10 Ways to Recover from a Terrible Day

10 Ways to Recover from a Terrible Day - BEAUTYON7TH.COM

Let’s do something a little different.

This is not a “happy” post.

This is a post for the days where you breakup with your boyfriend of two and a half years, get homesick for your miniature pinscher and miss how the pizza tasted at that one place in town, or the days where you wake up late, your train is delayed, and you arrive at work only to find that your MacBook has been stolen (on a Monday).

Okay, now that we have established that your day/week/month has been awful, let’s turn that around.

  1. Pop in your headphones, and listen to the guided meditations on Calm.Com. Let go, even if it’s only for 2-5 minutes.
  2. Sometimes Spotify just understands you. On one particularly tough day, I blasted this one and transitioned into this one. Music heals.
  3. Search “#puppiesofinstagram” on Instagram and scroll through the photos. Puppies … puppies everywhere. You’re welcome.

  4. Navigate through Vine’s curated comedy feed and I promise you’ll laugh. You’ll find the strangest stuff on Vine: these people are my people.
  5. Take 10 minutes and call your folks (or the friends that you consider family). Checking in with your loved ones can often make a world of a difference.
  6. Browse your favorite lifestyle blogs or AVOID THEM LIKE THE PLAGUE: it all depends on how you will react. It might be nice to browse through a stranger’s lovely little life on the internet, or it can be a terrible decision (and end up with you in fetal position crying about why you don’t have a neurosurgeon/part-time photographer boyfriend named Emanuel to take your outfit shots and a teacup designer puppy named Wishes). Not like that’s happened to me or anything …
  7. Take a moment and evaluate if you’re taking care of yourself. Do you get enough sleep? Are you eating healthy meals? Do you have a healthy work-life balance? When was your last physical? It’s common knowledge that these factors can impact your mood, but life just happens and your health can fall off your radar.
  8. Don’t chop off all your hair until you are of sound mind. DON’T. After going through some dramatic situations, you may feel inclined to get a dramatic new style to go along with it. I know from experience that you can regret it terribly the next day, no matter how badly you “wanted” the transformative chop in the moment. Kindly note that bob cuts really don’t suit a rounder face like mine (especially when you cut it yourself). Womp.
  9. Following my last tip, transform your look with something you can wipe off immediately afterwards if you so desire. Head over to CVS or your local drugstore, buy a lipstick that catches your eye, and swipe that baby on like there’s no tomorrow. I remember the first time I wore a bright pink lipstick. I felt stronger and sassier, all from a $4 tube of pigment. Give it a whirl.
  10. Create a new private blog on Tumblr or LiveJournal and just vent your heart out. Grammar, syntax, and feigned politeness can go out the window. Get it all out. To those unfamiliar with the concept, this is also known as having a journal, except you can rest assured that your older sister won’t pop open the Hello Kitty lock with a bobby pin and read it to her friends.

Life isn’t always daisies and roses, and you may not be able to crawl into your bed and watch every season of One Tree Hill on Netflix for ages. Although there are definitely bigger problems in the world than say, not landing your dream job right out of college or someone stealing your credit card info to spend extravagantly in Italy, everyone deserves a way to stop feeling so lousy.

I hope these cost-effective tips help you or inspire you.

Here’s to a less gloomy future!

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Fourth of JULY Already?

Happy fourth of July, US readers! I hope you’re ready for cookouts and some summertime fun! Unfortunately, it’s been pouring over here on the east coast – it doesn’t look like we’ll be celebrating in a grand American fashion.

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I got a manicure and pedicure yesterday in patriotic colors before the storm hit – nothing extravagant, though. I would normally do them myself, but I have an engagement to attend to this weekend (keeping it hush hush for now). I have Essie’s Jag-u-are on my fingernails and Essie’s In the Cab-ana on my toes (I think).

