A DAY IN MY LIFE

Back by popular demand is this wonderful thing I like to call A Touch of Blush. It may be corny. It may be cheesy. It may even be basic; but that’s my life so. My delightful Instagram followers decided if I should post this with or without pictures, and a whopping 69% told me to still post it so here we are today, or tonight, or whatever time you’re casually reading this. I would say there’s more posts where this came from, but my motivation is so low it might take a hot second to produce more high-quality shiz. Hopefully this post is everything you had hoped for and better (If you expected something more on the Oprah level, you’ve come to the wrong place. This is more on the one-star Netflix original level)

Be prepared for the most exciting (and probably longest) blog post you have ever read *drumroll please*…. A day in my exciting life! Exciting may be a little bit of a stretch seeing that I do literally nothing fun unless you catch me on a good day. Fortunately, today was one of my free days so I actually did productive activities LOLOL. Read below to see what I do from (not really) waking up to (barely) falling asleep….. Enjoy!

M O R N I N G

My day usually starts out like any other human being, with waking up and asking myself if it’s even worth getting out of bed this early. Telling myself I’ll just sleep in for 15 more minutes turns into waking up again at 11:00 and wondering what the heck happened. Today I told myself that I needed to make this blog post look like I’m not lazy so I opted to wake up at 8:00 (it actually was 10 but I’m trying to seem like an inspirational person).

After checking social media for literally a decade, I get up and go shower. I brush my teeth, clean my face, blah blah blah, and then the best. part. of the day comes. BREAKFAST. If you know me even the slightest, you know that I could consume breakfast foods for the rest of my life and be completely content. Currently, I’m in a interchanging cycle of avocado toast, smoothies, açaí bowls, or all of them combined. If that did not describe the most basic human ever, I don’t know what would. Today I made a smoothie and also avocado toast on a bagel thin (I’m also a weirdo and put a mound of cream cheese on the bagel underneath everything, but don’t knock it ’till you try it). That trio is only if I decide to make food, though. I’m embarrassed to say this, but maybe three days out of the week I opt for Starbucks iced coffee and egg white bites to get me through my day. Someone please tell me how to break an addiction because ya girl is KNEE DEEP in a Starbucks addiction.

 

It is now time for the *second* best part of my day, AKA getting ready. I mean, I kinda run a fashion / lifestyle blog so if I didn’t like dressing up I think we’d have a problem (If I may clarify, this part was written a few months ago when I had my shit together, and now I don’t. So. Sweats all the way.)

If you wanna know what makeup I use I’ll link my past blog post right here that describes all my daily makeup items. But, after I spend a hot second making myself look not like a potato, I find an outfit that pertains to what I’m doing that day and attempt to make my hair look decent (I’m currently on day 8 of not washing it as I’m writing this post so… Houston we have a problem)

A F T E R N O O N

Now it is time to finally go out and enjoy what the day has to offer (in this case, it’s work work work work *insert Rhianna’s voice*) Some days, I sit in front of my computer all day and don’t realize where the freaking time went, and others I procrastinate and it seems like time just ISN’T MOVING. Working from home has it’s pros and cons, but a con is definitely procrastination. I mean, I’m still editing a wedding from May so if that doesn’t show how bad I am then I don’t know what does. Lately, my mom and I have been having editing dates at local coffee shops and spend literally 5 hours there. She also buys my coffee so I basically never turn her down.

If y’all were not aware, I edit and shoot wedding videos as a second job. I also sell wedding dresses but that’s not fun to write about. Self promo: go watch my vids here . My “work day” is basically done at around 5 or 6ish, which is when I go and rip my clothes off and change into my night look. You would think that would consist of a hot ass nightclub look, but no. I don’t really go out much. My night look is way cuter than that. (*cough* sweats *cough*)

N I G H T

After I get home and put on my favorite sherpa and sweatpants, I either spend some time doing homework (It’s summer, so like, I don’t do homework) or editing a video, or a mixture of both depending on how much work I have to get done. And as soon as I know it, it’s pitch black outside and basically time for bed. I know, like I said, I live a very interesting life. When I start to get tired I maneuver my way upstairs eventually and clean my face and whatnot before laying in bed and watching my daily dose of Netflix. Next thing I know it’s 1:00am and i’m passed out. Such a high content post!

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WHY MY MOM IS THE BEST

This post is basically going to be reasons why I love my birth giver.

Happy Mothers Day to all those workin’ girl bosses out there. Today is for you! Relax, go enjoy the day, or be lazy and do nothing (I like the third option.) In our house, we don’t really take Hallmark holidays that seriously. On Mothers Day, my mom would rather sit at home and enjoy the presence of family rather than make it a huge and extravagant day. It’s little quirks like this that make me love my mom to the moon and back!

