Friday, February 26, 2021

Five on Friday 2/26

1. I went to go and have my wisdom teeth removed and unfortunately they could only get the top one because the bottom one is too impacted. So, now I have to have oral surgery. I'm having the surgery on the 9th of March.  To say I am scared is an understatement. As I mentioned in a previous post my last oral surgery in my early 20's was very traumatic and stressful for me. I ended up getting sick and getting dry socket. It was a long healing process and I looked like a chipmunk. This tooth is on top of a nerve and they said it will probably bleed a lot. And it will probably take a month for me to fully heal and feel normal again. So, I guess that means I'll be eating unsolid foods for almost a month depending on the pain. Pray for me that all goes smoothly. 

2. I finished reading The Listening Path by Julia Cameron. I love her writing and her descriptions of things is always so beautiful and poignant. I love her ideas. I've been doing morning pages for a few years now and even on some days when I don't feel like writing if I at least get my three pages down it makes me feel better. I love how she mentions writing to people that are passed on. I've been thinking about my grandma a lot lately and talking to her a lot in my pages. She also mentions how you can connect with famous authors or people you admired that have passed on. It was a lovely read and helped to get my creativity flowing.  

3. Tomorrow I am going to a triple birthday party for myself, my soon to be mother in law, and my fiancés brother in law. I am really looking forward to getting together and I enjoy these moments immensely. It is so nice to get together with family. 

4. I reopened my Poshmark closet and am slowly going to get things listed but at least it is a start and at least my closet is open again. I got a new ink cartridge and got my printer working again. I thought about why I had closed my shop in the first place. I was so busy with work that I had no time to follow my passions. Or to practice self-care. Or even workout. These months off work have allowed me the time to get back to my self-care, working out again, and get back to my passions. But, I also do miss working as well at times. Hopefully I will get to go thrifting again soon for my Etsy shop so I can get that reopened. 

5. I've really been interested in trying ketones. I did the keto diet awhile back ago and really slimmed down and loved it. However, it is hard to stick with it all the time. I've been looking at different ketone options and seeing what is out there. And trying to convince my fiancé that I need them in my life. If anyone knows any good brands let me know? or knows anything about ketones let me know? or if you've used them yourself. I've also been thinking about rejoining weight watchers. 






Friday, February 12, 2021

5 on Friday 2/12

1. I am getting my wisdom teeth out today. I already have the left side out but I am getting the right side taken out and I didn't sleep too well last night. My nerves are starting to rev up about the whole thing the closer it gets to my appointment time. The top one is already out but the bottom one is partially impacted and I'm not going under. So, I will have to be awake for this. Which, is good in a way because I had a terrible time when I went under last time. I ended up getting sick on Vicodin and got dry socket. It was at least a month healing process before I felt better and could eat solid food. So, I completely understand why I am nervous going into this. I've already gone over the best and worst case scenarios in my head. Bring juice in case I pass out (I have a blood or even thinking too much about blood phobia.) I also can pass out when my anxiety gets too overwhelming. My fiancé will be with me though so that's reassuring. 


2. I am in the process of getting my Poshmark and Etsy site back up. While I've been in the process of moving in with my fiancé its been closed. And to be honest even before that I wasn't doing much with it. I look back and wonder where would I be right now if I had stuck with things? Not that there is any point to feeling guilty about it but my goals are to 1. get a new ink cartridge. Mine are currently dried up from not using the printer for awhile. Hopefully then the printer will work fingers crossed so that I don't need to buy a new one. 2. I need new thank you cards I somehow managed to lose my other ones. 3. I need a background. For now it will probably be construction paper but I was looking on Etsy for a vintage tablecloth that I could use. Eventually, I would love to invest in a thermal printer and a mannequin. 

