Sunday, September 20, 2015

Find Yourself and Be You, Bravely!

Hello There!

I have two half siblings, one in middle school and one in high school.  While school now is so much different than when I was in there is some advice that transcends that.  With the new school year in full swing I thought I would share some big sisterly advice.


1) Respect yourself and respect others for being true to themselves.
Don't let others disrespect you or your friends, and equally as important don't disrespect others.
If a friend makes fun of someone for having a disability or their sexual orientation or whatever it may be, fight the urge to be agreeable and laugh with them, stand up for yourself and others and let them know that they don't have to like that person, but picking on them for differences is not okay.
If you feel compelled to make fun of someone else for whatever reason, take the time to think why you're making fun of them.  Are they different? Why are they so different? 
Wouldn't you accomplish so much more if instead of making fun of someone if you went up to them and introduced yourself?  Ask them about themselves?  Learn about them because you might just find something way more under their surface.

Two of my favorite phrases for any situations like these are: "You can't control others actions, you can only control your own actions" and "Be kind; everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle".

2) Find friends who bring out your best qualities.
Really try to get a good group of friends that bring out your best you.  Don't just hang out with someone because they're "cool", hang out with them because they make you laugh or are a great friend and are loyal. 
Find friends who are actually friends and not friends who will blow you off or make fun of you because those are not qualities of a friend.
Don't let friends treat you any less than you deserve to be treated.

3) Find your style and rock it no matter what.
When I was in middle and high school I went through so many style changes to find my own.  I wore typical 90's kid fashions (oh the spandex and graphic tees), went punk/goth (skulls, multi-colored hair, chains, and huge pants galore!), then to hippy (flowing skirts and long hair).  In college I experimented more with my look and even today I am constantly trying new things.
Sure I would get made fun of  (particularly in my punk days), but I loved how I looked and my friends accepted me so I didn't bother with what people would say and I don't to this day.

4) Be extremely aware of what you post online or send through tech; it really will never go away!
Seriously, that's not just something people say to scare you it's true.
So before you say something mean or send that suggestive picture to a crush, really truly think if what you are doing is a good idea.

5) Go out on a limb.
Sit next to the person who never has anyone sitting next to them, join a club just because you're curious, try a sport you've never done before, talk to that person you think is cute, etc!  The list goes on and on!  Try everything and anything.  Put yourself out there because you never know what could happen!  You could meet a best friend or find out new things about yourself.
This is the time to experiment and figure out who you are and you'll never do that if you don't try things.  Know that you don't have to have it all figured out by the time you graduate high school (or even College)!


Until Next Time,

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Coveting Currently: Fall '15 Edit

Hello There!

Fall is almost here!  For some of you that'll mean groaning that summer is over, but I love Fall and cannot wait for cool breezes and crunchy leaves.  I must say, while this may make me "basic", I cannot wait for fall candles, cozy over-sized scarves, and pumpkin and apple flavored everything!

While I am pining for the cooler weather it's 80 degrees out as I am writing this so to get myself in the Fall spirit I started looking at all the new fall fashions that have begun to crop up.  Lots of woolly textures and darker tones abound!

I love that all of these pieces are so versatile and can be worn with a variety of outfits.  
The highly coveted J.Crew herringbone vest has been on my list for a few years now, but I always seem to miss it.  

The emerald and blue tones of this plaid top are so pretty and that it would look great with such a variety of outfits from ripped boyfriend jeans to a nice black wool pencil skirt.

I love AE jeggings so much.  I have so many pairs (including a burgundy pair I bought last year that I cannot wait to pull out again).  I love these black ones that would go with quite literally anything.

I love a big bag to carry all my essential around with me, especially during the week when I have to tote around all my work stuff too.  I love that this one has a bit of fringe detail, but that it is not over the top and that part can be zipped off and becomes a chic clutch.  This bag can take you from work to drinks in a snap.

This cape is everything.  I saw this in the new arrivals section and swooned over it.  The gorgeous rich fabric and color.  I just can't handle how perfect it is.  I have been searching for the perfect cape for years and I believe I have found it in this gorgeous number.  This is a must own for me.

I live in scarves all year-round, but I particularly love wearing them in Fall and Winter.  Nothing is cozier than a big soft blanket scarf.  I have a few from the past few years, but I am always looking for new additions like this striking black and white one.

I tend to gravitate towards pieces that you just throw on and you're done.  This dress looks like two pieces, but in actuality it is not.  The top is a knit sweater and the bottom is a swingy skirt.  Pair this with a wool hat and booties and you're done.

I have a brown felt hat I bought last year and I wore it all the time.  I love that these hats are a tad over sized for drama, but can still be pulled off for any daytime outfit.  I feel like hats instantly pull an outfit together.

