Reacting to the Evermore Album: Part 2 (Blogmas Day 7)

Day 1: Nutcracker Recap

Day 2: Playlist Swap

Day 3: Blog Spotlight

Day 4: Christmas Outfits

Day 5: Nail Inspo

Day 6: Evermore Reaction, Pt. 1

Hey daydreamers! GUYS, CHRISTMAS IS SO CLOSE!! *runs around screaming Deck the Halls* I’m back for part 2 of my evermore review/reaction! I’m going to be tackling the last of the songs on the album. Let’s get right into it!

coney island

“i’m on a bench in coney island / wondering where did my baby go? / the fast times, the bright lights, the merry go / sorry for not making you my centerfold.”

This one has a grey-skies kind of feeling for some reason? It has that forlorn, wistful feel, and it’s filled with the amazing vocals from Taylor and the National. The lyrics are sad and regretful – “did i close my fist around something delicate / did i shatter you?” Once again, this one isn’t my favorite one, but it’s so beautiful and haunting that it’s definitely up there!

ivy

“ooh, i can’t, stop you putting roots in my dreamland / my house of stone, your ivy grows / and now i’m covered in you.”

For a little bit, this song was my favorite one on the album, but I think I’ve changed it to willow. I still do really like the tune, and it’s really catchy. I like how it’s a little more upbeat, and it’s really pretty.

cowboy like me

“takes one to know one / you’re a cowboy like me / never wanted love, just a fancy car.”

This one has a country feel to it, which I like! It’s a chill kind of song that I would put on while doing a face mask or blogging. “and you asked me to dance / but i said, “dancing is a dangerous game” is another favorite lyric!

long story short

“and i fell from the pedestal / right down the rabbit whole / long story short it was a bad time”

For some reason, the tune from this one reminds me of the last great american dynasty from folklore. It also has an Alice and Wonderland feel for some reason? I like the tune of this one, it’s a happier one with amazing lyrics. I definitely like other ones better, though.

marjorie

“what died didn’t stay dead / what died didn’t stay dead / you’re alive, you’re alive in my head”

This one I was really confused about at first, but then I figured out that Marjorie is Taylor’s grandmother, and everything made sense. XD I really like listening to this one, and it’s such a sweet tribute to her grandmother!

closure

“yes, i got your letter / yes, i’m doing better / i know that it’s over / i don’t need your closure.”

This one is not the most memorable one on the album – to be honest, I kind of forgot about it? I’m not a huge fan of the instrument at the beginning, I don’t know how to describe it lol. I don’t really like how they added the effects to some of her vocals, either. Other than that, I really like the lyrics for this one.

evermore

“and i couldn’t be sure / i had a feeling so peculiar / that this pain would be for / evermore.”

When I saw that this song was featuring Bon Iver, I was really hoping for a sequel to exile. Even though it isn’t, this title track is a really calm and pretty way to finish off the album. It is a little sleepy, but the vocals are so amazing and it has such a cool meaning! I love the lyric change at the end to “i had a feeling so peculiar / that this pain wouldn’t be for / evermore.” The harmonies are also really pretty.

Overall thoughts: I really like the evermore album, and I think it was an awesome surprise for her fans during a lonely winter! However, I definitely prefer folklore to this one. The other album had stronger songs as a whole, but evermore had a few really good songs and the rest sounded very similar to each other.

What do you think? Did you prefer evermore or folklore? What’s your favorite song from each album?

See y’all tommorow!

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3 Holiday Outfit Ideas: Christmas Lookbook! (Blogmas Day 4)

Day 1: Nutcracker Recap

Day 2: Playlist Swap

Day 3: Blog Spotlight

Hey daydreamers! Welcome back to Blogmas! December is party season, and although parties are a lot smaller this year, you can still rock an adorable holiday outfit (even if no one can see the lower half of your face 😉 ). So, I’ve put together three super cute Christmas-y outfits! Without further ado (lol, that’s becoming my catchphrase since I finally know what it means XD), let’s get into the outfits.

Outfit #1: Hayride With Your Best Friends

This one is super comfy, but it’s also put-together, which I love! It’s perfect for a hayride while looking at Christmas lights with friends. Also, this mask goes pretty well with it if you need to wear one.

Top: Target

Jeans: Stitch Fix Kids

Shoes: Vans

Mask: Old Navy

Outfit #2: Ugly Sweater Day

I wore this outfit for Christmas shirt day at school! I got this adorable Home Alone sweatshirt from my dance big sister, and I’m kind of obsessed with it XD It’s so cool how it lights up! I paired it with the same red mask from Old Navy, and it matches perfectly!

