What I'm Packing For New York City

Monday, September 25, 2017

I think my secret underlying hope for writing this blog post was that it would be my guide for packing my suitcase. I'm a notorious last minute (and also, in my mom's opinion, an atrocious) packer and never know what to bring with me, especially to New York. It sounds silly, but one does not pack their shoddiest outfits to prance around New York in. No, I must dress to impress myself. It's the one place I can finally wear all of the things that my heart desires without sticking out like a sore thumb (case in point: that one time I wore my hunter green furry atrocity of a bomber jacket and did not stop receiving strange looks all day in Cleveland).

It's Friday, Friday...

Friday, September 22, 2017

Yep, I still can't think of what I want to call these posts yet and soon I fear I will run out of Friday themed titles and all hell is going to break loose. Shoutout to Rebecca Black for today's TGIF nonsense. This week has kind of been a blur. Not because I've been busy or anything. In fact, I've been so unbusy that I'm driving myself crazy. I fear I'm becoming a hermit. Just kidding. I just think that my body is preparing me for at least two weeks of non-stop socialization. But even with a boring week, I still had time for new things, which are always fun to ramble about!

Yet Another Fall Fashion Trend Post

Thursday, September 21, 2017

I am fascinated by trends.

When I was trying to compile a list of trends for this coming fall season, I went through a lot of round-up posts for inspiration. Like a lot. And I came to the conclusion that there is no such thing as trends. Just kidding, there obviously are, but how the hell are we supposed to follow forty trends? And is it really a trend if, in reality, only a tiny fraction runways featured it? Like, I saw galactic prints in one slideshow and I couldn't help but wonder how many shows really featured "galactic prints" whatever that means? What constitutes as a trend? Is it just coincidence? Are there conference meetings where everyone collectively decides that we're going to wear Pokemon backpacks this fall because they're cool? I mean, I could Google it, but that's not the answer I want. I don't want Merriam Webster's definition of a trend. I just want to know the truth.

(Also, I should let y'all know that while Pokemon backpacks aren't an official trend, nobody said they weren't a trend so...)

All jokes aside, I tried to compile my favorite trends. I mean, there are some I'm leaving out, but quite honestly, I got really overwhelmed by everything. I mean, there were feathers and ruffles and puffer coats and fishnets and trench coats and literally dozens more. So in all fairness literally anything could be a trend this fall tbh.

That being said...I'm going to be my usual self-centered self and talk about six trends that I either want to try or am just all around fascinated by.

Four Simple Accessories For Everyday Wear

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

A more accurate title for this post would be Two Accessories You'll Have to Pry Out of My Cold, Dead Hands and Two Accessories That Are Somewhat New to Me. One of my many character flaws is that I have trouble accessorizing. What is too much? Is there even such a thing as too much? Can't I just wear whatever I want and just pile on the accessories and call it a day?

Y'all, I'm no fashion guru (but I sure as hell act like one, am I right? Just kidding) and there's a slim chance that you're going to catch me wearing a ten feet tall top hat just because Vogue says it's cool. I should say that Vogue has not, to my knowledge, decided that a ten-foot top hat is a necessary accessory, but who knows anymore.

Accessories, quite frankly, intimidate me. I love looking at them. I adore seeing other people style them on themselves and I cheer for them as creative individuals every time. I take accessories in smaller doses, the more obvious of doses. Perhaps one day I'll feature a ten-foot tall top hat on this blog and all will be well in the world.

Is It Summer? Is It Fall?

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

My cashmere top says fall, but my skirt, open toed mules, and the humidity in the air still say summer. I swear, last week it was cold enough to wear sweaters and jeans. I was getting used to the idea of autumn and that comfort has been cruelly ripped out of my hands by the final grips of summer!

Also, I fee like my shirt is an optical illusion and I'm really glad that most of the photos didn't work out because my eyes were starting to twitch while editing these and the few that didn't make the cut. #RealTalk, this shirt hurts my eyes but I really like it and probably, most likely don't wear it enough.

Ten Minute Fall Makeup Look

Monday, September 18, 2017

Putting a full face of makeup on feels like a chore some days. I love makeup as much as the next person, but sometimes I just don't feel like getting ready. Contrary to popular belief, there are some days where I don't wear winged eyeliner and red lipstick and chisel my eyebrows to a perfect point to ensure their perfect nature. Some days I just want to take ten minutes to finish my face of makeup and move on my with life. Plus, it's always fun to prove to people who think you're high maintenance that you can get ready in ten minutes, you just choose not to on occasion.


Friday, September 15, 2017

Yesterday was the first Thursday that wasn't a Things I'm Loving Thursday in...a long time. We're going to try this Friday thing out, name pending of course. Here are just some of the things that have tickled my fancy over the course of the past week, so much so that I am now the type of person to say "tickle my fancy."

Glossier Super Pure Serum

So, I've already talked about this, in great detail, but I figured it deserved another shout out and some more encouragement to keep working for me. This is a serum that helps reduce redness on your face, whether it's acne or in my case, acne scarring. A lot of the facial scarring creams from my dermatologist are considered cosmetic and therefore are (1) not covered by insurance and (2) pricier. I'm on my second bottle of this already, which is my only complaint about the product, which is not actually about the product itself, but how small the proportions are. I have a couple of period breakouts at the moment, which is pretty normal, but this combined with my oral medication made the perfect team to tackle my active breakouts and the scars left my breakouts of the past.

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