January Favorites | I’m Back!

Hollllllyyyyyyyyyyy molly, it’s been a while since I’ve made a post on here! Things got super busy after Thanksgiving with school, finals week and the prep for Christmas! I wanted to take some time off to focus on school, family, and not worry about documenting every event for a little bit. Anywho, I hope everyone had an amazing Holiday and got to spend some good quality time with those who mean the most! Now that I’m in the swing of Spring semester and my work load isn’t crazy, I plan on updating my blog as often as I was before because I honestly missed it! So, as my returning post – my favorite kind of post, my monthly favorites! Disclaimer: Christmas was at the end of December and my birthday is at the very beginning of January, so a lot of these favorites were gifts!

My go to everyday makeup: Tatcha Luminous Dewey Skin Mist, Morphe M439 brush, Dior Capture Totale Serum foundation, dr. brant pores no more primer 

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These 4 are my staples right now for my oddly dry (not complaining) winter skin. I’m normally very oily so I probably won’t touch the foundation or mist in the summer, but for now I love how they make my skin look.

I’ve always had issues with my pores and I’ve tried everything from Benefits POREfessional, the MUFE pore primer and the smash box primer and none of them really made that big of a difference. I heard about this primer through a YouTuber I follow and she said it was the best she’s ever tried. I would 100% agree. It mattifies, but is formulated to adapt to dry skin – which is perfect for a year round primer, it blurs my pores almost completely and creates a barrier so the makeup won’t clog your pores. It’s also formulated to treat pores, but I haven’t noticed a huge difference in the size – but for anyone who struggles with pores – you need this in your life.

So the Tatcha spray made it’s debut when people found out that Kim Kardashian uses it to get that beautiful glow her skin has & let me tell you – you DEFINITELY glow with this stuff. I spray this on my face over my pores no more primer so I don’t look so flat once my makeup goes on & my face almost looks wet for about 5 minutes, but once it sets you just look very healthy a glowy. This product is pricey for a skin mist, but worth it in my eyes!

The Dior CT foundation is probably the best natural looking foundation I’ve ever tried. This is a sample size that came in a Capture Totale skincare kit I got and I’ve noticed I don’t break out if I wear it for multiple days in a row. I’ve applied this with my beauty blender, but I find the Morphe M439 brush gives it the best look if I spray my brush with a little of MAC Fix+ before I blend it all in. It has anti aging ingredients, SPF 15, optical correctors, and HD liquid crystal pigments that reflect light and make your skin look very healthy, plump and, you guessed it, GLOWY. If you’re dry skinned & have issues with pores – I would recommend this combination!

Sony Alpha a5100 Mirrorless Camera

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I got this camera for my birthday based on reviews and recommendations I received and I really do love it. I’m by no means skilled in photography and if I can get a picture that’s focused and not blurry – I’m satisfied. But what I love most about this camera is that it has a screen that flips up so you can take selfies and see what you’re doing with amazing quality, the pictures and video are amazing, and it’s quite light! If you’re in the market for a new camera for a vacation, or just want a new camera to document certain things – I really love this one!

Vanity Girl Broadway Lighted Table Top Vanity Mirror

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I was SO surprised when I got this for Christmas because I had looked at them before, but they’re a biiiiiiiiit pricey for a mirror. I’m absolutely in love with it because I not only have my small mirror that I can see close up what I’m doing, but now I can sit back and see it from further away with MUCH better lighting! I also love that it has 2 outlets on the bottom right hand corner so I can now do my hair sitting down, in my room instead of curling my hair standing for 45 minutes in the bathroom. It was the perfect touch to my vanity and I absolutely love it! If you’re thinking about investing in one – I say go for it (:

Fitmark Athletic Tote

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So a few months ago I posted about my Nike gym bag I had gotten and was in love with. Yeah.. that was until I discovered Fitmark Bags. This thing hold everything I need and the kitchen sink. It has 8 different pockets on the inside, a water bottle holder, a bag to put your sweaty clothes in, an adjustable strap, the back part snaps away for another extra half to the bag, and a pocket in the front with a clasp to put your keys on. I will never go back to any other bag because for me at least, this has so much more than any bag I’ve seen. The quality of the bag is really good and I’ve had it since around the end of October, I go to the gym 6 or 7 days a week and it’s still holding up and looks brand new. If you find yourself never having enough room for your stuff – look at Fitmark’s website! They also have meal management gym bags, duffle bags, backpacks, and custom bags!

