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End Of Summer Thoughts (8/29/2019)

As summer is coming to a close I wanted to share some wisdom I’ve accumulated over this season. This season has definitely changed me as a person and taught me things that I will continue to carry with me as I progress in my life. I love to share what I learn in life with you all because I am hopeful that what I have experienced and learned can help guide people through their lives, change their outlook, and maybe impact them to strive for their goals. So please enjoy these lessons I learned this summer.

  • When people say “All that glitters is not gold.” It’s true, just because something looks great to people viewing the surface of a situation from the outside, it doesn’t mean the situation is great. For example, if you see Instagram models living a lavish life through social media that pure image they manipulate others to see doesn’t mean they don’t face troubles like the rest of us.
  • I learned that no one has the same heart as you, and that you can’t expect them to. People go through different experiences and you cannot expect them to be as trusting, or to not think of something the same way as you, or to do what you consider the “right thing is.”
  • Something else I learned is that misery loves company. If there is a negative person in your life, they will try to drag you down with them. Do not let them.
  • I also learned to let go of the things you cannot control. You cannot control how people will act or the things that they will do. You can only let go of that frustration and bothering situation because the longer you hold onto it, the longer you are just hurting yourself. And most especially over a situation you cannot change.
  • People will blame you for things you never did, they will push their problems onto you, blame you for why things aren’t going right in their own life but those people are only trying to hide from admitting their own truths. They would rather use a scapegoat than face themselves. It’s not you, its them.
  • Always stay true to who you are no matter what happens. Don’t allow others to persuade you to be someone you aren’t.

I hope these lessons I’ve learned helps you in your life. Please comment down below lessons you’ve learned this summer season and remember to subscribe to emails so you can be notified when I post new content.

-Stay Chic,

Life Update: What’s Been Going On (8/24/2019)

Hi beauties, I’m sorry that my posts have been a bit sporadic in quality lately but a lot (and I mean a lot) has been going on in my life! Of course if you’ve been reading my blog for a while you know that I just recently graduated from college. Which by the way was an amazing and very emotional experience for me. I graduated with a BA in Communication Studies and was searching high and low for a job in Public Relations.

Well, after two weeks of being an Alumnae of my university I found a full-time job as a PR Media Specialist. I have just been so busy with work trips and doing my job that I’ve barely had time for anything else. I have just been trying my best to live my life still while working 40 hours a week. I am somewhat adjusted to the lifestyle of working full-time and now can find a way to balance my work-life- hobby ratio.

I wanted to post everyday since April but that just wasn’t in the cards after getting my job but I am back at it and better than ever. I have to set a schedule for posting content because everyday is impossible at this moment for me. Maybe when I get more comfortable and used to working the 40 hours a week I can finally get back to the constant content. I will be stopping my YouTube channel until further notice as well for the sake of business.

Here is the schedule that I’m sticking to for my blog posts:

Monday @ 3pm

Wednesday @ 2pm

Thursday @ 1pm

Friday @ 11a

Instead of being consistent with YouTube I will be updating everyone on my Instagram account @stephanierussell11 and my Snapchat account @the_stephruss, so make sure to add me and watch my weekly vlogs and posts!

I hope everyone is having an amazing summer and I hope you all enjoyed this post and remember to subscribe for email notifications for when I post new content and make sure to comment down below what type of content you want to see!

-Stay Chic,

My Best Friend Birthday Dinner (8/14/2019)

Hey lovelies! I wanted to do almost like a thankful post today because I have been talking a lot about my actual birthday, and my birthday party but I have yet to talk about my birthday dinner that I had with one of my best friends.

My one bestie of 8 years now was unable to come to my actual birthday party sadly. Her anniversary actually lands on the same week as my birthday. Lucky for her she was taking a trip to California the day that I had my party, so instead she took me out to dinner for my birthday.

I wanted to make this post to share how thankful I am for my bestie because she’s such a great friend! She brought me to hibachi for dinner, we went to Ulta to shop around and then I went back to her house to chat, drink some wine and open the gift she got me! I had such an amazing time and I wanted to share this with you all because I don’t want my subscribers to feel that only grand gestures like big birthday bashes and rooftop dinners in NYC is all that I enjoy. I enjoy the little perfect things too. Plus, I wanted to show how thankful I am for having people like this in my life. I’m so happy with my birthday! 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 you did for your birthday!

-Stay Chic,

My Birthday Pajama Party (8/13/2019)

Hi babes! I threw a huge pajama party for my birthday because I love parties with themes. I wanted to share some of the pictures from my party and I also wanted to share what we did at my party.

