Thursday, March 8, 2018

International Women's Day

This day is not as popular as it is back home. In Bosnia, this is a national holiday and has been for many years. This is even more popular than Valentine's Day because it celebrates all women - wives, sisters, daughters, mothers, aunts, cousins, grandmothers. I love it especially because I get to spoil my own mother. It's funny how the realization of mothers importance doesn't become discovered until your mid 20's or even when you have your own children. I remember going through all the stages of different relationships with my mom until I realized how much she truly loves me and would do anything for me. Recently I was sick with a 102 degree fever and my mother said that she wishes she had the fever and not me. It's amazing how a mother will do anything for her children, even if it means she, herself, suffering through pain. I don't think I will ever experience the same type of love that she has given me because my mother and I will always have a bond. Ever since birth, you are connected to your mother, literally. You have the same blood and oxygen running through your veins. You are a part of her and nobody can take that away from you. A mother is not only caring but nurturing and loving, that should never take her for granted. I don't have any kids yet but I hope I end up being as half the woman my mother is, because she is absolutely amazing. Take care of your mother because you only have one and once she's gone, you can never have her back. Let's also remember the daughters, mothers, sisters, aunts, cousins, and grandmothers that were not able to make it to celebrate with us today, but will always be in our hearts.

I also wanted to say that It’s hard to believe how much women do on a daily basis and it’s simply brushed off. I see my coworkers take care of their kids, clean after their house, take care of their spouses, and have a full time job. I work 8 hours a day, drive home with my eyes barely open, and pass out needing a nap. For those women to be able to do that and still have their mental health shows a lot. Kudos to all of you! I hope to have that drive and motivation one day. (not today, but one day! Lol!)

So let’s celebrate all women for everything they do on a daily basis. Today is your day officially, but in reality, every day is your day. Who run the world? Girls. #GirlPower (Every time I think of girl power, I think of the Cheetah Girls lol!!)

Thursday, March 1, 2018


Phew! February just flew by. January felt like it was 5 months long but February went by faster than I could blink! I can't believe we're already into the third month of 2018. I still feel like it's January 1st, not 3 months in. Anyway, March is upon us and I can say that it truly is the month of green. The color green has always been a celebration color for me so I can say that I do like this month. Bosnia's independence day is March 1st and what a great way to kick off the month! Happy Independence Day to the motherland! I love this country so much that I wanted to share a little blog post on it. This will be just a snippet and maybe later on, I can do a full post on just Bosnia.

If you are not familiar, Bosnia is actually Bosnia and Herzegovina and is located in Europe underneath Croatia, across from Italy, and by the Adriatic Sea. (We are Bosnia, NOT Croatia, and absolutely NOT Serbia) The capital is Sarajevo. Although I've never been, I hear it's absolutely beautiful. I've had a few cousins go and live there. All of the land in Bosnia is very green and humid. I only remember going over summer and the humidity was very strong compared to Colorado, where we get 0. As we were driving in, all I could see was green trees and green hills with houses either bunched up or further apart. The views were absolutely breathtaking. The people are very friendly and joke around with you every chance they get. They are the kind of people that love to laugh and just enjoy life. That is such a strong envy of mine, as I strive to be that happy as much as I can.

This is Sanski Most.
This is a big city in Bosnia called Mostar
This is the capital of Bosnia - Sarajevo.

The language we speak is Bosnian, but more specifically, I speak Bosglish. (Bosnian and English jammed into one lol). I was always spoken to in Bosnian and it was the first language I learned. I absolutely love the language because some things that we say are a lot more comforting and easier said than in English. I came to the United States when I was 5 years old so although I was always taught Bosnian, I spoke mostly English through school and picked it up right away. I still learn new words every single day. My wish is to spend a few months in Bosnia so my language skills can sharpen even more. The best way to learn is to be surrounded by it and honestly, that could not be more true!

We have many traditional dishes that we make, that includes main courses as well as desserts. One very well known food is called Pita. (No, it's not pita chips) Pita is a phyllo dough made with various different types of foods. For example, you can have Burek, which is Pita with ground beef inside. You can also have Sirnica, which is Pita with cottage cheese, eggs, and sour cream. My favorite is Zeljanica, which is Pita with Spinach!

Burek (AKA Pita with ground beef)

Pita with cottage cheese, sour cream, and eggs
Pita with Spinach!! YUMM!
One of our other famous dishes is called Cevapi, which is like beef sausages but it's eaten for either lunch or dinner, never breakfast, and it comes with a Lepinja, which is a flatbread, and the sides of onions, sour cream, and a sauce called Ajvar (made from roasted red peppers). If you ever are able to go to Bosnia, I strongly recommend to try those two!


For desserts, our popular ones are Baklava and crepes with Nutella! :)

Baklava! :)

Palacinke (AKA crepes with Nutella!)

There you have it! I hope you enjoyed my little post on my motherland country! I haven't been since 2015 but I miss it dearly and hope to go again soon. If you are ever able to go, please send me pictures so I can post them on my blog! If you are able to go, trust me, you won't regret it!!

