Turning a Skirt Into Shorts

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DIY Urban Outfitters Inspired Denim Vest

What is better than cheap clothes?  Cheap CUTE clothes! 

I have always played with the idea of making my own fashion.  Other than the super daunting “I have no idea how to even start” phase, it is almost a bit of a rush to wear something you made.  I would live for the day someone asked me where I got this vest and I could say “Bitch I made it.”  (Only a maybe less dramatic and rude.)

It is so cool to me to see how you can still get the stuff you see in stores for a fraction of the price if you are willing to put in a little bit of work.  This is perfect for a person who is just starting to learn how to sew.  Simple, quick, good looking and cheap.  Just like my men 😉

Product Review: Youth Code Dark Spot Correcting & Illuminating Skincare

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Recently, I made the decision to really go the extra mile when it comes to taking care of my skin. As I have said in previous posts, I have never had good skin. Ever since I was in middle school, I have been dealing with severe acne. I have literally tried everything under the sun to get a grip on it, and after a little more than a decade, I can say that I am finally close to where I want to be.

Sadly, all of those years of bad acne didn’t come without a cost. Now that I have my breakouts under control, I am now the proud owner of; you guessed it, acne scars. How unfair is that?

So what’s a girl to do? With all of the different lotions, creams, masks, buffers, it can all get a little overwhelming. So let me make it easy for you: look no further, this product is AH-MAZ-ING.

According to the packaging, you can see:

  • Smoother, hydrated, visibly more luminous skin immediately.
  • Improved skin clarity in one week.
  • Dark spots, age spots, sun spots, and post acne marks are faded after four weeks.
  • Evenness and luminosity are recaptured and discolorations are dramatically diminished after 12 weeks.

The people at L’oreal are not messing around with this stuff.

In just a few days, I could already see my acne scars fading, my skin color improving, and I just looked healthier. I can’t tell you how amazing it feels to be able to go out in public without foundation or any kind of cover-up on and still feel confident about my face. There is no price I could place on my new found freedom.

Now that I have used this product for several weeks, I hear compliments from friends and family all the time about how good my skin looks. Before and after pictures of my face are like night and day. I now have a dramatically different idea of what a “good skin day” is. Although I am still not 100% free of my marks, I am unbelievably pleased with my progress thus far.

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I rub in two pumps of product on at night after I have washed my face with my acne wash and am about to go to bed. It is so smooth and silky, but glides on without making your face feel greasy. I let it dry for about 10 minutes before I lay down to make sure the product has dried and won’t just rub off on my pillow. By the time I wake up, I swear I can see a visible difference from the night before in my skin. I imagine this is similar to what it feels like to have a pregnant lady glow. This stuff is the tits.

One thing I was worried about with this serum was whether or not it was going to cause my face to break out again. What is the point of healing acne scars if it is just going to make me break out and get new ones? Much to my pleasure, this was not the case. High five L’oreal!

If you have acne scars or any kind of discoloration in your skin that you want to even out, I highly, highly, HIGHLY recommend the Loreal Youth Code Dark Spot Correcting & Illuminating Skincare. I picked it up for only $20 at Target, but I would be willing to pay at leace twice that for this kind of quality product.

The Problem with Southern Style

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I stealthily snapped this picture today while I was in one of my nursing classes (sorry for the low quality.)

In one small corner of our large classroom, there were three of the Exact. Same. Purse. Literally exactly the same. Same brand, size, color… Now you may be thinking “Oh how funny, what a coincidence!” But this picture embodies what southern fashion has become.

The “southern look” can be very cute and flattering.  The flowy tops, colorful patterns, cute accessories… it is a hard combination mess up.  The problem here is that it is all consuming; what one person has, everyone wants.  And I don’t mean they go out and find something similar, I’m talking about the exact same items. 

A few words come to mind when I think about how people dress down in these parts:

  • Cookie cutter
  • Monotone
  • Non Individualized
  • Uncreative
  • Fixated

Have I beaten that to death yet? 

