Thursday, July 31, 2014

Day 31: July Beauty Favorites

July has been the shittiest month of the year. My mom had to go to the emergency room on three separate occasions, and my dog died. So, yeah, I haven’t been using many beauty products. Here are the three that stood out.

Bumble and bumble Surf Spray: After quite a long time of blow drying my hair as straight as possible, I decided to leave it alone and let it do what it wants. The problem is that, while my ends are wavy, my roots like to hug my scalp like they’re a kindergartner clinging to Mommy on the first day of school. A few spritzes of this into wet hair, and I suddenly have volume! I love this stuff. You have to be careful not to use too much, or the hair will start to feel a little crispy.

Indeed Laboratories Hydraluron: To paraphrase Cartman, “this is the moisturizer you use before your moisturizer to make your moisturizer work better.” That’s literally what it does. It’s a hyaluronic acid serum — hyaluronic acid, according to Indeed Labs, “holds up to 1,000 times its weight in water… for better hydrated, moisture nourished, plumped up skin” — that does precisely what it claims to do. The dry, flaky patches I used to get around my nose are a thing of the past thanks to this stuff.

Nivea A Kiss of Milk & Honey Soothing Lip Care: I go through lip balm like nobody’s business, and while I have tried a few pricey balms, I always go back to Nivea when I need a new one. They work every bit as well as Fresh’s uber-expensive tubes ($21 for a lip balm? Ain’t nobody got time for that!) for a fraction of the price.  

So those are my favorites for July. I'll be back with my non-beauty favorites when normal M-F blogging resumes Monday. This has been a challenging challenge, but I've appreciated having something to take my mind off of the stress and sadness. 

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Day 30: Bright

The challenge is almost over, and this has been one of the most challenging days yet. I was stumped for a solid ten minutes before I remembered this song. So here you go. It fits! Just barely, but it does. 

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Day 29: Candles

Literally the only reason I narrowed this list down to my top three is because we’re about to go to dinner as I’m writing this, and dinner trumps discussing my love of candles, no matter how delicious they smell. My three favorites are all from Yankee Candle. I have others I really do love, but I’ve repurchased these three numerous times and will continue to do so.

1.) Balsam and Cedar: I first discovered this one in the after-Christmas sale bin at Books-A-Million for a whopping five dollars. It smells lovely in the jar, but when it burns, it fills your entire house with a warm, wintery smell. I burn this every year around Christmastime, and it always makes me happy.

2.) Red Velvet: My favorite cake of all time is red velvet, so when I saw this online, I knew I would love it. I’ve burned through three or four of these, and I always buy a new one when I start to run low. It’s perfect for any time of year, day or night. It’s sweet without being overpowering, and it reminds me of happy times.

3.) Strawberry Buttercream: This might be the most amazing of the bunch. I adore them all, but this one is loved by even those who just don’t get candles. I first purchased it in summer a few years ago, so it’s a summer candle in my mind. It smells exactly like the name. It’s sweet, refreshing, and long-lasting.

So, fellow candle-fiends, any suggestions?

Monday, July 28, 2014

Day 28: Happiness Is...

As I pre-wrote yesterday’s post a few days ago, I had no idea the significance that would become attached to eleven o’clock on July 27. Then our dog died at eleven. 

I had this post pre-written and archived, too, but I deleted it because now it’s the most fitting tribute I could give to the sweetest, most wonderful dog I have ever known. 

We found Maia wandering the streets twelve years ago. We figured she was a year or two at the time, but she could have been as old as five. She cowered in fear at first, but once we opened the car door, she leapt in and wagged her goofy, curly tail. We named her Maia (other family members spell it Maya) after the goddess of spring. 

She was also known as Puppy-Wuppy-Doodle, Dingo Doodle, Mooing Puppy, Maia Moose, Moosey-Moo, Mooseley, and even… Mussolini. 

She loved everyone. She cuddled her cat brothers and sisters every bit as much as her doggy siblings. Her favorite food was bacon, and no one in the house was allowed to hug without hugging her. Not that we ever wanted to, because Maia hugged back

Maia never snapped or snarled. She never ate anyone’s expensive shoes or made a mess on the floor. She never chased one of the cats or growled at one of the neighborhood kids when they dropped by with Girl Scout cookies. When I was sick, she slept outside my door and made her sweet, mooing sound to let me know she was there.

