Wednesday, February 3, 2016

January Playlist #onrepeat

Well HELLO there! Today's post is very exciting for me for two reasons: 1) I'm talking about music which is another one of my love languages (besides donuts and coffee). And 2) this is going to be a monthly post that I'm starting! I love that Clancy gets to post about her favorites with you every month and I've been brainstorming something that I get to share too! Each month I'm going have a post with my top 10 songs that have been #onrepeat. So here we go for January!

january playlist #onrepeat top ten music hits workout tunes


1. MNEK - "A Thousand Miles"

I'm a sucker for a good cover. So when Clancy found this song from a Buzzfeed article we listened to it in our kitchen and FREAKIN' JAMMED OUT! Vanessa Carlton's version is a white-girl classic, but this version, remixed and mashed up with "Love Shack"...pure gold. Roll your windows down and blast that ish.

(also, laughing so hard at the image with this song)

2. Rhodes + Birdy - "Let It All Go"

This song is just flat out lovely, sad and perfect. It gives you all the feels and is also uplifting.



3. Ellie Goulding - "Army"

In my opinion Ellie can do no wrong. Ellie is bae. This song is freakin' amazing and ready for the tears? It's about her BFF! A definite girl power song.




4. Lauren Aquilina - "Forest Fires"

Another "feels" song. Just a beautiful sweet sad song. And Lauren's voice is like an angel.




5. The Weeknd + Ed Sheeran - "Dark Times"

Slow jams...slow jams. Ed collaborating with The Weeknd? YASS.




6. Justin Bieber - "Sorry"

Hey, no judgement. Biebs is killin' it! Seriously every time this song comes on in the car I am doing one of 3 things: singing along with it, dancing badly to it or snapchatting it. #sorrynotsorry (see what I did there).




7. Hannah Trigwell - "Wild Heart"

Yep, another cover. You guys I can't help it when they're THIS good! I love all of Hannah's covers (definitely check out "Hide Away" and "Sing"). This one is sweet and fun and perfect.




8. A Great Big World - "Oasis"

I became a fan of A Great Big World when they came out with "Say Something" but didn't hear much from them since that song. Then BAM "Oasis" comes on my Discover Weekly Spotify playlist and I'm like TIME OUT WHO IS THIS?! This song just warms my heart. So good so good!




9. Fetty Wap - "Let It Bang"

Ya'll need a new pre-game or work out song? Fetty Wap has got you covered. I listen to this song too much probably but I don't care. SKWAAA!



10. Joel Ansett - Kingdom Come

So happy I stumbled upon my new fave Joel Ansett! Yep, you gotta snap your fingers to this one.




Hope you all enjoyed January's playlist! Share with me some of your current faves! Catch you at the end of this month so we can see what's been #onrepeat.

Porter

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

January Favorites!


WOW WOW WOW, January favorites already?! I can’t believe this month is pretty much over, but I feel like I start 98% of my favorites posts saying that. Anyway, let’s see what I loved this month.


BEAUTY

I talked about the original Tartelette palette in my 2015 favorites and already knew this one was going to make it into this month’s faves pretty early on. It’s got the most perfect warm neutral colors but you can still create a couple of different looks with it. If you’re thinking about picking this baby up, stay tuned, I’ll have a review up soon!

This sample of Glamglow came in one of my Sephora Favorites bags I picked up in November. I didn’t use it until this month and I can already tell you I’m going to be picking up some more of their masks. I’ve heard nothing but good things about all of their different ones but they are stupid expensive. I haven’t wanted to make the leap but I’m pretty sure this sample has convinced me. 

I must have a thing for not really liking mascara when I first open them but liking them more as I use them. I don’t know if it just takes a bit for me to get used to the wand and formula or if the world is right and most things get better with time. Either way, I found myself using it all month long.

I can’t tell if this Smashbox primer water is actually doing something for my skin or if it’s just water but either way I’ve used it every day before applying my makeup and it’s pretty much empty. I feel like it helps even my skin out and make my makeup go on a little more smoothly. Maybe I’ll wait a week when I run out and see if I notice a huge difference before repurchasing. 

