Wise Words

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A wise woman recently told me that ‘if it takes away your peace it’s too expensive’ and in terms of thing’s I’m sure she found on Pinterest it really struck a chord with me. I am not sure when exactly I realized that I didn’t have enough emotional or physical energy left for the things in my life that I really cared about, maybe it was when I realized I didn’t feel connected to the organizations I had formerly been so proud to be apart of. Maybe it was when I realized I spent more time in the day worrying and stressing than actually enjoying my life. I’ve recently come to the conclusion that I am not living the life I want to live. I set out with great intentions, I wanted to be a good friend, student, daughter, sister but somewhere along the way I stopped being all of those things and at the end of the day I didn’t like who I was or how I felt about anything.

 

It was only then that I decided to start living my life the way that I choose. I want to live a life that I’m excited to wake up to in the morning. Now I’m not exactly sure how I’m going to do that or where to start. It seemed impossible when I was dealing with the stresses of school, sorority, and work. These things were the paramount reasons I was stressed and now that the semester has ended and so have sorority activities until the fall I am going to take more time to focus on myself, to become the a person that I’m proud of, a person that I know I can be.

 

New Year New Goals

Its no surprise that I am excited that this year is coming to an end. 2016 had a lot of high points but some of the lowest of low points. Somewhere in the middle of all of that I did quite a bit of growing up. I fell in love, moved out of my parents house for the first time ever and joined a sorority. I voted in my first national election and saw the passing of one of my childhood heros. I began this year thinking that being an adult meant handling things on my own; this false sense of independence was quickly realized and I learned I didn’t have to do it all on my own. I learned to rely on the people in my life that love me without feeling like I was worse for it.

While I was reflecting on the year I put together a list of things that I want to do and things that I want to improve on. I then took my list and narrowed it down to three main objectives. These objectives aren’t so much things that can be ticked off a list but ways that I can grow and change my life. Let me know what your resolutions are and your inspirations for 2017. Here we go!

1.Create More: I want to read and write and make more art, I feel like I get wrapped up in life sometimes and forget the things that make me happy and I hope to get back to that this year.

2. Reconnect: Going back to being busy and getting wrapped up in life, I have let a lot of relationships fall to the wayside. I know that in college and in life often times we don’t have time to maintain the relationships we have; this includes old friends, new friends, and family. I want to spend more time reconnecting really up forth an effort to rebuild those relationships.

3. Document More: This can be related back to creating more but I want to be better at documenting my memories. I have a fuji polaroid camera and a little board that I put all of them on and I’ve been making an effort to remember to take my camera with me and take more pictures. Along with visually documenting memories I want to make an effort to write more about my experiences. I used to diary or journal a lot about what happens day to day and I want to get back to that as well.

 

 

Winter Essentials

Winter Essentials

 

Once again Michigan is messing with my head and my heart. Personally winter is my favorite season and the first snow is especially special. With that being said there are certain products and pieces that make a return every winter and here they are.

Apparel

Winter Coat: I have struggled to find a winter coat that really works for me because in high school I was alway too cool for a coat. Now I live near campus and have to walk to class so a good winter coat is a must. My coat is a black Calvin Klein coat with a cute (faux) fur fringed hood. I love this because its long enough to cover my butt and keeps me nice and warm while also being lightweight.

Boots: I initially wanted these for fashion purposes but am happy that I got them because they have some seriously great practical purposes. I have tall matte Hunter boots (sometimes called Wellingtons or Wellies). I love them because my feet don’t get wet and I don’t have to worry about avoiding puddles when hurrying to class.

Cozy Scarf: I tend to wear neutral colors so most of my scarves are accent pieces and have pops or reds and greens. Large scarves can be used as a staple part of an outfit or just a nice touch on top of a crewneck; and the best part is that they keep you nice and toasty.

Beauty

Moisturizer: A good moisturizer is essential for me as the weather gets chillier. I prefer the Aveeno daily moisturizer mostly because it makes my skin feel great and smells good but it also has SPF 15 which is an all around win. I also will put lotion on after I get out of the shower on my body to keep my skin hydrated and healthy.

