Conquering Social Media

As I sit here shoving Cheetos in my mouth, I am also thinking about venturing into the scary, unfiltered and sometimes unfriendly realm of social media.

I have created a Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Bloglovin’ page for The Kelly Charm, and I would love it if you all could be my first set of followers.  I’d love to follow all of you back as well.

Stay updated with my latest posts and don’t be shy! I love talking about all things life, career and beauty & fashion.

If you have any advice on how to keep up with social media, please throw some knowledge my way. I would love some support as I take a leap out into the social media world.

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Keeping Your New Year’s Resolution

new-years-resolutions-calendarEvery new year, we make resolutions, but how long do we actually stick with them? They tend to fall pretty low on our to-do lists after awhile, so here are a few ways to keep our new year’s resolutions a priority.

1. Get a resolution buddy.

The best way to keep a resolution is to have someone hold you accountable for it. Find a partner in crime – someone who will ask you if you’ve met your goal, be a helping hand when if you fall and push you to do your best every day.

2. Write it in your planner.

Like I always say: if it’s not written down, it’s not getting done. Keep your resolution a priority by making it a part of your to-do list every day. If you’re as type A as I am, it’ll be hard to see one to-do list item unchecked. By doing this, you can bring it into your routine, and soon you won’t even have to think about doing it.

3. Monitor your progress.

Stay motivated by keeping track of your results. Whatever your resolution may be, be conscious of the progress you make, no matter how little, because even a small amount means you’re one step closer to reaching your goal. Try keeping a mental chart or write it down in a notebook. Whatever you do, give yourself credit for every step forward.

My Favorite Estée Lauder Products from Christmas

I’m cheap as hell, and that’s a fact. So when I get gifts like this, I cry tears of happiness because now I can have fancy beauty products and 12 Chipotle burritos.

It’s hard to even fathom the thought of having Estée Lauder products in my possession. But my parents splurged and got me an Estée Lauder makeup set this Christmas, and these two miracle workers were included in the set.

This serum is probably the most amazing thing I own. It’s supposed to fight wrinkles, and even though I’m only 21, I’ve got some tiny wrinkles around my eyes and mouth. I don’t know how it works, but my face has been feeling softer and looking firmer after I’ve used it. I’m hoping that it’ll help me age more gracefully.

I use this as a moisturizer after I use the serum at night, and it goes on so smooth. It kind of does the same thing as the serum but with just more moisturizing qualities. It helps smooth out my skin and keeps it tighter and brighter.

Now the only reason I don’t recommend anyone getting this is because of the price tag. It’s freaking awful, and I would so much rather spend my money on food. But hey, that’s just me. If price wasn’t a factor, I would 100% buy these two items because they really make a difference in the way my skin looks and feels. Even though I’m 21, this shit makes me feel like I’m 16 (minus all the pimples).

How to Shimmer, Shine and Sparkle for New Year’s

Woohoo, it’s almost 2016! What’s everyone’s new year’s plans? If you’re headed to a party for New Year’s Eve, make sure you get all glammed up for the occasion. Here are some ways you can add some sparkle to your outfit and give everyone something to talk about!

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3. Forever 21’s Rhinestone Statement Necklace00181250-024. Essie’s Set in Stone Nail Polishluxeffects_set_in_stones

5. Express’ Sequin Caminew_1707_F11

6. Express’ Silver Glitter Sleek Heeled Sandalexpress-shiny-silver-silver-glitter-sleek-heeled-sandal-product-0-713587848-normal

New Year’s Resolutions for Every Type of Person

Having trouble coming up with a New Year’s resolution? Look no further than this post because here are some potential resolution ideas to help you meet a 2016 goal!

For the Budgeting Bosses

  1. Start coupon clipping – Save money by browsing through sites like Coupons.com, Groupon and RetailMeNot.com. Many grocery stores have online coupons like Kroger, Target, Publix and Walmart. Sometimes going to brand websites can also result in coupon discoveries. In addition, don’t forget to regularly go through coupons in the mail. Keep your coupons organized digitally through apps like SnipSnap Coupon App and the various other coupon/discount apps. And if you’re into online shopping, definitely sign up for ebates.com where you can earn money back from your purchases through this site. Be sure to let them know I referred you here!
  2. Sell your old stuff – Take your old clothes to Plato’s Closet. Auction it off on eBay or Amazon. Give your friends a heads up on Facebook. Go to local stores that sell used goods like MovieStop or GameStop. Not everything you have can be sold, but if it’s in good condition, it’s definitely worth a shot!
  3. Try a money challenge – There are endless challenges to help you save money (52-week challenge, no spend challenge, 10% challenge). If following a plan isn’t for you, try creating your own plan where you put aside a set amount of money that is suitable for you.

