April 18, 2014

The Edit

Favorite Fashion Finds This Week



30 Day Blog Challenge: Day 18

Something I feel strongly about


I will keep this one relatively short to refrain from writing a book. I have a host of things that I feel sternly about them being: discrimination, prejudice, generalizations, racism, sexism, politics, culture, sexuality, scientific research and education. Woah, now that is a list! 

I find it wrong for people to choose one trait and use it to discriminate against others. This could be spiraled into become prejudicial but ultimately, this is a sense of being better than the person in which you are discriminating against. Living in Texas pretty much everyone is super religious. I believe in God and am Catholic but consider myself to be more spiritual than religious. Many people have a problem with that, but I could care less. There is nothing wrong with being religious, but once you begin to push your beliefs on another, you have crossed the line. Something else I sternly believe in is the equality of men and women. We are all people and are all able to do the same things. Granted there are physical differences, there are barely any mental differences between genders. The moral of the story is that we are all people and deserve to be treated as such. Regardless of your age, gender, religion, sexual orientation, ethnicity, nationality or any other things used to classify PEOPLE, we all are more alike than different. 

Lastly, I will touch on education. This is largely in America. There is this increasing propaganda that everyone must attend college or they will become a failure. What people fail to realize, is that college is not for everyone. That is why there are jobs that do not require upper level education and trade schools. I chose to attend school because I love education and learning and plan to attend medical school which requires going to university. Everyone does not have to or quite frankly should attend college. If it isn't right for you, it won't become right. It would be pointless to waste thousands of dollars to get a degree in something you hate or to flunk out. 

These were some of the things I feel strongly about, is there anything you feel strongly about? Comment below!

April 17, 2014

30 Day Blog Challenge: Day 17

List your top five hobbies and why you love them


1) Shopping

Clothes shopping that is, I can't stand grocery stores! This is an obvious answer, but I do love to shop. I swear shopping is like a drug, a very addictive drug. I can and will never have enough of shopping or learning more about the fashion industry as a whole. 


Remember, don't shop too much ;) 

Playing tennis

I started playing tennis when I was around ten and since then couldn't stop. I played all through middle school and basically through high school, stopping my junior year due to an elbow injury. 
I never understood why some people think tennis is an "easy" sport. It by no means is easy, like have you seen Serena Williams, Novak Djokovic, Maria Sharapova or other tennis players run across the court? Yeah, not easy.

Chess

My nerdiest obsession of them all is chess. I used to think it was dumb and for old people until my uncle introduced me too chess. Now, I can sit and play chess for hours. Something about it is invigorating and stimulating. What fascinates me most is how intense and competitive chess matches can become. 


Running

I guess this could go along with tennis because of the immense amount of running but about a year and a half ago I got into running on a treadmill and hiking. Boy, did I realize how strenuous it is on the body to run 10 miles after not running much for a while. 

Recently a group of scientist have made claims that running is actually not as healthy as people believe. They say the activity level can become strenuous on the body and cause degenerative effects. Well, I thought this was an obvious. When you run you put pressure on your lower back, shin, knees, ball of your foot as well as in many other parts of the body. But will I stop running, heck no! There are more benefits to running than there are cons, so just keep on running. 


Blogging

Since starting my blog in Nov. 2012, I have loved doing it. Coming up with new topics every week to talk about is fun and exciting. I also enjoy connecting with other bloggers as well as those who just like to read blogs. Seeing our commonalities, and sometimes differences, is a rewarding experience within itself.

One day, I plan on turning blogging into more than just a hobby but for now, I am just fine with it being a favorite hobby of mine. 


What are some of your favorite hobbies?

April 16, 2014

Eu Natural Clarity Vitamin C Serum


Being addicted to skin care products, I am always searching for the latest serum, moisturizer, cleaner, etc to help effectively address my skin care concerns. I’m surely not alone in this search. There are so many products on the shelves that are harmful to the body and skin, making it harder to find a product that suits my individual needs. So, naturally I was excited to try a serum from Eu Natural’s Clarity Vitamin C Serum and I am even more excited able to share a 15% off discount code with my wonderful readers.
Here is a little bit about the serum from the Eu Natural site:
“Clarity Vitamin C Serum is an organic formula which contains a potent antioxidant blend of organic vitamin C, vitamin E, hyaluronic acid, and herbal extracts.  Combined, these ingredients help to stimulate the production of collagen for a fresh, youthful, radiant appearance.  Applying Clarity Vitamin C Serum regularly can significantly reduce the appearance of wrinkles, age lines, and dark spots.”



