Interning For A Magazine!?

Even if I have not been uploading videos on my YouTube channel, it does not mean that I haven’t kept myself busy this year. I wanted to make a blog post about something that ties into my personal life because it starts an exciting chapter for me and I want you all to come along with me!

So, if you’ve been reading my blogs for a while, you know that I am a college student with a fascination for style and beauty and that I have been going to school to study communications. Although communications is a very broad field, I love everything about it no matter which direction I explore. I’m happy to finally let you guys know that the real reason I haven’t touched YouTube in a while is because of the demands of school (which is coming to an end this fall!) as well as the demands of my part-time job and personal life, but also my internship with a magazine!

I haven’t said anything about this because I usually keep quiet about my personal life, but I want to share with you guys a magazine that is all about the arts less traveled and that is 71 Magazine. I’m talking fashion, music, film, science and technology (yes, there is art in even the things you do not think there is!) and I would really appreciate it if you guys would take some time out of your day to visit our website and read up on any of our issues.

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Today we released our music issue and singer-songwriter and musician, KT Tunstall is on the cover! I will not tell you guys the other artists featured in our issue because I want you guys to see for yourselves. It would mean so much to me if you all can go to our website during your spare time and look through our work. We are a bi-monthly, digital magazine, but if you would like, you can always order a hard copy!

Please let me know what you all think about the magazine if you get a chance to look at it and don’t forget to visit here and nominate 71 Magazine for Magazine of the Year. It is an honor just to be considered and it does not take long to register and it is FREE!!

I know I just poured a whole bunch of information at you, but I am so excited to finally let you all know a little bit more about where I’ve been and what I’ve been working on. I am not done with YouTube. I am just occupied with this new endeavor and that actually involves video editing for the magazine on top of my own personal endeavors. I will be back on YouTube as soon as I can, but until then…

I hope you all have a great weekend! Stay stylish!

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My Updated Skin Care Routine

Don’t you hate when your skin looks greasy or too dry? Me too.

My skin usually begins to feel different when the weather changes. When it is warm outside, my skin gets greasy. When it is cold, my skin dries up. It does not matter if you have oily, dry or combination skin, you are probably familiar with the tosses and turns of skin care when the seasons come and go. I wanted to blog about my skin care routine in the summer and the changes I have to make on rainy days.

We have been getting some rain here in Texas. If you’re unfamiliar with Texas rain, it is the kind of rain that lasts for about 45 minutes and completely comes out of nowhere full force. After it stops, the sun appears and it makes hair frizz, makeup melt, the air hard to breathe in, your glasses develop a thick layer of fog and you pretty much just feel nasty the entire time. Sometimes the humidity is so horrible that we even feel sticky indoors and showering only resolves that sticky feeling for so long.

I am going to break down my skin care routine by morning, makeup, and night time. As you read along you will see what my skin goes through daily.

In the Morning

The first thing that I have been doing since the beginning of summer is simply drink a cup of water. The more water you drink, the better your skin will look and feel.

Secondly, I visit the bathroom to rinse off my face with luke warm water. I do not use any products yet. From there I brush my teeth and once I rinse off the toothpaste from my tooth brush, I brush my lips. The reason I’m mentioning lips is because lip care is skin care too. The skin on your lips is one of the most sensitive parts of your skin so do not neglect them if you are looking to improve your skin! Once I gently brush my lips, I rinse off my toothbrush and apply lip balm by Sun Bum. My personal favorite is the watermelon one. Oh! and it has SPF 30.

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Once I do my basic wash up and finish checking my emails, I do my morning workout routine. I have heard that sweat is supposed to be good for your skin, but now that my workout routine is making me sweat more, I noticed that I was starting to breakout like crazy. Here are some things that helped me fix that issue:

First, always make sure your hair is off your face. If you have any type of bangs, you know that sometimes your hair frees itself at the worst possible time during your ab routine. Bobby pins with ridges and elastic headbands with teeth for grip are your best bet. Hair mixed with skin produces unwanted oil. When that oil develops pimples, trust me, it takes forever for that pimple to go away.

