Monday, December 1, 2014

Hello December!

Hey loves! Happy December! This is one of my favorite months and I'm so excited for the holidays! Here are some of my favorite things about the holiday season :)


Hot chocolate
Christmas movies
Snow
Fuzzy blankets and socks
Family parties
Christmas lights and decorations
Sweaters
Cheerful people
Candy canes
Wrapping presents
Baking

 I hope everyone is as excited as I am about December, and lets all make this month a good one!

That's all for me for now, more new posts coming soon!
Thanks for reading :)
-Taylor-

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Update: What I've been up to

Hey guys! Ahh long time no post! I want to apologize for unexpectedly going MIA this past week. I got pretty busy all of a sudden and hadn't much time to write up a good post or take any photos for my blog! So, realizing that I need to get on a better schedule with posting and such, I'm going to sit myself down and come up with a good blog schedule!
Now for the updates! I last left off right before Halloween, so I'll fill you guys in on what I've been up to since.
I had a blast on Halloween! My boyfriend, Josh, and I dressed up as bank robbers which was so fun! We had a good time putting the costumes together. Check out the picture below:




With Halloween and October ending, I had to take down all of my Halloween decorations which was a little sad because I loved having them up! But November is here and I have new fall decorations up for the month! So check out my next post which is going up right after this one to check them out!! 

Thats gonna be it for this one guys! 
Thanks for reading!

-Taylor-

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Goals Update: Taking Walks & Exporing

Hello everybody! I've completed another goal from my October Goals List! With October ending in a few days, I have decided that I will have to finish half of the goals next month. As this was my first month blogging, I'm learning a lot about the time and effort each post requires. I think I took on too big of a task to complete by creating 10 goals for the month. I want to have time to do other posts as well, not just goals updates. So with that being said, I'll finish out this month with 5 completed goals, and then complete the next 5 in November. I still really love the idea of doing a goals segment here on my blog, I think it is a great way to share experiences and to improve as well as accomplishing things I've always wanted to accomplish. 

Okay! Now that thats all cleared up lets move on to the goal! So this is something that I've been wanting to do for a while, but for some reason I never get my feet moving to go do it. I used to take walks as a kid with my dad all the time. It was something that we both extremely enjoyed. It was a great time to spend together, and it was always an adventure. & I love a good adventure. 
Walking refreshes my mind and inspires me. Not to mention its great for the body as well. I remember hearing a saying a while back that has stuck with me, something along the lines of "if you're ever having a creative block, go take a walk". I completely agree with this piece of advice. You see so many things during a walk and that can lead to some wonderful inspiration. 
I think it's also very true that you think you know your neighborhood until you go on a walk. So many times have I driven through my neighborhood and I see the same things. But with a walk you see new things and get a new perspective. 
Perspective is so important in life. I think for a person to truly grow and live fully they need to have multiple perspectives. Even if you are just getting a new perspective by taking a walk! You are still learning and seeing and experiencing new things. 

Recently the sunsets here in Maryland have been insanely beautiful, and I love nothing more than a colorful and magical sunset. The trees have also been changing for fall, so it's been a kaleidoscope of nature's colors outside this past month :)
Take a look at the photos I took, as well as a time lapse video I took, while exploring around my neighborhood below!











I hope this post inspires you to go out at take a walk, or get a new perspective of some sort. If you're in a rut, or feeling sad, or uninspired a quick fix is taking a walk. 
I want you guys to go out for a walk or go explore a new place & see how you feel after! And adventure is a foot step away, so go find it!!
Thanks for reading!

-Taylor-

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Bloody Halloween Nails!

Hey guys! I have a fun little post here for you, it's going to be a how-to on Halloween nails! I'm excited to share this with you, its a super fun, cute way to paint your nails for Halloween & it's really easy! So check out the steps below to learn how to achieve some bloody nails!

What you'll need:
-Red nail polish
-Base & top coat nail polish
-Black nail polish
-Toothpicks

So of course the first step is to manicure your nails the way you like, get them all prepped and ready to be painted.

After your nails are prepped, paint on a base coat. A base coat is important because it really helps prevent your nails from chipping & being stained.


Once you let the base coat dry, paint your first coat of black. 
I'm choosing to alternate the colors, but you can do whatever style you want! With such funky & creepy nail art, you can be as creative as you want! 


