Start Where You Are is a journal planned to help readers foster their creativity, mindfulness, and self-motivation. It helps readers take the time to know themselves so we can appreciate the world around us. This journal gives encouraging prompts and exercises along with inspirational quotes to support reflection through writing, drawing, chart-making, and more. It is a great tool for positive change!

Milk and HoneyI bought this book based on all the good reviews it has received, and reading a few poems. I absolutely adored this book; it made me smile, and ache. It’s all too relatable because it’s rooted in human emotion and experience. Her short, free style poems carry such weight. I’ve always loved reading poetry and every poem in here connects on some level. I’m sure everyone can connect to at least one of these poems if not more. It only took me a day to go through the book because I couldn’t put it down!

Self Compassion– Many of us have been taught how to be compassionate toward others but we haven’t been taught how to have self compassion.The author’s writing style is compassionate, and she draws the reader in with her personal stories combined into practical methods The exercises provided have been helpful for me as I work through this book. I’m not finished yet, but I believe it will continue to be just as amazing.This book is a must read for everybody.

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F****– I was skeptical, because the title suggests it might be a mean and cynical book, but it actually explains some deep concepts of life in a light hearted way.This was another good read that helps me when I am having a rough day. It basically gives you permission to stop being a doormat.While I didn’t agree with everything in the book, he has some amazing points and I found myself making a lot of highlights and notes while I read.

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It is no surprise that I am obsessed with everything It Cosmetics comes out with. If I could only use one beauty brand for the rest of my life, I would pick IT. It is the only brand that I have found where every product has worked on my sensitive skin and they have the only under-eye concealer that has actually concealed my eyes. If you haven’t tried out the brand, now is definitely the time with their friends and family event. The sale will be a combination of palettes, sets, and individual face products, in a variety of shades, formulas, and categories.

Use the code Friends2017 to take advantage of the sale from the 23rd to the 28th. You will get 25% off orders over $30.

I have probably tried every product they have but I have highlighted the top 5 that I’ve used to get you started. As a side note, I am not getting any commission and have not been paid to write this post, I just truly love all of their products.

Bye Bye Undereye– This is my ride or die undereye concealer. It is a thick formula that is very full coverage. If you don’t suffer from bad undereyes than I wouldn’t recommend this just because you can definitely get away with something that isn’t as thick and has less coverage but if you do, you have to try this. I switch between the light and medium shades depending on the season. I use my fingers to blend and then apply a translucent powder over it.

Confidence in an Eye Cream and and Face Cream– I use both the eye cream and face cream in the morning and then at night.  It doesn’t have any fragrance so you don’t have to risk getting a headache from the smell.

Confidence in a Compact– This is fairly new but I have been loving it. I will be ordering this during the sale because I am almost out of it. I use this brush to apply it but it also has a sponge included. It has a very natural look to it and does not sit onto of your skin.

Superhero Mascara– If you are in the market for a new mascara, give this one a try. This mascara definitely plumps, lengthens my lashes and goes on smoothly.

Je Ne Sais Quoi Palette–  The formula is so much better than other powders. I honestly cannot recommend this enough.  Normally highlighters are too much on me but this one is absolutely perfect and the best color. The blush and bronzer are perfect for most skin tones. It also has a translucent powder that you can use with the undereye concealer.

Other products that I love:

Your skin but Better CC cream

Makeup Melting Balm

Eyebrow Pencil

Black Aviators// Black Wayfarer//Gold Aviators //Tortoise Glasses// Oversized Glasses

  If you have been with me for a while, you know that sunglasses are hand down my favorite accessory. I have the most sensitive eyes so I wear them all the time, even when it isn’t that sunny outside. I think it is important to invest in one pair of sunglasses that are your classic and everyday pair. I wear my Wayfarers everyday. The money I spent was well worth it because I have been wearing them years for years now. I find that I splurge on black glasses and then save on fun colors or material sunnies. I posted my top five glasses that I wear the most and then later on I’ll post about the inexpensive ones that I stock up on!

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Tee: Indy Brand// Leggings: Trouve( on sale!)// Choker: Target// Glasses: Ray-Ban

I am the biggest fan of graphic tees and probably own more of them than any other style of shirt. They have made themselves right at home in my wardrobe. They can be worn with literally anything from pleated skirts, to leather pants to flared jeans—I feel like I can do no wrong with this comfy piece.It is the first thing that I grab on a lounge day but you can also dress them up for a day out. If you are worried a graphic t-shirt isn’t your style, focus on the pieces you put with it. Dressier pieces like a blazer, heels, and classic accessories make this look more available and appropriate for adults.

Below are a few more graphic tees that I love…..

New Balance

My life choices in shoes have always been consistent. I rarely buy or wear high heels  because the thought of prancing around in painful, five inch stilettos does not appeal to me! I usually seek out flats and now sneakers – yes SNEAKERS. They are so comfortable and practical.  I recently bought a pair of Adidas Sneakers like what I had back in junior high and I can’t tell you how much I love them. White and black go with everything, and are versatile for day, office and night.

My newest obsession are these New Balance gold sneakers. I love how they can actually be worn with skinny jeans, capris, or shorts without making me look like a tourist. These are just what I wanted style-wise: urban hip and the gold is not too flashy. Compared to real running shoes, these are narrower (which is what makes them look cute) and shorter. They’re also affordable and with the fashion industry’s ongoing love with athleisure, they won’t be going out of style any time soon. 

Check out my other favorite sneakers below!

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Dress:Topshop//Clutch: Clare V-old (Similar here and here)// Mules: Dolce Vita(so comfortable)// Glasses:Ray-Ban//Earrings: Nordstrom

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