Good Reads

Sunday, May 31, 2015

1. The Secret of Valentino's Success Revealed Life goals: own a pair of Valentino Rockstud heels.

2. How Jessica Alba Built a $1 Billion Company, And $200 Million Fortune, Selling Parents Peace of Mind Filing this under "Girls Doing Cool Things"

3. How Jaime King Went From a "Poser" to a Member of Taylor Swift's Girl Gang do I sign up to join Taylor's Girl Gang? On the real side of things, just be nice to one another. It's simple as that. I told my cousin and her friends last night to treat one another like 1989 Taylor Swift would treat somebody else.

4. Looks Like Luxury Is Losing Its Cachet Look at me getting into the business-y side of things. I've always claimed I'm not a massive fan of statistics and numbers, but apparently they're interesting when they have something to do with fashion!

5. Our Alaska Trip! Well, Carly has officially made me want to travel to Alaska, so there's that...

6. MR Round Table: The Evolution of Personal Style Blogs If you're a fan of blogs, Gary Pepper Girl, or the evolution of different niches on the inter webs, check this discussion out.

7. Draper James Look, if Reese Witherspoon has anything to do with it, I want in.

8. Our Must-Have Texturizers For Perfectly Un-Done Locks I swear by the Living Proof texturizing mist. It's probably the only product that has actually given my hair a tousled look. Definitely looking forward to trying some of the other options listed!

9. NY Closets: Joyann King Once again, my favorite blog series pops up here.

10. DIY Scalloped Painted Pots I really want to incorporate plants and succulents into my apartment come August and I couldn't think of a better way to decoratively store them. So cute! And it might actually be doable for me.

11. Colourpop Swatch Fest Aaaaand we're back to including videos in my Good Reads posts. Guys. GUYS. FIVE DOLLAR INSANELY PIGMENTED LIPSTICKS? I need in. They have some crazy bright and wild colors and I've already started bookmarking the ones I'm purchasing when I don't owe all of my money to my mother to pay her back for a security deposit and One Direction pauvre coeur.

What have you been reading lately?

Birkenstock Alternatives

Saturday, May 30, 2015

(Julia, don't read this post. Turn around before it's too late)

It's become glaringly obvious that I am head over heels in love with my Birks. I have not worn a shoe other than them in weeks and I think I tweet about them more often than Harry Styles now. They're a life-changing pair of shoes and I highly recommend picking up a pair as soon as you can. Regular Birkenstocks can be pretty pricey (and a bit ugly) so I've put together a couple of alternative pairs from different sellers in lower price points! Also, if you're not a fan of the two traps, check out the 'Madrid' style.

Rompers & Jumpsuits

Friday, May 29, 2015

Rompers are my lifeline in the summer time. I'm a massive fan of wearing dresses, but sometimes the logistics just don't work out. It's either too windy or I'm babysitting and moving around and a dress isn't exactly ideal. I haven't ventured into the land of jumpsuits yet, but mark my words I will own one this summer! Here are some options for different playsuit lengths, whether it's the length of the pants or sleeves.

Things I'm Loving

Thursday, May 28, 2015

1. Aveeno Moisturizer

I am a religious user of Neutrogena's Oil-Free Moisturizer, but whenever I'm home I always have a habit of using my mom's Aveeno moisturizer. It's a thicker lotion than my Neutrogena and Origins moisturizer, but it just feels so great to put on a thicker moisturizer a few times a week to really hydrate my skin. My skin gets relatively oily in the summer because of the humidity, but a combination of my topical acne creams and air conditioning makes my skin a bit crackly in the mornings, easily combated by this product.

2. "Black Magic" by Little Mix

I have not gone a car ride or shower without this song. Admittedly, I jammed to the leaked version of this and even downloaded it before it officially released on iTunes. However, I definitely purchased it as soon as it was available because IT IS JUST THAT GOOD. I cannot get enough of this girl pop anthem. Dozens of people have laughed at me while I danced to this in my car and I am not ashamed in the slightest. I dare you to listen to the first minute of this song and not at least sway to it.

