A Week in My Life Prequarantine vs Now

Hello beautiful people!

I hope you are staying safe. Have you finally finished that 1000 piece puzzle and gained back 4 of your 6 pack abs? No, me either. I decided to through together a quick week in my life pre-quarantine vs now vlog on my Youtube channel. I thought it would be a fun juxtaposition from the standard at-home content. So if you have eight minutes to spare, I would love if you would spend them with me.

What are your favorite videos to watch? Do you have any channel recommendations for me?

Using Music to Uplift Your Mood

Hello Beautiful people!

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Yesterday I was feeling a little down, overwhelmed, and frankly concerned. I tried to focus on some tv shows I’d been meaning to watch (Bluff City Law and Games People Play) but found myself overwhelmed with thoughts of everything I hadn’t done and other ways to supplement my income. Many ideas I had set into motion are on hold, for obvious reasons. While I was trying to pivot and clean out my iCloud (since when will I have the time to do so) I found a video from the Post Malone concert I went to back in March. Austin Richard Post took the time to tell us we could be anything we wanted to. Not to let fear hold us back, that he was sleeping in a friend’s walk-in closet before he was discovered. I got inspired to look up some of his music videos on YouTube. I then ended up going down a YouTube rabbit hole of great music.

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I don’t know about you, but I’d forgotten the days of using YouTube to play music videos and dance around in my house instead of watching another makeup tutorial, clothing haul, or Amazon round up. I sat and listened to my classics from my iPod via YouTube, Wonderwall by Oasis, Mr. Brightside by the Killers, I Miss You by Blink 182. This moment of nostalgia reminded me that this too shall pass. So often we get stuck in a loop thinking we are always going to be exactly where we are or feeling hopeless but it’s all temporary. Hearing these songs reminded me of sitting in 2nd hour A.P. English Literature after finding out I did not get a role in the play after two rounds of callbacks. At the time I tried not to feel sad about it but after the first round of callbacks, I could taste that role. I put my heart into the performance, only to find that it was not enough. However later that same day a classmate I was not particularly fond of told me, “I just want you to know you killed it yesterday. I told two other people at callbacks that the role should have been yours, but it’s politics.” In the strangest way, this made me feel better. After all, art is subjective. Sometimes you don’t get the role because they already picked out the kids or the husband and you don’t look enough like the two of them to fit the story.

For some reason listening to some of my favorites reminded me how we are constantly moving and changing. How one moment can feel sad and devastating the next you are moving on to other bigger opportunities and making or meeting lifelong friends. I say all of this to remind you, if you are feeling low, don’t be afraid to pop on some of your old music. There is nothing better than music to distract, inspire, underscore a story, or shift your mindset. You are loved. You are badass! You will get through this.

What are some of your favorite songs to listen to when you need a pick me up?

7 Reasons You Need to See Cirque Du Soleil

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I’ve wanted to see Cirque Du Soleil for years, but never had the opportunity to go. My mom gifted me with tickets this year for my birthday and I must say I will make it a priority to go from now on! Cirque Du Soleil was founded in 1984 in Canada. The entire concept was to think of how a modern circus would be, they used juggling and fire breathing to create a spectacle.

Butterfly wings and a horse at the Cirque Du Soleil Mexico

  1. The colorful detailed costumes. At the beginning of the show, these two beautiful birds came out with long wings that they fluttered. The bright emerald green, cobalt, and violet. There was a butterfly whose giant wings spread across and fluttered in the wind. Ever costume moved with the performer seamlessly.
  2. The breath-taking stunts. The sheer athletic ability of these performers is worth going! I know you’re thinking it’s so expensive, but when you see how many performers are swinging from the ceiling, flipping off their friends’ backs and shimmying up poles you’ll honestly think they deserved more $$$.
  3. Every Cirque has a different storyline they have done shows based on Avatar, the Beatles, Crystal and the Luzia one I saw.
  4. Cirque brings back the childhood feeling of wonder. How do they come up with these ideas, colors, storylines, and script?
  5. They use the five of the elements of drama: plot, theme, characters, music, spectacle. There is also a mystical use of water and wind.
  6. You will come out inspired and energized to do new things. Whether that’s writing, working out, acting or singing.
  7. Unlike other circuses, you don’t need to worry about animal abuse. There are no animals in the show!

 

 

Liebster Award

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Photo origin Unknown (please message me if you own this photo) How cute is this baby!

I am very grateful for the Liebster Award nomination from Ana! Ana has a sweet, humorous and supportive writing style. Whether she is reviewing makeup, clothing, hair products or just telling others to put themselves out into the blogosphere. The purpose of the Liebster Award is to discover new blogs.

