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Babes!! Long time, no chat πŸ™ I’ve missed blogging sooo much, but my hiatus was 100% necessary. Blogging, writing, photography, and creating are passions of mine but recently I haven’t felt inspired. Not whole-heartedly loving what you do is one of the shittiest feelings there is. I had lost my creativity for a few months, and I didn’t want to put out content that I wasn’t proud of. I was becoming discouraged with Instagram because it’s so hard to keep up with the lives of professional blogger and influencers and make content even remotely comparable to theirs. Basically, I was in a rut. The deepest, muddiest, stickiest, most dreadful rut I’ve ever been in (creatively at least). Now that I had my time to reflect on the direction I want to take One Broke Blonde, I’ve fallen in love with it again. This new year has inspired me, as it does most people, to think about what I want to change not only about myself…but my work and goals as well. As corny and cliche as it sounds (and I am probably the corniest person on the planet so this should come as no shock), I am inspired by 2018. I want this to be my most accomplished year. The year I better myself, better my brand, and better the world. Here are the ways I plan to do that!

This one is pretty obvious and relatable, but it’s a pretty great thing to be inspired about! Last year I decided to cut red meat out of my diet completely, and it has made me feel better. It was pretty hard at first cause ya know, cheeseburgers, but it has been beneficial in the long run. This year I want to try to cut back on sweets, and focus more on eating veggies. I want to create a workout schedule that I can stick to and look forward to. I also want to live healthy mentally as well. As a person who has to deal with anxiety I want to try to rid my mind of any negative thoughts or feelings that may cause me to be nervous. I overthink EVERYTHING and have some pretty irrational fears. This year I want to focus on removing those thoughts from my mind to live a happier, healthier 2018 and years to come.

Because of my anxiety I tend to stray away from food, situations, and people who don’t make me feel 10000% comfortable and I end up missing out on opportunities! I want to try food I never would have before, and go places that I normally wouldn’t, and take up new hobbies I might have been anxious about failing before. I want to take on new challenges with my blog and writing and do something that scares me a little more regularly.

I’m the type of person who is always planning ahead and looking towards the future instead of appreciating what I have at the moment. I’m always thinking so far ahead that I put pressure on myself to make sure those things in the future actually happen on time. Time goes by so fast when you live in the future rather than in the moment, and that is something I want to work on this year!

This has been a goal of mine for soooo long, but I have a great feeling 2018 is the time it’s actually going to happen lol. I don’t expect to be anywhere near finished with my book by the time 2018 is over, but I at least want to have it going πŸ™‚ Hopefully you’ll see a book by me on shelves in 2020 πŸ˜‰

Enriching my mind and expanding my horizons is something I am 100% dedicated to achieving this year. I want to learn a new language, and hopefully by the end of the year be almost fluent πŸ˜‰ Some languages I would want to learn are Spanish, Italian, French or maybe even Chinese!

Skincare is something I have never been dedicated to. I know how important it is, but I can just never stay in a routine or find products I really love that make a difference in my skin. In 2018 I want to find my holy grail products and stick to a routine that makes my skin glow! I also want to regularly take time out of my day to relax, take a bath, paint my nails, put on a face mask, and unwind.

In 2018 I want to stop living in fear of what others will think. I want to make decisions based on my happiness instead of how others might view me. This is a goal I have been working on since high school to be honest, and I think every year I improve more and more. I hope this year I can take it all the way and fully not care what others think because ultimately, it’s my happiness that matters. People can change their opinions, but happiness lasts longer.

Creating goals is easy, but keeping up with them is a different story. In order to make sure you stick to your goals be sure to put them on your wall, write them down, tell your friends and family, and remind yourself how gratifying it will be once you complete your goals!! You can do it, and I’m here to cheer you on! What are some of your goals for the new year?? Leave them in the comments, I would love to know πŸ™‚

 

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Hey peeps! I hope everyone had an awesome Thanksgiving, ate some yummy food, and got some killer sales this weekend πŸ˜‰ I have a Black Friday Haul coming soon, so be sure to be on the look out for that! I got some amazing deals and I cannot wait to share them with you πŸ™‚ For right now though, I’m going to be sharing with you five of my favorite outfits for the fall/winter! They are all just as cure as they are affordable! You guys know by now that I am all about being comfy and cozy at all times, and all of these outfits are sooo soft and comfy and perfect to stay in allll day long πŸ™‚

