Update: Pinterest Wishlist Board
It's been over a year since I shared my Pinterest board labeled "Wish List." This is my collection of items that I save for future Michele to purchase. Of course, with this my style changes and maybe something I wanted a few months ago I no longer want. I'm constantly updating this board (seriously almost 4,000 pins) and it's honestly been a lifesaver. I use this board whenever someone ask me what I want for my birthday or Christmas and I just send them the link to this board. My friends have even started to do the same thing and we exchange our Pinterest boards with one another (and share with each other's boyfriends too). Since it's been over a year, I decided to share some of the pieces I've saved with this updated Pinterest wish list board.

Fashion





Beauty



The Balm Anti-Shine Translucent Powder | Ulta Beauty Kylie Lip Kit | Kylie Cosmetics Birthday 2018 Palette | Kylie Cosmetics Cheers Darling Highlighter | Todd Cranes Kylie Lip Kit | Colourpop Oh La La Eyeshadow Palette | Kylie Cosmetics Skin Concealer | Kylie Cosmetics Perfecting Powder | Ice Facial Roller | Dr. Jart + Cicapair Tiger Grass Color Correcting Treatment | Anastasia Beverly Hills Norvina Eyeshadow Palette | Colourpop It's My Pleasure Eyeshadow Palette | Laneige Lip Masks | Colourpop Just My Luck Eyeshadow Palette | Pink Long Haired Wig | Nip + Fab Dragons Blood Hayluronic Shot | Nip + Fab Dragons Blood Serum | NARS Blush & Bronzer Duo | Colourpop Yes, Please Eyeshadow Palette | Ciate London Jessica Rabbit Highlighter | Ciate London Jessica Rabbit LipstickCiate London Jessica Rabbit Eyeshadow Palette | Fenty Beauty Bronzer | Colourpop Main Squeeze Eyeshadow Palette | Acrylic Tortoise Hair Clips


Lifestyle



Disney Hercules 90's Coffee Mugs | The Lion King Vinyl RecordWeighted Blanket | Harry Potter Chess Set | The Simpsons Monopoly | Taco Truck Lunch Bag | Now That's What I Call Music Christmas Vinyl | Charlie Brown Christmas Tree | Back Posture Corrector | Nightmare Before Christmas Vinyl RecordDiva Glamorous Laundry Detergent | The Office Dwight Schrute Bobblehead | Game of Thrones Dog Toy | Hannah Montana Vinyl RecordDry Bar Scented Candle | Next Level Basic | Dyson Cordless Vacuum | Friends Monopoly | La Croix Dog Toy | Tiffany & Co. Dog Toy | Champagne Dog Toy | ELF Vinyl Record | Car Vacuum | Barbie Style | The Liar, the Bitch and the Wardrobe | The Office Monopoly | Tiffany & Co. New York Mug | Tiffany & Co. x Globe Trotter Suitcase | New York Breakfast Dog Toy | Charging Hub | The Breakfast Club Vinyl Record | Glass Monopoly SetPink Panther Vinyl RecordAlani Nu Mimosa Pre-Workout | Alani Nu Mimosa Energy Drink | Pitch Perfect Vinyl Record | Thank U, Next Vinyl Record | Clear Phone Case With Gold Stars | Pink Moon Milk Collagen Latte | Rose Gold Mirror | Tiffany & Co. Book | Sunglasses Holder | Copper Easel Frame Picture Frame | Macrame Hanging Chair | Ban.do Portable Charger | Productive Clipboard | Still or Sparkling Dog Bowl | Today's Special Dog Bowl | Tufted Rug | UGH Neon Light | Hilary Duff Vinyl Record

xoxo, Michele

10 Cities In One Weekend

I hope you all had a wonderful Memorial Day Weekend, because I sure did! I did a lot of traveling this weekend and even though I am exhausted I wouldn't have traded it for anything else. I had, hands down, one of the best weekends of my life. It was simply filled with so much laughter and excitement, yet at the same, it was extremely relaxing and refreshing. 

I started my weekend on Friday with a half day at work. I was in Alexandria, VA until about noon and that's when I went home to Falls Church, VA then to Tyson's Corner in McClean, VA to get Omar a suit for his friend's wedding. After that we went to Ashburn, VA so Omar could run some errands and then I went to Sterling, VA to run some errands. After all of that we went back to Falls Church, VA to pack, get Oliver and clean up the apartment before we left for the weekend. The next stop was to my parents home in Manassas Park, VA to drop off my car and then to Omar's parent's home in Manassas, VA to see his family and drop off Oliver. Granted, all of these cities are fairly close to one another, the fact that we hit them all in the span of ten hours is pretty impressive. We hangout at Omar's parent's home with the intentions of leaving for the wedding Saturday morning, but his friend's convinced us to come down a night early.

