Twists & Turns: Learning to Love My Curls

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I believe that loving yourself is so important for a happy life, but obviously everyone has their struggles. If you know me you probably know that I absolutely adore my natural curls, but that wasn’t always the case. As a kid I absolutely hated having curly hair. It was always frizzy and unruly, and I just didn’t know how to control it. I remember times I was brought to tears because I thought it was hideous. I wanted so badly to have simple straight hair like all the other girls in school. And yes, I did straighten it for quite some time.

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I didn’t really start loving my natural hair until after I graduated from high school. I started realizing that it was something that was just apart of who I am, and that it makes me unique in a way. I learned how to tame the wild curls and frizz, and embrace it when it can’t be controlled. There’s something about being surrounded by a mass of messy curls that makes you feel mysterious and beautiful.

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A huge part of my journey to loving my hair was finding a stylist who knows how to work with curly hair. I didn’t even know you could get a specialty haircut for curly hair until I saw my current stylist for the first time! I have never seen a stylist that works with my curls the way she does, and it doesn’t hurt that she also has the most gorgeous curly hair. Another huge factor was what styling products I was using. After I found a few products that gave me my desired results, everything sort of just came together.

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Me as a kid.

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I’m back – ootd

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So after a couple months of silence, I’m back! The reason for my absence is that the semester started and I’ve been having trouble budgeting time for writing and brainstorming ideas for posts! Of course one obvious idea was staring me right in the face; outfits I wear to class.

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I keep my outfits pretty basic for days I have class. I usually throw on a t-shirt or sweater, a pair of jeans, sneakers, and some light jewelry. I’m not going to lie though, I’m a kinesiology student so I also tend to spend quite a bit of time in leggings…and I honestly love them just as much as my other clothes, but I’ll make a separate post about that soon!

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I’m wearing a basic grey men’s t-shirt that I thrifted, my current favorite pair of jeans from Levi’s that I actually bought on Poshmark, and my Converse. As I’m typing out the description of my outfit, it sounds so boring. But it really just feels like a stylish, minimalist look that I’m really into right now. Simple can be beautiful too.  

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Going forward, I’m going to try to get back to posting on my blog once a week. Obviously I can’t let it get in the way of my studies, so I’ll probably keep my posts short and sweet for now.

Off the Grid: The Upper Peninsula of MI

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This last weekend I went on a camping trip with my best friend to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, where the cell reception is almost as nonexistent as the sights are beautiful. I haven’t unplugged for multiple days straight in quite some time, and when I have it‘s never been by choice (I have a tendency to break cell phones). I kept trying to send my S.O. and family pictures from the trip, but was unsuccessful for the most part. I had to use an actual physical map at one point because we couldn’t get enough signal to get the GPS working. If you’re as directionally challenged as I am, then you can probably understand how particularly anxiety-inducing those few minutes were. It’s almost as if nature is demanding you to put away your phone and pay attention to it – something that most of us are sadly not accustomed to doing anymore.

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The two of us slept in a four person tent for three nights straight. That may not sound like much to some of you, but with our air mattress constantly deflating and being able to hear EVERYTHING in the woods behind our tent, it made for some restless nights. We hiked to the upper Tahquamenon Falls on Friday, and on Saturday we lounged on a small beach on Lake Superior and went on a sunset boat tour of Pictured Rocks.

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I didn’t have to bother with makeup (other than a little bb cream), I let my hair be a frizzy mess, and I didn’t worry myself with fashion. I wore sports bras and shorts basically the entire time.

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I highly recommend putting yourself in a situation where you are forced to put away most of your technology and really absorb the beauty around you. While I enjoy scrolling through social media and the city environment, I already miss the lush, green, quiet beauty that’s only interrupted by the sound of waterfalls.

Clouds and Melancholy

The last few days have been nothing short of dreary. If I’m being completely transparent, I find it difficult to keep out of a depressive state during these kinds of days. My mood definitely depends on the weather, which I have found to be a struggle when there’s a stretch of rainy days or during the winter months. That is really discouraging for me since I consider myself a pretty happy person and really value my positive state of mind. As someone who has always had an artistic mind, I know that a lot of the time depression and anxiety just go along with that type of person. It can feel really odd to feel this sort of sadness and anxiety that doesn’t really have a source. Over the last couple years I’ve found some ways to cope and stay grounded, but sometimes I just have to accept it for what it is and ride it out.

Lucky for me, I’m going camping with my very best friend for the next four days and the weather is supposed to be gorgeous. If anything will bring me out of this slump it’s going to be good company and conversation, hanging out in a sports bra and shorts all day, hiking and staying active, and a hearty dose of Vitamin D.

I really love the simplicity of this outfit and I feel like it embodies my current mood. I thrifted the bottoms, and although they are something your grandma would probably wear, I think that’s part of the reason I love them so much. They’re light and wispy, and look great with a simple fitted top and strappy heels.

Ootd – Back to the Basics: Ctrl + V Jewelry

I’ve always been terrible with jewelry. I lose it, break it, tangle it into a knot of oblivion, forget about it… But recently I’ve started to notice how much a pair of earrings or a necklace can really bring a look to the next level.

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Until this summer, I neglected wearing earrings for quite some time. I always felt too busy to take an extra five seconds to poke them through my earlobes. When I finally got to the point where I wanted to take an extra few seconds to wear them, I didn’t have any that I still really loved. I finally broke down and bought a few pairs I really enjoy and now wear them almost every day!!! Unless, of course, I forget… It’s basically the same story when it comes to me and necklaces. I just eventually lost interest in a lot of the more trendy pieces I purchased. Plus I always just threw them in my jewelry box and let them get tangled up.

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I’m going to try my best to invest in more quality, timeless pieces, as opposed to cheapy stuff from high street stores. I’m just not ready to invest my money in something that I’m not sure I’ll still wear a couple years down the road. Both of these necklaces and the earrings are from Forever 21. They’re just so stinking cheap, but will probably only last me a few months. I would very much like to get completely out of the fast fashion shopping, but I’ve got some work to do. I’ve been pretty good about not shopping fast fashion for clothing, but I really wanted to experiment with some new jewelry and figure out how my taste in it has evolved without breaking the bank.

It’s a sorry excuse, but that’s all I got.

 

– NECKLACES: Forever 21 (here & here) – EARRINGS: Sold Out TOP: Uniqlo

– JEANS: Thrifted – HEADSCARF: Thrifted