Top Five Friday #55

Hello, Friday!  I'm so excited for this weekend, because it's a long one!  I have Monday off for Memorial Day, and I'm going to be spending the weekend hard at work.  My parents are doing some demolition in the dining room, and Dan and I have some projects to work on at our house.  We're going to be really busy!

Linking up with MarCynthia and Court 
as well as Heather and Momfessionals

I hope you all had a great week, and I'll see you next week!


Top (Target) x Pants (Limited) x Shoes (Target)

Caribbean Rainbow Salad

photo by Alexa..I couldn't do the recipe justice with my own picture!
I'm always drooling over Alexa's amazing recipes (and her gosh), and I knew this was a recipe I had to try!  Mango is one of my favorite foods, and I loved the idea of adding it to a salad.  I prepped this on Monday and enjoyed it all week, and I know I'll be having it more in the future!  It was really easy to make ahead, and substitute for what you have on hand.  I tried it with kale and loved it!

Summer Drinks

It started to get really hot this week in Pittsburgh, and I've been loving sipping a summery drink on my deck after work.  There are so many refreshing, fruity drinks coming out and I'm trying them all!  So far, my favorites are Bud Light Watermelon-rita (don't let the Bud Light name fool you- this doesn't taste like a beer but is the perfect amount of sweet!), Trader Joe's Watermelon Cucumber Cooler (so refreshing), Peach Wine (a little fizzy and a great realistic peach taste), and any kind of summer seasonal beer!

SLS3 Plantar Sleeve

I was lucky enough to get to try one of these sleeves, and I'm hooked!  I get a lot of pain and soreness in my foot and ankle, and this provides the perfect amount of targeted compression to those areas.  Sometimes I'll just have a small pain, but will have to put on my long compression socks (which is always annoying and takes a long time).  These are nice and short, so they go on really easily and are comfortable.  I think these would be great for people who are on their feet a lot, or for recovery from long training runs!


John Frieda 7 Day Volume- 10/10 - This is my favorite hair product!  I've repurchased it so many times and I can't recommend it enough.  Seriously..if you haven't tried it DO IT!

John Frieda Luxurious Volume Shampoo- 7/10 - Since I love the treatment so much I decided to give the shampoo a try.  It did a fine job but I didn't notice any dramatic changes in my hair.

Laneige Multi Cleanser (sample)- 8/10 - I got a Laneige sample pack of a few different products, and loved using them for travel.  This cleanser also helps remove makeup and didn't break me out.  It does leave my skin feeling a bit tight, so I had to follow up with a moisturizer immediately.

Burt's Bees Pink Grapefruit Balm- 9/10 - This was a great lip balm, but I got tired of the scent after a while!

It Cosmetics Bye Bye Redness- 10/10 - This is the absolute best product that I've ever used to cover up acne or redness.  It looks surprisingly natural, but covers like a boss!  The only downside to this product is that it only comes in one shade, and it's a bit pricy.  A little goes a long way, though, and this lasted me forever.

Stila Kitten Eyeshadow- 8/10 - To be honest, I didn't finish the product.  During my move, I dropped it and it completely smashed and I got sparkly shadow everywhere!  I love the shade and formula though!

Redken Pillow Proof Primer- 9/10 - This is a great product to spray in your hair before blow drying.  It somehow speeds up the drying process and primes your hair to protect it from heat.  I also love the scent!

Herbal Essences Dry Oil Spray- 10/10 - Dry oils are my favorite to use on dry or frizzy hair.  This one has an amazing smell, and isn't too oily for my hair.  I'm not sure how that's possible since it's an oil, but it's pretty great!

Dove Dry Spray Antiperspirant- 7/10 - I like to use a dry deodorant occasionally, and this one works pretty well.  It's not strong enough to use on days when I work out, but I like how quick and easy this is to use (plus it doesn't give my shirts white marks!)

TV Shows

The Family : I'm really sad that this show got cancelled, because I thought it was amazing!  The acting was incredible and the story line was so intriguing.  Did anyone else watch this, or am I the only one?

