Wednesday, October 9, 2019

My October Amazon Picks!






Fall is in full swing and with the cooler weather comes a new wardrobe. Mixing in your style staples with some of these favorites of mine will leave you feeling cozy and snuggly for fall. I have been loving the leopard, which is evident in my Instagram and LIKEtoKNOWit profile lol!




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My fall is going to be full of this versatile neutral, as well as some other fun pieces below. You can click any of the images to learn more. Everything is under $30 and most of them are Prime!






Having go-to mix and match pieces in your closet is essential for someone who is always running late, like myself. Knowing that I have basic pairs of jeans and tops that I can mix and match keeps me confident in my style and myself without breaking the bank.





Happy fall, happy wardrobe, happy shopping!

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

25 Things I've Learned in My 20's



Another year older and hopefully another year wiser.
There are certain birthday's that feel different. 13, 16, 18, 21. All of those birthday's mark milestones of privileges and maybe having a tangible thing made them mean more when I was younger.  Here we are at 25 years-old. 


I think 25 will be a good year. I've heard between now and 30 are the best years of your life. I will have to get back to you on that but I think that with every year, comes another layer of wisdom. That, I can be certain.


Each year I've grown stronger, stood up for myself more, and increasingly trusted my gut. I have made a lot of mistakes. But I have also tried to learn from them. I am not a perfect person and I still have to much to learn but I do feel like I have learned a lot of valuable lessons these last 25 years. 


- You deserve to be loved, bottom line. Anyone who doesn't love you for who you are doesn't deserve to be there.


- If you feel like staying in, it's okay to stay in.


- Keep learning in every aspect of your life. Read, listen, explore.


- Don't skimp on tampons.


- It's okay to make mistakes. As long as you learn from them.


- A glass of water and a good night's sleep will solve almost any problem.


- Spend your money on experiences, not things.


- Call your parents.


- If in your heart of hearts you did it with pure intentions, that's all you can do.


- You're not going to change him.


- Saving and financial planning are so important!


- Take care of your skin.


- Make time for alone time.


- Ask people in your life how they’re doing and listen.


- You will never regret a workout. You will regret missing one.


- Friendships are not always 50/50, sometimes your friend will need more and sometimes you’ll need more and that’s okay. 


- If someone wants to make time for you, they will.


- Anything worth happening won’t happen overnight.


- Always take a step back and remember that sometimes things don’t work out to make way for better things to happen. Things you’ve never even imagined were possible.


- So far, you have survived 100% of your worst days.


- Stick with the people who hold you accountable and build you up.


- Own your mistakes. Do not waste time justifying them.


- You'll never know until you ask.


- You will never regret a workout. You will regret missing one.


- Relationships in all aspects of life are rarely 50/50 at all times, sometimes your friend will need more and sometimes you’ll need more and that’s okay. 


- If someone wants to make time for you, they will.


- Anything worth happening won’t happen overnight.


- Always take a step back and remember that sometimes things don’t work out to make way for better things to happen. Things you’ve never even imagined were possible.

- So far, you have survived 100% of your worst days.

- Stick with the people who hold you accountable and build you up.

- Own your mistakes. Do not waste time justifying them.

- You'll never know until you ask.

- The only actions you can control are your own.

- Never give up on yourself.


Hat  / Shirt / Skirt / Booties

I think owning my mistakes (or at least trying to) was a huge part of 24. Along with that came anxiety, fear, sleepless nights, fights and tears, but that paved the way for troubleshooting future experiences. That paved the way to better people, stronger relationships and more self-love.


Tuesday, September 3, 2019

My Summer Top Sellers



Summer may be over but the deals are not! This past week was the first anniversary of me being apart of LIKEtoKNOW.it. For those of you who might not speak ~blogger~ LIKEtoKNOW.it is an affiliate program through rewardStyle. It gives you a platform to share your fashion, home and beauty finds with your followers. For every purchase made through an influencer's links, they earn a small commission at no cost to the consumer. 

