Man in the Mirror

The Man in the Mirror

When I look in the mirror, I see my dark skin
Telling me when and how my story will begin.
My father will disappear like many of them do,
And I’ll look around to see no parents coming in two.

I’ll talk with new slang, so people will understand
That I go to school everyday but won’t conform to the man.

Nothing will bother me, ‘cause I don’t want people to know
That I actually have feelings when I’m all alone.

I look on the news, and see my people in jail.
Doesn’t seem too different than that cotton-filled hell.

The cops beat us in the street.
Everyone around starts packing heat.
Seems like the only way out is with a ball or a beat.

So what would you be like if the world didn’t assume
that you’re a danger to society in a gang-banger suit?

-Kay A.

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If I Had One Wish~ High End Beauty

Hello, lovely people!

Makeup is one of my favorite things, but as I typically only buy drugstore makeup (because my wallet can only allow such purchases), there are always high end makeup products I’d love to try! Here are a few of them:

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1. Make Up For Ever Step 1 Skin Equalizer(Mattifying)  Primer~ $37

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2. NARS Velvet Matte Skin Tint~ $44

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3. Benefit POREfessional Face Primer~$31

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4. Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara~$23

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5. Benefit Gimme Brow~$24

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6. Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray~$30

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7.The Original Beauty Blender~$20

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8. Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer~$28

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Most of these products have been raved about by bloggers, you tubers, and everyone who has ever tried them, so they’re definitely things I see myself saving up for in the near future!

Have you ever tried these products? Are there any more products you think i should add to this wishlist? Let me know in the comments!

With love, Kay.

My #1 Workout Tip for 2016!

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Hello, lovely people!

Working out can be a hard thing to do when all you want is to lay in bed all day! But working out is so good for you that not doing it is so far from being a healthy option. To help combat my intense desire to just watch Netflix all day, I’ve come up with one thing that always motivates me to get out of bed and burning calories…

JUST WALK!

Spring is here, and that means there is beautiful weather outside too! You don’t have to go for an invigorating sprint or run until your legs fall off, just walk. Whenever you feel yourself sitting and doing nothing for a long time, put some shoes on and go outside. Studies show that 40 minutes of brisk walking burns the same amount of calories as 20 minutes of jogging, so get out there and walk!

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My New Skincare Loves!

 

Hello, lovely people!

As of lately, my skin hasn’t been at its best. I’ve been trying to drink the proper amount of water, not touch my face with dirty hands, etc, but nothing kept the acne away. I realized I had been using the same cleansing products for a long time, so I knew it was time to find something new. I had a coupon from CVS on Neutrogena skincare products, so I thought I’d try some of their products and I’m so glad I did!

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The first product I picked up was the Neutrogena Deep Clean Cream Cleanser. I haven;t had anything other than an exfoliator or gel cleanser in my bathroom for awhile, so this instantly drew me in. The product claims to leave your complexion looking fresh and clean by cleaning into your pores to dissolve dirt, oil, and makeup. It’s oil-free and alcohol-free, so it won’t leave your skin feeling dry.

This product does EVERYTHING it claims! When I apply it to my face, I can literally feel it cleansing my pores and ridding them of all the crap that has been sitting in their throughout the day. Once i wash it off, it really does leave my skin feeling fresher and cleaner than it did before.

 

Secondly, from the same line, I picked up the Neutrogena Deep Clean Long-Last Shine Control Daily Scrub. This product claims to remove 85% of built up oil, cleans skins pores to rid of impurities and oil that lead to shine throughout the day, and leaves skin shine-free for hours after it has been washed off.

Having oily skin, this product seemed like the answer to all of my prayers. Instead of using it daily, I rotate between these two products each night, but this product definitely removes the excess oil in my skin, so I don’t look like an oil slick. Once I rinse it off, my skin feels fresh and smooth because of the exfoliating beads.

 

Both of these products are a must buy for people who need to freshen up their skincare routine. They’ve improved the look and feel of my skin in just one week! I recommend the cream cleanser to all skin types, and the daily scrub to those with combination to oily skin.

What’re your skincare favorites? Have you tried either of these products? Do you have any recommendations for me?

With love, Kay.

Spring 2016 Outfit Inspiration!

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Hello, lovely people!

Long time, no see! It’s been a crazy few weeks for me, but now I’m back and ready to keep blogging! With many people’s spring breaks beginning, I thought it’d be the perfect time to post my 2016 style inspirations for the beautiful spring months!

1. Lilly Pulitzer Dresses

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Lilly Pulitzer dresses scream spring to me with their bright colors and adorable prints! This dress and hat are perfect for each other and those warm spring days!

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2. Taupe Skirt with Long Sleeves

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The suede skirt trend is one that I hope will be around for awhile, because they’re adorable! For those days with a breeze, this outfit is perfect with its long sleeved top and patterned scarf. And I can’t write this without mentioning those shoes! They’re perfect print addition to add to the outfit!

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3. Neutrals with a Printed Scarf

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When the spring starts to feels a little like autumn, this outfit is a go-to! The skinny jeans will keep your legs warm along with the lightweight, printed scarf to add a little more protection from the cool weather as well. Plus, denim jackets are always a staple in the spring!

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4. Sundress with Fall Jacket

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This jacket from J Crew dominated the fall and will look great in the spring too! With an adorable sundress underneath, it’s the perfect transition outfit from winter to spring!

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5. Tribal Print Romper

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Lastly, but certainly not least, rompers! They’ve been so popular this year already, and I’m definitely on board with the trend! Although I have yet to find one that looks this good on me, I love the look and simplicity of them!

