June Goals

Hello, my loves!

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Happy June! Today is going to be a post about my goals for June. I honestly have been trying to get my thoughts organized lately and I do well with setting intentions and goals for the days, weeks, and months ahead. I know my blog has been a little sporadic lately and I am vowing to change that. We all go through events in life that sometimes do not allow much room for what we want to be working on and that is what was going on this past month. A lot of chaos was happening and I was unable to structure that chaos, but right now I’m trying as hard as I can to rise above any negativity in my life and start with a positive and overall progressive month.

My goals for the upcoming month are:

  • Post 2 times per week on blog&Instagram
  • Yoga&stretching daily
  • Drink only water for a beverage
  • Laugh more
  • Invest in myself, not in things
  • Sleep before midnight
  • More self-care time
  • Journal daily

My list could go on and on for literally pages and pages but I do not want to focus on everything at once and then be disappointed when I fail to accomplish them. I feel like what I’d like to change the most is how I feel about myself. I often feel disappointed because I may not be at a certain place in my life and I am comparing my life to other people but in the end, it doesn’t matter, as long as I am happy.

I hope this encourages you to set intentions or goals for yourself this upcoming month as it is truly a helpful practice.

Until Next,

Julie

 

My Current Desk Essentials

Hello, my darlings!

I have been working a lot from home lately and I have become custom to having certain items near me when I work. I typically use the desk I have in my bedroom for work but lately, I’ve been using my kitchen space to do most of my work. I like to have a large area to stretch and feel like I am able to visualize my work. I actually reorganize my office space a lot and I may even work on doing that again soon, but for now, I just wanted to share what I like to use on a daily basis to get work done and stay motivated.

img_7721Pens. We all use them, we all love them! I love having a variety of pens, specifically colored ones so I can use them to color various tasks or use them to underline important figures. Highlighters and sharpies are also a key utensil for me for my work, seeing as I do some illustration work and like to do the rough drafts with sharpies a lot of the time.

Notepads. I literally use notepads, notebooks, anything, all the time. I write down endless amounts of lists so I need endless amounts of notebooks. I have fun with them because they are all so cute and decorated so lovely.

Inspirational books. There’s a time of day when you don’t want to keep working and you just want to goof off, so there should be some sort of motivational quote, or a book, or an inspirational board you can look at and gain inspiration from. If you don’t have something like this, I highly recommend it!

img_7722Sketchbook. I personally use sketchbooks for doodles or for ideas for designs or simply just using them to take a break from work for a little while and write poetry. It’s just nice to have a large sketchbook in my opinion.

Healthy Snacks. I really like Larabars lately, and they are vegan so I’m loving that even more. You could really have any snack though, sometimes I like hummus and veggies or apples and peanut butter. Seeing as your desk is at home, the possibilities are endless!

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Hand Creams. Who can’t get enough hand cream? I love having hand cream by my side just to soften them and the smell of the basil and fig one is divine! The Nivea one is great for winter.

Chapstick. Chapstick is also always a great item to have on your desk because chapped lips can happen at any time and you want soft lips!

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Coffee, Tea, Water. I really like to have a beverage by my side at all times. I personally like iced beverages so I make an iced coffee, tea, or iced water and I’m set! I do drink a lot of water during the day and you should try to as well, it definitely helps with afternoon energy dives.

The other things I like to have on my desk are my agenda, little trinkets, a calendar, post-it notes, and other things that just make me motivated to do more work. 

What are the essentials for your desk? I’d love to know! Leave me a comment! I seriously am obsessed with paper products and anything that has to do with organization so I’m always looking for ideas!

Hope you are all having a lovely day,

Julie

The Importance of Following Your Dreams

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Hello again, my beautiful friends!

“I haven’t slept in two weeks, which is good because times are hard for dreamers.” 

For today’s entry, I am going to be talking about the value of dreams. This is more of a “spark your thoughts” type of post.  This is part of a collection of posts I will be posting in the future on dreams and goal-oriented living.

I have been a dreamer my whole life and it has gotten me through the worst of times. Having hope and inspiration and setting goals is one of the most rewarding things you can do in your lifetime. I think we often think childhood dreams fade as we reach adulthood but I’d say that isn’t true because my childhood dreams have been with me since I can remember. My goals and ambitions have changed but I still have my dream of having my voice heard and being a successful writer. We all have goals we want to meet and dreams we want to see come to life and sometimes on the worst days it seems like our dreams should just be overlooked and forgotten about but, no, that is when they should be thought about the most! What is your dream(s)?

