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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Important Things to Know About High School (& Life)

Important Things to Know About High School (& Life)

I’m getting ready to go into my last year of high school this week (Eeek!), where the heck did summer go??

Anyway . . . Since I have three years of high school and almost eighteen years of life under my belt, I feel like I can offer some kind of insight into what’s important to know about your time there and what you can carry with you from then on, so today I’m here to share a few things I feel are important to know about high school and a few things that are super important to know for the future.


First of all, high school is only four years of your life. In the whole scheme of things, four years is really not a long period of time. You’ll get through it.

Believe me, I understand that high school isn’t amazing for everyone. I would say my first two years of high school were nowhere near what I expected them to be. Between losing almost all of my friends, finding some of those same people I once called friends to be bullying me, all while being continuously trapped underneath a never-ending pile of schoolwork, my first years of high school were a nightmare.

But I’ve made peace with it. I’ve grown so much. I made new friends, lost a few more, started writing this blog, found a new sense of direction, happiness, and gained perspective through my experiences, which may sound way too deep for high school, but seriously, what you go through in high school can change you.

Even if it all seems terrible, good things can come from it. Besides, four years will fly by so quickly (Even when it seems like an eternity). I promise you it will get better, sometimes it just happens later instead of sooner.

Perhaps the cheesiest advice I can give for both high school and life: Seriously, just be yourself. If you pretend to be someone you’re not, it’s a hard act to keep up. Besides, it’s more important that people get to know the real you.

I guarantee that you’ll be more likely to create lasting bonds with people when you’re genuinely yourself than if you pretend to be somebody else. You are amazing, and somebody out there is going to recognize that and want to hang around you. *Cue the George Michael hit* “You’ve just gotta have faith.”

I cannot emphasize this next one enough. It’s taken all three years of my high school career so far to figure this one out, but I’ll carry it with me for the rest of my life: You can’t compare yourself to others.

The easiest fix for this in school? Be proud of your own achievements and don’t worry about what others will think (Easier said than done, I know, but trust me). Feelin’ good about that test score? Great! It may not be as high as Nancy’s score, but hey, it’s none of her business so don’t let her think it is.

If you don’t want to tell anyone your test scores or GPA, then don’t. Don’t let the pressure of others wanting to know your score get to you. There’s maybe a small chance that you’ll feel better about yourself by comparing your scores to everyone else’s, but there’s also a chance that you’ll feel worse. Trust your gut and believe in your own abilities.

Believe me, there are some wicked smart kids out there so the pressure is there, but no one expects you to have a 4.0 or higher. If you have a 4.0, congrats! But if you don’t that’s okay too! No one should think any less of you for not being one of the above average students. If you’re trying your best, that’s all anyone can ask of you. You are enough.

This next one is more of a general life tip, especially when you’re getting ready to move on from high school: Their success doesn’t mean you’re doing something wrong. Allow me to explain with an example.

Example: A girl at my school got the internship I was hoping for. Was I bummed? Absolutely. Did I compare myself to her? Yes, ma’am. I wanted to know what she had that I didn’t and how that affected which one of us got the internship. Guess what I found out? She’s been working her butt off since freshman year and was better qualified for the position.

For some reason, that made me feel pretty bad about myself. I felt like I wasn’t working hard enough, but then I realized that’s not how I should feel. I figured out that I needed to be happy for her and grateful that I still got an internship at all. It may not be the exact opportunity I was hoping for, but I will still gain important experience from it. Now I’m sooo happy, excited, and can’t wait to see where this takes me.

BOOM positivity. Here’s a very important lifehack: Positivity is the quickest fix for literally everything.

You have to think of life like this: Everyone has a different timeline.

Each timeline is full of trials, triumphs, and tribulations, but they come at different times for each person. So when it seems like you’re having the worst day ever and things just aren’t going your way in life, you can’t compare your life to the person who is having the best day ever because it doesn’t add up.

