November Faves

I’m a few days late with this post, but I’m back with my November faves! Now that it’s officially freezing out, I’ve added in some of my faves for the colder months. Here are my recommendations and November favorites!

Beauty

Bondi Sands Tanning Foam Ultra DarkBondi Sands Tanning Foam Ultra Dark– I’ve mentioned this before, but I’ll mention it again. This is by far the best tanning product I have ever used! It is the perfect shade and streak free. It’s perfect for the winter when you need a little color!

Viva Naturals Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil– I haven’t experimented enough with coconut oil to know if one brand is better than another, but I do know this stuff is great. Coconut oil has a variety of different health benefits and can be used for many different purposes. Personally, I love using this once a week to deep condition my hair. My hair gets quite dry and brittle and this really livens it up!

PYT Ceramic Styling Tool– After going through countless amounts of straightening irons, I decided to invest in a good one. I’ve had this straightening iron for about 3 or 4 years now and it hasn’t let me down. It takes about 10 minutes with this iron to make my waves sleek and straight

Grace Antioxidant Organic Facial Toner– I wanted to bring my skin care routine up a notch and decided to buy this product because I heard an antioxidant toner is great for your skin. Although I haven’t noticed much of a difference in my skin, I do find the spray very refreshing and it also works as a nice setting spray! I have been having issues with dry skin and while it does not help much, it is temporarily relieving. Not to mention it’s organic and not to harsh on the skin, plus a reasonable price!

L’Oreal Telescopic Mascara– This mascara is a fave of mine and beats any high end mascara I’ve ever used. This mascara really lengthens  your lashes and overall is a must have considering its price.

Fashion

Hoodies– Hoodies are a staple when the weather begins to get colder. I’ve been obsessed with buying hoodies lately because they’re so comfortable and cute and come in so many styles and cuts. I linked one of my favorite new hoodies I bought recently from Lulu’s.

Jeans– Like hoodies, jeans are a staple. They help polish any outfit. Jeans with a cute sweater is a perfect look for when the weather is cold. It’s comfortable, but still cute. And just like hoodies, jeans come in various styles. Colored jeans, boyfriend jeans, ripped jeans, etc can all bring a complete different look. Jeans are so versatile and a closet staple. My favorite place to buy jeans is PacSun.

Workout leggings– As someone who goes from the gym, to class, cute workout leggings are a must. Victoria’s Secret and Nike have some of my favorite athletic leggings, but you can also find cute workout leggings for less at stores like Forever 21.

Riding boots– Riding boots are another step in my winter closet. I wear riding boots constantly. Invest in one black pair and nice brown pair and you’re set for all outfits! Charlotte Russe is a great place to buy shoes.

Booties– Booties are cute and look great with any outfit. I like to switch out my riding boots sometimes for my booties just because they add a different look.

Rings– I love accessorizing with funky rings. I think they just add a more stylish element to a simple outfit and overall just look super cute!

Entertainment

David Dobrik– I’ve been really into watching David Dobrik’s vlogs lately. They’re just so entertaining and honestly slightly addicting. They make me wish I had a friend group that exciting!

Animal’s People– I recently read the book Animal’s People for a class I take in school, and this was one of the few books I’ve ever read for a class that I actually enjoyed. It was a fun read and really eye-opening. I highly recommend it.

Shameless– I’ve been hooked on Shameless since I started watching my freshman year of high school. The new season has begun and I couldn’t be happier. Shameless is on Netflix now so if you haven’t watched it yet, there is no excuse.

 

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October Faves

I’m a little bit late on this post, but never late than never right? I love sharing my monthly favorites with you and wanted to make a quick post about some of the things I’ve been really loving lately and especially through the month of October. Here are my October favorites!

Beauty

RCMA No-Color Powder- This is definitely the best powder I’ve used for baking so far. It leaves your skin flawless and doesn’t leave terrible flashback!

Tarte Double Duty Beauty Shape Tape Contour Concealer– I posted about this concealer last month, but it’s become a holy grail product for me so I have to post again. Previously I was using Bye Bye Under Eye from It Cosmetics, but this one has much better coverage and is so much easier to apply! It’s a little pricey, but I have tried every concealer out there and have yet to find one that measures up.

 

Revlon PhotoReady Airbrush Effect Makeup– This is one of my go-to foundations when I want a more flawless look. It is very build able coverage and is also very affordable. It is one of my favorites.

Bondi Sands Self Tanning Foam Ultra Dark–  The color of this mousse is the perfect brown. It doesn’t smell putrid and it is the first self tanner I’ve ever found that doesn’t leave streaks. This tanning mousse has become a holy grail for me. Since I’m talking about all of these holy grail products, maybe I should make a post listing all of my holy grail products?

