Sunday Sparkle

I learned so many life lessons this week! They started out as challenging experiences, but I’m trying to look at them from a different perspective.

Here we go!

Here we go!

The “don’t let people bring you down” part of this quote was a big one for me. A few jabs were thrown my way this week and I was very surprised because this normally doesn’t happen. So once the shock wore off, a little anger began to creep in. I thought of things I should’ve said or done, and in a moment of pure indulgence, I thought it would’ve felt really good to just do this:

Here’s the thing: I can’t control or change what happened, but I can choose how I react and feel about the situations and people I encounter. There’s really no way I’m going to allow resentment or anger to linger in my life, so I had to get my head straight and work on helping my ego let these issues go. It’s still a work in progress, but I already know that these experiences are going to be some of the greatest teaching moments of my life!

This is true for hanging on to anything negative really—like anger and resentment.

This is true for hanging on to anything negative really—like anger, resentment, or not being willing to forgive someone.

If you’re in a similar situation and want to work on letting stuff go, keep reading! I’ll share my insights (and talk about the kind love I’m giving myself) after the jump! Continue reading

Makeup Tutorial: Taylor Swift in Shake It Off

Have you guys seen Taylor Swift’s new music video, Shake It Off?

I’m a Swiftie all the way and I’m inspired by all-things Taylor from her style to her hair (read about that here). In the video above, I LOVED her beatnik-inspired look that came out at around the 1:44 mark.

I adore the beatnik era and Taylor even more for pulling off the look so perfectly!

So gorgeous! I have to copy this!

If we analyze her look, it seems simple and straightforward enough. But it’s the details that’ll help you pull it off fabulously. Here’s what I did:

Time to play!

Time to play!

Check out the step-by-step makeup action, the products I used, and see if I was able to copy Taylor’s look after the jump! Continue reading