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WHERE in the FRESH HECK have I BEEN?!

HEY HEY HEY PARTY PEOPLE!

It’s me, your fearless leader. It is now an entirely different year than it was since the last time we spoke. We have moved through three different Zodiac windows (it’s now the AGE OF AQUARIUS, for reference). In short, it’s been a long ass time, and I’m going to offer an explanation for that.

Blogtober was a lot of fun, but it was also a ton of pressure for me as a new blogger to try to figure out the entire world while embarking on this giant project while ALSO making my way through my very first full semester of my accelerated graduate program. I took on too much. I bit off more than I could chew. This will surprise literally no one.

And usually, it’s fine. I’m an ambitious person. I like being busy. I work full time, I go to grad school full time, and I’m still trying to cram time in for things like fitness and learning new languages and reading books. It’s just who I am. That being said, I started this blog to be a stress-free, creative outlet that I could use to just create and let loose. Blogtober turned this blog into the opposite of that; I was feeling pressured to just pump out content as fast as I could, regardless of whether I really wanted to write about it that day or whether I thought it was as great as it could be.

So I neeed a step back, and what I thought was going to be a teeny step became a BIG step. But honestly, now that I’m getting into the swing of things again, I really missed it. And so here I am.

I’m going to do a lot of revamping, redesigning, reorganizing. I’m going to start talking about things that bring me joy, and get some brighter colors up in here. (This will probably be pretttttyyy slow because I work like, nine hours a day and go to school three more, but it will HAPPEN).

If you’re still reading this, thank you for being patient with me, thank you for hanging on, and thank you for letting me fail and make mistakes and still come back to try again.

 

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October Favorites! (Miscellaneous)

Happy first post-Blogtober post! Wow that’s a mouthful.

So I do this thing where I go through phases  in being obsessed with all sorts of different things depending on the week, or day, or month, so I thought it might be fun to do a few of my favorite things through the month of October. I tried forming some kind of order to these, but honestly, there isn’t one, so we’re just going to roll with it.

The first thing I’e been obsessed with is something I’ve talked about here before-my sloth blanket. I literally have carried this thing all over my apartment with me for the entire month. I sleep with it at night. Bobby knows that if I ask him to get me a blanket, I mean the sloth blanket. There’s just something so absurdly comforting about sloths in Halloween costumes! And honestly, it’ll probably just be a constant favorite. It’s too soft and too cozy to be a seasonal item.

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My next favorite is more of a general category than a specific item, and that is CUTE SCHOOL SUPPLIES. I’m obsessed with my planner this year; it’s one of the Happy Planners from Michael’s. It’s big and colorful, and the layout is super cute. And how adorable is my pen?! It’s from this great website called Blog Prop Shop. The crystals inside were what originally sold me. I had so much trouble figuring out what color I wanted to get, but the pink goes so nicely with my planner, I definitely made the right choice! And it just writes so smoothly, I’m obsessed. If you’re a school supplies junkie like me, you know how I feel.

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The final item is something I didn’t know I needed until I had it, and WOW is it a lifesaver! This adorable pink dish (also from Blog Prop Shop) is the perfect addition to my vanity/desk setup! I have this cute little fall aesthetic going, and it fits perfectly! Right now, it’s holding a cute set of bridal hair ties, and I use it to hold my rings when I’m doing my makeup, going to take a shower, basically whenever I need to put them down and not lose them. It’s pretty sturdy, too, so I’m thinking it’ll just become my go-to when I need a cute place to hold literally anything.

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Blog Prop Shop itself honestly is one of my October favorites. They just have so many cute things that you don’t realize you need until you NEED them. They just add a little OOMPH to your living space, and I can’t wait to keep ordering them. I mean, free shipping anywhere in the US? Sign me up please.

And because they’re literally the coolest people alive, the owners of Blog Prop Shop gave me a coupon code to share with you! Just enter fearlesslykate20% at checkout and you’ll get 20% off your whole order!

I hope you guys liked this post, and shoutout to Blog Prop Shop for this awesome collaboration! Go give them a visit and buy yourself something nice. You deserve it. 🙂

 

 

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Blogtober Day 31: HAPPY HALLOWEEN

IT’S HERE IT HAPPENED!! HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

I was going to write this yesterday, but then I realized that the festivities hadn’t actually occurred, and thus I would have nothing to talk about, so here we are.

Guys, I love Halloween. The entire day just seems super spooky no matter what you’re doing. Like, I was driving down the Merritt Parkway and all the yellow leaves were just giving me major fall/Halloween vibes. Anyway.

