Friday, November 27, 2015

Winter Candle Haul!

I don't love winter (too cold), but I do love candles. Turns out I didn't have any winter candles left over from last year, so I headed to Anthropologie and Bath & Body works to stock up! Here's a look at what I got:

Friday, October 16, 2015

Autumn Grocery Hall

Hi guys,

It's been awhile! I've got to say that I've been finding it a little hard to keep up with a weekly video for Trendy Edgy Chic while keeping on track with About to Read. I do have a few videos filmed though and I am excited to share them with you all!

Fall is my favorite season. I love everything about it including the clothes and the food. This year I made it my mission to try as many of the pumpkin and fall-edition foods as I could! Here is a look at what I got and I what I thought of a few of the items I was able to try!

Update: the caramel apple tea and the fall harvest tea are both amazing!

Are there any fall foods your loving this year?

Friday, August 28, 2015

10 Things I'm Grateful For

I need a little positivity in my life at the moment. What better way than to discuss 10 things I'm grateful for. 10 things that I'm happy to have in my life. 10 things that will make me smile. So, here we go . . .

I am Loved

This one sounds so simple and so basic, but it's the most important when you're feeling down. I know I'm lucky here because not everyone feels loved or has a family. I do and I'm thankful for that.

I am Secure

I graduated with my BA in 2010. The market crashed in 2008. This means that I know plenty of people who had difficulty finding jobs in their field. It's kind of crazy that you can spend so much money on a degree, and at the end be unable to find a position that you've spent four years studying for. I was lucky that I had internships before I started looking for something full time - not everyone gets a chance to have that experience. And I'm lucky that I was able to find something in my field. It's easy to forget that in the hustle of day to day life.

I'm Still Growing

I used to think that a certain point you are who you are and that doesn't change. I still do believe that's true to a certain extent, but I'm surprised by how much I've grown since college. Maybe "grown" isn't the right word, but my feelings and attitudes towards certain situations has changed. I think I'm more accepting and sympathetic. I think I'm more understanding of the opportunities I've had in my life and more appreciative of them. I get that life isn't as nice to others. I think I have a better perspective on the world than when I was surrounded by other children who had parents taking care of them.

I Have Two Parents

Some people don't have parents and I have two. What a normal-seeming thing. It might not be that normal though. Plenty of people only have one parent (especially if they're older and have lost one). Some people don't even have that, though.

I Knew All of my Grandparents

Growing up, people would find it a little odd that all of my grandparents were living. My parents had me when they were pretty young (my mom was 20, my dad was 23) and I don't think my mom's parents were very old when they had her (probably in their 20s). My dad's parents were older (in their 30s). But most of my friends have grandparents that are at least 10 years older than mine, sometimes 20. I no longer have all of my grandparents with me (only 3), but I think that I got to meet them all because they were younger when they started reproducing. Odd way to put it, but truthful.

I'm not close with all of them, but they've all shown me love and support throughout the years. My grandpa, in particular, has taught me so much about managing money, other cultures, and has just been able to provide me with a really cool perspective on various things because he grew up in a completely different culture and has seen a lot of the world.

My Husband is Supportive

I'm not on my own. I don't mean that because I'm married. I mean that because I have seen so many people of my mom's generation have sole responsibility for their children and for their household. For cooking and cleaning and in a lot of cases, still working. For doing all the school drop offs and pick ups. That is not at all what I want from my life or my relationship. We both clean, we both cook, we both work.

And that's not the only way my husband supports me. If I'm having a really bad day, I might get a surprise latte (that's a big deal because my husband does not like Starbucks - doesn't want to be there, doesn't want to order anything, doesn't like coffee, doesn't like figuring out the mysterious Starbucks language). And with all those things in mind, he still manages to get my order right. Impressed!

He's also supportive of my dreams and believes I can achieve what I set out to. In moments when I get down on myself or am being hard on myself, not only is it nice to have someone that believes in me, but it's also kind of essential.

