First Blog Post!

Hello everyone! My name is Emily Shanton and I decided to create a blog in order to share a little bit more about my life and the things I love. This blog will be filled with lifestyle posts, beauty tips & tricks, fashion ideas/inspiration, as well as food because let’s be real who doesn’t love food?! There will also be posts about my everyday life as a college student in San Diego and all that comes along with that. Just as shown in my tag line, it will include just about everything that I find worth mentioning, because that’s what a blog is all about right?! I started this blog in order to capture and write about whatever brings me joy so follow along and find out what it’s like to be

Simply Emily Marie.

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My Bath Essentials for a Night In

Sometimes life can get really overwhelming. I can almost guarantee that at some point in your life you have been overwhelmed by something that has been thrown your way. I sure know that I have, in fact probably at least once a day I get overwhelmed by something that has happened. I’m hoping that’s normal for most people (it’s probably not) but hey that’s just part of who I am. Over the many years, 21 to be exact, that I have been alive I have perfected my ultimate de-stress/girly/spa/nighttime/night in routine. This is my simple way of de-stressing and enjoying a night in.

My favorite way to unwind is to take a bath. I don’t know what it is about the atmosphere that a bath gives but I instantly relax and have a chance to de-stress. Recently I found some products that I love to use during a night in. The Tree Hut Shea Moisturizing Epsom Salt in the scent Tropical Mango is probably my all time favorite out of the bunch. Ever since I was about 12 I have been putting Epsom Salts in my bath for lots of different reasons but if you are curious about the benefits of adding them just google it and you will find lots of resources! These ones from Tree Hut smell SO amazing that I had to buy the matching Body Wash (which I also use as bubble bath) and Sugar Scrub to enhance my nighttime bath routine. They have tons of different scents this was just my favorite out of the options I had when I was out and about shopping. The final touch to my relaxing bath time is to add a candle of choice and throw on a sheet mask and/or hair mask. The candle pictured above was a gift from a sweet friend of mine and the scent was tropical so I found it appropriate considering all the other tropical scents I had going on. That’s it! That is my go-to routine for when life gets kind of crazy, it’s the perfect way to unwind and also pamper yourself at the same time.

Life Update

Summer has come and is slowly going within the blink of an eye. I have been so busy with work and spending time with those I love that I have neglected to post on here as often as I would have liked. I still have a bunch of blog post ideas coming in the near future so be sure to check back every so often so you don’t miss them! I head back to school in just a little over 4 weeks and it is so crazy to think that I am going to be a junior in college. The time has flown by but the one thing I will NOT miss is the stress that comes with planning classes for the next semester. Being at such a big college there are lots of different classes and a lot of students to fill those classes so the registration process quickly becomes one of the most dreadful processes. Speaking from past and current experience it’s like the ultimate game of chance with constant rearranging/reorganizing until finally the time comes to add the classes as fast as humanly possible before they get filled. That has been my current life mixed in with work during the day. When they tell you that life goes by so quickly once you’re in college they really aren’t kidding, it seems like just yesterday I was graduating from high school and getting prepared to go off to college for the first time. I am so grateful and blessed for the life that I live and am just trying to take in everyday as it comes. So here’s just a little life update explaining why I haven’t been posting as often as I would like but thanks for being along for the journey!

XOXO, em

 

Farmer’s Market Adventure in LA

 

Today I spent the day in Los Angeles, California with my best friend, who also happens to be my boyfriend, Dylan. We decided to have a fun day exploring the Farmer’s Market and walking around The Grove Shopping Center. Our first stop was the Farmer’s Market where we spent a solid 30 minutes just walking around and looking at all the different vendors & food. The fruit looked absolutely delicious and I couldn’t help but take pictures of all the yummy treats I encountered through our wandering. I finally decided on a place called the French Crepe Co. where I ordered a savory breakfast crepe which had egg, cheese, tomato, and bacon. This crepe was so amazing and if you’re in the mood for a sweeter crepe they had plenty of delicious options as well.

 

Wandering into the grove we found the cutest little vendor selling all sorts of beautiful succulents. I just about wanted every single one of them but somehow withheld my urge to buy the entire cart. Before heading home we drove about 30 minutes to this place called Churro Borough where we stopped for some dessert. Churro ice cream sandwiches are just about as good as you would imagine they would be, delicious.

5 Minute Summer Makeup

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During the summer I hardly ever bother with a lot of makeup because there really isn’t any point. Mostly everyday is filled with some type of outdoor activity either in the sun/heat or in the ocean/pool. My go-to summer makeup is very simple and takes less than 5 minutes. This routine is also something that I do for those “no makeup” makeup days where you just want a little something to make you look awake without getting carried away. These are some of my favorite makeup products for not only the summer but year round as well.

