Self-Care Essentials

Hello, lovelies!

Today I am going to be talking about a few self-care essentials, or a self-care starter kit for everyday use. I think the philosophy behind self-care is wonderful, and it allows us to take care of ourselves to allow us to have the capacity to take care of others. We are constantly concerned about other people’s care but rarely do we think of our own when people close to us are stressed out as well. I thought it would be a great idea to post some of the things I use for my own self-care. At the moment I am recovering from a very stressful month and have used certain techniques to bring myself back to a more relaxed state.

Here are a few essentials for a self-care routine:

A clean space. A clean space will allow you to not have to think about when you need to make the bed next or fold your laundry because it will already be done. Spend a while looking at your space, whether it just be your bedroom or your whole house. This will allow you to assess what needs to be done, what you need to change, and then change it. Our minds cannot relax if we are constantly looking at a mess around us or thinking about our next set of chores. The cleaning may not all get done in one round but you will find if you work on decluttering and cleaning, over time it will become second nature and you will feel the relief and know you are taking care of yourself and your things.

Aromatherapy. This method of relaxation has been around for ages, and it is one that will never cease to work (unless you are sensitive to smell). I have always loved candles not only for the scent but for the calming warmth they provide. Lighting a candle is like opening up a new environment because every candle is slightly different, and it could be summer and you could immediately be transported to a winter with a woodsy candle. It’s similar to perfumes, one day you may choose to wear a fragrance you wore over the autumn months during July and you remember the days of falling leaves just by smelling it on your skin. My suggestion to you is to spray your favorite perfume before you head out the door, whether it be on you or around you. This will be a great way to start off your day, especially if you are in a gloomy mood. Essential oils are also a great option as well.

Garden. This may be more of a seasonal suggestion but getting yourself out in nature and gardening is a wonderful way to soothe your anxiety or feeling of being overwhelmed. If I ever feel like I cannot handle being inside or simply feel like too many things are on my mind I take a break and go outside. I honestly will say I used to dislike pulling weeds or getting my hands dirty but now I feel it’s a blessing from nature to me. The fresh air, the slight sweaty feeling from getting out in the sun and being physical is worth doing. Even if you just want to go outside and pick a few weeds or sit in the grass and run your hands through it, it will help.

Tea. I do not know where I would be without tea, and I am not being dramatic. Tea has been a source of happiness for me over the last five years. It is almost the steps you take to make the tea that is the most rewarding for me. I love heating up the kettle, and pouring the hot water over the tea leaves, and the decision of what tea I want to drink just makes me so very happy – and don’t forget to pick out the mug! Honestly, it’s just a nice routine to have in the morning or in the evening or any time of day that helps you slow down a bit and take time for yourself which is what we all need. Plus it’s delicious! My favorite tea is peppermint at the moment but I also am partial to flavored green teas, and my mug of choice is a mermaid one from Pier One. What are your favorites?

Time. To be quite honest, the thing we need most to take care of ourselves is time to ourselves. We need time to digest what is happening, and let ourselves express our emotions even if it is just to ourselves. We don’t need to think for hours on end, but we do need to process and feel.

Some activities you might want to try for your self-care routine are:

taking a long bath
giving yourself a scalp massage
creative writing
art therapy
brain aerobics
crocheting or knitting
light exercise
preparing your favorite dish
talking to a friend
watching a comedy
planning in your planner
shopping at a local farmer’s market
eating a sweet treat
going to sleep early
sleeping in
going for a drive
playing with your pet
playing a video game
planning a trip
paint your nails
research something you’ve always wanted to know about

Anything that inspires you, or makes you feel happy and whole is perfect for self-care. You are beautiful, intelligent, caring, and perfect just the way you are! Remember that! Let me know in the comments what you do for yourself to show you love yourself. I am always eager to hear about other people’s self-care routines.

Until next time,

– Julie.


My Sunday Night Routine

Hello, my dears!

Today is Sunday which is my favorite day of the week. I personally enjoy it due to being able to sleep in, watch football, and enjoy time with my friends and family. I thought I would go over my Sunday night routine and let you guys in on how I prepare for the week ahead.

