♡ About Me ♡

im here to share my views, personal opinions, and situations i am going through along with a mix of latest news;; fashion, hair & make up ideas;; beauty tips & tricks;; vacations, creative ideas & DIY posts;; && just about people in today's society in general. i love to document every thing in my life to look back on it in the future. Self-Reflection is one of the best ways to progress in life!! i'm addicted to all things girly; I truly enjoy socializing, reading & writing, scrap booking & other arts & crafts, experimenting with hair and make up. I am obsessed with fashion/celeb magazines, YouTube beauty gurus, and lettings my creativity exhume me thru any means possible.

Monday, November 24, 2014

happy turkey day! < 3


happy thanksgiving !! 

Whether you celebrate this holiday or not, i hope everyone will max out on some amazing food & enjoy the time with their family and/or friends.

Thanksgiving marks the gathering of summer’s harvest, but it’s also a day when we express gratitude. I believe that living a thankful life is good for your mind, body and spirit. Even though these are very trying times, everyone has something they can be thankful for. regardless of where you presently fall on the thankfulness scale, i encourage you to find something, big or small, to be thankful for. my main ones will be listed below in this post. you all should do the same :)  

family 


i am thankful for my family. every family has its own abundance of issues. Mine is no different. This year I am most thankful for my mother and sister. my mother has gotten me through what seems to be the most hardest of times, and has never once given up on me. she has done more for me these past few months than i can ever expect or ask of her to do. i wrote my mother a letter this year explaining all that she does that i am thankful for and how much i appreciate her and i ended up writing seven full pages!! mothers are just the best :) my sister is my pride and joy. her laughter brightens any situation. i am trying my hardest to get to be the best i can all because of her. she is my #1 motivation.


Whether they're coming to us or we're going to them, family is often the theme of Thanksgiving celebrations. If you're  close to your family, be thankful for their support and legacy of love. If family life is more complicated than it is “Leave it to Beaver,” find ways to show your appreciation for the people who raised you the best they could. Good or bad, your family life helped form what you value most in relationships. Be thankful for them!



friends && enemies 



I do not have many, but my few are something special that is for sure. This year I have gotten chances to become more social. Instead of being so consumed in my own life, I finally meet that friend for lunch that we talked about months ago. i finally let people in that i was afraid to initially because of all the hurt prior females have caused.

I finally made peace with 2 out of the 3 girls who i had falling outs with. Although there is one more female out there, I can comfortably say i have no hate in my heart. Thanks to the internet, I can look up these girls and to be perfectly honest, I couldn't help but smile when I saw how good they are doing. We all shared some of the same struggles so to know we all got up and through them is truly remarkable. I have no jealousy, no vengeance, no revenge stirring, just pure happiness for them. Unfortunate we could not make our friendships work, but it clearly was for the best.
&& I'll leave it at that. 

certain some one -- *
i am so very thankful for having such a wonderful best friend-- this person knows who he/she is. time has gone by very quickly, and i am so blessed to have my angel by my side with me experiencing life and seeing our relationship blossom into something beautiful. While this relationship has been difficult some times, it's been a great learning experience for us both, in a positive way. I've learned that I can handle more than I ever thought possible. i've gained a lot of independence within this past year, and am very content with knowing i am on my way.


  freedom

i am thankful for freedom and opportunity. I have the opportunity to do and become ANY THING i want. That is a good feeling. i am blessed to live in the United States of America. This country DEFINITELY has its down sides and faults; however I would not choose to live any where else. I believe this country is one of the safest, and i also believe we as a people still have a voice, and many of us intend of using that voice.

My freedom is some thing I will never take for granted. I know so many people who have been to prison, and to think what it must be like not having an opportunity to shower with warm water at my so chosen time, and my choice of what food i eat and when, etc is absolutely terrifying to me. My freedom is very important to me. This keeps me from breaking laws that are as simple as littering!

So I say this -- and reiterate it until you all agree-- Be very THANKFUL to live in a country packed with the freedoms and opportunities so many dream of & even better- achieve!


