In August I got a mysterious shipping notification from UPS that a package was headed to me. Beknownst to me on my doorstep was the whole Born to Run collection sent to courtesy of Urban Decay. Of course I was in tears. I am so excited to share my thoughts on  all these products to try from a brand I have admired for a very long time! It feels like it has been ages since I've done a beauty review like this. Grab some cider or an iced coffee and take a seat!

Born to Run Collection Review

October 8, 2018

In August I got a mysterious shipping notification from UPS that a package was headed to me. Beknownst to me on my doorstep was the whole Born to Run collection sent to courtesy of Urban Decay. Of course I was in tears. I am so excited to share my thoughts on  all these products to try from a brand I have admired for a very long time! It feels like it has been ages since I've done a beauty review like this. Grab some cider or an iced coffee and take a seat!
Hi friends, I can't believe its OCTOBER. I have gone back and forth on writing this review for what seems like so long now. I started writing Sephora Play reviews three years ago when I got my first box. I remember it like Christmas morning but in September. Back then there weren't huge websites dedicated to reviewing just subscription boxes and IG story unboxings were non-existent. Now three years later I am somewhat lost as what to do/where to go with these boxes in my content. Reviewing Sephora Play boxes was one of the huge chunks of my beauty content. Now I am working with more brands and making more original content, but those posts come in waves. Truthfully it has never been easy to keep up with boxes month to month and take pictures of all the products. 

Summer Sephora Play 2018 Haul

October 1, 2018

Hi friends, I can't believe its OCTOBER. I have gone back and forth on writing this review for what seems like so long now. I started writing Sephora Play reviews three years ago when I got my first box. I remember it like Christmas morning but in September. Back then there weren't huge websites dedicated to reviewing just subscription boxes and IG story unboxings were non-existent. Now three years later I am somewhat lost as what to do/where to go with these boxes in my content. Reviewing Sephora Play boxes was one of the huge chunks of my beauty content. Now I am working with more brands and making more original content, but those posts come in waves. Truthfully it has never been easy to keep up with boxes month to month and take pictures of all the products. 
Hi friends! You might have remembered my post about Stylebook from April. Back when I first started using this app it was to learn more about my style and how I can shop better in general. After using it for a few more months I figured I would post a update/my thoughts. Here it is!

Stylebook For Days

September 25, 2018

Hi friends! You might have remembered my post about Stylebook from April. Back when I first started using this app it was to learn more about my style and how I can shop better in general. After using it for a few more months I figured I would post a update/my thoughts. Here it is!
Today's post was created in collaboration with Basic Invite. As always, all opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that make this blog possible!

Getting Back to Business

September 17, 2018

Today's post was created in collaboration with Basic Invite. As always, all opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that make this blog possible!
One of my favorite quotes is from the artist Monet, "I must have flowers, always, and always." Back in mid June I heard about this awesome idea of blooms on wheels in Kansas City called KC Bloom Co.

KC is BLOOMING

September 4, 2018

One of my favorite quotes is from the artist Monet, "I must have flowers, always, and always." Back in mid June I heard about this awesome idea of blooms on wheels in Kansas City called KC Bloom Co.
When summer first started the Drunk Elephant fairy sent me some goodies. However, life being one crazy, beautiful mess explains why in late August I am finally reviewing these magical products that seamlessly have transitioned from the summer to the beginning fall (I know we aren't there yet but soon). In case you have never heard Drunk Elephant is a skincare line created by Tiffany Masterson. Its rooted in simple skincare with clean, additive-free ingredients that put in overtime. 
These products specifically these three guard, protect, preserve, nourish, and balance the skin. In case you're itching for more about their products catch up with my review from last February about getting drunk for a month on their products, here.
This is the newest Drunk Elephant family member. Tiffany Masterson the creator of DE wanted something she could mix into her products that could give her skin some color without any irritants or weird ingredients. This is a silky, natural-looking bronzing concentrate and damn do I wish that this product could've been there for me in high school. Its made of vitamins, antioxidants, platinum peptides that protect the skin. Essentially sunshine in a bottle. Its a bronzer that can be used on your face or body with a realistic glow.  A much better deal than all the e.l.f. bronzer I used to buy >.<