I've Traveled

I've gotten to see a lot of cool places. That's not something I've ever taken for granted. I had plenty of friends growing up who didn't get to do teen tours or go on family vacations. I love traveling though and I love exploring, and having that exposure to the world at a young age is also why I love to travel. So thank you Mommy for rising to the occasion of finding a shopping camp in Paris - or at least a way for me to go shopping in Paris and thank you Daddy for sending me. I'm not going to say it makes me spoiled (although I kinda was. Ok, kinda am), but I think spoiled is not appreciating what you have. And I do appreciate it.

I Have Siblings

Some people don't get this one. I'm not sure if it's because they don't have siblings or because they're not close with them, but one think I've always been thankful for is my two sisters and my brother. No one will ever really get you or understand you the way your siblings do. They were there for basically your entire your life. They've gone through the same things you have—losing a grandparent, watching your parents fight, traveling to the same places. They've watched all of your relationships form: boyfriends/girlfriends, friendships, teachers that mean a lot to you. They got to see it all and experienced it along with you. They're never leaving (barring a crazy fall out or death). They'll see all of the special moments, they make you feel better when you're sad, and they're happy for you when things go well. No matter how good of a friend you have, it still won't ever really reach that sibling level (but it might come pretty freakin close, if you are lucky).

I'm Uncomfortable 

There's some saying about needing to be uncomfortable so that you can grow. I'm not sure exactly how it goes or who said it, but it's true. I'm happy to say that I'm uncomfortable and have been for the past year or so in my YouTube career. I've taught myself to be more outgoing and make friends (online anyway), I've learned a little bit about lighting, I've massively improved my editing skills (color correction, transitions, audio controls), and now I'm about to get a fancy camera and learn how to actually use it! I've always wanted to and I actually did take a photography class in high school, but I don't think I got much out of it. By the end of the class I still felt like I was in a point and shoot mood. Here's to learning things and acquiring new skills!

The Internet

Some people would laugh at this. As someone reading this blog, I'm sure you're not one of them. Yes, I am grateful for the ability to look things up easily on my phone: an actress I can't place, finding a good restaurant, and of course settling an argument. I'm grateful for all of the knowledge I have at my fingertips and for the ability to learn anything I want to. But the Internet has really helped me find who I am. I didn't really know what I was good at (other than school) or what I was passionate about (other than reading) until I started blogging/vlogging.

Now I know that I'm creative. I never really thought of myself that way before, but I love coming up with new ideas and sharing them with people. I love thinking of out of the box ways to incorporate books into life (fairytale fashions, recipes, and even travel).

Now I know that I love writing (if it's not for class) and I love making videos. I know that I can teach myself things that always seemed like a crazy mystery: code, iMovie, and soon the DSLR. I know that I love design and making things look pretty. I know that I can build a blog and figure out how to set up and manage a website. I have much more confidence in myself and my abilities and who I am in general. That's kind of priceless, so thank you Internet and whoever invented you.

P.S. If you liked this post, you might want to check out 15 of my Favorite Feelings

Friday, August 14, 2015

Weekend Update!

Instead of doing a video this week, I'm just going to tell you guys what I'll be up to this weekend! My grandpa, dad, and brother came to visit me yesterday and they'll be here until Saturday morning. It's a short trip, but I'm so happy they're here!

Source: Wikipedia

No big plans in that area since my dad doesn't really want to drive anywhere, but I am going to see if I can talk them into a Garden of the Gods trip or maybe going to the pool. Sitting around can get pretty boring. Unless I'm reading, which I won't be.

After they go, Kevin and I are going up to Boulder and spending a night at his parents. Our favorite breakfast spot on Pearl Street closed down, so I'm going to see if I can find an awesome replacement. wish me luck!

What will you be up to this weekend?

Friday, July 31, 2015

15 of My Favorite Feelings

I was so excited to make this video about my 15 favorite feelings, so I hope you enjoy!

As I mentioned in the video, essiebutton uploaded this video as well and it was awesome. Hank Green started it, and I am listening to it for the first time as I type of this — it is great.

Friday, July 17, 2015

Target Haul

Haul time!

