Saturday, December 30, 2017

New Year New You....πŸ’ƒπŸΎπŸ’ƒπŸΎπŸ’ƒπŸΎ



This is my favorite time of the year as we near the end!  There is so much power in looking back on the past year! Reviewing your successes and failures and also remembering key lessons we have learned!  On the blog I will go over several tips that you can make creating your New Years Resolutions a success! I have reviewed several of them on instastories but this is the more in depth version that has other useful tips!!

1. Declutter and Clear away distractions 
I recommend this step as it allows you to make space for new things to happen!  It doesn't necessarily mean only cleaning away physical things but also spiritually decluttering and also letting go of people and thoughts that no longer serve you and will allow you to be successful!! Gotta let it go and move on if you want to be successful out the new year!! New Year New You!!

2. Make a physical list of all of your achievements and lessons  from the past year!

This is meant to encourage you to review your past year and mainly for you to realize you have soo much to be thankful for! If you are having a hard time think about you have your health you have a job you have your mind and even the ability and motivation to make a change! Some people don't have that option!! So realize you have a lot to be thankful for!

3. Take 5 minutes out of your day everyday to relax and have prayer or meditation!
This is useful as it encourages self care and also for you to tune into what your higher purpose is! I highly encourage you to try it today and see how much of a difference it makes. I personally like short 5 minute mediation videos on YouTube as it allows me to really relax and understand what I really need and how I am feeling during stressful times! 
I actually use this one (https://youtu.be/wGFog-OuFDM) as it has bells to keep me on track when my attention goes elsewhere! After reviewing research so many successful people use meditation in the morning to stay focused and map out their day! Try it and see!!

4. Create a Vision Board of what you want to achieve for the upcoming year! I recommend a physical board with magazine cutouts but Pinterest will work as well!! *Create a handwritten list of your goals as well* There is so much power in a hand written list of goals!! 
5. Ask yourself what you can do TODAY to reach your goal and do it!! This can be anything that will help you achieve it! Maybe research gym memberships if you want to be more healthy. Maybe this means researching colleges and grad schools for admissions! No matter how small you gotta take that step to achieve your goal!


6. Actively work on incorporating positive habits and thinking to achieve your goals of success!!
If you can change your thinking you can change your life!! 
We all know that friend who is soo negative and no matter what happens she will always find something negative! There could be a rainbow outside and she would say its too bright!! 
In order to be successful there is a need to be proactive and positive!  In regards to your habits it's important as it will allow you to set yourself up with the best foundation for growth and also will curve any counterproductive habits you have that's causing you not to be successful! For example you may be staying up late watching tv and that's what's causing you to gain weight as you eat while you watch tv! But instead if you only watched tv before dinner and found another past time you would end up curbing that bad habit that's causing you not to live a healthy life! 


7. Make sure you check in throughout the year to check in on your progress!             Reward yourself for the hard work you have done to achieve this goal and also don't be discouraged if you aren't doing as good as you thought! One way to encourage growth is to have an accountability partner who wants the best for you and will encourage you along your journey!! Your inner circle is extremely important!
Jim Rohn  says you are the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with! So choose wisely!!
Let me know what y'all think below of the post as I will have a check in post in March to see how the resolutions are going!!


Happy New Year everyone!! πŸ₯‚πŸ₯‚



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Friday, December 29, 2017

#dealsandsteals

#deals and steals after Christmas sale πŸŽ„πŸŽ„





Today I stopped by JcPenney and was completed distracted by all of the deals. and also the fact there is Sephora inside Jcp so I'm not exactly setting myself up for success wth a budget going in there πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

I found  some crazy good deals at the store and had to share them with everyone on my instastories! Be sure to check out my instastories with links provided to shop the looks!!



Also there are other hot retailers having sales you have to check out.  It seems like majority of the sales are on clearance and sale items! Which is a okay with me πŸ‘Œ

Jcp's in store sale was an additional 50% off clearance 
I bought several things like workout gear a cute jacket and 😍😍😍😍 at Sephora with all of those deals

Honorable Mentions below:

Tory Burch is having 30% off on the site with code EXTRA30

Victoria's Secret is having THE Semi Annual Sale, yes that's exactly what's going on online!  
Haha nothing like lining up at 7am to get dibs on good deals lol

Bath and Body Works -  The Semi Annual Sale has been going on for about a week! Did somebody say $10 Candles πŸ’ƒπŸΎπŸ’ƒπŸΎ

Coach has 50% off all sale items
Nike πŸ‘Ÿ  has 25% off sale with WINTER25
Urban Outfitters also has good deals
Macy's -20% off After Christmas Sale with code JOY

Let me know if you know if any other deals below ⬇️⬇️

Coming up soon is a post on New Years Eve outfits and tomorrow is a New Year New You post so stay tuned!

