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A few months ago, the family I was nannying for had some major life changes and no longer needed me. I decided to take a huge leap into being an entrepreneur and building my Poshmark business. I’m still trying to figure out the flow of things, because things have been really inconsistent lately (and with our wedding coming up I know it’ll continue to be this way). But here are the major parts of what I do:

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Sourcing is just the reseller community’s way of saying that we go shopping for things to sell. It’s also the most fun and the easiest. I’ve recently developed a new system where I’ll spend time taking photos of a bunch of items and then when I’ve gone through a pile, I’ll sit with my computer and research items and list them. This is the part where I’ve become really close, intimate friends with Netflix.

For some reason, when I’m at home, I work better when there’s a TV show on. Music doesn’t motivate me in the same way (unless I’m blogging. I’d rather blog with music playing). I know that I’m always looking for new things to watch on Netflix – what a DUMB phrase because Netflix is full of things to watch – so I thought I’d share with you some of my favorite watches. With the weather (hopefully? eventually?) cooling down and the evenings getting longer, it’s the perfect time to stay inside all cozy and watching

TV SHOWS

Friends
Y’all I’m a little late to the Friends train; I’ve always loved watching the reruns but I only recently finished watching the series straight through and omg. I think it may be one of my favorite shows. I cried during the last episode, and I cannot imagine the emotional stress it caused on people who had followed the show every week for years. It’s a really great, lighthearted watch.

Don’t Trust the B—- in Apt 23
James Van Der Beek playing James Van Der Beek is so funny, and since I never was into Dawson’s Creek, I had no reason to be endeared to him. It’s a short watch, but it is seriously one of the funniest shows I’ve seen.

The Walking Dead
Okay yes, it’s about zombies. but it’s about so much more than that. It’s a gory show about what humanity will do to survive, and it’s fascinating. It is kind of gory; over time you’ll become used to the gore and it won’t be as shocking. There’s a lot of action/violence/pretty messed up stuff. Once, someone even called the cops because they heard their neighbors watching it and were freaked out.

Criminal Minds
Here we go, getting all dark and twisty now. Criminal Minds is my most favorite show. It follows the FBI’s Behavioral Analysis Unit (BAU) as they solve crimes by analyzing the profiles of the unknown suspects. Also side note I love Matthew Gray Gubler and please don’t forget that I met him one time, just saying.

The Fall
The Fall is a really dark, creepy show that’s basically the whole cop chasing a serial killer thing, but it’s really sensitive in how it shows things from the killer’s perspective, including his relationship with his children. It kind of got a bit ridiculous, but it’s a short binge watch.

Glee
I LOVED GLEE when it first came on. I loved it so very much, y’all. Enter Darren Criss in Season 2 and I literally lost my mind because he is so flawless. But after Season 2, my interest slowly dwindled. A year or so ago, I realized I’d never finished watching the series, so I finished it up… and yeah, I ugly cried during the last episode. Glee was such a great show with a powerful message of inclusion and being true to yourself.

Riverdale
This one is fairly new, they’re just starting to film the 2nd season. It reminds me of Pretty Little Liars but less stupid (seriously I hate Pretty Little Liars so much). It’s a teen/high school drama based off the Archie comic world, which I think is kind of cool! I think the plot is interesting but it is lacking in that I always wonder how so much crime and drama can happen in one small town.

Also recommended that need no explanation: Gossip Girl, New Girl, The Office, The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Grey’s Anatomy

 

Documentaries

Food, Inc
An eye-opening movie into the world of agribusiness and what mass production of cheap food has done. Every time I’m debating between the $8 organic, grass-fed beef and the $4 cheap stuff with hormones, I remind myself of this movie. I think it does a great job at presenting stories and facts and leaving space for the viewer to come to their own inclusions.

The Keepers
Emily told me about this one and when I finally watched it, I couldn’t stop. It also scared me pretty bad. I watch a lot of serial killer type movies and shows, but this one really chilled me. I literally couldn’t sleep the night I watched 5 of the episodes. It’s creepy and haunting and opens up so much more than just “Who Killed Sister Cathy?” It’s fascinating, disturbing, unsettling an heartbreaking.

