Monday, September 29, 2014

I am Brave, I am Beautiful

I am Brave and Beautiful - a beauty movement that is sweeping the globe. Colbie Caillat started it with her recent song and video called TRY. My blogging friend Megan of Brassy Apple wanted to push this movement along and invited women from all over to share what they looked like without make up and I joined in!! Colbie's song says, "Take your make up off. Let your hair down... Look into the mirror at yourself, Do you like you? Cause I like you... "
Megan and her friend Cobi of Peacefrom6pieces have been the team behind this whole project. Their worldwide vision included creating their own video inspired by the song TRY. The talent of Robbins Creative made it possible for them to pull it off. You have to click play and see the beauty and bravery displayed and you might even recognize a few faces in there.
Me along with 101+ other blogging women from different backgrounds, religions, ethnicities, ages, shapes and sizes have decided to be Brave and Beautiful! You can join in this movement too by sharing what you look like without makeup on. You don't need a blog either! Just tag your photo with #IamBraveAndBeautiful on Instgram and search the hashtag to see who else has joined in. ALSO, if you tag it with a second hashtag - #ColbieTRY we just might be able to get Colbie Caillat's attention since she was the inspiration behind it all!
Are you brave and beautiful? I am, here I go!
When I first heard the song Try by Colbie Caillat I thought she gets it! This women is singing right to my very core. My heart felt joy and my spirit felt lifted. I listened to those lyrics and felt peace. I may have even teared up because this song just spoke to me. I thought of writing a post and then Brassy Apply came up with this amazing campaign. Women across this world were going to unite today, September 29th, and show their faces without make-up. I jumped on board and said heck yes I am in. I have posted one photo of me on this blog during Christmas. Never a photo with no make-up, hair not fixed, looking naturally beautiful.

I do enjoy make up because it enhances the attributes about myself that I love. I love my blue  eyes, and when I wear gold eye shadow they pop. Blonde hair means that mascara shows that I have eyelashes.I love my clear, pale, skin. I like to wear bronzer to fake a tan because I do not let this face get burned. I also love my face with no make-up. Just me.

Today is the day that I will put my face on this blog. I have 2 pictures on here. One is from my sister's wedding. I had my hair and make-up done by professionals. I had a spray tan. I felt glamorous. Do I wish this is how I looked everyday? Sometimes. Can I? No! Does that make me any less beautiful? No!
The other picture was taken in Great Falls National Park in Virginia. I think I look beautiful and happy.

As Colbie says in the song, "Take your makeup off, take a breath. look into the mirror at yourself, don't you like you? Cause I like you...." Any person may struggle with this. How hard is it in this society to like yourself if you don't measure up to what society says is beautiful. I struggled for years and then one day I looked at myself and said enough. I love me. Imperfections and all. I have my days where it is harder, but I remind myself I don't have to try. I can just be in that moment, feel those feelings, and then remind myself, I am worthy of love and beautiful.
share your natrual beauty -
Don't stop here. Get clicking around - its a blog hop! Below are more brave and beautiful women bearing more than their natural beauty. They each have a little bit of their heart to share with you. Some get very personal. Some share stories. For some this was very hard to do yet they gathered their courage and did it anyway. We hope as you click around (and YES pin these different posts!) you will feel the importance of it, the empowering effect it has and that it encourages you in some way.
>>>>>>>Important info! Blog Hops often have glitches the first day. If the link has an ERROR, simply click on the HOME button for each site, or google the blog name next to the link, and you should see their brave and beautiful post there. Links will be updated as soon as possible.<<<<<<<<<<<<
women sharing their natural beauty - no makeup
women with our makeup on and what makes them beautiful
women from around the world share their face with no makeup on -
Mommy bloggers share their face without makeup and what makes then beautiful
Natural beauty untouched photos
raw natural beauty - join the movement
beauty and bravery - women wearing no makeup -
#colbietry #iambraveandbeautiful
Ready in join in?Snap, hashtag and share! Tag @BrassyApple and @Peacefrom6Pieces if you can too!
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Monday, September 22, 2014

Random thoughts

This is going to be the most random post ever.

Today is the first day of Fall. However, here in the South it is still hot! I wish it was truly Fall here. I want sweaters, crisp breezes, pumpkin spiced lattes, and no sweating. I can't even make myself get a PSL at Starbucks because it is too darn hot. I will say I do not miss the snow that I lived with in Virginia, but the beautiful changes of seasons...I do. Oh well...I will have to wait...and hope for Fall weather soon.

Friday was the Kendra Scott party and it was extremely fun! They had Nothing Bundt cakes (a personal fave), champagne, and sweet ladies to assist us! I designed my necklace and enjoyed girl time at the store!

School is frying my brain. I do my stats homework and I swear my brain is sizzling. I have until mid November to drop the class if my grade is not stellar. I am studying daily,ugh! My other class is great! Got an A on my first paper that I have written in 6 years! At least that part of my brain is working. Come on math side, get it together.

LSU lost..big bummer. Saints won!!!! So it is a toss up for me on the football weekend.

Condo is almost ready for me and Sprite to move in!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I will stop rambling now. I have stats to read.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Help me Decide

Anyone who knows me knows that I have a serious handbag obsession. I love purses, clutches, totes, and anything bag related. I have my eyes on a new bag or clutch. I cannot decide. I am going to ask my readers to help me pick the one to buy. First the bags are handmade by Amber Fant of Daylin Skye Designs. Here is the website:

Second I have to talk my budget. Each month I budget my little heart out to save. I am trying to build up my savings after clearing it out for my down payment on my condo. I am knee deep in renovations and my budget for that is almost gone. I also am about to live on my own for the first time since grad school, so I have new bills that I am not used to. With that being stated I gotta shop...right? Yes I do! But I cannot go crazy. So below you will find the two bags I am debating. There is a big price difference between the two, but which ever I choose (with your help) will be factored into my budget for that month.

