Life Update

Hey there beauties! TGIF! Yay for Friday! I know that my blog posts have been few and far between, and I haven’t read many of your posts as much as I’d like. I have my good days and my bad days. Lately, I seem to have some more bad days. I just thought I would do an update post and talk about what’s going on with me and my health. 

For a few months now, I have been dealing with jaw and ear pain, even pain in my neck. I have tinnitus in my right ear frequently, and I can’t hear too well out my right ear either. The pain is the worst on the right, but I do have some on the left. At first my primary doctor thought it was from allergies and fluid in my ear, makes sense. After changing up my allergy meds and being in those for a while, the pain has continued. My jaw pops a lot, and I have muscle spasms. So, as far as I know, it’s TMJ. TMJ is Temporomandibular joint disfunction. 

Since I have chronic illnesses/autoimmune conditions, it’s still important to get this checked out, especially since it’s affecting my hearing. The cause of TMJ can come from autoimmune conditions. It’s been an extra painful thing I’ve had to deal with for a few months now. 

Tomorrow I have to get an x-ray to see if there is anything my Rheumatologist can see. If needed, I may end up having an MRI. I have an appointment next week as well to be examined by my Rheumatologist. I actually have like 2 specialists appointments next week. I really dread having to go to any appointments. I really just don’t like to HAVE to be anywhere. 

Anyway, I just wanted to let you know what’s been going on lately. I’m just pacing myself and posting when I can. I am hoping to get this pain more manageable so I can do the things I enjoy in life, such as writing and reading blog posts. I hope to be more active in the WordPress beauty community soon. 

I’m going to try to work on a post reviewing the products I’ve tried in this month’s (September’s) Boxycharm. There were a lot of great things in that box!  I hope you will be looking forward to that. I hope you enjoy these little life update posts of mine. If you have any questions or just want to say hi!! Please feel free to leave a comment. Have a great weekend! ❤

I’m Coming Back!

Well hello there! Long time no post! How is everyone enjoying their summer? I’ve been meaning to start posting again sooner (at the end of last month), but I’m coming back now. In this post, I’m going to be sharing some pictures of my new home. If you follow me on social media, then you’ve probably already seen them. Though, my featured image on here is a picture of my kitty in one of her favorite sleeping spots. She loves to sleep under the little table in the living room, so we put her bed under there and now she is in Heaven.

Anyhow, We moved from a small apartment to a townhouse at the beginning of June. I really love it! So do my boyfriend and my kitty! ❤ We really only moved about 15 minutes from where we were at before, but we just wanted a bigger place to live. Now we have an upstairs and a basement. It’s very exciting for us! 😀

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In the picture above, is a picture of my boyfriend unlocking the door to our new home for the first time. I love that our mailbox is right outside my door and I don’t have to go very far to retrieve our mail. The townhouses are connected to each other, kind of like a duplex, but there are more than two connected to each other. Luckily, we’re at the end and only have one neighbor on one side of us. Another great thing is not having anyone live above us!

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This is a picture of part of the kitchen. I really love the flooring in here, the cherry cabinets and black appliances. In the previous place, we didn’t have much of a kitchen at all.

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Here is the rest of our kitchen. We have a full-size dishwasher here. Which is great to me, because at our last place it was maybe half the size. Of course, I am very thankful no matter what to have a roof over our heads and food on the table, which is the most important thing.

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Here is the living room, with nice brown carpet, and none of that white/cream colored stuff that looks dirty easily. That was one of the things I was looking for, carpet that would look nice all the time.

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This is a picture of our patio in the back. We have a little table and chairs out there now with an umbrella. We can also grill here as long as it’s so many feet away from the building.

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Here is a picture of the stairs to go upstairs (obviously)…

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Here is the bathroom, which is upstairs. It has the same flooring as the kitchen and also has a cherry cabinet under the sink/vanity. Just your standard bathroom.

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This is the first bedroom. Not too much to see in this picture…

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Here is the closet in the first bedroom. Very big! Which is good! 😉

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This is the second bedroom, which is across from the first bedroom. It’s similar in size to the first bedroom. It has a standard-sized closet, I didn’t take a picture that though. My Mom is actually going to be moving in here this month, and this will be her bedroom. She will be able to help me get some things done around the house when I’m not feeling well. It will be nice to have her around as well, right now she lives about an hour away.

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This is a picture of the steps leading in to the basement…

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It’s just your typical basement, it’s nice to have the extra room for storage…

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Last but not least, the washer and dryer. I am so thankful to have our own washer and dryer to use. I don’t have to worry about having enough quarters to do laundry now.

So I know this wasn’t too exciting of a post, it’s just more of an update post. We have a lot unpacked, but there is still more to do. I hope to get all of that done in the next couple of months at least. Moving can be rough, but it’s all been worth it. We’re so much happier here and I really don’t want to move again for a long time!