For my party I had a lot of food, including my famous buffalo chicken dip. My friends and I all played games like The Voting Game, Cards Against Humanity, flip cup and a word game. We then got ready to go out to the club and danced the night away! I had some of my friends sleepover as well.

At any party I throw I always have a picture booth because I am a huge sucker for sharing pictures. So I wanted to share the pictures of all my friends and I as we were celebrating my birthday at my pajama party!

We had an amazing time and I am so thankful and grateful to have such amazing friends. They are perfect in every way and they truly made my day special. I can’t wait to see what next year’s party is going to be like and what theme I’m going to choose. 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 birthday party suggestions are.

-Stay Chic,

Happy Birthday To Me: I’m Feeling 22 (8/11/2019)

Hey babes, it’s my birthday today and I’m feeling 22 (cue the Taylor Swift song)! I turn 22 today and I couldn’t be happier with the past year of my life. I will be making a post tomorrow on what I did for my birthday so I can sit back and truly enjoy my birthday! Today’s post is going to be short but I am going to list 22 things that made me happy this past year in honor of my 22nd birthday! Lets get started:

1. Spending my 21st birthday with my family and best friends
2. My new car I got for my 21st birthday
3. Having an amazing year for my blog
4. Going to Disney for my 21st birthday
5. Rescuing a neighborhood cat 
6. Getting two amazing internships
7. Traveling to new places with Ryan
8. Getting something I wrote published on A1 on the newspaper 
9. Finding love for skiing 
10. My niece/goddaughter was born
11. My niece and nephew turned 2 years old
12. Ryan turned 21 and had a fun birthday
13. My best friend threw a successful concert on her own
14. I got an academic excellence award
15. I got closer with my friends and family 
16. I graduated college
17. Landing a job within two weeks of graduating 
18. Ryan and my 4 year anniversary
19. Ryan and I are godparents
20. I had a successful family and friend beach day
21. Threw an amazing and memorable birthday party for myself
22. I saw some amazing concerts (the Rolling Stones, Billy Joel, Santana, Doobie Brothers, Yes, Asia)
I hope you enjoyed this post and remember to subscribe to be notified for when I post new content and make sure to comment down below a happy birthday!

-Stay Chic,

Netflix Shows I’m Binge Watching (8/1/2019)
Hi everyone! As you may or may not know I am such a fan of movies and television shows, not only do I love being immersed into the world of a movie and television show, I also love the work that goes into making them! If you have been subscribed to my blog for a while you probably know that I was a Communication Studies major in college. So, as you can imagine, I spent a lot of time studying how things work in all different mediums such as movies and television. With that being said, I wanted to share the Netflix shows that I am binge watching at the moment! 
1. Working Moms 
2. Mind Hunter
3. You
4. Madam Secretary 
5. Arrested Development
6. Queer Eye
7. Black Mirror
8. Schitts Creek
9. Dead To Me 
10. Call The MidWife 
I definitely suggest watching these shows, they are so so good! 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 shows you are watching!
-Stay Chic,

Hobbies: Trying Astrology (7/15/2019)

Hey babes! So I did finish another hobby recently and this one took a lot faster because I was already interested in this before I decided to actually do it as a hobby. Going into this hobby I had good background information on what it’s all about so I caught on pretty quick.

I was able to learn how to figure out people’s Star charts, what different placements mean, I learned different signs characteristics and their good/ bad sides. It’s so interesting how true Astrology is. I really believe in it and I wanted to share a little what I found out about myself.

I first found out that you have 3 signs. A sun sign, a moon sign and an ascendant/rising sign. That is really the basics. Don’t worry I won’t go into how you make charts or what other placements mean. It took a lot of reading for me to even have the slight grasp that I do on how all of it works. I will only be going over my three signs and what I learned about what that means about me. All of these signs come together and make up who you are in some sense. In a very basic way to explain moon signs and sun signs is the moon sign is who you are and the sun sign is who you are working/ learning to become.

If you know your Zodiac sign that aligns with the month and day of your birthday, this means you know your sun sign. I am a Leo, and my sign is of a lion. Leo’s are very loyal people, they are courageous, outgoing, and they are leaders. Leo’s are also stubborn, they spend money as fast as they get it, and they hold themselves to such a high standard that if they don’t meet that standard, they beat themselves up about it.

You can find your moon sign and ascending/rising sign by going to google and looking it up by a highly rated website. All you need to know is your birth date, year, time, and where you were born. I found out that my moon sign is Scorpio, this means that I am very sensitive to others emotions/ energies. Scorpio moons are intense, and bottle up their feelings. It also means that I am able to easily understand others motives and context of what they say. I am said to be alluring, mysterious, jealous, obsessive and secretive.

