Thursday, December 18, 2014

Natural Everyday Makeup

Hello Lovelies!

I told you all quite a while ago that I never really wear makeup on a daily basis.  But when I do wear makeup it is quite minimal and I like it to last.  For the most part I consistently wear the same looks and simply switch up the lip colors and sometimes blush color.

A lot of my products are hypoallergenic because of my extremely sensitive skin.  I do have trouble finding new products that not only suit my skin but also don't make it swell and burn.  If you have sensitive skin like mine, these are some of the best drug store products available.  I use a lot of Almay because they are inexpensive and are one of the few brands that don't upset my skin.

Quick history on my skin, I have very dry, sensitive skin that reacts very poorly with many products.  A lot of people get pimples as an allergic reaction, but most of my mine are swelling of the skin, redness, a burning sensation, and small bumps.  I also have eczema on my face and arms, for a long time the eczema actually caused my skin to lose pigmentation mostly on the center of my face. So, with that  in mind, here is my makeup routine.

Step #1: Moisturizer
I use a moisturizer from my dermatologist called the Eau Thermale Avène Crème émolliente, used to treat my eczema.  Before I used a Cetaphil facial moisturizer or an Aveeno one and I really liked both of those products. It is super important to apply moisturizer on a daily basis, if you want to also apply sunscreen at this time if your makeup has no sun protection.


Step #2:  Concealer
Once the moisturizer has set I apply two different concealers.  Underneath my eyes I use the infamous Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Dark Circle Eraser in Light.  It is a bit pale for my skin, but I used this when my skin was discolored from my eczema and I don't believe in wasting product, so I continue to use it. For pimples, red spots, and other imperfections I use the Almay Clear Complexion Concealer in Light.  Again, it is a bit too pale, but I really love this concealer for blemishes, it works wonders,


Step #3: Powder
This is one step that is constantly changing, at least for me.  I have recently been using the Almay Wake Up Hydrating Makeup in Naked.  Using this powder has really helped set my makeup without making me look cakey and it really helps give me an even complexion, I have been enjoying this powder a lot.


If you have acne prone skin I suggest a powder that is made for acne prone skin as to not make your skin act up.

Step #4: Blush
Blush is one of my favorite products because I don't have color on my skin naturally unless I am doing exercise.  I have several loves at the moment.  My all time favorite blush that has never affected my skin has to be the Almay Smart Shade Blush in Berry.  I also have been liking a product that I got as a gift it is the L'Oreal Visible Lift Blush in Peach Gold Lift.


Step #5: Eyes
Recently my love has been natural, barely there eye makeup.  My favorite drugstore quads have to be from CoverGirl.  I use the Eye Enhancers Quad in Shrly Nud.  On my lid I use my concealer as a base.  For the lid I use the color Seashell.  On my crease I use the color Camel Suede.  Finally I use Smooth Taupe in the inner corner of my lid.

As a highlight I use the E.L.F. Studio Eyeliner and Shadow Stick Duo in Pearl/Glow.  For mascara I use the CoverGirl Lash Blast Fusion in Brown and I curl them with a regular eyelash curler.  (I am looking for both a new mascara and eyelash curler, any suggestions?)


Step #6: Lips
I change my lip color on a constant basis because I have a lot of lip products {from since I was in the second grade basically}.  My favorite inexpensive lip products are from E.L.F.  I love their Hypershine Gloss and Essential Luscious Liquid Lipstick.


I use an  EcoTools brush set to do all my makeup.  But I do plan on getting some new brushes soon to play around with!

Let me know in the comments below what some of your favorite products are!

Have a wonderful day!

xoxo, Ana

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Holiday Gift Guide

Hey Lovelies!

Today I have a few ideas for what to get the girly girl in your life.  I figured this is the best  I could do since I am, myself, a very girly girl.  This will be split between price ranges that you are able to afford.  Some people have a set limit in a Secret Santa or cannot afford to be buying very lavish gifts for every person they know, so I wanted to make a wide variety of ideas for the people you love.

Some people that shopping for a girly girl is difficult, but I find it to be one of the easiest things.  A lot of stores have available items for this type of personality and many small items can be found that will make these people really happy.  So, lets get started.

~ $6.oo ~
Monogram Mug
MONOGRAM MUG LETTER A
This is a super cute gift that a lot of people would enjoy.  Mugs are perfect because it's cold and people enjoy drinking hot coffee, tea, or cocoa.  I personally really like the mugs at Target.  I could not find the mug that is shaped like Santa or other fun characters, but the one displayed above is still super cute!

~ $8.00 ~
Dancing Reindeer Necklace
Charming Charlie is the place to go for the latest accessories.  The other day I went there and saw this adorable necklace in the Christmas section and fell in love.  It is dainty and cute, but it has character and would go well with a lot of outfits due to its neutrality. Plus, it is affordable

~ $20.00 ~
Glow on Ahead Watch
Watches are another great accessory that can, of course, be found at Charming Charlie.  This is a very neautral watch, with bling that can add an extra something to any outfit.  It is wearable and can be used on the daily.  This watch would be an amazing gift.

