Roundup: The Early Days of Broke for Beauty

Roundup: The Early Days of Broke for Beauty

Musings
Happy Sunday, everyone! I wanted to take a look back to the early days of my blog. Yes, back when my photos had bad lighting and I couldn't figure out how long or short to make each post. I'm prepared to show you some early posts that I wouldn't show off, as well as some early posts that still get a decent amount of traffic. I know what you're probably wondering: Why show off what you just said you wouldn't show off? It's important to look back for a number of reasons. First, these posts highlight the passion I had when I started, and while I haven't lost my desire to continue working at it (obviously), taking a glimpse at what got me started is a great motivator to keep…
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Sorry for the hiatus!

Sorry for the hiatus!

Musings
Hey everyone! I'm so sorry I haven't posted in (yikes) a week and a half. Things got really crazy with classes ending and preparing for my graduation this weekend. Here's what I've been up to: I presented my thesis so I can receive honors at graduation I got a tattoo to commemorate my time in undergrad where I've grown so much as a writer and as a person I've gone to some hockey games with my friends, as we take advantage of student-priced tickets before we graduate (I'm coming back for grad school, but it's their last chance!) And I've watched as my university sets up for the Commencement ceremony...across the street from the last dorm I'll ever live in It's all been a bit overwhelming, and a little scary.…
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5 Interesting New Years Resolution Ideas

5 Interesting New Years Resolution Ideas

Musings
Hey everyone! First off, I'd like to wish you all a happy new year! I can't believe I've been blogging almost 8 months, and I'm so excited to be starting 2014 with you all. I wasn't thinking I'd write a post about the new year, but I kept seeing posts popping up about resolutions and blogging, and I thought I'd share some of my ideas for resolutions that I've tried or want to try that help you think more positively and avoid that mid-January guilt when resolutions can start to fall apart. I'm going to start this post with a confession: I'm usually not one to make new year's resolutions. I don't think we need an excuse to think about bettering ourselves. But this year was an important year for…
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You Can be a Feminist and Like Makeup

You Can be a Feminist and Like Makeup

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There's some controversy about girls who love makeup, and this can come from stigmas about vanity and narcissism as much as the simple fact that feminism can be confusing. The word "feminism" means the belief that women are people, and deserve equal opportunity to men. Nothing more, nothing less. That's a pretty overwhelming definition, and people have taken it to mean a number of things. Some second- and third-wave feminists pointed to women happy to be stay-at-home mothers and homemakers as a detriment to feminism, even while promoting equal opportunity. Nowawdays, many feminists look at beauty bloggers and feel the same way, saying those women are trapped in the societal pressures to value their beauty above everything else, have dumbed down to become nothing more than an empty shell of femininity,…
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"Grass is Greener" Syndrome: Haircuts

"Grass is Greener" Syndrome: Haircuts

Musings
Note: This piece was written in good humor (and a bit of sarcasm) after cutting off ten inches of my hair recently. I really do love how it looks now, but I wanted to make a joke about how I know I'll feel a couple months from now. Enjoy! Pre-Phase: The Buildup You're tired of dealing with long, tangly hair that takes hours to dry and brush out and style. If your shower's water pressure is anything less than perfect, you have to spend an hour tilting your head and parting your hair just right so that your scalp actually gets wet. And then you can move on to actually cleaning your hair. Oh, and you go through shampoo faster than a family of six. You've started to think, "Gee, it would…
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Broke for Beauty got a makeover!

Musings
Hey all, Now that I've been blogging for a few months and getting to know my blog and writing style, I decided it was time for a complete blogging makeover --- internally and externally. I've been thinking a lot about the content I'm posting and how it relates to what I imagined my blog to be, and where I want it to be going. Through this thinking, I decided a few things: I needed to solidify what this blog is about - I wasn't completely sure about the kinds of content I wanted to post in the beginning, and it showed in how I was categorizing and tagging my posts. I needed to figure out what my blog is about, and what kind of content can be found here. Also, I needed…
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