Saturday, November 17, 2012

Short Story: “Bad Boys…Worth it or Not?”

“Bad Boys…Worth it or not?
A Good Girl’s Daydream”
        Alexzandra waited for her boyfriend, Justin, to come over to watch a movie and stay in, which was nice, but…sometimes she wished they were more fun.  He took her out sometimes, particularly when they first started dating, but she felt like she had to tell him what to do and only when she complained that they never did anything fun.  She sat on the couch waiting for him to arrive and drifted off to sleep…dreaming of what she thought she wanted… A gorgeous boy with slicked back, dark hair came over to pick her up in his fast black sports car at around 12am because she’d texted him that she was bored.  She loved when he did things like that.  She put on her sexiest skirt and corset top and ran out the door to greet him.  ”Hi Tommy!” she said, thrilled to see him.  He had on a dark leather jacket, black boots, and the sexiest jeans she’d ever seen a guy wear.  He grabbed her and pulled her into the most passionate kiss she’d ever experienced.  He pressed her against his car and she wouldn’t want to be anywhere else in that moment.  When he finally let go of her, they got in and raced down the street and off into the night. 
        He always had something exciting and fun planned at a moment’s notice. She appreciated that about him.  She knew sometimes when she looked at him, that he was destined to be that boy in so many Taylor Swift songs that’d eventually break your heart…but for the time being he was hers…and that was all she cared about.  If it didn’t last forever, which she knew it wouldn’t, she' wouldn’t be too surprised.  She’d be okay though, at least shed have the memories and stories to tell.  For the time being, he was an excellent distraction from her “good girl” “work, college, homework, do what you’re supposed to do” lifestyle.  He was everything she wasn’t: dangerous, reckless, carefree, and she loved it.  He gave her a reason to get dressed up, because she knew he’d take her somewhere, show her off, and of course he’d appreciate her sexy outfit.  He always complimented her.  She also loved that he would surprise her sometimes with flowers or pretty little gifts.  Last week he had given her the most gorgeous necklace.  She had never had a guy give her something so nice.  Sometimes it bothered her that he had had so many girlfriends before her.  Looking the way he did, of course he was quite the player.  But sometimes, she thought “Well, at least he knows what to do, and how to treat a girl, to some extent…he’s had a lot of practice!”. 
        They arrived at their destination in a few minutes: a party a friend of his was having.  She was not used to this kind of thing before him, but with him she tried not to be so self conscious, and went anyway.  He always made her feel comfortable wherever they were.  He made her feel as though she were the only girl in the room when he danced with her or took her to a quiet room to talk, among other things…  They had a great time, she was so glad she had left her remaining homework for tomorrow.  On their way out of the party, as they were holding hands, an obviously drunken girl ran into them.  “Excuse you!” said Alexzandra. The girl stropped and starred at the two of them for a second. Then suddenly she screamed “Tommy!!! How could you?!”  Tommy was noticeably worried and took a step back. “Who is this tramp, Tommy?!” asked Alexzandra angrily.  “I’ve never seen this girl in my life, Alexz, she must be so drunk she’s confusing me with someone else.”  “Don’t you dare do that to me Tommy! I’m Sadie, his girlfriend…or other girlfriend apparently!!”  Alexzandra noticed the girl was wearing the exact same necklace she was, that Tommy had given her.  She was livid and yelled at Tommy: “You’ve been cheating on me with her? For how long? Uggh, you’re disgusting!!”  “Baby, it’s only been a few weeks, it’s not that serious, I promise...” said Tommy sheepishly.  “I’m leaving, this party, and you, don’t ever talk to me again!” screamed Alexz as she ran away from him and called a cab to take her home.  She sobbed the whole way there, the driver must have thought she was a nutcase. 
        She sat outside her house to collect herself for a minute.  She should have known…she almost did.  “I knew eventually he’d disappoint me, that’s what I get for dating a guy like that. It was fun while it lasted though.” She said to herself while searching for a tissue in her purse.  As she opened the door, she heard Tommy’s car screech into her driveway…  “Dinnnngg Donnnnggg!” The doorbell shocked Alexzandra out of her crazy daydream.  She looked around, slightly confused. “Oh, Justin must be here” she thought as she ran to get the door hoping he hadn’t been there too long.  She greeted him with a hug and a kiss.  She loved him, she really did.  As they watched a movie he had chosen, sitting cuddled on her couch that night, she thought about that dream.  Did she really want to be with a “bad boy,” in a relationship that’d never last…if only for a short time? Maybe, in theory, or in dreams…  She looked over at Justin and smiled.  He smiled back.  He’d never do something like that to her and she knew it.  She tried to be happy with what she had.  She leaned over and kissed him suddenly, and reminded him how much she loved him.  He was a good guy and she liked it. 
The End.
Xoxo Gabriella  
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Saturday, November 3, 2012

Tilth Beauty Anti-Aging Firming Moisture Cream & A Flawless Serum Review + A Little Life Update

Ciao dears!,
        I’ve missed blogging, but I haven’t had the time at all, unfortunately.  I barely have time to sleep enough lately…what else is new!  I have been very busy with student teaching and the class that goes with it.  I do love it, but it’s just so much work and takes up all my time.  The tiny amount of spare time I have, I try to spend with my sweetheart boyfriend, Dominick (yes, we’re still together <3 Yay!) and my family.  I still take pictures of all my outfits (all summer and fall…lol) with the intention of finding time to blog and share them with you…but I haven’t had time.  I think when I do (Student teaching is done December 14th! or maybe if I have a little time sooner) I will still post them all.  It’ll be summer somewhere right?… 

