Brunch with Lori – Magnolia Pancake Haus

Happy Monday and welcome to another Brunch with Lori post! Yesterday I went to brunch at Magnolia Pancake Haus in the medical center with my mother. Magnolia Pancake Haus is a very well known breakfast restaurant in San Antonio, best known for their famous buttermilk pancakes.

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Magnolia Pancake Haus serves breakfast and lunch and is open Monday-Friday from 7am to 2pm. There are two locations in San Antonio: one in the Medical Center off Huebner and the other off of Embassy Oaks.  The most popular time for both locations is on the weekends, causing  the wait time to be around an hour or more.

Pro Tip: You can add your name to the wait list through the Yelp app without being present at the resturant and it will update you on your place in line as well as when to arrive at the restaurant. If you arrive prior to your table being ready, there is a large outdoor seating area to sit and chill while you wait.

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This is one of my favorite things about the Magnolia Pancake Haus – the outdoor waiting area. If you walk around towards the back of the restaurant you will see lots of greenery and down the stairs there is a little section with picnic tables and live music. There is also an outdoor bar out behind the restaurant where you can go and grab a mimosa or your drink of choice while waiting for your table to be ready. They offer a drink of the week as well as your normal brunch alcoholic favorites. The outdoor patio out back provides a nice relaxing area and a lot of shade to beat the Texas heat (if you go in the summer). It is seriously the cutest little area and has so many great vibes with the live music and ambiance.

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Menu:

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The Magnolia Pancake Haus’s menu includes all your favorite breakfast options with their own unique spin on them. They offer so many flavorful topping options for pancakes, french toast, and waffles. If you are not a fan of any of those options, they also have many more options as well. While waiting for our table, my mom and I definitely built up a large appetite. My mom ordered The Magnolia Breakfast Plate with Pancakes and I ordered the Farmer’s Scramble with French Toast.

You can view the menu prior to going to the restaurant here.

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The Farmers Scramble with French Toast

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The Magnolia Breakfast (Pancakes not shown in pic)

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Also got mimosas and they came with a cute little personal champagne bottle and a glass of orange juice, so cute!

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The Magnolia Pancake Haus has an amazing ambiance, great service, and delicious food. It is no wonder why it is such a popular breakfast spot here in San Antonio. Although it is known to have a long wait time, don’t let that make you not want to stop by and visit. The outdoor patio alone helps the wait time be less stressful as well as an enjoyable experience to sit and relax while spending time with family and friends. The menu offers a wide array of so many delicious options that there is something for everyone. I definitely recommend visiting The Magnolia Pancake Haus to local San Antonioan’s and visitors. You will not be disappointed!

Outfit Details:

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I have been loving summer dresses lately and this is one of my favorites! Midi dresses are great for short girls like me (I am 5’2) because they are the perfect length, not too long & not too short. I got this dress at Old Navy a couple of months ago and I immediately was attracted to the color because its not a color I have a lot of in my closet. Since it is a midi dress, I didn’t want it to make me look shorter, so I paired it with cognac booties I purchased from Charlotte Russe. To compliment the booties, I accessorized with my tube purse from Forever 21 and my abalone earrings from Kendra Scott to dress up the look.

Thank you for following along with me on my brunch journey!

Remember to follow me on Instagram and I will see you next time for brunch!

Xoxo, Lori Allison ❤

Daily Makeup Routine + Sephora VIB 15% Off

 

Happy Monday beautiful people!

 I have been lovingggg my daily makeup routine lately. I thought I could share with you all the products I’ve been using and loving for the past half a year and maybe provide recommendation to you! P.S. if you are a Sephora VIB, the 15% off VIB sale is going on until midnight tonight, 5/6!

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It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream Oil-Free Matte with SPF 40 – Color Light – $39 + 15% Sephora VIB Discount

I have always struggled with oily skin so I try to use oil free products that won’t add additional oil to my face so I decided to try out this It Cosmetics Oil-Free CC Cream. I love that it color corrects my uneven skin tone, as well as leaves my skin glowing. It is a bit pricey but it lasts a very long time since it has the push dispenser which limits the amount of product that comes out.