While the first coat of black is drying, you can start on the blood drips! Now this part is actually a lot easier than it looks. 
First, take your red polish and line a heavy coat along the tip of your nail (like you're trying to go for a french manicure look!). You want this to be heavy with a good bit of nail polish because we will be dragging it down later. 


Now, this part is important to do in a timely manner. We don't want the red to dry before we get the chance to turn it into blood drips. 
So, take a tooth pick and drag it down in lines. You'll have to work with it a little to get it how you want it to look (but not too much, or the polish will start to get too gooey). 
I stayed with 3-4 lines on each nail, since thats all there is room for. 


The more nail polish, the easier it is to work with, but you will want to choose a red nail polish that dries quickly, or else you'll be waiting forever for it to dry since it's so thick. 

You should get the hang of it pretty easily, so once you're ready, move on to the rest of your nails. 



After you're done with the red, go back and do your final black coat & finish with a clear top coat!
Be careful with the top coat on the red nails, it very easily smears the red, try not to do more than one swipe with the clear coat or it will drag red with it! 


And there you have the final look! A cute but creepy nail design perfect for Halloween! 
I hope you guys enjoyed this post, if you decide to try this out I would love to see it so send me your pictures!!
Thanks for reading!
-Taylor-


Thursday, October 23, 2014

The Liebster Award


So I was nominated by Leanne, The Dress Diaries, for the Liebster Award! Huge thank you to her, I think this is a great way to find new blogs and it really brings the blogging community together, & I'm so glad to be apart of it! 


Rules:

> Answer the questions that are sent to you
> Nominate 10 bloggers who have under 200 followers on twitter
> Ask them 12 questions of your own
> Notify them that they've been nominated

Here are Leanne's questions for me:

1.What's your all time favourite book?
I can't say that I have an all time favorite! But, one of my favorites would be On The Road by Jack Kerouac. That book just gives me a lot of inspiration. One of my favorite quotes is from that book- 


2. Do you live for the weekend?
I wish I did but I work most weekends, so sadly, no. 

3. What's your favourite hair accessory or product?
I have long messy hair, & the Macadamia Healing Oil Spray is a life savor. 

4. What is your favourite meal of the day?
I love breakfast!

5. Describe your perfect night in.
My perfect night in would be ordering in food, watching a funny movie, and snuggling with my boyfriend :)

6. Would you rather wear one colour for the rest of your life or have to wear the same pair of shoes with every outfit?
This is actually really tough! But, I would rather wear one color for the rest of my life... hopefully I could choose the color? Haha

7. What's your favourite hairstyle?
I love good messy curls. 

8. Do you use Pinterest?
Of course! Check it out here ;)

9. Are you looking forward to Christmas? Why?
YES! I love Christmas so much. The colors, and the lights, and the happy people. I love shopping for gifts. It's just a genuinely happy time. 

10. Will you be making any New Year's Resolutions?
I plan to! Haven't thought too much about what they will be. I think I'll have to wait and see where I am in 2 months to see how I want to improve.

11. What's your favourite color?

I'm obsessed with mint, you should really see my room. The color is everywhere... literally. 

12. Do you have any secrets?
No such thing as a girl without secrets ;) 


Here are my questions:
1. When did you start your blog? What inspired you to start it?
2. What is your social media of choice?
3. If you had to choose only 5 makeup products to use for a year, what would they be?
4. What's your favorite holiday? 
5. Best makeup tip you know?
6. You have an entire day free to yourself, what do you do?
7. Who is your fashion idol?
8. Favorite nail polish brand?
9. Describe your style in 3 words.
10. What is the last song you listened to?
11. Who are your top 3 favorite blogs?
12. If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go?

I nominate...
... and anyone else who would like to be apart of this!

I had a lot of fun doing this post! Again, a nice thank you to Leanne for nominating me! Go check out her post about the Liebster Award here
So that's it for me! I can't wait to read the answers from the ladies I've nominated! 
Thanks for reading!! 

