Thursday, October 30, 2014

Fives Favorites: Fall TV Shows

One of the things I look forward to most in the fall is the rush of television show premieres. Whether it is a brand new series or an old favorite, I am glued to my TV for several weeks. I have five current favorites; some are new and some of older. Let's go through these in alphabetical order (mainly because I cannot pick a favorite):

A to Z

From the description alone, I was drawn to this new series. A to Z is a show with a similar concept as 500 Days of Summer. The viewer is informed at the beginning of the show that this couple will date for a specific amount of time and the show will share the details of their relationship. The title of each episode is a letter of the alphabet, starting with "A" (of course) and shares a different story from the relationship. I have found the show to be cute and entertaining thus far and will continue to watch throughout this season. 

How to Get Away with Murder

I was not aware of this show in the beginning. I grew interested in it after seeing the hype about it online. I quickly watched the first six episodes on On Demand (thank goodness for that option!) and was instantly hooked. I was excited to the CO from Orange is the New Black on the show, as that is one of my current favorite shows (desperately waiting for season three...). This show is about a criminal law professor and lawyer, who works closely with five students. They defend different criminals (or innocent victims) each episode, as well as one case that unfolds throughout the season. Fair warning: this show is addicting. 

The Mindy Project

Mindy Kaling is my spirit animal. I adore everything about her and everything she creates. This show is on it's third season and I don't see it leaving us any time soon. Mindy Kaling created this show, in which she plays a gynecologist; this was a tribute to her mother, who passed away from cancer. This is a comedy show and pokes fun at various topics around being a single woman in New York City. If you haven't seen this show, you must check out the past couple seasons!

New Girl

Another show with a strong female lead. Zooey Deschannel plays a character named Jessica Day. Jess is a quirky, independent woman and lives with four men in an apartment in Los Angeles. This show showcases the lives of all of these individuals. The writing is clever and witty. I am always entertained when watching this program. 


I had seen ads for this new series all over the place. I watched a trailer a week or so before the premiere and decided I needed to watch it. This show is the opposite of what I originally thought, as I thought it would glorify our "selfie" culture. It looks at our society's obsession with technology and social media, as one woman is rebranding herself with the help of a coworker. By doing so, she must change the way she uses social media and must decrease her usage. It is a unique show and incredibly relevant to our time, right now. I highly recommend you check it out. 

What TV shows have you been watching this fall?

Note: All photos are from Google Images. 

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

LAST MINUTE Queen of Hearts Halloween Tutorial (Makeup + Costume)! [Video]

My favorite Halloween costume was my Queen of Hearts costume two years ago. It was such a fun character to be for Halloween. Joe dressed up as the Mad Hatter and we had a lot of fun. My mom (who sews) was kind enough to help me repurpose my costume from the year before. I used a black corset for a peacock costume and she sewed on white fabric and red hearts for my new costume. I paired this with a red and black tutu and crown. In my latest video, I will walk you through a Queen of Hearts inspired makeup look and how to create your own Queen of Hearts costume. You can watch the video here

I hope you enjoy it and find it helpful!

What has been your favorite Halloween costume so far?

Monday, October 27, 2014

Pumpkin Patch Tradition

Over the weekend, Joe and I went to visit our college town. Our weekend getaway was much needed, as my family is currently dealing with an ill family member. We were able to whisk away to our happy place, just a few hours away. We had been planning the trip for months as it has become our tradition to visit the local pumpkin patch every October. This year I was especially thankful. 

Hat: Urban Outfitters
Sunglasses: Ray Bans
Top: Urban Outfitters
Dress: American Eagle

For our endeavor, I went with a comfortable outfit. The weather was lovely. It was on the warmer side but not hot enough for you to break out a sweat on your pumpkin picking stroll. Due to the slight breeze, I pulled on this lightweight flannel that I've owned (and adored) for years. It gives me a fall vibe, feels cozy and it is just warm enough. My dress was a nod to the warm, California sun and allowed me to move freely through all our getaway activities that day. I topped it all off with a hat to protect my face from the bright sun. 

Nail Polish: Formula X in A+

Of course I had to bring along my trusty Longchamp. This is my everyday bag and for good reason. I can fit everything I need and more in this purse. I toted around my purchases from the farm shop as we hunted down the perfect pumpkin. 

All in all: the trip was enjoyable, as per usual. Now, we look forward to our next tradition: pumpkin craving, hot apple cider, and The Nightmare Before Christmas. More on that later! 

