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Thank you so much for visiting. I’m Graceful Hipster and this is my blog all about beauty, lifestyle, and everything in between. This is the page I hope you can read when you’re looking for a little escape from the craziness of your day, whether it’s with a cup of tea or a fuzzy blanket. I’ll be posting content on here fairly regularly and I hope you find articles helpful, enjoyable, maybe even insightful; all of that good stuff πŸ™‚ With this blog I hope to bring together a community of positive, kind, passionate individualsΒ  who love the things that bring me so much joy each day. I’ve been dreaming about creating a blog for a long time and I’m so jazzed it’s finally happening! Look out for posts with my current favorites, unique fashion ideas, rocking makeup and skin care products, and quick and delicious recipes! I’m also a huge bookworm so I’d love to write some book reviews, as well. I hope everyone is having a great week and enjoying the autumnal vibes that are in full swing. Feel free to comment below and say hey!

 

 

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Organizing Your Life: Tips and Tricks for 2018

Hi everyone!

As we move through the month of January, I’ve been working hard to have my most organized year yet. Although planning everything is impossible, time-consuming, and downright stressful, a bit of creative organization can really relieve your mind and conscience from feeling overloaded with dates, to-do’s, and excess information. I’ve compiled a short list of the tactics and items I’ve been using to plan for 2018. These are some quick and small ways to organize that can have a big impact on the smoothness of your year ahead πŸ™‚ Let me know in the comments if you have any tips and tricks you love that aren’t mentioned in this posts; if you’re new to my blog- hello!- comment below to say hello, and check out my last post, New Year’s Favorites!

Planners are a Must

There’s something about writing down all of your appointments, meetings, and exams all in one place that helps you feel at ease. Hand-writing your calendar in a notebook planner really helps solidify it in your own brain as well, and is another level of assistance for your memory beyond little scribbles on random sheets of paper. Make sure you continually stick with your planner, even on days or weeks when you don’t have much going on, because as it becomes habit you’ll be fully prepared for the busiest and craziest of times!

The Power of the Master Calendar

If you’re one to have events planned for the long-term quite regularly, or simply need a more compact and aesthetically pleasing way to plan, try a large wall or desk calendar. This is an easy way to count days, draw arrows, schedule and reschedule, and keep track of everything in one space. Be sure to keep your calendar in a place you visit often so you won’t forget to continually update it. Not able or wishing to buy a calendar from the store? There are countless templates online that you can print out and bind together for the perfect free alternative!

Sticky Note Time-Savers

Aw, the sticky note, a very underappreciated little tool that can make a big difference in your sanity! Feel like you know you’re going to forget something? Write it on a sticky note (or multiple if you’re like me and reallyyy forgetful ha-ha!) and stick it wherever you’ll see it when most needed- your desk, car, bag or backpack, kitchen cabinet, or even a light switch. This is the perfect way to save yourself the extra worry and ever-changing reminders running through your head of what you can’t forget to do later on in the day.

Phone Reminders for Relief

If you have a phone with the ability to set reminders and calendar dates, this is a great addition or alternative to your organizational ventures. Reminders can even be set to vibrate or made a specific sound so you’ll know exactly when something’s coming up in your daily calendar. Just be sure that if you clear your notifications often, you don’t miss reminders set!

Color Code Everything!

Life can be so hectic, attaching colors to specific events can really step-up your planning game! Colored pens, highlighters, colored pencils, or rainbow markers are fun and quick ways to separate things like job, school, personal, and more in your planner and calendar. If you’re a student, separating your classes by color is a great way to remember where to go and what to bring without much thought. If you work multiple jobs or are a parent and planning for separate kid’s activities, this is another useful trick for differentiating what’s what.

Plan with Creativity without Overwhelming

With some inventive and careful thinking, you can plan events to fit more into your day. If you feel you’ll have the energy for back-to-back to-do’s, go for it! Be sure to prioritize what’s necessary and complete those tasks first so you can always post-pone later items on the list if necessary. Take on what you know you’re able to complete whenever possible, and then go from there. With less stress and pressure to get so much done, you’ll find you power through your checklist faster than ever before!

