Sunday, July 24, 2016

Sunday Sessions X

I know, I should really rename this place "the Weekend blog," since that's when I have time to post, ha.  But I like having these chatty posts about random things - hopefully you do, too. What are y'all doing today? I'm headed to aerial silks class, to get in a workout on this horribly hot and sweaty day.



Purple lipstick (ok, and gloss). My recent purchase, Ilia Beauty Ink Pot, really kicked it off for me, and then I dug through my lipstick drawer and pulled out others. Some are sort of reddish purple, some are pink-purple...all are fab.
L-R: MAC Living Legend, Ilia Beauty A Fine Romance, Ilia Beauty Ink Pot, UD Bittersweet (gwp sample), Joe Fresh Baie Sauvage, Tarte Surfer Girl (gwp sample).

Joe Fresh Baie Sauvage. This was a gift from Liz a while back. 
Listening to:

The My Dad Wrote a Porno podcast. After the solemnity of Serial, I needed something light-hearted. My Dad Wrote a Porno is the funniest damned thing I've listened to in a long, long time. The book itself is really just a launching point for the trio (Jamie Morton, James Cooper, and Alice Levine) to provide their charming and hilarious commentary - they just seem like a great bunch of people, and I want to be sitting at that kitchen table giggling with them. NSFW with strong language, sexual content, and adult themes, but if you're ok with that - listen to it. It's made my commute a thousand times better.

Link love
- I love birds - many are so clever - and this is a really cool story about how wild honey guide birds may possibly have trained humans, ha!
- helpful article on minimizing the juiciness of fruit pies
- I could do with more "news" like this: a sweet story about books, social media, people.
- I got starry eyed when I saw this on my feed. MUST MAKE.
- for my fellow Legend of Zelda nerds

Friday, July 22, 2016

Summer Loves: Beauty & Fashion Edition

[Products marked * were provided by PR. Opinions are my own. No affiliate links.]

I've been sitting on this post for a while, but Monika's post got me motivated. This is my second summer on the extremely hot and humid east coast. I've taken the "live in the moment" tactic to heart concerning seasons, and have sort of embraced it. On the west coast, the weather is much more temperate all year round, and here I find that I have to have the extremes in wardrobe staples in order to be comfortable through the seasons.

Just an excuse to shop. How terrible. 

To be honest, I've been more interested in fashion lately than beauty, which is just as bad for the wallet, ha.
These are some of the summer outfits I've worn.  From top left, clockwise:

  • STS Blue ankle jeans from Nordstrom are a great length for petite ladies (I'm 5'3"), although I don't see any more of this style in stock right now. The shell is from Ann Taylor - it's slightly sheer in the back, but nice and lightweight. 
  • I love Express portofino shirts - sleeveless and slim fit are my favorite. I even have one with limes on it.
  • Maison Jules is a great, petite-friendly brand at Macy's that I discovered on Extra Petite's blog. I have several of their dresses and this A-line skirt is one of my absolute favorites - I love the feminine silhouette how it swishes when I move. This Halogen chambray shirt is also a great staple, although it's too warm for it now.
  • Another Maison Jules dress, purchased during a sale. Similar here.
  • I have two of these LOFT jersey swing dresses (in petite sizing). There's a tie for adding some shape, but it's cute both ways. The hat is the Hinge Slub Knit Panama Hat from Nordstrom.
  • Another Macy's sale find - the coziest, comfiest striped casual dress ever. I travel in it a lot. This was at an AirBnb in Charleston, SC.
Same Hinge Panama Slub Knit hat. And Ray-ban classic aviators, 58 mm, "Silver Copper Flash" (3025 019/Z2).

I love these Ray-bans. I always thought that Aviators would look funny on me, but here I am, jumping on the hipster bandwagon.
Candle is from Target - sea salt and sage.