Luckily, the wedding was nearby in Charles City, VA so at 10:00 p.m. it was only a 2-hour drive. We first stopped in Richmond, VA (right in the heart of VCU, so I had some feelings when I noticed where exactly in Richmond we were, Go Rams!). After a really fun night out of catching up and seeing everyone we went to the hotel in Charles City, VA and stayed up until past 4:00 a.m. just talking. We woke up early, mainly because we had to switch hotel rooms, but then we got breakfast and ran to the store for some last minute items. Before you know it, it was wedding time. The wedding was absolutely gorgeous and it was a lot of fun. Just a good group of people enjoying their friends, which is what a wedding should be. 


10 Cities In One Weekend
10 Cities In One Weekend
10 Cities In One Weekend
10 Cities In One Weekend
10 Cities In One Weekend
10 Cities In One Weekend
10 Cities In One Weekend
10 Cities In One Weekend
10 Cities In One Weekend
10 Cities In One Weekend
10 Cities In One Weekend
10 Cities In One Weekend
10 Cities In One Weekend
10 Cities In One Weekend
10 Cities In One Weekend

On Sunday, we had to say our goodbyes and Omar took me to Bumpass, VA/Lake Anna so I could be with my family for the remainder of the holiday weekend. This part of my trip was the relaxing part. I always feel so at peace whenever I'm at the lake. From the boat ride, to swimming in the lake, to the rain storm that came by and even that night when (I swear it was like a scene from a movie) where we all were around the campfire while Connor (a family-friend) played guitar and we all sang along. By the time I got back home Monday I was ready to take on the week, it was a much needed break from everything and I love how crazy busy I was. I wouldn't have wanted it any other way.




xoxo, Michele 

May Amazon Purchases

It's no secret that I love Amazon. Anything you could possibly need is at the click of a button. I shared my last Amazon haul with you all back in March and it's time to do another one! Especially since I couldn't share some of the products I bought back then, since they were Omar's birthday gifts, I can share those plus some others that have made their way to my doorstep.



xoxo, Michele
Let Me Get My S#*! Together
Shirt | Skirt | Shoes | Earrings | Ring

One of my goals for this summer was to work on my personal appearance. This may sound superficial or like I don't have confidence in myself, but it's the complete opposite actually. There are things that I can do that make myself feel better or that I have more of my life together. For instance, when my nails are done or when my skin is clear. I feel as if I can take on the world and stand a bit taller if you know what I mean. Most people have a day (usually Sunday) where they literally get their lives together. I want to make it more of an everyday type of situation. I've been feeling unmotivated and slacking in several departments of my life. Things I had motivation for are just gone. Such as fitness, photo shoots and even just keeping my apartment clean. & you can ask Omar- I'm big on cleaning!

I want to get my s#*! together! It's time to get out of this rut and start to build my motivation back up. This blog post is keeping me accountable to sticking to it and doing just that. By focusing on what actually makes me feel good at the end of the day I'll be back on track in no time.

So, what do you do to get it together? It all starts with just starting. I stopped pushing things off to the next day and finally just decided to get moving. I got back into my workout routine, I kept up my Sundays and getting my life together. My life got busier, to say the least, but I'm really proud of how motivated I've been lately. I've been paying attention more to my blog and just doing things that make me happy. I totally believe that quote "If you have good thoughts, they will shine out of your face like sun beams and you will always always look lovely." That's been my motto lately and I'm sticking to it. How are you getting your s#*! together this summer?

Let Me Get My S#*! Together
Let Me Get My S#*! Together
Let Me Get My S#*! Together
Let Me Get My S#*! Together
Let Me Get My S#*! Together

xoxo, Michele

Links I Love + My Thoughts On Game of Thrones Finale

It has been an insanely busy month so far and it's not even close to being over. My schedule for the next few weeks are kind of crazy, so I'm glad I have lots of content ready to go, but I had to fit one more in because we need to talk about the Game of Thrones Finale. Here are also some recent links I've stumbled upon and yes, most of GOT memes.. you're welcome. *Warning: Spoilers Ahead*

Shout to myself, but I released some major news on my Instagram last week. I can't wait to share my work with you all starting in August! View the Instagram post by clicking here.

