17 April 2016

bag essentials

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I'm not sure I could really commit to writing up a "what's in my bag" post because some really paranoid part of me is worried that someone will use that information against me one day. Like, one day I'll be walking about and someone will try and steal my LUSH Breath of Fresh Air toner spray, or the snacks I always carry, or my makeup bag. It's a bit crazy to think that someone would really steal my those things in my bag, but hey, paranoia doesn't always make sense! And I don't even carry big expensive things like laptops and tablets like other people do. But I did want to share some of the stuff that I always have to have on hand, and to rave about this new Lush product that I've using.

I'm also currently on the hunt for the perfect mid-sized bag that is able to fit all of the crap that I carry on a day to day basis. I'm kind of into the whole "adult backpack" look lately, and it does seem like it'd be better for my back than my current giant tote since I do carry a lot of stuff with me. I kind of like this Fiorelli Blakely Fold Over Backpack, but I'm also hella broke at the moment so for now it's definitely something on my wishlist.

14 April 2016

what's in my makeup bag

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First off, I'd like to give myself props because I do actually rotate the items in my makeup bag every week or so. Obviously, there are some products that I just gravitate to, but I do like to switch things up every once and a while and completely clear my makeup bag out and build my routine up again.

The Base

Since I carry my makeup bag with me on the weekdays, I don't like to bring around full sized moisturizers and skincare products. Which is where all my samples come in; it's a good way to actually use up all those samples that you've forgotten that you had. At the moment I'm using this sample of the Clinique Turnaround Overnight Revitalizing Moisturizer - I was using the equivalent day moisturizer before, but it wasn't moisturizing enough for my skin. I like this much better.

11 April 2016

things I like #5: Kingdom Hearts, new lip products, etc

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If you've visited my blog in the last few weeks, you would've noticed some of the tweaks to the layout, kind of signaling that something is kind of starting up again. Although I'm pretty sure all of those page views were actually from me, making sure the changes to the CSS were okay and that my posts were still readable.

But there's nothing like a change to your layout to really get you motivated to post again. I don't want to make any promises because I've broken them before, but I do have something scheduled for Thursday and I do have a bunch of ideas that are in the works. But we'll see how that turns out.

For now here are a few things that I've really liked lately.

S'well Water Bottle

I bought this off of Need Supply ages ago, but my love for it is still pretty strong. I'm someone who doesn't like drinking room temperature water and insulated water bottles like this are a necessity. Plus, look how ~aesthetically pleasing~ these bottles are. And here's one for all you rose gold fanatics. They're pretty pricey, but I think it's worth it because it does a great job keeping your liquids cold and looks good on your desk at the same time. I always carry this with me!

07 December 2015

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


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!

01 December 2015

lately #15: back to blogging + vacation news


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!

14 September 2015

the loved: skincare


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.

08 September 2015

what I plan on buying in September

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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.