I hope you all had an amazing Christmas with your loved ones, I know I did. Honestly I still can’t believe that Christmas already came and went, it’s crazy! With the new year just around the corner I wanted to share my New Years Resolutions with all of you, that way hopefully someone helps hold me responsible!
GYM. GYM. GYM.I was doing so well going to the gym this year until about August. I was going 2-3 times a week with some of my girl friends and feeling great about myself. In 2019 I want to not only get back into shape, but I want to be in the best shape possible. I know if I set my mind to it, I will kick the gym’s ass, (or maybe it will kick mine) or at least something like that.
READ. READ. READ. I have bought so many amazing books this year, (Becoming, Girl Wash Your Face, The Magnolia Story… etc.) that I haven’t had the chance to read them all. So in 2019 I want to at least read a book a month.
PAY OFF & PAY DOWN BILLS. This is why I never wanted to grow up, bills. In 2019 I have big plans to pay off some of my credit cards. I am planning to pay off at least 2 of them and pay down on another one. I also have plans to pay down my Student Loans and my Car Loan because let’s be honest there is no way I am completely paying off my car for a few more years.
HOME. In 2019 Justin and I will officially have our own home! While we are both extremely excited about this next step, we are also nervous. We have plans to get a new roof this coming Spring of 2019. We also want to either re-finish or replace our flooring in the house. Honestly, we are just excited to have a place to call Home with our little family.
FURTHER MY EDUCATION. I am so excited to be furthering my education in 2019. Next year I plan on taking the Series 7 exam (The Series 7 exam, also known as the General Securities Representative Exam (GSRE), is a test for registered representatives. The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) administers the exam. In the United States, stockbrokers take this test to get a license to trade.) and I could not be more excited! My dream job since I was in the 7th grade was to work with stocks and the stock market and its slowly but surely coming true. While I have A LOT of studying to do in preparation for the exam, I could not be more excited and thankful that my job pays for furthering our education. Thanks Raymond James.
BLOG. BLOG. BLOG. What kind of Blogger would I be if I did not want to blog? I want to expand my blog as much as I possibly can in 2019. I’ve also thought about changing the name to simply just ‘Chloé Danielle’ as I plan to write more personable blog posts. What do you guys think about that?
Those are my New Years Resolutions for 2019 and I am ready to conquer them! What are some of your New Years Resolutions for 2019? Have you thought of them yet? If you have let me know by leaving a comment, I would love to know your goals for the upcoming year!!
Hey, hello, hiya welcome back to the blog! With us nearing the end of 2018 I wanted to share my favorite memories from every month of the year. I thought this would be a fun way to reflect on the year that I can’t believe is almost over. I swear just yesterday we were ringing in 2018 and now we are at the end. 2018 has definitely been a year of ups and downs for me, but it has made me a lot stronger as a person.
January, wow in some ways it seems like yesterday and in other ways it feels like a lifetime ago. My favorite memory from January was my nana’s birthday. To many this doesn’t seem like anything special but in our family its a big deal. In 2015 my nana had a bone marrow transplant, so every birthday is another blessing for us. I love you nana, MORE!
February, man was it chilly here in Northern Indiana! Valentines day is always a good memory, but my favorite memory was this local restaurant Justin and I went to. It’s called ‘Yesterdays’ and its inside of an old house. They have some of the most unique decorations, and amazing food. Oh yeah don’t forget about all of their homemade desserts either!!
MARCH, my birthday month. Yes, I do celebrate my birthday for the entire month. Every year I swear I spend more and more spoiling myself! OOPS! This year was no different except I spent wayyyy more than normal. This year I turned 21 so you think that would where my money went right? Wrong. I BOUGHT A NEW CAR!! I am beyond thankful that I even had the opportunity to do this (even if my mom was a little mad) on my own. I bought a 2015 Chevy Malibu 2LT (sunroof, leather seats, automatic start, the whole shebang) from Justin’s best friend Ronnie. He special ordered my car (that I hand picked out) and had it delivered to his car lot for me. So yeah, March was a good month for me.
