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

*** This post contains affiliate links, however all opinions are my own**

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.

Taking the Pajama Look Into Summer

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

What did we do before the pajama trend hit the runways? Who do we all need to thank for gracing the end of the 2010s with silk pants and tops that are socially acceptable to wear in public and easy to access in many stores, rather than just in the pajama department (pajama department????) of your standard Target. Just know that I have been in full support of this silk pajama as regular attire trend for about a year now and I don't say this about many trends, but I'd really like for it to stick around to ensure endless comfort at all hours of the day.

2017 Book Round-Up

Monday, July 17, 2017

I figured it was time to reflect on the books I've read so far in 2017, mostly for my knowledge because every time I make sure that I'm following up on my goal for the year to read a new book every month, I forget what I've read. I really haven't disliked any of the books I've read this year, so I figure this would also double as a list of book recommendations. I think I've talked about all of them at some point on my blog, so I'll try to link those posts so you can see more in depth thoughts about each book. Or just to see more written about them. I can't promise in depth, y'all know how I can't describe things by now.

Independent Artists Infinitely More Talented Than Me

Friday, July 14, 2017

I can draw approximately two things: a stick figure and a snail. That's the extent of my artistic ability. I never excelled when it came to drawing and painting or really anything that required some sort of element of visual art. I just...I can't do it. I don't possess the talent to do so. Because of this complete lack of skill, I am generally pretty awestruck by the fact that humans are capable of creating such beautiful things.

I think I mentioned in a post a few weeks ago that when I move into my next apartment, I really want to fill it with works from independent artists, whether it's drawings, paintings, elements of graphic design, it doesn't really matter. I've been searching around for my favorites and bookmarking them as I go along. So far, these are some that I've found that I'm really itching to buy something from (or might already have). Also, they're all bada$$ women, so that's pretty darn cool too.

Things I'm Loving

Thursday, July 13, 2017

1. Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge + Laura Mercier Transluscent Setting Powder

The amount of time it's taken me to learn that using the tip of my damp sponge to apply loose setting powder to my under eye area to set my concealer instead of a brush is honestly absurd. How many years did I spend swiping a brush underneath my eye and ending up with tiny little fine lines from where I inevitably squinted in the setting process because a rogue bristle hit me in the eye? It's a dangerous game, putting brushes near your eyeballs, and it's a game I no longer have to play.

I find that when I dip the pointed tip of my Real Techniques sponge (I'm sure a Beauty Blender would work just fine too, I'm just too cheap to pay $20+ for a sponge) into the loose powder and lightly press it against the skin under my eye, I don't get weird fine lines or wrinkles in the concealer. It keeps the concealer intact and really locks it in to avoid fading and creasing throughout the day. This isn't like a new makeup fad or anything, I mean, how long have you heard the word "bake" in a makeup tutorial? This is like...the step before you would bake. I don't have the time or patience to let the loose powder sit there for that long, but I do get the appeal of applying it with a sponge instead of a brush to get a more precise and locked in look.

And Preparation for Back to School Begins...

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Sorry to spring back to school nonsense on you when there's at a least a month before that happens, but a month is not as much time as we think it is unfortunately. Every time I look at the calendar and try to plan things out, I truly realize how much time has passed. I mean, I've been home for two months now. TWO MONTHS. What? So we're talking about all of those things that are nice to have lined up and ready to go before the end of August hits and you're scrambling and rummaging through all of the reject school supplies and necessities that everyone has already picked through.

Drugstore Favorites & I Need Some Recommendations...

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Has anyone else noticed that drugstore brands are really stepping it up as of late? I remember being in middle school and struggling to find anything in the drugstore that wasn't, to put it nicely, good. Everything seemed cheap for a reason with a few gems hidden in the mix. Years later, it seems to be the opposite now, with new releases from brands that seem to one-up the previous release. Even still, I don't own a lot of drugstore products anymore. I don't know why, either, if I'm being completely honest. I don't when when or why my obsession with Sephora and high-end brands started, but it's been an expensive discovery, that's for sure.

Still, even with my shift in cosmetic interests, I have some tried and true drugstore favorites. I wish this list was longer and that's where I might need a little help...what are your favorite drugstore products? I want to make the switch to mainly drugstore for my daily products to save myself money and give some other brands some love. I really need to find a drugstore brow product (namely a tinted brow gel, but perhaps a pencil too), a good concealer for spots and acne (I have an undereye concealer that I really like already, thankfully), and a setting powder (preferably loose, but pressed could also work). I don't even know where to start, there seems like there are so many options now and I'm not sure which are worth trying. Thank you in advance!


Monday, July 10, 2017

Time has passed by in the blink of an eye. No, this isn't a July reflection post a few weeks early in which I describe how another month has come and gone. This is more of a big picture time lapse, more so about the past few years.

