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    Gingham and Bows (Blogiversary and Birthday)

    Photos by Ale Veyna

    Outfit Details:
    Leather Saddle Bag (Similar here and here)
    Zara Gingham Blouse (Sold out, similar here)
    Asos High Waist Trousers (Old, similar here and here)
    Every year for Christmas, my sisters and I put together a wish list to make the shopping process easier for ourselves. I kept my list pretty vague this year so I didn’t know what kind of gifts to expect, but I think my sister Sarah completely nailed my style with this gingham top from Zara. I love the oversize fit, puffy sleeves, and the bows at the wrist. It’s also one of those pieces that makes you look like you tried without having to put in too much effort. I wore it here with high waist trousers, but I think it will also be a fun piece to wear with a flared skater skirt or shorts for a more casual look.
    High Waisted Trousers
    Mac X Selena 'Como La Flor' Lipstick
    Gingham Blouse
    High Waist Trousers
    This post is special because I’m celebrating both my 3-year blogiversary (it just passed on Jan 14th) and 28th Birthday (Jan 19th). I started this project of mine a few days before my 25th birthday as a way to deal with my “quarter-life crisis.” It was during a time when all my friends were moving away and moving forward with their careers. As a result of the changes happening around me, I felt really down and stuck. This space provided me an outlet to explore my interests and channel my creativity. It also gave me the opportunity to work through some of the anxiety I was feeling.
    I’m not going to lie and say that I don’t have those moments when I think about quitting this blog. However, the pros of maintaining this blog always outweigh the cons. I like being part of the blogging community and connecting with other people with similar interests. I also love being able to see how much I have changed and grown over time.
    Now, when it comes to my 28th birthday, I definitely have moments when I don’t feel that excited. I just want to be at a point where I feel stable and like I’ve figured things out. That sort of anxiety usually causes me to make impulse decisions like moving to a different state and chopping off all my hair. Therefore, I hope to at least be able to learn to manage those urges and be less restless in the upcoming year.
    To end this post, thank you for following my journey these past few years. I truly mean it when I say that this community definitely makes working on this blog worthwhile.
    xoxo,
    Helen

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    My 5 Favorite Lipsticks

    Photos by Sarah Veyna
    My everyday makeup routine stays pretty consistent except when it comes to the shade on my lips. I like the way a certain lipstick color can completely transform your entire look and reflect a certain mood. I love lipsticks so much that it’s actually very rare to see me walk out of a cosmetics store without an armful of different lipstick swatches, and it takes a great amount of self-control to keep me from buying every shade of lipstick that catches my eye. Luckily, I’ve managed to find a few lipsticks that I truly love and and rotate depending on what type of style I want to achieve on any particular day. Keep on reading to learn more about my favorite shades of lipstick!
    Burt’s Bees Lip Crayon in “Redwood Forest”: This reddish-brown lipstick glides on very easily and I love that the color is very buildable–you can apply one layer to add a subtle reddish sheen to your lips, like I did in the picture above, or you can also apply it to create a more deep mahogany color for a more edgy look.
    M.A.C Cosmetics Lipstick in “Rebel”: Don’t be scared by how dark this particular lipstick looks like inside the tube because it’s actually a very beautiful shade of plum once you apply it. For everyday wear, I like to blot this lipstick and wear it as a pinkish-plum shade. However, every once in a while I also like to wear it as a deep plum color for a more “vampy” look.

     

    M.A.C Cosmetics Lipstick in “Russian Red”: A nice red lipstick is definitely a great thing to have in your makeup bag, but it’s also very difficult to find the perfect shade. After trying several shades of red from different cosmetic lines, I finally settled on this bluish-red color from M.A.C. I like that this shade is very vibrant but doesn’t clash with my warm, but pale skin tone. I also like that this matte lipstick stays put without drying out my lips.
    M.A.C Cosmetics Lipstick in “Twig”: This brownish-rose shade is my go-to everyday lipstick because it adds the right amount of color to my lips while still looking natural. I love how versatile the color is–I can wear it with mascara and a bit of eyeliner for a demure look, or I can play it up with a nice smokey eye.

     

    NYX Cosmetics Soft Matte Lip Cream in “San Paulo”: The first thing that I was reminded of when I laid eyes on this shade of lipstick was flamingos. Just like flamingos, this hot pink color is very fun and vibrant which makes it perfect for summer months. It’s also just a great shade to wear when you want to add a nice pop of color to any outfit.
    Please let me know what you think of these picks and if you have any favorites from this list. I’d also love to hear if you all have any recommendations, since I’m always on the lookout for new exciting products.

    —This weekend was very busy for me in a good way. I had the opportunity to catch up with a couple of friends on both Friday and Saturday. On Sunday, I invited my sisters out to brunch in celebration of my sister Alejandra’s(Ale) birthday. Then we went back home where we enjoyed a delicious crepe cake that Ale made, which she will be sharing on this blog very soon. Ale takes many of my pictures and helps out with this blog in so many other ways, as you may already know, so I’m very excited to have her do a guest post.

    Before I end this post, I also want to mention that I’m always amazed at how supportive the blogging community can be. I was so excited when I found out that Emma from the blog Fan In Style featured me in her recent post “8 Lifestyle Bloggers You Should Know”. Emma was also kind enough to interview me for her Blogger Spotlight series back in February. You should check out both posts and Emma’s amazing blog!
    xoxo,

    Helen

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