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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 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 14: Self Care Sunday: What to do when you just can’t shake it

Once again, I have to apologize for disappearing briefly. Y’all, I’ve been a straight up MESS, with this insane sinus infection, and grad school finals (I’m in a really intense program where classes are only 8 weeks) and work and literally just attempting to function. Which brings me to today’s (late) post…

What do you do when you just can’t shake it? You know what I’m talking about. You get in that mood where everything is wrong. You’re stressed out. You’re busy. You start neglecting things like sleep, and proper nutrition, and working out, and you just can’t lose the funk, no matter how many self help books you read. Guess what? It’s okay.

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TIP: sometimes looking at cute lil animals cheers me up in the moment!

Of course, I’d like to say that if you are in such a state that you literally cannot function (as in get out of bed, shower, leave the house, go to work, complete basic tasks, etc.) on any level, you may actually be dealing with a clinical mental illness such as depression, and you should seek professional help immediately.

The funk I’m talking about here is when you’re just feeling kind of “meh” about everything and can’t seem to get yourself on a roll again. Sometimes, the first step is just acknowledging these feelings are here and this is happening. Okay, yeah, maybe I am stressed. I haven’t been sleeping. I haven’t been eating well. I haven’t been taking care of myself. What can I do about it?

Start with just the basics. Look at your week right now. Is there anything you can step back from just for the moment? Cancel a weekly coffee date? Ask your friend at work to pick up your shift? Set aside a chunk of time for just YOU. Then, start restructuring things so that you can manage to squeeze in enough sleep. This is so important. Even if it means not making your 4:30 am workout, or closing down netflix early. Sleep is vital.

Yes, I know there are still other things going on in your life, but if you’re overwhelmed, trying to fix everything at once won’t work. Pick certain things. First, start getting enough sleep. Then, focus on feeding yourself more fruits and veggies. Then, start finding time to add a workout in.

I also like to try to put in little acts of self care throughout my day to try to get myself more excited and feeling better. Using a nice body scrub in the shower, putting on my really soft PJ’s at night, snuggling up with my favorite blanket and some tea, lighting candles. Just something that makes me feel special.

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Tea? Fuzzy socks? Sounds good.

And remember, everything comes to an end. You will not feel like this forever. It sucks right now, but it will come to an end. Put your health first. There is nothing heroic or poetic about being miserable and about to burn out. I’ve found that to be such an overwhelming idea within our culture, that we fight to see who is neglecting themselves more. That’s a post for a different time though.

Sleep. Nutrition. Exercise. Self Care. Be gentle with yourself. Again, if you cannot function, if you are in more than just a “meh-feeling-funk,” you may be dealing with a clinical mental illness. Please seek professional help immediately to determine what is going on.

Thanks for reading guys! I promise, I’ll try to be more on top of things.  I only have one final left & then my new round of classes starts,  so hopefully I’ll be less insane. I’m also trying to input some of these tips in my own life LOL! We’ll see what happens!