January Reflection

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

January's reflection post is coming a day early because, well, it's my party and I'll cry if I want to it's my blog and I'll write about whatever when I want to. January has been A Month™ to say the least. The beginning of a new year can either go one of two ways. This year, from the start, was going to be bittersweet. Collectively, 2016 was a pretty awful year. Of course there are going to be people who had great years, but I'd say for a great deal of humanity, 2016 was not kind. 2017 was a beacon of hope for a better year.

A Review of Sorts: We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

Monday, January 30, 2017

Part of my goals for 2017 was to read a new book each month. Twelve months, twelve books that I haven't even cracked the spine of before. It's a goal that I'm finally ready to keep, no matter what. I made a reading resolutions post shortly thereafter where I listed off a dozen or so titles that I would like to read during the year. High on that list was We Were Liars by E. Lockhart, a young adult book that I've been recommended quite a few times by friends with impeccable tastes in books. Normally, I only buy paperback books, but I decided to splurge and finally bite the bullet and buy the hardcover version of this book because I spent too long trying to put it off.

Good Reads

Sunday, January 29, 2017

1. Camel Coat I love the simplicity of this outfit. It's still super chic and it only requires a few key pieces. Plus, I loved the sentiment about simplifying your closet. I mean, who knows whether or not I'll be able to give up my ruffle sleeved sweater without a good fight, but I think everyone could benefit from a little bit of simplification.

2. Gird Your Loins: “The Devil Wears Prada” is Coming to Broadway I have been internally screaming about this since I heard the news. Honestly, my life has never felt more fulfilled than it has now just from hearing the news about a musical that I have zero part in.

3. 8 Important Questions About ZAYN and Taylor Swift’s New Music Video Honestly, these are my thoughts exactly. I hate the franchise, I'm not Zayn's biggest fan as of late, and the song...the songs sounds like it was done in a week. Jack Antonoff, you've done better. Anyways. There's my little spot of negativity for the day. Number five and number eight get me though.

We Could Be Heroes | A January Playlist

Saturday, January 28, 2017

The end of January is near and we're a few days closer to surviving the first month of 2017. A lot of sh!t has happened in the past week that has made January feel like it was six years long, but hopefully  that doesn't become the theme for the year. But, this isn't a January reflection quite yet! Today we're talking about the tunes that I've been enjoying over the past month. 

Recent Outfits, Part Five

Friday, January 27, 2017

I call this outfit I Very Desperately Wanted to Be Comfortable, But In Reality, It Was Around 60 Degrees and I Was Sweating Bullets All Day also known as Any Excuse To Look Cute and Cozy In My New Glasses. 

Sweater: H&M
Jeans: Joe's Jeans (from Cleveland Consignment Shoppe)
Boots: Steve Madden
Glasses: Prada

Things I'm Loving

Thursday, January 26, 2017

1. Burberry Pale Barley eyeshadow

I've been trying to get my hands on this eyeshadow for years. I always heard Allison (Amarixe on Youtube) rave about it in her videos from a couple of years ago, but I never found myself in a Sephora that sold Burberry products and wasn't going to order a $29 eyeshadow online without getting to at least see it in person first. Last March, I picked up my Burberry shadow in Nude to dive into their beauty products, deeming them safe to order. Still, I never got around to trying out more colors.

Working from Home: Stage One

Wednesday, January 25, 2017


In the past, I've talked about how to still be productive when you spend the day at home. This was mostly in the context of not having classes on a weekday or having to balance online classes with "in person" classes. With my jobs, there's always been some kind of work at home aspect to them, whether it's editing the website or posting on social media or even this blog is like working from home. However, I now have a regular part-time remote job where I actually need to work from home and do important things on my own time.

Happy National Compliment Day!

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Today is, by far, the best day of the entire year. It's only January 24th and the best day of 2017 is already here. That's potentially a terrifying thought, but the reality of the situation is that today is National Compliment Day. That's right. A whole day dedicated to the incredible art of giving genuine compliments and making people happy.

Compliments are such an easy way to make someone's day. You don't have to buy them anything or perform any extravagant act. You literally just have to look someone in the eye and say "hey, I love your top!" or "hey, you're really funny!" and I can guarantee it'll be stuck in their head for at least the remainder of the day, if not for a long while, too. That's it. That's all you have to do.

Trends I Want to End in 2017

Monday, January 23, 2017

Every time I see any variation of the title of this post, my eyes automatically roll up into my head, roll out of my eyes, continue to roll on the floor until they cannot roll anymore. There is absolutely nothing wrong with expressing distaste for trends. Am I continuously confused by the cold-shoulder trend? Of course. But I'm also extremely frustrated that I look really, really dumb in cold-shoulder tops while other people are out there slaying that look. Because that's what fashion is. Not everyone is going to look good in the same thing and that is just how the game goes.

