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Oh hey there!! It’s been a hot minute since I’ve put out a blog post. I’m sure I’m not the first blogger you’ve come across with a “sorry for my hiatus” speech or post. Look, I am not into making excuses so here’s the harsh truth, blogging is hard. I follow a lot of bloggers on Instagram and had a thought about a year ago of “oh this can’t be that hard, I want to do this.” So I did. I started a blog and I started posting on Instagram everyday and after about three months I was bored out of my mind with it. I felt I was being super repetitive and couldn’t keep up with all of the larger bloggers, traveling the world and having a new outfit every single day. Anyway, to avoid this blog post being 800 years long, I gave up. It was exhausting and I was down on myself and it was no longer a fun outlet.

So, that’s why I stopped but why am I back now? I’ve found myself actually getting bored with some of the bigger bloggers and their unrealistic lives. I’ve found myself attracted to the smaller bloggers who are keeping it real and wearing the same jeans on repeat. Also, I started blogging in the first place as an outlet for my creative side and my mind. I’ve been through a lot of hard time this year alone and I’m just ready to spread my positive vibes to the world. I’m going to focus on sharing and connecting with whoever is watching or reading and stop worrying about how many people like my pictures or read my post. If I can make even one persons day better or teach one person something new than that is enough for me.

Honestly, that’s it. I love sharing my life and my interests so I’m back! I’m excited to share more of my life with you guys and hopefully grow organically with you all.

Until next time baby dolls ♥️✌🏻

Denise Alexandra Whelan

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Hey guys! I thought it would be fun to share some of my pictures from my little weekend trip to Washington, DC. My best friend Maggie and I decided to go for two nights on a whim to see some of the blooming cherry blossoms and magnolias. We were technically only there for one full day but we made the most of it and enjoyed the little break from the city.

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So firstly, we decided to take a greyhound bus from NYC to Washington, DC, which seemed like a good idea at the time but after being delayed for two hours and then sitting in what felt like a sauna for 4.5 hours, I think we will take the train next time. We got there super late at night and checked into our hotel. We stayed at THE HIVE near Georgetown University. It was the cutest hotel with the tiniest room, but it had bunk beds which made it all better. Talk about making you feel like a little kid again.

Friday was our first and only full day there. We woke up and had brunch at a cute spot called Tonic and then proceeded to head over towards the White House. We frolicked amongst all of the blooming trees and soaked up every bit of sunshine we could, considering how cold and gloomy NYC has been for the past few months. Even though it was a bit chilly, the sunshine and flowers made us feel the glory of Spring and gave us something to smile about. We did the whole touristy walk and took pictures in front of all the typical government buildings you’d want to see. This place was filled with so much history, however the awe of the building became underwhelming after each building seemingly looked the same. We made our way towards the capital but got distracted by the desire to stop walking and have a beer and go shopping. What can I say? Nothing like creature comforts, even when you’re in a new town. We decided to head back to the hotel after shopping and get ready for dinner! We went to an area referred to as the West End, which apparently is the hotspot in town to go out. We settled on a multi story Mexican restaurant after walking past many places with a very long wait. The food was good and the service was even better. We left dinner and went to a bar called SERVICE BAR near by on the recommendation of a friend. They had absolutely phenomenal cocktails and about the best playlist I’ve heard in a while. We had such an amazing time that night just jamming out and enjoying killer cocktails.

The following day, Saturday, we didn’t have much time before we had to catch the bus. We woke up and went to brunch at the same spot, Tonic, purely out of convenience. We then decided together that the Washington Monument and the Smithsonian were the two things we couldn’t leave without seeing. We headed to the Smithsonian and quickly realized that wasn’t happening after we saw the insanely long line to get it. We were going with the flow so we both decided to just head over to the Washington Monument. There was a kite festival going on this day, so it was interesting to see but also extremely busy. We walked up, took some beautiful pictures of the cherry blossoms with the monument and then escaped out of the craziness as fast as we could. The thing about traveling to destinations when you’re from NYC is that you want to escape the crowds, not be in a different one, so we were both down to take a few shots and scamper. We passed by the reflecting pond on the way back to the hotel which was so cool, but way more shallow that I had anticipated.

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Overall it was a lovely trip, and I enjoyed seeing places and buildings that are so significant to our countries history. Although the cherry blossoms were not in full bloom, they were beautiful and the magnolia trees made up for what was by bloomed yet! I would love to go back and explore the West End a bit more and definitely go see the Smithsonian (possibly on a much less busy weekday).

Tell me, have any of you ever been to DC? I would love to hear about your experience.

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Hello my loves! Can you guys believe it’s already Easter? This year is absolutely flying by. I was thinking about Easter and how if you celebrate you always have so many extra eggs left after dying them or after the Easter egg hunt. So, what better way to use those extra eggs than to make a fun cocktail? Egg white cocktails have become such a trendy drink in swanky cocktail bars in NYC so I thought it would be fun to share a recipe with you all. Before I do that, I have to give a huge shout out to my bestie Maggie for helping me come up with this recipe. She is a stellar bartender who is far more sophisticated and knowledgeable with her cocktails than I could ever dream of being. Plus, she gets an A+ for shaking this baby up so I could get cute blog posts shots at a bar!

