Happy Halloween!

Halloween has always been one of my favorite holidays and I love dressing up for it.  All through out college, I always wanted to go to costume parties but never really had any to go to….. until about two years ago!!   Once I had the parties to go to, that’s when my creative juices started flowing.  Thinking of a costume and then creating it is all part of the fun for me.  While I am guilty of being your typical popular costumes in the past (cat, lion, Pocahontas), I always like to pick the most creative costume I can think of.

With that being said, here’s a look back at some of my Halloween costumes from the past two years!

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Costume Details:

  • Selena
    • If the only Selena you know is Selena Gomez, you are missing out.  Selena was a talented Mexican American Singer who lost her life way too young.  There’s a movie called Selena, that shows all about her life that is played by Jennifer Lopez.  I love that movie! I remember watching this movie so many times when I was younger and the outfit she wore performing Bidi Bidi Bom Bom was always my favorite.  I got to live out my little girl fantasy by making that own version of the outfit myself.  That’s right, I glued all those sequins on, sewed straps on a bra, and did all the rest 100% myself.  I’m happy to report that by the end of the night, my costume was still together although I thought for sure it was going to fall apart.
  • Miss Universe?
    • Do you remember when Miss Universe 2015 was accidentally crowned?  Poor Miss Colombia was incorrectly announced as Miss Universe 2015, and then a few minutes later, Steve Harvey crushed her dreams as he announced that he made a mistake.  I came up with this idea first by thinking about what I’ve always wanted to dress up as.  A beauty pageant queen yessss please!  I then remembered that accident that happened that year and instantly knew that was the best idea ever!
  • Business in the front, Party in the back
    • This was definitely a different costume and one that not many people could guess that day at work.  Someone thought I was a man in the front and a woman in the back (facepalm).  Looking back that was actually a pretty good guess haha.  Everyone knows about the mullet and this expression and being that I was dressing up for work, I figured how appropriate.  This costume was definitely creative, outside the box, and something I had never seen anyone do before.
  • Mother Nature
    • I got the idea for Mother Nature from Pinterest.  Originally, I had seen a picture of  a fairy costume that had a tulle skirt that had lights in it.  Lights?! I loved this idea and wanted to incorporate it into my own costume somehow.  So for a while I figured I would just be a 26 year old fairy.  But then the idea for mother nature came to me and I was able to incorporate the tulle skirt idea into it as well.  I tried my best to incorporate the different seasons and plants into my costume.  It may be hard to see in the picture, but my tulle skirt had lights y’all.  I loved this costume and was feeling myself that night.  😀
  • Clark Kent
    • This was another idea I got from Pinterest and one that I thought was super cute and appropriate for work.  I could still walk around the office and look normal and not stick out for my costume.  For this costume I didn’t buy anything and used items all in my own closet.  I borrowed a co workers suspenders and printed out the superman logo and taped it to my shirt.  Wah lah! It was that easy!

    So what’s my costume going to be this year you may ask???  I literally have no idea.  I won’t be attending any costume parties this year and so the only potential costume I may wear is to work (I do have two ideas).  I love this holiday so much but I feel like it snuck up so quickly on me this year.  A lot has been going on in life and I haven’t been able to fully embrace and celebrate the holiday like I normally do.  But hey, there’s always next year and with my new boo, my creative geniuses can now expand to Couples Costumes!!  🙂

    Hurting People Hurt People.

    Have you ever been so angry that it seems like nothing can calm you down?  It doesn’t matter what anyone says, nothing can provide relief to the intense rage filling up inside of you.  I had a situation happen recently that really tested me y’all, I mean REALLY tested me.  About two weeks ago at my church, my Pastor delivered a message titled ‘Dealing with Difficult People’.  It was such a good message, but honestly one at the time that I hadn’t really fully experienced.  I generally hate confrontation, hate arguing with people, and really do just want to get along with everyone.  I’ve also been fortunate where I generally haven’t had to deal with anyone who has persecuted me, been ugly to me, or just out right mean.  So while it was a great message, I didn’t think it was something I could put to use, until recently.