I was looking at my total number of posts the other day in a little blog reflection. I spend a lot of time planning blog posts and writing them out, but once they're posted, I normally don't look at them again. It's like they're out of sight, out of mind. I feel like so much effort had gone into them in the first place and then when they're up, I just have to move on to the next for a constant flow of content.

I noticed two things while I was scrolling through my posts. First thing, that I somehow managed to reach 1300 posts which is an insane number, to me. That's a lot of posts! Granted, there are blog series posts in there and sort of random well wishes on holiday posts, but you know, for all intents and purposes, 1300 posts exist on this blog, all from my brain. The second thing I noticed was also that I wasn't liking what I was seeing in my most recent posts.

Closet Confidential

Friday, July 7, 2017

This is a tag I've seen done countless times on YouTube. Since I'm too lazy to start a YouTube channel at the moment (see: lack the skills, verbal ability, and personality), I figured I'd test out this "closet confidential" tag in blog post form.

Also, quick note, there will be no new blog posts this weekend (more on that in a couple of weeks...) because I'm going to be away until Sunday night!

1. What is the oldest item in your wardrobe?

Oh boy, maybe my American Eagle skinny jeans? I've had those since high school I believe, or at least freshmen year of college. Oh, or my Topshop sweater that I bought in Spain my senior year of high school. I think the only reason why I would have held onto something for that long would be because it was a souvenir of sorts from that trip.

2. What is the newest item in your wardrobe?

The newest item in my wardrobe are my Charlotte Olympia boots! I showed them in a post a few weeks ago, but they're called the Puss In, I guess? They're very adorable and totally out of season but I needed to snag them before they were gone!

Things I'm Loving

Thursday, July 6, 2017

1. The Girls by Emma Cline

At first, I was wondering why I would have taken and thought a blurry picture was a great idea, but then I realized it was just the distorted cover of this book so A+ to me for being an idiot this morning.  I had been dying to read this book for some time, but I am an avid hater of hardcover books and am rarely too impatient to wait for a book to come to paperback. So, alas, I waited and waited until I spotted The Girls on the shelves of Target in its glorious paperback-self and snatched it up immediately.

No, I Swear I'm Not Wearing Makeup *wink*

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

"No Makeup" Makeup looks are all the rage, unlike the phrase "all the rage." Call it what you want. A low maintenance makeup look. Lazy makeup day routine. Maybe it's your everyday routine! Whatever it may be, the concept of a "No Makeup" look is still floating around in the year of 2017 for good reason. Every day does not call for a full face of makeup, but sometimes you just want to put something on.

When everything is hot and sticky in the summertime (if there is an ounce of humidity in the air, I never want to leave the house), the thought of layers upon layers of makeup and setting powders is honestly stomach churning. If it's hotter than hell outside and the humidity level is at 150,000%, this makeup will probably not hold up either, but ya know, gotta play it by ear.

Some Thoughts On Seeing U2

Monday, July 3, 2017

I can only assume the entire planet is aware of U2's existence, but if that's not the case, they're the four Irish rockers (who still have it going on, might I just say) that sang your favorite song to cry to in the 90s when Friends was on, "With or Without You." Granted, this song came out in 1987 when The Joshua Tree first released, but that's not all that important right now. Well, actually, it kind of is.

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the release of The Joshua Tree, the album that shot them to super stardom back in '87. I've been dying to buy my mom tickets to see U2 since I stated making my own money but I've struck out in the past. I finally scored a pair of GA tickets for Cleveland, the last official night of the United States leg of the tour on July 1st (they've added some dates for September, I believe). I don't know many songs by U2, but it didn't really matter at all in the long run.

Good Reads

Sunday, July 2, 2017

1. I Wrote You a Summer To-Do List (Now Get the Fuck Outside!) The title of this blog post is a personal attack against my laziness.

2. Canada Day Style: Off-the-Shoulder Top & Denim Romper How cute is that chambray romper? Looks like a pair of overalls without the discomfort of stiff denim.

3. Fashion Insiders Confirm Almost Every Stereotype in ‘The Devil Wears Prada’ I love this movie with my whole heart, but I also love when things are debunked. It's a twofer here!

4. Denim Skirt & Striped Button Down I love the look of this oversized button down. It looks super cool with the denim mini!

June Reflection

Saturday, July 1, 2017

I genuinely had to open up my Instagram feed to get some semblance of what happened this month and honestly, my feed gave away nothing. I suppose this is probably because I truly haven't done much this month. My schedule this summer is something I'm so not used to. There are periods for free time, periods of relaxation where I can just sit down and watch an entire season of The O.C. in a two day span. I mean, I technically could've done this in Cleveland but that would have meant ignoring all of my responsibilities and pretending I didn't have roommates and just all around locking myself up in my room and becoming a hermit of some sort. So really, not a viable option.
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