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Hi lovelies!

August has been a beyond crazy month for me- I moved across the country and started graduate school!  I am still trying to adjust to the weather and the bustle of city life, while also trying to keep up with all of the new information that school is throwing at me.  If anyone has any recommendations that could help me figure out this humidity situation, I would love to hear them!  I’ve always lived in a fairly dry climate and I’m quickly figuring out how different it is just going outside in a humid area!  Anyways, if you’re interested in the things that I’ve been loving this month, just keep reading!

1. Laura Mercier Flawless Fusion Foundation

I’ve seen this product around YouTube a ton recently so I decided to give it a try!  It took me a few times to get the hang of applying it because it doesn’t seem like applies well with a makeup sponge, which is what I normally use, so I had to switch to a liquid foundation brush and get some practice with that instead.  Once I got the hang of it, I started to really like this foundation!  It blends out really easily and doesn’t feel heavy on my face!  It does take a few pumps to cover my entire face but the pump dispenses a fairly small amount so I don’t feel like I’m caking it on or anything.  If you’re looking for a full-coverage foundation, you should definitely check this one out!

2. Kate Spade ‘out to lunch tote’

We get a short lunch break in between classes during the week so I started bringing my lunch with me every day.  I needed a lunch bag that didn’t make me look like I was ten years old again so I set out for an adult lunch bag.  I found this one at Kate Spade and it is so cute! It wasn’t too expensive and looks great with my school bag.  It is a little on the smaller side but I’m the type of person who eats food if it’s in front of me so the small size actually works better for me!

3. Hello Vino (iPhone App)

I’ve always been more of a wine girl than beer or anything else but I always stress a little bit when I go to the store to pick out a bottle of wine and want to try something new.  I like trying new wines but am hesitant to get a whole bottle of something I might not like.  I started using this iPhone App called Hello Vino that helps me select wines I might like based on my specific flavor preferences and I am obsessed!  I love how easy it is to use and feel much more confident picking out different things to try.

4. Pureology Strength Cure Shampoo and Conditioner

I’ve actually been using these products for a little over a year but I’m going to talk about them here because during the move, I had them packed in boxes so I was using shampoo and conditioner that I picked up from the drugstore.  After just a few days, I really started to notice a difference in how my hair feels when I’m using drugstore products versus the Pureology products.  The Strength Cure line keeps my hair smooth and hydrated and it smells amazing!  It is a bit on the pricey side but I always purchase it in the jumbo size for the best deal and it makes my hair feel so soft and luxurious so I think it’s totally worth it!

Thanks for reading! Until next month!


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Hi lovelies!

Today I’m going to be adding to my original My Favorite Things post- I had so many things that I wanted to share with you guys the first time that the post ended up being crazy long, so I decided to separate it into two segments.  So, here we go with four more of my holy grail, all time favorite items:

1. Favorite Makeup Item

If you’ve been following my blog for the past couple of weeks, you know that I have battled oily skin and acne since I was a teenager and have always struggled to find a good foundation that didn’t feel too heavy but held up against my troublesome skin and busy schedule.  The Urban Decay All Nighter Liquid Foundation is the best one I have found that achieves both.  I apply it with a makeup sponge and it is super blendable, easy to work with, and leaves a natural airbrush-looking finish!  It is a bit pricey but I have found that a little bit with this product goes a long way and I can achieve a full-coverage look with less than one pump of foundation.

2. Favorite Place to Shop

This one is constantly changing depending on the season.  You know how that goes- you’re obsessed with the summer line but then the fall clothes come out and suddenly you aren’t sure if you’re even in the same store.  Lately, my go-to has been LOFT.  They always have different sales going and I find great quality stuff that I am able to pair so many different ways and create more looks with one piece.

3. Favorite Book

One important thing to know about me is that I am a total bookworm.  Reading has been my escape since I was a little girl and majorly into with Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys.  Even now, mystery is still my favorite genre but one book has always stood above the rest.  And Then There Were None  by Agatha Christie is a timeless and haunting murder mystery that I find myself re-reading over and over and recommending to anyone who asks.  You only think it’s a classic “whodunit” but you’ll just have to read it for yourself to find out.

