Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Rambles about Life & Mom's Night Out

I promised myself that I would start blogging again, and I didn't. Each day it sat on my to do list, waiting to be crossed off. And each day that passed I felt like a failure for not being able to write one simple, little blog post. In the midst of all the craziness of senior year, I was beating myself up over not blogging. Sounds crazy right? I've been learning lots about myself this school semester though. Like how I'm most definitely more of an introvert, how I can get majorly stressed about homework, how I'm way too hard on myself over things that don't really matter, and how sometimes I just need to let things go. Then tonight I sat down for a little bit of alone time, and ended up watching Moms Night Out for the first time. There I was, curled up at the foot of my bed with my laptop, two cats, and yes, some candy. I sat there, laughing hysterically at all of the funny parts, and it was like the fresh, cool breeze that I needed in my life. Yes, I know the movie was geared for Mom's, but I got something out of it too. It was like it was telling me that in the midst of the craziness of life, the stress of senior year, the disappointments, and feeling like you're never enough, it reminded me to come as I am. It reminded me to let go of the things I can't control. It reminded me that things will never be perfect, and the harder I try to make things that way, the less happy I will be. Most importantly it reminded me of Jesus's amazing love for me, just as I am, and how his plan is bigger and greater than anything I could ever imagine.

I'm not going to make lofty promises or write up a plan of what I'm going to do, but I am going to do this..

I'm going to smile more- because why not?

I'm going to let go of the things I can't control- like sickness, my future, or what other people do.

I'm going to stop worrying- about what people think of me, about what I'm going to do with my life, or about having it together.

I love my life right now. Despite the craziness and the business of senior year, I'm loving and cherishing these moments, because I know they won't last forever.

Doing this. Writing and pouring my heart out, feels so nice. Maybe I'll do this a little more often. Like an end of the day wrap up. I'm stopping with the expectations and the promises to blog. If it happens, it happens, and if not that's okay.

This blog post didn't have much of a point. It was just a moment to write what was on my mind.

So here's my takeaway-

1) Watch Moms Night Out- If you haven't seen it already then go, run, drive safely to your nearest Redbox and pick it up. If you've already seen it, go rent it again just for laughs.

2) Love the life you have, instead of wishing for the life that you think will make you happy. Take joy in the little things. Laugh more. Sing loudly in the car. Dance often. Love lots.

xoxo, em

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Cozy Glam OOTD




I recently did a little fall clothing shopping, and I've been itching to wear one of my new pieces, even if it's just for a photoshoot. For fall I'm loving  navy, cranberry, plum, cream, and black. This outfit is one of those effortless little things that you can throw together with whatever you have in your closet. Take your favorite solid color skirt (preferably black or navy) and throw a cozy sweater on top of it. Pair it with black booties, combat boots, black flats, or whatever you like! If the outfit was right you could even throw on a faux leather jacket!

This cozy sweater I'm wearing is from American Eagle and today you can get it for 40% off! The entire AE fall collection is 40% off

ootd details:

sweater//American eagle
earrings//altar'd state

xoxo, emalee

Monday, September 1, 2014

September Goals

via Pinterest

Well loves, we've arrived at the first day of September. At times, it seemed like it would never come, but now it's finally here. I'm ready for flannel shirts, homemade applesauce, trips to the pumpkin patch, crisp apple cider, bonfires, and chilly nights. Fall is on its way!

I love the practice of making a list of goals for each month. It's a way to keep my mind focused and not get too caught up in the routine of school, work, and life.

My September Goals:

Run more- specifically to run longer and faster. I started focusing on running more about two weeks ago, and I love the feeling a good run can give you. My goal is to run three times a week and increase my running time. My current record is running at 5.5 for ten minutes. That may not seem like much, but this is coming from a girl who couldn't run for more than thirty seconds last year. My goal is to be able to run for twenty minutes OR two miles. Those both seem like pretty daunting tasks, but I know I can do it. Everyone has to start somewhere!

Take more pictures- No, I'm not talking about Instagram, I'm talking about real pictures with a real camera. Photography used to be one of my passions, but in the past few months I've been picking up the camera less and less. I suppose I don't do it as much because it's more convenient to just pick up my phone. Regardless, I still love capturing moments with my Canon Rebel, and I hope to get back to that more this month.

Master the splits- Never have I ever... been able to do the splits all the way. Even when I was a seven year old little ballerina, I never was able to do the splits. I'm just about the most non-flexible person I know. However, I've been focusing on doing more stretching and yoga moves, and it's reminded me how important it is to be flexible. With that in mind, my goal this month is to make major progress on my splits.

Buy a guitar- This has been on my list for a while now, but it's one of those things that I keep saying "someday". I don't want this "someday" to become "never" though, so this month I'm going to buy a guitar and look for a teacher.

Four goals. Simple, but big goals. Four things to focus on and accomplish over the next thirty days.

What are your September goals?

xoxo, em

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Dreaming of Fall OOTD


Summer may still be hanging on here in the Midwest, but regardless of the weather, September is just a few days away. Stores have released their fall collections, and pumpkin candles are burning at our house. I've been itching to get out my oversized sweaters at the first sign of a fall breeze.
Even though it was in the nineties here today (Yes, I know I'm insane), I decided to just go for it, and wear my first fall outfit.

