Monday, September 18, 2017

Current favorite beauty products

So I've been running more lately. I got an arm band that hold my phone and money while I run, so it encourages me to run outside more, which I used to hate. I just lover running along the Charles River and seeing Boston on the other side. Where was I going with that..? Oh yeah! I haven't been wearing makeup in the mornings just because I get up, run, get food, and then I finally shower and begin my day. I really don't enjoy going without make up - I don't like how I feel or look without it. Sometimes I do, but typically I prefer to do everything except sleep, with makeup on.

This came to my mind because I just showered and got to put my makeup on for the day and I feel so great! I wanted to show you some of my go to beauty products lately. I highly recommend all of them!

Yes, it's pricey. But it lasts forever and it's so worth it!

I really want to try everything that this brand has! They're having a sale right now and as I was finding the links for these it became dangerous because I found myself adding one too many things to my cart.

Ahh, I got this while in Rome. Kiko Milano was my friends and my favorite spot for makeup. They have the best eyeshadows as well! I miss it so much.

Another product in this brand. This is probably the #1 thing on this list that I recommend. I have yet to find a better brow pencil. I love this! I would rather not spend $12 on something that only lasts a few weeks, but honestly I would pay anything for this product.

This one isn't really a beauty product, I guess. I colored my hair blonde about a month or so ago and I've been really loving it! I think it might be my color. I hate when it gets bronze-y though. One day at work I complemented a girl's hair and she told me about the purple shampoo she uses, so right when I got off I sped to Ulta to get it. I've been loving it and I try to use it about once a week!

What have you been loving lately? Do you have any eyebrow pencil recommendations that I might find useful?

**Sorry for the awful picture quality! I'll just take the pictures myself next time.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Future family

I mean... can we just... how cute are these photos?! For some reason my future family has been on my mind a lot lately. I guess because I've been kind of boy crazy lately. You have no idea the amount of boy drama I've endured recently. Obviously I'm excited for this part of my life, but I also have so much more to look forward to. I just found these pictures so so precious.

All found on Pinterest.

Thursday, September 14, 2017


I've been so obsessed with this song lately. I think it puts me in the best mood and lifts me up after a tough day. I love listening to it on my walks back from class or on the subway. Also! The video is SO cute! Give it a watch - I promise it'll put a smile on your face.

I hope you're all doing well! Sorry I haven't been blogging. I'm back in Boston all moved in and trying to get a good start on senior year! So far so good, but I have so much on my mind. I wish I could share every bit of it with you, but I know it would bore you and at this point there's so much to say I think it would take forever!

Monday, September 04, 2017

To The Bone

Have you watched Netflix's To The Bone?  I watched it for the first time a few weeks ago and again last night. I think they do a wonderful job portraying eating disorders and the difficulties surrounding them. I definitely recommend this movie!

This is one of my favorite scenes. I screenshot them last night while I was watching it. I just think it's done so well and is so beautiful.

"Why are we here?"
"Because we're alive."




This is the song played in the background, and I've been loving it ever since:

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Today's reminder

Trying to keep this in mind all the time!

From here.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Lombard Street

San Francisco.

From here.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Music for your feelings

Here are some love-y songs I've been listening to a lot lately. I put the title, singer, and some of my favorite lines of each one. Don't they make you feel some type of way?

IFHY - Tyler, The Creator

Cause when I hear your name I cannot stop cheesing
I love you so much that my heart stops beating when you're leaving
And I'm grieving and my heart starts bleeding
Life without you has no goddamn meaning

She's Mine Pt. 1 - J. Cole

It would take more than some years to get over all my fears
Preventing me from letting you see all of me perfectly clear

Sober - Childish Gambino

If you just give it a chance, loving you is not my plan
Cause I know one day you'll see
All the things that we can be

Get You - Daniel Caesar

Every time I look into your eyes I see it
You're all I need

Shot Down - Khalid

If we're keeping it a hundred, you're all that I need for me
From the jump until forever from now, I would ride for you

Electric - Alina Baraz

Whisper in my ear, I'm the only one you're loving on
Take advantage of the moment, you're the only one that I want

Monday, August 14, 2017

Roller coaster

Doesn't this picture give you the ultimate comfort? The books, the rain, the lamp, the candles. Ugh, I love it so much.

Lately I've been feeling a lot of things. I should be using my blog more as an outlet, but I've mostly been journaling. Some days are really awesome and others I feel really alone and down. Weird, right? I'm stuck between wanting to stay here with friends that I know and wanting to go back to Boston to start senior year. I'm not really sure how to put it all into words, but I thought I'd write a little something on what I've been feeling for the past few weeks or so.

Hope you're all doing well! I'll write more soon and I promise to put together some better posts. My parents went to the beach for the week, so it's just my dog and I at home, which is awesome but it's also pretty lonely sometimes, so I'm trying to use the alone time to my advantage.

