Beyond the Footlights Turns 2!

Beyond the Footlights Turns 2!

Beyond the Footlights Turns 2!

Where I’ve been, what I’ve been up to, and what’s coming next…


Hello BTF Friends!!!

Long time, no talk! Holy moly, it’s been a hot minute since I’ve hopped on my computer to write like this. I’m excited, nervous, all the feelings as I sit here, hoping you’ll all find this an exciting (and interesting) post/update.

In case you missed it, I’ve been a liiiittle MIA- for lots of amazing reasons that I’ll get into later. I haven’t published a blog post since December of 2021, but even before that my blogging efforts were spotty. It’s probably been about 6 months since I’ve shared posts consistently BUT today is the blog’s 2nd birthday!! So, there’s no better time than the present to jump back in, give you a little life update, and give you an idea of what the future of the blog might look like!

Where I’ve Been & What I’ve Been Up To…

So she’s been MIA, but where has she been??

You all know (if you didn’t, now you will) that I studied musical theatre and my primary focus since theatre started opening back up has been to pursue THAT. Since November of 2021, I’ve been fortunate enough to be part of a National Tour!! Being in a tour was one of my biggest goals post-grad, and it’s been such a blessing. Not only have I been able to do what I love, but I’ve made so many new amazing friends that are now like my family AND I’ve had the opportunity to do some traveling! In about 3 weeks between the end of March and the beginning of April we traveled to six cities with the show, going between charter buses and a sleeper bus (what an experience).

Because the show is totally new, there are a lot of moving parts and there’s a lot that goes into getting it on its feet and in front of larger audiences. Our performances in November/December and March/April were part of two ‘mini-tours’ and it’s the hope that the full North American tour will be hitting the road again later this year!

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Our tour cast!

So, as you can imagine, rehearsing, hitting the road, and being in a new city at least every other day leaves little room for much else. I spent most of my time exploring the new cities between performances and getting as much rest as I could. Honestly, my brain only had the capacity to think about our travel and performance schedules which left me without much creative inspiration outside of what I needed to be focusing on.

Since taking this break from the blog there have been tons of times when I’ve had the urge to sit down and write but had absolutely no inspiration. Very early on in this blogging journey, I often found myself under this self-imposed pressure to publish a new post once a week, follow a self-prescribed schedule I felt very rigid in, and do everything ‘right’ to try and make this platform grow. While it’s still my goal to grow this platform and reach as many people as I can with the content I’m creating, I’m slowly realizing that if I don’t do this blogging thing for myself first then what good is it?

In the digital age we are so wrapped up in where creating content is what gets people noticed, it’s easy to get caught up in this unspoken “pressure” to create great content and create it consistently. And while no one has made ME feel this way directly, I often get caught in the web of comparison that the internet easily creates. I see other bloggers working with brands, brands I’ve attempted to work with or not, and creating new blog, Instagram, and Tik Tok posts consistently while I’ve been busy and I can’t help but feel sometimes like I’m not a “real” blogger because I’m not keeping up.

Trust me: I know this is COMPLETELY false and I am no less of a creative because I’ve had to put one creative endeavor on the back burner while focusing on another, the one I’ve dreamt of always putting first.

All this to say- I love this blog, I love the content I have created, and it is going to continue to be part of my life. How it fits in though will be on MY terms and not any that may be imposed on me by the world of social media! It’s healthier that way and it’ll allow me to focus on what I love about all of my creative works. I started this blog for myself in a time that was so uncertain and it continues to grow and shift with me as I continue life in an amazing (but sometimes uncertain) career!

What’s Coming Next…

Now that I’ve explained my entire thought process to you, I think it’s clear to see that I may not have an exact direction of what comes next for Beyond the Footlights. And I don’t think I totally have to have a clearly defined answer just yet! As I have the time to create content that I think is relevant, I will! During busy times working in other creative fields, I may not create as much blog content and that’s that!

Beyond the Footlights Turns 2!

Even two years into this whole blogging thing, I still feel like I don’t totally have a clear direction of what type of content I’d like to focus on! My ideas have shifted and continue to do so, so I think that will be reflected in the content I’m hoping to create.

Beyond the Footlights has always been considered a ‘lifestyle’ blog and I think that’s what I am looking to lean into more going forward. As I mentioned before, it isn’t always easy to balance this creative outlet with others, mainly theatre. While theatre is my first love and what I love most at heart, I don’t feel like I can easily come up with theatre topics to blog about often enough. Keeping those two passions separated a bit more may be what’s best for me for now!

Over the last two years pursuing blogging and content creation, I’ve had several opportunities to work with some amazing brands and pursue partnerships which has been amazing. That’s definitely something I’m looking to keep up. I’m also very passionate about all things shopping- particularly shopping for great bargains (this may or may not be a bad habit, but we’re ignoring that). That along with self-care, beauty, organization, and all that jazz are topics I’m thinking of really honing in on!

So, Now What?

Now what? Well, I guess only time will tell! The best place to keep an eye on all things blog related is my Instagram! I’m always there sharing blog posts, products I love, and more! Until further notice, I’ve stopped my email list, so Instagram is going to the the place to be if you want to keep up with new things I’m creating! You can also subscribe to BTF on my homepage- that way you will always be the first to be notified when I share a new post. My Links & Codes page will stay up to date with any special links or discounts I have for my followers, and you can follow me on LTK to shop the products I share directly!


I’m looking forward to sharing more content with you coming soon, and I’m so grateful that you’re all still here showing your support- even after my little hiatus!

Lots of love!

XO Ang

Holiday Gift Guide for the Book Worm

Holiday Gift Guide for the Book Worm

Holiday Gift Guide for the Book Worm

Holiday Gift Guide for the Book Worm

Looking for the perfect gift for the book-lover in your life that isn’t just another Barnes & Noble gift card? Trust me, everyone loves a gift card, but if you’re looking for something a bit more personal, I’ve got the gift list for you! Check out my Holiday Gift Guide for the Book Worm. You’ll find lots of fun, practical, and unique gifts that any lover of literature will be sure to find useful in their lives!

