sugar is enemy no. 1 (aka brb, crying)

Happy Thursday, Magical Creatures!

I’m actually pre-writing this post on Wednesday because today is Anthony and I’s 1 year anniversary!

Feel free to vomit at our cuteness.

I want to explore a topic with y’all that I’m trying to figure out: being a healthy person. What even does that mean anymore?!?

My most recent adventure with attempting to be “healthy” is trying to cut back on sugar, a.k.a. the light of my life.

This is really tough because I have a massive sweet tooth, which is one of the reasons that I NEED to cut back. Did you know that sugar is addictive? This fact was shocking to me, and also kind of scary.

I’m on this path because I recently picked up a book called I Quit Sugar by Sarah Wilson thanks to my mom, who has been trying to get me to read it for a while. Mostly, I wanted to stay in the dark about the dangers quietly lurking in my gluten-free pumpkin pancakes.

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Honestly, this book has pretty much ruined my life. Now that I know all the terrifying things my sugar addiction does to my body, there is no turning back.

In her book, Wilson explains the origins of our obsessions with sugar. Eons ago when humans were living in caves and hunting for their food, sugar was hard to come by and also extremely valuable because of the “instant energy” it provided. This means that our bodies never evolved to become full after eating sugar. Now that all we have to do to find a sugary treat is walk into our kitchens, it is WAY to easy to fuel that fire.

Other scary things about sugar (specifically fructose) that Wilson mentions:

  • it is linked to dementia
  • it speeds up aging
  • it has been connected to many kinds of cancer
  • it can cause anxiety and a loss of concentration

Sarah Wilson takes a “gentle and kind” approach to quitting sugar, which is making it much easier on me. She proposes an 8 week process, ending with a full recovery from addiction to sugar. The idea is to build up good habits over time because, according to Wilson, restrictive thinking is rarely a successful endeavor.

At the moment, I’m almost completed with week one, meaning that I am just making a few changes. These include cutting out cereals, soft drinks and juices, candy and “low-fat” products. Did you know that low-fat products usually contain more sugar than their counterpart whole-fat products? (Think: Skinny Cow Ice Cream, Low-fat flavored yogurt, and the fact that Twizzlers are advertised as a “low-fat food”)

I’m doing the thing, which is already proving challenging.

One good thing that I have discovered so far is that lattés are delicious even without any sweetener.

I have also discovered that I have about 0% willpower and that clearly needs to change.

Next time you go for fruit and yogurt in the morning, maybe think about eating eggs with avocado instead. Little changes can go a long way.

Thanks for sticking it out with me on this writing-heavy post, I know it’s not my usual deal.

Have a good weekend, magical creatures! I, myself, am taking a thrilling trip to Costco this weekend.

Glitter and Rainbows,

The Girlicorn

don’t put away your sundresses (aka rules are lies)

Happy Sunday, Magical Creatures!

After a week of pseudo-summer, it’s finally getting chilly outside, which is SO satisfying. I have been excitedly unpacking my coats/hats/scarves/gloves/boots bin.

Check back in February when I will be complaining about the cold and yearning for sunshine.

For now, however, I will be celebrating with blankets and tea.

The sad part about cooler weather is that you have to give up all those cute summer tanks and dresses that you invested in not so long ago, right?

WRONG.

Don’t give up on those summer pieces yet because you can repurpose them for fall, and there are a couple reasons why that is a good idea.

For one, having flexible items you can wear in a few different seasons is a great way to reduce your carbon footprint. The fashion industry has made disposable fashion the new thing, and as a result we are buying more and more clothes largely because of how cheap they are.

Aside from protecting the planet, it is quite sad to put away all of those cute summer pieces that you recently invested in or, I don’t know, received as a birthday gift.

I’m going to show you a few ways that your wardrobe can transcend seasons and transition from past summer nights to the coming chilly mornings.

Layering is really the key to putting summer pieces to use during fall, and is also right on trend. This first piece is a beautiful dress from Dandy Boutique in Charleston. I got it for my birthday from my aunt, so I’ve barely been able to wear it at all. It’s white, but who cares about the labor day rule anymore?!? Rules are lies! Down with the patriarchy!

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(photo by Mandy Underwood, check out her website @ http://www.mandyunderwoodphoto.com/)

Add a cardigan and some sneaks, suddenly the look changes seasons entirely. I have to be careful not to spill coffee on it though. Layering a cardigan or sweater over any sleeveless dress can turn it into a perfect fall look.

The next piece I’m repurposing is a BDG button-front denim skirt, which I wear constantly during the summer. I can wear it with basically everything I own, so I’m not giving it up yet.

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(photo by Anthony Majewski who insisted I put this photo credit on here)

I threw on some tights (my savior during fall), and I paired it with a sweater, scarf and boots. You can do this with almost any summery mini. Tights and boots can transform them for fall.

