November Reflection

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Okay, so November was actually only about twenty seconds long. Right? I cannot believe that when I wake up tomorrow, it's going to be December. December! I used to beg for time to fly by, but now I find myself desperately trying to grasp at every spare second to try to savor the moments. And typing out the word savor just made me really crave a double chocolate chip muffin. Don't ask.

November passed in the blink of an eye and I'm struggling to comprehend what happened this month. I swear, I wrote my October reflection two days ago. Time is a wild concept and once again, I'm stunned by how fast the weeks have flown by. A thirty day month has felt merely like a weekend, if that. The combination of school and work really just make the days go by faster than I would like. It's a constant stream of reading for classes, writing out assignments, making article deadlines, laying out the newspaper every three weeks while trying to manage social media accounts for my job and go to work and talk to customers and just be a regular human being and not the exhausted shell of a person I feel like 24/7.

Skincare Routine & Prepping for Winter

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

As the weather starts to cool down and temperatures drop, so does the amount of moisture in my skin. I swear, I can be oily the rest of the year, but the second winter approaches, every lick of moisture on my face is sucked dry and I'm left with a rigid barren dessert from the neck up. If you've never tried to apply makeup to an extremely dry and flaky face, then consider yourself lucky. It's a difficult task and even if it appears fine at the start, it won't after a couple of hours. This winter, I'm taking precautionary steps to treat my skin with the utmost care to ensure that I don't get stuck with a dry flaky face for another season, especially considering winter feels forever long in Cleveland.

Campus Style for the Cold

Monday, November 28, 2016

Every time I say that it's getting colder, there's some odd heat wave that follows and I sound like a plain idiot. However, I've just checked the weather forecast and despite the fact that it says it's going to be 60 tomorrow and 59 on Wednesday (how?), the 40s are back for the end of the week so I'm taking this post idea and running with it!

Dressing for campus during this time of year can be a hassle. I leave at 7:30 in the morning and walk about ten to fifteen minutes to class. To be completely and totally dramatic, it feels like the end of the world and I generally want to crawl about halfway through the walk (or if you ask my roommate, I tend to start complaining around the first four steps outside). But then, the second I reach campus, I'm sweating and ripping off all of the layers I so carefully wrapped myself in so I could survive the walk to campus.

I have three main mottos in life. The first is to fake it 'til you make it. The second is to eat cake for breakfast. And the third and final motto is this: LAYERLAYERLAYER. All caps, no spaces, super dramatic for emphasis. No one ever regretted an extra layer, especially when it comes to cake...I digress, you can always take a layer off when you're out of the house, but you can't add an extra layer unless you travel with outfit changes. If that's the case, then you just win at life and we're all losers here.

Pro-tip: Blanket scarves make really amazing capes, too!

Pro-tip: As weird as it sounds, diaper bags have a lot of compartments and make for really great school and travel bags.

Good Reads

Sunday, November 27, 2016

1. Winter Brights As someone who spends a majority of the year in all neutrals and head to toe black, I definitely have to appreciate all of the color thrown around in these outfits! Leave it to Jess to brighten up the winter season!

2. Bite Beauty Matte Lip Creme I only have a few lip products from Bite and sadly, these lip cremes are not one of them! What am I doing with my life?

3. I Tried the ‘Gilmore Girls’ Diet This is the kind of content I like to see on the internet.

4. What I Wore On Thanksgiving I love the color blocked neutrals on this sweater!

First Impressions: Becca Ombre Rouge Eye Palette

Saturday, November 26, 2016

The Becca Ombre Rouge Eye Palette was one of my purchases from a recent Sephora binge. I had decided that I wanted to try out some new eyeshadows and ended up buying what could be viewed as too many eyeshadows. While not scientifically proven, I probably could have toned it down a bit with my eyeshadow binge, but alas, it happened and I do not regret it. For five shadows, the palette was $40.

Happy Gilmore Girls Day!

Friday, November 25, 2016

I hope everyone had a great holiday with their families or friends. I took the entire day to watch all four parts of the Gilmore Girls revival with my mother today. We debated between multiple take out places to get our lunch for the day and talked to the dogs endlessly. That, coupled with the massive order I made from Zara (30%, my friends!) last night are all I could ask for and more.

