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18 October, 2017

Getting Cozy For Fall

If you guys saw my Fall Nighttime Skincare routine post, you know the vibes for Fall are getting real over here.

Ok, maybe not really temperature-wise (we're patiently waiting for that), but at least in my bedroom, Fall is here.

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I've started the routine of plugging in my oil diffuser (lavender essential oil has been my go-to for now), lighting up some Fall candles, and whipping out a good book or just vegging out and watching some football and YouTube videos.

We all get a little candle-happy in the Fall.  There's something about the comfort, warmth, and coziness, even if it's still an insane 90 degrees outside.

If I walk into my bedroom and it smells like pumpkin pie or a fresh leaves/sweatery smell, I'm immediately zen. Puts me in the best mood regardless of the day I've had.  Scent has that crazy power over us.  I'm a big believer in the power of smell...both good and bad.  It transports us back to such specific memories, times, and always has the biggest impact on me when it comes to the senses.

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I stumbled upon Vellabox online and instantly had to try it.  They send a package (in such a cute box, matter of fact) directly to your door for $10 a month.  When I saw that I had a package at my doorstep and opened it up to 2 Fall scented candles, I was smitten.  Sign me UP.

If you subscribe to their website, they're running a promotion right now for $5 off (I just checked this), so your first month would only be $5!

Plus, how cute of a gift would this be?!  I think this would make the perfect birthday gift or holiday gift for a friend, significant other, yourself...anyone.

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Vellabox partners with different candle companies and includes hand-poured candles in every package.  Mine came with two candles from Burn Candle Company -- One was pumpkin scented and the other was s'more.  YAS!

I had both of these babies lit on my nightstand, and it was just that...lit.  I was all snuggled up in my silk nightgown (yes, I sleep in silk...you can make fun of me.  It's great for your skin and sleep - You should try it).

OH - They also threw in some mini crunchy popcorn bites.  I got so excited when I saw these.  They gave me an excuse to snack in bed with Fall candles.

If this isn't the perfect Sunday night in, I seriously don't know what is.

Do you guys have a favorite candle that you purchase every Fall?  Let me know which one so I can check it out!

I'll be burning these candles from Vellabox all throughout Fall and can't wait to see which scents I get next month.

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17 October, 2017

Fall Nighttime Skincare Routine

There's something so dang relaxing and euphoric about lighting a candle, plugging in my oil diffuser, taking off my makeup and getting into my skincare routine.

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I used to get made fun of all the time by my friends for having so many steps in my skincare routine.  It takes me a solid 5-10 minutes to go through my entire routine and get into bed, and trust me, I have zero shame in that.  Those 5-10 minutes are my me time and should have me moisturized and youthful for years to come.  So, come at me then!
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I've gone from trying every product on the market that I saw in a magazine, on YouTube, in another skincare routine, etc. to finding a routine that finally works for me.  Literally, my bathroom cabinet looked like Walgreens for a while.  I'd hop from cleanser to cleanser, use way too many products, and would send my skin into oblivion.
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I'm finally content with having a simplified routine.  Simple really is better, especially when it comes to our skincare.  Find what works for you, stick with it, and only change it up when necessary.

I pretty much stick to the basics (obviously with a few bells and whistles because I don't think I'll ever not be just a little extra with my skincare), but I also make sure not to neglect my body when doing my skincare routine.

Moisturizing from head to toe is key, and I've always been a fan of a good oil.

I've talked a lot about my travels from this past summer, but what I haven't yet mentioned is that my skin went completely crazy towards the beginning of my trip.  I was gallivanting through Israel in Greece in a bikini and had a crazy sun rash appear right as the trip started.

I know, the word "rash" gives me the goosebumps and sounds nasty, but it is what it is.  I'll always keep it real, and I'm sharing this because at the end of the day, it's a damn rash.  There are way bigger problems, but believe me when I saw this rash thew me for a loop when I thought I was going to be a smooth bronzed goddess for a month.
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I started using Bio Oil as soon as I returned home from vacation, and I religiously used it twice a day.  I had used it years ago for stretch marks, but I fell back in love when I needed it to do its work on my stomach.

The rash left some weird scarring, and Bio Oil did wonders for fading the marks and making my overall skin tone look more even.

I've been using it as much as I can around my thighs and booty for stretch marks too because hey, growing a booty comes with the marks.

I wish I could buy Bio Oil a drink because it's done so much for me.  Seriously - My confidence was whack when the rash popped up, and I wasn't loving running around in a bikini.

I'm so happy with the results I've gotten and recommend it to everyone I talk to.  Scars, stretch marks, uneven skin tone...it has you covered.

I talk about a few ways I use Bio Oil and share my entire nighttime skincare routine in my YouTube video.  Go watch to see what products I've been loyal to (including my all-time favorite toner that's changed my pores).