3. I feel like my blog needs an update. I'm also thinking of starting a new blog. I will keep this one of course it has been a labor of love. But, I've also wanted a WordPress blog. So, I was looking on Pipdig to see what themes are available. I've got one for this blog and one for my new blog picked out already. So, eventually you will see and hear about these changes to this blog and once I get my new one up and running. It will be different then this one. I'm thinking I'll use this one for linkups, my random daily thoughts, fashion, and subscription unboxings and my new one will be based more on spirituality and self-care since I am a big advocate for that. Also about brining women together. I had this idea pre-covid but never did anything with it. Hopefully this next year I can really focus on it more. 

4. I just started reading The Printed letter bookshop by Katharine Reay. And The secret, book, & scone society. Both on Kindle unlimited. It is one of my favorite subscriptions. I am enjoying both the books so far. Who else loves books about books? I am also on week two of The listening path and The artists way by Julia Cameron. I have felt more creative and passionate about things since I started the books. Are there any books about creativity that you recommend? 

5. I've had little women in my amazon prime movies for months now. I bought it and still haven't watched it. Hopefully, with this down time with my tooth extractions I will have time to watch it. Also, thinking about wedding planning and am looking at Pinterest for ideas. We are still not completely sure we will have a reception after the ceremony yet or wait till Covid is mostly done. I'm thinking a one tier cake and then cupcakes and macaroons. I've been obsessed with macaroons lately. What have you been obsessed with? 




Saturday, February 6, 2021

My 34th birthday










Yesterday was my 34th birthday. I can honestly say it was one of the best birthdays I’ve had. My fiancé and his family made it so special for me. We went to Goodwill and I got some movies. My best friends wedding and The Family stone. I was just thinking about My Best Friends wedding too the other day. I love Julia Roberts. 

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My fiancé picked out the cake for me. He did an amazing job. It was absolutely beautiful. We went to Chipotle for lunch and then he made me scallops and pasta for dinner. It was delicious. 

His mom got me a track suit and some boots. And my mom got me a beautiful tigers eye necklace. 
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Currently in February { A Link Up}





Loving
: Daily burn for Barre exercises. And Aaptiv is my favorite walking app. They also have some great barre exercises on there as well. I love the mini workouts. The only thing if you are a visual person they don't have too many videos with the exercises. A few of the exercises do have pictures showing the poses. I love that Daily burn is more visual and has oodles of videos to choose from including Daily burn 365. A new workout everyday. Since my microtears in my ankle I can only do low impact workouts right now so I love the variety that both apps offer. If you like upbeat mantras and encouragement Aaptiv is great for that. 

Reading: The listening Path by Julia Cameron. She is the author of the Artists way. The Artists way is a 12 week writing and creative path to more creativity. The listening path is a 6 week course and teaches how listening more to our environment can help with our creativity. I love that Julia Cameron focuses on all creativity not just on writing although writing is primarily why I am going through the course. But, it is inspiring me to get back to other paths of creativity as well. I am also reading Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert. I started it years ago and never finished it but now I am. I love her tidbits about writing and creativity. And her no nonsense approach. Julia Cameron really has a no nonsense approach as well. It is inspiring me to get back to writing everyday. 


Remembering: When I went running daily. I miss getting outside and haven't been able to even walk outside since the microtears in my ankle. So, I can't wait until it is actually nice enough outside to go for a walk, And I vow that next winter I will get a gym membership if I can afford it. But, there really is nothing like getting outside in nature. 

 

Wishlisting: For books of course.  Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within by Natalie Goldberg and The Bookshop on the Corner by Jenny Colgan. 





Thursday, February 4, 2021

where have I been? What micro tears taught me!








My last post was 2019. I have not been writing on my blog since that time. To say I needed the break could be true. I was getting so caught up in likes on social media and who was reading my blog that I started to lose myself in the whole process of my blog and what it was about. Which, I originally created to be a space about myself and my journey. Don’t get me wrong I still love makeup and fashion and will probably post those types of things when the mood strikes. But, I need to get back to the heart of my blog. I got back on social media about a month ago and it has changed immensely from when I was posting everyday a few years ago. But, I still don’t feel the need to post everyday on social media. I’ve talked about social media detoxing before but this was more like a social media hibernation. 


