Keto Day 3 Update & My Body Issues

Hey guys! Today I’m posting something a  little bit different and getting really vulnerable about my body image issues. I’m trying keto for the first time and I wanted to give an update about how that is going, and the reason that I’m trying keto. I’m definitely getting vulnerable here, so please be kind lol. Next week I’ll do an update on if I’m in ketosis and all that. Thanks for watching 🙂

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Hopes & Dreams

The little girl I nanny for is talking about hopes and dreams in her fourth grade class. When I asked what her hopes and dreams are, she said “My hope is to get out of this conversation soon!” Kids are too smart. But this got me to thinking about my hopes and dreams. I’m 23 and living in New York City, but I don’t have a ton of clarity as to what I’m doing with my life.

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If anyone didn’t already know, I’m a nanny. I’ve been nannying since February of this year, and I really truly love it. It’s the first job that I’ve done here in New York where I really feel like I’m good at the work I’m doing. If you don’t know, I moved to NYC to work at a PR company here. It didn’t turn out to be exactly what I thought it would, and between a new job, new city, and new apartment, my anxiety got the best of me. I was having panic attacks for like a week straight and I just couldn’t manage them, even with my anxiety medicine. I literally left that job within a month, and quitting a job like that when you’ve signed a year lease in New York City is definitely some scary shit. I hate the idea that people judge me for that or consider me a quitter and not a hard worker. For me, mental health comes first and foremost, because I literally cannot function day to day if my emotions are out of whack. To be honest, I’ve also never really seen myself at a corporate job before. Not to say that I wouldn’t be able to do it or that I might not pursue something along those lines in the future, but ever since I was young I have had this really entrepreneurial spirit.

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Have you ever tried to envision your life, and you close your eyes and you kind of just know in your gut how it’s gonna play out? Like you can really almost see it, and all you have to do to get there eventually is kinda follow some steps along the way? That’s what I do. I’m not sure if I’m trying to manifest my dream life or if I’m just psychic and know how things are going to play out for me, lol. But when I close my eyes and envision the life I want, I see myself owning my own company. I get to dabble in photography, write, create things, travel, and have a family. I could almost cry thinking about it! The annoying part is that when I do envision this life, I’m not quite sure what my “business” really is. Sometimes I blog in hopes of turning this into my own small business, but I know that isn’t the greatest idea when I am blogging once a month! My inspiration is someone like Jenna Kutcher. If you don’t follow her, please do. She is a soon-to-be mom and an amazing boss woman. She marches to the beat of her own drum in the most beautiful way, and has a stunning eye for design. She is my ultimate goals!

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I know I went off on a tangent here, but I did want to say that if you have a dream, go for it. And if you have a gut feeling about an awesome life ahead of you, keep moving in that direction. A funny man I once interviewed in a journalism class told me this, “Fund your dream until your dream can fund itself.” Nannying allows me the opportunity to interact with kids, one of my favorite things to do. It has also allowed me to start saving up to fund my dream. Although I still don’t know what that is exactly, I have a pretty good feeling about it.

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How I Cured My Acne… In One Week

So today I wanted to talk about one of my favorite newfound hobbies…skincare! As far back as I can remember, I’ve been a picker. I love to pick scabs, dead skin, scratch people’s peeling sunburns off their back, and of course pop pimples. This has resulted in some unfortunate acne scarring and clustering on my face, though.

Ever since I moved to NYC, my acne has almost gotten as bad as it was when I was in eighth grade. I constantly had clusters of acne around my mouth, and a lot of them were painful and cyst-like. I wasn’t sure if it was due to the polluted NYC air, my boyfriends extra-exfoliating beard, or the fact that I didn’t have a solid skincare routine. Either way, I recently found a skincare solution that has significantly changed my skin in less than one week.

Shoutout to Sunday Riley!

