Sunday, March 19, 2017

Hello, Spring!

Hello all!
I hope this update finds you well. I truly am sorry for not writing as much as I should, but college has been crazy busy! (I know, excuses, right?)
Anyway, as cliché as it sounds, just as this spring is a fresh start for nature, I am hoping it will be the same for me. (That was a reeally painful comparison, but you catch my drift.) 
      I have had an amazing year. I really have. I have learned SO much about myself, about friendships/relationships, about my faith, about school and growing up, and I have had so much fun doing all of this! I have had some amazing opportunities this year and I have made some friends that I hope to stay close with forever. I have grown and learned so much and I have loved it all.
                                  But I have honestly been through some crap this year.
That sounds gross, sorry.
      There really is no other way to say it. It's just been tough. I don't talk about everything that happens all of the time so most people probably wouldn't even realize that this year (aside from being a freshman in college) has been one of the hardest yet.
       Now, I'm not saying this to draw pity. I promise this post has a purpose greater than my own issues.
   As I have been silently struggling (as so many of us do), the things that have helped me are kind people. Just being there for someone makes a world of difference.
It amazes me how some people can literally talk about themselves for hours, and can never find it necessary to ask me how I'm doing. Or how someone can be so quick to label, judge, and ignore another person because they are "inferior".  Since when did we become so fixated on ourselves? 

  I'm not innocent. I have totally done all of those things, more times than I'd like to admit. 
I have been so caught up in my own stuff that I have neglected friendships and forgotten to look out for my friends and family. I have been too quick to judge, I have picked out the weaknesses in others.
We've all done these things. It's so easy to get caught up in our own stuff and forget about others.

     But at the end of the day, helping others and looking out for others is really what it's all about. It's unfortunate that it took me feeling forgotten to change my actions so I don't accidentally make one of my friends feel that way. I urge you to look at your own actions, and make sure that you are really being there for your loved ones and friends. And if you need support, lean on them for that base.

     Sorry for the semi-emo/kinda dark/kinda preachy post, this is just something I needed to put out there.
xo- fc

Friday, November 11, 2016

update + thanksgiving favorites

Hello all!
Oh I am SO excited to be back. So much has changed since my last post, and I am in a very different place in life. My break wasn't really a purposeful one, but more of a result of being so busy. I started college this August, and it has been an experience that I will always be thankful for. Some parts of it have been wonderful, and others have been difficult. However, all of it has made me a stronger person. College is a sort of whirlwind your first semester. Everything is new, and you are running around trying to find your place. Things are starting to settle and I feel like a sort of rhythm is being set. I've learned so much and definitely improved my communication and compromise skills. (Funny that even young adults still struggle with those issues;)
Anyway, with the holidays coming up, I wanted to give you all a few of my thanksgiving favorites in case you need some inspiration:)                                                                                      happy thanksgiving. spend it with your loved ones.
xo, fc

Handmade home decor

Leaf painting

Chicwish lace up top

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

What's in your makeup?

Hello all! Long time no see!
     So much to catch up on, but I'll do that later. For now, I want to talk about something that (even I) usually skim over.
What's in makeup? What is the actual science, the actual ingredients behind the flawless coverage and the matte finish? And why has no one ever questioned it?
I'll tell you.
It's because makeup brands can pretty much put whatever they want in their products. There are very little regulations or even requirements for ingredients to be published. This means that we could be putting toxic ingredients into our skin and not even know it. And we are.
Our skin is our largest organ. All that makeup doesn't just come off at night with a makeup wipe. Most of it actually is absorbed by our skin and run throughout our body!
While it isn't a huge deal to some people, for those that wear, say, foundation every day, this could cause cancer or death down the line. I know it seems like one of those threats that won't really happen, but should makeup really be something so harmful that things in it are linked to cancer and endocrine problems?
I'm asking you to take a closer look. I don't say this in any sort of preach-y way, but as a caution. I started working for a beauty/ makeup store about 6 months ago and since I started I've had time to look at different ingredients. The results have been surprising. And the worst ingredient brands are those that advertise being "natural" and "organic". The deal is, companies can use these terms very loosely, and without many guidelines. Here are some of the worst culprits:

Bare Minerals: Their so-called natural, "bare" foundation got a 7/10 score from SkinDeep for Skin toxicity. I repeat: this marketed natural brand got one of the highest (and worst scores) for its toxic ingredients.

