Monthly Favorites & Sharing Love: February

Goodbye February and Hello March.

TBH I’m in denial that it’s already the third month of the year. In some ways, I feel like so much has happened in 2017, but at the same time I feel like nothing has changed. Does that even make sense? I feel myself starting off this post way. too. deep. Before I get too philosophical over a cup of coffee, let’s get right into what I’ve been loving throughout the month. Make sure to leave a comment below telling what you have been loving this month whether it’s beauty, fashion, food, TV, books. If you’ve been loving it, I want to know about it. 

1| The Flash

I already know people are going to judge me hardcore for this, but I have been binge-watching The Flash on Netflix and it is not okay. I went through almost three seasons in a month, which is pretty impressive (and embarrassing) if you ask me. But it’s a show Josh and I have picked up and we’ve been crazy about this past month.

2| Boscia Luminizing Black Mask

When I got my hands on the last black mask at my Sephora, I was SO happy. The store associate said they can not keep them on the shelves since beauty videos of the product have been going viral online. Needless to say, I’m used it A TON this month and my pores have been thanking me since. It’s perfect to clear your pores without irritating your skin.

3| Anastasia Brow Wiz

Why has it taken me this long to try this? I’m set in my ways when it comes to beauty products. If I love something, I will stay faithful to it until it fails me. I decided to give this a try once I found out I couldn’t order my other brow pencil. I’m happy that I couldn’t reorder it because this product has given me #eyebrowgoals and I’ve been loving it. I am a dedicated fan and have jumped on the bandwagon for this product.

4| Decluttering Videos

Want an easy way to get motivated to declutter? Watch other people declutter their homes, closets, etc. It will give you the motivation you need. I love watching people get rid of stuff, but it also inspired to go into into my own home and reevaluate what I need and don’t need. Trust me guys, you won’t regret it!

5| Self-Care

This past month, I teamed up with Erin from “A Welder’s Wife” to create a 30-Day Mental Cleanse Challenge that focused on self-care, and other mental-based challenges. The entire experience was eye-opening and helped me realized that self-care and challenging myself consistently is SO IMPORTANT for growth with minimalism, simple living and intentional living, too!


Sharing Love:

1| Mental-Cleanse Challenge Week One from Erin

I loved working with Erin on this project because she has always been a source of inspiration and motivation for me along my journey toward living a more minimalist, simple life. Seeing how she thrived in these challenges (not only in week one) motivated me to focus more on self care in my own life, and that minimalism is more than decluttering the items in your home. Catch up on all her posts from this past month on her blog!

2| 7 Investments Worth Making For Your Blog from Summer

Summer absolutely killed it with this post. Her talk about design, photography, and everything in between showed the main components of what you truly should focus on for your blog! She made me think about what I can invest in for my blog and how I can improve it in those specific areas she writes about.

3| Questions to Ask Yourself to Declutter Your Home from Erin

You all know I love reading motivational posts on minimalism, decluttering and everything related to simplifying your life altogether. Erin’s posts are always an awesome source of inspiration for me. She had me thinking: “I think I could get rid of X, Y and Z.” The one question that helped me get rid of more than 60 % of my closet is: “If I was out shopping today, would I buy this item?” Erin has a ton of amazing questions to help you declutter your home.

4| Life Happens—Why I’m Not Apologizing from Cara

ALL. THE. PREACH. HANDS. Cara absolutely slayed this post. I can’t tell you how much I needed to read this post because I’m sure many bloggers can relate to this. Life happens, and sometimes we can’t keep up with our content, social media, schedule, etc. But that’s okay! We are human and simply can’t do it all. We shouldn’t apologize for needing a break or to take a step back. Cara wrote a post that will truly resonate with you.

5| How to Streamline Your Schedule With Batching from Jenny

Jenny’s post helped me rethink how to schedule my time for blogging. Instead of thinking and working in a consecutive order: write post, take photos, edit photos, edit post, schedule social media; she taught me how batching can help me get more accomplished and feel less stressed. Since her post, I’ve incorporated this a lot more than just scheduling tweets and planning out Instagram content. It has changed how I schedule my time altogether.

What have you been loving this month and what blog posts you have loved this month? (So that I can catch up on your favorites!) Make sure to leave a comment below!

 

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Monthly Favorites & Sharing Love

Hey January, Where’d You Go?

But really? How are we already at the end of the first month of 2017? It doesn’t help that it’s January, yet the weather has been acting like it’s March—so I’m all sorts of disoriented with the new year so far!

