the southern sooner takes on youtube!

the southern sooner takes on youtube!

I knew this day would come eventually, but I am so excited to announce that my first YouTube video is officially LIVE! 2019 has already been a huge year for the blog with over 2,150 views in January. Perhaps a small feat to some, but I could not help but be blown away by the Lord’s goodness as His hand has become so evidently present in The Southern Sooner’s growth.

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december raves + rejects

december raves + rejects

All I have to say is that the Christmas hangover is r e a l this year, you guys! This Christmas was a little different than most because my grandparents got to spend their holiday with my cousin on the west coast. I can definitely speak for the rest of my family when I say their presence was missed, but we had a really good time celebrating just the five of us. It’s certainly left me feeling so so so blessed.

But now it’s time for another month of raves + rejects! The raves were certainly easy to do, but the rejects were hard to decide on since I’ve been in Texas – away from Oklahoma where all the items I consider a “reject” are – so I couldn’t simply sort through my things and go, “oh yeah, I don’t like this” lol. But somehow, I managed. this post includes affiliate links, meaning, at no cost to you, I will earn commission if you click through and make a purchase.

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my accutane journey: months 8 + 9

my accutane journey: months 8 + 9

it is so surreal that I am OFFICIALLY DONE WITH ACCUTANE!!!! overall, my journey has lasted about 12 months. I had my initial consult last november and started my preliminary lab tests. as far as the medication part, I ended up being on it a little longer than normal, just because we weren’t seeing the progress we were hoping to by month 6, but if it’s what kept me from having to go through the process all over again, then I’m not complaining. truthfully, I would have been done a lot sooner but I was so bad about missing a random day here or there that it delayed my end date. oops, but oh well.

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beauty beneath the surface: how is your makeup effecting you?

beauty beneath the surface: how is your makeup effecting you?

I love my skincare + makeup as much as the next girl. I love pampering myself – doing at-home spa days, using smoothing + anti-aging skincare lines, getting glammed up… because who doesn’t love feeling comfortable in their own skin? but what if I told you that beauty is not just skin deep?

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christmas 2017 gift guides for her

christmas 2017 gift guides for her

T-11 days until Christmas! Granted, that’s incredibly intimidating when you haven’t finished all your shopping, let alone figure out exactly what you’re getting. And let’s be honest – women are challenging to shop for, whether it be for your sister, a friend, or a girlfriend. However, I have partnered up with my amazing friend + graphic designer Kate to bring you my Christmas 2017 gift guide for the different girl(s) in your life; and a HUGE thank you to Kate for putting together the graphics for the post. It would not have been nearly as easy to put together (or as pretty) without her!

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6 must have beauty products I can’t live without

6 must have beauty products I can’t live without

Raise your hand if you’re a little guilty of splurging on beauty products to “treat yo’self.”

*Raises hand*

Now raise your hand if you’re also a little guilty of spending lots of money on products that weren’t worth the price.

*Raises hand*

Being a woman can be hard because there’s so much pressure to have perfect skin, perfect hair, perfect clothes… just about perfect anything. And do we really make ourselves feel any better when now we’re flat-out broke after spending money on “great” seeming products that didn’t help like they seemed they would? If you’re looking for an honest review + help finding a certain product, here’s a list of beauty products I have tried, fallen in love with, and can’t get enough of!

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how to cope with chronic acne: treatment tips + boosting confidence

how to cope with chronic acne: treatment tips + boosting confidence

Acne.

It’s annoying, and at one point or another, we’ve all dealt with it.

But then there are those of us who never get a break.

I’m 23-years-old and still find myself breaking out like a 13-year-old… and while I feel like I’ve finally managed to come to terms with my skin and just how it is, there are times when it takes its toll on my self-esteem. And unfortunately, sometimes there is no amount of concealer or foundation that can hide the mountains that so proudly display themselves on my face.

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