Monday, June 30, 2014

Favorite Youtubers

I admit it. I've spent countless hours on on Youtube watching who knows what by a series of my favorite channels. Through the past couple months, I've fallen in love with a few very entertaining accounts, most of them beauty gurus. (If you are not familiar with that term, you have obviously not wasted enough time on Youtube. For shame.)
So here is a brief list of a few of my favored channels on Youtube, all of which I highly recommend checking out:


1. breelovesbeauty- Cambria Joy, aka breelovesbeauty, is probably my most revered Youtuber. Something about her is so likeable, whether it's her openness to her binge eating disorder and recovery, her tips to a healthy lifestyle, or effervescent personality.  Cambria is such an inspirational role model, and her videos continue to inspire me daily.
2. JennaMarbles - Need a good laugh or a dose of daily silliness? Don't be tricked by her bleach blonde locks; she's actually incredibly articulate and clever. Jenna consistently produces entertaining, and occasionally really profound, videos. She's so relatable and funny it's hard not to like her.
 
3. missglamorazzi -Othewise known as Ingrid, missglamorazzi is a total cutie. Her monthly favorites, beauty tutorials, and hauls are enlightened by her bubbly personality. I always love watching new videos from her because I know I'll never be disappointed.
4. BethanyMota - Bethany is probably the most well known beauty guru out there, besides Michelle Phan. She recently launched an amazing clothing line sold exclusively at Aeropostle featuring her unique, hipster-inspired style. For five years now, Bethany has been delivering quality fashion and makeup videos for her millions of fans. 
5. nigahiga - I honestly haven't been watching a lot of Ryan Higa's recent videos, but he'll always be the top male comedian on Youtube for me. We both share the same humor, and his videos never fail to make me laugh. What's really touching is his deep insight, often hidden in many of his videos. His Draw My Life has racked over 15 million views due to his honestly about his rough childhood. Ryan Higa is a real and hilarious, and I think that's why so many people like him.
6. TessChristine - Tess is my latest Youtube favorite. She not only posts amazing fashion and how-to videos but also her Get Healthy With Me series, featurring workout tips and nutritious foods. 

If you have some time to kill or want to take a break from the stress of life, I seriously recommend all six of these amazing Youtubers!
Love you all!
Kara

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Iced Coffee Recipe

Ever since I turned 13, I drink a cup or two of coffee every morning. I lloovvee my coffee. 
But in the summer? Who want's hot coffee, seriously? 
Nope, for me, it's a nice, frosty iced coffee. And I have my recipe down to a science!


ICED COFFEE

Ingredients:
  • 1/2 cup strong brewed coffee
  • 1 tsp sugar or sweetener
  • 3/4 cup milk of choice
  • 2 tbs creamer (I'm in love with CoffeeMate's Cafe Mocha Creamer right now!)
Directions:
  1. Prepare coffee. Stir in sugar.
  2. Let coffee sit out to cool. For an instant ice bath, place the coffee in desired cup. Place the cup in a large bowl of ice water, filled to about an inch below the cup's brim.
  3. Add the milk and cream into the coffee, as well as an ice cube or two. Top with whip cream and chocolate or caramel sauce if desired.
  4. Enjoy!
How do you guys like your coffee in the summer? Comment below or message me at my email.
Love you all!
Kara

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

The Future

    Warning: You are about to enter into a full-on philosophical mode. Relaxation and contemplation is a common side effect.
    Before anything, I want you to situate yourself in a quiet room with no distractions. As an option, you can play some quiet and soothing music in the background. (I personally am in love with Om Mani Padme by Jane Withers.)
    Now close your eyes and inhale deeply. Feel your lungs fill up with peace and tranquility, and when you exhale out, expel all the negative emotions you might have pent up. Repeat this five times or so.
   
