This Week’s Vibež

The vibes are back! I actually had some time this week after working like a crazy person at my J.O.B. (not having a real weekend is rough). Gonna try to mix it up next week and maybe do a life update/story?

Beauty¡

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NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer(mini) @ Sephora $13.00 (Regular size $30.00)

Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer- Pore Minimizing(mini) @ Sephora $16.00 (Regular $39.00)

Urban Decay De-Slick Oil-Control Makeup Setting Spray (1oz) @ Sephora $15.00 (Regular $32.00)

Viktor & Rolf Flower Bomb Travel Duo @ Sephora $35.00 (Regular $85.00)

Total Savings:  $107

Alright so I went to Sephora like a month ago because I needed my good concealer(still looking at something cheaper, but man this shit is good). Of course I got roped into getting setting spray and primer cause who can just go to Sephora and get one thing and leave (if you do I h*te you). As I was checking out, the line was long af, and they have a section of just travel sized stuff and random knicknacks. Well I found literally everything I was about to get, but way cheaper! Tbh this saved me money and I still haven’t run out, which is important since I don’t need to go to Sephora all the time and lose all my money thank you vry much. THE BEST THING EVER THAT I FOUND was Flower Bomb by Viktor & Rolf. The smallest bottle of this that you can get (that’s not a dumb roller ball) is $85 bucks, 85!!! But this magic kit comes with a little bottle, a refill and a fricken funnel!!!! and it’s only $35 dollars, which is amazing considering this perfume is fabbbbbb. I know they have it on the website, so it’s no real secret, but I never saw that ish so I know some people are wandering around buying giant bottles of everything unnecessarily. Ur welcome. 
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Style¿

Gingham Off-The-Shoulder Top @ Forever 21 $19.90

Skinny Corduroy Overalls @ Forever 21 $32.90

Since I’m moving to NYC, I’ve decided to up my style game (lol). While I was over there, sometimes most of the time, I felt horribly under-dressed or like I was wearing the wrong thing. People just dress up more in NYC than they do down here, just for like basic shit like grocery shopping and lunch??? I didn’t see a single nike short and t-shirt combo the whole time I was there. So, yeah, I’m movin on to cuter stuff. This is all from Forever 21, cause I love that beautiful website, and costs about 60 bucks altogether. The shirt is an off-the-shoulder gingham top with super cute bell-sleeve detail. Normal off-the-shoulder stuff wants to pop back up so you gotta keep pulling that mf down off your shoulders all day (which annoys the hell out of me) but this one is literally sewn to stay off-the-shoulder – so no sliding up!! Trying out this new overall craze and I can’t say I’m mad about it. These are super cute and corduroy! Perf for fall and winter (comin up fast).  And y’all already know I’m wearing my 12 dollar white sneakers.

 

 

Foodies¡

I made some really amazing vegan brownies last week using zucchini! For more info on the recipe here’s the link to that post. 

The other morning, I also made some super yummy vegan, peanut butter, and banana pancakes. So good and all I used was the regular Bisquik mix, almond milk and instead of an egg I used 1/4 cup of mashed banana. You can also sub applesauce, vegetable oil and even flax seeds for eggs!( which I want try cause I love flaxseeds). Side note- they cook faster than normal imo cause I burned one (or maybe I can’t cook?!?!) so definitely keep an eye on them. 

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Fitness¡¿

Insanity is harrrrdddddddd. Especially if you haven’t done it in forever. I found this lovely gem which is Insanity, but really fast! 21 minutes! Its intense and I sweat my butt off, without having to sit through a 40 minute video. 

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Entertainment¡

Dancing Queen By Daecolm on Spodify

Tbh, I hate when people take a current song and remix it, usually (does not include John Mayer’s cover of XO cause that is flawless). However, when it comes to remixing old songs and giving them a modern sound, I loooovvveeee. This one has some dance vibes with some awesome vocals. Definitely an awesome song worth a listen!

