Beyond the Footlights Turns 2!

Beyond the Footlights Turns 2!

Beyond the Footlights Turns 2!

Where I’ve been, what I’ve been up to, and what’s coming next…


Hello BTF Friends!!!

Long time, no talk! Holy moly, it’s been a hot minute since I’ve hopped on my computer to write like this. I’m excited, nervous, all the feelings as I sit here, hoping you’ll all find this an exciting (and interesting) post/update.

In case you missed it, I’ve been a liiiittle MIA- for lots of amazing reasons that I’ll get into later. I haven’t published a blog post since December of 2021, but even before that my blogging efforts were spotty. It’s probably been about 6 months since I’ve shared posts consistently BUT today is the blog’s 2nd birthday!! So, there’s no better time than the present to jump back in, give you a little life update, and give you an idea of what the future of the blog might look like!

Where I’ve Been & What I’ve Been Up To…

So she’s been MIA, but where has she been??

You all know (if you didn’t, now you will) that I studied musical theatre and my primary focus since theatre started opening back up has been to pursue THAT. Since November of 2021, I’ve been fortunate enough to be part of a National Tour!! Being in a tour was one of my biggest goals post-grad, and it’s been such a blessing. Not only have I been able to do what I love, but I’ve made so many new amazing friends that are now like my family AND I’ve had the opportunity to do some traveling! In about 3 weeks between the end of March and the beginning of April we traveled to six cities with the show, going between charter buses and a sleeper bus (what an experience).

Because the show is totally new, there are a lot of moving parts and there’s a lot that goes into getting it on its feet and in front of larger audiences. Our performances in November/December and March/April were part of two ‘mini-tours’ and it’s the hope that the full North American tour will be hitting the road again later this year!

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Our tour cast!

So, as you can imagine, rehearsing, hitting the road, and being in a new city at least every other day leaves little room for much else. I spent most of my time exploring the new cities between performances and getting as much rest as I could. Honestly, my brain only had the capacity to think about our travel and performance schedules which left me without much creative inspiration outside of what I needed to be focusing on.

Since taking this break from the blog there have been tons of times when I’ve had the urge to sit down and write but had absolutely no inspiration. Very early on in this blogging journey, I often found myself under this self-imposed pressure to publish a new post once a week, follow a self-prescribed schedule I felt very rigid in, and do everything ‘right’ to try and make this platform grow. While it’s still my goal to grow this platform and reach as many people as I can with the content I’m creating, I’m slowly realizing that if I don’t do this blogging thing for myself first then what good is it?

In the digital age we are so wrapped up in where creating content is what gets people noticed, it’s easy to get caught up in this unspoken “pressure” to create great content and create it consistently. And while no one has made ME feel this way directly, I often get caught in the web of comparison that the internet easily creates. I see other bloggers working with brands, brands I’ve attempted to work with or not, and creating new blog, Instagram, and Tik Tok posts consistently while I’ve been busy and I can’t help but feel sometimes like I’m not a “real” blogger because I’m not keeping up.

Trust me: I know this is COMPLETELY false and I am no less of a creative because I’ve had to put one creative endeavor on the back burner while focusing on another, the one I’ve dreamt of always putting first.

All this to say- I love this blog, I love the content I have created, and it is going to continue to be part of my life. How it fits in though will be on MY terms and not any that may be imposed on me by the world of social media! It’s healthier that way and it’ll allow me to focus on what I love about all of my creative works. I started this blog for myself in a time that was so uncertain and it continues to grow and shift with me as I continue life in an amazing (but sometimes uncertain) career!

What’s Coming Next…

Now that I’ve explained my entire thought process to you, I think it’s clear to see that I may not have an exact direction of what comes next for Beyond the Footlights. And I don’t think I totally have to have a clearly defined answer just yet! As I have the time to create content that I think is relevant, I will! During busy times working in other creative fields, I may not create as much blog content and that’s that!

Beyond the Footlights Turns 2!

Even two years into this whole blogging thing, I still feel like I don’t totally have a clear direction of what type of content I’d like to focus on! My ideas have shifted and continue to do so, so I think that will be reflected in the content I’m hoping to create.

Beyond the Footlights has always been considered a ‘lifestyle’ blog and I think that’s what I am looking to lean into more going forward. As I mentioned before, it isn’t always easy to balance this creative outlet with others, mainly theatre. While theatre is my first love and what I love most at heart, I don’t feel like I can easily come up with theatre topics to blog about often enough. Keeping those two passions separated a bit more may be what’s best for me for now!

Over the last two years pursuing blogging and content creation, I’ve had several opportunities to work with some amazing brands and pursue partnerships which has been amazing. That’s definitely something I’m looking to keep up. I’m also very passionate about all things shopping- particularly shopping for great bargains (this may or may not be a bad habit, but we’re ignoring that). That along with self-care, beauty, organization, and all that jazz are topics I’m thinking of really honing in on!

So, Now What?

Now what? Well, I guess only time will tell! The best place to keep an eye on all things blog related is my Instagram! I’m always there sharing blog posts, products I love, and more! Until further notice, I’ve stopped my email list, so Instagram is going to the the place to be if you want to keep up with new things I’m creating! You can also subscribe to BTF on my homepage- that way you will always be the first to be notified when I share a new post. My Links & Codes page will stay up to date with any special links or discounts I have for my followers, and you can follow me on LTK to shop the products I share directly!


