Sunday, December 9, 2018

Happy 100 post!

Okay I am pessed. This was suppose to publish last night but something happened (technology wise) so we will have two post today. 

Hey what is up hello! Happy 100th post for the year! I am way behind than most years. As most years on this post I realize that I am so bad at staying consistent with this thing. Honestly though, doing Blogmas this year, I am kind of learning there is not a need for me to post every single day, my readers have even said they want about 3 post a week. SO a little market research I do not feel too bad this year haha!

Honestly I do not know where 2018 went for this blog. I did not have a plan at all. I will be honest my blog was on the last of my list on things I needed to get done. With traveling for work and trying to move across the glob, things slid to the end of the list. 

Anyways, I always forget how much of an outlet this blog is for me. Anytime I am stressing out, doing a blog post always gets my mind off of everything. 

What I did learn going through my post this year, I got a whole lot less personal and more technical, and also my readership went way down. Which is fine, but I did realize the fun post kind of disappeared.

This is why we do a review, right!

I never really talk about blogging until this year. Like the act of blogging. This post was one of my most popular post of the year. 

Reviews// I am actually pretty surprised that these post did so well. I love comparing a product I love to something better. This is how I found my favorite running shoes, and natural deodorant want the hot ticket item.

Youtube Channel// I started my youtube channel. It was super fun, but also extremely annoying because I lost my changer every 7 minutes. 

I talked more about the military// This was also something that I opened up more about. I did not think people cared, but again one of my top post! 


Friday, December 7, 2018

Holiday Booties

Hey what is up hello! This post is inspired by THESE shoes. I love glitter, but I am kind of past the age where I should be allowed to wear tons of it. This is a subtle way to add it to your holiday outfit. I am thinking all black with these POP! What a look. Anyways, here are some of my other favorite choices for the season. 


Thursday, December 6, 2018

Weekly Update- Taking Sponsored Post

Hey what is up hello! Happy weekly update. I know this is why everyone came here, the update on my bike. It got stolen! Within a four hour window my bike was taken. I work evenings, so I am awake when everyone else is sleeping. I checked all the popular bike racks AND I found my bike at the flippin bar. I am hoping someone accidentally took it, but now I trust no betch. 

I am half way done with Holiday shopping. I started pretty early so I have about 30 dollars worth of amazon Whole Foods gift cards because I started so early. However, I do have a fail, I took the gift card because I thought I was so early. I messed up, I forgot hanukkah dates and my gal pal is getting hers 1 day late #Fail. 

Other than that, I want to address something. I take sponsored post on this blog. It is not nothing crazy and I always let you all know. You all know I would only take a sponsorship if I loved the brand. Blogging like any hobby, cost a little bit of money. The domain name, photography, web design. it all cost a little bit of change. I take sponsorships and all the money goes back into the blog.

That being said I took a sponsorship with Tinder, and there seams to be a little confusion about this. I took this sponsorship because I met my boyfriend on a dating app and I thought this would be a cute way to talk about modern dating. To take things into your own hands if that is something that you want. AND I would recommend app dating to any of my best friends.

That being said, I do not have tinder downloaded on my phone right this moment. I have been dating Alex for two years and got rid of the app pretty much the second I met Alex. I took on the Tinder Ambassador position because dating apps worked out so well for me and I wanted to share that with you all! I hope that clears the air. 

Anyways Here are my favorite links from the week!

The gift for the friend who always travels.

Wes Anderson// New movie coming out, and yes I am pumped.

Love this Dress.

Why does this remind me of two siblings? 

Holiday sets are the best.

This is how I feel 100% of the time.

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Best Running Shoes Review

Hey what is up hello! I am taking a break from the holiday frenzy. To talk about something else that I love. RUNNING! Okay being here, essentially by myself I am re falling in love with things that I used to love. I do not know if I have talked about this on here, but I am doing blogmas! (I will get more into that tomorrow with my life update post) On the short, I forgot how much I love blogging, and how when everything in my life isn't connecting, blogging is always there for me #Cheesy.

So this is the second thing I have refallen in love with. Running, I forgot how much I love pumping Taylor Swift and going for a nice little jog. It is pretty stress free here because I am not trying to meet my friends for happy hour after, or trying to wake up super early to sneak in something before work. 

