Holiday Gift Guide


  • Glossier You, I’ve heard so many wonderful things about this fragrance. This is the perfect fragrance for someone when you’re not sure what kind of scents somebody likes.
  • Vans Slip-on sneakers. These sneakers are super versatile and are really easy to style, and comfortable. 
  • Face Oils. Face oils are super popular right now and are supposed to work wonders. This will feel like a high-end, luxury gift but the Fourth Ray Beauty oils are super affordable.
  • QUAY sunglasses. They have a huge variety of styles with a pretty affordable price point.
  • Satin camisole, I think that these are so classy and so versatile. You can wear them under a sweater, jacket, or over a long sleeve shirt. This is the perfect going out & date-night shirt. A staple piece.
  • Black booties. You cannot go wrong with black booties. They are casual but also make any outfit look put together and dressed up. One // Two // Three
  • Reebok Club C 85 sneaker, I just cannot stop with the sneaker trend. You can wear sneakers with almost any outfit and still look cute. 
  • Leggings. You cannot go wrong with a pair of leggings, they’re perfect for working out and styling with an outfit. My favorites are from Jockey (i have them in black and grey) and Girlfriend Collective.  
  • Slippers. It’s simple, you can never go wrong with a nice pair of slippers. One // Two // Three // Four
  • Wall Art. It’s always nice to spice things up and change (or add) decor around the house. Link
  • Teddy jacket or a bomber jacket. These two jackets are super trendy this year and are really easy to dress up or dress down.
  • A simple choker necklace. There’s nothing more beautiful than a dainty choker necklace. They look beautiful on absolutely everybody and with every single outfit.  
  • A phone photo printer. This is a great way to print out phone photos and have them physically. HP Sprocket // Canon IVY
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What’s in my Carry on? Flight to London

For my college graduation trip, I chose to travel to London with my family. And one of my favorite parts of a city vacation is researching things to do and places to see. I knew that I absolutely wanted to bring my DSLR camera which meant that I needed a new and larger bag. I wanted to find a purse that was large enough to carry everything I wanted in my carry on but small enough to be used as an everyday purse and also fit my DSLR, and maybe a spare lens.

I researched ~large~ bags that also had a strap that could work as a crossbody. I was stuck between the Fossil Maya Hobo and the Madewell Medium Transport Tote. I really wanted a zipper but I also wanted a wearable color and the only Fossil Maya tote that was reasonably priced was Green. So I ended up purchasing the Madewell Medium Transport tote in English Saddle (this purse does come in a wide range of colors).

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The medium transport tote is $158 that has short straps and a long strap, It has a front pocket and a zipper pocket on the inside. I signed up for their free insider program so that I could get free shipping and free monogramming. So if you’re interested in seeing what I brought in this bag as my carry on to London, keep on reading!

  • Sudoku: this game somehow makes times flyyyyyy. Also, this book is extremely light and fairly small which is a plus.
  • A Cat pouch filled with feminine products: There is nothing worse than your body surprising you with that time of the month and not having feminine products on you. I usually carry a few panty liners, two normal sized pads, two regular tampons, and two light tampons.
    • This cat pouch was a gift from one of my best friends when she went to Amsterdam, so I can’t link it.
  • My iPad mini: I use this to download Netflix shows and movies because normally the airplane tv quality is crap.

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  • My Large Glossier pouch:
    • Travel sized toothpaste, travel toothbrush & floss: I like to carry these justin case I get motion sickness, or if my luggage gets lost.
    • My Birth Control Pills: also in case my luggage gets lost, certainly can’t get these in another country.
    • Feminine Wipes: sometimes I just want to freshen up after traveling for hours.
    • Vaseline lip balm: I have talked about this product about 100 times but it is my all-time favorite and I bring it everywhere with me.

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  • My Sunglasses: These are just in here because I forgot to pack them and I didn’t want them to get crushed in my suitcase.
  • Tissues
  • Nest Indigo Rollerball: this is one of my favorite scents and I like to be able to freshen up when I get off the plane.
  • Colourpop Blotted Lip in Drip: This is a nice subtle color that I like to keep in my bag in case I’m looking a little boring and lifeless,
  • Crabtree & Evelyn Citron hand lotion: This scent makes me happy and it’s one of my favorite lotions. Never hurts to carry a hand lotion around.
  • Pen and Pencil

  • My Wallet
  • Apple Charger for my iPhone and iPad
  • Travel Charger: I realized that I didn’t need this because the plane actually had USB slots on them to charge my iPad and iPhone but it came in handy during the long adventure days in London.
  • My Bose Earbuds: these are my all-time favorite earbuds, they are extremely good quality and are very comfortable. Earbuds are always a travel necessity.

