Saddle Bag

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similar bags here & here // vinyl monogram

Earlier this year, I was lucky enough to be able to go to NYC with my mom as an early birthday gift. While that amazing trip could take up a few posts in and of itself (which you’ll probably see sometime in the future 😉 ), I’d like to focus on something inspired by the trip, if not directly from

I’m talkin’ about this purse, which has been my go-to ever since we got back from NY way back in February. When we were there, we spent a day in Soho (I could have spent an entire week there but, sadly, we had only two and a half days 🤗) despite it feeling like it was ten below. 😛  We popped into the Coach store, and while a very nice woman was showing us around the store, this particular bag caught my eye: 

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Coach bag

Perfect, no? Love at first sight. The bright contrasting trim, the soft cognac leather, the little embossed NYC–I loved (and still do!) everything about the bag. 

That is, until I saw the price…(c’est la vie, oui?) 

Of course it had to be fabulously out of my price range, even with my summer job. So we nodded at the salesperson, smiled, said we’d think about it as we ducked back out into the freezing cold, and prayed for sales in the future. Later that day, however, in the cab ride back to our hotel while stuck in traffic, I Googled the purse and searched around on different sites, looking for something similar. And, as you can see, I found a pretty suitable replacement that was under $50–Target, what would I do without you? 

To mimic the NYC-monogram feel that the Coach bag had, I went to a local shop (although there are plenty of Etsy stores online that can do the same for you!) and got some gold vinyl monograms that adhere pretty darn well to the faux-leather.

I now use the purse as my everyday, as it fits a pack of gum, sunglasses, my wallet, and my phone without any issues, and I could fit a lot more in there if I needed to! Since it’s a smaller bag, too, it’s easy to reach and find what I’m looking for quickly. There’s also a small pocket on the front, a zippered pocket on the inside for the smaller things you want to keep track of, and a pocket in the back that’s the perfect size for your phone. I love this bag even more than the Coach version because it’s just as cute, but at a fraction of the cost. Couture on the cheap, y’know? 

Sadly, when I looked online again the same bag I bought was not on Target’s website, but there were a few very similar bags that I linked above.

That’s all I have for you today, loves! Have a wonderful day 💕. 

–Grace

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Summer Brights

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L’Oreal Pop Balm “Caring Coral” // Bobbi Brown Rich Lip Color “Guava” // Maybelline ColorSensational Vivids “Vivid Rose” // Sugar Tinted Lip Treatment “Tulip” // Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick “Kimchi”

Summer is a time for the bright and the beautiful. The trees are greener, the flowers bold and abundant, the sun shining a little brighter, a little longer, and a little hotter. 😉 It’s like the saturation on life has been cranked up momentarily, only to be drained away come November to a bleakly-colored world of beige and grey. Granted, I love cable knit sweaters and riding boots as much as the next person, but the three-month hiatus from it all is absolutely lovely. 😀

Alright, enough soliloquizing. 😛

Let’s get to the point of this post–lipstick!

Like I said, summer is the time for the bright and the beautiful, and cosmetics are no exception. There’s nothing like a good vivid lip color to complement your sun-bronzed skin. Or, even if you don’t tan all that much, you can never go wrong with a bright pink. 😛

These five I’ve selected are my go-tos, my mains, my MVP’s–lemme break it down for you. The first, a pop-balm from L’Oreal, is a low key but surprisingly vivid coral that’s super comfortable to wear and more pink than orange. It’s on the sheer side, but can be built up if you’d like, and there’s no sparkle or shimmer in it.

The next is a step up from the first, pigment-wise, and is a Bobbi Brown Rich Lip Color that is my favorite summer shade. It’s on the more red end of the coral spectrum, and has tiny gold flecks in it. Despite this, it’s still super comfortable (you can’t feel them at all) and stays on for a long time, as long as you don’t eat a hamburger or something while wearing it, because it will wear away from the inside out. 

Getting away from the coral shades, the Maybelline lipstick is possibly the brightest lipstick I own, and probably the most flattering, too. It’s creamy, suuupppeerrr pigmented, and makes your teeth look whiter and your skin tanner. It’s not quite a Barbie-pink, not quite a firetruck red, but the perfect in between. It’s perfect. 

The Fresh lip balm is the toned-down, lower-maintenance version of the Maybelline lipstick. It’s more pink than the latter, but very comfortable. You can apply it without a mirror and still know that it looks fab. That’s always a plus, right? I kept it in my school bag along with another shade of the same lip balm because they’re perfect on-the-go kinda shades. 

And lastly, a little lipstick from Bite Beauty that can pack punch, lemme tell ya. This is the Barbie-doll, in-your-face, no-mistaking pink that is not messing around. It’s a one-swipe kinda color that’ll last for hours, and leave a rosy stain behind. If you’re not afraid of color, this is for you! I know I love it. 

So that’s all I have for you today, loves. If you’ve got any lipstick suggestions for me, I’d love to hear them! Have a fabulous day!

–Grace

 

Comfy Kicks

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Let me start off by saying that I am all for cute shoes. A little obsessed, even. Fall is one of my favorite seasons because riding boots and suede booties go with literally everything, and they are freakin’ adorable. 

