Brunette’s Book Club: Taking Flight (Not Exclusive To Brunette’s!)

Hi everyone!

I’m so sorry I haven’t been posting in awhile, my schedule has just been so busy! But part of that business has been due to all of my book reading! A few weeks ago, I finished the book, Taking Flight, by Michaela DePrince. Now, you may recognize the author, Michaela DePrince, who is a star ballerina. She also appeared in the documentary, First Position. This book has such a powerful message about how, (I know this is about to sound cheesy. But!) dreams really can come true. Lauren's Pictures 003Lauren's Pictures 004Lauren's Pictures 002

It just goes to show, living in a world, in 2016 where there is unfortunately still a lot of racism, sexism and violence, people can really accomplish the unthinkable. Michaela started out as a war orphan in Sierra Leone. Those kids are considered lucky if they are adopted, never mind being adopted to an American family. The chances of Michaela living were slim, but she made it. I’ve always believed that things happen for a reason, and this story goes above and beyond to prove that. People like Michaela who defy the odds teach lessons. After I read a great book like that, I think to myself: I am so glad I read that book. It really made rethink… But I am lucky enough to have grown up in a family where possibilities for my future are endless. I think people who think building a wall between countries, or discriminating against people who are different from them are the people who need to read this book the most. I have had an upbringing where it was instilled in me that a woman should never be underestimated. Fierce women have always been apart of my life, and I hope to be considered a fierce and powerful woman one day. Not everyone has that. I was also taught equality of all races, religions and sexuality. I have a rainbow of family members. Gay/Straight. Black/White. Jewish/Christian/Muslim etc. But what do you think of when you picture a ballerina? This book envelops you into a world that you thought was all pirouettes and perfectly pointed toes. What you thought is anything but. Dancers don’t get anywhere without going through excruciating amounts of pain. You also get an inside glance at how the rigidity and demanding amounts of pressure mothers can put on their children can be detrimental to a childhood. I wish I could give this 10 stars, it was so good! Comment down below if you are a dancer and what type of dance you do, if you have read this book and what you thought, or anything that has been on your mind lately. I hope you enjoy the book as much as I did! Talk to you soon!!

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-The Legally Brunette

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Tips making braces SOO much easier to have!

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The Legally Brunette is back, and here to make possibly the thing I despise the MOST in the world, braces, slightly easier to get along with! I am about to have my six-month anniversary with my braces, and only have one year left until the break-up of the century (a.k.a. getting my braces off)! This post features three life-saving tips to help you survive your excruciating elastics, bewildering brackets, and worst of all, your wretched wires! Alliteration aside, as much fun as it was to browse Thesaurus.com, I hope you find this post helpful! Let me know in the comments section below how you feel about your braces, and share any tips you have that make them easier for you! Let the post begin…

  1. Create an on-the-go kit for all of your braces necessities!: 

    Having something that can fit in any bag, around any stuffed binder, any exploding thermos, or melting lip balm is very important! This super quick and easy to-go bag is filled with all the necessities of what I need for my braces, but can be filled with things that are specific to you. I put in the basics for any situation having to do with my braces! I included mouth wash, toothpaste, hand sanitizer, deodorant (just in case you forget!), Q-tips, elastics, floss, and mini brushes to remove any food stuck under your wires. This is super helpful to bring when you’re at a friend’s house, at school, a restaurant, pretty much anywhere that most likely don’t come with braces supply kits at the ready. Having a to-go saves you from that mini heart attack you get when you have something your teeth on the day of all days!                                                  

    01237310f811e6d560279f84172edf58c84e735f6a2. Create a schedule!:                       Guys, I mean, COME ON. That heart I created out of string?!?! Can I even begin to tell you how many pieces of tape that took to keep down? Anywaysif you’re anything like me, counting down the days until my next tightening, a schedule is perfect for you! For me, I don’t dread my orthodontist appointments, only because I know that once it’s over, it’s just that much closer until I get them off! I keep it on my desk, to remember when and where I am going. Also, if I’m making plans and I COMPLETELY forget that I had an orthodontist appointment that day, (which happens more often than not) it is so much easier to work your schedule around things you already know are happening than writing that dreadful text to your friend you haven’t seen for four months telling them how stupid you are for forgetting. Trust me, it happens to the best of us.


