What I'm Packing For New York City

Monday, September 25, 2017

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

It's Friday, Friday...

Friday, September 22, 2017

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

Yet Another Fall Fashion Trend Post

Thursday, September 21, 2017

I am fascinated by trends.

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

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

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

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

Four Simple Accessories For Everyday Wear

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

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

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

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

Is It Summer? Is It Fall?

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

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

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

Ten Minute Fall Makeup Look

Monday, September 18, 2017

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


Friday, September 15, 2017

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

Glossier Super Pure Serum

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

Six Artists That Should Be On Your Playlists This Fall

Thursday, September 14, 2017

I'm not a musical gatekeeper by any means. I don't control what music gets popular or gets released out into the world. What I say about music, to be quite honest, probably doesn't matter. Still, that's not going to stop me from talking about six artists that I think deserve a spot on your playlists this fall.

I'm a fan of popular, Top 40 music. But for a long time, I refused to listen to anything that a standard person with very little interest in music would listen to. It was pretty pretentious of me, truly, but in its own twisted way, it gave me a sense of appreciation for more types of music and all kinds of artists.

Puss In Boots

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

I'm a glorified chauffeur. 

That's absolutely a joke, but sometimes it felt like my job was to get paid to drive people around. Babysitting my cousins this summer was less like babysitting and more like driving them to all of their camps and friends' houses and what not. I also legitimately got paid to pick up some musicians from the airport and take them to the venue. So yes, on my Snapchat story, I posted a picture after a particularly early pickup and said someone should provide me with a chauffeur cap. 

So...they did. 

My cousin picked up this hat for me after their family vacation as a joke and at first it was funny until I realized that it was actually really flippin' adorable. Catch me wearing this when I don't feel like washing my hair in the fall.

Autumn Leaves Falling Down Like Pieces Into Place

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

 I can explain the Taylor Swift lyrics in the title...later. For now, let's talk about these crepes because who doesn't love crepes? Or perhaps I should start with where I was, who I was with, why I was there, and how to deal with awkward questions at the border.

Yesterday, semi-spontaneously I would say (I'm a planner, anything not set in stone weeks in advance is spontaneous to me) ended up in Canada to hang out with Kelsey and Naureen because...why not? I've lived ten minutes from the border my entire life and the only times I've ever been up to Canada have been for concerts, my eighth-grade class trip, and maybe a day or two in Niagara Falls, Ontario. What a waste of living near the border, right? They invited me to come up last week and I figured that yesterday was my day off, I've been dying to go since I got back from Cleveland in May...it was perfect timing.

Float Down Like Autumn Leaves

Monday, September 11, 2017

Let's just address the elephant in the room...MY BLOG LOOKS DIFFERENT! I've been itching for something new for a while now but I haven't been able to find the perfect choice for me. I'm very much the type of person who likes to switch things up. #CommitmentIssues, am I right? I changed up my Instagram theme recently which has been the most liberating thing I have ever done in my 21 years on this earth. So, it seemed pretty fitting that I change up a few other things around these parts.

All jokes aside, welcome to the new blog that is really just the same blog with a face lift. It just got a little nose job and maybe some botox too. Okay, and some highlights, but it's still the same on the inside!

I know it's only early September but honestly, it's fall. I put the heat on in my car on Saturday night and nearly wore a jacket to a concert on Friday. The calendar might not indicate that it's fall but I can feel it in my heart.

Why I Wanted To Be The Busiest

Friday, September 8, 2017

A truthful extended title of this blog post would be Why I Wanted To Be The Busiest & How It Sucked The Life Out Of Me.

"If you rest, you rust." - Helen Hayes

One could argue that this quote promotes dedication and persistence. It's a quote about working hard to reach success and making a name for yourself. We need to persevere or we will become stagnant. I'm not against working hard or keeping busy by any means, but there's an undeniably massive focus on the constant state of being busy. Maybe it's our deep-rooted competitive nature, constantly feeling the need to keep up with everyone who surrounds us or who we see on social media.

I'm not a competitive person on the surface. Sorry to anyone who has ever been on a soccer or softball team with me. I most likely didn't care whether we won or lost. I probably treated a game of cards more seriously than I did with sports. However, my favorite (see: least favorite) form of competition is when the comparison game comes out to play. We all love that game. Who doesn't love comparing their completely unique and different life and appearance to somebody else's?

