It's fall here in Chicago, which means that both my closet, makeup bag, and kitchen have all made the transition into hibernation mode. While there's been a lot of changes happening in my life, I'm most excited about these three additions to my daily routine!
1. Old Navy's 2017 Fall Line
2. LUSH Ultrabland Cleanser
Now everyone's skin is different, but this time of year means I have to take extra care of my skin. LUSH's Ultrabland Cleanser removes every inch of makeup and dirt from my skin with basically zero effort. The idea behind this cleanser is that as an oil based product, it reacts with the oil on your skin for full removal. With most water-based cleansers...well, water and oil don't mix, so is it possible to remove all the dirt and unwanted oils from your pores?
Swing into LUSH next time you're around and pick yourself up some Ultrabland. Exactly as the website suggests, it's an "all-purpose dream".
3. Bailey's Irish Cream
My recent trip to Ireland has got me HOOKED. I've always enjoyed Bailey's and coffee, but I have a new found love for this Christmas-in-a-cup delight. For the entirety of the trip you would find me drinking Bailey's and coffee or Bailey's on the rocks all day long. I couldn't begin to tell you how many Bailey's and coffee we had tried by the end of the trip.
With coffee, hot cocoa, on the rocks, I can drink this anytime, any day. Thankful to the Irish for blessing us heathens with such a magical beverage for which we are not worthy.
Seems as though each season has been bringing new products into my focus. Here's to what winter has in store for my new loves! What are some of your current favs? Tried out some of the above? Let me know what you think!
I was writing a packing list...over and over...getting ready to live in Florence: for FOUR MONTHS. The reality of that phrase was on repeat in my mind every second of every day until I was walking to my gate.
I felt as though all I wanted to do was shout my experiences from the virtual rooftops.
This blog was LEGITIMATELY a play by play of every single day of my study abroad experience; I am horrified to admit that at this time, the words um, like and yeah were sprinkled into my writing like a child's 5th birthday cake. Looking back on that blog, all I can do is shutter.
And then, I came home, and as most study abroad students claim, I had 'found myself'. I spent the rest of my college career brainstorming, writing, and revising my thoughts on my experiences abroad. It wasn't until I graduated and was headed back to Europe that I had a handle on those thoughts. I believed, and still believe, that life is for living. So I took that idea and ran with it...
I came home and it started all over again. The feeling of inaccuracy that "because life is for living" just wasn't going to capture everything I wanted to say. I wanted to share my world views, my travel experiences, my failures, with the world. There is just something about sharing my opinions, experiences, obstacles, and triumphs that has allowed me to grow as a person and writer.
And one day, justk8things was born. Seriously, I felt like it had been staring me in the face my entire life. It has always been 'a thing': people joking that my tardiness is just a 'k8 thing', or that my picky eating habits are 'just k8 things'. So after much thought, I realized there is no better way to share my life with the world than through justk8things. And I do have to say, I'm pretty sure this is where I'm supposed to be. For now at least.
because, you know, life is for living :)
Just want to share some products with you that I'm really feeling right now! Note that none of the products/services in this post are sponsored or paid. Bringing you 100% recommendations that are part of my everyday routine :) Check em out and let me know what you think!
1. L'Oreal Extraordinary Clay
2. Colourpop Brow Pencil
3. Erin Condren Notebooks and Life Planners
4. CorePower Yoga
What are some of your current go-to's? Let me know so I can check them out! I'm always looking to add to my list! Trying out some of my favs? What did you think?
There is a special kind of joy a daughter feels when told she resembles her mother.
A burning combination of blessing and accomplishment.
As though that voice in the back of her head, now her own, stares back at her with new meaning: less directive, with more mutual respect than before. Maintaining that womb-like connection while allowing for failure and growth.
Transition is natural, as is maturation and distance.
However, of a rare few, do daughters transition from children to halves. In a sense that these young women both by unconscious choice and blessing, develop the ability to share a brain with their mothers. A superpower that, unbeknownst to them, deems them the true winners of parental lottery.
And this is where I argue...
we are the luckiest of all.
Personal day, Solo Date, Me Time. Whatever you'd like to call it, it really is essential. I've never been one to treat myself to time alone. My self-care habits have mostly included massages, new clothes, an extra coffee, or new Coloupop Lippie Stix. But recently, on a day when I was feeling particularly absent-minded, I decided to really treat myself. I called into work, and headed to the movie theatre.
Life is complicated, that's a given. I'm here to talk through the rough patches, and celebrate the successes of adulthood as a millennial travel professional.