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Fall, Fashion

Three Ways To Style A Horizontal Striped Shirt

Photography: Karen Stauffer Photography

threewaystostyleastripedshirt I’m sure you are all needing some extra help with styling your striped shirts this fall, because lets face it; horizontal stripes are not very flattering. They somehow make you look wider than you actually are and never look good with what you are pairing them with. I am heard to tell you- if you have that problem, you are wearing them wrong.

You have to work the shirt. Don’t let the shirt work you. I have ‘Three Ways to Style a Horizontal Striped Shirt’, that you are going to love. First step of advice is: don’t style with a belt. threewaystostyleastripedshirt7

#1. Don’t Style with a Belt.

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Fall, Fashion

Forever An Iowa State Cyclone

Photography: Karen Stauffer Photography foreveraniowastatecyclone2

Since graduating from Iowa State University May 2015, I can’t hide that I miss it every day, and I am “Forever An Iowa State Cyclone”. Some days I wish I could repeat the process all over again. School was awesome, and I accomplished so much while attending college there. There is not one thing I did not like about Iowa State. The campus is beautiful (especially during the fall) and I would always feel so safe. Everyone is friendly (it’s an Iowa thing) and I never felt out of place. foreveraniowastatecyclone3 foreveraniowastatecyclone0 I don’t think many of us think about how we will miss school once it is over. I used to thing all the time “I can’t wait for this to be over; college is way to stressful”, and there is some major truth to that. College is very stressful and prepares you for challenges that will come your way at the time, and also  come your way as an adult. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t work. I was ready for the real world as much as any new graduate. I was excited, scared, and had so many more emotions happening at one time. I was just waiting for your first big step towards your main goal. I can say that I am not anywhere close to my main goal, but I just have to keep working and I will reach it in time.

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Fall, Fashion, Summer

Zaful Love

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Zaful has my heart tangled all up, and in a good way. I seriously love their website for many reasons. One reason being that the prices are amazing, the quality is great, and the fashion is so trendy. There is so much to shop. It is hard to control myself when shopping their many categories. Anyone else have this problem with Zaful? I have to be completely honest with you, it is super easy to get many items for a wonderful price a Zaful. I received this cardigan, necklace, crossbody bag, and my fabulous sunglasses all for under $50. Not even joking, such a wonderful deal.  zafullove6 These shades are so stunning in person. What do you think from the photos?

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Beauty

Smile Brilliant Part 1

I am so excited to share with you the beginning steps of my professional teeth whitening kit with Smile Brilliant Part 1. I have wanted to try Smile Brilliant for quite some time and the opportunity has finally come my way. I just wanted to do a quick introduction on the beginning steps of the custom tray process. Some people are scared of creating their own custom trays, because they think it will be too hard. I am hear to tell you that I was a little scared to create my custom trays myself, but Smile Brilliant has a great way of giving you step by step directions for creating your custom trays.

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Step 1.

You start with mixing one container of catalyst and base. This is what creates the custom tray putty. Smile Brilliant simply gives out one set for your top teeth, one set for your bottom teeth, and the third set is just incase you mess up with making one of your tray. Like I said, Smile Brilliant gives great directions when it comes to creating your own custom trays. I didn’t even have to use the third set because I got both trays right the first time.  smilebrilliant Continue Reading

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Fall, Fashion, Summer

Make Me Chic

Photography: Karen Stauffer Photography makemechic3

Happy Thursday to all of you! If you didn’t check out my last blog post, you all missed something super important. That super important news is that I will be moving. 🙂 Yesterday I got everything finalized with my new roommate and we are going to get along just fine. It is so crazy how you can meeting someone for the first time and you instantly click. That is totally what happen with my new roommate and I. makemechic2  I have seriously been blessed, and I couldn’t be more grateful. So much has happen over the last couple months, and I finally think I see the light at the end of the tunnel towards something big. I know that moving is going to provide me with many new opportunities and growth when it comes to my personally life and my blog. I have grown so much in my own confidence and I would say that is 100% because of this blog.