MEDIA

I binged the entire season (as I’m sure 99% of the world did) of Making a Murder this month. AKA how I spend my New Years day. I was obsessed with serial so I knew this was right up my alley. I don’t have much to say because there’s so much controversy surrounding it; but if you want to know my thoughts, read this article ( goo.gl/ZQ62Rr ) because I pretty much agree with the whole thing! 

I needed a change of pace after spending 10 hours with Steve Avery so I’ve been rewatching Gossip Girl and I forgot how much I loved it. I mean… Dan Humphrey, I can’t be the only one that absolutely loves him, can I? It’s an easy show to have on because I’ve seen it a million times and don’t have to give it my full attention. Although, I totally do and end up procrastinating or staying up way too late because “one more episode.”

I got these SONY speakers for Christmas and praise hands emoji. You know when you get something you didn't even know you needed and you wonder how you lived life without it? That’s what this was for me. My mac pretty much whispers when I’m trying to play music so this speaker is so handy. Now I constantly have jamzzz playing and I’m loving it. 

Since I’ve been non stop listening to music- it’s only fitting I have a new favorite song. I actually love all of Rainy Days + Sleepless Nights by Adam Agin but my favorite has to be Bookends. It’s such a pretty song but also, ALL THE FEELS. 

RANDOM


I celebrated my birthday last weekend at Universal and it definitely made it into my favorites. Apparently I can only be friends with people named Jessica who also have birthdays within a month of mine. Of course we all got birthday pins, consumed a little too much fireball and continued to insist on going on rides after the park was closed because “it’s my birthday” and “Helen sent me” are valid excuses. Last week I recapped 25 things 25 taught me and I’m already learning some valuable lessons for 26.

For the past few years I’ve been really into statement necklaces. I think that you can pair them with a simple tee or dress and really have them make well.. a statement. I’ve got more than I know what to do with but this past month, I’ve changed it up. LOFT had this gorgeous double bar necklace that I knew I needed to try out. I’ve had my eye on a simple bar for a while but didn’t want to commit to spending lot because I wasn’t sure if I was going to like the simplicity but so happy I picked this up!

That's it- that's all I got for you today. What were some of your favorite things in January? 

clancy

Friday, January 22, 2016

25 things 25 taught me

So here I am- my last day of being 25. I’m about to enter what I’m calling my EARLY late 20s. Actually, I’m being dramatic. I’m really not someone who’s ever cared about getting older. ….But talk to me the night before my 30th birthday I might have a different outlook. Last year, I recapped things 2014 taught me but this year I wanted to switch it up a bit. 

25 was a pretty okay year when I look back. Nothing monumental happened (except moving but that was with like 2 months left so we’re not counting it). I mean, it definitely wasn’t a bad year,by any means, but nothing super great happened either. It wasn’t a year of any major change or life event, it was a pretty average 365 days. 

So, today I’m sharing with you 25 things I learned at 25.



Some people will do bare minimum to get by- don’t be one of them. 
Eventually karma will catch up with them. Challenge yourself, you will feel more productive.

Stop at the gas station at night. You are definitely not going to have enough time to stop in the morning.

Fireball is always a good idea.

Delete his number. 
It doesn’t make you petty, it makes you smart. And keeps you from feeling like an idiot.

Don’t worry, hair grows.

Make your bed. 
Coming home to a clean space will help you feel more calm.

Just try it. If you don’t like it- don’t do it again.

Buy yourself flowers.

Surround yourself with the right people. It will make you be a better version of yourself.

Change can be good. 
It might be hard and it definitely takes a while to get used to. Embrace it.

In-n-Out is not worth the hype. 
…very confused about why people think it is.

Don’t buy color. You will gravitate towards neutrals 99% of the time.

Friendship is a two way street. 
Keep in touch with people who you want in your life. Don’t feel bad if not all of them make the cut. 

Being an adult can be scary. It can also be rewarding. 

Cats are weird.

Manitowoc County is filled with some really sketchy people.

Don’t feel guilty if you spend your day off in bed, but don’t spend every day off like that.

It’s okay to have a crush like a 14 year old girl. 
And it’s okay if nothing comes of it. It was fun while it lasted.

