It’s Okay To Not Be Sorry | #ShineStrong

I’m sure we all have friends that say, “I’m sorry” a lot. It’s almost as if they’re apologizing for their existence and passing it off as an attempt to be polite while apologizing for being rude. When in fact the majority of the time they’re not even being rude and have no reason to apologize, but it is such a knee-jerk reaction for the words to utter from their lips, that it occurs more often than necessary. 
 
I read about and watched the commercial Pantene released (Not Sorry ‘see below’) aimed at women to encourage them to stop saying “sorry” so much. Which falls in line with their gender normality charged commercial released last year “Labels Against Women”.

What To Wear: Valentine’s Edition

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Guest Spot:
My dear friend, Khendra strikes again! She has some really cute ideas (as if she ever runs out of them) for outfits you can wear on your date, or non-date, or girls night, or whatever you are doing on Valentine’s Day. See more after the jump! Love and Lite guys. 

Are You An Angel?

What were you doing December 10, 2013 at 9 pm central standard time? I can tell you what I was doing. I was sitting in front of my television, watching the Victoria Secret models sashay down a stage in luxurious undergarments with the most amazing wings. I have to admit the wings are my favorite part. I say to myself every year “Next year I’m going to make a pair of those wings and be a Victoria Secrets model for Halloween.” It never happens but the thought is nice.

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Beauty Staple | Skin Care

It could all be so simple if we had clearer skin, yea? Everyone isn’t as lucky as Mrs. Carter. Some of us normal folk have to wash daily, twice even, and have to go on blemish watch every now and then. There are a few things I’ve been sticking to that keep my skin generally healthy and blemish free. 
 
Once a week I use one mask and it requires two ingredients:
  1. Baking Soda
  2. Water
Crazy complicated, right? I know. Just bear with me, it gets easier from here.
 
I’m all for at-home products and DIY projects as long as it works. The less expensive the better. And baking soda being a whopping $1, fits that category.
Baking Soda
Note: Baking soda can be used for all kinds of things, including cleaning or absorbing odor. A few examples are:
  • Add a few drops of essential oil to some baking soda, you have something that not only kills odor in the room but emits a fresh scent. You smell that? I smell that. And it’s not the dog. Oh yea!
  • Teeth Whitener – Dip your toothbrush in there and brush regularly with your toothpaste. (And to be honest, if we ran out of toothpaste when I was younger, we used plain old Baking Soda. My Grandma was a wise woman.)
  • Apparently it helps unclog your gas…The intestinal kind. (I heard this from my family. You might want to Google that for details.)
  • You can use it to clean almost anything in your house, including unclogging drains
  • Exfoliate all over. You can put a bit in your hands when you wash your face to double as an exfoliator. Beware of using it daily, there’s always the risk of tearing the skin. Or mix it with water and rub it all over your body before you shower. 
Now back to this revolutionary mask. It’s a precise science when it comes to measurement.
Sprinkle a generous amount in your hand. With your free hand sprinkle water on it until it’s a nice sticky, but a tad bit watery, paste. 
I honestly don’t even time it, but if I had to guess I’d say approximately 10 minutes, or until it starts to flake off of your face. I have oily to normal skin, so I’d suggest leaving it on for less time if you don’t. 
Apply your paste to a freshly washed face. If I’m having trouble with a particular area or have a pimple I’ll pile it on high in that particular spot (don’t ask why, it makes me feel better about myself, OK). Then rinse it off. I use my hands, but you can use a washcloth. 
Moisturize and then bask in the baby bottom smoothness of your skin. 
I do this at night, so, when I wake up the next day, my skin has drastically calmed down, aka the pimples and the small weird bumps I get sometimes are gone or much smaller. 
 
It’s really that simple. Happy Masking! 

Not Your Mama’s Fall

I have some pretty amazing friends. No, really.
One of which I asked to do a guest post on fall fashion. She is my personal stylist even tho she is approximately 1,100 miles away from me. We do enough Hangout’s and GroupMe chats over fashion to either drive someone completely insane, or inspire them to shop until they drop. She really knows her stuff. After going to the Fall NYFW this year, I asked her to share with me what stood out to her the most.
And yes, we’re smack in the  middle of Fall, but better late than never, right?

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