In this last look I’m featuring my go-to romper from this past summer. This one is long-sleeved, which easily lends itself to be worn in chilly weather.

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(photo by Anthony Majewski)

In this case all I needed to add was tights and booties (and a cute hat because hats), but if yours is sleeveless you can totally use the cardigan trick.

A few things to remember about repurposing summer pieces:

  • LAYERING is key
  • RULES ARE LIES, wear what you want, when you want
  • praise be to TIGHTS
  • FEEL GOOD because you are helping the planet

Have a good week, magical creatures!

I’m applying for some internships this week, so wish me luck.

Glitter and Rainbows,

The Girlicorn

the story continues…

Happy Thursday, Magical Creatures!

“Is this blog even a thing anymore?” you might be asking yourself.

I know, I know.

I’ve been gone for a while, yes, but I’m back and I’m also wearing black.

A new chapter of my life is beginning as I will soon be required to leave this glorious university and move on to bigger (and hopefully better) things. I have changed the layout and design of the website to reflect my endlessly positive outlook.

My future career in public relations requires that I be an exceptional writer, and the only way I will become one of those elusive magical creatures is by practicing. So, here I am, practicing.

Not only do I want to improve my writing skillzz, I also just miss doing this thing. I miss planning posts, taking pictures, meeting with Mandy all the time for “business,” but mostly, I miss forcing myself to look for the aesthetic beauty in my life.

Here is a quick life update for you, mystical beings:

  • age: 22
  • senior at ball state
  • still not eating devil gluten
  • hair is brown
  • ran out of contacts so glasses
  • dating a superhero (Anthony)
  • looking for real jobs, scary
  • joined PRSSA
  • resisting “the man”

Look for my posts on Thursdays and Sundays. If you don’t already follow me, press the little follow button you’ll see in the bottom right corner when you’re scrolling. You know, in case you don’t wanna miss a thing.

Thanks for coming back around after all this time, you marvelous people.

Have a wonderful weekend, I might be going to a football game (weird)?!?

Glitter and Rainbows,

The Girlicorn

stevie nicks is my hero

Happy Monday Magical Creatures!

Did you SEE the AMAZING thing that happened last night?

My dear children of the moon: the moon is incredible.

So, beyond blood moons…

Mandy and I did a shoot a couple of weeks ago inspired by young Stevie Nicks, and it’s finally edited! I have a few looks to share with y’all.

Dress: Gypsy Warrior, Hat: Forever 21, Blanket: Woolrich

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Dress: Forever 21, Pendant: Clear Quartz

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Mandy is back at it, and she continues to amaze me.

Wait, What? I heard that Mandy is accepting new clients! Contact her on her Facebook page if you’re looking for portraits, head shots, or photos of any kind!

Also, here is a bonus gift for you on this magical monday.

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I accidentally put my hand in a big spiderweb.

Have a wonderful week mystical beings.

Glitter and Rainbows,

The Girlicorn

a magical mystery tour…of my room

Happy Tuesday Magical Creatures!

I’ve had a lovely first week of being 21, and have decided it is going to be my best year yet.

I’m finally feeling at home in my new apartment, and decided to give you a virtual tour!

Go ahead and listen to this while you read.

I want you all to feel the pure happiness that my room provides me with.

I wanted my room to be a true representation of myself. At the same time, I want to have to put myself into the room when I walk in. I think that the neutral colors give me some room to grow. It feels very relaxed and lived in. And most importantly, magical.

I made my bed for y’all, so be happy. Other than that, this is a pretty accurate example of how my room usually looks.

Roll up! The Magical Mystery Tour is dying to take you away (to my room).

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It was very polite of you to knock. Please, come in!

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How are you doing on this mystical afternoon, beautiful ones? That’s wonderful to hear.

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Left to Right:

A doodle, a 1-hour photo of weeds, a painting of my iPhone background from 2014.

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Crystals:

Blue Quartz, Sapphire, Hematite, Amethyst; Quartz Ball

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Yes, those are replica vampire hunting stakes from Buffy, funny you should ask!

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Left to Right:

A picture of my dad as an infant, a tree I drew once, the car sticker for my ENO.

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A lunar calendar, because moon cycles are more important than you think.

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Meet Metallica, the unicorn.

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This handmade dreamcatcher is from my girl Torie McFerran at Fabled Fox Designs! Check out her amazing Muncie-based Etsy Shop!

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Left to Right:

SIGNED poster from the Vesper’s 2013 tour, a wallet-sized picture of my photographer Mandy being cute with her guitar, a 1-hour photo of my brother exploring Winona Lake’s mysterious “lions den.”

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This is all the energy I have to offer you today, my dear children of the moon.

May your week be filled with butterflies.

Glitter and Rainbows,

The Girlicorn

ten things that charleston taught me

Happy Tuesday Magical Creatures!

I know, I haven’t blogged in forever.

SORRY, OKAY.

