What’s in My Carry On Bag?

Fashion, Lifestyle, simplicity, Slow Fashion, style, Travel

Hey you guys. I’m going to be continuing with talking about my travels and all. So today I’m going to be showing you what’s in my carry on bag. Then on Friday, I’ll most likely have an outfit post like normal, however, that may change. Anyway, let’s get on with this post. I got on Polyvore today to basically simulate what garments I’m taking with me to on my trip. I seriously thought this would be easier than taking my own pictures, but boy was I wrong. Next time I travel, I will be taking my own pictures for sure! Some garments pictured are the actual garments, but some are not.

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Altogether, I am bringing 20 items with me, not including undies, bralettes, and bras. Let’s break that down:

6 tops (two tees, two muscle tees, one tank, one l/s shirt)

4 bottoms (leggings, boyfriend jeans, skinny jeans, shorts)

4 dresses (two tee dresses, two going out dresses)

3 pairs of shoes (boots, heels, sneakers)

3 jackets (leather jacket, cardigan, cropped denim jacket)

Currently, the weather in Spain is pretty hot during the day and then very cool at night. Specifically, in Seville, it’s been reaching about 90 degrees…so I’m going to need some wiggle room as far as my outfits go. However, I still don’t think I over packed at all. If I under packed, I can still shop while I’m there. I’m pretty content with what I’m taking, especially the black tee – let me explain.

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A black tee can go from day into night in my opinion. So those nights I’m not going out I can purchase a skirt and a nice scarf and pair it with my tee. I could even knot the tee in the front or the back to make it slightly cropped. I feel like my options are pretty endless with a simple black tee if styled correctly.

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So a little bit about my favorite items that I’m bringing, now. My boyfriend jeans are a fave because they’re so easy to style! I can wear them with all the shoes I’m bringing and they can go into the night with any of my tees or muscle tees! The blue dress I love because its so simple and I can pair it with my Vans. This can also go into the night with a leather jacket and my heels or boots. I’ve been obsessed with the Au Revoir tee since I first saw it online at Madewell. I said I was going to purchase it and I finally did last week. It’s very thick but soft and breathable. This will probably be my “touristy” outfit! My Vans are a favorite because they’re Vans and I will probably be in them the most.

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I couldn’t forget about the outfit I’ll be flying in! I’ll be in gray joggers and a simple white tee and my Vans. Then I’m going to wear my cardigan so that I do not get cold on the plane. I want to be as comfortable as possible and this is probably the most comfortable outfit I own. I’m here for it! I may switch to my rose pink joggers (just as comfy) so that I can arrive in style at the very least.

That is all for this post I hope that you guys enjoy it! Thanks for reading

ChelsiKay

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What’s in my Cosmetic Travel Bag(s)?

Beauty, Lifestyle, simplicity, skincare, Travel

I think packing is probably my least favorite thing to do. I don’t mind packing for short weekend trips, but weeklong overseas trips are kind of stressful. I’m pretty sure I watched every “pack with me” video on YouTube and yet I’m still stressed. Part of the reason I feel like I’m stressing is that I’m taking a duffel bag with me versus one of those cute little carry-on suitcases. Seriously, that would have helped tremendously! However, the duffel will have to work this time around.

One of the main things I didn’t really need to worry when it came to packing was my makeup, skincare, and other miscellaneous toiletries. On Saturday, I went to the closest Base Exchange with my dad and purchased all of the little travel minis (ibuprofen, body lotion, bobby pins, etc) that I needed. It’s kind of ridiculous how much cheaper things are on a military base compared to Target. Anywho, I picked up these 4 piece cosmetic cases to put all of my skincare and other non-liquid toiletries in.

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Everything here is pretty self-explanatory. I included my setting sprays, primer, powder, and serum foundation because they fit perfectly in the bag I’m using. I mean that setting powder is pretty bulky and the bag is perfect because it stands upright, therefore I won’t have a bunch of powder all over the place.

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Surprisingly this bag can fit all of these skincare items without being too bulky. I may have to put the toner in a clear bag for all the TSA stuff. I included my toothpaste (my toothbrush will go in here too) because I typically brush my teeth and then wash my face so why not put them together? I have body lotion hidden all over my luggage because ya girl gets ashy and I have no idea if the climate is going to be dry or not.

