Fab Fit Fun Fall Box Reveal
Another season means another Fab Fit Fun box. These boxes are so much fun to get because even though you can customize part of the box, you still get some great surprises. This month I decided to not customize my box. There wasn't really anything I was too crazy about, so I left it up to the curators and I was not disappointed. This season was definitely more beauty products related, but my mom did get the cheese board (which she so nicely gave to me–thanks mom!). That's what's so fun about this subscription box, everyone can get different products and share or swap some.

I'm so proud to be a #FabFitFunAffiliate and happy to share my discount code with all of you today. I'm sharing all of the products that came in my box and you can find all of these products on Amazon, but here's the thing- 99% of these products cost MORE than the actual box subscription. Sign up today by clicking this link here & using the code PUMPKINSPICE for $10 off your first order!


Fab Fit Fun Fall Box Reveal
Fab Fit Fun Fall Box Reveal
Fab Fit Fun Fall Box Reveal
Fab Fit Fun Fall Box Reveal
Fab Fit Fun Fall Box Reveal
Fab Fit Fun Fall Box Reveal
Fab Fit Fun Fall Box Reveal
Fab Fit Fun Fall Box Reveal
Fab Fit Fun Fall Box Reveal
Fab Fit Fun Fall Box Reveal
Fab Fit Fun Fall Box Reveal
Fab Fit Fun Fall Box Reveal

September Recap

I'm back doing another recap of yet another month of 2019. September honestly went by so quickly. I know people tend to say that a lot, "Oh this month went by so fast," but I truly don't know where September went. I wasn't ready for October even though I love this month, I wasn't fully ready for it. I'll be completely honest with you all–September wasn't a good month for me. Everyone says that you put your highlight reel online and it's true. I don't always talk about the "bad" or "negatives" in my life because who wants to hear about that? But we're all adults here and we all go through the same things and you know how you have bad days, weeks or months? Well, I do too and September was that month for me. This monthly recap might not be as exciting as previous ones, but it's probably one of the most honest, so let's get into it.

September Recap


Recap
As I said, this month was just rough. It seemed like when I got back from California shit just hit the fan. In all aspects of my life I was just at a low. My mental/personal health, work life, work and social life balance, relationships (romantic and friendships)– I just felt that I wasn't giving my best 100% which just then made me feel worse than I was already feeling. It was definitely a bit of a struggle and I needed to step away from everything to sort of realign my mind. I took a few days off work, make plans with friends and was making sure to see and talk to my family a bit more because honestly talking to my parents can put me in the best mood. It was just something I needed to do and it worked. I'm not saying I'm 100% better, but I'm getting there. Mental health is so important and you need to do what's best for you. Some people love to workout, other people need to meditate.. it just depends. I'll share more about when I feel like I'm on the verge of a breakdown how I get out of that feeling. So yeah, September was a bummer, but it's October now and I'm very much looking forward to it.

Highs & Lows
Highs: Even though September wasn't the best per say, I still had good days. I got a raise at work and on my side hustle (I assist a local wedding photographer on the weekends) and I feel that just a lot of opportunities have been coming up more and I'm excited to see where else these opportunities can take me.

Lows: I sort of already touched on this, but it was just a rough month. I definitely felt like life was testing me lately in all aspects of my life. Finances, relationships, work... you name it and I was going through it.

Links I Love
Salvatore Brothers Reunited // Ian Somerhalder and Paul Wesley are joining forces to create a bourbon and I am here for it. As a Vampire Diaries fan I already know this is going to be good.

Shelby Church Vlogs // I already shared this in my Cali recap blog posts but I was in one of Shelby Church's vlogs and I just think that is so cool!!! Even though I'm so awkward... still COOL!

Cross Country //
This title speaks for itself... "High School Cross-Country Team Takes Lonely Shelter Dogs On Their Morning Runs." My heart.

Memes // Can you call these images "memes?" They're screenshots of Twitter post that are relatable and hilarious. Like this one about living with a significant other, a husky and his pool and being an obsessively animal lover.

Dogs at Disney // I loveeeeeeeee seeing dogs go to Disney. I mean... come on look at that smile!!!!

Looking For Alaska // One of my all-time favorite books is being adapted into a Hulu original series. I am excited, but also not excited. Shows and movies are never as good as the books, but I do appreciate them not trying to rush it into a two-hour movie and instead letting it be a complete series. Sort of like 13 Reasons Why, it was a book and now it's on season four. So who knows, maybe it will be good. All I know is I instantly stopped what I was doing when this commercial came on the other day.

My September Spread // You can expect the next couple months to see my work in the publication that I work for. I was assigned my very own 2-page spread focusing on millennial and even though this month's work was a headache in a half, it's still my interview, my words and my work so I'm going to share it!

