Friday, December 29, 2017

Glitz & Gold for New Year's Eve

New Year's Eve is hands down the best night of the year. Being extra with glitter is not only accepted, but expected and champagne flows at whatever party you go. The second Christmas is over, you suddenly see clothing racks lined with shimmery dresses and party shoes, waiting to be worn out on NYE. With a variety of trends to choose from this year, like velvet and sherpa jackets, I went with a traditional LBD with added celestial flair from Lulu's. To keep warm in the single degree Kansas City weather, I paired the dress with a metallic jacket and thigh high boots. Honestly how great is that trend? Your pale winter legs not only look good, but stay warm at the same time! Excited to be spending my NYE this weekend with hometown friends, and can't wait to see what 2018 brings! 

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas from me and mine to you and yours! I'm currently enjoying my last winter break at home in Kansas City before returning back to school for my final semester as an undergrad. With a bit of unexpected snow and all my high school friends back in town, I'm having very happy holidays! Mason and I donned our Christmas best and grabbed the wreath off our building's front door so we could snap a Christmas card to share on social media this year. A bit of a funny concept, but a lot easier than printing real ones! This skirt, originally from J.Crew is hands down one of the best things I've ever thrifted. You can find a similar one here. Plaid reminds me so much of Christmas wrapping paper, especially when it's red and green like this skirt! And as for the bean boots, it's a toss up who bought them first, but hands down my favorite boots for snowy weather. I hope you all enjoy a very Merry Christmas surrounded by loved ones and lots of hot chocolate! See you in the new year!

Friday, December 22, 2017

Drugstore Dupe: GLAMGLOW SUPERMUD Clearing Treatment

Sporting the slogan "world's most powerful facial" directly on the jar, Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay might just live up to its name.

I originally heard about this mask after reading an article from Refinery29 about Riverdale star Lili Reinhart's skincare routine. The star, who has discussed her battles with cystic acne, swears by the $8 mask for acne-prone skin, so I decided to put Amazon Prime to use and give it a go. The results? I'M SHOCKED. This product LITERALLY dried up my breakouts overnight. Never have I used a mask for troubled skin that actually worked this effectively or quickly. The directions say to mix the bentonite clay with water, or apple cider vinegar, and apply evenly to the desired areas. One word of warning, this stuff can get messy. The mixture, as one would assume, turns muddy in texture and is messy to wash off of surfaces as well as your skin. But stay with me here, it's worth it. After 5-10 minutes, the mask will feel dried and even a bit warm on your face. I like to use it 1-2 times a week depending on how my skin is looking at the time. Another added bonus, the one pound jar of powder will last years. Eight dollars well spent in my opinion.

In the past, I have been a GLAMGLOW SUPERMUD clearing treatment user, enjoying the luxurious feel of the brand's K17-Clay and Activated-X Charcoal infused mask (you can even read my review here) but not so much the price. The Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay is the closest I have gotten to a drugstore dupe for GLAMGLOW and honestly, I saw better results when it came to clearing up my face.

If you're looking for an effective mask for acne-prone skin, I highly recommend you give this dupe a try!

Monday, November 20, 2017

Hello Pumpkin!

What would fall be without a few pumpkins? To our luck, my friends and I live only a short drive from a pumpkin patch and farm that has everything from apples to goats and a colorful variety of gourds. As an autumn enthusiast, I thrive during the months of October and November. After a ten month wait, the world turns shades of orange and yellow, sweaters make their way to the front of the closet, and everything tastes of pumpkin. As much as I love a good sundress, fall clothing will always be my favorite. Blanket scarves, sweaters, and vests such as my favorite J.Crew one pictured above are my daily uniform during the autumn season. As fall winds down and winter quickly approaches, I say goodbye to pumpkin pie and hello to peppermint mochas. Take a drive down an autumnal leaved road, have a pumpkin spice latte in your hand and enjoy the ride.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Cheetah Girl

Rewinding to this past Halloween, my friend and I hit the town as "party animals" complete with drawn on whiskers and animal ears. A bit of a last minute costume, I found myself in Target on the eve of a party and discovered this cheetah print coat, which retails for only $40. After finding the coat and a pair of lace cat ears, also from Target, the rest of my costume fell into place with black clothing found in my closet. A touch of red lipstick and gold eyeshadow from my Tarte Rainforest of the Sea palette volume III and I was out the door. I just recently acquired this eyeshadow palette and it is the most pigmented eyeshadow I have ever used! No primer needed, these shadows show up so well on camera and in person. As a senior in college and past the days of wearing sleeveless shirts and bare legs in 30 degree weather for the sake of Halloween, my friend and I joked that we can tell we are getting old when we start incorporating coats into our costumes for the sake of staying warm. If you're in need of some cheetah print in your wardrobe this fall, I highly recommend this affordable and warm coat. Target does it again!

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Last Slice of Summer

Nearly at the one-month mark since senior year has started, friends and I found ourselves wanting to relish in the last bit of summer weather before fall officially hit Missouri. Sunday rolled around with 85 degree weather and not a cloud in the sky, so we hit the road in search of a supposed sunflower field a short drive from our university. Half an hour later, we found ourselves in the rural country driving in reverse through a field of corn trying our best to follow the path made by a tractor. As you may have been able to tell, things were not going according to plan. Just as we were about to head home and call it a day, we spotted this watermelon cart outside of a farm. Greeted by a friendly dog by the name of Rebel, we picked out a melon and decided since we were out of luck on the sunflowers, watermelon would have to do. We got one last slice of summer after all!

