Wedding Planning: How I Stay Organized

I have two months left until my wedding! I can’t believe how fast this time has passed by. Since I am almost nearing the end of my wedding planning, I wanted to let you guys know how I stayed organized. Organization is key to life for me, I feel that when you are organized there is no reason for stress. That goes for planning events and life in general. If you can keep yourself and your surroundings as organized as possible, I guarantee it will make life so much easier!

I also show you guys sneak peeks of my save the dates & my wedding invites so definitely watch this video if you want to see!

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Where Have I Been!? Life Update

I know I have been gone for quite a while. Well, let me explain.

I don’t like to make excuses for being absent from my blog, youtube, or social media in general because at the end of the day I choose to make certain things a priority and this blog, unfortunately, has not been one of them. When I first started my blog, I wanted to create an outlet where, if I wasn’t in the mood to film a Youtube video, I could come to my blog and just write about it. It ended up making things stressful because I felt that I was only posting the same things I was making videos about. After continuously doing that, writing these posts started to feel like a chore and I wasn’t into it. I didn’t know what else to write about, and it seemed like I never had the time to create more content. So, I gave myself a little (very long) break.

I never want to feel discouraged or forced to do something and that is why taking a break from my blog was the best decision. I was able to focus on my Youtube channel a little more and I finally hit 1,000 Subscribers!!! — I do want to thank all of you who not only follow my blog but also subscribed and watch my Youtube videos because without you, 1,000 subbies wouldn’t have been possible. I know it seems minuscule in comparison to other Youtubers  but to me, it is a huge deal. It took a very long time to get to this place and I don’t plan on stopping. I want to grow my channel and my blog, as well as my other social media platforms because I truly love doing this.

On top of focusing on my Youtube, I was able to focus more on school too. I am finally one semester away from graduation! Yayyyy. For those of you who don’t know, my college journey has been a crazy one (possible video or blog idea?). There were times where I felt like a failure and didn’t think I would ever have the opportunity to finish my education, so the fact that I am one semester away from graduation is such a blessing. I can’t wait to finish school, so that I can have some more free time to do the things that I love, including putting more focus into this blog.

I’ve also been planning my wedding as you all know, I got engaged last October and am planning a wedding for this September. I have done a few videos on my wedding planning process but overall, I planned everything so quickly that I didn’t really have much to talk about in videos. I plan on doing an update filling you guys in on what I have planned so far (which is basically everything, but ya know, who doesn’t love wedding videos?).

So that’s pretty much what has been going on in my life right now that has been keeping me so busy. I hope that you guys are still interested in my blog because now that I am back, I have so many ideas brewing.

I want this blog to be more than just beauty because my Youtube is mostly about beauty at the moment (eventually, I want to dive into lifestyle and fashion on there too, but that’s another story and blog post). In this blog, I want to be able to share my opinions on topics, no matter what the topic is. I want to be able to share my travels with you guys, the books I read, and just daily tips and tricks, recipe’s, etc. Anything that comes to mind that I think is a part of me and my life, I want to share with you guys. I want this blog to be more than just a beauty blog. I guess what I am saying is, I want this blog to be more about my lifestyle. I want to open up more with you guys and I want you to get to know who I am in all aspects of my life.

I am excited for this new journey and the changes that I plan on making to my blog because I have been looking forward to this for a while. Keep an eye out for changes coming in the next few months and also, I hope that you stick with me and enjoy my new posts! If you have any ideas of what type of blog posts you would like to see definitely leave me some comments below and let me know what you want to see! I love you guys, thank you for all your support and for sticking with my even when I am not giving you my best. I appreciate all of your support and I hope we can continue on this journey together.

xo, Jess

Will You Be My Bridesmaid? DIY Bridesmaid Boxes

For my wedding series I decided to film what I did to ask my girls if they would like to be a part of my wedding. I made DIY Boxes full of goodies for each one of my bridesmaids. They all loved it and said yes! If you are planning your wedding, let me know what you did to ask your bridesmaids to be a part of your wedding. I hope this video was fun and helpful as well.

