Where’s Waldo Sweater

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HM sweater // topshop jeans // PourlaVictoire booties

I can’t remember the last time I wore stripes!  I don’t like prints and stripes scare me.  My mom always told me horizontal stripes are not flattering, they make you look wider and this has always stuck with me.  Stripes also give me Where Waldo vibes! I saw this sweater at HM… on sale $10 which is insane thats like $3 more than my lattes! hmph! I figured its the perfect way for me to try stripes again and I think I really like it.  I like it with the loser fitting jeans and I originally paired this with gold slip ons and that made me look nautical/momish…yikes!  The silver croc booties give this the perfect edge, French almost, simple sort of look which I really like.  If I’m wearing stripes it CERTAINLY won’t be in a nautical or preppy sort of way.

My goal for 2018 is to get better with photographs of my outfits! I always feel so awkward taking these. 😆

LA winter!

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One of the best parts of Christmas vacation is leaving the cold and snow and coming home to warm weather.  I loveeee me an LA winter! Shorts and sweaters are my favorite combo because I love sweaters and its a good way to incorporate some fall/ winter clothes with warmer weather. I was even hot in the sweater but you need to embrace some type of seasonal clothing! Its not everyones cup of tea but its mine. 🙂

Reece Tip: If I’m wearing ankle boots with shorts I try to always go for a tan pair because I’m short and have thicker legs.  A black pair will make you look stalkier and will shorten your legs even more while a nude pair will elongate the leg. Sounds crazy but it works!

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Nordstrom Rack Sweater // UO shorts // Dolce Vita boots

I was on Melrose to go to the Revolve Beauty Pop up and the rainbow wall is on the same block as the shop. Melrose has great walls and its not even embarrassing to take pictures because everyone else is too! You may have to wait in line for a wall though. Seriously.

Btw, these pictures are all scattered through different places on Melrose!

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Alfred’s coffee makes one of the best almond milk lattes in LA I personally think.  Its a pain to get too but I have to go every time I’m in the area.

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I have been doing this blonde, grown out brown look for over a year now and I think I want to go back to brown!  I LOVE blonde but it destroys my hair. I want it to grow so I think going back to brown will give it a break because its wayyyy less maintenance.

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Blue Turtle Neck

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I wore this outfit for some exploring uptown and then to Union Square Market. I love going to Union Square Market and I go just about every time I’m in the city!  It is a great stop for jewelry, art and beanies and other handmade, unique crafts like that. It’s near Flatiron which I love because it’s good for shopping and it is fun to explore! Dough Doughnuts is on 19th and that is my absolute favorite donut place! I really like boujee, artisanal donuts and they do it best. Plus they’re super fat and juicy donuts.

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one w/o the jacket.  I love this sweater for how comfy it is and the sleeves! It is a great Nordstrom Rack find! I can’t find it on the website but it is a recent find and I’ve seen it at multiple locations.

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HM Hat / Nordstrom Rack Sweater / Blank NYC leather jacket / Topshop Skinnies / Nike Cortez

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Union Square market during the Holidays! They have unique artsy gifts, apple cider and all that good holiday stuff.

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Boobs in the back while I attempt to look cute with my donut… not working!

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The best donuts! Ugh I want one now! Look how big and juicy they are!

Statement sleeves

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Sweater from Nordstrom Rack. similar. similar. similar  // Paige jeans / Kenneth Cole slip ons – now on sale!

These sleeves are fun until you have to put a jacket / coat on! It will not fit and if you try you will have fat arms!  I love ruffled sleeves and I love chenille sweaters at the moment.  Super cozy, super easy and fun for the fall/ winter. I suggest you wear dramatic sleeves if you’re inside or somewhere that doesn’t require a coat!

It’s Thanksgiving week!!! I LOVE Thanksgiving.  Its a holiday of eating and shopping! My dream, hahaha! And let’s not forget thankfulness! I loveeeee family time and Thanksgiving is always my favorite time of year. I’m going to NYC for the week to see my aunt and cousin. I always have the best time and I love how creative I feel there! I find it really easy to create content because there is something new to shoot on each corner.

I’m just 3 classes and a 4 hour drive away to vacation!  Going to be thankful for Chick fil a and Taylor Swift’s new album for making my drive doable. Truly a Happy Monday because Thanksgiving is 3 days away! 🙂

 

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An outfit + beauty products that didn’t work for me!

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Lululemon Coat // Forever 21 hoodie // Topshop Jeans // Sam Edelman boots 

This photo doesn’t really match a post about products I don’t like but I don’t want to photograph stuff I don’t like and more importantly I don’t hold on to that stuff! I like to stay generally positive on here but I think knowing what products to avoid is just as important as knowing which ones are good.  What doesn’t work for me may work really well for some people.  It’s makeup/ hair / skincare which are personal preferences! I’m always curious about which products people don’t like and whether I’ve tried them and liked them or not.  Here’s what hasn’t worked for me!

