Casetify: My New Obsession

As many of you know, I tend to break things; laptops, purses, vases. At least once a day, something I touch shatters, collapses or unravels. My current phone case (by Lifeproof) is coming apart – the rubber that helps absorb shocks is non-existent.

So, I needed a new iPhone case that won’t break, is on the cheaper side and looks good. Casetify is a website that lets you either design your own phone case or pick from a collection of gorgeous, already designed cases. I found SO many that I loved!

Their new glitter case collection is gorgeous…I spent a couple hours trying to decide which one I wanted (any opinions?). They even have a corgi case!

After getting in contact with them, they gave me a 10% off coupon to share with all of my readers (insert excited hand clap)! Click here to get the coupon code.  Or if you buy 2 cases, they’ll give you 20% off your entire order!

I can’t tell you how excited I am to order my new phone case – let me know which ones you love!

xx,

Rebecca

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Abigail: A Short Story

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Recently, I have been going through old files and documents saved on my laptop. I came across this character script that I wrote for a video production class. We had to create a personality in a page or less. This exercise was so enjoyable, that I thought I would share the finished product with you. Everything in italics is the visual part of the script.

Here it is, enjoy!

Abigail’s Story

Groaning loudly, Abigail reaches over and slams her hand down on the giant snooze button. Rolling onto her back, her honey brown hair spreads across her pillow like a halo.

She slowly and unwillingly climbs from between the thick comforter and flower patterned blankets. Her small bare feet touch the ice cold tile floor and she shivers uncontrollably, her dainty frame craving the warmth of a good morning cup of coffee.

Wrapping herself in a shiny blue robe covered in Chinese symbols, she ties it around her waist and heads down the hallway decorated with vintage wall paper and dozens of small pots of flowers. Yellow daisies and brilliant violets mix freely in the colorful bases, all showing Abigail’s pride in her ever growing neighborhood meadow.

Walking into her moderately sized kitchen, the backsplash tiled with old blue and white farm tiles, she quickly walks over to the coffee machine and turns it on. Abigail opens the window above the sink, sending the soft yellow curtains flowing in the slight autumn morning breeze.

Cupping her face in her tiny hands, she stares contently at the flowering meadow that takes the place of a common backyard. Her emerald green eyes take in every little detail of the community meadow, from the waist tall cattails swaying gently in the gentle wind, to the rustic gazebo, its sides entwined with ivy and violets.

Ten other small houses frame the meadow. The one on her left is crisply maintained with sharp white trim and a newly installed concrete patio. On the other hand, the house directly to her right shows its age with peeling paint and a cracked wooden boardwalk that leads from the slanting back porch to the meadow. Abigail’s house sits farther back than her neighbors. Old, but well cared for, the exterior held a pattern of wind chimes and dream catchers, all boasting a multitude of colors.

Abigail sighed peacefully, turning away from the window, her hands reaching for the used coffee pot.

[Noise in the background. A sudden sound of a lawn mower breaks the morning silence.]

Hearing the sudden sound, Abigail scampered quickly to the window, her eyes wide with fright. At the sight of an industrial sized lawn mower at the far left edge of the meadow, her jaw drops, her surprise showing clearly on her delicate and faerie like features.

Running to her back door, she threw it open and stood in the door way. Squinting at the lawn mower, she saw the Seattle National Park logo on the side of the giant green monster.

Her eyes sad, she folded her arms angrily across her chest, her long honey hair hanging haphazardly down her back. Walking to her solid oak kitchen table, she reached down and picked up the notice lying on its knotted surface.

In dark scrawling ink, the words COMMUNITY PLAYGROUND AND LAKE confirmed Abigail’s fears. They were going ahead with the project.

She sat down wearily on the cushioned kitchen chair next to the door. The notice sat on her lap and her elbow rested on the table, holding her head up. She had fought long and hard against this new bill. The papers covering the rest of the table proved that fact.

[The camera pans over the papers, picking up the titles and important bold facts.]

