Shiny New Things

I’ve been doing quite a bit of shopping lately, and by “quite a bit” I mean way more than I should be. But all responsible thoughts aside, I have picked up some pretty amazing things. Some of it is still on its way via the ever-so-kind U.S. Postal Service (perhaps those purchases’ arrivals will merit a haul video!), but what I physically have right now is pretty awesome. And I got all of it either on sale or at Goodwill so I can’t feel that guilty for spending the money, right? Just say yes.

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First I want to talk about the cutie small things I’ve picked up. I got these absolutely lovely coordinating black and white candle holders on sale at Target for about $2 each, which is really a deal you cannot walk past. Then, at Goodwill, I spotted this really fabulous little silver-plated tray that will look perfect holding rings and other small things on my new dresser (which is also on its way — yay!).

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The most exciting recent purchase, however, is my white comforter. It is like laying on a fluffy white cloud; so soft, so clean, so so so in love. And it’s perfect for cute laying-down selfies, so, I mean, what else could you want?

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Summer Days, Driftin’ Away

Yes, I used lyrics to a song from Grease as the title of this post. But it fits! Summer is coming to a close (boo!) but I’ve been keeping busy these last few weeks in an effort to savor my time before classes start. Some things I’ve been doing recently include reading — Siddhartha by Herman Hesse is the current favorite — shoe shopping, and using up disposable camera after disposable camera (an expensive way to document your summer I found out  — oops!), as well as walking around Chicago and boating in Wisconsin. Here’s a look!

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Featured in the photos: Siddhartha by Herman Hess, New Look Flatforms from Asos.com, Quartz pendant necklace from a local shop in Wisconsin, Tea lights from Walmart, Various photos from camping and other escapades with my boyf.

And just because I think it’s adorable, here’s an outtake featuring Richie the Kitten:

 

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White Hot, White Hot

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I’m sure you’ve already been bashed over the head with hype over the all-white trend for Summer ’14 — I have been, too — but really, how can you not be obsessed? An all-white ensemble just screams fresh and breezy, a perfect combo to combat summer heat.

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If you’re a bit hesitant about going for the all-out, in-your-face, white-out look, you can adjust the amount of white to your comfort level.

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So go ahead, climb aboard the trend train (if you haven’t already!)

Goodwill Goddess

Goodwill Goddess

I was sitting at home with an itch to spend money and I thought to myself, “I’m gonna see what’s on sale at ASOS.” But the more practical part of my brain reminded me of all the spending I’ve been doing lately so, instead of spending a bunch of money on one or two amazing items plus shipping, I spent $13 on five amazing items at Goodwill! And yes, it’s still impulsive spending, but I like to call it “responsibly impulsive”. (It counts, okay?)
Anyway, here’s a list of what I got:

A high-waisted, A-line, houndstooth miniskirt. This skirt (pictured above) is beyond adorable. Paired with a white crop top or a cool blank tank, it’s perfect for summer hangs in the city.

Black, 4″ platform ankle booties. I am still in shock over finding these at Goodwill. These boots (also pictured above) make any outfit incredible. I’m currently wearing them with a black pleated school-girl-style skirt and a white cropped t-shirt.

A black, pleated school-girl-style skirt. Yes, yes, the skirt I am wearing now with the black ankle booties was also picked up at goodwill today. It’s actually a children’s XL skirt, but I cinched the adjustable waist until it fit my waist perfectly and now it’s an absolute dream. It definitely reminds me of the American Apparel tennis skirts I’ve been seeing all over recently.

A blue, ceramic box in the shape of a triangle. I don’t really have a lot to say about this but it was a cool find!

All in all it was a surprisingly successful trip to Goodwill and I’m beyond happy with what I picked up. Now, one last thing before I send you on your way (if you’ve been kind enough to read this far) is that I do have photos for a lot more interesting content! I swear! The only problem is that, at the moment, I have no way of getting those photos onto my laptop. So, right now I’m waiting on a memory card reader to arrive in the mail and those awesome posts will finally make it out of my drafts and onto my blog.

Weekly Inspiration 5/21

Perhaps I should stop labeling these posts “weekly”…

Anyway, before you continue on to the beautiful succession of interesting images I have provided for you below, I have a quick little announcement: I’m opening an Etsy store! Items I will be selling include handmade body-chains, necklaces, and chain headpieces, up-cycled clothing, and homemade body scrubs with customer-unique painted lids (these may not be available as soon as the store opens, but they will be on sale not too long after). It’s a bit of an eclectic array of goodies, all made with care and good vibes. The store is not live yet, but you’ll be the first to know when it is!

