Tips and Tricks

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I often think back to high school, particularly the year I turned 16.

Sweet 16! Hilary Duff sang an entire song all about it so, yeah of course I was excited! I expected overnight I would cultivate my ride or die bff’s, the hottest guy in school would ask me out and I could finally say yes, and of course getting my license!

For whatever reason I always imagined I would get a hot red convertible like Cher drove in the movie Clueless.

Can you relate? Even if Clueless was before you were born and you have no clue why Hilary Duff is considered an actor or singer, you still pictured being 16 years old.

You had your dreams and expectations. And if you are reading this and you are 16 years old, you did not stumble on this post by some sort of accident.

This. Is. For. You.

3 pieces of advice for being 16, for YOU!

  1. You will regret a lot of things you wear, say and do.
    • Pssssst, so will everyone you know. You will look back and laugh.
  2. You will not be in school, live at home, hide your secrets from everyone forever. This is temporary. Do not give up. I know you are hurting but sweetheart, you are doing a great job! I am so proud of YOU! Your future self is beautiful, brilliant and respected.
  3. Hold on to 16, as long as you can!
    • You won’t live at home forever, you will not be in school forever. You will be responsible for yourself and others and in the blink of an eye you will find yourself asking, when did I become an adult?! I want to go back to being 16!
  4. Laugh. Laugh a lot. Laugh at yourself. Life doesn’t have to be all that serious.
  5. Stand up for something. Find a charity or a gap you see needs to be fixed, go fix it.
  6. Stand up for everyone getting bullied. Handle it with grace, kindness, and get someone you trust.
  7. Take lots and lots of photos. Your future significant other and kids are going to want to see them even if you don’t.
    • Tip: Show those pictures off!
  8. As much as you hate your parents and siblings, you know you really don’t. They know it too but go easy on them.
  9. Chase your dreams.
    • Do not ever stop. Learn. Try again. Get better. Try again. Keep trying. I promise you will never regret trying in the long run. But you will regret giving up too soon.
  10. And the final piece of advice I will share with you right now is…

Forgive every time you get your heart broken. Whether by a friend or someone you are more intimate with. You will face many broken hearts but it will heal every single time.

Do not become pessimistic. Do not let the surprise right hook from the unexpected boxing match, called life make you cold hearted. Don’t let it make you bitter.

Let it make you better.

XOXO, CAIS 

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I have always loved beauty! In fact, one of my absolute favorite memories I have to this day involve my very first “big girl” makeup!


I have seriously loved makeup when I was most definitely not allowed to wear it, buy it, own it, look at it, or touch it. For me, there was something about watching my mom, aunts, and grandmother’s put makeup on before church, or just a night out with their s/o’s. In my eyes they transformed from beautiful, extremely smart women, into a bit of, dare I say, Audrey Hepburn and Jacqueline Kennedy. 


I am going to be sharing all of my favorite skincare products, a.k.a. only the products I actually use (haha) in stories this week on IG! P.S I will also share my favorite makeup look right now!

We’re going to call it tips & tricks Tuesday and special winners will be chosen every. single. Tuesday. Like, whaaaaaat? I know it’s like unheard of but I just love giving back to you lovies and since we are talking about makeup and skincare, comment down below or DM me on IG what you think the first prize is!

With that being said, I also know a lot of you like to read rather than watch IG stories which I am so down with so I thought it would be fun to let you bookmark this in your phone so you have a forever reference guide! Ready? Set? 5 Beauty Hacks for Every Girl, go!


“How to tame flyaways?” After having both of my babies, I had no idea that flyaways were apart of postpartum. If you are a new mama to be don’t freak out! Even if you flyaways are not postpartum related, I still have you covered, sis! It’s so simple. Use a clear brow gel (my preference), or clear mascara and apply it to the strands of hair you are trying to tame. Linked here and also down below.

“How do I get these lines off my nose from my sunglasses?” Okay, this is the holy grail of beauty hacks! Dampen any beauty blender you have. If you don’t have any, definitely go for the cheap ones on Amazon. I will link them here or down below. Using the damp beauty blender, apply translucent powder to where your glasses will be sitting on your nose. 

“Eaaaasy Eyeshadow!” This legit takes 30 seconds lovies! Use bronzer over your lid as eyeshadow. This one is my favorite!

“I want more full and longer lashes?” Now I know a lot of women swear by this and then others absolutely hate it. There doesn’t seem to be much middle ground, except for my lashes. The ONLY thing that actually makes my eyelids look like I have long, healthy lashes is from using this mascara primer!

“How do I get the appearance of fuller, bigger lips?” Sis, you will HAVE to turn into IG stories this Tuesday to find out 🙂 Wednesday morning at 8am EST I will post it here along with the other tips and tricks. 😉

“How do you get that supermodel blush look?” Here is a tip I learned years ago back when I had a modeling coach and I will NEVER forget it! Apply your blush to your cheeks, on the apples of course. Then take the excess onto the bridge of your nose. This mimics the look of a natural suntan with a glowy, youthful look. 










xo, Cais

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After 28 years of life’s experiences under my belt, and most of the experiences some individuals never even experience within an entire lifetime! 

