How I Loved Myself as the Fat Girl.

beauty, lifestyle

Hi guys ♥

It’s been a few weeks since I’ve uploaded a blog post and that’s because the world swallowed me up in its orbit once again. Life can be so crazy sometimes but I wouldn’t have it any other way. This semster of school is coming to an end so if you’ve ever been in college before you understand my absence in the online world. But school isn’t the only reason I’ve been a bit M.I.A.. I’ve actually been collecting ideas and analyzing how I came to the conclusion that I love myself. Although, it’s put simply.. it’s not all that simple.

I grew up as the fat girl. Everyone knew me as that and it’s how people recognized me. I was the fat girl. The girl who’s friends were always size 4’s without even trying. The girl who would be fat shamed from insecure losers. The girl that could never get a boyfriend. The girl who could barely run the mile within 10 minutes in gym class. The girl who wanted nothing more in the world than to be cool. And the girl who ripped herself apart trying to be beautiful. That was me. I was not alone but I was lonely. My friends told me I was pretty but I didn’t believe them. I always exerted an energy that would portray that I was a happy girl who loved life but that wasn’t true at all. That was the curtain covering up the darkness that lived within me. 

I always knew I was the fat girl but it wasn’t until the start of middle school where I realized I hated myself. I dove head first into a new world where the cliques of pretty, skinny girls ruled the school. They were the girls that had the boyrfriends and the good looks and who could fit into ambercrombie and fitch jeans (I envied them for this). I was intimidated by these girls because I was convinced I was nothing compared to them. I was fat, had short hair, screwed up teeth, and no sense of style whatsoever. It came to my surprise that one of these girls noticed me for who I was and decided to befriend me (you know who you are, love you). This girl introduced me to that same group of “pretty” girls that I compared myself to. I remember being so happy that I was accepted into this group and that I was now considered “cool.” Like holy shit.. did that mean I was now a “pretty girl.” The answer to that is no. Because deep down I still hated myself. My acceptance into this clique made me feel like I had a purpose, this “purpose” helped cover up what was really going on in this confusing head of mine. Even though I was now apart of this clique, I still compared myself to them and it drove my hate further. No matter who I was friends with, the fact was that I hated myself. I was still the ugly fat girl or some could say I was the DUFF (designated ugly fat friend). That’s more accurate.  

 It took years and years of hating my body shape, my mind, my laugh, my butt, my boobs; everything about myself for me to finally realize that exerting that type of energy towards myself is just too exhausting! I couldn’t keep up with that negativity anymore, that was not a life I wanted to live. 1*44OppXAiKxV-L4mKkhIDYg.jpeg

I’m going to be honest, I still am the fat girl. But I don’t mean that in a negative connotation. Me saying that is not me insulting myself. Because i’ve grown to love that fat girl. It’s who I am and I’ve learned to own it. It’s empowering being able to say something like that about yourself and not feeling upset or insecure about it. It’s empowering being able to brush off and laugh at the insults I recieve about my weight. 

I’ve realized that my weight doesn’t define me, my “fat girl mind set” defines me. But i’ve curated the “fat girl mindset” to define my confidence and empowerment. When you meet someone what is the first thing that typically comes to your head? Usually if you are a loving person it’s “what kind of energy is this person bringing?” But sometimes we have those ugly (my definition of ugly has nothing to do with appearance) people who think, “wow this girl is fat.” When I meet people with these types of negative personalities and I exert my fat girl energy onto them, I already have an advantage over them because my confidence trumps their insecurity. They never thought a girl my size could be confident, so it’s always so empowering to prove them wrong. This type of interaction also helps advocate for self love. It teaches these type of people that it’s okay to love yourself and it shows them that they too, can do it. 

How to develop the fat girl mind set:

  1. SNAP OUT OF IT

Give your body and mind a break. Dont overthink it. Despite what anyone has ever told you in your life, you are beautiful because you are you. And no matter what you believe in, you were created to be the way you are. There is so much beauty in that concept. The most beautiful thing you can do for yourself is own it. Own your body. Own your confidence. Own your look. Own your style. I promise you that the beauty you portray is the love you feel for yourself.

2. Develop the “Fat Girl Mind Set”

If not develop confidence in yourself, develop empowerment. Empower yourself by advocating for the body positivity community. Focus on examples of people who have developed love for themselves and create a motivation to develop your own love. Realize that you get furthest in the world when you do things with love and when you touch all hearts with love. Even if you haven’t created this spirit for yourself just yet, encourage others to. By doing this you will see more and more people finding love for themselves and it will eventually lead you into the same. Confidence will come. I promise.

3. Thank u, next

Implement this confidence in your every day life. Wake up in the morning and stare at yourself. Stare. Notice your curves. Notice your cellulite. Notice your double chin. And move the hell on. Dont stay wharped up in your appearance because you’re wasting your days constantly upset about the way you look. And i’m going to be honest. That’s not going to change. But what can change is what is on the inside. Your perception of yourself can change, but you have to be willing to change it. 

