Wednesday, October 1, 2014

September Favorites

Today is the first day of October, one of my favorite months of the year. But before we take on this new month, I'd like to do a September favorites post! It's been ages since my last monthly favorites post because there has just never seemed to be room for it in the schedule, but that's changing today!
My September beauty favorite is Maybelline's Great Lash clear mascara. I've had this for a while but never really used it, but as I've recently been trying more natural makeup looks to match my more casual style, and this has kept my lashes looking long and full without the drama of regular black mascara. The formula is long lasting, and it's very light on your lashes. 
Next on my favorites list this month is my favorite haircare product. This month I've been using Organix's Brazilian keratin therapy shampoo and conditioner, and I absolutely love them. The shampoo is really light and smells fantastic, and the conditioner leaves my hair feeling silky and nourished. This has been my go-to shampoo and conditioner all month!
Next up I have my favorite accessory of September. This is a wristlet I got from Charlotte Russe earlier this month when I couldn't find my other wristlet, and I'm glad I did! It has several pockets for easy access to gift cards, coupons, and credit cards, and it has roomy compartments for things like cash and, of course, a spare lip gloss!

Next up is my favorite read of the month! I know I'm a bit late reading this, but it's the prequel to the Divergent series, Four, by Veronica Roth. I was absolutely obsessed with the Divergent series when it came out, and I was so happy to see this sitting on the shelf at Sam's! I started reading it on the ride home and couldn't put it down until I'd finished it two hours later. Yep, that was how I spent my Sunday! Even though you know a lot of Tobias' backstory by reading the Divergent series, this shed a new light on him that made a very interesting read. I also liked the added scenes in the back of the book that showed scenes from Divergent in his perspective.
Lastly for today's favorites list is my music favorites! My favorite music this month has been Gerard Way's new album, Hesitant Alien. Gerard Way was the lead singer of one of my favorite bands, My Chemical Romance, until their breakup in 2013. Now he's back with another fantastic album that I have been listening to nonstop! I'll be posting a full review of this album on in the near future, so watch out for that!
That's it for my September favorites! I've used some fantastic products this month, and I'm so excited for October! If you've tried any of these products or have any product recommendations that you think I should try this month, drop a comment below!

For those of you who don't know yet, I've recently been selected as a blogger for The Glitter Diaries, a lifestyle blog that discusses fitness, style, books, and much more! I've been writing mainly book reviews for them so far, but soon I intend to post on other categories as well, such as music and style! 

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Getting Ready For Fall With Chelsea!

Hey guys! It feels like forever since I've done a colab post with one of my fellow bloggers, so today Chelsea from Chowing Down At The Bay and I are going to give you some pointers for transitioning from your carefree summer clothes to your warm, winter wardrobe! I'm going to hand over the floor to Chelsea and so she can give you her inspiring ideas for your fall look!

Fall Transitions & Trends

By Chelsea Marrs 

If there's one thing I know about dressing for seasons, it's that you have to be prepared for anything. Though it's technically fall in Boston now, this weekend's temperatures were up to 80 degrees Fahrenheit!  

I had to think ahead to dress for the weather while still showing off some of the cute fall trends that are big this year. I made sure my outfit was centered around my newest favorite plaid skirt and black booties! 
Top & Skirt: H&M 
Purse: Target 
Wooden Wayfarers: San Franpsycho 

I'm absolutely obsessed with the bright red that shone from the skirt. It had navy and black in it as well, so it can easily be worn with different colors. Today I paired it with a fun black ruffle top and black felt booties. 
Had it been cooler, I would have made sure to wear some dark grey stockings with this outfit to protect my legs. In the sun, they're not needed and the outfit still worked perfectly! 
I love the bronze button detail on these boots. They're pretty comfortable too! 
Look what I found! Yes, I'm drinking out of a coconut in my fall outfit!  

Boston and New England weather is known for it's schizophrenic nature - cold one day, summer temps the next. So you really have to be on your toes, checking the weather every morning and dressing accordingly. Luckily, it's not too difficult to stay cool while keeping your fall style! How do you rock this season's fall trends? 

To see out my post on summer-to-fall transitions, check out the post on Chelsea's blog here!

Friday, September 26, 2014

Down The Rabbit Hole With 23 Jewellery

Hey guys! Anyone who has ever read my blog knows that I have a love for unique, one-of-a-kind jewelry. Style says a lot about a person, and I like to embrace that by wearing pieces that can't be found just anywhere. When 23 Jewellery offered to let me review one of their custom morse code bracelet, I seized the opportunity to give you all a look into this interesting new style. 

Most of you haven't been introduced to my obsession with Alice In Wonderland yet. I'm absolutely crazy about it because it has a concept that I find so fascinating. Since I could choose three words to have encrypted, I chose the words "I'm in Wonderland" on 23 Jewellery's Premium Woven Bracelet.

