Reasons Why I Blog

Day 31 – 31 Day Blog Challenge

Ahhhh! Finally. The last day of the 31 Day Blog Challenge. And a challenge it was!! I am happy that I did it, but also happy that it is over. Blogging every day is not easy when you have a full time job and a very hectic life outside of that. It was crazy. And I was late on a lot of posts – sorry about that – but I do feel a lot better about my writing in general.

For the last day, I am supposed to write about the reasons why I blog, which is a fantastic way to wrap all of this up. Why do I do what I do?

The main reason, as most you know – or could have guessed – is because it gives me joy. I actually love thinking of new posts to write and have participated in so many more activities lately because of the blog. These last 4-5 months have been busy (and it’s only getting busier) but I have not felt like the blog is a burden at all. In fact, even though it adds some extra stress and chaos to my life, it’s been welcoming. I finally have a place to be creative.

One of the blog posts I had to write for the challenge was about my “dream job.” Which my answer was to be a full-time blogger. I would love to be able to devote all of my time to this blog. I’d definitely redesign the website as I’m not a huge fan as to how it looks right now. As soon as I move and get situated in London, it’s my plan to focus some time on the design. I’d also have more time to reach out to brands and other bloggers to develop relationships with them. I’d love to attend blogger events, which I know there are many in London. I’d also be able to devote much more time and research to my posts. I have a lot of serious topics and ideas sitting in my drafts right now and I would love to be able to get those published. I do love talking about fashion, beauty, food, and travel, but I also want to be able to write about the world and get honest hearty discussions going. It’s the best way to learn, in my opinion – which is one of the main reasons I love travelling so much. Meeting people from other cultures and talking to them about their experiences has been so liberating, interestingly enough.

Anyway, this post is supposed to be about why I blog, not about what I plan to do with it in the future. I’m just excited – forgive me!

I’ve decided to make a list of other reasons why I blog so read below to find out more.

  • I blog because….. it’s given me the courage to take more steps outside the box (taking more pictures in public, engaging in more social activities and events, talking with fellow bloggers and getting to know their stories, etc.)
  • I blog because….. I’ve definitely become more intelligent. I am reading more about the news and staying active in current events. I take every chance I get to learn more about the world around us. My horizons have expanded in regards to being tolerant to those in other cultures.
  • I blog because….. it has helped me with the realization of what is truly important in my life. By blogging, I have been able to understand what my passions are. Therefore I know the difference between wanting and liking something versus needing something. And as much as I do love materialistic possessions, I most definitely do not need them. And I no longer treat them as a priority. Just an added bonus 🙂
  • I blog because….. as I am moving out of the country, it will be a great way to keep my friends and family in the States apprised of my life abroad. They will have very easy access to what I am doing with my life. And as I am extremely honest with my blog, they will be able to see and read about the hardships as well.
  • I blog because….. it makes me proud. I truly do feel proud of myself for what I have created so far. It may not be the best, and I know I have a long way to go, but I am seriously loving the ride. The internet community is so engaging and it can be a wonderful place. I’m just trying to enjoy what I’ve created thus far and always have my learning hat on so that I can continue to get better.

I hope all of you have enjoyed my posts so far. I am always open to feedback so if you don’t want to leave a comment below, please feel free to contact me at samb@knackeredbychaos.com or using the Contact page on my blog. I would love to hear from you!

I do have a lot of plans for this blog in the future but I will have to ask you to be patient as it may take awhile longer before I can get back to devoting a large amount of time to it. I can not wait to move to London and write about my experiences as an expat. So weird. Yet soooooooo exciting!

Anyway, hope you all enjoyed the blog challenge and learned a lot of new things about me along the way. Stay tuned for many more exciting things to happen!

 

Much Love

xxx

What’s in my Makeup Bag?

Day 30 – 31 Day Blog Challenge

Ok so we’re nearing the end of the blog challenge here. And for today I am supposed to write about what’s in my makeup bag, which is hilarious because I have fit a billion different products in there. As I don’t feel like naming each and every one, I have taken pictures of some of my favorite items and have listed and included links to everything else.

My makeup bag is a mess. It’s relatively large, so I have been able to fit a lot of stuff in it. It’s also dirty, but honestly, who’s isnt?

As you can see, there’s two sections. The top section has a zipper pocket where I keep my mascara, eyebrow pencils, and eyeliners. Then you have the area for all of my brushes, which there are many. And many more I don’t keep in there.

And then there’s the bottom part which has foundations, CC creams, eyelid primer, face primer, eyelash curler, mirror, eye shadow palettes, contouring palettes, etc. Just to name a few.

I just bought the Tarte Double Take Eyeliner (left) which has the pencil on one end and a defining waterproof liquid on the other. It’s perfect and I seriously love it.