Fashion

Over the knee boots– It’s starting to get chilly out, but I still like wearing dresses and skirts. I’ve been really into pairing some tall boots with my dressier looks. I think it looks adorable, and keeps my legs warm.

Platform sandals- I ordered these sandals over the summer and am still wearing them during this weather transition. I love these shoes because the platforms add so much height, but are still so comfortable and easy to walk in.

Cropped sweaters– Cropped sweaters have been a staple for me for years now. They’re warm and comfortable, but also so cute and versatile.

Entertainment

The Road– I am an English major and read lots of books. Most of them are pretty dry, but every one in awhile I’ll come across a great and inspiring novel like The Road by Cormac McCarthy. It’s an extremely dark book that is about the journey of a father and son after the apocalypse. It’s an easy read and is interesting no doubt. I have yet to watch the movie, but it’s on Netflix so I will definitely be doing that soon.

Food

Tea & honey– I always get sick when I go back to school, so tea and honey is pretty much a must for me. My favorites are green tea and chamomile, which also consist of many health benefits.

Special K Double Chocolate Protein Meal Bars– These are a must for me on mornings I’m running late and need to grab a quick breakfast. Plus, I’m a chocolate lover so that makes these even better.

If you got one thing out of this post, I hope it was to try the Special K Protein Meal Bars. Hope you had a great October and halloween! Only a few weeks left till Thanksgiving 🙂

Look For Less (Halloween Edition!)

One of my favorite costumes I’ve ever recreated is Miranda Kerr’s ring leader costume. It’s a fun sexy look perfect for Halloween. Below I’ve listed some cheaper alternatives to her costume so you could recreate it yourself!

BODYSUITS

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Julia Lace Bodysuit $25
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Lace-Up Open-Back Lace Bodysuit $18
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Sarah Lace & Mesh Bodysuit $11.50

 

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Evie Applique & Velvet Body $14
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Maria Strappy Scallop Edge Lace Bodysuit $12.50
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Georgia Embroidered Lace Bodysuit $11.50

BLAZERS

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Shawl Collar Blazer $19
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Style & Co Knit Blazer $29

TIGHTS

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Sheer Fishnet Tights $8

 

HEELS

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Krissy Pump $50
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Qupid Two-Piece Glitter Heel Sandals $25
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Sequins Two-Piece Sandals $25

HAT

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Victorian Black Top Hat Deluxe $17

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Leather Bull Whip $6.80

BRACELET

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Soul Searching Silver Cuff Bracelet $17
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New Friends Colony Glittered-Up Cuff $11

 

Just add red lips and red nails and your look is complete!

September Faves

I’m so excited that October is here because it might just be my favorite month in the year. Sweater weather and halloween makes for a perfect combination. September was a pretty exciting month because I started a new school year and all of my new classes. The year has been a bit stressful so far, but I’m hoping the next eight months lighten up a bit.

Here are my September faves!

Beauty:

Tarte Tape Shape Concealer– One of my new favorite concealers has got to be the Tape Shape. It’s full coverage, but also so easy to apply without any mess.

Becca Under Eye Brightening Corrector– I’ve recently been really into color correcting and this one has to be my favorite. It is perfect to add before my concealer because it brightens up the under eye so much.

Ben Nye Pink Powder– I love using the pink powder to bake under my eyes. It makes my under eyes feel so smooth and it keeps my concealer in place all day!

NYX Highlight and Contour Pro Palette– This has been my go to palette for contouring. There is a variety of bronze shades plus a banana powder that is perfect for setting the under eyes!

Fashion

Body suits and high waisted shorts– Now that I’m back in college, I’ve been going out a lot more. The weather was still pretty hot this month so my go-to going out look had to be a body suit tucked into high waisted shorts.

Sandals– Cute and comfortable sandals are perfect for warm weather and look cute with any outfit.

Chunky rings– I love accessorizing with chunky rings. I think it honestly takes a simple everyday look into something a bit edgier.

Entertainment

The Naked and the Famous– I’ve been loving listening to Naked and the Famous while I’m at the gym. The songs are just so upbeat and fun and get me in such a good mood!

GroupMe– GroupMe is a must have app for college students. It’s the perfect app for group chats in case anyone doesn’t have an iPhone. I honestly probably use GroupMe more than I actually text.