I’m looking forward to sharing more content with you coming soon, and I’m so grateful that you’re all still here showing your support- even after my little hiatus!

Lots of love!

XO Ang

Holiday Gift Guide for the Book Worm

Holiday Gift Guide for the Book Worm

Holiday Gift Guide for the Book Worm

Holiday Gift Guide for the Book Worm

Looking for the perfect gift for the book-lover in your life that isn’t just another Barnes & Noble gift card? Trust me, everyone loves a gift card, but if you’re looking for something a bit more personal, I’ve got the gift list for you! Check out my Holiday Gift Guide for the Book Worm. You’ll find lots of fun, practical, and unique gifts that any lover of literature will be sure to find useful in their lives!

If you see something you love and HAVE to have as you’re scrolling, click directly on any product title to shop my LiketoKnowIt!

Happy Holidays & Happy Reading!


Holiday Gift Guide for the Book Worm

Adjustable Book Stand

Finding a comfortable way to hold your book and flip the pages ca be such a hassle! You can set this bamboo, adjustable stand in your lap or on the counter for a hands-free, hassle free read! This is also the perfect gift for anyone you know who cooks and bakes a lot following a cookbook or recipe book!

Rechargeable LED Clip-On Book Light

This book light is perfect for the traveling book worm! You can throw this rechargeable clip-on book light right in your bag or suitcase and read on the go. If you live with a significant other and you like to stay up in bed reading and don’t want to disturb your partner by leaving lights on to read, this is your perfect solution!

Personalized Book Embosser

I LOVE the idea of a personalized book embosser! This one from Etsy allows you to choose what you’d like your embosser to say and how you’d like it to look! If you’re someone who likes to lend out books within your family or friend group, this is the perfect gift to help make sure they don’t mistake your book as theirs.

Personalized Library Kit

If you’re a total library nerd this gift is AMAZING! Going to the library, checking out books, and having your card catalogue stamped is slowly becoming an old past-time, but with this personalized library kit you can keep the tradition alive and well! This is another great gift if you often lend out your books.

100 Essential Novels Scratch-Off Poster

Ever have a tough time choosing what book to read next? Then this poster is the perfect gift for you! This scratch-off chart represents 100 essential novels, so your next read is only a scratch away!

Book Buddy Book Sleeve

Another great gift for the traveling book worm! A book sleeve is also a great gift for anyone who likes to have their current read in their bag at all times- you never know when you might get a free moment to read!

Magnetic Bookmark Set

Magnetic bookmarks are my favorite kind of bookmark! Because they’re magnets, you won’t ever have to worry about your marker falling out of your book and losing your page! I’m always losing bookmarks, so a set is a great option for a gift

Library Card Decorative Pillow

If you know someone who’s home is ALSO all decked out in bookworm décor, this is the perfect edition to their collection! The neat card catalogue design is unique and timeless.

Witty Book T-Shirts

Everyone loves a good t-shirt. I love this one that says “I closed my book to be here.” Etsy is FULL of adorable shirts with witty book-related sayings! You’ll be sure to find one for everyone, no matter what their favorite book is.

Library Shelves iPhone Case

Everyone has a phone, so why not treat your book-lover to a gorgeous library shelf phone case!

Mugs

Having a nice cup of coffee or tea while you cozy up with a book is the ultimate form of self-care! And you can never have too many adorable mugs! I loved these catalogue card ones, and the one that says “just one more page.”


Want to shop any of these gifts for your book-worm ASAP? Click any product name or click HERE to shop directly from my LiketoKnowIt!

Stay tuned for more holiday gifts guides!

XOXO

~Ang

The Ultimate Planner Gift Guide

The Ultimate Planner Gift Guide

The Ultimate Planner Gift Guide

The Ultimate Planner Gift Guide: Give the Gift of Planning

Do you have that one person in your life obsessed with all things planners, stationery, stickers, and notebooks? I bet you do! Never quite sure what to get them in fear that they might already have it? Let’s make one thing clear: You can never have too many notebooks, stickers, planners, sticky notes, and pens if you’re an avid planner! Even if they aren’t asking for them, they will never turn away some new planner accessories. As a planner obsessed babe myself, I’ve put together the ultimate planner gift guide bursting with tons of ideas for the planner in your life!

See something that you just HAVE to have now? Click any product title throughout this post to shop items directly via my LiketoKnowIt!

Happy Planning!


The Happy Planner Skinny Classic Sized 12-Month Planner

The Happy Planner is one of my favorite planner brands, and these skinny classic sized 12-month planner are perfect for anyone who travels! Throw it right in your backpack, purse, or travel bag and keep your life super organized- even on the go!

The Happy Planner Sticker Sets

Planner stickers are my favorite way to spice up my regular planner layout! These planner sticker books come in a variety of different sizes and colors and for different purposes! There are sticker sets to help track your health, your shopping, you seasonal planning, and much, much more!

Colorful Pen & Highlighter Sets

I don’t know about you, but I’m a color coding nerd! These Paper Mate pens and Mildliner highlighters are the PERFECT gift for anyone who also loves to color code, journal, or doodle! Also a great gift for the bullet journal lover!

Weekly/Daily Desk Planner

Looking at a monthly planner can sometimes be overwhelming, so a desk daily/weekly planner is the perfect way to break down the month! Certain planner pads can be used for your basic weekly organization while others can be used to track habits, keep lists, and track tasks!

