5 Years Later- About Me

It dawned on me this morning that I've had this blog for five whole years and so much in my life and the way I produce content has changed. I wanted to take a few minutes to write up an 'About Me' of sorts and reintroduce myself. I'm not much of a numbers person, oddly, when it comes to my blog, but I know there are some new readers that I would like to say hello to! And if you've been here with me all five years, thank you!
My name is Patti, I started my blog back in 2015. I majored in Professional Communications, and was assigned a persuasive speech on the topic of my choosing in my public speaking course sophomore year. We were tasked with finding a topic we were passionate about, and convince our classmates to take action or at least agree with our argument. Having worked at Lush Cosmetics that semester I chose animal testing, and compiled a presentation all about lab conditions, alternatives to animal testing and why it's no longer scientifically necessary, and easy product swaps you can make at home to 'cast your vote'. I'm a huge believe that as a consumer you are essentially voting when choosing which products to buy for your household. By choosing to purchase cruelty free products you are supporting a business with the same ethical standards as you, and in turn sending a message to corporations that chose to test on animals that you will not support them, financially or otherwise.

Cruelty Free Wedding Content, and Where I'm Starting My Wedding Planning Journey

I've always put a bit of a lifestyle spin on my blog posts and included content about college life, commuting in Manhattan, and vacation staples, so I thought I would include some engagement and wedding related content in the coming months.

 I'm lucky enough to have friends and (soon to be) family that have recently planned or are planning their own weddings so I have tons of people to ask when I need direction. However, being pretty type-a I wanted something else to help me begin my wedding planning journey. I purchased an Erin Condren Wedding Planner a few days after getting engaged. (Once I decided on a design I liked. There are so many! lol) While I've only just begun planning, I like that there is a checklist of things to focus on for different timespans leading up to your wedding day. For example the planner calls out which vendors you should be booking x-amount of months prior to your special day. There is also a place to plan seating arrangements, guest lists, color schemes, and track gifts/thank you cards. I've already referred to it on quite a few occasions, and it has areas that I feel like I would have forgotten about if I were to plan without this planner.

I chose to design my own cover, and love that Erin Condren lets you add photos to really personalize your planner. I decided on the Starry Sky design.

How I'm Ending 2019| I'm Engaged!

If you follow me on instagram or twitter you may already know this, but I got engaged on Christmas Eve! I'm a huge Disney fan, and my fiancé Martin surprised me with a trip this holiday. He was meeting me that week to have Christmas with my family in Florida, but we decided to take a day for ourselves and visit Magic Kingdom on the 24th. My family took trips to Disney almost every year when I was growing up, so I know Disney like the back of my hand and was excited to show Martin around. Martin hadn't been to the parks since he was a toddler, so I was extra excited for his sake.
Find more pics on the gram | @acrueltyfreeme

Current Skincare Favorites & Attempting to Go Zero Waste

It's been awhile since I've done a skincare roundup, and today I wanted to share a few favorites of mine. I've been testing all of these products for the last 6+ months and they are now staples in my routine, some of the products mentioned are re-purchases, which is rare for me since I'm always looking to test out the next best thing.

As 2019 comes to an end I've been thinking about the changes I've made this year and one of them was the goal to be more sustainable. I'm hoping to become more sustainable as time goes on; the first steps I've made towards sustainability have been in my life as a blogger. I wouldn't say I've been doing a 'no buy' but I've restrained myself to only purchasing or accepting PR packages when I'm in need of a particular type of product. Typically I'll wait until something is empty before purchasing something new. When I first started receiving PR packages I would hoard products, and honestly there isn't a need for that. Partially because I live in an NYC apartment with no storage, but also because there just isn't a need for so much product, it was expiring before I had a chance to finish the canister. If you're finding yourself in the same predicament I would highly suggest donating unused products to a local women's shelter or to project beauty share.