WIAW: Branded for Life

Sadly, spring break came to an end for me and now it’s back to the daily grind. The break really got me excited for summer and I can’t wait to start my TV internship in exactly two months! I just want school to be over with already–just six and a half more weeks left in the semester. It’s actually pretty crazy how quickly this school year’s gone by for me. I can’t believe I’m almost a junior and I’ve got less than 2 months left of dorm living. Trust me, I’m not complaining though–I think I’m going to start a countdown til I move in to my apartment πŸ˜‰

This WIAW, I don’t have any exciting food pictures or recipes to share with you, since I just got back from break and my dorm room eats have been sub-par but I still wanted to participate in the part-ay so I’m gonna do a little twist on the typical WIAW. This edition is all about brand loyalty, whether it’s to clothes or food or beauty products. I know most of us have some brand preferences so I wanted to share a few of mine.

Sorry for the repeat picture, but it was too good not to share twice!

When it comes to coffee, it’s Starbucks or nothing for me. Really. I’ve tried Archer Farms’ flavored coffee blends and they were just nasty. Yes, Starbucks is an expensive habit, but luckily I only go maybe once or twice a month right now, so it’s not too expensive. When I want coffee at home, I buy their VIA instant packets and pretend I’m drinking it inside a real ‘bucks.

A tempeh-topped salad with a side of frozen bloobs and half a yam topped with almond peanut cashew butter and raisins.

I’m one of those vegans who eats fake ‘meat’. I’m not a fan of the overly processed stuff, or of meat-like subs such as seitan and tofu (tofu is alright, just not my fave) but I do love me some tempeh and soy pepperoni slices. For those, I always rely on LightLife. Their faux meat products are always vegan, and full of protein and fiber. They are a little processed, but they don’t have a million and one ingredients and I can actually pronounce all of them. Plus they’re tasty, so they’re winners in my book.

My Coach Poppy backpack is probably my favorite designer purse.

I haven’t talked about it much on this blog, but I am a designer purse fanatic. I currently own 5 (all of which I was so lovingly gifted with for my birthday or Christmas over the past few years) and I love them all, from my orange Gianni Bini hobo bag to my brown leather Fossil tote. However, if I had to pick a favorite designer brand, I’d go with Coach. I have 2 Coach purses (well, one’s a backpack) and I just love their classic but standout designs. I realize they aren’t cheap by any means, but I take good care of them and they are well-worth the price…at least for me!

My favorite banana whip smoothie made with unsweetened vanilla almond milk.

Oh, almond milk. I go back and forth on this one. Not that I don’t love it, because I most definitely do. But I do switch between three brands on occasion–Pacific Naturals, Whole Foods 365 Organic and Almond Breeze. I love Pacific Naturals’ unsweetened vanilla flavor–it’s so creamy and thick. Whole Foods’ organic brand doesn’t have a u/s vanilla flavor, so I stick with their u/s original, which is pretty good for using in recipes. And Almond Breeze is the only one I know of that has a u/s chocolate flavor, so I buy that. They’re all good in their own ways, but for my personal favorite, I have to go with Pacific Naturals.

My new mini lotions (and lip gloss) for spring: Coconut Lime Breeze, Bali Mango, White Citrus and Liplicious Limeade.

Is anybody else obsessed with Bath and Body Works? I really just love going into a BBW and smelling all their lotions–they’re just so yummy-smelling! Of course, sometimes I do actually buy some of their products and as far as lip gloss and lotions go, they’re the only place I’ll buy from. They have the best quality products at fairly low prices and so many amazing scents.

Maybe I like this chip brand because my birthday's in Late July?

You guys all probably know this by now, but I am way more of a sweet snack fan than a salty snack fan. However, there are some times when I could really go for something salty and crunchy–like Late July multigrain chips. These chips come in a ton of varieties (I’m really loving the sweet potato kind right now) and they’re all gluten-free and most flavors are also vegan. I love that they’re baked and made with organic, whole foods ingredients like brown rice, chia seeds, quinoa and amaranth. I love plating them up with sweeter stuff for an afternoon snack plate.

Greek yogurt and frozen blueberries make a perfect sweet treat.

I’ve mentioned it before, but I am NOT a “Cho Ho” or whatever fans of Chobani like to call themselves. I realize I am in the minority here, but my favorite brand is and always will be Stonyfield Oikos. Why? Because it’s organic, I like the flavors they have (like superfruits, peach mango and even chocolate) and they don’t have as much sugar as Chobani. I’ve yet to try the new Oikos by Dannon, but I’m too busy enjoying my one true Greek yogurt love…

Spring break = perfect excuse for a shopping spree!

A fashion-lover like me must have some favorite brands, right? Of course. But I’m not a fan of runway styles or a lot of high-end designer pieces (mostly because of the price) so I stick with fairly high quality but lower price options such as Abercrombie & Fitch (okay, not exactly cheap but I love them anyway), American Eagle, Forever 21, Gilly Hicks, Hollister and VS Pink. The styles that these stores carry really just appeal to me and the prices are reasonable. If I had to pick one favorite, I’d go with Hollister, because I love their bold beachy style and most of my closet is made up of stuff from that store. In fact, when I went shopping over spring break, I picked up three things from Hollister, one thing from A&F, two things from American Eagle and one thing from Forever 21. So I am definitely obsessed with Hollister! Oh, and in case you were interested, you’ll hopefully be seeing some of my new purchases on here soon!