I think that in any adventure in life, you should set goals. I remember when I started Mimosas & Lipstick, a huge goal of mine was to become a member of LIKEtoKNOW.it. I applied and strived to be apart of the community and with the help of Karli Willis, I finally was able to achieve one of my biggest goals form the beginning. When I got it I was over the moon! It has been a great way to connect with people in my online community and has helped me develop and grow as a content creator. Recognizing milestones and anniversaries like this gives me time to reflect. It helps me remember to take a step back and appreciate where I am and how far I have come. 

I thought a fun way to commemorate this milestone would be to round up my top-selling items from this past summer, as a kind of time capsule. Although Amazon is no longer apart of LTK, I now also have an Amazon Store Front that has affiliate links built-in for readers to utilize. This feature will still allow me to share my favorite finds with you! All items will be linked under each photo. 

This versatile leopard skirt!

This elegant maxi skirt!

This sassy red dress and these booties!

My favorite statement earrings!

This adorable lemon dress!

My go-to tee!

My new favorite pullover!

My Cheetah Dress!


  

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

The Path of Your Life




Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about the path of my life. Of all of our lives. How we get so discouraged when things don’t go our way or how we want them to. How we can spiral and worry, and become anxious about things that are completely out of our control. 

Love is the first example that comes to mind because unfortunately, everyone has had their heart broken. 

When we think that someone truly cares for us, we trust them. They see us through high's and low's, and then all of a sudden we lose them. They have left without a trace. You can't get out of bed. It’s difficult to focus on anything. You're broken. Often, we sit around and wonder what went wrong. 

What did I do? 

Why did this happen? 

Why am I so unlovable?

How could I think this person loved me?

A breakup can feel life-defining. I know that even now, months after one, I still have found myself feeling unlovable at times. That I am the problem. That I wasn't good enough. And maybe in the path of someone, I'm not. But that doesn't make my path any less important.

But you can apply this to apartment hunting, your career, your college experience. All paved with let downs and dark times that led the way to great opportunities.

We need to trust our path. Sure we should strive for great things, but if something doesn’t happen, we have to remember that something greater than ourselves is paving the way for something better. Something more aligned with what we truly want in the long run that will make us look back with amazement about how bad we wanted something that was so much less or off the path we’re on now. 

You will get through this season of your life, look back and be amazed by your growth and strength, and how you've become a person you proud to be.

Monday, July 22, 2019

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Madness!





If you follow me, chances are you might follow other bloggers. So I apologize in advance if you're sick and tired of this sale! I know a lot of people are covering it. I also know that this is typically later in the game than the other bloggers covering it but I'm sharing because there are still great picks! I'm all for stocking up on high-quality staples that I know will get a lot of wear at this sale! A lot of the hotter-than-hot items have not been restocked - but there are a lot of similar options to those that are still available!

I've broken down my selections into tops, bottoms, and shoes. Some of the items I bought last year and still love and plan to wear this coming fall and winter and that's why I've included them on the list. All items are shoppable by clicking the photo in the collage, the bar beneath the collage below the photo - happy shopping!

Tops







I love stocking up on cozy sweaters, sleek jackets and other tops that I know will be versatile throughout all cold months! This year the sale had a lot of great options that I know will last and complete any outfit. Whether you're heading to brunch, the office, of staying in for a cozy movie night!

Bottoms






Bottoms aren't always something that I've confidently shopped. In fact, up until I started blogging I didn't even feel comfortable in jeans! But shopping this sale and finding good picks for you have helped my confidence grow in this area! (Shh... the Spanx faux leather leggings are on sale at another distributor!)

Shoes








The pieces from this post and sale are dynamic in a lot of understated ways. These items are going to last you a long time and will be able to be mix and matched with other staples in your closet. Which to me, is important. That's why I shop this sale!

If you have any sizing questions - please let me know!  I love being a resource for you and helping you any way I can! If you don't have the budget or desire to shop the sale - that's okay too! There are going to be a lot of sales throughout the next few months that I will cover to help you find what works for you and your budget! Happy shopping!

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Summer Shoes: The Must-Have's, The Passes And The Steal's!




With every season comes the evolving of your wardrobe. The good thing about shoes though is that when you invest in a pair whatever they may be and at whatever price point, chances are they will be in for the next few summers. We're in the thick of summer but there's always more room for shoes in my opinion. 😉

You can click any of the images and they will take you right to more information on the shoe and where to purchase it!