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i-n-d-e-p-e-n-d-e-n-t
"do you know what that means?? tell em!"


it wouldn't be hard to label me as a very lucky girl. when in reality, luck has little to do with all that i have. i have worked my ass off for what i have & i am always on my grind for that paper. i have walked multiple paths of life so far, and don't plan on stopping any time soon. See below:

  * apartment *
I finally got my own place! No more roommates; no more crappy, unsafe places; no more worrying about creepy neighbors, no more filthy, bug infested apartments, no more instability. I have my own apartment in Wheaton, IL which is less than 15min from my sister! Being so close to my sister has me jumping for joy. Not to mention my landlords are such wonderful people. I am very blessed to have such ones whom are so great, generous, and caring as they are. They help me more than any landlord ever has before. I will have pictures of the place up soon. I am still furnishing it and will type up an individual post about my new sweet pad in the near future :) The image above is actually a video but for some reason isn't working for me. :(


* employment *
I just started a new job a couple months ago, and I am really loving it. My boss is a phenomenal guy who says i have a lot of promise. There is a lot of room for advancement and I definitely see myself going far being under his wing and guidance. Do you have a job? Be thankful. It's hard to find and more importantly KEEP one these days. Be thankful for the freedom and flexibility that your job may offer you. If you're still looking for work, just be thankful for the skills and experience you can bring to the table. Many people do not have the opportunity to even use a keyboard, or file, or work with cars, etc. Americans have so much opportunity and resources that it is literally coming out of our asses-- I hate when I see them not being used to their full advantage!




* clothes, make up, and shoes *
im thankful for all of the material items i own as far as make up, clothes, shoes, purses, etc that i have been blessed with to be able to buy this year. many people are not able to enjoy sure luxury -- and i am very grateful to be one of the few whom has been able to.

I am very sad my favorite store Dots has closed down. However I have been shopping a lot more at Ross, Burlington Coat Factory, and this new store called Factory Mills which is an outlet store sort of of all different designer brands. I absolutely love what they have, and most of all -- the prices!!
From shopping at Ulta so many times and spending so much, I joined their rewards program. In June of this year I had a total of $96 in rewards I could spend. I was SUPER STOKED!

I bought all my favorite girls their Christmas gifts early, and bought three new mascaras I absolutely fell in love with. I will be doing a review on them soon so stay tuned!

Lipssticks have been my latest obsession. I finally found some colors that I can actually pull off. I was always afraid to take that step, but to my surprise, i can rock a nice bold lipfabulously :)


* Splurging *
i am really getting specific with this list huh? lol i have gotten the opportunity to eat out at restaurants a lot more this year, as well as now having a kitchen i can dine in at too! i absolutely love going out to eat. i am a big reviewer (yelp!) and love to take in all these restaurants have to offer. People put  their entire lives into their restaurants, so i absolutely love to see their dreams come alive and help contribute by adding my two cents. Not to mention, i am a big food lover, especially Mexican food-- So why not, right? 
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my long hair  xx

 I have been trying to grow my hair out for  4 years now. Back in 2010 I cut it all the way up to just above my shoulders! Check out the picture to see exactly how short it was! Now it is a couple inches past my waist line. I want it down past my butt, and then I am going to cut it into long layers.  I absolutely love long hair. i think every woman should have it in their lives at least for one few year phase. I feel so sexy, feminine, and like a legit super model any time the wind blows at me. LOL Not to mention, it keeps me warm in the wintertime.

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my teeth ..

yes, you read right. i have been desperately needing to see a dentist to get some teeth fixed. I think i must have inherited a horrible teeth gene from one of my parents because i know people who have HORRIBLE hygiene and still do not have as many teeth issues as i have had. Money was always an issue for me. Thankfully I was able to catch up and get all the work I needed done in my mouth. I have one or two more that I will be doing next February or so when I get my tax refund check back. I am very happy and proud of my pearly whites!! :)

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basic life necessities
i may not always have exactly what i want, but i have more than enough to eat and more than enough choices that over half of this world does not get to have.  my home isn't perfect, i often feel its "too small"  and still renting-- but it's a warm, safe place to live and in a nice, quiet neighborhood in a wonderful community based town. im blessed to have the things i have and to have what i need. ESPECIALLY when knowing that there were times I, myself, have been in situations where I didn't have enough to eat, clothing to wear or a place to sleep- I'm definitely thankful for the blessings of having "enough" and "more than enough."
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 creativity 
i am thankful for the opportunity to have explored my crative side this year. i have creativity wanting to burst at the seams. i love making things i can either decorate my body or home with. Jewelry, pillows, scarves, clothes, etc. A wonderful lady showed me how to many some, she is absolutely wonderful at it herself. Here are some of both of our masterpieces !!


These are some of the charm bracelets I absolutely love to wear but many of them are sold at crafts shows as well.

