Sunday, October 15, 2017

Fall Bath Favorites + Reviews!

Hey guys! I hope you're all doing well :) Now that it's nearing fall, the nights are getting longer, the days are getting colder (in theory)... and reading books or scholarly articles while lounging in the bathtub has come back into my life. As such, I thought I'd share with you guys a few products I've been loving recently.

I'm now realizing that all these products are out of order, so we'll go in order of how I use them :)

First, the Maple Holistics Tea Tree Oil Shampoo ($8.95)- If you're a fan of natural, organic products, this is the shampoo for you. It's completely sulfate-free and made of ingredients I can ACTUALLY READ and recognize (literally- aqua, jojoba oil, botanical keratin, argan oil, tea tree oil, lavender oil, and rosemary oil). It  leaves my scalp feeling clean and my hair looking shiny, and
 here's the real kicker- my boyfriend loves it too! We both love the tea tree oil scent and the benefits of using the product. It promotes healthy hair growth and can also slow hair loss, shedding, or thinning. If you guys are interested in giving this product a try, be sure to check out their free sample program!! A blogger's favorite words.

Herbal Essences Bio:Renew Naked Volume White Grapefruit and Mosa Mint Conditioner ($5.99)- What I love most about this conditioner HAS to be the scent. It's sweet and fruity without being cloying at all, and just makes me feel kind of happy. Also, at less than $6 before tax, I've had Starbucks drinks more expensive than this conditioner.

Lush Dark Angels Cleanser (3.5 oz, $14.95)- This is Lush's black sugar and charcoal cleanser/ scrub. It can be used on the face or body, but I tend to just use mine on my face, and so I've been alright with just the little 3.5 oz, though they do also carry an 8.4 oz. Charcoal is a great ingredient in a cleanser because it pulls all impurities out of the skin and is tough on acne. If you have acne prone or oily skin, I'd DEFINITELY recommend it! I actually do not and have normal skin, so I tend to follow up with a moisturizer (to keep it from being too drying) but I just love how it really deep cleans my pores.

Clearly a well loved product :)

Lush Rose Jam Shower Gel (3.3 oz, $9.95) - I can not BELIEVE the Lush Holiday collection is already here!! It seems like 2017 just started. Again, I sprang for the small size- though chances are I'll be back for a bigger one. Last year I bought the 16 oz bottle of their Lord of Misrule shower gel and a year later it's not out yet, and the memory still haunts me, haha! This has the same delicious scent as Ro's Argan Body Conditioner (another one of my bath favorites)- lemon-rose with vanilla, goji berry, and argan oil.

Soap and Glory Smoothie Star Breakfast Scrub ($13.99)- This is an award-winning, cult favorite for a reason. To me, it smells like maple syrup and heaven. As I said before, I don't tend to use the Lush Dark Angels on my body, because I use this scrub. It leaves my skin feeling just ridiculously soft, especially when I use it before shaving.

Lush Sleepy Body Lotion (7.4 oz, $19.95)- I don't mess around when it comes to this lotion, and sprang for the big one. If you're a fan of this product at all, you know it's constantly selling out, and then you've got to wait for it to be restocked. I don't know if I can speak to the science of it at all, but if you're like me and you struggle to get to sleep, meet your new best friend. It smells absolutely gorgeous (lavender and tonka perfume) and gets me nice and relaxed and ready for bed. 

And that's it for all my faves!! I think there's nothing better than getting into a nice groove before bed with an established bedtime routine. I'd love to hear down in the comments what some of your guys' favorite products are! In the meantime, thank you so much to Maple Holistics for collaborating with me on this post and sending me their product for review. Till next time, catch me on Instagram and I'll talk to you guys later :)

Stay beautiful,
- Whit

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Travel Diary: San Diego!

Can you really call a visit to your hometown a travel diary? I'm gonna say yes, since technically I don't live there, haha.

Hey guys! It's been quite awhile since I've posted here- just short of a full year! A full year would've been July... which is just crazy. A lot has changed for me in the last year- I've moved to LA county (LBC) and almost completed a full year of graduate school. Now that I'm  on the tail end of my first year of my MS (which I've been told is the hardest year!) I've decided it's time to come back to my passion project... running this blog!

And I figured what could be a better way than returning to my roots? :) One of my best friends recently came back to visit San Diego from Maryland, and brought with her another friend who had never been to the west coast before. I had the opportunity to go around with the two of them to a few of my favorite spots- places I'm now gonna share with all of you! If you follow me on instagram you may have seen a few of these shots, but I'll go a bit more in depth here :)


Dress // Charlotte Russe
Flats // Topshop
Bag // Zara
Bracelet // Ava (via Le Tote)

I wouldn't be much of a fashion blogger if I didn't start with an OOTD, right? Also a little surprise for you guys- I got a few new tattoos and piercings over the last year! Since the sun was out, I took the opportunity to wear a dress where you could see a bit of my thigh tattoo :) I'm also still loving my Topshop flats (please Topshop, restock these! I'll buy 10 pairs!), which have lasted me well over a year now. This little bowling bag from Zara has become my favorite, as it manages to hold all my things but is also small enough to keep me from overloading it with all the miscellaneous items I tend to accumulate (I'm talking liquid lipsticks, receipts....). Lastly, I got this adorable little cuff from Ava via Le Tote... if you haven't heard of it, it's basically like the old netflix DVD subscriptions, but for clothes. Expect a full review in the coming weeks, I'm obsessed with this service! :)

