Drugstore Gems: Milani Baked Blushes

Drugstore Gems: Milani Baked Blushes

I have no shame in saving a buck or two on products that are just as superb as (and sometimes even better than) their high-end competitors! I wanted to start a new series on the blog in honor of that and share with you guys the drugstore products whose value I feel totally surpasses the monetary one given them.

I figured starting off with my favorite two shades of Milani Baked Blushes would be a great way to kick off the series! I mean, really, just look at how gorgeous these are… Continue reading “Drugstore Gems: Milani Baked Blushes”

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How to: Start Listing Your New Year Resolutions

How to: Start Listing Your New Year Resolutions

I don’t know about you, but I’m in a little bit of disbelief that 2018 is merely 8 weeks away. They say time flies when you’re having fun but the fact that the end of the year is practically here has me feeling like I’ve overslept one too many days since January.

Obviously, we still have two major holidays to prepare for. I am the last person to add any major to-do’s to my list during the holiday season, so believe me when I say I am not advocating anything elaborate or ultra time-consuming. However, waiting until the very last week of 2017 to decide what you want to get out of an ENTIRE YEAR doesn’t seem to leave a lot of room for contemplation.   Continue reading “How to: Start Listing Your New Year Resolutions”

On Letting Go of Shame

On Letting Go of Shame

Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall

-F. Scott Fitzgerald

Being hard on myself has its perks and it has its downsides. When I finally build up the drive to work on quitting a bad habit, if I build up a good streak and ruin it, I am the absolute worst at forgiving myself and moving right along like nothing happened.

I can relapse in an instant out of laziness, convenience, or whatever else makes it acceptable in the moment yet afterwards I hang it over my head and wonder if trying to stop the habit is worth it anyway. It’s such a suffocating, growth-stunting mentality and it isn’t healthy at all so lately, I’ve been working on changing my perspective.

As fall (and nature in general..) display’s perfectly, change isn’t instant. It’s not like when the tree’s notice winter is approaching they just shed all of their leaves all at once. They take their time. One leaf falls off here, another there, and one by one the tree’s let go of the dead leaves as each one dies. It takes patience, but eventually all of the leaves are shed. I’m learning to have the same patience with myself.  Continue reading “On Letting Go of Shame”

How to Get Out of a Slump

How to Get Out of a Slump

For those who haven’t seen the movie Get Out, “the sunken place” is a reference to a place in which you have no real control over your actions. For me, the sunken place is a place eerily similar to the one I feel I am in when I am in a slump. There is so much I know I should do, so much that I know I want to do, and yet for some reason I am bound in chains to a mental cement block, keeping me from getting anything done.

Sometimes we hit places like that in life. We know that we want to be successful at something, we want to accomplish something but sometimes we forget what that something is or/and we lose the drive we need to work to obtain that something. Optimism gets replaced by doubt, doubt plants seeds of hopelessness and before you know it, you couldn’t make strides towards your goals even if you tried.

It’s always easier to fall into a slump than it is to get out of one. With patience and a tad bit of desire to escape “the sunken place” however, it is more than possible to get out and get back on track. Continue reading “How to Get Out of a Slump”

Pumpkin Patching in the Heat- Wearing Denim

Pumpkin Patching in the Heat- Wearing Denim

If you live in Texas, you know the heat doesn’t rest for any season. There are days that feel more season appropriate than others, sometimes even weeks, but the general feel is the same: it’s hot. Continue reading “Pumpkin Patching in the Heat- Wearing Denim”

Hair Porosity 101

Hair Porosity 101

If you are a curly girl living in a not-so-curl-friendly world and want to grow your natural tresses out, this post is your first step in the right direction. There are too many hair products out there to just blithely spend money on ones that do more harm than good to your hair. Even hair products you hear praises about through the grape-vine may not be the best for you to use. Identifying your hair porosity allows you to find products that work best for you without having to experiment so much.

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Why You Should Keep Long Distance Friendships

Why You Should Keep Long Distance Friendships

I can’t tell you how many college blog posts I’ve read that talk about the breaking off of a high school friendship. Some writers argue that it was imparted by them because “people change, circumstances change, yatta yatta yatta”. Others say the separation was dealt to them for usually the same reasons. Either way, I don’t see why so many feel that after high school it is time to make such rash relationship adjustments.

Don’t get me wrong, I am not saying that it is always healthy to maintain old friendships/relationships. Just because you have known someone a long time, does not mean that they are a true friend at all. Sometimes the younger you doesn’t even truly know what friendship is supposed to be and you find the older you, who has matured, gained self-respect, self-love, greater knowledge of self and whatever else, no longer tolerates certain friendships. This is understandable and it happens!

What I am talking about however, is the decision-making process in which you feel like you need to rashly, abruptly, or even gradually end a friendship with one person or a group of people simply because… I mean hello, College! You are moving and/or want the space to mature in whatever you choose to mature in… without your past interrupting your present. I get it… I just don’t agree with it. Here’s why:  Continue reading “Why You Should Keep Long Distance Friendships”