This is my favorite style of jewelry: simple and elegant. It adds a certain element to your look without being too bold. I also adore customized jewelry because besides being fashionable, it means something to you personally.

You can check out 23 Jewellery at their site here, and be sure to follow them on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook for information on new products and exclusive promotions!

One of my hobbies outside blogging is drawing. I've taken some classes over the past year, and I've improved so much. When I came up with the encryption for this bracelet, it inspired me to do a series of Alice-themed drawings, a few of which are included below. I got a bit carried away and drew several of these, so if you'd like to see the rest of them, check out my DeviantArt profile here! It also has a few of my other drawings, and I update it ever so often with new random little sketches!

Remember, all of my sponsored posts are in no way influenced by the featured brand. All of my opinions are my own.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Individuality In Fashion, Music, and Life

Today I'd like to address a point that is hurting not only the fashion industry, but the lives of people every day. I have a close friend that I've been friends with for years, but it struck me the other day how little I really knew her. People these days have started losing more and more of their individuality, and it made me realize how you can be such good friends with someone and not know who they really are because they're a reflection of everyone that they come in contact with. 

"It is better to fail in originality than succeed in imitation"
- Herman Melville

I'd like to begin with discussing when people start changing their personal style to "fit in". You know these people. They want to borrow your clothing CONSTANTLY, just happen to dye their hair the same color as yours the week after you get yours done, start shopping the same places you do, go out and buy all of your clothes, and basically just take over your style. It's not just that these people are taking fitting in way too far, it's that they lose their own sense of style along the way. 

"They can imitate your style, but they can't imitate your creativity"
Tonya Seclay

Fashion isn't the only area of our lives that can be imitated by others. I remember an instance last year when I wore a Def Leppard shirt to school, and a friend (we'll call her Jane) asked who they were. Jane had no idea who the band was. The next week, she wanted to borrow the shirt and claimed that she'd known who they were all along and had been faking her nescience. A week later, she's wanting to borrow all of my other band merchandise from bands like All Time Low, Pierce The Veil, and other bands that she called "weird" just a short time ago.  

"I know imitation is the highest form of flattery, but stealing one's identity is totally different"
-AnnaLynne McCord

Jane will alter her music tastes depending on who she's with. When she's with one of my other friends, Morgan, she'll be obsessed with Fall Out Boy. When she's with me and my friend Raven, she's in love with Escape The Fate, and when she's with my friend Breanna, she listens to Avril Lavigne. None of us know what Jane is really like because she changes everything about herself depending on who she's hanging out with, and this doesn't end with clothing and music. I could add what she reads, her personality, her opinions on things, movies, and basically anything you can think of. If someone came up to me one day and asked me to describe her, I couldn't because the only side of her I know is the one that changes for everyone else. Jane could be a fantastic person, but I'll never know because I'll never see that person.

"I've been imitated so well, I've seen people copy my mistakes"
Jimi Hendrix

How can the world of fashion, music, or any of the creative arts evolve if everyone just copied one another? No new ideas would come around, and we'd be stuck in a never-ending cycle of the same things forever. Is that what we want for our lives? I want to courage each and every one of you to stop looking to what others do when making decisions. If you love a dress, don't send a picture to a friend for approval. Buy it! If you love different music, play it as loud as you can! Be your own person, and don't be afraid to let yourself show.

"No man was ever great by imitation"
-Samuel Johnson

Do you know anyone that takes imitation too far? Tell me your story in the comments below!

Monday, September 22, 2014

Tie Dyed Cupcakes Recipe

Hey guys! There's been a trend going around that's caught several eyes, and it's the tie dyed food trend. I've seen everything tie dyed recently from popsicles to birthday cakes, so when me and my little cousin Landry needed something to do on Friday night, we decided to take a crack at it. This is a fantastic recipe to make with kids who love baking. Me and Landry had such a fun time making these!

Yep, that's how a pan looks when you leave a seven year-old in charge of pouring the batter. It gets pretty messy.

  1. To make these scrumptious cupcakes, begin with a white or yellow cake mix. Make the batter as usual.
  2. Once your batter is mixed, separate it into three equal portions (if you're using more than three colors, then you'll want to have that many groups of batter). It doesn't have to be exact, but I ended up with about 1 1/4 cup of batter per section.
  3. Start adding your food coloring. My colors were pink (made with 14 drops of red), yellow (made with 5 drops of yellow), and orange (made with 7 drops of yellow and 2 drops of red).
  4. Once your batter and food colorings are mixed completely, start layering them into the cupcake wrappers. I did mine by putting one layer of one color, one layer of another color, and so on until the muffin cup was about 3/4 of the way full.
  5. Cook your cupcakes! I baked both of my pans separately on 325 degrees Fahrenheit for 20 minutes each. I hate my cupcakes overdone, so this is a perfect cook time for them to be just done.

