2018: Goals & Resolutions

With a new year upon us, I’ve been taking some time to reflect on what 2017 left me with and where I want to go in the coming 12 months.

2017 was a weird year, guys. I ended a 5 year relationship, graduated from University, lived without phone service/internet/basic technology for 4 months, and had my friends group spread out and separate across the country. A lot happened. And even though it didn’t feel right at the time, all this shit led to some positive changes in my life.

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So while I’m still riding this #NewYearNewMe vibe, I’m going to share some of my goals and resolutions for 2018.


Drink More Water

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This is such a lame goal but probably one of the most important I can think of. I’m garbage at remembering to drink enough water– most of my fluids are ingested through cups of tea and the milk at the bottom of my cereal bowl. In 2018 I want to get better about drinking water, even if that means the additional trips to the bathroom each day.


Make Travel and Exploration a Priority

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I’ve been a big home-body for most of my life, and 2017 was the first time I went on a solo adventure. In 2018 I want to do more of that– not necessarily alone, but I definitely want to put myself in more situations that warrant me relying on myself and putting myself out there in the world.


Spend More Time Outside

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My current job pretty much demands that I spend 4 hours a day glued to my laptop, but after spending the summer cut off from technology I was surprised but how much I enjoyed unplugging. I really want to spend more time outside and away from my desk in 2018.


Become a Morning Person

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My days usually don’t start until 9 or so, which means they usually end around 1 in the morning. I really hate that I miss a lot of my favorite morning yoga classes because of my sleep schedule, and that I miss out on family time in the morning– when I was growing up in school I would always wake up early and visit with my parents while we ate breakfast. In 2018 I want to get back to a healthier sleep schedule, especially one that doesn’t involve me blogging until the early hours of the morning.


Embrace Change

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2017 was definitely the year my life fell apart. As a person who hates change, this was especially hard to cope with. One of my proudest moments of the year was realizing that I had the ability to handle whatever life chose to throw at me– and even more, realizing that I kind of thrive in the madness that is an upturned life.

By far my biggest resolution in 2018 is to maintain this attitude towards change, and to use moments of uncertainty and wobbliness to improve myself as a person.

God, Oprah should interview me. She would love all this self-improvement shit.

What do you think, Broke Babes? Love it? Hate it? Want to share your own resolutions?

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Holiday Makeup Hacks: Red Lips

A red lip is to the holiday season as presents are to Christmas morning– it’s not really necessary to enjoy the day, but it sure as hell helps.

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While a red lip is a classic this time of the year, that’s the very reason why it can sometimes be difficult to wear– when everyone is familiar with the look you’re going for, it’s hard to pull it off in a way that’s entirely your own. Here’s are a few of my red lip hacks to help make pulling off a scarlet pout easy as hell!

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In case you guys forgot that I’m hot and therefore know what I’m talking about.

Exfoliate Your Lips

A bold lip is a double edged sword in that it looks great… But it also highlights everything about your lips you don’t like. Namely, if they’re dry.

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Ft. my ex-boyfriend’s toothbrush (don’t ask) and my favorite lip balm by Tokyo Milk.

My number one tip is to make sure you are starting with exfoliated, moisturized lips– which are surprisingly easy to achieve. While brushing your teeth, simply swipe your toothbrush gently over your lips a few times, removing any dead skin and promoting circulation. Finish with a single layer of chapstick.


Mute the Rest of Your Face

While this is a tried and true tip, I stand by it– if you want the attention on your lips, you have the keep the rest of the face soft to truly make an impact.

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*side eye*

I’ll limit myself to neutral colored eyeshadows (usually cream and soft browns to still create depth) and unless I’m going out I skip the liquid eyeliner– with a red lip it’s much more flattering to use a soft kohl liner that’s been smudged out.


BUT– Play Up Your Brows

A red lip does require some support from the rest of your face to keep it from looking clownish– and the best way to do that is to play up your bone structure by emphasizing your brows.

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This look is incredibly subtle but without it there would be almost no dimension to my face. This picture also reinforces my belief that without makeup I look like I’ve been hit and flattened by a truck.

Spend some extra time filling in sparse areas and really focusing on creating full brows– although be sure to still create something that looks natural on your face. If you’re still feeling as if the red lip is wearing you, add a small amount of highlight under the brow, on the inner corner of the eye, and along the tops of your cheek bones to create more structure.


Line Your Lips

Straight up: the biggest mistake you can make is attempting to free ball your lips with a dark lipstick– in my experience there is no quicker way to potentially ruin your entire face.

