Fall Favorites +

I’m always trying out new products so I really wanted to put together a post featuring some of my random current favorite things!

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book: Girl, Wash Your Face

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I had seen so many people post about this book, I finally had to read it myself to see what all the hype was about. Let me tell you, it totally blew my expectations away! It’s extremely relatable and honest- two important factors I consider for me to give a book recommendation.

protein

protein: Arbonne Chocolate

Guys this is LITERALLY the best protein I’ve tried and its 100% vegan. I’ve bought endless amounts of protein brands and flavors- loved some/hated some, but this one by a LONG SHOT is the most delicious. I realized again how much better it is when i tried finishing my tub of old protein + took one sip and dumped it out. I promise. This is it.*

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chips

snack: Korean BBQ Chips

My boyfriend Kevin is obsessed with KBBQ, so I found these and bought them for him. While its not my favorite dish, the chips are super yummy…I almost ate his whole bag myself!

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mind

supplement: Mind Health

When I’m at work I do my best to focus and give my guests 100% of me, but sometimes it’s just hard. I add my packet of Mind Health to my drink every morning + I’m able to see a significant improvement in mental clarity!*

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hair product: DevaCurl Towel

I love this towel because the microfibers prevent your hair from frizzing…and DevaCurl tried 15 different materials until they found the PERFECT one! It’s also hug, which is perfect for girls with long and thick hair.

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oil

essential oil: Arbonne Focus Blend

Ahhh this oil scent is so grounding and truly gives me a sense of focus. I pair it with my Mind Health in the AM, putting it on my wrists and behind my ears. I also use it before the gym to help with mind-muscle connection.*

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adidas

shoes: Adidas NMDs

The comfiest shoes EVER! They changed the game for me when I wear them doing cardio or leg day. There’s so much support it feels like you’re walking on a cloud. The price tag is 100% justified! These are simple black but with cute pink detailing.

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eye mask

face mask: Arbonne Gel Eye Masks

These babies are golddddd. Literally. They’re gold masks. I like to keep them in the fridge and pop them under my eyes either first thing in the morning or before I go to sleep. They allow my skin to look fresh and bright instead of showing how sleepy I actually am!*

*I recommend becoming a preferred customer from Arbonne to get a huge discount

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sports bra: Nike Seamless

When I was at the store I only grabbed one of these and have been regretting it since! This is the comfiest sports bra ever and even though it says “light”, I’d still say it gives medium support. I’m normally a small, but I had to size up and get a medium- they run somewhat small!

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Yay I can’t wait for you guys to try out these products and I hope you love them as much as I do. If you have any questions feel free to leave a comment!

Christmas Mimosas +

I’m sure at some point you saw the Facebook video circulating about with the pretty glasses full of fruit & champagne. 10 seconds in and I was sold.

I decided to try out the “Christmosas” for myself. The video was super simple so I stacked up the ingredients & went to work!

What you’ll need:

  • 2 apples (whatever kind you prefer)
  • Green or red grapes
  • Pomegranate seeds
  • Fresh cranberries
  • Sparkling grape juice
  • Extra dry champagne

I diced up the apples & grapes and tossed them in a large glass pitcher I had.


Then dumped in a handful of cranberries & a half a pack (2.0 oz) of pomegranate seeds.

Afterward I poured in about half the sparkling grape juice & the entire bottle of champagne.

Mix up and enjoy!

I loved making this for my family. We all sipped our Christmosas and got lit as we opened presents! It was an extremely simple recipe and cost under $30. Totally doing this again next year.

How I Got Started in My Industry+

People always ask me if I always knew I wanted to do hair…..THIS ONE

The answer to that is absolutely not. I had NO idea what I wanted to do, or what I cared about- much less found passion in.

I took classes at a community college after high school & cried my way through a math class that wasn’t even worth a college credit. I have ZERO patience for things I’m not 100% dedicated to. I felt like what I was doing was useless- I had no end goal, so disciplining myself to school was impossible to do. & the stress from my impatience wasn’t worth it. So I just quit. I dropped all my classes. I felt like it was a waste of time to study aimlessly when I knew I would never be capable of working a 9-5 and taking orders from someone. It just isn’t in the cards for me.

