December Favorites

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The end of the year kind of snuck up on me, but here it is and it’s time for some favorites before the new year starts. I got a lot of beauty things for Christmas, and I’ve been testing out a lot of things this month, many of which have become my favorites.

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Benefit Erase Paste | Before I came home for Thanksgiving, I got some Sephora Collection concealer for my undereyes. It was okay, but the formulation was dry and it didn’t cover my deep bags as much as I wanted. On Christmas morning, there was a little sample size Erase Paste and ohmygod, it’s amazing. It has a thicker consistency and covers amazingly. I sweep a little setting powder over it and boom, no circles.

Benefit They’re Real! | This was a favorite last month and it still rings true. It doesn’t make my long lashes droop, and it makes them look a thousand times more full. Plus, my mini tube has lasted me three months now and is still kickin’.

Urban Decay Naked 3 | I caved and splurged on this before I came home for break and I have been in love ever since. My eyes are a greener brown color, so the rosy tints bring that out in them. They’re all incredibly pretty colors and I feel like I discover a new combination every day. Definitely worth it.

Urban Decay De-Slick Setting Spray | Another mini-size I found in my stocking (good work, mom!) was the setting spray from UD. (Can you tell I’m a Benefit and Urban Decay girl?). I had an e.l.f. setting spray that I wasn’t too sure about, but this one is simply amazing. My skin gets pretty oily midday, and sometimes my makeup wears off, but this is absolutely wonderful. It keeps my skin hydrated without looking oily, and it keeps my makeup on all day (or all night).

Revlon Brow Fantasy | I always considered myself to have full, dark eyebrows, but after a terrible mishap last month at the salon, a large chunk of my right brow was missing, and I knew it was time to start filling them. I wasn’t sure if I should go for gel or a pencil or a powder, and this duo offered the perfect solution. I can tame my brows and make them equal without overdoing it, and it was super inexpensive for the amount of product I got.

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Boots Expert Sensitive Hydrating Moisturizer | I flew home for this break and I didn’t feel like paying to check a bag, so I lightly packed one carry-on, and therefore, could not bring home any liquids, my moisturizer included. So the day I got home, I made the first of many Target runs, and picked up my essentials. I wanted to try a new, deeper moisturizer for the winter, but also wanted something inexpensive, so I grabbed this one on a limb. Turns out, it’s amazing. My skin has felt so soft since I started using it. I had read how high quality the Boots brand is, and I’m a serious convert now.

Neutrogena Microdermabrasion System | I asked for a Clarisonic-type facial cleanser for Christmas, but not as pricey (since I have a tendency to break everything I touch) and my mom delivered. It makes my skin unbelievably soft and smooth afterward and it just feels so nice. It’s amazing.

Philosophy Amazing Grace Shower Gel | A few Christmases ago, my mom got me a bottle of this body wash on a whim, and ever since, I have been in love with the Grace smell. I have the perfume at school, and my mom put a bottle of the body wash under the tree for me, and I couldn’t be happier. It’s just such a gentle, clean smell.

Old Navy Rockstar Jeans | I foolishly only brought home one pair of jeans, and after wearing them day after day, I knew it was time to go find another pair. We were at Old Navy, and I saw they were having a sale on jeans for $20, and I knew they were right. They have a great wash and an easy fit. I’ve worn them more than I’m willing to admit…

J. Crew Pixie Pants | I ordered these on Cyber Monday and since I’ve had them I’ve worn them more than 50% of the time. The fit is amazing. They look dressy or they look casual and they are so comfortable. I am seriously considering a pair in black ASAP.

J. Crew Camp Socks | My dad convinced me once years ago that the way to stay warm in  the winter is to wear warm socks, and ever since, all I’ve wanted is warm, wool socks for the winter months.  I wear them as often as possible and they are so comfy and warm, I never feel like I have enough.

Breaking Bad | I’m a little late to the party on this one, but this break, Andrew and I started watching Breaking Bad on Netflix and I am absolutely obsessed. It sucked me in and now I’m addicted and emotionally attached. It is amazing in all ways.

I’m sure I forgot things, but these are what I remember off the top of my head as amazing products from this month. I’m so excited for the New Year and to see what 2014 has for me.

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Ignoring

437666356ab2c28b2d541d2e8c165589One of my faults is that I tend to ignore things, acting like they’re little things when, in fact, they’re big things. When I start to feel hungry and ignore it and I end up getting ferociously hangry at everyone unlucky enough to be near me, or when I’m exhausted but there’s so many things I want to be doing and I ignore it and I crash or have a breakdown, or when a deadline is near and I don’t want to think about it and it sneaks up on me and totally crushes me. All bad things that happen way more often than they should.

Today all of those happened and I crashed and it made me realize that sometimes I have to stop shoving away the little voice in my head and really listen to her. Listen to her when she tells me I need to eat. Listen to her when she says I need to relax. And listen when she tells me Andrew’s going back to school soon and I should be aware, not just ignoring the fact that it’s going to happen.

I need to take care of myself. A lot of the time I get very caught up in what I should be doing and what my friends or family will think or what will make them happy that I forget to listen to myself and do what I know is going to make me happiest.