During all the hard times I turned to my blog. I didn’t watch Netflix, I didn’t make excuses, I just worked on this blog. I tried to focus on something that could build me up and create the foundation for something better. I constantly want to better my fashion, my writing, and my knowledge. This, my friends, does not happen over night. There will never be a time when I stop bettering myself for this blog. I still have a long way to go. I went into this blog with at first a very narrow mindset, because I didn’t know what I was getting myself into. Well now I get it. Honestly, it’s not about how many followers I have on Instagram, it’s not about how many views I have on my blog, it’s about how I  dedicate a portion of myself to you. makemechic1

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Inspiration, Uncategorized

Petal Aroma

My new favorite way to make my apartment smell lovely is with Petal Aroma. My initial impression of  my plant-based Petal Aroma was that they are just too cute. I love that you can style them any way you want. All you need is something plastic or glass that they can sit out in, and you are set. The first bag I decided to open was Sandalwood ,which I think is a great way to ring in the fall months.

They also have rose, lemon, vanilla, and lavender (I can not wait to try this one out) that are all natural plant based oils. Aroma Therapy is something I didn’t really know much about, but these scents really enhance your mood, your cognitive function, and help with physical well-being. I feel I’ll be needing that as I move to a new city and new apartment in the next couple weeks. petalaroma petalaroma0 You are probably thinking ‘Did she really just say she is moving’? and the answer to that question is I am. I have one week to find a new apartment so wish me luck, but I am so excited to start a new chapter and move forward in a new career. I feel it is very important to keep growing and moving forward to really build yourself up as an individual.

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Fall, Fashion

Saving Baby Sea Turtles

Photography: Karen Stauffer Photography

savingbabyseaturtles savingbabyseaturtles00 savingbabyseaturtles3 We are saving baby sea turtles with these tank tops sold by The Giving Tee Inkery. By just purchasing 1 tank top you are saving 5 sea turtle eggs, and let me tell you about two months ago I became obsessed over sea turtles. I am so happy I found the perfect tank to add to my closet. I’d love to learn more about them and help in any way I can. I am so happy the Giving Tee Inkery has inspired me to start doing more research on these amazing creatures with the Seaturtles.org website.

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Beauty

Lola

Photography: Karen Stauffer Photography

First, I just wanted to say that I hope you are all having a wonderful week! The weekend is just around the corner. I wanted to touch on a subject that many women don’t really talk about in the open. The subject: What do we really put in our bodies (during the time of the month) and is it really healthy for us or not? I want to break down some subject and really explain these matter between Lola and store bought feminine products. Lola Lola0

Most store bought tampons are made with synthetic fibers like rayon, polyester, and many others. “The FDA regulates feminine care, but doesn’t require companies to list all the ingredients in their products.” (Lola). Guys, this seriously scares me. It’s like all those horrible baby diaper stories about small glass shards being in the fibers of diapers, causing rashes and scratches. We really have no clue what is in store bought feminine products (wise) , and that does have me wondering, and questioning every hygiene product on the shelves right now. Continue Reading

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Fashion, Summer

Blush All The Time

Photography: Karen Stauffer Photography

Blush all the time and keep that smile bright.  Today is your day! You can’t use Monday as an excuse to be dragging your feet. I am moving forward and continuing to reach for the next goal heading my way, and wearing my off the shoulder top with this denim skirt gives me just the right spark. blushallthetime3 This light blush and dainty top is one of my new favs, so I’m trying to get a good wear out of it before the seasons change. I love the light lace that falls from the top of the shirt and drops nicely around the arms. It is the perfect blend of chic and adorable. blushallthetime0 blushallthetime4

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Beauty

Peak Cosmetics Experience

Photography: Karen Stauffer Photography

PeakCosmeticsExperience2  Never have I ever tried 3D Fiber Lash Mascara, and I must admit that it is a total game changer for the lashes. I have long eye lashes, but I never seem to make them look as long as they are with regular mascara. As soon as I put on my Campfire 3D Fiber Lash Mascara step one and two, I could tell right away that it was working wonders on my eye lashes (I’ll have to share a photo soon).  This dual mascara provides up to a 300% increase in volume and thickness, and what girl doesn’t want that? PeakCosmeticsExperience5

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