Ah, Monday. How thou art a mystifying day. I've spent the past 3 years confident that Mondays were the absolute worst. Convincing myself that I hated the dreaded beginning of the week and that I always had the worst days ever. It's only recently (after a few-self realizing moments) that I realized how much I actually enjoy them. Any day brings the possibility of hardships, but you don't just have a rough day solely because it's Monday. The day is only as good as you make it. 

I decided to start off my week with some fall vibes. Those of you that have been following me for a while know that color is a bit out of my normal realm of dress, as I typically stick to neutral colors. That id why I absolutely love this cardigan I picked up last week. The mustard color is very autumn-y but is relatively neutral. I paired it with a trusty striped shirt and my new favorite pair of ankle boots. And when my AP Stats teacher asked why I was in class when I looked like I should be at a museum in NYC I almost shed a tear. 


Outfit Details
Cardigan: Gap
Tee: Zara
 Leggings: Charlotte Russe
Ankle Boots: Apri (via TJMaxx)
 Sunglasses: Stradivarius - Madrid

I hope you all had a joy filled Monday and started your week on a good note. Remember: your life is only as good as your mentality. 

All the love.


ART HOE // OOTD


Ah, Monday. How thou art a mystifying day. I've spent the past 3 years confident that Mondays were the absolute worst. Convincing myself that I hated the dreaded beginning of the week and that I always had the worst days ever. It's only recently (after a few-self realizing moments) that I realized how much I actually enjoy them. Any day brings the possibility of hardships, but you don't just have a rough day solely because it's Monday. The day is only as good as you make it. 

I decided to start off my week with some fall vibes. Those of you that have been following me for a while know that color is a bit out of my normal realm of dress, as I typically stick to neutral colors. That id why I absolutely love this cardigan I picked up last week. The mustard color is very autumn-y but is relatively neutral. I paired it with a trusty striped shirt and my new favorite pair of ankle boots. And when my AP Stats teacher asked why I was in class when I looked like I should be at a museum in NYC I almost shed a tear. 


Outfit Details
Cardigan: Gap
Tee: Zara
 Leggings: Charlotte Russe
Ankle Boots: Apri (via TJMaxx)
 Sunglasses: Stradivarius - Madrid

I hope you all had a joy filled Monday and started your week on a good note. Remember: your life is only as good as your mentality. 

All the love.



It's no secret that I love lemon-poppyseed anything. It's just one of those trusty, go-to, the probability of this being bad is slim to none combinations. I have also been tidying up my dietary habits by eating cleaner. So when I stumbled upon this recipe, I knew it was time to break out the apron. 

Now I am by no means the savviest or adept chef, but I can navigate my way around a kitchen...most of the time. This being my first time making scones instead of just eating them, I am pleasantly surprised at this culinary success. 

Ingredients
1 1/2  cups whole wheat (or GF) flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
4 tsp poppyseeds 
A pinch of salt 
1 tbsp lemon zest 
2 tbsp butter, cold
1/2 cup plain nonfat Greek yogurt
3 tbsp agave nectar (or honey)
2 tbsp lemon juice
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 tsp soy milk (or milk of choice)


Instructions

1. Preheat oven to 425° and line baking sheet with parchment paper.

2. Whisk together flour, baking powder, salt, poppyseeds, and lemon zest in a medium mixing bowl.


3. Slice butter into thin pads and cut into the flour mixture (using a pastry cutter and/or knife) until the mixture is crumbly.

4. Stir in Greek yogurt, agave, lemon juice and vanilla.


5. Roll dough into a ball and flatten into a 1 inch tall circle. Using a sharp knife, cut dough into 8 slices.

6. Gently separate and distribute each slice evenly on baking sheet and brush tops with milk.


7. Bake at 425° for 16-19 minutes or until the tops begin to turn golden brown.

8. Cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack.


VERDICT:
For it being my first time making scones I would call this a delicious culinary success. Now I don't have much prior scone eating experience to compare this to, so this may not be the most accurate review. I do believe I baked them too long but other than that I would say that everything went well. The batch was gone within 4 days and I only got 2 so I think they were a hit with my family. I added some powdered sugar to the top just to make them a bit sweeter to satisfy the rest of my family's enormous sweet tooth. I thought they were good either way.

