Fall Bucket List

Fall Bucket List

Happy Thursday Everyone!

Yes, we are practically an entire month into the Fall season, but is there ever a time that is too late for a bucket list? I think not! So I compiled a quick list of all of my favorite (and necessary) fall activities that I plan on checking off this year! Enjoy!

1. Drink ONE Pumpkin Spice Latte

Yes. You read that correctly, just ONE. I hate those things but isn’t it a right of passage to sip on one while frolicking through the fallen leaves sporting a flannel? I feel like the answer to that is definitely yes. And while I’m at it, I’ll just ingest everything else that is pumpkin spice flavored too.. ’tis the season, right?

2. Go Trick or Treating

Halloween is right around the corner you guys and your girl loves her candy! Also, why not use Trick or Treating as the perfect excuse to wear your Halloween costume one more time! This is something I know I won’t be able to do forever (honestly, I probably shouldn’t even be doing it now) and I take full advantage of a crisp night with friends almost every year!

3. Watch the newest season of Stranger Things

And watch it in record breaking time at that! I canNOT wait for the new season to drop on Netflix and you better bet your bottom dollar that I will 100% be anticipating it’s release! I love that show, who doesn’t? The boys are hilarious and the storyline is so captivating that you just can’t resist!

4. Pick and carve a pumpkin!

This is something I just love doing every single year! Nothing beats going to a pumpkin patch and debating for like 30 minutes what pumpkin is the very best even though there’s like 0.0003% difference. There is just something about it that awakens my inner child and it’s such a fun thing to do to get your mind off of the stresses of school, etc.

Last year, I tried (and failed) to carve Kanye West into a pumpkin and this year, I’m going to have to try and top that. I’m thinking maybe something Broadway this year? Yeah, I’m looking at you Hamilton (:

5. Get lost in a Corn Maze

This is not something I would normally endorse. I HATE corn mazes. Like, why would you WILLINGLY go into a maze KNOWING you are going to get lost?? I don’t get it. But my college is doing a trip to a local corn maze and I figure, why the heck not?! Really, I just know that they sell things like apple cider and that is persuasion enough to drag me along (:

6. Wear my most favorite fall sweater

This might be easier said than done, I mean, how am I supposed to play favorites with my sweaters? I love them all! But I’ll figure it out, and when I do? You can find me cozied up on a couch with a warm mug of hot chocolate, a book, and a Harry Potter marathon playing in the background.

7. Become the World’s Best Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookie Baker

Ugh, these are sweet victory in the Fall months. And I guess I’ll settle for this position since my mom definitely took over as World’s Best Apple Pie Baker (: Whatever the reason, these stay super soft and moist, and are a wonderful snack or dessert. They aren’t overwhelmingly pumpkin-y, and the chocolate chips are the perfect addition to make them 100% necessary not just this, but EVERY Fall!

8. Sit around a fire and toast some S’mores!!!

Those three exclamation points are necessary because ya girl, LOOOOOVES a good s’mores! I also love to sit around a warm fire on a cool night with a blanket draped over my legs sharing stories with friends. So of course having s’mores is just a total bonus jonas! Plus there is nothing greater than those gigantic marshmallows, and this is the perfect excuse I needed to be able to go out and get practically a million packages.. that’s normal, right?

9. Go Black Friday Shopping in NYC

This is something that my mom and I started to do last year and it was a total game-changer for me. We stumbled into Saks 5th Ave because I wanted to admire the window displays and ended up finding a super sale! So now, we plan on going back every year to see all that they have going on. I got my very first pair of Rag & Bone jeans from this sale and I can’t wait to see what I can snag again!

10. Feel thankful.

Before we know it it’ll be Thanksgiving and what better time of the year to just take a moment for yourself and feel thankful for all that you have. I know for sure that amidst all of the stress of schoolwork, I’ll be taking moments to just breathe and remember how much I’ve been blessed with.

And I think that that concludes this year’s Fall Bucket List. It’s a mildly short one, but at least an achievable one (and your girl needs achievable with school in high gear)! It’s also a reminder to make the most of every single season and to take some time for yourself as well. Self love is the best love.

What are some of your bucket list activities this Fall season? And have you already checked some of them off?

I hope you enjoyed this quick little post, and..

Until next time,

xx.Britani Skye

Advertisements

Harry Styles Live on Tour: Tower Theater

Harry Styles Live on Tour: Tower Theater

Happy Monday Everyone!

Yes, that’s right, a totally new posting schedule is underway this month of October! I plan on posting not once, but TWICE, a week now! And for those interested, that’ll be on Mondays and Thursdays (:

But that isn’t the point of this post, so let’s get down to the nitty gritty. Harry. Styles.

I was fortunate enough to be able to see him perform at the Tower Theater in Upper Darby, PA this past Thursday. It was an intimate venue (in comparison to the arenas and stadiums One Direction has played) that held about 3,000 lucky fans.

Most of the theater was listed as general admission, so I knew we had to get there early. Needless to say, ‘early’ still wasn’t early enough. My mom and I arrived to the theater around 1:30-2ish and girls had been lined up since 8am. Really I have zero complaints because we were still within the first few hundred to get there, but not going to lie.. I totally had a moment of panic driving my the theater and seeing a line wrapped entirely around the building.

