Wednesday, July 30, 2014

25 Things You Don't Know About Me, Part 1

One of the blogs that I read, Peanut Butter Fingers (Julie) just recently posted '25 Things You Don't Know About Me' and I immediately thought that I would do it.  I have been thinking about doing a blog post similar to this recently but I kind of wanted a template for it.  What I did for this post was I took Julie's questions and answered them in my own opinion.  The reason I clarify is because normally it would just be '25 Things That You Don't Know About Me' and you could list whatever, but I decided to fill in my answers to the start of what Julie provided!  In the future I want to definitely just do a candid one for myself, I think that would be fun.  Enjoy!

25 Things You Don't Know About Me, Part 1

1. I'm Happiest When: I'm with my family, talking to my best friend and successful with work.

2. I love to spend free time: Reading (of all sorts: articles, novels, etc).  Tere's nothing stopping me from learning or reading absolutely anything new.

3. I've always wanted to: Go to Hawaii, ever since I was a tiny little girl.

4. My family and I: Are very small.  We have a tiny group, but unbelievably strong bond and relationship.  I wouldn't trade who I have in my life for the entire world.

5. I was a terrible: 'Directions Giver,' if that's a thing.  I still am absolutely horrific when it comes to giving someone directions.

6. My first job ever was: A chamber maid in Ocean Grove!

7. I could probably eat: Ice Cream/Pizza everyday.  I was so tempted to just leave Julie's answer here but I had to add in the pizza.  There really isn't one day that goes by where I don't think about pizza.  Oh lawd.

8. I stole: I don't think I can recall anything.  Maybe some sleep from when I was supposed to be awake being productive?

9. I was born on the same day as: My little cousin Jessica.

10. My all-time favorite film is: Mean Girls.

11. I do a pretty mean: Guacamole.

12. I'm still mad: That bucket hats are relevant right now.

13. My favorite color is and three things that are the color are: Orange/yellow!  I cannot pick just one.  The sun, pumpkins, mangoes.

14. I always knew I wanted: To work in New York City.

15. I'm not afraid to: Do anything really!  You have to live for yourself and the only way to do this successfully is to be fearful of nothing.

16. I make the best: Homemade baked French Fries!

17. I have almost no: Patience left, I'm trying though!  #PositiveVibes please!

18. I'm (now): A Jersey Girl and will probably remain one.  If anything, I can see myself briefly living in New York City.  This doesn't mean I wont try living in certain places!

19. I always cry when: I think about how much I miss one of my uncles that passed away.  Crying now.

20. I spent 12 years: Being a competitive dancer actually.  It's funny that Julie put this question on here that she made up herself, but it fits me too.  I enjoyed my time as a dancer and I miss it a little, to be honest.

21. My ideal weather climate for everyday would be: HOT!  I could live in the 90 degree weather everyday!

22. At 5, I was deeply in love with: The same things I am now: reading, the beach and talking everyones faces off.

23. I believe if everyone was: happier, the world would be a better place.

24. I can't stand: People who walk slow or stop walking in the middle of the sidewalk.  Drives me nuts!

25. Whenever: Friends is on, I'll watch it.  (Another samsies with Julie).

If you want to, answer these questions in a comment below or your own blog post.  Send me a tweet and let me know you've done so!  Like I said, these are Julie's Qs of which some I have changed around.  Thanks for reading and I'll be back with you soon!  -Brit.  

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

OOTD: 7/28/14 Details

Hey all!  Today I'm bringing you a fun little video highlighting the details of my outfit from yesterday.  I just had a couple of casual errands to do but I wanted to dress relaxed and cute.  

My cardigan is from H&M, my tank top is from Target, my skirt is from Target, my shoes are from Aldo and my sunglasses are from Forever 21.  Everything is super inexpensive and the black shoes are the ones that I got in replacement of the ones that came to my house the other day, too small.  

What is your go to outfit for running some casual errands?  Tweet me or leave a comment!  -Brit.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Gel Manicure #3: Update

As you know, I have recently 'found the light' in gel manicures.  Although I haven't written anything about my second one, I wanted to definitely document this one because it's the best one yet.  Perhaps I will continue showing you each manicure I get, because I do plan to get some cool stuff when the holidays start coming around. 

