Sunday, June 28, 2015

Weekly Download: 6/21-6/27

Though this week wasn't too eventful for me, looking back on it I actually did do a good amount of stuff. For starters, I dyed my hair again; it is way more red and I am in love with it.


You can't really see in this picture but besides all of it being red, there is also a lot of bright red where my hair was ombre and in the highlights which is exactly what I asked for.  It may not be everyone's cup of tea but that's fine; I like it and that's what counts.

This week I also go back to reading Safe Haven, I started the book probably last summer and then got distracted (and by started I mean I was about 20 pages in...) It was really nice out midweek so I decided to read outside and got through a few more chapters.


Outfit:
top - j.crew
shorts - Levi's from urban outfitters
sun glasses: ray ban

It was a REALLY nice day on Friday so I spent it in a movie theater. I went to see Ted 2 with my little brother.  I thought the movie was really funny but I did like the first one more.  It is also a very specific type of humor so I can see a lot of people not being fans.


Outfit:
top - j.crew factory
shorts - abercrombie & fitch

Yesterday the weather was not nice.  I went to a gluten free bakery and cafe to try it out with my mom and the food was absolutely delicious. An aside: these shorts were so bright that the little sunlight there was actually reflected off of them. They also managed to make pale me look tan without tanner, go figure. These are the brightest shorts that I own by far and their little blue sailboats are my favorite & the reason that I bought them last year.


Outfit:
top - madewell
shorts - j.crew factory

I typically wear a lot of black.. okay, I wear all black.  I do occasionally branch out into navy and dark gray but I am almost always in black. 1. Summer clothes are difficult to find in black and 2. it gets pretty hot out so my default becomes blue if you haven't noticed.  I did not notice before I started snapping pictures of my outfits that I do wear a lot of j.crew.  My style really depends on my mood so don't get too comfortable, you never know what I'm going to wear next (unless you guess that it's black or blue then you're probably right.)

xox

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Daily Download: OOTD, Food, Etc.

I made a instagram to keep me more accountable about blogging my life and outfits etc. It may not have the best quality photos all of the time but I am trying! (p.s. it is also called mumblesandmishaps)

I tried so many times to get a good picture of my outfit today and it was just not having it. I was wearing a jumpsuit from Banana Republic which was SOOOO comfortable.


Today I didn't really do much, I did necessary errands with my family and it was exhausting.  I was actually able to get this picture as I was settling in from a nap but the lighting was pretty okay so prepare for more pictures featuring my bed.

Today's food was BOMB.  First, s/o to my girl Laura in the Kitchen (who has no clue who I am) and her youtube channel because she makes the yummiest looking food! If you don't know who she is, check her out.  I made her avocado pasta this morning when I woke up and there are not enough words to describe how good it was. 


Does it look pretty? Her's did, mine not so much.  The only thing I changed in the recipe was I added some buffalo mozzarella to the tomato mixture. I ate this hot, the second I mixed it all together, and then I had another bowl cold and it was a delicious pasta salad type meal. It tastes like pesto and is creamy and very filling.


Dinner tonight also deserved a shout out.  I had some rice, shrimp stir fry, and chicken kabobs from Costco - I highly recommend them.


I devoured this. Looking at this picture makes me want to go make another plate of food.... I'm not going to but I may have to munch on it later. I put some liquid aminos over my plate because I am obsessed with soy sauce and I'm trying to decrease how much I use; I use it almost every night during dinner because I like to dip my chicken or steak into it and I will not rice without it.  Braggs Liquid Aminos are a great alternative if you really like soy sauce, it is a little different but the LA are still wicked good.

This is a side note: I use Mens razors when I shave.  I personally believe that they work better which would make sense because they are supposed to be used on a guy's face. I was deciding between this and the new Venus one with the swivel ball thing but it was the same price as this pack and the Venus one came with like 5 or 6 heads.. This one comes with 4 packs of heads, 'nuff said.


I have this same razor, mine is just all blue and I think it is because it is not the sensitive one.  I like it a lot but I like the color of this one more plus even though I change the blades often it is probably time to switch up the handles. Do any of you girls use mens razors too? Let me know below!