Owls and a little sparkle are my favorites and I these are tiny so they're easy to rock with any outfit.

These booties I mean can we just admire them for a second.  The mix of textures and sleek design are perfect for throwing on with a dress, skirt, jeans, or really anything.  These are the perfect all-around boot for Fall that can also take you into Winter.

You know putting this together I realized how much I love navy and gray tones right now.  I do love burgundy and emerald tones too, but a lot of what I am gravitating towards for this year is in the blue and gray tones.  I bought more burgundy and brown tones last year so I suppose this makes sense.

What are you coveting for Fall?  Are you looking forward to Fall as much as I am or are you holding on to the last days of summer?

Until Next Time,

disclaimer: All products I did not purchase for myself are marked with an *.  All thoughts/comments/whathaveyou are 100% my own.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

#OOTD: Feeling Blue Edit

Hello There!

I've had stripes and various shades of blue on repeat lately and I've been particularly loving the outfit I wore today.

My dress and cardigan are very old from Old Navy, but you can find similar to the dress here or here and cardigan here or here.
My shoes are Puma and they're so incredibly comfortable I absolutely love them.  They have a lot of cushion and support which is perfect because I am often running around my office all day.  These exact ones aren't available, but similar ones are here and here.
My sunnies* are Cynthia Rowley that I had won in a giveaway awhile ago.  I wear these everyday they're so comfortable to wear and are flattering.
 My earrings are a part of Amelia Liana's Mejuri collection and my necklace is by Wren from a Fab Fit Fun box.

I love my emerald Cambridge Satchel Co. crossbody* ( I have been using it nearly everyday since I got it in a giveaway a few years ago).  This bag is the perfect cross body as it has enough room for everyday essentials while still being small.  Even after upgrading to the iPhone 6 my phone still fits in the little front pocket.
The pearl ring is from Annabelle Fleur of Viva Luxury's Mejuri collection and the cat ring is an old one from Baublebar (similar).

And here's me asking my fiancĂ© if the pictures were coming out okay and if we could take a few more.  I started laughing because he is like a 90 year old man when it comes to smartphones and was getting frustrated that he couldn't tell if he was taking the pictures correctly.
Upon uploading these I found out he was holding down the button for each shot instead of just clicking it once so I have about 60 pictures from this small shoot.  
Now, this is not for lack of me trying to teach him how to use touch screens (multiple times) he just dislikes the things and gets confused.  
Good thing he loves me enough to put up with it!

Until Next Time,

disclaimer: All products I did not purchase for myself are marked with an *.  All thoughts/comments/whathaveyou are 100% my own.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Lip Favorites: National Lipstick Day Edit

Hello There!

Today is National Lipstick Day (because there's a day for everything) and I couldn't let this one pass by without sharing my favorites.

Alright so I know the Glossier Coconut balm dotcom is not technically a lipstick, but I do put it on everyday and night.  I put it on my lips right after my shower in the morning so by the time I am putting anything on my lips they are soft and hydrated.

Can I just say my lips were so sore after all these swatches!  Hello and goodbye to the new pack of makeup wipes I got this weekend.

Anyway, into the good stuff (left to right for each row). 

Row 1
The first color is a brand new one to me and I'm already in love.  This is NARS Audacious Lipstick in Ingrid.  My goodness the color payoff is unreal and this is one of the most comfortable lipsticks to wear.  It kept selling out last Fall and I happen to be thinking about it and looked it up and boom it was in stock.  I want to wear this now, but it's not quiet the season yet for this gorgeous deep Merlot beauty.

Next is Smashbox's Be Legendary Lipstick in Infrared.  I love matte true red lipsticks, but what makes this one a favorite is that it is not drying.  

Row 2
I got the Revlon Ultra HD lipstick in Gladiolus in the Summer Allure Beauty Thrills Box.  This is a creamy, glossy lipstick that is a lighter red tone than the Smashbox.  This is an easy and affordable option that is very comfortable for all day wear on the lips.

Dior's Fluid Stick on Wonderland is a medium pink-coral shade that is especially gorgeous in the summer and goes with anything.  This goes on easy with it's doe foot applicator and stays on for a surprisingly long time.  This is the shade I reach for when I don't want to wear a red, but I still want a bold pout.

Row 3

NARS' Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil in New Lover has been a longtime favorite of mine.  This strawberry pink shade has gold tones to it that are just right.  This pencil is so easy to wear because you can apply it without needing a mirror.  