Anyways I have been a Runner for about 5 or so years so I have picked up some tips and tricks a long the way. One of those being the best running shoes! 

Lets start with the worst:

Nike// Trust me I love Nike, I love their leggings, their sports bras, and number one they have THE BEST running shorts. However, their shoes suck for running. I have tried about 7 million of their shoes and I hate them all for running. I love them for strength training, I love them for biking, I love them for walking around. Running, I am not a fan. Sorry, Nike. I love you, but make better running shoes. 

Adidas Clima-cool// These were my first love with running shoes. I think I owned about 7 pairs of these. Adidas feel like they were made for my feet. These shoes are extremely light, however... These shoes have holes in the bottom of the shoes. Which is fine however not great for the winter months or for water. I think I have had plenty of wet socks due to these shoes. 

Brooks// Holy smokes, these shoes are so light. My whole mom's side of the family ran in college, and they got me hooked on brooks. These shoes are perfect for running, so light, and so comfortable.


Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Holiday Dress Guide

Hey what is up hello! So this time of year there is always one or two events were you need a cute dress. Usually corporate parties, or family parties. 

In the future I for sure want to do a "Friends Christmas" type thing, similar to friendsgiving. BUT For now, the trends I am loving is the longer dresses. I will be honest I have not tried one on (I have one coming in the mail), however everyone looks amazing in it! Plus is looks a little less youthful, and more along the lines of more young professional. Here are my favorite choices for this season!


Monday, December 3, 2018

Gift Guide For Mom

Hey what is up hello!  I want to start this blog post off by saying you probably should not get someone house hold items unless they ask for them. I do not want pots and pans from the majority of the people in my life. However, I do love some nice home goods, and so does my mom. Both my mom and I are people that if we want something we get it, so around the holidays it is kind of nice to get something new for the home. (end rant) so here are some cute things to get your mom for the holidays. Plus, my mom loves to bake, and for the most part my family does a lot of entertaining. So here are somethings for your mom for the holidays.


Sunday, December 2, 2018

Winter Plaid

Hey what is up hello! Plaid is my favorite color ever. I think my most worn items in my closet are plaid items. (AND it runs in the family) Plus I also think plaid screams fall. Here are some of my favorite choices for the this winter!


Saturday, December 1, 2018

BFF Gift Guide

Hey what is up hello! It is that time of year, Happy December! It is the holiday season, and you can trust me when I say I will be watching every single cheesy holiday movie on netflix (Actually I keep going to watch them, and I end up just watching hours of scandal).

Anyways the holidays means gifts on gifts on gifts. This gift guide is for your best friends, your ride or dies. Here are some of the gifts for your gal pals.

Colour Pop// I think this is the best gift number 1, it is a good easy price to pick up for a handful of friends. Number 2 everyone loves a good eye shadow palette.

Holiday Box// This is good for the gals where you are not exactly sure what their make up routine is, there are a handful of good pieces where there will be something they will love.

Essential Oil Diffuser// Even if someone already has one, they can put it in another room. Also these are better than candle, and makes every room a little more relaxing

Note Book// For your friend who loves to write, and look on the bright side.

Sneakers & Leggings// This is for your fitness friend! 

Accessories// This is the easy gift to keep in your closet for the friends you many have forgotten.

Date Night In// I do not know about you but all my friends are like full blown adults at this time and people are married or getting married, this the gift for those people.


Friday, November 30, 2018

A letter to My Favorite Jeans

Hey what is up hello! Let me tell you I have never been a jeans person.  My whole (Adult) life I have had a total of two jeans. One pair of AE jeans and one pair of flared jeans. That is it. They were fine, but I never was in love with a good pair of jeans.

Until recently, I fell in love, with a pair of levi jeans. Holy smokes, those things are amazing. It started  with a pair of white jeans. I grabbed them, they fit well, and I thought nothing of it. They matched everything, also they are so thic (thic with a c not a ck) Where they are not see through what so ever.

Then I loved the white jeans so much, I got the normal blue jeans. Now those are amazing, they are not a thick as the white jeans, they are almost like the pixie pants in jean version. So let me tell you the levi jeans are underrated, but are amazing.

So Dear Levi Jeans, Thank you for all you, matching every outfit, never bunching, and being so comfy. 


