A few years ago, I gave myself a challenge: to start blogging. I've never been much of a writer but I've enjoyed giving other people my opinions and getting opinions back as well. I walked in kinda blind, expecting to be able to pump out a post every day, it wouldn't be that hard to tell people thing right? Boy was I wrong. Between taking photos and coming up with ideas, it was a struggle to even get out a post a week. By challenging myself to try and write a post a month (which I didn't quite do) I learned that I need a schedule to get things done. Also, this whole blogging things is so time intensive even if it is fun. I've definitely gained a greater respect for people who did this on the daily.
Hello everyone! I feel like my opening line is always just apologizing for being absent for so long, but I'm trying to get better at this whole blogging thing.
Today marks the one year anniversary of me chopping off 1 and a half feet of my hair and gaining a lob. I thought that today I would reflect a little on the experience.
For the longest time, my hair was my security blanket; In my childhood, my mom used to always force me, dragging my kicking and screaming self to the hair salon, to get a bob. She always said it looked so cute, but I HATED it. So when I got into my teen years and was in control of my own hair, I let it grow out as long as I could. Except it was never long enough. I never realized how much hair I had until it was gone. I was under the impression that my hair was about shoulder length so average medium length hair but in reality it was down to my lower back. I was able to control everything about it, long hair isn't really finicky and doesn't have it's own mind. One day I was sick with the flu, lying around miserable as ever and decided that I was going to do something spontaneous. So I scheduled a hair appointment for the next day (yes, I was no longer contagious) and told the receptionist that I wanted a lob so I couldn't back out of it. I got to the salon and went with it, closing my eyes throughout the entire experience because I couldn't bear to see my precious hair be taken from me. I walked out as a new person. I was no longer defined by my hair, I wasn't just the one with the "pretty hair", I could be edgy and explore different facets of my own personality rather than just being confined by being the conventional figure of femininity. I didn't have the long hair to play with when I was nervous or the ability to be lazy and just throw it up in a bun when I slept in. Most of all, I realized how stupid I was for putting so much of my self confidence in the way my hair looked. I realize that this may sound superficial and petty but my hair had become a part of my identity by that stage in my life and by taking it away, I had to learn to compensate for that "gap" in my identity. Getting rid of most of your hair isn't a choice for many people and I applaud them for being able to handle it so well (remember to donate your hair!!) but I also urge all of you to try and cut off a little more than you are used to.
Hi everyone, okay okay, I know these apologies are getting repetitive but I'm hoping this might be the last time that I take a break from posting. I'm going to try really hard this year to keep on schedule with good content so bear with me guys!
As shown in the title, today I'm going to show you guys how I pack quickly. So I tend to travel a lot for various reasons and that requires me packing. A LOT.
After a while it can be repetitive and innate but I thought I would help anyone out with some tips on how I tend to do it. Right now, I'm in Italy and scampering around and on this trip, I could only bring about one light duffle bag of luggage because of the inconvenience of lugging around a carry on through cobblestone streets. I typically only pack a carry on and I highly recommend taking only one carry on for trips less than 2 weeks to save money and eliminate things you don't need.
Have outfits you feel comfortable in
If you're like me, you have dozens of clothing items that you feel uncomfortable in. Maybe not the material itself, but self consciousness can play a part, or maybe something easily stained or very expensive or sentimental. Now is the not the time to pull these pieces out because it will distract from the point of your trip (for me vacation) and cause you to be hyper-focused on your outfit instead.
One basic and one print
So once you put away those uncomfortable pieces, you should be left with clothes you feel great in. The next step is to pick out tops, bottoms and dresses in fun prints. For a two week trip (provided you have access to a washing machine or you don't mind re-wearing something) you should pack about 7 outfits that can mix and match. To do this, pick out 2 of your favorite tops, 3 of your favorite bottoms and one dress all in some sort of print or embroidery, etc.
Then pick out 3 tops, 2 bottoms and one dress in a solid/ basic color that will match with the other items. Try and pick mostly black, grey and white for these basics as they are easily paired. This way, you can mix solid bottoms with patterned tops and vice versa and boom instant 14 day wardrobe.
Accessories are what makes these outfits change day by day. Pack 2-3 pairs of shoes that can go with the entirety of what you packed (normally a nude, black and white). 2 hats almost always come in handy (unless you aren't going somewhere sunny. A light silk scarf can do wonders, as does a statement necklace and a long chain necklace. Also have only two purses, one tote-esque bag and one crossbody.
Get a clear makeup bag to hold all cords and tech items you may need so you can quickly take it out for TSA and pack it all back in. Same goes for medicines. Keep all of your TSA regulated items in one place so it's easy repacking
What about beauty?
I've found that unless you NEED a certain beauty product or it is medicated, skip bringing any toiletries if you are going to any type of city. You can better immerse yourself in the culture and use their beauty products (I'm sure other countries have soap) and plus cool souvenir right?? You can try out French foundation en France or Japanese perfumes in its namesake country. Just be sure to bring back only what can pass through TSA so you don't have to throw it away!
