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HOBBY LOBBY CHRISTMAS HAUL!

Hello everyone,


Here it is again... the season of giving, sparkling, laughing and decorating! πŸŽ„

It's so EXCITING especially when you have close family and friends to share the holidays with. I know for a fact I will be spending Christmas with my family just like I always do. This year I've been very productive with decorating a bit earlier and already having bought half of the presents. Call it a miracle because I usually end up doing things last minute. How are you spending the holidays this year? Do you feel the excitement in the air?

This time of year, the picture of the city covered in a white blanket of snow is missing, but the beauty and joy of holiday cheer is present at home. Wherever you turn, there is twinkling lights, cute Santa decorations, lovely candle smells and lots to be thankful for. To turn our house into a home that you would find on the front cover of a Christmas card, we went shopping at Hobby Lobby. Call me crazy, but I didn't even know about this magical store until I walked in. Well, a friend of mine always kept telling me she buys everything on sale there. I finally decided to check it out! Now I'm hooked! I dream of Hobby Lobby non-stop!😁 This is the main reason for this post to show you the awesome holiday stuff they have there and hopefully to get you inspired to decorate. You can never have enough snowmen staring at you!πŸ˜‚  

Where do you do most of your Christmas shopping?







As you can see I'm most definitely really into Santa!πŸ˜‚Who isn't? There's two of them. Without a Santa it wouldn't be Christmas, right?πŸŽ… The bigger white one I placed under the tree is there to protect the presents, and of course, to add a nice dΓ©cor to the whole tree. It looks really magical when the tree is lit up. Santa is most happy in his natural habitat!😁 

When it comes to decorating for any holiday, to me it's all about the small touches. You don't need to spend lots of money to add a festive feel to your home. I really like any adorable decorations like snow globes, cute snowmen...anything that you can easily display around the house. That's what I went for and I think it looks pretty good. Next year, I can add more bits and pieces, as each year the excitement for Christmas shopping builds up. 

My new obsession Hobby Lobby is so great because all the home dΓ©cor items are 50% off, so you can really go for it. Plus, it's really easy to fill up your cart within seconds. You'll see what I mean once you step through the door!!!

How are you spending the holidays this year? Any exciting plans?

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3 WINTER OUTFIT IDEAS!

Hello everyone,


It's officially the season for hot peppermint coffee, big knit beanies, lots of layers and holiday cheer. Who's EXCITED

Okay, so Vegas isn't considered a winter destination, but we still have a few short months which we call "WINTER".πŸ˜‚ It really isn't even close to the harsh winters other countries get, however we still add a few layers and change up our color palette. 

As you're reading this post, keep in mind, these three winter looks may not be so ideal if you live somewhere it snows and is very cold. To me they're the perfect winter choices because they express my style. Also, I'm so happy Las Vegas winters allow me to still wear dresses or even crop tops... #LuckyGirl!

What does your winter wardrobe look like? 

For me, it mostly consists of summer styles, which paired with the right accessories and shoes I can turn into something...well, you'll see soon. I've come up with three different styles!!! Which one would YOU choose to wear? 



This first look is a total dream because it's dressy, yet edgy with these combat boots. It can't get any better than this, right? 

Also, it's the season for sweater dresses, which I love especially ones in festive red and greens for the upcoming holidays. I'll for sure be wearing this exact sweater dress for Christmas dinner with the family. Yep, I plan my outfits ahead of time!πŸ˜‰ I don't want to disappoint Santa! hahahah

While sweater dresses are fun to wear during the colder season, I always like to combine mine with some kind of cute tights whether that's fishnets or ones with a unique design. How about you? 

Since temperatures do drop once the sun goes down, the big coats come into play. It's nice to take them out of the closet, so they feel some fresh air too. I'm really into BIG fluffy, warm coats- ones that make me look like a teddy bear!🐻

What do you think of this first look? Wait, don't say anything yet, before checking out these next two.
      



