June 27, 2016

Top 3 Skin Care Favorites

Honey I'm home!
I leave for my new adventure in exactly 10 days!
I can't begin to tell you how hectic these last few weeks have been, and it won't calm down until I board that plane to Hawaii.
In order to cope with the "stress", I decided to pamper myself a little bit which lead to an idea for a short blog post: Top 3 skin care favs!

I am in no means a skin care expert and thankfully I am not prone to acne or break outs. But if I slack on water intake, or binge on chocolate and french fries, or forget to wash my makeup off at night, I'll wake up to beautiful Mt. blemish. So because my sweet tooth hates me, I've had to come up with ways to combat the "zit attack."
Here are a couple of my go-to skin care products (links included):
Oh and did I mention, all of these products are under $15!

1: Tea Tree Water Toner
Let's start with my toner. This is actually the newest addition to my skin care routine. In fact, I bought this bottle while I was in Louisiana visiting Stephen two weeks ago.
I have absolutely been loving this product. I have extremely oily skin and this has done an amazing job at controlling that, as well as evening out my complexion. Lush is one of my favorite brands because firstly, all of their products are handmade and they are cruelty free and vegan (heart eyes).
This toner contains tea tree water, grapefruit water, and juniperberry water and it smells amazing.

After cleansing my face, I just spritz a couple sprays directly onto my face and then gently wipe any excess dirt away with a cotton pad. Morning and night. 10/10 recommend.

2. Argan Wear (Physicians Formula) 
Next is a product I've been using for about a month and a half now. This was recommended to me by a friend and thought "eh, why not." You would think as a person with oily skin I would shrink away just at the thought of applying more oil to my face, but I actually love the way this feels on my skin. 

This stuff is golden. It comes in a little bronzy bottle with a dropper to help control how much you need. I will tell you, use caution when dispensing because a little goes a long way. Like I said, I love the way this feels on my skin; its a soft moisturizer that doesn't leave an oily-greasy feeling behind. I apply this after I cleanse in the morning before applying my foundation. 

3. DIY Coffee Scrub 
For the longest time I sorta neglected my body skin because, again,  I'm lazy. Because of this my skin became very dry and rough and a little bit bumpy (I know, wow Awn). I made this scrub myself and honestly have never had a more successful DIY turn out. Here is a link to a similar recipe to the one I created. I made a few adjustments because I needed more moisture and exfoliant. If you want to see a step by step with all the ingredients I used, leave me a little comment below. 

I'm not kidding when I tell you I used this for a week straight right before summer started. I do not recommend using it that frequently because it is a harsh exfoliant and you don't want to scrub yourself raw. At first, I used it about 2-3 times a week, now I would say about twice every two weeks. My skin has never felt so soft and honestly looks so good, especially in the sun. They say the caffeine from the coffee helps with stretch marks and cellulite, but I haven't noticed to much of that. My purpose in using it was to moisturize and soften my skin and it got the job done. I also had all of the ingredients at my home so I spent $0 on the recipe.
I went through an entire jar over a period of 6 weeks but that was when I was using it often. I just made this second jar about a month ago and have about half a jar left.
If you follow me on social media you already know I'm a big coffee fan/drinker so I have no problem smelling like coffee after a shower.
Totally recommend using this if you're into natural remedies and are looking to rejuvenate your skin for the summer time.

So there you have it guys, my top 3 favorite skin care thingys.
Let me know what you think <3

Lots of love

June 5, 2016

Packing Tips- Louisiana Bound

I'm leaving this Tuesday, headed into New Orleans to be picked up by my handsome beau. I'll be in Louisiana until the 15th, so I thought I would take advantage of the situation and share a couple tips and tricks on how I pack for a week long trip. 
Without further ado, lets keep this short and sweet:

1. Plan Your Outfits  
One of my biggest things is making sure I plan my outfits before a trip. 
I've learned in the past if I skip this step I end up throwing a bunch of random clothes in my suitcase which in turn leaves me with either an excess of clothing or worse, not enough!
And lets not bring up the time I forgot to pack underwear...plan ahead fam. 

2. Pack Outfits That Are Interchangeable
To be honest I was a bit skeptical about this at first. I'm the kind of person that will remember what a person has worn and if I see that item more than once I automatically think that person has no clothes (I know it's sad). But actually after trying this out I realized it's in fact very genius, especially if you are trying to pack light. "Less items= more outfits" seems a little funky but it is indeed possible, even for a boho flower girl like me. Granted this will probably be easier if you have a more minimalistic wardrobe and keep a more neutral color scheme, but like I said it's not impossible for girls that love those bright, colorful, patterns like me. 

