Life Lately: 2016

Let’s be honest – 2016 was rough. It was full of ups-and-downs and I can’t wait to throw on something sparkly and kiss this year goodbye on New Year’s Eve.

Although 2016 wasn’t the best, I thought I would take a moment to look back on some of the positive things that happened in my life. Read on to see some of my favorite moments from the year we all can’t wait to forget.

What was your favorite part of 2016?










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Life Lately

Happy Monday everyone!

Things have been so crazy busy and I haven’t had much time to myself lately. I did manage to sneak out of town last weekend and enjoy some Saint Patrick’s Day festivities. We spent Saturday exploring and then treated ourselves to brunch and the beach on Sunday! Below are a few of my favorite photos from the trip:












What I’m Loving: Mirrored Sunnies

There are few things I love more than cozying up under the covers on a chilly winter day. Lately though, I’ve been dreaming of the warm days of summer. One of my favorite summer accessories has to be sunglasses, and I can’t stop thinking about the mirrored ones I’ve seen posted all over the blogosphere.

Here are a few pairs I’m loving at the moment:


You can’t go wrong with a  pair of classic Ray-Ban aviators

48939560389_a1zmThese Wet Seal shades are a super affordable way to try out the trend


How fun are these bold Le Specs sunnies??


These Wildfox Couture sunglasses are just begging to be worn poolside


To Mom, on your birthday…

Some little girls grow up watching their mothers carefully apply their makeup in the mirror and meticulously choose the perfect pair of shoes to go with that day’s outfit. I grew up watching my mother gut fish from whatever exotic locale we happened to be living in.

Needless to say, my mother did not spend an extraordinary amount of time on her appearance when I was younger. As a research scientist, she spent her days in a laboratory surrounded by dangerous chemicals that would ruin any kind of clothing. Therefore, her everyday wardrobe consisted of old t-shirts, faded jeans, and sneakers. She was not exactly a fountain of knowledge when it came time for me to begin to think about my appearance.

She helped me with the basics: a touch of lipstick for a special occasion, concealer to cover the inevitable blemish that popped up the night before school pictures. But mascara? Lip gloss? Bronzer? That was a no fly zone and I was left to fend for myself.

So I did. I read any and every fashion and beauty magazine I could get my hands on from the age of eleven. I was fascinated by eye shadow, mascara, and anything that sparkled. You probably could have guessed that if you’ve been following this blog.

After finally being allowed to wear makeup to school in the seventh grade, I joyfully spent my time scoping out the latest products at the drugstore. I was particularly fond of blue eye shadow and pink lipstick, and happily forked over my hard-earned babysitting money for it.

As I matured and slowly began figuring out what worked for me (less is more and you don’t necessarily need to match your eye shadow to your shirt), my mother began to also figure out what worked for her. We’d go on shopping trips together and as I taught her the basics of style, she taught me many things as well.

I believe one of the greatest things my mother has taught me is the idea that no one person is better than another. Growing up in so many culturally different places with such open-minded parents has definitely allowed me to view the world as non-judgmentally as possible.

Like most relationships, ours has gone through difficult times, but through it all I know I can always count on my mom to be there when I really need her. I hope she knows the feeling is mutual and that I feel so lucky to be her daughter!


5 Beauty Favorites (On a Budget!)

Like many people these days, I’m trying really hard to cut back and save my money. However when it comes to beauty products, that’s easier said than done. I’ve grown skeptical of many drugstore brands but lately I’ve tried to remain open-minded and save instead of splurging on high-end products. With that theme in mind, I’ve created a list of five of my beauty favorites for those of us on a budget. Read on and save! (And if you’d like to see this in video form, click here!)

3001. Suave Professionals Keratin Infusion Dry Shampoo – This stuff is really my new best friend! It has come in handy a few times recently when I’ve been in a rush to get out the door looking halfway decent. It also doubles as a volumizer for those of us not blessed with full, thick locks.

2. Suave Kids Detangling Spray in Double Dutch Apple – After growing tired of struggling to brush my long, fine hair, I went searching for a detangler. This was the only one I managed to find and I’m so glad I did! A few sprays on my tangly hair and it’s manageable and silky.

3. mark. Just Pinched Instant Blush Tint – While not technically found in the drugstore, this cream blush is still a great deal! I rediscovered these in my makeup drawer recently and have been combining two of the colors (Cheeky and Peachy) to make a custom, peachy-pink blush.


4. NYC In A New York Color Minute Quick Dry Nail Polish in Water Street Blue – I’m all about saving money on trendy, fun nail polish colors. This is the perfect aqua blue that looks great with a summer tan and will definitely have you wishing you were laying on a sandy beach.

5. Wet ‘n’ Wild Color Icon Bronzer in Ticket to Brazil– I picked up this bronzer because I didn’t feel like shelling out the cash for another NARS Laguna bronzer. I love that it has SPF 15 in it and it’s so cheap you can just it as an all-over body bronzer without feeling like you’re wasting money.


Hopefully this list inspired you to check out the beauty aisle the next time you’re at the drugstore. What do you do to save money on beauty items? Tell me in the comments section!