Final Favorites of 2018

Final Favorites of 2018

I can’t say that I’m shocked 2018 is already over, but yet somehow I’m completely ready for a new year. Actually, I don’t think I’ve ever been so ready to leave a year behind.

2018 was challenging, heartbreaking, and enlightening. 2018 tested my strength and put my through hell. Especially here at the end. But even after all that, I can’t forget how much I’ve learned.

I’ve learned that I truly am stronger than I think. That all things happen for a reason. That no matter how hard I may try to blame myself for things, not everything is my fault. I am capable of so much more than I may think.

I can’t wait to discover all that I learn about myself in 2019, but for now I want to share with you a few things from the last few weeks of 2018 that made each day a little easier!

Beauty

Hair Ties by Emi Jay + Teletie

I have been obsessed with these style hair ties for several months now, and they really do work like they say. They don’t kink, don’t tug at my hair, and super sleek and perfect to be worn on wrists to be ready whenever they’re needed. Also they’re super cute!

OGX Extra Creamy + Coconut Miracle Oil Ultra Moisture Body Wash

This body wash (Whose name is a mouthful and a half) smells so amazing and is everything I look for in a body wash: Smooth, makes my skin feel soft, smell great, and doesn’t leave my skin feeling irritated.

Wet Brush Comb and Boar Bristle Brush

My hair is getting super long (Especially for me, I usually love to chop chop), and I’ve decided to grow it even longer, so when I do want to chop it off again I can donate it.

Which means I need to start taking better care of it so it stays looking nice! So I talked with my grandpa, a retired a hairdresser, and he recommended for my fine hair that I invest in a large toothed comb to best detangle my hair.

I also read up on boar bristle brushes and how they help move oils from the scalp down to the ends, helping increase the amount of time between washes for people with oily hair. My hair is still trying to get used to it, but I’ll update you on how it ends up working for me.

Fashion

Lillylee Earrings

I got to work with this business for my last post, and I am seriously loving their earrings. I get so many compliments and they pair so well with so many outfits, they add a bold pop to any look!

Lillylee is currently having a year-end clearance sale so you can use the code “BYEBYE2018” for 25% off your purchase!

Black Baker Boy Cap

I first saw this style hat on Maddy Corbin’s Instagram and I was immediately obsessed! I found this one on sale on SHEIN during Cyber Week (Which is only $8.00 regular price!!!) and just couldn’t resist! It is now one of my favorite hats I own and it is the perfect addition to any look.

CC Beanie

This beanie is so cozy and so warm! I used to be pretty beanie-obsessed, but I got out of it until this beauty ended up under the Christmas tree.

Movies + TV Shows

Lucifer (On Netflix)

Do you ever see clips of a show on Instagram and say to yourself “That looks so good!” and then wonder where you have to watch it, then annoyingly later realize IT WAS ON NETFLIX THE WHOLE TIME??? Me too.

That’s how I was with Lucifer. The first 3 seasons are on Netflix, and it’s a fantastic mix of crime, comedy, and the supernatural.

Music

Lie to Me by 5SOS feat. Julia Michaels

Nothing Breaks Like a Heart by Miley Cyrus and Mark Ronson

Imposible by Luis Fonsi feat. Ozuna

Wishing you all the happiest of new years!

xoxo, Katie

August Favorites 2018

August Favorites 2018

Happy September!

Believe it or not, I am alive and well, and I have not completely abandoned this blog! School has just been majorly kicking my butt this year.

However, I’m sick of excuses, so I’m determined to come up with a schedule in order to crack out new posts for you guys because I freaking miss being creative and pushing out new content, so I’m promising to make more time for this site that makes me so incredibly happy. I need more things that make me happy in my life right now.

My new official goal is one post a week. If I feel like I can’t reach that goal for whatever reason, I’ll be sure to let you know on Instagram (@lookshecanblog).

I thought I would start off this new slew of posts by sharing a few things that I was loving over the summer and into August!