Sweatshirt: Got as a gift, but I’ve seen it at Target

Jeans: Stitch Fix Kids

Shoes: Vans

Mask: Old Navy

Outfit #3: Christmas Eve Party

I love this last one! The velvet top feels a bit more fancy, but you can dress it up or down depending on what you wear with it and how you accessorize. It’s actually a dress that I’ve had forever but is too short, so I tied it in the back to make a shirt.

Top/dress: I’ve had this a long time, so I don’t remember where it’s from

Jeans: Hippie Girl

Boots: Famous Footwear

That’s it for today’s Blogmas! I hope you enjoyed these outfit ideas – don’t forget to Pin them on Pinterest 😉 Let me know if you guys want to see more fashion posts, and I’ll see you tomorrow!

What’s your go-to outfit for a Christmas party? What’s your go-to pair of shoes? Do you like ugly sweaters? What’s your favorite mask?

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Blogger Spotlight: Soumya Talks Dance, Poetry, & Doing What You Love (Blogmas Day 3 )

Day 1: Nutcracker Recap

Day 2: Playlist Swap

Hey daydreamers! A new blogger, Soumya Thomas Mathew, reached out to me a few weeks ago requesting a blog spotlight. I thought it would be super fun for me to interview her for today’s Blogmas post! Pretend that we’re at a coffee shop together, sipping peppermint hot cocoas and chatting about blogging, and you’re listening to our conversation. XD Let’s get to the interview! My questions will be in bold, and Soumya’s answers will be in regular font!

Just FYI: some of this interview has been edited for grammar, clarity, and length 🙂 And all photos are from Soumya’s blog!

Click to visit her blog!

Hey! First off, can you tell us a bit about yourself and your blog?

My name is Soumya Thomas Mathew. I am a 12 year old, studying in 8th grade; living in Kerala, India. I love everything creative. I am the happiest person in the world when I am dancing or writing. My blog is largely based on inspiration, my songs, poems, writings, and reviews. 

I can definitely relate to that – I also love writing and dancing! What kinds of things do you post about?

On my blog, I share inspiration for my songs, poems and writings, tips, book reviews, DIYs, and some moments of my life. I also share my monthly bullet journal spreads.

On your blog, a major topic you’re passionate about is doing what you love. Why do you think this is so important?

Yes, I believe that we can live our life to the fullest only if we follow our hearts, and do the things that we love. When we grow old, we can’t live the rest of our lives regretting about certain opportunities, dreams or ideas that we just let go…we have the full authority to chase the dream of our choice, no matter what others will think about it. In the end, it is not about money or status, it’s about being happy and satisfied with the life that we lived.

When did you start blogging, and why did you start blogging?

I started blogging during October this year. I began blogging after realizing that I needed a place where I could share my writings, rather than keeping them all to myself.

Blogging is a great creative outlet! What is your main goal for your blog?

At present, the main goal for my blog is to have the story of at least one person whom I could influence or help in some way. Having a large number of followers is a dream of every blogger, me included.

Helping people is probably the best thing about blogging. In your poem, Animal, you wrote about being your best self. What is your favourite part of inspiring others through poetry?

Yes. I would love to hear stories of people whom I have helped in some way through my writings. But that hasn’t happened yet. But I hope it will. I also like it when people give me feedback because it gives me the inspiration to never give up on writing.

What is your favorite thing about dance?

My favorite thing about dance is that whenever I dance I am very satisfied with myself that day. I  started dancing just this year. I am self-taught and not very experienced, but I can see myself improving. I hope to join a dance class when the COVID problem minimizes.

How would your friends describe you in 3 words?

Approachable, crazy, best-est friend (That’s not a word, but that’s what my best friends said. Hehe!)

What kinds of things inspire you to write songs or poetry?

My best songs and poems come out when I am feeling a strong rush of some emotion. My diary assists me a lot too as I write in it as soon as I feel angry, sad or disappointed. I also make sure to note down some ideas, words or phrases which I find interesting, and take inspiration from them later.

Lastly, (since it’s Blogmas, after all!) how do you celebrate Christmas? What’s your favorite tradition?

Yes! I do celebrate Christmas! My favorite thing about Christmas season is that we, my cousins and relatives, all have a get together at my mother’s place. We have bonfires, barbecue nights, carols, and good food! Sadly, it’s not possible this year due to covid.


And that’s it for the interview! If you haven’t yet, make sure to check out Soumya’s blog and give her a follow! Let me know if you know any bloggers you think I should spotlight sometime, and I’ll see ya tomorrow!

How do you celebrate Christmas? What are you happiest doing? Have you checked out Soumya’s blog? 

