Thursday, May 29, 2014

It's finally time for some summer hair, yay!

Recently, I've been getting pretty bored with wearing my hair down or up in a ponytail. I always like to switch things up in my life but hair is something that's tough for me. Does anyone feel me on this? I went on Pinterest and Tumblr and found a couple of hairstyles that I'm hoping to try this summer/very soon!

Hair wraps definitely remind me of middle school (lol) but I really want to try this one! It looks more sophisticated and it's actually super easy to do on yourself rather than pay $20 for someone to do it for you. In fact, I'll probably do this to my hair later today to prepare for the beach this weekend!

On those hot summer days where leaving your hair down is not an option, this would be the perfect hairdo. So simple too. All you really do it find a think headband and wrap your hair into it. I have so much hair (and it's thick too) so I would have to see if this works for me. If you try it out let me know how it goes!


I've seen "The Bow Bun" a couple of times now and I thought it was so adorable! I never got around to trying it out and ended up forgetting about it until I logged back onto Pinterest again. I will definitively be trying this out this summer.

Out of these 3 hairstyles which are you most likely to try? I would have to say the hair wrap is my number one right now. Let me know what you think!

Have a great day lovies,

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Michelle's May Playlist

Now that I'm home from school I finally get to drive and jam to my music again! This is honestly one of my favorite things to do. I'm always looking for new music to listen to on my drives so I don't get bored. I decided to share with you all of the current songs I've been listening to. It's a mix of genres for all different tastes. Let me know what you think and I hope you enjoy it! :)

* If you want to see more about new music and artists check out my promotional music blog "The Earbud" *

Talk to you soon!

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

5 Ways To Use Social Media For Your Job Search

Using social media is great for personal communication, staying in touch with people, sharing photos, etc. But it can also really benefit you when it comes to your job search.

As a social media marketing consultant, I know how important social media is when it comes to branding. And that is how you should think of yourself and your social media profiles. It is your brand. It is how companies will probably get their first impression of you.

That can sound daunting, but you can use social media to your advantage and utilize it to find the perfect opportunities for yourself, whether it's an internship or a full-time position. Here are a few tips on how to do that:

Use Twitter for networking// Follow your favorite brands and companies on Twitter so you're always on top of their news and updates. But don't wait until they post a job listing to start tweeting them. Regularly tweet at the company account and even some people within the company. Let's say the marketing director is someone who will probably be the one looking at resumes...follow him/her and tweet at them. Engage in conversations. It will certainly make you memorable.

Tweet relevant news updates// Sure you can use Twitter to post your daily meals and updates on your love life, but you could also use it to be building your personal brand. What is your brand? Well, think of it this way. What traits describe you? What are your favorite news websites? If you love Buzzfeed, RT or tweet links that you find funny. If you like the NYTimes, RT or tweet about their news stories and add your own short commentary. These tweets will make you seem well-rounded and like you use social media to stay on top of the news, rather than just posting about yourself.

Clean up your Facebook// Even if your profile is "private," nothing is truly private anymore. Is it really necessary to have that album with the picture of you doing a keg stand? Probably not. Delete inappropriate photos and use Facebook as a place to share current events as well, like Twitter.

Get off "private."// Yes, we all want our privacy, but social media is SOCIAL. Forget about being private. Like I said above, nothing is private anymore. And in this day and age, companies will be searching for your profiles. They want to see a digital footprint. If they Google your name, and absolutely nothing comes up, that isn't a good thing. You can still use social media for personal use, but just don't post things you wouldn't want your parents to see. If you plan on applying to jobs relating to marketing, social media marketing, communications, etc. they will definitely want to see you social media profiles, and will ask for be prepared!

Start a professional blog// Do you want to get into marketing? Fashion? Photography? Start a professional blog for your field and use it as a place to talk about trending topics relating to that niche. Also use it as a portfolio to showcase your talents and projects.

Check out my personal Twitter for an example of how I use it as a blogger but also for personal use. I have nothing to hide, tweet about current events, and share relevant links from other professionals and bloggers. If you went to my Twitter account, you'd instantly know my "brand." You'd know I'm passionate about health, fitness, and social media.

Want advice on this topic or want someone to look over your Twitter or other account to give you a critique? Leave a comment!

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Can't wait to hear your thoughts!

Monday, May 12, 2014

Current Reading List

I really need to be better about reading. Most days, the day just gets away from me, and at night I end up watching my favorite show on Hulu instead of reading. Anyone else?