Ohh la la...Let's get the PARTY started!!! πŸŽ‰ 

This look is more of a party starter because of the exciting feathers.

What a cool staple for NYE or any party you might be going to! You can dress it down with a blazer and a pair of high-waisted jeans or fancy it up with  sequin pants (bring out your inner disco, let's boogie!) 

Do any of you already have your New Year's Eve outfit ready? So crazy, 2023 is only 47 days away! 😱 Got to make it a memorable one! Enjoy the good times, don't worry too much about the rest!
  



Continuing on with the fluffy theme, my third look has a handful of playful fringe all over it. It's the warmest sweater ever! Good thing sweater weather exists because every year I'm so drawn to buying new styles. I like huge chunky knits in different bright colors that will keep me not only looking stylish, but cozy too. What's you favorite sweater that you own and can't wait to wear every year?     

Any sweater, I like pairing with jeans or leggings. They're just so easy to style. It doesn't take having a degree in fashion to know how to style one. In the end it all comes to what makes you most comfortable and most YOU.

This outfit would be good for Thanksgiving dinner. It's definitely breathable. The last thing you want to wear is something tight, which will feel even worst after having a rich Thanksgiving dinner. You've got to think two steps ahead!!!😁

Which winter look do you LOVE the most?

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FUN FALL ACTIVITIES: MAKE YOUR OWN CANDLES!

 Hello everyone,

With autumn here there is nothing like spending more time at home, right? The only thing is sometimes we run out of things to do. Once we have rearranged our wardrobe, carved pumpkins, set up fall decorations and checked-off everything on our list, we can enjoy some quality time with friends and family. A fun activity to do all together is to make your own candles!!!

This is the season to get cozy and creative! Candle making is something I haven't done before, but always had the desire to try. Well, I finally did! It's very therapeutic and so interesting learning about the process of candle making. It actually takes some time and some accuracy to get the wax and oil to the right temperature, so the candle turns out just right. Also, this gave me an insight on how candles are made...I was curious to find out ever since my sister started working for a candle company. Well, now I know all the secrets! πŸ˜‚ 

Are you ready to get cozy and add some aroma to your home? 

I got this Ash & Harry candle making kit and am ready to show you my new skills!πŸ˜‰








This is such a fun fall activity to do with your kids. They can choose the smells or help with the small tasks like pouring in the finished mixture. Cute little helpers are always needed!😁

One of the BEST things about this candle making kit is that it contains everything you need inside...you don't have to go out of your way and purchase things. It contains wicks, pretty decorative pods, a thermometer, a measuring cup, a few choices of essential oils and coloring blocks. Literally, all of the fun bits and necessities. It's as wonderful as it sounds! πŸ’•

I won't bore you with the steps to candle making because the instructions were very clear and easy to follow. I'll just tell you that there's something so nice about burning a candle later, which you know you made yourself. That feeling of creating something yourself is so empowering. It feels extra satisfying because nowadays you can just buy things already made.

Have you tried making your own candles? 

If you're in the search for something to do, I highly recommend trying out this kit. Get your closest friends/family and enjoy a day of creativity!!! 


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FALL SHOPPING HAUL!

Hello everyone,


Ayyyy summer is slipping away, but one thing is for sure - nothing is more exciting than doing a little shopping for the NEW season. 

Exactly what I did recently! I added some new pieces, which I can start wearing as the summer days slowly fade away and fall starts creeping up on us. What have you been up to lately? 

A single glance at my closet, you'll be able to see that I'm a summer soul. That's not bad, but this year I decided I should stock-up on some cozy bits. You know, I need to balance things out!πŸ˜‰Plus, it's fun having more of an option when dressing for the colder days instead of just wearing the same jeans and a sweater. Variety is nice and cute at the same time!!!

Along with clothing, new skincare comes into play with the arrival of autumn. Don't be surprised if I drop a fall shopping haul part 2 because as you can see I'm taking this VERY seriously. Also, I always enjoy sharing new finds or gorgeous brands that maybe you would love as well. Let's share the love and let me show you the start of me getting my closet ready for the upcoming season. 