Beauty

Not Your Mother’s Dry Shampoo

I’ve been a big fan of Not Your Mother’s products ever since the Beach Babe sea salt spray became a big deal, but once they turned the same amazing scent into a dry shampoo, I just had to check it out.

It smells just like the same amazing salty beach spray they came out with a few years ago. It is one of my favorite hair products of all time, and I think this dry shampoo is now joining it on my list.

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LipSense

I was at one of my favorite local shops in Fishers, Blush Salon and Boutique when I picked up these little babes.

The lovely ladies in the store told me all about them and I decided I just had to try them. What it is a long-lasting liquid lipstick and they were on sale, so I couldn’t just let the opportunity pass me by!

The color I got, you’ll never believe it, is called Kiss Me, Katie. I was looking for a slightly pink natural color to wear every day, but I’m super bad at remembering to reapply. So with this, all you have to do is apply the color in the morning, and just remember to apply to gloss when your lips feel dry, which for me, is much better

Style

There will be a TJ Maxx haul and styling post coming soon to feature a few of my style favorites!!

. . . There’s already a couple sneak peeks on my Insta. See if you can guess!

Movies + TV Shows

To All the Boys I Loved Before

Yes, yes, I jumped on board the bandwagon and watched one of latest Netflix original teen movies and oh my gosh it was fantastic.

I will say, I haven’t read the book (Which is rare because I’m normally a read-the-book-before-seeing-the-movie kind of person) so I didn’t really have any expectations.

The book has been on my “To Read” list for quite a while now, but being a stupid, crazy busy person that I am, I haven’t gotten the chance to read a book in its entirety for a while, so I decided why not sit down and see the movie based on it.

Also, I just had to see what the deal was with this Noah Centineo guy. He’s without a doubt a cutie and I will now be forever searching for my own Peter Kavinsky.

Thank you, Netflix.

Murder She Wrote

I always love my gal Jessica Fletcher and so there’s nothing better than staying up late with my mom for a Murder She Wrote mystery marathon. It was without a doubt one of my favorite things to do this summer.

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MY CAR!!!

This summer, I finally got my license and a car, just not in that order. I’ve had my car for six weeks now, but I’ve only had my license for five.

I know not everyone would get a car before they can drive it, but for me and my family, once I got my license I needed to start driving myself places immediately, so having one beforehand just worked better for us.

So here she is. She’s gorgeous, she’s already my baby, I’m paying for her myself (But it’s all okay because I love her), and for some reason, I can’t pick a name for her.

Feel free to comment any car name suggestions below! I’m thinking maybe Diana or Luna? I’m a plant naming expert, but apparently not a car naming expert.

New Reusable Starbucks Cup

I’m all for the eco-friendly options out there when it comes drinking cups and straws, but sometimes the alternatives aren’t always budget-friendly. So, I was super excited to see a new reusable ice coffee cup at Starbucks for, wait for it, only $3.

That’s right ladies and gents, there’s now an inexpensive and eco-friendly way to drink your iced coffee at Starbucks.

Music

I’ve decided to only mention my top 3 songs for the month here because I’m wanting to start something new! Inspired by Maddy Corbin and Hannah Claire, I want to release a monthly playlist post, so stay tuned for my September playlist!

+ Jump (Acoustic) by Julia Michaels

+ You Deserve Better by James Arthur


+ Broken Love feat. Parson James by The Him


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May Favorites

May Favorites

Happy June!

I can’t believe another month has already gone by. I mean seriously, 2018, where are you going?

I decided to be a little more on top of things this time around and upload this post closer to the end of the month! So ta daa! Here it is, my May Favorites.

Beauty

7585935952_IMG_0495+ BB Cream

If you read my April Favorites post, you know I was trying to take a break from wearing makeup every day. I did that for a little over a month (Maybe even longer, I can’t remember), so I’m now trying to transition into a simple summer makeup look.