Okay, okay. Go on. Scroll down. Be inspired.

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And since you waited three weeks for me to update my blog again, I will leave you with this gif(t):

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May Flowers & Makeup Powers

Spring is here and the warm weather has finally arrived (yay!) bringing rain (boo) and a lot of cute, fresh Spring outfit ideas. On my polyvore account, I make sets regularly of outfits I wish I had in my wardrobe but that are usually too pricey for me to actually buy. But it’s fun to pretend and I love, love, love finishing a set and thinking “Damn, I want to wear that.” Here are a few sets I’ve done recently in the spirit of spring and all that comes with it:
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This is my most recent set and the one I’m loving most at the moment. I know I’m a little late, but I have recently climbed aboard the boyfriend jean train (and I’m sorry I didn’t do it earlier). I absolutely love the look of a boyfriend jean, especially paired with an ultra-femme top like the ruffled crop shown. The white platform slip-ons give the outfit a cool, casual feel, along with the fringe bag and the fun sunnies (ha, get it? Because they look like suns? No? Okay.). The large-stone rings are another trend that I am really into right now — I think they add a super cool boho-vibe that’s awesome for these upcoming warm-weather months.
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This set is one that I freaking adore. This outfit combines a lot of the trends I’ve been seeing (and admiring) lately — the white platform heel, the cropped jersey tank, the plaid skirt. It all screams Clueless. And, really, who doesn’t want to be Cher?

Something else that I’ve been loving for Spring is a pink lipstick like the one shown above. I’ve been wearing nearly every day the L’Oreal Paris Privee Collection by Julianne lipstick in the shade 620 (Julianne’s Nude). I talked about this lipstick in a previous post and, yes, I’m still in love with it. I just find that a nice pink shade on your lips is so fresh and pretty and reminiscent of all the flowers that are now blooming. Another thing I’ve been doing lately, makeup wise, is a midnight blue eye-shadow as an eyeliner. This really has nothing to do with Spring — I’ve just been wanting to talk about it and didn’t want to make a three-sentence post about my midnight blue eye-shadow. But now that we’re here, I will say that a soft, midnight blue shadow is such a nice change from my typical hard black line. I just apply the eye-shadow with an angled brush along my top lash-line and voila! I’ve got a really pretty, soft eye look that’s perfect for those of you who are looking to break free from boring black, if only for one day. And if a dark blue isn’t for you, a deep purple or even a dark green could work just the same. 

That’s all I’ve got for my latest Spring obsessions, but keep a look out for a simple outfit of the day post and, as always, feel free to comment with anything you’ve been obsessed with lately or any fun makeup looks you’ve been loving. I’d love to try them out!

