Dec 1, 2017

Crazy First Sports Game Experience and Makeup Details

Hey my loves so, it finally happened! I went to my first basketball game. I can’t believe it’s only taken me 25 years. I got really great seats thanks to my sister for the invite. She took my brother, my husband, and I along. I was honestly rather disappointed with the game, but the experience was great. Can I just say shoutout to Benny the Bull for the excitement! I hope the Bulls improve within the next few years. Aside from that have I ever told you what ended up happening to me at my first baseball game? I caught a damn ball!!!! Like what! People go to games all their life and only hope to catch one, I don’t even know how it happened it was blurry and a White Sox ball! I would’ve been a tad more excited about a Cubs ball sorry y’all I love my cubs. Nonetheless excited because I like the Sox as well and hello I caught a frikkin' ball! Maybe next basketball game something cool will happen. Here are some pictures of us at the game, it’s crazy how much more intense things look on tv! Agree? I decided to be casual and wore a cool sweater, with a pair of jeans, and some sleek black boots. Sadly, didn't get a picture. I will share some makeup details below though as I got a selfie <3.
The Bulls lights came on. Chicago, I love you!
She did not want to be interrupted while eating, she's such a character. Obsessed with my baby!
They were playing the Miami Heat. It was a pleasure to watch even though we lost.
She really wanted some of my fries -_-. Also, why did I do this face does anyone do it anymore?!
Wore a sweater that I love from Overdressed

Makeup is super simple!

Primer: @maccosmetics Prep + Prime Skin
Foundation: @fentybeauty ProFiltr in shade 170

Concealer: @coverfx in Light Contour Kit

Lipstick: @loraccosmetics in shade Fashionista I believe
Eyes: @clinique Party Eyes Palette 
Eyeliner: @elfcosmetics Precision Liner (one of my all time favorites)
Masacra: @lorealmakeup Voluminous Lash Paradise
Brows: @morphebrushes 35O palette
Blush: @narsissist Blasphemy and Luster from the Steven Klein Holiday Palette (it has a bronzer, contour, a powder (that I've finished and was completely obsessed with), as well as 4 different blushers. I loveeee Nars! 
Highlight: @anastasiabeverlyhills Ultimate Glow Kit

Hope you're having a great day!
XOX, Rue

Nov 22, 2017

How to Better Oneself: Self Reflection and Improvement

Hey my beautiful sugaa bears,
This is a rather different entry for me. I really wanted to talk about self today.
Self Refection and Improvement. 
It seems more in, day by day that we're losing touch of what's important in life! We're getting so caught up in all the barbarism of this materialistic world. I've noticed how much easier it is for people to be hateful rather than kind and it's so damn sad! This world is full of so much negativity already and not to mention inner turmoils we all have and we add to it instead of helping each other out. It just doesn't make sense!
One of my best tips on having an overall healthy sense of self/ life is to check the company you're with! It makes you so much more self aware. If all you find is that there is negativity in the group you surround yourself with, then you have to ask yourself "why am I hanging out with these people?" I recently read that the more you surround yourself with people the more your brains sync. Basically you become a lot like the people you surround yourself with. I, for one, noticed people in my life that weren't adding substantial value to my soul's welfare. I would only join along in their pessimism and I didn't like the person I was with them. What did I do? I cut a lot of ties with them. Granted it's not always that easy, but honestly even with family you could be cordial, but you don't have to engage in their negativity. When I hear people gossip per say, I either try to change the topic or leave the conversation. I found myself lately with friends that not only inspire me, but truly bring out the best in me and for that I'm beyond thankful. Anyways, I drifted off so let's get back on track.

 With all that being said I want to create a week challenge for you all! 
It's super simple!

1. Try to do nothing but good!
2. Don't talk bad about others or self. We truly are our harshest critics, would you agree?
3. Give out compliments like it's no ones business, but also don't forget the person staring back in the mirror. 
4. At the end of each day reflect on your day. i.e.: What made you mad? Did you do right by others and yourself? 
5. Eat well and take care of your body. It's a temple and should be treated with the best of care.
6. Most importantly try to forgive people for their shortcomings. As hard as it is to sometimes forget it does the heart so much good. Also, ask for forgiveness as we often do much wrong ourselves.