Love ya πŸ’•πŸ’•
Karen BπŸ’‹
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Thursday, December 21, 2017

Showstoppers πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯

Leopard Showstopper Statement PiecesπŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯

Leopard is one on my favorite prints! I feel like nowadays it can be paired as if it is it's own color scheme.  I always pair the leopards print with neutrals, creams, brown and black. As the print alone is classy as well.
As most of the pieces are showstoppers there is an importance on making sure they pop! In order to havr that affect I recommend pairing with more muted or black tones so that all of the print pops πŸ’₯ and it's the center of your wardrobe!

For example a Little Black dress and then hot leopard booties is placing emphasis on the boots! Even doing an all black ensemble with a leopard scarf or leopard jacket makes a great classy statement as well!
Linked below I have several of my fav ShowstoppersπŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯
Let me know below if you have any other tips to show off leopard print!




     
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Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Ways to Give Back thisπŸŽ„πŸŽ„Season

Top 5 ways to give back this Christmas Season πŸŽ„πŸŽ„πŸŽ„πŸŽ„
  1. Donate your time at a local soup kitchen or food bank
Here is a directory of local soup kitchens in Texas(bit.ly/2BHos1F)

  1. Toys for Tots which allows you to give toys to children. It's an annual drive with the Marine Corps Reserve. Majority of the sponsors are local toy stores.
  2. bit.ly/T4tots
  1. Samaritan's Purse Operation Christmas Child. (sampur.se/2CPaQ3U) I actually did this one as a teen. It's where you fill up a shoe box and put little trinkets. The boxes are sent overseas and help needy children! Even though it's just a small box it can make a difference.
  2. Salvation Army bell ringers. They are all over the malls and WalMarts this organization helps the homeless and even children one of the best charities! 
  3. Angel Tree with Salvation Army
I personally find this to be the most fulfilling as I actually used to be one of those angels growing up! As my birthday ad Christmas are only 2 days apart I usually didn't receive many presents during the holiday season when my family was hit hardest financially. I was so blessed to be able to be gifted by so many  giving people when I was younger.

These are just my top 5 ways and there are so many ways to give this season. It just takes one person to make a difference in the life of others!

  1. Make cookies πŸͺ πŸͺfor your local postman, massage therapist, nail salon technician,  hairstylist, children teacher and professor! People you deal with daily that also may have stressful lives!
  2. Pay for someone's coffee or food behind you! ☕️ 
  3. Babysit for a relative  with children! Give them a night off they will appreciate it! πŸ‘Ά 
  4. Call your parents and tell them how much you love them!πŸ’•πŸ™Œ
  5. Hug a loved one a little longer and tell them you appreciate them!!πŸ™ŒπŸ™Œ

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Monday, December 18, 2017

πŸ’„Makeup Monday πŸ’„

Today on the blog I have reviewed the #maybelline SuperStay Full Coverage Foundation.

 I received this complimentary via Influenster and absolutely love it! 😍😍 the color is fantastic and I would say it's pretty great compared to Mac and EstΓ©e Lauder!


I received the package today and had to try it right away. The color is almost spot on and looked great as I always contour first before I put on the foundation and so I was able to brighten up it a shade. As my skin color changes with the seasons I plan on purchasing the shade lighter than the one I purchased. The color that I used was called Mocha! 

This had great full coverage and did not feel heavy or anything and blender perfectly!! 
I highly recommend πŸ™ŒπŸ™Œand think it is as great of quality as EstΓ©e Lauder and Mac which are the two I currently use!!  
This should be coming out soon if not out currently in your area!

I plan on eventually doing product reviews on the blog soon! So stay tuned! 

Let me know in the comments what you think of the review and if you have any questions!
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Friday, December 15, 2017

Fashion Forward Friday

Men's Shopping Guide Tips



Man is it just me or are  men so hard to shop for!! 

I have included a list below of several suggestions for that special man in your life and even your dad or brother! If you saw my story on Instagram you have seen my top 5 Choices and also below are several more suggestions!!

1. Favorite Cologne (make sure you smell it and approve as you will have to smell it and want to love it 😍)(Bit.ly/ysllanuit)
2. Gift card to his favorite Restaurant as he will appreciate the gesture! You're taking him out for dinner πŸ’ƒπŸΎπŸ’ƒπŸΎ(Omaha Steaks has a really good set of steaks for under $75-(bit.ly/omahasteakspk)
3. Sports Souvenirs- Of his favorite team as this is a great idea if he watches sports as a hobby if he is not into sports see if you can purchase tools that he can use practically to do the hobby! (Bit.ly/dezBryantdc)
4. Tickets- Any kind of tickets to a place that he likes to go to for entertainment! (stubhub is great for sports tickets!)
5. Comfortable Shoes he will thank you if he works on his feet all day and even at his desk they will make a difference!
On insta I have a link to a pair of Kenneth Cole boots that are perfect for work for him and also are comfortable!) bit.ly/kcoleboots
   


* One of my best  clues on a good gift for Michael was by looking at his hobbies and spending habits! Also I  plan on using special touches that will make an inexpensive option still special for us!  Good luck to everyone purchasing a gift for your special someone! May the odds be in your favor if not make sure you keep that recipt!! 