When I saw this color on the color wheel in the salon, I automatically fell in love with it, but I wasn't sure I wanted to get it.  I was torn between this 'rust orange/red' color and the one I actually chose.  I decided to wait with the rusty color until at least August.  I didn't want to rush the fall or anything.  #SummerForever

As you may be able to realize, there are fine glitters in the polish that are yellow.  Combined with the pink it almost looks green and it is absolutely beautiful.  I like this color because I wanted something interesting but subdued at the same time.  You might be thinking, 'Uhhhh, that's not subdued,' but it actually really is.  The only time the glitter picks up is when it hits the sun or direct light, other times it just looks like a really nice pink color.  

Another thing you might be able to notice that my nails are growing DRASTICALLY from where they were three weeks ago.  Now that I have gel nails, I constantly feel the necessity to massage my cuticles.  This is really wierd sounding but it's completely true.  For some reason I guess I try to convince myself that it will make them grow and it just feels good.  So far so good I would say.

Have you guys tried gel manicures since I last wrote about them?  Let me know in a tweet or leave a comment below.  I would definitely suggest this color over my last two, I enjoy it.  -Brit.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Keyboard, Beauty Marks and Mythical Beasts?

Now I surely don't want you to just think I'm constantly wanting things.  While this is true, every once in a while there are a few things that accumulate in my mind's wish list and I talk about them here!  My last post was a few things that I couldn't stop thinking about and this one is going to be the same. 

Not too long ago, I was introduced to Charles & Keith.  I can't tell you from where (probably some online website like StyleCaster or Refinery 29) but I just cannot stop checking them out!  I know I just got a bunch of shoes from Aldo so I don't plan to make any other purchases until fall, but these seem so cute to me.  For that reason though, I probably wont be making this purchase.  Most likely this will remain on my wish list.  Who knows though, we'll see!  Charles & Keith, Pointed flats $46

Okay.  I guess it's time for me to proclaim my love for GMM on the blog.  If you follow me on Twitter you will know how obsessed I am with Rhett and Link but I am pretty sure that this is the first time I'm mentioning it here.  What better way to start my mornings than with an episode and a cup of coffee in my Good Mythical Morning Mug.  #Happiness  Good Mythical Morning Mug $12

My obsession with tattoos is real.  I don't believe I have talked about them on the blog (at least not in depth).  Being that tattoos can really get extremely expensive, I guess this is the next best idea other than Henna.  I like the idea of these BeautyMarks because I think the shapes provided are super adorable (aside from the animal head, I'm not really into it).  I love the idea of the so called 'metallic tattoo' that you can just put on for the weekend and wash off, or take better care so it stays longer.  Would you guys try these?  I think they're adorable!  Mr. Kate, BeautyMarks $12

I'm not sure if I ever explained the incident when I spilled liquid on my original keyboard that I got with my iMac.  But I did and I am not happy about it all. To get by, I have been using a wireless GE one that I got from target for about $15-$20. I really don't like it at all but to be honest, I don't want to spend a million dollars on another one.  I recently found this one for $60 from Logitech and I love it!  I think it's pretty awesome that it's solar, thin and Mac conducive. Logitech, Wireless Solar Keyboard $60

Thanks for tagging along once again!  Have you tried/do you own any of these things?  Let me know on Twitter or leave me a comment.  I hope you've had a great weekend, talk to you soon!  -Brit.

Friday, July 25, 2014

A Few Of The Reasons Why I Love Internet Culture

Honestly where can I begin?  It's so hard to explain why I love something so much when there are so many different reasons.  I guess the underlying theme, the motif if you will, is that no matter where you are in your life the internet is always there.  Now you may be thinking: 'What the actual fuck?' and you do have a right to feel this way.  BUT, what I am talking about can be understood in a plethora of ways.  Whether you're at the highest high or the lowest low, the internet almost always is a place that can make you feel stoked, find something to accompany your crying, enforce you're 'turnt up nature' or quench any type of thirst you may be feeling (*lets minds wander*).

It may or may not come as a secret to my readers that I haven't had the easiest life, but I don't complain about any of it to anyone except for my father and my best friend.  I really wouldn't want it any other way to be honest.  But when I say the internet helps you when you're at the lowest of lows, really applies to me before anything else.  This topic is so complex that I don't claim to expel all of my emotions and thoughts about internet culture here, but I just want to feel that cathartic feeling for a moment.