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Christmas Playlist Swap Ft. Mary Elizabeth! (Blogmas Day 2)

Day 1: Nutcracker Recap

Hey daydreamers! For today’s Blogmas, I have a super fun post planned for y’all! The amazing Mary Elizabeth from Middle Mary emailed me about a collab for each other’s Blogmas, and I was SO EXCITED about the opportunity! We came up with a Christmas-themed playlist swap featuring our favorite Christmas songs. Basically, we sent each other our top 15 holiday tunes for the other to react to and rate out of 10! Don’t forget to check out her post, where she reacted to and rated my Christmas playlist!

Let’s get right to it!

Carol of the Bells – Pentatonix

I LOVE this song! The artists are insanely talented, the tune is amazing, and it’s such a Christmas classic. It’s mesmerizing to listen to and I love Pentatonix!

Rating: 10/10

I’ll Be Home For Christmas – Bing Crosby

This one is an oldie but a goodie! 😉 It’s a beautiful song and a classic for sure, but it’s a little slow and also really sad when you listen to the lyrics (in a good way). I don’t listen to a lot of songs like this, so this was really cool! Although it was a melancholy type of song, I definitely enjoyed listening to it!

Rating: 7/10

Run Rudolph Run – Chuck Berry

I haven’t heard this one in forever!! This one is a super fun and upbeat song. I’m not the biggest fan of rock-and-roll, but this one was pretty good!

Rating: 6/10

It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas – Bing Crosby

This song is so amazing, and I’m constantly humming it around the house at the beginning of the year! I always love this one!

Rating: 9/10

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year – Andy Williams

As soon as this song comes on, I immediately think of my favorite Christmas tradition, which is driving around sipping hot chocolate while looking at Christmas lights with my family! New York also comes to mind for some reason. Love this song and the instant feeling you get from listening to it!

Rating: 10/10

Rocking Around The Christmas Tree – Brenda Lee

Everything about this song immediately makes me think of Christmas, and the singer is so talented! (Fun fact: I just discovered that she was only 13 years old when she recorded this. That’s crazy!)

Rating: 9/10

You’re A Mean One, Mr. Grinch

Haha, this song definitely brings back memories of Christmas recitals! Another Christmas tradition for us is that we always watch The Grinch (the original version). I definitely don’t listen to this one regularly, though.

Rating: 4/10

(There’s No Place Like) Home for the Holidays – The Carpenters

I’ve actually never heard this song before! It was a good song, but kind of repetitive. It definitely got me in a Christmas-y mood!

Rating: 5/10

A Charlie Brown Christmas “Linus and Lucy” – Peanuts Gang

It’s kind of impossible to listen to this song without smiling! I love A Charlie Brown Christmas, and this song totally brings back memories and makes me feel really happy!

Rating: 10/10

The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don’t Be Late) – Alvin & The Chipmunks

Haha, I also did a dance to this one! Not one I’d listen to regularly, but definitely made me smile.

Rating: 4/10

Winter Wonderland – Bing Crosby

I love this song! I like the Amy Grant version a lot, but this one is really good too! Definitely another classic and one that I always love hearing and hum around the house all the time.

Rating: 8/10

Santa Claus Is Coming To Town – The Jackson 5

This version is so fun, and makes me really happy to listen to!

Rating: 10/10

Silent Night – Hillsong

I know I keep saying this over and over again, but I love Hillson and this version! I’ve never heard this version before, but it’s so peaceful and relaxing.

Rating: 9/10

We Three Kings – Kirk Franklin

Ooh I saw this movie a few years ago when it came out and really liked it! This song is super cool and catchy!

Rating 9/10

Alll I Want For Christmas Is You – Mariah Carey

Yessss, this song is my favorite! Like, is it even Christmas without Mariah Carey?

Rating: 11/10 😛

This was so fun! A huge thank-you to Mary for collaborating with me! I loved listening to your playlist and rediscovering some music that I love but haven’t listened to in a while. Once again, don’t forget to check out her post! See y’all tomorrow and Merry Christmas!!

What are your favorite Christmas songs? Do you like any of these songs?

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Nutcracker 2020 Recap (Blogmas Day 1)

On the first day of Blogmas, my true love gave to me…

Hey daydreamers! It’s finally the start of 12 days of Blogmas, and I’m so excited! I’m feeling a little bit overwhelmed, since today when this post goes up I’ll actually be taking finals, but hopefully after that I’ll be able to get the rest of the posts scheduled! I’ve never done this before, and I think it’s going to be really fun! I have a ton of post ideas lined up, with a few special guests too!

To kick off Blogmas, I was originally planning on doing a Christmas-themed giveway…but then finals and Nutcracker happened and I never got around to it. I’m really sorry, but hopefully y’all will enjoy it anyway! 😉 Today, I thought I’d do a recap of this year’s Nutcracker!