           

Thank you to Bio Oil for sponsoring this post.  I love this brand so much,  I've been blabbing about it even before a collaboration!  

xx
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13 October, 2017

8 Tips To Lower College Debt

FRIDAY, you've arrived!

This week flew by so much so that I'm almost in shock it was Monday 4 days ago.  I've been nonstop writing, filming, and planning a super exciting challenge (stay tuned for more on that) and somehow an entire week flew by!  JEEZ.

If you keep up with me on Instagram, you saw that I announced that Fridays on my YouTube channel will now be "Finance Fridays".

Yeah, we're gonna be talking about money money MONAY...MONAY!  Because nobody does.

We've created some stigma that talking about money in any way shape or form is hush hush.  Don't ask questions about money, don't initiate a conversation about money, but start making some and figure it out.

...And that's exactly what we'll be doing on my channel.  Talking about money, sharing tips and tricks to save more, earn, reap benefits, and just be more financially healthy.

The first video in the series is all about 8 ways to lower college debt.  We all know college is expensive AF, and the burden of debt at all, but especially student debt, can be SO overbearing that it can take people a lifetime to pay off.  That's no fun.

I put together 8 tips for you, a brother/sister, friend, child, WHOEVER, to lower their college expenses.  Most of these can also be applied to lowering debt in general, but I made these specific to school.

I suggest watching the full video so you can hear my personal stories, more details, and how these tips impacted me while I was in school, BUT to give you a summarized list of what we're talking about, here ya go:

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You can hear more about these tips, listen to me blab about my personal experience, and get more details in my YouTube video!


Let me know if you have any specific requests or questions for Finance Friday content or just in general!  

xx


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12 October, 2017

Quarter Life Crisis + Finding Clarity

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LOL at this post title, right?

Let's start with this outfit because I'm in love with these joggers from Titika Active. They're slightly high-waisted and so comfortable.  They make the booty look good, and you can't beat a pair of paints that are perfect for brunch and can be worn if you make it to the gym.

The cropped hoodie (below) is super cute, and yes, it has thumbholes.  SO FALL.  I'm a sucker for any top with thumbholes in the fall, and this top was no exception.

So quarter life crisis: I think it's funny because at the end of the day, there's really no crisis.  Whatever the bullshit about a quarter life crisis is really just boils down to the pressure we put on ourselves, the extent to which we're comparing our path to others, and where we think we should be.

BUT THE PRESSURE IS THERE, isn't it?!

Seriously, I really hope that most of you can relate in some capacity to this post.  If you can't, I'll just feel worse about myself, it's cool.

But I'm confident that anyone in their twenties knows exactly what I'm talking about.  Yeah, our experience is all different, but if you haven't hit a point of "WTF am I doing with my life", you're either killing it, an alien, or not in tune with your emotions.

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So what do I do when I'm feeling all down and like I can't figure out the next step?  Workout.  It might sound simple, but it works.  When we're too deep in our head and in negative thoughts, sometimes we just need a damn break and need to sweat it out.

I'm telling you - I'll find myself all caught up in my thoughts, doubting myself, questioning timing, and just letting it get me down.  Down to where I just want to take a bath, watch Sex & The City reruns on E, and eat an entire pint of Ben & Jerry's, maybe start over tomorrow.

When we start to feel like that, we have to force ourselves (as much as I know you won't want to in the moment) to just get the F up and move your body.  Go for a run, head to the gym, DO SOMETHING.  Do NOT just sit there and wallow for too long.

Give yourself a little time to wallow, that's fine.  Cry, be a brat for a little, but then dust that shit off your shoulders and get to business.

Just to share a little more in detail about what I've been dealing with, I've been hard on myself.  Like, really really hard.  I'd say the majority of my days are focused, I see the light at the end of the tunnel, and I 100% am confident that I'm on the right path.

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I absolutely love creating content on my blog and YouTube channel.  My only regret is that I didn't start earlier, because the hustle is real.

If you read my post about side hustlin', you know I'm always in approval of a good side hustle.  Especially in your twenties when we're trying to figure it all out, it never hurts to have more than one source of income and to be hustling your ass off.

I've been focused on creating content but also struggling to know what the next step, day, hour, or chapter has in store.  I've compared my path to others' and wondered why I'm not at a certain level, what I'm supposed to be doing, and how the hell I'm going to find time to make dinner in the mix.

                                     

But we all know that comparing ourselves gets us nowhere.  Nowhere except deeper in our own self deprecating thoughts, and what good is that?

So, if you've been having some of the same emotions I have (and believe me when I say they've been intense lately), YOU ARE NOT ALONE!  I REPEAT: YOU ARE NOT ALONE!

Our paths are all unique - You may see someone with a badass career killing it...applaud for them.  One woman's success is NOT the absence of your own, and your paths are not identical.  Our timing is all different, paths crossing different chapters at different times, and that's ok.

As long as we focus on being better than we were yesterday, staying productive, and feeding ourselves positive, uplifting thoughts, we gon' be alright (Kendrck Lamar voice).  But seriously.