My mom has literally done everything for me since I was born and I couldn’t be more thankful for that. From taking me to sports practices to traveling hundreds of miles just because of one small thing I wanted to do/see, she will spontaneously do anything in the blink of an eye if that means I’ll be happy. It’s also kind of a plus that she’s my built-in best friend. Honestly, I would much rather explore and do things with my mom rather than my friends just because we get along so well. We like the same foods, have the same interests, and have the same mindsets (on certain days). Whether it’s going to try a new coffee shop or cafe or taking a random trip to a small town in Indiana, I know it’ll always be such a fun time with her.

We always joke around about her moving in with me when she gets super old and her not wanting to be that far away from me when I move out in the next few years, but honestly, I couldn’t see myself that far away from her either! If I did end up moving away, she would visit me almost every weekend just because she misses me haha.

Moral of the story is that moms are pretty freaking cool. Go hug your mom, tell her she’s the bees knees, and enjoy this day revolving around the greatest humans ever. Go moms!

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FAVORITE CLOTHING BRANDS / SITES

I feel like I haven’t talked about fashion in awhile so today we’re getting right into some major fashion deets. 

I’m a major money- saver when it comes to buying clothes. When choosing my favorite brands, I look at price as a major deal breaker. Though Revolve and TopShop have super cute clothes, I tend to fall more towards brands like Forever 21 and TJMaxx (I could spend hours in there). So, check out below my favorite brands that can help brighten up your wardrobe this summer!

  • D E N I Z E  N

I cannot explain how much I love this brand. If I ever post pictures on my Instagram in Jeans, I am most likely wearing Denizen. They can be found in most Targets and I believe Kohl’s at super budget-friendly prices! The material is also stretchy which helps big-thighed gals like myself. Also, if you’re petite and looking for great jeans that you don’t have to fold over, Denizen’s ankle-length jeans will be your literal best friend. I’m actually wearing a pair in the pictures below if you were wondering what their product looks like on a person! 

  • L U L U S

This summer, I really want to invest in some cute and flow-y sundresses because, contradicting to my last favorite brand, some days I just don’t have the effort to put on pants. I have been living (literally) recently in a maxi dress I bought from Lulus about three years ago and have been dying to purchase a few more for my closet! Their prices are pretty great, with dresses selling from around $40-50, and they also have super great quality sandals. Moral of the story is that you can sit in the quality of your own home and shop cute fashion pieces.

  • O L D  N A V Y

When you’re in a pinch for some staple pieces, Old Navy is the perfect place to go! I usually get my chunky sweaters and cardigans from there along with colored chinos that I like to wear to work! They always have sales, so you’ll 99% of the time get a steal any time you walk in there! 

  • T A R G E T

I mean…. need I even explain? I’m pretty sure any of us walk into Target thinking we’re getting one thing and end up purchasing a brand new wardrobe. Every time I peruse around their clothing section, I’m always blown away at the quality of some of their clothes and the prices, too! They’re always up-to-date on styles and if you want to dive into a new trend without spending an arm and a leg, just swing by a Target sometime (or all the time).

  • F R A N C E S C A S

When I was in High School, I would always get my semi-formal dresses from Francesca’s! Their clothes are closest to a boutique-style but without the boutique prices! I always walk in there and immediately fall in love with all of the colors! In the summer, I lean more towards bright colors, so Francesca’s is always the first spot I hit when I take a trip to the mall!

[OUTFIT: HAT | JEANS | TANK (NORDSTROM RACK) | SHOES (OLD NAVY)]

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AN AFTERNOON IN FOLEY

Usually, when we go on spring break, we arrive on Saturday and spend about a week at the beach and exploring one of my family’s favorite places. This year, though, we decided we needed more time soaking in the sun and opted to leave for vacay late Wednesday afternoon. So, with the two extra days we gained, we decided to explore the city of Foley, AL, which is just about 20 minutes from Orange Beach.

The first place we had to scope out was The Drowsy Poet. After meeting the owner, we soon found out that he’s actually a hoosier native, too. (what a coinkadink!) He had just opened the business about two months prior to us coming there, which you couldn’t notice at all from how established it looked. This place basically meets every Instagrammer’s aesthetic needs. I mean, it was built from an old gas station so anywhere is a shootable location. All their drinks were named after old poets or poems, too, which makes it like ten times better.

After walking around a little bit, we walked into a huge two-story antique shop. My mom and I love to just window shop and look at all the trinkets, so we spent almost an hour just looking around.