It’s Okay to Say No

When dealing with optional additions to your chaotic schedule, only take on what you are able to do. If the option presents itself and your gut is telling you you’ll be quickly overwhelmed and frustrated with the added task, say no. It’s okay to say no when you’ve accessed your current situation and concluded it’s better to not take another thing on your plate. We all have unique abilities and capabilities to juggle daily tasks and events, so don’t be hard on yourself! Respect yourself and your time.

Take Time Out for Yourself

Remember to make notes on the calendar of time for yourself! You deserve to take time for yourself, and the things and people you love. When possible, squeeze in a few minutes, a few hours, a few days, whatever is fitting to your schedule and happiness, for fun and relaxation πŸ™‚ These are great moments to motivate you through even the most hectic and stressful of times. Take a breath and know that time is coming, and you’ve worked hard for it and are deserving πŸ™‚

That is it for my tips and tricks organizing into the New Year! I hoped this post has given you a few ideas for how to organize for less worry and more success! Leave a comment below if you’ve been incorporating any of these into your routine or if you have any favorite tips from the list above πŸ™‚ Happy planning, and have a fantastic day, friends!

With love and positivity,

Graceful Hipster

 

New Year Favorites 2018

Hello everyone I hope you’re all having a lovely start to the new year and enjoyed holidays filled with happiness! As we head into January, I wanted to share some of my favorites from the month of December into this month. I’ve been falling in love with new products that I’m excited to tell you all about πŸ™‚

If you’re new to my blog- welcome! Be sure to check out my previous posts and leave a comment below with any new favorites you have this month.

Starting off with what I would say is a routine-altering product for me – Neutrogena’s Hydro Boost Water Gel Moisturizer. I was on the hunt for a deeply hydrating moisturizer as my skin has felt quite tight and dry in recent months, but additionally a product that wouldn’t be too heavy, causing breakouts on my skin. I stumbled upon this moisturizer and couldn’t be more pleased! The hyaluronic acid in this product helps skin retain moisture and leaves my face smooth and truly quenched, with no spots caused! It settles into my skin extremely quickly with no residue left behind and leaves my face more even in tone. I’m so impressed by the product as a whole and have been recommending it non-stop to everyone!

I was fortunate to receive the Anastasia Beverley Hills Contour Kit palette in the shade light to medium as a gift and have been loving it throughout the last few weeks. The shades are gorgeous and both warm and cool in tone. The palette contains three contour shades and three highlighter shades that seamlessly blend for a natural-looking finish. They’re very buildable, perfect for a subtle daytime look transforming into a more fierce evening makeup. I’ve been using all of the contour shades depending on the tones of the rest of my makeup look for the day, and of the highlights I’ve gravitated more towards the pale pink with a hint of shimmer. If you love a natural highlight without the intense shine this is the palette for you!

 

Next up for favorites comes the Pacifica Nail Polishes. These are 100% vegan, cruelty free, and have great color payoff on nails. The formulation glides on nails and truly only requires one, maybe two, coats of polish, which is fantastic if you’re super impatient with your wet nails like me and can’t stand to sit still and let 3 or 4 coats of polish dry ha-ha! I love the slight sheen the polish leaves on nails and I often skip the top coat and still find it’s long-lasting. My favorite shade is pictured above- 1972 Pool Party- a deep blue with a cool gray undertone.

My lips through the holiday season were rocking the Lorac Highly Pigmented Satin Lipstick in Prom Queen during the daytime, a lovely berry tone with a gorgeous shine. It’s very creamy and moisturizing, and I’ll often pair it with a nude-toned eye shadow look. I found I don’t have to reapply this lipstick as often as similar conditioning lipsticks because of its high pigmentation and color pay off. When it came to nighttime color, I switched to my trusty NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Monte Carlo, which I feel is the perfect holiday red shade for every party or night out. I love the Soft Matte Lip Creams as they stay put and the colors truly pop. With proper moisture before applying the matte lip cream, my lips don’t appear dry or creased with the product on. It’s perfect with a smoky eye or chic cat flick.

