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My Weekend in Winston-Salem: Homecoming Recap

My Weekend in Winston-Salem: Homecoming Recap

I am back and barely alive after my second post-grad homecoming. 

Good lord y'all. How do college students do it?

We were nonstop on the move for three days straight. I'm used to laying in bed and maybe running errands on weekends! I am not the srat star sorority girl I used to be!

I'm currently catching up on my zzz's and am going through a full body detox. A weekend of plenty of alcohol + eating out every meal really messes with you. Plus, I'm going to a tropical destination for Christmas, and I would rather start my diet and exercise plan three months in advance, rather than freaking out a month before and crash dieting. Ya feel me?

That being said, homecoming was a blast. Since this was my second year out, it didn't sting as much that I wasn't back in college. I have no clue who half the school is, and post-grad life is way better now than it was when I first graduated. 

Life moves on after college. Who knew? 

If you follow me on Instagram, you know that I was highly aggressive with my sorority girl group shots.  You only get so many picture taking opportunities! I was staying at my grandlittle's house with a bunch of other girls, so it was great for everyone to be reunited. 

My friend group hasn't had a full reunion since February, but a majority of us were able to make it to Winston-Salem for a mini-reunion. 

So I definitely overpacked. We knew that coming into this weekend.

On Thursday night, I wore my go-to white palm print romper from Vestique. So happy I bought this. Did its job, got great pics in it, and now I'm ready to retire it until next summer.

I didn't get any pictures of my outfit on Friday during the day, but I wore a purple printed Lilly Pulitzer Dusk top and white jeans. It was actually my first time wearing a Dusk top and I'm really happy with it. I've had my eye on the navy and white options for a while, so I will definitely be picking them up next time I get a chance! 

On Friday night, I wore my favorite pair of jeans and my favorite going out top from Urban Outfitters. We attempted to go to frat parties (tbt) but they were shut down like 5 minutes into showing up. It ended up just being a big alumni reunion, which actually worked out well. 

I wore this romper to the tailgate and football game on Saturday, and it's honestly one of my favorite articles of clothing. It's less of a romper and more of a skort, which is super nice if you're not a huge fan of your thighs. Everyone was wearing black, white, or another muted color....I definitely was not. My freshman year, everyone wore Lilly to the tailgate. This year, I was the only one (lol). Definitely a throwback to the Pink and Green Prep days (never forget). 

The Deacs won our homecoming game, I saw a majority of my college homies, and I am perfectly content with staying at home being a washed up alumni. 

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My Favorite Fall Outerwear

My Favorite Fall Outerwear

It has been in the 80's in Charlotte for the past week, something that I am not too happy about. As soon as it hits mid-September, I want fall. I don't want this 60 degrees in the morning, 85 degrees by noon ish. I want seasons.

I have no idea when it's going to start getting cooler here in the great state of North Carolina, but I am ready for it. In anticipation, I've begun to look at stylish fall and winter outerwear to get in the spirit. 

Guys...there are some really cute options out there! 

I actually have a BLANKNYC Moto Jacket (something I picked up at last year's Nordstrom Anniversary sale), and I wore it more than expected last year. A black leather jacket is pretty essential, in my opinion, especially if you live in the north. 

J. Crew is honestly killing it with their coats and jackets this season. Everyone and their mother has the Downtown Field Jacket, and now this year they have a quilted version. I honestly really like it...I don't think I would need it more than the original version here in the South. 

I never really jumped on the whole bomber jacket trend...well, I do have a silver sequin bomber jacket (because that's necessary)...but this velvet bomber from J. Crew is amazing. It's navy, which I'm actually really liking more than if it were in black. For some reason, a black velvet bomber makes me think of a Juicy tracksuit. 

Lastly, from J. Crew, this to die for pink cocoon coat. I am in love. I just really like the idea of a pink coat, because honestly it's so out of the ordinary. Everyone I know has the typical black and navy coats. All I want is a cheetah print faux fur coat and something pink. 

Also, Zara has stepped up its game. I have never really been a fan of Zara. I know, it's against the blogger's code of honor to not be absolutely obsessed with the store, but honestly I never find anything that looks good on me when I go in because the sizes and fit are so weird

Regardless, their coats are amazing. 

First off, the grey Coat with Hood. Soooo chic. Love it. 