If you see something you love and HAVE to have as you’re scrolling, click directly on any product title to shop my LiketoKnowIt!

Happy Holidays & Happy Reading!


Holiday Gift Guide for the Book Worm

Adjustable Book Stand

Finding a comfortable way to hold your book and flip the pages ca be such a hassle! You can set this bamboo, adjustable stand in your lap or on the counter for a hands-free, hassle free read! This is also the perfect gift for anyone you know who cooks and bakes a lot following a cookbook or recipe book!

Rechargeable LED Clip-On Book Light

This book light is perfect for the traveling book worm! You can throw this rechargeable clip-on book light right in your bag or suitcase and read on the go. If you live with a significant other and you like to stay up in bed reading and don’t want to disturb your partner by leaving lights on to read, this is your perfect solution!

Personalized Book Embosser

I LOVE the idea of a personalized book embosser! This one from Etsy allows you to choose what you’d like your embosser to say and how you’d like it to look! If you’re someone who likes to lend out books within your family or friend group, this is the perfect gift to help make sure they don’t mistake your book as theirs.

Personalized Library Kit

If you’re a total library nerd this gift is AMAZING! Going to the library, checking out books, and having your card catalogue stamped is slowly becoming an old past-time, but with this personalized library kit you can keep the tradition alive and well! This is another great gift if you often lend out your books.

100 Essential Novels Scratch-Off Poster

Ever have a tough time choosing what book to read next? Then this poster is the perfect gift for you! This scratch-off chart represents 100 essential novels, so your next read is only a scratch away!

Book Buddy Book Sleeve

Another great gift for the traveling book worm! A book sleeve is also a great gift for anyone who likes to have their current read in their bag at all times- you never know when you might get a free moment to read!

Magnetic Bookmark Set

Magnetic bookmarks are my favorite kind of bookmark! Because they’re magnets, you won’t ever have to worry about your marker falling out of your book and losing your page! I’m always losing bookmarks, so a set is a great option for a gift

Library Card Decorative Pillow

If you know someone who’s home is ALSO all decked out in bookworm décor, this is the perfect edition to their collection! The neat card catalogue design is unique and timeless.

Witty Book T-Shirts

Everyone loves a good t-shirt. I love this one that says “I closed my book to be here.” Etsy is FULL of adorable shirts with witty book-related sayings! You’ll be sure to find one for everyone, no matter what their favorite book is.

Library Shelves iPhone Case

Everyone has a phone, so why not treat your book-lover to a gorgeous library shelf phone case!

Mugs

Having a nice cup of coffee or tea while you cozy up with a book is the ultimate form of self-care! And you can never have too many adorable mugs! I loved these catalogue card ones, and the one that says “just one more page.”


Want to shop any of these gifts for your book-worm ASAP? Click any product name or click HERE to shop directly from my LiketoKnowIt!

Stay tuned for more holiday gifts guides!

XOXO

~Ang

The Ultimate Planner Gift Guide

The Ultimate Planner Gift Guide

The Ultimate Planner Gift Guide

The Ultimate Planner Gift Guide: Give the Gift of Planning

Do you have that one person in your life obsessed with all things planners, stationery, stickers, and notebooks? I bet you do! Never quite sure what to get them in fear that they might already have it? Let’s make one thing clear: You can never have too many notebooks, stickers, planners, sticky notes, and pens if you’re an avid planner! Even if they aren’t asking for them, they will never turn away some new planner accessories. As a planner obsessed babe myself, I’ve put together the ultimate planner gift guide bursting with tons of ideas for the planner in your life!

See something that you just HAVE to have now? Click any product title throughout this post to shop items directly via my LiketoKnowIt!

Happy Planning!


The Happy Planner Skinny Classic Sized 12-Month Planner

The Happy Planner is one of my favorite planner brands, and these skinny classic sized 12-month planner are perfect for anyone who travels! Throw it right in your backpack, purse, or travel bag and keep your life super organized- even on the go!

The Happy Planner Sticker Sets

Planner stickers are my favorite way to spice up my regular planner layout! These planner sticker books come in a variety of different sizes and colors and for different purposes! There are sticker sets to help track your health, your shopping, you seasonal planning, and much, much more!

Colorful Pen & Highlighter Sets

I don’t know about you, but I’m a color coding nerd! These Paper Mate pens and Mildliner highlighters are the PERFECT gift for anyone who also loves to color code, journal, or doodle! Also a great gift for the bullet journal lover!

Weekly/Daily Desk Planner

Looking at a monthly planner can sometimes be overwhelming, so a desk daily/weekly planner is the perfect way to break down the month! Certain planner pads can be used for your basic weekly organization while others can be used to track habits, keep lists, and track tasks!

Marble Sticky Notes

Spice up your desk with these gorgeous marble sticky notes! Who said organization had to be plain!

Small Notebook Sets

If you’ve got multiple remote jobs like me, having multiple mini notes books for each job is SUCH a help in keeping tasks and info organized! Different notebooks are the perfect gift for anyone who does multiple jobs, or even just the friend who like to keep a notebook on hand at all times in their bag!

Pencil Case

Now that you’ve gifted someone all those amazing new pens and highlighters, they’re going to need somewhere to put them all! I love carrying a pencil case around with me- you never know when or where you’ll need a writing utensil!

Desk Accessory Set

I love that these desk accessory sets come so neatly organized, in gorgeous rose gold coloring, and are sure to make any desk sparkle!

Desk Organizer

Having a nice desk organizer is perfect for storing all your new accessories, pens, and notebooks! It helps to know where everything is stored!

