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Saranghae (Love) 5 Step Anti-Aging Skin Care Routine – Review

Hey y’all,

I am so excited to be collaborating with one of the best skin care companies in the market right now, Saranghae. Incase y’all didn’t know Saranghae means LOVE. I have been using this 5 step routine for a month and a half and I couldn’t be happier with the results and I am so excited to share it with you. Saranghae is the #1 fastest growing Korean beauty product in the United States in 2017. Asian botanicals are used in this high quality product and that was their goal; to provide the ‘most innovative products with world class experience’, they said and they were not wrong.

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This product taught me how to love myself in my own skin and to make me have that glow as if I had a full eight hours of sleep, haha! Being a college student, blogger, full time worker, and trying to maintain my social life is tough. I was tired of looking like a zombie everyday, with that being, the purpose of this product is to heal + regenerate + protect the skin.

Here is a walk through,

Step 1: Saranghae Nourishing & Moisturizing Oil + Foam Cleanser with Truffle Extract & Gold

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Okay, who else doesn’t like gold? Well how do you feel about washing your face with REAL GOLD? YES, REAL GOLD! This cleanser has 2 of the most luxurious ingredients in the market, truffle extract & gold. Talk about fancy. This makes not only a great makeup remover but also a great face wash itself. I noticed a big difference in my skin and clear ups.

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Step 2: Saranghae Deep Radiance Essence + Serum

This serum is designed to give your skin control and keep It from being dry or too oily. It balances your skin’s potential hydrogen level and keeps It from inflaming or breaking out.

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Step 3: Saranghae Firm and Lift Cellular Regeneration Cream

I think of this cream as a natural face lift and used with all organic ingredients. This magic piece repairs damaged skin cells and helps reduce wrinkle depth and width; I mean I am not trying to do botox, haha!

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Step 4: Saranghae Focus Renewal Eye Cream

Eyes are such a big part of beauty. Bags are a no, at least for me. This eye cream does wonders and I hardly get any sleep due to how busy I am.

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Step 5: Saranghae Elemental Essence Mask

This one is also my favorite because it gives me an excuse to relax while having the mask on. It is a lightweight mask to help calm inflamed skin, and enhance your natural color for a nice glow.

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Overall, I am satisfied with the results and my love story journey with this product was a success. Here is the link to their website CLICK HERE.

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Happy Holidays!!!

XOXO, Mary Alexius


Here are their Social Links

www.facebook.com/lovesaranghaeskin
www.instagram.com/lovesaranghaeskin
www.pinterest.com/lovesaranghae
www.youtube.com/lovesaranghaeskin (This is where you can find our how to use videos!)

About Saranghae:

Saranghae is an award winning Korean 5 Step Anti-Aging skin care routine that heals, regenerates and protects your skin. Saranghae’s focus on natural ingredients and highly effective products has helped them become the fastest growing Korean skin care brand in the United States.

For more information please visit: http://www.lovesaranghae.com
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Denim Skirts & Boots

It is almost winter break you guys but here in Dallas it doesn’t feel like it. Therefore, denim skirts and boots are okay. This is Monica, my gal pal who is also a social media influencer. I had so much fun shooting with her and AVSG.

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Yes, denim skirts and boots are totally a thing. Well, at least I am all about it.

Totally friend goals! When we coordinated this shoot we didn’t even plan our outfits together we just had the same idea, haha! This is why we are friends; same & great taste.

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Next week, I am posting my holiday gift guide! I can’t wait to share a bunch of great ideas with y’all.

XOXO, Mary Alexius


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Sweater Vibes // Black Friday Finds

Hey, y’all! So who else survived the madness on Black Friday and got some crazy good deals? I know I did some damage, haha! I love shopping at Nordstrom & Old Navy for Black Friday.

Sweater: Leith – Blouson Sleeve Sweater

Nordstrom was doing an additional 20% off of their sale items and there were so many great fall clothes I had to share this cute sweater I got & it is still on sale!!!

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High-Rise Raw-Edge Denim $34 (50% off)

Old Navy always has insanely good deals. Everything is 50% off right now!!! How cute are these Raw-Edge denim pants? They literally add so much into an outfit. They fit perfectly to my body too and it is tough for me to find a good pair of denim.

Have a great week!

XOXO, Mary Alexius


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A Thanksgiving Favorite

Happy Thanksgiving, Everyone!!!

Everyone has their favorite dish on Thanksgiving & mine is sweet potato casserole. Today I am using Celebrating Sweets’ photos in my blog to present this dish. I am making this tasty casserole for the third time this year.

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 This is a very simple but tasty dish. I made this for the first time two years ago for my family and they loved it. I never cared for sweet potato but it has grown on me the past few years. It has all of my favorite combinations in one. I love that the sweet potato has it’s natural sweetness. The Streusel is the cherry on top for me. I learned this dish by looking at multiple recipes and just putting my own recipe together. I came across Celebrating Sweets’ website on Pinterest and I saw the streusel and I definitely wanted to try it.