Things I'm Loving

Thursday, September 7, 2017

I'm still trying to figure out what I want to do with these Thursday posts. I'm a bit bored, to be honest, of Things I'm Loving Thursday mostly because I've been doing it for a few years now and I have commitment issues where I get bored of, well, commitment. I still like the idea of talking about random things that I'm loving at the week progresses because let's be real, I thrive off of short-term obsessions when it comes to most things besides boy bands (still holding out for that Jonas Brothers reunion show). 

So, I'm going to keep messing around with the name and structure until I find something that doesn't feel as stale as that pumpkin spice granola I kept for a year and a half because I kept forgetting to throw it out until I moved out of my apartment.

Five Must Have Shoes To Transition Into Fall

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

I kid you not when I started my junior year of college, I only had six pairs of shoes that I would wear on the regular: brown riding boots, black riding boots, black suede boots, black leather cut-out booties, black braided-thong sandals, and gray quilted slide-on sneakers. Six boring pairs of shoes to wear to classes and work. How, you might ask? I have absolutely no idea. I went through a phase where I just hated shoes and then one day, I snapped, caved and bought a few pairs of shoes, then a few more, and now I have trouble stopping the overflow of shoes lined up at the top and bottom of my closet. 

Some shoes are troublesome to style all year long. Certain shoes only go with certain looks. You might only get a few outfits out of a pair of heavily embellished stiletto heels that paired nicely with a dress you needed to wear for a special occasion. However, I'd like to think that these five shoes (or at least four out of the five) can fit seamlessly into whichever fashion mood you're in that day.

The Week I Read Five Books

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

You read that correctly. A couple of weeks ago, I managed to tackle a feat that I've never managed before. I didn't have much going on and had a pile of books to read, so I did what I apparently have been doing best this summer, and binge read them. The fifth book was Lauren Graham's newest book, but I already talked about that in another blog post.

Juniper Lemon's Happiness Index by Julie Israel 

I'd be completely lying if I said that I wasn't originally drawn to this book because of its cover. The confetti is just enticing, what can I say? The book begins 65 days after the tragic accident that Juniper was in with her sister Camilla, one that was fatal for her sister. Juniper discovers a letter addressed to "You" written by Camilla on the day of the accident that was never sent out or given to the mystery person she was seeing. This sets Juniper back, causing her to wonder who her sister was seeing and why she was keeping it a secret from everyone. She sets out to find who was dating her sister, enlisting the help of her sister's friends and some new pals along the way. 

What I Did Wrong In College

Monday, September 4, 2017

I'm not perfect. Luckily, I grew up with Hannah Montana truthfully singing "Nobody's Perfect" so I didn't have these unrealistic expectations about perfection. All jokes aside, I screwed up a lot in college. I also did some great things for myself, but I'm willing to admit that I started college on a bad note. I didn't do my first two years of college right, or at least, not the way I thought I could have done them. And even into my senior year, I was still making mistakes that I carried with me from year to year. What would life be if we didn't make a few mistakes from time to time, right?

I think my mistakes could be broken up into two sections: socialization during my first two years of college and managing stress my last two years of college. It's easy to think about things in retrospect, playing "what if" games until I realize that I can't change anything no matter how questions I ask myself about what could have been different. I'm not mad or disappointed about how my college experience ended. I didn't have a bad time at college and in fact, I kind of miss it now that I'm not there. But, you know, there are a few things that I could've worked on more that I think would have been beneficial for me at that time.

Recent Reads #2

Friday, September 1, 2017

1. How to Understand Your Analytics We can glance at our analytics for as long as we want to see the super basics of them, but you can learn a lot when you delve a little deeper, below the surface of just pageviews and visitors. You can learn a lot about your readers and what content they prefer (and tons of other things) through Google Analytics and this post really lays some out for you without being overwhelming.

2. What I Wish I Knew My First Summer Post-College This is one of the first articles that I've ever read where I had to sit back, take a moment to collect myself and accept the fact this is my life summed up into one Man Repeller post. It's no secret that this summer has been rough on the good ole ego. I tend to do exactly what #4 said not to do: compare trajectories of friends, peers, and random people who pop up on my timeline.

