Monday Musings

This will be a new feature on my site were I can be more personal and let you see a little bit into my personality and life. I love talking about makeup, clothing, and books. But, there is also a lot more to me than those material things. Sometimes these posts will be more serious and others it will just be something light and fluffy. My goals with Monday Musings is to become closer to my readers and get to you guys more! So please let me know your thoughts and what’s going on with you in the comments so we can get to know each other better!

Today, I don’t have anything serious to talk about, but I want to let you what’s been going on in my life for the past month or so. It was late July when my husband and I discovered we had a little over two weeks to move out of a townhouse in Mississippi and move up to Michigan. My husband had been applying for positions all over the country, and even overseas, as we were looking for a change of scenery. I truly love Mississippi, and if you haven’t visited the magnolia state yet you should put it on your list. However, we were feeling a bit stagnate and want to experience something new. While, Michigan wasn’t quite what I was expecting I was excited non the less!

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via: Free People Blog

As you can imagine, the two weeks of July were crazy and hectic. We were already planning to move out of our home, so while we had already began packing, we really had to speed it up. We also had to find a place to live and work out all the details for our new home while being states away. Luckily, we have family in Michigan who live close enough to our town and they were able to help us find the right place. We choose to rent since, we didn’t have the time or money to look at homes. It’s been a while since I’ve lived in an apartment and I forgot how paper then the walls can be! But, we are getting used to it and I’m loving Michigan.

While in Mississippi we were at least an hour away from everything, here were are only a couple minutes from anything you can think of and it’s great. Michigan is also beautiful, and Lake Michigan is just like being at the ocean, only you don’t have to about sharks! Another plus, almost no humidity! I no longer feel as if I’m drowning in my sweat everything I leave the house.

This move has taught me so much about myself, and I couldn’t be happier that we took the plunge and moved. We moved very far from our families. While, we now live close to my brother in law and his wife, we are now a plane’s ride away from everyone else. And although my husband had been here before and knew a couple people (the new job was with the same company he worked for in Mississippi, so he had traveled and worked here before on business trips) I came knowing no one, which was very scary. I wasn’t sure how I would adapt to a new place where I had no support except my husband. But, so far I’ve managed everything on my own have actually been less anxious than before the move.

We’ve only been here month (exactly one month tomorrow!) and I know many things will change in the coming months and there will be many more challenges. But, I’m ready for them and I’m more excited than ever to see what the future brings. My ending note for you is to take chances and risks. And get out of your comfort zone when ever you can, because great things are waiting for you on the other side!

Have any of you made a long distance move before? Were you by yourself or with family or friends? Did you have any trouble settling in? Let me know in the comments and we can talk about it! I look forward to hearing you guy’s stories!

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August Favorites

This has been a very busy month with us moving to a state. We’re loving Michigan and have been having a lot of fun exploring our area. Since, we have been out and about a lot and driving around our region to explore, I have a lot of favorites this month!

Coloring Books: I have always colored as a way to de-stress and clear my mind. I have anxiety and it has almost been like a coping mechanism for me. I recently moved close to a Barnes and Noble and noticed that coloring books for adults has become very popular. This made me very excited and I may have gone overboard with buying them. Here are the ones I’ve picked up within the last month.

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Clothes: I’ve also moved closer to a big mall. Where I lived before it took over an hour to get to a mall, now I’m only about 25 minutes so I did quite a bit of shopping lately.

Here’s a preview of my clothing haul, I’ll post a link when the post goes live!

clothing haulMakeup: Let just say that moving closer to makeup stores have not been good to my wallet!

Here’s a preview of my Ulta and Sephora Haul! I’ll attack a link when the post goes live.

makeup haulKing Tut: We went to the King Tut exhibit in Grand Rapids a couple weeks ago and it was great! The way they lead you through the story is a lot of fun and interactive. And if you go into a little side entrance, you can see actual real artifacts and a real mummy. It was a lot of fun, if you live nearby you should check it out.

The Dutch village: Also within driving distance is a cute little theme park called The Dutch Village, modeled after a village in the Netherlands. Here you can walk around and see Dutch dancers and go into building and see workers making actual wooden shoes and they even make cheese and other foods here. It was really cute and fun.

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Vampires in Literature 101 Syllabus

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish,  is to make a syllabus of a class of our choice. I chose Vampires in Literature 101, and I think it’s a good topic because while they seem cliche today, they are actually very fascinating, complex creatures they are written in many different ways. There are also a lot of good, adult books about vampires that are not cheesy or considered romance.

Here are the books I would pick for my class:

1.The Quick

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Source: Goodreads

The quick is a relatively new novel set in Victorian London and is a new take on the classic vampire. It’s abut a young man who finds himself unwilling wrapped up in a secretive club and their dark secret. It’s told through various point of views, including his sister who is desperately trying to find out what happened to him. I loved how it remains true to the classic idea of vampires, while being unique in the many supporting characters that pull this novel together.

2. Interview With The Vampire

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This is a very well known vampire novel, and a great first read if you are just getting into the vampire genre. It’s told through the view of a vampire during an interview about his life story as vampire through the centuries and the many vampire character that he meets along the way.

