Long Time No See!

Hey guys!  I thought I'd do a quick check in with you guys seeing as how it has been several weeks since my last post.  Since my blog really seems to take a backseat to most other things in my life, if you want to see more of what's going on with me on a day to day basis then make sure you check out my YouTube channel.  While videos are definitely a little more time consuming, they just seem to be what I do most often.

At the beginning of the year, I declared 2018 to be MY year.  Not in a selfish way, but in a very honest way.  For as long as I can remember I have lived my life trying to make everyone around me happy.  And while I am a generally happy person, I have decided it is finally time to make myself and my own happiness a PRIORITY.  And that's exactly what I've been doing.  I started a new job (career) the first week of January, I've been eating really healthy and trying to be more active, and I'm trying to not miss church at all if I can help it.  Basically just really trying to take care of myself; physically, emotionally, spiritually, and every other way you can.  You only get one life and I am trying my best to make it the best life I can.

I have received so many messages asking me how my job is going, how my weight loss and health are going, that sort of thing, and I thought it would just be easier to kind of show some photos over the past couple of months so you could see for yourself.  I haven't weighed, but I would estimate my weight loss to be around 25-30 pounds.  I have went from a size 16 to a 12/14 (depends on the clothes).  

This is actually the photo for one of my badges at work.  This would have been taken around the first week of January.

Just a random shot taken in early February.

The hard work and dedication is finally starting to pay off!  Those jeans are now too loose to wear!

Early March..

early March as well...

Early March, last week to be exact.

This past week...

this past week...

...and today :-)

Whatever goals you have set for yourself just remember, be easy on yourself and, as with most things, slow and steady wins the race.  You are a home to a life, be gentle with yourself and be your own best cheerleader.  Surround yourself with people who want to see you accomplish all of the things you have want for yourself.  

Today in church my preacher mentioned the famous scripture:

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.  Philippians 4:13

That actually happens to be one of my favorite scriptures, as with most people.  But today he was talking about how so many people recite this quote when they've accomplished something major - they won the fight, they finished first in the race, something along those lines.  He reminded us to cling to these words in moments of defeat, and when you are discouraged and feel like a failure.  And I agree.  Even when you stumble and mess up, you can totally jump right back on track and finish.  

I love you guys.
Be happy and be a light in this world.



My New Year's Eve 2017 Look

Happy NYE!  I can't believe another year has come and gone, and that at the stroke of midnight it will already be 2018.  It seems like 2017 just started!  We are actually staying in tonight, but I had picked up this GORGEOUS sequin romper earlier this month and just HAD to do a NYE look with it.  It's been over 3 months since I've done a blog post (so sorry), so I figured this was the perfect opportunity to both show my outfit AND put out a new post for my blog <3

I actually found this romper on Poshmark and it was about 5 sizes too large.  I put my new sewing machine to work and within just a few minutes was able to alter it enough to fit pretty well!

When I think of a New Year's Eve party I think full glam and glitz.  Anything sparkly and shiny, and this sequin romper totally fit the bill.  It is by the brand Monif C and it was available during the holidays 2016.  If you are interested in this particular romper then just keep your eyes open on any used clothing sites.  But, anything with some sparkle and shine will work just fine.

The makeup look was all about shiny, sparkly eyes and a bold red lip (one of my signature looks).

On the face:
Maybelline Master Prime Hydrate + Smooth Primer
Smashbox Pore Minimizing Primer
Revlon ColorStay Foundation
Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer in Brightener
Laura Mercier Translucent Setting Powder
MAC Fix +
Marc Jacobs O!Mega Bronzer in Tantric
Benefit Posietint Stain
Benefit Dandelion Blush
WNW Highlight in The Sweetest Bling

On the eyes:
Milani Shadow Primer
Too Faced Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar Palette
Loreal Infallible Paints Shadow in Brass Knuckles
Urban Decay Heavy Metals Eyeliner in Midnight Cowboy
Make Up For Ever Setting Spray (on glitter shadow)
Maybelline Skinny Eyeliner (water line and tight line) 
Kat Von D Eyeliner in Trooper (wing)
Covergirl Clump Crusher Water Resistant Mascara (lower lashes)
Essence Lash Princess Mascara (upper lashes)
Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara (upper lashes)
Make Up For Ever Star Lit Powder in #13 Ivory 

On the lips:
Colourpop Ultra Matte Lipstick in Little Weapon

What I'm wearing:
Romper:  Monif C
Nails:  Essie I'm Addicted
Earrings:  Forever 21

Thank you so much for stopping by!  Here's to a WONDERFUL 2018!


New Hat Obsession!