INGREDIENTS:

GIN (your preference of brand)

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ELDERFLOWER LIQUER (St. Germains is pretty popular and most liquor stores carry it)

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1 EGG

1 LEMON

SIMPLE SYRUP (you can buy this at the store or make it yourself, it’s only equal parts sugar and hot water)

COCKTAIL SHAKER

DIRECTIONS:

In a tin shaker add all ingredients without ice

1.5 oz Gin

.5 oz elderflower liquer

.5 oz lemon juice (fresh squeezed)

.5 oz simple syrup

one egg white (leave out the yolk!)

•Vigorously shake up the ingredients without ice for about 30 seconds

•Add ice to the shaker and shake again vigorously for another 30 seconds (we are trying to get the egg white nice and frothy)

•Strain into your favorite glass. I would personally use a coupe glass, however we didn’t have one on hand so we improvised and used a martini glass.

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For a fun Easter twist on this drink you could add one small drop of your favorite color dye to make a cute pastel concoction!

Hope you all loved this post and for anyone who celebrates Easter has a wonderful day with their family and friends! Hopefully a little buzzed and boozy egg white cocktails ;)!

Keep up with me on Instagram where I am the most active @denise_whelan and of course tag me if you make this drink at home!

Muah 💋

Denise

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Hello my loves! Happy first day of Spring! I’m just sitting here in New York City praying that Spring actually visits us sometime in the near future. We are expecting a snow storm tomorrow and it’s freezing outside, and I am in need of some serious sunshine in my life.

However, because the sunshine has been substantially absent from my everyday life for the past few months, I have discovered the best foundation combo. It makes my skin look like it has been kissed by the sunshine gods. The best part about this combo is that it’s from the drugstore and is super affordable! I have insanely dry skin so honestly I struggle with finding foundations that make me look dewy or glowy. When I discovered this combo last month I was so excited!! I have been wearing it non stop as my everyday foundation.

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I’m talking about the L’Oréal Pro Glow foundation, mixed with the L’Oréal Glotion. This combo makes my skin look like I’ve just drank an abundance of water and sat in the sun for an hour! I am officially obsessed you guys. I can’t stop wearing the two mixed together.

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The L’Oreal Pro Glow Foundation is only $12.50 and claims to provide 24 hours of glowing skin. I usually apply this at 10am or so and don’t take it off until around 10pm and in those 12 hours it definitely doesn’t budge or slip on my face at all. It’s described as a medium coverage foundation, best for normal to dry skin and I completely agree.

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The product I mix it with is the L’Oreal True Match LUMI Glotion. It costs $14.99 and I am using the shade 901 ‘Fair Glow’. It claims to hydrate and illuminate your skin for an all over fresh and natural glow. That is the thing I love most about this product; I feel like I’m glowing from within. Especially in these harsh winter months, my skin becomes so dull and this product has been my secret weapon to looking hydrated and glowy. I actually cannot wait until spring so I can try the more bronzey shade in this collection and look super sunkissed and illuminated.

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I absolutely love mixing these two products together, it gives my skin the perfect about of coverage and glow. I use a foundation brush and put a drop on each onto it and paint it onto my face. Then I use a damp Real Techniques perfecting sponge to give it an extra flawless, dewy finish.

Thank you all for reading and comment below your current favorite foundation! I am always looking to try something new.

Muah 💋

Denise Whelan

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Ughhhhhhhhhhhhhh……

How do I even begin? For those of you who are bloggers or frequently use Instagram, you will totally understand me. For those of you who are casual Instagram users, I’m about to sound like a whiny brat who is complaining about major millennial issues. Sooooo here are my millennial complaints.

I LOVE Instagram. I found it as an amazing outlet for my creative juices and was truly loving using it as a platform to bring traffic to my blog and YouTube channel. Then, they changed their algorithm. For anyone who is unfamiliar with the change, let’s just say, most people are not a fan. I only see content from about a third of the people I follow, pages I don’t follow are thrown into the middle of my scroll and sponsored post pop up every two seconds. It’s so frustrating. This effects me in so many ways. Not only does it effect the fact that I have to turn on post notifications to make sure that I see my best friends, family members and favorites bloggers posts, but also my engagement has suffered tremendously.

Now let’s be honest, most of you are reading this and thinking ‘who the hell cares about your engagement Denise, I just like seeing your pictures… yet that’s the messed up thing. So many people who CHOSE to follow me aren’t even seeing my post anymore. For reference, when I had less than 1,000 followers, I was receiving around 200-300 likes and 20-30 comments on each post. I now have around 1,200 followers (because after the algorithm change my follower count has been stuck at the same number) and I receive around 100 likes and 10 comments a post.

It’s mainly just discouraging because I was truly loving posting so much and seeing my page grow and knowing that sooner or later the possibility of making blogging/instagramming a career was possible. I don’t want to blog because it’s easy, I want to blog so I can work from home and provide a stable environment for my future children where I can be present. I never chose a traditional career, I mean I’m a bartender, let’s get real.

I am trying so very hard not to give up on the idea of succeeding in this industry just because of the fear of not growing or working with no result. I am trying to stay positive and motivated and openly praying that Instagram will listen to its users and return back to chronological order.

Then the fighter in me takes over and I want to fight for this. I don’t want to let some algorithm change discourage or defeat me. I am more than a change in an app. I am passionate about this and I will not give up. I am here to spread my positivity and love with the world and nothing can stop that.

So here’s to hoping and I sincerely appreciate every single one of you that took the time to read this post.

Muah 💋

Denise Whelan

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