Saturday, December 20, 2014

Let it Burn

I'm in a fitness mode right now. I decided back in October that I wanted to tone up. After trying to stay "skinny" all summer, I let myself go & just really started slacking on my nutrition & fitness. I started getting jiggly & I knew I wanted to change. I no longer desired to be skinny, but I wanted to be healthy, lean, and fit. October 22 I began my fitness journey & it was one of the best decisions I've made. Exercise is now part of my daily living. In all honesty, I can pretty much eat what I want in moderation as long as I workout. Steak 'n' Shake is still my weakness!!!

I finally created a Pinterest account (I'm very late getting one). I've been using it to look up fitness posts, workout gear, and nutritional recipes. It provides me with lots of motivation & is the boost I need to keep going on this journey.

I have been weightlifting and walking everyday. I do strength training exercises, such as: arm, ab, butt, and leg workouts. I take whey protein powder after my workouts. I just started whey isolate yesterday & I'm experimenting to see if it's really any different than regular whey protein. If I don't do the whey protein, I'll grab a high-protein bar. There are lots to choose from at Kroger. Just be sure to watch the sodium content.

Below, I created a set of items I wear when I workout. Having a good outfit makes me workout better. Maybe it's all in my mind, but hey, whatever works!!

Let it Burn

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

A Wintry Night Out

I love the printed legging trend that's going on. I finally got a few pairs over the weekend, in particular a black & white pair like the ones below. I like to keep things simple & classic & the black & white combo is definitely that. So sandals may not be the wisest choice for these wintry months, but...the type below are in style right now. I've been dying for some shoes like this, just haven't found any that are budget friendly!

I'm going to dinner this week with some friends who I haven't seen in a few months. I created this outfit because it's similar to what I'll be wearing, aside from the sandal heels, of course. It's got some simple pieces: the top, the leggings, & a bag with some color. Add everything together & you look like a million bucks. Add a topknot for extra chic-ness.
Wintery Girl's Night Out

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

What Exactly is Victoria's Secret?

It's the most wonderful time of the year: family gatherings, friendly get togethers, shopping, &...the dreaded annual Victoria's Secret Fashion Show. It's enough to ruin your entire holiday spirit, I tell you! 

But don't let it! Nope. 

This is just a friendly reminder that you are unique & special in your own little way. Beauty is not defined by what's on the television or in the magazines. True beauty comes from within, so reach in there, yank it out, walk with dignity, & Strut. YOUR. Stuff. 

Today you are you, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is youer than YOU!--Dr. Seuss

Have a great week!!

Xo, Camille

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 why 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.

xo, Camille

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
Twitter: maskofmagic

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
Twitter: maskofmagic

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
Twitter: maskofmagic