Gratitude Journal

The holiday season is the perfect time to start a gratitude practice, and a gratitude journal helps in following the habit through!

Dotted Journal (for Bullet Journaling)

If you know someone who loves bullet journaling or wants to give it a try, gifting them a nice dotted journal will help kickstart their journey! This one from Michael’s comes in a variety of different colors and is really affordable!

Stationery Set

A stationery set might feel fancy, but it’s the perfect gift for anyone you know that might’ve just gotten married or even started a business!


See something you want to shop ASAP? Shop via my LiketoKnowit HERE!

Happy Holidays & Happy Planning!

XOXO

~Ang

Holiday Beauty Gift Guide-$40 and Under

Holiday Beauty Gift Guide-$40 and Under

Holiday Beauty Gift Guide- $40 and Under

Holiday Beauty Gift Guide- All $40 and Under

Are you ready to start your holiday shopping early this year?? Shopping for the beauty lover in your life, on a budget nonetheless, can be a bit of a struggle- but it doesn’t have to be. I’ve done the hard for you! Check out my Holiday Beauty Gift Guide-$40 and Under! Click any of the product titles below to shop directly via my LiketoKnowIt!


Holiday Beauty Gift Guide-$40 and Under: Skincare

Tula Glow & Get It Cooling and Brightening Eye Balm

The perfect holiday beauty gift to start out the guide! The Tula Glow & Get It Cooling and Brightening Eye Balm is a staple in my daily routine! This eye balm instantly hydrates, cools, and fills in fine lines around the eye. Also helps with dark circles and puffiness.

Tula Protect and Glow Daily Sunscreen- SPF 30

We all need a great SPF in our skincare routine, and this one is my favorite! This daily SPF 30 sunscreen not only protects skin from the negative effects of sun rays, pollution and blue light, but also gives skin a perfect dewy look. Plus, it smells delicious!

Isle of Paradise Self Tanning Drops

Having a healthy glow all year round is SO easy with these drops! They come in a variety of different shades to match YOUR glow and are made with color correcting technology to keep your glow looking naturally gorgeous. Mix in your favorite moisturizer and get your glow on!

Kiehl’s Rare Earth Deep Pore Cleansing Masque

This mask will last you a lifetime! Perfect for every skin type, it visibly minimizes pores and blackheads instantly, leaving skin refined and smooth.

Origins- Merry Masks Our 5 Best Mask Minis

A friend of mine got me an Origins Mask Minis set a few years back, and I think this is one of the best gifts you could give! This set includes 5 of their best masks to try! My favorites are the Drink Up Hydration Mask and the Retexturizing Mask made with rose clay!

Holiday Beauty Gift Guide-$40 and Under: Makeup

It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better Setting Spray

I LOVE this setting spray! Made with hyaluronic acid, coconut water, and Aloe Vera extract, this spray sets your makeup for up to 16+ hours! And it smells amazing!

Laneige All Nighter Lip Set

The Laneige Sleeping Masks have quickly become one of my favorite bedtime staples! This set comes with Berry and 2 holiday flavors, Gingersnap and Peppermint!

Bobbi Brown 3 Pc. Mini Extra Lip Tint Set

This trio combines the hydration of your go-to balm with the lush colors of your favorite lip tint! The shades are perfect for the holidays and can transition into the rest of the year!

bareMinerals barePro Eyeshadow Stick 4-Piece Collection

I’m a sucker for a good eyeshadow stick! This set includes includes four creamy, long-wearing eye shadows with a shimmering finish-perfect for on-the-go OR for the beauty lover that loves to save time as well!

Billion Dollar Box by Billion Dollar Beauty

This is another great beauty product for travel! This box is a customizable, sustainable and convenient solution to traditional makeup palettes. Create the palette that speaks to YOU and choose from over 35 different makeup pans including brows, eyes, lips and cheeks. Refills available on the Billion Dollar Beauty Website or in your local Target Store.

e.l.f. Cosmetics Flawless Face 6 Piece Brush Collection

An affordable set of makeup brushes is essential for this holiday beauty gift guide! Check out this set from e.l.f. for only $15!

Holiday Beauty Gift Guide-$40 and Under: Nails

Gel UV LED Nail Lamp

We all know here that I love doing my gel nails at home, and now you can give the gift of an affordable at home mani! I use this gel lamp- it’s only $17!

Beetles Top Coat & Base Coat and Gel Nail Polish Set, Coffee Cafe Collection

If you give the gift of a gel lamp, you’ll have to gift some gel nail polish as well! You’ll need to gift the gel top & base coats and some gel polish! This set of colors is perfect for the neutral lover. Amazon has tons of collections in a variety of colors- there’s something for everyone!

Holiday Beauty Gift Guide- $40 and Under: Accessories

Kitsch Satin Pillow Case

This pillow case will be a life saver for your hair! The soft satin fabrication won’t agitate your strands while you sleep, allowing you to wake up frizz free and ready to take on the day!

Kitsch Towel Scrunchie Two Pack

If you’re anything like me, I try to avoid putting heat on my hair, even to dry it! These scrunchies keep your hair back after the shower while drying your hair! They accommodate all hair lengths while providing comfort during your post-shower routines.

Campanelli LE FreshFace Set of 5 Makeup RemoverTowels

Since I started using these makeup remover towels, I haven’t touched a makeup wipe in…I don’t even know how long! My makeup comes of so quickly and they don’t irritate my skin! You’ll love them!

8 Colors Lolalet Strong Hold Hair Claw Clips, 2 Styles

We LOVE the claw clip trend! This pack from Amazon comes with clips in two different styles and a bunch of different colors! A perfect stocking stuffer, too!

Mkono Scrunchies Holder Stand

Store scrunchies and other hair accessories on this stylish, affordable stand!

Tartan + Twine Basics Clear Train Case

This clear makeup case is the perfect holiday beauty gift! AND you can use it to store any/all other goodies you buy for your beauty lover!


