To Learn is to Love

Monday, June 19, 2017

A Weekend in Paradise

What's summer without a trip to the ocean? Or at least the bay... 
This past weekend my family and I packed up the car and drove a few hours to the beach in Alabama. I'm not much a beach person: itchy sand, the water, too much sun, etc. Staying at our cousin's house on the bay was so wonderful. Because of the location, I was able to witness one of the most beautiful sunsets and bake under the guidance of my cousin. We were only there for 3 days so the trip wasn't too extravagant.

We actually spent the first night in Mobile because we left late in the afternoon Thursday. Before heading to the beach on Friday, we enjoyed sandwiches from Panini Pete's for lunch. I had the Fresh Mozzarella and Tomato Sandwich and it was SO GOOD. If you are ever in Mobile, I HIGHLY recommend going there for lunch. If I may add as a side note: the cousin that ate lunch with us did bring us there early (like 11:30) because it is a very popular cafe and gets very busy.

My cousin loves to cook and bake. In fact, the first thing she said to me when we got there was "Oh great you're here! We're making a pound cake." And then she walked up stairs and I helped her make it before I went swimming. The next day while my mom and brother and other family members went fishing, I relaxed at the house, and let me just say, that it was one of the nicest, most relaxing days I've had in a while. That night I, under her guidance, made focaccia bread to go with dinner. The next morning I woke up early, and we made cinnamon scones. They were so delicious and I am dying to make them again!

On the way back we stopped at a small farmers market, which wasn't nearly as great as I had hoped... It was small, crowed, and very hot. I did get some artsy pictures of the corn and tomatoes though, so the stop was not a complete waste. The rest of the way home however was 2 hours longer than it was supposed to take, so you can bet your butt that I napped a lot. While I spent my Father's Day in the car, I hope everyone else had an enjoyable day with the men in their lives!

Much Love, 

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

A Flashback to Festival and Friendships

Top Outfit:
Velvet Romper: Marshalls or TJ Maxx
Fishnet Stockings: Target 
Boots: Shoe Station (old)

Bottom Outfit:
White Button Down Shirt: Thrifted 
Daisy Choker: Forever 21
Shorts: Thrifted
Shoes (not pictured): Black Sandals from Shoe Station 

Every year my city hosts an international music festival towards the end of April and I always put way too much effort into my outfits. (Even more effort than I do my daily outfits!) Festival is a time when (almost) everyone lets their inner weirdo come out in their style and actions, and I LIVE for it. Unfortunately it rained the third day of Festival so my favorite outfit of the three was not worn or photographed. I hope my lousy description can suffice... It was a plain white shirt with a long red skirt that I got from Goodwill Houston with the jean jacket that I picked up at my local Goodwill. I paired it with my black booties that I wore the first night of Festival (in the first pictures!). With the fun music and the varying personalities, Festival always takes me away from my boring day-to-day life in this boring southern town. It takes me somewhere else...

In addition to the music at Festival, there is always an irritating stress that comes with it and that's the social aspect of everything. I am a pretty social person. As one of my closest friends told me, "you're probably the most social person I know." The only thing is that I have trouble keeping the relationships I make and I've never been able to fix it. I know part of it comes from my inability to trust people and part of it comes from the pain I've experienced in the past. But I think a large part of it comes from me trying not to get attached. I don't plan on staying the South forever, in fact, I want to leave as soon as I can (college maybe?). Regardless, it's made these past few years very lonely, but I'm making it work for the time being. 

I find it especially hard to make it work during the summer. This is due to the fact that there is minimal travel being done by myself, but a lot done by others. I am not forced to see anyone but my immediate family daily, but humans need human interaction to survive and function fully. I do have some travel plans for later in the summer, however, and I do have some fun activities planned, as well. Stay Tuned!

Until next time, I hope you all have a fun, safe Summer!