My favorite part of Sunday night is doing a little pamper session, which usually starts at 7 PM and I start by taking off my makeup. I take my makeup off with grapeseed oil and then wash my face with Biore baking soda wash. This usually removes all the makeup and the dirt but I then go over with a homemade rose witch hazel toner with a cotton round until my face is definitely clean. After I’ll take a shower and I’ll do all the extra steps which I may not have time for during the week, so I wash my hair, shave my legs, do a scrub (currently using St. Ives Coconut and Coffee scrub for a more exfoliating scrub), and of course I use a yummy smelling body wash, like the Soap and Glory ‘Clean On Me’ or Philosophy ‘Fresh Cream’.  After the shower, I moisturize immediately from top to toe, and I am currently in love with Sea Greens by H20+ Beauty. After, I’ll finish up my skin care routine with a face mask – typically it has been the Aztec Benzanite Clay one, mixed with apple cider vinegar, and let me tell you, it is a strong mask! Once applied and washed off, I will then apply a moisturizer – usually sweet almond oil or Vitamin E oil.

By this time, I feel like a whole new person and I will head to my kitchen to make some tea, which is usually a Yogi tea and it is the Detox tea. I like this detox tea because it is an herbal tea for one and it tastes delicious and I always feel a lot better afterward. I then get out one of my planners (yes, I have multiple) and work on my main schedule for the week. I put in my appointments, meetings, dates with friends, and then I have been adding what blogs I should post and when so I don’t have to mess around with figuring out a topic because I already have the idea written down. I like to decorate my planner as well so I usually add some cute stickers or reminder notes that are positive and will draw my attention to my planner.

After I’m done with my regular planner, I will open up my meal planner for the week. I like to do this before the week starts because I usually have an accurate overview of what is in my fridge seeing as I just went shopping over the weekend. I split my day up into “breakfast”, “lunch”, “dinner”, and “snacks” and write down what I hope to have for each meal. I am not saying I am perfect but it definitely helps to look in advanced before you get so hungry you just eat anything you can get your hands on.

I will then go to my room and take a look at my clothes and will pick out my outfit for Monday along with accessories, shoes, and any other things I need for Monday. I also put my planner in my purse and tidy it up by throwing away any receipts or unnecessary collected items. At this point, I will also tidy up anything in my room that needs to be tidied.

I then will do yoga before I get ready for bed, so I do some basic stretches and yoga movements and try to mentally prepare myself for the stressful upcoming week. I really need this time to focus, meditate, and recuperate – especially after this week, which was very difficult for me.

Lastly, I brush my teeth, put lip balm or Carmex on, and put some lotion on my feet and put socks on. I grab my dog, Bellatrix, and we hit the lights and are fast to sleep..ZZzzzzz.


How To Start Fresh & Make Changes

Hello, lovelies!

So today my blog post is going to be about starting fresh or making lifestyle changes when it seems like it is impossible. I have been in situations where it seems like the raincloud will not stop hovering over me and I felt like there was no escape from negativity in my life. I think it is important to remember we can start over and tomorrow, or even right now is a perfect time to do so. Below is an overview of what can help when you have to make a change in your life for the better. This is a repost of a blog I had done on a previous blog but I felt it was fitting for here today.

  • The first step in beginning again is truly spending time discovering what it is that is bothering you and be specific. If you feel, for example, you have been living an unhealthy lifestyle lately, ask yourself what it is that started you to decline on taking care of yourself. Go through and write down every thought you have that is in regards to your issue or issues and acknowledge it IS an issue. Sometimes we lie to ourselves and pretend it is not a huge deal that we are suffering. Anything from negative self-talk to binge drinking and everything in between can affect us more than we realize. The truth is if it is in any way making you uncomfortable, you need to address it but do not feel guilty about it. Write out your feelings, and any emotions you have, fill a notebook, fill two notebooks! This is the most important part of the process!
  • Now that you have written down and dissected the problem, ask yourself what you want to do about it. Is it something that you need to completely remove from your life or is it something you just need to modify? Write this down now. We often have habits we want to change but the task seems daunting. If you state what you specifically intend to change, it makes it easier.
  • Make a plan. You have now written down what is bothering you, you have written down everything that led up to the issue and what feelings you have surrounding it so the next step is to make a plan! So, if your unhealthy lifestyle is what you want to change – how are you going to do that? Make a list of things you can actually start doing, not things you just have good intentions for. This list can be short or a mile long, it doesn’t matter but you need to start somewhere. After this list is done, make another list – the “good intentions” list. These are things you want to get done eventually, but cannot do right away. You can work on these after you have made the original list a priority and a habit.
  • Focus. If you really want to change and start over fresh, it is not easy, and it takes time. There are not many people who are going to tell you they love breaking bad habits or making life changes but you will feel wonderful after you invest your time in making yourself happier and healthier. You are doing this for you and only you so make sure you are focusing on the WHO and WHY, the WHAT, WHERE, WHEN will fall into place.
  • Do it! I honestly feel if you take the time to process your feelings and actions they will be easier to mold into what you desire them to be. If it takes you longer do one of these steps, that isn’t an issue! This is all about you and I know you can do anything you set your mind to, so go ahead and get started on switching the light on in the darkness. You’ve got this, so go get it!