3. Milka Chocolate

I finally scoured the chocolate aisle at Target recently and picked up a few bars of foreign chocolate. I've had mini Milka bars before when my brother's girlfriend's family brought them back from Europe so to see it on display at Target turned me into the actual heart eye emoji. I don't eat a lot of plain chocolate, but if I could have Milka bars for the rest of my life, I'd be insanely happy about it.

4. NYX Orange Cream blush

Okay, I KNOW this looks a bit out there in the pan and honestly, it kind of is. But I figure if I can wear bright colors on my lips, why can't I wear some on my cheeks as well? In all seriousness, NYX cream blushes are some of my absolute favorite. They're pigmented, easy to blend, and do not budge. Orange is a very straight forward name. It's a true orange shade but with a light hand and a fair amount of blending you can make it look somewhat natural looking. Or at least not so clown-like.

5. Urban Decay Anarchy

This was one of the unseen lipsticks from my great lipstick adventure, but it's also one my favorites of the moment. Urban Decay lipsticks in general are fantastically pigmented and long-wearing (I have F-Bomb and Shame as well) and their metallic tubes are gorgeous. This hot pink has too much of a sheen to be considered an actual matte, but with some careful blotting and a bit of wear, it appears matte after a while (if that's more up your alley).

What have you been loving lately?

Windows Down Playlist

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Unless it is torrential down pouring or below 40 degrees in the winter time, there is a 90% chance that I'm driving with my windows down. I do it in residential areas, on the highway, even if I'm just driving around the corner. I love the feeling of blasting music and singing at the top of my lungs. It's my favorite way to drive and I wouldn't give it up for the world. There are plenty of songs that I enjoy when the windows are down, but here is a playlist of some of my favorite at the moment. And upon the creation of this playlist and track list, I realize that I have forgotten one of my favorite songs, so there is a surprise appearance from "No Control" by One Direction at the end.

What's your favorite song to listen to with the windows down?

Outfit Inspiration: "Style"

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Does anybody else imagine the perfect outfit that would go along with the mood or tempo of a song? Or an outfit that a certain song makes you want to wear? Music can inspire fashion just as creativity inspires other creativity! I figured what better way than to combine two of my favorite interests into one new blog segment, formal name pending, in which I pick a song and form an outfit based off of said song. Some may be literal, some might just be based off of how the song makes me feel. Like, if I was doing "Low" by Flo-Rida you best bet I'm going to have some Apple Bottom jeans on there.

I figured what better way than to start with Taylor Swift's song "Style" because, well, it's "Style" for gods sake. That song is my eternal jam and my car rides would not be the same without it.

Top: H&M
Skirt: Zara
Shoe 2: Jimmy Choo
Earrings: BaubleBar
Lipstick: NARS

This is one of those literal song to outfit translations. Every time I listen to that song, I just want to buy a mini skirt and go to town with some red lipstick! I figured the slinky v-neck tank top was a nice addition along with either pair of black heels. I love the look of the Jimmy Choo mules, but the price point isn't exactly ideal, unfortunately. The Jessica Simpson black lace up sandals are also a cute option.

The "Running" Short Trend

Monday, May 25, 2015

No, I'm not talking about walking around in Nike brand running shorts and calling it fashion, though you are welcome to wear whatever you want whenever you want. I'm usually insanely jealous at people who can parade around in workout attire and look fantastic while I look like a heated mess.

Alas, there is a new trend (maybe it just exists in my own head, but it should be a trend if it's not officially considered one) that combines the comfort of running shorts with the chicness of printed dress shorts. I got my first proper pair of "jogger shorts" with the drawstrings and everything a few weeks ago at work and they're a game changer in my wardrobe. I found a few more options for purchase incase you wanted to get in on the fashionable running shorts trend, not meant for running of any sort, except maybe for running to Starbucks in a car.

These ones from the Topshop line at Nordstrom are definitely the most casual looking. They have the white hem along the bottoms and remind me of vintage gym uniforms.

The next pair is from Talina Hermann are a lot like the Topshop shorts but they have a full elastic waistband rather than a drawstring. They're black with the white piping at the bottom with a cut up the side to allow for movement.