This is a spoiler free Gilmore zone, but just know that I cried lots and lots today. Back to our regular scheduled programming tomorrow!

Things I'm Thankful For

Thursday, November 24, 2016

1. My family, for making me think it's normal to talk a million miles a minute and feel like I deserve a part in Gilmore Girls. Also for teaching me to be a terrible dancer and a decent human being.

2. My friends, for putting up with my terrible dancing, hopefully because they think I'm a decent human being.

2b. And more specifically, my roommates, for letting me bounce off the walls of our apartment, dealing with my spontaneous and frequent dance parties, and for not questioning why I love coffee so damn much.

Dream Closet, Vol. 23

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

My monthly scrolls through Net-a-Porter will never fail to make me feel some type of way. I'm just in love with fashion. Truly, madly, and deeply in love with fashion and clothing and the never-ending cycle of new designers and reoccurring trends and the new ones that pop up along the way. This month, I swung along the path of burgundy and blue, with pops of gold along the way. How incredible are those two pairs of sunglasses though? Ugh, SO FUN!

Thanksgiving Outfit Ideas

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

My favorite holiday of the year is coming up! I always have so much fun planning outfits for Thanksgiving, even if it is just a really chill holiday in which my entire family packs into the first floor of my house and it gets really hot and crowded really fast. Still, I like to look cute! I also make a very significant outfit change at the end of the night in which I slip into leggings or sweatpants and an oversized sweatshirt so I can bask in my stuffed belly glory!

You can't go wrong with a loose silhouetted dress for the holidays! They're easy and breezy, uber comfortable, and can successfully hide any food baby that you may grow throughout a night of eating and drinking. The look of the herringbone dress can also easily be duplicated with a pinafore dress layered on top of a sweater of your choice, sort of like a schoolgirl jumper look!

21 Things I've Learned In 21 Years

Monday, November 21, 2016

So, the day has come...I am now a twenty-something...a glittery twenty-one-year-old just trying to fake her way through life. Mondays are notoriously horrible, but there's something to look forward to today... *replace the heart eyes with margarita eyes*

I've both purposely and inadvertently learned countless things over the past twenty-one years and yet these were the only 21 I could think of. Go figure.

The Final Month of the Semester

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Did reading the title give you the same amount of chills the writing the title gave me? I didn't even realize that we're past the one month mark until my graduation. That means there's about three weeks of classes left before the big hurrah! How insanely scary and exciting is that?

Admittedly, I'm behind this semester. I'm not on my A-game. By now, I would have already started all of my final projects. However, with the busyness of this semester, I just haven't had a chance to sit down to do what I normally do. I hope that by making this post, I get my stuff together and am inspired next week over the holiday to start some of the work that I've been inadvertently putting off.

1. Make note of all of your final due dates

Check all of your syllabi and add the due dates to your calendar. Remind yourself when you have papers due, when your final exams are for your online classes need to be finished by and the dates and times of your in-class exams. There's nothing worse than realizing two days before you have to finish your biggest assignment of the semester and don't have enough time nor brain power to get it done in such a short period of time.

2. Start planning ahead

Perhaps I'm a little late to the game on this one, but I at least caught myself before I was in too deep with accidental procrastination. Make sure you have your final paper topic ideas chosen, start rereading chapters in your textbook or your notes, just don't sit idly and wait until the very last minute to light a fire under your butt. You'll save yourself some stressing in the long run if you just take a few minutes to think about your assignments and exams ahead of time.

3. Get a head start on your papers or projects

There's no shame in starting a final paper weeks before it's due. In fact, I would actually recommend it. The more you are able to get done up front, the more time you'll have to revise and relax later on when you're neck up to readings and study guides trying to prepare for your final exams.

Positivitea Cup Twenty-Two: Eat Cake for Breakfast

Friday, November 18, 2016

Who knows where this saying came from. All I know is that Kate Spade creates the cutest products with it Eat Cake for Breakfast printed onto them and I want to own EVERY SINGLE ONE. I think it is, hands down, the cutest thing in the world. Tumbler cup? Check. Adorable magenta bound journal? Check. Do I want/need the slippers? Also yes.

