Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Hearts Day

February 14, 2014
Top: Forever 21 || Sweater: thrifted || Dress: Forever 21 || Knee high socks: Forever 21 || Purse: Old Navy || Boots: Doc Martens
Fortunately, I was able to go home from college and celebrate Valentine's Day with my loved ones. Right after I got back home, I spent the afternoon pigging out in waffle sandwiches with the high school gang, then night was spent with family roaming the mall. 
This blog WILL get updated eventually, I promise! Thank you for being so patient and sticking with me! I have so much news to share with you all, but this busy college life is…BUSY. Stay tuned~
My love for smoked salmon shall never die.
But these barbacoa waffle fries sure were amazing (shhh, don't tell smoked salmon waffle sandwich).
Photo credits: M. M.
Photo credits: M. M.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Brandbacker: Studio Gear's Hydrating CC Cream

I'm an avid user of BB Cream, so when I started hearing about CC Creams, I was skeptical. However, upon further research, I was curious in how CC Creams worked. Fortunately, Studio Gear allowed me to test their Hydrating CC Cream, in the shade Natural with SPF 20. 
CC Cream stands for Color Correcting Cream, and is supposed to be different from BB Cream in that it is lighter and more "fluffier", like a somewhat whipped texture. My personal experience with BB Cream is that it is like a light foundation, but heavier than tinted moisturizer. CC Cream is supposed to help with color correcting your skin, such as combatting redness. 
As the product is first applied, it comes out as an off-white color.
After blending the product into my skin, it began to match my skin tone. However, it did not seem to showcase any coverage. The consistency is of a non-greasy moisturizer, which felt great on the skin. However, if you are looking for good coverage to hide blemishes, this would not be the product for you. If you want more of a moisturizing product, and you already have fairly healthy skin, this will probably suffice on days you want to go for a more natural look.
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Monday, March 31, 2014

Sweet Surprise

February 13, 2014
It was a dark and dreary day as I waited on the floor in front of my discussion section to start that morning. So of course when I saw this message pop up on my phone, I instantly perked up. Thank you for this sweet message, it honestly made my day! ^_^
Now that my hair has been growing out, I've been obsessed with using my Goody spin pins to bun up my hair. The after-curls are always fun to see at the end of the day. 

Cozy Up Together

February 11, 2014
Sweater: thrifted || Vest: thrifted || Jeans: Urban Outfitters || Scarf: H&M
A day in the life of a college student trying to stay effortlessly warm.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Start Back Up Again

February 8, 2014
Sweater: thrifted || Cardigan: thrifted || Jeans: Urban Outfitters || Shoes: Doc Martens
Lunch downtown and catching up with a childhood friend. Then roamed around the mall with the fam on this cloudy day. It was all about comfort and coziness in these sweaters.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Brandbacker: Soxxy Air - Support A Cause Support Your Legs!

I have always supported doing good in the world and helping out the community. This particular campaign was definitely up my alley, because it combined two of my passions: Helping out others and fashion. SoxxyAir, by Sarah Stabile (an aviation specialist), aims to increase circulation, reduce jet lag, swelling in your ankles, muscle soreness, and decrease the risk of deep vein thrombosis. Socks by SoxxyAir are made of breathable, comfortable micro nylon fabric and is great for those traveling, working, or exercising. SoxxyAir's goal is to increase circulation and keep feet feeling comfortable.

Sarah Stabile has partnered with five charities so that purchases from SoxxyAir give back. The charity sox will be pre-sold on (the link can be found at the bottom of this post) and shipped by Spring 2014.

Kristen Ann Carr Foundation
Provides grants for cancer research and aims to improve cancer patient life for adolescents and young adults. Kristen Ann Carr (1971 - 1993) was a young woman who loved life and love, and this fund continues in her honor.  Proceeds from this sock will be donated to the Kristen Ann Carr Foundation.

This sock supports cancer research.

Jesse Lewis Choose Love
Jesse Lewis was one of the first graders killed at Sandy Hook elementary school. His mother, Scarlett Lewis, started the Jesse Lewis Choose Love Foundation that focuses on developing programs to teach children about living life without fear and hate. Proceeds from this sock will be donated to the Jesse Lewis Choose Love Foundation.

This sock supports compassion, education, and mental illness.

Orion - Michael Stabile Memorial Scholarship Fund at Trinity Pawling School:
Provides financial aid to students in the school's Language Program, which works to ease learning disabilities and provide opportunities to reach academic potential.

This sock supports education.

WhyHunger, a grassroots support organization to fight hunger and poverty, was founded in 1975 by the late musician Harry Chapin and Bill Ayres. Proceeds from this sock will be donated to WhyHunger.

This sock fights hunger and poverty.

Bob Woodruff Foundation
Aims to ensure injured veterans and family thrive after returning home, because injuries can lead to unemployment, depression, substance abuse, and even suicide. The Bob Woodruff Foundation funds programs in communities consisting of veterans, their families, and their caregivers. Proceeds from this sock will be donated to the Bob Woodruff Foundation.

This sock supports wounded veterans.

Visit these links for more information about the cause!

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Thursday, March 13, 2014

Let the Battle Begin

Last day of lectures, three finals, one essay, and one week is in between me and spring break sweetness. Let the battle begin. And if you see me around, don't be alarmed by my face. My eye bags naturally droop that low. For those who are battling their own fights, whether academic, emotional, physical, or spiritual, I wish you all the best of luck and good vibes.