My heart is broken now, and I’m crying for the umpteenth time today while writing this, but today’s topic was “happiness is…” And happiness is watching your sweet puppy snuggle her cat. Happiness is when the chihuahua drapes himself over her back to sleep. Happiness is being in an awful mood and having her trot over for a hug at just the right time.

Those are happy moments I can only experience in memory now, but I’ll cherish them forever. 

I love you, Maia. You enriched the last twelve years of my life so much. You’ll always be my mooing puppy. 

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Day 27: 11 O'Clock

Eleven o’clock? What kind of a challenge is that? But that’s what it is. Okay… So here’s a clock. I don’t even… 

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Day 26: Bold Lips

This is one of those challenges I’d usually bust out the selfie game for, but... Not today. I have severely chapped lips, and the thought of applying anything other than the most hydrating lip balm makes me want to cry, so I’m using a few lovely ladies to demonstrate. 

I’ve mentioned before that my grandmother’s cure-all for the blues was coffee, chocolate, and a dash of red lipstick. It’s a philosophy I strongly endorse, but many gals who, like me, weren’t blessed with Scarlett Johansson's lips tend to shy away from bold color. 


Color looks good on everyone. Don’t believe me? Just have a look.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Day 25: Mask

Today’s challenge couldn’t have come at a better time. My skin has been breaking out like mad recently and was definitely due for a thorough detox. Enter Ren’s Invisible Pores Detox Mask. It’s a clay mask, so it’s one you glop on your face and let dry. See how attractive!

Unlike some clay masks, it doesn’t actually dry out your skin. It gets down there and removes the guck from your pores. It doesn’t quite make them invisible — does anything? — but it helps a lot. It doesn’t aggravate active blemishes, either, which is also a plus. It’s absolutely a product I will repurchase when I’m out of it… and I almost am.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Throwback Thursday

Throwback Thursday, or TBT, is one of those things I’ve just kinda… never done before until this challenge. May I present to you one of my favorite books as a small child, Bunnicula! 

And to make it more TBT-y, this picture was taken back in 2010 when I worked at the UGA bookstore. 

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Day 23: Something New

My newest new item is so new I don’t even have it yet! (There were several more items in my shopping cart at F21, but I chose the most interesting. Who cares about cardigans?) It’s this sleep shirt. 

Has there ever been a more me piece of clothing in existence? I don’t think so. The only thing that could be more perfect is a shirt that says, “Earl Grey Tea is my homie, lover, and friend.” 

Think that line sounds familiar? You’re right. It’s from the Akon song Right Now (Na Na Na) from his 2008 album Freedom. Now I’m going to have some coffee, check the door for my order, and listen to some Akon. (Psst, go give it a listen. It's super-catchy!)

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Day 22: Something Old...

I have plenty of older things I could have chosen for today’s entry, but I went with something I wear daily because of it’s sentimental value. This ring was once my gran’s — rose gold, originally with a ruby stone, but it was lost and replaced with garnet — and was passed to my aunt, who gave it to me.

It has more value to me than a ten carat diamond ever could because of the familial connection. Call me a sentimentalist, but there you go. What are your most sentimental treasures?

Monday, July 21, 2014

Day 21: Nails of the Day

I started the day off wearing one nail polish, Deborah Lippmann’s Happy Birthday, but before I could photograph it, catastrophe struck. While changing shirts, one of the glitter particles snagged on the fabric and peeled the entire layer right off my nail. And, yes, I was wearing a topcoat. Look how pretty! Too bad it's evil.

While that peeled right off, the rest of the glitter was a bitch to remove. It took me thirty minutes to take it off. Thirty. Minutes. To remove nail polish.

So I ended the day with OPI’s Moonraker from the Skyfall collection. The Lippmann polish is absolutely gorgeous, but when it’s so difficult to remove — and peels off if the glitter catches on something — I don’t know if I’ll be able to use it for more than just decorative dots or an accent nail. 

You fail, Lippmann. OPI, as always, you rule. 

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Day 20: What's In My Shower?

Today I’m giving you a glimpse into my bathroom, or more specifically, my shower. This is because my bathroom is a bit of a mess at a moment. Eek! I’ll fix it, I swear. On my current rotation, I have:

John Frieda Full Repair Conditioner: I’ve heard rave reviews. I hate it. It leaves my hair feeling dry and brittle, and it’s ten times more tangly than usually is. I don’t see how this works for other people. It’s just… no.

Philosophy The Microdelivery Exfoliating Wash: I can’t use it on my face, but it makes an amazing exfoliator for preventing those pesky zits that pop up now and again on the body.