I’m a ballet dancer (obviously, based on my blog design XD), and my studio/company’s annual Nutcracker is a huge part of my Christmas and is really special to me. I look forward to it every year, and this year would’ve been my first year performing as a member of the company! Of course, COVID messed it up, and in order to safely put on the production we had to do a virtual version of our show. It was still really fun even though I missed performing!

It took a ton of rehearsals and we ended up having to push filming back, but we were finally able to film the weekend before last weekend! I was super nervous the night before. Here’s what was in my performance backpack:

  • hairspray
  • hair bag with bobby pins, pins, hairnets, hairties
  • Wet Brush
  • extra pair of company tights and an extra leotard
  • my company jacket and warm-up pants
  • company earrings
  • huge bag of stage makeup with eyeliner, mascara, eyeshadow, foundation, concealer, brow product, etc.
  • light-up mirror
  • some homework to do backstage

Both days I had to wake up super early to do my hair and makeup and get there by my call time. We filmed at a fancy ballroom where people have weddings, and it was so cool: spiral marble staircases, elegant double doors, intricate tile flooring, tons of glittering chandeliers, and there were even peacocks walking around in the parking lot!

We didn’t have a normal dressing room, so we hung out in this huge bathroom that was maybe the nicest bathroom I’ve ever been in. XD There was even a chandelier in there! While we waited for our time to film, we touched up hair and makeup and hung out backstage. That part was kind of boring and made me miss the actual show a lot, since filming got really delayed and we were there from 7:00 to 4:00 and 5:00 on each day.

The actual filming part went pretty well! It was kind of stressful, because there’s so many moving parts and we couldn’t always start over since we got really behind. My feet were also dying – they were stuffed in pointe shoes for 5 hours and we danced on concrete, ouch!

I played two parts this year: a Petit Fluer (Aka little flower) in the Waltz of the Flowers, and a party girl in the party scene. It was my first time performing en pointe! We had to wear masks while we danced, which we were all super used to from filming, so that was good!

This was my party girl costume! (Taken in the fancy bathroom, lol) Both of my “big sisters” had also worn this costume when they were party girls, so that was cool! I liked the pink/peach color and it was so fun to dance in. We also had to wear these hairpieces to look like 1800s ringlets.

We had to film the party scene twice, since there were two Claras. I’ve watched the first one and it turned out pretty well, even though we had to retake it a few times! I haven’t seen the second one, though, and I randomly started doing the wrong steps and we didn’t have a chance to refilm it. That was probably the most stressful part: we didn’t have a dress rehearsal or a lot of time to prepare!

This was my costume for Waltz! The bodice/corset thing was super tight and kind of hard to breathe in, but the costume was so elegant and professional.

Filming Waltz took a lot of takes, and we had to film it three times for each Dewdrop Fairy. It was difficult to dance on the slippery/textured floor, but we figured it out and the end result was really good!

Overall, Nutcracker 2020 was definitely a different experience than normal and I really missed performing, but I had a ton of fun and the end result was really cool. Doing a virtual Nutcracker was definitely better than having no Nutcracker at all, and I’m really greateful for the experience!

I kind of liked making this type of post! It is Diary of a Daydreamer, after all, so do you think I should do more journal-entry type of posts? Or should I stick with more informative ones?

What kinds of posts do you like to see? Have you ever seen the Nutcracker? Or have you ever been in the Nutcracker? If so, what roles have you played? Are you excited for Blogmas?

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What To Get Your Best Friend For Christmas – BFF Gift Guide!

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Hey daydreamers! I’m back with another holiday post, and I’m so excited for today’s one! It’s that time to finish checking everyone off of your Christmas list, but there’s still one more name on there: your best friend. It can be super hard to get the perfect gift for your deserving bestie, but I’ve got you covered! I’ve compiled another gift guide, but this time it’s filled with gifts for your best friend that I would definitely give to mine or would be super happy to get from her! Let’s get right to it! 🎁

friendship lamps

{https://www.amazon.com/, $170}

I’ve been wanting to get these for me and my best friend for a super long time, but unfortunately they’re pretty pricey! If you have a big budget to spend on your friend, though, go for it! These high-tech lamps come in a set of two and are connected to WiFi. You give one to your friend and keep the other, and you can touch the lamps to change color. Whenever you change your lamp’s color, your friend’s will, too! This is such a cool idea, and perfect for long-distance buddies. You could even come up with a secret code to talk to each other through them!

initial necklaces

{https://etsy.com, $18}

These necklaces on Etsy are adorable, but you can find initial necklaces pretty much anywhere! The idea is to have an initial necklace for each of your friends – for example, if your name is Jessica, you would get a J, A, and T for you and your friends Abby and Taylor. This gift is super dainty and pretty, and cuter than a cheesy half-heart BFF necklace but with the same kind of meaning!