Good Reads

Sunday, January 22, 2017

1. How to Meet People A perfectly timed post, especially since I had a post this week about being unsure of how to make friends without classes.

2. What to Do When You've Lost Your Creativity Man, this is a struggle, let me tell you.

3. I Still Can’t Stop Wearing Leggings as Pants I'm with Leandra. I spent far too long refusing to wear leggings as pants and now it is ALL I WANT.

4. 9 Beauty Splurges We’re Almost Embarrassed About I've definitely had this embarrassing feeling before...

Dream Closet, Vol. 25

Saturday, January 21, 2017

We're creeping closer and closer to the beginning of spring. Hell, it feels like spring in Cleveland right now (thanks, global warming). In usual shopping and retail patterns, stores are starting to stock up on their spring clothing, starting with some resort pieces before they most likely dive straight into full-fledged spring fashion early next month. 

My monthly scroll through Net-A-Porter (okay, so maybe I was looking last night at some of their final sale pieces...) was much more colorful this time around. The pages of new arrivals were flooded with brightly colored and shoes and bags, plenty of crepe and silk to go around. For a brief moment, some of the cold-shoulder pieces and cut-out dresses made me yearn for summer, until I snapped back to reality and remembered that fall is where I thrive.

Regardless of my seasonal preference, there are a lot of gorgeous pieces out in this world that I wish I could have sitting in my closet right now. Or, more realistically, on a rolling rack because I literally cannot fit a single other thing into my closet at the moment. Or my drawers. It's becoming an issue...

Positivitea Cup Twenty-Five: Words of Wisdom...Inspired By Elle Woods

Friday, January 20, 2017

It's no secret that Elle Woods is my absolute idol. The blonde-haired, pink-loving, best-dressed and clever young law student (turned lawyer) is iconic. One of my favorite posts from last year was Seven Things That Elle Woods Taught Me, so I figured it was time for a second edition of that. With a new semester starting for many (and some their last semester ever) or new jobs and beginnings, I figured we could all use a big dose of Elle Woods in our lives.

Things I'm Loving

Thursday, January 19, 2017

1. Prada glasses

I answered my own question I posed a couple of weeks ago on my blog. Should I get new glasses? The answer, as it turns out, was yes. Or at least, I made the executive decision of "yes." I had an eye exam set up for my trip home this past weekend, mostly to make sure that my prescription didn't change and so I could get another contact fitting so I could get myself another supply of those as well.  In the back of my head, I knew I wanted a new pair of glasses, but I didn't intend on finding what might be the perfect pair for me.

Campus Style For a New Semester

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Too Faced lipstick | Nadri earrings

I'm not ready to let go of my college central blog posts yet. Bear with me as I try to slowly let go of the things I will miss about college. It's going to take some time to get used to letting go of my organization methods and love of getting dressed for class every morning. I'd like to think that even if I am done with college, I'm not quite done with talking about it yet and I might not be for a while.

How Do You Make Friends Without Classes?

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

This isn't one of my usual thinly veiled advice posts. Today is, technically, day one of navigating life as a post-grad, as I am supposed to be starting my last semester of college today. Instead, I'm still laying in bed at the house I grew up in, covering in a real warm hand knitted blanket. Up until now, everything has felt like a normal winter break, but after seeing back to school tweets and posts today, I'm starting to feel it a bit more.

I'm Not Going Back to School

Monday, January 16, 2017

I've jokingly made this threat before the start of every single semester since my freshmen year. But this time, I'm being serious. It's not for lack of effort or me finally throwing in the towel. After seven grueling semesters and wanting to seriously give up more than once, I don't have to go back to school. I have my diploma sitting on my desk at home in its white envelope with the incorrect date printed on it (I think it's too funny to get it fixed). My gown and sash are still hanging in my closet at my apartment and my glittery cap, bless its heart, is somewhere in some trash pile because I could not keep that mess contained.

Good Reads

Sunday, January 15, 2017

1. 10 Outfits for Winter Weather There's something so chic and classic about Jessica's style that I adore. Plus, I swear, she always has the cutest hats and coats! I guess those are two necessities in Chicago winters...

2. Moons, Stars and Lucky Charms Those red booties with that leopard coat? Incredible. I've also loved a pop of red against leopard print, but usually mine is through a red lipstick.

3. Book Recommendations I'm also trying to set myself reading resolutions for this year, so any recommendations I can find I'll take!

4. Feeling Neutrals I love the combination of a long camel coat with a pair of sneakers. Such a fun way to add a bit of casualness to an outfit.