I hate to be a bit of a tease with my next pick, Chanel Rouge Coco in Triomphe, because it seems to be no longer available.  This is a gorgeous coral shade and the formula is creamy and gorgeous.  While you cannot get this shade, the new shade range is stunning and any of them would be great picks.   

Last, but not least is Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in Boy.  This is my favorite lipstick of all time because of how easy it is to apply and wear everyday.  The color is moisturizing and subtle and is a my lips but better (or MLBB) shade for me.  I found this through one of Fleur De Force's blog posts and videos and had to order it, as soon as it arrived I fell in love. While it is a lot to splash out for a lipstick it is so worth it for this gorgeous shade in my opinion.

What are your favorite lipsticks?  Did you wear any today in honor of it being a National day?
Let me know in the comments below!

Until Next Time,

disclaimer: All products I did not purchase for myself are marked with an *.  All thoughts/comments/whathaveyou are 100% my own.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Life Lately: June 2015 Edit

Hello There!

Things have been pretty quiet on the blog because I have been insanely busy with life lately.  Ugh, I know I bet you've heard that before from me and other bloggers before, but seriously shit happens.
Anyway, I thought it'd be nice to fill ya'll in on what has been keeping me so busy.

My Aunt, my Mom, and I got together earlier this month to do all the addressing for my save the dates.
My Aunt does beautiful calligraphy so she did the names and my Mom and I wrote out the addresses as neatly as possible.  It all came together beautifully and I could not be happier.  They've already gone in the mail and are on their way to their destinations!
Our Save the Dates are magnets that we bought from Wedding Paper Divas, the waterproof calligraphy pens my Aunt had and my Mom bought some extras on Amazon, and we used a self-inking stamp for the return address that I bought on Etsy.

I got to hang out with my Mom and Step-Dad's puggle, Gracie.  I miss living at home and playing with her.  I love her, she's just the cutest, sweetest little piggle face ever.

That same day my Mom and I went to a florist to talk Wedding flowers.  I'll have a few posts coming soon talking about all things Wedding (if there is anything you have questions on let me know in the comments and I can work them in!).

I finally upgraded my phone to the iPhone 6 and I am absolutely in love with it.  I could not be happier and I love my case I got at Verizon from the brand Milk & Honey it is so pretty!
My step-brother Matt works at Verizon so I took the time to go to him and I am so happy I did because he is like a Verizon wizard.

My Mom and I took my brother and his girlfriend to breakfast for his birthday.  He chose Uncommon Grounds which is this tiny little spot that serves up fresh, tasty food.
I got eggs over hard on multi-grain toast (it was unbelievably delicious toast) with a side of homefries and sausage links.  We also got chocolate coconut milk pancakes to share that were ah-mazing.
I cannot believe my little brother turned 25!  I am so happy to have him in my life and I am so proud to be his sister.  He is growing into an amazing man.

I tried out some new products from Glossier.  I'd heard so much about them and wanted to see if the products lived up to the hype and they so do.  I am in love with their balmdotcom and the mask.  I cannot wait to try more products!

I've been helping to plan the massive annual banquet (over 500 people!) at work.  We finally had the banquet on 06/19 and it went off (with a few hitches), but it turned out fantastically in the end.  
Here's me when I got home from the banquet at nearly 10pm after working a nearly full day and then five hours at the banquet.  I was pooped, but kitty snuggles always make it better.

My fiance's parents breed and show Cairn Terriers (aka Toto from the Wizard of Oz).  They had a new litter about six weeks ago and so the puppies are now really playful and getting big!
We had lunch over at his parents house and played with puppies all day long.  It was absolutely wonderful.

We had our tasting at our venue for the Wedding on Monday.  All of the parents got to come which honestly made my night.  We had a big table to ourselves and really got to enjoy the whole experience.
Of course the one menu item that everyone loved is the most expensive (typical), but there were regular priced meals were delicious as well so we have our work cut out for us.
The cakes were incredible and there was one that had mocha filling that was unreal.

And that leaves us at today.  It would be my big sister's 29th birthday today.  She passed away before I was born so I never knew her, but I still miss her everyday.  I just imagine how excited she'd be in helping to plan my Wedding and be there every step of the way.
I just know we would have been thick as thieves.  In a way it makes me envious of other people's relationships with their sisters, but also makes me more appreciative of the relationships I do have with my siblings.
Here's to you beautiful girl, wherever you are know I love you.

So now that I've caught you up on all the goings on in my life lately let me know what's been going on with you in the comments below.

If you want to see all the exciting things that go on (aka cat pictures, food, and Wedding planning) just follow me on instagram.

Until Next Time,

disclaimer: All products I did not purchase for myself are marked with an *.  All thoughts/comments/whathaveyou are 100% my own.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Current Favorites: Shower Edition

Hello There!

