Despite being Caribbean-born and firmly tropical-blooded, I somehow ended up living with a snow bunny who wants to go out and do things in cold weather. When it’s chilly out, you know that bulking up is not my style, so I needed a creative way to build more winter outfits – and it all started with a wardrobe malfunction at work (eek.)
My aversion to makeup started with my first professional experience. It was (almost) fifteen years ago, for my quinceañera. Long story short, she turned my chair and I had NO idea who I was looking at – in the bad way. The eyebrows were thick & dramatic, my lips were a deep burgundy, and I could barely see my skin under the foundation and blush. I went home and washed it all off immediately, then my mom gave me the natural look I still rely on to this day.
Since then, I’ve been more of an eyeliner & lip balm kind of girl, adding a touch of eyeshadow for special occasions. My sister, on the other hand, might as well be a pro, and her looks have made me curious to try more daring looks (without spending a lot, to be honest). I’ve experimented with different brands, Revlon, Milani, etc., but I never tried any of the ‘higher-end’ brands that required an investment over $10.
From (way too) early in our lives, we’re followed by the question “what do you want to be when you grow up?”
It seems harmless, but it sets us up with one giant false belief: that there’s a finish line.
We think that someday, we’ll wake up and have arrived at adulthood, with a career, a home, and maybe a family. No one tells you is that adulthood is not a destination – you’ll never know if you’re “doing it right.”
This is especially true in our careers. Back to that question:
What do you want to be when you grow up?
It’s officially holiday season here in the US, and I can barely focus on my day-to-day. To be honest, the past few weeks have beat me up. I’m counting down to the upcoming short week and plan to steal a day to sit at home and bum around… By which I mean, write for the blog and plan for my first-ever New Year Brunch!
Last year, I hosted a small Secret Santa gathering, and even with a full month to plan… I didn’t. When the week before brunch rolled around, I found myself panic-shopping for groceries. The “Quick Brunch Ideas” I’d found through random Google & Pinterest searches were not as quick as I thought, and I was still cooking as my guests arrived.
Not doing that again.