Saturday, December 25, 2010
Friday, December 24, 2010
Hey everyone! First off, Merry Christmas Eve to those who celebrate :) I was thinking about doing a "Christmas Eve Vlog" on my second channel, but a video usually takes me a few hours at the least (all day at the most) and since today is my favorite day of the year, I decided to spend it with my family. Hope you all don't mind! I feel horrible since I haven't been uploading as many videos as I normally do, but like I said in my last blog post, you all have been so loving and supportive it makes me feel better. After the holidays I'm going to throw myself full force into my videos and it's also one of my top New Years Resolutions! To keep my channel on a consistent schedule of videos so there's never a big gap.
I think lots of people's favorite holiday is Christmas Day, but mine is actually Christmas Eve. (and my birthday!!!) Lots of families and households celebrate Christmas differently, but we have our big meal or "feast" on Christmas Eve, not Christmas Day. My grandmother ("Blah Blah" and yes, that's the name we call her to her face. Don't judge! LOL) is in town, but other than that we're just with our immediate family. I don't know why my extended family doesn't get together. I have friends who will spend Christmas Eve with one set of grandparents, Christmas morning with their immediate family, Christmas afternoon with the other grandparents, Christmas night with their Aunt's and Uncles... and so on. My family has never been like that. All of my extended family lives far away, the closest are a 6 hour car ride, and they go all the way to Istanbul, Turkey! So it's more stress than fun trying to get everyone together at once.
To me, Christmas Day seems like it's more about the presents. We wake up as early as 3 AM and run into our parents room, then we wait while they go "check to see if Santa came" while they make their coffee. Then they yell "OK girls! He left you a present, come see what it is!" And we run into the living room all excited. I go through my stocking first, then look at the main gift he left me. In my family, Santa fills your stocking, and leaves you one "big gift" but it's never wrapped, and everything else is from our family members wrapped and under the tree. After the initial excitement of Santa, Elle and I start distributing the packages to each family member. Then we take turns opening each present, and then eat breakfast, which is always moms famous egg casserole, which sounds disturbing, but is so delish! After breakfast, we all carry our presents up to our room then go back to sleep. When I was little, I was still too excited to sleep and I would stay up playing with my toys, but now that I'm older I understand why my parents always went back to sleep. 3 AM is early! We spend the rest of the day sleeping, eating leftovers, relaxing, watching a movie, but kinda doing our own thing.
This is why I like Christmas Eve better. First off, the excitement in the air is so thick you could cut it with a knife! Especially having a little kid in the household, it makes everything so much more magical. Christmas Eve is all about the excitement and being with the family and wrapping last minute presents (dad likes to get his gifts to us on Christmas Eve. Every year, without fail, he buys it on this day. That's actually where he is right now while I write this post!!! Talk about procrastination....) cooking, baking, eating, watching Christmas movies, listening to Christmas music. Chrismas Eve is just more "family oriented" than Christmas Day, and that's why I like it more! To me, the holidays are just about being with my family. I used to take it for granted more when I lived with my parents, but now that I've moved out I cherish every second I get to spend with them. Mom and dad are both off work during this time of the season and it's just a time for us really to bond and be together as a family.
OH! I also wanted to just touch on this really quickly. Lots of you are requesting that I do a "Christmas Wish List" and/or "Christmas Haul" video, and I just want to go ahead and let you know I won't be doing that this year. All I really wanted for Christmas was to be home with my family, and as a present I'm hoping for either a pink iPod nano, or a digital camera. I have a video camera, flip camera, and a SLR - but I want one of those small digital cameras so I can carry it around with me and snap pictures where ever I am. I've been using my phone, but I find I don't take that many picutres. I used to have a digital camera (RIP) and I would take SO many pictures with it! I want to start adding albums to facebook (my fan facebook is down at the moment because facebook didn't believe it was really me in charge of it.. but it is/was and it's being put back up soon!) So I'm hoping for a either the iPod, or a small hot pink digital camera. & I won't be doing a Christmas Haul cause I feel like that would be bragging and being like, "OMG look what my parents can afford to buy me!" Whereas, I only haul items I purchased with my own money so that I can show you guys that if I love it enough to spend my own money on it, you probably would too!
