If I Knew Then What I Know Now

It’s crazy to think I’m less than 50 days away from turning the big 3-0. It certainly makes me reflect on where I am now vs where I thought it would be. Growing up, I wanted to graduate college and have my dream job directly after, be married by 26, and have my first child at 27/28. Boy life did not happen that way. But you know what? Everything happens for a reason and that’s ok that things didn’t turn out how I planned. You live and you learn!

And thanks to Earnest, personal and student loan refinancer, I’ve gone back and thought about some of the best years of my life – college! Attending and graduating from Central Michigan University helped shape me, helped kickstart my career, and helped form friendships of a lifetime.

But are there some things I wish I had done differently that may have changed where I am today? Of course! If I knew then what I know now, I’d tell myself this…

  • Start paying off loans while you’re in school
  • Save up at least $10 a month
  • You don’t NEED coffee. It may leave you with an ulcer in the end anyway.
  • Apply for as many scholarships as possible
  • Job shadow professionals in your field of interest

And here are a few things I’m happy I did in college that I’d like to share…

  • Take part in internships
  • Take summer classes at a Community College. It’s cheaper, your credits will transfer, and it can help you graduate earlier.
  • If you live close enough to home, go home for the weekend and take your laundry with you!

Preparing to head off to college? Visit Earnest for some great loan advice. Earnest provides a better way for students and grads to refinance student loans.

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Must Have Mud Mask

Do you ever go shopping, stand in the check out line for a while, and end up with a bunch of random stuff? Yeah, that’s a result of good marketing. But how often do you use the items purchased in the checkout lane? For me, not too often but that recently changed when I found this great mud mask as I was standing in line at Old Navy.

Because I have combination skin, I’m always looking for great beauty products. And after a recent trip to Massage Luxe for a microdermabrasion, my esthetician recommended using a mud mask to keep my pores clean, free of black heads, and to help control the oil. This Deep Down Detox Mud Mask helps to keep skin clean and is a great facial detox as we prepare to transition to spring.

Since I’ve been using this Deep Down Detox Ultra-Cleansing (about a month now), my skin has been smoother than usual and less oily. Blackheads have cut down too! Give yourself an in-home facial. Try out this mud mask. It smells good, feels good, and best of all, it’s relaxing.

Tips:

It comes out thick, but as you rub it into your skin it thins out. Two nickle-sized drops should do the trick.

Exfoliating before applying the mud mask enhances results.

Happy masking!

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Live Your Best Life

I was driving to work the other day thinking, geez this is going to be a stressful day. But then Ed Sheeren “Shape of You” came on and my mood instantly changed. It’s a fun song with a catchy beat, so it got me thinking, you know what, I’m living my best life! Work may be stressful, but I’m blessed to have a job that pays the bills and affords me the opportunity to spend my nights and weekends doing what I need to do to be truly happy.
Find out what makes you happy, and you too can live your best life. Travel, find love, do a good deed, buy that thing you’ve been wanting to buy, go to brunch with your friends, take your grandparents out to dinner.
Oh, and also, get your winter white in while you can. Spring will be here before you know it! I went to brunch with my gal pals the other and chose to create a Run DMC/Michael Jackson inspired look. Because why the hell not?!
Life ain’t easy, by any means. But when you look at the bright side, things get a little bit easier. Enjoy living your best lives, friends! 😘
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Flower Power

Even though we’ve been experiencing global warming-induces temps (not gonna lie, it’s scary but glorious), spring will be here soon! Prepare your home for the season, lift your spirits, and add some pops of color by placing fresh flowers throughout your living space.

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Flowers smell good, look great, and just all around are the perfect accessory for the home. But do you ever worry about the longevity of your fresh flowers? No worries. Here are a few tips to keep your floral arrangements alive longer.

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  • Cut the stems at an angle
  • Don’t use the entire bag of plant food in one setting.
  • Change water often. Add a little bit of food each time you change out the water.
  • Remove leaves towards the bottom of the stems so no leaves submerge in water.
  • Remember, flowers don’t always have to live directly in sunlight, but if you’re able to keep them close to a window, a little vitamin D won’t hurt.

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And no need to stop by a pricey florist. Local grocery stores like Kroger and Trader Joe’s have a nice selection of affordable flowers. 🌺🌸🌼

Photos by Krystina Stanton

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The Ultimate Guide To Wearing Branded Clothes & Accesories

Brand names. We all know them, but how much do we really love them? When wearing brand names, you’ve got to be careful to not plaster them over your entire outfit. Keep it trendy, but also keep it classy. Check out some tips on how to tastefully wear brand names. 

