenhouse Square in the park with a (water) bottle of wine and a packed lunch or sitting outside with coffee or some prosecco and people-watch. Whatever the city has in store for me, I am very excited and can’t wait to see!

Skincare, Skincare, Skincare

I’m a 27-year-old girl, so obviously I’m into making my skin look as young and supple as possible. (Note I hate the word “supple.”) I have very sensitive skin, so trying new products can be a challenge for me because a lot of things make me breakout. I think I’ve finally found a routine of Avène Cleanance Cleansing Gel, Pixi Glow Tonic, and Glossier’s Priming Moisturizer Rich, and they have definitely been working. I’m still waiting for that “glow within” look from the tonic, but it takes time I guess. I might try to work in MARIO BADESCU Facial Spray with Aloe, Herb and Rosewater and Trilogy Organic Rosehip Oil since my friends speak very highly of them in our group chat and they also are always on-point(!) with the latest and greatest in skincare .

I’ve also been dabbling in the art of the face mask, but I just have to be careful with the ingredients so they don’t irritate my skin. So far I’ve liked Dr. Jart’s Dermask Micro Jet Clearing Solution™ and 7 Days Mask in green tea. Next on my list is eye creams because let’s be honest, I’m not getting any younger and I need to beware of the appearance of crows feet and thinning under eye skin. Any suggestions for HG products are welcome!

Professional Development

Had to throw some work stuff in here too! My current job has me doing a bunch of different tasks within marking and event logistics, and while they definitely broaden my skill set, it seems as though I’m not 100% proficient in any one area. I’ve recently taken it upon myself to look into training courses in digital marketing to perfect my skills and find a career path that is right for me. Plus a promotion never hurts! Right now I’m on Lynda.com, which I highly recommend if you’re trying to take courses in just about anything to enhance your current skills or learn new ones. Codecadmy.com is a great resource too if you’re in the programming/technology/coding field.

Finally, I’m also trying to build my “brand,” if you will, by keeping up-to-date on this blog. I know it’s not perfect, but one of my future goals is to revamp the whole thing and hone in on specific topics that relate to my personal life, and hopefully yours! I also want to feature my favorite products to spread the word about brands I am passionate about or can’t live without. I’m open to any and all suggestions of what you (aka my less-than-20 followers) want to read about and hopefully increase my following!


As always, feel free to leave any suggestions/comments/critiques in the comments below or email me! All my contact info can be found here. Check out my Instagram too @sydconn for a closer look into my life!