Below Deck Mediterranean on BravoTv

My roommate got me hooked on this random show and now I can’t stop watching it and I’m very sad this season ended :((((( It really gives you some cool perspective of crazy jobs in this world (tbh who doesn’t wanna travel the world while making bank?), and some #relatable customer service industry woes (can you say rude men who make you feel uncomfortable being around them, but you can’t leave cause its your job??). Everyone in this season was pretty problematic. (Malia and Wes???? come on !! barf me!!!) I really only cared about Bobby and Max (aka unproblematic British voice of reason) at the end of it lol. 

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Barre Class @ LSU Urec ($712.00 annually for an LSU Alumni)

I just happen to still have my school gym membership, by some stroke of luck, and by other stoke of luck, they have free classes. I did them last semester until they stopped for the summer and they’re finally back thank God! I love taking classes because they push me to do my best due to my annoying competitive nature. I gotta be the best lol. This is from my Barre class I took last week that killllleedddd my calf muscles and I burned double the calories that I normally do! Recommend Barre all day, everyday. 

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Un-success of the week√

Forever 21 let me down this week. I liked these pants because I really want some cute pants that aren’t jeans. They told me to size up on these online return only stupid pants cause they “run small.” They do not. They made me look chunky af and they were too big. So I had to pay 10 whooolleeee dollars to ship them back and get my 48 bucks back, and I hatteeeee returning stuff. I never do. Ever. But 50 bucks is a hefty sum. Never do online return only.

Broke Ventures: Vegan Dessert?

Since I’m trying to save money for my big move, I haven’t bought any cool stuff to rave about. So instead, I decided to try something a little different where I try stuff people rave about and see if its actually worth all the hoopla.

This past week I followed a new Instagram account called thevegan8. On her blog, she makes vegan meals or desserts with 8 ingredients or less. Since I’m trying to be vegan, but also can’t afford to buy millions of strange ass ingredients called for, I decided to give a couple of her desserts a try. They all claim to be super good and good for you, so lets find out.

Vegan Zucchini Fudgy Brownies

I’m not really an avid Pinterest searcher or whatever you wanna call it, but when I started cutting dairy and carbs out of my diet in April, I was on Pinterest a lot (during my classes of course) just to get ideas on what to make. They had a bunch of recipes that substituted veggies for certain foods like pasta sauce and bread. This one really sounded interesting to me just cause I love brownies and wanted to see if they would taste good or gross and plant-y. I tried to make Cheese Its once that didn’t have any actual cheese in it (dairy-free) and claimed it “tastes just like Cheese Its!” They came out bone-ass dry and awful. So hopefully this goes better than that…

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The ingredients were kind of strange and I feel like you can only get them from Whole Foods, especially the oat flour and vegan chocolate chips. Here are the ingredients I purchased!

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So you need a food processor for this (although would a blender work?? who knows what the difference is tbh), and thank God I was at my mom’s because she had one cause I don’t be buyin that fancy shit. So anyway, this is what it looked like after grinding everything up:

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Pretty normal I’d say. I added some sugar to mine, not sure if i really needed it but my brain just said to put a little sugar, so I did. The amount really wasn’t much, which was weird, but overall normal.

After adding chocolate chips and baking it, that bish was pretty good. As she said in some of the notes, the chocolate chips make it suuupppeeerrr rich, but very fudge-like and so good. Definitely a 10/10 would try again.

This Week’s Vibezzz

Beauty¡

SheaMoisture® African Black Soap Clarifying Mud Mask @ Target $2.24

I don’t know about you guys, but over the years I’ve heard a lot about African Black Soap and the magic it possesses when it comes to problem skin. I probably should’ve checked it out when I got a horrible stint of acne in my last year of high school, but the thought of my skin getting worse would’ve been too much to handle. I got this at Target cause it was right next to my faves Que Bella. I wouldn’t consider my skin “acne prone” anymore since Acutane, but I do still have the remains of what used to be awful skin that I wouldn’t mind some help in clearing up. I can’t say if it has any amazing powers (since I only just used it), but definitely smells good and made my skin uber soft. 