4. Dont worry about it. 

Honestly, I found myself worried about impressing people and finding someone who would be attracted to a fat girl (me). And I still haven’t found that person. But, that doesn’t change the fact that I am now strong and confident enough to not care, because I don’t need anyone else but me. There are soo many people in this world. Take a second and think about that. So many people with different backgrounds, different hair, different preferences, different souls, and different beliefs. But THAT’s the beauty in this world. Is that every single person has something unique to offer. And that is exactly what I found in myself. That I am unique. I am a fat girl with confidence that radiates and sometimes intimidates people. But that is what makes me beautiful. And the cool thing is, every person in the world has something like this about themselves. This realization helped me cope with the anxiety of thinking I was going to die alone. But, even I do. It will be okay, because when you love yourself, you’re never alone. I see love as a presence. When you’re surrounded with nothing but love, you are safe and you are wanted. And that’s the security we need in our lives. 

The key to being the fat girl, is convincing yourself that you are worthy of your entire existence. You are more than worthy for this life. I struggled with this concept for years. But one day, with a flip in perspective and a motivation, I opened a door to a whole new life for myself. I convinced myself of my worthiness and that built my confidence and motivation to empower others to achieve this “enlightment” as I like to say (no i’m not Ghandi and this type of enlightment has nothing to do with Buddhism). It’s just me liking cool words. Hahaha. 

But needless to say, you are not your thighs. You are not your stretch marks. You are not your cellulite. You are not your belly. And the definition of you is not your appearance. YOU are the love you give to others, YOU are your intentions in life, YOU are your passions, and YOU are the person you make yourself to be. But this person is YOUR choice. You have all the control in your life to change. You are the only one in your life who can truly create love for yourself. Dont forget that. You can do it.

And that, ladies and gentelmen, is how I loved myself as the Fat Girl. I developed self love and worth. And i’m telling you, you can too. I believe in every single person in this world and everyone has the capability of doing this for themselves. 

Be kind to yourself. 

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Always owning my magic,

Devyn ♥

 

 

4 Things you MUST do in San Diego

lifestyle, travel

Hey everyone!

If you’re following my social media, then you know I took a quick trip out to SoCal last week. If you haven’t seen the content from this trip follow my Instagram: devyn.p.miller ✨

But anyways. WOW. Was that a trip. This go around my cousin and I actually planned and booked the plane ticket and Airbnb a few months before rather than two weeks before! #adulting

We did so many things and saw so many places. San Diego is such a beautiful place, with amazing and incredibly talented people. And it wasn’t too difficult to cover with only being their for 5 days. I’m going to fill you guys in on what we did as well as show you some places you MUST go to. ⭐️

1. Go to Pacific/Mission Beach 🏖

Pacific Beach is a beautiful place with awesome shops, food, and night life (all of our Uber drivers told us that PB is great if you like to drink). And if you want the same thing except a bit of a bigger beach with amusement’s head on down the boardwalk to Mission Beach.

My cousin and I rented an Airbnb a few blocks from Pacific beach for a really good price. We stayed in a small room with a small kitchenette and a small bathroom/shower. We roughed it a little but this place was SO incredible and decorated so cute so in the end it turned out fine. We felt like true locals staying here.

Cute setup in our Airbnb.

Since we stayed a few blocks from Pacific Beach we had a bit of a walk down to the shore, but thankfully San Diego has an electric scooter service called Bird or LimeScooter and let me tell you.. This was the best part. We “caught birds” every single day and the good thing about it, is it’s not too expensive either! I definetly reccommend using this form of transportation service when you visit!

Some of our favorite spots of Pacific/Mission Beach were:

  • Woody’s Breakfast and Burgers – Woody’s is a great place to grab breakfast before you hit the beach, because it is quite literally on the beach! Not to mention their food is SO good and the coffee is even better. You have the option of sitting down by the boardwalk or sitting up on the deck to get an even better view of the ocean.
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Located on Pacific Beach

  • The Mission @ Mission Beach – The Mission is just a little breakfast place located in Mission beach about a block up from the water, but let me tell you, they have the BEST french toast and pancakes and breakfast I have EVER had. Definetly work this one into your itinerary!
  •  The Baked Bear – there are a few locations for the Baked Bear, but we went to the one on Pacific Beach and ugh.. it’s only my favorite dessert place ever. Here you can get a huge scoop of ice cream (the type is your choice) put between two warmed up cookies (the type is your choice). We obviously had to hit this place up more than once because.. damn. It’s just that good.
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The Baked Bear – Pacific Beach

  • Trendy and Tipsy – if you’re looking for an ADORABLE clothing boutique, hit up Trendy and Tipsy. They have such cute styles that are definetly made for California girls! I have followed this store on Instagram for quite some time now and being able to go there was definetly super cool! Check out their website here.
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Trendy and Tipsy – Pacific Beach

2. La Jolla, California 🌊

La Jolla may be one of the coolest places I have ever been. There is so much to see and do while you’re visting and I’m going to share some of my favorites.

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  • La Jolla Cove – this is a sight to see! Do not pass up the opportunity to go to La Jolla Cove because if you do, you will regret it the rest of your life. This destination is such a cool form of where land meets ocean. The coast of La Jolla is basically a huge cliff that goes directly down to the water. Because of the rocky formations, there are a countless number of caves and cool things to see. La Jolla Cove is really famous for this.
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Gateway to the ocean.