News articles, newspaper clippings, and magazines littered her kitchen table, showing her ever growing need to save the meadow before it was demolished. She had failed.

Her hands cradle her head, her hair falling down across her face. She looks up at the door with tears in her eyes. Slowly standing up, as though she has aged forty years in the past two minutes, she stumbles through the doorway and walks agedly out into the meadow.

Kneeling down in the rain soaked earth, she sits next to a patch of daisies growing freely. She picks five from the earth, rolling the stems between her fingers, savoring the feel, the sense of picking them from the ground.

Bringing them to her nose, she inhales their beauty, their ever persistent smell of nature. Closing her eyes, tears well from beneath the covering and trickle down her freckle dotted face.

Gathering as many daisies as possible, she fills her arms with the flowers. Slowly trudging back inside, she sets them all on the counter and goes in search for the perfect vase.

She settles on an antique Greek vase, made of colored glass and decorated with specks of gold. Filling it up with water from the chrome sink, she puts the daisies in the glass.

Gathering her hair into a ponytail, she arranges the vase on the kitchen table in the midst of all the papers. Pouring herself a cup of now lukewarm coffee, she sits in her faded kitchen chair and stares at the daisies with a kind of affection a mother has for her child.

This is her last vase.

This is the last of her meadow.

The 3 Types of Spring Breakers

Warning: As always, satire has been utilized in the writing of this post.

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The Gone Wild Version of Jersey Shore – Well. You know who you are. These are the students that spend more money on alcohol than lodging, food and transportation combined. They tape 40 oz. bottles to their hands, take jello shots off random strangers stomachs, and get new tattoos of Lucy the Mermaid. Gym, Tan and Alcohol is all they live for. Also, they don’t remember most of the week.

The Future Stay at Home Parent – Whether you are just really broke or need a restful week, these are the students that just want to go home. They live in pajamas 24/7, eat all the cheese puffs and binge watch Netflix like there’s no tomorrow.

The Dedicated Driver –  Oh, this person is a hero. Whether by choice or default, they make sure no one gets any crazy ideas about jumping off a hotel balcony to try and land in the pool 20 stories below. They guide, drive and hold the bag for when their overly drunk friends decide it’s time to get sick. Yay.

Which one are you? Do you fit into multiple categories? Let me know if the comments below.

All y’all have a safe Spring Break now you hear?

 

 

The Comparison Game

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Warning: It’s about to get real up in here. 

Let me lay it out for you. We all play the comparison game. Imagine a chess board. The goal is to win, to beat your opponent with minimum loss. Life is like a game of chess, but instead of playing someone else, you’re playing against yourself.

Here’s how I see life. Every individual is a unique creation; a daughter/son of God. Through experience and genes, you inherit a unique set of talents, looks and beliefs. No one is exactly the same. So, there’s one question I’d like to ask.

Why do we compare ourselves to others when we are meant to be one-of-a-kind?

A few days ago, I asked myself this same question. I was feeling run down, apathetic and discouraged. I felt like the world was attacking me at every point. At the end of my rope, I turned off my phone and ignored all forms of social media for a full 12 hours (so long…). It was like letting our a sigh of relief. I realized that throughout my day I was comparing myself to people via the Internet. Let me show you a sample day.

Morning: Wake up and check Instagram. Review other blogger’s fashion posts. Double tap all of my faves. Think that my posts aren’t up to snuff.

Class: Walk to class and settle in with a large bottle of water. Take stock of everyone around me. Think that the woman in front of me has gorgeous hair; why doesn’t mine look like that?

Internship: Run into the building a few minutes late. Pass by my co-workers office. Think that she always has her life together. Why can’t I just be better?

Gym Time: Get on my favorite treadmill. Pop in my earphones to listen to some Kanye. Think that the woman next to me has a much better body than mine. I should probably skip dessert more often.

At every point during the day, I am putting myself down physically, mentally and emotionally. I am being bullied by no one other than myself. I am an expert in playing the Comparison Game; it is ingrained into every part of my life.