Below are embellishments sewn and glued onto cut off jean shorts and below are Swarovski gems i glued onto a pair of plain black Pleaser heels <3











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my current beautiful town
i am so thankful to live in such an amazing area. i am living in Wheaton, IL. This town is considered a "rich" town. I hate to say it but you can just tell from walking thru it. You can see how involved members of the community are. You can see how clean and kept this town is. You can tell it is very family oriented with how every house has seasonal decorations on their lawns, or signs in the front yards showing support for what ever group. I enjoy walking to work (yes, i luckily work a mile away from my apartment.) On my walk, i get to see such amazing houses, I pass by runners, dog walkers, etc and they are so friendly. I get offered rides on cold days from little old ladies.. theyre so cute. i love living in this area. i am so glad i had this opportunity, and i hope to stay here for a while.



born & raised in chicago


Although I am living in Wheaton now. I will never forget where my roots are. i am thankful to have been blessed with being born in this wonderful city of Chicago. this is the city that was raised from the ashes (was totally destroyed in a great fire), and with hard work and dedication, Chicago was rebuilt, better taller wider and prouder, welcoming all opportunity to make us a better community... Including the world's first skyscrapers, first feats of pure brick, and even the innovative steel frames that have led to the boom of beautiful skyscrapers of great cities all around world! the streets of Chicago have made me act like a lady, but think like a boss. i have a heart of gold, but sense ulterior motives from miles away in this city. i grew up being exposed to it ALL but i would not have it any other way.

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I am thankful for life- i am thankful for yet another day that God has given me to live on his beautiful Earth and vall the blessings that God has given me. Too often, we grumble about the world we're living in or the life we have. i have realized that each day is a gift from Him and it becomes what we make of it. there can be good found in anything that happens, we just have to open our eyes and see it. i am very happy with how much i have grown this year & so excited to see where life may lead me in the coming year.

i am DETERMINED to try harder. it is finally that time.


Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!
 
xox rica

Thursday, October 09, 2014

fall is in the air .. xx


Fall is my favorite season.

It's very similar to Spring, just instead of cold easing into warm, it's warm easing into cold. In most cases, Summer puts up a good fight at the end trying to stay longer throughout the days.. but Winter truly gets its revenge in Spring when we should be expecting warm sun and get sun but no warmth.. Springs lately have been so cold it is as if it goes from Winter to Summer. However, Fall is beautiful. It has such a beautiful transformation. The changing leave colors are amazing to see. Then by the time the snow hits, the trees are naked and it looks a whole lot cleaner, i think any way. below is a picture outside my bedroom windows that I get to wake up to every day! :)




Pumpkin Flavored.. EVERYTHING !!


Is it really a surprise that when I say I love fall that that also means I love pumpkin spice anything? I also loveee cider mills.  You can go to cider mills to pick apples or pumpkins. Soon enough we can also head through corn mazes and haunted houses, and munch on caramel apples and donuts. :) To be honest, anything pumpkin makes me drool. Pumpkin pies, pumpkin muffins, pumpkin spiced lattes, pumpkin cream cheese and bagels from Trader Joe's, pumpkin ice cream, pumpkin Jamba juice smoothies, everything pumpkin is sooo delish!







Fall Colors 







I love the colors of autumn, the smell of burning leaves that people make a bonfire of in their gardens, the crunchy sound the leaves make when you walk through them and when you get those beautiful Indian summer days at times in the autum


Farmer's Markets.

I LOVE famers markets! One went on last weekend in the town next to me, and I just love being able to take advantage of some fresh (and cheap) summer harvest fruits and vegetables. It's a great way to eat healthy, maybe grab some for home for a future dinner or salad, and not to mention it’s also a great way to support the local farm industry as well. 



Sonny Acres.
Yes it's mainly for children, but one of my boyfriend and my favorite things to do there is the haunted hay ride. It's best to go at night time, on a full moon w/cloudy skies to add to the suspense. i also loooove Halloween decor. i love glitter, and pretty shit. why? cus im a pretty bitch. my pumpkins-- i pick the medium sized roundest ones & transform them into amazingly glittery masterpieces lol



Football Season !!
well, not for everyone but football is defff my favorite season so of course im going to plan a great event around it. my boyfriend and i are scheduled to see the Bears in a few weekends. It will be veryyy cold, but all worth it to see my favorite team! Plus being cold is all the more reason to cuddle :))







Apple Orchards!
My boyfriend and I went to one down in Southern Illinois. We had soo much fun picking apples for the day with my boyfriend's family. We had so much fun having competitions on who can get the most apples, we got apple cidar for soooo cheap, and drank hot chocolate like it's going out of style-- We took soo many pictures and I just am so excited to get them into my scrapbook.





