october picks

my notes say “november picks.”¬† *eye roll.*¬† and yes i have notes!bb oct picks1.jpgbeauty

clinique mineral sunscreen spf 30 // i posted a quick review on this on instagram, and my opinions have not changed.¬† this is truly the best mineral sunscreen i have found.¬† it blends into my skin easily and quickly, leaves it hydrated and dewy but not greasy, and rates a 2 on ewg.¬† what could be better?¬† well honestly the price and/or size, but hey, i’ll make it work.bb instagram1.pngfirst aid beauty hello fab coconut primer // the illuminating moisturizer/primer i’ve been searching for.¬† you’ve heard me mention the tata harper illuminating moisturizer, and while that was good, this is far superior.¬† a little dollop of this after putting on sunscreen and before putting on makeup gives me the healthy, glowing skin i strive for.¬† it’s kind of like if mac strobe cream, tata harper illuminating moisturizer, and becca backlight priming filter all had a baby.¬† first aid beauty is truly one of my all time favorite brands and this product is another reason why.¬† i actually bought the full tube but haven’t had to use it yet since sephora had a mini version as a 100 point perk.¬† i asked for 2 heehee.

embryolisse // i mentioned this in detail here so i won’t go too in depth.¬† basically this is a beautiful moisturizer that works especially when mixed with the above!bb oct picks3.jpgsephora gel future concealer in meringue // again, you know i love this!¬† meringue is my winter shade (yes we are almost there…) and it’s just a touch lighter than nars vanilla, which has somehow started to oxidize on me, but with the same pink undertones.¬† great replacement if you ask me!

alima pure pressed foundation¬†in macadamia // ok this is getting repetitive.¬† let me just redirect you here and here.¬† i just got a couple more products from this line, mentioned here, and needless to say it’s quickly becoming one of my favorite beauty brands.¬† and i think you can tell how well loved this powder is.

vialed perfume in forest // i had a store credit to urban outfitters at the end of september so i treated myself to this little perfume that i wouldn’t have purchased otherwise.¬† call of the vialed is a rad perfumery that has unique sets but at a very high price point.¬† they released a collection of four unisex perfumes for urban outfitters, at just $20 each.¬† i couldn’t resist, so i chose the scent “forest.”¬† forest is described as a “green, earthy, and woodsy blend of neroli blossom, amyris tree sap, juniper berry, violet leaf, and rosewood, promoting stability + groundedness.”¬† this is the perfect description, and the aromatherapy benefits of this are real.¬† though the scent doesn’t last as long as other perfume oils (natural or not) i have, i appreciate this for those aromatherapy benefits and enjoy putting it on throughout the day.¬† i’ve been carrying it in the small makeup bag i keep in my purse or backpack and love having it on my person at all times.¬† it makes me feel clean and mindful, and i love the slightly herbaceous scent.

everyday coconut purely coconut hydrating shampoo and conditioner // i’ve been using this duo since mid-summer but never really mention hair products on here.¬† i got bulk sizes at my grocery store and i’m happy i did!¬† i prefer to use sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner, one for the health benefits, and also because they work nicely with my wavy hair.¬† i feel like my hair is in its most healthy and natural state when i use these products, and my curls and texture really come out.¬† i’m pretty basic with my hair, so these are perfect for me.¬† also, a tip for those of you just trying out sulfate-free shampoo – wash your hair twice.¬† i know it sounds like everything you shouldn’t do, but sulfate-free shampoos are not drying, so don’t worry.¬† they require more work to get all the product and oils out of your hair, so one wash tackles that and the second wash actually cleans the hair.¬† trust me!¬† it makes a world of difference.¬† i don’t think i would say these are “hydrating” in the sense that they make your hair soft and limp – they are really just a basic shampoo and conditioner.bb oct picks2.jpgfashion and lifestyle

jag jeans camo jacket // i love a good army jacket (and have too many), but have never really gotten into camouflage.¬† until now that is!¬† my sister and i both got this jacket at the end of the summer and it is truly one of my favorite purchases ever.¬† it’s just the perfect camo in that it’s not too over-the-top and is slightly muted in color.¬† my other sister even said that it really suits me, which is always a nice thing to hear.¬† also this jacket is the perfect weight and ridiculously soft…when does that happen?!

