23 Things I’ve Learned At This Point of My Life

In light of my 23rd birthday today, I thought it would be nice to share with you guys 23 things that I’ve learned this past year and throughout my life in general thus far.

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In no particular order:

  1. Always put yourself and your happiness first, no matter the person or situation.

2. Don’t be afraid to take risks.

3. Not everyone is going to have the same mentality as you (regardless of in a positive or negative way).

4. Always make time for yourself at some point in the day, whether you’re reading, writing, going to the gym or doing something as simple as a skincare routine, it’s necessary for you to take care of yourself first to many extents.

5. Be grateful for everything in your life, whether big or small.

6. Don’t take things so seriously in life or personal.

7. Sometimes its okay to just walk away (from a person or situation).

8. Not all friendships are meant to last, no matter how long you’ve had them.

9. It’s okay to spend and enjoy time by yourself sometimes, in fact, it’s kind of necessary.

10. Don’t be afraid to lean on the people around you, whether that’s family, a significant other, or your closest friend(s). I 100% get not wanting to feel like a burden to people with your problems, but there are people around you who genuinely care about you and want to be there for you (even if it may be a handful or select few of people, they ARE there).

11. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes and fail.

12. Give yourself credit when it’s due, no matter how big or small the accomplishment, task, etc. is.

13. Treat yourself occasionally! Obviously try not to go overboard, but everyone deserves to be treated sometimes. Don’t wait for someone else to do it for you, do it for yourself. Get a mani/pedi, do some retail therapy, whatever it is that you want. If you know you’re a hard-worker and you deserve it, then why not?

14. Don’t ever be sorry for who or how you are. Unless you know it’s a bad habit or something that you need to change, but don’t ever let someone make you feel bad for being a certain way because chances are, you’re that way for a reason.

15. If you never try and put yourself out there, you’ll never really know what you’re capable of (in any/all aspects).

16. The type of energy and vibes that you send out towards people and to the world in general, is exactly what you’re going to get back. Nothing more, nothing less.

17. It’s okay to not always be okay. You don’t always have to be strong all the time, no matter what people or society in general may say or make it seem.

18. Everyone does things at their own pace, “Just because you took longer than others, doesn’t mean you failed or aren’t good enough.” Therefore, don’t compare yourself to anyone else.

19. Don’t let your issues and/or mistakes define who you are because they don’t. Learn from them and move forward with your life (to the best of your ability).

20. Make the best out of everything currently in your life, whether it’s a situation you’re dealing with or material things you may have (or lack thereof).

21. Hard-work NEVER goes unnoticed (believe it or not), someone will always recognize it and give you credit for it, trust me.

22. Have fun and do things that make you genuinely happy, because life is too short to do anything BUT things that make you happy.

23. It’s just a bad day/week/month/year, not a bad life. Don’t take a shitty day(s) and make it seem like you have a horrible life. Take whatever’s happened to you on that day(s) and use it to have better days later on.

Thanks for reading!

-Xoxo, Leo Girl ❤

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It Was All A Dream

Hi Everybody!

Today’s post is going to be all about this cute, fun little pop-up ‘museum’ that Diego and I went to last weekend completely dedicated to dreams.

I’m sure a lot of you have probably seen and/or heard about the place before through social media, because that’s definitely how I found out and became interested in wanting to go to it. The place I’m talking about is called Dream Machine, which is located in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

I, personally, am REALLY into dreams and everything that surrounds the concepts of dreams. So when I first heard about this pop-up I knew I HAD to make time to go here before it closes. It’s not the type of thing that’s SUPER informative with facts, details, etc., but just the images, backgrounds, and portrayals of each room I thought was really cool and fun.

If you don’t happen to care about any of the general info I’m going to speak about in just a second, feel free to just scroll to the middle of the post to see pictures and get right into what the actual rooms of the place look like!

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General Info on Dream Machine:

It’s not super big and not the kind of thing that you’ll be in for hours, but it’s a fun thing to do on a weekend if you don’t have much to do, and want to take some cool pictures by yourself, with friends, and/or your significant other.