Hey guys!  I posted a few pics of me in this hat yesterday on social media, and I have had so many questions about where I got it.  So, I thought I would share a few photos of it as well as the link to where you can get one of your own!

I loved that not only does this have the state outline on the front of the hat, but you can also have it monogrammed in the back.  Perfect!

I found the hat on Etsy from the store DesignsbyBurnaleeja
You can find the hat here.

Another thing that I loved about this hat is that the clasp has the Eiffel Tower on it.
(I love Paris)

The hat itself is really soft and has a "broken-in" feel to it.
There are so many color options available on the site, my hat is black and the embroidery is in white.

Love you guys, 


A Simple Smoky Eye And A Red Lip

Hey guys!  Today I filmed a video updating everyone on what it is I use to maintain my beige-blonde hair.  I know lots of you will be interested in the makeup I am wearing in the video, so I thought I would list everything for you here.

To see what I use on my hair to maintain my blonde, just click here.

On the eyes:
Milani E/S Primer
Jaclyn Hill X Morphe Palette
Maybelline Skinny Eyeliner (tightline and waterline)
KVD Tattoo Liner in Trooper
Too Faced Sketch Marker
Covergirl Clump Crusher Water Resistant (lower lashes)
Essence Lash Princess (upper lashes)
Too Faced Better Than Sex (upper lashes)
Anastasia Dip Brow Pomade in Taupe
Anastasia Brow Wiz in Blonde
Anastasia Clear Brow Gel

**To see the eye tutorial just click here:

 On the face:
Smashbox Pore Minimizer Primer
Cane + Austin Primer
Revlon Colorstay Foundation
Tarte Amazonian Clay Smooth Operator Powder
Benefit Hoola Bronzer
Elf Contour Palette
Nars Taj Mahal Blush
Essence "Be My Highlight" 
Milani "Make It Last" Setting Spray

On the lips:
NYX Lip Liner in Red Tape
Maybelline Matte Ink Lip Color in Heroine

Thank you so much for stopping by and have a wonderful week!



Dark & Sparkly Smoky Eye Look

Hey guys!  Today I thought I would share one of my favorite makeup looks with you - a super dark, sparkly smoky eye.  Super easy to create, this look is super wearable but could easily be worn for a fancy occasion as well.

Using both high end and drugstore items, this is also a look that won't break the bank.  Here's what I used:

On the eyes:
Milani Eyeshadow Primer
Jaclyn Hill X Morphe Eyeshadow Palette
Stila Magnificent Metals Liquid Eyeshadow in Molten Midnight
Ardency Inn Modster Eyeliner (tightline and waterline)
Essence Lash Princess & Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascaras (upper lashes)
Covergirl Clump Crusher Water Resistant (bottom lashes)
Anastasia Brow Definer
NYX Control Freak Brow Gel

(Jaclyn Hill X Morphe Palette, I wrote the names of the shadows on mine)

To create the look:
Buns - blown out in the crease
Chip - to deepen the crease
Soda Pop - on the lid
Abyss - lower lashline and outer "V"
Faint - tear duct and inner corner
Stila Molten Midnight on the center of the lid

On the face:
Cane + Austin Primer
Maybelline Better Skin Foundation
Tarte Shape Tape Concealer
Coty Airspun Powder
Ben Nye Super White Powder (under the eyes)
Elf Aqua Beauty Duo in Bronzed Violet (blush and contour)
Wet n Wild Highlight in The Sweetest Bling
Flower Beauty Lip Gloss in Classic Nude
Milani Make It Last Setting Spray

I am in love with this look!  Let me know if you re-create it!  It's so glamorous and PERFECT for a night out.  



Mother's Day With My Mother | 2017

Hey guys!  I hope you had a wonderful Mother's Day with your mom, cause I sure did with mine!  I drove in and spent the day with my sweet mama, and I thought I would share some of the photos of the day with you <3

Church with the family.  Last year on this very porch we posed with my beloved Grandmother.

Mother's Day 2016

We went out to eat at a local restaurant in my hometown.

And, as always, when you put me and my aunt Kathy together in a room there are ALWAYS tons of pictures to be taken!

My beautiful mom and aunt.

Kathy's pride and joy, her son Sawyer.

All us ladies had to take our turn having our photo made with David.

After we ate me and my mom went to the cemetery to spend some time with Granny.  It's comforting to know she spent her Mother's Day rejoicing in Heaven.

And since I had SO many people asking me about my outfit details, I thought I would include that information for you in this blogpost.  

What I'm wearing:
Dress:  Old Navy
Gladiator Sandals:  Ashley Stewart
Watch:  Kate Spade
Y Necklace:  Baublebar
Bangles:  Target
Nails:  Revlon Parfumerie in China Flower
Treasure your family.  It's your greatest gift.