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Maybelline New York Fit Me Concealer  – Color Sand – $6.99 at your local drug store

The Maybelline New York Fit Me Concealer is one of the best concealers I’ve used, it is my absolute favorite  because it has great coverage, is light weight, and matches my skin tone perfectly.

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Coty Airspun Loose Face Powder – Color Suntan –  $5.99 at your local drug store

I previously used the Laura Mercier setting powder but it was just so pricey and I couldn’t convince myself to keep spending that much on setting powder. I feel like this setting powder is very comparable to the Laura Mercier  powder but for a cheaper price and more product overall. It also provides a nice matte finish.

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Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Definer – Color Medium Brown – $23 + 15% VIB Discount

Brows are very important to me. I had heard so many great things about the Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Definer and had seen so may people using it so I decided to try it out. I mostly use the eyebrow brush the most, to brush out and shape my eyebrows but I use the product to color in those areas that maybe don’t get as colored in and need a little extra color.

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Lime Crime Bushy Brow Precision Pen – Color Brownie – $20 at Lime Crime, Urban Outfitters, Ulta

I got sent this Lime Crime Bushy Brow Precision Pen through Influencer and absolutely fell in love with it! I use this product to outline my eyebrows both on the top and bottom, to define the shape. I then brush the product out with the Anastasia brow brush  above. This product has lasted me so long and I love the sharp point it offers for precision. This product is basically like a liquid eyeliner but specific for your brows.

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Benefit Cosmetics Gimme Brow + Volumizing Eyebrow Gel – Color 3 Medium (Neutral Light Brown) – $24 + 15% Sephora VIB Discount

The Benefit Cosmetics Gimme Brow Gel is my biggest necessity for my brows, this is the product I use to really tint and shade in my brows to add extra color. I love the texture it gives my brows because it is a brush like texture which appears as hair like strokes and looks very natural.

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Milk Makeup Kush Brow Gel – Color Clear – $18 + 15% Sephora VIB Discount

I am a huge fan of Milk Makeup’s products and had heard so many great things about their Kush Brow Gel. Every time I went to get my hands on it, my closets Sephora store was always sold out. I finally was able to find the clear brow gel and have been using that one instead of the tinted one. It keeps my brows place but doesn’t feel too heavy like its holding my brows down. I apply this at the end of my brow routine and it keeps my brows looking fresh and clean!
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Milani Baked Bronzer – Color Dulce – $8.99 at your local drug store

One day I ran out of bronzer and stopped at my local Walgreens and found this Milani Baked Bronzer. I had heard many good things about Milani so figured I would give it a try. I love the color of this bronzer and like that there are specs of gold mixed into it. It has pigment and provides a bronze tone with the first application.

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E.l.f. Cosmetics Baked Highlight and Bronzer Duo – Color Bronze Glow – $4 at your local drug store

I received the Elf Cosmetics Bronzer and Highlight duo in an Elf Influencer box. I truly felt like it gave me a bronze glow just as the name says. Although I use my own separate highlighters, this product adds a great natural glow to my skin before I apply the other highlighters. If I am just going for a natural look I will only use this product as bronzer/ highlight instead of adding on other highlights for a less dramatic glow.

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Morphe Blush Trio – Color Pop of Blush – $12 at Ulta or Morphe

I am a huge fan of Morphe and all its products! When I went to Dallas around Christmas time, I stopped at one of the malls in Dallas that had a Morphe store there, so of course I had to shop around. I found this Morphe Blush Trio and got so excited because I was looking for a new blush. The Pop of Blush trio set is amazing and provides a peachy shade, a cherry blossom pink shade, and a grapefruit shade. They have 6 different other trio sets to accommodate everyone’s skin tone and blush preferences. The Pop of Blush trio is my absolute favorite though because its not too pink or too orange.