Things I'm Loving

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Things I've been reading: I have a whole post coming next week about some other YA books that I've read, but since I have 180 Seconds by Jessica Park sitting in front of me at this very moment, I figured I'd talk about this one first and save the other three for an upcoming post (oooh, the suspense). I picked this book up on a friend's recommendation and it took me a while to start it because I had stacks and stacks of library books that I needed to get through first. The time finally came on Saturday night and I did what I do best and finished it in one sitting.

Allison Dennis had been in foster care her entire life, switching between families until she settled in with Simon when she was sixteen who adopted her. Because of her history, Allison has trouble letting people in, keeping her walls sky high for everyone besides her best friend Steffi, her foster sister at one time. Even going into her second year of college, Allison struggles to be friendly with people, preferring to keep to herself to avoid making connections and getting hurt.

I Was Busy Thinking 'Bout... | An August Playlist

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

There is a reasonable explanation for the nine Kesha songs on this month's playlist...KESHA IS AMAZING. It's as simple as that. It started with the emotional experience I had when I heard "Praying" for the first time and went on a hunt to find as many live performances of it as possible because sometimes I just like to make sure I'm not a robot and am fully capable of feeling things from time to time. And then I went down the Kesha rabbit hole and I had to bop to some of her old jams. I'm still working my way through her new album because it generally takes me sixteen years to listen to something new.

Six Ways to Manage Your Finances For Food & Fun In College

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

College is expensive. I'm not talking about tuition itself because we all know that price tag. Beyond tuition costs and room and board, everything costs a pretty penny. Between books, the necessary groceries, notebooks, pens, flash drives, computers, headphones, anything you see yourself needing on campus...it all adds up and the money to pay for it has to come from somewhere.

Maybe you have a job, maybe you just have a savings account that you tried to fill as much as possible during the summer while you didn't have any classes. Regardless, there's constantly the temptation to spend, whether or not the purchases are necessary. A couple of weeks ago I talked about how I've been saving money this summer, which is all fine and dandy, but saving money is a much easier task when you don't have rent or utilities to pay for or the endless possibilities for socializing that can happen when you're on campus or living with your best friends.

Breaking Down Actual Outfits I Wore to Class in College

Monday, August 28, 2017

It's Monday and the first day of classes for a lot of college students, so we're going to take it down a notch and make today a little more of a casual post. One of my favorite things on this blog is my Recent Outfits posts, where I just give my outfits ridiculous names, shown through crappy mirror pics. Let's pretend like it's 2008 again and kick it back to some outfits I definitely remember wearing around campus.

I'd say my last two years of college, but senior year mainly, I definitely stopped caring. Not about my appearance, but about what other people would think about my appearance. I had no issues with being the most dressed up person in the room or getting an eyebrow raise from a professor during lectures because I was wearing navy blue or black lipstick.

The fabulous thing about college is that you can literally wear anything you want and for the most part, nobody cares. I can't speak for everyone, of course, but my theory is that if people care about such inane things, they should really focus on something else.

Check out more of my Recent Outfits posts here, if not for outfit inspiration, then for a few laughs because they're my favorite posts to write.

T-shirt: gift | Jeans: Gap | Boots: Nine West | Cardigan: Rag & Bone
This was a pretty standard and easy outfit to pull off. It's really just a t-shirt, cardigan, and a pair of boyfriend jeans. I think a pair of black booties is just a massive wardrobe staple. They go with everything and make a simple look even more put together. Also, note the messy bun. Looks like I took some of my own advice for getting ready in the morning in a jiff...

Dream Closet, Vol. 32

Friday, August 25, 2017

I have to admit, this is one of the weirder editions of the series that I will never let die. I don't know what came over me during my monthly scroll through Net-A-Porter (another day more might just lead me to doomsday...also known as the moment I snap and make an order that will not help my financial standing). I just had a passion for slightly strange fashion and I have no regrets. Mostly because I made absolutely zero decisions and spent no money in the making of this post.