Secondly, after I would workout, I would want to hop in the shower right away. Do not do this. Cool down and let your skin wind down with your body temperature. One of the ways I physically react to working out is that my blood tends to rush to my face and make me appear super red. I am not light complected, but despite my medium toned skin, rosacea still runs in my family and there’s nothing I can do to change that. I allow myself to cool off for about 10 minutes and drink water. I also do not just let the sweat sit on my skin, I get a small towel and gently pat off the sweat. Finally, I get in the shower and use Burt Bee’s Facial Cleanser for Sensitive Skin (with cotton extract). It would take forever for me to wait for the redness in my face to go away completely, so I use a cleanser that is gentle. This cleanser is also great if you have eczema.

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After I get out of the shower and fix my hair, I apply 2 drops of No. 7’s Youthful Replenishing Facial Oil and let it sit on my skin for a few minutes before adding foundation.

This is what I do every morning. My makeup routine is the only thing that changes depending on the weather. In this blog I’m just going to be showing you all what I do when it’s raining and humid and when it is sunny.

Makeup

For rainy days, the foundation I use is Stila’s Stay All Day Foundation. My shade is Honey. This lightweight foundation has good coverage and it never makes me feel or look cakey. The foundation has a matted finish and even if I am going through a humid day, hardly any oil or grease forms on my skin with this foundation.

Foundation

For sunny days, I grab a powder foundation and the one I use is Kat Von D’s Lock-It Powder Foundation. I am shade 53 and what I love about this option is that the powder has great coverage and I never feel the need to pack any little oil absorbent wipes with me the whole day. This foundation looks like foundation with translucent powder on top for the entire day. Give it a try if you are curious about powder foundation.

Powder Foundation

As a setting spray, I use Milani’s Make It Last and I am in love with it. I do not use this spray daily, but I always use this spray to top off my makeup look when I know I am going to do a photo shoot. I feel like this spray brings the look together and gives you that healthy looking glow. It’s also very affordable and you can put this on rain or shine.

Setting Spray

If you ever want to be extra glowy in your photos and the weather is bright and sunny, I recommend mixing some of Josie Maran’s Argan Enlightenment Illuminizer with your foundation or using it as a high lighter. The pump releases quite a bit of product, but you can also use a little of this on your chest or of the top of your shoulders if you are wearing an off-the-shoulder or strapless top. I think this really adds that beautiful glow to your skin.

Illuminizer

Night Time

Okay, now that I have to remove my makeup, the first thing that I usually like to remove is my mascara. I usually put lots of mascara on because I love the long lash look, yet hate using false lashes. I use coconut oil to remove my eye makeup first and my favorite one to use is Vita Coco Coconut Oil

I love that this oil does not feel harsh on my skin and never gives me that stinging feeling like makeup wipes with alcohol would. Plus coconut oil smells so really good and softens your skin after a long day.

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If my skin feels super dry, I will apply more of No. 7’s replenishing oil, but if I feel okay, I will end my day with a face cleaned by coconut oil and some more lip balm on my lips to help me recover from wearing that matte lipstick all day.

If you read my skin care routine this far, thank you so much for your support. I love being able to enlighten others about style and beauty. I am thinking of also blogging about music too since it plays such a huge role in who I am and I really think it will help me attract new bloggers. It is definitely on my mind!

I hope you learned something new today and yes, these products on here are all cruelty free options. I am getting used to not using any products from companies that test on animals because I do not believe that an innocent animal should have to endure experiments in order for us to have another eye shadow or lipstick option. I believe that true beauty begins by acting ethically and not bringing harm to others.

Thank you all so, so, much for reading and stay stylish!

 

 

 

 

Because Shoe Shopping Is Fun

It’s been a long day. Everyone has their own personal process of winding down after a crazy day. Some drink, some work out, some vent on the phone with their girlfriends, but me? I shop online for shoes! The great thing about shoes is that they do not make you feel fat and they can really transform any outfit. Today’s blog is going to just be about me sharing with you all my favorite shoes that I was eyeing after a long day.

