Just A Little Update

Hey all! Just thought it was about time to update my “about me” πŸ™‚

9-22-15 UPDATE

Emily Bracey, lover of everything in her life and so excited for what the future has in store. The past year has been a roller coaster. I went through some super low moments, but the one’s that were high were sky high. I have learned from all of those moments. It has taken 23 years, but I am finally completely satisfied, happy, and in love with the person I am and have become. Just a few days ago I was talking to my best friends about how blessed I am to call my group of friends ‘my best friends’. Yes, I have my super close, sister-like best friends. What I mean is, I have rid my life of all the fake, superficial, and anything and anyone who was bringing me down and or bringing negative energy into my life. One of my new favorite quotes, and possibly a future tattoo (sorry, mom):

β€œShe had not known the weight until she felt the freedom.”

Isn’t that beautiful? When I said it to a friend her initial instinct was, “oh is that about your ex?” and then I thought to myself, wow I never realized how that also applies to certain people in my life. To me, it’s about things always being okay because nothing is completely set in stone. If you are unhappy, make a change. But, unfortunately, sometimes you don’t realize how unhappy you are until you make that change. One big aspect of my life is my health. There are days where I can run miles and miles, but then for a few weeks I wont be able to get out of bed. Those days where I’m running outside, I feel so blessed to have that weight off my shoulder for the time being. I know I have blogged about this in the past, but I will always remember when my best friend told me to be selfish for once in my life. For my whole life, I always put others first. So yes, I have become a little selfish this past year because I have been focusing on me. That freedom is the best freedom. Something as simple as stating my opinion on, “where do you want to go for dinner?” is sometimes all it takes. School, oh school. I have been in this ‘real world’ now since May of 2014 and wow, that has done wonders. I have learned that not everything has to be perfect and it’s okay to mess up because that is how you learn in life. I truly feel sorry for those who also feel that way, I wish I would have figured that out sooner in life.

Yesterday I told my mom, “I would rather be struggling and happy than an emotional anxious wreck doing something I really don’t want to do anymore”. At this current moment, I’m not seeing living in NYC in my future, but that’s 110% fine with me. My dreams have changed since I graduated and I couldn’t be happier. Of course, me being me, I still want to do something in the fashion industry. I have decided to have my own brand and store. I’m going to start online and have it up and running hopefully by Thanksgiving 2015 and then when I’m older and decide where I want to settle down, I’ll open up a physical store. I want to be my own boss. I want to be able to travel and see my family.

Maybe in the next few years that will change again, but for the mean time I am the happiest I have ever been. I am me.

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Craving Fall

It’s late September and Western NY is still having Summer weather. Now, I know I shouldn’t be complaining because in April I’m going to be begging for the snow to melt and it wont for another month. I just want to whip out all my boots, flannels, and sweaters. Is that so much to ask? I don’t think so. In the mean time, I have my fall sketches to look at and vicariously live through them.

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“So Sharp You Could Cut A Man”

I have always been and forever will be a make-up addict! I don’t wear a ton or do anything crazy with my look, I just really appreciate beautiful, high quality make-up pallets. As the owner of 90% of all the pallets from Urban Decay, I tend to stay with the same brands, but I also like to try new things. I understand that a girl doesn’t wear make-up to hide her flaws, but simply because she wants to. I notice when other girls spend time on their cat eyes and contouring, which always leads me to asking, “what are you wearing?” Eyeliner is a big one for me, I’m constantly asking other girls what brand of eyeliner they use and the pros and cons of it. My search is now over thanks to a co-worker.

I was at work complaining that I couldn’t do anything fun with the eyeliner I was using at the time because my eyes would water a lot from normal summer allergies. She instantly went to her purse and whipped out an eyeliner marker and said “You need this! It’s the best eyeliner I have ever owned. You can make wings so sharp you could cut a man”. That instantly grabbed my attention and to my surprise it was from Urban Decay. Should I really have been surprised? Nope,Β  because Urban Decay has awesome products. Anyway, that weekend I traveled to the nearest Sephora, which is an hour away, went and purchased my very own “Ink For Eyes Waterproof Precision Eye Pen”. To be completely honest, paying $20 for eyeliner made me a little sick to my stomach, but my friend assured me it would last me over 4 months.

Screen Shot 2015-09-20 at 12.53.21 PM6 weeks later, I still have the same eye pen and still absolutely love it! I usually don’t like marker or pen tip eyeliners, but it is still as firm as the first day I bought it and the point is still just as defined. It will literally last for as long as you want it to! I swear! Currently, it’s about 1pm on a Sunday and I gave myself some beautiful cateyes last night around 6pm, went out with my girls, had some drinks, danced around, and it looks like I just did my make-up. I know what you’re thinking, “you’re disgusting”, my answer: I’m 23 and it’s a Sunday, get over it. Anyway, if that doesn’t sell you on it, I don’t know what more you need. Removing it is relatively easy for a waterproof pen. I use the cheapest make-up remover wipes at Walmart and I don’t have to scrub my eyes to get it off. I HIGHLY recommend this eyeliner! I am already sold for life!

Click HERE to buy yours today!

