Fine Dimes: It’s the Little Things

Here’s a recap of some little things I’ve been loving lately.

Ulta and Sephora Birthday Gifts
Ulta and Sephora Beauty Gifts | The Bombshell Files{New favorite lip products in classic colors.  And who can’t use an Urban Decay mascara?}

I know a million and one places want you to sign up with them to be a member, but Ulta and Sephora are worth it.  If you are not signed up with these guys, you at least have to do it for the birthday gifts.  Every year, the gift is something that I’ve been wanting to try, or something I didn’t know about that ended up being fantastic.  Always a win.  Do it.

Honey Whiskey

Honey Whiskey | The Bombshell Files

You guyyyyysssss.  So good.  My old standby fave drink of life has been vodka soda with a squeeze of lemon…for YEARS.  But this drink snuck into my life and majorly surprised me.  Just a shot of honey whiskey, topped off with sparkling water and bam! it tastes like a delicious cream soda with a whiskey buzz. 

Europe Things

Euro Things | The Bombshell Files

Here are a few little things I picked up in Europe.  Since we were traveling by backpack, anything I picked up had to be small and light because I would literally be carrying it on my back.  One thing I knew I wanted from the get go was Murano glass from Venice.  So I picked up this gorgeous little perfume bottle. Then, when we were in Paris (I will get to this post soon), I saw Nuxe oil for $13 (!!!) I HAD to get it. I tried a sample of it once and really liked it.  I like to use it on my face at night (smells so good), on the ends of my hair and on my cuticles. I also I grabbed this necklace in Brussels from the store Brandy Melville.  Have you heard of it??  I know they’re in the states, but the first time I’d ever seen it was in Europe.  And they were all over the place there. It reminded me of Forever 21, and I was obsessing over the jewelry section there. I had packed minimal jewelry, so I was ready for a little flair. And of course, I bought a little magnet of Dutch clogs from Amsterdam.  I was crushing hard on that city and just needed something that screamed Amsterdam.

Fall Decor Details

Fall Decor | The Bombshell Files

I’m not a crazy, themed out decorator.  That just seems like a lot of work.  But, I will add a few touches when the mood strikes.  I was walking into Trader Joe’s the other day and they had all these cute pumpkin’s and squash, so I grabbed a few to be festive.

Pink Jeep

Hot Pink Jeep | The Bombshell Files

Saw this hot pink doll on the drive home from work the other day ♥


Quote | The Bombshell Files

I follow Shay Mitchell on instagram because, Pretty Little Liars.  She posted this quote the other day and I loved it.

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Hope you guys are doing well!  I can’t believe the holiday season is right around the corner.  Any fun plans in the coming months??

♦ Stephanie

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5 Creepy Movies for Halloween Vibes


My favorite part about Halloween is all of the scary/creepy movies that are on Netflix and TV. Scary movies are the best and I have been going at it pretty hard this month. We’ve all seen and loved the classics, but I like to check out some of the newer flicks and get that adrenaline going. Here are a few movies that I rounded up that you should check out if you plan on staying in this Halloween with a glass of wine (because what sounds better than that?)

Lazarus Effect

Olivia Wilde’s character, her fiance, and their medical team are trying to bring the dead back to life with evil results.  This one falls in the demonic possession category of horror movies.  Very entertaining.


This movie had incredibly disturbing imagery.  And I screamed several times. In my basement.  With all the lights on.  Probably because the movie’s really dark, like, visually dark.  So every scene you’re waiting for something or someone to just appear.  Ethan Hawke is in this and he’s a famous true crime writer looking to write his next big hit.  He moves his family into the home of the victims he’s writing about and comes across some super disturbing snuff films and tries to solve the mystery.   Ugh major chills.

Would You Rather?

This one was pretty….fucked up.  But I love Brittany Snow, so I will always watch any movie with her in it. A really rich guy gathers a group of people at his home.  All of them are in need of money and are going through tough times.  He tells them that they are going to play a little game, and the winner will get rewarded with money and have everything taken care of.  And this little game is HUGELY disturbing.


Another psychological thriller (my favorite).  Amelia Pond aka Karen Gillan is in it and she and her brother are trying to prove that a haunted mirror was the cause of their parents possession and death.  This one gave me that uncomfortable/nervous feeling, which I love, is that weird?