~ $50.00 ~
The Chocolate Bar Eye Palette
Too Faced - The Chocolate Bar Eye Palette
If you have a larger budget for someone special, you know they love makeup, and you know they love sweets, this is the gift for them!  Too Faced has great, quality products that do not disappoint.  This palette has great neutral colors in both matte and shimmer shades that are very versatile and usable.  I think that, if you have the budget, this is a really awesome gift for a girly girl.

I hope this helps some of you guys figure out what to get the girly girl in your life.  Let me know what you are getting the special people in your life in the comments below.

xoxo, Ana

Thursday, November 27, 2014

I am grateful for...


Hey Lovelies!

Today is a day for giving thanks and appreciating all of the blessings that you have.  I find that everyone overlooks the little things in life and we go by our day without giving a second thought to how many blessings we have.  From the computer you are reading this in, to the roof that is currently above your head, to the food you eat, we all have so much that we take for granted.

I know that as a teenager living in a world where globalization is so common, life has become a whirlwind of jealousy and trying to out-due another person.  We fail to realize how much we have and how little others have.

So all I ask is that you take this moment to reflect on all of the positive things or people or moments that you have in your life.  I have a family, friends, food, a house.  I have an education, a blog that I love, opportunities to excel, intelligence.  I have a grandmother that is alive, and three angels in heaven looking after me.  I have laughter, two working legs and arms, energy to work.  I have happiness and joy.  I have everything that is needed to survive and so much more.

Not all of us have the ability to buy whatever we want and have whatever we want.  Not all of us are fortunate enough to live a grandiose life full of luxuries and perks.  But we all have people around to love and care for us, whether you realize it or not.

Life is not always easy, the past few months have been, honestly, a living hell for me.  Life is not always going to hand you whatever you want on a silver platter.  Life will give you opportunities and the ability to be successful and do what you want, when the time is right.  Life will give you little moments of happiness, when you have a great conversation with a friend, when you get an A+ on that test you worked so hard for, and even that sunset where nature looks so beautiful and serene.

So count your blessings, tell everyone around you that you love them, and don't take anything for granted.  We don't like to think about it, but tomorrow it could all be taken away.  I hope that you all have a great thanksgiving filled with love, joy, and gratitude to last a lifetime!

xoxo, Ana

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Christmas Wishlist

Hey Lovelies.

So... Christmas is coming up!  Christmas is a time to celebrate our savior Jesus Christ and his coming down from Heaven to be incarnated in the Virgin Mary and save us from all our sins.  But, we also celebrate this time of the year by giving each other presents to show how much we appreciate each other.  I was asked what I wanted for Christmas this year, in my family we each get one major gift and come candies in a stocking.  But I couldn't really choose what to ask for, so I have made a wishlist of things that I may need or want.

I know that Christmas is not about presents and material goods, but it is a nice part of the Holiday season that we all look forward to {don't lie, you know you love presents}.

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Women's Flex Appeal - Sweet Spot
New Running Shoes
So this year I have been running lots.  If you know anything about running, then you know that shoes are very important in terms of running because they can determine whether you get certain injuries and shoes can really make or break your running.  Anything running would be great, such as running clothes, an arm band, etc. but running shoes are kind of a necessity as my old ones are getting worn out.

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 "Untitled #31" by omq-quinn on Polyvore
Clothes, Makeup, and Girly Things
If you follow me on Pinterest then you know what this entails.  Clothes, I love fashion, that's why I named my blog, and it is something that I enjoy and getting new clothes would be awesome {haven't bought clothes in months}.  I am going for the Gabi DeMartino and Arianna Grande style.  Makeup is something that I also enjoy and don't have much of.  I really love makeup and every girly girl enjoys it.  And finally girly things.  Anything from some candles or body sprays, to a satin robe, to a vintage knickknack would really show me that this person knows me well.... and they saw my Pinterest!

~ 3 ~
Simply Shabby Chic® Ruched Comforter Set
New Bedding
My bedding is getting kind of old and it would be really nice to have a brand new bed set that is not only more my style but that goes with who I am rather than something that I don't feel comfortable with.  I really want white or cream bedding so that my room looks fresh and chic.

~ 4 ~
New "Everday Shoes"
I am not someone that consistently goes out to buy things, so I really need some new shoes, if you can't tell.  Some new shoes that go with almost everything and are really comfortable is something that would really benefit me.  My poor Bobs are about to fall apart and after almost two years I think they need to be retired.  If anything a pair of $10 slippers for the house would also be a good place to start.

So basically, I just really want everything that's on my Pinterest!  I know that recently my Pinterest has been all over the place  because I been trying to "expand my horizons" but honestly that isn't me.  I definitely have more of the girly sense of style and next year I want to leave the little girl behind and finally feel more myself.  Anything that will help me better myself, make me healthier, help me feel girly and comfortable, and something that the other person genuinely thought of me when getting is all that I want.

Let me know in the comments below what you are asking for this Christmas!

xoxo, Ana

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Sewing: Beginners Guide

Hello Lovelies!

Today I want to talk about one of my absolute favorite things on this planet: sewing!  We all have to start somewhere, right?  I just want to give those of you who are afraid to venture into the realm of sewing a quick as to where to start, what to get, where to get it, etc.

