Moving from Chicago to Savannah has been a huge change for me and to be honest, it was really hard at first and still is hard, some days. I had to pick my entire life up and move hundreds and hundreds of miles away from everything that is familiar to me. It truly is a huge, scary life change and I know that so many people relate to it. Everyday I see posts of people moving away from their hometowns, their friends, and their families and I see how hard it is for them. When you do finally make the jump to move, there are so many things on your to do list and sometimes the place you are moving to gets put in last place, but it really should be put be a high priority because when it comes down to it, when you are done with your huge to do list, all you really have left is the place that you are now calling ‘home.’ When you do not put the energy into making your house (condo, or apartment) feel like a home, it makes the transition even harder than it would have been in the first place, so I highly recommend focusing some on that. Since I have just been through that process, I have a few tips to help all of you that are moving out. Check them out:
- Bring your memories with you
Bringing memories with is the best way to hold those dear to you close to your heart, literally. Frame pictures and scatter them throughout your home, make a scrapbook full of your favorite game tickets and other memories with your friends and family, and of course, bring the things that are special to you like family heirlooms, or your baby blanket. Whatever is important to you, bring it with you!
- Incorporate your favorite colors
Choose a paint color and get to work! A new paint job is an easy fix to make your house feel more like ‘you.’ The bonus to a new paint job is that it also makes your home feel cleaner, which is also a win! Remember, though. You do not have to do it all at once. Focus on the most important areas – the living room, the kitchen, your bedroom. Wherever you will spend the most time and tackle those areas first. Then, you can focus on the other rooms once you have time. Adding your favorite colors into your home will definitely make it feel more like yours.
- Buy something new that you love
I don’t know about you, but buying something new (for yourself or for your home) is a great distraction. Adding a new couch will get you more excited about your living space. Buying a new bed will make you happier about sleeping in your new room. When I got my new car, it really took some pressure off of moving to Georgia because I knew I could drive back to Chicago whenever I wanted to. Find something that excited you and buy it for yourself!
- Make sure that it is comfortable
One important thing about a new home is that you don’t know what it is going to be like in different seasons. If you are moving to the south like I did, you have to think about the fact that your home might get hot and muggy in the summer months. Don’t worry, though. There is an easy fix to this problem if you have it! If you have heard of Window Tinting before then you know about how great it is for safety, excessive heat and cold, glare, fading, and more. If you haven’t heard about window tinting, or window films, let me tell you more. UHS Window Tinting and Blinds provides the Metro Atlanta area with premier residential and commercial window tinting and window treatments company. I am used to the cold, but I know Atlantans have ‘thin blood,’ ha, so if you are in that category, you may want to look into adding window films because it insulates your windows, so it is like upgrading from single-pane to double-pane. This also helps in the summer months when it is extremely hot. 3M™ Window Films reject the sun’s heat while preserving your view, complement and protect your decorative curtains and blinds, and increase the comfort of your home. They definitely sound like a good deal to me! UHS Window Tinting and Blinds has been serving the area since 2003 and offers the highest-quality craftsmanship out there, so if you are suffering from excessive heat or cold, definitely check them out!
- Spend time focusing on yourself
I know this doesn’t fall under the home improvement category, but this is important – focus on yourself! Making a home takes a lot of energy and time and if you forget to take care of yourself, you could end up getting sick. Make sure you save time for some self-care like eating healthy, getting exercise, and even doing things to help make yourself happier like taking baths, getting your hair and nails done, or having a spa day!
When my boyfriend and I first began dating, we were a long distance couple for about nine months while Zach was deployed in the Army. When he came home, we were able to begin our “honeymoon” phase of being together 24/7 and loving having each other around all of the time.
To this day, Zach and I continue to make everyday feel like it is Valentine’s Day with the amount of love and support we bring each other. Leaving little “Good morning, beautiful” notes on the counter for me to wake up to, and even something such as cleaning the entire house before he gets home from work to have a relaxing home to come home to. Zach works so hard everyday to support me and our home, so shopping for him is always a no brainer; he deserves the best!
With the real Valentine’s Day being right around the corner, I just couldn’t resist giving him his present early! Anyone who knows someone in the Army knows how important it is for them to be punctual. Due to this, Zach is always wearing a watch around his wrist; so after doing some research, I discovered the best men’s watch!
What attracted my attention to this unique watch was the masculine appeal it gives off with its wooden features! The entire watch is made out of sleek, dark wood that is wearable for either every day outfits, or dressing up for a night out! The wood watch also has double clasps that open up wide enough for hands to easily slide through, and then close the clasps for a perfect fit on the wrists.
You can shop the exact watch by clicking here: Zach’s Watch
Or you can browse through tons of other amazing, sleek wood watches by clicking this link here: JORD Watches
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Everyone deserves to feel loved on Valentine’s Day, so why not show your loved one just how special they really are?
Three hundred and Sixty Five Days.
Each one of those days in a year is an opportunity to start something new, better yourself, and create a healthier you. 2017 brought many amazing things into my life, so I am taking the time today to recap for you the greatest memories that this past year has brought to me.
This year has made me feel like one of the luckiest girls alive. So many blessings were sent my way, with one of the best being my boyfriend, Zach, coming home from his nine month deployment. Zach surprised me, at work, an entire month earlier than anticipated. This also allowed him to be home for my 20th birthday, and spend my first time on an airplane together; as my birthday present was a trip to the Florida Keys.
