Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Back to School Essentials

My university starts freakishly late in the year, so I'm just now getting into the back-to-school spirit. Here are some of my must-haves for going back to school!

Large Tote Bag // I use a backpack for class sometimes, but I prefer carrying around a tote if I'll be out all day. I've had my tote since high school so it's not available anymore, but you can find a similar one here. While I love a good deal, I think a quality tote bag is something to splurge on. I carry a lot of stuff in this bag, and it still looks almost as good as new.

Double-Walled Acrylic Tumbler // I LOVE my Marley Lilly tumbler! I fill it with iced coffee or water and sip it on my way to class. It's double-walled so it doesn't "sweat" like most tumblers or water bottles do. Plus it's monogrammed!



Small Travel Bags // I'm out and about most of the day, so I need to keep the essentials handy in my tote bag. I use these adorable bags from SeeDesign by Donna Gorman to hold makeup, pens and pencils. SeeDesign is an apparel, accessory, and lifestyle brand featuring colorful patterns printed in India and sewn into unique items. Donna Gorman hand paints all of the designs herself, and the bags are all 100% cotton with nylon lining. They come in so many patterns, colors, and sizes... it's hard to choose a favorite!
I received the bags courtesy of See Design, but all opinions are my own.

What are YOUR essentials for going back to school?

Friday, September 26, 2014

Friday Favorites: September 26, 2014

I'm jumping on the Friday Favorites bandwagon once again, hosted by ErikaAndrea and Narci.
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I love going to football games at my university! So much fun. At the most recent game, both teams shared purple as their colors, so everyone in the stadium was dressed in purple!


Speaking of school spirit, here I am with Willie the Wildcat! I was volunteering at New Student Move-In all day today, and I saw Willie 3 or 4 times throughout the day. He was probably freaked out because I get SO EXCITED when I see him!


How adorable is this Halloween card I found at CVS? I'm all about cute (not scary) Halloween decorations.


I love cards and stationery (can you tell by now?!) and this SomeECard notecard set from Target pretty much sums up my life. But I must confess that usually my funny stories for friends aren't very funny!


Daisy!! I miss this sweet face while I'm away at school. She looks so smug in this photo!


What are your favorite things/places/people/furry friends? Let me know in the comments!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Moving In


Hi loves! I'm moving into my apartment/getting through back-to-school craziness right now, so I won't be posting as regularly as usual for a few weeks.

I've been cooking (if you count making pasta and slice-and-bake cookies and toasting frozen pumpkin spice waffles as cooking), decorating, and becoming friends with the building manager and the Orkin man (we have a small ant problem in some of the rooms).

I can't wait to share my apartment decor with you all when it's finished, but until then, it looks like a Sims house before you use the "Motherlode" cheat. Boxes and small lamps everywhere. But it's cute and homey and has air conditioning. So I'm good.

Here's to a new home and a new school year.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Fall Subway Art for You

I love words. I think handwriting and fonts and written words are all beautiful. So it's no surprise that I love the "subway art" trend that's been all over Pinterest recently. I don't know why it's called subway art, because I've never seen anything like it on the L, but that's beside the point.

My one qualm with much of the subway art pictures I've seen is that they include too many colors. They give me flashbacks to introductory psychology: remember that test where the names of colors are printed in different colors and you're supposed to say the color of the words, not the printed words? It's called the Stroop effect, btw. #themoreyouknow

Anyways... I made my own subway art. I used PicMonkey + fonts I've downloaded to make this fun subway art for fall.  Feel free to download it, print it out, share it on your blog, whatever as long as you give me credit by linking back to this site. And please don't sell it. That's just rude.

Here it is in orange.

And in brown.

Enjoy! And Happy September!

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Neutrogena SkinClearing Mineral Powder Review


I've been looking for a new pressed powder for a while now. I love my BareMinerals foundation powders, but I've been looking for something with a bit more coverage. Like all makeup, there are WAY too many foundation options. I usually think of my must-haves for a product, then go from there. I needed a pressed powder that is good for my skin, lasts all day, and looks natural. Neutrogena is usually a good bet for products that won't clog my pores. And when I saw Neutrogena SkinClearing Mineral Powder, I figured it was worth a try.


Here's a description of the powder from the Neutrogena website:
Neutrogena SkinClearing® Mineral Powder is the first and only gentle powder to blend soothing minerals with MicroClear® technology that cuts quickly through oil to speed the delivery of maximum-strength acne medicine straight to the source of breakouts. SkinClearing Mineral Powder works quickly to treat and help prevent breakouts blemishes without the dryness or flakiness of other acne treatments.
  • Oil-free
  • Non-comedogenic
  • Gentle, non-irritating
  • Dual-sided applicator gives the perfect level of coverage

Pros
  • Unlike most powder foundations I've tried, this one doesn't flake off or dry out my skin. My skin feels moisturized: it's like I'm not wearing makeup at all!
  • I don't know if the powder clears my skin because my skin is pretty clear to begin with (knock on wood!), but I like knowing that this product helps prevent blemishes. We all know what they say about an ounce of prevention!
  • The foundation really lasts all day. It looks the same when I put it on in the morning as it does when I take it off at the end of the day.
  • I love the dual-sided applicator puff. One side is a regular foundation puff, and the other side is made of red spongy material. I use the red spongy side which, according to the powder package, offers lighter coverage.

Cons
  • This powder doesn't come in very many color options (there are 8 total). The colors range from "classic ivory" to "tan." I picked up "Classic Ivory" and it looks very natural on my skin, but it probably won't match all skin tones. Boo.
  • The package doesn't come with very much foundation in it. Misleading packaging is one of my pet peeves! 
Overall, I'm a big fan of the SkinClearing Mineral Powder. This review isn't sponsored (as in, I bought the foundation with my own money and I wasn't compensated for writing this review). I just really like this product and I like sharing my finds with you!


What is YOUR favorite powder foundation?

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