I have such an undying, unbelievable passion for current events, politics, fashion and beauty.  This should come as no surprise.  Whether five or 5,000 people read this blog, I hope to inspire people with it.  I went into Journalism and got my degree because I have an amazing love for writing and giving the people what they deserve, knowledge.  They have the right to know whats going on.  

Back to my love for the internet.  Being that above mentioned passions can all be easily combined and found on all media, I've always experimented with print, online, radio, TV.  Anything else there could possibly be.  I have never discounted anything and I never will.  I truly hope that print journalism never dies.  But while all of this is true, the connection with constant access to up to the date information inspires me to no end.  

While there are lines to be drawn between blogs and news sources, often times I feel its evident that they do play off of each other.  If I, at any time, am able to have access to both a credible news source and a blog at the same time, to me, that seems like the most powerful thing in the entire world.  Think about the social media platforms that bring readers and curious minds to these news stories.  Why do you think publications and websites that are the biggest news sources in the world are on Twitter?  

Following journalists on social media is the best thing that you could possibly do to educate yourself other than reading.  This is much different than just following a news source because you get the raw, unedited thoughts of the journalist from the field at times.  Take for instance the unfortunate events of the second Malaysian Airlines plane that went down recently.  When I had heard about the event, I immediately took to Twitter, scoured for journalists that were there on scene and was able to see photos, read first-hand accounts and then juxtapose those thoughts and ideas with what was actually happening on news channels.  

Don't have a television in your room?  Unable to see things happen live on TV?  Where do you turn?  To the internet.  Often times reputable news sources will offer live coverage of exactly what they are streaming on live TV, right on their website.  This is how powerful the media can be.

Moving away from news for a moment (as I can go on forever), we turn to the world of fashion and beauty.  Although they are completely separate worlds, they bleed together in many different facets.   Blogs are the most amazing thing in the entire world when it comes to the world of fashion.  Whether its runway you crave or street style, there is always something for you.  Fashion culture dominates social media with its up to the minute style insight whether its an Insta-vid from backstage at fashion week, an OOTD post, an 'Inside this Chic Fashionista's Brooklyn Apartment' feature or a fantastic interview with a designer.  It's so simple to get lost for HOURS in your bloglovin' feed catching up on the latest and trust me, I've done it.  

There's really no better feeling than following designers, socialites, insiders and models during fashion week.  Do you want to know what type of bra the models were wearing during Marc Jacobs?  Make sure you follow Kendall Jenner, she'll be sure to let you know.   Cara Delevigne will inform you on the latest from DKNY, Burberry, Chanel and others.  Curious to see who is wearing what in this years Victoria's Secret fashion show?  Check out all of the models on their Instas.  There really is no stopping you when it comes to finding out anything you want to know when it comes to fashion.  The fashion world is your social media oyster.  

Beauty.  Where can I begin.  While some of the things I said above about fashion can be said about beauty as well, nothing compares to some of the beauty brands and how well they run their social media sites.  When I think about fashion social media, I think the brands do great on social media, but the bloggers tend to outshine the social media footprint.  With beauty, it's the other way around for me.  Two of my personal favorites right now are Benefit Cosmetic's Instagram and First Aid Beauty's Twitter.  I cannot explain how much I love them, but I will try. 

Benefit is great.  I love how they create UGC so easily with contests, post quotes to keep people motivated, makeup tips that you can take for yourself or share with someone else and a whole lot more.  Perhaps the best thing about their Instagram is the colorful nature.  Nothing makes me happier and puts me in a better mood, than seeing bright vibrance and Benefit delivers this for sure.  First Aid Beauty makes me happy on Twitter because they deliver the best customer service possible.  Their social media management team is the best.  I have mentioned them on multiple occasions and I think almost every time I mention them, they either favorite, reply or answer my tweets.  Not only this, but sometimes when I'm going through my timeline, I see RTs from other blogs that they've done and I get to discover other blogs to become obsessed with.  This is the way the social media world works.

I will definitely do another post to follow up on my thoughts here.  I want to also talk about YouTube and how YT culture is probably the best out there as well.  I hope you found inspiration in this post to become more active online, better your knowledge, become obsessed or whatever!  Think of the internet as immersing yourself in a world full of things you love.  A place where you can bring it all together.  You can get access to everything that makes you happy, all at once.  And in that, there is power.

Send me a tweet and let me know what your thoughts are on internet culture.  Be sure to stay tuned for my follow-up post full of thoughts that I may have missed, as well as my thoughts on YT culture.  -Brit.