Quick impromptu hiatus

Hi everyone! I just wanted to pop in and say that I’ll be taking a hiatus from the blog for the next two or three weeks.

There’s a lot going on right now so between that and my schedule (AKA the lack of time to dedicate to the blog), I’ve decided that rather than half-ass posts, I’d prefer to wait until I have the time to sit down and write them as best as I can.

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I know, I’m bummed too.

I really do want to get more of a routine for my blog in the next few months, especially since I’ve (mostly) managed to keep up with my schedule for a couple of months now! I really need to schedule time to work on the blog but the problem is that I rarely ever seem to have time during the day to take photos, or when I have time to write, I’m tired and unmotivated.

Right now, I have a weird work week (when this post goes up, I’ll be working my bi-monthly weekend shift) and I’m going to Nashville this weekend for the first time (!!). The following weekend, I’m going to try and get a few posts written and scheduled, and the weekend after that I’ll be at Disney because it’s Dapper Day(s)!

I’m busy enough as it is, but I also have some stuff going on in my personal life and it’s keeping me distracted. I promise I’ll be back and working hard soon though! Thank you for understanding. <3

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KL Polish: haul + review

Hi everyone! Today’s post is coming to you (almost) live for my office — during my lunch break, of course!

I lacked the energy to actually write this over the weekend as I usually do and thought I’d give myself a week off from beauty posts, but I have so many posts lined up that would never get up if I kept doing this so here we are.

At least I don’t have to worry about getting this done in time, because I’m a journalist and I work best under pressure.

So today’s post will be talking about KL Polish, the line of nail polish that KathleenLights released last fall. If you know me, you’ll know I love Kathleen and she’s my favorite youtuber, so I was really excited to get my hands on these!

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Kathleen released six different colors in December, and I ended up getting four of the six (the other two I don’t think I’d ever wear). The colors I got, pictured above from left to right: Snickerdoodle, Gumption, Brick Sidewalk and Zoey.

I’ve worn one of these for about a week each now so I can definitely say I’ve formed an opinion on the quality and let me tell you, I LOVE IT. Out of the four colors, Zoey is definitely my favorite, but formula-wise, it was the one I struggled with the most.

The packaging for these is beautiful and I absolutely love it. When I watched Kathleen’s video about this, she talked about the black matte packaging, which I definitely agree that it makes it easier to grip the bottle and it looks classier.

The formula for these is great as well, I love how it’s just thick enough to go on smoothly but it isn’t difficult to manage. It’s mostly opaque with one coat but I still prefer two or more, just because I’m a chip monster and no nail polish ever survives my chipping skills. I know one of the big things most people say about this is that it’s opaque with one coat but I would definitely say two is better.

The only issue I had with some of the colors is that it felt like the color on the tip of my nails wasn’t distributing evenly so it would look chipped really quickly but only at the tip. I’m not sure if I filed my nails weirdly then and it didn’t happen with every single application, but I did struggle with that (with Zoey). I also felt like Zoey was the color that was most difficult to work with and that chipped the fastest, especially compared to other colors.

Lastly, the brush on these is what makes them my favorite nail polishes, hands down. It’s wide but not bulky and just the right size to get more of your nail in one swipe, it distributes the polish evenly and it’s just so easy to use. I struggle with smaller brushes a lot, so I love these kinds of brushes and Kathleen definitely got it right there.

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Overall, I love these and they’re definitely great quality, especially for the price. I love Essie polishes and those are pricier than these and in my opinion, they’re about the same quality (maybe even lesser than KL Polish). These retail for $8.50 each, which is a pretty fair price point for the quality you get, if you ask me.

Along with that, these polishes are all vegan, cruelty free, and 5-, 7- and 9-free. If you’re like me and only had a vague idea of what 5-free meant, here’s a handy explanation from the website:

5-free nail polishes are free of 5 potentially harmful chemicals: formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, camphor, dibutyl phthalate, and toluene. 7-free nail polishes add xylene and ethyl tosylamide to that list, and 9-free polishes are also free of parabens and acetone. Didn’t expect a chemistry lesson, did you?

