As I write this, the sun is shining and the temperature is at a slightly stuffy 85 degrees. BUT, cooler fall weather is on its way and I can’t wait to start breaking out the boots and sweaters.

Like, LITERALLY, can’t wait. I tried rocking a rib knit long-sleeved sweater yesterday when I was running errands and paid dearly for it.

But I digress. Fall is my favorite season to dress for. Hats, coats, scarves, boots…all the best clothes. Plus, the colors are great! Who doesn’t love those warm mustards, plums and teals?

Cozy textures like flannel and wool in khaki and jewel tones that flatter just about everyone make this season my bank account’s worst nightmare. Here’s what I’ll most likely be spending my pennies on over the next few weeks:

 

1. Chunky Knits

Asos Chunky Knit Sweater

New Look Lattice Back Chunky Sweater – Asos, $32

 

2. Camel Colored Scarves

H&M Cashmere Scarf

H&M Cashmere Scarf – $59.99

 

3. (Faux) Suede Skirts 

H&M Short Skirt

H&M Faux Suede Skirt $24.99

 

4. Tops with Bell Sleeves

Free People Soo Dramatic Long Sleeved Top

Free People Soo Dramatic Long Sleeved Top – Asos, $39

 

5. Platform Boots

Zara Black Boots

Zara Track Ankle Boots – $49.90

 

6. Flannel Shirts

Vans Check Flannel Shirt In Red

Vans Check Flannel Shirt In Red – Asos, $55

 

7. Peacoats in neutral colors

H&M Pea Coat

H&M Pea Coat – $69.99

 

8. Black Jeans

Topshop Black Jamie Jeans

Topshop MOTO Black Jamie Jeans $70.00

 

9. Sock Boots

Topshop Sock Boots

Topshop HOLI Leather Sock Boots $160

 

10. Backpacks

Urban Outfitters Backpack

Matt & Nat Small Mumbai Backpack – Urban Outfitters $125

 

There we have it – my fall wardrobe shopping list.  What’s your favorite season to dress for? Comment below, I’m curious to know if everyone else is as obsessed with fall as I am!

In the meantime – stay cozy, peeps.

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I think everyone in my life is probably tired of hearing me talk about this so my obsession with the bangs debate will have to take place here on the blog.

To start, let’s rewind to the early 90s. I was about to start Kindergarden and life was good. My hair choices were out of my control and my mom knew what what was what. I had hair below my shoulders, frequently worn in two braids, and…BANGS.

Since then, I’ve gone back and forth from bobs, to lobs, to longer lengths, with all sorts of bangs, side swept bangs and no bangs – and EVERYTHING in between. I just can’t seem to make up my mind.

In recent years, I’ve finally decided to grow out my mop into a longish, blunt lob and as of two weeks ago, I decided to cut some bardot-style, parted bangs for fall. Here’s the thing – fall or winter is DEFINITELY the time to cut bangs, at least if you live in a place that gets hot in the summer.

A sweaty, shiny forehead with some greasy bangs on it is no bueno. Kinda looks like this guy from the original Pride & Prejudice on BBC. Shout out to Mr. Collins.

But without bangs…due to the nature of my slightly wavy, very dark hair, it hangs in my face Snape-style.

And so the eternal debate continues. I feel the need to take a logical approach to this madness. I know I’m not the only one who can’t make a decision on this and is just always going through life in some variance of a “growing out” stage.

So here goes – the one and only Bangs Pros and Cons list.

Bangs!

Pros Cons
Can make you look more youthful by making the face look rounder. I have a long face so sometimes I need this. Refer to Severus Snape, above. Maintenance, maintenance, maintenance. Notorious for requiring everyday styling and trims every couple weeks.
Opens up the face so peeps can see your cheekbones (or lack thereof, in my case). Got cowlicks? Count #1 twice.
Makes a boring ponytail or messy bun look more interesting. Can make your face look rounder – I KNOW I said this was a pro but it’s kind of a con too, depending on your face shape*.
Can disguise fly-aways and those little wispy bits around the hairline. Forehead. Breakouts.
Can look rock and roll, sexy or super girly depending on how you style them. Muses include Zoe Deschanel, Alexa Chung, Brigitte Bardot and Jane Birkin. The grow-out can be a bitch, especially if you don’t like side swept bangs.
Can be great if you like change – not only is the initial cut a huge change (sometimes a bigger change than an actual haircut) but the look really changes and evolves as they grow.