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After working at Ulta as a cashier and drowning in hair, makeup, skin and nail products, I started trying EVERYTHING. I loved experimenting with new makeup and finding hair products that worked the best. The more I played with all these toys, the more I learned. The more people who came into the store with their own experiences with different items, the more I learned. I talked to my coworkers in the salon there, and also started learning about their side of the industry.

It took me a few months to really decide what direction I wanted to take with my life. (I can be super indecisive, to say the least) Looking back, it was hard to commit to a long-term decision at the time. Present Day Kristen would just tell myself to stop hesitating and go do it.

“Time will pass anyway, you may as well start now.”

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I finally signed up for cosmetology school. I had no intentions of doing hair. None whatsoever. I wanted to focus on makeup. My mom and teacher talked me into going to get my entire cosmo license instead of just doing the shorter program (to be an esthetician). Okay, okay.

“I’m never going to work in a salon though” was my exact response. (LOL)

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To be honest, I thought hairstylists didn’t make much money. Because that’s the reputation society gives us. People spend 4 years working hard in college & make $100,000 a year, and then all us hairstylists do is stand on our feet miserably for 10 hours & make minimum wage.

Halfway through school, I realized I LOVED this job. I loved meeting and educating others, developing countless relationships with people from every walk of life, and having an endless outlet to express my creativity.

It didn’t occur to me that not every choice I made had to be permanent. But if you at least dive in and give it your best shot, you give yourself a chance to love something- and be good at it.

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And I think that’s what’s so great. No matter what path you choose, you will reap the results of your efforts. If you put your heart into your job, it won’t be a job anymore. If you find something in life that you are enthusiastic about, find a way to build off of it and earn your income that way. If you love what you do, you will naturally work towards perfecting it, with your own individuality, and success will come to you.

I can’t tell you if hair or makeup is right for you, but I encourage you to try!

I am so thankful to all of my clients who continually show me your loyalty and support by making appointments with me! I am so motivated by the encouragement I get and the positive feedback through social media and in real life. Blessings to you all ❤️

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Friendsgiving+

This year we hosted and celebrated our first ever Friendsgiving. If you don’t know what that is, it’s pretty self-explanatory …Thanksgiving with Friends!

Every get together we have, we like to create a photo booth. It makes a cute and fun background for pictures to save our memories. We kept it simple and moderately budget friendly…I seem to spend more money on balloons than anything else, every time.

For the backdrop:

The streamers are thicker than your normal crepe party steamers. They actually come on a huge, long sheet, so I cut them about 4-5 inches wide. I ordered 4 different colored rolls from Paper Mart. (a great/useful site I have stumbled upon) They are relatively inexpensive- each roll was no more than $4. They are heavier duty, and it keeps the backdrop from not only being flimsy and tearing, but also from looking cheap. We tacked the top to the wall, twisted a few times, then tacked the bottom. The balloons are from Party City and run about $10 each. They also cost around $5-8 each to fill with helium, so keep that in mind if you’re using a ton of letters. If you’ve never seen these balloons in person, they’re pretty big. (average size of 25×32 inches) We strung them together at the top and taped the back so they would move as little as possible. Voila!

Backdrop #2

For our second backdrop and memory wall, we used Shutterfly to print out 4×4 photos from Facebook, Instagram, and our iPhone camera roll. I use this company for 90% of my photo needs because they always have discount codes. We actually got all of these printed for free & just paid for shipping. It’s delivered and fast. I hate going out of my way to sit somewhere like Walgreen’s, use their slow computer system, and wait for my pictures to be printed. I just order these and they’re at my house in about 3 days. We cut a border out of white poster board and glued it to the back of each picture. Then tacked pretty string to the wall, and used our Thanksgiving colored clothespins to hang them up. I hand drew the banner and lettering with a chalk marker on black poster board, then cut it out.

At the table:

The place mats were the easiest thing to do. I bought a roll of postal wrapping paper, measured the size of a regular place mat, and cut out multiple copies. Next I just hand-lettered over the top outline of a normal size plate with each person’s name. Super simple and still tasteful. Napkins were purchased from HomeGoods, tablecloth and paper plates from Target.

Hope these simple and easy ideas inspire your next Friendsgiving! Happy eating!

