Friday, June 23, 2017

2 Years

Cancer is not the happiest of topics I guess, but since I originally resurrected this blog as a way to keep family and friends up to date on my cancer, I figured I should probably post an update.

The 19th marked 2 years since I found out that I had breast cancer.  While I didn't get the actual "official" diagnosis until they called me with the results of the biopsy on the 23rd, I knew at that appointment.

Cancer is a big, scary word and it opens the door to a big, scary world, but it is also a world filled with silver linings.

Having cancer deepened my faith.  I learned to truly rely on God for strength and peace.  Cancer showed me just how much J cared for me and loved me.  While I had never doubted his love for me, it was a true comfort knowing that he was there taking care care of me throughout the treatments and surgeries.  My family and friends were amazing as well.  The prayers and the card and the visits meant the world to me.

Cancer also taught me about me.  Because of it, I found a determination to live the life that brings me joy, and not the one that seeks to match people's expectations.  Cancer gave me a better ability to see which things matter, and which things don't, and to be okay with pursuing the things that matter to me.

Cancer treatments gave me plenty of time to think and to contemplate what I like and what I don't like, whether food, or fashion, or a personality trait in myself.  I took the time to develop a better sense of style and learned how I like to spend my time.

Cancer isn't a journey that I would wish on anyone, but for me at least, it has been a journey that also brought hope and joy and learning.


Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Let's Try this Again

So I've blogged in the past, for a variety of reasons.  I've blogged to spout off about things - and not always very nicely or about things that needed spouted off about.  I've also blogged to be like friends, not even just the fact that I was blogging, but the topics that I was blogging about.  The thing is, I was never being true to me, so I never kept it up.  I think that the closest that I have come to being true to me with my blogging was when I used it to update people about my breast cancer.

I'm going to take a stab at blogging again - hence the post title.  This time though, I want to make more of an effort to stay true to me.  This little space on the web may never become hugely popular, and I'm fine with that.  I'm not looking to turn this into a full-time thing, I have a career that I am passionate about.  Though, if it gets big enough that companies want to send me products to try - that would be very cool :)  What I want this blog to be is a place where I can share the thoughts that are tumbling around in my brain.

I've spent some time thinking about things that I think I would like to write about, things that you could expect to find here.  Things like, food and exercise, things that I've stumbled upon online, trips that J and I take, workouts that I'm doing, fashion, makeup, basically a hodgepodge of slight randomness.

My only goal with this blog is to stay true to myself, and maybe provide someone with a good read.  My hope is that I'll actually have readers and that I'll be able to engage with them.

So stay tuned, I might surprise us all and actually be interesting.

And just for the fun of it, a cool picture from New Orleans.


Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Eyebrows

To say that I'm loving the thicker eyebrow look would be an understatement.  There's just something about it that I think frames the eyes so well.  Unfortunately, between genetics and chemo (though thankfully they are growing back in), my eyebrows don't fit the look too well.

Thankfully, there are plenty of ways to fill in and give yourself that beautiful thick eyebrow look.  I am in love with the eyebrow makeup from Anastasia Beverly Hills.  What I do is a three step process (blush brushing), but it really doesn't take too long.

First I prime with the Brow Primer.

 Next, I use this great brush and the Brow Powder Duo to outline my brows and then fill in.



I do a final fill in with the Brow Wiz.

Some tricks that I learned at Sephora, once you outline the bottom on your brows, use the mascara wand looking side of the brush to brush your eyebrows down and then outline the top.  Once you've outlined the top, brush them back up and then fill.

Shop the post: Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Primer, Brush #14, Brow Powder Duo, and Brow Wiz.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Snow Day

Friday we were off of work (we always get the Friday of spring break off) and woke to a snowy world.  The interesting part, was that it had been so warm leading up to the snow, that the sidewalk and driveway looked as though someone had cleared them for us.  It was almost as if we had a shovel fairy :)

Enjoy the pictures



Thursday, March 9, 2017

Transitional Dresses

Rue 21 is one of my favorite stores to shop for trendier pieces as reasonable prices.  The other day, I received an email from them that they were having a Buy 1 Get 1 Free sale on their dresses (unfortunately, it was for that day only).  I knew that I wanted to pick up a couple of dresses that would work well not only in the summer, but also now.

This first dress is perfect, paired with black tights, for a day like today where the temperatures are only going to be in the 50's.  This is actually how I am wearing it today.  You could also pair it with a pair of either tall or over the knee boots.


This second dress will be perfect for cooler days with some black tights or tall boots.  All you would need is a cardigan to thrown on over top.

Shop the post: Blue Skater Dress; Burgundy Pink Rose Dress