April showers bring May flowers. April was pretty fun for me! My mom, Justin, his mom, and I went to Chicago for a weekend as a belated birthday trip. We had so much fun shopping in the city together! That night we ate dinner at the Cheesecake Factory, not that I really remember it all too well because of how kind our bartender was. While we were waiting for our table we hung out in the bar and all had a couple drinks. Well Justin and I got pretty buddy, buddy with the bartender and I promise he added wayyyy more alcohol to our drinks (I’m not complaining, this was awesome) because of how well we were tipping him. Also in April I created my baby, my blog!! Crazy right? I love having a blog and although towards the end of this year I was slacking, I have so much planned for next year. So just you wait ladies and gents
Oh HEY May, I see you! May wasn’t too exciting for me, but my bestie Nicole and I did manage to make it to the beach! Have you ever been to a beach with really big dune hills? Well being the silly people we are, Nicole and I decided to climb one for our workout that day! Dumb move. I was so hot and sweaty and by the time I got half way up my feet were on fire. Once we made it to the top it was as breathtaking as always! My biggest complaint is how fast you can get down the dune opposed to getting up it! That’s unfair, lol!
June, baseball season is upon us and in full swing! Get it, because they swing the bat, lol?! Anyways, this year my mom, papa, Justin, and I all went to Wrigleyville, one of the happiest places on earth to watch the Chicago Cubs beat the Pittsburg Pirates 3-1. We all had so much fun together! We drank beer, margaritas, some bloody-marys, and ate our weight in hotdogs and peanuts!! This was such a special memory because one of the first dates Justin and I ever had was to Wrigleyville for game 3 of the 2016 World Series with my mom and papa. So it was very special to be back!
July, America’s birthday, and the best time to go pick some fruit! My mom and I went and picked strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, and black raspberries at our favorite orchard. We go there every year to pick apples and pumpkins but had never been there when the fruit was in season. Let’s just say we found a new tradition!
Oh August, you and I had one hell of a month together! This was right after Justin and I split up for a little bit and my friends and Family got me out of the house. There were countless girls nights out and trips to the casino to loose all of my mommas money on Love Boats,(pinnacle vodka, blue curacao, and pineapple juice) and trips to Chicago (my favorite city) with my favorite girls! I probably had some nights where I drank too much (like the night before we went to Chicago) or days I had too much junk food this month, but I’m okay with that. All in all August you were pretty darn fun, so thank you!
September is calling, they want more money. The amount of money I spent this month… damn. September was probably crazier than August, which is saying something! September first and I was already loosing my money. I went tailgating with a group of friends for the Notre Dame vs. Michigan game! My Irish whooped some Wolverine butt that day, sorry if you’re a Michigan fan. Then that night we all decided to go to the bar in celebration, that night was something else. Let’s just leave it at that. The following week I was back on Notre Dame’s campus with my mom and our neighbors to watch Notre Dame vs. Ballstate, don’t worry we did win. A week later I found myself on a girls trip to Kansas City for a bachelorette party! If you ever make it there, you HAVE to go to the power and lights district, its party central! Nicole and I played mom that night with the bride-to-be, but it was a blast! A week later I was in Chicago celebrating the miracle of life. My nana had her annual Bone Marrow Tansplant Celebration of Survivorship picnic, and every year I cry. It’s truly amazing to see this huge group of men and woman that have beaten the odds, and that’s breathtaking. Finally the last week in September my mom, nana, and I continued our tradition of apple and pumpkin picking at our favorite orchard. So damn, September was BUSY.
October, the month of love? I watched two woman say “I Do” to the men of their dreams. Both of them looked absolutely stunning in their dresses, and yes they both managed to make me cry! Jordyn, Dani I am so happy for the two of you and I love you both! Finally Nicole and I went to a local pumpkin patch and had some fun taking pictures together!