4. Favorite Beauty Accessory

The speak for themselves.  They are super easy to put in, leave my hair feeling soft, and deliver huge results- plus they heat up super quickly, a major plus if you’re like me and usually getting ready at the last minute.  I do have to apply a light layer of hair spray with these, which I don’t usually with a traditional curling iron but the time saved getting ready when I can simply throw these in, do my makeup, take them out and be ready to go makes them totally worth it.

Thanks for reading! Hope you’re having a wonderful Monday!


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Hi lovelies!

Can you believe we’re already heading into August?!  The summer is going by so fast, I swear it’s going to be Christmas time before we know it!  With the end of the month comes time for another post on things I’ve been loving this month.  So if you’re interested in hearing more about my July obsessions, just keep reading!

1. Liquid blendercleanser

My beautyblender is definitely my most-used makeup tool.  I use it every day so, respectively, it also gets the most wear and tear.  I used to use the beautyblender solid soap and I felt that it was doing a sufficient job cleansing but then my sister actually purchased a bottle of the liquid soap and I fell in love.  The liquid soap really gets my beautyblender feeling like new and I am confident that it is clean and not worrying about any lingering dirt in my pores.  Total game changer for me guys, I definitely recommend it if you’re a beautyblender user, and if you aren’t, then I doubly recommend that!

2. Too Faced Love Light Prismatic Highlighter

This line of highlighters is fairly new and with how much I love all things Too Faced, of course I had to give them a try.  I’ve been in the market for an intense highlight shade since my Becca Champagne Pop is a bit more on the gold side, and that is definitely what I got with the shade Blinded by the Light.  It is a beautiful highlight shade, super pigmented, and perfect for that summertime glow!  Plus, how adorable is this packaging?!

3. Tory Burch Miller Sandals

These sandals have been on my wishlist forever!  I’ve love the simple, yet elegant vibe that they bring to a look.  I finally caved and picked them up at Nordstrom and I am so so glad that I did!  I wear them almost every day!  They are so comfortable and go with basically everything!  The only thing that I will note is that they do run a bit on the small side.  I’m normally a size 8 but after trying them on, I purchased these in 8.5 and they’re actually a bit snug but I think they will stretch some as I wear them so they should be perfect after I break them in a bit more.

4. Eyebuy Direct Digital Screen Protection Glasses

Like a lot of you, I’m sure, I spend a ton of time in front of my computer screen.  I had seen this site mentioned on a few different YouTube channels and I knew that one of their primary products were advertised as lenses containing blue light or digital protection.  The site is fairly inexpensive and super easy to use- if you already wear prescription glasses, all you have to do is enter your current prescription and choose whether or not to add the digital protection.  I wear them whenever I sit down at my computer to work and don’t have to worry about straining my eyes starting at the screen!

Until August!  Thanks for reading!




Hi lovelies!

I can’t believe we are already half way through July! Where is the summer going??  Feeling inspired by my love of all things summertime, today I’m going to be talking about this adorable boho maxi dress that I’ve actually had for quite a while but for some reason never seemed to reach for before now.  To be fair, I actually love boho styles all year round, there’s just something about summertime that seems to bring it out in me just a little bit more than usual.

So what do I love about this look?  First and foremost, it’s lined.  You might start to notice a trend here, guys- I will not buy a light colored dress if it isn’t lined.  Having to figure out a slip and/or the right undergarments to wear with an outfit is a major pain, one that I prefer to avoid at all costs.  Seriously, save yourself the headache and always check the inside- or the description details if you’re a big online shopper, like me- and make sure your lights are lined!

Another thing that makes a dress like this perfect for the summer months is that the outer material is nice and thin so I’m not worried about getting to warm in it.  It even has slits up the sides so you have even more breathability when you’re out in the heat!  Really I just love how much of a blank canvas an all white maxi dress is.  You can literally pair something like this with anything and totally change the look you’re going for.  I went with a short sleeve denim jacket here but I love having so many options with just  one piece!


