Fall Inspiration Board

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Fall is just around the corner for the majority of the world if it hasn’t already hit the ground running with its colorful leaves and pea coats and dark nail polish. I feel like I’ve talked about this season way too much, so I’m just gonna let my girl Taylor Swift take it away on this one.. she pretty much hits the nail right on the head.

“Hats and scarves and knee socks and wearing tights for the first time in months and when the mornings are all chilly and you can see your breath and draw little pictures on foggy windows and plaid stuff and ANKLE BOOTS and not caring when people make fun of pumpkin flavored stuff cause you LOVE IT and are happy it’s all the rage and people who dress their dogs in costumes on Halloween and fires in fireplaces and maroon/hunter green/mustard yellow color combos and baking your first fall batch of cookies but you put too much cinnamon in it because you’re TOO EXCITED BECAUSE IT’S FALL.”

And that’s why I’m excited about Fall. Are you excited? Or if you’re not, what’s your favorite season? Lemme know!

My Night With The Maze Runner Cast

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There I was… innocently trying to write out my vitally-important Instagram caption for my picture with Dylan O’Brien when a blood-hurdling scream emerged out of the girl next to me. I literally jumped, and quite honestly thought that somebody had been shot.

Nope. It was just Jacob Latimore, one of the stars of The Maze Runner, stepping out of his car and into the existence of this girl who had by that point already started crying. Personally, I had no idea who this guy was and how in the world I had found myself within a line of people screaming his name.

I mean I guess you’re wondering where I am that this could happen to me? New York. I’m in New York! I love this city with everything I have in me, and the story as to why I’m here will come in a later post…. This post is about how I had debatably the best night of my entire life last night.

I got back to my hotel room at about 4:30PM yesterday, slumped over on my bed, and opened my laptop to check Twitter. I follow a whole lot of people on Twitter, as in I follow more people that I don’t know than people I do know. Interesting people, celebrities, actors, musicians, etc. I also happen to follow James Dashner, writer of the brilliantly heart-wrenching Maze Runner series. Well it just so happens that the entire cast of The Maze Runner movie is in New York doing promo all week. I DID NOT KNOW THIS. I saw James retweet a post about an event that was happening six blocks away from my apartment. I don’t know if I have ever changed so fast and sprinted down the street.

If y’all don’t know, I am a huge Teen Wolf fan. That show is everything to me, and I’ve seen every episode at least twice. Honestly, the show is great because the cast is great, and Dylan O’Brien, who plays Stiles, has been my favorite ever since day one. I mean I don’t want to say that I’m obsessed with him, but I’m obsessed with him. Oh, and Dylan just so happens to play the main character in The Maze Runner.

When I got there, there was a large mob of fans behind this gate, and I joined the mob at the end of the line. The end of the line was sparse, which concerned me because I didn’t know if I would get into the event or anything at all.

All of a sudden, this black SUV pulls up to the curb, and Dylan steps out of the car. I freaked out. I just freaked out. HOW WAS THIS HAPPENING?!?!??? I was miraculously (Honestly, MIRACULOUSLY. I don’t know how I did it.) able to stay calm and collected while he was signing for us. I got to tell him what I’ve been wanting to tell him for years and what I thought that I would never get to tell him ever.

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And then all of a sudden, while I’m rambling on, somebody bumps him, and he’s all like “I’m sorry, somebody is trying to interrupt this conversation we’re having” in the most honest-to-god genuine way. And that was the moment that my heart pretty much exploded.

The girl next to me recorded us on her phone and sent it to me, and when she told me that, I pretty much attacked her in a hug. You really just need to go watch a clip of that video that I posted on my Instagram, because it’s the cutest.

I just absolutely adore Dylan, and the fact that I was able to have an actual conversation with him is just something that I never in a million years expected to happen. Meeting him was so beyond anything I could have ever expected. He’s just a really good person, you know? Really charismatic, funny, and WAY TOO ATTRACTIVE (see below). Like, I don’t know how I’m ever going to recover from this.