One of the many questions people ask me about sewing is how I started.  Well, my great-grandmother {God bless her soul} and my grandmother both sewed/sew.  When I was really young maybe seven or eight I got very interested in sewing and was always watching them, asking them questions, and just observing what they did.  Finally when I was nine they allowed me to get in front of a machine and sew my heart away.  Ever since then I have learned a lot from them, but I have also had to teach myself a lot of things.  Because my grandmother doesn't focus on clothing, she sells mostly custom home crafts such as baby blankets and throw pillows, I had to learn about sewing clothing mostly on my own.

Don't get me wrong, I am still learning and progressing my sewing, but I have come a very, very long way.  Some of my inspirations are {of course} Coco Chanel, but also smaller designers like 13-year-old Isabella Rose Taylor.

But not all of us have a creative bone {which isn't necessary for sewing} or someone to help get them started.  Which is why I wanted to make this post.  Please feel free to leave comments below asking me about sewing or anything that I mention in this post.

~ How do you start? ~
I think the best place to start is hand sewing.  Even I still struggle with hand sewn hems and certain stitches, but it is the best place to start.  Hand sewing is basically using a needle and thread to make a project.  A lot of have the misconception that sewing is all done on a machine.  NOPE!  A lot of the most important aspects have many projects are done by hand.

Then you can buy yourself a generic sewing machine, even one from Walmart will suffice.  My first sewing machine came as a packaged deal, similar to a buy one get one free.  Nothing special.  This machine should come with all the basics, a universal foot, a zipper foot, a universal needle, an instructions manual, etc.

Learning how to sew is probably the tricky part.  You can take a class and have someone teach you how to use your machine or you can teach yourself.  Read your manual and slowly begin to experiment with different fabrics and projects.  It will take a lot of time, but it is soooo worth it!  {I pinky promise}  You will need a very good sewing ripper if you decide to take this route.

~ Where do I go? ~
The best well-known fabric and crafting store that is located across the United States is Jo-Ann Fabric.  They offer basic sewing classes, an awesome selection of fabrics, and almost everything you need to make awesome projects.  If you don't have a Jo-Ann Fabrics near you, look online for a fabric store near you.  As a last resort, they do sell fabric online.  The only thing I will warn you about buying fabric online is that you won't be able to feel the fabric before you get it.  You may be thinking that is unimportant, but the type of fabric you use, the material it is made of, and it's texture is essential to a lot of pieces

~ What do I get? ~
To start off, get yourself a sewing basket to put all of your small parts, bobbins, threads, needles, scissors, etc. in.  You can find these in Walmart for really inexpensive or you can find very elaborate ones.  Next, basic sewing supplies.  This consists of fabric scissors {no you cannot use Target brand safety scissors from your kids kindergarten class}, threads {black, navy, white, just simple everyday colors}, needles for your hand sewing and machine sewing, pins, and a pin cushion{you could also make one for yourself}.

One of the most important things you will need, especially if you are learning alone is a book about sewing.  I don't have one specific book, but try and find something that includes all the basics and a little more.  The internet is a great resource, but it is not always the most reliable place.

As you progress with sewing you may want to start buying things such as specific fabric, patterns, cutting mat, rotary cutter, sewing chalk, etc.

~ What is my first project? ~
Starting is always the hardest part.  Now you have all of these supplies and you have no clue what to do.  I would say the best project to start with, for anyone, is making yourself a pin cushion.  I still have my old pin cushion from when I was nine.  You can find a lot of tutorials out there for hand sewn pincushions.  They are useful and will progress with you as you continue to learn and develop your techniques.

I hope this helps you guys out and encourage you to go and start sewing, or even doing something you have always wanted to do.  You don't have to be creative, but you have to be passionate and patient.  The rest will come with time.

xoxo, Ana

Thursday, November 20, 2014

It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

Hey Lovelies!

I cannot believe that it is almost the holiday season, although some would say it is already here.  Personally, winter is my favorite season because it is the holiday season, it is a time for family and my birthday is also in the winter.

I will be doing a Holiday/Winter series here on my blog!  I am so excited to be sharing with you all some of my favorite things to do during this time of the year.

Please excuse my recent absence I have been very busy with school and life, so please bear with me.

I hope you are all as excited as I am for the Holiday season! Please let me know what you are doing this year in the comments below.

xoxo, Ana

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Fashion on a Budget


Hello Lovelies!

I constantly get so many questions about how I find clothes at extremely low prices and how I am able to find such great deals.  Since I don't go shopping often, you guys don't get to see too many hauls from me or fashion posts.  But when I do go shopping I will often find things for $5, $8, and my price range for a full budget of clothes is $15 - $20.

Here are some of my tips for spending less money when shopping!

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Clearance!
You will find so many great pieces in the clearance section.  They are very, very hard to come by, but when you do they are gorgeous.  This is more of a hit or miss situation.  This section of the store won't always be the best place, but you will find amazing deals on clothing that is only a few weeks out of season.

~ 2 ~
Coupons
There is no need to go out and systematically search for coupons.  If you get a coupon in the mail such as 20% off and Buy One Get One Free, clip them.  Even the smallest of discounts are helpful in getting the overall price down.  There are many ways to sneak several discounts into one shopping trip.  So don't forget to use your coupons and sign up for the emails and the mails.

~ 3 ~ 
Sales
Never underestimate the power of a sale.  Black Friday is not the only day that sales are great for.  You can really find things that are possibly less than on Black Friday on typical days.  I have found things that are only $3 when in reality they could have been $20.  If you really look, you will find things that are for less than you will ever think of.

