Wednesday, January 28, 2015

My Best Friend is Going Into the Navy

Hello Everyone!

Today's post is a little different because I'm going to discuss my best friend and how he is going into the Navy. This year I said I wanted to give my blogger friends and my audience a bit more personal side of myself. By doing this you get to know the girl behind the blog a little better.

The Beginning of Our Friendship 

I've known my best friend since I was 16 years when I transferred to a new high school our Junior year. Gosh Fall 2002 seems so loooong ago lol. I remember we met in Driver's Ed, but we didn't actually have a conversation until we were in study hall for Driver's Ed. You ever just met someone you just clicked with? Well that's how I would describe the interaction with my best friend and I. Sure we have our differences as most people do, but over the years since high school we have grown even closer.

His Navy Story

He told me he was thinking about joining the Navy about two years ago, but he didn't sign up until a few months ago. He was supposed to leave in May of this year, but he had the opportunity to leave a few months earlier (now) so he decided to leave for basic training sooner than expected. As he gets ready to venture in this new chapter in his life, he knows that he has my all my support. I know he's going to do great in basic training and in the Navy in general. 

A Very Close Bond

Wednesday, January 28th which is today is the big day, he's leaving for basic training. It seems so surreal that I just talked to him last night to knowing I won't hear from him verbally for a while. I would be lying if I said I'm not going miss him like crazy because I know I will. Even though he may drive me crazy sometimes (as I do the same for him lol) that's what's makes us so close because we are able to work through our differences and meet on common ground. In life we go through changes with people, but not letting those changes tear you apart is what makes bonds so special. Nowadays good friends or people in general are hard to come by, so I definitely don't take the people I love and care about for granted. Since it was so sudden he decided to leave, we didn't get to spend the day together as planned, but we did get to spend a few hours hanging out talking on Sunday which was just as special. We'll spend the day together whenever he gets back, so I look forward to that :) I'm such a softie lol. Surprisingly didn't cry when I saw him, but I did cry when he left to go home. So when I'm sad or feel lonely while he is away at basic training, I will refer to this post and know that everything will be ok. I know that he's only a letter and envelope away. I also look forward to receiving the first letter from him :)

I sent him this post, before I let you all read this. (He really appreciated it) This is a new experience for him as well as myself, and he knows that I love  and support him in all his endeavors <3. I'm so proud of him. I wish him much success, and happiness as he begins this new chapter with the Navy in his life. 

Do you have a best friend, friends, family or spouses etc. in the Military? If so what are/were your experiences? How did or do you cope? I probably will write a few update posts from time to time. If you all are interested in reading posts like that, let me know in the comments section below.

Also I plan on getting back to blogging regularly soon! So stay tuned!

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Friday, January 16, 2015

A Quick Little Update!

Hello Everyone! 

So I've been kind of busy this week, that's why I haven't been posting that much. I'll probably be absent for a while because I've been so busy lately, and I have a few crochet projects going on. Don't worry I'm not abandoning blogging or reading your blogs lol. I will be back soon! I just wanted to let my friends and audience know what was going on. I didn't want to appear M.I.A. I also plan on working on some new stuff for my blog as well!

Have a great weekend! 

Friday, January 9, 2015

Simple Winter Makeup

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 My apologies for the missing pictures. My pictures were accidentally deleted off my blog. Please Refer to my Instagram account miss_pilar to view the pictures (or some of the pictures) that were deleted.  

I haven't done a FOTD in over a month! So today I have a quick makeup look. Honestly I'm glad it wasn't as cold as yesterday. In speaking of yesterday, my mom's birthday was yesterday and it was freezing outside! I always thought it was kind of cool how my mom's birthday is always exactly two weeks to date after mine lol.

For this look I kept things pretty simple and neutral. 



Products Used (I didn't get a chance to list the products, but if you have any questions, let me know in the comments section)


This is unrelated to makeup, but here are a few things I purchased during the Victoria's Secret SAS and mug cozy I made earlier this week.


Victoria's SAS. I wanted to get a few clothes, but they didn't have much to chose from. Everything was basically gone.


Handmade Mug Cozy 

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Tuesday, January 6, 2015

The Simple Things In Life: Winter Edition 

Hello Everyone!

 My apologies for the missing pictures. My pictures were accidentally deleted off my blog. Please Refer to my Instagram account miss_pilar to view the pictures (or some of the pictures) that were deleted.  

A few months ago I wrote a list of my simple things in life. You can read that post HERE. Today I going to write a follow up Winter edition. 

- Drink hot chocolate


Don't you love the value pack?! This should last me for a while lol.

- Drink hot lemon tea


Another value pack! Tea is an essential for me year round because my allergies/sinus issues cause me to have chronic throat aches sometimes. 

- Burn scented candles


This candle smells wonderful!