pendleton bathrobe // my mom got me this bathrobe last year for christmas, and i am sooo happy that it’s bathrobe season again.¬† and by that i mean that as soon as i get home, get out of the shower, wakeup, etc., this baby is on my body.¬† it’s huge and ridiculously soft and i love it!

fujifilm date 60af camera // i got this little camera at a thrift store for $2 (yes you read that right).¬† i was wanting a 35mm point and shoot camera and it was so excited when i stumbled upon this one.¬† i’m still on my first roll of film so i don’t know what the photographs will look like, but it seems like it’s in perfect working order to me.¬† i’ll keep you posted when i get the film developed!

burberry wallet // i have had this wallet for over 10 years!¬† my dad got it for me at harrod’s while on a special daddy-daughter trip to london.¬† i go in and out of using it, but this month it has been by my side every day.¬† you all know i usually use some sort of wallet pouch, but i’m enjoying the extra organization without any added bulk.bb oct picks4.jpgentertainment

harry styles’ first album // for whatever reason, i have completely fallen back in love with this album.¬† not that i felt out of love, but you know what i mean.¬† it is such a beautiful, unique, artistic collection of songs, each more vibrant than the next.¬† that man gives me the shivers every time.

alli cherry vlogtober // i love alli.¬† her spirit and mind, the aesthetic of her videos, her lifestyle.¬† she is such a pleasure to watch and her videos are always making me research or think about something new.¬† she’s a great influence for creating a cleaner, healthier lifestyle and i so appreciate that!¬† because i’m such a fan girl, i even purchased one of the totes that she and her husband released this month.¬† if they are still available, grab one!¬† the graphic was handmade by the couple and 10% of the proceeds go to the joshua tree national park association.¬† i’m dying to go to joshua tree (i know that’s not a surprise), so this got me a little bit closer!bb instagram2.png

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first aid beauty ultra repair cream //¬†since first trying this over the summer, i seem to always have a tube lying around. ¬†it’s a great moisturizer for dry skin – face, hands, or body – and though i originally tried it as a hand moisturizer, it is intended for the face. ¬†i think it’s a little too heavy for people with combination or oily skin, but this has been my face lotion of choice for the winter and spring. ¬†a great staple and pretty inexpensive. ¬†i’m considering picking up their regular facial moisturizer for summer, so if anyone has any experience with it, let me know!

first aid beauty slow glow gradual self-tanning moisturizer // i am sooo not a fake tanning kind of person. ¬†i admit¬†i dabbled a little during high school – the occasional spray tan or tanning bed for dances (i could kill my younger self) and jergen’s natural glow – but in the last 6-7 years? ¬†absolutely not. ¬†i get pretty good color during the summer with plenty of sunscreen,¬†but during the rest of the year i accept my paleness. ¬†but with the cold weather and constant rain that chicago has been experiencing the past 2 months, i was forced to help out my poor winter skin. ¬†i picked this up at ulta towards the end of april because i love first aid beauty and have been using it one or two nights in a row every two weeks or so or whenever i remember, and it works a charm! ¬†it adds the healthiest glow to my skin without looking fake or over the top. ¬†it doesn’t apply as streakily as other products with careful application and i only find it smells like sunless tanner the tiniest bit – i admit i kind of love it! ¬†you can apply this to your face but i stop before my neck and just add a little extra bronzer the next day.

sheet masks // mentioned here, i’ve been really enjoying using different sheet masks this month. ¬†they kind of freak me out so it took some getting used to, but the effects are kind of ridiculous. ¬†i don’t always see immediate effects from masks that i use, but with these i do. ¬†i tried both of the saturday skin ones, but am much more impressed with¬†the ones i can find at ulta. ¬†leaders is the brand i have been using the most. ¬†they are quite expensive because they are one-use only, but worth it i think!

