July 29, 2014

What to Wear for a Class Presentation

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Presentation Outfit for School

You've been super stressed out about this project you've been doing and just put the final touches on it , when you find out not only do you have to present this project to the class but you also have to dress up for this presentation. Maybe it's just me but the dressing up part, and then being judged on your appearance for part of your grade is terrible, especially in those classes where you know it matters to the other students how you look, for me this was Advanced Placement United States History or APUSH as it's commonly called. Since then I've gotten a little more confident in the outfits, I figured I could share with you what I wore today actually for a class presentation. It is dressy, but still feminine and cute, something I've had to work on since I used to have a problem of how to dress up without looking masculine. 
  • Black Pumps - I always debate if I should where heels or not for a presentation because, for one they make your legs look amazing, and a little extra height can go a long way towards making you looking more confident, but they can be uncomfortable to wear, so anything over 20 minutes go with flats. 
  • Skirt - I absolutely love what a pencil skirt does for my butt, and my waist so I will always go for one in any dress up situation. Make sure to go with a thick one though so you aren't showing everything. 
  • Sweater - To keep myself from looking to business professional looking I like to wear a top that's a little more casual like this fun heart print sweater. To make it blend in a little more just tuck it in. 
  • Bow - Hair bows are adorable, and very feminine looking. Since I like to have my hair pulled back I tend to go for a half up do to just keep it out of my face, and to keep me from getting nervous during my presentation and messing with it. For me this looks a lot less harsh than a full ponytail or top knot. 
  • Nail Polish - Since an outfit like this can have a little too much black going on, I like to have a nail polish that matches my fun top. I've loved Essie polishes, like Cashmere Bathrobe, Penny Talk  and Miss Fancy Pants

July 28, 2014

Printed Tank Two Ways Fashion Collaboration

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 For some reason, even though it's the end of July, it's cool enough to wear a jacket out in the mornings and evenings, and I find myself wearing pants instead of shorts and skirts almost everyday. Not that I'm complaining, I'll take this weather over the humid and sticky stuff any day. For this printed tank look I was lucky to have the very sweet (and well dressed) Grace from Every Day in Grace collaborate with me on this look. For mine I went with something casual that's feminine but not too girly. Perfect for an outdoor concert, a causal date, or a put together look for school. 

Shirt - I absolutely loved this shirt the moment I saw it on the Oasap website and had to have it. I've been really into loose button-down shirts, and how can I not love something that has a snake skin print? I think this is a shirt I could wear with a lot of outfits. 

Jeans - These jeans are a little worn, but as you can see in the picture below they make my legs look fantastic, so I still wear them, but only with more dressy shirts, so I don't look like I just can't afford new pants. 

Shoes - Normally I would never wear a pair of black leather booties in the middle of summer but it's been so cool that I can do it. This pair of shoes is quite versatile not only creating a little edge in my casual looks but also working for more dressy outfits like my pencil skirt one 

Necklace - This Tiffany Necklace that I'm sure you can barely see, is something I've had for awhile and put on whenever I feel like I need a little something extra. As much as I normally love Tiffany's I'm not all that impressed right now because their prices seem to have sky rocketed. I remember getting my Paloma Palm Pendent for around $600 and now the same one is going for $850. You think they'd just raise the prices when they get new items in, not mark up the old ones. 
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Be sure to heck out Grace's Look HERE

July 27, 2014

How I'm Feeling: School, Dating and being "Busy"

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I really try and blog everyday but on the days that I'm really busy I just feel like I can't do it, not because I can't stay up an extra twenty minutes and type something out quickly before I go to bed, but because I'm drained. After a busy day, especially one where I've had to spend a lot of time talking to to people outside of my normal group, you know those social obligation kind of things, I have such a hard time writing here. Yesterday, I had a full day of that, and barely got up my Beauty Roundup of the Week blog post and it was only four products. I've been pretty busy with more than just social things too. 

