March Favorites // April Playlist

FAVE_03141. The Spring Madewell Catalogue. It’s basically describing the Madewell girl to be a pretty tomboy. HELLO, is it me you’re looking for? They should just rename their brand to “hammer” because they nailed it. I poured over all of the images and outfits and a particular pair of boyfriend shorts (pictured above) all month. Check out their new collection here.

2. My little green roommate whose been bringing me positive feelings and hope for spring. I got this succulent at Trader Joe’s (which may as well be a favorite item in itself) for literally  $2.50.

3. The amethyst I picked up at the Flea Market was obviously a no brainer. Look how faceted and purple it is. It’s also my birth stone, so the fact that it’s in my room must mean that I’m really building up my Aquarius points about now. Right?

4. ULTIMATE SPRING LIPSTICK: Vegas Volt from MAC. It’s a florescent coral color that will change your life no matter what your skin tone may be.

5. Grace. I hadn’t had a chance to read Grace Coddington’s perfect memoir until now. I spotted it on a friend’s coffee table and promptly interrupted our conversation to inform him that I would be checking it out of his personal library.

6. Josephine. I really should stop talking about it, but I’m not over it yet. The wine list was never ending, the cheese plate was impressive, and the atmosphere was really unique for a Nashville restaurant. If you get the chance you’ve got to go.

7. Trader Joe’s (85% Cacao) Dark Chocolate Lover’s Chocolate Bar. Because I’ve tried to adapt some better eating habits this year, dark chocolate is my savior when I am craving something sweet but am trying my damnedest to battle my sugar cravings. I eat a 1 inch square and I am sa-tis-fied.

8. Maroon Zara boots. I got these for Christmas and they have been on my feet almost every day since then. Comfortable, versatile, pointed toe…another testament to my Masculine/Feminine wardrobe aesthetic. I’m not sure they still have this exact pair, but I can promise that you’ll stumble across another pair you like here.

9. LUSH Cosmetics Rosie giftbox. I bought this for myself and I’ve never felt more like a pampered princess than when I was surrounded by rose scented bubbles and then slathered in a rich, fragrant rose+aragon body conditioner. (Pro tip: don’t use the bubble macaroon in a jacuzzi. Don’t ask…just don’t.)

& finally

It wouldn’t be the beginning of a new month without a new playlist. Thanks to a flurry of SXSW recaps and Spotify success stories, I’ve discovered a lot of addictive (and eclectic) tuneage this month; it just so happens that it’s perfect for putting a little *spring* in your step. Open up your windows and enjoy…

 

 

Speak to you all soon!

 

 

x

Jan Faves

Riding out that last week of January was a struggle. Between avocados being out of season and the influx of polar burrrs vortexes I didn’t think I was going to make it. But the impossible was made possible and here we are in February: the month of love, Harriet Tubman, and swimsuit season awareness (it’s coming–and it’s coming fast, ya’ll). 

Although I didn’t particularly care for January (note: except for the part where I was traveling in Europe) I did have some favorite new things pop into my life via Christmas and favorite old things that are officially broken in after being my uniform during the coldest month of my life. One of which being the hair straightener I got as an angsty 16 y/o and now can’t seem to put down. It’s chrome. Who am I even? Let’s start.

janfavesFrom top left to right: Free People boyfriend jeans (similar hereherehere), 100 Foods to Stay Young by Charlotte Watts (amazon), Moleskin 2014 Day Planner (here), Chi hair straightener, Capri Blue mercury glass jar candle (anthropologie), Vintage bracelet (thanks mom),  MAC Creamsheen Lipstick in Sunny Seoul (here), my sweet succulent (local nursery), white high top Converse (here), Twinnings English Breakfast tea, and Merona tote bag from Target (here).

“Why did she include that tea?”

Listen, spend two weeks in England and tell me you aren’t enjoying (and now expecting) to have between 2-3 cups of hot English Breakfast tea in a day. Twinnings sells a box of 50 bags for like 6 bucks, so I suggest you locate your nearest grocery (Whole Foods has it) and purchase.

janfaves2Whenever I smear (delicately smear) on my Sunny Seoul lipstick from MAC I know that spring really IS coming and it can’t be that far off. It is a super creamy formula, and the most perfect pink-coral hybrid I’ve ever found. It lasts a long time, especially if you blot right after application, and I would imagine it to look good with most skin shades.

janfaves4This book is the COOLEST. I’ve been really into nutrition recently, so when I was  trying to decide what to spend my B&N gift card on I was lucky to spot this baby. I’ve only made it through the first quarter of the foods, but I am hooked. I understand all of the nutritious proteins and enzymes I chose to pretend didn’t exist when I was taking AP Biology in high school. Now that it seems more relevant–I care. It’s super affordable and well worth picking up if you are trying to get your body to reach it’s full potential (inside and out).

