They’re back! I took a (way too long) hiatus on posting income reports when I was living in New York City. While I was there I had way too much going on to prioritize actively seeking partnerships and blogging opportunities. Over the past few months, my highest month’s income was just shy of $4000 in July and my lowest was $1600 in May. Now you might be thinking, “Why the heck is this internet stranger sharing how much money she makes with all of us?” And I get you, if I weren’t in the blogging world as deep as I am, I’d find it weird too. When I started blogging I had no clue that there was money to be made, and bloggers like Lindsay at Pinch of Yum, Melyssa Griffin, and byRegina all inspired me with their income reports. Furthermore, blogging has opened my eyes to a world outside of the traditional “college>degree>9-5>retire>die” track that I so desperately wanted to escape and if I can help open other people’s eyes to the potential blogging holds – well that’s a win in my book. WHAT I DID IN SEPTEMBER September was a big month of getting back on brands’ radars. Like I said,… View Post

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Sally Beauty. All opinions are 100% mine. Traditionally summer is the time to rock bright colors and fun shades, but as someone who is barefoot and bare faced 90% of the time during the summer months I miss out on a lot of that color play. I’m a sucker for fall fashion so I tend to spend a bit more time putting myself together, playing around with beauty trends, and experimenting with color. It’s harder to make color work for you in the fall months unless you’re focusing on berries and golds, but when done subtly and strategically it’s easy (and fun!) to stretch the fun colors of summer into the fall. Sally Beauty has a  Fall Color Sale Under $10 across hair color, haircare, nails, and beauty products. Sally Beauty is my go-to for buying beauty products because they always seem to have a great sale, the ladies working are the best, and it’s less than a mile from my house – so convenient! Right now they’re highlighting the Sizzling Sunset trend and I couldn’t be more on board! I started off with a bare face and freshly… View Post

“Other women who are killing it should motivate you, thrill you, challenge you and inspire you.” Taylor Swift said that, and say what you want about T-Swift (personally, I love her!) but one things for certain – she knows what she’s talking about. We are so lucky to be alive during a time where women are: Unapologetically doing awesome things Cheering on other women who are unapologetically doing awesome things. As far as equality goes, women are the underdogs but that isn’t stopping us and I think that is something to be celebrated. If Girls Ran the World “Studies show that when women are supported and empowered, all of society benefits.” And I’m joining If Girls Ran the World to help promote that support and empowerment. If Girls Ran the World is taking the month of October to “collectively and virtually run around the world raising funds and awareness to empower girls globally.”  I set a goal of running 150 miles in the month of October (it’ll be easy because I’m training for a half marathon!) and raising $250 (but hopefully a lot more!). According to the If Girls Ran the World website, “$250 can provide a family with training… View Post

I am a sucker for a good skincare routine. My idea of a perfect night isn’t complete without a thorough exfoliation and face mask, and because my routine seems to be constantly changing and evolving I’m all about adding new products into my beauty arsenal. My aim has always been clear, bright skin (isn’t it for all of us?). Foundation is pretty much public enemy number one for me, so a great skin care routine helps me avoid that hassle. Bright, clear, and glowing skin makes me feel 100x more confident, and I’ve got an everyday skincare routine that has been doing me all sorts of favors for the past few weeks. I use Micellar Cleansing Water as my go to for getting my makeup off at the end of a long day (it fights through my mascara like it’s nothing, y’all!) and it does a killer job at cleansing. I also use a cleansing brush a few times a week to give my skin a deep cleanse and exfoliate when I have more time and am looking to pamper myself. Recently I’ve added a new moisturizer into my rotation, and it’s rocking my world, y’all! Garnier products have always been a… View Post

When I tell people I live in Illinois what everyone hears is me saying I live in Chicago. That’s not quite the case. I’m about 3 hours south-west of the city and really haven’t spent much time up that way at all. I’m close to Iowa City if I want to go shopping, and the idea of driving in the city gives me anxiety. But I still jump at any chance to go up so long as I’m acting as co-pilot and chief navigation assistant, never driver. My mom’s favorite boy, Lee DeWyze had a performance in Arlington yesterday night and I had a big H&M gift card to spend (did you know they don’t take gift cards online? What the heck!) so we road tripped up to the city for 24 hours of shopping, bonding, and music. (Following me on Instagram? I kept y’all updated with my Instagram story!) Lunch at Fox & the Hound My pretty momma and I went to lunch at Fox & the Hound (literally the first place we found – we were starving!) and she got a burger and parmesan fries, and your resident veg got a southwest black bean burger and tater tots. (to die… View Post