Everything Comes Back To You | A September Playlist

Friday, September 30, 2016

The end of each month yields generally the same feeling, time and time again: where the hell has time gone? It wasn't too long ago where I was begging time to speed up, hoping and praying that those years would whisk by. But now I'm at a point where if everything moved at a pace that was a tiny smidgen slower, I'd be content. That's not really how life works, is it though?

Despite wanting to put the reins on my life so I can just stop and smell the roses, I'm also fighting off that sort of excitement, too. I mean, if time is going by faster, doesn't that mean the semester is coming closer to an end? Yes, yes indeed.

September has been a weird mixture of music for me. I've also been listening a lot to the 47 hour pop playlist I made to play while I work at the shop, but that would be no fun to share without some other goodies! It's been a weird partially pop, partially indie month, as per usual. I've also been listening a lot to my fall playlist, which I am still continuously adding to throughout the season (and probably forever and ever because the fall music aesthetic is one of my favorites). 

Things I'm Loving

Thursday, September 29, 2016

1. NARS Sin blush

I've definitely talked about this blush dozens of times on my blog, but it's about that time of year where I break it out of the back of my blush drawer and start using it religiously again. It's the perfect shade for fall, pretty much the only one I use in circulation with NYX Terracotta. Its the most perfect plum shade, which sounds odd for a blush, but I promise, it works. It's not entirely matte, with a few little shimmers that barely transfer to your skin. It just gives a nice deeper color to your cheeks, but one that's not entirely unnatural looking where people are questioning why you have purple on your face. It's just a really lovely color for your cheeks for the fall and the NARS blushes are some of my all time favorites.

2. Joe's distressed denim

I love distressed jeans so much. I pretty much want all of my denim to have rips and holes up and down the leg. My newest edition that weren't a DIY pair are from the store I work at and they're by the brand Joe's Jeans. They're a bit long on me, so I do have to cuff them, but I kind of dig the cuffed hem with the somewhat dramatic distressing on the jeans. They're uber comfortable, have a lot of stretch, and I actually kind of like that they're not super high-waisted. Granted, I do prefer high-waisted jeans over anything else, but I like the relaxed feel this pair has!

3. Zara Larsson

I've obviously heard Zara's voice in the smash it "Never Forget You," but little did I know that she had an arsenal of other catchy and incredible tunes. Her BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge performance came up in my suggested videos on Youtube earlier this week and I've been obsessed ever since. I have both of them linked, but honestly, go do yourself a favor and head to her page on Spotify or Apple Music or whatever you use to listen to music and just give it all a listen. She's incredible and she's only like, 18? Like? When I was 18 I could barely do laundry and she's out here singing her heart out.


1. Harry Styles

I hate him so much. I hate him. I don't even have the time nor the energy to get into this in detail, so just look up his photoshoot and interview for Another Man magazine and you'll see why I hate him so much. So yeah, 0 out of 10, would not recommend.

What have you been loving lately? 

Favorite Looks From Milan Fashion Week

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Milan Fashion Week was nothing short of extravagant this past week. With over the top colors, patterns and all around styling, Italian designers and fashion houses took to the runways with plenty of sheer bodices, volume on volume, and enough bold fashion statements to last a lifetime, let alone the spring collections. Sans the disparaging comments towards fashion bloggers, a la Vogue.com editors, Milan fashion week was a colorful, interesting and slightly over-the-top whirlwind.

Favorite Looks from London Fashion Week

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Due to immense pressure from school and just the complete lack of free time, I feel completely behind on fashion month. So, to fix this, I've just decided to stick to some overviews for the remainder of fashion month. Yes, I'm playing the tiniest violin known to man right now. Horribly, might I add. I never truly mastered instruments aside from mediocre guitar and piano skills. I digress, these were some of my favorite looks from London Fashion Week! 

This Moment In Fashion...Patchwork Jeans

Monday, September 26, 2016

Relaxed fit, skinny jeans...you name it. Patchwork denim is a thing and I'm still on the hunt for the perfect pair for me. Jeans are tough because they require an actual trying on process that I just don't have the patience for. With a weird hip to thigh to the rest of my leg ratio...sizing is tough. But, I digress, this post is not about the struggle find denim to fit, but rather the crazy cool new denim trend that I'm seeing all over retailers. What's up with me digging denim lately? I've been loving the new frayed hem trend, too. Who have I become? A denim enthusiast? I cringe at the thought.

Patchwork feels nostalgic for some reason. There's something that just makes it feel like...juvenescence. It's a different type of deconstructed that just straight up distressing and holes down the entire length of the pants. It makes it a little edgy and a little toned down. It can be more of a statement when there's a dramatic color difference between the denim used to make the patches (or rather, the fabric, as seen in some of the pairs I've found).

Good Reads

Sunday, September 25, 2016

1. London Fashion Week: Up Close and Personal I'm loving these small details!

2. NYFW: Backstage Beauty at Tracy Reese with Mary Kay I've always been fascinated with backstage and behind the scenes action!

3. Autumnal Reds Hannah, of course, rocks this darn red eyeshadow like nobody's business. I love.

4. Off Duty When will I ever look this cool in leggings, slip-ons, and a sweatshirt? The answer is NEVER, but Carly rocks the crap out of it.

5. Miuccia Prada is the Most Important Designer in Fashion Sums up my adoration and fascination for Prada.

6. How to Style Oversize Shirts for Fall 2016 Ugh, YES. I love oversized everything, especially blouses like this.

7. Why Does Hillary Clinton Have to Be Funny? I'm not much for politics, but this was an interesting read!

8. NY Closets: Simone Nemirovsky I would wear ALL OF THESE.

9. Always Buy the Dress I must agree with this logic...

10. How to Turn Around a Bad Day This is so, so important! There's nothing wrong with having bad days, but it's always worth a try to turn them around.