Much Love,

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Sunday, March 19, 2017

A Longing

It's been more than a month since I've returned from my 24 hour excursion to New York City, and with almost every moment, my desire to return back to that area of the Nation grows stronger. Just as I fell in love with D.C and L.A., I have fallen for New York. 
Though some may be turned away from the towering structure, multitudes of people, and the bright lights, I strive in their presence. I live for the blinding lights and the creativity that bleeds through the streets, and the magic that I breathe in. The city was, is, and forever will be breathe-taking. 
Because we weren't there very long, I don't have too much to tell about what we did. We went to the 9/11 museum, which was phenomenal and I definitely recommend, we went on a tour of the city, and saw the Statue of Liberty. I would love to go and spend a longer period of time there, but that's an adventure for another day. 

Much Love, Jac

Friday, February 24, 2017

A Love for Life

Long time no see? I have had such a crazy January and February. Actually, I spent most of February catching up from January, but anyway. One of the biggest parts of January was I went on the annual March for Life in Washington D.C. for the third year in a row. This year, it was a tad bit different. We also went to New York (MY FIRST TIME) and the emotions were very different this time. 
(side note: I'm going to do another post about New York later; this will be only about the March.)
So as I mentioned, this was my third time marching up to the Supreme Court building in the Capitol. My fifth time stepping foot in the gorgeous city. If I never live here, I will have failed something: that is how much I love this city. I look forward to this trip every year because I love this city and I am so passionate about the pro-life movement. 
This year, however, I felt it was more somber. Or maybe I was more somber. Before, I knew abortion was wrong; I knew it was the murder of an innocent being. This year, I am older and I know more about the process and the long-term effects.  All information makes me sick. The sick feeling I get in my stomach at even the mention of the word, makes me fearful. But why am I here talking about it? Why do I listen to speech after speech? Why am I reading the statics and repeating them and always spreading the word? Because I have such passion about this topic and don't want to live without seeing it end.
On the other hand, there was a feeling of hope because of the recent inauguration of the new president. There was a lot more energy and a lot less protesters as there have been in the past. If my memory serves me correctly, there were more pro-choice protesters last year when we were preparing for a blizzard. 
Regardless, of my mixed emotions and stresses following my return.
Much Love, Jac

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Ipsy Samples I Love

Ipsy is a $10 per month beauty subscription service that I have been using for about 2 1/2 years. I love how much it has helped my makeup collection grow! With each product, there are usually 5 makeup or grooming sample products within each bag, you can review the product of there website, get points and later redeem the points for more beauty samples. You can sign up here! (Note: This link is my personal referral link and using it does benefit me with extra points.)
I like to research everything before I make a decision. Thus I watched Youtube video after Youtube video before making my decision. While I still watch these videos, one thing I hear time after time is "I'll let you know if I like this product" or "I'll let you know how it works." I never see these follow-ups unless one product is used in another tutorial. With that being said, I decided to share my favorite products that I have received since I first started paying for my Ipsy bags! To keep this post from being a mile long and within reason, I am organizing it by category! Enjoy!

Girlactik Beauty Precise Marker Liner: I personally love felt-tip liners and was thrilled to receive this one! I have had for quite some time and only of recent has it begun to run out. It provides color effortlessly and I will definitely miss it when the liner finally gives out.

theBalm Cosmetics Meet Matt(e) Trimony Eyeshadow in Matt Kumar: The color payout for this is fantastic! I mean, I really have to be careful when I use it, but it's really wonderful. I have been longing for this full palette for quite some time and was thrilled to even just receive a single sample of it... (BTW I have no idea what happened with the spacing here, nor do I know how to fix it.)

theBalm Cosmetics Nude Dude Vol. 2 Eyeshadow in Flirty: This shade is not nearly as bright as the Meet Matte one, but that's how it supposed to be. Similar in color, though, it's so pretty. 
Smashbox Cosmetics X-Rated Mascara: This is my go to for  mascaras. When I use this, I feel like it transforms my eyes into red carpet eyes. Or it looks like I'm wearing falsies, but that's almost the same thing. 
Urban Decay Perversion Mascara: This was one of the first mascara samples I ever received and I thought it was great. (I still think it's flawless!) Recently I had the option of getting another sample of it with a Sephora purchase and I almost cried I was so happy.  
Smashbox Cosmetics Full Exposure Mascara: This mascara is so lengthening and pretty. I love the brush (spoolie, applicator, whatever...). 
Naked Cosmetics Mica Pigment: I have yet to make a mess with this - maybe that's why I like it so much. It's really simple and just helps brighten my eyes on days I maybe don't want a full makeup look. 

