6.02.2014

So where the heck have I been?

It has been over 2 years since I've posted anything on youtube, my blog, etc. It's been a crazy couple of years. Things had just gone crazy, and as life came around - and blog stuff just fell off.

So what happened?  

WORK

So I was working for a retail company as an in-house designer, and just recently was laid off, which is probably the worst feeling the world. Well - one of them. It's a terrible story and I won't put ya'll through it, but it happened. It's a good things that it happened. 

Work started feeling very laborious. When I first started, I loved it. It was hard, but I loved it. I'm very much a believer in doing something you love and making it work for you. But something happened. I always felt like I was trying to do new things and get ideas out there, and it just wasn't being heard. That doesn't sit well with me, so I kind of started getting lost. I used to wake up everyday and be excited to go to work, but for the past year, I really hated it. I dreaded it. It was a negative environment, I felt stunted creatively, and it just wasn't a good situation for me. 

Anyway - I'm out. I'm taking a big ass leap and working on my own freelance design business and building my own brand. Working for myself is the only that I will be happy, so I needed that push of being let go to just do it and do it the best that I can. Have you guys ever gone through that? 

You can check out my work here: katmad.com 


MUSIC

Well, I had a big break up with my boyfriend at the time. Things were just bad and I had a rough time getting over it. When it happened everything just went crazy for me. I got really sad, and just had to force myself to do anything. So I started writing, again. For those of you who don't know, I'm actually a musician. For a while, that kinda of fell out sight for me. The breakup spurred my creativity and I pumped out a bunch of new music. 

I started going to open mics and getting myself out there. When things happen in my life that are a bit tough, it takes a lot for me to let other people in and talk about it, so I rely on writing or music or art to work it out. Eventually, I started to getting gigs and 2 years later, I've played at a bunch of big places here in Philly. It's still something I do, and I'm still looking to see where it will take me. 





What does that mean? Well, that means in my vlogs you'll get to see what it's like to try and make music happen as an independent artist in Philadelphia. I'll take you to my gigs, and you'll see how I get ready, check out my outfits, etc. 

Do you guys have favorite local artists?

CROSSFIT/OLYMPIC LIFTING/FITNESS

So, shortly after the breakup, I sort of spiraled a bit. I drank way too much and I kinda stopped caring about my body. A friend of mine had pushed me to go to the gym with her and try this thing out called crossfit. It was interesting to me, but, you have to know, I used to walk into globo gyms and have anxiety attacks. I had bad experiences being in gyms (a topic I can go further into detail - but I will hold back for now cause that's a whole other story), so the thought of going to her gym made me nervous. I needed to do something though. 

So I sucked it up and showed up. Little did I know, I was entering a cult. A cult I'm still a part of today. It has changed me so much and made me a much stronger woman physically and mentally. I have a much healthier relationship with my health and my body and am damn proud to be a crossfit chick. My gym has brought me a ton of new friends and opened my eyes to things I thought I would never do.






So yeah! That's the cliff notes of what I've gone through in the past 2 years. Tell me what's new? What's going on? It's amazing to just kind of sit and think back to where I was 2 years ago and compare that to who I am today. I'm so much more confident and I feel like I've come into my own. I hope you guys are still with me because we're about to have some fun! 

4.30.2012

April 2012 Faves


My April faves! 

garnier b.b. cream
My first foray into the the b.b. cream world. I have to say I really like the finish. It's great for everyday. It gives you your spf and kind smooths everything else out. That's the only way I can really describe it. Don't get me wrong, you definitely can see your skin through. It's not full coverage by any means, but it definitely is just enough for those who want to look natural with a little oomph. 

origins starting over moisturizer & eye cream
This combo came into fruition because of my obsession over my new "lines." Never in my life had I have to deal with these "lines," but there they are. Now I'm figuring out what I can find to help it out.  These are pretty awesome. When I slather this on at night, I wake up and my skin looks and feels better. What is it doing for my lines? Not sure, but, hey, at least I'm doing something.
 
hula bronzer
A fave that I always will love. It's the perfect color for olive skin. Never looks fake or muddy on me.
benefit primer potion - edenI forgot how awesome these are. They really do make a difference in color and in staying power for your eyeshadows.

spiked bracelet, bcbg generation Been wearing this everyday this month. It's just one of those pieces that I can't get bored of. It's totally my style.

ardell eyelashes 106I've been wanting to wear eye lashes more and more, and these are awesome. I picked them up at target. They don't way the eye lids down, they don't itch and they wear well more than once.

