Updates To The Apartment

I shared my Falls Church Apartment Tour a few weeks back and man were those post way overdue. There's literally snow on the ground in the YouTube videos so you can tell it's been a while since I recorded those videos and took my time editing the post *phew.* Now that that's out of the way, I can share with you updates we've made to the apartment since I recorded those videos. A home is never truly done and who knows maybe in a few months I'll have even more updates, until then though here's some of the things we've added to our apartment since I posted my apartment tour.

Living Room & Kitchen
Updates To The Apartment
Updates To The Apartment
Updates To The Apartment
Updates To The Apartment
Updates To The Apartment
Updates To The Apartment
Updates To The Apartment
Updates To The Apartment





So in the living room we updated quite a bit that make a huge difference to the ambiance of the living room. I have been wanting a floor length mirror for a while, but I couldn't find one that fit both mine and Omar's style. If it was my choice it would have been a really expensive, no frame, mirror that touched the ceiling, but Omar didn't like that style and let's be honest it wasn't in our budget🙃. Nonetheless, we found this one for $50 at Home Goods and I just love it. We fit it in our bar cart corner and whenever I want to take cute blog post, I throw this white shag rug down to add some oomph to it. Then I found these pillows from TJ Maxx that match our living room rug PERFECTLY. I was so shocked that I found two of these and their comfortable and make the perfect nap spot on our couch now. They were $50 for both pillows! The floor lamp is something we desperately needed in the living room. The living room and bedroom don't have overhead lights, which is really weird, and make a struggle for when we have get-togethers. The reason it took us so long to find the right lighting is because again, Omar and I have very different styles. I stopped by Target one day after work though and as I was browsing the light section I saw this floor lamp for $70 that just matched the aesthetic of our apartment. The tan shade matched our couch and the metal stand matched our dining room table and bar cart. It just worked perfectly and I love the fact that the clicker is on the floor and you can step on it to turn it on or off. Above the couch we have a 16x20 poster frame that I put all of our polaroid pictures in. I absolutely loveeee this piece. It's the perfect way to show off pictures (especially the fact that polaroids are small and hard to show off) but also not have a ton of photos around the home. Omar and I both agree that we don't care for a lot of picture frames around the apartment. I put together this super simple DIY (view that blog post here) and it was time to update it. I have taken so many pictures since then (thanks to Amazon bulk ordering of the film) and I had to get a bigger poster frame to add those pictures to it. This transfer was super easy because I just put the new pictures around the already put together collage. The bar cart has seen some changes too, we're constantly getting new bottles that help change up the bar cart, but some recent finds that I wanted to highlight were these gold-rimmed champagne glasses (set of 6) that I found at The Salvation Army when I went to Pennsylvania. Then, my mom got me this gold champagne bottle because we had some good news to celebrate☺️. The next thing that's new on the bar cart is something I actually got in my Fab Fit Fun Spring Box which is the essential oil diffuser. I don't know if I believe in that oils can affect your mood, but it does smell good! I get cheap oils from TJ Maxx/Marshalls/Gabe's most of the time (please make sure you get oils that are safe for your dog too) and the oil diffuser changes color which adds some fun to a fun bar cart. The only change that has happened to the kitchen is this plug-in ceramic wax melter. I got this at Gabe's and use my favorite wax, Glade's Cashmere Woods. Incase you can't tell, I love things that smell good.