  1. Tobi’s Trust Me Black Suede Studded Heels now 50% off with code: BEACHY I love a good sale and you know what, I think I’m going to buy these tonight even though I get paid tomorrow. The half off sale ends tonight anyway!Screenshot_20180627-170622-01
  2. Asos Pull&Bear Slingback Point Toe Shoe With Bow In Black. It’s funny, I was talking about black flats with some co-workers earlier this week and although these are open heeled flats, It can possibly be another option for anyone who fears that flats they order online may be too harsh on their heels. Students also get a 10% off discount on Asos!Screenshot_20180627-172034-01
  3. Lulus Whitney Wedge Sandals have caught my eye not only due to polka dots BUT….these exact ones are only $11 right now! Even though they are a final sale, the reviews say that these are true to size. I think I’m going to go for it! If you’re not feeling this color and print, they also have these in white with black polka dots and some solid color options at regular price, $37Screenshot_20180627-173519-01
  4. Poshmark Boutique – Okay, I have been on Poshmark for a few months and I am loving the boutiques that are on there! These shoes from @houseshe are pretty awesome that I cant stop staring at their sparkly beauty! I could use more crazy shoes added to my collection!Screenshot_20180627-205033-01

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I hope you all enjoyed looking at these shoes on my blog. I always do my best to show affordable shoes or shoes that are on sale. I know we all have a different budget that we are working with, but as a student, I’m always on the lookout for great deals and if it also helps you out, then I have had a great day. Affordable shoes to me are anything $50 and under. I really try to stretch my money and I hope that I helped you all discover new stores or just look at shoes. It’s therapy to me to just browse the web and shop.

Thank you all for reading and stay stylish!

A Short Girl’s Quick Guide To Maxi Dresses!

For a long time I did not ever, ever, ever want to wear long dresses or skirts. When I was shopping one day at NTY Clothing Exchange, I decided to give maxi dresses another try after seeing a strapless maxi dress I thought was beautiful. To my surprise, I actually liked it! This gave me an idea to share with you all the top 3 things that every short girl should think about when shopping for a maxi dress or skirt.

  1. Stick To Simple Patterns – I know that this may sound boring, but one of the reasons why short girls do not like wearing maxi dresses or skirts is because they just feel like it is just “way too much” on their small figures. You can avoid feeling this way by sticking to solids or a very simple pattern. Simple patterns do not have to be boring! Take a look at this cute and simple maxi from Fashion Novasimple
  2. Show Some Leg! Who says that maxi dresses and skirts need to hide your legs? NOBODY. Showing your legs while wearing a long skirt can actually give the illusion of longer legs. It helps when you can find a maxi dress that does this and is also available in Petite size. Heels are no brainer on making your legs look longer too, but I just wanted to share with you guys a way you can wear a maxi without worrying about heels! I like this one from Asos because it is exactly how I described, which is being available in petite size, shows off your legs, and is a simple solid. petitemaxi
  3. Do Not Forget Your Waist – Ladies, I know that sweatshirt dress looks awesome on the model, but it completely hides the shape of your body and you do not want that. Add a belt around your waist so that no one loses sight of your figure. Maxi dresses and skirts should not be hiding this! I think that this dress from Lulus paired with a belt really ties the whole look together. waist2

I am 5 ft 2 in and now I’m happy to have maxi skirts and dresses as an option. I hope that with the help of these 3 quick tips you can give maxi skirts and dresses another chance if you are also vertically challenged.

Thank you so much for reading my blog and stay stylish!

To Have Loved and Lost

“If you love something, set it free; If it comes back, it’s yours. If it doesn’t, it never was.”

 

There are many days where I stop in my tracks and recall the day of my Quinceanera.

It rained that day, but I was so used to having rainy birthdays. I called it a curse since I had always dreamed about an outdoor party, but my special day was no exception. I am the only daughter in my family so my parents were willing to throw a beautiful party for me. Other than the party itself, what I enjoyed the most about it was being able to pick out all the details. I felt important.

One day my mom and I went shopping for red heels to wear with my dress and we came across a kiosk that sold jewelry sets. A set of beautiful rose earrings caught my eye and it wasn’t until I walked up closer that I noticed a matching necklace to go with it. My mom purchased the set for me since we knew it was perfect for my dress. We left the mall that day without any luck for finding red shoes, but we came back with beautiful jewelry.

I loved the jewelry so much that even after I had my special day, I would wear my necklace or earrings wherever I went. I wore mostly black in high school so I always got so many compliments when there was a touch of red. I had just come back home from school with my brother and as we were both walking through the front door, there my mom was with her arms wide open. My brother had the keys so he stepped in first and was met by my mom’s arms. I followed right after him with the mail in my hands and my heavy duty backpack on one shoulder (bad, I know) and saw my mom’s face drop when she saw me. She grabbed my earlobe with one hand and brushed my bangs behind my other ear with her other hand.

