1.30.2015

MAC Rebel + Warm Eyes Makeup Tutorial




Ever since getting back into the beauty community, I have gotten so excited finding new beauty vloggers to follow and get inspiration from, although I still watch some of the OG vloggers. One of my recent new favorites is Mariah from The Gals Guide. Her video editing skills are insane and super professional looking but not commercially. Her personality just seems like someone I would connect with in real life, really loving her.

Anyways, I watched her Pre-Fall Makeup Tutorial and was inspired to try it out, with my own twist of different products. I really wanted to do a tutorial around MAC Rebel Lipstick because it's one of my newer lipsticks. I still feel like it makes my teeth look extra yellow but close lipped, it's pretty LOL.... once the braces come off and teeth are whitened, I think I may just love it!

On a side note, some behind the scenes thoughts.... for editing, I have gotten mixed comments about some liking my talk through tutorials over these more edited ones. I still don't get the difference between makeup tutorials and get ready with me videos... would this one be a get ready with me? Anyways, just wanted y'all to know that I do intend to do talk through videos. It's just easier to film & edit this type of video during busy season when Saturday evening/ Sunday are my only days off. So after May, I'll start doing talk through videos, unless things slow down sooner than that. I actually have 4 other videos filmed and in the process of editing so I will be able to upload one a week! Woohoo!! I still want to be connected with y'all even during busy season, not wanting to let it go like I did for almost 3 years in the Big 4.

I'm still figuring out how to use my new studio lights, so the pictures are a little washed out. But y'all get the general idea of how the makeup looks, right?


1.24.2015

How to Pass the CPA Exam (Updated)


I know, kind of weird to have made a thumbnail for this video but figured I'd rather have a flattering picture than the automatic thumbnail YouTube gives me with my mouth hanging all open ;)

Before I get started I wanted to share a couple funny things Juicy did last night & this morning. I swear, this little lady is so entertaining, I love her to pieces!

I got home around 7 last night from work (busy season joys) and she was super excited to see me as usual. I took her outside, she went pee for a while and ran back in. We all went upstairs and Mike and I were just talking in our room. Suddenly Mike looks over at the bedroom door and screams "Juicy pooped!!!"..... well come to find out she pooped 2 little logs upstairs (carpeted), then ran downstairs (not carpeted) and pooped a whole bunch more at the bottom of the stairs. She was sitting in her area, already anticipating being in trouble but it was just too funny that we weren't even mad. Especially because she knows she if goes downstairs, we don't get mad since it's an easy clean up unlike carpet. So it took a lot of coaxing to get her to come upstairs... she really wasn't in trouble! I just kept laughing imagining her pooing and trying to hold it in to get downstairs. She's such a good girl hahaha.... I think she got really excited when we were playing that it got her poopies moving inside.

Then this morning, Juicy and I get up at 7am so I can fed her and give her insulin. Well normally on the weekends, I'll feed her, set a 30 minute timer on my phone and catch up on my blog/YT stuff. Her alarm goes off and I'm searching for her because I kept the bedroom door shut so Mike wouldn't be disturbed. Well low and behold, I see the bedroom door cracked open (either I didn't shut it good enough and she opened it or she kept scratching at it and Mike opened it for her). As I walk in the room, she's laying in bed and will NOT move lol.... so I had to carry her like a baby downstairs, give her insulin and carried her back up. Seriously, it's a good thing she's so cute..... haha but really I'd do anything for her. It's just funny, her little personality.

Ok..... onto what y'all actually want to hear about which is how to pass the CPA exam. As a disclaimer, these tips helped me pass the exam... it may or may not work for you. I wrote a blog post a couple years ago about how I passed if you want to see it.



