Friday, February 28, 2014

My Skin and Makeup Routine

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Hi lovelies! Today I wanted to share a bit of my makeup routine and some of my favorite products. I love reading about other people's makeup routines or watching beauty bloggers on youtube so I thought it would be fun to share what I do! Just a warning, I am no makeup artist so if I do something that is against the rules, I apologize in advance.

Cleanse. I have super oily skin, it starts to get shiny even a half hour after I wash my face, so I try to always use an oil free or mattifying cleanser. Most recently I've been using Neutrogena's Pore Refining Cleanser. It's oil-free and does a pretty good job at actually cleaning my face. Recently I purchased the Murad Clarifying Cleanser which I've been wanting to try for a while but I can't give it a fair review after only using it a few times. I also wash my face with a cleansing brush, it's just a generic one from Sephora but I think it really makes a difference in how clean my skin feels.

 Moisturize. As an oily skinned person, I have only recently begun to realize the benefits of using a moisturizer. Even though my skin is really oily it stills tends to dry out and get a bit flaky around my eyebrows and nose, especially in the winter (sorry if that's tmi!). Most moisturizers I've tried have been too heavy or made me look super greasy immediately until I found and fell in love with Clinque's Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel. It's formulated for oily skin and it keeps my problem areas moisturized and also keeps my face less shiny, yay! If I'm feeling fancy I will also use Clinique's Stay Matte Hydrator on top of this, but this only happens if I'm doing dramatic full makeup for a night out. Occasionally I'll just use it instead of the gel if my face isn't looking particularly dry that day.

Foundation. I switch between two foundations, but lately I've been using Mary Kay Timewise Matte Foundation. It's a liquid foundation and it works really well at staying matte while actually matching my skin color pretty perfectly so I'm really happy with it. When it gets warmer I don't like to use liquid foundation as it just melts off faster, so I love the Maybelline Fit Me Gel Stick foundation. It gives me the same coverage as the liquid but it's less likely to melt off.

Powder. I always use powder, if for some reason I'm really late in the morning I will at least put powder on! I use Bare Minerals Matte Foundation powder. I didn't realize it was a powder foundation until I looked up the name for you guys, but I use it as a setting powder which works for me. I find this, and my other million matte products really helps my face stay matte. I am not a fan of the "dewy" look on myself.

 Blush and Bronzer. I have a few different Covergirl blushes but they're all so old that the color names have worn off! They're varying shades of pinks, I'm not really too picky when it comes to blush. I use bronzer only in the summer, but when I do I use Rimmel London bronzer in Sun Bronze. I use the bronzer as a replacement for the pink blush, I'm not sure if that's technically correct but it works for me.

Eyebrows. I shape my eyebrows with Covergirl's Brow and Eye Makers pencil in brown. I don't really do anything fancy here, just fill them in. I find this pencil lasts throughout the day pretty well, I used to use just a brown eyeshadow but that would kind of blow away after a few hours.

Eyes. Mascara is the most important eye makeup to me. I think mascara just opens up your eyes and makes you look awake and ready for the day! This being said, I am the least picky person when it comes to mascara, I like to try them all. I usually stick to Maybelline mascaras but I've tried Almay, Clinique, Makeup Forever, Rimmel, you name it. Currently I'm using Maybelline's Mega-Plush. I'm more picky when it comes to eyeliner. I use Maybelline Ultra Liner which is a waterproof liquid eyeliner. It does not budge so I recommend investing in some eye makeup remover. Eye shadows I really don't wear too often, but I generally stick to neutrals. I have a neutral palette from bhCosmetics and also two cream eye shadows from Mary Kay that I love. You just swipe them on with your fingers and they blend really nicely.

Lips. You all know I love lipstick! I have so many tubes I have lost count, but lately I've been obsessed with my MACs. I have four colors: Russian Red, Ruby Woo, Lady Danger, and Craving. When I apply lipstick I add chapstick underneath for extra moisture because all of those minus Craving are matte and I find that if I put them straight on my lips get really crackly and that's not such a pretty sight! I also got a lip liner for the first time ever in December and I love how straight the lines are, it makes your lipstick look ten times better!

Well that's all I have for my skin and makeup products! What are some of your go-tos?

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Lady Fashion Crush: Rachel McAdams (The Notebook)

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The Notebook is a movie I can watch over and over. Rachel McAdams as Allie Hamilton is perfect. I would definitely wear all of her costumes and hair and makeup styles. Now if Ryan Gosling came with that too, it would really be perfect!