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Spring is the perfect time to bring out your cutest clothes from your new year shopping spree, so I hope this post helped you find new things to buy and a new way to style things you already have!

What’re your spring must haves and staples? Do you know any places to find the perfect romper? Do you have an spring break plans? Let me know in the comments!

P.S. Al of these posts are pinned on my Pinterest page! Go give me a follow!

With love, Kay.

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50 Posts and Counting!

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Hello, lovely people!

On Saturday night, I got a notification from WordPress saying that I’d reached 50 posts on my blog. I’ve been wanting to reflect on what I’ve learned since blogging, so what better time than me reaching this milestone to do so!

Blogging is unlike anything I’ve ever done before. It’s proactive writing about anything you want while other people read it and tell you their opinion on the same topic. Blogging has made me try new products, learn about new things, and interact with people I wouldn’t have known otherwise.

For those reasons, I love it. I love being able to share my thoughts and opinions with the world. I love being able to wake up every morning and seeing what other people in the vast blogging community have posted. I love being able to sit down in my room and just write.

Blogging (and reading other’s blogs) is inspiring and uplifting and just nice in every way possible. I have never been one to really have hobbies, but blogging is mine. I might still be new at this, and I might not have a lot of followers or views, but that’s okay, because none of that matters; and that took me a long time to learn.

Thank you, all of you, who have read my blog once or have been reading my blog since the beginning. It still shocks me when I see people from all over the world have seen what I’ve written, and that’s another beauty of this great hobby of mine.

Cheers to another 50 posts!

5 Ways to Style Blazers! 

Hello, lovely people!

If there is one outfit piece that I have begun to love lately, it’s a blazer! They can be dressed up and down and always add the perfect something to any occasion. You can never go wrong with a nice-fitting blazer! So, as you can tell by the title, I’m going to share my 5 favorite ways to style a blazer 🙂

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I just bought a pink blazer this week, and I wore it the day after it came in the mail! The sophisticated jacket is a staple in any woman or man’s closet, so I highly recommend investing in one you’ll love.

Do you wear blazers often? Which outfit was your favorite? Let me know in the comments!

All the Single Ladies (and Men)!

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Valentine’s Day seems like the one day a year when people really start to realize that they’re single (regardless of whether or not they were in a relationship the other 364 days of the year haha). The so-called holiday is marketed to tap into people’s feelings of love and admiration for their significant other and can be used as an excuse to take some romantic getaway or spend an unlawful amount of money on a single gift.

In my opinion, it’s crazy. Valentine’s Day is another day of the year when people are stressed out to find the perfect gift or make the perfect plans to sweep someone else off their feet. Be happy that you don’t have to deal with that. Be happy that you’re alone, so you can spend all of your money on yourself as opposed to another person!

This isn’t going to be one of those ‘I hate Valentine’s Day’ posts, because I think it’s a cute concept. But I do not think people, including myself, who are single on February 14th  should feel sorry for themselves.

If you want to have an amazing Valentine’s Day, have one! Invite some friends over and have a movie night. Splurge on that new watch or pair of shoes that you never had a reason to buy for yourself. Make yourself a gourmet dinner from a new recipe you’ve never tried (or just order pizza).

You deserve to have a fabulous day every single day of the year, so don’t let heart-shaped chocolates and teddy bears ruin that!

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Cooking With Kay~SuperBowl Corn Dip

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Hello, lovely people!

This past weekend was one of the most important days of the year: Super Bowl Sunday! This is the day when the two best teams in the National Football League go head to head on a Sunday afternoon when people come together to throw big parties and watch some new-and hopefully entertaining-commercials!

Although I’m not having an elaborate party, I am having a friend come over to watch the game with me. What better time than now to try out a new dip recipe! I originally tried this dip when a friend of mine had made it, and it was delicious! After scrolling through the internet to find one similar, I finally decided to test it out myself.

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Next, I shredded my cheese, minced my jalepeno ( I only used one in this recipe), and drained my corn. Then, they were all added to my bowl.

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Lastly, I mixed all of the ingredients together until they were well combined and placed them in an oven-safe dish to bake.

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After 20 minutes, the dip was done! It turned out better than I could’ve imagined and tasted delicious! It was all gone by the end of the game, so I’ll definitely be making this more often!

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Do you have any recipes you think I should try? Let me know in the comments below!

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Television Taste: Scandal

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Hello, lovely people!

In my recent monthly favorites post (that you can read here), I briefly wrote about my love for the television show Scandal.

For years, I avoided watching this show because I thought it’d be another one of those drama-filled television series filled with ridiculous gestures of love and unrealistic trials, but it’s not that at all! The show displays the “hidden” American government with it’s lies, favors, killings, and secrecy.

Written by Shonda Rhimes (the woman responsible for writing Grey’s Anatomy and How to Get Away With Murder), Olivia Pope (who is shown in the picture above) is known as ‘the fixer’ in Washington DC who solves people’s problems before it ruins their career and life. Scandal is centered around her and her interactions with the very attractive President Fitzgerald Grant, the people she works with that she calls “her team,” and others in the White House staff.

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I’m not going to lie, I was hooked to this show within the first 30 seconds of the pilot when Harrison, one of Olivia’s associates, described what life was like working with the famous Pope. I was grabbed not only by the romance, drama, and (for lack of better words) scandals dealt with, but because I would love to be Olivia Pope. She’s the perfect example of a strong, independent, and smart woman that I believe television was in desperate need of.

 Scandal gets an 11 out of 10 in my book, and I highly recommend that everyone alive watches this show. You won’t regret it!

Have you ever seen Scandal? Do you love it as much as I do? Are there any other shows you think I should watch? Let me know in the comments!

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