November, another month of love and being thankful. Justin’s bestfriend (Justin was the best man) got married to an amazing woman that helps keep him in line. They are perfect for each other and I feel so lucky to get to be apart of their life. Have you ever heard of Blackout Wednesday? Apparently it is this huge drinking day the night before Thanksgiving! I just learned about it this year, lol! Nicole (her boyfriend Jordan), Jordyn, and I went out to the bars to dance our butts off to prepare for stuffing our face the next morning. Thanksgiving, the day to give thanks (although in my mind we should do this everyday) was good this year. Justin and I spent the morning half with his family and then spent the afternoon with mine before going home to watch some Thanksgiving Day football. One of Justin’s favorite traditions was always watching the games with his grandpa, who left us this year to join his wife in heaven. So now it will become something we will look forward to together.
December, the last month of 2018, and I am still trying to figure out how we got here. It’s true the older you get the faster the year goes. This month is easy because it’s Christmas. I still have a few days before then, but I love it. I love the traditions we have in our family. I love opening stocking Christmas morning with my mom while eating fresh cinnamon rolls and drinking a hot cup of coffee. BUT, there is another reason I am so excited this month… MY SISTER IS FINALLY HOME (my childhood bestfriend) and for 3 weeks!! You guys this is a HUGE deal for me! I haven’t seen Hannah in over a year, and I know as soon as I see her I will be crying!
2018 you were full of ups and downs and surprises but we made. I am still here, and I will make the most of the last few days of the year.
So what were some of your favorite memories this year? I would love to hear them, let me know by leaving a comment.
Well ladies and gents, it is that time of the year!! We are a week away from Christmas!! I’m so excited because I truly LOVE buying gifts for others! I think it is so much fun, and seeing their face light up is priceless. With that being said, today I wanted to share with y’all my favorite stocking-stuffers to give for guys and girls!
Stockings are probably one of my favorite Christmas traditions. Every Christmas morning my mom would wake up and make us cinnamon rolls. As she was making those I would start opening my stocking (I could never wait, I usually woke up at 1 in the morning to see if Santa came yet). Since I’ve gotten older I started making my mom a stocking of her own. Now every Christmas morning we wake up, make our cinnamon rolls, grab a cup of coffee, and sit down by the Christmas tree together to open our stockings.
Today I am going to share some of my favorite stocking-stuffers for her, him, and even your fur babies! We can’t forget about them! I mean if they are anything like my fur babies they are sure to be on Santa’s good list! (even if they were naughty)
Stocking-Stuffers For Her.
I’ll admit I probably spend way too much on my stockings, but it is just another gift all in itself. With that being said two of my favorite places to shop “For Her” are Sephora and Bath & Body Works. Together these make for the ultimate stocking stuffer, but don’t worry I put throw other items in there too!
At Sephora I ALWAYS get stuck at the cash rap looking at all of the travel size items! I love Christmas because they always have some adorable stocking-stuffers, that have some of the cutest packaging.
Guys aren’t usually too hard to shop for, but how many times do you get them the same things over and over. I’m hoping to help you find something different to stick in his stocking this year. Below are some of my favorite stocking-stuffers “For Him.”
Hey you, I’ve missed you! So with that being said welcome back darling! I’m so happy you’re joining me today. Today we are talking about one of my new found loves, the L’Ange Hair Tools!!
I am not typically the type of girl that does her hair often simply because of how long it takes me. I have long, thick, curly hair and tackling this mane typically takes me over an hour to do! I have a CHI straightener and I absolutely love it! It does an amazing job for me, but I wanted a wider straightener to help knock that time down! Even though I have naturally curly hair, I love curling my hair with a wand! I just love how it makes my hair look. I still have my very first curling wand that was probably $30.00 and she works wonders (BedHead curling wand), but I figured it was time for a new one (especially this nice of quality) so I treated myself to one (of each)!