I tend to change my shower products up quite often.  My hair just seems to get tired of the same shampoo and conditioner (I know some people think this is a thing while others don't).
It's kind of a big deal for me when I consistently use the same products for a few months without my hair feeling like it's had it.
Since I have been seriously digging some products lately I thought I should share the love around.

I've been using these three products on my hair for the past few months and I love them.
The OGX Macadamia Oil shampoo paired with the Moroccan Argan Conditioner are heaven sent.  They leave my hair smelling amazing and smooth and soft as can be.  My hair gets rather wavy and curly and at times frizzy and this helps to keep it all in check.

When my hair is feeling like it need a little pick me up I use the Macadamia Nourishing Moisture Masque and leave it on for about 5 to 10 minutes before rinsing it out.  This doesn't weigh my hair down, but keeps it feeling healthy and hydrated.  I got this as a sample in my May Birchbox which is why this is a smaller size than normal.  This is definitely something I will purchase once this runs out.

I've been trying out these products from the Boots section at Target.  I bought the Anti-Blemish Kit a few weeks back when I was out grocery shopping.
The anti-blemish cleansing foam seems to help with making my skin smooth and makes my skin feel clean without feeling stripped.  This is the one part of this kit that I really loved and would purchase again.  For being just a cleansing foam it really nicely cleansed my skin.
The anti-blemish scrub and mask is a just okay product.  It has a smell that I don't care for, but can get past enough to use it.  I like using this as a scrub more than a mask because I feel that it does help to slough dead skin from my face, but doesn't do a lot to help on the anti-blemish side of things.
The serum that came with this kit is okay, I like just tea tree oil instead.

You're seeing my clear shower liner in the picture which makes the mirror look a bit blurry, but it's not in person.
When I do use masks in the shower I like to apply it in front of our Fogless Shower Mirror* so that I can make sure I'm applying it to every bit of my face.
My fiance also uses this to shave his face.  It has taken us forever to find a fogless shower mirror that doesn't cost a small fortune.  This one is simple in design and is just what we need.
It came with hooks for both the mirror and one razor, but we already had razor hooks and since we're renting we opted to hang it with a command hook so that we could remove it easily.  
We've had this set up going for a few weeks now and the command hook has held up perfectly.
If you're in the market for a new shower mirror I would definitely recommend this one, even at hot, steam inducing temperatures this one stays clear of fog.

For my body I've been using these three products to get smooth, soft skin.
The Suave Professionals Sea Mineral Body Wash has a very nice light scent and gently helps to exfoliate my skin.
The EOS shave cream was something I just grabbed because I needed a new shave cream, but I've really loved how this one performs.  The scent is not overwhelming and it has helped prevent the razor burn I usually get every time I shave.
I've been using the Julep Brilliance Hand and Body Scrub all over in the shower to help get rid of any rough dead skin and also to prep before I shave so that I can get a closer shave.  I also use this to exfoliate if I plan to use any self tanner on my legs.

Are there any shower products you've been loving lately?
Let me know in the comments below!

Until Next Time,

disclaimer: All products I did not purchase for myself are marked with an *.  I was sent the Fogless Shower Mirror by Cassani Company.  I was provided the items to honestly review.  All thoughts/comments/whathaveyou are 100% my own.

Monday, June 1, 2015

Chobani's #BreakYouMake

Hello There!

 Chobani currently has a campaign going on called #BreakYouMake.  National Break You Make  Day is June 3rd.  The campaign is highlighting people you feel could use a break.

I love Chobani yogurts (particularly the yummy flip ones) for breakfast.  Today I'm having English Breakfast Tea and the Tropical Escape flip greek yogurt because I needed to take a break to relax after a busy stressful weekend and before I jump into the work week.

There is someone in my life who I feel deserves a huge break though because she works so hard for everyone, whether it be at her job or for her kids.  Have you guessed who I might be talking about yet?

If you guessed my Mom you were right!
My Mom works hard at her job everyday and has been working with me as my Wedding Planner/Wedding therapist since my fiance and I got engaged last September.
She's there for my brother and I day or night no matter what time.  She also helps friends and family at the drop of a hat.
We didn't always have an easy relationship during my teenage years, but we've grown so much closer in my twenties and now I consider my Mom one of my best friends.
So if anyone deserves a break my Mom definitely does.

Join in by sharing who you think deserves a break by using #BreakYouMake!
Check out on twitter all those who have already joined in!

Until Next Time,

disclaimer: All products I did not purchase for myself are marked with an *.  I was asked to create a #BreakYouMake post by Chobani's Social Media Team.  All thoughts/comments/whathaveyou are 100% my own