Friday, May 25, 2018

five photo friday: aquarium

While my husband & I were in the Outer Banks on vacation last week, we went to the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island for the first time. I forgot how much I love aquariums, and they had some really cool animals. Sadly I couldn't get a picture of the adorable 17 year old otter named Molly, but I did get some other ones.


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Wednesday, May 23, 2018

double scallops.

A recent work outfit with one of my favorite details—scallops!

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What I'm wearing:
Blazer: Loft via Poshmark
Dress: J. Crew via ThredUP
Flats: Audrey Brooke via DSW
Necklace: vintage
Earrings: Urban Outfitters (link)

I took a couple other photos of this outfit but they didn't turn out quite how I wanted. I love the cut of this dress but the fabric is not what I expected—it's a very thick material that creases kind of weirdly. But, J.Crew for $28! Also, I'm happy to say that the two main components of this outfit are thrifted! 


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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

hollin hills.

Wow, I can't believe it's been a whole month since I posted! Time to get back on the wagon.

At the end of April my friend Brenda & I attended the Hollin Hills House & Garden Tour, which showcases these amazing mid-century modern houses in a neighborhood of Alexandria, VA. The houses and gardens are absolutely amazing—we were having major home envy.

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What I'm wearing:
Dress: H&M
Belt: old
Sneakers: Rifle Paper Co. for Keds
Bag: ASOS

Some bonus flower photos:
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I highly recommend the tour for anyone in the area—it was the perfect time of year too.

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Friday, April 20, 2018

five photo friday: spring!

Finally finally finally spring is here! These are some photos I took at my parent's house on Easter.


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Have a great weekend!

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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

my daily beauty routine.

I've been using the same face/beauty routine for a couple months now, so I figured I would share it! Also, all of these products are cruelty free.

For starters, here's an unedited picture of my face on a typical weekday:

1. Milk Makeup Blur Stick (Mini) / $14 / Sephora
I put this on after my moisturizer has dried and it's a great primer for blurring my pores.

This is a pretty opaque BB cream so I use it as a foundation because it's not too heavy.

I absolutely love this concealer—it's the perfect companion to the BB cream because it provides more intense coverage in areas where I need it—particularly my under-eyes because the dark circles struggle is real.

This keeps the BB cream and the concealer in place, and adds a little extra blurring.

I went back to this after a stint with Colourpop's Brow Boss because even though it's a bit pricier, it's so reliable for both filling in my brows and keeping them in place.

I use this dark brown liner pencil for my under-eye line so that it doesn't compete with the black of the top liner—without the under-eye line, I end up looking a bit weird. 

I have tried a lot of black liquid eyeliners over the years, and this one is my favorite—once it goes on, it does not move at all. 

I've been trying to find the perfect mascara, and this is the latest contender—so far, I'm very impressed! Bonus points for the pretty packaging.

This lineup does not include eyeshadow (which honestly I don't put on as much as I'd like to because I'm running on a tight schedule most mornings), but if I have time for it it goes in in between steps 5 and 6.

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