So, what was I doing with my life while I was away? A lot of things changed for me. I had a bad breakup, met an amazing man, got engaged, and tripped and ended up with two micro tears in my ankle. I had to stop running and even walking was painful for many months. It was a complete shock to my system. But, it also showed me how out of balance I had been. I was working myself excessively and it was taking a toll on my mind, body, and soul. I knew my body would break in some way. Plus, with Covid everything seemed a bit more bleak. I thought maybe I would catch a cold and need to rest for a week or two. Not hurt myself so bad that it would take many months to recover. But, I certainly had to slow down. In this case I had no choice. An accident had forced me to slow down. But, it gave me time to reflect. 


It taught me to slow down and enjoy the little moments. The moments when my fiancé and I joke around and laugh so hard. Holding his hand in the car. Cuddling with Lucky my cat. I now have one cat. My sweet Harley passed away a few weeks ago. I will always miss her but she was 20 years old and lived a long life. She died in my arms. But, at least I believe she passed the way she would have wanted to at home and in my arms. My other cat Ollie I ended up giving to my mom. He is being well taken care of and he decided he wanted to go be with grandma. After the accident I started staying with my fiancé. I tried to bring Ollie here but it didn’t work out the way that I had hoped. I admit my heart broke a little but I know it is for the best.


It taught me how important self-care really is. I always knew how important self care was but I would always do it for a little while and then life would get inevitably so busy that I would put myself to the wayside. But, these past few months since I haven’t been working I’ve had a lot of time to work on my self-care. Mostly journaling and walking. I can’t wait till it is nice enough to go walk outside. Also, spending time doing mindfulness meditations my new favorite app is insight timer for meditation. If you do work or are a full time mom even carving out 5 minutes while the kids nap can really help to recharge. 


It taught me to follow my creative dreams. In Big Magic: Creative living beyond fear Elizabeth Gilbert talks about the Sh*T Sandwich in her book. Doing something you love so much that you can't get enough of it even if it is not getting you anywhere. I have been guilty of getting discouraged and feeling like I don’t measure up so I don’t do what I normally enjoy doing. It is a vicious cycle. Or maybe I just forget that I love it because I allow other things to get in the way. But, I am finally at the point in my life, with my writing, and my blog that I will take the Sh*T sandwich with all the good that comes along with my self-care practices, writing, and blogging. It's not always an easy path but I am determined to keep on it.






Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Fashion Maids Reseller Subscription Box/ March 2019



I am so excited that I received my Fashion Maids Reseller Subscription Box. Fashion maids is a fashion subscription box that is specifically geared towards resellers. If you sell on Poshmark, Ebay, Mercari, or anywhere else.  I recently started my Poshmark Closet in the end of January. It is truly addicting. I am loving it. However, between midterms and other commitments I haven’t had much time to actually go out and source. And it can be hard to find good places to go sourcing. I’ve watched Youtube videos on this box and decided to give it a try.

Fashion Maids currently has two options. A monthly subscription service very similar to other Fashion boxes. Which as of right now is $60 per month. You get 10 pieces of clothing. So that comes out to about $6 per piece. With taxes about $7 per piece. I got the one time box. Which is $75.00 it was free shipping. I did pay a $4.69 tax fee which is actually reasonable. The total of my box came to $79.69 or about $80 if you round up. For 10 pieces that is $8 per piece of clothing that are New With Tags. Which, I think is very reasonable and I’ve heard that is pretty comparable to thrifting prices for items that are not New With Tags. It also depends on the location you are thrifting in.

Overall, I am very happy with the 10 items that I received. I listed nine items because I did end up keeping one piece for myself. That is now in my personal closet and won’t be getting listed at this time. You fill out a style profile very similar to other fashion subscription services. Like with other services the more details you give the better. I was very descriptive on the styles that I liked and did receive a few of those in my box. Including graphic tees and band tees. I also said I loved animal print and anything with glitter. Which, I did not receive in this box but am hopeful I will for a future box. I said the styles I like are boho, edgy, and glam. I think my box was curated to these styles. I also wanted a variety of sizes because since I started my closet I’ve been listing things from my personal closet. But, I want to appeal to more people then just one size. So, expanding my sizes offered was and is very important to me. You can order a box at https://www.fashionmaids.com/
The first item I received was This Doors Fringe Tank Top in Size Large. I absolutely love it and this is the item I decided to add to my personal closet and keep. The original price tag on it was $29. I saw a few listed at $24-$25 on Poshmark and one that sold at $10. But, I love this tank and decided to keep it. I probably would have kept more items if they were in my size but I’m glad that they are not so I listed them in my closet.


