December Highlights

December Highlights

First things first, happy new year! We made it through December and 2020! It has felt so good to kick off 2021 with a relaxing long weekend and time to slow down.

One of my biggest highlights from last month was sharing Blogmas with you all on Instagram. I decided to countdown to Christmas on my IG stories each day. We got to chat about our favorite holiday movies, our traditions, and gifts that we wanted to give/receive. I looked forward to posting every day and diving into the festivities.

You may have seen the virtual concert I attended as a part of Blogmas, but that is another highlight I want to note. Lil Debbie (the rapper, not the snack cake mascot) put together a live stream show.

I went to a show of hers four years ago during my senior year of high school, so it is a bit ironic that I was able to see her during my last year of college. This show even had a live chat, which was very entertaining. I loved the concert, and I cannot wait to get my merch in the mail.

I am also very excited about the podcasts that I released during December. In the latest, I talk with Kirstie Taylor. She’s a relationship writer that I first stumbled upon when reading Cosmopolitan. It was so fun to chat with her and hear her story. Also, I believe her insight could help all of us, no matter our relationship statuses. I know our discussion caused me to reflect on my own feelings/needs.

Currently, I am in the process of goal setting for 2021. I am hopeful for the months to come. While this past year has had its challenges, I am still grateful for many little moments. I am also grateful for this blog community. Thank you for being here and being on this journey with me!

What were your highlights? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments or on Instagram. Let’s chat!

4 Ways to Style Your LBD for NYE

4 Ways to Style Your LBD for NYE

A little black dress never goes out of style. Year after year, you can pair it with different accessories and signs of new times. I think it’s the perfect basic to break out of your closet for New Year’s Eve. Even if we are just sitting on our couches with a glass of champagne this year, let’s do it in style.

Below are four looks that I created using my bodycon LBD. I hope that they spark some ideas for your last look of 2020 and first look of 2021.

For this first outfit, I grabbed some bold accessories in my favorite color. I know micro bags still cause some controversy with critics, but I personally think they are adorable. Early in 2020, I even covered the trend on this blog.

I kept the pink theme going with my gogo-style booties. These have to be one of my best thrift finds. I think any bold colored boot would look great with a LBD base.

For look number two, I kept it cozy by just adding an oversized scarf. I honestly think everyone could use a blanket scarf in their closets. They are fashionable and perfect for winter weather. I thrifted the one pictured, but I have found some really cute ones at World Market.

Look three is a perfect fit to emulate if you live in a cooler climate too. I thrifted both the faux fur jacket and faux fur boots at different times, but it’s almost like they were meant to be together. I typically wouldn’t wear this much fur at once, but with a simple black dress, it works!

Look four is extremely easy and comfy. All I did was throw a sweater on top of my dress. I liked that it was a v-neck so I could put it over my shoulders. I also rolled up the sleeves a touch. This basic pairing can be dressed up with more jewelry and maybe even some patterned tights.

See ya in 2021! How are you ringing in the new year? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments or on Instagram. Let’s chat! 

Bake with Me: Walnut Cacao Scone Recipe

Bake with Me: Walnut Cacao Scone Recipe

I have been seriously missing sitting in cafes to read and write during these times. In an attempt to bring the cafe to me, I decided to make some scones that I can enjoy with espresso at home. I followed a scone recipe from The Faux Martha, but I made it my own with a few additions and substitutions.

Before baking, I always like to measure out everything that I need. Recycled Yoplait Oui jars come in handy for this. Not only is it aesthetically pleasing, but it’s also super convenient.

I gathered 1/2 cup of heavy cream, 1 cup of applesauce, 1/3 cup of sugar, 6 tablespoons of butter, 1/3 cup of chopped walnuts, 1/3 cup of mini chocolate chips, and my Cacao Copina Co powder. I also had 2 cups of oat flour, 1 tablespoon of baking powder, and 1/2 teaspoons of salt nearby.

Step 1. To begin, I whisked together heavy cream and applesauce in a mug. In a large bowl, I combined all of the dry ingredients.

Step 2. Once the dry mixture was well stirred, I added butter. My hand mixer worked perfectly to combine it. I mixed until I ended up with a crummy yet moist consistency.

Step 3. Next, I threw in chocolate chips and chopped walnuts. I simply stirred with a spoon to combine these ingredients.