One thing I have done in La Jolla a few years back is actually go kayaking in the sea caves, which was INCREDIBLE and also learned a lot about La Jolla as a city and it’s enivronment. Fun Fact: Dr. Suess’ house hangs off a cliff in La Jolla.

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La Jolla Cove is one of the most popular spots in La jolla but here is a list of other places you need to hit up when you’re there:

  • Bobboi Natural Gelato – this place is the bomb and the gelato was to die for!
  • Pura Vida Bracelets – YES. You saw it. Pura Vida’s store is in La Jolla. Get yourself a cute pack of bracelets and oh dont forget to use my dicount code “DevynMiller20”
  • Gracie James – this store was FULL of amazing things. From cut clothes, shoes, decor, to gifts, this store utilized every inch of it’s space to fill it with goodies!
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Gracie James – La Jolla

  • Secret Swings – this one I was not able to get to because of time but if you ever end up in La Jolla definetly go on the adventure to find these swings that overlook La Jolla and the ocean!
  • Puesto Mexican Artisian Kitchen & Bar – okay.. my mouth is watering. This place had the BEST tacos I have ever had in my entire life. While it is a bit pricey, it is SO worth it.
  • Jose’s Court Room – this is a place I went to about two years ago, and yes it is of course Mexican food but hey if San Diego is quite literally 20 minutes from Mexico, i’m gonna take the opportunity to get real good authentic Mexican food. But anyways, this place has real good food!
  • Kelsey Brookes Mural – go here for a quick photo- op!
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Kelsey Brookes Mural – La Jolla

While there are so many other things to do in La Jolla, those are some of the things we did and places we went to that I thought some of you might like. Here’s a few more pictures I got while being in La Jolla:

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3. North Park/ Balboa Park🌵

Next we were off to North Park which is a bit further from the water and closer to downtown San Diego! While we didn’t spend as much time in North Park as we hoped, we did get to go to the spots we wanted to hit!

  • Pigment – i’m not kidding when I say this was the most beautiful, aesthetically pleasing, awesome, store I have ever been too. I was super excited about this one as my friend @nataliebrekka was telling me about it when I asked her about things to see in San Diego! This place is meant for a photo-op and actually has an area set up just for it’s customers to do exactly that.
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Pigment – North Park

  • Communal Coffee – just a few blocks from pigment is Communal Coffee, which is basically your typical coffee shop. BUT they have a cute little sitting area right next to a garden which is SUPER cute. They also have a siiting area where a lot of photo ops take place. I didnt get the chance to get a photo there because I didn’t want to bother those enjoying their mid-day coffee. But, besides the photo-ops, this places coffee is the freaking bomb diggity. I got a apple cider matcha something and BOY IT WAS INCREDIBLE. Usually I freak out when my drinks are green in color.. because ya know.. ugh.. healthy.. but let me just say. This stuff was the bomb diggity.
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Communal Coffee – North Park

4. Balboa Park

Balboa park is more of a touristy san diego attraction becauses it consists of things like the san diego zoo, and most of san diegos awesome musuems. We decided to skip over these attractions and just take a tour of the park. Instead, we discovered things like the California Tower, Spanish Village art center, and alot of the gardens. Over by the botanical building and lily pond you can see some awesome street performers! I’m obbsessed with music so this was a big one for me ahahha. But otherwise, dont miss the different gardens like, the desert garden, or cactus garden! Those are so cool and perfect for a photo-op!

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California Tower – Balboa Park

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Balboa Park

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Botanical Building & Lily Pond – Balboa Park

While we stopped by a few other places on our quick trip out to SoCal, I thought these were the most worthy of making the blog! I love San Diego and the outskirts like Oceanside/Carlsbad/Encinitas. These places are very high up on my favorites list just because you automatically feel at home when you go here. The people are incredible, the places are super unique, and the things you see are truly inspiring. Maybe for some this description is not what would make a place feel like home, but for me, going to places like this is home. Meeting new people, seeing new things, being out of your comfort zone, that’s all things that really make me feel most purposeful in life and that’s exactly why I love to travel. For me, California is not across the world but still being in an absolute different environment and atmosphere with people who live their day to day lives sooo differently than midwesterners is a true experience.

Go to San Diego once in your life, venture outside to Carlsbad. Go to Tijuana (still on the bucketlist) . You wont regret it. I hope this was a bit helpful to you and if you do have any questions whatsoever, please shoot me an email or comment! I really love to talk with you guys and I would love to know a place you travel to get away from reality.

XOXO,

Devyn ♥

 

 

 

Fall Favorites: Things you MUST do, make, and wear this fall.

fashion, lifestyle

If you are stuck in what to do/make/wear this fall, then you are in the right place.

It’s time to get cozy. 🍂☕️

Curl up and enjoy.

So.. I know most of you have 500 million different ideas of things to do this fall but only have a month or less to jam pack it in (at least we do in Indiana- it’s supposed to snow before Halloween 🙃). Well… let me just help you out and narrow it down to the top 5 things you MUST do, make, and wear this fall! Be prepared to get spooky, cozy, and well.. hungry.

Lets get into it.