All items in this post are linked and can also be shopped through my LiketoKnowit! Keep an eye out for more gift guides leading up to the holiday!

Lots of love!

~Ang

How to Get in the Mood for Fall

How to Get in the Mood for Fall

How to Get in the Mood for Fall

How to Get in the Mood for Fall + 5 FREE Mood Boards to Get You There

Happy September, babes! I can’t believe we are only a few weeks away from the first REAL day of Fall! This week’s post is all about how to get in the mood for fall!

If you’ve been here with me for a minute, you know that I’m a summer girl through and through! To me, September always marks the end of my favorite season. While I love Fall for all its own reasons, September is always bittersweet. Until the leaves start to change and the weather gets chilly, I have a really hard time getting in the right headspace for fall. If you find yourself feeling the same way, here are a few ways to get in the Fall spirit!

Make a Fall Bucket List

Making a bucket list for the Fall is one of the easiest ways to get excited for the change of seasons! There are so many fun Fall activities to do throughout September-November. There’s apple picking, going to a pumpkin patch, corn mazes, fall wine festivals, pumpkin carving…the list goes on and on! Think about what you want to do most during the season, who you want to do those things with, and write it all out!

No matter where you live, every local spot is bound to have some fun fall activities happening throughout the season! Get online and look up if your area has any fun Fall activities happening. I love to hop on Facebook and scroll through event that are happening locally or in places close to me!

Switch Up Your Wardrobe

Get that closet ready for Fall, babe! Nothing gets me more excited for chilly weather than breaking out my big sweaters and long sweatshirts. Even though the weather likes to play tricks on us through September sometimes, breaking out your Fall basics will definitely get you prepping for those chillier days! Now that we’re post-Labor Day, it may be safe to pack up the swimwear and break out some transitional pieces,

You may be able to get away with keep some Summer clothes out for a bit longer by throwing on hats, denim jackets, shackets, and a cute pair of booties! This is a great compromise- holding on to Summer while slowly working Fall into our lives!

Bust Out the Fall Decorations

Seasonal decor is the perfect way to bring the Fall feeling into your life via your living space! Everywhere you turn in almost every store you go in now is FULL of fun Fall signs, trinkets, and more (they may even have Christmas things out already)! How you choose to decorate is totally up to you and your style! If you just generally love fall, decorate in general Fall decor. Is Halloween your jam? Bust out those Halloween decorations ASAP! If seasonal decorations aren’t really your thing, maybe this just means busting out your Fall scented candles and creating ambiance that way!

Put Together a Fall Mood Movie/Book List

Seasonal movies and books are the perfect way to get in the fall spirit! Freeform does their 31 Nights of Halloween, filling the day with tons of spooky movies to get ready for Halloween. But September is never too early to start if you’re a real Halloween lover! Hocus Pocus, Halloweentown, The Addams Family, Tim Burton movies, horror movies- all are the typical movies I think of when I think of this season!

If you’d rather read to get in the fall spirit, check out this list of reads to get you in the mood for Fall by the Perpetual Page Turner!

Enjoy the Outdoors

One of the best ways to get in the mood for Fall is to be in the seasonal change itself! Get outside- go for a walk, hike, take your book or journal outside, picnic, etc. Enjoy being outdoors and witnessing the change of the seasons first hand! As bittersweet as it feel for me personally, it is always really beautiful to have to slip on a jacket and see the leaves changing.

Make a Fall Mood Board

If you’re looking to create a certain aesthetic in your decoration or holiday prep OR are just looking to bring a certain vibe into your life this Fall- make a fall mood board! Or several! I recommend starting on Pinterest. Make a board dedicated to the Fall aesthetic you’re looking to create or embrace. I like to search terms like ‘pink fall aesthetic,’ ‘neutral fall aesthetic,’ or ‘Halloween aesthetic.’ Terms like these are likely to bring up images that will be aesthetically pleasing, cohesive, and easy to piece together.

You can use any photo collage app to put your mood board together. I like to use Canva! On Canva, you can find tons of free mood board templates that will make putting the board together easy and beautiful!


I Have a Freebie For You!

Not into making mood boards yourself? You’re in luck! I’ve made 5 different fall-themed mood boards in Canva to inspire the Fall-lover in you!

Click the download icon above to access the boards!

Happy Fall, Y’all!

Lots of love

~Ang

Monthly Minute-June & July Recap

Monthly Minute-June & July Recap

Monthly Minute-June & July Recap

Monthly Minute-June & July Recap

HI FRIENDS! Long time, no talk! I hope you have all been eating up every second of summer! Since June, I’ve been a liiiitle MIA on the blog, but I am BACK and ready to get some new posts together for you! I’ve said before, this blog is a personal space for me to connect with the community we’ve created, so before just launching into new blog posts, I wanted to give you a little recap on what I’ve been up to and where I’ve been the last month! SO, read on for my Monthly Minute-June & July Recap!

Monthly Minute: June Recap

Where to begin! I haven’t done a Monthly Minute in…well, a minute! Honestly, I don’t think I thought to write a recap post for June because it was pretty uneventful! I had been substitute teaching since December, so I wrapped that up and got to work for my two part-time remote jobs! Really hitting the ground running in my remote jobs was probably the most exciting part of June. School ending did make me feel like it was summer vacation and being able to eat up some time at home while also working was perfect!

Working from home definitely came with a period of adjustment, as I figured out a schedule that worked for me. My biggest problems with working from home have been setting work/life boundaries and distraction. Either I want to stop working early or find myself picking up my computer after 5 o’clock and working after dinner. Figuring out the best schedule for me is something that I’m working on, is ever-changing, and something I’ll be writing a new post on soon!

