Friday, April 17, 2015

Interview with And She Blushes Shop + Giveaway

Kristina is the owner of And She Blushes. She handmakes all of the candles, wax melts, and wax tarts at her home, and she let me interview her today about what having an Etsy shop, living in Texas, and her life goals. 

In your Etsy shop, And She Blushes, you sell soy wax candles. How did you get into candle-making?

I do! I sell soy wax candles and plan to expand this summer to bath products! In a nutshell, I used to spend way too much money on candles and wax tarts, so one day I just did some research and found that it really wasn't hard to make my own! I actually only did it so save money, and then some of my friends wanted the candles I make (mostly the Birthday Party one!) so I opened my Etsy a few weeks later!

What's the best thing about owning a candle shop? What's the worst?

The best thing would definitely be the exposure, meeting new people, spreading joy through wax haha. The worst? Well, I don't want to bad-mouth Etsy at all, but the seller fees. I will actually be branching from Etsy in the coming weeks, and selling on my own mostly, from my website called And She Blushes
You were born in California, grew up in Alaska, and currently live in Texas. What was the best thing about living in each of those places? 

We moved so quick from Cali, I never really knew what it was like to be there! But Alaska, was great, small towns, that's actually where most of my friends are from, but for the most part we have all moved away! I truly am grateful for my life in Alaska, it's not as crazy as people think; like we didn't live in Igloos or anything haha! Texas is great too, hot and humid, but it's where we live for now! My boyfriend works on the pipeline, so that's why we live here!

What's one place you've always wanted to visit?

British Columbia! My dad lives there currently, and he always talks about how gorgeous it is! Plus, how fun would it be to just randomly show up on my dad's porch haha!

Do you have a favorite book? A favorite author?

I actually am really not much of a reader, I have tried so many times to get into it, I just can't. I get bored too easily I think. My mind just doesn't slow down enough to sit and read a book. But, there have been a couple books that have managed to grab me! Don't judge me, haha! Veronica Mars, so amazing, as well as most thinks from John Green (The Fault in our Start, Paper Towns!)
What are some of your life goals?

Life goals, well I'm working on them still. But By next year, I want my ASB business, to stand on its own two feet, financially. That's a major goal, and a pretty top priority. I actually, plan to eventually complete a half marathon. Last year, I was in training for one, and then a knee injury put me out, and by the time it healed enough for me to run again, it was too late!

How do you stay inspired? Any tips?

Inspired. Well, memories from being a kid usually, like the Birthday Cupcake, Little Sisters Lemonade Stand (I don't have a sister, but a ton of cousins who had lemonade stands!) One of my most special candles and wax tarts, is called GTFO. I suffer from migraines, and so do some of my friends, so I wanted to create a candle that would aide in the relief, so I spent hours doing research to find scents that trigger migraine relief, and made them into a candle! My friends inspire me a lot, I get texts from my friends that usually begin with "OMG you know what would be awesome..." 

Never stop making it fun, once it becomes something you don't want to do, it will never be the same. Just keep it fresh and new, and find someone you can talk business with! 80% of my conversations with my best friend, include business chats of some sort! Bouncing ideas off of someone who gets it, is a serious help! 

Kristina is giving away a $20 Etsy credit to buy anything in her shop!
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Thursday, April 16, 2015

Inspired By: Once Upon A Time Pt. 2

I started with the Once Upon A Time heroes last month and now it's time for the baddies! Who doesn't love a good villain? You might hope they'll change their ways, but secretly you love to hate them and hope they'll continue with their deliciously evil ways. 

OUAT -- Regina
Regina (Lana Parrilla) is the mayor of Storybrooke and her adopted son is Henry, who is the biological son of Emma. Regina's fairytale counterpart is the Evil Queen, who back in the Enchanted Forest cursed everyone to forget who they really are and live in a world without magic. Regina is one of only two people who remember who they truly are. 

The Evil Queen loves a wardrobe with flair, so put on a bright pink printed jacket, a lace black dress, bright red lipstick, a blood red clutch, and pointed toe heels. Since Regina is the major, she dresses in professional fashion: a black blazer, a loose gray top, a black pencil skirt, gray watch, and black pumps. 

Mr. Gold
OUAT -- Mr. Gold
Mr. Gold (Robert Carlyle) owns a pawn shop in Storybrooke and is the richest person in town. Both in our world and the Enchanted Forest, as Rumplestiltskin, he delights in making deals with desperate people that inevitably benefit him in some way. 

As Rumplestiltskin, throw on a black leather jacket, loose red blouse, faux leather leggings, tough black booties, and a sharp gold ring (since he has scary long fingernails). Or dress like Mr. Gold in a sleek black blazer, black jeans, a chiffon tank, and black loafers. 

