Fashion, inspirational, lifestyle

3 TIPS ON HOW TO BE THE BEST YOU||GAIN THE CONFIDENCE YOU NEED.

Hey guys what is up?! Many times we lose ourselves in midsts of what she says, what he thinks and who’s looking. Everything we do seems to be triggered or motivated by all these thoughts that when we think about it, it makes no sense. Because of all these sufferings we go through I wanted to give you some tips on how to love and embrace yourself and how to pull off that confidence at your lowest. I feel like the only difference between someone who’s strong and one who appears not to be strong is their confidence. Let’s get right into it!

1. Acceptance and Understanding.

The first step to any sort of confidence is accepting yourself mentally and physically. Once you learn to accept who you are (in and outside) you learn to start loving yourself way in and out which builds that confidence because you know yourself, love yourself and you don’t doubt yourself.

2. Respect yourself.

Just like accepting yourself, learn to respect yourself to an extent that no one can put you down. Respect yourself in a way that you look after yourself (mentally and physically) so that you are proud of what you are and not ashamed to portray who you are. Respect your thoughts, ideas and emotions to a point where you know what your values are and what you can’t take. When I say respect yourself I mean take care of the person that you are and don’t let the wind blow you to a place you don’t want to be. 

3. Fix and Enhance yourself.

When I say fix yourself I don’t mean paying thousands of money and getting surgery I actually mean taking your time to actually look good. This could either be by doing your makeup, taking care of your skin and smelling fresh. People generally start feeling good in the inside when they feel good about their outside so make yourself feel better by enhancing yourself to your liking. Avoid following trends that won’t take you anywhere and that you don’t believe in, -stay true to yourself!

Those are my three tips to being the best you and gaining all the confidence you need. Know that confidence starts with you on the inside before it shines on the outside so work on all the insecurities and emotional factors before moving to the physical factors because trust me you can have a beat face and all the hottest fashion but without the confidence we’ll still be able to spot it and you won’t be happy too.

I hope these tips will help you on your journey to confidence and if you’d like me to do different segments on confidence then let me know.

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HOW I EDIT MY INSTAGRAM PHOTOS. 



Hey guys what is up?! Show me something natural like an Instagram baddie with no makeup!! Over the past year or so I’ve had many people asking me questions on how I edit my Instagram pictures, what editing apps I used or even what camera I used to take my pictures and so I thought you know, instead of trying to explain my techniques and ways to each person who asked me. Why not make a blog post about it?

When I started my Instagram feed I wanted something very simple and that wouldn’t give me a headache each time I posted a picture. I thought a minimalist feed would be something better for me because I always take pictures on white walls and I basically never wear any colours. I feel like a clean white feed is always easier to maintain because it’s better to keep a colour scheme then.

To take my pictures I used to use my my phone which isn’t much. I had the iPhone 4s which has a 0.3 megapixel front camera and a 8 megapixel rear camera and looking at other people’s  phones and cameras you’ll see that their camera’s are better quality than mine but like I always told people it’s not about the camera because if I know how to work my camera better than you with the better quality camera then my pictures will look more appealing.

The Apps I use. 

When I got into the editing game. I never wanted to spend money, I always felt like for each app that people bought there was another app for free that did the exact same thing if not more.

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  • Airbrush
  • Snapseed.
  • VSCO Cam

 

Before even adding a filter on my picture I go and adjust the colours on the picture to make sure I don’t try over edit a picture just so that I can try make it work and for that I use Snapseed. Snapseed has got to be my favorite app from the three apps  because of the selective tool which basically allows you to select anything on your picture and change its attributes (saturation, contrast, brightness and structure) to suit your feed. What I love about this tool is that even if a picture is bright and colourful you can make it work to suit your feed by decreasing the saturation and making the colours less brighter.

 

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Then if the picture seems a bit more yellowy or the background isn’t crisp enough I’d go to Airbrush. The tools I use most  on Airbrush are Whiten and Brighten. I use the whitening to make all the whites in a picture more crisp and cleaner and then I use the brighten tool to add details to parts like my eyelashes and inner corners. I know you gonna ask but the theme isn’t white but It is much better to start on a clean canvas because then you can edit the picture much easily.


 

The last and most important step to my editing process would have to be using VSCO CAM. This is like the natural app to adding filters to your pictures. The filter that i use for all my pictures is  is HB1 which is more of a bluish filter and I adjust that to about a 10 depending on the picture. Then I will go to the exposure and take that to a -2 and contrast the picture to a +2. Then what i will do is adjust the sharpness to a +3 and then go adjust the saturation to a -3.  These things do sometimes change depending on how the picture came out and lighting. Then what I do is go to and back from the three apps to change somethings.

