How 2015 Was Not My Year (for blogging or really anything)

I can count on one hand all of my blog posts last year. That’s a really terrible feeling, and it only adds to a lengthy list of why last year was just complete and utter crap.

I had my heart completely stomped on. The fact that I even was able to put out two posts on here after that is a miracle, let me tell you. I lost a lot of myself after that. Since this isn’t my personal writing blog, you can view my posts here and here to get some good insight into where I was a couple places along the way. We’ll just sum it up here as an absolute shitshow of emotion. …yep, that adequately sums that up.

Fast forward to six months later and I’m moving across the country, from Wisconsin to Colorado, over a thousand miles away from pretty much everyone that loves me. I have an apartment, I have a job lined up, everything’s fine, everything’s going to be great, I’m going to move with my life, it’s all going to be awesome… None of that became true. I struggled in my living situation, I lost my job after two and a half months, I was absolutely miserable in my life. There was no fitting this blog into there. There was really no fitting of anything truly joyful into my life. Everything I had tried to create and cultivate had fallen to pieces. There wasn’t much to put my soul into, and quite frankly there wasn’t a lot of soul available to put into anything.

So far in 2016 the outlook looks better. I went into my Christmas travels with a job on lock to start after the new year, my living situation has steadily improved, I took up swing dancing which has been so incredibly fun and rewarding so far, and I’m feeling a lot more secure in myself again. Out of everything I lost in 2015, losing myself hit me the hardest. I had worked so long to build up a self-confidence I lacked, and on that fatal evening back in February, everything I had built had collapsed. A lot of rebuilding has taken place, and I finally feel like I’m once again building on stable ground.

I’ve missed running this blog. During my stint of unemployment, I worked part-time at Sephora for the holiday season. It made me realize how much I missed talking about products and sitting at my mirror creating. Sharing recipes had also influenced my life because it kept me cooking and looking for better recipes to make, and while I was staying more-or-less on track with lifting, the health area of my life could’ve used some TLC as well. I needed this blog back in my life.

I want to brush off all the dust and cobwebs and come back here. I have already brushed off all the rubble left by 2015’s destruction, and I’m rebuilding. I will rebuild this blog. I’m going to come back. It’s time to clear the way for my return!

Stay well, stay beautiful, get ready xx

 

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Alright, take two

Clear out the tumbleweeds and the cobwebs because I’m back!!

…You didn’t notice I was gone? Oh. Well. Whatever, that’s cool.

If it wasn’t apparent to you, I let this blog sit and wither to almost nothing for quite some time. Not that I was on a regular schedule to begin with, but there was nothing going on here. Zip. Nada.

I got into this bit of an impromptu hiatus because–you guessed it–that treacherous tramp known as LIFE. A couple weeks after my last blog post, I moved from a one bedroom apartment that I lived in by myself into a house… with five other people… plus significant others… and a cat. Let’s just say it has been quite the adjustment, and I still haven’t finished adjusting yet. For starters, I wasn’t able to properly grocery shop for over a month, so there’s no way I can post recipes when I have nothing to cook with. You know how much I love food, can you understand how much torture I went through for over a month?!? It was bad y’all.

Then came two concerts: Matt Nathanson & Devin DeGraw with special guest Andrew McMahon one weekend, Beyonce and Jay Z the next. Both were incredible, and both ate up quite a bit of my time.

The biggest impediment, though, has been the condition of my skin. As I know I’ve mentioned before, I’m training for a half-marathon that occurs in *shudders* less than two weeks. Getting closer to the big event = longer runs = more exposure to sunshine and humidity = SWEAT BABY SWEAT. All the grime that comes with training clogged my pores something terrible it seems, and I’ve been trying to tweak my skin regimen at the same time. The bottom line is my skin has been terrible, probably the worst it has been in a long time, and I’ve shed more than a few tears about it. I don’t have a beautiful canvas to put makeup on at the moment, which kills the other half of what this blog is dedicated to. I’m fighting back, though, and I will right these wrongs. More on that later.