The serum comes in a dark brown bottle with a glass dropper applicator. The packaging is attractive and the instructions are simple. Apply 3-6 drops to freshly cleaned and dried skin underneath your regular moisturizer daily in the morning. This serum is very lightweight, unlike some other serums I have tried, and it absorbs quickly. I felt an immediate tightening effect, but not in a bad way. My moisturizer applied smoothly over it. Some may think taking a Vitamin C supplement is best for you, but studies show that applying it directly to the skin is more effective in fighting the signs of aging. Applying Vitamin C topically has been shown to increase collagen production and reverse signs of sun damage. Eu Natural’s Clarity Vitamin C Serum serum also contains Vitamin E, another powerful antioxidant which helps fight sun damage. 
Something else I love about this product is that it is manufactured in the US to strict compliance with FDA. Basically, they are regulated by the government and have undergone testing to make sure it doesn't contain any parabens and/or carcinogenic materials. Besides that, the company offers a 100% money back satisfaction guarantee. 
Adding Eu Natural Clarity Vitamin C Serum to my daily  regime, will do wonders. If you’d like to try it too, here’s a code for 15% off of the product on Amazon: EUN15OFF.
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30 Day Blog Challenge: Day 16

Five ways to win my heart

Considering that I will be single for life, there is no way to win my heart. Haha just kidding. But this is quite a hard question. I'm a picky person so limiting this to five things is challenging. 

1. Know me. 

I think this is an obvious one, but there is nothing better than begin with someone who truly knows you. This doesn't even have to be a significant other but it can be a friend, family member, etc. After having this blog for over two years now, you all have come to know a little bit about me. But will always be a part of me you will never know.

Those who are close with me have come to know my very sense of humor, mannerisms, and sometimes shyness. As you become closer with someone and ultimately know them, you build a connection that becomes some what unbreakable. 

2. Trust.

Trust is probably the number one way to win someones heart, if it isn't then I don't know what planet you are from, seriously! Trust can lead into think about someones motives. Are the good or bad or just resting in limbo?

Trust isn't a one-way street but a two-way street. If you present trustworthiness, you more than likely will get it back. If you don't trust someone, then you have no business being around them and vice versa.

3. Kindness.

Kindness is free! You don't have to spends money on it, so why not express it as much as you possibly can. I'm not looking for a Mother Theresa or the next Dalai Lama but there is nothing worse than a malicious person. 

Every day I try to do an act of kindness no matter how big or small, not for anything out of return but out of the kindness of my heart.

4. Intelligence.

Now this is my most important way to win my heart. After growing up with parents that actively discussed (and debated)  political topics, civil rights, and global issues with me, it would be too hard to revert to anything less stimulating. With this said, those don't have to interest you at all, all I ask is that you have something worth discussing (as long as it is invigorating). 

I don't define intelligence as being a member of Mensa or having an IQ over 140. I define intelligence as someone with the ability to understand, critically analyze thoughts and ideals while using logic and reasoning. Is this too much to ask?

Plus, no one want to be surrounded by a complete imbecile. Not even the imbeciles themselves.

5. Passion and drive for something.

Having goals and aspirations never hurt anyone. You always here people saying, "You must have a passion for what you do, if not you are doing the wrong thing." From personal experience this is true. Very long ago when I was ten, yes ten, I created my very first blog named "The Style Snob" long before Tina Craig took the name for herself. Imagine if I kept it up, what would her business be named? But, at that age, I was more concerned with playing video games, school, friends, and family. The moral of the story is, I had no passion for what I was doing. My blog was pointless to me, and my favorite social media sites weren't in existence so I had no place to share my posts or interact with other bloggers during the time. 

Six years later... I decided to create another blog, this blog during a time where I was and still am committed to doing it. If the day ever comes when I am not motivated to continue my blog, I will stop blogging. It is pointless to waste your time on something you are not passionate about. 

With all of that said, the fifth way to win my heart is to be passionate about something and be driven enough to get it done.

April 15, 2014

30 Day Blog Challenge: Day 15

A quote I try to live by



I firmly believe that we all control our own destiny. No one runs our lives but us. With that said, I believe that life is what we make it, and you can choose to make the most of it or the worst of it. So as Jim Rohn says above, you can choose to have a day as you want it to be or you can be oblivious and let the day pass you by, the decision is your.  And remember, everyday is a great day! xo

April 14, 2014

Mix Tape - Chelsea Lankes, JekK, Dev

So, I am going to start doing my regular posting schedule like I used to do ages ago (if any of you remember). So every Monday, I am going to share three songs that I am loving at the moment. Wednesdays will be a sort of "random" day and the posts will be a surprise :). And Fridays will be dedicated to THE EDIT. Don't forget I also write for Your Style Forecast, so check out those posts as well, if you'd like.