 I'm sure you all are much more cultured when it comes to scones so if you decide to give this recipe a try, let me know how it turns out! All the love.







(Healthy + Delicious) Lemon Poppyseed Scones


It's no secret that I love lemon-poppyseed anything. It's just one of those trusty, go-to, the probability of this being bad is slim to none combinations. I have also been tidying up my dietary habits by eating cleaner. So when I stumbled upon this recipe, I knew it was time to break out the apron. 

Now I am by no means the savviest or adept chef, but I can navigate my way around a kitchen...most of the time. This being my first time making scones instead of just eating them, I am pleasantly surprised at this culinary success. 

Ingredients
1 1/2  cups whole wheat (or GF) flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
4 tsp poppyseeds 
A pinch of salt 
1 tbsp lemon zest 
2 tbsp butter, cold
1/2 cup plain nonfat Greek yogurt
3 tbsp agave nectar (or honey)
2 tbsp lemon juice
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 tsp soy milk (or milk of choice)


Instructions

1. Preheat oven to 425° and line baking sheet with parchment paper.

2. Whisk together flour, baking powder, salt, poppyseeds, and lemon zest in a medium mixing bowl.


3. Slice butter into thin pads and cut into the flour mixture (using a pastry cutter and/or knife) until the mixture is crumbly.

4. Stir in Greek yogurt, agave, lemon juice and vanilla.


5. Roll dough into a ball and flatten into a 1 inch tall circle. Using a sharp knife, cut dough into 8 slices.

6. Gently separate and distribute each slice evenly on baking sheet and brush tops with milk.


7. Bake at 425° for 16-19 minutes or until the tops begin to turn golden brown.

8. Cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack.


VERDICT:
For it being my first time making scones I would call this a delicious culinary success. Now I don't have much prior scone eating experience to compare this to, so this may not be the most accurate review. I do believe I baked them too long but other than that I would say that everything went well. The batch was gone within 4 days and I only got 2 so I think they were a hit with my family. I added some powdered sugar to the top just to make them a bit sweeter to satisfy the rest of my family's enormous sweet tooth. I thought they were good either way.

 I'm sure you all are much more cultured when it comes to scones so if you decide to give this recipe a try, let me know how it turns out! All the love.







Well everyone, yesterday was my first day back to school. Ah, senior year. The beginning of the end. Kind of a bittersweet moment for me and totally heart wrenching for my family. I decided to go for something pretty casual and relaxed but warm because despite these pictures it was cold and it rained all morning. (Please excuse the pictures, I had to act as my own photographer and the sun wasn't helping.)


Outfit Details
Cardigan: H&M
Boyfriend jeans: H&M
Sandals: American Eagle
Necklace: Forever 21
 Backpack: Topshop

Now for a quick little off topic PSA: I just wanted to let you guys know that now that everything's settled down and I'm getting back into a routine, I'm going to try to focus on blogging more. School comes first  of course but I will try not to leave you guys hanging for months at a time. That includes more outfit, beauty, and life posts, etc.

Anyway, I hope you all had wonderful first days back to hell and that you are successful in all your academic adventures. Now I'm off to fill out some more college applications. 

All the love.



THE BEGINNING OF THE END // OOTD

Well everyone, yesterday was my first day back to school. Ah, senior year. The beginning of the end. Kind of a bittersweet moment for me and totally heart wrenching for my family. I decided to go for something pretty casual and relaxed but warm because despite these pictures it was cold and it rained all morning. (Please excuse the pictures, I had to act as my own photographer and the sun wasn't helping.)


Outfit Details
Cardigan: H&M
Boyfriend jeans: H&M
Sandals: American Eagle
Necklace: Forever 21
 Backpack: Topshop

Now for a quick little off topic PSA: I just wanted to let you guys know that now that everything's settled down and I'm getting back into a routine, I'm going to try to focus on blogging more. School comes first  of course but I will try not to leave you guys hanging for months at a time. That includes more outfit, beauty, and life posts, etc.

Anyway, I hope you all had wonderful first days back to hell and that you are successful in all your academic adventures. Now I'm off to fill out some more college applications. 

