Loves & Recommendations #1

by Jamie Sanford on February 23, 2017


In an extension of my Product Picks, I wanted to share a regular post about things that I’m enjoying and recommending. Welcome to Loves & Recommendations #1!

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Arctic Fox semi-permanent hair dye.

The 4 oz bottles are $10.99, and the 8 oz bottles are $16.99.

I have been experimenting with fantasy hair over the last 5-6 months, and I switched from using Manic Panic to Arctic Fox after seeing a LOT of great videos on YouTube of regular people using Arctic Fox to get great color. I have a lot more to say about my experience with non-traditional hair colors, and will post about it soon, but spoiler alert, I will be saying great things about Arctic Fox products.

Maybelline Unstoppable Eyeliner in Pewter.

I have been in love with this eyeliner for years, as made evident by this blog post. I bought another one in pewter, because it is my ride or die eyeliner. Available for $5.94 from Amazon.

TurboTax Deluxe.

Boring? Maybe, but I’ve been using it forever and will buy it every year that it makes sense for me to do my own taxes. It is so easy, and once you use it once, everything pulls over to your new return from the previous year. It took me no time at all for federal taxes this year, and until I buy a house and have much more complicated financials, I’m sticking with it. Around $40 on Amazon.

Paine’s Red Cedar incense trees.

I bought these for Will from his Christmas wishlist, and I love them so much that I bought a second box for our home. It smells so woodsy and fire-burn-y (not a word) and I love it. $8.92 on Amazon.

John Frieda Beach Blonde Shampoo and Conditioner.

I first purchased these years ago when a nearby Eckerd story was closing and everything was on sale. Neither Will or I were blonde, but it says on the back that you can use it on any color hair. Will ended up loving these products because they are minty, but for a long time I could not find them. A random search one day, and they are back in our life. What’s weird is that the set of 2 is over $20 on Amazon right now, but you can buy them separately for around $12.

Unique Extra Dark “Splits”

I’m so glad that this brand is getting more exposure! We found these at a farmer’s market a while back, and they are the most polarizing snack I have ever had. Everyone loves or hates them. I love them, and my dad liked them when I gave him some, and I bought a pack of 2 before Christmas and sent him a bag along with keeping one for my house. You can get them for as little as $3/bag on Amazon.

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Vegas New Orleans | In My Travels

by Jamie Sanford on February 20, 2017

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All images taken with the Sony NEX-6.

We traveled to New Orleans in December, and one of my only required stops was to go to Magazine Street and do some shopping. We ended up shopping for Will in a store called Vegas – funny enough since we were only a few weeks out from our Las Vegas vow renewal.

We not only had great success, but I was super charmed by the aesthetic of the store itself.

It was another grey day in New Orleans, but that’s the perfect time for shopping.

Lovely natural light from these huge windows.

While I was busy enjoying the interior and display designs, Will was shopping and finding great items. The selection in the store was a mix of classic items with those that were a bit more quirky, and brands I had never seen or heard of before. Will ended up buying 2 shirts that are new favorites.

I could not sell Will on the gold jacket.

These hats were perfectly tongue-in-cheek.

The commitment is real when even the business cards are this good.

The happy customer. If you’re in the market for men’s clothing in New Orleans, definitely go and check out Vegas on Magazine Street.

Happy trails!

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Link Tank #40

by Jamie Sanford on February 17, 2017

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This documentary is called 10-Meter Tower. Go watch it! It isn’t super long but it is all of us.

I didn’t make this cheesy bread bowl for the Super Bowl, but I seriously considered it because it looks ridiculously good.

Life advice from unexpected guru Stacy London.

3 tips for improving your Instagram photos.

13 things to give up in order to be successful. I found this one a little challenging.

How to dress in order to boost your productivity. Important for those who work remotely.

I saw this herb fougasse on The Great British Bake-Off, and I really want to try making it.

Making your own overhead camera mount!

I cannot recommend enough that you go see Britney Spears in Las Vegas. The show is so fun, the production value is insane, and Britney dances THE WHOLE TIME. So fun.

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Valentine’s Day is back again, and a very modern problem with this day is being reminded by your social media channels of past relationships that still might linger in the depths of your Facebook albums or adorable tweets.

Not everyone wants to see this kind of content, and so I was thrilled to see this message when I checked Timehop early this morning. (Timehop is one of my most-used apps of 2016, which has continued into 2017.)

I did not have to swipe up to safety and so didn’t – I’ve been with the same person since long before Timehop was even conceived. However, since it is marked as Sponsored, I’m guessing an identification of said sponsor would have been evident had I swiped up? I have checked Timehop over 200 days in a row, and I haven’t found any of their sponsored content or posts to be upsetting or obtrusive.

Update: Timehop’s swipe up leads you to a list of life hacks to make yourself feel better if you’re lonely on Valentine’s Day. It’s too long for a screenshot from my phone, but it is very cute.

Well played, Timehop. I will see you tomorrow.

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Brennan’s in New Orleans | In My Travels

by Jamie Sanford on February 6, 2017

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All images taken with the Sony NEX-6.

I set up a surprise trip to New Orleans last month, to celebrate Will’s birthday (and also mine, to be honest). During multiple visits to New Orleans, we had heard about the famous breakfast at Brennan’s, but hadn’t managed to actually eat there. We stopped in while we were there to try and get reservations, and ended up having a proper birthday breakfast for Will on the morning that we left.

It did not disappoint in any way. Let’s take a look.

The famous pink exterior.

It was dark and rainy that day, but the holiday decor brightened everything up.

The interior is amazing and over the top, but perfectly so.

Look at these panels!

I’m not sure what the provenance of the bell necklaces are, but they were waiting for us at the table and put on us as soon as we were seated! I took these home, trimmed the ribbon, and made them into ornaments for my Christmas tree a few weeks later.

This is unfortunately blurry, but you can get the idea.

We both had eggs Benedict, but Will had the artisanal version. We had sides of bacon and grits.

I had told them it was Will’s birthday when we made the reservation, and so after breakfast they brought him this amazing dessert with a collar of cotton candy (with glitter!) and a candle. He also received a gift of a Brennan’s apron, which I can confirm he has been using.

After an incredible breakfast experience, we left, maximizing our last bits of this trip before heading back to the airport.

I cannot recommend enough that you have breakfast at Brennan’s when you visit New Orleans. It was delicious and special and completely worth our time.

Happy trails!

 

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