Well, that's it for me! If you have any favorite b.b. creams or skin care for anti-aging for combo/oily skin, let me know! I would love to know. Leave me a comment. 




4.17.2012

My Week in Style // 4.10-4.14


I'm going to try and resurrect this idea I had long ago. All my OOTD's put together in one vlog about what I wore. You'll see the good, the bad and the ugly. You can also get a sense of how I put things together day to day and what my faves are. 

Let me know what you guys think! =) 

Monday
(not featured in video, but I figured I'd round this out)
jacket & sweater, f21; necklaces, h&m; shoes, target, leggings, h&m


Tuesday
leggings, Barefeet; shirt, walmart; necklace, H&M; ring, obey; watch, michael kors



Wednesday
shirt, American Apparel; pants, Barefeet; shoes, target; sweater, BCBG; fur stole & bag, H&M


Thursday

maxi dress & sweater, f21; jacket, H&M; watch, MK; love & spiked bracelet, BCBG generation; boots, steve madden



Friday 
sweater. marshalls; skirt, f21; shoes, steve madden; jacket, f21; fur stole, h&m


4.15.2012

Tanning supply trip turns target haul

 

UPDATE: 
I picked up these things about a week ago, and let's say that this wasn't my most successful target trip. 

In a nut shell, rather than bore you with details... 

The spray tan? NO. Orange. 
Gradual Tanner? A good brown color. Still working to get where I want to be. 
 Wipes? Okay. 
Polish? Chips SUPER easily. I've been carrying the bottle for upkeep. 

None of these things have been jumping at me as far as something I'd definitely purchase again. 
 

 

4.09.2012

March Favorites

It's that time again... and, again, I'm late. Whatevs.

swatches left to right, top to bottom: MAC well dressed, MAC boy bait, MAC Nicki Minaj, Boy Bait & Nicki Minaj combined,
Anastasia Brow Pen in Universal Brown

Neutrogena Clear Pore Cleanser/Mask 
My holy grail "what-the-hell-is-going-on-with-my-skin" product. It really helps bring my skin back to manageable when it decides to change up (how thoughtful of you, skin). 

BigSexyHair Powder Play 
This has become a necessity for me when doing my hair. I need a ton of volume because I have a rounder face and flat hair, so this is something I never leave the house without on. Just sprinkle the powder at the root of your hair near your crown, give it a little shimmy shake at the root with your finger tips, and go. Perfect messy volume and texture. 

This is something you definitely need to wash out of your hair every day, though. The texture continues to build through out the day. 

Clinique Superbalanced makeup 
My new favorite foundation. It gives a flawless finish. A little heavy for my taste, but applied with your fingers, this is a great alternative to those $40-something foundations. 

MAC studio finish concealer 
A classic concealer with a nice finish. Never lets me down. 

Anastasia Brow Pen 
A new love for me. I've been wanting to try this out, and I finally bit the bullet and payed the $20 for it. I have to say that it gives the most natural looking brows. I always draw my brows in because they're spastic and pretty unruly right now. Powder looks fake to me, and pencil looks even faker if I'm in a hurry. This is perfect because it lasts all day and doesn't make me look like a mannequin.

MAC Cremesheen Gloss in Boy Bait 
The perfect over-anything color. It's great on its own, and it's great on every lipstick that i've put it over. The cremesheen formula is also one that I'm becoming obsessed with. It's smooth and lasts really well on the lips. 

MAC Viva Glam Lipstick in Nicki Minaj
My favorite lipstick at the moment. It's a super bright barbie pink that I just can't get enough of. I'll wear it full on. It's the perfect spring color. 

MAC well dressed 
Dont' know if I mentioned this in the video, but I'm in love with this blush. It's so easy and looks so effortless on. If you haven't tried this, I suggest you go out and buy it. I think every girl simply needs this color. It's the perfect flush of pink that looks natural. It gives your face a really pretty glow without looking overdone.