Lululemon Scuba III hoodie

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I saw this jacket at Lululemon and fell in love with the color, and it has rose gold hardware….. uhhh hello, perfect. I’ve tried to find it online or in stores and I can’t seem to find it anymore in this color/hardware. I love Lululemon and I think everything I’ve ever bought there has been amazing. Some people can’t see spending that type of money, but I workout a lot, so I can justify spending 100$ on leggings because I want to get a bunch of uses out of them and not have them rip after a few wears (*cough* Victoria’s Secret*…). Now, with that said, I bought the Scuba II hoodie and I absolutely hated it. It was SO thick I felt like a marshmallow and I couldn’t move comfortably in it. I returned it and never bought another hoodie again. Well, I had heard they were re-designing them and so I figured I’d give it a shot & I’m glad I did because they did an amazing job. It’s so incredibly soft, I can move freely, it keeps me warm, and it doesn’t bunch up under my armpits like the Scuba II. I loved this hoodie so much I got 3 other colors :O Needless to say, I think everyone should at least try one on in stores and feel the difference – I promise you’ll fall in love!

Yogi Blueberry Slim Life Green Tea

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This tea is lyyyyyyyyfe. Simple as that. I don’t even know if it really works for weight loss, but I am a HUGE blueberry fan. I love anything and everything with blueberries in it, I also have a serious obsession with green tea – so when I saw this at my grocery store I KNEW I had to get it. It’s so delicious and I’m not going to be able to describe the taste online, but it has a subtle sweetness to it from the blueberry, but also the bite from the green tea. It’s perfect and gives me a good energy boost in the morning!

Christian Louboutin Velvet Matte Lip Colour – Zoulou

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This was a Christmas present that I was not at all expecting. These bad boys are pricey as hell for a lipstick, but after trying it – I can see why. First of all, the packaging… could it be more beautiful? I didn’t expect anything less when I heard he was coming out with lipsticks, but I also expected the formula to be shit. This is probably the best matte lipstick I’ve ever used. It’s so incredibly hydrating and creamy and does not dry my lips out at all. It lasts for a good amount of time as well which I was surprised about because normally matte lipsticks don’t last on me at all – but I only had to reapply after I had got done eating which was about 3 hours after I put it on. Do I think you need to go run out and buy one right now? No, $90 is insane for a lipstick – but if you can swallow the price tag, I 100% say go for it because the quality is amazing and that packaging is to die for!

5 Drawer Acrylic Organizer

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This organizer saved my life. Again, another gift I was not expecting but I’m so glad my mom found it because it saved a TON of room on my vanity. Kim Kardashian (again.. I promise I don’t love her) made this organizer popular in an episode of Keeping Up With the Kardashians & everyone flipped out. I believe hers was around $400 ?! My mom found this on Joyus and it was a fraction of the price. I had at least 5 or 6 different organizers that I was able to condense down into just this one which cleared up enough room for my mirror and I was able to keep my vanity looking somewhat organized. If you’re a makeup junkie hoarder – this is a great item to add to your collection!

Burberry Finsbridge Belted Quilted Jacket

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Last but certainly not least, my birthday gift. This was easily one of, if not, my favorite gift. Investing in a good quality jacket I think is something everyone needs to do, especially if you live in the frigid Arctic North that is Ohio like I do! I tried on a grey pea coat type jacket, but the woman helping us at Nordstrom showed me this and I fell in love. It’s long, but hits me right above the knee which I feel the is perfect length. It has a detachable hood, a belt, zipper and buttons, and it is sooo warm. I’m absolutely obsessed with it and is definitely a staple in my wardrobe!

 

Welp, that’s it for my January favorites & I’m very happy to finally be back to blogging! Let me know what some of your favorites were for the month of January, what you did for the holidays, or just say hey (: I hope you enjoyed & as always, thanks for reading!

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Thanksgiving OOTD!

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving and enjoyed time with their family and had some good food. Here’s a quick outfit post! Thanks for reading!