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UH … BLOGUST?
It’s no secret that I don’t post often. However, I’m thinking about taking on a bit of a challenge next month: Blogust. There’s already a YouTube challenge called Vlogust, but one step at a time. By taking part in this challenge, I would post every day for all 31 days of August. AH. Okay – I’m giving it some thought.

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CAN I HAVE COFFEE NOW?
Ever since Ramadan started, all I want during the day is a few cups of coffee and/or a caramel latte by my office. I just ditched Starbucks for a local shop and they have such amazing drinks, I’m addicted.

INTERN LIFE
Speaking of the office, I’m nearing my last few weeks at my current internship. I’ve been there since March and I’ve learned so much. Right now, we’re getting ready for our next big campaign which involves a lot of writing and strategy. It’s pretty great to learn from such talented and patient people.

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FASHION INSTITUTE
The new semester is starting soon, and I can’t wait! A few months ago, I changed my major only to change it back to my original one: Advertising and Marketing Communications. It was a headache trying to get back into my program, but it all worked out (YAY). If I hadn’t changed my major, I could’ve possibly gone to Paris but HEY everything happens for a reason! I might be taking a trip to the UK in the winter anyway, so perhaps I’ll hop on a train and pop over for a few days (you know, as one does …).

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PASSION PROJECT?
I’ve been doing this thing where I’m trying to find out what my one true passion is. I’ve been taking questionnaires, watching videos and reading self-help books. I’m finding that my passion might just be self-help! Ha. At this time, I’m trying to figure out my next steps. I am already a workaholic – it would be great if my work in the future affected the world for the better (and also afforded me a comfortable lifestyle to fuel my makeup & coffee addiction, because I’m nuts).

Today will be spent relaxing and spending time to evaluate what it is that I truly want. Soul searching instead of fireworks, thanks Hurricane or whatever you are. These days don’t come around often, and I intend to take advantage.

I hope you have a safe and happy weekend! If the rain’s got you down, check out this post for some ideas.

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Burning My Skin Off & Aftermath: A Skincare Review

Recently I’ve been switching up my skincare and have tried something that I was initially terrified of: OIL.

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I hate the feeling of grease and the slimy slickness of oily products, and I think it’s due to years of “training” from a variety of sources. Everyone from beauty writers in magazines past to online reviewers warned against oil on the skin at all costs, casting it under an umbrella of “comedogenic products.”

I consider myself lucky to have never really struggled with major skin problems. For reference, I have mildly sensitive, allergy-prone combination skin.

Recently, I had a bit of a breakout (nothing insane), so I decided to finally try out this Murad Acne Spot Fast Fix treatment.

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Long story short: I burned off a layer of my skin in those areas. Ouch. It actually felt like my skin was on fire. I used my finger to apply it (not globs, either, just a small amount as the label suggested), and it, too, was chemically burned.

I freaked out and finally calmed my burning skin down by washing it off profusely with cold water. This is what happens when you try new things, right? Not necessarily.

After that incident, you would imagine that I’d be discouraged from trying new things for a while. However, something intrigued me about the marketing of facial oil. It was usually “pure, natural, 100% this and that.” At the time, “all-natural” seemed like a great solution following the chemical-induced product mishap.

So, I’ve been trying out a combination of Josie Maran Pure Argan Milk Intensive Hydrating Treatment and a sample of Tarte Pure Maracuja Oil for about a week or two now. I lightly layer them on a freshly washed face, and upon seeing my skin change, I’m glad I stepped out of my comfort zone. My skin feels more glowy and moisturized, as if it took a big drink of water. My makeup looks better (slowly veering away from the “full-face” look and gradually trying to switch to lighter coverage), and it’s nice and smooth. The New York City pollutants and a stressful day can wreak havoc on skin, so I try to do the best I can.

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Only recently have I been placing more emphasis on skincare. I don’t know why I didn’t care as much in high school – I would be caking on the foundation like it was my job and sleeping with my makeup on constantly.

Better late than never, I guess!

Key Takeaway?