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Avoid shouting the brand’s name too much

No, we don’t mean literally – this is more about how many times the brand name is emblazoned on your shirt, bag or the back of your jacket. The reasons why people buy branded products vary, but generally it is because they are a believer in high quality and because they want to portray a certain image. That does not, however, mean, that you need to have a brand name scrawled all over every single item that you wear. Wearing an outfit like this can totally devalue the worth of the brand, and it can make you look cheap – not what you want when you’ve spent a lot of money on top quality designer goods!

Mix things up

Ever thought about wearing high street and designer at the same time? Or mixing branded clothing with something reclaimed or vintage? Experimenting with your look this way is a great way to broaden your fashion repertoire, and you create some pretty interesting looks along the way. For example, why not wear the iconic Adidas originals alongside a vintage day dress for a cute and quirky look? Or layer a designer sweater over some distressed, ripped boyfriend jeans. The contrast of old meets new makes for a fascinating vibe and means that your outfit will really stand out in a crowd.


Stick to your personal taste

One mistake many people make when it comes to wearing branded clothes is that they assume that whatever the item is, it will look good simply because a designer has made it. Unfortunately, that is not always the case. You still need to bear in mind a lot of different things when buying top-end fashion – the prime one being whether the piece actually suits you or not. Take into account your body shape and what colors suit you when choosing a branded piece of clothing. No matter how expensive it was, it won’t look good if it’s the wrong shape, size or shade for your body. Remember that money can’t buy taste, so don’t buy something flashy just for the sake of it.

**This post has been contributed**

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10 Things You Need to Know About The District Detroit & Little Ceasars Areana

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With the anticipation getting stronger for the completion of Little Caesars arena, my visit to The District Detroit Welcome Center made me want to share some exciting findings with all of my Detroit players!

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Thanks to Visit Detroit and Travel Massive, I was able to get a glimpse of what’s to come over the next few years between Little Caesars Arena, and the surrounding area. So, without further ado, here are 10 things you need to know about The District Detroit (Detroit’s entertainment block including Comerica Park, The Fox Theater, Ford Field, and Little Caesars Arena)!

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The District Detroit: 

  1. The District Detroit is the largest privately-led urban development.
  2. It is the first street corner in America with 5 pro teams within blocks of each other – Lions, Tigers, Red Wings, Pistons, and the soon-to-be pro soccer team!
  3. By 2020, all the arenas will no longer sit in a sea of parking, rather,  retail, food, and entertainment.
  4. A currently un-named, 200-room, 5 star hotel will be coming to the district; and it will cater to athletes and entertainers.
  5. Little Caesars Arena will be the loudest arena in the US! It’s architecture is a mix of Madison Square Garden and an arena in Montreal, CA.
  6. The arena will seat 20,000.
  7. Little Caesars Arena will be an entertainment center that will be hip on a cold February night! A space similar to the High Line in NY will be constructed for patrons to enjoy even when there’s not an event happening.
  8. Little Caesars Arena will house a three-story brewery! The name cannot be released yet, but we do know their brand color is BLUE.
  9. No steps, no ramps. At Little Caesars Arena, you’ll be able to walk right in to your section from the street.
  10. The District Detroit will not get a movie theater even though it’s wanted by many. The development feels as though theaters will soon be a thing of the past. 😦

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An Unconventional Valentine’s Day

When it comes to Hallmark Holidays, I can’t help but think, why do we have to set aside just one day to express our love? Valentine’s Day, Sweetest Day (Midwest holiday for women to cater to their men). We get pumped up with pomp and circumstance because card companies tell us to. But you know what, at the end of the day it is a great excuse to get cute!

So to express my love/hate relationship for these holidays, this year, my Valentines Day look will be unconventional.

Typically Valentine’s Day ensembles call for red, pink, or lots of hearts. Not for this girl. Date night for Valentine’s Day this year will include leopard print and a single hint of red. Do ya see it?

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I’ll rock with you babe. So to show my love, I’ve got this tee from H&M, pulled together with a leather skirt originally from Francesca’s but most recently from Krystina’s closet. And to keep warm, a faux fur coat to hang over my shoulders for affect.

Black and grey with subtle hints of drama make for an edgy, unconventional Valentine’s Day #ootd.

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Do February 14th a little different this time around and wear something you’d never wear. Also, let’s spread love outside of Valentine’s Day and Sweetest Day. More chocolate and flowers on random days, boys and girls! ❤️

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