Thursday, July 2, 2015

Etsy Favorites Swap // Summer Sign-Ups!

Hello beauties! I thought I'd start today off with something a little different... a swap! Since July is officially here, and it's been a while since I hosted anything like this (hands up if you remember the blogger book swap!) and since it was so much fun last time, I decided to give it another go. 

Not only are swaps super fun, they give you a chance to connect with other bloggers/readers and make new friends, while also doing a little bit of shopping - which is always a plus!

If you wanna get involved, all you have to do is sign up and follow these simple guidelines:

Swap sign-ups begin July 2 and end July 10th. That gives you a week to sign up!

I will match you to your partner on July 11th. Talk with them, stalk their blog, social media, and Etsy favorites to learn more about them + their style.

You have until July 30th to ship your package. (Or have the items shipped from the Etsy seller) Then wait patiently for the mailman... 

and Link up on August 10th to show off your loot!

Make sure you have a good of amount items in your Etsy favorites, so your partner knows what you like! The more items you favorite, the bigger surprise you'll have when your package comes!

Swap package requirements:
  • At least 1 item from your partner's Etsy favorites (an item you KNOW they'll like!)
  • Another item of your choice (could be from their favorites, or something else in their style that you think they'd enjoy)
  • A value between $20-$30 before shipping
  • A minimum of 2 items from Etsy, the rest is up to you!

This is a great opportunity to support small businesses and make new friends! I will be emailing throughout the swap period to make sure everyone is participating and having a good time.

You can also grab the button and add it to your sidebar to spread the word!!

grab button for Writing in Red Lipstick
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Sign up form is below. Remember to sign up by July 10!

Happy Swapping!

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

July 2015 // Monthly Mood Board

It's July! And just like that, half the year is gone! July is gonna be a crazy month for me. Not only do I have two classes and an internship, I'm doing quite a bit of traveling, which is going to be awesome!

Here are a few random holidays you can celebrate in July!
  • July 1st - Canada Day, eh!
  • July 4th - Independence Day
  • July 6th - Kissing Day & Fried Chicken Day (sounds like my kind of holiday!)
  • July 7th - Chocolate Day
  • July 19th - National Ice Cream Day
  • July 20th - National Lollipop Day and Moon Day 
  • July 26th - My birthday, yay! (not a holiday, obvs)
  • July 29th - National Lasagna Day 
  • July 30th - National Cheesecake Day and International Day of Friendship 
  • July 31st - Mutt's Day
Sounds like a great month of celebrating food, friends, and dogs, amirite?!
Hope your July is awesome, stay tuned for some fun stuff this month, like my road trip to Nashville!

What do you have planned for July?
Which holidays will you be celebrating?

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Reacting to My Awkward Teenage Selfies

One of my friends said my pose in this photo makes me look like I was pooping.

Oh high school... the days when the "hipster" trend was in full swing, and everyone was wearing the 3D movie glasses with the lenses punched out. Except me, of course. My dumb teenage brain was probably thinking something like "I'm above that!"

And in between rejecting all the trends my peers were embracing, crying about the boys who just "didn't like me as much as I thought they did" and managing to survive 16 years at the dead end of a gravel road... I took a lot of weird selfies. I know I thought I was artsy, and I must've thought I was really cool.

I actually really like this photo, even today because it was such a fun night. This was taken at a sleepover after my 16th birthday party. We all made tie-dye shirts, and obviously the cups are empty. We were just having a good time and being silly, but I later got yelled at because these photos were "disrespectful." Okay.

I kid you not, I posted this photo on my flickr account with a caption that went something like "there are monsters inside all of us..." Still, to this day, I have no idea what I meant by that.

This is a real gem. Here I am probably attempting to look seductive, when I really just look stoned. (I was not actually stoned, btw.)

I probably thought this was whimsical or something. When I took this photo, I took 2 others and used basic photoshop to make it look like there were 3 of me in the room. I will have to try and dig that up. Let me know if you want to see a post of all the old embarassing "art" I used to make.

For some reason I used to think it was a good idea to get as close to the camera as humanly possible and open my mouth ever so slightly. Someone call Tyra Banks.

This photo is actually kind of okay, but I think it's really funny that my forehead is the exact same color as my friend's arm, so it basically looks like that I've got a really knobby head. I think I intended to use it on my blog at some point, but never did because of the forehead thing. How cute!

I don't know if I ever posted this photo online anywhere, but if I did, my 16-year-old brain would've captioned it something like "you just don't understand..."

This was possibly my first ever "outfit photo" All black and studded sandals. I was so hardcore.

And now... possibly the most embarrassing of all...