The second item was this Bravado Rolling Stones Tongue Graphic Band Tee. I probably would have kept this too but it is a size small and I am very excited to have this item listed in my closet. Besides The Doors tank this was definitely one of my favorite items to receive. The original price was $24 and I listed it in my Poshmark closet for $20. I hope to get between $15-16 for this tee.


The third item was this Nic + Zoe Medium Tunic Style Tank with a slit on the back. The original price was $98 and I ended up listing it for $35. I think this is a great piece for spring and summer. It would be great with a blazer or cardigan over it for spring and on it’s own with some shorts and flip flops in the summer. Or even leggings since it is a longer tank top.



The Fourth item is this Love Riche Boho style dress with lace up detail in the front. This is a size medium and if it was a Large I would have kept it for my personal closet because I think it is absolutely gorgeous. I could not find an original retail price for this piece but I believe Love Riche is a boutique brand. So, I ended up listing it for $45 in my closet.


The Fifth item was this Topshop Textured pull on skirt size 4. Topshop is one of the brands that I said I liked so I was super happy to see this item in my box. I absolutely love the green color. And I am happy to have added some smaller sizes to my closet. The original price was $16 and I started it at $16 since it is new with tags and sold out online. I hope to get at least $12 for this skirt.


The sixth item is this May & July Crochet Halter top. I believe May and July is also a boutique brand. This is a size medium but it seems more like a size small. However, I think this would be great for summer on the beach or with some cropped shorts. I could not find an original price for this item and listed it at $24 in my closet.


The seventh item is this Mustard Seed Crop Top and Lace Detail skirt set. I think this set is absolutely gorgeous. It is a size medium. I don’t know much about the Mustard Seed brand but did find a few listed on Poshmark. I could not find the original price but since it is a set I decided to list it at $40.




The eighth item is this BCBGMAXAZRIA Darryl A-line Dress. The original price was $338 and I saw it available from $93-$338 online. I started my closet listing at $93 and I hope to get between $75-$85 for it since it was almost sold out when I looked online. This is a size X-Small.





The ninth item was this David Kahn Metallic Nikki skinny Bootcut Jean in size 28. I absolutely love these and again if these were in my size I totally would have ended up keeping them. The original price for these that I saw online was $168 and I listed them for $79 in my closet. The only thing I noticed as I was listing them was that it looked like the care tag had been cut out. Which, I have noted in this listing.

The tenth and Final item was this En Creme Size Small Lace Detail dress/Cover-up. It does not have a lining and does seem really small. I did notice two possible spots on the back. Which I have noted in the listing. This seems like it would be a better swimsuit coverup for the pool or beach. But, I am still really happy with this item. I believe En Creme is also a boutique brand. I could not find an original price but have started the listing at $19 in my closet.

Overall, I am super happy with my Fashion Maids box and I do plan on purchasing more in the future. I am confident that I will make my cost of goods back. Plus, a profit as well. This was an awesome box!

You can find my complete Poshmark closet at https://poshmark.com/closet/justmissc87
If you are new to Poshmark  you can use code Justmissc87 and you get $5 off and I get $5











Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Rolling Project Pan 2019/Intro


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This year I decided to do a Project Pan. If you don’t know what that is it is when you decide to pan or use up a certain number of beauty products by a certain time. This is the first year I am doing a project pan. I am linking up with Jacks Lorraine.
Who has a Cruelty-Free makeup, beauty, and lifestyle channel on YouTube. She doesn't know me personally but I am linking up with her 2019 project pan. She is also doing a rolling pan where if one item gets used up then you pick another item in its place. I will link her YouTube video after this post with her project pan 2019 intro. The first item to be panned in her project is a makeup product that is old or near expiration. I am choosing Nyx Butter Gloss in Éclair. I’ve had this product for a really long time and it is nearing its expiration. Luckily, I’ve used a majority of it so I think panning it this year is doable. I love to use it as a gloss topper over my lipstick or lip liner. Éclair is such a neutral pink color that it looks great over any color.