When going for a bold lip, always take the time to line your lips and fill them in with a nude lip pencil. Not only does this allow you to establish where you’re going to put pigment, evens out any flaws in your lips– a bold lip is going to highlight anything unsymmetrical, so this is your chance to create the lips you always wanted.

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My lips fully lined.

But a word to the wise: Don’t go overboard. This is not the time to create those Kylie Jenner lips you’ve been lusting after. Stick as close to your natural lip line as you can.


Keep it in Place!

After spending years being notorious for leaving a smudge of lipstick wherever I go, 2017 was finally the year I set about keeping my lip colour in place.

After filling in my lips with a nude pencil, I carefully apply my first layer of lipstick, taking the time to really carve out my cupid’s bow and make sure there aren’t any flaws in my lip shape. Then, after giving it a minute or two to set, I lightly dust finishing powder over my lips.

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My Arsenal.

Next, I reapply lipstick in a light layer, making sure my pigment is even. Finally, I’ll finish with a light layer of setting spray.

Another good trick is the use of lip stains. I am a huge believer in their staying power, and if you happen to have one in a similar shade to the lipstick you’re wearing they can be great for keeping everything in place.


The Finger Trick

There’s no kind of anxiety like Oh-God-Do-I-Have-Lipstick-On-My-Teeth anxiety, and once you wear a bold lip you live in constant fear. Are people looking at your mouth because of the lip color? Or is it because you have a big glob of red on your teeth???

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Although there really isn’t a way to completely eliminate the threat, one thing that does help me is The Finger Trick. After applying and setting your lips, put your index finger in your mouth, pucker your lips around it, and pull it out. Any lipstick that was slightly too far on the inside of your lips should come off on your finger.


The Tissue Trick

There is a trick in reapplying lipstick that has been passed down woman to woman for generations: The Tissue Trick.

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If you haven’t heard of this, I’ll tell you right now it’s genius– and the sole reason my lipstick stayed in place on my graduation day. If you’re out in public and have to reapply, start by swiping on a new layer of lipstick. Then, take a tissue, fold it in half, and press your lips down on either side of the edge (basically you are biting a kleenex with your lips.) Then, reapply lipstick again.

I have no idea why this helps lock in colour. Actually, I have no idea why this even helps. But it does. And my mother taught it to me, and I trust her.

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I know you’re reading this Denise! Thank you for the tip! I love you!

What do you think, Broke Babes? Love it? Hate it? Thinking of rocking a red lip this season?

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On Blogmas–

Well guys, I tried. But it’s the same story as every other year: I officially quit Blogmas.

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This is probably the least shocking news of 2017.

You see, every year it’s the same thing– come mid-November, when anyone with half a brain who is actually doing Blogmas is beginning to prep for it, I decide not to do it. “It’s a lot of work,” I remind myself, watching as everyone in the blogging community swaps ideas and begins to stock pile cute new holiday props. “I just don’t have time in December. Work is busy. I’m trying to spend time with people I love. It’s a lot to post every day.”

And then, of course, December rolls around. I see everyone else’s Blogmas posts begin to be posted on the last day of November, and I start seeing the cultivation of all that hard work and dedication forming into some truly beautiful blogging. And I get jealous.

And I trick myself into thinking I can do this.

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The same thing has happened every year that I’ve had a blog, either this one or my many old ones– I half-ass Blogmas. You know the vine of the little kid unwrapping an avacado? I feel like that’s basically what I’ve done to those who follow my blog. And that’s garbage.

Because you know what? I don’t have time to post every day in December– and even more so, I don’t have the creative energy. As much as I love writing I’ll be the first to admit that it actively eats away at my life force to turn out a piece I’m happy with– I have it on the authority of several university professors that they were legitimately concerned for my life while I was handing in papers.

(That may have been the depression. And the anxiety. And the general battle against your own sanity that university required. The point is I almost died and you should feel bad for me!)

See, I love the idea of Blogmas. Fun new posts every day! How cute!

But I also have a secret.

… I don’t really like Christmas that much.

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(It’s just a stressful time of year! Everyone is always upset and fighting! It’s too much pressure on one day! Every year I talk about how I don’t like the holiday season and my Mom and I get into a big fight! Leave me alone!)

So while I can fake it for a few days with gift guides and budget Christmas ideas, the fact of the matter is that I really only get a limited amount of joy from Blogmas before I get tired of it. This year I made it 6 days into December before I got tired of talking about Christmas.

(I should really do Blogmas around Halloween. I could legitimately spend a month and a half on gothic makeup and costume ideas. Someone remind me next year.)

The point is: Blogmas is tough for me. And if you’re out there doing it– more power to you. But I am tired. The winter season is long. It’s a busy time of year. I want to see my friends and family. I don’t turn out my best work when I’m forced to do it every day. I don’t like Christmas.

