Check out the video below for deets. XOXO<p><a href=”http://vimeo.com/106459522″>Sephora Haul</a> from <a href=”http://vimeo.com/user31618166″>Sarah Wyman</a> on <a href=”https://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a>.</p>
Happy Sunday-Funday :)
Hope you all are enjoying your sunday-funday and staying cool out there. Oh boy, is it freakin’ hot today but besides that awful part of the day, it is my friend’s baby shower today! Celebrating with my friend, and soon to be mom… Cynthia. She’s an amazing human being and I am so happy to say that she has become one of my really good friends. She’s got a heart of gold and always see’s the good in people, and I truly admire that about her. When I found out she was having a little baby girl, I couldn’t have been more happy for her. The name she decided on was, Madelyn Nicole. She’s gonna be one cute little button.
Cynthia, you were absolutely beautiful today and glowing. And I don’t mean from the sweat ;) I am so happy for you and I am so glad I was able to be apart of this time in your life. You’re going to be an amazing, hot mama. You go girl! You know I am always here for you, and I can’t wait to meet your baby girl.
Of course, you guys know me… This was a perfect opportunity for me to take lots of photos for my blog to show all my readers! I think I’m sorta obsessed with you guys, all my readers, because I am always finding more and more things to post for you guys. So, although I LOVE that you guys keep up on my blogs and read them religiously, I love you all for doing that. XOXO
Check out the photos below #MadelynNicole
Til we meet again,
yours truly xo
It’s a Friday night, I am curled up on my couch with Berkeley, my laptop fully charged and I am perfectly happy with all that. What more could a girl want? LOL wow, I’m kidding guys.
So, as for those of you who know me personally, you know how uberly and totally obsessive I can be with my beauty products. Just call me the Sephora Queen. Not only am I constantly trying to find the perfect products for myself, reading hundreds upon hundreds of reviews, asking my friends and my wonderful esthetician Cassie I’ve been seeing for the past 4 years now, who just so happened to be employed with Sephora as well. I am crazy right? But, no. You’re wrong. I am smart about it. I don’t like to just go buy beauty products because they “look” like they are going to work, or their active ingredient sounds extra fancy. Oh no, I do amounts of research and find the products that work best for me. We are all so different, with different concerns and you should always take that into consideration. Years ago, I was reading Cosmo and in the beauty section “If you have the money to buy expensive makeup, do it. You won’t regret it.” — Ever since I read that quote, it has stuck with me for YEARS. I have always looks to spend a pretty penny on all my makeup and makeup tools. Let me tell you ladies, IT IS SOOOOOO WORTH IT. Stop buying cheap foundation, cheap eye shadows, and cheap makeup tools… NO NO NO! You will find yourself spending money on pointless products that DO NOT WORK. Let me repeat myself, THEY DO NOT WORK. You would be surprised how flawless your face can look if you would just spend that extra bit of money on makeup to feel good, and look good.
Ok, now that I have gotten that out of the way I want to talk about the beauty products that have stolen my heart and I hope to inspire YOU to get ahold of my fav products lately.
It has been 13 years. YES. THIRTEEN YEARS. Can you believe how long it has actually been? I can remember that day like it was yesterday, and it is a memory I will always have. It is just not something you really ever seem to forget.
On the morning of September 11, 2001 I was laying down in my parent’s bedroom alongside my little sister. Our dad was out of town, clear across the country in Georgia and was planning on flying back the following day. It was roughly 6’oclock in the early morning, can’t really say what the exact time was considering I was knocked out and I could still sense how dark the room was. My sister and I use to always climb into my parents’ bed in the middle of the night, or early in the morning when one of them were out of town. My mom always kept her bedroom toasty, and warm. I can remember how soft and comfortable the bed always was, and especially on that morning.
I could feel my mom sitting down at the edge of the bed, as the comforter was being pulled and stretched over my feet. The TV was on the opposite side of the bed, it sat on a dresser on the wall. And it seemed as if she was facing in that direction. I couldn’t hear anything coming from the TV but as I lay there with my eyelids closed but my mind awake I could catch glimpses of the TV flashing, so I knew it was on at least. My mom moved her way closer to me, and sat right up against my back. I was laying on my dad’s side of the bed where the alarm clock was, my mom often listened to the morning news or our local radio station. And suddenly I heard her gasp, “OH MY GOD!”
