The start of a new year almost always brings reflection. As a fresh start, it embodies the hopefulness of any new venture, the allure that anything could be possible. Often, we look at ourselves and reevaluate our goals, making resolutions to improve for the better. While, I'm not one who typically makes resolutions, I have found myself thinking a lot about what I want out of the new year. This last year was a largely transitional phase of my life, with a lot of change and continued trial and error. Moving from my home, family, and friends and venturing out to new unknowns was exciting and inspiring, but also at times challenging and lonely. As someone who is outgoing, independent, and adventurous, it was a little shocking to me to realize I spent a great deal of 2017 feeling unfulfilled in my social relationships. That being said, I know exactly what I want to do. I truly believe we have the power to change, direct, and drive our lives. So, it's back to more of the things that I love and more of the things that were made for me. I think that feeling of unrest really comes from misplaced time and energy. If we give more to the things that give back to us, even in solitude, we're being replenished. So, expect more classic Michelle. Expect brunching, movies, dance, and puns. More time being social, more time with friends. As simple as it seems, I'm just ready to do more of what I love: travel, laugh, create, connect, and simply do good. Expect high standards, positive change, and more giving back. As I said, I'm not one who usually makes yearly resolutions, because I tend to identify something I want and pursue it right away, so expect change, join me in change, and let us all use our time to fulfill ourselves in the coming year ahead.
While some may love fall for cool temps, pumpkin-palooza, and cozy layers, I have my own motives. Of course I like fall, but mostly due to the return of football and a bunch of video game releases that trickle down until holiday season. And today, though it isn't a holiday that alway gets a lot of attention, is National Video Game Day! Playstation, Xbox, Nintendo, PC.. I own and play them all. Right now I'm currently loving Destiny 2 and Smite, and I'm anticipating South Park's The Fractured But Whole and the Nintendo Switch's Super Mario Odyssey and the next Yoshi installment.
Other than the fact that I'm older than I look, I would say one of the main things people are surprised to learn about me is that I am a fairly intense gamer in my spare time. Here's some thing you should know about me and gaming:
- Not everyone who plays video games is nerdy, anti-social, or a stereotype.
- If I'm playing games with your bf, husband, love interest... I'm not interested, calm down.
- Video games keep people connected, and I'm always pushing for a more inclusive gaming community
- One of the most difficult things for me to control while gaming is my outburst of puns and other humorous commentary. If you don't like that, you probably won't like gaming with me.
- I play on all the consoles.. you should too.
- When I play the Sims, I don't torture or kill my Sims.. who are you barbarians doing these things? Plus, I'm the president of the entire game, so forming a civilized society was basically my duty.
- Gaming is a rapidly-growing culture, with new genres, new tech, and new adventures pushing boundaries and development. It's just not what it used to be 10 years ago.
- Never neglect your real life for games. I love games, but you have to have balance.
- Game night without appropriately planned food and drink is a disaster.
- Video Games have some of the best make up / hair inspo you can find, or as the gaming community calls it, cosplay.
- My consoles are limited edition, white beauties. Why does this matter? They're glorious of course!
- Lastly... If you have a mic, don't blare music, chew into it, breathe like a crazy person, scream unnecessarily, carrying on side conversations, or really do anything that's audibly annoying, for the sake of everyone that can hear you. This should be common sense, but for some reason, there's still too many of you out there.
If you're a gamer, and you want to connect, shoot me a message!! If you're playing it, I've probably done it or been curious about it, and I'm always down to learn with fun, friendly people!
When I started blogging, I didn't know if I would like it, hate it, or even fully stick to it. I was looking for a way to better connect to people since moving, and I have been so pleasantly surprised. Not only has it been a great way to really see who your friends are, but I've met some awesome people along the way too. I was surprised to realize my blog b-day was already approaching and knew I better recognize making it through a year. To my awesome followers, fellow bloggers, friends, family, and fur baby - THANK YOU! I am so grateful for all the blog supporters in my life! To be real, I'd probably keep blogging even if I didn't have you all, because I'm a stubborn person like that, but hearing so much positive feedback certainly doesn't hurt. In my time behind the screen, I've come to realize blogging is a bit of a social responsibility. What do I mean by this...? On one hand, I try to make my blog a realistic example of my life. I know its been popular lately for people to hate on social media, saying it isn't real or everyone's life isn't like what you see in the digital world. Of course, that's true to some extent. I'm not constantly posting my best or worst moments or glued to my phone just for the 'gram, but what I strive to put out there is real, relatable content representing my every day life. Women need a stable and strong voice in the community. Our media legacy can't just be selfies and nudes.
