3 Morning Mantras to Start Your Day.

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Hello! I hope you are well. I am a morning person as I love waking up early enough to have more than enough time to take my pups out for their morning walk and make breakfast woWhen I first wake up in the morning, I love feeling the day and letting my mind slowly wake up. With that I also like morning matras. I will be sharing 3 morning matras that will help you start your morning and day in a positive way.  I try and alternate these 3 mantras throughout the week and set myself up for the day.floweryall.jpg

Thank you- The most simple of my matras but it never fails to make me feel instant gratitude for the day. Saying this throughout my morning makes me love getting out of bed and out the door with my pups.

What would You have me do?Where would You have me go? What would You have me say, and to whom? – I heard this morning matra quoted from Gabrielle Bernstein’s The Universe Has Your Back. I love that I can ask these questions and see what happens. If on days where I feel down, If I say these words, I feel like I will guided to a more positive way of thinking and being.

I choose to be happy- I love that I can choose how to feel when I wake up. I don’t always feel happy when I wake up but I can use these words to jump start it and I can go to it if work gets stressful/hectic.

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Sam

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What I Wore to a Wedding!

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Hey! Welcome back! I hope you are well. This past weekend, I attended my boyfriend’s sister’s wedding. I have never been to one before so I was pretty excited. I was not too sure what to wear so my boyfriend’s mom sweetly offered to help me find something. We didn’t have to go hunting for anything because I was able to find my dress and shoes quite easily.  IMG_9952.jpg

The dress is from the Jennifer Lopez collection  at Kohls. I looked online for a link to it, but there are only plus sized version of this dress. (Link here)  This was one of the first dresses Itried on and I just loved it! The floral pattern was so pretty and the length was perfect for my five foot frame. Although the dress did have a button for the cleavage area, I did have to safety pin it a bit more because it was a bit too low for a wedding. This dress was so comfortable! I love the faux wrap style of this dress and the little waist belt to the dress to keep my waist cinched.dresswedding.jpg

I loved the dress but when I found the shoes for it, I was so happy with them We went to Off Broadway for our shoes and as soon as I saw these black velvet platform heels from Zigi Soho Garen , I was done looking for any others. I don’t wear heels very often so I wanted to go for a platform heel. The style of these was just everything I was looking for. Velvet is just so cute and gives the look a different texture to the outfit. They were super easy to walk in and I of course loved the extra height it gave me.platgeel.jpg

I’m not to fussy with accessories so I didn’t wear too much else as far as jewelry goes. I wore this evil eye bracelet and dangle earrings, but that was pretty much it.  braclet.jpg

The lipstick I decided on was Kat Von D’s Lolita. This is such a beautiful mauve pink color that went so well with my dress! I love this liquid lipstick.katlip.jpg  

The wedding itself was so beautiful! They had the ceremony in Knoxville on a roof top in Market Square. The place where guest could lounge around was such a picturesque place I just wanted to move in!  It was such a nice day and everyone was so welcoming and happy. I was very grateful to have been invited and have been gifted my dress and shoes. IMG_9966.jpg

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-Sam 

What’s in my bag?

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Hey! Welcome back! I hope you are well.  I have been trying to schedule time for my page since school has started along with working as well, so it has been a bit difficult. However, I am planning out ways to still take photos and plan out posts. So, as the title says my bag contains things that are practical  and that are always in my bag so let’s get to it!

I pretty much always have a lip balm around since my lips are almost always dry. This one from Carmex is one I have been able to get through it without losing it and I really like it! It is medicated which helps greatly!lipcar.jpg

Pen’s are always sitting in my bag. I always tons of pens in my bag, for class, work, etc. penbag.jpg

This EOS hand cream is a product that smells so light, sweet and floraly while keeping my hands nice and moisturized.eoshang.jpg

This Mario Badescue facial spray has seen better days but I always have a facial spray in my bag to freshen up my skin or if I overdid it on the setting spray. I love the rose smell of this stuff ! badescuspray.jpg

Hand sanitizer is essential for me if I’ve been out all day. This sanitizer from the Body Shop smells like creamy coconut and I just love that I don’t smell the alcohol in this. handsan.jpg

A bag of Mint tea goes around with me all the time. I just love the fresh taste of it and if I’ve had coffee already I grab some decaf mint tea! teabag.jpg

This lipstick knife was gifted to me by my boyfriend and I always have it! I love that it’s in the classic black tube with gold. lipknife.jpg

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-Sam

August Favorites!

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Hello! I hope you are well. Let September begin and let those monthly favorites start pouring out into the online world!

Let’s start with the non-beauty items. 

This Is Us- I have been hearing so much about this show and how good it is. I waited way too long to start this series but as soon as I did, I finished it in a week. This show is like nothing I have ever seen before. It captured my attention in the first episode and I found myself crying at at least half of the series (18 Episodes, I believe) because It was so heartfelt. If you have seen this show, you know what I mean. If you haven’t seen this show, go watch!

