May: Mental Health Awareness Month.

As I'm writing this, I'm drinking some tea and chilling out in my pjs. This is my comfort zone. However, this very exact set-up h...

May 22, 2017

I've Broken My Jo Malone Virginity.

Jo Malone's Wild Bluebell Cologne

So I finally joined the real beauty bloggers club and got my hands on a fragrance from Jo Malone. When I say I'm ecstatic, it's an understatement. And I'm not just saying that because it's a *~luxury~* brand, I'm saying that because the fragrance and the actual experience while choosing the fragrance was amazing to me.

Jo Malone's Wild Bluebell Cologne

Just look at that beautiful packaging. And that's not even including the bag they put it is, which is also wrapped up nice and fabulous.

Jo Malone's Wild Bluebell Cologne

Of course I went smell-crazy in the store. I smelled the coveted Wood Sage and Sea Salt scent, as and I predicted, I wasn't a fan. I knew I wouldn't like that combination of scents right away.

I did, however, like Earl Grey And Cucumber, English Pear And Freesia, and one other scent that I just cannot remember. I was surrounded by so many glorious scents that I didn't know what to do with myself.

Eventually, I randomly picked up Wild Bluebell and said "I want this one". It didn't match any of the other scents I was interested in, but it smelled good and I wanted it. It's a pretty floral scent that doesn't have an age restriction on it, and isn't overwhelming. I'm happy with this one.

This will certainly not be the last Jo Malone cologne I buy. I plan on collecting many. They're all so wonderful.

March 9, 2017

Current Read: Gods And Kings By Dana Thomas.

Gods And Kings By Dana Thomas

I purchased this book a while ago, and I put off reading it because I thought it'd depress me. Ever since I went to see the Savage Beauty exhibit a few years ago, I loved Alexander McQueen mind and creativity. So I figured I should read up on him a bit.

I'm not one that's deep into fashion (fabrics, silhouettes, sewing, etc), and this book has a lot of technical fashion phrases that I'm not familiar with. I'm totally okay with that. It's helping me learn, even though I'm not in the fashion industry and don't plan to be. I've only read a little of it so far, but as of now I'm liking it. It's giving me a peak into how the fashion world was back in the day, and how it is now.

March 6, 2017

How To Procrastinate.

How To Procrastinate

There are people who get things done right when they need to, and have everything planned and organized to do so. But there are also people who push things back for ages and keep the mantra "I'll do it tomorrow" on repeat in their heads. Unfortunately, 7/10 times, I am the later. Let me explain to you how to be a procrastinator.

Don't Be Excited About Your Goal/End Project
If you're not looking forward to getting this project finished, it'll never get finished. Be happy that you have something to look forward to and set your focus on.

Let Mundane Things Have Higher Priority Over Your Main Goal
This may happen because you're feeling a little lazy. In your head, it may seem like it'd be easier for you to do something small rather than doing a larger step to get your goal done. This makes sense. However, that time taken to do that smaller thing could certainly be devoted to finishing the bigger picture.

Don't Do The Proper Research/Prep For Your Goal
As a college student, I kind of groan whenever I hear the sentence "Make sure you research your topic!". A lot of times we don't feel like dredging through a bunch of information and picking through it to find the best of it all.

Be Arrogant Overly Confident That You Can Reach Your Goal In A Short Amount Of Time
"I'll finish it in like, two days. I won't even worry about it". This could be true. But that two day project - are you truly proud of it? Did you give it your all? Is it something you'll look back at a few months down the line and say "I put my heart and soul in that and look how awesome it all came out"? Think of things questions before you think you're too cool to spend real time on a project.

Make Up Excuses For Not Taking The Steps To Achieve Your Goal
"I can't find the right store", "I can't find the right color for this", blah blah blah. Excuses can make us feel comfortable and complacent. Stop those. Stop those right now. They're silly, and they only hold you back. Be versatile in ways to complete your end game and realize that not everything will unfold perfectly for you. Nothing is ever perfect. But hard work and effort can make things awesome.

These tips could be applied to absolutely anything. Blogging, school, work, future endeavors, all that.
We all have trouble completing and sticking to goals sometimes. But you can do it and make it amazing - just remember that.

February 22, 2017

Monica Lives: Life Update.'s damn near March. I'm not gonna say the sentence that every beauty blogger/Youtuber says at the end of ever month. I refuse to say it.

But we are closer to spring and the warmer months. This winter has been good to me - a handful of freezing days, a snowstorm or two, but then we also had some "WTF how it is this hot in January" moments as well. I like that combo.

What have I been doing? Not enough. I'm focused on a certain thing in my life (which is a little too personal for me to disclose here), which is why I've been M.I.A. from Strange And Pretty (sorry yall!). But hopefully that will all work out and I'll be in your feeds on the regular once more.

I plan to post on here still, but not to a set schedule as much as I used to. That's simply temporary though - I'll be back to the two posts a week setup soon. So be sure to follow me on Bloglovin, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat (I'm omgmonicashere on there, and my SnapCode is in the sidebar) to keep up with me and new blog posts.

Love you guys!