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Frozen 2 Movie Review (No Spoilers) (1/2/2020)

Hey beauties! So I wanted to take a second and give the fashion and beauty world a break for the night. I just saw Frozen 2 which has been out for some time now but I was finally able to see it and with none other than my niece who, if you are wondering, loved it. I have my thoughts fresh and I wanted to write a review on it.

As you may know, especially if you have been following me for sometime, I am a HUGE Disney fan. I love everything Disney and I go to Disney almost every year. It’s such an amazing feeling being in Disney, going to see the movies they come out with, and even cuddling up at home and watching some Disney+ (I will make a roundup of my favorite Disney+ shows soon).

Well I felt that same rush and happiness when I went to see Frozen 2. Some people I know said that they didn’t like it better than the first one but I have to respectfully disagree. I think this second movie had an amazing and complex story arc especially with it being a movie for children. The characters were developed in a different way than before and it didn’t feel like some magical cliche mumbo-jumbo. I truly felt more connected to the characters than I did in the first movie. Also, the characters dealt with greater and more complex problems than just trying to “save the day”.

What I liked most is that this Frozen was completely separate from the other movie. They are polar opposites but it works. I think it’s best that they are separate entities too. I also like how well this story connected with events that happened in the first movie and it even gave us a chance to see a deeper side to all main characters.

I definitely recommend going to see this, no matter the age. Just make sure you watch Frozen 1 first! I hope you enjoyed this post and remember to subscribe for email notifications for when I post new content and make sure to comment down below what your thoughts are on this movie. PLEASE LEAVE SPOILERS OUT OF THE COMMENTS.

-Stay Chic,

Turning New Years Resolutions Into Longterm Goals (1/1/2020)

Happy New Years to all of you amazing people! I wanted to take a chance before we get into today’s post to say that I truly appreciate each and every one of you. This past year has been hectic, challenging but most of all life-changing. I want to thank you for being a loyal reader and also for making this past year of 2019 so special! Cheers to an even better 2020! So today I wanted to talk about resolutions because, well, ’tis the season.

We all have resolutions or even goals we set out for the new year but a lot of times those things we wish and even promise ourselves never comes to fruition. I know I don’t even remember what I set as my resolution at the beginning of some years but I’m sure it’s similar to what I set each year. The problem is that we set resolutions that are sometimes too complicated and oftentimes too vague. This sets us up for failure from the moment we make that resolution. But I’m here to help you turn your New Years Resolutions into longterm goals. I will also share the resolutions I have for 2020 as well!

1. Set Specific Goals

A lot of times we set a goal to be “fit” or “healthier” but it’s such a vague resolution that it’s easy for us to just give up. Instead of simply saying to be “fit” or “healthy” try being more specific with your goal. For example, I want to eat healthier by adding more vegetables and proteins to my diet and cutting out the unhealthy snacking I do. I want to go to the gym at least 4 times a week and see a noticeable difference in my body.

2. Set a timeline

It is important to make sure you are on track with your goal. Setting a timeline or even deadline will hold you more accountable in reaching your goals.

3. Buy A Planner And Actually Use It

Scheduling a time to do the thing you want to achieve is so important. Force yourself to find time for whatever your goal is otherwise you will be able to make excuses for why you “don’t have time”. And for those that are seriously too busy to reach their goals try to break up your goal into smaller and more manageable tasks. For example, if you are a busy mom but want to lose weight instead of trying to find someone to babysit so you can go to the gym do at-home exercises while the kids play for at least 1 hour! You can even get the kids involved which can make it more fun!

4. Keep A Journal

Keeping track of your progress will help you keep you going after your goal. You will be able to see the change and want to continue it. It is not super necessary but sometimes you might have obstacles in the way while you try to reach your goal and it might benefit to write it out. You might also benefit mentally from being able to talk about your feelings during the journey. Plus, when you finally reach your goal it sometimes seems hard to see every hardship you went through to get there and the journal is a reminder of the journey you took to get where you are.