I do layer my mascara. I have worked with LOADS of mascara since I started wearing makeup at age 12. Obviously I started with cheap drug store brands and now I just get my mascara at Sephora. My three favorites are Lancome Hypnose Drama to start, then Too Faced Better Than Sex , and end with Urban Decay Perversion (not pictured). I have also used a sample of the Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes 4-in-1 mascara and loved that as well.

I have been buying more Tarte products lately as I love their brand and the positive effects it has had on my skin. I never breakout using their products and feel like my skin reacts very well to their creams and moisturizers.

As for eye stuff, I just bought this BB eye cream from Smashbox (top left) and I absolutely love it. I hate under eye concealers that look cakey and crease all over so when I went in to Sephora, I had a sales associate help me and as soon as I tried this on, I realized it was perfect!

For eye shadow, I tend to work mostly with palettes as it’s been my lazy way of accruing lots of different colors. As I have dark eyes and hair, I gravitate towards the Urban Decay Naked palettes since they generally have brown and natural looking tones. I have the Naked2, the Naked Smoky (shown below) and Naked2 Basics, which is actually my favorite one.

Lately, I have been using the Smashbox Matte Exposure palette (shown below) using most of the colors on the left. I tend to just mix colors and throw a dark shade on my crease and call it a day, which is why it looks as messy as it does. Usually when I’m doing my makeup, I’m going to work with a bunch of middle-aged men so I tend to be very lazy and simple with my makeup.

I started contouring my face a while back and have used all Smashbox products. I started with the Step-by-Step Contour Stick Trio, which was great for beginners. Then I got the Step-by-Step Contour Palette, which is a powder. After awhile, I wanted something more advanced. So I did some research and found the Anastasia Contour Kit. I bought it and have been using it ever since. I really like the fact that you can buy refills for the powders and don’t have to purchase a whole new palette or kit like I had to do with the Smashbox ones. It saves me a lot more money.

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Weirdly enough, I don’t keep any lipsticks in my main makeup bag. I keep them in a smaller bag in my purse since I tend to carry my lipsticks with me everywhere. I’ve listed my favorite brands below. I tend to navigate towards bright reds, matte, and long lasting wear.

Some other products that I love and use daily are below:

From this post, you may gather I am obsessed with makeup and products. And I kind of am. I find it so much fun to shop for makeup and try out new products or even go to Sephora and get my makeup done. I have been VIB Rouge for two years now and going on my third, and probably fourth. For those who don’t know, you have to spend a certain amount of money a year to become VIB Rouge and maintain status. The benefits are Free 2-Day Shipping, and free 60-minute makeovers in the store among other things. However, with my impending move to UK, I don’t know how I’m going to be able to deal since there aren’t any Sephora locations in the UK. I do know they have international shipping although I’m sure it’s not “Free 2-day.” Sad face.

I would eventually like to have a vanity where I could sit and seriously organize all of my makeup and products, which I do hope to accomplish when we get our new flat. Crossing my fingers for that one.

Please let me know if you have any questions on any of the products I listed. This has recently become a passion of mine so I love talking about it. Do any of you share the same love for any of these items? Comment below and let me know!

 

Much Love

xxx

List of Places I’ve Been

Day 29 – 31 Day Blog Challenge

For Day 29, I am supposed to write about where I have travelled. As I have written many detailed posts about my most recent travels, I’m just going to list some places, and include some great pictures. Sound good?

K great. Thanks.

North America:

  1. Michigan (I live here lolz)
  2. Ohio
  3. Indiana
  4. Illinois
  5. Missouri
  6. Kentucky
  7. Tennessee
  8. Georgia
  9. North Carolina
  10. South Carolina
  11. Florida
  12. Minnesota
  13. New York
  14. Puerto Rico
  15. Canada

Caribbean/Mexico:

  1. Cozumel
  2. Haiti
  3. Jamaica
  4. Grand Cayman

Europe

  1. United Kingdom
  2. Netherlands

 

Ok this list actually isn’t so bad. I used to think that I’ve never really been anywhere and that’s definitely a lie. I have been to places. I haven’t really seen places. I’ve driven through or flown through most of the states on this list. And I really want to visit more countries. And my boyfriend really wants to do a road trip through some of the states in the U.S. at some point.

This was actually fun. I’m going to keep updating it every year. I feel much more accomplished! Please see below for some pictures of all of these places!

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Any countries or places you think I absolutely must go to? Comment below!

 

Much Love

xxx

What I’m Looking Forward To

Day 28 – 31 Day Blog Challenge

Today I get to write about what I’m looking forward to as the title of this post suggests. Doy. If I titled this post that and didn’t write about it, that’d be stupid. But I’m trying to write an introduction here so let me reiterate the title. That’s what they taught me in school. We have to do it this way. No one knows why, and you’re not supposed to ask.