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Snicklerdoodle is described as “nude shade with a neutral undertone.” This is my least favorite color and I honestly don’t think I’d miss it, but I like it enough to keep it around for now.

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Gumption! is described as “vivid navy blue” and the description definitely fits. It looks so different in different lights, from really bright to really dark.

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Brick Sidewalk is described as a “deep, rusty” red, which can look more brown or more red depending on the light.

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Lastly, Zoey is just described as a “mauve shade,” which is exactly what it is and if you know me, you know I love mauve!

Have you ever tried KL Polish? Do you want to? Which colors do have or want?

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Sing with a swing

If you’ve been following my blog the last three weeks, then you saw the past two fashion posts featured photos by the lovely Kiersten, AKA my fairy photographer. Sadly, this is the last of the three looks we shot that day, but I saved the best for last (and we’re going to shoot together again eventually)!

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I’m warning you right now, this blog will be the most photo heavy so far, but there were too many pictures I loved from this outfit not to share them all! For this look, I wanted to do something very elegant and classic to go along with this beautiful dress from YesterDaze, a vintage store in Tampa that is just too good to be true.

This dress is a 1950’s navy wiggle dress that I picked up at YesterDaze, turned to my friend and said, “Do you think this will fit?”

Well, for a total eyeball, we did really well, because once I went to the fitting rooms and tried it on, it was clear that it fit perfectly!

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The dress features the most amazing neckline detail — I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves, because I don’t think words will do it justice.

I’m sure none of you are surprised by the earrings in this post, once again from my lovely friend Kate’s Etsy, Winifred + Bramble. I just really love these earrings a lot, okay?!

The hat was a purchase on Etsy I am so happy about, because it’s such a beautiful but simple style and I think I’ll get plenty of use out of it… and one day, I will learn how to do pin curls and brush out my hair to get that perfect vintage hairstyle and this hat will look perfect then.

To finish off the outfit, I wore my favorite tan heels from Chase & Chloe (purchased on Amazon), which are probably the most comfortable pair of heels I’ve ever owned (never mind the fact that I discovered that day that despite being comfortable, they’re not suited for a whole lot of walking anyway). Lastly, I wore the What Katie Did seamed pantyhose, which sadly did not survive the day and were my last pair, so I’ll be looking for alternatives soon since I think their pantyhose are just too small for me in all of my 5’9 glory.

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I was drawn to Disney’s Boardwalk Resort for this shoot and boy, am I glad! We found the most adorable little garden in the back of the resort which provided the perfect shoot location, between the relative quiet, the lawn that Kiersten could roll around in to her heart’s content and this adorable archway with the most beautiful and yummy-spelling flowers!

I honestly love everything about these photos, and I’m so happy to have friends like Kiersten in my life to do this for me! She’s incredibly talented, so if you aren’t already, please follow her Instagram, her blog and go check out her new Etsy!

Thanks to Kiersten for the beautiful photos and thanks to all of you for reading my blog. <3

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Creepy Cute: March 2017 Boxycharm

Hi everyone! I’ll be honest, I haven’t exactly figured out what “Creepy Cute” means or why it’s our March theme, but it’s not a bad box so I’ll zip it. On that note, let’s move on to why you’re really all here.

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This month’s Boxycharm featured five full-size items (well, four and one travel-size), as it usually does, and while I’m not sure it’s the variation I was hoping for most, I’m pretty happy with the box overall!

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First up is this Naked Cosmetics Urban Rustic Trio eyeshadow, which is the most disappointing item in the box for me — I just don’t see myself wearing two out of three of those colors and it’d be a shame to use just one color and leave the other two to waste! That color is something I’m sure I can dupe easily enough, so this will be getting passed on to someone else.

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Next, we have a travel-size Smashbox Photo Finish primer, which I’m not entirely sure I’d use but I’d be willing to give it a shot before getting rid of it! We’ll see, because I’m not a huge fan of those silicone type primers (which at least I think this is).

