Fine Dimes: Miami Times…And My 2 Travel Must Haves

Fine Dimes: Miami Times | The Bombshell Files

So this is a day late and a buck short, but I wanted to post some pics from the holidays in Miami AND share some must haves when traveling.

Christmas Eve | The Bombshell Files

{The first full day we were there was Christmas Eve/Noche Buena.  J’s Aunt always throws a big party, with tons of people, great food, and a fun band.  And the only picture I got from the night was of the tree.  But it was gorge.}

Travel Must Haves:

2 of my travel must haves these days are my kindle and podcasts.  I used to get so bored on flights because I’d either pack a book that I wasn’t that into, or get tired of my playlists…or forget to download my amazon songs onto my phone, which apparently you can’t access 40,000 ft in the air.  But these 2 little lifesavers have been gold.  Now, I look forward to fly days where I can just read or listen, uninterrupted for hours :)

I’m not sure why I got a kindle so late in the game, but color me obsessed.   I feel like everybody blows up books, like, oh my god nothing beats holding a paper book, kindles just aren’t the same.  Which okay, I get it, but the ease of a kindle wins in my mind by a freaking landslide.

Not only are they ridiculously light and portable, you can get new books so easily.  I always keep it in my purse.  It’s great to pull out in a waiting room or when you’re taking a break at work.  Oh! and how easy is it to hold one of those when reading in bed?  I just love.  I find myself reading so much more and I know the convenient factor is playing a huge part in that.

Kindle By The Water | The Bombshell Files

{Reading The Cartel by Don Winslow}

And podcasts!  Where were these when I was living in Chicago taking the L and buses all the time?

Now, I listen to them on my drives to and from work.

Currently LOVING The Joe Rogan Experience.

Joe Rogan is the host/interviewer and he has so many great guests.  He gets guests from all walks of life.  He has comedians, professors, psychologists, and so many interesting people.  He is also an MMA fighter host so he has a lot of those guys on his show, but I’m not too into those so I usually skip to the other episodes.  But he’s been doing 3-4 shows per week for the last 6 years, so he has a shit ton of shows to listen to.  And he’s a really great host because he has so many interests all across the board and always asks his guests the questions you want to ask.

Can you tell I love that podcast?

It’s been keeping me entertained for months.  But I am definitely open to new ones too!  Any good ones out there I’m missing?  I am planning on checking out Tim Ferriss’ podcast.  I hear he’s super motivating and has a lot of business/productivity wisdom.

Now back to the Miami trip:

Hibiscus Champagne | The Bombshell Files

{My sis-in-law made these gorgeous champagne/hibiscus drinks on Christmas morning}

New Years Nail Polish | The Bombshell Files

{The prettiest rose-y nail polish I picked for my toes on New Years}

New Years Eve | The Bombshell Files

{Me and J before the ball dropped.  I chose athleisure for my New Years attire}

Grapes At Midnight | The Bombshell Files

{Gotta eat those 12 grapes the first minute of the New Year.  Pretty sure I forgot all about that and just casually ate them while watching fireworks}

One of the big highlights for me on this trip (randomly) was the Pitbull New Year’s Party.  I guess he hosted this event last New Year’s and it’s becoming a tradition.  So, I kind of love Pitbull (it’s a secret love not many people know about) AND we would be able to view/hear the concert from my father-in-law’s apartment.  I was super pumped!  I get to enjoy the New Years celebration in the comfort of our apartment in my athleisure attire.  Yes, please.

Then, it ended with fireworks (my fave, duh).  But can we talk about how hard it is to take good pictures of fireworks??  Is it just me?  My pics always end up looking smoky and not impressive.  Sorry guys, no firework pics.

All in all, great times!

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Don’t forget to let me know about any podcasts you are loving!

♦ Stephanie

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

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

FINE DIMES: NEW ORLEANS

Fine Dimes - New Orleans

2 weeks ago, J and I rounded up our summer with a trip to New Orleans.

I loved New Orleans.

