Friday, February 23, 2018

Links

Hi everybody!! Another week, another links post! I'm actually super excited about the links I have to share this week which I know I say every week, but really this weeks set of links are v special. Given I've been watching a lot of Olympics this past week I have a lot of Olympic related posts to share. Which it's only fitting that I'm watching the Olympics as I'm writing this, what am I going to do next week when they're over! Anyways in the meantime have a browse through some of the fun things that I'm sharing this weekend. Enjoy!

I know I'm not the only one who was excited by the ice dancing results. I have to admit I may have been rooting for Canada a little bit (or a lot).

Which I mean, I ship it (which I'm cringing at saying but it's tru).

Also have y'all heard of Elizabeth Swaney, an intermediate skier who competed in the Olympics. Her story about how she made it into the games is wild and I'm also a bit torn of how I feel about it...

Raise your hand if you love Adam Rippon. If your still not convinced just look at this.

I know I mentioned the Team USA Ralph Lauren uniforms the other week, but I've also been kind of into these NASA inspired snowboarding/skiing uniforms.

Another boi everyone loves, Timothee Chalamet.

Anna Wintour and the Queen of England getting all buddy, buddy.

I mean you've probably already seen this but these pictures of Anna Wintour and the Queen of England at a fashion show are everything.

All about the rainbow stripes for spring and this dress is no exception.

This amazing round-up of steals under $30, none of which look under $30.

Looking for something to bake this weekend? Well, I made these this week and I'm kind of obsessed, they are so. good.

I've been trying to read more this year (and struggling at it), but I'm really liking the looks of this list of books to read.

Last if you haven't seen this new brand at Target you must check it out, it's very Madewell-esque at a fraction of the price.

Thank you so much for reading!!
xox,
Amanda

Monday, February 19, 2018

Amsterdam Souvenirs

As I was brainstorming ideas of what to post today I thought it might be fun to share what I bought while I was in Amsterdam. In case you didn't know I just got home from a fun little jaunt to Amsterdam this past week and am obvi very excited about. But as kind of a little preview of what's to come and what all I got up to I thought it would be fun to share the little trinkets I bought.

So at some point I really want to create little city guides for all the places that I've been too. Previously my travel posts have just been me sharing where I went, what I did, and some pictures to go along with that, which a city guide would essentially be that but also a little more in-depth and hopefully they'll be a useful tool for anyone planning upcoming travels to use. But I currently have no idea what that will look like so in the meantime enjoy looking at the things I bought (lol).
Things I bought:

Tony's Chocolonely // This chocolate is everywhere there, which I already knew a little about it thanks to World Market. Not only is that chocolate really good but it's also fair trade/slave-free chocolate which is super cool. So I obvi bought 3 giant bars because I'm supporting a good cause and getting chocolate, it's a win-win.

Wilhelmina Peppermints // I mean these are just mints but we got these at a restaurant after one of meals one day and they were really good. So when I saw them in a shop while checking out at an airport I had to grab a box.

Postcards // Aren't these the most adorable little postcards?! I got them from a little cafe we ate at called Pluk. It was not only the cutest little place but they also had a little shop and I couldn't resist picking up a couple of these super adorable postcards.

Hay Pens // Hay is one of my absolute favorite design brands (I've totally mentioned them before). Even though it is a Danish brand when I saw that there was a little store in Amsterdam I had to go. The only thing I had room for were obviously just these pens, but hey, I love stationary and they are the most adorable pens.

Necklace // Restored was definitely top on my list of stores I wanted to visit. After seeing dozens of pictures of the facade on Instagram I knew I had to go. Luckily it was right around the corner from our Airbnb and was finally able to drop by on our last night. I was feeling spend-y and wanted to get something special and feel in love with this necklace when I saw it. 

House // This was my last purchase of the trip, bought in the airport like the classy lady I am (lol). I usually try to stay away from a lot of touristy things like this as it all just usually turns to clutter, but again I was feeling sentimental and wanted something special to mark this trip. In case you didn't know Amsterdam is chockfull of houses with adorable facades like this so when we stumbled across these mini-houses I couldn't say no. I thought they were super darling and the detail is amazing, you can't see it in the picture but it actually has tiny little clogs hanging in the window and flowers that snake around to the back. It's the perfect little shelf accessory.