Have you visited a pumpkin patch this year? Do you have any fall traditions?

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Transitional Fall Outfit

I was hoping for some true fall weather this past weekend but alas, it still feels like summer outside. Although I have a weekend getaway (this upcoming weekend) and am hopeful for sun, I was hoping for some breezes this past weekend. Joe and I went to the Winchester Mystery House in Northern California. It is the perfect place to go before Halloween. I went with a transitional outfit, as it was too warm to bundle up. 

Top: American Apparel
Skirt: Zara

Darker, solid colors scream fall to me. Although I wore darker colors, I used pieces that were lightweight and would accommodate the heat. I love pairing a high waisted skirt with a basic tee for an effortless but chic look. 

Watch: Michael Kors
Ring: Gift

Oversized watches are a year-round staple for me. Whether I'm going into the office or out to dinner, I almost always wear an oversized watch. This particular watch happens to be one of my all time favorites. My ring is a gift from my parents that I received for graduating middle school (throwback much?). 

Flats: Target

Flats are often my footwear of choice. It is essential to have a pair of brown flats in your shoe collection (in my opinion). They are comfortable enough to walk around all day but still look trendy. These Target flats are ancient and definitely need to be replaced after being worn so frequently. I have enjoyed them immensely because they haven't given me a single blister, which was an issue with every other pair I've purchased. Comfortable flat recommendations are welcome!

Necklace: Treasure Island Flea Market

This necklace is my current favorite. I am obsessed with this honeycomb pattern and the delicate nature of the pendant. I bought this necklace recently from the Treasure Island Flea Market in San Francisco. This is an incredible flea market, filled with vendors and food trucks, that is held once a month (the last weekend of the month). If you're ever in the area, I recommend going. 

I hope you've enjoyed my first ever outfit post. 

What have been your essential pieces recently?

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Revlon Ultra HD Lipsticks Review

(L to R: Petunia, Iris, Primrose)

Hello Friends!

I was thrilled to see the new Revlon Ultra HD Lipsticks available at my local CVS and immediately knew I had to pick a few up. At my CVS, they cost $10.49, which is a steep price for the drugstore. However, they were on sale: buy one, get one 50% off AND I had $10 ExtraBucks (from the rewards system at CVS). I did pick up another Revlon lip color to allow me to do the deal twice. With the deal and ExtraBucks, I only spent $23.07, placing me at about $5.77 per product (I'm perfectly fine with that). I know some others have found these lipsticks for $7 or $8. Please let me know if you find them inexpensively elsewhere! 

(L to R: Primrose, Petunia, Iris) 
Ignore my battle wound below; I ran into a stationary bike at the gym #judgingmyself

There are 14 shades, in total, and they will become part of Revlon's permanent collection (according to my research). I selected three colors to come home with me: Primrose, Petunia, and Iris (swatches pictured above). I don't know a ton about the formula but I can say that they have a smooth finish and they are pigmented. They are not overly glossy and they are relatively moisturizing. Another pro: they smell amazing; I don't know what it is but they have a sweet scent to them that I really like. I do not like the packaging though. Upon first swatch, I managed to mess up Iris, as the lipstick doesn't fully go back down into the tube and it is easy to smear the lipstick onto the top. Does that make sense? I hope so! Here are the shades I purchased:

Primrose (835)

By far, the easiest color to wear. This shade is a nude pink kind of color and is daytime appropriate. It has some brown undertones and may be a candidate for that 90's lip that everyone is currently obsessed with. Primrose will head immediately to my work purse for trips to the office. 

Petunia (820)

This might be my favorite shade that I picked up. It is a brighter pink color that is still wearable for me, as I am not incredibly bold with my lip color. I can see myself popping this color on during the fall and winter months to brighten up a look, without being too much of a statement. 

Iris (850)

This is a more bold, vampy shade. In terms of the color, it reminds me of Wet N Wild Sugar Plum Fairy or MAC Rebel. However, it is not as drying as either of those formulas. This is a shade that I believe will suit most skin tones and is the perfect fall lip color. 

Have you tried any of these lipsticks? What is your favorite shade?

Monday, October 20, 2014

Easy Halloween Skillet Oreo Brownies!

Warning: these brownies are slightly dangerous and not healthy (not even a little bit). Not only are they insanely delicious but they are also incredibly easy to make. This is the perfect treat for a last minute Halloween party or a night in. Joe and I made these and popped in a DVD on Saturday night. It was the perfect lazy date night treat. 

