For many young adults and students, it is finals week and that means the rush of studying, making sure you are prepared for big exams, and trying to sleep are your top priorities- but the last one often gets neglected! With all of the rush and all of the changes happening, I decided to sit down and just have a down to earth chat with you guys and that means this post is going to be random. Grab a snack, get a coffee (or tea!), and let’s sit down and chat.
If you read my last post then you know that I took a badly needed break for my own personal reasons and I am so glad that I did. It’s been really great to reflect on everything and to start telling myself (and believing!) that it is okay to take a break, to take a step back, and to relax if it is needed. The world won’t pass you buy if you decide to stay off of Instagram for a day or disconnect from Twitter for a few days. Life will be okay and so will you..so will I. It’s a learning experience every day that I log on here or on Instagram (you should watch my stories..I’m a hoot! Steve Carell, who?) because I always talk to new people or interact with people who I admire. With all of that and seeing changes develop, it can be pretty overwhelming to think about all of the upcoming events (good or dreadful) that are coming up and that all mean change.
When change is happening and I get worried about life, the world, and every tomorrow, the one thing that I know is always reliable is my faith. Not necessarily my but the faith of Jesus. When life becomes crazy, it is always great to sit down and read passages in my Bible that reaffirm my beliefs and that remind me that the love of Jesus will never change and it will always be there. Hebrews 13:8 says “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” No matter what happens with school, with a job, or with family, the one solid thing that I know I can rely on is Jesus. There is something incredibly comforting in knowing that I have something solid in my life that will remain the same even though centuries pass.
But with my faith comes a problem that is like a nasty hurdle that always trips me up: my mind. How my brain loves to become a concrete barrier that blocks me from an unchained faith. “I sound stupid praying out loud. It’s just me in my car. I literally look like an insane fool.” “Does God really hear me? I feel like I am talking into the air.” “I’m not the best Christian in the world. I am selfish, I curse, I end up repenting for a lot of things.” And mostly, I think that I can rely on myself alone so I end up not asking for things or asking for help of any kind. It’s something I want to work on but admitting that I have a fault is never an easy thing.
An announcement for you guys, though, that is entirely unrelated to this topic, is that there is a giveaway happening right here on May 5th! It is just in time for Mother’s Day and there is going to be a special post on the holiday that will be published on the 5th and you guys will know all about the special giveaway in that post. I am so excited for you guys to see it and enter!
I hope your finals go well! Rest up, eat good food, and remember that school is almost over!
I have a few questions for you guys, though:
What do you like to see on Instagram?
What wallpaper designs do you typically like?
What is your current favorite song or album?
Let me know down below, tweet me, or let me know on Instagram!
As a plus size woman, finding bras, panties, and other lingerie items can be difficult. Some stores don’t always carry our bra size and if they do, the quality isn’t always the best. I’ve been to Wal-Mart, Victoria’s Secret, and other easy stores where they sell bras and underwear and it is rather disappointing in selection. If you need a bra toot-sweet and on the cheaper side, I typically go to Wal-Mart. Sometimes the quality isn’t the best, but I know the bra will support enough to get me through…if the bra cup isn’t punched in, that is. Victoria’s Secret is lovely and I feel like a queen in the store, but they don’t carry my bra size.
For me, when my lingerie set matches, I feel confident, sexy, and empowered. I don’t know if that happens to other women (my girlfriends say it does!) but it does for me! I’ve gone through a lot of stores since I first needed to buy a bra and I have one store that tops the list and I have spent a lot of money at!
Cacique by Lane Bryant is my go to store for intimates and apparel. Their dedication to plus size women who value fashion is superb and you can wear their clothes with pride. Unlike other stores that have clothes with fabrics that look like they came from your stereotypical grandma’s house (I’m looking at you, Catherine’s! Also, I’m not paying $50 for a clearance t-shirt dress, thanks!), Lane Bryant has beautiful and trendy style for decent prices. Shoes, jewelry, perfume, sunglasses, they have everything you need to look stylish and feel confident. I have been plus size forever and even with having lost weight, I still lack confidence. I can’t tell you the difference a great set of lingerie can make you feel!
