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Splurge or Steal: Zara Checked Scarf

Last winter, anybody who was anybody (or fashion bloggers who just like to enable one another) owned the Checked Scarf from Zara (pictured above, left). Pinterest was rife with outfit pictures featuring this gorgeous blankety oversized fall staple. At $30, it certainly wasn’t a steal, but it isn’t exactly Hermes prices either.  The kicker is – that was 2013. This is 2014, y’all, and it’s…

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Save the Date: MICHELE Watches Event This Saturday

 I’ve been a fan of MICHELE watches for a long time, but it wasn’t until I treated myself to one that I realized just what I had been missing out on: amazing craftsmanship, premium materials, superlative timekeeping, and….(dun dun DUNNN!) the ability to change up your look at any moment. Until I purchased my own MICHELE Watch for myself, I had never known that the bands were…

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Kylie Jenner’s Lip Products

It’s no secret that in the last 3-4 months I’ve fallen victim to Kylie-Jenner-Lips-Mania. Dubbed “Lip-Gate” by those who swear she has gotten lip fillers despite her family’s adamant denial (she’s only 16! they cry), I happen to agree with the sentiment – there’s no way this girl’s lip plumping is just attributed to makeup. Lip liners are great, but they aren’t capable of supernatural…

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NARS Audacious Lipstick in Brigitte

I‘ll be the first to admit that I fall for hype nine times out of 10. But this is one instance where I didn’t fall into the hype, and I’m so eating my words right now. NARS Audacious lipsticks are a new range of hyper-pigmented, creamy, satin finish lipsticks that are utterly amazeballs. Click for pics and swatches and where to purchase!

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Josie Maran Coconut Watercolor Eyeshadow

I‘m relatively new to the Josie Maran color range, although I have been a fan of Josie’s for many years. In fact (*tangent alert!*), Josie Maran was the first legitimately famous person that ever followed me back on Twitter. This was back in the day before she launched her eponymous beauty range. I was, in a word, starstruck. Fast forward several years later, and she has…

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Everyday Autumn Makeup

Hey everyone! Today I’m sharing my everyday autumnal makeup look. It’s simple, quick, and easy-peasy. The best part is that the eye look appears to be much trickier than it actually is. So it looks like you spent way more time on it than you actually did. Which is something I like. Click for the full tutorial below!

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Out of the Woods

I’m so glad to have an outfit post up for you guys. It’s been ages! In fact, I’ve been so out of my element that there are several outfits I’ve shot but didn’t put up because I wasn’t happy with the way they looked.
This sweatshirt has me snuggly and cozy despite it’s statement exterior. I live in either these pants or my Zara variety, but the heels are a new addition that give a little edge (and length) to an otherwise comfy ensemble.

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Fall Fashion & Beauty Haul

I love haul videos – they make me so excited to watch and get me raring to shop. Ironically, many of my hauls are the direct result of watching other people’s haul videos on YouTube. (A haul video is one in which a person shares their recent shopping finds and splurges.) Thanks for watching and I hope you enjoy! Please subscribe for more (free) videos.…

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My Morning Skincare Routine

Hello everyone! Today I’m excited to share my updated morning skincare routine with you. This was a doozy to film (confession: I filmed it twice!) but ultimately I wanted to share how effective the new La Roche-Posay Effaclar Acne Treatment System has been working for me. I love 3-step systems that have active ingredients in every step–so I don’t feel like I’m doing nothing half…

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A World Without Erik

It seems odd, really. You think you’ll be with your siblings until the end…Long after your parents have moved on to Heaven, even longer after our grandparents have left this earth. What you don’t expect is to lose the bond of unconditional love (or as I like to call it, unconditional tolerance) known as siblinghood. 

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September Favorites

Hey guys! I cannot believe September is (nearly) over and we’re officially head-on into Autumn. I had a beautiful month of favorites, y’all. I (re-)discovered my favorite foundation, I’ve fallen in love with a new lip combo, and on the same day that the iPhone 6 was announced, I found out that I passed my board exam for Anesthesiology. What a spectacular month! This month’s…

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iPhone 6 Plus Review

Hello guys and gals! She is here and she is all mine! My iPhone 6 Plus arrived at my doorstep at 5pm on Sep 19th and I immediately fell in love. In the week following the announcement and the preorder, I found myself obsessively checking YouTube videos for reviews and “hands on” first impressions of the iPhone 6 Plus. However, I couldn’t visualize how the iPhone…

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