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Friday, December 8, 2017

Forever21 Teddy Bear Coat

Not to be dramatic, but my life didn't start until the day I received this coat in the mail. I've been dying for a teddy bear coat in this style for a while, but I was very particular about the color that I wanted. I didn't want a cream or a tan, I wanted a sort of caramel brown shade with a little bit of ginger in it just to spice it up (I don't cook, was that a pun?). I searched high and low and the only one I found in the color that I wanted was $60000 from J.Crew and not in my size. Just kidding, it was really only like $200 or something but in my current financial state, anything over $60 might as well be $60000. I ended up finding this jacket on Poshmark, new with tags, and I can almost assume I did a little dance when it became officially mine.

I assumed that since it was Forever21, it was going to be thin and not all that great for cold weather but still ultimately a cute jacket. Boy, was I wrong. This jacket is actually warm? And thick? And shockingly well made? I'm still really shocked by the quality of this and for sure will bundle myself up this winter in this jacket. And yes, my family does call me Fozzie Bear every time they see me wear it. The Muppets are fashion icons, what can I say?

The Calm Before the (Snow) Storm

Thursday, December 7, 2017

I've never in my life lived somewhere that it didn't snow. I've also never lived somewhere that it doesn't snow a lot. I can also read a calendar (shockingly) and know that we're creeping closer to the end of December. It's technically not winter until the end of the month, but really, it might as well be winter as soon as Thanksgiving is over.

However, the pure horror that came over my face this morning to look at the weather app on my phone to see how next week was going to be was purely comical. You guys, we have some snow in the forecast. Now, Buffalo has already gotten snow so this isn't anything new in Western New York, but it hasn't hit my city yet and honestly...I'm not quite sure that I'm ready for it yet. I'm never ready though, am I? The cold weather sucks, but my biggest concern is driving in snow. I'm bad at it, guys. I'm not the best driver in general, so adding snow into the equation is...not a fun car ride, to say the least.

Five Beauty Mistakes We've All (Probably) Made

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

I had to check to make sure that my last "beauty mistakes" post didn't start the way that I'm starting this post. Luckily, I wasn't feeling particularly obnoxious that day. But after watching at least five or six hours straight of David Dobrik's videos yesterday, it's pretty safe to say that I'm feeling a little obnoxious on this cold, windy Wednesday morning., two, three, four, everybody makes mistakes, everybody has those days!

Alright, don't click away. Or do, if you really feel inclined and are horrified by my Hannah Montana references at the ripe age of 22. I did a post back in October about six makeup mistakes to avoid, like not cleaning your brushes regularly or blending out your eyeshadow or bronzer. Now we're coming back for some more beauty mistakes to avoid, namely inspired by my occasional habit of breaking the unspoken rules that I know exist but sometimes, just sometimes, am too lazy to follow myself. Like those situations where you know what you're doing is wrong and not good for you but you still do it anyways, like alternating Fireball and tequila shots because you hate your liver and decided that vomiting isn't that bad.


The Aviator Jacket

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Do you ever look at the price of something that you didn't previously know the price of an kind of want to, I don't know, faint and disappear into oblivion because you cannot believe such a thing could cost that insane amount of money? That's how I felt when I found out the price of the Acne Velocite Jacket. You know, the black leather one which monochromatic black shearling lining that your favorite blogger probably owns. Of course, I'm absolutely aware of the price tag of Acne clothing, but was a few seconds away from upchucking my dinner when my eyes glanced over the $2700 price tag.

This aviator jacket looks nothing like the Acne jacket, but there are plenty of similarly styled aviator jackets that have almost the exact same look as the Acne jacket at a legitimate fraction of the price, not just a couple of bucks. However, this post is making a case for all aviator jackets, whether they have a leather or fabric exterior, black or white lining, and any other variations that can happen in the day and age of an, arguably, over-saturation of clothing brands.

Gift Giving On a Budget (And Gifts Ideas Under $25)

Monday, December 4, 2017

I don't know about you, but my spare cash is very limited at the moment. It's one of those things where I technically have money saved (not an impressive amount, no need to ponder about the pathetic amount of savings I'm harboring), all of it is delegated towards whenever I move. So, the spending money portion of my bank account is...dismal. Sad. Almost non-existent. This is, understandably, a struggle during the time of year where gift-giving is normalized and almost expected.

It's not to say that I don't like to give gifts. I love giving gifts in the form of my presence...juuuuuust kidding. I do like giving people gifts, it makes me smile and it makes them smile and there's just a whole lot of love and happiness going on that it makes it all kinds of fun. But, alas, gift giving adds up and as the years go on, the list of people to buy presents for tends to increase. Then, you become stuck in a situation where you want to buy for a lot of people but don't know where to start because gifts cost money and, if you're like me, a decent disposable income might not be present.

