Father’s Day: Meet my Dad​

The thought of this post getting out there for everyone to read it just scares the hell out of me, but that is exactly why I am posting it. For those of you that have a complicated relationship with your dad. In honor of Father’s Day, I felt the need to share a little more of my personal life with you. I know that most of you follow my blog for the fact that I am a plus size woman that loves fashion. Or the fact that I write a lot of boss babe inspired posts, but today I want to share more with you than just my favorite dress at the moment. I want to share a big part of my story with you. I hope that you are ready because, to be honest, I may not be.

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This is my favorite and one of the few photos that I have with me and my dad together. Meet my dad, David, a hard working man that lost his life too soon. I don’t even know where to begin.

My dad and I haven’t always been the closest. He got my mom pregnant at a young age and then left her while she was pregnant to join the Navy. I know that it sounds horrible because it was, but the truth is that he wasn’t ready to be a father. He was in and out of most of my life, he made me cry, and made me feel like he didn’t love me. He missed father-daughter dances, he missed all of the football games that I cheered at, he even missed my high school graduation. I can count every single fight that we got into, I couldn’t understand why I wasn’t good enough for him to want to always be around me. Some may say that he was not the best father, but I can’t say that it was his fault, not entirely. When someone wasn’t taught how to love another person, how can you expect them to love you?

When I did get to see my dad, we always had an amazing time. He took me to the San Diego Zoo, I got to go on his boat, and he even took me ice skating. When he wanted to be, he was the best dad that a girl could ever ask for. I can remember every single moment that I got to spend with him growing up. Him not being around all of the time, made the moments that we did get to spend together even more special.

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As I got older I started to accept the fact that he wasn’t always around, but once I accepted it, we became closer. He taught me to always be humble, to be thankful, and to be strong. A big part of who I am today is thanks to him. Him not being around showed me that I am strong. I am able to take care of myself in the worst situations. I don’t need anyone to depend on, and if I want something in life, I have to get it myself. He also taught me to not take things for granted, he is proof that people are not going to be around forever.

September of this year will be five years that my dad has been gone. Once again; he wasn’t there to give me away at my wedding, he isn’t going to be there when his grandchildren are born, and he will miss their high school graduation. It hurts to say that out loud, but it’s the truth. Dad’s are blessings, mine was a blessing in disguise.

I want to thank my dad for everything that he has done for me. He may not have even known what he has done, but he has helped me out tremendously. For those of you that have a weird relationship with your dad, try to see the good in what he is teaching you by not being around, or by being too harsh on you. Do me a favor, make sure that you tell your dad that you love him today. Even if you have to write him a letter and throw it away, he won’t be around forever.

5 Tips for Bloggers Taking Photos in Public

As a blogger in a city that isn’t Los Angeles, I get a lot of weird looks from people when I am taking blog photos in public. When I first started blogging, those look from people would bother me so bad, I wanted to stop taking photos and go home. Now I could care less about what people think of me, especially when I am posing to get that perfect shot. In this post, I am going to share 5 tips on how to feel more comfortable when it comes to taking photos in public. If you are someone that is a beast when it comes to taking photos in public, then congrats, you’re winning at life. IMG_5577 2IMG_5578IMG_5584IMG_5590IMG_5591 

Tip #1

My first tip is to remember that you most likely won’t ever see the people that are staring at you again. If you ever happen to run into them on another day, there is a good chance that they are not going to remember you.

Tip #2

Take someone with you that you are comfortable around. With them encouraging you, it makes it that much easier to smile, take a great photo, and have an amazing time.

Tip #3

Try to start out somewhere that doesn’t have a ton of people, but still in public. For example, go to a park to take some photos, compared to a coffee shop downtown. Ease your way into it.

Tip #4

Practice makes perfect! The more that you go out in public and take photos, the more comfortable you will feel.

Tip #5

My last tip is just to have fun! Remeber that you are taking these photos for you and your audience. You’re not taking them for the random person walking by. You are obviously passionate about these photos, so anyone else’s opinion shouldn’t matter, so just have fun!

I hope that these tips helped you out a little. I would love to know any tips that you have, leave them in the comment section! 

 

All photos were taken by Kaya Irene Photography

My dress is from Forever 21

Wedding Wednesday: Reasons to Hire a Planner

Ah, welcome to another Wedding Wednesday. I hope that you are enjoying these posts because I am having the best time writing them! Today I want to give you a few reasons why you should hire a wedding planner and/ or coordinator. This post is in collaboration with my Aunt Cindy, she created these visuals for me to share! 

 

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There you have it! If you are in Bakersfield, Ca and are looking for some planners, make sure to check us out on Instagram. 

 

2017 Fall Trends

Welcome to another Fashion Friday! Don’t you just love when I say the word Friday? Friday, Friday, Friday, Okay enough of that. On to the real reason that you are here. I have been noticing a lot of the fall trends that are going around and I am in love! I honestly don’t know which trend will be my favorite this season!

Fall Florals

I have been seeing fall florals everywhere that I go! Target, Forever 21, even the beauty gurus on YouTube are wearing this amazing trend! I love wearing florals during the spring, so this is going to be an easy one for me!

