onyx + quartz is now Charcoal + Silk | NEW WEBSITE

Hey, everyone!

Long time, no see! And Happy New Year, by the way!

I wanted to keep you guys in the loop so I’m here today to tell you that there have been quite a few changes. More like major changes.

First, o + q is no longer. It’s sad but when I first started this blog, I imagined it being something entirely different. It was supposed to be a bohemian blog, talking about all things magic and otherworldly.

Unfortunately, that’s not a subject I can talk about for hours on end. If you’re going to start a blog, make sure that it’s a topic you are passionate about, that’s rule #1.

So, it eventually turned into a fashion and beauty blog. But things also weren’t quite clicking there either. Turns out, you guys liked the beauty posts more than the fashion ones!

I thought that was awesome so I decided to take time out of running this blog to explore my other options. Kind of like finding yourself, except I was looking for my blog concept.

I landed on natural beauty.

It’s a subject I can definitely talk about and I do believe in enhancing your own natural beauty. I didn’t start wearing makeup until I was around seventeen and even then I didn’t like caking it on.

I think in today’s world there’s a set standard. That women, no matter their age, have to look a certain way. And do their makeup a certain way as well.

We’re taught that more is better when actually, less is better. We don’t need someone to teach us to pile on the makeup. But rather, we need someone to teach us that our flaws are more than okay.

I want to be that person.

I struggled with my self-image before. Wondering if I was pretty enough. I was the girl in the school classroom with big curly hair, glasses, and teeth that don’t look like everyone else’s.

I struggled every day with the thought that I wasn’t good enough. It wasn’t until I dropped out and got to know myself.

Being away from negative people helped me to understand that I’m different. But different in a good way. I choose to dress the way I do and look the way I do because that’s what I want.

We all want to portray a certain image to the world and I get that. But we all need confidence first.

So maybe it’s not so much about teaching people how to wear less makeup but rather build their confidence. Building confidence through makeup and through skincare.

The way we are on the inside makes us beautiful. Our souls, our personalities.

We should all have that reflect on the outside as well, right?

That’s why I created Charcoal + Silk.

While everything is still being worked out, meaning the website and its content, I invite you to follow along. Feel free to follow the progress on Instagram and at the new website.

Thank you for being here when o + q was going strong. Now I thank you for continuing with me on this journey.

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What’s to Come

Hey, guys!

I just want to start off by saying I apologize for the silence and lack of posts.

I’ve recently accepted a position as a writer for an SEO firm and I’m still getting a hold of balancing work life with my blog and my handmade business.

But, I want to give you a guys a little heads up on what’ll be on the blog in the next few weeks.

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Check Out My Guest Blogging Posts!

Hey, guys!

I can’t tell you how great this month has been. Many accomplishments have been achieved in a short amount of time, and two that I’m extremely proud of are my guest blogging posts!

I took a leap of faith and plunged into the unknown. Through research and networking, I’ve reached out to quite a few blogs and so far have two published guest posts under my belt.

Check them out!

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Blog Update No. 1

Hey, guys! Since the start of the blog, I’ve changed a few things that you may or may not have noticed. So, I thought I’d do kind of an update in the form of a post to let you guys in on all the changes.

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15 Facts About Me

I don’t know if this needs more of an introduction, but I just thought I’d give you guys some (fun) facts about myself!

Keep calm and read on! Or maybe I’m the one who should be keeping calm since I’m sharing these things about myself… You know, nerves and stuff like that.

Anyway, here we go!

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5 Things to Do Before the Start of Summer

T-minus fifteen days until it’s officially summer! Even though we’re already feeling the blistering heat of summer-like days already, it’s still spring. So savor these last days of mother nature’s beauty, get outside and have some fun!

Check out these five fun activities to do before the official start of summer:

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Friday Favorites No. 3

Happy Friday!

After a week of stressful errand-running, I’m so ready to decompress. Maybe I’ll spend the weekend drawing, writing new content or focus more on my Instagram (which definitely could use some TLC as it’s been slightly neglected due to creative content block). But one thing I can always guarantee spending my weekends on is spending time with my wonderful family. We love watching our favorite shows together and talk about how workdays went or other stuff.

Anyway, here’s some links for your clicking pleasure!

A DIY I actually want to do. 

Terrariums, terrariums, and more terrariums.

The cutest chicken stuffed animal you will EVER find. 

Here’s a really helpful guide to take your flat-lay pictures to the next level.

My go-to hairstyle.