I wear a size 44DD in bras and it is a blessing that is also a curse. Not only are bras my size harder to find, but they are also a bit more expensive than most. Bras at Cacique sell for around $40 and they often have sales so you pay less than that! I went in after Christmas and bought 4 bras for around $90. That sounds like a lot (my bank account would agree!) but the quality makes the price worth it. Cacique’s bras last for a really long time, too!
A lot of bras for plus size ladies can look a bit dull and not entirely sexy. I love bras that are comfortable and make me look and feel incredible. Cacique has bras that will suit everyone and the styles are so diverse.
Feeling great and looking great is a huge part of body confidence for me and that doesn’t mean losing weight, gaining weight, etc. You can look great by putting on your favorite outfit and feeling like Wonder Woman.
This post honestly isn’t an add for Cacique or Lane Bryant- I just love their bras! I also wanted to show you guys that bras can be fun and not be a pain. Wearing bras, or any lingerie, can truly make you feel confident and fierce- even if no one else knows you are wearing it!
What are some of your favorite styles of lingerie or shops to go to? Let me know in the comments!
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This is the first post in my series of Discover Self Love. I am going on a journey of truly loving and appreciating myself and doing so by working on my mind, body, and soul. One of my posts a while ago was over self love and body confidence, but I’m here now to take the extra step to be the person I want to be and I’m hoping you guy will join me on this journey!
Discover Self Love is more than just “well, it’s been fun and I think I am okay with myself now. I guess this is self love.” This journey is (hopefully) going to have a positive change on my main 3: mind, body, and soul. I’m combating the negative with only good thoughts, good food, and good everything. I have a few books I’m going to be reading, a few music playlists, and a daily To Do list prepared so let’s get into it!
The two books I am going to be reading are Unworthy: How To Stop Hating Yourself by Anneli Rufus and Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert. Both books sound absolutely amazing and I can’t wait to read them. I ordered the first one and I should be getting it in the mail within the next few weeks and the second one I am getting from the library. (Note: if you aren’t a part of your local library, go get a library card! You have so many books and resources at your disposal!)
My daily To Do list is going to consist of the following:
Drink a lot more water, including a glass in the morning
Eat better foods
Do yoga in the morning, even just small warm up sequences
Read a book
Journal (I have a few prompts and ideas on my Pinterest, so if you want some good ideas, check it out!)
Listen to a good music playlist
Try. Not. To. Curse.
With all that said, I really hope you follow Discover Self Love and embrace truly loving yourself while I learn to love myself.
Can you believe this year is almost over? A new year is dawning and with that comes new opportunity, hope, and the excitement of change. This year, especially the past 7 months, have been so incredible for me. So many things, both good and bad, have happened and I have grown because of it. Here is a list of my 2017 in review…
I have lost things and I have gained things. I’ve lost friendships, weight, and patience, but I also gained some of those things as well. I’ve learned to love my body and remember how truly amazing it is. Women can grow life within them and nurture that same life with their body. We are strong and independent. My body houses my soul and spirit, the most beautiful things about me. I have met new people, called some of them friends. I have lost people and felt heavy confusion. I have learned my value. I reconnected with an amazing friend and I am so happy she is in my life again. I’ve set goals and know that I will work toward them.
I’ve been sad, doubted my existence, and wanted to quit it all, but at the end of the day, I continued on the path of life, hoping that the next day would be better. I went through a while with my eyes closed and blindly grasping for hope and serenity. Anxiety, stress, and their friends came back and I tried to defend myself against them, at some points claiming victory and other times retreating to then wage battle again.
