Deed of the Week: Stop Making Excuses

Halfway through the semester and I am already pretty exhausted! I went out of my way to catch up on homework and school work so I could dedicate this weekend to working on getting some videos on YouTube up. I mentioned in a previous post that I am trying to learn how to video edit and film a little bit more because I want to branch out to YouTube. I figured that this would be the best time of the year to start a channel because of Halloween. This holiday gives me an opportunity to show my creative side with costumes and makeup so I figured, why not?!

I am going to hopefully release a costume video tomorrow and then a different one on Wednesday. This week’s characters are both Disney characters, one is a male character and the other is a female. I think you guys will know who the female character is if you are following me on Instagram. I am eager to show you guys what I have been working on and I hope you will all like what you see.

YouTube is one of those things that I thought would be interesting to do so I stopped making excuses and decided to just go for it. I want you to challenge yourself to set aside some time and think about something that you have always wanted to do, yet find yourself making excuses. Figure out what is preventing you and ignore those excuses and just go for it! If you needed some encouragement to get out and do something, this is it. What is something that you have always wanted to do? Take the first step this week and see how far it takes you and just keep going!

if you’ve seen the Bernie Mac show, you will remember when Jordan said the greatest simile which is, “Excuses are just like butts, everyone’s got one but they all stink!”

Stay stylish!

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Deed of the Week: The Other Side, Social Media Edition

For the past week, I have been curious and worried about one of my favorite YouTuber’s relationship with her boyfriend. I have had my suspicions that her and her boyfriend have broken up and are no longer together. I have been looking at all her posts and have also looked at her boyfriend’s posts to see if either one of them will finally either confirm they have broken up or assure me and other fans that they are doing okay and that we are all crazy for thinking that they will ever break up.

While looking at the comments on both of their posts, it’s clear that many other fans are wanting to know what is going on within their relationship. I finally stopped and thought about what it must be like to be on the other side of this type of situation. How would you feel if you were famous through social media and kept being asked if you and your significant other had broken up? For starters, I would be annoyed as hell. Secondly, I would probably feel guilty for not saying anything, but also pressured to say something at the same time. Lastly, I would want fans to focus more on what I do versus my relationship status.

So my challenge to you all is to focus more on why you like a famous YouTuber, model, actor/actress or any other celebrity and to refrain from adding to the stress they may have on everyone wanting to know about their personal struggles. Remember why you have chosen to follow them and support them. Admire them for what they put out into the world instead of commenting a question or making a remark that will hurt them. I am going to work on this myself and will challenge myself along with all of you to not worry about a relationship that I’m not anywhere near associated with!

As always, thank you to all my followers who take time to read my blog and remember to stay stylish!

Find and follow me on Instagram at AlamoCitySara if you want to see a picture of me sporting a Pocahontas look! I even have a black wig on!

 

Things To Come

I’ve really missed blogging on here on a daily basis, but I know that this change was necessary in order for me to continue to grow in my fashion endeavors. Today’s blog is going to be a simple update on my whereabouts and I am currently working my butt off with being a full-time student and part time employee, but these things all make me want to try harder at being great at what I do and what I want to do is share my enthusiasm for fashion with others who feel the same way that I do. I am expanding my horizons by learning how to film and edit videos, become more comfortable in front of the camera during photo shoots, and just generally be more involved. I am doing these things on top of work, homework and studying, but just because this is challenging, it does not mean that it is impossible.

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These goals are difficult and yes, I find myself getting frustrated when things do not seem like they are going well and I feel like no progress is being made, but great things do not happen overnight. I am still trying my hardest to be patient.

I am in the process of trying to learn how to film and edit videos so that I can start my own YouTube channel that revolves around fashion and who knows, maybe makeup every once in a while. I am using Halloween as an opportunity to recreate some costumes and makeup looks and I am pretty much filming the process so I can show you guys. I am planning on doing a total of 4 or 5 different characters so as soon as the weather here gets a whole lot better, I will be doing many photo shoots and videos. I really hope it all comes together in the end and I really hope that this endeavor will take me far.