With that in mind, I thought it would be fun and helpful to put together a list of 28 things I’ve learned in 28 years. I hope, no matter what stage of life you find yourself, my words will bring you some positivity and love. 


  1. God is real.
  2. Listen more than you speak. For most people, they care more about being right or winning an argument. Don’t be this person.
  3.  Think for yourself. Educate yourself, and then make an informed decision or stance on the subject. 
  4. Fears need to be overcome. You are so strong, in fact, you have no idea how strong you actually are. But through overcoming fears and difficulties, you will truly see yourself.
  5. Being nice is attractive and really cool. Honestly! Being mean is just straight up not cute. It also doesn’t make you look, appear, or seem cool, at all. In fact it makes you appear that you have a low emotional intelligence.
  6. Grief sucks. It sucks a lot. And there is no two people who grieve the same. If you find yourself in a season of loss, know that however you are dealing with it, as long as you are not causing harm, is absolutely perfect. You are doing great!
  7. Some battles aren’t worth fighting. Pick and choose your battles wisely.
  8. Seek wisdom, not just knowledge. There is a huge difference between knowing academia and obtaining wisdom. Knowledge will help you succeed in your career field, wisdom will help guide you throughout your life. 
  9. Share the wisdom you’ve learned with your children.  The greatest wisdom I have ever obtained without first hand experience is from my Grandmother Anne. These memories I cherish and am so grateful for!
  10. Love your body. This is the only body you are ever going to have. No matter how much I wish I was 5’10 and not barely 5’3 it it just simply never going to happen. Accept your curves, or lack thereof. Love all of you, so others can love you too.
  11. Makeup can change your mood. I can be in the worst mood ever, throw some makeup on and I feel like an entirely new woman!
  12. Set goals. Then set micro goals to achieve your big ones. The only way to accomplish a huge dream of yours, is by making bite size goals of how to best get there. 
  13. Rules are meant to be broken. I am not endorsing breaking the law AT ALL, but there are some rules in life, i.e. don’t eat dessert before dinner, don’t stay up late, etc., that are not going to harm anyone or yourself. So girlfriend, go do it!
  14. Be healthy, don’t obsess over it. I have seen many of my friends become all consumed by diets and workouts. I have learned that diet and exercise in order to FEEL your best, and BE your best. 
  15. Be confident. And don’t apologize for it!
  16. Positivity is key. 
  17. Let the haters be your motivation. If someone says you can’t do this or that, use that fire inside of you as fuel to accomplish whatever you set out to do. 
  18. Gossip is lame. I never gained a single thing by talking about others. Not one thing.
  19. You don’t have to be in your later years of life to experience regrets. There is quite a bit of things I didn’t do because of whatever reason, embarrassment, pride, listening to the haters say I couldn’t do x,  y, or z.
  20. The earlier you realize you cannot please everyone the better.
  21. Most people will give you unsolicited advice. Be kind, and keep on keeping on!
  22. People make time for the people they choose to make time for. It’s unfortunate, but it’s true.
  23. Setting boundaries is a necessity. There comes an age where you get to decide how much others know about you, even your parents. You decide the boundaries in which you let them in, or keep them out.
  24. Support other women. Be apart of supporting other women, not talking bad about them whether in person OR on social media. 
  25. Learn to say no.
  26. Keep an open minded. 
  27. Look inside yourself often. Figure out why you believe what you do, question yourself. That’s the only way to achieve real change within yourself.
  28. Love with your whole heart. You have no idea how much time you or someone you love has here on Earth. Heaven is real and at any moment you could find that someone you love has left this temporary, fallen world for the eternal, beautiful one.

XOXO, CAIS

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THUS FAR, ANYWAY!

  1. Whatever you fear happening in your life the MOST, might actually happen to you. And after some time passes, you realize you are stronger, you know what really matters in life!

2. Give grace to yourself and others. Everyone is doing their best even if, from where you are, it doesn’t look that way. Things are not always what they appear. Be light!

3. To remember who is in complete control (aka God), and to practice gratitude. It can always be worse!

4. Focus on what is around you. What are you in charge of? Who is relying on you to maintain that inner strength? The fighter? The warrior? I can make a difference in my home, to my children, allow yourself to reflect and even sit in your feelings. Sometimes you can’t deal with a situation properly and efficiently if you don’t really know what the situation is.

5. Lastly, turn the news and the TV in general off, whenever you need to. You may feel guilty or worse yet, anxious because you don’t know 24/7 what is changing, etc. Unplug. Take a walk or go for a run and get yourself out of your fears. 


XOXO, CAIS

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