Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Outfit: A Little Bit of Lace

A little bit of lace, a little bit of print mixing, a lot of fun! You guys are probably sick of seeing these leopard print cap toe flats, but I can't stop wearing them because they're so comfortable and somehow go with everything (they probably don't, but I wear them anyway haha). I love them so much that I'm getting the same pair in a different color (the navy one if you're wondering). You'll no doubt see them soon, probably too much. 

I wore this particular outfit to work last Tuesday, only it wasn't an average work day. Two weeks ago, my coworkers heard that a CBS pilot called Members Only was looking for extras, so we decided we wanted to go. I went to the office in the morning and then spent the afternoon with my boss and coworker trying to be extras for the show. I guess we'll see if I get called to be on the show! I'll obviously let you guys know. 
Top: T.J. Maxx | Skirt: T.J. Maxx | Flats: Target
Bag: Old Navy | Glasses: Bonlook

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Monday, September 1, 2014

Watch | Read | Listen {September 2014}

Hello September! It's the first year that I'm not going back to school and it feels really strange. I feel like I should be buying books and already doing homework. This was also the first summer that I didn't have off, so in a way it feels like I'm still waiting for summer to begin, but it's already over. 

Now that it's September new entertainment is coming out soon! I'll for sure be seeing Hector and the Search for Happiness and The Maze Runner in theaters. Last month, I saw The Giver and found it thought-provoking and wonderful. What did you think?


The Longest Week 
Conrad Valmont (Jason Bateman) is an over-educated, under-employed heir to the Valmont Hotel fortune, but when he's cut off by his soon-to-be divorced parents he's out on the streets of the Upper West Side. His old friend Dylan (Billy Crudrup) takes him in, but Conrad starts to fall for Dylan's girlfirend Beatrice (Olivia Wilde). (September 5)

Dr. Cabbie
An unemployed immigrant doctor (Vinay Virmani) becomes a cab driver and uses his cab to help treat people when he turns his cab into a mobile clinic. (September 19)

Hector and the Search for Happiness
Hector (Simon Pegg) is a psychiatrist who is unhappy with his life and heels he can't offer his patients advice that he himself doesn't understand, so he decides to go on a larger than life adventure to find true happiness. (September 19)

The Maze Runner
Thomas (Dyland O'Brien) wakes up trapped in a massive maze with a group of other boys and has no memory of the outside world. By piecing together the memories of his past, he hopes to unlock the reasons for why they're all there and how to get out. (September 19)

The Box Trolls
This is the tale of the Boxtrolls, monsters who live under the streets of Cheesebridge, who crawl out of the sewers at night to steal the townspeople's children and their cheese. But that's just rumor. In truth, the Boxtrolls are lovable creatures who are raising a human boy as one of their own. (September 26)

Other movies coming out:
  • Frontera (Sept. 5)
  • Mephis (Sept. 5)
  • The Remaining (Sept. 5)
  • My Old Lady (Sept. 10)
  • The Drop (Sept. 12)
  • The Green Prince (Sept. 12)
  • The Skeleton Twins (Sept. 12)
  • 20,000 Days on Earth (Sept. 17)
  • The Guest (Sept. 17)
  • Fort Bliss (Sept. 19)
  • This is Where I Leave You (Sept. 19)
  • Believe Me (Sept. 26)
  • Two Night Stand (Sept. 26)

Books & Music Sept 2014
  • The Secret Place (Dublin Murders Squad #5) by Tana French -- Detective Stephen Moran has been waiting to get his foot in the door of the Dublin Murder Squad and after getting a photo of a boy murdered in a girl's boarding school with the caption, "I know who murdered him," and now this is his chance. (September 2)
  • The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell -- After a terrible fight with her mother, Holly leaves her home and runs away, but she's no ordinary runaway; ever since she was a child she's heard voices and is a psychic. Holly catches the attention of a cabal of dangerous mystics and their enemies. (September 2)
  • The King's Curse by Philippa Gregory -- A threat to the volatile King Henry VII's claim to the throne, Margaret Pole, cousin to Elizabeth of York and daughter of George, Duke of Clarence, is married off to the kind Sir Richard Pole. After the Prince of Wales dies and his bride, Katherine, marries his brother, King VII, Margaret is called to court to be Katherine's lady-in-waiting. (September 9)
  • The Children's Act by Ian McEwan -- Fiona Maye, a High Court judge in London, throws herself into her work after her husband leaves her after he asks her to consider an open marriage. She takes on a difficult case about a boy whose parents won't give him a life-saving blood transfusion because of their religious beliefs. (September 9)
  • Lullabies by Lang Leav -- A sequel to Love & Misadventure, this book of poetry explores the intricacies of love and loss. (September 16)
  • Broken Monsters by Lauren Beukes -- Detective Gabriella Versado is shocked by a body found in Detroit -- half boy, half deer fused together, but more strange bodies keep cropping up and she needs to figure out who's doing this and why. (September 16)
  • Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld -- Darcy Patel has put college on hold to publish her novel. She moves to New York City with no friends, but is taken under the wings of other writers, and over the next year finishes her book and falls in love. (September 23)
  • Not That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham -- A collection of frank and funny essays about Lena Dunham's life written by none other than Lena Dunham herself. (September 30)
Maroon 5's V (Sept. 2) | Counting Crows' Somewhere Under Wonderland (Sept. 2)
The Kook's Listen (Sept. 9) | Chris Brown's X (Sept. 16)
Alt-J's This Is All Yours (Sept. 22)

Happy Labor Day, fellow Americans!