I hope you guys got some tips and tricks out of this.  Please note that there are a few more ways to find discounts, but I think those just come with time and are sometimes unique to the store.  You don't have to go to thrift stores or actual discount stores to find really great deals.

If you have any more tips on getting discounts do leave them in the comments below so that we can all learn from each other.

xoxo, Ana

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Fall Nails

Hello Lovelies.

So I did this super fun fall nail design that I thought I would share with you all.  I got the idea from the link listed below, it was super easy and really fun to do.  This was done all by myself and I am currently in the process of growing out my nails, so don't judge them for being so short.

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tsL1dvKSLj4

Let me know what nails you are rocking this fall.

xoxo, Ana

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Classy and Sassy: Dealing with Bullying


Hey Lovelies!

Today I want to tell you guys about something that has affected way too many of us, bullying.  Whether we have been the victim, the bully, or the bystander, at one point or another the majority of us have been exposed to bullying.  If we are all honest, everyone has been in each position, whether we like to admit it or not.  But especially recently bullying has been affecting the lives of young people everywhere due to social media and globalization.

Many of us struggle dealing with the emotional and physical harm that comes with bullying but we all have to find the best way to deal with it and get it out of our way.  No one should live having to tolerate any type of bullying and we should know when to stand up for ourselves and demand respect.

But first I want to give a brief history as to my experience with bullying.  I have been bullied, been the person bullying, and I have been a bystander as well.  When I was in elementary school especially I used to tease people who teased me, and I don't like to admit it, but I did.  I learned how much this hurt when I grew up and to this day I regret ever making mean or rude comments.  I am glad to say that this is no longer something that I have to deal with and for the most part I get along with people quite well. Especially when I was in middle school I was constantly bullied about my height, my grades, my interests, and my personality.  I always dealt with it in a very reserved manner, told a teacher or adult and never spoke about it again. This has always worked for me because I rid myself of the problem and never have to deal with that particular person again.

So now that you know my story I want to tell you all how I got through the rough patches of my life, at least when dealing with bullying.  Many people believe that bullying is done to those that exhibit some type of weakness among their peers and I can tell you this is not always true.  Everyone, whether it is the most popular girl in school or the shy girl in the back of the class, has been bullied or is being bullied.  With that in mind, don't bully or even make a mean comment.  It is unnecessary and you may be hurting this person more than you think, no matter the facade they put up.

If you are being bullied, tell someone trustworthy.  No, not your best friend that you met two weeks ago, or that guy from the grocery store, or even a family friend.  The best people to go to are parents, teachers, guidance counselors, and friends that you know will help make the right decision.  Whatever you do, tell someone that you trust and will aid you in receiving the help you need. But don't simply rely on them, make sure that you defend yourself.  I know that the other person may seem scary, but they are humans just like you and they appeal to emotions as well..

My last piece of advice is to change your mindset.  The reason people are affected by bullying is that they bother to care.  Unless it is something physical and you cannot get out of it, most emotional pain can be avoided by taking into account that the other person is just being immature and doesn't know how to deal with their own conflicting emotions.  This can be very difficult, I would know, but it is not impossible.  You don't have to listen to people that have no influence on the future of your life and you do not have to withstand their inability to be kind to others.

I really hope this helps some of you guys.  Remember that if someone tells you that they are being bullied please help them and allow them to deal with their emotions.  We all deserve to move on and emotional damage is very difficult to recover from.

So be kind, courteous, and genuine.  People all around you are being bullied and you may make their day that much better with a simple smile, a thank you, or a small conversation.

xoxo, Ana

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Changing and Rearranging

Hello Lovelies.

For the longest time I have been trying my hardest to change myself and become the classy lady that I have always wanted to be.  My life goal was to be the best me that I could be.  But due to a recent turn of events my priorities shifted.  Life became so involved in things that had nothing to do with my goal that I became extremely side tracked.  Not only did I loose sight of who I am but I lost sight of the amazing person that I had worked so hard to become.

I was so lost that I even began to let my grades slip.  My life began to fall apart starting with a very sudden mood swing that progressed to become a daily thing and then soon after I could no longer look at myself in the mirror and see the same confident, well groomed, educated young lady I had seen so many times before.

In my struggle to try and find myself again I have come across more obstacles than I can count.  Everything has felt like it is coming undone, from my religious life, to my personal life, to my social and school life,  It had taken me a very long time to pick myself up before and now I am starting back from square one.  As I have tried to do several times by myself, I will change and be a better person.  But first I have to get out of my little procrastinator-lazy-unhygienic-loser-self and seek guidance and assistance that I have never sought before.

So I am going to change and rearrange my life until it all clicks, like a Rubik's Cube.

Life can sometimes can turn into a big mess, but what counts is that we pick ourselves up, brush the dirt off, and get back in the saddle.  I was watching the show Hart of Dixie, which features some of my favorite characters that I have always looked up to, when I realized how far I had come from myself.  Lemon Breeland, one of the main characters, is this ambitious, classy, southern belle who will not allow anyone to get in her way and stop her from being the respected woman she is.  I am going to follow in her footsteps and keep my integrity.