I am open to any advice or suggestions any of you guys have when it comes to photo shoots, filming or video editing, I am all ears and it’s much appreciated. This is all I have for you all for now, as soon as I get the first video up, I will let you all know!

Stay Stylish and Good Night!

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I Felt Fancy Today

So as many of you know, I am all about saving money and really working hard for your to earn your paycheck. I always buy things that are at discounted prices and never really buy anything regular priced anymore!

Makeup is a bit of a different story.

There is still a lot of good deals out there, and I know what I like to splurge on which is lipstick, but today, I bought something that I did not originally plan on buying, and although I was hesitant to swipe my card, I am so happy to say that I now have YouTube star Carli Bybel’s beauty palette in my possession! I cannot get over how gorgeous the shades are and I am very eager to try it out. For those of you who do not know who Carli is, she is a makeup artist who does beauty videos for hair and makeup and is also a fashionista. She is also one of the most gorgeous people I’ve ever seen!

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She is photographed here while holding her beauty palette and I really cannot believe that I own her product now. I am blesses that I was able to afford this palette and with everything that I spend money on, I know that the money used does not fall from the sky, although that would be nice!

I am going to be wearing her palette the remainder of this week and I will only be showing pictures of how it comes out on my Instagram account. If you would like to see the way these eye shadows, highlighters, and bronzers come out, find me on Instagram and give me a follow!

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If you are wondering why I placed the Telescopic mascara by Loreal, it is because Carli was the one who introduced me to this mascara and it is the best mascara EVER!

I am going to go to bed early tonight so that tomorrow can just come already and I can give this beautiful palette a try! HURRY UP MORNING!!! Also, I want to make sure everyone understands that it is okay to treat yourself to a regular priced item that you really, really want. Do not feel guilty for doing this once in a while!

Stay Stylish my friends 😉

 

 

 

Building My Core & Confidence

You guys, I just finished a 10 minute workout video from YouTube fitness trainer Cassey Ho on her channel Blogilates. She released a video about a week ago titled, ‘5 Ways to Build your Core & Confidence’ and I have to admit that it was the hardest ab workout I have done.

I am talking about this today because I am the type of person who gains a little bit of weight and just doesn’t like the way that my clothes look on me anymore. Before I continue, please know that I am not body shaming or trying to preach on how we all have to live a certain healthy lifestyle. I am here to talk to you guys like the very honest person I am and a person who has real thoughts and feelings.

Earlier this year my mom sat down and talked to me and pretty much told me that she noticed that I was gaining weight. She told me this right when I was eating some leftover Chinese food from the night before. Hearing her tell me that she has notice weight gain in me, made me lose my appetite for my leftover food. I was speechless. I was hurt. I couldn’t believe what I was hearing from my mom. Despite how shitty I felt inside, my poker face remained while in my mother’s presence. But once I got in my room, I started trying on some clothes in my closet. Unfortunately my mom was right. I did gain some weight. All the clothes that used to make me feel cute and stylish, just didn’t sit right on my body. They were too tight. They wouldn’t zip up. I was heartbroken.

To make my wake up call even more devastating, I snuck into my mom’s room and weighed myself. I’ll never forget it. I weighed 144 pounds.

I remember venting to my boyfriend about this and I’m not going to lie, I told him that I weighed in at 134 pounds because I did not want to hear the words coming out of my mouth that I was only six pounds away from 150 pounds. I am a 5 ft. 2 in. girl who has weighed 120 the most so when I saw that I had gained almost 25 pounds, my heart ached and my mind was just all over the place.

My fitness journey began shortly after my birthday back in January and although I have not stepped back on the scale, I am pleased to say that half the clothes that didn’t fit me a few months ago, are back to fitting me like they used to. I was using my resources such as the gym at my work and even the gym at my school. I was making myself lean meals and drinking lots of water. Any other type of beverage was for Saturday only.

