March 23, 2018

Thrift Store Finds: March 2018

It's no secret that I love thrift shopping, I talk briefly about it here. I went on a high street kick for a little while, but as of late I've been addicted to thrifting. I'm really bad about buying clothes for myself, so when I realized my wardrobe wasn't doing it for me anymore, I donated most of it. That was last year and it left me with little to nothing to work with.  I don't know if it's my determination or luck, but I've been scoring some amazing thrift finds that I can't wait to share with you!

The majority of my wardrobe is dark, so one of my priorities is bringing some color into it. The vintage colorful/floral tops are some of my current favorites. I have nothing against bright colors or patterns, so I have no idea why I haven't incorporated more of it into my wardrobe.

I never really considered tees as a viable outfit option. I always kept a few around for lazy days or working out. It wasn't until I started really noticing some of my favorite Youtubers  and Bloggers style tee shirts (especially vintage tees) in really neat ways that I realized what I'd been missing out on. Now I'm always sure to hit up the men's section, as they're way more likely to have what I'm looking for.

As if I needed more bags, right? Thrift stores seem to always have wicker/straw/bamboo handbags in spades, and I've been seeing so much of it on social media lately. I've never really used a clutch before, but this one stole my heart as soon as I saw it. Here's to hoping I don't leave it behind somewhere, haha. Make sure to really inspect these types bags for any rips, breaks,  or pulled threads. 

While I mostly wear jeans, I have been building up a collection of skirts and dresses. We're going to be traveling a bit in the coming weeks and months, and thrift stores are at the top of my list of things I want to do. No two places are the same and I'm excited to see what different locales have to offer. Check back in to see what treasures I pick up!

March 11, 2018

The Lazy Girl's Beauty Guide

Like most other girls at some point, I went through an obsession period with nail polish. I prided myself on having every conceivable shade and would routinely use multiple colors per hand/ foot. Yes, I even rainbow-polished my feet *cringe*. I was painting my nails bright blue one night, when my mom pointed out that my toes were still red. "So?" I asked.  "You want to make sure your hands and toes are always painted the same color. You'll look more put together that way," she elaborated. My response was something sarcastic and angsty because I was 16. I painted my nails blue and went on with my night. 

As I grew older, I became more aware of my appearance. The small details that once went unnoticed (except by my mother) became more apparent. I began using one shade of polish per manicure, I kept my nails neat and my hair brushed. And still, her comment persisted. "You'll look put together," I'd hear her saying as I painted my nails lazily, now taking the extra five minutes to match the color on my toes. Fast forward a few more years and my mom's advice is being followed religiously.

It blows my mind that people compliment me on anything nowadays. I'm usually so busy and so obsessed with trying to squeeze in as much relaxation and fun before and after work, that I feel like my appearance takes a backseat. In lieu of my crazy schedule and admitted laziness, I thought a "lazy/busy beauty guide" was in order, because looking "put together" doesn't have to be time consuming.
Taking my first cue from my mom, let's talk about nails. I'm a short nails girl-- always have been. They're practical and stay neat. I'm not much of a salon-goer. I got shellac on my nails once, but I hate the idea of having to make a special trip for it. If salon nails are your thing, that's great! I, however, will stick to regular ol' nail polish. I have a list of favorite brands and shades, but for the purpose of this post, I'll be focusing on the Sally Hansen Insta-Dri polishes. My go-to shades are ASAP Apple and Buff and Tumble. Short red nails are my go-to, they're chic and always in season. The Insta-Dri formula dries in under a minute and getting a full manicure in a pinch isn't impossible.

ASAP Apple | Clearly Quick | Buff and Tumble
Lazy Girl Pro Tip: Keep travel size clippers and a file in your bag or your car for emergencies.
I have my 5 minute makeup routine down to a science. Not only do I know what look I'm going for, I know what products and brushes I'll be using and in exactly what order. There's never any experimentation with a new product or look on days like these. I zero in on the looks I've mastered and go from there.

Eyeshadow | Eyeliner | Brow Gel | Mascara | Perfume

A few of my favorite products are the Glossier Boy Brow in brown and my NYX That's the Point eyeliner in Hella Fine Paired with Tarte's Tarteist Lash Paint Mascara. My eyeshadow palette of the moment is the NYX Ulimate in Warm Neutrals. This palette lets me create all of my favorite looks completely, without having to reach for anything else. These products elevate my look, but take no time at all to apply.
Lazy Girl Pro Tip: Know your preferred color palette and tools and keep those products closer to the front of your vanity or makeup organizer. 
Lastly: skincare and haircare. I'm planning dedicated posts on both of these subjects for the future, for now, I'll stick to the fundamentals. There's nothing more liberating on a truly lazy day than being confident enough to go out sans makeup. I'm not saying anyone should be ashamed of their natural state, but I'm not going to pretend that I was confident back in my acne days. Quite the opposite. I did everything I could to camouflage my blemishes. Nowadays, I take the time to really care for my skin, which I unfortunately don't have a shortcut for.

Purity Made Simple

My staple cleansers are the Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser (available here) and Philosophy's Purity. The bottle I'm currently using is modified with a pump from the Glossier cleanser because who wants a squeeze bottle when a pump is available?

When it comes to hair, I use very few products and I let my hair air dry. My favorite product of all time is OGX's Penetrating Argan Oil available here (both the regular and extra-penetrating formulas work wonderfully). I work a small amount through towel-dried hair and let Mother Nature do the rest. I've used pricier, fancier, and higher-touted products, but I keep coming back to this little guy because he WORKS. I can dedicate an entire post to this product, but in the interest of saving time, I'll break it down: It works, it's widely available, it's inexpensive, a little goes a long way,  and-- most importantly to me-- it's cruelty-free.

Do you have any shortcuts that you swear by? Let me know!

March 5, 2018

Day Tripping: Birmingham, AL

Day trips are one of my favorite ways to spend a day or two off. Andrew and I don't work a 9-to-5 yet, and our unorthodox hours and physically demanding job can get the best of us. We're usually too exhausted to take out the trash, let alone really get out. Lately though, we've been taking weekly day trips to Birmingham, which isn't a far drive, but definitely far enough to let us feel like we're getting away. 

Museums are my happy place, and I'm slowly converting Andrew. The Birmingham Museum of Art is a local favorite of mine. There's art from all over the world, and it's so easy to get lost in there for hours. Going through the different rooms and exhibitions lets you taste a little bit of everything. I don't think I have personal favorites, but I always gravitate and travel a little slower through what I call the "wild wild west" portions. They're nostalgic for this desert dreamer. While this museum (and parking!) is free, donations are always appreciated. 

I don't put much emphasis on the food we eat or the restaurants we find. That portion of our day trips and vacations are 100% left up to my boyfriend. As long as there's something on the menu I'll eat, I'm fine with it. But, once in a blue moon, we stumble across a place that we HAVE to visit again. That place is Todd English P.U.B. They have a beer selection that appeases Andrew, while also having killer soft pretzels and mac & cheese for me. On our most recent visit, we had creme brûlée, but we finished it before I even thought to take a photo.

These lofts get my vote based only on their marquee

Between the food and the art, driving or walking down streets I'm not familiar with and letting my boyfriend/ tour guide show me around is my favorite part. 

Breweries are always a fun time. I enjoy an occasional IPA, but I'm not a real beer drinker. I usually stick to wine, or my personal favorite-- water. Andrew on the other hand, tracks every beer he's had on Untappd. Our happy medium is finding places with both a great beer selection, and space to unwind without large and loud crowds. Good People Brewing Co. checks all those boxes.

What are you favorite day tripping destinations? Let me know!