I know what you are thinking, trust me I thought the same thing. I can’t afford this high end brand. Well lucky for you L’Ange Hair is having a BLOWOUT SALE! Yes you heard me right, a blowout sale! Don’t walk but run for these deals before they are gone! Wait not yet, I’m not done with this post silly!
I’ve heard of L’Ange before, but I just couldn’t bring myself to purchase their products for the price. Like I said earlier I still have my first ever curling wand from high school, so this was going to be a big deal for me! I thought about it for a couple days before purchasing the Titanium Ondulé 32mm curling wand in blush! There are so many amazing reviews and I truly understand why! The best part is, this curling wand is on sale for only $39.00 orginally $129.00! So you are saving more than you are spending! Sounds like a win-win to me!
Having long, thick, curly hair and trying to straighten it might as well be my part time job! (This is typically why I don’t straighten my hair.) I need a high quality hair-straightener to get this job done, and that’s exactly what I got by purchasing from L’Ange. I bought the L’Ange Le Gloss hair straightener in blush.
“Get your sleek, sexy styles or crazy-curvy curls with this salon-inspired, ergonomically-designed, titanium flat iron — Le Gloss is the hot styling tool that does it all! Its extra-wide plates mean that you’ll be able to straighten more hair at once and cut your straightening time in half! And if you have thick or coarse hair, you’ll be amazed at the Le Gloss’s ability to exceed your expectations. The extra-wide 100% titanium plates are embedded with infrared light technology that instills the hair cuticle with intense moisture and eye-catching luminosity. And its curved edges provide endless styling possibilities without sacrificing your strands.”
This beauty is on sale for $99.00 orginally $200.00! You are getting half off, and that’s what we call a win over here!! Unfortunately they are sold out of the blush but they still have the black and white one!
Okay, now you can run for the sale ladies!! If you do decide to purchase something from L’Ange or you already own something from them let me know by leaving a comment!
“Get a flawless look with your new, cruelty-free LUXIE brushes.j This bruh set has every brush you need to create a full face look. Fill and define your brows with the LUXIE 201 Brow and Lash Spoolie and LUXIE 221 Flat Definer brush. Blend your foundation effortlessly with the LUXIE 532 Round Top Blender. Get your glow on with the LECIE 522 Tapered Highlighting brush. Apply your favorite lip color with the LUXIE 160 lip brush, contour with LUXIE 229 Tapered Blending and LUXIE 213 Eye Shading brush.”
“#BOXYTIP: All of these brushes are extremely versatile and can be used for anything you can think of. the LUXIE 522 Tapered Highlighting brush also makes an amazing powder brush and LUCXIE 680 Pro Precision Face brush works great for blush!” $65.00
Next in my BOXYLUXE I received the Tarte Glitter Lip Paint. I thought this could be fun for all the holidays coming up!
“This sheer lip gloss is infused with shimmering glitter and delivers a luscious, multidimensional and high-shine finish. The reflective glitter gives your lips a fuller look while the sunflower seed wax and mineral pigments coat, soothe and soften the lips.”
“#BOXYTIP: Use this lippie alone or over your favorite lipstick to give it some sparkly dimension.” $22.00
Okay okay okay, if you thought those were good, this next item was pretty amazing! The net item I pulled out of my box was the Violet Voss Pro HG Palette. I have heard amazing things about the pigmentation in these palettes so I am so excited to try this out!
“Indulge in 20 highly pigmented eye shadow shades ranging in finish from creamy matte, to bold metallic and silky satin. the vegan, cruelty free formula is created with finely milled pigments, making for smooth application and easy blending.”
“#BOXYTIP: The shade Crystal makes an amazing highlighter for lighter skin tones, and Toffee makes a nice highlighter for darker skin tones.” $45.00
The next item is something I have contemplated purchasing for a while now, so I guess the wait to try one is finally over. My next item from my box was a Spongelle Body Wash Infused Buffer.