Photo from my Tumblr.

Friday, August 04, 2017

Portland, Oregon

Powell's City of Books

I've been super obsessed with Portland lately. I've even been looking at jobs over there for after graduation. I think it would be the perfect spot because it's in a new location but it's still a reasonable distance, rather than Hawaii or Iceland like I was looking before. Plus it's an awesome city! I think I was meant to be in Portland.

Have you ever been? What's it like?

Thursday, August 03, 2017

August + tattoo prospects

Happy August! Can you believe how fast the year is going? I'm ready to go back to school though. Exactly 1 month! Until my senior year! What?!

Anyway, my next tattoo is going to be a black and grey floral piece on my shoulder and upper arm. I'm thinking a quarter sleeve. Right now I'm just trying to think of the flowers I want incorporated in it. I'm thinking Margherita flowers but I'm not sure what else! I'm hoping to get it before graduation, I just need to find the perfect artist. I have a really specific style that I'm going for and it's actually really hard to find someone I like that's fairly close.

Pretty, right?! I'm so excited. I've wanted this tattoo for a super long time but I've been saving so much for travel that I haven't really put any aside for the ink. But now I finally can!

All the photos are from my Pinterest.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Holga lens

I've had my eye on a Holga camera lens for quite some time now. I just love the look of the pictures and after getting all my disposable camera pictures from my trip, I really wanted something that would give that same look. I finally gave in a few weeks ago and got one from amazon for $20! It's been so fun playing around with it. It's hard to get used to, but it's so cool and the pictures come out so nicely.

Friday, July 28, 2017


Watching: So lately I've been watching pretty much every stand-up comedy special that Netflix has. I have a secret that's going to sound like a joke, but I'm 100% serious - ever since I was about 14 I wanted to be a comedian. I love making people laugh and I feel like I've just always had the makings to be a comedian. It actually really made me think because I had to do a presentation in Rome for my internship and one of my teachers pulled me aside afterward and told me I should do comedy shows. Another teacher told me she thought I had a theater background because of how fun I was infant of the group of people listening. Isn't that crazy? So these comedy specials are fun for me and really inspire me. Most recently, I watched Joe Mande's special and it was SO good. Recommend.

Reading: Size 12 is Not Fat by Meg Cabot. Ok, I know that sounds like a dieting book, but it's actually a murder mystery haha! It's a YA novel, so sometimes things are a little slow but I'm actually really intrigued. My friend raided her little sister's room and gave me about 4 books to read for the Summer and this was one of them. There's also a sequel that I plan on reading!

Listening: Let's see... this one is always super random. I've found a bunch of songs I've been loving this time around:
Jungle by Tash Sultana (the video that I linked is dope, watch it!)

Thinking about: So much. Am I in the right major? Where will I be this time next year since I'll be a college graduate? Should I continue with these friendships even thought it's usually me doing all the work to stay in contact? Should I try other online dating websites and apps? Should I continue going out on the weekends, drinking, and behaving like a fool? Or clean myself up a bit and stay in like I used to? Am I actually happy where I am in life right now or am I faking it most of the time? How am I supposed to handle that this is probably my last year in Boston ever?

Baking: Well I haven't had a lot of time to bake for fun lately, but if I do I'm usually either making this Triple Berry Cobbler Pie or this Strawberry Pretzel Salad. Just thought I'd share!

Loving: The Summer thunderstorms. As I'm typing this I hear thunder outside right now - yay! I love when it rains late at night because I want to listen to it, so rather than watching Netflix or listen to music, I'll usually put it all away and just read and listen to the rain. Love!

Thought I'd try out some new ones this time to switch it up a bit! As usual, I got this post idea from Danielle at Sometimes Sweet and the photo is from my Tumblr.

What are you currently up to?

Sunday, July 23, 2017


Athens, Greece

Athens, Greece
Athens in Film.
Taken by me, see more on my Flickr.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

"Go to a coffee shop & sit by the window."

I found this post while I was scrolling through Tumblr, and Annika linked it to her Instagram. I thought I'd just post a screenshot of it because I thought it was so awesome. I'm not really sure what the whole "list of 5" thing is, but I'm all about it.

While I was reading this list I just felt something positive and free. You know? I challenge you all to do the things on this list.

Check out Annika's Tumblr and Instagram for more cool stuff.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017


So I've been feeling a lot of things lately. I'm annoyed at myself because I hate when these thoughts take over so much of me. I know that sometimes I even miss out on things because I want time to myself to think things through a bit. For example, I used to watch shows with my dad at night and now I just work and then come home and want to watch my own shows and have time to myself. Anyway... I've found some tweets that sum up my thoughts at the moment. You'll se a pattern. I'm not trying to be obnoxious or anything, but I hope you also enjoy these!

