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Monday, November 16

Link Up: The Young Working Woman Edition

I've probably expressed this thought countless times on this blog, but I'm concerned about my future as a woman. I'm not sure how to have it all... or if I want it all. 

I'm not ambitious, and that's OK - A comforting article expressing how we don't have to be CEOs who plan and craft for our children's birthday parties and cook every night. 

5 Ways to Eat Healthy When You're Busy - I love these tips and have tried all of them!

When You Should and Shouldn't Send an Email - The Daily Muse is my favorite work/career related website and I absolutely loved this article about email etiquette. 

The 10 Best Cities for Professional Women - Thinking about moving? Perhaps you should try one of these cities! 

Monday, November 9

How to Find Work Staples: The Pencil Skirt

I love staple pieces for work. There's a million patterns, cuts and colors you can get, but if you stick with the formula, you never really go wrong! Part Three of my Work Staples Series focuses on the Pencil Skirt. 

3. The Pencil Skirt 

I’ve found that you either love these or hate these. I think I’m the one girl in my office who loves pencil skirts to death. I find skirts more versatile than pants since I can wear either heels or flats with skirts. 
Pencil Skirts

The Plain Black Skirt - As cliché as it is, I love my plain black skirt. No matter how crazy I do it up top, I can always balance it out and maintain my professionalism with a plain black skirt. 

The Crazy Patterned Skirt - This skirt is for when you want to keep your top half toned down. 

The Colored Skirt - I find my plain black skirt most practical and easy to match, but that doesn’t mean I don’t want pencil skirts IN ALL THE COLORS. I’ve seen some gorgeous fall looks with mustard colored skirts, festive holiday looks with cranberry red skirts, and adorable sailor themed looks with navy blue skirts. 

The Textured Skirt - You can have any type of textured skirt you desire, but I actually love my lace skirts. I have a few black lace skirts that I adore. The texture keeps it funky and interesting… but subtle enough that it’s not immediately noticeable.

If you liked this post, please see Part 1: Cardigans and Part 2: The Drapey Top.

Monday, November 2

Maybelline Define-A-Lash Mascara Review

After spending a nice and lovely time in Orlando, I'm back to cold Seattle. I did recently get to go out and purchase some boots and sweaters though, so I'm in a good mood. I'm bringing you a post on mascara today -- I don't wear mascaras often anymore, so this was the last mascara I purchased. I have had it for much longer than 6 months though...  I should probably throw it out! 

This mascara defines my lashes. It thickens and lengthens very well, leaving natural looking lashes that are much improved from my nearly invisible ones. It does such a good job the first time, that I generally don't need to go back a second time. This greatly minimizes the clumping. However, if I am feeling overly ambitious and do decide to go back, this does not bode well for my lashes. If I'm not careful, it will clump.

I'm not 100% behind the wand. I think the short hairs on the wand make separating my lashes harder. The wand makes a much bigger impact than the formula on how my lashes look!

Overall, it's a mascara. I'll keep using it but I'm not likely to repurchase. 

When it comes to mascara, do you care more about the wand or the formula?

Monday, October 26

Coziest Sweater Ever!

I'm travelling in Orlando this week -- so here's an old post from the archives for you! 

I have a pink sweater I've had for years. It's really unattractive. It was unattractive when my mother purchased it for me and it's unattractive now. Despite that, I bring it out almost every winter. It's just darn cozy! (To wear indoors, of course!)

When I got this Persunmall sweater, I thought it was going to be much of the same. I was shocked at the color. It was much lighter than in the photo, and the yarn was super thick. It looked gross. When I shook it out of the bag, it was much much shorter than I anticipated. I thought I was doomed to make this an at home only sweater!
Street Style High Low Loose Sweater, PersunMall

But it was also so, so, so comfortable and soft and warm. I tried it on and wore it out. As it turns out, I got a lot of compliments on the color. The length wasn't quite as short as I thought it was. It's one of my most worn sweaters now!

Necklace: Forever 21 ($7.80)
Sweater: c/o PersunMall
Jeans: (Old)
Boots: Ross ($21.56)

Monday, October 19

Keys, Phone, Wallet (What's in Your Purse?)

Keys, Phone, Wallet is the mantra I repeat when I'm getting ready, when I'm putting on my shoes, when I'm locking my apartment and when I'm halfway to my car, realizing that somehow, I've forgotten one of these items. So, I did a hilariously bad video of What's In My Purse a while ago (check it out here) and now, I'm trying again. Other than these three incredibly crucial items, there's really nothing that I consistently always have to carry in my purse. But almost always, I have receipts in my bags. I don't want them in my bags. They shouldn't be in my bags, but more often than not... there they are! The other items that I occasionally can carry? 

Mug - I can fill it with coffee or a smoothie before I leave and refill it with water when I'm out.

Mints - For fresh breath and when I get "mouth bored". 

Hand Sanitizer - For when I decide to eat something sticky/messy and get it all over my hands.

And just to change up the question a bit, 
what's the item you always find in your bag, even though it does not belong?

Monday, October 12

How to Find Work Staples: The Drapey Shirt

I started this series before my hiatus but it's one that I definitely want to continue. This series goes over my professional wear staples! Please see Part 1: The Cardigan as well!

2. The Drapey Shirt 

I can’t stand button downs. Men look so good in them, but for me, either one part’s too tight (across my chest) or one part is too long (sleeves) or something else completely wrong in proportion. However, I am so happy that I found the drapey shirt. For me, I love these silky (or polyester/rayon) shirts because they don’t wrinkle as much as regular pressed shirts. Their boxy shape also makes it easy to find something that fits your body… and it’s just more comfortable. 

The Drapey Shell/Tank - This generally cannot be worn by itself. However, it’s great for layering under a cardigan or a blazer. During the summer in Arizona, I usually make use of one of these and a cardigan for the office. When I leave work, I can take off the cardigan to commute in the 120 degree weather. 
Drapey Shell/Tank

The Drapey Short Sleeved Shirt - On days when I really can’t bear another layer, I love the short sleeved shirt. I like to have plainer short sleeved shirts so I can wear a busier bottom or large necklace accessory. 
Short Sleeved Shirts

The Drapey Quarter Sleeve Shirt - This is getting into pretty dressy categories, but I love this look for a “down to business “ look. Since I’m in the habit of pushing any shirt I wear up past my elbows anyways, this really saves me from doing that. 
Quarter Sleeve Shirts

The Drapey Button Down - Now if you’re going in for an interview, there’s nothing better than the drapey button down. While I love the suit, I can’t help but to think that at times, I look incredibly childish in it. This helps adds that feminine touch to the suit, which helps me make it mine.
Long Sleeved Shirts

Thursday, October 1

Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser

I generally don't have any complaints on my skin, but I have terrible dark circle problems. My issue isn't sleep, but rather sinus blockage. During what feels like nine months out of the year, I wake up every morning with my nose stuffed and leaky... constantly sneezing. I really wanted something to cover up these dark circles without settling into my fine lines. 

Here's what the back of the packaging says. Ultimately, what it is is a concealer that comes out  though that "eraser" like application near the top.

This swatch of it is quite thick. I normally use less than this under both my eyes.

This is... only okay. If I layer this on for high coverage, it looks cakey (and no one wants cakey under their eyes). If I don't layer this on, it doesn't really do a good job of hiding my undereye circles. And don't get me started on the applicator. It gets the product to my face, sure, but it requires so much blending out anyways that it doesn't really matter. I wouldn't repurchase it. 

Do you buy drugstore undereye concealers? Or just high end?