Flannel//American Eagle
Tank Top//Gap
Skinny Jeans//Free People
This is my favorite kind of outfit for casual fall days. The boots give it a little something extra, and the cozy flannel makes my heart happy. Also, these jeans are some of my favorites ever!! Since I'm a shortie (I'm 5'2) I always have trouble finding skinny jeans that aren't too long. I found the secret is not so much looking for petite jeans, but "ankle-length jeans". This particular pair is the perfect length, and feels more like a jegging. The quality is a m a z i n g, and I'm forever reaching for them.
What's your idea of the perfect fall outfit?
Expect to see lots more ootd posts here on my blog! They're by far my favorite kind of post, and I have such fun with the photoshoots!
xoxo, em

Monday, August 25, 2014

8.25.14 {Active Dreaming}



Make time for the things you love. That's been one of my mottos lately. Sometimes its all too easy to get caught up in our lives and focus on the mindless, petty stuff, instead of focusing on our passions. What lights you up? What makes you smile? I'm still finding new passions of mine all the time, by continuing to push myself to try new things and chase dreams. Lately though I've been renewing passions like photography, drawing, and writing.

There's a quote that I love that says, "Do it now. Sometimes later, becomes never." What's on your bucket list? What are things that you promised yourself you'd do at some point?
Be proactive. Make it happen!

I'm not very athletic, so one day recently I decided, "I'm going to start running. Who cares if it's hard and my legs ache, and my lungs burn? I'm going to suck it up and I'm going to be one amazing runner!"

I follow the Free People account on Instagram and a while back they had a "30 days of movement" where they showed a different amazing yoga move every day. I was always blown away by the photos and it constantly reminded me how I'm about the most non-flexible person ever. Then one day I realized, "why am I sitting here dreaming about it, when I could be doing it?" So I screen shotted several moves I wanted to master and set aside time every day to start doing yoga.

I've always wanted to learn to play the guitar, and in the last year that longing has only intensified. I always told myself I'd do it someday. But what if someday is never? So I started doing my research, and this week my Mom and I are going to go price guitars and look for a teacher.

The point is my friends, don't let your fears, your business, or what other people say, hold you back. Don't let your "later" become "never". Sure, some dreams are bigger than others and may take time, money, and patience, but the bottom line is, never give up on the things that drive you.

Here's to active dreaming,


Sunday, August 24, 2014

My Current Makeup Routine!




 It's been a year now since my last makeup routine post, so I thought it was high time I did a new one. If you know me at all, then you know that I'm a makeup junkie. I own an obscene amount of makeup, I watch beauty tutorials all the time, and I have a rotating door of products that changes every month.

So here's what I've been wearing in the month of August:

I start with my Bare Minerals Correcting Concealer and use this under my eyes and on any blemishes. I absolutely swear by this stuff. The consistency is creamy and it covers beautifully. As someone who has struggled on and off with acne, this is by far the best covering concealer I've ever found.

I follow up with just a little bit of my Bare Minerals Finishing Powder. I apply the smallest amount of this just over where I put the concealer, to help it last.

Then I apply my all time favorite, the Rimmel Stay Matte Powder, all over my face.

Sometimes I do wear blush or bronzer, but it depends. I always like to add my Victorias Secret highlighter on the tops of my cheekbones.

For eyeshadow I've been loving the new Maybelline "the nudes" palette. It has twelve different shades that are all neutral and vary in shimmers or matte finish. I'll usually use some sort of taupe or light brown all over my lids and then a deeper color like a dark brown in the outer corner. I always finish with a little sweep of shimmery white in the inner corners to highlight my eyes. Lastly I take my tiny eyeliner brush and use the matte black shade to line my top lashline. (I don't line the bottom lashline though).

For mascara I use the Maybelline Mega Plush mascara. I don't use the waterproof formula, however I've found that this mascara stays on really well.

I have a lipstick obsession and as a result I'm always wearing different lip products. I wear the plain Maybelline Babylips a lot to keep my lips moisturized. Some of my other favorites for this month have the been the Revlon lipbutters in Peach Parfait and Raspberry Pie, as well as the Covergirl lipgloss in Give Me Guava.

If you're interested in seeing more makeup product review or tutorials let me know! I'm thinking of doing a makeup, hair, and outfit style steal for Taylor Swifts new music video, "Shake It Off". Thoughts?

xoxo, emalee


Saturday, August 23, 2014

Chopping My Hair Off!

It's kind of ironic that the day after posting "How To Get Long, Healthy Hair", I cut mine. I've had long hair for all of high school, and it was time for a much needed change. I feel like I'm in that place where I'm starting to experiment more with my personal style. My hair has always been long and blonde. Outside of getting highlights twice a year, and sometimes adding more layers, my hair has stayed the same. Although I didn't cut it drastically short, I was still nervous when I went into the salon. When I walked out of the salon though, I felt so much lighter. Seriously, you have no idea how heavy long hair can be! I'm in love with my new hair cut, and I plan to keep it short for now.
Don't be afraid to make changes if it's something you want. Remember, it's just hair, and it will always grow back!
xoxo, emalee