DIY TASSELS!

Hey guys! Today I have a fun little DIY project- Tassels! I feel like they are a super cute and simple way to add flare to your keys, backpack, and purse etc. 

I am no pro and thanks to Pinterest I learned enough to make my own. So here we go:

I used a couple things:

-Thread ( the kind you make friendship bracelets with) or embroidery floss.

-beads (optional)
-scissors 

-A small piece of card board, you can even use the tube from ur toilet paper #repurpose (is that weird lol)

– key rings (optional)

First, you need to get your little rectangular piece of cardboard and make a slit in it.


Then get your string


I usually use a whole bundle for one tasssel, and wrap it around the cardboard. 

After this you want to tie the top to secure it.


Leave a little behind from the bundle you wrapped around the cardboard. Use that to tie and secure your thread.

Tie it twice like the picture above and it should look like this


You then need your scissors


And cut the bottom of your thread


Don’t worry about it being perfect you can always go back and fix that at the end.


Take it off the cardboard. Bunch the threads together and tie a thread of your choice to make the little “head”.


Then I personally just kept doing this forward and backward until I achieved the thickness of the band I wanted.


When finished it should look like this 

Now is your opportunity to even out the bottom to how you desire.


Your tassel is finished! I really enjoy adding a little more, so I added beads and a Keyring.



I have been a bit obsessed with these lately. 


The fun thing is there is no “right” way to this. You can add your own  flare on these cute tassels!

I hope you enjoyed this DIY! If you have any questions, suggestions, comments or pictures! please leave them below. Hope you try this out at home!

-Katye

Turning 25….


So I turned 25 on May 22, 2017. This to me is crazy I honestly don’t even feel 25, But I’m greatful to have lived this long and hope that I have many years still ahead. I wanted to share with you what  I did on my actual birthday. 

First off I was scared and got sung happy birthday from my little sister at midnight!

I was then given a good morning with this baby!

I was then forced out of my room where I was surprised by one of my best friends! 

She got me the cutest card! A Starbucks gift card, that cute balloon and cheesecake! She knows the way to my heart, coffee and cheesecake!

Isn’t it so pretty!

I later got this beautiful cupcake cake. 

( BTW aren’t those candles so cute? I bought them myself from this store I found on Instagram I will link it right below.)  Jamboree 

As I was joking around about biting into my cake my sister did this to me…

Yup, she pushed my head into the beautiful cupcake. 


I got these delicious smelling essential oils! They are actually life changing. I love citrus btw so they make me happy! 

I also got this beautiful bracelet and my sister got a matching one! They were made one of a kind for us!

 I loved everything! Just the fact that I was surrounded by the ppl I love and care for was such a gift! 

Thank you for reading to the end!

-Katye

Ipsy Glam bag may/17

Hey you guys, Now this month is a bit extra special to me because- ITS MY BIRTHDAY MONTH, and Mother’s Day, hello? Well with that said let’s check out this months glam bag!


This months theme was Summer Friday! I think the bag is cute, not my favorite though. When you think of summer what is the first thing to pop into your head? Ice cream? Pools? Fun in the sun! (Ok now it’s getting corny) This water proof baggy is super cute to have by your side with your summer essentials! 


Mellow Cosmetics, Creamy Matte Lipstick

First off I was so excited for this one, the packaging was great and the lipstick was gorgeous but, not on me! 

It is perfection! 

 
Just…. not on me! I already have problems with my oxygen running low and let’s just say, while I had this color on my sister asked me if I felt ok! My mom disliked it as well. I couldn’t agree more.


Pacifica, Island Life Eyeshadow Palette


Love the packaging again! Wasn’t really feeling the colors, for myself. I noticed some colors were really creamy and others more on the dry side. I really loved the peachy pink though.


Pixi by Petra, Endless Silky Eye Pen in OpalOvercoat  


Very pretty, shimmery and glides on with very little pressure! This one was a keeper! By the way it’s water proof as well.


Beauty & Pin-Ups, Fearless Hair Rescue Masque

I love the simple, black packaging. I have not tried this, yet, but I love hair masques or any deep conditioner. Really excited to try it out.


Adesse New York, Organic Infused Gel Effect Nail Lacquer in Surfer Girl

Love the brand not so much the color, I feel like it’s to bright for me.

Overall I think this bag had a good mix of things, you can do almost a whole look with these products. There were a few products I did not like, so my sister and I actually switched with eachother (she’s subscribed to ipsy as well). 

When we switched she gave me something I have been wanting! And it was the Starlooks  Pro NEW Artist Edition – Luxe Longwear Eye Liner Pen… the best part is it’s dual sided. On one side it’s your liquid eyeliner and the other side is a little stamp! I have not stopped wearing it! I actually had to go and buy two more!

Well thank you for taking the time to read this!  If you want to subscribe to ipsy I’ll link how to below!

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If you have any questions or comments please leave them down below! 

-Katye 

Letter to myself before getting sick…

Breathe, Just take a deep breath.