Friday, July 10, 2015

On Not Really Wanting People to Read Your Blog

I haven’t really ever had an issue with people knowing about my blog. About to Read is something that I’ve worked hard on and am really proud of. I know there are plenty of people who would prefer if their friends and family didn’t know about their little corner of the Internet, but it’s not really a feeling I ever really understood. At least not until Trendy Edgy Chic became such a personal space for me.

This site started as an outlet for beauty and fashion only and pretty much just had hauls and unboxing videos. Now it’s more of a lifestyle outlet—a place where I can put anything I want outside of books. Part of the reason for the evolution is that there is a lot of things I like and I don’t want to feel limited about what I can post. The other reason for the evolution is I just wanted a semi-private place to write about my life. My fears. My worries. My health. A private little corner where I can do whatever I want.

I always feel so much better when I write personal posts on this site because it helps me deal with my thoughts and feelings. Writing them out helps me understand what I’m going through and move past it. But it’s kinda private. I like the idea of putting these thoughts up here for other people to see. I like the idea of being able to help someone with what I’ve learned and the idea of being able to seek help from others who have had similar experiences in the past. 

Part of the reason I’m able to do so though is that this feels like a safe place. A place where I can put down whatever I want without broadcasting my thoughts to all those IRL people. It feels private. With posts like “I’m Scared” and “On Being Anxious,” I don’t think this would feel like such a retreat if everyone I knew was constantly staring at it.

Do you have a blog? Is it more of a private sanctuary for you or something you share with everyone? If it is something you like to put aside for just you, do you know why you don’t want to share it with people you know well? Let me know!



Friday, July 3, 2015

June Favorites

I have a few favorites this month that include books, beauty, and food!


Friday, June 26, 2015

Feeling Anxious

One of the things I like most about Trendy Edgy Chic is that it feels a bit like a diary for me. Someplace I can stick my thoughts and just put them out into the world. I always feel better after I do.

Today I am feeling anxious. And frustrated. You see, I have no idea why I’m feeling anxious. There is no reason for it. And that makes me feel like there is something wrong with me. I can’t do anything to fix it because these feelings don’t really have a cause. 

It’s natural to get a bit worked up over a test or a project or just something. But nothing? Yea, that’s not normal. And I’m not really used to the feeling either.

As I am writing this, I’m wondering what I can do to make myself feel better. When I am anxious about a thing, having an identifiable cause makes me feel better. I can do something about that. I don’t really know how to make feeling this way over nothing disappear though. Should I go work out? Just get out of the house? Take a brief walk? Call a friend for distraction? I. Don’t. Know.

So my question to you, lovely reader, is what do I do? Have you dealt with this before? If so how? 

I am in need of some help.


PS: The answer for me ended up being writing. Creating this post and a few that you’ll see next week had a very calming effect and just made me feel so much better. 

Friday, June 19, 2015

Express and Kohl's Clothing Haul

I've done a little shopping recently! This is a pretty small haul with just a few things from Express and Kohls, but I am absolutely in love with them!

Do the muscle tees make you want to go to the gym too? They might be my favorite part of this haul just because they're so cute.

Items shown:

Express Mixes Texture Zip Front Tee (Olive Green and Warm Stone)
Kohl's Muscles and Mascara Tee
Kohl's I Don't Sweat I Sparkle Muscle Tee

Saturday, June 13, 2015

How to Cover Up Hyperpigmentation

Hyperpigmentation sucks. It's one of those things that takes forever to go away and can just destroy your confidence. I've had hyper pigmentation for about the last year thanks to some crazy hormone issues and it's finally basically gone! Before all of those dark spots completely fade though, I want to share how I cover hyperpigmentation since foundation and concealer alone are hardly ever enough to do the job. Check out my video below to see my process!  

Friday, June 5, 2015

Candle Collection

I love candles! I don't even understand people who only have one or two in their homes because I've had my own candle collection since about middle school. It actually used to make my mom nervous because she was scared I'd burn the house down one day. Don't worry, I didn't! I did, however, have an incident burning my own hair. Yep - as unpleasant as it sounds.