Invest in good skincare. 
You spend too much money on makeup to ignore your skin. Also- water is the best skincare. And it’s free. You’re welcome.

Adele can do no wrong.
Neither can James Bay. Neither can Florence + The Machine. Way to go with your music choices this year.

Get rid of what you don’t need- it will actually feel like you have more. 
When you love everything in your closet, it’s easier to get dressed. Everything else is clutter.

Complain if you need to, but don’t let it consume you. 
Move on.

Start a savings account. Your future self will thank you. 
Even if it’s just a couple dollars a month, it all adds up.

Fireball is never a good idea. 
…or is it?

Make fun of yourself. Find someone else who also enjoys this. 
Life is a lot more fun this way.

I'm excited for whatever 26 has in store for me. I'm hoping for a lot more adventures, and I can't wait to share them all with you!

clancy

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

breaking the rules: denim on denim

Denim on Denim: Wynwood Walls. Street art, street style, casual style, ootd, fashion.

Denim on Denim: Wynwood Walls. Street art, street style, casual style, ootd, fashion.


Denim on Denim: Wynwood Walls. Street art, street style, casual style, ootd, fashion.

Denim on Denim: Wynwood Walls. Street art, street style, casual style, ootd, fashion.

Denim on Denim: Wynwood Walls. Street art, street style, casual style, ootd, fashion.

Denim on Denim: Wynwood Walls. Street art, street style, casual style, ootd, fashion.

Denim on Denim: Wynwood Walls. Street art, street style, casual style, ootd, fashion.

Denim on Denim: Wynwood Walls. Street art, street style, casual style, ootd, fashion.

Denim on Denim: Wynwood Walls. Street art, street style, casual style, ootd, fashion.

 Apparently I'm just breaking all my old rules these days. Leggings as pants and now denim on denim, who am I?! Eh, people change right? Right.

This past weekend I went on a little road trip with some of my best girlfriends to Ft. Lauderdale/Miami. You bet your bottom dollar I took them back to one of my favorite places, the Wynwood Walls. They commission new artists every few months or so and I was pumped to see what changed since my last trip.

Beautiful as ever! If possible there were even more colors than I remembered. New sidewalk art (did you see the sassy Honey Bear), new Polaroid art exhibition, I loved it.

I've steered clear of the denim on denim trend for a while because well, I thought I just couldn't pull it off. I didn't want to end up looking like Britney and Justin at the 2001 AMAs. However, I've found the secret: different shades. And you're probably saying DUH PORTER! You know what...chill, I needed to discover this on my own ok!? But seriously, denim on denim is wonderful. You get to play with textures and structure instead of just colors. And comfortable? You bet.

Denim on Denim: Wynwood Walls. Street art, street style, casual style, ootd, fashion.

Outfit details:
Chambray top//Loft (similar)
Jeans//Loft
Cross body bag//H&M (similar)
Boots//Lucky Brand
Watch//Michael Kors
Bracelet//Market Colors

Who knows, maybe my next rebellious outfit will be overalls. Ya'll I'm seriously thinking about it, ask Clancy. Thoughts on Porter trying overalls? Yay or nay???

Denim on Denim: Wynwood Walls. Street art, street style, casual style, ootd, fashion.

Porter

Friday, January 15, 2016

Birthday/Holiday Gift Round Up (I couldn't resist)

Holiday Gift Round-Up: Madewell, Etsy, Fresh soy cleanser, rose face mask, Kate Spade wallet, Michael Kors, Naked 2 palette, tech, selfie stick, chrome cast

Generally speaking I'm not a fan of "What I Got for Christmas" posts but here I am basically writing my own. I'm not writing this post to brag at all, but a few of the things I received I am REALLY excited about and wanted to share with you! Also, it might be helpful to hear a little review in case you've had your eye on some after holiday sales. See? I'm looking out for you here. 

I tend to get stressed making wish lists during the holidays because my birthday is five days before Christmas so I've got two lists to make. Poor me, right? But one thing that I put on my list immediately was this Michael Kors watch.