Sandals




The Classics - having your go to's that go with every outfit make the summer easy and breezy. I will say the Miller sandals are 100% worth the price point! I've had my Tory Burch Miller sandals for almost five years and they've held up so well! I've also linked a reliable dupe because I totally get that price point can be an issue!

I also feel like the Birkenstocks are well worth Once your break Birkenstocks in, they're so comfy and their great summer walking shoes. Their rubber Arizona sandal comes in a lot of fun colors, they're easy to wash and they're a more affordable option.



Platforms, platforms, platforms! An easy way to look dressed up without having to worry about your feet! All of these platforms are great for work, a night out on the town or a trip to the beach. They're practical, affordable and all come in love of color options and patterns for every personal style preference. 

Wedges 




Wedges and heels can be difficult. Overall, I try to steer clear of most heels only because well, they kind of stink! But when I find a good pair I hold on tight! Wedges and kitten heels tend to be more of my jam. You can wear them longer and it's less likely you'll crack an ankle. 

No matter what your style is, summer shoes are a must. Nowadays there are so many options, retailers, colors, and designers it can be hard to choose! These three items, no matter what style or color you pick, are crucial. Being able to sift through the offerings and showcase my staples helps you pick yours. Happy shopping!

Thursday, May 16, 2019

My Favorites!



All I can say is that I hope May is the first month this year that it doesn't snow in Chicago! As I settle into my job and new routine, I can't help but feel as though blogging has gone to the wayside. Although this is a hobby and my job does come first, having a creative outlet has really helped me this last year and a half! So much has happened. People, jobs, and opportunities have come and gone but blogging had seemed to stay constant in my life and I want to be more intentional with fitting it more into my regular schedule.

Enough of my sentimental reflection, I know why y'all are here, you're here for the goods. I always want to try new things out so you don't have to, but lately, a lot of what I have been trying is unexpected even for me. I never thought I'd ever care about some of the stuff I am going to share - but boy do I love these May Finds!


I have been loving this moisturizing night time lip mask! Wearing this at night has helped my lipstick stay longer during the day without peeling or smearing! It's super lightweight and makes a huge different!




A timeless style that goes with everything! The quality is impeccable for the price and it comes in many color options from this retailer!


I got a travel size sample of this mask at the Target toiletries sale and I am in love! Super light and fluffy with minimal mess! Leaves your skin light and cleansed.



Mine are being shipped to me as we speak, but they are on sale and I don't want you to miss out! I ordered a size up!

Batiste is my favorite dry shampoo but what makes me love this product more is that it's designed to not dry your scalp out! Fun fact: Batiste has a lower alcohol level which is already better for your hair than most drug store dry shampoos!



This tee is butter soft without being see-through! Work appropriate but also something you can throw on to run to the store! I've worn it to brunch, to travel, to work and it works with every outfit! There are five color options - and I feel like I need all of them!


Now - I know this isn't under $20. But, I can without a doubt say that Tula was a major factor in me clearing up my skin this last year! I used to always buy whatever was cheapest - not worried about expiration dates or ingredients and it only made things worse. All of this separately would be over $200, so this bundle is a steal!



This tote comes in over 15 colors and it perfect for the girl on the go! I think this would be a great work bag or work out bag! The inside is a soft felt - so you don't have to worry about spilling and cleaning is a breeze!


This is my secret weapon for feeling like a million bucks! This mascara takes my lashes to the next level and is easier to take off than most high-end mascaras. 

My Monthly Faves is a new idea I'm trying to showcase my new favorite things all in one place! Rounding up things like this creates an easy resource for you and a fun time capsule for me. Everyone's day looks a little different, but you can't go wrong with treating yourself to any of these items! 



Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Wedding Guest Dresses Under $50




Although I always feel like it's wedding season, I know that I have some upcoming weddings this summer, and I wanted to have a few new dresses and wouldn't break the bank. There are so many good deals out there and these are my top picks under $50!

There are so many locations, events, and parties that go into a wedding and it helps to have a few staples in your closet to mix and match. Any of these would be great dresses to have on call for any wedding or formal event!




