1.13.2015

Response: “Don’t Make Pain An Addiction: Why You Need To Believe You Deserve Better”

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As a “twenty-something”, I am sure when it comes to dating and relationships we’ve had a lot of “ shoulda coulda woulda” situations. We’ve all had those moments when all we want to do is lay down, cry, call a close friend while watching trashy television and downing a good ol’ pint of Talenti Ice Cream (btw I love that stuff haha!). This moment happens again….and again….and again.

 

If you’ve been following my blog, you would know that one of my favorite blogs to read is Elite Daily- The Voice of Generation Y. I enjoy reading articles written by individuals that I can relate to, especially when the article speaks to me. The latest article that I read that sparked me to write a response was “Don’t Make Pain An Addiction: Why You Need To Believe You Deserve Better” by Akina Chargualaf. This article states interesting points that we (as women) should know!

 

(1)“My faith in myself completely diminishes during those free-falling moments. I never expect to fall for someone, but then again, I don’t plan for him to completely cut me out of his life, either. No explanation. Done. I’m sure it’s happened to all of us. Maybe once, possibly twice and for myself, a third time.”

(2)”We love the good, but we’re obsessed with loving the bad. Sometimes, the bad is what makes us stay, no matter how much it hurts us in the long run. We’re just being humans who live to love and be loved in return.”

When you first start dating someone, you have faith that the person will be a good person. After all, we all have standards (at least I hope we all do) that also plays a part in who we decide to date. You would think that the person you choose is an overall good person, right? However, once that person betrays us and/or hurts us, it’s hard to walk away. You have so much potential in that person. I never understand as a women (who make mistakes like this as well), why do we take so much from someone who is clearly showing us their true colors? I believe that we all love the potential of the person more than who that individual really is. We know we deserve better! I am a true believer that once you start loving yourself, you also start knowing your worth. You deserve better! We as women should start taking a stand and not tolerate anything less than our standards!

(3)”You are the one pulling your own hand through the darkness. You always have been. Have the strength to walk away when something no longer urges you to grow. Have the courage to love again because you deserve love and happiness as much as the person sitting next to you.”

1.12.2015

REFLECTING ON 2014 I MY 2015 VISION BOARD!

Hi Loves!! Today will be no makeup tutorial/hair tutorial, but i wanted to do something a bit different. Let’s talk about goals and dreams! I decided that I wanted to do a vision board about my goals for 2015. The purpose of vision boards is to manifest what you want to achieve. They are a great way of looking your dreams and goals in the eye and saying “I AM GOING TO GET THIS!” or it can simply serve as being a bold reminder to achieve something. I decided to create a short video style vision board for you all! I hope you enjoy. If you decide to make one, please share on Twitter (@TheFashionCraze) or Instagram (@TheFashionCrazexo) and be sure tag me!

What are your 2015 goals? Let me know down below!

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1.12.2015

You Should Meal Prep & Here’s Why!

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Meal Prepping 

Does most of your money go to food weekly? Well, I know that most of my money goes to food!
One day I decided to actually check my bank activity to see where my money was going and believe it or not, most of my money went to food! After adding up every line, I felt so embarrassed ( haha lol!). You may think a small $9.00 meal and a $2.50 small fries (yes, Mcdonalds fries are more than a dolla now…THE NERVE!) from m isn’t a big deal at that moment, but it all adds up. To save money I actually decided to come up with a plan to eat while keeping money in my pocket! Maybe not keeping it in my pocket…but at least spending it in the most efficient way! 
MEAL PREP!
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This week I decided to meal prep 3 different meals spread out in three different ways: (1)Parmesan Cous Cous , broccoli/cauliflower, grilled chicken, (2) Parmesan Cous Cous , broccoli/cauliflower, grilled chicken (1)Parmesan Cous Cous , broccoli/cauliflower ground turkey meat balls and lastly (3)  Parmesan Cous Cous , broccoli/cauliflower and sweet potato. After making these dishes I packed them in Glad Entree to-go plastic containers to literally grab and go. I also had left over just in case I didn’t want to make dinner throughout the week. Being that I work in the city and lunch cost  A MILLION DOLLARS (…well it feels like it) , it save me so much money and time when I meal prep! Just wanted to share!
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1.3.2015

GRWM NEW YEARS MAKEUP |1 LOOK & 3 LIP OPTIONS !

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Happy New Year!

Hope you guys had a very happy, safe and BLESSED one! This New Years makeup look is fairly easy and wearable. Basically, I did a gold smoky eye and paired it with three different lipsticks (products listed below). Like I stated before, this New Years makeup look can look good on numerous skin tones. In advance, I apologize for the sucky lighting in the beginning. It improves as the video goes on :). Enjoy my New Years makeup look!