We all have one life to live and we cannot allow this life to pass us by.  If there is a change you wish to make, don't let anything or anyone get in your way because I promise is very difficult to start back from where you started.  I know that I have been lacking on post for this blog but I want to be honest and let it be clear what is going on in this crazy head of mine.

So just remember, if you want to change, do it because this moment is the only real time we have, the future is not a guarantee.

xoxo, Ana

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

October Favorties

Hey Lovelies!

I cannot believe that October is almost over!  This has been a very interesting month filled with twists and turns, a lot of exciting opportunities, and many products that have stood out.  Because I was unable to find anything new due to my lack of time to go out and search for products, I have rediscovered some old loves.

~ 1 ~
Avéne Trixéra+ Emollient Balm

Trixéra+ Selectiose Emollient Balm

My eczema has only gotten worse with the stress that the end of a quarter for school and this creme has been my savior.  I have very dry, flaky, rough patches of skin on my face and arms and it is something that has always troubled me.  But reusing this creme on a daily basis has been wonderful for my skin and it was featured in one of my draft articles as well.

~ 2 ~ 
EOS Balms



Now these little guys have been very trendy and people constantly talk about them.  I have had two of the lip balms for more than a year and I never gave them much thought since I have a good amount of lip products already.  Honestly, the EOS lip balms are not only extremely moisturizing but they work well as a base for other products.

~ 3 ~ 
Planner



As I said before, this month has been a very busy month and one where I have been working my way towards a better me for the year 2015.  One of my biggest problems is time management and the best help for this is my planner.  Any planner will work, but these amazing list makers work well to organize thoughts and give me something tangible where I can see the what I have to do and how I can get it done.  I love planner and it has been an awesome help for me.

~ 4 ~
Celebrity: Dove Cameron



I have been obsessed with Dove lately.  Her lovely, chic style drives me towards her.  She is such a genuine and amazing person, she is someone that I aspire to be like.  I love her ability to be such a girly, girl while remaining unique and absolutely amazing.  She is a great role model as well as a great fashion icon.  I kind of lover her! :D {I've kind of watched Cloud9 more times than I am willing to admit!!!}

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YouTube: breelovesbeauty



Someone who has helped me get through tough times of my life, a person that brings me a positive outlook and is consistently sending messages from God into my life, Bree is a definite favorite of mine for the month.  Her channel has taught me a lot about beauty, fashion, and makeup but has also given me hope that life will be great even after difficult times.  Her positivity is infectious and it has really allowed me to rethink myself and make myself a better person in terms of my relationship to God.

I am super excited to find out what November has in store for me and I cannot wait for the Holiday season!  This is definitely going to be an awesome month and the upcoming year will be so much better.

xoxo, Ana

Sunday, October 26, 2014

One Year of Blogging!!!

Hello Lovelies!

I was looking through my blog when I realized that yesterday was my one year anniversary of writing on my blog!

This journey has been one of the most life changing and amazing experiences of my life.  I honestly cannot believe how far I have come from the person I was when I began blogging.  I started this blog to share my love for fashion, beauty, health, fitness, and happiness.  As I tracked my progress of my 2014 Resolutions there were many moments where I felt discouraged and moments where I felt that I could never be the person that I wanted to be.  I constantly engulf myself in the idea that I need nice clothes and makeup and the perfect attitude to be known as someone with a passion for beauty and fashion, but I have proved the opposite.

For anyone who has consistently read my blog I want to thank you because seeing that people read my blog is so encouraging, even if it is just one person. This blog has been a creative outlet for me and I cannot thank anyone enough who even merely skimmed over my page.

I really hope that my blog can continue to be a place where I can share my opinions, my life, and my interests.

xoxo, Ana

Fall Fashion Wishlist

Hello Lovelies!

Although I live in the south, where the winter and fall never really hit us, I still love the fashion that comes with the fall time.  From scarves to boots to comfy sweaters, fall is always about being comfortable whilst still looking super cute.  I haven;t had much time for shopping, but looking for new items to put into my wardrobe is something I love to do that calms me down after a long day.

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Sweaters
I love sweaters and they are comfy, cute, and they can be dressed up or down.  The best part about sweaters is there versatility and how you are able to use them in order to either make you look very casual or sophisticated.  There are many routes you can go with certain types of sweaters such as the over sized sweater, the knit soft sweater, or even the cropped sweater.  Below are some examples of my favorite picks from Forever 21.

Forever 21: Fuzzy Knit Swetaer $19.80
Forever 21: Striped Knit Sweater $15.90
Forever 21: Rhinestone Beaded Sweater $24.90
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Pants/Stockings
Because I live in an area that does not get very chilly, stockings or tights are viable under skirts or dresses at this time of year.  Otherwise, pants or comfortable leggings are a must.  We all have to find one pair of pants that look great no matter what the weather may look like outside.
Nordstrom: Sheer Dotted Trouser Socks $7.oo
Forever 21: Heathered French Terry Sweatpants $13.90
High Rise Plaid Tights
Charlotte Russe: High Rise Plaid Tights $7.99