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Saturday, August 30, 2014

Ipsy Glam Bag {August 2014}

This month's Ipgy Glam Bag (click here to join! It's only $10 a month!) is called Beauty Schooled. This bag is full of the "classic" items you should have in your beauty arsenal and ones that will help you look great on your first day of school, or any day really. At first, I was kind of bummed by the products I got because they seemed really small, but when I tested them I realized how great they are. Also, the orange polka-dotted, cylindrical-shaped bag is not my style, so I gave it to my mom. 

What I got:
 Dr. Brandt's Pores No Mores Refiner (full size $45, sample $8)
 Absolute's You're the Balm lip balm (full size $6 for two, sample (same size) $3)
 Coastal Scents' Forever Blush duo in Fresh and Elegant (full size $8 for one, sample $2.50)
 Lord & Berry's Silk Kajal Kohl Eye Liner in #1001 Black (full size $17, sample $5)
 Urban Decay's Perversion mascara (full size $22, sample $5.50)

This month's bag was worth $25! Not as much as others, but not too bad either.

Dr. Brandt's Pores No Mores Refiner 

Let me start off by saying I have huge pores. Huge. This pore refiner is a primer and a refiner all in one. It's also for oily / combination skin, which is what I have, and it's mattifying. It's a light nude color, which disappears once you blend it in. It doesn't make my pores completely disappear (it's not magic after all), but it did "blur" them and make them less obvious, and made my skin really soft. It also has a light lemony scent. I would probably buy this if it wasn't so expensive. 

Absolute's You're the Balm lip balm

This lip balm looks and smells like something my middle school self would use. That's not necessarily a bad thing -- it has a cute bubbled packaging, it's purple, it smells like grape, and it has some glitter. The only problem is that it's an oily lip balm, which I personally don't like and it's not very moisturizing. 

Coastal Scents' Forever Blush duo in Fresh and Elegant

I'm sure you guys know by now that I'm obsessed with blush. I never the house with it. I wish these blushes were bigger because they're wonderful. They're soft and pigmented and the pink (elegant) has a very faint amount of shimmer. I've been using both colors on and off since I got it. The orange (fresh) becomes more coral-like on my skin tone and the pink is bright and pretty. I will definitely buy a blush from them in the future. 

Lord & Berry's Silk Kajal Kohl Eye Liner in #1001 Black

I like wearing black pencil eyeliners, the darker the better. This eyeliner is black, but it's not super dark and not super opaque. It's also not waterproof and smudgeproof, which means by the end of the day it slid a little. It's an okay eyeliner, but not something I would really reach for. 

Urban Decay's Perversion mascara

This mascara is amazing! The brush shape and bristles are very similar to one of my other favorites the Sephora Full Action, but this perversion mascara is a little wetter, which means I really only needed to go over my lashes once to get the full effect. I would say that this mascara is more for women who like to have a full lash look, rather than long lashes. It made my lashes look so thick. I don't think it's waterproof, but it stayed really well every time I wore it. 

Have you tried this beauty products?
What are you interested in trying out?

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Friday, August 29, 2014

Favorite Things {July & August 2014}

{Fangirl, The Beast Within, Potterhead tee, Forever 21 illuminator (the front has a cat face!), 
& Marion Claire stationery (review coming soon!)}

How freaking awesome is this Potterhead t-shirt, right? I'm a huge Harry Potter fan and yet before now I didn't own any Harry Potter-related clothing. This shirt is so soft and perfect!

Besides loving the novel Fangirl, I also really enjoyed reading The Beast Within. It's meant for 9 to 12 year olds, but I couldn't pass it up because I love Beauty and the Beast, the beautiful cover, and the fact that it's from the Beast's point of view. 

I'm doing a more extensive review of these greeting cards soon, but I just wanted to say how much I love these cute and spunky cards. The cheese one is the best thing ever. 

A few fun links:

 Thoughts on Ferguson as a white women. This post is so well-written. We all need to listen to each other so that we can change our society together for the better.

 What is means to be human.

 Appreciate the journey, not the destination.

 What's your love language? (I'm Acts of Service and Words of Affirmation.)

 Three fresh ways to wear stripes.

 15 lunch ideas for us busy professional gals.

 Five reasons why I hate editing. This post hits so close to home.

 Classic movies changed to not be sexist.