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I feel like I’ve covered all my bases for quitting here.

… Someone remind me about this post next year when I inevitably end up doing Blogmas again.

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Blogmas Day 5: 5 Pieces of Lingerie on my Naughty List

Personally, I find the holiday season is a great time to stock up on lingerie.

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While most places have sales designed to attract hoards of desperate male shoppers struggling to find a present for their wives or girlfriends, I usually hit up the discounts with the intention of getting myself a new treat– regardless of the fact if I have a special someone to wear it for. For Blogmas Day 5, here are my favorite lingerie looks.


Very Sexy Chantilly Lace Garterslip

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This is probably one of the more covered looks on this list, but there’s just something so sexy about the mesh!


Dream Angels Lace Short

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Okay, how adorable are these little shorts? I’m a sucker for white lace but just imagine how adorable you’d look running around in these?!


Very Sexy Chantilly Lace Babydoll

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I hands down love baby-doll styled lingerie– it’s just so unintentionally sexy, you know? Also love the blush color here as well as the gorgeous satin!


Mercy Corset Black

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Personally I’ve never been ballsy enough to strut around in a corset, but come on– this is beautiful. And will probably unlock some inner sex-goddess inside me that has yet to make an appearance.


Very Sexy Pleated Babydoll

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And finally, another baby doll. Because I am predictable but have great taste.


 What do you think, Broke Babes? Love it? Hate it? Excited to stock up on lingerie?

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Blogmas Day 4: Gift Ideas for the Feminist on Your List

In light of recent news, it’s time we all band together to uplift and reignite the feminist and girl power movements.

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Whether you identify as a woman or an ally, here are some must-buys for all the feminists and nasty women on your Christmas lists. Happy Blogmas, ya’ll.


boohoo Regan Girl Boss Slogan Hoops

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Werk, girl. Let everyone in the club know exactly what kind of girl they’re dealing with.


Be Bold, Brave & Brilliant Art Print

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Girls are amazing– but sometimes we need to be reminded of that fact. Perfect for decorating an office or bedroom.


Feminist Fight Club: An Office Survival Manual for a Sexist Workplace By Jessica Bennett

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“Part manual, part manifesto, Feminist Fight Club is a hilarious guide to navigating subtle sexism at work providing real-life career advice for a new generation of professional women. Named one of the best books of 2016 by the Chicago Tribune, Refinery 29, Forbes, Bust + CEO Reads, Bennett blends personal stories with research and statistics, providing a new vocabulary for sexist workplace archetypes and provides practical hacks for navigating other gender landmines in today’s working world.”

Flamingo Candles Flamingo Glow Getter Rose Velvet & Precious Oud Candle

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Get that glow, crush your goals, and fill your work area with a beautiful scent and cozy vibe while you’re at it.

2018 Fiercely Female 12-Month Wall Calendar

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12 whole months of girl power– which, while I’m thinking of it, sounds like a great start.


Skinnydip Holographic Pencil + Eraser Set

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Writing a test? YASSS QUEEN. Filling out reports? KILLIN’ IT. Fighting for basic human rights? IT’S LIT.


Feminist Sticky Notepad

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The sticky note is white with colored edges so only you will know you’re spreading girl power like wild fire. You know, in case your hastily scribbled messages threaten someone’s masculinity.


Slay Bath Mat

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Think of this as a daily reminder when you are doing that sad post-shower look in the mirror at your naked body. YOU ARE A QUEEN. SLAAAAY.


Feminist Throw Pillow

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We all need a feminist throw pillow. Very useful when smothering the haters and throwing feminism around everywhere.


Too Fat, Too Slutty, Too Loud By Anne Helen Petersen

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“You know the type: the woman who “won’t shut up,” who’s “too brazen,” “too opinionated” – “too much.” She’s the “unruly woman,” and she embodies one of the most provocative and powerful forms of womanhood today. In her book, Petersen uses the lens of “unruliness” to explore the ascension of pop culture powerhouses like Lena Dunham, Nicki Minaj + Kim Kardashian, exploring why the public loves to love (and hate) these controversial figures.”


What do you think, Broke Babes? Love it? Hate it? Want to share your own Feminist Gift Ideas?

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Blogmas Day 3: Holiday Baking

If there’s one thing that announces the arrival of the holidays in my house, it’s the sudden and inexplicable presence of Christmas baking.

During my childhood plates full of ginger snaps, butter tarts, sugar cookies, and chocolate chip cookies would seem to appear almost magically come the start of December. As much as I loved all those seemingly spontaneous appearances of treats, as I’ve gotten older the more I find I enjoy being the one to surprise my family with plates full of goodies.