PacSun is probably the ultimate place to find boho versions of the jogger shorts. This printed pair from the Kendall and Kylie collection are a bit more cheeky than the other pairs and fall a little higher on the hips.

This flowy pair from Urban Outfitters are more "dressy" mostly because of the fabric and the matching drawstring to the shorts. These allow for the same comfort as a pair of running shorts with the combination of the lyocell fabric (it's good for draping!) and loose silhouette.

If you're looking for a dressier pair of "jogger shorts," this pair from Gap can fulfill your needs. They're navy with a yellow floral print AND THEY HAVE POCKETS!!!

How do you feel about the "jogger" shorts?

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Good Reads

Sunday, May 24, 2015

1. Summer Essentials How darling is that navy scalloped sundress? And stripes are forever, but I especially enjoy them during the summer months!

2. On Body Acceptance & Loving the Bits I want to magically send this link to everybody I have ever met who even has the slightest insecurity about their bodies, no matter who they are or what they look like to me. Everybody has their own self image struggles and I firmly believe everybody should love themselves regardless. <3

3. Blueberry Muffin Recipe Might as well tack this onto my great baking adventure this summer...

4. Design Finds of the Day SQUEALING because most of these seem to be from Target AKA the motherland AKA affordable and attainable home decor and furniture.

5. What's the Most Expensive Beauty Product You've Ever Purchased? I am the type of person who feels guilty if I make even the slightest connection with a worker and don't end up walking out of the store with something, so on occasion I will end up with something I didn't particularly intend on getting that day. But aside from a majority of my eyeshadow palettes, my Chanel or YSL lipsticks have to top my list of most expensive products. And I'm slightly okay with that, because Parks and Recreation taught me to treat myself!

6. Gilmore Girls I am still in the process of rewatching this show for approximately the third or fourth time. I've never watched the series sequentially, but I've seen every episode at least once, some twice, many even more than that depending on reruns. It is, without a doubt, my favorite television show. If you've never given this show a chance (I genuinely feel like everyone has?), take the final leap into Stars Hollow and bask in the snappy humor and small town vibe and the fabulousness of Emily Gilmore, who has easily become one of my favorite characters.

7. How I Afford to Travel Um, how do I keep this filed in my brain for the rest of forever?

8. Pink in Paris As much as I am enjoying the gorgeous weather, sometimes I miss my own J. Crew cocoon coat...

9. Finding Personal Discipline This is definitely something I've had to adapt after the transition of high school to college, and something I'm continuously adapting to fit the new facets in my life as they appear.

10. Why Meghan Trainor's Music Is Garbage I share this (potentially) unpopular opinion on Meghan Trainor for the same reasons and also because of some poorly made jokes on anorexia. Pro tip: don't make jokes about eating disorders, they will all be poorly made and naturally don't sit well with people.

11. What to Do When You're Lacking Confidence I'm fairly new to this whole confidence thing (a majority of it comes from the fake it til' you make it mantra I have engrained deep into my mind), so sometimes it gets a bit shaky and unsteady. These are some solid tips to find my footing in confidence again.

What have you been reading recently?

First Impressions: Skinny Teatox

Saturday, May 23, 2015

I've been fascinated by tea detoxes for a while now and natural detoxes in general. While I'd certainly never be able to rock a juice cleanse like A-listers (I'm side-eyeing you in particular, Harry Styles), a tea detox seemed a lot less daunting and repetitive as a juice cleanse. I already drink tea on a daily basis, albeit with three too many spoons of sugar, so it would only take a bit of tweaking and routine setting to get myself into the morning/night drinking schedule.

The opportunity to try out the Skinny Teatox could not have come at a better time either. The last two weeks of classes involved a lot of finals preparation, actual studying, working, packing, and taking said finals. All of that left very little time to exercise or even to eat properly and healthily. I'd skip meals then would make up for the lost calories by eating ice cream in bed while I watched Gilmore Girls and pretended to study for Spanish. It wasn't a healthy way to live and it makes me sick to my stomach thinking about how lazy my regular diet got.