Also if you have tips for taking pictures of your outfit, leave them below! #thestruggleisreal


xox

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

MAC Haul: Wash & Dry and Le Disko

MAC rarely ever gives a discount, free shipping and free two-day shipping deals are about as good as it generally gets. When I got the email saying $10 off an order of $50, it was an offer too good to refuse.

Summer is more of a tinted moisturizer season for me and I REALLY need SPF on my face.  I decided to give the MAC Lightful C Tinted cream a try since I have loved their lighful skincare collection for a while now.

Extra Light
For a tinted cream this product has great coverage.  It is light weight and I dab on a bit of concealer over blemishes and set with a powder just because I always do but your skin instantly looks better when you put the cream on.  It hasn't broken me out and I have pretty sensitive/finicky skin so that is a major bonus.

Now into the summer collection: Wash & Dry.

I knew I wanted to high-light powder from the moment I saw it and thought about giving the studio sculpt defining bronzing powder a try. These were the first products that I ordered from the collection along with one of the lip glasses 



Freshen Up - left 3 colors, Delicates - right bronze strip
The gold layer over the top of Freshen Up came off with the first two uses and I'm kind of bummed about it because it did add to the beautiful highlight but I knew that was going to happen.  I am really liking this product.  I sweep my brush through it and then sweep it across my cheek bones with the dark coral color at the bottom so it is a blush and highlight all in one step. Delicates I was interested in trying because the idea behind the powders was neat.  It gives a light bronzed wash, it is light enough that I can use it over most of my face and it doesn't look muddy or chalky.  I actually have been using it to blend out my contour a bit and just add a bronzed glow on minimal make up days and I really like using it both ways.


Domestic Diva
Warm Wash

The lip glass I got with my first order and the eyeshadow trio I waited a bit on.  Domestic Diva is a beautiful color, think of a punch of watermelon and you've got it.  The gloss itself is pigmented and can definitely be worn alone. I will wear it with minimal face makeup and some mascara and the gloss does not look overwhelming in comparison.
 I need to use the shadows a bit more but they may turn out to be a regret - I hesitated buying them because I already have so much eye shadow and I'm almost wishing I didn't buy them. They're difficult to swatch because they're a bit powdery and the lightest shade was really difficult to get to show up. I need to see more how they wear.  I like how small the compact is, it is great for traveling but it is also a bit difficult to get to the product. This trio is going to be a wait and see what happens but if you're on the fence about purchasing one (like I was) it is probably something you could do without.

Le Disko

I Like 2 Watch and Nocturnal
Metallic silver eyeliner - enough said. 


I was really excited about the eyeliner in this collection and that is what brought me to the online site. The eyeliner is SO silver.  It is a little tricky to apply but I am sure that I will find a way to get it to work.  The dazzle shadow I am a big fan of and if you like glitter, you will be too. It has an interesting texture and be careful of fall out but this color is CRAZY and it looks so good when I pair it with a matte neutral in the crease.

Overall, I am a fan of my new purchase and I do really recommend that you try out the Lightful C tinted cream.  I have a few more hauls to post and a favorites coming up! Let me know if there are any other posts you want to see or if you've tried these products in the comments below!

xox

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Read & Read

So I most definitely go through phases with books.  Sometimes you just need a romantic love story, or a nice classic, or some smutty novel in your life because that is the mood you are in.  A lot of the time I like to read books considered "young adult" and dystopian or mythical because I need a break from reality but still like a good love story.  After reading Red Queen which I 110% recommend if you're into the kind of books I just described, one of my recommendations on Amazon was for A Court of Thorns and Roses which I put off buying.  I read the blurb and decided that I had enough books on my kindle already to get through etc. and didn't feel immensely interested.  However, this book kept showing up everywhere I was looking; it was recommended on a bunch of other lists and then it was in a magazine and I saw it at target - literally, it was everywhere.