1. you MUST go to a pumpkin patch 🎃

I don’t care which pumpkin patch you go to, it could be a back yard with 3 pumpkins. But just get out of your comfy bed and GO. Do not be one of those people who just goes to Walmart and picks a pumpkin from the bin out front (sorry mom, I still love you). If you want to have a fun filled fall (alliteration.. someone tell my 4th grade teacher) then you simply have to go to a pumpkin patch. Most of the time these places have waaay more than just pumpkins. The patch I go to is called Thistleberry Farms and let me just tell you, it’s like an off brand amusement park (but in a good way). This place has seriously made so many cool activities out of things that are usually on a farm. Like a playground of corn.. a tractor coaster, a jumping pillow, and a super awesome slide that I am waaay too old for.. which sucks. But aside from activities let’s just talk about food/beverages these places sell. Apple donuts, apple cider, and pumpkin pie. What more does one need in their life?

So stop thinking about it and just go. Get your man, your grandma, your daughter, your mother, your friends uncle.. whoever. And go to the pumpkin patch! You need a pumpkin to carve for Halloween anyways so just GO!

2. Buy as many fall scented candles as you can 🍂

This is possibly my most favorite thing about fall but also my bank accounts least favorite thing (besides my weekly shopping spree).

The scent of pumpkin spice, apple cider, honey crisps, and just fall in general is one of the most calming and beautiful scents to ever exist. This sounds so weird… oh well. But seriously. I’m in love with these scents.

The best place to get cheap, fall scented candles is either Marshalls or TJ Maxx. And the best part is, they not only smell amazing but the packaging is awesome too. 

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3. Make fall themed recipes 

Crock Pot Apple Cider-

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Ingredients:

  • 2 quarts (64 ounces or 8 cups) apple cider
  • 6 (3-inch) cinnamon sticks, plus more for serving if desired
  • 1 medium orange
  • 3 apples 
  • 2 tablespoons whole cloves
  • Additional cinnamon sticks for serving (optional)

Directions:

  1. Cut apples in half and cut that half in half once again (should have 4 slices out of one apple)
  2. Pour apple cider into a 2.5-quart or larger Crock Pot or other slow cooker. Add cinnamon sticks to cider. Add apples to cider. 
  3. With a fork, poke holes all around the orange, about 1/2 inch to 1 inch apart. Carefully poke the cloves into the toothpick holes in the orange.
  4. Place orange into the cider in the slow cooker.
  5. Cook on low until hot and spiced through, about 4 hours. Ladle into mugs. Place a cinnamon stick in each glass if desired and serve.

Apple Crisp-

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This is one of my all time favorite fall treats. My great grandma used to make this every week during the fall season. It doesnt compare to any other dessert out there, its that good. 

Ingredients: 

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degree C).
  2. Place the sliced apples in a 9×13 inch pan. Mix the white sugar, 1 tablespoon flour and ground cinnamon together, and sprinkle over apples. Pour water evenly over all.
  3. Combine the oats, 1 cup flour, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda and melted butter together. Crumble evenly over the apple mixture.
  4. Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for about 45 minutes.

4. Bring out the sweaters!

Fall is the best time to break out those cute, but comfy outfits. You can quite literally wear anything. Dont want to put your tank tops away? Okay. Throw a cardigan over it and you’ve got yourself a FIT. Dont want to put your shorts away? Okay. Throw on some tights under it and problem solved. Fall is great because it’s not too warm for sweaters but also not too cold to wear summer clothes (sometimes). 

So lets get into what you NEED to complete your fall fit:

  • an oversized sweater 
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This one is from American Eagle – on sale for $41.96

This is a BIG one. You cannot physically go through fall without a comfy oversized sweater (and if you do, how..). You can pair a sweater with anything. jeans, leggings, skirt, bathing suit bottoms.. seriously whatever! 

  • a thiccc scarf
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This one is from Old Navy on sale for $17

This is another must have for the fall season! When it comes to fashion, weather doesn’t really matter. We just mostly wear what looks good. But a chunky scarf is a great pick becasue its weather apporopriate and cute. 

  • jeans (any color)
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This selection is for my plus sized ladies. Old Navy Rockstars for $46.99

I know we all hate jeans.. but hey you’ve got to admit. They really complete a fall look. While i’m not forcing you to throw on a pair of jeans, I do encourage you to at least wear a pair once this month. hahaha.

  • BOOOTTTSSS
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LOVE this Tamara Booties from Kittsona for $84

For this pick use discount code “BBDEVYN” for a percentage off!

one of my favorite parts of an outfits. The shoes! But in this case, BOOTIES. There is such a variety of boots you could wear during this season. Ankle boots, over the knee boots, rain boots, suede boots, orange boots, no shoes… Whatever floats your boat honestly. But make sure you have a pair of booties to complete that outfit!

Optional:

  • hatz
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This one is from Urban Outfitters for $39

This one is optional because I know some people dont usually prefer to wear hats. But let me just tell you, a hat can really spice up an outfit. You could wear a beanie, a baseball cap, or a fedora. In my opinion a hat really makes someone look like they tried to get out of bed and stunt (especially a fedora). That may make no sense at all because I usually wear a hat when I am experiencing a bad hair day, but a fedora is definetly meant to be worn when youn wanna stunt. 