It is a pop-up, which means that it’s not permanent, so it’s only staying open until July 29th. ALTHOUGH it was only supposed to be open until May originally, and then I guess they saw how big of a hit it was, and ended up extending it until July, SO you never know, maybe they’ll extend the running time for it again!

They’re closed Monday through Wednesday, but are open Thursday through Sunday. The only way to be able to get in is to buy your tickets online beforehand. There’s no window you would be able to go to on the day of in person. General admission, per person, is $38, but general admission matinee (Thursday and Friday before 5pm) is $28. It is a bit pricey considering it’s not that big of a place, but if you’re into this kind of thing and being able to take cool pictures, I think it’s worth going at least once.

LETS TALK ABOUT THE AREAAAAAAAA!! It’s located in Williamsburg, Brooklyn as I mentioned earlier, and Diego and I fell in LOVE with the area in general. The area is SO cute; little shops, restaurants and taverns, EVERYWHERE. It was super friendly and cozy all around, plus it was right there by the water too, which was really nice.

We got to the place at 1:30pm on the dot, because that’s when our tickets were for, and we probably waited outside for max, 10 minutes. Waiting inside the place to finally go in with our group was another 10-15 minutes, but nothing terrible honestly, unless you’re the impatient type.

If I remember correctly, we were probably in the place for a total of 45 minutes to an hour. Again, as I mentioned, it’s not super big, and I was so into the way all the rooms looked and taking a ton of pictures that I didn’t even pay mind to the time lol.

I had read a lot of mixed reviews on this place primarily because of the staff and being/feeling rushed to go through all of the rooms and not being able to get enough or good pictures/videos, so I was a little nervous about going into this because of that. But, I just want to say right now, that overall I had a GREAT experience. I REALLY wish I had gotten the name of our ‘tour guide’, because she was SO nice and didn’t rush us at ALL. In fact, she specifically told us to take our time and make sure we get all of the pictures, videos and boomerangs that we wanted. She, along with other staff members, even offered to take any and all pictures that we may have wanted.

All of the staff was super friendly and welcoming which is a prime example of why I ALWAYS tell people, don’t listen to reviews you see or hear about online. Make your own judgments on things/places, because you never know, that person could’ve just been a little unlucky and the staff was probably having an off day, it doesn’t mean everyday is going to be like that.

I know that I was a bit nervous going into this because of the things that I read, but I immediately switched my mentality once I got there. I never once felt like the staff was being rude to me or anyone in my group, and they didn’t rush us in the slightest. It was probably some of the friendliest staff I’ve ever encountered at a place like this.

Okay, now let’s get into the actual exciting part of this post, which are the rooms themselves!! 😀

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Keep in mind that the displays of most of the rooms are super simple, but they’re supposed to be fun and what YOU end up making of them all.

Room 1: The Cloud Room, ‘Cloud 9’

I LOVED this room and thought it was an amazing starter for going into this place. I really felt like I was in a dream, with the colors of the lights and clouds hanging all over the place. It was super simple because all it really had were the things that I just mentioned, but I was honestly mesmerized by it, and it definitely ended up being one of my favorite rooms out of them all.

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Room 2: The Bubble Room!

This room was cute because I feel like no matter how old you get, bubbles are always weirdly fun. And these bubble were really cool because if you looked at them closely, they were all filled with smoke, so when you popped them smoke would be floating out. I got a ton of cool pictures and boomerangs in this room of the bubbles popping and smoke coming out! This is definitely a cool room to be able to take boomerangs.

BEWARE THOUGH: The floor in this room is slippery, so be mindful of that with the footwear you may have on, especially if you’re anything like me and are clumsy af.

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Room 3: The Black & White Room

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This was probably the smallest room they had (I had think), space wise. But, I thought it was cool that they incorporated something like this when not only is it a fact that some people only dream in black and white, but it makes you think back to some of your own dreams and try to remember whether you fall into that category or not. The decor they had in this room was really cute for pictures too. Also, I matched with the room completely (totally unplanned haha).