 Awesome cheap beauty products.

 Tom Hiddleston is sexy and he's even sexier wet after doing the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. You're welcome.

 Want to be a part of the Books & Looks series on my blog? Read all about it here!

 Sponsor love:

 Swap friends: Cute LA, Paper Umbrella, Lovely Little Fawn, Simply Sinova, The Anna Belle Blog, My Life as a Tea Cup, Starry Eyes + Coffee Cups & Novel Style.

Happy Friday! 
Have a great weekend!

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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Fall TV Guide {2014}

If you know me, then you know I'm obsessed with TV. I get really excited about new shows coming and once I find a show I love I get committed to it. I watch it religiously and love reading articles from TV Guide and Entertainment Weekly about them. What can I say? I love stories and TV shows are stories in an on-going format. 

Below are the TV shows that seem the most interesting and hopefully the ones that will stick around. I obviously can't watch them all (when would I sleep?), so the ones I'm definitely going to keep up with are: Gotham, A to Z, Red Band Society, Selfie, Forever, and The Flash



Before Batman, there was Commissioner Gordon (Ben McKenzie). His name is synonymous with law and order. The story shows how James Gordon goes from rookie cop to commissioner, and the crime world that spawned Batman's greatest foes. (FOX, Mondays at 8pm EST, starting Sept. 22)

This 10-part mystery event stars David Tennant as Detective Emmett Carver, who must figure out who killed a young boy in a sleepy seaside California town. The boy's death sparks a media frenzy and upends the lives of the town's residents. (FOX, Thursday at 9pm EST, starting Oct. 2)

Madam Secretary
Tèa Leoni stars as Elizabeth McCord, the shrewd, determined, newly appointed Secretary of State who drives international diplomacy and battles office politics as she negotiates global and domestic issues, both at the White House and at home. (CBS, Sundays at 8pm EST, starting Sept. 21)

State of Affairs
C.I.A. analyst Charlston Tucker (Katherine Heigl) assembles the president's daily briefing everyday, which consists of the most vital security issues facing the nation. Charlie has a close connection with the president (Alfre Woodard) because she was enganged to the president's son before a terrorist attack took his life. Her job revolves around protecting her country and getting to the bottom of her fiance's murder. (NBC, Mondays at 10pm EST, starting Nov. 17)


A to Z

This show is about Andrew (Ben Feldman) and Zelda (Cristin Milioti), two people who almost didn't meet. Zelda goes to the office of Wallflower Online Dating after her profile has a glitch and there she meets Andrew, who thinks she might be the girl in the silver dress that he's been looking for. This is a cute show and with a 500 Days of Summer-like premise because they tell you instantly that this couple doesn't last. Watch the first episode! (NBC, Thursdays at 9:30pm EST, starting Oct. 2)

Manhattan Love Story

Every wondered what your date was thinking? Well, this romantic comedy will show you the differences between what men and women think as they go on dates and start dating. (ABC, Tuesdays at 8:30pm EST, starting Sept. 30)

Marry Me
Casey Wilson and Ken Morino star as Annie and Jake, who met six years ago and have been inseparable ever since, but just as he's about to pop the question Annie accidentally ruins it. They decide to wait for the perfect moment, but things always get in their way. (NBC, Tuesdays at 9pm EST, starting Oct. 14)

Red Band Society 

This dramedy is a coming-of-age story that follows a group of rule-bending friends who stay at a Los Angeles hospital for various reasons. There's humor and heartbreak, friendship and love, and everything in between. (FOX, Wednesdays at 9pm EST, starting Sept. 17)


Eliza (Karen Gillian) has 263,000 followers, but after a horrible day with no friends coming to her aid, she realizes that being friended is not the same as having friends. So she asks marketing guru Henry (John Cho) to "rebrand" her  and maybe help make her a better person along the way. I saw this I already saw the first episode and although I wasn't expecting much from this show, it was actually really funny and likeable. You can watch the pilot here! (ABC, Tuesdays at 8pm EST, starting Sept. 30)


Based on the comic, Hellblazer, this show follows Constantine (Matt Ryan) whose soul is damned to hell. He fights to protect innocent people by using his knowledge of the supernatural to send evil back where it belongs. (NBC, Fridays at 10pm EST, starting Oct. 21)


Doctor Henry Morgan (Ioan Gruffudd) does just study the dead to solve crimes, he does it to solve the mystery of his own immortality. He's been alive for over 200 years and has no idea why. (ABC, Tuesdays at 10pm EST, starting Sept. 23)

The Flash
Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) was eleven when his mother was killed and his father was falsely convicted of the murder. Raised by a detective, Barry is now a brilliant CSI investigator. Barry's latest obsession is a particle acccelorator, but at the unveiling something goes wrong and Barry wakes up after nine months in a coma to find that he has super speed. (CW, Tuesdays at 8pm EST, starting Oct. 7)

Which shows will you be tuning in to?

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