Bottom line, it was a serious struggle to contribute. I had no food, my makeup was disorganized, my face was/is a face, and my body has just been falling apart with all the stress and the training. It has been hard but I’m far from ready to give up. It’ll still take me a few weeks but I will revive this blog. We’ve got a beautiful thing going here. It’ll take another couple of weeks before my life is finally settled down again and I can really dive in but I’ll wade through the shallow end for a while until then. I’ve got a couple things in the works for reviews, and hopefully some more food on the way. I may live with more people, but at least now I have a bigger kitchen to work with. Silver linings, people.

You’ve stuck with me thus far, all I ask is that you stick with me just a little longer.

Stay well, stay beautiful, and let’s do this thing!

So… Where do we start?

Photo from nyxcosmetics.com

Today I received the email for NYX’s Bakeoff Promotion for their Baked and Butter products. Yes, I thought, this is exactly the sign that I was looking for to finally start my blog!

Just kidding. I had already decided on this blog before even seeing that email.

Regardless, I did take it as the perfect sign for the kind of blog that I’ll be creating here. A quick background about myself: I am a 23-year-old graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a BS in Genetics and Spanish currently working in a laboratory in my college town. Other than the mass of bills and loan payments I’ve begun drowning in suddenly had to keep track of, what I’ve discovered about this new transition into post-school life is I have a lot of free time. Like, more than I know what to do with, actually. So I’ve been searching for other activities to occupy my time other than constant Netflix binges (she says as she marathons Archer while writing this). My boyfriend suggested that I finally go about creating all those Pinterest recipes that I have saved and review the cooking/baking experience on a blog.

I contemplated this for a long time. In the meantime, I was introduced to /r/makeupaddiction and it was all downhill from there.. for my wallet. For me, though, I fell in love with the community and makeup in general. I never did much more than mascara and maybe some eyeliner on occasion, but suddenly I found myself yearning to replicate the artistry I saw in front of me. These beauties were incredible and I wanted to be like them. Since beginning to lurk there back in late January/early February, I have amassed quite the collection of cosmetics that sadly sit there most days. I wake up at 5:30am every day to make a 6:30am bus for my job that starts at 7am, and even if I did forsake more sleep and get my butt out of bed right away, I’m a laboratory technician, I don’t have the ideal job for a full face of makeup.

Wanting to actually use these products outside of weekends, I figured the best way would be to create something that would force me to spend more nights out of my week playing around with makeup for a purpose, and a blog seemed like the right answer. But I still liked my boyfriend’s suggestion about creating the food blog, however I didn’t want to have two new blogs plus my personal blog. Then I thought, why not do both in the same place? No matter which medium, I’ll be creating something that I want to showcase, and recipes are just like makeup tutorials, right? Sort of? Pretty close?

And that is how Palates and Palettes was born. (Hehe, get it? Like, the palate of your mouth, and then makeup palettes? I am so witty, you guys)

It’s going to be weird since I’ll be catering (no pun intended) to two different kinds of audiences for the most part. Some of you will be here for makeup, some for cooking. My hope is that it won’t get in the way of your enjoyment of this blog and that perhaps you can appreciate both sides even if you’re partial to one! Heck, maybe I can even create some food-inspired looks based on what I’m cooking. Products like Too Faced’s Chocolate Bar do exist, after all, so food and makeup totally go together!

This is going to be an experiment in many ways, from combining both hobbies into one blog to actually creating food and makeup looks on a regular basis when I’m still quite new to doing both seriously. But I’m a scientist, my whole life is about experiments. And damn it all if I don’t have fun doing it.

So here we go. It’s time to begin the wild ride. I don’t yet know quite what my schedule will look like for posting to this blog, I’ll figure that out as I go online. Both of these hobbies will not only be a time investment but a financial one as well, so it’s inevitable that things may get hindered at points due to money, but as of this moment, I’m in it and I can’t get out.

Until next time!

This post has been brought to you by tea, post-workout grunge, power brows and NYX’s Hunk Butter Lipstick.