April Recap


Highs: Much like March, I didn't have a lot going on. I had fun in Florida and my adorable niece gets bigger each day. April was a pretty chill month, but I'm ready for the summer months ahead 🥰.


Lows: Luckily, there's not a lot to complain about this month. Sure some little things here and there, I guess the biggest stress is moving, but if that's all I have to complain about then it was a pretty decent month.


April Recap

We're Moving...Again!


Surprise! Okay, well it's not a surprise. If you know how apartment leases work then you could figure out that our year and some change was coming up here at our McLean apartment. When we got our renewal letter our jaws dropped to the floor. We love our high-rise apartment, but it's not really the price it's worth now, let alone the price increase it jumped to. So, we're moving...again!


I don't want to get too into it right now, but we are going to be moving a few times within the next year. Updates will come, but for now we're headed back home (yup, slumming it back at our parents' homes) for a couple months to save up some money and plan out our next big move. 


Stay tuned and follow me on Instagram @michelekatsaris for up-to-date posts!

Y2K Inspired Look


After I received my Lizzie McGuire x ColourPop collection I was very inspired to create a Y2K look and that I did. I shrieked when I put this look together and honestly I might have been 28 in the wrong decade? Why did this look go to waste on an 8 year old I don't know, but I'm so excited to share this look with you today.


Y2K Inspired Look
Y2K Inspired Look
Y2K Inspired Look
Y2K Inspired Look
Y2K Inspired Look
Y2K Inspired Look
Y2K Inspired Look
Y2K Inspired Look
Y2K Inspired Look
Y2K Inspired Look
Y2K Inspired Look
Y2K Inspired Look
Y2K Inspired Look
Y2K Inspired Look
Y2K Inspired Look
Y2K Inspired Look
Y2K Inspired Look
Y2K Inspired Look
Y2K Inspired Look
Y2K Inspired Look
Y2K Inspired Look
Y2K Inspired Look
Y2K Inspired Look
Y2K Inspired Look
Y2K Inspired Look
Y2K Inspired Look
Y2K Inspired Look
Y2K Inspired Look
Y2K Inspired Look
Y2K Inspired Look

Makeup Collection | Shirt | Rings | Necklace | Purse | Jacket | Jeans | Butterfly Clips | Sunglasses

How I Journal


Oh my gosh! FINALLY! The long awaited "How I Journal" blog post is here! Okay, maybe not long awaited, but this is actually one of the things I get the most questions about because I randomly started to mention in in 2020 and people were like, "Wait, what? You journal?" and for Christmas and my birthday friends and family got me "journaling supplies" as gifts—which awwwee 🥰🥰—but it was definitely not something people "thought" I did. I have been promising for like a year now to explain my journaling process and all of the supplies I use so let's dive in!


First of all, I wanted to journal when I saw Katy Bellotte's post about junk journaling. It looked like so much fun and it's something I've done all my life. I'm not very big on just writing my days out every day, I could never stick with it and my hand would start to hurt. So I would make these at-home type of scrapbooks. I would cut out words from magazines, hold on to movie tickets and other things like that. So when I saw through Katy's videos that junk journaling was a thing I knew I wanted to try it out again. When it came to what type of journal to get I was leaning towards a basic moleskin blank page notebook when I saw Brooke Miccio's post about her journal from Anthropologie and just fell in love. I received that journal as a Christmas gift and I did my first journal entry for New Years Eve 2020.


My journal is the fringe-lined notebook from Anthropologie and unfortunately I dont think they sell it anymore, which I'm bummed about because it's perfect. The pages are so soft and not too white and blank!  I watch tons of videos on junk journaling and was quickly indifferent about it because Katy and other journelers (is that a word) has such nice handwriting while I do not. But don't let this discourage you!! The whole point is that it's YOUR journal, it can look however you want it to look, and it will not look perfect. That's the point. Another reason I prefer junk journaling is because it's not an everyday thing. Sometimes I'll journal for a week straight then won't touch it for a month. It's all about "being in the mood" to journal. Sometimes I write about bad things and sometimes I write about good things. Sometimes I plan out meals and other times I create new habit trackers. This journaling process is for the creative people who need to sometimes just get things out of their mind and onto paper.


The process is different for everyone, but I'll walk you through my process. Whenever I had an idea to put into my journal my notes on my phone is my best friend. I will easily write things down, tidbits of how I feel and my mood tracker. The only thing I need to fill out every day is my mood tracker and habit tracker. So I'll write down a couple notes on how I felt that day or put what mood I'm in then go back at the end of the week and fill it all in. But besides that, until I am in the mood to journal, I simply just don't. Then I'll have this mood of wanting to do something creatively with my hands and I set up the scene. I prefer my coffee table in my living room and I'll sit on the floor, turn on my fireplace and pull out all of my supplies.


How I Journal
How I Journal


My supplies also may be different from yours. First I have my journal, then I pull out all of my pens. I have two different colored marker pen sets both from Amazon. I have a few other pens my boyfriend got me from Michael's some fancy ones and one that is Tiffany Blue colored! Then I have my fancy Tiffany & Co. pen that my boyfriend got me for Christmas. I use Sharpies too. I like to have options okay? In my box that I have dedicated to journaling I have a ton of scrap papers! Mostly from Michael's and then some scraps from other books. Speaking of books, I had some coffee table books that I was planning on selling, two Kate Spade ones and an Audrey Hepburn one. I tore these things up!! They're so colorful and have tons of variety so I keep them around and draw inspiration from them then cut them and use them in the journal 😝. I also have scissors, glue and double sided tape. I usually have a glue stick but I ran out so I just used regular glue. Then I have some ribbon and stickers. I love a good sticker and I got a ton from Shein recently (click here to read that blog post). I also have different washi tapes and love the look they give the pages. Lastly, I have my ink pads. I have a black and pink ink pad with a number and letter set and the months of the year set of stamps. Once I have all of my supplies laid out I get to work.


