Friday, July 3, 2015

Friday Favorites: Fourth of July Edition

I can't believe it's already the time of the year to pull out the red, white, and blue. From the good grilled food to the fireworks, nothing says summer like the Fourth of July! Here are some of my favorite pieces of inspiration for the fourth tomorrow, from ensembles to food to decor.

Favorite Fashion Inspiration


Favorite Decor Inspiration

Source: Style Me Pretty

Favorite Food Inspiration


Favorite Nail Inspiration

Photo Credit: Lulu's

What are looking forward to this Fourth of July
?
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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Rimmel GlamEyes Professional Liquid Eyeliner: Review + Swatches!


I was given the Rimmel GlamEyes Professional Liquid Eyeliner from my mom after she used it one time and decided she wasn't a fan of liquid eyeliner. Since this liner did not convince my mom to join the liquid liner band wagon, I wasn't sure it would convince me to join. I had never tried liquid eyeliner before, since I was satisfied with my gel and pencil eyeliners, but I decided to give this eyeliner a try.

Packaging and Brush
I was somewhat impressed by the brush and the formula considering the reasonable price for the product. The packaging is very compact and takes up minimal space. As for the applicator, the brush is long, but I found that I had some control of the brush, allowing for me to make smooth lines. The brush is also fairly thin and has a very pointed tip, making it easy to create thin lines and wings. Thicker lines could also be made by pressing a little harder when applying the liner.

Application
Although it wasn't very difficult creating thin and thick lines, it did involve a lot of concentration and patience. It may be hard to control the thickness of line, since the brush is sensitive to how hard you press the eyeliner, causing the line to not be the desired width. I found myself going through quite a lot of q-tips with this liner, since it is sometimes easy to mess up the line.

Formulation
As for the formulation, the liner was smooth and went on shiny, but dries matte. The longer the liner stays on the lids, the resistant the liner was to smudging. This liner, however, is not by all means waterproof! It may be water resistant, such as with rain, but I would not recommend wearing this liner to the beach or the pool.

Overview:

Pros:
   - Thin brush
   - Pointed brush tip
   - Can create very thin lines
   - Smooth formula
   - Doesn't flake

Cons:
   - Not waterproof
   - Can be hard to control

Price: $6.29 at Walgreens

Would I repurchase this product? No

Overall Rating: 6 out of 10

I hope you found this post helpful!
What is your favorite liquid liner?
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Monday, June 29, 2015

3 Outfits for Fourth of July

The fourth of July is right around the corner, which means that it's time to bring the red, white, and blue. Although I don't usually go all-out with the stars and stripes on the fourth, I like to pair together different pieces to create an ensemble that combines the three colors in a wearable way. Below I have created three different ensembles that are appropriate for a range of different occasions for not just the fourth, but any day when you want to combine the three colors.

Classic

Stripes are always a go-to for a trendy fourth of July outfit. Adding a detailed top, such as a scalloped top, to a navy striped skirt brings a fun twist to the look. Wearing a pair of red earrings is a great way for adding the red to the look. To keep the outfit from looking over the top, wearing a pair of neutral wedges and a neutral bag brings the look together.


All American Girl

Chambray or blue flannel shirts are classic "American" pieces and when worn with a pair of white shorts, your look already has two of the three national colors. White sandals and white, simple jewelry pieces further emphasizes the white in the ensemble. For a subtle pop of red, wear a true red nail polish.


Dressed Up

If you are looking for something more formal for a special fourth of July gathering, a red swing dress is a fun and flirty way to celebrate the colors. Add white to the outfit with a statement necklace, handbag, and/or pair of wedges. If you want to also incorporate blue into the ensemble, wear a pair of blue earrings to complete the look.


What will you be wearing this fourth of July
?
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Friday, June 26, 2015

Recipes I Want To Try For Summer

Some people can't wait for summer because of resting in the pool or sleeping in, but I'm always most excited to start cooking again. If you know me well, you know that one of my favorite things to do on my downtime is cooking. Whether it's cooking up a pasta dish for dinner or baking a batch of cookies (that are most likely to fail), I always seem to find enjoyment in cooking. I am actually thinking about starting a food blog where I post some of my favorite recipes that I have around the web (the blog can be found here once I have it running). Here are some of the recipes I want to try this summer!

Breakfast


Main Courses


Desserts


What is your go-to summer recipe?