Then we have a fan brush from the brand Crown Brush and listen… I don’t know who would ever use a brush that thick to highlight with. Seriously. The other fan brushes I have are comparatively much, much thinner! But I saw KathleenLights’ unboxing for this month and she said it would be good for contour, which I kind of had thought about when I saw it in the box, in which case, I’ll gladly use it!

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Lastly, we have the two things I was hoping for the most — the RealHer matte liquid lipstick and lip liner! I saw Kathleen get these in the same color in her box and I’ve been dying for them since, so needless to say, I’m very happy I got them!

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The shades are a beautiful deep berry and are right up my alley, so I’ll be trying these out ASAP to see how they feel on my lips! (And let’s just say, I hope I like them because a friend got another color in her box and I bought both lipstick and lip liner.)

Thanks for reading! What did you get in this month’s box?

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Très Jolie: March 2017 ipsy

Hi everyone! I just very belatedly realized I never posted my February ipsy bag, so I’m very sorry about that — but I’m back with my March one! And hopefully I won’t miss any months in the future.

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Overall, I’d say this was a good month for ipsy. I love the bag itself, and that illustration is so beautiful! I love when ipsy sends bags that are different sizes from their usual, because I feel like I get more use for those more often than not!

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First up in this month’s bag is this Eva NYC Mane Magic 10-in-1 primer. I’ve tried some of their other products I’ve received through ipsy and Birchbox before, so I’m excited to give this one a shot! It’s always a relief when I get hair products that would actually come in handy with me.

Then we have the tarte tarteist lip paint in the color Rosé. I have not heard very good things about this lipstick, but I’m willing to give it a shot and see if my opinion differs from everyone else’s!

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Moving on — now we have the Beau Gâchis tapered blending brush, which seems a little scratchy but I’ll give it a shot, and the Chella eyebrow highlighter pencil in ivory lace. Both of these will be given a fair shot, we’ll see how they perform!

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Lastly, we have the INT Cosmetics pressed eyeshadow in the color Goddess Gold, which is totally up my alley and I can’t wait to give it a shot! I love filling up my empty palettes and I haven’t had to buy any yet, since I get so many through subscription boxes!

So that’s it for this month’s ipsy — what did you think? What did you get in yours?

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Feeling floral with Collectif

Do you ever have a brand that you look at wistfully, admire from afar and desperately wish to get your hands on? That was me with Collectif, a British repro brand who one of my favorite bloggers (Miss Amy May, in case you were wondering) showcases on her blog all the time.

After seeing her wear Collectif in several different blog posts, I knew I wanted to place an order, but between the exchange rate and the cross-continental shipping, I kept holding back. Recently, however, they had an additional 30% off their sale items and I knew it was time to bite the bullet and place an order.

And place an order I did — I bought two dresses, a skirt and two tops and it was around 100 USD, which I think is fairly impressive considering what each item retails for full price! I have a cart full of goodies waiting for another discount count so I can order some more, because I’m really very impressed with Collectif so far. Collectif, if you’re reading this… how about that discount code?

So with all that yammering out of the way, let’s get on to the actual outfit, shall we?

The dress you see here is the Saria blossom print swing dress, which features a fairly full skirt that can take a medium-sized petticoat, halter straps that tie behind your neck, a round neckline and a fitted bodice.

The dress doesn’t have pockets (sadly) but other than that, the only thing I dislike is the halter neck straps, because I find those always hurt my neck if I tie them too tight, but if I don’t, the dress falls down constantly. Thankfully, that’s an easy fix since the straps are long enough to convert to shoulder straps.

This dress, despite being black, screams spring to me, so I wanted the photos to convey that. My friend Kiersten, who is an amazingly talented photographer, agreed to take pictures of a couple of different outfits for me and I’m so glad that she did! I’ve managed to do well with my blog photos because most of my friends are good at photography, but this was my first time shooting with a photographer (as much as she will claim that she’s just an amateur) and the pictures are beautiful.

