22 THINGS I’VE LEARNED THIS YEAR

One year ago I was turning 21 and living my best life at Hangout Fest in the Gulf Shores of Alabama. *sigh*

While turning 21 was an entire month of non-stop party, 21 was also a year of a lot of learning and growing for me.

So with that being said, I’ve matured a lot these past few years and I wanted to share some of my personal insight on little *rules* or, morals if you will, that I’ve started to follow, that I feel have brought me a long way.

So, let’s get started!

  1. ALWAYS wear SPF. Your future self will thank you.
  2. Also, always wash your face! If you can put your makeup on, you can properly take it off.
  3. Never be afraid to speak up
  4. Not everyone knows what they’re doing; in fact, most people don’t
  5. YOU are allowed to do anything you want to do
  6. Always pack snacks
  7. You never owe anyone an explanation. No matter what.
  8. If you don’t want to be around someone, don’t be around them.
  9. ALWAYS stand up for yourself.
  10. Working out really does put you in a better mood
  11. Eat healthy 80% of the time
  12. The other 20% is meant for milkshakes
  13. Your sister, IS your bestie
  14. When you find a good best friend, treat them right.
  15. SCHOOL ALWAYS COMES FIRST
  16. You’re allowed to cry.
  17. Spend extra time cuddling your puppy
  18. Smile
  19. Dress for yourself.
  20. Listen to good music
  21. You can do anything you set your mind to
  22. Be yourself, because there’s no other you.

Xx

AFFORDABLE FULL FACE EVERYDAY MAKEUP LOOK

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I’m the type of girl who absolutely has to switch up her makeup routine after a few months of wearing the same face over, and over again.

After a while I just get bored of looking, and doing, the same exact makeup look, every… single… day.

So I wanted to update you guys on what my everyday makeup look has been lately!

Ok so first, I like to start out with a little primer all over my face to set inside my pores so that my face looks as smooth as it possibly can when we go to apply our foundation! I’ve tried a LOT of different primers, and I am not even joking I am in LOVE with this Maybelline primer! (And it’s under $10! You cannot beat that.) So I just take a pea sized amount onto my fingers and I apply it straight to my face, rubbing it in with my fingers and then patting my face lightly to really press everything into my face.

Then I will either use my Cover Girl BB Cream in the shade 530 Light/Medium or my Maybelline Fit Me Matte and Poreless foundation in the shade 220! I’ve seriously never found two greater drugstore finds!

I typically will use the BB Cream if I’m feeling lighter makeup or its reeeaally hot Georgia weather and I don’t want my face to feel like it’s melting LOL!

Next I will either take my L.A Girl concealer in the shade Cool Nude, or my Maybelline Fit Me Concealer in the shade 15 Light and do giant triangles under my eyes, an upside down triangle between my eyebrows, a line down my nose, and then an upside down triangle on my chin!

Then grab a wet beauty blender and lightly *dab*, not wipe!! That all in!

Over the top of that I will take my Revolution Banana Powder and pour a little bit into the cap it comes with and take a soft, smaller brush and put the powder over the areas I put on concealer!

Then I take my Anastasia Beverly Hills Medium to Light Contour Palette, (a little hint: you usually can find this at T.J Maxx, it’s where I’ve picked up my last two of these palettes!) and will take a soft angled brush and dab it into the middle color and the third color of the bronzers, tap it off on the side, and then contour my face.

Then I will take a bigger, powder type brush and take my NARS Blush in the color Orgasm and I will smile and put the color only on the apples of my cheeks.

Then grab a fan brush and my Wet n’ Wild highlighter in the shade 321B Precious Petals, get a little on the brush and then spray the brush with powder on it with a little bit of my Mario Badescu spray and apply the highlighter in your high points.

After that I jump into brows and I use an angled brush by Anastasia Beverly Hills and I use the ColourPop Eyebrow Pomade in the color Bangin’ Brunette (because it is legit the same exact thing as the ABH Brow Pomade, just WAY cheaper) and I take a little bit of the product on the brush and then I brush it up against the back of my hand to warm it up and help it smooth out easier over my brows.

Remember: Your eyebrows are sisters, not twins.

Then, lately I’ve been LOVING my Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette, and I literally use whatever colors I’m feeling each day.

I like to switch it up.

Then I will take an angled brush, and using a pitch black eyeshadow, I lightly tap on the powder and tap off the excess on the side of the palette and apply it lightly just above my top lashes to give some dimension.

Then, using my all time favorite mascara, L’Oreal Voluminous in Carbon Black I apply a few coats on the tops and bottoms of my lashes.

I don’t wear lashes every single day, but when I do my go-to lashes are Ardell Wispies!

And WA-LAH! You now have MY full face LOL!

Xx

 

DETOX GREEN SMOOTHIE

Ok, so like I don’t know about you guys but I absolutely CANNOT eat the same thing every. Single. Day.

BORING!

One of my absolute FAVORITE meals is breakfast because I’m the type of person who wakes up legit starving.

I typically stick to a sweeter breakfast because that’s what my body craves (sweet tooth is REAL), so I usually will eat things like oatmeal with cinnamon and almond milk. Or a non-dairy yogurt with granola.