Now, think about how this dream has inspired you to make decisions in your life. Are you honoring it or letting it turn into an irrelevant idea? Your dreams and ambitions are driven by who you are as a person and what experiences you have gone through, they are not random and should not be taken lightly. We all owe ourselves to live by what we want, not what others tell us is acceptable or what society deems necessary for us.

The most important thing to remember is that with hard work and determination all dreams/goals can become reality. It seems to me that people feel that because they have a job currently, or perhaps they are simply unhappy, that they are trapped in that state for the rest of time. There are twenty-four hours in a day and there is time, even if only an hour every day, you can dedicate to making your dreams come true. As long as you are sincerely passionate about  Now, for everyone it is going to be different – sometimes dreams are job oriented, some are thought oriented, some are physical, some are emotional. No dream or goal is too small or too large! The only thing stopping you now is thinking something is stopping you.

“You are stronger than you think and braver than you believe” once said a wise, Christopher Robin. These are the words we need to remember. There is always going to be something we could do that is easy, or not requiring much of us, but is it as rewarding as doing what you want to do even if it takes longer and more work? I do not want you to ever think the easy way out is always the best one.

This post is really just to spark some thought, and hopefully, inspire you to be more aware that your dreams and ambitions ARE very important and shouldn’t be discarded merely because it seems too much of a far-out hope. Any age, any gender, anyone – can succeed, it may take time but you don’t want to rush something you hope will last forever.

I will be getting into more detail about steps you can implement to get closer to your goals and dreams.

Until next time, my dreamers…

Julie

Kopari Sheer Oil Review

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Hello, everyone!

I went shopping at TJ Maxx a bit ago and I purchased the Kopari coconut sheer oil and I want to give a review of this product since I absolutely love everything and anything coconut!

The coconut sheer oil by Kopari is a coconut oil which was specifically produced to be used as a beauty oil. This product, in particular, is formulated with not only coconut but many other wonderful ingredients such as shea butter, coffee, melon, banana, the list goes on. The product retails for $44 USD for 1.7 FL OZ or 50 mL and can be found on Kopari’s website and is also available at Sephora. This product is cruelty-free and vegan.

The coconut sheer oil is solid at room temperature but can easily be liquefied by running the bottle under warm water. The packaging is very handy, as it comes with a dropper to help with not only sanitary concerns but also concerns that you may use too much product unnecessarily. I really enjoy the thought that was put into this packaging, and the bottle is made of a hard, milk glass that seems very high end.

The sheer oil smells amazing! This is a warm, vanilla-coconut scent which is not overpowering in the slightest. It is one of the nicest fragrances I’ve smelt in a skincare product to date. I also like that you do not need a lot of this oil for it to be effective!

I’ve been using the product nonstop for about a week and I can gather that this product does exactly what it says it will which is:

  1. Facial Oil that provides moisture and anti-aging properties. Reduces inflammation and can fight acne. My skin has been clearer than it has been for a while and I can even tell my acne scars are lightening up a bit and it’s only been a week!
  2. Makeup Primer. Yes, my skin feels so much softer and adapts to taking makeup a lot better when using this product.
  3. Fly-away hair tamer. Most coconut oils make my hair greasy within seconds of contact but this one has more smoothing properties than adding excess oil.
  4. Body oil for dry skin. This can help with stretch marks or dull or dry skin. I’m not sure about stretch marks but this sure has helped my parched skin glow.

I can see myself using for a long time. and repurchasing when I run out, as long as it continues to remain effective, which honestly, I think it will! If you like coconut oil from the grocery store, you are going to love this one because it is just so much better and is formulated with the best ingredients to bring out the best of your skin.

I am a Kopari affiliate and there is currently a 20% of sitewide sale going on, so if anyone is interested – simply click the picture above and you will be directed there. You can also get 10 % off your first purchase if you sign up for their e-mail subscription. Definitely, check out their website for more natural skincare options!

If you have any questions or have tried Kopari’s products let me know in the comments!

Until Next,

Julie

Makeup Inspiration: French Beauty

Hello, my loves! Welcome back to my blog!

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I have been obsessed with wearing less-is-more makeup lately. I adore makeup, I truly do. I love putting my artist side to work every morning and picking out different shades and colors. However, I also like letting my skin breathe and letting my skincare work, especially in the warmer weather.