All the love.



Inspiration plays a very big part in everything in life. Without inspiration there would be no motivation. That is something I have just now started to realize. Everyone needs a source of inspiration so I thought I'd share with you mine for the upcoming autumn/winter seasons.


Stay inspired. Stay gold. All the love.







*PICTURES VIA TUMBLR // COLLAGES VIA ME*

MUSINGS // AUTUMN INSPIRATION

Inspiration plays a very big part in everything in life. Without inspiration there would be no motivation. That is something I have just now started to realize. Everyone needs a source of inspiration so I thought I'd share with you mine for the upcoming autumn/winter seasons.


Stay inspired. Stay gold. All the love.







*PICTURES VIA TUMBLR // COLLAGES VIA ME*

Autumn is swiftly approaching and accompanying it is the onset of a whole new set of trends. I’m not typically one to comply to the entirety of current trends for a variety of different reasons. But it typically boils down to the fact that they’re either inaccessible or they aren’t my style. But this upcoming season is a completely different story. So before I get into one of my rambley states, here are some of my favorite trends for the upcoming season.



DUSTER COATS
You may have seen a duster or two last year on a few trend setting individuals, but this year duster coats made their official appearance in many shows. Some of my favorites from the AW15 RTW runway came from Maison Margiela, The Row, and Calvin Klein. 

Shop below:



FUR/SHEARLING
If you thought fur was a big trend last year, then you haven’t see this years’ runways. Fur was a material in almost every collection (that I saw). So break out your fur gilets and congratulate yourself yourself because you, my friend, are a trendsetter. From full on fur jackets to accents of fur, brands like Tibi, Rodarte, and Jason Wu had some amazing pieces that I will for sure be using for inspiration. But lets keep it faux people.

Shop below:


INTERIOR PRINT/PATCHWORK
Channel your inner Harry Styles this autumn with patchwork, oriental, interior, and aztec prints. The type of prints and patterns that you would find while sifting through old furniture in a vintage shop were very popular on the AW15 runway this year. Erdem, Isabel Marant, and Tom Ford killed these trends so hard that it almost makes me want to rip up some of my old clothes (and maybe some old couches?) and get to sewing. 

Shop below:


PATENT LEATHER
Patent leather is part of the ever trendy throwback flair that designers have been incorporating into their design for years. This year designers like Maison Margiela and Rodarte did it in a very sleek and modern way that doesn’t make it seem quite as ‘out there’ as it seemed to be back in the day. 

Shop below:


RIBBED KNIT
Now this is one of those trends that has already engulfed my wardrobe. I absolutely love ribbed knits. Not quite sure why, but I do. Some of my favorite pieces from this trend came from Stella McCartney, Louis Vuitton, and Calvin Klein. Their designs make me want to go out and buy even more ribbed knit items. No such thing as too many knits right?

Shop below:


VELVET
Another blast from the past this upcoming season is the velvet trend. But that does NOT mean you get to start wearing your old velour track pants from ’03 #sorrynotsorry. Emilio Pucci, Tom Ford, and Alexander Wang (the bae) did an amazing job at bringing this old trend back but in a more modern and tasteful way.

Shop below:


SUITS
Pencil skirts aren’t the only option for a professional look anymore. Pant suits are a huge trend for the upcoming autumn season. And thanks to designers like Stella McCartney, Saint Laurent and Louis Vuitton, business style never looked so good. 

Shop below:


SILHOUETTE

As for silhouettes on the runway, I saw a lot of large/oversized silhouettes. Whether it be a chunky sweater, a large oversized jacket, or a long billowy dress. Leave the form fitting outfits for the warmer months and give yourself some room to layer up. 

Shop below:

So there you have it, my first official trend report! I am seriously looking forward to being able to wear trends and feel comfortable while doing it. You also won’t have to look very far to acquire these pieces because they already have a place in fast fashion and in many people’s wardrobes. But please remember that you should never follow trends just for the sake of fitting in. Consider trends more of an idea or inspiration, not requirements. Always wear whatever the hell you want to. Fuck trends, if you like it wear it, if you don’t then don’t. Never let what other people’s sense of fashion or what other people think is “in” dictate what you wear. With that reminder I bid you all adieu. And if you guys take anything away from this post, please make sure it’s what I said above. Until next time my lovelies.





