17 Green Things

Getting in the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day & month, I’ve compiled a list of all green things that I’m currently obsessed with. Hope you enjoy and get a little green love spirit in your life during the month of March.

1. Mint Leaves in Water 

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Adds a little bit of flavor to your typically boring water bottle & has great health benefits as well. Great for digestive tract and for IBS sufferers (me), great for skin, nausea, muscle pain and fresh breath!

2. Frozen Green Grapes

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Sweet little snack that can help with diet cravings – pretend it’s like ice cream or something?!

3. Essie Nail Polish: Mojito Madness

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Essie has a few really chic greens for the month of March. Mint Candy Apple is another fave!

4. Green Beans 

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Easy & healthy dinner option.

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5. Green Sandals

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These are cute from Nine West would be cute with a white or ivory sun dress and a camel colored bag during the summer.

6. Green Eggs

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Scrambled eggs & avocado – one of my favorite breakfasts! No carbs, protein and healthy fats. Add S&P, a little hot sauce or Sriracha and you’re golden.

7. iMessage Icon

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Doesn’t this make you kind of happy?

8. Cucumber Eye Wraps

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Help out those tired eyes – I’ve done these a few times and I don’t exactly see how it helps but it makes me feel pretty good while I’m doing so and gives a sense of relaxation. I’m about that life.

9. Green Sour Patch Kids

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Green is overall a great flavored kid! I’m obsessed with SPK – it’s bad.

10. Green hair!! Kidding – but this Davines Shampoo & Conditioner combination is fantastic!

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Infused with Spinach Extract and great for damaged hair! I use this and highly recommend. Smells fantastic too!

11. Eminence Stone Crop Gel Wash 

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Another organic product I use daily – Eminence is amazing – great for sensitive skin and all natural. Leaves skin super smooth & soft.

12. Money 

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Make that paperrrrr BETCH!

13. Green Beanie

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Love this neon green beanie from Urban Outfitters.

14. Patron Silver – Need I say more? Tequila is delicious.

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15. Green Dress 

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Dress from Piperlime – Tinley Road.

16. Green Smoothie

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Homemade green smoothies are gratifying and sometimes delicious, sometimes just ‘healthy.’ Robek’s in Plainview has great juices & smoothies!

17. Green Nike’s 

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day & Month. Green it up! xo

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Packing for Idiots (Me)

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Mind you, this post is coming from the worst packer in the history of packing, so you’re welcome for absolutely nothing.

Precap: Covering what to bring on a Weekend Vacation/Quick Getaway to see your Besties when you’re going from cold climate to a warmer climate. AKA anywhere from the Northeast during Snowpocalypse Winter 2014 to anywhere South of the Border. The border is like Washington D.C. for me apparently?

Denim. Dark denim or black denim or black skinny pants. A MUST – can be worn both daytime & nighttime and literally you can never go wrong with black pants. Also a dress & tights with boots – done.  Jacket – necessary. Layers, duh.

Sneakers – be honest with yourself here because this is a make it or break it item. Sneakers & work out clothes are either something that will waste space in your luggage or you’re really going to miss if you don’t bring. Probably whichever decision you go with, you’re going to regret and wish you had chosen the opposite. Bring sneakers – you will not be able to find a moment to go for a run or work out. Don’t bring them? Plan on having the most active weekend of your life where you either have to squeeze in your friend’s sneakers (she wears a size smaller than you) or buy new.

If all else fails, JUST BRING IT. If you urgently need to, you can always re-buy whatever you forgot. Head to Target and buy a pair of $17.99 sneakers? I mean, good luck with those– but it’s do-able.

My outlook on packing is that I would rather try to pack everything in a carry-on than check luggage, unless it’s absolutely necessary. I do not enjoy baggage claim after sitting on a flight, not one bit. I also like to have major ideas and options available. Do you see the problem here? The collision of two really poor choices? Yeah…. I know. Options are necessary. Because if the vibe changes, I want to be able to keep up. Always pack dressier than you predict. In my opinion, it’s much easier to dress down an outfit than to dress up a pair of boyfriend jeans. I’m lying again. Both are easy to do if you have the right pieces – but remember, you’re on a quick weekend trip with limited options, not in your bedroom with extensive closet options.

Bring interchangeable items so that you can go either way with wardrobe/style/weather/comfort/setting. A daytime flannel doubles as a super casual shirt/jacket over your LBD – turning it very casual for a bar at night versus a fancier dinner or club at night with a chic blazer. Make sure you bring a structured jacket or blazer for all purpose wear. (Blazer/jacket can double as your coat on the plane, your going out at night and your with jeans for lunch in the afternoon).

Scarves are my JAM! Completely changes the way that black tshirt looked that you wore on your flight here and you can wear it again tomorrow during the day with an added floral scarf. Neutral t-shirts/tank tops are as well. Here is the only time where being “basic” is OK – this is the only place though, really. Neutral t-shirts like heather gray, black, white, beige/tan, charcoal – these go with anything and everything. Sorry basics – not sorry. XO Neutral.

Never forget obvious necessities – medications, iPhone chargers, iPad w/ charger, toiletries, UNDERWEAR, socks, cashmere scarf that doubles as a blanket on your flight (much more necessary than originally thought), makeup, brush, blowdrier if needed. To make sure I don’t forget things – I go through my morning routine in my head and write it down. Like every step from the moment I open my eyes until the moment I walk out the door – shower, after shower, getting dressed, brushing teeth,  this is getting so boring I don’t want to write about it anymore.

By the way, I’m not packing the sneakers.