This may have been a more serious toned blog but I honestly believe in this method. The feelings behind our habits/actions/beliefs/attitudes are so important but rarely get addressed. I truly believe taking the time to analyze them and let them be known in their full capacity to ourselves is essential for personal growth.

Until next –

Much love,


Minimalism: My Journey Thus Far

Hi Darlings,

It may sound completely ridiculous that I have a beauty blog but I have the mindset of a minimalist. If you looked at my bedroom you probably wouldn’t believe I have a minimalist mindset either but over the last year, I have tremendously decreased the amount of “stuff” I buy and have been decluttering what I own almost every other week.

I believe minimalism truly is a mindset and a lifestyle and I have the mindset down, I am working on the lifestyle part still. I wouldn’t say I ever had a hoarding issue or a stockpiling issue, but rather just hold onto things I never used such as clothes and even knick-knacks for my apartment. I love shopping, and I specifically love thrift store shopping because you can get almost anything you want for a minimal price but it ended up making my wardrobe expand into something I didn’t ever expect it to. I was buying designer clothes just because they were inexpensive and I was barely looking at the item or if it would even be worn once after I brought it home. Similarly, with makeup, I would go to Ulta all the time and buy heaps of makeup with the intention of wearing it every day but I ended up with overwhelming amounts of products and not enough face to wear them. It took a big step for me to decide to change but I have and I’m going to briefly talk about what I have done and how to maintain it.

If I’m going, to be honest with you, it was Youtube videos and blog posts about minimalism that truly inspired me to change my ways. I was watching a few videos that explained what minimalism was and how each person went through a process of decluttering. I knew almost immediately this was something I needed to do. I never grew an emotional attachment to any of my clothes, makeup, jewelry, etc, so it wasn’t that hard to do so. I know some people may think they need to keep something because they spent so much money on something but at the end of the day if it isn’t making you completely happy or being used often, it doesn’t need to be in your house.

I did end up decluttering my items, and it felt amazing, and I took a vow to not purchase what I didn’t need after I did this. I also decided at the time I would only purchase cruelty-free makeup products or vegan makeup products. This lasted probably a few weeks before I splurged again on makeup, and a month or so went by before I was back to using some non-cruelty-free products. I’m saying this because I want to be honest because this process to minimalism is not easy. However, I have the best intentions when it comes to what I own and I have managed to keep my makeup collection down, my clothing in order and at a minimum, and I no longer buy endless amounts of things for no reason. I am human, and I enjoy shopping but I try to shop with a purpose now. I also take a few moments a few times a month to go through my things and ask myself if I’m actually using it or if I should purge it from my collection/wardrobe/etc.

Another substantial part of minimalism is your thoughts and actions. It is important to keep your mind in a happy place and it is hard to do that when you are constantly thinking about a thousand things at once. The way I have combated this behavior is by writing things down and making lists or keeping organized. I highly recommend this to anyone who is struggling right now.

Minimalism, I have learned, is something you need to keep up with and I am not a minimalist by any means compared to some people but I have truly decided to have less in my life has given me more time to focus on my life instead of my possessions.

I do hope I can challenge myself to go through more areas of my life and remove extra clutter and I will certainly update you in the future when I do.

If you are looking for more information on minimalism, I recommend Pinterest or searching it on YouTube!

Have a lovely night,

  • Julie


5 Little Ways to Show Yourself Self-Love.

Hello, darlings,

So, I think it is evident that I am a strong encourager of self-love, self-care, and increasing your self-esteem through your actions. I thought I’d break it down into 5 ways to promote self-love on a daily basis.