It is so much more interesting to look into a crowd of people and see all different types of styles and outfit combinations!  I hate to sound so cliche, but why follow the crowd when you can do your own thing!  Taylor your closet to what you like.  If you have the confidence to wear something, you can pull it off.  (Just look at the half shaved head trend that is going on.  I cannot imagine how else that was able to take off other than a few really confident people rocking it without a second thought.)  If you glance around a classroom or mall or grocery store, you will see the same things over and over again.  Fellow southerners, you know exactly what I am talking about here:

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                                                (This is literally just zig zags.  I have no idea why everyone is going crazy for it)
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  5. Lilly Print everything
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The list goes on and on. Don’t get me wrong, a bubble necklace here and there is fine, but it is all wayyyy overdone. Do you really need to monogram EVERY piece of clothing you own? How about owning one pair of Jacks and a few other sandals instead of 10 pairs of Jacks in all different colors?

Even guys are all following the crowd!  Khaki pants with a pastel button down, boat shoes, camouflage, Ray Bands, bow ties… (Ok I do like the bow ties…)

All I ask for is a little creativity and individuality when it comes to style. It is what sets you apart from the masses!  Plus, think of all the awesome styles you can try out now and roll your eyes at later on down the road when you are older and your friends and family pull out the old pictures.

Flourless Banana Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake In a Mug

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That title is quite a mouthful… but then again so is the cake so I guess it will suffice. There are a lot of flavors being packed into this one little mug, so hold on to your hats ladys and gents.

This cake is for perfect for the dark chocolate connoisseur. Easy to prepare and very little sugar, it is a great single serving dessert for if you are trying to watch what you eat. One of the keys to mug cakes I have begun to notice is the amount of egg you add. Whenever I add a whole egg to a single cake, it is too dense. Don’t add any egg (or egg substitute) and the texture doesn’t sit well with me. Meeting it halfway, I beat up an egg in a separate bowl and add half of it to get that perfect balance.

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Flourless Banana Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake In a Mug

  • Servings: 1
  • Difficulty: Couldn't be Easier
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Ingredients:

  • ½ ripe, mashed banana
  • ½ beaten egg
  • 1/8 cup peanut butter (If you want to get really fancy with it, you can use chunky)
  • 1 teaspoon sugar (or any other kind of sweetener you like)
  • 1 ½ tablespoons coco powder
  • I added strawberries and chocolate syrup for toppings. Whatever you want to add, you go for it *sassy finger snap*

Instructions:

  1. Mash up the banana along with the peanut butter and egg until thoroughly mixed.
  2. Stir in the sugar and coco powder along with any mix ins you might want. If you are not a fan of the bitterness the coco powder adds, you can add some more sugar to try and balance it out.
  3. Microwave in a mug for around 1 minute 30 seconds. You may need more or less time depending on your microwave.
  4. Gaze upon your creation until it is cool enough to eat

 

Product Review: L’OREAL Youth Code Texture Perfector and Pore Vanisher Cream

 

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Ya girls got pores. Don’t we all though?

After watching Nicole Guerriero’s YouTube review of the Texture Perfector and Pore Vanishing Cream, I figured I might as well give it a shot! She raved about the product for its ability to smooth out your skin as well as blur your pores when using it during your everyday makeup routine. She also critiqued it for its claim to actually shrink your pores after one months use when she did not believe that to be the case.

I personally have no previous experience with pore vanishers (I didn’t even realize they were a thing until about a year and a half ago) so I had no idea what to expect for myself. I used it in the same way she demonstrates in the video, by wearing it underneath my foundation and other makeup.

The cream goes on super smooth and does not make your face feel greasy or layered like some other products tend to do. It also did not cause my face to break out, which is another major concern of mine. Any kind of product like this immediately sends up a red flag for me and my sensitive skin, so I was very pleased in that department. Off to a good start!

I love how even it makes my skin look, especially after having problems for so many years with acne. My pores become much less noticeable as well as some of my other spots that I have received from the usual wear and tear your face undergoes. There is now a very noticeable difference (at least to myself) when I do not use this product in the way that my face looks.

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After trying the product for a little less than a month, I have to agree with what Nicole Guerriero says about the other claim this product makes. My pore size has not changed at all from when I first started using it; however, since I expected this from the beginning I was not disappointed. It works very well for evening out my skin and masking my pores, and that is all I ask of it.

I definitely plan repurchase this once I run out! For the cheaper price compared to other pore vanishers (only $20 at target!) and the good job it does, I would say that it was well worth it.