So I just wanted to do this quick blog post to say Merry Christmas Eve! This year has been the best of my life (so far) and I wouldn't change a thing. Thank you so much for giving me the gift of support this season and allowing me to spend this magical time with my family. I love you all and I can't wait to get back to doing videos consistently!
So tell me, how do you spend Christmas with your family? & What's on your Christmas wish list?
Friday, December 17, 2010
Hey everyone! I have to write this quick blog post to thank you all. In my 2.5 years of doing YouTube videos, I've never been so pleased or surprised. Most of the time, if I go more than one day without uploading a video, I get an overwhelming amount of tweets, comments, messages, and emails asking me to upload. Normally, I love this! It makes me feel like you all are excited to watch me and it reminds me to do more videos. However, I mentioned in a video and blog post that I was going home for the holidays, and if I didn't upload as much as normal, it was because I was spending time with my family. I have been so shocked at the support I received after this. So many people are writing to me letting me know that it's fine if I skip a little while during the holidays, and to focus on my family. Thank you thank you thank you! Knowing I have your support and love no matter what makes me so happy!
Anyways, it's been five days since I uploaded my last video and I miss you all so much! Even when I'm not uploading, I'm still talking to you through twitter and email and this blog, but it's not the same. When I put up a new video and get that initial push of 1,000+ comments I'll sit there and read through each and every one, responding to as many as possible because, the way I see it, if you take the time to write a comment to me, I should take the time to write one back to you.
My point of writing this blog post was to thank you for your support. And to tell you that I already miss you. I was never planning on going anywhere for long, but this little break has been good for me, but I'm ready to film and upload again! I miss it already! LOL.
Filming and editing and uploading really take a lot of time, but when I sit and respond to comments and read them all, it's a full day ordeal! There's no way I would have been able to decorate the Christmas tree with my family, bake holiday cookies with my grandmother, or wrap presents with my little sister if I had been worried about videos. (Don't get me wrong.. videos are never a hassle and I love doing them, but sometimes they just take up more time than I have.)
So tomorrow I'm going to start filming and uploading again! Even tho it's only been 5 days, it feels like a few weeks! This little break got me really excited and happy to do more videos, which is a good thing. I've have time to think of new video ideas and I think if I take a break every once in a while, it'll help me. I'm soooooo excitedd!! I'm going to wake up early and film and AHHHHHHHHHH it's gonna be a good day!!! :)
Any video requests? Leave them in the comments of this post!
Thursday, December 16, 2010
Hey everyone! So I'm sitting in the living room in front of the christmas tree my family and I just decorated, (I know, we're a little late on putting it up! LOL) and looking out the window at the blanket of snow that's covering the mountains. I tweeted this a little while ago, but at this moment I feel like I'm living in a fairytale. Anyways, I decided that I needed to vent to you all about a little something. I have a new obsession... well, actually, two new obsessions. And I woke up this morning to see that they came together today in a way that made my heart melt!
If you've seen my room tour video, you may have noticed the unreasonable, impracticable amount of sunglasses I own. (Around the 2:58 mark) This is an obsession that I've had for quite some time. Now that I think of it, when I was 5 I think I had a Gymboree collection of sunglasses. That being said, I've been addicted for awhile. And the fact that it's about to be Christmas has me itching to find that dream pair to ask for this year.
Insert Hautelook.com !! This is my second obsession. I found it not long ago, maybe a few weeks, and have been logging on every morning to see that days sale. If you don't know what hautelook is, here's a little blurp from their website:
In the last two years, over 1,000 high profile brands have chosen HauteLook to host more than 2,500 private events for women, men, kids, home, and beauty.
Get in on the site that has everyone talking: HauteLook was chosen by People as one of the top 15 ways to save money, while Extra television called it a "Virtual Shopaholic Heaven."
See what the buzz is all about! Register now to become a HauteLook member."
In a nutshell, that means that you register a username (it's free!) and log in to see exclusive designer sales. Items are normally 50-70% off which means I can buy twice as many things :) With the holidays right around the corner, I have been finding lots of gifts for friends and family that I otherwise wouldn't have been able to afford.