Step 4. I packed down the dry mixture to make a well for the wet ingredients, and I poured them in.

Step 5. In a jar, I combined a splash of water and 4 teaspoons of cacao powder. I used my hand frother to mix it. Then, I poured it in the middle of the other wet ingredients.

Step 6. I mixed everything up with a large spoon. It didn’t take long for everything to combine and for a cacao aroma to spread across my kitchen.

Step 7. I put some parchment paper down on my baking sheet (yes, it’s Hello Kitty shaped), scooped out the batter, and plopped it on the sheet. I tried to create triangle-like shapes.

If you repeat this recipe, feel free to create whatever shapes you like! The batter was pretty easy to move around with a spoon. Also, feel free to lick off any batter left on your spoon. I used applesauce instead of eggs, so it’s safe to eat raw!

Step 8. I put the Hello Kitty baking sheet along with an additional sheet full of scones in the freezer. I also set the oven to preheat at 425 degrees.

Step 9. Once the oven was ready, I baked the scones for 15 minutes. After this, they were done and ready to enjoy!

What is your favorite treat to bake? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments or on Instagram. Let’s chat! P.S. Use code “Roshak10” for 10% off at Copina Co.

My 2021 Vision

My 2021 Vision

Since 2020 only has a couple of weeks left, I thought it would be fitting to set some of my intentions for 2021. In previous years, I would just simply write resolutions down in a notebook. This year, I allowed my new planner to guide my 2021 vision.

Cassey (aka the gal behind Blogilates) creates a “fit planner” each year that allows you to set goals, track workouts, and plan your days. This is my first year purchasing one, and I am so excited to use it throughout 2021.

At the beginning of the planner, there are a few different worksheets that allow you to set goals and reflect before the new year. I have found it so helpful to work through. I have also enjoyed the thought-provoking prompts that Cassey created.

I want to share a few of those prompts with you as well as my responses to them. I hope that this may inspire you to reflect and consider what you want in 2021.

“This year I want to feel…”

Joyful! By definition, joyful is “feeling, expressing, or causing great pleasure and happiness.” I really love this word because it means so much more than just feeling happy. This word acknowledges that we can all be active in expressing and causing happiness.

“I will nourish my mind with…”

Books, art, and crafts. I love reading, but it’s one of those things that you have to intentionally make the time for. Same with enjoying art and creating projects. In the new year, I want to be more active with my different hobbies.

“2021 is going to be…”

Exploratory! There is a lot that I am excited to learn about and explore in 2021. In the spring, I will be entering my last semester of college. I decided to enroll in a photography class to get outside of my comfort zone. Once I graduate, there will be a lot to navigate. For example, maybe a new job or a new area. I want to be open to exploring and seeing what’s all out there.

What is your 2021 vision? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments or on Instagram. Let’s chat!

P.S. Cassey even created free fitness planner printables that you can get here.

Repurpose your Rosé: Wine Bottle Craft

Repurpose your Rosé: Wine Bottle Craft

There are better ways to recycle your empty bottles. In fact, there are endless ways that you can up-cycle them. I decided to get crafty and turn my empty rosé bottle into a cute holiday decoration.

To prepare for my project, I went to Target and picked up a few supplies. I got a couple of ornaments, tinsel garland, and a hot glue gun. I already had a wine bottle and twine at home. If you want to do this craft yourself, pick out whatever ornaments and tinsel speak to you! There are so many ways to customize it and make it fit your style. I just thought the fox ballerina ornament was too cute to pass up.

Once I had everything that I needed laying out, I plugged in my hot glue gun to get started. I also removed the cap from the bottle and put it aside.

I began by hot gluing one end of the twine to the base of the bottle. Then, I twisted the twine around the bottle while gluing each layer on the way up. I cut off the twine once I reached the metal piece on the bottle. I was honestly surprised at how much twine it took to cover the wine bottle, so I was happy that I started with a full roll.

Around the metal piece, I took the tinsel and wrapped it around as I did with the twine. I started at the bottom of the metal and worked my way up to the mouth of the bottle. I didn’t bother hot gluing the tinsel along the way since it held the coiled shape, but I did glue it down at the start. Once I reached the top, I cut the tinsel and tucked a bit of excess tinsel into the bottle. Then I put the cap back on to hold the tinsel in place.