11. Gucci Is Still Worth Investing In (If You Were Wondering) Recently, Gucci has just been doing it for me lately. Mega heart-eyes over this.

12. 10 Target Buys To Prep Your Home For Fall God, I love that bar cart. I have no need for it...but I want it. I want it so bad.

13. Hey, It’s Leandra: What I Wore Every Day of NYFW Leandra is honestly GOALS.

What have you been reading lately?

Dream Closet, Vol. 21

Saturday, September 24, 2016

If there's not an underlying theme with this group of items...Listen, I've been having a Moment™ with denim lately. I hate jeans. I will proclaim my hatred for denim fabric on the daily, and yet, they're all I want to wear. Maybe it's me yearning for fall or maybe it's me finally embracing how fun denim can actually be. I don't know if I'll ever let myself discover the answer, but perhaps I'll keep it in the back of my head for exploring and pondering at another time. 

I'm also (yes, still) obsessing over pussybow details on tops and dresses. I'm never growing out of this, appears. I must embrace them full force now. I wish I could say "pussybow" without getting furrowed brows and odd stares directed towards me. IT'S A STYLE, I SWEAR! 

What would be in your dream closet?

Positivitea Cup Sixteen: Surviving the First Exam

Friday, September 23, 2016

Raise your hand if you like to put extra pressure on yourself to do extremely well in school no matter the subject matter. I practically hit the ceiling with my knuckles from raising my hand so high. This whole pressuring myself to do the best always thing is getting a bit old. Yawn. Alas, I've been doing this to myself for years and years, constantly telling myself that my best is not actually my best and that if it's not an A, it could be better. As crazy as I know this sounds, it's what's in my head and I haven't been able to tweak or change it.

There's certainly nothing wrong with wanting to do well. You should have pride in the work you do and exerting effort on your education isn't wrong. But there's a line between pushing yourself to reach success and dragging yourself through hell and back and back once more just because you think there's no chance of success at a level deemed less than perfect.

I have my first exam in one of my classes today and one of my first "concept" exams in quite a few semesters. It feels like I've forgotten how to study, how to retain information, how to explain concepts to myself in ways that will make them stick in my head. I've forgotten how to fill out study guides, how to pinpoint important sections of my notes, how to do anything that is supposed to lead me to success during this exam. I scolded myself for falling asleep studying last night and once again this morning when my alarm went off half an hour early and I switched it to my original alarm time because I deemed those extra 30 minutes of sleep more important. Hell, I'm even scolding myself now for waiting until the last minute to write this blog post when I could be studying my little booty off before I head to campus.

One might say I need to breathe. And truthfully, I probably do. I need to breathe and relax and remind myself that whatever happens, it's not the end of the world. The outcome of this exam won't hurt me in the long run. I've studied too hard to completely fail (this could, technically, affect me in the long run if it did happen...but I digress). Not receiving a perfect or near perfect score isn't going to kill me. It's not going to ruin my spirit or ego or make me deem myself stupid. It's just going to be a reminder to do a little bit better next time.

On the other hand, it could be a reminder, or rather a testament, to my work ethic. I could pass with soaring colors and explain my thoughts and opinions on the matters of political communication in elegant and well-thought out sentences and paragraphs. I could whiz through the exam with confidence and smile proudly when I finally see the grade.

There are plenty of different outcomes when the exam is said and done, but none of them should affect me the way that they do in my head. Surviving a first exam (or even a fifth exam) in a class is not about the actual grade at the end, but the way you feel about it. It's impossible to tell someone not to get down on themselves or not to put these immense pressures on ourselves. School is hard, exams are hard, some of these concepts are hard. But how we do on exams doesn't define us. It takes a while to learn this, to commit it to memory so that we actually believe it.

Things I'm Loving

Thursday, September 22, 2016

1. Ugg 'Dakota' moccasins 

Every time I tell myself no more Uggs, I buy more Uggs. Once you have them in your life, you never want to let them escape, one way or another. I did escape the classic short Uggs and replaced them with a pair of sturdier, rubber-toed winter boots. I thought I was content...I was wrong. We had a massive Ugg sale at work this past weekend and I was surrounded by new Uggs. Surrounded. I told myself repeatedly that I wasn't allowed to budge. I wasn't going to fall victim to the plush, warm exteriors of the boots...so I bought a pair of moccasins instead. I blame myself for wearing uncomfortable shoes to work that day and being on my feet for eight hours. But I looked this pair of moccasins in the eye and I felt a magnetic pull. I slipped my feet into them and from then on, it was game over. The second my toes touched that heavenly lining, I was a goner.

I've barely taken them off since I've gotten them. What was my life like before a pair of house slippers like this? What was life like barefoot all of the time? These are literally my life's savior. Imagine how warm my toes are going to be when it starts to get colder outside and by default, in the apartment. Imagine it. I'm in heaven. Honestly, even if you don't get a pair of Uggs, invest in a pair of house slippers or moccasins. Greatest decision I've made in a long, long time.

2. "Still Falling For You" by Ellie Goulding

I'm a sucker for any and every Ellie Goulding song. She's been my homegirl since her first EP released in 2009. "Starry Eyed" sparked my love for Ellie and I've been trucking alongside her ever since. For the new film Bridget Jones's Baby, Ellie has released a new single for the soundtrack. It took a few listens to completely grow on me and ever since that third listen, I've been hooked. Absolutely hooked. It's just one of those jams, man. It's a pretty typical Ellie Goulding song, not quite as powerful as "Love Me Like You Do," but still enough to make me jam out in the car and in the shower. I also made sure to ask it to my fall playlist, if you haven't taken a glance at that yet.