Second, the Textured Coat. Aka a millennial pink faux fur coat. I AM DYING. Their prices aren't even bad at all either. I know it's the most extra coat ever but I am obsessed.

They also have a leather biker jacket and a classic grey "soft coat." Their options are endless and I really like every single one of them.

Let's be real, I probably won't stray from my Barbour coat, but a girl can dream.

Where do y'all get your fall outwear? Anything cute? Let me know!

How I Organize My Makeup

How I Organize My Makeup

Let's have a moment of appreciation for Ikea. 

Basically my entire apartment is furnished by Ikea. There are so many clever hacks to "upgrade" their furniture (more to come on this subject), and there are so many ways to use each item.

For example, this bar cart.

For your kitchen, right?

Ha ha ha. Instad, I'm using it as a makeup cart. 

My friends have given me so much crap for literally having a rolling cart to carry around my makeup, but it is honestly the best way for me to keep my products organized. 

I use the IKEA Raskog Cart in black. It is triple tiered, and each shelf serves a different purpose.   The top shelf is for my every day makeup and favorite items. This includes brushes, eyeshadow palettes, mascara, bronzer, etc. I use an acrylic makeup organizer from Homegoods to keep everything in its proper place. 

The other two shelves hold my skincare products, face makeup, eyeshadow palettes, lip products, and nail products. The IKEA Variera Box is the perfect size to have 2 per shelf. Also, they're literally $6 each. Can't beat that.

My bathroom is pretty spacious, and while I do have shelves, those are occupied by literally everything else. Plus, if I'm looking for really good light, I'll just wheel my cart out to the living room  to be near a window. 

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My New Go-To Skincare Regimen

My New Go-To Skincare Regimen

Skincare is tough. Even when I feel like I've found a brand that I love, that works, and that is actually benefiting my skin, I still find myself looking for the next best thing. My entire life I was always more of a "makeup girl" than "skincare girl," and it wasn't until around a year ago where I really started paying attention to the ingredients in the products I was using and focused more on healthy skincare. 

Growing up, I would use the basic Neutrogena cleansers (shoutout to the Pink Grapefruit Foaming Scrub) and pretty much exclusively used Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cream. Around my freshman year of college, my skin became more problematic and I started to use Proactive. That ish is amazing and my skin instantly cleared up. Since then, my only skin issue is occasional dryness - I really can't complain.

I love my skin masks and peels and scrubs, but despite all the fancy and trendy add-on's, a basic and beneficial daily skincare regimen is so necessary. I have used Beautycounter since the end of 2016, and I still use their Charcoal Cleansing Bar and a couple drops of the Soothing Face Oil (which they have since discontinued, sad Hannah) every day with my moisturizer. 

Don't get me wrong, I still love Beautycounter. But once I ran out of the cleanser and day moisturizer, I wasn't really in a rush to reorder. I have beauty product ADD - once I finish something and I'm not completely obsessed, then I look for something new to try.

Well, I was in luck, because once I was on the hunt for a new daily regimen, I found a new skincare line. Meet Targeted Skin.

Targeted Skin is an up and coming skincare brand that literally has one of the coolest concepts I've heard in a while. Basically, it's centered around the idea (and scientific proof) that your DNA is the key to how you age and how your skin looks. The products are preventative, as well as work to combat daily environmental factors.

The process was fairly simple. You can order individual products from their website (cleansers, moisturizers, toners, serums, eye products, etc.) or you can do what they recommend, which is to get your DNA tested and purchase a three-product or five-product kit. The three product kit includes a cleanser, day moisturizer, and serum, while the five product has an additional night cream and scrub/toner (depending on your DNA results). I got a five product kit.

When you order, you first receive a DNA swab kit so you can actually get a sample for the lab. It's basically two q-tips and a questionnaire, and you just do a quick little cheek swab. Then, I sent it back to their corporate office, where they proceeded to test my DNA and determine what my individual risk factors were. 

When the DNA-testing process is complete, I was sent an email with your personalized DNA report, and a couple days later I received my product and a printed version of the report, as well. 

I consider myself pretty well-versed in my own body's needs, risks, and issues, so I wasn't surprised by my results. 

My DNA was tested for a variety of factors, mainly my risk for firmness/elasticity, sun spotting and pigmentation, free radical damage, sensitivity, and glycation. I was told if I was at a low, medium, or high risk for these factors. 