Truth be told there's no point in being bitter and unhappy. Everything is in your hands, you attract what you think. Be a happy person and the energy around you will radiate and attract good people. Remember quality over quantity. Honestly I find the key to getting what you want out of life and living a more meaningful one is being a good person and a grateful one at that. I feel like I've become a better person and have definitely noticed where my shortcomings and strengths are. All of which I work on improving every day.

Do these things for 7 days and tell me you don't notice a difference in your life! How do you take care of your beautiful mind?

Best of vibes and all the love sent your way.

Nov 21, 2017

Silky Dark Chocolate Avocado Truffle Recipe

I, for one am a huge fan of energy snacks especially being that I'm always on the go. I recently had to make a sponsored food related recipe featuring Sunsweet Dates and I found amazing recipes via Pinterest. One of which is this Avocado Date Truffle, it's the perfect amount of sweet that's healthy. You can view the recipe via this site. I think they're such a great snack to eat prior to working out and did I mention my toddler seems to really love them so that's a huge plus for me because girl doesn't like much. I feel like I always have dates lying around and I never know what to do with them so I'm glad I can now make these truffles with them. Let me know if you try the recipe and how you like it?

Sep 17, 2017

Staycation and Gifting with JORD: GIVEAWAY

When you think of vacation you think of relaxation, right? Well, sometimes you can have a staycation right where you live! Now, we love our city Chicago, but what we love the most about it is getting away from the hustle and bustle of everyday. That's why I love JORD (pronounced YODE) because of it's wood qualities I feel that wherever I am nature is always with me even without leaving home. It's a beautiful concept in that no matter how stressful things get it reminds me of the greenery and beauty you see plenty of on vacation and at home when you open your eyes to it. So, one of our favorite places to go to relax and just unwind is The PING TOM Memorial Park. It's such a great park full of everything from a playground for you or the kiddos, a river with a water taxi that takes you into the city, a place to rent canoes, a bridge to walk along side the river, and it's just simply a beautiful sight. I, personally love coming here with my husband and daughter for a stroll around sunset. Definitely a place I recommend in Chicago for a simple breath of fresh air. Another place I recommend is MOLLY's Cupcakes because hello Cupcake Wars winner and crème brûlée. It's such a great decedent dessert to end the night.

Now, this Dover Koa & Black personally stunning. I, for one gifted this men's wooden watch to my hubby for our Anniversary and the amount of compliments he gets on it are endless. It's such great quality and a beautiful piece that he cherishes. What he loves about it is it's a  self winding watch so automatic and the finish is unreal. JORD was nice enough to offer one of my lucky followers a $100 gift card to their site so they can either buy one for themselves or gift it to someone that they love. Enter the GIVEAWAY HERE. Ends Tonight. 
Luxury Wooden Watch
Thanks JORD for collaborating with me on this.

May 16, 2017 Review

I'm such a big fan of shopping like give me some money and I'll do damage for sure. When I first got contacted by I was a tad skeptical... My challenge was to style something for under $50 that's totally Spring.

I loved this top when I saw it and it literally sold out so fast, but luckily for me it came back in stock a week later and for less #SCORE! The prices are awesome aside from the shipping and handling depending on what you get that is. You're bound to find something you like on this daily deal site.

 I'm still trying to wear the shoes in because I love me a good espadrille and these are cute, but not as comfy as I'd like. I went out to the park with my baby girl and wore this outfit and honestly I loveee this blouse it's so flowy and chic and the lace detailing is so beautiful.