*PRODUCT LIST*

-EYE-

-Transition Color- I used a basic matte orange shadow. I purchased it at IMATS, but it doesn’t have a brand on it.

-Black matte eye shadow from my Lorac Pro 2 Palette

-MAC loose pigment eyeshadow- Shade: Tan

-Lashes: Ardell Demi Whispies

-FACE-

-Primer: Maybelline Baby Skin Primer

-Foundation: Clinique Oil Free Makeup Foundation (Shade: Clove)

-Nars Creamy Radiant Concealor (Shade: Amande)

-Ben Nye Banana Powder (Set my concealor)

-Cover Girl Bronzer (Shade: Ebony)

-Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector (Highlight-Shade: Topaz)

-LIPS-

-Bare Minerals Finish First

-MAC’s RIRI WOO

-MAC’s Flat Out Fabulous

My New Years Goals:

-Smile More

-Become a certified makeup artist to do freelance bridal/special occasion work

-Volunteer / Become a Mentor
-Continue to build my relationship w/ god

What’s yours :)?

1.3.2015

I MOVED!- MY FIRST APARTMENT

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Hi Loves!

So some of you may know if you follow my Youtube Channel, but I MOVED! I moved almost a month ago to my very first apartment. It was a challenge to get everything together, but I am so happy to say that I am settled into my place!  Searching for my very first apartment was super hard and it took time. In due time, I was able to fall in love with a small place not to far from the city! Moving into your first apartment is such  big step! No more home cooked meals, support from family (unless needed) and no more depending on people to get things done! However, I do enjoy being independent and working hard to support myself. I decided to do a vlog to share the experience with you all! I hope you enjoy!

12.18.2014

#1-My Top 5 Trader Joes Food Items!

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So if you’ve been following my YouTube Channel or my latest (and very first haha) vlog you might know that I moved into my very first apartment! Now I am not going to get into the stress, but instead, I would like to talk about something a little bit better….FOOD!

Trader Joes was always one of my favorite supermarkets because simply it’s affordable (duh) and  some of my favorite foods from there can cook within 20 minute with very little effort! Ever since I moved into my apartment, I have been frequently visiting Trader Joes. Let me remind you that I’ve only been living here for about two weeks. Food goes so fast you guys! I now have some Trader Joes products that I pick up on the regular and of course I had to share with you guys!

My Trader Joes Favs!

-Herb Turkey Breast (Brand: Columbus)-  So I am sure we all grew up on Turkey Sandwiches! I also remember that not all Turkey Breast had flavor. Some that I’ve tried was extremely dry (literally stuck to the top of my mouth lol), too sweet and unseasoned. This turkey breast right here is the best! It is extremely seasoned and it also taste good with provolone cheese (my fav)! It retails for only $4.99. It makes about 4 sandwiches, depending on how much meat you like.

-Oven Ready Breaded Cod Fillets (Brand: Trader Joes)- This has been my absolute favorite thing to eat for dinner with salad! This fish taste like authentic fish and chips! All I have to do is turn my oven on 400 and basically let 2 pieces (or more haha) cook for 20 minutes and all done!

-Butter Chicken w/ Basmati Rice (Brand:Trader Joes- Indian Cuisine Dishes)- I enjoy Indian food a lot and compared to authentic Indian food, this frozen meal hits it on the head for me. I get to enjoy indian food for less money in the comfort of my own home. The spices are literally perfect.

-Vanilla Bean Nonfat Greek Yogurt (Brand: Trader Joes)- You know when you go to a store and pick up one  of something just incase you don’t like it? That’s what I did, but I ended up loving this yogurt! This yogurt wasn’t too sweet and to tell you the truth, it didn’t taste like vanilla bean at all. It taste like an original flavor/light vanilla flavored yogurt. I also mixed in some granola (which will be in my next weekly favorites!)

-Trader Joes Sliced Fresh Mango (Brand: Trader Joes)- What else can I say about mangos… I love them!!! Just like the title says, these are fresh and not too sweet!

11.28.2014

DANCING…GRUNGY OOTD/SMOKEY EYE/ OMBRE LIPS!

Hope everyone had a fantabulous (fantastic + fabulous lol) Thanksgiving filled with family and friends! I know I did. Besides my family and friends, I have so much to be thankful for! All glory to god and hard work! Let me know how your Thanksgiving was! Anyways, I wanted to film a video for this grungy makeup look and of course I had to feature Beyonce’s new song 7/11!  I love dark eye makeup. Dark eye makeup is a way to bring out your inner fierce-ness and it is quite sexy! I also did purple ombre lips to add in a bit of color! Hope you guys enjoy this!