This city has major personality.  It was charming and colorful and straight up fun.   If it were a person, it would be the laid back, cool kid, that just wants to have a good time.  That’s my kind of guy. There was live music everywhere, especially a lot of jazz.  Live music is the way to my heart.  And there is fun energy everywhere you go.  Swoon ♥

New Orleans

New Orleans Market(A little market that was opening up around 8)

We stayed at the Hilton Riverside downtown and there was a trolley right outside our hotel.  Yes, a little red trolley with no windows.  So fucking cute I can’t stand it.

And ALL of the food was beyond amazing.  I think New Orleans might have the best food of any city I’ve been to, no joke.  Everything was delicious.

New Orleans Bourbon Street

(From left to right:  Shelf of voodoo dolls.  A shot of Bourbon Street.  My favorite NOLA drink – hand grenades.  A mini coffin of more voodoo dolls.)

Our first night, we hit up Bourbon Street and that place is crazy and packed.  I can’t even imagine it during Mardi Gras, I think I would freak out from the crowd.  But it was so much fun.  It was all lit up with little shops and bars and strip clubs for blocks and blocks.  It went something like this…

Bar. Bar. Shop. Bar. Strip Club. Strip Club. Bar. Strip Club.  you get the idea : ) lol

Swamp Things - New Orleans

One of the days we took a swamp tour.  We rode on one of those air boats and were on the hunt for swamp things.  Our tour guide wanted to show us a 13 foot gator but he didn’t feel like coming out.  But we saw a lot of smaller ones and I now think alligators are cute (even though I ate fried alligator the day before…sorry guys!).  

Alligator Swamp Tour

(The guide would throw out marshmallows to lure them toward us.  They think they’re turtle eggs so they go after them to eat)

After the swamp tour, we hit up a market and had lunch before heading back to Bourbon Street.  We stopped by the bar that Jon Taffer redid on his Bar Rescue show (let me know if any of you guys have ever seen that show.  I love how worked up he gets haha!) and then we went to Tropical Isle to load up on some more hand grenades…ummmm delicious.  And then we danced our asses off to this great band for the rest of the night.

Little Souvenirs

(2 purchases from the trip.  The skull came from the market in NOLA and the harmonica was from Memphis.  I totally plan on learning how to play it and then will carry it around with me, you know, just in case)

The next day we drove all the way back home in one go.  About a 10 hour drive.

On the way to New Orleans we stopped in Memphis for the night – Shout out to Beale Street!

But since we had a 10 hour drive ahead of us, we downloaded the audio book, The Girl with All the Gifts.  You can download it for free with a 30 day trial membership.  We both really liked it.  I don’t want to say too much because I don’t want to give anything away, but you can check out the summary if you click on that link.  And the voice that reads is really nice (which is so important, because if there is anything weird with the voice I can’t do it.)

All in all, great trip, and I can’t wait to go back!

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Have you guys been to New Orleans?  How much did you love it?

And I haven’t forgotten about posting the rest of my Europe trip.  I will be throwing those on here soon.   I’m trying to find ways to keep those recaps short and sweet.  Have a great weekend!

♦ Stephanie

Fine Dimes: Loving Lately

( Loving tulips lately )

( Loving tulips lately!  I picked these up when my in laws came into town earlier this month.  I think yellow is my jam )

I wanted to talk about a few things I have been using and loving for the past few months.  And if I’m loving it, I gotta spread the word.

So first things first…

Blaze

Balsamic-Glaze

Okay.  Let’s talk about Balsamic Glaze (Blaze in this case).  I love regular balsamic vinegar.  I will add it to my avocado toast, eggs, or tomato and mozzarella << one of my favorite after work snacks. Then, about a month ago, I heard about balsamic glaze.  I went out and found this one at my local grocery store.  It’s more concentrated, less messy, and tastes better than regular balsamic vinegar IMO.    So I have made the switch and have been using Blaze on the reg.  Oh ya, and the consistency of it let’s you make fancy designs on your food.  Double win.

Playlist

This playlist is awesome.  I found it through my favorite blogger girl that I’ve mentioned before.  I have been listening to it while I’m at work, while doing my hair, while cleaning, or putting it on when we’re cooking dinner. It’s the best playlist for any mood.  Definitely check it out.