*PICTURES VIA VOGUE.COM // COLLAGES VIA SARAHLAUTNER143.POLYVORE.COM*

AW15 // TREND REPORT

Autumn is swiftly approaching and accompanying it is the onset of a whole new set of trends. I’m not typically one to comply to the entirety of current trends for a variety of different reasons. But it typically boils down to the fact that they’re either inaccessible or they aren’t my style. But this upcoming season is a completely different story. So before I get into one of my rambley states, here are some of my favorite trends for the upcoming season.



DUSTER COATS
You may have seen a duster or two last year on a few trend setting individuals, but this year duster coats made their official appearance in many shows. Some of my favorites from the AW15 RTW runway came from Maison Margiela, The Row, and Calvin Klein. 

Shop below:



FUR/SHEARLING
If you thought fur was a big trend last year, then you haven’t see this years’ runways. Fur was a material in almost every collection (that I saw). So break out your fur gilets and congratulate yourself yourself because you, my friend, are a trendsetter. From full on fur jackets to accents of fur, brands like Tibi, Rodarte, and Jason Wu had some amazing pieces that I will for sure be using for inspiration. But lets keep it faux people.

Shop below:


INTERIOR PRINT/PATCHWORK
Channel your inner Harry Styles this autumn with patchwork, oriental, interior, and aztec prints. The type of prints and patterns that you would find while sifting through old furniture in a vintage shop were very popular on the AW15 runway this year. Erdem, Isabel Marant, and Tom Ford killed these trends so hard that it almost makes me want to rip up some of my old clothes (and maybe some old couches?) and get to sewing. 

Shop below:


PATENT LEATHER
Patent leather is part of the ever trendy throwback flair that designers have been incorporating into their design for years. This year designers like Maison Margiela and Rodarte did it in a very sleek and modern way that doesn’t make it seem quite as ‘out there’ as it seemed to be back in the day. 

Shop below:


RIBBED KNIT
Now this is one of those trends that has already engulfed my wardrobe. I absolutely love ribbed knits. Not quite sure why, but I do. Some of my favorite pieces from this trend came from Stella McCartney, Louis Vuitton, and Calvin Klein. Their designs make me want to go out and buy even more ribbed knit items. No such thing as too many knits right?

Shop below:


VELVET
Another blast from the past this upcoming season is the velvet trend. But that does NOT mean you get to start wearing your old velour track pants from ’03 #sorrynotsorry. Emilio Pucci, Tom Ford, and Alexander Wang (the bae) did an amazing job at bringing this old trend back but in a more modern and tasteful way.

Shop below:


SUITS
Pencil skirts aren’t the only option for a professional look anymore. Pant suits are a huge trend for the upcoming autumn season. And thanks to designers like Stella McCartney, Saint Laurent and Louis Vuitton, business style never looked so good. 

Shop below:


SILHOUETTE

As for silhouettes on the runway, I saw a lot of large/oversized silhouettes. Whether it be a chunky sweater, a large oversized jacket, or a long billowy dress. Leave the form fitting outfits for the warmer months and give yourself some room to layer up. 

Shop below:

So there you have it, my first official trend report! I am seriously looking forward to being able to wear trends and feel comfortable while doing it. You also won’t have to look very far to acquire these pieces because they already have a place in fast fashion and in many people’s wardrobes. But please remember that you should never follow trends just for the sake of fitting in. Consider trends more of an idea or inspiration, not requirements. Always wear whatever the hell you want to. Fuck trends, if you like it wear it, if you don’t then don’t. Never let what other people’s sense of fashion or what other people think is “in” dictate what you wear. With that reminder I bid you all adieu. And if you guys take anything away from this post, please make sure it’s what I said above. Until next time my lovelies.





*PICTURES VIA VOGUE.COM // COLLAGES VIA SARAHLAUTNER143.POLYVORE.COM*

What do you think of when you think of a guitar? If you want to think by the textbook, a guitar is an instrument with 6 strings, curved sides, and a hole in the middle that you pluck or strum to make sound. But personally, it's quite a bit more.