Anyway.

I’m looking forward to a lot of things. And instead of writing about one specific thing, I figured that I would make a list. Bitches love lists.

  1. Moving to the UK.
  2. Living with my boyfriend.
  3. Becoming a full-time blogger.
  4. Getting married.
  5. Travelling anywhere and everywhere.
  6. Having a child or two.

And I can’t think any further ahead than that. So ask me again in five years and I’ll probably have a whole new list.

 

Much Love

xxx

 

My Favorite Recipe

Day 27 – 31 Day Blog Challenge

I’ll have to apologize in advance to all of you because I won’t be able to actually post my favorite recipe, as it’s not mine and I’ve never actually made it before!! :O

If you’re an avid reader, you’re probably thinking it’s either the Turkey Chili I wouldn’t shut up about a couple months ago, or my boyfriend’s famous Spaghetti Bolognese.

And you’re right. It’s the Spaghetti Bolognese.

I like it for a lot reasons:

  1. It’s pasta. And I’m obsessed with pasta.
  2. It’s a secret. I don’t know how it’s made because he does it himself. And that makes it mysterious which makes me like it more. Psychology.
  3. My boyfriend makes it, in case you didn’t know already. Which means I don’t have to do anything.
  4. It takes three hours to make the sauce so by the time you actually get served, you’re hungry enough to eat another human being.
  5. Because it is actually that amazing. The flavors are exquisite. And if we ever opened up a restaurant, we’d probably become famous for it. Kid you not.

Sorry you can’t have any. Nor can you have the recipe because even I don’t have the recipe.

Muahahhaha.

#sorrynotsorry

 

Much Love

xxx

An Old Photo of Me…

Day 26 – 31 Day Blog Challenge

For Day 26, I’m supposed to post an old photo of myself. Unfortunately, all the old photos I have are in physical form and not digital. So I went through all the digital “old” photos I have and chose the one below.

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I’m pretty sure I was 5. And as you’ve guessed, this was my gymnastics photo! Fun fact about me: I used to love gymnastics when I was a kid. And I was decent! I only did it for a couple years, but it’s given me the ability to be relatively good at cheerleading in middle school and high school, and yoga now.

I chose this one because I was absolutely killing the leotard and bangs game and had to show you all. Hhahahaah 🙂

 

Much Love

xxx

My Five Favorite Bloggers

Day 25 – 31 Day Blog Challenge

For Day 25, I’m supposed to write about my five favorite bloggers. As you know, I’ve only had this blog since mid-January, so I don’t know the blogosphere all that well yet. It is my goal to start paying a lot more attention to my fellow bloggers, support their work, and stalk their profiles in the future. But for now, these are my five favorite blogs. If you don’t know them or heard of them before, you should check them out. I’ve included links to all their profiles below:

  1. Buzzfeed. I’m starting off big because I have always loved Buzzfeed. Most of their posts are hilarious and totally relatable. I’m not a huge fan of their news’ posts because they have no business reporting the news. It’s weird. Stick to what you know. Which essentially is trolling the internet and finding extremely funny shit to make fun of. Also, their recipes are usually great.
  2. In the Frow. All fellow lifestyle bloggers know her. She is amazing. And she’s absolutely beautiful. Her website is one to be desired and her Instagram game is top notch. She would be #lifestylebloggergoals and I think everyone feels this way. She’s definitely killing the game.
  3. MyBetterSelf. She’s actually more of an Instagrammer. I don’t think she has a blog, but I have included the link to her YouTube channel. She lives in Paris and is the cutest thing. I love her body image posts, and she’s actually very responsive despite the fact that she has over 24K followers. I really enjoy what she does and she seems like such a sweet girl.
  4. Ambitious Kitchen. I have blogged about her recipes before so I had to include her on this list. Her tag line is “Sweet Treats and Healthy Eats!” So cute. And I’ve made many of her recipes and they’ve all been very good. I always enjoy her posts and pictures of living in Chicago. You should definitely look at her recipes if you haven’t already.
  5. A New York Chapter. Last, but most definitely not least!! My best friend actually co-owns this blog. They created it over a year ago and have already formed so many relationships with different brands and fellow bloggers. And their photography is amazing. I love seeing what they’re doing and I think they’ve done an absolutely kick ass job so far. I definitely think this will be one to watch out for in the next couple of years as they continue to grow their brand and site.

And that’s it!

Like I said, I hope to get more familiar with other bloggers in the next year. So maybe I’ll be able to write another post in the future with a lot more detail. In the meantime, be sure to check these sites out if you haven’t. I’m sure you won’t be disappointed!

 

Much Love

xxx