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Thursday, August 16, 2018

Why It's Necessary For Bloggers To Have Business Cards

This post was sponsored by Basic Invite, as always all opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that support The Classic Brunette!

Thank you all for understanding my little hiatus this past week, with my stomach flu and the one year anniversary of my dad's passing it's been a little rough to say the least. But I'm back and ready to share something that I'm so excited about...my business cards! I've actually been in the process of designing and making these for around a year now, but couldn't find a site that helped me create the exact vision I had in mind. It wasn't anything too crazy, but it seemed that nothing was working how it wanted to with these, that is until I stumbled upon Basic Invite! I think they perfectly represent my brand, even down to the same font I use for Pinterest graphics.

Monday, August 6, 2018

My 4th Blogiversary - 4 Life Lessons Blogging Has Taught Me

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It's always interesting to me to watch another year of blogging go by, because I honestly can't remember life without it. How did I spend my time? What made me get into blogging in the first place, and can I turn back the clock to make me get here sooner? One thing for sure is that my blog isn't going anywhere soon, and I can't wait to embark on another year! I've learned quite a few things from full time blogging, but there are a few life lessons that blogging has taught me that I thought I would share today.

Passion Makes For Better Work

I don't think I could ever be one of those people who works a job just to have a job. And I KNOW that comes off as kind of pretentious and 'first world problem-y' but it's true. I'm not motivated to work unless I'm passionate about what I do, which is why I love that blogging is my career. I have this passion to create, share, and communicate, and I can do that all through my blog. And it doesn't hurt that I have a passion for all the things I blog about (fashion, beauty, skincare, lifestyle habits, travel, etc.) as well. All I know is that I'm best when there's a passionate fire under my butt getting me to work, and I'm so glad that I have and love this blog.


Kindness Is Never Underated

It always always always pays to be kind. And even if people aren't kind back, it didn't cost you anything to offer up your own kindness. You never know what someone is going through, or what they're dealing with on the other end of that email you're sending. Blogging is a never-ending stream of communicating, whether it's through your peers, your readers, or brands wanting to sponsor. The saying is there for a reason, and it rings true when I say you catch more flies with honey than you do with vinegar. Kindness can never do you wrong, but that doesn't mean that you don't fight or stand up for yourself. There's a difference between coming off as aggressive rather than firm, and a real difference in severing ties with someone than amicably letting go of a bond. The latter will always lead to better results.

Always Stay True To Yourself

Once again for life and for blogging, it's important to be yourself. Now I'll be honest I'm sure 25% of my personality is reflected in the last movie I watched (anyone else always start saying "I could totally be a spy" after watching a spy movie?) but that other 75% is where I try to whole-heartedly be myself. There are times when I try to branch out for sure, but my roots are the same. Can I be inspired by others? OF COURSE! But just because I love someone's style, mannerisms, or just literally want their life (I'm talking to you, Blake Lively!) you can't just go out and decide to be them. You'll fall apart trying to maintain a life that isn't authentic to you. Blogging has made me realize that it's okay to both stand out and fall inside the crowd. Everyone is a bit in between, and that's why we're all unique.


There Are No Shortcuts

Sure some people are born a little extra lucky or with a little extra somethin' than others, but most of us are just trying our best out there. Hard work is what brings success, and if you aren't putting in the work, it's likely that nothing will come of it. There are no real "get rich quick" schemes and buying followers won't really get you anywhere, it's your actual effort that will get you somewhere. As frustrating as it is to see others rise to the top when you're still at square one, know that you're the only one who can change that. Depending on others, complaining, and just plain laziness are only going to be detrimental to your success in the long run. If you want something bad enough, you'll find a way to work towards it. I promise the long grueling work will be worth it in the end when you achieve those goals!

Obviously I've learned much more than these four things, and blogging continues to open up new lessons as the years go by, but these are the ones that have been standing out to me lately! I can't wait to see what this next year of blogging takes me. I've already learned so much and continue to grow both mentally and as a brand/business these past 4 years, so it will be amazing to see what comes next! And as always, thank YOU for being here and supporting me along the way. Every comment, like, email, DM, etc is exciting and I love knowing that what I write or post resonates with you all. So thank you thank you thank you!!

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Currently TCB

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Hi loves! This is a new type of post that I want to start sharing here on TCB, one where I get a little more personal with all of you. It's essentially a 'life lately' but I'll be sharing what's currently happening in my life in all the different areas like the tv shows I'm watching, the things I'm eating, what's on my mind, etc. I love when bloggers get more 'real' and personal in their posts and after polling you all on Insta a while back it seems that you like the the same! So here goes, let me know in the comments if you like this style of life update!

Monday, July 30, 2018

Everyday Fall Fashion

This post is sponsored by Kohl's. I was paid for this post and received the included clothes as compensation. As always all opinions are my own.  Thank you for supporting the brands that support The Classic Brunette!

Is anyone else sick of this heat? I feel like I'm always waiting for summer to roll around when it's cold, but once it gets here I want nothing to do with it, haha! Fall is my favorite season, so I can't wait for the leaves to start changing, the weather to cool down, and of course to pull out all my favorite fall outfits. After spending a good amount during the summer season, I'm definitely going back to my roots and doing some affordable shopping this season! Kohl's has been a family favorite of mine since I was young with my mom taking my sister and I there every season to pick up both basics and trendy pieces. Today I'll be sharing three different looks from Kohl's juniors section that are just perfect for the transitional and fall weather!