I spent a week on a ‘stay-cation’ while house/puppy sitting for my aunt! It was the perfect change of scenery. I was able to work from there every day, enjoy some puppy love, and soak up some sun. Some of my best friends came to spend time with me at the pool and going out to dinner, catching up. While I was there, I really kicked up my summer reading which is still going strong (more on that later)!

I also tried my hand at online dating for the first time this month and I CAN confirm, it is the worst.

Monthly Minute- July Recap

In July, I set foot in a theatre and saw a live performance for the first time since the pandemic started! Throughout July, I spent some time going back to my alma mater, DeSales University, that hosts the PA Shakespeare Festival, where I spent three summers as an acting intern! It was really nice to go back, see some of my friends perform, and reconnect with some of the people I had met in my time working there. There is nothing like live theatre and seeing it in a place that is so near and dear to my heart was awesome.

On the topic of theatre, my mom and I went into New York for a day this month! I hadn’t been to the city since December of 2019, so it was really great/strange to be there again. I did some pretty exciting stuff while we were there; my heart felt very full. In addition to working remotely, I’ve also kept up with auditioning and submitting for shows online. Keeping the theatre career alive (trying, anyway)!

I reached my goal of 2K followers on Instagram! 2K may not seem huge, but it was a number I set for myself at the start of 2021. I’m proud to say I’ve surpassed it! Honestly, no, I’m not going to downplay 2K followers. It may seem like a small number in my mind because I follow people with 10K+ followers. But imagine being in a room with all the people who follow you. Whether that number is 50, 100, 1,000 or 10,000- that is impressive.

Once I reached my goal, I took about two weeks off from posting and actively showing up on Instagram. “Experts” say you have to show up consistently and engage, but I truthfully just felt burnt out. I had been creating posts, graphics, captions, etc. nonstop. People don’t realize all that goes in to making a social media space cohesive and successful. I felt like I was glued to my phone, looking to see how many people had watched/seen my posts. I’m thankful that I’m self-aware enough to know when enough is enough and take a break!

Monthly Minute-June & July Recap

Going Forward & Exciting News

We made it through the first week of August! I’m excited to get back on track and find a better balance between work, social media, and blog posting! I started off this month on a much better foot than July and remembered to set goals and intentions for myself.

My university is holding an in-person graduation for the class of 2020 at the end of this week! It’ll be nice to fiiiiiinally close that chapter. Some of my best college girlfriends and I are spending the weekend together, so I can’t wait for that! Annnnd drumroll for the most exciting bit of news I have to share…….

I booked my first show since graduating from college and the pandemic!

A week from tomorrow, I’ll be heading to my first real contract since performing professionally in college and I feel so excited, overwhelmed, and so so grateful!

I can already tell August is going to be an amazing month! Look for some new blog posts coming your way soon, and as always follow along with the day-to-day of it all over on my Instagram!

Love you lots!

~Ang

Summer Skincare Essentials for Your Travel Bag

Summer Skincare Essentials for Your Travel Bag

Summer Skincare Essentials for Your Travel Bag: My Recommendations

Looking to add some new summer skincare essentials for your travel bag? You’re in the right place!

Hi Babes!

Summer is in full swing, and if you’re anything like me, you are spending all the time you can in the sun! Enjoying the beautiful weather also means your beautiful skin is taking in the sun as well. Getting that vitamin D is very important, but so is protecting and caring for your skin!

I have a handful of skincare products that I use religiously in my daily summer skincare routine that are essential in my life- on staycations and vacations alike! Keep reading to check out my recommendations! XO


Summer Skincare Essentials for Your Travel Bag: The Products

Tula Glow & Get It Cooling and Brightening Eye Balm

Rose Glow Brightening Eye Balm | TULA Skincare

I’ve written about this product in so many previous posts and highlighted it in my “Skincare is Self-Care” post, but I just can’t get enough of it! There are 3 different versions of this product, but they all work to de-puff and brighten your under eyes! You can swipe the balm on under or over your makeup- I’ve done both and it works perfectly both ways.

This is my go-to product all summer long! Most days, I’ll put on my moisturizer/sunscreen, swipe the balm on, curl my lashes, and go! You can also swipe it on your cheek bones and the tip of your nose for added highlight! This product is so easy to throw in your bag and is perfect for those long travel days/nights!

Check out my Tik Tok to see how I use this product! Want to try it for yourself? Shop here!

Protect + Glow - Daily Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 30 | TULA Skincare

Tula Protect + Glow Broad Spectrum Sunscreen (SPF 30)

I call this sunscreen my “fancy sunscreen.” When Tula launched this product last year, I ordered it so quickly and I’m so glad I did! This sunscreen will give you the most gorgeous, natural glow while protecting your skin! Even if you’re going to be in front of your computer all day, it’s got you covered with blue light protection as well!

Made with pineapple, papaya, and ginger root, it also smells AMAZING! This product is also perfect for your beach travels because it’s reef safe! Your best deal on this product is from Amazon!

Sun Bum Mineral SPF 30 Lip Balm – Liquid Aloha Paddle Co.

Sun Bum SPF 30 Mineral Sunscreen Lip Balm

After years of spending time in the sun and wondering afterwards “why are my lips chapped?” I finally realized they weren’t chapped. They were sunburnt! I’m super picky about my choice of lip balm/chap stick, and I love Sun Bum products! I’m a longtime fan of the Sun Bum Mineral line, so I figured I’d give the lip balm a try.

I love it because it’s SPF 30, while many other lip products with sunscreen that I’ve seen are only SPF 15. Another perfect travel pick because it’s also reef friendly, chemical free, and vegan!

Bliss Bright Idea Vitamin C & Tri-Peptide Collagen-Protecting & Brightening Serum

Bliss Bright Idea Vitamin C + Tri-Peptide Collagen Protecting & Brightening  Serum | Ulta Beauty

Sunscreen + a vitamin C serum = THE DREAM TEAM for your skin! I love the Bliss Bright Idea Vitamin C & Tri-Peptide Collagen-Protecting & Brightening Serum! This serum just scream summer to me. It’s so light and goes on easily under moisturizer and makeup and smells like yummy citrus!

