8 Times Social Media Had Your Back

It seems as if social media has a pretty bad rep now-a-days, but if you ask me it has helped me more than hurt me. I like to think of social media as a really good way of connecting me to other people. There's also that solid confidence booster when your following to follower ratio is on point too. 

I want to personally thank the Social Media world. This realm had my back on multiple occasions, and with all the negative nonsense associated with social media, I wanted to approach it in a more positive light.  So here are, 8 times social media had my back

1. Relatable Memes (insert crying emoji)

Social media is great in the sense that you thought you were alone on something but then you see a tweet or a post about someone else with the same problem. You can find a little comfort in the fact that 37,000 other people were in the same boat as you.

2. One word: Filters

... Need I say more? No, but I will.
Filters have your back even when you don't. Those days when you don't do your makeup or those blemishes are coming through; those are the days' filters are your best friends. You can still post selfies that are fire.

3. The ultimate time killer.

You know when you're just chillin’ in the dentist office or waiting around for someone, your timeline becomes your best friend. Since there are so many mediums you have different timelines to scroll through. When you're done with Twitter, you go to Instagram, then Facebook, and when you're done browsing you suddenly realize you know way more about that Taylor Swift/Kimye drama than you did before you started scrolling.

4. Makes your life look amazing

You are in control of what you post. Social media gives us the ability to make it sound like you are living large (if you're lucky enough maybe you literally are). You have followers for a reason; give them something to root for. You can bet there's been a time when you took a photo and thought "this is gold" and for a brief moment in time it probably was. Also, that ex of yours probably saw it. They totally want you back now.

5. Aca-awkward excuses

Who doesn't use social media to get themselves out of elevator awkward situations? We all know no one is texting you when you need them to because that would be all too convenient. Whip out that bad boy and open up one of your fancy-schmancy apps and see what's happening in the virtual world versus the real one.

6. Gathering knowledge

AKA stalking. You met a guy at the bar who is a friend of a friend of a cousin of yours and now you’re Facebook stalking him. You need to know what you're getting yourself into if this is going to go anywhere, right? Gather all of that data. If you're lucky maybe he links his Instagram to Facebook and Twitter too, although like you would need that to find out his other handles. 

7. Coupons and deals 

How many times have you been able to get a cupcake or some discount because you shared something on Facebook? It is amazing! It is like you are rewarded for being social! 

8. That last minute gift idea

The only way I'll remember someone's birthday is if Facebook lets me know. Pinterest has come in clutch so many times for last minute birthday surprises. “21 things you need for your 21st birthday” basket? Consider your gift handled. I also think social media is great for last minute themed costumes. You won't catch me in some store-bought get-up. I'll DIY the hell out of a costume. 

Starbucks Prices are Increasing and I'm Flipping My Lid About It

Today marks the day of much despair for basic white girls everywhere. Starbucks prices are increasing.  Get ready for my Venti sized vent because this is an outrage!  First gas prices go up and now coffee. HOW IS AMERICA SUPPOSED TO FUEL ITSELF?!

I’ll be the first to admit I do enjoy a grande green tea latte every now and again because I can’t justify the idea of spending $5.00+ on a drink that will last me maybe 45 minutes when I won't even spend $0.99 on an app that will last me a lifetime.

It is unbelievable that Starbucks feels the need to increase their prices again! This price change has occurred every summer since 2013.  Select drinks go up in price anywhere from $0.05 – 0.20 per drink. They are the leading coffee brand internationally, so why is this happening?

Despite the fact that coffee prices have been on the decline,  Starbucks drinks have only been marked up. Starbucks says the increase has been put into effect to cover rising wages, rent, and raw coffee prices.  As a frequent buyer in the coffee industry, little things like this upset me.

Don't get me wrong though. I get it. Starbucks is convenient, friendly, and offers a variety of drinks, but at what cost? It seems like I have to sell my soul just to get a caramel macchiato. As loyal customers, Starbucks knows we will give in. We will still purchase the drink even if it is $0.30 higher. Coffee habits are hard to break.

Because of practices like this, I have become an advocate for local coffee shops. They have just as much of a varied menu, a distinct feel, and can be as convenient as any Starbucks. To me, a great coffee shop is about great coffee and an experience to go along with it. While local coffee shops have the micromanagement to focus on these two things, Starbucks seems only to see the business side. You go in, you order, you go out. Coffee shops make you want to do more than just buy a coffee. I like curling up in a plush armchair with my laptop, a book, or even a conversation that lasts anywhere from fifteen minutes to two hours.

Regardless, I am still a sucker for the chain store. I still stop in because I live in a city that doesn’t allow me that kind of time in the morning. I know my order, and I know how long it will take.  Thirty cents might not seem like a lot now but over the course of six months it will add up, and my wallet will feel it. None the less, I will probably wake up tomorrow, late and have to rush out the door, swing by the drive-through and pay a little extra for that green mermaid on my cup. I am paying a premium price for premium convenience.

Pale & Porcelain: Make up for the Fair Skinned

I have the trickiest time being outside. I burn after three minutes (SPF 70 in full effect), afterwards, I am red for days on end and I don't even have a tan to show for my pain and suffering. Being a pale person is a really rough job.  People ask me if I'm tired when I am not wearing any make-up, or ask if I am sick when I forget to dab on some concealer. It is a constant struggle. THANKFULLY, the make-up queens are looking out for those of us that are translucent. 