Things I'm Loving

Thursday, November 17, 2016

1. Oversized grey fringe sweater from The Wandering Wardrobe

I wore this sweater four times last week. Four. Times. This sweater is no joke. It's oversized, it's soft, it's thick and it's got tiers and tiers of fringe. What more could you possibly ask for in a piece of clothing? I know there's only one or two left on the site, but there's also plenty of other cute and just as unique pieces out there. God, I love this sweater. I wish I was wearing it right now.

Recent Outfits, Part Three

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

I might be stretching the concept of recent, but I have too much fun with these posts, so let's just go with it. You may or may have not seen these looks from me before, but even if you have, here they are a second time! Hopefully they're just as glorious or silly.

I call this look It Was Halloween and I Really Wanted to Wear Black Lipstick and My Furry Hunter Green Bomber Jacket, So In Order to Not Scare Everyone on a Normal Day, I Chose Halloween to Debut This Look™ also known as They're Going to Be Really Surprised When I Wear This Next Week On A Normal Monday.

Jacket: Silence + Noise (from Cleveland Consignment Shoppe)
Sweater: H&M
Jeans: Hudson
Boots: Stuart Weitzman

#GlowLife: My Highlighter Collection

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

While I could easily do a collection on all of the stationery highlighters that I own, today I'm talking all about the highlighters I own in my makeup collection. In a year, I went from only owning two MAC MSFs to have a good deal of various shades of highlighter to pop on the high points of my face. I don't know how I got to this point, but all I know is that I'm quite content with my collection and the pretty sheen these products add to my skin.

This Moment In Fashion...Faux Fur Jackets

Monday, November 14, 2016

Zara | H&M

H&M | Zara

Real fur freaks me out a bit. I shudder every time I brush up against it or have to handle a fur at work. It's just...not my thing, really. The wonderful thing about modern times is that we can have super fun, super furry jackets in completely faux fabrics. And I have to admit, I'm a tad bit obsessed.

Sephora VIB Sale & My Picks

Saturday, November 12, 2016

I hit up Sephora yesterday for the first day of the 20% of VIB sale and let me tell's so hard not leaving that place with a full basket. While I had my more fun purchases a couple of weeks ago with a different 20% off code, I took yesterday to buy products that I knew I would need at some point, so I might as well get them when I have a little bit off. It wasn't the most exciting haul, but I got quite a few things that I'm pretty excited to have in my life!

First Impressions: The Balm Cosmetics

Friday, November 11, 2016

As a longtime and frequent viewer of beauty channels on Youtube, I'm no stranger to the existence of the Balm Cosmetics. The San Francisco beauty brand has popped up on my radar for years, it's just taken me ages to finally make the plunge to pick up a few bits from them. I've been on a bit of a makeup binge lately, trying to up my game a bit I think. Regardless, I'm really excited to welcome two new products from the Balm into my makeup collection! I picked up the Nude Dude, Volume 2 eyeshadow palette and the Mary-Lou Manizer highlighter.

Things I'm Loving

Thursday, November 10, 2016

** I couldn't get myself to blog yesterday and honestly, writing this out feels a little weird right now. But, we all must soldier on, someway, somehow. **

1. YSL  01 Rouge Pur Couture Star Clash Edition

Did I spend a pretty penny on a pretty standard lip color just for the glittery tube? Perhaps. I've had YSL lipsticks before and I adore them. They're creamy, they last longer than you would think, and the tubes are undeniably gorgeous. When I saw that they were releasing a few shades in this packaging, my glitter radar went off and I made the splurge because it was Treat Yourself Day. No seriously, it was. Thanks Parks and Recreation

The shade 01 is a pretty standard bright blue toned red in a satin finish. I know I have too many red lipsticks, but they're all matte and I think that a bright poppy red in a satin finish is just too perfect for the holidays. The details on this lipstick are wonderful, too. From the glittery tube to the stars embossed into the side of the actual lipstick, it surely isn't lacking any detail nor elegance. And for the actual formula, it's wonderful! It's creamy, comfortable and long-lasting. What more could you ask for? Since it is a satin finish, it feathers ever so slightly on me (could feather less or more depending on the person). That could easily be combated with some lip liner or concealer on the perimeter of your lips, if it's something that would really bother you. I really love it though! Plus, it's so fun to pull the tube out!

