What I’m Thankful For: 2016

I’m probably a little late on the bandwagon, but I’d like to post about what I’m especially grateful for this year.

1. My Parents

Can I write a whole page about them?? Every time I’m down or I’m sick or I’m the littlest bit antsy, they’re right there to catch me. They are the reason I’ve been able to feel so secure in myself and I love them to death. Without them, I wouldn’t be able to prosper in anything I do. They have given me so many wonderful opportunities and have allowed me to be someone I can be proud of. Best. Parents. Ever. Continue reading “What I’m Thankful For: 2016”

Movie Review: Clueless

I stayed up last night watching the 1995 film Clueless. It is not exactly a classic, but I believe that the motifs you can take from this movie will hold true for a long time. Clueless was filmed in the age before laptops or smartphones, but because 1995’s technology wasn’t the movie’s main focus, this shouldn’t be a reason you decide against watching it . Before I begin my review, yes, Clueless is available on Netflix.  Continue reading “Movie Review: Clueless”

What Halloween Means for Me + My Costume, Makeup & More

Growing up, my family didn’t celebrate Halloween for religious reasons. On Halloween night, my church would host a communal gathering with games and songs, and at the end of the night, we would all go home with candy bags. Naturally, this made me hate everything about Halloween: the parties, my friends trick or treating together and all of the costumes. In Elementary School, we had a big parade around our school’s lot to show off our costumes and promote school spirit. Afterward, every class would have a Halloween Party. Kids who didn’t celebrate could sit in the library all day or stay home. Being the attention-hog I was, I refused to stay home. After a lot of pleading, my mom reluctantly picked up 2 4-piece costumes from the discount section at a Halloween store: a cat and a devil. From the time I was in the 3rd Grade until now, I have found ways to either make new, unique costumes or mix these two basic ones. Continue reading “What Halloween Means for Me + My Costume, Makeup & More”

Bath & Body Works Mini-Haul: The Difference Between Body Cream & Lotion

First off, I want to say that absolutely adore this scent. I picked up these items at my local Bath & Body Works toward the beginning of this month and I’ve enjoyed them a lot. I usually go for the sweeter, more fruity scents—but vanilla is my guilty pleasure. This has become my go-to perfume.

Getting to the moral of the story, during the colder months, it becomes very important to moisturize and make sure your skin stays hydrated. As we layer up, we tend to wash more and take care of our skin less. Body Creams and Lotions are two products you can use when moisturizing. Here are some key differences between them.  Continue reading “Bath & Body Works Mini-Haul: The Difference Between Body Cream & Lotion”

Life isn’t Consistent

As I write to you from the belly of the beast, I’d like to apologize to those of you who have enjoyed the consistency with which I’d written on this site in the past. As some of you may have noticed, this site has moved from whenever inspiration strikes to Bella XO. 

I will not delete my old posts because that would be like deleting my past, and we all know that we can’t change the past.

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The Devil’s in the Details // 2 Fall Outfits + Makeup #OOTW

Today I will be showing you two fall outfits that I put together. They are very simple on the surface, but can easily be accentuated with the right makeup and jewelry.

Outfit 1

With football season in full swing, this chic yet sporty ensemble is sure to make your man fall head over heels. I chose a varsity-style jacket, a long sleeve black shirt, a checkered skater skirt, and Doc Martens. Of course, the jacket may not be necessary depending on where you live. The boots can be replaced with booties or heels. Get Docs for around $100 on Amazon here. Many stores that used to sell skirts similar to this one don’t sell them anymore. Thankfully, this outfit can be easily adjusted and many different skirts can replace this one.

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How to Stop a Cold FAST

I’ve been sick for the last few days. Because I’m a busy gal, I decided to research some natural ways to get over the common cold fast. In this post, I will tell you some surefire ways to help you kick the cold to the curb! I’ll also give you some tips on how to take care of yourself when you get sick. May the goddess of health be with you! Continue reading “How to Stop a Cold FAST”

Blog Update: Renovation & Reader Appreciation

Today I will be telling you about my blog’s new theme. I will also be thanking my readers. My blog has undergone a few changes and reached important milestones recently—and that shouldn’t be left unnoticed. Hope you enjoy reading! Continue reading “Blog Update: Renovation & Reader Appreciation”

Butter LONDON Pretty Proper Eyeshadow Palette Review +Swatches

Butter LONDON is a makeup company that isn’t widely known. It is an American brand inspired by London. This company sells makeup that is on the more expensive end of the makeup spectrum. The palette I will share with you today has 3 beautiful, opaque matte shades and 3 lovely shimmery shades.  Continue reading “Butter LONDON Pretty Proper Eyeshadow Palette Review +Swatches”

Revlon Nail Lacquer in “Elegant” | First Impression + Review

Nude nail polishes have gradually become some of the most popular nail polishes out there. They are almost as essential as matte lipsticks. Nude nails look sleek, elegant, and professional. It goes with any outfit, any time of year. Recently I picked up this shade from my local drugstore. It took me a while to figure out which nude nail shade I wanted to buy because I had never bought one before. Eventually, I settled on “Elegant” because it seemed to flatter my skin tone.

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Sweater Weather in Style | Fall Fashion Essentials + Outfit Inspiration

As the weather gets colder and the days get shorter, we may forget to take the opportunity to wear lighter jackets and cute thin sweaters. As I picked this outfit, I thought about those wonderful 60-70 degree days. I know it may still be too hot to wear this depending on where you live, but here is some outfit inspiration for the near future.

Here I present to you a versatile treat: a light leather moto jacket, a flowy black tank, ripped medium wash skinny jeans, and statement heels. These thrown together make for a perfectly-balanced autumn ensemble.

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