You can shop any of these dresses by clicking the dress you prefer above or the link below!

Red off the shoulder dress - click here!
Purple spaghetti strap dress - click here!
Black midi dress - click here!
Red long sleeve dress - click here!
Burgundy strapless dress - click here!
Black jumpsuit - click here!
Black lace dress - click here!
Blue side slit dress - click here!
Cobalt long sleeve dress - click here!
Green flutter sleeve dress - click here!
Red puffy sleeve dress - click here!

These dresses can be dressed up and down for any wedding style! There are so many options out there for every occasion without breaking the bank. 

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

So You Wanna Give Dating Apps a Try?







Whether you've been dabbling for years, just getting back on after a relationship's tragic end, or you're new to the online app game. Well, you're in luck. I have been dabbling, on and off, found something, lost it, came back, forth and every which way. Between my experiences and sharing stories with my friends, I have developed some rules, a handbook if you will, and I am here to pass it along to you.

1. Any selfies especially selfies in cars, no thank you.

2. Thrist traps of any kind, I'm talking pictures with dogs, babies, moms, grandmas, and anything of the like, if to be swiped left.

3. If he owns any of his own cats, avoid him.

4. If he asks you for your Snapchat handle before your phone number, good day to you sir.

5. A piggyback off of rule number 4, if they ask you for your Kik account, you need to change your preferences in settings.

6. If within the first few messages he asks "so, what're you looking for on here?" I can guarantee you he is a loser! Thank U, Next!

7. Any pictures next to jazzed up cars, pick up trucks, etc., swipe left!

8. Pictures with dead animals have just never really done it for me. Proceed as you wish.

9. If he's never watched The Office or Friends, he's not worth it.

10. Shirtless mirror pictures, hahahaha.

11. Gym selfies, pictures in tanks, flexing, quotes about how he loves the gym, just again a personal preference of mine, let's save ourselves the time.

12. Clubbing selfies with his bros, anything resembling Jersey Shore, you're better off without him.

While the first twelve rules are funny and probably no-brainers, what happens when you start to feel something? When you go through all 59930585834 guys on an app and you match with someone you think you might actually like? Maybe eventually even like-like?

13. Making plans.

You've matched, exchanged witty banter, and now exchanged phone numbers. Although having someone to talk to and something to look forward to is fun, please, please, please respect yourself. Do not invest months into something that doesn't enter offline. I usually give about a week or two (depending on the situation) for there to be room and time to organically make plans. However, if the someone you matched with doesn't seem to want to also put forth the effort, it's a bummer but they might not be worth it. It's so crushing to decide but it's a decision you'll be glad you made in the long haul rather than waiting around.

14. Keep an open mind.

It's so hard because sometimes we feel so invested in something that's all online, but try to keep an open mind in my versions of the word. Keep your mind, heart, and options open. I suggest not tying yourself to one person or zoning on one person until you have actually met in real life. Taking your time to weed how who is worth your time is so crucial and you don't want to hyperfocus on someone who is unworthy of your affection.

15. You're easy, you're breezy.

I cannot tell you the number of times I've repeated this out loud and internally. I used to spend hours over analyzing timing, word choice, social media and let me tell you, it didn't help me align with any of the boys I for sure thought I was meant to be with. Trying to keep things light and flowy, especially in the beginning and the first few times meeting, helps you and your date feel more at ease.

16. Your first time meeting is a meet and greet, not a contract.

One time while discussing app datings, a friend made this point to me and it really stuck. Once you've weeded through some guys and you decide to finally meet one in person, this doesn't mean he will be your significant other. You can be a perfect match on paper and have no in-person chemistry and vice versa. Do not put too much pressure on yourself of the situation. Think of it as networking, it's beneficial but doesn't guarantee instant gratification.

17. Be Yourself

No matter what app, where you are, who you are, or where you wanna be, be yourself! It is nothing but a waste of time and energy to pretend to be something you're not. You are wonderful and uniquely created to be you. The right person is out there for you. I am a firm believer in and that. I also stand by the saying: you never know until you try.