Cabbie Hats

I have loved cabbie hats even when they were not on trend! Instagram has been really making this trend blow up! They are super adorable and will look good on anyone!

Key Hole Lace Up Sweaters

I am sure that you have seen that the Key Hole tops were very trendy this summer, so it looks as if they are making an appearance this fall and winter!

Red

Red has always been a statement color, but it is especially popular this season! I can’t wait to rock those red fall lips! What about you??

Just curious, which fall trend do you think that you will be rocking this season? I think that I will be rocking all of them, personally. These are all such great trends and I am super excited about them!

 

Stay Confident.

Q&A: Bakersfield Beauty Blogger

Wednesday means that the week is almost over! A couple of days ago, I hopped onto Instagram and asked my audience if they would love to read a Q & A and most of them said yes! If you would like to be a part of those polls, make sure that you are following me on Instagram. 

Now let’s jump in and get to know the girl in Bakersfield just a little bit more!

What primer do you use for a matte look?

I am in love with the Rimmel Stay Matte primer! It’s the best and super affordable.

Why did you start blogging?

I started blogging because, I needed some sort of creative outlet that I could be myself and really express my passions.

What was your main inspiration?

My main inspiration was honestly YouTube beauty gurus. I loved watching all of the beauty videos and all of the beautiful women getting to be their selves. I wanted to start a channel of my own, just needed something less intimidating. Then I thought to myself, duh! A blog is less scary, but still gets my message out there!

What advice do you have for a beginner blogger?

My advice to you would be to find your own style and consistency is key. When you are blogging, blog for yourself, cause it won’t be fun if you are doing it for the wrong reasons. Another tip is to use your tags! If you are trying to gain followers, those are how people are really going to find you. I can keep going trust me!

What is your favorite vacation destination?

I love going to the beach! I could live there if it wasn’t so damn expensive!

What is your favorite TV show?

I am so in love with Once Upon a Time! Hook is gorgeous and I love all of the fairytales! I am also loving Riverdale and Fuller House for sure.

So many great questions! Thank you all who asked me and wanted to know a little more about me. If you would like a part two, go ahead and leave some questions in the comment section.

Remember to stay confident!

 

Fashion Friday: My Poshmark Closet

High five if you have made it through the week without flipping out on someone! Work weeks are tough, I know.

We all know that really cute, trendy pieces can be pretty pricey. To look good you have to pay the price, but that isn’t always true. I have found a way that you can make money for those trendy pieces, but also finding those pieces at a discount! You heard me right, DISCOUNT. We all love that word, not just you. The answer to all of this is an app named Poshmark.

Poshmark is a mobile app that you can sell items that no longer interest you. For instance, let’s say that you bought a really cute skirt, you never wore it and want to get your money back. Just post it on the app and people will come running! You can earn cash from those items, or use the credits to shop other peoples items! Some people will even trade items with you if you are up for it. So many items are listed on this app a day, it is ridiculous! They have everything from clothes and accessories to makeup and skin care. You can search the many brands that are featured, along with your sizes and favorite colors.

What I find that is really cool about Poshmark is that if you feel that an item is unreasonably priced on the app, you can offer a different amount to the seller. They can either choose to accept or deny. Most sellers love when a customer sends them an offer!!

Poshmark makes it so easy to sell and buy items.  It is worth checking out! If you use my invite code, GCNZZ,  you will receive an automatic $5.00 credit towards your first purchase. How cool is that? I know, you’re welcome! We can even follow each other once you sign up! My closet name is @kwoggn.

Be sure to let me know if you already have a Poshmark closet! I will go follow you and share your items.

 

Happy Fashion Friday everyone! 

15 confidence building affirmations

Welcome, welcome, I have some exciting news to share with you. I have decided to post three times a week! Yes, you heard correctly, three times. How exciting right? I will be posting every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. I am trying something new, so I hope that you like it. Makeup Monday’s will be dedicated for makeup, makeovers, giveaways, tutorials, monthly favorites, and all things beauty related. Work it Wednesday is all things inspirational, goal digging, organizational tips, and more lifestyle topics. That finally brings me to Fashion Friday! I will be posting fashion inspiration for you just in time for the weekend. Remember, if you have any certain topics that you would love to read about, please let me know. I am so stoked about this new posting schedule, I hope that you are too! Now, back to the regularly scheduled program.

 

Today’s Work it Wednesday is all about self-love. I know that having self-confidence can be a struggle, trust me, been there and don’t want to go back. So here are 15 affirmations that you can read to yourself as often as you would like, just to give your confidence a little boost and feel better about yourself. You don’t need to depend on someone else to tell you how amazing you are. What better person to tell you then well, you?

