THE HEADPHONES 

The headphones pictured above are the PHN100 over-the-ear headphones from Phonaudio in the color gold. These headphones are literally the epitome of what I’ve been looking for, for a while. As someone who is constantly on the computer watching videos, etc, these are a godsend. The best part is, not only do they work great, but they are so aesthetically pleasing look at - the gold hardware was such a nice touch! 



The over ear cushions are extremely soft and I find that they mold along your ear nicely. That’s a big issue I have with headphones at times; after a while the headphones will become more of nuisance rather than an enjoyable experience because they start to hurt after having sat on your ears for a while; I’m pleased this isn't a problem I face with these. 

They fold up, they freakin' fold up. Okay, I may be late on this latest addition to headphones, but I wish you all could've seen the excitement on my face when I folded them for the first time. Do you realize how life changing this is? No more bulky headphones that won’t fit in your bags. It’s amazing. 

The one and only thing I would change about these headphones is the fact that they aren’t bluetooth. Nowadays, I feel bluetooth is something that should just come automatically. The company does offer a bluetooth option, but it’s limited to the earphones.

WHAT’S IN THE BOX 



The headphones come in a sleek, clean looking box with everything packaged well. Upon opening the box, you’re greeted by the headphones safely tucked into a faux-velvet casing. Once that casing is lifted, you’ll find the cord, velvet carrying bag and an user manual.

THE SOUND 



The sound is very clear, the bass is on point, the volume level is great and it blocks out surrounding noises. I wouldn’t say it’s completely noise canceling, but depending on what you are listening to it does a great job of keeping you in your own little world.

OVERALL THOUGHTS 



From the customer service, the packaging and the headphones themselves, I would 100% recommend these headphones. Though I’m in the ‘blogger’ position and received these in exchange for a review, I am an avid blog reader as all of you reading this are. I’m aware of how easy it is to be skeptical about my word (or any other reviewers word) due to the way they are received. Due to this, I decided to allow some of my family and my boyfriend try them out for themselves. I allowed them to use them, with no knowledge of the price, and their opinion mimicked mine to a T. Even after mentioning the price point, their opinion didn’t falter once. I won’t lie, the pricing is pretty up there, but at the end of the day, you do pay for quality and if you really think about it, the is around the same price range beats and all the other hyped up brands are at - the only real difference being the name written on them. 


DISCLAIMER: I DID RECEIVE THESE HEADPHONES FREE OF CHARGE IN EXCHANGE FOR REVIEW, BUT ALL OPINIONS ARE 100% MY OWN.

phonaudio headphones: a review


Long before even getting into my current relationship, mental health has been heavy on my mind; in a different way than normal. I find that articles and twitter threads on ways to be there for your partner who has a mental illness are common and spoke about frequently, but the worries the person (with the mental illness) hold often go untold. 

I’ve never really been someone who yearned to be in a relationship. The thought of boys and love were the furthest thing from my mind throughout my teens to twenties; my well-being taking up the majority of my interests. While my friends were out on the town mingling with cute college boys, you could find me alone at home in bed with my face being lit up by the bright screen of my iPhone. 

“Do you have a boyfriend?” “Why don’t you come out with us?” “Can I hook you up with one of my friends?” were questions that constantly filled the air around me, the answer always being “no” followed by an awkward laugh. No one really understood why I was so stand offish, a lot of the time it was assumed I was already in some sort of ‘super secret’ relationship. Wrong. If I couldn’t even open up to myself, how could I open up to a complete stranger? 

There was some sort of fear there too, I guess. That fear was never of rejection or the person themselves, it was more so of having to go through the process of learning to trust someone enough to allow myself to feel comfortable around them. Comfortable meaning I was able to be 100% myself - silly Kristina and the anxious/depressed Kristina. Having to explain and constantly try to help your significant other understand your limitations and triggers is both tiresome and frustrating. I felt it would be more of a burden to me than it would be positive. On top of that, there was the risk of getting attached and then breaking up. This person became a part of your everyday routine - familiar. This human who was once your safe place comes crashing down into tiny pieces, leaving you with no spot to take refuge in. 

I couldn’t tell you what changed this year, the thoughts and feelings were still there, but they no longer had a strong grip on me. I mingled and I met amazing guys, most of which are now incredible friends of mine, I was this new person. The streak came to an end when I got my heart broken - or what I thought was a broken heart at the time. I’ve now come to realize it was far from that, it was a lot less dramatic and a lot more of me just getting my feelings hurt. That’s a story for another time, though. After this situation happened, I found myself lost. Like I had predicted before, I had used him to stay afloat. Whilst drowning, I searched for him in other guys I would talk to, desperately reaching out for my life raft. I didn’t find it, but I did find myself. 

Fast forward a few months, I had got my mojo back - this time all on my own. My view on things had changed and I found out how to handle situations differently. Even though all the previous worries are still here, and are probably here to stay, when you come to the realization that you will always be there for yourself, no matter who’s there and who isn’t, that’s when it all changes. Getting your heart broken, having to break off a relationship, being cheated on, whatever it is - you have it all under control. It’s natural to want to lean and rely on someone and there’s nothing wrong with that, but the truth is you’ve had it under control before them and you still will after. You are your main support beam. You are every bit of power behind how tall and strong you stand. 

