Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Summer


perfume: Callio Fragrance c/o

My loyalty to Callio Fragrance is unwavering. I still dabble here and there, collecting fragrances for my growing personal perfume vault, but I always come back to my tried and true scents. Of course you guys know how much I die for Adele. I've waxed poetic about the luxurious aroma of blackberry and rose in Adele here and here and I guarantee I'm going to do it again this winter, but today I'm going to fawn over Summer. I can't quite put my finger on why I love it, but it reminds me of something from my childhood. A generic concept or recurring experience of some sort; not quite a specific memory or event.

Maybe the summer camp I attended smelled like the exact combination of peaches and freesia found in Summer. Or possibly the back room of my dad's office, where I would hangout after school throughout elementary school, felt identical to the way Summer smells. I don't know what it is, but every time I spritz myself it just feels so familiar. It could even be that Summer in and of itself is the scent of old memories. I bet anyone could smell it and feel like they're reliving some kind of childhood bliss. Or maybe it's just all in my head. But do I really need an explicit reason to love a perfume? At the end of the day it's all about how great I'm going to smell tomorrow when I'm getting coffee with my friend leaving a faint trail of Summer behind me.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Beauty Brand Wishlist Vol. 2

byredo, gypsy water, charlotte tilburry, saturday skin, glossier, tata harper, natural beauty, topshelfe, top shelfie, ITGTopShelfie

One of the best things about having a blog is going back and reading the (sometimes cringe-worthy) things I've written in the past. I wrote my beauty brand wishlist two years ago when I was first learning about beauty as content creator, not just as a consumer. Now looking back, it's comforting to see that not only have I tried 3 out of the 4 brands, but one of those brands was Glossier and you guys all know how that turned out (aka I might as well have my paychecks written out to Glossier, inc. at this point).

For the second volume of my beauty brand wishlist, I somehow managed to narrow it down to Byredo, Tata Harper, Saturday Skin, and Charlotte Tilbury. Just like every other "influencer" I'm currently on the skincare bandwagon. My dream #topshelfie sports rows of green bottles covered in bright yellow lettering. The luxury of high-end skincare that is authentically natural is summed up in the Tata Harper brand. As for Saturday Skin, I'm not going to say that it isn't giving me Glossier vibes, but there is something just a little bit more luxurious and science-y about Saturday Skin's approach to skincare. which makes me want to see what the hype is all about.

Byredo, on the other hand, is not quite the millennial mainstay. I've seen Byredo prominently placed on the vanities of several bloggers and Instagram girls, but i find it hard to believe that a $230 bottle of perfume is targeted at my fellow millennials. Nonetheless, I want a piece of the luxury and not to mention that insane cult following Gypsy Water (one of Byredo's signature fragrances) has. Charlotte Tilbury speaks for itself. Despite the shift towards skincare, everyone has been raving about Charlotte Tilbury makeup. Once I found out that Charlotte Tilbury herself was a famed makeup artist and has such a passion for the artisty of makeup I decided that shelling out a few extra bucks for a CT bronzer would be worth it... one day.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

11:11


candle: Sunday Forever in 11:11

I once believed that Diptyque's Feu de Bois was the end all be all of candles for me. My candle naivety has since ended because I've spent the last 4 months searching for a signature home scent. 11:11 is my second post-Feu de Bois candle (after Gardener by Boy Smells) and first ever Sunday Forever purchase.  Within a week of discovering Sunday Forever, I became obsessed with getting my hands on this perpetually sold out candle.

Once I finally got it, I was more than a bit shocked. I was shamefully unaware of what "fig and wishes" would smell like and ,though incredibly beautifully scented, it feels oh so sweater weather-y. The coziness of 11:11 by no means is what I was expecting to accompany my bathing suit clad summer days ,yet I still burn it day after day. The warmth of fig can be comforting when I long to be back in Nashville with friends. It also reminds me of simpler times -- when each morning was about getting to class on time and each afternoon was about Netflix and homework.

