If you're the barbequing type and you've got a weekend filled with burgers and hot dogs coming up, you should try this loose fitting midi dress. It's perfect for food baby camouflage duty. Maybe you've got a bonfire on your calendar and you need some cut out bathing suit bottoms! Worst case scenario you're completely without plans and you're just bout to chill in your apartment/childhood bedroom back home, but you can listen to this Jamie XX + Young Thug collaboration and feel just as summery as everyone else. I personally prefer the leaked unfinished version (above with the soundcloud link) to this completed Popcaan track (below with the youtube link). Both versions are a stellar contribution to your summer playlist!
ASOS can be so hit or miss, and I largely blame their stellar photographers and excellent digital editorial team. The clothes always look so cute, models so glowing, everything just styled to the nines. The clearance section is fantastic, and that's how they trick you into filling a cart up with 70 dollars worth of merchandise and a clear conscience -- the discount is so real! It all feels like it's going great until you get the package in the mail and the sporty skirt you ordered feels as though it was crafted with the finest wrestling mat on the planet.
This was not the case with this beautiful maxi dress I bought for 20 dollars though whoooo! I thought it was going to be a casual maxi I could throw on for errands during the summer. When it came in the mail (along with the gym mat fabric skirt that made my soul ache with disappointment) it was significantly fancier than expected. So then I wore it to ABHW's Tribute to Black Men Dinner honoring Trai.
Even with my 6inch platform heels, I am too short for this dress. There was an actual trail of fabric (as evidenced below with me and Nonye being our candid taking selves). it was that serious. So keeping practicality in mind, I'm just going to get this dress tailored. I'll wear it way more often if it's a cute and casual mini sun dress anyways!
When finals week strikes, my life turns into this revolting cycle of
- I sleep. Sometimes because I'm tired from not going to bed until 2, but also sometimes because I don't know where to start with the projects I have due, and a nap always seems like a good way to start (except it never is).
- I eat. One of the few things I learned from high school is that peanuts and brocoli is great brain food and you should eat that and a granola bar if you want to knock the SATs out of the park. Finals week is also the last week of school though so all the dining halls are serving random meats that are deep fried and breaded because reserves are running low and Harvard is mad cheap.
- I procrastinate on twittertumblrfacebookrefinery29style.comrandomwikipediaarticles and open up bibme.com in another tab to remind me I should get started on some research and all that.
- Then I realize i just spent four hours straining my eyes looking a computer screen and have zero pages of my research paper to show for it.
- I panic a little bit, but then to destress I go distract my friends and we eat dinner and what could have been a 30 minute meal somehow evolves into a 2 hour shindig and we're laughing obnoxiously (hysterically) in the dhall as we watch a youtube Vine compilation.
- By now it's usually around 9pm in the evening and I'm realizing that time is running out, so I shower and if I'm really feeling stupid I'll deep condition my hair and detangle it too because why not at this point.
- 10pm I begin the monstrous task of starting a 25 page case study write up from scratch! I think of a topic, hit up jstor for articles, then begin thinking of an elaborate and witty title and subtitle combo that will distract from my not so stellar topic sentence.
- And then I sleep.
Steps 1-8. It's brutal out here, but somehow these papers have a way of working themselves out. And I'm too much of an honors high school nerd at heart to not stress out about school deep inside, so I always get it together and turn it in on time.
(except now I'm actually going to stop procrastinating with this blog post since I have this sit down exam tomorrow.)
I told myself this was going to be the semester in which I learn to really do my makeup instead of coasting by with a swipe of eyeliner and bright lipstick. Youtube claims too much of my day for me to not know how to contour or put on blush properly. It's late April now so that gives me until May 18th before this arbitrary, self-imposed makeup knowledge deadline passes.
Until then, I'm going to stick to what I know best: fantastic lipsticks. Especially fantastic ColourPop lipsticks. And although I remain dedicated to fighting the good fight against fashion bloggers referring to sunglasses as "sunnies" and lipsticks as "lippies", in this case the actual product is really called the lippie stix. So what can I do.