I can’t really describe into detail how chilling it was when she said it. I could feel as if it were painful, or something piercing through her heart. It wasn’t the type of gasp that caught your attention as if you saw a spider, or dropped your phone on the ground… It was the type of gasp that releases from the body in distress or worry.
I remembering sitting up, blankly staring at her and waiting for her to tell me what happened. Was it dad? Did you forget to turn off the stove? What the hell just happened? And she didn’t say a word, she slowly raised her arm and pointed towards the TV as her eyes were glued to the television. She didn’t even blink, say a word, or take a breath at that very moment we saw an airplane crash into the twin towers. Let me remind you, I was only 10 years- old. I was in the 5th grade. To be quite honest with you, I didn’t even know what the Twin Towers were or where they were even located. But it doesn’t take a genius in geography to understand the powerful message it was sending through my eyes, my body, and my soul. I remember watching the news replay it over, and over, and over again. And I can remember thinking, who did this? Why did they do this? What is happening?
My mom called my dad immediately, and it was just chaos on the east coast. He wasn’t sure when he was going to come home, or what was happening. He knew just as much as we did, our country was under attack.
I got dressed, hopped in the car with my mom and sister, and we headed to school. I could feel the second I walked onto campus that things were right. Teachers were in this anxious and nervous mood, the kids weren’t playing as they normally did, and not only were they not acting normal but I wasn’t either. I got to class and we began talking about it. You’d be surprised how intelligent we were at the whopping age of 10, we all have brilliant little minds that even adults were baffled by. We talked about the situation, who these people were and why they were doing what they were doing to us. Our teacher explained to us in the “dumbest version” possible how politics worked and what could possibly be going on with our country. But of course, we couldn’t grasp that concept. The only concept we seemed to grasp onto was, how can a group of human beings cause an entire massacre to our country to prove a point and send a message? At 10 years old, I didn’t quite understand. And even 13 years later, I can’t say that I do now. I don’t think anyone really does. We tell ourselves these things, and listen to these big powerful men and women who tell us what to think about the situation but ultimately, do we in fact understand? I cannot answer that question for you, but speaking for myself… I can’t say that I do.
A few days later my dad returned home, and that was the first time I ever saw my dad cry. And I’m not talking little tears running down your face and the sniffles, I am talking full on cry in a sobbing position with no control of your breathing or body.
My whole entire life my dad has been a firefighter and pretty damn good one at it. My dad has a heart of gold, and the kind you don’t forget. And when my dad watched on tv these men and women fighting for others, losing their lives, and the extreme amounts of courage and dedication they have for one another and their country is just phenomenal. In these moments I know he was proud to be apart of fire, I truly believe he was born and destined to do what he did everyday in the fire community. He was a legend, and will continue to be one well after he has retired.
For me, Sept 11 hits home. I can relate to the little girls out there who’s daddy is a firefighter, because my dad has been one my entire life. And I begin to think about how they must have felt, how incredibly proud they must have been to know their OWN dad was out there fighting for the lives of others. To help and serve for their country. To do what they do best, to fight fires. And then I think about how they must have felt when they lost their own dad’s, the ones doing these incredible acts of bravery and STILL how truly proud they must be to know how much a difference their dad have made in those very moments. Some of us leave our marks in life, and I can truly say the firefighters on Sept 11 made a mark on not only the lives of others, their fellow firefighters, their friends and family, and mine.
God Bless America
WELCOME TO MY FIRST OFFICIAL VLOG!!! How freakin’ exciting!!!!
So, for the past couple of weeks I have been thinking a lot about what type of topic I wanted to cover for my first official vlog video. I can’t even tell you how many things I thought of, went over, or googled. But, from the help of my best friend (shoutout to her) she gave me the brilliant idea of girl code. I thought about the idea for a little bit, what could I talk about?
I wanted to make sure that I talked about a topic a lot of people could possibly relate to, preferably girls. Hence, the girl code topic.