Step 1: After applying face sunscreen my first step is to lightly apply some of my BareMinerals Original Foundation SPF 15 with a fluffy powder brush. I have the shade “golden medium” and this is my perfect shade for the summer since I usually have a bit of a tan going on. This provides a light dusting of coverage while at the same time adding SPF to protect your face from the sun. I find this to be perfect for summer as it not only evens out my skin tone but it also is very light on the skin making it very breathable.

Step 2: Next I go for the Benetint by Benefit and apply this to both my lips and my cheeks. I dab a little bit of the liquid onto one of my cheeks and then rub it in before moving onto the next cheek because since this is a stain you have to blend it in quick before it dries. After applying it to both my lips and cheeks it provides such a natural looking flush to the skin and it stays all day long.

Step 3: Next I move onto the brows and I use my Anastasia Beverly Hills Eye Brow Powder in the color taupe and I apply this to both of my eyebrows using a light hand with an angled eyeshadow brush.

Step 4&5: Finally moving onto the eyes I use two products. The first is the Revlon Colorstay Creme Eyeshadow in the color Cherry Blossom 745. I simply apply this creme shadow with my finger all over my eyelid and it’s as easy as that. This shadow will stay all day long, like seriously all day, even after you take off your makeup some will still be there. Then to top off the whole look I apply my favorite mascara the Benefit They’re Real Mascara. This mascara lengthens and provides volume at the same time you just have to apply a couple coats to achieve that dramatic lash effect. They have a water proof version of this mascara but I find that the normal formula is already hard to remove so I have no problem with it coming off throughout the day.

Summer Beach Essentials [Skincare/Haircare]

Summer is among us and that means it’s time to break out the good stuff. No summer is complete without a bag full of skin & hair essentials to take with you to the beach or pool. These products are a combination of new and old finds that I think are essential to both your skin & hair’s summer needs.

~SUNSCREEN PRODUCTS~

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I don’t know about you but I love summer because it finally means a chance to relax in the sun and even hopefully get that sun kissed tan skin that always makes you feel more confident. However, laying in the sun for hours on end with no SPF can be very damaging to your skin, while it may not show right away, not wearing SPF can cause lots of health/skin issues down the road. I have two sets of my favorite types of sunscreen to protect my skin, the first is the Neutrogena Beach Defense Sunscreen SPF 70 which is easy for reapplying at the beach/pool since it is spray form and is usually my go-to for reapplying. Before I even get to the beach/pool while I am getting ready I apply the Hawaiian Tropics Silk Hydration Weightless SPF 30 & Oil Free Face Sunscreen to my body and face. This stuff is probably my favorite sunscreen ever because it not only smells amazing but it also feels amazing. It melts into the skin and literally makes your skin so silky smooth that you won’t even be able to tell it’s sunscreen.

~TANNING PRODUCTS~

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Like I mentioned earlier tan skin is always something that just goes hand-in-hand with summertime. I love the feeling of being tan but have recently realized that there are ways to achieve that without baking in the sun with no SPF. One of my favorite products for the beach is the Maui Babe Browning Lotion. This product has NO SPF so it is very important to layer it with an SPF of some sorts in order to protect your skin from the harmful UV rays. If you can get past the odd, almost barbecue like smell, then this product will change your life. The lotion itself is brown so even while tanning you already sort of have that bronze look to your skin. If you’re looking for an all in one type of product the Sun Bum Tanning Oil SPF 15 is that product. It is a tanning oil so keep that in mind and maybe save this one for the pool unless you want to be a sandy-oily mess at the beach. It has an SPF of 15 and it smells like coconuts. A sun-less option also by Sun Bum are their Self-Tanning Towelettes which are basically just towelettes with self-tanner on them and you can apply it all over your face or body to achieve that tan look without the sun!

~AFTER-SUN PRODUCTS~

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After sun skincare is equally as important as protecting your skin from the sun. After returning from a day in the sun my skin usually feels dry and sometimes even a little sunburnt depending on how well I reapplied that day. I have two products that in essence do the same thing but I equally love both. The first is the Sun Bum Cool Down Spray and this product is a spray oil/lotion that you can apply to your skin after the sun in order to calm and heal your dry and irritated skin. It smells like cucumber and contains aloe which will help restore any sunburnt skin. The other product is the Hawaiian Tropics Silk Hydration After Sun and this is more of a gel-like consistency and smells tropical. This one is ideal to put on before bed and just like the sunscreen it melts right into the skin leaving your skin silky smooth to the touch.