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Scarves
Previously, I have not been a very big scarf person {probably because I never really experience fall or winter}.  Ever since I visited Washington D.C. over spring break, I have fallen in love with scarves and their ability to really make or break an outfit.  Not only can scarves be used around the neck, they can also protect you from the harsh winds, keep you away from the sun, and it even allows you to have an instant shawl wherever you go.
Tribal Striped Woven Fringe Scarf
Charlotte Russe: Tribal Striped Woven Fringe Scarf $11.99
Women's Floral Scarf - Gray
Target: Women's Floral Scraf - Grey $14.99
Mini Rose Floral Print Infinity Scarf
Charlotte Russe: Mini Rose Floral Infinity Scarf $5
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Jackets
Of course jackets are a must for the fall time because they protect us from the cold that is eventually inevitable.  I love the jackets are being used now from the feminine twist on military jackets to pea coats to  casual cardigans, fall is the time to get the cute jackets on before the winter hits and heavier coats are necessary.
Khol's: Lauren Conrad Sequin-Bow Print Boyfriend Cardigan $39.99
Double Breasted Fleece Pea Coat
Charlotte Russe: Double Breasted Fleece Pea Coat $32.99
Charlotte Russe: Extra-Long Hooded Anorak Jacket $36.99
I have really also wanted some shoes that are a bit dressier for the fall time as well as some skirts.  Since I don't often buy clothing I thought it would be a good idea to include these in my list since I do plan on working on my closet and making it more classy, stylish, and something that I am comfortable with.  So below I will just show some examples of what I think are appropriate fall clothing items that aren't listed above.

Floral Organza Skater Skirt
Charlotte Russe: Floral Organza Skater Skirt $24.99
DSW: Not Rated Turning Point Oxford $29.95
Khol's: IZ Byer California Open-Back Lace Skater Dress $27.99
I hope you all enjoyed my fall wish list.  Let me know what you would like this fall to update your look in the comments below. I hope you have a super day! :D

xoxo, Ana

Friday, October 24, 2014

Living Life

Hi Lovelies!

It has been a while since my last update, but I have been very busy.  Blogging is on my list of priorities, but recently the other things above it have taken up a lot of my time.

Please don't think that I have forgotten, but life honestly has been difficult and it has taken a toll on a lot of aspects of my life.  If you are wondering, I have not been exercising, health has been put on the back-burner, school is very time consuming, and personal things have taken up so much time, it not even funny.

Sometimes it is difficult to realize that everything I have ever wanted, to grow up and be in highschool, is here and it is nothing like I anticipated.  Life has thrown me so many curve balls recently, and it takes a lot to realize how much you really have.  Yesterday I fell asleep at around 2:30 and I woke up around 9:30 this morning.  Because I had only slept from three to five hours the previous nights, this was so refreshing!  I woke up super happy and it allowed me to realize how wonderful life has been despite the many obstacles in my way.

So the point of this post is that although sometimes life is difficult, it also has certain appeals that make it wonderful.

Enjoy your day and realize that life is wonderful no matter how terrible it may seem!

xoxo, Ana

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Don't Feel Good = Netflix

Hello Lovelies!

I have been super busy lately and apparently, the stress caused me great physical distress.  Yesterday my headache caused me to come home early from school.  Not only did my head hurt lots, my body felt weak, and I had barely any focus, but the root of my problem was stress.

The wonderful part of this whole thing is that the stress, along with the headache will not go away.  Now, I am not one that will give advice on dealing with stress, due to the fact I have lots of issues with that, but it probably reached its peak this past week.  I have had a lot of things to deal with including school, two internships, and life.  None of these things have allowed me the time to exercise, relax, or even sit and think about life.

Because I left school early on Friday, I was given time to take a moment and do something that I love: Netflix!!!

From painting my nails to journaling, to reading, nothing gave me as great pleasure and relaxation as living someone else's life and not having to think about it.  Although the headaches have subdued, it has been difficult to really focus on much, including now {I have been writing this paragraph for almost 15 minutes}.  Netflix is the best escape because I can just turn the volume down so much that it doesn't bother me and escape from my world into other peoples.

Hopefully I will get more posts up soon, but, as you can tell, I have been incredibly busy recently.

Let me know what you do whenever life gets rough.

xoxo, Ana

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Classy and Sassy: Spending Time with Yourself

Hello Lovelies!


So these past couple of weeks have been, stressful to say the least, and something that I have been thinking a lot about is how I can take care of myself.  Seems selfish? But it is very difficult to take care of others and serve them if you yourself are a hot mess.  Due to my lack of time and immense workload, doing things to please myself has been quite a difficult task.

I wish I could tell you guys that I get up each morning, apply my makeup, have perfect nails, come outside of my room with an awesome outfit.  Then I continue with my day, calm and collected, I get everything done, and at the end of the day I read a delightful light read and pamper myself before getting some blissful beauty sleep.
My life is a bit more like get up after hitting the snooze button multiple times, splashing my face with water, I put on a t-shirt and jeans (the occasional sweat pants), my hair is usually up, and I eat a quick breakfast.  The whole day I am stressing about all the work I must do, I stay after school to participate in activities, and when I get home it's work, work, break, work, by this time my work is not done and I must move more work onto the next day.  At which point I take a quick shower and usually watch Netflix or YouTube before bed.

With all of the things going on in our lives, it is important to sit down, relax and have some time to ourselves.  Don't take everyday off {that would be crazy} but just take some time out of your week and designate it to doing something you love.