I hope that everyone is having a great summer! My next post will be beauty related. I am looking forward to blogging again and interacting with everyone. I also can’t wait to read your blogs and catch up on what’s new with all of you. Leave me a comment down below if you’d like, and let me know what’s new and how things are going with you. I’d love to hear from you, even if it’s just to say hello! 🙂 Thank you to everyone who stops by and reads! I really appreciate it! ❤

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 Checking In…

Hello there! I just thought I would write a post to update you all on what’s been going on in my life. I didn’t want you to forget about me…or think I would disappear again for a year and come back with a whole new blog…haha! Those of you that have known for a long time would know what I’m talking about. I hope that joke at least cracked a smile.

So, yes we have found a new place! A 2 bedroom townhouse with a basement, I’m very excited! I will definitely share some pictures on here. Moving Day isn’t until June 9th. We have the movers scheduled and the truck reserved. Also, we mostly have everything packed up, just a little more left to do. I have to thank my Mom and older brother for helping us out with that task. Thank you Mom and Joe! ❤

Packing my makeup away and needing two moving boxes… (Yes, I’m going to declutter) it’s very hard to choose what to leave out. Whatever I choose will be what I have to use for the next few weeks. It’s not too hard when it comes to foundation, concealer and etc. It’s more complicated when you have to choose specific blushes or eyeshadow palettes. Maybe I could do a post on what I choose to keep out and what are some of the products that I always am gravitating towards lately.

I’ve gotten a lot of medical/specialists appointments out of the way, though they’re not all done yet. I’m looking forward to having things slow down though, so I can focus on my blogging and being more consistent. I’ve been staying active on social media, trying to share new products and things on there. If you’re not already following me on social media, there are links on this page in the right side menu. There are social media icons with links. I’m very active on Snapchat. If you do add me on Snapchat, please leave a comment on this post to let me know who you are. You never know who is going to add you on there. I mostly snap about everyday things, my cat, and makeup. I try to load a majority of my snaps onto Instastories on Instagram, but I don’t get everything loaded on there. At least not as much as I do on Snapchat. 😉 I’ve also posted my names down below…

Anyhow, I am planning on coming back to blog on the regular in mid to late June. I will just have to get everything unpacked and settled, that way I don’t have any distractions. Please comment down below to let me know how things are going with you and what’s new. I’d really love to hear from you! I miss you all and will be back before you know it! Have a great Sunday! 🙂

Lots of Luv,

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Taking a break…

Hey there! I just wanted to write a post here to let you know that I’m taking a break from the blog for a little while. I haven’t been able to spend time on it as much as I’d like to. I just have a lot going on lately and will be back when things settle down. 

I have had some health stuff going on lately, no worries though, I’m okay. I’ve had a lot of appointments though, and in between the appointments, I’m just trying to take care of myself. 

On top of that, I’m also apartment/townhouse hunting. I have a list of places I’m interested in, but have yet to get out to actually look at them, and go there in person. My significant other has some vacation time starting next week, which would be the best time to finally get out and look!

 I’m looking to move as soon as possible. So in the meantime, we have to start some packing and get a head start on that. I’m not moving very far, just would like more of an “upgraded” place to live. 

Going along with my health stuff, I’ve been diagnosed with Rosacea recently. I just started treatment for that a little over a week ago, and am trying to stay away from trying any new or different makeup/skin care products for a little bit. My skin routine is definitely more simple and gentle now. I plan on trying to only wear makeup on special occasions for a little while. 

Not that I haven’t bought and hoarded my share of makeup lately…Though, I need to chill for a while and go on a no-buy/low-buy. Anyhow, I will still be active and present on social media of course. I have some pictures and things to share on Instagram as per usual.

I also have the WordPress app on my phone and will still recieve and reply to notifications. Though I don’t get too many comments these days, due to my lack of effort I’m sure. I do apologize for that as well. Thank you to those of you that do read my posts and comment. It’s very much appreciated! I hope that everyone has a great weekend! I will be back soon! 💋

P.S. You can connect with me on social media if you would like to, if you don’t already. There are icons in my side menu. Also, if we’re friends on Instagram, don’t forget to check out my Instastories. I post random things and makeup things on there often. ❤ xo

Getting to Know Me: 50 Random Things About Myself

Hello there! How is everyone’s week been going? TGIF! 🙂 If you do know what that means, then you are probably around my age. I meant to get a different post up sooner this week, but I was out of town visiting with family for a couple of days. So, I just thought I would do a post listing 50 random facts about myself. I thought it would be a good way for those of you that don’t know me, to get to know me better, and I thought maybe there might be some things that no one knows. Here we go…

