Pearls Please!

College football has officially started, and my family and I couldn’t be happier. What’s my game day essential? A strand of pearls. I’m pretty sure it is a southern tradition to dress your best for football games, and that is exactly what I do. Even though I’m watching the games from home today in my pjs, I couldn’t help but layer my pearls with a diamond necklace I got for my 16th birthday. Pearls to me are elegant and scream high class, yet they’re very basic and easy to add to an already fashionable outfit. You can purchase some here for $10 or the real deal here for $167.

What are your game day essentials?

xoxo, Ashley Brooke

 

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Confidence is Key

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Hello pals, readers, and those who have stumbled upon this blog. Today I will be sharing my outfit that I got at Goodwill and Payless for $27. I have always loved thrifting and Goodwill is the perfect place to start thrifting. There are so many nifty finds there, and you can normally make an outfit for under $20! I was unable to find shoes that matched my outfit at Goodwill, and so I went to Payless to find shoes! They were having a back to school clearance event so I ended up getting $40 shoes for 16 bucks. What a great deal.Anyways, I wanted to talk to you guys about confidence. I have struggled with body image for a long long long time. I also have struggled with depression and anxiety and have gone to therapy for about a year to work on my confidence and depressive symptoms. I am finally getting better and I am so happy! I recently got a new therapist and I was a tad scared that we wouldn’t mesh, but she is very helpful! We have been working on my confidence and self-image. I’m going to share her tips in hopes that it will help someone like me.

Tip 1. Recognize your strengths.

Recognize what you are good at. Are you artistic? Sporty? Really good at listening to people? Realize what you are good at and you will start to feel good about yourself, too.

Tip 2. Be proud of your accomplishments.

What have you done recently that is extraordinary? Did you start a blog? Did you talk to someone on the phone even though you have terrible anxiety? Even the smallest accomplishments are huge victories.

Tip 3. Celebrate life.

One of the biggest keys to confidence is to be happy.

“Happy girls are the prettiest girls.” -Audrey Hepburn

In order for your beauty to shine through, you need to be happy. There are thousands of ways to create your own happiness, but the easiest way is to realize you are awesome. Celebrate small things. Celebrate living to see another Monday. Celebrate that you will find someone who loves you with all their heart. Celebrate the confusion. Celebrate the bad times. Celebrate the good times. Celebrate scars, stretch marks, bruises. These are all signs you are alive. Just, celebrate life.

 I had a recent interview for a class and the interviewer said I needed to work on my confidence. Major blow to my already low self-esteem. I knew I wasn’t confident, but other people noticed too? I then felt more insecure than ever, but I knew if I wanted a spot in the class I would HAVE to boost my confidence somehow. I decided a photoshoot would either be a blessing or a curse. Sometimes I’m really photogenic and other times I look like a potato, so it was a 50/50 chance at boosting my confidence. Once I saw the pictures, I fell in love with them and the way I looked.

Get a similar skirt here, a similar shirt here, and the exact shoes here.

Comment below your struggles with confidence and how you built it back up! I’d love to hear your stories and see what worked and what didn’t.

Thanks for stopping by,

Ashley Brooke

How To Survive High School

Hello incoming freshmen, pals, readers, and those who have stumbled upon this blog. Today is the first day of August, which means school is just around the corner (groan). I will be sharing 15 tips on how to survive your first day as a high school student.

Starting your first day as a freshman can be exciting, scary, and a little intimidating. You may be smaller than the upperclassmen, and that is terrifying. Here is a handy guide to get you through your first day and the 179 days after. 😉

#1. Learn your way around the school

Nothing is worse than a freshman who is constantly bumping into people and being lost. But don’t worry! If your school doesn’t offer a freshman orientation, don’t be scared to ask an upperclassman for help navigating the hallways. Chances are they will help you and 1. If they don’t they’re a big meanie. 2. If they do, new friend!

#2. Memorize your schedule 

The best way to do this is to keep it as a lock screen on your phone! That way, if you lose your schedule you have it committed to memory or at least saved to something you don’t leave home without.

#3. Stop posting on Instagram 2x a day

You WILL have more freshmen that you meet and upperclassmen follow you after the first day. Nobody wants to follow a spammy account, though. Limit your posts to once a day if you absolutely HAVE to post. Most teens post once a week or less.

#4 Realize you might drift away from friends

You are now in high school. People are changing and developing into different versions of themselves. You and your best friend might have different tastes now, and that’s okay!

#5. You are going to make A LOT of friends

High school introduces you to so many opportunities to meet new people! Clubs, sports, tutoring, the options are endless.

#6. Join a club or sport!

The best way to meet people is to be active in your school!

#7. Don’t miss out on sporting events just because you have homework 

Don’t get me wrong, grades are SUPER important, but it is okay to have fun! You’re young, you can afford to stay up until 3 am doing homework at least once. Again, being social is the best way to meet people.