As you can probably tell I didn't buy a lot mostly due to 1.) I wasn't trying to spend a lot of money and 2.) I only had a carry-on that was already stuffed so I didn't have much room for anything either. But I did manage to pick up a few cheeky things.

Thanks for reading!!
xox,
Amanda

Friday, February 16, 2018

Links

I'm back at it with some more links! Hope everyone out there had a great week and a fun Valentine's Day. My week has definitely been great as I started this week off in the beautiful city of Amsterdam! Which I love Amsterdam and am already ready to head back and explore the city even more! Quick self plug: check out my Insta for some cute pics of what we got up to! Despite just getting back home on Wednesday I am totally already itching to hop back on a plane. The trip has definitely left me feeling refreshed and inspired and ready to tackle life (anyone have any jobs that will pay for me to travel?). Anyways I've been so good making regular posts recently I couldn't miss out on todays links post, which I do have a lot of fun things to share!

 Starting off on a more serious note, I usually like to keep things upbeat on here but in the wake of yet another school shooting I can't just brush past this. This is the 18th school shooting this year and the 30th mass shooting this year and let me remind you that it is only February. If this isn't a call for action then I do not know what is, while keeping victims those affected in our thoughts and prayers is a nice sentiment it will not prevent these shootings from happening in the future. Action must be taken to ensure the safety of not only American citizens but especially the children and teachers of our country. Luckily with a little light research here are 5 ways that you can start fighting gun violence now, be sure to check out this website to see your representatives stance on gun control, and here is a simple text that you can send to help join the movement to end gun violence.

Anyways back to regular programming...

I know Valentine's Day has come and gone but if you're still feeling post Valentine's Day blues here are 19 adorable things you can treat yo'self with (or just drool over).

This recipe is actually from last week, but I was just looking at it and I might just have to make some of these this weekend.

I've been v into street style recently (attempting to be cool) so I'm definitely drooling over these street style looks from NY Fashion Week.

With the Olympics in full swing take a trip down memory lane on the best Olympic figure skating costumes.

This essay is surprisingly encouraging for someone who just graduated and is very confused on what the "next step" looks like (ugh cringing at that cliche) aka me. Everyone likes to talk about their achievements but no one focuses on their failures or the before aspect and it's a nice reminder that success isn't automatic.

Hope you're not sick of hearing me talk about Liv yet but this post she made on friendship is definitely worth checking out. ALSO! She just launched a Podcast this week that I highly recommend!

I have to admit I fangirled a bit this past week when I realized Zoella's Amsterdam trip overlapped with my own. Despite the fact that we went to a lot of the same places I sadly didn't run into her. But you can bet I was definitely keeping close tabs on her over on Instagram (is that too creepy to admit?).

Absolutely loving Poppy's Valentine's Day look, which who says this look is exclusive to Valentine's Day?!

I admit I am not the neatest human, and I'm sure dozens of other creative types can agree. Here's a great read on how tidying up can help with productivity and creativity. Not that I've ever disagreed but it is certainly a nice reminder.

Thanks for reading!!
xox,
Amanda

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Happy Valentine's Day!!

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Happy Valentine's Day everyone! Hope you have an amazing day and enjoy spending time with your loved ones!! If you're reading I just want to say thank you so much for following along!! I still feel new to this blogging thing. I'm definitely not the most consistent but it has been something I enjoy and has been a fun creative outlet over the past couple of years. Anyways hope you have a wonderful Valentine's Day and if you are looking for a sweet treat I highly recommend these blondies!

xox,
Amanda

Friday, February 9, 2018

Links

This week has been a week, I feel like so much happened! I mean there was the Super Bowl, the Kylie announcement, now the Olympics, and NYC fashion week just started! Who knew so many things could be happening in February. I'm actually super excited for the Olympics to start, I seriously love the Olympics. I can't say I'm super into sports but omg I love the Olympics and I'm especially partial to the Winter Olympics. Which if you're not watching the opening ceremony tonight then what are you doing? loljk I'm not watching them either because I'll be on the plane bish! But more on that later *insert winky face*. Now onto some exciting links, again I'm super excited about everything that I'm sharing with you today! So cozy up with a big mug of coffee or tea and get ready to dig in!

Starting off incase you have been living under a rock this past week Kylie finally broke her silence on her pregnancy!!! She announced her pregnancy and birth in this Instagram post and uploaded this video about her pregnancy which may or may not have made me tear up a little (oops...).