Loving and losing, but realizing what I deserve and what I don’t deserve has been hard because I have had to ignore and walk away from things I didn’t want to have to. That’s where I learned my self-worth and the value of a good friend, one who will stay with me throughout my life and bring down the retirement home with. She has been a bright star in the night sky and I love her to pieces.
I took a huge leap of I don’t know what and started a blog. Glitz & Glitter became more than an idea and a dream, it became a reality and I have gone so many places because of it. Every single person who follows me, interacts with my work, and supports me has been a beacon along the way and has helped me continue on when I think I have hit a block in the road. We don’t stop the journey and turn back, we find a different route.
Has everything been easy? No, absolutely not. There have been a lot of tears shed, patience run thin, and stitches in the heart, but I made it. We have made it a year and we will make it through the next. I don’t know what 2018 holds but I pray for only goodness, peace, hope, and happiness for all of us.
This is my last post until the new year and I can’t wait to see you all back here in 2018.
Lots of love, blessings, and hugs from me to you….
The pressure and stress during Christmas is almost inevitable, especially if you are going out of town to celebrate for the holidays. With 4 days left until Christmas, you may be getting ready to get on a plane to go see family, friends, or take time for yourself this holiday season. Whatever your plans, you are going to need a packing list and while I know it is hard to pack everything you need and be able to make the carry-on case rules and regulations, I have come up with a packing list for your carry-on that will keep your flight relaxing and stress free!
An extra outfit!
Leggings: JC Penny Scarf: Old Navy
Packing an extra outfit is always a good idea, especially if you are on your period. Since flying means being in a plane among other holiday travelers, you want the most comfortable clothing possible. Leggings, a comfy top, and a simple pair of shoes will be best. One of my favorite tops that is soft and stretchy is from Mossimo at Target. It was also under $10!
Drybar Travel Set from Ulta
Make sure to pack small travel sized versions of your favorite deodorant, toothpaste, dry shampoo, and conditioning products! Also pack a mini perfume and a toothbrush! If your flight gets delayed or canceled (knocking on wood that it doesn’t!!) then you are going to want products to help you freshen up.
Tech & Reading
Left: Headphones by Beats Right: Mindy Kaling book at Barnes and Noble
Listening to music or reading a book is great so make sure you have headphones and a book! Albums I am loving on Spotify right now are The Thrill of It All by Sam Smith, Coco Soundtrack, and Rumours by Fleetwood Mac. There are also a ton of great playlists and podcasts on Spotify to listen to during your travels.
To get cozy, grab a blanket, put some soft socks on your tootsies, and slip on a baggy sweater. If your trip is cold, a sweaters or sweatshirts are the best to warm up with. If your sweatshirt has a hood, pull the strings and then you are in an anti-social cocoon and people will leave you alone to sleep, hopefully.
On your voyage, double check that you have your wallet, keys, tickets, passport, charging cables, money, and phone! It would be horrible if you showed up at the air port and couldn’t board your flight. What a way to say “Humbug!” to your holiday vacation.
It would also be a good idea to pack Dramamine or Benadryl if you get get motion sickness during flights. Any allergy medications, immunity gummies, vitamins, and other meds that you take or may need should also go in your carry-on case for easy access.
A few fun extras to pack:
Snack size portion of almonds
small water bottles
single drink mixes
mini jerky sticks
a crossword book
a coloring book and fun pens or pencils
extra earbuds in case something happens to your original pair!
Wherever you are going this holiday season, I want to wish you the brightest and merriest of Christmases! I hope your travel plans go smoothly and you enjoy the festivities with your loved ones. If you don’t have anyone to spend the holidays with, I want you to know that I love you and you can talk to me on the special day if you want a person to talk with! You can message me via Twitter or Instagram and I will be your Christmas buddy!