My advice to all of you lovely ladies is to really enjoy life and don't just focus on what you have to do and what needs to be completed.  All will happen in due time.

The biggest problem I have is that I am constantly stressed about things I can't change, things I have no control over, or things that will occur in the future.  This is something that I have to deal with, but when I don't spend time with myself my anxiety can sometimes get the best of me.

So do your nails, wear your makeup, read that romance novel, go to the movies with friends, and just do what makes you happy.  It is so impertinent that we give ourselves a break from the world that we live in.

I hope that I have inspired at least one of my readers to take a day  off and relax.

xoxo, Ana

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

September Favorites!

Hey Lovelies!

I can not believe the month of September is over and we are headed into the Fall and Winter time.  This month was difficult for me, and I nothing exciting really happened but I still had quite a few favorite things to list for you all.

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New Glasses!


So I got new glasses and I was so excited because I had my other glasses for almost three years and they no longer suited my style.  These are from the children's section at Pearl Vision {I am really tiny and other glasses don't fit.}.  They are Candie's brand, with tortoise shell across the bottom and sides of the plastic frame.  The front is an ombre effect effect starting with a dark brown progressing into the tortoise shell.

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CoverGirl Eye Shadow in Smooth Taupe


As you may know I don't really wear makeup on a daily basis, but I do wear makeup on the weekends and days off.  {Yes I know, I am odd.} I love the natural look and it suits me.  One of my biggest problems about my complexion is my under eye circles and vainy eye lids.  This is great as an all over the eye shadow and it just adds a touch of shimmer.

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Pinterest


I LOVE PINTEREST!!! Pinterest is my everything, I really enjoy looking at the pictures, finding style inspirations, and the fact I can find new ideas through such an amazing site.  If you aren't following me already you should {shameless plug}: My Pinterest!

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Water, Water, Water!


In honor of my recently broken tumbler {moment of silence}, I am going to make one of my favorites water.  Not because I don't enjoy water every other month, but I drank lots of water throughout September and it is a very important part of my health.  Not only that, but since I haven't had time to work out recently and healthy eating has not been on my mind {I know, I will try my best to eat healthy in October} so water has been very important for me.

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YouTube: Amy Lauren

Amy Lauren

So I want to tell you all about the YouTuber I have been most excited for watching throughout the month of Seeptember and that  discovered this month.  Her name is Amy Lauren and she has such a cute, girly style very similar to my own.  I love her editing and quality of video, she has an overall excellent channel and I suggest you check her out.

Bonus: Dancing with the Stars


This new season has so many amazing celebrities!!! If you are not watching Dancing with the Stars you totally should because they have a YouTuber, a Fashion Designer, and a cast member of Pretty Little Liars.  What more could you want?

I am so excited for October and cannot wait to see what is in store for this Fall and Winter!

xoxo, Ana

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Book Nook: Anthem

Hey Lovelies!



So I recently read a book for my English class that was an interesting take on dystopian societies and thought I would share my experience with you all.  Please keep in mind that these are my own opinions and are simply my take on this novel.

Having stated that, I want to start off by telling you all that I very much disliked this book and thought it was a complete waste of time.  No, it is not because this was an assigned reading with work that cam attached to it.  I typically enjoy reading books from school, but this novel was honestly lacking.  The teacher asked us not to judge it based on the fact that there were many current dystopian stories in the media today and that this book was going to be different.  If anything this book only contained the predictable elements of common dystopian novels.

First, you get the person that stands out from society and considers themselves different from everyone else.  Then there is the way he discovers everything, very boring and unexciting, he sits all day in an underground subway tunnel.  Not one bit of action is evident in the entire book!  Finally we reach the end where (a) his lover seeks him out and follows him, (b) the "word" mentioned throughout the novel is a complete let down, and (c) it ends with the word and leaves you asking "What? No plot twist or exciting fights?".

For those reasons listed above, I very much disliked reading this novel.  Not to say you won't enjoy it because my peers were quite fond of the story and wanted to learn more about the author.  BTW: I did my background research, out of curiosity, and understand why the author wrote the novel she did, or at least the mindset of the novel, but I don't understand why she made such an unoriginal story.

If you have read this novel before, let me know what you thought in the comments below!

xoxo, Ana

Sunday, September 28, 2014

TMI Tag! Part 2

Hey Lovelies!



As promised, here is the second part of the TMI Tag!

26. The reason I made a blog?
I originally made this blog share my opinions and my interests with other people.  My blog just facilitates my creativity and gives me a chance to track my progress throughout the year concerning my goals.

27. Fears?
I am absolutely terrifies of cockroaches, wasps, and tornadoes!

28. Last thing that made you cry?
I was watching Red Band Society the other day and Leo's speech about how we take our legs for advantage made me tear up.

29. Last time you said you loved someone?
Last night to my parents while I said goodnight.

30. Meaning behind your blog name?
The name of my blog basically describes me.  Fun-Sized, I am really short, and Fashion, a passion of mine for years.

31. Last book you read?
Anthem by Ayn Rand.  It was for school, and I enjoyed it until the end, the end really bothered me.

