Beauty and the Muse

Archive for July 2014

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(Above: My mentor and friend, Author, Taylor Polites)

I made it you guys! I officially have a graduate degree in creative writing. I never thought in a million years that this would happen. But, with the guidance of my mentor and support of my loving cohort, I did it.

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(Left to right: Deb, Me, Elisabeth, Nicky, and Nina)

So basically, I will be posting a ton of pictures of my cohort, Wilkes Alum, staff, and professors. So Enjoy.

W15Nicky is wearing a ‘Cat-Lady Chic’ ensemble.

W16Talented screenwriter, Kelly and I.

W13Chris, Danielle, Sara, and Diva Nina.

W12Rocked out with Raegan.

W11Metal.

W10We always seem to match.

W9What is Rachel looking at?

W8Joe, Rachel, and John.

W7Austin, Margaret, Elisabeth, and Kelly.

W6A fine young man, Casey and Rachel.

W4Hey look! There’s Nathan! The best at like, gosh, everything in life.

W3Michael gave me the best graduation present. So sweet 🙂

W2Joanne, Molly, Ken, and Tiff Tiff.

W1Me and Dawn. She knows everything about anything…

I just want to say that I love my cohorts, wouldn’t trade them for anything in the world. We did it, and now we are at the next step. See you guys in January!

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Gosh. I just love when Madinah does my make-up. She wanted to try a soft face with a blue lip.

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She also wrapped my turban for me. I love the new style.

#Turbinista

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I wish my skin looked this smooth everyday. The struggle.

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Yes, it’s a photo shoot. All black everything ‘curvy style’ with polka dot leggings underneath a sheer maxi dress from

Forever 21.

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I (heart) my MUA!


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