october blogging challenge 31: share your halloween costume

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Once again, a Sharpie and a t-shirt have answered the dilemma, “What should I be for Halloween?”

What are you dressing up as?

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october blogging challenge 30: thankful thursday

Hurray for…

Finding a book club I think I’m gonna like.

Good music.

Reserving books at the library.

My job, because a) I like it, and b) it’s helping me keep my NYC-living dream afloat.

Living in a great neighborhood.

I know I’ve said it before but I’ll say it again: coffee.

 

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october blogging challenge 29: a day in the life

This time I thought I’d try something different and do my day in the life post in photos.

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After accidentally sleeping in an hour later than usual (oops), I started the day with breakfast and blog reading.

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But even with the delay, I was still up in time to see the sun rise from my window.

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And I still managed to catch my train at the usual time, so I had a few minutes to sit and read in the park before work.

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It was drizzling when I got off the train home, but I could still see the sunset in the distance.

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Dinner and Netflix in bed…

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…and now the rest of my evening looks like this.

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october blogging challenge 28: your favorite beauty products

So, this kind of thing is SO not up my alley. My philosophy when it comes to makeup and hair etc. is, do whatever the heck you want that makes you happy. For me, this is taking a “less is more” approach.

My minimal beauty routine is based around the following products:

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NYC BB cream, powder, blush and mascara. It takes all of four minutes to slap it all on and I’m good to go. If I want to really jazz it up for a night on the town I might add some eyeliner. I like NYC (that’s New York Color) because it’s very affordable, and it doesn’t make me break out.

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Garnier Fructis curl scrunch gel and anti-humidity hairspray. I don’t like blow-drying my hair (hello, poofiness) so I just scrunch it and let it air dry. I’m not sure how much the hairspray actually helps though, to be honest, because nothing seems to stop my hair from doing whatever the heck it wants, especially when humidity is involved. But it’s not usually anything a few well-placed bobby pins can’t sort out.

Are you big into beauty products, or do you take a minimal approach like me? What products do you like to use?

 

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october blogging challenge 27: top tips for a new blogger

So, I’m probably not the best person to take blogging advice from; I only get a few hits a day, and even though I’ve been blogging for over a year I’m still not quite sure what I’m doing with it most of the time. But I guess there are a few things I’ve learned in that year that could come in handy to others:

1. Read other blogs. Lots of them. This is pretty typical advice for anyone who wants to be any type of writer; read the kinds of things you want to write. You’ll find out what catches your attention, what works and what doesn’t, and other blogs can be a good source of inspiration.

2. Reach out to other bloggers. Most bloggers love to hear from their readers, so don’t be afraid to shoot them a message to ask for advice! Especially bloggers who have been at it for a while and have a large readership; they can give you great insight.

3. Don’t think, just do. I mean, do think a little, the internet is permanent after all. What I mean is, if you’re thinking of starting a blog but aren’t sure if you’re “ready,” just start one! You learn by doing; besides, no one’s blog is perfect from the get-go, and a lot of blogs evolve and change over time. There’s nothing wrong with figuring it out as you go along.

4. Ignore advice. In the end, only you can decide what’s right for you. And depending on what your blogging objectives are, some popular advice might not even apply to you.

If you’ve just started blogging or are thinking of staring a blog, are these tips helpful? If you’ve been blogging for a while, what advice would you give to a new blogger?

 

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october blogging challenge 26: weekend highlights

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1. Watching cheesy comedies on Netflix. (What to Expect When You’re Expecting and She’s All That, if you’re curious.)

2. Getting some down time at one of my favorite coffee shops.

3. Seeing the morning sun streaming through the half-brown half-green leaves of the trees outside my window, as seen above.

4. The uber-long walk I just got back from. My legs hurt, I’m thirsty, but damn if that fresh air and exercise (not to mention the escape from my house) wasn’t exactly what I needed just now.

5. Taco Bell.

How was your weekend?

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october blogging challenge 25: your favorite things about the holidays

1. Aesthetics. I love how the people who get into decorating for the holidays really get into it. Lights everywhere, huge blow-up lawn decorations, paper leaves and snowflakes strung up; it’s all fantastic.

2. Seasonal food. Would I be as crazy about egg nog if I had it all year round? Probably not. Also, those little break-and-bake sugar cookies with the pictures of jack-o-lanterns or Christmas trees on them. I may or may not have eating an entire box of those by myself once. (Not all in one sitting, at least.) Although to be honest, I am not into the pumpkin trend; I mean, I don’t dislike pumpkin, but really, what’s so great about it? Even for only a couple months out of the year? It’s just a squash.

3. Days off. Because really, who wants to work/go to school when it’s cold and grey out? It’s so nice to have a socially acceptable excuse to stay in, watch movies and eat as much as possible.

4. Bad TV movies. Self explanatory. Thank you Lifetime, Hallmark Channel and ABC Family.

What’s your favorite thing about the holidays?

 

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october blogging challenge 24: favorite workout songs

Uh-oh, I can’t remember the last time I worked out. I walk several blocks to and from the subway every day, does that count? No? Okay.

But I did go for a very long walk a few days ago for exercise’s sake (that counts-ish), and I took my iPod with me. Here’s some of the songs I played:

Best Day of My Life by American Authors

Heart of Stone by American Authors (I think I like this band)

Want U Back by Cher Lloyd

All Alone by Fun.

That Boy That Girl by Hadouken! (This really gets me pumped, guys)

Are You Gonna Be My Girl by Jet

When it comes to exercising, as you can see I like pop; the more rambunctious the better. What do you like to listen to when you work out?

 

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october blogging challenge 23: your favorite past halloween costumes

No pictures to accompany this post, sorry! But my favorite costumes from recent years are:

1. The cat’s pajamas. I wore pajamas and cat ears. The best part of this costume is how inexpensive it is. Cat ears were only a dollar and I already owned pajamas.

2. Miss Scarlet from Clue. One of the projects for a theater costume class I took was to take one or more articles of clothing from Goodwill and transform them into a Halloween costume. I found The Prom Dress From Hell (I’m talking poofy sleeves and lace, people, and an attached pearl necklace. An attached pearl necklace.) and completely changed it into an un-poofy, off-the-shoulder dress (and I carried a wrench with me). I was proud of this one just because of all the work I put into it. (I got an A on the project too, in case you were wondering.)

3. Trending. I took a white T-shirt and wrote #costume on it with a Sharpie. Lazy? Maybe. But it was cheap and I got two years of use out of it.

What are your favorite past Halloween costumes?

 

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