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2014 Year In Review

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Bet you were expecting a Weekender today, eh? Unfortunately it seems as though everything is a year end review post (other than Beyoncé’s dad having a yard sale) so I thought I would just end the year the same way. So along with nearly everyone else in the world, for the next few days I’ll be sharing my favorite things from this year. I’m talking albums of the year, the great year end survey, & even the final playlist of the year. Very exciting, isn’t it?

Today I’m taking a look at some of my favorite posts from the blog this year. This blog has grown a bit in the last year, and unfortunately I lost my will and was quite uninspired for awhile. I’ve tried some new things such as OOTD posts and even sharing more of my very interesting personality rather than try to maintain some normal standard. I don’t even know what I’m trying to say here, but what I do know is I’m not even a little sorry for how much One Direction was involved. I truly hope to write more posts next year rather than just posting collections of things. I do like writing I just sometimes don’t feel as confident with it. It’s just not a crowdpleaser really. But I won’t ramble any longer, here’s my favorite posts from this year.

Friday Five: Fall Makeup Essentials

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Fall means I can finally wear some of my favorite make up products. It’s a true joy to finally get to wear foundation without it melting off my face simply by stepping outside. So let’s get talking about my new favorite makeup items, shall we?

Nude Lipstick: I can’t exactly pull off lipstick in any capacity. I tried trendy pink lips this summer and every time I looked in the mirror, I just felt like I had sloppily eaten a Popsicle and hastily forgotten to wipe my mouth. Enter nude lipstick: my savior. This also happens to be one of MAC’s most popular shades which means countless others can agree with me about it’s greatness. Not ready to shell out $16 for lipstick? NYX makes an equally great, cheaper alternative. MAC, $16

Burgundy Nail Polish: Dark nail polish is kind of my thing in the fall/winter and Essie’s new fall line is all love/hate for me. Without many options I turned to Carry On which is a rich burgundy color which I prefer to their current shades. Essie, $8.50

False Eyelashes: I purchased these false eyelashes at Target on a whim for Halloween. I didn’t particularly dress up, but I thought it would give a added extra to my look for the night. If anything make me look more dark and mysterious. These weren’t bothersome, fairly lightweight, and I feel like I will be using them again come holiday party season. Even if I’m horrible at applying false lashes…. Eylure, £7.10

Natural Moisturizer: My skin hates everything…except Neutrogena Naturals. I keep adding in their products as I phase out older ones from my routine. This moisturizer is great. It applies well and isn’t greasy after it sets in. The smell is one of my favorite things about it. Neutrogena, $13.99

Foundation: Ah, foundation. My one true enemy of the make up routine. No one loves a greasy looking face or breaking out like crazy which is my main issue as previously mentioned. L’Oréal’s Dream Lumi foundation does neither of these things. I recently switched to BB cream in order to avoid my skincare issues and with a recommendation I tried this and fell in love. L’Oréal, $12.99

Back to School: Apartment Essentials

Continuing on with the back to school theme this month, I’m talking about apartment essentials today. Sure, most of these things are also quite suitable for dorm living, but I know nothing about that. I have never lived in a dorm. Nearly every friend I have lived in one at some point. My sister even lived in them. I visited plenty of times and I learned one thing: it’s definitely not for me. Hey, my sister had to have stitches on her eye after being hit with an empty chewing tobacco can someone was using as a hockey puck. Also, they NEVER used a vacuum which really bothered me.

I’m much more suited for apartment living (for the most part) so these are the things that are pretty essential to that living situation. Everyone knows you need sheets, towels, etc. So those are noticeably missing. These additions include, as mentioned previously, a vacuum because there’s no excuse. You’re an adult now. And a toothbrush holder for the same reason. The only reason not to use a toothbrush holder is if your toothbrush is electric/sings/or has another reason for not fitting in the holder!

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Art Prints: London & Solitude / Message Board from IKEA / Dyson DC40 Upright Vacuum / 12 piece dinnerware set / Tea bag tidy / Krups 12 Cup coffee maker & Brooklyn Nets mug from Target

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Alarm dock / Abstract bath mat / Milk Bottle toothbrush holder / Shower curtain / Mondrian Storage Boxes / Laundry basket

Summer Essentials: Part 1 of ?

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Alright, first off all, as a disclaimer I’d like to note I’m actually a 27 year old despite the interests listed in this post. I can assure you I am, in fact, a fully grown adult. I’m just not willing to let go of my Bath and Body Works lotion (the scent lasts much longer than adult perfumes) and I really don’t enjoy spending loads of money on clothes. Sure, I love looking at clothes with large price tags, but I’m far to frugal to jump right in and buy one! Well at least not without the gigantic guilt complex that follows.

Let’s just get to the purpose of this post, shall we? At (nearly) every party or awkward conversation circle someone is bound to ask: If you were deserted on an island, what would you want to have with you? There’s a million possibilities for answers. Obviously clean drinking water and sustainable food because who knows how long you would be there, right? Books because those gossip magazines are going to be old news within seconds. A volleyball to reenact Castaway with? See? the possibilities are endless. With summer just rising on the horizon, I decided instead of doing my same boring summer essentials (I’m sure they will come about again sometime in the next few months) I thought I would pick some things I would love to have on a deserted island as of right now. These are clearly not set in stone nor are they entirely logical choices of things to bring, but let’s just go with it for the sake of having a bit of fun.

