Thursday, October 30, 2014

Skincare Routine

It is getting to be that time of the year when my skin starts drying out, and I hate it.  Yesterday when I washed my face I felt several really dry spots, so I knew it was time to break out the winter skincare routine.  I don't know about you, but my skin gets really dry in the winter, which causes me to break out worse than the summer.  Breakouts are not fun (I mean who thinks they are really haha), so I try to keep my whole body super hydrated in the winter.  Here is my dry skin routine!

The three products I absolutely recommend are Clinque's gentle face wash, their dramatically different moisturizing face lotion, and Crabtree and Evelyn's hand thearapy.  Each of these work like a charm and really help keep my skin form getting dry!

What do you use to stay hydrated in the winter?  Anything I should try?

 

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Last Minute Costumes

Halloween is one of my favorite holidays!  It is so much fun to dress up and I love working on my costume so it is just right for Halloween; however, I have definitely been in a last minute costume fix before, so here are a few easy costume DIYs that never fail!

Rosie the Riveter
source: Buzzfeed

 
 Mary Poppins Couples Costume
Source: Keiko Lynn

 The Classic Holly Golightly
 
All of these costumes are super fun, a little different, and easy to pull off!  My favorite is, of course, the Holly Golightly costume.  Just get a large men's dress shirt, a face mask (you can buy here, or DIY here), and some dangle earrings in place of the earplugs, and you're ready to go!

What are your favorite Halloween costumes?
 
 

Saturday, October 25, 2014

What Got Me Through the Week

This has, yet again, been another rough week for me.  The winter cold has been making me want to stay in bed forever and school seems to be dragging on; however, I am so close to being done with my college applications and that has been such a nice feeling-- I only have one essay left!!  Other than getting my applications done, here are a few things that have been getting me through the week.
1. Real Life Disney Princesses: This video is absolutely hilarious and so true.  Every time I have gotten stressed out this week, I pulled out this video and it made me laugh instantly.

2. Beloved: For class, we are reading Toni Morrison's book Beloved.  It is haunting and terrifying, but, so far, one of my favorite high school books.  Morrison is able to highlight the horror of slavery and relay history so well!  For those of you who don't know the book, it is loosely based on Margaret Garner, the woman who killed her child when she crossed the Ohio River, in order that she could free her child of slavery.

3. Chorus: This week, I performed for my chorus class with my college audition piece and it went so well.  My belt has gotten much better and I can transition through middle voice so much easier now!  My teacher even asked if I could perform the song at an upcoming concert, which I was happy to say yes to :)

4. Pockets and Lace relaunch: Frannie just relaunched her site for Pockets and Lace and, I must say, it looks fantastic!  You can look forward to new outfit post with Pockets and Lace really soon!

5. Peach: I wrote a post on Peach about a month ago and honestly, the auctions they have cheer me up every week.  Although I don't win most of the time, I always love looking at what they are auctioning off-- it is so much fun to daydream of having a Prada handbag or Celine tote!

What has gotten you through this week?

Friday, October 24, 2014

Mary Jane Manolos


If I had the money, I would definitely buy these Manolos.  As mentioned in a previous post, I love the mary jane trend this fall and these Manolo Blahniks fit the bill perfectly.  They would be great for work and would help complete the school girl look I have been seeing this fall-- a girl can dream haha.

Are there any designer shoes you are in love with right now?

 

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Oscar de la Renta

Two days ago, we lost one of fashion's greatest designers: Oscar de la Renta.  His work and life was amazing, starting off in huge fashion houses and later creating his own brand.  Here are a few of the iconic dresses de la Renta created in his career. 


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Oscar de la Renta had a wonderful career and I hope his classic, feminine, designs will carry on for years to come.

What is your favorite de la Renta gown?
 
 

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Tips for Organization

Believe it or not, organizing used to be something I was terrible at.  I had difficulty making sure I knew what was due and I never wrote anything down; however, when I started my blog and as I have gotten older, being organized has become a part of my everyday life.  I have found ways to make sure I get everything written down, done ahead of time, and prepared!  Here are some of my tips for organization.  
Tips for Organization
These three tips have made my life so much easier.  Technology is one of the best things... my iPhone and Macbook calendar hold my life, like seriously though; and having a planner and notebook to write everything down is a lifesaver!
 
What do you do to keep organized?
 

Monday, October 20, 2014

Royal Blue

Nordstrom Rack never seems to fail me.  A few weeks ago, Seth and I stopped in before dinner and I ended up going home with three new goodies: a sweater, a fall dress, and my prom dress-- who knew right?!  I'm waiting to share the prom dress since I want it to be a surprise, but over the weekend Seth and I decided to take some pictures with the new dress I bought for fall!


I will definitely be repeating this outfit throughout the fall season; everything goes together so well.  Thanks to Nordstrom Rack for providing me with a good find once again!

What have you found at Nordstrom Rack recently?

 

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Top Favorite Brands

It's no surprise that I love to shop haha, but there are definitely a few brands that I have stayed true to over the years.


1. Nordstrom Rack: I love this store.  I always find such great deals and everything lasts forever.  Some of my favorite purchases include my Badgley Mischka shoes, my Michael Kors trench, and a fantastic navy blue cashmere sweater!

2. J.Crew Factory: Finally there is one coming in closer to me, that way I won't have to order online, but this is such a fantastic store.  The best thing about J.Crew Factory is that most of their products are from previous seasons; however, they are just as good quality as a piece from J.Crew for a much lower price.

3. Anthropologie: For the most part, I try to stray from more expensive clothing (just because I never have the money haha), but I always find myself pulled into Anthropologie.  The store smells so great and I always leave with something, even if it is just a little thing.  My most recent purchase was this dress and I cannot wait to wear it!

4. Kate Spade: Kate Spade is definitely an investment brand, but it is worth it.  I own a couple of bags from Kate Spade and both have become such great closet essentials.  I can't wait for their spring collection to come out because I want to look into purchasing their fun heart tote!

What are your favorite brands?  Any stores I should check out?

 

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Mid-Week Pickup

I don't know about you, but this has been such a long week; thank goodness I don't have school on Friday, otherwise I seriously might go insane!  Since this has been such a long week for me, I thought it would be fun to do a little mid-week pickup.  Here are a few things that are getting me through my week!


1. This dress: I am so happy I decided to keep this dress!  It is perfect for me and hopefully perfect for the #AnthroOpenCall contest-- crossing my fingers and hoping they will choose me!


2. Buzz Feed Videos: I can't get enough of these Buzz Feed videos.  Seth always sends them to me while I'm working on homework, as they are the perfect distraction (sometimes a little too much of a distraction haha).

3. The Shopbop Sale: Whenever I am having a rough week, a good sale tends to cheer me up.  I mean, in all honesty, who doesn't love a great sale?!  I am lusting over these, this, and these.

4. Mail: Keep it a secret, but Seth's birthday gifts are coming in the mail this week and I can't wait!  I think he will really like them :)

What is helping you get through your week?

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