Bedroom, Bathroom & Closet
Updates To The Apartment
Updates To The Apartment
Updates To The Apartment
Updates To The Apartment
Updates To The Apartment





Like I mentioned earlier, most of the updates have been to the living room, but I have added a few new things to the other part of the apartment. You can view the bedroom, bathroom and closet tour by clicking this link here. In the bedroom I feel that only new things is a wall plug ceramic wax melter by my nightstand, again I just love things that smell good. Then I got Omar the Nintendo Switch for our anniversary and he keeps it in the bedroom for the most part. When we have friends over we switch (pun intended) it to the living room, but we love having it in the bedroom and play Mario Kart together in bed. It's so fun! In the bathroom we changed up our shower curtain because it's been a year since we moved in and the white one just got dirty and the rings started to break, so I found a new grey shower curtain at Gabe's. I also got a Ralph Lauren white bath mat to switch out with the grey one when that gets dirty. In the closet, man this closet.. we are constantly cleaning out our closet and finding new ways to organize it. I haven't truly found a way to organize my shoes and I've gone from a shoe rack to plastic containers and now to this hanging shoe rack. I got the stepping stool because our closet utilizes the height in our space but I am short so I can't reach the top shelves. The plastic 3-drawer bin on the top used to be on the bottom as well as the white shoe rack that I've had since our first apartment. It used to be at the bottom, but we moved things around as I said and cleaned up the space a bit. Since we are constantly cleaning out our closet I decided to make a Poshmark (view my Poshmark closet by clicking here). I wish I made a Poshmark back before Christmas when I cleaned out the closet because I gave away so much and got little to no money at Plato's Closet. Lesson learned, check out my Poshmark because I'm constantly adding to it!

I also have gotten a ton of new candles, books and vinyl records but that's just an everyday thing. Anytime I shop I try to do collective hauls, I shared my favorite candles on this blog post here, and I'll be sharing my entire book and vinyl collection soon, so stay tuned!

xoxo, Michele


My Current Book Collection

Ever since I posted my Falls Church apartment tour, I receive a lot of comments in regards to my books. We have books basically overflowing throughout my apartment, but I wouldn't have it any other way. I share book reviews on my blog from time-to-time, but I try to limit myself with books and what I keep. This doesn't even include the 2-3 boxes of books I have stored at my parent's house in my old bedroom. I can't even remember some that I have there (wait, yes I do–the entire Twilight series) but maybe the next big move I have when I take those books with me I'll do an updated post like this. For now, I'll just share the books that are in my apartment, which most of them will be un-read because the ones in my parents house I've read already! Some books I do have, just to have, while others I've read more than once. I'm not going to go into detail about every book, but I will break it up and let you know what books I've read and I'm keeping vs. what I still need to read. If you do have any questions about any of the books in my post or any book recommendations for me, drop me a comment down below!

My Current Book Collection
My Current Book Collection
My Current Book Collection
My Current Book Collection
My Current Book Collection
My Current Book Collection

Have Read & Worth Keeping





Need to Read


xoxo, Michele

Apps I Use To Get Cash Back

Nowadays, there are so many apps and websites that offer cash back and discounts, it's almost hard to keep up and know which ones are the best. Though I'm sure all of these websites and apps have pros to them, they can be very time consuming, kind of like couponing, I give props to people who can keep up with it, but I am not one of those people. If I'm going to partake in a cash back situation it needs to be easy and efficient. I gravitate towards brands where it takes less than a couple minutes to submit a purchase and bam, you get your rewards almost instantly. I have a few tricks up my sleeve when it comes to getting a little bit more cash on the side that won't take up your time.

Apps I Use To Get Cash Back

Get Upside // I've talked about Get Upside before, but I fully support this app. All you do is download the app, make an account and upload receipts. Anytime you're getting gas, groceries and food you can "claim" a location, upload your receipt and you'll get an email in a couple days letting you know how much cash you got back. You can even open the app to view what stores/gas stations are around that accept Get Upside and even how much you should expect to get back. You do only have 4 hours to upload the receipt, so if you got gas at 9 a.m., you can't upload the receipt at 9 p.m. I normally open the app when I'm at a gas station, see if the gas station I'm at is available (sometimes it's not, but that's okay) hit claim and upload my receipt as soon as I get it. It doesn't take more than a minute or two and I don't have to chase after the deal. Like I said, you can check the app first before you get gas or groceries, but I only check it when I'm at my preferred location and if it's accepted, great, and if not, okay. Do note that they are still growing and different stores are being added on everyday and just because the Exxon gas station at the end of the street is available, doesn't mean every Exxon will be. Of course I have a bonus code to share with you all today, if you click this link here and use the code UBTUE to get an additional .20 cents back!

