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Monday, February 19, 2018

Shopping on a budget- 'fit ideas

WHADDUPP-Shopping on a budget is SO easy! Even when you have an expensive taste you can still look fabulous.

All of these looks are under $25 all found at NINE!

Pictured in this outfit:
Shorts: $10
Top: $12
I really enjoy a fringy look. This top you can dress it up or down! I recommend wearing it will dark jeans.

Pictured in this outfit:
Dress: $15 
This dress would look great with a pair of nude heels for a HOT date night!
Pictured in this outfit:
Bodysuit: $12
Bottoms: $10
I love this look with a cute pair of sneakers or sandals! The half sleeves really dress up the look with the shorts make it a casual affair.

Pictured in this outfit:
Top: $9
Skirt: $12
Love the black on the black leather look! This skirt is ADORBS! Tie the shirt up to show a little skin or tuck it in for a more sleek look.
Pictured in this outfit:
Top: $9
Shorts: $10
I love this beachy look! Pair it with a cute pair of sandals- perfect summer/spring look!

Shopping on a budget is CUTE & EASY!!


Monday, January 15, 2018

Fashion Tip 101:

Fashion talk:

Let’s talk about "stepping out of your comfort zone.”

It is good to try something new every once in a while. It is good for our character, soul, and daily happiness. If you live life the same day-to-day life is going to get boring and we don’t want boring. NO WAY!

I think shopping resale is a great way to step outside of your comfort zone! It is super easy to shop at resale boutiques. You can save a lot of money shopping this way too! It is good to recycle when you can J

So you may be thinking…
"Mads, no, I will never be able to find anything at a resale store.” 
I promise you will be able to find cute clothes for so much LESS!

There is a local boutique I now am an intern at named “Nine Resale Boutique”. They have the cutest clothes, at a fair cost and Nine gives back to the community! (big plus). 

Look #1:
This fun & flirty look is too cute not to love! Feel great in a look you can be comfy in as well. Top: H&M Bottoms (not for sale): Forema Boutique - Shoes (not for sale): DSW 
Total look cost: $20

Look #2:
This fab duo will make you feel as though you can take over the world! Both top and bottom are from ZARA! I love ZARA!
Look total: $35

Look #3:
Once again, I am loving this ZARA crop top! I am really feeling this whole funky pant with a solid color top look lately. You can dress this look up or down giving you endless options to mix and match with. Such a great buy!
Look total: $35

Look #4:
My favorite! This jumpsuit is adorable! It was a little long for me but you can fix the length by wearing cute heels with it. I wore simple close-toed black heels to dress the look up a bit. 
Look total: $25

Friend: “Where did you get that? It is so cute!" 
You: “I got it from Nine, girl!"
 *insert sassy arm up emoji* 💁

xoxox with love,

Photos by: Jess Stein @thisisjessstein
Follow Nine on Instagram and Facebook: @nineresaleboutique

Friday, December 29, 2017


Oh 2017, my dear friend, you were for sure my most challenging year. No hard feelings, but I am ready to say good-bye. You pushed me to fight and become stronger and it taught me a lot, but it was also very exhausting. I learned to focus on myself love and chose to put my happiness first. I was able to let go of the negative and focus on all positive. Here is a little monthly recap of what 2017 looked like:

My birthday month (best month obviously), but this month I was fighting a mental breakdown. Looking back at photos I could see it on my face I was ready to break down. I hate this memory of me, but the months to come do have light at the end of the tunnel.
"...light at the end of the tunnel."

I had a mental break down that placed me in the hospital for a time span of two weeks. I would like to apologize for all of the pain, stress, and fear I put not just my body, but also everyone I love through that. I will never harm my body again; I have learned to love it too much to ever do such a thing again.
"I love my body..."

Finally gained the strength to remove the monsters from my life. Best day of my life happened this month and I will never forget that morning waking up.

I was hurting from the heartache, but slowly gaining back my strength.
"I will be happy again..."

As the semester came to an end I promised myself to love who I am and to forget any pain that haunted me. This was the beginning of something beautiful.
 "The beginning of something beautiful." 
While surrounding myself with wonderful friends, I discovered my best girlfriend. We share the same love of aviation. I am so proud of her.

I passed stats with a B (I am not a numbers person so this was magical) and I did some traveling in the Midwest.
*Side note: I am ready to go back to Chicago.