So, my results said that I was at low risk for every factor...except sun spotting and pigmentation. SHOCKING. Considering my obsession with freckles and a healthy summer glow, I was not at all surprised. I love being in the sun, and while I do always wear SPF, I have always had freckles and there's a history of sun damage in my family. But, it was super helpful to know that my risk for other things, like wrinkles and sensitivity, was low. 

There are three Targeted Skin product lines - Balancing, Brightening, and Reviving. Based on your results, you could get all three/five products from one line, or they could be mixed and matched from all the lines. Personally, I received all of the Brightening products, which included a Brightening Citrus Cleanser, Brightening Day Moisturizer, Radiate Serum, Brightening Scrub, and Brightening Night Cream. I was secretly hoping I would get some brightening products, since the fresh-faced and glowy look is my absolute favorite.

I use the Brightening Citrus Cleanser every morning and night, and I have to say, I really like this product. The ingredients work as hydrating exfoliators and natural skin brighteners, and I definitely feel refreshed after using it. Also, it's an amazing eye makeup remover! Usually I go through makeup wipes like it's my job, but this cleanser gets most of my mascara off with just one wash. Huge bonus.

The Brightening Scrub is recommended as the next step after your cleanser, but I only really use it once or twice a week. It really works, and since I have a spray tan most of the time, I try to only use this scrub as an exfoliant to get rid of any trace of a previous faux tan. 

Next up in the regimen is the Radiate Serum. Obviously it's meant to brighten skin. It's recommended that you use it twice a day, but I typically only use it in the morning; I use the Vitamin-A Serum at night. 

As I said previously, my skin is on the drier side if anything. I really like to load up on moisturizers and creams morning and night. After applying serum, I use the Brightening Day Moisturizer in the morning, and the Brightening Night Cream (wait for it) at night! The Day Moisturizer has Vitamin C and works to alleviate any pigmentation issues. The Night cream is really thick, and I typically only use one pump each night. Its purpose is to aid your skin's natural renewal process and I can honestly say it's super hydrating!

Since I have a low risk for most of the other factors, I luckily have the ability to try their other products without worrying that they'll adversely affect my skin. Besides the Brightening line, I have the Reviving Mint Cleanser (LOVE), the Vitamin-A Serum, Prevent Serum, and Natural SPF 30 Sunscreen. The Mint Cleanser works to aid firmness and elasticity, and the Prevent Serum can be used to help free radical and sun spotting damage, as well as firmness. 

I friggin' love the Vitamin-A Serum. If you were to buy any serum, this is my personal favorite. It's a non-prescription retinaldehyde that really works against aging. Obviously I'm 23 and anti-aging isn't really at the top of my to-do list, but I just love how it makes my skin look! 

I will say that there are a couple things to know about the ordering process that might be a little off putting. One is definitely the price. As the typical struggling post-grad basic girl in her first apartment, spending a ton of money on beauty products is questionable. A three product regimen (with DNA test) is $249, and the five product regimen is $349.  But, I really do value skincare and the products seem to really work, so I'll put the price on the backburner. 

Secondly, it does take a couple of weeks from the time you order to when you actually receive the products and DNA report. It makes sense, considering you have to get the DNA swab, send in the swab, the DNA has to be run in the lab, then it has to be packed out and sent out. In a world where everything is based on instant gratification (I'm looking at you, Amazon Prime), it's a little different to wait two weeks to get any type of product after ordering. 

Another note - these products include really high levels of active ingredients. Since my skin isn't very sensitive (thanks DNA report), I didn't experience any negative reactions when I started using the five product regimen. I also didn't follow the recommended "try one product and continuously add on more once your skin has become accustomed to it" philosophy. Oops. If you do have sensitive skin, definitely take it slow with trying the products. While the ingredients are great, they're really, really potent!

I do want to try the Luminous Eye Cream next - the skin around my eyes (without concealer) tends to be pretty discolored so the idea of a brightening undereye cream is pretty alluring!

Have y'all heard of Targeted Skin? I'm honestly super happy with the results and have stopped even wearing BB cream since using the regimen!

Update 9/19: There is currently a sale happening at Targeted Skin! 3 Product Test + Kit is now $99 and 5 Product Test + Kit is $199 - so $150 off. Okay. Check it out now!!

Have a great weekend, everyone!