  • a poppin belt
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This belt is from Urban Outfitters for $29 

This one is also optional because i know some people also dont like or dont see a use in wearing a belt. But this also adds a little spice in an outfit. You could wear that oversized sweater or even a tshirt and tuck in the front to show the belt buckle. I just ordered a gucci belt dupe to make my outfits pop a bit more. 

So there are some of my fall favorites! Have fun, make some good food, and look cute this fall (although, im sure you already look gorgeous all the time). 

But anyways, I wanna know what your favorite thing to do in the fall is, so let me know in the comments are shoot me an email/DM. 

Get out there and have a fantastic fall!

XOXO,

Dev ♥

 

 

I almost caught on fire in the Sahara.

fashion, lifestyle

Hi ya’ll!

I know what you’re thinking from the title.. the Sahara?? “What the hell, that makes no sense. You live in Indiana.” Buuttt, it does. And it’s real!

On Sunday, my cousin and I decided to take a little adventure up to Silver Lake Sand Dunes in Mears, Michigan and let me tell you.. It was a desert queens dream!

We decided to do a desert- boho style shoot at this location and I cannot express how amazing the turn out was. I guess I can only show you…

But the scenery was beyond compare. You can actually make your photos look like the sand is endless with the right angles. I’ll show some examples in the photos below.

 

Let’s just do a quick little description of the FIT:

Shirt: Modish Rebel

Skirt: Forever 21

Similar: Etsy

Belt: Boohoo

Necklace: Maurice’s

Similar: Etsy

So now that we’ve covered that stuff, you’re probably wondering where the “I almost caught on fire” part of the title came from.

Andddd.. this is also true! I almost caught on fire. This is partly because I can be stupid at times, but mostly because of a smoke bomb mishap.

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So the picture above is the sweet beginning to the shoot.. seconds before the smoke bomb literally blew up in my hand.

For the full story, I began by taking the protective barrier off, like it said to, then I pull the wire and it began to emit red smoke. But then of course, 5 seconds in. IT BLOWS UP IN MY HAND. And it dispersed red powder all over the sand, my outfit, and my face. It went everywhere.

The fire started to come out like a blow torch. Not flowing fire, but actual like force. I felt like I was holding a flame thrower.

in this moment, i thought i was facing my death

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So anyways.. after this incident we were afraid to use the other 3 I had bought, but with a little courage we decided to say “eff it” and we did it. And let me tell you, it was SO worth it.

Here’s a little lookbook of the shots we captured:

 

Silver Lake Sand Dunes / 2018

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Thanks so much for tuning in.

Let me know what you think about this shoot!

XOXO,

Dev ♥

 

How to REALLY ball on a budget: Designer Dupes.

fashion, lifestyle

Hey everyone!

Something I’ve thought was particularly interesting this past week is how to actually “ball on a budget.”

Rather than going out and having to spend hundreds or even thousands of dollars on name brand designer products, I thought, why would I spend that much on something? Yes, I want Gucci, Balmain, Louis Vuitton, etc., but I also don’t want to quite literally break the bank.

That’s when the lightbulb went off in my brain and I began searching the web for designer dupes that looked like the real deal for a MUCH lower price.

This is for my broke women out there. We’ve gotta ball out somehow, am i right?

To help you ball on a budget, this is what I found:

Gucci-Logo Oversized T-Shirt: $590

Site: Gucci

Gucci Shirt Dupe: $18.05

Site: Etsy

Gucci Leather Belt with Double G Buckle: $350

Site: Gucci

Gucci Belt Dupe: $12.99

Site: Amazon

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Gucci Soho Disco Bag: $1,190

Site: Gucci

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Gucci Soho Disco Bag Dupe: $120

Site: Store Envy

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Moving away from Gucci, lets get into Louis Vuitton..

Louis Vuitton Neverfull MM Bag: $1,320

Site: Louis Vuitton

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Louis Vuitton Neverfull Dupe: $120

Site: Amazon 

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Louis Vuitton Neverfull Logo Dupe: $130

Site: Amazon 

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Louis Vuitton Pochette Metis Bag: $1,880

Site: Louis Vuitton 

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Louis Vuitton Pochette Metis Dupe: $140

Site: Amazon

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The list of Louis Vuitton goes on and on but now lets move into some jewlery brands like Cartier.

Cartier Love Bracelet: $6,300

Site: Cartier

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Cartier Love Bracelet Dupe: $20.99

Site: Amazon 

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Cartier Love Wedding Band: $1070

Site: Cartier 

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Cartier Love Wedding Band Dupe: $9.99

Site: Amazon 

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Lets move onto Valentino Pumps.. I’m PUMPED hehe get it…

Valentino Rockstud Ankle Strap Pump: $995

Site: Valentino 

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Valentino Rockstud Pump Dupe: $50.99

Site: Amazon 

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Some other random dupes I came accross: 

Chloe Nile Medium Bracelet Crossbody Bag: $1,690

Site: Chloe 

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Chloe Nile Bag Dupe: $105

Site: Amazon 

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Hermes H Buckle & Reversible Strap: $815

Site: Hermes

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Hermes H Buckle Dupe: $19.98

Site: Amazon 

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Balenciaga Speed Trainers: $750

Site: Balenciaga 

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Balenciaga Speed Trainer Dupe: $130

Site: Store Envy 

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Balmain Cotton T-Shirt Print Logo: $250

Site: Balmain 

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Balmain T-Shirt Dupe: $17.99

Site: Etsy 

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So there’s most of the products I found while dupe shopping! I know some of the items are still a bit pricey but hey #treatyoself.