These are a few of my favorite bars!

It’s no secret that I’m obsessed with bars. But I am pretty picky when it comes to the brand. I have tried out several kinds, but my personal favorites are Clif (Mojo and kids bars only), Kind bars and Pure bars. I still need to try my new cappuccino Larabars and the raw cacao chia bar I got over break, but Clif, Kind and Pure are definitely my top three. I’m weird when it comes to bars, though, because I’m even more picky about the flavor. Like with Clifs, I really don’t like the originals anymore and I only buy the Mojo bars in mountain mix and white chocolate macadamia. With Kind bars, I’m obsessed with the PB & strawberry, but I also kinda like pomegranate blueberry pistachio. And I’ve tried all the Pure bars except the naturals line and their new dark chocolate berry flavor (which I’m dying to try) and I like them all but I only ever buy the chocolate brownie, cranberry orange and wild blueberry.

What are some brands (food, clothing, etc.) that you’re loyal to? What’s your favorite lotion scent?

17 thoughts on “WIAW: Branded for Life

  1. I go through phases with my food where I’m stuck on something and eat them everyday until I get sick of them and can’t eat them anymore. Currently loving Halo s’mores bars, Nutella, Publix organic vanilla soy milk <-only soy milk I'll ever buy, Lidnt dark chocolate & sea salt bar, Publix bakery whole wheat bread, and Chobani champions vanilla with dark choc. chunks! Oh and I LOVE Bath&Body Works. I could do some serious damage in that store.

  2. Aja says:

    I don’t know about food, but I love Hollister, and Gilly Hicks, and VS Pink. Forever 21 is nice, too and I buy more stuff there than I do at any of the other places but it’s not my favorite of the few.

    • Forever 21 isn’t my favorite either. I like how cheap their stuff is but I’m never really wowed by most of it. I really wish I had a Gilly Hicks store near me since I love their clothes but always have to order them online and pay the stupid shipping.

  3. I’ve never heard of Gilly Hicks, but I love your other clothing brands. I like Forever 21’s accessories more than clothes, but I did just get new jeans from there, they are pretty nice jeans (kinda like jeggings, but not) for like $10. I’ve only worn them once but so far I’m impressed. I usually do AE for jeans but I love Hollister & AF shirts. I also love your coach bag, even though I’m not a big coach girl (Vera Bradley here).

    I think the Stonyfield Oikos is better than Dannon’s version, personally. I actually like our store brand’s honey greek yogurt better than the others, but I do like Chobani. I tend to just buy whatever’s on sale, though. There’s almost always a Greek yogurt on sale.

    Bath and Body Works & VS lotions are the best! I love the VS Love Spell and so does my mom πŸ™‚

  4. Woooow,your purse is beautiful! I love it a lot,really! πŸ™‚
    I think I cannot answer your question properly because I know only a few of those brands you mentioned in your post (living in Germany suuucks 😦 ),but I know that I DO love Bath and Body works! A friend of mine sent me some goodies for Christmas and I adored them!
    On top of that,I am the biggest bar fan EVER. Seriously. I wish I could try more of the ones they sell in the US because most of the bars here are sugar… sugar… sugar… oh,and did I mention sugar?

  5. caloricandcrazy says:

    I’m sorry your spring break is over, but I’m glad mine is in just two and a half days! (Starting at 10:00 am Saturday…I have a final in the morning -.-)

    I love your food and clothing purchases! I love A&F and HCO clothing too πŸ™‚
    I’m going to have to do some major shopping myself this break!!

  6. I just tried the Lightlife burgers, and they’re so yummy! In terms of designer bags…I definitely don’t take care of mine. I bought a Louis Vuitton one summer, and got a small tear in it about 9 months in because I had a box cutter in there (I have no idea why it was in there). I also tend to throw my bags on the ground, stuff whatever inside of it, etc. Needless to say, I think I’ll just stick to designer wallets instead.

    • I love designer wallets too! Right now I just have a leather Fossil one but I’d like to get a better one in the future when I have more money to invest in one. I agree that designer wallets are much easier to take care of though!

  7. Haha, I’ve never heard Cho Ho before, but it made me laugh. Also, I can’t stand being inside Bath & Body Works for very long – perfume overload! My favorite perfume is the one from Hollister, anyway. It’s kind of pricey, but I looooove it. I’m a big fan of Hollister, A&F, Forever 21, Charlotte Russe (for shoes), Free People, VS, etc. My sister is addicted to bags, but I only really have one. I need to get on that!

  8. I can be quite fussy about brands which always winds my boyfriend up! I’m with you on Starbucks (although I’ll quite happily drink coffee from most coffee shops :-P) and I like quorn fake meat, it’s pretty tasty and fairly environmentally friendly compared to soy products.

    I love your Coach Poppy backpack, very pretty print πŸ™‚ I love Sanctuary Spa bath and body products, they’re so indulgent feeling and smell lovely! The Body Shop does pretty nice body stuff too.

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