Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Winter Wear: Houndstooth Coat and Overalls

Outfit Details:
Coach houndstooth coat
Topshop hat
Miu Miu sunglasses
Banana Republic shirt
ASOS overalls
J. Crew socks and scarf (both borrowed from Bobby)
Seychelles ankle boots (old)
Kate Spade Saturday "Zipline" tote
Armani Exchange gloves

This coat and hat combo has been on repeat, because they do a great job of keeping me warm. Sometimes, that's all that really matters. Like this week, for instance. I know that Juno was much more mild than everyone expected, but it's still cold enough to keep me shivering - and there's enough snow to make Miku a very happy dog.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Makeup Monday: Beauty Links

Photo from my instagram. Morgan Taylor "Sweetest Thing" nail polish, Warehouse Teddy Coat (on sale!) and Forever 21 bow ring.

I had a makeup tutorial all planned out for today, but my skin is peeling and in need of repair (long, boring story), and I wasn't in the mood to have a camera zoomed in on all of that mess. Luckily, I have just the right products to get it back in check - and even discovered a new-to-me, non comedogenic/hypoallergenic cream that is saving my irritated skin's life. I'm super late to the game on that one, I know, but better late than never. Anyway, while I let my skin breathe and repair itself, please click on some of my beauty-related favorite links of the moment - they're worth checking out!

- You can learn a lot of amazing makeup tips and techniques from drag queens, which is why they are my favorite YouTubers. Miss Fame is my absolute favorite, hands down. Heart palpitations, ugh. I'm in love.

- I'm currently loving this eyeshadow in "Dione" - especially when applied wet. So much drama for a neutral shadow!

- Makeup organization ideas. I've been slowly but surely reorganizing my own collection, but it could use some more work. Any tips are welcome, so please share your secrets.

- I love this simple braided updo. You can also try my easy braided updo, or check out more of my hair tutorials, here.

- A softer approach to the cat-eye. Also, I'm obsessed with this look.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

New Year, New You.

Can you believe that the first month of 2015 is almost over? Time flies, and with each passing day, our resolutions get forgotten. This year, I picked a few that are more realistic. Even though we're only one month in, I'm off to a good start. What are your resolutions? Here are mine:

1. Eating in more. Even though it might seem silly, this is at the tippy top of my list. I eat out way too often, and when I’m not out, I’m ordering in. Seriously, I’m ashamed when I see how many Seamless charges are on my bank account…it’s embarrassing. Bobby is a great cook, but I have never really tried, past sandwiches, eggs, and the occasional taco night. This year, I’m going to start cooking. Nothing crazy - I’m not going to aim for Top Chef or anything, just simple things to keep me from caving in and saying, “I’ll just order something." The goal is to limit eating out and see how much money I can save by doing so. This also meant I had to delete my Seamless app. Farewell, my darling!

2. Finishing my Invisalign treatment. (For those of you who missed my last posts (read those posts here), I'm currently receiving complimentary Invisalign® treatment in exchange for sharing my experience). I’m more than halfway through my Invisalign treatment, and as long as I consistently wear my clear aligners (and diligently press the attachments when I put them on), I’ll be done in about six months. Even though I’ve gotten used to wearing them, I can’t wait to be done — because that means my teeth will be straight! I’ve enjoyed sharing my journey with you, and especially love hearing about your own experiences. If you are interested in Invisalign clear aligner treatment, you can request more info, here.

3. Make more plans…and keep them. I can’t count the number of times I’ve made plans without setting them in stone, only for no one to follow through. “Let’s plan a trip!” or “Let’s get together next week!” usually falls through the cracks, unless someone takes the initiative to set concrete plans. I was catching up with a friend, the other day, when we realized we hadn’t seen each other in months…and we live in the same city. We talk all the time, but I’ve always been so weird about making the first move. I always worry that I’ll be bothering them. Last year, my friends and I made plans to go to Paris. It seemed like idle chatter, until someone stepped up and set a date, found flights, and got the ball rolling. Next thing you know, we were on our way to Paris. Whether just catching up with a friend over coffee or finally planning that girls’ trip with Kim and Claudia, I’m going to be more proactive.