The collagen protecting formula boosts your skin’s elasticity and works to protect skin. It works to lighten dark spots and give you an amazing natural glow! This product is also vegan, paraben-free, and cruelty-free! Amazon is the place to find this product for the best price!

Amazon.com: Mario Badescu the Mini Mist Facial Spray Collection: Premium  Beauty

Mario Badescu Facial Spray

The Mario Badescu facial sprays are a summer staple! I’m linking a set of all 4 scents from Amazon, but my personal favorite is the orange blossom! These sprays are perfect for a little extra hydration on top of your moisturizer, or as a mid-day pick me up! I love to take mine with me on beach trips to cool my skin down on hot days! You will definitely feel refreshed after a quick spritz, no matter what scent/formula you choose!

BalmLabs Gentle Foam Cleanser

Gentle Foam Cleanser | ClearBalm for Adult Acne-Prone Skin – BalmLabs

In the summer, I prefer to use a face wash that is light weight but still gets the job done! The BalmLabs Gentle Foam Cleanser is my new favorite wash that does just that! Not only is it fun because it’s a weightless foam, but it does a really great job of cleaning dirt, oil, and product off my skin and smoothing pesky breakouts!

I’ve got a special code that will grab you a discount on the BalmLabs ClearBalm 3-Step System! Check it all out here!


And those are my Summer Skincare Essentials for Your Travel Bag! See a product that you want to try? Leave a comment below and let me know what you’re excited for!

I hope you are all enjoying your summer!

Lots of love! XO

~Ang

Your Summer “Female-Power” Reading List 2021

Your Summer “Female-Power” Reading List 2021

Your Summer "Female-Power" Reading List 2021

The ultimate summer 2021 female power reading list

Summer is here! There is nothing I love more in the summer than hitting the beach with a great book! I love to read a pretty wide variety of genres, but books about the stories of women always head to the top of my summer reading list. Unintentionally, my summer reading list has become my summer female power reading list!

Are you looking for a great read to inspire you, tug on your heart strings, or simply make you smile from ear to ear? Then I’ve got some perfect suggestions for you on my list!

These are all books I’ve read, loved, and shared with the amazing women in my life. Some are old, some are relatively new, but their stories are timeless!

Check out my suggestions below!

*While all books are linked below via Amazon, I want to encourage my readers to shop local/diverse-owned book shops however they can! Check out this list of Diverse-Owned Book Stores to Support Right Now from We Need Diverse Books and see if you can find any of these books in any of the listed stores first! The list goes state-by-state, so you can shop anywhere! XO


Summer Female Power Reading List

The Books On My List

Text Me When You Get Home: The Evolution and Triumph of Modern Female Friendship by Kayleen Schaefer

I picked up this book 2 summers ago, I think after seeing it on another “summer reading list” I happened to Google and ended up loving every second of it! So much so that I felt compelled to email the author and express how much I loved it- and she responded!

The title is really self-explanatory, as this book highlights the evolution of female friendship in mainstream media and our society as a whole. Schaefer interviews countless women from a variety of backgrounds on their experiences with the female friendships in their lives, including her own. She also goes into detail about her own experience in a world that tells us to rely on the men in our lives for support, rather than leaning on the shoulders of our female friends.

This is one I will be adding to my summer reading list again this year! Snag it from Amazon HERE!

Becoming by Michelle Obama

Despite being published in 2018, Becoming by Michelle Obama is my most recent read! Former first lady, Michelle Robinson Obama’s memoir is truly an incredible and inspiring read you will definitely want to add to your summer reading list!

I loved how Michelle made the world of politics so accessible to the average reader. As I read, I felt like I was listening to a personal conversation rather than reading a book. Her writing and storytelling are so grounded and honest; I loved how “normal” she made her family out to be, because the Obama’s are just people too, after all!

Grab a copy HERE!

Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah

Ready for a tearjerker? Then Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah is the book for you! I’ve written about this book in my Monthly Minute posts before, but I love this book. I firmly believe if you are a friend, mother, daughter, etc. that you read this book!

Firefly Lane follows friendship Kate and Tully and the ins and outs of their entire lives together. You will laugh, you will cry, you will feel every feeling imaginable. And, if you’re anything like me, when it ends you will be a puddle of tears! Firefly Lane is also a Netflix series as of late, but spoiler alert: it’s absolutely nothing like the book. I would recommend picking up the book and leaving the show behind, just saying!

Get your copy HERE and share it with all the best people in your life!

Untamed by Glennon Doyle

Untamed by Glennon Doyle is another book that I picked up a little later than most! My mom read it first, insisted I read it myself, and got me a copy. (I like to write/highlight in my books, and she wouldn’t let me write in her copy!)

Doyle’s memoir is all about taking your power back as a woman, and I think it is a great read for women of all ages. My mom rad it as a woman in her 50’s, I read it as a woman in my 20’s, and I’m excited to return to it in different phases of my life as I get older. Doyle’s own story is so empowering and inspiring, and you can’t help but feel like she is on your side, walking you through the trials and tribulations of life!

Grab a copy HERE and share it with your best babes!

Believe It by Jamie Kern Lima

Clearly my mom wants me to learn from amazing, inspiring women because she bought me this book too! In this book, founder of IT Cosmetics (a brand I LOVE by the way), Jamie Kern Lima, covers the highs and lows of a woman in business making her way to the top.

I have watched Lima on QVC for years but knew nothing about her history. Her writing is so personal, and she makes it a point to make the reader feel like her friend. She covers her life story, her journey to becoming the first female CEO in L’Oréal’s 100+ year history, and her life as a mother, wife, and friend.

