September 1: OUTFIT OF THE DAY + Favs

I hope everyone is having a terrific FIRST DAY OF SEPTEMBER.

I’m just doing a short post today, because there is so much going on today! (I will be back with a longer post hopefully tomorrow)

Fall Lovers, we’re one step closer!

Although the weather is insanely hot today (upper 80’s), I wanted to do a super-easy Outfit for fall. I may have died a little bit outside while getting a picture in this outfit. But, this is one I will definitely wear when the weather chills out a bit:

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So this outfit is super comfy for FALL!

The dress is H&M.

The sweater is Urban Outfitters.

The oxfords are from (pac sun I wanna say??)

I’m very comfy in these and think they will be great for sitting in class or doing some internship stuff. Without the cardigan, this dress is super dressy and nice.

And here’s my simple. matte makeup:

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Items used:

Naked 2 Palette

Stila In The Know Palette.

Benefit Big Easy Foundation

Naked Flushed Blush

Smashbox Gel Eyeliner in Black

Maybelline Mega Plush Mascara

(AND NO LIPSTICK, I’M FREAKING OUT..)


Here are some of my September essentials for this year:

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Sweater Weather from White Barn. This thing is heaven and perfect for the leaves starting to change. Be sure to pick it up (but make sure they’re having a sale.. cause nobody wants to pay $22.50 for one candle).

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Yes Please by Amy Poehler. I read this book a few months ago, but I plan on re-reading cause it is SO GOOD. It’s funny, sentimental, somewhat emotional at points and heartwarming. I love Amy, and this made me love her even more. Definitely recommend checking it out.

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BASIC ALERT!! Honestly, I don’t think I’d be able to go the whole month of September without having my Chai Tea Latte (hot or iced, I don’t care). These things are great if you don’t want a huge amount of caffeine. So good.

Have a great rest of your day!

-Emily

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11 Terrible Things Better Than Donald Trump Becoming President

If you keep up with modern day America, you should probably know that the Presidential elections are taking place is 2016. We have one year left to decide who has stolen our vote and the candidates are coming out swinging.

Another key fact you should probably know is that Donald Trump is running for president. I’ll repeat that just in case I lost anyone due to trauma: Donald Trump is running.. for.. President. That’s right.

So, what? It’s not like anyone actually wants Trump to run our country. Who would ever choose him over Hilary Clinton or Bernie Sanders? GUESS AGAIN, FRIENDS. He is LEADING in several polls across the U.S. Just when I was starting to get really proud of America for making progress in society (Obama being president, Hilary Running…). Is it too soon to start looking for places in Canada?

I’ve decided to compile a list of some pretty bad things that would be BETTER than Donald Trump being elected for President in 2016. Here they are:

11. George Lopez Punchlines on Repeat ALL DAY

Lopez may be painful to listen to when it comes to comedy, but OH DOES HE HATE THE DONALD. We could live with a little “WATCHA”.

10. IKEA Going Out of Business

How WILL WE EVER survive without the fine Swedish craftsmanship? And what about all those hours spent trying to understand the instructions? If you’re a lover of all things IKEA, this will be hard for you, but much better than… need I say it?

9. Coffee Drought

Goodbye Starbucks and Dunkin’. The beans are all burnt up from the rage of America for Donald running for Prez. Let’s kick the Caffeine addiction if it means no Trump in office.

8. Polar Ice Caps Melting

It’s happening anyway, keep up the pollution, Gang!

7. No. New. iPhones.

HOLD THE PHONE, literally. Stopping at the iPhone 6 may seem like an okay way to end it. You never miss what you’ve never had.

6. Student Loan Rates Rise Above 20%

I mean, what’s like 10% more than what they already are? We will probably get there soon anyway, so let’s take it like champs to keep away GRAMPS (Trump).

5. Grandparents Following You on Social Media

Hopefully you’re up for talking about the sweater you knit and what cookies you’re making for the rest of your life.. cause Grandma’s got an eye on ya. Family loves you unconditionally, so we will survive a few mistakes online. AGAIN, BETTER THAN TRUMP BEING PRESIDENT.

4. Outlawing Dog Ownership

Cute, cuddly and GONE FOREVER. A world with no puppy companionship would be a sad world, but nothing compared to the sad America we would see with Trump running the game. Ruff Ruff.

