Thursday, April 24, 2014

BEAUTY: Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear "Lacey Lilac" Review

If you've ever visited my little corner of the internet before, you will know that I don't just use any kind of nail polish. In fact, the mere existence of this polish in my collection is something of a small miracle. This is literally the only non OPI or Essie polish I own. I'm not kidding.  And I don't say this to be snobbish. I very well could be missing out of many a nail polish color and formula by being so exclusive. However, my mom always only bought OPI polish while I was growing up, and I would rather spend $9 on a bottle I know I will use and love instead of $3 on something that might turn out terrible.

So now that that little rant is over, let's get to the heart of this post. In a package from a friend I received this nail polish along with a few other trinkets and baubles. Now you can imagine my contempt at opening this. "Oh I'll never use this, it's a Sally Hansen polish".

Or at least that is what I thought.

For months I have been on the hunt for the perfect lilac color. Something not too grey or dull, but also not too dark or vibrant. A happy middle ground. Somehow, Sally got this one right. This color is exactly what I was hoping for, and I wasn't as displeased with the formula as I thought I would be.
(In sunlight)
(In shade)

The application is a bit thick, but not in a clumpy sort of way. Just in a thick cream type of texture. There is minimal streaking, and any of that will be easily fixed with a second coat. 

As for longevity, I can say that I have worn it twice with two different results. The first time I went AT LEAST three days without a single chip. No exaggeration. However, the second wear proved much less hardy and I had a minor chip on the second day. That stayed consistently small though and no other chips appeared until the third day. 

So what can I say? Maybe I was wrong to write off all other brands of nail polish. While I will continue to use this color in the future, I am still not quite swayed enough to spend my own money on them. I'll stick to my tried and true.

But if there are any company's out there willing to send over a sample or two, I'm not going to turn you down ;)

xoxo, Katie

Wednesday, April 23, 2014


Am I a little over the top? Possibly. Is it a good thing? Absolutely.

My love for puppies and kittens knows no bounds; I've been trying to get my boyfriend to steal his neighbor's cat's kittens for about two months now (to no avail, sadly). Since I won't be able to have pets in my apartment this fall and I'll be living away from my pets this summer, the next best thing is to fill the rooms with pet themed home items.

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Of course I wouldn't put all of these in the same room (or would I?), but a cute reminder of our furry friends placed here and there isn't all bad. Especially if they easily fit into the color scheme or design. Every loves to cuddle up to a pillow with the shape of their favorite breed on the front!

No? Just me? Eh, oh well.

xoxo, Katie

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

OOTD: Check Me Out

Dress- Forever21
Cardigan- H&M
Flats- Lucky Brand
Necklaces and Sunglasses- Thrifted
Nails- OPI "Tickle My France-y" and "Teenage Dream"

I've had these photos on my computer for over a week now, debating and flip flopping on whether or not to upload them. I like this outfit quite a lot, but the winter and laziness have created a monster in me that resulted in a little more weight than I'm used to. Personally, I can see it quite boldly in these. It would be a waste not to show off this dress, though, so I'm sucking it up (and in) and putting these online. Screw you, self-depreciating thoughts!

I went through a phase a few weeks back of being completely immersed in the Clueless world. I wanted anything and everything that was reminiscent of the good ol' 90's and particularly the Cher world of Beverly Hills. While I know that a "true" Beverly Hills kid wouldn't be caught dead in a dress from Forever21, I can at least pretend I'm fancy and driving a pretty white Jeep. The dress instead is super comfortable and a surprising quality for Forever21. At this point I never expect much from them, though, so my standards aren't exactly high. Still, I'd like to find this dress in the sunflower print I saw they had. Hello, reliving my kindergarden wardrobe!

PS- If you've noticed anything different lately, please bare with me. I'm still getting everything worked out. (and if you didn't notice anything, no worries. I didn't expect you to, haha) It's all rather minor and mostly on my end, but there will be a blog post explaining everything soon.

xoxo, Katie

Thursday, April 17, 2014

BEAUTY: Maybelline "Baby Skin" Review

I'm probably just a little bit late on this bandwagon since I kept myself away from Walmart, Walgreens, and all forms of online makeup ordering for a few months, but about a month and a half ago I bought the Maybelline Baby Skin "Instant Pore Eraser" after seeing raving reviews on the Benefit Porefessional. What logic is that you might ask? The kind that is $26 cheaper.

So essentially it is a clear semi-liquid gel that you smooth over a clean face to minimize your pores. I didn't dig into the science of it all, but it would appear to essentially just fill those pores. Sounds scary, I know, but I have yet to break out or have any kind of reaction to this product so it must fill them without clogging. Don't ask me how that works.

For the $5.59 price tag, this is a pretty good little product. I've always had problems with large pores (thanks, genetics) and my mistreatment of my acne when I was younger certainly didn't help. My cheeks in particular are a problem area, especially around the front of my face. Below you actually can see a difference. This was without any foundation over the top, so you will have to excuse the redness of my one cheek. However if you zero in on the pores, I certainly think they are much less visible on the side with Baby Skin on it.

