Sunshine Blogger Award

Sunshine Blogger Award

Hey y’all! I was tagged by the wonderful Brittney for the Sunshine Blogger Award, and here we are! Thank you so much Brittney for nominating me!

RULES:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you!
  2. Answer the 11 questions they have given you!
  3. Tag 11 people!
  4. Ask them 11 questions!

Brittney’s Questions:

  1. What is the one makeup/beauty item you can’t live without? Definitely mascara. I’m currently using the benefit Roller Lash mascara, and mascara is the makeup product I always wear, no matter what!
  2. What is your zodiac sign? I’m an aquarius. I’m not sure I believe in zodiacs, but I do think I fit with a lot of aquarius traits (I’m quirky and weird and I don’t have great social skills).
  3. What is your favorite article of clothing? My favorite article of clothing is a blouse that I own. It’s a button down blouse with little succulents and cacti all over it.
  4. Are you a morning or night person? I’m definitely a morning person. I don’t like to wake up early necessarily, but I’m much more effective and productive in the morning.
  5. What is your dream job? My dream job is to be a social justice lawyer with the ACLU.
  6. What is your favorite place you’ve visited? My favorite place I’ve visited is definitely London. I’ve been to many countries and cities, but London holds so many good memories for me.
  7. What’s your favorite band? Young the Giant!
  8. Waffles or pancakes? Hmmm, depends. I like the pancakes that my family makes, but at most restaurants I prefer waffles. And Belgian waffles with ice cream is my all time favorite dessert.
  9. What is your favorite scent? I like anything fruity, especially cinnamon apple.
  10. iPhone or Android (or something else)? iPhone. My family is all apple, all the time.
  11. What is your biggest fear? My biggest fear in terms of phobias is outer space, but I’m also terrified of failure constantly.

My Questions

  1. What’s your favorite show to binge watch?
  2. If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?
  3. What’s your go-to drink?
  4. Do you prefer vanilla or chocolate?
  5. Do you have any hidden talents or party tricks?
  6. What is your favorite kind of blog post to write? To read?
  7. What is your lucky number?
  8. Where are you most productive?
  9. What do you do when you’re stressed?
  10. Do you like minty flavors?
  11. What is your biggest ambition?

My nominees

Janah

Chloe

Savannah

Angela

Veronica

Pamela

Lynn

I hope you ladies will consider doing this tag! I love all of your blogs, and I look forward to seeing your responses!

I hope you enjoyed this post, and I’ll talk to you all soon.

100 Follower Celebration – Q & A!

100 Follower Celebration – Q & A!

Hiya lovelies! Today I have a super exciting post for y’all, because I reached 100 followers a few days ago! I was so excited to see that my follower count hit 100, so I thought I would do a special Q&A to celebrate. These questions were left in comments on my blog, and if you’d like to see another, go ahead and leave some questions on this post and I’ll answer them in the future!

Thank you so much to all of you who have made it possible for me to get to this point, and thank you to all 100+ of my followers!

And now, for the questions…

From Veronica:

What are some things you especially enjoy doing in the summer?

I really like to swim in the pool, but my favorite part of summer is just hanging out! Not having any responsibilities is so great.

Do you have any summer goals?

I do! I actually wrote a post about my goals (see here!) but my big one this summer is that I want to read 10 books in 10 weeks. It’s going really well, I’ve already read three and it’s only been a week and a half!

From Sage:

If you could meet your favorite band or artist, who would it be and why?

Hmm, this is hard. I have a lot of favorites, but I would probably have to go with Panic! at the Disco. I have a friend who met them and she had a great experience, and I would love to meet them as well. I have a feeling they would be incredibly nice and I would want to pick Brendon’s brain about songwriting.

From Elsie:

Do you have a favourite celebrity? If yes would you meet them if you could or do you think it would ruin the obsession?

My favorite celebrity is probably Alexis G. Zall, who is a youtuber and actress. I would definitely like to meet her! I want to be her best friend/date her lol. I don’t think it would ruin the obsession at all, it would just change the relationship.