I can almost guarantee that at one point or another, the successful folks had struggles too and there was a time in their life where it seemed like opportunities were whisked away, their self-esteem plummeted, they felt like their hard work would never pay off, and things didn’t seem to get better until suddenly they did. 

I promise that you and I will get there too at some point, but for now, we’ve just got to stay positive, hope for the best, and put in the work. The best things in life probably won’t come easy, but all you’ve got to do is say “Challenge accepted.”

Okay so now I’m going to hop off my soapbox and hit you with another high school tip: Go out for clubs that interest you, even if you’re scared to do it alone. Your friends may not like every single thing that you do so you may have to step out of your comfort bubble to get involved, but seriously, you need to do it.

You’ll make new friends and meet new people who enjoy the same things you do, so don’t do what I did and wait until senior year to make those memories, seriously, get out there and do it. You got this!

If there are things you want to do, do them. Just know you’re going to have to work for them. If you want to achieve your goals, you have to hustle. If it’s really what you want then I promise you it will all be worth it in the end.

Last, but certainly not least, for high school and in every situation in your lifetime, be nice to people. Please, please, please just be nice to people. It’s such a simple thing to do. Kindness has the power to do unbelievable things and can completely turn around someone’s day.

In the world we live in today, kindness is the only option. Hatred is unwelcome here.

I believe in change. I believe that by choosing to compliment someone, hold open a door, or even simply have a nice conversation with someone can change the world. Most importantly, I believe that someday people will learn it is better to hold their tongue when they have nothing nice to say rather than to say something that can break someone else’s spirit. I believe that one day people won’t feel the need to do that anymore.

In life, in high school, and every single day, choose kindness. By being kind, there are endless possibilities to what we can achieve. Being negative only makes things worse.

Whether you’re heading back to high school this year or getting ready to turn the page to a new chapter of your life, you can do amazing things. I hope you have a spectacular year, full of happiness, growth, and achievements both large and small!

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What’s Different Going into My Senior Year of High School

What’s Different Going into My Senior Year of High School

I’m baaack!

Summer school is officially over and the next two weeks will be spent cracking out some new content for the blog, so I am super excited to kick it off with this one. Enjoy!


I did a post like this last year called What is Different Going into This School Year for my Junior year, and I really feel like it helped me assess my growth and how far I’ve come. So I decided to do a similar post again this year along the same lines, but not quite as brief and with a little more background.

Man, how far I have come from when I first started writing on this blog. Phew!

Here are the main things that will be different for me going into my senior year of high school.

+ My friends have changed. I have moved on from three friends total this year. Which may not seem like a lot, but two of them at one point or another I considered my best friends. I feel like I’ve lost a big part of who I was when I left them behind. But maybe that’s okay.  Maybe we need time to grow to figure out who we are now. I will forever wish them the best.

+ Ya girl is actually driving. I’m more comfortable driving and closer to getting a license than I ever thought I would be. I am even getting ready to buy my first car. I don’t like driving very much. I don’t know why, but I think maybe something went wrong when they were putting me together and they must’ve forgotten to add the two drops of “Teen in a big hurry to drive” because I don’t enjoy it and have been in no rush to get my license. I can see myself enjoying it eventually but for now, I’m just not there yet, but I’m excited for when I do.

+ For the first time ever I feel old. Like really old. In November I’m going to be eighteen. I still can’t wrap my head around it. Eighteen seems like so much responsibility and I have to admit, I am a little nervous. I’m excited about the future, but it also terrifies me a little bit. In a way, I feel like I’m still the little six-year-old who used to cry into her mom’s shoulder about never wanting to grow up. I’m ready for the next chapter, but I don’t want to let go.

+ I’ve gained a lot of perspective. I see the world differently than I did a year ago. I’ve learned so much in such a small amount of time, maybe that’s why I feel so old. I’m finally starting to understand what’s going on in the world around me.