3.Twilight

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This is another well known book, and while some may be quick to judge it and push it aside. This is a YA book that takes a new look at vampires and mixes it up a bit.

4.The Historian

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This is personally one of my favorites, and while it is a long book, it is well worth the read. It draws from the classic vampire novel, Dracula, and has a story line that takes the reader all over the globe. It’s a great read for those who love to travel, and are interested in history as well. As, history place a big piece in the novel.

5.Dracula

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This is probably the book you think of when you think of vampires. Although this is not the first novel written about vampires, it really set the trend. It’s worth a read if you haven’t read it already.

6. A discovery of Witches

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This is another favorite of mine, and it’s cast of characters include more than just vampires. This is another good one for those who love history as well.

7. Vampire Academy

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This is another YA book, about a secret, private school for vampires and those training to protect them. It has a lot of Russian influence is a fun, action packed read.

8. Clockwork Angel

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While there is not a lot of the vampire character in this book, he does make appearances throughout the series. This is a great action packed, steam punk themed read with paranormal aspects. And Bane, the vampire is really eclectic character.

9.The Vampire Diaries

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These books now have their own TV show that has become very popular. But, I recommend that you read the books since you will see that there are quite a few differences.

10. Dead Until Dark

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This another book that had a show created after it, True Blood. While is book is spectacular and full of southern goodness, the others in the series fall flat for me. The show however, is excellent and a lot of fun to watch. Check it out and this first book for some vampire greatness.

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Dreams Do Come True #YSLToucheEclat*

*I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.

I feel like every makeup addict has that one brand that represents luxury and the unreachable. For me, that brand is YSL. I fell in love with this brand many years ago on my first trip into a Sephora store. I wanted one of their lipsticks so bad, I almost couldn’t contain myself. Then I proceeded to look at the price and immediately set it back down and back away slowly. Ever since then, it has been my goal to own a product by them and then I would feel like I had reach a certain makeup goal, as silly as it sounds.

My dreams came true just a week ago when I received a very special box in the mail. It was the YSL VoxBox sent out by Influesnter. If you are unaware of what Influester is, it is a website that connects brands with people who are active on social media. You can be chosen to receive a vox box with free items in return for reviewing them online. It’s free to everyone and you don’t have to have a blog to sign up, just have some social media accounts. You can also connect with other people on their site and discuss a range of products and review them. It’s a really fun community!

But, now on to the real reason you’re here: YSL. I received two products: the new Touche Eclat Blur Primer and the Touche Eclat Blur Perfector.

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The Blur Primer is absolutely just beautiful to look at. It’s a clear product in a glass tube that contains a ton of gold flecks. Although, it was pretty to look at I was worried about how the gold would look when it was actually on the skin. Happily, it blends really nicely, and is not noticeable. It does give your face a beautiful glow and makes you look absolutely radiant! I love, love this product! It’s more of a thick gel consistency so it glides on smoothly to the skin and absorbs quickly. It creates a smooth, soft surface, and of course brightens the skin. The only problem I would see with this product is since it is clear, it does not even out skin tone or hide redness. So, if that is what you are looking for in a primer, then this is not the one for you.

This product retails $57.00 for and I rate it:

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The Blur Perfector is a very interesting product, because it can be used three different ways. It can be used by it’s self as an all-over complexion perfector, to set makeup, and as a mattifying touch up. I used it the last two ways twice, as I had a difficult time deciding how I felt about it. It’s very soft and absorbs into the skin almost instantly, which is a plus. However, it is full of sparkles and this can be very hit or miss for a lot of people. I personally am not a huge fan, and when you at your face after applying, the sparkle is visible. As for setting my makeup, I believe it did a very good job and my make stayed all day both times. However, I don’t feel like it worked as a mattifying touch up. My face still had a bit of a shine after applying it, but it did feel more smooth.

This product retails for $55.00 and I rate it:

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I choose this rating because I feel like this product does not do enough for the very high price and therefore, is not worth purchasing.

I hope you enjoyed this review and let me know your thoughts in the comments below! Have you tried these products yet? Did you feel the same way or have a different experience? I would love to know! Please don’t forget to like, share, and follow to keep up to date with future posts!

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It’s About Health not Weight: Body Image Pressures

Let’s have some girl talk (a.k.a ramblings). Grab a cup of tea, coffee, or whatever you enjoy most and settle down for a chatty, from the heart post:

Every girl/woman deals with body issues, no one is immune. It’s a sick, dark thought in the back of our head at all time: You are ugly. You are not good enough. You need change this or that. But it’s in your mind, it’s not real. But if it’s not real, where did it come from?

