I feel like it's been a while since I've written a post, which isn't true (I posted one yesterday!). But I guess it's because I've been so preoccupied with the kitten. But today I'm bringing you three ways to wear the embroidered jacket!
When I was younger, I had a laptop through school that had photoshop on it. When I came home from school I would spend HOURS creating little graphics and photo collages. I didn't know graphic design was even an art form back then but I guess that's what I was doing. Despite graduating with an art degree in college, I never took an classes on photo editing software except a graphic design class that (to be honest) was a complete waste!
But along with making little graphics and collages, I loved using the selective color tool and changing up the colors of my photographs. So, I decided to try that with these photos. I took them on a pretty cloudy, dull morning so I thought I'd spice them up with some color correction!
I color corrected this photos because it was sooo overcast when I went out to shoot! But I have been trying to find some new locations to visit. It was also so humid so my hair is a mess! I've noticed recently in my town that they have these little mini parks throughout various neighborhoods. They're registered as parks on the Parks and Rec website but then when I visit them I feel a bit disappointed. They're really small so not many places to take photos (I thought) until I realized they are pretty empty! They are surrounded by houses but not many people are ever in the actual parks themselves, which I find a bit strange.
This particular park is right by where I live so it's a pretty easy walk in the early mornings when I like to shoot photos. I'm sure my neighbors think I'm a bit strange prancing around with a tripod in the early morning but ah, well!
I'm planning on coming back here this weekend when the sun is rising so I'm excited for that.
I've been dying to shoot at this track since I moved. It's a middle school right by my house and every weekend I've gotten up and headed out to shoot while the sun was rising. Every time I get to the track there are already tons of runners/walkers out there. But for some reason on Sunday there as only one person walking so I decided to go for it! And I'm so happy I did!
I can't pinpoint what changed but I'm feeling very empowered with this blog again. I took so many photos for this week and lots of video content!
It's funny how slumps can work. The weather hasn't changed drastically (it's still blazing hot!) but it's changed enough in the mornings that I want to get out and take photos again. I think my body has gotten used to waking up really early too, which is a big bonus. And while I think I'm getting out of my blog slump, I feel like I'm in a slump in almost every other aspect of my life (work, friendships, etc, etc).... but that's for another day! I'm going to focus on the fact that I want to create content again. I want to get outside. I want to explore more.
Sometimes I think (okay, I KNOW) I get bogged down with social media when it comes to blogging. I am constantly asking myself why my blog isn't growing quickly, why I keep loosing followers on instagram, etc but you know what? IT DOESN'T MATTER! What matters is that I like creating content and I'm happy with what I produce, which I am right now. So I might never make this my full-time job (a girl can dream!) but I can enjoy and be proud of what I'm doing.
So obviously the whole posting everyday thing didn't really last... But after my fall, computer crashing, AND getting sick this week? I just couldn't do it! But I might try again in the coming months when things calm down. So for now my schedule is going back to Monday, Wednesday, and Friday! But I haven't done an updated skincare routine in probably a year! So it's about time to do one again because I've switched up what I use and I don't think my skin has ever looked better! My skin-type is definitely dry. I have such dry skin so I just try and pack on the moisture.
I don't do too much in the morning but I do like to use the Simple Skincare Toner just to get anything off my face that might have been there the night before. I also like to use moisturizer (which I forgot to photograph!) but right now I'm loving the St. Ives Moisturizer. It's very lightweight and keeps my skin hydrated all day!
My night skincare routine is a bit more involved but not by much! If I was wearing makeup that day I'll start off with the Garnier Micellar Water. To be honest, I grabbed the waterproof version on accident and I'm not sure I like it as much. It's a bit more oily so I wouldn't recommend if you have oily skin! With the normal version of the Micellar water I never felt like I needed to wash my face directly after but with this one I definitely do! It just leaves my face feeling a bit greasy.
So, I like to use some more of the Simple Toner just to get rid of anything else on my face. If I'm not showering that night, I like to use the Clinique Smart Night Moisturizer. I only have a sample of this that came in a free gift because it's so expensive but it does leave my face feeling nice and soft. Plus, the sample size lasts so long because a little goes a long way!