So then started our five hour wait. They didn’t let you into the theater until 7pm (the opening act started at 8), and honestly that was still plenty of time. I feel like they had this entire event running like a smooth oiled machine. They let you shop the merch mega early and had wrist bands and stamps distributed well before the doors even officially opened. That way, everyone could easily go through security and be on their way to stand their ground on the floor.

Of course there are always going to be the pushy people who squeeze their way right in front of you, but really there was nothing that could ruin my mood for the night. I’m literally maybe 30 feet from where H will be standing, it doesn’t get much better than that.

The opening act started super promptly at 8, and it was such a treat. The band that opened for H was MUNA, and I loved every minute they were on stage. I believe they mentioned being a smaller LA band, and truly the vibe and sound that they brought to the night was amazing. Their sound is indie and really up my street, plus the energy of the crowd really help feed their performance and I could tell they were enjoying themselves just as much as all of us (which was totally awesome, btw)!

The best part about the opening (minus the lead singer’s AH-MAZING hair cut), was that I actually had heard a song by them and never even knew it. As soon as they started to play it I had a total realization and I think that helped me connect even more with the music.

They played for about a half and hour and within the next 35-ish minutes, H was on stage in front of us. In the flesh. I can’t believe I’m typing that. Like, I saw the concert and I sometimes still have moments where I can’t believe I was blessed enough to have been there.

IMG_7806

But of course before he graced us all with his presence, they let down the infamous sheet and the anticipation I felt knowing I would be seeing H’s silhouette behind it in T-minus like 30 minutes was a little intense. I feel like I really loved and appreciated the little details he put into this tour from the pink/flowery sheet to every single piece of merch. I felt like he really got to have a say in what he wanted, and as a long time fan, I couldn’t have been happier or prouder.

IMG_7811

**Also, speaking of merch, it might even top Kanye. He brought out a pink sweatshirt with super simple embroidery and his entire slogan for the merch, as well as the tour, is to ‘Treat People with Kindness’. That’s a message we all need to hear more often. And it for some reason resonates with me when I hear famous people who literally have the world at their finger tips saying stuff like that. It’s a reminder that no one is ever too big, and a humbling one at that**

So anyways, fast forward to show time. The final song plays and the theater is completely quiet because everyone is internally thinking “oh shiz, it’s about to happen, the guitar is going to strum and in front of my eyes will be a perfectly silhouetted ex-boyband member” and then all of a sudden dreams become reality and the next few seconds happen in a whirlwind.

He begins the show with ‘Ever Since New York’ and I think that is a pretty solid choice. In fact for all of those interested, the set list for our night and a comprehensive list of my thoughts are all listed below:

1. Ever Since New York

A solid start (as mentioned above). You see him for the first time, get to take in his outfit for the night, and behold him holding (and playing) a guitar all at a leisurely (but still somehow chaotic) pace. It’s the perfect song to ease into the night and let the moment really sink in.

2. Two Ghosts
3. Carolina

You all know this is a bop. I don’t even really have much to say other than I loved it.

4. Stockholm Syndrome
5. Sweet Creature

The purple lighting that surrounded him on one of my favorite songs of the album was so fitting. It was serene and beautiful and I could only focus on how smooth and majestic the chorus sounded every time it came around. I could bask in that moment for the rest of my life.

6. Only Angel

Ugh, this really brought the energy back up again. It was so fun and seeing H run around on stage in his element was so fulfilling.

7. Woman

The ultimate empowerment you feel when he belts “WOMAN.” and the entire crowd echoes back ‘La la la la la la’ is the epitome of Girl Power. Or maybe that’s just the vibe I was picking up?

8. Meet Me in the Hallway

I LIVE for this song as well. The hazy/lazy ‘Gimme some mooooooorphine/moooore’ are some of my favorite lines to listen to. I could sway to that rhythm any time, any place.

9. Just A Little Bit of Your Heart
10. What Makes You Beautiful

VERY mixed emotions about this one. I love What Makes You Beautiful and I love H. But I don’t love the twist he’s spun on it. Honestly, there isn’t a One Direction song that I want to hear any of them sing alone. In other words, when’s the reunion happening again? (:

11. Kiwi (x2)

Can I just take a moment for this one. We got it not once, but TWICE. For those of you that do not know, this is my favorite song from the entire album, maybe even my favorite song, like, ever, and truly this is the moment I waited all night for.. to see him be a total rockstar and lay it all out on the stage to this song, and he did.

In a lot of ways, he was a total ham during this number. He knows so well how to work a crowd and exactly what to do to please them. He danced, got on his knees, and gave the infamous Kiwi stance and I LIVED for every. single. second. And hearing the note changes in the second verse was everything I dreamed of and more. Just entirely unforgettable.

Encore
1. From the Dining Table
2. Break the Chain
3. Sign of the Times

This was a cool one. The entire floor broke out little Pride flags and waved them the entire song. And when H noticed, he literally said, “wow” out loud. It was a really cool reminder of just how powerful the fandom can be. And of course it was just a bonus jonas to jam out one last time to a song that gets me through everything from exam weeks to ab workouts.

tumblr_oxe126svbI1r900yso3_r2_540

At the end of the day, it was a night to remember. The connection the crowd had with him was genuine and super energetic and I think that that made the experience just that much better.

Not only was the music incredible (that boy can SING) but so was the message he tries every day to spread. Kindness. Acceptance. Love. Hug a stranger and listen.

