My Favorite Perfume (it’s less than $15!!!)

I am a creature of habit. I know what I like, and I rarely stray far from that. That goes for my tastes in food, it goes for my love and daily wear of cardigans, and it goes for my choice in perfume. I found my signature scent in college and here I am almost 10 years later still wearing the same one. And the best part – it’s under $15!!!

It all started one fateful day back in 2007 or 2008 (I’ve really been wearing it so long that I can’t remember!) when I took a trip to the Battlefield Mall in Springfield, MO. As a young person at the time, one of the only stores I went into was Charlotte Russe because their clothes were cute and at a price that I could afford. I was at the checkout counter and was just casually looking at the things they place up there to try and get you to buy as an impulse, and I smelled their Refuge perfume and I bought it!!

And that’s the boring story. I’ve been using Charlotte Russe’s perfume almost exclusively for about 10 years and I’ve never looked back. You can’t always buy it online, but it’s always in the store, usually at the checkout counter, for you to purchase. Full price their perfume is only $11 or $12, but they were having a CRAZY GOOD SALE (and still are as of today) where they are selling their perfume for $2 online. $2!!!!!!!!!! I bought my usual scent and got 2 of the other ones to try, too, and I honestly like all of them! (I got Adore and Nights, just as an FYI).

While I have dabbled with wearing other perfumes, I just keep going back to this one. It’s become a smell that my friends associate with “Kelly” and I seriously can’t beat the super cheap price! Dear Charlotte Russe, please make this perfume FOREVER!!!

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Recent Reads (Two Books That I Actually Liked But Also Hated a Little)

Here I am again with MORE BOOK RECOMMENDATIONS! This time around I read two books* that I actually like, even though I also hated them a little bit, too. I feel like most books are like that, you know? No book can be perfect. (*Full disclaimer – I actually listened to a third book but hated it SO MUCH that I’m not even going to mention it. That terrible. Ugh.)

The Clasp by Sloane Crosley

I guess the trendy thing to do in books now is to have multiple narrators and multiple story-lines that kind of connect but are also separate but then all come together at the end. This book fell into that category. It was a lot easier to follow than ones that I’ve read in the past (like The Nest or Beautiful Ruins) and all of the characters were kind of fun to be with for short bursts. I liked that the story stayed in the present and it took the characters to France, but I did not like how  s  l  o  w  it was at first. I feel like the first half of the book should have been only like, a quarter of the book, and the last half of the book should have been developed more. Overall I liked it and I’d recommend it!

The Light We Lost by Jill Santopolo

So I liked this book a lot… but I ALSO WANTED TO SMACK THE MAIN CHARACTER UPSIDE THE HEAD AND SHAKE SOME COMMON SENSE INTO HER and I often yelled NO NO NO NO NO STOP BEING A DUMMY at my book. But besides that, I really liked it! It’s so easy to see the mistakes that other people are making – especially a fictional character – and this girl, Lucy, made quite a few. It’s a beautiful story about a first love, but COME ON girl you’ve got to make some better life choices. *Spoiler alert* Like for example, she eventually marries somebody else and starts a family and is very happy, but then she still likes the Facebook photos from her ex-boyfriend and wants to keep in contact with him. No. Dummy. That’s literally never a good idea. How is that a good idea. Ugh. I liked the way this book was written, and I think that it was written really well. I do recommend this book, but with the caveat that you will get very frustrated by the main character now and then. Fair warning.

Random Ramblings

Do you ever just have SO MANY THOUGHTS swirling around your head that you can’t seem to concentrate on anything else? I’ve been feeling like for the past few days. It’s gotten to the point that the things I’m thinking about have started popping into my dreams at night! (That usually happens, anyway, but recently it’s been getting very specific.)

I know a lot of people are big fans of doing a “brain dump” before going to bed, and I think I might have to start doing that, too. (Brighton Keller has a good post going into more detail!) It sounds like a good way to kind of help get your brain organized, but for tonight I’m just going to spill some of my random thoughts out here. Cool? Cool!



A lady in the WalMart parking lot stopped me in the middle of the aisle and asked “Are you a teacher? You look like you teach small children!!!” And I think she was genuinely disappointed when I told her no.


I spilled an ENTIRE bottle of nail polish last night (thankfully it was on the bathroom counter and none of it got on the carpet) and it made me so sad! It was a pretty sparkly orange, so I guess I won’t be wearing that color for Halloween this year. Black it is.


I went to Chick-Fil-A a few days ago and at the drive-thru speaker, I asked “…and with 3 Chick-Fil-A sauce packets, please!” and the worker confirmed “…and with 3 Chick-Fil-A sauce packets.” And then I got up to the window and the worker AGAIN confirmed “…and with 3 Chick-Fil-A sauce packets” and then I get all the way home and there are ZERO Chick-Fil-A sauce packets in the bag and I had to eat a dry sandwich and dry French fries like a peasant. I was very disappointed!!!