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*EYES*
-TRANSITION SHADOW- USED A NO NAME ORANGE MATTE SHADOW (PURCHASED FROM IMATS)
-MATTE BLACK EYESHADOW & BLACK GLITTER SHADOW (SEPHORA)
-LASHES (ARDELL 120 DEMI)

*LIPS*
-MAC’S NIGHTMOTH LIP PENCIL
-NYX SOFT MATTE LIP CREME -SAN PAULO

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10.26.2014

My Basic Skin Routine For OILY SKIN/How to Build A Skin Regimen!

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Hi Loves! I am here with a beauty post about #naturalbeauty  I feel that individuals (including myself) are more into makeup due to all the wonderful YouTubers/Beauty Gurus, however I wanted to bring it back to protecting your canvas (a.k.a your face under the makeup). #PROTECTYOURCANVAS!  What is your skin routine? You should have some type of skin routine to cleanse, exfoliate and moisturize your skin to keep your skin looking healthy! My skin routine is fairly simple and I decided to share it with you guys! I hope you enjoy this video as much as I enjoy filming it!

10.19.2014

3 Self-Help Books That Helped Me In My 20’s!

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Hi Lovies!

Today I have yet another lifestyle post about my 20’s! One thing that I learned about myself is that I absolutely love Self-Help books! Self-Help books helped me so much with self improvement thus far. Today I want to talk briefly about three self help books that I’ve read and enjoyed: The Happiness Project, The Secret and The Power of NOW. Hope you enjoy this post and if you decide to pick one up, make sure to add me on “the gram” @TheFashionCrazexo, take a photo of the book (of course) and tag me!

  • The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin

I first picked up this book after I went through a break up an ex boyfriend. No, it was not that I was completely unhappy nor depressed, but after that relationship ended I noticed that a lot of activities and time spent supported majority of my happiness. After that ended, I wanted to find a new happiness…joy, that no one can take away. After reading the first page in Barnes and Nobles, I just had to pick it up! The author Gretchen Rubin decided to devote a year to promote her happiness and documented it along the way. The book is split up to months and each month Rubin decided to focus on something specific. January focused on vitality, February focused on marriage and March focused on work. One of the best takeaways from this book is “An important aspect of happiness is managing your moods, and studies show that one of the best ways to lift your mood is to engineer an easy success, such as tackling a long-delayed chore. (pg 35)”. Definitely pick up this book guys!

  • The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle

I picked up this book when I first started my online business www.ShopFashionCrazeBoutique.com . I was motivated more than ever, browsing the Self-Help section of Barnes and Nobles and I glanced through the pages of this book. The Power of Now solely focuses on being present at this present moment. The Power of Now includes ideas from Buddhism, Christianity, Taoism and other religions/practices to explain the authors point on ‘being-ness’. One of my favorite takeaways from this book (just one of many) is “You are not your mind”. Tolle explains that having control of your mind and thoughts are crucial. If you become a watcher of your thoughts instead of an identifier you won’t be able to elevate to a higher consciousness. This tip is one of thee most important tips from this book!

Lastly

  • The Secret by Rhonda Byrne

“Be grateful for what you have now. As you begin to think about all the things in your life you are grateful for, you will be amazed at the never ending thoughts that come back to you of more things to be grateful for. You have to make a start, and then the law of attraction will receive those grateful thoughts and give you more just like them.”
― Rhonda Byrne, The Secret

One of my very close friends let me borrow this book and this is what started my whole “Self-Help book addiction” (lol)! The Secret by Rhonda Byrne is about the law of attraction. In case you aren’t aware of what that is here is a definition from SuccesConsciousness.com:”The law of attraction is the attractive, magnetic power of the Universe that draws similar energies together. It manifests through the power of creation, everywhere and in multiple ways. Even the law of gravity is part of the law of attraction. This law attracts thoughts, ideas, people, situations and circumstances.” Byrnes explains different ways and examples of how people attracted what they wanted by using the Law of Attraction. I do believe this up into a certain point, which is yes, there must be positive thoughts , but there also must be action. Although Byrnes talked very little about the action portion of attracting what you want and succeeding, she still made quite a few great points about life, gratitude and more!

Until Next Time…xoxo!

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10.8.2014

12 THINGS I’VE LEARNED THUS FAR IN MY 20’s!

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Hi Loves! In case you didn’t know (as if my sidebar doesn’t say my age), I am 23 years of age and I got really inspired from one of my all time favorite YOUTUBERS Patricia Bright.  Two random things! I know it will all come together in the next sentence haha!She did a video called “20 THINGS I’VE LEARNT IN MY 20’s“. Since I am only 23, I decided to name my video “12 THINGS I’VE LEARNED THUS FAR IN MY 20’s“. I hope you guys enjoy this video!

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