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The girl next to me and I became friends pretty much instantaneously when we realized that we basically both have obsessively passionate personalities and think that sleeping on the street and waiting ten hours in line to meet somebody or see a show is a completely normal thing to do. And when you meet those kinds of people, you pretty much just get along instantly because you understand each other on a level that 99% of the world does not.

After all of the stars of the movie arrived in their cars and went down the line of people, we all filtered in to the theatre to watch a free advance screening of the movie with the cast. Like, what is life? They gave us popcorn and drinks, which I was most excited about because I basically hadn’t eaten all day.

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The event was hosted by Teen Vogue, and they introduced the cast on stage right before the movie started. Honestly, the cast is all so cute and they were all genuinely interested in meeting everybody and happy that we were supporting the movie and just all-around good people, ya know? Oh, and the movie was incredible. I cried.

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As we were leaving the theater, we saw James Dashner, the author of The Maze Runner, whom we had met earlier than day, and we gave him a big thumbs up from across the theater. He was such a kind and endearing individual, and he blew us kisses from his seat and we blew him some back as we exited the theater. Also, if you watch closely, James makes a cameo in one of the last scenes of the movie when there is a group of people sitting around a conference table.

After the movie ended, my friend Jessica and I were hanging out right outside the theater when all of a sudden, I’m just like “Wait who is that? Why is somebody taking a picture of him?” And then I realize that it’s my favorite fashion blogger, Galla, standing around chatting, and he is honestly just as beautiful in person as he is on his blog. And then I’m like, “Oh and there’s that guy from Teen Vogue who interviews everybody!” I featured him on my blog here when he interviewed Alexa Chung. Just to be clear, he does actually wear plaid suits in everyday life, and not just for interviews.

I’ve been in New York for less than two days & I’ve already made friends, met Dylan O’Brien, seen my favorite fashion blogger, and watched an advance screening of a movie. Is this the city’s way of telling me that I need to actually move here?

If you read this whole thing, I love you.

Monday Motivation: Trust The Process

Life is a series of goals we are trying to accomplish, and getting from Point A to Point B every time is probably the longest road you will ever travel. Point B usually ends up being different than you ever anticipated since your GPS will undoubtedly break, you’ll hit a few road bumps, and pick up a few additional travelers along the way.

If you’ve been striving for something for so long, and if that light at the end of your tunnel is starting to dim, please don’t let it. What’s meant to happen will happen. Trust the process, and trust yourself.

Add some motivation to your Monday and watch the video below where Olivia Ward, winner of Season 11 of The Biggest Loser (MY FAVORITE SHOW), delves into the concept of trusting the process and how doing that ended up changing her life. It’s a powerful message, I promise.

Sending lots of love your way on this lovely day! You are most wonderful.

Covergirl’s Ready Set Gorgeous line!

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One of the main reasons that I never really buy foundation/concealer/colored face products from the drugstore is because you can’t test out the products to see if they match your face before you buy them. It’s just always been rather annoying for me, so I generally stick with buying skincare products at the drugstore. But I decided to face the forces of Target and buy some face products for no other reason than the fact that two of my favorite YouTubers talked about this line and it looked like the products would fit my expectations. AND THEY DID.

And I mean.. on that note, can we all just give a standing round of applause for me because I actually picked out the right shade for once?!? For every product?!?!!? Miracles happen every day people, EVERY DAY.

Ready Set Gorgeous foundation. I REALLY LIKE THIS STUFF! It’s good. I feel like the color matches my skin so well that it looks like my skin is naturally beautiful (which it’s not). It’s a liquid foundation as you can probably tell, but it dries to a beautiful not-sticky, not “oh my god I need powder immediately” formulation. I’m the shade 120.

Ready Set Gorgeous powder. I’m telling you that you should buy this for the sole reason that it comes in a compact with a mirror larger than the radius of Oklahoma. It’s big, and snaps closed and is going to be uber-helpful for me to actually look acceptable all day and not just let my mascara run down my face as I go about my day unknowingly looking like a raccoon. That will happen no longer because of this mirror (and because I’m throwing out the mascara that does this to my face). I’m the shade light.