Yes, last week brought about a new tune from Little Mix, my favorite #GirlPower divas in the game. We're only a week away from their fourth album debuting and I for one could not be more excited (DNCE's comes out the same day too). We deserve something good in our lives. This song is a bit slower than the first two singles they've released from Glory Days, but it still packs in the same amount of sass, lacing it with hip swaying melodies. It has the same 60s girl group vibes that I got from "Love Me Like You" from last album, just a bit toned down. I will sing this song with all of my heart and soul in the car, in the shower, around Target. You go, girls! 

3. Watsons orange chocolate sponge candy

Okay, so sponge candy may or may not be a foreign concept to some. I think there might be some places that call is sponge toffee? I'm not sure if it's a Buffalo candy solely, if it started in Buffalo and spread, or if it just became insanely popular back at home. Whichever the case, it's amazing. It's basically just sugary toffee that looks like a sponge. It's light and airy and then it's just covered in chocolate, whether it's milk, dark, or even orange. I personally think the best flavor of it is orange chocolate, but that's just my personal preference. I digress, it's probably my favorite candy and my Fairy Godmother sent me some with my dad when he visited on Tuesday and I've been in heaven ever since. If you ever come across sponge candy in your travels, try it. It's a bit weird at first, but then it will grow on you and you'll fall in love and will want to marry it. Or at least eat a second piece.

4. Sally Hansen Grey Area nail polish

I'm in love with Sally Hansen polishes. They're so underrated, I swear. I got this shade a few years ago and I always forget about it without a fail every season. Then, I rediscover it in my collection, wear it, then fall in love all over again. It just doesn't budge. It takes effort for me to try to get this nail polish to chip. I distinctly remember wearing it for two weeks straight without needing to touch it up. It was insane. And the color is just perfect for this time of year! It's a dark purple with a tinge of grey that makes it a little murky. I think the color is just so cool and edgy without being a straight up black nail polish shade (which I will sport inevitably at some point this season). It's a one to two coat formula, it dries in a decent amount of time (I use their Insta-Dry top coat as well) and just wears like a dream. 

What have you been loving lately?

Think Happy Thoughts

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

In case you haven't heard, today's election day. It's a tough day. It's a stressful day. These next twenty-four hours (and four years) are going to be rough. Personally, I'm trying to disconnect all day. I'm going to be a super Cleveland-er and go to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Cavaliers game to keep my mind away from the 24-hour live coverage. My method of coping is to think happy thoughts and these are just some of the thoughts running through my head to keep my mind elsewhere today.

This Moment In Fashion...Statement Booties

Monday, November 7, 2016

ASOS | H&M | Zara

H&M | Topshop | ASOS

ASOS | Zara | Topshop

Good Reads

Sunday, November 6, 2016

1. Are Celebrities Effective Voices for Feminism? Sometimes it's hard to relate, but at least Mila recognized her privilege!

2. The Sparkly Season First thing, those loafers are to die for. Second thing, the rings are too darn cute!

3. Has Social Media Ruined Fashion? Nope, nope, nope! Street style isn't dead, either!

First Impressions: NARS 'Bound' Velvet Lip Guide

Saturday, November 5, 2016

NARS recently launched one of their new products within the past couple of months, the Velvet Lip Glides. On Sephora's website, the product is described as an "innovative, long-lasting lip color with a smooth, semi-matte finish that provides ultimate hydration." NARS describes is as a product where comfort meets color through a high-pigment formula that glides on like a gloss but appears as a lipstick. It includes an Oil Infusion Complex that allows for the product to glide on and remain as a semi-matte shade on the lips.

Positivitea Cup Twenty-One: Note to Self

Friday, November 4, 2016

Embark on part two of your Great Lipstick Adventure. Conquer all of the shades in your collection.