Fall Fashion 
another favorite of mine is deff the fashion this season. the sweater, vests, scarfs, boots, uggs, Oh my I can go on and on :)

Arent these booties to. die. for? They were on sale at this new shoe port on north avenue in villa park for only $39 !!! Since I bought 4 pairs of shoes, I got 25% off. This is legit my new favorite show store next to shoedazzle.com online ;-)


As much as I love bathing suits and shorts, it is nice to get back into cozy sweaters and scarves. It's so fun to see other fall outfit ideas to see what I can come up with out of my closet. I love the knee high boots, the scarves, and the purses. I love wearing sweater dresses and mittens; leopard print, plaid, patterns.. dark purples and reds, oranges and browns; penny loafers, camel coats, longer hemline.. All of it!
Oversized Sweater and Leopard Pumps



the boots, with tight pants, and long knit sweaters. I love adding layers. Big oversized purses, and long loose waves. IDEAL for fall. 

These two images are perfect examples of ideal fall wear.















I also love collecting fall leaves, I store them in my big dictionary so they are flattened and then use them in an envelope to look at. i love baking fall desserts, brewing cider, raking leaves into big piles and jumping into them ;]

 
 
Rica Marie ... *

Friday, August 29, 2014

interesting life hacks xx

Hey lovelies!

OMG Has it been forever since I last posted. I am working on a post that will allow you all to catch up with me. SO much has been going on with me -- verry verry good stuff, and of course can't have the good without the verrrrry verrrrrrry bad stuff! So tune in for that within the next couple weeks. I wanted to quickly post this post as I came across it in my email and thought it was so fun and interesting, I just had to share with all of you! I hope you enjoy! ;)

Life Hacks!

I would use this idea in my bathroom for my blow dryer, straightener, curling iron, etc
It works perfectly for both I would have to say.




I have live in a small apartment and think this is just genius. I am so excited to try it as I have very limited counter space, and have a lot of kitchen items on my counters that take up room such as my blender, toaster, coffee maker, etc




I really wonder if this one here works. I am sure you have to have the exact grip and movement. I would probably be there for minutes trying to get it open haha






This is pretty known... news paper or paper towels.. or here's something --
EMPTY ALL LIQUODS PRIOR TO DISPOSING THEM. ;)





YES! I so need to do this as my Zippers go down to regularly because I wear my jeans so tight!






So this looks like it takes up a lot of room in your fridge, but it also holds quite a bit. It can be a good idea, but not one I am willing to try. 




This is a good idea; however I throw my tape rolls in my junk drawer, basement, etc and I could imagine what kind of dirt and dust that exposed sticky part would pick up. It isn't a big deal, but when you're a wuss like me-- id constantly be worried about spiders whenever I go to grab it lol





I actually use the hangers in the picture below this one to hold my boots up on the closet rack; however some times with my leather boots I will get an imprint of the clasp in my boots and that isn't good because it doesnt come out..



Who'da Thunk it!?



I already knew this one as well.. Some are pretty common-place. It works very well!




I am SUPER excited to try this one!! Those bottles are so sturdy and thick, theyd make for EXCELLENT cups. I am determined to do this this weekend!!



This is GENIUS! Some of these are kind of like, DUH moments. Why havent I thought of that!?





At work, this happened to me, and I actually used one of these prior to seeing this image, and it works great! I was bummed when I saw I wasn't the first one to think of doing it LOL






Not really sure if this one works or not.. I wouldnt think the sticky part is strong enough to grab onto all the dust. I will try it and let you all know though!





How cool is this one!? So neat and resourceful. Who needs a baby bath when you have this. Get a tub Pillow for the younger babies, and you're good to go!





I am excited to tell my Boyfriend this one for his yard!






This one below works great, but a lot of dirt and dust gets trapped on the velcro as well believe it or not.





When I worked at a pizza restaurant-- a lot of the drivers told me about this. Unfortunately people tend to order 2 liters and not smaller, so unless you had an empty small size bottle in your car... this wont really help.




My boyfriend uses this one below for his lunch. It works very good. My girl friend also puts sun screen lotion in it for the kids at the beach, easy application, and you wont over use.



I really want to try this one below... Can you imagine how good of a scrub that would get?
I'm a cleaning nut, so I get excited over this stuff! lol




This one below I already knew and used.. I use this for my Bullet & Blender






I am so using this idea very soon. This is so ideal as I am on my laptop for hours at a time, and sometimes my lap or table gets so hot I feel like I should turn my laptop off to give it a break. But when you have a lot to do, its almost impossible to do that. So here is a very good solution!





This works great! I tried it! Who would've thought!?



&& the one I found MOST helpful and am excited to try is ...


Thank you for reading guys and gals! I hope some of these help you out in your day to day lives just as they have me. If you know of any others, please let me know. I would be very happy to add them to the list!
Until then, take care and have yourselves a very amazing and safe Labor Day weekend. So sad Summer is almost over =[ I have to live it up these last few weeks, that is FOR SURE!!

Toodles!! *
 
Rica Marie 

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