La-Mer

I got these teeeeeeeny tiny La Mer samples at Nordstrom a few months ago.  The tub one is about the size of a quarter.  These babies are small.  Of course I grabbed one because everybody talks about how amazing they are.  I’ve seen La Mer on top ‘best moisturizer’ lists for years.  And there is a reason why.  I loved using these.  I started using the heavier moisturizer (the one in the tub).  My skin was still incredibly dry from the winter and this felt so rich and thick.  It made my skin feel silky smooth and hydrated.  My only problem was that it was so thick that I was really tugging on my skin to spread it around.  All of that tugging and pulling cannot be good for wrinkles.  The other bottle of moisturizer had a thinner consistency, perfect for the warmer months.  You can use it as an eye cream too.  It glides on super easily.  Again, I loved the smell and how it made my skin feel.  So these guys are a definite win.  HOWEVER,  I will never pay $300 for a moisturizer, so there will have to be some crazy amazing sale for me to purchase these.  Or maybe I’ll just keep my eye out for more sample giveaways.

Salad-Dressing

Another fine food dime ; ) My friend introduced me to this salad dressing a few years ago.  When she told me about it, it was the first time I had heard about it and it completely changed my salad game.  It’s pretty much the only dressing I use.  And last week we were just randomly talking about how great it was (it’s that good) and she was telling me that a lady at the grocery store saw it in her cart and was raving about it too. It was at that moment that I thought I better share this with you guys, just in case someone’s dressing world needs to be rocked.

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Those are some things I have been loving lately.   Let me know if you get to try some of them out, or have already tried any of these already.

I just got back in town from a weekend in Nashville with a group of college friends.  I will have to do a recap of that trip and let you know how much I am loving HomeAway.  This may be the only way I travel from now on.

♦ Stephanie

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FINE DIMES: SPRINGTIME

Fine-Dimes-Springtime

Hey hey hey!  Check out some of my favorite things from the past few weeks.

This bag has been my favorite purchase recently.

I had been wanting a BIG, versatile purse.  To me that usually means black, white, tan or gray.  I was having trouble deciding which color to get because I am very indecisive…especially when it comes to the little things.  Then I came across this reversible tote.  How long have these existed?!?  This one happened to be in black and cognac.  Ummmm score (!!!)  I didn’t think twice.  It was meant to be.   This basically goes with everything I own.  I have been using it daily and love the little wristlet thing that comes with it.  They also have this in other color options too in case you want the benefit of 2 bags in one, but would rather have some pink and aqua colors in your life.

( Bamboo Trees )

( Bamboo Trees )

 I freaking love the bamboo trees in Miami.  It’s a weird little obsession of mine  (one of many).   They’re so pretty and I love the color of these bamboo.  The black bamboo ones are pretty badass as well.  I’ll have to get a pic of those the next time I’m there.  Now if only I could bring one back to my house. 

I saw this coffee table book at a friends house. Not only is it a perfect blend of chic and rocker, the book has a cloth textured cover which makes the whole thing soft and bendy.   Weird description, but once you get your hands on it, you’ll know what I’m talking about.  I am always on the hunt for a good coffee table book and this one just made my list.

Here are 2 books I’ve read recently and loved.

I  finished #Girlboss last month and it was very motivating and inspirational.  It’s an easy read that makes you want to run the world and kick some ass.  This is one of those books that you can read once a year and get something out of it every time.

I bought The Intern’s Handbook at the airport before my flight to Miami last month and so far it’s great.  The description is, “A sexy, darkly comic thriller” and I think that nails the essence of the book.  It’s about an assassin who is the best at his game and is on his final mission.  He documents his last assignment along with tips for all of the newcomer assassins. I kept chuckling to myself on the plane while I was reading.  Very witty and entertaining.  I haven’t finished it yet, but so far so good.

I love stumbling upon a great book.

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These are a few things I’ve been loving this month.  The weather has been making a change for the better lately so I am really looking forward to Spring and Summer and everything that comes with it.

♦ Stephanie