Today, I’m sharing some things that I have been loving this month and sharing some posts from bloggers I have loved throughout each month as well. Make sure to leave a comment below telling me what you have been loving this month. Also, leave your favorite post from January, so I have some reading to catch up on over the weekend.

What I’ve been loving this month:

1| New Girl 

Why has it taken me this long to watch New Girl on Netflix?! I am in love with this show; and I’m not going to lie…it has been the reason for a lot of my lack of productivity some nights. Let’s be real, we all have lied and said we were going to do 10 things in an hour, but then we watch two episodes instead. It happens. Anyway, leave your Netflix recommendations below because we’re almost done catching up with the seasons.

2| Salads

Yeah, I know what you’re thinking, “she can’t be normal if she likes salads.” Hear me out. I’ve been making my salads more fun, exciting and enjoyable to east. TBH, I’ve been looking forward to making unique mixes every week with different ingredients. Now, salads have been what I’ve eating a ton of in January.

3| Essie in Muchi Muchi (104)

There was a period of six months where I would never paint my nails because I’m far too lazy for the upkeep that follows. (Please tell me there are other people who pick off ALL their nail polish once they see one chip because girl, same!) Once I bought this shade, you can’t even notice if there’s a small chip, which means I’m not driving myself crazy after a few days of painting my nails.

4| 52 Lists Project

If you know me, you’ll know that lists are my everything. I feel joy as I cross of the items on that list. (P.S. I am that girl who has written down something I’ve already done JUST so I can cross it off. It’s fine.) This book is 52 different lists you do every week throughout the year, and I love that it is broken down by seasons. This is part of my Sunday morning routine with a fresh cup of coffee and I have been loving it!

5| Taylor Jenkins Reids 

Guys, I read three books this month; and I don’t feel once ounce of shame! “Maybe in Another Life,” “After I do,” and “Forever, Interrupted” are all amazing! I read each book in one sitting, and I love when I’m able to pick up books that are page-turners, and you simply can’t put them down! Leave a comment below telling me what books you’ve been reading recently!


Sharing Love:

1| 28 Productive + Free Things You Can Do Instead of Watching Netflix

Because let’s be honest, I’m sure I’m not the only one out there who has been unproductive and has watched too much Netflix this month, right!? Carolyn has some awesome options if you’re looking to do something other than binge-watch Netflix and that won’t break the bank!

2| How to Use Boardbooster and Tailwind to Increase Your Traffic

Jenny is amazing when it comes to explaining the pros and cons of certain tools for your website, social media, etc. I love heading over to her blog to learn a little more about tools and resources that can help me with my blog! Good thing I did because I’m hoping to learn more about SEO, traffic increase, etc. If you’re interested in learning more, head over to her blog!

3| 5 Conversations to Have Before Getting Engaged

Rachel brought up some amazing conversations that you NEED to talk about with your SO before you consider getting engaged. (Before I get a flood of comments, no I am not engaged—but I thought this post was very important). I know many people think they’re on the same page with these topics, but you might be surprised. I’m happy to say that Josh and I are pretty open when discussing big things like this; and we’re on the same page with all of them.

4| Essential Tips for an Organized Mind

If you know me, you know that I love reading anything and everything that has to do with organization! I love Erin’s post because I know that I have found so much help with keeping a planner and keeping a clean, organized workspace. She also taught me about brain dumps, which I have been loving!

5| How to Gain Genuine Instagram Followers

I love Cara’s post on how to gain genuine Instagram followers! I found her tips very helpful and they definitely helped me understand how I can improve my Instagram altogether. Personally, I want to work on building my cohesive feed and making sure I comment/follow/like people in my niche!

What have you been loving this month and what blog posts you have loved this month, so that I can catch up on your favorites! Make sure to leave a comment below!

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5 Posts I Loved: October Edition

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Another month has almost passed, which means it’s another opportunity to share some of the amazing blog posts I loved this month from fellow bloggers. If you’re new to Blissfully Brunette, you’ll see that I share links each month from blog posts I want to share with bloggers. I think it’s important to spread the love in the blogging community, so I try to do so any time I can. Make sure to leave a comment below sharing what YOUR favorite posts were from other bloggers from the month. Or, you can share your favorite post from your own blog!

Dear Brands, Bloggers Don’t Work For Free” from Summer

I’ll save the gushing and fangirling over Summer and quote my favorite piece from her post: “Bloggers are great at what they do. You, as a brand, clearly know that. If you didn’t, you wouldn’t keep reaching out and trying to get us to work with you. You know that we have influence. You also know deep down that our influence is huge for your brand. So, why don’t you start acknowledging our worth as bloggers (and people) and actually pay us the compensation we deserve.” If that didn’t make you want to check out her post, I don’t know what will. Summer has a way with words, and she did an amazing job of putting brands in their place. You go, girl!