He thanked us multiple times throughout the night and although I know he does this for every venue, I also know that he means it, and doesn’t take the gift he’s been given for granted.

And to wrap it all up, he said ‘I couldn’t ask for a more wonderful group of friends’, which of course got me right in the heart strings and still does as I remember and type this all out.

Gist of the story, I have so many thoughts and things that I want to say, but it’s all just too unorganized to get into one blog post. But if any of this has made sense, resonated, or peaked your interest, please I really do encourage you to take a listen to his album and if given the chance to go see him live. He’s such a presence and I am proud that I’ve been able to call him my role model for the past 7-8 years.

Processed with VSCO with a7 preset

Also, any pictures/videos included in this post are most likely NOT mine. I tried not to have my phone out barely at all and just enjoy the time that I got to be there, so of course I’ll note that but just wanted to let y’all know as well more explicitly. I hope you enjoyed this story time post and let me know what y’all think! Which 1D boy is your favorite and who would you love to see perform? Or are they better together (for me, definitely together)? And..

Until next time,

xx.Britani Skye

September ’17 Monthly Favorites

September ’17 Monthly Favorites

Happy Thursday Everyone!

It’s officially Fall! I cannot believe it, but I happy say goodbye to boiling summer days and welcome the ‘Sweater Weather’ with open arms. Another thing I’m welcoming? A September Monthly Favorites!

It’s been a whirlwind of a month, and I’m so excited to share with you all some of my favorite discoveries as well as some of my favorite moments (there were a lot this month)!

So buckle up, and we’ll be jumping right on into it!

IMG_3266IMG_3278

Beauty

Jeffree Star Summer Collection Velour Liquid Lipstick Bundle

As many of you probably know, I got the chance to head up to NYC for the day and experience DragCon! It was so fun, and an experience that I will not soon forget. Getting to be around so many loving, accepting, and FUN personalities is just amazing, and I would really encourage people to try to get to the event next year if they plan on having it again!

But that’s not part of this categories favorite.. It’s the bundle that I got to purchase from the Jeffree Star Cosmetics booth while I was there!

I have been eyeing the liquid lipsticks that Jeffree released allllll summer, but I just couldn’t commit to buying the entire bundle and there was always something in the back of my mind telling me not to do it. Well I’m glad I didn’t because I got the bundle for a super discount the day of the DragCon event!

I got all of the shades for like $70 and I don’t regret a single thing. They are unlike anything I have in my collection and the two that really stand out to me are You. Better. Work. and CandyA$$. The former is a purple unlike any other (seriously, a must have) and the latter is a metallic with the most beautiful gold glitter undertone.

Needless to say? They both take my breath away and if you can still get your hands on them, I would 100% recommend!

IMG_3300IMG_3301IMG_3302IMG_3306

Jeffree Star Cosmetics

Skincare

Lush Fresh Face Masks

Just another thing y’all know about me.. I love skincare. And basically every month it’s almost guaranteed I’ve tried a new facemask and probably have an opinion about it.

Well, this month is no exception.

My boyfriend and I took a trip to Philly one weekend and we exchanged some of my old pots for a free fresh face mask (just one of the amazing things that Lush has to offer).

I’ve tried a few of these before so we opted for one that I hadn’t owned, and that happened to be ‘Brazened Honey’. It is packed with natural ingredients such as ginger, tumeric, lime oil, and of course.. honey, that all together help to brighten and unclog congested pores.

Well let me just tell you. After washing it off, I don’t think I’ve ever seen my skin visibly glow so much. It was incredible. My boyfriend even did it with me, and was super impressed.. so what does that tell you? It’s a freaking good product.

The smell is nice and like I said, there were instant results! Definitely an automatic fav! Unfortunately though, you can only get these masks in store and they only are good for a small window of time as they are made with such good ingredients (but if you couldn’t guess, totally worth it)!

Lush Fresh Face Mask

Fashion

Two words. Simple. Tees.

These save my life every single day. I collect them in all of my favorite colors and patterns (normally neutrals and stripes) and pair them with black skinny jeans and a cute pair of either booties or sneakers and you’re set with an outfit that looks pretty put together. You can even throw a jacket over top of them and really look like you’re on top of the world.

Also, because I’m back in school and working a lot with cell cultures, mold is a real threat in the lab. So keeping my arms uncovered in the hood has been really important and having a default outfit every day keeps both me and my professor happy. Plus, really, how can you go wrong with a t-shirt? They’re comfy, cute, and super versatile. It’s a win-win!

My favorite place to get these are H&M. They always have colors, patterns, and embroidery that are on trend for really affordable prices! I would also recommend the Gap, ASOS, and even Urban Outfitters!

img_3311.jpg

Accessories

Last month, I made a big choice to finally buy a new purse. I’ve been toting around the same mini bag from Zara for the past few years now, and it was just time to move on to something new.

But because I don’t use purses every day, I wanted to buy a nice one that was large enough and would last me the next few years.

So by chance I checked out the Kate Spade website one day and saw that they were running a super sale and of course I immediately checked out the bags! There were quite a few that caught my eye but one in particular really was calling to me.

It is the Cameron Street Jardin Large Lane, and I love it. It is the perfect size. Not too big, and not too small, and I adore the pattern that is on it as well. It’s unique, but still classy as it is still against a black background.