Yes, I'm still into beauty. I like the Truffle Clarity Clutch (a gift!) as a daily compartment in my work bag - I throw in some lip products, extra contacts, ibuprofen, Boscia peppermint blotting sheets (from the holidays - I don't go through them very quickly) and a facial mist. This travel-sized Tatcha Luminous Dewy Skin Mist* is almost empty. I love the herbal smell and the fine spray, and find it really refreshing, but I don't know that I'm really all that picky about facial mists, in general. It does feel like it sinks into skin and perks me up, though - it isn't heavy at all. It's also packed with humectants and alcohol is further down the ingredients list, toward the very end.

The other facial mist I've been liking is the Neal's Yard Remedies White Tea Facial Mist*, which is also deliciously herbal-scented, but also contains alcohol. - that doesn't personally bother me, especially as it's dispensed as a spray. The larger, round, glass bottle makes it a little less convenient for being on-the-go, so I use this one when I'm home on the weekends or in the mornings (rotating with the MAC Fix+ you see there...somehow I've collected a lot of facial sprays, you guys). It's refreshing and disperses an even mist. It's also vegan, which I know will be a big plus for many. I've been introduced to this brand by PR, and I'm quite liking it so far (they make tea, too!).

Lastly, I know I won't shut up about these things, but I really like them, you guys - the Ilia Beauty Multi-sticks. All of Meand Cheek to Cheek* were PR samples, but I purchased A Fine Romance and I Put a Spell On You myself. Reviews to come. I showed A Fine Romance on Instagram. They're easy peasy, and cream products are great in the summer.

What have your summer fashion and beauty discoveries been? Did you shop the Nsale today? I...definitely did. But I purchased zero beauty items! More on that later - I can't wait for those goodies to get here. Have a great weekend, everyone!

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Sunday Sessions IX

Happy Sunday!

This past week has been really heavy, all around the world. I don't know how to express enough sorrow and frustration and sympathy. Just trying to have hope, and strengthen the relationships I have, and do my best to do my part. I don't think we can be judged for taking part in frivolous pastimes, though. We all need reminders of what can be joyful. I hope you have a wonderful week.



Nsale 2016
BOOTS. #Nsale starts this Friday. I wanted the Cole Haan Marina boots, but they are already sold out in my size (early access started last week). These Halogen ones seem like they could be a worthy (and much cheaper!) alternative. For clothing, I usually pick up basics like Zella leggings and capris for aerial (I like Zella because they are thick and fitted but not slick, and ideal for hanging upside down), comfy tees, sweaters, and flannel. For fun items, I love this Leith faux leather skirt, and this Halogen scalloped skirt is also super cute. The BlankNYC faux leather skinny pants are also cute, but I'm worried that they'll be too long. The last, more expensive item is the Guess pink coat - I don't really need another winter coat, but the pastel pink color is so cute. And it comes in petite sizing!

Working on:

One of my goals is to be able to press up into a handstand someday. I'm trying to find a good progression for this - this tutorial seems good, so I'm working on it. I need some yoga blocks. Aerial has helped my core tremendously, but I still feel like my core is my weakest part. I struggle with plow!

Listening to:
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Various podcasts. Wrapped up season one of the Serial podcast. It takes place locally, which is why I had avoided listening to it, but now S is here and we moved out of the city, so I was ok to start, ha. I love crime stories, and this is such a good one. The case appeal actually just went through, too. I just finished it, and am waiting for S to finish so WE CAN TALK ABOUT IT. Has someone else finished it? CAN WE TALK ABOUT IT??? I started Limetown (this one is fictional) and it was totally engrossing, as well. I tried to get into Missing Maura Murray, but I found the first episode rather condescending and not well edited, so I haven't continued.

Link love:

- If you've wanted to try aerial - here's a good FAQ.
- Shameless self plug: I'm on Snapchat: Pestozesto. 
- Today is National Ice Cream Day. HELL, YES.
- Dog cafe!

