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March 22, 2017

Life Lately

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Hello! Boy, do we have a lot of catching up to do. I’ve been a very, very bad blogger and I took a two-week hiatus.

I spent my very last spring break of undergrad with my best friends at a beach house in Delaware. It was chilly, but it was so. much. fun. It was so nice to take a step back from school and just relax and spend time with the people who will soon disperse across the country. We don’t know when we will all be together again after graduation!

Once I returned home to Philly I quickly repacked for a flight to Cincinnati the very next day. I drove up with my boyfriend and spent a weekend with my family in Indianapolis, which was so lovely. We spent the rest of the week at his parents’ house in Cincinnati preparing for his brother’s wedding on St. Patrick’s Day. There’s nothing better than a wedding, and this one was so special because Joe was the best man. We had so, so much fun, and it was so sad to make the long drive back to Philly to go back to class. (We skipped a whole week for the wedding!)

So here I am, back to the grind and back to the blog. I’ve really, really missed it! I can’t wait until this weekend when we’ll have a chance to shoot some outfits so that I can get some real content up for the first time in a while! Here’s a recap on what I’ve been loving for the past couple weeks. 

One // White Jeans

White jeans are the solution to the biggest problem of this time of year: it’s still freezing, but I’m in the mood to dress for spring! Since I bought these, I’ve worn them almost every day (miraculously, they’ve remained white. I should probably wash them soon…) They’re especially cute with anything navy, and I like to pair mine with ballet flats.

I have these jeans from Old Navy that come in short, long, and regular lengths. Pro tip: I bought a short so that they would be the perfect ankle length!! (I’m 5’6”) I love to pair them with ballet flats and anything navy, striped, or both.

Two // Supercat Liner

You may remember that in this post I said that I would never, ever stray from my beloved Kat Von D Tattoo Liner. For a couple years, it’s been the only liquid liner I have used, and I absolutely adore it. Nothing else can give you such a sharp, tiny wing.

The only problem is the price. I’m a college student with no income…and I’m spending $20 on eyeliner every three months when it dries out. That just started to seem a bit ridiculous to me. I also don’t like that the liner dries to a somewhat shiny, vinyl finish. I’d much prefer a super matte liner, but I had never found one that I loved. So I started doing some research and trying to find a drugstore liquid liner with consistently great reviews.

Guys, I could not find one! So many drugstore liners are not even black once you apply them, which is my biggest pet peeve with inexpensive liquid liners. Others just didn’t seem to have the staying power that I wanted. I browsed through CVS on a couple different occasions and I just didn’t see anything that I wanted to try. Why waste $8 on a drugstore liner that I’ll just end up throwing away when I know I could spend $20 and get a great one?

After a couple weeks, I was pretty desperate – a girl can’t be without her liquid liner! I was at Ulta just browsing around, and I stumbled upon the Soap & Glory shelf. I could write an entire post just on Soap & Glory skincare because it’s been my favorite for as long as I can remember and I have about 10,000 of their products. But I had never tried their makeup! I’ve heard consistently great things, so I decided to just pick up their Supercat liner and hope for the best. This is a brand that has never let me down, so I had high hopes.

Spoiler alert: I have a new favorite liquid liner. Sorry Kat Von D, I still adore you, but I just can’t justify your $20 price tag right now when the Supercat liner is $10! This liner is SO rich and black and MATTE. Like, super matte. Kat Von D can’t even imagine a liner so matte. The nib itself is unbelievably fast and easy to use. While the Kat Von D liner has a brush tip that allows for super precise application, the Supercat liner has a foam tip that is not at all flexible like most liners are. It literally looks exactly like the tip of a sharpie, and you can get your entire liner done so much faster! My only gripe is that I can’t get as precise of a tip on my wing as I could with the tiny brush on the Kat Von D liner, but I kind of like the thicker wing that I can achieve with the Supercat, so I’m not too upset about it. Once again, Soap & Glory has proven that they can do no wrong.

Three // Up and Vanished

I was searching for a new podcast to listen to on the long car ride from Cincinnati to Philly, and I discovered this in the top charts. I’m surprised that I haven’t heard of it before because typically I’ll see popular podcasts mentioned by bloggers that I follow or hear about them through friends before I discover them for myself. This one is so great if you loved Serial!

The podcast is a deep dive into a 10-year-old cold case about a woman who went missing in a small Georgia town. At first, the case seems pretty simple, but tons of odd things end up coming into play and it’s just really interesting to hear the host navigate all of the information. Joe and I were both enthralled for the whole 9-hour car ride. I’m still not completely caught up, but I can’t wait until I get a chance to finish the last few episodes so that I can listen as they’re released.

Four // Neck Scarves

Silk neck scarves and bandanas are so on trend right now, and I’m really, really into them. They’re such a fun little accessory to play with, and they’ve completely replaced statement necklaces in my wardrobe. I think I’m going to love them even more as the weather gets warmer. I need to get my hands on some fun little brightly colored bandanas to add to my collection!

Five // Cocoa Brown

I discovered this self-tanner through my aunt, who is actually friends with Marissa Carter, the founder of the company. Marissa has become somewhat of a celebrity in Ireland, and I can totally see why. She’s such an inspirational businesswoman, and her products are so good. The story is that she discovered this fantastic self-tanner formula and decided to make it affordable rather than high-end, and it’s been an unbelievably big hit in Ireland.

It’s genuinely the best self-tanner I have ever used, and I always stock up when I’m in Ireland so that I don’t run out before my next trip. You can get it online in the U.S. but it’s a lot more expensive. When I use a mit I literally never get streaks from it, and it gets nice and dark on the first application. The only annoying thing is that you can’t use this overnight because the guide color runs off and gets allll over the place. The good news is that it only takes two hours to develop and then you can just rinse it off, so it’s not really that much of a hassle that you can’t leave it on all night. Plus, if it does get on your sheets it washes out really easily, so it’s not too big of a deal. Now that it’s getting a bit warmer out (well, some days) this is an essential.

 

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