My skin has tanned so much this year and so many of my foundations were slightly too light. My face is also slightly lighter than my neck which is a pain. I honestly don't like matching my face to my neck everyday. I just try to find a foundation that matches so closely I don't have to do my neck but with flash this issue isn't solved. This concentrate helps warm up my foundation so much that I don't feel like my neck looks unusual. 1 drop definitely adds a sunshine glow (which is recommended) but I add about 3 lol. It also provides such a warm glow that is natural and not Jersey Shore looking at all. This serum reminds me of the Magically Cool Liquid Powder from the M.A.C Venomous Villainous collection (long long gone but reaching for another product) it used to give me a bronzed look and was very simple.
I wrote about the Umbra Sheer Physical Daily Defense back in February. Since then I have religiously been using this sunscreen. It has SPF 30. This is a non-irritating, broad-spectrum sunscreen with antioxidants. I love a good sunscreen especially one like Drunk Elephant's with clean ingredients. Its crazy how many people don't know what's in the products they are using I highly suggest looking into sunscreen's ingredients. Think Dirty is an iOS app that tells you the ingredient in your cosmetics. I don't usually get serious about all the cosmetics I use but sunscreen and deodorant's ingredients are super important to me P.S. who is with me that every foundation should have sunscreen in it-ITS 2018! 
This is a rehabilitative skin serum to enrich skin and reduce photo-damage it nourishes and balances while giving a little glow. When I first started using this I was a little weary of this facial oil but now it has become apart of my skin routine. I mix it with this heavy-ish face cream I got from Marshalls (they can't all be winners) Honeylab Dry Skin Rescue Intense Moisturizer. My skin and nails feel so hydrated, refreshed when I use this oil. I really suggest this to anyone as a gift. Especially those who are just dipping their feet into the DE life.
Overall this trinity is one that I suggest to any skin care lover. DE suggests the #vacationface smoothie 1 drop of D-Bronzi, pea-sized amount of sunscreen, and 1-2 drops of Virgin Marula Oil. I add a bit of moisturizer + the day serum and its a great way to prime/prep my normal skin for my busy days. 
Out of all of these products I would definitely repurchase the D-Bronzi / Umbra Sheer Physical Defense. However I often consider what life would be like if I bought everything I wanted from DE. I love both of their face creams so much. As the Sephora sale is headed to us I am holding back on all of my shopping for September which is sad but necessary as I spent my whole clothing budget for September in three days over vacation in August lol 

Have you ever tried Drunk Elephant's products? What are your favorites?

A huge round of applause to my friend Mallory for helping me bring this post to you all!

I received these products complimentary from Drunk Elephant for testing purposes. All opinions are always my own.

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The DE Trinity

August 19, 2018

When summer first started the Drunk Elephant fairy sent me some goodies. However, life being one crazy, beautiful mess explains why in late August I am finally reviewing these magical products that seamlessly have transitioned from the summer to the beginning fall (I know we aren't there yet but soon). In case you have never heard Drunk Elephant is a skincare line created by Tiffany Masterson. Its rooted in simple skincare with clean, additive-free ingredients that put in overtime. 
These products specifically these three guard, protect, preserve, nourish, and balance the skin. In case you're itching for more about their products catch up with my review from last February about getting drunk for a month on their products, here.
This is the newest Drunk Elephant family member. Tiffany Masterson the creator of DE wanted something she could mix into her products that could give her skin some color without any irritants or weird ingredients. This is a silky, natural-looking bronzing concentrate and damn do I wish that this product could've been there for me in high school. Its made of vitamins, antioxidants, platinum peptides that protect the skin. Essentially sunshine in a bottle. Its a bronzer that can be used on your face or body with a realistic glow.  A much better deal than all the e.l.f. bronzer I used to buy >.<

