Are My Late 20s Changing Me?

 

For the majority of my adulthood I have had long hair. I have just always preferred it. I felt as though long hair was a luxury at times considering some people cannot even get their hair to grow past their shoulders. Long hairstyles always looked so glamorous and feminine to me. Roughly five or six weeks ago I cut off a significant amount of hair. I am not sure how many inches exactly, but I know it was well over six. Yesterday I went back and cut off another two inches or so. I let my hairdresser cut it this short with little to no regret to my decision.

A few years ago cutting my hair more than a trim was a completely wretched idea. I would never have allowed it. I think I sort of enjoyed the lack of change. So why am I suddenly so into short hair? Perhaps this sort of security blanket needed to be let go. I do not feel as though I have experienced such great loss. I honestly feel more like myself than ever in my twenty seventh year of life. Are my late 20s already changing me? I have heard that once you make it in to your 30s that most people feel so secure in themselves and truly know who they are. I feel as though your late 20s are the intro to that discovery and sureness. I wonder what other discoveries I will make over the last few years of my 20s.

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KBS.

Priming Moisturizer Rich.

pmr_homepage_right“Skin first. Makeup second.” – Glossier

If you are familiar with my Instagram (@katiebschenk) then you know I am OBSESSED with every single Glossier product. You should expect to see a few posts here and there about skincare products I cannot get enough of and you will see Glossier pop up A LOT! I would also like to state that I am in no way sponsored by Glossier (I wish I was though!).

The priming moisturizer rich has been hyped up for weeks now and I could not wait to get my hands on it! I ordered it the day it launched. I received my order while I was on my trip and I finally got to use it for the first time tonight. First off, it is indeed rich. It has such a thick, rich, and creamy texture. In the jar it smells of lavender to me, but on my face it smells more herbal, if that makes sense. But I really enjoy the smell. If you are not a fan of a moisturizer with a strong scent then this may not be for you. Glossier’s website states: “This dense, sumptuous cream is rich in ceramides and fatty acids, reinforcing the skin barrier and locking in moisture over time.” I really love products that contain ceramides. It is so important for the protection of your skin. Even though the consistency of the cream is thick, it blended in easily and absorbed quickly. I just ran out of my normal night cream and I am so happy to have this luxurious cream in my life.

If you would like to try this cream or any other Glossier products, you can get 20% off your first order here .

*photo cred: glossier. com

New Orleans Playover.

“We wander through old streets, and pause before the age stricken houses; and, strange to say, the magic past lights them up.” – Grace King, French Quarter Guidebook

 

I have been to New Orleans at least four times and only once have I been able to go explore. My layovers never seem to be long enough. I somehow scored twenty long hours in New Orleans for this trip. Lucky me!

It was a Thursday night and I arrived in Nola around 5pm. Even though I worked three flights to get here, I am ready for some adventure. I even arranged it so my friend from Las Vegas could meet me there so we could have a mini girls trip. I stepped off the plane and found her in the airport and to the hotel we went. We indulged on some happy hour appetizers provided by the hotel. We also indulged in some very strong bourbon cocktails provided by me. By that time it was only 7:30pm. The night is young and so are we. We are only a twenty minute drive away from the action. I was ready for some drinks, beignets, and an all around good time.

I was actually delightfully surprised by the weather. The forecast called for rain but there wasn’t even a cloud in sight. It was a mere 60 degrees and hardly felt humid at all. Suffice it to say that it was perfect.

I love the energy on Bourbon Street. This city is alive! Bourbon Street has it all, from karaoke bars, jazz music, 3 for 1 beer specials, amazing food, and streets filled with people from all walks of life. We ended up hitting a few bars that night including Channing Tatum’s Saints & Sinners bar. It is, of course, equipped with a stripper pole and a portrait of the man himself. I was very excited to be able to visit Marie Laveau’s House of Voodoo because I am such a huge fan of American Horror Story: Coven.  I am so into all types of  witchcraft and find it so enthralling. I really wanted to get a reading while I was there, but $60 seemed like way too much for my skepticism. We then ventured over to Cafe Du Monde. If you’re not familiar with this place they are well known for their coffee and beignets. If you have never tasted a beignet from New Orleans then I am truly sorry for your loss. You NEED to eat one of these before you die. Trust me.

Friday morning we ventured out to see the house used in AHS Coven known as Buckner Mansion. The house is huge and looked so majestic. I love the way the old houses look in New Orleans. They have such character and rich history. They also have such beautiful craftsmanship. It wasn’t the most exciting thing to see in the world but I am happy to have been able to see it. I mean, I was already in New Orleans so why not?

I highly suggest that everyone take a trip to New Orleans. You won’t regret it. The city is full of great music, amazing food, and some very hospitable people. I feel lucky to have experienced New Orleans in my lifetime, even though I have only seen a small fraction.

KBS.

Two Week Notice.

All of these travel benefits and I have yet to take advantage.

What am I waiting for?

For as much travel I have done in the past three years, I have hardly seen a fraction of the world.

What am I scared of?

My schedule has such flexibility, yet here I am trying to work a second job that I could not care less about.

My mind says resignation…from the second job; Resignation from the fear. Welcome to the unknown and the adventure.

 

KBS.

another trip around the sun.

I entered 2016 in Dallas, Texas completely sober and caring for a stranger. I unfortunately had to work last year. My friend in Dallas picked me up and we did a little bar hopping. His friend came with us and this girl could not handle her liquor. By the end of the night she was falling over and I was holding her up. Why am I a decent person? I ended up taking her with me back to my hotel because my friend wanted to go home with a guy.

Needless to say, last new years eve wasn’t that great. This year I am ending my year in my hometown with good people. My year started off bad and is ending pretty good. Seems the opposite of most people. Let’s see if I can recall what I learned this year, or at least positive things to mention.

+ Being alone is underrated.

+ Some fights aren’t worth it.

+ There are still generous people in this world.

+ My family isn’t so bad

+ I need to get less upset over things, whether in or out of my control.

+ Self-care and self-love are important and should be a priority.

+ Bourbon is forever.

2017, I am ready for you.

KBS.