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Milk Makeup Kush High Volume Mascara – $12 + 15% Sephora VIB Discount

Yet another Milk Makeup product I love is the Kush High Volume Mascara. This mascara only comes in one shade – Black and I love how dark and pigmented it is! It not only adds volume to my lashes but also adds depth. I have the mini  size of the mascara and I love it because it is the perfect size to carry anywhere in any size purse/bag. There is also a full size available as well for $24.

 

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It Cosmetics Superhero Mascara – Color Super Black – $24 + 15% Sephora VIB Discount

I am obviously a fan of It Cosmetics products, as seen above. During the holiday season, Ulta was having a sale for black Friday and I found the Superhero Mascara for only $10. This is a steal because the mascara is regular $24, so you save $14! I absolutely love this mascara because it provides volume and length with the Elastic Stretch Technology. The mascara brush provided with it helps define and lengthen each individual lash leaving your lashes looking flawless!

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Cover FX Custom Enhancer Drops in Moonlight – $42 + 15% Sephora VIB Discount

The Cover | FX enhancer drops were included in the Glow For It – Sephora Favorite Highlight Sampler set I purchased during the holidays and I absolutely love the glow of it! I got it in the shade Moonlight which has a silver glow. I normally probably wouldn’t buy the full size of this product because it is so pricey but it is such a great product! I love that the highlight is in the form of drops, instead of powder. I usually place 2 or 3 drops on each of my cheek bones and then spread the product with my finger. You immediately see the glow and pigment 😍

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Artist Couture Diamond Glow Powder in Illuminati – $27+ 15% Sephora VIB Discount

I had never heard too much of the brand Artist Couture their Diamond Glow Powder was also included in the Glow For It – Sephora Favorite Highlight Sampler set in the color Illuminati. The shade Illuminati is a iridescent silver and champagne powder and leaves a gorgeous glow! I usually add the Cover | FX enhancer drops and then will apply the Artist Couture Diamond Glow Powder after with an eyeshadow brush.

Pro Tip: I also love to apply this product to my eyelids to add a little glow and shimmer to my lids and it looks gorg!

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Anastasia Beverly Hills Sun Dipped Glow Kit – $40+ 15% Sephora VIB Discount

Lastly, the Anastasia Beverly Hills Sun Dipped Glow Kit is by far my favorite glow kit shades because they are all bronzy tones. I have been obsessed with this kit since it came out. I used my 15% VIB discount from a previous year to purchase this since it is so pricey.  Since it comes with 4 highlights, it really only comes out to $10 each highlight so it’s not too bad but $40 just sounds like a lot. Depending on what mood I’m in that day, I will either use 2 or all of the highlights to add just a little pop to my daily looks. Plus I love looking like a glazed doughnut ✨

All of the items I just included are products I use daily for my makeup routine, a lot of the items I got from Sephora and Ulta, but some of the products you can find at your local drug store. If I use makeup products that are pricey, I usually will try to find a deal around them. Such as the Sephora VIB sale. I don’t believe in breaking the bank for beauty products, and most of the time you can find similar products at the drug store for half of the price, so always do your research! I love that Ulta and Sephora also provide trial size offers of different brands and beauty products so that you can test the products out before deciding if you really want to pay full price on it. I would not put these products out on my platform if they weren’t something I truly loved or felt were amazing!

If you are a VIB with Sephora, be sure to shop the 15% off sale before it ends tonight, 5/6 at midnight or go into your local store to shop!

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If you are not apart of the Rewards Program with Sephora, you can sign up for free online or in store. For each item you purchase, you get points on your account that you can use towards free items! You also get seasonal savings, such as the 15% off and many other benefits!

As always, be sure to follow me on Instagram to keep up with my daily life and insta-stories!

