Loving Lately

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September Favorites: 4 Things I’m Loving Lately

As September is coming to an end (how did this happen? I was just planning summer trips!) I wanted to share a few things I’m loving lately. I thought this would be a fun peek into random things I love and use all the time. Also, I’m just warning you now, this is probably the last “things I’m loving lately” post you’ll get that doesn’t include anything fall or holiday related because I am just a little obsessed with all seasonal things from October on haha. Let me know if you’ve tried anything below and what else you’d like to see next month!

First up, NYX Butter Gloss. Now let me just say that I have never been a lip gloss person. I hate how it makes your lips sticky and I’ve always preferred chapstick over lipgloss. Erin from Cotton Stem shared about these guys (they’re under $9, so affordable!) and so I gave it a try. Let’s just say I’m addicted haha. I have it in several colors and love how it makes my lips feel so hydrated. The colors seem to mold to your own lip color in a way, so it’s really versatile for everyone. This color was super pretty and subtle!

September Favorites NYX Butter Gloss

 

You can shop the NYX Butter Gloss here:

Next, my ALL TIME FAVORITE pen the 7-year pen from Seltzer Goods. Y’all know that I am an avid list maker, I journal and do my morning pages almost every day, and I always need a good pen with all the writing I do. I like to switch from my laptop to a good-old-fashioned notebook every once in a while when I’m working on my screenplays too. Basically, I’m one of those people who loves a good pen so I knew this one was amazing the second I tried it! I got my first 7-year pen as part of a gift after I graduated college and have been in love with them ever since. Basically, go get one right now. You’ll never need another pen for 7 years. Also, something really cool is these pens are eco-friendly. I’m so glad this company is eco-conscious and works towards a world with less waste!

September Favorites 7-year Pen

Go get your 7-year pen here, there’s SO many cute designs! I linked my favorites below!

 

 

 

Next, I’m a huge fan of skincare! I can’t go to sleep without taking my makeup off and I love a good face cream. I also loveee face masks and had the opportunity to try the Laneige Water Sleeping Mask at BeautyCon and it’s my new favorite mask! I’m a big fan of sheet masks but this one is so hydrating and glides on like gel.

September Favorites Laneige Sleeping Mask

September Favorites Laneige Water Mask

Check out this water mask here:

Last but certainly not least something I’ve been loving is this Ginger Beer! I’m a big fan of Moscow Mules and I recently made my own using this Ginger Beer and it was really good! (strong, but good). Let me know if you want the recipe I used and give this a shot!

September Favorites Ginger Beer

Get this Ginger Beer for your next Moscow Mule!

And those are the things I’ve been loving lately! Thanks for scrolling through my September Favorites, drop me a comment below I would love to hear from you!

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10 Ways to Transition From Summer to Fall

I’m a southern California girl, born and raised. We don’t see much of the “seasons” around here, but a girl can dream right? Haha. Regardless of where you live, there are some great ways to transition from Summer to Fall and get you in the mood for hygge, pies, and cuddle time. Summers here mean going to the beach, rooftop cinema series, air conditioner on 24/7, and no desire to go near “Hollywood” because of the tourists. Is the fall season really that different though? To me it is! The temp drops a little and I actually break out some sweaters. I looove fall because it makes me feel all warm and cozy inside and there’s something about the fall and winter seasons that makes you slow down a tad and appreciate the little things in life. So, without further ado, a little list (cause you know how I love my lists) on 10 ways to Transition from fun in the summer sun to falling in love with fall!

 

Buy a fall-scented candle
What other way to feel like fall has finally arrived than with a scented candle? I don’t know about you but I could 100% spend an hour in Tartransitionfromsummertofallget or HomeGoods trying to pick a candle! I love this one from Nature’s Wick.

Finally unpack that summer suitcase
Anyone else do an awful job at unpacking right when they get home? Maybe it’s the nostalgia kicking in, but I always wait to unpack especially with summer vacations. Put that pesky suitcase away and make room for one of the best seasons of the year.

 

Journal about your summer travels
In a world where blogs and social media posts are where our memories live other than our minds, it’s nice to jot down the fun times you had over summer. I love journaling because I always think I will go back and read everything when I’m 70. Do you do that too? Maybe I’m crazy but I guess we’ll find out! Ha. Anyways, I think this is a great way to re-live those adventures one more time before you start making fall plans!

Print out your favorite photos to add to a photo album
I’m definitely a preserver by nature. I think that’s why I journal about everything and I’m always the one to print out our family photos. I also don’t want to look back and say, “Hey, remember that awesome summer vacation we took? Too bad Instagram doesn’t exist anymore and we have no photos of it!” This is a great time to print out photos and maybe host an end of summer gathering where friends and family can laugh about everything.

transitionfromsummertofallTreat yourself to a cozy fall sweater (that you’ll probably have to save for later)
So maybe it’s too soon for warm sweaters, but that’s another thing that really makes me feel like fall has arrived! There are a lot of cute seaters on sale right now (like this one from Nordstrom’s) and I love anything that makes me feel cozy and at home. I can just see it now, snuggled up with my new sweater, drinking a latté, watching my favorite TV show on a Saturday.