So let me ask you, how do you play the Comparison Game? How does it control you? What can you do to lift yourself up?

I’ve learned to catch yourself being negative. Once you recognize negativity, you can address the problem. Learn your triggers. Address your fears. Read God’s word. Wipe that chess board clean.

Don’t be afraid to be different. Use your strengths and grow your weaknesses. Refuse to play the game.

xx,

Rebecca

Have any thoughts or questions? Let me know in the comment section below.

March: A Few of My Favorite Things

How is it already halfway through March?! This year has flown by so far and I can’t seem to keep up. Here’s what I’ve been crushing on this month.

Stella + Dot – This jewelry and accessory line is beautiful. All of the pieces are absolutely stunning. My friend and sorority sister Abby is a new representative of the brand! I tested out a few of the pieces and fell in love with the ear cuff (below).

Nina Dobrev – I’m a huge Vampire Diaries fan. I remember streaming the first season on Facebook because it wasn’t on Netflix (so long ago).  The series finale played this week and I cried throughout the entire hour. Nina posted so many throwback photos from the series and I’m obsessed.

Hanna Eyre’s Voice Audition – Her rendition of Taylor Swift’s Blank Space is mesmerizing. Did I mention that she’s only 15…

Riverdale – When I saw that Cole Sprouse was starring in another television show, I had to check it out (any Suite Life fans out there?)! Turns out the cast is hilariously witty, the show is well-written and the visuals are outstanding. I now follow all of the cast members on Instagram. If you need a new binge-worthy show, I highly recommend this high school drama fest.

 

xx,

Rebecca

Rebecca Reviews: Rosy VoxBox

Welcome to the first installment of Rebecca Reviews! If you’re like me, you do your research before buying anything online. For example, I just spent 3 hours reading laptop reviews (update on that later!) I always want to make sure I’m getting the highest quality for the best price. This is why I love Influentser.

Influenster sent me a box full of free items to review. The box, called the #RosyVoxBox, included so many wonderful products. Let’s get to reviewing! All opinions are my sassy self’s own.

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Secret Clinical Strength Deodorant – This smells AMAZING. It smells like heaven in deodorant form. I struggle with finding the perfect antiperspirant. So many brands out there streak, only work for a couple of hours, or they smell terrible. After a 24 hour test, Clinical Strength still smelled amazing, didn’t leave any streaks and worked all day long. Do you need a deodorant that can take you from work to the gym and back home? This works.

Fancy Feet by Foot Petals – Fancy Feet sent me ball of foot cushions. They are slid into heels or flats to cushion the sensitive ball of foot area. To be honest, these were a bit of a mystery to me. I hate wearing heels, so I rarely wear them. These cushions were confusing and didn’t stay in place as promised. Disclaimer: I am very active and move around a lot even in heels. These might work for those who tend to sit during the day.

Vera Wang Embrace – I received two sample scents from Vera Wang. The first perfume  is Periwinkle and Iris. It came in this pretty blue package that reminds me of summers spent in South Carolina. This scent is subtle and smells like my grandmother’s herb garden; soft and full of sunshine.

The second scent is Green Tea and Pear Blossom. I love fruity aromas and this packs a punch. Perfectly balanced, this fragrance is ideal for summer days spent in sundresses. Both of these odors are gorgeous and delicate. They will last for hours and won’t disappoint.

Purell Naturals – This is a lifesaver. I work two jobs outside of school. I’m an intern and I babysit for a few families on a weekly basis. This bottle has a lock-top, which means no spills in my purse,  and kills 99.9% of germs. For all my fellow nannies, sitters and child-care providers, you need this! It’s made of natural ingredients and is safe for all classrooms, car rides and doesn’t spill. Don’t get sick my friends.