American Experience: Ruby Ridge
Over the course of 11 days in 1992, the FBI was at a standoff with a man named Randy Weaver in the hills of Idaho. It’s tragic and I had never heard of this until watching this documentary. This event was one of a few motivators behind the Oklahoma City Bombings. It’s crazy to think of all that went over my head because I was just a little kid, and the way I’m having to learn what’s happened in my lifetime as an adult.

Ashley Madison
The Ashley Madison hack and scam is crazy to me. Ashley Madison is a site that was geared towards married people looking for… other… married people? IDK, it’s nuts. Anyway. The real target was the men, who would pay to interact with women who turned out to most likely be BOTS. A group of hackers threatened to release client names if the sites weren’t taken down. They weren’t, and out went the names. The documentary isn’t really well made, I just found the whole thing fascinating in a really messed up way.

Titanic’s Final Mystery
This tackles the mystery of why in the world the crew of the Titanic wasn’t able to avoid the “iceberg, straight ahead” if it was straight ahead. At the end I actually felt like my mind was blown because I was able to see how science and nature played a part in it. We’ve heard the story of Titanic probably a zillion times in our lives (half a zillion thanks to the beautiful retelling ft. Leonardo DiCaprio) but this was a really interesting watch.

Supersize Me
An oldie but an even more relevant goodie. One man’s month-long decision to eat nothing but McDonalds and seeing what it does to his health. Just make sure you watch this while eating kale chips or drinking a green smoothie bc I found that watching it made me crave McDonalds french fries like never before, haha.

The “documentaries” section on Netflix is full of fascinating topics. If you’re ever really in need of something to watch, I highly suggest starting there.

Movies

Mean Girls
…duh.

#realityhigh
This movie was so dumb. It was a notch above Lifetime Movie, but it was such a guilty pleasure watch. I loved that social media was such a big part of it. Social media fascinates me.

Consumed
The agenda on this one is not at all subtle, but given my documentary choices and what interests me, this is a fascinating watch. It’s part thriller, part GMO PSA. If you watch this and then watch Food, Inc you’ll be kind of shocked by the level of truth you see in it. But again. Agenda is not hidden at all.

Chicago
This was my favorite movie in like 11th grade, and I appreciate it more and more the older I get. THIS IS A MUSICAL, be forewarned. Some people aren’t into that kind of thing.

Lion
I watched this earlier this year since it was nominated for Best Picture, but it is so incredibly heartwarming… eventually. Based on a true story. This one will make you tear up. A little boy falls asleep on a train in India and eventually finds himself being adopted by an Australian couple. As an adult, he uses the tools of the internet to string together a few memories and find his way back home.

What Happened to Monday
Omg, y’all. This movie was amazing. It’s a little gory, but it is like 2 hours of nonstop intensity. In a time where there’s a one-child limit, it’s the story of what happens when one of 7 sisters goes missing. It’s crazy and so good. A little bit sci-fi, a little bit action… so good.

 

Okay. Now it’s your turn! What are some of your Netflix Recommendations?

 

 

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August Currently

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It’s been a hot minute since I’ve jumped on the Currently train. Mostly because it’s been a hot minute since I’ve actually spent any time working on creating new content for my blog. But here I am, y’all!

Linking up ย (at the very last moment) with Anne and Sheaย for this month’s Currently Link up.