    This week, I experienced a situation where someone said something derogatory and just plain out ugly about me.  It was a situation where I walked in and heard it being said about me.  I was shocked at first honestly, ‘wait, what?’, I thought to myself.  To me it came out of left field.  This was coming from a person who knew nothing about me, didn’t know me personally, but yet felt so freely to say such a disrespectful and ignorant thing about me.  So, after the initial shock, then came the anger.  I was angry.  Beyond angry y’all.  From the anger, then came sadness.  Eventually, that sadness turned into hurt.  From there, the anger returned and remained.  Typically, when something pisses me off or hurts me, I get over it fairly quickly as I hate confrontation.  But this was a different story.  Y’all I went to bed that night mad and woke up the next morning still mad.  You couldn’t tell me nothing.  I was reminded numerous times that I am a Christian, the message about loving difficult people, turning the other cheek, and all the other stuff I’ve been taught my entire life.  However, when it was time for me to show up, I responded with, “Nope, can’t do it, won’t do it, I don’t care.”  I rolled my eyes so many times to those reminders, I’m surprised I can see straight today.  That’s how angry and stubborn I was being.  “Are you kidding me right now?  Pray for this girl?  Forgive this girl?  You must be out your mind.  She owes me an apology.

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    Navigating My Season of Transition

    Oh hey y’all!  It’s me, Cassie!  You know the girl who has been MIA from this blog for the past 5 months…. or maybe it would make sense at this point if you didn’t know who this girl was from this blog.  Either way, I’m back!  But not only am I back, I’m writing this post from my hotel room all the way in Switzerland!! Far from home, across the world, and I happened to look back at my blog today and read my last post (not the outfits, the expectations post) and inspired myself to write a post.  Honestly, since I got here in Switzerland, I’ve had a lot on my mind and a blog post has been brewing in my head.  A post about what I’ve been going through, where I’m at in life currently, and just what I’ve learned.  Because let me tell y’all, a lot has changed since May.  A lot has changed in my life in general since the beginning of the year.  At the beginning of the year I felt the Lord telling me how 2018 was going to be a Challenging year.  Maybe challenging is not the best word to describe it.  More like a year that I was really going to have to lean on the Lord and trust Him in some of life’s challenging moments.  On October 7th, 2018 I can confirm that has been pretty darn accurate.  I plan on sharing these things and my struggles, because once again if sharing my life can help or encourage just one person, then this blog is all worth it.  Mission accomplished.

    One big thing I want to share briefly is that I am now in a relationship!!!  She got a boyfrand y’all!!!

    Finally. About. Dang. Time.

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    The 411 on my Cruise OOTDs

    One of my favorite parts of a vacation is taking risks and experimenting with different outfits.  Clothes are a way I like to have fun, take risks, and express myself.  Life’s too short not to play around with your wardrobe (at least in my opinion)!  Not to mention, I work for an engineering software company, and typically don’t have the same opportunity to experiment with fun outfits. 

    I’ve gotten a few questions about where I got some of my outfits from my trip from so I figured, why not do a blog post.  Enjoy!

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    Outfit #1 – Black crop top w/ puffy sleeves and white pants:

    • Black Crop top with puffy sleeves – Asos
    • Pants – Marshalls
    • Black Strappy Heels- Asos

    Outfit #2 – Orange matching two piece set

    • Matching set – Pretty Little Thing
    • Gold Strappy Sandals – Old Navy (1 year old)
    • Leather Cream Backpack – TJ Maxx

    Outfit #3 – Green floral dress

    Outfit #4 – Black Romper with cutout

    • Romper – Asos
    • Black Strappy Heels – Asos

    Outfit #5 – Navy Two Piece Matching Set

    Outfit #6 – Airport outfit

    • Cardigan – Old Navy
    • Sweater Crop top – Marshalls
    • Distressed Denim Shorts – Forever 21
    • Pink Slide Sandals – The Shoe Dept.

    Cruise 2018 Vlog

    I used to go on cruises with my best friend and her family almost every summer after high school and throughout college.  We would have so much fun and made so many memories together.  Well, it was only fitting that we plan our own “single girls” trip recently since we are all grown now. 😉  Here’s the highlights from our trip!!