NYE+

Location: Savannah, GA.
    Every year for NYE celebrations I’ve gone with sparkly dresses, shorts, or tops, so that’s exactly what I wanted to stay away from. I kept it pretty simple with black, nude, and a bold red lip. For some reason, I’m always more willing to try out different makeup techniques when it’s a big occasion, rather than on my free time, and it always ends disastrous because I rush. So after applying and removing my makeup twice at this point, I didn’t do anything extravagant, except dust a few sparkles over the top (not actually pictured).

I had never been to Savannah, so the only association I had with the city was Forrest Gump because it was filmed there, and for some reason old people, because it came off as a huge isolated retirement community to me. No idea where that came from. Maybe Georgia in general just doesn’t appeal to me. Possibly because I’m a Gator fan. It’s just a deeply rooted bias apparently lol. Anyway. It was already dark when we arrived, but what I could take in from the Uber on the way downtown , was that it was beautiful.

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Our first destination was The Bar Bar. It’s underground, so you walk down a staircase, and the entrance in underneath this huge building. It’s all brick walls, and there’s pool tables, two separate bars inside, a dance floor, and some of our friends were playing Jenga….I’m not sure if they brought it, or if Bar Bar just has that many different options for fun. We started drinking, and stayed there to ring the new year in.

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My Beeb and I shared our first New Year kiss together, which was the highlight of my year thus far. (hahaha) I’ve never been so excited for my future with someone, and it’s refreshing to begin another chapter with the person you love.

After Bar Bar, we went to another bar that I can’t remember the name of, but I want to say it was an Irish pub type place. Who knows, I was pretty drunk at this point. They were doing karaoke though, and everyone inside was singing along. We didn’t stay for more than 20 minutes, we wanted to go somewhere with more hip-hop music, so we could drink and dance. We ended up at a little eco lounge (what does that actually mean?) called Seed. Okay I looked it up, and it said the drinks are organic. I didn’t know Ciroc is organic? Alright. Whatever we were drinking it regardless. We got a VIP section to ourselves, so after more drinks and Jell-o shots, everyone was having a really good time.

I’m not sure at what point the night ended, but we eventually Uber’d back to our hotel and passed out.

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Photo courtesy of Alexia Tomasik

New Year’s Day we spent the morning exploring downtown Savannah. I’m so in love with all of the old architecture.  The weather was a little chilly and super cloudy. I’d like to revisit when it’s warmer and sunny to enjoy the city to the fullest. There’s an area where you walk down a flight of stairs and under a building then it opens up to the river. Most of the streets are lined with these huge oak trees, and it gives such a warm, homey feeling. It’s just a beautiful place overall.

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Christmas Eve Eve+

On December 23, 2015, we threw a crazy awesome Christmas sweater party. I ordered my sweater from Etsy a couple of weeks before. Being the diehard Drake fan that I am, this was only fitting.

Setting up+

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My roommate & I initially attempted to make a photo booth wall. We got home & started cutting the tablecloth, hung it on the wall, and realized no matter what we did, it looked cheap and shitty. I was super frustrated, & decided to completely throw the idea out the window, and go with something new. We created a small snack bar with desserts, alcohol, and photo props instead. Overall, it was relatively inexpensive to make, and easy to bring together. We started with a $5 roll of wrapping paper from Target. I tried to find something as simple and tasteful as possible…you can’t go wrong with stripes. We strung lights around the edges to make it a little more festive, and hung a Happy Holidays banner over the top. The banner was from Urban Outfitters, on clearance for $10. We used our photo booth’s white tablecloth ($2) & some decorative holiday paper bulbs ($3) from Party City.

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Holiday table set up

On the Table we had an assortment of yummy food items & candies.We baked vanilla cupcakes with marshmallow frosting in striped cupcake liners, then added a peppermint inside, and sprinkled snow-like sprinkles on top. The champagne flutes were also dipped into the frosting & then coated with gold sprinkles. Two more flutes held crystal rock candy and said “Merry x-mas”. For more candy, we picked up a bag of Christmas colored M&M minis, poured them into clear cups, and added a peppermint striped straw. The only random, non festive item was a yummy buffalo dip we made to snack on. I considered adding red food coloring to make it fit in more aesthetically, but just didn’t.

The Party+

Bitches came over, yeah we threw a party. -Drake

Despite not having our photo booth come together, everyone still managed to make use of the props. A few glasses of champagne later…..

Everyone had so much fun. It was the first official party we’ve thrown in the house, and I’d definitely say it was a success.