3. This Is Us

No, I'm not referring to the cinematic masterpiece that was One Direction's concert film and documentary from 2013. I mean, I very well could be, that film is always great...I digress. I'm actually referring to the "new Parenthood" (which, if you've been reading my blog for a while, would know that is one of my all time favorite shows and has made me cry more than I'd like to admit) that premiered on NBC on Tuesday. I know we're only one episode in but guys, that one episode was so spectacularly amazing. For fear of spoiling anything, just know that you will suffer the greatest plot twist in a first episode ever. E V E R. Honestly, it was so spectacularly laid out and despite all of the Easter eggs they gave us, I didn't catch on until one of the very last scenes. Brilliant. Absolutely brilliant. I did cry loads, as expected, and I can't wait to continue crying my eyes out every single week. Plus, Milo Ventimiglia, am I right? *fans myself*

Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice | A Fall Playlist

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Just knowing that tomorrow is the first official day of fall is doing weird things to me. I have a feeling that if I'm not already awake at midnight (who knows these days), I might wake up at 12:00 a.m., grin widely, and fall back asleep. I'm like a kid on Christmas morning. All I want is dying leaves, all the autumnal colors and #AllThePumpkinSpice. I might talk about my love for fall more than my love for agendas and Harry Styles, which is saying something, considering last time I checked over 10% of my content has mentioned Mr. Styles in one way or another. But that's neither here nor there. I am a professional, after all. And yes, I am indeed laughing at myself at that comment. #FakeBlogger

Fall is not only my favorite season because of sweaters and pumpkin and dark lipstick, but also because the autumnal mood is just my favorite. There's always that sort of underlying indie vibe to it. The chill nights, the acoustic music, the sort of deep broodiness of sitting in a coffee shop with horn-rimmed glasses reading a book by some old dead guy who was probably misogynistic AF.

I digress, my fall music selection is generally pretty specific, so I'll be adding to this playlist throughout the season! For now, here's just a very specific selection of fall tunes to dip your toes into the autumn months!

My Dream Job Doesn't Exist

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

I should preface this by saying I don't even know if I have a dream job. I mean, ideally I would get paid to do absolutely nothing. Just kidding. But you know what I mean? We all have our dream jobs of making enough money to travel and live a mildly extravagant life. Beyond that, we all have that ideal dream job that's slightly more realistic and generally follows the path we've taken to get there, whether it's what we went to college or trade school for or just something we were interested in before we dove into the work force.

The older I get and the closer I creep to graduation, I think I get asked questions about what my plans are post-grad at least a dozen times a week, one way or another. I've talked about feeling like I'm stuck in limbo, in that sort of "I don't know" mentality and that really hasn't changed much. I'm twenty (nearly twenty-one) and I don't think I have to know. Knowing seems limiting to me. For my personal interests, having one solid thing that I want to do might just not be possible and I don't think I'd want that for myself. I like options. I like keeping my mind open to new opportunities. I just don't think I'm in the business to turn anything down. That's not to say I have to say yes to everything, but in the area that I think I want to work in, things are ever-changing and I need to keep my eyes open for new developments.

My main interests lie specifically in fashion and beauty. I haven't completely ruled out the idea of being a journalist in those aspects, but I have never been interested in–and have really solidified my distaste for–news writing. It's just not for me. But I've also grown attached to strategic social media concepts as well as online marketing and e-commerce. Do jobs like this exist in the world? Probably, most likely. Maybe not a whole conglomerate of my interests, but sometimes our dream jobs with dream aspects and salaries just don't exist. We have to make the best of what we can find and slowly see if you can slip your interests or aspects of them into it.

I graduate in a few months and my future is pretty fuzzy. I have ideas, but nothing is set in stone and nothing will be set in stone for a while. It's driving me a little nutty to not have solid plans, but in a world where things change daily (hell, even hourly), I can't count on anything. I can't plan ahead because things could come up a year from now or even things might disappear a year from now. My dream job might not exist now, it might not exist in a year. Maybe I'll have to create my dream job.

It might seem stressful to not know. It might drive you absolutely crazy not having a solid idea for your future. But we are meant to constantly grow and change. People might be in the same job that they love for decades. Some people might switch job every two years to find something that works for them. There is no one straight and narrow path for everyone. Sometimes, there are twists and turns that will run you up and down a mountain. They might knock you down and steer you in the wrong direction, but we'll find our way eventually.

This Moment In Fashion...Leopard Print

Monday, September 19, 2016

Entire spreads of leopard clothing seemed to flood the pages of the September issues, marking it a massive trend for fall. I feel like leopard print is always lingering in the fashion world. As Jenna Lyons once wisely said, "as far as I'm concerned, leopard is a neutral." It never seemed to leave fashion. While it hasn't always been on the forefront of everyone's mind, it doesn't seem to go out of style. Cue me singing Taylor Swift's "Style." But really, it's as if leopard print has withstood the test of time, refusing to let go of its grips on the fashion world.

Despite this print never seeming to out of style, it's definitely a massive hit for fall fashion this year and I highly recommend playing around with it this season if you haven't yet! It truly is a neutral. I've had my fair share of leopard printed items, namely my Steve Madden loafers that are beat to death but still get some love from me. They're the perfect addition to any outfit. Leopard print, even in its neutral coloring, adds that extra pop to any outfit that you'd need.

Good Reads

Sunday, September 18, 2016

1. NYC: Tiny's I missed my friends' brunch day yesterday because of work, so I'm just getting a serious dose of brunch and NYC FOMO with this...

2. Street Style Feels Authentic Again An interesting literal read about the authenticity of street style. Perfect timing for the swarms of photographers outside of venues at the various global fashion weeks!

3. On Cultural Appropriation, Racism and Fashion’s Blind Spots The day of Marc's show, I was extremely busy and didn't have time to check it until much later in the day. Three people texted me before I got a chance to look at photos and were all along the same line: yikes. And yikes indeed. I think this article pretty much sums up my thoughts in much nicer words.