5. Make Subgoals

Make subgoals to your actual goals! This will make it easier to continuously motivate yourself to accomplish your end goal. For example, if your goal is to become good at yoga a great subgoal would be to be able to do a full split in 2 or 3 months time or accomplish a yoga pose you have been struggling with for a while.

6. Write Action Steps

With every goal there needs to be a plan. You can’t just shoot in the dark and hope to hit the bullseye. So, combat this by writing action steps which are things you need to do to accomplish your goals. Like if you are looking to get into blogging a few action steps would be to figure out what you want to blog about, come up with a blog name etc.

7. Be Realistic With Yourself

If you want to lose 5 pounds and Google tells you that it will take 5 weeks minimum don’t set your deadline to that minimum. Try to give yourself a deadline you know that YOU are capable of. Give yourself a realistic goal to reach. If you aren’t realistic then you will end up getting discouraged when you realize you only lost 3 pounds in that 5 week period and you might be more prone to giving up.

8. Remind Yourself Why It Would Improve Your Life

Make sure each day you are trying to reach your goal that you remind yourself how this will positively impact your life. For example, if you want bettering your mental health as a resolution then remind yourself why it will improve your life overall. Do this especially when you are feeling doubt and you are questioning yourself.

9. Believe You Can Do This- You Are Strong

My favorite encouragement to give people is to tell them that they can’t give up on themselves. If they have the willingness and want to change or better themselves or achieve a goal, they are unstoppable. You, too, are unstoppable. The most important person to tell that to is yourself and you need to believe it too.

10. Prioritize Your Goals

We all have priorities that can keep us from reaching our goals as quickly as we would like. Make sure you try your hardest to keep your goal as a priority. Once it isn’t a priority, your goals that you are working tirelessly to achieve will take a backseat. If this happens and you cannot control it– know that it is never too late to pick that goal up again. If you find that you hav to miss a gym day or you can’t make it to your volunteer work try to make up for it by doing some exercises at home or whenever you get the chance or try to find a different way to volunteer your time on the weekend (maybe helping a friend move into their apartment, reaching out and talking to someone you know needs advice).

My Resolutions:

• Get fit by working out at least 4 times a week and be toned by August 2020

• Eat healthier by adding more veggies to my diet, eat a balanced dinner and stop snacking on junk throughout the day/ limit sweets

• Improve in yoga by trying to make every class you can, be able to do a full split in 3 -4 months time.

• Learn how to knit by watching YouTube videos on knitting, reading books on how to knit and practicing at least 3 times a week. Try to be able to make a scarf and hat by Christmas 2020.

• Read more by reading at least one book per month and starting a small book circle with friend(s) or join a book circle.

• Volunteer more by getting more involved in the organizations that I am already a part of, making shelter animals toys/pillows/beds etc., get involved with the local church, donate each year, get involved in more philanthropic things like Polar Bear Plunge/Special Olympics etc.

• Make more time for my relationships. Call people more often and try to hangout with family/friends/Ryan more.

• Better my mental health by doing more of the things that I love, going to meditation/ doing self guided meditation, keeping a routine, keeping a tidy living space and making sure that I reach out when I need help.

I truly hope you enjoyed this post and even got something out of it. I started to lose faith in setting resolutions for the new year but I now see that it is possible to keep the goals and promises you make yourself if you know the steps on how to make your resolutions longterm goals. Make sure you comment down below what your resolutions are and remember to subscribe for email notifications for when I post new content.

-Stay Chic,

Merry Christmas (And Happy Holidays) From Ryan and I (12/25/2019)

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from both Ryan and I! With minutes left in the holiday that I celebrate (Christmas) I wanted to make sure I extended a huge Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all of my subscribers, loyal readers and fans!

We hope it is full of happiness and love! Tell me in the comments below your holiday plans. I hope you enjoyed this short post and remember to subscribe for email notifications for when I post new content!