Marble Sticky Notes

Spice up your desk with these gorgeous marble sticky notes! Who said organization had to be plain!

Small Notebook Sets

If you’ve got multiple remote jobs like me, having multiple mini notes books for each job is SUCH a help in keeping tasks and info organized! Different notebooks are the perfect gift for anyone who does multiple jobs, or even just the friend who like to keep a notebook on hand at all times in their bag!

Pencil Case

Now that you’ve gifted someone all those amazing new pens and highlighters, they’re going to need somewhere to put them all! I love carrying a pencil case around with me- you never know when or where you’ll need a writing utensil!

Desk Accessory Set

I love that these desk accessory sets come so neatly organized, in gorgeous rose gold coloring, and are sure to make any desk sparkle!

Desk Organizer

Having a nice desk organizer is perfect for storing all your new accessories, pens, and notebooks! It helps to know where everything is stored!

Gratitude Journal

The holiday season is the perfect time to start a gratitude practice, and a gratitude journal helps in following the habit through!

Dotted Journal (for Bullet Journaling)

If you know someone who loves bullet journaling or wants to give it a try, gifting them a nice dotted journal will help kickstart their journey! This one from Michael’s comes in a variety of different colors and is really affordable!

Stationery Set

A stationery set might feel fancy, but it’s the perfect gift for anyone you know that might’ve just gotten married or even started a business!


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Happy Holidays & Happy Planning!

XOXO

~Ang

Holiday Gift Guide for the Fashion Lover

Holiday Gift Guide for the Fashion Lover

Holiday Gift Guide for the Fashion Lover

Holiday Gift Guide for the Fashion Lover- $50 and Under

The holiday gift search is now underway, and my next gift guide is for the fashion lover in your life! We all know that fashion finds can tend to be on the higher end of the gift giving budget, but they don’t have to be! This list if full of gifts $50 and under! Whether you’re shopping for a friend or adding things to your own holiday wish list, there is sure to be something suitable for every style and every budget!

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Gift Guide for the Fashion Lover: Clothes

Shackets

Shackets are a Fall/Winter staple in anyone’s wardrobe! They are such a great layering piece and work within so many different style. Whether you’re buying for a glam queen or a cozy queen, ANYONE would be happy to have a gorgeous shacket in their closet. Finding an affordable shacket can be quite a challenge, but these ones from Amazon do not disappoint!

Lounge Sets

Know someone who loves to lay around in style? Lounge sets are the way to go! These would be the perfect gift for new mommas, your friends that work from home, or anyone you know that appreciates a cozy night in.

Pajama Sets

There’s nothing that screams “holidays” more than giving the gift of pajamas! Whether you’ve got someone who loves some tacky Christmas PJ’s or someone who likes a more traditional set, these sets from Target come in a variety of patterns, styles, and colors!

Cozy Robes

I think robes are SO underrated and would make the perfect gift for your fashion lover! Another way to lounge or prep for your big night out in style. Not only would a robe be a great gift for it’s comfort, it would be a great gift for it’s multiple uses. You can also give the gift of heatless curls with that bathrobe tie *wink*

Fuzzy Slippers

I bought myself a pair of fuzzy slippers last year around this time and it was the BEST gift for me from me! Say goodbye to frumpy, old slippers and say hello to slippers in style with any of these pairs!

Gift Guide for the Fashion Lover: Accessories

Silk/Satin Scarves

Silk & satin scarves are the perfect versatile gift for a fashion lover! Tie it around your purse handles, wear it around your neck or wrist, or wear it as a top! The possibilities are endless!

Blanket Scarves

Blanket scarves are one of those accessories that still haven’t gone out of style (in my opinion anyway)! I love throwing on a blanket scarf on a freezing day- they make me feel extra warm, cozy, and fashionable!

Headbands

If you’re anything like me, I used to HATE headbands as a kid. They hurt my ears and gave me headaches (and honestly, I just thought I didn’t have the head for them). But even since headbands have come back in style, I have loved a good headband moment! These sets from Amazon are so affordable and adorable, how could you NOT gift these?!

Fanny Packs & Small Cross-Body Bags

Fanny packs and small, stylish cross-body bags are SO in right now! I love having my hands free and don’t love to carry a huge bag, so having everything I need in a bag like these is the perfect fix. This is the perfect gift for anyone you know who has a busy lifestyle or lives in a city!

Card Holder Keychain

If your fashionista likes to only bring your phone, keys, and wallet on the go, a card holder keychain wallet is the perfect gift! They can attach their car keys right to the keychain and have their essentials at their fingertips!

Layered Necklaces

Layered necklaces are alllll the rage right now, and these gorgeous sets from Amazon are so affordable! You can customize them to match the first letter of your name or the first letter of your fashionista’s name!

Beaded & Stackable Bracelets

I love the look of layered bracelets, but sometimes having too many bracelets on one wrist makes me feel hectic (lol). The first two bracelets I have listed here are Victoria Emerson, and I love how they look. Surprise- it’s only 1 bracelet that looks like a stack! Beaded bracelets with adorable notes of encouragement on them are also big right now!

Earring Sets

Earring sets are the perfect little gift or stocking stuffer! It almost feels like you’re giving more than one gift because of how many different sets of earrings are included! The Loft has some perfect little gift sets, and if you’re looking for something a little less holiday themed, Amazon has some great, affordable looks!