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I’m really proud of what makeup I’m taking. I’m proud because this is basically my everyday makeup normally minus the eyelashes and substituting the Becca Foundation for my IT Cosmetics Serum Foundation (which I’m also taking.) I love that my everyday makeup is also my travel makeup. I’m sure if my skin were even clearer, I would have even less makeup!

So these are my cosmetic bag(s) travel essentials give or take a few things pictured. I’m starting to get really excited for my trip and I can’t wait to take pictures and blog about everything! Thanks for reading.

ChelsiKay

Bomber Jacket Outfit of the Day

Fashion, Lifestyle, simplicity, Slow Fashion, style, Uncategorized

Hey, you guys welcome back to Fashion Fridays. So I’m going to keep this post pretty quick because I let time get away from me today and I still have quite a bit to do before my trip to Spain and I want to be done with all of the errand running by the end of this weekend.

So let’s jump right into this outfit of the day post! Once again, I was in Georgetown and wanted to take pictures of my super casual outfit. Honestly, I think the majority of my outfits are pretty casual, but that’s kind of how I like it.I wore my third favorite pair of jeans from American Eagle and paired it with a cropped tank top because it got really hot that afternoon. Although, I was still pretty hot because I was in black and dark wash jeans so that didn’t help all too much.

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However, the main attraction of this outfit is the bomber jacket that I purchased from Boohoo. I’m the worst because I am definitely not supposed to be buying fast fashion, but this was one of those times I had to suck it up. I had to suck it up because it’s kind of perfect for days that start off really cool and end up super hot and then end up cool by nightfall.

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The material of the jacket is pretty thin, but it’s also pretty decent quality considering I only paid $10 for it. Something I want to bring up in a post sometime soon is mixing fast fashion with slow fashion because it is pretty doable if you know what you’re trying to achieve. I also have to admit that Boohoo tends to have some pretty decent quality items for very cheap.

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Anyway, I finished off the outfit with my favorite black and white vans and went on about my day. Also, the sunglasses that I feel like have been in all of my outfits are Quay’s! Alright, I have to go now! Thanks for reading!

ChelsiKay

5 Skincare Practices I Stopped Doing

Beauty, Lifestyle, simplicity, skincare, Uncategorized

Hi everybody, today I’m going to be talking about skincare today. I feel like its been kind of a while since I’ve talked about this topic. There are some skincare practices that I stopped doing earlier this year that has improved my skin SO much… I’m sure most of you know that I have lessened my dairy intake to reduce my cystic acne, but here are five more things I’ve stopped doing and what I do instead.

  1. Stopped washing my face in the mornings

I’m pretty sure I’ve mentioned this before, but my face typically isn’t dirty in the mornings. A few days after I began doing this, my skin improved greatly. Now what I do is rinse my face with lukewarm water and then tone to remove any dirt that may be present. If I do feel that my face isn’t all that clean, I will use a gentle cleanser like Mario Badescu Enzyme Cleanser or Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser.

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  1. Stopped Using Drugstore Brands

I actually stopped doing this a long time ago. Drugstore brands pretty much did nothing for my skin, in fact, I think they used to make my skin worse. No matter how many oil-free cleansers I would try my skin would always be oily and that was part of the problem. The right oils fight oil, you guys! Now I’m sure there are drugstore brands that work pretty well now and are packed full of moisture, but I’ve found my products now and don’t see myself returning back to drugstore products anytime soon.

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  1. Stopped using makeup wipes

Yes, I know this is a weird one. The main reason I stopped using makeup wipes is that they always left a sticky residue on my face and I felt like when I would use them my skin just wasn’t happy. Another reason I stopped using was that wiping, pulling and tugging my face to get makeup off probably wasn’t the best technique for my sensitive skin. So now I either use micellar water with a really soft cotton pad (Shiseido cotton pads) or I oil cleanse. Occasionally I’ll use those makeup towels to remove my makeup, but that kind of goes back to using makeup wipes – so I use it sparingly.