group of friends ornament

{https://etsy.com, $25+}

These ornaments from Etsy are so adorable and would make a super thoughtful gift for a group of friends. You basically customize it to include the number of friends, hairstyle, skin tone, outfit, name, and title at the top! I would definitely appreciate a gift like this, and it’s in a pretty good price range too!

diy inside joke jar

{homemade, priceless!}

This gift is a little bit different from other items on this list, because you make it yourself! First, take a mason jar in your desired size and decorate it using a material of your choice, like tissue paper, paint markers, glitter, or photos. On the lid, write “Inside Joke Jar” and on the underside of the lid write “Instructions: Pull out whenever you need a good laugh! Love, [your name}.” Then write all of your crazy inside jokes and funny memories on little slips of paper and put it inside the jar. This is such a sweet, thoughtful gift that your best friend totally deserves and would really, really appreciate! I’m going to make this for my best friend, and hopefully she’ll love it!

friendship cuff

{amazon.com, $10-15}

(Just FYI, the reason I didn’t include a link for this one is because some of the bracelets on Amazon have swear words on them, so just be careful while you shop 😉) I’ve gotten a bracelet like this from a friend before, and I love it! It’s a super stylish cuff with inspirational words inside, kind of like an upscale friendship bracelet.

coordinating jewelry

{can be from anywhere, but some ideas are https://www.puravidabracelets.com/products/sunflower-choker and https://www.puravidabracelets.com/products/daisy-choker, $24 each}

I have a sunflower choker from Pura Vida and got my friend a matching daisy one for her birthday, and then she got me the matching sunflower earrings and ring for my birthday! I’ll probably get her the daisy ring for Christmas. It’s kind of our thing, and its really fun coordinating jewelry! This idea is a twist on the matching-friendship-jewelry, it still matches but each one is different. 💚

simply southern long sleeve shirt

{https://simplysouthern.com/, $26.99}

I have no idea if they have these shirts up north, lol (probably not, since they’re Simply Southern), but down here in Texas every girl loves these shirts! A perfect gift for that hard-to-shop for friend, these shirts come in tons of different colors and designs!

fuzzy socks

The last item on our list is super straightforward: fuzzy socks! Seriously, when all else fails, everyone loves a good, cozy pair of Christmas fuzzy socks.

Thank you so much for reading! I really enjoyed making this gift guide, and I hope it helps you find some ideas for your best friend or gives you some inspiration ❤ Merry Christmas and stay safe everyone! See you guys soon for the start of Blogmas!

Do you get your best friend gifts for Christmas, or make them? Which item is your favorite? Would you ever get a friendship lamp? What about the ornament?

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Clean & Decorate My Room With Me For Christmas!

Hey daydreamers! Ahh, I’m SO EXCITED and happy that it’s finally that time of year to decorate for Christmas! I actually took the pictures for this post the day after Thanksgiving, which is when we always decorate in our family. I don’t go crazy with the decorations in my room, but I like to add a bunch of fun little touches here and there! So without further adieu, (I’ve never quite understood that expression, what is adieu anyway?) let’s get to it!

Before I can decorate, I decided to do a quick tidy up and clean of my room. First I took everything that wasn’t really in the right place or on top of a surface I was going to wipe and dumped it all on my bed.

Next, I went through and wiped down everything with a Clorox wipe and sprayed the mirrors down with Windex. I also dusted earlier that day. Everything was super fresh and clean afterwards! I had also dusted everything earlier.

Once all the surfaces were clean, I put all the clutter that was on my bed back where it goes and threw away any trash.

Next, I lit a candle, put on some Christmas music, and turned on some fairy lights to set the Christmas mood!

First: my mini tree!! My sister and I both have white mini trees that we always decorate with our own special ornaments each year. It’s one of my favorite traditions, and makes my room feel cozy and Christmasy when the lights are on!

First, I fluffed the tree and then began to decorate with the ornaments!

I also added the tree skirt and the star on top.

Eeee, isn’t it so pretty??

Next, I put a Christmasy bow over my old pointe shoes hanging on my door.

After that, I hung up some snowflakes on my bookshelf.

Almost done! I wrote some fun holiday phrases and my favorite Bible verses from the story of Jesus’s birth on my mirror with a red dry erase marker. (If you didn’t already know this, mirrors are just like dry erase boards and you can write and erase on them! Just be careful, because sometimes it might leave marks if you leave it up for a long time.)

For the *finishing touch* (lol), I added a cozy throw blanket onto my bed!