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Thanksgiving is one of the only times you can get away with eating a lot; my favorite time of the year. A tradition I have been doing for many years is I eat until I cant anymore then go black Friday shopping to walk off all of the food I ate. Sounds like a good idea right?

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 I hope your family enjoys it as much as mine do. Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!!


Ingredients

Time 20 minutes

 Mashed Sweet Potatoes

3 pounds of sweet potato (peeled and chopped)

2 tablespoons of unsalted butter

1/4 cup of milk*, evaporated milk, or half & half

1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon* or pumpkin pie spice

2 tablespoons of brown sugar lite or regular*.

Add salt to your preference

Topping

4 tablespoons of unsalted butter

1/4 cup of brown sugar

1/4 cup of all purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon

1/8 teaspoon of salt

1/2 cup of chopped pecans

2-3 cups of marshmallows (I love extra)

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and prepare a casserole dish and spray with pam baking butter or olive oil.

2. Place sweet potato in a pot to boil and cover for 7 minutes or until tender. Drain sweet potatoes once they are done and return them to the pot.

3. Add remaining ingredients for the mash to the pot and stir with a mixer or whatever works for you.

4. Transfer the mashed potatoes to the casserole dish and spread evenly then transfer to the oven until heated throughly.

5. While that is cooking add topping ingredients to a bowl and stir until throughly combined.

6. Remove casserole from the oven and top with marshmallows then sprinkle streusel on top.

7. Place back in the oven for 10-15 minutes until marshmallows are golden brown.

8. ENJOY

*what ingredient I used


What a great turn out.

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Happy Holidays!

XOXO, Mary Alexius

 

White Denim: Fall Look

Hello Hello,

I had an amazing photoshoot last week with two good friends of mine, Avnsapgroup and they did a phenomenal job with everything and had to share. IG: @avsnapgroup 

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Oh my goodness, so I stumbled across this trendy/ vintage cafe shop, Internet Cafe Two in Dallas and their coffee is amazing! This is my kind of spot; artsy yet delicious. It is rare to run into a 2 in 1 place like this. It is very small inside but I feel like that is how it is supposed to be, otherwise it will take away from the vibe it has. Oh, and this place has perfect lighting for pictures. You should definitely check this place out.


So, incase anyone was wondering about the white denim rule. I love wearing white denim in the fall. I think they pair well with booties and that is just what I did.

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Leather jackets make the perfect third piece; very trendy yet cozy.

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I am really obsessing over these Vince Camuto (Kathrina) booties right now. They have a cute cut out on the side and it definitely gives more of a feminine look to it.

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I mean how cute are these with white denim? I also love wearing these with dresses or even a leather skirt.

With that being, YES you can wear white denim after Labor Day. That rule is long gone, at least I think so. Haha!

XOXO, Mary Alexius


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Cable Knit Cropped Sweater

Hello, lovelies! I have been really obsessed with this cable knit sweater I should maybe buy more in multiple colors instead of wearing this one all of the time, haha! It is so comfy and versatile. It is only $22 right now at Forever 21.

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These Trousers from Zara are my go to because they are so fun to dress up and dress down. I love wearing them out or sometimes even throwing a sneaker on with them.

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My latest purchase on shoes was the Nearly Nude by Stuart Weitzman and I have no regrets about this purchase. Definitely, your classic black chunky heel & a great investment if you want a comfortable/ everyday heel. LOVE!

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I was invited to a great charity event honoring, Take Me Home Pet Rescue by Richardson Living Magazine last week. It was a well put together event and I got to meet a local blogger from Richardson as well, BoyMomInJeans known as Jennifer Lindsey; she is such a doll and her style is phenomenal. Loved that this great cause brought locals together to network; what a great turnout.

Have a great week!

XOXO, Mary Alexius


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Fall Fashion In Dallas

It’s Halloween weekend and it is starting to feel like fall here in Dallas. We are usually behind when it comes to wearing all of the cute fall clothes. I am so excited to share one of my favorite looks with you so far this season; it is my favorite time of the year. Bring on pumpkin flavored everything because I am all about it.

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I am loving the color schemes this season. This knit sweater coat makes the perfect cardigan/ coat because you can layer up or wear it as a light cardigan. It is versatile when wearing colored or regular denim, dresses, and tights.

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I am obsessed with this burgundy BP tote. It makes a good pop of color this season and it goes with any warm colors. It makes the perfect on-the-go tote. It fits my MacBook when I got to school; perfect size. I have the tan color from spring also and it is now marked down (45% off).

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I mean, who doesn’t love Bauble Bar’s tassel earrings?

