Christmas Colored Nick Nacks in April?

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Some of you may be asking yourselves “why is she blogging about Christmas colored nick nacks in April?” and the answer to that question is I don’t know!

I love Christmas! With a sincere passion, as I am sure that many of you do. I genuinely feel happier and more upbeat come Christmas time than I do during any other time of the year. People are constantly singing, abc family has some of the greatest Christmas movies on, the music is fantastic, and oh yea you get presents! You get to get and give presents! What could be better than that?

I came across all the items featured above in my house and I thought “well why don’t I photograph them because they look so good together!” The bottle is some sort of decoration and has a cool metal handle/flip kind of thing that seals the top. I believe the tin box was originally filled with cookies from last Christmas and now makes the cutest little decoration. Last but not least are my sisters clear, heart-shaped sunglasses. Not sure what the point of heart-shaped clear sunglasses is but they are adorable and look good on everyone.

Just photographing a bunch of Christmas colored items made me significantly happier even though Christmas is 9 months away. Part of me wishes that people were always as happy as they are around Christmas time, but I guess part of the joy of the holiday is that it only comes once a year.

I encourage everyone to feel as happy as they do during Christmas time, everyday. Maybe looking through some of your holiday decorations will inspire you to feel those holiday feelings you get in December. Just because it is months away doesn’t mean you can’t feel the spirit all year round!

I hope you all have a lovely day!

Krystal

The Importance of Jotting Down your Thoughts

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Anyone who has read this blog for like one minute is aware that I have an obsession with jotting down my thoughts and ideas. I always have multiple journals at one time and whenever I have an idea that I think is absolutely brilliant I have to write it down right away. I am not sure why I do this, its kind of something that I have always done since I was little and unlike wetting the bed I thought it was a good character trait that I should maintain throughout adulthood.

At any given time I have a motivational journal, daily planner, journals for the projects that I am working on, (including my blog) and even a diary. It seems like every element of my life is written in some journal on the floor in my room. Clearly I care for them dearly.

Although, I occasionally can not find these journals, like when my sister stole my diary and I had a mental breakdown (that was last week) I take the act of handwritten journal jointing (like the name?) very seriously. I believe that it has genuinely helped me throughout my life organize my thoughts and most importantly not forget all my fabulous ideas. Like an app that allows you to take a picture of an actor and see what movies they have appeared in. However, that could lead to pandemonium and people would become paparazzi and we already have enough of those…I can see Russell Crowe now screaming in the streets saying “I’m the f$%#ing Gladiator, how do you not know that?” So not all my ideas are very good.

Anyways, the real reasons why I believe writing down your thoughts is very important are the same reasons that everyone who has ever written anything believes that they are important. Because you now have created a place to work on and perfect your idea. You have taken the time to create something that you believe in and can later go back and refine until you have shaped it into what you want it to be. Because we have thousands of thoughts everyday and there is no way that we can keep track of all of them and maintain a healthy and happy lifestyle. So we can have something to look back on in our old and lovely age and say “oh my! I was crazy in my twenties!” And because we are all innovative creators with brilliant ideas and thoughts we don’t necessarily want to share with everyone via social media. Clearly, I don’t apply to that one.

All in all this post was written to encourage everyone to write more, especially by hand, that concept is going out the window faster than America’s lustrous feelings for James Franco and its sad. Jot down a doodle or two and you will be happy that you did so later on in life. Also, it may help you see plainly what you value and find important.

I hope you all have a lovely hump day!

Krystal

Rock with the Block: iHome iBN24

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A while ago I purchased an iHome mini boombox from Best Buy and we have been inseparable ever since. Actually not ever since because the speaker for the first one that I purchased actually blew out right when I got home to test it and I ended up having to go back to the store to get a new one. I guess I was just jammin’ too hard…but after Best Buy kindly exchanged by broken one for a perfectly functioning new one, ever since THEN we have been separable.

It is called the iHome iBN24 mini Bluetooth speaker and not only it it portable but it is wireless so you can connect it to the Bluetooth on your phone and rock out with your block out without ever having to use a wire.

I have used this little guy on road trips and just in my room when I am getting ready and he is great (yes it’s a he) because I can still use my phone and walk around the house while the music is playing with no problem. He also gets very good range and is pretty loud for just a little box. I think wireless boombox devices such as this are perfect for a day at the beach so you don’t have to lunge around a giant battery powered speaker. You can just charge one of these right on up and carry it in the palm of your hand!

Happy Friday!

Krystal

My Guest Post on For a Real Woman

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Hey, guys!

I was asked by Jasmine of the blog, For a Real Woman to do a guest post for today and I couldn’t have been more honored to do so!

On the blog For Real Women Jasmine discusses both beauty and creates affordable and wearable outfits for her readers to view. Her posts are also translated into both English and Spanish so that her many readers can hear about her amazing clothing combinations.