And how do you feel looking back on your first blog post?

I’m proud of my first post! I think it captured my personality really well and was a nice introduction to who I am and what to expect from this blog.

From Audrey:

What’s your current favorite outfit?

I’m not sure I have a favorite at the moment! It’s been really warm here (like 110 F), so I’ve been spending a lot of time in tank tops and spandex shorts and laying under the fan. I have gotten a lot of new clothes recently, and I’ve been loving off-the-shoulder tops!

And that is all the questions I received! Thank you to all the lovely ladies who sent me questions.

Before I go, I do have an announcement! Starting tomorrow (Wednesday, June 21) I will be at a conference in New Orleans until Sunday (June 25). I will have posts going up but they may be posted at weird times and I won’t be able to engage with y’all as much. I’ll have a post on the trip up soon as well!

Thank you so much for reading, and I hope you have a lovely Tuesday!

Baking Lemon Bars + Thank You!

Baking Lemon Bars + Thank You!

Hello my loves! Today’s post is a recipe for amazing lemon bars. Recently I’ve been having a craving for something baked, and I’ve definitely been wanting something fruity. During the summer baked goods can be a little overwhelming, but I think that fruity desserts can be super refreshing and delicious during hot months.

I used this recipe, which was incredible. This post will include the recipe as well, but if you want the original there it is!

Ingredients

1 cup butter, softened

2 cups sugar

2 1/4 cups flour

2 lemons

4 eggs

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Directions

1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit, 180 degrees Celsius, or the 4th gas mark.

2. Combine butter, 2 cups of flour, and a half cup of sugar.

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3. Press the dough into the bottom of a non-greased, non-lined 9×13 baking pan.

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4. Bake the crust for 15-20 minutes. I baked mine for about 18 minutes. Remove when the dough is firm and golden-brown. Allow to cool.

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5. Combine remaining flour and sugar.

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6. Add eggs and beat well. It’s important that your egg is whisked very well so that it is evenly distributed throughout the filling.

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7. Next, juice your two lemons fully. Make sure that there are no seeds in your mixture, and then whisk again.

8. Pour the filling mixture over the cool crust. Bake for an additional 20 minutes, and then allow to cool again.

9. Allow to cool slightly before dusting with sifted powdered sugar.

And that’s that! I absolutely love lemon bars, and this recipe is amazing. Perfect balance between sweet and tart. It’s also really easy to make!

And now, I need to thank you all because I recently reached 100 followers on this blog! I would like to do a Q&A as a celebratory post, so if you’d like that leaving some questions on the comments of this post and I’ll answer them soon (:

My Everyday Makeup Routine

My Everyday Makeup Routine

Happy Thursday loves! Today I’m bringing you a really exciting post, which is my everyday makeup routine. I wear a variation of this look most of the time when I wear makeup. I will sometimes change up my eyeshadow or lip color, but this is pretty standard for me!

I start by moisturizing with my Benefit Cosmetics Total Moisture Facial Cream, which I apply to my entire face. I then apply the Benefit Porefessional face primer to the areas of my face where I have large pores, and the E.L.F Shadow Lock Eyelid Primer to my eyelids.

 

Next, I use the Maybelline MasterCamo Color Correcting Kit to correct and conceal. I use the yellow tone under my eyes to hide my under-eye circles and the green tone on areas of my face that are red and patchy. Then I use the lighter of the two concealer colors to cover up the yellow and green.

 

After concealer, I use the L’Oreal Infallible Total Cover foundation. I love this foundation because it’s lightweight and you only need a tiny bit to cover your whole face which is super great for day-long makeup.

 

For my eyebrows, I use an old Maybelline eyeshadow quad which has a nice dark brown powder. I use and angled brush to apply the color to my brows and shape them a bit. Then I use a little spoolie to distribute the color more evenly and help my hair fall into place better.

