#2: Everything is Changing

Want the good news or the “omg” news first? Good news? You got it.

I’m going to be starting work again.

That’s all I’m going to say for now since I haven’t had my first day back yet.. I’m still a little nervous about how I’ll react being that I haven’t worked in two years. However, given that I have time to write.. keep an eye out for a post about my first week back at work on August 14th!

Waiting for the “omg” news, right?

For the month of August, I’m thinking about doing a complete blog overhaul. This is where I need your input!

I really want to add more menu tabs and separate my beauty, lifestyle, and personal posts (just to make it more appealing to find what you want to read). I also wanted to maybe try out writing opinion posts? I wrote for a few organizations during the primaries here in the US, but I’ve never integrated my social or political opinions into this blog. Any thoughts?

In terms of my blog, I also have a ton of posts scheduled (but very few drafted, as I’m writing this). But I wanted to know what you’d love to see more of. Since I’ll be working, I’ll have more wiggle room with trying out new products and writing more lifestyle posts (since I can afford to go places now). Along those lines kinda I’d also love to know what changes you’d personally like to see here (like pictures in every post, maybe? that type of thing).

I blog for me, but I also blog for you. I want to make a concerted effort to get to know you (my reader(s)) and what you look for in your reading material. This should be enjoyable for all parties involved, know what I mean?

Let me know your thoughts/feelings/questions/concerns/suggestions,etc. below!

Until next time,

♥Char.

I’d love it if you’d check me out on social media too! You can find me at the following links: FacebookInstagram, BlogLovin, and Pinterest ♥♥♥

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Last Week of Social Media Month

Hi everyone! Onto the last part of #SocialMediaMonth! ♥

Since I’m pretty late with posting this, this last week will be a bit of a  banger. 

For the rest of the week, I’ll be doing comments, likes, and shares on all social media platforms. I’ll also be doing follow for follow on WordPress and BlogLovin’.

As always, I’ll still be super active on Twitter, as well as my Facebook Group (link: U.S. Blogosphere). What does that mean for you? Increased visibility!

Share your links below (or on my blog’s facebook page) for follows/comments/shares/RTs and I’ll gladly oblige! Just let me know which favor you’d like in your comment ♥

Once again, you have no obligation other than just leaving your links for me to interact with. Some reciprocation would be nice (just for you to help me get the word out about #SocialMediaMonth), but it’s not required. ♥

Feel free to tweet @ForgedOpulence any time! 

Until next time,

♥Char.

Keep up to date with my #SocialMediaMonth Challenge here; Never miss what I’m up to next!

I’d love it if you’d check me out on social media too! You can find me at the following links: FacebookInstagram, BlogLovin, and Pinterest ♥♥♥

U. S. Blogosphere

Hi everyone! I’ve seen a lot of twitter pods happening lately, so I created one specifically for US Bloggers. It’s so damn hard to find each other! 

Then I thought, “Why stop there?” So I also created a brand new (active) Facebook group! It’s called U. S. Blogosphere and I’d love for you to join! 

P. S. If you want in on the twitter pod just for some fun conversation, get ahold of me on twitter @ForgedOpulence 🙂 

Until next time,

Char. 

IMPROMPTU POST: Best Steals for Ulta’s Summer Sale 2017

Hi everyone! I woke up to an email this morning that Ulta is hosting a gigantic summer sale, and I could not be more upset that I don’t have money to spend right now haha. To get over my sadness, I figured I’d write up a quick post to tell you what I think the best steals are! I hope you enjoy♥


$10 & UNDER

  • BH Cosmetics Carli Bybel Palette – $9.99 (reg. $14.50)
  • Bare Minerals Meet Gen Nude Mini Lipcolors & Glosses – $10 (reg. $15)
  • Dose of Colors Lip Glosses – $10 (reg. $15)
  • Julep Holographic & Birthstone Nail Polishes – $10 (reg. $14) LIMITED EDITION
  • *L’Oreal Exfoliate & Refine Clay Mask – $9.99 (reg. $12.99)
  • Garnier Micellar Waters – $6.74 (reg. $8.99)
  • *OGX Shampoos, Conditioners, Styling Products, & Treatments – (price varies)

VitaBath, Burt’s Bees, YesTo, 2B, Catrice, J.Cat Beauty, & More!

$20 & UNDER

  • Laura Geller Beach Matter Baked Hydrating Bronzer – $16.50 (reg. $33)
  • Urban Decay Revolution Lip Glosses – $11 (reg. $22)
  • *The Body Shop Body Butters – $14.99 (reg. $21)
  • *Hempz Herbal Body Moisturizers – $16.99 (reg. $23-28)
  • Macadamia Shampoo & Conditioner – $22 (reg. $50)

Ahava, Joico, Matrix, Sun Bum, Redken, Tarte, & More!

$30 & UNDER

  • *Tarte Make Believe In Yourself Palette – $30 (reg. 40) LIMITED EDITION

Also some picks from Stila, Japonesque, La Roche-Posay, Vichy, & More!

Check out all of these amazing products (and the hella good sale) at Ulta.Com

*An asterisk denotes that it’s an absolute personal recommendation from me 🙂


If you’ve stuck around this long, please check out what I’ve been up to here, and find me on social media too! You can find me on FacebookInstagram, Twitter, and Pinterest ♥♥♥

Until next time,

♥Char.