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Scarf: Burberry similar HERE. I belted the scarf and it was SO comfy!  | Top: Buckle HERE  |  Belt: Nordstrom HERE |  Jeans: Frame Denim HERE. Probably the most comfortable pair of jeans I own!  |  Makeup: New favorite Chantecaille brow pencil HERE. I use Oak Brown. It made my brows look so natural!

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TOP: Nordstrom HERE . LOVE these tops & I actually got a few different colors! | JEANS: J Brand Fury jeans HERE (all time favorite! + they’re on sale!) | SHOES: Valentino Rockstud flats HERE | BAG: Louis Vuitton Neverfull MM HERE | JEWELRY: Necklace: BaubleBar HERE . Ring: David Yurman HERE | HAIR: NuMe Titan 3 – 32mm wand HERE | MAKEUP: Lip Combo- MAC Blankety + MAC Whirl liner HERE .

As always, thanks for reading (:

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Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Must-Haves !

With today being the last day of the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale I’m sure a lot of you have seen some things you may have liked, put them in your cart, then closed out of your tab – we’ve all been there, I did the same thing. Well, Nordstrom had some GREAT deals this time and there were a lot of things on sale that I believe would be worth the investment & would transition well into fall & winter! So I rounded up a few of my favorite pieces that I either own or would totally buy! A lot of pieces are very universal and can be worn for more than one season/year/occasion/ etc. Here are my favorites!

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1. Tory Burch Joanna Riding Boots $319 on sale HERE | I love the Coconut Leather color!

2. Voluspa Maison Jardin Candle Trio $30 on sale HERE | These really smell amazing!

3. WILDFOX More than Pizza Pullover $72 on sale HERE | So adorable & cozy for a cool fall day with a good book

4. BP. Rope Trim Floppy Hat $18 on sale HERE | Very universal & cute for the fall with a big sweater & boots!

5. SONIX cases $23 on sale HERE | They have the CUTEST cases!

6. BP. Stripe High/Low Tee $12 on sale HERE | If you want a comfortable, universal tee – this is perfect & only 12$!

7. Tory Burch Plaque Satchel $318 on sale HERE | Tory Burch makes grew purses & this one will be great for fall!

8. BP. Perfect Roll Tab Tunic $28 on sale HERE | This is a shirt that will be great with leggings & riding boots!

9. Sonya Renee Oval Drusy Pendant $38 on sale HERE | Her jewelry sparkles from miles away & I love the stone on this!

10. Sam Edelman Paige Fringed Bootie $110 on sale HERE | Fringe is on trend for fall & these are just too cute! + More colors!

11. Zella Live In Leggings $34 on sale HERE | Perfect for boots & a sweater or just lounging in the house!

12. Kate Spade Thermal Mug $18 HERE | Not on sale but a perfect price for a mug to keep coffee or hot chocolate warm!

13. Sonya Renee Drusy Stud Earring $45 on sale HERE | Perfect match for the necklace & a gorgeous gold color!

I hope this list gave you some ideas of some last minute sale purchases or just something you want to buy to treat yourself! As always, thanks for reading (:

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OOTD!

Yesterday I went to see The Gallows & it was easily one of the scariest movies I’ve seen in a long time, but if you love scary movies – I definitely recommend seeing it! It’s from the makers of Insidious and Paranormal Activity & it’s a movie that keeps you on the edge of your seat and makes you jump every 10 minutes. I had chills & the ending threw me for a loop – but without ruining the movie, just go see it. Other than that, my weekend was full of running and relaxing with family. So here’s my outfit from Saturday because I haven’t done a post like this in a while and I miss doing them! Thanks for reading (:

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TOP: Haute Hippie here! Says “One must learn to take life with a grain of salt, slice of lime and a shot of tequila”. Favorite. Shirt. Ever! | JEANS: J Brand here | SHOES: Steve Madden (old). Also love these ! | PURSE: Louis Vuitton Neverfull MM here | JEWELRY: David Yurman ring here / Tiffany Infinity bracelet here | SUNGLASSES: Valentino Aviators here | MAKEUP: Lip Combo is MAC Blankenty & Chanel Rouge Allure Gloss in #15 Sensible (LOVE)

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