There are always going to be days where you wonder wtf is going on and why certain things maybe going "nowhere" or more slowly than you'd like.  Hang in there.  Do everything you can to get to the next step and continue being productive.

Don't become idle when that frustration rises.  Just keep moving forward, ask yourself what it is you need to focus on, and do that.  Sometimes it might be shit you don't want to be doing, but if that's the best option for the time being, do it.

Weigh your options and be the boss you know you can be.

xx
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11 October, 2017

How To Be More Confident

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I mean, can someone just create a tea or supplement that we can drink quickly if we wake up feeling like crap about ourselves?

Talking about how to have more confidence is kind of like talking about how you know when you love someone.  You can kind of describe it, but at the same time you really have no answer.  It kind of just is.

When it comes to being confident, believe me I am no pro.  BUT, I've definitely learned what makes me feel better about myself, how to shift my mindset when I start to feel in a bad place, and little things that can make a big difference.

There's no magical potion or quick fix for being confident.  You won't wake up tomorrow feeling like Beyonce, feeling confident and never worrying about feeling down again.  You're going to have those down days where you don't feel your best...we all do.

It's about changing your lifestyle, your thought habits, and small things in your actions and in your head.  SO many times we engage in self deprecating behavior and we don't even realize it, and especially in the world of social media, we do it more than we think.

I share a few of my personal tips for feeling more confident in this video.  Like I said, I'm no confidence expert, but I know what works for me and what works for others too.  Sometimes it helps to hear it spelled out.

Especially if you're PMS or having one of those days, weeks, months, years (hell, it can last for a looong time if we let it), give this a watch and try to make some of these small changes!


I'd love if you subscribed to my YouTube channel if you haven't already!  I'm loving video content right now and really enjoy filming, editing, and the entire process!

If you have a specific tip that helps you feel more confident and like a boss bitch, share it!
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10 October, 2017

Everyday I'm (Side) Hustlin'

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You know the average millionaire has 7 different sources of income?

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I think the first time I read that, I wasn't surprised, but I was so annoyed at myself for feeling like one magical thing was going to bring me "success".  And no, I'm by no means even close to a millionaire, but we have to dream big to win big, and so I'm dreamin'!  I know you all are too.

I kept sitting around wondering when the day would come that would put the perfect one job in my lap.  I know I probably didn't want this job, but I had a thought in my head that there would be some sort of a dream salary that would put me close to "wealth".

The more I've networked, talked to other like-minded entrepreneurs, and read, the more I've understood how crucial it is to diversify your income.  If you lost your primary source of income tomorrow, what would you do?

Would you panic (pretty normal), or would you feel safe knowing that you have a few other thing(s) set up that will give you at least some cushion?

You need that cushion.  We need some cushion financially and it doesn't hurt to have some in the glutes either.  Cushion everywhere!

The past year and a half I've been focused on ways to diversify income, even if it's not much.  By having multiple sources, you have cash coming in in different places, sometimes while you sleep.

I'm still the normal 20-something trying to figure it all out, so by NO means am I here telling you I'm a wealth expert who's going to tell you how to get rich tomorrow.

If you know the secret to that question, open up pandora's box and let us all know.  We've been waiting, come on now.

For now,  chances are I'm in the exact same boat as you wanting to simply do better for myself, make some more money, and live a life I'm proud of.

In this video, I go over a few side hustle endeavors that I've tried myself.  All of them have the potential to make pretty decent money.  Some you may have heard of, and some you might have no clue.

We live in a world now where there are sometimes so many opportunities that it becomes overwhelming and we don't even know where to start.  I get pretty overwhelmed when I have 8 million ideas in my head (and this is more often than not), so focusing on these 5 ideas is a good place to start!

Let me know if you've tried any of these and if you have any other suggestions!


Happy hustlin'!
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09 October, 2017

How I Traveled To Greece For Free

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Yeah, you read that right.

No, there's no catch here.  I didn't have to do something unspoken to get some free flights to Greece or anything.  I just finessed the system, because you guys know I'm always looking for a way to get some travel points, cash, or free flights.

If you read my post from earlier this summer here talking about my trip to Greece, you know how incredible it was.  Hell, if you've ever seen a picture of Santorini or Mykonos, you already know how amazing it is.

I did lots of research and planning, trial and error, and worked my way to get free flights to Greece.

Seriously, what's better than taking an amazing trip?  A free amazing trip.

Of course you'll want to be smart and save up a bit before traveling so you can enjoy yourself, but in this video I'm focusing on telling you all about how I finessed my way into some free flights to Greece.

You can apply these to any trip you're wanting to take, national, international, wherever.

Check out this video if you're wanting to know how to earn free flights (and if you don't, who are you?!).

Let me know any other tips you guys might have in a comment -- I need to check them all out!  No such thing as too many free flights.


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