About Kate Lochner

Kate is part journalist, part marketer, part blogger who will never refuse a gluten free muffin, always spend more than expected at Target, and has a deep love for her roots in the Motor City. A recent college grad, she has a passion for helping young women to become their best selves. Follow Kate on Twitter @katelochner

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Feeling The Stress?

Our 20s can be a particularly hectic time.  It’s usually a decade full of change, adjustment, and temporary homes.

As wonderfully exciting as this time tends to be, if you’re anything like me you like to know where you’re headed.  You like to have a plan, a budget to fit that plan, etc., etc.

It’s in the past months that I’ve really learned how to roll with the punches.  Sometimes things don’t work out as planned and sometimes that budget you laid out for that plan is thrown off by emergency expenses, job loss, etc.  Sometimes we have to take a step back, realize we’ve done all we can do, and watch where the pieces fall (hoping that at least one has a safe landing).

We all have our 20-something stressors — financial stability, job security, uncertainty regarding a career path, etc.  And with these stressors we can easily drown in numbers, lists, bullet points.  Here are a few things I’ve found that help during a time when you simply don’t know what the immediate coming months hold.

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1)  Have a plan.  Regardless of what’s come your way, having a plan is key into successfully overcoming a challenge.  Make this plan consist of concrete baby steps you can take in order to achieve whatever you’re setting out to achieve.  It’s the baby steps that will lead to success.

2) … And then don’t worry.  You’ve acknowledged the problem and taken measures to fix it.  Monitor progress and let it go.  You can’t do any more than that.

3) Document the journey.  Vlogging, journaling, inspiration boards.  Find an outlet that best suits you and document this time in your life.  It’s a time of exponential growth.  You’ll one day be able to look back on this time, realize how strong of a person you have been, and be proud of that person.

4)  Find someone who inspires you.  Find someone who gets you pumped up.  Oprah?  Marie Farleo?  Dr. Meg Jay?  My lady is Brenee Brown.  She became well known after this TED talk.  After a chapter of one of her books or an interview, I’m left feeling motivated and ready to conquer anything.

5)  Treat yourself.  And don’t feel guilty about it!  When money is tight, going out tends to fall to the wayside.  You don’t need to go to the fanciest restaurant in town, but going out and dropping just a few bucks on a nice cappuccino can leave you refreshed.

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Stepping Outside Your Style Comfort Zone

Sometimes we get stuck in trends and what we like.  Skinnys are the only jeans we own because that’s what’s deemed as “in,” and flare jeans belong with our dusty Polaroids from the ’80s.

It’s because of this that I love the idea of having a shopping buddy who may not share the same tastes — an outside pair of eyes that can look at my figure and assess what colors and cuts look best on me.

This can be a friend, paid professional, husband, etc.

I’ve been challenged to step outside my style comfort zone by none other than my husband.  My husband is a weirdly good shopping partner.  He grew up in a house full of women, all of whom competed in pageants, had various events to dress for, and all had different styles.

Due to some health issues over the years, my weight has fluctuated dramatically.  When, late in college, my weight finally became regulated, I flocked toward all the clothing that would make me feel the smallest — that meant skinnys, bodycon dresses, etc.  I may (pre-pregnancy) be petite, but I still have hips — that’s just how I’m built.  I never wore pants that embraced this feature until one day when I was doing some Christmas shopping with my husband.  He spotted a pair of Levi flares and, knowing the extent of my skinnys wardrobe, suggested I try them on.  I was hesitant but thought, why not.  These babies embraced my figure and accentuated my features.  Ironically, this was the pair of jeans I was always getting compliments on.

Next time you go shopping, take a trusted buddy. Have him/her suggest a couple pieces that he/she thinks would look good on you (and do the same for them).  You may be surprised at all the looks/colors/cuts you can look great in!

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Review: Revlon Photoready Concealer

This is a concealer I first tried out last June to keep in my emergency makeup kit for my wedding.  I wanted a simply designed product that would be convenient to use on a whim.  This product delivered.  It’s great to keep in your purse.  If you’re out and about and need a quick touch up, it won’t let you down — it gives great coverage.

On some days I keep my makeup routine simple by applying a bit of this concealer combined with a tinted moisturizer and a light blush.  The concealer also has great under-eye coverage, which for me is an added bonus.

For under $10 it’s well worth the purchase!

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3 Newly Discovered Uses For Coconut Oil

I’m a lady on a budget, which means I keep my beauty regime very simple.  It’s no secret that coconut oil has multiple uses and can be incorporated into a lady’s beauty routine.  Recently, I’ve tried it out in ways I haven’t before, and I’ve been pleasantly surprised!

Moisturizer.  A good facial moisturizer can get real pricey real fast.  When I found out I was pregnant, I wanted to use more natural ingredients on my skin and body.  The coconut oil was in the bathroom, so I rubbed just a tad onto my face before I applied my makeup.  I used just a touch so it didn’t leave my face heavy, and my skin soaked up the oil quickly.  It didn’t make my face oily throughout the day, either, like one might think.

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Anti-frizz serum.  Usually, coconut oil is used as a hair mask, but I thought I’d experiment a bit further with this magical product.  My hair is really fine and incredibly frizzy at times.  My best hair days are the days when it isn’t freshly washed.  I applied a tad of coconut oil to my wet hair, putting very little on the part area.  I added a little more to the ends.  The oil left my hair lighter, shinier, and the ends looking healthier.

Lotion.  Again, one would think using oil would leave your skin heavy.  (And it will, if you use a lot.)  Remember, it is oil — a little goes a really long way!  It just takes a bit of time to rub it all in.  I started using coconut oil on my legs and stomach during pregnancy.  I had incredibly dry skin throughout my entire pregnancy, and this white stuff has been a godsend.  I’ve heard people using it to prevent stretch marks, as well.  I’ve put it on my stomach regularly during these last 9 months, and I don’t have any stretch marks.  However, I will say I think that’s due more to staying well-hydrated and having some good genes passed on to me.  A little added moisture, though, never hurts.