Once I came home, I started eating in mass amounts just because I wasn't used to having this much good food around. I eat dinner at my grandparent's house three times a week (the big Sunday night dinner with my entire extended family; Monday night dinner that my parents bring to my grandparents; and the less popular Thursday night dinner with a few of my aunts) and I can practice no self control when it involves those three days. And this isn't even mentioning all of the parties that my family manages to have over the summer, between birthdays and holidays and more recently, weddings.

Long story short, I've definitely been overeating and summer time is certainly not the best time for this to be happening. I have high hopes that this detox will be a kickstart in the right direction for me this summer. Do I expect miracle results? No, not miracle results, but I do think that it'll make me feel good from the inside out and will be the first step in my health journey this summer.

The Skinny Teatox is, according to their brochure, "a detox which uses the combination of special teas to promote good health and weight loss." The listed benefits are weight loss, boosted metabolism, increased energy levels and a suppressed appetite. Basically, you drink a loose leaf tea every morning (a cute strawberry tea infuser is available for purchase if you don't already have one) and then every other night, you have an evening tea bag. Personally, I prefer the taste of the evening tea to the morning tea, but I've been surprised at my ability to drink both without adding any sugar. I like my drinks sweet, but I've been almost forcing myself to get through my cups without any added sweetness so I don't tarnish any of the benefits of the teas.

I've only been partaking in this tea detox for four days (technically, today is my fifth day) and it spans the length of two weeks. So I'm not even half way there yet, but I figured I'd give a little first impressions of how I'm doing so far with the detox. As I said, the teas are surprisingly not bad coming from a person who literally needs to order her coffees triple-triple 90% of the time.

The daytime tea is meant to be a stimulant that gives you energy throughout the day as well as increasing your metabolism and aiding in the suppressing of appetite. I can't say much about the appetite thing yet, but I don't crash as early in the night as I usually do. Lately, I've barely been able to keep my eyes open past nine o'clock and have to push myself through until around 11. But this entire week, I haven't felt lethargic during the day time or incredibly sluggish. Even on Tuesday when the weather was bleak and a bit gloomy, I didn't look out the windows and think "I just want to sleep."

I've only taken the evening tea twice, as you're supposed to drink it every other night. This might get a bit TMI, but the brochure lists a warning about the evening tea that it has laxative effects. Maybe it's just me, but I haven't had any, er, uncomfortable side effects of the tea. I just drink it like normal and can sleep fine during the night. Soo...perhaps the laxative effects is just a precautionary thing just incase it does happen to you. Just a little tidbit!

Four days of a teatox certainly isn't enough time to judge a product or system entirely, so I'll definitely check it at the end of my teatox to give a more detailed and helpful review of it. But so far, I've been fairly impressed! I'm definitely excited to get to the end of the two weeks just to see how well this detox really works. If you want to try your own Skinny Teatox, you can search through their flavor and system options on their website!

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Waffle Knits & Birkenstocks

Friday, May 22, 2015

This outfit look is alternately titled In Which Francesca Tries To Convince Everybody That Birkenstocks Aren't That Bad. At first, I was a bit disappointed in myself for falling victim to the Birkenstock trend that has been hanging around for the past two summers. But while they're not the most attractive shoe out there, I can assure you that they are probably the most comfortable and that has to mean something, right?

The main reason behind my pining for Birkenstocks was because I do a hell of a lot of running around during the summer between babysitting and not having a normal job. I need shoes to throw on that I can romp around in for extended amounts of time. And sometimes, flip-flops just don't cut it. The thong of the sandals hurts my feet after a while, especially if I'm literally running around whilst babysitting. Comfortable slip-ons were a necessity and the Birkenstock trend aligned perfectly with my newfound need.

My hunt for Birkenstocks started at Nordstrom Rack a few weeks back, but none of them stood out (or if they did, the price certainly turned me off). Carly Cristman recently purchased a pair of sparkly Birkenstock sandals from Steve Madden, but alas, they didn't have them in my size when I went to the new store in the outlets. I was ready to give up on my dream to make Birkenstocks cool...until Target happened.

