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Friday, December 15, 2017

Anastasia Chocolate Brow Powder Duo

I usually only use two of the darkest shades in my Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette when it comes to filling out my eyebrows. Even if I do have blonde hair (okay, so yes, it's dyed but it's always been dirty blonde!), my eyebrows have always been dark and seem to be getting considerably darker if that's even possible. Back when I bought my first tube of Anastasia's Tinted Brow Gel, I also picked up one of their eyebrow powder duos because I preferred (and still do) powder to pencils. For a while, I thought this shade didn't suit me and let it sit in the back of my drawer so I could continue to use my Naked Basics Palette. 

As it turns out, the color might not have been as terrible for me as I thought. The lighter shade in the duo is, unfortunately, but the darker brown is actually a really nice natural brow color that has been really great for days where I want to fill in my brows but don't want them to look as intense as usual. It's pigmented without being too pigmented like a regular eyeshadow. It's easier to build up the color naturally without any super harsh lines that can make your filled in eyebrows look unnatural.

Being the Face Behind the Blog

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Truth be told, taking these pictures outside was a struggle. If you've been a long time reader of this blog, why are you still here? Kidding, totally kidding, please don't leave. If you've survived this long, I'm assuming you're in for the long haul and can withstand my terrible humor for a bit longer. Anyways, yes, if you've been hanging around these parts for a while, you probably know that I've struggled with the fashion portion of my blog for a long time. 

I've had complications with my own personal style and defining it. Clothing phases have come and gone and quite frankly, I'm still trying to figure out what to do with my wardrobe every single day. Fashion has, of course, always had a part in this blog. I've reviewed collections, spent hours upon hours trying to round up the best trends for a new season, scoured websites for the perfect pieces for some sort of specific occasion. The missing link has always seemed to be my outfits. There was always a pretty overwhelmingly large absence of myself on the blog.

Maybe This Christmas | Festive Playlist

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

I don't know where I stand with Christmas music. However, in the great hellish year of 2017, there are dozens upon dozens of versions of some holiday tunes. While I love the good ole classics and cult favorites, sometimes I just want to kick back, relax, and listen to some lesser known versions of songs. Maybe it's in the inner obnoxious hipster in me that likes to surface from time to time and make me feel like a pretentious asshole. However, I still can't refuse a good pop tune here and there. I dare someone to tell me that Carly Rae Jepsen's version of "Last Christmas" isn't iconic. In fact, I dare someone to tell me that anything CRJ does isn't anything short of legendary.

A Realistic Winter Outfit

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

In the middle of taking these photos on Sunday, the wind and snow started, a clear abrupt end to fall and the start of an early winter. As I'm writing this, it's snowing outside and adding to the thick layer of snow that's covering the ground. Gone are the crumpled brown leaves and tiny pockets of green grass left. Now I'm greeted with slick, icy snow and windchill that will freeze me to my bones.

Look, I'm all for dressing cute. I've been known to wear an impractical outfit or two. But the one aspect of mother nature that I don't mess with is snow. Friends on the Great Lakes, you know what I mean when I start complaining about lake effect snow. Raise your hand if you've ever been personally victimized by lake effect snow. It is unpredictable and the absolute worst. I don't play games with the winter in Buffalo. If I know it's going to snow, I'm going to make sure that I don't end up with frozen toes, ears, or hands.

A Gift Guide for Your Trendy Friends

Monday, December 11, 2017

We all have that friend that just likes trendy things. If you don't have that friend, you might be that friend. And if you are, trust me, there's nothing wrong with it. Embrace it! You just have current and very aesthetically pleasing taste and as far as I'm concerned, that's not a crime. Coming from one trendy gift lover to another, it's not a bad thing to be.

Trendy gifts can be anything: cute notebooks and agendas, succulents, something with a cute saying on it that usually involves coffee or espresso somehow, the newest beauty fad (I see you, Fenty and Glossier), overly hyped fragrances, and the book or magazines that you see in everyone's perfect flat lay photos on Instagram. Anything that you see in a store and tap your chin and wonder where you've seen that was probably on someone's social media and it would probably be a good gift.

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Friday, December 8, 2017

Forever21 Teddy Bear Coat

Not to be dramatic, but my life didn't start until the day I received this coat in the mail. I've been dying for a teddy bear coat in this style for a while, but I was very particular about the color that I wanted. I didn't want a cream or a tan, I wanted a sort of caramel brown shade with a little bit of ginger in it just to spice it up (I don't cook, was that a pun?). I searched high and low and the only one I found in the color that I wanted was $60000 from J.Crew and not in my size. Just kidding, it was really only like $200 or something but in my current financial state, anything over $60 might as well be $60000. I ended up finding this jacket on Poshmark, new with tags, and I can almost assume I did a little dance when it became officially mine.

I assumed that since it was Forever21, it was going to be thin and not all that great for cold weather but still ultimately a cute jacket. Boy, was I wrong. This jacket is actually warm? And thick? And shockingly well made? I'm still really shocked by the quality of this and for sure will bundle myself up this winter in this jacket. And yes, my family does call me Fozzie Bear every time they see me wear it. The Muppets are fashion icons, what can I say?

The Calm Before the (Snow) Storm

Thursday, December 7, 2017

I've never in my life lived somewhere that it didn't snow. I've also never lived somewhere that it doesn't snow a lot. I can also read a calendar (shockingly) and know that we're creeping closer to the end of December. It's technically not winter until the end of the month, but really, it might as well be winter as soon as Thanksgiving is over.

However, the pure horror that came over my face this morning to look at the weather app on my phone to see how next week was going to be was purely comical. You guys, we have some snow in the forecast. Now, Buffalo has already gotten snow so this isn't anything new in Western New York, but it hasn't hit my city yet and honestly...I'm not quite sure that I'm ready for it yet. I'm never ready though, am I? The cold weather sucks, but my biggest concern is driving in snow. I'm bad at it, guys. I'm not the best driver in general, so adding snow into the equation is...not a fun car ride, to say the least.

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