What are your favorite summer trends?  Thanks for reading!


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Hi lovelies!

Hope everyone is having a fun and safe holiday weekend!  I’m going to try to do a post at the end of each month talking about all of the different things I have been loving that month- from makeup products to iPhone apps to books I finished reading.  I know it’s July already so obviously off to a great start here but better late than never!  So if you’re interested in what I’ve been obsessing over in the month of June, just keep reading!

1. In a Dark, Dark Wood

This psychological thriller is the debut novel by Ruth Ware and I literally could not put it down- seriously, I carried it around the house and read while I ran the vacuum cleaner.  I don’t want to ruin anything so I’ll just tell you that if you’re looking for your next great read and love a little bit of chilling mystery, here it is.  I definitely recommend this book to all of my book lovers out there!

2. Urban Decay De-Slick Complexion Primer

Between oily skin and the summer heat, my skin is constantly putting my foundation to the test so I’m always on the hunt for a good primer.  I decided to give this one a try for my trip to Vegas earlier in the month and guys, this one is a game-changer.  It keeps me matte and shine free for way longer than any other primer I have tried.  I can actually feel it clinging to my skin and providing a solid base for my foundation as I apply it.  I will definitely be repurchasing!

3. Roadtrippers

At the end of the month, my fiancé and I will be moving to Boston and we decided it would be an adventure to drive across the country and explore a little on the way there.  Neither one of us has ever lived outside of California so the thought of planning a road trip of that size through a lot of unknown territory seemed pretty daunting.  A friend suggested we check out Roadtrippers- a free iPhone app designed for planning road trips- who knew!  It has been super helpful in figuring out where we will stop, how long between each stop and what other points of interest might be near each of our stops.  I highly recommend it for a road trip of any distance!

4. TOMS Majorca Suede Bootie

I talked about these already in my White Shift Dress post but really they belong here too!  I am obsessed with them!  They might just be my favorite booties I have ever owned.  The color is super versatile and they are so comfortable!  I’ve been reaching for them with a ton of different looks this month and I love that I’ll still be able to pair them with plenty of outfits in the fall as well.

Until next month!  Thanks for reading!


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Hi lovelies!

Since we’re still getting to know each other, I thought I’d do a post on some of my holy grail, all time favorite things.  I think rather than one big list, I’ll do it by categories so we cover a few different things!


1. Favorite Purse

Guys, am I the only one who wanted to cry when they discontinued the Marc by Marc Jacobs line?  I have three different bags from this collection and the New Q Hillier Hobo is my favorite by far!  This bag is amazing.  I’ve had it for two years and use it all the time and it still shows zero signs of wear!  It has so much space and never feels too heavy for me, even when I fill it with all the things I need- plus all the things that I don’t but pack anyways just because there is so much space!  The one good thing about it being discontinued is that most of the line can now be found at a discounted price at Nordstrom Rack!

2. Favorite Shoes

You’ve already seen my Keds white sneakers in my first post- but you’ll see these a ton on my page because they really are my go-to favorites for shoes with just about any look.  They’re simple and comfortable and they have the potential to dress down any look.  A lot of my pieces are on the dressy side so when I’m going for casual, these shoes are an easy way to get there.

3. Favorite Food

If I could only eat one food for the rest of my life it would be popcorn.  I like sweets just as much as the next girl, but salt has always been my drug of choice.  I make it at home on the stove in some coconut oil and it’s the perfect snack for any time!

4. Favorite Lip Color

I am obsessed with the Sweet Peach collection by Too Faced and the lip oils are no exception.  Papa Don’t Peach is my favorite shade of the line- it’s one of those ‘your lips but better’ colors and it is super wearable, plus it tastes like peaches.  Total win-win if you ask me.  I literally never leave home without it tucked in my bag.

FUN FACT: Setting up a flat lay at 11pm is not easy.  Will definitely be shooting with natural light for the next one!


What are some of your holy grail items?

Thanks for reading!

xx Jilly