Out of all of the shopping apps on my phone, Etsy is my favorite. I love being able to look at small businesses and unique shops while being in the comfort of my own home. There are thousands of different products to look at and you can look at the shop’s customer reviews, find other similar products, ask the seller questions, and have a great shopping experience. From candles to hand bags, there is something for everybody on your Christmas shopping list. Here is a round up of some of my favorite products for your holiday shopping guide!
Quick disclaimer: I have not been paid to promote any of the products or brands sponsored. I simply love Etsy and the shops mentioned and I want to share them with you!
I love patches and pins! All you need is a plain jean jacket that you want to give some pizazz and you have a brand new jacket! I have so many patches saved to my wish list on Etsy that it is close to being categorized as an obsession.
This “Happy Camper” pin from aweedmark is one of my favorites! They have a lot of pins and patches in retro designs for your nature lover. They have “Save the Bees” stickers, cool bumper stickers, and wooden gifts that are affordable for your shopping. Aweedmark is owned by Amanda Weedmark and based in Canada, but they have international shipping. How cool is that! And if it couldn’t get any better, aweedmark has 119 reviews and a total rating of 5 golden stars!
IronpatchTH is a really neat patch shop that is based in Bangkok and they sell really awesome patches! You can find patches for sports teams, college teams, and other items, but I am in love with their sunflower patch.
The world needs a little more kindness and niceness so express that with a patch! VictoriaKristine sells patches, pins, and t-shirts on Etsy and there are so many different things to look at! The “Be Nice” patch is simple and very cute and only $6! VictoriaKristine is based in the US, so if you are a fellow American, you can feel great because you are buying from a US shop!
Crystals have come on trend in the past year, both for healing and decor, and I have to admit that I am with that trend! I love all things crystals and I adore the purple amethyst quartz pin from notmagicshop. This shop also has other pins that look like crystals, so if someone you know would like something like this, go check out their shop!
For someone you loves minimalistic accessories, take a peek at this lovely hair clip from AnnieLesperance! It’s simple yet elegant style will bring a smile to your gift recipient! AnnieLesperance also sells golden bee earrings and other fashion accessories at good prices that won’t break the bank!
A really awesome shop that I just recently came across is tinylumber. One of my favorite products from them is the Tiny Lumber wood stud earrings. They are hypoallergenic and there are great reviews for them! The earrings are $15 but for these earrings, I would pay that price! They have a titanium stud and the rounds are made from bamboo wood and painted with acrylic paint. There are a lot of different styles of the bamboo earrings, so look around the shop on Etsy!
Photos owned by MaBrownMercantile
For $40, getting a small crossbody bag that monogrammed is amazing! MaBrownMercantile sells gorgeous bags for decent prices and they will make any fashonista happy. The bags are made from faux leather and you can have you pick of colored thread.
Photos owned by FreshRagsCincy
For your movie buff, take a look at this shirt! I am obsessed with Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and when I saw this shirt, I might have shrieked a little bit. You can buy your “Save Ferris” shirt in multiple different shades from FreshRagsCincy, a shop based in (you guessed it!) Cincinnati! They also have a Burt Macklin FBI shirt from Parks and Recreation!
I love candles! If you hand me a candle that is sandalwood or cologne scented, I will run off in search of a candle or lighter. If you take me to Bath and Body Works, I am going to go sniff the Black Tie candle and wish there was a hunky man next to me that I could hug and never let go. Basically, I love woodsy and musky candles.
BrandIron in Vancouver sells non GMO wax candles that are amazing and Insta-perfect. Oak & Moss is a candle that has “notes of earthy green moss balanced with subtle notes of soft woods.” How great does that sound? For $20, you get a 9 oz. candle with a 40 hour burn time. Just imagine how great your house (or rather, the gift recipient’s house) will smell!
Photos owned by EWARTWOODS
If you have someone in your life who is always carrying around a memory stick or who simply wants to keep photos with them but doesn’t have storage, check out this really cool USB memory drive that is made out of wood! The memory drive is encased in a regular sized case and you can choose which type of wood you want the case to be made out of. EWARTWOODS, the shop that makes these, is based in Latvia, which I think is really cool! I love the way these look and they will make a great gift for the techno-wiz in your family!