But they are not always the most comfortable shoes, no? And sometimes (especially for school) the wooden heels on those cute shoes make just a bit too much noise on the linoleum floors and then all of the sudden you sound like a teacher coming down the hall. Some days you just don’t want to deal with that. 

And that’s okay

That’s what comfy kicks are for! That’s what they’re all about. They’re the everyday, throw-on-as-you’re-running-out-the-door, all-around superstar of shoes. They’re casual but versatile, comfortable but still cute, because any kind of shoe with the word “sensible” in front of it will just not do. Last year I rocked a pair of navy Keds almost every single day until it snowed, and then I had to switch to boots, but that’s a different story. They were trashed by the time summer rolled around, so when we went shopping this past weekend, an updated everyday pair of sneakers was definitely on my list.

The Nike Frees in the picture above came from the Nike Outlet, so they were under $100, but I wasn’t able to find the exact pair online so I linked to a similar pair above. They’re soooooooo comfortable and practically slip on, plus I can totally see throwing them on with a pair of jeans and a fun tee when fall rolls around and calling it a day. I haven’t tried running in them yet, so you guys will have to tell me what you think! What are your favorite comfy kicks? I’d love to hear about it in the comments below! 

Talk to y’all later! 🙂

– Grace

 

School Supplies Essentials

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As much as it breaks my heart to say so, summer is drawing to a close. 

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And so, with the end of summer comes a whirlwind of shopping (which isn’t such a bad thing!). Clothes, shoes, bags (backpacks? Satchels? Who knows.), notebooks, binders, pens, highlighters, novels, textbooks, calculators, and any other random thing that could be necessary throughout the school year is purchased. It’s like stockpiling, you know? As if you’ll never, ever be able to visit another Target again. I mean, it’s the way we shop, right? Like I bought two backup packs of pencils, a backup pack of colored flares, more highlighters than I’ll ever use, an extra notebook, and an extra binder. Will I need all of that? Probably not. 

But you never know. 😉 

So I just thought I’d share with you all what exactly I bought, how I plan on organizing myself, and other tidbits worth sharing. 😀

First off is my bag. It’s a decent-sized, sturdy, reversible, vegan-leather (that’s an oxymoron, right?) tote I picked up from Nordstrom’s. It’s pretty inexpensive and holds everything–but not too much. Last year I was the epitome of a freshman with the massive backpack that clocked in at about 25 pounds. And I carried that around allllll day. So, in an effort to avoid that, I ditched the convenient but enabling backpack for this cuter tote that hopefully will help keep how much I carry around with me in check. 

Part of my problem last year was that I was pretty unorganized because I’d bought a bunch of notebooks and binders at the beginning of the year and had just hoped for the best. The notebooks were trashed by second semester, so I had to restock mid-year which was not fun. This year I got a bunch of these binder-notebook-hybrid things that are basically a five-subject notebook with plastic folder-dividers (which you can move around as needed) wrapped in a sturdy cloth binding. I got two of those, one for my morning classes and one for my afternoon classes, with a single-subject one for math. That way there’s no worry about a separate storage for papers and reading and note-taking. All in one!

I then have my planner, which is absolutely essential during the school year (I did a post on that here). I also have a teal-quilted pencil case with the same old black ballpoint pens, colored flares for color-coding my notes, highlighters, and plenty of mechanical pencils for all of those scantron tests. Oh, the wonder of a number two pencil. 😀 

The gold sparkly bag in the pictures above is kind of my miscellaneous bag, since the purse doesn’t have any pockets. In there I’m keeping a travel-sized hand lotion, a travel-sized bottle of one of my favorite perfumes (don’t worry, it’s plastic!), these little oil-blotting sheets that are absolute magic (and perfect for touchups during passing periods!), a travel-sized hand sanitizer (someone’s always sick), some post-it sized notecards on a key ring for studying and whatnot, some colored post-it strips for bookmarking pages in books, and some, y’know, other supplies, if you catch my drift. 

Minus the couple of textbooks and workbooks I’m waiting on, this is how I’m planning on organizing myself for this coming school year. I’d love to hear what your tried & true school supplies are–your plan of attack organization-wise, if you will. 🙂 

Talk to you later, guys! 😀

– Grace

Travel Makeup

DSC_0400DSC_0405 DSC_0409Happy Thursday, everyone! How are ya? I’m doing exceptionally well, thanks for asking ;).

Today, we’ll be talking about one of my favorite things–makeup :P. In particular, vacation makeup. (Speaking of vacation, last week at this time we were touring Williamsburg. Was it really only a week ago?) 

When you’re on vacation, you don’t really have the time or the need to spend hours blending the perfect smoky eye, or chiseling your cheekbones with twelve shades of contouring powder, especially not if you plan to spend the day poolside or sightseeing. Plus, storage is limited, so all of the makeup I’ve listed down below can fit in that little green-and-blue bag you see in the pictures (I’m serious!). 