I haven’t seen this one yet, but dolls scare the crap out of me, so this one’s on my list to watch

And here are some of my absolute favorites:


This movie scared the shit out of me.  It’s one of those psychological thrillers that stuck with me for a while after I saw it.  I remember not wanting to leave the safety of my blanket and sofa.  I hadn’t had a movie do that to me since I was kid getting traumatized by Child’s Play…Chucky’s such a jerk.

Skeleton Key

This is, all around,  a fantastic movie.  I was pretty blown away the first time I saw.  It’s one of those movies I wish I haven’t seen yet so I can watch it like it’s my first time and get that same feeling.  Soooo good.

Tucker and Dale Vs. Evil

This movie was surprisingly awesome.  It’s not scary at all, but hilarious.  100% worth watching.

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What are some of your favorite, more current, scary movies??  I’m obviously obsessively watching them this month, so fill me in!

♦  Stephanie

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MELATONIN | For Your Best Night of Rest


Sleep is obviously one of the most important things you can do for yourself, all around.  A good night sleep helps with every part of my being.  I look better,  I feel better, I’m more refreshed, my skin looks better, my eyes are clearer, no bags or dark circles under them.  But more importantly, my mood is noticeably better, I make quicker and better decisions (including diet choices), and I hit more goals for the day because I am just more motivated in general.

My whole day can feel like a waste if I’m lacking in the sleep department, so I always make it a priority.

If I know my sleep is going to be effed up, I am ready to take care of business and pop a melatonin.

What is melatonin?

Melatonin is a hormone “that’s main job in the body is to regulate night and day cycles or sleep-wake cycles. Darkness causes the body to produce more melatonin, which signals the body to prepare for sleep. Light decreases melatonin production and signals the body to prepare for being awake. Some people who have trouble sleeping have low levels of melatonin. It is thought that adding melatonin from supplements might help them sleep” (source)

It is super useful for those nights you just can’t fall asleep, for whatever reason.  You know those nights where your mind is going a mile a minute, thinking about work, or an issue, or something you’re excited about, and you keep tossing and turning and just know you will be up for the long haul.  This is when I would take a melatonin supplement.  Usually within 20 minutes, I can feel it working and I start relaxing and then doze off.


I also like to use melatonin when I’m traveling.

It really helped me get used to the time zone when I went to Europe and had to adjust to a 7 hour difference.  But I even like to bring it with me when I go to Miami to visit J’s family.  Even though there isn’t much of a time zone adjustment (it’s one measly little hour), there’s just something about traveling and sleeping somewhere different that can trick up my sleep schedule.  I am big on sleeping in my own bed aka “the cloud”  So I’m kind of a bed snob.

Melatonin would also be helpful for someone who’s work schedule shifts.

Back in my restaurant working days – when I lived in Chicago – one night, I would be closing out and leaving at 2AM and then a day or two later I would have the morning shift.  I would suffer one of those nights for sure.  I wish I knew about melatonin back then, because it would have majorly helped out.

I don’t use melatonin very often, but every month or so the situation will arise where I will need to take one.  There are differing dosages that run from 1-10 mg.  Now 10 mg is pretty high.  I initially bought the 10 mg pills and they knocked me the fuck out.  Like, deep ass, heavy sleep and I felt hungover the next day.  My head was so heavy and groggy.  So I slept a lot but I felt like crap, not what I was going for.  So instead of tossing the bottle I decided to cut the pills in half, so it was more like 5 mg.  MUCH BETTER.  Next bottle of melatonin, I’m going to go with the 3 mg and see how that goes.  I’ll update you when I get to that one.

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That’s pretty much how I use melatonin to my advantage.  Let me know how it works for you or if you have any other sleep tips!

♦ Stephanie


Clarifying Shampoo for Better Hair

Clarifying shampoo is a really important product that I don’t think is talked about enough.

I didn’t even know it existed until a year or so ago. When I finally heard about it, and that it helps your hair when it’s in sad shape (ie. dry, limp, heavy), I was pretty excited.

Who doesn’t want a hair boost?!

When you’re using deep conditioning masks all the time, it can really weigh on your hair and it won’t look it’s best.  Sometimes, the more you use, the drier your hair start to look (which is exactly what you’re not going for).  So, instead of using another deep conditioning mask, that will just further the look you are trying to get, you should look to clarifying shampoo.