I got a pair of cognac leather Birks from Target for, GET THIS, $25. Like what?! Even the Steve Madden ones were around $50. I am so pleased with my purchase and let me tell you, it's rare that I go a day without wearing these. Cognac leather is my favorite color and I love the gold buckle detail. They mold to your feet immediately and honestly, they're not that ugly. I've worn them on two occasions with actual outfits (as opposed to running shorts and a crew neck when I wasn't going out in public). The first time I wore them, I paired them with a white long-sleeved crop top from American Apparel and my homemade distressed high-waisted shorts. The second time, well, you can see how I styled that outfit below ;)

I know I don't do many outfit posts, mostly because I don't like taking pictures with the self-timer and nobody in my family is capable of working a camera (have you seen my tulle skirt shoot? Absolute disaster). However, one of my goals this summer is to start posting more of my own outfits because if it hasn't been clear yet, I kind of like clothes. Anyways, bear with me and my self-timer shots. I'm sure I'll get better at it eventually...or will just find a competent photographer who I can pay with Starbucks and bad jokes.

Sweater: Target
Jeans: Gap
Shoes: Target
Sunglasses: Free People
Nail Polish: Fiji from Essie

And since I'm insanely obnoxious, here are two outtakes that showcase a lip color that didn't make it into my Great Lipstick Adventure post (but I did wear it during that week). The color is Anarchy from Urban Decay and to be honest, I am completely obsessed with it. My mom almost complimented me on it. Okay, maybe that's a stretch. She said I looked cute yesterday, which probably was referring to my outfit because I stole the sweater from her closet. Oops.

What are your opinions on Birkenstocks? Do you have a pair yourself? 

Things I'm Loving

Thursday, May 21, 2015

1. Bailey

What is Bailey, might you ask? Well, my lovely roommates are also actual angels and decided to adopt a beautiful three-year old cat called Bailey! They've had her for a few days now and I've just been so insanely excited that I carry around my phone and show pictures of her to anyone who is even remotely paying attention. I'm like a proud grandma or something, honestly. But look at her!!! I can't wait to meet her in August!

Super official and professional car photo
2. NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Morocco

This was my favorite of the four that I bought, for sure, partially because it's the brightest and we all know how I feel about bold lipstick. I joked that this lipstick was brighter than my future, but I don't think I was quite lying, honestly. It's a gorgeous siren orange with a bit of red so it's not straight Halloween on your face. It's a nice alternative to a red lip. It's a bit more punchy and fun, an easy way to add a little flare to your makeup that day! The application is smooth, but you just have to be careful on your top lip because the product tends to gather at the edges of your lip and can feather up onto your skin if you don't distribute it properly. It's not one of those "on the go" colors, but it wears decently if you apply it correctly! I do have to reapply the color if I eat or drink too much with it on, but it's a small price to pay for a gorgeous lip color. And I know that if my mom hates the color that I'm doing something right.

3. Burning candles

I think I've talked about all of the candles I'm currently burning on my blog before (White Sand, Provence Garden, and Market Peach all from Bath and Body Works), but I never realize how much I missed burning candles while living in the dorms until I come home and start again. Thank god I can continue to burn them throughout my third year because there won't be candle restrictions anymore! Goodbye, wallflower! Hello insane candle collection!

4. "Temptation" by New Order

I didn't know that this was a New Order song until my mom pointed it out around Thanksgiving while I was baking to the song. Long story short, one of my professors my first semester of college ever is in a band and I might have had a bit of a crush on him, so I found out his band very easily and apparently they're actually pretty popular? They were on The O.C. and have their cover of "Play With Fire" on the True Blood soundtrack. Anyways, they have a cover of this song on one of their—shocker—cover albums and I was jamming to it for a solid few weeks before I came home. My mom knew immediately it wasn't the same version and filled me in that New Order was the original artist.

I've had the original version in my "liked" Youtube playlist since, but sort of forgot about it until this week. It has all of the qualities of the quintessential 80s song, which might be my favorite and very specific genre of music. I decided that if my life was an 80s movie, I'd like this song to play during the final scene and roll during the credits.

What have you been loving lately? 

The Great Baking Adventure

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

There's a very noticeable theme with some of my posts as of late. I like to embark on silly little adventures that aren't actually adventures at all, so much as just me making lists of things to accomplish. Maybe I'll make a Great Adventures of Adventures list and do some outrageous activities. But for now, I'll stick with my lipstick, books, and baking.