Things I'm Loving

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Things I've been reading: I plan on having another YA Lit book round up in a week or so when I finish the others in my library book pile, but I had a lot of time to kill on Monday and this book kept me occupied while I sat in a golf cart for literally over five hours. The Unlikelies by Carrie Firestone was a book that I, admittedly, picked out because the cover is adorable and super aesthetically pleasing. How adorable is that pastel blue cover and watercolors of ice cream cones and popsicles?

The Unlikelies follows Sadie, deserted in the Hamptons for the summer by her best friend who's coaching a camp across the country and her now college bound ex-boyfriend. She's destined to spend her summer working at a farm stand. One day on the job, a drunk man leaves his baby unattended in the car and Sadie shows concern and tries to help. The man assaults her and the entire thing is caught on video. This video went viral and Sadie became internet famous for saving that baby's life, as the father had kidnapped the child from its rightful mother.

Sometimes I Read Nonfiction Too...

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

I split up my most recent trip to the library into two sections: books on 14-day loan and books that were not on 14-day loan. This also perfectly split my pile of six books into three "memoirs" and three YA books. Let's be real, pretty much all I read is YA Lit, memoirs/books of personal essays, and the occasional cult favorite fiction book (i.e. Gone Girl, The Girl on the Train, The Girls, what the hell is it with books with the word "girls" in the title being so popular?

I've been dying to read Lauren Graham's book because she portrayed one of my favorite characters of all time and she discusses Gilmore Girls through recounts and diary entries a lot during this book, which makes my GG loving heart soar. I've heard amazing things about Ann Shoket's book, The Big Life, and always love some career advice from time to time, especially geared towards women my age. I forgot Ashley Graham had a book, honestly, but it was on display in the new arrivals section at the library and I snatched it immediately. She is, beyond just being gorgeous, a really smart business woman and has undeniably helped shift the fashion industry to some degree. 

These three women have unknowingly entertained me for the past two weeks, so thanks, guys! You're the best!

Did Glossier Super Pure Serum Save My Skin?

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

In my head, I'm picturing my little blue bottle of Super Pure wearing a cape (pastel, of course) that flows gloriously in the wind. My skin has been my biggest nightmare for the past seven years. Forget the boogeyman or that creepy doll that for some reason keeps getting her own movie. Nope, my skin has been haunting me since I was just a wee little teenager and nothing has worked. I had bad acne. I don't want to say terrible because while it certainly was my biggest insecurity (which says a lot because few things trump my insecurity about my huge nose), it could have been worse. It was, however, seemingly never ending.

There wasn't a moment since middle school or so that I haven't had some sort of breakout on my face. Sometimes it would only be a few pimples, then it turned to my cheeks, then it was all around my mouth and nose. Then the horrible habit of popping zits and picking skin turned those zits into scars and I was left with not only active breakouts but scarring that added even more redness to my face.

Mirror, Mirror On The Wall...Wait, I Have How Many Minutes to Get Ready?

Monday, August 21, 2017

No matter how many alarms you set, how much sleep you get, and how much you know you have to do in the morning, at least once in your life, you'll oversleep by complete accident and throw off your whole morning routine. These things happen to the best of us, and honestly, you never know how to prepare for these moments. 

Another scenario: you wake up on time but it's an ungodly hour because you thought that an 8 AM class would be doable when, after only a week of being enrolled, realized that an 8 AM class was not doable. You look at the clock and realize that time has somehow sped up two hours and you have what seems like not enough time to do anything, let alone get yourself ready for the day.

I have good news for you: the world doesn't have to fall apart if you're running late!

Six Things To Do Your First Week of College

Friday, August 18, 2017

I don't know how to break it to college or grad school (do any Ph.D. students waste their time reading this blog? Probs not) students, but school is starting soon, if it has not already. My first day of college was six million years ago in 2013 and I did it wrong. I did my entire first two years of college wrong, to be quite honest. I was fine and content with my college experience thanks to my last two years being great, but man, sometimes I imagine how different it would've been if I started caring a little bit earlier than I did.

The first week of college can be seven days of complete stress bound together with the rest of the entire spectrum of emotions. It can be sad, exciting, maddening, draining. Most likely, it will be all of the above and they'll strike at random moments. To my rising freshmen who might be starting school on Monday or in a week (sorry if you've already started, oops), your first week isn't going to make or break your entire college career. Still, these are some things that I did or wish that I had done my first week of freshmen year that could have made my first two years a little different.