Also check out Team USA's opening ceremony uniform, designed by Ralph Lauren of course. I have to say the gloves are eh and a little over the top, but the jackets are heated!!

Totally lusting over these jeans that Madewell just dropped, the cut is perfection but the price tag not so much.

This interesting note on fashion week and what's to come, who said fashion isn't political?

In the same vein of fashion week Pantone released their color forecast for Fall/Winter 2018 and I think it's so interesting. They also curated these amazing images to help portray their color palette and it's amazing (seriously jealous of that person's job).

I know I mentioned Timothee Chalamet last week, but Frank Ocean interviewed him here and it's great.

All of the heart eyes for Gray Malin at the Coral Casino. I love the pastel and retro vibes of it!

I discovered this Instagram account this week and my! am I obsessed. I am obsessed with the little puppy, her pink nose is the most adorable thing I've ever seen.

Finally, the cutest macaron DIY.

Thanks for reading!!
xox,
Amanda

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Valentine's Day Blondies

So I warned you Monday I have a bunch of Valentine's Day posts lined up and that I kind of love Valentine's Day despite the fact I'm single. The thing with Valentine's Day too is that I feel like Valentine's Day is much more centered on the thought behind the gift as opposed to the gift itself. I know I made a cheeky little gift guide the other day, but homemade things always seem that much more special on Valentine's Day. Which I'm also all for another holiday centered around chocolate but shh!

When I sat down to brainstorm ideas for some seasonal bakes, blondies seemed like an obvi choice. I mean they're simple to throw together in a pinch, delicious and just toss in Valentine's Day M&M's and all of a sudden they're holiday appropriate. Which these definitely aren't the fanciest things to bake up, some of us just enjoy the simpler things in life. This recipe came from my mom and it is literally the best blondies. Not only do they have a perfect caramel, brown sugar flavor but they are also soft and gooey in the center and crispy around the edges. So go ahead and whip these up and share them with all of your favorite people.
Also quick note, for some reason I find the thought of a couple staying in and making these on Valentine's Day hilarious. Definitely not the most romantic dessert, but who needs romance when there are blondies right?

Before I get into the recipe I actually have a few notes on a few changes I make when I do bake these. First the batch I made in the photos I actually halved the recipe which is why they are baked in a square pan. Next the recipe also says to bake them in a 15 1/2x10 1/2-inch jelly roll pan, I usually just bake them in a regular 9x13-inch pan and that has always worked out fine, so don't stress if you don't have that specific jelly roll pan. The original recipe also calls for just chocolate chips, which you are free to use if you want to, but since I wanted to be festive I replaced the chocolate chips with M&M's.  Which with the M&M's I like the mix about half of them into the batter, pour the batter in the pan, and then sprinkle the rest of the M&M's on top. My final note is just be super careful not to overbake these because then they just turn into a rock, so just keep an eye on them.
 Blondies Recipe
- 1 cup butter
- 2 cups firmly packed light brown sugar
- 2 eggs
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 package (12 oz. or 2 cups) semisweet chocolate chips (or M&M's)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease and flour a 15 1/2x10 1/2 jelly-roll pan; set aside. In a saucepan melt butter over low heat. Remove from heat; add sugar and stir until dissolved. Add eggs and vanilla; continue beating until smooth, scraping sides of saucepan occasionally. Stir in flour and salt until just blended. Fold in chocolate chips (or M&M's). Spread in prepared pan. Bake 25 to 30 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Do not overbake.
Enjoy!

Thanks for reading!!
xox,
Amanda



Monday, February 5, 2018

Valentine's Day Gift Guide

Despite the fact that I'm single af I have begun to grow a strange fondness for Valentine's Day. Which I think is partially due to the popularization of the new holiday known as Galentine's Day (thank you Leslie Knope) and I have just fallen in love with the cheesiness of the whole holiday, all the super girly pink hearts and everything just get me every year. I know single people are supposed to hate Valentine's Day, but for some reason I don't... I think it is just a great excuse to celebrate the loved ones in your life whether they are romantic relationships or not.

So with all of that being said of course and of course me admitting I love the cheesiness of the holiday I of course have a gift guide full of pink and red and hearts. So whether you are on the hunt for a gorgeous something for the lady in your life or your just looking to treat yourself you have most certainly come to the right place!