And in doing all of this, you can save so much space in your luggage for souvenirs whilst avoiding outrageous check in luggage prices and avoiding unnecessary stuff in your suitcase!
That's all I've got for you today! Thanks for reading and leave your packing tips below
Hi guys! This month I've really been focusing on expanding my musical horizons per se and exploring a lot more with the arts in general. So, I thought maybe I would take you along with me on this little musical adventure.
So a little background information, I normally only listen to things that I think have very strong either vocals or instrumental pieces. I typically also only listened to pop and rock with some metal here or there. So I really tried to focus on finding new/obscure artists of a few different genres that had a different sound than what I normally listened to.
|(Does she not look like the next Adele?)|
So the first artist that I found and am obsessed with is Verite. How this girl isn't super famous, I have no idea but I was in love with the tracks as soon as I heard the first few seconds. Her music tends to have a steady bass sound in the background with light airy vocals. It sounds really fresh and different from the pop music that you normally hear on the radio because the musical quality plus the lyrics create this feeling of power that isn't the typical belting of a note that you hear. She's rather new to the music scene, releasing her first EP in 2014 but I feel this girl is going places. If I had to recommend one of her songs over all of the others, I would try out Rearrange on her EP Sentiment.
Alright, that's all I have today, I'll keep you guys updated on the new music I find every month! Feel free to share what you've been listening to this month in the comments below!
Hi guys! So earlier this week, I was reminiscing about my trips to Paris and the delicate amazing pastries they had. I started to crave a macaroon really really badly so I ran out to the store and quenched the craving, but then a second wind hit me, Madelines. But I couldn't find them anywhere. They are like little mini cakes where it is acceptable to eat many of them at once. PORTABLE CAKES. People have varying opinions on whether a madeline should be dense or light, I prefer something a little bit in the middle, leaning towards a light texture. Also people argue over whether it should have a little bump on the back, some say its the sign of a good madeline while others avoid them like the plague, personally I think the little bump gives it character (and something to prop it up on while taking pictures). So let's jump right in.
I went to my nearest Bed Bath and Beyond and just bought the first madeline pan I saw, mine was by Wilson and was a metal pan (I've heard that the silicone ones are good too). I then promptly google recipes to see the ingredients I would need and most had the same few ingredients, all of which I had in my kitchen to begin with. Then, to find my recipe, I went through google images to find the prettiest ones and I ended up at http://www.bigbearswife.com/chocolate-dipped-madeleines-sundaysupper/
That recipe is what we will be adapting just a tad today.
Hi guys! I'm so excited because I just logged into Costco.com and looked in the beauty section and they have so much good stuff I can't wait to get my hands on it all!
So the first new thing I saw was the Kevyn Aucoin The Legacy Palette
At Barneys.com it costs $165 dollars (ouch)
At Costco however, $99 dollars!
That's a savings of 40 percent, although it is still expensive, if it was on your buy list, definitely buy it from Costco
The next new thing I saw was the Dolce and Gabbana Cream lipsticks in the shades
The price at Nordstrom is 34.50
At Costco 24.99 in the shades
The next one is the YSL Rouge Pur Coture lipsticks, I've heard incredible things about these and they are an iconic beauty staple
They come in the shades:
#01 Le Rouge
#04 Rouge Vermillon
#05 Beige Etrusque
#14 Rouge Feu
#17 Rose Dahlia
#50 Rouge Neon
#51 Corail Urbain
#54 Prune Avenue
#55 Orange Indie
#56 Rouge Anonyme
#57 Pink Rhapsody
At Nordstrom they are $37 dollars
At Costco, 26.99, around 10 dollars off!
These are just some of my favorite deals going on right now at Costco, let me know if there are any deals that you think should have made this list!
(Also, NOT NOT NOT sponsored by Costco, just a strong and loyal customer)
Hey guys! Today I've brought you my number one beauty secret, I was thinking about making this a series, maybe or maybe not, who knows? I'll go with the flow. So as you can tell from the title, it is BABY OIL. Whaaaaaat? India why is BABY OIL your number one beauty secret, what about the best primer, or the best lipstick, or anything that is beauty related? Well, I'll tell you, baby oil has revolutionized my life. When I was a little kid my mom always used to make us put baby oil on our knees and elbows to keep them moisturized in the winter. Well, now as an adult I still keep it up.
Reasons why baby oil is the best
1. It is super cheap, you don't even have to spring for the fancy stuff to get the same result
2. It smells incredible
3. Almost everyone has it in stores
4. You can completely replace body lotion with it.
So, I have completely transitioned off of using body lotion to using baby oil. It is so so so moisturizing and keeps your skin looking shiny and beautiful without the constant lotion application. I use it after I take a shower and I just take a little quarter size for both my legs and both my arms. Just make sure you rub it in so you actually see the results. The one I love is the target brand baby oil with aloe and vitamin E, and the best part: It's only $3.02 for 20 oz.
That's all I've got for you all today, I've got a Morphe palette review coming soon, leave any of your beauty secrets below!