Smart Watch Bands

Everyone and their mother has a smart watch, so why not gift a fancy band to spice it up! I love these beaded Victoria Emerson wrap bands! Scrunchie bands are also so on trend and perfect if you just want something casual!

Blue Light Glasses

The perfect accessory for your work from home bestie! I have a pair of blue light glasses from Francesca’s, and every time I’m wearing them on social media people want to know how they can get them! Francesca’s has some really fashionable styles for a really affordable price!


See something you loved and want to snag it for yourself? Shop directly from my LiketoKnowit and make your holiday shopping THAT much easier! No need to snoop all around the internet for links- they’re all right here at your fingertips!

Happy Shopping!

XOXO

~Ang

Holiday Beauty Gift Guide-$40 and Under

Holiday Beauty Gift Guide-$40 and Under

Holiday Beauty Gift Guide- $40 and Under

Holiday Beauty Gift Guide- All $40 and Under

Are you ready to start your holiday shopping early this year?? Shopping for the beauty lover in your life, on a budget nonetheless, can be a bit of a struggle- but it doesn’t have to be. I’ve done the hard for you! Check out my Holiday Beauty Gift Guide-$40 and Under! Click any of the product titles below to shop directly via my LiketoKnowIt!


Holiday Beauty Gift Guide-$40 and Under: Skincare

Tula Glow & Get It Cooling and Brightening Eye Balm

The perfect holiday beauty gift to start out the guide! The Tula Glow & Get It Cooling and Brightening Eye Balm is a staple in my daily routine! This eye balm instantly hydrates, cools, and fills in fine lines around the eye. Also helps with dark circles and puffiness.

Tula Protect and Glow Daily Sunscreen- SPF 30

We all need a great SPF in our skincare routine, and this one is my favorite! This daily SPF 30 sunscreen not only protects skin from the negative effects of sun rays, pollution and blue light, but also gives skin a perfect dewy look. Plus, it smells delicious!

Isle of Paradise Self Tanning Drops

Having a healthy glow all year round is SO easy with these drops! They come in a variety of different shades to match YOUR glow and are made with color correcting technology to keep your glow looking naturally gorgeous. Mix in your favorite moisturizer and get your glow on!

Kiehl’s Rare Earth Deep Pore Cleansing Masque

This mask will last you a lifetime! Perfect for every skin type, it visibly minimizes pores and blackheads instantly, leaving skin refined and smooth.

Origins- Merry Masks Our 5 Best Mask Minis

A friend of mine got me an Origins Mask Minis set a few years back, and I think this is one of the best gifts you could give! This set includes 5 of their best masks to try! My favorites are the Drink Up Hydration Mask and the Retexturizing Mask made with rose clay!

Holiday Beauty Gift Guide-$40 and Under: Makeup

It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better Setting Spray

I LOVE this setting spray! Made with hyaluronic acid, coconut water, and Aloe Vera extract, this spray sets your makeup for up to 16+ hours! And it smells amazing!

Laneige All Nighter Lip Set

The Laneige Sleeping Masks have quickly become one of my favorite bedtime staples! This set comes with Berry and 2 holiday flavors, Gingersnap and Peppermint!

Bobbi Brown 3 Pc. Mini Extra Lip Tint Set

This trio combines the hydration of your go-to balm with the lush colors of your favorite lip tint! The shades are perfect for the holidays and can transition into the rest of the year!

bareMinerals barePro Eyeshadow Stick 4-Piece Collection

I’m a sucker for a good eyeshadow stick! This set includes includes four creamy, long-wearing eye shadows with a shimmering finish-perfect for on-the-go OR for the beauty lover that loves to save time as well!

Billion Dollar Box by Billion Dollar Beauty

This is another great beauty product for travel! This box is a customizable, sustainable and convenient solution to traditional makeup palettes. Create the palette that speaks to YOU and choose from over 35 different makeup pans including brows, eyes, lips and cheeks. Refills available on the Billion Dollar Beauty Website or in your local Target Store.

e.l.f. Cosmetics Flawless Face 6 Piece Brush Collection

An affordable set of makeup brushes is essential for this holiday beauty gift guide! Check out this set from e.l.f. for only $15!

Holiday Beauty Gift Guide-$40 and Under: Nails

Gel UV LED Nail Lamp

We all know here that I love doing my gel nails at home, and now you can give the gift of an affordable at home mani! I use this gel lamp- it’s only $17!

Beetles Top Coat & Base Coat and Gel Nail Polish Set, Coffee Cafe Collection

If you give the gift of a gel lamp, you’ll have to gift some gel nail polish as well! You’ll need to gift the gel top & base coats and some gel polish! This set of colors is perfect for the neutral lover. Amazon has tons of collections in a variety of colors- there’s something for everyone!

Holiday Beauty Gift Guide- $40 and Under: Accessories

Kitsch Satin Pillow Case

This pillow case will be a life saver for your hair! The soft satin fabrication won’t agitate your strands while you sleep, allowing you to wake up frizz free and ready to take on the day!

Kitsch Towel Scrunchie Two Pack

If you’re anything like me, I try to avoid putting heat on my hair, even to dry it! These scrunchies keep your hair back after the shower while drying your hair! They accommodate all hair lengths while providing comfort during your post-shower routines.

Campanelli LE FreshFace Set of 5 Makeup RemoverTowels

Since I started using these makeup remover towels, I haven’t touched a makeup wipe in…I don’t even know how long! My makeup comes of so quickly and they don’t irritate my skin! You’ll love them!