  1. I am left-handed.
  2. I live in the southeastern part of Michigan.
  3. Not only do I love all things beauty, I love cats too. I have a cat named Allie.
  4. I am 6 ft. tall.
  5. I have Trypohobia. Google it!
  6. I lived in Las Vegas, NV for 2 years.
  7. I have been in a relationship with my boyfriend for 5 years now.
  8.  I listen to a lot of 90’s music. They don’t seem to make music like they used to.
  9. I hate the heat and am most comfortable in the winter.
  10. My favorite food is grilled cheese.
  11. I feel like I need some form of chocolate at least once a day, everyday.
  12. I love to watch movies in my free time. My favorite movie is 10 Things I Hate About You.
  13. I am double-jointed.
  14. My favorite color is purple.
  15. I would drink a Starbucks Double Shot Vanilla Energy drink every morning if I could.
  16. I am your typical introvert and prefer staying home whenever possible.
  17. I do love shopping, and am so glad that I can do most of it online.
  18. I’m planning on moving to a new apartment very soon!
  19. If I could travel anywhere in the world, I would travel to Ireland, where my ancestors are from.
  20. I have 2 brothers, and am the middle child.
  21. I’m not much of a drinker, but I enjoy a glass of wine every once in a while. My favorite is Pink Moscato.
  22. I love mermaids and have a fascination with them. I even have one of those mermaid blankets.
  23. One of the best feelings in the world is putting on a brand new pair of socks.
  24. Only a couple of people know that I have a “lazy eye.” I can control it though, as weird as that sounds.
  25. I am a huge University of Michigan Football fan. Go blue!
  26. One of my favorite television shows, is the American Horror Story series.
  27. A television show that I’m currently watching is Feud: Bette and Joan. It’s written by Ryan Murphy, the same guy who writes for American Horror Story.
  28. My favorite Disney princess is Ariel, The Little Mermaid.
  29. I am a huge fan of Pusheen the cat.
  30. I was a certified Phlebotomist. I’m not one anymore because of my health issues.
  31. I have chronic illness/pain. I have been diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, Sjogrens’ Syndrome, Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, and am being monitored for Lupus. Since I’ve shared that, please don’t try to contact me to sell me on some miracle cure…one of my biggest peeves!
  32. Speaking of peeves, I hate when people leave time on the microwave and don’t clear it.
  33. When I was a kid, I was a clogger for a short period of time, which is a form of dance.
  34.  I used to take guitar lessons when I was 14.
  35. I might possibly be going on a road trip this summer with my Mom to Tennessee.
  36. My eyes change from green to blue and vice versa.
  37. The only other country I have been to is Canada.
  38. I wear pajamas a majority of the time. Whenever I am at home, I am in pajamas.
  39. I hate grocery shopping.
  40. I have an interest in photography and love taking pictures.
  41. I love the ocean. I have been to the Atlantic, Pacific, and the Gulf of Mexico.
  42. I also have a fascination with sharks. I get excited for shark week every year. I also got to go to see sharks at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas…Along with watching the mermaid show at The Silverton.
  43. I have big feet and wear a size 11 shoe.
  44. I am planning on doing a spring/summer giveaway. I think I will host it on Instagram, since most people at least have Instagram. Be sure to follow me on IG here. I’d like for it to be international. If anyone can tell me about their experience with that, it would be so helpful! ❤
  45. I have a bad habit of biting my nails…
  46. My favorite shade of lipstick to wear is a “pink-nude” shade.
  47. I love to bake and cook when I feel up to it.
  48. I am quiet at first until I get to know someone. I have a weird and sometimes twisted sense of humor.
  49. I hate doing dishes.
  50. As you can tell from my featured image, I am on Snapchat. If you’re on there, let me know so we can add each other. I’m on there all the time!

Well that concludes this post. What are some random things about you? Let me know about it. I hope that you enjoyed reading! Be on the lookout for my next post on the Too Faced Sweet Peach palette! ❤

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The Blogger Recognition Award

Hello!
How was everyone’s week so far? Well I haven’t had the best of luck this week. I was planning on doing a post, but I’ve been sick unfortunately. I went to the hospital and found out that I have a bad infection. I had to have an IV containing antibiotics before I could go back home. I’ve just been resting and taking my antibiotics, along with drinking plenty of water. I apologize yet again, for not being as active here, on WordPress, like I would like to be. I hope to get a new post up again as soon as I’m feeling up to it.

I did want to write up some kind of post though. I was recently tagged by the lovely ‘Beauty Mommies‘ for The Blogger Recognition Award. Thank you so much for tagging me! ❤ At first, I told myself that I wouldn’t do tag posts, but I’m thinking they’re a good idea. I have a new blog now, along with new readers. Some of you know quite a bit about me from my last blog, but then there are those of you that don’t really know anything at all about me. So I figured that, by answering these questions, it would give you all a chance to get to know more about me and my blog.