Thursday, November 29, 2018

Loreal Paradise Review

Hey what is up hello! I have true and true been a cool tone kind of gal pretty much my whole life. However, this past year I have been all about the warm tones. This line pretty much gave me the push to get out of my comfort zone. 

I have never been a huge L'Oreal fan, not that I never liked their stuff, I just never used their stuff. But, with the help of some target marketing their ads hit my twitter. Their line looked like hot fire flames. I put it to the test, and this is what I found.

The Blush// Holy smokes, this is probably the best blush I have ever used in my whole life. I love the tarte clay blushes, but these are a great powder and I love the color. 

Mascara// This mascara is trying to copy this mascara. I think this did a great job on copying that, but I am not the biggest fan of their. I like spider lashes, and this gives you a good natural look. 

Mascara Primer// This did a good job, I used this with a fiber mascara and it worked pretty well. Plus this is pink so that is hot fire flames. HOWEVER! I was allergic to this, so I did not use it more than twice. 

Eye Liner// The applicator on this is amazing, however the formula is a little plastic like. If you rub your eye and one part gets smudged the whole thing smudges off. If you are not constantly touching your face this will last all day. 

Eye Shadow Palette// Hot fire flames. I was so nervous to use this because this was the first time I used warm tones, but it was so fun to use this and try new looks. The colors are amazing and with a good primer this will last all day. 

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Weekly Update

Hey what is up hello! Happy holiday season. As for Thanksgiving, it was a little different thanksgiving this year but still a fun one! I got a new bike (finally got a bike not made for a 6 foot guy) the cafeteria was decorated. 
We had no idea that thanksgiving "dinner" was served at lunch time so we had turkey leftovers and mash potatoes for dinner one of my soldiers even told me "maam this is the weirdest thanksgivings I've ever had" TRUE! BUT we still had a great time!

 I even got to facetime my parents they have the fattest squirrels in the state because someone smashed their pumpkin (still under investigation) and my dog didn't run away from me because he was very concerned being a watch dog. (Usually he is super mad at me for leaving him, and he will look at the phone, realize it is me, and run away haha!) And of course got to chat with Alex about what we are thankful for on the holiday of gratitude! 

As for everything else, it is raining here pretty much every weekend. Which means my hallway keeps flooding haha. And not rain related, but I feel like I keep making dumb 24 year old mistakes, and I am so forgiving to everyone else when they do silly things like that, but I eat myself up for days when I do those things. It is so hard to forgive everyone else, but so hard to forgive yourself sometimes!

Devil Wears Prada//  This is so funny and so true. 

Shameless Plug// I have been loving pinterest lately follow along with me!

Emergency// This was hilarious. 

This Scarf// I think I will wear this scarf every single day.

PSA// I had no idea that debt was bad. Seriously I will admit it. I never had credit card debt, but I had no clue that a car payment was "debt" or student loans are "debt". I took dave ramsey's class a couple of years ago and it was life changing!

Pop of Color// The best part of fall is these booties.


Monday, November 26, 2018

Jcrew Factory Cyber Monday Sale

Hey what is up hello! I love Jcrew factory for all things work and professional clothing. Plus the sale is hot fire flames this week! This is typically when I stock up one some good work outfits, because lets be real we probably spend the most time in these clothes. So here are some of my favorites!


Thursday, November 22, 2018


Hey what is up hello! I might have said this on the blog a time or two. I whole hardily believe that happiness/ joyfulness go hand in hand with gratitude. When you are thankful, you have joy. November is the best time to celebrate what you are thankful for. 

The thing with the deployment that I thought would be the hardest is being away for the holidays, and trust me I would love to be home for the holidays this year. However, everyone is scrambled. My parents are not even doing Thanksgiving on Thanksgiving this year. Things are a little different for me this year, but it is a little different for everyone this year. This is what I am thankful for this year:

1. My Dog Norm// Norm is hands down the best dog on the planet. I was not a dog person until I met norm. In fact I hated dogs most of my life. I got bitten by a dog when I was younger. However, norm is a dog sent from heaven. He is the best dog to the point he does not need a leash when we walk him. He is super needy and always wants to be petted. I just love that dog so much. 

2. My Parents// My parents will probably never send me a long sleeve shirt and my close toed shoes in the mail (called out) ((Also I have been wearing the same outfit every time I got out)). HOWEVER, they are always on my side. Which is wild how families work and the loyalty that comes with a family unit, (I can't trust them to go the the post office), but I can essentially trust them with everything else. 