Things I Loved:
- Free shipping on orders over 30 dollars! Each lippie is a flat 5.00 so you might as well treat yourself to 6 of them all at once - but there's also a great selection of eyeshadows and other cosmetics.
- Cruelty free, and the tip of the lipstick is shaped almost like a chisel which is great for precision application on the cupid's bow.
- SO damn rich and velvety smooth. Plus they all smell fantastic which is key since your lips are right under your nose (in case you didn't know) and you can't be smelling harsh artificial cherry all day. Unless that's your thing.
- The packaging was lovely. The tubes are slender and kind of elegant in a fun way.
- Pigmented. The color shows up - which should be a given for every lipstick, but we know this to be untrue. My upper lip is darker than some people's skin, but the color goes on uniform!
Things That Had Me Saying Meh:
- Shipping is free if you spend 30 dollars, but if you don't spend 30 dollars then shipping is 4.99...aka the price of a lipstick. So if you just want a single tube it doesn't make sense to order it by itself. Best get a nice little group order going strong and then everyone wins.
- Not everyone likes chocolate, which is what the lipsticks smelled like. Chocolatey baked goods! I didn't mind it, but consider this a headsup.
- The shades are pigmented, but it's hard to tell the true color from shopping online. This isn't an issue specific to colourPOP, and in fact they make a really good effort to have different skin tone swatches. Even with that being said, I had some surprises when I put the lipsticks on. "Lady" and "Ellarie" are almost undistinguishable from each other and I got both. "Bitchette" was way more bright firetruck than I was thinking it would be, given that the description says it's a deep wine red. "Pitch" is my new favorite though and I want everyone on the planet to buy this sultry (yet neutral!) dark mocha shade right away.
I was born in 1994 and a result of this serendipitous timing, I've had the weird experience of being alive and completely cognizant of the transition from VHS tapes and polaroids and clunky dial-up and cassette tapes, to all the ridiculously high-tech goodies we experience today. I still have my boombox back home, but my little brother's car has bluetooth controls so he can stream Spotify from his iphone6 when he's driving places? It's bizarre. Sometimes I like to take a second to let myself get overwhelmed at how quickly consumer based technology has changed, because it's really overwhelming. The future lives amongst us all because the future is now (and also in the next 5 minutes) and in that spirit I've rounded up some futuristic inspired pieces for this spring inspired by Fizzy Magazine's online editorial.
Sometimes a summer internship interview goes so well that you walk out feeling good (and feeling your look) and in those situations, the only thing left to do is take a selfie amirite? When your hair is fire and your resume is vicious and you walk through the doors with assertiveness and a firm handshake, you cannot pair all of that dark purple lipstick - it's too much. I went for the most toned down lipstick I own, but I'm using the word "own" a bit loosely since technically I stole it from my mom since I only possess burgundy/purple/dark red mattes in my lipstick collection.
Lipstick: Jordana lipsticks are insanely cheap. It's a bit worrisome. It sometimes makes me question what exactly I'm putting on my lips and whether or not it's passed FDA regulations...but they go on so creamy and smooth and smell like chocolate covered strawberries. What is life without the element of risk? I'm wearing their original lipstick formula in Bronze.
Dark Brown Lip Liner: I'm using the term lip-liner but this is actually a BareMinerals eyeliner that I thought was going to be a softer alternative to jet black eyeliner. However, it's the exact shade of my eyelid, which makes it inherently useless as an eyeliner due to its invisibility as a line upon my eye. It makes for a brilliantly long-lasting lip-liner though!
Eyeshadow: It never occurred to me to use Tough as Taupe as a color popping eyeshadow base on my eyelids until I had an enlightening conversation with Ketsia in Currier dhall. I've never looked back since.
Nude Eye Liner (that's actually eyeliner for real): I woke up one day and made two big decisions: I need to start exercising in the mornings on a regular basis, and I need to experiment with a color other than black for lining my bottom lid. Watching Empire on my iPad as I "workout" on the elliptical has made exercising somewhat more enjoyable, and I've grown fond of a light swipe of this brightening eyeliner across my waterline. Rimmel London's kohl sticks glide on with zero tugging (so can I get a hiphiphooray for that drugstore price and for preventing saggy eye bags).