1. Guacamole Hummus (and accompanying veggies + pita chips) from Trader Joes / This is my favorite hummus in the whole world. I absolutely adore avocados, guacamole, and hummus so this would naturally be the one thing I would eat to stay the long haul. I’m not an expert but, I’m guessing that’s not healthy or wise, but neither is being deserted on an island.

2. Henley Tank Top from Old Navy / Yes, Old Navy. Hear me out. I know Old Navy is probably like the cool place for moms to shop, but I am in love with this tank top. Frequently in Arizona it’s 900 degrees out, and I don’t always want a stylish outfit to sweat all over while running errands so enter this simple (and affordable!) and comfortable tank top. I imagine being on a sandy beach would also require this simple tank top. And paired perfectly with these Boyfriend Shorts

3. Bath and Body Works Beach Glow Lotion in Oahu / I love lotions from Bath and Body Works. I’m not sorry about it either. As creepy as it is, people love telling me how good I smell and the scent definitely lasts longer than the average lotion for which I am extremely grateful. This lotion has a bit of a tint to it in order to give a just at the beach glow. It’s not fairly realistic as far as tans go since to get this “just back from the beach” glow, you’d have to camp out at the beach for at least one entire day while avoiding a massive sunburn, but other than that it’s fairly effective. Not to mention this entire new line smells wonderful.

4. Surf Spray by Bumble and Bumble / Okay so maybe being at the beach may be far more effective than Surf Spray, but I could never part from it. The secret is out kids, it’s an essential part to my hair routine.

5. Bikini Tube Top by American Apparel / Because why not?

6. Tunes: Because the Internet by Childish Gambino & The 1975 by The 1975 / Sure logically the iPod would die soon, there would be no way to listen to physical cds, and bringing vinyl is clearly out of the question, but music is essential to life. These are two of my favorite albums lately so they would have to be by my side.

7. My Phone / As I mentioned above, electricity is extremely scarce on deserted islands, but my phone is always with me. My phone is in the market for a new case I kind of love these, and it’s just so hard to choose: LAX Phone Case by Urban Outfitters, Coffee, and Bobbies by Note to Self: The Print Shop or Infinity Rope by a million people on Etsy. 

8. Pretty Little Liars! My new guilty pleasure. I can’t wait for the new season to start in just a few short weeks. If I were caught on a deserted island, I would be missing all of the new twists and turns. See new photos and trailer over at Screen Spy!

9. My favorite Suja juice: Lemon Love / I’ve mentioned this juice before, but it’s still my favorite thing right now. I would need a lifetime supply for this now resort style type island. I can’t wait to try all the new ways of drinking it I’ve seen suggested by others! A slushy maybe?

There you have it. My absolutely ridiculous list of deserted island must haves. Well, I mean, it can’t be that ridiculous seeing as how Mr. Howell, from Gilligan’s Island, brought millions of dollars with him on a three hour tour right?

Spring Essentials!

Spring has officially sprung here in Arizona. When it’s not close to 90 degrees (gross), it is actually not so bad. Spring means a couple things: 1. I can’t wear my beloved jumpers anymore without looking like an absolute crazy person. and 2. I get to share things that are pretty essential to my life right now. So, if you ever looked at me and thought “damn, I want to be just like Nicole!” This is the post for you. I am joking about wanting to be like me, but hey if you do. I guess that’s cool too.

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Let me just rave about some of these things. First, Fudge Urban’s dry shampoo is stellar. I tried putting it on at night before bed like I read on some beauty tip article and it actually worked to increase the volume of my hair. And when I’m not pulling off the perfectly messy yet volume filled ponytail, I’m going to try pulling off a snapback. Yes, a snapback. The 90s are well and alive and snapbacks are COOL. But seriously how great was my ponytail yesterday? Thank you, FU.

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Looking for a good music recommendation? 5 Seconds of Summer. Now hear me out, it truly is “pop punk” goodness. I hate that genre label, but I’ll roll with it for the sake of that sentence. It’s warm weather, driving with the windows down certified. Which is a rating scaled I also just made up.

I’m seriously obsessed with rings lately, and I really want this arrow one from Urban Outfitters. Arrow crew for life.

Finally, say it with me now, hazelnut gelato. I wasn’t much of a gelato fan until I tried Talenti. Now I’m just super addicted to it which frankly isn’t the best for someone who isn’t best friends with dairy. Everything in moderation isn’t harmful though so live a little. This flavor is only available at Target and it truly takes everything in me not to just buy the entire shelf. I just learned they have sea salt carmel bars. YES BARS. Only downside? They only come in a box of 3. I might still give them a try. You know maybe just take one for the team and see how delicious they might be? Ya, an experiment. That’s it.

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Links: ONE: Dark Chocolate Pomegranate by Brookside / TWO: Oversized Clubmaster Sunglasses by Ray-Ban / THREE: Dry Shampoo by Fudge Urban / FOUR: LA Dodgers Snapback / FIVE: She Looks So Perfect EP by 5 Seconds of Summer / SIX: Arrow Ring @ Urban Outfitters / SEVEN: Lasting Finish Lipstick By Kate for Rimmel My shade is 101 in case you were curious. / EIGHT: I Woke Up Like This tee by Lauren Pope
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As always you can follow my adventures on Instagram