Beauty and Fashion that Needs to End in 2016

I try to have a very open mind when it comes to fashion and beauty cause there have been many times when I’ve judged a trend at first glance but eventually have come to like and try it out myself! But while this happens on occasion the majority of the time I generally stick to my guns. Below I’ve listed a couple fashion and beauty trends that have been or are currently “on trend” right now that I think I’ll be passing on. Please let me know if I’m the only one who feels this way!

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Dresses with randomly placed holes in the front – Because everyone woman wants to show off her stomach? I mean if you have a six packed or are super toned than I can understand why you wouldn’t be self conscious about your stomach but I just think it’s a really awkward place for a hole that doesn’t really make sense.

Platform Sandals – I’m not gonna lie, these just remind me of clown shoes. And it might just be me but generally I don’t like making my feet look bigger than they actually are. I get that some people (myself included) like wearing shoes with heels to add height or length to their legs but I think these shoes just look clunky and really don’t add length.

Intense Strobing – My dislike of strobing definitely stems from my days as an oily skinned teenager. So the act of intentionally making myself look “wet” and shiny doesn’t exactly appeal to me. Don’t get me wrong, a good highlight that adds a little life into otherwise dull and completely matte skin is something I’m all for! Heck, I have Becca Champagne Pop! But I’m very reserved with how much I use and even then still get a little nervous that I’m gonna wipe off or spread it around my face throughout the day.

Mules – Mules simply do not lengthen the leg as much as regular heels do because they stop at your ankle and basically chop the bottom of your foot off. And they don’t have the convenience of a back or strap to keep them on! Definitely not as bad as platform sandals but I’ll definitely be choosing regular heels over mules every time.

Blurred Lips – I’m really, really confused by this trend. Why would you want it to look like your lipstick is running or drying up? It’s axiomatic that when you’re lipstick comes off in the center of your lips you reapply cause it looks silly, so why wouldn’t this apply to your lipstick coming off at the edges?

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In the Navy

Along with black and white, navy is definitely my most worn “color.” I think it flatters just about every skin tone and every hair color and since it’s dark, has a nice slimming effect! For the last few months or so I’ve been trying to branch out from my beloved navy’s, mainly because I own a navy article of every type of clothing and don’t really need more, but when I realized today that I hadn’t done a Color Coded post on my fave color, I knew I needed to. So here are some great navy pieces!

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Eye Shadow // Nail Polish // Bag // Skirt // Bra // Blazer // Dress // Rainboots

A Few Personal Insights

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I consider myself a very introspective person. And I’ve always loved taking personality quizzes and learning stuff about myself that I may have not realized otherwise. And it’s not just myself that I’m interested in learning about, I love hearing about my friends and family members personalities too. Hearing what makes someone tick is so fascinating and enlightening to me that I thought I would share some things about myself that aren’t the usual things that one shares in a “describe yourself” sort of a situation. These are things that I haven’t always known about myself but have come to realize over time and are big reasons for why I am the way I am. Let me know if you share any of these traits!

Crave structure and substance – I like having a set routine for exercise, work, studying, etc. I find comfort in having a schedule and knowing where I’m going to be during the week and what I’m going to be doing. If I have too much free time on my hands to sit around I go stir crazy very quickly and agitated that I’m not doing something.

Need human interaction – The only time you will ever find me enjoying alone time is when I’m passed out in bed taking a nap. Other than that I never crave “me time” or time by myself because I just would rather be with people! I enjoy life the most when I’m with my friends and family. And honestly, I’m happier being “alone” with other people in a public place than alone in my apartment. Does that make sense?

Enjoy repetitive or thoughtless tasks – Puzzles? Check. Crochetting? Check. Vacuuming? Check. Anything that gives me something to do that requires my attention but doesn’t stress me out is right up my alley. I know these activities may sound boring to others but they really calm me down! I feel like I’m getting something accomplished by either cleaning, organizing or creating something but given it’s relaxing nature, it really puts me at ease.

Am not good about hiding my emotions – This trait of mine has definitely come out more since graduating high school as I have gained more confidence in myself. And although being expressive is for the most part a good thing, sometimes I feel like my facial expressions are gonna get me in trouble one day… But when my face isn’t expressing my emotions, I feel like my honesty and comfort in expressing my emotions and feelings has done me a lot of good.

Always need something to look forward to – I feel like this is a trait I share with the most people. I am generally a very upbeat, and happy person but I don’t think I would be as positive if I didn’t always have something in the back of my mind to look forward to. This is one of the reasons I’m always busy, I’m always making plans so that I’ll have these things to get excited about! My plans are always there to make an otherwise bad day just another bump along the road to get through before my good day arrives 🙂

 

Quinoa Bowl for Din

Anyone who eats with me on the regular will tell you that I’m not exactly what you would call “green” eater. And that doesn’t mean I don’t eat healthily, on the contrast, I actually eat healthy foods the grand majority of the time. What I mean to say is that I’m not a kale enthusiast, or green smoothie maker, or all natural, non-GMO, only eats organic kind of girl. That being said, after ordering the Quinoa Bowl at Tavern in the Square on a whim a couple months back, I knew I’d found something healthy, green and most importantly, delicious! So I created my own take on their bowl and it has quickly become one of my favorite healthy dinner options. Here’s how I do it!

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  1. Half a bunch of brussel sprouts and slice a sweet potato
  2. Toss them both in olive oil and season with salt and pepper
  3. Place on a baking pan and put in a 400 degree (Fahrenheit) oven until sweet potatoes start to brown or turn dry and the brussel sprouts start to brown (about 12 minutes depending on how well you want them roasted)
  4. Flip them over and keep them in for another 3-5 minutes
  5. Mix quinoa and water (1:2 ratio) together and bring to a boil.
  6. Once at a boil, bring water to a simmer and cover.
  7. Wait about 15 minutes until quinoa is done.
  8. Once quinoa is done, place in a serving bowl and mix in as much sesame oil and soy sauce as you want. (I use about a tablespoon of sesame oil and a teaspoon of soy sauce)
  9. Add sweet potato, brussel sprouts, chopped up avocado and goat cheese.
  10. Enjoy!

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Weekly Tid Bits

For what started out as such a low key week and weekend, my schedule filled up surprisingly quickly. I attended a Plant Nite with friends, participated in a local trivia bar night, went to brunch with a friend, studied for the GRE, and watched the Pats game! And other less exciting things.. Here are some pics to prove it!

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My Plant Nite creation!

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My view for about 2 hours in the library

Makeup look for trivia: Not much more than Maybelline Bad to the Bronze cream eye shadow

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First attempt at dutch braids! I don’t think they turned out too bad 🙂

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Gorgeous view from my run down Commonwealth Ave