DIY Makeup Brush Cleanser


Hey y'all!

I have a confession to make. Instead of cleaning my make up brushes, I usually just use them until they are all kinds of dirty and then I end up tossing them out. A lazy girl's way of getting "clean brushes". That was until I realized how much bacteria and disgusting germs build up in your brush each time you use them. So fear not, readers, I have cleaned my brushes by using these simple ingredients!

{ WHAT YOU NEED }
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1 tbsp white distilled vinegar
  • 1 tbsp dishwashing soap


{ INSTRUCTIONS }

  1. mix all ingredients in a small bowl
  2. swirl brush for about 10 seconds in mixture
  3.  rinse brush until water runs clear
  4. reshape brush and lay at a downward tilted angle
  5. wait 24 hrs for brush to completely dry




SaveSave

Do's And Don't's for High School Freshman

Hey y'all!

I'm finally a senior in high school. As cliche as this sounds, it feels like it was just yesterday that I was a freshman. I can thankfully say that I have made it this far and I am ecstatic to be graduating in less than a year now.

Throughout my entire high school career, I have learned very important lessons (good and bad), but I really wish someone had told/warned me about certain things. I've compiled a list of a few things that I believe every student should know before they graduate high school.


How to Prep for Less


Hey y'all!

We all have issues spending 'too much' for a piece of clothing. I am very guilty of this--I mean, $70 for a skort is a little steep--but hey, it's all for fashion, right? Well, the typical 'preppy' brands can some times rob your bank account and then some. But, what if I told you there are alternative ways to get almost the exact same look for much less?

Second hand items - I cannot stress this enough. Plenty of girls would turn their head at something just because it was gently used (or in some cases, worn once). It may take some time to weed out the good deals from the bad ones, but it can end up saving you some major cash. But, BEWARE OF FAKES. (I also recommend not buying more expensive or designer brands second hand unless you are one hundred percent certain of its authenticity.) There are plenty of great websites where you can not only purchase, but sell your items too!
Ex: Poshmark, Vinted, eBay




Clean out your closet - As mentioned above, you can actually make money selling your own clothes. Everyone has items in their closet that they haven't worn in ages or maybe even things that don't fit you anymore. Not only can you make some cash to reinvest back into your closet, but you also make room for more clothes. It's a win-win situation.
Ex: Poshmark, Vinted, eBay




Staple items - It makes sense to pay a bit more for things you will wear for years. These items are not purchases, they are investments. Personally, I am willing to spend more money on my purses and shoes rather than clothing items.
Ex: L.L. Bean Boots, Jack Rogers, Longchamp

Investment Pieces

Dupes - Every season, I swoon over J. Crew's gorgeous jewelry, but I can never justify a purchase because of the price tag. But, many stores have started to create the almost exact same pieces for more than half of the price! The best part? Some stores even have started to create dupes for popular  clothing pieces (like the Old Navy Quilted Vest).
Ex: J. Crew // Old Navy, Target, Marshall's, TJMAXX,  Forever 21

Discount websites - By now, most people have heard of discount websites that help companies sell leftover products at discounted prices. If you want to get your hands on the good stuff, setting an alarm is a must. Because girls love their sales! These websites can discount items sometimes up to 50% off the original price. 
Ex: ruelala

A few questions to ask yourself before you purchase an item:

  • Do I really need this?
  • Will it be classic in 10 years?
  • How often will I wear this piece?

Easy Pumpkin Dog Treat Recipe

Hey y'all!

Not only is it officially fall, but it's also my pup's birthday! He's two years old today, and he still acts it. So in honor of the little rascal's big day, we made him some home made treats.

Beaux is the first dog I've ever owned and I was even lucky enough to adopt him as my sixteenth birthday present. Since I absolutely adore this pup, I had to spoil him with some home-made goodies! I really hope your dog enjoys these treats as much as mine sure did!

{ INGREDIENTS }
2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1 cup canned, pure pumpkin
4 tbsp peanut butter
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon 
2 eggs

{ DIRECTIONS }
1. preheat over to 350 degrees
2. whisk together flour, eggs, pumpkin, peanut butter, and cinnamon in a bowl. Add water if necessary but dough should be stiff and dry
3. roll out dough flat and cut into desired shapes
4. bake in oven until hard (about 35 minutes)

Fall Excitement


Hey y'all!