Baby kangaroos are so adorableeeeee!! Watch how this baby learned how to jump in a pouch.

Basically a collection of the best tweets from the GOT finale.

Apartment Therapy did a collection of Game of Thrones rooms.

Tom Holland was lied to during Avengers, just so he didn't say any spoilers and he's so cute and innocent it's adorable.

This post was released on Facebook and I realized I am this old.

Maisie Williams released an app just for creatives and it's exactly what this generation needs.

I don't know if this is still working, but if you Google "Thanos" you're in for a treat.

A service dog picks out his birthday toys .. I'm not crying, you're crying.

This meme from episode 5 in the GOT final season.

Sophie Turner killed it at the MET GALA!

I don't know if I've shared this before, but it needs to be shared again if I have.. a husky vs. 5,400 balls!

My thoughts on the Game of Thrones series finale.. it could have been better. I think I'm with the majority here that Game of Thrones is a masterpiece and there truly isn't anything else like it, but the final season could have simply put just been better. A piece of me is happy that the Starks found their own happiness in the midst of all the chaos, but chaos is what made this show so great to begin with. I felt that Jon killing Daenerys was a very obvious storyline, which is why I didn't expect it, I thought it was too obvious. Then that's it? No other major characters die? This is what the show was built on.. the good dying and the wicked surviving. I really expected at least one more Stark sibling to die, I'm just being honest. Also, what was the point of Jon being half Targaryen???? And who does Arya kill with green eyes?? These are important story lines that were meant to be finished people!!! The entire cast said that they cried and were so shocked at the ending, I truly believed it was because Arya died. I LOVE ARYA, so don't get me wrong, a part of me was happy that she sailed west of Westeros like the badass she is, but her death would have been the jaw dropping moment we all deserved. I like the twist of Bran being the new king of Westeros and Arya going west, I'm holding my breath for the Arya spinoff, and even Sansa being Queen of the North was a nice touch, but Jon... the only good part about his ending is that he reunited with Ghost. They have ended episodes with beheading of main characters, boys being thrown out of windows and a red wedding, but to end it with a happy ending is just out of character. To contradict myself, the things I did like in the finale was the Ghost reunion (obviously), the fact that Drogon blamed the Iron Throne and not Jon for Dany's death (him nudging her dead body killed me), Tyrion throwing the "Hand of the Queen" pin, Tyrion being Hand of the King to Bran (that chair moving scene was honestly so perfect), along with Sam as the Maester, Ser Bronn as Master of Coins, Podrick became a knight (did you catch that?) and Ser Davos as Master of Ships. In a weird way I also liked the fact that Ned Stark built a freaking dynasty and each Stark sibling in an odd way, found peace. Overall, I feel as though if we had another season or couple more episodes to go off of fans would be feeling different, and maybe I'm one of those foolish fans, but I'm hoping that George RR Martin hits us with a couple more books and we at least get a spinoff from it all. Cheers to Arya not dying though *holds up cup.* Leave your thoughts by commenting down below, what did you think of the GOT finale?

xoxo, Michele
A Recent Collective Haul

April and May have been some busy months. I've been traveling and celebrating Omar's birthday, our anniversary, Mother's Day, friends' birthdays and a wedding coming up at the end of the month. It's been non-stop and obviously with all of these events I've had to do some shopping. It's easy to track my Amazon purchases, but sometimes I shop at random stores so I decided to share a recent collective haul with all of you today. I've found some really great items and linked them down below incase you like them too!



Beauty



Fashion




Home & Lifestyle



Summer Break Essentials

Summer break is right around the corner and it's time to pack the perfect beach bag. I'll be sharing some of my favorite brands and covering all the basics like sunscreen to fun gadgets. If you have any other summer break essentials you'd like to share leave a comment down below and make sure to follow me on social media to see all of the summer essentials I'll be using!




Sunscreen & Tanning Lotion // This is an obvious, but there are some brands that I prefer over others. I really like that Tarte came out with a Sun Guard collection, since I have sensitive skin I like knowing that what I'm putting on my face is good quality and won't give me a reaction. Another brand I just loveee is Sun Bum. All of their products smell amazing and you definitely feel summer ready with their products.

Polaroid Camera // I think just about everyone owns one of these, but if you don't you should definitely grab one off of Amazon. Also grab a bulk order of film while you're there. These are so much fun and create the perfect memories.

