Ideal Spring Break

One of the biggest events in college is actually something that doesn’t even take place at college. What am I talking about? Spring Break, of course. It seems like the majority of students head due South for some warm, sunny weather during their week-long break…since SB is usually in March, its a little bit necessary to head far South in order to find some warm weather!

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I’ve only been somewhere “tropical” on Spring Break one time, on an Eastern Caribbean cruise…and it was amazing. What I’d give to go back right now….ah. I honesty don’t know what’s stopping me from going on a trip every year…if you get enough people together, its really inexpensive! (Maybe not a cruise, necessarily…but a hotel room on the FL coast isn’t too much!). Well, I figured out what it is this year that’s keeping me from traveling somewhere warm: my Spring Break is a week earlier than pretty much every other college or law school in the country…and all my friends are still in school. That’s no fun!

To keep my sanity (because, Lord knows law school makes you crazy)…I’m headed down South to Wilmington for a long weekend. Sure, the temperature is about the same as it is here in Coastal VA, but there’s just something about that place that always makes me happy. I’ve already decided I’m going to live there one day…and even picked out the beach house on Wrightsville Beach that I intend to buy…haha.

In an ideal world (where my friends and I were (a) rich and (b) had the same Spring break), I would choose to go to any of these places, in no particular order:
1. St. Thomas-I’ve been here once, and I’d go back in a heartbeat. LOVED every minute of it…perfect beaches, temperatures, gorgeous island!

Picture I took of Magen’s Bay…doesn’t even do it justice.      

2. Puerto Rico-Been here too…but I was on a cruise and only had a few hours to explore. There’s so much culture here. Not to mention a rainforest, amazing Sangria, and great nightlife! Oh yeah, and pretty beaches.

3. Punta Canta, Dominican Republic-Never been here, but everyone I know who’s been to the DR has loved it!

4. Antigua-Always wanted to go here…don’t worry, I will one day 😉

Clearly I want to go somewhere tropical and nowhere else. Of all the places I could go on Spring Break, I’d rather choose sun, warm weather, and beaches. Its only a week, and I just want to: relax, get a tan, have fun, party, and take pretty pictures. Obviously.

Where are you going on Spring Break? Where would you LIKE to go on Spring Break if there were no limitations?

-xoxo

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ABCs…AKA, More Than You Ever Wanted To Know

A. Age: 21 (but not for much longer…what kind of age is 22? boring.)

B. Bed size: Full

C. Chore you hate: Well, I always put off cleaning the bathroom until its so dirty you can’t tell the counter is white marble, so……..

D. Dogs: Love them! I have a (very evil) Chihuahua and a Lab. Next up, I want a Chocolate Lab puppy!

E. Essential start to your day: Coffee. I’m no good without it! Oh yeah and catching up on celeb gossip. Gotta keep on top of the important things in life.

F. Favorite color: Green

G. Gold or silver: Silver all the way.

H. Height: 5′ 8″

I. Instruments you play: None. My mom tried to entice me to play piano….but I gave up after a few months.

J. Job title: Right now, Group Fitness Instructor. I have an excuse: I’m still in law school. haha.

K. Kids: Not for a very long time. Or as I always tell my family: never. Kidding, of course!

L. Live: VA. If I ever left, it would have to be for an even more Southern state…

M. Mom’s name: Tricia

N. Nicknames: Britt, Red, Spritsy…that’s a dad-created nickname. Don’t ask.

O. Overnight hospital stays: None.

P. Pet peeve: Bad breath. Ohhh and don’t get me started on bad drivers. Have you ever heard the term “beating a dead horse?” Yes, I will do such a thing when I’m talking about bad drivers. Can’t shut me up!

Q. Quote from a movie: “So it’s not gonna be easy. It’s going to be really hard; we’re gonna have to work at this everyday, but I want to do that because I want you. I want all of you, forever, everyday. You and me… everyday.”- from The Notebook. Yes, cliche and overused. But to me, it represents what a true relationship is all about!

