October 12, 2016
October 10, 2016
I'm thrilled to share this post with you guys today. I've collaborated with one of my favorite online store, Tobi to bring you some fall looks. There are so many trends floating around the internet and real life- what I love about Tobi (@ShopTobi on Instagram) is that you can find it all in one place. I picked out a few pieces to style and one of my favorites was this olive green shift dress. I adore shift dresses. They can be so flattering! I wore this dress out to my friends art opening. I paired it with some lace up heels and my denim jacket. One reason I picked this dress was because I envisioned all the ways I could style it. When the weather gets colder, I can add a pair of leather leggings and a heavier coat. The possibilities are endless. You can find this dress here (not an affiliated link). Check out the rest of my look and stay tuned for a few more looks from Tobi!
October 4, 2016
September 26, 2016
When life gives you Sephora gift cards, you must shop. No but for real, shout out to all my friends who hooked me up with gift cards for my birthday. You guys rock. Moving on.... I haven't really purchased any new high-end makeup in a while. Minus my beauty "ride or dies" that are always in full rotation. When I first started blogging, I ran out and bought everything- I mean EVERYTHING that was on trend. Anything that was mentioned in popular youtube videos or blogs, I purchased it. I then realized that if I wanted to eat, I couldn't do that. So needless to say, I've slowed down and basically pumped my brakes on buying high-end makeup.
Just like any beauty lover, I'm lucky enough to have friends that recognize my addiction to makeup and support it. I mean, what better addiction is there in this world? The answer is nothing my friends. Nothing. When I round up my Sephora gift cards, I normally get my necessities (moisturizers and such). This time, I decided to say "screw it! I'm getting lipsticks!". There has been a few on my mind that I've been eyeing up to review. The first one on that long list is the social media reigning queen, Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick.
So here it is guys, my 100% honest review.
I picked out the color "Craft" because I thought it was the perfect transitioning fall color. The first day I wore it to work, I received so many compliments. The color is gorgeous. The lasting power on this liquid lipstick is pretty impressive also. I didn't have to reapply till about 3 and 1/2 hours into my day- and that was after my morning latte, breakfast and some water here and there. The line around my lips stayed pretty intact and was extremely hard to remove. Overall for color and staying power I give this product an 8. My only real issue was that the formula dried out my lips to the point that I felt it was sucking out all the moisture in my body. No joke. My lips felt dry like that through-out the day. I give the formula a 2- I know, I feel terrible saying that but I have to be honest.
I LOVE trying out new beauty products and it's fun to see how I feel about things that others rave about or even hate on. Hopefully you liked my review! Until next time.........
September 24, 2016
Thrifting ain’t easy. Just kidding, it’s not hard at all. I consider myself a master of thrift. I love walking around my favorite Goodwill store and scanning for gems. I was lucky to find a MAJOR deal when I was hanging out at the Goodwill Store on 14th street awhile back. I wasn’t expecting to grab anything but I found the cutest pair of sneakers and they were the perfect price. What’s the perfect price you ask? Anything under $10. When you find a deal for under 10 bucks, how do you talk yourself out of it? I sure as heck can’t talk my brain out of it. I found the sneakers and yes they were a little worn in and yea they had a few marks on them but boy oh boy was I in love with deal. That’s what’s so great about thrift stores, you can’t go wrong with the prices.
It was the middle of August so I knew I would get a few summer days out of them. What I love about the sneakers is they are the perfect shade of pink. This week is calling for the end of summer, I know, super sad- But what better way to say bye then wearing my favorite pair of cut-offs and the perfect pair of $6 sneaks? SO before I take my first sip of those infamous pumpkin spice lattes, I want to enjoy the closing of those sweet summer days with my favorite thing, denim cut-offs and sneakers. These sneakers are really easy to style and comfy. Check out my look.
September 18, 2016
Overall, I'm happy (see what I did there?). No but for real, I am. Don't worry there's a point to all of this. This past year has been a struggle for me and my weight. You wouldn't believe this but I was a size 0 in high school and most of my adult life. At one point in my life I was in a terrible relationship and gained a lot of weight. After ending that relationship many years ago, I took hold of my life and started my weight loss journey. I was extremely successful with it and ended up back to my size 0. In all honesty, I was too thin at that point- But regardless, I reached my goal of a healthy lifestyle. After a few years of being single and skinny (and young), I met my now boyfriend Danny. The first few years of our relationship was a crazy sexy cool roller coaster ride (sorry for the TLC reference but if you got it, lets be besties, ok?). We hung out at bars, ate pizza bagels and stayed up until all hours of the night. It was the best time ever. Needless to say, it took a toll on my body. Still elated in love, it didn't bother me that I put on few pounds here and there. I had a man who loved me and no matter how much weight I put on, he still kept me feeling beautiful and confident.
Let's skip a few years forward, shall we?. I noticed that my clothes started to fit me, um how can I say... not right. I went up about two sizes and it was noticeable. Especially when I started blogging. I always looked at my style photos and thought "hmm... I look a bit thick but eh, whatever". It was hard adjusting. With weight loss and even weight gain, no one in this world can tell you to do something about it, it has to be you. You have to come to the realization to know that there needs to be a change. Also, it doesn't matter what size you are either. If you feel uncomfortable with your weight it's ok to make a decision to change that feeling. Don't let anyone tell you "you're fine." or "you're already skinny". You know you're body better than anyone.
This past year is when I buckled down and started to make changes in my diet and even in my physical activity (I despise exercise). It's been a long process for me but like I said in the beginning, overall I'm happy. We're our toughest critics. We're surrounded by such beautiful men and woman so often that instead of appreciating the beauty, we compare ourselves. I fall victim to this all the time. I blog. I show my style and beauty everyday of my life. It's terribly hard not to think "she's so much skinnier than me or her skin is so much better than mine. Guys, this attitude has to stop. I know it's easier said than done but the point of this post today was to show that we all go through those feelings and we're all on a journey to better ourselves.
In the past, I would only post pictures that complimented my body. No "fat angles" as I would refer to it in my head BUT this post I let it all hang out. There are a few pictures in this post that I would NEVER EVER post but today I'm giving myself a break. Life is too wonderful to have things like my body be an issue in my mind. Here goes nothing.....
Side note: "overall, I'm happy" is a reference to my overalls. In case it flew by your head.
I know this was a long one but thanks for sticking with it. I will forever work on myself to make myself feel good about where I'm at in life or this case, how I look. If you don't love yourself, who will? Until next time.......