Lastly, I added on the ornaments. The string on the ornaments I picked out was the perfect length, so I was able to place them around the top of the bottle. If you try out this project and want your ornaments in a specific place, just use hot glue!

I am really happy with how this up-cycling project turned out. I will be gifting my creation, but I may make another to add some festive vibes to my apartment.

How do you get crafty during the holidays? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments or on Instagram. Let’s chat!

Building a Brand on Instagram: Advice from the Pros

Building a Brand on Instagram: Advice from the Pros

Recently, I attended Marjolaine and Lucie‘s Instagram Masterclass webinar. Marjolaine is a full-time business coach, and Lucie is an Internet personality (you may recognize her from her work with Refinery29). They shared some of their insight on how to grow a personal brand on Instagram.

I learned a lot from the hour-long session, so I thought I would share some of their tips and tricks with you. If you want to create your brand on Instagram, or if you want to enhance your brand, read on!

They started the webinar by addressing the fact that many people are nervous to show up online. But, it is important to show up so that you can attract your community! On Instagram, visitors use your page to gain a sense of who you are. Your personality can be shown through your aesthetic, the type of content that you create, and the overall vibe of your page.

To build your brand and to use Instagram effectively, here are some things that Marjolaine and Lucie recommended:

Change your username. Your username should be something that allows people to easily find you. Marjolaine and Lucie recommended to just use your name without any extra characters. Keep it simple!

Change your name field. This spot on your profile has the highest SEO pull. Make sure you are utilizing it the best you can. For example, my says “Megan Roshak | Blogger.” This is so my page is searchable by who I am and what I do.

Update your bio. You should include your mission statement at the top of your bio. This is what hooks visitors. If you aren’t sure what your mission is, ask yourself: “what’s my impact?” or “how do I add value to others?”

Utilize IG Stories and Reels. This is where people are spending most of their time in the app; don’t miss out! Marjolaine and Lucie recommend committing to one face-to-face Instagram story check-in each day. Setting a daily alarm can help remind you it’s story time. If you feel lost regarding what to talk about, schedule daily prompts on your content calendar.

Plan and bulk create content. You don’t have to be creating content every single day to be a content creator. Bulking content will help you to post more consistently.

Make your aesthetic easy to maintain. Be aware of your surroundings and what type of content will be easy and authentic to create. You might not want to create a “beachy vibe” if you live in the city.

Choose brand pillars. Select a few categories that you want to create content in. For example, on this website, I have the categories of beauty, lifestyle, coffee, etc. That’s how I define the content that I create.

Find your people. Get to know others in your field. As a blogger, I love to connect with other bloggers. You can find people through hashtags or by recommend accounts. Make it a point to collaborate and celebrate others’ successes. As Marjolaine and Lucie say, stop competing and start shining!

Stop consuming, and start creating. Sometimes we can get so wrapped up in scrolling that we forget to actually participate. Lucie described how she practices “conscious consumption.” It helps her to generate content ideas without getting stuck in the scroll.

She sets a timer for 20 minutes to scroll through Instagram. After that, she sets a timer for 10 minutes to reflect on everything that she saw. During this time, she can write down ideas and brainstorm.

Don’t try to be perfect. The people following you are following you because of who you are. Be your authentic self.

Marjolaine and Lucie recognized that branding is a process, yet they also stated that if you put the work in, you will see results. I hope that these tips and tricks can help you start your journey or enhance your brand!

What tip will you put into action? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments or on Instagram. Let’s chat!

November Highlights

November Highlights

The holiday season is officially upon us! Let’s recap November together.

Early in the month, I received some happy mail! The crewneck that I designed for my PRSSA chapter finally came in. It reads “create your story.” The saying has a dual meaning. As students of public relations, our members create stories for brands. Personally, we are all creating our individual stories too!

A bit later in November, I had the opportunity to model some clothes for a local boutique, Sunrise On Main. It was a fun time, and I discovered a new spot to shop. It was very difficult to resist taking home every item in this picture. So cozy and so cute!

At the end of November, I celebrated Thanksgiving. It looked a bit different this year, but I still got to turkey trot (and eat pie)!