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So I went to Sephora last week and saw this Space Race kit from Sunday Riley. I’ve never known much about the brand, and their products are very expensive so I’ve never really tried them out. But I came across this kit and I liked the idea that I got to try out three of their products and see how they work together without committing to anything full size. I always think starter kits are the best!

Let me tell you, this kit has already done wonders for my skin. Before and after photos below! *Disclaimer, these photos were not taken one week apart. The before is my skin at its absolute worst since I’ve moved here and the after is my skin today!

BEFORE:

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AFTER:

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Yes, I know I still have a ways to go, but man am I impressed with these immediate results! I really feel like my skin is glowing, my active acne has shrunken significantly as have the scars. I am in love!

As for a product review, I think the number one thing I will be repurchasing from this set is the U.F.O. Oil. It is drying out my acne without drying out the rest of my skin. I also love the Martian toner and will be repurchasing that as well. I think my skin feels overall more even and I have less redness and discoloration because of it.

I don’t think I’ll be purchasing the sulfur mask, for me it was too drying and I didn’t see any significant results from it. I like how the toner and face oil go together and I can just sleep in them and see results in the morning.

My routine goes: Cleanser by Garnier SkinActive, Martian Water Gel Toner, U.F.O Face Oil. (A skincare person once told me that since your cleanser is on your skin for a max of 5 min and then you wash it off, it’s okay to use a cheaper drugstore option. It’s best to invest in things like your serums and oils and toners and moisturizers that are going to be sitting on your skin overnight!) Next I am going to purchase the Sunday Riley water cream and auto correct eye cream because my skin has been feeling a bit dry.

 

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NYC APARTMENT TOUR…I MOVED!

I’m back! I’ve had the craziest summer but I’m finally settled down and had time to write a blog post (maybe even a few this week..) I think I am going to write a blog post about what I’ve been up to this summer and just what’s new in my life.

The newest/coolest thing that happened this summer though is my new apartment! I moved to a new apartment in Manhattan, and I couldn’t be happier. I wasn’t even sure that I was going to stay in New York City, so to get to be here for another year is so awesome. I am in my dream location in NYC (Battery Park City), and I have the best views and the sweetest roommates. I truly feel so blessed to live here!

Check out my apartment tour below, and as always please give some interior design advice because ya girl always needs it:

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What To Do in NYC!

Hey guys! I thought it would be fun to do a post about what to do if you’re looking to visit New York City! Now that I’ve lived here for about 8 months, I feel like I’ve found some slightly “under the radar” ways to go do things that not a ton of people may know about from a quick Google search. (Also included a lot of free/budget friendly ideas!) Here are some unexpected fun activities to do if you’re planning a visit:

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  1. Shows– One of my absolute favorite things to do in New York City is go to shows. Broadway, comedy, or live TV tapings are one thing that is super unique to New York, so I would highly recommend it if you’re visiting! For comedy shows, I have only been to New York Comedy club but it was excellent. I really want to go to the Comedy Cellar as well, it’s a club where a lot of big comedians got their start. OK, so for broadway shows here is a big tip. Go to Times Square (even though it’s super crowded and annoying) and go get your cute picture on the steps or whatever. Then go UNDER the steps to the TKTS booth and tell them what broadway show you want to go to (for the night of) and they will give you the best deal they can find. I’ve been to Phantom of the Opera and Chicago and they were both amazing, and I got great deals at that ticket booth. They also hold lotteries on a daily basis to win free broadway tickets, so maybe you’ll get lucky! As for live shows, they are TOTALLY FREE if you can snag tickets. I got tickets to Live with Kelly and Michael (rip) and Megan Kelly and it was so fun. Even if you aren’t a huge fan of the show, it’s still so cool to see how filming a talk show goes into production. Sometimes you’ll even win free things! This website is where I always get my free tickets to live shows.