What is this Liebster Award?

The Liebster award is an opportunity for bloggers to promote their blogs as well as informing their followers and readers of other bloggers by continuing the nominations further.

11 Random Facts About Me

  1. I’m usually cold so I always have my heater going at work.
  2. I never can decide what I should be for Halloween, so I usually go as a flapper last minute.
  3. My goal is to be a working actor in the SAG community.
  4. There are genres I would love to work in film wise mystery/drama, comedy, historical fiction, action and psychological thrillers.
  5. I was never afraid of horror films until I started going to Universal Orlando Resorts Horror Nights.
  6. I changed my major with a year and one semester left and still graduated on time.
  7. One of my favorite side jobs was being a delivery driver since my schedule was flexible, the customers, for the most part, were nice and the guys I worked with made it fun. We often had some of the most personal conversations about life, our dreams, and beliefs in the most respectful way.
  8. I love singing both parts of, “A Whole New World” by myself.
  9. I love watching the 2012 version of Sherlock with Rachel McAdams since it is witty and satirical.
  10. Shoes are my kryptonite.
  11. I love listening to all types of music depending on my mood. Sometimes that’s Adel, Kanye, Rhianna, Frank Sinatra, Brad Paisley, Jason Alden, The Killers, Nicki Minaj, Justin Bieber, Joan Jet, Stevie Nicks, Kendrick Lamar, Chainsmokers, David Guetta, Steve Aoki, Sarah Bareilles or theatre show tunes.

 

Questions I was given

1. What inspired you to start your blog?

I have been following blogs since 2008. I also had a Myspace page my friend and I ran with quotes and icons. We got a decent following and I had a ton of fun with it until Myspace died and Facebook took over. I wanted to start a blog in high school, but didn’t have the time and thought it would cause more conflict in my life.

2. Who is your favorite beauty icon/celebrity of all time?

I don’t have beauty Icon so to speak. I love the look of old Hollywood (minus the super thin eyebrows) since all the women looked different and plastic surgery/ botox were not common. Celebrity fashion-wise, I love Blake Lively’s and Madelaine Petsch’s style. I think it’s cool that Blake does not usually use a stylist! Meanwhile, Madelaine’s stylist is worth her weight in gold and can dress me any day!

3. In no more than 5 words, what is it that you love about makeup?

Used to highlight your beauty.

4. How much time do you spend blogging weekly?

My goal is to post Tuesday. That way I have time to shoot photos, explore a new place on the weekend or see a new movie. If I have a good amount of time twice a week. However, I currently have about five posts I want to write about and two sitting in my drafts. I do spend a ton of time reading and commenting on other blogs since I do enjoy reading about other individuals passions. Lately, I have only been doing this twice a week, but I aim to spend an hour four nights a week.

5. What is your favorite genre of music?

See number 11 hahaha!

6. Which makeup product can’t you live without?

Mascara long thick lashes! The eyes are the windows to the soul everyone.

7. Which person has influenced you the most in your life?

I think a variety of people have. I have a lot of strong women in my life that have taught me it’s important to be intelligent, independent, kind and unafraid to love. I also had a college professor that made me fall in love with writing. So thank you Dr. Klauza. You mean the world to me, for showing me how to express myself and introducing me to unique literature like The Yellow Wallpaper. 

8. What is your favorite drink?

Matcha Green Tea Blast. Favorite alcoholic drink Margarita on the rocks.

9. How much do you usually spend on your daily makeup routine?

Ten minutes I value my sleep. If I have an audition thirty minutes depending on what age the character is and what type of girl she is.

10. Which is your next travel destination?

Unknown. I had to push back my London/Paris trip till next year. I may go somewhere in the US for a quick three day weekend.

11. Which is your favorite book and why?

A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libra Bray. It is a mixture of mystery, feminism, and romance, set in a Victorian time period. The story takes place at a boarding school and the four main characters draw you in. I appreciate that Libra Bray made Gemma a strong Protagonist, who continues to fight the constraints and expectations of women in this time period. Sidenote: I met the author a few years after she wrote the book and completely fangirled when I saw her at Books and Books in Miami.

I Nominate

There are so many blogs I enjoy, but I wanted to showcase these three that have intrigued me recently.

Wildfire Movies -The recommendations and variety of films discussed are amazing. A must read if you want to expand your film knowledge!

Reema’s Garden -I am always fascinated by beautiful balconies in apartment complexes. Reema’s blog tells you how to create your own beautiful garden on your balcony!

Arya Chic –  She reveals the history and individuals behind some of the most well-known fashion houses.