5 Shoes for Spring // March 26, 2017

HELLLOOO & happy Monday beautiful people! I was thinking about what to write last week for this today’s blog and sinceI have been talking about a lot of skincare and makeup favorites I decided to switch it up and do another obsession of mine… shoes. OH MY GOD SHOES (sorry not sorry I had to, please tell me you all remember that YouTube shoes video?)

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Jeffrey Campbell Cors’ Suede Peep Toe Bootie

Last summer I swear every YouTuber I watched raved about the JC Cors’ booties and I can see why they looked good on everyone! I myself never owned a pair of Jeffrey Campbell shoes but my friends that did only had good things to say about the quality of them. I had a wedding coming up in the beginning of fall and it was a perfect excuse to take the plunge and snag a pair. Eventually, I would like to get a black pair because I just love the style it adds to anything you wear. I didn’t get a lot of wear out of them last year since I got them towards the end of fall so I am really excited to break these out! If you ask me these are a perfect transition bootie to wear in the fall and spring.

Buy them here: Jeffrey Campbell Cors’

Adidas Stan Smith Sneakers

Now I have mentioned these as a favorite thing in a past post (Click here to read). I talked about how I started wearing them more this past winter but I think I am going to just continue wearing them through the spring, I can’t get enough of the style they bring to any outfit! Everyone needs a go-to sneaker for spring right?

Buy them here: Adidas Stan Smith

MIA Elsa Mule

This is actually a recent online purchase that I haven’t received yet, but I cannot wait to wear these for spring. At a recent event out for the Cleveland Flea, I met a girl who was rocking some clogs and I was instantly inspired to buy a pair of my own. I loved the way she effortlessly styled them and made them appear like a natural staple in someone’s spring wardrobe. She also has a killer vintage clothing business, Ode Vintage, that I recommend you checking out if you love vintage and love supporting Cleveland small businesses.

Buy them here: MIA Mule

Sam Edelman Felicia Flats

To me, these are a no-brainer classic flat to have in everybody’s closet. Now I actually wear these all year round but in the winter I will just change into them while at work, but in the spring I will wear them more outside of work since flats go with pretty much anything. Flats are just a great shoe to just slip on and you don’t have to worry about them not going with anything because a pair of black flats literally goes with EVERYTHING. What I love about these shoes is that the leather is so soft and comfortable I can wear these all day.

Buy them here: Sam Edelman Flats

Hunter Adjustable Calf Rain Boot

Why is it whenever I wear my Hunters I just want to jump in every rain puddle I see? I used to wear these all the time a few years ago and I am disappointed that I didn’t utilize them much last spring, but this season I plan on slipping these bad boys on for Ohio rainy days.

Buy them here: Hunter Rain Boots

What are your must-have shoes for this spring? 

Alison’s Articles // Glossier Review

Happy Monday beautiful humans, I hope everyone had a fantastic weekend! I have decided to start a new series, titled Alison’s Articles. Where every so often I focus solely on one thing or general topic instead of my usual five things. For this article, I am focusing on Glossier products and reviewing all the ones that I have tried so far! After reading through my review make sure you check out all their products on their website, Glossier Dot Com. The company strives itself as easy to use basics and all of their products are good for your skin and bottom line Glossier kills it with their cool girl-Instagram worthy packaging (I bow down to your packaging department).

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Balm Dotcom in original and coconut flavor – I have talked about this one in a previous post here, but in that one, I just raved about the original. Shortly after I bought the coconut flavor to keep with me in my purse while I use the original in my am and pm routines. They have other flavors such as mint and rose, but the coconut gets sold out a lot so I knew I had to see why. This scent makes you feel like it is summertime and they you should be on vacation.

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Super Glow Serum – I wanted to really like this product, and although I didn’t hate it, I also didn’t see much difference with it. This consistency is very much that of water which allows it to dry quickly on the skin, but it wasn’t what I was used to when it comes to a serum. I would still want to try Glossier’s Super Pure and Bounce serum to see if those would work with my skin. But for the $ price tag and the size, I don’t think I would be repurchasing Super Glow.