My skin has tanned so much this year and so many of my foundations were slightly too light. My face is also slightly lighter than my neck which is a pain. I honestly don't like matching my face to my neck everyday. I just try to find a foundation that matches so closely I don't have to do my neck but with flash this issue isn't solved. This concentrate helps warm up my foundation so much that I don't feel like my neck looks unusual. 1 drop definitely adds a sunshine glow (which is recommended) but I add about 3 lol. It also provides such a warm glow that is natural and not Jersey Shore looking at all. This serum reminds me of the Magically Cool Liquid Powder from the M.A.C Venomous Villainous collection (long long gone but reaching for another product) it used to give me a bronzed look and was very simple.
I wrote about the Umbra Sheer Physical Daily Defense back in February. Since then I have religiously been using this sunscreen. It has SPF 30. This is a non-irritating, broad-spectrum sunscreen with antioxidants. I love a good sunscreen especially one like Drunk Elephant's with clean ingredients. Its crazy how many people don't know what's in the products they are using I highly suggest looking into sunscreen's ingredients. Think Dirty is an iOS app that tells you the ingredient in your cosmetics. I don't usually get serious about all the cosmetics I use but sunscreen and deodorant's ingredients are super important to me P.S. who is with me that every foundation should have sunscreen in it-ITS 2018! 
This is a rehabilitative skin serum to enrich skin and reduce photo-damage it nourishes and balances while giving a little glow. When I first started using this I was a little weary of this facial oil but now it has become apart of my skin routine. I mix it with this heavy-ish face cream I got from Marshalls (they can't all be winners) Honeylab Dry Skin Rescue Intense Moisturizer. My skin and nails feel so hydrated, refreshed when I use this oil. I really suggest this to anyone as a gift. Especially those who are just dipping their feet into the DE life.
Overall this trinity is one that I suggest to any skin care lover. DE suggests the #vacationface smoothie 1 drop of D-Bronzi, pea-sized amount of sunscreen, and 1-2 drops of Virgin Marula Oil. I add a bit of moisturizer + the day serum and its a great way to prime/prep my normal skin for my busy days. 
Out of all of these products I would definitely repurchase the D-Bronzi / Umbra Sheer Physical Defense. However I often consider what life would be like if I bought everything I wanted from DE. I love both of their face creams so much. As the Sephora sale is headed to us I am holding back on all of my shopping for September which is sad but necessary as I spent my whole clothing budget for September in three days over vacation in August lol 

Have you ever tried Drunk Elephant's products? What are your favorites?

A huge round of applause to my friend Mallory for helping me bring this post to you all!

I received these products complimentary from Drunk Elephant for testing purposes. All opinions are always my own.

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Hi friends! 2018 is moving too fast don't you agree?! I have been so busy these past few weeks. Last week I went to D.C. to visit family and take a mini vacation. This is my final week before I start my classes again so I am trying to pack as much as I can into this last weekend while trying to avoid my homework. Here's a few snaps of what I've been up to.
Like I said I went to D.C. last week and it wouldn't be a trip to our nation's capital without going to see a museum or two. I stopped by the Smithsonian Museum of Art and the National Gallery of Art. Back in July I went to Omaha and visited my friend Jessica. She was so sweet and made an itinerary for my trip and suggested possibly the best ice cream I've had in my entire life called Coneflower Creamery. It was so good I went back the next day. Aside from trips I have been busy attending blogger events. I went to Shop Modern Society's opening which you might have seen on my Instagram story, I saw a pre-screening of Crazy Rich Asians thanks to a blogger friend, and I went to a Cheddar's Scratch Kitchen Menu Tasting Event where I got to try so many delicious things! I loved their onion rings, New Orleans pasta, and of course homemade chocolate fudge cake. They also have some great non-alcoholic drinks! Overall, I was amazed at how affordable and tasty their menu is. There are so many options plus they are super friendly with dietary restrictions.

Now onto outfit details. To be honest I only own a few graphic t-shirts and this Mariah one was one I had wanted found it on Urban Outfitters for a relatively good price and snatched it up immediately. Vintage MC shirts are expensive! I had been looking for a vintage Mariah shirt FOREVER. Don't get me wrong 2k Mariah is still great, but 90s Mariah is iconic.
What might be surprising to is that I actually am very hesitant about graphic tees mainly because in middle school (a very traumatic time) I am accumulated so many clothes and graphic tees over the years, and I still need to send them to ThredUp. Crazy how your whole middle school wardrobe is not supposed to last. I hope this trend can change in the future. Now I really think about whether graphic shirts in my closet are going to be durable or fleeting like in middle school. I only have few other shirts like a Molly Ringwald shirt I gave to my friend for a grad gift but she never wore it so now I have it haha.