Phyto Phytojoba Mask: This is the stuff I’ve been using to rescue my hair from the John Frieda conditioner. It works like a charm, replenishes moisture, and never weighs down the hair in spite of his hydrating qualities.

Korres Sensitive Skin Face and Body Wash: Again, I don’t use it on my face, but it makes a great body wash. It has a nice, herbal smell I love but might not be for everyone. 

Origins Incredible Spreadable Smoothing Ginger Body Scrub: I love this stuff! It’s gentle but definitely does the job. It’s the best scrub I’ve ever tried. Granted, I haven’t tried many, but I stand by my assessment.

Pantene Expert Collection AgeDefy Shampoo: After making my favorites list at least once — possibly twice; I can’t remember — I’m still using this almost every time I wash my hair. It’s so lovely, nourishing without being greasy, and it smells amazing.

Tin Roof Perfect Tin: Yes, beer. It tastes foul, but I use it as a rinse. The vitamins and minerals found in a good, old fashioned brewski are amazing for the hair. It really adds shine. 

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Day 19: Fun with Face Charts

Due to the horrific state of my face, I decided to do my face chart in a decidedly unorthodox manner — using Photoshop. I used the eyedropper tool to swatch the colors for an approximation of what the overall look would turn out like. It was actually a lot of fun!

Hair: Redken Color Gels in 7RO Marigold

Face: NARS Sheer Matte Siberia

Eyes: Revlon Sea Mist

Lips: L’Oréal Collection Privée Julianne’s Nude

Cheeks: Dior Rosy Glow

So... how'd I do with my five minutes of time in Photoshop?  

Friday, July 18, 2014

Day 18: Smokey Eye

On day eighteen of the challenge, I am ready to pull my hair out because I’m totally incapable of photographing a smokey eye look. Why?

Oh, no reason. Just my face. Zits everywhere, even in my eyebrow. Yup. But I digress, and who knows? I may end up doing a full face tomorrow when the challenge is to recreate a face chart! Until then, I leave you with my last full-on smokey/bright eye… which happened back in April. Wow. I’ve just been slapping on some mascara and calling it done lately. It’s too hot for anything else. 

I remember exactly what makeup I had on because this was the first time I tried the NARS primer, and it wowed me by staying on roughly twelve hours without creasing. It was one of the colors from the Kat Von D Poetica palette, my NYX Skinny Marker liner, and Maybelline’s The Rocket mascara.

Looking at the picture now, I see some fallout, ack! Also, please ignore my brows. This was when I was starting to grow them out, and I hadn’t darkened them in ages. They are there. They’re just… blah. What's your go-to smokey eye?

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Day 17: Tales of a Wardrobe Wuss

As I was trolling F21 in search of a simple, black cardigan to wear to my cousin’s wedding this September, I found an image that is pretty much the most perfect glimpse into my wardrobe. (Please ignore the fact that my wardrobe was lacking a black cardigan until five minutes ago when I clicked the “complete order” button. Mine died a tragic death, and I’m only now replacing it…)

Erm, where were we? 

Right! My typical outfit is a pair of dark wash jeans, a t-shirt (long or short-sleeved, but usually long because I’m cold-natured), my trusty gray cardigan — yes, even in summer! — and either sneakers or ballet flats. 

I’m not fancy. I can (and do) dress up when it’s called for, but when I get dressed for the day, I’m honestly thinking more along the lines of, “will I care if two 100+ pound dogs wallow all over these clothes?” rather than, “do I look date-worthy in this?”

That’s probably why I’m single. ;)

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Day 16: Lipgloss

My skin is in a sad, sorry state right now. It’s bright red and inflamed, especially around my mouth, so I’m gonna be skipping any swatches today… and probably for the next few days, too. For reals, my face hurts like a bitch.

Anyway! Lip gloss is something I haven’t worn much of lately. I wore it more often when my hair was short, but now that it’s growing, I hate dealing with picking hair off my lips and having the gloss smear all over my face. Not attractive!

The Maybelline Color Sensational Cream Gloss in Coffee Kiss* is totally worth the risk of hair-in-lipgloss issues. It’s a warm, shimmery nude, and it doesn’t actually feel that sticky on the lips! It’s definitely my go-to lip gloss these days. What’s yours?

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Day 15: Black/White

Black and white are two of my favorite colors, and as infrequently as I wear them, I love the look of high heels. If I had the money and the willingness to walk in heels frequently, I would totally buy these. They’re so gorgeous. Damn you, Net-A-Porter!

