Monday, April 24, 2017

Convention Tips!

Hi there! Happy Monday! Today I have for you something that a lot of bloggers have done before, convention tips. I know it is slightly overused but for each person it's different and you'll always get something new. So here are my favorite tips for convention season, enjoy!

  1. Bring a Bag
    1. Simple, I know, but trust me, you'll thank me later. Think of going to a convention like you're going to a theme park. You're gonna want stuff like a water bottle, snacks, sunscreen, etc. in your bag because it'll give you more time outside than going back to your hotel and getting stuff and it's just easier, especially if you're bringing kids. 
    2. Pro Tip: some conventions, like SDCC, will give you those big, graphic bags for free and some vendors will give you those too if you spend a certain amount of money.
  2. Wear the "Proper" Clothing
    1. Again, I know, it's common sense but some people (like the newbies) don't know these things. Wear your walking shoes, dress in clothing that you like to wear and that's comfortable. If you're cosplaying, god bless your soul and good luck. 
    2. Pro Tip: For my curvy girls and guys out there with thick thighs, like myself, bring stuff for chub rub. You'll thank me later.
  3. Stay Hydrated
    1. Chances are you won't be taking a ton of breaks because it's a convention, you wanna do stuff (duh), so you'll need to stay hydrated. Bringing a water bottle will be in your favor because you can refill it and save money instead of buying a $5 water bottle in the convention itself. Hydroflasks are also a great investment :) .
  4. Eat 
    1. Common sense again but snacks will get you far, especially if you're waiting in line for something. If you do go outside of the convention center to eat, try to stay on the lighter side of the menu so you don't carb crash or go into a food coma. 
    2. Pro Tip: Bring more snacks than you'll think you'll need, this way you can share and you'll have more snacks
  5. Be Patient
    1. It happens every convention, some worker or volunteer just doesn't have a good attitude and they come off as snippy or something that rhymes with witchy. Being patient and polite will get you far. Also talking to them about their day and how their doing will benefit both of you in the long run.
  6. Talk to People!
    1. You're at a convention! There's a very good chance that you can find someone that you have a ton in common with! Convention friends are the best because you know someone who's actually there and you can do stuff together! MAKE FRIENDS!
  7. Don't be Afraid to Leave the Convention Center
    1. During a convention, there's always going to be stuff outside the convention center. Don't be afraid to explore a little and see what's out there. I know that during SDCC there's Nerd HQ, the Her Universe Fashion Show, last year the Impractical Jokers had a thing, there'll be shows and a bunch of other stuff. Most of it is free and you won't need a ticket, so if you're the only one with a con badge and you have someone else in your group, go do stuff with them, it's fun and free and you get free stuff sometimes. 
  8. Enjoy Where You're At
    1. This is gonna be cheesy but bear with me. Conventions, especially the bigger ones, are something not a lot of people have the privilege of experiencing. Take it all in when you're there because you might not get to go back the next year. 
Ok, I'm done with the sappiness. Have fun, be safe, use your noggin, listen to your body, follow your gut, etc. Happy Conning!

Love, Ken

Friday, April 14, 2017

Why I Stopped Wearing Foundation

   
    Hi there! Happy Friday, today I have kind of a chit-chat post. I'm gonna talk about why I stopped wearing foundation. If you don't know me, I freakin' love everything about makeup, so it's a big thing. At least to me, it is.
     I know that some "beauty gurus" like Jkissa and Michelle Phan don't wear foundation and only recently did I realize that I stopped wearing it too. It was never that I didn't like myself in foundation cause I did and it wasn't that finding the right foundation was difficult for me because as much as it was I eventually found one whether it was drugstore or high end. It got to a point where two things came to my mind. 1.) I suck at putting foundation on and 2.) I really don't think that I necessarily need to wear foundation.
     Whenever I would put foundation on it would be too much and I mean too much. Too much to the point where it would become "cakey" and it wouldn't look good anymore and it was a pain to take off. My skin also would break out a lot more when I would wear foundation compared to when I wasn't wearing it. When I did my makeup, I liked just wearing concealer and the rest of my face products and it looks a lot better on me too, not gonna lie.
     I think that I would wear foundation again, just maybe a different type. Like instead of liquid, I'd shoot for cream or powder. Or maybe even a BB/CC cream. Now that I'm thinking about it, probably powder because it's a lot easier to work with. That being said, if you know of any good powder foundations, hook a sister up.

Love,
Ken

Monday, April 10, 2017

What to do When Life Gets the Best of You

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Hi there, I'm back. Lately, I've realized that I really haven't been myself. There has been a cloud over my head that just won't go away no matter how hard I try to make it disappear. My day could be going great and I'd still be miserable. These past couples of weeks I've also noticed that nothing is making me truly happy anymore and the only things that are bringing me genuine joy are staying in bed avoiding all my responsibilities and watching Impractical Jokers. Going out with my friends is was doing that too because I could forget about all of the impending doom of next year and finally being forced to grow up. Then it hit me. I'm scared. I'm scared of growing up and I'm scared of the future. I know I shouldn't be because I can handle a lot and I know I'll get through it but at the end of the day, I'm terrified of what I can't control. So, here are some tips that I've been using if you're feeling the same way:

  1. Log off
    1. It helps to not get updates about everything because that'll just make you feel worse. Don't pay attention to what your friends are doing, don't pay attention to the news (just for a while, you should pay attention to what's happening in the world, education is power), let yourself be disconnected for a while and give your mind a break to just regenerate itself. Also, turning your electronics off will give them a well-deserved rest too. :)
  2. Treat yo' self
    1. Small things like going out to dinner at a place that you like either by yourself, with a friend, or bringing a book can make you focus a little more on the world around you and you're giving yourself something that you like and it will make that cloud dissipate just a little. Loving yourself is important and we should be doing it more often, here's my post on how and why you should (x).
  3. Write stuff down
    1. Writing stuff down is a great way of documenting how you're feeling for yourself and getting it out of your system so you're not stuffing it down. Also, plan your weeks and months in your planner and start to get all of your important dates and appointments, what have you written down so you can plan ahead and around them. 
  4. Control what you can
    1. If you're in school, do your school work and get a head start on your projects, this way you're not procrastinating and your work will be of better quality. If your house or room is dirty, clean it and create an environment that you can control. Once you've gained some sort of control life is going to get easier because you know what you're doing and you can distract yourself from all your "what if's". 
These tips, especially #3 and #4, are helping me through this little rough patch. I encourage you to at least try these and see how it turns out for you :). Good luck, you're doing great and it's all uphill from here.

Love, Ken