The Importance of Having a Strong Group of Girlfriends

The Importance of Having a Strong Group of Girlfriends
Hello Loves!

2019 has been an extremely challenging year for my family and I. This year made me question who I am, what I want, where I want to go, and who I want in my life. With all these questions coming towards me all at once it made me mentally hit rock bottom. This past week, I took some time away from home to reset my mind, body, and soul. During my time away, I had the opportunity to reconnect with two girlfriends of mine, who I haven’t genuinely spoken to in 5 years. It’s crazy how time flies by and how much a person can grow in just a few years. When I met up with them, it was like I was only gone for a split second. We were still the same old silly college girls who loved to giggle about the most random things, but we were different in a good way. That is when I knew that they will be in my life for the long run.

Before I move along with why I think having a strong group of girlfriends is important, let me give you a little back story to my own personal experience with girlfriends before college. Growing up, I was surrounded by strong women, but it felt more like a competitive environment to see who would be the best at the end of the race. This is why I was always cautious around girls growing up until I went away for college. College was where I met the most loving, and supportive group of girls that made me feel worthy, and confident. I have never felt ‘friendship love’ where friends would do anything for each other even if not blood related or expecting anything in return. These girls did more for me than most of my family members would ever do, especially at a time of vulnerability. Even though I was finally given the opportunity to connect with these wonderful ladies on a deeper level, growing up with hurtful relationships caused bad memories to resurface where I pushed them away.

Fast track 5 years later, I continue to wonder why I was still unfulfilled after having a wonderful boyfriend, strong family, and good group of friends (mix of guys and girls). It wasn’t until a recent family situation hit that I realized I needed my girlfriends, whom I have always considered as my sisters. Let’s be honest, my boyfriend, family, and group of friends can only do and understand so much. When you are with your favorite girlfriends there is a spark that you can’t find anywhere else. You get one another without having to say or do too much.

So why is it important to have a strong group of girlfriends? They are your wolf pack until the very end. Through thick and thin they understand those indirect and direct cues that most boyfriends or husbands don’t get. I wouldn’t be half of who I am today if it wasn’t for my girlfriends. They continue to love me for me and cheer me on when I feel like I’m all alone. They provide me with a special kind of strength that other people in my life cannot give me. As someone who is the oldest child in my family, I have never experienced having an older sibling and these girls care for me like I am their little sister. They understand why I feel a certain way towards other people in my life and free me from past feelings that I can’t overcome on my own. Overall they are stronger and better versions of myself that I aspire to be one day.

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Thank you so much for reading! Have a wonderful weekend!

love, gaonou

Game Night with Xbox | Connect and De-stress

Game Night with Xbox | Connect and De-stress
Hello Loves!

These past few months have been extremely stressful! There are various ways I de-stress and I thought this would be the perfect time to share a fun fact about myself: I LOVE to play video games! As someone who is constantly working on projects, playing video games is a way for me to disconnect from reality. I am so excited to be partnering with InfluenceHer Collective and Xbox to share how I connect and de-stress during game night! Please note that Xbox sent me this console to check out and all opinions are my own. #AD

The Perfect Way to De-Stress with Xbox

It probably came as a shocker that I am a gamer. It is something I do not share often. I love how a simple gaming console can bring the best life experiences whether that is by yourself or with friends and family. Right now, my favorite Xbox game to play is Minecraft. I love the ability to build whatever you want, wherever you want. In a way, I have the creative freedom to let my mind imagine.

The new Xbox One S All-Digital Edition is an all-digital console with no disc drive, available for only $249.99. Fun fact: the disc drive was removed so consumers can save $50 off the price. Pretty fabulous, right? Also, no one wants to hoard a pile of discs when everything can be stored online. The console is light weight and only requires two chords to connect. I love the simplicity of the overall setup and how it can be stored without any hassle.

Game Night with Xbox
Fashion blogger who games to de-stress

If you want a fun way to de-stress, I highly recommend getting yourself the new Xbox One S All-Digital console or just start gaming overall. I feel that the gaming industry receives a bad reputation, such as, it is for people who are not cool or people who are too lazy to do anything with their lives. However, I believe the exact opposite. Gaming is the perfect way to find more about yourself while having fun. I challenge you to turn off reality for a few hours and allow yourself to free fall into a game.

Connect and De-stress with Xbox
Blogger Fun Game Night with Xbox

Thank you so much for reading! I hope this helped inspire you to de-stress in a fun way. Have a wonderful day!

love, gaonou

Period Talk with Summer’s Eve®

Period Talk with Summer’s Eve®

“This post is sponsored by Summer’s Eve®, but all opinions and/or content are my own.”

It’s one thing having your period, but it’s another getting rid of the period odor. I’m constantly worried that my odor is spreading like wildfire throughout the day. In situations like these, I am very thankful for Summer’s Eve® products, which helps conveniently decrease odor smell in the vaginal area.  Their products are: pH balanced, can be used throughout the day for an all day freshness, and are gynecologist-tested.

I received my Summer’s Eve® products on the exact day I started my period, which allowed me to test the products from my heaviest days to my lightest days. The products helped reduce my period odor and made me feel fresh throughout the day. I love that the scent is light and fresh. Their products are available in 3 forms: 5oz No-Rinse Cleansing Foam, 24ct Softpack Cleansing Cloths, and 14ct Individually Wrapped Cleansing Cloths.