+ I’ve learned a lot of lessons the hard way. Just to name a few:

  • Some people don’t change and you can’t force them to.
  • You can’t help someone who doesn’t want to be helped.
  • Time management is everything. I am still working on the whole “Don’t procrastinate” thing.
  • Even though I really despised economics this summer, this is the best way to put it, there will always be opportunity costs, but you have to choose the option that will make you happiest.
  • Keep track of your money because one day you’re going to wonder where the heck it all went and realize you probably shouldn’t go shopping as often anymore (Oops… but at least now I know!).
  • Last but not least, don’t get the double scoop cone. You want it, but you know you can’t eat it all, and leaving ice cream uneaten is just utterly disappointing, so just don’t do it to yourself (Okay, I’m still working on this one, obviously).

I hope you are able to realize the growth you’ve made and how far you’ve come. Things are always changing and evolving, but that’s just how the world works. Some things are changing for the better, others not so much, but I have hope we’ll get there.

Whether you’re back in school, going back soon, or already out there living life, I hope you have a wonderful year! Stay positive and please be good to people.

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Life Lately #4

Life Lately #4

Hey guys!

It’s been a hot minute since I’ve sat down and had some real talk with you, so today, that’s what’s going to happen.

My life has been crazy recently. I just got hit with a big reality check.

If you’ve been reading my blog for a while now or you know me personally, you know that I’m seventeen years old and I don’t have my driver’s license yet.

Yeah I know, it’s pretty pathetic.

I don’t know why, but I don’t enjoy driving. I’m excited to drive myself around, but I really don’t like to drive. I know, I’m definitely not your average teenager. But I know I need my license so I will get it soon enough.

It’s especially pathetic because I do have a job that I have to get to, but I am very fortunate to have such wonderful parents who have flexible enough schedules that they can help me get where I need to go.

However, the time of them carting my ass all over town is about over.

I have known for several months now that I have to have my license before I go into my senior year because I got an internship, which means I have to get myself from school to my internship every single day next school year.

Which is all fine and dandy, but another part of that equation is that I have to have a car.

I have just recently acknowledged that I have a spending problem. I have a tendency to spend more than I should and I don’t even know what it is that I buy. It could easily be a million times worse, but with all the things I should be saving for, my spending habits are getting me nowhere. Besides, it will only make things worse when I have to start making a car payment.

So I’m working on a list of goals for myself when it comes to managing my money, which I know with my newfound motivation I will be able to succeed, but just to be safe, I applied for a second job.

This may seem excessive for a seventeen-year-old, but it’s what I need to do.

I love my parents so much and they work so very hard, but this is one of those things that they can’t help me with and I understand that.

They wish they could just buy me a new car and hand over the keys no strings attached, but that’s just not possible for us. So I understand and I am willing to work even harder to make this work.

They really have spoiled me all my life so I genuinely appreciate having to do something on my own and work twice as hard because it’s a life lesson. It’s an important thing to experience.

However, me getting a second job, makes me even more of an inconvenience to my parents when it comes to having to get me to two jobs now instead of one, which means getting a car is now more important than ever.

Even though I am going to improve my spending habits and make several lifestyle changes, my bank account needs a lot of improvement. Even if I had been saving every penny I earned, I wouldn’t be where I need to be. So needless to say, money is tight right now.

I am doing a couple of extra things to help save up a little money on the side. I will be cleaning out my closet and posting the items on Poshmark over the next couple weeks to sell and I’d love if you would follow along so you can take a look when they go live. Or if you’re feeling a little generous, you can take a look at my Buy Me a Coffee page. Either way, your support means the world to me.

If my life couldn’t get any crazier, I already had a lot going on this summer before all this set in. I’m currently taking two online courses, which if you were here last summer, you know I swore I would never do this again, but alas here I am knocking out a couple required classes so I can have more time to do what I love senior year.

Anyways, these classes are not nearly as hard as the ones I’ve done in the past and require minimal effort, but quite a bit of time, time that I have been hesitant to give up.