IN THE SHOWER
I normally shower everyday or every other day depending on if I worked out or not but there are a few things I like to use in the shower for my skin. For my daily face wash I like to use the Simple Moisturizing Face Wash. It's gentle and cleanses my skin wonderfully. It's also fragrance free so it doesn't irritate my skin if I use it daily. Once a week I like to use the St. Ives Oatmeal Scrub. I used to use the apricot one but this scrub/mask is so much gentler and perfect for an in-shower mask! I can really feel a difference from this when I use it.
For my body I use a shower gel but the real stand out is the SHE Mermaid Salt Scrub. I picked this up from TJ.Maxx for $6 and it is AMAZING! First of all, the scent is so lovely! It's a nice citrusy scent, which I just love. I use it as a body scrub when I have dry skin and it has been helping tremendously! It's really amazing on dry patches. It's also cruelty free! You can pick it up on the SHE website or check your local TJ.Maxx for cheaper ones! I really want to try more from this brand because it looks like they've got some really cool ethically-made products.
I've gotten to a point where I go look in my closet and can find nothing to wear. I suppose that isn't really true... I just can't find anything to wear in the summer heat! This weekend was a sweet release from the hundred degree weather but I don't think it will last long. And I'm just going to keep staring at my closet longingly for the sweaters, tights, and boots....
With summer coming to an end (in my dreams) I thought I'd show one of my favorite transitional outfits. I've had these pants for over a year now but they haven't made it onto the blog until now. It's not for lack of wearing them. It's just been too hot to wear them outside for too long. But they are pretty much the perfect fitting pant. I wish all of my pants fit like this to be honest.
To make this look a bit more transitional I threw on my all time favorite denim shirt. It's perfect for almost any season (except the dead of summer) and it goes with pretty much anything. If I made a capsule wardrobe a denim shirt (and jacket!) would definitely be in it.
I've been at my current full-time position since March. I've also been blogging since last summer while I was (f)unemployed. So, I've had some time to come up with some tips and tricks to blogging and working full time. Blogging can feel like a full-time job in itself so it can be easy to get bogged down and burnt out from basically working two jobs (one of which you might not get paid for!)
1. Plan posts in advance I'm all about writing posts when the inspiration strikes but I've found one of the easiest ways to balance the whole working 9-5/blogging thing is about planning your posts ahead of time. I don't mean writing your posts out a month ahead of time but at least make a calendar with post ideas and when you want to publish them. I recently picked up a notebook to go along with my planner and it is a lifesaver! I use it to draft posts before I type them out, write down post ideas, when I find a cool location to remember, outfit ideas, etc!
2. Utilize your Commute This only works if you ride public transit but I've recently downloaded the Buffer app and have been scheduling tweets for the day on my bus ride to work. It's such a handy tool and I can't believe I haven't been doing it!
3. Utilize your weekends! On a similar vein, I find my weekends to be when I'm most productive on my blog. I like to wake up early at least one day a week and shoot some photos or write some posts for the upcoming week. But it's also important to remember....
4. Take a break!
It doesn't always happen but I try and give myself one day where I don't need to work on anything too difficult for my blog. I try and shoot some photos or maybe write one post but when you've been working a full week/blogging it's important to remember to take a break when you need it!
5. Designate times
If I am blogging at night after work, I like to designate certain nights to it. Right now, I'm trying Tuesdays/Thursdays but I like to change it up in case something comes up. I find it a lot easier to designate nights to when you're going to work so you feel more compelled to do it. Write them in your planner! It helps keep yourself accountable.
6. Take Bulk Photos
If you plan ahead - bulk photos are a savior! I especially like to do this for beauty posts if I know what posts will be coming up in the next few weeks. On occasion, I'll take an entire day and shoot a bunch of different outfit posts but sometimes I like to do those sporadically throughout the week(end).
7. Have a backup plan
Over the past year, I've been pretty good about keeping to a posting schedule.... until this summer. This is where I learned a very valuable lesson if I want to stick to my posting schedule. I like to have a backup post if the weather is bad, something comes up, etc and I can't shoot photos. While I've really been enjoying making a schedule, if something goes wrong it is really nice to have a backup post!
8. Work in different spaces
It can be a little stale if you work in an office all day and then go home and stare at your computer some more to blog. I like to get to different coffeeshops or even outside and get a new perspective. It's never a bad idea to get out of your normal routine and try writing/scheduling social media/editing photos/etc somewhere else. I think it can especially help if you've had a really long day and the last thing you want to do is come home and write (and edit) some more.