Winterize Your Nails With Julep

I recently received a great nail tutorial from Julep™ . They provided me with great tips to "winterize" my nails that I now implement in my own routine. In the colder months, my nails get very dry and break very easily. After trying a couple of Julep's products, I can honestly say that I see a small difference in my nails. My nails are definitely more healthier than they were before. Look down below to see how you can strengthen your nails and make them look twice as good. 

Clip & Shape
Clipping your nails to a short length and smooth edges. Shorter nails are easier to keep clean and healthy for the winter. 

Cuticles: Be Gone!
Soak your nail beds with a few drops of the Vanish Cuticle Softener & Remover for at least 30 seconds. Use a cuticle pusher or orange wood stick to gently push your cuticles back.

Clean Up Time
Buff and nip hang nails and dead cuticles. Then, wash your hands and nails thoroughly with soap.

Extra Oomph
Polish your nails with two coats of the Oxygen Nail Treatment to keep them strong and healthy. 

Moisturize Often
Use Mighty Nail & Cuticle Serum twice a day to keep your tips hydrated and happy through dry winter months. To add moisture to your hands you can use Vaseline Intensive Care Hand Lotion. I use it every single day and I absolutely love it.

Julep Vanish Cuticle Softener & Remover and Oxygen Nail Treatment

In addition to these tips that Julep provided me with, I highly suggest implementing more Biotin in your diet. Digesting biotin daily helps support nail and hair growth and has worked wonders for me. Also, feel free to check out Julep's vast range of beautiful nail polishes here.

P.S. I am starting my spring semester soon which means I won't be able to upload as often. I hope you all understand and if you have any quick post suggestions let me know in the comments below :)


How To Make Southern Tea Cakes

Ever since I could remember, I have always enjoyed eating my grandmother's and mother's tea cakes. Every single time I eat one, I'm instantly reminded of the comforts of home and my early childhood. For those of you who are wondering, a tea cake is typically a large dense cookie. Tea cakes have been a staple dessert for my mother's family for many generations. This afternoon, I finally took the time to watch my mother make them and I thought it would be nice to give you guys a standardized recipe.

What You Will Need
1 cup butter, softened
2 1/4 cups sugar
4 eggs
4 1/2 cups bread flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 cup buttermilk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon lemon extract
1 teaspoon cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl add your softened butter and beat well with an electric mixer on medium speed. Gradually add eggs and sugar, beating well at the same pace. Combine flour, baking powder,baking soda, and nutmeg; add mixture alternately with buttermilk mixing well.Stir in the vanilla extract,lemon extract, and cinnamon with a large spoon. Add golf ball-sized amounts of the dough onto your cookie sheet with parchment paper or aluminium foil. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until lightly browned.

The yield is usually 3 dozen tea cakes


New Beginnings

I'm so happy that a new month and year is soon to come. 2014 has been filled with numerous trials and tribulations and over the past two weeks of my winter break I had time to reflect on all of them. Looking back, I think I wasted a lot of time this year by stressing and worrying too much. Also, I spent way too much time dealing with toxic people. Those two factors really made me very depressed and left me with so much anxiety. I had my first panic attack earlier this year and after that I knew some things had to change.

Over the summer, I read a few self-help books along with daily mediation and that really stirred me in the right direction. I learned to not to be so hard on myself and to begin the journey of truly loving myself. Loving yourself sounds so simple but in reality it is something that many people forget to do. Accepting yourself despite your flaws and being selective about who or what feeds into your aura is very important. Over the past 12 months, I have been blessed to meet people who have helped me become a better person and artist. I am so grateful to have met so may other bloggers,photographers,models, designers who understand and encourage my passion of creating art and blogging.

This year my blog has grown so much and I am happy for all the opportunities I have been given. A huge thank you goes to my blog's designer,Sarah Gardner,for helping me with my blog's re-design in July. Along with making my blog look crisp and clean, I have started with new post categories such as beauty,literature and soon food. I noticed that I have been less passionate about fashion and OOTD posts lately and those posts take longer for me to create so please be patient. This blog is becoming more of a lifestyle blog so please understand.

Overall, 2014 has given me so much and I can't wait to see what 2015 has to offer. I've had some good times and some bad times this year but despite it all I am still here. I made it to see another year and I plan on it using my time on this earth more wisely. Below I have listed some of my New Year's Resolutions and a video about positivity. Also, if you have any post ideas that you would like to see please let me know down below <3

I love you all for your support and I look forward to seeing more of you in the upcoming year.

My Resolutions for 2015 
Being more patient
Spending more time with family
Becoming mentally and physically fit
Praying and mediating more
Becoming a mentor
Finding an Internship 
Planning a Vacation


Holiday Lookbook 2014

I decided to put together a festive lookbook showcasing a few different outfit ideas to inspire you this holiday season. I had so much fun styling this photo shoot and working with an amazing group of ladies. Please check out all of their links below and follow them. Also, my personal style posts will be back soon. (I pinky swear) <3

Photographer :Victoria Shapow
Fashion Stylist: Carmen Henry
Make-up Artist: Alyssa Cruz

1st Look
Top Express
Skirt Express
Earrings Forever 21
Shoes Nasty Gal

2nd Look
Necklace Topshop
Earrings Forever 21
Shoes (Model's Own)

3rd Look
Jacket Forever 21
Dress H&M
Necklace and Bracelet H&M
Shoes (Model's Own)

Which outfit was your favorite???


Winter Beauty Favorites

These past few months, I have been adding a few more products to my makeup routine. Below are some of the things that I use to keep my skin tone even and radiant.

NARS Sheer Glow Foundation
This is the newest foundation in my possession. I bought this because I fell in love the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer and thought the foundation would be amazing as well. On it's own, it does give my skin a a very natural look and has buildable coverage. When I combine it with the NARS concealer it's gives an even greater finish and hides all of my dark spots and blemishes.

LORAC TANtalizer Baked Bronzer 
This bronzer is absolutely perfect. Since the beginning of October, my skin has paled so much. I apply the bronzer with the attached brush on my cheek bones, forehead, and lower jawline and it instantly gives my skin the best glow. Also, I recommend getting the travel size which is only $7 on LORAC's website if you don't want to splurge on the full-size product.

Smashbox Photo Finish Primer
This is by far the best primer I have tried. It's so moisturizing unlike of the other primers I have tried and helps my makeup blend well and last longer. Also, if does help fade dark spots which is a nice bonus.

I love Revlon's lipsticks so much. For the last few months I have been wearing the shades "Mink" (pictured above), Spicy Cinnamon, Rum Raisin, and Black Cherry. They are very moisturizing and have a good creamy texture similar to Make Up For Ever's formula. Also, I usually line my lips with NYX lip pencils.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade
Lately, my eyebrows have been growing out of control. The only thing that really controls them besides tweezers is this pomade. I always outline by brows with the Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz and fill them in with the pomade for a more defined shape.

P.S. I would love to know your favorite beauty products so feel free to tell me in the comments <3

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