Benefit Eye cream.  I used this eye cream and had a red rash of raccoon circles around my eyes.  They were painful and scaly and I couldn’t wear makeup for days.  Stay away from this eye cream!

Diorshow mascara.  I know people love this! I loved it too a few years ago.  I picked up the waterproof version to try again a few months ago and it flaked off and smudged under my eyes.  I was shocked!  This with Dior mascara and a waterproof version?!  It did not work for me this time around.

Tarte Pro glow to go palette.  The highlighters in this are too icy, cool toned and powdery for my preference. The contour was really chalky and not very pigmented even after digging my brush into it. It’s seemed almost old. Overall, this was a bust.

Drunk Elephant Baby Facial.  I have heard amazing things about this product! It didn’t work for me because I think my skin is too sensitive for it. I tried it for just 10 minutes and my skin was red, raw and rashy after. My mom tried it and loved it.  My skin is just far to sensitive for a product like that.

Sorry for my Skin calming jelly mask.  I love the other Sorry for my Skin masks but this one is a no go.  I used it hoping it would help soothe and calm my already flared up skin and I was sooo wrong.  I woke up with a rough red rash all over my chin and neck. This mask is not soothing.

Makeup Revolution Illuminating setting spray.  I’m on the hunt for a good dewy setting spray and this is not it. It doesn’t set my makeup very well. Maybe a few hours after application it begins to wears off.  It also isn’t very illuminating.  It’s supposed to have light reflection particles in it and when I sprayed it on my hand it dried like nothing was there.

IGK Beach texture spray. I was so excited for this!  It unfortunately made my hair far too sticky and tangled for it too look beachy. Thats texture but not the kind I look for.

Ouai foam dry shampoo. This made my hair greasy and weighed down. The opposite of what a dry shampoo should do!

Milk Makeup cooling stick. I got this in a beauty box and while I love the idea it stinks of silicone!  It’s a fake, fishy smell and it is the most off putting thing for a product that goes on your face.

Clinique line smoothing concealer. This concealer oxidizes and turns orange!

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Boston for the weekend!

My mom came to visit me this weekend and it’s exactly what I needed!! I have three weeks left in the semester and I have just reached the point where I am just ready to be done and home! Moms make everything truly better and I got the little boost I needed to power through the rest of the semester.  I have one week, Thanksgiving 😍, another week, finals and I am home.  I just want to see my dog and be in warm weather!

I go to school a little bit outside of Boston so for the weekend we decided to go to Boston and explore.  It reminds me of a much tamer New York which I don’t mind at all. My mom and I did some shopping on and ate good food which is truly the way to my heart!  We stuck to Newbury Street and Prudential Center which are both great. The Sephora at Prudential is TO DIE FOR; it’s massive and has everything!  It was SO cold this weekend, like in the 30s which is just brutally miserable to be outside in…and super hard to look cute in!  My mom froze her tush off so we did our best to stay indoors. With the exception of pictures and donuts lol! 😉

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HM Hat / Blank NYC jacket / Nordstrom Sweater / Paige Jeans / Steve Madden shoes 

I was actually freezing in these photos but I’ll sacrifice cold for a picture and an outfit.  A cute outfit is only so cute under a big puffer coat.

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Blackbird doughnuts for the win! The blackbird original cake doughnut is the best one!

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Apples and Caps

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I went apple picking one last time this season before all the orchards closed for winter! The apples taste amazing and are so much better then what you buy at the store.  And let’s be real, I needed the donuts one last time. I think fall on the East Coast is so so special so I’m all for doing the kitchy, fall activities! I think it’s because this is the first time in my life that I actually have a fall to see and experience!  It’s awe-worthy.

And so, once fall trickles away the cold sets in.  It’s going to be in the 30s this weekend. 😦 Let me just be present for East Cost autumns and fly away to somewhere warm for the winters.

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Hat HM / Blank NYC jacket / Nordstrom BP sweater / Paige Jeans / Timberland Boots / Quay Sunnies 

The orchard I went to lets you taste the apples to see if you like them or not before picking a bunch.  After you just throw them on the ground! The whole orchard smells like kombucha and I just eat apples the whole time. Could be worse.

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I think this is a macoun apple.  I had NO idea there were so many types of apples and if we’re being honest they all taste the same to me!

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I got this hat at HM! I hated this trend at first, not sure why. Now, its totally grown on me and I LOVE it.  I love how simple it is and how much it elevates an outfit.

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