And that is basically how I edit  my Instagram pictures to get this blue minimalist feed. You will notice that my feed did change to a more clearer feed and more white than blue feed but it’s basically still the same feed with just more whiter things. If you want a how i edit my Instagram pictures for that feed then you can tell me and I will make another post on that.

Thank you so much for reading and if this post was helpful then please give it a like and then leave your Instagram handle as a comment. Don’t forget to add my handle @theeoriginaljay

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COLLABMAS DAY 4 : RECREATING CELEBRITY OUTFITS ft HELEN MAELE.

Hey guys what is up?! Welcome to another collab! Today I am collaborating with the beautiful Helen whom I look up to so much, shes got such a beautiful instagram and her blog is such A levels. Me and Helen decided to recreate celebrity looks and this is what we’ve both come up with.

What Helen created.

Emily Ratajkowski

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Looking for an outfit that’s tailored with a hint of bohemian?

Emily Ratajkowski’s smart window-pane pants blends in with

her casual suede jacket perfectly! By investing in key basic

pieces: pants, sneakers and a black top paired with a trendy

item, you’ll never look out of style!

Selena Gomez

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Selena Gomez rocks this simple androgynous outfit! Create a

minimalist base with a white tee, black leggings and sneakers.

Accessorize with a cosy beanie and retro inspired glasses.

Finally, top it off with an elegant navy coat to create that

tailored put together stream lined look, and you’re complete!

 
 What I made?
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Here Zendaya is wearing a knitted dress that I love so much. This look is something that anyone could completely rock! It is absolutely comfortable and i love that this look could easily go from casual to something formal.The way that Zendaya put the little pump heels in to the outfit just makes it look like she actually tried with the outfit when she could have just picked whatever out. I also love the hair as it makes the outfit a bit more elegant.

Bella Thorne

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Here Bella is wearing something that almost all of us have and I like that it is completely casual.You can go anywhere with it and still look stylish.I also like the fact that she put a body suit with the outfit because it makes the outfit a little tad more stylish and sexier. The boots also add a little more sauce to the outfit just so that you don’t see it as just an outfit but something a bit more.

Yuup guys so that it our  looks. Leave a comment telling me which was your favorite look above. Also don’t forget to add Helen on Instagram and read up on her blog. She is such an amazing person. Also wanna say thank you to her to agreeing to do this post.

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COLLABMAS DAY 1 : CHRISTMAS BAKING| CHOCOLATE COFFEE VANILLA BISCUITS.


Hey guys how are you?!?? Let’s get this Collabmas started!!! Am I the only one who’s excited about Christmas because I am on Cloud 9. Today I am doing a collaboration with KaylaHopeBlog. We have decided to do a baking post, because honestly what’s Christmas without all the baked goods?! Kayla will be sharing a short bread recipe with you guys on her blog so you should definitely go and check her out right after this.

So I decided to bake some biscuits. Now let’s just keep in mind that I’m a learner in baking lol so please no laughing is allowed. Initially I meant to make chocolate cookies which you can get the initial recipe here but then I didn’t have cocoa powder so I kind of twisted all the ingredients.

However this recipe still tasted so good so I highly recommend it.

INGREDIENTS

* 2 eggs.

* 6 tsps brown sugar.

* 1/2 cup vegetable oil.

* 1 tsp vanilla essence.

* 2 cups plain flour.

* 1 tsp baking powder.

* How ever much hot chocolate powder you’d like.

* 1 tbsp coffee

METHOD

1. Preheat oven to 180°C. Spray a clean baking pan with some non sticking pan spray.

2. In a bowl, beat the eggs, sugar, oil and vanilla until well combined.

3. Stir in flour, baking powder, hot chocolate and coffee.

4. Roll circles to any size of your liking and press with a fork or your hands to flatten them.

5. Bake for 12-15 minutes until they look crunchy and cooked in between. Leave to cool on the tray for 5 minutes then transfer to a cooling rack.
Then you should have something that looks better than this lol.


