Monday, December 5, 2011

Finding My Niche

     As a fairly new blogger, I have been writing on a variety of topics.  To put my blog in a category, it just couldn't be narrowed down.  It's taken me a while to decide what to focus on, and having a focus is important to reach those seeking your content.  
     The most important thing to me is my family.  I am a full time mommy and even though it's difficult at times, it's the best thing I do! There is also a  big part of me that is so passionate about style and beauty.  I think this stemmed from emerging from a hard time I went through after the birth of my first daughter.  I was a young, single mother, with little money, overweight from the pregnancy, living with my father, not giving any time to take care of myself.  I was depressed.  My dad even gave me an intervention speech at one time about not wearing sweats constantly and maybe fixing my hair every so often.  That's when I knew I'd gone too far because he never usually butts in unless he feels like it's necessary.  Had I gotten that bad?  You new mommy's know how it is to adjust to a life that is constantly taking care of another person. You just don't have the time or energy for yourself.  Plus, is our outer appearance that important?   
     When my daughter turned one, something clicked.  Things turned around for me.  I got myself together and part of feeling good on the inside, meant taking time to be presentable on the outside.  Turns out, my outer appearance was effecting me.  It made me feel good to know I was doing something outside of mommy-hood for myself. Whether that meant polished nails, or a fresh makeup application, little by little I got my confidence back.  If you have an inner beauty, which I believe most all women do, imagine it matching your outer beauty. That doesn't mean we all have to look like super models.  Super models don't even look like super models when you take away photoshopping.  It means loving yourself and finding beauty in your features and playing them up.  
       At one point a while back, I got a job at a retail apparel store and my shopping addiction/love was born :) My old manager said to me at one point after seeing me eyeing a pair of pointy toe stilettos,"Try em.  It may feel awkward at first, but if you like it, wear it.  You're afraid to try new things".  She was so right!  I was afraid to be out of my comfort zone. I thought about that every time I loved a dress or shoe and I stopped being afraid to try new things.  I still second guess myself sometimes, but I am more open to try something new.  My style is changing as I get older but my passion has only grown.
      A few doors down from my job was a MAC store.  Uh, oh.  I think you can tell where this is going :)  I'd pop in every so often and just look at all the pretty colors, textures, and tools. Seeing the employees so much meant making some new friends.  Sometimes one of the guys would put an eyeshadow on me, or a lip color just to show me how it'd look.  Little by little I bought a few things. Then, my makeup passion was born.  It didn't help that one of my best friends was a MAC junkie and makeup lover as well and we shopped, too much!  She introduced me to Urban Decay after buying me a shadow for my birthday one year, and I've been hooked ever since.  I believe it was Purple Haze :)  
     So although I am mommy at home, inside I am a total beauty junkie.  Does this mean I am vain? No. An airhead? No. But I do get mommy mush brain at times. Shallow? No.  Just loving the feeling I get on the inside, when I go all out on the outside.  It's an empowerment.  It gives my confidence the boost I need to put on a smile even if I don't feel all that great at the moment.  However, this doesn't mean I am always done up.  I love a natural day or two.

     Love for some new followers and readers who share my passion for style and beauty.  I may be adding to my new features as time goes, but I would love any ideas, suggestions, style or beauty questions, or anything you want to add I am open to hear.  Email me at Please be patient as my blog may be changing a bit here and there but I hope to have it all together soon. Thanks, and stay tuned for an upcoming Brightside Beauty post- Twelve Days til Christmas Party make-up ideas, and our first Beauty Teens instructional video.  



  1. LOVE LOVE LOVE your angle! GO girl! :))

  2. hi kristin, thanks for stopping by my blog.
    i too was over weight after having my daughter, it wasnt till i broke up with my husband that i started to care how i looked again, i dropped 3 dress sizes and felt the best i had ever been. now i always take care of my appearance (even after having twin girls). love your blog and look forward to reading more.
    nikki (

  3. Thanks Nikki, glad to have you follow :)