The Transient Twenties: Moving & Chasing After What I Want in Life

As I write this post, I am sitting on a worn-out, secondhand couch left by a former roommate. Currently, this is the only piece of furniture in my apartment that is suitable for sitting. Like many New Englanders, I am moving out of my apartment on September 1st, so much of my furniture has been sold or given to others for free.

Read More

Facebook & Instagram Made Me Buy It

Social media plays a huge role in influencing the purchasing decisions of millennial men and women, since so many of us are actively engaging with influencers, brands, and our own network of friends and family online. Through Facebook & Instagram’s advanced targeting capabilities, as well as through the brand and influencers that we follow, we are being bombarded with a bevy of products in our feeds.

Recognizing the way social media impacts what we buy and how we interact with brands, I thought I’d share the products that Facebook/Instagram “made me buy”.

Read More

Feeling Seen: Dunkin’ Donuts launches NEW! Gluten-Free Brownie

As someone with major food intolerances, my week was made a little brighter by Dunkin’ Donuts’ new gluten-free fudge brownie. This is the brand’s first gluten-free offering.

Read More

Smart Consumerism | How to Make Better Shopping Decisions #1

Learning how to develop smart shopping and savings habits are essential parts of growing up. Unfortunately, for many of us, financial literacy is not something taught to us in school or by our parents.

Shopping can offer temporary relief from stress or sadness, but buying “things” does not equate to true happiness. Moreover, excessive spending can actually hold you back from living an active, engaging life, especially as you age.

Read More

New Name: SustainingU now The Newbury Girl

SustainingU is now The Newbury Girl. Same beauty and minimalism centered content with sprinkles of wellness and sustainability.

Read More

Starbucks to Eliminate Plastic Straws

Did you know that over 500,000,000 single-use, plastic straws are used in the U.S.A. every day? Although they offer drinkers convenience, plastic straws cannot be recycled properly due to their size and weight and are common pollutants found in the ocean and in landfills.

As we understand the impact plastic is having on the environment, businesses must learn to change their model. Can Starbucks’ recent announcement to ban plastic straws help influence other businesses to change their ways?

Read More

Sephora Launches the Clean Beauty Hub

This June, Sephora launched their much awaited Clean Beauty Hub online and in-stores throughout North America! Please keep reading to learn more about what it means to be a Clean Beauty brand at Sephora.

Read More

How to Set Goals You’ll Keep

Do you struggle to set goals that you’ll actually keep? Are you longing to make a lifestyle change or conquer a lifelong challenge? Check out this list for steps and methods to setting goals that you’ll actually keep.

Read More

My Daily Skin Care Routine

Admittedly, when I was younger, I never thought much about skincare, because it was never was exciting to me as color products (i.e. makeup). Even though I suffered from bad acne as an adolescent, I never felt the need to invest in good skincare because the root of my “bad” skin was genetic.

Now I am a skincare junkie with a set morning and evening routine. Not only does my skincare routine help to maintain and improve my skin, but it has become an essential part of my self-care routine.

Read More

to Thrive

On my commute to work, I can’t help but to wonder, how many people are aiming to get through the day? How often do I start my own day thinking, I’ll be happy when this day is over. Unfortunately, too many people go through life merely aiming to make it through their day.

In the immortal words of Switchfoot, “I wanna thrive, not just survive.” But what does it mean to thrive?

Personally, when I envision the word “thrive,” I see lush green vegetation blooming, regardless of the weather or the environment.

Read More