How to Properly Burn a Candle (And Make it Last)

How to Properly Burn a Candle: The first time you burn your new candle, make sure the melted wax covers the entire surface. This usually takes 3 or 4 hours, so make sure you pick the right time for its first lighting. (Double wick candles completely this process faster.) This helps to avoid or minimize […]

May 26, 2020

Lifestyle

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8 Ways to Celebrate Your 2020 Graduation

Que the Pomp & Circumstance! 🎓 Even though the world is going through a pandemic and we’re all staying home, here are 8 ways to celebrate your 2020 graduation! I just wrapped up my graduate program and received my master’s degree in strategic communications for social change and advocacy from American University. 🎉 Whether you […]

May 2, 2020

career, Life in DC, Lifestyle

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Was Getting My Masters Worth It Even Though I Didn’t Need It?

Ladies and gentlemen, as my Insta-fam knows, I just submitted my thesis for my master’s program. I. AM. DONE. Just call me Master of strategic communications for social change and advocacy. 👩🏻‍🎓NBD. (I took these self-portraits to celebrate my last day of class for Instagram lol!) I went to American University in Washington, D.C. and […]

May 2, 2020

career, Life in DC, Lifestyle

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London Proposal + Romantic Restaurants

And all the single girls had a moment of silence for this beautiful proposal in central London. My BFF’s London proposal was a dream. It was the epitome of all our engagement pins on Pinterest and Instagram posts in our “saved photos.” My best friend Destiny’s boyfriend told me that he was going to propose […]

March 25, 2020

Living in London, Photos + Vlogs, Travel

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Who Do I Want to Be During a Pandemic?

These are the days we thought only happened in history books. We never thought they would happen to us, in our lifetime. But it has. And for the first time I’m fully understanding that those “stories” in the history books we had to read in school —  those history stories had characters, real living characters. […]

March 19, 2020

Empowerment, Lifestyle

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Dressember: Fight Slavery with My Dress Design

What is Dressember Last year, I participated in Dressember — a global challenge wherein one wears a dress every day in December to raise money to fight human trafficking. Wearing a dress in the dead of winter is a bit odd. Therefore, it’s a brilliant opportunity to remind others that slavery is the highest it’s every been […]

November 26, 2019

Dressember 2019 Dress Designer Elisabeth Huijskens The Elisabeth Trades of Hope

Empowerment, Justice, Style

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How to Take Photos of Yourself Without a Photographer

Are you an entrepreneur? Do you like to travel? Do you run a business online? Let’s be honest: Do you love your Instagram feed? The 5 tips below will teach you how to take photos of yourself without a photographer — whether you’re getting photos of yourself at home for your online presence/Instagram or for traveling the […]

October 25, 2019

How to Take Photos of Yourself without a Photographer

Lifestyle, Living in London, Photos + Vlogs, Travel

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Why Everyone Should Live Abroad for a While

Needing to grocery shop among locals… Going into work at a job where I’m expected to show up… Developing a lovely routine within the world of a different culture… It has always a dream of mine to live abroad. And I am living that dream now as I live and work in London! Now that […]

October 24, 2019

Why Everyone Should Live Abroad for a While

Lifestyle, Living in London, Travel

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London No. 02: How to Meet New People

Before we jump into it, I must point out that I am an “extroverted introvert.” Putting myself out there, using my voice, and learning how to meet new people — for me — is a choice. It is not something that comes naturally to me. I decide to take these steps to meet new people […]

October 10, 2019

How to Meet New People, London

Lifestyle, Living in London, Travel

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London No. 01: Moving to London!

Have you ever stepped back and realized, “I am living in a moment that, at one point, I dreamt about!” That’s what this first week of moving to London has felt like for me. In January of this year, I was in full internship-search mode. I was reaching out to friends at the World Bank, […]

September 29, 2019

Moving to London, Elisabeth Huijskens

Living in London, Photos + Vlogs, Travel

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