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Thursday, December 14, 2017

Midweek Motivation

πŸ’ŽMidweek Motivation πŸ’Ž


This is so powerful and so empowering! We must believe that we are destined for great life and what's more important is that we Believe we are worthy of a big life!! One of my good friends sent this to me as a motivational quote and it's super uplifting during the weekly grind! 

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#powerful

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#positivity #womenempoweringwomen #brightlysoo #scsisterlove #entreprenuers #lawofattraction #grind #success #bloggerlife #bloggerbabes #instaquote #lifestyleblogger #namaste #texasblogger #browngirlblogger #likeforlike  #fashionblogger #quoteoftheday #womenentrepreneurs #lifestyleblogger #model #womenempowerment

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Monday, December 11, 2017

Makeup Beauty Gift Guide


2017 Makeup Christmas Guide with Top Picks from the Year
This is a  well researched list of top products from local bloggers, fashionistas and consumers from all over the U.S. MAjority of the picks are from influenster and are highly rated among the beauty community!

My Top 5 Picks  are:

1. Gucci Makeup Bag is a big splurge but is well worth it as I love floral and would feel totally gorg every time I put on my makeup.
2. I can't live without my Burt's Bees as it keeps my lips soft and smells like peppermint ahhmazing!!
3. The Estee Lauder foundation is a new find for me this year and I love it as I actually contour with a Anastasia dupe kit that is more heavily pigmented for my dark skin called RubyKiss found on Amazon for under $10 its a steal and a must have for my skin color! Love it!
4. Makeup Brushes by Mikasa are a must have as well as you can use my discount code for 25% off (BRIGHTLYSOO25)
5. All of the nail colors are my favorite for a pedicure! I couldnt pick just one!!

Let me know in the comments what you think of the list and if you have any other suggestions!!
So excited for the upcoming week! Alos its crazy beause Christmas is exactly 2 weeks from today!

Stay tuned as a Men's Gift Guide is coming up this week!




        

        
        
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Monday, December 4, 2017

πŸ’„Makeup MondayπŸ’„



Today I am reviewing the OMG face mask! And I must say I love it! There are several steps to doing it correctly and ensuring you get the best results.

First step is I took off all of my makeup with my Garnier micellar water and wipe. On the package it says you can use it with or without makeup.
The next step is the white detox bubble mask and I was at first intimidated by it as it bubbles and I have sensitive skin and was unsure if I would have a reaction. But I love it!
It's pretty cool how fast it bubbles up to!
The next step is to put the peel off mask on your face. I only used half of it and I'll probably save some of it for another time!

Beware it is bright bright pink and also it dried pretty fast and your face tightens lol.
I was not expecting it to be as fast which is great it says it can take 30 minutes to dry but it was faster!

Then remove the PEEL off mask!! I needed help with this and Michael got a thrill like he was riping off my face πŸ˜…πŸ˜…
And then use the serum pad to remove any residue and it smooths out your skin!

I Absolutely love it!
I bought the headband and several masks as they offered a signup discount!! To purchase your own mask this is the link for purchase. http://bit.ly/PinkOmg

Also make sure you don't put the mask on your eyebrows or where there is hair as that will hurt quite a bit! Don't make that mistake!
Let me know in the comments what you think!

Also linked below are some of my favorite beauty essentials and don't forget if you are looking for makeup brushes you can use my discount code BRIGHTLYSOO25 for 25% off from Mikasa Brushes.



Love & Peace,


Karen BπŸ’•πŸ’•


       

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Friday, December 1, 2017

Versatile Fall/Winter Pieces πŸ‚πŸ‚



The key to making these pieces work for the seasonal shift everyday is layering! I have included a list of several layering essentials and favorites of mine!

Patagonia Vest
Great over a long sleeve sweater and also a key essential for workouts. I have this exact one and bought it 3 years ago and is great quality!!

Tunic-Splurge- from Tory Burch! Been crushing on this tunic for awhile as it's great quality and sparkles like no other ✨

πŸ’•LeggingsπŸ’•
*Super versatile* 
Can be worn layered or by themselves and is a great deal!

Suede Moto Jacket
This style is perfect for layering πŸ‘Œ πŸ‘Œ need I say more!!

CozyChic Barefoot Dreams Cardigan comes in 5 colors
Favorite Lux Brand of Cardigans  is by Barefoot Dreams as I love the texture and can be layered when it gets cold!!
Also the classic Barefoot Dreams cardigan comes in grey and cream

B.B. Dakota Jacket
I currently own a brown similar style and it's perfect for a movie night as it keeps me warm but not too hot! On sale at Bloomingdales with code friends

*Bonus Essentials* 
Classic Black Cardigan from Target is only 27.99 and I love the style as it can be formal or casual.

Lightweight Grey Sweater- from Nordstrom 

Another Easy Circle Pink or Grey Sweater option



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