  1. Stopped using physical exfoliators

This kind of goes hand in hand with the makeup wipes. The pulling and tugging, as well as the scratching from microbeads, irritated my skin. Also, microbeads aren’t the best for the environment either. This also means I threw out my Clarisonic face brush. I saw no results with a face brush no matter how soft the bristles were. The only physical exfoliator I feel comfortable putting on my skin is charcoal or honey granules (Lush Dark Matter or Leahlani Honey Love) and also I’m extra careful with these when using. I even use chemical exfoliators pretty sparingly just because of how sensitive my skin is. At least for me, the more gentle, the better.

  1. Stopped using salicylic acid

I stopped using the end all be all acne treatment for acne prone skin?! Yes, I certainly did. Every skincare guide I read swears by salicylic acid, but for whatever reason, my skin is just not here for it. Every single time I start using the salicylic acid for a pimple, my skin laughs and produces another even bigger pimple or pimples. Now when I get a pimple, I apply some tea tree oil directly on the pimple and just spot treat. Usually, it’s gone or at the very least, smaller the next day.

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So those are the five things I stopped doing or using to improve my acne prone, sensitive skin. I’m not sure if you guys noticed, but everything I stopped doing was irritating my skin meaning all of that had to go! So if you’ve done pretty much everything you could following the normal skincare practices and still haven’t gotten any relief, then try some of these things! Thats it for today you all.

Thanks for reading!

ChelsiKay

Why am I SO Happy?!

Lifestyle, simplicity, style, Travel

Good evening everyone, I hope everyone has had a good Monday and if you aren’t having a good day, I promise it’ll get better! A few posts ago, I was speaking on about how happy I have been lately and that feeling has not gone away. I think this is because I’ve just embraced it and haven’t questioned this random jubilation.

I’m pretty sure the main reason I’ve been so happy is that I’m going on a trip…not just any trip though. I’m going on my first trip ever to Europe – Spain to be exact. So as you can imagine, I’m pretty damn excited! I’ll probably have more details on the trip in a later blog post.

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Another reason I’m happy is that I updated my blog! I chose a new theme earlier today and created a new header. Of course, I’m going to tweak some things because it’s definitely time for me to make this blog more professional. I’ll be upgrading sometime soon so that I can get rid of ads, put widgets, and have access to better themes.

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Last but not least its fall and the weather is somewhat reflecting that! I truly love putting a sweater on with jeans or leggings and then adding some cute boots. In fact, I got some really cute boots from TJMaxx a couple of weeks ago and I’m in love already. The boots are Guess and they’re black and velvet! I don’t see the velvet trend going anywhere anytime soon.

My parents painted the floors white so I’ve been taking full advantage of pictures. Seriously, a white background never hurt anybody; so you’ll be seeing a lot of the white in my photographs. Thanks for reading as always! See you in the next post.

ChelsiKay

OOTD: Happy Autumnal Equinox

Beauty, Fashion, Hair Care, Lifestyle, Minimalism, simplicity, Slow Fashion, style, Uncategorized

Happy Autumnal Equinox everyone! You all should know by now that I’m happy because this means the hot gross weather will soon be gone! Seriously, I’m getting pretty tired of sweating in places I’d rather not be sweating!

Anywho, welcome back to Fashion Fridays! It seems like it’s been weeks since I’ve posted an outfit of the day but it’s only been just one week. It seems the last few times I have worn a picture worthy outfit I’ve been in Georgetown, D.C. I really love it there because it’s so cosmopolitan, but also so historic. If you ever find yourself in the Washington, D.C. area then definitely visit Georgetown.

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Remember a few posts back when I was speaking of future purchases? Well, I got my hands on that perfect American Apparel tee dress. I’m pretty sure I’m going to be wearing it A LOT. I can wear it out dancing, to happy hour, or just to the coffee shop to chill or work. When I wore it to Georgetown two days ago, I was just working in the coffee shop, so I dressed it down.

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I paired it with some super old booties from Forever 21. I’m in need of some casual flat ankle booties or at least I will be. I can feel these boots starting to wear at the soles and that just doesn’t seem safe.