So that’s it folks. The pros and cons list. For me, the pros won out. Maintenance-wise, mine only take 5 minutes to style every morning and a spritz of dry shampoo keeps them from looking greasy. Also, I love changing up my look which is why I’m having this debate to begin with, so I think I’ll have fun with them as they grow out.

For my face shape, which is sort of oval/oblong with full cheeks, I think cheekbone length bangs are ideal so I’m not too worried about the grow-out phase.

I’m sure I’ll change my mind again, but hey, c’est la vie. Any girls with bangs out there? Comment and let me know your experience with them. Love em’ or hate em’, I wanna hear. Let the debate begin!

 

Bangs

Post-Bangs Selfie

 

*There’s a type of bangs for every shape, but really, all bangs will make your face look a little rounder, let’s be honest.

*12/27/17 Edit: Since this post was published, the author has decided to grow her bangs out. 

I don’t know if anyone will read this. I don’t care. This is for me. For my records.

I write this at 10:00 pm at night, after just eating 4 pieces of pizza – after ordering a whole pizza, just for myself, for no damn reason. After a full day of heavy eating, donuts, fried chicken, dumplings, wine…

I guess I felt like I deserved it, after eating somewhat healthily for a week. I thought I wanted a “treat.” But this wasn’t a treat – it honestly feels like I’m just treating myself like crap.

It’s so different from how I used to be – I used to order in all kinds of unhealthy food and never thought twice about it. I also used to be 20 pounds heavier, but I never thought about it. Sure, I wasn’t 100% happy with how I looked in certain outfits, but I was pretty confident.

Now, I’ve lost weight and I’ve developed a slightly healthier lifestyle. But now that I’ve reached my goal, I’m finding it tough to stay motivated – to keep trying to be healthy.

But I have to keep reminding myself – being healthy isn’t about losing weight. It’s about feeling good, living long and being strong.

I want to stop this wasteful habit of ordering waaay too much food online, eating too much, and throwing away half of it.

NO MORE FOOD DELIVERY.

Unless of course, I’m sharing it with someone. If I want to treat myself to something – I should eat something in my crowded fridge, or cook something new.

Also, while I’m at it, I want to get back into working out. At the very least, twice a week. I think I can manage it, it’s just something I have to make the time for – even if it’s just a 20 minute walk in the morning.

That’s it. Pinky swear it to myself.

  1. No more food delivery on solo nights.
  2. Exercise twice a week.

Delivery is great, but sometimes these modern conveniences are too convenient for our own good. Enough is enough. Not just for me, but for my wallet too.

Goodnight world.

Skinny days...

Skinny days…

It’s almost fall which is not only my favorite season but also considered to be the official season of lipstick (source: me). I buy a crap ton of lipsticks year-round because I love to experiment with new shades but I find that the best releases come this time of year.

The latest crop are these little beauties from L’Oreal. When I first caught sight of them in my local Ulta, I knew I had to try them out.

L’Oreal Infallible Lip Paints

L'Oreal Infallible Lip Paints

 

Hold onto your hats, girls, here come the swatches…

Mattes

L'Oreal Matte Lip Paints
L’Oreal Matte Lip Paints – Shades from top to bottom: Festival, Velvet Pout, Cinna-Bomb

These matte shades are probably my favorite. It’s not a big surprise considering that I love a matte lip and feel most comfortable in lip products that dry to a matte finish. The shade Festival is obviously the most wearable of the bunch, but I was surprised how wearable the lavender-toned Velvet Pout was.