Do I recommend the site, as this is a Jane Review? Yes! Are there good deals? Yes, they have everything from baby stuff, household items, accessories, and so forth. Shipping time was pretty decent. Shipping prices are okay and dependent on the seller. Overall, I do recommend you look through the different sellers items and reviews as well as pay close attention to the pictures of the items. I didn't with the shoes and wish I did, but all is well nonetheless. Check out the link above as they have some super cute tops right now, I'm literally obsessed and want to go buy so many of them right now! Sorry in advance as you're about to spend a while on that site hehe.

This weeks Golden Ruel would be to save on trendy pieces by utilizing sites like this!

May 11, 2017

How To Get It Done! 5 Ways to Be More Productive.

How to be more productive?

Let's start by asking there something you should be doing this very moment? Yes? Put your phone down go do it! Everything can wait. Work hard then enjoy whatever else.

Stop getting distracted!
Easier said than done, but why do we get distracted? Probably to ease our minds off of everything we need to do! When in reality it's only going to stress us out by pro-longing our list of #ShitThatNeedsToBeDone excuse my French which in hindsight builds up. Stop browsing social media, texting/talking to whomever, walking around aimlessly! Get what needs to be done, done and then do whatever your heart desires.

Take it step by step.
Okay, so you know what you need to do and you've put your phone down and all other distractions away. Where do you start?
Take it slowly, look at the big picture then ask yourself what steps do I need to take to get there? Write them out and check them off. Before you know it you'll find yourself closer to the finish line.

Organize your mind!
Don't feel too overwhelmed. I get it life isn't easy. Distractions are sadly not always controllable. Have a baby like I do? Figure out some kind of schedule. My kid is very needy so believe me when I say if I can get a few minutes so can you! Sometimes I'll work as I'm feeding her because let's face it there's no need to add extra stressors, you have to work smart not hard! Have a house to clean and need to study? Try listening to audio of course work at the same time. Need to cook? There's so many easy meals that only take a few minutes to make. Whatever it is there's ways to manage it and do it smart not hard. Have a can do attitude because you really can do it! Remember you have the same 24 hours in your day as those successful people you admire.

Make a schedule!
Rethink your wake up time and plan ahead. Use your phone to jot down your day into hours. If you prefer to check things off by hand buy a desk calendar or notebook and write in that. Use your time wisely. Having a hard time checking things off? Reward yourself when you get to certain checkpoints and do take breaks! Start off strong, get the most daunting tasks done first and you'll realize you can accomplish all the rest.

Don't stress out so much! Refresh your mind. You've come so far in life and you can handle anything and everything. I think you're really brave and strong! I know you feel like you have a lot on your plate sometimes, we all do. Take it slowly and step by step and you'll get to where you want to be. Yes, it's not always easy, but you said that in the past and got through a lot of hard times then too, but surely it all passes. Remember the grass is only green where you water it.

I hope this article helps you realize that yes, you can do it! Phone down 👋🏻

XOX, Rue

May 9, 2017

My Week Recap: IG posts

So, I want to start a new series on my blog titled something a little more creative then the above haha. Any suggestions are truly welcome, tysm! Basically I want to start doing a behind the post recap where I share some of my Instagram posts and give you all a little BTS (behind the scenes) on them ;)! In a world of perceived perfection I find honesty rather refreshing definitely something I value so why not be a little more open and real because not everything really is as picture perfect as it seems. Anywho, I hope you like this series and let's get to it 💁🏻.

I'm a member of Influenster and depending on what you qualify for they send you products to review. Here they sent me a bottle of Life Wtr which is the same company as Aquafina owned by PepsiCO and honestly I really loved it! It features different art from different artists every 3 months I believe. When it came to taking the picture...I have like another 30 similar photos I've yet to delete; my baby girl was not sitting still #loveofmylife.

My favorite thing in life is when you get something better than you even expected. I swear I thought it was accurate and cute and when I received it and realized the mug holds at least three cups of coffee I laughed at the accuracy of the message. Buy it for any coffee loving mom and she'll love yah! Target for the #WIN! This was probably my 3rd mug of coffee in the AM. Photography is no joke...I've been using my iPhone for all my latest photos my camera is collecting dust from how little time I have to use it. Any baby schedule suggestions are welcome?!