Brownie Mix (Ghiradelli Dark Chocolate is Joe's and my favorite)
Halloween Oreos (the non-Halloween version is acceptable when it's not October; I think mint would be delicious for the winter holidays!)
Any ingredients needed for your brownie mix (mine called for water, oil, and an egg)

1) Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F
2) Prepare brownie mix, based off directions on box 
3) Pour 1/3 of batter into a greased skillet
4) Place oreos on batter; space 1/2"-1" apart. We used 12 oreos
5) Cover oreos with remaining 2/3 of brownie batter
6) Bake for 30-35 minutes. We like our brownies ridiculously gooey but most people like their brownies a little firmer (aim for 35 minutes for firmer brownies)
7) Enjoy!

What is your favorite Halloween treat?

Thursday, October 16, 2014

The Power of Perfume & Favorite Fall Scent 2014

Scents seem to be one of the biggest triggers of memories for me. I associate eucalyptus with my grandpa's house and playing in the trees as a young child. Freshly baked chocolate chips cookies remind me of winter afternoons in the kitchen with my mother. When I smell a particular fragrance, I am instantly transported back to the time that I first wore it. Miss Dior Cherie brings me back to a trip to Norway when I was 18 years old. I had just graduated from high school and I was visiting my friend, Ingrid. I had met Ingrid when her father was in California for sabbatical for a year and brought his family, back when I was in the seventh grade. Ingrid and I stayed in touch and we are still friends today. This was my third trip to visit her after she had moved back. It was my first trip to Europe on my own and my first long flight all by myself. Upon entering Ingrid's bathroom, I discovered Miss Dior Cherie on her bathroom counter; it had been a gift from her mother from a trip to Paris. Throughout my stay in Oslo, I used Ingrid's perfume every single day. It represented independence and adventure. Upon starting college in September, I purchased my very own bottle of Miss Dior Cherie. It brought back those feelings I had during that three week long trip and served to also represent the independence I felt in college. 

Over this past summer, I sampled various perfumes; I was on the hunt for a fall fragrance. I came across this beaut (see photo above) and knew this was the one for me. Elizabeth and James Nirvana Black is a more sophisticated scent than I normally go for, as I gravitate towards the floral or sweet scents. It is described as "an addictive blend of alluring violet, sensual sandalwood, and rich vanilla that strike the perfect balance between masculine and feminine". I feel slightly daring when I wear this fragrance. If you happen to already own Elizabeth and James Nirvana White, it pairs incredibly well with Nirvana Black; just a tip, from me to you. As we fall into fall (haha, get it?), I hope to create memories that I can smile about when sniffing this perfume a year from now. 

What fragrance are you wearing this fall?

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Mascaras of the Moment

It is slightly embarrassing how many open tubes of mascara I have in my drawer at the moment. Whenever I buy a new mascara, I vow to leave it untouched until I have used up some of my current stash. However, I have a tendency to break that promise to myself soon after. The real problem is buying the mascara in the first place but every girl needs the latest and greatest mascara, right? 

Generally, I keep my favorite, prized mascaras near the front of my drawer, as I reach for them on almost a daily basis. These superstars are three mascaras that I highly recommend to you. 

L'Oreal Voluminous Miss Manga Mascara in Blackest Black: This mascara is hands down my favorite mascara to date. In the past, I have hated any mascara that gives me clumpy lashes but this is my one exception. This product gives you clumpy lashes, in the best way possible. I absolutely love the way the wand contorts and can reach those baby lashes on the end. I cannot get enough of this mascara and highly recommend you try it out. 

Tarte Lights, Camera, Flashes Statement Mascara: The wand of this mascara initially drew me in. I could tell that this mascara would do wonders for my lashes and I was not disappointed. This is the perfect everyday mascara, as it lengthens and separates lashes. The waterproof formulation allows my eyelashes to stay curled all day and the sleek packaging is just an added bonus.

Maybelline New York Volum'Express Pumped Up! Colossal Mascara (Waterproof): Maybelline is by far my favorite brand for mascara at the drugstore. They always seem to be upping their game and this mascara is no exception. I believe I first encountered this mascara over the summer. I was drawn in by the wand (yet again) and noticed remarkably long, full lashes as a result of using it. I am still a huge fan and use this mascara on a regular basis. I chose to purchase mine in the waterproof formula (those stubborn straight lashes). It does dry out rather quickly; I just wanted to give you a fair warning. Verdict: worth buying!

What is your favorite mascara at the moment?

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