    Now that you're in a calm, inquisitive mode (so I'm assuming..), here comes the philosophical part.
    In a society that's so fast pace and success-focused, it's easy to get overwhelmed and scared of the impending future ahead of us. I know for me, I used to see the future as this dark, ominous cloud: mysterious, untrustworthy, frightening, to name a few. So set in my "ideal future," I was terrified things wouldn't work out and my life would be a failure. A little catastrophizing maybe? But don't we all do it? Isn't there a part of you who's scared for the uncertainty of the future?
    But I had something short of an epiphany today. Let me use this metaphor as an example:

Instead of a dark, antagonizing cloud, the future is more like that of a balloon, your destiny floating along with many others in the sky. You cannot control a balloon; sure, you can tie it down or block it's path, but it's sole initiative is to head straight up. Force it around too much, and you risk popping it. You cannot predict the balloon's ending destination, as the wind is an outside force you can't control. There is no point worrying about where it came from or where it will end up. Eventually, you will learn you just have to leave the balloon alone as you watch it float up into the sky.
    How does this connect back? Your future cannot be manipulated to an exact location, because there will be outside factors you can't control no matter how hard you try. If you worry too much, you risk "popping" the experience of life and not enjoying it as it is. You can't dwell on your past nor your future, but simply live in the little capsule of the moment. In life, sometimes all you can do is ride it out, floating up and up and seeing where it takes you.
    
Find peace in yourself and in the moment. I love you all. 
Kara

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Inspiration








morningfood:

 Georgia Strawberries

   
 
 

psychedeliclights:

VIBE    

   
You can find more photo inspiration at my Tumblr!
Love you all!
Kara

Friday, June 20, 2014

Top 10 Songs

I've been listening to music constantly so far this summer. Here are the top 10 songs I've been loving this month:


  1. 'You and I' by Ingrid  - She's definitely the breakout artist for me this month. I love her voice so much.
  2. 'Tee Shirt' by Birdy - First, it's by Birdy, so it's gotta be good. Second, it's for TFIOS soundtrack, so yeah...
  3. 'Depth Over Distance' by Ben Howard - Ben has an incredibly soothing voice. I love how mellow this song is. This and 'Old Pine' are my favorites from him.
  4. 'Girls' by The 1975 - I have recently found the amazing-ness of The 1975. If you haven't heard any of their stuff before, you should definitely check it out.
  5. 'One' by Ed Sheeran - Oh, God, don't get me started on Ed. He is by far my favorite artist of all time. This particular track demonstrates how talented he is live. I swear, that kid is deeper than the Mariana Trench...
  6. 'Born to Die' by Lana Del Rey - I know this is an older song, but I recently rekindled my love for it. Lana Del Rey is just a queen. Fact.
  7. 'Light Me Up' by Birdy - Surprise! Another Birdy song! This is probably my favorite song this month. It's a lot more upbeat than she usually does, but it's still beautiful. 
  8. 'A World Alone' by Lorde - She's so talented for being so young. Everything she does is perfection, I swear. 
  9. 'Habits' by Tove Lo - You've been warned. A lot of drugs and kissing. I'm not advocating what she's doing at all. But behind all the snogging, I hope you can connect to the depth in it like I did.
  10. 'Afire Love' by Ed Sheeran - What, you'd thought I'd only put one of Ed's songs on here? No way. I'm so pumped for 'x', his new album, to come out on Monday! I love him and his music so much. 'Afire Love' had me hooked, but then again, he could sing the alphabet and I'd love it.
Hope you enjoyed it! Love you all!
Kara

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

When Feeling Insecure...

Every one of us has a bad body image day. Everyone. This is not an opinion. This is a fact; it's our human nature. We are bred to find faults in ourselves, destest our bodies, and envy others. Insecurity is commonplace, and confidence is frowned upon as "arrogance." Often, girls especially, we'll look into the mirror and only be able to spot our imperfections, our "muffin tops" and "thunder thighs," refusing to see the beauty within us. We strive to have a slender, modelesque figure, and even then do we only see flaws.
So what should you do when you have a bad body-image day?
Here, I've pasted one of my favorite posts from Tumblr from the Internal Acceptance Movement. I hope you find as much truth in it as I do.