Monday, July 14, 2014

Day 14: Face of the Day

I’ve broken out like crazy, probably from stress and a three-day migraine, so here’s today’s face of the day!

Yeah, that bad. Okay, so not really, but it feels that way. It’s one of those days I don’t feel like putting anything on my face because it’s so sore. 

Any tips?

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Day 13: Top Three Blogs

It looks like I left this post sitting in drafts! Oops! A little later than normal, but today’s theme is “favorite three blogs.” It was hard enough narrowing it down to three, so I’m glad I didn’t have to choose just one! 

1.) ghostparties: In addition to having a similar aesthetic and build to mine, which makes Kate’s style posts kind of like having someone try on different clothes so I don’t have to, her taste in music is awesome. Kate introduced me to one of my current favorite bands, Bombay Bicycle Club, so she can definitely be relied on for music recommendations. To top it off, we also have the same skin type, meaning I can always trust products she swears by. 

2.) KPsays: Karen, a fellow Georgia gal, is one of the loveliest bloggers out there. She’s sweet and friendly, and her reviews are always honest. If something sucks, no matter how popular it is, she’s going to be upfront and tell us that it sucks. That kind of integrity can be sadly lacking in the blogosphere, and it’s one of the traits that makes her a standout in the community. 

3.) LetzMakeupBlog: Kinda girly, kinda goth, and heavily tattooed, Shiv is a breath of fresh air in the world of blogging. She doesn’t have the overdone long, ombre hair and stiletto acrylic nails worn by far too many these days. She says what she means, and she says it with humor and a touch of the Irish self-deprecation. You’ll find in depth reviews and lots of pretty swatches up on her blog, so it’s always a must-read.

What are your favorites?

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Day 12: Matchy-Matchy, Minimalist Style

Minimalism is totally my thing. I admire girls who can pile on layers and pull off that effortless, bohemian aesthetic, but it just doesn’t work for me. I favor simple pieces with unusual details and accessories that add interest. I found the perfect example on J.Crew's website.

The laser-cut sleeves of this blouse keep it from looking too boxy, while the casually cuffed jeans and gladiator sandals ensure the top doesn’t look too precious. Add a bright clutch and messy hair, and it’s the perfect look for summer. 

Friday, July 11, 2014

Day 11: Flirty Florals

I’m not a massive fan of florals. I’m only five feet tall, and one of the nurses at the hospital mistook me for seventeen or eighteen, so I feel even more childlike wearing anything frilly, floral, or cutesy. This stunner from Anthropologie could be the exception to the rule. Even better? It’s on sale!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Day 10: The Eyes Have It

This post was partially brought to you from the hospital, as my mom ended up back in the emergency room. Thankfully, this time it was due to dehydration. There were no heart problems at all. No, I’m not a heartless bitch for writing a blog entry on my phone; I needed something to distract me while she napped during our wait. 

Today’s theme is “emphasis on the eyes,” and I’ve got three must-haves to brag about. First up, my absolute favorite.

1.) NARS Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base: This is my holy grail eyeshadow primer. I have actually given away my other primers because nothing works as well as this does. When I need my eyeshadow to last for longer than two hours, this is the only thing I can count on. The consistency is really weird. It feels kind of like Elmer’s glue when you spread it over the lid, and it’s almost tacky even once it’s dried down enough to apply shadow. I suspect that’s the magic behind it. If you can own only one primer, it should be this one.

2.) Rimmel Glam Eyes Quad in Afternoon Tea*: I got this quad as a gift with purchase many moons ago, used it a few times, shoved it in a drawer, and forgot it was there. The morning I had to go the DMV rolled around, and my epic scrambling for makeup — I forgot to pack eyeshadow — began. I located this little quad, slapped some on, and I was really impressed by the color payoff! Not only that, but the shadows feel buttery soft, not at all chalky like some inexpensive eyeshadows. I can’t believe I forgot this little beauty here. I highly recommend Rimmel.

3.) Max Factor 2000 Calorie Mascara Waterproof*: For some stupid reason, you can’t find Max Factor in drugstores in America anymore. I remembered this being my absolute favorite mascara back in 2002, when Max Factor was widely available here, and asked a British friend to send me one in exchange for an impossible-to-find-in-the-UK pressie. Yeah, it’s still my favorite. This stuff endured my sob-fest last week when my mom was admitted to the ER. It survived the hundreds of times I wiped my eyes. It never budged. Best. Mascara. Ever. Plus, I just found it on Amazon! 