Normally, I would be the last person to gush over fall sweaters and pumpkin spice lattes, but this is the first year that I have actually been excited for the leaves to start changing color. Now, granted, in Texas, you can't exactly bundle up in puffer vests and riding boots 24/7 during fall because some days it will go from 50 degrees in the morning to 85 in the afternoon. But despite the weather, I try to still participate in fall activities!

The first two photos in this post are of an adventure to a pumpkin patch. We had a blast picking out pumpkins and of course, didn't miss out on the great photo opportunity. Although our carving skills weren't the greatest, it was definitely a great experience.

Next up, I found a wonderful dupe for the Frye flat riding boots by Carlos Santana! They are almost the exact same boot but for a much nicer looking price tag. They're such a classic staple piece that you really cannot go wrong.

Last but not least, my friend, Megan, and I decided to be your typical 'frat boy' for Halloween last year. But instead of trick-or-treating, we handed out the candy to all of the adorable kiddos that were dressed up.

Five Easy Tips on How to Relax

Hey y'all!

Back to school is usually a stressful time for everyone. I actually have just begun my senior year of high-school, and although my classes may not be super challenging, applying for colleges/scholarships can really stress a girl out. So I figured, why not share with my readers a few ways that I relax when my mind is on overload?


How to Style Jack Rogers


Causal Prep

Casual Prep

Who ya wit?

Causal Prep

Southern Prep.

Hey y'all!

My absolute favorite purchase of all time has to be my Jack Rogers. (If you're new to my blog, then you'll soon learn how in love with them I truly am.) Although I only own one pair--the classic Palm Beach Navajo Sandal in white--, I definitely will be purchasing more. One hundred and ten dollars may seem steep for a pair of sandals, but I, for sure, have got my money's worth out of them.

I have owned my sandals for over a year and they are still in great condition. I've worn them to the beach, dinner dates, and even just while running errands. I never fail to get compliments on them.



Beach Bag Essentials


Hey y'all!

Summer is sadly coming to an end soon. But my family is taking advantage of it by sneaking in a beach vacation to South Padre! The beach is one of my favorite places to go, so you could definitely call me a beach bum.

Since I like to go to the beach fairly often, I figured I should share some of my beach bag essentials!

  • A good tote - As someone who likes to take a lot of stuff to the beach, it's so important to have a big sturdy bag. This one in particular holds a ton (I'm talking like a puppy if you really wanted to) and bonus points : It's waterproof!

  • Cover up - I'm not a big fan of walking down to the oceanfront with nothing on but a bathing suit. I think a lot of people are this way! I'm not sure why it just feels weird to me. I always like to get a big t-shirt to wear as a cover-up because it's comfy and super casual.

  • Bathing suit - If you're going to the beach, this is clearly something important to bring. I usually opt for bikini's just because I think that's what looks best on my body type. But if you're not into that, there are so many cute one-piece options on the market!

  • Beach towel - Another "duh" item, but also a super easy one to forget. My family has specific towels to take to the beach since they kind of get all sandy and gross after we use them!

  • Sandals - I wear my Jacks pretty much everywhere. This sounds kind of weird, but I usually put them in the water because it makes the leather get tighter, which I prefer since they stretch out the more you wear them. So if you own a pair that is a little too stretched, try putting them in the ocean water!

  • Sunscreen - For me, it's important to have a sunscreen that smells good. It seems silly, but it's just something I look for before I purchase one! I also prefer to buy the spray sunscreens with lower SPF since I want to get tan, but not burnt. 

  • Baseball hat - I don't like my face getting too much sun exposure, so I always always always bring a hat with me. I also use it over my face whenever I decide to take a nap (which usually happens when I'm at the beach)

  • Sunglasses - The beach is always really sunny so it's important to keep sunglasses with you at all times. Especially if it's a white sand beach, the sun will reflect off of it and make it even brighter. Protect your eyes!!

  • Water bottle - Hydration is key. Bring a cute water bottle with you to keep encouraging you to drink up.

  • Bluetooth speaker - Playing music is a great thing to do at the beach because it drowns out the sounds of kids screaming and seagulls cawing.

  • Books and Magazines - I like to bring a few books I've been too busy to read plus a few gossip magazines! Reading is a great way to pass time.




Dorm Sweet Dorm

Hey y'all!

Every summer brings an entirely new class of kids heading off to college. New faces, (possibly) new places, and new surroundings! It's possible with all these experiences that one can get a little homesick.

So how do you make your dorm room feel a little more like home? Well, you decorate and personalize it, of course! It may not be perfect, and let's be honest, the rooms can be pretty cramped. But why not have fun with it?