For the Fitness Fiend

  1. Workout with a fitness app – Smartphones are a wonderful thing, especially when it comes to your health. Download apps like Couch to 5k or 7 Minute Workout to help you make some progress in your fitness.
  2. Enroll in a workout class – Sometimes having an instructor can push you even further in your workout, and sometimes working out with a group can make you enjoy it more. Don’t shy away from classes! Even if you’re a beginner, you can learn a lot from those who have been at it for a while.
  3. Try a different style of workout – Maybe you’ve been slacking on your workouts because it’s getting stale. Spice it up by trying different types of exercises like yoga, pilates, swimming, kick boxing, barre, cycling, etc.

For the DIY Diva

  1. Sell your crafts – If you’re really good at something, odds are that someone out there is willing to pay money for it. Create your own Etsy shop and give people the chance to see the amazing things you make. You can also think local and see if there are any upcoming events where you can be a vendor.
  2. Challenge yourself – So you’ve become an expert in crocheting? Try expanding your skill set to knitting and sewing. Or take a leap and try woodworking. Who knows – if you’re really good with your hands, who is to say you won’t succeed in other arenas of crafting?
  3. DIY to change the world – Lend a helping hand to those who need it by offering your products to those who need it. Try making quilts for wounded veterans by working with American Hero Quilts. Or knit hats for children in Russia. There are a ton of ways to put your hobbies to work!

For the Food Fanatic

  1. Do a tour of seven cities – Or three. Or twelve. The number is really up to you. But travel to different cities, small or big, and try some of the restaurants recommended by locals. You never know what delicious meals you might find!
  2. Start cooking with exotic foods – Be an adventurer and start exploring international grocery stores like H-Mart and Assi. You’ll find lots of unique foods that you can experiment with and use to add a little spice to your dishes.
  3. Create homemade recipes – It’s so easy to hit the stores and pick up chicken stock or a jar of pasta sauce. Start this year off with original, homemade recipes that can make you a legend in the kitchen. Plus, you’ll be able to control exactly what goes into your food, so you might find yourself with healthier options for lunch and dinner!

For the Wanderlust Wanderer

  1. Move somewhere where you have no connections – Be bold. Be brave. Moving somewhere where you have no connections is daunting, but it’s worth it if you want to truly understand what it means to be on your own.
  2. Organize a roadtrip – So you don’t want to make a permanent commitment to a new city? Well, plan a road trip and stop by all the cities you’ve ever wanted to visit. Maybe you’ll fall in love with a city.  And don’t forget to pick a few road trip buddies to tag along to make the long rides more entertaining.
  3. Travel more – Whether it’s to a different part of town, a city, state or country, just go. Traveling doesn’t mean that you need to pack your bags and buy a plane ticket. Any adventure is a good adventure, so pick a destination and go!

5 Holiday Must-Haves

Winter – my least favorite season. I always say I was born in the South for a reason, and that reason is that I hate the cold. Since winter in inevitable, here are some of my favorite things to make this holiday season a little cozier.

1. Jergens Natural Glow Daily Moisturizerproduct_revitalizing_moisturizerAvoid looking like a ghost this season and stay golden during winter with Jergens Natural Glow. It’ll give you some color without making you look like you stepped out of the tanning salon. It’s a great alternative to tanning beds and spray tans, so I would highly suggest this to everyone who is looking to get a nice glow without damaging their skin.

2. Maybelline Color Sensational Matte Lipsticks

touch20of20spice-cs20mattes-packKylie Jenner may not be the best role model, but you have got to admit that her make up is always on point. If you’re not looking to spend a fortune on lipsticks, head to your local drug store and pick up a tube from Maybelline’s Color Sensational Matte line. I have four already, and my favorite is Touch of Spice. It’s a great color for all of your fancy holiday parties.

3. Estee Lauder’s Revitalizing Supreme Global Anti-Aging Creme51h4xcix7kl-_ac_ul320_sr290320_Alright, now I didn’t actually buy this because it’s hella expensive, but I can’t imagine my life without it. It has definitely improved my skin. I use it at night, and when I wake up in the morning, my skin feels softer and looks brighter. This product will come in handy after those long nights out.