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Day 9: Pastel Picks

Pasty gal that I am, wearing pastels isn’t something I can get away with. I drool over pale peachy shades and mint green, but if I wear them near my face, I instantly look like a corpse. This is a problem no amount of blush can counteract. 

My solution is to wear pastels on the bottom half. These adorable shoes from Zara are the most gorgeous shade of blue, and they’re on sale. I think I may need them since I actually don’t own any sandals. And I live in the south. Kind of dumb, huh?

Oddly enough, I can wear creams and whites, so this peaches and cream dress from Forever 21 will soon find its way into my closet. It’s just so pretty, and I don’t have many dresses, either. 

Jeans are an item I have plenty of, but… these, also from Forever 21, are lavender. And polka dotted. I may not need them, but I really, really love them.

What are your favorite pastels?

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Day 8: For the Feet

Being short means society thinks I should wear high heels. Being a spaz means I’ve broken both feet multiple times and can’t wear them comfortably. My solution has been to live in boots, ballet flats, and sneakers when my feet can’t abide anything but comfort, but then something remarkable happened in the fashion world: wearing sneakers became trendy. 

Finally, I can wear my Nikes with my skirts and dresses, and instead of being seen as the kooky one with zero fashion sense, I’m suddenly fashion-forward because I’ve been rocking the trend before it was a trend. 

My current favorites are my Lucky Brand Emmie flats and my Nike Free 5.0 TR sneakers. What shoes are you obsessed with?

Monday, July 7, 2014

Day 7: Inspired By... Audrey

When it comes to inspiration, it’s hard for me to choose just one person and say, “This lone individual is my main source of inspiration.” But if I had to choose one, I’d have to go with Audrey Hepburn. 
Known for her charity work as much as her sylphlike beauty, Audrey is still a relevant style icon today. Her look was never fussy, over-accessorized, or tacky. Some might call her style boring; I prefer to call it simple. We couldn’t be more different in build — she was taller and slim; I’m short and curvy — but that’s what’s fantastic about her fashion sense. It works for everyone.

Flowing, bohemian gowns may suit the likes of Nicole Richie, but I prefer easy, streamlined pieces that never go out of style. If only the weather would cool off so I could break out my black turtlenecks… 

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Day 6: Glow, A Haircut Story

After being utterly terrified due to my mom being hospitalized, I’m happy to report that she feels normal again, if a bit drained from the ordeal. We had lunch with some friends, tooled around town, and I went to get my hair fixed by Martha at Salon Disegno. 

Though I typically straighten it, my hair is naturally quite wavy. It’s July. I live in the south. The last thing I want to do is fool around with heat styling. My only stipulation when I went in was that I wanted my new style to work with my natural texture. 

Before… (Apologies for the bitchface, but wouldn’t you look pissed with that lank mess on your head? And, yeah, totally using the backlighting to make this count as my "glow" entry!)


Sorry for spamming you lot with my face, but I think she accomplished it! I will probably straighten it on occasion — old habits die hard — but it looks so cute wavy that I won’t be doing it often. Less heat, less time, less damage to my hair. I call that a win-win.

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Day 5: What I Wore

I hope everyone Stateside had a happy 4th! Mine was great because my mom got released from the hospital and is doing much better. I was tinkering with my phone playing games and was trying to photograph a hilarious scene in NCIS (which came out too blurry) when I remembered the photo challenge and went to see what the next challenge was. “What I Wore.” Ha!

My OOTD (outfit of the day) features: ratty blue hospital blankets provided by the sweet nurse because hospitals are cold! Baggy hoodie! Ancient beret! T-shirt! Oh, and let us not forget the deathly pallor and massively puffy eyes from not sleeping and crying all night!

In short, I look like utter death. That’s what I wore yesterday to celebrate Independence Day. Could be worse, right? I could look like this guy…

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Day 4: Red, White, And/Or Blue + Hospital-Induced Terror!

Yesterday turned out to be an utter disaster. After the DMV, I ended up going to the hospital because my mom had low potassium, magnesium, and almost passed out. I’m writing this at midnight, so she’s still hooked up to yucky IVs, but she’s supposed to come home later. Fingers crossed. 

The only thing that really made me smile today was this picture, forwarded to me by an English friend. It’s pretty damn funny, I have to admit.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

July Challenge Day 3: Outside

We’re back in Atlanta! Today’s theme was “outside.” Seeing as how I spent the day in the car, I took a picture of the outside… from the inside. I’d love to excel at experimental photography, but I’m a novice at best. One day… 

Anyway, that’s all for now. It was a long, exhausting day, and I have another long, exhausting day ahead of me tomorrow (or later today, as it’s the wee hours as I’m writing this). But! I’m getting my hair done, so that will be fun. I also have to go to the DMV. Not fun. Not fun at all. 