  1. Be conscious of your inner voice. Often we entrap ourselves in a world of our own and in that world sometimes we have a very negative outlook on ourselves. Try to change this if this is the case simply by addressing the fact that you have these thoughts, and be aware of how they make you feel and try to adjust them into more positive, loving thoughts. It is perfectly okay if this does not feel comfortable right away and it will take practice, but you’ll get used to thinking more pleasant thoughts over time.
  2. Treat yourself. Honestly, we spend most of our time, efforts, and money on other people or things that are standard priorities. It is often that we forget that we deserve a little pick me up, or treat. Whether this is a candy bar, or a new scarf or purse, or even a luxury makeup product we absolutely deserve it and it will remind us we are worthy of it!
  3. Set priorities. Knowing your priorities in life is essential to self-love because it means when you make them a priority or accomplish your goals that you have taken time and invested in yourself. You need to feel like you have a purpose in life and your purpose needs to come from a source that makes you feel good and whole. So, simply make a list of these things and work on them. If most of your time is being put into other things that are not on this list, try to make a change.
  4. Take to the “bare necessities.” Remember to hydrate, eat wholesomely, get enough sleep. and stay active. These are the bare necessities which will absolutely help with self-love and improve self-esteem because no matter what is going on around you as long as you are taking care of these necessary items, you will have the energy and the health to focus on any other issues that may arise.
  5. Meditate and focus. So, the last bit of advice I can give for improving self-love and awareness is to meditate. This is so vital to improving your relationship with yourself because it gives you time to be with yourself! You can either choose to address your thoughts or simply let yourself be free and tranquil. It’s all up to you but no matter what, you need to spend time with yourself and allow yourself to get through your thoughts and emotions. It is essential!

This is a very small list of things, and I may continue this list in an upcoming post but please try to think of yourself this weekend. Make yourself your priority and you will blossom and bloom.

Much love,



Creating an Effective To-Do List

We all have a massive, on-going list in our heads or on paper that we hope to accomplish but when we are trying to accomplish so much we often end up accomplishing little to nothing due to feeling overwhelmed. So, how do we establish a method for effective to-do lists? Well, trial and error is a great way to see what works for us and what doesn’t but I am going to go through some tips on how to accomplish your to-do list.

So to start, it is often the best to do a brain dump, which is basically writing down every single thing that is currently in the front or even in the recesses of your mind. By writing down what is going through your thoughts, you are able to physically look at what goals you should focus on or what tasks you may need to accomplish to gain peace of mind.

Once you have a list of every possible thing, the next step is to prioritize. At this point, you can start scanning through your list and see what is least important and what is most important. If something is not a priority for you, you can choose to exempt it from the list or perhaps even if it is a feeling or a situation you can expand in a journal, etc.  If it is a priority to you, write it down as the first thing on your list and work your way down to the less important tasks or goals.

When writing your list, you will want to include as much information as possible. This means when you write a goal or task down, include how long it may take, what steps you need to achieve the goal and a deadline. These are key components to a healthy to-do list so that you do not have any surprises or anxiety when it comes to actually doing the task and you will be prepared for whatever comes. If you do have anxiety over it, feel free to journal about your specific goal or task and try to find out what it is that is causing the stress and even ask for help if it is needed.

Now that you have the list in front of you, try to keep your expectations realistic. Do not set deadlines that you know you will not accomplish. Do not schedule everything for one day even if the tasks seem minimal. It is better to set three tasks to accomplish a day than ten or twelve and in turn feel guilty for not getting them done.

I’ve noticed that consistently crossing or checking off items on my to-do list has made me feel like I have a purpose in my life even if some of the tasks are small or mundane routine items. In fact, sometimes if you’re struggling to mark things off you may want to start by writing things you know you already do or should be doing so that you can start seeing progress.

I am a firm believer of having an organized mind and writing your efforts down will help you with following your dreams and becoming exactly who you want to be! Even if it seems difficult, you have all the potential in the world and anything you dream can come true, I believe in you!

Hope this post helped anyone struggling with their goals/thoughts/daily tasks.

Wishing you a wonderful night, and a happy tomorrow!

  • Julie