*Fun Fact: I dream in color! 🙂 *

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Room 4: The Laundry Room (& SECRET ROOM!!!)

This was definitely another favorite room of mine. I LOVED all of the colors associated with this room; it was colorful and SO fun. One of the best rooms to be able to take cool pictures. It’s supposed to resemble a dry cleaning/laundry mat type of thing. Plus, as soon as you walk in, they hand you free cotton candy!! Now I’m not really one to care for sugar/candy like this, but I thought it was a cute little prop for pictures.

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I was SO scared to try sitting in these. If you’re from the Bronx like me, you know that these things are not all the stable to be doing crap like this, so I was scared. But with Diego’s help, I ended up being fine and also being able to take these really cute pictures in the cart and on the washing machine. Plus it was basically empty at this point since we waited for everyone else to take their pictures and go by so there wouldn’t be a ton of people around us, in our pictures and feeling like we had to rush so they could get theirs too.

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And then there was the secret room….I thought the way this room was set up, it could’ve been SO cool for pictures, which I obviously got a few, but this was the only room that I actually felt kind of rushed in. Our guide had told us that we really only had 45 seconds to be able to take any sort of pictures and what not in here to be able to let everyone else get a turn in here as well. This was the second smallest room in the entire place, so there wasn’t much moving space. Then there was the fact that you couldn’t touch the stringed, colorful lights, I mean why would you actually have to, but the point is they said that you couldn’t because they were super delicate and could get tangled and/or break. The lights, mirrors and stringed lights in general were really cool but it was low, dimmed lights so it was hard to get a well lit picture. I still liked it though 🤷🏻‍♀️

Room 5: The ‘Pool’ Ball-Pit Room

This room was REALLY fun, because all the bright blue balls (LOL) and neon blue lighting was supposed to resemble a swimming pool. They had a list of rules on the side (which I totally forgot to take a picture of), some of which included no running, no diving, find the stairs, recommending you to trust fall backwards and keeping your phone on loud in case you lost it in the pit.

This was another GREAT place to take fun boomerangs like trust falling backwards (which I was TERRIFIED about doing because I’ve never done that before), and throwing the balls in the air like I did below.

One thing I will say is that it was all fun and games until it was time to get up and out from the ball-pit. I COULD NOT GET UP FROM THIS. It was SO hard, I was like wtf. I don’t really know what that says about me, but it was so hard to get up, and nothing to grab for support. It was a bad time. But luckily Diego was there and managed to help me out lol.

 

Room 6: Colorful Room

To be honest with you, the last 3 rooms I really did not get the point of. For instance, although it was cool to walk through with all the bright, neon lights going on and changing, there really wasn’t anything to do in this one other than to walk through it. Also, am I the only one who thought about Drake’s ‘Hotline Bling’ video when I saw this room?!

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Room 7: The Jungle-ish Room(?)

This one was cool, except I couldn’t figure out if it was supposed to be a garden or jungle-type thing. These lights were bright and trippy as hell, and the plants were pretty cool. The lights weren’t SUPER flattering for pictures-sake, but we made the most of it.

Room 8: The Streamer Room (and technically the last room)

And finally, the last room. Again, not COMPLETELY sure the purpose of this room, other than pretty much seeing a shit ton of streamers all over the place, and being nervous as hell about whether or not someone was going to pop out from between the streamers, but we managed to take some pretty nice pictures.

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Before leaving:

I guess this would be considered their 9th room? I just considered it somewhat of a pre-exit. It’s cool though because it’s super photogenic I think, and a nice way to tie everything together, like you’re about to step back into reality passed that curtain (if you can’t really read it, it says ‘It Was All A Dream’).

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Once stepping through the curtain, this is the last thing you end up seeing which is a Dream wall. It’s meant to be able to write and/or draw any dreams that you may have, but actually going up close to see it, people will just put little quotes on there, or tag their names or anything really that’s memorable to them.

And I’m so cheesy that of course, I had to write that below 🤗❤️ !