When it comes to glamcadet, I try hard to keep it real with y'all. Between my no-make up shots, goofy candids that I select over the posed photos, or just an honest product review, I try to keep the smoke and mirrors out of it. I'm a really outgoing, straightforward, and low drama person, and I'd like my blog to continue to reflect that. One of my awesome blogger friends (@life0flexi) recently asked me to write ten things about myself, and I thought this would be an appropriate place to do so. To know me is to love me, right?
1. My love for McDonalds seems to know no bounds. I probably say that a lot, but noting my love for food is the first thing that comes to mind when I think of me.
2. I have a pun problem. I spend a seriously large amount of brain energy just randomly generating puns and unnecessary jokes in my head to myself. I often wonder just what else I could accomplish if I could somehow shut that feature off, and it also brings me to my next point..
3. I have a very terrible memory, and blogging actually helps me remember my own life. If I wasn't blogging, I think I'd forget half the things I've done already.
4. I really dislike random princess or romance movies with thin plots that end up with a girl needing a dude. I think that probably says something about me as a person, but in reality it means I haven't seen things like The Little Mermaid or Beauty and the Beast and I'm a social girl outcast.
5. I learn something new every year. Two times this has slightly backfired on me. Once, I was in college and my roommates had started getting me into the TV show Glee. I decided I would start getting professional singing lessons and I auditioned for our school chorus. I made it, and additionally got enrolled in a singing and performance class as well. There I ended up singing and getting critiqued on solos by crazy talented music majors on a weekly basis. I was the worst in the class by far, and then had to listen to them all try to nicely tell me that every week. The following year I decided to learn gymnastics. Enter the only time I have ever felt large. I ended up in a high-powered, foam-filled gymnastics studio, surrounded by little kids watching me fall on my head, all while giving me tips and generally showing me up.
6. Prior to this year of my life, I've never been able to watch a full series or generally stay hip to the coolness on what shows are airing or popular. I started watching, and have almost finished the HBO series The Leftovers, and I'm proud to report will be finishing it some time this week. Sure, the series was only a few seasons long, but it's going in the record books as a completed current series that I actually enjoyed and even binge-watched on several occasions.
7. Outside of my Leftovers excursion, the only TV shows I've watched in their entirety have been Friends and South Park. I've heard that science suggest watching reruns with our favorite characters makes the brain relaxed, a lot like the company of an old friend, and I would definitely agree.
8. I've been counting down the days in my life until football returns to the world. I could write endlessly on all things football, and when the NFL goes into the off season, I wish I could go into an off season. I love watching as many games as I can, and I rarely miss a game. Sports continues to be the only viable reality TV option I can officially recognize and obsess over. (GO COWBOYS!)
9. Politics and religion. Yeah, I love make up, hair, or a good pun, but talk to me about politics and religion and then we'll be going somewhere. I think it's crazy that people put off these topics as socially unacceptable, and it says more about people being close-minded and stubborn than anything. In fact, I've never had a serious relationship with anyone with the same political and religious beliefs as me, but the discussions around how it shapes our world and personal values were always a benefit not a downfall. I think healthy conversations where you can see other points of view are vital for growth and change in society, as well as in ourselves.
10. My blonde dreams have been realized this year. Just thought I'd end this list on a lighter note (haha get it). Not a lot to say here except I'm blonde, I like it, and I'm currently in pursuits of having more fun!
Thanks for reading, for joining in, and for following for one whole year!
As the month is coming to an end and summer is picking up full-swing, it's starting to sink in that this year is flying by, and with that, a milestone of one year blogging is upon us! Through technical glitches, trial and error, and the occasional selfie, I've really enjoyed making content for GC. With this new year, I'm planning some big changes and can't wait to share even more GC action with you. One thing I've been toying with is the addition of a vlog. I've mostly avoided it in the past because I wasn't sure about what I'd talk about or if actually hearing myself would drive me crazy, but I hate to let uncertainty hold me back.
As a seasoned member of the gaming community, one thing I'm no stranger to is the volatile attitudes of people behind a keyboard or a screen and the false sense of security that anonymity can bring. Opening myself and the glamcadet brand to vlogging, its critics, and hopefully its cheerleaders, will be a new and exciting excursion, one that I'm confident will bring a whole different way to connect.
