363 days ago, I scrapped together what ever cash I had to order a dot-grid note book, and a pack of colored pens, to jump into the world of bullet journalling. Back then, it was a struggle to find a dot-grid notebook that didn’t cost all my pocket money, now they seem to be everywhere (or I got real good at researching). I had also been watching as many videos as I could to not mess this up. I didn’t know if I would keep this up past month 3, I didn’t think that planning could be such a creative release, and I didn’t know that an amazing community of Journalers existed being artsy, inspiring, and calming.
So has it kept me organized?
My time management has improved ten fold. I rarely miss assignments now, and I’m better at scheduling rather than squeezing everything in after school/work. There have been rough patches where I had such a mundane routine, I didn’t feel like I needed a planner anymore, but it’s fine it’s working itself out. There are still things to do before and after work.
Is it hard to keep up?
It’s actually easier. Once I found what I liked, what formats worked for me, and what I actually needed, a routine appeared. Now, it was about making the doodles and washi tape fit into my personal system, rather than fitting a planner in a sea of pen ink and tape. It’s also really nice, that if there was a week where planning didn’t make sense, there wouldn’t be any wasted pages like in a traditional planner. You pick up where you left off. No guilt. No shame.
Couldn’t you do this digitally?
YES! there are so many digital bujo set ups and they are just as creative and useful as the physical journal. That didn’t work out for me, I just love the feeling of pen to paper.
Get to the June set up WOMAN
June is going to be SOOOOO busy so space is essential. I spread out my monthly layout into two pages instead of one. I’m also taking advantage of my local library, so there’s also a library book tracker along with my usual trackers. I made two whole packing list pages for all the events. There also isn’t a theme? I couldn’t think of one I liked enough to settle on, so I took everything I had for journaling and just went to town.
Tell me about your June set ups!
Fragrance and I don’t have the best history. Growing up, mom would get me all kinds of smell goods only for them to go bad on my dresser. I would forget to spray some on before school or not like the scents she picked for me. Many, MANY years and one KathleenLights later, I got curious about fragrances and set out to find the perfect one.
So far I have 3! I love them and they don’t give me super strong headaches (or none at all)
Zoella Beauty Blissful Mistful – 1.5 Fl oz. for $12
This is the most affordable fragrance in my new stash. It is my favorite out of all the Zoella Beauty fragrances. It has such a clean scent that isn’t over powering. Every website I’ve checked says that it has a feminine floral scent. The packaging is SO nice that it’s a little hard to believe that this perfume only cost twelve dollars. A glass bottle with a good nozzle. On me, It fades quickly, but most of my purses can hold it so I can spritz more on throughout the day.
Good Chemistry Queen Bee – 1.7 Fl oz. for $24.99
Every trip to target brings around a surprise. This time I was shocked to see them come out with a line of fragrances. There are 4 collections : Confident & Charming, Good & Grounded, Vibrant & Playful, and Cool & Collected. The one I fell in love with is from the vibrant and playful line. It is called Queen Bee! The notes are black currant, peony, and amber. It smells so good and it works so well with my skin I’m obsessed! The Good Chemistry perfumes are vegan (didn’t know this could be a thing), paraben & phthalate free. Now this one lasts all. day. long. Don’t have to carry it around with me because there’s no need. Nice glass packaging and good nozzle. I also don’t mind the price. Compared to other scents, roller balls are more expensive.
Lancome La Vie est Belle- Roller Ball is $26 and. that. is. enough.
There are three super expensive & luxurious scents that I will spend money on. La vie est belle comes in a roller ball so it’s the one of the three I have. This is the epitome of a perfume working with ones body chemistry. It feels like I came out the womb smelling like this perfume. Notes are iris, patchouli, & gourmand (idk about that last one. your guess is as good as mine). I do get the “that’s what my grandma/aunt/ other older family member wears” and honestly I don’t care. It smells so good!
After a whole month of jamming every shade of gray in existence into my spreads, it’s time for some color! I haven’t seen a lot of people use orange as their main color in bullet journals. Isn’t that weird? It’s a nice color, but it’s severely overlooked so I am changing that! Instead of picking one thing like citrus or butterflies, if it is orange, and I like it, it’s going into the may spread. Now, the actual drawings are rough, and there are a LOT of black smudges. I was trying out the putting color down and then drawing on top of it. It worked so well for others but I’m not sure about it. Not every month can be an artistic master piece. I like it enough and it’ll work for what I need.
The usual spreads are the cover, drop list dates, month at a glance, and the habit tracker. Two new spreads I’m including are an expense tracker, and a job application tracker. I am looking for a new job and need to keep track of where I’ve applied and how long it’s been since I’ve applied. An expense tracker is also needed because I have to be a lot stricter with spending. The goal is to only spend on essentials like bills and gas, but iced coffee is a thing so I need to have a visual list of my spending to keep myself in check. They are super simple and look similar.