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I would totally recommend this for anyone who is looking for something fun and different to do on a weekend. I do agree the price is a little high being that as a whole, it is kind of small, BUT I had a great time, took some great pictures, and think it’s worth it to try at least once. I also didn’t care for 1-2 of the rooms, but overall I really liked it, and the pros out weighed the minor cons like those 2 rooms. Plus, it’s in a great little area in Brooklyn and there are a ton of different places that you would be able to walk to and around afterwards.

Click here to be able to purchase your tickets to Dream Machine, and do it soon because as of right now their last day of being open is July 29th! I hope you guys get to check it out and I see what kind of pictures you took!

*All photo creds goes to my lovely boyfriend ❤ *

Stay tuned for my next post! 🙂

-Xoxo, Leo Girl ❤

The Badass Box Subscription

What’s up guys!

In this post I’m going to be going in depth about what exactly this subscription is, how I found out about it, how much it is, and whether or not I think it’s worth it.

So let’s get right into it!

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How I Found Out About It: 

I actually found out about this subscription box by reading a fellow blogger’s post all about it. The blog I read it off of was by Stella Hudgens, a lot of people know her better as Vanessa Hudgens little sister although she’s SO much more than that (I’ll leave her blog linked here if you wanted to check it out, which you definitely should!). She’s such a great writer/blogger and one day while I was going through her blog, reading her posts, I came across the one about the subscription. It was kind of similar to how I’m writing about it now, but her’s wasn’t so much a review as it was like a praise for it because she’s actually really good friends with one of the creators of the subscription.

Anyway, after reading her post about the box I decided to do my own research on it, so I checked them out on social media, checked their website, etc. and I was interested in it so that’s how I ended up trying it out.

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What it is & How Much It Is:

I believe the creators of the box are Shenae Grimes and Jessica Stroup (former stars of the popular show 90210). I know for a fact Shenae Grimes is one of them because Stella mentioned that in her post, but not 100% sure about Jessica Stroup being the right Jessica lol (although I’m pretty sure it is).

Nonetheless, these ladies created this box because their signature styles tend to lean more towards wearing all black, animal prints, a lot of leather, and a lot of studs, leading most people to assume they’re either goth or punk. They are NEITHER of those things!! Ultimately, they put this box subscription together for those people in the world that have been misconstrued for that as well. They just like to feel badass, and dressing the way they do and having the styles that they do makes them feel that way with confidence and all. So with each box they throw together about 6-7 items that are a mixture of fashion, beauty and lifestyle goods to help other people feel that way as well and bring their inner badass out.

The box itself is (BRACE YOURSELVES) …….$75, for the quarterly subscription. And the annual subscription would be $285.00. The boxes ship 4 times a year: May, August, November, and January. Now, don’t get me wrong, I know it’s definitely a hefty price for a subscription box when there are most definitely others out there like Boxycharm and Ipsy that do and carry similar things for a MUCH cheaper price, but before I give my input on whether or not I think it’s worth it, let’s go into the products I received in this month’s box…

  1. The first thing I got in the box  was this candle from the brand “Evil Queen,” and it’s called “Let’s Makeout.” When I first smelled it, I thought it smelled really weird, but the more I kept smelling it the more the scent grew on me and I actually like it now. The packaging says that it’s reminiscent of the best selling Bath and Body Works Mahogany Teakwood (which is an AMAZING scent if you haven’t checked it out), this one has all of the best fine wood fragrances, with a delicate touch of lavender and geranium. If I were to have gone out and bought this on my own, it would be $20.

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 2. The next thing I got in the box was this 3oz canister of Toffee from the brand B. Toffee. I’ve never heard of this brand, nor have I ever had or tried toffee, but I thought this was cute and kind of cool. This product was not mentioned on the subscription website or the pamphlet of descriptions and prices so I’m not sure if it was a free little extra or what, but I looked them up on my own and saw that this retails for $6.95.