Tarte: Same with this "natural"/"organic" brand. Another 7/10 for its crushed beetles, animal byproducts, formaldehyde releasers and parabens just to name a few. Don't believe me? Check out this article exposing the truth

Clinique: This brand was better with a range from 2-6 for its products, but I checked out my most loved foundation from them only to find talc, which, according to SkinDeep, "can be toxic and carcinogenic."

The point of this isn't to bash on these makeup brands because I like some of their products and I admire their innovation. The point is to reveal what many of us, myself included, tend to sweep under the rug. Makeup shouldn't have to be toxic. It shouldn't be something that we have to worry about. I encourage you to look at what your putting on your skin, and glance at ingredients. Remember, everything that you put on your skin goes into your body. 


Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Protect yourself

Hello all! I hope that you are having a great day! Today's post will be a bit different from my usual beauty or style posts because this is a topic that I really feel needs to be shared.
Today's post is going to relate to some of my others in the sense that it is all about skin. No, not a new skincare routine or a miracle moisturizer, but about skin.... cancer.

Skin cancer. Such a rude, terrible thing.
Skin cancer affects over 2 million people every year. Just melanoma alone kills 1 person each hour. One human life. One aunt, mother, father, grandfather, cousin, friend, teacher, or neighbor. Every single hour.
The worst part about these figures, the absolute worst part? Many of those deaths could have been prevented. Those lives could have been saved. Your life....your family's life.. your friend's life. Can all be saved.
Cancer can sometimes feel like a far-away thing to those of us who haven't had a loved one experience it. We can feel untouchable, like nothing can ever bother us. But it can. I know first hand how very unfair this cancer can be.
Recently, I suggested that my mom, younger brother and I go to the dermatologist for a check up. My brother was fine, I was fine, and my mom seemed fine.
"Let me just get a quick biopsy of this. Just in case," the doctor said to my mother.
That quick, "just in case" biopsy saved my mom's life. The doctor called our house to let my mom know that she did have skin cancer. My mom. I thought nothing could hurt us. Maybe a skinned knee or a broken ankle, but never something that the doctor would have to call the house for. Never something so rude, like cancer.
Do you know why it's so rude? It's sneaky. Tricky. It hides itself, never presenting symptoms until the end. This doctor beat it. She caught this no-good criminal in the act.
     Now, it is skin cancer. However, it doesn't spread, and is very, very treatable. My mom will undergo surgery, and it will be removed. Trust me, we know how extremely lucky we are. I know how miraculous it is that the doctor caught this. I am thankful. Thankful for the doctor, thankful for my mom, and thankful for this ever so important lesson. This lesson that taught me to do all I can to not be that one human life each hour, and to teach you so that the facts and figures and deaths decline.
Many of the 2 million deaths each year could have been prevented. Prevented by:
not using tanning beds, not "laying out", WEARING SUNSCREEN, and by getting checked out.
Think about it. 1 million lives can be saved if we all wear sunscreen! Another 750,00 if we simply get check ups at a dermatologist! These are the facts. We can save lives. Our own, our family's, our friend's, or our neighbors lives. We have to spread the message and stop this fatal tanning. 2 weeks of tanning is not worth a life. These are not exaggerations. Even laying out a few times increases YOUR risk of skin cancer immensely. This is not just if you are white. Every ethnicity can develop skin cancer.
So please, I beg of you, don't let another human life go to the goal of being tan. It truly is not worth it.
- fc

Sunday, July 5, 2015

I'm back! Update + My Netflix recommendations

Hello all! I hope everything is going well for you. I hope your summer has been wonderful and I hope you are doing well! I hope you are not too mad at me for not posting for a while, and I hope that I start posting more often!
lots of hope.
Anyway, I'm back peeps! I could say that I've been having a terrible writer's block, or that I took a well-deserved trip to the Caribbean, but we all know that neither of those (or is it both of those? I really have a tough time with grammar.) are not true. I have been, for lack of a better word, lazy. l a z y. Yep. I mean, I've been doing other things, but in terms of blogging? Yep. Just like a sloth.

So, here I am, making an "I'm back" post.
Ya I know it's annoying but let's roll with it.
Also, this is an "I'm back! + Netflix recommendations post" so let's just all get through this together.