We went to the Port Orleans Riverside hotel at Disney, because it’s a beautiful resort, it’s huge and it has lots of gardens and hidden courtyards that were perfect for shooting these pictures. We found lots of adorable staircases and thus, there are probably too many staircase pictures in this post… I’m not sorry.

To accessorize the dress, I wanted to break out my What Katie Did seamed stockings for authenticity — because, you know, nothing screams vintage like seamed stockings! I also added my white mermaid scale earrings from my dear friend Kate, who makes the most beautiful earrings ever. I’ve mentioned her before in the blog, but I wanted to make sure to get a close up of the earrings this time so you could admire just how beautiful they are! I only have three pairs of earrings from her, but I’m absolutely planning on getting lots more.

I didn’t want a closeup of the gloves because a) there aren’t any details worth shooting up close, b) they’re a little stained and I didn’t clean it, but for what it’s worth, they were a purchase from my dear friend Kelsea of Lotty Dotty Vintage and I wanted to make sure I gave her a shoutout too!

Last, but certainly not least, is this beautiful vintage hat purchased on Etsy. Doesn’t it just scream spring? I’m not sure what decade this is, but if I had to make a totally uneducated guess, I would say 50s or 60s. I was a bit wary of this hat at first because the shape is just so strange to me, since it isn’t perfectly round, but I got over this fear and I absolutely love how it turned out.

Kiersten did an amazing job of making me look good (and I’m sure she had a hell of a time editing the pictures and seeing all the weird faces I make) and I had such a good time shooting with her! You should absolutely check out her Instagram and giving her a follow! She posts a lot of Disney (not that it should be a warning) but you can see how talented she is.

Wow, this post got lengthy really fast. Sorry for all my ramblings, if you made it all the way down here, you’re the best and I appreciate you. Thanks for reading!

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Collective haul, or controlling the oil

Hi everyone! As I’m sure you’ve realized by the title, this post is a small collective haul from the weekend I was in Tampa. I’m a bit surprised at myself for not getting more, to be honest, but that may just be because I saved all my money for vintage shopping!

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Now that I don’t work in theme parks anymore, I’ve been trying to actively wear makeup more because I know I’m really bad at wearing makeup on a regular basis (aside from lipstick, of course) and I hate the thought of my makeup wasting away!

With that in mind, I picked up a couple of items to (hopefully) manage my oily skin a little bit better, which is the biggest deterrent in me wearing makeup every day. I can never get my makeup to last through the day and no primer, foundation or powder seems to control the oil!

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First up on this haul is the Coty Airspun Loose Face Powder. I heard about this through my best friend Kira’s blog a while ago and after seeing it at a Walgreens in Tampa, I had to grab it — I’ve never seen it in stores in Orlando! I’ve tried it a couple of times since then and I love the scent, but jury’s still out on its effectiveness. We’ll see!

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Then I picked up the Soap & Glory One Heck of a Blot Primer, which I’ve heard about a million times before and I’ve been dying to try! They’ve started carrying Soap & Glory more in stores here, so when I saw it at Target, I figured it was worth a shot! I also tried this once or twice but again, jury’s still out.

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Lastly, the most important step in an oily girl’s skincare routine — moisturize!! I only had a moisturized that didn’t have SPF in it and I’m not crazy about having to do moisturizer and then put sunscreen on top of my moisturizer, so I wanted to grab something I could use during the day that would have some SPF and this one seemed to do the trick. I’ve been using it for a couple of weeks now and aside from the fact that it takes a while to sink into my skin, I do like it a lot and will keep using it for a while.

Of course, I don’t need to remind anyone of how important it is to use SPF on your face, even during the winter, right? Everyone knows that you can get sunburnt even in the middle of winter and that UV rays aren’t stopped by the clouds? Okay, good. I knew you’re all smart cookies.

So that’s it for my little haul today! This isn’t the most exciting post I’ve had but there are a few more exciting posts lined up that you’ll get soon. Thanks for reading!

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