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Friday, October 3, 2014

Treat Yourself Favorites

Thank you to Lindt for sponsoring today’s post and inspiring me to try Lindt HELLO! While this post is sponsored, all opinions about any mentioned products are my own (spoiler: I love Lindt chocolate regardless of if they sponsor a post or not). Click here to enter the Sweet Connections Sweepstakes
I've been in a bit of a rut lately, so I've been trying to take special care of myself to avoid a complete mental breakdown. In doing so, I've found two new favorites of mine, which I thought I'd love to share with you.

There's been a lot of "treating myself" lately because I've needed many pick-me-ups. Not going to lie--I've been letting the magic slip through my fingers lately, so I've needed to find different ways to get it back. These are my current two favorite ways to get magic back into my life. 


RADICAL SELF LOVE BIBLE
Gala Darling has this self-paced course called the Radical Self Love bible. About a month ago, I signed up for it with the hopes that it would serve as a reminder of why I'm awesome on days that I can't see it myself. 
Each Sunday, I get an email with prompts to fill my Self Love bible with encouraging words and images. They range from writing down compliments you get from others, reminding yourself of all the things you love and that inspire you and more. I love spending a leisurely Sunday morning filling my bible (and head) with lovely thoughts. 
 
LINDT HELLO! CARAMEL BROWNIE CHOCOLATE
I've literally gone through four of these bars in the past week. I adore Lindt chocolate, and when I saw these new chocolates I had to try them. Then of course when Lindt reached out to me for their #itstartedwithHELLO campaign, I was all in. 

The Caramel Brownie ones are my favorite because...hello...caramel! Also, they have this interesting, crunchy texture to them because of the brownie. It's heaven. And it's also helped me through a bout of depression, that time of the month, as well as a sick day or two with the flu. Comfort food at its finest. 

Most days all it takes to get me in a good mood again is some time spent in the blogosphere or on YouTube. Sometimes it takes just the opposite. It's alright sometimes to step back from your responsibilities for the sake of your mental and physical health. Sometimes you need to unplug for a bit and get back to pen and paper and simple things like I've been doing this past month. I hope you guys are all understanding of my stepping back and I thank all of those who have been sending kind words and loving vibes my way. :) I appreciate it all. 

How do you find comfort + treat yourself? Leave a comment below!

BTW--Lindt is having a  Lindt HELLO Sweet Connections Sweekstakes where you can win prizes like dinner and a movie, shopping trips, gift cards and more! If you're interested in entering check it out here.
 
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Monday, September 15, 2014

Victoria's Secret Sport Review

This post is not sponsored, however I would like to thank Influenster and Victoria's Secret for sending me a complimentary sports bra and workout capri to test and review as a part of a contest. All opinions are my own. 


When I got the email from Influenster saying that I was chosen for the new Victoria's Secret Vox Box, I was so stoked. I love Victoria's Secret! I mean, who doesn't? 
They sent me an Incredible sports bra and a pair of Knockout Capris. They're amazing! I love them and I would wear them to work out every day if I could!
Both are incredibly comfortable. The sports bra is great, but I do wish I had received a different style. The Incredible sports bra is for those who do a lot of high-impact exercise--something I don't. 
I prefer very low impact sports bras. I do a lot of dance, yoga and barre classes. Low impact sports bras provide me the freedom and flexibility to move like I need to. Since I don't run a lot (and my boobs aren't big) I don't need a whole lot of support. 
Originally, I was sent the colorful capris on the left below. I personally found them hideous. They also ran a little big for Mediums. 
I went in to Victoria's Secret at the mall and was given no trouble about exchanging them for another pair despite the fact that I had no receipt. 
I ended up going for a more neutral solid grey color and got them in a small. I love them! The Incredible bra has cups in them, so you need to get your exact bra size. 

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I'll be honest--While I was stoked to have a new workout outfit, I probably would've never gone out and purchased these items on my own. 
Don't get me wrong...they are AMAZING but they are also incredibly expensive. This entire outfit would've been around $120 if I had bought it myself full price. 
If I had some coupons to use I would definitely consider buying more from VS Sport. They're high quality, comfortable and incredibly soft as well. 
Because I'm not super into working out though, I'm okay with my workout clothes from F21. ;) 
Where do you get your workout clothes? 
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Friday, September 12, 2014

Seahorse Photo App








I recently downloaded Seahorse, which is a new photo and video sharing app. Think Dropbox mixed with Facebook. You can upload "scenes" which are basically photo albums and invite your friends to them. If you're taking a trip with a group of friends, or want to share photos privately, Seahorse would be a great candidate!

It's perfect for sharing photos of my pup Misha with my boyfriend so that we have a collective photo album. After downloading the app, Seahorse will prompt you to do the basics like fill out your info and upload a profile picture. It'll also walk you through the basics like uploading a scene, adding friends and viewing your timeline!

It's a little hard to navigate at first, and to access certain features (like Magic and Flashback) you need to "unlock" them by completing certain tasks but essentially Seahorse could be very useful.

Friends can comment on your photos, and you never have to worry about anyone seeing anything. So basically, if you want to share those possibly risque photos of girls night out between friends without anyone seeing them, Seahorse is for you.

If you're interested, Seahorse is also offering an extra 5GB of storage space when you use the code CLEVERHORSE now until Oct. 31, 2014. To download the app you can click the appropriate links below;

iPhone
Android

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.


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Thursday, September 11, 2014

The Benefits of a Solo-Lunch [Make it Magical #4]


Last Sunday, I found myself anxious to get out of the house for a change of scenery. None of my friends were available for lunch so I decided to do a solo-lunch at the outdoor mall in the Foothills (aka the rich mall). I ate my lunch at a slow pace, sipped on my soda and wrote letters to friends on the outside dining patio for close to two hours before lazily browsing through the shops. 