Honey // This isn't a "cash back" app, but it is another easy to use tool to get discounts. You install Honey on your Internet browser and whenever you're shopping, right before you check out, click the Honey icon and see if you get any discounts! That's it! Honey will automatically apply the coupon to your browser and it takes less than two minutes for them to go through all the coupons. I've saved money on Amazon, Panera Bread, and Forever 21. Plus, if you click the link here, sign up and get $5 on your first qualifying purchase.

Amazon Reviews // We ALL shop on Amazon, which means more often than not you've probably seen a little box that says, "Want a coupon for your next purchase?" START. CHECKING. THAT. BOX. I want to slap myself at the fact that I was just brushing this off this entire time. I don't know what made me check it this time, but I did it and a few days after my purchase I got an email saying to leave a review for this specific product and I'll get $3 credited to my Amazon account. So, I did it and it took less than 5 minutes and now I have $3 credited to my Amazon account. Like, ARE YOU KIDDING ME? From now on anytime you see this "Want a coupon for your next purchase?" Click it, click it, click it, click it!!!

Ibotta // I'm still getting the hang of this app and if you have any tips for it please let me know, but you can use the app to see what "cash back deals" they have going on with their partner companies, but you can also see if there are some rewards that you can claim. For instance, just the other day any grocery store was giving .50 cents cash back on any receipt. Then another reward was if you bought milk (again from any store) you got .25 cents back, and you can just upload your receipts and get cash back to your account. Because I'm still messing around with this app, I don't know if I'm going to be consistent when it comes to checking the "deals of the day," but maybe if I happen to go to a store, I'll check to see if any of these apply. If you have used Ibotta before let me know what you think of it. You can also click this link here and get a start-up bonus when you use the code pofwjab. (**UPDATE: I've used this a few times, but I know myself and knew I wouldn't check the "daily deals," if you're better at constantly checking the app, this may better for you, but I don't use it as much.)

Drop // I heard about this app on one of my favorite podcast and I downloaded it instantly. You link your most used stores, your bank account and it automatically gives you points for your purchases! You don't need to open the app and "redeem" anything, you just let it work its magic in the background. You do need to add the stores that you shop at most frequently in order for it capture data though. For instance, if you order Postmates but it isn't "added" to your Drop app, it won't capture the data from your account. Another thing is, some of the deals you have to shop through the app, so if you know that you want to book a hotel on Hotels.com make sure you do it through the app to get points!! Check the app every few days and see where you're at. So far it seems every 5,000 points = $5 and you can exchange those points for gift cards to Starbucks, Target, Amazon... it's unlimited. Click the link here and use the code 1xw3a for a $5 bonus!

Receipt Hog // Another app that I heard about on the radio and after I played with it for a few weeks, I must say it's probably one of the better apps out there. All you have to do is upload receipts. That's it. It will translate how many "coins" you get from a receipt and when you hit 1,000 coins you can get a $5 gift card. I know that may sound like a lot, but think of how many times you get gas or go to get food? Might as well upload those receipts to get something out of it. Receipt Hog only takes receipts within a two-week time frame, so anything from last month won't count. They have a few other features like surveys and slots where you can get more "coins," but the uploading of receipts is the most efficient one. I say keep all your receipts from the week and then upload every Friday. If you stay consistent your "coins" will stack up quicker. (**UPDATE: I've been using this app for only two days and I have over 300 coins.)

Dosh // My co-worker actually told me about this app and it's very similar to Drop where it connects your card and gives you cash in the background. With Dosh you get cash directly deposited, not coins that translate to dollars later on. Besides, might as well get cash back from two apps versus one. You connect your card (must be a credit card, Dosh won't process anything that is ran as debit) and upload receipts to get cash back for select retailers, including Sephora, Forever 21 and Tarte Cosmetics. Click the link here and use the code MICHELK196 for a $5 bonus!

