the hit list

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beauty faves

bite matte creme lip crayon in aubergine is unreal  // maybelline the nudes palette (i use it more than urban decay’s naked) // l’oreal nude ballet lipgloss is one of my favorite natural lip colors // urban decay perversion mascara is next level // benefit’s gimme brow is great if you don’t want anything too intense // makeup for ever’s aqua liner in black is the best liquid liner i’ve used // nars cruising lipstick is the best nude // perfekt skin perfection gel is “perfekt” (sorry i had to) // mac cubic blush is my go-to for natural flush // tarte lively is worth it, trust me 

if you couldn’t tell by the name of my blog, i love makeup. when i was younger i played with makeup more than any little girl should, and once youtube videos started featuring makeup tutorials i watched them all the time, kind of obsessively. i’ve definitely mentioned on here that i used to post makeup tutorials on polyvore, but that is something i will not be revealing, you’ll have to find those on your own. i’m saving you all from that, like that time i did black swan (really cool, but really extreme). since i can remember i’ve wanted to work in the cosmetic industry, even if i didn’t know what that would entail when i was younger, but these past two summers i’ve interned for l’oreal and loved it. when i applied to georgetown’s business school it was through a paper on the beauty industry and its global influence. random, i know, but it’s my thing. i think you would expect me to always have my makeup done, but i can promise you i’m the opposite. all i need is mascara and my favorite lip product and i’m good to go for class. that doesn’t mean i don’t like different products and looks… i definitely do, ask my mom, but at this point i know what products i love and are my “holy grail” go-to’s.

the kitchen chronicles

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IMG_8276 my relationship with cooking is similar to the relationship that noah and allie have in the notebook… it’s something that’s just meant to be. sorry for how cheesy that was, but i’ve always wanted to use that as a comparison. for example, in fifth grade we were supposed to imagine what our future would be like and create a drawing to go with it. i drew myself in a doctor’s coat, working in a bakery, and holding a georgetown diploma in one hand. obviously a drawing that was completely realistic. so far i’m 1 for 3 on those counts (or since i’m still studying at georgetown it might be 0 for 3), and the doctor thing is probably not going to happen since i gave that dream up junior year of high school. who knows about the bakery though… maybe i can hit 2 for 3. before i start rambling, even though i’ve basically already started, i’m going to get to the point. i made one of the most delicious things i’ve ever had in my life thanks to this recipe. there were some issues with the recipe (due to the fact that i’m a college student), like when i used a meat tenderizer to mash cauliflower because we don’t have a potato masher… so that was fun. but seriously, this one is definitely worth trying.

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the fashion files

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black10.jpg_effectedtime and time again i have posted about my favorite blogger on here, because her outfits are that good. go to the search bar on this site and look up jules… i promise you that you’ll find one or two (or four) snippets about her. yeah it’s a lot, but it’s because her style is really that good. every outfit looks amazing, but she never looks as if she’s trying too hard. let me tell you, this is impressive… there have been times where i wok on pulling off that whole carefree look, but it takes work. too casual, you’re looking a bit messy, and too put together, you’re trying too hard. she’s mastered this conundrum, and if you don’t agree or haven’t heard of her, these photos should prove it.

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a day in the life

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// my lovely bedroom for senior year (blog post on this soon!) //

let me start this off by saying that i haven’t done one of these types of posts in a very long time. i don’t even remember the last time i did a “day in the life”, a.k.a. throwing a bunch of instagram photos together that capture a small part of my life. the other day i was thinking about how much i used to love doing these, so i figured i should start it up again. this time with something a little bit different. actually, a lot different. a photo of me, kinda. i’ve never actually posted a photo of myself on here and don’t really have a reason why, but here we go. i guess if i really want to do this blogging thing, i have to unveil “the face behind the site”… so shield your eyes and prepare yourselves. jokes, i’m not that scary… only a little bit.

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// blonde chocolate, banana split, and blueberry cheesecake georgetown cupcakes //

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// hello september… also inslee, you’re the bomb //

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// missing the little man, who reps georgetown gear better than anyone i know //

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// 21st birthdays and beginning to feel kinda, sorta old (don’t worry, we’re all legal) //

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// kicking off georgetown senior week with the cutest mascot out there //

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// when in greece… or when you’re at a toga party in your school cafeteria //

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// banana chocolate chip bread with almond milk is life changing //

photo 4// one of my favorite spots in d.c., plus it has the best people watching //

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// part 2,345 (or something like that) of the kitchen chronicles //

the art of ambiance

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i’m not afraid to admit i can get a little bit crazy about certain things, and one of these certain things is decorating. ambiance is where it’s at. such a cheesy line, but for me, it’s true. at the end of the day, whether it’s been spent at work or in classes, a seriously comfy bed with way too many pillows (something i’m guilty of), candles, and mason jars filled with flowers are a few things you will find in my bedroom. also there may or may not be an elvis coffee table book somewhere in there… once everything is all set up i will be posting photos of my room at school and my room at home, but i still need to finish up some finishing touches. so until then i’ll leave you all with photos that give me some “woman cave” inspiration (even if it happens to be food or people, they still count!)