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“Can you get more natural than this?!”- me

Not Your Mother’s Beach Babe Sea Salt Spray – THIS. I use Not Your Mother’s products on a weekly basis (dry shampoo anyone?) and was ecstatic when this came in the mail! I’ve used the sea salt spray before and absolutely adored the smell. Then, I cut my hair. So I decided to post my review of this product on my Instagram story. Check it out here. The spray is perfect for creating quiet waves, the perfect ‘do for a casual night out.

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My hair smelled like I dipped my head in the ocean. I’m in love.

After trying all of these products, I smell like a coconut flower goddess. I keep sniffing myself. Sorry if that’s too much information, but I’m feeling myself right now.

Have you tried any of these products? Leave a comment below and let me know what you think!

xx,

Rebecca

 

 

Guide to St. Charles: Part One

St. Charles Guide

Happy International Women’s Day! Today I’m celebrating being a #BossBabe and my hometown of St. Charles, Missouri.

St. Charles, Missouri is located alongside the Missouri River. It is known for being Missouri’s first capital and for being a campground along the Lewis and Clark exhibition. I was born here, raised here and love everything this town has to offer.

Over the course of the next few months, I will be posting small guides about St. Charles. I’ll tell you all of my favorite places to eat, drink, and shop. Today, I’m going to let you know where to buy my favorite macaroons, the best burger joint, and where to get the best pizza (because who doesn’t love pizza…)!

Best Macaroons // Sucrose Bakery

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Macaroons pair perfectly with a cup of tea and a good book. Sucrose Bakery on 5th Street is known for these fabulous desserts. I highly recommend the vanilla and raspberry. The vanilla is sugar perfection. Flaky on the outside and creamy on the inside, this is an indulgent confection. Their raspberry macaroon is the quintessential blend of tangy and sweet. I could eat their raspberry jam for breakfast, lunch, dinner and a midnight snack.

Best Burger Joint // JJ’s Restaurant

IMG_1046 (1)Part diner, part burger joint, JJ’s is my go-to for comfort food. They have the best burgers, loaded fries and adult milkshakes (alcohol included). I highly suggest the Frisco melt, the A1 BBQ or the bleu cheese and mushroom burger! They offer a varied menu from chimichangas to turkey wraps. For all my fellow students: They are located about 3 minutes from Lindenwood University and offer a student discount! If you’re stressed out from finals, work or just need a break, JJ’s is the place to go.

Best Pizza // Tony’s on Main

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Excuse the Snapchat picture. I was too excited to eat.Thus, no proper picture was taken.

In high school, I rarely ate pizza, but recently my  friend got me hooked on the wonderful delicacy of the original Italian pie. If you’re looking for deliciously gooey and cheesy pizza, adventure on down to Tony’s on Main Street. They offer a wide variety of toppings and top everything with provel cheese. Let me repeat that. PROVEL cheese. If you’re not from the greater St. Louis area, you’ve probably never heard of this perfect creation. Provel cheese is highly processed, creamy and best of all it’s the best cheese you’ll ever eat. My favorite is a pie topped high with vegetables and lots of provel.

I hope you enjoyed the first installation of the St. Charles guide. Do you have any suggestions on where to eat, drink or shop in St. Charles? Do you have the perfect Saturday activity? Send them my way! I’d love to put them in the next blog post.

 

xx,

Rebecca

 

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6 Habits of a Boss Babe

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Girl Boss. Boss Babe. We all know that one woman that seems like her life is perfectly put together. I’ll let you in on a little secret. No one has their life perfectly together. Every woman struggles with something whether it’s body confidence, time management, finances, mental health or any number of other topics.

Being a Boss Babe is not about being perfect. Being a Girl Boss isn’t about making more money. Being a Strong Woman is about doing what you love, working hard and balancing life’s ups and downs to the best of your ability.

With that said, here are the top 6 habits of a Girl Boss.