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In the interest of spreading some holiday cheer, I’d like to share my go-to Christmas cookie recipe. Enjoy this gingersnaps, from my home to yours.


Granny’s Ginger Snaps

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In one bowl, mix together:

3/4 cup butter

1 & 1/4 cup white sugar

1 egg

1/4 cup molasses

Beat until smooth. Mixture should be grainy but without lumps.


In another bowl, combine:

2 cups flour

1 tbsp ground ginger

1 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tasp salt

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Mix together dry ingredients and then combine with wet. Mix until all flour has been absorbed and mixture resembles brown playdough.

To finish, fill a small bowl with 1/4 cup sugar. Shape dough into one inch balls and roll in sugar to coat. Place in 3×4 rows on greased baking tray. Optional: squish down with floured glass. Bake for 11-13 minutes and set aside to cool.

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Makes: 2 dozen cookies.

What do you think, Broke Babes? Love it? Hate it? Want to share your own recipe?

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Blogmas Day 2: What’s on My Budget Unfriendly Holiday Wishlist

I’m a simple girl, with mostly simple desires– as a broke blogger I generally don’t ask for anything really crazy for Christmas.

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But every so often my family gets tired of being handed the same old holiday wishlist that usually consists of socks, new pajamas, and maybe a cozy sweater or two (although let’s get real– if you’ve been peeking at my instagram lately you’ll know I have more than enough of those.)

So to kick off day 2 of Blogmas here’s a special wishlist that I’m sure my mother will enjoy reading: all the ridiculously expensive and never-going-to-happen stuff I secretly want for this holiday season.


10) Nicole Miller Boatneck Sequin Gown, $465

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Affiliate links are present– click to shop!

That’s right, Mom. You wanted something different? You wanted something extra? This is about as far out as I can get.

To be entirely real, I do think this is completely fabulous. I look forward to wearing it in the year 2025, when we appoint the first openly gay Pope and he invites me out for Beyonce karaoke.


9) Kate Spade New York – 34mm Park Row Watch , $225

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This watch would honestly be a dream to have wrapped around my wrist. And at $225 it is probably possible that one day I’ll have it. If any of you are rich and are willing to toss $225 my way, let a girl know.


8) LC Collection Diamond 18k Gold Ring, $36, 295

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It’s just a humble ring, mother. So what if I can’t lift my hand? So what if it costs more than my English degree? It’s a small price to pay for self-esteem.


7) Michael Kors Floral-Embroidered Stretch Pebble-Crepe Dinner Jacket, $4,995

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The year is 2027. My husband, Reginald Jenkins the 5th, has mysteriously fallen to his death down a flight of stairs in our country mansion. As his childless window I stand to inherit over 30 billion dollars. I enter the church wearing this outfit and diamond encrusted sunglasses. Photographers take my picture as I place a hand on his casket, a lone tear straying down my cheek. My bestie, the gay Pope, snaps a candid and posts it to my instagram. Somewhere in the distance an acoustic version of Beyonce’s “Crazy in Love” plays.


6) Marc Jacobs Fragrances Daisy Eau de Parfum, $90

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(Okay but Mom, if you’re reading this– I really love Daisy and I need another bottle. It can be the little one. Thank you! I love you!)


5) Marc Jacobs Big Shot Saffiano Leather Tote Bag, $450

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Marc Jacobs, why you gotta be so pretty? I’m absolutely obsessed with red accessories regardless of the time of year. Red is a classic! I will fight you about this.


4)  Taryn Winters Kharis Bespoke Demi Bra, $230

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I want to one day be so rich that I can buy underwear that really does nothing for my body other than look beautiful as a hulking man rips it off.

(Sorry Mom. Please don’t buy me this. It’ll be weird.)


 

3) bkr Rose Gold Tutu Bottle, 16 oz, $185

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Diamonds? At the gym? I changed my mind, this is too extra.


2) Urban Outfitters Lips Mirror, $89

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I mean, I love the concept of this mirror. Rose gold? Lip-shaped? We all know those are two of my favourite things. But looking at it now I can only think about how inconvenient it would be to take a selfie in– and we all know how important selfies are to me.


 1)  Saint Laurent Black Crystal Niki Over-the-Knee Boots, $9,995

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I just… I don’t even know why I want them. They’re beautiful, but I have no clue what I would do with them. Take instagram photos? Put in a display case? Auction them off and donate the money to prevent world hunger? Who knows.

What do you think, Broke Babes? Love it? Hate it? Want to let me know?

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