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My Favorite Nude and Pink Lipsticks

LIMECRIME CASHMERE VELVETINE LIQUID MATTE LIPSTICK

I often carry this in my purse when I go out for evening events or things where I have to dress up a little more. This velvetine matte lipstick does what it says and dries matte, while also staying on for a good amount of time! That way, I don’t really have to worry about reapplying unless I eat. Sometimes, matte lip creams tend to be really drying but I like Limecrime’s formula because it’s really smooth and doesn’t dry out my lips. I also love the cool nude color on my skin tone. I’ve seen this on other skin tones and I noticed that it does translate different on other people but it still really does look good on everyone!

 

RIMMEL LONDON LASTING FINISH LIP BY KATE MATTE COLLECTION – 101

I am all for affordable drugstore lipsticks and this is one of my favorite pink ones. It’s matte, which is great and is a light pink. The smell is somewhat sweet and although it’s matte, I find it still very moisturizing.

MAYBELLINE COLOR SENSATIONAL LIP COLOR – TOTALLY TOFFEE

Here’s another drugstore lipstick. I got this as a gift and totally fell in love with it. It’s a warm pink/nude color that has a little shine to it. It is more moisturizing and smoother than the matte lipsticks I have and I just think it’s really pretty!

 

TARTE LIPSURGENCE LIP STAIN – EXPOSED

This is something I always carry in my purse. It’s almost like a tinted matte lip balm, so it has a pretty color but is also very soft and smooth. There is a minty smell to it, so if you’re not a mint fan, I wouldn’t recommend it. I really like it and it’s perfect for when I feel like my lips are too barren or even if I need a little moisture.

 

MAYBELLINE COLOR SENSATIONAL LIP COLOR – DARINGLY NUDE

I love how natural this looks on my skin tone and is a beautiful soft nude color. Like the other Maybelline lipstick I listed above, this one is also moisturizing and smooth.

Style Spotlight: Mules

I am all for comfortable shoes that still look chic and put together. Mules have been a go to for me lately because I hate flats that rub against the back of my ankle, so because mules are backless, they save me from blisters and cuts! Mules are like mullets for your feet! Business in the front and a party in the back! I recently purchased the ones pictured above because of the bow details from Zara (similar HERE) so you could often find me in them when the weather permits!

See below for some of my favorite picks!

 

London Rebel Bow Mule Shoe • London Rebel
Mansur Gavriel Suede Flat Mule • Mansur Gavriel
Loeffler Randall Winnie Tassel Suede Mule Slides • Loeffler Randall
Joie Aderes Mini Stud Mule, Black • Joie
Sam Edelman Paris Leather Tassel Mule, Black • Sam Edelman
Women’s Steve Madden Magan Tasseled Mule • Steve Madden
Prada Suede Bow Mule Flat, Nero • Prada
Women’s Linea Paolo Annie Loafer Mule • Linea Paolo
Women’s Gucci ‘Princetown’ Loafer Mule • Gucci

All About Lace

FEMININE AND ROMANTIC TEXTURES FOR VALENTINE’S DAY
I’ve always loved lace because there’s something so beautiful about it. It’s very feminine and adds a touch of romance to any outfit. I’m sure it’s nothing new but if you’re still trying to figure out an outfit for your Valentine’s Day date, you can’t go wrong with wearing a little bit of lace. If you find it very unoriginal, you can always go with wearing a silk lace camisole under a coat or cardigan. But if you’re not afraid of going all out, there are plenty of beautiful lace dresses that’ll do the job!

Womens IBIZA LACE DRESS
AQUA Color Block Lace Dress • Aqua
Express piped lace dress • Express
Self-Portrait – Sofia Pleated Guipure Lace Skirt – Navy • Self-Portrait
Ella Moss Off-The-Shoulder Lace Blouse • Ella Moss
Joie Cordella Lace Blouse • Joie
Women’s Free People ‘Brami’ Longline Lace Bralette • Free People
Lace Cami • Sole Society
The Kooples Silk & Lace Camisole • The Kooples

Foodie Friday

HART AND HUNTER

We went here for brunch for a little pick me up after everything that’s been going on and it really did cheer me up. The restaurant is located in the Palihotel on Melrose and is such a great little spot to visit. The hotel is super trendy and very cool so I do recommend stopping by. The waitress came by to take our order and after asking her what dishes she recommends, she just said that everything there is really good. You can’t really go wrong with anything, and boy was she right! All of our food was amazing and you HAVE to get the biscuits! Run over there now!

 

Lace Up Sweater

I’m sure you’ve seen lace up sweaters and shirts everywhere these days. I recently purchased this one from Madewell because I love the texture on it and that there’s a panel behind the lace so that I don’t have to worry about giving someone an eyeful of my ‘girlies’. The sweater is also hooded which gives it such a laid back and casual feel.

If you’re wondering about my expression in the picture above, my sister was taking pictures for me and she made fun of my poses so I gave her a stinky face! Ahhh….sisterly love, right?

OUTFIT

Madewell Lace Up Sweater| Brown Satchel (SIMILAR HERE)| Boots|

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La Vie En Rose

LA VIE EN ROSE

PLAYING WITH PINKS FOR VALENTINE’S DAY

I’m not a very ‘girly girl’ but I do appreciate a touch of soft pinks here and there to add some femininity to an outfit. Seeing as Valentine’s Day is here in just a couple of weeks, I wanted to compile some pieces that would be perfect if you wanted to be a little festive for that day! I usually love rose gold and soft blush accessories to pair with my outfits. I especially love very edgy pieces such as a structured bag or bomber jacket so that I’m still wearing modern, sleek pieces but having it be a nice shade of pink just adds that soft touch to it.