And I know to some people, you might be cringing that I bought a purse that is ‘out-of-season’, but that just makes me love it even more knowing that I might be one of the few people strutting around with it anymore (I hate being all matchy-matchy with the public just because something is trendy)!

The only downside I’ve found about it so far is that it does indent a little if it is not full to the brim, but that’s so minute that I really don’t mind it and I’m excited to be carrying this piece around with me for years to come (:

<a href="https:IMG_3284IMG_3285IMG_3291IMG_3297//www.katespade.com/products/cameron-street-jardin-large-lane/PXRU7714-1.html” target=”_blank”>Kate Spade

Food

Goo Goo Clusters!

These are just the most wonderful little treats in all of the land. I discovered them about a month ago when Seth and I were checking out a candy shop, and my life has been changed ever since.

They are a marshmallow nougat, caramel, and peanut treat all covered in milk chocolate. Yes. They do taste just as good as they sound!

They are definitely a little hard to find but if you have a local candy shop that supplies ‘out-of-the-norm’ treats or a Cracker Barrel, you may be able to get your hands on these. You really won’t regret it!

IMG_3307

Taco Bell Queso

A few months ago I had nachos and queso from Taco Bell and absolutely loved it. I know it’s just chips and cheese basically, but there was something about it that was just really good, yanno?

Well, just the other week, I found that very same queso being sold at a grocery store! Of course I did a happy dance in the aisle and immediately picked it up, and am happy to report that it tastes just like what you would pick up from the actual fast food chain but in the convenience of your own home! What could be better, right? Pretty much nothing.

Life??

I feel like I always somehow have to incorporate life favorites into my monthly favs, and this month is definitely no exception. In fact, I probably have the most life favorites, like, ever, so I should probably jump right into them!

First up is DragCon. I won’t talk too much about this because it has it’s own blog post (and was previously mentioned above), but it was definitely one of my favorite experiences of the month!

Yes, it was chaotic, but totally unforgettable and so so much fun. I loved being able to spend the day in NYC doing something I hadn’t done before and it being a total success! So, if you’d like to hear more about the convention? Click ‘here’ for more!

IMG-7583IMG-7662

I also canNOT forget the Lady Gaga concert I was fortunate enough to see!

I’ve been dying to see her for what feels like ages and my mom surprised me with tickets for my birthday! It was so much fun and a concert I will definitely not ever be forgetting.

Lady G is so inspiring and just an all ’round good person, and getting to see her perform, speak, and just be present with all of us for a night was so incredible.

Her show is so energizing and I love the vibe I got from the entire thing. It was amazing. Can I say that enough?? Probably not (:

I also loved that I got to glitter up my cheeks and strut around in baby pink all night serving all of the Pink Lady vibes I dreamed of as a kid.

IMG_7681IMG_7696IMG_7709IMG_7708

Next up is of course my birthday! I really wanted to dedicate an entire post to what I did and got on my birthday but just couldn’t find the time to do it exactly how I wanted it.

For those of you that might not know, I turned 21 this month and all I wanted was a totally fun filled weekend with friends and family, and that is exactly what I got. On the day of my birthday, I traveled to NYC with Seth and we had a goblet at The Sugar Factory, and a cheese-lovers dream dinner at Chuck and Blade’s. It was so fun (and delicious) and just another thing that I got to check off my bucket list of things that I still want to do in the city!

If you ever get the chance to go to either of these places, I would 10/10 recommend splurging on a goblet (we had the Raspberry Watermelon Mojito) and the Bocce Ball (its cheese, surrounded by mac and cheese, FRIED, and then drizzled with more cheese.. you read all of that right). Just amazing.

The next day we all went to the Casino and I had another really fun and successful day (minus losing my phone for like 30 minutes). And I now know why gambling can be so addicting.. the jury is still out on whether that is a good thing or not because I think I’m totally hooked!

And on Sunday we just relaxed. I had scheduled a Soul Cycle class for Seth and I (it was Dear Evan Hansen, so cool), but I was tired from two days of non-stop here and there, plus with Monday looming, I was a little nervous about schoolwork and all that fun stuff, but overall it was such a great birthday.

I felt surrounded by people who loved and cared about me all week and weekend, and I couldn’t ask for better friends in my life!

IMG_7741IMG_7745

And the final life favorite of the month would be my One Year Anniversary with Seth. It’s hard to believe that it’s been a year that we’ve spent together and every single day still feels fresh and almost as though we are still basking in the ‘Honeymoon Phase’.

We get on each other’s nerves sometimes but there is nothing bigger than the love we feel for one another and I am thankful every single day to be able to say that I found that so early on in my life.

But anyways, he planned the perfect anniversary weekend for us (most of which included a lot of relaxing, as per my request), but also a really sweet picnic and dinner night where we even made our own pasta.

I do also quickly want to mention for any one out there looking for a really cute gift idea (it is definitely NOT about gifts, but just trying to help) that I got/made a gift for every one of the five senses, because being together just makes sense, yanno (omg, so cheesy. I know.)? I thought it was cute and especially something for those of you that want to do something sentimental but might be getting stuck for ideas. For example, you can do something super simple like include a playlist you made of all of the most significant songs you’ve liked your first year together for sound, etc, etc.

But back on track, it was a weekend together that I will not soon forget and of course without a doubt would make its mark in my monthly favorites (if not a yearly favorite)!