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being a bag lady

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school bagimagine this scenario… day one of classes my bag is neatly organized filled with all of my essentials, as you can see in the picture above. by week two or three my bag is either completely overstuffed and causing me back problems or it’s totally underpacked and i’m missing a water bottle or a notebook or even the key to my apartment (not good). currently i’m at the stage where my bag is stocked and i have everything i need, but who knows how much longer that will last. for the time being, these are a few of the things i keep in my school bag:

my favorite planner (i go back to it year after year) // the best notebooks i’ve used // my  favorite pens // my go-to breakfast when i’m racing to class // the best perfume to use throughout the day // this water bottle is a godsend // portable chargers are always necessary // the keychain that keeps me from getting locked out // my favorite natural lip product in madeira (and it’s moisturizing too, which is a win)

 

the last beginning

photo-8i’m back at georgetown for my senior year… seriously when did that happen? more than just when, but how? it seemed like yesterday it was the summer before my freshman year of college and i was making my way through every episode of “sex and the city”, imagining how i wanted my life to be. i had this scenario of how i thought everything was going to be and how i wanted to channel different characters as i started off this whole new chapter. i know, i know, such a cliché, but it’s what to be expected from someone like me. now that i’m in my last first semester and in my senior year i don’t really know where the time went. the girl who was watching “sex and the city” before starting georgetown seems like a totally different person than who i am today and i’m more than okay with that. i may have had this idea of what i wanted my college life to be like and some of it came true and some of it was different than i expected and so far i love how it worked out. there have been ups and downs (especially this past summer) and every moment has made me who i am. yes that last line sounds like something you’d read on a hallmark card, but i love cheesy lines and it couldn’t be more true. so here i am starting my senior year and watching the series finale of satc as i write this blog post, which seems very fitting, and i decided to finish up with a very cheesy carrie line… “as we drive along this road called life, occasionally a gal will find herself a little lost. and when that happens, i guess she has to let go of the could, shoulda, woulda, buckle up and just keep going.”

an infinite number of stars

dead-poets-society-04-1yesterday when i heard that robin williams died, i was so shocked and saddened by the news. he’s someone that has created such good memories for not only me, but so many people, but the fact he was hurting so much is what really gets me. this summer i lost someone very close to me, and it’s a loss i’ve been trying to deal with everyday. words are something i struggle to come up with when i think about this person who is so blatantly missing from my life, and i think it’s because i still can’t believe that she’s missing. the fact that she’s even missing sucks, and “sucks” is really one of the only words that i can come up with. this is something i wasn’t going to originally share on here, but my absence for the last few months was because i didn’t feel like writing for a while. how could i write something that had nothing to do with what i was feeling? i just couldn’t. so when i found out robin williams died i went online and watched one of his clips from dead poets society (one of my favorite movies) and one of my favorite movie scenes, the “oh captain, my captain” scene. if you haven’t seen it, i recommend you do. it’s something that stays with you long after it’s over, and the same goes for the actual poem that inspired this scene. i’ve been watching this amongst other videos from robin williams, and before i went to sleep last night i saw that his daughter posted something on twitter. it’s from the little prince and it seems to capture the words that i have been at a loss to find for the past few months. when i think of my aunt, my godmother, my friend, and someone who felt like my second mom, and feel sadness at the realization that she’s no longer physically here, this is what i am going to think of. although she may be gone, she isn’t truly gone. i don’t believe that. i know she’s here, and i know she’s with me, just as i know there are an infinite number of stars in the sky and she is in every one of them.

“you- you alone will have the stars as no one else has them. in one of the stars, i shall be living. in one of them, i shall be laughing. and so it will be as if all the stars were laughing, when you look at the sky at night. you – only you – will have stars that can laugh.” – the little prince 

the lust list

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black and gold

there’s an obvious theme here… clearly i’m feeling the whole black and gold combination. so on this glorious wednesday morning, these happen to be a few of the things that i’m loving.

this watch is the perfect mix of masculine and feminine elements // i’m not a big fan of bags (only because i never carry them) but i love this one // i snatched these earrings at j.crew on sale, so that may or may not have made my day // i SWEAR by this mascara… it’s lifechanging (and yeah that might be dramatic, but it’s true) // my go-to shoes for day, work, and night, plus both colors are great and they’re on sale almost everywhere // this ring is what i’ve been looking for my whole life without even realizing it

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