An Update

A week or two ago, a girlfriend and I stayed up late talking about some drama that's been going on and she looked at me and said, "You did it. You made it through winter alone." And at the time, there was still snow on the ground and the temperature were still really low most days so I hadn't really thought about winter being "over." But she was right. Winter came and went and I'm still here. Still going strong and still feeling like this is where I'm suppose to be right now. This is what I'm suppose to be doing. I've made a lot of choices in the past year, and though there are things I look back on feel like I could have handled differently, I don't really have any regrets. And as corny as it sounds, when I'm having a day where I feel like everything is wrong and frustrating and I don't know what I'm doing, I tell myself that I'm doing okay. This is where I'm suppose to be at this moment. 

One of the reasons I created this blog was to celebrate the little things that I tend to overlook. So I'm taking this tiny moment and celebrating that even though there is still a little bit of snow on the ground, Spring is here. And this is where I'm suppose to be.

Tomorrow I'm waking up at 4 am (insert giant eyes emoji) and driving to Tennessee for a long girls' weekend. One of the goals is to take a ton of photos, which I plan to share here. It feels like a kick off to Spring. It feels like the start of something good.

"Life, man. I can't guarantee perfection but I can guarantee intrigue." –season finale of GIRLS 

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Daily Cosmetic Wears

In the past year or so, I've started following A LOT of beauty blogs and falling in love with cosmetics and trying new things. Though my everyday make up is pretty much down to a set routine, I usually use some combination of the products above. As you can see, I'm big on mascara options. And I would die without that liquid eyeliner. But I thought I would take a quick second and let you see some of the products that I really love and use pretty much daily.

Along with mascaras and that liquid eyeliner, I'm a bold lip type of girl. This has been a bit of a problem for me in the past because lipstick just doesn't want to stay on my lips. No matter how "long-lasting" a formula claims to be, I'll usually wear through it in a few hours, plus it likes to bleed. But these three types — NARS, Buxom, and Sephora Long-Wear — with the help of exfoliating, moisturizing, priming, and lining, keep my lipstick on for a MUCH longer time.

You'll notice that none of these are standard from-the-bullet lipsticks. For those I limit myself to MAC Cosmetics Pro Longwear Lipcremes: Prolong for a bold red and  So Very Good for the perfect Kylie Jenner mauve (which is apparently no longer available through the MAC website).

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Around Here

Hi. It's really cold here. Like "feels like -2 degrees when I leave from work" kind of cold. I'm tired of wearing boots and winter coats. I'm tired of snow that doesn't get me off from work and usually comes on Saturdays. I'm tired of worrying about ice on my driveway and regretting not wearing socks out at night with heels. I'm ready for February to be over and March to hopefully bring some warmer weather.

This winter was a hard one for me. A lot of ups and downs. A lot of feelings of stuck and loneliness. Somedays I woke up and felt great, ready to take on the day. Others weren't so great. But that's how life goes, especially when you're 25 years old and your hormones are changing and going awry. But there were also so many good memories made and feelings felt. Travel plans made from spring and summer. I'll always have weird nights with stories to tell and remember for the rest of my life. It's always a combination of great and less than great with me, and the goal is to always focus on the great. BUT I'm ready to put my winter coat away for good and wear a crop top for goodness sake.

"You're a diamond dear. They can't break you."

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Lately...

Lately I've been...

...focusing on being the best version of myself and laughing more.
...thrilled with the decision to move my work schedule so I go in later.
...trying to eat better, but always craving pizza and fried chicken.
...dreaming of warmer weather.
...working on my hand lettering and purchased these pens.
...snacking on avocado toast more than I want to admit.
...watching more movies at home than ever before.
...considering taking a weekly yoga class.
...planning upcoming travel plans to Tennessee, Miami, and New Orleans.
...making to-do lists to keep my apartment clean.
...thinking this eyelash curler has changed my eyelash game.
...brunching not nearly enough.
...wondering what my summer will look like.
...writing a new "life motto" on ever scrap of paper I can find.
...having some problems focusing at work.
...binging my way through Band of Brothers.
...hoping that getting through the next month or so will be easy.

"Never take it seriously. If you never take it seriously, you never get hurt. And if you never get hurt, you always have fun." -Penny Lane

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An Ode to the Bath

I have a confession to make. I hated baths for as long as I can remember.

Part of it is that being 5'8", I'm quite tall for most normal-sized bathtubs. I can't stretch out. My legs are always out of the water and getting cold. I feel cramped and could never get completely comfortable and therefore, can't relax enough. Plus, my skin is on the sensitive and dry side and most bubble baths or bathsalts leave my skin feeling like I need to wash off and then I'm incredibly dry and itchy.

The other issue is a body confidence issue. I've never been the biggest fan of my body. Like most young adults I focused on flaws and sitting in a bathtub for an hour looking down at myself wasn't helping that situation. I was uncomfortable with myself and not proud with what I was looking at. I also got bored rather quickly, so that didn't help either.

BUT in the past couple of months, I've changed my feelings. I discovered LUSH bath products and feel in love. I'm aware that I'm pretty late to the boat on LUSH, but I can't speak more highly of them. They're fun and smell incredible. The stores are beautiful and the sales associates are sweet and helpful. Their bath and bubble bombs don't leave my skin feeling dry or like I need to wash off afterwards. I'm in love. 

The other thing that's change the way I take baths is setting myself up to relax. I grab my iPad and a Bluetooth speaker and put on a good movie from Netflix or HBOgo. I light a candle and turn the lights low. Sometimes I paint my nails. I grab a book and a glass of wine or some tea and I relax. If I have a lot going on in my brain, I let myself think through things. If I need to calm down and de-stress I let myself do that. I provide myself the opportunity to actually relax and pamper myself for an hour or two.

It's been a complete gamechanger for me. 

**This is not a sponsored post. LUSH has no idea who I am. I'm just a loving fan.

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