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Current Skin Care Routine

This might shock you but I don’t wash my face in the morning or at night, only when I shower. I shower about every other day to three days. But every day I wipe my face down with some micellar water whether it’s to remove my makeup or just refresh my skin.

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Everyday

Morning; I start my day with a quick splash of water after brushing my teeth to get any eye gunk or anything off my face. Then I use my Clinique moisturizer followed by the Formula 10.0.6 blemish spot treatment (if I have any). After I let that set, I have been loving the Mario Badescu Rosewater Facial spray and it has been making my skin so soft and moisturized.

Night; If I haven’t showered, I use the Garnier Micellar water to remove my makeup or just clean my face. Then I use the Formula 10.0.6 spot treatment again. Followed by the Formula 10.0.6 P.M. Perfector night cream or the Neutrogena Deep Moisture night cream. Then because I’ve been loving the Mario Badescu Facial spray, I use it again.

In the Shower

Occasionally, before I shower if I don’t have makeup on I will use the Kalos Triple Threat Detox Masque that I received in a FabFitFun or Causebox.

Super simple; I use the Neutrogena Naturals Fresh Cleansing + Makeup Remover and I use this whether I have makeup on or not. This cleanser takes all of my face and eye makeup off like a dream, I’m not sure if it’s meant to be used for eye makeup but it works. Then I use the Aveeno Skin Brightening Daily scrub to help with any texture that I have. This is followed by one of the routines above, depending on what time of day it is.

That’s It!

My Tattoos & Experiences

I am 22 years old & currently have 4 tattoos.

I have gone to two different tattoo shops, both very different from each other.

My first: two butterflies. These are on my left shoulder blade. I went to Iconic Ink in Grafton, MA to get this done by Kevin. They were absolutely beautiful! And honestly, almost painless. From tattoo stories, I was super nervous but he was friendly and let me take my time. But if anyone wants to get a tattoo here, do it, it barely hurts and they’re beautiful. Over time the tattoo has faded, unfortunately, but due to my neglect to put sunscreen on it. I might eventually go back to get the colors touched up because the tattoo and details are truly beautiful. (I think this was $230 or $320)

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*This photo was taken the day it was done.

Tattoo 2: Believe. This was also done by Kevin at Iconic Ink in Grafton, MA. This one was simple and took about 20 minutes (max).  He does beautiful work and I am very happy I had him do this one. This tattoo is on my right ribs. A place that is known to be extremely painful, but I honestly didn’t think it was too bad. A nice place to get a tattoo that people will rarely see unless you’re in a bathing suit. (Minimum Price, approx. $90)

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Tattoo 3: I don’t have a photo of this tattoo, but it is the silhouette of a black cat. This tattoo I wish I had thought out more before getting it. From a distance it looks like a black blob, I should have gotten a cat with more detail so it was easily distinguishable. I got this tattoo done at Lucky’s Tattoo & Piercing in Northampton, MA. I’m not sure who did it, though. This tattoo is close to my right knee, and I would say that this one hurt the most. But hurt, in terms of getting a tattoo, mostly means pinchy & uncomfortable. (Minimum Price, approx. $90)

Tattoo 4: Tulip. This one is by far my favorite tattoo so far. It is simple, small, and beautiful. It is on my  Left inner arm. This was also done at Lucky’s and by Alysha. But this took about 15-20 minutes and that was it. (Minimum Price, approx. $90)

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*I wish I had a better picture taken with a DSLR, maybe in the future.

The Shops

Iconic Ink: this shop is owned by one man, who at the time was doing tattooing part-time and the only artist in his shop. The shop was two “rooms”, one serving as a giant waiting area, a pool table, and a tiny bathroom. One customer at a time, sort of place & by appointment only. Small and quiet, besides the great music. It was close to home and he was friendly. Kevin is a father who practices tattooing on himself but looks like a total casual dad.

Lucky’s: This is a very large place in a city setting, there are tons of artists and they do more than just tattooing.They have tons of rooms, a loft with a waiting area, huge fish tanks, many customers at once. The workers and artists there has crazy piercings, tattoos everywhere, super hipster, not as easy to approach. Although, they are good at what they do.