- Buy yarn to make Winter accessories and       


A blanket I made for one of my mom's friends for Christmas 


An infinity scarf I made my mom for Christmas

- Eat soup or make homemade soup

- Watch snow fall (when it snows in 
  the south)

- Take a nap

- Snuggle under a warm blanket 


This pic may look familiar because I showed it in my birthday post. Remember when I mentioned I was sick with a cold on my birthday/Christmas? Perfect time to stay warm under my crochet blanket lol.

- Take a long hot bubble bath

What are some of the simple things in life you enjoy during the Winter?

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Sunday, January 4, 2015

My MAC Lipstick Collection

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 My apologies for the missing pictures. My pictures were accidentally deleted off my blog. Please Refer to my Instagram account miss_pilar to view the pictures (or some of the pictures) that were deleted.  
Today I bring you my long awaited, past overdue MAC Lipstick collection. By far MAC is my favorite brand of lipstick to wear. They offer so many shades, finishes, and collections that you choose. MAC lipsticks have a vanilla smell that in my opinion isn't overpowering and smells really nice.

Disclaimer: These are my own personal definitions of how I feel about each lipstick. All the lipsticks were purchased with my own money.


I don't find any of my matte lipsticks drying at all which surprised me! Application is fairly simple, this finish glides across  my lips without any issues. Since it's a matte finish, these lipsticks wear for most of the day. I really like this finish.


Matte Lipsticks


Matte Swatches

- Candy Yum Yum
- Russian Red
- No Faux Pas (LE) MAC Heirloom.  
- Heroine 
- Pink Pigeon 

*Retro Matte

Unlike the matte lipsticks, I find Retro Matte VERY drying! I have to prepare my lips with MAC's Prep+Prime before application and everything is fine. I definitely recommend using MAC's Prep+Prime or some sort of lip balm before apply these Retro Matte lipsticks. These lipsticks also last most of the day.


Here is MAC Prep+Prime that I use before applying Retro Matte Lipstick


Retro Matte Lipsticks 


Retro Matte Swatches 

- Flat Out Fabulous 
- Ruby Woo


This finish applies on my lips smoothly and has a nice sheen to them even though I've noticed that a few seem a little drying. These lipsticks wear about 5 hours.


Satin Lipsticks 


Satin Swatches

- Faux
- Snob
- Media
- Pink Nouveau
- Rebel


This is another finish I really like! These lipsticks have a creamy texture and usually last about 5 hours before I have to reapply. These lipsticks also have a gloss like shine.


Cremesheen Lipsticks


Cremesheen Swatches

- Lickable
- Creme Cup
- A Novel Romance (LE) A Novel Romance.  
- Yield To Love (LE) A Novel Romance Collection


*Amplified Creme/Amplified

Honestly, I don't see the difference between these two types of lipsticks. Both lipsticks are very creamy and pigmented. These usually wear about 4 to 5 hours.

*Amplified Creme:


Amplified Creme Lipsticks


Amplified Creme Swatches 

- Impassioned 
- Saint Germain 
- Blankety
- Up The Amp
- Dubbonet
- Girl About Town



Amplified Lipsticks


Amplified Swatches

- Pure Heroine (LE) Lorde Collection
- Show Orchid (Pro Lipstick)
- Violetta 


These two are my first Frost lipsticks from MAC. These  lipsticks are from the Viva Glam Rihanna Collection are shimmery and shiny without being too over the top, very wearable. I've worn these lipsticks about 3 hours before I have to reapply.


Frost Lipsticks


Frost Swatches 

- Viva Glam Rihanna 1 (LE)
- Viva Glam Rihanna 2 (LE)

What are you favorite MAC lipsticks?  What MAC lipsticks are you wanting to try?

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Thursday, January 1, 2015




I hope that everyone's new year is off to a wonderful start! What did you do for New Years Eve? I spent my night in bed watching the ball drop at midnight. I live on the east coast , so I brought in the new year the same time as New York lol. It still seems so surreal how 2014 went by so fast! Well a new year means a new start, new opportunities, and possibilities! If you read my New Year's post from last year you may remember I listed positive lifestyle changes rather than New Years resolutions. As I stated before I don't like the word resolution because it can put so much pressure on a person. Most of my positive lifestyle changes are basically the same except I want to add going back to the gym this year. You can check out my list from last year HERE . Overall I want to maintain good health, happiness, and strength for the new year!

Side Note: I received so much positive feedback on my last post especially about discussing depression awareness in addition to my inspirational posts. I will definitely write more about those topics this year! If any of you had a bad 2014, look at it this's now in the past and look forward to all the wonderful things for the future! Happy 2015!! 

Btw I didn't forget about the postivity jar! I plan on keeping another positivity jar this year! 


What are you looking forward to this year?

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