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what I wore : TargetYourEssence

Thursday, February 11, 2016

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pink lipstick, purple hair, #shop #cbias
pin game, enamel pin, flare
pink lipstick, purple hair, #shop #cbias
pink and red nails, nail art, #shop #cbias

hat - thrifted
sunglasses - Carine c/o Moorea Seal
pins - eye by Coucou Suzette, no scrubs by Kodiak Milly
sweater - Kohl's
jeans - Target
boots - Palladium Boots
lipstick - Wear Berries by Essence

Can I tell you guys a secret? I love doing as much grocery shopping as I can at Target because it gives me an excuse to talk myself into purchasing a few other odds and ends while I'm there. Oh yeah, I totally did need new pens. Some new undies? Well, sure! Cant forget the most dangerous aisles of all... cosmetics! Sometimes I make it a point to not even go down those aisles because it's so hard for me to resist picking out something I want. There's a light at the end of that wallet draining tunnel though - Essence cosmetics!

Essence is an up and coming brand that launched in Germany in 2001. Essence is known for high quality, on-trend, products that are available at super affordable prices. They believe beauty is about being yourself and having fun doing it. That's something I can get behind 100%! They first came to the U.S. in 2007. Now they're available at over 500 select Target locations nationwide and guess who was lucky enough to have a local Target start carrying their products? ME!

Obviously I'm a colorful person (who is wearing mostly black and grey in this post, whoops!) that loves to experiment with my look but I'm a little more timid with my make up. I only started really getting into it these last few years, and still feel like I have a lot to learn. I want to be really great at make up, like YouTube beauty guru good, but that obviously takes practice. Something that always kind of scared me away and made it more difficult for me practice is the price of make up. I don't want to spend lots of money on something I'm not sure of. Essence changes everything though. $1.99 nail polish? $3.99 gel eyeliner? $4.99 mascara?  $2.99 lipstick? YES, PLEASE. Those prices make it super easy to be guilt free about experimenting with things. For under $35, I got everything pictured below. Score!

make up haul, essence cosmetics #shop #cbias
#shop #cbias
Essence cosmetics, target #shop #cbiaspink lipstick, purple hair, #shop #cbias

Lipstick is my big thing right now. I shared back in September how lipstick is kind of new territory for me. (see here) I love trying out new colors but hate feeling like I wasted money when I don't like a color on myself or don't love how it applies. For $2.99 I'm more than happy to test out every single color! I've picked up three so far. Wear Berries has been my favorite because it matches my hair almost perfectly plus it's a really easy color to wear.

Have you guys tried Essence yet? What are some of your favorite products from them? I'm seriously so excited to experiment more. Aside from more lipsticks and nail polishes, I think my next purchase will be this volumizing eyelash powder!


where I work

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

computer, blogger, office

At the very end of 2015 I moved my office into the room that was my bedroom, and my bedroom into the room that was my office... and it was probably one of the best decisions ever. I've been living in this apartment for just over a year and from the beginning, I was really unhappy with my bedroom. It was way too small, and I hated that my side of the bed had to be up against the wall in order for the bed to fit without interfering with any of the doors in the room. Such a pain in the butt to make the bed everyday! I was convinced that the much larger room had to be my office though. It has gorgeous light, and lots of space. After not having a dedicated room for my office in my last apartment, I think taking the biggest room in my new apartment was my way to make up for it.

Eventually the bedroom situation got on my last nerve, and my big office wasn't really my favorite anymore either. It's significantly colder in that room, and to be honest, I've always been a bit of a nest-er. I enjoy cozy, warm, secure feeling spaces which is basically the complete opposite of what that space was. It was just too big. I don't why it took me so long to finally figure out "hey, I could totally just switch the two!" but the second I did I got right to work.

office inspiration, blogger

The switcheroo was quick, and painless. Even before getting completely settled in I knew it was the right decision. My new bedroom is cool, and I no longer dread making the bed everyday. My new office is compact, cozy, and warm. Because my bed took up so much space in this small room, I wasn't sure what furniture I would be able to bring over from my old office While the lockers were completely out of the question, I set up my desk in the corner of one side and dragged my sewing desk in to put on the opposite side.

I also made room for a handful of plants. This room gets, possibly, even better light than my old room. I guess I never really paid all that much attention since at the time it was simply a place to sleep, I wanted nothing more to do with it. Professor loves it too because he now has access to a kitty height window he can chirp at birds from all day long. It's a win/win.

I love this new set up! I still don't know why it took me so long to think of this solution. I'll share photos of the bedroom soon. It feels a little bit less put together than I'd like though. Part of me know it's because I'm not 100% in love with living here anymore so why put the effort into "finishing" the room? Regardless if I'll be moving in the next few months or not, I know that I'd really like some photos of the bedroom to look back upon. Maybe I just need a comforter or something to get my butt into gear!

A few sources :
sewing desk + computer desk
butterfly poster
moon calendar 
cactus print
floral calendar 
see the world pennant
friend to bugs patch 
where is my mind print 
▴ teeth containers
keyboard decals
The circle shelf is from Home Goods. Plant stand and maps are vintage. Blue cart and wall pockets are from Ikea. If you're curious about anything else, just ask!

You can view all of my other previous office set ups under the tag "where I work", and see more of my apartment under the tag "apartment".

animals and nature

Foxy Lady

Tuesday, February 09, 2016

It's been since November of last year that I shared photos of the foxes. In that time they haven't grown all that much but boy, oh boy, did they get fluffy. They are definitely prepared for winter. It's been such a mild one, with some days reaching up into the sixties, that I have to wonder if they get warm. This post from August shows just how much thicker her fur is. She looks so scrawny in that post, and now she's just a ball of fluff.

No Tramp in these photos, yet again. He is a stinker, still asserting his dominance. Lady will allow my dad to pick her up to carry her over to the pen in the yard where I photograph them. Tramp on the other hand won't but as soon as the door is closed he starts to go wild. He digs at the door like "Hey! What about me?! I want to come play too." I really wish he wasn't such a brat because he is absolutely gorgeous. People always seem to like photos of him best. I suppose it's because, as my niece exclaimed upon seeing him for the first time, "he looks like a real fox!" Anyway, here are some gratuitous photos of this beautiful creature.

It blows my mind how this little critter, who I hardly believed was a fox, grew into this majestic looking beast. I never noticed before but it appears her eyes changed colors too!

You can find previous posts on Lady and Tramp here - June, late June, July, August, October and November.

Just because I want to ruin this vision you have in your head of this being a graceful animal, here is the derp-iest fox photo in existence. You're welcome. ;)
Just a note to add that foxes definitely aren't for everyone. They require a lot of work, care, and attention. Not to mention in most states they are illegal to keep as pets unless you have a license. Please do your research!

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