Quantico : On the other hand, I'm thrilled that Quantico was renewed for a second season!  I can't wait to see what the plot line will be, because I loved season one.  I didn't see the ending coming at all, and now I'm excited to see what will happen next.

The Bachelorette : To be honest, I haven't had time to watch the premier of the Bachelorette but I'm excited for the most dramatic season yet!  I'm already hearing about drama with the "winner" and some other contestants, so I'm curious to see what will happen!

Dancing With the Stars : Another season is over, and I'm a little shocked about the winner to be honest!  I thought that Paige was the biggest improvement of the season, and I voted for her to win.  I definitely think that Nyle deserves the win though, and he was my second pick all season long.  Now that he's won two reality shows, I wonder which one he'll go on next?

The Voice : The finale of the Voice also aired, and I'm not surprised at all by the ending.  I feel like from Alisan's blind audition she was a sure winner (and Adam made it known every week that he thought she would win) so I'm not at all surprised.  I definitely think she deserves it and I'm hoping she'll release some music soon!  I also really liked Adam throughout the season and think he'll become a star as well.

What are you doing for the holiday weekend?
What are your favorites of the week?
Any TV Show favorites?  Anyone else watch The Family?
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  1. Alisan has so much talent. She's great! I still haven't watched the finale episode yet, but I heard it's good. I'm bummed because my favorites, Grey's and Nashville have ended. I heard they cancelled Nashville so I'm so bummed. I loved that show! The Family, YES! Omg...I've been waiting for my friend to watch the finale so I can talk about it with her. It was such a great show. What a crazy story line!

  2. I love Stila Kitten. One of my favorite shades (has been for years). Wheat is another great shade (if I remember correctly).

  3. I'm a fan of Quantico too! It's one show both the Hubs and I like to watch!

  4. I love your Friday posts! Okay, now I really want to try that Redken product! It sounds fantastic! And I totally agree with your thoughts on DWTS! I was SO bummed that Wanya didn't make it to the finals. I thought he deserved to be there over Ginger. And I wasn't really surprised that Nyle won, but when it came down to him vs Paige I agree with your thoughts on her...but of course it's about much more than dancing with this show. Also...excited for Maks and Peta's baby news! Have a great weekend!
    Gina || On the Daily Express

  5. have fun this weekend while working hard :) I enjoy quantico but I hope we're all done with the flashbacks - I got bored w/that format quickly...

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  7. Yay for a 3-day ! I love your blue pants - so adorable. I'm currently catching up on House of Cards and the Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.

  8. I love your outfits. ALL THE TIME. Anyway, we had our long weekend last weekend. This weekend Andrew and I are leaving for Vancouver Island because he has a fishing lodge listed there for a million dollars! We're going to go check it out. The weather is super crappy so hopefully it changes but it will still be a really relaxing trip anyway.

  9. I really like John Freida products too! Thanks for the tip on those drinks, especially the watermelon one. I would have never tried that but because of your review I might now!

  10. Ahh thanks for the John Frieda recommendation! I'll definitely try 7-Day Volume! Enjoy your busy-fun-productive long weekend :D

  11. I don't watch DWTS, but I was pretty excited to see Nyle was on it. I watched him on ANTM and was so in love with him. He seems so nice! (and let's be real, super smokin.)

  12. I'm loving the summery drinks too--i love a cold blush wine. It's sweet and summery!
    Right now I've been watching Guys Grocery Games on Netflix--its so addicting haha!

  13. i am seriously considering buying that bye bye redness stuff even though the price tag is scary. love your outfit - those pants are super cute. and i totally bought the blazer that you posted yesterday (was it yesterday?) so i blame you for my shopping right now ;) haha. jk. enjoy your busy weekend!

  14. That Bud Light Watermelon drink sounds really good! Good luck with all your house work this weekend:)

  15. That plantar sleeve actually looks so good! I need to look into that!

    I hope you have a wonderful long weekend, girl! xo

  16. I love that Bud Light Watermelon-rita! Can't have one for 25 more days though. Whole 30 problems.

    That's so sad about Stila Kitten! It's one of my favorite eye shadows.

  17. loved all the empties!! i have a sort of dupe for stila on the blog if you want the shade again!


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