An ascending/rising sign is said to show the way you project yourself, how others see you, and the kind of experiences you need to make your life meaningful. My rising sign is a Virgo which means I’m highly critical of others but mostly of myself. I’m sensitive and my health can be impacted if I am exposed to negative emotional energy or stress. I am always aiming for perfection, I fear chaos and I am always willing to help others.

These are so me and I definitely suggest looking into your own! 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 signs are.

– Stay Chic,

Summer Thoughts 2019 (6/30/2019)

Hey everybody, I’m here with a post about summer thoughts because it’s summer and I’ve had some warm weather inspiration to write about my summer thoughts so far. This summer I want to focus on making connections with the people that I care about the most.

I feel time and again I as well as many other people always say that they want to get closer with their family or get closer with their friends and they end up never doing it because they get so caught up in their own personal life or personal dramas or work or school. And honestly I think that having those personal connections with the people that you care most about is more important than anything in your life.

So this summer I’m going to be working on getting closer to the people that matter to me and opening up to the people that I care about and trying to salvage or build those relationships because there’s nothing more important than having the people you love most close to your heart.

I feel that after losing people in my life and after losing family members I’ve always regretted not calling them when I could have not talking to them about their lives and not learning enough about them and I have come to the conclusion that this cycle needs to end and I as well as many other people need to start implementing these relationships into our lives and getting closer to the people that we care about because if we don’t then we might regret it later on. 

This also means for me to reach out to the people who I lost touch with or our friendship or relationship ended on not so good terms or I got distant with some people – – for me this means to reach out to them try to make a connection and try my hardest to either rebuild that relationship or at least get some type of closure.

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 summer thoughts are.

-Stay Chic,

   

Ambassador Programs To Take Advantage Of (6/28/2019)

Hey beauties! Today I wanted to list some ambassador programs to take advangtage of if you’re a blogger or a social media influencer. Ambassador programs give you free stuff, discounted stuff, or a promotion code (which can help get you money or free products/items)! So what companies have ambassador programs? Here are 5 to take advantage of:

  • Pura Vida Bracelet Affiliate 
  • Sand Cloud Ambassador
  • Poppy Apparel Ambassador
  • Farai Ambassador
  • Trendy And Tipsy Ambassador
These ambassador programs offer amazing deals and products to their ambassadors and it’s an amazing way to get free or discounted stuff as well as make some extra money! A few other ways to get free or discounted stuff is to reach out to start-up fashion businesses as well as Etsy stores and tell them that you’re willing to be an influencer for them. I’ve done this and have gotten some amazing feedback! If you just want dicount codes to help you get free products there are also bigger companies that give out discount codes:
  • Ipsy
  • Birchbox
  • Boxycharm
  • JustFab
  • Influenster
  • Poshmark
  • BootayBag
  • Ebates
And so many more! I hope you enjoyed this post and remember to subscribe for email notifications for when I post new content and make sure you comment down below what your thoughts are on these programs and other ones you know of!
-Stay Chic,

Hobbies: Trying Upcycling Furniture (6/26/2019)

Hey y’all! I wanted to hop on here because I finally finished trying ANOTHER hobby. For those of you who have been following me for a while know my journey, but for those who don’t let me explain! A year or more ago I decided that I wanted to try a new hobby whenever I had the chance and I have tried a ton of hobbies already and here I am about to check another hobby off the list. I usually try the hobby for at least 3 months or so and I try my hardest to get proficient in that hobby before moving on. Sometimes if I like it enough I will adopt it as a hobby I do often.
This time I tried upcycling with Ryan. We upcycled A LOT of furniture and either gave it to family members or we sold it for profit. We would try to do this hobby in a cheap way because we don’t want to spend a lot to upcycle antique furniture. So, what we would do is go out on a Sunday morning or drive around on the weekend and see what we can find for free on the side of the road. To our surprise we found most of the things we upcycled this way. 
All of the things we’ve upcycled and got for free or for extremely cheap from a garage sale or second hand store includes an entryway table, two end tables, a natural wood wicker bench, a high top kitchen table, a child’s vanity, two outdoor tables, two outdoor chairs, eight outdoor chair set, a Little Tykes playhouse, a small child’s wooden chair, a brown leather storage ottoman, a metal letter “R” and a jewelry stand. 
It was a pretty easy hobby to get into because it’s all common sense if you’re already into DIY and even if you need to learn stuff, there is a ton of information out on the internet and on YouTube. I enjoyed this hobby a lot especially because I used most of the items to re-vamp my own house or for some extra cash in my pocket! I will definitely be adopting this as my own hobby and so is Ryan! We love upcycling furniture!
I hope you enjoyed this post and remember to subscribe for emails to be notified when I post new content and make sure you comment below any hobbies I should try!
-Stay Chic,