Needless to say, I ordered the book. I finished it in under 24 hours.  I actually enjoyed it so much that I went on to read the other series by Sarah J. Maas, Throne of Glass. There was a part towards the end that I wanted to progress a little faster but that was more out of frustration than anything.  I could not put this book down. Both books have a sassy, strong-willed, sarcastic female lead which was great; they're both very funny girls.  The best part may be that Feyre, the main character, is not perfect, she has thoughts of defeat and heads into a downward spiral etc that REAL LIFE PEOPLE experience too making the characters more relatable; I felt like I was rooting for Feyre more because she is able to pick herself back up and deal.  This book is actually a bit like Beauty and the Beast but instead of a witch cursing a beast, you have faeries. 

I'm not certain what I am in the mood to read next but I am really going to try to go through some of the books on my kindle before buying anything else. Let me know if you have read this book or are planning on reading it! Also let me know your current favorite books, incase I get bored and need some new ones.

xox

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Daily Download

Two things I've been obsessed with recently: Kodiak buttermilk flapjack mix made in the microwave and Spiked Seltzer.

I was making the pancakes y'know on a frying pan but sophomore year of college I became quite the microwave chef.  I know people make mug cakes in the microwave so I mixed up a serving of the mix with water, cinnamon, imitation vanilla, and chocolate chips - my favorite combo - in a bowl and put it in the microwave for 1 minute 30.  The time was a guess but it ended up being perfect.  I have had this for breakfast everyday since I started making it.

Spiked Seltzer, which I'm actually drinking right now... is good (if you like seltzer) and a light alcoholic beverage. I love that it doesn't taste sugary but is still sweet and actually doesn't taste like alcohol either. This drink is the perfect thing for summer, along with some real water to stay hydrated!

Today for breakfast I actually switched it up a bit.. I had half of a blueberry muffin with a banana and a cup of coffee.


This breakfast I have to say is less filling than my microwave pancake but it was yummy nonetheless.

OOTD: workout clothes

I was wearing my light lululemon leggings today, a rarity since I typically wear all black.  I figured it would also be good to show that I do occasionally dress in clothes other than workout clothes.  Two things to focus on in my "normal"clothes picture - 1 I am in color too and am in love with that Lilly top, 2 the ends of my hair were freshly dyed and I made a hair appointment today because I'm in major need of a trim.


This was my snack today and is one of my favorite things to eat. I have mentioned it on this blog SEVERAL times: Friendship 1% low fat pineapple cottage cheese and I topped it with jumbo blueberries. I had another cup of coffee with this snack because 4 o'clock hit me hard today.


Sorry that this post was kind of a clusterf*ck. I did receive a MAC order that I will do a post on once the sun comes back and I can snap some pictures! 

Sunday, June 14, 2015

What's Up!?

So I went on a bit of a blogging lull.  I haven't actually been doing much - I did finish 4 books and I will do a post about those!  In my little lull I've been working on being happier where I am at and just letting go which has been working very well.

I thought I would do a little update post since it has been a while.  I have been living at the pool/beach for the past 4 days (last night I felt almost like I had sun or food poisoning which was not fun) and have some small sun burns but have loved every second of my days.

I went out to lunch and got fish tacos! They were on corn tortillas and were absolutely amazing.  Seriously, it is like summer in a bite.


Fitness wise - I have restarted Bikini Body Guide 1.0 by Kayla.  I am doing that in combination with Way of Gray's Body Take Over.  This time I am determined to stick to it and I want to complete it just to be able to say that I completed it. (blacktsskinnyjeans is my instagram account btw)


I have also been golfing! I suck at golfing. Though I suck, I still have fun and it is a nice way to get outside on a day where you aren't really doing anything else.


One of my other goals has been to become more body positive.  I am working on my body but I want to enjoy it, I don't want to feel bad about myself at any point.  I want to learn to like my body now so I am able to like it at all points in my life, not just when I feel like I have my body exactly how I want it to be because honestly I don't think that will happen if I can't love my body first.

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More posts to come soon! I hope you are all having a wonderful summer and have a great day!

xox