Flawless VoxBox: What I Got

    IMG_0608.JPGHey hey my Sun Shining Friends!

    I got a new influenster box in the mail and I’m excited to share my opinions of everything. (Spoil Alert: it is mostly good) Last time I got some amazing Make Up Forever Lipsticks, this time it was a variety of products. See below:

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    Lifestyle, Recipes

    Taco Soup & Painful Accidents

    My boyfriend, a fine resident of South Carolina had to evacuate this past weekend due to hurricane Matthew. Fortunately, this allowed us a chance to see each other which is #huge for the whole long distance thing.

    For one night, I knew I wanted to make dinner for us, so after some google searching and a phone call to mom, I decided to make Taco Soup. I definitely wanted to make cornbread too, so the soup was a perfect fit, not to mention the weather was dreary and cold.

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    What I’m Reading: Newsletters & Books

    I’ve been doing a lot of reading lately. You know why? Because pleasure reading makes me happy, and I’m all about finding things that make me happy and then consistently trying to incorporate them in my life.  Here is what i’m reading right now:

    TheSkimm: Y’all know the deal. If you want to be in the know on current events, sign up!

    Call Your Girlfriend Newsletter, The Bleed: I love my podcasts, and especially these rad ladies Ann and Aminatou. Listen to their podcast and sign up for their newsletter. They are all about female health and being open about menstruation (!!!), hence the title of their newsletter: “The Bleed.”

    Present Over Perfect: Leaving Behind Frantic for a Simpler, More Soulful Way of Living Shauna Niequist is my girl. Her book Bread & Wine was such a spiritual and emotional journey for me and Present Over Perfect has been no different. I’m reading it very slowly, because 1) I don’t want it to be over and 2) I am trying to meditate and incorporate what she is teaching in my own life. I’ll be sure to write more about it when I’m done.

    Woman of the Word: How to Study the Bible with Both of Our Hearts  This book has been so so good for me and my relationship with the Lord. Jen Wilkins really pushes you to actually know the Bible and and study it. As women, sometimes we base our relationship off of emotions and how we feel. Jen encourages us to remember that the Bible is not about us and how we feel or even how it can be an answer to all the questions in our life. The Bible is a book about the Lord, and we should always want to learn more about Him so that we can be more like Him. #goals

    The Marvelous Pigness of Pigs: Respecting and Caring for all of God’s Creations  This is a book I just started, but the overall concept really caught my attention. Joel Salatin is a 3rd generation farmer for the Shenandoah Valley and maintains and all organic farm, which he provides food for many families in the area. I heard him and Alice Waters speak last week and it really made an impression on me. Especially as my interest in organic food, and farming has increased over the past few months. I will probably end up writing a whole post about this, but this book in particular is about how we as Christians have been called to be “stewards of the earth” and respect all God’s creations. Instead of manipulating His creations for our own convenience, or potential income, etc.

    So many books being read and so much homework being put off, hello 4th year.





    How I Addressed my Acne

    I’ve seen such an improvement in my skin over the past 6 months, and I’m excited to share what I’v been doing. Obviously everyone’s skin is different and I have seen many many dermatologists since 6th grade, so if acne is a problem for you I advise you see a doctor too. Your skin is an organ just like other parts in your body, and if something is wrong you should seek help from a doctor. I’ve stopped taking pills I got from the doctor, and I rarely use the ointments given. It’s the other changes I’ve made that I think have led to the most improvement.

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    What I’ve Been Up To: An Update

    Howdy y’all!

    I’ve said before that I never want to feel like I have to blog, just because. But lately it’s been bothering me that I haven’t written, because….I LIKE BLOGGING! So here we are, and this is what i’ve got for you. An update of ‘Lysse, how i’m doing, and what i’ve been doing. So if you’re nosy keep reading, if you already know my life, then this might be repetitive.

    4th Year Yo fourth year is…interesting. To some degree it feels like I’m simply continuing last semester. But that is probably because all but one of my classes are taught by a professor I have had in the past. I’m taking, Race & Ethnic Relations, Adolescent Development, U.S Education Policy, Hip Hop as Technology, and Intro to American Studies. I like my classes, but I already fell senioritis creeping up. Pray for me, y’all.

    The Praxis So, I’m supposed to be studying for this test so that I can officially accept my position with Urban Teachers…but fitting this into my schedule has been a #struggle.

    The Boy He’s good, we are great and happier than ever. He makes 7hr and 4min drives for me in the middle of the night and i’m thankful. #blessed

    The Skimm Yo girl is now a Skimmbassador! The Skimm is a daily email that drops in your inbox and gives you a “skim” of the news from the day before. If you’re looking for a way to quickly get in the know and start understanding current events, this is a great way to start! Sign up using this link.