“Spongelle’s Body Wash Infused Buffers will cleanse, exfoliate, massage, and nourish. This multi-use buffer is dermatologist tested and formulated with extracts of yuzu, edelweiss and vetiver.’
“#BOXYTIP: In order to get the most use out of this deliciously smelling sponge, squeeze out excess water after you finish using it!” $20.00
WOW. That’s all I have to say about this next item. I was truly shocked when I saw this in my box ladies! So what am I talking about? Well its the Elemis Pro Collagen Marine Cream.
“Clinically proven to reduce the appearance of wrinkle this is everything your skin care routine has been missing.” Yeah you are probably right about that! “A potent content of seaweeds has been blended with Ginkgo biloba, roe, and mimosa to moisturize and visibly improve fine lines. This ultimate anti-aging cream will leave your skin feeling supple, firm, and radiant.”
“#BOXYTIP: Use after toning, before applying primer and foundation to give your makeup a flawless, healthy looking finish.” $89.oo
“This Boxycharm exclusive launch contains three buttery shades that blend seemiessly onto the skin for a natural, glowing finish. The Wander Beauty Dusk to Dawn Palette offers two blushes and one highlighter, and is specially formulated to flatter all skin tones and types. “
“#BOXYTIP: This palette is incredibly versatile! You can use it for blush and highlight, or switch things up and use all the highly pigmented shades to create a beautiful eye look.” $26.00
One thing I love about subscription boxes is the chance to try out new products, especially mascara. I am the girl that will just buy the same one she loves, unless one is placed in her lap. Luckily for me I get them in my subscriptions like Boxycharm! This month I received the Lorac Royal Treatment Mascara.
“Treat your lashes like royalty with LORAC’s Royal Treatment Primer & Mascara Duo. One end features a blue tinted primer, making for the perfect base to achiebe the darkest lashes while nourishing and lengthening at the same time. The other end features a slim wand that will hug your lashed from root to tip, thickening and volumizing without being clumpy or flaky.”
“#BOXYTIP: Let the primer dry a bit before applying mascara to prevent clumping. If your are feeling bold, wear the primer alone, the blue tint is bound to make a statement!” $24.00
Omg Omg Omg, you guys, seriously! I am in shock right now! I just received a PYT Mini Hair Straightener in my box!!! Even though I have long thick hair I know who will love this!!
“Get those pesky baby hairs, straighten those bangs or touch up your curls on the go with this incredibly adorable PYT Mini Straightener. The floating ceramic plates adjust as you style, allowing you to create straight, wavy, or curly locks. This little guy reaches a maximum temperature of 400 degrees F (204 degrees C).”
“#BOXYTIP: Throw this cute little iron into your favorite bag and take it with you wherever you go. It’s ideal for a quick bathroom touch up.” $75.00
Last but never least is something ALL my felllow BoxyLuxe girls and guys got! The Crimes of Beauty Wristlet & Portable Charger! This is so adorable and perfect for a girls night out! Especially if you’re like me and get paranoid about your phone dying.
“The ultimate bag for beauty essentials on the go. This durable and lightweight pebble faux leather bag is ideal for the jet setter, the trend setter and the girl boss who is always running to her next meeting. The portable charger is compatible with iPhone and Android devices and can be recharged through any USB port so that you’ll never miss an email, or an Instagram-able moment again.”
“#BOXYTIP: This Glam AF Wristlet makes the cutest statement clutch for a GNO or Sunday brunch.” $22.00
That’s everything from my December BoxyLuxe box ladies and lads. So were you keeping a talley on how much my box was worth? No? Well good thing I did for you! My BoxyLuxe box is valued at $386.00!!! That is AMAZING! BoxyLuxe is an upgraded version of the traditional Boxycharm that comes out once a quarter, similar to FabFitFun! The tradtional Boxycharm is $21 and is typically valued around $120.00. To upgrade to BoxyLuxe costs an additional $28, bringing you to roughly $50.00 for the box. So you decide… is it worth it?!
