Tuesday, July 18, 2017


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


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.

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