Kingsman: The Golden Circle– I just recently saw Kingsman and I loved it! I was obsessed with the first one so of course I had to see the second. Eggsy is just so stinkin’ cute. The only thing is he belonged with Roxy! Did anyone else feel like this too? I don’t want to post any spoilers, but let me know if you’d like me to leave a review 🙂

Food

Mixed berries– I’ve been eating mixed berries every morning as a little side breakfast dish to make sure I am getting my daily intake of fruit. I’ve been loving mixing raspberries, blackberries, and blueberries!

Breakfast sandwiches– I love breakfast sandwiches. I toast a bagel every morning, usually either an everything bagel or a poppyseed bagel, and I add a scrambled egg and bacon and a little bit of cream cheese. It’s my fave.

 

How I Style Bold Pants/ OOTD

A while ago I asked you guys a question; how would you style these pants? IMG_1964

I have finally put together a way to style these very bold harem pants.

Here’s how I styled them:

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These sparkly pants which are from the Jennifer Lopez collection sold at Kohls I found a bit challenging to style, despite the pants being a neutral shade. The pants are already a statement piece on their own that it’s best to keep the rest of the look neutral. I thought red paired nice with the black and the gold, andI decided to wear just a red, tight came since the pants have a looser shape. I found for shoes that the best option is to just wear sandals. Open-toed shoes, in my opinion, work best with the shape of the pants. I opted towards gold sandals to compliment the detailing in the pants.

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I did not add accessories, but I think layered gold necklaces would pair perfectly, along with a set of gold rings or earrings.

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This outfit is very glitzy and glam and is perfect for a night out. I think the sandals substituted for a pair of black or gold open-toed heels would be a perfect outfit for a night in the city.

5 Favorite Sundresses

One of my favorite topics to write about is my favorites. Just last week I wrote my monthly favorites, and now I want to show some of my clothing favorites. I’ve always been super girly at heart and I love to wear skirts and dresses. I wrote about my 5 favorite skirts (that deff needs an update) and now I want to write about 5 dresses I wear constantly. Here are 5 of my favorite dresses that are a must have in my closet.

1. Charlotte Russe Belted Sundress

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I love this dress because I can wear it in the spring with a pair of sandals or in the fall with a sweater and boots. It fits any season! (shoutout Sadie)

2.  H&M Maroon Skater DressIMG_3471

Probably my all-time favorite dress is this maroon skater dress. The skater fit is so flattering on almost all body times, and maroon is such a gorgeous color. This is my go-to dress for whenever I want to look nice.

3. Hollister Denim SundressIMG_3432

Unfortunately, this dress has shrunk in the wash and has hit its expiration date. I’m sad because the dress had a very flattering fit, similar to one of a skater dress with a tight top and loose bottom. Plus, this dress combines all of my favorite colors- pink, purple, & blue!

4. Joyce Leslie Floral SundressIMG_3409Everyone needs a basic floral sundress in their closet. It’s a must have for all you girly-girls out there.

5. Forever 21 Striped Bodycon DressIMG_3390

I love my bodycon dress because I can wear it on a night out with some heels and earrings, or I can wear it casually to class with some flip flops and a side braid. It’s such a versatile piece.

 

I added dresses that I wear all the time and that are all very different from each other. For me, 5 dresses cover a wide variety of occasions and ultimately, are a must have in my closet. Cute dresses can be found at almost any clothing store, but I tried to list more affordable ones. Leave a comment telling me your fave dress!

Back to School Outfits for Lazy Days

The best part of going back to school is the shopping! New year means newer, trendier clothes! I decided to put together a few simple and comfortable outfits to replace those days you cannot be bothered to get dressed and opt for your laziest hoodie and sweatpants (we all do it, no shame). These looks can be thrown on in the morning without a fuss, but will still look stylish and put together. Here are 3 back to school outfits that are (hopefully) dress code appropriate!

  1. Simple Tee & JeansIMG_3205For the first outfit, I wanted to keep it simple and comfortable with a pair of jeans and a tee shirt. These jeans are my favorite mid-rise jeans from PacSun, and the tee shirt represents my sorority, Zeta Tau Alpha! Obviously you can wear your favorite tee shirt, but I personally love this one because of the cute v-neck and because I love black and white. I also decided to give my eyes a break from contacts and wear my glasses which I think really add to the casual/hipster vibe. My glasses are prescription with frames from Versace. To finish off the look, I added a pair of white Converse and accessorized with a few rings to make the look a bit edgier.
  2. Loose & GirlyIMG_3178My next look I decided to wear something a little bit dressier, while still remaining casual and comfortable. This dress is perfect for back to school because it is a good length and also has sleeves so you do not have to wear a sweater on top on days it is too hot. Not to mention the fabric is so soft and loose that make it the most comfortable dress ever. This dress if from Forever 21 and I kept the look simple by adding a pair of sandals from Rue 21 and a little dainty necklace.
  3. Pop of ColorIMG_3234.jpgThis last outfit I tried to keep simple, but wanted to spice the look up a little bit with a pair of colored jeans. I am wearing a gray tank, but of course if your school doesn’t allow tank tops you can trade this for a tee shirt or any cute neutral colored top you own. My green skinny jeans are from PacSun, and I am wearing a pair of flip flops from Old Navy. To add to this look, I also wore some layered necklaces from Forever 21.IMG_3243.JPG