R. Right or left handed: Right

S. Siblings: None!

T. Time you wake up: Depending on the day, 7:00am to 8:30am.

U. Underwear: A little TMI…

V. Vegetables you dislike: Cabbage. I like just about every other vegetable, though!

W. What makes you run late: If anything, traffic. I don’t like to be late!

X. X-Rays you’ve had: Chest, teeth…I think thats it.

Y. Yummy food you make: Anything that I can bake. I’m a baker, but not a “chef.” My specialty are my Chocolate Chip cookies 😉

Z. Zoo- favorite animal: Hmm…do they have kangaroos at the zoo?

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Make-Up Favorites

Admittedly, I wear some make-up almost every day. At night and on the weekends, if I’m home, I don’t…but I’d say 3/4 of the time I do. Its mostly just habit now…I remember when I was really young, I was always into beauty products…but I wasn’t allowed to wear it out in public until I was about 13 (I think…). My make-up style and routine has changed over the years, but one thing is for sure…if I had to choose one product to use every day, it would be mascara, hands down! If there is one way you can perk up your face, mascara is it. It instantly causes people to focus in on your pretty eyes, and prevents your face from being “washed out” which is every girl’s worst nightmare, right?!

Having said all that, I do have a routine that I follow almost religiously every morning. I got hooked on using Bare Minerals makeup a little over a year ago, and I was so impressed by how even it made my skin tone that I don’t plan to ever stop using it…unless something better happens to come along 😉

Here are the products I use daily, in order:
1. Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Stress Control Power-Clear Scrub, $7.99

2. Clinique Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief Moisturizer, $34.00

3. Bare Minerals Prime Time Foundation Primer, $21.00

4. Almay Clear Complexion Concealer & Line-Smoothing Under-Eye Concealer, $9.99 each

5. Bare Minerals Original SPF 15 Foundation, $25.00

6. Bare Minerals Warmth All-Over Face Color, $18.00

7. Bare Minerals Mineral Veil, $19.00

8. NARS Blush in Orgasm (Naughty name…pretty color!), $27.00

9. Maybelline Volum’ Express The Falsies Mascara, $7.99

10. Maybelline Define-A-Line Eyeliner, $4.49

11. Almay Intense i-color Trio, $5.00

Okay, now that we’ve established that I’m high-maintenance…I definitely recommend all of these products if you’re looking for something new to add to your beauty routine! 😉

-xoxo

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Race Review: VIFL 14k

Last Saturday (February 12), I ran the VA Is For Lovers 14k in Virginia Beach. This is the second year I’ve run it…and both times there was snow on the ground. Kind of unusual for Hampton Roads, if you’re familiar with this area!

I really enjoy this race and the distance (8.67 miles) is perfect if you’re in the process of training for a Spring half-marathon (Shamrock, anyone?). The course is in a good location. The majority of the race is on paved roads, but there are parts that take you on sidewalks and dirt and rock paths. Overall, its an easy race to run…very flat course. But you would expect that in this area 😉

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There were at least three water and Gatorade stops along the course, and a stop for Valentine’s candy about 2/3 of the way into the race. There were plenty of inspirational and cute love quotes along the way, and all of the volunteers were so friendly and helpful. There are DJs playing music all along the course, so if you don’t use your iPod, there’s something fun to listen to at certain points!

I waited until race morning to pick up my race packet. I don’t recommend it, though-traffic in Virginia Beach is horrendous on race mornings…at any race! Even though I was running behind getting my race bib, it was set up efficiently and it took about 5 seconds to grab it and head to the start line. Another plus of this race: it starts at 9am! That seems really late compared to most races…if you don’t live in Virginia Beach, you appreciate being able to sleep in a little bit 🙂

J&A Racing always puts on good races, so I was not disappointed! They give great race swag, too. I always find that the cost of the race is worth it. This year, we got a long-sleeved tech T, a finisher’s medal, a pint glass with VIFL logo, gloves with VIFL logo, and women received a flower at the finish line. Also included in the race entry are two free Yuengling beers and food from Moe’s.

Overall, I give this race a 9 out of 10. Both years I’ve run it, I’ve always had a good time and the atmosphere is great. Its pretty neat running through the Virginia Beach Amphitheater, too…especially if you usually only see it during concert season! I say, give it a try if you haven’t done this race before 🙂

-xoxo

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