Monday, July 17, 2017

Tips for weight loss?

This is so random, but it's been something on my mind lately! I kind of talked about it in a previous post, but I want to get more specific this time.

NOW, I'm all about that healthy life. Everyone's beautiful, strong not skinny, yadda yadda. I recently went to the doctor and she weighed me and I was just shocked at how much I've gained over just the past few years. This past semester I was surprised I didn't gain a lot, but I think it's because it was a good balance of a lot of gelato and a lot of walking. I try things all the time to be more healthy, but I never commit, or I commit for a short time and then go back to my regular habits. Which honestly isn't that bad. I just want something to get back to my idea of a healthy weight and feel better about myself.

I don't want anyone to be worried or anything, I promise I'm fine! I just want to feel better about myself when I look at myself in the mirror and see myself in photos. It's visibly obvious that I've gained weight since I started college and I don't like it.

Here's what I'm going to start this week:
Membership at Planet Fitness
Last Winter I did C25K (again) and I actually made it to week 5 day 2, which is actually running for 8 minutes, walking for 5 minutes, and running for another 8. Now, I know that doesn't sound so hard, but I really didn't think I could do it and I did! I want to get back on the treadmill and do it again. I love leaving and having sweat dripping off of me. I also just like the atmosphere in Planet Fitness.

From here.

MateFit Tea
So, I did this back during my freshman year of college and it was nice! I did notice I was less hungry throughout the day. I honestly can't say how well it actually worked, but I'm hoping to really commit to it this time and I have a good feeling about it. I do remember that the detox tea tasted SO bad, but I'm going to try to push through, haha!

(I was looking for a picture to use and found this one, so naturally I had to use it. Sue me. But in the meantime, go stalk more of his pictures... you'll thank me later.)

Lots of fruits and veggies
I really really want to stop eating 3 corndogs for dinner or having multiple desserts throughout the day. You know? I want to really watch what I eat and not cheat. I want to try this for at least a week and see how it goes. That's not so bad, right? I can do that... right?

From here.

Some things I should stop doing are going out on the weekends and drinking a lot, snacking late, and eating out with friends. These are things I won't stop, though. They're fun and I'm young, so I don't want to live the life of a 40 yr old mom, ya feel? I'll just watch it more and order healthier foods when I'm with friends or snack on blueberries instead of chips. I can do this! I'll report back and let you know how it's going in about a week. I'm working a lot this week, so I'm not sure how often I'll get to the gym.

Let's go, ladies! We got this!!
Any more suggestions are welcome!

Wednesday, July 12, 2017


Photos by me, taken with a disposable camera back in February. I love film so much...

Sunday, July 09, 2017

Thoughts lately...

Here are some thoughts that have been swirling around in my head lately, as told by various talented photographers.

We shouldn't spend all our time cooped up inside. While I love cozy nights in (as you know, too), this year I realized how much time I was spending in bed at 9 pm with hot tea, Gilmore Girls, and a face mask. Don't get me wrong, that's GREAT. It's just not what we should be doing every night. "Nobody looks back on their life and remembers the nights they got plenty of sleep." Go out and have those crazy nights that you're not proud of, because when you have kids and a full time job, those are going to be the nights you remember and tell stories about.
Photo: Sam Brockway
modern hair art

Adventure is out there. This past semester, obviously, I learned that there's so much out there to see. I don't want to be trapped in PA forever. Forget forever - I don't want to be trapped here for more than a few months. I like change and adventure. And I don't want to be one of those people that says they want adventure, and then never goes after it. I want to move around, see the world, and not worry about how much it costs. I want to spend money on experiences rather than things and I'm willing to do it however I can.
Photo: Sebastien A.
On our way to the North (Iceland)

Loneliness is a bitch. This is probably the number one thought on my mind lately. I won't bore you, but I've just not had good luck lately with anyone and all my friends are in relationships. To put it short, I feel like I'm everyone's number 2 person, like their backup person. It sucks and I'm not sure how to shake it some days. I just want to be someone's number one because I get tired of putting all the work into these friendships and relationships.
On top of the world

I need to take better care of my body. I know I said going out is fun and all, but every Saturday I've gone out to clubs and bars with friends and it's awesome, but I'm not taking care of myself at all. I at least need a healthy balance. Go to the gym everyday, party on Saturdays. You know? I currently am not eating healthy, don't go to a gym, and my routine isn't really existent. I do have me-nights with baths and face masks, but I need something that I can do daily that's good for me. I'm going to start soon, I just wish I started sooner.
Photo: Erica Yeater

What actually makes me happy? Why do I not feel complete happiness most days? Why am I not making the necessary changes to reach that happiness? What can I do?