Birthday countdown: 4 days. 

Speak to you all soon!

x

That’s Cheeky

Today on: What’s in the Travel Beauty Bag? I’m going to show you the cheek products and borderline excessive eye products that I’m taking along with me on my trip across the pond. How much packing have I gotten done otherwise? That’s like asking me how much of the Christmas leftovers remain.

Spoiler alert: The answer to both questions is none.

| PART IIV: CHEEKS

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Products: Real Techniques multi task brush, MAC Mineralized Skin Finish in Soft and Gentle, MAC Mineralize Skin Finish Natural in Sun Kissed -I think-, and Wet ‘N Wild Blush in mulled wine)

Without my cheek products, I think people would be unsure if I was completely alive. Though I have recently been able to climb the foundation color scale from “Ivory” to “Buff,” I believe I still qualify for the “White People who are Pale as Paper” clubs. As I said before, prior to putting on any cheek product, I let my foundation set for around 2 minutes and then put the thinnest layer of finishing powder on top of it.

Because I’ve watched about six hundred tutorials about contouring my face, I think I can do it now in a way that doesn’t make me look like I’ve rolled in a clay pit. Using my Real Techniques brush (I think it’s called the multifunction brush or something like that) I trace my cheek bones, my temples, and around the crown of my hair line and chin with the bronzer (if you are pretentious and enjoy technical terms you might call this the “3 technique”). I use a MAC bronzer and highlighter because their mineralized powders are holy grail for me. The consistency and color pay off is great. If I was typing this on my phone I would’ve put an appropriate emoji…here.

I brush a single swirl of my Wet N Wild blush (in mulled wine) over the apples of my cheeks, and then hit the highest points of my face with my MAC mineralized skin finish in Soft and Gentle.

Fact: The best way to make yourself look like a damn fool is to use too much blush and bronzer. A light hand is not always a bad hand.

|PART IV: EYES

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Revlon Lash Curler and Tweezers, Maybelline Falsies mascara (brown and black), Loreal Extra Intense Liquid Pencil eyeliner (brown and black), MAC Cream Colour Base in shell, Real Techniques domed shadow brush, SOHO blending brush, angled brush (not sure what brand), and Benefit Gimme Brow brow gel in Medium Dark

When I said excessive, I don’t think I was exaggerating. The issue is that I’m going back and forth between “90’s grunge-barely there” eye looks and the ever present addiction I have to winged eyeliner and a defined crease. I’m really into defined brows right now, too, so I definitely couldn’t have left behind my tweezers and brow gel.

I also couldn’t have forgotten my tweezers because my brows go from “groomed” to “abstract topiary” in mere days. The benefit brow gel is a new product, but I’m really digging it so far. It keeps my brows in place and tints them, too. Brows frame the face–get bold about it (but for the love of god please don’t draw them on with a pencil).

I have been using solely my NAKED palette since it was gifted to me last Christmas, and you can believe me when I say that I’m still not over it. This year I decided to pick up the basics palette–which is six perfectly matte, neutral shades–and, based on the love I feel for it thus far, I feel like I need to give it it’s own post after I’ve been using it for awhile. TO BE CONTINUED.

As far as eyeliner and mascara go, they are interchangeable for whatever look i’m going for. Brown liner+Mascara are for days when I want my eyes to be a lot less of the focus (probably because I’m wearing the loudest lip color you’ve ever seen). Black liner+Mascara are for looks that are just the slightest bit more dramatic in the eyes and toned down in the lips.

As the time is winding down before I take to the skies, I should really probably get a move on trip preparations. I leave for Europe tomorrow and I cannot wait to share everything going on with whoever is reading this.

The last post of the Beauty Travel Bag series is tomorrow and it’s focusing on hair products and miscellaneous beauty products that accidentally found their way into my carry on.

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