Continue to purge unnecessary items from your life. Yes, this means it's time to finally recycle those magazines you've been hoarding since 2007. You don't need dozens upon dozens of old issues of Teen Vogue or Seventeen. You just don't.

Drink more water. You're doing okay, but there's no such thing as too much water (or maybe there is, but I think it takes awhile to get to that point).

Love what you love, unapologetically. Don't simmer your need to fangirl. Don't fret over your interests.

Things I'm Loving

Thursday, November 3, 2016

1. NARS Dolce Vita blush

This is one of the products I picked up on my little shopping trip to Sephora last Saturday (AKA I seriously think I blacked out for the twenty minutes that I was browsing). My favorite blush from all time is from NARS (the shade Sin, which I know I have talked up so much on this blog already, but why not mention it a sixtieth time?). I have a few blushes from NARS and I've been low key dying to try this one but told myself that I didn't need anymore blushes. After purging some from my collection and really separating them into both fall and spring shades, I realized how much I truly lacked in the blush department for the fall time. Thus, I sprung and finally gathered my bearings to purchase a blush I've been pining after for ages. Like all NARS blush formulas, this one is supremely pigmented and likes to hang around on your face for quite some time. You have to be careful to use a light hand on this one, as you can go from a faint flush to a clown in just a few swipes of the brush against your skin.

2. Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb rollerball perfume

I've smelled this so many times in all of my magazines and I am just so happy that I finally made the splurge and got the rollerball. I wasn't sure I was ready to commit to a bigger size, but I'm ridiculous happy with my choice to own something of this scent. The website describes the style as oriental, gourmand and floral with notes of sambac jasmine, centifolia rose, cattleya orchid, ballerina freesia, and patchouli. It definitely has a strong floral scent, but it also has a really sweet scent mixed in that just makes the perfect combination for a scent on my skin. It might be a little springy for right now, but I'm completely content with no following fall trends when it comes to scent. I just want to smell nice! And this definitely gets me there.

3. "You Gotta Not" by Little Mix

Little Mix released a new song last week and you can bet your bottom dollar that it's all I've been listening to since (plus, we get #Blessed with a new song tomorrow...I cannot wait for this new album to come out). I just love the feel good nature of this song and how it just makes you feel like a bad-a$$ chick. Their music tends to just make me feel the best, no matter what. I know I can rely on this song (or really, any one of their songs) to put some pep into my step as I strut to campus, the parking lot, wherever I'm walking, really. These girls are just so supremely talented and I wish I could be the fifth member, despite me being, well, not supremely talented...or really, talented at all.

4. 2016 Cleveland Indians

I fear that if I speak too long about this, I might burst into tears. The Cleveland Indians lost in extra innings in game seven of the World Series. I DON'T WANT TO TALK ABOUT IT!!!! But I do just want to briefly mention how awesome of a season it was and how much I'm going to miss being able to walk to Progressive Field to see a baseball game when I move out of Cleveland in six months. Okay, that's all. I'm going to be emotional now for multiple reasons!

What have you been loving lately?

Friendship Never Ends...Sometimes

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

As much as I love and adore the 1996 classic "Wannabe" by the ever-so-iconic Spice Girls, there's certainly some lack of truth when it comes to friendships. As glorious as an ever-lasting infinite friendship is, it's not realistic for every situation. Some friendships just aren't made to last forever. While there's certainly nothing wrong with being best friends with someone for years upon years, but I think that the romanization of being "BFFs" keeps people trapped in friendships that might not be healthy or good for them. There are plenty of reasons why friendships might not work out. Sometimes it's distance, sometimes it's just the natural trend of growing apart. But there are times where friendships are just downright not good for you.

October Reflection

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Happy November 1st. It's officially my favorite and the arguably best month of the year. To say that I was just hoping and praying for October to breeze by so we could get to November would be an understatement. I generally let October whisk by just so I can get to the good stuff: my birthday and Thanksgiving. November usually also yields a One Direction album, which obviously isn't happening this year. But it also brings new Gilmore Girls to us, so really, a fair trade off in my opinion.
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