8 Colors Lolalet Strong Hold Hair Claw Clips, 2 Styles

We LOVE the claw clip trend! This pack from Amazon comes with clips in two different styles and a bunch of different colors! A perfect stocking stuffer, too!

Mkono Scrunchies Holder Stand

Store scrunchies and other hair accessories on this stylish, affordable stand!

Tartan + Twine Basics Clear Train Case

This clear makeup case is the perfect holiday beauty gift! AND you can use it to store any/all other goodies you buy for your beauty lover!


All items in this post are linked and can also be shopped through my LiketoKnowit! Keep an eye out for more gift guides leading up to the holiday!

Lots of love!

~Ang

Gift Ideas for the Men in Your Life

Gift Ideas for the Men in Your Life

Gift Ideas for the men in Your Life

Holiday Gift Ideas for the Men in Your Life

I would bet hands down that the hardest people to buy gifts for during the holiday season are the men in your life. Dad, brother, boyfriend, best friend, etc. MEN ARE THE HARDEST TO SHOP FOR! At one point or another, I’m sure you’ve had trouble coming up with ideas for gifts for the men in your life. Either they already have most of the cool things you want to get them, you can’t think of anything new and different to get them or they give you no help at all deciding what they want or could use. That’s why I’ve put together this gift guide, Gift Ideas for the Men in Your Life!

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Gift Ideas for Men: The Gifts

Yeti Travel Mugs & Cups

If you’ve got a guy that’s always on the go or just loves having a perfectly hot/cold beverage at all time, Yeti products are the way to go!

Watches

A watch is the perfect accessory for your guy, even if he isn’t big on accessorizing!

Portable Chargers

Portable chargers are perfect for guys on the go! Whether they’re constantly traveling for work, hiking, or running around a city all day, having a way to recharge their devices is so important! This Halo charger allows you to recharge AND includes jumper cables to jump a car!

3-Piece Charging Stand

Give your guy the gift or organization! With this 3-piece charging station, he can charge his Apple Watch, Airpods, and cell phone all at the same time and in one convenient place!

Massage Gun

This Deep Tissue, Portable Handheld Percussion Massager is perfect for the active guy in your life! It’s rechargeable, comes with 10 different attachments and 30 levels of intensity!

Convertible Duffle Bag Backpack

I actually just bought this product for myself, so it’s not just for men! It’s perfect for the frequent traveler. This bag can be either a duffle bag or a backpack! There are lots of pockets and compartments, even a place to store a pair of shoes!

Portable Speaker

Perfect for the music lover! Give them the gift of music on the go with this portable speaker from Amazon!

Echo Dot

An Echo Dot is actually a really easy and affordable gift for anyone! The Echo Dot is the perfect Amazon product to start out with if they maybe aren’t as tech savvy but want the perks of Alexa! Set timers, get news updates, listen to music, and more- this little thing does it all!

Men’s Koolaburra by UGG Tipton Moccasin Loafers

Everyone loves a pair of comfy, warm slippers! This slip on pair with warm, wool lining and insoles is sure to make any man happy!

A Portable Campfire

The perfect gift for the outdoorsy guy! You can use this hassle-free outdoor fire pit anywhere! Enjoy 3+ hours of burning time without having to find firewood or worry about clean up. AND it’s made from recycled soy wax and recycled paper briquettes, to minimize our footprint.

A Beard Bib

If you live with a man with a beard, maybe this one is a gift for both him AND you! Attach the beard bib to any mirror or hard surface using the suction cups to instantly make a bib to catch all his little beard hairs! This makes for easy clean up, which I think we all love!

Magnetic Bottle Hanger Strips

If you’ve got a beer guy on your hands, this is the gift for them! These magnetic strips peel & stick right to your refrigerator ceiling to add space! They’re also just…super cool!

Men’s Shackets

Us ladies have to admit, men have been rocking the shacket trend since…forever! Get him a new shacket so he can keep up with the trends (and maybe you can steal it from him, too)!


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Happy shopping for your man!

XOXO

~Ang

5 Fall Wardrobe Essentials from Walmart

5 Fall Wardrobe Essentials from Walmart

5 Fall Wardrobe Essentials from Walmart- Under $50

Want to brush up your Fall wardrobe but don’t want to break the bank? Me neither! That’s why I headed to Walmart to find the best Fall looks for a much lower price. Y’all. We cannot sleep on Walmart fashion! Walmart is nailing it with some gorgeous pieces for Fall for a fraction of the price, without sacrificing quality! Check out these 5 Fall wardrobe essentials from Walmart and Walmart.com for $50 or less!

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Shackets

The shacket trend came back around last year and is probably one of the hottest pieces of clothing to have this Fall season. These pieces look like a shirt but can double as a jacket or layering piece over a top or even a cute dress! A shacket is the perfect thing to have in your wardrobe as a transitional piece- especially now when it’s usually too warm for a heavy jacket but too chilly to go without a coat at all. The downfall with shackets? They tend to be SUPER expensive. That’s why I really love these shackets I found from Walmart! One of these shackets is the most expensive item you’ll find in this post- and even then it’s under $50!

Denim Jackets

A denim jacket is DEFINITELY a staple you should have in your closet almost all year round but especially in the Fall! Similar to a shacket, I love to throw on a denim jacket when I need something not too heavy but not too light! If it’s still pretty warm where you are, throw a denim jacket on over a dress meant for Summer and bam, you’re ready for Fall. Walmart has a ton of affordable denim jackets for just about everyone’s style! These are a few of my favorites from the site, but they come in so many different styles, textures, and patterns!