Anyway, I am back and ready to post. I'll start with twice per week, and add on when I can. Let's get on with what we all know I've been doing this summer, a.k.a. binge watching Netflix.

I have recently discovered so many great series! I just finished Desperate Housewives which was awesome! Here are my top new shows:
- Grey's Anatomy
-Orange is the New Black
-House of Cards
-Younger (Not on Netflix, but it is free online! Great show:)

That's all for today. I'm really sorry for not posting as much.
I will see you with another post sometime this week!

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Read if you need a little hope or encouragement :)

Hello all! I hope you have had a great week!:) January is definetly a long month, however, I have been crazy busy and it honestly has flown for me! Even though I have been busy, life hasn't been easy. I've been feeling a bit like nothing has been going my way. Even though I completely understand this is a part of life, it is still difficult to feel like you don't have everything own control. See, for me, having control has always been a big deal to me. When I feel out of my comfort zone or like I have n control of a situation, I tend to panic. This has really been hard for me, and if you are the same way, trust me, there is hope.
     For anyone who likes to have control, (note: control does not necessarily mean leadership. In this context it means being in a situation where you feel comfortable, or doing things the way you feel comfortable doing them.) feeling like you have none can be the worst experience ever. Sadly, this will happen to all of us sometimes. The key note to remember is that it isn't the out of control experience that matters, but how you react to it. Remember to stay calm and realize that the moment won't last forever. Earlier in the week, I was feeling helpless and defeated. I honestly felt as though I had no control over things that were going on. I went to my daily bible app which I always check before bed, and I was honestly amazed at what I read.

1 Corinthians 10:13
"No trial has overtaken you that is not faced by others. And God is faithful. He will not let you be tried beyond what you are able to bear, but with the trial will also provide a way out so that you may be able to endure it."

Wow. That truly resonated with me and came right when I needed it most. A little hope is amazing.
Love you all! Check back later in the week for my winter fashion and beauty essentials!

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Magnify Strengths

     Hello all! I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and New Years! I know I did! Rather than start 2015 off with another beauty post, I thought I'd change it up a bit and start off with a different type of post. As I've grown up, I've realized how much negativity can be put into our everyday lives without us even knowing it. Gossiping becomes a childhood pastime around the age of 12, complaining becomes a part of our daily routine around the age when we can speak, and judgmental thoughts are basically apart of our DNA.

Now, I'm not saying all of this because I'm cynical or because I am a perfect human.

Trust me, I'm not. I'm definitely guilty of all of these negative behaviors. The only difference is that I have recognized them. I've caught these evil behaviors in the act. Maybe you have too! My goal is to have us all recognize them. Once we do that, we can put a stop to one of the things keeping us from happiness.

Think about the following statement:
Everyone has a talent.
Do you agree with this? I do. And I firmly believe that this is true. See, God put each and every one of us on Earth for a reason. Try replacing the word "talent" with the word "mission"
Everyone has a mission.
It's true!
So, whether you like it or not, we are all supposed to be here. We all have a mission that only WE can fulfill. Pretty crazy, right? It's like we are suddenly apart of some big thing. Wait. We are!
That's just it. Every person has a mission and talent. Whether or not they have discovered that purpose yet or whether or not you tell them that they are "useless", they have a purpose and a mission.

In fact, we are all created in the image and likeness of God. So why are we always tearing each other down? That's no way to treat something so sacred, something so wonderfully created by God.

Trust me, there have been times when I have been angry and I have been hurt and all I want to do is gossip or say terrible things about those that have hurt me.
But how does that make me any better than the other person?

There have been times when I have tried so very hard to help someone who simply won't accept my help. There have been times when I feel like giving up on people when the going gets rough.
But, every time I go through one of those scenarios, something my priest said in a homily continues to return to my thoughts. "Don't ever give up on people."
So simple, but so true.

So let's change this. Let's switch the sails in go in a different direction where we aren't searching for the wrongs in others, but for the rights. Let's magnify others strengths, and always stand by those we love. Let's show kindness to those who seem to have never known the trait. And let's help each other on this big mission.

I will leave you with a verse that sums up everything I've written

1 Corinthians 16:14 "Let all you do be done in love"