Tuesday, December 10, 2013

My Everyday Make Up Essentials

On a normal day, I'm rushing around in the morning attempting to get ready for school or go run errands, which means I have my make up routine pretty much set in stone. I like to mix drugstore products with higher end products for my everyday make up routine.
Getting Ready with Me

I've mentioned before that my skin is dry and sensitive, so I have a hard time finding moisturizers that don't break me out or result in a nasty rash. Currently, I'm using the Ultra Repair Face Moisturizer by First Aid for my morning moisturizer. I'm also a fan of the Aveeno Positively Radiant,  but it is not as moisturizing as this one. I also like using the Origins Ginzing for under my eyes! It makes my eyes really pop and look awake.
On a normal day, I don't use foundation because it feels too heavy on my skin. For a spot concealer, I like to use Benefit's Erase Paste and for an under eye concealer I like to use Maybelline's Dream Lumi Concealer. This is one of the best drugstore concealers I have found, and it doesn't crease!
For a setting powder, I like to use Revlon's Nearly Naked. Nearly Naked doesn't feel heavy on your skin and it provides a little coverage on top of your foundation and concealer.
I am not a huge fan of bright color shadows, so I usually stick with neutrals when applying my eye makeup. I am a huge fan of the Naked palettes by Urban Decay, but my current favorite is the Lorac Unzipped palette. The shades are super pigmented and there is little fallout. My favorite drugstore eye shadow is the Covergirl trio in Shimmering Sands.
Benefit's They're Real! mascara is one of the best. However, I have tried most of the Maybelline mascaras, and I have enjoyed all of them I have tried.
Jouer's blush in bloom is a current favorite, as well as Dandelion by Benefit. For a highlighter I like to use High Beam by Benefit.
Korres has an amazing lip product, but another favorite for in the morning is Revlon lip butters, especially the more wine colored ones for winter!

What are your every day make up essentials?

Monday, December 9, 2013

Stocking Stuffers

I am so so sorry I haven't posted in almost a month. School has been so hectic, and I've been studying for exams and unpacking our things at our new house! Christmas is going to be here soon, so I thought today I would share with you some of the things I think would make perfect stocking stuffers!
Stocking Stuffers

How adorable is this cat iPhone case? I think this would be the perfect gift for a friend who is obsessed with cats (I know I am!) or who enjoys a cute phone case.
I have several of these on the go chargers and I like to keep them in my car, at the house, and at school in case I'm ever without my actual charger and need to charge my phone up really quickly. They're the perfect gift for someone who is always using their phone or has an iPhone prone to dying quickly.
I can't say enough good things about Josie Maran products. I have super dry and sensitive skin, and Josie Maran's argan oil is one of the few things that keeps my skin feeling comfortable. 
These socks are so cute and quirky! Perfect for your friend who is always cold, or someone who likes penguins.
I picked Juicy Couture because their fragrance sets typically include a perfume that is floral, one that is spicy and one that is sugary but any fragrance travel set would be a lovely gift/stocking stuffer idea because it gives the person the opportunity to try several different perfumes out. I also like the Sephora fragrance samplers because they include a gift certificate to redeem for a full size perfume! 
Butter London makes the best nail polish.  I love these so much, and I think they would be an adorable stocking stuffer.

Friday, November 15, 2013

Five on Friday

Thank goodness it is Friday! One more week of school until Thanksgiving break and then exams, which means I am officially in freak out mode and starting to study. Here are the top 5 things I have been loving this week.
Lately I've been obsessed with burning candles, especially at night when its colder and I'm cozied up in bed with my pajames on. I have been loving Leaves from Bath and Body Works. It is the perfect fall scent and it burns amazingly. 
I started watching Grey's Anatomy on Netflix when recently and I'm hooked. I'm on Season 6 and I'm pretty excited to catch up so I can start watching the current season. Ellen Pompeo was the inspiration for my hair cut, I think she's perfect.
I bought these Inkjoy pens after seeing a comercial for them on TV one night. I'm picky about the type of pens I use and I usually prefer a finer point than these, but the ink is smooth and the  colors are pretty. These are perfect for taking notes in my casebook.

When I got my hair cut recently, my hair stylist thinned my hair in the back because it tangles easily since it's so thick. She recommended I try the Wet brush to help with combing my hair after showers. This is the most amazing brush ever. I feel like a little kid using it, but it has saved me from struggling to get the knots out.
I searched Columbia high and low for this Dove detangling oil. I kept seeing it in magazines but I could never find it. Finally, when I was in Walmart the other night looking for Christmas decorations, I spotted it. It doesn't smell that great, but it does leave my hair feeling nice and smooth.

What are your favorite things from this week? 

Thursday, November 14, 2013

What, like its hard?

Everyone I know is either in law school or applying to law school. I don't know if it's just my circle of friends or if going to the law school is the thing to do right now, but I know when I applied to schools two years ago I had no idea what I was getting into. Here's my advice for surviving your 1L year.
Rest/Relax when you can
Take a break from reading/outlining/studying. Go outside, grab a coffee, just do anything but law school for five minutes. I promise that it will make all the difference.
Be understanding
There are going to be people in your life who aren't in law school and they're not going to understand the amount of stress you're under. That's okay because it's hard to understand when you're not going through it yourself. Just understand that they're trying to support you but they might not get that you're losing your mind and terrified of being cold called. It doesn't mean they don't love you, they jus't can't get it.
Don't think you're smarter than everyone else
Everyone gets it: you're a law school student. But surprisingly, not that many people are going to care and to some extent, they shouldn't. Law school is a glorified version of graduate school and it doesn't make you any more intelligent than anyone else. If you're all high and mighty because you're in law school, people are going to dislike you and then when you graduate from school and you're actually a lawyer then your clients aren't going to appreciate feeling like you think you're smarter than they are. 
Have fun
This goes along with resting and relaxing. Go out with your friends. Go see a movie. You're allowed to have fun and not feel guilty. You can't be "on" 24/7 because you're going to burn out.
Accept that you may change
Sometimes law school changes you. During my 1L year I found myself being less understanding of things I normally would have been okay. I also found myself being more understanding of things I normally would have rejected. You're going to discover sides of yourself that you normally wouldn't because of the amount of stress and pressure you're under.
It's going to be okay
I know it seems like it's not going to be OK when you've been cold called in every class and your LRAW paper is due and your boyfriend doesn't understand why you randomly start crying. But it's going to be OK. You're not going through anything alone. Everyone has bad days/weeks but you'll get through it. You aren't going to fail your exams and you're not going to be homeless. Things happen for a reason.
Call your mom and dad
Seriously. These people get you and they will tell you the truth. And they won't judge you.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

