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The Best Cuban Restaurant in Toronto

Tasting my way around Toronto 🖤🇨🇦

Tonight we tried a Cuban restaurant in Toronto! It had tasty foreign cuisine, a killer cocktail menu and it was in a “diner” feeling location, perfect for your low-key night out!

I got the Sangria + Pork Shoulder Dish. Highly recommend!

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Suffering does not mean the absence of God. In fact, lean in. Perhaps, a breakthrough is right around the corner. After the death (and what they thought was a defeat) on Friday, the Saturday was still but He came through on Sunday. Your “Sunday” is coming, too, friend!
Happy Easter from the Awtreys and this beautiful sunrise service at the beach. He is Risen! ☀️

Jumpsuit + Chocolate Fondue
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Tonight we ate our weight in sushi + chocolate fondue (not at the same time 😝) and I am not mad about it 🙌🏻🍫🍣
Good thing this jumper is comfy + cute for the food coma I’m about to enter. You can snag it and other cutie things for your next vacay at @fabrikhomewood! ✨🥂
What’s your fave thing to do in Seaside, Rosemary, Grayton Beach area??

The Skincare Regimen You've Been Needing


If you could try any Beautycounter product, what would it be? ORRR if you’ve already fallen in love with a product, which one is it?? Sooo curious!


For me, it’s the freaking Countermatch line. Always rocking my world and bringing the dewiness (minus the oils) to my face. It’s like an at-home facial! Soo obsessed with the whole Countermatch regimen! 🙌🏻✨

No need to hustle - Matthew 6:26
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No need to hustle. No need to stress. No need to get ahead of God thinking He forgot about you. He is taking care of you and has already thought of all of the things that are on your mind.


Think of all of the times that “things just worked out” and give Him the credit for those moments instead of giving Him grief when things “aren’t looking so great.” 🙌🏻

Hello, Summer!
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White water rafting + ice cream cones with sprinkles + tons of freckles. HELLOOOOO summer 👋🏼☀️🍦 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
The most fun (and by far softest) tee for the summer is only $10 with the code “OHYES” at checkout!! ⠀⠀⠀⠀

Happy Day 😂
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What we think we look like while eating popcorn vs. what we really look like 😂 
Today I lived in this shirt, binge watched “Riverdale” on Netflix while working and ate popcorn by the handful for lunch. Made me feel really silly but really happy 🍿🎥 Gotta do whatcha gotta do 🤷🏼‍♀️
This shirt is as comfy as pjs and super fun to layer PLUS it’s only $34 (originally $68) 😍

Summer Beauty Faves
 
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Tarte Pearl Glow

Great for an on the go whitening session. If you have a big date, a wedding to attend, maybe just to brush up after a coffee date with a friend, this is a great solution. Simply twist the bottom for the solution to be released onto the brush and swipe over teeth. It feels silly but you just have to smile until it dries (45 seconds - 1 minute) and then continue throughout your day. I like to brush my teeth afterwards because I don't like the texture but either with do!

First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream

I've been looking for a moisturizer that doesn't 1. sit on my dry skin and stay and 2. doesn't make my skin too greasy. I just need the right amount of hydration. I use Beautycounter's Countermatch moisturizer for my face but my forehead needs a little bit more attention,. This Repair cream works miracles! Truly! Also, it's super affordable!!

Brazilian Bum Bum Cream

I use this as lotion on the tops of my legs and near my "bum bum" to help tighten and firm. Seriously, I know it sounds a little nuts, I can see/feel the difference. Great to swipe on before the pool, lake or beach!

Rose Water Spray

Another great help for my dry skin out here in Northern California! I spray this on my fresh face after the shower, before applying makeup and after my nighttime routine. It's wonderful! The fresh smell of rose wakes me up! If you want to take it to another level, store it in the fridge to make it a fresh cool feel when you get in from the summer heat!

Highlighter + Bronzer Stick

I mean, a lifesaver when I want to either spend time doing my makeup or run out the door. I apply a little of the bronzer on the sides of my nose, the corners of my forehead and below my cheekbones and blend with my middle and pointer finger. For the highlighter, I apply it on my cheekbones and the bridge of my nose. If I'm wearing lip stick, I also apply it on my cupid's bow.

 

In Portland

Portland’s quirky but not super weird, colorful but still tasteful and has the perfect blend of local favorites and classics when it comes to shopping.
Seriously, you must add Portland to your bucket list if it’s not already there.