THIS PHOTO

Okay, when I took *this photo,* I thought I was hot sh*t. I thought I was a scene queen. I thought that the pop-punk gods would grace me with a million greasy-haired boyfriends. I am indeed wearing a Fall Out Boy shirt and a peace sign necklace. Years later, I have absolutely no idea what I was thinking. I HAVE SO MANY QUESTIONS. Why am I hunched over like Gollum? Why do I have a creepy lurker hand? Why do I have a heart drawn on it? Did I think people would mistake that for a tattoo? Why aren't my eyes in the picture? What was I listening to through those sh*tty headphones?! Why did I think that bag was cute?!! WHYYYYY

 Do you have any embarrassing teenage selfies?
Which of these should I regret the most?

Sunday, June 28, 2015

I'm Not An Adult Yet Because...

My birthday is right around the corner (less than a moth away!) and that has me thinking about how even though I'm in my twenties, I still don't really feel like an adult and I'm not sure why. Maybe it's because I'm still kind of new at this and horribly unprepared. Let's dive a little deeper into this, shall we?

I'm not an adult because...

I don't own throw pillows - Honestly I don't see a purpose for these. Like... I'm gonna put them on my bed or couch and then when I want to lay or sit... they go right on the floor! These are pillows with literally NO purpose except to look nice. I'm not ready for that kind of responsibility.

I don't go to happy hour after work - I'm a nanny, so often times "happy hour" is long over by the time I get off work. I feel like having a 9-to-5 is a crucial part of general adulthood (though tons of real adults rock other working hours, obviously) but since I don't have that Monday-Friday "daily grind" I don't get to be "adult enough" to hang out at Chili's at 5pm in my work clothes. Also... my work clothes are yoga pants.

My towels don't match - I have tons of bath towels in multiple different colors. Some of them are actually beach towels that I use as regular towels. I have no use for hand towels, as I can grab one of my randomly strewn-about towels or even dry my wet hands on the yoga pants I wear to work.

Neither do my dishes - I don't have a matching set of bone china from France, partly because I have not made a wedding registry, and mostly because I don't think I'll ever want bone china from France. I wouldn't mind having a matching set of tableware, but if and when I do, they'll likely come from Target.

My "life savings" is just the money left over from my paycheck each week, if there is any. That European vacation ain't gonna happen any time soon, even though I wish it would.

I've never rented a car or flown on a plane by myself. That will change very soon, but as of this exact moment, these are two adult things I have avoided at all costs.

I don't really have a 5 year plan... except I know I want to get a "big girl job" soon after graduation. After that, there is no real plan. I expect life will continue to happen to me, and I'll go from there.

I've never hosted a dinner party - Dinner parties just sound really expensive and so much work. Entertain yourselves people! You can come over, I have Netflix and wine, and wine is practically a fruit plate, right? By that logic, pizza is a salad. We're eating healthy!

I don't find errands "relaxing." Occasionally I hear people (especially moms) saying that they had a nice peaceful day going to the grocery store, dropping things off at the post office, and hanging out at the DMV. How is this a thing? I'm definitely not ready to have kids if escaping to the DMV sounds like a treat. No way.

I like too many "kid" things - Yes, I know you can like kid things as an adult, but how many adults regularly hang out in onesie pajamas eating Lucky Charms and watching The Little Mermaid? Not many, I would guess. If you are that kind of adult, hit me up. I want to be your friend. I have coloring books.

Are you a real adult?
If not, do you relate to any of these things?

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Monthly Favorites + Unfavorites // June 2015

I say this basically every month, but it seems so crazy that June is already almost over! I got to do a lot of awesome stuff this month. I traveled, I got a lot of things done around the house, and I got to be in a wedding! I'd love to know some of your favorite things from June as well!

Beauty:

Hang Ten Sunscreen - Hurray, another cruelty free sunscreen! I love that it's in a spray form, so it's quicker than some of my other sunscreens.

Bare Minerals Blemish Remedy Foundation - This foundation has been really great at keeping up with the heat of June. I wore this during my friend's wedding and it kept all the way until after the reception! I got it at Sephora, and I wear the shade Clearly Pearl.

Sea Salt Hair Spray - I made my own sea salt hair spray, and I will upload a tutorial ASAP! My hair has been curl city this month!


Food:
I went dairy-free in the last week of June, and even though it's been super hard, I feel really great! I will do a 'Why I Went Dairy-Free" post in a few days and tell y'all all about that, but for now I will share a few of my diary-free favorites!

Diaya Mozzarella Style Shreds - It was a running joke at beach week that my "not exactly cheese" was the topping of choice. Of course it's not cheese so it's not the same, but for fake cheese, it's pretty good. I'll have to do some more experiments with it!

Ice cream is basically my favorite food, so giving that up has been really hard, but thankfully I found SoDelicious Coconut Milk Frozen Desserts. So far I've only tried the mint chocolate chip, but I'm all about trying the rest of the flavors like peanut butter, cherry, and cookie dough!


TV & Movies:

Orange is the New Black - This show is honestly my favorite show to ever exist. My friends and I watched all the 13 new episodes in less than five days. If I wasn't at the beach I would've watched them all in one day. Now I just have to wait an entire year until Season 4 comes out, so sad :(

Jurassic World - Okay guys, I'll admit that I was hesitant to see this movie, but I LOVED it! Chris Pratt is one of my favorite actors, and damn sexy too. I won't spoil anything, but it's definitely a must-see. If you saw it, did you notice Margarita Man? I did!