Why Daddy Issues Should Let My Brother Take Her Out

26 year old Violet Benson is the founder and owner of the popular comical Instagram account @daddyissues. Until last week she kept her identity a secret, but with the help of social media I was able to learn more about her before the big reveal. She lives in LA, loves to drink, appreciates a great taco and a good laugh! Almost weekly she would post about how she longed to meet the right man for her; specifically a man in LA who was over six feet with a beard. Of course my 28 year old brother, Dan Bracey of LA, would pop into my mind.Β  Especially when she revealed who she was! Oh my god, she is beautiful and blonde! They’re perfect for each other! So, this post is dedicated to Violet Benson in hopes that she will let my very single and very tall brother take her out! For more info on Violet, Click HERE!

Reason #1

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He’s 6’3″ with a beard and sometimes he works out, unless he wants Taco Bell… Then he goes to Taco Bell!

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Dan Has a great sense of humor! He’s worked in the Television/Film Arts Industry for the past almost 6 years in LA and a lot of those gigs have been for Comedies!

#3 Dan’s favorite food is pizza!!! OMG!!!

#4 He has a metabolism of no other and is always down for a good trip to a buffet!

#5 I always tell Dan he doesn’t have friends, but I guess he does! Anyway… they seem like a super fun gang! (That’s Dan in the blue shirt, below)

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Besides Facebook, he’s not really into social media! He’s like an open book!

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He would never get between you and your true loves, alcohol and bad decisions, he would actually want to join you!

#9 From the view point of his little sister, he’s actually a super good guy. I don’t think I’ve ever heard him get mad at anyone. I don’t want to get too sappy because I’m his little sister and I’m supposed to make his life difficult, but he’s a super cool dude.

#10 DAT BEARD!

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Violet,
Give Dan a chance and let him take you out, you wont regret it!
His facebook is HERE!
Or email me at eebracey@gmail.com
And his IMBD is HERE!

One last thing, you two would look perfect together!!!

POTS: It’s A Chronic Mouthful

POTS. No, not marijuana or pots and pans that you cook with. I’m talking about Postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome. My life was completely changed when I was diagnosed with the chronic illness, POTS, in June of 2008. I never wanted to blog about my illnesses (yes, there are more), but I feel like I have to because it’s such a big part of my life and I know others are struggling with this debilitating illness.

What is POTS? I’m obviously not a doctor, but there have been many times where I felt like I knew a lot more then them. So, I’m going to try and explain this in the simplest way. It’s a form of dysautonomia. I lost you already, didn’t I?

Dysautonomia is an umbrella term for various conditions in which the autonomic nervous system (ANS) malfunctions. Dysautonomia is a type of neuropathy affecting the nerves that carry information from the brain and spinal cord to the heart, bladder, intestines, sweat glands, pupils, and blood vessels.” Yes, I did just copy and paste that from wikipedia. We’ve all done it.

Okay, here we go again- POTS is a form of dysautonomia that mainly affects the patient when they’re in the upright position or when he or she changes positions. Personally, my blood pressure is typically low (90/40) and drops even more when I stand up. While my blood pressure is going down, my heart rate is typically jumping up to almost 200 beats per minute. (Fun Fact: I used to have a heart monitor that my doctors thought wasn’t working correctly because it would read my heart rate at almost 250 beats per minute. It wasn’t broken, I was.) So, heart rate goes up, blood pressure goes down and so does Emily. Yup, that’s right I drop unconscious. Lately, knock on wood, it hasn’t been happening that often, but back in high school it was a daily struggle. Think of all the things your body does subconsciously; heart rate, blood pressure, nervous system, digestive system, ect… With POTS, they basically throw tantrums and stop working. Not all at once and sometimes they’re all working fine, but when one goes haywire I can become debilitated.

Let’s start with my head, besides the fainting. How often does someone ask you if you are on drugs? Happens to me a lot. My eyes get totally glassy and I get this “duh” look to my face because I’m so out of it. I’ll get so disoriented that I’ll move my head and it will take my eyes a second to catch up. On a really bad day, me carrying a conversation is such a task. I have literally made up words and have not made any sense to my friends and family before. For example, if this blog post isn’t flowing as well as usually and not making sense, blame it on the POTS, for real.

My eyeballs! I’ve always have had okay vision. I’ve needed glasses for close work, but I can function without them. With POTS, one day my vision can be perfect and the next day I have my glasses glued to my head. Sometimes I can’t even see. Pretty cool, huh? Just kidding, it’s pretty terrifying, especially if I’m somewhere new. My family can tell when this happens because I put my hands on the walls and feel my way to the nearest chair. I’m a pretty good navigator, they call me Sacagawea. Haha, not really. My friends and family do tell me I have zombie eyes sometimes, though; One pupil will be really big and the other will be super small. Hence, zombie eyes.

Okay, down to my heart, it’s tachy. Tachycardia that is. I thank God everyday that the mechanisms of my heart are all okay, but it’s pretty scary and at times painful to all of a sudden have your heart rate shoot up.

Alright, to be completely honest, my eyes are doing weird things right now, so I’m going to wrap this part up and finish in a day or two.

POTS is considered an invisible illness. Most of the time I just look super tired and out of it. With that, be kind to all and never judge because someone may be fighting a battle you know nothing about. Until next time! xoxo

Nailed it, begins!

For over the past five years I have been quite the nail polish, owning well over 300 colors, shimmers, and shines. Like all things in my life, I tend to go above and beyond; so I take a picture and document it. I’m adding a page to upload all my nail art designs from the past, present, and future! Feel free to repost my pictures or use them for your own inspiration, but please tag me because I would love to see your creations!

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