Ready Set Gorgeous concealer. I’ve actually really been looking for a new concealer because my Bobbi Brown one is too pink at the moment, and this one is perfect.. I’m the shade light, which is a shade too light but I’m dealing with it because I feel like it works as an under-eye brightener. And the super light color is not even a problem logisically becuase it’s SO EASY TO BLEND! So easy.

Have you tried the Ready Set Gorgeous line? What did you think? Let me know!

The Five People I Would Invite To Dinner

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You know that question… what 5 people would you invite to dinner, dead or alive? Well. I’ve decided on my answer in case anybody ever asks and I figured I would share in case any of them read my blog (LOL) and I’ve heard that if you throw your aspirations out into the universe, they have a better chance of coming true. So. Here’s my list.

  1. Taylor Swift
  2. Karlie Kloss
  3. Mindy Kaling
  4. Dylan O’Brien
  5. Meghan Rienks

I went back and forth on this list for a very long time because the dynamics had to be right, you know? Like I almost invited Taylor Lautner before I realized the tension that that might cause for Taylor. And then I was struggling between Lily Collins and Meghan but ultimately decided on Meghan. Lily will be invited to the next one though.

Who are your 5? Think about it and let me know.

 

What’s On My iPhone: A Guided Tour

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I have two pages of apps on my iPhone, which I like to call a success in comparison to my previous four pages of apps.. I really only use a few of them on a daily basis, and then I have a bunch more that I use more sparingly. For example, I literally have a folder on my iPhone titled ‘Airplanez’ for when I get overwhelmingly bored on an airplane and need to occupy my attention with something that doesn’t include wifi. In that folder, I’ve got Temple Run, Cube Runner, MazeFinger, Falling Balls, and Tangram. I use those apps every time I fly, so I need that folder for my sanity, you know?

Today we’re talking about all of the other apps that I use more frequently! Let’s get started.

  • Twitter – I tweet about everything. EVERYTHING. Literally if you want to know what’s going on in my life, check my Twitter. I always end up opening Facebook to post a status and then realize that nobody actually cares about my pointless update and then go post it on Twitter.
  • Instagram – Do I really need to explain this one? Instagram is life.
  • Medium – I love this app because it provides a curated feed of easy-to-digest articles written by everyday people, and the font size is big enough so that you don’t have to squint to read it. Amazing, right?
  • Spotify – I have a premium membership with Spotify for the sole reason that I plug the app into my car’s speakers so I can listen to my playlists as I drive. Also, all of the albums that I refuse to actually purchase…. I can listen to them on Spotify and it’s glorious.
  • Starbucks – I love this app because it is so unbelievably easy to reload your credit. Just log in, press a button, and you can use it again. For example, if you forget your wallet at home and don’t realize it until your car pulls into the parking lot, you can just reload your Starbucks credit while you walk in to the store and still get your coffee.
  • Sosh – This is the perfect travel app if you ever find yourself in NYC, Seattle, Chicago, San Francisco, or Washington DC. It’s a curation of activities, events, dining, and local favorites that connects with your location so you can find interesting events and restaurants that are literally around the corner.
  • Snapchat – I am what you would call a ‘passive snapper,’ which means that I don’t actually post anything, I just follow a bunch of people and watch their snaps.
  • Goodreads – When I’m browsing in a bookstore and find a book that I really want to buy, I generally open up my Goodreads app and see what the reviews are for that book. If all of the top reviews are horrible, I won’t waste my time. But if there are a lot of good reviews for it, I generally purchase it.

Any apps that you can’t live without? Let me know below!

My Beauty Wishlist

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Sephora is a dangerous place. I could easily spend way too much money in there. Literally every problem you could ever hope to fix can be found within those black and white walls. Problems that you didn’t even know you had but now desperately need to fix can be found in there. It’s dangerous. This is my wish list of items that I haven’t purchased but that I stare at every time I pass them. Enjoy!

  • Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick in Pink Quartz – I just need this. I JUST DO. It’s so pretty and sparkly and so many of my favorite beauty bloggers rave about it..
  • Kat Von D Tatoo Liner – Liquid eyeliner pens are my favorite thing in the world because they’re so easy to apply, and I’ve heard that this one is spectacular.
  • Nars Sheer Glow – I feel like if there’s one makeup product that you can afford to splurge on, it should be foundation because that’s the basis of how your face/skin looks. I’ve heard so much about this product and am dying to get my hands on it…
  • Benefit Brow Zing – I got my brows waxed at the Benefit counter in Sydney once, and the lady applied this product afterwards and my eyebrow game had never been stronger. I told her that I would get it after I got back home (because things are way more expensive in Australia) and I haven’t yet. YET.
  • Bobbi Brown Nude on Nude Palette – If there’s one thing that I do not need more of, it’s eyeshadow palettes. And definitely not neutral eyeshadow palettes.. but this one is just so pretty and I’ve never tried Bobbi Brown eyeshadows before sooooo it’s on the list.

What’s on your list? Let me know!

My Monday Morning Routine

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I’ve done a morning routine video, but I didn’t exactly include what happens before I wake up for the day.. This is what happens.

4:30 AM: “bark. bark. bark. bark.” – my dog Abby

4:37 AM: FINE I WILL GET UP AND LET YOU OUTSIDE TO PEE.

4:39 AM: Abby sits on the lawn and starts eating grass instead of peeing.

4:40 AM: I start chasing Abby around the backyard until she pees.

4:41 AM: Abby pees and I go back to bed.

6:30 AM: “bark. bark. bark. bark.” – Abby

6:30 AM: I ignore said barks, which probably means that she had to pee on the living room carpet but whatever I was tired.

7:30 AM: Our other dog Dakota runs into my room, jumps on my bed, steps on me (which is actually quite painful), and licks my face.

7:31 AM: I push Dakota off the bed and go back to sleep.

8:00 AM: I wake up, brush my teeth, and get ready while listening to Grace Helbig’s “Not Too Deep” podcast.

So there you have it! Monday mornings. Aren’t they great?

How To: Study Abroad In Sydney

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Let’s be honest, studying abroad is not glamorous. Nooo, not at all. Since you’re basically plucked out of your normal societal routine and thrown into the world of a culture that you have never experienced before, it can be rough. One thing that really differentiates America from other cities (well, the big cities that most students study abroad in) is that Americans drive everywhere. Once after a morning at the local coffee shop with my homestay family, I proceeded to get in the driver’s seat of their car because the seat arrangements are reversed.. So maybe it’s a good thing they don’t let you drive.

Heading off to Sydney soon? Here’s what you’ll need:

  1. A good pair of shoes. Prepare to lose five pounds within the first two weeks because you will be walking everywhere. Also, walking is the best way to see a city, not traveling through the underground train system. Pack some stylish boots, but also bring along some running shoes for when you decide that fashion over function is just a lie that the world’s been telling you all along.
  2. A backpack. Honestly, you just need a backpack. Just try walking all over the city with textbooks in your purse and you will agree with me. I’m obsessed with this one from Longchamp.
  3. Polaroid camera. For when you get sick of Instagram filters and Facebook photo blasts.. Capture some memories and write witty little captions in the form of inside jokes.
  4. Bathing Suit. Pretty much the best part about studying abroad in Australia is all of the beautiful beaches. Get ready to run through some waves and get your tan on!
  5. A koala onesie – How are you supposed to fit in if you don’t have a koala onesie?
  6. Workout gear – Sydney is a city of really health-conscious people so you will probably find yourself wanting to go on a run. Yes, this happened to me. And then I ventured out into the neighborhood I lived in and ended up running right into a herd of steep hills and never went running again.

I could go on and on, but I’ll leave it with that. Happy traveling!

Outfit Of The Day: Sunday Daze

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We all have those go-to outfits that we feel comfortable in.. the ones that after we try on our entire closet, we go back to that same outfit that we wore earlier that week because we feel confident in it. This is that for me. Okay, well… maybe not. My go-to-feel-comfortable outfit is leggings and a big sweater. But this is my look-somewhat-acceptable outfit.

Blouse: Chelsea28 (From Nordstrom)

Pants: Express

Earrings: Oasis

What’s your go-to comfortable outfit? Let me know! Happy Sunday!