Maybelline® Lash Sensational Mascara(Waterproof) @ Target $6.99

When buying mascara at Target, one needs to stay on her toes and READ LABELS. I, did not, and it resulted in a wonderful mistake when I bought waterproof mascara. This stuff is amazing! My lashes stay up all day with no clumps! This is an especially amazing feat because my lashes are straight as they come.Yes, it can be slightly annoying to get off, but I just use some coco butter and its G-O-N-E. (i mean peep them lashes ya’ll)

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Style¿

Qupid Studded booties on Amazon $34.99

I am living for these booties. The detail and the buckle are just so cute and I’m a sucker for grey stuff (don’t ask me why). Fall is coming up fast so grab ya some.

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Foodies¡

Organic Coconut Dark Chocolate Granola Target $3.29

I love granola. I’ve read all the dumb crap that’s like Oh don’t eat too much of it!!!! It’s really not that good for you!!!! Screw you, man. I love cereal and this is my healthy version of it. I also added these amazing almonds for more crunch and raspberries cause those are just awesome in general. Don’t let the haters tell you its not good for you. You don’t need that kind of negativity. 

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Fitness¡¿

15 Minute Fat Burning Workout Sarah’s day on YouTube

Ya’ll!!!!!! Ya girl finally did another fat burning workout video!!!! and its only 15 minutes!!!! It is seriously killer. I feel like she made this one harder than normal which I love (kinda). As usual, this works your entire body, but its super quick and I like to play weird raver techno when I do it (but low cause I workout early af). Enjoy!!

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Entertainment¡

The Bold Type on Freeform

When I first saw this commercial earlier in the summer I was like ew barf Freeform trying to be “progressive” yawn, but this show is actually really good??? I’m a little partial because I love New York, but its really a fantastic show about women in their 20s and the shit I feel like we all go through. Also, their outfits are to die for in every episode. 

I Feel It Still by Portugal. The Man

This song feeds into my love for bops that have weird lyrics and I love this one. It came on at work once and I “upped” it on our Pandora so you know its good (and now it plays all the time to my delight and fear cause I’m gonna get sick of it). Definitely worth a listen if you like 80s stuff. 

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Clarisonic Facial Brush @ Clarisonic.com $169

I have been using this brush for like 8???? years I think and I swear nothing gets makeup off better or makes my face feel cleaner. When I don’t have it while traveling I freak out and wash my face twice lol. You gotta replace the brush every month (honestly who really does that cause not my ass), but I’ve never had to replace it! Super good investment.

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Un-success of the week√

ALRIGHT I am about to just give up on self-tanners and let myself be ugly and pale cause these are annoying me. This thing is like a clear mist that goes on clear so you have no idea where you be puttin it, which is horrible. Then it’s like No need to rub it in!!! I’m like sweet! less work! well look at my fricken hand!!! and those weird circles are on my legs too just fyi. so yeah definitely gonna rub this crap in. Something I will say about it is it doesn’t come off on my stuff and doesn’t just wash off in the shower. So yeah. Being pale is hard. 

 

This Week’s Vibes

 

Beauty¡

Bioré Deep Charcoal Cleanser @ Target $5.99

Got this on a whim not too long ago and prayed fiercely that it wouldn’t ruin my skin and praise! It makes me skin feel super refreshed and so so soft. I definitely feel like its way less harsh than the product I was using before and my skin looks brighter for sure. Its a win-win, honestly. 

Revlon Color Stay Liquid Liner @ Target $5.99

I love almost every liquid liner ever because, hello, liquid liner is the only way to go, but this one is probably my favorite. Maybe because I’m partial to Revlon products? (peep my lipstick in this pic and on my first post) At any rate, I love doing winged eyeliner and my secret is putting tape on the sides of my eyes to make it extra pointy!

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Style¿

Super Skinny High Jeggings Blue/Black H&M $12.99

There’s nothing better than high-waisted jeans. The higher the better honestly, and these are suppeerrrr high.  I’ll probably never go back to low rise jeans with that awful major muffin top #momjeansforever. I love these because they’re stretchy, but hold their shape throughout the day and make my legs look skinny and crazy long. Best part? They’re on sale now!!! Cheap and amazing!!!