I, of course, had to include a candle, and although I’ve continued to love my Bath and Body Works three-wicks, I’ve had the Boulangerie Espresso Candle from Anthropologie constantly lit through this last month. It smells of the most lovely coffee shop that makes the most rich and tasty espresso ever. It’s a perfect candle for on the kitchen sink, or in the living room to create inviting and cozy vibes. It can be paired with any vanilla candle as well and suddenly your living or work space smells like a vanilla latte. So. Amazing.

My final favorite is a bit more obscure, but I picked these up the other day shopping and have been doodling with them ever since- the Crayola Metallic Colored Pencils. These are gorgeous in color and shimmer like the most beautiful evening eyeshadow. These are perfect for fun color-coordinated notes in a planner, doodling in a stress-relieving coloring book, or underlining key words and vocabulary for an exam.

That concludes my New Year favorites for 2018! I hope you have a wonderful day and enjoyed this post πŸ™‚ Let me know in the comments if you’ve been loving any of these favorites, too!

With love and positivity,

Graceful Hipster

 

 

Taking Time Out with a Timeout

This time of year can be completely cluttered and overwhelmed with series of never-ending to-do lists. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good to-do list; I’m a big fan of nicely organized lists for every occasion, but they can become beyond daunting when for every item you check off two more pop up in its place. Today I was reflecting on the importance and honestly, for me personally, vitalness, of taking mini timeouts during my day. I wanted to share these, as they’re so helpful for me, so maybe they can help some of you, too πŸ™‚

These timeouts don’t have to be anything big or time-consuming. Many can be completed in the small gaps of time during the day you may normally fill with swiping through your phone or stressing about whatever’s coming next. The purpose of these isn’t to set them up in any structured manner, but to simply take them as needed in order to promote awareness and reassurance that you are in control. We often get so caught up in what’s next that we forget about what’s right now, the present moment, and the value of each moment as we’re experiencing it.

Some of my favorite timeouts are simple breathing exercises, breathing in and out slowly, and if you feel comfortable, with your eyes closed, and really focusing on the effect that conscious breathing can have on calming your entire body. It’s a beautiful and rewarding sensation to identify the tense parts of your body, and then in turn willing them to relax and stretch. There are many amazing breathing exercises and tips online that you can find if you feel most comfortable with a step-by-step guide.

Another great option is popping in headphones or sneaking to a secluded spot to blast a power jam. Whatever gets you up on your feet and grooving, humming, singing, shaking, or at least tapping your foot. This is prime timeout territory for me, and it’s always so fun!

Another way to calm your nerves is a quick read of your favorite blog, watching a little video that makes you laugh, or skimming a section of a beloved book that brings you comfort, whatever takes you to a place of serenity and positivity! An awesome companion for your chill out takes the form of a steaming cup of coffee or tea, or if you can grab one ahead of time, a tasty snack that puts a smile on your face. Sometimes, you just have to treat yourself to something sweet πŸ™‚

A productive and peaceful timeout for many can also be slipping in front of a mirror to splash some water on your face, take a deep breath, look yourself in the eye and say “you’ve got this!” . . .Β  or whatever motivation saying brings you reassurance and confidence!

Finally, you also have the opportunity to bring others joy with your timeouts, beyond being a happier and more refreshed version of yourself. Shoot your BFF, significant other, loved one, whomever you think of first really, a little pep talk in the form of a text, or just let them know your thinking about them randomly with an uplifting message. It will put a smile on their face at the very least, and may be just what they need to keep taking on the day with a positive attitude. It’s also likely their response will make you feel equally loved and comforted, a nice bonus.

These are just a few ideas of what you can do to take time out for a timeout during your day, and I hope you’ve found them helpful or even inspiring for the days ahead. Let me know in the comments if there are any timeouts you love in particular so we can all learn some new tricks for easing stress and worries.