-Stay Chic,

Hosting The Best Friendsgiving (11/17/2019)

Hey everyone! Since Thanksgiving is coming up I wanted to do a little something for my friends that I love so much. I wanted to throw a really fun and nice Friendsgiving dinner! But if you’ve never hosted a Thanksgiving… How are you supposed to throw an amazing Friendsgiving? Luckily I am here to help and I have the answers!

I mean we all know the best Thanksgiving parties are the ones with the best food, right?! So at least we have Step 1 figured out already! Follow these steps and your Friendsgiving will be a success:

Step 1: Gather all of the best Thanksgiving food and put that on the menu.

Step 2: Figure out who’s coming and if you don’t want to make a seven-course meal all on your own (I don’t blame you), delegate different jobs and dishes to friends! Some can bring the canned foods, some can buy the pies etc.

Step 3: Make a Facebook Event so it’s easy to contact everyone and show who has what jobs assigned to them (especially so they can’t say they forgot they had to bring the apple pies)!

Step 4: The main dishes you should be making is turkey, stuffing, snacks and gravy! You can make these easier on yourself by getting turkey in a bag, stuffing cubes, snacks like pineapple, nuts and olives (finger foods are the way to go and it prevents people from eating too much before the big dinner)! As for gravy you can either DIY your own gravy with the turkey drippings or you can get pre-made jars of gravy too. Just make sure it will all taste good!

Step 5: Get some cute cozy and personal decorations! I mean dig out the old china plates, set the tables up with cute napkins with napkin rings, place mats, a festive table cloth, wine glasses and even nice china for the food on the table.

Step 6: Have your closest friends help you clean up the mess from dinner (make sure you already have leftover containers ready). Then set up dessert with your friends after cleaning up!

Step 7: Play a few friendly games while you all digest!

Step 8: Have dessert together while setting out cards that you DIY’ed that aid conversation! Cards could include: “What did you think of me when you first met me”, “What is the funniest moment in all of our friendships”, “Who would be most likely to _______”, or even “If you had to choose someone to live with who would it be and why” This helps keep the conversation from dying down and it also is a ton of fun.

Step 9: Make sure you give thank you gifts to each of your guests– this can be a printed thank you card, or an actual gift. I gave each person a bag of cookies with a note that said “I am thankful for our friendship. Thanks for coming.”

I hope you enjoyed this post and have a great Friendsgiving party! Comment down below which steps you tried and how they worked out! Remember to subscribe for email notifications for when I post new content.

-Stay Chic,

How To Be Productive While Working Full-Time (11/15/2019)

Hey y’all! I got a lot of engagement on my post about being productive while going to school and having a lot of obligations and responsibilities. I wanted to make a post about working full-time while being productive because working full-time and being in school are both hard and a little advice on both can always help.

Although, I have been only working full-time for a short period I think I have been pretty productive in this time. I also have a lot going on all the time. There is not one day where I don’t have something scheduled. I work full-time, I go to the gym 4 days a week, I meal plan, I cook dinner, I go to meditation once a week, I make sure to hangout with friends at least twice a week, I go on date nights once a week, I blog and much more! If you have a ton of stuff you do during the week, no matter how small, that is an amazing accomplishment. That is how you start being more productive, by first realizing you actually ARE productive or at least more productive than you give yourself credit for.

Second, if there are things you want to do for yourself, you MUST do them and find a way for them to get done. If you want to take a bath at least twice a week, prep dinner, put the kids to bed a little early and watch the monitor while you take your bath.

Third, you need at least a little sliver of self-care. This is so important because being productive also has a lot to do with how you feel about yourself. If there are things you want to work on mentally then schedule 15 minutes to talk it out with a friend, journal right before bed for 10 minutes, or take 10 minutes during your work day to practice a small amount of meditation. If you want to take better care of your skin then implement an easy, quick and fun skincare routine.