The vampy, rich color of Cinna-Bomb was on point for me for fall, but because it was so dark, I found it a little tricky to apply.

L'Oreal Matte Lip Paint - Festival

L’Oreal Matte Lip Paint – Festival

 

L'Oreal Matte Lip Paint - Velvet Pout

L’Oreal Matte Lip Paint – Velvet Pout

 

L'Oreal Matte Lip Paint - Cinna-Bomb

L’Oreal Matte Lip Paint – Cinna-Bomb

 

 

Matte Metallics

L'Oreal Matte Metallic Lip Paints

L’Oreal Matte Metallic Lip Paints – Shades from top to bottom: Bronzed Burgandy, Bronze Statue, Brick Metal

I don’t think I’ve ever worn a metallic lip product before but given that it’s a major trend for the season, I thought I’d try it out. I’m surprisingly into it – I find these liquid lippies pretty easy to apply despite how shaky I am from one too many coffees. The metallic shimmer is definitely there but I find the matte finish gives it a cool, modern vibe. The color payoff on certain shades wasn’t as expected – but the pics below are all with one coat.

FYI, the color payoff on certain shades was a little disappointing – but the pics below are all with one coat.

L'oreal Matte Metallic Lip Paint - Bronzed Burgandy

Bronzed Burgandy

 

L'oreal Matte Metallic Lip Paint - Bronze Statue

L’oreal Matte Metallic Lip Paint – Bronze Statue

 

L'Oreal Matte Metallic Lip Paint - Brick Metal

Brick Metal

 

Metallics

L'oreal Metallic Lip Paints

L’Oreal Metallic Lip Paints -Shades from top to bottom: Galactic Foil, Liquid Venom

These were my least favorite. I don’t generally love a glossy lip on me anyway, but because these were pretty pigmented, they were incredibly messy to apply and just felt tacky.

L'Oreal Metallic Lip Paint - Liquid Venom

Liquid Venom

 

L'Oreal Metallic Lip Paint - Galactic Foil

Galactic Foil

 

The Verdict

Overall, I’d give this collection a C+. There are certain shades that I’ve already worn several times (Festival, Velvet Pout and Bronzed Burgandy). The staying power is great, and lasts through most meals but I find them tough to apply perfectly and certain shades require several coats to build up intensity (which might be fine for some, depending on what you’re going for).

What about you guys? Comment with your favorite fall lipstick shades below and let me know if you’d rock a metallic lip this season.

 

When I think of my favorite makeup – my desert island, must-have, can’t-live-without-it product – I think MAC lipstick. No matter how tired I am or how little time I have to do the rest of my makeup, a swipe of red lipstick will always save the day.

Although I wear a variety of brands, MAC is really a staple in my lipstick collection. The formulas are great and the shade range is massive. Many of their lipsticks have reached cult status and I can see why – when I need a pick-me-up, I find myself turning to the same 5 shades over and over again.

My favorite is usually a red lipstick but really, any of the following lipstick shades make me feel instantly more put together and ready for the day.

To note, I am a nw 25 skintone but many of these lipsticks are famous for their ability to flatter any skintone.

Swatches from top to bottom: Twig, Whirl, Ruby Woo, Viva Glam and Retro

Swatches from top to bottom: Twig, Whirl, Ruby Woo, Viva Glam and Retro

  1. Twig (satin) – a cool-toned, rosy taupe
  2. Whirl (matte) – a classic 90’s supermodel brown
  3. Ruby Woo (retro matte)– vivid, super-matte, cool red.
  4. Viva Glam (matte) – rich, neutral-toned, brick red.
  5. Retro (satin) – neutral brown, a little 90s, a little now.
MAC Ruby Woo lipstick

Minimal makeup, messy hair and MAC Ruby Woo lipstick

 

As you can tell from the swatches – I tend to prefer cooler tones at the moment. Honorable mentions include Lady Danger and So Chaud.

What are your favorite MAC lipsticks? I love discovering new shades – and there are so many “unsung heroes.” Share in the comments below!