OUAT -- Hook
Killian Jones (Colin O'Donoghue) is better known in the Enchanted Forest and Neverland as his alias Hook. He's a pirate who captains his own ship the Jolly Roger and has worked for some terrible people, but Hook is not that bad a guy. 

Captain your own ship in a long black blazer, a floral lace top, ear jackets, a heart ring, black jeans, and black wedges. Or put on a black moto jacket, a black dress with a lace at the waist, a gold cuff, and gray heeled booties. 

OUAT -- Maleficent
Maleficent (Kristin Bauer van Straten) is a witch that can turn herself into a fire-breathing dragon. She and Regina are old friends what with them both trying to ruin the lives of two princesses and all. The two of them have a falling out since Maleficent refuses to give Regina the Dark Curse that brings everyone to Storybrooke. 

Go for a simple and elegant outfit based on Maleficent: a horned headband, a long black maxi dress, a blue and purple necklace, and peep-toe booties. Or wear a modern Maleficent outfit instead: a gray fedora, a gray jacket, a black and white blouse, a gray pencil skirt, and ankle-strap flats. 

Who's your favorite baddie?

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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

April Wishlist + Sponsor: Amanda of Jamberry

I've been trying to cut back on my spending and only buy items I really, really love and know that I will use over and over, but that doesn't mean there aren't a few things on my wishlist. One thing I really should get is a new pair of sandals since the pairs I have are starting to look a bit beaten up. 
April Wishlist
 Lip Shiz Cucumber & Mint Lip Balm -- Haha, love the name of this company!
 Unique Vintage Green Skater Dress -- Skater dresses are my weakness.
 Forever 21 Crochet Tank -- If I was going to a festival, I would totally wear this!
 Society6 Painted Wall Clock -- I cant read this clock, but hey it's pretty, so that's all that matters.
 Loft Striped Hem Tee -- The perfect weekend shirt. Nuff said.
 Urban Decay Naked on the Run Palette -- I've heard lots of great things about this palette.
 Bauble Bar Phased Out Bangles -- The coolest bangles I ever did see.
 Hot Topic Dealthy Hallows Earrings -- One can never have enough HP gear!
 Modcloth Salt Water Sandals -- I think it's time for a new pair of sandals.

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Hi, my name is Amanda. I'm a wife to a wonderful husband, a mom to three great kids with number four coming in July, and an oral cancer survivor. After going through cancer treatment, it limited my ability to work in the field I use to. Then I found something I could be passionate about, stand behind, and most importantly help support my family with. Jamberry Nail Wraps are high quality, vinyl, heat and pressure sealed nail wrap that can last up to two weeks on fingers and four weeks on toes. They are a fraction of the cost of a salon visit, have no harsh chemicals, are made in America, are vegan friendly and cruelty free, and cause no damage to your natural nail. With over 350 style options to choose from there is something for everyone.

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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Outfit: Stripes + Florals

I seem to go through bag cycles: small crossbody bags in the spring and summer, and larger bags in the fall and winter. In the winter, I need more room for my hat, scarf, gloves, and at times an extra pair of socks. During the warmer months, I don't feel the need to carry as much with me: phone, wallet, keys, lip balm, notebook, and a small bag with some beauty necessities. It feels good to not have to tote around so much stuff.  

Although I'm still going to be using my Old Navy bucket bag, I couldn't resist this beauty from Modcloth. It'll be perfect for hopping on a train and exploring the city because it's big enough to fit my camera, wallet, phone, and a lipstick or two. 

Top: Loft {similar} | Skirt: Francesca's {love this!} | Belt: thrifted | Shoes: Charlotte Russe
Bag: Modcloth | Heart Pin: | Lipstick: NYX Lip Butter in Hunk

Do you go through bag cycles?

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Monday, April 13, 2015

Looks I Love {Sweet Springtime} + Sponsor: Hola Darla

It's starting to feel like spring around here! Break out the florals! Break out the flats! Put away those coats! I feel like I've been in an style rut for a few weeks, so I've been taking lots of inspiration from fellow bloggers and from Pinterest. I've also been itching to do a closet spring cleaning -- mostly to reorganize everything, but I need to get rid of some things too. Anyone else doing some spring cleaning? 
floral + gingham
Floral and gingham and clogs, yes please!

Love how bright the royal blue looks with a white top and nude flats. 

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Super cute outfit!

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How beautiful is this dress?! (And in Paris too!)

Kendi Everyday: Spring Calling
Stipes + florals = love!
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