Friday, April 25, 2014

Beauty Scenarios Tag

Does anyone else enjoy the funny little reflection of my hand and camera? Nice little picture within a picture.

My dear friend (and former roomie) Sarah from Shades Of Sarah tagged me in this Beauty Scenarios Tag that's making the rounds. Though I do the occasional beauty post, I'm not a huge beauty-obsessed person (and I'm pretty relaxed), so I'm afraid that my answers aren't dramatic enough. Anyway, here goes. . .

1. You have to get rid of all your foundations and you can only keep one high-end and one drugstore, which do you keep?
The only foundation type products I use are The Face Shop's Power Perfection BB Cream Light Beige and Laura Mercier's Foundation Powder in No. 1. (Though I've tried a zillion drugstore foundation, powders, and BB creams, none of them have done the trick.) So how about I keep the BB cream?

2. You go for an interview and the lady interviewing you has lipstick on her teeth. Do you approach the subject or ignore it completely?
Ignore it. Who cares? If she looks in the mirror later, she'll probably think it got smudged onto her teeth after the interview happened.

3. You’re not feeling yourself and need a pick me up. Which lipstick do you put on to make yourself feel beautiful?
I'm a big fan of the Neutrogena Moisture Smooth Color Stick. I'd choose that over a lipstick because it's lower maintenance than lipstick, which has the potential to smear and make me feel even worse. 

4. You go back in time for a day to your teenage years, how would you do your hair and makeup differently?
I'd probably just do the routine I do now. It took me a while to figure out which products work best for me.

5. You ask your hairdresser for a shoulder length Pixie Lott hair cut, but they hear wrong and give you a pixi cut. Do you a) Smile, say thank you, leave and call your mom hysterical b) Cry in the chair and things get awkward or c) Complain to the manager and demand a refund.
Well, first off, I wouldn't ask for a Pixie Lott hair cut because I don't know who she is. If I want a trim like a celebrity's, I always bring in a picture--I don't expect hairdressers to read my mind or know every celebrity ever. However, if there was a misunderstanding, I'd probably react similarly to option A, since hair grows back and it wouldn't be the end of the world.

6. Your friend surprises you with a 4-day city break and you have 1 hour to pack. Which ‘do it all’ palette do you pack in your makeup bag?
It's easy for me to travel, because I keep my favorite products all in one little box, so I'd just dump 'em in a box. Right now, I'm using the Revlon ColorStay palette in Moonlit.

7. Your house has been robbed, don’t worry everyone is safe, but your beauty stash has been raided. What’s the product you really hope is safe?
Ha, they can take it all! The most expensive beauty product I own is the Laura Mercier powder I mentioned above. I'd count myself lucky if only my makeup was stolen. Dumb thief. (Though once I did have all of my makeup stolen from a checked suitcase when I was in high school. I don't check bags anymore. But it served 'em right because I only had cheap drugstore brands back then.)

8. Your friend borrows your makeup and returns it in awful condition. Do you a) Just pretend you haven’t noticed b) Ask them to repurchase it or c) Secretly do the same to something of theirs?
Pretend I didn't notice. Why make a friendship awkward over a $8 beauty product?

Well, now you know how I'd respond to a few first-world problems. Tags are always a bit of fun, even if they're silly. I tag all of you to answer them as well (if you want to)!

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Boho chic jewelry

1 // 2 // 3 // 4 // 5 // 6 // 7 // 8 // 9 // 10

Spring's here, and I can't stop eyeing these boho pretties from the ASOS sales section. Who can resist these pretty evil eye bracelets, coin rings and necklace, stone pendants, cool lantern necklace, or eclectic medallions? (OK, OK, I've been resisting. . . but barely.) I love these pieces because they look, to me, like artifacts and souvenirs from a grand adventure I'd like to go on. I'm partial to #1. Which is your favorite?

Monday, April 21, 2014

Drawing life

Friends, I've been feeling a little uninspired lately with the ol' blog. Maybe it's because I've been busy with work, wrapped up in my other hobbies, or just trying to avoid immersing myself in fashion/online shopping sites in an attempt to keep on my budget.

What I have been doing a lot of recently is reading, writing, drawing, and thinking. So hopefully no one will be too upset if I start talking about some less style related topics in addition to my regular outfit, beauty, and wishlist-type posts. 