Obsessed does not even begin to explain how much I adore this outfit!!! I have been in love with the off the shoulder sweater trend since last year, and not much has changed tbh. This sweater dress from Tobi features all of my favorite qualities in an outfit: pink, cozy, soft, affordable, and off the shoulder. What more could you want honestly?? AND I found these killer Steve Madden boots at DSW for about 60% off!! I am sooo in love. I plan on wearing them every day for the rest of my life. This outfit is perfect for holiday parties, or just when you wanna feel a little more fancy πŸ˜‰ Honesty, the dress could totally be dressed down with some white sneakers as well!

To me, this outfit screams, “let’s get coffee and brunch and go shopping and do winter things.” I’m a sucker for slogan tees, and this one speaks to me on a personal level. It’s from Honeybum, and it’s absolutely perfect for the the chilly months because it’s a thicker material tee! I decided to pair the tee with my leather jacket,Β  favorite jeans (similar), a blanket scarf, and some freaking ahh-dorable booties!! I cannot believe I haven’t owned black booties before a few weeks ago. I am so glad I picked these up because they are so comfy and add a little somethin’ somethin’ to any outfit. *The jacket, scarf, and jeans are sold out so I linked similar items πŸ™‚

Okay, how perfect is this sweatshirt dress?? It is so insanely comfortable, and it looks sooo good on. It can be paired with sneakers for a running errands/casual look, or dressed up a bit with boots like I did! I ordered a size M so it was a little oversized, which is exactly what I wanted. I think oversized sweatshirt dresses look so effortlessly cute, and I’m in lOoOove.

First off, I want to sincerely apologize for my wrinkled skirt. I didn’t realize how bad it was until after I took the pics lol but ya know what, it gives the outfit some character πŸ˜‰Β  Second, I dig this outfit on so many levels. I think it’s the perfect combination off sassy and fun, and I’m all about it. I paired this gray leopard print sweater, with my favorite denim skirt, and finished off the look with the gray boots! (I told you I was going to wear them forever). I added on my bf’s peacoat in the last pic because I was getting chilly, but it actually ended up looking pretty good πŸ˜‰ *My sweater and skirt are sold out so I linked similar options!!

I would like to introduce you to the comfiest dress I have ever put on my body. This sweater dress is soft as a kitten, and you will want to cuddle in it all day/night. Like the other sweater dresses it can be dressed up or down, which is something I love. Versatile clothing pieces are the best, and when they’re comfortable and you never want to take them off it’s always a good idea to change up how you style them πŸ™‚

I hope this post gave you some outfit inspiration!! All the dresses I linked are from Tobi, and speaking of which they are having an awesome Cyber Monday sale you should check out RIGHT NOW. Get shopping, babes.

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Happy Thursday peeps!!

A few days ago, something exciting happened in the makeup world. The stunning and ever so fabulous Gigi Hadid released a collaboration with Maybelline and let me tell you, it gives me all the feels. I have been a huge fan of both Gigi and Maybelline alike, so when I found out on their collaboration I was so pumped. I’ve heard mixed reviews about this collection to be honest, and I was pretty bummed. So I decided to give it a try for myself! The complete collection comes with so many items, but since ya girl is one broke blonde, I only got the Jetsetter Palette and the Tinted Primer!

The Jetsetter Palette is complete with two concealers, two mini brushes, four eyeshadows, a mascara, bronzer, blush, two lip balms, and a highlighter! Literally everything you could ever need minus foundation. It’s perfect.

So, honest review. This palette is awesome and beautiful, butttt not the highest ofΒ  quality. The eyeshadows aren’t super creamy and pigmented as I would have hoped, and the bronzer is a little bit chalky. Other than those minor factors the palette is perfect! The shades that Gigi chose to be a part of the palette are essential for a natural, yet glam look! The Tinted Primer is super hydrating, and gives my skin a really healthy glow which I am all for. I think that this palette is a necessity if you’re a traveller, and even if you’re not tbh. The packaging is so chic and screams my aesthetic. I’m actually obsessed. Now I’m no makeup artist (that’s my sis you should check her out), but I am really pleased with the look I created from this palette! I think it’s perfect for girls who want a natural glow! I recommend this palette for sure! You won’t be disappointed πŸ™‚

I hope you guys enjoyed this review!! If there are any other products you are wondering if it’s worth the hype then leave them in the comments and I’ll be happy to give them a go!! This palette is affordable, and worth the money for sure!! (And I’m not just saying that because I love Gigi) πŸ™‚ Give it a try and let me know what you think!!

