This type of look is a go-to for me for a night out. High waisted jeans, tall boots or booties, a tucked blouse, and a leather jacket. Chic, comfortable, and timeless. You can even dress it up with jewelry or heels, maybe a sequin blazer.
I have naturally curly and frizzy, very thick hair. Even as a hairstylist (in training), I find it difficult to blow out my own hair. When I want my hair to embody Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show hair, I turn to my Babyliss 1 1/4 inch curling iron. I can take it over my natural hair and it still looks shiny and smooth, with the right products of course.
My earrings are hard to see, but I love them! They’re about 2 inches of a simple, thin gold chain with a tiny, little fake diamond at the end. They are so subtle and classic and, as with this outfit, can be dressed up or down!
While I was abroad in Scotland, I had gone to visit a friend who was studying in London. Out of all of the history and culture, platform 9 3/4 was first of three on my list to see. They provided me with a Gryffindor scarf, but I am loudly and proudly Slytherin.
As I was posing for this picture, I felt like second grade me seeing Harry Potter for the first time. It was an actual dream come true. If you are a Harry Potter fan and have the opportunity to go to London, make sure you head to Kings Cross Station and run directly into the wall at Platform 9 3/4.
So if you don’t know, makeup is pretty much my life. My mom was a makeup artist once upon a time, and it’s all I’ve ever really wanted to do with my life. I am lucky enough to be able to do it now as a side hustle to hair and I couldn’t be happier!
Now this is my everyday makeup bag. I take it with me to work, I take it with me when I travel, and I throw it in my gym bag. This is not the makeup I use on clients. My professional kit is filled to the brim with numerous tools and pallets and glitters and shimmers. I’ll show you my professional kit in the future! What I’m about to show you are my basics. For day to day wear I like to keep it very light and natural.
Serving you face! I use a lot of Glossier products, especially on my skin. Glossier has extremely buildable products and what this means is you can start with a layer and literally build it up to your desired result.
To start my face, I prime with Smashbox Photo Finish skin primer. Primer helps to smooth your skin for the rest of the application. Next, I use Glossier Stretch Concealer mostly on my t-zone and under my eyes. I lucked out in the skin lottery and for the most part have very even and blemish free skin. That being said I really try not to go too heavy with concealers and foundations if I don’t have to. Then I contour with Fenty Beauty Match Stix and Ulta Beauty Matte Bronzer. Nose, cheeks, forehead, chin- can’t go wrong. Glossier Cloud Paint and Haloscope are a perfect finish for a dewey, sun kissed look.
Now for eyes! I never leave the house without a wing on my eyes. That has been my signature look since high school and I truly don’t think that I’ll ever stop. Glossier Pro Tip liner and Lash Slick mascara are an iconic duo. I use these for myself even when doing a heavy, going out look. These do not move all day! This combo survived me watching Marley and Me with out a single smudge. On my lid, Glossier Lidstar, a shimmery concoction that is easy to build for a more pigmented look if you want. If I want a deeper look on my eyes, Glossier Color Slide pencils are extremely pigmented and go on as smooth as butter. And if you feel like adding a little more sparkle, Glossier Glitter Gelee is packed with glitter for a little pop.
As with skin, I’ve blessed with good natural brows. All I ever really need is a little shaping with my Benefit Goof Proof Brow Pencil and some texture with Glossier Boy Brow.
Instead of lugging around a whole spray bottle, I go for a perfume rolling applicator! This Tory Burch perfume smells divine and isn’t overwhelming. A little on the wrists, behind the ears, and cleavage will do just fine.
To finish everything off, Glossier Balm Dotcom on my lips. This is a tint-free lip balm with a slight shimmer and smells like birthday cake. Balm Dotcom can be used anywhere, not just on your lips. I use it on my cuticles throughout the day and it saves my hands from cracking and drying out.
The finished product! Please keep in mind that what works for me might not work for you! Find products that you like and don’t bother your skin. Drug store makeup gets overlooked but will honestly can be great if you get the right brands. Higher end is of course great too!
This fall, Mike and I took a ride up to New Hampshire one Sunday. On a street corner in the middle of the mountains was a farm stand selling fresh seasonal fruits and vegetables. Do you see the size of those carrots? That potato? The corn sweet and crisp. These were, hands down, some of the best farmstead veggies I had ever gotten. I used most of the content of this box to make an Irish beef and Guinness stew.
Recipe to come.
Sunglasses: Warby Parker
Growing up in New Jersey with a family primarily from Brooklyn, going to the mountains wasn’t really a thing. We didn’t ski, we didn’t do any other winter sports so we never made the trip. It wasn’t until I met Mike that I went up to the mountains in New England for the first time. At first I was nervous and skeptical (ridiculous I know). I soon fell in love with the peaceful and airy surroundings and the views that go on for miles and miles. Now, I’m the one poking Mike begging to take a drive up there, especially in the fall. The Kancamangus Highway and Mohawk Trail two of our favorite spots to cruise on a sunny Sunday.
I would do anything to be basking in the sun on the Cape. I miss summer and I miss the beach. I miss driving with the windows down singing loudly and poorly with Mike or my best friends or both. I miss walking across the street to get ice cream and eating it on the stoop. I miss being tan and my natural sun-kissed highlight. Most of all, I miss the summer sun which stomps spring, winter, autumn sun into the ground.
Right now, it’s nearly April and the sunny window will do.
I escaped today for about an hour for the first time in days. The weather was beautiful, the city was quiet, and who doesn’t love an excuse to dress up and get a cannoli from Mike’s Pastry? This is one of my absolute favorite dresses. It has the slightest bit of weight to the fabric, perfect for the days when we’re not sure what the weather is going to do. I paired this perfect dress from ASOS with a belt around the waist and white leather booties, both from Torrid.
This fall, I was lucky enough to travel back to Ireland for a week. It was so amazing seeing a different part of the country from when I was last there. The Irish are such wonderfully kind and welcoming people and are always down for a pint and chips. I dream about the day I’ll return once more to this beautiful fairy glen of a country.
I could not have gotten luckier the day I went to the Cliffs of Moher. The sun was shining and the wind and sea were calm.
We stayed at the Brook Lane Hotel in Kenmare, about a 10 minute walk to the downtown. The staff was extremely knowledgable and gave amazing recommendations of sights and activities. This was truly a trip to remember.
Throwing it way way back to summer 2015. Fresh faced, new glasses, cute septum ring, and a boyfriend who I hadn’t realized was evil yet. It felt like a high school summer, you know what I mean? I was working, but I had cut down my hours to take some classes at Rutgers, but even still, these three months felt so care free and fun and light. It was perfect.