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Foodies¡

I was totally gonna post a picture of the one I ate last night, but it was very unappealing hah. So here’s just a picture of the box:)))))) I love these things, they don’t taste weird or “fake” and have a pretty good amount of protein! Which I need since I’m trying to be more vegan-friendly. (note the word trying) I usually pair this with my fave, sriracha, some jalapeño and some avocado! So spicy and so good~~~

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Fitness¡¿

So this girl is #goals. She’s basically built an empire from pilates and started her own workout clothing line, just from youtube! One of my absolute favorites of hers (I’ve done so very many of her videos), is her Plie Squat Challenge video. Definitely a killer leg workout and not super long, cause there’s nothing that bores me more than just rolling around on the floor for 40 minutes. Her videos are definitely worth checking out since all of them are done in real time, and usually no more than 15 minutes!

Entertainment¡

Big Little Lies On HBO

I read this book forever ago, as Liane Moriarty is one of my absolute favorite writers (so go read the book obvi), and I was finally able to watch the show! (shoutout to my mom for letting me use her HBO go hey mom). It’s basically like watching a 7 hour movie based on one of my favorite books, which is every book-nerds wet dream tbh. I loved Reese Witherspoon and how she really brought Madeline to life! A must watch ladies, especially since its up for a bunch of emmys so you know its good. 

Pod Save America on Spotify 

I’m not really one for podcasts, eve though people usually say they’re great for running, I find I really need music for that. I felt since I hadn’t been keeping up with the world around me recently, I should give these guys a try (they were featured on the Chelsea Handler show) and I’m glad I did! Keep in mind they’re very biased, but they really know the inner workings of politics since they have all worked with the Obama Administration. If you lean towards the left, as I do, then they’re worth a listen.

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Nike Free RN Flyknit @ Nike.com

I started running my junior year of college after some tough stuff got me down and have been (mostly) doing it ever since. In no way shape or form do I consider myself a runner by any means, but I do it whenever I have the energy and I feel like it’s a great way to get in some quick cardio without a machine. However, my old Nikes did not appreciate my running habits and the backs of them tore up in a matter of a few months. In comes free-runs to save the day! I love these because they’re so stylish and they have a sock-like feel so that they won’t bust up in the back when you run! A spurge for sure, but add it to your Christmas list, as I did. 

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Un-sucess of the week√

I was running out of my normal self-tanner recently and I also felt like the one I was using was maybe drying out my skin a little too much so I thought Why not try this lotion one? since the one I was using was more of a mousse. Wronnnggggggggggg!!!! This stuff bleeds onto my jeans and my sheets every time I put it on. I like the way it looks when I first use it, and then I just look white again after a few days (it’s supposed to last 7 days after 4 applications). I love u Sally Hansen, but you let me down this time.

“Katie watched a video and now she wants to be a Vegan”-My Mom

 

“Ain’t no money in the cure, the money’s in the medicine…that’s how a drug dealer makes his money, on the comeback.” -Chris Rock

I decided to watch something ~informative~ this past week (mostly because I finished a show and didn’t wanna start a new one) and thought this would be a good one just so that I could be more aware of what I eat and how it effects me. What I was unprepared for, however, was for it to scare me off meat, cheese and EGGS! YES, EGGS- the thing I eat literally all the time!! Here’s a few things it claimed (backed by some doctors and video evidence) that scared the literal crap out of me and made me seriously think about becoming a vegan:

