So… it’s been a hot sec since I last posted. In truth, I’ve spent the majority of this last month thinking about my role as a blogger and struggling to determine how transparent to be on this platform I’ve built over the past five years.
Last month, we confirmed a man to a lifetime position on the Supreme Court. A man who had been accused of assault and – whether he was guilty of that 30-year-old crime or not – responded to those allegations by:
Discounting the pain that assault survivors face every day, and
Blaming the other political party for the entire situation in which he had found himself.
But more on that later.
In the event you’re one of those people who only likes to read above the fold and then scroll through pictures, I have one message for you to take from this post:
You need to vote. Why? For starters, too many people are dying of gun violence in schools, synagogues, and grocery stores for you to stay silent. Women’s rights over their own bodies is once again being called under question. Minority groups are being persecuted, and hate crimes in this country continue to rise. As divisive, partisan, and ugly as it may seem, too much is happening in this country for you to sit back and do nothing this midterm election season. So you need to vote.
I’ve been really slacking with the on-time posts lately. But I have a good(ish) excuse this time, I swear.
Three weekends ago, I flew out to California for the wedding of one of my dearest friends from my MBA. In case you missed my sporadic posts on Instagram Stories throughout the weekend, just know that the wedding was absolutely stunning. The ceremony took place in a redwood grove, and the reception was held in a nearby barn. It was so simple, so stunning, and so them. My friend looked like a literal fairy princess and I was so happy to be able to stand by her side on her special day.
Then, I got sick for a few days with a fever and Little Mermaid-level laryngitis. And then I went to Austin to celebrate (1) my dad as he was inducted into the University of Texas at Austin College of Natural Sciences Hall of Honors and (2) the wedding of two of my dearest friends from high school. Between being down for the count with a fever, and then the family time and celebrations, there wasn’t a spare moment to write a post.
And then there was last week. I originally thought, “I’ll have so much time to write this week!” Lies. I ended up getting home at or after midnight every night last week (which is not conducive to blog posts that take you at least 2-3 hours to write and you desperately need sleep to be borderline functional the next day). And then I hopped back down to Austin again this past weekend for my 10-year high school reunion. Phew!
But now I’m back and able to write again so yay. Let’s do this thing.
Today, I’m talking all about 3 things you should know before starting a blog. As of this month, I’ve been blogging for 5 years at glitterandspice.com! Where the heck has time gone?!?! Over that time, this site has gone through many changes. Case in point: anybody remember when Glitter & Spice was a food blog? Lessons have been learned, friends.
Since Sephora is having an amazing sale right now (and only through the end of today so hurry over ASAP!), I thought it the perfect time to share my full in-flight skincare routine for long flights.
In case you’re relatively new to Glitter & Spice and aren’t in-the-know, I have dry skin. I mean absurdly dry skin. If I don’t wear moisturizer for even one day, my skin gets dull and flaky. Like Goldmember. It’s gross. And FYI: flying exacerbates said dryness as the dry, cold cabin air will dry anybody out.
As a result, I do this routine on each and every flight lasting over 5 hours. AKA on every international flight. Sure, I might look like a total freako during the flight, but then I’m a glowing goddess (or at least not-miserable-looking) upon landing, so I’ll take that tradeoff.
In case you can’t tell, I was torn between two names for this post: my favorite restaurants in London versus the most Instagrammable restaurants in London. In the end, I decided on some combination of the two. Because why choose one when you can have both? (Shoutout to my dad for that nugget of wisdom)
While you’ve probably heard of some of these spots (or possibly even most of them if you’re a local!), I really tried to find a few restaurants off-the-beaten-path on my most recent trip to London. So there’s sure to be a restaurant or two even a true Londoner has never tried!
Keep reading for the full list and please share your favorite restaurants in London in the comments section! I’m always on the hunt for a new, delicious spot. Extra points to Gryffindor if I can add it to my list of the most Instagrammable restaurants in London too.
Today, I’m answering a question I get all the damn time. And I mean all.the. damn. time. Honestly. At least once a week, I receive a DM on Instagram, asking me what I use to edit my photos or for the best mobile apps for photo editing. And after answering this question literally 50+ times this summer, I thought it about time I just wrote a blog post.
So, today’s one of the rare blogging basics posts that were actually requested by my non-blogger followers! In this post, I’m going to explore all of my favorite mobile apps for photo editing, including apps that make my Instagram Stories look better and apps that I use to make me look better.