During the month of May, I also was able to participate on the Steve Harvey show and ask him a question regarding my “coffee addiction.” (LOL)
As if life couldn’t get any better, it did. I was given an amazing opportunity to become the owner of a brand new, 2017 Chevy Cruze in the color white. This moment was so surreal, I just wanted to entire world to feel the love I was feeling.
While receiving my new car was an extreme blessing to me, it was also a major blessing in disguise when I decided to pick up, and move down to Savannah, GA so that Zach and I didn’t have to be in a long distance relationship anymore. While the move itself was difficult at first being so far away from all of my best friends, and family, I am living with the love of my life and my new car allows us to drive safely back and forth to Chicago from Savannah whenever we have an available weekend.
After being in Savannah for just a few months I was able to find friends, an amazing part time job, and a University. 2017 brought an insane amount of amazing opportunities and new blessings into my life that I cannot be more thrilled to see what 2018 has in store for me.
Wishing many blessings, and lots of love in your 2018 Xx
Yesterday I was lucky enough to receive my first COVERGIRL Holiday VoxBox from Influenster, and I was absolutely astounded by the products that were sent to me! When I first opened the box, I found three beautiful products shining up at me.
The first product that I picked up out of the box was the COVERGIRL Melting Pout Metallics Liquid Lipstick. Mine came in the color 24 Carat, which is a bronze, deep golden color that has a slight metallic hue to its undertones, making it a perfect New Years Eve color! The applicator is a plush-like tip with soft bristles making application super soft.
“High-impact, super rich color, in an intensely pigmented creamy gel formula for flexible wear; never stiff, sticky or tacky.” – Covergirl.com
You can purchase this rich formula for yourself, here!
Up next in the box, I picked up the COVERGIRL TruNaked Smoky Kit Palette. The first thing that caught my eye about this palette was how similar the colors look to the Naked Smoky Palette. After testing out the different colors, I was shocked at how pigmented the colors were! Such a great dupe! This palette follows along with the Holiday sparkle theme with every color containing some sparkle in it. This palette is perfect for travel with its small size, and is also super affordable! You can get your hands on this palette here!
Finally, the final piece that was in the box was the COVERGIRL Lid Lock Up primer. I am a freak about primers so this was a God-sent gift to me! This primer promises to give you “all-day, crease-proof shadow security” -Covergirl.com, and is a quick drying formula that dries clear for a smooth application process. This primer also pairs perfectly with the TruNaked Smoky Palette that also came in the box! You can pick up this primer, here!
Similar to cold shoulder, turtleneck knit sweater: here
Similar to my Forever 21 New Years Eve metallic crop: here
Basic Pink ribbed long sleeve: here
These are mostly similar due to the fact that most of these items were bought during last years season, however I want you to use this video as a guide to my style and basics of what Lipstick N Lattes is made of! Thank you to everyone who watched my video and if you haven’t yet you can view It here!
Welcome To Lipsticknlattes!
If you are new to my blog, then you should know one thing: as much as I love wearing a cake-face of makeup, skincare is KEY ladies and gents! When I recently ran out of my Vivier Lexxel moisturizer that I have been using for about a year now, and went through maybe four containers of(?) *well worth it!!* I decided that my skin needed a change. For whatever reason my skin was looking dull, and I felt that I had a tiny bit of redness coming back onto my face; which is something that Lexxel had cured in the past. Needed something fresh and new, I decided why not stick with a brand name that ends the same way as Vivier, so I chose Glossier.
After doing some research, I chose to go with the Priming Moisturizer Rich moisturizer! I ordered this in the midst of all of the Black Friday, Cyber Monday holiday shoppers and I still received this product within a week of ordering it! *Great customer service!* That night that I received it I took it out of the packaging, (Which is super cute!) I washed my face, used my eye cream, and then the next step was to apply this brand new moisturizer! At first glance, this is a thick cream that applies smooth, and even. It thins out as you spread it along your face, and you realize that a little bit can actually go a long way! The scent of this is almost like a eucalyptus, lavender scent that is perfect and calming for right before bed. (The scent is boyfriend approved too!) The website states that it is made with Lavender Oil for “skin-calming properties.”
This moisturizer states that it is created with an “Anti-Redness Complex and Oxygenating Agent” which is one of the key reasons I purchased this moisturizer, and after a week of usage so far I can say that my redness has gone down, my skin looks plump and moisturized, and my face is glowing. (Don’t forget your neck too!) This formula states that it is a non-greasy formula, however I do disagree and feel that your face and hands feel slightly greasy after applying, however this is something that I like because my skin feels hydrated and coated with moisturizer, rather than feeling still dry after applying. Overall, I give this moisturizer a 10/10 performance for living up to its anti-redness complex, and for extremely moisturizing my skin.
My outfit of the night was perfect for a seminar that Zach and I attended that was about real estate and investing! Super cozy too for this December rain!
This scarf is absolutely amazing and SO cozy!! I always get compliments on It and everyone thinks it’s a sweater! I cannot find this scarf online because I bought this about two years ago in store, however I’m linking some similar ones here, here, and here!
You can find my jeans: here
My top: here
Shoes are sold out, however you can find similar ones in my post Shoes Of The Day!
Belt can be found: here
Not pictured are my gold teardrop hoop earrings which can be found here