OOTD: Bundled up in plaid

I've found surprisingly great accessories at Walmart while taking advantage of sales on Green Mountain K-Cups. My favorite necklace, which I'm wearing here, is something my mom gave me that she got there. And I got this blanket scarf (similar, way more expensive) and belt there and love the cozy look when I drape it over my shoulders and belt it. My top is from Old Navy, I'm wearing Liverpool Madonna leggings (which are DIVINE and soft and stretchy and high-waisted and make my butt look interstellar-good) that I got at Trunk Shows Boutique, a super cute shop in Pittsburgh, and my beloved Tieks.

After I took my pictures, I realized the belt looked much better with the end hidden in a knot, so here's what that looks like and a slightly closer look at the necklace. The belt is reversible, so yeah. Walmart and accessories. Who knew?


FOTD: Falsified information

Because I just got contacts, I decided to bust out the fake eyelashes. It had been a while since I wore lashes, but it's just like riding a bike. Which I actually can't really do all that well so that's a bad comparison.

This pair is from Ardell Professional's Natural line (similar, a bit more spiky). I bought two sets of Ardell lashes, and the ones where each hair is the same length looked silly on me. For whatever reason, I find the spiky lashes more flattering and natural, which is counterintuitive.

I love the way these make my eyes look huge and youthful and glamorous. They just make the rest of the makeup that much more special. I used the CoverGirl TruNaked Roses palette, a dupe for Urban Decay Naked 3 that I've been loving, Revlon ColorStay foundation, my favorite Elf blush in Pink Passion, Kat Von D Ink Liner in Trooper and Revlon Ultra HD Lip Lacquer in Garnet.

Boom. Lashes, baby.

Shocker: I fell in love with a white bodycon dress


Never in a million years would I have imagined loving a stretchy, white, poured-over-you bodycon dress. I have way too many body insecurities for that. But the Pixley Clora dress I got from Stitch Fix is so perfect for me (Psst... That's a referral link. If you sign up with it, I get $25 off my next box.) I love the material. It's stretchy but thick, therefore forgiving of lady lumps. It covers the top of my arms, which I don't love to flaunt, and is a comfortable length. And it has a gorgeous graphic print that really plays up my curves.

I styled it with my 41Hawthorn cardigan, also from Stitch Fix, tights and my favorite new riding boots from Target. Perfectly casual yet polished for work and kinda glams up my edgy-librarian aesthetic I've been leaning into. It looks excellent with a leather jacket, or worn with a pullover so it just looks like a skirt. I love that I can make it casual or super formal or smoking hot and ready for a night out.

The only thing that would make it more perfect is if it were machine washable. A girl can dream, right?


On the struggle bus

I want to be this.

But usually, I feel like this.

I'm dealing with a LOT right now. Working like crazy, stressing out, dealing with triggers that are flaring up a lot of my Issues. I was going to write a longer post, but I don't really feel like that's necessary. I kind of just wanted to come to this space, because I know that some people (miraculously) are still interested and still read it, to say that, yeah, this blog is still a thing, I've just been really busy and dealing with a lot and not feeling inspired. I can't promise that will change anytime soon, and if I post, it may continue to be sporadic.

But thank you for reading. I appreciate you. I'm going to try to let the strongest part of me run the show, so send me a good thought if you want so I can make that happen.

And maybe also throw in a good thought for me getting a tropical vacation sometime soon. Because I could use some sunlight and Blue Hawaiians and listening to the ocean while I read a trashy book.