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2. Foods– I one thousand percent suggest eating your way around New York City as best you can. I wrote this blog post about some of my favorite NYC food spots that I would still totally recommend. Since then, some other places for a quick bite/snack that I’ve come to love include Pressed Juicery (I really like the juice and the pressed freeze) Georgetown Cupcake in Soho (name the flavor of the day from their website and get it for FREEEEEE!) and Cookie DO in West Village for a scoop of edible cookie dough (get a lot so you can save for later, it lasts days!) I also went to Junior’s Restaurant near Times Square for some incredible cheesecake with my family (We got the original with strawberries or something? I don’t even love cheesecake and it was to-die-for). Thought those would be some fun ideas for a quick fun bite around the city!

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3. Walking– This sounds silly, but I personally don’t think that you get the full “New York City experience” unless you just walk around and take it all in! One thing that I didn’t realize before moving to New York was how beautifully unique each part of this city is. There are little quirks to every area of even just Manhattan itself, and I swear you’ll feel like you’re in a different city just from walking through the different neighborhoods (see map below!) My favorite things to walk to in each part of town are: Wall Street & Southstreet Seaport in the Financial District (I live on Wall st. if you want to check out my apartment tour here!), World Trade Center/Brookfield Place in Battery Park, walk by Taylor Swift’s place in Tribeca don’t judge me, go to Washington Square Park & Carrie Bradshaw’s apartment in West Village, shop everywhere in Soho, Glossier showroom in Chinatown, walk the streets of Little Italy, walk the High Line & through Chelsea Market in Chelsea, Bryant Park & Grand Central in Midtown, and walk along 5th Ave in the Upper East Side (I like starting at E 78th or so and walking down and then going through Central Park starting at the Loeb boathouse and then ending at Central Park South at the Plaza!) There is so much more but this is getting lengthy so I will leave it at that! ❤

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We’re An Official Domain!

Welcome to my blog with an official domain, OliviaTheBlog.com! I’m SO excited!! Coming up with an official domain name was super daunting and tricky. I have some tips for people trying to choose a domain name, and I’ll give some reasons why I chose this one too!

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I knew I wanted a simple domain name that would be easy for people to spell and remember. Olivia’s blog was taken, blog Olivia, etc. A domain with my last name would have been too tricky, since mine is so complicated. Finally, I randomly tried OliviaTheBlog.com and it was free!! I thought it was super cute, mostly because it reminded me of Olivia The Pig, which happened to be my favorite book growing up. I really resinated with her for some reason 😂

I also think that you should consider what the domain name sounds like when said out loud. I kept trying to think about what I wanted to say if someone walking by said “Do you have a blog? What is it?” I needed something simple, easy to say and easy to remember.

I also wanted to make sure the domain name was under 15 characters. This makes it easiest to remember, and less of a chance for people to misspell anything when typing it into the address bar!

This is my third blog I’ve ever made (third times a charm?) so I also wanted to make sure that this name was a brand that would fit me for a long time. You can’t go wrong with your own name, because I feel like you can never “outgrow” that. I can always change my color scheme, logo, etc. But I don’t want to have to deal with a whole new blog name and branding for a long time. So I figured that OliviaTheBlog.com kind of encompasses everything that I wanted in a name, and it’s hopefully something that will be around for awhile!

Thanks again to everyone out there who has read my blog and is supportive of it! This is truly one of my favorite things to do, so thanks for just being here and being you 

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The Perfect Cute & Comfy Brand

Hey guys! So lately I’ve been nannying and have found that it’s easiest to be comfy in leggings and a sweatshirt when I’m playing on the floor with kids during the day. But I want to be cute and comfy, and I think we can all agree that this can be super hard to accomplish. I don’t have the money for a bunch of Lululemon outfits, but also don’t really like just getting Target sweatpants. I finally found a happy medium! This brand just came out with a line for Macy’s and it is comfy, cute and best of all affordable. I linked some of my favorite looks below, just click the pictures. Enjoy!!

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Check out the rest of their line here!

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