But I want to read more! I'm going to try to dedicate AT LEAST 5 minutes each night to reading before bed. As I'm making my 101 in 1001 bucket list (you'll find out more soon), I got the idea to make a goal of reading at least 25 books in the next 2 years. I can do this!

Here are some books that are on my reading list. Let me know which ones you've read and which you'd recommend!

I read The Kite Runner and loved it. I can't wait to read this one. 

One of my all time favorite books is Angels & Demons by Dan Brown. I'm way behind the times in reading this one!

I've heard a lot about this series so I'm intrigued. I liked The Hunger Games so perhaps I'll like this one as well?

 The Help - Kathryn Stockett
My friend recommended this to me a while ago. I even have the book, just haven't read it yet! I like reading books before seeing the movies, so I haven't seen the movie yet either :-P

What is your favorite genre of books? Mine is mystery. I love a good, suspenseful novel.
What are your favorite books? Please leave a comment and let me know!

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Ten Favorite Things: Traveling

I got this idea from Erica of Coming Up Roses, and wanted to participate in this link-up from Brianna of Endlessly Beloved. Michelle and I love traveling, so I figured this would be a fun little survey to do (and our first link-up)!

Us on our way to Paraguay in 2010. We'll be back there in July!

The excitement of take-off and landing// While I (Patty) personally hate take-off and landing, I do like the excitement that comes with it. That feeling of knowing you're on your way to another country, and leaving for vacation. And the feeling that comes with landing, as you decent into the airport, and the pilot gives you the local time and're finally there!

The hustle and bustle of the airport// Do you ever wonder where all those people are going? What their story is? I love people watching at the airport and it's cool to think we are all there for the same travel, visit people we love, explore new places...

Visit the local zoo or museum// If you're going to another country, you should definitely check out their zoo! Or stop by a local botanical garden or museum. Immerse yourself in their culture and learn as much as you can while you're there. Sure, you can read about it, but nothing compares to actually seeing it up close and personal.

Both pictures are from Iguazu Falls in Brazil.

New places to shop// My sister and I are excited for our upcoming trip to Paraguay and Brazil because we can't wait to shop! Whether it's for clothes or souvenirs, you have to check out the local shops and malls to see what you find. I love bringing back unique items for friends and family.

Typical touristy stuff// Sure the locals hate it, but finding the top touristy things to do is always my favorite. I mean, why not?? Make a checklist before you travel of the places you have to go to and try to go to as many as you can!

Me and my BF at the Golden Gate Bridge
New modes of transportation// When we travel to Paraguay, we know we will be taking the local buses a lot. That's their main way of transportation. If you're going to NYC, you know you'll take the subway. While it can be an uncomfortable new experience, it's a way to see how the locals live in the city you're in.

Trying new things// The last time my family went to Paraguay, I tried ziplining. I was really scared at first (I don't like heights) but it ended up being a lot of fun, and a memorable experience we'll never forget. Conquer your fears and just do it!

Or try something low-key, like paddle boating :) This was in the Baltimore Inner Harbor

Trying new food and drink// I'm a bit wary of trying new foods, but if you're somewhere where they are "known for something" you gotta try it! Recently, we went to Maryland so I obviously had to get some crab cakes! I also love trying new beers in each state or country I go to :)

New weather// It was really cool to go to San Francisco and experience the famous "fog." It's also cool to go to Paraguay in the winter time, and have it be over 100 degrees there because it's summer in the southern hemisphere. Just research what the weather will be ahead of time so you are ready for it!

Exploring state parks and trails// Wildlife and nature is totally different in different areas of the country (or other countries) get outside! Go to a state park and go for a hike. I went to a park in Northern California along the Pacific Coast Highway and watched the sunset. Amazing.

What are your top ten favorite things about traveling? Write it up and post it in Brianna's link-up. Also leave it in the comments so I can read as well! :)

Endlessly BeLoved 

Thursday, May 1, 2014

My Favorite Makeup + Routine

I have been using some of the same makeup for years. Especially Mac Studio Fix. I seriously love it! It's a foundation and powder all in one. I hate using foundation so this is perfect for me. Though, sometimes I use Revlon's foundation for a night out. Here are some other products I use:
mac powder
milani liquid eye liquid like eyeliner

I do use BB cream or face moisturizer too before putting makeup on. In the winter my skin gets REALLY dry, so a good, thick cream is a must-have.

When I go out, I like to add eyeshadow too, I love smokey eye looks. One of my favorites is Mac Woodwinked eyeshadow. I also have a Stila palette which has gold, blacks, and purples but I forget the name of it! I really want to get the Naked3 too since I've heard so much about it.

What is your routine in the morning? Do you experiment with different products?

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