So instead of recapping all of my adventures in Charleston, today I have for you TEN very, very important and real things that I learned during my summer in the south.

Or as I’m going to title my memoir, “The Summer without Lightning Bugs.”

That’s right, there are no lightning bugs in Charleston.

1.Be mindful.

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I spent quite a bit of my time with nature this summer. It definitely gave me some perspective on how small I am, and how I have to pay attention to the world around me.

2. A man’s home is wherever he hangs his hat.

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After I felt settled in Charleston, I realized how much I feared change. I also realized that there is nothing to be afraid of, and that I can make friends and live wherever I am.

3. Your eyes are as big as you want them to be.

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This is a confusing one. You are only what you perceive yourself to be. If you think you are pretty, then you are pretty. If you think your eyes are big, then your eyes are big.

4. Being overdressed is not a thing.

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Especially not in Charleston, y’all. There is no shame in always looking and feeling your best.

5. Nobody is Perfect.

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I know what you’re, thinking, “Didn’t Hannah Montana teach us this years ago?” You are correct! But, I guess it didn’t really sink in for me until it hit me in the face. Don’t expect anyone to be perfect, no matter how high you rank them in your life.

6. Horrible things happen in this world, but it’s how you respond to them that makes all the difference.

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Seeing how the city of Charleston responded to the shooting at Mother Emmanuel AME was an incredible thing to witness first hand. It restored my hope in humanity, and reminded me that love really does conquer all.

7. You’ll find people you love where you least expect them.

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I made some really important connections this summer. One being my cousin’s new husband, the Captain, who became one of my best friends. Another was my boss Ashley, who is the most incredible, sweet, wonderful, awesome human ever.

8. You don’t have to try so hard.

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I worked so hard to find myself this summer that I didn’t just let it happen. We’re all works in progress.

9. Don’t be afraid to tell those closest to you what’s up.

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Because they will help you.

10. True Magic is everywhere around you, you just have to look for it.

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I witnessed so many magical moments this summer. Don’t be afraid to call them out for what they are.

I had a pretty memorable summer in Charleston, and look forward to more fashion, friends and fun this semester back at Ball State.

I’m on to my second day of classes now, and so far I have made a connection with a new professor, have joined a student organization,  and was cast in a show!

Expect actual blogging from me this semester, because my plan is to not suck.

Have a good week, you beautiful flower humans.

Glitter and Rainbows,

The Girlicorn

P. S. I’m a real blonde now.

folly beach is where i live now

Happy Sunday Magical Creatures!

I’ve fallen in love with Charleston, hard.

I’ve been here only a few hours short of two weeks, and I already feel like I live here. I can’t imagine ever living anywhere else.

Going back to Muncie in the fall is going to be…an adventure.

One of the most amazing parts of living on Folly Road is that I live a whole seven minutes from downtown Charleston, and about ten minutes from the beach.

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I’m a happy camper, if you can’t tell.

I’m wearing a boho dress from Target, $15. Also, a vintage one-piece hot pink bathing suit that was my mom’s in the 90’s. My hat was $10 from Urban Outfitters, same for the sunglasses. I got everything on sale. I’ve found out that you shouldn’t wear anything important to the beach, because it will be covered in sand, no matter how hard you try to keep it clean.

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This is Folly Beach, my new house.

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I see you up there, Lorenzo. That’s my car; his name is Lorenzo.

Now that I’m a proud owner of an Eagles Nest Outfitters Hammock (ENO), I bring that to the beach with me. I have to find a good place to hang it, and there is a perfect tree on the beach in a little nook.

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I try to pack light, carrying everything I need with me in my Minnie LeSportSac mini backpack, along with my phases of the moon towel from Urban Outfitters. Apparently they discontinued the pattern of my backpack, but here is a similar one.

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My ENO is a single nest, $59.95. The straps I bought were $29.95.

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Those bags, a book, headphones, sunscreen, my wallet, my Yurbuds, and my water bottle all fit in my backpack, magically.

It only takes about 5 minutes to set up an ENO, the hardest part is figuring out where you should hang the straps to get the right amount of sag in the hammock. Everything else is so easy. Trust me, if I can do it, anyone can.

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HERE IT IS! Set up all cute in this shady little tree.

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Also, applause for Camelbak Water Bottles, I can just hook it right onto my ENO so it doesn’t get all sandy.

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It’s so beautiful. I want you all to be here with me to experience the ethereal gorgeousness of nature. We’ll have a nature-appreciation beach party.

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I hope y’all don’t mind that all of your presents from Charleston will be seashells and coral.

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I can’t believe that this is my real life. I’m hiding in a hammock in a tree on a beach.

Also I’m adoring my internship. I’m working for an incredible company with the most beautiful, kind people. But I’ll get more into that next time.

Have a good week, mystical beings. I’ll check in soon.

Glitter and Rainbows,

The Girlicorn

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