Late Start On a Photo-a-Day Challenge, Blog-Style

I found out about Super Gorgeous Blog’s July Photo-A-Day challenge from Karen, and I figured I would adapt it to my blog, not just Instagram! I’m starting a day late, whoops! Day 1 should have been June Favorites, but I’ve already posted those. In the interest of being honest (and not confusing anyone when my numbering is off from theirs), I’ll start on Day 2: The 5-Minute Face.

Let’s just pretend I’m about to do my hair and go somewhere! In reality, I was letting a deep conditioning mask soak in before my shower when I took this picture. How glam! 

I focus on my skin when I don’t have much time to get ready. I figure if my skin looks good, I’ll at least look passable. Let’s also pretend I’ve washed my face, moisturized, and let some sunscreen sink in. Okay, onward! Six products, five minutes.

Step One: Laura Mercier Oil-Free Tinted Moisturizer in Porcelain. This does have an SPF, but it’s not enough for the bright summer sun. It has good coverage, but it’s not heavy or cakey, a must for hot weather. Apply this all over the face.

Step Two: NARS Concealer in Chantilly. This is one of the best concealers for spots I have ever found. I use the tip of my finger to gather the product and pat it on instead of touching the stick to the pimple. That’s just so gross. 

Step Three: Rimmel Blush in Santa Rose. I currently resemble one of the vampires in Underworld, so a light dusting of this muted peachy-pink blush is an absolute must. 

Step Four: Kevyn Aucoin Lash Curlers. I never understood the big deal about curling your lashes until I tried this pair. It really does make a huge difference.

Step Five: Essence Big Lashes Waterproof Mascara. Have I mentioned that it’s hotter than Satan’s armpit right now? Because waterproof mascara is a necessity here. This cheapie, found at Ulta for under four bucks, works just as well as some of the high end mascaras I’ve tried. I’m a convert!

Step Six: Revlon Lipstick in Cherries in the Snow. My grandmother was a huge influence on me beauty-wise. She always wore bright red lipstick, and even when she had on no other makeup, she always looked polished. When I’m in a rush, I either go for clear lip balm or, if I want to look like I made an effort, red lipstick. I unearthed this in the back of my makeup drawer the last time I was in Atlanta and gleefully brought it back with me. 

So that’s my five minute face. Show me yours. 

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Tag! You're It!

I found this tag over on Natalee’s blog, and since she tagged all readers to do it, I figured I would!

1.) What is your favorite season and why? Autumn! Halloween is my favorite holiday. I love the legends. I love scary movies. I just love it. Then we have Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s Eve… It’s just such a fun, festive time of year. 

2.) If money were no object, where would you travel, and why? Back to Washington, DC! If money were no object, I would just pick up and move there. It’s my favorite city. The energy of the place is just incredible. I’d also love to see Prague and Istanbul. 

3.) What is your favorite TV series? Eep! This is a tough one for me. There are so many I love! My current favorite is The Bridge, so I’ll go with that one.

4.) Coffee or tea? I have to choose?! I love both ridiculous amounts. Tea… but just barely. 

5.) What makes you happiest? The little things like when one of the kitties comes over and flops on my lap. Giving someone a gift that makes them freak out and squeal. That first smell of autumn — you know the one. 

6.) What three things can’t you leave the house without? My iPhone, sunglasses, and wallet. 

7.) What is your favorite topic to blog about? Definitely skincare. I’ve struggled with my skin since I was a teenager, so I’ve tested a lot of different things. I love getting e-mails from girls who say, “I remembered reading something about this cleanser in one of your posts, so I tried it, and it works!” That makes me so happy.

8.) If you could be any animal, what would you be? A dragon! More realistically, I’d like to switch lives with my cat Teeny. 

9.) What is your favorite music to listen to? Okay, so these questions are harder than I thought. It depends on my mood. I literally have everything from rap to Beethoven on my playlists. I recently discovered Panic at the Disco (thanks, Chelsea!), so I’m listening to them a lot lately. 

10.) What is your favorite procrastination activity? Definitely reading. I love to read. The problem is that I will read when I should be working. Oops?

So that’s the tag. I tag anyone who wants to fill this out. Link me back to your blogs when you do!