I’m definitely not an expert.

People sometimes joke or ask me often about starting a genre specific blog, possibly a style or beauty blog and some ask me to help them choose makeup products, facial products and even sometimes as me to do their makeup (which goes horribly, I could never be a cosmetologist). Props to you ladies who have the patience and passion to help others feel beautiful, you are wonderful and SO TALENTED WOW give me some of that ability please.

The story goes as follows, this blog has no pattern, no set dates for posting and no set topics to cover. This was done for a reason, I dabble in a lot of areas but the only thing that I believe I do well is writing. Writing is my constant and I use that platform to express my experiences and what I think works well for me.

This by all means does not mean that i’m a fashion expert, I just know what I like and I run with it…that is the reason that my fashion taste remains nameless. Makeup, I know almost absolutely nothing about… i’m new to this game but I love it so much. I love toying with new face and makeup products daily and going through incredible experiences with trial runs like the Influenster box (https://www.influenster.com/).

But this is the same reason that I should never be in charge of anyone else’s makeup choices, because I believe your inner and outer beauty is purely your choice. Of course i’ll go shopping with you and tell you when I love or hate things, as friends do but I promise you that it is you yourself who knows what you want. I could throw clothing items and makeup brands your way all day but I promise you I haven’t a clue what i’m doing.

I love clothing, I love expressing myself through what I wear and I love toying with makeup and skin care products but i’m just that….a tester of sorts. I love trying things on for size, going into trends and products without testing them or digging into the research side of these topics.

Who knows, a couple of years from now I may begin to do that but for now…i’m just me, the same girl who was convinced that she’d look great with finger-less neon pink gloves and cheap lower pencil liner (don’t do it, it hurts so bad) in middle school except i’ve traded in those gloves and pencils for gel liner and skater skirts but I promise you…i’m still a follower, still a tester and nowhere near an expert.

Love you,

Missy ♥

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Twenty, Thrifty and Thriving.

My sense of style is all over the place. If I had to describe my choice in clothing it would fall under the category of “eh, this may work, why not?” The funny thing is when people ask me where I get certain articles of clothing, I usually shrug my shoulders…..because I really don’t know.

Most of my wardrobe comes from….Goodwill (gasp) or other odd and end garage sales and thrift stores. Of course some of my staple pieces come new from name brand stores. I have an addiction to Target that I could totally stop any time I wanted to….but I won’t. What I find the most intriguing about my change in clothing since high school and before is that…I have always shopped in thrift stores.

What has changed is my idea of critically thinking about pieces before buying them. When I was younger I would buy mostly t-shirts and shorts and pants, calling it good at the bare essentials. Not that I would have even told anyone that I bought the outfit at goodwill, for the fear of being judged for being poor or cheap. As I grew up, I realized that I would probably never be able to afford to stay up with trends.

Instead of getting upset, I just started shopping for dresses, skirts, etc that I genuinely liked, threw them together with the occasionally name brand item and pieced together into an outfit me, myself and I would be proud of. The elimination of other negative feedback lead me to feeling just as good about my knee length floral skirt I got for a dollar and a half at a second hand store as I did about my new skater skirts from Kohls.

So I no longer shy away from the idea that most of my clothing doesn’t follow fashion week or that it doesn’t cost more than my tuition to fill my closet each year. I realized I didn’t mind wearing the same skirt more than twice a month and fishing through the racks at Goodwill for a dress for a christmas party.

Because if your fashion isn’t your own, then who are you really getting ready for?

Missy ♥

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