Thursday, August 28, 2014

My Army Story

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As beautiful as the United States Virgin Islands may be, the economy is in fact struggling. The day after my high school graduation, I got on a plane. I flew to Tampa, Florida and after a failed attempt at a post-secondary education, decided to join the work force. I became a customer service representative for UPS. Although I made $11 an hour, it wasn’t enough money to support myself. I had to make a life decision and FAST! Around the time that all of this was happening I had two of my very close friends return home from BCT. They had both failed to graduate. I walked into the recruiting station in hopes of maybe joining the Army Reserves, but nothing persuades a nineteen year old to join the United States Army like a $40,000 enlistment bonus.

Being the product of two noncommissioned officers, coupled with the experiences of my friends who had recently returned from BCT I felt very equipped to handle BCT. It was still challenging, nonetheless. I made life long friends with whom I still communicate. After graduating AIT, I PCS to Germany and months later was selected to complete a non-combat deployment to Israel. Seeing the landmarks of that country was eye opening. To be able to lay my hands on the exact stone where Jesus’ body had been sent shivers through my body. Seeing the tomb of King David, visiting the Eiffel tower, touring around Barcelona, Spain and being able to float in the Dead Sea were things I wouldn’t have been able to do in this lifetime, had I not enlisted in the Army.

After four years of living overseas I PCS yet again, this time to Fort Hood, Texas. After living abroad for so long, I had come to appreciate the comforts that only America can provide. With in months of being back home in the states, I was able to purchase my first home, thanks to the Army’s housing allowance program. Being a twenty-five year old homeowner was one of the most rewarding accomplishments in my life to date. Again, all made possible because I decided to take a chance and join the United States Army.

I want people to know that the Army isn’t all about someone yelling in your face and ordering you around constantly. You learn patience, discipline and to trust one another. You learn the type of person you want to become and the type of person you do not want to be. I want people to know that even though it is highly unlikely, there is still always that chance that you don’t deploy to Iraq and Afghanistan. Overall, I want people to know that enlisting in the Army was the best decision of my life.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Blended Beauty: My Routine Revealed

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Yesterday I posted this picture on my FaceBook and instaGram and it was so well received I wanted to tell you guys what products were used. I honestly don't have an hour long makeup routine. I always start with my brows. I use MACs eyebrow pencil in STUD to fill my brows. I use a small concealer/eyeliner brush with a dab of MACs Pro Longwear concealer (NW50) and line ONLY THE BOTTOM of my eyebrows. I think a lot of people mis-use concealer and don't blend it properly. Personally, I use the brush the blend down from the brow and then my finger for the rest. 

If I'm doing a "full face" (like pictured above) I soak my Beauty Blender in water and then dab it in concealer. I stipple from my under eye area to the corner in between my nose and mouth. Basically, a huge upside down triangle. This also helps define your cheeks. For foundation, I use Covergirl Queen Collection in shade Q755 with MACs 187 brush. It covers but still allows my skin to breathe. MAC and NARS both have proven too heavy to me. I use a MAC powder blush in FEVER for my cheekbones (and a flat kabuki brush to blend out the hard blush line) & then I add my lips. Yesterday, the lipstick of choice was MAC Ruby Woo with a Bobbi Brown lip gloss (that I don't remember the name of). 

& thats it! Seriously. I'm nowhere near a professional makeup artist, but I've found what works for me. Hope this answered all the questions you guys had! But if it didn't, leave me a comment, and let me know!

Stay fab guys!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

loving KTR ❤


You guys received this outfit so well via my social media networks that I had to blog about it. Let me start with this skirt. I've absolutely love, love, loved KTR Collection since the first time I laid eyes on it! I've worn this previously (seen here) and it was worth every penny. The construction and quality is magnificent and I just knew I had to pair it with something equally amazing. My heels are Jessica Simpson and my top is from Ross. Yep, thats right: Ross! So many people don't have the patience to navigate Ross stores, but with all their hidden gems everyone should give them a fair shot!

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What's your "go to" store this season?!

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Future Recruiter Training

So my first week at US Army Recruiting school has officially come to a close. I'm so excited to tell you guys that I cleared the first hurdle successfully: I passed my physical training test! Now its on to the academic portion of this class. These next couple weeks we'll be graded on doctrine. I'm so amped about this entire experience. & although I miss my baby terribly, I know we'll be better off in the long run. See you guys in a couple of days!


Saturday, August 16, 2014

In the sky time

Previously I did a post about traveling with kids and I mentioned that you should always be comfortable while traveling. Just to show you guys that I'm a woman of my word, I wanted to show you what I wore to travel on Monday. If you haven't noticed already, I LOVE chambray tops. I think they're so versatile and are a great staple to have. This time around, I paired it with some coral shorts and nude Sperry's. I loved how comfortable and airy this ensemble was. Leave me a comment and let me know what you guys think!

What do you guys like to wear when traveling?!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Happy 3rd Birthday, Melody!

photos by Scheyda, Mimi's mom

This past weekend we celebrated Melody's 3rd birthday with her. Mimi and Jeremy have been together, basically before her 1st birthday! Her mom hosted a beautiful Disney Princess party, at their home here in Killeen. It was just shy of perfect. Currently, Mimi's dad (my former boss and good friend, Ryan) is deployed. It was so awesome to see Melody release her birthday balloons and wish for her daddy to come home! No worries, he'll be home soon!

dress: ROSS | necklace: H&M
Mimi's momma throws an awesome party!

How did you guys spend this weekend?!