Which leads me to…order your first Pumpkin Spice Latte

I don’t care what anyone thinks, these are so freakin’ good and get you right into the mood for fall! You can also support your local coffee shops that have something similar. Either way, I know I’m going to get myself one of these today!

Start a project you’ve been dreaming up this summer to get you into that fall workflow

It’s hard to have your routine stay on track or to start something new when you’re in that carefree summer mode. But with the arrival of fall can come a rejuvenated mindset that’s ready to stop putting those creatives dreams on hold and get to work! What will you begin?

Bake something 
I actually really love baking and wish I made time for it more often. It’s calming to me and so satisfying when something turns out better than you anticipated. Try this delicious looking Apple Butter French Toast or this Triple Chocolate Pumpkin Pie.

Find a fall seasonal event in a city near you
Just like summer concerts in the park, LA has some great events like Oktober fest or fun day-trips to go apple picking! Timeout made a great list last year, so if you’re local to the area check it out!

Tailgate at a college football game
Football is life if you’re from the south which is exactly how my mom grew up, and while we don’t tailgate as much as our roots would probably like us to, it’s still so fun when we do! The substitution for tailgating at football games in years past has been tailgating at Supercross events here in California!

I don’t know about you but I can’t wait to go do everything on this list and pretend like I’m not sitting here sweating from the humidity in LA right now haha. Leave me a comment below and let me know how you plan to get in the mood for fall!

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Morning Habits that Will Inspire You to Create
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5 Morning Habits that Will Inspire You to Create

My morning routine is pretty simple and I’ll admit, you’re not going to see anything mind-blowing on this list that you probably haven’t heard of before. Simplicity is key for me, especially in my morning routine. I learned that the more intentional I was about my mornings and the more I stick to them this way, I was more inspired to write, brainstorm new ideas, and do what I love to do best: create. So here are 5 healthy morning habits I’ve gotten into a routine of doing that inspire me to create.

Create before you Consume

AKA don’t be on your phone first thing in the morning. I used to wake up and check my phone in bed while my eyes were barely open. Not only did that start to strain my eyes sometimes, but it would either get me stressed right away if I looked at how many emails I had or it was a big distraction because I would start scrolling through Facebook and Instagram, and let’s face it, there’s nothing that interesting on there so early in the morning. “Create before you Consume” was actually something I heard Julie Solomon say over a year ago when I tuned into one of her webinars. It really hit home for me because I realized, I know that my mind is more alert and fresh in the mornings. That’s when I do my best writing. But being able to create was being overshadowed by everything else I was consuming. It’s hard to come up with an original idea when you’re flooded by the ideas of everyone else. This is something I’ve really tried not to do and it’s worked so well this past year! For me creating before I consume means I don’t read other blogs, scroll on social media, read another screenplay, etc. before I write my own blog post, a page in my own screenplay, etc. the list goes on. I usually keep my phone on silent until I’ve finished writing and drinking my coffee.

Morning Pages

If you’re sick of me talking about my love for morning pages yet, you’re in for a treat haha. Morning Pages for me (3 handwritten pages of whatever comes to mind) makes me feel so grounded and ready to attack the day. It’s the ultimate dump and jump—dump out everything that might be weighing on you, stressing you out, or even positive things that might just be clogging up your brain and then jump into your day with a freer peace of mind. Sometimes I read a few pages of The Artists Way before writing these pages, which is where I heard about this in the first place! Doing my morning pages gets my creative juices flowing and sometimes I come up with my best ideas for my projects during these pages. So inspiring!

The routine of coffee or tea

For me, this is a part of my routine that I covet. I love my mornings so much. It’s “me” time and I love to sit and drink a few sips of my coffee with my dogs snuggled up near me and enjoy that time. Sometimes I think it’s less about actually needing that caffeine (although let’s be real I am a coffee fanatic) and more about the routine of enjoying my cup of brew. Having a part in my routine that I do without fail brings more intention and consciousness into my everyday life, and furthermore it inspires me to go create something I love.  You may not be a coffee or tea drinker and that’s fine, but find something that you will do every day and just sit there for a few minutes taking it all in. We won’t always have mornings to ourselves so I like to cherish that.

