Happy New Year to you all! Although we are literally only 2 days into the new year, I already feel like 2014 is going to be amazing! I am really excited to see what this year has in store.
Here are a few things I hope to do better this year.
Take chances – It’s so hard to get out of your comfort zone and do something different from your normal day to day routine, but taking a chance and doing something crazy can prove to have amazing results. You will probably have a blast doing it and even if you don’t, you will learn something new about yourself.
Get healthy – I will be the first to say, I LOVE food! Like, seriously. I always say I don’t eat to live, I live to eat. And unfortunately the healthy stuff doesn’t really tickle my fancy (I live for Umami Burger, Philz Coffee, and Nestle Chocolate Chip Cookies). But the earlier you start thinking about your health, the better. As a former track and field athlete, I know how diet and exercise can easily help improve your body and your mood. Little things like drinking more water, cutting out the 2am trips to McDonalds, and working out a couple times a week can easily get you on track to a healthy lifestyle.
Baby Steps, Baby Steps.
Travel – The older I get, the more my travel bug starts to itch. I want to go everywhere! Whether it’s discovering new cities in the US or traveling abroad, I cannot wait to see all that this world has to offer. Even if its just discovering new restaurants in your hometown or a new place to take photos or a new thrift shop to frequent, that feeling of a novel discovery can make your day, or even your entire year.
Make plans/goals & follow through with them – I’m all for a spontaneous adventure, but making plans and writing out goals gives our minds a blueprint that we can use to guide ourselves toward the right direction. The thought process alone helps you brainstorm what you want to accomplish. It can be for tomorrow or for 5 years from now. Simply taking that first step to write it down starts the process.
Carpe Diem – Seize the Day! We only have one life to live so we MUST make the most of it. Do not wait for anyone else to do what you wanna do. Like Nike, just do it! And have faith. Having faith in yourself and having faith in God can help you move mountains.
Necklace- Melody Ehsani; Cropped Sweater- Forever 21 (Similar here & here); Body Con Skirt- Forever 21; Sandals- Zara (Similar here); Coat- Forever 21
First Sunset of the Year- lets get into it!
Just a few things I’m vibin with this month.
1. This month’s issue of Glamour. Not only is Glamour one of my fave magazines but my babe is on the cover!
2. L’oreal’s Extra Intense Liquid Pencil Eyeliner in Carbon Black: My favorite eyeliner of all time, no pot or liquid liner that I’ve tried can beat it. (mentioned previously here )
3. Benefit’s They’re Real! mascara- I am absolutely obsesssed with this mascara. My only qualm is that I wish it came in darker kohl color. Otherwise love!
4. Elf Small Stipple Brush– I have been wanting to try a stipple brush and this was the perfect starter..and super cheap! It was only like $3!
5. COVERGIRL Queen Collection Natural Hue Compact Foundation in True Ebony. I actually use this as a blush on its own, a base for my powder blushes annnnnnd as a tool to contour my face. Its a little darker than my skin tone and is the perfect tool to use when I want to create a sharper, more drastic contour.
INGLOT Pure Pigment Eye Shadow – If you are looking for eye shadows, I would def recommend Inglot. Their eye shadows are super pigmented, a great price, and come in almost every color. I really love this shimmery color…looks great on a night out.
Last but not least…7. Riri Hearts MAC: Talk that Talk matte lipstick- Now I’ve said it before and now I will say it again, I looveee a matte lip and this color is perfect for fall. Love it!
First let me start off by saying that I apologize for the lack of posts lately..my camera has been under the weather =/. But, I’ve got a new one on the way..so expect some new posts next week. In the meantime, I thought I would write a little fashion- inspo post about….my love and adoration for minimalism in fashion.
According to wikipedia….Minimalism describes movements in various forms of art and design, especially visual art and music, wherein artists intend to expose the essence or identity of a subject through eliminating all non-essential forms, features or concepts. Minimalism is any design or style wherein the simplest and fewest elements are used to create the maximum effect.
For me, minimalism is the art of creating a bold & daring look while in the same breath looking absolutely effortless. Minimalistic looks manage to exude nuances of being a bad ass while still feeling like a breath of fresh air. All in all, I absolutely swoon at the thought of it.
There are a few fashion blogger that can pull of this look really well but two of my faves (whom I’ve probably mentioned before) are
Dont they just look so clean?! Here are some more minimalistic images that I hope inspire you. I feel like my aesthetic is definitely headed in this direction.
From the moment I tried on MAC’s Ruby Woo red lipstick, I immediately knew matte lipstick was it for me. The texture and look of a matte lip just makes the color pop and look absolutely perfect on my skin. I have become seriously obsessed with all things matte since then…lips, nails, even cars.
(Once you go matte, you never go back.)
This is why I was literally ecstatic to learn that MAC would be coming out with an entire collection of matte lipsticks of the fall!
Each lipstick will be accompanied with a Pro- Longwear Lip Pencil. The lipsticks will be available online week of Sept 3rd and in-stores Sept 12th.
Lipstick Colors ($15):
Steady Going Light pink matte
Runway Hit Light nude matte
Relentlessly Red Bright pinkish coral matte (New, Permanent)
All Fired Up Bright fuchsia matte (New, Permanent)
Flat Out Fabulous Bright plum matte (New, Permanent)
Ruby Woo Very matte vivid blue red (Repromote, Permanent)
Fixed on Drama Rich wine matte
Lip Pencil Colors ($19.50):
In Anticipation soft yellow pink
Staunchly Stylish pink beige
Shock Value bright pink cream
Dynamo bright peony
High Energy bright orange red cream
Trust in Red bright cool red cream
More To Love intense bluish pink
Fashion Boost bright purple cream
I cant wait to try these out, especially Flat Out Fabulous, All Fired Up, and Fixed on Drama!