The second product is a challenge product. One that you don’t tend to reach for very often. For me this is the Wet N Wild MegaGlo Contouring Palette
in Dulce De Leche. I picked this palette up in the summer. I thought for the summer it was great but then when fall came a seemed a bit dark for my fair skin. And This is the lighter shade. If you have medium toned skin then this product would probably work all year round. But, I really want to pan this and give it another try and see how I feel about it.
The third product is a walk the plank product. One that you don’t hate but also don’t love. For me this is the L.A. Girl Glazed lip paint. I love the color which is in the color Bombshell. I really love a vibrant pink lip especially in the summertime. But, sadly I’ve hardly reached for this since I got it. It is not the easiest product to work with. So, I am adding it to my project pan to get more uses out of it this year before it gets decluttered. Maybe I will end up liking this product after all.
The Fourth product is A product that you really enjoy and love using. For me that is the Wet N Wild MegaGlo Highlighting Powder in the color Blossom Glow. I bought this product and a bunch of Wet N’ Wild product due to their cruelty free status. And The fact that they are a drugstore brand that is easy to find. They have now become one of my absolute favorite makeup brands. This Highlighting powder has some major glow to it. I love how it looks on my face as a highlight. For some people it might be a bit strong but I love it. This should be easy for me to pan this year since it is my go to highlighter.


The fifth product is a product that you don’t love. I have to say I don’t dislike this product but I received it as a gift and just don’t find myself reaching for it. It is the jane iredale Just Kissed Lip and Cheek Stain in the color Forever Pink.
I have not used it as a cheek stain but I think for a project pan I will try it out for my lips and cheek stain.
The sixth product is a product that fits the season. For me that is the Wet N Wild Photo Focus Dewy Face Primer. Since my skin tends to get very dry in the winter. Plus, I already have a backup so I am eager to use this up. I love that it has a tint to it.
The seventh product is a forgotten about product. For me that is the Nyx Professional Makeup Hot Singles Eye Shadow in the color Innocent which also falls under a product that is limited edition or no longer available. Sadly, I can no longer find the color innocent so I don’t know if they still make it or not. I love this color as a blending shade and for the crease. It’s been neglected since I started using eyeshadow palettes but I want to go back to using some single shadows in my collection especially this one. I’ve already hit pan on it so I’m hopeful that this year I can use it up even more if not completely.


The 8th product is an easy product. For me that is the OFRA Cosmetics Universal Eyebrow Pencil. I received this in an Ipsy bag awhile ago and never used it. It can be a bit dark and is not really universal. However, I’ve come to really enjoy this product. I would probably not repurchase this product but I do know that I can use it up this year.
The 9th product is a product that is brand you would not repurchase from this is also a product that I believe the color is no longer available. So, it would fit into the No longer in production or limited edition category. That is the Hikari lipstick in Cabernet. On their website it says they are cruelty free but I don’t know much about this brand. I also can not find them on Ulta’s website. I like the color but I just don’t reach for it and could no longer purchase this color since I believe it is no longer available. My goal is to use as much of this as I can and then declutter it if it is not used up by the end of the year. Don't mind the cat hair in the picture. Life of a cat mom.

The tenth product in my 2019 project pan is the Wet N Wild Color Icon Bronzer in Ticket to Brazil. I am already about ready to hit pan on this bronzer and use it everyday that I wear makeup. This is my wild card product. It is one of my favorite products and something I would repurchase after using it up.

So, there you have it. My 10 Rolling project pan items to use up by 2020. I will be updating monthly on my progress so keep a look out for that. Cruelty Free Makeup Brands List from Phyrra Nix.


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