HOW TO TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF DURING A BAD BODY IMAGE DAY


HOW TO TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF DURING A BAD BODY IMAGE DAY:
1. Recognize that fat isn’t a feeling.
There are always underlying emotions that we attach to feeling fat. When the “I feel fat” thoughts start up, try to identify what you’re feeling underneath the body dissatisfaction. Are you feeling lonely? Anxious? Invisible? Scared? Ashamed? Inadequate? Whatever the feelings are recognize that they are separate from your body. 
2. Treat yourself as you would a friend.
Because it’s difficult to be kind to ourselves in the moment when the body hating thoughts take over, try responding to your thoughts as if you were supporting a friend. What would you say to someone you loved who was battling your same struggle with body image?
You wouldn’t tell them to not eat for the day in order to compensate for what they ate the previous night. You wouldn’t tell them to punish themselves for their body size through over-exercise, self-harm, or abusive eating habits. You wouldn’t tell them they were worthless or unloveable because of their weight. So why do you tell yourself these things? Break the cycle and start treating yourself like a friend—you deserve that kindness and love from everyone, especially yourself. 
3. Recognize that you are so much more than the size of your body. 
What you look like does not define you. It doesn’t discount your worth as a human being. You are so much more than a number on the scale. As a living, breathing, feeling human being you have inherent value. You are special and important and loved. You exist and therefore you matter.
Your appearance is such a small part of who you are, and it certainly doesn’t warrant enough power to discount the person you are inside. You aren’t your body or your weight—you are your goals and dreams and passions and values. You are your strengths and talents and insight. You are a soul and a spirit and a force of nature. Your body does not define you. 
4. Shift your focus from the external to the internal.
Make a list of all the people you look up to and are inspired by—not because of their weight or appearance, but because of who they are and what they do. Write out all the qualities they have that make you appreciate and value them.
Use the list as a reminder that it’s the internal things—our dreams and passions and goals and morals and insight and character—that truly define who we are and draw people to us; not how we look.
You are no exception to this. Try making your own list of things you like about yourself that have nothing to do with appearance or body size. If you have a difficult time creating one, ask some friends and family to help you. 
5. Think about what you want to be remembered for after you die.
I don’t want people to remember me for what I looked like, what size jeans I wore, or what I weighed. I want to be remembered for the person I am. I want to be remembered as someone who brought about positive change in the world. I want to be remembered as loving friend, partner, and family member. I want to be remembered for my passions and my creativity and my strength. I want to be remembered as someone who made a difference. What do you want your legacy to be? Chances are, it doesn’t have to do with weight.
6. Instead of focusing on the size of your body, start focusing on what your body allows you to do. 
The human body is an incredible force. When we get caught up in the number on the scale and size of clothes however, we forget just how lucky we are to have a fully functioning vehicle to engage in life with. So stop hating your body for the way it looks and start acknowledging and appreciating your body for all that it allows you to do.
