An Ode to San Francisco: Ideal Weekend Wear

California Weekend Wear

Wildfox Dress, Ivy Kirzhner Sandals, push by Pushmataaha earings, Botkier cross body

With this coming weekend being my first full weekend in San Francisco, I find myself feeling completely unprepared clothing wise. Growing up in California I always had a plethora of floral sun dresses and sandals. However after nearly 5 years living on the East Coast, my wardrobe consists mostly of practical jeans and tennis shoes. Above are a few things I hope magically appear in my closet before this weekend: breezy floral sun dresses, pastel bags, punchy sandals and of course the perfect keychain complete with a palm tree and heart, emphasizing my love for the great state of California.

What is your perfect weekend outfit for your area?

Light Colored Denim (Review: Banana Republic Skinny Ankle Jean)

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Banana Republic Skinny Ankle Jean (wearing a size 30), Anthropologie top, LV Speedy 30 bag, Havainas Sandals

Since we decided a few weeks ago that my boyfriend jeans needed to be retired, I have been craving a light colored pair of jeans for Spring/Summer. Encouraged by the cuffed jeans experience I had with another Banana Republic pair, I scooped these jeans up in a hurry during a recent 40% off sale. Without even trying them on, I figured that with the added stretch, high rise and tapered leg, it couldn’t be so bad. Wrong. I, of course, hastily ripped off the tag after putting these babies on without proper analysis and totally regret it.

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For starters: these jeans do weird things to my knees. Maybe it’s that they show through the fabric too much? Have weird fading in that area? I don’t know but I reaaaally don’t like it especially after seeing these photos.

Second thing I hate is that the leg isn’t tapered enough. It is sort of half wide half skinny and is difficult to cuff.

Finally, these jeans have way to much stretch to be flattering. Normally i’m a fan of a good amount of stretch especially on the bottom half for us pears, but these pants felt like leggings and I felt like I was jiggling down the street all day.

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Needless to say, these are a “to donate” item. Man, what a waste. Have any of you tried on any BR skinny jeans you like? Please do share!

Newest Make-up Additions

IMG_6455I hope everyone had a wonderful Easter weekend (to those who celebrate). I spent the majority of the weekend alone, shopping and just relaxing while the boyfriend drove all of our belongings across the country. Since my last everyday makeup post I have felt like my makeup materials were getting stale and old. Brushes were breaking, blush was cracking, and I felt like I just needed an overall reset. I popped into my local Sephora to grab a few new brushes and of course walked out with a handful of items.

IMG_6472One of the first things I knew I needed was blush. My Sephora brand blush that I talked about in a previous make up post actually broke in half so I wanted to pop in and get one that not only was a gorgeous shade, but that had packaging that would allow it to last a while. Every beauty guru knows about Nars’ “orgasm” blush, so I picked it up to try. I love the subtle shimmer and big mirror that comes with the compact.

IMG_6493Along with my blush breaking, my blush brush that I’d had literally since middle school also finally called it quits. I happen to love big kabuki-like brushes for blush so I nabbed this Sephora brand mineral powder brush. It is number 45 and is so soft, i’m in love.

IMG_6496With that, i’ve been wanting a new foundation brush. I have bought and thrown away countless foundation brushes as they either leave the makeup too streaky, or the bristles break off. A Youtube beauty guru that I love, Carli Bybel uses this Mac 188 brush for foundation so I decided to pick it up. The bristles are long and separated so I think it will get into the crevices nicely.

IMG_6501Here is a picture of the density of the brushes. As you can see, the lower one is the foundation brush and is much more sparse and narrow, great for getting into fine lines. The blush brush is wider and denser and will allow for a more general application.

IMG_6485After those essentials, I decided I wanted to take the leap and try out a brow kit. I have never, ever put anything on my brows but everyone talks about it like its magic so I wanted to test it out. I wandered over to the Benefit counter and found this tiny, compact starter brow kit that comes complete with mini tweezers, a powder brush and a precision brush; perfect for the constant traveler!

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Another last minute purchase. I have naturally hazel-green eyes so darker green shades actually bring out the natural color really well in sunlight. I love this convenient compact which comes complete with a cream highlighter shade, a bronze for the lid, and a forest green to line the eye.

IMG_6482As I was checking out I made the split second decision to cash in some of my Sephora rewards points for this Tarte lip and cheek stain. It’s a gorgeous light pink color that I think will be great for beach days over Summer. (No online link. Head into your nearest Sephora, it’s a recent reward).

IMG_6487Another 100 point cash in: Clinique Repairware Laser Focus. I am a big advocate of under eye cream for night and am always trying new products. This tiny tester will probably last me quite a while.

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Just a few products I picked up recently. What are your favorite new beauty products? I’d love to know!

Goodbye Charlotte

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This is what moving at 10pm looks like. I mean, ok, I didn’t actually do the truck-loading, boyfriend did, but it was still exhausting. We said goodbye to our little apartment last night and boy officially drove off to move our stuff across the country. I didn’t think I would be sad but was, actually. This was the first place we ever lived together. The first place we ever called “home” together. It was our first city living together as a couple, where we made our work friends, where this blog was started. Charlotte will forever have a special place in our hearts.

And boyfriend agrees. As a matter of fact, he did say if a little girl ever were to happen (in the very far) future, her name might just be Charlotte. Mark my words, you heard it here. Years and years in advance. A sappy boy that one is.

So goodbye Charlotte, until next time.

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