    Boho Betty Jewelry I’ve partnered with Boho Betty, a great little jewelry company. I’m not a big jewelry person (because I rather spend my money on clothes and food) but I have really enjoyed their pieces. Especially their tassel bracelets and necklaces that are currently all the rage right now. If you find something you like make sure to use the coupon code “lysseonlife” for 15% off your order! 

    Well guys, thats all I have for you today! I promise I’ll do something fun and write about it soon!






    4 Things You Should Do Every Morning

    School has begun, life is crazy, and its easy for stress to start creeping up. About a year ago I made it a goal of mine to enjoy my mornings more. In result of being an athlete my entire life, I had become so accustom to waking up and getting out the door for practice in 13 minutes, that mornings were more of a blur than a time to appreciate.

    When I stopping rowing, it took me a good 4 months before the sound of my alarm didn’t make my heart race and my stomach drop. I had to make a conscious effort to make mornings slow and enjoyable again. Here, you can read here about my morning routine (its kinda funny too, gifs and all), but today I wanted to share more about what I do to put myself in a healthy headspace for the day.

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    Hip Hip Hooray For August Favs

    Hey Suns (is that weird? I kinda like it) This is just a quick post, that turned out to be kinda long, about the products I have been obsessing about lately! Oh and happy first day of school!

    Lush Coffee Face & Body Scrub

    I first learned about this stuff from my little sister and when I was at Short Pump Mall the other day I couldn’t resist picking some up. The product has coffee grinds, coffee infusion, agave syrup and other moisturising additives included, so it does a great job of exfoliation and moisturizing ! The grinds allow for the exfoliation to occur and of course coffee is a stimulant too, so it helps the skin perk up a little bit. This is my first Lush product, and I only bought it because #coffee but it has definitely proved its worth!

    Starbucks 24oz Waterbottle 

    I’ve been eyeing these things all summer and yesterday I finally decided to buy one. They have had a bunch of bright…slightly obnoxious colors in the stores but when I saw this clear one I knew I needed to snag it fast. #Hydrate

    Y’all, i’m probably the most obsessed with these! I got mine on sale at Old Navy and they are definetly my favorite purchase of the summer. They are so easy to wear because you can literally just throw them on with a T-shirt underneath and a cute sandal and you’re set! I’m really excited for the weather to cool off so I can wear them with a long sleeve and some booties!

    TOMS Deodorant 

    My mom is the kind to send me daily emails with the next thing that could possibly cause cancer, but this particular issue really stuck with me. There is a lot of research about aluminum in deodorant and the dangers it can cause. So, I started using TOMS natural and aluminum free deodorant. It’s such an easy change, and I love the scent, so why not? I also recently started using a DivaCup, so if you’re interested in my opinions on that feel free to get in contact with me!


    Y’all know I have been saving my money for those gorgeous Anthropologie leggings and Poshmark is helping me get there! Poshmark is an app that allows you to sell clothes online and its v easy! They do take percentage of your earnings, but they also pay for shipping so to me it evens out. So far, I have sold 4 items and made a total of $75, aka I am hella close to my $100 goal. Now that this purchase is becoming a little more realistic, I’m having a hard time deciding between these anthro leggings or a pair of align crop leggings from Lululemon. The anthro ones are gorgeous, but the Lulu ones I could wear more often and they are the most comfy pants to ever grace your body. Comment below which one you think I should get?!

    I hope you enjoy some of the things that are making my life a little brighter, and let me know if you decide to try any of them, or already have!




    4 Things You Need to do Before Going Back to School

    Last summer around this time, I wrote an “Open Letter to My Third Year Self,” a post I really love because it was a good snapshot of my life at the time, and represented the progress I was making as a person.

    This year, I decided to write up a list of things I do/need before classes start. I hate the beginning of the year because it doesn’t resemble any normal schedule…and I like routine.  These four things help me survive the first few weeks both academically and mentally!

    Buy a planner  

    Y’all had to know that this would be the first thing on my list! But seriously, buy a planner,  write in it, refer back to it, take it with you everywhere, I promise it can change your life. If you’re not already savvy with organization, I recommend you read this to give you a few ideas.

    Have a Calm Mind

    Starting a new school year can give me anxiety sometimes. Like when you first read the syllabus and you see there is a 15 page paper due in December, or just realizing how expensive your textbooks will cost this semester, all the chaos going on can be #stressful.  I recommend you just take a deep breathe and focus on what is happening in the current week.