Xoxo, Lori Allison ❤

 

Confessions of an Instagram Blogger

Lets be real —

We are in the day and age where social media takes up our lives and is the center of everything we do. As a social media influencer and blogger there is so much that goes into letting your presence be known on social media such as content creation, scheduling posts, figuring out how to beat the Instagram algorithm, and much more. It is important to take the time to consider your favorite influencer as real life people. I started this blogging journey back up not too long ago and I definitely feel like sometimes I strive for perfection too much and it’s just not realistic. I find myself having to remind myself of these things and I feel like other bloggers or social media influencers can relate as well.

Take some time for yourself

You have control over how much social media controls your life. It is okay to take some time for yourself and step away from social media to focus on yourself and things in your personal life. There are times I go MIA on social media, it may be either because I am super busy with work or just need some time away. I see social media influencers getting on stories or posts and apologizing for taking time for yourself, and I truly do not feel like that is something that needs to be said or apologized for because we are human. There is so much going on in our daily lives that it is okay to take time away and take a break. Do not apologize for it.

Your follower count isn’t everything

As a social media influencer, having a social media following is a big deal. Your followers are your support system and the people truly interested in what your content. That being said, followers will fluctuate almost everyday and most likely will not always stay at a consistent number. As long you are producing content that you love and are proud of, then your followers will appreciate that and continue to follow you, and your following will grow. Your follower count isn’t everything and the amount of followers you have does not determine your importance in life or in the social media world. They will come!

Don’t compare

In the social media world, it is so easy to get caught up in the thought and want of perfectionism. Somebody will always have something you want or envy, whether it is the perfect body, clothes, job, lifestyle, etc –  What we all need to realize is that influencers  choose to post what we want. Your favorite influencer or bloggers feed may look perfect but that is because it is their job. As a social media influencer, your presence on social media is key, so it is important to have a great feed and produce great content. It is so easy to pick and choose and control what we want to post and share and it may not always be the most glamorous but as long as you’re being true to yourself.

Remember why you started

I chose to start this blogging journey because it is something I love and am passionate about. I love to shop and feel like I do a great job of it { hehe 😉 } so I figured why not share with y’all the things I purchase and products I love. Blogging about my clothes, my life, and beauty finds is something that I love and am passionate about. When you put yourself out on social media and a platform as big as Instagram – especially with a public profile, you are bound to have people come at you with hate or to criticize what you do. Don’t let that affect you though – this is your journey and your platform so use it the way you like and post what you want. Most importantly make your dreams come true and enjoy what you do!

Not everybody is a full time blogger

I know there are a good amount of times that I slack on my content or am not as engaging on social media but it’s because I do blogging on the side of my full time job. As I’ve mentioned in my previous post, I have an untraditional work schedule. There are so many days I have plans to get online and write a blog post or post on stories but the truth is that sometimes I am just too tired. That doesn’t mean I don’t still love being a blogger and engaging with my followers and other bloggers on social media – but at this moment of my life, I don’t have the luxury to make it a full time job and career path. Blogging and being an influencer is a full time job on its own and I think that is sometimes hard to understand to those people who see us on just on social media and not in real life. I may struggle sometimes to post daily or come up with creative content but I truly want to put content out there that I genuinely feel like correlates with my blog and expresses the person I am. I don’t just want to put  content up daily and not make it something I’m proud of or something that doesn’t measure up to my other posts.

Let’s face it, the social media world can be a tough one but also can be so rewarding! I have met so many amazing people and friends from social media. I think its so amazing that you can feel like you know someone based off their profile and content. It is however, important to consider all of these things whether you’re a fellow blogger or you follow social media influencers/bloggers. Things may get hard at times and life may get in the way but always remember to be true to yourself and be considerate of the people you choose to follow on social media.

Be sure to follow me at Instagram. Thank you to all who continue to follow along with my social media platforms and are always supportive of my content ❤

Xoxo, Lori Allison

 

At-Home Teeth Whitening Kit : For the On The Go Lifestyle

I’m in the beginning of my career and still adjusting to being a full time adult, working 8-10 hour days in the office. Working in the entertainment industry can be exhausting but I wouldn’t trade it for a thing. I am basically  fueled off of coffee now – it has become a necessity to get through the day/week. As much as I love coffee, one thing that I knew I would eventually have to worry about were coffee stains, who doesn’t love that… I knew I wanted to try and start preventing stains before they started but I didn’t know exactly how.