I’ve never been the full face makeup kind of girl, but a light foundation and some eye makeup are what I normally go with. For summer, I love BB cream. It has SPF in it, which is super important if you’ve got sensitive skin and it’s summertime. Maybelline’s has always been my go-to.

IMG_6691.jpg+ Sinful Colors – Big Daddy

This is one of my favorite colors for summer because it’s so bright! I’ve never been the subtle or natural nail color kind of girl. Nine times out of ten I’m wearing a shade of blue or purple, so even though this color is just as bold, it’s different for me.

7583912480_IMG_0543.jpg+ Clearproof Deep-Cleansing Charcoal Mask

I’ve been trying my hardest to clear up my face, but blackheads don’t like to go anywhere! This is my only miracle-worker.

I put this on my blackhead-specific zone (My T-zone and chin) and leave it for about fifteen minutes. Then I wash it off and use a Biore strip to remove some of the dirt while it’s loose and it works like magic. If you struggle with blackheads, you can check it out here.

Style

7583945040_IMG_0314+ New Phone Case

I’ve been obsessed with my new phone case from Casetify it has the most positive vibes and such bright colors, it just feels like my personality as a phone case. I went online to find my mama a new phone case for her birthday and they were having a special when you bought two cases. So one for mama and one for me!

Movies + TV

+ John Mulaney’s Netflix Specials

I can now confirm I have a favorite comedian. I’ve been really into Nextflix comedy specials this month, but John Mulaney’s were my absolute favorites. What a guy. I have no words. He is effortlessly funny and incredibly talented. I would love to see him live someday.

+ The Kissing Booth

So this was a beyond unusual movie, but I really liked it. It’s not your average angsty teen movie, but yet there were still a lot of common themes that were there from other movies. Elle and Lee had the ultimate friendship (Not to mention he had the ultimate house, like wow), but they had the rare kind of friendship that had the capacity to be a new kind of Love, Rosie, except they don’t end up together in the end, their friendship is just stronger than ever.

Music

This month my music was chill vibes, nothing hardcore, but still, something you can jam to, ya feel me? These were my top 3 songs:

+ “Darling” by David Ryan Harris — This was my absolute favorite song this month so I embedded it here so you can listen to it below.

 

+ “No Goodbyes” by LEON

+ “Stay” by Elliot Root

Those were only my 3 most played songs, the rest of my May playlist you can listen to here. I love to chat about music so feel free to slide into my DM’s and recommend a song or two!


That’s all for my May favorites! I really can’t believe we are almost halfway through the year already.

Do you feel like you’re making the most of 2018 so far? I feel like there’s so much left that I want to do, and so few months left to do it (Even though there are still eight months left and I’m just over-analyzing everything a little bit, I’m nervous because of how quickly time is passing)! I have one more year left in high school. It hasn’t even started yet and I already know it is going to fly by.

Enough with my overthinking and rambling. Have a great Saturday!

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April Favorites

April Favorites

Happy May!

It may already be a full week-ish into May, but it’s better late than never!

Today I’m here to share a few of my favorite things from the month of April. Near the end of this month, I finally got to transition into spring. You may know that we actually had snow here in Indy this past month, so I was more than ready to get into the whole spring thing.


Beauty

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+ Hair Ties

I saw these hair ties everywhere. At school, on Instagram, even ladies wearing them while at the grocery store, so I decided I had to try them and see what the hype was about.

I have been wearing a clear one on my wrist almost the whole month and I have to say, I really like it a lot. It is cute and kind of a unique style first of all, and they don’t get stuck in your hair.

I feel like I may have tried some hair ties similar to these in the past and found myself in excruciating pain when trying to remove it from my hair, but with these, that’s not the case!  I’m super happy with these and will probably buy more of them later on.

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+ No Makeup

Not wearing makeup has been something I have really been enjoying the past month. There’s something really cool about learning to be confident enough in your own skin to go out and just let it be seen as what it truly is.

I have never really been insecure without makeup, but I have always been insecure about my acne. Sometimes I have to take a break from makeup and allow my skin to breathe. This month I gave my skin a break and it is currently the clearest it has been in months.