Most of Allie's outfits always match so well, I adore this shade of green and love her strappy wedges.

This scene is one of the sweetest. I'm loving the sweater on this one, I actually found a pattern for this through Brittany of Va-Voom Vintage's blog.

I love the hat, the pincurls, the shade of purple, practically everything about this one.

What do you think of Rachel (Allie)'s style?

Wednesday, February 26, 2014


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I was never a morning person until recently, but now it is my favorite time of the day. If it's a day that I don't work early I have a morning ritual I like to follow. I get up and make coffee or tea and make some breakfast beyond cereal in a cup (which is most rushed mornings when I'm almost late for work!). My personal favorite way to start is with eggs and I'll usually add in some veggies, potatoes, and cheese. While I'm cooking I like to watch youtube videos and then when I sit down to eat I like to read blogs or whatever book I'm reading for fun before I have to start on schoolwork. I never knew how nice it was to have a slow start to the day, it's nice to have that quiet time before the rush of work and daily life begins. 

Do you enjoy mornings? What are some things you do to have quiet time for yourself?

Friday, February 21, 2014

Odds and Ends and Red All Over

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 Dress: my50svintagedresses via eBay//Sweater: LOFT//Shoes: Payless

 Happy Friday! This week flew by and I'm so happy it's the weekend! So I have realized that I now wear red entirely to much, it's like I'm drawn to it. This is my third red outfit in a row, I guess I missed the wear the majority of your red clothing last week memo, oh well.

I've also been knitting with red as well. I'm actually working on two red sweaters; an oversize simple sweater made with homespun so it's super soft, and my first top down sweater which is so pretty and retro that I found on Ravelry by this lovely lady named Andi Satterland and it's called Chuck. If you like to knit check out her patterns.

I made soup for the first time in a while this week, it was a Spicy Chicken Soup recipe that I found on Pinterest of course! It was super easy and the longest time I had to wait was for the chicken to boil. I miss making fun recipes from Pinterest so my goal is to make them more often.

Oh I don't think I told you all about Brite Winter Festival! It's an indoor/outdoor festival held in Cleveland and this year there were 70+ bands (usually local or fairly close to Cleveland). The festival is meant to celebrate winter and break all of us Clevelanders out of our winter depression for a night. We only saw one band outside thank goodness because it was freezing, but it was a lot of fun and I got to see some new music. I think music festivals are the best way to find your new favorite artist because live music is just so amazing.

How was your week? Do you have any exciting plans for the weekend?

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Lady Fashion Crush: Brigitte Bardot

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When I think of Brigitte Bardot, I think of gorgeous hair and the epitome of 1960s style. Brigitte was a model, actress, singer, and now is an animal rights activist. She even donated a boat to the Sea Shepherd Coservation Society, who had that show called Whale Wars that fought against illegal whalers. But, back to style...

Wiggle dresses are so classic, I love how it looks to have a bit of sheen to the material and the simple necklace as it's only accessory.

When I saw this picture I went to circle skirt heaven! The plaid is great, it's kind of country vintage.

If I could wear an outfit similar to this everyday I would. I love the stripes, pencil skirt and the cardigan. The wide headband is so cute too!

What do you think of Brigitte's style?

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Little Things

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Top: LOFT//Pants: Freddies of Pinewood//Shoes: Payless

The other day I was driving around, I grabbed a coffee from Starbucks and put my cup in the cupholder. Not the driver's side of the car cupholder, but the passenger side cupholder. I always do this but right then I realized how weird that was, and then I started thinking about what other weird little things I do. Then I thought these weird things would be fun to share with you lovelies.

Apparently I'm Superman    
  • Tear up every time I see a story of a military person surprising their loved ones when they come home.
  • Sing loudly in the car when I'm alone with dance moves and then as soon as someone pulls up next to me I pretend I'm not even listening to music.

  • I have to wake up on a 7 and if I hit snooze I have to set my alarm to a 4. Example: my initial alarm goes off at 7:47, if I reset to give myself a little more sleep time, I set it to 8:04. My friends think this is odd too!
  • I will do (almost) every Buzzfeed quiz and share my results on Facebook (sorry Facebook friends!).
  • When trying to start reading a new book I have to read the first few pages of at least two or three books to decide which to read next.
Pretending I'm on America's Next Top Model haha!