1. From the Media: Everywhere you look there are pictures of very skinny women. From TV, magazines, movies, and the worst culprit in my mind: social media. There is a trend call fitspiration where people post pictures of themselves on social media in order to motivate others into getting fit. They post pictures of themselves in bikinis with super ripped muscles and six packs. And most document themselves working out all the time during the day. But, there is a massive problem with this, it’s not attainable no matter what they tell you. It’s not realistic for the majority of us to have an amazing six pack stomach, with perfectly toned muscles. Why? Because we have a life! This sounds harsh, but its true. Many of us have school, work, and family we have to spend time on. People who flaunt themselves as fitspiration don’t tell you all of the hard work that goes into looking like that. They don’t have normal lives. Their body is their whole life. It’s their hobby, job, love, everything. You don’t have to have a six pack to be healthy and attractive, And you definitely don’t have to work out half of the day. End of story.

2. From people we love: This is a very sad truth. Whether it’s your family or friends, people tend to talk about weight and diets all the time to everyone. They may even mention your weight and appearance and give their options on how to fix it. You don’t need to “fix” anything. If you are overweight, THAT’S OKAY! You’re not the only one, it’s normal. As long as you are eating healthy and move around you are fine. You should focus on feeling good, not a number on a scale.

I have a best friend that I love to pieces, but she has a  very bad habit. She is constantly talking about food (how much she eats, how good or bad it is) and comments on other peoples weight. Whether she knows them or not. This irks me to no end for many different reasons. People have different body shapes for different reasons, you don’t know someone’s life or body, so why judge? Also, as women it is important for us to focus our energy on lifting and inspiring other women, not tearing them down.

Everyone has those horrible thoughts in the back of their head telling them that there is something wrong with themselves. Whether it’s something physical or something else. And it is always wrong!!! Don’t believe this cruel voice that whispers to you when you’re vulnerable.

No one’s body is built the same. I have always believed this, but it was validated recently when I was talking to my doctor about how to eat healthy and keep a healthy weight. We were talking about diets and how the medical community has a strict standard about where a person should be weight wise based on sex and height. Let me tell you something: You height is not a measure for how much you should weigh! My doctor agrees. Some people are built to be more sturdy or more narrow, it doesn’t mean that you are unhealthy. Simply that you don’t “fit” into a chart. Everyone is different and unique, in how we see and react top the world. But also in our bodies, THERE IS NO ONE SIZE FITS ALL. How boring would that be anyway?

So please remember: It’s far more important to focus on your health both physical and mental, then simply a number on scale. I’ll be doing a part 2 to this post soon on different, small ways to be more healthy.

P.S I love this quote! If you ever feel self-conscious or not good enough, read this and remember that there is someone(many people) who will love you for just the way you are. And there will always be haters, and people who you can’t please, so don’t beat yourself up about it and be yourself on the inside and out! <3

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Lashes and Lingerie Some Like It Hot

While summer may be coming to close, it doesn’t mean you have to stop sizzling. What better way too keep things hot and steamy then by spicing your closet up with some lingerie?

Here’s my idea of glamming it up with some Adore Me Lingerie:

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This collage was created in both polyvore and picmonkey

The lingerie pictured above is Ann Marie, and it represents sexiness and simplicity all in one. To rock this set I would channel one of the sexiest icons of all time, Marilyn Monroe.

For makeup I would go simple and apply a cat eye and a sultry red lip.

Simply diamond studs is all the jewelry you’ll need, since the lingerie is the main focus.

Take a cue from Marilyn and apply a little Channel No. 5 for an added touch.

And lastly, pair it with a pair of sexy black heels, maybe with some lace as added above or choose something that more your style.

And if your looking for something with a little more spice, why not try the Kacie bikini?

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If you loved the look of these lingerie sets, why not check out the Adore Me site? They have many more beautiful sets to choose from that I’m sure you will love.

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Top Ten Authors I’ve Read The Most Books From

Hello, Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the The Broke and The Bookish.

Here are the authors I’ve read the most of:

1.J.K Rowling

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I have read most of the Harry Potter series, except the last two, and it’s my life goal to finally finish this series already!!

2. Richelle Mead

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Another series I haven”t finished yet, oops!! But, I have read all of these except the last one.

3. Libba Bray

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I have read her Great and Terrible Beauty trilogy and the first book in her Diviners series. I can’t wait for the next book to come out!

4. Cassandra Clare

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Her Infernal Devices series is one of my favorite of all time, you need to check these out if you haven’t already. I have also read City of Bones and plan on finishing that series as well.

5. Stephanie Meyer

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I read all the book in the Twilight series and loved them! No Shame!

6.Oliver Potzsch

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I’ve read all of the books in his hangman series that have been published in English so far, which is 4 books. And I read his stand alone The Ludwig Conspiracy, which is one of my favorite books of all time.

7. R.L Stine

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I was obsessed with R.L Stine when I was younger and I can’t even count how many of the Goosebump books I read.

8. Meg Cabot

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I was obsessed with the Princess Diaries when I was little and I read them all.

9. Suzanne Collins

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I read all of the Hunger Games and they were great, if a little gut wrenching!

10. Edgar Allen Poe

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He’s one of my favorite authors of all time and I’ve too many of his stories and poems to count!

Which authors have you read the most of? Let me know in the comments below! If you enjoyed this then please like, share, and follow to keep up to date with future posts!

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