March 31, 2015

My Birthday Recap

{Some birthday goodies}

{NY Strip Steak and cute birthday desserts at State Grill and Bar}

{Things I learned from my first trip to the Empire State Building: there is a lot more walking than I anticipated. Also, if the weather is even a bit cloudy, you will not be able to see anything...}

Another year older and (hopefully) another year wiser!

March 23, 2015

My Spring 2015 Capsule Wardrobe

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This is my first real attempt at trying a capsule wardrobe. I tried to do it for this past winter, but I started late and started with an almost clean palette which made it difficult to vary my outfits; I also didn't want to spend too much money for a season that was on its way out, so this spring I'll be building my warm weather wardrobe.

I first looked for inspiration and made lists of things I knew I would need, things that were trending, and things that I already had that worked for the next season. Above are some pics I took inspiration from. If you're looking to start a capsule wardrobe check out Un-Fancy and Into-Mind for worksheets and other great ideas.

I'm not going to be super strict with this guideline that I made for myself because I think it just stresses me out too much. I was vague in my descriptions of what I wanted so that I wouldn't buy something just because it matched my exact description of the piece of clothing. Before I go shopping, I look over the list or bring a copy of my list with me so that I don't buy anything too trendy or don't need.

If you've tried a capsule wardrobe, let me know about your experience! Would you try one?

March 6, 2015

DIY: Kissy Print

{Ampersand print || DIY Kisses Print || March Calendar}

There's a small white space above my desk that I wanted to spruce up, so I decided to hang some pretty prints! I found a few free downloads that I liked, but I decided to add my own personal touch by making one of my own.

{Revlon Colorburst Lipstick in Baby Pink || MAC lipstick in Girl About Town || Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Certainly Red}

I chose three lipsticks that were in the same color family, taped my cardstock paper at eye level on my wall, and kissed away! I tried to keep spacing even by using my finger to guide where to mark next. I didn't moisturize my lips beforehand because I was scared that it would get too wet or oily and I also liked the little lip lines that it created.

I'm definitely going to try to grow my little mini gallery wall and maybe do some more DIYs to fill it up! How do you decorate your walls?

March 1, 2015

Sunday Snippet

Sundays always seem to be super busy and slightly depressing since it marks the end of the weekend and the imminent start of another stressful week. For me, it also gives me a chance to reflect upon my week and begin my new week on a good foot. Sunday Snippets are going to replace my Weekly Rewinds and will include my favorite or notable things of my past week.
Happy Sunday and happy March!

February 27, 2015

February '15 Favorites

2015 is 1/6th over! And the start of March means the start of my birthday month! So far, my year has been going better than expected and I hope to continue this streak with organized goal progress tracking and a positive mindset. Here are some new and old things I loved in February!

If you haven't noticed from my Instagram (P.S. I got a new one so follow me!), I am obsessed with all things planner or stationery related. I downsized from my A5 Kikki K (that I still love!) and went for a clean and classic looking Filofax Black Domino in the personal size and I could not be happier. To go along with my new sleek planner, I purchased some beautiful coppery dividers from Amour For Your Planner on Etsy and absolutely love them. They are super sturdy and shiny and even came with a flyleaf with extra sticky notes and a matching wash card. And, of course, I cannot resist cute stationery...

As for beauty, I've been loving anything that keeps my skin (and hair) feeling clean and moisturized. I apply the Dove Pure Care Dry Oil after I wash my hair and it's great for keeping my locks smooth and shiny. I also got my hands on the Thayers Rose Petal Toner (which was on my beauty wishlist) which I apply with a cotton pad after I wash my face. It feels super nice and refreshing and the rose smell is pleasant and not overbearing. A new polish that I tried and loved was the Sally Hansen Insta-Dri in Lively Lilac. The brush is so easy to use because of its shape and it really does dry super quickly. It doesn't chip as quickly as other polishes do too! And at about five dollars per polish, I'm definitely planning on getting some more.

Hanging on Katy Perry (also a favorite...remember her Superbowl Halftime show?!) is my simple and delicate Valentine's Day present from my boyfriend. As much as I love a big statement necklace, I think simplicity creates a different but just as significant effect and this pretty rose gold bar necklace perfectly completes any look. Besides my planner/stationery addiction, I also love collecting pretty and cute mugs. This donut one from Target was about two dollars and was too perfect to leave behind!

I've also been working hard at being up-to-date for my readings for class as well as my goal to read 30 new books this year. I got a new pretty pink case for my Kindle which makes it a lot easier for me to take everywhere and whip out whenever I have a free moment. I'm still trying to finish This Side of Paradise, but I'm definitely open for some fun reading suggestions!

Please let me know if you have any comments/suggestions and let me know what your favorites were this month!