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Springtime Health Kick

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Spring always inspires me to get really healthy inside and out. Does this spring health kick ever last more than a couple months at most? No, it does not. But it’s happening right now and I’ve picked up some simple healthy habits in hopes that this time my health kick will maintain its hold at least until school starts in the fall (yeah, we’ll see how that goes!). Anyway, here is a list of a few healthy things I’ve been doing lately and why you should do them too!
1. Eating fruit. Fruit is a magical food group that is sweet and delicious but super low in calories, fat, and sodium. I’ve been eating about a cup of various fruits nearly every day and it makes me feel a lot lighter in the best way than when I was eating chips and Pop Tarts as snacks (um, duh). Now, I happen to absolutely love fruit, but you could, of course, trade fruit for vegetables. Both provide plenty of nutrients and dietary fiber without a crazy caloric intake.
2. Exercise. Don’t mistake me for some kind of exercise-aholic — I hate working out. Which is exactly why I choose exercise that doesn’t feel like exercise, like yoga and hula hooping. I’ve been doing yoga for about a year and I recommend it to anyone, even if you think it’s “not for you”. It is not only an awesome way to stay flexible and strong, but it also acts as a method of meditation (something that’s not on this list, but something that I’ve been doing recently as well and totally love — try it!!). If you want to try yoga, but you’re not sure where to start, check out this video! Another way I’ve been exercising is hula hooping, and not just the regular, boring, swing-your-hips-round-and-round hula hooping. My roommate and I recently bought some hula hoops and have been hooping and trying out new tricks. We are, of course, only beginners right now but it’s pretty easy to pick up and really fun!
3. St. Ives Even & Bright Pink Lemon and Mandarin Orange Scrub. If you haven’t tried any of St. Ives face scrubs, you need to. I’ve tried the apricot scrub in the past and really liked it, but the pink lemon/mandarin orange scrub has changed my life. First, it smells amazing. Second, it cleans my face so well and really fends off any breakouts. I don’t know if it’s really evening out my skin tone or brightening my skin, but it is making my skin feel soft and smooth and it’s keeping my skin healthy. What more can a girl ask for, really?
4. Organic Coconut Oil. My roommate has been obsessed with hair care since I met her in August and recently she bought some organic coconut oil for us to try out. And let me tell you, it works wonders. We’ve been putting it in our hair (it makes hair so soft and shiny!!), and on our eyelashes and eyebrows. It may seem strange to put it on our eyelashes and eyebrows as well, but it’s supposed to thicken and lengthen hair in addition to making it softer and shinier. I haven’t seen much of a result, but my roommate, who has been using it for a month compared to my measly two weeks, has seen a big improvement in the thickness of her eyelashes and eyebrows.
5. Maybelline Dream Fresh BB Cream. I have used this BB cream in the past and thought it was absolutely incredible. This winter, however, I decided to switch to a foundation and, after a month or two, I remembered why I had used the BB cream for so long — it was making my skin gorgeous. The switch to foundation put the kibosh on my skin’s radiance, so now I’m back to the BB cream and I’m starting to see the results: the discoloration in my skin is evening out and I’m starting to get that glowy-ness back. I can’t believe I ever quit using this stuff!
It’s not a lot, but these five steps in my journey toward a better, healthier me have already made me feel like a million bucks. Let me know if you try any of this or do any of this and what you think of it! I also would like to hear some of the things you do that aren’t on this short list so leave any tips, fun exercises, products, or anything else ya got for me in the comments!

April Favorites

I know it’s a little early for an April Favorites post, but I’ve gotten my hands on some amazing products this month that I just had to share.

The first is, of course, my amazing Dr. Martens. These boots are the 1460 women’s style and I have worn the absolute crap out of them in the past two weeks. They were a bit stiff and uncomfortable at first, but quickly softened up and are now my most comfortable boots. I wear them with pretty much anything, from girly dresses to destroyed skinny jeans, and they add a really cool edge to all my outfits. You can definitely expect an OOTD post featuring these babies soon!

Now for the small things!

First, let’s talk about my new sunglasses. I bought these last week on an outing to the Delmar Loop in St. Louis despite the fact that I already have a fairly large (okay, it’s kind of ridiculous) collection of sunglasses. But you can never have enough pairs of sunglasses, right?  And these sunnies are huge and so fabulous and really make me feel like I am the coolest girl in the world. How could I resist?

There is only one thing that I love more than sunglasses: lip products. There are two lip products that I have been really loving (and by really loving I mean wearing every single day for the past three weeks), and those are my Vaseline Lip Therapy with cocoa butter and my lipstick from the L’Oreal Paris Privee Collection by Julianne in the shade 620 (Julianne’s Nude). Okay, first of all, the Vaseline Lip Therapy is the cutest little thing. It’s so tiny, which makes it perfect for just throwing in your purse and running out of the house. And it works! It’s incredibly moisturizing and leaves my lips soft for hours after putting it on. As for the lipstick, not only is it the most beautiful, shimmery light pink, but it is like butter when you apply it. The color is quite sheer, but the color is build-able so you can achieve a bit of a bolder pink if you’d like.

Another makeup product I’ve been using daily is my Neutrogena Healthy Skin Primer. I absolutely love this primer because it makes my makeup last so much longer than it would without primer. Plus, it has SPF 15 to protect my fair skin from the sun, something I always look for in makeup products.

The last product for my April Favorites is one that I use less often than others, but it’s one that I still absolutely love — my Maybelline Master Glaze blush stick in the shade 30. Its a lovely coral color that I find is always nice for warmer weather, especially as my skin gets a little color from being outside more often. What I really love about this blush stick is its weird texture. I know that’s off-putting, but it’s kind of cool. It goes on almost like a cream blush, but as you blend it, it turns powdery. Very strange, but really pretty.

That’s it for my April favorites, but keep an eye out for an OOTD post featuring my Docs and sunnies! (And let’s face it — I’ll probably be wearing my L’Oreal lipstick as well he he)

 

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