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Let’s talk about my favorite flats! These Tory Burch ‘Minnie’ travel ballet flats are the best pair of flats I own and they come in so many colors. They are so comfortable and long-lasting. I’ve had them for almost two years and they are still great and they are easy to take anywhere because they can easily fold into a bag.

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How cute is this BP suede ball cap? It is perfect for any outfit and even better for bad hair days. Thank goodness for hats.

Can’t wait to share more fall looks with Y’all. Have a Happy Halloween!

XOXO, Mary Alexius


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My Fave Study Spots in The Dallas Area

Happy Monday, Y’all! Everyone that knows me is aware that I am a coffee addict. So, I had to share a few of my favorite coffee shops I enjoy studying at on the blog today in honor of school recently starting. It has been a crazy first month and a half of the Fall semester, I already want to pull my brain out. I love using “studying” as an excuse to go to cute coffee shops, I mean why not? I get a lot of questions about what places I like going to the most. I prefer a more calm and relaxing environment. With that being, I’ve been to many and these made my list (not in a specific order)…

Summer Moon – Frisco

This place definitely makes the list. Their food and drinks are so yummy but can be a bit crowded at times. For coffee, I recommend, of course, their signature summer moon latte and I get a quarter of moon milk (less milk). The 007 is amazing it is 2 shots of espresso chilled with a splash of moon milk served in a chilled shot glass. It definitely does the trick when I am studying. On the far right picture, I ordered their hibiscus tea and it was so refreshing and delicious. On top of all of their great drink selections, it does make a great study spot.

Crooked Tree Coffee House – Uptown Dallas

Crooked Tree is the cutest little coffee shop. It literally is a house in the heart of uptown. I love the environment and how homey it feels. Their pastry selection is amazing and their coffee never disappoints. I could be here for hours doing school work. When I come here I usually get a regular latte with an extra shot of espresso with more foam than milk, yummy! Oh, and parking is rough at times since it is in the city but that is the only downside.

Mudsmith – Lower Greenville

Mudsmith is one of the first “hole in the wall” coffee shops I have ever been to. It is still my favorite and they have amazing drinks. I get an iced or warm regular latte. In the top left picture, I got a Pumpkin Spiced Latte with an extra shot and it was delicious. They also serve beer on tap so you can go there for either or. I love that they are usually open until 11pm except for Sundays. Usually, coffee shops close around 6 or 7.

Local Press + Brew – Dallas

Local Press + Brew has always been a favorite. It is a cute little spot in Dallas and they have amazing Brews and fresh pressed juices. I love how they have such a variety of fresh juices and they give you an option to get a sampler. My favorite is the coconut water. You also have to try their lemon bar, so yummy!

Halcyon – Lower Greenville 

Halcyon, coffee bar by day and bar & lounge by night. I love the mixed environments this place serves because I can sip on coffee while studying, brunch it up alongside a Bloody Mary, roast smores while playing a game of trivia with friends, and even have drinks at the bar at night. On Monday during the evenings, they have a Jazz night and it is so relaxing while sipping on a glass of wine. They have happy hour Sunday-Friday 4pm-8pm and they have $5 appetizers, $2 beers, and more. Overall, a great environment for studying and great for hangouts.

Method Coffee – East Dallas

Method Coffee is located in East Dallas and their baristas know what they are doing when it comes to coffee. This place never disappoints and I love studying here. This is a good spot for someone who is obsessed with espresso or just a cup of coffee. I stuck with my usual, regular latte with an extra shot of espresso.


This was a spontaneous blog I felt the need to share because I do get a lot of questions about my top places in Dallas.  I love finding new study spots & suggestions! Please comment below with your favorite place.

XOXO, Mary Alexius

Lace Bell Sleeve // two ways

Look at this fab comfy bell sleeve sweater!!! I am so obsessed and it comes in two colors. It is Love by Design and I bought it during Nordstrom’s Anniversary Sale and there are a few in stock but you have to find one through a sales associate because it is low inventory. After the sale, they went back to full price but recently just got marked down. It is definitely one of my favorite sweaters and it for sure kept me cozy in Vancouver.



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As the day was getting closer to the evening it got chilly, and I went from my go to boyfriend denim shorts with my favorite travel Birkenstocks to my pair of 7 For All Man Kind denim pants with my classic Converse. My favorite thing about this sweater is that it is versatile between climates.

By the way, you need to visit Granville Island in Vancouver and try the Chicken Pot Pie; it is going to be the best pot pie you have ever had. Everything there is made fresh, the scenery is beautiful, you’ll find amazing meats and vegetables. I also recommend the Capilano Suspension Bridge, if you’re not afraid of heights. It is absolutely beautiful pictures does not do the place justice. They have the cutest coffee shop right outside the park and I got a regular latte and it was delicious.


xoxo, Mary Alexius


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  1. Halogen Tie Bell Sleeve Sweater // 2. 7 Jeans For All Man Kind // 3. Daloa Birkenstock// 4. Converse Low Top

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