Chunky knit blankets have seemed to pop up as of late and I see them everywhere on Instagram. Everyone has a really neat knit blanket that is its own fashion. PuffyWoolDecor has a lot of different colors to choose from and the blankets look insanely soft! A note on this shop, though: they only ship to select countries, so if you order from them, make sure they ship to your country! If they don’t, there are a lot of other amazing shops on Etsy that sell the blankets!
I love home decor and simple signs can make any space look chic. Wire wall art, especially in gold or rose gold, is very elegant but easy to make if you are a crafty person. If you are like me, it is easier to buy one than make one because you weren’t terribly gifted in the arts department! MCWonderland from Italy makes a lot of wire crafts and signs that will spruce up your space effortlessly. This cute “Hello” sign is affordable and your gift recipient will love it.
Last in home decor is something that I want to buy immediately and will cherish forever. RedwoodStoneworks out of California makes Rocket and Groot planters! Rocket and Groot are two of my favorite characters from Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy and I want these planters in my home pronto! You can buy the planters individually or as a duo! RedwoodStoneworks has a lot of cool planters in Star Wars, Disney, and Harry Potter designs, as well as a lot more! Everything is so affordable and your giftee will love their present. If you want to add a little something more to the gift, go to your local home improvement or garden store and pick up a baby succulent!
That is all for this Christmas Gift Guide! I send out updates on my Instagram and Twitter accounts so go hit the follow buttons!
I will see you next week with a special collaboration with Phy!
Note: ¹ I do not own any of the product images used. I took screenshots on my phone and cut them down. The owners are credited and ownership claimed in the descriptions of all photos. ² I am not being sponsored by any of the companies/shops mentioned, including Etsy. These are products that I would buy myself and for other people. Thanks for reading!
Today’s post is one that I am very excited to share! Earlier this month, I went to a blogger event in Tulsa with my friend Tiffany and we had such a great time! The Macramé and Mimosas event was hosted at the Retro Den in Tulsa and we were taught how to create a gorgeous macramé planter by Natasha from House Sparrow Fine Nesting.
We each made a cute macramé planter and made it home to succulent plant. There were mimosas, churros, and lots of coffee to go around. Ashley and Ashley, owners of the Retro Den, made everyone feel like they were at home and they had everything we could possibly need at the event. Their store has a lot of amazing couches, planters, glassware, prints, and so much more! If you are ever in Tulsa on Harvard street, make sure to stop by and tell them that Mimi from Glitz and Glitter sent you! I had a hard time not buying everything in their store, especially the retro couches and pillows! You could turn your home into your modern Pinterest dreams with all of the furniture and artwork they have!
Tiffany and I (photo above!) made a day out of it and went to Utica Square while we were in the area: Starbucks and sitting outside on the patio. Tulsa is such a historic city and there are a lot of cool digs if you know where to find them! Utica Square, Cherry Street, and Downtown are just a few of my favorite spots!
We met a few new bloggers and the setting was so relaxing and chilled out.
Macramé is an art, one that is well worth the time and effort! Natasha has a shop on Etsy and she has really amazing patterns for sale so you can make your own macramé creations!
The Retro Den hosts really cool events so make sure to go follow them on their accounts so you can stay updated on all of their events!
Abbey is such an amazing photographer! I hardly ever love photos that are taken of me, but I absolutely love the photos she took!
Next week’s post is going to be a very fun Christmas guide that includes a lot of really cool Etsy finds that I love, so stay tuned for that! I hope you have a great week and that you had an amazing Thanksgiving, if you celebrate the holiday. We are currently dressing up our house for Christmas and have tunes playing in the background.
Feel free to connect with me on all of my socials! Links will be below!