I’m sure it is highly illegal for some of these places to sell the products that they do but oh well they’re out there for a reason. And no, you will not get in trouble for purchasing fake Gucci haha. Also don’t feel embarassed about purchasing knock off brands girl, OWN IT! You’re being smart about your money which I praise you for. But hey, if you have the money to splurg on the full priced versions, I also applaud you for that! 

But for now, I’m not spending a fortune to stunt and neither should you!

I hope this helped you discover some items you can purchase wihtout wanting to punch yourself in the gut and I hope this helps you see what types of websites you can find this stuff on. 

Please dont hesitate to email or DM me if you have any questions about these products, websites, or just want to talk!

GO OUT THERE AND STUNT ON ‘EM.

XOXO,

Devyn ♥♥

Travel Tips for the broke.

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What’s up guys!

It’s been a hot minute since i’ve created a blog post, and thats just simply because life wisps you up in it’s whirlwind.

A quick overview of what i’ve been up to for the past few months… well.. WORK… werk..werk..werk.. I’ve been drowning in work. While all trying to balance a social life, school, travel, mental stability… hahaha well you know how it goes. 

I recently transferred colleges, and I now attend Saint Mary’s College in Notre Dame, Indiana.. my hometown. Go Irish!

Life’s been so crazy but thats what makes in worth living!

And speaking of something else crazy.. I am FINALLY getting back to California next month with my bestfriend/cousin/personal photographer, Kaelyn. 

Were gonna hit up San Diego and stay on the lovely Pacific Beach. From there we’re probably gonna go to La Jolla, and possibly Laguna. It’s going to be GREAT. 

Now finally, the reason you’re even here…

How the hell do you travel for cheap?

Lets just start by assuming you’re going to fly to your destination. 

The app/database I use for booking flights is Momondo. Momondo is a “metasearch engine” who loads the cheapest flights available onto your screen and has a register of SO many worldwide destinations. A metasearch engine takes results from many other different websites and makes it easily accesible to you on one search engine. Momondo compares prices of billions of flights, and searches across more than 30 international markets.

There are similar engines like Momondo, but in my opinion, Momondo always offers the best/cheapest flight options than any other site.

For example, I booked a flight with Momondo to California next month for $180 total.. So basically $90 there an back!

That’s insane.

Compared to airline prices like United for example, they are charging $339 and $651 for American Airlines just one way.. before baggage fees and etc.  

Ridiculous, I know. But it doesn’t always have to be like that. 

Another feature I like about Momondo is that they have something called a price calendar/price predictor that shows you if the prices of plane tickets will go up or down in the near future and that really helped me plan for the best time to purchase my ticket. 

Momondo also has a map that shows you all the different places you can travel within your price range which I think is awesome because a lot of the prices to go across the world range from $300-$800 in off seasons which is CRAZY cheap!

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Nayarit, Mexico

I could preach about how much I love Momondo all day but because I dont have that amount of time, were gonna move into places to stay!

Hands down, the best site to use when booking a place to stay is AirBnB (I could also preach about this one for days too). AirBnB has seriously saved me hundreds of dollars when planning trips or weekend getaways. 

Hotel prices can most of the time be super duper expensive.. and we dont like that. 

BnB’s give you everything a hotel could and more (most likely more). For my current trip to California I booked an apartment on Pacific Beach for only $60 per night split between two of us. Any hotel around that area would have charged $200+ per night and limited you to a small room with a small bathroom and most likely no great amenities. 

But that isn’t the case with BnB’s.. 

BnB’s could have private pools, saunas, they can be penthouses, castles, igloos, you name it. There are so many options and depending on the price you can pay, you could have it all. 

AirBnB gives options to rent out private rooms in houses/apartments which usually come out cheaper. This may seem weird but when you are on a budget and just want to get away, you do what you can! That, and most of the owners are super friendly and dont actually bother you at all. 

AirBnB also has the function where you can see what countries/cities/or states you can go to in your price range. 

Another awesome thing they provide is experiences. You can literally type in the city in which you are travelling to and find what kind of activities/adventures you can partake in while you are visiting. I have yet to use this function but I plan to on my next trip! Best thing is, you can book it right on the website. 

But overall, my favorite thing about BnB’s is the opportunity to immerse yourself in the culture by living amongst locals while doing it for a good price. 

So definitely check out AirBnB next time you travel. 

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Clingmans Dome, Tenessee 

A few more tips I have are simple things like:

Travel in groups 

  • typically when you travel in groups you can reduce the cost by splitting amongst eachother.

Go grocery shopping

  • save money on food by grocery shopping when you get there.

Be a local

  • immerse yourself in the culture of the locals and you’ll forsure find cheaper ways to enjoy yourselves at your destination. Touristy activites will most of the time be pricey so do it like the locals do. 

I hope this helped you a bit when trying to fine the cheapest alternatives while planning your next geatway!

Leave me a comment on places you suggest I should go or other ways you find it easy to travel cheap. 