I think that people crunching and chewing on ice all day long is the most annoying thing. There was a lady at my last job that did it nonstop, and now I sit near someone who crunches on ice all day again. Doesn’t that make you so cold?!?!?


I decided that I’m going to get Netflix again – but just for one month! I want to see the next installment of the Stranger Things saga, and if I wait a little bit to watch it, I can also use Netflix to watch all the cheesy Christmas movies that I love.


I’ve had ONE smart phone my entire life, since I got my first one in 2014, and it’s been an Android Samsung Galaxy S4 (which was the older model at the time). I’m terribly cheap so I don’t want to get a new phone until this one craps out, but I think I’m going to get an iPhone next… and I’m already excited about it!


I’m pretty sure that my apartment complex is going to raise my rent A LOT when my lease comes up in the spring and I’m already not looking forward to making some decisions. Do I stay and pay more than my apartment is actually worth/above my budget? Do I move AGAIN? Do I sneak all my stuff into my sister’s house and hope she doesn’t notice and then go over there for dinner and just never leave?!?!?! (Just kidding… kind of…)



Well I think that’s pretty good for one night! I put a notebook and pen on my nightstand so I can jot my thoughts down before bed – hopefully that helps me get a little more organized and keeps me a little more sane!

Mom’s Cinna-mini’s

I’m not a huge breakfast person. I know that it’s so important and you’re never supposed to skip it and blah blah blah, but sometimes I just forget and most times I’m just running late, so breakfast often goes out the window. Lately I’ve been trying intermittent fasting (where you don’t eat from 7pm to 11am) so it’s almost “ok” to skip breakfast, but I’m getting away from my point. My point is that while I don’t always love to eat breakfast, I do ALWAYS love to eat a deliciously sweet breakfast!

I have a very specific memory of my mom making mini cinnamon rolls once when I had a friend spend the night. It was such a simple treat, but it felt SO special. Every time she made them was just the BEST morning, and when she taught me how to make them (they’re SO easy, it’s ridiculous) I was so excited. I still make them for myself from time to time, and it always gives me a nice, nostalgic feeling.

I made them this past weekend because I wanted a little breakfast treat, and I just love how easy these are to make! All you need is a tube of crescent rolls, butter, brown sugar, cinnamon, powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla extract.

Step 1 || Unroll crescent roll dough and divide into 4 sections. Press the diagonal perforations together on both sides.

Step 2 || Brush softened or melted butter on one side of the crescent roll dough.

Step 3 || Spread brown sugar and cinnamon on the 4 dough rectangles. (Don’t use too much, but make sure you get it completely covered!)

Step 4 || Roll the dough along the long edge and cut into 6 or 8 even sections.

Step 5 || Place the cut cinna-minis into a small baking pan and bake according to the crescent roll directions. (I ended up baking mine for 4 minutes longer – just watch them and make sure you don’t burn them!)

Step 6 || Make the icing! You can make this as thick or as thin as you want, but I used 8 tablespoons powdered sugar, 1 tablespoon milk, and a few drops of vanilla extract.

Step 7 || Drizzle the icing over warm rolls and EAT!!!!

Staying Hydrated

Water is very important. I know, I know… how had you gone your entire life without hearing this very important fact?!?! Aren’t you so glad that you have your ol’ pal Kelly to tell you the secrets of life?

But really, drinking water is basically one of my hobbies. I don’t understand how people can go more than a few hours without having a glass – I am constantly chugging water and keeping track of how much I drink, trying to make sure that I get enough throughout the day. I always have a glass with me around my apartment, and even when I go on a road trip, I take a big tumbler of water with me (or if I forget, I get a large cup of ice water from McDonalds or the gas station once I get on the road.)

Sitting at work all day makes it really easy for me to get sidetracked and forget to drink enough water. Ideally I’d be getting up every hour to take a break and stretch my legs and get another drink, but realistically that doesn’t happen because I get distracted or I’m on a roll and don’t want to throw off my groove (quotes The Emperor’s New Groove real quick) or I just forget. My solution – get a GIANT water cup so I only have to refill it a few times a day!!!!!

So that’s what I do! I bring a comically large water bottle/tumbler to the office and fill it up first thing in the morning, refill it at lunch, and then fill it up one more time in the afternoon. I know I’m drinking enough water simply by making sure I drink the ENTIRE thing by lunch, at lunch, and then before going home for the day. So easy!

I’m always on the hunt for more gigantic tumblers to help keep me hydrated – here are some cute ones I’ve seen recently!

Lily Pulitzer

Kate Spade

S’well

Aladdin

Kate Spade

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