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Priming Moisturizer – I love this moisturizer! This is a great am prep before applying your makeup and it sets you up for a great base all day.Now, this moisturizer is a great beginning step before makeup, but it also looks great on its own.This product does an excellent job of creating a cushiony texture, calming redness, and leaving a dewy finish while prepping your skin. It also comes in a rich formula which I hear can be great for day and night use and you don’t have to have dry skin to really appreciate the wonder this guy does.

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Perfecting Skin Tint in shade medium – this stuff bottom line, in my opinion, helps you achieve the “no-makeup” face. I’ve seen YouTube videos where people add a few drops to their hands then apply to their face, but I actually just find it easier to apply directly to my face then just work into my skin with my hands. This skin tint will even out skin tone but it won’t cover up your freckles or imperfections, which as I get older I find myself more accepting of and don’t feel the need to hide. There are only 5 shades to choose from but that is because their formula “auto-fits” your skin.

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Stretch Concealer in shade medium – At first I couldn’t tell if I liked this or not but over time I ended actually really like this product. Now, this concealer isn’t full coverage, it is very light coverage and gives a skin-like finish. I like to use it under my eye and around my nose where redness can happen, but when it comes to blemishes this guy probably won’t do the best job covering much. I love how this formula almost turns to an oily texture (it has avocado & jojoba oil in it) when I warm it in the pot with my finger, it makes for a really nice application.

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Boy Brow in the shade brown – Let me start off by saying that I have recently purchased my second one. I really love this brow product and the price tag isn’t horrible, especially when you compare it to the Gimme Brow from Benefit (which I used for years before this guy). This pairs really nicely with brow pencils for a more dramatic look but looks flawless and groomed on its own.

Generation G lipstick in the shade Cake – I have a love-hate relationship with this lipstick, sometimes I love it as the perfect shade to mimic my natural lip color and sometimes I hate it where I don’t think the formula is very good for the price point. I recently watched a YouTube video where YouTuber Chrissstttiiine uses her Generation G lipstick as a creamy eyeshadow since she didn’t care for it much on her lips (go to minutes 10:17 to check it out). I tried it out a couple days this week and I actually really liked the way it looked! It just goes to show that products have multiple uses and just because you don’t like it the way it was intended doesn’t mean you shouldn’t experiment with it a little.

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What Glossier products have you tried or want to try?

5 Things // March 13, 2017

Hello wonderful humans and happy Monday! I decided to do this week’s post on a Monday to switch things up a bit or I just forgot to post on Friday because life got in the way last week and adulting is hard, haha let’s just say the first one. So without further ado here are my 5 favorite things from this past week!

Obey Lafayette Mac Jacket

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When I think of my dream raincoat I think about one of two things, a childhood bright yellow raincoat or a black raincoat that someone that lives in London would own. As much as I want a bright yellow adult sized raincoat I, however, found a black raincoat a London native would be proud to own… I hope. This jacket is weather resistant with a removable hood (if hoods aren’t your thing) and if also lined with jersey. I got this jacket off Amazon and I am really happy with it and feel that is a classic staple that I added to my closet for spring.

Milk Makeup Blur Stick

 

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Milk Makeup at Sephora

 

Do you ever just wish you can blur the imperfections on your face to give the illusion of an airbrushed appearance, I know there are times of the month I have. Don’t get too excited because this product doesn’t go to that extreme but some days that is what is feels like. This sticks smooths and evens out skin tones to give a great base to additional makeup or just to wear on its own. Another thing I love about this is that this is a vegan beauty product, in fact, the whole brand is vegan. It is free of silicone (which is known to clog pores), parabens, sulfates, and phthalates. I would totally recommend you checking out their Instagram account they post some pretty cool things (insert sunglasses emoji).

Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Serum

 

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Caudalie Radiance Serum

 

For my birthday Sephora “gift” I chose the Caudalie 2 piece set that came with their radiance serum and sorbet moisturizer. All I can say is that my bank account is going to hate me because I now must buy the full size of this. I am barely through half of my trial size and wow can I see a difference in my skin. This serum does everything it said it would, it evens out skin tone and enhances skin’s radiance. This is meant to target dark spots and to prevent them from appearing. I think that if you have more mature skin this would work wonders because I saw a noticeable difference and I currently to not have a lot of problems with dark spots beside some scarring from past breakouts (those are probably more noticeable to me than others).

Oil Diffuser and Oils

 

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Starter kit from Amazon

 

For birthday last month my friend, Katie got my an oil diffuser along with lavender essential oil since I have been deciding whether or not to get one for myself for awhile. Needless to say, I am hook and bought a starter essential oils kit from Amazon. There is nothing more relaxing than falling asleep to the scent of lavender and the soft trickling of water (which I thought was going to keep me up). Besides the much less risk of burning your house down by using a diffuser instead of a candle, there are a surprising amount of benefits to using one of these bad boys. Promoting relaxation and sleep or improving moods, help ward off illnesses, improving breathing, and pain relief is just a handful of benefits by using different types of oils. You can get a diffuser and oils for very affordable price points on Amazon, I recommend you giving them a try.

Cross Stitching

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NEW HOBBY ALERT!!! After a recent purchase (pictured above) from the Etsy shop Sarcastitch of one of my favorite podcast My Favorite Murder mottos to live by “stay sexy and don’t get murdered” I have been inspired to attempt to pick up the hobby! I am currently working on my first cross stitch project that is currently top secret because if all goes well it will make a pretty sweet gift for someone.

Germany // March 3rd, 2017

Hello wonderful humans after having a guest blogger and taking a week off I am finally back and here to tell you about my Germany trip that I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to go on for business 2 weeks ago. I can probably sit here and write paragraphs on my trip but I am not going to make you sit through that read so I am going to try to compact it as much as possible. So settle in cause here we go…

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Our trip started in Frankfurt, Germany and to be honest my first impression was “did I even leave the states?”. I think when we think of a foreign country (especially our first trip) we have this idea in our heads what it should look like straight off the bat. After a few days of sticking to the area around the hotel, I was finally able to venture to Old Town or Altstadt which is a city district of Frankfurt. The main site to see is Römerberg plaza where Germans hold fairs, Christmas markets, and coordinations. The first thing I thought when I got out of the taxi cab is “now this is a little bit more like it”. Unfortunately, only a few sections were rebuilt after WWII and out of that fewer older buildings are preserved. It was early morning when I was walking around so a lot of places weren’t open, but that was fine by me since I was there to soak in the architecture. Our walk lead us to the Main River that runs through Frankfurt where the bridges had locks placed on it by lovers.

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Literally a few hours later I boarded a plane and headed south to Munich. Out of both Frankfurt and Munich, I definitely enjoyed Munich much more! The city was so clean and had more German architecture than Frankfurt did. The city was young and bustling, I couldn’t wait to explore on that sunny afternoon. After checking into the hotel and getting directions to the city center we purchased our subway tickets and took the train to the city center which is described as the heart of Munich. I think for Munich I am going to try to let my pictures do the talking…

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This is the New Town Hall government building that resides in the city center of Munich. Just look at this gothic architecture! When looking this up I found it humorous that it is the “new” town hall because the government moved from the old town hall in 1874.

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The Bavarian restaurant and beer garden Augustiner am Dom where we dined at on Tuesday night where I had wiener schnitzel for the second time.

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The amount of high end (and I mean HIGH end) shopping in the city center was insane, I felt like I was back on 5th ave in NYC.

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Of course, the one beautiful church we find was having renovations done, although it still looks beautiful.