So back story: the other day my bestie Hanna and I went to Tropical Smoothie in Jacksonville, FL and I got the BEST smoothie I’ve ever had.

For real.

So I decided to recreate that smoothie for my breakfasts this week and it is BOMB!

The ingredients are super simple:

-Handful of frozen mango chunks

-Handful of frozen pineapple chunks

-Handful of spinach

-water

-banana

….

That’s it!

I’m telling you this smoothie is GAME changing, so good. And so good for you!

I also started to add things like:

-chia seeds

-ground flax seed

-granola

-almond milk/oat milk (instead of water)

-protein powder

-cashew/almond butter

And you have a healthy, take it to-go breakfast!

So yum!

Xx

SPRING BREAK ESSENTIALS: For the college chick

Are you screaming that it’s ALREADY HERE!!

We’re talking SPRING BREAK BABY!

Where are you going?

My bestie Hanna and I are staying put in Savannah for the St. Patrick’s Day celebrations where my BEAUTIFUL cousin is also heading in town to come party with us, (if you don’t know, now you know about the SAV and their St. Paddy’s celebrations), THEN we are STRAIGHT headed down to Florida to hang on the beach in Tampa, then strutting on over to Orlando for some Universal FUN.

Today I am sharing the essentials that will be with me throughout our entire trip.

SKIN

First, lets start out with our skin, shall we?

If you’ve been following along for a while then you know that one of my absolute skincare staples is the Mario Badescu Rose Aloe Spray. I legit spray that shit on my face, hair, neck, body, literally everywhere because it works WONDERS people.

It’s also like $12 for the biggest size bottle which is insane cheap for the quality of this stuff people. Like, insert Post Malone, Wow.

Next up, SUNSCREEN!!

This is going to be SO vital ladies!! Especially if you really are a college chick reading this because we are in the PRIME to take care of our skin NOW so we don’t hate ourselves later down the line!

SUNSCREEN, SUNSCREEN, SUNSCREEN.

Ok, is it instilled in your head yet??

I’m saying like, ALLLL over. M’kay?

Protect the skin you’re in!

Ok, another super important part of spring break in the heat and sun is staying hydrated ladies!!

You all know how much I PREACH this!! This is so important in keeping your skin, and body healthy! You need to make sure you’re staying hydrated in the hot sun if you’re partying on the beach all day, drinking ANY kind of alcohol, or just walking around being a tourist all day! Water will be my biggest accessory this spring break, that’s for SURE.

Some other skin care essentials that are a MUST for your suitcase are:

  • A cooling aloe face-mask, I recommend the Peter Thomas Roth Cucumber Gel Aloe Mask
  • Sunglasses, the bigger the better to cover more skin
  • A sunhat, or baseball caps, I love these plain colored caps from Amazon, I have them in both white and black.
  • Self tanner, so you can look golden and stunning without the damage of your skin.
  • Anti-bacterial gel, you never know if the beach is going to have bathrooms with working sinks.
  • Bring a re-usable water bottle so that wherever you are you can hydrate!

 

CLOTHES

Alright girlfriends, are you ready for this list?

Ok:

  • Rompers, easy to throw on over a suit if needed, and super comfy.
  • BIKINIS, bring all of them. ALL the bikinis. Because duh.
  • Cut-off shorts, dressy shorts, colorful shorts
  • Tank tops, in all colors
  • Jumpsuits
  • PJ’s, I’m planning on bringing light weight pj’s like a silk pair.
  • A hoodie, I’m bringing my Georgia Southern hoodie because gotta rep where you come from over break!
  • Leggings
  • A cute workout outfit, because runs on the beach are a MUST.
  • A nice dress for going out
  • Sandals
  • Running shoes
  • One pair of versatile heels
  • Simple jewelry that will match multiple outfits
  • Small, crossbody bag

EXTRAS

Some things I am absolutely begging you not to forget are:

A beach towel!! While hotels might offer towels, bringing a cute, HUGE beach towel will be so cute for pictures and ensuring that you don’t touch any sand while you’re getting your tan on.

A WINE OPENER!!

Like, never EVER forget the wine opener! Once again, usually the hotel will provide you with one, but who wants to take that risk?

Headphones, and maybe a book?

For the beach of course.

Bring your school’s flag! 

Because why not rep your school pride on the beach, in the mountains, wherever you plan to go!

SNACKS!

Seriously, when you’re starving from walking all day, or traveling all day, you’ll thank me later.

Bring your camera!

Yes, I know our phones have cameras on them that are just as amazing, but if you have access to do so, bring a real professional camera and your spring break pics will be top notch for SURE.

Welp, that’s all I got for now, and I will update as I go! What’s really important though, is that you have the absolute best time at your spring break spot, and truly live your best life because MIDTERMS ARE OVER BABY!

Xx

BAR ETIQUETTE 101: FROM THE EYES OF A BARTENDER

I still remember, to this day, the very moment I knew I wanted to apply at World of Beer.