IMG_3215IMG_3216

So all-in-all, September was a pretty awesome month. I could have included so many things in this monthly favorites but I really tried to scale it down, and make it as concise as possible with my absolute must-haves of the month as well as memorable moments. I hope you enjoyed and I can’t wait for all of the content I have planned for this month!

Happy Fall Y’all!

xx.Britani Skye

21 Things I’ve Learned in 21 Years

21 Things I’ve Learned in 21 Years

Happy Monday Everyone!

This past weekend I got to celebrate my 21st birthday and I’m so thankful and blessed for the love I received from all of my family and friends. Every year I get overwhelmed with the amount of messages I get, considering I expect maybe a text from my mom but that’s really it, so I just wanted to express all of the gratitude I felt here I guess.

But all of this aside, I wanted to type up a quick little post about all of the most important things I’ve learned over the last 21 years of my life. Some of them are silly but some are game changers and I hope I can share a little slice of that with you all today, so let’s just get right on in! (:

1. Liking a boyband will change your life for the better

As most of you know by now, I’ve been a die-hard One Direction fan for the last like 7 years of my life. Yeah, people might make fun of them but let me tell you they’ve made me so many friends and have gotten me through some really tough days.

So who cares if people think they’re “lame” or just another phase. If it makes you happy, that’s what matters!

2. Stay in contact with people

You are never too good for anyone. I never want to be the person from high school who pretends they don’t remember you when you run into each other at a grocery store AND I never want to be the person who left everyone behind for bigger and better people.

You never know who will be who in the future and it’s always a good thing to remember where you came from. It’s humbling and a good practice just in general: Make connections and keep them!

3. Without ever expecting it, you will stumble across the love of your life

Some of you might know that I don’t always love the school I go to, but the silver lining through it all has been finding my boyfriend, Seth.

I never expected to be in a relationship. I mean I’ve been single for the last like 5 years, but without even knowing it, Seth and I were just in the right place at the right time and we fell in love.

So enjoy the time you are single and don’t waste time complaining. The universe works in strange ways and when the right person walks into your life, things just click and it all falls into place, all you have to do is trust. (:

4. New York City is the end goal

Similar to the theme above, there are some things in life that will just click for you. And for me? That’s New York.

Having an end goal is so important because it motivates me every single day to keep striving for more. It reminds me that what I’m doing is for a purpose and it keeps me excited for that dream to come true one day!

5. Travel. Travel. Travel.

I can’t say this one enough. Travel. Pick up pieces of culture from everywhere. It’s priceless and eye-opening and just plain old fun. If you get the chance to go abroad, take it. It might be scary but don’t wait until it’s too late and you’re filled with regret. It’s just not worth it.

6. Maybe being an adult one day is not the worse thing that can happen?

For years, I pushed back against traditional things girls dreamed about one day. I didn’t want to get married or have kids or own a house. Just be carefree. But now, maybe it isn’t so bad to think about having a family one day. Having realizations like this are good, and I think they are positive pushes and remind me that I’m growing up, but still have so much to look forward to and a whole story to still create.

7. You can’t possibly make everyone happy

This is a hard one. For years I would put others in front of myself until I realized that maybe the reason I was so unhappy was because I never did anything for myself.

Sometimes you just have to worry about yourself first. You can spend days trying to make someone happy, but sometimes it still just won’t be enough. So realize that now, and start worrying about you. You’ll thank yourself for it.

8. Be unapologetically yourself

I know this is one you probably hear a lot but it is so so true. Surround yourself with people who accept and believe in you, and also do some soul searching to find that love within yourself. You’ll be happier and the energy that radiates from you will be amazing and powerful (:

9. Push yourself (within reason, of course)

We all know what we can and cannot handle. But if there is something you’re dying to do, just take the leap of faith and see where the road takes you. For example, this blog! I never in a million years thought this could become a reality, but here we are today, and I couldn’t be happier!

True, it isn’t always easy. Sometimes I struggle with content or time to sit down and write something that is quality but in the end, I push through it to make a dream come true and I try to apply this strategy to other aspects of my life as well!

10. Sometimes you just need to blast some Kanye and dance around your room

Life gets overwhelming sometimes, it just is how it is. But when that happens, take a break and spit some lyrics to Kanye’s ‘Stronger’ and I promise you will feel like 100x better!

11. Deadlines run the world

Take them seriously. I had a professor say this in class once and it really resonated with me. This will force you to take responsibility, which is never a bad thing and a legit life skill that you can carry with you forever. The world never stops turning and it won’t stop for you.

12. Be kind.

If y’all take anything from this, please take this. Be kind. It is so powerful and the least you can do. It takes such little effort to smile, wave, or start a conversation with someone. It might mean the world to them, seriously.

13. Love your environment and its little animal companions

I’m not like a total green freak or anything, but be kind to your environment. It does so much for us, at the very least you could not throw your trash all over it. Like the Lorax so infamously said, “UNLESS someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”

Also respect its furry friends. They live in unison with us and we destroy so much of their habitats every. single. day. True, you can’t make them a pet, but don’t go out of your way to terrorize them either. Please and thank you.

14. Take time for yourself (AKA, Treat Yo’self.)

Similar to the Kanye West moment mentioned above, if you just need to take some time to watch the new episode of Project Runway, take it.