Things I'm Loving

Thursday, August 17, 2017

What I've been listening to: I don't use Spotify in my car, mostly because I am too lazy to create offline playlists and my brother plows through data on our family plan so fast that I'm constantly paranoid about using my phone when I don't have wifi to make up for his over-use of data every single month. This means that I tend to just rely on the music that I have on my phone. I've been using Spotify since my senior year of high school, so that was around the time I stopped buying music on iTunes. Long story short, a majority of the music on my iPhone is at least four or five years old, sans some new One Direction and Little Mix.

Seven Things I Can't Resist Spending Money On

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

My life is just one big contradiction after the next. I'm trying to justify purchases while also trying to save money also while admitting that there is a whole slew of things that I have a very difficult time saying no to. Just trying to keep it real on here. 

I am trying to save money, but I also do believe in being able to treat yourself if the bank account allows it. I feel very lucky that I can resist spending my entire savings on handbags that have the potential to bankrupt me. My weaknesses when it comes to shopping are fairly innocent. I mean, how embarrassing would it be if I bankrupted myself from buying too many coffees? I mean, I could see it happening but...you know what, let's just dive into the seven things I hate about you that will always get the best of me when it comes to shopping.

A Guide to My Favorite NARS Lipsticks

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

When I look into my lipstick drawer, I see a sea of black tubes. This is partially because basically, every single brand uses black tubes, but also because I own a lot of NARS lipsticks. I mean, it probably doesn't seem like a lot, but I like to try out a lot of various makeup brands, so for me to have multiples from the same is pretty rare. If I could afford it, I'd have many, many more. Unfortunately, sometimes you just have to choose bill payments over new lipsticks. Is this what growing up is like?

NARS is well known for their Laguna Bronzer and Orgasm products, even their combination blush and bronzer palettes, but I never really heard much about their lipsticks throughout my time watching overwhelming amounts of beauty videos on Youtube. They seemed to have been the forgotten makeup products, hidden in the shadow of MAC.

The only time I really heard of NARS lip products being brought up was when it came time to use a gloss and the NARS gloss in Roman Holiday would come out to play. I've used quite a few of their formulas and I have to say...they're some of my favorites. I love the packaging, the formulas are very consistent, and the color selection is exciting, while still offering some traditional nude shades for those more conservative with their lip color choices.

My Reading Marathon | Four YA Books, One Post

Monday, August 14, 2017

Last week, I had a bit of a reading marathon. I didn't have a lot going on and the kids I babysit weren't home very much, so between some other work I had to get done, I basically dedicated a week to reading. A couple of these books I really liked, one I wasn't quite a fan of, and the other...well...I still can't decide how I feel about it. I would just like to say that I'm not the be-all-end-all of book reviews. I can't even write proper reviews. I just like to ramble about my ~ feelings ~ and hope for the best. So, you know, if I don't like something, it doesn't necessarily mean it's bad and vice versa! I don't normally talk about things that I dislike on this blog, so I just wanted to make that clear because I have guilty conscious and writing is hard and it's impossible to please everyone. Okay, now that we have that out of the way, let's dive in!

How to Break a Boy by Laurie Devore

This book stood out to me for a couple of reasons. First thing: the title is amazing. It's a #LifeGoal of mine (I'm absolutely kidding). But truly, the title piques your interest, plus the incredibly bright cover design. Couple in the fact that the description of the book on the inside of the front sleeve mentions fake dating and you've got the perfect formula for me to check a book out of the library. I don't think I actually squealed when I picked this one up off of the shelf, but honestly, it could've happened.

How I've Been Saving Money This Summer

Friday, August 11, 2017

I am notoriously bad with money. I never feel like I have enough of it and constantly feel like I'm spending irresponsibly. I used to joke that I was broke, but at least I was broke after paying off all of my bills, right? I saw something the other day that said that was "responsibroke," so, take that, mom!