4. Braless trend: get daring, and try an outfit with no bra I'm really not joking when I say that I haven't worn a bra (see: a bra with underwire, I do still wear my bralettes) since 2015. I will go braless or at least wear a bralette every chance I get. To work, to class, to the mall, doesn't matter. But once you go braless, you'll never go back!

5. These Bloody Shoes!!! I have a soft spot for the Miu Miu lace up ballet flats. And with this gingham bow? Mega heart eyes!

6. Have Fashion Shows Become Fashion Week-Basic? I found this line particularly interesting: "Also…it’s ALWAYS fashion week on the Internet if you want it to be." From start to finish, I thought this post raised a lot of really amazing points. Give it a read, fashion friends!

7. How to Get a Head Start on Next Season Before You Accidentally Buy Into the ’90s Again I refuse to allow the idea that turtlenecks are dead to seep into my head, nor will I truly let the 90s slip away from my sartorial choices, but this post gives some great suggestions!

8. Rachel Roy Shares Her Productivity Tips I'm always inspired by other women and their routines. Love this!

9. Glossier I'm still plotting and planning my next Glossier order, but I'll take the opportunity to say one again how much I love my Glossier lipsticks.

10. 101 Items You Should Get Rid of Right Now The inner hoarder in me didn't want to read this list, but the inner girl who wants to move to a tiny little NYC apartment knows that she needs to study this list to a T. Sigh.

11. Style For Every State Gah, the Chicago skyline will always get me...Love the idea of our hometowns inspiring our style, even when we think that it might not have anything to do with it.

12.  70s Quilted Amazingness When will I ever be this cool?

12. NARS Rigel Hannah is my eyeshadow connoisseur, the one person I know I can trust with great suggestions (you too, Aly. I could never forget my original personal makeup advice giver). I should get one of these shadows one of these days...

What have you been reading lately?

Top 5 Holy Grail Makeup Products

Saturday, September 17, 2016

I've been into makeup for about five or six years now. I think I started getting really into Sephora brands and the Youtube beauty community and delving into products of that nature around my junior year of high school, if I'm correct. Who knows the actual timeline. It's been quite a few years and I'm still sucked into the beauty world, more than ever now if anything.

Throughout my years of loving makeup, I've tested and come across more products than I can name. I have more lipsticks than any human being should own (aside from like, makeup artists, I guess). My blush drawer is getting there, honestly. I don't need the eight eyeshadow palettes I have scattered throughout my collection. But regardless of what I need, I still buy, buy, buy and test out new products when I can because it's something I enjoy.

Out of all of the products I've tried over the years, there are definitely some standout products. Some are newly discovered products within the last year or so, some have been my favorite since I started playing around with makeup. I have my staple products, sure, but these are the products that when they run out, I've gotten upset (or, if it hasn't happened yet, I will get upset) and had to immediately repurchase.

1. Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette

This is a product I almost didn't want to love. I mean, I did considering when I first bought it last August I paid a pretty penny for it. This has been a game changing setting powder for me. My skin isn't as oily as it used to be and I found that mattifying powders, while long-lasting, just made my dry patches stand out for an over all not cute look. I also grew out of my obsession with flat, super matte skin. I like dimensions, I like some glow on my cheekbones! This palette sets my makeup so it doesn't budge, but it also doesn't take away all of the dimensions from my face. It sort of blurs out my pores and imperfections (obviously not totally, as I have pretty horrible skin and very few things can cover that up) and just gives an overall soft, light glow to my face. It's not glittery, it's like as if you're applying highlighters all over your skin. It's just the perfect finish to any makeup look and I actually had to repurchase it a few weeks ago because my original palette ran out. Sigh. I'm a slave to you, Hourglass palette.

2. Anastasia Tinted Brow Gel

Who was I before I cared about my eyebrows? Genuinely, I want to know. I've had the same eyebrow shape, color and thickness for god knows how long. I wasn't allowed to heavily pluck. I never lightened my brows when I lightened my hair. I've always had my natural arch and I've barely fussed with them, aside from tugging away a few pesky stray hairs here and there on my brow. They can be a bit unruly and I used to try to set them (before I started to slightly fill them in when I got to college) with a clear brow gel, which was really just that clear mascara from Maybelline. I was not a fan of that one and I never really tried to set them after that. But, as always, I was mega-influenced by the Youtubers I was watching at the time that kept recommending and using the Anastasia brow products.  Shortly thereafter, I popped into Sephora (or perhaps it was Ulta the first time I bought it...it's been so long and I've repurchased quite a few times since), grabbed my Espresso shade and haven't looked back since. It's the perfect finish to your brow look to ensure that it stays in place, but it's also amazing if you just want to add some tint to your brows for a really low maintenance look. If I know I'm not doing anything majorly important but I want a little something done to my brows, I never hesitate to reach for this. It adds the perfect amount of color and locks in your shape.

3. Kat Von D Tattoo Liner

What more can I say about this liquid liner that I haven't said before? I can't live without it. Despite me enjoying the Stila liner at the moment, I will never be able to give up this one. I can't. Nothing is as precise as this. I cannot get the wing I get with the Tattoo Liner with anything else. I can get close, but close isn't close enough when the wing isn't sharp enough to harm someone. I'm joking, I'm joking.

4. NARS Dragon Girl 

This product should be nicknamed The Only Red Lipstick That Matters. If all of my lipsticks had to disappear and only one was left in my drawer, I would hope and pray that it was this color. It is easily my favorite lipstick color that I own and have ever tried and I don't forsee that changing ever. You cannot get better than it. It's extremely matte, it's long-wearing, it's easily to apply and the tube lasts you. The color is this incredible blue-based red that is just to bright and vibrant and come on, Taylor Swift loves it. What more convincing would one need?

