REVIEW ALERT: The Mimosa House

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“The Mimosa House” doesn’t that just sound like something from a fairytale?

A house filled with a colossal amount of mimosa flavors that you cannot help but taste test more than one and warm, delectable brunch plates served on white porcelain that are waiting to be savored.

Within the cookie cutter homes and neatly lined bushes in East Sacramento hides a restaurant visited by brunch masters, by the name of “The Mimosa House”. In honor of my past birthday weekend, a friend and I decided to be amongst the brunchiest bunch and experience what all the hype was about.   Continue reading “REVIEW ALERT: The Mimosa House”

Sprightly’s Guide to: College

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College. The chapter of our lives we dream about since our elementary school years. It is also the biggest let down of my childhood dreams. College is nothing like it seems in your fantasies and definitely not what it seems in the eyes of Hollywood. Not to put a whole downer on the entire college experience. I truly am going to miss going to school in the clothes I found on my floor on my way out the door. Once I receive my diploma, which is essentially my golden ticket into the big adult world, I will be biding my sweatpants and leggings farewell. Continue reading “Sprightly’s Guide to: College”

Birthday Brainstorm: Happy Birthday, Emily!

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23 years ago TOMORROW, Sprightly’s co-founder Emily was brought into this world. Though I was not yet even a fetus, I can already tell you she probably came out of where the sun don’t shine laughing instead of crying like all other babies. I say this because Emily isn’t your average woman. Yes, she puts her pants on one leg at a time, she’s not bionic, but she brings a shocking amount of light and positivity into every room she walks into. The day Emily stops smiling is when you know the end of the world is near. When I first met her I thought her happiness was all an act. Being by her side for over a year sure proved me wrong. Continue reading “Birthday Brainstorm: Happy Birthday, Emily!”

Eat me, try me, savor me: Breakfast Edition

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Here’s a little known fact about me: I love breakfast. I mean, I love breakfast so much that I find myself lying in bed at night imagining what I’ll have for my first meal of the day and quite honestly, catch myself getting excited about it.
I’m not embarrassed and no, I am not ashamed. I proudly stand by my firm belief that breakfast is what keeps this world together because if it wasn’t for that meal, the world would be a very, very scary place in the wee hours of dawn (but, isn’t already?). Continue reading “Eat me, try me, savor me: Breakfast Edition”

A beauty guru’s dream, a competitor’s nightmare: Fenty Beauty 

 

Ladies and gentlemen, say hello to your ride or die product, the definition of perfection and your endless beauty craze. No, I’m not talking about the discovery of setting spray (even though that really transformed my life), I’m talking about the latest foundation that hit stores and shook the boots of beauty glamazons and competitors alike. That’s right, Fenty Beauty by Rihanna, the musician turned beauty queen. 


At this point you have probably already heard about this newest phenomenon and its’ unusual ability to take our skin on a much needed vacation and somehow injects our skin with a colassol amount of confidence. Rihanna has provided a wide variety in her collection such as: highlighters (bring sunglasses for this one), foundation (tears from God himself), countour sticks and smooth, creamy primer that offers unbelievable moisture to your skin. But this isn’t the only thing that has sent her buyers in a frenzy, Rihanna has provided an incredible amount of colors for her liquid foundation line and has truly offered an option for everyone (it’s about time someone did this).

 Just a few weeks ago, Lily and I took a trip to the mall and decided to take our minds off of midterms and stress and bring our focus into the wonders of Sephora. My ultimate mission was to get a color match from this collection and if I liked it, I fully intended on spending a pretty penny on its’ many wonders and would eat a jar of mayonnaise to finally get my hands on it. I marched right up to the Fenty Beauty’s wide selection and asked an associate for a skin match. After trying two colors, the employee tells me, “Give it a couple minutes to let the foundation set”. Waiting, waiting, waiting…before I know it she takes the hand mirror and brings it to my face. “Wow, my skin looks….almost unreal”, I said with a hypnotic gaze. Unfortunately upon popular demand, they did not have many colors left so I had to resort to ordering online. I was so eager to get this baby in the mail that I checked the mailbox every day, stalked my tracking number from UPS (and shamelessly my mailman) and gazed out my living room window with the uptmost anticipation. 
Because it’s that good.

My point here is that the hype is REAL! Yes, you are hearing that from everybody and reading positive reviews left and right but its true, this isn’t a paid advertisment and I am not getting sent free Fenty products by this positive review, I am simply impressed.

For those of you who have not jumped on this trend, take some time out of your day and prance your pedicured feet into your local Sephora. You will not regret this decision and thankfully, neither will your bank account.

Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation: $34.00


Pro Filt’r Retouch Primer: $32.00


Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter: $34.00


Match Stix Shimmer Skinstick: $25.00



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Kombucha Power

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WARNING: DO NOT SMELL THE PRODUCT BEFORE TASTING.⚠️

Cleanse your body with a nice cold glass of fermented sweet tea with a culture of yeast and bacteria. Doesn’t that just make you want to run to the nearest bathroom stall and upchuck your last meal? That’s exactly how I felt when I heard the Kombucha train making its stops around town, picking up more people every time it came back around. My hometown is the birth and center for most trending fads, especially if it can be categorized with the health-nuts. Now I’m not a Kombucha-enthusiast or connoisseur in any way. I’m just a curious-mind who decided to jump on the fermented-beverage bandwagon to see what the hype was all about. Besides, you’ll never know if you don’t like it until you try it. When I say “try it” I don’t mean to take one sip and that will be my deciding factor, like what I did with Monster and Rockstar energy drinks. *Cue the gag reflex* (No offense to those who like beverages that taste like battery acid.) My point is, I wanted to try every single flavor, brand, and style of Kombucha to get a solid opinion on it. Continue reading “Kombucha Power”

Hot Seat: Should president’s be allowed to use Twitter negatively for their own perks?

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Freedom of speech has been seen as a right of passage for all walks of life. I imagine that back in “horse and carriage days” our ancestors dipped their toes in gossip and shared their opinions over the butter churner. Fast forward to the year 2017 and people are sharing their opinions through social media platforms (i.e. Twitter, Instagram, Facebook (repeat offender) and public forums) within their techie toys for the whole world to see. All it takes is one screenshot, one news article, one curious set of eyes to see something that perhaps cannot go unseen, let’s use Twitter as our shining star.

Continue reading “Hot Seat: Should president’s be allowed to use Twitter negatively for their own perks?”

Don’t feed the fear, keep the faith

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On October 1, late Sunday night, 22,000 country fans stood to listen to country singer, Jason Aldean, perform at the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival in Las Vegas, Nevada. Not long before Aldean began to sing his song, “When She Says Baby” rounds of shots were fired from the 32nd floor window of the nearby hotel, Mandalay Bay Resort. That night, America faced a tragic attack that resulted in the loss of 58 lives. Technically speaking, the death count is 59, however, I am only counting the number of lives that matter. It is inhumane for someone to take the lives of innocent people. That may sound like common sense to most of you, but with what’s been going on around the world lately I felt the need to clarify that it is most certainly not okay. Continue reading “Don’t feed the fear, keep the faith”

Review Alert: Meet & Eat

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Think of a time you felt extremely full after a big meal. Now imagine having that feeling while trying to sit down at Thanksgiving dinner. Well, that was me sitting at the restaurant thinking if it was possible to make my stretchy pants stretchier because this degree of stretch wasn’t cutting it for the level of stuffiness I was feeling!!! I didn’t know what full was until my recent experience dining at ‘Meet & Eat’, a local American-style eatery just down the street from the Sacramento City College campus. Let’s set the time machine back to about three weeks ago. My two friends from my hometown came to visit me for the weekend, so I decided to give them the ultimate Sacramento experience. You bet your bottom dollar I invited Emily to be a tour guide alongside me. She’s my right hand gal; it wouldn’t be a Sacramento adventure without her. With much to see in this beautiful city, the tour pushed back our meal times by quite a bit. Needless to say, around 4pm as we exited the fascinating museum inside the Capitol, we were just about ready to eat our own placentas. Crabby and exhausted, we headed to our car to drive to the nearest McDonald’s. Emily, being the voice of reason, suggested we eat at a place with much more quality to it and insisted we go to this restaurant, called ‘Meet & Eat’ that she had tried a couple weeks back. It’s hard to say no to food someone describes as “so good, it should be illegal”.  With that, it was goodbye Big Mac and hello extra 15-minute drive. Let me tell you, the things Emily and I would do for food makes such a long list you’d have to publish it in volumes. Continue reading “Review Alert: Meet & Eat”

Sprightly’s Guide to: Anxiety

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It’s Saturday night and you’re out with your friends, music’s blaring and people are surrounding you, you have a drink in your hand and you’re laughing with your friends but moments later, your mind trails off. Music becomes quieter as you feel the bass booming through your chest, your heart rate starts picking up speed, all while your face morphed into a concerned expression. Suddenly, worrisome thoughts come tumbling through your brain: your plans for tomorrow that were poorly planned, a project that’s due, and even thoughts about an embarrassing conversation you had the day before makes a special appearance. You’re in deep now and it appears that nobody has noticed your derailment but yourself. “1, 2, 3, breathe”, you say to yourself and just like that you’re back in the conversation, for now. Continue reading “Sprightly’s Guide to: Anxiety”