A shortsleeve sweater (like this one) is perfect for this misty + foggy, chilly summer weather. I don’t mind the rain when it means I can wear my favorite rain boots 🙌🏻

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My Airport Outfit
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Safe and sound in PORTLAND! So excited about venturing around a new city with a close gal friend of mine! 

If you’re going on a trip soon, you NEED to know about Barefoot Dreams sweaters. They’re the softest sweater you could ever imagine which makes the perfect loungewear for a flight. These leggings have side pockets for holding your phone, boarding pass and ID. Genius! + gotta have those tennis shoes in case you need to run to your next flight.

Costco Recommendations + Vlog
 

Over on Instagram, I asked you what your favorite products were at Costco and what I should be looking out for during my very first trip to Costco. I was a little hesitant because I wasn't quite sure what to expect but with your help, I found everything I needed, wanted, and more!

 

After wandering around the store with my mom, I came out with some goodies. I wasn't shopping for groceries necessarily, I was visiting family and didn't want to bring home all the perishables back home to Birmingham. So, I walked out with some necessities I couldn't find elsewhere, great deals I couldn't buy back home and a few snacks for the road trip back.

 

I also received a few messages for me to share what I walked away with and although it wasn't much, I thought it was a good idea!  It was easier for me to make a video showing you all that we got rather than Instagram stories of everything soooo ENJOY!

 
 
 
 

Shop my Outfit

How to Run an Instagram Closet Sale

I just hosted by 3rd Instagram sale and I just have to share all bout what it has done for me (in my closet, in my wallet, in my life). The feeling of getting rid of the clothes that stare back at you every morning is by far one of the greatest feelings. I like to give them a new home and have someone else wear them and not be a waste. 

Instagram shops are the easiest way to get this done, in my opinion. Poshmark or those type of platforms are great for higher end products but overall, I have found such ease creating a shop on Instagram. 

1. THE INSTAGRAM ACCOUNT

I used @ShopAwtrey and it's pretty straight to the point, that's what you want. I pointed people to it using my Instagram Story on my personal account and that's how I got the following!

Put in your bio the way that you're going to do things. How are people going to pay? What is the shipping costs? Do people need to comment anything for them to claim it? Do you have any other limitations (example: local pick up only)? Are you going to have people bid or is it first come first serve?

I highly suggest, if this is one of your firsts, sell them by first come first serve to gain basic interest. Starting adding the bidding feature when you have more people interested and commenting on one item many different times. 

2. POSTING PICTURES

The pictures you post will either sell the item or destroy it. Make sure that your pictures are well lit with a basic background. Lay/hang the clothes so that the collar is straightened, the shirt is buttoned, the pants lay the way they would in a store. The image says it all - it is their first impression of your closet, ya know. Make sure that the items look appealing. 

In the comments section put the size, the price and if anything is wrong with the item. (If you're hosting a bid, add the starting bidding price). You want the price to be fair, appealing and make people snatch it up quickly. So make it a little lower than you would have wanted. Selling an item at a lower price is better than selling no items at all because the $ is too high...

Try to keep the caption small so that all it takes is a quick glance.

I use Snapseed (an app) to make my pictures a little more bright if my walls make the image look yellow. 

However, make sure not to over-edit the picture so that the color of the clothing is not longer true to real-life. 

3. THE SELLING/DELIVERY PROCESS

Once my items sell (or most of them) I DM the buyers and ask for the payment info and their address. I also confirm what they bought to make sure that we are both in agreeance on what they commented on saying they "want it." For payment, I use Venmo and Paypal. Those are the best ways I've found to send invoices. 

When I ship these items, I go to the Dollar Store and grab plenty of padded manilla envelopes. I get a sharpie and write their addresses, stuff the item and a little gift (like a lollipop, something that won't melt), seal it and send it off. This is when you want to make sure that the shipping price that you stated in your bio is spot on because you could be actually losing money. 

4. STAYING ORGANIZED

When your sell is over or someone claims your item, make sure that you're recording it all down so you don't sell it twice on accident (oops). I use a google spreadsheet with the name, Instagram username, the item, the price and then their venmo, Paypal information as well as their address for delivery. This helps me keep things organized. When they have paid, I highlight them green and when columns are green, I know it's ready to ship.

5. AFTERWARDS

Make sure that you still post on your shop's Instagram to inform people when the next sale it, when you're shipping, all that info! I use Bitmojis and it keeps things super fun. 

After all of this, you don't feel so bad going shopping for your replacement wardrobe because you put some skin in the game!

Go, you!