Weekly Inspirations #1

March 11th 2018 – March 17th 2018 (Happy St. Patrick’s Day!) 

Welcome to my first weekly inspiration post! I struggled on deciding the layout of this page. Do I do bullet points? Do I just write paragraphs of what happened throughout the week? Or can I make it something inspiring no matter the content..? Words are powerful and if you really understand the meaning of a word, it can change your outlook. I’ve decided to attach one positive word to each week that I blog about.

Opportunity is the positive word I chose for this week.

On Sunday, we were approved for a home mortgage loan.

The circumstances that led us to even apply for one is not ideal. Our landlord said she couldn’t afford to pay the mortgage on the condo we rent any longer, so we were out at the end of our lease.. 3 months away. We’ve rented three times since we decided to live together and all three times we were asked to leave for reasons we couldn’t control.

Though this isn’t the best situation – at least we have the opportunity to buy a home. It may not be perfect and it may need work, but it’ll be ours.  We are fortunate.

The week has been a jumble of consistently checking the portal for new updates. Much to our dismay, there are not many homes we qualify for. Some homes we had favorited already fell under deposit. In a very short amount of time, I’ve learned the hunt can be disheartening. Nevertheless, I’m remaining positive.

If you look hard enough, opportunity will present itself. It’s important to shift your focus from what’s going wrong to what can go right.

I dare you to view the last week and pin point your moments of opportunity. Maybe you can still grab them, and if not.. more will be on the way. Just keep a look out.

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How to keep your headspace in the right place.


Happy Friday, everyone! In my last post, I mentioned my next post would include the days you should expect to see new content. Here it is!

You will see new content on Tuesdays and Friday’s, along with a Sunday weekly blog. Tuesday’s and Friday’s will be based on whatever topic I choose to talk about. Health, wellness, fitness, beauty, musings, etc.. Please feel free to offer up topics of conversation and don’t be shy.. join in on the conversation. Let’s help each other cultivate a space for positivity, love, and growth. Sunday’s will be my week at a glance. Any struggles, victories, or thoughts that made themselves relevant that week will be discussed. I welcome you to let us know how your week went as well!

Now on to Fridays topic of conversation. I hope you enjoy!

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A vow of consistency and a review of the last year.

It’s been over year since I sat down to write. I’ve undergone a great deal of change – some bad, but mostly good.

I’m closing in on a full 12 months sober. This is a blog post in itself, so I won’t delve too far in that story just yet. It’s been eyeopening, to say the least, and I’m a better person without something so toxic.

In sobriety, I discovered minimalism. Also another blog post, so I’ll keep it short and sweet. Minimalism is different for everyone. I peruse the minimalism subreddit every now and again, but without warning it can become a pissing contest of great proportions. For me, minimalism is about removing the next best thing from my mental library, and instead focusing on the physical piece you have in front of you.

I’ve rediscovered what it is to live a healthy lifestyle for me. Every person is different and their definition of health for themselves might not be the same as my own. I’m 30 pounds down from last July. I’m stronger, faster, and tougher than I was before. More on this to come in future posts.

Just in the past two weeks, we learned our landlord cannot afford to keep the condo we rent any longer. As of two days ago, we were approved for a loan. Once our real estate agent reaches out to us, we’ll begin house hunting.

I want to continue to blog. I love to write. It was one of my favorite childhood hobbies, and it was something I always thought would be a part of my life. With the responsibility of bills, holding a desk job to help someone else achieve their dreams (and build their mansions), and overall exhaustion from adulting, it’s easy to lose this constant in my life. Consistency in life is everything. If you’re not consistent, you never really get anywhere. I vow to be consistent. To create solid, beneficial, and wholesome content for my readers.

I’m not sure where this blog will take me. I have ideas. Every Sunday I want to reflect on the week behind me. What I learned.. what scared me.. what I might have done differently. I want select days to talk about a range of topics. Some are listed in my yearly review above, some I haven’t written about yet, and other topics will make themselves known as I continue to grow. I’d love to create content for a YouTube channel eventually. There are so many out there. What can I offer this world that hasn’t already been built? The noise in social media and individual broadcasting is deafening, so what can I do to be heard?

For now, consistency is my answer. On my next post, I’ll lead off with the days of the week you can expect new content from yours truly.

Thanks for reading.

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Holiday Makeup and Hair for 2016!

Baby, it’s cold outside..


It’s that time of the year when the cold weather apparel comes out and the glitz and glam side of makeup can be seen everywhere. I threw together this look that’s perfect for a daytime holiday party – or you know – going to the grocery store.  With a bit of of a deeper brown in the outer-v of the eye and a darker shade on the lower lash line, this could be taken right in to evening. I also decided to sport the new Gorjana Taner Toggle Lariat from this seasons FabFitFun box! Instead of looping it once, I decided to wear it as a choker. I like it a lot!