I also have a really sick fear of missing out (#FOMO) and I constantly find myself unable to say no to things, even when I know I’m getting burnt out. It gets worse when I’m home, because there are so many things I want to fit in while I’m here, and things like sleep and relaxing fall aside. But I decided that missing one night in order to regain control of myself and my emotions would be best for everyone, myself included.

After a good night sleep and a shower and some blog therapy, I will be more than ready for a full weekend and end to 2013 next week.

I feel better already.

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Merry Christmas

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It’s my most favorite holiday of the year: Christmas!! We don’t do anything on Christmas Day except open presents and lay around eating and napping. Pure perfection.

I hope everyone has a wonderful day with their families filled with love and happiness and food.

Also check out the perfect dress Andrew gave me for Christmas this year :)

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Blogmas #12&13: Christmas Fun

Christmas is in….four days!! Friday I started off my day snuggling the dogs on the couch. My absolute favorite.

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Then Andrew and I headed to Wegmans (#heaven) and bought the fixings for a gingerbread house. We were super excited to be festive together but constructing a gingerbread house was harder than it seemed.

the prep.

the prep.

construction

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success?!

success?!

failure.

failure.

Luckilly, Andrew’s Aunt helped us out and fixed it back up.

After that mess, we met our close friends at a bar in Irondequoit for a few pitchers. As always, it was so nice to see everyone and laugh and catch up and then laugh some more.

the boyz

the boyz

Today was an errand-running day, not much went on besides heading out to the Pittsford Plaza and shopping at the big Wegmans, Trader Joe’s and the liquor store. After I came home and warmed up, Andrew and I watched Christmas movies on ABC family with my parents and ate Chinese food. Just some good relaxing.

Blogmas #11: HOME!!

This is a little late but whatever, I flew home yesterday and I am so so happy to be here. I was worried, because Tuesday night it was incredibly gross and snowy and rainy and I was afraid my flight would be delayed, or worse, cancelled. But I woke up Wednesday morning to a completely clear sky.

clear skies outta NYC

clear skies outta NYC

My flight was at 11 so I got there around 9 and all I wanted was Dunkin. But LaGuardia only has airport type places so I had to get coffee from a shop without Splenda. Whateva.

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airport life.

I ended up landing around 1:00 and Andrew picked me up. We came back to my house for a while and hung out with Bridget, and a little later we headed to Andrew’s house to decorate his tree. So precious.

Andrew decorating the tree...

Andrew decorating the tree…

And then we just hung out for hours on the couch with my family and watched some TV and Netflix. So wonderful to be home.

And then I slept 12 hours. Oops.

Blogmas #10: Blah.

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I was really excited for today, but I think by the time it got here I was just super burnt out and exhausted and just ready to go home. It was the Wolf of Wall Street premiere and even though I was really excited for it (the movie is amazing) I just couldn’t wait to get out of there.

I was just cold and hungry and although I gave it everything I had and worked hard and made sure I was helping the right people as much as possible, I just wasn’t into it. I just really need to go home and lay on my couch with my dogs and see Andrew and just relax for a while.

I also don’t have tons of pictures from tonight because, as it turns out, taking pics is a little frowned upon, which I completely understand.

I also realized a frozen pizza I bought for dinner was gluten free, so that certainly didn’t help my mood after I made that tonight.

But tomorrow morning I’m flying home for around a month and I couldn’t be happier for the break. This semester killed me. I loved it, but it killed me.

Blogmas #9

Today was one of those days that I assumed the highlight would be getting cash back for my textbooks. It was a Monday, and I just really want to go home and sleep on the couch with my dogs for a few days and nothing on my schedule was exciting at all.

I had volunteered to check in an event tonight for Paramount, but at the time, it seemed like an inconvenience. After I took the subway in and held seats at the screening for people who weren’t going to show up, I heard that some of the cast and crew from Wolf of Wall Street were coming in after for a Q&A session. Which was exciting, but I wasn’t scheduled to work past six.

After the film started playing, my boss asked if anyone would want to stay and help out before the Q&A. I LOVED the movie the first time I saw it, and I knew Jonah Hill and Martin Scorsese were coming, so my hand was the first in the air. I sat through (most) of the film and then popped put just in time to go get Jonah Hill. And then my night was on the rise.

I got to hang out with my bosses and the talent while we waited for the screening to wrap up, and then I got to sit front row for the Q&A. It was amazing and not an opportunity I’d have any other time in my life.

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“it’s me! jonah hill, from money ball! americas sweetheart!”

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martin and jonah.

Tomorrow is my last day (only for the semester) and I’m going out with a bang at the Wolf premiere. Another amazing experience. I honestly couldn’t be more thankful and I just want to soak it all up while I can.

Blogmas #8: Anchorman

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I have been a lover of all comedy for as long as I can remember. I love Saturday Night Live like no one’s business, and I will watch any movie starring Paul Rudd, Jason Segal, Will Farrell, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler…. etc. I have idolized these people forever and when I realized that interning at Paramount would mean working the premiere of Anchorman 2, I almost died of excitement. And that was three months ago.