I have to say I love everything and looking at it all next to each other just makes my girly little soul sing. I have to add one more little plug and say that if you check anything out be sure to take a peak at kikki.K's Valentine's collection because it is literally to die for. Also brace yourself for the Valentine's Day posts because I have a fair few coming up!

Thanks for reading!!
xox,
Amanda

Friday, February 2, 2018

Links

I'm on a roll with these Links posts! But too much has been happening recently for me to not want to share some of my favorite Internet finds, and let me tell you this week is a good one! It's also February! Which is not only my birthday month but I'm also heading to Amsterdam this month which do I even need to explain how excited I am?! I am impatiently counting down the days. Anyways I am feeling pretty good about this weeks links post and kinda of love everything I'm sharing, so be sure to have a good ole browse. Btw I also actually took my own little "flatlay" for todays post and think it's super cute... so yeah...

The best interview between Saoise Ronan and Timothee Chalamet. Not only are these two incredibly talented actors but they are also just really intelligent and down-to-earth human beings. I could keep gushing about the two of them but I'll let you see for yourself.

In case you haven't heard the Grammys got a lot of backlash this week after only one woman won an award in the general category. Neil Portnow, the Recording Academy President, released a statement claiming that women needed to "step up" if they wanted to win awards. Well I think P!nk articulated the perfect response to that statement.

It was announced this week that Tom Hanks is set to play Mr. Rogers in an upcoming movie about him. I grew up watching and loving Mr. Rogers Neighborhood, so I was super excited that they were making a movie on him and honestly Tom Hanks is the perfect choice for playing Mr. Rogers.

Do you remember that awkward gift exchange between Michelle Obama and Melania Trump during the Inauguration last year?

I've been toying with the idea of investing in Tarte Shape Tape concealer even though it has amazing reviews I am having a hard time swallowing the $27 price tag. But I have good news for all of you who feel the same! This Makeup Revolution concealer is supposedly a dupe to the Tarte concealer and is only $7, needless to say I am itching to get my hands on this.

One word: Miami. I've randomly been dying to go to Miami and this post from Aspyn is certainly feeding those desires.

NOTICE: If you are in the market for a teddy bear coat RUN don't walk to your local H&M because I just picked one up from there this week for $15, fifteen dollars!! Sadly it's not online but definitely go check out your nearest H&M!

If you love Dior and you love Harry Potter then you must check out this Instagram. It's called Gryffindior, need I say more?

Thanks for reading!!
xox,
Amanda

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Winter Coat Cheat Sheet

One of the things I have realized as I've grown older is that not every winter coat is treated the same. Which I'm not just talking about quality and price, but depending on the material different coats are better suited for different types of weather.

I was recently doing a bit of research on the best type of outerwear for my upcoming trip to Amsterdam, as the average highs will be in the 40s and I often fall into the trap of thinking 40 degrees isn't cold. Anyways I was surprised how hard it was to find any information on what types of coats are best suited for different types weather, as you wouldn't wear the same jacket in 0 degree weather as you would in 40 degree weather.

I decided to take it upon myself to do some research on winter coats and create my own guide to winter coats that has all the information you might need in one place. Below I'm going to be focusing on different materials that winter coats are often made out of and the pros and cons of each material as well as the appropriate weather for each type of coat.

This is definitely going to be a functional over fashion post so if you came here in search of finding out the difference between a pea coat and a duffle coat you may want to look else wear. With that being said though I do believe that you can find fashionable pieces for each category, so I've included a few examples of coats at different price points for you to check out!

So if you're in the market for a new coat you have come to the right spot! I know I'm posting this mid-season, but hopefully this will also be a great reference for any future coat purchases.

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Wool
If you know me irl this will come as no surprise to you, but I am a complete wool advocate. Turns out wool isn't just timeless for the look, but the material is incredibly versatile also. Wool is a great insulator while still somehow remaining extremely breathable. It's also naturally water-resistant (note: I said water-resistant and not waterproof), but it naturally wicks away moisture from your body thus keeping you dry and toasty. Hence why wool is such a popular choice in cities like London where it's damp and cold year round. All-in-all I may be a bit biased but I love wool not only for it's classic coat styles but also it's versatility, but one thing you should not about wool is that when the weather drops below freezing wool isn't always the warmest option.