This summer I really wanted to stick to my goal of saving as much money as possible. So far, I think I've been doing fairly well. I've purchased a few things here and there, but nothing has seemed too out of line and there's still some time this summer left to earn and save. This time of year was the most ideal time for me to try to save. I don't have rent or utility bills to pay. I'm not working in retail anymore and don't feel the need to buy new clothes and makeup to keep up an appearance. I'm not going out to eat or getting drinks with my friends. Aaaand now I sound like a total loser. 

Even with this ideal money saving situation of living at home and not having many personal expenses, I've definitely been doing everything I can to ensure that I save a decent chunk of the money that I'm making.

Things I'm Loving

Thursday, August 10, 2017

What I'm reading: I've read quite a few books over the course of the past week, but only one of those books I truly feel like I can recommend because I loved it. The other two...well, I'll leave those for a post for another time! However, I just recently read Little Black Dresses, Little White Lies by Laura Stampler and it knocked my socks off. It's no secret that I'm a speedy reader, but I genuinely did not want to put this book down at any time. I finished it in a day in probably a six hour period or so and it was so worth it. The only downside to my expedited reading process is that I'm done with the books I love so dearly in such a short period of time. Oh well!

Little Black Dresses, Little White Lies is about high-schooler Harper Anderson, the newest intern for Shift magazine. There's a catch–she's the new summer dating blogger with no dating experience herself, besides a few bad kisses. In fact, her application essay (which landed her the spot) about a bad hookup was based on her best friend Kristina's embarrassing faux pas. Far away from her comfort zone in California, Harper takes on a new persona in New York City, making sure that she becomes the magazine's ideal summer intern and dating blogger.

Weighing In On Liquid Lipsticks

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

As someone who is extremely passionate about my lipsticks, it has come to my attention that I haven't talked about them in quite some time. It felt like my lipstick drawer was calling out to me recently, telling me that it missed me. I have, admittedly, been ignoring it all summer, mostly because I haven't been wearing much makeup at all and when I do, I normally go for a matte nude. Tsk tsk, I am ashamed of myself.

One of my favorite forms of lipstick is a liquid lipstick. There are so many out on the market, so let's consider this comprehensive blog post a guide to some of the most popular liquid lipsticks out on the market and whether they're worth it or not. This would totally come down to somebody's preference, of course, but these are just my experiences with each of the brands that I've tried.

Whoever Said Negativity Was the New Pink Was Seriously Disturbed

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Maybe I spend too much time on the internet, but man, some people are just so negative. It's beyond being a Negative Nancy. It's Negative Nancy stuck under a black rain cloud that monsoons 24/7 and has little lightning bolts that strike every thirty minutes on the dot. I'm not sure when it happened, but being negative became the new black and I for one am not here for it. But what are you supposed to do when you're shrouded in negativity, whether it be the people you're friends with, your co-workers, classmates, or perhaps just the atmosphere you're surrounded by?

Show Your Summer Stripes

Monday, August 7, 2017

If you follow me on Instagram, these two outfits may seem familiar. If you don't follow me on Instagram, well, first thing's first, you're missing out. There's a common theme within my current outfits and as you can probably gather from the title, the common denominator is stripes. I always tend to gravitate towards stripes when buying clothes. It's a trend that will never die. Even if it does, at some point, become completely uncool to rock stripes, you'll have to pry my striped clothing out of my cold dead hands.

Recent Reads #1

Friday, August 4, 2017

Despite Sundays being "off-days" on my blog now, I didn't want to lose the spirit of my Good Reads posts, so I figured I'd sprinkle them in from time to time because it's fun to share some awesome posts from everyone else every once in a while.

1. What To Say Instead Of "You're Not Fat" I think this is a really interesting concept for an article and something that I struggle with when talking day-to-day with friends or customers back when I was working retail. The idea of "you're not fat, you're beautiful" is a really strange way to respond to someone's comments about themselves. That correlation would assume that fat = ugly and thin = beautiful and that's just not the reality of the situation. I highly recommend reading the entire article, but the key, as author Kelsey Miller points out, is to respond to their feelings, not their bodies.