Before the day, I did a bit of crafting. The hat I’m wearing with my turkey shirt didn’t always have a colorful pom on top. I cut off the original pom and replaced it with a ribbon one that I made myself. It was pretty easy to do after a few YouTube tutorials. If you need a thrifty gift idea, there ya go!

Thank you for following along this month. I can’t wait to share everything in store for December!

What were your highlights? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments or on Instagram. Let’s chat!

What I Learned From Too Faced’s Beauty School

What I Learned From Too Faced’s Beauty School

Too Faced and Her Campus recently hosted their first virtual event, Beauty School. Representatives from each company took to their webcams to share their personal tips and tricks. I thought the event was very fun and informative.

Before attending, I received a gorgeous care package from Too Faced with a few goodies to try out. My favorite item has been the Better Than Sex Mascara. During Beauty School, I learned how to get the most out of the product and how to apply mascara like a pro.

Jazmine Escoto, Too Faced’s Manager of Global Education Artistry and Digital Trainer, shared the secrets to perfect lashes. Here are some key takeaways to put into practice:

Use an eyelash curler before applying your mascara. An eyelash curler will give your lashes a lift which will make them appear naturally longer.

Apply mascara using the “bottoms up” method. Too Faced recommends applying mascara to your bottom lashes first. This is to help you avoid getting mascara on your lids.

Utilize the mascara tip. After applying mascara to your top lashes, use the tip of your brush to push lashes up. Start at the outer corner and work your way in.

Wiggle your wand. While applying mascara wiggle the brush. This helps your mascara to distribute more evenly on your lashes. It also helps with lash volume.

After following these tips, you won’t even need false lashes. But, you can pop them on if you like. A key message of Beauty School was to do whatever makes you feel beautiful. You can choose to be natural or bold; just make sure you are being you!

What’s your best beauty tip? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments or on Instagram. Let’s chat!

Sponsorship Disclaimer. I partnered with Too Faced and Campus Trendsetters to bring you this post. All opinions are my own.

Thrift Shopping Tips & Tricks

Thrift Shopping Tips & Tricks

Good style doesn’t have to be expensive. And honestly, it shouldn’t be.

You can build your dream wardrobe on a budget by thrifting. Sure, it takes a little extra work, but the treasure hunt is half the fun! Below I’ve compiled some of my favorite tips and tricks for scoring the best finds…

Look for basics. Sweaters, cardigans, jeans, basic t-shirts, and tanks are all great items to find at your local thrift shop. All of these items are perfect for layering and accessorizing.

Check out the lingerie section. Silk tops and skirts are in. You can sometimes score these items on a budget in your local thrift shop’s lingerie section. Wash before you wear, and it’s as good as new.

Try shopping off-season. As with most shops, you may be able to get some better deals by shopping off-season. Items like sweaters and jackets will be less picked over in summer rather than in winter. On the flip side, in winter, there will be less competition to find tanks and shorts.

Don’t miss out on deals. Some shops have a “color tag of the day” or “color tag of the week” that can save you some cash. Some shops will also offer you coupons if you donate items. In addition, some shops have rewards programs.

Be picky. Be realistic about how much you can really fit in your closet. Only bring home your favorite finds. Just because it’s a good deal, doesn’t mean you need it.

I hope that you find these tips and tricks useful on your next thrift trip. Happy shopping!

What’s your best thrift find? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments or on Instagram. Let’s chat!

Celebrating One Year of Blogging

Celebrating One Year of Blogging

It’s official. I have owned for exactly one year! It’s cliche, but time really does fly when you are having fun.

First, I want to thank you for making this a great year! I appreciate every reader and email subscriber of the blog. We have created not only an amazing community here but also on Instagram.

Building connections was actually one of the reasons why I started blogging. I wanted to connect with others who had similar passions and interests. I appreciate all of the amazing ladies that I have been able to chat with because of blogging.

My love of writing also motivated me to begin blogging. When I was younger, I thought maybe I’d be a novelist. While I now desire a day job in marketing or communications, I still enjoy getting creative with my words.

Over this past year, I have had the opportunity to collaborate with various brands and complete a couple freelance projects. I could not have imagined the opportunities that have come because of blogging, but I am extremely grateful for them.

I am excited to continue to grow alongside, and I am excited to share the journey with you.

Here’s to one year!

What was your favorite blog post from 2020? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments or on Instagram. Let’s chat!