Sunday, August 24, 2014

Curl Your Hair with Ribbons!

Herro beautiful people!

So I started school and it's already given me lots of studying to do. Here comes the chaos. :D
Luckily, I enjoy anatomy. ^.^ 

Fun fact I recently learned: Our gums are made out of keratin. The more you floss in the crevices between your teeth, the more the strengthen the keratin which protects your gums from abrasion. Sugar and other products like to sink into the sulci (grooves or dips) between our teeth and the reason your gums bleed when flossing is because your gum's keratin is not strong enough to deal with that abrasion. So... more flossing equals more resilient keratin forming on your gums! P.S. I need to floss more.

Moving on, I wanted to share a no heat hair curling tutorial with you guys that I recently posted on Youtube.

It's really easy to do and sleep in so I hope you try it out if you like curling your hair. My curls lasted all day and by the end of the day, I had those lighter beachy waves that I love as well.

I hope you guys enjoy. I'm off to workout, shower, and study for the day to prepare for this week's class. 

For today's inspiration reel from tumblr:

Have a great week everyone~ Sending you good vibes. :)

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Back to School it is...

Hey guys!

I start school tomorrow... technically today since this post will go live tomorrow. I can't believe I'm already at my last semester of prerequisites and applying for grad school. It's so nerve wrecking to think that I have finally reached the defining moment in my life where I can cement my career path with a program. It's been a long journey (and still going) trying to apply for MSOT programs but I will slowly and surely get there.

The hardest part for me was definitely not the rigorous anatomy classes but the self doubt and burnt out feeling you experience inbetween your busy moments throughout the day. My worst critic is myself and before I go to sleep, I can't help but think about what I can do or what I'm not doing enough to make myself a better person tomorrow. It sounds so fluffy and ridiculous but it's true. I mainly think about what I'll be doing the next day to keep myself accountable and busy. It works sometimes and other times, you just know you really need a break.

That's one of the biggest things I took away from 2013-2014 so far. You cannot accomplish anything without giving yourself a break. I thought I could keep running on fuel that I wouldn't have later on and really pushed myself this year academically. I even took a miserable summer class to pace for this application cycle but I really needed to know I deserved to take it easy until fall semester. I tried and even though I probably could have relaxed more, I think I am getting better at letting go or at least easing off my crazy workaholic ways. If any of you guys are a workaholic, just know that your body and brain need rest to do it's best!

I wanted to share some photography I recently edited and watermarked. They are all available to purchase as prints. My friend recently moved into her apartment and started law school. I'm so proud of her but her walls are a little bare so I thought I'd give her some options from my portfolio!

I have SO many photos that I still need to edit but here are some from a botanical garden I went to and one from Ireland's botanical garden as well. :D Flowers are so naturally beautiful. It's amazing if you think about how all those colors just naturally grow on them. :)

I'm going to end today's post with this informative video I found. It shows what your maturing skin looks like and what it looks like with sunblock on. It's crazy. You SHOULD WEAR SUNBLOCK everyday!!

Have a lovely week everyone! :) Make small goals and win every week! 

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Dreamy Dresses: Aviva Dress

Hey everyone!

Aviva Dress is sponsoring today's post and letting me share some of my favorite dresses from their online store. Aviva Dress sells luxury dresses from wedding gowns to formal/prom wear. Disclaimer: I have not purchased from Aviva Dress before. This post will be discussing products that I like and think are aesthetically pleasing! All the gowns that I picked are under $100 everyone. :)

Let's begin!

I wanted to start of with a special occasion dress that would be my personal pick if I had an occasion to wear it. It's simple and refined in my favorite teal/turquoise color. The bottom is made out of tulle which is feminine and fun. The one shoulder and bedazzled belt caught my eye as well.

Tulle Summer Evening Dress
I found a wedding dress in the same style and thought it was lovely as well. It has just enough "fairytale" to it in my opinion. :) The little headpiece with this chiffon dress really comes together nicely.

Chapel Train Chiffon Dress

Moving onto some pretty prom dresses, I gravitated towards this mint one shoulder prom dress. Can you tell I love the asymmetry of one shoulder dresses? The detail on this one is perfect running across from shoulder to waste in a intricate flower-like detail.

One Shoulder Chiffon Prom Dress
For formal occasions, I think I've always been a sucker for long dresses. How about you?
Of course, there are perks to both long and short dresses. I think long prom dresses look more elegant but shorter ones have more flare and flirt. Luckily, Aviva Dress has a wide collection of long and short dresses.

I also really appreciate that Aviva Dress has a gorgeous collection of plus size dresses that are exactly the same as many of their of regular sized dresses. I think every woman should have the option to choose from a range of styles and colors in their own size. :) This coral red really pops and makes me feel happy while the alluring glittery top adds a great ornate detail to the overall look.

That's the end of my little dreamy dress collection from Aviva Dress. Thanks for swinging by and reading. ^.^ Let me know what kind of dress you like and gravitate towards. It says a lot about your personality!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

College 101: The Run Down

Hey everyone!

I realize that I have readers who are all in very different places in their lives. I made a special video for all of you students who may be entering college or in college currently. This video covers my main "I wish I knew" kind of moments with college finances, schedules, and graduating. Of course, it can't cover everything but I gave a good overview.

Yeah... I hope this video helps at least one student out there. haha.

So I hope everyone is doing well. I am wrapping up my short summer and getting ready for fall semester already. I can't believe how fast it arrived but it's my last semester before applying to Masters Programs this fall. I'm thrilled and completely scared to have reached this point in my academic career. It's been a long time coming just taking prerequisites for a year and trying to keep myself motivated in the process.

I'm in my deepest slump with getting my app dates, requirements, etc together. I have made countless Excel sheets that somehow didn't help because OT Programs are constantly changing and updating. It looks like I know at least 2 programs I will be applying to but I'll add onto my list as I go. ^.^ If any of you know any good accredited colleges that offer MSOT programs, be sure to leave a comment!!

In other artsy news, I had a wild bracelet making session the other day and these beauties will be in stock soon! Most of them are made out of glass beads and they are so vibrant!!

I'll leave you on that note for now. I'm going to try to film more content for youtube before I start up school and see some of my friends! Make sure you enter CTN's current group giveaway. Amazing handmade prizes for everyone!

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