Fourth, you need to get good with time management. Time management is a huge reason why we aren’t very productive. Let’s say you want to workout, actually get ready for work but you also have to get the kids ready, fed and off to school… Seriously gauge how much time you need to workout, get ready and make breakfast. See if there is anything you can do the night before, like make lunches, prep breakfast, pick out outfits for everyone, do your hair the night before, etc. You can cut time in certain places by doing this. Also, waking up earlier to do things can help as well.

Overall, taking up what little time we have during the day to get things done is what will save us at the end of the day with being and feeling more productive. Everyone’s situation is different so only you will know what is best for you at the end of the day.

-Stay Chic,

My Current Favorite Snapchat Filter- Let’s Catch Up (11/7/2019)

Hey all! I wanted to pop on here and talk with you guys about what I have been up to in my personal life, some news that I want to share, some blogging related plans and even my current favorite Snapchat filter. I’ve been constantly using Snapchat and I am absolutely loving some of these new filters they came out with!

First lets talk about what I’ve been up to in my personal life! I feel like it has been forever since I caught you guys up with my life but this is only because I am SO busy ALL THE TIME. As you may know, I started working full-time in May of 2019 so the adjustment has been pretty challenging but I am faring pretty well if I have to say so myself. I also have been keeping myself busy too! I hangout with my friends, family and Ryan all the time and I do fun activities for myself. My fun activities include: meditation, astrology, crafting, exercise, makeup, fashion, skincare, and obviously blogging.

Since I am now working full-time I have put a lot on halt until I get into the groove of working. For example, I really haven’t been doing anything with my YouTube Channel. Sadly, YouTube is like a full-time job within itself so it becomes increasingly difficult to do all of my hobbies (which I have a lot of). Hopefully soon I can get it together and do the things I want to do!

I also have some big news for you all! I am going to be an aunt of my 7th niece/nephew. I am so blessed to be able to share this news because its SO exciting for my family and I!

As for blog related plans, don’t worry I have BIG and I mean BIG things coming in the next few months or so. As for just my blog here, I am going to be doing a lot more fashion content and makeup content! For outside of my blog I am going to be recording for YouTube until I can get enough content to have an actual schedule going!

Lastly, my favorite Snapchat filter!!! I am seriously loving this flame crown filter at the moment. I think it looks so pretty and it’s definitely different. I hope you enjoyed catching up! Make sure to comment down below what’s been going on with you and/or your favorite Snap filter and remember to subscribe for email notifications for when I post new content.

-Stay Chic,

Makeup Favorites Q&A (10/10/2019)

Hey everyone! It’s been a while since I’ve done an actual Q&A and I figured why not do one about my makeup favorites. This post will mainly go through each step of makeup and I get to explain what my favorite product to use for that step is. I am really excited because I never really get to talk about my holy grail products! Let’s get started!

What moisturizer is a holy grail for you?

For me I have to say Origins GinZing is my favorite a close second is Dr.Jart+ Cicapair Gel Moisturizer.

What primer do you love most?

Since I started doing makeup I have to say that the primer I love most has to be Too Faced Hangover Rx Face Primer.

What foundation is your go-to?

Hands down my favorite foundation is Maybelline Fit Me Matte Foundation.

What concealer do you absolutely love?

I absolutely love the Jeffree Star Cosmetics concealer definitely became a holy grail product for me. A close second is Tarte Shape Tape but since I have dry skin the Jeffree Star Cosmetics concealer is much more lightweight but still full coverage.

What about your most sickening cream contour?

Obviously Fenty Beauty!

What setting powder is your holy grail?

I have to say both Laura Mercier Setting Powder and their Secret Brightening Powder as well. I am obsessed!

What bronzer do you go for first?

Yikes this is so hard because I use so many but it either is Hoola by Benefit or Sun De Soliel by Chanel.

Best contour palette– Go!