Life is about to change real quick for you, things are going to be completely out of your control but you will have your family and amazing medical staff/doctors with you every step of the way. 

You will understand so many things after you’re diagnosed with this illness, Why your legs would fall asleep so much, why it seemed like you had a stroke in middle school yet they said it was “Anxiety”. Why you couldn’t breathe, or why you had those huge bruises on your legs.

You will learn to live a TOTALLY different, scary life. You will get the hang of it, I’m not saying it will be easy. You are going to ask yourself and God why you! You will be frustrated, depressed, you will get to lows you never knew you could get to. 

It’s going to be you fighting to live- TO LIVE. You won’t be afraid of death anymore, but you will be afraid of leaving the ones you love behind. Your family will be told in a few occasions that you have a few hours to live because girl you get too close to death way too many times. It’s a very scary thought, but don’t worry you won’t die. 

You have to be strong for what is coming. This will actually make you a better person, selfless, humble, caring. You will see things from a different perspective and try to help more when you can. You will appreciate freedom, food, water, family, friends, your life in general.

Keep the people that are always there for you close and tell them how much you care for them everyday! Soon you will learn life can be taken away from you in seconds.

You can totally forget about the plans you had for your future life. They are COMPLETELY different now. They change pretty drastically, but you slowly start finding other things you are good at and try to find your new path. 


I know this will break your heart, but your sister is sick also. You knew this, yet you didn’t want to seem paranoid so you let the doctors confirm what you said. You get a lot of things right, you have a pretty good sixth sense girl! Trust it, believe it, Trust me.

Not a lot of people will understand what you are going through, other people only freak out if they hear the word cancer (which is terrible) but being chronically ill means living a difficult life. Pills keep you alive, you will even have chemo. Yes, it DOES feel crappy. Yes, you do lose hair and many other things you will find out.

People will think you are fine because they see you smiling or laughing, wearing makeup. I mean you do have good days, but until they live with you, or spend a day with you, on a bad day, they don’t know what it’s really like. So try to not pay attention to ignorant people who only speak because they can. 

The amount of new people who will be blessings in your life is HUGE. You will meet So many wonderful people, they will become like family and many of them will stick around. 

You will have friends in different states even countries! And you should probably start looking up The Spoon Theory and the term Spoonie. 

Your parents will be tired, hurt, but they will never give up. They will be frustrated, they will be scared and traumatized. You guys will learn to hate the hospital but also accept it as a second home. You will ride a helicopter, but you won’t remember anything. Actually there will be Many things you don’t remember (it’s the drugs) lol. 

Oh and remember how you were such a cry baby about pills? Honey you will have pills for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Some days maybe more, but it’s ok you are a pro now. 

I think the hardest thing to live with is no one can cure what you and your sister have, For now. You will fight though and YOU HAVE TO KEEP FIGHTING! It’s hard having to fight with your own body, with your health! Sometimes….yes, you just want to give up because the pain is too much not just physically but emotionally. I promise you, you will get through it. You have amazing support from so many people. And you know what, you don’t lose your smile. I hope we never do. Stay strong you will get through this!

-Katye

Maybelline Great lash Royal Blue voxbox 

Hey guys! I can not believe it has taken me so long to make this post. I am finally reviewing the Maybelline great lash royal blue voxbox! I was pretty excited getting chosen for this box, This would be second voxbox I get and the fact that it’s makeup makes me Happy.

First, let me show you the cute box and the products.

 


I love the colors of the packaging, very bright. Reminded me of a watermelon, well, enough about the packaging let’s get to the actual product. I got really excited for this blue mascara, One because blue is my fav. Color, Two because this mascara used to be my holy grail when I first got into makeup (except it was in black), and Three last time I used blue mascara was in high school!

Overall I like it, don’t expect to get a bold, bright, blue. I have pretty dark hair so for me it was really hard to notice it; I put on some blue eyeliner to bring attention to my lashes (which I think works). If you have lighter hair I imagine it would be more noticeable or maybe using a white primer could work to make the color more intense, if you just want to try something new but subtle I think it’s perfect and fun. 

The eyeliner was super thin, perfect  for tight linning.

I hope you enjoyed this review and thanks to influenster and maybelline for these product! If you have any questions or comments please leave them below! 

-Katye

*I received Maybelline free/complimentary for testing purposes, but all opinions are my own. *

Adapting to this new life 

   I remember my first time being in the hospital, not knowing what was wrong with me. I then remember the first time I was rushed to the ICU that same day, little did i know I would get to know that place real good. I remember crying and having an anxiety attack over a blood transplant. I was scared of EVERYTHING but mostly confused.I remember waiting for answers, doctors talking to me in some other language using big complicated words, repeating my story like 10 times each day! When I did get an answer? I was bombarded with huge medical terms, numbers, medicines, doctors, scales!!! I wanted to scream. Then I had to take a moment…this was going to be my life now so I had to be strong and snap out of it!