Tattoo- I finally have my three flowers on my arm. I went to Safehouse Tattoo in Nashville,TN with Zane Pendegrast. As soon as I walked in, I felt super comfortable because there were absolutely no egos where you feel out of your element. Everyone was super nice/accomodating and Zane was funny, laid back and nice. I love black and grey tattoos and have been seeing his work for a while so I had to have him give me my next piece. I went with a rannunculus because of the depth and the fluffy shape of the flower. 2 hours later, my arm raw and sore, I look at it and am in awe at how perfect it is. I am super happy with it and cannot wait for it to fully heal. 

Let’s get to the beauty/skin/body products!

Wet N’ Wild Liner- It takes me a while to get the hang of a new liner, but this one is super easy to use, dries quickly and is super dark. I wish it had more product, but for the price it is amazing. I have had no issues with smudging or fading so this is definitely a liner I will be repurchasing. wtliner (1).jpg

Victoria Secret body spray in Aqua Kiss- I got this as a gift but never used it until this month. Notes: Black Currant and Peony. This is such light, clean and crisp scent that I pretty much bathe in it before I’m out the door. vs spray.jpg

I was gifted the most amazing mascara. My sister gave me this mini macara from Doucce called Maxlash Volumizer Mascara. The brush itself is so full and thick which makes for super full lashes. I focus my mascara more on my lower lashes as I wear falsies most of the time. douccemas (1).jpg

I have been using Jason brand deodorant for a few year now, but when I came across this aloe scented one, I had to have it. It smells so fresh and if I don’t have a body spray around, this deodorant doubles as that. If you like the scent of aloe, give this a try!jasonndeo (1).jpg

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Sam

 

Just photos.

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Hello, I hope you are well. I wanted to share some photos from the past couple of weeks. These are taken with either my phone or camera. IMG_9697.JPGPRXX4511.jpg( 2 Above: Safehouse Tattoo 1200 Clinton St #40, Nashville, TN 37203)IMG_9700.jpgeclipseglasses.jpgmom.jpgIMG_9712.jpgeclipsealexavikiiiiii (1).jpgABGX7289.jpg(Me ,reading newpaper taken by my sister)

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-Sam 

Favorite Haircare Products!

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Hello! I have never really talked about hair products, but I have really been liking what my hair is doing lately so I thought I would talk about the products that have really been helping my hair not only look good, but feel good!

The first is one I have mentioned before. Click here for my review on this product This cleansing conditioner from Ren Hair is amazing and has made my hair less frizzy, more smooth and has brought my natural waves come through again. It was weird for me at first to use a cleansing conditioner at first because I felt like I was washing my hair with globs of conditioner, but it really has helped immensely!conditionerfeat.jpg

Next is this leave in conditioner from Pure Brazilian. I love the coconut scent it has. I love applying this to my hair when it is still a bit damp, focusing on the ends. I received this in an Ipsy Glam bag and I have been using it since. purebrazhair.jpg

Dry Shampoo is  must for us all as it helps us keep away from washing our hair for an extra day and this No Drought Dry Shampoo from Lush is perfect. I love the citrusy scent and that I can help disperse better as it is not in an aerosol can. To read a bit more about this product, click here where I have a product review that I made a few months back!condiomtermain.jpg

 It can be difficult sometimes, but I only use heat on it about once every other week. When I was a bit younger, I would use my blow drier, straightener and/or curler everyday. My hair was damaged, rough and frizzy. Letting my hair air dry has helped my hair start gaining its natural curls and become less frizzy.

Not using heat on it has also helped my hair stay healthy and strong.This last tip isn’t a product but rather a method for heatless waves. I’m sure many of you have heard this before. To get those beachy waves in my hair, I just loosely braid my hair, let it do its thing for a while and then.. I have waves!

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-Sam

Book Haul!

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Hello! I hope you are well. Today is all about books. I have been reading so much this summer and I love learning about spirituality and about myself. I have had so many  books on my wishlist but never wanted to go to Barnes and Noble and spend too much. One day I was told about this bargain bookstore in Nashville called McKay’s used/new store. I was finally able to go and was amazed. They had everything from electronics, to records to cassettes to any book you could think of. Once I found the spirituality section, I was there for a while. These are the books I picked up!books (1).jpg

The first is called The Alchemist by Paulo Coehlo. I remember reading this book in Spanish class. My teacher knew I didn’t exactly need to do the work because I knew spanish so he gave me this book to read. I loved the story so when I saw this book at McKay’s, I didn’t even question it. I’m so excited to read this book again.alchem2.jpg

The next is a book that I’ve heard Oprah talk about alot. I believe she once called this book her favorite. I’ve read this author before and I like how eye opening his words are so why not read this and see what this book has to say!neweartbook.jpg

Iyanla Vanzant is a such a powerful speaker and I love her strength and philosophy about life and empowering yourself. I’m super excited to read her written work. If you want to learn about what she has to say, go to YouTube and you’ll love her too.iyanlabook.jpg

This last book is the book that first opened my eyes and mind to spirituality and the idea that you can get what you want and feel good. I read this book so much that it literally fell apart. It turned into quite a used book so spending $2 on a book that is about $25 at Barnes and Noble was a no-brainer. I love this book and while I don’t follow it to the letter, I love the majority of what it has to say. secfret2.jpg

I’m so excited to talk to you about what I thought about them in an upcoming post. What type of books do you tend to read?

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-Sam