My Travel Bucket List

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Thinking about life after college, I hope to be one of those bloggers who travels around the country or other parts of the world, writing about each journey and adventure.  What gets me even more excited about being a traveling blogger is going on each trip with an adventure buddy, my boyfriend.  Hoping to pin each destination traveled to on a map to mark the memories, I have already created a large list of some of my favorite places I’d like to go back to, and places I haven’t been to yet and would like to visit.

  1. Glacier National Park, Montana
  2. Zion National Park, Utah
  3. Horseshoe Bend, Arizona
  4. Grand Canyon, Arizona
  5. Arches National Park, Utah
  6. San Francisco, California
  7. Santa Barbara, California
  8. San Luis Obispo, California
  9. Minneapolis, Minnesota
  10. Chicago, Illinois
  11. Birmingham, Alabama
  12. Atlanta, Georgia
  13. Providence, Rhode Island
  14. Boston, Massachusetts
  15. New York City, New York
  16. Portland, Maine
  17. Nashville, Tennessee
  18. Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
  19. Los Angeles, California
  20. San Diego, California
  21. London, England
  22. Paris, France
  23. Rome, Italy
  24. Monte Carlo, Monaco
  25. Athens, Greece

 

My Go-To Beauty Routine

Throughout the teenage years, I experimented so much with makeup trends, finding what looked the best on me, and that was also super affordable.  Now that I am older I stick to the same types of makeup routine just about every day.  As a broke college student, I limit my beauty purchases to drug-store price, although I am constantly finding myself daydreaming about all of the designer makeup at Nordstrom, Macy’s or Sephora every once in a while.  These are the makeup beauty products that I use each day that are affordable, and still give you that designer look.

1) Neutrogena Skin Clearing Liquid Makeup (Nude) at Target

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2) L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Matte Powder at Target

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3) Physicians Formula Solar Powder SPF 20 Face Powder Light Bronzer at Target

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4) Physicians Formula Happy Booster Glow & Mood Boosting Blush at Target 

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5) Covergirl Pure Romance Eye Shadow Palette at Target

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6) Maybelline New York Define-A-Line Eye Liner (Black Noir) at Target

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7) Revlon ColorStay Liquid Liner (Blackest Black) at Target

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8) Maybelline Full & Soft Thick & Heavy Washable Mascara (Very Black) at Target

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9) E.L.F. Eyebrow Brush and Comb at Target

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10) Benefit Cosmetics The POREfessional Face Primer (Translucent) at Sephora

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11) Neutrogena SkinClearing Blemish Concealer (Light) at Target

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Each morning I start off by applying the liquid foundation to my face for all day concealing.  Once the liquid foundation is applied and rubbed in, I apply the light face powder across my eyelids and the rest of my face, followed by the bronzing powder and happy booster blush.  After face makeup, I move on to eye makeup by starting off with the Covergirl eyeshadow palette, using the dark colors across my eyelids, and the white color in the inner corners of my eyes to give that fresh, and awake look.  I then take the eyeliner pencil and line the tops of my eyes and, with the liquid liner, give small cat wings on the sides.  Then complete the eyes by applying the mascara to my top and bottom lashes.  I finish off my makeup by gently brushing my eyebrows, applying the POREfessional cream to my nose and gently rubbing it in, and applying blemish concealer to any acne.  Once complete, you have a ready for the day look.

Fall Playlist 2016

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As the weather changes from the sun and heat to constant rain and cold, my current jams are constantly changing along with the weather.  These are the songs that I currently listen to on the daily that give me that warm and cozy, sitting-in-a-coffee-shop feeling that I enjoy so much.

  • True Colors // Phil Collins
  • If You’re Gone // Matchbox Twenty
  • Iris // Goo Goo Dolls
  • Collide // Howie Day
  • Our Song // Matchbox Twenty
  • Heartstrings // Leighton Meester
  • Unwell // Matchbox Twenty
  • Calling All Angels // Train
  • Here Without You // 3 Doors Down
  • Fast Car // Tracy Chapman
  • Angel in Blue Jeans // Train
  • Free Fallin’ // Tom Petty
  • Heaven // Los Lonely Boys
  • Breakfast at Tiffany’s // Deep Blue Something
  • Missing You // John Waite
  • Small Town // John Mellencamp
  • Follow You Down // Gin Blossoms
  • Meet Virginia // Train
  • How Far We’ve Come // Matchbox Twenty
  • This is How a Heart Breaks // Rob Thomas
  • 50 Ways to Say Goodbye // Train

The Travel Bug

“Once the travel bug bites there is no known antidote, and I know that I shall be happily infected until the end of my life.” ~ Michael Palin

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Ever since I was younger I’ve always had a huge thing for airports.  Whenever I got to go on family vacations, I couldn’t wait to get to the airport, see the huge board of all of the places available to travel to, feel that rush of excitement once you’ve boarded the plane and are about to take off, being up in the air, and then finally arriving at your destination.  For me, it still is a feeling like no other.  Airports remind me of travel and all of the different places out in the world to visit.

People might think I’m crazy for having such a fascination, and might not understand it at all when I talk about it, but it’s something that I will never stop liking.  Still true today, my mood is instantly lifted when I know I get to travel somewhere and go explore.  Being at airports, no matter how frustrating they can be at times, reminds me of escaping reality.  I’ve always heard that travel is the best medicine, and I believe it to be true.  Something about being away from reality and being somewhere new where you don’t know anybody gives you the best kind of peace and happiness.

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As I get older my list of places I’d like to visit keeps getting longer and longer.  Even just writing out my list puts me in such a good mood and gets me excited.  I’m always thinking about how much fun it is to go somewhere new, explore everything about the area, and experience new things.

One of my favorite states to visit is California.  Although it’s pretty stereotypical for California to be such a fascinating place for a girl my age, I can’t help but dream about it.  I’ve been to Southern California a couple times and always enjoy the visit to Santa Monica the most.  Walking around the town, along the pier, and the beach, especially in the evening when the sun is setting is my favorite time to go.  I’ve totally fallen in love with the California beaches and the lifestyle of living in beach towns all along the coast of Southern California where the sun is constantly shining.

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Even hiking around areas that have a totally different atmosphere and different scenery than what is typically seen in the Pacific Northwest is fun and exciting as well.  Visiting Red Rock Canyon in Las Vegas was a totally different hiking experience than I’m used to in Washington.  With super hot temperatures, and beautiful kinds of rocks through the canyon, it all reminded me of how fun it is to adventure and explore new places that make for the best kinds of stories to tell.

The more I travel the more I pick up the travel bug.  I am determined to visit as many states around the country as I can, along with other countries overseas throughout my lifetime.  For me, there will always be something out in the world for me to see.

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