 I think about those days and laugh and think wow now i’m a total expert on my chronic illness sometimes knowing more than doctors. I know all my meds, what they are for, what happens if I do not take them etc. Being clueless is scary! Mostly when it has to do with your health. I know that personally I was lucky to have my family. They were with me through all my confusion, my ups and downs, my anxiety attacks, my loneliness, they were my support. 

 Now if I wanted to stand out? I did, because Antiphospholipid syndrome  is rare and they did not know what to do, they couldn’t tell me what to expect. Plus the way my body developed my other chronic illness was scary, the unexpected things I had to go through were hard. Even when you have all the hope and faith in the world hearing your doctors give up and say “we do not know what to do anymore” kills! Hearing those words make you feel hopeless and fill you with sadness.

Today I am still here… You are still here and we are fighting with a smile on our face and if you aren’t that’s ok. Dealing with everything we have, normal life problems and  health problems can be a lot. We are strong, and supporting one another to get through this will make US stronger. Keep fighting!

-Katye

Pressure to succeed 

Do you live each day with the pressure of being better? The pressure of having to be strong no matter what? I mean us spoonies have gone through a lot and we manage to stay strong. Well… Or at least pretend.

I constantly feel as if I have to prove myself to the world. As if I break down I will be judged for not being strong enough. Its pretty ridiculous but true, it takes so much out us to just try to be normal or accepted. I have my ups and downs, just because most of the time i’m smiling doesn’t mean I don’t need a good cry.

No matter how strong you are once in a while  you’ll get that smack in the face like “WOAH!” Has all this really happened! There is so much revolving around us, and our illness. You need to just breath because while it may seem like it should be easy, adapting to this new life probably will never be easy,  Just try your best. 

I try to celebrate each day, and welcome it with a smile because no matter what, you never know when your last day will be. I have been so close to it being my last day, but i have fought and thank god i’m still here. We all have our ups and downs it is VERY understandable we are not suppose to be perfect. So let your feelings just be and LIVE! 

-Katye❤️

April Ipsy Glam bag unboxing! 

Hello everybody, I am super excited to share with you what I got in this months SUPER cute Glam bag. Ever since they shared a preview of what the bag looked like I was excited and looking forward to receiving it. This month it came surprisingly early, and of course I am not mad about that!  

So this is the bag…… ISN’T IT SO CUTE! I love how different it is! Now to see what’s inside. 

 
I feel like this was a big month for Ipsy, apart from the cute Glam bag, some of the bags had the Lisa Frank brush which is still on pre-order so that was a treat. My sister got the Lisa frank unicorn Angle blush brush in her bag. I’ll post a picture  below.

 Really cute, girly brush! Be on the lookout for the collab with Lisa Frank and Glamour Dolls. Now for the things I got.

Luxie Beauty

Luxie Dreamcatcher Precision Foundation Brush 660

 



defy & Inspire 

Wear Resistant Nail Lacquer in Paradise Island


 

Hikari Cosmetics

Cream Pigment Eyeshadow in Honey Dew




The White Company

Seychelles Hand & Nail Cream




ColourPop Cosmetics

Crème Gel Pencil in Best O

I am very happy with everything I got. I’m super excited to see next months bag because  “clears throat” it’s my birthday month! Thank you so much for reading until the end and if you have any questions or comments just tell me below! 

Bye, Katye❤️

What’s In my makeup bag ?💄

Hello! So with spring being here, I decided I would clean out my makeup bag because I have not done that in a while. I don’t know if this happens to you, but I really enjoy watching what’s in my bag videos on YouTube. I love seeing what products people use and since I was going to clean my makeup bag any way, why not take you through my mess?

Yup, I know, who uses that much of the same products? Well to tell you the truth not me, I have a habit of just throwing what ever I am using the most in my bag. That would explain the 5 different lip products and multiply mascaras I have. Plus other stuff I don’t use. Things I should probably clean out. 

That doesn’t mean a girl might not need 5 different eye, lip, or other products because we all know everyone has stepped their game up with makeup. I just usually stuff my bag without thinking.

Secret: That black compact (that is so old even the name is earased) was the first translucent powder I bought! It was the brand NYC and I bought it at the dollar tree years ago. I can’t get rid of that thing!

Well I hope you enjoyed this short blog and thank you for staying till the end!

-Katye 

Being Thankful Through It All

Life is hard No matter what. We all have good and bad situations we have to deal with. Life is like a piñata filled with candy we both like and dislike, Of course we who have a chronic illness get an extra cherry on top! I believe the key to being happy is learning lessons from the bad, being thankful for the good, and overall never giving up.
Being sick can highlight the bad in our lives and make it harder, but we are fighters and get through it all. Next time you feel miserable just try to think of everything you have and everything you are thankful for. 

Even the tiniest things like being able to take a nice hot bath/ shower whenever you have enough spoons, being able to go out and shop or something so simple like being able to breathe. Before i got sick i took a lot of things for granted but now i appreciate them a bit more. Now think about it. What are YOU thankful for?