Sandals: Sam Edelman

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Tea Time at Sketch

"It's always tea time." - The Mad Hatter

The bubblegum pink room you've notoriously seen on Instagram, filled with tea cups and framed doodles on the walls. Welcome to Sketch, the most theatric dining experience you'll find in London. After reading Vogue rave about Sketch as the poshest spot in town, I quickly made my way to high tea within my first two weeks in London. The pink room, also known as the Gallery, is the place for tea if you find yourself in central London. Upon walking in, you'll be emerged into a pink velvet paradise full of strange drawings and technicolor pastries waiting to be sampled. After settling into my seashell-esque chair, I sipped on a raspberry bellini while my table awaited our tea and treats to arrive. The edible options ranged from smoked salmon sandwiches to strawberry tarts and of course scones, complete with clotted cream and jam. An afternoon of good tea and even better company made me realize that Londoners are doing life right, especially at Sketch. 

PS - A trip to the bathroom (or loo as I should say) will make you feel as though you've walked onto a science fiction film set, with space pods and fisheye mirrors perfect for selfies. 

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Notting Hill

Greetings from across the pond! I'm officially four weeks into my summer in London and finding my rhythm of work and play. When I'm not interning or attending classes, I've been exploring my new backyard. Thanks to the Tube, anywhere in London is only a short ride away! One of the first neighborhoods I decided to explore on a sunny afternoon was Notting Hill. Known for its flowers, markets and famous blue door, this neighborhood is a gorgeous backdrop of foliage and English architecture. After a stop by 280 Notting Hill Gate to gaze upon the spot Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant fell in love, I took a visit to Biscuiteers, a biscuit boutique. This shop is a sugar coated dream. With treats too beautiful to eat and the smell of freshly baked cookies, it took all the self control in the world not to buy everything. If you're looking to take a flower-filled walk, go get lost in this fairytale neighborhood. 

Sunday, May 14, 2017

London Calling

London is calling, and here I go! Excited to share that I will be spending the summer in London, England studying and interning alongside other students from the University of Missouri. Having never been out of the country before, I'm excited and jittery all in one! I hope to experience as much as possible during my time abroad, including traveling across Europe to explore other major cities. If you have any travel tips, London recommendations, or study abroad advice feel free to leave a comment! Adventure awaits this summer and I can't wait to get exploring.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

His and Her Belts Feat. FH Wadsworth

Flowers are blooming, sleeves are getting shorter, and spring has officially sprung! With skirts and shorts reemerging from my closet for the spring season, I have been on the hunt for statement-making pieces to help style my neutral colored wardrobe. As a fan of classic and preppy pieces, these ribbon belts from FH Wadsworth are perfect for adding a pop of color to springtime looks.

Meet Mason! My boyfriend and one of my favorite people to help me with my blog. Mason, similar to myself, has an appreciation for preppy style and a polished look. These ribbon belts are perfect for both men and women and we sported ours on Easter morning. Mason opted for the Gibson style while I went with the Kingfisher.

Thank you to FH Wadsworth for sponsoring this post.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Review: #OleGlow by Ole Henriksen

As someone who struggles with oily skin, controlling the unwanted shine in my t-zone has been an ongoing battle. After cycling through multiple drugstore face washes and toners, I decided to give the Balance collection by Ole Henriksen a go. Consisting of a cleanser, toner, and moisturizer this collection promises to mattify skin and unclog pores without stripping or irritating skin. One mention of oil control and I was in. After using this skin routine for over a month, I can honestly say it has made a difference to my skin.

As far as my everyday routine for class, I tend to skip the face makeup and stick to mascara in order to let my skin breath. While my skin feels healthier without any foundation, I feel more aware of the oil and blemishes occurring in my t-zone. I started using the Balance collection in the mornings to see if I could diminish the amount of oil on my skin throughout the school day. A quick wash with the Find Your Balance Oil Control Cleanser and a swipe of Balance Force Oil Control Toner and I was ready for the day. Being skeptical at first, I was pleasantly surprised to find that this product combination truly did keep my skin matte and oil free throughout the day. As I continued to use these products throughout the month, I also found an improvement with blemishes thanks to the salicylic acid within the ingredients. The products also include neem seed oil, eucalyptus, and rosehip fruit extract to help balance skin and diminish oil. I don't usually find myself reaching for a moisturizer in my skin routine, but did enjoy using the Counter Balance Oil Control Hydrator before applying face makeup to control shine and increase the wear of my makeup.

Overall, I recommend this product to anyone looking to diminish oil from their skin while seeking to maintain a healthy glow. This range of products has proven a great addition to my morning skin routine and helps my skin glow instead of shine.

Thank you to Ole Henriksen for providing me with these products to share my thoughts on.

Friday, April 28, 2017

City of Stars

Straight out of La La Land, the "it" print of the moment seen on everything from clothing to bags is stars. I LOVE this trend! This print has overthrown stripes and polka dots by offering a more statement-making option within the world of prints. This celestial shape is certainly having its moment, and this affordable dress makes me feel like Emma Stone dancing through the streets of LA. 

Dress: Forever 21
Necklace: Kendra Scott
Wedges: Target