 

April Makeup Haul

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Clinique Beyond Perfecting Foundation + Concealer: Recently I have been noticing more redness of my cheeks and on my nose, so I decided to pick up a foundation. I looked into the Huda No Filter foundation but it was much pricier than I wanted. I went to the Sephora counter to be matched. I am in color .5 Breeze. The Sephora worker applied this to my face with a brush and I don’t think it looked great, so I’m going to try it with a slightly damp sponge and come back with a review. [Link]

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Smashbox Primer Water: I usually use the Urban Decay All Nighter setting spray but I was l also running out of my primer and saw that this does both. I know this sounds stupid, but this is really wet. I appreciate that there is no scent but it is very wet, you need to make sure not to spray too close to your face when setting your makeup. Overall, I think the setting effect is good. [Link]

Colourpop Twitterpatted Eyeshadow: I am really into light pink eyeshadows all over my lid. And I saw that Colourpop came out with Twitterpated and was really excited. It is a Supershock Shadow. This color looks fairly dark in the pan but when you swatch and use it (better payoff when applying with your finger, btw) there actually isn’t much color. This shadow is mostly sparkles, and it has a lot of fallout. [Link]

Colourpop Concealers: So I am really bad at color matching so I ordered three different colors. Light 12 & Light 14. Then I think Fair 6, for a highlight because the website recommended it. I normally use the Maybelline Age Rewind (which can be a little orange). These concealers do oxidize quite quickly. I tried them over a tinted moisturizer today without a primer and I didn’t love the way the concealer sat on my skin, I’ll need to try it again. [Link]

Colourpop Blotted Lips: This is my favorite formula that Colourpop makes, they are transfer proof and they have a lot of “your lips but better” colors which I am a huge fan of. I bought the two from Eva’s collab, Party Wave & Love Bite.

Colourpop Lip Pencils: I have been wearing lip colors more often and learned that lip pencils can make a huge difference. I wasn’t sure where to start so I ordered them in Toy & Brink. Figured they would match most of the colors that I own.

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Colourpop Brow Pencil: I have been using the Glossier Boy brow more frequently and have been loving it, but I have graduation and some events coming up and want to make sure my brows are up to par with the rest of my makeup. I got it in Dark Brown, I’ll let you know if that’s too dark or not. [Link]

Covergirl CG Smoothers: I used to use this back in high school, and recently have been looking into tinted moisturizers again. I wanted the Aveeno CC cream but they don’t sell my color in store. I got this in Fair to Light, and do wish I had gotten it in Light to Medium but this provides nice hydration and a nice smoothness to the skin. This smells really nice, too. [Link]

Tresemme Thermal Creations Heat Tamer Leave-in Spray: I have been heat styling my hair a lot more recently because it is usually just a frizzy, curly mess. So I wanted to buy a heat protectant. I read this on one of Allure’s lists and it was one of the cheapest ones. [Link]

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*I left my DSLR at home, I hope these iPhone photos are pleasing enough.

Shows I’m Currently Watching

  • Gossip Girl: A classic, I’ve watched this 1 1/2 times before but I really wanted a show that was mindless and would distract me from my everyday life.
  • River: This show is different but really fun to watch, it’s basically about a cop that sees dead people that are relevant to his life or cases. It’s really interesting and very different than Gossip Girl.
  • Absentia (Amazon Prime): The main character in this is Castle’s partner from the show Castle. This is super good! I don’t want to give too much away but it’s a mystery/crime show.
  • How to Get Away with Murder: Along with the other two shows, I’m watching this with my family, this is filmed differently, there are a lot of flashbacks but it keeps you on your toes and allows you to make your own guesses and assumptions, even though they’re probably wrong.

Guide to a Minimal Wardrobe

Recently I’ve been thinking about all of the clothing I have and how little I actually wear. I’m still a poor college student but my goal is over time to get rid of unnecessary & unworn clothing and shoes. I created a list of clothing that are simple and can be worn with many different outfits. This does not include pajamas and workout clothing, just everyday wear.

***I use the term ‘minimal’ loosely

  • Neutral-colored long and short sleeved tops
  • Neutral tank tops
  • 2-3 Sweaters
  • Few chunky cardigans
  • Denim jacket
  • 2-in-1 Winter/Rain Jacket
  • High-waisted black jeans
  • High-waisted blue jeans
  • High-waisted black leggings
  • Few sweatshirts
  • Few flannels
  • Casual sneakers
  • Booties
  • Waterproof/Winter boots
  • Sandals
  • Mules/Flats
  • Black purse
  • Brown purse
  • Maybe a colored purse
  • 3-4 bras
  • Few neutral colored bralettes
  • Few chunky scarves
  • Denim skirt
  • Few causal dresses
  • Few night/occasion dresses
  • Few body suits
  • Simple jewelry
  • Bomber jacket
  • Loose shorts
  • Few denim shorts
  • Sunglasses
  • Watch

I know this seems like a lot most of these you only need 1 or max 3. It’s more efficient than having 30 tops, 8 pairs of jeans. Sweaters & cardigans that don’t match anything. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with a few statement and colorful (versatile) pieces. Seasons make it difficult to make a wardrobe really small.