  • Eggs are not actually healthy because chickens are so tightly packed in cages that they are sometimes chilling next to their dead chicken friends (therefore the eggs that come out of them are contaminated with the grossness)
  • Meat is not the only way to get a lot of protein (this might be a “duh” but I didn’t know that honestly).
  • Huge “health” charities and informational places like the American Heart Association and Susan G. Komen get funding from meat and dairy providers in order to promote the shit (like putting their promotional material on yogurt) that causes the diseases they are trying to prevent like heart disease and cancer.
  • Also fish ain’t healthy either cause they eat all the #trash we put in the ocean and then we eat their plastic ingested bodies
  • Milk is not made for humans to drink therefore it is stupid for us to be drinking it (kinda already knew this from another source but there ya go)
  • Gorillas don’t eat meat????? and they’re buff af. Also their teeth are shaped exactly like ours so we’re made to be plant eaters (our canines are too small to rip through meat unlike dogs and cats)
  • This awful pig farm in North Carolina (or South Carolina literally can never remember which one they’re the same) sprays their grass with pig poop right next to peoples homes and then literally feeds their pigs with it (their own poop)
  • This alleged farm is also the cause of many people’s health problems? Considering the amount of poop they just fling into the air, not shocking.
  • Dead pigs just sitting in a giant bucket full of other dead pigs?????? in the sun???
  • Pigs with pus coming out of their BODIES. LIKE A CONCERNING AMOUNT (the worst thing I saw honestly)

So basically I am shook. Not surprised, but shook. What it boils down to is people get paid to say things that aren’t true and pretend that they are, which is something we are all very familiar with as Americans. Before you throw out all of your meat or throw some shade at vegans for being so gullible, DO SOME RESEARCH. Yeah these dudes that made the film can basically claim all of this stuff to be true, but they could be lying as well. THINK about what you put in your body and how it affects your health. If they make a claim as outlandish as saying eating packaged meats are as bad as cigarettes, look some crap up, see if there’s some truth to it. You really think that slimey ass meat is really that healthy? One thing that really stood out to me was when he said the food industry is always trying to confuse people. Think about how many times they go back and forth about if red wine is healthy for you, or if coffee is healthy or if bread is like crack or whatever. All the time. If you’re unsure about what’s really healthy, then you stop paying attention, which is exactly what I did. Basically the health industry makes money off of treating these diseases, so why would they want to prevent them in the first place?

Considering I barely eat carbs, being vegan would make my diet extremely limited and kinda boring cheese and chicken nuggets are life.  I have always rolled my eyes at people who were like “oh I crave nuts and berries and granola cause I’m just so healthy” and I am not that type of person. After watching this, I can’t really think of a good reason to keep eating some of this stuff other than, I like it and it tastes good. I’m not gonna lie and say I’m not selfish, but i’ve always been someone who thinks about the impact I have on the world around me. If eating less meat (notice I said less, but tbh cutting out pig meat altogether cause of that pus thing) helps out the environment in a small way and can improve my overall health? It’s definitely something worth looking into, or maybe I’m just gullible.

 

This Week’s Vibes

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Beauty¡

Carli Bybel Deluxe Edition @ bh Cosmetics $22.50

Okay so I found this God sent highlighter palette literally just looking at a random beauty bloggers Instagram and I was like zaaammmmnnnn. Then I saw the price and I was like ZAMMMMMMMMMNNNNNN!!!!!! (just so ya’ll know I looked for it on Amazon and its double the price bye). It took me a while to get on the highlighter bandwagon because I always felt too shiny and overdone, but ya girl is on the wagon now. Beep beep look at that highlight¡¡¡ okay I’m done. 

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Style¿

Tassel Earrings  on Etsy $9.99

Tassel earrings have been a growing trend lately and, as with most trends and with me cause I’m stubborn, I was hesitant. But after wearing them for a day I’m pretty much in love. The ones I’m wearing are some we have in the boutique where I work. They run around 24 bucks BUT!! I found them for 10 BUCKS on Etsy!!! And they have a crap ton of great colors and mis-matched colors. I also found these more circular ones that are super cute for only 15! Bargains on Bargains

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The Bags Under My Eyes are Designer @ Shein $10.00

