Friday Five

It’s Friday, which means it’s time for me to gush about my favorite things of the week again! This week I’m excited, because I have a lot to talk about with you guys.

1. Covergirl Foundations

I have tried a lot of foundations. From high end to drugstore, they all work for a while, then irritate my skin to no end. We’re not talking acne here. We’re talking full on rashes, hives, and horrible itching. This is generally considered “not good” by the majority of the population, so that leaves me with skin that looks funky and no way to cover it.

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Enter my three new best friends in the makeup world. Covergirl NatureLuxe liquid foundation in 305, and Covergirl Sensitive Skin powder and liquid foundation in 210 (powder) and 205 (liquid).

I’m not sure why my face color varies so widely in these three foundations, especially two of them seem like they should be identical, but I really don’t care. These aren’t breaking me out, they look flawless, and they’re cheap too! Seriously, nothing better.

2. Beet Salad

I’ve talked about this before, but I’ve fallen even more in love with this, if that’s possible. Each week I get to pick out one “treat” at the grocery store. This week I picked out a pint of local beet salad!

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Goat cheese, mandarin oranges, and local root veggies. What could be better? Well, not eating all of it at once and freaking out that your pee turns neon pink, probably. (Am I allowed to talk about that on a blog? Well, I just did.) Other than the unfortunate side effects of consuming large amounts of these bright veggies, this has probably been the highlight of my week.

3. Apple Cider Vinegar.

Great for digestion. Great for your skin. Apparently great in fresh juices with a little bit of ginger, too. Need I say more?

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(Speaking of juice, I just found out that my watermelon juice habit is actually good for me. Watermelon has a ton of iron, which is great because I am always lacking iron. Plus it’s pretty, too!)

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4. NYX matte lipstick in “Nude.”

I’m almost ashamed to admit is, as someone who talks about makeup as much as I do. Out of all the fabulous lipsticks I have collected over the years, I did not previously own a true nude.

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I cleaned out my makeup drawer earlier this week, which meant a lot of swatching and a lot of “keep or ditch” conversations with friends. During my total overhaul of my lipstick collection, I noticed that I had a ton of fun winter colors, but nothing to transition into fall! I had to fix this.

So I am now the proud owner of Nyx’s “Nude” matte lipstick. I’ve worn it twice since I got it this week and I’ve gotta say, it’s fantastic.

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5. Desserts.

Okay, this is a broad category, but let’s be real. When I was little, sweets were the last thing I wanted out of a meal. Now? This is my first time admitting it, but I love sweets. Macarons, cheesecake, frozen hot chocolate, I love it all. Which is why it made my week when my husband surprised me with this treat:

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Yep, you’re seeing this right! Frozen hot chocolate from a local chocolatier, and macarons that combined two of my favorite things- dessert and Earl Grey! Do I have the best husband or what?

So what are you loving this week?

Style and Spoons

Being stylish and chronically ill can be pretty hard. I’m guilty of falling back on sweatpants and a tee shirt so much that if I were a cartoon character, that’s what I would be drawn wearing. Now I know I’ve talked a lot about Joggers in the past, but I never talked about how to style them. So let’s look at how I’m wearing them!

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Joggers are an exercise pant in theory, so there’s nothing better than the combo of a loose tank, tight Joggers, and some cute tennis shoes. Whether you’re running errands or running a mile, this look will get you around town with no problem.

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However, if you’re feeling a little more boho, try styling joggers the same way you would normally wear palazzo pants. I like to add a bright top to a pair of loose joggers for a great look- bright printed Joggers get compliments everywhere I go, making this perfect for a Sunday at the farmer’s market or a local cafe. You could also add a tight tank and a loose kimono or cardigan.

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Shoes are make it or break it with Joggers. I like my Tevas with the boho look. However, if I’m styling it up with a cute top, especially a peplum (a bright pink one from Rue 21 is currently my favorite to pair with some slim-fit grey joggers) a pair of cute flats is a must. Pairing casual Joggers with a dressy top is a bold move, but if you do it right, it’s a great one! (Plus peplum hides bloating, perfect for those prednisone months or any time you’re having stomach symptoms.)

Clothes that are cute and comfy are a necessity in anyone’s wardrobe, but especially the chronically ill. I feel a lot better when I look cute!

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Style Sunday

When my best friend, Taylor, asked me to take a professional photo for her LinkedIn account, I sprung at the chance for a photoshoot. We used to take photos of each other all the time in high school, but after we moved apart we had a lot less time for goofy shenanigans. Yesterday was the perfect time to reconnect and have some photo fun- especially since we got to use my mom’s Canon Rebel.

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Taylor has always had a really cool sense of style. For our photoshoot, she brought a maxi-dress that she said was “her favorite” for her trip to Mexico, because she could “dress it up or down with different shoes and accessories.” The dress totally exemplifies what I’ve always liked about her style- it’s cool, it’s casual, and it’s totally her.

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Even though it was stormy and humid, we got some really great shots.

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It was great to goof around in front of a camera again! Taylor and I learned photography together, using her old point-and-shoot.

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Of course, we had to make time for an outfit change!