Ebates // This one is talked about a lot and I decided to install the widget on my laptop. It will alert you (sort of like Honey) when you're on a website that gives cash back, click the "Activate Now" the page will literally refresh and when you checkout you get cash back. Now, I don't like that it comes up when I' m in the middle of my shopping so it's like ok I need to save what I'm doing (like remember the item I'm looking at) not have a million tabs open and hit the activate now button, but it's worth the two second hassle for some cash back. I had used it a couple times and didn't really know if it was "working" because I wasn't getting any notifications about cash back, that was until Omar purchased something off of Dick's Sporting Goods and a few days later I got an e-mail saying I had over $12 in cash back.. just from that ONE purchase. To say the least, I'll be using Ebates more often! Click the link here to sign up for Ebates and get a $10 bonus on your first purchase of $25+.

Poshmark // This isn't a cash back/discount ad, it's just another way to earn some extra cash. I use Poshmark to sell clothes and other, but good quality, items. Since I go through clothes so often I might as well make some money back from them. Follow me on Poshmark and check out what I currently have for sale! If you mention this blog post I'll give you 10% off!!!

If you ever need a discount code, make sure to check out my SHOP page to see if I can hook you up with one! Let me know if you've tried these apps and websites before or if there's any that you recommend.


xoxo, Michele

This was definitely not an expected post but I'm excited to share anyways! My best friend Gabe and I attend the last day of Pride Week in Washington, D.C. and had a meet and greet with Zara Larsson and Marshmello! This was honestly such a fun experience and I just have to give a huge thanks to Javier for passing along these tickets to us.

Meet & Greet With Marshmello and Zara Larsson!


When we first arrived to the festival we really didn't know what to expect, but we were not disappointed. Everything from the food (we both had our first fried Oreo, life changing) to the music to the people were extremely vibrant and everyone was simply having such a good time. My favorite thing was the fashion... oh my gosh the fashion. Even though it rained a bit it's as if everyone's outfits stayed perfectly intact.

The first thing on our to-do list was our meet and greet with Zara Larsson. As I mentioned earlier, Javier (Gabe's brother) gave us these tickets he won on the radio. We initially thought it was a meet and greet and VIP section to Marshmello, so when we found out it wasn't, I'm not going to lie we were a tad bit disappointed. Nonetheless, we showed up and let me tell you.. Zara Larsson is GORGEOUS! After we took pictures with her we were right in front in the VIP section for her performance. Gabe and I also didn't realize how many songs of hers we knew. I love the song 'Symphony' and when I realized she was the vocals for that song I had a fan girl moment. She killed it on stage and now Zara has two more fans added to her list.

Now, you're probably confused at this moment since we did in fact do a meet and greet with Mello and I won't lie to you.. we had to finesse it. I realized that the meet and greets were all being done in the same place and I told Gabe that we should just ask when the m&g for Mello was. So we did and then we came back. They remembered us from earlier and didn't even double check the list. Gabe was like a little child when we got in line. Gabe's been to like a ton of concerts and never got a meet and greet so I was determined to make it happen. Mello is his favorite of all time, so I was stocked that I was able to help him finally meet him. After the m&g with Marshmello we went back to VIP and got our front row spots back for the Mello set. We were literally ON THE RAILS for this and it was an insane amount of fun.