“What happened to your earring?”

I know I have big eyes, but my eyes opened even bigger the second those words came out of her mouth. I ran to the nearest mirror and to my horror, one of my dangling red rose earrings was gone.

I looked in my backpack, I looked in my brother’s car, I looked in my pockets, I retraced my steps and never found it. I lost count of how many days I looked for my missing earring in school. I would go in super early just to retrace my steps over and over again. I went to the Lost and Found area everyday and always saw new items every day. Books, jackets, keys, hats, combs, binders and everything imaginable. Many students would walk up with fear in their eyes since they knew that the Lost and Found area was their last hope. Whenever someone would be reunited with what was lost, the employees would say, “Today’s your lucky day!”

My lucky day never came.

I graduated high school. I graduated community college. I forgot about the sadness I had of losing something I loved so much from time to time. But seeing the matching necklace would make me feel sad all over again.

Here I am now at 22 years old antique shopping with my boyfriend in Boerne, TX. We entered our first store that sold manly vintage home decor. I want to get new furniture for my room and we walked in to look at some dressers. As we were making our way out, there was a corner with clothes, lotions, candles, and accessories. Being a shopaholic, I practically ran over there and started browsing. That’s when my life changed.

Okay, I’m being dramatic, but mira!!!!

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The same earrings. After a few years, I was reunited with the earrings that I wore on my special day. I still love them the same way I did when I first saw them at the kiosk. I still have so many clothes in my closet that will look nice with these earrings. Reuniting with these earrings made that day one of the happiest this year.

Have you been reunited with something you lost?

Is there something that you have lost that you wish you will one day find again?

Let me know! Stay stylish.

 

 

 

My Experience With Swimwear

Fashion bloggers keep up with all the seasons and the trends that go with it. If you follow fashion bloggers on here or on any other social media platforms, you may see the topic of bathing suits creeping up on ya. Love it or hate it, people are going to be talking about it. I guess today is my turn.

I am going to get personal. I am not the tallest girl. In fact, my height is about 5 ft 2 in and I am a dress size 6. I know that there are women out there that would be completely confident walking out in a two piece swimsuit if they were my size, but the truth is, I am still that girl who refuses to take off her swim shorts whenever she goes to the beach or pool. While fashion bloggers are strutting their stuff at the beach, I will be walking right next to them in swim shorts! Proudly.

Here is the thing, I am happy with my body. No, it is not the fittest and I am not at my target goal, but I refuse to ditch my swim shorts. I went to the pool with some friends this past Sunday and I need to be honest, if my boyfriend was not with me, I wouldn’t have ever taken off my swim shorts. In the almost 3 years we’ve been together, I think this was our second time going swimming. The last time my family and I went swimming was in Port Aransas about a year before Harvey hit. I remember wearing my two-piece swimsuit underneath swim shorts and a Guitar Hero t-shirt that I did not take off the entire time we were there. I have had my bathing suit since I started high school. Yeah, and it still looks good as new since it has been protected from the sun all these years.

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Swimwear is meant for swimming. It’s a plus if you look good in it, but it is also not the end of the world if you’re not completely comfortable in it. This is why I want to introduce you guys to some swim shorts that I am LOVING right now!

  1. SwimOutlet.com has some really good swimshorts if you are tired of seeing nothing but black swim shorts and really want a brighter color, I recommend the Sporti Active Swim Short Bottom  because they have a tie around them for waves at the beach and they range from size XS-XL. Here is what the bright blue color looks like. They are on sale right now at $16.99-$19.95 from $26 and have a 4.5 star rating. It’s no wonder that they are a best seller.swim 1
  2. Also from Swim Outlet is a good option if you really want black swim shorts that are a little longer in length is the Speedo Women’s Vaporplus Swim Short Keep in mind that longer length shorts may be pricier simply because the product requires more material. These are on sale for $34 from $69-$72 swim 2
  3. I really like the way that the colorful bands on the hip area pop out in these shorts I found on JCPenny’s website. They are the Free Country Swim Shorts on sale for $23.52 from $49 right now. These are also available in plus size for $25.92 from $54! If you cannot find the size and color that you want, these shorts are also available at Kohls for $29.99. swim 3
  4. If you are yawning at the shorts that I’ve been showing here, I am looking at these two shorts from Roxy.com because I am moving my way from trunk-like shorts to shorter shorts. I am hoping that one day whether my boyfriend is there with me or not, that I will be completely okay in walking around in swim bottoms without shorts covering them! 