In the past, when the Sephora sales clerk would ask if I need help with anything I would feel embarrassed asking for the whitest product they have. One time I was shown the lightest colored foundation they had and it was still too dark for my face. I guess they were out of -01 Snowfall matte compact foundation. That was definitely one of my prime pasty moments. 

Anyways, after years of trial and error I finally managed to find some products worth my time. 

1. IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye concealer
I use this to cover up the lovely bags under my eyes and red blemishes (or my entire cheek region).  It keeps my skin looking even and blends really well. Plus it is the smallest tube in the world and lasts forever! Bless ipsy for sending me this because they truly have shown me the light… figuratively speaking.

2. Maybelline's Fit ME! Matte + Poreless foundation 112 Natural Ivory
I don't use this product every day because liquid foundation can become very heavy on my face, especially in the summer. I don't want my face dripping down my cheeks so I put it on sparingly, enough to create a nice base. It does appear to be streaky when it is applied but I don't let it fool me. Once it dries there are no streaks left behind.

3. Sephora's 23 Beige Natural Mattifying Compact Foundation
Matte is your friend as a pale person. It is a good thing matte is in because as a translucent I have become extremely comfortable with the idea. I use this overtop of the Maybelline's foundation so it does not make my skin look as if I frosted it with nude colored icing. By adding a light layer over top of my skin or foundation it does a really amiable job at blending together. 

4. NYX Nude to Me Ombre Blush (OB06)
The bronzing gods have blessed me with a powder that doesn't turn my face completely orange. This is a blush but I use it as a bronzer. This blends really smoothly with the other products on my face. I have to be careful to get a vert small amount on my brush though since it is a blush and not a bronzer. I don't want any streaks. On occasion though I will use this for contouring. The warm brown tones set really nice on pale faces. 

5. Sephora Light Beam Baked Luminizer
The only thing I do not like about this product is the name. It's a highlighter; just call it what it is. Anyways, you're probably thinking the same thing I was when I was first introduced to highlighters. I glow on my own, why do I need this? It goes on sheer, easily blends and looks beautiful against the fairest skin.

No matter how ready for the morgue drawer you look, you can find make up that will work. All I can really tell you is: don't let the store-front fluorescent light fool you. Go out into the sunlight and really figure out how you like the product on your face.  After a while you will know what products work best on your skin tone and you will truly be the fairest of them all.

Freedom Favorites: Cheers to 240 Years

We the people like to party.
Cheers to 240 years!

The Fourth of July is easily one of my favorite holidays. Surrounded by fireworks, barbecues, and family wearing nothing but swimsuits and sunscreen. This is the heart of summer right here. 

I like to think that back in the 1700s the Founding Fathers celebrated with a drink or two on the 4th. They declared our independence for crying out loud, those men deserve a hamburger and a beer. 

One of these weekends I would love to celebrate on the back end of a boat with the sun in my hair and a drink in my hand, but for these small towns in Wisconsin are doing alright for me. I especially love coming up north for the holiday because the weather allows for some decent firework shows. There is just something about lighting fireworks off the top of a hotel that doesn't quire say "Freedom" to me, but seeing them lit straight off the ground in front of me with a little bit of ash falling on my clothes, that says America. 

So what do I need in order to make this weekend a success?

The perfect outfit

It is time to break out that USA shirt I only wear once a year. I wear it for the 4th, wash it, and hang it up in my closet to be revisited 365 days later. Unless I do some sort of 'Merica political Halloween costume again. You never know; it is an election year. 
I'm kicking myself because I left my cutoffs at home but these light blue denim shorts from H&M are way more comfortable. 

I didn't forget my converse! I never know when an impromptu football game will take place and I don't want to be the chump wearing sandals. 
Maybe John Adams didn't wear a crop top but I'm sure he would be a fan of our efforts. 

An appetite
Calories don't count on holidays. Potato salad, summer salad, baked beans, jello, hamburgers, and hotdogs consume every square inch of the counter. I typically walk out with two plates, judge me. My family is very Pinterest savvy so I will bet my bottom dollar that everyone is going to come with a patriotic dish of some sort. My teeth will be red, white, and blue for a week. 

Swimsuits and caps

I never noticed how well these pieces go together. Plus, I don't want anymore red on my face than I already have. 

Extra long sparklers

Fire is not something I play with too often and I think that would upset Sir Benjamin Franklin. I’m totally fine standing on the sidelines while everyone else takes turns lighting off little firecrackers. I'll be in the background spelling my name out with a sparkler and probably attempting to take a cute picture. 

Classic Cocktail Recipes
Summer refreshers, mojitos, and margaritas are all fine and dandy but cracking out some fun, festive cocktails seems a little more appropriate. I like to think I'm making the Founding Fathers proud by indulging in alcoholic beverages.  George Washington spent 7% of his income on whiskey. Clearly, I keep tradition and party like its 1776. 

What can I say? Red, White, and Booze is America's past time. Be safe this holiday and don't forget to go back for seconds. Seriously, it is not a holiday unless you're stuffed.