Friday, September 30, 2016

love me some overalls.

American Eagle overalls, American Apparel shirt, Converse sneakers, Vintage pin

I took these photos a few weeks ago, back when summer was in full swing. There's just something about denim overalls that screams summertime to me. I love how casual and comfy they are. Plus, they pair well with practically everything. I'm a big fan of this girly classic look. You can't go wrong with red lipstick and Converse, no matter what the season.

So don't be surprised if you see this combo again in a few weeks as cooler temps arrive :)



Monday, September 26, 2016

ipsy september 2016.

Denim + makeup = love.
This month's bag feels very back-to-school. Maybe it's the denim bag or the fact that the products are all glammed up naturals, but it all feels very right for September.

The Bag: Honestly, I'm not in love with it. The quality is definitely improving, but the design is not up my alley at all. Also, in comparison with some of the past few bags, this one feels like a downgrade.

Naked Cosmetics Advanced Aloe Cream: Yet another moisturizer. I like the packaging, but I've received nicer moisturizers than this from Ipsy. Not in love with it.

Seraphine Botanicals Guava Butter: I didn't think I'd like this product at all when I saw it in my sneak peek. It looks much nicer in person though, and I'll definitely be wearing it this fall. I like it better as a lip color than a cheek shade.

Dirty Little Secrets Cosmetics Eyeshadow in Teaser: I was so bummed when I saw this product online. I was not into the color at all. When it arrived, I realized that it will work well as a base color this season. It's a warm, basic tan that I can layer under other shadows. Don't love it, but don't hate it either.

Two Faced Lip Injection Extreme: This is admittedly a cool product. However, I already have quite full lips. I would have liked to have received a different high end product over this. I'll still try it out and see how it goes!

Briogeo Don't Despair, Repair! Deep Conditioning Mask: On the one hand, I'm not over the moon about receiving another hair mask after just getting one in my August bag. On the other, I love Briogeo products and will absolutely use this mask. I used the Luseta one from last month's bag already and am obsessed with how soft it left my hair. If this Briogeo one is anything like that one, then I'll be one happy camper.

How did your September bag turn out? This was a bit of a disappointment for me compared with the past few bags. Looking forward to October!



P.S. Did you see my August Ipsy bag? It was gorgeous!

Monday, September 12, 2016

a visit to Boston.

Striking a pose like Mr. Adams.
Hey Boston, you're pretty.
Hanging with Paul.
Freedom Trail foot shot!
#RoosterLove - posing with my Chinese astrological sign.
All the love for Boston's Public Library.
At the same time I left for Italy last year, the vast majority of my friends migrated to Boston. Hence the start of my yearlong desire to go to the famed Massachusetts hotspot. This summer I finally made it over to one of the most history-packed cities in the U.S. I had an amazing long weekend of exploring, eating, and catching up with friends. Highlights included visiting the Boston Public Library, exploring the sights along the Freedom Trail, tasting the marvelous clam chowder at Faneuil Hall, drinking down some iced liquid chocolate at L.A. Burdick, and spending the entire day at a beach just outside of the city.

All in all, I couldn't have asked for a better mini-vacation. Lots of love for Boston!



Friday, September 9, 2016

one hundred sequins.

Abercrombie & Fitch jacket, The Classic shirt, Urban Vibe shorts, Tommy Hilfiger sandals, gifted earrings, Forever 21 rings 

One hundred sequins is likely a close estimate for the number of sparkles on this shirt. I love sequins, they can prove challenging to wear outside of the holiday season. Pairing them with dark colors and lots of denim was my way of toning them down without losing their shine. The gold sandals and rings are a nice way of weaving the glitter throughout the whole outfit. In other words, the perfect formula for everyday glam.



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Monday, September 5, 2016

technicolor flowers.

Route 66 cardigan, H&M tank, Vanilla Star jeans - converted to shorts, American Eagle sandals, Two Faced Melted Liquid Lipstick in Melted Fuchsia, Forever 21 rings, gifted earrings

I'll never be the type of person to shy away from color. More often than not, I'll make a bright shirt, lipstick, or shoe the focal point of my outfit. Or, if I'm really feeling it, I'll embrace color full on and incorporate it into every part of my look.

Case in point - this ensemble is all about neon brights. From my pigmented liquid lipstick and technicolor shirt to my sweet blue sweater and metallic pink shoes, strong hues are the name of the game. It is summer, after all. What better time to channel the rainbow?



Friday, September 2, 2016

mad for plaid.

Aeropostale dress, American Eagle purse, Converse sneakers
This plaid dress was such a steal, and I absolutely love it! I found this on clearance and am so glad I got it. The fabric is light and flowy and perfect for breezy summer days. I love pairing it with casual sneakers and bright red lipstick (although that should come as no surprise). These Converse are made of metallic leather, giving them an unexpected polished edge. They're my go-to sneakers!