Please don’t forget to subscribe and thumbs up the video if you found it helpful and fun!

I’m Engaged! Our Proposal Story

I know I am posting this a little late but on October 5th, 2015 I was proposed to at the top of the Eiffel Tower! It was literally a dream come true and I am so excited for the wedding planning process and to be with my Fiancé forever and ever! I talked about the entire proposal and how it all happened in my video down below so make sure to watch it so you guys know the details!

Also, I am thinking about making this into a series, so give me ideas of what kind of wedding videos you would like to see. I hope you guys enjoy this video and are excited as I am to join me on this wedding journey.

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xo, Jess

The Power of Makeup

When I was younger, confidence was something I knew nothing about. I looked up to my family members who mostly consisted of women, and thought that they were so beautiful and that I could never compare. As the years went by, I struggled with my self-esteem and confidence all throughout Middle school and High school. Although it may have seemed like I was a happy-go-lucky teenager, behind closed doors I was really struggling to find myself. Eventually, I started watching YouTube videos and would see girls applying their own makeup and looking so confident while doing it. I began to play with makeup myself and liked the way it made me feel.

Makeup was a way out for me. It was the blanket that covered all of my insecurities for a very long time. It got so bad that I would never leave the house without it on. I ONLY felt comfortable with myself when I had makeup on.

As I got older, through many meltdowns and mental breakdowns, I finally became stronger. I started seeing myself in a different light and I knew that in order for me to be successful and actually make a difference in my life, I was going to have to change something. I wanted to be happy and at that moment I knew what had to change. I started watching many self-help and inspiring Youtube videos, I would go to my local bookstore and for hours read self-help books, and eventually I saw small changes in me.

Now, I can proudly say that although I have my off days, I am more confident than I have ever been. Makeup is no longer necessary for me. I wear it because I love it and because I enjoy it, NOT because I need it to feel comfortable anymore.

I hope that this inspires you all to be confident with or without makeup. We all have struggles and we all go through hard times, but never forget that the real beauty comes from the person you are within.

My LASIK Eye Surgery Story

Today’s post is a little different than most of my other posts because it’s a little personal and informative. If you’ve watched any of my recent videos you probably know that I was in the process of getting LASIK surgery done. Well, I finally did! Guys, it is the best decision I have ever made and anyone who tells me different can just crawl in a hole 🙂

I wanted to make a video for you guys pretty much describing the process through my view because I had so many people curious about how it actually worked. It is a pretty long video but I tried to be as informative as possible. If you have any questions feel free to leave them below and I will try to answer them as best I can.

*Keep in mind, everyone is different and has different eye types. This is solely MY experience, I cannot guarantee the same for you but at least you know what to look forward to. Right?

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A few days late but, happy New Year!

I wanted to make sure I started this year out on a positive note, so I made sure to enjoy my last day of 2014 to the fullest and start completely fresh in 2015. I’m not one to usually make resolutions because let’s face it, I never actually stick to them but this year I’m doing things a little different.

Last year had many ups and downs but I grew from them all. It was a year of discovering truths, becoming more independent, and learning to let go and let God. I began 2014 not in the happiest way because I felt unaccomplished with myself and where I was in life. Slowly but surely I began to do little adjustments to my lifestyle and as the year went on I began to enjoy life and become genuinely happy. Of course there were a few rough patches, but I came out of last year with more gratitude for life than I’ve ever felt.

Although I am still not where I want to be and it makes me feel a little disappointed sometimes, I am making it a point to turn that around this year. I am going to try the hardest I’ve ever tried to make my dreams come true and that includes putting 100%  into this blog and other things in my life that will help me prosper.

With that said, my new year’s resolution this year is to live. I want to live life to it’s fullest, I want travel, I want to love, I want to genuinely enjoy my life. It will not be easy, but I will make those changes and by the end of this year, I vow to be where I want to be in life, happy as can be. I encourage you all to try to actually live your life this year. It is truly a great feeling when you genuinely love life and feel immense gratitude for being here.

I hope you all have an incredible new year and thank you so much for sticking with me this year!

lots of love
xo, Jess