Self Care Sunday | My Weekly Routine

Welcome to a new post here on the blog. I wanted to start a new series all about self care as it’s what I am currently focusing on in my life. Today is all about my beauty favorites. Let’s get started.

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A Few of My Favorite Things

Welcome to another post here on the blog. No this isn’t planner related. No this isn’t anything motivational either. I wanted to share my current favorites with you all from items that I’ve been wearing more frequently plus some new additions.

As always, be sure to click the links throughout this post for related posts and links to purchase items/similar styles featured.

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What’s In My Beach Bag | Summer ’16

Hello everyone and welcome to another post here on the blog. (Cheers to my typical, generic intro!) In this post I’ll be sharing what’s in my beach bag since I’m having my first beach day of the Summer. Yes, it’s July, the end of July at that, and I’m just getting to the beach. Let’s see how August goes.

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Lipstick Collection

I have gone through my beauty stash because I do not consider myself having a collection. I’m not into makeup much at all. Not foundation, although I love MAC’s studio fix powder plus foundation which I’d purchase again for $27. Then there’s eyeshadow which I’m far from being a pro at applying and I just keep it around to have around. When it comes to lipstick, I am quite a sucker. I have had to go through and purge my collection, but I’m happy with what I have kept. Be sure to click the links highlighted for related posts and links to products featured.

I love lipstick. Not lipgloss, but lipstick. With my skin tone I love purples, certain reds, and a few nudes. With the matte liquid lip trend going on, it’s something that I’d like to try out in the summer. I want to master the lip pencil with the matt lippie for sure.

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As for what’s in my stash, my ultimate favorite would have to be the Revlon Lip Butters. I love the consistency of the product. It’s so smooth and hydrating and while it feels like a lip balm it packs so much color. My favorite shade is ‘Fig Jam.’

I also have just about every variety of purple that there is. I just don’t like pink on my skin tone so purple/berry shades work well. I would like to find a pink that compliments my skin tone, but I just prefer purple. A lot of my lippies are from the drugstore and Drugstore.com is one of my favorite places to buy what I can’t find locally.

The most outlandish color would have to be Mac’s Hautecore. It’s a black lippe. I couldn’t resist it being a Steelers fan. Yes, I bought it for that reason. I have paired it with yellow eyeshadow on top just for effect. Experiment, it’s just makeup.

I’m not really into lipstick trends. As noted above, the matte liquid lipstick is what’s hot right now, but I love a vampy lip all year round. I haven’t really experimented with other colors and purple just happens to be my thing, but I’m open to experimenting.

As for storage, I have my lippies in this 24 slot container that I purchased on Ebay. You can find them just about anywhere, but I love the acrylic look. I have longer lippies that I keep in a mini storage drawer that I got on clearance from Target, but 95% of my collection has been consolidated into the 24 slots. Purchase the acrylic organizer HERE.

Links to purchase what’s in my stash are below:

 

Accessory Collection

After a major declutter of my accessories, I wanted to share parts of my collection. I’ve realized that I’m not really into statement rings or big earrings. I do love a statement necklace which I will be sharing entirely in this post. As for the rest of my collection, I’ll be picking and choosing a few of my favorite pieces. Be sure to click below for related posts:

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I love statement necklaces because you can take the simplest outfit and dress it up. As I get older, I’ve purchased more statement pieces from H&M opposed to Forever 21. The H&M style appeals to me more and I’ve found great option in store and on major clearance. Shopping for statement pieces from Forever 21 would have to be online opposed to in store due to more variety. I love the trinket necklaces that I have from Forever 21 and I kept hem more so as a collectible since I don’t wear them often.

As I expand and tweak my statement necklace collection, I prefer silver over gold and I like the layered chain look. My friend gifted me the silver and lime green H&M necklace for Christmas one year and as simple as it is, it’s one of my absolute favorites. The layered look is my favorite style.

I have a couple long necklaces which are good to pair with cardigans for a more simplistic look, but I prefer necklaces that stop right at the middle of my chest. An outfit goes to another level once you pair the right statement necklace with it. I like to wear mine with either a collared shirt of my new favorite look for the season, the turtle neck.

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Three of my favorite accessories aside from my necklaces would have to be my Gucci watch, my praying hands ring, and my silver charm bracelet. Each of these have  sentimental value to me.

My mother gifted me the praying hands ring when I was in high school and I was careless when I received it. I went outside in the snow with my ring on and I ended up stepping on it and it was too bent for me to wear. My grandmother took it for quite sometime and re-gifted it to me on my 21st birthday. On top of that she gifted a Gucci watch that was my mothers as well. Both gifts are priceless.

I graduated from high school in 2009 and the silver charm bracelet is reminiscent of that. The organization I was a part of in church gifted it to each other girls and it has our names and graduation years. I don’t wear it as often as I used to, but I still love it.

Below are links to few styles of necklaces that I’d like to add to my collection:

Handbag Collection

I love bags. Then again I love planners. I also LOVE the Steelers. I have of love to go around. I  shared my Declutter 101: Handbags & Accessories and I wanted to share a closer look at my handbag collection. A lot of the bags that I decided to keep are not only staples that will last me for, but a few are designer as well. Take a look at my beauties below:

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All the bags that I decided to keep are bags that I interchange frequently. Usually when I use a bag I’ll use it for a few months before switching to another. The Victoria Secret’s bags each have a different purpose. The larger black one I love to throw everything into. You need days like those. The Pink one is for the beach (Nicki Minaj voice), and the black and pink one I use for a variety of things.

