Hi friends! I cannot believe I am FINALLY sitting down to write this blog post. This idea of mine has been a long time coming and I am so pumped to share it with the world! I’m not going to spend a ton of time introducing myself here because I have an About Me page for that 🙂

The Beginning of BeautyFashLaw

We are going to start off with what fueled me to start a blog in the first place: Makeup! Yupp, something that is superficial and completely unnecessary because you are all beautiful humans with or without it. BUT, it is something that makes me (and so many other women and men) feel good! I love makeup. I really, truly love it. Which is why I started an Instagram about a year and a half ago: beauty_fashion_law. My first posts were quite dreadful, but I managed to get some followers and make some pretty cool friends (Hayley, Jess and Anna you know who you are). I told a few friends and family members but I was honestly too embarrassed to tell most people that I have this huge, burning passion for something like makeup. Why was I embarrassed? Because for most of my academic career I have been told that I wear too much makeup. That I look intimidating when I wear dark lipstick or that it isn’t professional. The worst one: people equating how much lipstick I wear with my intelligence. And while I pride myself on being able to roll with the punches and take criticism well, these comments still took a toll on how I viewed my self-worth.

Sorry dad, but I don’t care if you think my lipstick is too dark because it makes me feel like a badass, and that’s the kind of woman you raised me to be”

Just typing these words on the screen makes me feel vulnerable and a bit uncomfortable. But to me, that means they are words that need to be said because I know I am not the only woman out there feeling this way. Sorry dad, but I don’t care if you think my lipstick is too dark because it makes me feel like a badass, and that’s the kind of woman you raised me to be. I want to be strong enough to say that if someone is going to judge me based on what I put on my face, then let them. I don’t want to hold back my creativity and I don’t care if it will close doors because those aren’t the doors I want to be walking through anyways.  

I got better at taking pictures and writing reviews and now I actually have a feed that I’m pretty dang proud of (still working on taking pictures of myself that are consistent with the other photos in my feed but we are getting there, thanks Anthony!!). So beauty_fashion_law morphed into beautyfashlaw because it’s shorter and the underscores are just kind of a pain. By the way, beautyfashionlaw was already taken on Instagram by an unknown user with no posts and no profile picture and I’m still slightly bitter.

Beyond the Beauty

If you have known me for any length of time, then you know that I have another burning passion to help people. It’s the reason I went to law school. And it’s the reason I am starting this blog. While I love writing about beauty and reviewing products, I also wanted to create a space where I could write about law school and my struggles in academia too. After all, my handle is beautyfashLAW.

When I started law school and wanted to know all the things I possibly could, I did the first thing any girl does when she wants to research something: look it up on Pinterest. I came up pretty empty handed. There were a few posts here and there about things you need in law school, how to outline, etc., but I was really disappointed and frustrated. So, I decided to create my own resources for women in law school to help them along the way. Law school has not been easy and I have considered dropping out SO many times (just ask Anna). I’ve also cried. A LOT. If I can help other women get through this journey feeling more confident and stronger, I will do whatever it takes. Because let’s be honest, law school can be terrible. It challenges us in ways we never thought possible, it morphs our minds into cynical creatures and it makes us question everything we’ve ever known. But it is also incredibly rewarding if we learn to control what we can control and let go of what we can’t (if you don’t feel that way, don’t worry, I didn’t either until about a month ago).

Where We Are Headed

I have a few plans for what is to come on this page, but I have no idea where it will take me. My main goal is to make this page an open dialect for all women in law school, college, or any other professional school to help them overcome their fears and to know that it is okay to not be okay. If I have learned anything from running my Instagram account for the past year and a half, it is that community makes us stronger. Building each other up, rather than pushing each other down, is impactful. And standing together, rather than alone, is powerful.

I can’t promise perfectly curated photos or posts free of typos, but I can promise to do my best for every post to leave you feeling empowered and strong.

I know this post may be a little all over the place but I wanted to explain my journey to help you understand where this emotion is coming from. So, while I hope you don’t think my website sucks, I know very well that you can’t always please everyone! Constructive criticism is ALWAYS welcome and your input will always be valuable to me.

Thank you to each and every one of you reading this, it means the world to me that you clicked on my website and felt entertained enough to be reading down to this very last word! And if you want to check out more content, I’ve posted my favorite makeup products of 2018 as well as my best study tips to implement this semester! Check them out here:

Until next time,


Some special dedications:

Thank you Anna for sitting here with me while I finally publish this blog, I appreciate you so so much!

Huge huge thank you to my amazing wonder woman of a friend, Mallory, for answering my millions of questions and always inspiring me!

Thank you Anthony for putting up with me and not getting (too) mad when I snapped at you when I couldn’t get my WordPress theme uploaded correctly. And for bringing me coffee to calm me down.

Thank you to my incredible family for always being so supportive of everything I do.

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    I love this post so much!!! You’ve managed to put this into words so well, congrats! I feel the same way regarding make-up and I wish I could wear whatever I wanted without being worried that it will attract negative attention. I like feeling put together and putting on makeup for the day usually achieves that for me. Looking forward to reading more of your blog <3 <3 !

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    Yay! Its live now! Congrats sis!! I’m so incredibly proud of you!! I can’t wait to see where this blog goes. Dad may not like the lipstick but he can’t deny how strong you are!! Love you!!!

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      Thanks sis! Your support means the world to me! Love you too!

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    Ashely I am so excited for you!! This is going to be such an amazing resource and I cannot wait to see what’s to come!

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      Awh thanks so much, Syd! I’m glad you are loving it! Thank you for all of your support!

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      Thank you so much, Kelsie! I totally agree, let’s empower eachother!!

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    Ashley, I love this post, the website so glam like you are, and the idea to connect your challenges and fears from Law School with beauty. I haven’t spent a lot for time with you, but just to see you walking by my desk almost every day I knew you had the passion for make up. You always looked so pretty, and now I know you are a beautiful person not only in the outside but inside too. This is inspiring. Thank you for writing this for us, the women of the world!!!

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      Oh Yenny you are so so sweet! Thank you so much! I’m so glad you love it!

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      Thank you, Courtney! 🙂

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      Thank you SO much Lindsey! You have been such an incredible role model for me all these years!

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    Wowee! I’m so excited for you on this journey. I admire it, as I’ve had on my goals list to start a blog but haven’t quite had the time to get it going. And you’re doing this on top of law school – Crazy! I sympathize with your story of being judged in your field for wearing makeup. I’m grateful that in my office I’m praised for going full on glam and exploring with my looks. Keep doing what you’re doing and set a nice precedent! Wishing you all the best!

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      Thanks so much Samantha! It was a lot of YouTube to figure things out and I still have so much more to learn! But it is a nice break from reading case books 🙂

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    I love that quote telling your dad it’s too bad about the dark lipstick. I’m sure he’s proud of the woman you ate. Bravo on the website, love!

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      That is probably my favorite line of the whole post! Thank you for reading, Laurie!

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