October 31, 2016

Beautiful and Dreamy Jewelry



It's a brand new week and I hope you all had an amazing weekend! Mine was decent and much needed. Aside from the usual studying, I went out Friday night with my best friend to a couple bars. I honestly am not a bar person, but it was nice to get away from my apartment and books. I will say, I felt so old now that I'm not an undergrad even though I'm only 23.

This post is a continuation of my dreamy ethereal theme showcasing beautiful jewelry I found on instagram.  It's amazing how a single piece can change how you feel on the inside! I have a choker that I absolutley love. I instantly feel like a princess and just need a crown to complete the look.

What is your favorite piece of jewelry?

1.  Audrey Rose
2. Logan Hollowell Jewelry
3. Jacquie Aiche
4. Lunalight Jewellery
5. Luna Skye by Samantha Conn
6. YCL Jewels 

Have a wonderful day! 

October 26, 2016

Powerful Benefits of Turmeric

I've been wanting to try a new skin care mask and I finally found one on Etsy! Masks are apart of my nighttime routine when I want to relax but they're also great for the skin. I've tried masks with characoal, clay and everything else under the sun except turmeric. Turmeric is a popular ingredient in skincare products because it's natural with many benefits.

So far I can't say much about it, but I'm excited to see the results! One complaint is my towel has orange stains on it so use a towel you don't really care about. I'll keep you updated with this mask.

Here are a few benefits of turmeric to check out.

Regulates oil production from sebacious glands

Lightens acne scars and stretch marks

Soothes burns

Softens cracked heels

Removes dead skin cells

Minimizes dark circles


What are your thoughts and experiences using turmeric?


Have a wonderful day!

October 24, 2016

Why You Need to Speak Your Mind


Recently I listened to an episode of Black Girl in Om and was left feeling inspired and a little disappointed in myself. Maybe disappointed isn't the right word, but aware of things I need to work on. In this episode (which you should totally listen too) they talk about ten things they know for sure. One of those things was not being afraid to speak your mind and look at things more objectively.

In this blog post I wrote about my struggle with being a people pleaser, and that has a lot to do with not sharing my perspective. I worry about how others will perceive me and a thousand other things I have absolutely no control over. Speaking your truth is being yourself. While others may not like it, silencing yourself starves who you are. If someone isn't able to accept you for your opinion, that says something about them and not you. Also consider, the perspective you share could enlighten someone else. We all have something to offer regardless of how old we are. Each of us have a unqiue story that shapes a unique perspective.

"Speak your mind even if your voice shakes"- Maggie Smith

"I speak my mind because it hurts to bite my tongue"- 

"Never be afraid to speak your mind, you have one for a reason"- Sarah Moores 

"I think you look best when you speak from the heart"



Have a wonderful day!



October 10, 2016

Why Failing is Good for You



No matter who you are or where you're from, one thing's for sure is we've all failed. It feels awful, is discouraging and takes time to fully recover from. It's also necessary. My greatest life lessons have been discovered through failures. I'm a stronger and wiser person now and even though failure sucks I understand it's bigger purpose and how it can shape us for the better. 

Failure can help you find yourself- I can remember when blogging was just a thought. It was a great place to be. My imagination ran wild with ideas, design concepts, stories and layouts. It all seemed so dreamy and easy. Don't get me wrong, I love it, but that's simply not the reality. It's a lot of hard work and it should be. One day I took the leap without any knowledge and three years later I'm still here. I made a lot of mistakes, had a horrible layout, didn't know my purpose and rarely used social media. In the end these mistakes helped me find my passion and now I feel a true sense of purpose in the things I do. I never thought a blog I made three years ago in my dorm room would led to me discovering myself.

Failure means you're learning- What do you do when you perform poorly on a test you thought you were prepared for? You reread the material and go over any past assignments to learn what you messed up on. Even though the test is over, there's still the final and you have knowledge that can be applied in other areas. The same thing can be said about failure in our everyday lives. Learn from your mistakes, keep trying and keep improving. 

You have grit- "Grit" basically means that you have courage and resilience to pursue your goals in spite of hardships that may come your way. It doesn't mean you won't ever want to give up or have setbacks, it means you don't let those moments deter you. You dust yourself off and keep going. This is such an amazing and powerful trait to have especially when life seems to be throwing every obstacle at you with no sign of relief. 


What has failure taught you?






 Have a wonderful day!  

October 9, 2016

When God Smiles at You


This week has been stressful for reasons that are mostly my fault. I've had exams, quizzes, a presentation to prepare for, books to read and goals to accomplish. I've been unmotivated to do pretty much everything and I can't even tell you why. Maybe it's the weather. Maybe because I've been a little sick. Regardless, I just really need to snap out of it. I'm a full-time grad student and an intern. There's no room for slacking. 

On Saturday I volunteered on campus which helped me feel better. One tip I have to get through rough patches is to do something nice for someone else. I promise it works and it's kind! Afterwards, I was feeling a little hungry and as I opened the fridge I was welcomed with bare shelves and tupperware (grocery shopping is a must). I went up the street to grab a few snacks and Arizona tea...because Arizona tea. I gathered my belongings, brought them to the register, had small talk about the drastic weather change and went on my way. 

While on my trip home I turned on the radio and a song that I haven't heard in forever, but will love for a lifetime came on. "You Gotta Be" by Des'ree was everything I needed to hear and feel in that moment and to conclude this week. It truly was one of those moments where I felt like God was smiling at me and saying, "It's going to be Ok."  Something as simple as an unexpected song coming on the radio can change the entire mood of a day. I wish I could bottle up those moments and release them when needed. 

Tell me a time when you felt like God was smiling at you! 







Have a wonderful day! 

October 5, 2016

Beautiful Instagram Accounts to Follow


In a recent post I wrote about how to achieve the perfect flat lay photo for Instagram. Now I want to share a few beautiful accounts that you should follow and can be a source of inspiration! I can only imagine how long it took to capture each of these beautiful images. Trust me, it's a lot harder than it looks! 

Let me know what you think and suggest any accounts you want me to check out.






   








Yerdiansha






Have a great day! 

October 3, 2016

YouTube Channels You Should Be Watching




I remember the first time I discovered the world of YouTube. I was teenager experimenting with makeup for the first time and searched for an eyeshadow tutorial. Andreas Choice and Michelle Phan were my go-to beauty gurus to watch. Now if you compared their look to my recreation....well one would say A for effort. Still, it was a moment in my teenage years that helped shaped me today. Tips I learned back then I still use now. I eventually branched out of the beauty community and started watching vloggers and fashion channels. At this point youtubers were far more serious about the quality of their content. 

Youtube has truly helped and inspired me in many ways. It was my go-to when I started to embrace my thick and curly hair and it was my source of entertainment. Many times I thought of my favorite vloggers as sisters in my head and it's so much more relatable than reality TV. If you search hard enough, I'm sure you'll find someone like you! 

Here are some great channels I found recently and love!




            


            


            





What are your favorite channels?




Have a wonderful day!