Have a great week, babes, and don’t forget to smile!
Today’s post is a review of a product that was sent to me by Maple Holistics. You may have heard of them from Marielli (thelatinabeautyfix), a friend of mine who has an amazing blog! She has reviewed some of their products before and I am happy that I get to review one of their products for you guys!
I was sent the Hair Superfood Thickening Conditioner to test out a month or so ago, but due to the backup of blog posts and some crazy things in my personal life, I am just now getting to post this.
Let’s start off with a bit of factoids about the conditioner!
It is a thickening conditioner, so it is meant for thinning hair. Granted, I don’t have a problem with thinning hair, as my hair is quite thick naturally, but I still wanted to give this product a try!
It has a special tingling effect from the menthol and tea tree oil that are in the product. There are a lot of natural ingredients in this conditioner and I love the tingle!
It has Volumizing and Oil Therapy.
The conditioner is great and I really think it will be a great product for you if your hair is starting to thin out a bit and you want to get the volume back into your hair. Again, my hair is very thick, so I really can’t tell you if it made my hair thicker or not. My hair did seem to have a bit of volume to it, though, so that is a plus! The tingle is also great, especially since I used the conditioner with my Paul Mitchell Tea Tree shampoo! Double the tingly clean effect!
I couldn’t find an exact price for the conditioner because I couldn’t find it on the website, but the conditioners on their website retail for around $12. If you are looking for a more natural conditioner that also combats thinning hair, I would suggest you give this a try!
Thank you to Maple Holistics for sending me this product!
I hope you guys have an absolutely fabulous week and don’t forget to smile!
I am so excited for this post because 1) it is in collaboration with the absolutely amazing Bella and 2) it’s all about fall! Today (September 29th, as I write this) is so gorgeous and it is finally starting to feel like fall! Yesterday was the first day in a very long time that I was able to wear jeans and boots comfortably!
Bella and I started talking about this collaboration a while ago and it was actually supposed to be published a few weeks ago, but things got really hectic and it is just now coming out. Thank you so much for being so understand, Bella babe! Muah!
One of my go-to looks for fall is a brown/nude eye with simple face makeup and a nude lip. It’s very easy and since I stopped wearing foundation, I have knocked off some time from my makeup routine.
I don’t have any specific colors or palettes that I used for this look. You can just take whatever light cremes, browns, and one or two slightly darker shades, blend them all together, and there you have it! I used the L.A. Colors Chunky Lip crayon in the shade “Warm Caramel” but any nude lip shade that you prefer will work just as well! I am all about nude lipsticks and this one was the one that I grabbed. All I did for the face makeup was use some concealer, powder, contour, and highlight. Again, I have stopped using foundation, but if you use it, that’s fine! It is up to you!
The next look is the same eye but with lighter shades and an orange lip. As I am sure you can already tell, I tend to go for a more natural makeup look, so the majority of these makeup looks are quite minimalistic. The lip color is Maybelline’s Color Sensational Vivid Matte Liquid in “Orange Obsession”. I am absolutely obsessed with it!
The third and final look is a dark brown eye with a bit of black eyeshadow blended in to smoke it out. It is way more pigmented in person than it is in the photo (and I just got a new phone and the camera is not the best in the world). For this look I used the Ulta eyeshadows in Smoke and Soul and the shades “Color 1” and “Color 10” in the Wet N Wild Au Naturel palette. “Color 1” is a basic creme shade and “Color 10” is the black shadow. Any brand will work!
I purchased an eyeshadow palette earlier this month that I was going to use specifically for this collaboration but the colors were not pigmented and it wasn’t working well at all, so these are the three basic fall looks that I go for. The last one is definitely the most dramatic out of the 3.
I hope you enjoyed this post and don’t forget to check out Bella’s post over at her blog!
Coming up next week is Blogtober!! I have the entire month planned out with 4 blogger collabs and a few other festive posts, so make sure to check back in!