Now that I have full access to an oven, a kitchen, and a typically stocked pantry with baking supplies, I want to make the most of it. I have a full kitchen at my apartment, but who knows how much time during the semester I'll have to bake between classes and work and me being lazy and not wanting to get baking supplies. I went through all of my boards that could contain any sort of baking recipe, so here's a list of the ten that I'm the most curious about and willing to test!

1. Peanut Butter Balls
2. Snickerdoodle Muffins
3. Peanut Butter Brownie Buckeye Cupcakes
4. Cannoli Cupcakes
5. Cinnamon Sugar Pretzel Bites
6. Glazed Lemon Blueberry Scones
7. Skinny Vanilla Bean Donuts
8. Pretzel Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars
9. Glazed Doughnut Muffins
10. Coffee Cupcakes with Coffe Cream Cheese Frosting

Summer Nights

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

I used to think that changing routines with seasons was the cheesiest thing in the world until I realized that it is something that I, without a fail, do every time the temperature increases or decreases dramatically. Now that it's transitioning into summer, my nightly routine including my sleep and sleep schedule are getting affected, especially now that I'm living back at home and not in my dorm anymore. So many different factors are affecting my sleep, but after a week or so, I think I've started to get the hang of the tweaks I've made.

The first change, or rather addition, to my normal "shower, wash my face, comb my hair" routine is to drink more water before bed. If the air-conditioning is on while I'm sleeping, I get the driest throat come morning. More often than not, it gets dry in the middle of the night when I'm not prepared with a water bottle by my bed and didn't think to get hydrated before slipping under my blankets. And if it gets too hot and humid in my room, even with the air-conditioning, I'll steal my brother's personal fan to keep me from burning up (shoutout to the Jonases) during the night.

The next change has less to do with my routine and more to do with what I sleep with. I don't know if I've said this on my blog before, but I don't sleep under my comforter or sheets. I sleep on top of everything and just use blankets to keep myself warm. During the summertime, I ditch all but one blanket and usually only drape it on the lower half of my body because I tend to get hot during the night otherwise. I'll opt for lighter linens during the summer as well. Since moving to college, I didn't really switch to the fleece bedding like I used to at home during the winter, mostly because 1. I'm lazy and rarely change my sheets because 2. I don't sleep under the covers, so fleece sheets would generally go to waste.

I like smoother comforters as well, ones that don't have a lot of texture (preferably no texture at all). My Cynthia Rowley comforter from this past year (and the one that's currently on my bed at home) did the job, but I also like the simplicity of the bedding from Parachute.  I prefer to spice up my bedding through throw pillows and blankets rather than flashy bedding. It allows for a lot more creativity and freedom because there's less colors and details to try to coordinate with.

Eventually, I'm going to have to get all new bedding because I am determined to not have a twin mattress any longer. I've slept in a twin bed for nineteen years and I'd very much like a full sized bed for the first time in my life!

Where's your favorite place to get bedding?

Apartment Mood Board

Monday, May 18, 2015

If I had a dollar for every time I mentioned how excited I am to move into my first apartment, I'd probably have enough for a month or two of rent. I can't contain my excitement! I speak in exclamations and I like to spread my joy like little seeds. I want to grow a garden of happiness!

There's still about two and a half months before I move in, but my Pinterest board for the apartment has been growing since before I knew I was getting this loft in particular. I've tweaked my aesthetics to match the mood and color scheme of the actual loft in order to create a mood board of sorts to organize all of the different aspects that I'd like to include, if possible.

I'm not entirely sure the direction I want to go with it and it will probably entirely depend on the furniture I decide, but moods boards and Pinspiration are always a good time so I figured I'd make one just for funsies! It's mostly just for the bedroom portion considering our living area is a group effort and we've had a pretty clear vision for it right off the bat. 

(images: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)

Good Reads

Sunday, May 17, 2015

1. The Benefit of a Walk Walks that temporarily turn into runs are my friend's and my favorite way to hash out drama and the good gossip.