I think for styling graphic tees you have to keep it simple. For me I chose some plain denim from Urban Outfitters and my new favorite loafers. Which I reviewed on this post, here.
What's your favorite graphic tee? I'll see you next week  folks! It feels sad to say goodbye to summer but we'll be drinking pumpkin spice chais so soon! 

Wearing: Shirt - Urban Outffiters, jeans - BDG, loafers - Gucci, watch - Marc by Marc Jacobs, sunglasses - Chloe

Photos by the incredible LFTM Photography, seriously give Audley a follow here!

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My Favorite Graphic Tee

August 17, 2018

Hi friends! 2018 is moving too fast don't you agree?! I have been so busy these past few weeks. Last week I went to D.C. to visit family and take a mini vacation. This is my final week before I start my classes again so I am trying to pack as much as I can into this last weekend while trying to avoid my homework. Here's a few snaps of what I've been up to.
Like I said I went to D.C. last week and it wouldn't be a trip to our nation's capital without going to see a museum or two. I stopped by the Smithsonian Museum of Art and the National Gallery of Art. Back in July I went to Omaha and visited my friend Jessica. She was so sweet and made an itinerary for my trip and suggested possibly the best ice cream I've had in my entire life called Coneflower Creamery. It was so good I went back the next day. Aside from trips I have been busy attending blogger events. I went to Shop Modern Society's opening which you might have seen on my Instagram story, I saw a pre-screening of Crazy Rich Asians thanks to a blogger friend, and I went to a Cheddar's Scratch Kitchen Menu Tasting Event where I got to try so many delicious things! I loved their onion rings, New Orleans pasta, and of course homemade chocolate fudge cake. They also have some great non-alcoholic drinks! Overall, I was amazed at how affordable and tasty their menu is. There are so many options plus they are super friendly with dietary restrictions.

Now onto outfit details. To be honest I only own a few graphic t-shirts and this Mariah one was one I had wanted found it on Urban Outfitters for a relatively good price and snatched it up immediately. Vintage MC shirts are expensive! I had been looking for a vintage Mariah shirt FOREVER. Don't get me wrong 2k Mariah is still great, but 90s Mariah is iconic.
What might be surprising to is that I actually am very hesitant about graphic tees mainly because in middle school (a very traumatic time) I am accumulated so many clothes and graphic tees over the years, and I still need to send them to ThredUp. Crazy how your whole middle school wardrobe is not supposed to last. I hope this trend can change in the future. Now I really think about whether graphic shirts in my closet are going to be durable or fleeting like in middle school. I only have few other shirts like a Molly Ringwald shirt I gave to my friend for a grad gift but she never wore it so now I have it haha.

I think for styling graphic tees you have to keep it simple. For me I chose some plain denim from Urban Outfitters and my new favorite loafers. Which I reviewed on this post, here.
What's your favorite graphic tee? I'll see you next week  folks! It feels sad to say goodbye to summer but we'll be drinking pumpkin spice chais so soon! 

Wearing: Shirt - Urban Outffiters, jeans - BDG, loafers - Gucci, watch - Marc by Marc Jacobs, sunglasses - Chloe

Photos by the incredible LFTM Photography, seriously give Audley a follow here!

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Many KC-itians are familiar with Baldwin! Our hometown brand that has been changing the denim game. I had been looking for the perfect Baldwin piece to add to my collection and I think I found it. The Kendall. This long denim maxi skirt made specifically for Kendall Jenner from Anna Wintour. 
When I first saw this skirt I wasn't sure how to feel about it. Of course there is very little that KJ can't pull off. However, I have nightmares about wearing denim skirts from middle school and I think embarrassingly once or twice in high school. Nevertheless, the denim skirt is coming out of retirement for me and is ready to work! Literally I wear this skirt to work on casual Fridays. I am wearing a size 24 for reference. 