1.17.2015

Dressing Room Tour

Hi y'all,



I filmed and edited this video about a month ago so it's a little behind on the times. That's why I had a Christmas tree in my room, it's put away now hehe. I figured doing a voice over would make the video not as long, otherwise I feel it could have been easily 30+ minutes. I'm not used to voice overs so I hope y'all will keep that in mind :)

 I was hesitant in posting it because I'm not the greatest at decorating. Well, I take that back.... once I make up my mind on what I want, I'm good because obviously I keep true to my own style. But it takes me a while to feel comfortable when decorating. I really try to accumulate pieces that I know I'm going to LOVE for a long time, I just can't deal with buying something & being bored with it in a short amount of time. Not only that, my style is very simplistic. I like gray, white & black and am very conscious when it comes to adding colors in my space. It's also taken me a while to get it where it's at since I only really started decorating it in the past year. We've been in our house for 2 years and for a while, I was literally too busy with work and then planning my wedding. Patience has certainly been a virtue I've been working on!

However, I feel like I want to share my personal space & style to hopefully inspire anyone else and to keep track of my dressing room progress. I love how my dressing room looks so far & have a clear picture of where I want it to go in the next year (wardrobe system).

Let me know if y'all like these kinds of posts..... Pictures after the jump.

1.16.2015

My Style: Maternity Brunching

Hi y'all,

I'm not pregnant, just FYI. lol

Earlier last month (yeah I'm behind), I met up with a few friends to have brunch in Dallas. Since I don't get out all that often, I wanted to look a little nice for my friends so I used my Lorac liner & MAC Verve lipstick. I am obsessed with it! This top I really love because of the cream, blush & gray color blocking.... it's SOOO me in almost every way. I love how flowy it is too but what I failed to realize is that it's a maternity top.... LOL. Well, at least I'll have something to wear when I start having babies!! Hair is 2nd day & I curled it the day before. Just teased it a ton for volume and I'm good! I ended up switching my shoes to flats because it started raining but it looked good with the outfit.



1.13.2015

My Style: First Fur Vest

Hi y'all,

When it comes to my style, I like to keep it classic but if I do end up buying something more "fast fashion" or something I can't wear all year round, it has to be fairly inexpensive.

I have been looking for a fur vest for quite a while now. A month or so ago I was browsing around at Burlington and found this black fur vest for under $20... woot woot! My advice on shopping at Burlington is to have patience and take time to sift through the oodles of clothes or home decor. They have some awesome deals! Anyways, I'm super excited about this purchase, especially because I won't wear the vest all that often since it doesn't stay cold for too long in Dallas. I still really want a brown one so I'm keeping an eye out.

Vest - Burlington | Blouse - LOFT | Ponte Leggings - Lou & Grey | CL New Simple Pump 
Tiffany's Necklace (similar) | MAC Verve Lipstick | NuMe Lustrum Curling Wand


1.10.2015

Girl Talk: Resolutions + Everyday Taupe Eyes Ft. LORAC

Hi y'all,

I shared this LORAC set I bought from Nordstrom in my last beauty haul video. Seriously glad I bought it, for $28 it was such a great deal. They have a similar deal but the eyeshadow trio has different colors. The pocket pro palette is being sold separately for $15. 

Also, I was super excited about the dress I'm wearing. I've had my eye on it for a while from LOFT and it went on sale. I got it for $25 but I just looked at it's on sale for $20.... grrrrr. Oh well, still a good price!


1.04.2015

1 Outfit 3 Ways

Hi y'all!

When it comes to my style, I lean more towards classic pieces rather than being "fashion forward". As YSL likes to say "fashions fade, style is eternal". I don't keep up with trends, I choose to wear silhouettes that I know flatter my body. Sure, I may jump on the bandwagon here or there but for the most part, I'm pretty consistent with my own style. I love neutral colors and choose to liven up an outfit through prints (stripes, chevron, leopard, polka dots...). I don't wear huge statement necklaces mainly because they're too heavy and hurt my neck.

A bit ago I wore this outfit to work. I also played around with shoes to dress it up. I like to purchase clothes that I can wear to work or out and about, get more bang for my buck!

The Foundation
H&M Blouse
LOFT Drapey Pants

Casual 
Halogen Gala Flats (currently on sale!)


1.02.2015

A New Year: My Resolutions & NYE Party

Happy New Year y'all!!!