#8. Don’t let other people define your worth

I struggled a lot with this my freshman year. In fact, I still do. Do not let anyone feel like you are too much to handle or do not have enough to offer. You are perfect just the way you are, and if they don’t like you for you, kick them to the curb.

#9. Do not focus on romantic relationships

Sure, dating is fun, but chances are you do not have a car so you cannot actually “date.” Freshman year is the year for building friendships, focus on boyfriends/girlfriends later.

#10. Stay on top of your grades

Colleges will look at your freshman year, so do the best that you can! Do not goof off in class, pay attention, take notes. Do whatever works for you to get good grades.

#11. Keep a planner

It can be hard to keep up with all the assignments, projects, and school events. Keeping a planner helps you stay organized and stay on top of your grades.

#12. Spend time with your family

Just because you are busy with school does not mean you have an excuse to not hang out with your family. You will be gone in four years, and the time does fly by fast. Hang out with the rents, and not just so you can mooch money off of them. You family will appreciate you hanging out with them.

#13. Save money

You will be buying a car in two years and going to college two years after that. Save all the money you can, you’ll thank me later ;).

#14. Read Perks of Being a Wallflower. 

This is one of the best books of all time. Read it.

#15. Be yourself!

This is probably the most important tip. Be your crazy, unique, smart self. People will love you for you, and like I said earlier if they don’t like you kick them to the curb.

Thanks for stopping by,

Ashley Brooke

Everything you need to know on your first day of high school. Freshmen tips

7 Best Jobs for High School Students

Hello pals, readers, and those who have stumbled upon this blog. Today I am going to be sharing with you (some from personal experience, some from research) the best jobs for high school students.

Grocery Store Clerk

This job is best for effieicient, extroverted people. Be prepared to stock shelves as well as learn to bag groceries quickly. (recomended but not required: Tetris skills)

Babysitter

This job is one of the highest paying jobs for teens. Babysitters can make $12-$20 an hour, depending on how many children they are watching and how long the parent(s) will be gone.  If you love kids this job is for you. 

Bonus, you are likely to be hired faster/paid more if you are CPR certified. 

Ice cream scooper

Just imagine being close to all that yummy goodness all day! Some companies even let you take pints home (yay employee freebies!). You’ll get to see smiling faces all day long while working on your upperbody strength (scooping ice cream is harder than you think). Who could ask for a better job?

 

Dog Walker

You can make anywhere from $15-35 per walk! Great for someone who loves dogs and needs to hatch Pokemon eggs. 😉

Animal Shelter Worker

Animal shelters will pay teens to work with animals and clean out their cages. If you are interested in becoming a vet/ owning an animal shelter, you would love this job!

Filling out surveys

A good way to earn money without ever leaving your bed is to fill out online surveys! My favorite app to do this is SwagBucks. They ask you to fill out surveys in exchange for giftcards from places like Target, Starbucks, Walmart, and Amazon. 

You’ll only make about $5 a day, but it all depends on how much time you spend on the app. 

Pet Sitter

People go crazy over their pets! You can earn up to $15 per half hour of checking on pets! This includes feeding and watering them, letting them inside/outside, and possibly playing with them. This job is perfect for someone who is busy with school and can only work for a few hours a day. 

 

Thanks for stopping by! Leave your favorite job you worked as a teen in the comment section below. 

xoxo,

Ashley Brooke

My 10 Minute Makeup Routine

Hello pals, readers, and people who have stumbled on this blog. I am sharing my favorite beauty products with you today and how I use them! Beauty products are the only things I don’t skimp on because I have sensitive skin, but there are hundreds of blog posts on duplicates for the products I use. 

Step 1. Hydrate and take care of your skin

I use rose water from Onurth located in New York. This rose water works wonders! It clears your face and hydrates it. According to their website, which you can find here, you can hydrate thirsty skin with a soothing mist of Onurth’s sought after rose water. From the finest Bulgarian roses comes this replenishing hydrolat with natural humectant qualities to add and retain moisture to tired skin. Use after cleansing and throughout the day to refresh and rehydrate your complexion. A must have for drier skin types and frequent

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Onurth’s

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travelers (bring your 2 ounce bottle on the plane). This is what rose is supposed to smell like – Use in place of a toner or as a gentle cleanser with Onurth’s Eco Squares. Rose has an affinity with the heart; promoting balance, aiding in emotional processing and supports in decision making. 

 

  • Ingredients: Pure Floral Hydrosol from Organically-Grown Bulgarian Roses.
  • Origin: Bulgaria
  • Shelf Life: Three to Six Months

It is my fav beauty product. Check it out!