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I also paired the dress with a denim jacket from Levi’s…at least I started off that way. Of course around noon, it got pretty hot out and the jacket had to come off. It was even a little hot for the dress considering it is all black. I may have to pull this back out on a cooler or even cloudier day for sure.

Oh, and my curls are twisted up into cute little twists. I decided to do this one day because I was so sick of styling my hair. I also didn’t want to add extensions so this was a great happy medium for me. What do you all think?

That’s all for today! Check back Monday for a new post!

ChelsiKay

Fenty Beauty Match Stix Trio

Beauty, Lifestyle, simplicity, Uncategorized

Just as promised, I’m talking about Fenty Beauty today! Now I had to kind of control myself and not buy a whole new foundation, highlighter or powder. I have all of those things already and I’m completely in love with my current makeup routine. However, I HAD to try something.

Of course, my dear mother was already on it and purchased the Match Stix Trio the day Fenty Beauty was released! I still would like to try the powder highlighters when I get the chance…as if I don’t already have enough highlighters as it is.

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So…the Match Stix trio. I think we can all see that this trio is very similar to KKW’s Contour Kit, so let’s get that out of the way. I like both pretty equally, but Fenty Beauty is far more accessible than KKW Beauty. I’m not really going to make any comparisons on the actual products especially the obvious ones but I honestly feel like all these sticks come from the same manufacturer. I may be wrong, but they really are that similar.

Onto the actual product now. Fenty Beauty’s Match Stix Trio retails at $54 which includes a contour stick, a shimmer (highlight) stick and a concealer stick. I believe that you can purchase the sticks separately which retail at $25. Also, the sticks are magnetic!

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The Match Stix Trio that I have is in the color Deep which is the darkest of the trios. I will say that besides the contour color the other sticks are pretty light for the darkest shades.

The contour stick: Out of the three, the contour shade (Espresso) is my favorite. I think it’s the perfect size for contouring and once it’s blended out, it gives such a nice soft chiseled natural contour. I am definitely more of a powder contour girl, but I’m a huge fan of this creamy contour.

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The highlight stick: I feel like I’m a highlight expert at this point…okay not really. So I like the way this highlighter (Sinamon) looks when I first apply it, but once blended it kind of just disappears. I definitely don’t mind a natural highlight for during the day, but this appears more like a bronzer. I still like it, however, I would probably go for a different shade next time. Also, I think I’ll stick to powder highlighters from now on. Fenty Beauty has a powder highlighter that I have my eye on…and it’s not Trophy Wife.

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The Concealer Stick: Okay…I’m not a fan of this concealer (Suede), especially for the Deep colored trio. I wore it yesterday and it made my under eyes so oily. Also, I appeared very ashy looking and I know that was probably due to the shade. Today I went with my normal concealer and liked how my skin looked a WHOLE lot better.

Overall, I like this trio minus the concealer…so the duo. The natural contour and highlight are perfect for those days I don’t feel like doing my full makeup routine but still, want to look somewhat alive. If you’re still deciding on buying the trio, I would probably look into getting the individual Match Stix just so you don’t end up with a color that isn’t fitting for you. I do recommend the contour stick for sure without a doubt!

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I hope to try some of the other products within this amazing beauty line. I may get a sample of the foundation because I’m very curious to see if they have my perfect shade! Thanks for reading, as usual, you guys. Check back Friday for another fashion post!

ChelsiKay

Finding Your Happy Place

Lifestyle, simplicity, Uncategorized

Happy Monday everyone! Last week was such a great week, but I’m always happy to start a new one. So, every once in awhile I do actually like to talk about simple living without it being about fashion or skincare and the such. I kind of just want to touch on the mindset of simplicity today…so let’s get to it.

Sometimes the majority of the time, there are outside forces that are just simply out of our control. No matter how much you try to take control of a situation, the outcome is the outcome. There are times where you just have to let go and let whatever happens, happen.

With that being said, the reason I bring this up is that a few days ago I found myself in a situation that left me pretty frustrated. Let’s just say, outside forces (people) failed to communicate with me and I went out of my way for nothing. Once upon a time, I would’ve made a huge fuss and maybe even remained upset the whole day. Instead, I went to my happy place…both mentally and physically.