It’s kind of funny because when I was a little girl, I wanted EVERYTHING pink. I loved the Pink Power Ranger, my bed was pink, and I had a little fuzzy pink arm chair.

Seychelles Quake Ruffle Sneakers • Seychelles
Michael Kors Cooper 39mm Bracelet Strap Watch • Michael Kors
Sole Society Karlie Faux Leather Bucket Bag – Pink • Sole Society
Women’s Socialite Strap Front Tee • Socialite
Chloe Small Drew Leather Shoulder Bag – Black • Chloé
Women’s Quay Australia Cherry Bomb 60Mm Sunglasses – Rose Gold/ Pink • Quay
Iris and Ink Pussy-bow silk-georgette blouse • Iris and Ink
Hudson Gene Bomber Jacket, Trooper Green • Hudson
Women’s Steve Madden ‘Christey’ Wraparound Ankle Tie Sandal • Steve Madden

Goodbye, Zooey

A little over a week ago, beautiful Zooey, my 5 year old husky labrador, passed away. This is the hardest thing I’ve ever had to go through and by far the most painful. I have had her ever since she was a puppy with the cutest floppy ears and striking icy blue eyes. She stole my heart the moment we met.

Zooey was my first dog which I’m sure is why I’m taking this so hard. But then again, doesn’t matter how many dogs you had, I’m sure it never gets easier when they pass. She gave me so much more happiness than you can imagine. I never knew how strong a bond an owner and their dog could have until she came into my life.

My fiancé, George, and his brother adopted Zooey so she lived with them in the beginning. The three of us decided to work together to take care of her after hearing how much work a husky is. It was a great decision because she would cry and howl all night long for a while. She was also a picky eater so we went through so many different kibble brands. In hindsight we probably should have just stuck to one and teach her that that was her food and she can’t be picky. First time dog owner inexperience. During our first few years together, she also had an endless amount of energy so all of our efforts went towards making sure she got plenty of exercise so that she would relax at home. I would come by a few times a week to hang out with her and take her out to make sure we had plenty of quality time together! Just about a year and a half ago, we decided to move her to my house because it would have been a better place for her. My parents quickly took the role of loving grandparents and spoiled her any chance they could, which I’m sure she appreciated.

I’ll never forget how impressed I was that she was pretty much already potty trained at just 8 weeks old. The first day we brought her home, she was making strange little howling noises in the car. I thought she might have been afraid but when we got back home, I let her run to a little patch of grass and she just does her business! She didn’t really go in the house and only liked going on piles of leaves or grass. Such a smart girl, right?! Well, if the carpet has a texture similar to grass, then all bets are off. George remembers finding her on his family’s nice rug and she just stares at him and squats, so he rushes over to grab her to take her to the yard but as he lifts her up, a couple of nuggets just fell to the floor. He describes her expression at the moment as proud and completely happy with herself.

She had the best unamused expression almost all the time and every once in a while she’d have a goofy look, which makes everyone’s hearts melt. She was a difficult dog, but we loved every aspect of her personality. It made her a very unique and special dog. I’ll miss our long walks everyday, cuddle time, coming home to her happy face, her hilarious grass dance when she sinks her little paws into nice grass, how she loved to nap on the couch with me, and millions more things about her.

I knows she’s resting in peace and will always be with me. I come home each day hoping she’d be there on the couch waiting for me. I almost feel lost without her. Every part of my life really revolved around her. My every day schedule at least includes one walk with her, we were planning on buying a house sometime soon and we wanted to make sure it had plenty of yard space for her, and were somewhat contemplating about having her in our engagement pictures. Without her here, I just feel empty and so unsure. It’s been really hard and I continue to cry a little every day but I’ll try to hold onto the love we had and our best memories together. I don’t have any words to describe our special connection with each other. My only words are ‘unconditional love’. She taught me what that means and this is how I know that she’ll be with me forever. Love you, Zooey.

Sweet dreams, my beautiful girl.

Little Striped Dress

During our trip in New Zealand, we stayed at a small beach cottage in Tauranga and after researching things that we could see or do around the area, I found that everyone mentioned the Mt Maunganui Summit hike. For some reason, I got the impression that the hike was leisurely, so I wore my Converse sneakers and a comfy dress for it. Big mistake.

It was a very difficult hike for me, which may be slightly more leisurely for others due to my asthma. Nonetheless, we kept at it and finally made it to the top after a while. It was so worth it. The views were spectacular and pictures really don’t do it justice. Probably because I had a huge sense of accomplishment after completing the hike, but either way, it’s a must see!

 

OUTFIT

Striped Dress (Similar HERE and HERE)| Sneakers

Foodie Friday: Sydney, AUS

The second half of our trip was spent with my family in Sydney, AUS. We ate past our stomachs’ capacity while we were here. My family spared no expense to make sure that we were full at every single moment we were there which I would have to say, they succeeded. I was never hungry and we ate tons and tons of food. My fiancé gained about 10 pounds by the end of our trip. Fiancé, still weird saying that! 🙂

Here’s ALMOST everything we ate during our time here! Enjoy!

Cured meat platter at Meat District Co.
Bone marrow at Meat District Co.
Party Platter at Meat District Co. Includes pork ribs, beef ribs, burger, salad, fries, steak, and sauces.

Gazpacho at Cafe Sydney
Shrimp at Cafe Sydney
Clams and Shrimp at Cafe Sydney

Dessert Platter at Cafe Sydney
Sausage Sandwiches
Pastries at Brewtown Newtown
Salmon Benedict on Brioche Buns
Cronuts at Brewtown Newtown
Giant platter of seafood