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Travel on.

xoxo,

-Devyn ♥

~P.S. I’m listening to a great song as I’m typing this. Its called Moving Forward by Colony House. Give it a listen. It’s super inspiring~

Pride: My Experience

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Heeveryone! 

Yesterday was a really eventful, yet exhausting day as I went to check out the Pride Parade in Chicago.

Let me tell you, the LGBT community knows how to party!

I have never experienced anything so crazy and intense in my entire life. It was amazing to see so many people in unison to support and love one another. There was such an empowering force in seeing the fight for equality with my own eyes. The passion these people have towards their movement is so motivating and it really opened my mind to the fact that inequality really is a HUGE issue in this country and all across the globe.

The crowd I was amongst was full of nothing but beautiful, loving souls with such amazing stories. It’s really hard to write about an experience like this because as I’m referring to the ones I was surrounded by as “these people,” I really mean “my brothers and sisters” because I don’t see these people as a specific group, I see them as teammates in the game of life. We are one, we are alike but different and there is nothing wrong with that. I love these people. I love their passion, their heartache, their faces, their jokes, their attitude, and their lives.

I was raised to love and support people of ALL backgrounds. Whether you’re gay, straight, black, muslim, christian, atheist; it’s important to love ALL. And it feels SO good to love endlessly.

So, with all the meaningful stuff being said. Let’s get down to it.

My friend Allie and I got ready early in the morning on Sunday and decided to make a road trip up to Chicago around 11ish. This way we figured traffic wouldn’t be terrible and it would be the perfect timing to arrive.. blah blah blah. Long story short we get almost to downtown Chicago and BOOM.. Traffic!

45 minutes after sitting in a wave of slow moving, bumper to bumper traffic, we finally made it to Wrigleyville where we parked our car right next to the stadium! This was really awesome because I had never seen or been to Wrigleyville before.

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At first we were a little scared because we seriously saw absolutely no one wearing any sort of Pride attire so we were like crap.. either we went all out or the parade isn’t today. But as we started our not so terrible journey to Halsted and Addison, the rainbow attire and love filling atmosphere grew thicker and thicker.

We finally got to the corner of those two streets and WOW! Were they bumpin’… it was jam packed with head to heart, and head to toe rainbow. I saw wigs, glitter, boobs, butts, mohawks.. you name it. I saw QUEENS. And this was my all time favorite part of my day. All the drag queens showed OUT (like they always do).

With about an hour of walking around and exploring our surroundings, we decided to go ahead and try to find a friend.. WHICH WE FOUND… in an alley ahaha.

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Bradley, I love you!

But anyways.. lets talk about this FIT. 
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I had actually 3 days to get this outfit in order and I think it turned out pretty FINE.. And yes.. I did sweat my ass off but fashion or die!! am I right??

Let me break it down for ya.

Sweater – Pretty Little thing : $28
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Pants – Old Navy : $29.99mid-rise-tencel-174-utility-cropped-pants-for-women-chambray-blue.jpg

 

 

 

 

 

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Earrings –Five Below Similar: here – $19

I didn’t get a close up picture of the star freckles I put on my face but to kind of show what it looked like, I will put a picture down below. thumb-carnaval-17-1600x1028.jpg

 

 

 

 

Stars – Hobby Lobby : $1.99
For the stars, I got different sizes and colors and applied them with some cheap lash glue I got at Walgreens.

You can apply these however you want, my only tip to make it look like freckles is to actually apply them according to how your freckles look (if you have any). If not, apply some stars close to eachother, apply them uneven, and make sure not all of them are the same size.

For some extra pizazz I added some of my colorful Pura Vida Bracelets (which btw use the code DevynMiller20 at checkout and get 20% off).

Overall, I would totally reccomend everyone to go to Pride even if it’s one time in their life. This is such a great time to let loose and really show your true colors. It’s great to meet other people and hear their stories, and just really immerse yourself into the LGBT community.

All of this was definetly out of my comfort zone at first but underneath all of the partying, it was such a great learning experience.

I love the LGBT community and I will always support and back their fight for equality.

Let me know about any of your Pride experiences or just email me and lets chat ♥

XOXO

-Devyn

3 EASY steps to get healthy, radiant skin.

beauty

how’s everybody doing? ♥

I get a lot of questions about my skin care routine from people who struggle with acne, dark spots, or ones who just don’t know how to work a skin care routine into their lives. And let me tell you, if this sounds like you. You are in the right place! I have struggled for many many years to keep my skin balanced, full, and bright.

You probably think this is going to be a blog post full of products that cost a pretty penny but if you know me, you know that is not how I roll.

So with a further ado, let’s get into my skin care routine.

Starting off, I wanted to share my skin type which is on the normal to dry side of the spectrum. If you aren’t sure what skin type you have, I personally used this test from Nivea to determine my own.

The link above has some tips and tricks to keeping your skin clear and radiant.

With that being said, let me break it down into 3 EASY steps for ya.

First things first:

  1. CLEANSE – taking the day off with a nice cleanser is SO important when it comes to the health of your skin. You don’t want any left over bacteria from your makeup or just removing access dirt and oil.