Holiday Gift Round-Up: Madewell, Etsy, Fresh soy cleanser, rose face mask, Kate Spade wallet, Michael Kors, Naked 2 palette, tech, selfie stick, chrome cast

As you all are aware I'm really in to black and gold so I was searching around for a boyfriend style watch that met my needs. There were so many that just looked huge and obnoxious on my tiny baby wrist. But then I came across this one at Macy's. Praise hands emoji. It was the boyfriend style but slim enough that I would be comfortable wearing it. And I do almost every day!

Holiday Gift Round-Up: Madewell, Etsy, Fresh soy cleanser, rose face mask, Kate Spade wallet, Michael Kors, Naked 2 palette, tech, selfie stick, chrome cast

My parents really stepped up their game this year in the present area. My mom picked out this bracelet from Madewell and she hit it out of the park. Gold? Check. Geometric? Check. Adjustable size? Check. It's my fave. I couldn't find the exact bracelet online but I am really diggin' this one.

Holiday Gift Round-Up: Madewell, Etsy, Fresh soy cleanser, rose face mask, Kate Spade wallet, Michael Kors, Naked 2 palette, tech, selfie stick, chrome cast

Speaking of Madewell, the 'rents also picked up this grey button down for me. I've coveted Madewell for some time but the closest store is in Jacksonville soooooo it's not exactly easy for me to pop over to take a look. But again, when in doubt? Go basic. I love the length of this button down, the softness and structure and did I mention it has pockets??? Like real pockets! Ahhhhh, can't get over it!

Holiday Gift Round-Up: Madewell, Etsy, Fresh soy cleanser, rose face mask, Kate Spade wallet, Michael Kors, Naked 2 palette, tech, selfie stick, chrome cast
(and yes, when I first saw it was an XXS I was like uhhhh ya'll don't know me. However, it's an oversized button down and this truly fits me! So if you're thinking of picking one up you might was to size down.)

Holiday Gift Round-Up: Madewell, Etsy, Fresh soy cleanser, rose face mask, Kate Spade wallet, Michael Kors, Naked 2 palette, tech, selfie stick, chrome cast

You've seen my Coffee and Cuddles tee in Monday's post and you bet it's one of my holiday faves. Clancy...you da real MVP.

Holiday Gift Round-Up: Madewell, Etsy, Fresh soy cleanser, rose face mask, Kate Spade wallet, Michael Kors, Naked 2 palette, tech, selfie stick, chrome cast

Holiday Gift Round-Up: Madewell, Etsy, Fresh soy cleanser, rose face mask, Kate Spade wallet, Michael Kors, Naked 2 palette, tech, selfie stick, chrome cast

I'm also pumped about a few make-up/skin care items as well. Clancy is the queen of eyeshadows so when she's picks you up a new palette for your bday you know you're in good hands. The Naked 2 Basics palette has been on my eyelids ever since I unwrapped it. You guys, it's neutrals come on you know I love it.

Holiday Gift Round-Up: Madewell, Etsy, Fresh soy cleanser, rose face mask, Kate Spade wallet, Michael Kors, Naked 2 palette, tech, selfie stick, chrome cast

Holiday Gift Round-Up: Madewell, Etsy, Fresh soy cleanser, rose face mask, Kate Spade wallet, Michael Kors, Naked 2 palette, tech, selfie stick, chrome cast

Holiday Gift Round-Up: Madewell, Etsy, Fresh soy cleanser, rose face mask, Kate Spade wallet, Michael Kors, Naked 2 palette, tech, selfie stick, chrome cast

Since December is my birthday month I couldn't forget to pick up my Sephora bday gift! If you're not signed up for that yet I highly recommend. This year's gift is the Fresh Soy Face Cleanser and Rose Face Mask. I've only used the cleanser a few times because I'm still working on my cleanser from Boscia but so far I'm a fan. It has a really natural scent and gets off practically all of your makeup. The Rose Face Mask is a real winner. I've already used it 3-4 times and it is amazing! It doesn't dry like some masks but leave it on for 5-10 minutes then rinse off and you feel so refreshed. The scent isn't too powerful either, it's actually very calming.