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Who else has been drinking pumpkin coffee way too often?πŸ™‹Β No? JustΒ me? I know a lot of folks aren’t keen on pumpkin flavored everything, but I for one am allll for it. That is just one of my many fall favorites you need to try if you haven’t yet! After this post you are going to be set for the perfect fall with all these fabulous products and goodies πŸ™‚ You can thank me later πŸ˜‰ (Also let’s count how many times I say fall in this post). There a little mix of everything in this list, but you have my 100% Dana Guarantee that they are all insanely amazing. I have been using these items non-stop since late August, early September and I’m pretty sure will be going strong clear through until winter and beyond. I’m gonna be honest, some of the products are a little pricer than I would normally spend, but they are SO worth it. Definitely worth the splurge.

Memebox I Dew Care Disco Kitten Face Mask

I can’t believe I haven’t talked about this mask on here before, because honestly it is THE GREATEST mask I have ever gotten. It is metallic, shiny, perfection in a bottle. It goes on your skin so smooth, and when you peel away the pearly mask it leaves your skin glowing like you wouldn’t believe. Imagine the most insane natural highlighter you’ve ever seen. I feel like the tin-man when I wear it and I love every second. The mask is made with pearl powder, diamond powder, rice bran extract, oat extract, and white flower complex giving your skin the most magical treatment ever.

It Cosmetics Confidence In A Cream MoisturizerΒ 

I was honestly skeptical when I first purchased this moisturizer because of the price. I can’t go a day without moisturizing my face because my skin is so dry, so when I ran out of my previous moisturizer I figured I would give this one a shot. I am so glad I did because holy moly this stuff is life changing. I am on my third one now, and I will never try another moisturizer again. My skin has transformed SOO much since I started using this! It’s brighter, smoother, softer, and overall looks so healthy. My skin is absolutely loving it, and it’s a MUST for the upcoming chilly weather.

Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm

Skincare is something I recently became more obsessed with now that I’m almost 25πŸ™…. I used to be a bad girl and would forget to take my makeup off before bed, or I would just use makeup wipes and call it a day. The Clinique Cleansing Balm makes removing makeup and taking care of your skin so easy for lazy gals like me. It’s literally so simple, and makes my skin so happy. It removes all my makeup gently but effectively so there’s nothing left on my skin! Seriously a holy grail product.

Winky Lux Kitten PaletteΒ 

If you saw my last post you would already know all about this cute-as-a-button palette. The colors are creamy, long-lasting, and amazing autumnal shades. If you wanna learn more about it check out my post here!

Clinique Even Better Makeup

Fresh, dewy skin is my go-to look no matter what the season. My skin has never looked more healthy and bright until I started using this foundation. I have received so many compliments on my skin since I’ve been using it, and I am loving my results. It gives the perfect amount of coverage, and gives my skin a natural, dewy finish. I am sooo in love with this stuff, I highly recommend it!!

Lancome CILS BOOSTER XL Super-Enhancing Mascara Base

Personally, I HATE wearing false lashes. I can’t get used to them and I constantly worry if they’re moving out of place or look fake. I do love the look of long, voluminous lashes though (but who doesn’t?), and I found a product that has changed my life and will change yours as well. This Lancome Super-Enhancing Mascara Base is the greatest thing I have ever tried. It gives my lashes the extra boost they need to look longer, fuller, and natural. Seriously, go buy this right now.

Oversized Sweaters

Do I really need to say anything else? Oversized, chunky sweaters have been a staple in my fall/winter wardrobe for years now. But this year, I’ve gone a little extra oversized in my sweaters and it’s the coziest thing. My regular sweater size if I wanted a normal fit would be a small. I step it up to a large or xl when buying certain sweaters though so they are extra roomy, cozy, and I personally think cuter πŸ™‚ I love the look of an oversized sweater with the sleeves rolled up a bit, have the front of the sweater tucked into jeans, and some booties. I don’t know about you, but that screams adorable to me.