Below I have included some tips and tricks with click-through links of examples! Then some pictures from my dorm Pinterest board to help inspire you to create your perfect little home-away-from-home.

Common Hair Myths


Hey y'all!

Lately while doing my typical pinterest search, people that I follow have been pinning 'DIY' hair masks. Now, I am all for 'do-it-yourself' type projects, especially when it comes to beauty. But the egg and honey mask that is claiming to "make your hair grow 10x faster" isn't actually going to make a difference.

I'm currently a cosmetology student at my high school. And I have learned quite a bit about hair this year. So now, why not pass on the knowledge? You may be surprised at what you learn.

Fiction:

  • "This mask will make your hair grow faster!" - Depressing to know, but nothing truly makes your hair grow faster. Using protein shampoos can help thicken hair but do not overuse because it can make your hair feel brittle and coarse.
  • "If you pull a gray hair, three more will sprout out." - This is silly. There is no need for an explanation, it simply isn't true.
  • "Getting a haircut will make your hair grow longer" - Not necessarily longer, but your hair will be a lot healthier! By getting a haircut every six weeks, your split or damaged hair is trimmed off. That's the hair that is more likely to break off. So technically, your hair will be 'longer'.
  • "Showering every day will get rid of greasy hair." - Greasy hair is caused by the oil glands creating too much sebum (oil). By showering constantly, especially when using extremely hot water, it causes your skin to lose moisture. Therefore your glands kick in and make up for the lack of moisture with more oil. As hard is it may be at first, try to start showering every other day or use a shower cap if you absolutely must shower.

Fact:

  • Hair grows faster during the Spring and Summer months. - That's why getting a dramatic (but sometimes much needed) chop off of the split and damaged hair isn't so bad at the end of the school year.
  • Dandruff shampoos strip color out of dyed hair. - This can be helpful when trying to remove color, but not so helpful when you're trying to maintain the perfect shade. 
  • Combing wet hair causes more damage. - Wet hair has less elasticity, so by pulling on it when it's wet, it causes more breakage.



Cooler Painting 101

Hey y'all!

As a typical southern girl, I swoon over Pinterest and how talented some girls are at painting coolers. If you have a Facebook, (let's be honest, who doesn't?) definitely check out the group called 'The Cooler Connection'. It's literally a huge public forum for coolers, bubba kegs, and flasks! Plus everyone is super friendly and more than happy to share their advice and personal stories.


Netflix Recommendations

Hey y'all!

Hopefully everyone reading this knows what Netflix is. If you don't, then you're missing out. For a small monthly fee, you can watch as many television shows (or movies) as you want. There's no limit. It's wonderful!

Every girl has had their fair share of "Netflix Marathons"(meaning that you literally sit home and see how many episodes you can watch in a day (or two!)). 

Here's what I've been watching lately!

5 Reasons Why Sisters are the Best

Hey y'all!

Exciting news! Disney's Frozen  came out on DVD this week. I think what Disney really nailed on the head with this movie is the fact that it encourages girls that they don't need a man to be happy. True love doesn't have to be with a man. An act of true love isn't the first kiss with some random stranger.

True love can be an act of kindness. Mostly for your family, but more importantly, your sister. Elsa and Anna are definitely the greatest duos of all. In fact, they remind me a lot of my sister and I. It's a relatable movie and the message is just so inspiring. I really do enjoy the fact that it's not all about meeting the right guy. Excuse this cheesy line but you know what they say? Sisters before misters. And wow, is that right.

One. You will always have someone to be silly with.
Whether you're in an awkward situation or just simply bored, sisters are always willing to go outside the box and be a little goofy.

Two. Even forced time spent together is quality time spent together.
It's normal to have someone get on your nerves when you are constantly hanging out, family included. But after you've sucked it up, the fun is endless.
Three. Someone will always support you, even when no one else does.
Hey, she's your family. 

Four. You always have someone to complain with.
Especially when it's your parents.

Five. You can post embarrassing pictures of her without her being able to hate you forever.
Sorry, Becca. I had to!

So through thick and thin, through fighting and loving, sisters truly are the best. I don't know where I would be without Becca and I hope she says the same for me!




M-I-Z-Z-O-U

Hey y'all!

The lack of blogging this week is just crazy, my apologies! But, over the weekend, I was out of town. Megan invited me a few months ago to go visit her brother in Missouri and it was also a chance to get to visit Mizzou's campus.