How to Overcome Perfectionism and Accept Your Flaws” from Molly

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I have stumbled across Molly’s blog in the past, but her post earlier this month inspired me. Dealing with OCD and anxiety is something I work on every single day, but her post helped me realize that we all have flaws—and that’s perfectly okay. I read through her flaws and realized that her and I have almost ALL THE SAME FLAWS. She’s like my perfectionism soul sister. It’s amazing she was able to not only recognize her flaws, but post them online in a vulnerable space. Molly also provided some incredible tips on how to overcome perfectionism.


Organization Tips for Bloggers and Side Hustlers” from Erin

As someone who has a demanding, full-time job in addition to blogging—this post was so important for me to read this month. I’m sure there are many other people who are working full time and blogging can also to relate to this as well. If you’re someone who is working on a blog, a job, and balancing everything else in your life, I would definitely recommend reading this post from Erin! You won’t regret it!


Pumpkin Spice Latte Recipe” from Becca

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You all know that I’m all about pumpkin-flavored anything and everything during the fall season. I’ve been on the hunt for a PSL recipe to make at home, and I LOVED this recipe from Becca because it’s so simple and doesn’t take a lot of time or ingredients to create! If you’re looking for an inexpensive, easy recipe to have on hand when you’re craving a pumpkin spice latte, make sure to save this recipe for yourself.


Autumn Fashion Find: Fall Floral Dress” from Chelsie

Not only do I love Chelsie’s style and her fashion posts in general, but I love how she’s an honest and real fashion blogger. She’s not the type of person to have an outfit that’s over $300 because that’s simply not realistic for most people. But that’s what I love about Chelsie, she finds ways to make her fashion posts inspiring and unique without breaking the bank. I think that’s something we all can respect, especially if you’re someone who is trying to save money!

What posts have you been loving from your blog or from other bloggers? Make sure to leave a comment below sharing some links!

 

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5 Posts I Loved: September Edition

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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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January Favorites 2016

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I can’t believe that the first month of 2016 is over! I tried so many new products throughout January, and I couldn’t be more excited to share some of my favorites from this month.

Eyeko Fat Liquid Eyeliner: Birchbox, $16

I received this eyeliner in my January Birchbox, and I’ve been loving it. It has become a staple in my makeup routine throughout the month! I have been using the Lancôme liquid liner for over a year now, and I can safely say this product surpasses it. If you want to get perfect winged liner, you need this brand in your life.

“Where’s my Latte” Nail Polish: Francescas’s, $4

For my blogging friends who are obsessed with nail polish, you have to try the collection from Francesca’s. I will admit that I was skeptical about buying $4 nail polish, but it lasts for at least a week without touch-ups, and the colors are beautiful! I have been wearing this shade all month long, and I plan to purchase more in the future!

Too Faced Melted Liquified Lipstick: Sephora, $21

Liquid lipsticks have been my favorite product to buy over the last few months. I love this color in “Dusty Mauve.” I’ve been wearing it everyday throughout January, and I don’t think I’ll be putting this shade away anytime soon! I have a feeling I’ll be owing the entire collection by spring. What I love most is how pigmented they are, and that they’re long lasting.

Jimmy Choo Blossom Perfume: Sephora, $80

One gift that has become a “Christmas tradition” between my mom and I is buying perfume. I feel like this is the only time of year she goes out of her way to buy me a new perfume. This scent from Jimmy Choo is incredible. With notes of Italian Citrus, Red Berries, Sandalwood and more, this perfume has a wonderful combination of sweet and soft that’s perfect all year long.

Bûche de Noël Face And Body Cleanser: Lush, $12.95

Throughout 2015, I redeveloped my relationship with Lush. The problem is that I can definitely go crazy from one visit. You can just simply buy one item from Lush. I received this face and body cleanser that has worked wonders on my skin. With almonds and cocoa butter, it leaves skin feeling fresh and hydrated in the winter. This has become a staple in my winter skincare routine.

Sephora Collection Eye Masks: Sephora, $5

2015 was the year I discovered the beauty of Sephora sheet masks. More recently, I’ve discovered their eye masks as well, which are equally amazing. The three I’ve been loving most are the lotus eye mask, the honey eye mask and the rose eye mask. All three masks serve different purposes (similar to the sheet masks). And they leave your under-eye area feeling refreshed and rejuvenated.

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What are some of your favorites for the month of January? Make sure to leave a comment below!

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