~HAIR PRODUCTS~

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Some of my favorite hair products to take with me to the beach are sea-salt sprays like the Ouai Wave Spray or the Not Your Mother’s Beach Babe Spray. Whenever I get out of the water I will spray a bunch of this in my hair and scrunch it up in order to get those soft beach waves. If I am not in the mood for a messy beach look then I will spray the Carol’s Daughter Black Vanilla Leave-in Conditioner all throughout my hair and brush it out with my Tangle Teezer Hairbrush and just let it air dry like normal.

My Daily Skincare Routine

My skincare routine has remained pretty much the same for at least 4 years now. Trying new products is always something that I love doing but once you find that staple routine that works for your skin, stick to it, because then you will begin to see results just like I have. These are some of my favorite products for skincare that are fairly natural and require little effort. The simpler the better in my opinion because then it makes it easy to stay consistent.

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My holy grail, cannot live without, favorite face wash is the Purity face wash from Philosophy. This is the first step in my skincare routine and the only face wash I really use besides an occasional scrub every so often. This product is a makeup remover and face wash in one so it’s very simple and makes my life so much easier. One of my best recommendations for clear skin is to make sure you are washing your face and removing all your makeup both morning and night. Sometimes at night I find it hard to want to remove my makeup once I am all comfy in bed but this face wash makes it super simple to just wash it once and be done! It is very gentle and smells amazing while at the same time removing all my makeup for one simple step.

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After washing my face I follow up with the Hope in a Jar moisturizer from Philosophy. This moisturizer smells fresh and clean and is the best one that I have found for my skin. I tend to have combination skin that can sometimes get oily throughout the day while at the same time can get dry pretty easily without the proper hydration. I find this moisturizer to be the perfect solution. I tend to use this mainly at night since I find it to be a little too thick to wear under makeup and it doesn’t contain the SPF I like to have for during the day. This moisturizer paired with the Purity face wash make for an unstoppable duo that have consistently kept my skin smooth and clear of blemishes.

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Speaking of blemishes, something I keep on hand in case one of those little suckers pops up is the Tea Tree Oil from Trader Joes. I put some of the oil onto a q-tip and dap it on the blemish to try and spot treat the area. Tea tree oil has so many benefits but I find it to be amazing at clearing up/drying out skin impurities. Usually I will do this at night so that it has time to soak in and heal the affected area.

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Last but not least the eye cream that I use is the 100% Pure Coffee Bean Caffeine Eye Cream. I use a small amount of this under my eyes to help reduce puffiness and dark circles. This stuff smells amazing just like coffee with a mix of vanilla and makes my under eye area feel rejuvenated. Since I still am quiet young I do not really need the extra added stuff into an eye cream so I just use this at night as sort of a preventative. I love the consistency because it just melts right into my skin. For added de-puffing try sticking this in the fridge to get a nice cooling affect when you apply it.

 

Fun Date Idea for the Summer

One of my favorite things to do is paint but it is something that I often never get to do because I am too busy with school, homework, or work. It is so relaxing and is something I really enjoy doing. Another one of my favorite things to do is spend time with my boyfriend Dylan so I can’t think of better way to relax and spend time with someone you love. We decided to come up with some fun, unique, and relaxing date ideas for this summer since we will both be working and life can get kind of crazy. One of those ideas was to paint in the park but since it was such a nice and beautiful day out we decided to paint at a local beach that has a huge grassy area which overlooks the ocean. We aren’t the best painters in the world but it was so nice to just relax and paint anything we wanted while getting to just talk and laugh with each other. If you’re in need of a fun date idea this is definitely a go-to and requires little effort & money.

Delicious Food from the Girl’s Trip

It’s finally here! Some of the yummy food that my mom and I ate on our 3 day trip up the coast to Santa Barbara, Pismo Beach, and San Luis Obispo.

First on the list is Sandbar and this restaurant is located on State Street in Santa Barbara, California. We enjoyed a nice late lunch here before heading back on the road to Pismo Beach. I ordered the taquitos, or rolled tacos, and my mom ordered two chicken soft tacos so that we could share. The food was very delicious and everything on the menu sounded amazing. If you’re ever in Santa Barbara and in need of some Mexican food stop by this restaurant and you won’t be disappointed.