Get dressed before you create

Whether you work from home or you’re finding time for your morning routine before heading to work, I find that getting dressed makes you feel mentally prepared to get down to business. Of course, I still like to be comfortable and most days you’ll probably find me in workout clothes regardless if I’m working out, but staying in my pajamas until noon does not do me justice. Getting dressed inspires me to be conscious that it’s time to make those ideas a reality. 

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“Made to Create” coffee mug by Samantha Skelton. Click to buy. Photo by Hannah Robinson Designs

Start Creating

Aren’t we talking about things to do in the morning that inspire you to create? Yes, but it’s sort of like that saying, “to begin, begin.” Like I said before, I do my best work in the morning. It’s when my brain is most alert and I show up and do the work in the mornings more so than any other time in the day. Sometimes just starting in on a project can lead to more ideas, momentum, or creative clarity. There is no better time to start than “now” because tomorrow will lead to never.

What habits do you do that inspire you to create? Share your inspiration below by scrolling to the bottom to leave a comment!

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Authenticity at BeautyCon
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The Beauty in Authenticity: Notes from BeautyCon

Celebrating the Uninhibited You:

I recently went to my first-ever BeautyCon in LA and wasn’t surprised to see that many of the brands there had a message to send. A powerful one. One that coincided with what BeautyCon is all about. The crazy thing is just one month ago I wasn’t even sure what BeautyCon’s message truly was. Turns out, authenticity at BeautyCon is huge.

When I found out a friend got us passes to BeautyCon I was ecstatic! Something you may not know about me is how much I actually love makeup and skin care. When I was little I would watch how my mom took care of her skin and was always so curious to see all the different products she would use. As I got older it grew into curiosity about what I like and started experimenting with different kinds of makeup. To this day, we are still obsessed with Bobbi Brown, not much has changed from 10 years ago (except that we are also obsessed with Beauty Blenders now). But because I’m sure you know by now I’m not a beauty blogger per-say, I have more to share here today than my favorite products.

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Beauty in the Wild

I hopped on the internet to find out about BeautyCon before going and what I discovered was more than their line-up of guest speakers. Moj Mahdara, CEO of BeautyCon, wanted to create an environment where digital content creators had a platform to express their individuality—especially in a world where the influence on young people is so important in today’s world. Her diverse background fueled the drive to continue to create diversity in the beauty and digital world. In an interview with Forbes Elyssa Starkman, Head of Content at BeautyCon, said “At Beautycon we believe it’s more important to have the space to do-you, to interpret those how-tos however you want.”

When I entered the convention center at BeautyCon, I was greeted with a visual fusion of the beauty and digital worlds that reflected exactly what I had read before going. Their Beauty in the Wild poster stood loud and proud:

“Beauty in the Wild is a call to celebrate the uninhibited you—to feel free and bold in expressing all the different elements of your individuality. At this year’s BeautyCon festival in Los Angeles, we invite you to join our community of rule breakers, risk takers, and innovators to be untamed, fierce, and fearless. It’s an exploration into the power of beauty through self- expression.”

The How-You Voice vs. How-To

More than anything, BeautyCon celebrates being your most authentic self in whatever way that looks like. How you define beauty for yourself, and how you choose to utilize makeup and skincare is your own individual expression of power and creativity. I didn’t see many booths talking about the latest “trends,” rather I saw brands showing young people, “here’s what we have to offer and we’d love to see how you make it your own.” BeautyCon makes a conscious move into the “how-you” voice and away from the “how-to.” They want you to celebrate the uninhibited you and come together to celebrate the diverse interpretations of beauty. Authenticity at BeautyCon is huge.

I left that day feeling like there was such a force behind the message that there’s so much beauty in being true to who you are and being your most authentic self. As I walked around the convention, I felt confident in my own skin and had a feeling that most people there did too because of the encouraging environment to just “do you.”

Authenticity at BeautyCon

Authenticity in Social Media

BeautyCon’s message of being authentic speaks volumes not only in the beauty world, but in the digital world as well. So much of what BeautyCon is about is fusing the glam world with the online space. I hear this all the time as a blogger to be your most authentic self, but it’s so true and it’s something I hope we can all do and find genuine ways to express that. In this social media world, it can get confusing and hard to not be influenced by other people or content. Something I always tell myself is that if I can’t tell my closest friends a room full of people that I truly like something or I’m advocating for something than I’m not being my authentic self. There are so many ways to look at it, but this was a way to dip our toes into the conversation of authenticity.

authenticity at beautycon

Express Yo’ Self

Anyone else have that song pop into their head and want to break out in a little dance when they read that? Haha. But really, today I’d like to carry on their message of being your uninhibited self, of being true to who you are, and I challenge everyone (including myself, because we’re all in this together) to find ways to genuinely express who you are. Say it loud and proud!

Tell me a few ways below that you stay true to who you are! Maybe even let me know what beauty means to you! Scroll to the bottom to leave a comment!

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