Let them cool, and you're finished! 
We really liked the funky look of the cupcakes, so we decided not to frost them. These are so easy to do, and Landry could do it all with ease. She barely even needed me there to help! She absolutely loved the cupcakes, and we had some kids over the next day that adored the fun look of these desserts! They're great for family get-togethers where there will be several children around (and adults!).

That's it for this recipe! I'll be doing some more recipes in the near future, so keep an eye out! If you have any requests that you'd like to see me make (or at least attempt to!), drop a comment below. See ya!

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Never Take It Off

Hey guys! As some of you know, I'm really crazy about music. In fact, most of the things I wear are band-related, but most of it doesn't make it on to the blog. One of my favorite bands is Black Veil Brides, and while stalking their lead singer Andy Biersack's Twitter page (don't tell me you've never done that), I came across a link to his jewelry collection over at Never take it off hosts jewelry collections for popular artists. NTIO decided to send me two pieces from Andy's collection to review for you, so let's get started!

The name Never Take It Off comes from their bracelets. They have a large collection of tie-on bracelets that once put on should stay on until it falls off. There are three rules of NTIO's bracelets: 

  1. Before tying it on, you must pick a vow or write one for yourself.
  2. Then close your eyes and say it out loud or in your head.
  3. Cross your heart, tie the knots, and Never Take It Off.

I was sent the Sanctus II bracelet from Andy's line, and I love that the small design that isn't extremely noticeable, which is desirable when it'll be on constantly. It has a subtle elegance that I love, and once it falls off, Never Take It Off supplies threads to replace the broken one here. I feel like the piece really captures the essence of Andy and what his style represents.

I chose one of the traditional Never Take It Off oaths and one of the Andy Biersack oaths for my bracelet.
The traditional Never Take It Off vow is:
"I can be a trendsetter instead of following the crowd of zombies."
The Andy Biersack vow is:
"Proud to be different
Strange with a soul
I will be passionate
I can achieve my dreams
I wear black to protect my heart
I found love in chaos"

This item is the Stigmata necklace, also from Andy's collection. It has a black lace chain with a crown of thorns ring attached. You can wear this as a necklace with the ring on the lace chain, or you can wear the crown alone as a ring. It's a very elegant piece that goes with a wide variety of outfits, and it's something a lot of people can relate to. As you can see in the photo below, this piece was inspired by Andy's tattoo of an Indian wearing this crown.

That's it for this post! I absolutely love the unique sense of style the pieces portray, and they have some many more fantastic pieces! Check out NTIO on Twitter, Facebook, Deviantart, Instagram, and YouTube for special offers and new products! Their other artists and lines are for Warped Tour, Juliet Simms, Taylor Jardine, Spencer Chamberlain, Jess Bowen, Danny WorsnopSierra Kay, Charities, Love, Mystic, and NTIO Classics.

Although this is a sponsored post, this review is in no way influenced by Never Take It Off. All of my opinions are my own.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Throwback Thursday to the 90's!

Hey guys! It's homecoming week at my school, and today's theme was Throwback Thursday. I wanted to pick a decade that was really unique but still chic for the present-day. I decided to go for a 90's look that captured the grunge of a 90's teenager while mixing it with today's fashions.

I started this look with a graphic tank. This came from Forever 21, and I love the old-school vibe and, of course, the fact that it has the Avengers! Tanks were huge in the 90's, especially ones with fun graphics, so I felt like this was a good way to start the look.
Next, I layered the tank with an army-green jacket from Wet Seal. This is one of my favorite jackets because I love the color and laid-back style it adds to any outfit. You saw a lot of army-style jackets in the 90's, so I took that color and mixed it with a modern-style jacket to put my own twist on the look.

One of my favorite parts to this look are my Top Moda combat boots that I ordered from Amazon. I've been looking for an excuse to break out these shoes for ages, but the summer weather just hasn't given me an opportunity until now! Combat boots are one of the best parts of 90's fashion, and they're really trending right now, too! To complete the look, I added some light-wash skinny jeans from Wet Seal. I usually wear darker jeans, but I'm really liking this look, so I'd like to start incorporating them into my daily outfits more often!

That's it for my Throwback Thursday! I really like this outfit for any day, and now that I've done some research on 90's fashion, I'm thinking I might like to try out some more ideas I've found! 

I'd like to end this post with a question for you: What's your favorite style decade? Are you digging trends from the 70's or 80's, or do you prefer to keep your style in 2014? Drop a comment below telling me how you're rocking styles from any decade!