32. The book you're currently reading?
Sorry, I haven't had time to read books other than text books.

33. Last show you watched?
Red Band Society.  Definitely one of my new favorite shows.

34. Last person you talked to?
My sister and I were talking about Salted Caramel Lava Cake {YUM!!!!}.

35. The relationship between you and the person you last texted?
Before writing this post I texted my Dad asking for ideas on a project I am working on for my internship.  He's my father.

36.  Favorite food?
Chocolate.  {Yes, chocolate is food!}

37. Place you want to visit?
PARIS!  I love the city, the culture, the country, etc.  I really, really want to visit Paris.

38. Last place you were?
School.

39. Do you have a crush?
Not at the moment.  I don't really have time to think about boys.

40. Last time you kissed someone?
Last night I kissed my parent's goodnight. Does that count?

41. Last time you were insulted?
So, I basically get called short every day.  Probably a few hours ago.

42. Favorite flavor of sweet?
You guessed it, chocolate! :D

43. What instruments do you play?
I used to play the flute, piano, and violin.  But I can no longer play any of them.

44. Favorite piece of jewelry?
I have two pieces of jewelry I wear everyday and those would have to be my favorites.  I always wear my cross necklace and pearl earrings, both were gifts from family members.

45. Last sport you played?
I was at raider tryouts the other day, but the real last sport I played was gymnastics.

46. Last song you sang?
Secrets by One Republic.  It's currently being played on Spotify.

47. Favorite chat up line?
If you were a booger, I'd pick you. {Just kidding, but it's funny!}

48. Have you ever used it?
Nope.

49. Last time you hung out with anyone?
It was so long ago I can't remember!!! I don't go out much to be honest.

50. Who should answer these questions next?
Whoever is reading my blog should answer these questions next because they are awesome!

I hope you all enjoyed this fun post.  It is just something simple to let you all get to know me better!

xoxo, Ana

Thursday, September 25, 2014

TMI Tag! Part 1

Hey Lovelies!



Today I thought to do something a bit funner and something that would let you all get to know me a bit better!  So lets get started:

1. What are you wearing?
I am wearing a purple workout top from Khols with a striped sports bra and some yoga shorts.  I also have on my old Champion running shoes.

2. Ever been in love?
Not really. I love my family and my friends, but I have never been "in love".

3. Ever had a terrible breakup?
No.  You can't have a terrible breakup if you have never been in a relationship.

4. How tall are you?
I am almost 4'10".  Yeah, I'm really, really short.

5. How much do you weigh?
I am between 85 and 90 pounds.  Please remember that I am really short, so my weight is much less than people with more body mass.

6. Any tattoos?
Nope.

7. Any piercings?
I have both my first earlobes pierced.

8. OTP?
I love Matt and Kayleigh as well as Niki and Jerry and Gabi and Brandon.  All of these couples are from YouTube, they are some of the best examples of real life, successful relationships.

9. Favorite show?
I have a tie between two shows - Suits and House.  Suits is my current obsession and I have watched it since it first came out and House has just always been something I enjoy.

10. Favorite bands?
One Republic, The Script, Rend Collective, Imagine Dragons, and MKTO.

11. Something you miss?
I really miss my family in Puerto Rico with all my heart.  I usually visit them during the summer but I was unable to this year, so I really miss them.

12. Favorite song?
Classic by MKTO or My Lighthouse by Rend Collective.

13. How old are you?
I am fifteen and a half! Yay.

14. Zodiac sign?
Aquarius.

15. Quality you look for in a partner?
Someone who is a gentleman.  A lot of people think being funny and kindness is important, but, in my opinion, a gentleman entails all of those qualities and more.

16. Favorite quote?
I really like the Bible verse Philippians 4:13 as well as the quote by Benjamin Franklin that states, "Never leave that 'till tomorrow which you can do today."

17. Favorite actor?
That would be a tie between Hugh Laurie and Gabriel Macht.

18. Favorite color?
I LOVE the color light purple.  Like a lilac color, that's my favorite color of all time!

19. Loud music or soft?
It honestly depends.  When I do schoolwork I listen to soft classical music, but otherwise I blast out loud music and just jam out! ;D

20. Where do you go when you're sad?
Whenever I am sad I typically go to my bed or somewhere calm, quiet, and lonely.

21. How long does it take you to shower?
If I am doing everything, including my hair, shaving, exfoliating, etc. it takes me like a half hour.  Otherwise I take five to ten minute showers.

22. How long does it take to get ready in the morning?
Including breakfast, clothing, and waking myself up, I take about a half hour.

23. Ever been in a physical fight?
Nope.

24. Turn on?
Like I said, someone that is a gentleman is a must, for me, but I think a "turn on" would be someone super funny and who understands me and my sense of humor.

25. Turn off?
I cannot stand hypocrites!!! If you tell me not to get a cookie from the cookie jar, you better not get a cookie from the cookie jar.

That is all for today's post.  There will be a part 2 coming up soon.

xoxo, Ana

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

OOTD: Back to Black

Hello Lovelies!

I don't typically wear too much black because I really enjoy playing around with color.  But this outfit is super cute and I just had to share.



My top is from Kohl's, they no longer sell it, but you can find similar peplum blouses in many other retailers.  The dark wash skinny jeans are from 579.  Ballet flats are very old and can no longer be found, but are another staple that can be found in many stores.  The purse I am wearing is a creme and navy blue bag is from Target.

Have a great day.

xoxo, Ana