Fashionable Sweatshirts

Sweatshirts are hands down my favorite piece of clothing to wear once Fall hits! I have so many that I’ve recently had to really restrain myself from buying anymore. I’m not kidding when I say half of of the sweatshirts I own are the Time and Tru crewneck sweatshirts from Walmart! They come in a wide variety of colors, patterns, and styles…which is why I own at least 6 of them! You literally cannot beat the price either! I love to dress them down with just a pair of leggings or sweatpants at home or dress them up a bit with a pair of jeans, leggings and a denim jacket, and some cute jewelry to spice it up a bit!

Cardigans

Ask anyone I know, I love to layer in the Fall. Typically, a go-to outfit of mine consists of leggings, sneakers, a t-shirt, and a big ‘ol cardigan to keep me warm! Walmart has a great variety of cardigans from a more traditional style, ones with gorgeous fringe, plaid slouchy-options, and even some cozy ponchos! I don’t know about you, but I LOVE that ponchos are coming back. Whether you’re adding a cardigan to a layered outfit or just carrying it with you in case you get chilly throughout your day, a cardigan is definitely a necessity as we head into chillier days!

Sweatshirt Dresses

Like most people- I hate pants. My closet is FULL of dresses because I’m obsessed-especially with sweater dresses. If you feel like early Fall days are too soon for a thicker sweater dress, these sweatshirt dresses from Walmart are the PERFECT compromise! They are a sweatshirt material, just like the Time and Tru sweatshirts I shared above that are my fav, so you know I had to get a dress, too! I recently wore one with a cute pair of sneakers and it was a perfect, easy outfit for a busy day! P.S. THEY HAVE POCKETS


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Which one of these 5 Fall wardrobe essentials is your go-to piece this season?

Lots of love!

~Ang

Olive & June Fall 2021 Box

Olive & June Fall 2021 Box

Olive & June Fall 2021 Box

Olive & June’s Fall 2021 Box: Back to School with Fall Nail Trends

It’s officially Fall which means all the Fall trends are happening in full force! One of my favorite things to follow throughout the change of seasons is changing manicure trends. I love seeing different seasonal colors and designs to fit each time of year. And no one does a seasonal mani better than Olive & June! Their team was so kind as to send me the Olive & June Fall 2021 Box for me to try out! I was able to get my hands on (literally) these six gorgeous shades perfect for the Fall season!

Keep reading for a breakdown of what comes in their Manicure System and of each stunning new shade!


Olive & June

If you’re like me, you’ve probably seen Olive & June products online and in your local Target, but have put off trying yet another nail polish brand…

Well let me tell you- Olive & June is LEGIT!

If you’ve been following along with me for a while, you know that I’m obsessed with doing my nails. Having my nails done (and done well) always makes me feel like I have it together! I like my nails to not only look great but last a long time, too. I’ve previously written about how I do my own gel manicures at home. In recent years, I’ve completely shied away from using “regular” nail polish…until now!

Olive & June’s mission is to help anyone, anywhere have an amazing, long-lasting manicure that makes them FEEL amazing! And let me just say- they succeed! The first time I used Olive & June polish, my manicure lasted close to two weeks! I’ve had gel manicures that have chipped merely hours after getting them done or doing them myself!

They’ve got everything you need for the perfect at-home manicure from tools, polishes, nail accessories and more! Today, I’m going to share with you what comes in their Manicure System boxes and give you a fun review of their new collection of Fall colors!

P.S. Keep reading for a special discount on Olive & June products!


Olive & June Manicure System

I received the Olive & June Fall 2021 box, which included an Olive & June Manicure System! The Manicure System comes with:

  • 6 Polishes (of your choosing or a curated collection)
  • Straight-edge Nail Clipper
  • Dual-grit Nail File
  • Salon-quality Nail Buffer
  • Acetone-free Polish Remover Pot
  • Mani-perfecting Clean Up Brush
  • A Poppy + Pouch (a Poppy is their patented nail polish handle)
  • Award-winning Cuticle Serum
  • Super Glossy Top Coat

My system also came with a limited edition O&J Notebook & Pen and they sent me their Nail strengthener to try!

When I said the system came with everything I truly meant EVERYTHING! The nail file and buffer were the highest quality products I’ve ever had. The nail polish remover pot/clean up brush make taking off polish and cleaning up mistakes such a breeze! I had seen the Poppy all over and it honestly does make all the difference in painting your nails! I felt so much more steady and had much cleaner strokes! And, of course, their cuticle serum is top notch. My cuticles always need some love, especially in the cool and dry months, so it is going to be a life saver!

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Olive & June Fall 2021 Box: The Polishes

Now, the fun part: The Polish!

The Olive & June Fall Box came with six new shades, perfect for back to school! Which subject will be your favorite?!

Olive & June Fall 2021 Box- Chemistry

Chemistry

Chemistry is described as an almond cream color! I think this is a perfect transitional shade if you’re still hanging on to summer and aren’t quite ready to get into the dark, deep colors of Fall just yet! Almond cream is the perfect way to describe the shade- it’s a fantastic neutral! It went on really easily and looked great with two thicker coats!