For my spreadsheet analysis class, last week was the worst of the class so far. I had a quiz, a test and a project to do. I always send my project to the Teaching Assistant, who's nice enough to look over it for me, and this time around he found a whole lot of problems with my work. I resent it to him three times before he thought it was "good enough". Today the grade came in and luckily it was another 100% something I was really doubting. Luckily there are only two weeks left but I have a quiz due tomorrow, and another project due on Friday and I haven't had any time to look over the material yet. 

My other two classes, are going okay. The clinical writing is pretty much just participation, and I already finished the homework for the working with families class. We do have demonstrations on Tuesday, where we do a mock counseling session, but I quickly picked patient so unless he changes his mind and makes us play both roles I should be pretty safe. I'm also half way through my health certificate class, and I'm hoping to be able to finish that early. The whole class is making me so afraid of all the foods I normally eat though. 

So about dating. I remember once someone telling me once that they were too busy for a relationship, which is kind of ironic because where they are in life now, and I didn't really understand it. I absolutely hated being single and until recently would try very hard to avoid it, even if that meant continuing a relationship that I wasn't happy in until I could find a new one. Since the I talked about making myself busy  and I really would rather work towards my goals then be in any sort of relationship with anyone more than "friend" I don't have an urge to even hang out with anyone really. I'm happy with where I want to be and really want to put the work into getting there. 


July 26, 2014

Roundup: Beauty Reviews (July 20-26)

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 Lavo High Performance Volcanic Mud Mask - I've been absolutely loving masks lately so when Lavo contacted me about trying out their Volcanic Mud mask I was super excited. I'd heard a lot about the benefits of volcanic soil, and wanted to try it out on my skin. Let me tell you I didn't end up disappointed. This mask does wonders for my skin. 
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 EnvyDerm Lola Plumping Lip Gloss  - I would absolutely love to have bigger lips, to go with my large eyes, but genetics aren't always in your favor. To fix it myself I've tried a few different lip gloss plumpers, and this EnvyDerm one in Lola is not only pretty but makes a big difference in the size of my lips. 
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 Cleopatra's Choice Shea Butter - For awhile now I've heard of all kinds of products promoting themselves as having Shea Butter in them, from body washes to lotions. They claim this is what will moisturize your skin, so I figured I could try out 1000% Shea butter, and even though it is a little thick I really like it. 
Lactic Acid 10% Peel   - This isn't exactly a peel, but more like a serum. I like the glass vial it comes in, and the clean and clear label. For someone who has really dry skin something like this could be a necessity. 

July 25, 2014

Fitness Friday: 3 Healthy I've Started Eating

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 I've talked to you guys before about how a vegetarian (or even better vegan) diet can be really beneficial to weight loss, even sharing my recipe for vegan cheddar cheese broccoli soup with you guys on a previous fitness friday. Since then I've been lucky enough to learn a whole lot about nutrition through a certification class I'm taking this summer, and of course through trial and error with my exercise and dieting so I wanted to share a few recent discoveries of mine. These have all worked out fantastically for me, both in the weight loss category and in the healthy living (better skin, more energy kind of things) category. 

First up, this is probably my favorite, the LeanPops Silicone Popsicle Molds I reviewed. Being as terrible as I am about snacking it's great that I can just put either kool-aid or if I'm being really healthy a natural fruit juice in these molds, put them in the freezer and a few hours later have the perfect snack. As you can see by the above picture I even found the perfect way to store them in my freezer. 
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One thing that can be a little controversial is this Yacon Syrup I reviewed some people really love it saying it helps them get rid of their extra belly fat and gives them more energy. Other people say that it has made them gain weight. Well, I'm in the loving it category, because not only is this no big deal to take (just a tablespoon and it tastes good), I've noticed a little weight loss, but more importantly an all over healthy feeling after using it for a few weeks. 
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I talked about this in my review of the eSutras Organics Golden Flax Seeds  but I've really been looking for a way to get Omega-3 fatty acids. I don't eat fish, and as much as I like walnuts they're extremely high in calories. I'm so happy that I found out about these flax seeds because they are the perfect solution. Just add them to your cereal or a homemade bread and you've got all the Omega-3 you need. 
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