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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

My 5 Reminders Of Summer

Photo credits: Watermelon / Sunscreen / Shorts / Blueberries / Porch Swing

There are always those things that bring us back or remind us of a certain feelings. For me, there are a few things that can remind me of summer in an instant, whether it's part of my annual summer routine or brings me back to past summers. This post will feature five of the small things that remind me that it is summer.

1. Watermelon

There's something about biting into a crisp slice of watermelon that brings me back to sitting on the deck during a hot day. Nothings as refreshing as cold watermelon, and I am always surprised with how much I can eat in one sitting. Plus it's a great way to help stay hydrated!

2. Sunscreen

Nothing smells like summer like the smell of sunscreen. Since it's applied everyday when the sun's out, it's no wonder that it always reminds me of just not summer, but also when my parents applied heaps of it on me before I headed off to summer camp.

3. Shorts

Since I live in a place where the only time that you can wear shorts is in the late spring and summer, it is not a surprise that bring out the shorts reminds me of summer.

4. Blueberries

Blueberries remind of summer particularly because when I little, my mom would always take my sister and I blueberry picking in near-by "U-Pick" farms. Nothing tasted better than blueberries fresh off the tree!

5. Porch Swing

When I'm in school, I don't get the pleasure of sitting on a porch swing right out on the deck. When I come back home though in the summer, the porch swing is my go-to spot, whether it's for reading, napping, or writing blog posts (which is where I am right now).


Extras: The summer is always the perfect opportunity to get into a classic book or good beach read!


What things remind of you that it's summer?

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Monday, June 22, 2015

Pretty in Pale Pink


Outfits for Inspiration



I've always gravitated towards pale pink ever since I started getting into shopping and clothes. When I was in middle and high school, it was a color that I was drawn to because it added subtle color to a look. Pale pink, though, is not just for those who are younger. The above inspiration photos prove that pale pink is a great addition to your spring and summer wardrobe.

Pale pink not only adds color to a look, but also looks adds a sense of youthfulness to an ensemble. Since lighter pinks are subdued, they can be paired with neutral colors pair nicely with other colors, such as blues and oranges. In particular, I love the look of lighter pinks with white or coral, making it a perfect summer ensemble.


What do you think about light pinks?

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Friday, June 19, 2015

Summer Bucket List 2015


This week is my first week of summer and I'm pretty pumped for the sunshine and longer days. Although I'll be working for a lot of the summer, I'm excited to have more time to do activities that you can fully appreciate in the summer. Here is a list of some of activities on my summer bucket list this year, however, it is of course not limited to the ten listed below!

  1. Visit the Zoo
  2. Find a good restaurant (or two) for lunch 
  3. Go to the Rose Garden
  4. Post more often on my blog
  5. Go on a hike
  6. Go to a free summer concert in the park
  7. Cook something new at least once a week
  8. Run more often
  9. Go to a county/state fair
  10. Prep for study abroad

What's on you bucket list this summer?

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Wednesday, June 17, 2015

5 Summer Fashion Must Haves!


There is something about the warmer months that makes me want to give my wardrobe a good ol' summer makeover. Creating a summer wardrobe though doesn't require a new closet of clothes. With a few summer pieces, you can mix and match the pieces you already own to make the perfect summer outfit. This post will feature 5 of my summer essentials to make your wardrobe ready for summer without buying a full new closet!

White Jeans

Don't fear the white jeans! While it may seem like they attract every bit of dirty within a two-foot radius, with just the slightest bit of caution, white jeans are a clean and crisp way to brighten any outfit. Plus they go with anything!

Minimal Sandal

Sandals are the perfect go-to shoes during those warmer days when you don't want to feel like your feet are sitting in a sauna. Minimal sandals in particular are perfect if you want a shoe that goes with any outfit and without breaking the bank.

Colorful Tank

Nothing says summer like bright colors. A colorful tank can go a long, whether it's worn during the day with a pair of distressed jeans or during a night out paired with a skirt and heels.

Bright Crossbody

Another way to add a fun pop of color to an outfit is with a bright crossbody bag. A bright crossbody bag is great for those who want add some, but not too much color to an outfit. They are also perfect for the summer because they are easy to carry and can be dressed down or up.

Maxi Dress

If you're like myself and think that the most annoying thing about summer is pulling out the shaving cream and razor everyday in the shower, a maxi dress is a must! Maxi dresses are not only a great excuse not to shave, but also give a causal, beachy look and comes in many colors and patterns.


What are your summer must haves?

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Thank you for reading!

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