I had just moved to Georgia a month before, and it was officially time for me to get a job; because, you know, apparently I can’t just be a stay at home #DogMom. *eyeroll*

So I put my hair in the highest pony, (this was like July in Georgia heat ok?) and my favorite, purple, floral romper and initially had plans to drive to Forever 21 to give them my last résumé. (Trust me, I printed out a TON!)

On my way, I called my sister and as we were talking I suddenly saw WOB.

How will Zach feel about me working in a bar?? I questioned.

With lots of encouragement from my sister, I parked and walked in.

Literally never having a serving job before, and only being 20 years old, I wasn’t sure how this would go…. needless to say I got the job on the spot!

I’ve been at World of Beer for about a year and a half now (I can’t even believe it’s been that LONG!), and you could DEFINITELY say that I understand the service industry a LOT of bit more than I used to!

No filter, raw feelings. I’m going to share what servers/bartenders see on the DAILY.

So hopefully, if you’ve never worked in the service industry before, this will help give you a little aspect on what it’s like!

Let’s start with the basics…

Servers are NOT your own personal servants!

We are HUMAN people! We encounter many people who think it’s funny to dangle how much they tip in our faces at the start of the service and thats just not cool people. I’m just here to do my job. Look at the menu, tell me what you want, I’ll get it to you, BOOM.

One of my coworkers one time had a woman who put a set-amount of dollars on the table and said “for every minute my beer is empty, that’s a dollar off your tip.”

Ok FIRST OF ALL! You’re not our only focus, we have other things to worry about, and that is SO dehumanizing! Don’t be this person.

This leads me to the people who like to try to get you to do things to “up” your tip… (Insert MAJOR eye-roll)

We are busy, most of the time you aren’t our only table, so by you saying that if I stay at the table and joke around with one of your friends, you’re going to up my tip, it’s a HARD no from me.

DON’T be the guy that picks up everyone in the bar’s tabs and then you don’t tip accordingly.

This is just an absolute NO people. If you offer to pick up the tab, you should expect to tip accordingly on your new total, because by you picking up everyone’s tabs, you just gave away the opportunity for us to get an actual tip off of the person who’s tab you paid for.

Tipping…

Now I 100% understand that you are not always going to receive great service everywhere you go, and everyone has their bad days for sure. 

But just please remember that when it comes to tipping, 20% is standard, leave 15% if you really didn’t enjoy your service. A suuuper easy way to figure out how to tip 20% is, say your bill is $20.00 ok? So you take the decimal point and move it one to the left like so $2.000 and then times that number to the left of the decimal point by two. So you would tip $4.00 on a $20.00 tab.

Easy.

You never know what people are going through, or the day they’re having, and in the END, you STILL received a service.

DO NOT DO NOT DO NOT MAKE YOUR SERVER UNCOMFORTABLE!!!!!!!!!!

I do not go to YOUR job and hold your waist as you work. Don’t hold mine while I take your order.

I personally have NO problem telling customers that they need to keep their hands off of me if they want to continue to be served. I’ve actually had men get upset with ME for telling them to keep their hands to themselves.

One guy one time when I asked him to stop touching me when he was ordering literally said to me “Everything I touch turns to gold, so I guess you want to be silver then.”

Excuse me… what?! LOL

Needless to say though they are always cut-off and told to leave shortly after.

Just don’t do it.

Making your server uncomfortable can also include insulting them, belittling them, and asking extremely personal questions. Like, just tell me what beer you want and we can move on.

Don’t patronize your servers tip because of something that was out of their control.

We are literally the messenger. If the kitchen messes something up with your order, or you just simply didn’t like the food, it was too hot/cold in the restaurant, it was too loud in the restaurant…. literally ALL things we have no control over.

One of my coworkers got a note on her receipt one time literally saying “Sorry about the tip but great service, bad fries.”

CAN WE JUST!!!

Why is that her fault that you didn’t like our fries? It’s not.

Please don’t interrupt us while we’re with another table.

Unless it is extremely urgent, the other table will legitimately tell US how rude you’re being. Just don’t do it.

WRITING GREAT SERVICE ON THE BILL BUT TIPPING NOTHING DOES NOT PAY OUR BILLS!

Feel free to let us know when the service you’ve received was great, we LOVE hearing that! But please also remember that we are there to make money, not serve you for free.

It’s not my fault you didn’t bring your ID….

If you do not have your ID on you, legally no matter HOW old you are I CANNOT and will not serve you. Sorry!

Lets flip this convo…

Because there are also GREAT customers and wonderful things that you can do for us that we LOVE.

I absolutely LOVE my regulars.

If you come in often, sit with me often, and simply treat me like a human being, you can expect a great time.

Like honestly basically all that we ask is some basic human interaction PEOPLE!!!

We really don’t ask for much!

Just flip it around and think to yourself, “would this question be appropriate if someone asked ME this while I was in MY work environment?” And then you’ll basically know if you really need to ask your server sexual questions. (It happens!!)

So next time you go out, just remember please: we’re all human, if you’re nice to me I’ll be nice to you, and TIP YOUR SERVERS PEOPLE!!

Xx