Face Mask // Since it will be summer time, that means that your skin is going to be a in the sun a lot more. It's important that you're keeping your skin hydrated and treating it good. I love a good face mask, but in the summer time more often than not, I find myself reaching for a sheet mask. They're more convenient when you're on the go and even though I don't notice a difference in my pore-area, I do notice my skin is hydrated and glowing. You can get a set of 6+ sheet masks delivered right to your door with Facetory and if use the code FACE10 you can get 10% off your first order. Click the link here and use the code FACE10 10% of!

The Perfect Swimsuit // This one is going to take some effort, and maybe even some returns, nonetheless take time to find the perfect swimsuit. I've heard a lot of great things about this brand on Amazon called Sweaty Rocks and I will say SheIn has some really cute swimsuits. The only thing about SheIn is that you can't mix the sizes, so I had to order 2 of the same suits, one in a small for the top and one in a medium for the bottoms. But they're so inexpensive that getting 2 is still the same price as buying one at like Target or Victoria Secret's. 

Fab Fit Fun // I could constantly tell everyone about Fab Fit Fun, but until you truly order one for yourself you'll never understand how awesome this subscription box is. Since this is a seasonal subscription, you'll be getting your first one just in time for summer break. They always have the coolest products and everything is full-size! Just one product alone is the same price as the box but you get over $200 worth of products. You can join Fab Fit Fun today and to get $10 off of your first box by clicking the link here and USE THE CODE: GOTTAHAVEIT.

Sunglasses // Going off of Fab Fit Fun, I received a pair of Quay Sunglasses in my spring box and I can't stop wearing them. These sunglasses have been a staple item in my bag lately and when I'm driving around with the top down and wearing these sunglasses I feel confident. The same way you feel confident in your perfect bikini, you will feel confident in the perfect pair of sunglasses.


xoxo, Michele
Falls Church Apartment Tour: Living Room & Kitchen

Hello everyone! If you've been keeping up with this Katsaris (see what I did there) then you know that I moved to Falls Church some time ago. I wanted to show you guys the final product of the apartment and link everything that we bought. We moved into a one bedroom apartment and we love it. It's so beautiful, modern, and well new! It's not as big as our Jacksonville apartment, but that's normal because we're in the city. Don't forget to watch the moving vlog from the week we moved in.  Don't forget to check out part two of this series which includes the bedroom, bathroom and walk-in closet. For everything I couldn't find on the websites (like TJMaxx & Home Goods) I found them on Amazon and linked them down below.


Front Closet
Falls Church Apartment Tour: Living Room & Kitchen

Kitchen 
Falls Church Apartment Tour: Living Room & Kitchen
Falls Church Apartment Tour: Living Room & Kitchen
Falls Church Apartment Tour: Living Room & Kitchen
Falls Church Apartment Tour: Living Room & Kitchen
Falls Church Apartment Tour: Living Room & Kitchen
Falls Church Apartment Tour: Living Room & Kitchen
Falls Church Apartment Tour: Living Room & Kitchen
Falls Church Apartment Tour: Living Room & Kitchen
Falls Church Apartment Tour: Living Room & Kitchen



Laundry Room
Falls Church Apartment Tour: Living Room & Kitchen




Living Room
Falls Church Apartment Tour: Living Room & Kitchen
Falls Church Apartment Tour: Living Room & Kitchen
Falls Church Apartment Tour: Living Room & Kitchen
Falls Church Apartment Tour: Living Room & Kitchen
Falls Church Apartment Tour: Living Room & Kitchen
Falls Church Apartment Tour: Living Room & Kitchen
Falls Church Apartment Tour: Living Room & Kitchen
Falls Church Apartment Tour: Living Room & Kitchen
Falls Church Apartment Tour: Living Room & Kitchen
Falls Church Apartment Tour: Living Room & Kitchen
Falls Church Apartment Tour: Living Room & Kitchen
Falls Church Apartment Tour: Living Room & Kitchen
Falls Church Apartment Tour: Living Room & Kitchen
Falls Church Apartment Tour: Living Room & Kitchen
Falls Church Apartment Tour: Living Room & Kitchen
Falls Church Apartment Tour: Living Room & Kitchen
Falls Church Apartment Tour: Living Room & Kitchen
Falls Church Apartment Tour: Living Room & Kitchen
Falls Church Apartment Tour: Living Room & Kitchen



I hope you all enjoyed this sneak peek into our apartment! If you have a question about any of the products or want to know where something is from that isn't linked above just let me know by commenting down below!

xoxo, Michele