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5 Posts I Loved: September Edition

Posted in Beauty, Fashion, Health, Lifestyle
on September 28, 2016

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Another month has passed, which means I’m sharing five posts I loved in September. Most of these posts are from new bloggers I’ve stumbled across on social media, groups, and more! So I’m happy to say I’ve found so many new, wonderful bloggers to add to my daily reading list.

Real Talk: Life Post Graduation” from Rachel

If you’re a recent college graduate who feels like they’re not moving forward with their future, please take a few minutes to read Rachel’s post. I was absolutely in love with how she shared her experience of “standing still” after graduation. If you’re not at the job you want to be at, and don’t feel good enough because you’re not moving forward—you need to read this! You will love it, and you will find that it’s okay to stand still and wait for the right opportunity.


250+ More Things I Tossed After I Downsized” from Erin

I remember leaving a comment on one of Erin’s posts saying that her content always inspires me to push myself with my minimalism journey. Even after she has downsized the amount of stuff in her home, she still continues to remove clutter from her life. Although I’m no where near her level of minimalism, her posts (especially this one) are filled with inspiration to have you remove junk you don’t need in your home!


10 Ways to Feel Beautiful Right Now” from Lucie

Sometimes, you simply don’t feel your best; and that’s perfectly okay because we aren’t perfect. If you’re in need of a pick-me-up post to make you smile and feel a little bit better about yourself, read these 10 tips from Lucie. Whether you decide to dance it out, or appreciate your flaws—you’ll love the feel-good advice from Lucie.


Things to do at the Start of Every Month to Stay Organized” from Erin

I love reading content that’s related to organization, minimalism, and everything in between. Erin shared things I never considered in my routine for a new month like budget or finance goals for each month. Since I’m working on saving money, this is a great way to stay on top of it. She gives similar tips for meal planning, fitness goal setting, etc. If you want to have a stress-free and a fully-organized month, read her post!


The Dos & Dont’s For Layering This Fall” from Taylor

Let’s be honest, fall fashion is the best fashion, and you need to know how you should layer your looks properly this season with a few tips from Taylor. Should you go a size up in a bomber jacket? (The answer is yes!) Make sure to read Taylor’s list of dos and don’ts as you start shifting your wardrobe from summer to fall. You’ll love her tips and advice as the weather cools off this season.

What blog posts have YOU loved from other bloggers this month? What blogs posts did you love from YOUR own blog this month? Make sure to share some links in the comments below!

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A Day in My Life

Posted in Lifestyle
on August 17, 2016

BB81516_A Day In My LifeIt’s fascinating to step into someone’s life. I love to learn more about people and what they do throughout the day. Since beginning my 9-5 job, my daily routine has change quite drastically. I also plan to post a “Day in my Life” weekend edition, so you can see the differences in my weekday routine verses my weekend routine.

7:00 AM:

I begin my day at 7 in the morning. I’m trying to hopefully wake up at 6:30, so I can do a short, 20-minute workout each morning before beginning the day. However, that hasn’t happened yet, but don’t worry—I’m working on it!

7-7:30 AM:

It only takes me 30 minutes to wash my face, brush my teeth, apply makeup, do my hair, get dressed, and make the bed. I essentially have my morning routine down pat, and I love that because it makes the mornings more enjoyable.

7:30-8 AM:

This is when I take time to publish my blog posts, share them on social media, etc. I read and comment on some of my favorite bloggers, so I don’t worry about it later after work. I also eat breakfast (my go-to is oatmeal with cinnamon and blueberries) and have coffee.

8:15 AM:

I’ll drive to work and talk to my parents on the phone (don’t worry it’s on Bluetooth) each morning. I’m very close with my parents, so I love taking ten minutes out of the day to say hello, and chat about anything that has been going on.

8:30-5 PM:

I’m fortunate to say I love my job. Evey day is different. I could be planning an event one day, put out new marketing materials on property, or meeting with companies for sponsorship, marketing and advertising opportunities. As a Marketing Director, my job is a mix of social media, marketing, event planning, PR and advertising.

5:30-6:30 PM:

This changes depending on if it’s a Monday/Wednesday (Josh and I will workout and run/walk during our interval training for an hour) or a Tuesday/Thursday (I’ll cook meals for the upcoming days, and get myself dinner.)

6:30-9 PM:

Again, this can changes on those certain days because Josh works Tuesday and Thursday nights. On those days, I’ll blog, clean, read, relax, or run errands depending what needs to be done. On Monday and Wednesdays, Josh and I will eat dinner, prep for the next day, watch TV/spend time together.

10:30/11 PM:

I try to stop social media scrolling at 10 p.m., so that I can begin my evening routine and prep for bed. It’s lights out for me around 10:30 or 11 at night. This is very early for some people, but I make sleep a priority, so I need my eight hours each night.

What does a “Day in Your Life” look like? Make sure to leave a comment below!

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Reflections from 2015 & Resolutions for 2016

Posted in Lifestyle
on January 1, 2016

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Can you believe that another year is over? It’s crazy to think of all the interesting things that have happened in 2015; and that a new year has begun.

Today, I’m reflecting on 2015 and sharing on my resolutions for 2016. I think it’s important to reflect on the current year before looking to the new year ahead. So here are five reflections from 2015 and five resolutions for 2016.

One reflection that has made a big impact on me was buying my domain. I bought my domain in August, and basically had to begin all over again with my blog. You guys gave me the confidence to take my blog to a new level. I’m so thankful for you all! This was a big step for me, and I hope there will be more advancements with my blog in 2016.