So to do this I use:

  •  Feel Renewed Pumpkin Walnut Facial Cleanser – this is a two in one deep skin treatment and a gentle exfoliator so you can cross exfoliation off your list of skin to do’s. I love this cleanser because it leaves my skin feeling soft and leaves it glowing to the Gods. The other thing that is extremely likeable about this product is the smell. I swear I have never smelt something so magical – its like a mixture of cinnamon, pumpkin, and Jesus. And the best part is IT’S VEGAN!This cleanser runs for $28, which is honestly even a bit much for me but SO worth it. Use the imbedded link above to check it out!

The next step is to.. drum roll please..

2. TONE – this is so so so important because toning your face really makes sure you get rid of any access oil or dirt still left over even after you cleanse your face. But more importantly, a good toner will help you soothe, nourish, and hydrate your skin while restoring it’s natural pH balance. I also find toner to help mantain my complexion, which is huge when it comes to the look of beautiful, radiant skin.

So to tone I use:

  • Dickinson’s Original Witch Hazel Pore Perfecting Toner – after countless encounters with different toners ranging from $5-$50, this has by far been the best option for my skin type. Witch Hazel is one of the best ingredients to fight acne or small breakouts. It helps by reducing inflammation, killing bacteria, and getting rid of redness. It is very common for some toner’s to dry out the skin, but any toner with witch hazel as the main ingredient will nourish and moisturize the skin.  51201604This toner ranges in price depending on which convience store you buy it from. I found the cheapest is from Target (linked above) and it runs for $4.69. You cannot beat the quality of this product or the price. Oh, and IT’S VEGAN. Check it out!

Sometimes when I scrunge up some extra cash I do like to splurge and buy myself a spray toner. When I do this my favorite product is the Lush Breath of Fresh Air soothing sea water spray. This product is made up of goodie ingredients like; sea water, aloe vera gel, and rose. I LOVE IT. Oh, and IT’S VEGAN. All I do wtih this is spritz 3-5 pumps on face and let it soak in (it says you should wipe off the access but why waste product right??). IMG_0423

This toner water cools, hydrates stressed out skin. And let me tell you, it is actually the best thing EVER. I’m not sure if it’s the essential oils that are also placed in this God- sent potion but, I feel as if it uplifts my spirit once I spritz it on my face. Like not only doe sit calm stressed out skin but it calms my stressed soul. Works complete wonders. And the best part is, IT’S ONLY $10.95. Like just skip your weekly Chipotle run and purchase something that you actually benefit from (trust me, it makes me sad when i have to skip a Chipotle run). But it’s a beautiful thing so check it out (linked above).

3. MOISTURIZE – this is so important so READ CAREFULLY – No matter what skin type you have, dry to incredibly oily, ALWAYS moisturize your skin. It is important to do this because moisturizer often acts as a protective barrier for your skin that will keep out unwanted dirts and bacteria. If you are not moisturizing and your skin is too dry or too oily, the end result is likely to be breakouts. Although, when looking for a moisturizer you should depict your purchase on your skin type. For instance, if you tend to have dry skin, you should look for a cream moisturizer as those usually have higher oil content. And if you typically have oily skin, you should look for a lotion rather than a cream.

The moisturizer I find to work best for me is:

  • Nourish Organic Lightweight Moisturizing Face Lotion – this lotion is specifically crafted for normal to dry skin so I think that has to do with the effectiveness it has on my skin. The main ingredients for this product is moroccan argan oil and rose water, which I have had great luck with. Although, this product says it is a lotion it actually comes in cream form which like I said above, is great for normal to dry skin! I find that this moisturizer is in deed very lightweight, but keeps me moisturized throughout the entire day. My favorite thing about it is how it leaves my skin feeling and looking. I GLOW TO THE GOD’S with this! And glowing is something I very much enjoy. Oh, and IT’S VEGAN!15842694.jpeg

This product runs for $17.99 at Target (linked above) which is another great perk about this moisturizer.

If you follow these 3 simple steps, your skin should be up and glowing in no time. I know it’s hard to start a brand new routine, so if you haven’t already squeezed a skin care regime into your busy life here are a few tips on how:

  1. Wake up! – cleanse, tone, moisturize
  2. Tired? – cleanse, tone, moisturize
  3. 1..2..3.. – stick to minimum products
  4. Future goddess? – think about the benefits of a skin care routine
  5. Consistence is key – be consistent with your skin care routine, dont forget!

Let me know how any of these products work for you guys in the comments and if you have any further questions don’t hesitate to shoot me an email!

XOXO

-Devyn

The Journey Begins

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What’s up everyone?

My name is Devyn Miller and I personally want to thank you for taking time out of your day to be here. As I said, my name is Devyn but you can call me Dev. I am a small town gal from Indiana with big dreams and aspirations.. yeah.. you’ve heard this before. I built this blog based on the sole purpose of being an average joe. You always see these amazing blogs of travelers, people with incredibly exciting lives, or people who can afford to post about a new outfit everyday. While all those types of blogs are so inspiring and amazing, it’s not all picture perfect as most of us know. So with that being said, I’m here to simply showcase the life of an average girl.

Some things about me:

I enjoy cool things like photography, casual fashion, all types of music, good people, great vibes, awesome places, and yummy food. I am a college student who has no idea what I want to do with my life but, life’s a highway right?

Come on the journey with me.

Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton

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