Here's a shot of the cover of one of my sketchbooks. I don't pretend to be an artist, but I am constantly doodling. I'm one of those people who always has 1-2 books, a sketchbook and maybe a notebook on my person at all times. Since I've been pretty stressed out and brain-fried recently, I've taken to drawing fellow passengers on the subway (it's something I've been doing occasionally for years, but now I tend to produce many sketches of folks every week.) I also have always had a tendency to stand on street corners and draw the scenes and people around me. I've always found it relaxing to draw my surroundings. I thought it'd be fun to start sharing some of these drawings with you (some of which you've seen on my Instagram already) and telling the stories that go along with them. I actually tried doing this on a tumblr, since I wasn't sure if it mixed well with my content here, but ain't nobody got time for a blog and a tumblr with totally different content. So you guys can look forward to seeing some of what's inside this sketchbook (and some of my others). 

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Sunday Summary // 04.20.14

Happy Easter, everyone! I'm not really up to anything much today, aside from eating jelly beans and relaxing (maybe I can sit out on the balcony and enjoy some spring weather later on.) Whatever you're doing, I hope your day's a good one.

Per my Instagram, here's what I've been up to lately.

One. Cool street art spotted in Astoria.

Two. Blooming trees in Astoria.

Three. Amazing birthday cake cream cheese at the Tompkins Square Bagels.

Four and five. Graffiti spotted in the East Village.

Six and seven. Saturday was Record Store Day, which means standing in line with music junkies to snatch up limited edition records. Though I don't have a record player, my boyfriend does, and I always enjoy browsing record stores and experiencing the enthusiasm around Record Store Day. We stood in line at Turntable Lab for about two hours, then dropped by Kim's (only to find out that they had the record we'd been waiting in line for, only there was no line!) It was a lovely day to be out and about in the East Village; spring finally seems to be here (despite the snow we had last week.) Also, in case you're wondering, we were seeking The Field's album From Here We Go Sublime. And it did indeed sound sublime on vinyl.

Eight. It was crazy bright yesterday, and my shadow was so intense that I had to take a shadow selfie.

Nine. A beautiful view of St. Mark's Place with the trees in bloom.

As you can see, the city's in bloom and I couldn't be happier. I hope all of your cities are just as beautiful right now!

Friday, April 18, 2014

Cyan sunset

Sweater dress - my friend's closet (originally Banana Republic) // Leather jacket - Urbancode (ASOS) // Shoes - Bass // Necklace - gift (Urban Outfitters) // Tights - Target

I love this dress's embellished neckline and subtle quirkiness. I like sweater dresses, but most of them aren't my style, but this is perfect. My friend actually gave it to me because it didn't fit her quite right. Thanks, Allison!

Also, I adore these shoes, but I'm still working on breaking them in. They're kind of an awkward fit, but I'm hoping they'll fit better soon, since they're leather. Right now, I'm breaking 'em in by wearing them with tights and black athletic socks underneath. I hate that whole shoe-breaking-in process.

I also couldn't help but share the view of the skyline from my window the night I took these pictures. I love watching the sun set behind the skyline, and am always happy when I'm home from work early enough to see it. It's one of the little beautiful things in my life, pleasures you can miss if you aren't paying attention. 

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Music Obsession // "I Will Follow You Into the Dark" by Death Cab for Cutie

When I'm walking home alone or stalking around the city late at night, I usually sing. I guess it's a habit I picked up when I lived in the Bronx and couldn't wear headphones around or have my phone out while walking around. It's like whistling in the dark. Giving life to still, empty streets. Of course, I'm a terrible singer, but it's always comforting to hear my own voice in the eerie quiet that the city sometimes cloaks itself in at night. They say this is the city that never sleeps, but whoever said that has never walked around the dark streets of Long Island City or Jackson Heights or Bronx Park or even 5th Ave beneath the park after 10 pm. Sure, there's the murmur of trains or cars or ambulances far away, but sometimes those ambient noises just make you more aware of the deep quiet right around you.

You probably already know "I Will Follow You Into the Dark" by Death Cab for Cutie, but it's probably my favorite song to sing when I'm out alone pacing in the shadows. I wanted to share it because, for me, it's one of those songs that's always comforting and never gets old.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Wednesday in Queens

Dress - boutique in Hongdae, Seoul // Watch - Casio // Boots - Lucky Brand // Leggings - JCPenney // Necklace - gift

Don't you think this outfit has a Wednesday Addams vibe? I like this dress, though it's a "free size" deal that is very short and (here's a first) is even a little tight across the top. Crazy! I don't wear this dress too often since it's a bit of an awkward fit, but I love its simple lines and nice Peter Pan collar.

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