rimmel santa rose blush // mentioned here, i picked this blush up while at heathrow airport in february. ¬†i think i had heard estee lalonde talk about it at some point, but i can’t honestly remember why i was drawn to it. ¬†it’s a gorgeous light peachy pink with a fine shimmer running through. ¬†it perks up the face nicely but doesn’t look like blush. ¬†hard to explain but it is stunning. ¬†i love it for days when i’m wearing no other makeup. ¬†like i said it is a british product, but you can order it through feel unique if you are interested!

sephora vib purchases // you probably read my round up here – but i am absolutely loving all the products i got during the sephora vib sale. ¬†what are the chances of loving every single thing?! ¬†from the cleanser to the moisturizer, i feel like my skin is better than i ever. ¬†i was considering returning the tata harper illuminating moisturizer because of the insanely high price, but it is such a stunning product i couldn’t let it go. ¬†great purchases all around – i’m pretty proud of myself.

beautycounter citrus mimosa hand cream //¬†a friend gave this to me because she didn’t like it. ¬†i put it aside for almost a year, and then for whatever reason i put it on my nightstand at the end of april. ¬†it’s incredible! ¬†one of the best hand creams i’ve tried.¬† truth be told i don’t love the scent, though it dissipates pretty quickly.¬† unfortunately it is the only scent offered and this is a pretty pricey hand cream ($17), so i’m not sure if i will get around to repurchasing it, but i do love it in the meantime.¬†bb may picks3.jpgmusic, movies, youtube, books ~~

harry styles album // harry is absolutely my dream man, so i knew i was going to love his first solo album. but honestly i am even more taken with it than i expected. ¬†the depth and artistry behind each track is palpable, especially in contrast to what his former band mates are releasing. very eagles, very rock-n-roll. it’s a stunning album all around.

jamestown revival // what took me so long to listen to jamestown revival?  i am a huge folk music fan, so these guys are right up my alley.  they remind me a lot of my favorite gregory alan isakov, but with more upbeat tracks.  my spotify is a very happy place right now!

karima mckimmie // i watched a few of karima’s videos years ago, but never gave her my full attention. ¬†so you might guess that lately, she’s been getting my full attention! ¬†her videos are amazing and her videos are emblematic of the reason i fell in love with youtube beauty videos. ¬†all makeup, none of the changes that other of my favorites seem to be going through.

lauren pence // another youtube fave! ¬†i found her while searching for more eco product-using youtubers. ¬†honestly she sometimes bugs me a little bit – she’s an¬†actress so can get pretty theatrical – but i love her content and her reviews are impeccable.

m train¬†by patti smith // you might remember that i first read m train last summer and loved it. ¬†i decided to give it another go – i much prefer to reread favorite books than search for new ones – and i think i might love it even more this time around. ¬†i feel like i am inside of patti smith’s soul and i feel every single thought she records. ¬†i highly recommend m train, as well as patti’s other works.

desert solitaire by edward abbey // a good friend of mine is a huge edward abbey fan, so i thought i would pick up desert solitaire after hearing such rave reviews. ¬†abbey might not be to everyone’s taste – he is a bit of a john muir type – but right up my alley. ¬†it is incredible to read his experiences in the west when it was¬†still that cowboy land but changing to the tourist attraction we know it to be today. ¬†his words shake me to my core and i wish i could go back to the 60s to help him stop the destruction of our wonderful national parks.