Redken Hair Cleansing Cream

I like to think of it like exfoliation, in that you don’t need to exfoliate every day, but it’s still important to do a regular deep clean to remove any excess (skin, dirt, oils, etc.).  The same goes for clarifying shampoo.  You get all of this build up in your hair from products (way too much dry shampoo in my case), to pollution and dirt.  Where regular shampoo usually does the trick for that, it’s important to take it a step further with clarifying shampoo.  This makes your hair so clean and it gets rid of any buildup.  I like to use it once every 2-4 weeks.

Redken Clarifying Shampoo

I asked my hairdresser about it, and she says that she uses a clarifying shampoo once a week.  She said that she uses tons of products on her hair on an everyday basis so she probably needs to use it more than most.

The only one I’ve tried so far is the Redken brand and I love it ♥  (You can find it at Ulta)  It smells so good and I really look forward to the times when I can use it.  I think any clarifying shampoo will do fine.  This bottle is about 10 fl oz and it lasted me and my husband about a year or so.  He loves using it too.

It smells so good and just makes my hair feel squeaky clean.  My hair is more voluminous right after I use it, and just looks bomb.  I usually get an extra day out of my hair in between washes when I use this.

Clarifying Shampoo

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That is just a little hair trick that is so easy and beneficial.  Let me know if you use clarifying shampoo and what brands you like.  I’m super interested!

I’m also really curious about people who use the ‘no poo’ method.  If you’ve done it or are currently doing it, I’d love to hear about it.  Has it changed your views on shampoo?  Did you try it and then get over it?  I tried it once, but it really dried out my hair.  I think I might have used way too much solution.  Any tips would be great!  Comment below or shoot me an email at

♦ Stephanie

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10 Favorite Fall Things

I compiled a little list of fun, fall things to get excited about for the season.    I don’t want to call it a bucket list because the idea of a bucket list stresses me out.  I mean, I don’t want to feel bad because I didn’t get to do something on my list.  No thanks, I don’t need any added stress.

BUT I do like to have these ideas floating about in case I’m feeling uninspired by the impending frigid temps.  It gives me something to look forward to and appreciate about fall.  Time to embrace the fall season and get excited.

◊ Seasonal Food & Drinks

I like to add pumpkin pie spice to my overnight oats and coffee.  I do this throughout the year, but really get at it in the fall.

AND pumpkin beer and cider (!!!)

Just like I look forward to the Summer Shandy’s, I get equally excited about pumpkin beer and my new fave, cider.

◊ Fall fashion & makeup

Fall fashion is my favorite.  I seriously think I look my most chic this time of year.  With sexy little boots and scarves and sleek shapes, I fucking love it.  I’m big into neutrals, but I really love the jewel tones that come with fall fashion.  And playing around with new berry lipsticks is always hot.

◊ Fall scents

I love setting the fall mood in my house with scents.  You can play around with some new essential oils for your diffuser.   And I also love the old stand bys, glade plugins and candles. Take a walk down the candle aisles at the store and pick out a few fall inspired smells.

◊ Plan a trip somewhere warm

Every year, my husband and I go to Miami for one of the holidays (Christmas or Thanksgiving, we alternate every year), to visit family and soak in the sun.  So this is something I get excited about.  There’s nothing better than going somewhere warm and beautiful when it’s pretty damn dreary.

To make this less specific to my situation, just planning a trip, in general, gives you something to look forward to.

◊ Wineries

I love the wineries in Missouri.  It’s so much fun to bring a bunch of food and have a boozey weekend with some friends, a beautiful view, and crisp temps.

◊ Oktoberfest

I would love to do the real deal Oktoberfest in Germany, but the one in St. Louis can be pretty fun too ; )

◊ Make the house cozy

I like to add blankets and pillows everywhere, light candles, pull out the fuzzy socks and slippers, and just cozy up the house.

◊ Concert or comedy show

I aim to see a concert every couple of months.  I fall hard for live music.  It’s something I look forward to and I like to keep my eye out for the next show I want to see.

And stand up comedy is always a good time.  Last Halloween, I went to see Dave Chappelle and it was probably one of the best Halloween’s to date.

◊ Get scared via movie / TV / book

Since Halloween is around the corner, I like getting scared and freaking myself out.  Is that weird??  I love all the scary movies that are on TV right now and American Horror Story is always good.  This year I might try reading It.  We’ll see if I can handle it.

◊ Fall TV

Survivor, anyone?

Fall Favorites

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So these are few fall things that I will be looking forward to.  Take advantage of the city you live in and scope out what’s going on for the season.  What are some of your fall favorites??

♦ Stephanie