 

I use two eyeshadow palettes/collections for my eyes. The first is the Colourpop Mile High kit which I love. I use Truth on my entire lid with a fluffy lid brush.

 

Next, from the Covergirl trunaked Nude palette, I apply Cocoa, a matte brown into my outer corner and crease with a buffing eyeshadow brush, and blend with a blending brush.

 

I also use Sable, from the same palette that is a matte black with a wide angled brush to line my upper lash line. I also blend this out a bit with the same blending brush.

 

Up next I curl my lashes and use the Benefit Roller Lash mascara. My lashes are long but they stick straight out, and so this mascara is perfect because it gives my lashes a boost and helps them hold a curl.

 

And here’s my finished eye look!

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Next I contour, blush, and highlight. I use the contour powder from the Maybelline MasterContour palette with a flat topped contour brush under my cheekbones, on the high points of my forehead, and under my jaw.

 

Then I use the Benefit Dandelion blush with a fluffy blush brush on my cheekbones. I love this bright pink for summer because it gives me such a nice glow.

 

For highlight, I use my Nyx Strobe of Genius palette, which I’ve reviewed here. I use the bottom right color, which looks kind of golden but actually goes on a nice bright white highlight. I use a very fluffy highlight brush to give a super dewy look.

 

And here’s my finished face look.

 

The last step of my everyday makeup look is lipstick! Recently I’ve been wearing the Revlon Balm Stain in 001 honey.

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And here is the completed look!

 

I love this look because it’s light and still looks nice and put together. I feel comfortable wearing this look to school, parties, or out with friends.

What are your essentials for your daily makeup routine?

Mini Memoirs – An Introduction and Overview

Mini Memoirs – An Introduction and Overview

Hey y’all! Today I’m bringing you something brand new and very exciting! I have decided to start a new series, called Mini Memoirs. This is going to be a collection of stories from my childhood to help you get to know me.

I thought I would start by just telling you an abridged version of My Life Story. Later on we’ll get to The Big Stuff, and I’ll go on to more in-depth stories (:

I was born in Iowa City, Iowa. Not Ohio, nor Idaho, definitely not Indiana. Nothing against those other states, but I was born in Iowa, and I’m proud.

5If you don’t know anything about Iowa, don’t be alarmed or embarrassed. There’s not much to know. It’s very midwestern, all corn and pigs. It’s pretty conservative, but my town was fairly liberal.

I lived in a beautiful house with my mom, dad, little brother, and two cats.

When I was three, I started going to church. I met my best friend there, and we introduced our families. We’ve both been through a lot in the last fourteen years, and even though we live almost 2000 miles apart, she’s still the one thing connecting me to the place where I grew up.

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At four, I began ballet classes. I took some baby dance classes before then, but real ballet started at four. I had begged my mom to let me do ballet for a year before she let me. I don’t think she thought it would become a thing for me. If only she could see where I’d be in ten years.

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When I was six, my family packed up and moved to California. I had no idea what moving meant or where California was. I’d been there before, we had family there, but it was just a place that was a long plane ride away.

Although I missed Iowa, I grew to love my new home. We live in the Sacramento area, and our town is a perfect little bubble. Everyone wears expensive clothes and drives expensive cars and gets 4.5 GPAs.

I don’t love it here anymore.

It is a nice place to grow up, and I have lived a privileged life. I’ve gotten to visit several European countries, and I’ve been to over 30 states.

My childhood was pretty perfect, except that I was pretty consistently bullied and an outcast. I was considered very weird, and I struggled because of that. By the time I was nine I was diagnosed with general anxiety disorder, and I developed clinical depression in the sixth grade.

Since then, my life has been measured in mental illness. In eighth grade I was diagnosed with social anxiety disorder. In ninth grade it was severe clinical depression. In tenth grade I was medicated.

I have never let myself be defined by those illnesses. I embrace them, they are a part of what makes me, me. I see a therapist every Friday afternoon, and each evening I take two little pills. It’s just a part of me and I wouldn’t choose to do it over again without them.