5. Urban Decay Naked Palette

This is one of the oldest makeup products in my collection and I know I probably shouldn't have it anymore but my eyes are still functioning so I think I'm fine. I got this as a Confirmation gift from my parents and was (and still am) obsessed with it. I love neutral eyeshadows and this palette was just the palette of my dreams when I was a teenager. I thought I was so cool, too...you know, as one would. I just loved all of the shades in it and even if I was god awful at applying eyeshadow, I would pretend with my horrible brushes (that I also still have because I'm the worst) and just make do with what I knew. I still use this palette to this day and will never give up the Naked, Sin, Buck or Sidecar. NEVER!

What are some of your holy grail makeup products?

Positivitea Cup Fifteen: Favorite Things About Fall

Friday, September 16, 2016

You know it's almost the first day of fall when the only thing I can talk about is fall. I'm not ashamed. I fully embrace my love for fall and will never, ever shy away from it. I refuse to hide my love for fall. Fall deserves more than that from me. I truly come alive starting at the beginning of summer. I thrive during the autumn months. It's as if I come back from the dead after a long, grueling summer in the heat and humidity.

Fall greets me every year like a warm hug from Harry Styles. These are just a few things that I love about this time of year. I could go on and on and on and seriously, on, about this. I truly could.

1. Pumpkin everything

2. Not having to use the AC unit and saving money on utility bills every month

3. The leaves changing color and giving you something to step on and hear that satisfying crunch on your walks

4. Wearing blanket scarves to class and actually wrapping them around yourself like a blanket to hide from the rest of the world

5. The holidays: National Coffee Day, National Cake Day, Halloween, my birthday, and Thanksgiving...

6. The sort of earthy, indie vibe that fall gives off. You know what I mean...fall just feels like a person who wear tortoise-shell horn rimmed glasses and sits curled up into the corner of the couch with a piping hot cup of tea while Bon Iver plays on a record player quietly in the background.

7. The dark lipsticks that border on black and scare your poor mother. The darker, the better, honestly.

8. Having the opportunity to not wash your hair for days so you can wear knitted beanies to hide your greasy roots (without dying in the heat). Don't lie, you do it too

9. Making plans to go apple picking or to the pumpkin patch but never actually going because yuck, nature.

10. Hiding all of those PSL pounds under layers upon layers of clothing. #AllTheLayers

What's your favorite thing about fall?

NYFW SS 17: 13th & 14th

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Well guys, we made it. It was the last two days of New York Fashion Week and all I have to show for it are these blog posts. I'm totally kidding. I love watching runway recaps, I love scrolling through Vogue Runway to see new collections, I love seeing the GIFs on Twitter...I just love everything about it so I'm definitely sad to see it go. However, theres's still about three weeks left of the main spring collections, so there's plenty of collections left to see! But let's not get too ahead of ourselves here! First we have to talk about the last two days of NYFW!

J. Crew dressed the normal woman with their spring collection. I loved that the garments were shown on different types of women, from different ages to skin colors to styles and everything in between. It reminded me of 13 Going On 30 when Jenna wants to rebrand the magazine where "real people" are featured on the spreads rather than models. Pom moms adorned garments and accessories alongside frayed tulle rosettes embellished onto garments. Denim made its spring appearance with the ever-so-popular vertical stripes that have appeared in nearly every single spring show thus far. Shoelace details on the waist of knit skirts showed up in the collection with wide legged trousers, monochromatic pink with a splash of tan for a perfect springtime combo. The best part? The shoes. Models wore colorful block heels with satin ribbon wrapped precariously around the ankles like the perfect ballerina pointe.

Looks 5, 21, 22, 24, 25, 34 from J. Crew

Whistles combined bold patterns, knit, suede, fringe, tassels all in muted, earthy shades to curate their spring collection. Paperbag waists were feature with embroidered mock necks, cold shoulder knits and kimono wrapped jumpsuits.

Looks 8, 12 from Whistles

Rosie Assoulin's beach backdrop for the spring collection couldn't have been more perfect. Everything seemed to be vacation inspired, from louse, free flowing silhouettes, off-kilter off the shoulder tops and dresses, and all around relaxed fits. Garments consisted of fuchsia and red hawaiian prints, beading and patterns that resembled the top of a beach umbrella.

Looks 2, 21, 28, 35, 38, 41 from Rosie Assoulin

Vera Wang took monochromatic to a new level, using only black and white to in her simple silhouettes. Everything was very simple and edgy, with dramatically low off-the-shoulder tops, intricate beading to add some depth and detail, peplum hems, trains, sheer full bodied skirts, exposed zippers and long (long long) sleeves. It appeared to be a bit lifeless, from the lack of colors to the model's expressions, but it still made for an interesting show at least.

Looks 8, 11, 22 from Vera Wang

Alice + Olivia didn't let down in both intricacy or color. The collection featured pieces adorned with floral embellishments, butterfly prints and patches and block stripes. The collection was overall colorful, fun, and punchy with the perfect balance of quirky.

Looks 2, 16, 21, 29, 33, 37 from Alice + Olivia

Delpozo filled their spring runway show with garments blown up to dramatic proportions, featuring oversized everything that seemed to double as walking art. Floral print, thick block stripes and solid pastels worked together to create a very voluminous collection full of architectural pieces.

Looks 9, 12, 18, 26 from Delpozo

Rodarte injected their typical witchy, super edgy aesthetic into yet another collection. Sheer fabrics were laid with almost gauzy, textured fabric that sort of resembles the fake spider web, studding with fringe that gave off an edgy western vibe, ending the collection with various shades of purple and a gorgeous gold/cream/black combination.