Overall, I wouldn't go as far as saying this is a miracle product. It does make foundation a little slippery, and I do think it makes it wear off a little quicker since the makeup is resting on top of the gel instead of the skin or a primer. As a stand-alone face product, though, I'm in love. Days "without makeup" are a little less rough now, and a repurchase isn't out of the question. Now to try and save up for the Benefit product to try a comparison! Those of you who have tried both- is it worth it?
xoxo, Katie

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

INSPIRATION: Spring Handbag Wishlist

Ted Baker Wallet

If you can't tell, I have a slight obsession with totes at the moment. I love the look of carrying a bag on my elbow rather than my shoulder or a cross body bag. However, I can't completely rule out the cross body look, and this super bright neon satchel fits the perfect bill. Statement purses are a super easy way to add more personality to an outfit, especially since almost all of my outfits have been super minimalist and (usually) monochromatic as of late.

And can we just take a minute to appreciate this Rebecca Minkoff bag? Literal perfection. Structure, black and white, AND handles? It doesn't get much better. I would (almost) kill for this bag. What I would love even more to put IN the bag is this French Bulldog Ted Baker wallet. Ever since I got my Pollee bow flip flops from Ted Baker I've been obsessed with the brand. Throw in a collage of french bulldogs? I'm sold. So if anyone knows where to find it (I searched high and low!), please please please let me know. My boyfriend needs a Facebook message with the link very badly, haha
xoxo, Katie

Monday, April 14, 2014

OOTD: Livin' the Casual Life

If you are looking at these photos thinking "Why are you showing us old pictures from the fall?", you would be mistaken. Although it looks quite like November here, it is indeed mid-April and snowing as I type this post. Gosh, the Midwest is lovely.

Top- H&M
Cardigan- H&M
Jeans- Old Navy DIY
Necklaces- Thrifted
Rings- Forever21/eBay
Shoes- TOMS
There are a couple of things to be said about this outfit.

1- If you watched my Youtube video (which you totally should because not only do you see FIVE outfits not posted here, but there's some rockin' music) you will notice that this is the same outfit as the very last one in the video. I felt pretty crappy about the quality of that filming the last day so I decided to just take some pictures of it as well.

2- Having said that, I'm not sure it was worth taking pictures of. It is also painfully obvious to me that my eyebrows need some work STAT.

This outfit is super casual, and although it does feature my newest favorite necklace layering combination, I can't say I'm very fond of it. The crop length is slightly awkward (hence the absence of standing photographs) and I was having a peculiarly blasé day. Nothing bad happened, but nothing very wonderful happened either. I'm going to blame it on the perpetually grey skies at the moment. We had one fleeting day of beautiful 75 degree weather, and I would give anything to have that back. Thankfully I did get out that day for some pictures and girl time (aka coffee and ranting), so those should be up later this week with a special surprise.

In life news, I started training for my new position as the Opinions section editor for my college newspaper! I think I'll even write a lifestyle post on it. I'm all about those lately, and I can't stop watching people's daily vlogs on Youtube and reading little life snippets in their blogs. Do you have any favorite vloggers/bloggers? What are some of your favorite things they post? Let me know in the comments!

xoxo, Katie

Saturday, April 12, 2014

OOTD: Transition to Spring x2!

Just like Marionberry has said before, there really are a few phrases that bloggers need to ban from their vocabulary. "Transition to spring" may be one of them, but I'll make it a point in my future posts not to use it :p

Does it get any easier than overalls? They combine the easy of a dress without the hassle of worrying about crossing your legs or your skirt flying up! They're more versatile than a romper since overalls can be combined with different shirts underneath, and don't even get me started on the possible shoe and jewelry combinations.

Can you tell I'm a fan of overalls coming back?

I can remember a pair of hot pink Rugrats overalls I had in first grade, and there may or may not be a home video stashed away somewhere of me doing a "ballerina routine" in the living room with those on...I digress.

I paired these with a crop top for an unexpected twist, and it helps to get some of that breeze in there! It's been beautifully warm the last couple of day (at least when the sun decides to come out) and I'm taking every chance I can get to feel the sun on my skin. I didn't quite soak up enough of it in California. For when the sun ISN'T shining, however, I threw on my white leather jacket from Forever21. I didn't get the chance to get any pictures with it, but trust me when I say it looks pretty darn cool.

Speaking of California, we have a little surprise in store with this post today! Out on the West Coast, the lovely Joyce of "Joyful Outfits"(yup, the same Joyce who designed my layout!) has so splendid come up with another way to move away from the chill, but in a different climate. Her bay area expertise might come in handy some day if I ever finally move my butt out there. Take a peek over at her blog for a little bit of inspiration as well. Maybe you'll find a clever way to combine the two!