I took this on my moms birthday we had taken her out for brunch at my one of my favorite breakfast places and what you don't see is it was super packed and I literally had to beg my husband to take the picture. The stuff I make him and people do for the gram smh! On a side note my daughter was very fussy and I had to shove my food down my throat. Mom's of more than one little I applaud you it's so not easy, but definitely rewarding. Shoes are amaze!!

No shame in my game, took this as I was passing this place...I passed by Goddess and The Baker dipped my head in there took this and was on my way. We had plans to go to the Lincoln Park Zoo and instead ended up strolling Maggie Daley Park then we ate at some cool burger joint and I had a burger called the"Obama". That day was so quick, but I think the burger was good lol I can't even remember.

Had my husband take over 50 shots (I need to relax), this was a day after I chopped my hair. Can we just talk about how important it is to use purple shampoo if you go blonde #brassyhair (yikes!) So glad I colored it! My stroller is the Graco Click Connect. Not too big a fan of the toddler transitioning part of it. What's your favorite stroller?

This is the first selfie I've taken in a light year. I look back at all the selfies I took over the years and I'm always so stunned as to how different I look. I really need to take collagen pills or something because the first place I lose weight from is my face. It's astounding how aging takes a toll on each one of us. What are some of your trouble areas? Lipstick I'm wearing.

This ice cream was pretty good and all, but looking back at it I'm not sure how I feel about paying $7 for two scoops of it ya feel me!?! Also, can we take a moment to appreciate dip powder? I never had a gel manicure even last this long especially since I'm always cleaning.

This is one of those pictures I wish I had a before to go along with! Our room is so small and we had such bulky furniture in it that when I got the chance we revamped it with newer pieces that didn't break the bank. I love how it turned out, as a tumblr girl, I'm actually pretty obsessed with it. It's so refreshing, simple, and calming. We definitely saved a lot of money redoing it, but those prints took forever and a day to find. We put a lot of time picking out pieces, coming up with a makeshift nightstand in the little corner for walking space. Love how this turned out. Any DIY's you'd like to see?

Passed a beautiful church on our way out of Obama's favorite breakfast place "Valois" and really loved this door and architecture. Follow me on Snapchat! Snapped a quick picture and moved along. If you notice my shirt is tucked in all wrong because I had just fed my daughter nothing says mom life more than trying to look put together and then looking back and laughing. Nothing makes me happier than enjoying nature and the beauty of life around me.

That's not my Louis, but you bet I've always wanted one. Which has me thinking... I finally got a Kate Spade bag last year and for the most part you can't even see the brand logo... what's the point of wearing something so expensive? Why do certain brands resonate with us so much?  Quality? For Show? What in your closet have you splurged on big time? Also, this "Soho House" is rather expensive, but honestly the food was delicious and the vibe and aesthetic of the place is perfection! P.S. my daughter made a big food mess when we went and literally went and almost grabbed the knife, knocked down my water, and filled her clothes with carrot puree #MomLife #BeindTheScenes

If I look awkward it's because taking the photo least my husband felt weird doing so. It's official he's definitely an #InstagramHusband. I'm sorry babe!!! I really liked my outfit though we were on our way to my b-i-l for a BBQ and stopped to get them Ice Cream Cake. For real you definitely need these Gucci shoe dupes because they go with everything and their mama. I'm so in love with them like you don't even understand!

This company called Personal Creations reached out to me to send me something from their line and I ended up choosing this canvas. Go read my caption on it. Honestly it's so beautiful and it makes me feel happy in that in whatever I do by Trusting In God I know everything will be alright despite whatever turmoil all you need is love and faith. Totally check out their site for any gifts you have to purchase in the future! 

That's it for this Recap. I really hope you liked my thoughts and a little of the BTS on my latest posts. I look forward to doing more of these posts. As for now, I have to clean up the big mess, my house, before baby and hubby wake up.

My Golden Ruel 
for today is cherish time, really be in the moment and don't take things too seriously. 
XOX, Rue