I know there are many ways to be at the pool or beach sporting a much more covered up swimsuit, but I have no experience with swim dresses or swim covers so I’m not credible enough to mention them in this blog. However, I do know what it is to be the only girl wearing swim shorts at the pool party. To be ragged on by friends to “lose the trunks” or be welcomed by silly chants with fists in the air saying “take it off! take it off!” To not being able to free myself away from the fear of my swim bottoms being taken off by the ocean’s waves. To wear swim shorts simply because I didn’t like my thighs. To wear swim shorts because I couldn’t break away from being just one of the guys (I grew up with nothing but guys so transitioning from a tomboy to the girly lady I am now was rocky).

I also know that other women out there may have gone through this too and have their own reasons why they gravitate towards swim shorts. Security? Comfort? Cellulite? I hear you, because I have listened to my mom and tias (aunts) talk about that so, so much. Whatever your reason, swim wear is meant for swimming more than it is for fashion. There are many beautiful options for one piece and two piece bathing suits, but I also want to keep things practical here. I want to be able to actually get in the water and not worry about sequins falling out, or my boob slipping out, or the material getting bad. That’s just my opinion. If you want to rock your swim suit and lounge around looking great at the beach, go for it. No one is here to stop you. In fact, we admire you!

I hope this post wasn’t long and boring for you all, but I know that not a lot of bloggers are going to give much attention to swim shorts so I decided to do something about that!

Stay safe at the beach/pool this summer and stay stylish!

 

Read My Blog about Sunscreen here

 

Updated Hair Care Routine

A week ago I went to get my hair touched up and if you’ve been following me for a while, you understand that since I have a darker red color, my hair will look brunette whenever I take photographs indoors. Some of my followers were asking me if I had let go of my red locks and went back to my natural hair color. NEVER.

After taking pictures and snaps with my hair in sunlight, it was obvious that my red locks were still on and looking better than ever now that I have an updated hair care routine! This blog is going to be dedicated to telling you all about a new product I have been using that has really worked wonders for my hair and it is currently on sale at Ulta right now until June 2nd!

Here are some basic things about my hair care routine that have made a very big difference for the overall health of my hair:

  1. Cutting an inch off when I go to the salon as opposed to just a trim.
  2. Wearing caps and sunhats outside. The sun will definitely fade red hair.
  3. Using a heat protection spray before curling or straightening
  4. Combing my hair BEFORE I shower.
  5. Putting conditioner at the ends of my hair first and then shampooing my scalp.

I’m not going to lie, I rarely wear my hair natural. If you want an idea of what my hair naturally looks like, just look at this picture of Eddie Vedder 

Anyways, I want to talk about that new product that you can get on sale at Ulta right now that has really helped the lifespan of my red hair last way longer in between salon visits!

Joico

Joico is a hair care brand that specializes colored treated hair. It is the perfect brand for anyone who may have alternative hair colors such as red, blonde, pink, purple, blue, green…you name it! Ulta’s sale on these products which is normally $16.99 per bottle, is on sale at 2 for $20!

Here is how I use this product: I wash my hair every 4 days, so generally twice a week. Every other wash is with this shampoo as opposed to my Sexy Hair Shampoo which is also on sale for 2 for $20!

The reason that I only use it every other time is because the Joico shampoo is very strong and can sometimes dry out your hair if you use it too frequently. You have been warned! Whether you have red hair, purple hair, pink hair or rainbow colored hair, really think about investing in this brand. It has not let me down and my hair is really looking more vibrant than ever!

It is always a good thing to adjust your hair routine as the weather changes and since we are about to go into much hotter weather and endless days with a happy yet merciless sun, I thought it would be a good idea to blog about an update summer hair care routine. I also want to quickly mention this hair sunscreen I am trying right now that has impressed me so far: Sun Bum’s 3 in 1 Leave In Conditioning Treatment. It is a spray that really works wonders and yes, this brand sells skin care treatments. All their products smell heavenly and I am really obsessed with this brand!

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That’s all I have for you guys, let me know what you think of this post and I just want to say, have a great weekend and stay stylish!

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