Kat Von D Shade and Light it’s amazing not only to use the contour but also to brighten up the under eye.

Favorite blush to use?

My favorite blush has to be Tarte’s Amazonian Clay Blush, I am so obsessed with them!

What is your 100% holy grail eyeshadow palette?

Ugh, I am eyeshadow palette obsessed so this is so hard for me to pick just one. I would have to say it’s between the Huda Beauty Nude palette or the Jeffree Star Blood Sugar palette.

What is your ultimate favorite highlight?

Surprisingly enough it’s actually Laura Geller highlighters. Such a soft but beautiful and pigmented glow.

What eyeliner do you buy immediately after it dries out?

I am a huge fan of the Fenty Beauty liner or the Tattoo Liner by Kat Von D!

Your top 2 lash brands!

Lily Lashes 100% and if I ran out of my Lily Lashes I usually go for Ardells.

What lippie do you always find yourself reaching for?

Definitely Jeffree Star Cosmetics Christmas Cookie or Mannequin #obsessed

In your opinion, what is the #1 setting spray?

Mario Badescu Rose Water Facial Spray

These are definitely my holy grail products! I hope you enjoyed this post and remember to subscribe for email notifications for when I post new content. Comment below what your holy grails are!

-Stay Chic,

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Inspirational Quotes I Live By (10/4/2019)

Hey y’all! I wanted to come to you with this post today because I think it is so important to seek inspiration and even when you’re in some rough situations to find inspiration from those moments. Here are some quotes that I live by and essentially helped me become who I am today and get through personal battles in life. Enjoy!

I hope you liked this post and found some inspiration from the quotes I’ve shared! Remember to subscribe for email notifications for when I post new content and please make sure to comment down below a quote that means a lot to you!

-Stay Chic,

Happy First Day Of Spooky Season (10/1/2019)

Hey y’all! I just wanted to pop on here really quick to wish you all a very happy first day of spooky season. I love fall (although it isn’t my favorite season it is my second favorite) and I love all of the activities to do during the fall season. For this post I wanted to do a small Q&A and write a small list of stuff that I enjoy to do in the fall season!

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What do I like to do during the fall?

  • Pumpkin picking
  • Hayrides
  • Scary Walk Throughs
  • Watch Scary Movies
  • Have Bonfires
  • Go Apple Picking
  • Winery Trips
  • See A Lighthouse
  • Fall Crafts
  • Hiking
  • Camping
  • Stay In To Binge Watch A Show
  • Carving Pumpkins
  • Decorating For Halloween
  • Dressing Up In Costumes

These are things I love to do during the fall, make sure to comment below what you love to do during this season. I hope you enjoyed this little post and make sure to subscribe for emails to be notified when I post new content.

-Stay Chic,

 

My Parmesan Crusted Chicken Recipe (9/7/2019)

I, for some reason, have a knack for cooking and baking. Which is weird because I literally grew up never cooking or really baking for myself. So, naturally, I’m going to accredit my slight talent for baking and cooking to my ancestors. I just started to cook and actually get into baking within the past two years.

I recently made some parmesan crusted chicken for date night with Ryan and it was so amazing I had to share the recipe I came up with.

Step 1:

Trim the chicken and beat the meat if you prefer to do this for cutlets.

Step 2:

Put Italian dressing into a bowl. Then mix the basil, fresh parmesan cheese, and bread crumbs into a separate bowl

Step 3:

Baste the chicken into the dressing and then dip and press the breading onto the chicken firmly.

Step 4:

Get a frying pan out, add a little bit of canola oil to the pan and fry the chicken until cooked.

Step 5:

Start making the pasta (salt your pot before cooking the pasta), and start making the Alfredo sauce.

Step 6:

Once finished add some shredded mozzarella on top of plate and enjoy!

I hope you enjoyed this post and remember to subscribe for email notifications for when I post new content and make sure to comment down below if you tried and liked the recipe!

-Stay Chic,