1. Two-Piece Workout Set

I do love a soft matching two-piece set in which I can workout and continue wearing even outside the gym. For this one, I had to go for the toffee fall color. It's so nice because the top bra is breathable, great for getting sweaty and the bottoms are not only comfortable, but also good for the numerous chilly days coming our way. 

Also, whether you feel confident enough to wear a tight two-piece set like this or not, you definitely should go for it because it will give you the boost to perform better and gradually help you build your confidence. Even if you don't care what you wear when working-out, you should treat yourself to nice, comfortable apparel. It makes ALL the difference inside and out! What do you usually wear to the gym?  

I've had these leggings and bra top for a week now and I'm so obsessed!😍 Feels so good to get active in them. Throw in a few punches, kicks or even spinning backfists! hahaha
 
        


This isn't just a bag...it's an anti-theft bag

Super smart, takes away the worry of someone stealing your personal information like cards or keys. It's so amazing for traveling because there is no way anyone can even cut off the strap. Not only that, but it's so stylish! A WINNER for sure!

I wish I had it for the New York trip, but you know, it will be coming along on all future trips. The security is top notch. You can also fit all your must-have essentials- even a small camera and your phone. It's a must-have! This crossbody bag goes great with everything, so you can wear it everyday. You don't need to wait until you book a trip somewhere. 

It's one of those purchases, which I don't know how I have lived without before. You know what I mean?
       


3. Honest Beauty Facial Oil 

For awhile I have wanted to try the Honest Company! I have read and heard about it, but I never really knew just how affordable it is until I checked it out myself. Surprise...it's more affordable than you can imagine! Totally love this and the fact that this company is based around organic products, made for all skin types with truly nourishing ingredients. 

I'm so impressed by this facial oil!πŸ” I've got it on right now...all over my neck and face. It's a good starter for me; a pleasant introduction to the brand and a great first choice that will lead me to building a whole Honest Beauty collection. Yep, I'm definitely getting everything else with the Honest logo on it! 

I have already got my eyes on the mascara, the shampoo, the lightweight moisturizer, the face cream, and ohhh, I can keep going on and on. Have you tried this brand yet?
     



4. Off the Shoulder Crop Top

Right now, it's still a bit too hot for sweaters, so I think the perfect piece to go for is an off-the-shoulder top with long sleeves. Super cute in bright orange! It can bring me back to the summers once autumn makes its entrance. I know we tend to go for darker colors during the fall/winter, but it's always a good idea to bring color back here and there, especially if it makes you smile.😁 

Of course, this top would be perfect with denim bottoms, but I think it can also be dressed down with high rise leggings. Why not? Especially on days you don't want to get super dressed up, but still want to put in an effort.
  


Denim is universal!πŸ’™ 

No matter what type of denim clothing item it is, it goes amazing with everything. So the more denim, the merrier your wardrobe will be!πŸ˜‰

I had to add new denim joggers for this season. These are so cool and remind me of my childhood because of the side pockets. I used to wear that kind of style a lot when I was younger. Here I am bringing "wild side pockets Radi back" hahaha!

Usually, skinny denim jeans are my go-to. However, these ones are a little more casual which I like. Really good for everyday activities like doing errands and such. Also, let's not exclude brunch outings and other fun activities. What's your favorite style of denim jeans?
      


We all LOVE being inspired, whether that's a message we read or a song we hear, it's one of the BEST feelings ever. Right? 

Inspiration can cause a powerful ripple effect through the clothing or accessories you wear. That's why I enjoy finding/supporting brands that tell a story like the INSPIRATION. CO brand. Every message on their bracelets (made from genuine earth stones) is meaningful. You can choose one that you feel a connection to. Mine says "Enjoy the Journey" because many times the journey feels like a speedway (chasing things) meanwhile I want to have that reminder to really be in the present moment. Which jewelry piece is your favorite?   