Cuffed Distressed Denim Shorts @ Forever 21 $19.90

Canvas Plimsolls @ Forever 21 $10.90

Layered Beaded Chocker @ Forever 21 $10.90

I was on Instagram the other day, just like going through my explore page, and I saw this suuuppeerrr classy outfit from this random girl that I really wanted to copy (as seen above). Her outfit also included a white blazer (which I didn’t have at the time) but I love this outfit so so much as a cute casual outfit that steps up your style game without looking too fancy (imo). No idea how much her’s cost but lucky for you guys!!! Mine is super cheap! My shirt is from Shein (which I know is a weird site that can kinda be a hit or miss with clothes but they have reviews and mine just happened to work out), but unfortunately they don’t have my exact shirt anymore so here’s another really cute one that could work. My shorts and shoes are Forever 21 and adding a statement necklace really brings the whole thing together (I’m linking this one, but the one in the picture is just borrowed from work, hah). This entire outfit is a grand total of a little over 50 bucks, which in my humble opinion is pretty fricken good considering just shoes can cost that much.

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Foodies¡

The Candy Cup Special @ The Big Chill

No healthy food post, this week we livin’ our best lives. I found these super crazy sno cones right in my area thank u lord. They have candy ones and cheesecake oreo ones, its insane. If you’re in Breaux Bridge Louisiana, or passing through like me, check ’em out they are delish. I mean look at all that candy¡

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FitFam¡¿

Oblique Killer Workout Rebecca Louise on Youtube

I branched out a little bit this week and tried another new video and it was a success! I have tried a few of her videos before, but this one realllly killed my obliques and for some reason this week I was really trying to kill my abs. I definitely recommend using her videos although her newer ones seem to work better for me. Apparently I like the Aussies since my last post was featuring and Australian too??? They know their fitness what can I say.

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Entertainment¡

Friends From College on Netflix

I know we’re all shocked I’m watching wayyyyyy too much Netflix these days. But anyway, I was kinda on the fence about this show at first cause #cantrelate to 40 year old struggles. Its about them all getting back together after moving away after college and its a huge mess of course. The scene that sold me though, is the one where Max doesn’t pay attention in any of the meetings at his office for like 6 months and its pretty fricken funny (spoiler alert?). Honestly Fred Savage (Max) and Jae Suh Park (Marriane) make this whole show (which helps the fact that the girl who played Robin in the God awful show “How I Met Your Mother” is in it and she’s as annoying as ever).

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Girls In White Dresses on Amazon $5.99

This book I really liked because it’s all about the confusing crap I’m going through right now as a 20-something. From awkward baby showers (cause you have no babies) to figuring out what to do in a job you hate but also have no idea what you should do instead (aka me sorta).

 

 

 