If you are a woman in business or are thinking of starting a business of your own, this is the perfect inspiration! You can get it HERE!

In Five Years by Rebecca Serle

I read this book last summer and I think I read it in 2 days THAT’S how great it is!

While a good handful of books on this list are nonfiction, In Five Years is a work of fiction that will move you! The story follows a young lawyer who spends an hour of her life exactly five years in the future only to be sent back to the present at midnight. It’s a beautiful, unlikely love story that will warm your heart and make you think!

If you love fiction, grab yours HERE!

City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert

City of Girls is a also a work of fiction that will transport you to another era!

As a theatre artist, I love a book that is centered on the people in the theatre without actually being about theatre (if that makes any sense). This book will transport you to NYC in the 1940’s. It’s told from the perspective of an aging woman looking back over her life and its pleasures. The themes deal with female promiscuity and sexuality in that era, and I thought the story was very complex and compelling!

Grab your copy and get ready for some fun HERE!


I hope you’ve found the perfect summer female power read to add to your own list this summer! Have any other great female power reads you want us to know about? Leave a comment below and spread the word!

Happy reading!

Lots of love!

~Ang

My First Year of Blogging: A Reflection

My First Year of Blogging: A Reflection

My First Year of Blogging: A Reflection

My First Year of Blogging: A Reflection

My first BTF logo

The day is finally here! Beyond the Footlights turns 1! *insert confetti cannons*

On May 18th, 2020, I took a leap of faith and published Beyond the Footlights for all to see! I can’t believe I’ve been working on this little slice of internet heaven for just over a year already! I’ve learned so much, about myself and the world of blogging, in the last year, and I wanted to dedicate this week’s post to a little reflection on the last 12 months at Beyond the Footlights!

My email subscribers (shameless plug to tell you to SUBSCRIBE TO THE BLOG on the homepage!) received a little love letter in their inboxes from me today highlighting my journey a bit, but I’d like to dive a little deeper into all my first year of blogging has given me and the growth I’ve experienced. So, in typical Sound of Music fashion, let’s start at the very beginning!


How It Started

My First Year of Blogging: A Reflection
My OG BTF banner Kailey Edwards Photography

If you were in my values seminar class first semester senior year of college, you heard the idea for this blog first. Shout out to all of you! Our professor asked us one day “what is something you’d do if you knew you couldn’t fail?” I had toyed around with the idea of starting a blog before; I had a list of potential topics/ideas in one of my theatre notebooks. We went around the room to share, and when it got to me, I said I’d start a blog.

I said I wasn’t sure about starting a blog because I didn’t have any time as a theatre student. At the time, I was going to have work throughout the summer months as well, so the idea of having free time for other creative endeavors was nonexistent. I don’t know why I decided to be a little vulnerable in class that day in front of a group of students I wasn’t particularly close to, but I also shared that I feared that whatever I chose to do would have “already been done” and that no one would really care about what I had to write about.

Past Angela, that’s just not true. But we’ll get there.

And we know the age-old tale by now: the pandemic hit giving me too much time and not enough creative outlets. So, I took my lemons and made them into lemonade and decided to go all in creating the blog that had always been a fleeting thought. I learned a few things pretty quickly when I started creating the blog:

The internet is a savior

I knew absolutely nothing about how to start a blog and where to even start (look for a blog post all about starting a blog from scratch soon, wink wink). It took a LOT of researching and planning before I was even able to get to the fun stuff like writing and branding. I had built my actor website a few months prior on another platform, but using WordPress was foreign territory. Little did I know, a lot of the skills I learned while starting my blog would prove to be useful to me in the year to come.

Blogging can mean more than just your blog

At the same time I was launching the blog, I decided to also try to build up my social media presence as a tool to help the blog grow. I started small, trying to rebrand my Instagram in a way and by starting a Facebook page for the blog. I needed to try and streamline my social media/the blog’s for added success. Branding & Influencing on my social media is something that I’ve continued to learn more about now that my stand-alone blog is on its feet.

Investing in your blog will help in the long run

With my blog plan, I wanted to start small and simple in case I discovered after a year that this path wasn’t for me. While I was able to do quite a lot with the little resources I had, I quickly discovered that investing in the proper tools would help me much more in the long run. Investing in things like workshops and creator tools allowed me to keep learning and experimenting with growing my brand.


My First Year of Blogging: A Reflection
My new BTF banner! Kailey Edwards Photography

The reception I got when I officially launched the blog was incredible. I was very fortunate to have a best friend (Kailey Edwards Photography) who was simultaneously building and launching her photography business, and she provided me with creative and gorgeous photos for my site (she still takes the majority of my fabulous photos for blog/influencer purposes).

Each month, two posts have always been the same: my Passion Piece Features and Monthly Minutes. I’ve featured 9 amazing actors and creators in my Passion Piece Features, shout out to those amazing human beings for giving up a slice of their time and energy to help this little ‘ol blog. My Monthly Minute Posts, monthly recaps of my monthly goals & favorites, have now evolved into strictly monthly favorites posts.

Starting this blog and teaching myself the new skills that come with the territory has also opened doors for me that I never would’ve anticipated a year ago. I’ve gotten work doing some freelance writing, landed partnerships with some incredible brands, and have found work as a marketing assistant with my new toolbelt of skills! I’ve clearly found some new passions and some new things I’m good at and it’s exciting to think about how these opportunities will help carry me forward.

As I’ve been recapping the last year on the blog, I think the most amazing thing to note is the growth of the “brand.” It’s been really cool to look at all my blog covers, the graphics I started out with, and my social media posts because there’s a clear shift in the branding of it all. It represents me getting a better handle on this new world I found and finding myself in this new form of artistic expression.