As easy as it would be to go get my teeth whitened professionally, that was just not something that I could afford financially or could dedicate an hour and a half to 2 hours for the procedure time. I knew I could turn to teeth whitening strips, but that was never something that worked for me or that I saw results from. Needless to say, when Smile Brilliant reached out to me to collaborate in a partnership, I was thrilled! It is never too early to start your teeth whitening journey, and I felt like Smile Brilliant truly contacted me at the right moment. I had heard of Smile Brilliant before, through some of my blogger friends and heard many good things about it, but I needed to do my research and see if they fit my lifestyle.

About Smile Brilliant

Here are the things I learned about Smile Brilliant just by looking at their website:

  • Smile Brilliant is based in the United States
  • They are an At-Home Teeth Whitening kit company
  • The Smile Brilliant team is made up of dental professionals with 30+ years of teeth whitening experience
  • Their teeth whitening trays are custom and fitted for each individual person – both for your bottom and top teeth
  • They are Vegan and Cruelty free

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Creating the Impressions

Once I accepted the partnership with Smile Brilliant, I received my at home kit to mold my custom teeth whitening trays – this process was a little difficult for me because I am such an over thinker and somehow ended up doing it wrong my first try. I had to get more of the base and catalyst in order to do my impressions over again. The second time was a lot easier and my impressions were less droopy. Once I sent in my impressions, it took about a week in a half to receive my custom fitted trays.

Whitening Process

The whitening part was of course, the part I looked forward to the most and honestly was the easiest part of this whole process. When I had gotten my teeth whitened before at my previous job at skincare studio, I experienced a lot of sensitivity and discomfort, even with the sensitive specific formula. Needless to say, I was a little bit nervous about how my teeth would react to Smile Brilliants formula.

The teeth whitening preparation process was so fast and effortless, once you coated the trays with the whitening gel you just had to put the trays on your teeth and it was smooth sailing from there. The whitening trays were so comfortable and fit my teeth/mouth so well, that I forgot I even had them in my mouth. I noticed a little bit of discomfort after the first time I whitened, but after that initial one, the rest of them were a breeze. I started off with short whitening sessions, just 45 minutes each. Once I got comfortable with whitening, I would leave the trays in for about 2 hours. That may soundlike a long time but when you are able to do other things while whitening, like read or doing stuff around the house, the time goes by so fast!

I loved that I was I was able to whiten on my own time! As I mentioned, I work in the entertainment industry so my schedule is pretty hectic and non traditional. That is probably my favorite thing about whitening with Smile Brilliant – it is convenient and effortless!
The whitening kit came with 4 syringes of the whitening gel and 4 syringes of the desensitizing gel. I was able to get about 5 uses from one syringe of both whitening gel and desensitizing gel for both my top and bottom teeth.

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Results

I saw results right away! I was so surprised and impressed by this product and formula. Each time I whitened, the whiter my teeth got, visibly white after each session. That is what made me want to keep continuing whitening because I was excited to see how much whiter my teeth would get after every session. Even though my whitening trial is over with Smile Brilliant, I know I will continue to use the whitening syringes often because I know for a fact I’m going to continue to drink coffee and need to keep trying to prevent those coffee stains.

Guess what?! Now one of you get to try Smile Brilliant too! All you have to do is click this link to enter my giveaway, and if you absolutely can’t wait to purchase then use this code to get 15% off the entire store using this code, “itsxoxoloriallison15”. I definitely recommend Smile Brilliant’s whitening process for a busy on the go lifestyle, but I truly feel like it would fit everyone’s lifestyle!

Please let me know if you have any questions from me about Smile Brilliant or my experience! As always, you can follow along with me on my Instagram.

Xoxo, Lori Allison