It will give you some stress relief and you won’t regret it. Obviously don’t take this to the extreme and marathon watch Riverdale or something, because deadlines and responsibilities, but the moral of the story is that it’s okay to take time for yourself.

15. But also study for that really big exam that is coming up next week

Too often have I pushed off studying for an exam and then regret it the minute I get my grade back. No, your intelligence is not defined by a number but when it starts to threaten your chances of getting into a graduate school or internship, it is not worth the added stress.

So study and ask questions (I’m typing this as a reminder for myself).

16. Go see live entertainment and be present!

This is another thing that a teacher is high school once said. So often you go to a concert and people only care about recording it and capturing the perfect moment on their phones, but then you realize that no one is actually living in the moment and just enjoying all of the awesome talent.

So challenge yourself when you go to your next concert to not bring your phone out more than a certain amount of times and I promise you will enjoy the experience so so much more.

17. Let yourself feel your emotions

Before coming to college, I never cried, but since being here I think I’m definitely more in tune with my emotions, which believe it or not is a good thing.

I still don’t like to cry because it makes me feel weak but it definitely is a healthy form of release and allowing myself to fulling come into those emotions has been extremely helpful to my overall mental health.

18. Golden retrievers are the best dogs ever ever ever!

Not ironically, I had to put this one as number 18. The first golden retriever I had had his birthday on the 18th of September and he was the start of this never ending obsession.

These dogs are so lovable and fluffy and just everything you could possibly want in a dog. They’re smart and have personality and I really can’t say enough good things about them. So if you want to become golden retriever crazy like I am, all you need to do is own one and you’ll be hooked for life.

19. Drive your car safely..

This is one I recently learned. I’ve had a car ever since having a permit (fortunately, I might add), and within the last three years it has really taken a beating. I’ve not been gentle on it by any means and just this past week it decided to take its last drive with me.

The moral of this story is that I really loved that car and definitely took it for granted. And maybe if I had been nicer to it, it would have lasted me longer, but yet just another lesson learned, right?

20. Tell your friends and family that you appreciate them

They don’t hear it enough, and that’s a fact. I think that being away from my best friend and family while I’m at college really puts that into perspective. Let them know every once in a while that you love and really appreciate them and I’m sure it will go a long way!

21. Keep an open and accepting mindset

Last but certainly not least is the daily reminder to take everything one day at a time. Don’t sweat the small stuff and don’t be petty. Keep your mind open because you never know what you might be missing otherwise. Be willing to learn from others and listen and although you might have disagreements, be open ideas and maybe even grow from them.

This is something I have to work for daily, but is really important and something I want to focus on in this 21st year of life.

What are some things you all have learned in your lifetime? Hope every one is having a great and productive week, but..

Until next time,

xx.Britani Skye

Hieeee, DragCon NYC ’17

Happy Wednesday Everyone!

This week, I wanted to share a little piece of my weekend with y’all and recap my experience at DragCon!

If you are unfamiliar with the event, I’m not necessarily shocked because I really didn’t know much about it until a few months ago, but basically it is a massive convention for Drag Queens and it finally has come to the East Coast!

So of course when I saw it being advertised and talked about in beauty guru’s Youtube videos, I texted my cousin and immediately knew we had to go.. so we did!

The convention was held in my favorite city of all time, New York, at the Javit’s Center, so for me, it was super easy to get there and navigate around. I’ve been to conventions before and normally I will get to the building around 7:30am (waaaayyyy too early, I know, but some people take their conventions seriously) so this one was no exception. BUT I was shocked to see that as we were approaching the building there was literally like 20 people in sight. We were within the first 100 people to get there, which was a total surprise considering I thought there would be a line wrapped around the building. So anyways, we picked up our badges at registration and just chilled for the next two hours.

IMG-7671

By the time the convention was about to start, people were piling in and we were moving into the show floor. So this is where getting there early definitely paid off. We went straight to the runway as that is where the opening was going to kick off and we were right in front.

The DJ played sassy songs and we bopped around a Rupaul’s DragCon beach ball until all of a sudden Michelle Visage was standing right in front of us, and then seconds later was introducing the previous, and current, crowned queens of the show. Let me just tell y’all.. I about hit the floor when Bob the Drag Queen walked out (hint: she’s my favorite)

Of course all of the other queens were totally fabulous as well and the outfits they served us all were 100% fabulous, but the opening was wrapping up and so we made our way to the Jeffree Star Cosmetics booth next!

img-7676.jpg

My cousin and I both knew we wanted some stuff from the booth, but while asking around to see where the line started, we stumbled on one of my friends from high school. I had no idea they would be there so it was a pleasant surprise and a reminder that it’s such a small world. He was in the line that had formed to meet Jeffree, Manny, and Laura Lee, and said that they had already capped the line but if we wanted to meet them, we could just stay with him.

This was a total incidence of chance and luck. Although most people in the line had to wait the 4 hours until the meet and greet even started, we got the luxury of being able to walk around the show floor because his mom could hold our spots for us.

So we made our way to the cosmetics line and snagged some products at a massive discount, hallelujah! Not to mention we watched Kim Chi and Naomi Smalls strut right past us, ugh, yes please!

We got pictures around the lounge (they had an amazing red (more like pink) carpet kind of wall that was fabulous for that and we also saw so many queens around at their booths too, not to mention the crown the queens get to wear when they become the winner.. it’s huge. and wonderful. and everything you could ever imagine it to be + some.