Lip Balm: This one can be tricky because many products will dry your lips out and defeat the purpose of using it in the first place. I use Blistex in a minty flavor. I usually stock up on these in the fall and put them everywhere I may need them; by my bed, in my car, backpack, and my coat pocket, because there is nothing I hate more than dry lips.

Life

Heated Blanket: Living on my own means paying my own bills and while my room mates may love our apartment feeling like an oven I prefer to snuggle up under my heated blanket and keep the heat on low.

Christmas Tree Candle: I personally tend to go toward more earthy scents in general but pine happens to be my favorite scent around this time. More specifically, I am in love with the Christmas Tree candle from Target. I go through candles like no ones business and will have to replace this one soon.


Christmas Gifts: Your Best Friends

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I’m going to be honest I wish I could enjoy the holiday festivities while I’m shopping for Christmas this year however the best I can do with finals and sorority initiation season in full swing is shopping on Amazon and listening to Christmas music. So if you’re like me and need more inspiration while shopping take a look at the things I’m getting for my besties.

Slippers with Goodies: I love gifts inside of gifts and one of the easiest things to do is get a pair of fuzzy slippers and put a lotion, lipgloss and hand cream inside.

Pajamas: My personal favorites are Victoria’s Secret pajamas; if your bae’s like night gowns, sleep shirts, or flannel suits VS has a ton of great options and they usually have great deals around the holidays.

Coloring Book: There are so many chic options for grown ups now, I would personally get a small seasonal coloring book and a cute pack of gel pens.

Earrings: Personally I am a big fan of a cute pair of Kate Spade earrings. The whimsical designs are adorable around the holidays and everyone appreciates something special.

Spa Essentials: The combinations can be limitless, lip balm and cuticle cream, nail polish and a hair mask, lotion and face masks, this can be lots of fun and more importantly a cheap alternative to something more expensive when wrapped cutely in a mason jar.

 

10 Things You Didn’t Know…

….about me!

  1. I’m a Taurus, and stubborn as an ox
  2. The best kind of tea is indisputable chai
  3. If I could travel anywhere this summer it would be the Pacific Northwest
  4. I re-organize my closet every two weeks or so
  5. Olivia Benson is my favorite super hero (law & order s.v.u)
  6. I rarely wear pants, I much prefer skirts and dresses
  7. What’s Eating Gilbert Grape and Breakfast At Tiffany’s are my favorite movies
  8. This is the fourth blog I’ve started and the most popular by far
  9. My bedroom is co-habitat-ed by a lady bug that resides in my window sill
  10. The last thing I had to eat was Curry Pad Thai

What’s In My Bag: Makeup Edition

So in the spirit of truly capturing everything I use on a daily basis when I am out and about I have just dumped my makeup bag on my floor. Granted I use the products from my vanity in the morning to get ready, these are still the products that I keep ready to go at all times.

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Between traveling to and from school for classes and sorority events my Kate Spade bright pink train case is a life saver when it comes to keeping my products together.

Face:

  • Maybelline- Dream Matte Mousse foundation
  • Benefit High-Beam
  • Derma-Blend professional Smooth Liquid Cream
  • Maybelline- Instant Age Rewind Dark Circle Eraser

Brows:

  • Anastasia- Tinted Brow Gel
  • Anastasia- Perfect Brow Pencil

Eyes:

  • Urban Decay- Eye Shadow (Sin)
  • Loreal- Volumnious Carbon Black Mascara
  • Too Faced- Better Than Sex Mascara
  • Buxom- Waterproof Smoky Eye Stick
  • Stila- Kajal Eye Liner
  • Pixi- Endless Silky Eye Pen
  • IT Cosmetics-Smudger/Liner brush

Lips:

  • Aquaphor
  • Blistex
  • NYX Lip Liner-Muave
  • Too Faced Lipstick- Teddy Bear

Health:

  • Tampons
  • Midol/Advil
  • Bobby Pins

Monday Motivation

Quote collage

After a long productive day off the last thing on my mind right now is the fact that tomorrow I go back to work and then back to school and life starts back up. Whenever I need motivation like I do right now I consult my Pinterest and browse my quotes. I’ve compiled a collage of some of my favorites! What motivates you through the week?

Elizabeth Taylor Quote

Polish Proverb Quote

Betta Werk Quote

Don’t Stop

I Wish Quote