Sunday, September 7, 2014

Reflection: Summer 2014

Summer 2014: What a wild ride!

I don't even know where to begin.

First: I survived my first year of nursing school! That's pretty important, right?
Second: I'm blonde now. I'm never going back.

Since this was my last summer as a "kid", I wanted to make this summer the best one yet. Ask and ye shall receive! I worked at the ballpark again this year and that was pretty much my entire life from May through August. I met so many new people and strengthened old friendships. I worked with such a great group of girls this year & I really couldn't have asked for a better bunch to spend my summer with. I felt like the "mom" in our dance team of 14 because a lot of the girls were fresh out of high school. Who knew I'd feel so old at the age of 23? My friend Dest referred to me the other day as "the responsible one". I don't hate it.

My last day at the stadium was exactly one week ago. I cried for 2 days. This job brought out a side of me that I never could've imagined existing. I came out of my shell this summer & gained self-confidence that I've never had before. I'm so much happier as a person now. One big declaration came in July: I will not weigh myself anymore. I've wasted too many years of my life worrying about the number on the scale & letting a number decide my happiness. What I've decided to do is just let it be. If I'm hungry for the double cheeseburger, I'll eat it. If I want the salad, I'll get it. I'm still sticking with exercise; that part won't change. Exercising makes me feel good, like I've actually accomplished something, so I can't ditch something that makes me happy.

Speaking of what makes me happy, I earned Gold status at Starbucks in May! That was a pretty big moment. #proud

The Future:

From now until May 2015, I'll be trucking along, finishing up nursing school. I have an idea of where I want to work when I graduate, but ultimately I'll work wherever God puts me. I plan to get into a Bachelor's program immediately so I can get that behind me before I settle down. Then sometime before I'm 30, I'll go for my Master's. But for now, I'm taking it one day at a time. Life is short, so take time to actually live it.

Thanks so much for reading my blog. Love you all.

xo, Camille

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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Happy Feet: Festival Style

Festival Fashion
It's that time of year again: Music Festival Season! Sure, the bands are technically the main attraction, but the fashion is what grabs the attention and leaves a lasting impression. Choosing an outfit for Coachella, SXSW, Bonaroo, etc, oh, it's THE main event for sure. One thing I would definitely recommend: comfortable boots. For some reason or another, there's always mud at music festivals and even though sandals are pretty and a summer staple, they're not ideal for this setting. Sandals are a hazard just waiting to happen: toes will be stepped on. Instead, opt for comfortable boots or keep it classic with a pair of Chuck Taylors (these never ever go out of style). If you don't choose a comfortable shoe, you're going to be miserable for the whole day. Trust me.
Happy feet equals happy festival memories.

Have a good one!

xx, Camille
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Monday, April 7, 2014

Make a Statement: Bold Jewelry

Make a Statement

Go for the BOLD this season with eye-popping, pedestrian-stopping jewlery pieces. The right type of jewelry can totally make an outfit. So many times we forget the power of statement pieces, whether it's a funky shoe or a nifty necklace. I tend to veer more towards the rocker chic/goth look, so today's statement jewelry is inspired by what I would wear on a night out. A good go-to outfit color for this collection would be black. You can never go wrong with black. Add some leather to your outfit (a jacket, pants, shoes, purse) and this look will be a hands-down head turner. Or, go in a girly direction with your fashion choices: Lace & Peplums + Spikes & Skulls = Too perfect for words.  Don't be afraid to experiment with bold pieces: they're perfect conversation starters.

Tip: When on an interview, wear something that will be eye-catching; something that'll make you stand out from the crowd. This conversation starter could be the perfect ice-breaker if you're a bundle of nerves, plus, it can make you more memorable to your potential employer.

So experiment away my beautiful little fashion bunnies!

Until next time...

xoxo, Camille
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Monday, March 31, 2014

Losing a Best Friend

In my measley 23 years of existence, I've had so many relationships come & go that I wouldn't even know where to begin. Today's post is about Losing a Best Friend, which can be tough for a lot of us. I've had just about every friend in the book: the emo, the homecoming queen, the brainiac (quite a few of those), the jokester, the majorette, the yankee, the hippie, just to name a few. I think it's safe to say most of us have a very eclectic bunch of people we connect with. I'm proud to have crossed paths with such a variety of people.

Each person we meet brings something new to the table of Life.  With every new person comes new ideas, personalities, and interests and as a result, we broaden our horizons and learn more about the world aorund us. That's one of the great things about life: We may stop going to school, but we never stop learning.

I've gained many best friends over the years, but I've also lost many best friends. People change. No one ever stays the same. Different events & circumstances mold and shape us throughout life making it virtually impossible for us to be the same as we were when we were 18. Out of my group of high school friends, I only keep in touch with 2 of them. TWO! How sad. People grow up & grow apart; it happens without us even realizing it.

The Hippie:
I had this one friend in high school who was all-out hippie. Stevie Nicks is her idol. We had some of the same classes, but were by no means "besties". During freshman year of college, I hit a very low point. I was depressed and sad all the time. It was the loneliest I'd ever been. Then one day, I heard from The Hippie. We both went to college out of state in the same state, but attended different schools (yeah!). She offered to let me ride home with her one weekend and the rest was history. Her kind and thoughtful gesture saved me that freshman year of college. I ended up gaining a best friend and to her, I'm forever grateful. Our friendship took its course, however. A couple years later, we stopped being friends cold turkey. I haven't heard from her since Fall 2012, but it's ok. People come & go and they all teach us something along the way. If she hadn't offered me a ride home that day, I would've missed out on so many experiences that have made me who I am today. If you're reading this, Thank You. You're going to make a lot of animals happy because you're going to be the best Vet in the land.