Monday, July 11, 2016

Fab Friends: Esqido Eyelash Glue & BFF Lashes

[Products were sent by PR. Opinions are my own. No affiliate links.]

I'll be honest: I'm still pretty rubbish at putting false lashes on. It's getting slightly easier, only because I know what I did last time that absolutely didn't work. But I wear them so rarely, that I don't invest much effort in really figuring the damned things out. Slowly, but surely, maybe?

I did acquire something that does make the previously finicky glue application so much easierESQIDO eyelash glue. It has a thin brush tip (like most glitter eyeliners) that is really easy to use. I swipe the side of the brush against the band to create a thin layer, wait for a few seconds, then voila! Ready to go. It's latex-free, and at $10.00, definitely worth it. Adhesion is good, dry time is quick, and it's so easy to control vs the glop tip of the glue I've used previously. Seriously: game changer.

I tried the glue with the BFF lashes ($35), which Esqido rates 3/5 for volume. ESQIDO false eyelashes always look beautiful, with great curve and a natural texture (I've tried several: here, and here), and these are no exception. 
BFF Lashes.

The volume on BFF is reasonable, but they have great length. Because they're a sparser lash, I do find that I have to be extra careful to prevent shedding (I lost a few hairs while I was trimming and applying them), but they are light and comfortable to wear. I can see why this one is a fan favorite: they provide just enough oomph and length, but still don't draw too much attention. Still, they provide enough definition that I could skip mascara and eyeliner - in the below FOTD photos, I'm just wearing eyeshadow and the BFF lashes on eyes, and I curled my natural lashes into the BFF hairs so that they fit in.
Wearing Esqido BFF Lash, applied with the Esqido Companion Lash Glue. Foundation is Becca Aqua Luminous, blush is Ilia Beauty Multi-stick in A Fine Romance, and lipstick is Ilia Beauty Ink Pot.

Love the length on these.

I really love the length on these, and that's their best feature. If you're looking for volume or a unique pattern, Esqido has plenty of other options. For flirty, eye-opening length, BFF has you set.

Both products can be purchased at Esqido

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Sunday Sessions VIII

It's that time! How are you all doing? We finally got a weekend to catch up on errands and chores. While I love traveling, I will be happy if I don't have to get on a plane for a good long while.

Short and sweet this week!


getting my interior designer on:
By South Cone Furniture.

We've been buying new furniture since we're now renting a house rather than a small apartment, and have more space, and we also wanted to update some of our graduate school odds and ends. This is one of my favorite purchases - a live edge hardwood dining table in gray, with an iron frame. It was made to order in the US, because we try to support local craftsmakers when we can. We just bought chairs, too, and I hope it all comes together! Now I'm shopping for a rug. WHO KNEW THERE WERE SO MANY KINDS OF RUGS, GUYS. I'm thinking something in yellow or orange, to bring some color to the room. We're tackling things slowly, since furniture is $$$, but now I'm looking for some unique prints. I bought a WA state watercolor print from Jessica Durrant during her flash sale, and am looking for some other interesting, classic pieces. Any favorites or recs?

[image source: Amazon.]

Popsicle recipes. I hate kitchsy kitchen stuff, but S sent me a link to dog popsicles, and the next thing you know, I was buying Tovolo molds on Amazon. I am going to make some for the fluffbobs (with broth and random fruits and veggies), but then I have my heart set on these.

Links I loved:
Casual gratitude is something I'm trying to practice more now. S has been telling me this for ages (not to apologize needlessly), but this story really drove the point home.
- This story about Pokemon Go from NPR is hilarious. Especially the yoga part.
- (Current events warning). An important movement. A good response to this.
- You have to appreciate when responses to tragedy are positive, and hopeful, rather than hateful. Artists are great at this. Here, here.
- And this had me giggling. Especially the ones about raccoons, bats, and pandas.

What's new with you? Have anything fun to share? Let me know!