          3. REVERSE PSYCHOLOGY; The Food Rules:

know you agree with me on this, but not getting to eat popcorn, chewy candy, tortilla chips, whole apples, and all that good stuff STINKS! I have realized from my months of experience in this topic, you can turn the tables (literally:)) I took my favorite food, apples, and created the ultimate snack. I can’t honestly say that I always abide by the rules of orthodontics, but, hey, I’m a growing girl! You can still have apples, but with a twist. I took a whole apple and sliced into bite sized chunks. The only thing I regret was not peeling the apples. You can decide to leave them on or not, but I  like the spices to cover all of the apple. I followed a recipe to make this treat from Southern Living, (click on the link to get the recipe) but I don’t think you need a recipe to make this delicious! Eyeballing things is not just warmly welcomed in The Legally Brunette’s world, but is a way of life! I used 1 apple, nutmeg, light-brown sugar, cinnamon, butter, and water in this. I think you all are sensible enough to know around how much to put in! I stirred the ingredients around over the stove on medium to high heat until for about 8 minutes, or until you feel they are softened and browned enough to your satisfaction! Then, enjoy the small rebellion you’re taking against your orthodontist without messing up hundreds of dollars of metal in your mouth!

All right everyone, that is it for my tips and tricks of braces! I had a lot of fun creating this post, because I know a LOT of people struggle with their braces, especially when you have school, and activities, and family, and most importantly, FOOD! I hope you learned something from this, I know I certainly did, but let me know in the comments section what you thought of this post, future posts you would like to see, or if you have any questions, I will be happy to answer them! Make sure to share some of your tips in the comments section below, and have a very happy rest of your week! I will be writing very soon, and hope to hear from you!

Remember, this is a community of friendship and trust. If you decide to be a part of this journey on The Legally Brunette Blog, you have to be willing to trust, listen, care, grow, and not be afraid to show your silly side!! 

Au Revoir!

-The Legally Brunette

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Marvelous Manicure or Flawless Fakes?

Hi everyone!

How has your week been? Easter Sunday 2016 is fresh off the holiday path, and an often recurring dilemma for people whether it be during the holidays or just any time of year is knowing whether to give your nails some extra TLC and go to the nail salon, or whether to apply fake nails. This weekend, for the first time ever, I… tried… FAKE NAILS!!! Yes, you heard me right folks, the Legally Brunette herself tried them. Let’s just say… my fake nails weren’t so flawless after all. I took a few pictures of me wearing fake nails, and me with painted nails. So what I am going to do is give you a list of pros and cons for both fake nails and manicures, because I don’t necessarily want to tell you which one is better, but I think perspective from both sides will help you when deciding this very painstaking decision.:)

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All right, first off, I want to talk about FAKE NAILS!! (Insert: Dunh, dunh, duh….) Fake nails are a very commonly used beauty product that have always intimidated me! Honestly, when I saw people wearing them, I thought they looked kind of cheap. Well, I mean, they are fake for a reason. Anyway, I took the plunge this weekend (right in time for Easter) and tried them on. I used the KISS Gel Fantasy Nails which I bought at my local Walgreens. I have to admit, I felt kind of like a rock star. I went about my day doing the usual, doing a few cartwheels, watching reruns of Glee. Though, despite the normality of my day, I couldn’t help but notice that I was constantly looking at my nails! They were like a suction cup that kept drawing my eyes to them. Kind of like a screen that I was OBSESSED with. Later that day I went to the grocery store and two of them kept falling  off. Never mind my lack of thorough knowledge of the world of fake nails, but one thing I know for certain is that no one can pull off a look with eight fake nails and two missing. I couldn’t stand the fact not all perfectly primped nails were on all of my fingers, so I ended up taking them off. In retrospect, maybe I will decide to use the glue which actually keeps the fake nail on your real nail. Here’s a list I’ve made of the pros and cons of fake nails!

Pros of FAKE NAILS:

  1. They won’t chip! The biggest problem I have with manicures is that they always chip! When they chip, it almost gives you an unpolished look (haha, get it? “Unpolished”:)). 
  2. You get a whole lot more bang for your buck!: Nail polish these days are getting pretty expensive! Sometimes if I want to buy a collection of three or four polishes for spring, It can cost over $30! In the KISS Gel Fantasy Nails package, it included 24 fake nails, enough for two “manicures”, plus glue and adhesive tabs for application, all costing only $7.99! Save a pretty penny by using fake nails.
  3. No mess!: Sometimes people can be real sticklers about get nail polish on tables or surfaces. Other people (like me) HATE to find that you maybe, accidentally, possibly, got some polish splattered around their fingers and hands when they were painting. With fake nails, there’s no worry about messing up surfaces, rugs, or your hands!
  4. Takes no time at all!: Manicures take between 15 and 30 minutes, to go through the entire process of removing old polish, buffing, cleaning, clipping, painting, drying, and hardening. With fake nails, you can cut that valuable time in half, which you could be using to binge on all your favorite shows!
  5. Variety amped up!:With common nail designs, like a flower or polka-dots, you can get bored easily. There really is only so much you do without accidentally messing up your entire nail, but with fake nails, you get gorgeous and intricate designs without having to lift a finger!