3. Caffeine// Notice how I do not say coffee (because coffee is horrible here) however caffeine, has saved my life. I always forget how much I love caffeine (even just a half cup a morning). It picks me up and makes the day so much better. 

4. Great Co-workers// Which brings me to my next point! My Dad and I always say "You can go to work, do you job, and not cause any issues". Which sometimes, I feel in any industry people just want to cause chaos. As I tell my team "You do not have to be best friends with everyone, but you will respect everyone". Trust me, I complain A LOT of some aspects of every job I have ever had, BUT I have also has some amazing co workers. Co workers who have had my back, I have had theirs, made work bearable, and sometimes even fun. 

I have some amazing co workers here, and they understand my caffeine addiction. I had a roommate who always brought me a cup of coffee (HOW FREAKIN NICE). I have amazing soldiers who grab me an energy drink when they know they are not going to grab a drink, and an amazing coworker who went to ship some novelty red bulls (they were a cute little bottle) but could not shipped them so they gave it to me! It is obviously more than caffeine, but it is to nice for someone to go out of their way to do something nice for them. 

5. This blog// It still blows my mind that anyone reads this, and brands want to work with me. I get to write about what I love, I learn a lot from this. It is helping me with starting a business (Jan 2019!!) This is a creative outlet, Dear Just Around the Neighborhood, I love you. 

6. Memory Foam Mattress Toppers// I miss two things, sitting on a porch having a cider, and a memory foam mattress. These are hands down like sleeping on a cloud. 

7. Planners// I would be lost without one. I love list, my brain is 1 big scramble, and a planner always keeps this in check. 

8. A// Traveling month to month, hour long phone calls, tipsy conversations about the future, I am a lucky gal, and there are not enough words in a blog post to describe how fortunate I am. 


Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Gymshark Black Friday Sale

Hey what is up hello! I love Gymshark. I have said this so many times. I do not know what it is, but not many brands are specifically for more athletic bodies. Yes, there are the brands for the skinny, the tall, the short, the curvy, but what about the gals who have the athletic body types... not too many. 

I have hips that do not lie, a small waste, and big shoulders. For most of my life I hated all of these aspects of myself (Which in the next week I am going to touch on). For most of my life I could not find clothes that fit me well. In fact I refused to wear jeans for a solid decade of my life due to this. Gymshark is a brand that gets this spot on, and here are some of my favorites from their sale.

Highlights, their leggings ROCK. Seriously, from my boyfriend, to my mom, to my sister, everyone says these leggings make you look great. "Vest" I love the vest because they cut in to the point where they make your shoulders look bomb. Swim, I need a new athletic swim suit. I am going to hard core judge this swim suit. I have had a Nike swim suit for years (It was time to upgrade). However, I need 1 for laps and this was one was super cute for water sports as well. 



Friday, November 16, 2018

5 Minute Makeup Challenge- Tinder Ambassador

Hey what is up hello! For today's video we are doing the 5 minute make up challenge! Perfect for a date! Just kidding! I am a Tinder Ambassador, that is my cute little t shirt. Which thanks tinder because that is actually the softest. This is the basics, and it was actually pretty difficult! Honestly, I did do it in 10 minutes from start to finish, plus I was talking to you guys! 

Here are the products I used! 

Monday, November 12, 2018

Favorite Eye Shadow Palettes

Hey what is up hello! You know how once a quarter you run out of all of your makeup. I used to get annoyed that it would all run out at one time. However, now I have a lot of time on my hands, and I have watched way too many youtube videos, I was kind of pumped this time around when it all ran out. Also there were a bunch of great deals this time of the year, so I kind of went all out. 

I will be doing some posts later on in the month. (Mail comes here in about two weeks) Showing what I got, and how I like or dislike items. However, until then here are some of my favorite palettes this season. 


Friday, November 9, 2018

Fall Accessories

Hey what is up hello! Ahh fall, I believe this is the best fashion of the year. I mean it is snowing in Michigan right now, but in the middle east it is cooling down and is super nice. I personally love boots for every outfit in the fall time. I also am loving velvet. I also love some classic pieces to spruce up every and any outfit.


