Even if minimalism and a capsule wardrobe isn't for you, there are benefits to adopting the minimalist philosophy when traveling, especially internationally! With warm weather ahead and accrued vacation days to spare, some of us might be packing our bags. Here's my advice on what to bring, and how much, when you go jet off on your next holiday!
Let's get this week started off right! The March giveaway was announced in the Make-Up Crash Course (a series of make-up courses with tips, tricks, and product demos that I taught on Facebook), and the only people eligible to win were the people who actually attended (I did invite everyone and made it public, so no whining about it being unfair. Literally all of my readers were invited to join in).
The prize is a custom set of beauty and skin care products from my sponsors, personalized to YOU. Yes, you actually get a say in what your prize package includes, and a chance to try out new products and brands that you haven't been exposed to yet. And I'll be personally consulting with you over which items will work for your needs to make sure you end up with a box of products that you LOVE and will actually use.
Drum roll, please!
We did it! It's Friday! Which means absolutely nothing to any of us with children, but I think we're all in a good mood anyway even though it really doesn't matter because we still have tons of responsibility and are getting up at 6am regardless. I don't know about you, but I'll definitely FEEL like I have a hangover, even though the most exciting thing I'll be drinking is flavored water and matcha tea (it's a hug in a cup! But a hug that doesn't also expect me to put out when I'm tired *side eye at Andrew and his hugs with ulterior motives*)
Today is another video, and there will be a video EVERY FRIDAY from now on (and some videos on other days that aren't Friday). You can expect at least one video per week from me!
Today I am talking about necklaces and necklines, and how to pair them together. All rules can be broken though, and do what works for you! If you want a little help, this video is short but informative.
Good morning everyone! There will unfortunately be a delay in my post today because I have to take care of a few details regarding my bank account getting hacked (via my debit card).
Apparently someone decided to go on a massive online shopping spree with my debit card, which is just RUDE considering that *I* am not even going on massive online shopping sprees with my debit card (#NoBuy365 and all).
I've got some phone calls to make, and I'll probably be wiping my hard drive in case of malware, so I will be largely off-line today. Good thing I don't need to be online to work or make money! /sarcasm
I refuse to let this ruin my day. Things are going to be just fine! Mostly because banks are required to be insured.
See you later today, or possibly tomorrow!
Hey everyone, I think I got most of my bank card debacle cleared up! Back to our regularly scheduled program!
No one even uses the word "goth" anymore, do they?
This video is all about how I get massive amounts of volume in my hair even though I clearly have no idea how to even do hair (as evidenced by me spraying the stuff onto my face, because I'm awesome like that). It features 3 of my new favorite hair products, and how easy it is to use them.
It has been 34 days since I started my #NoBuy365 challenge, where, in a nutshell (if you don't want to read about it in the original blog post here), I have banned myself from buying any new clothes, purses, shoes, or accessories (with very few exceptions. Obviously I will buy necessities like socks and underwear as needed, and things like if my running shoes are worn out). But if it's *fashion*, I don't get to buy it. I can only spend things like gift cards or store credit. (Makeup, skincare, and hair products are still permissible as those are consumable products).
Why would I do this to myself? Because I have literally $35,000 worth of clothing sitting in my closet. That is how much I've paid for the entirety of my wardrobe (not all at once of course, but over the course of my adult life). It's not meant to be all braggy or anything. That cost is spread out over 10 years, and because I'm crazy and know the amounts I paid for my stuff, my Style Book app adds it all up and I was shocked at what a stupidly high number that is.
That is more than my first "real job" salary, guys.
If someone's entire take-home-pay for a year isn't enough to get me all the fashion I want or need, then clearly I am doing it wrong.
So I'm on a ban. For a 365 days, and I started it on my birthday. I've done month-long challenges in the past, like #NoBuyJuly, so this isn't ENTIRELY new territory for me, but I've never committed for an entire year before.
Well, going on 34 days now, this is the LONGEST I have ever gone without clothes shopping. And honestly, I'm feeling pretty good right now. I mean, I have a little less than 11 months to go still, but right now, I am imagining Marie Kondo herself high-fiving me over boba tea for being so minimal and resourceful.
One of the big reasons I'm doing this, is because I know I am not wearing every single overpriced designer item I have, and the ones I am wearing, I am wearing the same way, over and over again. My goal is to force me out of my rut, to jumpstart some creativity, and figure out some new ways to wear my old favorites, instead of going through the (expensive) cycle of constant upgrading and chasing newness.
So, I'm checking in and staying accountable! I am DOING THIS. If my wallet could "like" this blog post, it would.
Clutch your pearls, ladies, and get your smelling salts ready: PROFANITY AHEAD *gasp*
This is literally the worst face mask I have ever tried.
I received two face masks from Pond's for free in exchange for reviews through Influenster (sign up if you too would like to receive packages full of disappointment), and these masks are soooooooo bad that I don't even want them for free. In fact, I feel ripped off.
...9 times out of 10, it's because I have a cold sore and I am just trying to hide it with lipstick. #truth #fabulouslyuncomfortable #urbancamouflage. Cold sores require something THICK and OPAQUE and a little bit dark to cover them, so red it is. But, there really isn't any way to wear red lips by itself that *I* have figured out. Somehow French women do this all the time, the "bold lip and nothing else" look, but screw them and their messy hair and way-too-tiny lattes; I don't need their perfectly disheveled judgment. I'm going to sit here with my gross American mouth sore and redo my eyeliner 7 times because I've apparently lost my ability to draw in a straight line. (I was an actual ARTIST at one point people. What the hell.)
But yeah. Outfit.
Good riddance to our unusually frigid Seattle February! Also, the giveaway winner is being announced tomorrow! (I am contacting the winner privately first, before publicly announcing)
Today I am going to share TWO outfits, and a make-up look. The outfits are basically polar antonyms of each other. I've got the casual, performance wear, uber practical outfit, and also the "Seriously, Tracy? THAT'S what you're wearing to Costco?" outfit.
Tracy is a sometimes-working software engineer, all-the-time mother and wife, long-distance runner, biracial, shoe-loving, multi-lingual, world traveling, wannabe fashionista who drinks entirely too much coffee. She lives in the Seattle area and enjoys making babies and judging people.
Favorite Brands and Resources
The Real Real
Rent the Runway
Colour Pop (Cosmetics)
Society 6 (art and accessories)
Deck of Scarlet (Make Up)
Ipsy (Make Up)
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