I've always had guy friends. It just clicks with me. FACT: Having guy friends is so much easier than having girl friends. My guy buddies have always stuck around longer than the girls. Cattiness and competitiveness usually gets in the way when girls are involved. I've never met an instance where it didn't happen.

The PoodleRabbit (Yes, I've declared it IS a term)
I met one of my guy buddies in spring 2013. He was very funny and just "got" me. I'm pretty awkward in social situations so for someone to understand me, oh it was great! He brought me out of my shell. I was in a rut during this time, too. I was a bundle of nerves and emotions because I was awaiting my fate as to whether or not I got accepted into nursing school. I knew it was the end of the rope for me if I didn't get accepted. Long story short, I did get accepted & now I was Happy Camille! My friendship with this guy continued throughout the summer and deepened throughout this past fall & winter. He was my best friend, but we started growing apart and I could feel the friendship/relationship slipping away. I went from talking to this guy daily about everything under the sun to...nothing. Again, another cold turkey example. I miss the guy more than I miss our friendship/relationship. I miss hearing from him and knowing what's going on in his life. And if you're reading this, you know who you are. So...thank you for everything: the good times (Athens) and the bad times (Athens). I will always love you & you will always have a special place in my heart because part of it is still with you.

To anyone out there who has lost a best friend or someone they love, time heals wounds. Unfortunately, wounds leave scars, but the scars remind us of who we are & where we've been in this crazy journey called LIFE.

And scars are beautiful.

Thanks for reading.

XO, Camille
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Friday, March 28, 2014

It's OK

It's OK...
-to drink that venti iced white mocha
-to Facebook stalk
-to stockpile chapsticks
-to skip working out for a couple days
-to let someone go
-to ask questions
-to bitch about whatever bugs you
-to have a closet full of clothes & shoes
-to complain that you have nothing to wear
-to be moody
-to eat that sweet treat
-to not be a "baby person"
-to be serious
-to wear bold lipstick
-to be shy
-to be quiet
-to be happy
-to be sad
-to laugh
-to cry
-to just be YOU
~Happy Friday!~
xx, Camille
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Thursday, March 20, 2014

Spring Has Sprung!

To start off, thank goodness spring is finally here! I'm already kicking into "giddy mode". I cannot wait until the weather starts reflecting the season. Even more, I cannot wait to clean out my closet (really!). The transition from winter to summer and summer to winter is when I clean out my closet most. I always dread having to pack up my winter/summer clothes because they take up so much storage space. I'd rather just sell, donate, or give away items just to avoid putting them in storage.

I have this really bad condition where I hold on to items I've had for years and years thinking, this is cute, I'll save it so I can wear it another time. Yeah...wishful thinking, but it never happens. The absolute worst is buying something and never wearing it; just letting it sit in the closest for EVER. What a waste of money, I tell ya. I've recently gotten more picky-choosey about what I buy and actually think before I purchase. My best shopping tip: physically carry around the item you're thinking of buying. Almost always, I end up putting the item back where I found it. I've saved so much money doing this and I've never regretted it. Carrying the item will actually make you think, is this honestly worth it? You'll tote it around while you're shopping and soon enough, you'll get tired of holding it and you'll gladly put it back. BAM. You're welcome.

Now that I've rambled about clothes and shopping, the real point of today's post is centered around foundations for spring. I hoard BB & CC creams. All the ones below are currently in my makeup bin and I've tried them all, with the exception of the Clinique CC Cream. I purchased it a couple weeks ago for summer and I haven't tried it yet. I've read reviews and seen demos of it and I think it's going to be just fine.

A lot of people use the BB & CC creams under their regular foundation. On a normal day, I don't do that. If I want a longer-lasting look, say for all day, I will layer the BB cream under my foundation. I just feel it's a little heavy for me to use both every day.Springtime Foundations

Clinique CC Cream: I have not used this CC cream yet. I love Clinique products; they seem so clean and pure. I spent around $40 for this, so when I do use it, I'll be using it very sparingly!

Garnier BB Cream & Loreal Youth Code BB Cream: These are both great. The Garnier is very lightweight and affordable (about $8). The Loreal is my favorite of them all. It's a little pricey for drugstore beauty standards (about $15), but the coverage is great and it's lasted a very long time. I would repurchase both of these.
Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer: I don't know if it's just me, but this tinted moisturizer (I also call it a BB cream because it's basically the same) is very greasy. I wouldn't recommend using this on a really hot/humid summer day...that could get really messy. I do like that it's SPF 20; however, I will not be repurchasing.
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Monday, February 17, 2014

My Ideal Fitness Gear

Happy Monday, Bloggers!

Today is a quick post on fitness attire. If I totally look the part when I'm exercising, I get way more out of my workout. I feel like I accomplish a lot more when I'm actually dressed in workout clothes. The collage below is similar to something I'd wear when in a gym or when I take my workout outdoors. I cannot wait for warmer weather so I can actually step outside in something like this.

March 21st, I welcome you with open arms!
My Ideal Fitness Gear
Have a nice week!

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