And that’s it! AHH I’M SO EXCITED THAT IT’S CHRISTMAS. I’m actually filming the Nutcracker the day this post will go up, so I’ll get around to y’alls comments as soon as I can. 😉 I hope you enjoyed seeing how I decorated my room, and hopefully it inspired you to be productive or clean and decorate, too! Merry Christmas & have a great day, daydreamers!

Do you decorate your room for Christmas, or do you want to? Have you ever had a mini tree? How do you like to “set the mood” for Christmas?

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What to Ask for Christmas: Wishlist Ideas for Teens! (+Giveaway Winner)

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Hey daydreamers! I hope that everyone had a FANTASTIC Thanksgiving! 😉 I’ve been spending this break getting holiday posts scheduled for the blog, so I’m actually writing this before Thanksgiving happened yet. How has everyone been doing?

Raise your hand if you’re as excited about Christmas as I am!! 🙋‍♀️ For me, Christmas starts the day after Thanksgiving – no sooner or later! I might start listening to music a little bit before then, but not before Thanksgiving break at least. 😂

Right now is about that time of year when every single relative is asking for wishlist ideas. If you’re anything like me, you have this long running list of things you want throughout the year, but forget everything you’ve ever thought of when it’s actually time to ask for things! 😂 So, I’ve gathered some ideas for teens/tweens to ask for, and this also serves as the *perfect* gift guide for any teenage girl in your life. Let’s get right to it!

kendra scott jewelry

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My friends and I are all obsessed with Kendra Scott! I only have one pair of earrings from them, but my friends have these beautiful pendant necklaces. This item is definitely going on my wishlist this year, and you can totally ask for any jewelry from there! They have a ton of different rings, necklaces, and earrings in so many different styles and colors.

camp trunk

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Okay, this item might seem a little out of place at first, but if you go to a summer camp like me these footlocker trunks are a must! I’ve been wanting one forever, but they’re a little expensive to just buy for camp. Christmas is the perfect opportunity to ask for a nice footlocker trunk, and they even come in fun colors and designs!

pura vida

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I’m a huge fan of this brand and love all of the jewelry from here! While Kendra Scott has more classic, elegant jewelry, Pura Vida has a beachy, summery aesthetic. They’re known for their bracelets, but they have a ton of cute rings, necklaces, and earrings too! I’m definitely adding some rings from here to my wishlist, and any teen girl would *love* something from this brand.

makeup

Not everyone is a makeup person, but if you’re into it, you should totally ask for makeup for Christmas! I’m asking for the Imagination Palate from Maddie Ziegler’s collab with Morphe and Glossier Boy Brow. Glossier is a great brand, or you could just ask for a Sephora or Ulta gift card to shop for your own!

phone case

If you have a phone, you could ask for a phone case! There’s a ton of cute ones out there from different brands like Loopy and Casetify, and there’s so many prints, colors, and kinds you can get. I love this cow print one!

dancewear

If you’re a dancer, Christmas is *the* perfect time to get all the leotards you’ve been wanting! I only have three leos right now, so I really want to get some fun colorful ones for Saturdays and some basics for class. A great place to shop for leos is Discount Dance or a local dance shop! More ideas for dancers are foot stretchers, ballet skirt, or trashbag warmups.

polaroid printer

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I love the idea of a polaroid printer! I have a polaroid camera, but it’s hard to get the picture exactly right. There’s tons of photos on my phone that I wish I could turn into polaroids for my bulletin board, and this printer solves that problem! It also comes in pretty colors like pink, black, gold, and white.

FIBO STEEL Earring Set from Amazon

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I recently bought this set from Amazon with my own money, and I love it! I know there’s already a lot of jewelry on this list, but I’m kind of obsessed with this and I’ve been trying out a new earring each day. I love how they all match, so you could mix and match and looks great if you have double piercing! One thing I would say is that they feel a little more cheap than if you would pay $19 for one pair instead of 12, but it’s definitely a great deal and the perfect way to build your earring collection!

cute face masks

We wear masks to protect ourself and others, but why not look fashionable while you’re doing that? XD This Christmas I definitely want to get some fun face masks, maybe ones with a floral or Christmas theme in cute patterns and colors! Hannah from The Striped Plaid makes some adorable ones on her Etsy shop, so make sure to check that out! (Once again, not sponsored – I just love her shop! 😁)

Before we go, I have a quick announcement! Do y’all remember my giveaway with Chaudenade from before Halloween? (Psst…my code EMMIE20 is still available for 20% off your purchase through December 1 😉) Our giveaway policy is that the winner must respond within two weeks, and the winner that was chosen hasn’t responded. So, I decided to pick another winner!

A quick reminder what the winner will be getting: Four Chaudenade stickers, a bonus sticker to make up for the fact that two of them are Halloween (lol), some fun little surprises including Washi tapes, candy, and more! And the winner is…*drumroll please*

LIBERTY ABIGAIL!