IMG-7646IMG-7626IMG-7621

But then it was about time to get back in line and wait for the meet and greet to begin! All in all, the meet and greet took about 2-2.5 hours. Jeffree, Manny, and Laura Lee were so wonderful and really took the time to talk to every single one of us. They even stayed way beyond the time they said they would so that every one in line got the chance to see them, which I really think speaks volumes about their character.

Honestly, the whole moment was a blur and I don’t even think I said more than like 20 words to all of them but it made my heart so full to hug them, have Manny call me ‘Honey’, and tell them how amazing they all looked.

IMG-7658IMG-7662

And from there we were on our way to their panel! I thought the panel they did with all three of them was so fun. They were so honest, relaxed, and funny that it was worth so much waiting. They talked a lot about what motivates and inspires them to keep going on in their careers and in a way I think it motivated and inspired me to just own it, and not give a fudge what anyone thinks.

And by the end, the day was over. It was a blur and super crazy, but 100% worth it. Now, I’m not saying the event was perfect, trust me, as a convention goer to BookCon, I think the organization of this needs a lot of work; however, considering this is the first one in NYC, it really did go smoothly and was a total hit.

Some things they need to work on are lines, lines, LINES. Everything was a waiting game. You wait for panels, you wait to meet the queens, you wait to even go to the bathroom and get food for crying out loud. I think it all could be resolved with clearer scheduling of all the guests, and spreading out the events over the whole building, rather than in just one area.

It’s disappointing to me that I didn’t get to meet any of the queens personally because I just didn’t know when their times would be, and it was also really difficult to know exactly what you wanted to do if only some of what was happening is listed on the DragCon website.

But of course, there is always next year! And it is always so wonderful to be surrounded by such a colorful, beautiful, and accepting community of people. Trust me, you will never meet people more supportive and there for you than these. It’s just amazing.

But, I hope you enjoyed this little story time and I will see you back here in a few for more, so..

Until next time.. Sissy That Walk!

xx.Britani Skye

Find Your Soul: Harry Styles vs. One Direction

Find Your Soul: Harry Styles vs. One Direction

Happy Tuesday Everyone!

Hope everyone had an amazing Labor Day weekend! I mean it’s already Tuesday, so this week will just fly by! Also up on this week’s menu is going to be a quick story time! So let’s just get right to it!

Alright, for the last year or so I’ve been DYING to try out SoulCycle and see what all the hype is truly about, and I’m fortunate enough to say that this past weekend I got to attend my first class, and what better way to introduce myself to the spinning realm than with a Harry Styles vs. One Direction theme (that was the playlist.. I kid you not, ONLY the heavenly voices of my boys were played for an hour straight. Beautiful)!

So despite all of this, let me start off by saying that getting my rear end to a class is not necessarily the easiest OR most convenient thing in the world, but I knew it was time to just bite the bullet and try something new! So as I checked the schedule at both Philadelphia locations, I literally could not contain my excitement when I saw that one of the upcoming classes would be featuring my two favorite artists of all time. Naturally, I set an alarm on my phone to make sure I registered as soon as the classes became available for the week, wrote it down in like 3 different planners, and told all of my friends. I also roped my very wonderful boyfriend into coming with me, and basically the date was set!

So if you are interested in trying out a class, I would definitely suggest picking one that gets you excited. It made it harder to talk myself out of going or making the drive, and was just overall the best way to test the waters and potentially even start a routine!

Now, once we got there, I’m not going to lie, it was definitely a little overwhelming. As it was our first time riding, we were to arrive about 15 minutes early (which we did, but I still don’t think that was even enough time). We talked to the people at the front desk who were so much help, and within minutes were basically set and on our way to the locker rooms to change into our soul shoes (they give you shoes that lock into the bike pedals. Yes. These are absolutely necessary) and get down into the studio.

Because it was our first time, we got a discount on our ride and the shoes were free as well, which was a pleasant surprise! There were also staff in the studio to help us get equipped with the bikes as well. They adjusted them, made sure we knew how to put our feet into the pedals, and showed us all of the ways the bike worked (how to increase/decrease the resistance and put on the brakes).

By the time we were situated, the class was basically seconds from starting so there was no time to think, just time to jump right in!

The class is about 45 minutes long and while you are cycling away, you do moves on the bike that incorporate upper body strength and lots of coordination. I’ve danced for years and there were times that I just could not keep up with how fast my legs were peddling and how slow my arms had to move. So needless to say, maybe I’m not the greatest multi-tasker! However, all of the variation really kept it interesting and the time flies by! Not to mention the entire time you are surrounded with such positive energy and great music so it’s really difficult to not enjoy yourself!

There are also moments in the class where you really do find some soul searching. You need to connect with your body and really push it to its limits and in those moments are where you get the most out of your SoulCycle experience.

And for like the millionth time in this post let me reiterate.. the entire playlist I got to experience was all One Direction and Harry Styles songs. Y’all know that’s a soundtrack I could listen to on repeat for the rest of my life so of COURSE I was living the entire time!

All in all, if you are thinking about taking a class with SoulCycle, I would 100% recommend it. It was so fun and the energy is infectious, and truly, I can’t wait to go back (they’re having a Dear Evan Hansen class the weekend of my birthday, holla!)