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Down
While down brings back childhood memories of my mom stuffing me into a giant marshmallow coat and sending me off to school, as an adult I am starting to realize how practical down can be and almost necessary depending on your climate. For example if you're living in New York City or further North down is a necessity. Made from goose feathers down is extremely lightweight but extremely insulating and is much warmer than wool. The only downside (sorry I couldn't resist) is that it isn't water-resistant and become basically useless once it gets wet. Though on the bright side you can find waterproof down coats. While down isn't the most stylish option it is most certainly a necessity for surviving harsh winters.

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Synthetic
Recent innovations in fabric technology has made synthetic insulation another practical option in choosing winter coats and definitely something to think about. Combining wool/down with a synthetic material has become increasingly popular. For example adding synthetic technology to down you can create a waterproof down coat or adding synthetic insulation to wool can give you a warmer wool coat. Synthetic is going to be a bit more breathable than down so it definitely is a good option if your going to be active. Synthetic materials is also a good thing to consider if you're concerned about price as synthetic insulation is going to run a bit cheaper than wool and down coats.

Synthetic fibers can be really confusing as they often have more than one name. Most of the brands and companies that have developed these textiles have copyrighted and/or trademarked these fibers so they often aren't referred to as the same thing. But when I'm talking about synthetic I'm not referring to polyester and acrylic (both things you should stay away from when looking for a quality coat), but materials like Thinsulate, Thermoball, and PrimaLoft. These are all extremely technical fabrics that can compete with natural fibers like down and wool.

Now before I sign off I need to finish with the most important thing you should be doing when shopping for a quality winter coat and that is checking the tag and seeing what the coat is really made out off! Definitely check to make sure what your buying is what you think you are paying for. For example wool coats will often say wool blend but when you check the tag is will be only 3% wool, so definitely check the tags!

Hope this helped anyone looking for a winter coat!!

Thanks for reading!!
xox,
Amanda

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Links

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I know, I know I just made a Links post not even a week ago but there were just a lot more things that I got excited about, I couldn't not post one! How has your week been? Mine has been kind of slow, I've just been working and watching movies... But I am sorta looking forward to the Grammys this weekend. I'm not super into celebrities and such but award shows just get me, I would rather be watching the Oscars but w/e.... Anyways hope you enjoy some of the links I have to share!

Oscar nominations were released this week! Despite not being the biggest movie buff I love the Oscars... Which if your like me and have only seen a couple of the nominated movies here's how you can change that.

I think we can collectively agree that Millie Bobby Brown was the cutest on the red carpet at the SAG Awards.

Urban has the best graphic tees rn. omg. I love this one, this one, this sweatshirt, and I have of course been eyeing this tee for months.

While we're "shopping" I saw this swimsuit the other day in Target and am obsessed, it's so cute.

As I've mentioned I loved The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, so of course loved this super cute little clip of Rachel Brosnahan.

An interesting, and quick read, of what it's like being an immigrant in the US. These eight statements are all voices that need to be heard and are important in the conversation about immigration.

This great article about the 5 love languages you never knew about, my personal faves would be quiet time and gifs.

I'm loving Aerie's newest campaign, of course.

Last but not least if you have some extra money to spend the Diptyque Valentine's collection is to die for.

Thanks for reading!!
xox,
Amanda

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Beauty Haul

So I feel like I have to preface this post by saying I'm definitely not the biggest beauty person. I feel like I was more into make-up when I was in high school, but it just turned into something I didn't want to spend heaps of money on. With that being said I recently bought some new make-up things and I wanted to share them because I am actually super excited about it! It has been a minute since I've bought new make-up that wasn't just replacing something I've run out of and I've forgotten how fun it can be! Being a long time watcher of YouTube, I have watched many of hauls so I figured if people can post videos of things they bought why can't I make a blog post of some things that I have recently bought.


To start this haul off a few weeks back I randomly decided to place an order from ColourPop. ColourPop is a brand that I have heard about for years but never actually used any of their products until now and I have to say I might be hooked. I  of course picked up 3 of their infamous matte liquid lipsticks, a highlighter, and an eyeshadow. 


The first lip color I picked up is in Aquarius 2 which is kind of one of those trendy browny/pinky nudes that are super in right now. It's described on the website as being mauvey griege which I think is pretty accurate, as it is definitely a cooler toned nude. I definitely love this color but I just always have a hard time with nudes, my lips are super rosy so I often feel like they just look odd on me. But one day I will hopefully have the guts to wear this out because I do really like it.