French beauty is something I am particularly interested in, seeing as I am mostly of  French descent and also because it is more minimal. The French have a particular look which isn’t seen in every French woman in the same way but rather they each have their own individual style which is typically minimal, soft, yet bold provides a statement.

My favorite French look is the glowy skin with a red lip. There’s usually little eye makeup in this look at least what I have seen, but there’s usually at least a coat of mascara. My idol is Jeanne Damas, who is a French It girl who also owns her own clothing line. She personally seems to pick more plum colored lips or a deeper red.

I thought I’d list a few of my favorite beauty products that I use to achieve the  French girl look.

L’oreal True-Match Foundation –  I like this product because it can be used as a more sheer product or a full coverage one depending on how much you apply. It provides a glowy base and the shade selection is wonderful.

Bareminerals – Bareskin Concealer –  This concealer is perfect for a natural concealing effect. IT does not crease under the eye and can be blended in softly with your finger or a sponge. It is a full coverage concealer but does not feel thick or tacky.

Benefit Cosmetics – High Beam – This is a nice, subtly soft highlighter product that looks natural on the skin. This product is easily applied to the top of the cheekbones for a hint of sheen. Or a cheaper alternative is “Moonbeam” powder highlighter by E.L.F.

Honest Beauty – Cream Contour Palette – This is the smoothest, most buttery and easily blended contour palette I have used. It is stunning and perfect for a look where it doesn’t look muddy or heavy.

MAC  – Lipstick in venomous violet, diva, or viva glam 3.  I  personally have never used these ones but they are recommended by Jeanne herself! I personally like Revlon’s balm stain in “Crush”  or “Romantic” for a beautiful plum or berry pout.

You can, of course, use any products that you have but the idea is to keep it looking like it is your own complexion.The French often say you should play up your best features instead of trying to hide the ones you do not like. I strongly agree! Are there any makeup trends or styles you are following right now? Let me know in the comments!

Have a wonderful rest of your Monday and I will be back writing on Wednesday!

Salut,

Julie

New Posting Schedule

Hi, my loves! Happy Sunday!

I wanted to let you know I am going to be blogging every Monday, Wednesday, and Sunday from now on just in case you wanted to know! ✨ I appreciate everyone who has been reading my blog it means the world to me you guys want to read what I have to say!

Have a lovely evening and the rest of your week!

Love always, Julie

Dr. Bronner’s Lavender Pure Castile Soap Review

Hello, my loves! Happy Earth Day!

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Today is Earth Day and it is also review Sunday, so I thought it would be fitting to provide a review about an organic, vegan, and cruelty-free product that also uses recycled materials for the packaging.

Dr. Bronner’s is known for their liquid castile soap, which is a combination of various oils like organic coconut oil,  organic palm kernel oil, organic olive oil, organic hemp oil, organic jojoba oil, and essential oils, in combination with a minimal list of other ingredients.  Dr. Bronner’s is a company which also uses certified fair trade ingredients in their products.

The particular one I have been using is the lavender castile soap (retails for $3.99-$70.00 depending on quantity). I personally use this product as a body wash, as well as a shampoo and sometimes a facial wash. First of all, I really enjoy the subtle lavender scent that is not overpowering. The fragrance has a calming effect, especially when used before bed.

The key to this product is diluting it with water because it is easy to be overpowered by the oils or other components of the ingredients.

When I actually use the product, the results are wonderful. I use this as a clarifying shampoo because it makes my hair feel so clean. I typically will then go in with another shampoo to bring some moisture back because I do feel like this does make your hair a little dry on its own.

As a body wash, this does not really lather up like most. It provides a clean feeling, however, and leaves the skin feel soft. As a facial cleanser, this is a nice gentle one that does a nice job. I would personally use this in the morning to get any dirt off from sleep as opposed to a nightly cleanser where it needs to be more vigorous.

There are other ways you can use this product for, like washing dishes, doing laundry, washing your dog, or even shaving.

In my opinion, there is something to be said about a company that goes out of its way and makes it their mission to provide sustainable products that can be used in ways many traditional products cannot. I hope we can all do our part in the future to become more eco-friendly and less harmful to the environment. I know it is difficult but even making small steps like purchasing from companies such as Dr. Bronner’s it will help more than you know.

I highly recommend this product to anyone who wants a versatile soap that will be effective and leave you squeaky clean!

If you’ve tried any of Dr. Bronner’s products, let me know how you feel about them in the comments or if you have any other eco-friendly brands we should know about!

Love always,

Julie