3. Any Other Republican Candidate Winning

They all suck. (If you’re a Republican here’s your cue to leave). But if having one of them take office is the only way to save us from The Donald.. bring em’ on.

2. Chipotle Getting Rid of Guacamole

Closest thing to the end of the world. But, if it would mean no Trump, I think we could live without having to pay an extra $1.95 (maybe).

1. Having Jared Fogle Invite you to a Sleepover

This is probably the worst thing I could think of which is why it earned it’s spot as #1 on this list. (If you haven’t heard, the ex-Subway spokesman is guilty of Child Pornography and other gross molestation nasty shenanigans). Let’s just hope Fogle is rotting in prison by the time this presidential campaigning heats up.

“Is Summer Over Yet?” — A Guide For Fall Lovers

You like summer, but only for a little while, and you just can’t wait for cooler, cozier temperatures and everything that fall has to offer. You look forward to dark lipsticks, halloween and sweaters. People don’t understand you when you start talking about Fall and it’s still August. You post pictures of fall leaves and dream in sepia tones. Does this person sound familiar? IT’S YOU. You are a Fall fanatic and no one can stop you.

Don’t worry, no judgement here. I am a through and through fall fiend. The cool, crisp air   and the leaves falling bring me pure joy. I stock up on my fall candles way earlier then a person should. I refuse to buy clothes until the fall lines come out at stores. Believe me.. I get it.

If you’re slowly dying and wishing this summer season were over, here are some things you can do to prepare and ease the pain:

Start Making A Fall Playlist 

The best way to build a playlist is slowly, over time, and right now you have plenty of it. Throw some of your past favorites on it and start listening for new and unheard music that you would love to add. (I always go for an indie/alternative mix for Fall.) If you’re in a store and hear a track you need, just google the lyrics and BOOM.. added to the list. Spotify is a great place to make your playlist or choose from one they already offer. They have an endless supply of artists and songs to choose from (except for Taylor Swift) and it’s only $5-10 dollars a month for Premium (worth it).

Prepare.. The.. Wardrobe..

This can be a difficult task if you’re on a student budget like I am. But, do not fear, the sales are here. Check the sale section and current promotions of each store through their website. With a new season approaching, stores will be shoving deals down our throats so keep your eyes open. If you start getting a few things now, you can gradually build up the wardrobe until you have enough to get you through the cold. Don’t be afraid of too much denim this year, either. It is EVERYWHERE.

Rose, Plum and Ruby, too.

Fall is an amazing time for lip color. You can rock a bold, crazy lip and nobody can say anything because it makes sense. If you can afford the higher end lipsticks, Bite Beauty has some amazing matte lipsticks in the Frozen Berries collection which you should definitely check out. If you stick with drugstore brands, you can’t go wrong with NYX matte lip creams.

Warm Up Your Bedroom

Pull a few extra fuzzy blankets out of the closet. Locate your heater. Have everything on deck for those chilly nights that you just wanna cozy up and watch Netflix. Hang up some twinkle lights (christmas lights work too) and use those as your primary light source.

Countdown to…

Pumpkin Spice Latte, girl. We still have a little over a month til it arrives, but it’s not too early to get excited. Even if you need to grab a decaf, do it. These things are truly great and take you from August to September in one sip. Another great option if the caffeine is too much to bear: Chai Tea Latte.

It’s Never Too Early To Bake

That’s right.. FOOD. If you’re a fan of the pumpkin, apple or cinnamon flavors, the Fall possibilities are endless. Make some delicious muffins, cookies, cake… just whatever your heart desires, basically. It’s always okay to have a cheat day if you’re worried about your figure. Grab a friend or your love and have a baking party.

*I’LL HAVE SOME RECIPES ON THE BLOG SOON*

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The absolute holy mecca of Fall to me is CANDLES. If you share in the excitement and joy for Fall scents, they are already available at White Barn and Bath and Body Works. I just picked up Sweater Weather (one of my favorites) and it is too good. Autumn is nothing without a candle, no matter where it’s from. Fill your home with a warm, welcoming scent ASAP.

Sign Up Now For Exercise

Even if you don’t have any goals when it comes to improving your body, exercise is always a great thing. Now is the time to pick a gym, or even a workout class you would be more interested in, and sign up. Try to recruit a friend to join with you so you can have an instant workout buddy to harass. Keep your blood flowin’ when you can’t get outside for a few months.