The Denim Skirt Comes Out of Retirement

August 10, 2018

Many KC-itians are familiar with Baldwin! Our hometown brand that has been changing the denim game. I had been looking for the perfect Baldwin piece to add to my collection and I think I found it. The Kendall. This long denim maxi skirt made specifically for Kendall Jenner from Anna Wintour. 
When I first saw this skirt I wasn't sure how to feel about it. Of course there is very little that KJ can't pull off. However, I have nightmares about wearing denim skirts from middle school and I think embarrassingly once or twice in high school. Nevertheless, the denim skirt is coming out of retirement for me and is ready to work! Literally I wear this skirt to work on casual Fridays. I am wearing a size 24 for reference. 
Back in my early days getting into makeup Almay was my go to brand. I mean it! I virtually owned everything from powder foundation, liquid foundation, to every type of black eyeliner they sold. 

Almay Class of '18 + YouTube

August 4, 2018

Back in my early days getting into makeup Almay was my go to brand. I mean it! I virtually owned everything from powder foundation, liquid foundation, to every type of black eyeliner they sold. 
Greetings beautiful people! Did you know that I only own two skirts? A simple, black H&M pencil skirt I used to wear for debate tournaments in high school that I can't let go, and now this berry dream with blackberries and raspberries! I actually spotted it a few seasons ago from J. Crew and wanted it so badly. However, it was $98 and 100% polyester so my instant thought was- NO WAY. I decided to wait until I could find it cheaper.
After stalking Poshmark for this skirt for what felt like eternity I finally found this gem brand new for $25! A much more reasonable price! I actually have a matching scarf from this collection (you might remember this post).
I love that this skirt can be worn with any t-shirt. I chose a grey-ish/white t-shirt but I would also wear it with navy, black, or white. I think it could also be paired with a plain silk or linen sleeveless blouse. I also would try the double print trend once I find this blouse in the matching print. Just wait for it!
I have been busy as a bee with blogger events and I just went on a road trip to Omaha. It has been such a blessing not to stress about school for a change.
Any time I can bring this purse out I'm a happy camper.
Post summer classes and I'm finding a new found joy for summer. 
Here are some of the things that are making me happy right now

•Crazy Rich Asians (Cannot.wait.for.the.movie) 
•Queen of the South's Third Season 
•Nespresso's Shakerato Capsules (life changing) 
•Yankee Candle's Lovely Lilac Candle 
•O.P.I Pink Ladies Rule the School 
•All Audrey Hepburn movies 
•Real Housewives of New York/OC + Shah's of Sunset returning 
•Queer Eye filming their third season in KC! 
•Having time to take walks again. I've walked 17.4 miles this week already. 
•Vogue's 73 Questions. I love the interview with Donatella, VB, and Aziz Ansari's the most. 
•Jams I'm loving: Becks album Colors, John Mayer's New Light, and the Knocks Ride or Die feat. Foster the People.

Since I went on vacation last week I didn't get a chance to celebrate JMC's 6th birthday. I don't think I'm going to do a 6 year anniversary post, but I wanted to convey my thanks and gratitude to my readers, friends, family, and followers. I never would've dreamed that JMC would still be my place of escape 5 years later. I also never dreamed of making so many friends from this journey + being able to partner with so many incredible brands. I have a lot of reflecting to do about where I see JMC headed in the next year (no big changes most likely edits), but I just want to say thank you for being here. I am so damn grateful.
I hope everyone is staying cool and drinking large iced caramel macchiatos while enjoying their summer days. It feels like it was May and then I blinked and August was here. How time flies!

Wearing: Shirt - H&M, skirt - J. Crew (old, but similar), shoes - Harajuku Lovers (old but similar, here), lipstick - Mary Jo K, purse - vintage (similar)

Photos by the incredible LFTM Photography, seriously give Audley a follow here!
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Berry Happy