If there's one thing I learned in English this past year it's that symbols are everywhere. They can be big or small, prominent or hidden. They can be in literature or in speech. They can be fictional, and they can be very real.



I acquired this guitar in 7th grade when one of my older brothers went to college. Since then I've taken lessons on and off. I've gone through periods where I play and even longer periods when I don't. I can't play an entire song because I don't know how. I'm still mastering the art of switching between chords in a nano second. And I am still fully in love with my guitar as I was when it was gifted to me.


My guitar sits by the entrance to my closet, leaning up against my armoire. Not a day goes by that I don't look at it at least once, and everytime I do, I smile. When I look at my guitar, a million thoughts run through my head. It motivates me to learn, to try new things, to appriciate small things, and to reach for the stars. It reminds me of my passion for music and adventure. It gives me hope that one day I will be doing what I love and following my heart no matter where it may lead. Everytime I pick up my guitar, my heart starts to beat a little faster. When I begin strumming everything around me seems to disappear. The past and the future don't exist. The pressures of life melt away. I don't have to worry about what I'm going to do with my life or how I'm going to do it.  In that moment, as cliche as it may sound, I truly feel infinite.




Who would've thought that and old acoustic guitar could represent so much? I would have never thought that when my brother handed me that guitar that it would ever gain such importance and meaning in my life. And now that I understand why this guitar means so much to me, I can look at the world around me with a deeper meaning. Now and again, I can look at people and see that sparkle in their eye. And I know they've found their guitar.  

I've also come to realize that we live in a world full of symbols, so we must be mindful. Because some things mean a little more to different people.


Kudos To My Guitar


What do you think of when you think of a guitar? If you want to think by the textbook, a guitar is an instrument with 6 strings, curved sides, and a hole in the middle that you pluck or strum to make sound. But personally, it's quite a bit more.




If there's one thing I learned in English this past year it's that symbols are everywhere. They can be big or small, prominent or hidden. They can be in literature or in speech. They can be fictional, and they can be very real.



I acquired this guitar in 7th grade when one of my older brothers went to college. Since then I've taken lessons on and off. I've gone through periods where I play and even longer periods when I don't. I can't play an entire song because I don't know how. I'm still mastering the art of switching between chords in a nano second. And I am still fully in love with my guitar as I was when it was gifted to me.


My guitar sits by the entrance to my closet, leaning up against my armoire. Not a day goes by that I don't look at it at least once, and everytime I do, I smile. When I look at my guitar, a million thoughts run through my head. It motivates me to learn, to try new things, to appriciate small things, and to reach for the stars. It reminds me of my passion for music and adventure. It gives me hope that one day I will be doing what I love and following my heart no matter where it may lead. Everytime I pick up my guitar, my heart starts to beat a little faster. When I begin strumming everything around me seems to disappear. The past and the future don't exist. The pressures of life melt away. I don't have to worry about what I'm going to do with my life or how I'm going to do it.  In that moment, as cliche as it may sound, I truly feel infinite.




Who would've thought that and old acoustic guitar could represent so much? I would have never thought that when my brother handed me that guitar that it would ever gain such importance and meaning in my life. And now that I understand why this guitar means so much to me, I can look at the world around me with a deeper meaning. Now and again, I can look at people and see that sparkle in their eye. And I know they've found their guitar.  

I've also come to realize that we live in a world full of symbols, so we must be mindful. Because some things mean a little more to different people.



Let me just start this post off by saying that ending the most stressful school year of your life (junior year) and going straight into a month of constant travel can be hell for your skin. Recently my normally combination skin has been feeling quite dry and I'm honestly just not here for that. Earlier I popped in to the MAC store in the Grove and whilst venting to one of the workers, he showed me this lovely product called MAC Mineralize Charged Water Moisture Gel. 


"An ultra-light formula that intensely hydrates and leaves skin more supple and luminous."