-Taylor- 













Monday, October 20, 2014

Goals Update: Morning Yoga☀

Hello loves! I've completed a new goal, and that is doing morning yoga! I'm trying to keep up with my goals since the month is just going by so quickly! So that's why I've been posting on such a random schedule. I'll figure this out more as I go and I'm sure I'll have a more regulated schedule once I get some more experience blogging :) 
So let's get started with this yoga post! 
I've loved yoga for a while now. I probably started doing yoga for the first time in 2010. I used to attend a yoga class 2 times a week, but unfortunately stopped that. Since, I haven't kept a regular routine which is something I'd really like to change. So that's why I made this a goal for October! Below is my experience with morning yoga, health benefits, and my plan to start a regular schedule :)

My early morning yoga experience:
So, I am not the early morning riser type. I often (more like everyday..) find myself hitting the snooze button to get as much sleep as I possibly can in the morning. I already have enough to do to get ready for the day, so I couldn't imagine fitting a yoga sesh in as well! But I found the time to do it, and I loved it!
Getting up for yoga was super rejuvenating. Stretching out first thing in the morning really woke me up, and made me feel better through out the day. Now, I'm no expert at yoga so I just looked up some basic yoga routines and then came up with my own. I do want to improve so once I get more flexible I'll definitely look into more difficult routines to try. Overall I loved starting my day out with a yoga session. I felt better and more awake through out the whole day compared to days that I don't do yoga. 

Benefits of yoga: 
Yoga is great for increasing flexibility & strength. Stretching your muscles out is a perfect way to start the morning. After laying in bed all night, our muscles tend to get stiff, so getting up and stretching them out allows for more flexibility and helps us feel less tired (something I think anyone would want!). Stretching increases blood circulation in our bodies, which then increases our energy levels. 
I think a lot of people would be surprised at how strong you can get from yoga! Over time building your endurance with different poses can really tone and strengthen your muscles. For example, planking is common in yoga and is a pose that really builds your upper body strength as well as your core abdominal strength. 
After all this stretching and strength building, your posture also improves! Most yoga poses improve core strength which means your more likely to sit straight and stand tall. This is a big benefit for me. My posture is something I really need to improve, and its something that I find difficult to do. So having it be a benefit from doing yoga is a major plus! 
Yoga also helps a great deal with relieving stress. Yoga calms the mind, improves your breathing, and helps you relax and de-stress. By relieving stress, you are also decreasing your risk of illnesses like heart disease, and cardiovascular disease. So that's a win-win... win situation. 


Starting a regular yoga schedule
Doing yoga made me realize how much I really enjoy it! It is a fun way to work out, and it provides many benefits. I don't exercise like I should, so I think yoga is a good place to start. It's not too demanding, and I think it is a great way to start stretching and toning your muscles, so you can work up to more intense work outs. I plan to start making yoga part of my everyday routine. Even if its just for 10 minutes, I'm going to try to incorporate it into my everyday life. I would also love to start a yoga class again so that I can learn more about yoga, and improve at it. 


Fitness is really important, and is something we can all do to improve our health. It doesn't matter where you start in fitness and exercise, just as long as you do start somewhere. If you're like me, and are not a huge fan of intensive work outs, I think yoga would be a perfect place to start! 

Well that does it for this post! I hope you guys enjoyed reading it, and were able to take away something from this! If any of you have any tips for me or thoughts about this post, leave a comment below! I'd love to hear your opinions!!
Thank you so much for reading!

-Taylor-

15 Random Questions Tag!

Hey guys! I thought it would be neat to post a fun little questions tag, so that you can learn a little bit more about me! So here we go with the 15 random questions tag... 

1. What’s a nickname only your family calls you?
Tayls is actually a nickname my sister calls me by, so thats where I got the 'HeyTayls' name from! 

2. What's a weird habit of yours?
I can't think of any weird habits of mine right now.. but I'm sure there are some haha. 
Do you have any weird phobias?
I'm terrified of stink bugs. I would say this is a weird one mainly because stink bugs are actually harmless, but for some reason I freak out when I see one. 

What’s a song you secretly love to blast & belt out when you’re alone?
There's a few, some are : Send Me On My Way- Rusted Root, Breath of Life- Florence + The Machine, Nothing Left to Say- Imagine Dragons, and The Walker- Fitz & The Tantrums. 

What's one of your biggest pet peeves?
I absolutely hate when people text and drive. I think its one of the dumbest decisions anyone could make. 

What's one of your nervous habits?
I fidget with my hands when I'm nervous. I just find myself messing with something, whether it be my fingers, my phone, my hair, etc. 

What side of the bed do you sleep on? 
I switch it up all the time. It's actually a common question every night between my boyfriend and I on which side do we want. 