Honestly don’t judge a book by its cover because in my opinion these taste like heaven and they’d be really amazing on Christmas mornings with some coffee and movies.
I didn’t add any decorations because with the sugar that’s already in here I thought it’d be better not to go over board. I think this way they’d be really great to put in a jar and take them out for some coffee or even hot chocolate and not let them overwhelm you.
Yuup guys so that is the first day of COLLABMAS for you! I have so many great bloggers lined up for this Christmas season so do stay tuned because there will be a blog post everyday till Christmas. I still don’t have collabs for the whole of December so if you’re interested then totally let me know and we’ll come up with something!!
Now don’t forget to check out Kayla’s blog. You’d seriously be amazed at how amazing her blog looks. I was shocked! Also wanna say thank you to Kayla for agreeing to do this collab it does mean a lot to me. We will have another one on the 8th so stay tuned for that too. Follow her instagram account.
Thank you for taking your time to read this post.
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WHY YOU AREN’T SEEING MUCH OF ME. +COLLABMAS

 

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Hey guys what is up? So just wanted to drop by and explain the reason behind my disappearance. But first! Happy quarter to December, we are literally days away and I don’t know about you but i’m already pumped up! I am ready to throw away December.

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Fashion

BLACK ON WHITE||OOTD.


Hey guys what is up? Today I’m gonna show you guys one of my outfits. I’ve really wanted to create a typical fashion blog with my own outfits so I’ve decided to take that up. So these days I’m gonna post my OOTDS when ever I can get someone to take pictures of me.

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WHERE HAVE I BEEN?| +UPDATE

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Hey guys what is up! My goodness do you not miss that?! I have literally been gone for about a month but it feels like a whole year. Let me tell you what was up because if I told you,  you probably won’t believe it.

So for the past month I had my preparatory exams which by the way were very stressful. I was literally holding a book each second I got (well that’s what I was trying to do) and trying to get as much as possible in my head. I spent most of my day before exams sleeping very late and drinking energy drinks just so that I could stay awake.
I haven’t gotten my marks yet but I think I did pretty well for all the stress I  took and many teachers have already given me compliments for the way I’ve been doing so l think I’ve done fairly well.

Am I gonna leave again for the final exams?
Seriously I don’t know. The past month was absolutely torture. Not being able to take a free time to take pictures or text someone was really horrendous so I really don’t know. I don’t feel like doing it again but I feel like it kind of helped. So I’m still deciding on what to do next.

Anything new?
Well I did go to prom on the 30th of September and it was one hella night.( I’m gonna have a blog post really soon on that, so stay tuned) I also during the month reached 200 followers on the blog and over a 1000 on Instagram and I just wanna say thank you to everyone who’s been reading my blogs, commenting and liking because it really means a lot and even though it’s just a number it signifies growth and that people out there are actually taking interest in what I do.

Oh yah! I have also started a book called My Father’s Son on wattpad and I’m really proud of it. It’s about a girl who has been raped by her father and is now pregnant with the fathers son. It is a really interesting book so if you’re interested in reading and all of that go and check it out. I am actually still busy writing it so if you could read it and leave some suggestions that would be awesome too. I have always wanted to write a book so when I finally got the guts to start one I was really excited and happy.

Okay yeah I think that’s all that has haopened.

Anyway here are some pictures that i have attached a few pictures for you guys to see…

So yeah guys that’s everything. Dont forget to wait up for a prom blogpoat that is foing to be up on tomorrow. Catch me up on Instagram @theeoriginaljay or any other social  media.
Mwah!!

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THE REALITY OF MY FAKE NAIL TUTORIAL.

Hey guys what is up? You see that trend that’s been going around with everyone saving money by doing their very own nails? I tried doing it today (keyword being I tried) and yo! Let me tell you all about the experience..
I know you probably think this is a weird as heck post but there’s so many expectations that weren’t met and we gotta talk about this.

 

 

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DIY FAKE NAILS.

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Hey guys what is up? Today I have a tutorial for you. I’ll be showing you how to do diy fake nails. I’ve been seeing a whole lot of YouTubers and bloggers all around doing this tutorial so I told my friend about it and we decided to hit it! The weird thing about this tutorial though is that the reality of it didn’t actually go as to plan(I’ll have a blog post about it soon) so I’m not sure if it’s right to be doing this tutorial but at the same time I had a really great time doing this tutorial and I wanted to share it with you guys. But I swear to you these are the right steps.

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10 STYLE HACKS.

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Hey guys what is up? So a few days ago I was introduced to a company called Betabrand which is an online clothing company that has some very nice pieces. They offered  to give both you and me 10 STYLE HACKS to help keep us on point with our wardrobe. And I mean who doesn’t like life being easier for them especially with our daily clothing? So I am really happy and excited that Betabrand decided to share this with us..

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