4. Yankee Candles1199601If you plan on spending most of you time in the comfort of your own home during winter break, make sure your house smells wonderful with Yankee Candles. They have a ton of great scents for the holiday season, so take your pick because you can’t go wrong.

5. Yaktrak’s Cabin Sockspdsp1-21770373p275wWhile you’re at home, there’s no easier way to get comfy than to slip on some soft socks. My favorite socks are these cabin socks that are so warm and cushiony, and they just make you feel like you should be sitting around a fireplace with a cup of hot chocolate. These also make great last minute gifts because no one is going to say no to these socks.

A Real-Life Superwoman

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Happy holidays and happy birthday to the most badass woman I know. My grandmother will be turning 93 this month, and I figured there is no better time than now to celebrate her.

My favorite memories of her are from simpler days. I remember her giving me piggy back rides around the house and chasing my sister around the house when we were kids. I remember her waking me up for elementary school and knocking on the bathroom door every time I fell asleep while brushing my teeth. I remember her teaching me addition and subtraction by laying out chopsticks on the floor. She has been there for every single part of my life, and I wish that I could have been a fly on the wall for her life before me.

It’s hard to believe she had an entire life before coming to the United States. Even though I see her as my sweet grandmother, her stories of being a teenager in Vietnam are full of mischief and badassery.

When she was in high school, there was this guy that annoyed her to no end. One day during school, she spotted him outside hanging with his friends and decided it was time to teach him a lesson. There was a coconut tree right outside her school, so she and her friends went up to a higher level where they helped my grandmother lean out the window and pull a coconut from the tree. She chucked the coconut right at his head, and after that, he never bothered her again.

Another time when she was in high school, she was hanging out with her friends in the courtyard when her teacher came up from behind and scared her. She thought she was being attacked, so she grabbed a broken branch off the ground and started beating him until he fell. When she realized it was her teacher, she didn’t apologize. She yelled at him instead for sneaking up behind her.

My favorite story was the time she almost got kidnapped in a taxi. She had gotten a taxi to go home, but the taxi driver tried to take her somewhere else. When she realized he was trying to kidnap her, she started screaming and attacking him from the back seat. Then she punched out his windows and escaped.

Those are only a few of the stories that she’s told me over the years. Her stories tell of a lifetime of always standing her ground, never backing down, and never apologizing for what is out of her control, but you would never be able to tell that by the way she takes care of the people she loves. She is everything I aspire to be. She is a real-life superwoman.

How Silver Linings Changed My Life

New Year’s Eve 2014 – I got cussed out by a homeless woman. We struck up a conversation, and in parting, I wished her a happy new year full of good luck and great people, which I think is a totally acceptable thing to say, right? Well then she told me to f*** off, so maybe she wasn’t a big fan of that. Even though I laugh about it now, it was the first of many unfortunate events in the former half of my year.

Over the span of five months, I had a few junior year meltdowns, blew a handful of interviews and lost out on two positions that I really wanted. By the end of May, I was at the point where I was either going to quit or find a way to get my life together.

So I thought about something that my friend from high school told me. During our senior year, she told me that she had always admired my ability to see the silver lining when things got bad. I realized that I had made it to the end of my junior year of college, and somewhere along the way, I had forgotten how to appreciate life. From that point on, I chose to love life even when times got tough.

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I implemented what I like to call my Silver Linings Method, where all you need are four simple words to completely change your perspective in not-so-desirable situations. When something goes wrong, all you have to say is “on the bright side…” and think of something positive to take away from the situation. It forces you to take a step back and see the bigger picture, which is something we can struggle with as college students juggling 12 things at once.

Last semester, I interviewed for three internships that I didn’t get, and it hit me pretty hard because up until then, I had gotten every internship that I interviewed for. On the bright side, losing those internships gave me the motivation to rework my interviewing strategy, and I actually got the next internship that I interviewed for.

Today, I am a completely different person. I walk more confidently, talk more honestly and most importantly, I think more positively. I know that no matter what comes my way, no matter what mistakes I make or opportunities pass me by, there will always be a silver lining.

The world works in mysterious ways, and even though we all have to deal with difficult things sometimes, it’s important to stay positive. There’s always something to learn, something to take away and something to appreciate.

So what was my silver lining to getting cussed out by a homeless woman? Well on the bright side, I learned I should probably listen to my friends when they tell me to stop talking to random homeless people.

Note: For anyone going through some tough times right now, please read this article. It will change your life the same way it changed mine.