I can now say that I’m less than three months away from having a Master’s degree in Integrated Marketing Communications. It has been a challenging year academically, but it will be worth it. To coincide with my academics, I struggled with graduating from college. I left a place I called home for three years to return home, finish school online and work at a new job. It has been a difficult change for me, but I know that change is part of life.

I got to travel to new places this year, and I can only hope I’ll be traveling more in 2016. This year, I went to Pittsburgh, D.C. and Baltimore. It was fun to explore new places with my boyfriend and make memories together.

Another struggle I had in 2015 was learning to understand anxiety. It’s a challenge I deal with everyday, and I hope to write about it more to hopefully inspire others to talk about it, and help others who are afraid to come to terms with their anxiety.

Finally, I learned about self love and being kind to myself. Although there are days where I stress about the way I look or feel like I’m not enough, I remind myself that I am enough and that it’s important to love myself no matter what season of life I’m in.

And now, here are five resolutions for 2016:

Be present and spontaneous:

There have been examples throughout the year where I was so caught up thinking about what’s going to come next instead of enjoying what was happening in the present moment. Also, I struggle with being spontaneous because I’m always thinking about the future. For example, “But I’ll be spending x amount of money so I’d better not go on a road trip.” My goal is to be present, spontaneous and enjoy life.

Travel more:

I was lucky to travel this year, and I’m hoping to travel even more in 2016. I love visiting new places, even if it’s in a different state. I think traveling is something every 20-something should do. It’s life-enriching, and it’s an amazing way to make memories that will last a lifetime.

Put my health first:

I did go through some interesting health situations in 2015. That’s why I plan to put my health first in all aspects whether it’s my diet, exercise routine, my happiness, or just my overall physical health. I noticed that my health went on the back burner in 2015 because I was so focused on school and work, but I plan to change that in the coming year.

Embrace change:

There will be many changes in 2016. I’ll be done with my Master’s degree, and I’ll be leaving my student days behind. I’ll begin my career (maybe in a new state). It might also mean moving in with my boyfriend. These are all big changes, but I hope to accept them gracefully.

Learn everyday:

My goal is to never stop learning whether it’s in or out of my field. Some easy ways I can stay on top of learning is by watching documentaries, reading more pieces outside of my comfort zone (philosophy, science, etc.) or travel to learn about cultures. There are many ways to continue learning everyday, and I hope to make this a priority in 2016.

What are your goals for 2016? Make sure to leave a comment below!

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Winter Candle Haul

Posted in Lifestyle
on December 18, 2015

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For those who don’t know, I love candles. And there’s nothing better than the fall and winter collection of candles at Bath & Body Works. So, I participated in $8 candle day. I wanted to give you guys a look into the candles I purchased. Disclaimer: Some of these candles are for gifts—I promise I’m not a candle hoarder.

I’ll list the name of the candle along with the description, so you can see the combination of scents. Fun fact, my dream job would be to write out the descriptions on the bottom of Bath & Body Works’ candles.

Let’s get to the haul:

Dashing Through The Snow:

“Breathe in the crisp cool air of a holiday sleigh ride with a blend of green balsam, wintry musk and the jingle of sparkling citrus.”

Spiced Apple Toddy (x2):

“A sweet mixture of winter fruits, apple brandy & spiced plum to warm your holiday celebrations.”

Be Joyful:

“Let your heart be light with this blend of shimmering sugar, sparkling clementine and frosted jasmine in our most joyful fragrance ever!”

Cinnamon Caramel Swirl (x2):

“Freshly ground cinnamon enhances soft silky vanilla caramel in the sweet fragrance of a holiday treat.”

Winter:

“Pine needles, icy mandarin & winter woods capture the magic of glittering icicles & sparkling snow.”

Champagne Toast:

“Pop, clink & sparkle with an effervescent blend of champagne, juicy nectarine and blackcurrant.”

Frosted Cranberry (x2):

“The year’s first frost captured in white cranberry, juicy peach & ripe red raspberries.”

Joy “Peppermint Marshmallow:”

“Indulge in the fragrance of fluffy vanilla marshmallows, full of holiday sweetness and peppermint joy.”

‘Tis The Season:

“The rich, fruity scent of red apples, green pine & golden cider captures the joy of the season.”

 

IMG_1723IMG_1727Have you picked up candles from Bath & Body Works recently? What is your favorite holiday candle from their collection? Make sure to leave a comment below!

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7 Days of Gift Guides: The Woman in your Life | Day 6

Posted in Lifestyle
on December 10, 2015

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Happiness Project Journal: Barnes & Noble, $16.99

If there’s a woman in your life who loves to reflect on life and loves self-improvement, this is an awesome gift idea for a close friend or sister. She will appreciate your sincerity.

Jingle All the Way Candle: Bath & Body Works, $22.50

Candles are my go-to pick for gifts. Everyone loves candles, and if you participated in $8 candle day, you can score some huge savings on these gifts women will love.

Beaded Clutch: Francesca’s, $36

If there’s a fashionista in your life, this clutch would work perfectly for her. With beaded detailing and a cross-body chain, she’ll love this show-stopping piece for the holidays.

Holiday Varsity Crew: Victoria’s Secret, $49.95

Women love comfy clothes; and varsity T-shirts are always a good idea. It’s big and cozy for the cold days of winter, and will truly be loved by any woman at any age.

Around the World Palettes (set of four): Sephora, $28

If you’re contemplating what gift to give for a beauty lover, look no further. These small palettes will give her the opportunity to create endless looks for the holidays for under $30.

Do you have gift ideas for a mother, sister or aunt? Make sure to leave a comment below or tweet me @BlissBrunette with the hashtag: #7DaysOfGiftGuides.

 

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