Congrats, Liberty! I’ll send you an email ASAP about your prize! Make sure to check out her blog linked above. Thanks again to Chloe for sponsoring this giveaway, even if it’s a little late 😛

Thank you so much for reading this! Once again, I hope that everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving, and that everyone will have an awesome holiday season! I hope that this list helped you either pick out gifts for a teen girl or figure out what to ask for as a teen girl. See you next week! 😉

How was everyone’s Thanksgiving? When does Christmas start for you? What are you asking for Christmas? Did you add any of these items to your wishlist?

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Get Ready With Me For Cheer!

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Hey daydreamers! I’m super excited for this week’s post! I’m going to be showing you guys how I get ready for cheer, including how I do my hair and makeup for a game. I just had my first basketball game the other day, and I took some pictures while I got ready to show y’all basically how I do it!

Basketball is a lot different from football – it’s definitely a lot more chill, the cheerleaders don’t do as much and halftime isn’t a very big deal. There’s also a lot less people. Since this was my first time, I got ready as if I was going to a football game (minus curling my hair), but I think next time I’ll definitely do less makeup. Anyway, let’s get right into it!

For this cheer hairstyle, you’re obviously going to need a hairbrush, multiple hair ties, lots of hairspray, and your bow.

Start off by just brushing your hair to get it smooth and easy to style. Next – this is the most important part, so you might need to try this a few times! – draw a line with your fingers from your temples to your hair, like I did in the picture above. Keep going with the line until you’ve separated the top half of your hair from the bottom.

Next, I like to take a scrunchie to hold my hair in place temporarily as I brush out all of the bumps, smooth it over with water, and brush it again. Then I’ll take out the scrunchie and try to get it higher. I keep repeating this a bunch of times until I’m happy with the height and smoothness of the ponytail.

Once I’m happy with it, I secure it with a hair tie.

(Haha my expression in this picture XD) This is one of the most important steps – I make sure to spray it with a ton of hairspray! This holds it up while stunting, jumping, tumbling, cheering, and dancing throughout a long football game and smooths away any flyaways. My trick is to smooth it with water first, and then spray it with hairspray so it stays smooth the whole time!

Time for my personal favorite part – adding the bow! Our bow is so pretty, it’s one of our school colors with sort of an ombre rhinestone effect. I definitely miss the pink breast cancer awareness bows we did in October, but this one is super cute too!

It’s probably best to wait until the last second to put in your bow so it doesn’t get messed up, but I was really impatient and went ahead and put it in after I finished my hairstyle lol. Make sure to add another hair tie on top, or it’s going to fall out! Also double-check that you didn’t put it in on top of the other ponytails, or else it’ll be really floppy and we don’t want that. 😛 If you need to, add some bobby pins to secure it in place.

Now that hair is finished, we can move on to makeup! This is really personal preference – there’s not really a right or wrong way to do it, unless your team has to wear the same color lipstick or eyeshadow or something. Some girls on my team like to wear a ton of makeup, and some wear an everyday amount or none at all. I personally enjoy doing mine and I think it helps define your eyes a lot (especially wearing a mask this year!), so I like to do a little bit more than normal but not as much as I would for stage makeup.

First, I’m going to fill in my brows using this taupe shade from an Ulta kit thingy I got last year. If you have thick eyebrows you can skip this step and just brush them out, but mine are really, really thin so I like to fill mine in just a little bit.

Next, my favorite part of makeup, eyeshadow! I like to do a warm brown look using this Ulta palate. I used the Candlelight, Amour, Midnight, and Lavish shade in that order. My friends insist on using their fingers to apply eyeshadow, but I’m obsessed with this Morphe brush, so find what works best for you!

Argh, sorry, this picture is not focused! After eyeshadow I go in with a few coats of mascara. I go a little bit darker than I would everyday using the Nuetrogena Healthy Lengths Volume mascara. I’ll also go in with a light coat of this random old concealer I found in my mom’s drawer (she said I could keep it since it’s almost empty haha) under my eyes. It doesn’t make a huge difference but helps even out my dark circles a little bit.

Finally, I’ll use some of this amazing Rose Salve on my lips and cheeks!

Now that makeup and hair is done, all that’s left to do is change into my uniform!

Before I leave, I’ll usually have a snack and get all of my stuff together (poms, cheer bag, water bottle, diabetes supplies, change of clothes). Ideally, I would stretch for about ten minutes to get warmed up and I’d also go over every cheer and chant so they’re fresh in my mind, but that doesn’t always happen. 😛

Thank you so much for reading! I loved making this post, and I hope it helps you with cheer hair and makeup or it was entertaining to read. You guys seem to like these types of GRWM posts, so I hope you enjoyed this one! Should I do more cheer posts, like a what’s in my cheer bag or things I wish I knew before I started cheer?

