An Update

       Apologies for the absence, my friends. As I'm deep into my senior year here at Wash U, I've suddenly become driven by the need to live out this year to the fullest due to my impending graduation. Bucket list items have been ticked off, involvement in student groups have increased, and more thought and energy than ever have been focused on THE FUTURE.
      Unlike my hardworking Business, Engineering, and even Pre-Med and Pre-Law friends, I am not in any sort of secure job position, and I certainly have no idea what the future holds. While I watch my friends receive offers from top consulting firms, businesses, and graduate schools, I can't help but feel left out. Of course, I know that I am but one of many who have yet to map out the future. And I do have some tentative plans: move home, get a job in fashion, eventually take the LSAT and go to law school. But the majority of the jobs I'm interested just don't recruit so early, so I'm left playing the waiting game, which is just as frustrating as it sounds.
      I don't want to make it seem like I'm miserable in my current position and blaming everyone else; on the contrary, I've always embraced the belief that everything will work itself out and I will end up in the place that is best for me. I take full responsibility for not choosing a more concrete or clear career path, but I know that I would never forgive myself if I didn't at least try to pursue fashion or fashion journalism. In the meantime, I'm trying to spend as much time as I can with friends, take classes that really interest me, and take advantage of everything my wonderful campus has to offer. This has meant, unfortunately, that this blog has suffered. I didn't want to be posting half-heartedly and delivering poor content because I'm just too distracted. If I couldn't churn out the kind of content that I would be happy with, at a consistent pace, then there was no point of churning anything out at all.
     I won't ask you to wait around for me, because I'm not so naive to entertain the notion that anyone is seriously hanging on to every word I say. Instead, keep exploring the many blogs out there and all they have to offer, and when the time comes and I am able to fully blog again, try to remember the good old days we had together. Until then, blog on, ladies and gents.

The Wishlist: August Edit

August is a tricky month- its still hot as hell, but your summer wardrobe is looking less and less desirable. All you want is to break out those fall boots and blazers and revel in the new collections! The key, then, is transition pieces- things you can seamlessly integrate into your wardrobe that will work now and then. Some light-wash skinnies, a classic striped top, and some stylish kicks are just a few of the pieces that I'm craving this month.

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The Room Makeover

After over 10 years of living in the same room and barely changing a thing, my mom and I decided that it was time for a change. Considering I was still sleeping in the same bed that I did as a child, I really wanted some grown up and modern. I have to give most of the credit for this makeover to my mom- her penchant for interior design was clear from the moment she suggested black and white as the color scheme, with yellow accents (so we could keep the drapes, the tiling in my bathroom, and a few other remnants of my childhood room).

My bed: Unfortunately I do not have proper "before" pictures, but you can see my tiny twin size bed frame and the childlike light wood w/ flower design.

The Hungover Skin Saviors

We've all had those nights; we have a bit too much fun partying and suffer the consequences the next day. Whether you pass out before you get a chance to take off your make-up, or you spend all night..ahem...praying to the porcelain god, those extra (and probably unnecessary) shots will show on your face the next morning.

I recently had a night like this (I won't go into too much detail) and woke up the next morning with puffy eyes, red blotchy patches all over my face, and some new breakouts. Yayyyyy. While I detoxed my body with a myriad of hangover cures (Gatorade and Made in Chelsea marathons seem to work for me), I spent quite some time trying to get my skin back in order.

Once I was able to peel myself off my bedroom floor and into a standing position (without falling over from dizziness), I whipped out my Clarisonic for a deep clean to get rid of all the make-up and nasties that clung to my skin overnight. Paired with my new fave cleanser (move over Effaclar!), the Nude Purify Cleansing Wash, my skin felt clean and clear once again. Sidenote: this cleanser by Nude is a great option for those with oily/combination skin that suffer from acne. It gives a deep cleanse without stripping the skin of natural oils and leaves it looking refreshed, balanced, and even toned.

After all the leftover make-up was gone, I slapped on this Fresh Umbrian Clay Mattifying Mask, which helps to detox the skin, reduce breakouts, and sooth irritations. A clay-based mask is a great once-a-week treatment or when your skin is in desperate need of a pick-me-up. 10 minutes later, I removed the mask and used the Dr. Dennis Gross All-Over Blemish Solution on my newly acquired spots, which not only helps clear them up, but reduces redness and inflammation. To take care of the puffiness around the eyes, this Origins Ginzing Eye Cream sample instantly woke me up with a shot of caffeine that minimized my dark circles.

For some extra nourishment to aid my battered skin, I used a sample of the Origins Make A Difference Treatment Lotion, which seemed to tame the red, blotchy patches and add some extra moisture. I finished up with my favorite combination- a few drops of the Boots Botanics Facial Oil mixed in with my Fresh Umbrian Clay Lotion. My skin drinks up the moisture from the facial oil while the Fresh moisturizer gently calms down my skin. To my surprise, in a few hours, my skin looked almost back to normal (minus the new breakouts, which I suspect will take a few days to subside). Once I was done, I got back into bed and let my body and skin recover.

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What To Wear In...West Hollywood

As I become more acquainted with the city in which I've lived my whole life (but have been an absentee resident as of late), I've become smitten with West Hollywood. Known for its old-school music venues on the Sunset Strip, WeHo is also a destination for excellent shopping (Melrose, anyone?), some of the coolest new restaurants in the city, and equally cool bars. 
West Hollywood

The potential WeHo outfits are endless, as there is so much to do and see! But since this is one of the best destinations for the coolest kids in the city, its a good place to flex your fashion muscle. Fun printed pants, colorful pieces, standout accessories, and a stylish pair of booties (that are easy to walk in) is ideal for going from the shops, to dinner, to a concert, to the bars!

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