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.

 

Presents From Santa 2014

Christmas was a success this year! I got some wonderful presents that’ll keep me busy during my winter break. Check it out!
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One of my good friends bought me this cup that says “Cheers Bitches.” I honestly think it’s the cutest thing.

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I also received these two mugs that I think are both very pretty. In case you can’t read it, the one with the fox says “you make the world a better place just by being in it” and the one with the whale says “you are so loved.” Nothing like starting off your day with a cup of tea and positive quote!

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Next I got this little pretty dress. It’s a one size fits all.. isn’t that weird? I’m very petite so I thought if anything it’d be too big, but I was sure wrong! It fits okay, but it’s a little bit too short. I don’t know if I could get away with wearing this without tights.

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I’ve wanted this book for as long as I can remember. I’m not going to lie, so far I’m quite disappointed. I am a strong believer in astrology and all of that stuff, but this book hasn’t seemed to be too accurate so far. Anyone else have this book? What do you think of it?

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Miranda Kerr is my role model. I think she’s so inspirational and so beautiful inside and out. I’m looking forward to reading this book. Let me know if you’d like to hear a book review on this book or any of the ones mentioned! I’ll probably write a few either way haha.

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Okay so I’m really into spirituality and self-help books. I personally feel it’s important to be in touch with your inner emotions and to keep yourself centered. Books like these definitely help me succeed in doing that (along with meditating twice a day).

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I’m a big Jenna Ushkowitz and Glee fan. I’ve heard great reviews on this book so I’m really excited to read it.

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I’m graduating soon which means I need to start thinking about my future. I definitely want to work in the fashion industry and so hopefully this book can give me some tips and tricks to do that.

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Alright, now let’s look at actual books. Haunted is a novel, but is made up of 23 short stories. I actually don’t know much about it other than that, but I’m very excited to read something by Chuck Palahniuk.

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Okay, okay I know I’m a bit too old to be reading The Clique series, but hear me out. I was obsessed with this series from 6th-8th grade, but I never finished the last book. I’ve made it a mission to finish this book. And I can’t really lie, the series is such a quick and easy read that I still enjoy them. I’ll probably have this book read within the next day or two.

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I haven’t had much of an interest in John Green. Fault in Our Stars doesn’t seem like my kind of book, but I’ve heard great reviews on Looking For Alaska and it sounds pretty interesting so I decided to give it a try.

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Elsewhere is a book by Gabrielle Zevin about a girl who dies in a hit and run accident. The book, from my understanding, is about her after life.

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I’m not just now jumping onto The Perks of Being a Wallflower train. I read the book a few years ago and honestly, it’s one of the best books I’ve ever read. This is one of those books that I genuinely believe is worth the hype. Not only that, but the movie is great too! Of course the book is better (as always) but the movie still did the book justice. Which is why, for Christmas, I asked for my own copy of the book and the movie. I can’t wait to reread it.

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This book really caught my eye. It’s about a mother and daughter who do not, I assume, have much time to see each other. What they do to keep in contact is write notes and put them on the refrigerator door for the other to see. The entire book is written in these little notes that they write. It’s honestly so unique that I just have to read it.

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Best. Diary. Ever.

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Titanic is my favorite movie of all time. Always has been, always will be. The thing is, my brother literally owns every movie known to man; therefore, I never really bothered to purchase movies in the past because I would always just borrow his. But now we’re getting older and we’re both moving out next year so i can’t rely on borrowing his movies anymore. Now I finally own my own copy of Titanic so now I can stop stealing his.

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Like I said, we’re both moving out soon and I don’t have that many movies. I figured if I’m leaving home I at least need to own a few of my favorites.

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I watch Moulin Rouge! like once a week. It’s about time I have my own copy.

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Well, I’m a sucker for musicals. Rent is a classic.

That’s basically everything I got for Christmas!! I love everything I got and I’m so excited to spend the next week watching movies and reading books. Once again, let me know if you would like me to write a review on any of these books (or even movies!)

Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas!!!! xoxo

What I’m Thankful For

In honor of Thanksgiving on Thursday, I think it’s about time for me to write the generic “What I’m Thankful For” blog post. So what exactly is it I’m thankful for? I could write the things you know I’m thankful for like my family, friends, pets, etc. Or I can be more specific, and include the shallow things I can’t live without. I think I’ll be more specific.

1. Skinny jeans
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I’m thankful for skinny jeans being in and flared jeans being out.

2. Wi-Fi

This kind of goes hand-in-hand with Netflix. Without Wi-Fi, there would be no Netflix. Can you imagine a world with no Netflix? I can’t.


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3. Forever 21

IMG_1240Forever 21 is basically the only store I shop at because it is the only store I can afford that provides clothes that are actually in style. Without Forever 21, I honestly have no idea where I’d shop. So thank you Forever 21 for your $1 camisoles and $11 sweaters. I’m truly grateful.

4. ShamelessSeason-3-Promotional-Poster-shameless-us-32713318-800-960

One of my all time favorite shows on television. Shameless never fails to make me smile.

5. Tumblr

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By far my favorite form of procrastination (besides sleeping) is scrolling on Tumblr. I can honestly do it for hours. Although wasting so much time on Tumblr may screw me over later on, I’m still thankful for this beautiful form of social networking.

7. Leonardo DiCaprio

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My appreciation and love for Leo mustn’t go unheard. This gorgeous and talented man has helped create some of the best movies of all time. No one could portray the role of Jack Dawson quite like he could. He has starred in so many amazing movies like The Departed, Aviator, Wolf of Wall Street, and so many more. These movies wouldn’t be nearly as incredible without him. Don’t worry Leo, you’ll get your Oscar one day.

(not to mention he makes great eye candy)

8. Books

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I wanted to name a specific book or author but I really just can’t. There are too many great books and authors to choose from, and I am thankful for the variety.

9. Yoga

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Yoga incorporates exercise and meditation. My all time favorite way to get in touch with my inner zen.

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I’m enjoying a nice cup of green tea as I write this. I genuinely believe a hot cup of tea and honey is a life saver. I can’t start my day without some!

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I had to include my mom because I am eternally grateful for her. Without her, I would have absolutely nothing. She has provided me with everything despite the many struggles our family has faced throughout the years. Shoutout to you, mom!