lovesong // i stumbled upon this movie while perusing the newly added section on netflix. ¬†i’m not really sure why i was drawn to it, but i was, and it was the first new movie i’ve watched all the way through in a long time. ¬†it was full of sorrow, but so beautiful and strangely comforting. ¬†it felt like a short story – you don’t have all the details but you don’t need to. ¬†riley keough was so quiet yet so captivating – i felt like i could feel her soul. ¬†i didn’t know that she is lisa marie presley’s daughter and elvis and priscilla’s granddaughter, but now that i know it makes perfect sense as she is practically identical to her mother and grandmother (pre-plastic surgery of course). ¬†it’s a sad film to be sure, but it was beautiful. ¬†oh and i’ve had a crush on ryan eggold since his 90210 days, so there’s that too.lovesong-movie-trailer-images-pics-stills-riley-keough-jena-malone-4.pngand the most important favorite…

baby margot! // my beautiful niece entered the world on may 14, mother’s day! ¬†i was there about 12 hours later to meet this little babe and fell in love. ¬†what is it about babies? ¬†i am so thrilled for my sister and brother-in-law. ¬†and for me! ¬†i’m an aunt! ¬†i can’t wait to watch margot grow and learn and become the incredible little lady that i know she will be.bb may picks2.jpg. . .¬†

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bb current lovelies 1.jpgbb current lovelies 2.jpgmy thich nhat hanh books // i am just a bundle of anxiety these days, resulting from months of living at home with my parents (love them and they are my best friends but oooooooh myyyyyyy), going back to school soon (my stomach just did a somersault), and¬†moving into my own apartment! ¬†don’t get me wrong, everything is good, but little old me is definitely prone to anxiety. ¬†my thich nhat hanh books, the miracle of mindfulness and making space, are helping me focus and come back down to earth. ¬†actually reading in general is helping me accomplish this, i can’t stop at the moment! ¬†my dad and i were having a really nice conversation yesterday morning about being clean and living in a positive environment and i brought up a buddhist concept and he looked at me and was like oh heavens.¬† oh dear dad, i’m sorry your wife and children are all bohemian-inclined!!

loose jeans // be it spring time or laziness, but skinny jeans are just not my steez these days. ¬†i’m living in my comfy denim and i cannot say i’m sorry about it. ¬†my favorites are my 501s (fitted through hips and booty, then straight down) and citizens of humanity¬†liya distressed jeans¬†(boyfriend fit, not sure what exact color i have¬†as i got them randomly on sale), and loft straight crops.¬†plus paired with a fitted long sleeve tee, i feel pretty sexy if i do say so myself.

chain bracelets // i haven’t been much of a jewelry wearer lately, but the other day i threw on some of my dainty chain bracelets and they have been living on my wrist every since. ¬†the arrow one is from madewell a while ago and the little horseshoe i got at a street market in new york.

newish blog reads // anyone else always on the hunt for interesting blogs? ¬†yeah, me too! ¬†some new-to-me favorites i’ve added to my bookmarks include troves and roses and thirteen thoughts. ¬†i’m also back in love with some old favorites, including the anna edit and beauty by kelsey. ¬†i don’t only read beauty blogs, but i’m pretty loyal to my fashion and lifestyle favorites – i don’t stray as often.

spring! // now i am not going to complain because chicago’s winter this year was easy as pie. ¬†i never consider myself much of spring person, i’m usually like let’s just get on to summer please, but with the occassional 60-70 degree days we’ve been getting, baby animals floating about, and trees full of buds and blooms, i am happy as a clam. ¬†of course it’s raining and 40 while i’m writing this, but i’m living for those quick days of bliss that have been popping up more and more frequently. ¬†actually, after surviving that winter from hell that we had in boston a few years ago, springtime is especially sacred to me. ¬†before that winter i never cared about flowers, but now i can’t get enough. ¬†after experiencing that much misery, i am all about the rebirth we get in the spring. ¬†also, happy belated Easter to those that celebrated!

harry styles for rolling stone // ok i don’t know what it is about harry styles but i am seriously in love with him. ¬†oh dear, please don’t leave my blog yet! ¬†i am not one to have celebrity crushes or really keep up with new music, but ever since i went to that one direction concert for my summer internship years ago (yeah i know, how cool is that?!) i have been seriously in love with that kid. ¬†his recent interview with rolling stone was, in a word, refreshing. ¬†i can honestly say that he has a beautiful mind and i was very impressed reading that article and listening to his new music. ¬†i urge you to read, but if you fall in love, i’ve got dibs.

tell me, what’s been keeping you sane lately?

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