  • I like to have dance parties in my room (that's not weird right?)
  • When I take outfit photos, I usually get a little goofy, which is why I included two of those outtakes today!

Maybe these things aren't really that odd and I just think they are. Do you do anything that you think people would think was weird if you told them?

Friday, February 14, 2014

Valentine's Day

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Dress: Tiger Milly UK// Sweater: Too old to remember// Tights: JCPenney

Valentine's Day is a day I struggle with, I'll be honest about it. When you're little, Valentine's Day is about getting a bunch of valentine's cards and candy in your class. Cute story time: I remember in second grade there was a boy in my class who bought a whole box of chocolates for this girl and mistakenly left it on the heater in our classroom and all the chocolates melted. It was so cute it actually made our school paper. I made it in the paper as well, as I was one of the valentine mail people. I got to do the job with my first crush at the time so it was pretty exciting. I still have a laminated copy of the article today.

When you get older, it becomes less about community love and more about couples' love. I become a bit of a grinch as the great pink and red heart filled day approaches as I haven't had an actual valentine for Valentine's Day yet (I have such great luck!). Seeing all of the couples just makes me feel extra-single (**cough cough singles-awareness-day cough cough**).

 But this year, I decided not to be so grinchy about it and embrace the day as a day to celebrate your love for everyone, like it was before. I think it's nice to tell you friends and family you love them, maybe go see one of those really sappy romance movies that are coming out today and have a good time (I personally really want to see Endless Love)! Make the day less about feeling sorry for yourself and more about appreciating the people that are in your life right now!

How do you feel about Valentine's Day?

P.S. I also am reviving my love affair with Half Price Books because they sent me a Valentine's Day coupon, so I just found a date :)

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Lady Fashion Crush: Kate Middleton

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I will admit it: I love the royal family so much even though they really have nothing to do with me being American. I got up super early to watch Kate and William get married and in one of my first posts ever here I included a picture of a replica of her stunning dress at the Western Reserve Historical Society. Kate's style is so classic and I always look forward to seeing more pictures of her great fashion!

It's a windy picture but I love the shirtdress and the sunny yellow.

This dress just screams 1920s to me! The drop waist and nautical style is so cute.

This one isn't exactly vintage inspired but I love the lace and the sleeves.

What do you think of Kate's style?

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Cinema at Home #15

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1. Flipped (2010)

If you love movie set in the 1950s and starring kids this movie is for you! It's based on the book by the same name (which I haven't read, oops!) and it tells the friendship and love story of two kids from elementary to middle school. The movie is told through both the girl and boy's eyes, from the day they met when the boy moved into town and the girl became overly nice and had cooties, until the boy finally "flipped" and began to like her back. Such a sweet movie. 4.5/5

2. Restless (2011)

This was a bit sad, but so good. It stars a teenage couple who meet at a funeral. The boy likes to go to funerals, and the girl is terminally ill. They start a relationship, lots of running around and watching the stars, oh and the boy sees a ghost of a WWII Japanese solider who pops up and he openly talks to a lot of the time. Of course there is plenty of times when the happy scene quickly turns to scenes of chemotherapy, the girl's sister and mother worrying, but always returns to the happiness that the boy brings to her. 4/5

3. Anchors Aweigh (1945)

Gene Kelly and Frank Sinatra are two sailors on leave from the Navy. Gene is a smooth talker as has a girl waiting for him back home named Lola and he can't wait to see her. Frank is a bit of a shy guy and wants help with the ladies as he gets so nervous to speak to them. They become entangled in a police matter with a child who was found in the street because he wanted to join the Navy and refused to tell the police where he lived. Well, Gene and Frank found out and took him home to find he lived with his Aunt, who Frank falls head over heels for. Frank begs Gene to help him woo this lovely lady (named Susan) and they have a lot of fun doing it. There's a lot of amazing dance numbers with Gene of course, so I loved it! 5/5

4. Follow the Fleet (1936)

This was a lovely Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers movie. The two are dance partners until Fred goes to the Navy. Ginger works as a hostess at a nightclub and tries to break into the broadway business. Fred and his Navy buddy come to visit while on leave and Fred's friend falls for Ginger's sister and then ends up in a love triangle. Fred and Ginger have plenty of dance numbers and funny scenes. 3.5/5