Packing for Homecoming

Packing for Homecoming

Later today I'm heading to the glorious city of Winston-Salem, North Carolina to attend my alma mater's homecoming. It's no secret that I went to Wake Forest University, and even though I'm more than 1 year graduated, I still feel FOMO around freshman orientation and sorority rush.

Homecoming is pretty ridiculously early this year. Last year, I had all fall to prepare (aka, lose that senior spring weight), and it was a nice thing to look forward to after graduation. I still mostly hang out with my college friends on the weekends, and I keep in touch with a lot of different people. But, it's still nice to go back and actually be on campus with everyone!

Since my class is not freshly graduated, no one really cares about seeing us. I planned for weeks about what I was going to wear last year, and this year I literally just threw a bunch of clothes that I like in a suitcase and hoped for the best.

The only outfit I truly have planned out is what I'm going to wear to the tailgate and football game on Saturday. I ordered this Lilly Pulitzer Tiki Wrap Romper from their After Party Sale a couple weeks ago, and I cannot wait to wear it. It was actually the only thing I ordered from the sale, and I had my eye on it for months. 

This is literally the last weekend that it will be seasonally appropriate to wear this romper, so I'm taking advantage of the opportunity. 

So I need an outfit tonight, Friday day, Friday night, and Sunday. Obviously that means I pack 8 other outfit options, right?

Right now, I can mix and match with a ton of different options.

I'm packing two pair of white jeans, one pair of blue jeans, and one denim skirt...because of course. One pair of white jeans is distressedthe other is not.

Moment of silence for the fact I'm taking three black tank tops.

No I'm not kidding.

It's borderline ridiculous but I'm really thinking it's going to be an "in the moment" decision when I pick out my outfits.

To put things in perspective, last year's homecoming I literally brought four pair of black boots (two booties, two over the knee boots, I'm sorry. So, this really isn't out of the ordinary for me.

 Moving on. Top-wise, I'm packing this choker swing tank from Lush (snaps for Nordstrom Anniversary finds), my favorite cotton cami from Urban Outfitters (which isn't available anymore), and my go-to black cami that I literally wear three times a week. I'm also bringing two printed tops: one from Lilly Pulitzer (unavailable, sorry y'all) and one from a local boutique (off the shoulder, high low, v trendy for me).

So, I've got the Lilly romper for the football game, and I'm also bringing two other rompers for going out. Thursday night I will probably wear the Mimosas and Macaroons Romper from Vestique (a cute boutique in Charlotte). I've worn it a ton this summer, and I feel like this is a last hurrah weekend for summer clothes. Lastly, I have a romper from Lulu's that I bought like last December for my New Year's Eve outfit...every other year at Wake, there's a big event called President's Ball during homecoming. It's happening on Friday night, and while my friends and I haven't decided yet if we're actually going, I am planning ahead and have packed an outfit option.

For shoes, I'm bringing my daily Jack Rogers Hamptons Classic Sandals in gold, as well as my favorite chunky suede wedges (here is a similar pair). I'm still deciding on another pair, and will probably throw another pair of shoes in my car right before I leave. 

I've packed everything in my trusty Olympia suitcase, which has become my go-to carry-on in the past year. I'm driving to Wake from Char (only an hour and fifteen minutes, essentially the same as driving from CT to NYC), so I don't really have a bag limit. I'm trying not to completely overpack, and I actually managed to get my shoes + clothes + hair/makeup + other items (jewelry, purse) in my suitcase.

I'm very proud.

I'm bringing my camera this weekend so lots of pictures will be taken. My goal is to actually buy some Wake t-shirts, since I don't actually have a non-sorority shirt from my four years in college. How depressing is that? 

Almost as depressing as buying a Wake Forest Alumni t-shirt. I'm not looking forward to it.

Let's have a great Thursday, y'all. 

My Fave Work Desk Accessories

My Fave Work Desk Accessories

I am currently in the process of organizing and decorating my work desk. For some reason I am having a mental block on how I want it to look, and whenever I go out and about to shop for accessories, I can't find anything I like. 

I started my job the last week of June, and it's taken me until now to actually think about making my desk a little more personalized. 

This is currently my desk chair (fantastic right???) and my desk looks a lot like this. I'm super happy about the amount of space and the amount of creative liberty I have. My coworker and I are trying to get standing desks TBH, or at least a raiser for my computer and monitor. 