Yesterday was sort of a miscellaneous day until the night; I read a spooky book with a fall candle. I went to the bank and the grocery store. I did some laundry. And THEN it was HALLOWEEN TIME.

My roommate and I, and one of our friends, and one of her friends from work all went out together (actually to the bar where I work) for some pretzels and beer, and obviously we were super extra the entire time (See below).

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This costume was SO easy but one of my favorites! I’d bought this body suit ages ago and never worn it, so tonight was the night! My twin (sorority) gave me the velvet skirt when she was cleaning out her closet, so the only things I bought were the spider web tights and super extra hat. And honestly, when you’re a little drunk, the netting on the hat is the most fun thing to play with.

All in all, it was a super successful Halloween. We had a ton of fun, ate some good things, and I read a couple super spooky books (definitely read Disney’s Hocus Pocus, thanks Mom!!!!). And I’m definitely breaking this Halloween costume back out for our Halloween event at work on Saturday, and also probably next year TBH.

Anyway, I hope everyone had a safe and happy Halloween! Now that Blogtober has officially ended (thanks for following!) I’m going back to a regular posting schedule, probably Mon/Wed/Fri/Sun. Could change, but that’s what I’m aiming for right now.

Catch ya later my spooky friends!

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Blogtober Day 30: My Everyday Fall Makeup

Coming to a close soon, AH! I figured for this post I’d try something really new; I’ve been seeing a bunch of people do this lately, and I wanted to give it a go, so I’m sharing with you my everyday fall makeup. I am not a super talented makeup artist, I literally just like not looking like a goblin when I leave my house everyay. I’d like to get better, but for now, I’m just pretty average. Still going to share it anyway, but just with the disclaimer that it’s pretty average.

Most days I use my Urban Decay Ultimate Basics palette, which just has a bunch of really beautiful matte colors (Thanks for the best Christmas gift ever, Gab!!!). Even when it varies based on specific shades, the essence of what I do everyday is the same. What can I say, I’m a creature of habit.

So here’s an eye makeup-less Kate. I am wearing foundation, and I combed out my eyebrows and such, but that’s about it.

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It’s a really easy look, okay? First, I just put a light champagne across my lid and in my inner corners (in the palette it’s called Blow), and then go over the outer half of my lid with matte peachy brown (called Nudie). I take a medium, warm matte brown (Faith) into my crease, but not too exact. It’s more of a widespread sweep of color. Then, I use a dark matte brown directly into my crease in almost a harsher line to make it stand out more (but it’s not actually harsh? I told you I was bad at this). Usually I drag a little of that color down on my lower lashline too.

Then I usually do some really thin eyeliner and a couple coats of mascara, and we end up here:

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I usually do bronzer, blush, and a highlight most days because I’m an extra bitch, but that’s just me. So I’ll do a quick all over bronze, a light blush on the apples of my cheeks, and a highlight on my cheekbones, brow bones, tip of my nose, and cupid’s bow. Then I put on whatever lipstick I’m feeling that day, and that’s pretty much it. (Yesterday I was really feeling like an extra bitch so I went with my new, super dark violet-red lip).

And that’s basically it!
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It’s not a super crazy look, it’s not hard, and I’m terrible at taking these pictures, BUT I tried something new that made me a little uncomfy so we are just going to roll with it and that’s that.

Anyway, I’ll talk to y’all tomorrow for the LAST day of Blogtober! WOW!

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Day 28: Self Care Sunday: Walks in Nature

Ahhh we’re so nearing the end! I’m trying to make it with a strong finish, and there’s definitely a lot I’ve learned about doing Blogtober, but ANYWAY. Today’s Self Care Sunday I actually got the idea for earlier this week. I had woken up and was supposed to go to the gym for a really intense workout, but what I wanted more than anything was a nice, slow, meditative walk in nature. So after arguing with myself for 45 minutes, I decided that going to the gym wouldn’t actually be that productive because A) I would hate myself the entire time, and B) I would be so miserable being there that the workout would probably suck. So in the interest of #SelfCare, I put on my sneakers and set out on a walk down to the riverside.

Something about being out in nature just resets me, and I think this is a pretty universal feeling. The air is clear, the weather is soothing, and something about all the trees really just helps you get in touch with yourself. At least that’s how I feel. So I downloaded a podcast from Kalyn Nicholson, put on a jacket and my sneakers, and went for a walk. I spent a lot of the walk practiciing mindfulness; trying to be cognizant of the way the leaves looked, of how the air felt, of the scent in the air. I found a flower randomly going out of the pavement, and then had a rush of gratitude; if I hadn’t been watching where  I was going, I would’ve missed it entirely.