Things I'm Loving

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Things I'm reading: After being home for months, I finally took a trip to my favorite local library, renewed my card, and took out five books that I'm so stoked to read. I picked them up on Monday and powered through the first book at the top of my pile, which was Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett. It's essentially a modern day, teen-version of You've Got Mail and it was addicting as all hell. I could not put this book down. I read all but about, like, 50 pages in one sitting yesterday and I was legitimately screeching towards the end.

The Purchase Justification Process

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

The irony of this photo is that these shoes were $15, the jeans were my mom's from over ten years ago, and I got the sweater for $10 on sale at H&M. Trust me, though, most other things in my wardrobe went through this justification process.

I don't mean to pat myself on the back but I've had people tell me that I'm the only person they'll shop with. Now, we know it's not because I'm silent and not annoying because that is just not the truth. I am the master of telling friends that something just isn't them without crushing their spirits. But I have also mastered another skill that gets me into trouble more often than not. I can justify most, if not all purchases. There's a tier of questions to ask yourself as you're shopping and you pick up a black and white gingham ruffle one-shoulder top in the sale section.

Going Back to College?

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

It's August 1st, which can only mean one things. Actually, two things. You can officially start using the 2018 agenda that your purchased for this year. The second thing that the first of this month signifies something bigger (I know, bigger than getting to use a new agenda? Impossible). It's back to school at the end of the month for many people. Thankfully, not me. Not to point my finger and snicker and says "SUCKERS!" while I kick my legs back and relax. I paid my dues, man. I paid my dues!

I like giving unsolicited college advice. It's one of my favorite things to do. I'd like to think that I was pretty good at the college thing. I made some noticeable mistakes, but I came out of it at the end in a pretty good place, which I'd consider a success. So clearly, I am now mega-qualified to write all of these posts. Since I am the College Master™ (joking, totally, 100% joking), I figured I'd break up this back to school series into a few sections so I can delve into various aspects of college. We have today's, (You've Got Me Feeling) Emotions & Socialization, and then I'm sure I'll touch on money, what to eat, having fun, getting ready for classes, and who knows what else will pop into my head.

The Never Ending Stress Express

Monday, July 31, 2017

In the spirit of making changes around my blog, I feel like something needs to be done about my monthly reflection posts. I mean, how many more months can I drone on and on about how nothing happened this month and how fast time is passing. Blah, blah, blah, sometimes I get sick of the sound of my own voice. Granted, this is all in writing but I can hear it in my voice, which you all are totally not missing out on. 

I Just Keep On Coming Back to You | A July Playlist

Friday, July 28, 2017

My July playlist seems a lot shorter than it's been the past few months. I'm assuming this has to do with quite a few things. First thing, I've been unironically listening to "Strip That Down" and "Get Low" by Liam Payne for the entirety of the month. I pretty much do all things with music on, but there have definitely been times where I've been sitting in silence because I couldn't find music to match my mood. What the fork, right?! When do I ever do things in silence?

Things I'm Loving

Thursday, July 27, 2017

I have no special category for the first thing I'm loving. What I'm looking forward to using? What I stalked the tracking order for this week? What I can't stop looking at? Who knows. As you can probably tell, I got a new agenda and if I fall into the black hole of raving about agendas, I think I will permanently fall in and never come out. I got my 2018 Bando agenda in the medium sized with the holographic cover. I cannot stop playing with it. I stare at the cover and move it back and forth like I'm watching some sort of feature length film. It's going to be a major distraction, I just know it. I've accepted that fact now. Bando agendas are my all time favorite and my total jam at the moment. There were so many cute covers this year too that if I have to end up getting a second agenda, I might have to double up on Bando instead of choosing a different option for my next one. #Yikes.

Five New Drugstore Products + My First Impressions

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

As part of my initiative to start purchasing and using more drugstore makeup, I decided to scour the shelves at Target and make some decisions. I picked some products based out of pure curiosity from seeing ads, some because of recommendations, and some that I've just been dying to try for a while.

All five of these collectively cost less than most of my other high-end makeup, which I find extremely hilarious and also is a cause of concern based on how much high-end makeup I have in my collection. Regardless, I said I was going to test out drugstore products that I haven't in the past and I'm sticking to my word. I picked up these products a couple of weeks ago so I could have time to test them out. Granted, I've hardly worn makeup this past couple of weeks so these are still under the "first impressions" category as far as I'm concerned.

