Pare Down: March Update

Lifestyle, Organization
I'm a few days late on this update -- sorry, friends! I'm handling some work deadlines at the moment and totally didn't realize it was April already. I ended my February update with some goals for March: Get into the habit of writing every day Declutter books and other items Finish my makeup purge Post a video and blog post once per week Keep cutting back on TV and YouTube watching Keep developing skills like sewing and painting I did better than expected on some of these goals, but slipped a bit on some others. Full transparency! Let's start with what's going well. I did some (non-work) writing 28/31 days, and read basically every night I was nervous to commit to both a new 30-day challenge of writing every day and…
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Pare Down: February Update

Lifestyle, Organization
If you read my blog regularly, you know that this year I want to pare down, and my first month was a big success. I like doing monthly updates to help keep me accountable, and to help any of you who might be trying to declutter your lives too. In the last post, I ended with some goals to start tackling in February: Declutter the kitchen Declutter books, papers, and other random stuff Finish my makeup purge – I’ve got two boxes of makeup that’s either expired or I don’t wear, so I want to figure out what kind of blog post or video I want to do with it, and get rid of it! Keep cutting back on TV and YouTube time Schedule filming and blog drafting time like I…
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Pare Down: January Update

Lifestyle, Organization
Wow, January has really flown by. It's been a whirlwind of coming home after the holidays, hitting the ground running back at work, and trying to put my new year's plans into action day by day. I wanted to do a quick check-in with how my first month of paring down has gone. You might remember that my focus for 2017 is to pare down on what I don't love or need to make room for the things that really matter. So... how did my month go? I did a huge declutter for my closet I regularly take everything out of my closet and dresser, sort through my clothes, and put everything back. I do this every 3 months or so, and I usually get rid of 2-5 items. This time,…
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2017: Pare Down

2017: Pare Down

Lifestyle, Musings, Organization
Happy new year, everyone! I've been really missing blogging and making videos. I got lost in some work deadlines and hopped straight onto a plane for the holidays. I'll be back at home tomorrow night, and I'm aiming to pick up right where I left off. But before I get back into beauty, I wanted to take a moment and talk about the new year. I'm planning on making a video on my non-beauty channel about this, but while 2016 was a total sh*tshow, I really invested in my personal growth, and it paid off. I got a dog, [gallery type="rectangular" ids="5952,5951,5948,5949,5950"] I traveled (including a 30-hour trip from San Francisco to New York City and back to see the original cast of Hamilton), [gallery type="rectangular" ids="5946,5947,5958,5959,5956,5957"] I went vegan, [gallery…
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Packing Tips & What I’m Packing

Packing Tips & What I’m Packing

Lifestyle, Organization
Hi, everyone! I'm heading down to Burbank next week to visit my boyfriend, who's been working down there for the summer. I'm super excited to spend some time with him and enjoy the hot weather! I fly across the country often for school, so I've gotten pretty good at packing a lot of stuff into little spaces. However, when I go home I typically bring way too much with the intention of leaving some behind, so on short trips like this I have a terrible habit of bringing too much under the excuse of "having options." Over time, I've started pushing myself to pack lighter, and now I have a few tips that I hope can help some of you out! Packing tips: Know what you'll be doing during your…
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