Back to school shopping is so fun, but waking up in the morning is so not. Hopefully you found some inspiration for those days you just cannot be bothered to get out of bed. Enjoy your school year!

Everyday Summer Outfits

Summer is almost over, but it’s not too late for some summer outfit inspiration! Here are two everyday looks that you can wear while the weather is still warm.

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Here I am wearing a very trendy cropped off the shoulder top from Urban Outfitters. I love the way this top looks, but unfortunately whenever I move my arms the sleeves shift up which is extremely frustrating, especially since the top is cropped as it just exposes my entire midriff. My shorts are from PacSun and are my favorite pair of high waisted shorts. I am also wearing metallic sandals from Forever 21 and layered gold necklaces also from Forever 21.

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Taking pictures was so hard because it was so windy out that my hair was just all over the place. The weather has been terrible this summer, it never stops storming. I had originally wanted to make this a larger cookbook, but just couldn’t seem to find a nice photoshoot day.

Anyways, I’m obsessed with this jumpsuit for days like today that are a bit rainy and chilly. My jumpsuit is from Aeropostale and I am wearing the same sandal/necklace combo from my last outfit from Forever 21.

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July Faves

July is over, I am no longer a teenager, and I have a month left of summer.My favorites haven’t changed that much since June, but here’s a quick update.

Beauty

  • Avon Speed Dry Nail Polish in the shade Just Peachy– This is a very old nail polish I have, but still one of my favorites. The speed dry formula really does dry within minutes, and the color lasts just over a week without chipping. Not to mention this shade is such a pretty orange that is subtle, but perfect for summer. Unfortunately, this nail polish is so old that Avon doesn’t even make it any more. Still, I managed to find some sellers on Ebay is you’re interested in finding a summer nail polish that will dry faster and last longer.
  • Conair Infiniti Curling Wand Styler– I have been curling my hair quite a lot this summer because I find it looks best with my new ombre color. Also, I love to curl my hair on days I don’t wash because it makes my hair look a little more put together and the curls last even longer. Conner makes excellent curling wands for good prices if you are looking to buy one!
  • Hard Candy So Baked Bronzer in the shade Tiki– I’ve been writing about this product all summer, but I really have been using it daily. I use it as everything which makes my makeup routine way quicker and so simple. I can have my makeup done in 10 minutes or less. I apply my regular foundation and concealer, and use Tiki as my eyeshadow, blush, bronzer, and highlight. Then I just throw on a little bit of mascara, and my summer look is complete!

Fashion

  • Aerie bikinis- Aerie is one of my all time favorite places to buy bikinis. I find they have the biggest selection that caters to all different body types.
  • Pretty sandals– Sandals are a summer staple. I love to wear sandals with pretty detailing that makes my outfit pop just a little bit more.
  • Stacks of bracelets– Lately I’ve been really into wearing all of my stacks of bracelets. Some of my favorite places to buy these trendy bracelets are Alex and Ani, Helberg Diamonds, and Kohls!
  • Layered necklaces– This has been a huge trend for the summer and I’m lovin’ it. I used to love chokers in the fall, but I feel this trend is much girlier and cute for summer.
  • Cross body bags- I always carry a cross body bag with me because it is by far the most convenient. They are the perfect size, stylish, and won’t kill your shoulders.

Entertainment

  • The Beginner’s Guide to Zen Buddhism by Jean Smith– This book is great if you have any sort of interested in living a zen lifestyle. You’ll learn how to properly meditate and receive many different tips and tricks to find comfort in stillness. You’ll also learn about the Four Noble Truths, and much more that can get you started on your journey with spirituality.
  • Jenna Marbles– In the summer, I’m always spending my free time watching random YouTube videos. Jenna Marbles is definitely my favorite YouTuber because her content is so original and hilarious, and seems to only get better. I can spend hours watching her videos.
  • Safiya Nygaard- I’ve recently discovered Safiya and I find her videos not only entertaining, but also informative. She posts many videos trying out different products that I have found myself interested in buying. She’ll confirm whether the product is worth the price and the hype, or not.