 
Step 2. Foundation
 
I like to use Too Faced Born this Way foundation in the color Snow, because I’m really pale! It has been the only foundation that covers my skin and stays on all day, but it is expensive. At $39 for 1 oz, I think it is worth every penny because it doesn’t break my face out (I have very sensitive skin). You can find it at Sephora, Ulta, Glambot or on the Too Faced website. According to Too Faced description: Skin so naturally radiant they’ll think you were born this way.
Born This Way is an oil-free foundation that masterfully diffuses the line between makeup

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and skin. For coverage so undetectable, you can’t see the makeup and you can’t see imperfections – all that’s left is naturally radiant skin that looks like you were Born This Way.This revolutionary foundation is infused with a potent combination of coconut water to naturally replenish moisture levels; nature’s resilient alpine rose to brighten the skin’s appearance and promote elasticity and hyaluronic acid for a smoother, more youthful appearance.

Skin-loving perfection:

  • Medium-to-full, undetectable coverage
  • Oil-free
  • Coconut water helps delicately replenish skin’s moisture levels without over hydrating
  • Infused with the resilient alpine rose to brighten the skin’s appearance and promote elasticity
  • Hyaluronic acid provides long-lasting, skin-balancing hydration for a smoother, more youthful appearance

Step 2 1/2: The brush I use

I love love love IT cosmetics! The founder is so cute and I love her message! You can find

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the dual sided brush here for $20. It is perfect for applying foundation AND concealer. IT is high quality and is cruelty-free! 

According to IT’s website: Ultra luxe, ultra plush tool for perfect airbrush application. Provides the capability to build coverage with foundation or powder and buff away imperfections. This brush was designed with leading plastic surgeons to apply BOTH foundation and concealer to a flawless, airbrushed finish!

The ultra plush, ultra luxe large end allows you to quickly apply your foundation to larger areas for a beautiful airbrushed finish, while the micro-end allows for the most accurate precision in even the smallest spaces. This high-quality brush is extremely soft and great for even the most sensitive skin!

Step 3. Lippy stick

Tarte has wonderful, and hydrating, lipstick! My favorite shade is poppy, simply because

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Source: Tarte’s Website

poppies are my fav flower! 😉 You can find their lipstick at Sephora, Ulta, Glambot or Tarte’s websiteThe lipstick makes your lips tingle a bit and it feels amazing! According to Tarte’s website: Inspired by the whimsical colors of the Amazon and infused with naturally-derived ingredients from its lush vegetation, these Amazonian butter lipsticks add a splash of rich color and creamy shine for a perfect pout.

 

 

Step 4. Cheek Stain

Benefit makes THE BEST cheek stain! It lasts all day and according to th

posietint benefit

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em it’s “snuggle and kiss proof.” They have it in three colors and I’m planning on making my second purchase. Posietint is poppy-tinted too ;). You can find it at Sephora, Ulta, Glambot and Benefit’s website. The product description, taken from Benefit’s website, is:

 

This poppy-pink tinted stain brightens cheeks & lips with a cheery flush. The liquid-gel formula beautifully blends on all complexions and lasts for hours.

  • Smooch-proof
  • Nuzzle-proof
  • Natural finish

 

Step 5. Mascara

I like to use drug store brands, but my current mascara crush is Better than Sex mascara by Too Faced! It holds a curl well and lengthens eyelashes! Best mascara I’ve ever used. You can find it at Sephora, Ulta, Glambot,and the Too Faced website. I like to buy the mini because it’s cheaper, but you do you! The product description taken from the Too Faced website: 

What it is:

better than sex

Source: Too Faced Website

An intensely black, volumizing mascara with an hourglass-shaped brush that separates, coats, and curls each lash to voluptuous perfection.

What it does:
Inspired by the curves of a woman’s body, the hourglass-shaped brush was designed with extra stiff bristles to maximize the performance of this carbon black, collagen-fueled formula. One coat and lashes are full and defined. Two coats and lashes are even more luscious, curled, and dramatic. Three coats help you achieve the most intense, black, multidimensional lashes possible.

What it is formulated WITHOUT:
– Parabens

What else you need to know:
Better Than Sex mascara contains a film-forming polymer for smudge-proof, all day wear and unique peptides for the deepest, intense black possible.

 

And that’s it! It takes less than ten minutes to apply these products and you’ll have a fresh, natural look. 

Thanks for stopping by, 

Ashley Brooke

 

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Look, I’ll make this short. I am starting this blog for high school and college students who want the Vogue look without the Vogue price.  I will include tips on how to shop smart, where to shop, and how to make money selling old clothes. Until those are published, let me tell you about myself. I am 16 and live in the Dallas area. I have loved fashion since well… forever and am excited to share my ideas with y’all! I have two dogs, love to travel, read, write, and just love life in general.IMG_3680[1].JPG

Thanks for stopping by,

Ashley Brooke Boyd

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