What's On My Reading List

I spend a lot of my time reading casebooks for my classes at law school, and while I love what I'm doing, casebooks can be very dry and not very interesting. I love to read, so in order to keep my sanity, I try to read a "for fun" book at least once a month. Here is what I'm currently reading, and what I plan on reading next.

Bring Up The Bodies : Hilary Mantel

I was a History minor in college, and my area of focus was British History. Needless to say, I'm obsessed with the Tudors. This book is the sequel to Wolf Hall (which is amazing!) and follows Cromwell's quest to expel Anne Boleyn from the King's court.

 Status Anxiety : Alain de Botton

I first heard of Alain de Botton listening to NPR's Ted Talks. I enjoyed listening to him and thought his opinions on how we identify ourselves based on our idea of what success is was very interesting. I'm excited to read this book and I'm hoping it will help with some of the stress I encounter.

I think everyone has read this book but me. This is going to be my reward for finishing exams, and I can't wait to sit on the couch and read this. 

What's on your reading list? I'm always looking for suggestions!

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

My Cozy Fall Staples

When I was growing up, my parents and my grandparents stressed the importance of making a good impression. They also thought it was important to always look your best, and they had a point. You always run into your ex-boyfriend or the mean girl from high school when you've run to Target in yoga pants and an old sweatshirt without your make up on, which probably isn't how you wanted them to see you. As a result of my family placing an importance on always looking presentable, even when you're having a lazy day, I've always attempted to keep pieces in my wardrobe that I can throw on quickly, are comfortable, and still look decent. Here are a few of my favorite cozy fall staples.

  1. Scarves Scarves can make your entire outfit look pulled together. My favorite? Chunky knit infinity scarves. I love this one from Target.
  2. Riding boots Brown, black, gray, whatever color, I don't care. I love riding boots. Everyone has a version of the Steve Madden Intyce boots, and for good reason. They're comfortable and cute with anything in your wardrobe.
  3. Colored jeans I love a good pair of colored jeans. Old Navy Rockstar jeans are flattering on every body shape and type. These burgundy ones are my favorite.
  4. An oversize sweater Comfortable and cozy, nothing says casual fall outfit like a good oversized sweater. I have this one from H&M in every color offered.

Monday, November 11, 2013

How To Manage Mondays

Mondays often come way too quick. I'm hardly ever at my best on Mondays, and I often find myself using these simple tricks to maximize my time in the mornings to make my Monday a lot less stressful.

  1. Lay out your clothes the night before. I know this sounds so simple but it really does make all the difference. When I lived alone, my apartment was basically a walk in closet; I would have clothes everywhere and it made getting ready for school in the mornings super stressful. Since Tucker and I have been living together, I've had to be a lot more organized and as a result I've started planning my outfits for the week out on Sunday and hanging them up on my garment rack.
  2. Fix your lunches for the week on Sunday. This has honestly saved my life (and bank account) this semester. I find meals, usually on Pinterest, that I can make and keep in the fridge for lunch so I'm not rushing in the morning to figure out what I can take to school.
  3. Dry shampoo is your best friend. I would love if I had time to curl/style my hair every night and morning but unfortunately that just isn't realistic. I'm a brunette, so I used to be weary of dry shampoo since I figured it would make my hair look white. Through some trial and error, I found the perfect dry shampoo. Run, don't walk, and buy yourself some Batiste dry shampoo. You're welcome.
  4. Have your bags/book bag ready to go. On Sunday nights, before we put Cali in her crate and Katrina in the spare room, I put all of my textbooks and Macbook Pro in my school bag and put it beside the door. I know on Monday where my bag is and that everything is in it, so if I'm cold called on Monday morning, I'm not unprepared.
  5. Take a deep breath. Mondays are stressful, especially in November when exams are creeping up. Take a deep breath and remember that Friday will be here before you know it.

Sunday, November 10, 2013


After years of finding and following blogs that I love, I decided it was time to start my own. I've thought about starting my own blog for a while now; I stumbled across the first blog I began to read daily (The College Prepster!) while in my junior year of college and ever since then I've wanted to become a "blogger." 
Here is a quick run down of who I am:
  1. I have a cat named Katrina. She is the sassiest, biggest diva of a cat you will ever meet. She also has many nicknames.
  2. My boyfriend and I also have a dog named Cali. She is the sweetest dog ever.
  3. My boyfriend is my best friend in the entire world. We've been together for four years and we just recently bought a house together.
  4. This summer was diagnosed with hypothyroidism. I went to the doctor for what I assumed was anxiety attacks and found out that I had hypothyroidism, which has led me to take a closer look at my eating habits and my lifestyle.
  5. I'm in my second year of law school. I wish I could say I'm Elle Woods, but sadly, I'm not.