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Since it had been a while since Taylor was behind a real camera, she got some shots of me as well.

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The rain eliminated a lot of props we wanted to use, but we did find a step ladder!

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We had so much fun showing off our style that we’ve decided to do it again soon. After all, it’s her senior year of college, so she’s due for some super cute senior pictures, right?

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It was great to do this stylish shoot with Taylor, and it was cool how willing she was to be on the blog. I guess some people are just made for fame! 😉

Style Sunday

Today we’re featuring a very special guest on the blog: my husband. Recently, he lost some weight and none of his jeans seemed to fit right anymore. Yeah, he only went from a 32″ waist to a 30″ waist, but that meant suddenly we had to order all his clothes online. It’s pretty hard to find pants measuring 30″x34″! J is also starting his professional career, so it was time for him to move on in his style choices anyway. I let him loose on a few of my favorite clothing sites, and here’s what he came up with:

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Shirt: XS, asos (thrifted)
Pants: 30″ waist, Forever 21
Shoes: 11, Rue 21

Altogether, this look cost around $30. The pants seem to be high quality (better quality than most of the jeans I’ve bought from F21, what gives?) and they fit perfectly, even though he was too tall to fit the whole look into a photo.

J has been wearing this outfit to a lot of events at the school he works for, and I have to say I think he looks pretty suave! I might start letting him shop for himself soon.

Friday Five!

Is it that time of the week again? The end of the week, and the end of August- time seems to be flying this year!

As with every Friday, it’s time to share the things I loved this week. So here’s the best of the best of the week!

1. My Keurig Mini

I was impressed with my Keurig. I wrote about it before. But then I ordered a variety pack of tea, cider, and other speciality drinks for it. Now? This is the best invention ever!

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I’m really digging herbal teas, as too much caffeine seems to be irritating a bunch of symptoms that aren’t really blog appropriate. However, these hot cocoas and the cappuccino flavors rock!

2. Aviary Photo-editing App

This free app offers in-app purchases to beef up the already impressive editing capabilities. I’ve purchased a few extra sticker packs and borders to play with, just for fun, but even without them, this is the editing app I keep returning to. It’s easy to use and has some cool effects.

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Be careful though, it’s easy to get caught up in what you can do and over edit your photos.

3. Pur Minerals Lip Gloss Sticks

I found one of these in my makeup drawer, completely unused. It was in a pretty coral color that matched what I was wearing, so I figured I would give it a try. The result? Loving it! A touch of color and completely non-drying. Perfect for my summer sunburnt lips!

4. The Sporty Look

So, I finally figured out how to style my Joggers. For a summer-to-fall transition look, I’m loving joggers with fun sneakers and a classic tee. For errands or just to look a little more fancy, I’m pairing peplum with my Joggers for a really neat look. But as much as I love the peplum+joggers? I just keep coming back to the sporty look.

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5. Beets

I thought I hated beets, I really did. But after trying a local best salad from Grocery Bar, I’m a convert. They’re earthy, they’re pretty, and they’re perfect with goat cheese. Plus they’re inexpensive and readily available. Really, what more can you ask for in a root vegetable?

So what are you loving this week?

Trend I’m Loving: Joggers

Okay, I’m a sucker for trends. Florals, orange lips, mint and coral, I’ve fallen for them all. Some of them have been less regrettable than others- I’m actually a fan of peplum now- but if it’s hit shelves since my junior year of high school, I’ve probably tried it.

This year, I’ve already found a fall trend I’m head over heels for. Joggers! Remember when yoga pants were in style? Like not just for errands and the gym, but yoga pants everywhere. At the mall, at the gym, at college campuses, at restaurants and banks across the country. I was a fan of the trend. They’re comfy, they’re flattering, and they can go from lounge wear to day wear with just a few changes.

Joggers are the new yoga pants. A bit more versatile than yoga pants, these skinny sweats come in every fabric, pattern, and color imaginable. They’re almost a modern take on the tragic harem pant trend of a few years past. (Tragic for me anyway. I do not look good in harem pants.)

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Anyway: I ordered a pair of Joggers as a treat for myself after a stressful week a bit ago. They finally arrived and I really don’t want to take them off. Mine were $13 from Forever 21, but you can find them almost everywhere right now!

So far I’ve tried them with a nice tank top and with a flowy blouse. I would definitely wear them out like that on a casual girl’s day, or during errands. I’m thinking during the winter I’ll be lounging in them with a loose sweatshirt, or wearing them out to the park with a cute sweater!

I’m thinking about ordering a pair in a less traditional sweatpants material, but we’ll see…

Ootd: Blue Period.

Today’s outfit is courtesy of the amazing sales at Rue 21. I got flats, a pair of anchor print pants, and a shirt for the price I almost paid for a single pair of sandals at Kohl’s. Luckily I noticed the Rue 21 next door and headed on over to check out their clothes.

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The pants were on denim clearance for $10, and the shirt was on seasonal clearance for $3. I scored the grey flats, not pictured, for $5.

I’m still in St. Louis unexpectedly- luckily today I will have the chance to visit a few places.