Despite 11:11 not being the signature home fragrance I've been searching for, I can't wait to burn this during the weeks leading up to Thanksgiving. Feu de Bois still holds its number one ranking while Gardener sits steadily in second and 11:11 comes in third as a classic autumn burner. Next on my list is Kitten (which I have such high hopes for) and Ghost Rose, both by Catbird. With any luck, Kitten will become my go-to scent and I'll forever have it burning on my bedside while also wearing the complementary solid perfume.

Friday, July 7, 2017

GRWM // July 2017


First // Either double or triple cleanse with Pearlescence Micellar Water, Glossier Milky Jelly, and Shiseido Creamy Cleansing Emulsion.

Second // Layer Pixi Glow Tonic and Glossier Super Bounce a few times. Wait five minutes for it to soak into my skin. Possibly followed by a sheet mask. 

Third // Sunscreen and facial oil are mixed together and layered, just like with serums and toner. Shisedo Urban Environment Oil-Free UV Protector and decanted rose + peony face oil.

Fourth // After letting my sunscreen and facial oil settle, Glossier Haloscope in Topaz practically all over my face layered with Nars Soft Matte Concealer to cover tons of scarring.

Fifth // Boy Brow in Black, Maybelline Great Lash Mascara, and Rose Balm Dotcom. Always.

Sixth // Finding Ferdinand Lipstick in A Glamorous Revelation or Kim K. If not, Julianne Hough's "Perfect Nude" for L'Oreal.


Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Summer Essentials ft. The Chic Machine

4 Summer Pieces to Spice Up Your Wardrobe


Sometimes I forget that I am about to be a junior in college which means I’m expected to make adult decisions and do adult things… and every now and then act like an adult and wear a put together outfit. Most of the time, what I’m wearing falls between just-rolled-out-of-bed, classic, college grunge or completely (but unashamedly) overdressed. Nonetheless, there are still a few pieces I always have in rotation that my wardrobe couldn’t exist without. But instead of just throwing together a Buzzfeed-esque article with random Pinterest pictures and obvious choices (everyone in college wears athletic shorts, we know *rolls eyes*) I’ve collaborated with Dymond from The Chic Machine to create a lookbook with every “must-have” piece. I can’t remember how I happened upon Dymond’s blog over a year ago, but ever since then she’s embodied #BlackGirlMagic so much that I’m a little jealous I wasn’t as cool as she is when I was a senior in high school. You can check out her blog for all the looks that go with my picks below here.
1. A Striped T-Shirt
I hate using the term “must have” because I really don’t think there’s anything that every girl or woman must own. But in college, a black and white striped t-shirt is the sartorial equivalent of killing two birds with one stone because it’s casual enough to be a cool jeans and a t-shirt look for summer, a la Kendall Jenner. But it’s also nice enough that you can wear it under a blazer and look completely professional.
2. A Nice Sweatshirt
I know this may seem ridiculous at first. However, while in college you’re probably going to get a lot of free university t-shirts and hoodies with your school’s mascot on it, and sometimes that’s just not the look you’re going for. Having a cute sweatshirt (think Glossier not Gucci) automatically transforms your study outfit into effortlessly chic athleisure.
3. Denim Shorts You Love
Unless you’re going to school in an area that doesn’t get hotter than 65 degrees throughout the entire year, finding a pair of shorts you love should be on your summer to do list. With the amount of walking you’ll be doing on campus in the August and September heat (on the first day of fall last year it was in the mid-80’s in Nashville) you’re going to want to your favorite summer shorts for your mid-afternoon classes so do yourself a favor and find a pair of go-to denim shorts.
4. A Cute Hat
I’m a little biased because I love wearing hats, but bad hair days do happen. So does waking up 5 minutes before you have to get to class. And “I’m just not feeling it” days where you couldn’t be bothered to plug in a flat iron or pick up a brush. Of course baseball caps (or dad hats, if you’re into trendy rebranding…) are the typically hats of choice, but feel free to pick the style that suites you best. I’m particularly partial to beanies, even during the summer.
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