I’ve got thick, bushy, unruly eyebrows. If I didn’t maintain these bad boys, I’d have an eyebrow (that’s right, just one) that would connect with my hairline on both sides. It would all blend in real nicely. Though it took me quite some time to appreciate their unruliness, I’ve finally accepted my brows and learned to embrace them. More importantly, I’ve learned to keep them in check. This involves frequent trips to my girl Vanessa at Parlor 836 (if you’re into threading, you need to see this girl – she works magic), in addition to trimming and tweezing here and there in between visits.
Recently, I discovered a new product that has changed my eyebrow game…Benefit’s Gimme Brow. It’s essentially a brow-volumizing gel that grooms your brows and gives them a thicker, fuller appearance.Now, we can all agree I don’t need fuller brows, but I do have holes at the ends that I’ve been struggling to fix for years. I’ve tried filling them in with shadow & pencils, but I stopped doing that when one day, a friend asked why my eyebrows were two different colors #fail.
This is where Benefit Gimme Brow comes in. Using the applicator brush (that’s conveniently a mini mascara brush) I start at my inner brow and brush my brows up. Once I’m about halfway through the brow, I dip the applicator in the tube for more gel to finish off the ends. I let my brows dry for a minute.Voila. My brow ends are miraculously filled in, and my eyebrows are fuller and more even throughout. The best feature of this product is that no one can tell you’re wearing it! You get the look that you want, all while looking natural and effortless. Kind of amazing, don’t ya think?
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I always have the hardest time figuring out what to wear this time of year. Technically, fall has officially begun, yet it still feels like summer. Finding in-between season clothes that are appropriate and functional can be tricky (I’m dying to wear my oversized sweaters, but this 75 degree weather isn’t allowing for it!). I can’t complain…I’ll take this gorgeous weather as long as it’s willing to stay. My solution for this conundrum is peppering in a few hints of fall into my everyday style, while keeping myself cool on the hotter days (insert this killer blush jacket).
Ever since I said goodbye to my old apartment and hello to the new place, it’s been home decor shopping central over here. It’s funny how I now notice the details in every space I enter – hotel rooms, restaurants, bars. I’m more observant than I ever was. Google Image Search has been my new best friend, in addition to spending countless hours on Pinterest. Recently, I’ve discovered a few home decor blogs that I’ve been reading on the reg, and they’ve been the best source of inspiration as we try to furnish and decorate our new home. Below are the blogs I’ve been frequenting lately. We’re leaning towards a more minimalist vibe, so you’ll notice that all the blogs fall into this theme. You can also shop my current home obsessions here.
One thing I was doing on vaca last week, outside of beachin’ & stuffing my face, was checking my fav fashion blogs and Insta handles to get updates on New York Fashion Week. The shows are great, sure, but I enjoy perusing the street style looks just as much (if not more). Amidst the expected trends (think Gucci overload, sneakers galore, off-shoulder/cold-shoulder, distressed & cropped denim), there were a few less obvious trends that surfaced. These may not all be “new” per se, but I expect for these trends to shift from fashionista to mainstream within the next season. Get on them while you can!
It’s been a crazy couple of weeks of travel from both a personal and business perspective, but I’m finally back to the grind. It’s strange leaving Chicago in the summer and coming back to [almost] fall. However, as much as I hate to admit it, I’m ready for pumpkin spice, ankle boots and chunky sweaters. Bring it!
The trend I’m most excited to wear this fall is the bomber jacket. I’ve always been a bomber jacket kind of girl, but I’m loving the fact that it’s now acceptable to wear them with basically ANYTHING. I seriously can’t come up with one thing you can’t wear a bomber with. Not only does it serve a purpose of keeping you nice and cozy in the fall weather, but a bomber can also be a statement piece. Talk about functional fashion! Okay, I’m clearly psyched about this…you get it. Here are a few bombers I’m drooling over lately, click on the images below to shop.
After nearly one week of being on vacation, I’ve finally let go of everything going on at home. I’m a big believer of long vacations – I’m not able to decompress over a long weekend, and to me a successful holiday is one where you release every stress of daily life and enjoy the little things. Let’s just say I’ve been indulging on the “little things” lately and am loving every moment of it!
The last few days, we’ve been in Rhodes. This is both Leo and I’s first time on the island, and despite it’s large size, it’s actually quite charming. As with most Greek islands, you have the option to dress up or down depending on your mood and planned activities. The other night, we planned a low-key dinner, so I decided this was the perfect moment to wear these funky linen pants I picked up in Athens last weekend.
One of the things I wish I did more often was read. I say I’m going to make time for it, but always fail to follow through. I was an avid reader as a child all the way through college, and somehow life eventually got in the way of one of my favorite activities. It’s really unfortunate that it’s gotten to this point, as reading is one of my best escapes and stress-relievers. I’m in the process of determining how I can slowly introduce it back into my life, including a monthly book club with my closest girlfriends (who doesn’t need another excuse to hang with the besties?).
Meanwhile, vacation time for me is prime reading time. Prior to every big trip, I research and compile a reading list, stock my Kindle up and spend long afternoons reading on the beach. Here’s what’s currently on my reading list:
Last week was spent prepping for my vacation, which meant packing (LOTS of packing going on lately), wrapping up things at work, and running some last minute errands before the trip. I have barely worked out the last 2 weeks, which is so unlike me, and just haven’t felt like myself.
When I heard Topshop was hosting an in-store event (with the lovely Fleur De Force) that included free manis, braids, makeup touch-ups, and cocktails…I knew that I NEEDED to go. How could I turn down an opportunity to get pampered after an exhausting week…or ever, really? This was my chance to unwind before a long day of travel.
The last few weeks have been a whirlwind. I’ve officially moved out of my apartment, and can now focus on my upcoming vaca…4 more days! August has flown by much faster than I would have liked, and with Labor Day approaching I feel like summer is slowly coming to an end. Truthfully, I’m kind of not hating that things are winding down. I’ll regret that statement in mid-January when it’s -30 out, but right now, I’m really looking forward to fall.
I figured I should get the most out of white pants while I can the next few weeks (if you follow me on Insta, you’ll know what I’m sayin’). My go-to lately is pairing white denim jeans with a blue denim top or jacket, and (duh) my white platforms. I picked up this denim top earlier this summer (is it a top? dress? tunic?) at a local vintage shop – how 90’s is this thing?! Obsessed. Not only does it have the clips in front, but also ties in the back. I’m pretty sure I owned this piece back in 4th grade. Yup, I’m bringin’ it back.
When I look back on the summer before heading away to college, I recall experiencing a wide array of emotions. I was excited, afraid, sad, and nervous all at once. As an 18 year old, it was the biggest change I’d ever had to experience (outside of becoming a big sister at age 6 – but I had no say in that one). My first week away at school, I cried myself to sleep in my bottom bunk bed, nicely tucked in my new & crisp XL twin sheets. I’d never been away from home for so long, away from my parents, and my friends I’d known my entire life. I had NO idea what I was in for. If I had known, I would have gotten my sulking, self-pitying butt out of bed and started to experience the beginning of what would be the best four years of my life. What would I tell my 18 yr. old, college-bound, self if I could?