High school has been pretty hard on me. My body is weak and I have missed more school in the past three years than in all previous years combined. But I work hard, and it pays off. Many of my friends have just graduated, and in a year, that’ll be me.

I’m really excited to see where my life is taking me, and I can’t wait to take you with me. Thank you for reading, and I’ll talk to you soon.

Summer Goals

Summer Goals

Hey everyone, happy Sunday! Today I thought I would share some of my goals for this summer. I like to set goals for myself when I’m not in school because I don’t want to laze around in bed all day, so I need some goals to achieve.

This year I have quite a few, and I thought I would post them to keep me honest and also possibly inspire a few of you. I’m hoping to make a post at the end of the summer reflecting on my success at these goals as well.

  1. Read 10 books in 10 weeks. I have been really bad about reading the past few years, so I thought that this would be a good, easy goal to try to read one book per week.
  2. Drink more than 3 bottles of water per day. I drink a lot of water on a daily basis, but I tend to slack if I don’t leave the house, so I want to keep this goal in mind on days that I’m staying in.
  3. Go out with friends once per week. This one is a little bit hard because all of my friends and I are crazy busy, but I’m hoping to stay connected with my friends over the summer, especially those that are going away next fall.
  4. Save up some money. I’m so bad at this! Especially during summer, when I can make all the trips to the art store and target I like. This summer I’d like to not only make a bit of money but also save more than I spend.
  5. Blog consistently! Now that my life is a little less crazy than during the school year, I hope to be able to put up posts consistently the whole summer.

And those are my main goals for this summer! Do you set summer goals? If so, what are a few of yours this summer?

Looking Back – Junior Year in Review

Looking Back – Junior Year in Review

Hi guys. Today’s post is going to be a bit of a journal/reflection.

Today I finished my junior year of high school. I’m a senior now.

I’m kind of freaking out and simultaneously excited. A lot of my friends are graduating tonight or tomorrow night, which is so cool but I know I’ll miss them a lot. Next year I get to do so much cool stuff, but it’ll be the last year I live at home with my parents.

I thought I would go back and think about everything I’ve gone through this year.

August/September

I always start the year by taking on more than I can handle. This year it was two honors classes, an AP class, an internship, and dancing with the Sac Ballet. By the end of September I was sick and everything was already falling apart.

October

I spent October trying to get everything back under control. I recovered from my illness and quit my internship. I established a system for getting homework done. I was hanging out with friends pretty consistently and I was really happy.

November

Smooth sailing. Nothing seems to be too stressful in my life, and I’m feeling good. A minor falling out with one of my close friends, but we move on.

December

I officially leave Sac Ballet. The time commitment and distance was too much for me. I’m sad, but excited about going back to rejoin my old studio. The holiday season leaves me overwhelmed by family time, and I spend the week after Christmas being very alone in my room.

January

School resumes and I kick of the second semester feeling strong. I start preparing for the SAT and AP exams. I turn 17!

February

Things are rocky with one of my friends. I plan and give a service at my church through my youth group. I begin to plan out which colleges I’m going to visit. A huge event at my school goes off without a hitch, and I win an award. On February 28, I make this blog.

March

I travel a lot, taking a week long trip to Washington D.C., and then a road trip to Southern California. I pinch a nerve in my back and can’t take my SAT as planned. I get in a huge fight with one of my best friends and we stop talking.

April

Life chugs on. Previously mentioned friend and I talk a few times. I make it worse. I have a terrible migraine that lasts a full week. I go to the hospital.

May

I finally take the SAT, and feel very good about it. A week later, I take the AP, which I feel good about as well. School begins to wrap up. My oldest friend graduates from high school.

And that’s a short review the past year of my life. It’s remarkable how much has changed since last August. I’ve grown so much, and even through all the hardships, I wouldn’t change a thing. This year has made me who I am today, and I’m grateful.

What’s the most prominent event that has happened in the past year?