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3. The next thing I got was this Pore Perfection Face Mask from the brand Veise beauty. This was interesting when I first saw it because I’ve never used or really seen many masks that are powders and you have to mix things together to actually make the mask. So that was a little weird, but it says that it’s supposed to give you glowing skin, shrink your pores, and calm any redness. You’re supposed to mix 1/2 tsp of the powder with 1 tsp of water in a non-metal bowl to make the mask. Then apply a thin layer to clean, dry face and let it dry for 10-15 minutes, making sure to avoid the eye area. Purchasing this on its own would be $24.

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4. The next thing I got was this Fashion Power Bank – Electronic Charging Block from the brand iDeal of Sweden. When I saw this I was legit like HOLY FUCK! I thought it was so freakin’ dope to get a portable charger in a box like this, and it’s good too. It’s not like cheap quality or anything, plus the design on it I think is REALLY cool. I need to use it for one whole time to see how quickly it charges my phone and how long exactly it lasts, but I’m super excited for this product. This alone would cost $54.99 if I bought it separately.

 

5. The next thing in the box was this Freematic Master Eyeshadow Palette from the brand Doucce. I’ve NEVER heard of that makeup brand before, so I can’t really speak on them. But just from first impressions of packaging, shade range, etc., it looks really pretty. Based off of packaging, I would give them a 4-5. For $65, I wouldn’t expect to see just a plain all black packaging that also feels kind of cheap. The colors are pretty, but I don’t really see being able to create too many looks with it. The palette is a combination of mattes and shimmers, but from what I saw, their all the same colors just in a matte and shimmer form. So that was a little odd to me. I only tried swatching ONE of the shades, which I believe was the third shade in the top row (it’s a shimmer) because I thought it was a pretty gray-ish purple, but just from one swipe, there wasn’t really much product that showed up on my finger. I only tried it for that one shade and that one time, so let’s see. Hopefully I’m wrong and it ends up being a good palette, especially since it’s the most expensive thing in the entire box. If I bought it on my own, separately, it would’ve been $65.

 

6. The next thing I got was definitely one of my favorites in the box. It was a pair of Luxe 2 Cat Eye Sunglasses from the brand Perverse. I LOVE sunglasses, so when I saw these I was SO excited, especially for the color and shape of them. They are SO cute and I cannot wait to rock these throughout the summer! Alone these would have cost $55.

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7. The next and last thing I got was this pair of REALLY cute lightning bolt earrings, which I think was either another extra or they just didn’t mention it on the description card or on their website. I was really surprised when I saw these because it says that they are 18K Gold Vermeil, and they’re from the brand Kris Nations. Since it wasn’t mentioned on the subscription website, I looked around online for them and saw that they retail for $38.

 

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Do I Think It’s Worth It?:

I do definitely think for a subscription box it’s a bit pricey. BUT considering everything that it comes with, and how much you would be paying for those products individually as opposed to in a bundle like this? I think it’s an insane steal. For this month’s box, with all of the products, if I were to have gone out and purchased them individually, it would’ve come out to $263.94. Plus, they only bill you once every three months, so personally, I don’t think it’s terrible. Now obviously if it was $75 EVERY month being charged for the box, that would be excessive, and I don’t think I would think it’s fully worth it. Also, I think it’s really cool/convenient that if you don’t have the money after the 3 months, or you just choose to not want the box, you could always just skip that billing/shipping month. It’s convenient because if you like the subscription as a whole, but maybe don’t want to or can’t do it for that month, you’ll just skip it instead of cancelling the subscription altogether.

*Halfway through writing this, I realized that either I got 2 extra products in my box for free, or they just did not add these 2 products to the website for this month’s box because the Toffee and Earrings were not mentioned on the site at all with the descriptions of this month’s products 😮 ….yay freebies!! 😀 haha*

Overall, yes I agree that compared to typical subscription boxes that are similar to this like Boxycharm or Ipsy, it is A LOT pricier which could instantly turn people off to it, but I do think that considering everything you’ll get in it (5-7 FULL-SIZED PRODUCTS), it’s worth it. But to each his own, make your own judgment about it. This was my first box with them, and I really did like it. But who knows what’ll happen in the future and whether or not my pockets will allow me to continue getting it haha. I do think it’s worth it to try the box AT LEAST once though.

-Xoxo, Leo Girl ❤