    Say No

    This is always the hardest for me. In the beginning of the year there are so many new opportunities right in your face. This club, that research lab, this volunteer slot, and it is easy to want to do everything. I’m the queen of thinking that I can somehow squeeze everything into my schedule, only to realize that outside of class and work I only have a few grim hours to play with. So, when opportunities arise I first pray about them. I want to make sure that I am spending my time with the correct things and I want the Lord to confirm that for me. So say yes to some things, and say no to everything else. Balance is key here. Remember present > perfect. Screen Shot 2016-08-19 at 12.22.30 PM

    Buy these Pens (or something)

    At the start of every school year I buy this pack of sharpie pens. I have a thing for making my notes look nice, and assigning certain pen colors to certain classes. It’s just my thing. Find something that is inexpensive and can make the daily grind just a little more fun.



    I pray that y’all have a great start to the school and I encourage you to not be so hard on yourself, you’ll be great! I mean, you are the Sun and all.




    Make Up Forever Lipstick Review

    Hey friends! Today, my Make Up Forever Lipstick samples came in the mail! I’ve known that I was getting it for about a week now so I was v pumped to see if on my front porch after getting home from the gym. #gains

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    Guest Post by The Sister: Neg-a-tiv-i-ty

    Neg-a-tiv-i-ty: the expression of criticism of or permission about something

    Negativity is an epidemic that’s spread all around the world. It can be the most contagious and the most fatal. You never know what might hit you on the way to work or just to go out for the night, so it’s important to have the perfect vaccine.

    When you walk into the doctor’s office to get your vaccine, you should know that you’re basically getting injected with a little of the virus. It’s almost like the same thing with negativity. It’s everywhere and it’s not going anywhere. Its going to get to you somehow, you just have to have the immune system to overcome it.  In my opinion, there are four ways to best overcome the plague; negativity.

    First and foremost, you have to surround yourself with the right people. There’s a quote by some genius that reads, “You can’t keep dancing with the devil and ask why you’re still in hell.”  That pretty much sums it all up.  If you continually hang out with people who tend to bring you down or stress you out, don’t be surprised if you go home overwhelmed. If you ever feel irritated, anxious, pressured, or nervous around a certain group of people, they are not your people. Take a moment, realize how the negative energy is making you feel, and exclude yourself from the narrative that you probably didn’t ask to be a part of (lols T-Swift).  You are constantly being influenced by the people around you and you don’t even know it.  It could be as simple as everyone wanting to go see a horror movie and you following along even though you know darn well, you’ll sleep with the lights on and lose at least three hours of sleep. All that does is increase your electric bill and takes cash out the wallet for the Starbucks you’ll actually want to get in the morning. Try to neighbor yourself with people who uplift you instead of weigh you down.  Who do you laugh with the most and stress with the least?

    Second, you can’t be a negative person. There is another quote by another genius that reads, “You can’t litter negativity everywhere and wonder why you have a trashy life.” Once again, that pretty much sums it up. Take note of how negativity makes you feel, and then, focus on not inflicting it on anyone else. Negativity is just as easily given as it is caught. If you’re having a bad day, don’t distribute that energy everywhere. When you constantly go around with a poor attitude, you are literally negativity in its truest form. If you feel like things around you are constantly ticking you off or you’re simply just not having a good day, channel you’re animosity into something productive. In the end, it’s better to center your “bad vibes” into something that will benefit you, rather than undermine others.

    Last but most definitely not least, try you’re absolute best not to stress about it. Everything you do and everything that happens to you, happens for a reason. Wondering what the reason is, might be the most frustrating part, but knowing that there is a reason can be very reassuring. Continue to remind yourself that God has a plan for you and he is in absolute control over your life. Everything you go though is meant to happen and is meant to help you grow. All your roughest battles and biggest hardships are just road bumps on the way to a better you. It even comes down to remembering when Chick-fil-a forgets my Chick-fil-a sauce, it was for a reason. The Lord says in Jeremiah 29:11-14, “For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you, and will bring you back from captivity. I will gather you from all the nations and places where I have banished you, and will bring you back to the place from which I carried you into exile.” If that’s not comforting, I don’t know what else to tell you! Keep in mind that God has your back every minute of every day.

    All in all, negativity is such an issue these days. Its spread through physical contact, social media, day to day conversations, and even the way you carry yourself. Know that by learning to stay away from it, not being it, and not stressing about it, is the fastest way to a cure.


    Selea (The 16 year old sister to Lysse)