Currently…

snacking (on)…
Hi my name is Stephanie and I am obsessed with Veggie Chips. The plain sea salt ones are SO GOOD. Do y’all hear me? They are SO GOOD. Buy them all and buy them often. They’re like Pringles but apparently better for you because they have “veggie” in the name. Also, I got a bunch of salami + deli meats sent to me from Columbus Meats and I’ve been snacking on these a LOT. Justen and I kept commenting on how sometimes they had more of a kick to them than other times and I only just realized that there are more than one flavor, haha. They’re REALLY good.

anticipating…
Well, moving into our apartment. If you remember, I’ve never actually been in our apartment. In just a few days I will be there! Justen’s picking up the keys TODAY and I’ll get to see it on Wednesday WHEN I START MOVING IN. The. Anticipation.!

borrowing…
vehicles to move stuff! We actually don’t have much to move in. Last month my mom spotted a really nice couch + loveseat on Facebook so we bought those. That and my bed are really the only things we have to move in that require more than just our vehicles. It will be interesting to see how that changes whenever we move out.

admiring…
all the pretty Pinterest pins. This is a huge deal for me, you guys. I’ve been living either with my mom or roommates (who had their own stuff) for my whole life. This will really be the first time that I get to make a space mine. and by mine, I do mean mine and Justen’s but he is part of the equation that makes it mine. So I’ve been looking at Pinterest for ideas and inspiration for the feel of our apartment. I guess I’ll just share some here and y’all can let me know what you think! ๐Ÿ˜‰

purchasing…
a LOT of coffee. Y’all my coffee spending has SKYROCKETED in the past month. I’m really looking forward to mornings at home with a pot of coffee. I’m trying really hard not to purchase a bunch of stuff because my employment situation is up in the air and that could be really awful combined with getting a wedding put together and all of these changes.

Overall, I’m currently ย just ready to unpack from Nashville and figure out what life is going to look like for at least the next few months… then I get to adjust to a whole new life living with a boy.ย 

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After all this time. Always.

For the past two and a ย half-ish years, I’ve been really bad the worst at reading. My goal to read 50 books in 2.75 years was laughable. I hardly picked up a book, and then at the end of last year I thought “well (@*&%, I need to read the whole Harry Potter series,” so back in November I decided to try and re-read the HP series by the beginning of June.

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Last night I put down Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows with a heavy but empty heart and stared at the ceiling and thought, “where do I go from here?”

I’ve read Harry Potter. I’ve seen the movies. But each time I read the books, I pick up on more than I did before.

I’m about to spoil some stuff so if you’ve never read the books or seen the movies and don’t want to know anything, then please X out now.

Harry Potter // justalittlebitlouder

On this read through I fully appreciated the growth of Ginny and Harry’s relationship. I’m not sure why but I kind of glazed over it previously. I was reading the part where Harry was suppressing his feelings towards her because she’s Ron’s sister and I had to stop and show Ernie the Cho Chang song from A Very Potter Musical (PLEASE TELL ME YOU’VE SEEN THIS IF YOU’RE A HARRY POTTER FAN). Unfortunately for me, Ernie Halter has no interest in Harry Potter and as I was reading the scene where Dumbledore dies, Ernie kept singing “CHO CHANG!” at the top of his lungs, and I just couldn’t handle it.

For the first time I actually understood why Harry was the proper master of the Elder Wand. For whatever reason I just kind of shrugged and agreed and it didn’t make sense to me, but this time I read it and completely understood it.

At the end of The Goblet of Fire, when Voldemort comes back, I felt a sense of fear and panic that I’ve never felt before and was so stupid since I OBVIOUSLY knew what was going to happen. I remember putting the book down and getting up and pacing around the room, wishing I had HP + The Order of the Phoenix with me so I could keep going. I’ve never had such an intense response to the story. It was kind of weird.

I texted Mei-Ling about how I’d finished it and she said it gets worse each time you re-read it. I realized it’s kind of like how drunk drivers walk away with less pain from a car crash than the person they hit – they have no idea what’s coming, but the sober drivers see the danger, tense up, and tries to avoid it. Re-reading HP is like being the sober driver in that example. You know what’s coming and you’re bracing yourself for it, which means you’re likely to walk away a little more sore than if you had no idea what was coming.

This read through I was able to really appreciate the way that Harry Potter becomes a man. We see him go from being a little boy to trying to figure out girls to making really big decisions all on his own. I think it’s the whole trying to figure out girls thing that made me really appreciate the journey he was on.