Make a list of each activity and feat your body helps you to partake in and accomplish. If you want to be even more specific, list out each body part and describe all the things you wouldn’t be able to do without it. Your body is strong, powerful, and beautiful, regardless of it’s size. Choose to treat it with love, compassion, and gratitude instead of hate and judgement. 
7. Challenge your negative thoughts.
You may not be able to change the way you feel about your body today, tomorrow, or a month from now, but you can begin the process by challenging the thoughts in the moment. Write out a dialogue between your negative voice and a healthy voice. If you have a hard time coming up with positive counters to the negative thoughts, pretend that you are speaking positively about a friend or loved one.
Even if you don’t believe the things you say to counter the voice, it’s still important to speak out against it, because each time you argue with the thoughts, you are taking away some of their power and reclaiming your own. The more you challenge the thoughts, the less you will believe them. The more you argue back, the easier fighting the voice will become. 
8. Allow yourself to feel your feelings.
There is a lot of built up energy and emotion underlying the way we feel about our bodies. Holding in how we feel or engaging in behaviors to numb out may make us feel better in the moment, but in the long run, it doesn’t remedy the pain we feel. It doesn’t make us feel better and it keeps us stuck.  
Releasing the energy and painful emotions underlying our body shame requires us to feel our feelings. Whether that means throwing a tantrum on the floor, venting to a friend on the phone, punching a pillow, screaming in your car, or crying in bed, you need to allow yourself to feel your feelings. Let go of the judgement you have about what you feel and recognize that you are feeling these things for a reason. Give yourself permission to release your emotions and let everything out. 
9. Do self care.
When you’re struggling with body image, distract yourself with healthy coping mechanisms. Take a bubble bath, get a message, ask for a back scratch, cuddle with a pet, make plans with a supportive friend, watch your favorite movie, get a manicure, listening to calming music, do deep breathing—whatever it is, make sure it’s something self-soothing and helps you get out of your head.
10. Be kind with yourself.
You may not be able to control the way you feel about your body, but you can control what you do in response to how you feel.
Instead of beating yourself up, you can choose to treat yourself with compassion. Instead of engaging in unhealthy and abusive behaviors, you can choose to do self-care. Instead of treating your body as an enemy, you can choose to treat it as a friend. Instead of isolating yourself, you can choose to reach out for support and surround yourself with positive people who make you feel loved and accepted. Instead of agreeing with the negative thoughts, you can choose to challenge them. 
***You have more power than you think—don’t let the way you feel about your body keep you from living.
Coping with bad body image days may not be easy, but it is possible.
Don’t give up.
You aren’t alone.
Things can and will get better.
1. Recognize that fat isn’t a feeling.
There are always underlying emotions that we attach to feeling fat. When the “I feel fat” thoughts start up, try to identify what you’re feeling underneath the body dissatisfaction. Are you feeling lonely? Anxious? Invisible? Scared? Ashamed? Inadequate? Whatever the feelings are recognize that they are separate from your body. 
2. Treat yourself as you would a friend.
Because it’s difficult to be kind to ourselves in the moment when the body hating thoughts take over, try responding to your thoughts as if you were supporting a friend. What would you say to someone you loved who was battling your same struggle with body image?