        Anyway, the purpose of today’s post is to tell you all about a line of facial products I’ve been trying out the past couple weeks, Tilth Beauty.  I received the Anti-Aging Firming Moisture Cream and Flawless Serum.  I have been applying them in the morning and at night every day.  I also had my mother use them as well, because since she is older than me (obviously…ha!) I figured she might benefit more from these and that would help me give a better review.  First, let me tell you a little about the brand.  Tilth Beauty contains no parabens, phthalates, sulfates, petroleum based products, silicones, synthetic fragrances or GMOs in their products.  So, if you are concerned about putting any of those things on your skin  you don’t need to worry with these products.  The Anti-Aging Firming Moisture Cream is $55.00 and Flawless Serum is $62.00 and full product descriptions and Additional info is available on  the  TilthBeauty.com   website.  I realize I am only 21 years old, so you might think I don’t need to worry about anti-aging products yet…but I think it makes sense to use them early.  That way it helps to keep your skin stay nicer longer and prevent future wrinkles.  Of course, if you are older, it is still great for your skin to lessen the appearance of any lines or wrinkles you may have as well as make your skin more elastic.  
Here are some pictures and information about of the products:
Tilth Beauty’s Anti-Aging Firming Moisture Cream

“The Anti-Aging Firming Moisture Cream will help reduced the appearance of your unwanted facial folds and lines.”  If I had to choose one or the other, I love the moisturizer.  It’s very thick so I only use a little bit, but it makes my skin so soft and nice. Smile 
Tilth Beauty’s Flawless Serum
“The Flawless Serum is a blend of encapsulated Retinol, Myrtle Leaf Extract and Adaptonyl® that gives skin a flawless complexion. Adaptonyl® lifts and restructures the appearance of cell barrier function, resulting in healthy, younger looking skin.
Retinol (Encapsulated) – Stable retinol helps reduce the appearance of wrinkles and restores the look of UV-damaged skin. Improves the appearance of skin elasticity by 20% and the appearance of wrinkles is diminished by up to 17% after 12 weeks.”
BeautyStat asked that I answer a few questions about the products in my review, so I’ll provide both my and my mother’s answers.  
*Were they gentle to your skin?
Me: Yes, the products were gentle to my skin, which is important to me because I have sensitive skin.
Mom: Yes, the products were gentle to my skin.  I like that because I’m very picky about what I use on my face.
*Were they non-drying?  Did your skin feel more hydrated?
Me: I love the moisture cream.  My face feels so smooth, soft, and hydrated when using the cream. 
Mom: The products did not dry out my skin and my skin did feel more hydrated after using them.
*Did you see results? How quickly?
Me: Over the past few weeks, I’ve noticed my skin has become more moisturized and soft.  Although I do not have any wrinkles, I have noticed the overall appearance of my skin is more elastic and smooth.
Mom: After about 3 weeks, I have noticed a slight reduction of the appearance of some lines on my face, which is great.  My skin also feels more soft and smooth.    
*Did it cause any breakouts?
Me: No, I did not have any breakouts because of these products, which I loved, because some products do irritate my sensitive skin.
Mom: No, these products did not bother my skin at all.
        In conclusion in case you hadn’t already guessed, I would recommend these products to women my age and older.  I love the way my skin feels and looks after using them.  I loved the moisture cream more so than the serum, but that may be because I do not yet really have any wrinkles or lines.  I’m more of a fan of creams than serums for my face in general though. 
Per the updated FTC guidelines, I received the sample products with compliments from BeautyStat.com, but my review is, of course always, my own objective opinion.   Pictures are from TilthBeauty.com. 
 
                     Xoxo Gabriella (P.S. My 80’s chick Halloween costume was adorable, wasn’t it?! Winking smile )






















Sunday, September 2, 2012

My Italian Vacation 2012: Calabria (& Sicily)

Ciao loves,
        I promised I’d share my pictures from my 2 week vacation in the lovely Italia, so here they are!  I had a wonderful time there.  I went with my father and younger brother and we stayed with my aunt and her family there.  It was my third time there so a lot of what was saw wasn’t new to me, but still wonderful to see again.  It’s truly such a beautiful and amazing place to visit.  I’ve gone on and on about how much I love the people, the culture, the food (reason enough to go…ha!), the architecture, and pretty much everything there before in my past posts about my time there, so I’ll spare you too much of that this time.  Read my past posts filled with pretty pictures from last year’s trip to Italy: here and here if you’d like to see more pretty pictures, my ramblings, and such. Winking smile  Of course I got pictures of my outfits everyday (thanks to various family members who took the place of my tripod…ha!) and included information on those since this did start as a mostly fashion blog, lol.  I added them in an album instead of the way I usually put pictures here because there are a lot and it was easier.  Click below to view a slideshow of the pictures.  There’s captions at the bottom of some of them too. Smile  Enjoy!  
Note: I just realized you may not be able to view that album if you don’t log into a Windows Live account…Oops!  So I added the pictures again below just in case, using photobucket. Smile 
I’ll try to be back soon dears! Ciao for now! Smile
                                                                                    ♥ Xoxo Gabriella