Cons of FAKE NAILS:

  1. Forced to make accommodations: Unlike a regular manicure, you can’t exactly go back to your everyday lifestyle when you go fake. It’s harder to type (especially on screens!!), it’s harder to press buttons, it’s harder to write, lots of small particles get caught under your nails. For me, considering the substantial number of times per week I use glitter, the inside of my nails got very glittery:) Every normal everyday activity you do, it seems like your fake nails have to come along for the journey as well, always reminding you of their presence. UGH!!
  2. THEY ARE SHARP!!! Dancers, mimes and folks who talk with their hands a lot, beware! If accidentally scratching someone with your nails is a fear of yours, I’d stay away! The nails I bought had uneven edges which scratched me multiple times even when I was picking them up or pulling them out of their package! I have long-ish nails already, people claiming I scratch them and if they find out I have another means accidentally scratching them…it won’t be pretty.
  3. They are very distracting: Fake nails are very distracting. Whether you’re wearing them or looking at someone wearing them, you seemingly can’t take your eyes off them! It’s like a phone screen attached to each one of your nails!! Make sure when you’re talking to someone, you put your hands in your lap or sit on them so your not tempted to look at them, because from the person talking to you, it can look like you’re being rude, even if you really are listening to them!

 

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And now, for the elegance and class you all have been ever so patiently waiting for… MANICURES!! In this picture, I am wearing the color Virgin Snow by Essie. I know, I know it looks a little sloppy in they picture, but I had do it very last minute so I could take the picture in time! Let me just tell you right off the bat, I’ve been a manicure kinda gal my entire life, so I may be  slightly  very partial to the classic look of a manicure. My aunt, a.k.a. my fashion, beauty and shopping adviser, slapped some pink nail polish on me the second my nails grew in. I have always loved how they look on anyone, because it really is the the key accessory that ties your entire outfit together. Whether I get my mani done at a salon, or done at home with an ever so wonderful spa day, I just feel so rejuvenated! You may not notice it, but when your finger nails and finger tips get cleansed you feel a MAJOR difference. Your nails and hands especially pick up so much dirt during the day from opening door handles, typing on keyboards, shaking hands, to digging through your pencil case and holding onto railings, your hands are magnets for dirt and germs! That’s why it feels so good to scrub any gunk from your hands, and take your outfit from great to fabulous with the ever so chic accessory of a manicure! So push your cuticles back, relax, and enjoy reading pros and cons of manicures!

Pros of MANICURES:

  1. They look like you tried hard, when you actually did!: Give yourself a pat on the back and a little victory dance right now! All that hard work of buffing and painting and scrubbing all paid off, for the compliments you are handed left and right about you miraculous polishing job! Fake nails lack the effort portion of what a real manicure has! Plus, you can graciously accept the compliment and tell them you did it yourself!
  2. Variety of COLOR POP!: One of my most favorite things to do when I’m at a drugstore is to walk up and down the beauty aisle and look at the rainbow of nail polish! You get colors from vermilion to violet to sun drop to olive to cloud to macaroni and cheese! Fake nails may have the patterns, but you an never beat the best! Color gives you a wide range, and taps into your feelings and emotions rather than bold flashy patterns that scream, “HEY, LOOK AT ME!!” a little too loudly sometimes. 
  3. You can make an activity out of it!: Guys, I get you. More times than not, I have been put in a situation where your mom’s best friend from college older sister’s boyfriend’s dry cleaner’s daughter who’s your age comes to hang out. Usually the conversation goes something like this: “‘Hi!’ ‘Hi.’ ‘What do you want to do?’ ‘I don’t care. Whatever you want.’ ‘Well, I don’t care either!’ 3 hours later… ‘Honey, we have to go!!’ ‘But Mom! We just narrowed the movie options down to the top 50!'” Yeah. I’ve been there. Giving each other manicures is a perfect activity to do when you can’t think of anything! It’s an easy way to find something to do that’s relatively time-consuming. Plus, people are usually so wrapped up and focused on their nails, that they kind of forget about talking, which lets you off the hook for thinking out random ice breakers on the fly!
  4. It’s any easy accessory for any occasion!: Whether you’re going to a wedding, on a date, to a party, giving a presentation, to a dance, or just to school, nail polish is a great way to get out of layering on heavy jewelry and expensive sunglasses to pull your outfit together. Also, going along with Pro #3, you can even pick a color that matches the rest of your outfit. If you were feeling bold, you could even use a color that didn’t necessarily use a color that matches, but a bright color that gives your outfit some edge and flare! It’s a super easy way to give your outfit a little extra za-zing!
  5. Prevents bad habits!: I have made an observation over the years. Many people will do everything to a.) make sure people notice their manicures and b.) do everything to prevent their manicures to be ruined. If you are one of those people who doesn’t want their manicure to be ruined, listen up! Many people bite their nails or suck on them from stress or fear. Looks and style are obviously important to you if you decide to pass on going in the bouncy house because you’re afraid your nail will get caught in the netting. Combing something you care about with a habit that needs to be broken will help break it! Try wearing the nail polish before a test or a presentation, something that makes you nervous, because you’re less likely to bite your nails if you’re aware of your stunning mani!

Cons of MANICURES:

  1. Makes a mess!: All of your materials and polishes are scattered all over the floor and you’ve only finished one hand. Oh, no! Text from Mom! “I’ll be home in ten minutes! Love you! XOXO, Mom” UGH!! Yup. We’ve got a classic manicure mishap in our midst, and it ain’t pretty. Lot’s of materials go into creating a marvelous manicure, so it takes a long time to set up and a long time to put away. Not to mention, it’s a pain to put away!
  2. It’s a TIME INVESTMENT!: You should probably add your manicure into your weekly schedule to work everything else around. Plus tack extra time for nail polish remover spills. accidental smudging, Q-tip incident, the works! You’ve got things to do, places to be, and committing to a full manicure is an INVESTMENT!
  3. Chips Ahoy!: Ahh, yes. The art of nail chipping. You didn’t think I wouldn’t add this in, did you? I hate chips. I’ll say it. It turns your marvelous manicure from fab to drab, and it gives a messy look! I get persnickety about my manicures, and if every nail isn’t painted, or any nail is chipped, there is a problem. I don’t think I can ramble on much longer about chips, because me thinking about them too much longer might result in me welling to in tears!(*dramatic:))

 

All right everyone, that’s it for my post!I had a lot of fun writing! Tell me in the comments below what you thought of the post. Also tell me which style you prefer, a Marvelous Manicure or Flawless Fake’s, and if you want recommend future things you wants me to post about on The Legally Brunette Blog! Thank you sooo much for all the lovely comments you wrote on my last blog, and I’ll be posting very soon!

Remember, this is a community of friendship and trust. If you decide to be apart of this journey on The Legally Brunette Blog, you have to be willing to trust, listen, care, grow, and not be afraid to show your silly side!!

Au Revoir!

-The Legally Brunette

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Welcome to The Legally Brunette Blog!!

Hi Everyone!

Welcome to my blog! I have always loved write. I just seemed to never manage to find the right means to combine my love of writing with my other passions such as fashion, cooking, traveling, DIY-ing (is that even a thing-ing?:)), dancing, acting, art, reading, feminism, nature, staying active, eating healthy and SO much more. My life so far has had kind of a rough start. One of my close family members died when I was very young, so I learned very early on what isolation, responsibility, maturity, and independence really was. My main goal in life is to ultimately make people smile. Not like, crack-a-joke-you-can-barely-breathe-smile, (even though that feels pretty good too), but like an overall-general-kinda-all-around-make-you-feel-good-smile. Wow! Try reading that out loud! It took me 15 seconds, can anyone beat it?? The point of this blog is to be anonymous. Anonymously make people of any race, gender, creed, origin, or sexuality, to just smile. Comment down below telling me what your main goal in life is, and how you are achieving it! I am sooo excited to be going on this crazy journey with you all!! 

Remember, this is a community of friendship and trust. If you decide to be apart of this journey on The Legally Brunette Blog, you have to be willing to trust, listen, care, grow, and not be afraid to show your silly side!!

Au Revoir!

-The Legally Brunette

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