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What's In My Bag // Work

Posted on: Tuesday, September 30, 2014

My work bag is really minimal. Working a couple days at a tattoo shop is nice because, on slow days, there can be time to read, answer emails, and get caught up on all sorts of iPad-based work. Here's what's in my bag:

Stylus in case I'm in the mood to draw via Procreate
MyCharge external battery + iPad wall charger just in case
A book. It's currently Mozipedia.
Pilot G2. I can't stand writing with any other pens!
Wallet, bus pass and keys
Spearmint gum
Maybelline Babylips and a compact
Water bottle filled with unsweetened iced tea.
Motorcycle helmet in the case I'm catching a ride home.

What's in your work bag?

(Bored Before I Even Began tote bag by Strangeways NYC. Unintentional Morrissey overkill today, I suppose! Oops!)

You've Got Nail 43 // Good & Evil Maleficent Nail Kit

Posted on: Monday, September 29, 2014

I was surprised (and excited) to find that Disney, Kiss, ELF, and Walgreens released more Disney cosmetics sets this year. I have been debating on buying the Snow White and Ariel sets, but have yet to pull the trigger. However, as soon as I saw the variety of Maleficent and Sleeping Beauty sets, I didn't even think twice.

There are two evil sets: Hedge of Thorns and Black Magic — and two good sets: True Love and Briar Rose. All of them have an assortment of glitters, stickers, and nail tapes.

I opted for the Hedge of Thorns set. I liked the purple glitters and black thorn + gold filigree stickers. I do intend on swinging by and picking up the Black Magic also!

This year, Kiss opted to include press on nails in the kit. I normally have sets of my own, but I think this is a nice touch for the price point ($9.99) and makes the kit feel a little more complete.

Here's what I used in addition to the kit:

Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear in Black Out
Sally Hansen Triple Shine Nail Polish in Vanity Flair
Seche Vite Top Coat

Randolph Street Market // Choice for Charity

Posted on: Saturday, September 27, 2014

For the past few years, I've been honored to been chosen as a tastemaker at the Randolph Street Market. Each fall, they hold a Choice for Charity in which tastemakers make their picks of the market — and the proceeds from the sales of each go to a charity of one's choice. For the second year in a row, I have selected Rape Victim Advocates. RVA is a Chicago-based charity which responds to ERs and hospitals for sexual assault victims.

Below are my five picks. If you happen to be in Chicago, scoop these up and help out a great cause — and keep an eye out for blue ribbons around the market to indicate picks from other tastemakers as well!

Selig olive green loveseat, $750

Vintage medical model, $175

Ram Skull necklace, $78

Vintage plaid blankets, various prices

Vintage locker set, $220

What were your favorites from Randolph this year?

Hot Mesh

Posted on: Friday, September 26, 2014

TGIF! I'm enjoying some autumn sunshine today in a two piece mesh inlay coordinates set. Nice and easy.

Soon enough we're going to be layering on the thick coats and scarves and beanies! Can you believe it's about to be that time of year again already?

Caladay Fishnet Insert Crop Top, c/o Missguided
Amily Mesh Panel Midi Skirt, c/o Missguided
Matt Aviators, Oliver Peoples
Shoecult Heels, Nasty Gal [similar]

Photos by Brock Myres.

Anastasia of Beverly Hills Dipbrow

Posted on: Thursday, September 25, 2014

I get a lot of questions about what I use for my eyebrows. For the past few months, I've been on the Anastasia of Beverly Hills Dipbrow train — it's the best to work with and has more staying power than any others I've used in the past.

Along with the Dipbrow, I use an angled brush, a wand, and a brow shaper. Normally, I will pluck or wax a few stray hairs and use the brow shaper in between those sessions. I wrote a post back in February about my beauty routine in which you can see what my natural brows look like: sparse and thin.