Junior year of college started, and I met someone who ends up becoming a part of the rest of my 2017 in a positive way. It is funny how life throws things at you out of nowhere when you are least expecting it.

Irma came so basically this month didn’t even happen this year. Also lost a dear friend from my childhood. I will forever think about you every time the sunsets on the river, keep on fishing Rider.
"R.I.P. Rider..."

Once again building a wonderful relationship with the person from August. Loving my friends. Making my parents proud. I also had to say goodbye to my best guy friend as he left to start his airline career. I am so happy for him.

Finally, the business August person and I started really kicked into gears this month. This was a very great month I traveled a lot this month. The world is a beautiful place.
"Some advice: You should try to travel often."

The semester ended. I have always dreaded the holiday season. For the first time in years, I was able to get through Christmas without a panic attack, it was a huge step in my healing process.

The year started off rough, but that was my own fault. I was too focused loving something that was only tearing me down. I was allowing monsters from the past tear me down, and I convinced myself that I was not enough. What I learned though is that I am enough. I am more than enough. What I learned this year is that the best love is not shared with another person, the best love is the love you share with yourself. You are in control of your life. I still have my moments, I am still in the process of healing from my wounds. To those who caused me great pain in my life I will be leaving you in 2017. To those who have been a blessing in my life I will take you along with me into 2018. I cannot wait to not just watch myself grow; I can’t wait to watch as we all grow together in 2018.

Don’t forget to smile,
With love

Xo, M

Friday, September 29, 2017

Being Kind Is The New "Kool"

You are never too cool to be a nice person.

It makes me sad when I hear a person, put another person down. What exactly are you getting out of that besides the satisfaction of spreading negative vibes around you?  I have always had a hard time grasping why people are so rude to one another. Just because you are having a bad day doesn't mean you need to ruin someone else's.

You never know what is going on in someone else's life.

We all have had struggles in life. I have had my fair share of rough days, bad memories, and bad chapters in life (I will be sharing these stories eventually). You know what all of those life lessons taught me? They taught me that being kind is the best way to heal. Are you listening to me? Being KIND. It makes me feel good to know that I can make someone smile. I strive to make other's feel their best because there was a time in my life I didn't feel my best and when people were jerks it made me feel even worse.

When being cordial to others keep in mind that you can't be too nice. You can be kind without having others walk all over you. That was hard for myself to learn because I hate telling someone "no", I have a hard time disappointing someone. What I am trying to say is that you can be a sweetheart while also understanding your limits and doing what makes YOU the happiest why also making others warm around you as well.

Never forget that you come before anyone else. No one is superior to you; never allow someone to make you think you are less than what you are.

If someone is being a jerk, let them. Literally just walk away with a smile and let them be unpleasant. Those people will learn someday that the real cool in society is to spread kindness not hate. There is no excuse to be mean.

Kindness is cool. I love when I see someone hold the door and the other person smiles. I love when the holidays are going on and you hear of the people who anonymously pay off people's layaways. Writing sweet notes and leaving them for a friend to find is another kind gesture. There are so many thoughtful things you can do for someone. You shouldn;t make any excuses not to be nice. Your kind gestures don't have to be huge, they can be small and simple.

It is the thought that counts.

There are so many ways to be a nice person. Remember not everyone is going to appreciate the things you do. People are going to put you down for being who you are. Whatever you do, do not allow those few get you down. You are doing the right thing being a good-hearted person. You will find that life is a lot better once you choose to always be light-hearted.

*This week's article was inspired by a friend-thank you for being a kind person.


Monday, September 4, 2017

The importance of loving yourself

"You must marry yourself before you invest in anyone else," my Mima said to me before getting off of the phone with me earlier in the evening. We were discussing the importance of loving yourself.
Loving yourself is a beautiful thing it makes you glow from the inside and outside. When you love yourself you will make others gravitate towards you because your true happiness is inviting to people. It is the fairest thing you can do for someone else, if you are not happy with yourself you will only drag your loved one down with you. You need to know who you are before you allow someone else to know you.

Loving yourself will not come easy. I have been working on this goal for 6 months now and from time to time I become exhausted feeling as though I will never be able to tell myself "I love you", and mean it. What I have learned to realize is that I will for the rest of my life fall slowly in love with myself through successes, through pain, through laughter and life I will discover new reasons to love who I am. My Mima will be 75 years old soon and she is still learning to love herself. Loving who you are is a journey.