So here they are. I pinned them from her Pinterest board. These photos are hers! Comment below and help me decide!
Option 1: The Signature Clutch in Ecru
Option 2: The Signature Bag in Ecru

Friday, September 5, 2014

Having a Super, Awesome, Amazing Week!!!!!!

I feel like sometimes Karma comes out of nowhere and showers me for being a good person. Don't mistake this statement for me thinking I am always good or don't make mistakes. I mean that I generally have a loving heart and try to give more than I take. With that disclaimer the last two weeks the universe has given me many things!!!!

Any of my friends who follow me on Instagram know that I am obsessed with all the giveaways. I can't help myself. Some involve tagging your friends. So to all my friends who I have tagged shamelessly, thank you for not blocking me.

Last week a shop that I love, love, love was having a fun little contest on Instagram. Conversations Pieces is one of my favorite finds from my blogging world. Audrey, the shop owner is amazing. I can't wait to make it out to Cali and meet her. Anyway I entered the contest and poof won  a $50.00 dollar credit to her store. How generous!!!!! I caught her Labor Day sale and got two pieces for Fall for the cost of shipping! Sweet! She was even nice enough when I was using my phone to make my purchase and forgot to use my store credit...silly Shannon, to reimburse my charge on my card. Audrey you Rock, I love you (not in a creepy way), and think you are the bees knees. If you want to shop a great store follow this link. It will not be a mistake. I cannot wait for fall to wear my new cozy sweaters!!!

Here I am on cloud nine and then wham. I get an email from the Kendra Scott store in Baton Rouge. My business card was pulled and I won a free color bar piece valued up to $100 and a party for 8 of my Lady Loves to drink champagne, eat cupcakes, and if they want to shop, get 15% off!!!! Whoop Whoop! I cannot wait for the Friday we picked! I have been playing with the color bar app on the site now for two days!!!!

I had a great week aside from all the freebies because I felt good. I was happy. I was loved. I am blessed!!!!!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

First day of School

I swear I almost cried as I walked out of my stats class. I didn't remember what a prime number was. I had to ask. I did ask. I was lost. OMW it has been six years since I have been in school. I called my friend and stated, I don't know if I can do this. She assured me I could and would. My head was spinning with numbers. I wanted to crawl into my bed and forget that I had to make it through two stats classes. Yes two! Oh dear.

My friend in Cali is a stats genius. I left her a voice mail basically stating I don't know if I can do this and I need you to move here now. She could tutor me. Clearly I was going to need one. Oh stats. You got me good Tuesday. My anxiety shot up to a good 7. Haven't had that kind of anxiety in a year. I let my teacher know that I needed a tutor and that I had a severe anxiety disorder. Mind you it is well controlled, but stats was going to test me.

Thursday I have my fun class. The one that involves a lot of reading. The reading is interesting and relevant. It is about college students in the U.S. which is who I work with everyday. I am excited about this class and pretty sure I won't be on the verge of the tears when I leave.

I know that I can make it through Stats. I did it once before. I am just going to have to remind myself of that daily. I can do this!

On a happy note yesterday my blog got 85 views!!!!! How exciting for me. I am curious who it is that is reading this here bloggity blog. If you wouldn't mind commenting and telling me a little about yourself that would be great! Nice to meet you in advance!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Vote Now for your Favorite Scarf Design by fashionABLE

How adorable are these prints? I mean how does one pick? I will include my vote at the end of the post. Remember how I mentioned I love shopping with businesses that make this world a better place? Well here is another shop that does just that. This company is based out of Africa and your purchase creates sustainable business, creates jobs for women, and develops the economy in Africa. They are fighting Poverty one purchase at a time. I mean how can you not love this?

Here is the scarf I voted for designed by Hannah Coulson.

  I think all three are gorgeous. I was just feeling the Blue One, although all three are winners in my book. I encourage you to go vote. Pick your favorite and then if it wins, you can buy it!!!!!!!!!!! The link is below. While you are there vote and read up on this amazing company and their amazing mission!

Monday, August 18, 2014

A Thank You Note from Punjammies!

So not only is the company amazing, but they take the time to send a thank you email to each customer. I was thoroughly pleased to receive this email. I love my Punjammies. I need to get a pic of me looking good in them....bc they are pj's, and I make it my mission to get as comfy, aka looking messy, as soon as I hit my front door. Picture bra off, hair up, and make up free! This is a picture I got from their website and those are the Punjammies I purchased!!!!

Hi there,

This is a thank you note. But not JUST a thank you note. It’s more like that first text after two people met at a party where they didn’t know anyone and ended up chatting and hitting it off because of all the things they have in common.
In other words: We don’t want to come off too strong but we’re SO excited we met and really are dying to hear from you.

Here’s why:
1. Because this is more of a movement than it is a business and movements need people who will speak up. So if you use social media, Follow us on any of the links below and tag, post pics & stay in touch because not only do we listen, but this cause we are so passionate about will only grow by people like you spreading the word. And sign up to receive our emails so you can stay up to date on all things PUNJAMMIES™!
 2. Every single customer matters to us. We always want to be improving and we can’t do that without actual friends like you taking a minute to be honest with us. And while we know, no one LOVES a survey but we did happen to create the world’s shortest survey in hopes of you actually completing it. It’s just 2 questions PLUS you’ll get a discount code at the end, good for your next purchase.

So… Thank you so much for your recent PUNJAMMIES™ purchase. It truly means the world to us and we hope to hear from you really REALLY soon [as in the next 24 hours… or even like the next 10 minutes.. any time really].

Talk soon!
Your PUNJAMMIES™ friends