Cleveland Bucket List

Saturday, January 14, 2017

I've lived in Cleveland for a majority of the past three years, sans my winter and summer breaks home during my first two years of college. Despite being an unofficial Northeastern Ohio resident, I've barely scratched the surface on what I've seen in the area, let alone the whole state. I've still yet to visit Columbus and I doubt I ever will. It's probably for the best. I've heard their shopping is incredible and I've been told once or twice that I have a shopping problem. I'm saving myself with that one.

On Tolerating Winter

Friday, January 13, 2017

If Winter and I were in a Facebook official relationship, the status would be "it's complicated." Similar to my relationship with free time, I don't get on very well with winter, but it's also essential to my sartorial side. I could never live somewhere where there wasn't all four seasons. I need winter, spring, summer and fall (And I now have "You've Got A Friend" by Carole King stuck in my head, thanks, self) in my life. I don't know what I would do if it was hot all of the time. I hate the heat! But I also don't think I could live anywhere where it was cold all of the time. I hate the cold! Despite this, I can't live without either of these weather extremes. I would go crazy.

Despite the rising temperatures this winter, there was a period of bitter cold that tried so hard to make me miserable. Sometimes, it succeeded. After living through 21 years on the Great Lakes, I'm not stranger to extreme winters that last a majority of the year. There's plenty of ways to handle the winter, whether you like it or not.

Things I'm Loving

Thursday, January 12, 2017

1. Rebecca Minkoff Bojana Bootie 

On the same day I impulsively bought those pink velvet Steve Madden booties, I might have also been a bit naughty and treated myself to these booties from Rebecca Minkoff. In my defense, they were 45% off at Saks Off Fifth and I hadn't purchased myself a graduation present from myself. So really, it was a no brainer. I went into Saks first, tried a bunch of boots on, and then left to go Steve Madden before I got myself into trouble there. I was going to go home after Steve Madden, but I parked at Saks so I had to walk through one last time to get to my car.

My Complicated Relationship With Free Time

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

When I was younger, I used to relish in free time. I used to read, hang out with friends, and just truly let myself relax. As I got older, time for leisurely activities was quickly swallowed by soccer or softball practice, pitching lessons, piano lessons, schoolwork and family time. Before I could catch my breath, I threw myself into college and things were okay again. I wasn't very social freshmen year and my workload wasn't massive, so there was still time to read and just enjoy my free time by exploring downtown. Then, with the flip of a switch, I got a job during the spring of my sophomore year and I seemed to have forgotten what it was like to have a spare moment to myself.

I felt like I had to use every ounce of time I had on something, whether it was studying, doing homework, working or trying to get more hours. Nothing seemed to stop after that. I left Cleveland in May to go home for the summer and jumped into working two jobs all summer, desperately trying to save money for my apartment. From then on, it felt like an exponential downfall. I taught myself to enjoy being busy and to thrive off of a constant go, go, go lifestyle. I chugged coffees and bypassed sleep in order to try to keep living the same life I was without dispensing my free time to work.

The World of Social Media and Technology

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

My first experience with social media was, probably to some extent, Neopets or Club Penguin. I was merely in elementary school and found enjoyment out of these games. This advanced into me making my first Myspace page in sixth grade. I was probably 11 or so when I made my first profile, diving head fist into the weird and ever-developing world of social media channels.

Myspace led to making my first Twitter account in 8th grade. Ever since that moment in 2009, my life has been documented in this kind of weird digital diary. Between my archive of tweets spread across two different accounts, my hidden Facebook albums and statuses that were never deleted and, of course, this blog, a majority of my adolescence has been tracked on the internet.

Golden Globes Red Carpet 2017

Monday, January 9, 2017

Award shows aren't my favorite things in the world. I normally never know what's nominated and I've probably never seen any of the shows or movies that are mentioned. But, award shows do yield one of my favorite things in the entire world: red carpet fashion. So, I will be playing the opposite of Fashion Police and will strictly be praising my favorite looks from the night because there's nothing I love more than drooling over a gorgeous gown.

1. Emily Ratajkowski wearing Reem Acra

Good Reads

Sunday, January 8, 2017

1. We Asked a Teen About New Year’s Resolutions, Fashion and Music I don't know about you, but I thought this was a really interesting interview with a normal Florida teen that touches on some pretty important social issues i.e. feminism and anxiety (and also, Bee Movie).

2. Repeat Offenders: Pearl Beanie + Velvet Cami We're all seeing this beanie with pearl baubles on it...right? I'm not just seeing perfection?

3. Do You Swear in Front of Your Parents? Where do you think I learned it from? Just kidding, mom (wink wink).

4. 2016 Fashion There's just something so cool and classic about Krista's outfit choices that I love.

Should I Get New Glasses?