Meet & Greet With Marshmello and Zara Larsson!
Meet & Greet With Marshmello and Zara Larsson!
Meet & Greet With Marshmello and Zara Larsson!
Meet & Greet With Marshmello and Zara Larsson!
Meet & Greet With Marshmello and Zara Larsson!
Meet & Greet With Marshmello and Zara Larsson!
Meet & Greet With Marshmello and Zara Larsson!
Meet & Greet With Marshmello and Zara Larsson!
Meet & Greet With Marshmello and Zara Larsson!
Meet & Greet With Marshmello and Zara Larsson!
Meet & Greet With Marshmello and Zara Larsson!
Meet & Greet With Marshmello and Zara Larsson!
Meet & Greet With Marshmello and Zara Larsson!
Meet & Greet With Marshmello and Zara Larsson!
Meet & Greet With Marshmello and Zara Larsson!
Meet & Greet With Marshmello and Zara Larsson!
Meet & Greet With Marshmello and Zara Larsson!
Meet & Greet With Marshmello and Zara Larsson!

I do have to say it was the people that made the festival so great. Sure, there were a couple drunken fights here and there, but aside from that everyone was just so friendly and so so lovely to be around. Gabe and I had an unforgettable experience and I'm already looking forward to next year! Happy Pride everyone!

Meet & Greet With Marshmello and Zara Larsson!
*find gabe & i in the bottom left corner by the security guard ;)*

xoxo, Michele

Travel Mood Board

Whenever I have a big trip coming up I love to create a mood board on Pinterest. Whether it's an outfit idea, or a post about the city I'm visiting, or an item I want to buy before the trip it all goes into this neatly organized Pinterest board. Since I blog about all of my trips, I want to make sure that I have something to blog about ahead of time. My Pinterest board normally has a lot to do with fashion, but I still love to put it all together and create a "vibe" or a "mood" for the upcoming trip.

Since Omar now knows about our upcoming California trip, I made my Cali trip mood board public for you all to see, but I always delete them and start over for new trips, so check it out while you still can! Make sure to follow me on Pinterest for more traveling inspiration.

How do you plan for an upcoming trip?

xoxo, Michele
Favorite Disney Accessories

After I shared my updated Pinterest wishlist, I realized that a lot of the items on my wishlist board are Disney related. I'm a huge Disney girl at heart and not living next to the Disney parks makes it harder to justify purchasing Disney related items. So instead, I save them all in one little place to reference when it comes to my next Disney World trip. I wanted to share some of my favorite Disney pieces and don't forget to check out my What I Wore: Orlando, FL post by clicking the link here.

Favorite Disney Accessories
Favorite Disney Accessories
Favorite Disney Accessories


Fashion & Accessories



Alex & Ani Mickey Mouse Ice Cream Bangle | Rose Gold Minnie Ears BanglePeter Pan Travel BagLouis Vuitton Mickey Mouse Ears | Disney x Coach Thumper ClutchThumper Keychain | 101 Dalmatians Keychain | VHS Clutch PurseDisney x Coach 101 Dalmatians Clutch | Fox & The Hound T-ShirtVintage 1990's 101 Dalmatians Lunchbox Purse | Rose Gold Minnie Ears RingMouse Ear Oversized Faux Fur Coat | Fox & The Hound Disney Magic Band |Original Park Entrance Denim Shirt | "You Are A Toy!" Denim Jacket | MK V-Neck T-ShirtVintage 1992 Dalmatians Oversized Faux Fur Coat | Vintage "Be Mine" Mickey Mouse Lunchbox Handbag | Disney x Coach Dumbo Coach Sweater | Disney x Coach Thumper Camera Bag | Disney x Coach 101 Dalmatians Camera Bag | Disney x Coach 101 Dalmatians Tote | Mickey Ears Ornament Crossbody | Mickey Mouse Ears Crossbody | Oliver & Company T-Shirt | VHS Keychains | Rose Gold Minnie Ears | Old School Disney x Vans High-Tops | Stewart Avenue Stitched Shirts


Beauty





Pets & Home






Other Disney Blog Posts:
What I Wore: Orlando, FLHow I Planned Our Trip To Disney | Next Time I Visit Orlando, FL | Walt Disney World | Ten Days In Orlando, FL

There is obviously so much more out there that I haven't listed, but these are just some of my recent favorites. What are some of your favorite Disney accessories?

xoxo, Michele