It's important to be comfortable and confident enough to spend time with just yourself. I know some girls who would feel insecure and awkward eating lunch by themselves. There's no shame in spending some leisurely time alone whether it be because you don't want to expend energy on other people, or because you want to get out of the house and no one is available. There are a number of reasons I love my alone-time.
  • Confidence building
  • Meditation and peace with my own thoughts
  • Relaxation
  • Rejuvination
  • No need for rushing


As an introvert, I feel perfectly at ease with myself and my thoughts. If you're interested getting over the "awkwardness" of being alone in public here are some tips. 

  • Read a book (fiction, non-fiction, spiritual. whatever captures your mind)
  • Bring a sketchbook and people watch+draw
  • Write in a journal, or write letters
  • Bring some busy work
If you're trying to have some relaxed, leisure time, I wouldn't suggest bringing your electronics along for the ride. Checking on your apps or emails during lunch can be very stressful. Plus, it can sometimes give off a vibe to others that you're uncomfortable with your thoughts and therefore need to constantly be on Facebook.

What do you like to do on solo-lunches? 

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Monday, September 8, 2014

My Tattoos


Last Friday I got my 6th tattoo done after not receiving any fresh ink for two years. I've been kind of down in the dumps lately and so I decided it was time to treat myself. In honor of the new tattoo, I thought I'd share with you my tattoos and their meanings. 

My "Protego" tattoo was actually my 4th tattoo. It's on my left rib, under my bra line. Protego is a protection spell from the Harry Potter series. I like the idea of having my own personal protection spell. I'm kind of a weird person in the sense that while I am extremely friendly and often wear my heart on my sleeve, I sometimes have a hard time letting people in. I get "close" to lots of people, but very few get deep with me. Very few get to see the side of me I don't wish to show because regardless of how close I get to people, there's always a part of me that is mine alone and I will always feel the need to keep people out. 


This tattoo was my 5th. It's a filmstrip in the shape of a heart. Majority of people who see this tattoo immediately ask me, "What's your favorite film?" The funny part is, I don't have one. I don't watch movies. I'm not a movie buff and this has nothing to do with films in the sense you might thing. I like to call this my YouTube tattoo. I've been on YouTube now for 4 (going on 5) years and it's changed and influenced me immensely. This is my subtle salute to what YouTube has done for me. 


Ignore my gross looking foot. This is my Lumos Maxima tattoo. It is, again, a spell from Harry Potter but this time it's for light. Lumos Maxima is basically the spell for the maximum amount of light. It's sort of a matching tattoo with my best friend AJ. She has "Lumos Solemn" (which is sunlight) on the same place but in a different font. It signifies both our love for Harry Potter and our friendship. We often say the we're "The same...but different." which is essentially summed up with Lumos Maxima and Lumos Solemn. We are both light, but different kinds of light. 


This tattoo right here was my first. If you're having trouble figuring out exactly what it is, it's the Hawaiian Islands. I was born and raised there and while I never felt I fit in entirely, it contributed largely to the person I am today. It will forever be a part of me. 


Before I go into detail about my newest tattoo, I'd like to mention that I am not sharing my tattoo of the golden snitch (yes, from Harry Potter). I'd like to get it redone in the future, and am not currently too eager to show it off, but just know it's there (on the rib opposite of my protego). 

NOW. The newest tattoo (still puffy and everything). It's an Augustus Burroughs quote that says, "I am made entirely of flaws, stitched together with good intentions." I absolutely adore it. I am not perfect and while I often get told I give off an air of perfection, I'm far from it. This quote spoke to me the first time I heard it when I was 14 (holy crap, was that really 8 years ago?). 

I love this quote and it has forever been my favorite. I am all flaws, but I mean well and that's what counts. It is the good intention that makes me beautiful. 

What are some tattoos that you have and what do they mean to you? 


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Monday, August 25, 2014

Thoughts From a Minimalist Newbie

Click the image to watch my video on minimalism! 

I was first turned on to the idea of minimalism by Xandra of Fashionably Light. When I first found her blog, I had only a vague idea of what minimalism was. Like I mention in the video, I assumed minimalism meant everything had to be plain, black and white, and boring. Once I learned otherwise, I was fascinated by minimalism.

As someone who has had a beauty channel on YouTube, I hoarded tons of beauty products and fashion pieces. I lived a life on the other spectrum of minimalism. To make the switch to a minimalist lifestyle would be so different, but I almost felt like what it was exactly what I needed.

I feel like I've outgrown the days of collecting ridiculous amounts of make up trying out every product known to man. It's crazy to think that I used to hoard a whole drawer set full of make up. Since discovering Xandra and Coco (from Light by Coco) I've really been turned on to the idea of minimalism and I've been slowly making the switch. I've basically gotten rid of majority of my make up collection, downsized my wardrobe, and have been working on getting back to basics in every aspect of my life. 

If you watch my video on How to Become a Minimalist, I offer some tips on how to make the switch like I did! 

What are your thoughts on minimalism?

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Five Things You SHOULD Splurge On



Hello all! I've decided that I need to spend a little more time and effort on my YouTube channel, so I apologize if my original blog content takes a backseat to that. Once I get into a routine I like with my vlogs, I'll be back at it again!
I know what it feels like to go shopping and feel guilty for spending so much money on something that I could've gotten a cheaper version of. But there are certain things that you really shouldn't feel guilty for spending a little extra cash on!
So here are five things  that you should shell out a little more money for...
  • A well made purse
  • Great shoes
  • A good foundation
  • Quality beddings
  • Good headphones
Watch the video to learn more about why it's good to spend more money on these things! 

What do you think should be added to the list?
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