22, a Know-It-All and Stubborn AF

The hardest period in life is one’s twenties. It’s a shame because you’re your most gorgeous, and you’re physically in peak condition. But it’s actually when you’re most insecure and full of self-doubt. When you don’t know what’s going to happen, it’s frightening. -Helen Mirren 
About a year ago, I was in New York City for an internship at a Publishing company. Overall, the actual internship was relatively boring, so much of it was just sitting around waiting for someone to tell me to do something. On my lunch breaks, I would sit outside in Union Square Park every day and eat my sad fruit in a small container. I seethed with envy at all the fashionable twenty-something women with their freshly purchased salads that reeked of a ridiculously lavish disposable income (although I was simply just assuming since, hello, who the hell can afford to buy a salad every single day? in New York City???). Considering my internship paid me a big fat bowl of nada, I was forced to choose between chips or dry shampoo. Band-aids to cover the blisters from walking EVERYWHERE? I’m splurging.
As my internship was winding down in August, I was on the phone with my mother tearfully telling her how much I just wished I could stay there instead of going back to school. I assumed I was oh so ready to be done with it and couldn’t wait to be just like these girls whom I assumed had it all (and also because I had found out my scholarship would no longer be funded and had not a single clue how I was going to pay for my senior year).
Flashforward to me coming back for my last year at LSU. I can’t tell you how good it felt to be back where I could spend money and not live in a two-inch box with no one, really, to talk to. My senior year was, without a doubt, my best year at LSU. I finally felt like I had a good group of friends, I knew my shit when it came to school, and it felt like I was comfortable where I was going in my life. I told anyone who would ask where I wanted to go (New York) and what I wanted to do (Publishing). I couldn’t wait to graduate and be done with college and school work. On to the real world where there’s no homework and you get paid full-time!
Ever hear that stupid, annoying, saying that goes something like, “life happens when you’re making other plans?” My dad said that to me once after I told him my plans and I laughed in his face like I was the one who knew better. Well ha-ha to myself because life happened and things (not surprisingly) didn’t go like I thought they would. The job I thought I would have until I decided to move suddenly wasn’t scheduling me enough and I was worried about how much money I would have saved by the time I actually wanted to move. On my downtime, which was more often than I wanted, I applied to every Publishing company I could think of and for every job I thought I would even almost qualify for, to no avail. I revamped my resume three times, wrote a new cover letter (with help from my mom) and then wrote ANOTHER one, catering to each different company while also appealing to a more creative side of myself, to no avail.
As my timeline started getting pushed further and further, I took a hard, long, stressful, look at myself and what I really wanted out of life. Would it really be so awful if I didn’t go to New York? Why was I so adamant about being there? There’s a part of me that thinks staying in the South is a form of cruel and unusual torture and that only boring people stay here. I wanted more out of life than just staying in one place forever, never really moving anywhere else. I love New York and hope to maybe live there one day, but a part of me only wanted to move there to prove something to the people in my past who thought I wasn’t good enough. The other half of me put a ridiculous amount of pressure on myself to be successful immediately so it wouldn’t look like I got an English degree for nothing.
Something that I hate, hate, hate¡¡¡ about myself is my knee-jerk reaction to turn my nose up at certain things thinking I know myself completely at 22 and could never write or live in this certain place etc. I tend to lose sight of things that would make me happy because I assume immediately that I would hate them. Truth? I’m changing a lot and I’m only 22 and there’s a lot of stuff I’m trying to figure out at this weird stage in my life. This blog was inspired by my realization that I don’t actually have it all figured out, and the things I want change OFTEN. I’ve found that writing is something I actually really enjoy and it took me until now to figure that out. Who knows what the hell else I don’t know about myself! I’ve still got like 80 years left to figure it out (that sounds like a long time to live but I eat salad, like, a lot and I run like 4 times a month AT LEAST)! It’s nice to have plans for life as I still try to do, but in the meantime I’m trying to be cool with just a “pla” for my life. Maybe see where that takes me and focus more on, ya know, doing that thing I hear people talking about called being happy!

Things to Love This Week

 

Beauty¡

Que Bella® Masks @ Target $1.99

So I found these gems one day looking at the bubble bath section of Target one day. I figured I’d just try a couple cause they were super cheap and I also felt boujee  special cause I was taking french and knew what que bella meant. I’m picturing these two because these are the ones I just got, but my favorites are the Aloe Vera Deep Cleansing Mask and the Cherry Apricot Exfoliator Cleanser .    

Revlon® Ultra HD Matte Lip Color  @ Target $7.19

I actually have two of these, this one being a more nude color and this super vibrant red! They both have some awesome staying power, so cheap and easy to use. These are great for people like me who only really wear lipstick if they’re trying to be super •Extra• going out, but also are not gonna remember to keep checking it cause it holds up all night  (sans kissing tho;) ). 

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Style¿

Neck Scarf @ Target $5.99

I was hesitant about this whole tiny neck scarf revival trend (as I am with all weird trends *cough* tassels), but I really liked putting this one in my hair for a pop of color that matched my lips. Maybe Ill try one on my actual neck next time?? Here’s one I thought was cute from Target since the one I’m wearing I just cut out of an actual scarf whoops. 

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Foodies¡

Sriracha Sauce @ Target $2.99

*Technically* got this at the Dollar Store after I forgot to grab it at Target, which is typical, but I don’t even think they have a website and no clue how much it even was there (1 dollar????).  Anyway, this bottle will probably last me forever because I can only put 3 drops total on anything I eat, but it’s so good. Even with just 3 drops you can still really taste it. Here’s a link for the good stuff.