If a relationship is something you’re wanting, but your anxious thoughts are holding you back - let them go and allow life to happen. Allow yourself to feel the joys of companionship and love. If a relationship isn’t what you’re looking for at the moment, don’t force it. It is what it is.

You’re the source of your happiness, pride, strength, creativity and so much more. Anyone added to your life is just that - an addition to all your positive feelings and attributes. It’s you, you, you

relationships via an anxious mind


This past weekend I attended Beauty Con Los Angeles for the second year in a row, this time thanks to the wonderful people over at Sephora! 

It's still so bizarre to me that last year I was able to attend because of Pacifica and now this year Sephora?! When you're a 'micro' blogger or influencer like myself, opportunities like that seem so far out of reach for us. I am truly grateful beyond words. 




As excited as I was to both be invited and actually attend Beauty Con, I was pretty scared. Anxiety, being alone and huge crowds just don't mesh very well together. I talked myself out of going about 3 times on the day of. I did manage to make it out - with the help of my lovely friends and boyfriend's motivational words!

When I first got there I was freaking out, as would anyone. As I was taking in all the booths and standing in line for brands, I'd engage in conversation here and there with other beauty lovers and I felt myself slowly start to relax enough to enjoy myself. I had such a fun time, the absolute booth was probably my favorite there this year. They had a photo booth and even a guy making cotton candy for everyone! 


There were lovely art pieces all around the convention center 





Super talented men and women up on stage giving advice and sharing their love of beauty with everyone else 


After wandering around for about an hour, I had managed to go to a few booths 




About 2 - 2 1/2 in is when the anxiety started to flare up again. I'm not sure what triggered it, but my fight or flight response kicked in and I started to feel suffocated. I decided leaving the event at that time was what was best for me and I was so disappointed in myself. That disappointment I was feeling completely overtook the joy I had felt earlier that day.


After thinking about for a night, I realized how much I had actually accomplished in attending Beauty Con. Years ago - hell even a few months ago, I would have never been able to go anywhere alone let alone a huge event like this one! And not only did I go, but I stayed for a while, I mingled with everyone and I gave myself a moment to enjoy life in the moment. I now get to cross a couple things off of my 2017 goals list. 

my beauty con los angeles experience


It's been a while since I've been on here and sat down and kind of just typed what came to mind. I've been straying more towards the fashion side of blogging, but I have to admit - the raw, unedited chats with all of you will always be my favorite. 

It's currently mid-morning on August 3rd as I'm writing this. Today has been a weird one so far; though I only woke up four hours ago, it seems this day has gone on far too long. After having a pretty intense panic attack yesterday evening, my mood is resilient against changing into a positive one. I honestly couldn't  pinpoint one specific thing that triggered it, all I know is it's hitting me pretty hard. 

For those of you who struggle with any sort of MH issue, you know your best reflecting time is when you have a flare up - anything and everything that has happened crosses your mind as you analyze all the details. 

Quite a bit has changed since the begin of the year, as you'd expect with time. Some things are for the better and the rest, I'm not too sure of yet. There have been times where I let myself slip back into the pits of depression, but luckily I've been able to bring myself back out every time thus far. Anxiety wise, it's about 50/50. When I last updated you, I was finally getting out and enjoying things I felt I could only dream of. The anxiety is stable, still very much there, but livable most days now. My outings did come to a hault in comparison to before, but I managed to find my balance again about two months ago. 

I've gained and lost friendships, built stronger relationships and even lost touch with others. I'm twenty two years old now, I volunteer 4 days out of every week at a pet store - hard to believe, right? It'll be a month in a few days that I started at Adopt & Shop (a post with my full experience to come soon!) and it has yet to sink in that me, Kristina, am actually leaving the house and comfortably coping with being in a work setting with multiple other coworkers beside me. I've gotten more into the photography side of blogging, partaking more in taking pictures of family/friends and even shadowing a very talented friend of mine who is a photographer herself. 

The biggest thing that has happen this year was the sudden passing of my 11 year old dog and best friend, Niki. Surprisingly, I handled it better than I thought I would. During moments of alone time I actually believe I haven't truly come to terms with it because of how good I handled it. I miss her more than words can explain, but it was one of those moments where you had to decide whether you wanted to be selfish for your sake or do what needed to be done no matter how much it'd hurt. Even now typing this, over a month later, it still brings tears to my eyes but I guess it's just life. 

Though this post is ending on a sad note, I am content with where I am in life at the moment. Aside from the sudden anxiety flare up, I do feel like I'm truly living. Making memories I'll never forget and constantly pushing myself to try and experience new things. This year has definitely opened my eyes to just how much truth lies behind the saying "everything happens for a reason". 

a life update





NECKLACE: NAME NECKLACE
TOP: THRIFTED
JEANS: THRIFTED
SANDALS: OLD NAVY 

plain jane ft. name necklace




Here is my super simple 2017 curly hair routine, hope you enjoy!

       

my curly hair routine





DENIM JACKET: THRIFTED
DRESS: FOREVER 21
PURSE: FOREVER 21 
BOOTS: A'GACI

denim & silk






SHIRT: FOREVER 21 (BOYS SECTION)
PANTS: FOREVER 21 
BACKPACK: THRIFTED 
BOOTS: A'GACI 


what's black and white and red all over?

spring time fine






SHIRT: THRIFTED 
JEANS: FOREVER 21
SHOES: FOREVER 21
BACKPACK: ZAFUL



bummin' out

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