What was your first stuffed animal, and it's name?
It was a puppy with pink polka dots from 102 Dalmatians, and her name was Oddball. 

What’s the drink you always order at Starbucks?
White chocolate mocha frappuccino. This was the firs drink I ever got at Starbucks, and every time I try to venture out, I don't like it as much as I do this drink.  
What’s the beauty rule you preach, but never actually practice?
Hmm.. I think I would say that a beauty rule I believe in but don't keep up with as much is having my nails done. I go through cycles of keeping up with my nails & not. I think that its an easy way to look put together, but I often find myself with either chipped nail polish, or none at all.. oops!

Which way do you face in the shower?
Both.

Do you have any weird body skills?
I can lick my elbow... seriously!

What is your favorite comfort food that is "bad", but you eat it anyways?
Like... every comfort food out there! Haha, but my favorite is probably cookies or some other type of sweets. 

What's a phrase or exclamation you always say?
"Awesome sauce!"

Time to sleep! What are you actually wearing?
A comfy old tee, and pj shorts. 

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Goals Update: Decorating For Halloween ☠

Hello lovlies! It's October 19th and that means there is 12 days until Halloween! I can't believe how quickly October has flown by. Although this post may be a little over due, I finally decorated for the season! This was a goal I had for October, and I really enjoyed it! Check out the pictures below to see how I decorated my room for Halloween/fall :)


One of my favorite things about fall is the scents! Going from fruity, beachy summer candles to warm, spice scented candles is a refreshing transition. Candles are one of the best ways to get the cozy fall feeling, and 'Leaves' is one of my favorite candle scents of all time! This candle is from Bath & Body Works, and is a popular favorite that comes back yearly. It is described as "featuring notes of golden nectar, ripe delicious apple, and red berries." Surprisingly, I didn't care for the smell of this candle when I first smelled it, but now I have come to absolutely love it & it is a staple when decorating for fall. 




Now for the Halloween decorations! I recently went on a trip to Walmart to look through their Halloween section, and actually came across some great decorations. I found this string of pumpkin lights & thought they were the cutest! I already have strings of lights around my room so I figured these would be awesome, and would add a perfect splash of Halloween. The pack I got was $5, came with 10 pumpkin lights, and is about 6 ft long. 

The next thing I picked up at Walmart was a pack of glittery spiders! I loved that these spiders were covered in black glitter! It added a cute feel to a 'scary' decoration. I thought it would be cool to have them climbing up my wall, so I used press-in-place door & window caulk. This stuff is great for hanging objects like this on your wall because you can pull off a much as you need, shape it how you need, & it doesn't take the paint off your walls. These spiders could be used to decorate is many different ways! You could put them in some fake spider webs, near some food bowls if you're having a party, etc. The pack came with 8 spiders and I think it was about 2 or 3 dollars.













Then I got some decoration for my bedroom door. Again, I got it from Walmart, but this caution tape can be found almost anywhere during Halloween. I think that this is just classic Halloween decoration, and its super cheap & easy to hang up. I got 20 feet of tape for 97¢. 

































And finally, I have my favorite decoration that I got this season! I got this lil guy at Michaels craft store, and he was about $14. I thought this was so cute, and couldn't possibly leave the store without it! This is another decoration that screams classic Halloween to me. To add a little color & spunk, I added a ribbon bow. I got this trick or treat ribbon at Michaels as well, for $1. I also got the glittery fall leaves that are around the cat at Michaels for about $2. 

So that's it for this post! I really enjoyed decorating my room for Halloween/fall! This is the first year that I bought festive decorations for my room and it really put me in the Halloween spirit. Although October goes by in the blink of an eye, I think putting up decorations helps make the Halloween feeling last a little longer. Being able to see the festive decorations everyday reminds you of the holiday, and I think it inspires the Halloween spirit. I'm really glad that I set this as a goal for the month :) 

Well, I hope you guys enjoyed this post, and got some inspiration! Let me know your thoughts in the comments & if you have any Halloween/fall decorations I would love to see your pictures so leave your links as well!
Thanks for reading!

-Taylor- 







Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Goals Update: Finding New Music ♫


Hi guys! So, the first goal I completed was finding new music. Below are 6 songs that I recently found and fell in love with. I feel like its a good variety of new tunes to take a listen to. So check out my new music obsessions below & tell me what you think!