Anyway, if you're curious here is a peak into my candle collection:

Friday, May 15, 2015

My Skincare Favorites

I've gotten really into skincare over the past few years. Once I got engaged I wanted to make sure my skin looked the best it possibly could. Then with all those hormonal issues I previously mentioned I had a lot of issues to work on: dehydration, hyper pigmentation, blackheads. Fun stuff :)

Anyway here is a look at my favorite skin care products!


Friday, May 8, 2015

My Aging Story: Crazy Hormones, PMS, Skin Trouble, Sense of Smell

Last week, I talked about being scared because it was placebo time in my birth control pack. I mentioned briefly that I'd had a lot of trouble since turning 25. This week I've decided to give you the full story and how I've started to get better. Watch my video for more details!


Friday, May 1, 2015

Sephora VIB Rouge Haul

I love the Sephora VIB sales because it gives me the opportunity to purchase the things I’ve had my eye on for awhile. When this year’s spring sale rolled around, I (naturally) had a few things on my wish list already, but I also ended up picking up quite a few things I wasn’t originally planning out. Check out my haul video below!

Products mentioned

Kate Somerville Nourish Daily Moisturizer
Algenist Advanced Anti-Aging Repairing Oil
ALTERNA Cleanse Extend Translucent Dry Shampoo in Bamboo Leaf Scent
SEPHORA COLLECTION Pro Allover Powder Brush #61
L'Occitane Cleansing And Softening Shower Oil With Almond Oil
AmorePacific FUTURE RESPONSE Age Defense Creme
Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Powder Duo
CAUDALIE Founder Favorites Set: No longer available online
Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask

Thursday, April 30, 2015

I'm Scared

Yes, I know. I said Friday was going to be my posting day here on Trendy Edgy Chic and it is. Tomorrow we’re taking a look at what I got at the Sephora VIB Rouge Sale a few weeks ago, so definitely stop by if you’re interested in that. But today, I just felt like writing and getting some of my feelings out.

I’m scared.

I mentioned in my welcome post that I’ve had some issues since turning 25. Damn you stupid, changing body. I’ve been on birth control to help fix some of my new-found, really-fun problems, but it wasn’t really effective until I stopped taking my placebos. BUT, I am supposed to take the placebos every three months to give my body a hormone break.

Here’s the thing: my body likes hormones. I remember my pre-hormone days and I’m scared. I know it’s only four days, but I don’t know what my body is going to do during this time. This is the first time I’ve been on placebos since my doctor told me to only take them every three months and the not-knowing is part of what’s freaking me out. 

Is my skin going to freak out again? Am I going to cry over little things that literally don’t matter at all? Is my tummy going to hurt? I don’t know. And to be honest, I don’t really want to know. I want to stay on a continual string of hormones from now until forever because they make me feel better. This is something I thought I’d never say before I turned 25, but there it is.

If you’re feeling a little lost because we’re just jumping in at the middle of my feeling crappy journey, don’t worry. I am going to do a whole post about my body after 25 later on where I go through all the symptoms and treatments, but for now I just needed a place to say “I’m scared.”

Friday, April 24, 2015

Welcome to Trendy Edgy Chic

Hey guys! Long time, no see huh?

Today I am VERY excited to announce the relaunch of Trendy, Edgy, Chic. You’ll notice that I have a new, pretty blog design as well as a new high quality camera if you view my welcome video below.


So now that Trendy, Edgy, Chic is back, I am looking forward to sharing my favorite fashion and beauty items, as well as decor and just some general life stuff. 
When I turned 25 (I’m 26 now) a lot of things started changing and I’d love to share my experiences with you in case it helps someone else. Crazy hormones led to several breakouts (which I believe I’m finally getting under control) and a bunch of other stuff that I’m looking forward to chatting about.

Aside from those life posts, I’ll be doing a few hauls, talking through my favorite (and not-so-favorite) products, and sharing gorgeous things I find online.

 I hope you’ll stick around for beauty, fashion, and all things awesome!