Olive & June Fall 2021 Box- Study Hall

Study Hall

Study hall is described as a vintage rose! I love this color because I think it is so versatile. It’s the perfect pink for Fall because it is definitely more subdued. If you’re a pink lover all year round, I think this will be your new favorite Fall shade! This color would also be perfect as a Valentine’s Day pink! It went on super well with just two coats.

Olive & June Fall 2021 Box- World Lit

World Lit

World Lit was definitely not a favorite subject of mine, but this color sure is! It is described as a true mauve, and that’s 100% correct! Mauve is one of my favorite transitional colors from Summer to Fall, and this color fits that bill perfectly. It’s a great neutral that still gives you that little kiss of color. This one went on probably the best out of all the colors for me- two quick coats and you’re good to go!

Olive & June Fall 2021 Box- Art Class

Art Class

This is my FAVORITE shade in the collection! I mean look at that stunning deep purple. It is described as a muted eggplant. A deep purple is typically my go-to color in October, and I can’t wait to rock this color all month long! I asked a few of my friends to vote on which color form the collection to try first and purple was unanimous! It went on really well too, just like World Lit!

Olive & June Fall 2021 Box- Geometry

Geometry

This is by far the most unique shade in the Fall collection in my opinion! It is described as a hunter green. I think it’s a little more bright than your typical hunter green- as you can see it works beautifully with my plant backdrop. I think this color will work as a Fall/Winter color. It gives me Christmas tree vibes, so I will definitely be bringing this one into the holidays with me! It went on really well with two coats, three in some streaky places.

Olive & June Fall 2021 Box- Social Studies

Social Studies

I find this one ironic because I TOTALLY made social studies blue whenever I would pick notebooks and folders! This final shade is described as a sun-bleached navy. I have been in search of a solid navy polish for a long time and this one lived up to my expectations entirely! (In fact, I have it on my nails right now). Deep blues are really in this Fall and this shade is bound to be a fan favorite. This one went on well with two thicker coats.


Have I convinced you yet to give Olive & June a try? Here’s something extra if you still need an extra push!

Use the code ANGLAROSE20 today to get 20% off all Olive & June Systems

Try out Olive & June for yourself and let me know how you love it!

Lots of Love!

~Ang

Four Easy Fall Cocktails and Mocktails

Four Easy Fall Cocktails and Mocktails

Four Easy Fall Cocktails and Mocktails

Four Easy Cocktails and Mocktails for Your Fall Festivities with Spiritless Kentucky 74

Happy Fall Y’all! The first day of Fall is this Wednesday, the 22nd, and what better way to get ready for the new season than with some seasonal beverages?! I’ve got four easy Fall cocktails and mocktails for your Fall festivities to share with you today, using Spiritless Kentucky 74!

If you love enjoying fun Fall beverages but don’t love how you feel after one too many, Spiritless is for you! Spiritless Kentucky 74 is a non-alcoholic spirit for bourbon cocktails founded by a team of women who believe that Less is Yes!

Spiritless Kentucky 74 was named Best Non-Alcoholic Spirit and won a gold medal in the 2021 L.A. Spirits Awards. Kentucky 74 allows you to enjoy that final cocktail without those next day less-than-great feelings! This spirit is meant to act as a non-alcoholic option for your cocktails, or you can go “halfsies” and combine it with your bourbon of choice for half the alcohol content and less calories! You’re still going to get full flavor without going full alcohol, full calories or full regret.

Through a program called 2% for the Girls, Spiritless donates up to 2% of Spiritless sales to nonprofits, programs and partnerships that foster entrepreneurialism, mentoring and leadership development among young women!

P.S.- Keep reading for a special discount code on Spiritless Kentucky 74 only for my readers!

The four fall cocktails and mocktails I’m about to share with you all include Spiritless Kentucky 74! Feel free to go completely non-alcoholic, go “halfsies,” or just use your favorite bourbon in any of these recipes!


Four Easy Fall Cocktails and Mocktails


Four Easy Fall Cocktails and Mocktails | Autumn Sangria

Autumn Sangria

Ingredients

1/3 cup- Spiritless Kentucky 74 or Bourbon of your choice.

3/4 cup- Orange Juice

1/2 bottle of Moscato wine of your choice

1/2 apple, chopped

1 orange, quartered

A handful of halved red grapes

2 cinnamon sticks

Ice

Fill a large pitcher with ice. Combine Kentucky 74/Bourbon, orange juice, and Moscato in the pitcher. After cutting the apples, oranges, and grapes to your liking, add them to the pitcher and combine.

Four Easy Fall Cocktails and Mocktails | Orange French 74

Orange French 74

Ingredients

1 oz Spiritless Kentucky 74/Bourbon of your choice

4 dashes of orange bitters

1 oz fresh squeezed orange juice

Champagne or Prosecco.

In a shaker combine ice, Spiritless Kentucky 74/Bourbon, orange bitters, and orange juice. Shake well. Pour mixture into a champagne flute, top with champagne or Prosecco. Garnish with an orange peel.

Four Easy Fall Cocktails and Mocktails | Peach Pom Porch Sipper

Peach Pom Porch Sipper

Ingredients

1 1/2 oz Spiritless Kentucky 74/Bourbon of your choice

Apple cide OR Hard cider

P.O.M Pomegranate Peach Passion White Tea

Orange juice

Ice

Add ice to an 8 oz glass. Pour in Spiritless Kentucky 74/bourbon and top with equal parts apple cider/hard cider, Pom peach, and add a dash of orange juice if you’d like.

