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Jelly Bracelets, Bands, & Bangles

May 20, 2017     Like This Post!

I grew up in the 90/s with both stylish and cheesy trends. Even though some trends were fresh, a lot of them were recycled from previous decades. Some originated with back stories we didn’t even know about.

Enter jelly bracelets. In the 80’s, people such as Madonna and Cyndi Lauper made them cool. In the 90’s, Gwen was all about it, and apparently so was I. I twisted them up when I wore them just as Gwen did. It made me feel cool. Then in the 2000’s, I guess the trend came back and they were out in stores again, in which I bought a crap ton. So much color variety.

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Let Me See Ya Grill

April 8, 2017     Like This Post!

So my birthday was last week. The big 2-7. I kept it low key not really doing much, just the way I like it. That’s just in terms of celebrating. I wanted to treat myself to a present that was a little off beat. For years I wanted a gold cap tooth, and that’s exactly what I bought myself. I researched how-to’s and where-to’s and found a local place not too far from work. It felt strange walking over to take a mold of my teeth during my lunch break.

But before I jumped into it, I wanted to make sure I wasn’t being another ignorant white girl. The last thing I want to do is to offend people with my choice in fashion/jewelry. Turns out, the history of gold teeth is just as you’d expect. Or maybe not. I don’t know what you’re expecting.

Gold was first used in dentistry, and was used as dental castings. Pretty basic and makes sense. They’re sturdy. In other cultures, grills were worn as a status symbol. Gold teeth and gold caps were a sign of wealth. Not only gold, but diamonds and jade as well. Jade stones were directly inserted into their teeth. So teeth jewelry was a thing in AD times.

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White Hair, No Care

March 10, 2017     Like This Post!

I’m 26 and I would say 45% of my hair is now growing in white. How I feel about it? Undecided. For me, it’s all or nothing, so it’s just awkward.

Genes are a funny thing because my mom started going white at a pretty young age too. I’m sure dyeing my hair since age 11 hasn’t helped the situation either, but I’ve accepted the fact that my genes aren’t so great when it comes to hair.

Dyeing my hair black when all my hair wants to do is grow in white is kinda the worst thing. I feel like an old lady trapped behind a baby face, which has such a juxtaposition game happening. I imagine it throws everyone off. It still throws me off when I look in the mirror. And I especially feel odd when I use black spray to cover up my roots every morning. I feel like that’s an old lady move.

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Guide To Living The Mermaid Life

January 13, 2017     Like This Post!

Sounds kinda full of myself to assume that I know what it’s like to be a mermaid. BUT if I wanted to live the mermaid life, I would be all about things that revolve around scales, glitter, gold, pastel, and elegance. Keeping that in mind, I compiled a list of things that I felt represent mermaids and captures the elegant feeling we all think of when we think of these classy sea gals.

So if you want to live the modern mermaid life, here are materialistic things for you to consider having!

01. Mermaid Shampoo & Conditioner – From reviews I’ve read all over the ‘net, this company has managed to capture exactly what mermaid hair smell like. I have the Shine Spray and it’s the best thing I could have purchased for my hair to shine while smelling uh-mazing.

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The Fanny Pack Debate

December 8, 2016     Like This Post!

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Fanny packs get such a bad rep. Don’t you think?

Here’s the thing, they’re just the most perfect concept! You have a bag around your waist – not on your back giving you back pains, not hanging off your shoulder where you worry about it sliding off, and not in your hands where you get tired of holding it. Fanny packs keep your hands free, and there’s enough space for you to actually store things as opposed to a small clutch or just your pockets. I just don’t understand where we went wrong with this concept.

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My Evolution Of Natural Skin Care

October 22, 2016     Like This Post!

When you hit puberty, all hell breaks loose. Your hormones act up and it’s projected onto your skin. It happens to all of us at some point. Our pH levels rebel causing oily and dry skin, and as soon as we break out, we run to the dermatologist.
They’re quick to prescribe all these topical creams and our skin just becomes a desert wasteland. Does any of this sound familiar?

This is the challenge of growing up: finding ways to balance healthy habits while trying not to compromise your bodily chemistry…because if you do mess with that chemistry, your body has no problem showing you the consequences.

I got frustrated with the trips to the dermatologist and the stupid creams that didn’t work. I got to the point where I Googled other options and I constantly came across natural remedies that worked. Well, in the beginning there was a learning curve, but these days I constantly get complimented on my skin and I’d like to think all those years of trying natural items instead of unnatural chemicals did some good.

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Style Transformation

October 14, 2016     Like This Post!

So as a “Flashback Friday”, here’s a post I’ve been compiling pictures for…for at least a few months now. This is the most you’ll ever see my face in a post, that’s for sure.

I’ve been thinking lately as to how much my style has changed and how it matched my personality and the feelings I felt at the time. To me, I can see the change over the years but I also feel as if I’ve been pretty consistent. I’ve been wearing the same clothes for a long time since I’ve managed to fit into everything as I basically stopped growing at age 12, aaaand I’m also a hoarder. I never really followed trends, but I was inspired by them over the years encouraging me to make it my own, as I live the DIY lifestyle.

The one thing that changed dramatically was my hair. I can look at pictures and know what year it was. Is that excessive?
Can I show you?


+ 2007 – It was my junior and senior year of high school. Prime Myspace time. Where the selfie originated and taking photos for your profile was “important”. I went out with friends a lot and took LOADS of pictures; I was the photographer in my group. At this time I was really inspired by Ghost World and rocked the t-shirts, skirts and boot combo. I went through a phase where I wore cat ears everywhere I went, and I was all about the natural-ish red hair. This was also the last year I heavily wore eye makeup.

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