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.

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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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The 3 Types of Women on Valentine’s Day

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Warning: Some satire may have been used in the writing of this article.

Oh, Valentine’s Day. The day of hearts, candy and melodramatic movies. The day that flower shops are raided, restaurants are filled and chocolate is eaten in astounding amounts.

There are 3 types of women when it comes to this special holiday. You might fit into one, two or have dabbled in all three.

   1. The Romantic Who Really Loves Teddy Bears

Everyone knows this woman. She absolutely LOVES Valentine’s Day. She’s the one in your friend group who always says she “love’s love”. If she has a date, she wants everything to be big, fluffy and perfect. She might even fill her man’s car with chocolate and balloons because she saw it on Jimmy Fallon.

If you’re dating this woman, beware. Plan everything. She expects a perfect day filled with romance, grand gestures and a good amount of candy. Fly her to Italy. Then she’ll be happy.

2. The One Who Wishes Dementors Were Real

She hates Valentine’s Day. Hates it with a sincere passion. She believes Valentine’s Day is the root of all evil. She doesn’t hate love, she just hates the romance, the hearts, the candy and the glorification of a holiday that shouldn’t exist. Her only wish is for the Dementors from Harry Potter to come and take away all the people who love this wretched holiday. This is the woman who will have an anti-Valentine’s party and only serve vegetables.

3. The Netflixer Who Just Doesn’t Care

This is the woman who doesn’t even realize it’s Valentine’s Day. She’s too engrossed in Scandal, The Office or Gilmore Girls to care about what day it is. You could say she’s super chill. She doesn’t love the day and doesn’t hate the day. She just really doesn’t care.  Instead of having to get dressed for dinner, she’d rather lay on the couch, snuggle and catch up on the latest season of her favorite show. She’s the woman who goes to CVS the next day and buys 50% off Valentine’s candy.

Have a wonderful (or terrible) Valentine’s Day!

Which one are you? Tag a friend who’s in one of these categories.

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One Lovely Blog Award

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I’ve been nominated! Ciarra of ciarraloren graciously chose me as a recipient of the One Lovely Blog Award.

When I found out, I was astounded but also really confused. What in the world is the One Lovely Blog award? After thorough research (I Googled it), I found out that it is a way to show appreciation to fellow bloggers.

Here is what the One Lovely Blog Award entails:

  • Thank the person that nominated you and leave a link to their blog (above)
  • Post about the award
  • Share seven facts about yourself
  • Nominate at most 15 people
  • Tell your nominees the good news!

So here goes…

Seven Facts About Me

  1. I’m allergic to some really weird foods. Don’t feed me pineapple, celery, carrots or melon. Otherwise, I will swell up like a blow fish.
  2. I’m working on my first book. Stay tuned!
  3. I collect water bottles. Then I lose them.
  4. I’m a huge fan of Supernatural. Team Dean all the way!
  5. If I could, I would live in a small South Carolina cottage on the coast
  6. I used to barrel race. Western Style riding > English style.
  7. I love my readers!

Nominees

PrepsterAnge, Bright-Eyed by Jenny, Keep Your Sunny Side Up, Beautybeyondbones, AllGrownUp96

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This Election Sucked

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*A special Thursday post

I should probably warn you that this article does not include any statistics. It is my opinion of this political climate. Read at your own risk.

This election sucked.

If you stood for Clinton, you were berated by Republicans.

If you stood for Trump, you were berated by Democrats.

If you stood for an Independent, you were berated by everyone.

No matter who you voted for, at least one of your opinions was shot down by someone who called you racist, extremist, or some other “ist” that was said to make you feel terrible. People came out of the woodwork to proclaim their opinions on social media.

Yay, democracy.

For me, and I’m sure many others out there, this election was hard. I agreed with principles from all camps. I do not identify with one specific party.

Therefore, when Trump and Clinton were pitted against each other for the most important position in the United States, it sucked.

Election night happened. People got mad.

Trump became the 45th President of the United States. People got mad.

Women marched across the country. People got mad.

No matter what happens in this country, no matter what your personal opinion is, people are going to get mad. It happens.

Let’s all agree to do this: no matter who you voted for or which “side” you lean towards, let’s all agree on one thing.

This election sucked.

 

How Negative Self-Talk Influences Your Life

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You’re stupid. 

You’re fat. 

Come on, you can do so much better.

Negative self talk. That sh*t hurts.

Let’s get real. You put yourself down more than others. You always push yourself to meet the world’s standards. You aren’t happy, because you should be skinnier, prettier or more [insert negative word here].

Negative self-image affects your life in more ways than you know.

  1. It affects your confidence. You tell yourself that you are not worth it. How many times have you talked yourself out of doing something great because you didn’t believe you were good enough?
  2. It affects your physical perception. Try this experiment for a day: count how many times you call yourself “fat”, “useless” or another negative term. How many times per day do you use negative self talk?
  3. It affects your relationships. Do you find yourself constantly asking your friends if those jeans look fat on you? When your significant other compliments you, do you think “oh, they don’t really mean that.” 
  4. It affects your faith. God made you in His image. When you put yourself down, you’re criticizing God’s handiwork.

“Comparison is the thief of joy.” – Theodore Roosevelt

You are the greatest negative force in your life. God gave you the gift of individuality. Don’t waste it by beating yourself up over your ambitions, mistakes and physical appearance. To be cliché, you only have one life. Give yourself a break.

Take a minute to look at yourself in the mirror. Throw those shoulders back and stand tall. Notice how your eyes crinkle when you smile. You are worth so much. God loves you.

Watch out for the negative self-talk. It can be cruel. Battle it with compassion towards others, the words of Scripture, and confidence.

 

xx,

Rebecca

 

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