With love and positivity,

Graceful Hipster

October Favorites

What a month! I’m totally in love with the month of October. Autumn hits full force in the most beautiful way with shades of red, brown, and orange. I love the cozy vibes this time of year brings along with the stunning makeup and fashion. I’ve already broken out several of my favorite fall candles and flannels (dare I say this dynamic duo is unmatched this time of year?) and my beloved autumnal makeup products to match the shades of the leaves falling.Β  I have tried a few new products, as well, which I’ve been pleasantly surprised to find I love!

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October Favorites by Graceful Hipster at Sunset

Starting off with a classic favorite, my Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara! I wear this year round and feel it’s unbeatable in it’s long-lasting, lengthening, and thickening qualities, without it ever clumping up my lashes. I changed my shade for autumn to Brownish Black for a softer touch and I’m so pleased with the look! It brings out any warmer shades in my makeup look and gives my eyes a more delicate and natural appearance. I will for sure continue to use this into the winter months.

For eyeshadow, I’ve been sticking with my trusty Urban Decay Naked Ultimate Basics eyeshadow palette and shifting my shades a bit to meet the hues of autumn. My favorites right now are Extra Bitter, Instinct, and Blow, which I also love using as a highlighter. I apply it with the Real Techniques by Sam and Nic Fan Brush from the Sculpting Set very softly on my cheek and brow bones and love the subtle and glistening result. This palette’s versatility is amazing and perfect to pop in a bag for the day or a bit of travel; it shifts looks from day-to-night seamlessly.

 

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Urban Decay Naked Ultimate Basics Eyeshadow Palette

 

Awh, candles . . .Β  they honestly have the most positive and uplifting effect on my mood. I’ve been lighting one morning and night since the beginning of September, although it’s never to early for autumnal candles in my book πŸ™‚ My favorites at the moment are Autumn by Bath and Body Works for morning and Pumpkin Apple by Bath and Body Works for the evening. Autumn has this lovely fresh kick with apple and eucalyptus notes, while still igniting the fall crave with fir balsam and fig (is anyone else obsessed with the scent of figs?!). Pumpkin Apple everything you want in a warm, cozy autumn candle, with apple and pumpkin combining to smell like your favorite pies. Lighting this legitimately makes me hungry . . .

I’ve been adoring the band The Head and The Heart, which have this comforting, indie folk sound that’s so unique and uplifting. Some of my favorite tracks at the moment are Lost in My Mind, Rivers and Roads, and False Alarm. I recommend turning this on when cooking up dinner, catching up on readings or emails, or enjoying a cup of tea while chatting with a pal. I’ll definitely be exploring their music more over the next month.

Flannels, flannels, and more flannels! Whether it be a flannel tossed on over a cute t-shirt, an oversized flannel buttoned up with leggings and booties, or a flannel tied around the waist of your most styling fall dress; I think any outfit this time of year can only be elevated by the addition of a flannel. Some of my favorite places to hunt for new additions to my collection are Target, Zara, and H&M; be sure to peak through both the men’s and women’s sections because they all have a fairly wide range of styles and sizes and I love the oversized fit of all the men’s flannels I own. Flannel’s can upgrade the jeans and a T-shirt to a trendier look or give a simple dress a funkier feel.

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Candles and Flannels ❀

This favorites wouldn’t be complete without including my recent hair styling find, Herbal Essence Bio-Renew Curl-Defining Mousse. I picked this up on a whim one day on a drugstore run and honestly had little faith. This comes from years of dealing with my unruly wavy-frizzy-moody hair and finding little luck in mousses, learning that they either a. made my hair frizzier, b. made my hair feel sticky or crusty (gross gross gross), or c. did absolutely nothing. To my complete and utter joy this product is absolutely amazing! It glides through my hair and with a few scrunches with a towel I’m good to go! I almost always let my hair air-dry (the hair dryer takes the frizz to a whole new level) and I find this helps define my loose curls without any of the negatives I’ve been left with in the past. This product also has no parabens, colorants, or gluten, which is an added bonus!

Well everyone, that will conclude my favorites for October. I hope you’re having a lovely October so far and let me know in the comments down below if you’ve been loving any of these things, too!

With love and positivity,

Graceful Hipster