I am a firm believer that when a woman puts herself together she can completely change the way she carries herself. She radiates confidence! I am also a believer that if you look good, you feel good, and if you feel good, you do good! So in the spirit of us all being beautiful, confident women, I have complied a list of my 5 favorite beauty products as of late!
1) It’s January, AKA you’re probably pale unless you are going to the tanning bed (which is bad for you) or (lucky you) you naturally have a dark complexion! But if you’re like me and don’t like looking like a vampire, this HOOLA bronzer by benefit is the best! It doesn’t have any orange undertones and it isn’t sparkly!
2) I have quite the mane. I had heard things about this brush from other friends, so when my favorite paddle brush snapped I figured it was time to mix it up. ‘The Wet Brush’ will brush through your hair no matter how tangled it is, and it doesn’t feel like you’re ripping your head off in the process!
3) Anytime someone asks me if they look okay, I tend to respond with, “You need more blush.” I also find myself reapplying blush multiple times throughout the day. This stain by tarte goes on in the morning and lasts me pretty much all day! You can even put a light dusting of your powered blush on top of it if you need some heavy duty rosy cheeks.
4) I made the epic mistake of letting a lady wax half my eyebrows off at a nail salon when I was 13. Unfortunately for me, they didn’t do the best job growing back. Thankful for this two-in-one brow kit from benefit. Thanks BROWzings – now my eyebrows are on fleek.
5) And last, but certainly not least, Powder Play by Big Sexy Hair. Use this when you’re teasing your hair to help get more volume. Keeps this Southerner’s hair from getting flat and you know what they say… “The higher the hair, the closer to heaven!”
There are few things in life as good as cupcakes. The great part about cupcakes is that every cupcake is different. Whether the flavor is something new and exciting or just the fact that every single cupcake place makes their cupcake a tiny bit different, it’s like a new experience every time.
I judge a cupcake place by how they make their red velvet. Red velvet is not my absolute favorite cupcake but… if a place has a great red velvet, I firmly believe the rest of their cupcakes will be amazing.
Some rules for enjoying a cupcake:
1. There are three ways to eat a cupcake: with a fork, like a sandwich or with your hands (listed from least to most messy). My preferred method is with a fork, especially for filled cupcakes. Any method is acceptable.
2. “We do not share cupcakes.” This rule was first shared by my best friend and fellow cupcake lover. The reasoning is a cupcake is already a mini cake. If you are eating a cupcake, make the commitment to enjoy a certain flavor, even though sometimes being forced to make a flavor decision is hard.
3. A cupcake is an acceptable meal. There are hard days in life, and those hard days are better if you have a cupcake for dinner.
4. Send pictures of your cupcake to your friends! Share some cupcake love around.
5. Lastly, in the words of Mrs. Frizzle (the Magic School Bus is on Netflix :D), “take chances, make mistakes, get messy.” Try a new flavor, even if you’re not sure if it’s going to be as good as your regular flavor.
Can’t wait for the next time I get to dive (with mouth wide open) into a cupcake.
Being from Alabama, I have experienced cold weather. It does get quite chilly down there during the winter, however, it doesn’t stay below freezing for weeks straight, the temperature doesn’t drop below zero degrees, nor does it snow often, and if it does, it’s only about an inch and it has melted by noon. After finding out that I will be traveling up north this semester, specifically in January and February, I wasn’t sure how I would survive the northern winter. My first thought was that I had to stock up on winter gear. I personally would have liked to dress like the kid from A Christmas Story, but I don’t think that would be acceptable. So a parka, ear warmers, a vest, and more long sleeve shirts were at the top of my Christmas list. I was not prepared to encounter the tundra that they call the North, so getting these items was essential.
It has definitely been an adjustment dealing with this northern winter weather, but it wouldn’t be good old-fashioned personal growth if we didn’t step out of our comfort zones every once in a while! Being exposed to this weather has literally given me an appreciation for Eskimos and how they survive! One positive piece from all of the snow I have seen is that it has given me the chance to act like a kid again and play in it-something you can miss out on growing up in Alabama! My inner child has loved kicking the snow around and throwing actual snowballs. While the weather can put a damper on your spirits, find your inner child and go play in it!
With a new year already started, I felt that the start up of new cat blogs was necessary. Now that I’m back in the “office” after a long holiday break, it seemed only natural to start with a whole blog dedicated to the assortment of cat office supplies that everyone should add to their cubicle.
OK…it’s yet again another travel post, but in my defense, these are life hacks – aka free tips that normally pop up on your social media outlets. My life hacks all consist of things that I have learned from personal experience and things I have read (and now use).
Here is my list:
1. Your personal air stream: Currently, everyone is sick on airplanes and traveling as often as I do…I live in constant fear of the cold/flu! So here is my suggestion, point the air just so it is roughly six inches from your face, this way it will push any particles (aka germs) right on past your face.
2. WATER. WATER. WATER. This is the best advice ever because after an hour in flight the moisture in the air is ZERO, so to combat this, drink water as much as you can will keep your body and skin hydrated…another tip: water facial spray!
3. Disinfecting wipes: These are so important right before you sit down in your seat. This is more of a tip for the summer months of traveling, but regardless, wiping down the seat belt, tray table and armrests is SO important.
4. Travel humidifiers: I have yet to receive mine in the mail, but I have noticed the winter is SO dry. I thought I understood dry being from Arizona, but these little lifesavers are proven to save the day for those suffering with a cold!
5. Refreshing mist…so I read an amazing article about how celebrities look so flawless after a transcontinental trek. Well they swear by refreshing mists that are like a mini facial pre-landing. I plan to take them up on this when I have those longer flights cross-country.
I hope that with all the RLC travel, everyone is healthy and finding their own life hacks to get them through travel days!
Over the Christmas holiday, I took a trip to Europe with my mom to explore the European Christmas markets in the medieval cities along the River Rhine. Not only did we hike to the top of cathedrals, explore castle ruins and learn just enough native words to get by, we also ate our way through five European cities. We began our trip in London where we got to indulge in high tea accompanied by homemade scones, clotted cream, and fresh strawberry and raspberry preserves.
In Switzerland, we tasted the different pretzels covered in melted cheese.
No trip to France would feel right without a croque monsieur. We also sampled French macarons, tarte flambée and flammachs.
In Germany, not only did we have the greatest sauerkraut mixed with potatos and spec, German sausages and Stollen, we even learned how to make Rudesheimer Coffee and Black Forest Cake.
In The Neatherlands, we went all out for the full Dutch meal experience: Stamppotten which was served with mashed potatoes, a meatball and sauerkraut.
Not only did we sample everything, we were forced to buy another suitcase to take home all of the food we purchased for the rest of our family to sample! Needless to say, our Italian Christmas dinner had a flare of German, French, Dutch, British and Swiss cuisine! It was quite the assortment.
Well, it was fun while it lasted, but new year, new resolutions. Time to put away the shortbread cookies, chocolate-covered orange peels and macarons!
Living in the city this year while working with our Kappa Omega chapter at Northeastern University has given me a whole new perspective on winter. So I spent some time sorting out my feelings on this blustery season in the best way I know how — by making a Pros and Cons list!