I love this color, it is seriously my perfect "nude"/neutral shade. It's not to brown and it's not to pink, I highly recommend this if you have the same problem as me of finding nude shades that suit you.


The last Ultra Matte Lip I picked up is from their super adorable My Little Pony collection and again I am obsessed with this color. The website describes it as being a blackened plum and I think that is a perfectly accurate description. I'm always a big fan of a good berry-toned lip and this is definitely no exception. I've been wanting a super deep berry color for ages and this has definitely filled that void. Btw isn't it funny how I am perfectly comfortable wearing this but the nude shade scares me?...

Before I continue on I just want to add a quick note on the Ultra Matte Lips. I'm super happy with these and impressed with the quality. They're super creamy to apply and they are really pigmented, like the color in the tube is what you get. They are also extremely long lasting, which I think is partially due to them being matte, as they basically dry on your lips and the color will be there all day. The only con of that is that they do tend to dry out your lips, but again I think that's just the nature of matte products.


This are super cool! I picked this up to use as highlight/eyeshadow. I have to admit when I first opened this I was like, well maybe I'll just be using this as an eyeshadow as I didn't realize how dark the color was. But don't let the color in the picture scare you, as these actually blend out like a dream and I'm pale af. While I'm saving to use this as a highlight for summer, I have been using it as eyeshadow and it's the perfect light golden-y shimmer. The formula of this is super cool too, it's like kind of bouncy and a cross between a cream and powder product.


So I couldn't resist the freaking adorable My Little Pony collection and had to pick up another product. So I bought this product thinking it would just be a pretty shimmery pink-y champagne (aka my kinda shadow). Which the color is a really pretty pink-y champagne but what I didn't realize is that this wasn't just going to be shimmer-y but also glittery. I'm generally not super into glitter but I also am kinda into this product. While this might not be in my everyday circulation it's definitely great for a day when I'm feeling spunky or a night out. The formulation of this eyeshadow is kind of similar to the highlight too, where it's not quite a cream or a powder but some cool halfway point.


So the second portion of this haul is a couple Asian beauty products that I just picked up last week! I have been super interested in Asian beauty things for years now, ever since "beauty gurus" started talking about them on YouTube. They definitely can be hard to find and get a hold of in the US but I've recently discovered that Amazon actually carries a plethora of different products, which is where I picked all of these things up from. But another great resource that I have used in the past is Pretty & Cute

I have been using the BB Cream for years, this is actually the only thing in this haul that I have used in the past. But this is a product that I often find myself turning to every winter as it just feels really nourishing on the skin. I don't like super thick or heavy foundations but I do like some coverage and this is the perfect product. It's interesting because it does have really good coverage and the product is pretty thick and moisturizing, but once you apply it, it doesn't feel heavy or sticky on the skin at all. Before I used this I was also worried about the color, as I'm pale af and it does only come in one shade. But it actually comes out with a slight gray-cast and the color oxidizes and adjusts to your skin tone, crazy right?

This is a Japanese product I've heard people rave about for years and I am finally trying it! I've only used it once but so far really like it. It's a super dark black color and it's super easy to make super fine lines or thicker lines and it hasn't smudged yet!


I had to insert another picture of this product because it is just so cute! So this is another Korean product and I love it too. Again I've only used this once so far but so far so good. It's a really pretty bright coral pink color, it's really pigmented but, again, blends out like a dream. The formulation of this too is also a squishy in between of a powder/cream product.

What beauty things are you loving right now?

Thanks for reading!!
xox,
Amanda

Monday, January 22, 2018

Links

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I admit I meant to post this yesterday and completely forgot, oops. With that being said I need to figure out a consistent day that I post these posts, but until I do that I guess these "Links" posts will turn up on random days including Monday... *insert no-see-evil monkey emoji*.

Now that, that's out of the way I hope you all had an amazing weekend, and that it was refreshing and left you ready to tackle this week. My weekend was not the most exciting, most of it was spent sitting on the couch watching the Olympic channel... random, I know. Anyways I had some fun links that I wanted to share, obvi, and hopefully this will be something fun for you to look at one a Monday morning!

A peek inside of Anna Bond's gorgeous house. If you didn't know Anna Bond is the brains behind one of my ultimate favorite brands, Rifle Paper Co, so this is must to check out.

Tasty Japan. For some reason I've been super into Japanese things recently and this Instagram is no exception. While I can't read anything, it still makes me want to try more Japanese dishes.