To help spread their mission to "Inspire the World to Love" you can use code "RADOSTINA25" to receive 25% OFF your purchase. Enjoy!        



7. Pom-Pom Knit Sweater

Fall is more FUN with pom-poms!πŸ₯³ 

I've wanted to get a sweater like this for awhile now, so this year I'm going to have all the fun. It's so nice because you can pair it with anything and everything on the bottom...leggings, jeans, shorts or a skirt. Very versatile and a good partner in crime to have when hopping from one season to the next. 

I like how cozy and pink it is! Imagine how great it would be to cozy up with it by the Christmas tree with a hot cup of coffee (caramel macchiato).😁 A dream come true!!!!

You can never go wrong with a cute, warm sweater. I look forward to shopping for new ones every year when autumn hits. Otherwise, I get cranky and you don't want to know what happens next...πŸ˜‚


Did you already do your autumn shopping? What fall inspired content do you want to see next? 


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15 FUN THINGS TO DO IN NEW YORK CITY!

Hello everyone,

It's time to pack a suitcase and head to one of the most LIVELY states! NEW YORK BABY!πŸ’–

 There is so much to explore from strolling through the rail trail of The High Line to catching a bigger than life Broadway show, and let's not forget speeding through the city like a flash with the help of the Subway. Ohhh, New York City is definitely one to remember! 

It's a lot for a girl who's used to the tranquil desert, but the Big Apple has a captivating personality that's hard to miss. It's so unique, incomparable to any other place. If you've never been, it's time to go and experience it for yourself. Words aren't enough...this city can't be fitted in a box. It's so GRAND

Let me show you what it's all about!!! Buckle up because we're about to ride trains, walk 10 miles per day, have some fun, and sing along the way. 

Being there for a full week vacation, we did some of the coolest things! These are my suggestions of places and fun things to do. I hope you enjoy it! 😎

1. Ride the Ferry to Staten Island



One of the most FUN things to do is to catch the ferry, which takes you on a beautiful journey through the New York Harbor, and it's completely free. You'll get to see the Statue of Liberty from up close! She's got lovely eyes! πŸ˜‰ 

This adventure is so worth it because you'll catch a wonderful view of the picturesque city skyscrapers as well as the Brooklyn Bridge. It really can't get any better than this! All you need to do is sit back, relax and enjoy the magic that is right in front of your own eyes. 

The ferry runs 24 hours per day every 15 or 20 minutes, which makes it very convenient to add it to your to-do list while you're visiting New York.      

2. Enjoy Coffee Time at Bryant Park



The first day we landed in NYC we passed by Bryant Park and guess what? I fell in love with it!!! I wanted to have breakfast there every morning after that. 

The vibes were just something that I feel doesn't exist much here in Vegas. Lots of greenery, people enjoying their morning. We even saw a yoga class happening in the sunshine, lots of birds chirping around, pretty vibrant flowers, even a carousel for the kids - yep, I wanted to ride it too! hahaha - and basically everyone having a great time. Perfect for reading a book, enjoying a coffee, spending time with friends or people-watching, we definitely went to this park more than once. It was a nice getaway from the busy streets and the crazy traffic, which is the norm in New York.  

If you like tranquility, peace Bryant Park and Central Park are a must for you.     

 
3. Walk the Brooklyn Bridge



Make your way to one of New York's most popular attractions; the Brooklyn Bridge. Such an iconic way to see more of the BIG city by walking. The bridge will take you to Brooklyn Bridge Park, a waterfront park with tons of photo opportunities. Have your camera in hand and get ready to snap away!πŸ“Έ 

While in that neighborhood you can visit Dumbo as well. There you can come across lots of trendy restaurants, cute cafes and boutiques. We didn't get to spend much time in Dumbo, but it's definitely something to consider doing. 