Budapest - George Ezra 

All Comes Down - Kodaline

Little Do You Know - Alex & Sierra

Reverse - SomeKindaWonderful

Warriors - Imagine Dragons

The sixth song is (of course) Out Of The Woods by Taylor Swift, which was released today (I'll update the post when the YouTube video becomes available).

So there is the list of new music I've been loving lately! Finding new music is always fun, and having this as a goal made it more so. Instead of just stumbling upon a new song, I purposefully went looking for new music. If you missed my monthly goal post you can find that here! That's all for this post, I'd love to hear what you think of this selection of music, so let me know in the comments or on my twitter! Thanks for reading :)
-Taylor-

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Monthly Goals: October

Hey everyone!
Since the month is still fairly new, I thought I would start a post on my monthly goals. Each month I'll post a list of about 10 goals that I hope to complete that month. The goals can be anything! Sometimes they may repeat in other months, but mostly they will be focused around the season. I'll write a post every time I complete a goal until I have finished the list :)

I think this is a great way to be productive, and get things done that you've been telling yourself you'll do. By writing down your goals you're more likely to be motivated to accomplish them. I feel like a month is a great time frame to give yourself to complete set of goals. It is a realistic amount of time, so that you're more likely to finish all of the goals! Its always a rewarding feeling to be able to cross off everything on your list. 

So, here are my 10 goals for this month:


- Read a book (I'll be repeating this one every month)
- Bake more
- Make at least one piece of art
- Get up early for morning yoga
- Take more walks while the weather is still nice
- Find new music
- Decorate for the season
- Post more on my blog
- Do more nature photography 
- Stay on a good budget

While these goals are specific to me, I hope that you guys find inspiration from this post to make your own monthly goals list! 
I'm so excited to start accomplishing these goals & writing about it! 
-Taylor-

Thursday, October 2, 2014

DIY fall-inspired cork board! ♡



Hello October!
It's the beginning of one of the best months. Filled with beautiful colors, smells, and festivities, October is a super fun and inspiring time of year. I figured what better way to kick off this month (and my new blog) than with a fun and simple DIY post that will add a splash of autumn to your bedroom or office space. So read below to learn how to create this cute piece!


What you'll need:
- A cork board (can be any size or shape! I got this square sheet in a multipack from Office Depot)
- A paint brush
- Roll of Scotch blue tape
- Acrylic paint








To get started, arrange the blue tape on the cork board in any pattern you like. I chose this chevron pattern. Remember, it doesn't have to be perfect! I eyeballed this and did it the way I thought looked best.









Once you've got your tape where you want it, its time to start painting! Since this piece is fall-inspired I chose red, orange and yellow to paint with.











Continue with your colors as you like, I'm going for an ombre/rainbow effect.

Tip: As you're painting, make sure you tape is pressed firmly onto the cork board for a clean edge!








And you're almost done! Put on any finishing touches of paint before removing the blue tape.

Tip: If you want a more opaque color, dab the paint on parts where some of the original cork board peeks through.








The final step is to peel off your blue tape! Its best to take the blue tape off after the paint is dry, so be sure to let it sit for about an hour.

And voilĂ ! There you have your fall festive, spruced up cork board!







I think this DIY is a fun, simple, and festive way to get the fall season started. It adds a nice pop of autumn color to any space, and also serves as a functional piece! A cork board can help you stay organized and inspired! Put up your to-dos lists, inspiring quotes, fun pictures, and reminders for yourself. You can hang it up, or have it lean against your wall on a desk. This DIY is super versatile and allows for tons of creativity!


I hope you guys enjoyed this first post and draw some inspiration from it! If anyone decides to try it out, I'd love to see some pictures & would showcase them here on my blog!
Thanks so much for reading & have a lovely day :)

-Taylor-



Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Welcome post!

Welcome welcome welcome!!
Hi! I'm Taylor, and welcome to my blog! I'm a newbie in this blogging world so I'll be learning as I go. I'm very excited to get started and begin posting on a regular basis. This blog is going to be all things inspiring, creative, beauty, diy, fashion, and lifestyle.
I want to give a huge thanks in advance to anyone who happens to stop by and read some of my posts, any feedback is greatly appreciated! I can't wait to see where this blog goes, and what the future has in store for me and this blog.
Without any further ado... lets get started!
-Taylor-