2. Get Your Skin Together: Advice from Cara Delevigne's Esthetician I would give an arm and a leg to have clear skin, especially skin like Cara's.

3. Favorite Spring + Summer Lipsticks Alex has a great taste in lipsticks and her videos are so relaxing. They remind me a lot of Allison.s (Amarixe) in the sense that they're just so darn relaxing to watch.

4. Palm Print Dress I've wanted a palm printed piece of clothing since last summer ever since I saw Sarah (Sarahbelle93x) wearing a strapless and structured Topshop palm printed romper. Then again this spring she wore a chiffon palm printed romper from Show Me Your Mumu. Basically, if I don't end up with something palm printed by the end of summer, I'm not doing it right.

5. One of the J Brand Troop Sonya's style is the actual definition of cool.

6. Why Do We Own So Many Bras? I ask myself this same question in the morning when I'm getting ready and debate between a gray lace bralette from Aerie, a regular black bra from Victoria's Secret, or the ever so coveted "no bra" look.

7. Your Summer Reading List I've already read about half of these, which gives me even more of a reason to want to complete Carly's list!

8. Design Finds of the Day I LOVE Mackenzie's addition of this series to her blog. Especially since she has incredible taste and I'm currently apartment decor shopping ;)

9. Spring Blooms Most, if not all, blog posts about friendships make me want to cry and hug every last one of my friends senseless.

10. Cute Laptop Sleeves I've been on the hunt for a more sleek laptop sleeve for my Macbook, so this post came at the right time! Mine is a bit bulky and isn't necessarily great for throwing in my bag when I need to also carry about books and notebooks and agendas and my entire lipstick collection (okay, that might be a lie).

What have you been reading lately?

It's Been One Week...

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Not sure why a Barenaked Ladies reference was necessary for the title of this blog post, but I suppose I took it and ran with it. No, it hasn't been one week since you've looked at me, but it has been a week  since I've been home after my second year of college! I got home last Saturday around 9PM, so it hasn't been exactly one week, but for all intents and purposes, it has.

Every time I see somebody that I haven't in a long time, they ask if I've been enjoying my time home and how I've been enjoying it. In all honesty, I've just been chilling. I've been eating a lot and hanging out with family and just having fun not having to worry about coursework and school assignments.

There have been a lot of family dinners, full stomachs, seconds, thirds, and too much dessert (if there was ever such a thing as too much dessert). There was also a lot of lipstick purchases and the new addition to my man repelling pants collection. I'm all about low-key summers because they're generally the only time I have to relax. Or my best version of relaxing because we all know from my post about the beach that I am physically incapable of truly relaxing.

Maybe I'll do something fun and exciting at some point this summer, but for now I'm super content working, babysitting, and splitting my free time between friends and family. Sometimes you just need a little life detox!

If your "summer" has started yet, how have you been enjoying your time off?

Summer Goals

Friday, May 15, 2015

I made a to-do list for 2015 full of 40 things that I wanted to accomplish throughout the year. Some are small, some are tangible, and some might just not be possible at all. I figured I would go through that list and pick out some of the ones I would be able to accomplish over the summer!

1. Finish Gossip Girl

2. Watch Gilmore Girls in its entirety and fall in love with it all over again.
3. Finally read Don Quixote or Les Miserables—your choice
4. Go on a road trip.
5. Seriously, do some yoga. You’re a ball of stress 24/7.
6. Get a new, small Kate Spade cross body. Unless you can miraculously afford a Tory Burch Robinson tote. Then you can get that instead. 
7. Bake 5 new recipes and cook 5 new recipes from Pinterest (Cookie Butter Cupcakes, Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies)
8. Learn more about graphic design.
9. Attempt to vlog for a day, just for fun. 
10. Create a recipe book.
11. Play “i giorni” on piano.
12. Run twice a week during the summer, at least. 
13. Start reading and commenting on more blogs. Get involved!
14. Wear more skirts and dresses in public. It’s not as embarrassing as you think!
15. Try out some DIY projects!

What are the chances that I'll be able to do this along with my Great Reading Adventure? We shall see!

Do you have any summer goals? 
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