There was just so much beautiful historic architecture in this quaint little town that made me fall completely in love with it. Every corner you turned, there was a wall full of vines or a group of just-bloomed flowers. Basically, if you ever find yourself in southern Alabama and want a little getaway from reality, I would highly recommend visiting Foley.

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FAVORITE INSTAGRAMS/BLOGS THIS MONTH

This month I feel like I have been discovering more and more “Insta bloggers” and have completely fallen in love with them. Whether It is their aesthetic, the way they present themselves, or how fashion-forward their looks are, they’re all just so much fun to admire and look at! It’s also a plus when I can get a little inspiration from them.

This week I’m a little busy with wedding editing (a blog post on that is coming soon!) and school so I thought instead of just skipping this week I’d compile a little list of my top ten Instagram’s of the month! Enjoy and have a great week !! 🙂

 

Ashley (@therichmondprepster)
I think I love this blogger because her style is probably closest to mine. I also love all of the bright and bold colors on her profile and the fact that she lives in Richmond (which is a place I so want to travel to.) If you love a classic preppy look, I’d go give her a follow!
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Abigail is definitely one of the reasons why I wanted to get into blogging in the first place. Like, circa over a year ago when Touch of Blush was basically inexistent. I remember always stalking her Instagram wondering how I could possibly have a similar style to hers, and still to this day she’s one of my favorite bloggers. If you love the New England style like myself, I would one hundred percent recommend looking at her profile!
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Aspyn Ovard (@aspynovard)
I found Aspyn through youtube like four years ago and she’s been my favorite ever since!  Her Instagram is everything I wish mine was, too, but like better. I’d love to travel when I get done with school, so seeing all of her travel posts inspires me even more to go out and explore! If you don’t already follow Aspyn, do it. Like now.
IMG_0349Caitlin (@cmcoving)
Caitlin is all thing Insta goals. First, her hair is so. voluminous. like I wish my hair looked like that (don’t we all?) And I love how bold and fun her pics are. She makes me want to go on vacation everyday and wear cute little bathing suits. This profile is the one for you if you love southern charm, bold styles, and a girly flair.
IMG_0350Allison Schaper (@allisonschaper)
Allison’s feed and aesthetic is so fun and pink I could stare at it everyday! Some reasons why she’s one of my fav Insta girls is because she is Disney obsessed (as am I), loves taking pics of her food and coffee, and loves the color pink (I mean, my blog is called a Touch of Blush so..) If you love all-things aesthetically pleasing and girly, Allison is the gal for you!
IMG_0351Taylor Eldridge (@allthingstaylored)
I just discovered Taylor’s account not that long ago and her posts have gotten better and better since! She’s started to merge into the whole aesthetic game and has taken an orange and blue-tinted theme. Her pics are also super crisp and bold and her style is kind of what inspires my posts. She may not be that big of a blogger now, but give her some time and she’ll be killin’ the game with the big dogs!
IMG_0352Olivia Rink (@oliviarink)
I can’t even describe how obsessed I am with Olivia’s profile. First, she’s a petite fashion and lifestyle blogger, which is 110% me because #shortlegscrew. She was also a former University of Kentucky cheerleader, and seeing that I spent over half my life cheering, I gotta support another fellow gal. Her city style is also so cute and trendy I’m in love! Her photographer is another reason why I love her pics, especially recently. Her Insta is @aesthetiica and her pictures are like no one else’s! So moral of the story is check both of their accounts out!
IMG_0353Emily Herren (@champagneandchanel)
Emily is another gal that I had just discovered recently. I just love how her Instagram is specifically for her everyday styles and it doesn’t seem super posed or anything like that. Sometimes I just want fashion inspiration without the heavy edits and stuff, and Emily gives her followers just that. It’s one thing that we have the same names, but her Texas accent and southern roots wins me over! Go follow her!
IMG_0354Jaci Marie (@jacimariesmith)
I think ever since I got big into the Instagram game, I’ve been following Jaci. Her posts are just so freaking awesome I admire them every time I’m scrolling through my feeds. Her and her husband are hashtag goals and she’s best friends with another one of my faves, Aspyn! Their feeds are really similar so if you’re already following Aspyn, go follow Jaci, too!!
IMG_0355Krystal Faircloth (@apinchoflovely) 
Krystal is probably the closest profile to my own style. I have bookmarked most of her photos so I can look back at them for inspiration. Her pastel Insta and girly trends are spot on for what I hope to be like in the future with my own profile! If you don’t follow her now, you’ll definitely regret it!
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WORK-FRIENDLY OUTFIT IDEAS

If someone asked me to do this blog post a year ago I would literally laugh at you because my work attire would usually consist of leggings, an old t-shirt with espresso stains on it, and a warn out pair of white converse high tops. I know, I know… I had a great fashion sense. I would try to wear cute-ish clothes, but then by the end of the day I would be wearing every ingredient available. But, here I am today writing this post because I’m finally at a job where I can finally dress like myself!