Fear not, for over the years, I like to think that I have somehow learned to master the art of gift giving on a budget. Truly, it is not the price of the gift, but the meaning behind it. I do honestly believe in this and it's definitely something to take into account this season, especially if you're on the struggle bus when it comes to finances. Trust me, I feel you guys. I feel you.

I Want Your Midnights | November Playlist

Sunday, December 3, 2017

What? Seven posts in one week? I wanted to post my November playlist because they're some of my favorite posts to share because music is cool but I didn't want to bump a spot in my original posts I had scheduled so...we're getting bonus posts this weekend, hope y'all don't mind. And if you do I'm sorry and you can just forget today and yesterday's post happened. Actually, don't forget yesterday's post happened because it announced my YouTube channel so...

I digress, this month has, admittedly, been a lot of the same albums on repeat. I was still listening to a lot of Niall Horan's album Flicker, mostly because it's the CD that my mom constantly keeps on in her car, so every time we went somewhere this month, that CD was the only thing she would let me play. That's right. She's obsessed. She'll admit it, right mom? And then there was Walk the Moon and Taylor Swift's new albums that also dominated a lot of my listening. However, we have quite a few other songs in the mix that I was definitely into this past month.

I Started a YouTube Channel?

Saturday, December 2, 2017

That's right, y'all. My teenage dream of becoming a YouTuber has finally come true. Eat your heart out, Zoella.

All jokes aside, really, this has been something that's been on my mind for a very, very long time. There are old videos of me on my first Macbook of me trying to film a haul and very easily giving up because it just wasn't my time to be on camera. Then, when I thought my personality had developed enough to get to that comfort level, time was not my friend and there would have been no way I'd be able to swing it. Now, it's about five or six years later and there is a video of my face and my voice on the interwebs which is wild to me.

I know I don't upload on Saturdays anymore, but I think for my first few videos, I'm going to make a separate blog post about them just so y'all know what's going on. I actually have two videos filmed, edited, and set on private on YouTube ready to upload, so what I'm hoping for is a consistent Saturday upload for new videos. Then, potentially, if time still continues to be a friend to me, I might add an extra video in here and there as an addition to a blog post.

Really, a lot of stuff if up in the air with this, but as of right now I have two more videos ready to go and waiting in the wings. I'm still working out the whole camera in my face situation, but filming and editing this week has just been a lot of fun so I'm really excited to get the ball rolling on this finally. It's not quite vlogging, but I feel like this still qualifies as tacking off that "vlog at least once" point on my 2017 to do list. What do you think?

Anyways, there's not much more to say, I think the video speaks for itself! If you are so inclined, feel free to subscribe! I'm also always looking for new video ideas. I have a list at the moment, but a list of ideas is never long enough in my book.

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Friday, December 1, 2017

This specific scent is unknown because the name is not on the bottom of the candle, but it's something that smells autumnal and also kind of burns your nose if you burn it in your bedroom with the doors closed so maybe keep that in mind if you want to burn these candles in a small, confined space. Your nose might hurt, but it also will probably be worth it so...
Glade candles

In my birthday post last week, I mentioned that candles were a luxury that I could not afford. I used to always have candles burning my senior year of high school because they smelled nice and I watched one too many Bath and Body Works hauls on YouTube (remember when those were a huge thing?). Then I moved into the dorms where I was too afraid to even have or use an illegal toaster, let alone have a candle burning. No one wants to be the jerk that accidentally sets off the fire alarm and has to evacuate your floor and the ones directly above and below you. And our fire alarms were even more sensitive than I am, so that just wasn't a risk I was willing to take. Then came my apartment and the lowest my bank account has ever been and there was just no time or finances for candles. .

I know, these aren't a Yankee candle or, god, those super bougie Diptyque candles that I want so bad just to say I have one. The Glade candles don't burn for very long if you're like me and like them burning for hours and hours. But if you need something to smell nice and fill a whole room quick, look no further. We used to use these occasionally at our apartment if we had people over or family visitors because it just gave us that extra assurance that our entire apartment didn't smell like a musty warehouse, or worse, the litterbox that we had to keep in the bathroom for Gigi (our cat, not Gigi Hadid)(that seemed like a really important clarification to make as if 1. Gigi Hadid would frequently be at our apartment enough to warrant this and 2. Would prefer to use a litterbox over any other viable bathroom option which preferably would just be the toilet but I suppose to each their own).

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