July 30, 2018

Greetings beautiful people! Did you know that I only own two skirts? A simple, black H&M pencil skirt I used to wear for debate tournaments in high school that I can't let go, and now this berry dream with blackberries and raspberries! I actually spotted it a few seasons ago from J. Crew and wanted it so badly. However, it was $98 and 100% polyester so my instant thought was- NO WAY. I decided to wait until I could find it cheaper.
After stalking Poshmark for this skirt for what felt like eternity I finally found this gem brand new for $25! A much more reasonable price! I actually have a matching scarf from this collection (you might remember this post).
I love that this skirt can be worn with any t-shirt. I chose a grey-ish/white t-shirt but I would also wear it with navy, black, or white. I think it could also be paired with a plain silk or linen sleeveless blouse. I also would try the double print trend once I find this blouse in the matching print. Just wait for it!
I have been busy as a bee with blogger events and I just went on a road trip to Omaha. It has been such a blessing not to stress about school for a change.
Any time I can bring this purse out I'm a happy camper.
Post summer classes and I'm finding a new found joy for summer. 
Here are some of the things that are making me happy right now

•Crazy Rich Asians (Cannot.wait.for.the.movie) 
•Queen of the South's Third Season 
•Nespresso's Shakerato Capsules (life changing) 
•Yankee Candle's Lovely Lilac Candle 
•O.P.I Pink Ladies Rule the School 
•All Audrey Hepburn movies 
•Real Housewives of New York/OC + Shah's of Sunset returning 
•Queer Eye filming their third season in KC! 
•Having time to take walks again. I've walked 17.4 miles this week already. 
•Vogue's 73 Questions. I love the interview with Donatella, VB, and Aziz Ansari's the most. 
•Jams I'm loving: Becks album Colors, John Mayer's New Light, and the Knocks Ride or Die feat. Foster the People.

Since I went on vacation last week I didn't get a chance to celebrate JMC's 6th birthday. I don't think I'm going to do a 6 year anniversary post, but I wanted to convey my thanks and gratitude to my readers, friends, family, and followers. I never would've dreamed that JMC would still be my place of escape 5 years later. I also never dreamed of making so many friends from this journey + being able to partner with so many incredible brands. I have a lot of reflecting to do about where I see JMC headed in the next year (no big changes most likely edits), but I just want to say thank you for being here. I am so damn grateful.
I hope everyone is staying cool and drinking large iced caramel macchiatos while enjoying their summer days. It feels like it was May and then I blinked and August was here. How time flies!

Wearing: Shirt - H&M, skirt - J. Crew (old, but similar), shoes - Harajuku Lovers (old but similar, here), lipstick - Mary Jo K, purse - vintage (similar)

Photos by the incredible LFTM Photography, seriously give Audley a follow here!
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Since I started my internship I realized that wearing heels at the office is the easiest way to make me exhausted. So I thought long and hard what my options could be. A) Buy a temporary pair of shoes off eBay to wear through the summer (not actually tackling the problem of finding a comfortable pair of shoes for the office that work for me IRL) or B) Buying something comfortable, versatile, and higher-end that would be considered expensive overall, but the style will endure.

Brixton Loafer Review

July 27, 2018

Since I started my internship I realized that wearing heels at the office is the easiest way to make me exhausted. So I thought long and hard what my options could be. A) Buy a temporary pair of shoes off eBay to wear through the summer (not actually tackling the problem of finding a comfortable pair of shoes for the office that work for me IRL) or B) Buying something comfortable, versatile, and higher-end that would be considered expensive overall, but the style will endure.
Ok this title is a little deceiving. I got a Kylie Lip Kit back during Christmas and here I am finally giving my review two seasons later. I'm sure many of you have heard about Kylie Lip Kits by now. Kylie Jenner has really garnered a serious following of customers with these products. So much that Kylie Cosmetics has an estimated net worth of $368 million and Kylie was just on the cover of Forbes.

I Got a Kylie Lip Kit

July 20, 2018

Ok this title is a little deceiving. I got a Kylie Lip Kit back during Christmas and here I am finally giving my review two seasons later. I'm sure many of you have heard about Kylie Lip Kits by now. Kylie Jenner has really garnered a serious following of customers with these products. So much that Kylie Cosmetics has an estimated net worth of $368 million and Kylie was just on the cover of Forbes.
Wow June was one crazy month. With starting a new internship, taking 6 graduate hours (The most I have ever taken at once), trying to get eight hours of sleep, and surviving Mars' retrograde has not been easy.
Although I was somewhat active on the blog (posting a few times in June) I missed being here mentally. Writing about style and beauty with a little bit of my life thrown in is such a therapeutic way to get your thoughts out. I am ecstatic to say that I have been shooting new content that I'm really excited about and can't wait to share. Honestly I am so grateful to be back blogging regularly.
So here's things 6 things I learned during  June:

1. Focus on what you can do instead of what you can't. Somedays all the deadlines from school were so heavy. Instead of being proactive I would just focus on my current week and take the next week as it came. This was totally out of my comfort zone as I aspire to be proactive. However devoting all my attention to the task at hand ended up being better than trying to be ahead all the time. Sometimes you just have to do the best with what you have.
2. Take time for yourself. Although most weekends and days after work I spent in my room doing homework there were days where I didn't touch my homework at all, and I think those days were what kept me sane honestly. Getting to go to the Whole Foods Pre-Opening Party with my best friend Victoria, spending time with my loved ones, making time to go to Marshalls, and paint my nails kept me going. #Priorities.
3. Make time for meditation. I found my head spinning at the end of the night with deadlines from work, school, and life. Sometimes even making time for 5-7 minutes of guided meditation felt like a big deal and every time I was grateful I made time for it. I use Meditation Studio on my iPhone and on my Amazon Echo
4. You are stronger than you think. I look back and wonder how I managed to get it all done and how much I doubted myself. What's funny is that I've been through so much worse so I don't know how or why I underestimate myself. Never forget, females are strong as hell.
5. Sometimes you have to give up things that you love to get things done. During these past 8 weeks I basically gave up reading, watching television for the most part, seeing my friends, and online shopping (all four past times I enjoy). At first knowing I was going to have to put all these things on the back burner was a real bummer, but as time went by I didn't have that much time to think about the things I was missing out on. I just had to go on. However having so much to look forward too when I was done was a nice motivator.
6. Stop and smell the orchids. For real. My boyfriend and I celebrated our fourth anniversary and went to the beautiful Kauffman Gardens in KC. Although I had a lot to stress about I stayed present in the moment and enjoyed every minute with him. There is a lovely indoor garden with beautiful orchids.I wandered around smelling them for a good ten minutes. It really made all the difference.
I recently picked up this Maeve blouse from Anthropologie via Poshmark. It was super long because it is originally a tunic, and was quite big on me. My mom managed to trim it (thanks mom). The original style is called the Paseo Tunic Button Down Top Tie Waist. Its supposed to be tied in the front rather than the back. However, I prefer the bow in the back a lot. It really adds something to the classic sleeveless white button down. I do want to try it the original way it was created. However I feel like the shape is kinda weird in the front. I may be reading into it, what do you think? Nonetheless its definitely a fun take on a classic and I have been needing a blouse like this forever. I can wear it with loafers or with birkenstocks.
I'm still obsessed with this scarf I got back in the spring. You may remember it from this post.
I am also making some serious progress at completing my goal of owning this whole J. Crew berry print collection. Just need the heels and silk blouse!
The easiest way to tie a bandana scarf is to fold it in half into a triangle. Then fold it half an inch on both sides until you get a small rectangle. Then you can tie it around your neck. I love this page from J.Crew on how to style a scarf in 7 ways.

Right now I'm getting out of the school/work groove and getting into the work/relax groove which I'll take any day. PS what do you guys think of this lip color? Its a Kylie Lip Kit and its the real deal! Review coming soon.
June has taken so much out of me but I tried to make lemonade with lemons and am grateful for what this past month has taught me. Two passed classes later and I'm honestly just so grateful that July is here. It feels like a gift to be able to live fully in the present again. Time to revitalize and recharge during this month. I think we all need to take more time to stop and smell the orchids. 

Wearing: Blouse - Anthropologie (sold out, but similar), jeans - Urban Outfitters, scarf - J. Crew (sold out, but similar), lips - Kylie Cosmetics in Mary Jo K, watch - Marc by Marc Jacobs (exact)

Photos by the incredible LFTM Photography, seriously give Audley a follow here!

