Saturday, January 6, 2018

New Year, Same Blog

 When I was in high school we were given an assignment where we had to research the career we were planning on pursuing. I remember giving a presentation about being a surgical nurse. Here I am 8 years later with a degree in Psychology/Child Advocacy working for a luxury fashion consignment company. I'm also working part time in retail.
  I'm not exactly where I want to be but I'm not unhappy with it either. Considering how hard it is for millennials to earn a living these days, I'm not in a rush to quit my second job. In an ideal world, I'd be able to go to grad school full time and not deal with rent/loans/car insurance/phone bills. I tried to go back to school in 2017, but financial issues came up. It was overwhelming and frustrating because I thought I was one step closer to my goals and it fell apart. However, I am a huge believer in things happening for a reason so I'm taking things day by day.
  Today I opened up a journal I've had since 2009 and decided to write in it. It was such a cathartic experience because I've been feeling so much pressure and disappointment lately. I was feeling so low and wanted to let all my negative feelings out on paper. The last entry in my journal was in 2015. I had written down a list of goals I wanted to accomplish. As I looked at the list, I realized I had accomplished them all. I felt so much better. I had been focusing so much on what I did not do and what I wanted to do, I didn't acknowledge what I had done.
 With that said, one of my goals this year is to work on this blog more often. I want to be able to look back at it as a snapshot of what my life has been like. Writing this post felt like reconnecting with an old friend. Here's to 2018 - I've missed you.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Fall Wish List!

The 70s have been trending lately and I've been loving every bit of it. The fringe, the leather, and lots of suede (yes please!) It reminds me of the fashion in one of my favorite movies, Almost Famous. I mean Penny Lane (Kate Hudson) in that movie is everything I want to be in life. Sadly, I can't go back in time and become a 70s groupie. But I can dress like one right? 
Tommy Hilfiger Fall 2015

Rebecca Minkoff Fall 2015, that dress and those boots give me life!

Rebecca Minkoff Fall 2015
 Luckily, there are many stores who have a lot of pieces inspired by this era. I've put together a wish list of affordable items that can be incorporated into your fall wardrobe. The only splurge piece is the shearling jacket (I'm planning on selling a kidney for it).
1. Old Navy Faux Suede Mini
2. Forever 21 Buttoned Denim Shirt
3. H&M Fringe Poncho
4. Flare Sleeve Top
5. Hilfiger Denim Faux Shearling Jacket
6. Old Navy Poncho Wrap
7. Flower Nail'd It Nail Lacquer in Budding Romance
     Sidenote: Old Navy has really been stepping it up. I've been liking a lot of their pieces lately! It also doesn't hurt that I live a few blocks away from a store. I've been going almost every week and walking out with at least one item- this isn't sponsored, I just really love Old Navy. If you have one in your neighborhood, check it out!
And that's it! Let me know what you've been loving this fall and I'll be sure to check it out :) xoxo - Kat

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Something you should know..

     I've always loved reading lifestyle blogs and watching beauty videos. What's great about the beauty community is you can share products you love to people all over the world. I've found a lot of items to help with my skin and hair that have changed my life. Earlier this year, I decided to start my own blog but was initially hesitant. I posted here and there, but wasn't very consistent. As much I loved sharing beauty and lifestyle tips with friends, I wasn't sure if anyone would be interested. I also would never post pictures of myself because I was too self conscious.

   One of my favorite people on this planet, Mindy Kaling tweeted something one day that has always stuck with me. Butttt if Mindy told me to eat a diaper I'd probably do it (she's my hero). 
I love beauty and fashion so why not share it? It's something I love doing and I should be proud to do it!
Sun in my eyes or resting b*tch face?
Found this while walking in my neighborhood! *insert inspirational paragraph about how it's a sign here*

    If you find something that you know you love doing, just go for it with every ounce of your being. Make mistakes and learn as much as you can. Life's too short, do something fun! -xo Kat

Monday, November 9, 2015

My Favorite Fall Blushes!

It's officially my favorite time of year! The fashion, the makeup, the FOOD & the weather. Gross fact about me: I sweat very easy, so in the summer I look like this 99% of the time. 
Remember Bedazzled? I watched it like every day as a kid - which probably wasn't appropriate.
I live for cold weather. The leaves falling from the trees in burnt shades of brown, yellow, and red. The sunsets rolling in earlier in purple, gray, and mauve hues. So why not slap those colors on my face? Here are some of my favorite affordable blushes for fall.
This elf blush palette is sooo good! It comes in Light and Dark. I chose the Dark quad because I preferred the selection of colors. The best part is it's $6 and you get four full size blushes. They also pop out so they're great for travel. I've been loving the two bottom shades for the fall. On the left is a deep, berry red shade with tiny gold flecks throughout. Super festive and beautiful for the holidays. On the right is a dark mauve shade that's perfect for every day.
Next up, is MAC's Breath of Plum. I actually bought this last fall because I wanted a blush for winter that wasn't pink. I had never seen a color like this at the drugstore so I splurged and bought it. It's a great matte, light plum shade that's subtle but can also be built up. Milani Fantastico Mauve might be my most worn out of all of these. Sadly, it was limited edition BUT you can find it easily on eBay for $5-$7 (where I got mine). It's a gorgeous mauve (duh) with gold, pink, and white veining. When you swirl your brush around and apply it onto your cheeks, it creates a beautiful golden purple that glitters in the light.
Shameless selfie
And that's it! Let me know what your favorite fall blushes are so I can run out and buy them because I can't possibly have too many blushes in my collection ;) xo Kat

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Some things that have happened

  •  Bringing in my 24th year with lots of beer at an 80s club. Singing Prince at the top of my lungs had never felt better.
  • Leaving work and rushing to the closing elevator that slams into your shoulder with everyone in it as your audience and then realizing it's going up. "I'm fine, that didn't hurt at all. I'll just be getting off now."
  • Hanging out with my cousin who was visiting the U.S. for the first time. I'd like to publicly thank her for not judging my now horrible Spanish.
  • Getting back into running. The first 5 minutes my legs were like girl, please. Do you not know how out of shape you really are?
  • Going to Philly for Made in America and seeing Nick Jonas perform in all his dreamy glory.

  • Visiting my old workplace and having multiple people ask how my child is doing. Um, when did I have a baby? I have never been pregnant?

Hope everyone has a great week! I'll be working, still without child.

Friday, August 7, 2015

adventures in waxing

So I'm 23 years old and I've never gotten a wax below my eyebrows. I've heard great stories and bad stories about waxes down there. I was a little wary of paying $60+ for something I've never done and might not even get through (pain!). I decided to buy an at home kit to try out myself. I used Nair Spa Clay Roll-On Wax. That way I could save some money and also cry within the confines of my bedroom with no judgment. I wanted to be as comfortable as possible so I had my laptop propped open watching a Jake Gyllenhaal interview. Southpaw looks so good. Also, I will never see Jake Gyllenhaal the same way again.

Jake telling our engagement story, such a sweetheart that guy.
Pretty sure my dog is saying "I could've told you this wasn't gonna work out."

So there I am in the bedroom. Underwear off, microwaved wax in one hand, strips in the other. I was ready. I placed the strip on the wax, shut my eyes, and pulled. NOTHING HAPPENED. The strips didn't stick to the wax. I tried again 4 times and still nothing. Eventually, I gave up and hopped in the shower. 
I had high hopes for this thing.
Anyways, let me know if there are any waxing methods that work for you. As for me, better luck next time - Kat