One of my most favorite moments when walking the Brooklyn Bridge was seeing from far away thick clouds approaching. They hid away the Statue of Liberty and within minutes it started pouring rain. Completely drenched in rain - ohhh, we so needed it - it felt truly refreshing and magical. Experiencing rain for three days while in NYC made me so happy because I love the rain. We don't get much of it here in Las Vegas.   

4. Go to a Broadway Show



Since I can remember, my DREAM has been to go watch a live Broadway Show in New York City. Even before we booked the trip I was already searching which show we should go and see. Well, "Funny Girl" easily made the cut because first, it sounded funny, and second, I think I can be part of the show because I'm extra funny...
🀣

I was so captivated by the whole story, the different props, the stunning costumes, the singing, the dancing, and everything about musical theater. It makes you realize how much work goes into every detail and how a talented group of individuals can touch a single audience so much. The most amazing night in New York City! 

Even more surreal was seeing Jane Lynch act as the mom figure of Beanie Feldstein who played the girl with the BIG DREAM of making it BIG on Broadway.        

5. Explore the Bronx Zoo


On the second to last day, we thought it would be a good idea to visit the zoo. It was so fun because the last time I went to the zoo was when I was in my yearly teenage years, so this felt like a nice treat. We also got to go on a zoo shuttle that took us from one end of the park to another. We spotted a furious tiger roaming the fields and an elephant named "Happy" just being happy.😊 

Heading to the Bronx Zoo, I really didn't have any expectations, but if I did, it definitely exceeded them. It felt like being in a tropical forest. Spending the whole morning and afternoon at the zoo was a bliss. You would be in shock to know how fast time passes by. What's your favorite animal? I got really excited seeing the powerful lion!🦁 

6. Picnic at Central Park + Visit Belvedere Castle


One of the largest and most famous parks in the world is Central Park in New York City. So HUGE! You can walk there for days without even covering half of it. It's amazing seeing it so full of runners, bikers and sunshine lovers very early in the mornings. It felt like a different kind of traffic! 

Bring a blanket, get some food and enjoy the park in the summer. So beautiful and honestly, one of the best things you can do for yourself if you love the outdoors. 

While you're there, don't forget to pay the Belvedere Castle a visit like we did. The name of it means "Beautiful View" in Italian. I loved seeing the green panoramic views from the top. I can only imagine what it would all look like during the autumn...completely breathtaking!!! This makes me want to go back during the changing of the colors.πŸ‚        

7. Spend the Day at Long Beach



We decided we needed a real summer beach day, so we took the train from Penn Station and eagerly headed to Long Beach. It was so nice to get away from the busy city and have a quiet day by the soothing waves. To enjoy the beach, you'll need a daily pass. Residents pay $12 and non-residents pay $15 per person.

My favorite part was definitely getting some sushi, coffee and sweets while watching the sun set. It was a cloudy yet humid summer day, so the sky was all kinds of pinks and oranges.

This was a perfect way to recharge from all the walking we did during the previous days as well soak in a more peaceful version of New York.        

8. Walk the High Line



As I mentioned earlier, walking the High Line is a must-do thing when in NYC. It would take you about 30 minutes. Keep in mind there's lots of art, cool buildings, flowers and cityscapes along the way. It might take you longer just because every step is an opportunity for a great photo.πŸ˜‰I highly recommend it for photographers who want a unique view point of the city. 

It was really cool walking along because you can actually see parts of the railway on which once ran trains regularly. Plus, it's near by the Vessel, so you can visit both places one after the other. That's what we did!  

 9. Explore the Vessel




Noticeable from miles away for its unique structure, The Vessel is the main attraction of Hudson Yards. Its spiral staircases give you a new, fun perspective of the city. We didn't get the chance to see it from inside, but I know entrance is free to the public. It was so fun walking around because there's a lot of cute restaurants and coffee places. We got to enjoy some breakfast right outside with the Vessel as our backyard. It's a really lovely center to relax or walk around!