This year has been super eventful and awesome. So many great things happened as well as some not great things but they only helped strengthen my character.... I've been thinking about some New Years resolutions and overall I just want to live a more healthy and positive life. What better way to solidify these resolutions than to write it down & share with my friends :)

1. Be more positive and thankful. Even in stressful or negative situations, I am going to make a positive spin out of it, even if it's just learning and growing from it. I am going to be more thankful for what I have... not to say that I'm not already but even more thankful (always room for improvement)! It really is just switching my mindset to be more positive. This way I can let little things slide right off, not get stuck on negative things for so long.... especially when it relates to someone else because that's their issue, not mine. As far as being thankful, I just need to remind myself that my work does not define me and that I am thankful to have a good job. I get paid well, am in a field that is in high demand and I genuinely enjoy some of what I do. I know there are people out there who would be happy to have the opportunities that have come my way so I just need to remember to be thankful.

Also, I am going to distance myself from negative or toxic people. I've done that more this past year which really has made my life so much better and less stressful. I believe in quality over quantity so if you have someone in your life (whether it be "friend" or acquaintance) who is negative or brings you down, seriously consider distancing yourself. It boggles my mind on why some people, girls in my experience (yes, girls because real ladies/ women don't act this way), are just catty, rude & toxic. I refuse to waste my time figuring them out so gonna keep it moving ;) Surround yourself with people who are uplifting, encouraging and positive. Ok, getting off my soap box now.....

2. Be more mindful of what I purchase, No Spend busy season & treat-myself money. I will focus more on long term goals (like saving for my Ikea closet & Audi Q3) rather than spend money on frivolous things. I will only purchase necessities during busy season (my own version of "No Spend".... that means from now until the end of May, I won't be spending money on random items, only necessities). I think I'll treat myself to stress relief though, maybe at most once a month like a pedicure or massage, definitely need that during busy season! This way I can save as much money and not live a wasteful life. Especially being back in the beauty community, there are always things that I want but don't need. I REALLY do not want to be sucked back into that kind of lifestyle, especially because it's just my hobby.... I like having a smaller makeup stash. I'm not into collecting makeup again & am more mindful about the beauty products I purchase. I filmed a beauty room tour and have a small makeup stash peak, you'll see that I really don't have a ton of makeup anymore.

However, I did purchase a few beauty items and clothes on sales this past week... so many good sales!!! But that's it, no more from now until the end of May unless I run out (like foundation). I can exchange things though with stuff I've already bought (gotta be realistic). As far as clothes go, I'm pretty much set. I bought some basic pieces, like pants and skirts. I have plenty of clothing and really don't need any more.

Anyways, after my No Spend busy season is up, I will look at my budget and give myself only a certain amount to use on treat-myself occasions. I'm thinking probably around $100 a paycheck maybe. We'll see... I'll have to figure that out after May.

3. Lead a healthier lifestyle by exercising and eating right. I will exercise at least three times a week for 30 minutes (I don't exercise at all right now, it's been months which is awful). I think that's super doable, especially because I plan to do work outs at home since I really won't have time to go to the gym (and don't want to pay for a membership I won't use) and I have no excuse when I get home. I've been doing yoga along with Yoga With Adriene on YouTube. Thankfully, since I started working out heavily before my wedding, I know some moves I can do at home and of course, there's always YouTube and Instagram fitness pages.

I will make food to eat at home rather than eating out. I think I will try to limit eating out to 3 times a week and if I do end up getting something on the way home, I will be mindful of what I purchase. Like limiting McDonald's to at most twice a month, if that. It's so hard to find healthy options, I like to pretend that eating soft tacos aren't as bad, I think it's better than McDonald's lol.... But really I need to start cooking more at home and bringing my lunch to work. I already am thinking about some ideas for food, more than just sandwiches. I am planning on doing some meal preps like making grilled chicken and rice with vegetables and green onion/ ginger sauce because I can eat that with anything. 