September is almost here, so stay strong and push these last few weeks. If you’re going back to school, Fall will hit you in the face before you know it. We must stick together Fall Lovers! It’s never too early.

How I Stay Energized Without Coffee (From A Former Caffeine Addict)

    About a year ago, my daily routine included waking up and going for a Starbucks black iced coffee. I would go to class, get whatever else I needed to get done and then end up going for another cup. The typical routine for a college student (especially in the busy city). It was great for a while; I felt like a superhero able to do whatever I needed. I had extra energy to work out and stay up all night to finish homework.  I went to Starbucks so often that I had earned the privilege of the almighty GOLD CARD (a special gold, glittery card with your name on it which gives you a free drink after 12 purchased drinks).

I thought everything was great until I noticed that the stimulant had started stimulating.. but way too much. It triggered my anxiety disorder and had me shaking and in full-blown panic mode. I knew I had to kick it to the curb. Not only were my poor teeth suffering from the heavy staining of black coffee, but my nervous system just couldn’t take it anymore. I was pretty upset that I had to let it go; there is nothing I love more than a fresh brewed cup. But now, a full year later, I am doing completely fine without it.


Here are some ways that I keep energized WITHOUT coffee..

1. TEA

If there is one thing I could hype up to everyone.. it’s tea. Not only are a good amount of teas really healthy for you, but most of them taste really, really great. There are plenty of caffeinated options such as green tea and black tea that range from 25-70 mg which is plenty to give you a buzz to keep going; brewed coffee has 200 mg of caffeine (and if you’re anything like me.. beware). When I’m really not feeling caffeine at all, Rooibos tea is great caffeine-free option and they have the best flavors.

2. EXERCISE

It may sound backwards, “how can putting out more energy make me less tired?” But, believe it or not, working out is one of the best things you can do to feel more energized. Even if it’s as simple as a walk around the hood or a bike ride with your guy/gal (or even your dog if you have a basket) you are getting your heart pumping and body moving which is enough to make you feel better.

3. DIET

Nobody’s perfect: I can’t say this enough when it comes to eating. Especially if you’re from the Midwest like I am, you understand that we love food and no one can stop us. But if you substitute your deep dish and everything Portillo’s for some healthy alternatives you will notice a serious shift in your mood and energy levels. When the body is getting the nourishment it’s supposed to be, you will feel it from the inside. Start your morning with a healthy breakfast instead of a few donuts and notice the difference. It truly speaks for itself.

4. SLEEP MORE THAN 4 HOURS

I know.. so hard, right? If you live a busy life you know how hard it can be to get a good nights sleep. But, try your best to not put sleep on the back burner. Your body needs at least 6 hours to be able to function properly throughout the day (even though 8 is recommended). So, if you can, cut your night out on the town a few hours early (if the sun is coming up you’ve probably over done it) and get that needed sleep time. You will feel way more energized than you thought possible.

5. KEEP BUSY

If you have a full day agenda, you will keep moving and keep focused which in turn keeps you from sitting around and feeling sluggish. Start a hobby, join a club, make plans with friends you haven’t seen in a while and get going! There is a good chance you’re not as tired as you think you are.

If you guys can relate to the coffee blues, then try out some of these tips and you will no longer be reaching for that cup o’ joe. 

Frappuchino Crappy Hour — Finals Week’s the Worst.

It’s 4:30 and I’m sitting at Starbucks dealing with the overwhelming stress of the last two weeks of the semester. Who knew art school would induce the want to jump from a moving vehicle? Okay, it’s not that bad.. But I am just WAITING for those summer weeks of freedom from deadlines and grades.

I chose to visit a Starbucks at the absolute worst time: 3:45 during frap happy hour. This Dearborn street location is (unfortunately) right next to a high school so I came at the perfect time to push past a thousand teens just to get a tea and steal their wifi. 

Sitting here I can kind of compare my next two weeks to the employees of this Starbucks during happy hour. Everything is calm, people just come in for their coffee and go on their way, and then the time comes and everything is THROWN AT THEM. Then eventually the calm comes again and it’s all over.

Do you get my analogy? It makes a lot of sense in my head. 

So I’m trying my best to pull it together and come out strong (despite dealing with some serious conflicts that have made it very difficult). 

For those of you struggling with the end of this semester… I’m with you.

Try not to drown yourself in liquor.