Everything Red

When I think of red I automatically think of Taylor Swift. (It’s my all time fave album of hers). But then the next thing that comes to mind is this time of the year. I don’t know why red isn’t the color of the season every year, because it really should be. Red is literally everywhere this year, and I’m actually diggin it. I usually steer away from bold colors, but I am loving brightening my wardrobe with pops of red! It’s so fun to add simple red pieces to outfits as well like a red shoe, skirt, purse, or lip πŸ˜‰

Furry Loafer Slides

I have been living in my furry loafers since I got them in early September. They are so freaking comfortable, and equally as adorable. Not to mention, they look identical to the Gucci furry loafers only $900 cheaper πŸ˜‰ Whenever I wear these, people constantly ask if they’re Gucci! I think it’s a pretty great dupe πŸ™‚ Unfortunately the pair I have is sold out, but the ones I linked above are really similar and just as badass.

Candles

Surprisingly, I only recently found my obsession for candles. They are absolutely a fall/winter essential because they make your room a million times more cozy! My favorite scents from Bath & Body Works are Flannel and Marshmallow Fireside. They smell soooo good. I’m totally into sweet smelling candles. Vanilla is my ultimate favorite candle scent, so anything with vanilla I’m all for it πŸ™‚ Bath & Body Works always have amazing sales, so make sure you keep up with them!

Reading

I’ve always loved delving into a captivating novel, but recently I’ve been on of a book kick πŸ™‚ Reading is so enjoyable all the time, but especially on cozy days snuggled under a blanket with some coffee and candles lit. Right now I’m reading Wonder, and holy moly is it good. It’s a super easy read since it’s aimed for young adults, but it is honestly such a heart-warming story and I’m so excited to see if the movie is as good!

There ya have it babes!! All my favorite things about fall, to do in fall, and to have in fall. I hope this post inspired you to think of your fave things, and maybe gave you some ideas as well!! If you haven’t tried out some of the things I mentioned, please do and DM me on Instagram letting me know how it worked for you!! I love to hear your feedback πŸ™‚

I only said fall seven times, impressive πŸ˜‰

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The weather here in NJ is FINALLY starting to cool down! Granted, the afternoons are still 80 degrees, but the mornings and nights are chilly and perfect. The other day I went apple picking with some of my family, and we had the best time! It was chilly enough for me to wear my new ultimate favorite sweater and I was way excited about it. I saw this sweater a month or two ago at H&M, and even though I knew I wouldn’t be wearing it for a while I had to snag it! It was one of those moments in movies when the main character sees something so beautiful that all the lights dim, and there is a spotlight on the beautiful object and the angels are singing from heaven. It was basically like that only not quite as dramatic. Not only is it super soft and snuggly, but there is a full on sass party on the back. The back embroidery is not itchy at all, which is really awesome because no one likes an itchy sweater. I’m all about quirky slogans and sayings on my clothes. I think it adds something fun and different and gives my outfit personality. I decided to pair the sweater with some distressed jeans, and red Keds! This sweater is super versatile though and can be worn with so many things! It would be adorable with a skirt, leather pants, leggings, the list goes on! I know I’m going to get sooo much wear out of this baby, I totally recommend it 1000%!! I’m not sure if it’s available online, so if not I’ll link something similar!! Definitely head to your local H&M to see if they have it!! πŸ™‚

This was the best apple cider donut I’ve ever had. This is what pure joy looks like lol

How pretty are these mums???Β 

My fam gets just as excited about donuts as I do πŸ˜‰

How cute are my little cousins?? πŸ™‚Β 

Sweater | Jeans | Keds | Sunglasses

Have you done anything fall festive yet?? I can’t wait to carve pumpkins, go to haunted attractions, watch scary movies, and celebrate Halloween!! Let me know what you’re excited for in the comments! I love hearing about it and getting some inspiration πŸ™‚ More autumnal posts are coming soon so stick around by subscribing!! πŸ™‚

Stay chic babes!

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