Why? Because I would rather be blogging, writing, and creating content for you. I want to continue to grow this blog and my Instagram, but it has been insanely hard to juggle both.

I wish I didn’t have to, but I need to spend less time on this blog. I didn’t want to do so without telling you. That is the main reason why I’m here writing this post and filling you in on all the things that are happening and changing right now.

I need to put all my time and energy into finishing these classes in the next few weeks, and I haven’t been able to allow myself to do that when I have been worrying about my blog.

I have a couple other posts all ready to go up and a couple all planned out that I am still hoping to upload soon, but I wanted you to know that for right now, this blog is on the back burner until my classes are over. I hope you can understand.

My goal is that if I work really hard, I might be able to finish them early and return to doing solely what I love even sooner, but if I still find a way to procrastinate, then I will be back here on a regular basis for the rest of the summer after the second week of July.

This absolutely isn’t goodbye, it’s just letting you know that posts will continue to go up randomly and not as frequently, as they have so far this summer. I’m hoping to upload content on a more regular basis once my classes are over, so please stick with me.

I appreciate all your support. Every comment, every like, every share, every bit of interaction I receive makes a difference, inspires me to do more, and become a better person. Thank you for always supporting me on this crazy adventure.

As always . . .

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Just Some Light Reading . . .

Just Some Light Reading . . .

Happy Saturday!

I hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend so far and is getting to be around positive people you love, get the opportunity to relax, and possibly sit down with a good book or two.

One of my goals for this year was to read more, and I really want to stick with this goal. So to help keep me on track, I am using Goodreads to help me keep track of the books I want to read and the ones I’ve read.

I set a goal for myself to read 35 books this year, and so far I have read 2.

So I’m off to a slow start, but I’m moving forward! I’m a busy lady, but also an ambitious lady, so I have quite a few books that I do want to read and I plan on making it happen so here we go!

Today I’m going to list the books I’ve read this year (it’s a short list, but I’ll still call it list because optimism is important) and a few of the books I am hoping to read in the near future.

Book 1: Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie

Book 2: White American Youth by Christian Piccolini

I have three more books I’m getting ready to read this month, so those are listed below.

Book 3: Notorious RGB: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg by Irin Carmon
— I had to pick up the Young Readers’ Edition at my local library because that’s the only version they had, but I might read the original sometime too.

Book 4: A Working Theory of Love by Scott Hutchins
— I was wandering through the library looking for Notorious RGB when I came across this book. I picked it up, read the first few pages, and now it is next on my list to read.

Book 5: The Help by Kathryn Stockett
— I’m reading this book for school, but I saw the movie what seems like forever ago and I loved it, so I am beyond excited to be reading the book that the movie was adapted from and learn about the original story and how it ties into our history.

*** Update: I am almost done and  I LOVE IT SO MUCH.

And now I will share a few other books I am hoping to read this year.

+ Tabloid City by Pete Hamill

+ Almost Adulting: All You Need to Know to Get it Together by Arden Rose

+ A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro

+ Binge by Tyler Oakley

+ Milk & Honey by Rupi Kaur

+ Adultolescence by Gabbie Hanna

+ This Modern Love by Will Darbyshire

+ Into the Water by Paula Hawkins

+ Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut

+ I Can’t Date Jesus: Love, Sex, Family, Race, and Other Reasons I’ve Put My Faith in Beyoncé by Michael Arceneaux

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If I read all the books I mentioned here today, I will have only read 15 books. It seems so crazy to me that it is only 15 books and I hope to read 35 by the end of this year, but hopefully by reading more book reviews and wandering aimlessly through the library I will be able to find more books to help me reach my goal.

You can stay up-to-date with what I have been reading in the Goodreads widget in the sidebar on the right!

Also, I love reading book reviews! So if you have Goodreads, let’s be friends! You can find me here. I can’t wait to see what you have read!

Also, I would love to hear from you in the comments below, what are some of your favorite books of all time or what is a book you want to read this year? Maybe I can add a few of your books to my list!

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