Wrapping Up September!

Hello Beauties!

September can be hectic. It’s the month of “getting in the swing of things”. It’s when you’re super tired, school is getting harder, and the weather is changing. For some, all of these differences are welcomed! For others, it’s painful. So let me help you ease into October with these favorite products and tips. Enjoy!

Be sure to take time for you

You deserve it, especially now. You’re taking on clubs, jobs, a social life, work, etc. When you are doing any of that you’re sleeping, or you wish you’re sleeping. Now let’s think about taking a BREAK. Relax a little; you’ll find that’s the only way to not go crazy with your busy life. Grab a blanket and your favorite pillow and chillllll. 

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Lotion is your best friend

The best way to treat yourself is to keep yourself hydrated, especially with winter coming. Before bed, when you wake up, or any time you feel it, grab your lotion of choice and lather up! Make sure that your morning scent will help you stay awake and your night scent will help calm you.

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Don’t worry about the small stuff 

The worst thing to do is overthink the little pieces when you’ve got so many big pieces on your plate. Not only are you wasting time and brainpower, but you’re stressing yourself out more. The little things are little. They don’t matter at all. Just stay focused and keep your brain from replaying that awkward interaction in the hallway or that coffee stain you never knew you had all day long. You’ve got better things to do.

Hot baths are also your best friend

Don’t skip out on a nice bubble bath. Never skip out on a nice bubble bath. Don’t even begin to think about life without a nice bubble bath.

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Keep everything organized

It’s a waste of time to try to remember everything you have to do. Even if you try to force yourself, it doesn’t work. Don’t do it. Keep a cool planner with compliments and snarky remarks to make you excited about starting your To Do list.

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Maybe you’re doing too much?

Maybe you need to cut back on some things. Maybe that Monday night book club isn’t necessary or you have no time this weekend to get anything done. Make sure that you’re putting yourself first; cutting back on your schedule doesn’t make you a failure, it shows that you know yourself and your limits. Better to figure this out now rather than later.

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READ (only with tea present)

I’ve been taking a course dedicated to making me read more than I do, and I’ve loved it. Sometimes the last thing you want after perusing over documents and textbooks is to read, but it’s so GOOD for you! Let yourself go a little, not just tune out in front of Netflix. This must have tea involved, no exceptions.

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Peace, Love, and Baby Ducks,

Marin

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How to Ace a Job Interview

Hello Beauties!

Sorry that things have been a little quiet on Qwerty Girl, my WIFI has been switched out and there have been a couple of glitches. Also, college essays are “happening”. Excuses, excuses.

Today I ROCKED this interview for a senior internship and I was so inspired to write this post showing you my makeup, outfit, and anything else I needed to feel completely prepared and ready to kick booty. Let’s get started.

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Whenever you are doing anything job related, ya gotta look professional. So I opted for my Forever21 army green dress and matching heels. I also paired my chunky chain necklace with it because I’ll be interning at an artsy place with artsy people. This necklace is artsy.

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I wanted to keep my makeup simple– I’m not pretending to be twenty-four; what you see is what you get. I used my NYX Shimmer Stick as an eyeshadow, then added my NYX Eyeliner in brown and my favorite Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes mascara. The only base I used is the Revlon Photo Ready BB Cream. It applies like a dream and doesn’t look heavy. To finish it off I used my favorite Rimmel London Kate Moss lipstick in 05.

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Now that you look like a true member of the workforce, you gotta be prepared. It’s so, so, so smart to carry a notebook with you. It makes you seem organized, competent, and eager to start your work ASAP. Plus, you never know when you might need to catch a name, number, email, company name, etc. Also have your planner for basically everything. Let’s face it, a busy person like you can’t afford to forget anything.

And that’s all you need! Now go show your true colors, and if the job is the right one they will love you! Keep checking in for a slightly more organized and regular schedule here. Until then…

Peace, Love, and Baby Ducks,

Marin

A Little Inspiration From the 50’s

Hello Beauties!