Looks 6, 9, 15, and 28 from Rodarte

Well, thus concludes New York Fashion Week. See you very soon for London Fashion Week! I'm going to truck along through fashion month!

Things I'm Loving

1. Lärabar mint chocolate truffle bites

Perhaps the title of this post would be a little misleading about these. I don't love them, but I also don't hate them. I enjoyed eating them and do want to try another flavor. I got these as per suggested via my cousin to my mother. We were walking around Target when I was home for Labor Day weekend and came across these and she mentioned that my cousin loved them. To me, they taste a little sad. Not bad sad, but you know you're not eating an actual sweet. I get the same feeling when I'm eating almonds or pretzels. They're not bad snacks, there are just more tasty snacks. However, I do enjoy the fact that I know exactly what I'm putting into my body. I'm not a massive health nut, but I'm also not completely careless with my food. These are the type of little bites where you eat the suggested serving size and then are (hopefully) content with the amount of sweetness you get from them! I'm looking forward to trying other flavors, but if all else fails, at least I have my mint chocolate truffles!

2. Clif bars

I genuinely thought that I hated the regular Clif bars but apparently I really like them, I just had to find the right flavors. I used to religiously eat all of the Clif bars meant for children, but I figured it was time that I graduate to the grown up bars. I've been trying out different flavors because they sell them singularly at Trader Joe's and I'm generally jonsing for a snack between my classes and work and never seem to appropriately pack for that tiny gap I have between the two. My favorite flavor is easily the chocolate chip peanut crunch, but I also really like the regular peanut butter ones and the blueberry crisp flavor. They're just an easy snack to throw into your bag for on the go!

3. Burberry Brit perfume

I got this perfume last year and got a heck of a lot of wear out of it, then subsequently lost it somewhere on my side table during the summer when I stopped using it. Well, I rediscovered it (literally, I had to unearth it from the massive amounts of crap on that table) and I've been dousing myself in it again. I'm not even going to try to describe the scent, but the notes are apparently lime, pear, peony, almond, mahogany, amber, tonka bean, vanilla. I don't know, all I know is that it smells incredible, wears well, and makes me feel mega fancy when I wear it.

4. "Waste a Moment" by Kings of Leon

In general, I've just been listening to a whole lot of Kings of Leon, reuniting myself with their music and what not. They're one of my favorite bands, so how I missed the fact that they are releasing a new album next month is beyond me. Regardless, they have a new single that I've been absolutely loving. It's the typical KOL sound and honestly, I'm not sure what else to say about it other than the fact that if you've loved Kings of Leon's last few albums, you'll like the single.

What have you been loving lately?

Top Ten Fall Fashion Must Haves

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

We're creeping closer and closer to that first day of all and I can just feel the pumpkin in the air. While the weather hasn't quite gotten the "it's almost fall' memo, at least we know it our hearts that brisk weather is approaching. I for one could not be more excited, but that's just me, a fall loving girl with a heart made of pumpkin spice and everything nice. Fall fashion is my favorite fashion. It's where I truly thrive in my sartorial life and I look forward to fall (and I suppose winter) fashion all year round and when it is finally here in my grasp, I feel like I could ascend to the heavens at any moment.

Everyone's fashion tastes differ. Everyone needs different things in their life to tailor their styles and what makes them comfortable (both physically and mentally). There's no universal set of necessities that can translate from person to person, but it's always nice to draw inspiration from others! My list of all of the clothing items that I need for fall could go on for ages, so I attempted to narrow it down to my top ten. I feel like so many pieces are missing, but I feel like this is a good start to a fall wardrobe. There are definitely other things that are "fun" fashion snags, but those aren't necessarily "must haves," but rather are just cute pieces to amp up a fall look. It's always nice to have those staple pieces that can go with anything and everything in your wardrobe.

1. Leather riding boots in black, chocolate brown or a cognac color.
2. Suede booties in black or a taupe shade.
3. Open toed booties in matte black leather or a nude color.
4. Bomber jacket in a black or pastel satin, embroidery optional.
5. Turtleneck IN EVERY SINGLE COLOR. But truthfully, black or a peppered black/white/grey.
6. Boxy sweater in mustard yellow or navy blue.
7. Collared blouse in white, with a polka dot or fun pattern for extra flair.
8. Tapered relaxed fit jeans in a lighter wash, distressing optional.
9. Blanket/oversized scarf in a blown up plaid, plain black, or even a darker grey.
10. Anything leopard seriously, anything. Loafers, faux fur jacket, a pocket on a shirt. Whatever you want.

What are you fall fashion must haves?

NYFW SS 17: 11th & 12th

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Tome had this Queen of Hearts vibe throughout the entire collection, making good use of geometric prints, a unique plaid and floral combination, and stripes from thin pinstripes to Beetlejuice lengths. Dramatic ruffles appeared alongside metallic foiled fabric, making wrinkles fashionable (one could only hope...). In their fifth season, the men behind Tome stuck to their black and white routes, adding in pops of punchy colors when needed.

Looks 8, 26, 30 from Tome

Victoria Beckham stuck to her usual modest hemlines, sending models down the runway in metallic silver garments and crushed velvet in every hue. Accordion pleats appeared alongside bubble skirts for sleek and often asymmetrical cuts.

Looks 5, 18, 32 from Victoria Beckham

Proenza Schouler took to the spring/summer collections with primary colors and simple geometric prints, adding on feathers and ruffles to make it look like a very high-end and glamorous elementary school project in the best way possible. Between structured garments with rippled fabric, knots and bows, licorice colored leather, boxy and easy shapes, each piece had a unique simplicity to it. The pieces, already art themselves, also featured graphics of actual pieces of art, ornate marble statues and busts printed onto the fabric.