If any of you didn’t know, I currently work at a local bridal shop a few days a week and absolutely love it. I’ve been able to become a little more creative when it comes to my fashion sense and I’ve decided to share a little bit of my business-casual outfits with all of you!

Most of these pieces were bought years ago so I’ll try my best to find and tag whatever I can find! And also shoutout to Riley for being awesome and letting me bombard her closet and borrow some of my fav pieces of hers,  you rock.

I’ve decided to categorize the four outfits based on different styles, so therefore:

OUTFIT 1: The Preppy/Classic Girl

OUTFIT 2: The Sophisticated/ Glamorous Girl

OUTFIT 3: The Flirty/ Easygoing Girl

OUTFIT 4: The Dressy/ Edgy Girl

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Blazer |Striped Shirt (Similar) |Jeans | Shoes   O U T F I T  O N E

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Sunglasses | Jacket (Similar) | Pants (Similar) |   O U T F I T  T W O

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Sunglasses | Shoes (Similar) | Shirt: Borrowed | Earrings     O U T F I T  T H R E E

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O U T F I T  F O U R Skirt: Borrowed | Blouse: JC Penny | Shoes: Local Boutique 

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WORKING OUT FOR FUN?

I think that everyone always has the new years resolution of getting in shape (myself included.) The only downside of that is, well, we actually have to go to the gym. Well fear me not, I have discovered ways that you can workout without it “feeling” like you’re actually working out! Some of these are a no-brainer, but I have gotten to the point that working out at a gym isn’t motivating to me. I know there are some lucky people out there that can just wake up and force themselves to go to the gym, but there are other people like me that would rather just sleep in and “start tomorrow ” (let’s be honest, we never actually start the next day.) But below I have comprised a short list of a few fun activities that can take place of a traditional workout! You can thank me later.

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1. YOGA 

I cannot even express how much I love yoga. First, I was in competitive cheerleading basically half my life, so yoga is kind of second nature for me when it comes to flexibility and balance. Second, the atmosphere is so relaxing and makes you so excited to start class! (and it smells like lavender, like what could be any better than that?!) If school or work is stressing you out, after one yoga class you will feel so much better, i guarantee it! In these pictures i’m doing yoga at home, but I would recommend going to an actual studio. It’s a lot easier to not be as focused when you’re at home than in public.

2. PILATES 

This is a workout that I haven’t done in quite some time, but after one class you will literally feel like a new human. The way that they stretch you and move your muscles is unexplainable, seriously! It’s so hard to actually explain unless you physically take a class yourself. So, after you’re done reading this, go and sign up for a class at your nearest pilates studio!

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3. SOUL CYCLE

Of course I had to include this. I mean, soul cycle is the basic white girl of workouts, but it definitely tires you out. I unfortunately haven’t been able to actually go to a soul cycle class, seeing that they’re only available in major cities, but if you go to your local gym or YMCA, they sometimes have spin classes, which are pretty much the same as soul cycle! I have been telling myself to go do it for months but, of course, my laziness and procrastination has caught up with me and I sit at home and eat cookies instead (literally what i’m doing right now. Cookie Cottage is so hard to resist!)

4. BARRE WORKOUT

This is kind of a mixture between pilates and yoga in the sense that you basically are mirroring ballet movements and poses. If you’re more of the creative and artistic person, this may be the workout for you. It’s dance-related, so it makes it not seem so much like an actual workout, though you’ll definitely feel sore afterwards! I watched a video on some of my favorite youtubers going and attempting to do it, and as you can see they almost couldn’t finish! Long story short, you should try to find somewhere near you that offers it.

5. ORANGE THEORY

I have seen so many of the other bloggers that I follow post about how much they love this workout! So I decided to search and see if it was worth putting into this blog post, and then the best thing happened…. I FOUND OUT IT WAS OPENING IN MY HOMETOWN! As you can see I couldn’t contain my excitement. So I decided I REALLY need to research on this thing. It turns out it’s an hour long workout that gives you more energy, tones your body, and burns calories over the span of 36 hours (can I get a heck yes?) Once the one near me opens I’ll post about it and tell you guys all about my experience! Here’s a link to the website where you can learn more about it!

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(I haven’t cheered in like four years so my balance isn’t the best anymore…. if you want proof look down below!!)