Events:

One of my best friends, Kit, got married! She was so stunning, and I got to be one of her bridesmaids! You can check out some of the photos from her gorgeous wedding here!

I went on a road trip to the Outer Banks with some really good pals. We spent a ton of time at the beach, and even got to see the sunrise at a lighthouse! You can check out that post here!


Random Stuff:

While at the beach, my friends and I stuck up a conversation about our childhood love of Neopets. I've made a new account and have been playing ever since. It sounds really silly, but it's a great stress reliever after a long day. And my pets are so cute!

World Market! Seriously guys, I'm falling in love with World Market all over again. I've always gone there for cute gifts for friends, but just recently I bought some kitchen stuff from them and I've been loving it. Everything is so cute and affordable!

My homegirl Caelan from The Daily Sass is planning to come visit me sometime next month. How freaking exciting is that? It will be the first time I've met a blogging friend IRL and I can't wait to show you all of the fun DC related things we do!

Marriage Equality! I was so excited when I saw that the US Supreme Court ruled in favor of legalizing gay marriage in all 50 states. It was seriously one of my favorite moments this year. I've been so happy to see all of the positivity on social media lately. #LoveWins


Unfavorites:

Not a single unfavorite this month! Hurray!

What was your favorite moment in June?
Care to share some of your monthly favorites?

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Study Tips from Someone That Has Never Successfully Studied Before


I am notoriously bad at studying. As much as I try, I never seem to be able to do it successfully.  I can get myself all prepared to study, and spend two hours working without actually getting anything done. Three years of college down and I've still not figured out the best method for myself to retain information. It all depends on the class, and it feels like my grades are often actually pre-determined by some sort of big scary beast that I have no control over. 

Of course I know that an education is nothing to take for granted, and that you should work as humanly possible to make the most of it. That being said, below are my study tips. Take them with a grain of salt and use them at your own risk.

  1. Open a book.
  2. Stare at the book.
  3. Attempt to absorb knowledge from said book through skin contact (falling asleep on it)
  4. Take a practice quiz online.
  5. Use google to find the answers to the quiz.
  6. Be proud of yourself for passing the quiz, you did it!.
  7. Don't forget to use Tumblr, Pinterest and Facebook when class gets particularly boring.
  8. Rely on sheer memory from the lectures. Ever heard of throwing sh*t at a wall?
  9. Attend study groups with friends.
  10. Convince everyone to chip in for pizza and watch YouTube videos instead.
  11. Walk into your test with your head held high. Tell yourself "I got this."
  12. If you don't know an answer, guess. If you're like me, guessing may be your best bet.
  13. When in doubt, pick C.
  14. Some teachers give points for extra sassy answers, so make sure you never leave anything blank.
  15. Take your grade in stride. If you passed, good for you!
  16. If not, treat yourself to some ice cream and a movie, it was a hard day!
  17. Swear you'll study harder next time.
  18. When "next time" comes around, repeat steps 1-17.
  19. Remember that anything is better than a zero.

What are your study tips?
Anyone have similar study habits?

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

#BurrisWedding2015

Early this month I got to watch one of my best friends walk down the aisle and marry the love of her life. The ceremony was absolutely beautiful, and of course I cried like a baby. Even though they had a photographer for the event, I had to take a few snapshots for myself. Check them out, their wedding was gorgeous!

I was lucky enough to be one of Kit's bridesmaids. I was so happy to be able to stand by her side as she got married, and it's definitely something I'm going to look back on for years to come.

 
It was really fun being able to get to know the other bridesmaids and bond with her family as we all got ready together. And how gorgeous was my bouquet?!

 
We all talked, giggled, and got ready in the few hours leading up to the event. Everyone was a little bit nervous and emotional, but the whole day was filled with great vibes and smiling faces. The groom even brought us (the bridal party) Choco Tacos, Kit's favorite treat.

We snuck down to the reception site before everyone arrived just to check that everything was in order for the bride, and I fell in love with the centerpieces. (I may have grabbed one as a keepsake when I left that night.)

THE CAKE!!! How freaking beautiful was their cake? I totally love the un-iced style that they chose!

Now my favorite part, the beautiful bride!

How stunning is she?!

The cake was just delicious as it was beautiful. Chocolate is always a plus.
I stole this photo from their photographer because I love it so much. Such an attractive couple!

At the reception I got the chance to catch up with some of my friends from high school, which was really nice. After the festivities were over we snuck away to iHop to catch up and discuss a road trip to visit the Newlyweds next year.

At the end of the night, we sent off the new bride and groom with sparklers as they drove off. The next day they got on a plane and moved to California. I'll have to go visit them soon :)

Wasn't their wedding stunning?!
Have you ever been in a wedding?