Looks 4, 11, 16, 19, 37, 39 from Proenza Schouler

Rag and Bone gave off a sort of university vibes from the 90s, with varsity sweaters, oxford tunics, schoolboy blazers, tapered jeans, baggy jackets in red, white, blue with some touches of olive green.

Looks 10, 12, 35 from Rag and Bone

Oscar de la Renta showed off figure skimming garments shown with handkerchief hemlines, grecian gold accents, beading, thick cut lace, sheer gauzy sleeves, tulle, feathers and frayed chiffon for plenty of volume and texture.

Looks 5, 24, 35 from Oscar de la Renta

Carolina Herrera stuck to classic elegance, using simplistic colors in sharp and smart cuts. Pops of color came in with subdued and demure floral prints on gorgeous silk and medium wash denim with bright white stitching.

Looks 1522, 26 from Carolina Herrera

Erin Fetherston reverted from flirty cuts to more relaxed long and loose garments. These easy looks went down the runway in gorgeous silver and blush shades, in silk, beads and sequins, using chartreuse alongside black and white to inject some color into the collection.

Looks 5, 10, 21 from Erin Fetherston

Jenny Packham said cohesion be damned and used her distinct creative elements and style (embellishments on embellishments on embellishments) to create a "collection" to fit the mood, tone and idea of different types of women.

Looks 6, 15, 21 from Jenny Packham

How I Organize My Agenda

If I had a dollar for every time I mentioned agendas on this blog, I'd have enough money for an agenda for every day of the week, I swear. I attest all of my life's successes and triumphs to the fact that I organize every aspect of my life, in one way or another, through my agendas. Yes, agendas. I keep my blogging agenda separate from my school and work agenda, but will not be sharing that one because it would ruin quite a few future posts. Wink wink.

I try to use every section of my agenda for something different, whether it's to track days and hours I work, exam days, due dates, important events, whatever it may be. I keep track of homework assignments, tasks for work, even just small little notes I need to leave for myself. I keep track of essentially everything through this little floral guy from Ban.do.

The first thing I use in my agenda is the monthly calendars. This is where I mostly keep track of days I'm working and the hours. It just helps me organize when I have free time during the week and when I don't. Like the rest of my agenda, I keep my work days organized by color. If I'm working at the consignment shop, I use blue, if I'm babysitting I'll track it in green, and if I'm working at the other boutique, I would use purple or pink or whatever color I please. That's just an easy way for me to see where I'm going to be on what days and for how long.

I track my classes the same way. I use different colors for each class and try to keep it consistent throughout my entire agenda so that I know when I see assignments written in blue pen, it's for my health and wellness class. I track two different ways weekly. First, I'll keep all of the due dates for that week written down on their corresponding days, as well as things like exams, so I know what my timeline is for that week.

When I know when my due dates are for my online class assignments, papers, or exam days, I'll know how to properly fill in my week. Using the same colors for each class, I'll take one of my free days and I'll make myself task lists for each assignment. So, for example, if I have a discussion post and a quiz due for my COM 211 class, that means that sometime earlier in the week, I'll have to read the chapter and take notes, write a discussion post for that chapter, respond to one of my classmate's posts for full credit, and take my online quiz for that chapter. So I'll create a bulleted list on say, Wednesday, if that's my free day off from work and I'll check each task off as I go.

When I'm done with an assignment, I always highlight it when I finish it instead of crossing it off. I like to track the progress I've been making and if I completely scribble it out, I won't know what I actually finished!

There are plenty of ways to organize an agenda and this is just my particular way of using it to my advantage. Obviously, you'll tailor make it to your schedule based on how many classes you're taking, how many jobs you work, maybe even based off of where you work and what you do. You might want to add social events to your monthly calendar or birthdays or whatever days seem important for you to notate. Make sure your agenda fits you and your lifestyle so that you utilize it to its full potential!

This Moment In Fashion...Velvet

Monday, September 12, 2016

Fall trend forecasts have been leading to one place: velvet. Velvet boots, velvet dresses, velvet blazers, velvet chokers...#VelvetEverything. We saw it at Alberta Ferreti, Rochas, Ralph Lauren, Marc Jacobs, Jason Wu and on so many more runways back in February. It's popping up in every retailer it seems, flooding the pages of Zara, H&M and department stores all alike. If there's every a time to embrace velvet away from the holidays as a child (I feel like every kid has had some sort of red or burgundy velvet dress thrust upon them for some sort of holiday event at some point in their lives) and filter in velvet pieces this fall for some extra flair.

Good Reads

Sunday, September 11, 2016

1. Liquid Lipsticks Super proud of Hannah for tackling her fear of lipstick for this post. All jokes aside, you can never go wrong with a a mauve-nude shade. Never ever ever. And I've used both of these formulas before and I can give a big thumbs up to the TooFaced melted lipsticks.

2. This is Our Youth: Alexander Wang’s Spring 2017 Collection Major respect, as per usual, for Alexander Wang. A true master of street style.

3. Olivia Palermo for Banana Republic My girl OP, always killing it.

4. Lucky Double Denim Rocked the double denim look myself just a week ago and let me tell you...I'm a fan.

5. Seattle: Outfit #1 I'm only kind of totally drooling over those incredible croc boots. Kind of. Totally.

6. Color Crush: Olive This is a color that I need to embrace more in my life. Someone hold me responsible for injecting more olive in my life!

7. Zara Shoes All The Fashion Bloggers Are Buying Did I just put these in my cart...maybe...

8. The Importance of Dressing for Yourself I don't think there's been a day since I realized this a couple of years ago that I've ever thought twice about dressing for anyone but myself.

9. 3 Ways to Turn a Bad Day Around Turn that frown upside down, friends. But really. Some no good rotten days can be rectified!

10. Pajama Party Goals. GOALS SO HARD.

11. Instagram Editing Secrets: How I Actually Edit My Instagram Photos Carly is literally the queen of Instagram aesthetics and themes.