Welcome back girly, long time no talk! Too long that is! I swear my life didn’t used to be this crazy (at least I don’t remember if it was! I am so excited because today we are finally talked about my Winter FabFitFun Box!! Oh my gosh girls, was this an amazing box or what?! I couldn’t believe all the goodies in there this quarter! So I will stop blabbing on and dive into the box! I mean that is why you’re here right?
Alright ladies, there were so many amazing choices this season. What poison did you choose? Or were you more like me this season and couldn’t make up your mind so you chose both, or maybe even all of them?! Whatever you decided on I’m sure you will love it. Here are the options I chose…
The first decision for me was easy. I didn’t need anymore gloves or head wraps, and honestly hair products are just a no brainer for me. So I chose the Moroccan Gold Series Treatment Mask
The Moroccan Gold Series Treatment Mask helps to “Seal split ends, strengthen hair, and make your tresses more manageable with this fortifying blend of argan oil and keratin components” $49.00
“Tip: After shampooing, leave mask in hair for 5 to 7 minutes, then rinse.”
This product is so amazing and I have already started to notice a difference.
The next decision was not easy for me at all!! I absolutely love jewelry and girl we know I love my hair products. So I ended up getting two out of the three choices. OOPS!
“How gorgeous is this necklace? It’s a minimalistic yet statement-making piece with its dainty, silver-plated brass chain and chic, silver-plated circle pendant.” $49.00
This necklace is the perfect gift for any working woman’s wardrobe. Honestly a must have statement piece.
Like I said earlier I love my hair products so I HAD to HAVE this dry shampoo. Besides I have had a travel size of this, its pure gold! I mean it should be for $44.00
“It’s so easy to achieve lust-worthy locks. Use this sulfate-free dry shampoo to absorb product buildup, oil, and impurities while soothing the scalp and restoring strength and softness.” with the Oribe Gold Lust Dry Shampoo
“Tip: Spray 8 to 10 inches from scalp, then massage into scalp until product is completely absorbed.”
The next option was sort of easy for me as. I loved make-up whole heartedly, but I had so many eye-shadow palettes already. I also didn’t really want or need over the knee socks. So I ended up choosing the Sherrie Mathews Acupuncture Jade Stone Roller.
I was pretty excited about this roller! I have been into anything and everything anti-aging lately!
“It’s no wonder this anti-aging beauty tool has been used by empresses for centuries. The jade roller helps stimulate qi (energy) and promotes a feeling of facial relaxation.” $45.00
“Tip: Gently wipe clean with an alcohol pad after each use.”
Next were the items that you didn’t get to choose, but FabFitFun chose for you! The first items you could receive were Bite Beauty lipstick, Chic & Tonic 4-piece coaster set, or Brooke Burke Body Sliders.
I loved getting lipsticks, but I love getting them more when I REALLY didn’t want coasters or body sliders lol! “A high-impact lipstick in a peachy-nude shade, this lipstick is handcrafted to deliver intense moisture and creamy wear.” $26.00
“Tip: Exfoliate your lips beforehand to create a smooth base for the lipstick.”
Okay, so that one was good! The next item I could receive was either Way of Will Elevate Essential Oil Set or the Anthropologie X Mer-Sea & Co. Body Cream. If you knew me, you knew I did not need anymore lotion OR body cream so I was hoping I got the essential oils!
I received the “Natural/Ivory” one in my box this season and I love it! “Cozy up with this woven throw, which features a stripe design and cool fringe detailing.” $49.00
“Tip: Hand wash cold and lay flat to dry.”
This season my box totaled (without my extra add on) $335.00 and all I pay is $49.99 every season! Are you ready to sign up for your own FabFitFun Box? With code ‘WINTERFUN’ you can save $10 off of your first box!! Just use the link below to sign up!