Friday, November 2, 2018

Weekly Round Up: November 1

Hey what is up hello! Happy Friday, I get a half days on Fridays, so I love Thursday nights, and Friday mornings. I love sleeping in and I get to do that twice a week. I take full advantage! 

I know you are all dying to hear about my bike, well I got a junker my first month here. It did not matter I loved that thing as much as I love nachos. Unfortunately, because I rent the bike (Fo Free) I have to turn it in once a month. I think the bike people were trying to be nice and they gave me this nice new bike. The kicker is it is a male bike made for a 6 foot guy. The bar alone I literally have to throw my leg up and hope that it is high enough for me to get my booty on the seat. So stay tuned for more updates. 

Then the big highlight. Rain in the middle east is like getting snow in the south. The world ends. I am not kidding. The building I am in just got a new roof this past year, and rain came and the whole place flooded. And to give you a better picture, 2 inches fell. Which is a year's worth of rain here. To give you a better picture, Iowa gets 36 inches a year, and Michigan gets 33 inches a year. 

Needless to say it was a wet 2 weeks. Anyway, here is a wrap of the week. 

Texting// Okay, I kept seeing this post EVERYWHERE. To be honest, I did not read the whole article but the whole concept of not texting is genius. I do not know why you need to text except for logistics. I am someone who hates texting and if you eliminate that from a relationships it makes life all the more better.

Vote// For the love of all things, just vote.

Golden// I love goldens so much, when I was younger I thought that was the only dog out there. (None of my extended fam had dogs). and my family has the best dog in the world (norm) I love how they act so tough, but actually are scared of everything. 

Have to add a business article// This this this! I can not stress enough how entitled and boisterous people can make a work place so unbearable. Also some of the best people I have worked with and looked up to were extremely humble. There were not the best at excel, there were not the best at formulas, they were not the best trainers, they were not the richest people, they were humble!


Thursday, November 1, 2018

Vroom, Skirt

Hey what is up hello! Who else is a big waterfall/ kings fan? That is hands down my favorite card game in the history of ever. Number 1, it is NEVER BORING. No one ever has a bad time playing, and that is about it there is no number 2. Why would you need a number 2? Why do I bring this up, hence the title. "5 is drive".

Fall is still that season where it might be hot in the afternoon, but freezing at night. Skirts are perfect for the changing weather, and I love pairing this with knee high boots and tights!Anyways here are some of my favorite picks for a good fall skirt. 


Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Happy Halloween

Hey what is up hello! I am not much of a Halloween person. Honestly, I think my favorite Halloween was last year, we met up at a friends house, watched football, enjoyed the crisp weather, got Mexican to go food, and went downtown. It was great! BUT not every holiday is the best one ever so I will be spending this year's hanging out and catching up on sleep. (Still super tired). Here are some online shopping picks if you are also not doing anything!


Friday, October 26, 2018

Trends I Can Not Get Over

Hey what is up hello! There are a handful of things I can not get over. I am kind of annoying because I think everyone wants my advice (No one does), but there are items that have no joke changed my life. 

Blazer// There is nothing like a good navy blazer. I no joke got a good jcrew blazer on sale about 2 years ago and wear it all the time. I feel like a boss when I wear it, I am confident, put together, and stylish. 

Kate Spade// SO I got this on a whim, however I take my Kate Spade bag everywhere. Not only does it hold everything, but I can take it with me every season, and it essentially matches even neutral outfits (I really got this bag) 

Perfume// I am not the biggest perfume wearer, however this one is woodsy/ feminine and I can not stop wearing it.

Gymshark// If you have an athletic body type, which I have had since I was born, you might have had issues buying clothes that fit you. Gymshark only has athelisure, however they make most of their clothing (that I have tried) for the more athletic women). 

Loafers// I feel like these were sooo popular when I was in highschool (2010??) When a simple favor I fell in love with them all over again. 

Cable Knit Sweater// Can't stop won't stop. No one knows this, but this is like wearing a sweatshirt in the work force. These are as professional as a button down, and comfy as a tshirt. 

Baseball Shirt// I have loved these since the beginning of time. (Not kidding), however these are even more fashionable as of this year. 

Jhill// Y'all, J has the best eye shadow in the world. I am not even kidding when I say, I have never used an eye shadow better than her's. It is like sliding butter on your eyes.

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