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Stop and Smell the Orchids

July 13, 2018

Wow June was one crazy month. With starting a new internship, taking 6 graduate hours (The most I have ever taken at once), trying to get eight hours of sleep, and surviving Mars' retrograde has not been easy.
Although I was somewhat active on the blog (posting a few times in June) I missed being here mentally. Writing about style and beauty with a little bit of my life thrown in is such a therapeutic way to get your thoughts out. I am ecstatic to say that I have been shooting new content that I'm really excited about and can't wait to share. Honestly I am so grateful to be back blogging regularly.
So here's things 6 things I learned during  June:

1. Focus on what you can do instead of what you can't. Somedays all the deadlines from school were so heavy. Instead of being proactive I would just focus on my current week and take the next week as it came. This was totally out of my comfort zone as I aspire to be proactive. However devoting all my attention to the task at hand ended up being better than trying to be ahead all the time. Sometimes you just have to do the best with what you have.
2. Take time for yourself. Although most weekends and days after work I spent in my room doing homework there were days where I didn't touch my homework at all, and I think those days were what kept me sane honestly. Getting to go to the Whole Foods Pre-Opening Party with my best friend Victoria, spending time with my loved ones, making time to go to Marshalls, and paint my nails kept me going. #Priorities.
3. Make time for meditation. I found my head spinning at the end of the night with deadlines from work, school, and life. Sometimes even making time for 5-7 minutes of guided meditation felt like a big deal and every time I was grateful I made time for it. I use Meditation Studio on my iPhone and on my Amazon Echo
4. You are stronger than you think. I look back and wonder how I managed to get it all done and how much I doubted myself. What's funny is that I've been through so much worse so I don't know how or why I underestimate myself. Never forget, females are strong as hell.
5. Sometimes you have to give up things that you love to get things done. During these past 8 weeks I basically gave up reading, watching television for the most part, seeing my friends, and online shopping (all four past times I enjoy). At first knowing I was going to have to put all these things on the back burner was a real bummer, but as time went by I didn't have that much time to think about the things I was missing out on. I just had to go on. However having so much to look forward too when I was done was a nice motivator.
6. Stop and smell the orchids. For real. My boyfriend and I celebrated our fourth anniversary and went to the beautiful Kauffman Gardens in KC. Although I had a lot to stress about I stayed present in the moment and enjoyed every minute with him. There is a lovely indoor garden with beautiful orchids.I wandered around smelling them for a good ten minutes. It really made all the difference.
I recently picked up this Maeve blouse from Anthropologie via Poshmark. It was super long because it is originally a tunic, and was quite big on me. My mom managed to trim it (thanks mom). The original style is called the Paseo Tunic Button Down Top Tie Waist. Its supposed to be tied in the front rather than the back. However, I prefer the bow in the back a lot. It really adds something to the classic sleeveless white button down. I do want to try it the original way it was created. However I feel like the shape is kinda weird in the front. I may be reading into it, what do you think? Nonetheless its definitely a fun take on a classic and I have been needing a blouse like this forever. I can wear it with loafers or with birkenstocks.
I'm still obsessed with this scarf I got back in the spring. You may remember it from this post.
I am also making some serious progress at completing my goal of owning this whole J. Crew berry print collection. Just need the heels and silk blouse!
The easiest way to tie a bandana scarf is to fold it in half into a triangle. Then fold it half an inch on both sides until you get a small rectangle. Then you can tie it around your neck. I love this page from J.Crew on how to style a scarf in 7 ways.

Right now I'm getting out of the school/work groove and getting into the work/relax groove which I'll take any day. PS what do you guys think of this lip color? Its a Kylie Lip Kit and its the real deal! Review coming soon.
June has taken so much out of me but I tried to make lemonade with lemons and am grateful for what this past month has taught me. Two passed classes later and I'm honestly just so grateful that July is here. It feels like a gift to be able to live fully in the present again. Time to revitalize and recharge during this month. I think we all need to take more time to stop and smell the orchids. 

Wearing: Blouse - Anthropologie (sold out, but similar), jeans - Urban Outfitters, scarf - J. Crew (sold out, but similar), lips - Kylie Cosmetics in Mary Jo K, watch - Marc by Marc Jacobs (exact)

Photos by the incredible LFTM Photography, seriously give Audley a follow here!

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