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.

*indicates items I may purchase

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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

Fall Cleaning: The Vanity

Beauty, Decorating, diy, jewelry, Lifestyle, Minimalism, simplicity, Uncategorized

Happy Wednesday everyone! I don’t know if you all knew this, but I’m sort of a messy person. I’m not at all a dirty person, but I’m pretty dang disorganized. Somehow, some way I always end up with clutter in places where there should not be…like my vanity. All those cosmetic organizers and it still manages to get cluttered. When this happens, I know it’s time to start over and rethink how I organize.

When it comes to my vanity, I have to start ALL the way over and even change out the drawer liner. I’m even thinking about creating my own storage container for it because it’s just so cluttered all the time. I’m not sure if the JerryBox is working out too well. The brushes always come flying out every time that I turn it to find what I’m looking for.

Anyway, so far I’ve cleared some space by purchasing a corner shelf on Amazon. The main reason I got this was that my perfume and nail polishes were being directly exposed to the sun and I think this affects the formulations…especially the nail polishes.

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The shelf is pretty sturdy and it already fits my room décor. However, it is kind of cheap and not the greatest quality but it works and I really like it. Also, my perfumes and nail polishes now have a nice home away from the direct sunlight.

I typed a lot of this earlier in the day and then made my way to AC Moore to see what I could find to change up my vanity situation. I picked up some construction paper as my drawer liner and tried to look for some sort of container that had drawers.I got home and purged everything I didn’t need and cleaned off everything I did need with baby wipes. Surprisingly, I didn’t dread doing any of this; in fact, I found it pretty cathartic.

I went with the dark orange construction paper because it screams fall and looks great under my acrylic containers. I also found a jewelry box that wasn’t being used and am now using that to store my favorite rollerballs, liquid lipsticks, and lipglosses. The jewelry box is a nice touch because it’s mirrored, I wish I would have thought of this sooner.

I didn’t realize this post was going to end up being all about my vanity so I’m going to have to divide these fall cleaning posts into parts now. So that is all for today you all! Thanks for reading as always!

ChelsiKay

 

Smashbox Liquid Lipsticks

Beauty, Lifestyle, simplicity, Uncategorized

Happy Monday you guys! It’s been kind of a weird day for me…maybe it’s the Monday blues or something. However, I did want to come on here and talk about this amazing lip product I happened upon.

Well, a couple of weeks ago, I’m scrolling through Instagram and I see these swatches of liquid lipsticks from Smashbox. All of the colors were vibrant and they also had a super wide range.

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So, a couple of days later I went to Sephora and swatched some of the colors and was really shocked out how seriously pigmented and non-streaky these liquid lipsticks were. Of course, I only purchased one at first and tried it for the next few days and then went back and bought another color. I’m probably going to back to Sephora and buy another one if it fits in my budget this coming month.

 

IMG_6798The colors I purchased were True Grit, which is this gorgeous deep brown color, and Miss Conduct, that is a beautiful blue-based red. The liquid lipsticks are called Always On Liquid Lipsticks and they really are always on. I have eaten food and drank with these on and I still manage to have color on lips. Of course, if I wipe enough the color does come off, but that’s to be expected.

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Needless to say, I really love these liquid lipsticks and I’m taking them into fall and winter with me. I would like to get a nude color that I can line with Nightmoth or Currant (MAC lipliners.) I really recommend these babies if you’re looking for a nice liquid lipstick for the season! Thanks for reading!

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

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?

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?

My Holy Grail Foundation(s)

Beauty, Lifestyle, simplicity, Uncategorized

Ok so yes I have more than one Holy Grail foundation but I honestly think everyone should. Everyone should have at least a day foundation and a night foundation at the very least. Me? I have three Holy Grail foundations, all for different reasons though. Let me explain.