Holiday Gift Round-Up: Madewell, Etsy, Fresh soy cleanser, rose face mask, Kate Spade wallet, Michael Kors, Naked 2 palette, tech, selfie stick, chrome cast

Holiday Gift Round-Up: Madewell, Etsy, Fresh soy cleanser, rose face mask, Kate Spade wallet, Michael Kors, Naked 2 palette, tech, selfie stick, chrome cast

I also couldn't resist gifting myself with a little something too. Braving the outlet malls during the holidays is near insane but when Kate Spade is having a store-wide 60% off sale, you take the risk.

 When my purse was stolen back in August (yeah yeah, so sad) my wallet went with it. I was pissed because that wallet was perfect, it had so many pockets! I've been searching for a replacement ever since but just haven't found the right one. Until now. Kate Spade has your back in the wallet department. I cannot get over how much I LOVE this one. It's black so duh I love, and it's this awesome sort of microfiber material which is so practical for me. And it has ALL the pockets! YAY!

Pretty sure this one was only available in store but this one is a classic!

Holiday Gift Round-Up: Madewell, Etsy, Fresh soy cleanser, rose face mask, Kate Spade wallet, Michael Kors, Naked 2 palette, tech, selfie stick, chrome cast

Now these last two are sort of random tech items but they're what I've gotten the most use out of so far. Ya'll, my dad bought me a selfie stick. I opened it on Christmas and literally laughed out loud! But honestly it's so fun! And my Google Chromecast has made my Netflix viewing wayyyyyyy too easy. Binge watching Making a Murderer anyone? You just plug this baby into your tv, log in, and start watching! Netflix, YouTube, Hulu you name it! 

Hope you all enjoyed this little post about my holiday favorites! Let me know what you got this year and what you're excited about!!

Porter

Holiday Gift Round-Up: Madewell, Etsy, Fresh soy cleanser, rose face mask, Kate Spade wallet, Michael Kors, Naked 2 palette, tech, selfie stick, chrome cast


Monday, January 11, 2016

Coffee + Cuddles: The Perfect Graphic Tee

DovetailVintage graphic tee, Lou and Grey jacket, Lou and grey leggings, booties, casual style, athleisure, lounge, perfect outfit

DovetailVintage graphic tee, Lou and Grey jacket, Lou and grey leggings, booties, casual style, athleisure, lounge, perfect outfit

DovetailVintage graphic tee, Lou and Grey jacket, Lou and grey leggings, booties, casual style, athleisure, lounge, perfect outfit

DovetailVintage graphic tee, Lou and Grey jacket, Lou and grey leggings, booties, casual style, athleisure, lounge, perfect outfit

DovetailVintage graphic tee, Lou and Grey jacket, Lou and grey leggings, booties, casual style, athleisure, lounge, perfect outfit

DovetailVintage graphic tee, Lou and Grey jacket, Lou and grey leggings, booties, casual style, athleisure, lounge, perfect outfit

DovetailVintage graphic tee, Lou and Grey jacket, Lou and grey leggings, booties, casual style, athleisure, lounge, perfect outfit

 Was it just me or was putting on "real" clothes after the holidays wayyyy too difficult? After spending day after day in sweats and fluffy socks, gathering up the strength to actually put an outfit together was too much of a challenge. So instead, I decided to incorporate my loungewear into something socially acceptable. 

I've come around to the whole "leggings as pants" trend (with a long enough top please) and I think you can still look put together in leggings. These Lou and Grey leggings are by far my favorite. They have just the right amount of stretch but the material is thick enough where you'll stay nice and warm.

The jacket is also from Lou and Grey and I'm obsessed. Clancy has one in blue and I've always coveted hers because it's so darn soft! I love the light heather green color, I don't have anything in my closet like it. And it's perfect dressed up with a cute blouse and heels or dressed down with jeans and trainers. 

Now the real star of this outfit is the graphic tee. You guys. I AM IN LOVE! Obviously coffee and cuddles are two of my favorite things, and this is one of the softest shirts I've ever worn. I love the minimal yet classic design too. And the best part? It was a Christmas gift from my new favorite roommate! Clancy...not Scooter. She got it from the cutest shop on Etsy called Dovetail Vintage that she found on Instagram. Everything from their shop is freakin' adorable! She said it arrived super quick and the packaging was on point.