If you need a break from reality, check out your nearest studio and get your tush there asap! It’s so much more than a trend and there’s no way you will feel bad about it, especially when you leave knowing you’ve just done your body good with such a great workout!

Hope everyone is having a great week, and as always..

Until next time,

xx.Britani Skye

P.S. Check out some pictures below from the day!

IMG_7556IMG_7557IMG_7566

5 Confessions of a College Kid: Back to School Thoughts

5 Confessions of a College Kid: Back to School Thoughts

Happy Tuesday Everyone!

I’m sure by now we are all back to school, and if not, it is probably coming very soon on the horizon, and so I just wanted to take a few moments to type out some of my back to school thoughts and be honest with all y’all about some things I don’t think college kids hear nearly enough..

1. It’s okay to hate college (or at least dislike it)

Yes. You read that right. I don’t think enough people are saying it and so I am. Because for a long time it made me feel like an outcast to not be enjoying every single second I spend on campus. But honestly? Maybe college just isn’t your thing. I mean yes, it’s totally worth it and I wouldn’t ever trade this opportunity; however, being mentally, physically, and emotionally exhausted for 3-4 months straight is not my idea of what a walk in the park looks like.

So don’t let people’s image they’re putting out on social media affect the way you feel or make you think you’re doing it ‘wrong’, because let’s be real here, who actually LIKES taking exams and being swamped with assignments while trying to keep up with a social and extracurricular schedule?

My advice for those of you feeling this way is to find something that always pushes you through. Preferably something that inspires and motivates you. For me, that’s New York City. What gets me through is knowing that there is ALWAYS New York. If I ever need an escape there is always a place with tons of exciting things going on and millions of people with their own story all rushing around. It’s a dream that I plan on turning reality and it also puts into perspective exactly why I’m at college, suffering, but still thriving, just like all of you (:

2. It’s okay to also feel like you haven’t met your life-long friends there

I am fortunate enough to be able to say that I had really great friends in high school, and there is one in particular who no one will ever be able to replace no matter where I go. So don’t feel like you need to leave your old life behind to bring in the bigger and better, because what you already have might just be the pot of gold you think you have to look for and find.

Now, obviously I’m not saying to close off all of your options, but if you feel like maybe there isn’t a group you are clicking with perfectly, you’re normal. Too often did I feel like I was doing something wrong because I just couldn’t relate to my group of friends. That doesn’t mean they’re bad friends or people OR that you should just cut them off, but maybe it’s time to realize that it’s more than okay to know in your heart that maybe they won’t be the people you call at 3am when you’re having a break down over some catastrophic moment in time (:

3. It’s also okay to not have a 4.0 GPA

Now this might get offensive really quick, but, as a Biotechnology major I recognize that things I have to do might be perceived as more difficult than what other majors have to do. Now that doesn’t mean I would ever trade my science major for something else, as I also recognize that English majors write a lot and never in a million years will I be caught dead writing countless amounts of papers; however, don’t be down on yourself when a friend is bragging about their good grades and you just got back a 70 on your bio exam that you LITERALLY studied the past two weeks for.

Also, don’t compare yourself to the overachievers either. They are needed in society but frankly, my life does not revolve around my textbook and if an episode of Project Runway is on, you better believe I’m going to enjoy my night and watch it rather than stuffing my brain with information. That doesn’t mean you aren’t smart, it just means that you prioritize differently than others, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing!

4. Sitting alone in the cafeteria DOESN’T make you a weirdo

This is one I still have to tell myself daily. For some reason there is just such a stigma around eating alone, when in actuality, literally no one notices OR cares. But for some reason it’s like the biggest deal in that moment and you find yourself thinking things like, ‘Omg, are they staring at me?’, ‘Do you think that was a pity glance?’, and ‘I hope no one is talking about me’.

Sometimes it just isn’t convenient to meet up with all of your friends in between classes, and sometimes you might just need some alone time, but truly, it is more than normal to be seen eating alone, and I promise no one is staring at you and giving you looks of sympathy from the next table away. They’re probably actually thinking ‘You go girl’ or ‘I wish I had confidence to eat alone’. I’m guilty of those thoughts anyways, so just bite the bullet and go for it!

5. Call your mom (and FaceTime your dog) as much as possible

Okay, so maybe this one might just apply to me, but there is nothing better than calling my mom when I’m the epitome of stressed. She just gets me like no one else does at school and is always there when I need her. Not to mention she puts up with my video calls and will focus the camera on our golden retriever the entire time. If that doesn’t deserve ‘Mom of the Year’ then I don’t know what does.

This is such a simple thing to do that truly makes me feel so much for at ease and makes my day 10x better than it was before, plus I think it’s nice as a parent to know that your kids still need and think about you even when they are hours away (:

And I think that’s about it for this post! Let me know what you think of it! I don’t think I’ve ever been so honest and open about my feelings before and I truly hope that if it makes one person feel better about their college experience that it was all worth it.

I want you all to know that I’m in no way trying to say college is a bad and awful place, as some pretty awesome things have happened for me there, BUT it isn’t for everyone and at the end of the day, I just can’t wait to be strutting the streets of New York and not stressed out of my mind over 3 exams in one week.

What has your college experience been like so far? Let me know if you agree or disagree with anything on the list, and if you would like more posts like this in the future, but..

Until next time,

xx.Britani Skye