You wouldn’t tell them to not eat for the day in order to compensate for what they ate the previous night. You wouldn’t tell them to punish themselves for their body size through over-exercise, self-harm, or abusive eating habits. You wouldn’t tell them they were worthless or unloveable because of their weight. So why do you tell yourself these things? Break the cycle and start treating yourself like a friend—you deserve that kindness and love from everyone, especially yourself. 
3. Recognize that you are so much more than the size of your body. 
What you look like does not define you. It doesn’t discount your worth as a human being. You are so much more than a number on the scale. As a living, breathing, feeling human being you have inherent value. You are special and important and loved. You exist and therefore you matter.
Your appearance is such a small part of who you are, and it certainly doesn’t warrant enough power to discount the person you are inside. You aren’t your body or your weight—you are your goals and dreams and passions and values. You are your strengths and talents and insight. You are a soul and a spirit and a force of nature. Your body does not define you. 
4. Shift your focus from the external to the internal.
Make a list of all the people you look up to and are inspired by—not because of their weight or appearance, but because of who they are and what they do. Write out all the qualities they have that make you appreciate and value them.
Use the list as a reminder that it’s the internal things—our dreams and passions and goals and morals and insight and character—that truly define who we are and draw people to us; not how we look.
You are no exception to this. Try making your own list of things you like about yourself that have nothing to do with appearance or body size. If you have a difficult time creating one, ask some friends and family to help you. 
5. Think about what you want to be remembered for after you die.
I don’t want people to remember me for what I looked like, what size jeans I wore, or what I weighed. I want to be remembered for the person I am. I want to be remembered as someone who brought about positive change in the world. I want to be remembered as loving friend, partner, and family member. I want to be remembered for my passions and my creativity and my strength. I want to be remembered as someone who made a difference. What do you want your legacy to be? Chances are, it doesn’t have to do with weight.
6. Instead of focusing on the size of your body, start focusing on what your body allows you to do. 
The human body is an incredible force. When we get caught up in the number on the scale and size of clothes however, we forget just how lucky we are to have a fully functioning vehicle to engage in life with. So stop hating your body for the way it looks and start acknowledging and appreciating your body for all that it allows you to do.
Make a list of each activity and feat your body helps you to partake in and accomplish. If you want to be even more specific, list out each body part and describe all the things you wouldn’t be able to do without it. Your body is strong, powerful, and beautiful, regardless of it’s size. Choose to treat it with love, compassion, and gratitude instead of hate and judgement. 
7. Challenge your negative thoughts.
You may not be able to change the way you feel about your body today, tomorrow, or a month from now, but you can begin the process by challenging the thoughts in the moment. Write out a dialogue between your negative voice and a healthy voice. If you have a hard time coming up with positive counters to the negative thoughts, pretend that you are speaking positively about a friend or loved one.
Even if you don’t believe the things you say to counter the voice, it’s still important to speak out against it, because each time you argue with the thoughts, you are taking away some of their power and reclaiming your own. The more you challenge the thoughts, the less you will believe them. The more you argue back, the easier fighting the voice will become. 
8. Allow yourself to feel your feelings.
There is a lot of built up energy and emotion underlying the way we feel about our bodies. Holding in how we feel or engaging in behaviors to numb out may make us feel better in the moment, but in the long run, it doesn’t remedy the pain we feel. It doesn’t make us feel better and it keeps us stuck.  
Releasing the energy and painful emotions underlying our body shame requires us to feel our feelings. Whether that means throwing a tantrum on the floor, venting to a friend on the phone, punching a pillow, screaming in your car, or crying in bed, you need to allow yourself to feel your feelings. Let go of the judgement you have about what you feel and recognize that you are feeling these things for a reason. Give yourself permission to release your emotions and let everything out. 
9. Do self care.
When you’re struggling with body image, distract yourself with healthy coping mechanisms. Take a bubble bath, get a message, ask for a back scratch, cuddle with a pet, make plans with a supportive friend, watch your favorite movie, get a manicure, listening to calming music, do deep breathing—whatever it is, make sure it’s something self-soothing and helps you get out of your head.
10. Be kind with yourself.
Instead of beating yourself up, you can choose to treat yourself with compassion. Instead of engaging in unhealthy and abusive behaviors, you can choose to do self-care. Instead of treating your body as an enemy, you can choose to treat it as a friend. Instead of isolating yourself, you can choose to reach out for support and surround yourself with positive people who make you feel loved and accepted. Instead of agreeing with the negative thoughts, you can choose to challenge them. 
Love you all!
Kara

Monday, June 16, 2014

20 Things To Do This Summer

Summer can be exciting at first, but after a while, the long, hot days settle in and one could find large gaps of their time completely void of anything.  
No worries! I've compiled a list of 20 cool things to do this summer: new albums, movies to watch, fun activities, etc. Make this summer amazing!
1. go thrift-shopping    
2. visit the beach  
3. have a photo-shoot with your friends
4. make your own popsicles
5. watch The Fault in Our Stars
 6. go on a road-trip with your friends
7. download 'x' by Ed Sheeran
8. have a picnic
9. make a fruit smoothie
10. volunteer for your community
11. watch The Giver
12. go on a long run
13. download 'Fire Within' by Birdy
14. go on a bike ride
15. have a movie marathon

16. have a spa-day
17. bake a fancy dessert
18. invite friends over for a BBQ
19. hit your local farmer's market

20. make a workout playlist
Love you all!
Kara


Saturday, June 14, 2014

Saturday Stunners



                    







        


       


Enjoy your weekend!
Kara