Four Easy Fall Cocktails and Mocktails | Cran Apple Cocktail

Cran Apple Cocktail

Ingredients

1/2 oz Spiritless Kentucky 74/Bourbon of your choice

1/2 oz Amaretto (optional)

Cranberry juice

Apple cider

Ice

Add ice to an 8oz glass. Pour in Spiritless Kentucky 74/Bourbon and Amaretto (optional). Top with equal parts cranberry juice and apple cider. Garnish with an apple slice.


Four Easy Fall Cocktails and Mocktails | Spiritless Kentucky 74

There you have it- 4 easy cocktails and mocktails to get you in the mood for Fall! Here’s a little something else to get you in the mood for Fall…

Use the code ANGLAROSE10 at checkout today to get 10% off your Spiritless order!

Don’t forget, up to 2% of Spiritless sales are donated to nonprofits, programs and partnerships that foster entrepreneurialism, mentoring and leadership development among young women! Not only are you going to get yourself an amazing, guilt-free non-alcoholic spirit to enjoy this Fall, you will be helping young women reach their full potential in the process!

Check out Spiritless Kentucky 74 on their website and on Instagram!

Happy Fall- get sippin’!

Lots of Love!

~Ang

How to Get in the Mood for Fall

How to Get in the Mood for Fall

How to Get in the Mood for Fall

How to Get in the Mood for Fall + 5 FREE Mood Boards to Get You There

Happy September, babes! I can’t believe we are only a few weeks away from the first REAL day of Fall! This week’s post is all about how to get in the mood for fall!

If you’ve been here with me for a minute, you know that I’m a summer girl through and through! To me, September always marks the end of my favorite season. While I love Fall for all its own reasons, September is always bittersweet. Until the leaves start to change and the weather gets chilly, I have a really hard time getting in the right headspace for fall. If you find yourself feeling the same way, here are a few ways to get in the Fall spirit!

Make a Fall Bucket List

Making a bucket list for the Fall is one of the easiest ways to get excited for the change of seasons! There are so many fun Fall activities to do throughout September-November. There’s apple picking, going to a pumpkin patch, corn mazes, fall wine festivals, pumpkin carving…the list goes on and on! Think about what you want to do most during the season, who you want to do those things with, and write it all out!

No matter where you live, every local spot is bound to have some fun fall activities happening throughout the season! Get online and look up if your area has any fun Fall activities happening. I love to hop on Facebook and scroll through event that are happening locally or in places close to me!

Switch Up Your Wardrobe

Get that closet ready for Fall, babe! Nothing gets me more excited for chilly weather than breaking out my big sweaters and long sweatshirts. Even though the weather likes to play tricks on us through September sometimes, breaking out your Fall basics will definitely get you prepping for those chillier days! Now that we’re post-Labor Day, it may be safe to pack up the swimwear and break out some transitional pieces,

You may be able to get away with keep some Summer clothes out for a bit longer by throwing on hats, denim jackets, shackets, and a cute pair of booties! This is a great compromise- holding on to Summer while slowly working Fall into our lives!

Bust Out the Fall Decorations

Seasonal decor is the perfect way to bring the Fall feeling into your life via your living space! Everywhere you turn in almost every store you go in now is FULL of fun Fall signs, trinkets, and more (they may even have Christmas things out already)! How you choose to decorate is totally up to you and your style! If you just generally love fall, decorate in general Fall decor. Is Halloween your jam? Bust out those Halloween decorations ASAP! If seasonal decorations aren’t really your thing, maybe this just means busting out your Fall scented candles and creating ambiance that way!

Put Together a Fall Mood Movie/Book List

Seasonal movies and books are the perfect way to get in the fall spirit! Freeform does their 31 Nights of Halloween, filling the day with tons of spooky movies to get ready for Halloween. But September is never too early to start if you’re a real Halloween lover! Hocus Pocus, Halloweentown, The Addams Family, Tim Burton movies, horror movies- all are the typical movies I think of when I think of this season!

If you’d rather read to get in the fall spirit, check out this list of reads to get you in the mood for Fall by the Perpetual Page Turner!

Enjoy the Outdoors

One of the best ways to get in the mood for Fall is to be in the seasonal change itself! Get outside- go for a walk, hike, take your book or journal outside, picnic, etc. Enjoy being outdoors and witnessing the change of the seasons first hand! As bittersweet as it feel for me personally, it is always really beautiful to have to slip on a jacket and see the leaves changing.

Make a Fall Mood Board

If you’re looking to create a certain aesthetic in your decoration or holiday prep OR are just looking to bring a certain vibe into your life this Fall- make a fall mood board! Or several! I recommend starting on Pinterest. Make a board dedicated to the Fall aesthetic you’re looking to create or embrace. I like to search terms like ‘pink fall aesthetic,’ ‘neutral fall aesthetic,’ or ‘Halloween aesthetic.’ Terms like these are likely to bring up images that will be aesthetically pleasing, cohesive, and easy to piece together.

You can use any photo collage app to put your mood board together. I like to use Canva! On Canva, you can find tons of free mood board templates that will make putting the board together easy and beautiful!


I Have a Freebie For You!

Not into making mood boards yourself? You’re in luck! I’ve made 5 different fall-themed mood boards in Canva to inspire the Fall-lover in you!

Click the download icon above to access the boards!

Happy Fall, Y’all!

Lots of love

~Ang