Thursday, July 26, 2018

My Current Favorite Face Masks


Wow it feels like it's been so long since I've posted about beauty! Lately my routine has been minimal at best, opting for just a touch of mascara and filled brows or a light foundation look. I haven't been bothered to do more since I've been in the apartment and avoiding the heat for the most part! But I have been upping my skincare game more recently due to a number of reasons, that means new products and reviews to share with you all though! It's been a while since I shared my favorite face masks, and lately I've been using so many that I feel like I just have to share what's been working for me. I'm covering a lot of different skincare needs with these masks, so whatever issue you're attempting to resolve, I probably have a mask for you!

The masks I'm sharing all vary in what they do and how much they cost, but each of them has worked wonders for me! I've noticed this year that my skin has actually gotten less sensitive, so just remember things that may not give me a reaction might affect your skin in a different way. So always test the mask on your hand before placing it on your face!


Let's start off with the cheapest masks! I never judge a mask on its price, because even the cheapest of masks can be incredible and the most expensive a dud. These masks from Sephora may not be pricey, but the results are always amazing. I've been using these masks for a few years now and keep coming back to them. The green tea mask is my go-to when I'm feeling a breakout coming on or when I feel like my skin is getting too oily. It simmers down my acne spots, drys them out just enough, and clears my face faster than any other acne mask I've tried.

I can't ever have enough lip masks! I've tried and loved a few, but this one is always my #1. I have notoriously dry and chapped lips, chapstick is essentially my best friend. On the days where my lips are feeling extra dehydrated and rough, I bust out this mask for some much needed love and moisture. At only $3 it's barely a splurge and always does the trick. My mouth is always smoother, softer, and extra moisturized after using this mask.


Ah how I love Origins! They're one of my favorite skincare brands, and they always have the best masks! I was recently sent this one along with the same mask but for oily skin (this one is for normal/dry) and am obsessed with it. It's a charcoal mask infused with honey, and it literally looks golden when you put it on. I tested this mask and shared it on my Instagram stories (check there often for new products and other fun posts!) and had my best friend test out the oily skin version. The mask worked super well for cleaning out my pores, and didn't dry out my skin in the process! Such a blessing that a charcoal mask isn't drying!! My best friend used the original charcoal mask (without honey) and said it did a great job clearing her clogged pores as well, and definitely recommends it for those looking for something that makes your skin feel fresh again.


I've had a huge pile of these STARSKIN sheet masks sitting in my mask drawer for months now, and have only recently pulled them out. I purchased this set (currently on sale!) and have tried a good amount of them already. The two above I haven't tried, however I already used the ones I want to talk about! As I mentioned, I typically have dry skin, so moisturizing masks are what I gravitate towards when searching for something new to try. STARSKIN's Red Carpet Ready Mask gives a great amount of hydration and smooths my skin for the rest of the day. My second recommendation from them is the Eye Catcher smoothing mask which has really helped to blend out those fine lines around my eyes. Although I'm still young, it's never too early to start fighting off fine lines and wrinkles! This mask is one of the few where I've actually seen a difference in my lines after taking off a mask.


The priciest mask of the bunch, but don't worry y'all I think it is definitely worth it!! I was sent this in a PR box recently and wasn't sure how I would feel about an at-home facial type mask. Would it do the same work as a regular facial? Would it hurt since it's shedding my dead skin cells? Well let me tell you, this is the best facial I've ever done and I will be using this mask in my skincare routine indefinitely. I love how this mask makes my skin look and feel, I do honestly feel like I get all the benefits of a facial, without the pain and irritation of someone picking at every flaw on your face. Does it clear out the incredibly deep pores, acne, etc? No, but it does clear off a layer of cells and dead skin to give you a refreshed, clean, and renewed face. It gently exfoliates and provides just enough oomph to get all the bad stuff out. My face did get a little dry when I took the mask off, but I used two tiny drops of Drunk Elephant's Virgin Marula Facial Oil to re-hydrate and I swear I had the best skin of my life. My skin had never felt so soft! I highly highly HIGHLY recommend this duo to anyone who is looking for that 'perfect' mask to change the life and quality of your skin. 

Have you tried any masks that you love lately? I'm always looking for new recommendations!

Monday, July 23, 2018

5 Ways To Clear Your Head And Get Inspired

It's the middle of summer, about the time where I start to get in a bit of a funk. Have I spent my summer wisely? Why haven't I traveled more? Should I be sleeping in this late every day? You know what I mean, right? This summertime blues gets me seemingly every year and I always feel like I need to clear the cache on my life, if only that were a really thing! This time always makes me feel slightly uninspired and just out of wack, so I thought maybe some of you were feeling the same way. Here are a few ways that I jumpstart the end of summer with a clear head.

Thursday, July 19, 2018

My Most Recent New Orleans Trip

A few weeks ago I traveled to New Orleans for the third time! This was actually my first time traveling their during the summer, so I definitely got to understand the heat and humidity of the South! To be honest, it wasn't at all as bad as I was expecting. I actually kind of enjoyed it, maybe that's just me missing the sun since moving to Seattle! I was there accompanying my best friend and roommate Steph to the National Athletic Training conference, and surprisingly there were so many college friends that went as well! It turned out to be such a fun trip, and slightly different from the times I went before.

If you haven't already, check out my full New Orleans travel guide, because I'll mostly be doing a recap rather than a guide in this post! But the guide has SO MUCH INFO and I literally share it with everyone who talks about visiting! It's got places to stay, things to do, things to eat and drink, excursions, and more! Okay enough on that, here's what I got into on this visit!
 
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