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 ❤

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

Mask Monday: Sephora Collection – Rose Face Mask

Happy Mask Monday friends!

Today’s face mask was dedicated to hydrating your skin. I tried out the Sephora Collection – Rose Face Mask. This mask is said to moisturize and brighten the face using natural Rose extracts. The mask is to be worn for 15 minutes and is said to plump the skin and leave your face with an immediate radiance boost.(#YouGlowGirl)

I have only purchased two items from the Sephora Collection, one was a mascara and the other a lipstick. Although I was not a big fan of the lipstick (it dried up my lips), I did like the mascara. I feel that because Sephora sells so many makeup and skin care brands, that the Sephora Collection always goes unnoticed or unappreciated. I do feel, however that the masks are a good place to start when shopping with that collection. Right now Sephora has 8 different sheet masks in different scents and skin care goals.

When I took the mask out of the packaging, it had an immediate rose scent to it – which smelt so good! This sheet mask was a little different because once you unfolded the mask, you then had to pill off the pink film and then fit the mask to your face. The sheet mask really hugged my face and felt so comfortable,  I honestly forgot the sheet was even on my face! It felt like it had melted onto my face and quickly absorbed into my pores. I liked that the mask’s rose smell wasn’t too overbearing and enjoyed the cool/calming sensation while it was on my face! Another thing I liked is that once you took off the mask you didn’t have to wash the remaining product off with water, just had to massage it into your face. Because my skin felt so hydrated, I didn’t even feel the need to put moisturizer on right after!

On a scale of 1-10, I give this mask a 7 out of 10. Although my face does not need much hydration because I am naturally oily, I felt like it was the perfect amount of hydration. Towards the end of the 15 minutes, I was not a huge fan of the Rose smell, just because it gave me a little bit of a headache after. Once I removed the mask looked in the mirror, however, I noticed my skin was glowing! The post effects of the mask were amazing, they left my skin feeling super hydrated and soft. My boyfriend got me this mask for free with his cologne purchase back in the summer time, but the rose mask can be found at Sephora and normally sells for $6, very affordable! Right now, Sephora is selling a limited edition Super Mask set of 4 sheet masks for $18 and is linked here, if you are interested in trying out The Sephora Collection mask set, it is online only! These masks make great gifts and stocking stuffers, I recommend you check them out at your local Sephora store.

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Thanks for tuning into another Mask Monday! Be sure to follow me on Instagram to keep up with what I’m doing. I’ll see you next Monday 🙂

Xoxo, Lori Allison