The Rules: 

  1. Thank the Blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  2. Write a post to show your award.
  3. Give a brief story of how you started your blog.
  4. Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
  5. Select other bloggers you want to give this award to.
  6. Comment on each blog and let them know you have nominated them and provide a link to the post you created.

How I started this blog?

Well as some of you know, I used to run a blog called ‘Plus+ Beauty Blog.’ It was quite a successful blog. I started blogging while I was living in Las Vegas, Nevada. I was far away from my home state (Michigan), and I didn’t know anyone, or how to go about to meet new people. I figured that I needed to come up with some kind of hobby. I don’t work because I’m disabled. I deal with chronic pain/illness on a daily basis. I won’t get too much into that. If you have any questions about it, feel free to ask me in the comments down below.

Well anyway, After running my blog for over a year, I had to take a break to get ready to move back to Michigan. We were living in Vegas in the first place, because my boyfriend’s work sent him there. He had to be there a minimum of 2 years. After 2 years was up, we decided that Vegas wasn’t the best place for us to be. I thought I would continue blogging once we were moved in and got settled. Well, my health and my pain level were not doing too well, along with some other private health issues I was dealing with.

A year had passed, and I didn’t blog. I wasn’t sure if I was ever going to get back into blogging again. For a long time, I just didn’t feel like myself. Then one day, I thought that I would like to get back to blogging, but I wanted to make a fresh start. So I deleted my old blog, came up with a new name, header, and that’s how Kate’s Vanity was born. I wanted to reconnect with old friends on here, and make new ones. Though, of course I got into blogging about beauty, because it’s a passion of mine. I wanted to be able to share that passion with others with similar interests. I don’t want this blog to only be limited to beauty only. I do plan on doing other types of posts as well.

My advice to new bloggers…

  1. If you’re getting into blogging, expecting to be paid and to get well-known, then don’t blog. Blog about your topic because it’s your passion. It takes time to grow a blog and to grow your audience. I’m not saying that you won’t ever make it to being paid for blogging, or that you won’t become well-known in the community. I’m really meaning to say, don’t expect it to happen overnight. Let this experience be about something you love, and enjoy it!
  2. Don’t worry about numbers. If you write it, they will come. I gave up, something like 1500+ followers on my old blog when I deleted it. I’m not here for the numbers. I’m here to have a conversation about all things beauty, and more! Also, one little last tip…I’m sure a lot of fellow bloggers can relate, I get peeved when some people leave a comment saying something like this “Come check out my page!” followed by the address of their blog page. It’s really very annoying! Just saying…When someone follows me, I usually follow them back, based on their content. If you write a post that piques my interest, then I will definitely click on it and read it.

Nominations for this post…

Stash Matters

Helpless Whilst Drying

Confetti & Curves

Windy City Wardrobe 

Chanelle Hayley

Glamour and Gloss

Naz Meets Makeup 101

Well that’s it for this post. I hope that you enjoyed reading it! Thank you again to Beauty Mommies! ❤ You can check out their original post here. I hope to feel better soon, so that I can post here again soon! Enjoy your weekend!

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Be Back Soon!

Hey there! I hope everyone had a great holiday weekend! I’m sorry that I haven’t been on here in a while to read or comment on your posts. I was very busy getting ready for Christmas and all of that good stuff. Now I’m not feeling too well, and I think I overdid it. When you have a chronic illness/pain, you need to pace yourself. Some of you know about my health issues, but if anyone has any questions, please feel free to ask. Anyhow, my best friend is here in Michigan and I’m planning on hanging out with her for a few days at the end of the week. I haven’t seen her in over a year. I am just trying to take it easy and rest up the next couple of days. I don’t think I will be able to get a new post up this week, but I will get one up next week. I hope you all have a great week! I’m looking forward to returning and getting back into the groove of things. 
Much Love! ❤

Sorry for the delay!

Hey there! Long time no chat right!? I just wanted to write up a quick post to apologize for the delay. I meant to start posting last month but I’m getting off to a slow start. I plan on jumping in this month for sure. I am just waiting for my new camera to get here, which should be soon!

I also want to thank all of you for your support and for following!  ❤ I am looking forward to  chatting with all of you and reading your posts! Many of you knew me from my last blog, Plus+ Beauty. I was gone for a year due to some health issues. I am very sorry for suddenly being gone. I am doing well now and am happy to have a fresh start back here in the blogosphere. I am really loving my new blog name and header! The lovely Kami from Living Grace offered to design a new header for me, which was so nice of her! She has her own Etsy store Eight Fourteen Designs, if you are ever interested in getting a new custom design for you blog.

So how is everyone doing? What’s new? Please let me know in the comments section below. I would love to hear from you!

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