    Some random/funny facts about our trip:
    • The weather was cloudy the entire trip. We literally only got 2 hours of sunlight on one day and that was it the entire vacation!
    • Although we went to the Bahamas, with the weather acting like it was, we called the trip our “Alaskan Cruise”.
    • Ashley and I made more friends with the crew than with other guests on the ship.
    • We are pros at the Cupid Shuffle, Wobble, Cha Cha Slide, and now the biker shuffle.
    • The boat we went on was the Carnival Elation and docked out of Jacksonville, Florida.
    • The Carnival Elation is a smaller ship and the port at Jacksonville was basically a Warehouse.

    When your expectations aren’t what you expected…

    Show of hands, who has ever been disappointed by an expectation you had, that totally did not go the way you envisioned?  If your hand isn’t raised right now, then you are either in a public place, or thought that was a rhetorical request (same girl, same).  At one point or another, I’m sure everyone has had a moment in their life where they’ve thought to themself, “I didn’t see my life going this way.”  Or maybe something a long the lines of, “I thought I would’ve completed this by now, I thought I would’ve been farther along than that by now”.  Have you ever thought that maybe that expectation you had was actually a fantasy or a completely unrealistic thought you set yourself up for?

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    When you get a tattoo, but don’t handle it like a boss…

    Fun Fact about me:  I can be a little dramatic/extra sometimes.  Okay, maybe a lot of the time.  But one thing is sure, I always make myself laugh.  A lot of those times I’m laughing at myself.

    A year ago, I got a tattoo and recorded my reaction. And I’m so glad I did because it was too funny with how ridiculous I was acting.


    Final Product:

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    Back Story behind the tattoo:

    • I know, I know. All that commotion for a little tattoo the size of a peanut M&M.  Hey, in my defense it had been a while since my last tattoo and I don’t deal with pain well.
    • This was actually my second tattoo I got (surprise Dad!).  It’s a lot smaller than my first and in a better location (less painful). However, you probably couldn’t tell that from my reaction.
    • I love crosses, love Jesus, and had been wanting to get a small cross on my foot for a while. Shoutout to Pinterest, where I got the inspiration.
    • I went with my best friend Ashley to get this tattoo, and she is the one who I told to “hold my hand”.  
    • I went to the same place where I got my first tattoo, but once again didn’t plan or schedule an appointment. I just showed up after dinner one Saturday evening and was like ‘hey can I get tatted up?’
    • I’m a believer in, “If you can’t laugh at yourself, what can you laugh at?”

    When he’s just not that into you

    Whether you’ve seen the movie or not, I think almost everyone has experienced that situation where the person you are interested in, isn’t so interested in you.

    For me, that’s happened a lot here lately.  Let me clarify, every guy that I’ve had interest in, just doesn’t seem to have interest in me, or rather not the same life interests I have.  However, there is one main thing I have learned in this season of singleness that I want to stress to every single female (or male if you’re reading this too) out there:

    If a guy is not reaching out, making an effort, and/or pursuing you, then he’s just not that interested in you.

    Period. Point blank. Now before you start gathering different debating points and giving me ‘What if situations‘,  (I.E.  “Well what if the guy has kids and is really busy?” or “What if he has been traveling for work and has been swamped with meetings?”)  Let me explain why.

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    How to get a Valentine!

    What do you get when you have a full time employee and part time student that has been out of town?  Someone who uploaded their Valentine’s Day Video later than expected. 🙂

    Whether you spend your Valentine’s Day with a loved one, best friend, or slice of pizza, I hope it’s a great day!

    Happy Valentine’s Day!

    Just call me the Valentine’s Day Fairy…

    I love love. It doesn’t even matter if I’m single or in a relationship, Valentine’s Day is one of my favorites! So with last year’s Valentine’s Day approaching, I was excited about the day and had some plans up my sleeve.

    The days leading up to Valentine’s Day, I remember talking to one of my best friends about an idea I had.  I wanted to anonymously send some sort of Valentine’s Day treat or gift to some people last year. Okay, specifically there were two guys I wanted to send something. I may or may not have had a crush on them, I’m talking 5th grade style, but that is irrelevant to this story.  And two guys Cassie? Scandalous!! Hey, more like single!! 😉  All joking aside, these were two really good guys, who I wanted to feel special on Valentine’s Day.

    However, there were two problems with this plan I had:

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