Base

Simple Exfoliating Wipes // Aveeno Protect + Hydrate Lotion Sunscreen // Bobbi Brown Corrector “Light/Medium Bisque” // Neutrogena SkinClearing Blemish Concealer “Buff” // L’Oreal True Match Powder “Natural Beige” // E.L.F. Studio Blush Brush // Real Techniques Setting Brush

While on vacation, I think it’s a good idea to take some extra time to take care of your skin and be kind to it, hence the exfoliating wipes, sunscreen, and very minimal color cosmetics. Ditch the foundation in favor of something lighter that lets your skin breathe, like a tinted moisturizer, or a dab of concealer under your eyes and on any spots you might have. Powder is kinda necessary, especially if it’s hot and you’re prone to oilier skin (a la moi)–just because it’s minimal makeup doesn’t mean you want it going anywhere! 

Cheeks & Lips

Bourjois Chocolate Bronzer // Josie Maran Coconut Watercolor Cheek Gelee “Pink Escape” // E.L.F. Studio Blush Palette // NARS Blush “Tribulation” (highlighter) // L’Oreal Pop Balm “Caring Coral” // MAC “Please Me” // Makeup Forever Rouge Artist Intense “34” //  E.L.F. Studio Blush Brush

I’ve gotten really into cheek products lately, and I think the assortment of products above is a testament to that. Bronzer on vacation is kind of a given, as well as highlighter. The one listed above, by the way, probably is my favorite highlighter of life. Just sayin’. 😉 Cream blush is also great for a weightless glow to your cheeks, but the powder blush palette is inexpensive and gives you so many options :D–all of this, by the way, from bronzer to highlighter, can be applied with the brush linked above (it’s $3!). I limited myself to three lipsticks: a matte pink that lasts allllll day, a vibrant raspberry for when we went out to dinner and I wanted to look all dolled up without the effort of getting all dolled up, and a sheer coral balm to throw in my purse. This is the most complicated part of my look by far! 

Eyes 

Milani Eyeshadow Primer // Rimmel Exaggerate Smoke n Shine Gel Eye Liner “Copper Bling” // Tweezerman Eyelash Curler // Almay Get Up and Grow Mascara // NARS Velvet Shadow Stick “Goddess” 

After the most complicated part comes the simplest part. I’ve been loving a simple swipe of coppery brown eyeliner all summer long, especially for vacation. A bit of eyeshadow primer underneath makes sure that despite how much sweating goes on (we all know it’s bound to happen when it’s 90 degrees out and humid), your liner won’t transfer one bit. Plus, it takes no time at all, but it just makes your eyes *pop*, especially when paired with huge lashes (au naturale, of course–who has time for falsies, really?). An eyelash curler and your favorite mascara are all that’s needed, right? A light-colored eyeshadow stick is a great thing to bring along to, because it’s simple and easy to blend out, but if you want to take your eye game to the next level, that pencil from NARS can get you there. 😛

That’s all for today, folks! I hope you enjoyed, and I’d love to hear in the comments below what you’re vacation go-to’s are! Have a great rest of your week–tomorrow is Friday, after all :). 

– Grace

Cat Eyes & Coral

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Hello, everybody! As you might’ve guessed based on the copious amount of beauty vloggers I follow on YouTube (check out the full list here), I’ve kinda got a thing for makeup–which is why, when I came across this post on Instagram, I felt the need to recreate the look on yours truly. 😀

Utter perfection, no??

The main components of this look are the corally glow to the cheeks and lips, the black liner, and the bold brows au naturale, so I focused on those elements and kept the rest fairly bare. Tailor it to the way you want it to look–makeup is all about emphasizing your natural beauty, right? 🙂

Base

For my base, I skipped a foundation and just used concealer (if you’re in the market for a lightweight base, however, Laura Mercier’s oil-free tinted moisturizer is my fave!) under my eyes and on any spots or redness around my chin and cheeks. I then used the the shade Naked 2 from the Naked Basics palette as my bronzer under my cheeks, jawline, and forehead. I followed that up with a mixture of the corally-sparkly shade and the terra cotta color in the blush palette on the apples of my cheeks. I finished by sweeping a light dusting of a peachy highlighter on the tops of my cheek bones and back towards my temple.

Eyes

Since the model in the photo has such full (but very neat!) brows, I tried to get a similar effect by combing my own and brushing through the sparse parts with a light mixture of Faint and Crave from the Naked Basics palette with an angled brush. For the eyes, I used a black liquid liner to draw a thin line on each eye before flicking it out at the ends–which, as always, took forever. The model in the picture also has a coppery, golden shade on her lower lashline, so I mixed Hazelnut and Creme Brulee from the Chocolate Bar palette and placed that on the outer corner of my own lower lashline. To finish the eyes, I followed that up with a coat of mascara on my upper and lower lashes. 

Lips

This Neutrogena lippie is quite possibly the most comfortable lip product I own. It’s super smooth and hydrating, and it’s the perfect complement to the cheeks. A quick swipe of this and you’re done!

I hope you like the look as much as I do (I’ve been wearing it a lot these past couple of days!)–I’d love to hear what you think! Have a wonderful weekend, everyone! 😉

– Grace