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What You Missed This Week

Take a break and catch up on the latest.

Take a break and catch up on the latest.

From the latest news to the latest in fashion, here is a roundup of what you might have missed this week (and need to catch up on) from around the web:

Taylor Swift gets down in her new music video for her new song off her upcoming album 1989: "Shake it Off." And there's been a LOT of backlash.

Vogue's September issue cover was leaked (and announced!) this week and it is kind of a big deal.

Is the skinny jean trend over? According to a Bloomberg News report, the answer may be yes. I have my own thoughts about this... but I'll save it for another blog post.

Peanut and almond butter sold at major retailers have been recalled for possible salmonella contamination.

There's a reason people on your Facebook feed and dumping buckets of ice on themselves. Learn how the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge actually started and an interesting take on why we need to do better than the ice bucket challenge.

So how many makeup brushes do you really need? And why do you really need them? Elle Magazine breaks down the 11 makeup brushes you need to own.

 

By | 2018-02-16T20:28:25+00:00 August 20th, 2014|Categories: Lifestyle|Tags: , |0 Comments

5 Tips to Organize Your Life

5 Tips to Organize Your Life | Chicisms

Hit refresh by organizing and cutting out the clutter. Here are five simple tips to help you organize your life:

1. Find your perfect planner. Organize everything by writing it down in a planner or your Google Calendar (or both). Set alerts, write to-do lists and plan your day ahead of time to make sure you get things done. Color code important events/tasks like class, work, exams and errands to help organize your planner further and keep it looking pretty.

I purchased a 17-month agenda from Ban.do and I was really excited to start using it once August 1st came around. This agenda comes with fun stickers, color-coded month tabs with fun illustrations and quotes for every month and fun to-do's for every weekend (like "Clean your house in roller skates" and "Throw some confetti"). Check out  Ban.do's blog post on where you can find their fun agenda.

Bando Planner

2. Make schedules and deadlines for yourself. Clean the house before tomorrow. Do laundry at 12 pm on Wednesday. Finish writing that paper by Thursday at 3 pm. Work on the design for two hours on Friday.

Prioritize your tasks and create schedules and deadlines for each of them to make sure you devote time to each and complete them.

3. Do things one at a time. 

Trying to get three things done at once is, most likely, not going to benefit you. Focus on one project at a time to simplify and do things more efficiently.

4. Declutter. 

Someone once told me that a cluttered desk meant a cluttered mind. It's true. Split up areas of your home and/or workspace and take time to declutter each area one by one to keep your head clear and organized.

5. Take a break. Everyone needs one.

You can't stay organized while stressed. Remember to take a break and enjoy time with others and by yourself.  Take a hike, see a concert, read a book or do yoga.

California Mid State Fair - Train Concert

Train at the California Mid-State Fair

Do you have any tips for organization? Share them in the comments below!

xo, Leila

By | 2018-02-16T20:26:08+00:00 August 4th, 2014|Categories: Lifestyle|Tags: , |1 Comment

A Review of Influenster’s Uni VoxBox

Here's another un-boxing of Influenster's Uni VoxBox!

In case you're wondering... Influenster is an exclusive online community of "tastemakers and trendsetters" who get to share their thoughts about products and experiences. Members can receive access to deals and VoxBoxes (boxes filled with special items that match their interests and what they're influential about).

Uni VoxBox

NYC New York Color Expert Last Lip Color in Forever Fuchsia, $1.99

A great lipstick for $2? Yes, please. I have been looking for a flattering bright pink lip stick for a while and this is definitely it. The lipstick itself smells like candy (specifically Sweetarts) and the color lasts for about 12 hours. Though the candy smell isn't strong, I'm not a fan of it. However, the great lasting color > candy smell.

Rimmel Foundation & NYC Expert Last Lip Color

Rimmel London Stay Matte Liquid Mousse Foundation$4.99 - $5.49

If you happen to be looking for matte foundation that feels soft on your skin and is a great budget-buy, you should probably try the Rimmel London Stay Matte Liquid Mousse Foundation. It's smooth, has medium coverage and blends really easily into your skin.

Broadway Nails imPRESS Press-On Manicure, $5.99 for colors / $7.99 for patterns

These fake nails are cute but unfortunately, they're too big for my own nails so I couldn't try them on. Feel free to tell me if you tried these and what you thought about the nails.

Pilot Acroball PureWhite$4.59 per 3-pack, $6.25 per 4-pack

I love great pens and this is - without a doubt - a beautiful pen. The Pilot Acroball PureWhite is a hybrid of a gel pen and ballpoint ink meaning that it has the vibrant color of a gel with the quick drying benefits of ballpoint ink. It writes incredibly smooth and is definitely a nice pen you should have in your bag.

Pilot Acroball Pure White Pen

Playtex Sport Fresh Balance$3.99 - $4.99

I'm not sure what exactly to say about these but they're priced well!

Red Rose REAL TEA Premium Water Enhancer$4.49

I'm not usually a fan of water enhancers. They're too sweet and taste funny. However, the Red Rose Real Tea Premium Water Enhancer actually makes my water taste like slightly sweetened black tea. If you like iced tea and are looking for a water enhancer that has no dye or coloring, try this.

Red Rose REAL TEA Water Enhancer

Check the other VoxBoxes from Influenster I've received and the products in them: Jolly VoxBox & the Varsity VoxBox.

Any products you see that you've tried? Let me know what you thought in the comments!

 

By | 2018-02-16T20:29:04+00:00 April 23rd, 2014|Categories: Lifestyle|Tags: , , , |2 Comments

5 Must-Haves from the Oh Joy! for Target Collection

5 must-haves from the Oh Joy! for Target collection




If you're in need of some party-perfect items or even just fun decor for your home, Target may just be your one-stop shop this year.

Target has partnered with three of Pinterest's most influential Pinners to create a series of limited-time-only party planning collections.

First on the list is Joy Cho, author of Oh Joy!. The collection launched online and in stores on March 16 and has been causing a frenzy ever since. Joy's collection is inspired by a modern garden party and includes just about everything from fun banners and sparkly party hats. Items in the collection range from $3 to $25.

In addition to Joy Cho, Jan Halvarson of Poppytalk and Kate Arends of Wit & Delight will launch their collections with Target in June and September, respectively.

Not sure what to grab from the collection? Here are 5 must-haves from the Oh Joy! for Target collection:

1. Hooray Banner, $5

Because having a "hooray" banner reminds you to always celebrate the little (and big) things.

2. Removable Decal Large Confetti Dots, $10 for 12-count

Having confetti is always a good thing, but having large confetti dot decals on your wall? It's like a party all the time!

Oh Joy! for Target

3. Salad Bowl, $15

A pretty scalloped-edge salad bowl should be on everyone's must-have list. You need a pretty bowl for your salad, fruit, popcorn, etc.

Oh Joy! for Target

4. Cutlery, $4 (30-ct) / Printed Napkins, $3 (20-ct) / Printed Rectangle Plates, $3 (10-ct)

Technically, these items may be three separate things, but I've grouped them into "party-ware." Impress your friends and family with paper plates, napkins, and cutlery in bright and happy colors.

Oh Joy! for Target

5. Goblet Cups, $4 (4-ct)

In addition to party-ware, you absolutely need some great cups that are fun and fool-proof.

Oh Joy! for Target



Photos courtesy of Target

Shop the full collection online or in stores. 

Have you shopped the collection yet? What are you favorite items?

By | 2018-02-16T20:29:13+00:00 March 28th, 2014|Categories: Lifestyle|Tags: , , |0 Comments