Even looking at these pictures, you see how grand this artwork is and how small I am.😁Easily puts things into perspective. I think I screamed the first time I saw it because I remembered this is one of the monuments I read about before visiting New York City.       

10. Go to Wall Street



It's time to get to business by going to Wall Street! πŸ˜‰

Being there definitely felt surreal because we've all seen the movies where the businessmen make their grand deals. The first movie which immediately comes to mind is " The Wolf of Wall Street". I couldn't help but think what these men/women dressed in suits heading into Wall Street...what their lives look like? I'm sure nothing like my life...πŸ˜‚

It was fun walking around seeing the "taller than life" buildings. Also, the Trinity Church was really impressive in the midst of the busy streets. 

Visiting this financial district is a must-do when in NYC!       

11. Visit the 9/11 Memorial 


This was one of the most humbling experiences! 

Seeing the 9/11 memorial in person gave me all the chills. It felt so powerful because when we were there it started raining lightly as if the sky was crying for the people that lost their lives on this significant day. In the quietness, you could feel everything! 

I still can't forget the sight of seeing the footprints of the two Twin Towers in the ground and the engraved names on them. Being there, I got a flashback of witnessing the news on TV back in 2001 when I had just moved to America with my family. Do you remember the first time you heard about this devastating tragedy?       

12. Make your way to Washington Square Park

I LOVE that there are so many parks to explore in New York. Washington Square Park (named after George Washington) is one of them! Be sure to take a photo at this famous arch. You can enjoy a nice lunch by the fountain while you watch people doing different fun activities. They have tai chi, yoga, live music, art activities for the kids and even diabolo yo-yo class. How awesome is that?   

If I was a local, the parks are definitely where I would spend most of my time because they have lots of activities going on, which you can join it and make friends along the way.  

 13. Catch a Glimpse of Times Square



I've watched the ball drop on New Year's Eve at Times Square numerous years in a roll on TV and now I can say that I've been there! The excitement I felt of seeing Times Square is indescribable. For awhile I couldn't believe it!!! 🀯

Walking there felt a bit like the Strip vibes here in Vegas; lots of tourists, traffic and lights. It was really cool looking up at all the changing ads on the big screens. Also, add to this the honking of cars and you can tell these streets are sure to make a lasting impression.πŸ˜‚ I can't begin to imagine how insane it is during the New Year's celebration. Visiting New York during the winter must be different kind of fun!     

14. Take a Train Ride at Grand Central Terminal



When in NYC, trains and subways are a normal daily way to get places. It can be pretty intimidating if you've never been or you just have a glimps at their crazy maps...hahaha! Lots of things happening at once! Also, no one really waits for you, so you've got to think fast and move quick. 

When we got to Grand Central Station, we had some time to kill, so we decided to catch the next train to North White Plains. This was my first ever train ride. Not only that, it was so good and memorable because I got to rest my legs from all the walking we did earlier that day.😁

I found being on trains suits me better than the furious subways because it was less of a hassle and it wasn't as crowded. With either transportation, if you're a local and you do this everyday, hats off to you. Hundred percent of the time I had no idea what's happening! hahaha      

 15. Visit the Rockefeller Center



I'm sure you've already heard of the Rockefeller Center even if you haven't been to New York City. You've got the ice-skating ring there, which this season around is open for roller skating. Also, close by you'll spot the NBC studio where Saturday Night Live is taped as well as other beloved shows. 

Only a three minute walk from the Rockefeller Center is the famous St. Patrick's Cathedral. While we were there service was happening, so it was very busy but still, we were able to see the gorgeous architecture inside. You can definitely go in and have a look around. It's free! 

     There you have it!!! Lots to do and see in New York City. I suggest going for a week or two to be able to make the MOST of your trip. I'm so happy this year I was finally able to visit NYC because it's on of those cities that I'm sure is on everyone's top 3 dream destinations. Where to next?

Have you been to the Big Apple?🍏 What was your favorite part of your visit there?


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