If you would like to check out my guest piece about the Beauty of Blogging along with Jasmine’s blog here is the link!

I hope you all have a lovely day,

Krystal

Classic Camel Leather

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With spring in full force and summer quickly approaching I have been revisiting some of the clothing and accessory items in my closet. Recently I came across a lovely camel leather combination perfect for the soon to be desert-like heatwave sure to strike the Northern Hemisphere this summer.

The bag is a cross body from Michael Kors that I received as a gift and have used a lot on causal day outings. It is not made to store a lot of items really, just your wallet, phone, and keys fit perfectly. Great for a music festival!

I bought the single strap sandals from Target a while ago. As soon as I saw them I knew I needed them. They are made by Mossimo and are very sturdy, made from a hard leather material, yet extremely comfortable. The top strap of the sandals is a red, orange, yellow and black Aztec like pattern which has definitely been a hot trend this year and like forever.

I think that camel leather is going to be a big hit come this summer as it has been in the past and I can’t wait to see all the lovely outfit combinations that come from it.

Thoughts on camel leather? And what are your fashion trend predictions for 2014? I would love to hear! 

Hope you have a lovely day,

Krystal

March Favorites

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Hey, everyone! I hope you all had a great weekend!

Since March is coming to an end and tomorrow will be the first day of April (crazy how fast time flies) I decided that today would be the best day for me to share my March favorites with you. I will continue doing a list of my favorite beauty products, songs, clothing, books and so on every month, so make sure you come back at the end of each month to check out that post!

The Body Shop Vanilla Body Mist 
I purchased the Vanilla Body Mist a little while ago from the Body Shop because I am a fan of simple scents and I usually where a body mist along with a perfume everyday. For anyone who was an all over scent that is not too strong but still alluring this is the scent for you. It lasts all day and is not too heavy. It’s also perfect for a day at the beach!

Diorshow Black Out Mascara 
This mascara should actually be featured on my life favorites more than my monthly favorites because I have been using it constantly for years. I got this tube of Diorshow Black Out Mascara using a gift card I got for Christmas. One tube is $26 dollars which is an absurd amount of money for a mascara but Diorshow is actually worth it. It is pitch black and the wand drastically elongated the appearance of your eyelashes along with adding volume with every stroke. I am hooked on this mascara and am yet to encounter a brand that I like more.

The Secret 
The Secret came out in 2006 and was the biggest thing in the world at the time. Everyone was obsessed but I only recently watched it and now realize why everyone was hooked. The Secret is about the Law of Attraction and how positive thoughts and feelings can transform our lives for the better. It features an array of life coaches, financial analysts, and scientists who paint a simple picture of how our thoughts and feelings create the story of our lives. For anyone who is in the process of transforming their life I think this would be a good feature to watch.

blink by Malcolm Gladwell 
I have read blink about one and a half times and refer back to it often throughout my life. It is a book by Malcolm Gladwell that illustrates how the difference between good decision making and bad decision making has less to do with how much information we have about a topic, and more to do with our ability to focus on a few particular details. Gladwell explains using real life examples from everyday people, how we can all become better decision makers.

Nirvana Live at Reading 
I received this DVD from a friend of my mothers probably a year or two ago but I had never watched it for some reason although I have always been a big fan of Nirvana and Kurt Cobain. New photographs and information from Kurt Cobain’s death have been released to the public this month and after reading a few articles and seeing the graphic images I was reminded that I had this DVD and wanted to watch it as a way to keep my pristine and grudgy image of Kurt Cobain alive. The performance took place at the Reading Festival in England in 1992 and the band played their greatest songs including Breed, School, About a Girl, and Lithium. The DVD is available online and if anyone is a fan of Nirvana I recommend you buy it. You will not be disappointed.

What have you guys been listening to, using, and watching this month? Do you have any favorites?

I hope you enjoyed my post!

Happy Monday!

Krystal

Garden Party

Hola, Amigos!

TGIF! I wanted to let you guys know that I started a garden. I was previously a member of the Organic Gardening Association when I was in school so I do have some basic knowledge about how to tend to a garden, and although this garden is not organic (as of now) I plan on growing many beautifully, ripened vegetables in it nonetheless.

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I took an egg carton and added soil from the garden along with beans and pea seeds in each individual area and then watered them. I then divided the garden into high and low areas of soil so that when I plant the sprouted seeds into the ground, their roots will have room to grow.

I will be buying more seeds this weekend but I haven’t decided which vegetables or herbs I would like to plant next so if you have any suggestions please list them in the comments below! And if anyone has any garden tips or tricks I would love to hear them. I need all the help I can get.

I will keep you updated on the progress that my garden makes and hopefully, (in the distant future) I will be able to show you a meal that I have made from vegetables in the garden. Eeek!

Have a lovely weekend!

Krystal