*CLOSED* Weekly Theme: Twitter

Hi everyone! Onto the next part of #SocialMediaMonth ♥

This week, I’m going to be increasing my Twitter presence as much as I can.

What does that mean for you? Increased visibility!

Share any links below (or on my facebook page) of tweets you want liked or RT’d and I’ll gladly oblige. Please specify which you’d like, or if you’d like your tweet(s) liked & RT’d.

Once again, you have no obligation other than just leaving your links for me to interact with. Some reciprocation would be nice (just for you to help me get the word out about #SocialMediaMonth), but it’s not required. ♥

You can also tweet @ForgedOpulence any time if you’d just like to chat! 

Until next time,

♥Char.

Keep up to date with my #SocialMediaMonth Challenge here; Never miss what I’m up to next!

I’d love it if you’d check me out on social media too! You can find me on FacebookInstagram, BlogLovin, and Pinterest ♥♥♥

*CLOSED* #SocialMediaMonth Blog Favors Weekend

Hi all! This is a post where you can feel free to leave any blog links that you’d like more interaction on! If you can’t comment on this post, or you’re not comfortable, please feel free to head over to my facebook page where you can comment also♥

IMPORTANT INFO: 

*You have zero obligations to anyone if you participate. It really is as simple as just leaving a link or two!

*This closes at 11:59 pm EST on July 2nd 2017. 


Some Rules (I know):

  1. “Blog Favors” only includes views, comments, likes, and shares for the moment.
  2. If you share this post, please tag me (@ForgedOpulence) and include the hashtag #SocialMediaMonth
  3. Please don’t leave more than two links, since I’m the only one honoring the favors (at least on this blog).
  4. I will not honor duplicate posts. If you post the same link on WordPress and Facebook, only one will be honored. Same goes for posting different links on each site. Only two links per person, period!
  5. I would appreciate some reciprocation on your part, but it’s not mandatory. And even if you don’t decide to interact with me, I encourage you to interact with other bloggers who are participating.
  6. Please be patient with me while waiting for responses! I do have other obligations to attend to. I promise, I’ll get to your request♥

Please check me out on social media too! You can find me on FacebookInstagram, BlogLovinTwitter, and Pinterest ♥♥♥

Until next time,

♥Char

Marriage Happenings #2

Hi everyone! If you’re new here and don’t necessarily know what this post is about, please check out my first post of this series here.

Unfortunately, I don’t have much to write this time around since we’ve just been so engrossed in moving that I haven’t been able to catch my breath. I’ll share with  you the one thing I managed to write down and then I’ll give you guys a little life update below. I hope you enjoy!


Me: *Viciously grabs his butt because reasons*

Him: THAT WENT INSIDE

Me: *cackles uncontrollably*

Him: I HOPE YOU PEE

Update: I did. No regrets.


LifeandBlogUpdateOkay, so now for the actual life update/chatty side of this post. Life just hasn’t been slowing down at all lately. We got the news that we were going to move last month, I got sick a little over a week ago, and also for the last week our house has been ripped apart because of all of the maintenance issues we’ve had here.

I literally haven’t been able to get anything done in terms of planning our move and getting started with the process, let alone getting any other work done. Every time I turn around, there’s another issue with this house that keeps us from using one room or more at a time. Coupled with the fact that as of the last week, we’ve had maintenance, management, painters, plumbers, and contractors in and out like crazy and I don’t see that ending any time soon. In all, we might have maybe a week of peace in this house before we leave. Maybe. 

On top of the issues I’ve written about multiple times in multiple places, we’ve been desperately trying to get ahold of management here to have them fix the major issues in our townhouse before we move so it’s not pinned back on us like we wrecked the place. After months of little to no contact, no matter what we tried, we decided to email the owner of the company to let him know the condition of his property. What do you know? We got hoards of people in our house the next day fixing every last thing that they could find. One of those things happened to be the pipes behind the wall in our laundry room.

Now, the funny part about this is that about two weeks ago, we called to have work done because the dryer that we had been renting from management caught on fire mid-cycle and obviously that was concerning. All I wanted was to have the units removed and the vent flushed before I bought a brand new pair and had them delivered. Did that get done? No. The units got removed almost a week later and the vent was never cleaned, so we had no other choice but to move our new units in anyway.

When they finally came on Thursday to take care of the mess that is our house, they noticed that there was yet another leak behind the laundry room wall, even though “all of the pipes were replaced last summer.” Apparently, they were not. So we had to have our wall ripped open once again, which took four days for them to come and patch up. During the patching process, they got drywall and paint all over my brand new dryer, which was clear across the room, and then left the mess for us to clean  up. I’m not happy. So I spent a couple hours last night soaking everything in the room to get the drywall dust off, and scraping the paint off of my new dryer with my nails so I didn’t damage it more. This is on top of being sick. Still.

I know I’ve said this before, but I seriously can’t wait to move. All this being said, I really hope you all understand why my blog has been so lacking and I haven’t been as timely with my updates as I would like. There’s just a lot going on right now that takes priority. Just know that I’m  making every attempt I can to not let my blog fall to the wayside. Please send some encouragement my way if you’re into that sort of thing! Lord knows I need it still, haha.

Always,

♥Char.

If you’ve stuck around this long, please check me out on social media too! You can find me on FacebookInstagram, Twitter, and Pinterest ♥♥♥