I'm not sure if you're aware of how cold it is in the northern part of the United States right this moment..but saying I was unprepared is an understatement. I was in complete shock from how freezing cold the air was.

Anyways, here's a break down of my weekend!
Friday (February 28)
Lucky for me, my very sweet mother allowed me to leave school early at one o'clock. Megan and I met up and went to grab some lunch at a local Japanese restaurant (we literally go at least once a week!). After that, we headed out to her house to meet up with her dad and stepmom, and we managed to arrive just in time to leave for the airport. Although our flight wasn't until 7 o'clock pm, traffic in Texas during rush hour is a pain in the butt--especially when the airport is downtown.  So starting at 3 o'clock, we began a very aggressive race down the highway. 6 o'clock, we rolled in, checked our bags and raced through security. Before I knew it, we were on the plane.

Since we flew SouthWest Airlines, seats were unassigned. As always, Megan made me sit next to the complete stranger. He was nice, but I'm not the best at talking to people. In fact, I get all awkward and just can't stop laughing. The flight was quick, only two hours (maybe even an hour and a half??).

Off the plane and into the rental car and, boy, were we lucky. Walking up to the parking spot, and what did we see? A silver Dodge minivan -- or as we referred to it "the swaggin' wagon".  The hotel was about an hour from the airport so Megan and I were in and out of sleeping during the duration of the drive.

Steven (Megan's brother) met us at the hotel and there were lots of hugs. But, it was late and we were all very tired. Waiting in the room was an odd surprise.

BATH TUBS RIGHT NEXT TO THE BED. Can we talk about this for a second? I'm sorry but this is weird right? I'm not crazy for thinking that this is super out of the ordinary. Okay, I maybe understand a bathtub in the middle of the room in a honeymoon suite, or something of that sort. For some odd reason, the entire third floor of the hotel was laid out like this (Not sure if the whole hotel was because we only had rooms on the one floor!)
After running to each room to check if they had the same set up, then continuing to screaming and talk about how uncomfortable and out of place the bath was, we all hit the hay.
Saturday, March 1st
Waking up at 8 and getting (the teenage version of) an early start on the day, we headed to Cracker Barrel for breakfast. I know that some people consider CB as a place for old people to get their free breakfasts, but those haters probably have horrible taste in everything and think that Denny's has good food (SPOILER: they absolutely do not). Whenever we got around to ordering, I opted for pancakes and lots of hash browns because what breakfast is complete without an unhealthy amount of potatoes? A lame one, that's what.

And of course, it wouldn't be a trip to Cracker Barrel without playing the Tricky Triangle Game. If you've never played before, the whole point of the game is to have the least amount of pegs left on the board by skipping one over the other. Think chess but a lot easier...sort of. Believe it or not, I actually managed to only leave one peg on the board on my first try! Call me a genius or a cheater, you pick.
Next was the drive to the campus of Mizzou! We had tickets to the basketball game at noon, but it was absolutely freezing. So the trusty "swaggin' wagon" got us around campus until it was time to head into the arena. The campus is absolutely beautiful. If you ever get the opportunity to visit, make sure to check out the student's recreational center. I was blown away with how amazing it is!
The basketball game was Mizzou vs Missippi State. The score was 85-66, with Mizzou winning! The student section was hilarious to watch and had really great energy which kept the game interesting, even during timeouts and breaks.
For dinner, Steven got to pick where we ate. So of all the places in Missouri, we go to a Texas place! I had their salmon and it was so delicious. This is also when we got the news of how bad the weather was going to be for the next day. At one point, we even thought our flights were going to be canceled.
Since the roads were starting to ice over, we drove to our new hotel and spent the rest of the night in. Megan and I managed to watch Saw, The Little Mermaid and Mulan, before passing out.
Sunday, March 2nd
Steven's 19th birthday! But, it was not quite a celebration..and this was just the start of the day..


All my northern readers probably think I'm a huge baby, but I was not prepared at all. It may have been cold, but it's never too cold for a photo opportunity! Hey, we live in Texas..it's not everyday you get to see snow! For lunch, we stopped to eat at an Asian buffet which had tons of choices. The sushi was so fresh and absolutely delicious.
But soon enough, we dropped Steven off at his car, said our goodbyes, and headed to the airport. After dropping off the "swaggin' wagon", we flew through security. Our flight was delayed 45 minutes which wasn't bad. In fact, that time was taken advantage of! Megan and I watched We Are The Millers. Loved it!

As fun as it was to see snow, I don't think I'll be moving up North anytime soon..