  1. Stop comparing. Everybody’s hustle is different. Don’t compare your journey to someone else’s. Strong women come in every shape, size, and color. Learn from others, but don’t compare your beginning to their end.
  2. Stand Up. Life isn’t perfect. You will struggle. You will face hard times. Strength of character is revealed in how you dust off those shoulders and face life again.
  3. Encourage. Encourage. Encourage. Life is not a competition. Let me repeat this. Life is not a competition. There is no award at this end of this life for “Best Dressed” or “Best Life”. Encourage others. Be there for your fellow women. Girls tease. Women encourage.
  4. Confidence is key. Every woman is beautiful. Every woman is made by God. Every woman is a masterful creation. You are worth it. Don’t ever tell yourself that you are not. If you need a boost of confidence, roll those shoulders back, hold that head high and strut like a cheetah girl. It works every time.
  5. Be on time. Be on time to business meetings. Be on time to lunch dates. Be on time or early for everything. Time management is key to accomplishing more.
  6. Don’t take it personally. This is a big one. Separate business from your personal life. Do not let decisions made in the workplace affect your self-worth. Be diplomatic and stay away from petty drama.

Girl Bosses and Boss Babes are compassionate, giving, encouraging, hard working dreamers. Don’t be afraid to put a little muscle into life. Put in some effort. Respect yourself and respect those around you. Eat, Pray & Hustle.

If you want to join a community of real #BossBabes today, check out Style Collective. Style Collective is an online community that provides education, resources and community support for female fashion & lifestyle bloggers who want to be successful business women. Click here to sign up!

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xx,

Rebecca

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Athleisure: Comfort to the Max

“Athleisure” is the trending fashion term of 2017. In my own words, athleisure is defined as societal acceptance of yoga pants 24/7. It’s the ultimate balance of functionality, athleticism and comfort. (It is also my excuse to wear leggings 100% of the time when I’m not at work.)

This past week, Kayla, Abby and I strolled down to the riverfront for a wonderful afternoon of sightseeing, hiking and ice cream.

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Shoes details: I love Asics. They’re my go-to running shoe and keep my ankles supported through long hikes.

Legging details: These are brand new from Fabletics. They’re an interesting fabric that really holds everything together. I like them for hiking, but would try a different brand for those hard gym workouts. I would recommend these Nike leggings for running.

Jacket details: I bought this jacket years ago at Target. I love bright colors (just look at my Instagram feed), so this jacket is perfect. It’s super light and just the right coverage for Spring. A similar jacket is on Kohl’s website here.

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An Open Letter From a Girl Living With Anxiety

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Guest Post

Hi everyone! Today’s post is a little different. One of my dear friends wrote a letter that she wanted to share anonymously on Lovely Dusk.  Please read, share and spread the love.

To Whom it May Concern,

Unless you have anxiety don’t say you “understand.”  I don’t even understand it.  I can’t tell you why some days are harder than others. I can’t tell you why some days all I want to do is cry, while others I feel on top of the world. I can’t tell you why one small comment can change how my day is going. I can’t tell you why I’m always afraid everyone in my life is going to leave me, so I just push them away first. I can’t tell you, because I don’t understand it myself.

I don’t understand why some days I love myself and others I hate myself. I don’t understand why my mind never stops questioning why those in my life don’t hate me, or find me annoying, or push me to the side.

Here are the things I can tell you:

I can tell you that I would do anything for my friends and family. That I love with all my heart. That all I want to do is make those around me happy even when I can’t find happiness myself.

I can tell you that I know how to have fun. I value the people in my life more than anything.

I can tell you that it would be hard to find a friend that cares as much as I do.

I can guarantee that if you ever texted me and said “I just need someone right now” whether it’s someone to talk to, someone to distract you, someone to sit with, someone to make you smile, someone to cry with, or someone vent to, I’d be there.

I can tell you that I’m a good friend. I’m someone worth having in your life. All I want is to make everyone around me happy, and sometimes I forget about myself in the process.

I may have anxiety. I may have bad days, but I’m still worth it. 

You don’t have to say you understand. Just be there. Be there on the days I’m too busy caring for everyone else to care for myself. Be there when I need someone to talk to, cry to, vent to, or forget with. Just be there.

 

Sincerely,

A Girl Living With Anxiety

 

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