Tell me about your journals this month!! What themes or colors are you drawn to try?
The morphe 35 R palette is one of the most beautiful palettes I own. Nothing will ever top a good brown eyeshadow and this palette has enough to last a life time! I made a whole video creating a gorgeous look using the 35R!
I totally missed out on the 6 months mark to do a general update on how bullet journalling has gone for me. I’m going to try out monthly updates, even if it’s just to show my spreads and themes!
For April, I wanted to do a rain theme. It was a take on April Showers, but as I was sketching out the cover page, I liked the cloud theme so much that it it stuck! AmandaRachlee and her April set up video was also a big inspiration. The main collections for this month are the cover page, the date drop list, the month at a glance, my habit trackers, a shopping list, a bill tracker, and a few doodles/aesthetic pages.
I should have only chosen one accent color, but going through all of my markers every gray, pale blue, and lavender was perfect for this theme. A lot of people would consider this super sad and depressing, but cloudy and overcast days (when it’s not so humid you have to swim everywhere) are my favorite. Next month there will be more color!
On the topic of the bullet journal; do you have any fitness/workout spreads you love? I’m getting more serious about getting fit, and losing a little weight. Figured that I can keep myself accountable by incorporating it into my Bujo, besides the standard tracker. Let me know in a comment, or on twitter & Instagram; @elisabethlovess
Listen. I do not have the funds to have a favorites that’ll make a huge blog post once a month. The favorites I do have, are from this entire winter season
Kuretake Zig brush pens:
Many things I love about these pens. They are double sided, each side is a different color, and they look lovely in my bullet journal. I have the pastel set and just a big 12 pack (really 24 pack) of classic colors you’d expect to find in markers. They do take a bit to dry, but I find the my hand lettering turns out the best with these.
Zoella Beauty ” Wonder Hand” hand cream
Between school and the office, there is a lot of hand soap that dries out my hands. There has been extra hand washing lately because of flu season. On top of that I was sick last week, so I’ve been washing my hands a hundred times a day. This leads to super dry and uncomfy hands.
I can’t begin to sing the praises of this lotion. It feels so nice and hydrating on my hands. The scent is heavenly! I’m usually really picky about scents and this one is okay. It does take a little while to absorb, but that means my hands will be soft. You get SO much in one tube that this lotion is amazing for knees and elbows in a pinch. Wonder Hand has been a god send for work as I kneel a lot to refill the drink fridge, or filling the printer etc (general entry level office work.) I also like to wear dresses more often so the ashy knee issue was REAL for a little bit.
Lauren Conrad “Hydrangea” Heels:
A purchase that was an emergency for a Christmas party, has turned into one of my favorite pairs of heels of all time. They are comfortable, a neutral color that goes with most outfits, and they didn’t break the bank. These are definitely a good pair of heels for all occasions. The heel isn’t super high, so comfort is a factor. I can easily get through a cocktail party, or a night out where there is some walking involved.
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When it comes to lip products, the trend has been the more pigment the better. It is all about rich saturation, from nude to bold to vampy colors as well as matte, glossy, satin, and metallic finishes. Thing is, when you have minimal makeup the options are chapstick or nude lips; or so you thought! I’ve been trying out a few lip products that give your lips a little extra something, without a lot of pigment, but is also a step above lip balm. I don’t have pictures of me wearing the products, because it doesn’t look like I’m wearing anything on camera. So, do with that information what you will.
Fenty Beauty Lip Gloss
Home girl was NOT kidding when this lip gloss got named the universal lip luminizer. It has the smallest amount of a peachy nude, and it just looks SO GOOD. The formula is amazing too! It’s soft, not sticky, and you can’t feel the shimmery bits.
YSL volupte tint in balm
this balm is unlike anything I’ve ever put on my lips before. It’s like a soft veil of goodness on my lips. It definitely doesn’t feel like a traditional balm; it’s more like an oil??? Like you know when you’re eating popcorn and the butter residue is left on your lips? It’s like that but not gross. The balm comes in a lot of colors. I have #1 , Dream me Nude, which is described as a neutral mauve. #2 tease me pink, #7 Flirt me Coral, and #3 call me rose are some more “your lips but better” shades.
I think what’s in my bag videos are as old as YouTube itself. Probably exaggerating, but it is a video a lot of people do. I think it’s so cool that we are all secret nosy enough to watch other people empty their purses and tell us about their personal belongings. I don’t have a fancy bag, or items, but I really wanted to make a ‘What’s in my Bag’ video. I found a LOT of lip products, cleaned out all of the receipts, and had a good time chatting about stuff I like! Let me know some of the products in your bag and why you like to carry them around, and watch my video pretty please!
Valentine’s day is coming up. Instead of something love focused, these are pink items I can’t live without.
My skincare routine for my 20s!