Airbnb's you need to put on your travel bucket list.

I recently picked up these shoes, in the green (although the pink is so cute too) and I am in love with them.

Perhaps not the most uplifting post but I highly recommend watching Aly Raisman's personal statements against Larry Nassar. While the whole situation is sickening, Aly's statement is empowering as she calls out not only Larry Nassar, but also USA gymnastics and the US Olympic Committee.

12 Things I Wish I Knew Before Moving to New York City. As someone who wants to move to NYC I was super intrigued in this article thinking it was probably going to be like "12 things that suck about NYC", but it was actually kind of an inspiring read.

I like food and I'm not scared of cooking, but the one thing that does scare me is meals. Nine times out ten I tend to choose what I'm going to cook based on the ingredients I have instead of figuring out a recipe and going to get the ingredients, so this stir fry guide is super handy for creating your own healthy concoction based off what you already own.

Last if you want something new or cozy to watch check out some of my favorite cozy shows!

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Cozy Shows


As we are all well aware we are stuck in the midst of winter, with countless cold days ahead of us it can be difficult to remember there was ever a world where warm weather existed. While winter is easy to despise, the cold weather creates the perfect excuse for cozying up indoors and binging on some shows.

I know I am always someone who is on the hunt for a new show to watch so I've created a list of my some of my favorite shows to cozy-up on the couch to. The majority of these shows aren't new, but these are for sure my go-tos for cozy days. So instead of hating the cold embrace hygge and light your candles, grab a mug of hot chocolate, and a fuzzy blanket and settle down for a cozy night in with a good show.
Gilmore Girls | I'm pretty sure I've droned on about Gilmore Girls before, but I just love this show! It's literally the perfect feel good, cozy show. While the new reboot A Year in the Life left much to be desired, the original show never fails (particularly seasons 2-3, or any episode with Jess). The show takes place in the adorable tiny town of Stars Hollow, Connecticut focusing on the best mother-daughter duo, Lorelai and Rory Gilmore. Between the adorable New England setting and the mother-daughter dynamic makes for the perfect cozy show.  Unpopular opinion: I am kind of obsessed with Rory Gilmore, like I just love her (probably because I feel like I relate to her a lot).
Call the Midwife | This show took me forever to get into, it probably took me at least a year to watch the first episode. But once I sat down and watched a few more episodes I was hooked. The premise of this show is centered around a group of midwives living and working in a poverty-stricken neighborhood in London. While this show can often be an emotional roller coaster, each episode ends with such optimism that just makes you feel so good. I've also never been someone who's interested in medical stuff, but this show has made me more interested in medical stuff. It makes me want to be a nurse until reality hits and I realize I could never be a nurse.
Friends | Again another show that I’m sure I have droned on about in the past but I just had to include Friends. This is by far my favorite sit-com and it never gets old (the amount of episodes probably helps that). It’s also a show that I find myself relating to a lot too, as it’s centered around the lives of a group of twenty-something (eventually 30) friends living in New York City and learning how to be an adult. I just love the friendship aspect of this show and seeing how they all became each others family. The characters are also not only really well developed but none of them are depicted as "perfect" either, throughout the seasons you get to watch each one go through their own highs and lows which makes it super relatable too. Long story short you need to seriously watch friends if you haven't.
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel | I have to admit before starting this show I was skeptical mostly because it's made by Amazon Prime, but after hearing that it had been nominated for several Golden Globes I decided to give it a chance. I'm so glad I did because oh my goodness it's so good! The show takes place during the 1950s and Midge Maisel (Mrs. Maisel) has dedicated her life to being the perfect housewife up until her world comes crashing around her. This show is actually really empowering because you get to watch Midge Maisel re-build her life and become her own person after dedicated so many years to her husband and her parents. I also love the fashion in this too, Midge always looks fab.
Sherlock | Now I know this show seems a bit random out of the bunch but it is honestly one of my all time favorite cozy-time shows. Out of all these shows this one just screams to be watched by the fire with a fresh mug of tea. Long story short it's a modern take on Sherlock Holmes set in London, of course. This show just has everything for captivating and mysterious plots, a little bit of humor (and a lot a bit of dry humor), quirky characters, and a tiny bit of romance all in one. Which I now want to go watch Sherlock after talking about it.

What are some of your favorite shows to cozy up to?

Thanks for reading!!
xox,
Amanda