~Below are some of my favorites, if you want some inspiration:

Denim jacket: https://www.missguidedus.com/light-blue-oversized-denim-jacket-10052550

Sunglasses: https://www.quayaustralia.com/collections/women/products/jezabell

Denim skirt: http://us.asos.com/asos/asos-denim-original-high-waisted-skirt-in-waterfall-blue/prd/7128422?clr=midwashblue&SearchQuery=&cid=15177&pgesize=36&pge=0&totalstyles=122&gridsize=3&gridrow=9&gridcolumn=3

Long sleeve: https://lucaandgrae.com/products/beige-sweater?variant=388466704385

Short sleeve: https://www.madewell.com/madewell_category/SHIRTSTOPS/topsblouses/PRDOVR%7EG2513/G2513.jsp

Purses: https://www.fossil.com/us/en/products/maya-small-hobo-sku-zb7285607c.html

https://www.madewell.com/madewell_category/BAGS/totes/PRDOVR~F5788/F5788.jsp?color_name=english-saddle

Watch: https://www.fossil.com/us/en/products/jacqueline-three-hand-rose-gold-tone-stainless-steel-watch-sku-es4352p.html

https://www.fossil.com/us/en/products/the-commuter-three-hand-date-tan-leather-watch-sku-es4348p.html

Mules: https://www.madewell.com/madewell_category/SHOESANDBOOTS/clogs/PRDOVR~G8388/G8388.jsp?color_name=english-saddle

https://shop.nordstrom.com/s/tory-burch-max-espadrille-mule-women/4788741?origin=category-personalizedsort&fashioncolor=DUST%20STORM

Jeans: https://www.ae.com/women-ae-denim-x-vintage-hi-rise-jean-seaspray/web/s-prod/0436_9931_871?cm=sUS-cUSD&catId=cat7010084

Leggings: https://www.girlfriend.com/products/black-girlfriend-legging-4008-jb

Bomber: https://shop.nordstrom.com/s/levis-ma-1-bomber-jacket/4454725?origin=category-personalizedsort&fashioncolor=NAVY

Dress: https://lucaandgrae.com/products/mauve-dress-with-knot-twist?variant=37892787585

Archer and Olive Dotted Journal

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I had been using the Red Co. dotted journal that I found on Amazon as my ‘bullet journal”, but I decided to do August 2017-February 2018 when I had some extra time and ended up realizing that I hated the layout. I used erasable highlighters to add some color but once you use them over pencil, the pencil doesn’t come off. Even after you erase the highlighter.

So, for Christmas, I decided to ask for a new one. The pages in the Red Co. notebook were a little thin so I did some research and came across the Archer and Olive notebook.

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The notebook has super thick and sturdy pages. Very white pages, a pocket in the back, a bookmark, and an elastic to keep it closed. The book is taller than my previous one which I very much enjoy, too. But, the dots are pretty dark. I use pencil when I write in my journal because I do a lot of erasing and I think the dots are just too dark. Also, there aren’t any page numbers, this isn’t important to me but I know a lot of people who prefer page numbers.

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If it was a $6-$10 notebook, I might push it to the side, but it’s $25 so I’m going to love it and continue to use it. Maybe even start using a pen.

KL Polish First Impressions

My KL Polish order finally came in today! It came super quickly. I ordered Point Zero, Aquarius, Graham & Taurus. When I got home from work today I immediately painted my nails. Above, is my nails painted with Taurus.

First, the brush. The brush is flexible and leaves no streaks but it’s very wide. The width made it difficult to paint my pinky & pointer finger without getting polish on my skin.

Second, the formula. The formula is thick. I love it, Taurus was basically opaque with only one coat. ~As a beginner~ I like to only put a little polish on the brush but I found it was easier to spread this evenly with so little. But also I’m dramatic and they came out fine, if I say so myself.

Overall, 9/10. The brush is something I could easily get used to and the formula of this seems really promising.

I cannot wait to use the other colors, I’ll write another post about how the polish wore over time with pictures of the other colors as well.

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