Favorites
I really didn't have a lot of favorites this month because like I said I just wasn't in the right frame of mind the past few weeks, but most of my favorites all surround the fall time. Honestly, just a lot of fall candles, fall blankets, pumpkins and all things fall related.

Purchases


xoxo, Michele
I've Become A Podcast Gal
I am fully convinced that once you hit a certain age you are more inclined to listen to the radio or podcast than music. I used to hate the radio, I mean I still hate it, but just because of commercials. I used to hate listening to people talk, I just didn't get it. Then I turned 26.. wow moment of silence for being closer to 30 than 20 right now. Okay, moment over. Once I turned 26 it was like a switch went off in my head and I started to prefer listening to podcast versus music on my commute. I don't know what it is, but music on my drive to work is boring to me. I feel like I'm more invested in talk shows and podcast, but honestly I've always been like that. I used to play reruns of Criminal Minds while I did my homework versus listening to music. There is something about people talking, not singing, that I pay more attention to. With that being said, I'm sharing my favorite podcast with all of you today.

Gals On The Go // This weekly podcast, hosted by YouTubers Danielle Carolan and Brooke Miccio is the first podcast I really got into. These two girls are my favorite YouTubers so following them on another platform is a bonus to me. They are a great duo and bounce off of each other really well and are very inspiring when it comes to school, work, productivity and everything in between.

The Lady Gang // Holy crap. The best podcast out there. This podcast is relatable, funny and so easy to follow along with. I have been binge listening to this podcast the past few months and I'm happy I found it later because that just means I can binge listen more often. The Lady Gang also has a tv show on E so make sure to check it out because it's just as funny watching as it is listening.

The Kane Show // I have always loved The Kane Show, but I only like certain sections of it. The three segments that I like War of the Roses, John's Justice and Ghosted. Now, you can say these are all fake/not real.. I don't care. It's like reality tv but on the radio. It's entertaining and sometimes I don't want to listen to inspirational things.. I want to be entertained. I also think Intern John is literally the funniest person on the show and anything he's apart of I want to listen to.

Directionally Challenged // So, this podcast includes two actresses from one of my favorite shows which is why I started listening to it in the first place. Candice King and Kayla Ewell discuss life in their 30's and how they thought they'd have it all figured out, but they definitely don't. As I mentioned earlier I'm closer to my 30's so it's comforting to hear their stories because if a celebrity is feeling this way, it's totally normal if I feel this way too.

These next few podcast are alternates. They aren't podcast that I die to listen to each week, but if they have a good guest or an interesting topic I'll definitely listen to them.

Thick & Thin // Katy Bellote is a YouTuber and she's so chic and I love her videos and graphic design skills, but the only part of this podcast I don't love is that it's solo. I really like podcast that have more than one person on them because it can get kind of stale (in my honest opinion). Doesn't make me love her any less, it's just I prefer to watch her videos versus her podcast. But, she is my age, she's actually from the DMV and she's living my dream in New York City right now.

Scheananigans // Scheana Shay is a reality tv star from Vanderpump Rules and like I said, sometimes I just need entertainment versus something motivational. I listen to her podcast when she interviews someone cool, but her posting schedule isn't consistent so it's hard to keep up with her podcast sometimes.

ILYSM // Another one of my favorite YouTubers, Kenzie Elizabeth, has her own podcast. Even though she's super inspirational and speaks very well, I don't have as much in common with her as I do some of the other YouTubers. Doesn't mean it's not good.. just means I don't listen to every episode that is released. If you're a college student and need to listen to a motivational podcast then Kenzie is your girl.

Straight Up With Stassi // Another Vanderpump Rules star, Stassi Schroeder. This honestly goes hand in hand with Scheana's podcast.. it's entertaining and I like the guest interviews sometimes. It's just not something I follow religiously. Which is fine because sometimes I'll forget about these two podcast and when I remember about them I can binge listen to recent episodes that I might have missed.

Those are my #1 and #2 podcast that I enjoy listening to. Everyone has different taste, but I wanted to suggest some if you're in the market for a good podcast to listen to. What are some of your favorite podcast? Let me know by commenting down below.

xoxo, Michele
What I Wore: California

As a blogger, planning my outfits for a trip is a big part of the planning process. I'm constantly thinking about what pieces can go together while also trying to figure out how to pack without going over the 50lb limit. It's a tough balance to manage, but I do what I can. I shared all of my outfits for my Orlando trip last year and I'm going to do the same here. Some of these pictures you might have already seen if you've been keeping up with the itinerary post, but I'll be linking everything I wore on each day. If you like these type of post leave a comment down below ☺️.