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

More Jeffree Star Cosmetics

As many of you may have seen that I did a blog post reviewing the Jeffree Star velour liquid lipsticks. It was my first time ever trying them and I absolutely LOVE them. (Again, I am not a fan of his, I don't follow him on social media, nor keep up with anything he does). I am a huge fan of the velour liquid lipsticks that I decided to purchase 3 more when he was having a sale on December 28, 2017. In fact, I love them so much that I even set an alarm on my phone to be sure to purchase them on time. The liquid lipsticks are normally $18 a piece, but the sale allowed for a select few to be sold at 50%, which would then be $9 a piece. I ended up purchasing Rose Matter, Redrum, and Doll Parts.

Rose Matter is a coral shade of pink. When I first swatched it, I thought it was a pink color on its own, but swatching it next to Doll Parts, you can tell that it's more of a coral pink, than a true pink. I think this one goes well when I am wearing orange shades or anything with orange undertones. I actually tried to coordinate it with a pink outfit and in my opinion, it did not match well.

From top to bottom: Rose Matter, Redrum, Doll Parts

Redrum is a cool toned red. I have always been in the market for a good truly red color and I would say this is a great one. The wonderful thing to cool toned reds is that they do not make your teeth look yellow! I know sometimes (even with pearly white teeth) your teeth can look yellow if you are wearing red lipstick. The trick to that is to get a red lipstick that is cool toned, not warm toned. The warm toned color in the lipstick will want to draw out other warm colors (yellow & orange), while the cool toned color will want to draw out cooler colors (blue & green). This isn't saying your teeth are blue or green, but more so the neutral or cool tones of your teeth. Just trust me. It works. It's science. (haha!)

From top to bottom: Rose Matter, Redrum, Doll Parts

Doll Parts is a cool toned pink. The color reminds me a lot of Valentines Day. According to Jeffree's website, it's suppose to be a pink similar to the shade in Mean Girls and I would have to agree. The pink is such a soft color that it's not overpowering nor super light that you can't tell it's on you. I would pair this with a 'Mean Girls' pink outfit as well. I would recommend the true pink colors, rather than the pinks with purple or red undertones.

Overall, I am still a very happy customer. These velour liquid lipsticks are super amazing and I still highly recommend them to everyone. They stay on all day and look absolutely great. There's no cakey look when you wear them and they don't come off easily. 5 out of 5 stars!

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Winter Outfit Details

I've been wanting to start an outfit details section on my blog, where I can provide links to where I buy my clothes, along with duplicates that are also available. 

Sunglasses - Quay High Key in Black/Fade (link here and here) ; Similar ones (here)
Shirt - Charlotte Russe (link here) ; Similar ones (here and here and here)
Scarf - H&M (original not online) ; Similar ones (here)
Pants - Rue21 (link here) ; Similar ones (here)
Boots - Charlotte Russe (link here) ; Similar ones (here and here)

Thursday, February 22, 2018


Ahh the month of love. I've always loved Valentine's Day because it brought so many people closer together. Going through elementary school, everyone would give each classmate a card with maybe a lollipop and you would be overfilled with joy when you got your little mailbox full of Valentines. I remember my biggest joy was not seeing what the candy was, but rather who got me a valentine and what kind it was. It made me feel special, as if somebody cared for me. As we got older, instead of each person getting a card, they were only given to friends. I remember seeing so many flowers, stuffed animals, candy, and cards going around but not much for me.

This is my first year that I had a Valentine and to be honest, it felt like any other day- Yes, we did go to Cheesecake Factory and enjoy a very nice meal together (I got a delicious bowl of white chicken chili and he got a yummy fresh grilled salmon!! It was SO good). And yes, he did buy me flowers, a stuffed animal, a heart-eyed emoji balloon, and lots & lots of chocolates, but I've realized that I get treated like this every time I'm with him. He always spoils me by going out of his way to buy me chocolates that I love, or going to the restaurant I've been dying to go to - even though it's Olive Garden about 270 times. (Seriously- I could LIVE at Olive Garden) He even is okay with going to a place that I want to go, even if he is not really wanting to go.

Why you gotta fight with me at Cheesecake? You know I love to go there...

I guess my point is, when you are with the right person, every day is Valentine's Day. It might not make sense but if you have experienced love - true, unconditional love - you will be able to relate to me. For those of you that have not gotten there, I promise you, you will. Every song on the radio, every time you think of something they like, or every time their name lights up in your phone, you will know what I'm talking about. Until you find your soulmate, enjoy you. I was single a long time before he came along and swept me off my feet. Well, I can say that the wait was definitely worth it.

Flowers, Chocolates, Stuffed Animal, and LOVE :)

Alright. Alright. Enough with the mushy love stuff. I'm sorry for not being able to post. I recently got a new job, as I mentioned in my previous post, and I have not gotten time to post more blogs. I will continue to try, as I do love blogging and sharing my thoughts. Look out for the next post.