The feeling of oil on your face is definitely an adjustment. After talking with my doctor, it appears that I may be allergic to that Murad treatment, but these facial oils are a-ok.

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A Day in the Life NYC – Drift Studio & GastroMarket

I’ve noticed that I don’t really share my life as much as I used to, partially because I’m quite busy and partially because sometimes there just isn’t anything to “show” exactly. I’m hoping for more gallivanting around NY this fall, but until then, exploring moments are few and far between.

Recently, a work commitment brought me to Chelsea, which is one of my favorite areas. My team convened right by the High Line, which was both beautiful and inspiring. We had a professional development and planning day at Drift Studio, which was a joy to be a part of. I snapped some photos while I was there, seeing as the lighting was absolutely perfect for head shots and the like.

Here are some photos from the day:

Isn't this gorgeous? I'm obsessed with the wood theme they have going on.

Isn’t this gorgeous? I’m obsessed with the wood theme they have going on.

Caffeine is my wife. I was really excited to see this in the space. More coffee, always.

Caffeine is my wife. I was really excited to see this in the space. More coffee, always.

This candle sat atop the main table and it caught my eye. Definitely have to look into getting one of these.

This candle sat atop the main table and it caught my eye. Definitely have to look into getting one of these. Mmmm Merlot.

I mean the lighting was perfect for a selfie. Couldn't resist, haha.

I mean the lighting was perfect for a selfie. Couldn’t resist, haha.

Afterwards, the team went to GastroMarket for happy hour. Normally, I'm too much of a wimp to eat outside in the summer but this was just right.

Afterwards, the team went to GastroMarket for happy hour. Normally, I’m too much of a whimp to sit outside in the summer but this was just right.

Overall, it was a fun and productive day. I think field trips are essential in any line of work. I’m all for it! Haha. :)

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June is Flying – Photos and Life Update

Hi there everyone! It’s crazy to think that I started this blog almost a year ago. I feel like I neglect it and don’t show it enough ~love.

I’ve been hard at work recently, working on some eBooks and blog posts along with managing social media. I very much enjoy it but I’m not too fond of the commute. As August approaches, I’m getting more and more excited about moving. Truthfully, I haven’t done much aside from working and shopping (that’s my life, ladies and gents)!

I recently purchased some workout gear (Nike Free 5′s, DryFit shirts, shorts and the like) and have been eating healthier/forgoing the daily macchiato. I’m not really looking for dramatic or major results, I would just like to be more fit and need more energy!

This month, I’ve watched all of Orange is the New Black, spent entirely too much at Ulta, celebrated my friend’s new internship with fast food and smart slacks, photographed my silly cousins, and tried (and failed) to buy expensive Lorde tickets.

I usually take a lot of photos on the go, but I’ve recently been hating how slow my iPhone 4 operates. I don’t know whether to cave and just upgrade now, or to hold out for the 6. Regardless, take a look at my life in photos (mix of iPhone & DSLR):

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A work celebration brought me here – such a cool space. It’s called The Cutting Room in Manhattan.

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I see this ol’ thing just about everyday. It looks beautiful at dusk.

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This little guy is my friend Kristen’s dog, Romeo, and he’s too cute. He’s a charmer.

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I found this on one of my old memory cards, and it was for a family breakfast that I set up. Yum.

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My friend Miranda and I had a little photo shoot for my Internet Marketing class not too long ago. Finding the pictures made me super happy. Obviously we won the final competition – we were super into it. Haha.

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She styled herself and looked amazing.

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Birchbox sent me a cool summer read and I bought way too much makeup at Ulta. Never get enough NYX Butter Gloss. LOVE.

If you’re looking for a song to play on repeat, I’ve got just the one:

Also, if you’re a crazy Pinterest addict like me, check out my dorm decor plans on Pinterest. It’s a work in progress, and I’m shopping for it slowly. I kind of have a thing for black and white … could you tell? Haha!

Follow Saba Bokhari’s board nyc dorm decor on Pinterest.

Until next time … x

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