Meeting other bloggers, building relationships with brands, and sharing parts of my life has truly brought the SOCIAL side of social media to life for me.
If you have anything you'd like to see a vlog about, feel free to comment or DM me!
As it is with most things, glaMCadet is growing and changing. You'll be noticing page design changes, and in the nav tab you'll find fashion, fitness, fun, fluff, and flaunt features! Thank you for bearing with me through the changes and for all the support so far. I have had tremendous feedback from friends, family, fellow bloggers, and even some awesome brands I'd never dreamed of partnering with. I can only hope to grow and share the journey with you!
In the meantime, here is a puppy pic... b/c how would that not help things?
Today, what do you know it, marks National Carousel Day. For someone like me, any reason to be a little more whimsical will always be welcomed. So besides sharing my outfit details today, I thought I'd share a little more about me too!
I'm going for some shock and awe value here, so I'm going to start with despite running a lifestyle blog which focuses largely on girly things, my primary interests have long been inappropriate humor, video games, football, and food. Writing about the girlier side of things is actually a pretty big challenge for me.
The TV shows I watch are few and far between; I do not netflix and chill. I just finished watching WWE's Payperview event this weekend, and the only reality TV I really enjoy is FOOTBALL. I'm hopelessly clueless about what color is the new black or making murderers.
I'll happily watch football all week long, and I'm almost positive seasonal depression is real because I get that when the season ends.
I own the all white limited edition Xbox One and PS4, and I fondly joke that they're the white family I always knew I'd have.
I'm a dancer but am notoriously uncoordinated and find trying to be sexy awkwardly humorous. I laugh at really weird times, and I can't maintain the elusive resting bitch face that makes ice-in-your-veins babes so cool these days.
I don't actually think I'll ever be cool because I like puns too much. That and I have a long running list of popular things I kind of hate: dad bods, selfies, juice cleanses, tattoos that "mean" something, saying bae, pinterest, the bachelor, hair spray....
So, why the blog? I've been trying to embrace the girlier side of me. I still love to cook, look nice, and a great designer handbag. It's all about balance and challenging myself. For a long time, my interest seem to have impeded my ability to make friends or be in with the "cool girls," but I refuse to let who I really am stop me now.
So, here I am.
I may never outgrow cartoons, games, puns, or your 14 year old sister, but I'm here to prove that not growing up has its perks, and it can be done in style too!
Thanks again for stopping by!
- M C
In case you don't know, let me tell you what my life with food is like. Comments like, "Michelle will eat that," and "where do you put all that?" are the norm around the table. One day, I ate a whole pizza when the Cowboys were playing. They won; so, for the rest of the season, I attempted to eat a whole pizza every time they had a game. Yes, when it comes to food, I basically throw caution to the wind and hope for the best.
Even so, I would classify my relationship with food as healthy, at least in the sense that I eat it for deliciousness, not happiness. I don't obsess over my body size or a number on a scale, but I am noticing that with different fitness goals, certain foods do more good than others. I'd read articles about being skinny-fat and wondered if maybe that was me. I began to think about becoming healthier. I began to think about cardio and knew dark times were upon us.
Though Asians remain mystical beings who age in astonishing fashion, even I can't deny that as the years go by, my fitness needs have changed. Much like the high school genius who never studied that began to flounder when it came to hard work in college, my system also took a shock when my super-metabolism started to slow. Most of my life, I was heavily active, from weight training to dance, to whatever new thing I could try. I was also blessed with a ridiculously fast metabolism that allowed me to basically eat whatever I wanted. This fueled my McDonalds-based life style and what I came to call my chicken nugget abs (abs masked by yet mysteriously formed by a steady supply of mcnuggets).
As my activity levels slowed and my eating habits stayed the same, I realized I needed to get back in the gym. I tried running and convinced myself I liked it from time to time, but it's strength training that will always have my heart. Some friends from back home have been on cross fit kicks, so when a groupon came out for a cross-fit near me, I had to try it out. I'm a few weeks in now, and in a serious love/hate relationship.
For anyone who's ever tried it, let me know what you think. Any tips for not being the most sore human on the planet will also be well-received. Until then, wish me luck!