Another restaurant we went to was called Novo and this was in downtown San Luis Obispo. The last image is a picture of the restaurant and as you can see it is on like a back outside patio that overlooks a little creek. My mom and I again ordered things to share starting with butternut squash soup. This soup was delicious and sweet while at the same time had a bit of a kick to it from the spices that were used. As our main dishes my mom ordered the “Singapore Chicken Satay” and I ordered the “Novo Lettuce Wraps”. These were on the appetizer part of the menu but were plenty of food. We couldn’t leave without trying a dessert so we ordered the “Winter Fruit Crisp” which had apples, pears, cranberries and ice cream along with a blood orange caramel sauce.

Since one dessert is never enough we also stopped at the SLO Donut Company on the way back to the hotel to get some yummy donuts. We ordered half a dozen and since it was later on in the night they didn’t have the best selection left however, the ones we did get were delicious. Starting from the top left we have a chocolate chip/hazelnut donut that was filled with chocolate filling, next was a nutella filled one, then a strawberry twist donut which was filled with strawberry jam, then we have just an old fashioned, and then finally two sprinkled cake donuts (chocolate/vanilla). The donuts were delicious and the place was very cute but I would recommend going there earlier on so that you have a better selection to choose from.

Girl’s Trip to Pismo Beach~Part 2

Following our kayak adventure we went for a walk on the pier next to the kayak rental shop. Now I am no photographer but this place was too beautiful to not take pictures so I tried my best to capture some of my favorite parts about that pier. I felt as though I was in a different world, the whole nature of the place where we were was so laid-back and simple. The gloomy morning fog made it feel as though I was in a Nicholas Sparks movie, I’m telling you this place looked exactly like the little seaport town from his movie Safe Haven.

Next we headed down the road a bit to a cute little village/town right next to the water and enjoyed an amazing brunch before heading back to the room. By this time in the day luckily the fog had burned off and the sun came out. We decided to take advantage of the weather and we headed down a little path to the beach. We walked along the shoreline for a bit, stopping to look at and collect a few pretty rocks along the way.

Exhausted from a long adventurous morning we both decided to take a nap before getting ready for dinner. There is nothing better than falling asleep to the sound of the ocean just outside your balcony. After getting ready we headed down the road a few miles into downtown San Luis Obispo for dinner. To our surprise it was a Thursday night and apparently every Thursday night they block off some of the streets for a farmers market. There were tons of people and delicious smelling food. Once we finally found parking we headed down to bubblegum alley to get a few pictures and then went in a few of the shops until our reservation time. We had dinner reservations at a restaurant called Novo where the tables were in the back patio overlooking a little creek. It was absolutely beautiful and it felt like we were in the middle of a forest. Don’t worry my next post is going to include all the food we ate at this amazing restaurant as well as the other places throughout our trip so make sure to look out for that!

Before heading home the next day we made a quick stop in Solvang. We walked around and went in a few stores and bakeries before getting back on the road for the long trip home.

This was such a relaxing trip and I had such a wonderful time hanging out and exploring with my mom. It’s fitting that I am writing this post on mother’s day because she is the one who made this whole trip possible. Knowing that I was finishing my sophomore year of college she planned this trip for the two of us as a way to celebrate. I am so grateful to have a mother who cares and loves me so much and someone who is always supportive of me and my dreams. I love you mom and thank you for such an amazing trip!

Girl’s Trip to Pismo Beach~Part 1

As sophomore year of college came to a close my mom surprised me with a girls trip for the two of us. We traveled from Orange County to Santa Barbara where we stopped to shop around on State Street for a few hours before continuing up the coast to Pismo Beach. We spent two nights at the adorable oceanfront Spyglass Inn which had the most amazing views.

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View from our Balcony, Pismo Beach

By the time we got up there on the first night it was late in the afternoon so we headed over to get sandwiches from a local deli and spent the night on the balcony of our room enjoying the view & hanging out.

The next morning came bright and early and we had a full day planned of fun activities. We got ready and headed over to the marina at Avila Beach by 9am sharp for our fun kayaking adventure. We rented a tandem kayak for two hours so we could explore the coast a little better. My mom had previously been kayaking at this beach before so she directed us over to a little beach. We beached the kayak, which was an adventure in itself, and got off to explore.

We walked up the stairs and along a path until we reached a little area with a bunch of little cute houses that are used for all sorts of different things. My mom knew of a swing at the top of the hill that overlooked the ocean so we stopped to get a few pictures before continuing on to look at a little lighthouse building. The views were absolutely breathtaking and we had the whole little beach to ourselves. After exploring for a bit we returned to our kayak and made our way back to the marina.

Stay tuned for my next blog post on Part 2 to see what else we did that afternoon/evening as well as the last day of our trip! I will also be posting a blog post soon about all the delicious food we had along with pictures, trust me you’re going to want to hear about it.