The Classic Brunette: August 2017

Thursday, August 31, 2017

How I'm Learning To Love Instagram Again


Y'all it's been a ROUGH few months with Instagram. I don't even have to just call out the bloggers with this opinion, since it seems like everyone is frustrated with the app in one way or another. I'm not going to lie, I've loathed using the app since around July after my optimism of the new changes officially ran out. I was only using it because it's necessary as a blogger. I would open the app, passively engage with others, publish my post and then toss my phone to the side. I don't think I've enjoyed scrolling down my feed since May, and because of that I haven't wanted to engage with people in the way that Instagram was originally made for. Sure, I've replied to comments (sparingly, and I'm trying to change that!) and I've interacted with some accounts and hashtags to try and make use of the new algorithm, but I haven't enjoyed much of it. I'm tired of hating Instagram though, and have decided to make my use of the app less about what I can get from it and more about how I can enjoy it again. I want to use Instagram the way I used it in the beginning. It was a way to build connections with others, view inspirational photos, and interact in a genuine way. I'm slowly starting to take steps in this direction, and thought I would share what I'm doing in case any of you are feeling the same way!

Monday, August 28, 2017

My Best Bloopers

As a blogger I try to make myself look as put together and stylish as possible. It's our job as bloggers to look like we have effortless lives where we never so much as have a hair out of place, however that is SO not how our lives work. For every post that I'll actually be featured in (mostly outfit posts) on average I'll take 50 or so photos with maybe 7-10 ones that I look good in. Most are not flattering or don't portray the look I was going for, but on occasion there will be a few great pics that make me double over laughing. Sometimes these photos are a little more common than normal because I'm by no means a professional model! Although I've definitely gotten better, my blooper skills are still pretty strong, haha.

These photos are all from within the last year and a half, so they're pretty recent. I love to laugh at myself, and honestly most of the time I'll show these bloopers to friends and family because I think I'm just hilarious. I hope you find these as funny as I do, because some of these are pretty embarrassing! 😂  But I'm giving you full permission to laugh at all of these, so enjoy them!

Original Post: Didn't make it to TCB! 

You know that feeling when you've got lipstick on your teeth? Yeah, this is that captured in a photo.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

College Dorm Room Essentials


Although I'm officially out of college, I can't help but get in that back to school mindset that always pops up in late August. I like to pride myself on how prepared I was my last few years of college, however I remember just how unprepared I was during my freshman year. I thought I had everything together that I needed. In some ways I overpacked, in other ways I completely forgot some aspects of normal living (I literally forgot silverware! How useless is that? Not everything is finger food, Sami!) Last year I wrote my ultimate college packing list that covers the majority of college essentials, however after giving myself some extra time and being introduced to some new products/brands, I've come to realize that the list of college necessities can always be improved.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

How To Prevent And Fight Breakouts With ZAPZYT

This post has been sponsored by the PRIMP Network. All opinions are my own!

In past blog posts I've talked about how I've been lucky with my skin that I never get too many breakouts. Although I do think the luck of the genetic lottery does definitely help with my mostly clear skin, I also make decisions in my life to make sure it stays that way! I'm not going to lie, I definitely do get breakouts, particularly when I'm stressed, and these are the exact ways I help get rid of or prevent breakouts!

Monday, August 14, 2017

Camo Print Top

Camo Tshirt: c/o Groopdealz (similar) | White Jeans (on sale!) | Monogram Necklace | Tassle Necklace c/o Sugarfix (similar) | Black Cat Bracelet | Pineapple Ring (similar) | Watch | Black Heels c/o Groopdealz (similar only $30!) | Lip Stain (#40) | 

Thursday, August 10, 2017

My Third Blogiversary + Reader Survey


Bloggers, am I the only person who is horrible at remembering their own blogiversary? I feel like it comes and goes by and it completely slips my mind each year. Granted, this is only my third year blogging, but still! I always remember it's in the beginning of August, but no matter how hard I try to remember I always forget. It's not like it's not important to me, I just always feel like my head is a million different places at once with my blog, and it just seems to fall on the back burner! Last year's blogiversary I prepped early with photos, but this year is just about celebrating the blog itself! I'm sharing a few of my favorite posts from over the years as well as some answers about me as I was tagged in a fun blogging chain by Carly from The Carly Collective! I will also have a reader survey at the bottom of the post, because you all are SO incredibly important to me and I want to make this blog a better space for YOU! (So pretty please take the less than 5 minute survey!) Also, this is going to be a bit lengthy, so stay with me here!

Monday, August 7, 2017

Sephora Makeup Haul


Hello lovelies! For the first time in a while I made some purchases from Sephora, and I wanted to share them with you. I've never done a "haul" type post, but I feel like this would be considered one. I'll also be including reviews and swatches (for the palettes) as well as my overall thoughts on the products.
 
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