Should I do more posts about cheer? Have you ever done cheer before? Do you like makeup or not? Opinion on hairspray (the literal glue that holds your life together or something to be avoided at all costs)? Would you rather be a blackspot, base, or flyer?

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What I Would Wear To… + Giveaway Winner!

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Hey daydreamers! I originally wasn’t going to get a post up this week, but today I finished homework early and had some free time to work on a post! On Pinterest, I see a ton of story pins on my feed. It’s really popular right now to make a story pin featuring “What I would wear…” to things like your wedding day, a pool party, on your birthday, etc. using outfits from Pinterest. I decided that would be a super fun blog post idea and it would be quick enough to get up in a day! I’ve put together outfits for five different occasions from Pinterest, and I made a board so you guys can easily save anything you like here. And stay ’till the end to find out the giveaway winner!

what I would wear…on Christmas morning

Since it’s Christmas morning and there isn’t any time to do a complicated hairstyle or anything, I would just leave my hair down!

On Christmas morning, I would wear this comfy-looking green hoodie! I love the oversized look of it.

I would wear it with the pants from these flannel pajamas.

I would definitely mix up these cute fuzzy socks!

what I would wear to…summer camp

I would do my hair in these messy dutch braids. I can sorta do them myself, but last year at camp there was one girl in our cabin who was amazing at them, so I always asked her to do them for me. 😛

I would wear this summery Pura Vida necklace with it.

This one is one of my favorites! To summer camp, I would wear a Simply Southern T-Shirt like this cute turtle one. This type of shirt is totally a summer staple here in the South!

I would pair it with the classic black Nike Dri-Fit shorts, because they’re super comfy and go with anything!

Another summer camp classic – I’d wear this outfit with these gray Birkenstocks! I really want some Birkenstocks for Christmas, but since they’re so expensive it probably wouldn’t be worth it because my feet are still growing and they wouldn’t fit in a year.

Finally, I would complete this summer-camp look with a friendship bracelet and Pura Vida bracelet on my wrist!

what I would wear…on my wedding day

I know this day is super far away, but who doesn’t like to daydream about their wedding dress? 😛

This hairstyle is SO gorgeous, and I love the flowers incorporated into it! I love those waves, and the twist looks so effortless and elegant. I would totally love to do my hair like this on my wedding day!

I love this dress, too! I really like the neckline and the way the fabric looks on the bodice, and the full, layered skirt looks so beautiful!

Finally, you’ve got to wear your engagement ring on your wedding day, right? This one is super pretty and I love the rose gold accents!

what I would wear…to the beach

I love this pretty half-up hairstyle with the colorful bandana scrunchie! The sunglasses are also super cute and totally match the beachy vibe.

This sundress is super pretty and I love the buttons down the front! It’s a little short, but I would wear it over my bathing suit as a cover-up to and from the beach.

I would wear this pink and striped bathing suit! It looks kind of high cut though, I would want it to be longer or I would wear shorts over it.

Finally, I’d just pair it with some random flip-flops. XD

what I would wear…to homecoming

This one is my favorite that I put together, so I decided to save it for last! This week is homecoming week for the high-schoolers at my school, so I came up with the outfit I could wear when I’m old enough to go.

I love this wavy half-up look that’s similar to the wedding hairstyle from earlier!

I love these dainty pearl earrings that match the gold pearl necklace.

I would definitely wear a dress like this! It’s a pretty shade of pink that wouldn’t wash out my (very pale XD) self, and I like the over-the-shoulder look and sweetheart neckline. It looks like a pretty good length, I would definitely not want a super short dress!

I would use this white and gold purse that matches the jewelry to carry my phone, diabetes supplies, etc.

Finally, I really like these white heels!

Time to announce the giveaway winner! Since I made y’all read that whole post before I tell you, I won’t make you scroll through a million dots this time. 😉 First off, a reminder of what the winner will be getting:

Three adorable, handmade stickers from Chloe’s new Etsy shop Chaudeande! And the winner is…

ASHA B.!

Congrats, Asha! I’ll send you an email ASAP about your prize! Make sure to check out her blog linked above and leave her a big 🥳 emoji in the comments! Thank you so much to Chloe for sponsoring this giveaway – I really enjoyed working with you and thanks for supporting my blog!

Thank you so much for reading this post! I love you guys so much and I’ll see you next week. Sorry I never got around to posting last week, but Halloween was so much busier than I thought it would be!

Would you wear any of these outfits? Which one is your favorite? What would you wear to summer camp, homecoming, a beach trip, etc.?

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