I could never have enough black bags. Each one has a different purpose. There’s my quilted one which is my go to for a night out. Then there’s my drawstring bucket bag that I love, but I don’t wear as much simply because it doesn’t fit my planner. It’s become more of a weekend bag for running errands.

Lastly, my designer bags. The Louis Vuitton and Coach bags were my moms and I could never give those away. I wear the Coach one more frequently opposed to the Louis Vuitton one. When it comes to designer bags that I would like to add to my collection I would like the Michael Kors ‘Selma’ in black and yellow and the Louis Vuitton Neverfull GM in the Monogram print. Other than that I’m pretty happy with my bags. You do not have to spend a lot of money on a purse and yes, I wear all of my bags. No sense in keeping everything pretty. Use what you have.

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Declutter 101: Fragrances

Welcome to my declutter 101 series here on the blog. This is a special feature for the month of January as I declutter my belonging differently than I usually do. I didn’t read any book in particular for this declutter, but I did gain tips from YouTubers DoItOnADime and ClutterBug. The series will follow my journey decluttering:

  • fragrances
  • nail polish
  • clothing
  • handbags & accessories
  • pantry
  • car

I will also be sharing my top organization tips throughout the month from cheap & DIY storage to creating systems that work for you. It’s great to declutter and organize, but without a functional system that works for you, it’s pointless. Let’s get started.

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Flashback to NYE 2014

0101150011a~2With 2016 less than  a week away, I look back on NYE of 2014. What I wore, who I was with, and my resolution/goals for 2015. Well as for what I wore, I kept it pretty simple with an all black ensemble. Since I had a small party at home with family I ditched the heels and opted for boots. Then again, I had on fuzzy socks. The boots were for picture purposes only.

So here it is, another year has come and gone and I thought now would be a great time to reflect and see if I’ve accomplished any goals I set for 2015. Check out my Happy New Year post HERE. Here’s a glimpse of my list:

  • No soda; drinking more water
  • Daily devotions & tithing bi-weekly
  • Daily blogging / at LEAST every other day !

Of those three things that I wanted to stay consistent with, I didn’t fully stick to my guns. That’s why I don’t really make resolutions, more like yearly goals. I was pretty consistent with my blog, blogging every other day and for the month of December daily. My daily devotions I definitely need to make a priority along with tithing in 2016. I started out the first 3 months of the year not drinking soda and then in March when I fell ill, I drank some to settle my stomach and it sparked my craving again. I will say that I was better at tracking my water intake this year, but I definitely want to cut back on the soda. If I have one occasionally fine, but I definitely want to up my water intake.

I’ll be sharing my goals for 2016 in the new year, but I wanted to reflect on my top 3 goals of 2015 to see if I really did what I planned to. Life can easily get in the way, but one thing I learned this year was that I need to stop overthinking and take life day by day. I can get so wrapped up in the bigger picture that I overlook the current moment and get off track too easily. It’s great to look ahead, but it’s also nothing wrong with living in the moment.

Holiday Wish List

The holiday season is in full swing and I wanted to share my wish list featuring the website Spring.Com. Spring offers a variety of products from clothing to beauty, home decor, and entertainment from top brands such as: Michael Kors, Marc Jacobs, Warby Parker, Kate Spade, J Brand, American Apparel, Smashbox, and countless others. What’s great about Spring is that not only can you surf on the web, but there’s a convenient app to shop for yourself or your loved ones with just the click of a button. Small budget, no problem. There’s items for the high end and low end.

As for my wish list I comprised items based on need and want. I also made sure to keep my ideal budget under $500. I’ve been downsizing a lot from my closet to my overall possessions so I added items that I would actually use. There’s no sense in adding items to a wish list that I would not see myself actually using for a long period of time.

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I picked out two pairs of eyeglasses. The two styles I picked out have a similar shape except one is a complete frame. Price wise, both frames fall in under $350, but for me that’s no problem since I wear my glasses ALL THE TIME!

Next up, SHOES! I’ve been having Hunter rain boots on my wish list for quite some time and until I actually buy a pair they’ll always be added. Then there’s FRYE boots which I love. The style i chose has a cute low chunky heel and they’re over the knee. Hunter rain boots are $160 while the FRYE boots are more of a splurge at $498.

I’ve always wanted a sheepskin jacket and this reversible one would be a great addition to my wardrobe. With the camel colored side I could pair it with countless outfits, but flipping it to the white side I’d love to do a white cozy outfit. White jeans, white flowy top, and a white beanie. I’d probably add grey as well since I won’t really wear all white. Great staple to a wardrobe especially in a colder climate.

I found this cute chain necklace that it one of my favorite styles of jewelry. This one has a gold plate in the middle. Then there’s the bluetooth speaker that I’d love to have. I wonder just how much ‘umph’ would come out of it.

My favorite add to the wish list are the lippie trios. The lipstick, lip pencil, and lip gloss are an awesome deal for just $69 from the brand Charlotte Tilbury. I couldn’t forget to add a bang for your buck item to my wish list. Awesome deal!

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What’s In My Bag: Fall Edition

I love watching videos on what people have in their bags and here on my blog, every now and then, I like to share. The bag that I used last season was either my cobalt blue or orange ‘Savant’ bag from JustFab. I’ve featured those bags in previous posts which you can find HERE. While I love those bags, I’ve decided to use one of my newer handbags that I purchased from H&M.

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