My mom and I have not talked about my weight since, and as much as it really hurt me to hear my own mother tell me that I was gaining weight, it’s what I needed in order to have this healthy change in myself. So that ties me back into the video I mentioned earlier. Starting out Blogilates videos was very hard in the beginning. Even though they were only 5 or 10 minutes, I always found myself getting frustrated and wanting to give up. It seemed like I would take one step forward and two steps back, but if you are too afraid to fail, you will never succeed. 

Another thing that I started doing this year is lifting weights. Before I had no upper body strength and was getting tired lifting 3 pound weights, but now I lift 8 pounds. It may not seem like a big difference, but it is a healthy difference for me and my body. My stomach is getting flatter. My arms have gotten firmer. My running has remained steady and great for my heart. But most importantly, my confidence has escalated with the help of living a healthier lifestyle and my fashion endeavor.

I want women of all ages to know that they can find their strength when they hit rock bottom. I want women to know that they can jump back into being a healthier version of themselves whether it is physically, mentally, spiritually or any other way. I want women to not apologize for putting themselves first and wanting to be their own kind of Wonder Woman. If you really want something, you have to begin some type of journey for yourself.

I want to know what your dreams are and what you have done to reach them. And if you haven’t began your journey to your goals, what is holding you back?

Think about what it is you want out of your life and how you can become the best version of  yourself.

Build your core. Build your confidence. Stay Stylish.

What The Rain Told Me

Hello everyone! As you know from yesterday’s post, it was raining here in my hometown. I left out some details of the significance of the rainy weather so let me explain by saying this first, it stormed so badly in my area that I was only at work for an hour before everyone was sent home due to a bug power outage. The rain came in with a bang and caused flooding, many accidents, power outages, stalled cars, lightning shows, gusts of raging wind and panic to a lot of people who were out and about or watching the news at home. Eventually the rain did stop in the evening, but man was it scary Monday morning.

I never saw this storm coming. Never heard form anywhere that there was a chance of rain or anything like that so I was definitely taken off guard. Secondly, the rain washed away a lot of filth. The plants are standing tall and bright now and the streets in the neighborhoods look brand new. Whatever bird poop was on my car prior to the storm was long gone and when the sun finally peeked out, it was like a different place than before. This got me thinking of my how much my soul could use a bit of cleansing.

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I had school, work, my fashion endeavor, my fitness journey and social life all over the place and organization was non-existent. I am going to really try to be more consistent and to be honest, I really enjoy blogging at night before bed because it reminds me of how I used to write in my diary, but once school starts, I am not sure if anyone is going to stay up to read my blog. I can still post in the evening, but it would probably be at 9 p.m. which I believe is a respectable hour.

Speaking of consistency, I want to transform my Instagram into a set theme or pattern instead of posting random things all the time. I have been YouTubing videos on how to edit photos, how to pose, how to set a theme, how to view grids and all sorts of things. I am able to dive deeper into this now that I finished my summer courses! I took two classes and gave it my best shot and thankfully came out with passing grades in both classes. I owe it to myself these next two weeks to put myself first now and focus wholeheartedly on my blog and on my Instagram and of course taking some fashion photos for you all.

So how does any of this relate to the rain we had over here?

Well for starters, the rain was pretty scary at first and things got pretty ugly. I felt this way when I started this blog and my Instagram account. I found myself doing the first photo shoot and felt kinda silly posing in a park. I honestly felt overwhelmed and tired afterwards. Overwhelmed and tired were feelings that I got know a bit too much this summer. Now that I do not have to worry about going to school, some weight has been taken off my shoulders.