4. Bring more balance in my life. I want my life to be more than just work and making money. Which is why I'm more involved on my YouTube and blog. I feel like work can suck the energy and life out of me at times. By doing something creative and something that I really enjoy makes me feel happier. My goal is to post a video weekly but during busy season, I just don't know what my schedule will be like.... so for busy season, my goal will be to post a video at least twice monthly (until May) and afterwards, resume a video weekly at least. Have y'all noticed that the past month or so I've been posting twice a week? :) I am stock piling a few videos the rest of this week so I give myself a successful start haha

For blogging, I will at least post an entry once a week because I do plan on doing my weekly outfits. That way I'm inspired to keep looking my best when sometimes all I wanna do is roll out of bed and get to work.

Also, continue to go to church or be involved in my religion to continue improving myself so that I'm a better person, wife, daughter, friend... just an even better human being :)

5. Follow my financial plan. This ties into 2 above but to elaborate on it, I make a little budget each month (what, it's the accountant in me) to track our bills and see how much we have left each month. Basically, I have a specific financial plan that gets us to a really good financial position in about 3 years. Not going to go into detail but just for myself, stick with it!!! I can do this :)

6. Last but not least, I am going to be doing the 52 Week Money Challenge that's on Pinterest (which you can save $1,378). My best friend and I are starting it together, so if any of y'all wanna do it together, let me know! We can be each other's support system :) I really need to start focusing on saving and want to make a better habit of it now because when I start making even more money (which I will in a few years, I have a specific goal & know I can attain it... i.e. at least 6 figures by 30), I want it to be second nature rather than just spending whatever extra I have. I'll admit it, I have not been that great with saving money. We had a nice nest egg saved up but with buying our house, the wedding and other stuff, it's not as beefy as it used to be. So at least I can start this challenge and it's super doable. Mike is also going to do it with me so at least it's a start! I already have weeks 1 - 3 covered, $5 in my jar!!! Hahaha starting off with success!!!

Anyways, those are my resolutions. Now to share our New Years Eve party... silly me, I waited until December 31st to work on our party but that's ok. I'm still getting used to hosting parties and such and it'll get even better over time. We set up a photobooth so we could take fun pictures. I wanted to use some sparkly tinsel but literally had such a hard time finding it. Instead, I went the streamer route, added in a few pieces of sparkly ribbon and added some letters. Overall, with it being last minute, I think it came out good. I followed this pin on making the photobooth backdrop, used my paper cutter to make the little squares and bought the letters from Hobby Lobby. I wanted to make it a banner but the hubby wanted it this way instead. He thought the banner would be covered by some people, which I don't think it would have now that we look back on the pictures, but that's marriage for you. Compromise :) Either way, it came out nice. Next year, I'll make it with the sparkly backdrop & use solid letters rather than the glitter ones.

I ended up switching up my makeup. I liked what I came up with (didn't take a closer up picture, I was rushing around beforehand unfortunately, then forgot once the night went on). I used the Anastasia Tamanna palette, MAC Verve & Red Cherry #138 lashes. I really love these lashes, they were super long & full. I've used them in the past, so definitely stocking up on these!!!

This picture is the best to show the letters I used. The others washed it out. Anyways, what better way than to do a test shot with my love <3 div="">




Hahaha Juicy is wearing the hat that was on Pedro... if you wanna know about Pedro, check my Instagram hahaha


My hermana, Myra, and I. Random but doesn't she have the most gorgeous teeth?! Btw, she has some of the best tips on finding stylish & affordable home decor/ clothes so do yourself a favor and follow her on Instagram! She needs to start her own blog or YouTube (or both)... her bf and I have been telling her to, so hopefully that will happen soon!!


My love & I. I'm wearing the Forever 21 dress & Louboutins. Mike is wearing a Lacoste polo, Lacoste shoes & jeans. On a side note, I LOVE these Lacoste sneakers. Mike has them in both black and white... love! Btw, they're currently on sale so if you ladies wanna spoil your men, I highly recommend them! I like the polos, they're just a pain in the rear to wash.... you can't put them in the dryer otherwise it'll shrink and they're too expensive to shrink grrrrrrrrrrrr.


We won beer (Framboise) pong 3 out of 4 times!!! Wooooot!!!! Reigning champs.... our other halves unseated us after their second attempt.



Anyways, I hope y'all had a great New Year! What are your resolutions? :)

With Love,
Stephie
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