Saturday, January 7, 2017

I've had my Kate Spade Blakely glasses since my senior year of high school. They were the first pair of glasses that I owned that I actually liked and wanted to wear all of the time, not just when they were convenient for board reading purposes. My wise, wise optometrist cousin (who may or not be reading this, so hey girl, what's up) once said that glasses are like another accessory, especially when you need to be wearing them on a daily basis and don't love contacts (which, I do, but sometimes I just want to wear some frames, man). Since then, I've been entertaining the idea of finding myself a nice new pair of glasses to switch in and out with my Kate Spade frames when I'm feeling like I want to pass on my contacts for the day.

I normally just get glasses through my optometrist, but sometimes the options are a bit limited. So, I decided to broaden my horizons a bit and search on the interwebs for some sweet new frames. I always look for something a bit bigger, as I have a huge head and a fairly large ("fairly" is an understatement) nose, which both require some thicker, bigger frames to offset the...well...hugeness of everything else. These were some I found searching earlier and let me just say, the internet is a magical, wonderful place and I'm not sure if I'll ever be able to narrow down my choices. Here's to searching!

Positivitea Cup Twenty-Four: New Year, New Me...Or Same Me?

Friday, January 6, 2017

New year, new me? New year, same me?

Recently, I've talked about my 2017 to do list, resolutions and whether or not it's an arbitrary date, and what 2016 was like for me. With the ending of a long, hard year and the beginning of a brand new year and a blank canvas, it's impossible not to get a little introspective and deep. Is this even deep? I'm sort of terrified of deep water...I like my feet to be able to touch the bottom with my head above water...I digress.

Things I'm Loving

Thursday, January 5, 2017

1. Too Faced Melted Matte liquid lipstick in Lady Balls

So, I fell in love with another red lip color. My lovely friend Hannah knows me so well and sent me quite a few lip colors for Christmas (ugh, I'm still gushing over them) and this was the first I wanted to test out immediately. I'm always looking out to try new liquid lipsticks and this one from Too Faced was one that I had seen through my strolls through Sephora. I like the regular Too Faced Melted liquid lipsticks, so the whole matte aspect is always intriguing to me. I love myself some matte lips!

What I Learned From College

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

A nice little throwback to my dorm room my sophomore year of college. And yes, even in my apartment now, I still have my Taylor Swift 1989 polaroids in a heart shape above my pillows.
What I learned in college is...what I learned in college is...what I learned in college is...

I've been sitting on this post for a few weeks now, though I think I've been thinking about this topic for a while. It's no secret that college teaches you far more than formulas, iambic pentameter, the basics of marketing...you get the point. Just as school hasn't always circled around academics and education, we are never just students. We're teenagers, friends,  girlfriends, employees, sisters, daughters. Life doesn't stop when you're in school. It doesn't stop when you're a teenager in high school and it certainly doesn't stop when you're making your first steps on your own as an adult in college. Because of this, there are plenty lessons of learned (sometimes, more) in life throughout your collegiate years. Things to do, things not to do, what you should and should not say, how to deal with stress...all of these things test us and it's up to us to see if we can learn from them or not.

Reading Resolutions

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

There used to be a time where I read frequently, never traveling anywhere with a book I was reading and a second just incase I finished it wherever I was. I read during my study halls in high school, during downtime while I worked, when I should've been doing homework or on long car rides. It didn't really matter when or where, I always had a book in hand and my nose between the pages. Then I started college and the reading for fun time started slipping away. Slowly, I went from reading 20 to 30 books a year to four or five if I was lucky. I set goals I never fulfilled, bought books I never cracked the spine on, and struggled to through myself in the fictional worlds created by my favorite authors.

2017 To Do List

Monday, January 2, 2017

It's tradition at this point for me to create an elaborate and long to do list for the coming year. Instead of my usual 40 point list, I've halved it to twenty (hopefully) achievable goals and checkpoints for me to reach in the coming year. It's weird writing out a list that doesn't have some sort of academic goal on it! I hope that I've filled up the gaps in my "to do" list appropriately with other equally, if not more, important points to strive towards during the year!

2016: A Year In Review

Sunday, January 1, 2017

If I wanted to properly sum up this year, I would have to include a video of someone running around panicked whilst on fire on the sixtieth floor of a building while Nickelback plays loudly in the background on a constant loop. There are probably massive spiders there as well. This is all to say that 2016 was a nightmare, truly. But it wasn't without its silver lining moments, redeeming days and weeks that reminded us that there were some ups to a year that felt like an exponential downfall of humanity.

For me, this was a rough year. A lot of aspects of my life suffered because of school and work and the ungodly amounts of pressure that I put on myself to constantly do the most. This blog suffered, my sleep and health suffered, and so did aspects of my social life. A lot of things took the back burner and it was entirely my fault.
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