My list of products used are as follows:

  1. Aveeno Clear Complexion Moisturizer 
  2. Maybelline Baby Skin Primer 
  3. Loreal Infallible Pro-Glo Foundation 
  4. NYX Cosmetics Dark Circle Concealer 
  5. Maybelline Master Conceal 
  6. ABH Contour Palette
  7. Too Faced Brow Envy Palette 
  8. Lorac Unzipped Cheek Palette 
  9.  MAC Ruby Woo Matte Lipstick 
  10. The Balm – Mary Lou Manizer 
  11. Coty Airspun Translucent Powder 
  12. Morphe 350 Palette (several shades to create the eyelook) 
  13. Butter London Iconoclast Mega Volume Lacquer Mascara (from FabFitFun box and I *love* it!) 
  14. Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray 

In case you’re wondering I curled my hair using my Bed Head Curlipops 1″ Styling Wand. This is only my third time using it and I absolutely love how the curls come out on my short hair. I’d suggest purchasing this wand on Amazon if you’re interested because Ulta’s website currently has it for $29.99 as opposed to Amazon’s $17.99 (when I got it it was just $14.99!)

Also – I got my sweater at Marshalls a couple of years ago. If I remember correctly it was $19.99 and I got it in a 1X. I’ve decided that I don’t have enough of these chunky cozy sweaters in my life and may need to purchase more before the season is up!

I hope you all liked this holiday look! Let me know what your go-to looks are during the holidays including makeup, hair styles and clothing!


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FabFitFun – The Winter Box for 2016

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I am absolutely loving this FabFitFun subscription box. The full size products that come in each box are absolutely wonderful. That’s right – no more tiny tubes of shampoo and conditioner just hanging around for months on end. One person couldn’t possibly use the amount of small products I’d get from Sephora Play! and Ipsy (both of which I’ve cancelled). I did enjoy those subscriptions, but I felt like I was throwing away money for shit that I just wasn’t using. With FabFitFun, I can at least give the product a real try. I’m also pretty excited that it’s not all beauty related. Last month’s box was that adorable black travel mug with a cute saying on it: Joy comes in the morning. I actually really like using that cup for work mornings! Anyway – Let’s dive into this months box!

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Autumn Ready with Adore Me


When the air turns crisp and the sun sets earlier, there is nothing I love more than hurrying on home, after a long day at the office, to get warm and cozy.

When I was approached by Adore Me and asked to pick my favorite style (along with autumn makeup trend) I knew exactly what my picks would be!  Continue reading

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My Nighttime Skin-Care Routine!

Picture this – I’m 2 1/2 beers in, I have gray sweats on, and a bowl of macaroni cheese is sitting to my right. I’m just the person you want to be getting any beauty advice from, right? Even if you don’t, just soothe my ego and stay a while. Grab a drink, hang out, and lets talk about skincare routines!  Continue reading

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Play! by Sephora August review!

Play! by Sephora

Play! by Sephora


Good afternoon, everyone!

Well, it has been quite some time since I sat at this keyboard and decided to get a blog post up. I really need to get better at this whole blogging thing. It really is something I enjoy, but you all know how it is.. Life get’s in the way and sometimes it’s just not possible to get creative.

I decided my first post back would be something on my Play! by Sephora box that I got this weekend. Let’s dive right in!

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Dusty Rose/Bronze Makeup

Hey everyone and Happy Easter!

It’s been well over a week since I’ve written anything – literally no explanation for it – I just haven’t written!

My 31st birthday came and went yesterday. My boyfriend and I had a lovely time in Newport, RI. It’s the first time either of us has been there and it was definitely an experience. Unfortunately, it rained quite a bit the second day we were there, but our activity planned for that day was to tour the Newport Mansions. Have any of you ever done that before? It was an absolute blast. A couple of the food places we tried out were incredible. Missions (a hot dog and burger joint) made the *best* hot dog I’ve ever had. Awesome spot if you happen to be in the area.

Surprisingly, I didn’t touch makeup the entire time I was in Newport. I brought all my brushes and products I thought I’d use, but we were walking around and being all tourist-y the whole time. There was no point in getting all gussied up!

Today I decided I wanted to try a pink eye look. It turned out to be a dusty rose/bronze look that I think works well for the transition from winter to spring!  Continue reading


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Warm Summer Makeup – Before and After

The weather has been slowly changing over from bitterly cold to pleasantly warm.

My creative juices have seriously been flowing for a more peach-y bronzed makeup look topped off with a nude lip.

I decided to do a pretty summer-look using my new NYX Wanderlust Go To Palette. This is also a before and after. I will list all products used to create this look and where you can purchase them. Enjoy!





Products Used: 

  1. Simple Replenishing Rich Moisturizer
  2. Maybelline Baby Skin Primer
  3. Covergirl Stay Luminous Natural Glow Foundation in 820
  4. Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer in Light/Warm
  5. Coty Air Spun Translucent Powder
  6. NYX Matte Bronzer in Medium
  7. Milani Baked Blush in Luminoso
  8. Loreal Brow Stylist Definer in Brunette
  9. Chella Ivory Lace Highlighter (to clean up the brow area)
  10. NYX Wanderlust To Go Palette
  11. The Balm Mary-Lou Manizer
  12. Covergirl The Super Sizer Mascara
  13. Velvet Teddy M.A.C Matte Lipstick
  14. M.A.C Whirl Lip Liner
  15. NYX Matte Setting Spray

Thanks for checking out my before and after summer-y makeup look! If you have any questions on any of the products used, please ask away! I love talking shop with like-minded makeup junkies!

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