^You already know I had to pack a couple "bumming it" outfits...^
Honestly there are at least a couple more combination ideas but I think that's enough for you to get the picture. In short you want to have a selection of items that can be mixed and matched with other items. 
Moving on

3. Roll Your Clothes
Okay so my mom gets credit for this one. Back in the glory days when our parents packed for us, my mother introduced me to this method and it stuck. 
This saves a TON of space along with keeping your clothes from getting all wrinkly. So for a lazy "overpacker" like myself, this is the holy grail of packing tips. 

4. Layer Your Clothes 
This one goes along with step 3.
Stack your items and then roll.
This also helps with the space situation and, you guessed it, no wrinkles. 

(ignore the wrinkles already on that shirt...again im lazy okay. A least this packing method will keep it from getting worse) 


5. Store Inside Negative Space
^fancy way to say "shove stuff in random empty spots"
you'll be able to pack your whole bedroom in your suitcase by the time we're done with all this storage space!

That's about it.
My travel beauty bag is an ENTIRE different story. 
If you would like to see a post about that or want to know where some of these pieces are from leave a comment down below and I'll leave a link for each of those. 

Hope you guys learned a bit from this and if you have any other sort of packing tips I would love to hear from you.
Lots of love
See you soon! 

*que John Denver "Leavin' On A Jet Plane"*

Oh, P.S.
I didn't forget underwear this time
I just hid them in that little secret compartment <3

June 4, 2016

Delaney, The Best Worst Car I've Ever Had.

Okay fam,
This one is a little tough.
I'm not sure why, well, I am, but beware...this could get a little sappy.
Alright so when I was fifteen I got my little permit to drive on KC roads. My mom came into the house one day in tears because she had purchased a car for me not knowing that the body work would end up being such a hassle. It needed new tires, a new head light, new windshield wipers, and a radio. The car had yet to pass inspection and was no where near ready to drive. But it was a car. Her plan was to surprise me on my sixteenth birthday but after having the mechanic look at it, she just left discouraged. Of course I was understanding, it was a CAR! I didn't think in a million years my single mother would be able to buy me a car. So what if the body was all wrecked? It was safe to drive, had great mileage, great gas mileage, engine was perfect, heat and AC worked great, the only thing wrong with it was the ratchet looking hood and fender. The guy who owned the car before me drove it into a brick wall...AND SHE STILL RUNS.

Anyway, fast forward
I get a job, get everything fixed to pass inspection, and bam! I hit the KC roads with license in hand and my Honda Civic at my side (more like bum side) who now had a name: Delaney.
I've driven this car now for about 2 and a half years. But now that I am leaving the country and have no way of paying the storage and fees to store Delaney for six months, I had to sell her. Not to mention I'm still short some finances for my DTS.
Because she's such an amazing car, I didn't even have to post her up. Word got around and I had about three different people wanting to take a look at her. I ended up excepting an offer from a friend willing to put in time to fix her up on the outside. Yay Delaney! You're going to get some plastic surgery on your face! Finally!

Little did I know that selling my first car would bring up all these emotions. I'm like honestly all up in my feelings now and its annoying. What is it about this time in your life when literally everything you've known for the past, I don't know, eight years is completely changing or coming to an end? I spent all of high school waiting to be a senior thinking that's when my life would finally start, but news flash lower classmen, thats when it ends.
ok, sorry that was super dramatic.
Your life doesn't actually end, it just DRASTICALLY changes.
Something I'm learning in this season of my life is that in order to move forward, you have to leave something behind; friends I've had for years, my favorite coffee shops, thrift shops, skyscrapers, familiar streets and creeks and neighborhoods, my job, my home, my family, and my car. I'm sad I'm loosing my first car but more than that, I'm grieving the memories made. I have all of these amazing memories from school and from the summers and it's like I'm saying goodbye to apart of my youth.

This is "adulthood" apparently. I wouldn't know. In fact I don't think very many adults know exactly when adulthood begins. Some say 18, some say 21, some say when school is done, some say when you get a job, and some say once you move out of your parent's basement. I just know that getting rid of my 16th birthday present made me realize how quickly it all goes by. I know, I know, that's what they all say but ITS SO TRUE. It sometimes feels like it will never end but I promise you once you make it to the end you'll see it. They keep telling me I have my whole life ahead of me...and that freaks me out. Rightfully so though. From here on out the decisions I make have a huge impact on my future success. But I'm gonna quit thinking about it before I get sick to my stomach.

One more thing I want to share:
My last day with Delaney included a deep clean and car wash along with a QuikTrip stop and some Blue River Road winding. I also had to play a selection of my favorite tracks to commemorate my last jam session.
"Greek Tragedy"-The Wombats
"Hurts Like Heaven"-Coldplay
"She's A Riot"-The Jungle Giants
Just to name a few.

Well, I leave you with that.
Rest easy fam
Love you BIG

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