I'm sitting in my place, when I get the text to go to a happy hour. I look at myself.. my hair's in a bun, and I'm in work out clothes. "You've got ten minutes." Of course, there's nothing wrong with going exactly as I was, but it was the perfect opportunity to wear my new romper dress hybrid. This romper has pockets, y'all. It has bell-bottom, flowy legs. It has an open back. Plus, it's in the most comfy material ever and I can wear it with a bralette. Honestly, my romper, bralette combo was more comfortable and practical than my gym clothes. Now, if you aren't sold yet, did I forget to mention it was $19? Plus, I think my favorite thing about the romper is that it gives the illusion of a full outfit, but in reality eliminates having to actually put together a top and bottom piece. It's perfect for someone who has 10 minutes to get ready whether it be because of an impromptu happy hour or a love for sleeping in. What's your favorite fashion trend this summer? Mine is surely the romper, and I can't stop won't stop!
Romper: Forever 21
Cork Wedges: BCBG
Belt: Forever 21
Nails: Essie - coconut cove and bikini so teeny
I praise the romper for all the fun things it lets me do in style in the summer heat: it dresses me up, keeps me casual, and now helps me enjoy delicious slurpees!
Now that I finally live in a place that has a 7-Eleven, I had to check out their slurps! On July 11th, 7/11, the chains are giving out free small slurpees to their customers! I went ahead and tried the cherry mixed with sour patch kid raspberry, and it was DELICIOUS. Plus, it is the Slurpee's 50th birthday this week! Way to go slurp slurp, still killing the game after all these years!
LET ME KNOW if you try one and what other flavors I should be checking out!
DETAILS on THIS LOOK:
foundation- smashbox halo 4
contour - smashbox #shapematters
brows - anastasia beverly hills brow wiz in dark brown
eyeliner - Marc Jacobs black gel crayon
lips - colourpop matte more better
hilighter - becca champagne pop
brushes - sephora and lancome
primer - smashbox primer water
mascara - too faced better than sex black
nails - essie nail in coconut cove and set in stones
Just know I love you all, because changing outfits even one time, after getting my butt kicked this week in CrossFit was a whole new struggle. More on that later... Now, check out the fruits of my labor in this week's patriotic style guide!
Whether you're heading out for some fun in the sun, looking for a relaxing weekend, or heading out on the town, the 4th of July weekend is a staple in most all American's lives. My style guide covers casual, work attire, and day/evening looks, so you can pop something fun on and get out there and enjoy the long weekend.
It can be tempting to rush out and buy something new for every occasion, but this year, I am choosing to minimize my closet and find use for my current clothing items. What I found was a variety of versatile outfits, just waiting to be put together into patriotic ensembles.
I recommend a comfortable shoe if you'll be doing any all day excursions. My favorite pick is a metallic, silver loafer from Forever 21. The shoes are actually on sale for just $11 right now! Because I'm a silver gal when it comes to my accessories, I couldn't pass up an opportunity to wear a fun statement necklace too. This season I'm loving paddle and bib necklaces. My silver necklace, also from Forever 21 runs under $20.
With the white dress, I paired a nude peep toe heel, to add some drama. It is the dressiest of my looks, and honestly, I don't really need an excuse to wear heels. I snuck in a red cover-up, blue toe nails, and topped it off with my bib necklace to make it complete.
Another fancy look came through with a basic blue dress and red lip. This light-weight dress has been with me forever, and I love the ruffles and sheer but easy elegance it brings. Any lightweight dress with a wedge sandal and bright red lip won't steer you wrong this Independence Day!
My business casual look consists of high-rise royal blue shorts, stacks of silver bracelets, and a red button-up tank. I love mixing bright solid colors, and the easy answer for red, white, and blue in an outfit was a no-brainer.
A great casual look can also come in the form of a tied-up blouse and bright white shorts. My destructed denim shorts have that great frayed look along the edges and some worn-in holes on the leg. I chose metallic silver sunnies, shoes, and accessories to give it an extra pop. My Sam Edelman shoes were on super sale from Dillards when I got them, and they are so comfy, I would completely recommend them to anyone who's ever wondered about a pair!
For those all-day independence partiers, you have to consider the romper. When it comes to weekend fun and style, the romper covers it all. I chose a light denim romper with all silver accessories and a dark red lip. With rompers, a belt can really help to avoid the boxy look that can sometimes come with. This particular romper has thin straps, so I put a feminine lace white bralette underneath for extra detail. In whole, each of these looks cost less than $100, and are totally doable for any gal with even just one or two red, white, or blue items in her closet. What are you gearing up to wear? What style is your favorite?
Either way, stay safe and have fun out there friends!