Bellapierre Cosmetics Mineral Blush in Autumn Glow: Okay, so I know it's in the name, but this blush is perfect for Autumn and fall. I don't contour all the time, so it's perfect when you want to warm up your face without using thousands of products. 
Pandora's Face Blush in Pink Carnation: this matte blush is so perfect and pretty and ah I love it! It's such a nice pretty color. On my skin tone, I think it looks perfect. 
Benefit Cosmetics the POREfessional Primer: Fun fact: I've never actually purchased the full size of this. I have received this multiple times, but I like it so much I'm not gonna complain.
NYX Cosmetics Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick in Kitten Heels: First of all, these liquid suede lipsticks are fantastic, and in this color, I'm in love. 
treStiQue Mini Matte Lip Crayon in Florence Fig: Such a beautiful color! This is actually what I wore for Sweet Sixteen last spring. Also, can we talk about the packaging??

Organic Surge Daily Care Perfecting Face Polish: This smells incredible and my skin feels sooo soft after I use it!
eva-nyc Get Glossed! Hair Serum: I love using this on my hair when I style it. I used for homecoming this year when I straightened my hair, and it made it so soft and, well, glossy. 
Naobay Natural & Organic Oxygenating Moisturizing Cream: This is a light nice moisturizer that I like when my skin feels particularly dry. It's very soft and and silky and great and aahhh...
J'orel Parker Classico Rollerball: This smells so fresh and floral. (Do those things go together?) Whenever I wear this I get a thousand compliments. Because it's so small, I usually bring it with me and my friends are always dying to borrow it. 
Skyn Iceland Hydro Cool Firming Gels (not pictured): I loved these when I use them. It was a cool winter night and I loved how they felt on my skin, which was so dry and warm from the heaters! Unfortunately, I don't have a photograph anymore as I used them about a year ago. 

Trust Fund Beauty Nail Polish in Im Kind of a Big Deal: This color is such a gorgeous, basic color. Anyone who doesn't know what to wear needs a color that is simple as such. 
Ciate London Paint Pot in Spinning Cups: This color is perfect for spring! And while this is slightly irrelevant, but this reminds me of Alice in Wonderland and Melanie Martinez. Thought that has nothing to do with the polish, I will say that this gorgeous color also got me lots of compliments. 
Aila Cosmetics Luxury Nail Lacquer is Mister Pookie: This color is one that's perfect for fall and winter. It's a deep purple that I AM IN LOVE with.    

Luxie Beauty Dreamcatcher Tapered Highlighter Brush: I had never really had a true highlighter brush before this, but I was not disappointed. It deposits the highlight perfectly and evenly with a light touch. Not to mention, this brush looks gorgeous.
Luxie Large Angled Face Brush: This brush, just like the last is not only beautiful, but works great in regards to evenly distributing the product. It's dense but not too dense in that it causes issues.
Beau G√Ęchis Eye Shadow Brush: I'll be honest and say that I use this almost every day. It is honestly  my go to.
Beau G√Ęchis Blending Eye Shadow Brush: I love brushes like this. I use them for my creases
Crown Brush C413 - Brow Duo Brush: I hate it when you get (or buy or whatever) a brow brush and it just doesn't last. This one has lasted me a good while and I also love it.

Just as a couple side notes: First off, I apologize for not having washed my brushes before having taken the photos. Secondly, I did not edit any of these photos, which I usually don't any way. Just in general the photos could have been a lot better. I promise though I got a new camera, so better pics should be coming!

Much Love, Jac