  1. I believe in me: At the end of the day, you need to be the one to believe in yourself. If you don’t believe that you can accomplish anything, why should anyone else?
  2. I am fearless: To get what you want in life, you need to have no fear and just jump!
  3. I am not my mistakes: Everyone has a past, don’t let yours define you.
  4. Positivity is a choice; I choose to be positive: This affirmation says it all.
  5. I am a beautiful person: it’s true, you are.
  6. Life is beautiful: Enjoy it.
  7. What I give is what I receive: Law of attraction, baby!
  8. I matter. I am allowed to say no: This one can be a struggle, but if you need help, call me. If I got passed it, so can you.
  9. I am successful: No matter what you choose to do, rock it!
  10. Every idea is a good idea: Express yourself and create your future.
  11. I deserve love, compassion, and empathy: Yes you do.
  12. I am my best source of motivation: Get your ass up and take on the world!
  13. I am talented and intelligent: You are the smartest person that I know.
  14. EVERYTHING is possible: you can make anything happen.
  15. I have unlimited power: You can do it!

I believe in you! Try reading these to yourself every morning when you wake up. Make your own day! Don’t wait for someone else to make you smile. 

 

Which affirmation is your favorite? Comment it down below, I can’t wait to read them. Until next time! Spread positivity.

My Favorites for November.

Where in the world did November go?? Seriously, I feel like we were just celebrating the beginning of 2016!

This month has brought a lot of things to my attention and a lot of beauty products into my life. I have discovered some great things about myself and will be forever thankful for this month. I would like to take a second, to thank you for supporting me throughout my blogging journey. I have found something that I love and you are helping me keep this passion alive. By reading, liking, commenting, and sharing my posts, you are supporting me in more ways than you will ever know. Now…. let’s stop with all of that mushy mushy and get on to the good stuff!img_9025Aside from you being my number one favorite, this setting spray has changed my life! I like to spritz some of this on before AND after I apply my makeup. Guess what…my makeup stays in place all day.

I have always loved this foundation, I just forget to mention it in my favorites. I have been using this non-stop. I not only love the way that this sits on my skin, but I love the color range! Some brands have limited options when it comes to foundation, but not Loreal!

I discovered this concealer a while back, but I recently fell in love with it all over again. It gives major coverage under the eyes. This concealer is on the thicker side, so if you don’t like that, stay far away. Brows cannot be on fleek, if I am not rocking the Anastasia Dip Brow Pomade. Ok, this is a game changer when it comes to highlight. It looks pink in the packaging, but when applied to the skin, it turns gold…..I know, badass right?!

Popping a little phloof onto the inner corners of my eyes, has been a must! Adding a little something extra for the month of November. img_9068All of the Kylie Lip Kits that I own, have been on constant rotation. I love these liquid lipsticks like no other! I own quite a few, but not nearly enough. (My husband would disagree). I have especially been loving Mary Jo K and Leo. I am not entirely sure why I didn’t discover Charlotte Russe boots sooner. I love the way they fit me, they are so comfortable to walk in, and they are super adorable!With these cold November days, I have been drinking more and more hot drinks. We just recently purchased a Keurig, I don’t know why we didn’t purchase it sooner. I love the damn thing!! I have been alternating between, Swiss Miss Hot Coco and Dunkin Donuts Original Blend. AMAZZIINNGGG. 

With that being said, my Keurig made it in my favorites! Along with my Gold Canyon candle in Sugar Cookie. Isn’t it so beautiful? 

Favorite movies of the month are:

  • SPY
  • ALADDIN
  • PITCH PERFECT 2
  • KIKI’S DELIVERY SERVICE
  • BEAUTY AND THE BEAST

RANDOM FAVORITES:

  1. I have been loving my day planner! Something about writing down my goals and planning out my day, just puts me in a better mood and helps me stay organized. I really want an Erin Condren Life Planner for Christmas. Hopefully Brian reads this.
  2. My hair straightener. I recently had bangs cut and have been straightening them everyday.

YOUTUBE FAVORITES:

Hayley Paige

Paige Alicia Beauty

Alisha Marie 
And you have reached the end of this post! Finally.. I know. Let me know if any of there were your November Favs! 

                                                        P.s Stay Beautiful. 

I love to collaborate!  Make sure to follow me on Instagram! I will notify there when my next post will be coming! 

The Lovely Blogger Award!! 


Hello lovelies!!! I have been nominated for this award by the lovely Paigealiciabeauty! She has a wonderful blog, defiantly worth checking out! She is a great person and very helpful! Thank you so much for nominating me! I really appreciate all of the support you have given me! You are amazing!

The rules for award acceptance are: 

Each nominee must thank the person who nominated them (including a link to their blog). They must list the rules and post the blog award badge in the post.

They must add 7 facts about themselves.

They must nominate 15 other bloggers and notify them that they have been nominated.

7 facts about me !

  1. I am 22, my Birthday is April 15, 1993.
  2. My favorite color is pink.
  3. I love baking and decorating cupcakes!
  4. I am a lipstick hoarder.
  5. I have freckles
  6. I really want to start a beauty channel on YouTube.
  7. I love the smell of rain!

I nominate: 

 

Pink, Spice and Everything Nice

Beauty and Tidbits

RolasJournal

Beautify Brooke

I’m Jeanette

GlamOrange

Media and Makeup

Start with Style

It’s Blondie

WedBites

Beth’s Deluxe Flowers

Happiness is you

Beat Face Fridayy

Bethaly Love Beauty

Loves Anthem

I can’t wait to read your awards!!