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I was so inspired by this skirt; it belonged to my mother who found it at a garage sale. The pattern is gorgeous and detailed while the structure is incredibly simple. It’s a thicker material, but doesn’t have a lot of layering, so even though it can be a little cumbersome at times (aka sitting) it doesn’t get too overheated.

With a history dating back to the late 1800s and the beautiful ceiling designs of Grand Central Station that make you feel like you have been transported back in time, why not sport a vintage skirt and pearl earrings just like the many travelers passing through before me. It felt surreal in a way, which is funny how an outfit can bring on such emotions. Sadly I was also getting over a stomach flu at the time so the feeling didn’t last very long…

I’d pair this piece with a loose blouse, preferably lighter in color. You can even add a light pattern to it, just make sure it goes with the colors and theme of the skirt! Light jewelry and small earrings add to the modesty of the style, while also bringing about a sophistication to the wearer. Who doesn’t want to feel like Audrey Hepburn for the day?

Where to Buy

Vintage clothing stores

Shirt: H&M

Earrings: Macy’s

Shoes: Ked’s 

Peace, Love, and Baby Ducks,

Marin

Let’s Get Lost |OOTD

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Hello Beauties!

We all know that bohemian style is in right now, especially with music festivals like Coachella becoming more and more mainstream. I personally am so happy about it because that is the kind of clothing I’ve always loved: big turquoise pendants, oversized sunglasses, and super free clothing. That’s what you learn when you’re raised by rock n’ roll/hippie parents.

For the past couple of years one side of me has been pleased with the tight fit-and-flare dresses, small 60’s heels, and Parisian scarves. Now I’m loving the opportunity to wear dresses without a bra and bust out my mom’s old Birkenstocks.

I paired this dress with a leather backpack, which I haven’t put down all summer, and some comfortable leather sandals. I also made sure to pack some good sunglasses, and I kept all jewelry very simple and tasteful as to not distract from the dress.

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Peace, Love, and Baby Ducks,

Marin X

It’s Been One of Those Weeks

Hello My Beauties

This post is going to be a little more serious than usual. I haven’t been posting, or really updating, anything having to do with my blog because some personal issues have gotten in the way of me doing this. I don’t want to go into any detail because it’s all very fresh, but I do want to apologize for dropping the ball when it comes to this blog. I want to continue to produce good content for all of you, but for now I’m having a hard time doing anything with the confidence I used to have.

A large reason why I’m writing this is because I wanted to reach out to all of you. I want to extend a hand to all of you going through rough times or struggling with some internal battle. It’s hard to cope with, and my best mechanism is to help others and then write about it. So I would like to give you some advice, starting now:

I want to tell you that it will get better. It just has to get better. And if it isn’t better, than it isn’t the end.

I want to tell you that you are so strong, that whatever is thrown your way has nothing on you because you can be bigger than it and overcome it and grow from it.

I want to tell you that you are not alone. Whether you find support in friends, family, or internet support groups, you are never, ever alone. It sure as hell seems like you are, but I promise you, you’re not.

And finally I want to tell you the most cliche thing ever: Life is short. Be confident in yourself, in who you are, and for the people who just cannot accept that, it might be best to not have them in your life at this point. This doesn’t mean they are horrible people. It just means they can’t be there for you like you need them to be, or vise-versa. And for the people who are destructive, I hope that you take the first three points into account and feel that you deserve to do what you need to do.

Daily life is completely unpredictable; we have no clue how we, or others, will feel day-to-day. It is our jobs as individuals to make sure that we can cope with these unpredictable moments, and that we know what to do when situations arise that we don’t know how to deal with. It is also very important to know who your support team consists of because they will be absolutely vital.

It took so much energy to write this post for you, but I needed to do it because I want to reach out to all of you. I want to make sure that if anyone is struggling, you know that you are not alone. Thank you so much for reading, and please take these words to heart.

Peace, Love, and Baby Ducks,

Marin XO