So I have briefly talked about my Renewed Hope in a Jar Skin Tint on here before and let me just say…I feel the same exact way about it that I felt when I first started using it. This tinted moisturizer has never disappointed especially in these hot months. Not once has it slid off of my face or gotten really oily, unless of course, I didn’t set it with powder.

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Even though I despise the pump the Ordinary Serum Foundation comes in…it’s still a pretty amazing foundation. It was most definitely worth the wait and of course the $6 price tag. For $6 you’d expect a foundation to be crap, but it’s better than most foundations in Sephora. I like to wear this foundation at night, usually to happy hour or on a date. This stuff does not move or slide and the coverage is medium, so it’s not too much or too little. Also, who doesn’t love a satin finish?

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Last but not least, my Becca Ever-Matte Shine Proof Foundation is my end all be all. I would wear this ALL the time if it wasn’t so thick and had sunscreen in it. The finish is matte and it STAYS matte. There have been times where I didn’t even set it with powder and it still stayed on all night. If you couldn’t tell, I like to wear this foundation at night when I’m going out dancing or a special event. I can always count on this foundation to cover my acne scars and do so for the entirety of the night. I will forever be purchasing this foundation until they either change the formula or discontinue it.

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So those are my holy grail foundations. I have no idea if they’re going to change, but I highly doubt they will anytime soon.

What is your holy grail foundation?

Thanks for reading.

ChelsiKay

Reclaiming My Time

Beauty, Lifestyle, Minimalism, simplicity

Hey, you all, so I know I didn’t post on Wednesday, but honestly, I had nothing at all to post. Also, my mind was on Thursday, which was my 24th birthday! Yesterday I spent the day with my friend and they took me to go get my nails and feet done.

The reason why we decided to go get mani’s and pedi’s is because another one of our friends recently got engaged and her engagement party is this weekend too! So actually, my mind has been on this whole weekend because A LOT is going on! However, I did want to post today to let you know I’m still here and am not neglecting this blog whatsoever!

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This week started out kind of wonky because I was just not feeling it. That could have been a combination of hormones or just people kind of getting on my nerves. As most of you know I am striving to live more simply so I really do try to not let little things get to me.

One phrase that has stood out to me lately is a phrase spoken by Maxine Waters: “Reclaiming my time.” I know the meaning of that means something entirely different than how I have been applying it to my life, but the phrase just speaks levels to me. Needless to say, the mani and pedi was very much needed and I’m glad that my actual birthday was low key and didn’t involve too many people.

Now with all that said, I want to share one of my birthday gifts with you all. It was something I did actually want, but I did not expect to get it at all. This year I wasn’t too focused on gifts…maybe that’s a sign of growth or something? I probably won’t feel the same when Christmas comes around though.

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For the past few months, I have been using my mom’s FujiFilm Instax camera and I think her getting this for me was a way of telling me to give hers back. Fine by me. I love having things of my own and not having to borrow from others…including my mom. Of course, I would have preferred to purchase it myself, but I’m still oh so grateful for the camera. Also, I LOVE the color!

Yesterday was a good day and today will be a good day as well. I will try to have pictures from the engagement party as well as my birthday celebration. Thanks for reading.

ChelsiKay

5 Things That Happen When You Live Simply

Decorating, Lifestyle, Minimalism, simplicity
  1. You start to declutter regularly

Ok so this is a no brainer, but this isn’t just a materialistic thing…it’s also a mindset as well.

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  1. You develop routines

You’re just kind of naturally going to fall into routines whether it’s a skincare, hair care, cleaning or even a morning routine.

  1. You become happier (in my opinion)

Lesser things tend to bother you and you tend to stress less and less

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  1. The way you organize changes

Most people I’ve seen who live simply (or minimally) tend to have open storage – floating shelves, clothing racks, and basically anything you can see (no lid or door)

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  1. You get your mind right

What I mean by this is, your thinking becomes simple and you become less forgetful.

 

What are some things that happened when you started to live simply?

ChelsiKay