The Breakfast Republic- North Park

If you can only have one brunch in San Diego... make it the Breakfast Republic!! Hands down my favorite place. There's a few locations, one in North Park, Liberty Station, Encinitas, and one opening in Ocean Beach. If you're an eggs benedict afficionado like I am, this is the place for you! Pictured above is the traditional eggs benedict, but rest assured I have tried every single one on the menu (with the exception of the crab cakes benedict- but my roommate HIGHLY recommends it and it's next on my list) and they were all phenomenal. Also, don't sleep on the jurrassic pork (candied cayenne) bacon. It's heavenly. 

Seaport Village

I don't want this post to get super wordy (too late for that, haha!) so I'll let the beauty of Seaport Village speak for itself. It's a must-see attraction in San Diego though. It's also the location of the iconic Sailor/Nurse statue, and the Midway museum :) 

Frost Me Cupcakes

Seaport Village is also home to a Cupcake Wars Champion- Frost Me! I had their Strawberry Lemonade cupcake, and it was incredible... my mouth is watering thinking about that strawberry ganache on top!!

Sunset Cliffs/ Ocean Beach

We ended the day at Sunset Cliffs in Point Loma to watch the sunset. It's absolutely beautiful here, there's no sand or anything, so you can just sit on the cliffs and watch the ocean crash against the rocks. So breathtaking! We also grabbed some pizza from Pizza Port for dinner, which I must have deleted my photos of... but I posted one if you'd like to check it out. The pizza here is so so good, and they carry a lot of local craft beers too (San Diego is like, the microbrewery capital!) so you get a nice flavor of what SD is all about. And that is pizza and beer on the beach.

I hope you guys enjoyed this little taste of my hometown! I'm sorry it was so long, I got carried away :( I'm going to be doing a bit more traveling in the next few months (including Orlando, Whitefish MT, and MELBOURNE!!) so if you like these kinds of posts let me know!

Talk to you soon guys, stay beautiful :)

- Whit

Monday, July 11, 2016

Sweetest Stitch x SC Collab :)

Dress // Sweetest Stitch
Cardigan // Cotton On
Flats // Topshop
Bag (both) // Forever 21
Tie // Forever 21

Wow, I can NOT believe it's been so long since I've posted!! It's been a really wild time for me what with graduating undergrad, applying to grad school, and now the process of moving up to Long Beach to attend grad school. Still, in such a hectic time, I'm really hoping to find more time to sit down and do some blogging :)

Throughout this craziness, I've definitely found an appreciation for cute, simple pieces that look very trendy but still require little effort on my part. Cue this ADORABLE dress form the Sweetest Stitch, which I've linked above. Just by itself it's the perfect kind of throw-it-on-and-go outfit, like I've got it in the first look. Just a pair of sandals and a pair of sunglasses and you look effortlessly chic. You can also dress it up for a more polished look, like I've done in the second look. All I did was throw on a cardigan, dress the shoes up a bit, and throw on a cute choker/ neck tie, and I instantly felt 100 times more put together.

I feel like pieces like this are so perfect for this time of year because they can be worn in such a variety of ways. What are some of your guys' summer faves? Be sure to let me know!!

Oh, and thank you so much to the Style Collective and Sweetest Stitch for working with me on this collab. Much love!

Stay beautiful! xx

Sunday, June 28, 2015

OOTD #10: Ed Sheeran Edition!!

flannel // Urban Outfitters
shirt // forever 21
bralette // American Eagle
jeans // American Eagle
shoes // Nike

I've got a quick mini post for you guys today!! I got the chance to see Ed Sheeran live in LA a few nights ago!! He was so incredible, I always knew he was a talented artist, but I had no idea that his entire show is just him his guitar, and his loop pedal. It's phenomenal. I stayed pretty casual and wore cropped jeans (which didn't show up in my picture), nikes, and a flannel, as it was an outdoor show and I wanted something a little warmer :) 

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Ipsy Roundup!! (May+June)

Hey guys! I hope you're all doing well. I missed last month's Ipsy bag, so I thought I would just throw it in with this month's. Better late than never, right? :) Lately, I've been really impressed with the quality of the Ipsy bags- I've started seeing more higher-end products and well-known brands being sampled in them, and that's been super exciting.

We'll go ahead and start with this month's first.

1) It Cosmetics Brow Power Universal Eyebrow Pencil ($24)- While I am ALWAYS more than excited to receive a brow product, I didn't find myself instantly in love with this one. It may be because I'm a recent pomade convert, but this pencil just didn't give me the strong brow that I was hoping for. Additionally, even though the color is described as "universal" I felt like it was just a little too light for my black eyebrows. All in all, I think this would be an awesome product for someone who likes a more natural brow, but for right now, I'm gonna put it aside. We'll see, I do have a tendency to come back for Ipsy products later!

2) Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer ($36 for a full size)- I had tried the hydrating primer from Smashbox in the past and ADORED it, so I was very happy to see a sample of the regular primer in my Ipsy bag. It's timing was impeccable as well; I recently got to thinking that I really should be using a primer with my foundation, instead of just slapping it on my bare skin while I was barely awake at 7:30 in the morning. It is quite a small sample, but I know I already love the brand, so it's just nice to have!!

3) BioRepublic Sheet Mask Trio ($14.95)- I love sheet masks!!! They're so refreshing and lovely. I haven't had the opportunity to try these ones out, but I love that they sent one of each, and they look promising! I'll be sure to let you know how I get on with them!!

4) Formula X Nail Polish in the shade Power Source ($10.50 for a full size)- This is a hot coral shade, which is super fun for this time of year, though not something I would typically go for! I did only receive a mini, but for this particular shade, that's completely fine with me- I never seem to get through all my nail polish anyway!!

5) tre'StiQue Color and Smudge Shadow Crayon in the shade Marimoto Pink Pearl ($26 for a full size)- First of all, this has to be some of the cutest packaging I've ever seen in my life. When I first pulled it out of my Ipsy bag, I was so tripped out! You pull off the "pencil" top to reveal the shadow stick underneath. The shade is described as a nude pink shimmer, but I would definitely call it more of a champagne. It's very subtle, but is really creamy to apply. I think I'll definitely be getting a lot of use out of this, it's such a great color for everyday wear!

And a quick shot of my May bag! Sorry :(

This physical bag was definitely one of my all time favorites I've ever received from Ipsy, and it now lives in my purse. I was sent Urban Decay Lip Pencil (sample size, full size $16), an eyeliner from BellaPierre ($6.99) which I actually spoke about in my May favorites (post here!), a pixi bronzer (which I don't believe you can buy individually), a brush from Luxi beauty ($12), and a BB cream from Cotz ($19.99 for a full size).

And that was it!! I hope you guys enjoyed this post and I'll be back to talk to you real soon!

Much love, stay beautiful!
- Whitney

Thursday, June 18, 2015



 dress // Charlotte Russe
vest // forever 21
shoes // topshop
purse // forever 21

Hey guys! I hope you're having an amazing day! As we move into the summer, I've been much more into wearing lighter shades- whites in particular. I saw this shirt dress in Charlotte Russe and thought it was such a good staple. Paired with a white bag it's a perfect casual summer outfit, or you can throw a vest over it and dress it up a bit.

I'm especially in love with this little white purse as well- I love the structured shape of it and I think I'm going to get a lot of use out of it. 

Stay beautiful!
- Whitney

Monday, June 15, 2015

(Belated) May Favorites!!!

Hello all!! I've barely had a chance to post these last few months- I've been so busy! The good news is, I have some very exciting prospects as we move into July, so hopefully I'll be able to fill you in on those soon!! In the meantime, I figured I might as well still do my May favorites- better late than never, right? In the summer I do tend to get very lazy with my makeup routine, so I've almost been using just these five products exclusively.

1) e.l.f. Baked Eyeshadow Palette in the color California ($10)- Wow, I picked up this palette in my last drugstore haul, and I am absolutely in love with it. Every single shade is perfect for everyday wear- and applied over a primer, they are pretty long lasting as well. I like applying them wet, because I feel like that's when you get the most pigmentation. I think it's rare that you find a palette where you could wear any shade on any given day- which is why this palette has seen use every day over the last month.

2) City Color Be Matte Lipstick in the shade Cappucino ($4.99)- This was one of those lipsticks I had but never particularly used, until the other day when I realized the shade was exactly what I was looking for this time of year. It is matte so it is pretty drying when you apply it, but I think for the price point it's a steal. The color is super wearable; a browner rose tone, and perfect for that bronzed kind of look people tend to go for during the summer :)

 3) Too Faced Soleil Matte Bronzer in the shade Chocolate ($30)- I absolutely love this bronzer. If you take it in the hollows your cheeks, it's the perfect shade for contouring, but if you brush it along your forhead or around your temples, it warms up your skin tone. Every once in awhile, I think I should probably try other bronzers, but then I figure, if it isn't broken, why fix it?

4) bellapierre Waterproof Gel Eyeliner in the shade Ebony ($14.99)- I received this product in last month's Ipsy bag, and I've fallen in love with it. I love black pencil eyeliners, and this one is gentle enough to use on my waterline without irritating it. I'm not sure that I like it quite as much as the Too Faced eyeliner, but I think for the price it's an excellent dupe!

5) NYX Tame and Frame Tinted Brow Pomade in the shade Black ($6.99)- With this product, I can honestly say doing my eyebrows has become one of my favorite parts of my day (as if it wasn't before). But honestly, I just love how easy it is and how strong my brow is when I'm finished- it gives me such a confidence boost! I think for that price this product is unbeatable. Definitely takes the cake for this month's absolute favorite.

Alright guys, that's it for me today!! What have you guys been loving lately? Be sure to let me know in the comments! :) Until next time, stay beautiful!!

- Whitney