The next part is not something you can really explain. I just cut up a bunch of photos and scrap paper, and start to arrange the page how I want it. These pages can seriously include anything...a special event, when I'm feel stressed or anxious, habit tracker, meal planner, gratitude, inspirational quotes...whatever you want! That's the best part of all of this is your journal so it can be whatever you want it to be!


How I Journal
How I Journal
How I Journal
How I Journal
How I Journal
How I Journal
How I Journal
How I Journal
How I Journal
How I Journal


Do I ever make mistakes? YES! I told you guys that my handwriting is garbage and sometimes I just can be inspired or satisfied with a layout. That's okay, I try not to restart too often because then y you're just wasting paper, but for the most part I'm able to tweak it how I want. Because this is a thiccccc notebook, the ink smudges or things might start to tear, but again that's normal and I think gives the journal character.


How I Journal


I started this in 2020 and I'm almost done filling this one out now. I can't recommend journaling enough especially if you deal with anxiety. This has helped me so much being able to get the bad thoughts in my head on paper. It's helped with figuring out issues, inspire new ideas and even document amazing moments that has happened this past year. Obviously I can't show you everything, but I wanted to show a couple of my favorite spreads.



Get Your Life Together This Spring

Each new season I like to refresh and reorganize my life. It's so crucial to never stop learning and growing as an adult so as long as you can fix what's not working in your life then you'll be better off as the future comes. We are moving soon (more on that to come) and I've been doing some serious spring cleaning in the meantime. So here's somethings that you can focus on to get your life together this spring!!

Lizzie McGuire x ColourPop Collection


I never and I mean never buy makeup for myself. It's pretty rare when I'll drop $100+ on an entire makeup collection all for myself. I've purchased Colourpop collections for my friends before, but never to keep and use on my own. So when one of my favorite childhood television series got it's own collection I was beyond stoked!





That's right I'm talking about what my dreams are made of and that's Lizzie McGuire x ColourPop collection!! I had the alert set on my phone and everything for when this was collection released and purchased the entire thing with no regrets. So let's dive into the collection and my thoughts.



Lizzie McGuire x ColourPop Collection
Lizzie McGuire x ColourPop Collection
Lizzie McGuire x ColourPop Collection
Lizzie McGuire x ColourPop Collection
Lizzie McGuire x ColourPop Collection
Lizzie McGuire x ColourPop Collection
Lizzie McGuire x ColourPop Collection
Lizzie McGuire x ColourPop Collection
Lizzie McGuire x ColourPop Collection

The names of the colors aside, this palette is beautiful. I don't typically like a lot of bright color eyeshadows, but this one has a great mixture of colors and neutrals to balance it out. When I did the color test on these photos the shadows were sooo pigmented and creamy!! I was honestly so shocked because I've used ColourPop products before and wasn't that impressed but I was very impressed with these colors and how many looks I can put together with just one palette.




Dear Diary So Juicy Gloss Kit + Seriously Cool So Juicy Gloss Kit

Lizzie McGuire x ColourPop Collection
Lizzie McGuire x ColourPop Collection
Lizzie McGuire x ColourPop Collection
Lizzie McGuire x ColourPop Collection
Lizzie McGuire x ColourPop Collection


Okay so these lip glosses are to–freaking–die for!! It brings me back to the 2000's instantly and it's like they are adult Lip Smackers because they are better quality and my hair doesn't stick to them. That being said these are I guess "flavored." They sort of taste like grape, watermelon, cherry and strawberry/vanilla a little bit. And a little goes a long way, you don't need as much as you think. They're also a little tinted, I'm not sure if the pigment just doesn't stick to me as much, but they definitely are tinted just FYI.



Lizzie McGuire x ColourPop Collection
Lizzie McGuire x ColourPop Collection
Lizzie McGuire x ColourPop Collection

Okay, I'll be honest. This was not a product I cared too much to receive. I love a good lip scrub but bubblegum flavor?? I know this is a nostalgic thing but I didn't need the nostalgic flavor to it. It's still a great lip scrub and product, but it's the flavor for me...bleh






Lizzie McGuire x ColourPop Collection
Lizzie McGuire x ColourPop Collection
Lizzie McGuire x ColourPop Collection
Lizzie McGuire x ColourPop Collection
Lizzie McGuire x ColourPop Collection
Lizzie McGuire x ColourPop Collection
Lizzie McGuire x ColourPop Collection
Lizzie McGuire x ColourPop Collection
Lizzie McGuire x ColourPop Collection
Lizzie McGuire x ColourPop Collection


I am not a HUGE blush gal but these are freaking gorgeous. And again, a little goes a long way. One is more of a coral tone where as one is more of a pink tone so keep that in mind if you're trying to decide which one to purchase. Similar to the eyeshadow these were super soft and not "ashy" or "breaking" when I did the skin test.




Lizzie McGuire x ColourPop Collection
Lizzie McGuire x ColourPop Collection
Lizzie McGuire x ColourPop Collection
Lizzie McGuire x ColourPop Collection
Lizzie McGuire x ColourPop Collection
Lizzie McGuire x ColourPop Collection

WOW! Am I a glitter eyeshadow gal now!?!? I—just wow. These eyeshadow gels are so gorgeous!! It definitely took me a while to figure out how to get it just right, but once I did I easily became obsessed. I personally love the pink one, it's so pigmented and and flawless, I just love it.



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