I never thought that I would be into the whole standing desk craze, but after sitting for the better half of 8 hours, getting the chance to move around and stretch my legs is super tempting. 

Yesterday I went to Homegoods to check out their selection of office accessories, and unfortunately the location closest to me isn't really top notch. It is, however, across the street from the SouthPark Mall in Charlotte.

Guys, this is literally the greatest mall I've ever been to.

It has everything.

In Connecticut, I lived near three slightly mediocre malls that just didn't really do the trick. Now, I'm near the Mecca of malls and I have to resist the urge to go shopping there on a weekly basis.

I actually needed to pick up a new planner, and I've had my eye on Lilly's navy and gold pineapple large agenda for a few weeks now. Stay tuned for a full post dedicated to this agenda, because WOW they've made some great improvements since the last time I had a Lilly agenda!

I think a good agenda is a staple for your desk. Although I do have everything on iCal, I like physically writing things down in my planner, too. I'm trying to stick to the gold + white + pop of color theme for my desk accessories, and this agenda is very in theme.

Currently, I have a fake aloe plant (at least I think it's fake?) on my desk, and I'm looking to get another faux plant or flower arrangement to add some color. This is on the pricier end, but I'm obsessed with these hot pink faux peonies from Wayfair. IKEA has some great faux plants and flowers too, as well as Target.

I want to put up a couple of picture frames on my desk, preferably in black or gold. The next time I go to IKEA or Target, I'm going to look at their options because I'm definitely not looking to spend a lot! My plan was to have at least 1 personal picture (probably me and my sorority sisters, let's be real), and then maybe a graphic or a framed watercolor. There is space on top of my desk, as well as a display area on the shelves underneath. Maybe I'll try both?

I already have a coffee cup that I bring to work (or tea mug, in my case, since I don't drink coffee). Definitely the easiest way to add some color and personality to an office space!

Otherwise, I'm looking for a cute pencil cup, mousepad, and mini decorative objects for my desk. I honestly have a ton of space, and right now it's only occupied by my plant, phone, and computer! Hopefully I'll find some cute items in the next few weeks. It's time to make my work desk mine!

Have a great Wednesday! If y'all know of any good places to find cute office accessories, leave a comment below.

What to Wear: Date Night in the Fall

What to Wear: Date Night in the Fall

Happy Tuesday everyone. It is currently raining buckets here in the 704, but honestly I can’t complain considering I am not in the direct path of a hurricane or tropical storm.  This weather makes me just want to curl up in bed and watch Netflix for hours on end. As much as I would like to stay in my apartment all day, it’s literally only Tuesday and I actually have work to get done!

There is a downside to making outfit roundups like this because I keep finding clothes I have to have. It’s getting bad. 

Part of this whole adulting thing is going on dates. The whole millennial way of life is not my preferred way of life, and the idea of a date just being getting drinks or “hanging out” is gag worthy to me. Where are the real men in this world? 

Another post for another day.

But, I will say, dates are nice because they’re a way to dress up and look cute outside of work and outside of going to bars. 

Okay, let's talk about this NBD skirt.

I am losing my mind.

I think midi skirts, paired with the right top and shoes, can be sexy as hell. Imagine this skirt with this bodysuit and these heels. I'M DONE.

I'm really loving Tuckernuck lately. In fact, three items from this roundup are from the site, and I keep finding more and more things I like every time I browse their women's section. First off, obviously I love the NBD skirt, so it's not a shock that I would also have my eye on the Matine Baguette Clutch. Cheetah print for days. Lastly, the Keepsake Black Celestial Top is literally so cute. I feel like it's definitely an year-round type of top.

Studies have shown guys are more attracted to girls in red, so say hello to these earrings. My best friend has them in red and they are killer.

I'm sure all of y'all have seen this dress plastered over Pinterest and Instagram lately, but it's honestly perfect for date night so here it is again. For $59, literally why not.

Lastly, since it's fall, obviously we have to have some sweaters thrown into the mix. To make an outfit more date night ~fun n flirty~, lower necklines and tie-up tops are the way to go. I saw this sweater from ASTR on Pinterest the other day, and it's currently in my shopping cart on Revolve. If you don't want to be super bold, add a lacy bralette. I actually have this sweater from BB Dakota, and I cannot wait until it gets cold enough to actually wear it!

What are y'alls go-to picks for date night?


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