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My happy place is pretty much any place with coffee or tea whether it be Starbucks or some cozy local coffee shop. Mentally, I just had to tell myself to let it go and not to be upset. I made my way to the nearest Starbucks and purchased a Frappuccino and sat there alone scrolling through Instagram until I felt I wasn’t upset anymore.

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I’m not going to lie, I slightly did still feel some type of way. However, I also felt like I kind of won because I didn’t let my frustrations take over. I then continued the rest of my day in a really good mood.

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Also, I realized that I do tend to try to control situations that cannot be controlled and I really need to break that habit. Finding my happy place (physical and mental) was probably one of the most simple things I have ever done and I would strongly suggest that everyone tries this. Find your happy place people and always go to it when you’re mad, frustrated, sad, or even melancholy!

That’s all today! Check back in on Wednesday…I’ll be talking about Fenty Beauty!

ChelsiKay

What’s your physical happy place?

Fall Transition Outfit of the Day

Fashion, Lifestyle, simplicity, Slow Fashion, style

Last night, I was thinking that I’d start making Fridays fashion Friday’s since it almost fall and that’s basically the best time of the year. I very much plan on posting a ton of outfit of the days this year on this here blog as well as on my Instagram. Anywho, let’s get on with today’s outfit of the day!

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Last week I was in Georgetown and really wanted to take pictures and explore the area. So I wore my beloved boyfriend jeans and my cropped hoodie. I then layered the hoodie with my faux leather jacket.

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Jeans: Lucky Brand

Hoodie: Forever 21

Jacket: TJMaxx

Shoes: Converse

Sunglasses: NastyGal

As for the shoes, I decided to go for my classic white high-top Chucks. I also tied the whole outfit together with sunglasses. I love wearing sunglasses as a necklace as well as their intended use.

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I may need to bring these Chucks back out more often because I’m kind of in love with them, but I’m also afraid to get them dirty. I think I’ll just have to suck that up and wear them anyway.

So that’s all for today. Check back in next Friday for another outfit of the day and check back in on Monday for another post!

ChelsiKay

 

Getting Your Tasks Done

Lifestyle, simplicity, Uncategorized

Today’s post is kind of ironic because I was so ready to talk about how to get your tasks/chores done, but here I am typing this up at almost 9pm. I didn’t charge my computer last night and it was completely dead this morning…such a fail considering this blog posts’ topic. Anyway, just because it’s late doesn’t mean I’m not going to post at all so let’s get started.

Yesterday, as I was folding my laundry I was thinking why such a tedious task was flying by. Well…I was FaceTiming my friend and we were having a great conversation. I just kind of began folding just so I wasn’t sitting there talking. Normally my clothes will sit at the end of my bed for a couple of days before I start groaning that I have to fold them.

This made me think back to the day I was cleaning my brushes and I was dancing at my bathroom sink to my very loud music. I HATE cleaning my brushes with a passion but it HAS to be done.

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I think you see where this post is going now…

When you have a tedious task to do, make it fun: call a friend, listen to music, do squats (lol.)

Also if you have a really huge task to be done, turn it into a bunch of smaller tasks. All too often we will overwhelm ourselves by taking on these big duties that we just kind of keep procrastinating. Seriously, do laundry twice as much so your loads aren’t so huge and you won’t have to put away nearly as many clothes. Most washers nowadays have sensors so you’re really not wasting water as with your older washers.

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I know there’s still a bunch of other chores that are just unavoidable and will always be tedious such as cleaning your toilet. Yea there’s really no way around that one except just don’t let it get gross in the first place. I don’t really enjoy changing my sheets either, but it also has to be done. With this chore, I just think of the end result and it’s always so worth it.

So if you’ve got some chores or tasks to be done keep these little “hacks” in mind. You won’t even realize you’re doing it until it’s done the majority of the time. I’m just here to make people’s lives more simple (including my own) even if my tips are as obvious as the nose on my face. Thanks for reading regardless.

ChelsiKay

How do you get your chores/tasks done?