5. The Disorderly Orderly (1964) 

I didn't know who Jerry Lewis was before I watched this movie, and now I want to see everything he was in, he is so funny! The movie is about an orderly who works at a sanatorium and he has to see a psychiatrist because he was kicked out of medical school because he would empathize so much with his patients that he would literally feel their pain. There's a lot of slapstick comedy throughout and he's very clumsy and ends up doing more harm than good most times. He is courting the head doctor's secretary but she gets a bit jealous when an unidentified patient is brought in and he gives her flowers but hides it from her. 4.5/5

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Ginsberg's Howl

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Top: H&M//Skirt: Vintage from Voyeur Vintage// Shoes: Target

"I saw the greatest minds of my generation destroyed by madness, starving hysterical naked,"
                                                                                                      -Howl, Allen Ginsberg 

Allen Ginsberg is my favorite poet, he is actually the first poet I ever truly connected with. Growing up, I hated poetry that came in any form other than Dr. Seuss. I didn't understand what the point of making sentences rhyme (or not rhyme) to make some bigger meaning and I hated studying the types of poems. A required poetry class in undergrad completely changed my mind about poetry, at least in particular those poets from the Beat Generation.

"America, why are your libraries full of tears?"
                                -America, Allen Ginsberg

Allen Ginsberg had a rough life growing up. His mother was in and out of mental hospitals his whole life until she passed away. He went to Columbia University in New York where he met some of the other "beats"; Jack Kerouac, William S.Burroughs, and Neal Cassady to name a few. These young poets all wrote about the corruption of the world, in particular against the government after the second world war. This group also experimented with a lot of drugs and free love, and also advocated for gay rights as well. (I did a little research for the biographical information because I only remembered bits and pieces from class! So here are links to the two articles I used: one, two.)

"In my hungry fatigue, and shopping for images, I went into the neon fruit supermarket, dreaming of your enumerations!"
                                                                 -A Supermarket in California, Allen Ginsberg

Now, you may be wondering, "why do you like Ginsberg so much?". I personally do not do drugs or believe that promiscuous sex is okay, but I am very much for equal rights for the gay community. I love Ginsberg's poetry because it is so vivid and raw and shocking, even by today's standards. He allowed himself to feel and express all of his disdain or hope or distress. He wasn't afraid to stand up and say what he really felt, and he was even taken to court for it. His poem Howl was considered obscene (you can freely find the poem online, I'd rather not post the most obscene lines here), but he won his court case and the judge allowed for his work to remain on the market.

Do you enjoy poetry? Who or what are some of your favorites?

Friday, February 7, 2014

A Response to Marianne's "Dare"

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Dress: Gifted and Thrifted//Sweater: LOFT//Shoes: Payless

Last week I was reading through my blogroll and a post by Marianne of Esme and the Laneway popped up titled Dare. Marianne is a stunning vintage blogger from Australia and the point of her post (which is brief so you should pop over and read it!) is that she received a comment from someone who felt that fashion blogging is just about girls who think they're pretty and like taking pictures of themselves.

Marianne's response was dead on, she said that she loves blogging and reading blogs because of the people, and not just because they're "pretty" and I agree. I wouldn't ever want people to think that I blog because I think I'm pretty or better than someone else. I blog because I really love style and the blogging commmunity is a great way to share this passion.

I also don't solely read fashion blogs. One of my absolute favorite bloggers is Payton of Payton Place. She doesn't post often and she has posted a style post of two, but she mainly focuses on issues that are most dear to her; art, music, and life. I also read blogs that have no pictures at all and the writer is just sharing their thoughts with the world. Blogging is an outlet which we should not be shamed for no matter what the topic is you wish to write about or show through your photos.

(P.S. Sorry the bookshelf is back so soon, I was rushing to take pictures before work so it just happened!)

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Lady Fashion Crush: Lucille Ball

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What can I say about Lucille Ball? She could be glamorous and ridiculously goofy all at once, and I wish I could be like her. My mom loves Lucille Ball so I saw her show and movies through my mom watching them. I love her style so much I was her for halloween, so I had to include her here!

This is a beautiful picture of Lucille, I included it here because I love the hat and the lady tie.

She is such a beauty and I'm so jealous of her bathing suit. While impractical for swimming perhaps, it's absolutely fabulous.

This casual outfit is something I could recreate! I need more high-waisted pants and capris. Loving the stripes and the headscarf!

What do you think of Lucille's style?