Flaxseeds @ Target $2.69

Okay I know it’s weird that I even included these cause they taste like literally nothing with a crunch, but¡¡¡¡¡¡ that’s the beauty of these babies, ya’ll. I put these in my oatmeal (like maybe a tablespoon) and I really feel a difference in my digestion. If you ever feel bloated and gross after a pizza weekend, I suggest this to *ahem* clean you out  *ahem* and restart ya health for the week. 

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Fitness¡¿

Sarahs Day on Youtube Frrreeeeeeeeee

I’m always trying to do different stuff with my workouts because I get bored easily, which means I get less motivated to do anything. I found Sarah’s Day as a suggestion from Youtube of junk I might like. I love love love her three 15 minute videos where she does the full workout with you in real time. I wish she had more of them, but unfortunately she mostly just shows you what she does in a gym in her other videos. I mostly prefer when someone does the workout in real time rather than just saying “do this 3 times for 30 seconds!” because usually I just do it twice and get bored. Some of the other videos say stuff like “do this video 4 more times!” and after the second time I’m like “oh no girl, bye I’m sick of this.” So in other words, I love when a video is a real workout in real time because I’m wayyyy less likely to stop a video in the middle. Here’s my favorite one of her 15 minute videos!

 

Entertainment¡

The Kept Woman Karin Slaughter on Amazon $15.17 (Paperback)

I just finished this book and wow. Not quiet as twisted as her Pretty Girls: A Novel, but still on the edge of your seat trying to figure out what the heck is going on. This one focuses on Will Trent, a detective for the Atlanta PD and his crazy relationship with ex-cop and crazy woman Angela Polanski. All the twists and turns definitely kept me going, which means I finished it in about one day. Then I came to realize I had skipped the entire Will Trent series and just read the ending without realizing it (ha who let me do this), I really didn’t have to have any prior info about the characters to understand the novel thank God.  

Sweat by The All-American Rejects 

Is it 8th grade again? 2009?? Nope, but The All-American Rejects came out with another banger anyway. This song definitely takes me back to my angsty middle school alternative rock days (cause who wasn’t angsty at 13 for no reason?). Just listen to feel the nostalgia

Once Upon A Time on ABC

I started watching this show the second it came out and love loved it. It’s all about this woman who is found by her son she gave up for adoption, who tries to convince her she’s the daughter of Snow White and Prince Charming. Sounds kinda off the wall, but as a child of fairy-tales and Harry Potter, I loved it. After a while they started introducing Elsa and Anna from frozen and I did a huge *eye roll* and stopped watching. But seriously, the first few seasons are great, but after that ehhh. 

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Spllluuurrrgggeeeeeeee™

NARS The Multiple @ Sephora $39.99

So holy heck I didn’t know this thing was this expensive until I looked it up, sheesh. I got this on a whim/ Sehpora haul and didn’t think anything of it. This is why I always get up to the register and have to suppress my cringe face every time they read me my total. When I first got this I hated it. I couldn’t figure out how to make it go where it wanted it to go and I’d end up just rubbing it off. I finally just put it in a spot and left it and realized I actually loved it highlighter look of it. Definitely a splurge, but should last a while since the stick is huge and I only use a couple swipes. 

Un-success of the week√

Love Sweat Fitness on YouTube

As I said before, I love trying new things when I workout. Something I started doing a few months ago, sort of as a revamping of my health and fitness, was Barre classes. At the time, the studio I was going to was fairly new, so they had free classes a lot. I couldn’t keep paying for the classes (the monthly fee was like 100 bucks) so I had to find other alternatives. When I saw Love Sweat Fitness’s Lower Abs Barre Bootcamp , I was like awesome I love barre! Unfortunately this was a super-easy beginners workout that basically did nothing for my abs (which are pretty strong I might add). That’s not to say all of her workouts are like this, I will definitely be trying them again! This one was a definite miss.