Once my brows managed, I begin to lightly apply the Dipbrow. I start by outlining my brow shape and then filling in by pulling the brush in the same direction that my hair grows. After I have filled in the brows, I use the wand to brush through and lighten them up a little. Sometimes I will use a powder brow filler over the Dipbrow, but not always.

The game changer for me was when I discovered I should then line the outside of my brows with a concealer. It really gives the brows a cleaner line and makes them pop.

Your best friend is going to be practice. Bold brows aren't for everyone, and the combination of shaping and filling with Dipbrow can give you a lot of control to achieve the type of brows you like!

I use Dipbrow in Chocolate from Sephora.

Disney World // Day 2

Posted on: Wednesday, September 24, 2014

On our second day at Disney, we had two parks to tackle: Hollywood Studios and Epcot. It was significantly cooler (but still humid), so it made getting through the parks an absolute breeze. See all my photos and outfit from Day 2 after the jump.

Meeting Pigs

Posted on: Tuesday, September 23, 2014

If you follow me on Instagram, you probably noticed that earlier this week, I borderline lost my mind when Brock surprised me by taking me to a miniature pig farm. On our drive from Ft. Myer to Orlando, Brock pretended to be lost and pull into a stranger's driveway for directions. I was mid Whitney-Houston-sing-along when I insisted he just give me his phone, until I looked up and saw a sign that made me stop in my tracks.

Now, I've warned Brock that if I were to ever meet mini pigs, I would most likely break down into a mess of happy tears. That's exactly what happened. When I realized he had tricked me, I immediately started crying and asking him all sorts of pig questions.

I met the owner of the farm and she showed me the entire process and how she cares for her pigs. I have waited so long and patiently to look into getting a pet because I've read so many horror stories of scammers selling normal pigs and mini pigs — visiting Paradise Ranch put me at ease that they really cared for theirs to go to loving homes and teach new owners as much as possible.

I was able to look at pigs of all ages from afar — these were just a few days old and totally melted my heart.

This is Suki. She is a sweet little girl who was recently adopted by a family who had other pets. Suki was returned to the ranch when the new owners became afraid that their mastiff was going to hurt her, so she's now looking again for a new home. While the ranch owners fed the pigs and other animals around the farm, I sat with Suki and talked to her. She quickly warmed up to me! This was closest I had been to a mini pig and it was hard for me to contain myself.

And then I saw this little dude. He was the runt of a litter just weened — and we bathed him and I was able to hold and hangout with him for a pretty long period of time. I named him Milo and cuddled with him — and I'm hoping that I can make him mine. He had the most adorable little snorts and squeaks and I totally fell in love with him.

I've had such an awesome couple of weeks and this was totally a high point. I already wanted to have a pig, and now I'm really pushing myself into adopting one for my very own.

Fingers crossed!

Disney World // Day 1

Posted on: Monday, September 22, 2014

For starters, I have been really amped on this Disney trip for a while now. Brock and I flew down to Florida last week to visit his mom and then drove three hours to hang out with a couple of cool mice (among others). Finding outfits that were comfy in the humidity of the south and yet still appropriate for walking around for fifteen hours at an amusement park was fun — and gave me a chance to enjoy summer one last time before Chicago delves into the cold temperatures.

See my all of my Disney Day 1 photos and outfit details after the jump!

Varsity Letter

Posted on: Thursday, September 18, 2014

Just last week I was talking about my love for varsity jackets. This is the one I scored for cheap at a Forever 21 sale. I've been wearing it often and can't wait to add it to my layering rotation. See more photos and details after the jump.

What's Your Girl Truth?

Posted on: Wednesday, September 17, 2014

There are so many routines that I have — winged eyeliner, color-coordinating my closet, grabbing a peach-orange juice and bagel before each shift at the tattoo shop. When it comes to personal grooming and body hair, I don't hold it as a priority. Sure, I shave my head once a week, but even when it comes to everywhere else, I'm a bit more selective. Read more to find out my Girl Truth.

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