things I like #4: Madewell, K-Beauty, etc

07 December 2015


1. Madewell plaid sweater (no longer available online) I don't know why I was drawn to this sweater - it's not normally a color that I wear a lot of, but it definitely seemed appropriate for the season. It was on my wishlist for a while and I managed to pick it up during one of Madewell's sales. I think the color and pattern and super interesting and it looks really nice against my usual blacks.

2. Holiday Candies & Chocolates I for one love holiday chocolates of all sorts, but Christmas is when my favorites come out: cherry cordials & anything with candy canes involved. Which reminds me I need to stock up on these Hershey's Candy Cane Kisses!

3. It's Skin Macaron Lip Balm Just look at it! It's super adorable! You'll probably get sick of it though because I'm pretty sure I've added it in several of my upcoming posts, sorry in advance!

lately #15: back to blogging + vacation news

01 December 2015


Hi, hello. It's been a while hasn't it?

This almost three (!!!) month hiatus was completely unintentional, but you know how it goes: work and life and stress happens and suddenly you just don't have the energy to keep up with anything, let alone things like hobbies. I have yards of fabric waiting to be cut, almost a whole shelf of new and old books to start and finish, and a bunch of blog post ideas waiting to be written, but my motivation has been at a minimal lately.

One thing they don't tell you about when you become an adult is how hard it is to motivate yourself, especially when you're so tired. And these things are my hobbies, things that I actually enjoy, but it really can be be hard sometimes. Stress is killer, guys.

But like I've mentioned, I do have a lot of ideas for this blog and I really am hoping to keep up with blogging (and my other hobbies) starting today. Hopefully that will also help with my stress too. But the goal is to post every other day with this blog, finish one book, and finish one of my sewing projects!

the loved: skincare

14 September 2015


While it's nice to switch things up every once and a while, sometimes it's nice to be able to fall back onto some skincare products that I could trust would work for my skin, these products all happen to be repurchases too, which I'm pretty proud of myself for. It's so hard to use up makeup without getting distracted by the next shiny thing down the line, but with skincare I'm a little bit pickier with what ends up getting slathered on my face.

what I plan on buying in September

08 September 2015

bespectacled, september wishlist, personal style, beauty, Pinterest @herspectacles, Glossier Perfecting Skin Tint, Chosungah 22 Dual Lip Tint & Gloss

So I'm trying out this thing where I plan out what beauty and clothing purchases I make for the rest of the month at the beginning of the month.

I know, I know. But don't laugh, I'm serious!

I'm absolutely horrid at sticking to a list of what to get - I'm always distracted by all of the other things available or the new things that have come out - but I'm a woman on a mission. One, to try and save money by planning out these major beauty and clothing purchases. And two, just be more choosy about the items that I pick up. I always feel a little guilty returning things, so I want to avoid that as much as possible by making more thoughtful decisions.

Around the blog-o-sphere, I've heard people call it having "curated" pieces, and I kind of like that idea about being really selective about what you pick and I really want to incorporate that idea into my purchases. And of course, trying to buy better quality pieces as well.

things I like #3: ASOS, Maybelline, Don't Starve

04 September 2015

bespectacled, beauty, life, things i like series, Maybelline Color Blur Cream Matte Pencil & Smudger, Anastasia Brow Wiz, fresh Rose Face Mask, ASOS Stripe Boyfriend Shirt

Hooray, I'm back to blogging and I swear it's for real this time. I had been motivated by a friend to really work and expand my blog and I think I'll be sticking around for a while. One, because I do like doing this stuff - writing, taking photos, and being able to share stuff with other people - and two, so that when I get asked "how's your blog doing?" I actually have something to answer other than "okay, I guess". But, like the new layout? I do! I'm still working on a few of the background stuff, but I'm really liking how this blog is looking at the moment!

Along those lines of getting motivated into doing this again, I think Rhode Montijo's "Dream Big" Banner, which I picked up from Comic Con this year, has been another nice motivator. Isn't it so adorable? I hanged it up on the wall next to my desk and it's definitely one of my favorite things in my room.

a SDCC15 recap

13 July 2015


Comic Con is one of those things that's hard to describe without sounding like a crazy person.

It's four and half days of just pure geekery, where like minded people come together and just enjoy the things that they enjoy, whether it's art and comics to video games and movies. I feel like there's always something in Comic Con for everyone, and the possibility of bumping into your favorite actors is a plus as well.

Like last year, I managed to get in as a volunteer, which meant that in exchange for 3 hours of my time helping out, I was guaranteed a badge for every day I volunteered. Which is honestly a pretty good deal, if you can get in as a volunteer I recommend it. Plus, the volunteer t-shirt (the blue one on top) is always nice to collect. I only went on Preview Night and Saturday, but I seriously had a great con this year!

Warning: this is definitely a doozy of a post ahead!

in rotation #7: products that I gravitate towards

10 July 2015

current makeup routine, bespectacled, blog, Bobbi Brown Extra Tinted Moisturizing Balm, Laura Mercier Secret Concealer, Urban Decay Glide-On 24/7 Pencil Liner, Stila Convertible Color, Lipstick Queen Medieval

I have this bad habit where I buy new things that are similar, if not completely identical, to the stuff I already own. Like the growing number of sheer, tinted moisturizers that I own, or the half a dozen gray t-shirts that I own or the nearly twenty lipsticks that are pretty similar shades of rosy pink. Does anyone else have this problem?

I try to justify it by telling myself it's a different texture of tinted moisturizer, or a different shape of gray t-shirt or a slightly different shade of rosy pink, but in the end they're pretty much the same thing when they're on. My most recent makeup routine has been pretty much me going for the same look - dewy skin, blush, smudgy liner, my signature you can say.