I’ve certainly learned that plans don’t always work out. There have been plenty of weeks throughout the year where pumping out a blog post was just not possible due to conflicts, writers block, or mental exhaustion. In my first year, I felt like it was more important to just get the content on, both here and on my social media. But I’m a believer in quality over quantity. In my second year, I’m hoping to produce content that is helpful, fun, and inspiring and don’t want to sacrifice the quality of my writing to meet a deadline I made for myself.

I’ve learned to take breaks. From working, from creating content, and from scrolling the internet trying to build my brand. It’s all important work but it can be extremely time consuming and mentally exhausting. I’ve learned that I’m not for everyone, and that’s ok. Looking at some of the stats can definitely hurt sometimes. It stinks to see I’ve lost email subscribers or Instagram followers. But, at the end of the day, I don’t need the people who aren’t interested in supporting this journey hanging onto my coat tails.

I’ve learned that I DO have a wonderful little community of people who love and support me, and I’m very lucky for that. Most importantly, I’ve learned that what I have to say DOES matter. I’ve found a part of my voice that was missing and continue to fill my cup every day by working on my own little slice of internet heaven.

My tagline is “All Passions. All People.”

Thank you for supporting me and my newfound passion, you beautiful and amazing people!

I’m forever grateful! Here’s to another incredible year!

Lots of love!!!

~ Ang

How To Create A Summer Vision Board

How To Create A Summer Vision Board

How To Create a Summer Vision Board

How To Create a Summer Vision Board- Summer 2021

Hi friends!

Now that we’re into the month of May, one thing is on everyone’s mind. SUMMER! After a year+ of staying home, abandoning the typical routine, it seems like summer 2021 may be our first summer since 2019 with potential! Gearing up for hot girl summer, but feeling a little lost on how to make your 2021 summer vision a reality? Easy fix! Make yourself a summer 2021 vision board!

Back in January, I wrote about “How To Create Your 2021 Vision Board” for the start of a new year! While that vision board may have been broader, looking at 2021 as a whole, creating a summer vision board will allow you to get really specific in your vision for the next 3 months!

Pinterest boards can be great for collecting ideas and inspiration but I’m going to show you a few ways to create a summer vision board that is aesthetically pleasing, inspiring, and is something you can easily look at on the daily! In this post, I’ll walk you through finding inspiration, displaying your board, and ways you can update your vision board according to the season!

Check out How To Create a Summer Vision Board!


How To Create a Summer Vision Board

Brainstorm Summer Aspirations

The first step in creating your summer 2021 vision board is gathering your inspiration! I like to think of this as brainstorming. Think about what you’d like to manifest for your summer months. Happiness, wealth, creative energy, etc. Now, think about what is on your summer 2021 bucket list! Places you want to go, things you want to see, things you want to do. Finally, think about some goals you’d like to accomplish this summer! Given that summer (in most places) is only 3 months, these goals don’t have to be crazy! Get all these ideas down on paper or in your notes!

Gather Inspiration

Once your vision for summer 2021 feels a bit clearer and you’ve got your ideas together, it’s time to start gathering what you’d like to include on your board! This can come from just about anywhere- online, magazines, newspapers, scraps, photographs, etc. If you’d like to keep your vision board virtual, Pinterest is a great place to start! Create a Pinterest board called Summer 2021 Vision Board and get pinning! This way all your ideas, pictures, and quotes can be in one place. AND you can see how your ideas look all together aesthetically!

Choose How To Build Your Vision Board

There are so many different ways that you can build and display your summer vision board! The most standard form of display for vision boards or mood board is a physical collage/print. You can definitely take the time to gather your inspo, print it out, and cut & paste it all together on a canvas of your chosen size!

BUT

We live in a digital world and I want to talk about ways to digitally make and display your summer 2021 vision board!

Digital Displays

Connect Pinterest and Widgets on Your iPhone

One of the most recent iPhone updates allows you to add widgets to your home screen! Widgets come in different sizes and different displays allow you to show pictures, clock, calendars, and more! You can also link Pinterest boards to your widgets and have the image change hourly! This is the perfect way to display your summer vision board that you might’ve already created on Pinterest!

Here’s how to add a Pinterest Widget:

  1. Download the app ‘Widgetsmith”
  2. Hold down an app until the apps on your home screen start to wiggle
  3. Tap the plus sign in the upper right hand corner of your screen
  4. Scroll down to find the widget that says Pinterest, then swipe left to the ‘boards’ option
  5. Choose the size widget you’d like, then click Add Widget
  6. Once it’s added to your home screen, click it again and tap Choose to add you “Summer 2021 Vision Board” board
  7. Decide if you’d like the image to change hourly or daily

Adding multiple widgets with your 2021 summer vision board attached is the perfect way to have your vision board (literally) right at your fingertips!

Create Your Vision Board on Canva

Want to create a stunning summer vision board to print and hang or use as a screensaver on your phone or desktop? Use Canva! Canva offers design tools for all sorts of platforms and niches- it’s how I make most of my own graphics, bullet journal templates, and vision boards! You can use Canva for free or upgrade to Canva Pro to gain access to more templates! Give Canva Pro a try free for 30 days!

Once you’re on Canva type in ‘vision,’ ‘vision board,’ or ‘collage’ to get you your best vision board templates! There are lots of creative, free vision board template options for you to take advantage of! Here is my summer vision board I created using Canva!

How To Create A Summer Vision Board

Make a Photo Collage

Make your 2021 summer vision board into a picture collage! You could also do this on Canva, or in other apps like PicStitch! Again, you could make a collage specifically for your phone lock screen, your desktop screen saver, or to print and hang in your room or office!

Check out this article on various apps to use to make a digital vision board!


Still looking for some additional summer inspo? Check out my Pinterest page and while you’re there, feel free to give me a follow!

If YOU make a summer vision board, feel free to share on Facebook or Instagram and tag me @ang_larose1!

Let’s make this summer the greatest!

Lots of love!

~ Ang