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all ready to go!

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and then I realized how cold it is

Today, Anchorman 2 premiered in New York, and I worked the event, on the red carpet. It was amazing in a million different ways and it just blew my mind. It was exciting and exhausting and I am unbelievably lucky to have had the opportunity. And I sneakily took a few pics…

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That’s right, Will Farrell. I died.

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James Marsden.

You might recognize him from when he played JFK in The Butler. Or where I recognized him from, 30 Rock, where he played Criss.

photo 5That beautiful carpet. WHICH I WALKED WITH JOSH LAWSON.

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Kristen Wiig.

Kristen Wiig is my actual idol. And there she is. Right in front of me. Looking stunning and like she should be my best friend.

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Bobby Moynihan!

Another SNL star that I’m actually Facebook friends with soooo…. But I love SNL and everything and this was just an exciting moment for me.


photo 4The marquee!

I’m just so thankful for this opportunity and so lucky to be able to do these kinds of things. I am beyond excited to do it all again Tuesday for Wolf of Wall Street, and then next semester, which I have the most amazing opportunity to be able to go back to Paramount. I just love my job and can’t believe how lucky I am.

Blogmas #6&7

I suck, I fell asleep Friday night early, and then all day Saturday I was puttering around the snowy snowy city. But Friday was a long day of work.

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working hard or hardly working?

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obviously watching YouTube vids

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and spent a thousand hours riding the subway

When I got back to my apartment, I was so tired I passed out after I ate. Saturday, I slept until one and then dragged myself out in the snow storm to the city…

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snowy city

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snowstorm attire

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a little snowy

I got my dad a present, and then bought myself the best treat ever:

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Urban Decay Naked 3! I had a $15.00 credit at Sephora if I spent more than $50, so I splurged and got it. It’s gorgeous.

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I wanted this so bad, and I just couldn’t do it. yet.

I wanted this llama sweater from J. Crew so bad but I couldn’t get myself to make the purchase. Yet.

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and then I had to find a headband because it was so cold and snowy

When I came back, me and Kaitie had quiet time in the apartment while I watched YouTube videos and she studied, and then our friends came over for pancakes and wine and Christmas movies.

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It was a wonderful way to hang out and relax with some friends before I get busy this week.

A Long Rambling Post

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Tonight while I was winding down I found myself falling down the YouTube rabbit hole, as I often do, and I started watching the Draw My Life tag videos. A lot of them were really kind of interesting and sad, but also so inspiring to see these girls who are living their dreams in LA that started by making YouTube videos in their rooms.

One thing I saw over and over again was the fact that almost all of the girls in the videos I watched had tough social situations throughout high school and college. They had a hard time fitting in and hitting their stride and had really tough friend situations that led them to YouTube. And then I was watching a Google hangout interview of Carly from The College Prepster by College Fashionista, and she kind of mirrored the same sentiment. That she started her blog when she was having the toughest time in her life and it brought her some of her highest highs.

These situations all really spoke to me because last year was one of the hardest years of my life. So much happened and I went through so much and it was hard. And now I’m here in my senior year, almost done with fall semester and I can feel things starting to fall into place. I’m not there yet but I can feel my world moving and shifting into something that I can really see myself loving.

One major thing I’ve struggled with, maybe my whole life, is how seriously I don’t take this early part of my life. Yes, I take school and work and internships very seriously, but I have always known deep in my heart that there are bigger things out there for me. High school was great and college was fun, but I know deep down that my life will start when I’m done with school.

This is something that has always separated me from a lot of my peers. I went to high school with people who still talk about how great it was. I know people who have graduated college and can’t seem to let it go, and I often feel like I might the only one who wasn’t obsessed with college and who is mostly ready to graduate and move on. Not that I’m going to leave all of my friends from Fordham or high school behind, but I’m ready to go. I’m ready to finally be the person I’ve been molding myself into all these years. I have worked so hard for twenty one years and it’s all so I can go out into this world and be who I’m meant to be and do big things.

While I know New York is a city for people with big dreams, I’m glad I’ve been given the opportunity to go elsewhere, to Atlanta. I like the idea of starting in a new city and meeting new people. I like the idea of being able to come in and just absolutely flourish. I am lost in New York. I am just like everyone else. I feel like I belong somewhere different and I am so excited to have the freedom to go.

I love Rochester and I love New York and I love everyone who I’ve met that has influenced me in any way. I’m so thankful for every single opportunity I’ve been given and it is unbelievably inspiring to see that there are other people on the Internet who felt the same way as I did and who have found their happiness and their place.

My roommate once asked me why I blog. It took me a while to think of answer, partly because I’m still very self conscious about my blog, and partly because I just really don’t know why I do it. But I realized I just really love having a place to be me and to vent and to not have to worry about people judging or caring. Blogging is one of my absolute favorite things and I feel like it has already showed me so much and taught me so much and given me so much (holla at making a friend in ATL before I even graduate) and has helped me through so much.

I’m not sure what this post ends up being about, but basically, I am excited for my future and to see how it all unfolds for me.

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