  • Summer’s Eve® FreshCycle™ Cleansing Cloths
    • An easy and safely wipe away cleansing cloth that is convenient, Flush Friendly™* and lightly scented so you can get a quick boost of freshness whenever you need it.   (*refer to product label for flushing instructions)
  • Summer’s Eve® FreshCycle™ Individually Wrapped Cloths
    • These are specifically formulated for periods. They are individually-wrapped, flush friendly™* cloths that offers a quick boost of freshness from home to the workplace and everywhere in between. You can simply add them to your bag and go! (*refer to product label for flushing instructions)
  • Summer’s Eve® FreshCycle™ No-rinse Cleansing Foam
    • You don’t have to wait to hop in the shower to clean up. Simply add one to two pumps of Summer’s Eve® FreshCycle™ No-Rinse Cleansing Foam to a few sheets of folded toilet paper and cleanse away – no need to rinse! It’s the perfect way to pump up your freshness when you need it most.
Period Talk with Summer's Eve products on how to avoid the period odor. Fashion blogger, The Glamour Pursuit shares her take on how she gets rid of period odor.
Period Talk with Summer's Eve products on how to wipe away the period odor.
Period Talk with Summer's Eve products on how to cleanse the period odor.
Period Talk with Summer's Eve products. Style blogger, Gaonou Lo is sharing how she gets rid of period odor, which helps with boosting her confidence.

As a fashion blogger I’m always on the go and around people. I will admit that my period odor does make me feel less than fresh in the clothes I wear or how I go about my day. When I started to take care of my period days with the best products from Summer’s Eve®, I noticed not only a hygiene difference, but also a confidence boost. With Summer’s Eve® products, I’ll never have to worry about period odor again.

Thank you for reading! Have a Wonderful Day!

Love, Gaonou

Leaving my 9-5 Job to Pursue My Passions

Leaving my 9-5 Job to Pursue My Passions
Hello Loves!

Today’s post is all about pursuing my passions head on. I have never been afraid to make the first move, especially when it came to creating a path that I hope one day will lead to my ultimate career goal. My love for content creation started during my study abroad trip. After two years of trial and error, and working a job I had no passion for; I decided to take a leap of faith by quitting my 9-5 job.

My love for content creation continues to grow from the brainstorming process to capturing the perfect photo. I have found amazing success not only with the fun projects I had the privilege to be a part of, but also developing a sense of self-love and confidence I never knew I had for myself.

I felt the urge to take a risk towards a career I have always yearned for. At first I made sure it was a career I wanted, which is why I tested the waters for 2 years as a hobby on the side. When I started to receive offers for paid sponsorships and brand trips; I realized how content creation was more than just a pretty photo, but more about the story and conversation behind a photo.

Being honest with my parents was hard. I was afraid to start from scratch when my entire college years were prepare for the HR world. Even though I am a go-getter, I am still afraid of failure and the unknown. It wasn’t until I took a trip to New York for my 25th birthday that I realized how much I disliked my HR job. Don’t get me wrong, my team was amazing, and the work load was do-able. At the end of the day, I felt creatively limited.

My entire life, I prepared myself for a life that wasn’t my own. This lead to a mental breakdown. I have never felt such a sadness in what I was doing. I finally had the strength to open up to my mom, which was the best decision for my mental health. The honest conversation lead to a back-up plan and opening up to my dad. Through it all, my parents supported my decision to quit my job and pursue a digital and social media career.

Even though I’m financially unstable at the moment; I have this overwhelming good-feeling that something amazing will come out of it. The most important thing I learned from this experience is to always be honest with yourself and the people who love you most. If I was honest from the beginning, I really believe I would have not pursued a career I dreaded.

fashion blogger styling purple turtleneck sweater with white dress pants
fashion blogger styling purple turtleneck sweater with white dress pants
leaving my 9-5 job for my passion
street style professional look for work
Photo Credit: Aperturesque LLC

Thank you for reading! Have a Wonderful Day!

love, gaonou

What Fashion Means to Me

What Fashion Means to Me

When I hear the phrase, “what fashion means to me” I immediately go to my happy place. Growing up, fashion was my big sister, best friend who helped build my self-confidence and self-expression when I felt so different from the people around me. She accepted my indecisive choices from sequin tops to lace dresses and approved my wide array of color picks. Through it all, fashion allowed me to be my unapologetic self.

My LOVE for fashion all started when I was 5 years old. My mom planned a mini photoshoot in the back porch because she bought matching denim outfits for my sister and I. As the unique, creative individual I am, I quickly found a solution to make my outfit more me. I grabbed a navy blue knitted cardigan and styled my first outfit. I wore half the cardigan on and the other half hanging off the shoulder for a slouchy look. For a 5 year old, this style decision made me feel more empowered and creatively happy. That kick-started my fashion journey and here I am today pursuing a fashion-focused career!

When it comes to fashion, I love the ever-changing trends and style throwbacks. Everything from the luxury accessories to seasonal dedicated pieces. Fashion is a great example of how people continue to change and there are no set ways to do everything. I truly believe that fashion continues to play a key role in all successes of life. When I feel good about what I’m wearing, it’s crazy to see how it positively affects everything and everyone in my life.

Fashion to me means empowerment. The empowering feeling to be who I am, do what I love, and continue to positively inspire those around me. Comment down below what fashion means to you, I would love to know 🙂

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Thank you so much for reading! Have a wonderful day!

love, gaonou