Day 1: Downtown Hollywood

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What I Wore: California

Day 2: Tours & SUR

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What I Wore: California
What I Wore: California


Fifteen Days In California: Part 3

I had to create a whole new part 3 just to go over Disney. As some of you may know, one of my bucket list items it to visit every Disney park in the world. Since I was in California, I figured we should cross Disneyland off of our bucket list. As I mentioned in part 2 of this series, major spoilers ahead, Disney World in Orlando, FL is much better than Disneyland in Anaheim, CA, but both parks have their perks. Disneyland offers you to get multiple fast passes throughout your day where is Disney World only lets you have 3. Disneyland also has Pixar Pier which has the Incredibles Roller Coaster which was so fun that w rid it 5 times!! Hopefully this post is helpful if any of you are planning a trip to Disneyland anytime soon.

Monday: Disneyland
Let's just jump right into what everyone wants to know about: Star Wars Galaxy Edge. We went at the perfect time because that "4-hour" pass phase was over so you could spend as long as you'd like in Batu. Disney never skimps on bringing your favorite movies to life and Batu was no exception. The minute you turn the corner it's as if you left the park. I swear it got like thirty degrees hotter and you could hear these weird bird noises. Then you see the entrance and it's straight out of the movie. I'm not good at naming every feature, but the stores, the restaurants and the design was just spectacular. You walk through the village of Batu and I mean.. I felt like a poor Jedi in hiding. When you keep walking there's the iconic Millennium Falcon. Looks just as cool in real life as it does in the movies. Sadly though, the ride... not that great. It's one of those things that you have to do so you wait in line for thirty-minutes to do so, but I went to the one in Orlando we won't waste our time with it. So basically 6 people go on the ride, 2 are pilots, 2 are shooters and 2 are engineers. The shooters and engineers basically click a bunch on buttons and the pilots drive. I don't know it just wasn't fun. Plus, if you're not good with those video game type of rides and they make you sick then it's really not fun. However, we're glad we did it, you get to walk through the Millennium Falcon which was cool. The next big part of this area is the Droid Depot and the Savi's Workshop (Build Your Own Light Saber). We saw a lot of people walking around with their Light Sabers and they were cool! Glass encased and different colors, but they're expensive! Not that my droid was any cheaper.. I chose to go to the Droid Depot and build my own R2D2 (duh)! So basically you choose if you want a R2 or BB8 and then you go to the conveyer belt and start selecting your pieces in any color you want. They have blue, black, white, etc. You can mix and match too. Then you go to the assembly line and you are responsible for building it on your own which was cool and then you get to activate it and you see your droid come to life. Now, my R2 is remote controlled, yes, but he also reacted to other things throughout the whole park. This was worth every penny to be walking by Kylo Ren and my R2 start to spin his head and go crazy. When we went on rides, walked through the park and anytime he saw another droid he would react and it was honestly so cute I could die. Best $99 I ever spent. Oh yeah, and the blue and green milk... it wasn't bad. My cousin liked it more than I do, but still it's about the experience and now we can say we drank blue milk in Batu. That's the biggest review of all of Disneyland, Star Wars Galaxy Edge was awesome. My next favorite part of Disneyland was Toon Town. Ugh, my childhood hard couldn't handle this. Everything literally looked like a cartoon! You got to walk in and out of Mickey, Goofy, Pluto, Minnie and everyone else's homes. Too Cute. I also loved the Roger Rabbit ride, not that it was a thrilling ride but the details of one of my favorite childhood memories being brought to life was really cool. The last cool feature of Disneyland that sticks out in my memory was It's A Small World. The reason this was cool was because throughout the different countries were Disney characters! Is this in the Orlando one too, because if so I never noticed it!? As we started our boat ride cousin and I quickly noticed that there were Iconic Disney characters throughout the ride in their respective countries. Mulan was in China, Aladdin was in India, Lilo & Stitch were in Hawaii (USA) and so many more. Loved that! Aside from all of that, a lot of the rides were similar to Disney World, but still an overall really fun day.

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Tuesday: Disney California Adventure Park
This park definitely takes the cake when comparing the two. Unlike Orlando, California only has two parks and DCAK is the best out of the two hands down. The rides were simply better. Pixar Pier was a lot of fun and super picture worthy too. I could seriously be a Disney blogger if I lived close enough to one. The Incredicoaster was the best ride. We someone managed to get like 5 or 6 fast passes to this roller coaster and each time was better than the last. The food was also better here. I'm a vegetarian so it's hard for me to find food in the parks, but one of their dinning areas offered cheese ravioli and I ate so many churros that day it was worth every calorie. Another thing that was different on the west coast is that they altered the iconic rides to go with a modern day film. For instance, in Orlando The Hollywood Tower of Terror is from the movie The Twilight Zone, but in Anaheim it is Guardians of the Galaxy. Same ride, different theme. Nonetheless, another one of our favorite rides. This was one of our favorite days and we stayed until the park closed.

Fifteen Days In California: Part 3
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