Tuesday, June 30, 2015

new in: summer bling.

Silver and gold sparkles
If you follow me on Twitter, you may have seen my recent tweet about the amazing selection of jewelry at Forever 21. I hadn't been into the store in a while and was so impressed by the new designs! I picked out a bunch of rings, a chic bracelet, some trendy earrings, and a gorgeous necklace. I was in need of some new bling, and these pieces will be perfect for adding some sparkle to my summer outfits!

Which is your favorite? Have you stopped by the store recently? Let me know in the comments!



Monday, June 15, 2015

ipsy - may/jetsetter.

Photo via Instagram
I'm kind of surprised I haven't mentioned my Ipsy subscription on the blog yet. It took about four months for me to start receiving bags, but once I did, I realized Ipsy is a serious game changer. I don't spend nearly as much on makeup anymore now that I can look forward to five specialized samples every month. I chose Ipsy over Birchbox because I was looking for a box that was cheap and geared mainly toward makeup. Ultimately I think I made the right choice and am so happy to be a subscriber.

My May bag was one of the best ones yet. Here's a breakdown of everything I received:

Breakups To Makeup bag - One of the cutest bags I've gotten. I will definitely be throwing this in my purse.

Jesse's Girl Pure Pigment Eye Dust in Brown Sugar - I was not immediately thrilled with this when I pulled it out of the bag. When I tested it out, however, I had to reverse my opinion. The color is a gorgeous smoky brown. It looks beautiful on its own, but can be easily blended with gold or a darker brown for a statement eye.

IT Cosmetics CC+ Makeup - I'll be honest and admit that I haven't gotten around to using this yet. The color looks good and I love CC creams, so I have high hopes for this.

Cailyn Pure Lust Extreme Matte Tint in Narcissist - Again, my first reaction to this was less than pleased. After testing this out, I am officially in love. The color is perfect and fulfills the natural pink gap in my lip product collection. I love matte lip stains and tints for their lasting power, and this one did not disappoint. I wore it all day and only had to touch up once. Not bad at all.

Briogeo Rosarco Milk - This is a perfect example of why I love Ipsy so much. I would never buy something like this for myself, since I generally tend to forget about hair products. This stuff has me seriously rethinking that mindset. I put this in my hair after a shower and was amazed by how soft and healthy my hair felt when it dried. I'm slightly worried that I will go through it too quickly. Although, let's be real, I'm pretty sure this will end up in my permanent collection.

Eylure Naturals Lashes in 020 - This was perhaps the one item I was most excited about when I saw the bag preview. I had a few events to attend at the end of May and could not wait to test these beauties. They were amazing! I have pretty average lashes and these strips were just the thing to bring them to the next level. They add fullness and length without being even the slightest bit ostentatious. I will be reusing these as much as possible before it's time for a repurchase.



Sunday, June 7, 2015

love to run.

Fitness in color: my much loved Nike sneakers and exercise bands
When I began college four short years ago, I was far from an athlete. I rarely went to the gym; my half credit swimming class was pretty much the only way I got in any exercise during the week. However, as the campus meal plan began to catch up with me, I knew it was time to make working out a part of my routine.

Somehow, and I don't remember exactly when, I settled upon running. At first it was rough. I had to take breaks during my 20 minute lap around campus. Eventually though, I began pushing myself further and faster. I am now a solid member of the running fan club. It motivates me in a way that going to the gym never will. That's not to discount the gym of course. I definitely used the stationary bike quite a bit this year.

Overall though, running is my fitness passion. It makes me feel strong and keeps me energized. Admittedly, I'm still learning, especially in terms of technique. I'm sure I'm not breathing perfectly or landing in the best way possible yet. But I am running frequently, and that is so much more than my freshman self ever could have said. Who knows, maybe I'll even enter a race at some point!



Saturday, May 30, 2015

warm weather wishlist.

warm weather wishlist.

School is out, the sun is shining, and summer is right around the corner. Warm weather fashion is my absolute favorite. It's the perfect opportunity to embrace color and experiment with different trends. I plan on testing out fringe while staying true to my love of gold jewelry and pops of red. I am on the lookout for chunky heels and summer hats as well. Basically anything that looks chic and feels good is right up my alley!



Wednesday, May 6, 2015

black and white.

Aeropostale shirt and skirt, Gifted tights, Forever 21 shoes and earrings, American Eagle necklace, Gifted bracelet

I tend to go back and forth between loving pants and skirts. Right now, I am solidly in the midst of a skirt-wearing season. I love ones that hit at the waist, like this one from Aeropostale. Plus, they look great with heels, or wedge booties in this case. These ones were such a score from Forever 21.

Black and white outfits are the best because they are made for accessories. I like adding little pops of color through makeup and jewelry. Sometimes it's nice to use understated styles to make a statement.



P.S. Have you seen my latest CollegeFashionista article? These shoes are amazing!

Saturday, April 18, 2015

weekend grunge.

Aeropostale jacket, American Eagle shirt, Gifted scarf, Abercrombie & Fitch jeans, Forever 21 flats, Gifted earrings

My leather jacket obsession is in full force. I wear one pretty much every day. I just love how they add a bit of edge to any outfit. Here I went for a casual cool look with a pair of high-waisted destroyed jeans and a bright blue top. I love anything with a higher waist and spend most of my days in skater skirts and retro jeans.

As for makeup, I recently rediscovered my love of liquid liner. I had been relying on gel, but you really can't do better than e.l.f. liquid liner for just a dollar. I've also been wearing bright lipstick, but that's nothing new.



P.S. Loving my girly gothic look on CollegeFashionista! Check it out here.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

winter blues.

American Eagle sweater, Abercrombie & Fitch pants, Gifted socks, Dirty Laundry boots

Perhaps I should have titled this post "winter whites," since the snow doesn't seem to be disappearing anytime soon. Seriously though, what is up with this weather? It is March last I checked. Yet here we are, stuck with more than a few inches of snow on the ground.

Instead of battling the winter blues, I've decided to embrace them, at least in the sartorial sense. I love these corduroy pants. They are super cozy and match perfectly with this cool sweater from American Eagle. Of course, I had to throw on a swipe of red lipstick to add a bit of color to an otherwise cool-toned outfit. It may not beat a fun floral dress, but it's the best I can do for now.



P.S. I'm obsessed with this Fashionista's coat in my latest CollegeFashionista article! Have you seen it yet? If not, check it out here and please "RAD" it!