Secondly, the rain went all out at first and flooded everything, but after a while it was more steady. This is how I feel about the way my Instagram account is. I uploaded about four photos the first day I created my Instagram which was June 4, 2017. I also posted about three photos a day which was super tiring and an unrealistic expectation of myself. Now I try to post one photo a day and sometimes two. Either way, I don’t want it all to be revolving around the same shoot because I don’t want to annoy followers with the same kind of photos over and over again.

Lastly, the rain nourished everything around it in a way that no human simply can’t do by themselves. This taught me that I am going to need help from others if I really want my fashion endeavor to be a success. I am a very independent person and I hate asking for help, but I need it. I can only take so many good photos of myself, by myself. It helps when someone can take your photo. Also, I cant be the only follower to my fashion account and expect people to get tips and outfit inspiration. I am seriously nothing without any of my followers so I will end this blog by telling you all thank you again for becoming a part of my fashion family and following my Instagram account or blog right here on WordPress. Your support means everything to me and I always try to be as interactive with you all as much as possible, so don’t be a stranger, say hi and comment once in a while on here or on my Instagram. I love hearing from you all.

Think about what it is you really want and just go for it! But remember to stay stylish while you are out there working for what you want!

Staystylish

Take A Cue From A Scientist And Experiment!

Since we are our own worst critics, I think it’s safe to say that anyone can think of a trend that they felt they couldn’t pull off. Maybe you think that slacks look good on the office assistant, but you don’t think they look so great on yourself when you tried some slacks on at the mall. Maybe you think that you cannot pull off the denim-on-denim look, yet you see someone else wearing it and you think they look great!

The struggle may be too much to handle sometimes, but I want you to challenge yourself to not be so quick to tell yourself that something isn’t going to work out for you after you only tried it once. My second challenge for you all is to compliment each other! If you see someone who looks great, let them know! A simple, “I really like your shoes!” can make someone’s day for all you know. Also take into consideration that when it is Saturday night, a lot of people who go out to celebrate the weekend probably had to put some time and effort into their look before they walked out their door.

The struggle of telling yourself that you cannot pull off a certain trend doesn’t end with just clothing, but your hair and makeup as well! Have you ever seen a YouTube beauty guru and believe that they can seriously pull off anything that they do to themselves!? Last night one of my favorite YouTube beauty guru’s, Carlibybel uploaded her reversed smokey eye makeup tutorial and of course I found myself watching it. Today I decided to give this look a try even though I firmly believed that eyeliner on my bottom lash line does not look good on me. I ignored the voice inside my head that kept telling me I looked like a raccoon and re-watched the video and followed along with Carli. Although I kept thinking how flawless she was and how much of a mess I was making with my makeup, I did my best to do my own version of the look using the product that I had and putting on the amount of makeup that I believed suited my face best.

I finished the eye makeup and did my face makeup as I normally would and was pretty surprised that I liked the way that the makeup came out on me! Would I have made this discovery and overcome my pessimistic attitude of having eyeliner on my bottom lash line if I hadn’t just ignored the stupid voice in my head?

I also did a thing to my hair! Hair is pretty damn sacred. It’s like a crown and honestly, if the hair is having a bad day, so am I. The other day I wore a half-up-half-down hairstyle by making small bun in the back of my head. I even slept overnight with my hair like that so when I unraveled it, I realized that no amount of straightening or curling was going to fix it in 10 minutes. ( I am always on a schedule you know!) So I had to compromise and make myself a bun again. Only this time, I made the bun on top of my head instead of in the back. You may know this hairstyle as they space bun trend and believe me when I say that I have tried it in the past and absolutely hated it on myself! My friends would say that I looked super cute, but I would always feel silly and think to myself that I looked like a retarded telletubby. I overcame both trends that I told myself for so long that I couldn’t pull off, but I must say, I really liked the way I looked as soon as I got rid of that bitchy voice inside my head. The weekend is the best time for me to experiment with my hair and makeup. Today’s look was a success! Here is the final look:

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I hope everyone had a wonderful Saturday! Thank you for reading and enjoy the rest of your night. As always, have a great night and stay stylish!