My new 101 in 1001 list has me re-reading and re-watching the Harry Potter series in the next two and a half years, so I’m excited to see what I pick up on this next time. I’ve already started re-watching them in anticipating of going to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in October (as part of our honeymoon!). I cannot wait for the butterbeer ;D

Harry Potter // justalittlebitlouder

Let’s geek out about Harry Potter. What are some things you’ve picked up on during your second or third or etc read-throughs? What house are you sorted into? I’m definitely Gryffindor, but I’m definitely Neville Longbottom.

ps these really terrible pictures are from a time when I was going to post a Butterbeer Latte recipe, but realized that the pictures sucked, I lost the recipe and I didn’t actually know what Butterbeer tasted like, haha.

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DIY Sparkly Glitter Glasses

This shop/post has been compensated by Collective Bias, INC. and The Coca-Cola Company, all opinions are mine alone. #NewWayToSparkle #CollectiveBias

Hello my name is Stephanie Amber Orefice and my name literally means “Crowned One, Jewel, Jeweler.” Therefore, I believe that deep from the DNA of who I am springs a love of all things glittery, sparkly and fancy. I was born this way.

I am one of the few people in the world who thinks that anything can be made better with a little sparkle added to it, so I want to show you an easy way to make a regular glass a little fancy.

These glasses were super duper cheap at a thrift store. I loved the pink tint and took them up a notch with a super simple DIY that will have you turning ALL THE THINGS fancy.

DIY Sparkly Glitter Glasses // stephanieorefice.net

You will need:

  • Glasses (you could even use plastic ones!)
  • mod podge
  • glitter of any color you’d like
  • something to mix the glitter with
  • tape

ONE // TAPE OFF THE GLASS

Start by taping off any area of the glass you don’t want covered in glitter. I chose to only tape off the stem of my glasses because I didn’t want a hard line at the top of the glitter. You could choose to make stripes or a line or you could get really fancy and use the outline of a shape!

DIY Sparkly Glitter Glasses // stephanieorefice.net

TWO // MIX THE GLITTER MAGIC

Add mod podge and glitter to a tray/disposable cup/etc. You could even use an old shoebox lid or something like that. This thing will be COVERED in glitter, so don’t use a bowl from the kitchen. You’ll want a LOT of glitter in the mixture to make sure it fully coats the glass.

DIY Sparkly Glitter Glasses // stephanieorefice.net

THREE // PAINT THE GLASS

Turn the glass upside down and begin painting. I did mine in layers, doing a thick layer all around the top of the stem, then slowly working my way around in long strokes to avoid smudge marks. You can add as much or as little glitter as you’d like. I wanted mine to look like it had been loosely stroked so I tapered off the glitter at the end. You can add a few layers if you’d like the glitter to be more solid.

FOUR // TAKE THE TAPE OFF

Once the glitter mixture is almostย dried, take the tape off the bottom and voila! You have just transformed some glasses into something I would love to drink out of should I ever come to your house.

DIY Sparkly Glitter Glasses // stephanieorefice.net

I immediately added a fancy drink to my glasses and topped with paper strawsย to enjoy my new fancy drinkware. My fancy drink is actually a one-can wonder! I picked up two flavors ofย ย DASANIยฎ Sparkling from Target over the weekend (they’re currently on sale for $2.99!). I got Tropical Pineapple and Raspberry Lemonade. In my quest to make everything more fancy I opted to use frozen fruit in place of ice cubes to keep the drinks cold AND not worry about losing the fizz as the ice melts!ย I filled my fancy glasses up with frozen raspberries (for the raspberry lemonade!) and frozen mangoes (for the tropical pineapple).

DIY Sparkly Glitter Glasses // stephanieorefice.net

DIY Sparkly Glitter Glasses // stephanieorefice.net

It’s aย great way to make staying hydrated a little fancy as the winter melts into warmer weather. DASANI has released new flavors that sound DE-LIC-IOUS. Strawberry Guava, White Peach and Blood Orange… yes please! They’re all available at Target (and they’re $2.99 right now! Go go go!)

Find out how other people are making Spring a little more sparkling by checking out these fun, sparkly ideas!

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