I highly recommend this to anyone with acne troubles or even facial insecurities. Knowing you are giving your skin the break it needs from your pore-clogging makeup can make it a little easier to become less reliant on your makeup.

Besides, you shouldn’t be afraid to show off your bare face. I told this to a good friend one time when she was feeling bad about not having the time to put on makeup before school: “Makeup isn’t what makes you beautiful, makeup just emphasizes the beauty that’s already there.”

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+ Travel Vaseline

Okay, so for some reason my lips have been obnoxiously dry recently. I don’t know if this is an allergies thing or what, but either way, I am really not loving it.

I bought about five or six tubes of Blistex while I was at work because I kept losing them all, and then my mom read an article that said some brands of chapstick actually have an ingredient that makes your lips drier, which therefore means you feel the need to reapply it more often, which means you have to buy more tubes.

First of all, that blew my mind. It’s not great, but what a crazy strategy they have going there. Anyways, most all brands including Blistex supposedly have this ingredient in them which was why my dry lips were only getting worse.

The article said that Vaseline is the best option to use for dry lips. So I have been buying up these little tubes like crazy and my lips look and feel much better. Crazy how when you use the right stuff you see results, right?

Style

7516749616_IMG_0330+ Forget-Me-Not Ring

I love this ring so much. My mom and I went to Lily & Sparrow Boutique here in Fishers and we found this line of jewelry made by young women who were rescued from human trafficking called Purpose.

I love this ring because it is a little knot, which I like to think of as a forget-me-not. It is a little reminder for me personally to take a deep breathe and remember where I came from and what I believe. Your identity is something important you should hold onto and never forget.

7516749616_IMG_0339+ Brown Tote from Target

This bag has been my go-to for several months now and will most likely get carried all summer long. I don’t know what it is about this brown color, but I feel like it is just the perfect color for summer.

I actually bought my grandma one exactly like it as a thank you for helping me get my prom dress altered. She also thought it was a super cute summer bag so you heard it first people, this bag has the grandma seal-of-approval! You can shop it here in a variety of different colors.

Books

7583933360_IMG_0373.jpg+ The Help

If you haven’t read this book, or if you’ve only seen the movie (which is fantastic), this book is an experience. This is one of those books I feel everyone should read at least once. It portrays what life was like for African Americans during the civil rights movement almost to perfection. It’s such an important thing to read.

7583933360_IMG_0369+ Notorious RBG – Young Reader’s Edition

“The life and times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg.” I would love to read the original version sometime, but this was the version my library has so here it is! I’m not quite finished with it yet, but I’m already loving it. I also would love to see the movie that just came out based on this book.

Music

I discovered a ton of amazing songs this month so I’d like to share a few of my favorites.

+ Love Lies” by Kahlid with Normani

+ FRIENDS” by Marshmello & Anne-Marie

+ “To Be Human” by Sia & Labrinth

+ Remind to Me to Forget” by Kygo feat. Miguel

+ Real Friends” by Camila Cabello

You can listen to the rest of the songs on my April playlist here.

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Shoutout to My Camera

This last month I did something crazy, I finally got myself a DSLR camera. I decided on a Canon Rebel T6. One of my good friends has one and she let me take a few photos with it at school and that was all it took for me to know it was the one I wanted. I am very excited to really test the waters with this beauty this summer. So stay tuned!


I apologize for this post being so late in the next month, but it’s just been crazy recently. Final projects, a speech, and other busy work assignments have been taking up all my time recently.

And when I haven’t been working on homework, I’ve been at work trying to save up enough money to help improve this site.

I actually just recently got to upgrade my WordPress site to the Business plan for a really great price, so I am so excited to see what I can do with it.

I have a lot of fun new content planned for the summer and I will have the time to get them all done and out for you to read! Only a couple more weeks people . . . Thank you for sticking around 🙂

What was something you were loving in April? When do you get out of school?

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