I completely agree with this description, even though I've only been using this moisturizer a short time. Even just trying it on my hand in store I knew it was a keeper. Upon application it instantly soothes the skin and absorbs within 45 seconds. Because it's a water based moisturizer, it leaves skin feeling quenched and soft without feeling heavy or thick. At first I was weary of the fact that it was a gel because of the common misconception that it would make my skin look oily but after it absorbs it leaves you with more of a matte finish which is amazing. The moisturizer is a little costly at $39 but a little goes a long way and the results in themselves are worth it. All-in-all I would one hundred percent recommend this to every one regardless of skin type/condition. I can't wait to try out more of the Mineralize Charged Water line and just more MAC skin care products in general!


MAC MINERALIZE CHARGED WATER MOISTURE GEL // REVIEW


Let me just start this post off by saying that ending the most stressful school year of your life (junior year) and going straight into a month of constant travel can be hell for your skin. Recently my normally combination skin has been feeling quite dry and I'm honestly just not here for that. Earlier I popped in to the MAC store in the Grove and whilst venting to one of the workers, he showed me this lovely product called MAC Mineralize Charged Water Moisture Gel. 


"An ultra-light formula that intensely hydrates and leaves skin more supple and luminous."


I completely agree with this description, even though I've only been using this moisturizer a short time. Even just trying it on my hand in store I knew it was a keeper. Upon application it instantly soothes the skin and absorbs within 45 seconds. Because it's a water based moisturizer, it leaves skin feeling quenched and soft without feeling heavy or thick. At first I was weary of the fact that it was a gel because of the common misconception that it would make my skin look oily but after it absorbs it leaves you with more of a matte finish which is amazing. The moisturizer is a little costly at $39 but a little goes a long way and the results in themselves are worth it. All-in-all I would one hundred percent recommend this to every one regardless of skin type/condition. I can't wait to try out more of the Mineralize Charged Water line and just more MAC skin care products in general!


If you know me or follow me on any social media you should know that travel is a major part of my life and a major source of inspiration for me. I can't explain what it is, but the feelings I get from traveling and change is a type of euphoria like no other. It's like the rush you get while you're teatering at the top of a rollercoaster. Or the joy you feel as a kid on Christmas morning. I wish I could bottle up the feeling and gift it to people. I've been so lucky to be able to act on my passion for traveling as well. My latest adventures have brought me on a road trip to the golden coast with my parents. With only a week and a half gone and two more to go we still have a lot of adventures ahead of us, but the experiences that we've already had have been absolutely amazing. So far our road trip has taken us to places like The Badlands, Mount Rushmore, Devils Tower, Yellowstone, Reno, and San Francisco just to name a few. (We're currently stationed in Modesto, CA for the night after visiting San Fran this afternoon - man do I have stories about that day trip.) With that being said, I'll get on to the pictures.























Oh you know, just casually chilling on a ledge approx. 2,000 ft. above a
canyon with a roaring river and sharp rocks. 



Let me end this post by saying that these pictures DO NOT even come close to being as beautiful as the sites are themselves. If yuo guys have any questions about my travels or anything else you can always reach me via Tumblr or one of my other social media sites. Until next time my lovelies. 







Travel Diary // The West

If you know me or follow me on any social media you should know that travel is a major part of my life and a major source of inspiration for me. I can't explain what it is, but the feelings I get from traveling and change is a type of euphoria like no other. It's like the rush you get while you're teatering at the top of a rollercoaster. Or the joy you feel as a kid on Christmas morning. I wish I could bottle up the feeling and gift it to people. I've been so lucky to be able to act on my passion for traveling as well. My latest adventures have brought me on a road trip to the golden coast with my parents. With only a week and a half gone and two more to go we still have a lot of adventures ahead of us, but the experiences that we've already had have been absolutely amazing. So far our road trip has taken us to places like The Badlands, Mount Rushmore, Devils Tower, Yellowstone, Reno, and San Francisco just to name a few. (We're currently stationed in Modesto, CA for the night after visiting San Fran this afternoon - man do I have stories about that day trip.) With that being said, I'll get on to the pictures.























Oh you know, just casually chilling on a ledge approx. 2,000 ft. above a
canyon with a roaring river and sharp rocks. 



Let me end this post by saying that these pictures DO NOT even come close to being as beautiful as the sites are themselves. If yuo guys have any questions about my travels or anything else you can always reach me via Tumblr or one of my other social media sites. Until next time my lovelies. 







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