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HOW TO MANAGE YOUR TIME WHILE IN SCHOOL

So i’ve had an epiphany lately. It all started when I was in the midst of completing a homework assignment. It was Sunday and the deadline for the homework was, you guessed it, that same day. I know I have no room to speak seeing that i’m only a part-time college student, but I do have my fair share of mental breakdowns when I realize I can’t do everything at once. Being a student while also having a part-time job and doing occasional wedding videography, I eventually need to learn how to manage my time, which brings us to this post!

So backtracking to my little epiphany last Sunday, I hated that I was spending all of this time on homework last minute when in reality I could’ve gotten it done in the span of the week before and would have had a plethora of time to do other things! That’s when I started to jot down a few tips and tricks that could help me manage my time while also completing all my tasks on time.

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 1.Keep a Planner (UPDATE AND CHECK IT REGULARLY!!!!)

It’s one thing to own a planner, but it’s another thing to regularly update it and write down everything you have to do that specific day/week. I am so guilty for writing tons of things I need to complete in my planner when i’m in class bored on Monday, but don’t even check it again until the next Monday! That would explain my procrastination and lack of knowledge on due dates. So, make it routine to check your planner everyday and write down every. singe. thing. you need to complete. It’s super easy to write something down but just not do it, so my challenge to you is to live by your planner for a week. Then, you’ll notice that you have so much free time! I feel as if we spend so much time stressing over completing our to-do list when we can just finish it and ditch the stress.

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 2. Don’t do everything at once! 

This may not include everyone, but for me, when wedding season kicks into high gear I have a hard time deciding which one to do first: homework or editing. They both need to eventually be done, so this is where time management comes into play. Plan certain days to complete certain tasks. Make, let’s say, Tuesday your homework day and Sunday your editing day. If you don’t complete everything by the end of the day, just wait until the next week to finish it, unless a due date is sooner. You’ll see a significant amount of stress come out of your body by doing this. Instead of thinking about editing and homework every waking second of the day, I can actually enjoy the rest of my week by doing other things that I like to do; like blogging, reading, and exploring my town for example.

 

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3. Multi-Task (Bear with me)

Some of you probably read the heading and thought I was stupid. But, fear me not, I have found a way, after a couple years, to make it feel like you aren’t doing work when you really are. So basically, you can mix in your leisure time with your study time. What usually works best for me is to go to coffee shops. Whenever I’m in a coffee shop environment, I instantly get the motivation to complete everything. I invite some of my friends to join, grab my favorite drink of the moment, and study away. By the end of the session, i’m able to do most of my homework without the stress and headache that I would usually have had I decided to stay home. See? multi-tasking isn’t TOOO bad.

I hope this helps you combat the college student stress. Trust me when I say this; everyone is in the same boat you are. If you’re on the verge of a mental breakdown, I am 100% positive there is someone that wouldn’t mind listening to you vent and rant. Sometimes, that’s all you need to do before feeling at least a little bit better. If you have any comments or questions please feel free to contact me!

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GALENTINE DATE IDEAS

It’s that time of the year again ladies, and shockingly, i’m single! (hopefully you could feel the sarcasm in that statement) But, I am not alone. Alas, I have comprised a short list of things you could do with your gal pals on the infamous day of love. I plan on doing at least one of these when the 14th comes (i’ll make sure to document it), but I would love to see if any of you guys do anything! Feel free to tag me on any of your pics with your ride or dies and i’ll show them on my insta story! Happy Galentine’s Day, y’all!!!

1. Go See A Movie!

My girlfriends and I for the past two years have always gone to see 50 Shades of Grey on (or near) Valentine’s Day. Make a new tradition with your gals! There are so many good romantic films being released that you could definitely go see!  …And it gives you a good excuse to indulge in all the popcorn you can fit in your mouth.

2. Dress Up and Go To A Fancy Dinner

I don’t know about you, but I love when all my friends come over to my house and get ready together. I think it’s such a nice bonding moment! Take this holiday to show off your “date(s).” Who says you need a boyfriend to go on dates? Though you may be surrounded by other couples in the restaurant, enjoy your night with your babes! Maybe make an ice cream run afterwards and have a sleepover!

3. Have a “Spa Night”

It doesn’t even have to be Valentine’s Day to do this, but just treat yourself. Make a nice bath, throw in a bath bomb, and light some candles while relaxing in a cooling face mask. Read a book or watch a Netflix rom-com while just celebrating YOU. Go beforehand and grab some chocolate and devour yourself in a few bites of deliciousness, too! Valentine’s Day is just about love, so why not love yourself? We are independent women who don’t need no man to complete us! *insert sassy emoji*

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For some reason I couldn’t find the t-shirt, but it’s from Target !

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