Loving yourself brings confidence. A confident woman is a beautiful woman. As I look back on the past several months I do love myself more today than I did yesterday and I plan on waking up tomorrow loving myself even more. I am still learning to accept my flaws. I am still learning that some days I will still feel like laying in bed all day because my heart is hurting, I will push through it. Every day is a new chance to do something I didn't get the chance to do the day before.

I live for myself. I live to make myself proud. I repeat in my head when a bad thought comes into my brain "I love myself...I love myself..." making me push out the bad. When I wake up I say to myself in the mirror "I love myself" and tonight before I close my eyes the last thing I will say before I dream is, "I love myself".

Now go on and love, yourself. You need it.


Monday, August 14, 2017


Sharing the scoop on my favorite makeup and hair products~

You can thank me later.

 "Better Than Sex" product by Too Faced
"Lights, Camera, LASHES" Product by Tarte

Both products do WONDERS to your lashes. They are both cruelty-free as well. I discovered BTS about a year ago and it is still my go to. Both mascaras fall into the $20 range.

TIP: Always try to change out your mascara every 2-3 months..to keep your lashes from looking clumped and to make sure you don't develop eye infections.

"Chocolate Bar" Product by Too Faced

It smells like chocolate! YUM! Cruelty-free! And provides all colors needed to make your eyes POP!

TIP: Clean your eyeshadow brushes weekly. I use baby shampoo and warm water. Cleaning your brushes helps get rid of germs and it really does make a difference to your make up over all.


"Precision Longwear LINER" Product by Tarte



"Born This Way" Product by Too Faced

I love the weightless feel of the foundation and that it lasts all day. It doesn't give my skin an oily shine and it is easy to remove at the end of the day.

TIP: Apply small amounts at a time add more to your liking as you blend. This will help you from looking "cake faced".

You're probably noticing I only use Tarte and Too Faced these two brands just seem to satisfy me the most! I like these products for many reasons:

1. Cruelty-Free
2. They have everything from foundation-lipstick
3. Cute packaging
4. won't break the bank too much

Now to hair...

"Prep Rally" by Dry Bar

Looking for a great heat protectant? I highly recommend this.

TIP: Only spray a few times make to spray the entire head.


"Detox" Product By Dry Bar

Wanting to get that refreshing feeling, but you don't have the time? Who ever invented dry shampoo I owe you big time. This has become my favorite brand of dry shampoo.

TIP: After spraying be sure to comb it through with either your fingers or a brush no one likes the white powder look on top of their head.


"Fresh Cut Split End Mender" Product by Living Proof

The greatest product I have ever purchased. You must add this to your hair supplies it is life changing.

TIP: A little goes a long way...

Once again you are seeing a trend. I primarily only use Dry Bar the product is a little pricey but I am a true believer in that you get what you pay for. Dry Bar is cruelty-free and the products are weightless and they smell great too! Living Proof is another fabulous product created by a couple of scientists. You can find these brands at Sephora and Ulta.

Bye for now~

Monday, July 24, 2017

What Makes Me Happy

I love to laugh and smile, who doesn't?

Here is a handful of things that make ME happy! 

1. Getting an A on an exam
2. Being around great friends
3. Seeing my friends happy
4. A tasty cup of coffee or tea
5. Nice people
6. Cute dogs
7. Any kind of baby animal
8. Being healthy
9. That feeling after a hot shower
10. Shaved legs
11. A new pair of shoes
12. Laughing at a good joke
13. Happy memories
14. Taking fun photos
15. Polaroids
16. Dancing
17. Old couples still in love
18. Getting mani/pedi's
19. Traveling
20. Great music
21. The ocean
22. Anything tropical
23. Shopping
24. Giving people presents
25. Making other's feel good about themselves
26. Hugs
27. Rainy days that lead to a sunny welcome
28. Stories with happy endings
29. Sunrises and sunsets
30. Finding sweet notes left by loved ones

This is just 30 things that make me happy. There is much more that makes me smile, but I shortened it for your sake. I hope that you can have a list this big that makes you smile as well. Everyone deserves happiness in life. I want you to continue being YOU and being HAPPY about being YOU.

-Always remember that niceness goes long way. 

Tell me what makes you happy. I'd love to hear it!