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Literally just growing right out of the sidewalk!   

I live right near the Naugatuck River, and there’s this beautiful little river walk I love to run on, and that was where I decided to go take my walk. So I walked down there, saw the sun, smelled the river, and honestly just felt so at peace with the world. It sounds so “hippie-dippy”, but some time in nature is sometimes really just what you need. As much as we all think of meditating as sitting criss-cross on the floor, sometimes it’s just as helpful to walk through nature and be mindful of your surroundings. That was what I focused on Sunday, and as much as I was obsessed with getting home and getting a bunch of tasks finished, I tried to push all that away in favor of just being mindful and enjoying what I was doing in that moment.

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Casual morning. I am so grateful to live near something so beautiful.

In the end, I ended up walking 3 miles, which although took me about an hour at a much slower pace than I would’ve normally run, was super cathartic and wonderful. I returned home at peace, feeling at one with the world, and ready to take on the day. Sometimes, we need to just forgive ourselves, take it easy, and do what’s best for our minds versus what we believe is the ultimate end-all-be-all. I’m still learning how to accept that, but it’s something I’m really trying hard to believe in.

Anyway, hope you enjoyed this Self Care Sunday, and here’s to making a strong finish with the rest of Blogtober!

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Blogtober Day 26: Easy Halloween Costumes on a Budget!

Hey hey hey!

Only five more days until Halloween! FIVE! October has flown by; I can hardly believe we’re less than two months away from Christmas (if you thought I was festive now…HA). Since we’re getting so close (and since I have yet to buy my Halloween costume) I thought it was the perfect time to post some super easy costume ideas. I’m forever and always the person who waits until the very last minute to throw together a costume, which is probably why I never do anything absurdly complex. But hey, why fix what ain’t broken, ya know?

For Halloween last year,  I did a couples costume. It’s a great idea, it just turns out that doing it with my ex was a really bad idea. But the costume turned out great, so I just edited the pictures a little bit to keep them usable…

I did it on snapchat before I knew how to use Photoshop, so it’s not the best, but you get the idea. Super easy costume. I bought a pink cardigan, white button down, and khaki skirt from the thrift store (Savers, Goodwill, etc.). I already had the white sneakers, but they were from Target super cheap. There ya go! Costume #1.

Costume #2 is a creation from my senior year of college. Fun fact: I had actually done this costume as a child, when I was nine or ten, and I thought it was so fun I decided to do it again as an adult!

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It’s Pippi Longstocking! Every time I see this picture, it just reminds me how much I love this character, and how much I really need to read this again. Anyway, really easy costume again. Like the last one, this is all stuff you can get at the thrift store. A brightly colored t-shirt, any kind of jumper (mine was a long denim one that I cut), and a couple of mismatched, tall socks. Black boots would be ideal; I didn’t have any, so these are actually a pair of black tap shoes I found at Goodwill. LOL my roommates got so annoyed with me tapping around all night! For the hair, just get some pipe cleaners or craft wire and braid it into your hair, then bend your braids up. Spray the red color on (I literally used one of the super cheap bright hair sprays you can get in the Halloween section of Target), then hairspray your hair a TON to hold it all together. Dot a few freckles on your cheeks with a brown eyeliner, and you’re all set to go!

This next one isn’t a specific person, per say, but I think it still qualifies as a costume!

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I actually did this for my 23rd birthday, which was 90’s themed, but I think it works for Halloween too! Just put on anything really that screams 90’s. You can do plaid, scrunchies, brown lipstick, literally whatever you already have. I put on a white t-shirt, a  black sundress, and some black knee socks and flats. I already had some scrunchies lying around, so I did a half up half down side ponytail with a white one, and voila! I would also suggest adding a choker to this ensemble to really make it perfect!

Those are just three quick, easy costume ideas you can pull out of your closet (or your local Goodwill) when you’re in a pinch! I still have to pick mine for this year…if you have any suggestions, leave them below! 🙂

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Blogtober Day 25: How I Celebrate Halloween

Hey y’all!

Blogtober is coming to an end in just 6 days, and I’ve definitely failed a bit at it, but I’m still going to go along pretending like I haven’t for a little while longer. Today, I’m sharing with you a guest post I wrote for my lovely friend Sophie! She is also doing Blogtober, and I’m so excited she gave me the chance to be apart of it! Click here to read my post and check out the rest of Sophie’s blog!

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If you can’t get the hyperlink above to work, copy and paste this one into your browser:

https://sophieblogslife.wordpress.com/2018/10/25/halloween-guest-post-blogtober-day-25/