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Bier

Bottomline you have not had beer unless you have had German beer in my opinion. Apparently to be considered German beer you have to follow some pretty strict guidelines, or the purity law from what I understand and that’s what makes it so delicious! This law only permits the usage of water, hops, and barley malt; I feel like this is probably why I woke up the next day after drink 2 of these bad boys feeling great and not hungover at all. I only drank wheat beer when I was there, which normally I am not a fan of here in the US, but it went down so smooth it was hard to pass up. So when you are in Germany make sure you order some white/wheat beer!

Food

I love food and I love trying new food, I would be lying if I said I wasn’t the most excited to go to Germany and try as much German food as I could. Eileen was thoughtful enough to make me a, should we say, food bucket list. I think I did a pretty decent job knocking off some on the list, 6 out of 13 isn’t too bad, right? We also did some non-typical German food some nights. Friday we had Italian where I had the homemade tagliolini with truffle oil prepared in a parmesan cheese wheel with black truffles shredded on top (my mouth is watering just thinking about this again). After a suggestion from our dinner guests, I tried an Italian drink which the germans adopted called Aperol Spritz, which is peritif cocktail consisting of prosecco, Aperol and soda water. And Sunday we had some delicious Ramen in chicken broth with filet of beef, paired perfectly with a German beer of course!

Saturday night we had more authentic German food where I finally got my hands on wiener schnitzel with cranberries and lemon served with a side of potato and cucumber salad. In fact, our whole table of 7 ordered the exact same thing! The waiter was nice enough to put an appetizer sampler together where we got to try a bunch of different things, the mini potato pancakes stood out to me as the most delicious, but I am usually a fan of any form of potato.

At the airport, before we headed to Munich we stopped for a bite to eat and this seemed like the perfect opportunity to try apple strudel. Which for a person who isn’t the biggest dessert person, this was delicious! I couldn’t finish the whole thing but I am very happy I was able to try some!

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Monday night in Munich we tried Brenner Operngrill from hotel recommendation where the ambiance was so inviting with a modern decor. This night I was really feeling a steak dinner and when consulting with the waiter he recommended the thin slices of beef because in his words “it was more delicate to eat for the lady”. I took his recommendation and I am so glad I did. Topped with arugula, parmesan, and fresh squeezed lemon, I devoured the whole thing.

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Fashion Inspiration

I love when I travel somewhere and come back feeling so inspired from the fashion that I observed being there. Although it was winter and chilly in Germany that was no exception. Most young women I saw all seemed to have a similar look when it came to what they wore outside to keep warm, a mid-length single breasted peacoat or a cocoon coat in various subtle neutral colors or patterns. When I decided to accompany my mom on a winter coat hunt for herself I wasn’t expecting to find one for myself at a reasonable price that reminded me of what I had felt inspired by in Germany. My mom was actually the first one to try it one but then I ended up swooping in and buying this Lucky Brand coat in black and white tweed!

In addition to the coats, I noticed a lot of black leather chelsea booties with little to no heel. I loved this look, a very effortless European cool vibe this gave off. When I returned I was off on the hunt for a classic black leather chelsea bootie! I didn’t want to pay an arm and a leg but I still wanted the boots I purchased to hold up over time. I ended up finding these Cole Haan booties for the right price at the right time since I think they are still full price on their website. I am a size 8 in all shoes so when I saw that most people felt they ran a little small and to go up a half size I still ended up going with an 8 because usually when people say that I am still pretty dead on with my true size and I figured the leather would give a little over time (and if not I am Amazon Prime for a reason). I am glad I did get an 8 because they fit like a glove! No, I can’t wear a thick sock but I wouldn’t want to with these boots. A trouser sock or tights work perfectly with these beauties.

Besides the shocking amount of people that smoked all over the city and the amount of dogs allowed in business another thing that I noticed was that a lot of people wore glasses. The more fashionable ones that you seem more and more people opting for here. Whether they were prescription or not I loved the nerdy chic style that everyone there seemed to have. Needless to say, I came back to the US feeling very inspired by the styles that I saw on the streets in Germany.

Have you every been to Germany? Comment down on this post and let me know what you loved about your visit to Deutschland!