Maybe in my next outfit post I'll be wearing real pants. But for now I'm cozy and comfy in my upscale loungewear. 

DovetailVintage graphic tee, Lou and Grey jacket, Lou and grey leggings, booties, casual style, athleisure, lounge, perfect outfit

Outfit Details:

Jacket//Lou and Grey
Leggings//Lou and Grey


Porter

Friday, January 8, 2016

Making moves; some tips on adulting


So as I’m sure you’ve read a million times, Porter and I are officially off living on our own…. together. We both lived away for college and then moved back in with our parent’s after graduation. Now, here we are 25&26, in our cute little condo being adults. I mean, let’s be real I’m nowhere close to being an adult but not living with my mom anymore is progress towards that.


Today I’ve got some tips for you when moving out for the first time. Again- I’m no expert but these are just some things I’ve learned in the process.


clean before anything

I cleaned out different areas of my life in the months leading up to our move. I didn’t want to be overwhelmed and have to deal with everything all at once and either throw it out or take it all. I really wanted to make sure that what I was taking with me, were things I really wanted or needed and donated anything that was no longer necessary. (I’m sure my gals at work loved when I brought in a huge container of nail polish for them to go through.) It was so much easier to focus on things because I took the time to spread the cleaning out. Also- moving forces you to throw out a lot of things that are cluttering your life and allows you to have a fresh start.


decide if you're a DIY or buy kind of person

There are some people who want to create the art that goes on their walls, repurpose their furniture, paint and build and all that jazz. And then there are some people who would rather go to IKEA or HomeGoods, find things that they like, and shell out the money for them. I’m probably somewhere in the middle; a little sorority girl, a little I definitely don’t have time for this shit. It’s important to figure out which one of these you are so that the process of decorating and furnishing goes so much smoother. I knew for big pieces like the one above my bed I didn’t mind buying but for smaller ones with a more personal touch, I’ll probably whip out my crafting skills.




pick out a theme

Figure out what your personal aesthetic is. Do you like when places have tons of nautical pieces and are more of an ocean theme? Do you like a modern feel with blacks and whites? Are you eclectic or classic? There is no right or wrong way to decorate, it’s your place and you are allowed to make it your own. I know when I was buying things, I wanted them all to be cohesive so I stuck to black and white with gold accents for my room. As the rest of the apartment…. we haven’t really figured that out yet. But having a vision in mind going into it is way easier than standing in Target with a million things that you don’t even know if you like.


realize you don't have to buy everything at the same time 

Moving can be expensive, especially if this is your first apartment and you are pretty much starting from scratch. Obviously there are things you need as soon as you move in but there are also things that you can pick up after the fact. Don’t just buy a painting because your wall looks bare, wait for one you fall in love with. This will help it not feel so expensive but it will also allow you to fill your space with things you really love, not just things you threw in your house because you needed. Porter and I have probably four different kinds of plates and bowls and not a single mug that matches but that's what gives it character.




be realistic... this probably isn't your forever home

Porter: as much as I love you and Scooter, the reality is; we will both probably move out at some point. (In the far far FAR future because moving is a BITCH) If this is your first apartment, you’re probably in the same boat. Keep this in mind when you’re decorating, especially with bigger items. Are you going to want to take that to your next place? Is it a classic piece that will work for years to come and is worth investing in? Also, anytime you split the cost of something, remember someone is going to take it when you move out. Maybe you buy the TV and your roommate gets the table that way there’s no confusion when it’s time to part ways.


have fun

This might sound cheesy but don't get too caught up in the decorating aspect; if this is your first apartment take advantage of those little moments where you guys are making memories together. It was so fun picking out a tree and filling it with lights and ornaments while listening to some Michael Buble, making cookies with a fresh balsam candle burning on the counter. I know that that’s something I’ll remember forever even though our dining room table has nothing on it and is just a little shaky. All of those things will fall into place but for now, I’m okay with sitting on the couch every night watching New Girl eating Brussels sprouts.





Do you have any tips for us and this new thing of adulting?

clancy