How do these two things come together? This morning I woke up and did the usual, checked my youtube, my other youtube, twitter, blog, email, glitzy-glam, dailybooth (yet ANOTHER new obsession. If you can't tell, I get obsessed easily. LOL!) and then went on to check justjaredjr, perez, and some other guilty pleasures. When it was finally time to log into hautelook, I gasped and held my breath for awhile before I realized I wasn't breathing. The cause of my sudden excitement? A HauteLook designer SUNGLASSES sale!!!! No Joke, I wanted to scream! Well, I think I did.
There's this Michael Kors pair for sale for $58.00 that is normally $165.00! Talk about a steal! I think I may have found my pair for the year! They're so unique and beautiful *heart melts*
I know these may be silly obsessions, but I've gotten to the point where I check hautelook every single day and they have awesome clothing, accessories, and even beauty and makeup sales. The other day they had a juicy couture sale, and a stila sale! Love!
So tell me, have you ever used hautelook.com? If so, what did you think? Plus, what's your obsession?
**Please note: No, this is not a sponsored blog post. I hate that I have to always defend myself, but this is just my personal opinion on a site that I'm loving.
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Hey everyone! All of my blog posts start out the same way... me apologizing for not updating more and saying how I'm sorry and will try harder. Well, all of the above apply for this blog post so let's just move on. LOL! I wanted to say a quick "hi from the sky" since I'm writing this blog post 20,000 feet (give or take a couple thousand.) & Give you all an update on me, my life, and what's going on. When I saw this flight had wi-fi I was so excited. I even dailyboothed a picture of me waving from the plane that you can see here.
Speaking of dailybooth, I'm officially obsessed! I had a dailybooth that I updated maybe twice? Hahaha, but then I was able to get @BlairFowler dailybooth so I have been really addicted. Even tho I've only uploaded 2 pictures so far. I want to try to upload at least 1 a day! You guys need to remind me! Tweet me and be like "BLAIR! dailybooth time!" and I will remember (if you can't tell from this blog, I tend to forget to update sometimes :/ ) If you don't have a dailybooth... you need one! Major. It's kinda my new favorite thing.
I'm also super excited to be going home for the holidays. It's such a magical time in my household (OH!!!! BTW, in my holiday tag video I refer to Santa Clause a lot.. and people were confused. Let's just say my 8 year old sister watches my videos and leave it at that. I meant explain that earlier, but couldn't tweet it either. Luckily, I don't think she reads my blog. Well, let's hope not!) Anyways I'm excited to see my family and dogs and spend a couple weeks with them. I really underestimated how much I would miss them and want to go back to see them. I am going to try my hardest to upload as many videos as I can, but if I slack a little bit, I'm sorry! I'm just spending this time with my family. That being said, it doesn't mean I won't be doing videos! I'm pretty sure I'll put up just as many as normal, but in case I don't.. that's why.
Today I'm really casual with everything from my outfit, to my hair and makeup since I knew it would be a long day of traveling. I'm wearing Victoria's Secret yoga pants, a VS tank top, a VS zip up hoodie ; tall Ugg boots in chestnut, and carrying my Louis Vuitton Speedy 35. I wore my hair straight and in a low messy bun, but then took it out and wore it down. For my makeup I did my everyday foundation routine which you can see here (the only difference is I used a Laura Mercier concealer because I ran out of the Bobbi Brown one.)
On my eyes I'm wearing:
-Laura Mercier Eye Basics Eye Primer in "Flax"
-Eye Shadows from the Too Faced "Natural Eye" Palette
-Mark Cosmetics On The Edge Liquid Eyeliner in "Cleo"
-Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Eye Pencil in "Zero"
-Mark Cosmetics Make It Big Lash Plumping Mascara in "Raven"
On my cheeks I'm wearing:
-Nars "Laguna" Bronzer
-Bobbi Brown "Sand Pink" Blush
On my lips I'm wearing:
-"The Lip Slip" by Sara Happ
Well, that was a longer post than I intended! Happy holidays, everyone! Don't forget to remind me to blog and dailybooth :)