Food

  • Dark chocolate– I have such a sweet tooth and am always looking to indulge in some chocolate. I am a strong believer that chocolate can be healthy as long as it is eaten in moderation. Chocolate has endorphins that can bring happiness, and dark chocolate can even be good for the heart. Just make sure the brands you are eating are high in Cacao and not processed with alkali.
  • Bobs Red Mill Whole Grain Granola, Apple Cinnamon– I’ve never really loved granola that much, but this is by far the best I’ve had. It is perfect to add to a fruit and yogurt parfait, or to add a little something to an acai bowl. I highly recommend this brand and this flavor.

 

June Favorites

I can’t believe my summer is already half way over. I’m heartbroken that this is my last summer and there isn’t much that has happened so far to make it memorable. I have two months left to make my last summer, the best summer.

Anyways, here are my favorites for the month of June.

Beauty

  1. Origins GinZing Eye Cream– This eye cream has really been helping with puffiness underneath of my eyes. Even though the dark circles I was born with seem impossible to rid of, this at least helps for the time being.
  2. Hard Candy So Baked Bronzer (Tiki)– I talked about this last month, but I literally use it every single day. I use it as bronzer, as highlighter, as eyeshadow, and as blush. It’s all I wear.
  3. Dove Beauty Bar– This might sound like such a silly product, but I swear by it for my skin time routine. This bar of soap saved my skin after years of using face washes that were too rough. A simple bar of soap can work wonders for your skin.

Fashion

  1. Rings– I have been loving accessorizing with chunky rings. I think they add so much and really even help a simple tee shirt and jeans outfit stand out. I can’t take them off! IMG_2990
  2. Crystals– I’ve been really into crystals in general, fashion ones and regular ones. I’ve been really getting into meditation and I’ve begun to research the power of crystals. I decided to put crystals under the fashion category because they also really are so beautiful. I’ve been buying beautiful rings and necklaces on Etsy that contain crystals, just like this ring.il_570xN.444969037_803pIMG_2986.JPG
  3. Necklace– Again with the crystals, I love this Lepidolite gem necklace. It’s so simple and so beautiful. Not to mention purple is my all time favorite color. The crescent moon pendant also looks stunning with the gem stone. The only thing I am not a fan of is that mine came with a black chain instead of silver (the black was less money.) I have to get a silver one.il_570xN.1033045212_th5a.jpg
  4. Wedges– Since I intern and I’m supposed to dress business casual, wedges have been my go to. They’re perfect for summer, easy to walk in, and super cute!IMG_2981.JPG
  5. Skater skirts– Skater skirts are so versatile- I can dress them up and wear them to my internship, or I can wear them casually when I go out with friends. I love wearing skirts in the summer because they’re so cute and girly and I think are overall a staple for summer. The one I am wearing is from Forever 21, but I linked a similar one!

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Entertainment

  1. Elsewhere– This book is such an interesting concept. I have to say, when I first started reading it, it seemed kind of childish, but it really is so unique. The book is about a 15 year old girl who dies in a bicycle accident. The girl is taken to a place called “Elsewhere” in her after life. In Elsewhere, people age backwards until they are 0. Once someone turns 0, he/she is taken back to Earth and rebirthed.
  2. Orange is the New Black– Of course this is a June favorite. This show is so addicting, it’s unreal. I always forget just how much I love it until a new season comes out. Then I’m immediately hooked. The show is so dark and full of so many surprises, and it always ends on a huge cliff hanger that leaves you wanting more.
  3. Groovebook– I prefer having physical copies of things rather than storing everything digitally, in fear of everything getting deleted. Grosbeak allows me to print 100 pictures a month straight from my iPhone. The pictures are mailed in a little booklet to my house. Easy and convenient.
  4. Mango Health– Instead of setting alarms on my phone that always frighten me, Mango Health vibrates whenever it is time to take my medicine. It also lets you keep track of your medications and it lets you check off when you have taken it for the day. It even keeps track of your missed pills.

Food

  1. Bananas– Last month I wrote about bananas and peanut butter, but now I want to write just about bananas. I love bananas. I eat at least one banana a day. They are honestly just my all time favorite snack.
  2. Acai bowls– Acai bowls are crazy expensive, so I learned how to make my own. It’s actually very simple. Blend an acai powder with a frozen banana and protein powder in a blend, pour into a bowl, add granola and your favorite fruits, maybe top with some honey or peanut butter- and bam! An acai bowl for a reasonable price.

That’s it for the month of June. I hope you all found something worth trying out in this post, thanks for reading!