Everyone is different and on a different path. But I feel that certain truths are inevitable and all happen to us through our lives. Although a lot of these rules are humorous, they all stem from either a first hand or second-hand story that taught someone I love something important. It was something about themselves.

A huge piece of dating, offline, online, anywhere, is believing in yourself. You spend 24 hours a day with yourself. If you don't love yourself, who will? If you're not an advocate for yourself and what you deserve, who will?

When I truly started to believe in myself and exude confidence and my self-worth, all of the boys I found myself pining over and overanalyzing for so many years feel to the wayside because they weren't right for me. I realized what I deserved and suddenly I didn't find myself putting energy into people who weren't putting effort into me.

That's not to say going forward from that I completely knocked it out of the park. That, I did not. But I began to have real relationships that truly taught me something. They made me a better person and taught me more things I wanted and didn't want out of a relationship. And that's not time wasted.

So wherever you are in the world of romance, remember that at the end of the day, what really matters is whether or not you believe in yourself and what you deserve.


Tuesday, April 9, 2019

The Tools for Loving Yourself



Self-love. Easier said than done, right? There are seem to be so many tips and tricks to achieve this when you look for an answer on the internet. Although the idea of self-love looks different for everyone.

There are so many ways we can drain ourselves of our self-assurance, sometimes we do it without thinking about it or trying. All of a sudden we're down sometimes and we don't know how to feel better. It happens to everyone, just for different reasons at different times.

I feel that a lot of times when I compare myself to others, I get down on myself. I focus on what I don't have compared to a friend, co-worker, or someone on the internet and I forget all the things I have to be thankful for. My family, friends, job, boyfriend, house, bed, everything!

It will not happen overnight, there isn’t a magic sequence of events, but self-love is important!

 For everyone, it looks a little different, but I have found that having a healthy mindset can be grounded in healthy habits. Creating a productive and healthy schedule will help you so much in the long run.

Water 


I can not put enough emphasis on this! Water is the basis of health for everything! Everything in your body down to your cells utilizes water and when you’re hydrated you’re less likely to experience headaches, it helps improve energy levels and brain function. When I give my body the nutrients and tools to be the best it can be, I find that it’s hard to get into a negative space because I’m energized and don’t feel down or tired.

I personally have a reusable water bottle at work with a silicone straw. Having a reusable straw not only helps the environment, but it helps you drink more water because it’s more easily accessible.

 It’s recommended that you consumer 8, eight-ounce glasses of water a day (the 8x8 rule). I definitely consume more than that in a given day but you have to work your body up to consuming a lot of water.

If you’re someone who never drinks water, start out slow and work your way up. A lot of my blogger friends have been posting about water bottles that have the time of day you need to drink that much water by and it seems to be an effective tool in water consumption.


Fitness


Setting aside time to free your mind and get all your nervous energy out is more helpful than you would think. Whether you enjoy a walk on a spring day, sign up for a spin class, or buy a class pack at a yoga studio, you are investing in your longterm mental health.

I find that taking time to unplug and letting out all my pent up energy helps me let go of any anxiety I may feel. Since starting my new job it's been harder to do workouts that seem to be truly challenging. But even walking to and from the train helps the overall impact. When it's nice outside I also try to walk around my office to get some fresh air and get my steps in! Every little thing counts.


Sleep


I still am trying to work on this one myself. It can be hard especially when we feel like we have 83945 things going on, but without sleep, your brain literally cannot function. I avoid all caffeine after 3 pm, utilize my to-do lists throughout the day and time management to make sure I have an ample amount of time to unwind and relax before falling asleep.

I’ve recently been trying out a diffuser and I have a lavender essential oil that I diffuse when I’m starting to wind down and a lavender roller that I use on my temples as well when I’m traveling.

Allowing your body to sleep reduces stress, improves memory, reduces inflammation and helps your body repair itself.

Routine


Incorporating all of these steps is nothing without having a schedule. Trying to maintain an overall routine helps your body stay on schedule and get the most out of your actions. I've found that incorporating each of my mental health behaviors helps me fall into a routine. Utilizing water, fitness, and sleep, help me be my best self and make positive choices.

Self-love comes from a place within. And when you give your body the tools for healthy function, it's easier to appreciate yourself and the power that your body provides.
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