12. 7 Ridiculous Things I've Done to Procrastinate Definitely have reorganized my nail polish colors more time than necessary and archived all of the magazines I hoard one too many times...

13. Three Ways to Wear a Denim Mini Skirt Always, always, always looking for new ways to style my denim skirt!

14. 9 Things No One Tells You About Friendship I swear, Maxie's guest posts are the greatest pieces of advice you'll ever get that aren't from your mom.

What have you been reading lately?

NYFW SS 17: September 9th & 10th

Rebecca Taylor seemed to have a theme of the higher waisted, the better. Pastel pinks and greens in dainty floral prints went down the runway, adorned with dramatic ruffles, thick lace, set apart with patchwork denim elements.

Looks 5, 8, 18 from Rebecca Taylor

Karen Walker took animal print to two different levels, including the seemingly never out of style leopard print, all the way to actual graphic-printed animals. SS 17 seems to have an underlying theme of 70s patterns, shown with pleats, sheer chiffon, and even a ruffled denim jacket to boot.

Looks 3, 11, 25 from Karen Walker

Cynthia Rowley sent a a combination of sporty and a borderline celestial pieces down the runway for SS 17. Garments appeared adorned with dramatic bell sleeves and opulent prints in rich copper and peacock hues. There was even a seeming homage to the supposedly continuing pajama style top (and matching bottoms, of course) trend.

Looks 2, 9, 14, 16, 20, 28 from Cynthia Rowley

Tadashi Shoji changed the game to feather and lace, following a birds of paradise theme. Rich emeralds (including an amazing full lace jumpsuit in the same hue), icy pastels and a punchy orangey-red took over the runway.

Looks 5, 10, 20 from Tadashi Shoji

Kate Spade delivered their usual contemporary elegance in only a way that the brand could. The SS 17 features it's usual quirky accessories and details. Huge multi-pink graphic roses adorned blousey tops and skirts, even embroidered into the side of a simple black car coat. Kate Spade showed deep navy denim with no distressing, even including a pair of over-alls. A 'Bardot' style dress was styled with a long neck scarf, a flashback to old school Hollywood glamor. There appeared to be a Spanish influence with gauzy dresses and the continuation of the pom-pom trend (like we saw in Rachel Zoe's SS 17 collection as well). Ginger jar prints appeared alongside crisp all-white ensembles, including the ever so classic black and white striped garments, even a black and white chevron printed bag.

Looks 1, 8, 14, 30 from Kate Spade

Diane von Furstenberg  sent a mixture of looks down the runway for some interesting additions and juxtapositions to spring fashion. Tropical prints came down the runway aside from brightly dyed fur stoles, dramatically cuffed wide legged trousers and large saddle bags that rivaled tote sizes. Every garment had the perfect mixture of prints, with handkerchief hemlines, retro and mod colors all in modern deconstructed styles.

Looks 8, 1620 from Diane von Furstenberg

Tibi, in usual fashion, had a fairly tame and simple show, utilizer muted, dulled down shades and mostly shied away from the typical pastel and bright shades for the warmer months. There was a hint of utilitarian flair at the beginning of the collection, including a pair of acid wash "mom" jeans and a one-shoulder pair of overalls in a gorgeous olive khaki shade. Pinstripes appeared alongside one dimensional dark wash denim and chambray parents, with fitted panelling on the waist of dresses, mustard on mustard ensembles, and plenty of the same flowy dresses in different colors.

Looks 4, 10, 18 and 27 from Tibi

Alexander Wang seems to always rule the street style game at NYFW. His collections, season after season, manage to become the ultimate metro-hip style guide, including loose silhouettes, simplistic pieces deconstructed and cut and layered into cool ensembles that never lack the edgy appeal. This season seemed to bring the dismantling of oversized oxford blouses, wrapping them every which way to create thigh-skimming dresses, chopping off the entire top to use the bottom shirt-tails as cheeky length skirts, cut into strips to create skin tight bralettes and crop tops, ruched running shorts, and so much more. Classic blazers were lined with black lace, styled with a pair of cheeky shirts adorned with the same lace (with a pop of floral lining to boot). The SS 17 show took distressed denim to a new level, including jackets and jeans that had holes on seemingly every inch of the lightwash fabric. The second half of the collection seemed to pay homage to the spring break warriors, tackling scuba suits, neon, oversized sweatshirts and hoodies that seem oddly reminiscent of the clothing you see lining all of the shops on boardwalks, all made in colors that remind you of the 80s aerobics dance workouts.

Looks 6, 9, 15, 35, 57, 60 from Alexander Wang

Christian Siriano took diversity to the next (and appropriate) level with his SS 17 presentation. Fashion beauty standards be damned, to see more designers following in the footsteps of Chromat when it comes to diversity on the runway is admirable and appreciated. Siriano–known originally for his spunky and sassy personality on Project Runway season four (and the winner!) but most recently for dressing SNL and Ghostbusters start Leslie Jones (also known as one of the funniest women on earth) for the red carpet after she struggled to find somebody willing to dress her for the premiere–seemed to tone it down for this collection, yet through colors and patterns, still seemed to do the most with what he had. Pinstripes–a common theme through most of the collections thus far at NYFW–took center stage at the beginning of the collection, shown through wide legged trousers paired with oversized blouses in similar fabrics, long blazers cut to function as dresses and asymmetrically cut skirts. Siriano never shies away from using volume to add details to outfits, including sky high shoulder ruffles that travel down under the bust. Watercolor fabric offset the jewel-toned and punchy orange shades used to create figure skimming dresses, all with different cuts and hems, ranging from slits, to tiered ruffles, to texture silk to create the ultimate mini dress.

Looks 4, 17, 23, 25 from Christian Siriano 
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