Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Oh, the Places You'll Go!

At my high school graduation my sister gave me this book. I hadn't read this particular Seuss before. I didn't sit down to read it until right before I left for my first semester of college. And I cried. I'm not sure what kind of tears they were, happy or sad. But between her message and the message of the book, it was an emotional moment for me. I don't share a ton of personal things on social media, or any really. But the moment struck me and I wanted to share.

I've always been a ball of crazy emotions. That is just me. A lot of times I'm very dramatic and I tend to exaggerate situations. But never in all my drama or exaggerations would I have dreamed that I would ACTUALLY be doing what I said I was going to be doing, before the age I had even set for myself, and where I said I would be doing it at: The Concrete Jungle. I did not get to where I am the conventional or traditional way, which also surprised me (not to mention damaged my confidence). I don't often take moments to really think about what I've accomplished, but I should and I am very proud of myself. The journey that has led me to this point started off extremely rocky. But like the words of Dr. Seuss say: 

"On and on you will hike,
And I know you'll hike far
and face up to your problems 
whatever they are." 

I'm nowhere near finished or settling. If you know me, then you know I don't even stop at the very top. It's not in me. The thoughts are always there, but I never really have the guts to just stop or give up. It's much easier for me to keep going. 

"Your mountain is waiting.
So... Get on your way!"

 Thank you Jamie :) & Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss (3.2.15) 

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Happy Eats | Chipotle Gouda Burger

So we definitely filmed this last year, about 4 months ago... But I've edited it and it's up! This burger was inspired by a recipe from Jason's Happy Place (YouTube). We made a salad & some plantain to accompany it. Best burger I've ever made, seriously. The recipe is pretty self-explanatory, but if you have any questions about what we used, etc. just leave me a comment :)


Saturday, January 17, 2015

Everyday Makeup | GRWM

Hello & Happy New Year! I am officially back and in action. In another post I will go into where I've been & all of that, but for now I just wanted to get this video up. This is my simple makeup routine WITH foundation (because I don't wear foundation every day, let's be real. Concealer, maybe...). The products are listed beneath the video, but I'll list them here as well. 


Products I Used:
NYX HD Photogenic Concealer in Nutmeg (CW08)
Make Up For Ever Mat Velvet+ in #80 
MAC Studio Fix Powder in NY58 (contour)
MAC Mineralize Concealer in NC45 (highlight)
NYX Matte Black Liner in BEL02
Maybelline Brow Drama in DEEP BROWN
Mary Kay Ultimate Mascara in BLACK (top lashes)
Make Up For Ever mascara | Smoky Extravagant (bottom lashes)
MAC Lip Pencil in WHIRL
NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in MILAN
MAC Fix+

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving!

Hello friends! 

I want everyone to know, I am grateful. So grateful for all the many experiences & changes in my life that has led to doors closing (good riddance!) & new journeys. I am so grateful for my life & everyone in it, that I can't accurately express how much even through words. Love is really all we need!

Tis the season…

Thursday, October 30, 2014


In my mind, when I see amazing boots I immediately throw together all the different ways I can wear them. I've been wanting the perfect over the knee boots for a while now, and I've finally found them! I just want to add a little sidenote however, I feel that these boots are one of those things/trends that requires confidence. For some reason, the thought of wearing them with something short (skirt, shorts,dress) freaked me out and I became consumed with styling them in a non-sketchy way. But in reality, it's not really WHAT one wears, but WHO is wearing it. I think that is what makes the biggest difference. 

Anyway, ALDO made this awesome pair & I'm still in love. Prepare to see them throughout this fall/winter season a lot!

Outfit Details: Blazer: Boyfriend Blazer @ H&M | Top: H&M | Shorts: LOFT |Shoes: CONSTANCIO by ALDO | Watch: Armani Exchange

Monday, October 27, 2014

Get Ready With Me | Autumn

I've got another one up! Just as a sidenote, I'm really loving not feeling so much pressure to get everything 100% right. I'm always about authenticity, and I think having had a moment to take a step away from the blog a couple months ago was really good for me. I feel like I'm creating exactly what I want or feel like doing, instead of what is "expected" of a blogger or following some formula. Like these videos; style is my first love, but I'm really into the wonderful world of cosmetics at the moment. So it may seem that there's a lot of that presently, but that's just right now. And that's ok! My life is in transition mode currently, and I've learned through experience not to add any unnecessary stress to my life because transitioning & change is MORE than enough. I say it too much, but I really am grateful for everyone who checks out my blog & even watches my videos. Thank you!

Oh, and if you are liking my videos then you should just subscribe, you know?! :)

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Life & Style: Back in Philly

These are some extra shots from my visit back to Philly a few weeks ago. 
I can't say it enough (& I'll talk about it in an upcoming video too!) but I truly feel that Philly is where I began to get to know who I was and be COMFORTABLE with what I saw. I learned so much about people, relationships, my career goals, family…everything! It holds a very dear place to my heart, and I will always remember it as a home during a very interesting time in my life. Most of all though, I came out of that chapter with some amazing people I am so glad to call my friends. Here are a few shots (& BB came with me!) of some of my favorite people from my time in Philly. Obviously, this is not everyone in Philly that means something to me. Since I'm so close now, it's going to be great to reconnect with old friends. Spread love today!