Millennial Pink Loafers in the Summer

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

I don't know why it slightly pained me to put the words "millennial pink" in the title of this blog post, but I suffered through the split second of discomfort to continue on with the usual ramblings of every single post on this blog. I don't know when this blush pink shade became millennial pink instead, but you know what, it's all good. It's still the same pretty, pretty pink that I love and adore and want to douse myself in head to toe. I just stuck with the "toe" portion today, choosing to romp around in my new mules/loafers from Marshall's.

Styling Surprisingly Versatile Statement Earrings

Monday, July 24, 2017

I have a rocky relationship with wearing jewelry. I think it's fair to say that I am just not a jewelry person. I used to wear earrings when I was a kid and then there was an incident during Halloween when I was in elementary school (my spider earrings got caught on my pillow and I woke up to a pillow attached to my ear and it was pretty traumatizing). I basically swore off earrings after that until there was an isolated circumstance in which I had to wear earrings to my brother's wedding in seventh grade. After that, I don't think I wore them unless the circumstances were necessary.

Dream Closet, Vol. 31

Friday, July 21, 2017

This is one of those blog series that I just don't want to let die as I start to make some changes around here. It's mostly because it gives me an excuse to look at all of Net-A-Porter's new arrivals because other than these posts, I have absolutely no business looking anywhere on that website for anything. How can I resist lusting towards these fabulous high-end items? There are so many gorgeous pieces out there and I am in tune with reality enough to know that these items would be a dream to have but I'm nowhere near reaching those unrealistic #ClosetGoals.

Anyways, these seems like a fun way to round out this week of blog posts before I take my break for the weekend. Did I mention last week how much of a relief I felt not having to wake up on Saturday and Sunday and rush to put a blog post together? This is actually the only post this week that I'm not writing ahead of time because, well, I actually don't know. I think I've just been really tired and in order to do this post, I need my old Macbook with Photoshop on it and this computer basically has to remain my desktop computer because it's heavy and the battery is absolute CRAP (aka it needs to be serviced but I'm cheap AF and I don't want to drive 40 minutes to the Apple Store when I only use this computer to edit photos). I digress, no big deal. Let's get into my 31st dream closet!

I think I could say, with confidence, that my dream closet could easily be filled to the brim with Gucci (with a sprinkling of Saint Laurent). I have to make a conscious effort when doing these posts to not just fill them with all of the Gucci new arrivals. I kept it to just this geometric printed dress that is so 60s that it hurts.

Things I'm Loving

Thursday, July 20, 2017

I want to reformat my Things I'm Loving Thursday posts. I don't know how I want to go about it, so I'm going to probably test a few different formats over the next few weeks to figure out what in the heck I want to doith this blog series. It's certainly not something that I want to give up, especially since I need some place weekly to scream about new singles that the members of One Direction release during their solo endeavors, but dedicating entire blog posts to said songs would be a little extreme and quite frankly, a bit boring. How many exclamation points can you read in a row before you sigh and yell, "WE GET IT!"

What I've been putting on my face:

Actually, it's a relief to say that I'm not really putting much on my face lately. I'm really dedicated to keeping a bare face as much as possible this summer in an attempt to really heal my acne ridden skin and just give it a break. One of my all time favorite products has really been coming in clutch for my lazy makeup days though. I'm actually almost out of my Anastasia Tinted Brow Gel (I use the shade Espresso) and I'm so torn between getting another tube or sticking to my all drugstore purchases. It's the perfect match for my eyebrow color and really fills in those sparse areas without adding too much. It's definitely a product that makes me feel infinitely more polished when I have it on.

Once and For All, An Ode to Sarah Dessen & A Chat About YA Fiction

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Sarah Dessen is my homegirl. I don't actually know Sarah Dessen (though, Sarah, if you're reading this...hit me up), but she's been there for me since I was a teenager. I must have read Just Listen for the first time when I was in eighth grade back in 2008/2009. I can't remember the exact date, but I know it was around the time that I ordered my black iPod Classic because I have the quote "Don't think or judge, just listen" engraved on the back courtesy of that book. She's the author of thirteen books and I'm proud to say that I have read and enjoyed all thirteen of them.

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