There are so many guidelines, or rules you may say that we seem to follow. Some of us follow these rules and guidelines, while some of us break them. I wanted to know EVERYONE’S opinion, and why they do/ do not follow the rules? And when I say rules, I don’t mean things that are necessarily written down and followed by.
Let’s break it down, would you date your BFF’s ex-boyfriend after 6 months? Is it he “hands off” or “free game.”
How much is too much information on social media?
Should you share secrets from your best friend to your boyfriend, or husband?
These are just a few questions I asked myself, and others. I wanted to know what they thought about these topics and whether or not these sorts of things matter to them, or should matter to anyone in fact.
Check out the video below, and see what others had to say :)<p><a href=”http://vimeo.com/105814343″>First Official Video</a> from <a href=”http://vimeo.com/user31618166″>Sarah Wyman</a> on <a href=”https://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a>.</p>
I am super, duper excited that summer is finally coming to an end and the fall weather/ season is approaching!!! Ahhhh!!! Can’t contain my excitement.
For those of you who know me personally know that I hate summer. Growing up in a small town where the weather can literally reach up to 122 degrees in the summer, you’d think I’d be use to it and not such a big deal. Well, you’re wrong. I hate the summer, and I think because I grew up in the desert it makes me hate it even more.
Reasons I hate summer: I hate being hot, it is such an uncomfortable feeling and makes me very irritable. My make-up just melts off my face and that is never a good look. And maybe this is just me being bitter, but I can’t really wear “summer clothing.” I am not a skinny, petite girl so I can’t simply walk around in crop tops and booty shorts. As much as I would love to and think they are incredibly adorable, I can’t wear clothing like that. Not very flattering for my body, and I’m sure no one wants to see that. So, those are the reasons why I hate summer.
But ENOUGH NEGATIVITY, I am freakin’ excited for this Fall weather. And in honor of my wonderful excitement, I decided to put together a little fashion blog today and talk about my fall essentials! There are just a few things you want to have for the fall season that can bring any outfit from drab — to FAB.
First, every girl must have a go-to scarf.
I know that I have tons!! Different colors, patterns, lengths and materials. It can really bring an outfit all together, and give it that comfy fall weather feel to it. Pair a harsh patterned scarf over a flowy white top and you’re done! Yes, that easy. Fall fashion is all about layering, and scarves make this part easy peezy.
Second, oversized cardigans/ sweaters
How can you not love oversized cardigans, and sweaters? I can tell you right now, my closet is FULL of them! I nearly have every color, knit fabric, and length of these bad boys. They are definitely my go-to for fall. A great oversized cardigan can make me feel comfortable, but cute. And that is exactly the look I am going for this fall season. Make it look effortless, that is the goal ladies.
As I said before, fall fashion is all about layering. And I am not just talking about clothes here guys, I mean jewelry too! Wearing tons of bracelets, pairing it with your favorite rose gold watch, or layering your pretty little fingers with rings and mid-rings. This fall season, it is all about jewelry. It can really give your fall outfit a “classy” dressed up look, while still looking effortless. Some of my favorite places to buy jewelry are, Urban Outfitters, Brandy Melville, and online at Etsy.
What do you guys think about the fall seaon/ weather approaching?? Are you guys just as excited as I am? Probably not, because I am just a freak who seems to get excited about these sorts of things. But I will keep my excitement at bay… for now :)
Take the poll below, I would love to hear what you guys love most about the fall season.
Til next time,
Sooooooo many things has been going on, but I can’t forget to update you all about my new adventure into vlogging. Yes, I will still be making videos don’t freak out just yet, and I am still introducing my vlogs onto my blogging website!! BTW, you guys can always watch my videos on my YouTube account @thewanderforest and also on Vimeo. If those two portals don’t work for you, you can always watch my videos and catch up with my on my blog. I’ll be here, and I am not going anywhere LOL :)
I wanted to create a proper schedule for my blogs, and when I will be posting my vlogs. I have a crazy schedule with school, work, and of course maintaing my personal life. So hang in there, I promise I will find my groove somehow.
Please watch the video (It is nothing special) just a little update for all my little readers out there. Prepare yourself for an over the top, epic, and uberly awesome video on Wednesday!!!!! Can’t freakin wait!!!!!
Til next time,