Happy September, everyone! I hope y’all have had a brilliant start to the semester, school year, or fall (?) season. (It’s still nowhere near fall in Texas.)
August was a major transition month for me as I completed my summer internship, came back to Texas from New York, moved into a new house in Austin, and started my last semester at The University of Texas. To put it simply: things are crazy around here and I have a feeling they will stay that way until I walk across that graduation stage in December (wait, what?). Sometimes I feel like I’ve been in college for five minutes and other times it feels like five years, but it seems all I have left to do is pass my courses and I guess, buy a cap and gown.
Anyway, I’m here to tell you all about my favorites from the last month of summer.
I’m a little late to the party but I’m obsessed with Hourglass Cosmetics. Working at Nordstrom I became friends with the Hourglass sales girl and started testing out the Hourglass primer samples… For months. 8 months to be exact (oops).
You apply primer to your face right after washing and right before applying any makeup. As your base, it literally sets the tone for your entire look. The Hourglass Veil primer is almost addictive: it smooths on effortlessly and feels light as a feather but mattifies and primes skin for smoother foundation application and long-wearing results. I will say that it’s pricy (even for a makeup junkie like myself) but I promise it’s worth every buck. Hands-down the best primer I’ve ever tried!
I will also mention that I tested out the infamous Baby Foot, or an “exfoliative” treatment that makes your feet “as smooth and soft as a baby’s foot.” While my feet are now comparable to the texture of an infant’s, the process is borderline horrendous — like the ‘I want to wear Nikes until this whole thing is over because the amount of skin coming off of my feet makes me look like a leper’ horrendous.
Basically, you wear these plastic booties full of liquid stuff for about an hour and then rinse your feet and go back to your regular life. It almost feels like the treatment didn’t do anything, but hold out. A week or so later, your feet will start to peel like molting snakes (apologies for the graphic comparison but it really is quite accurate) until your fresh, “baby foot” skin comes out from underneath. There is no pain and Baby Foot does yield impressive results. I think it’s worth the money, but be aware that the peeling is, in fact, excessive. Like if you’re in a new relationship, maybe don’t show him your feet during that week or two. (Trust me!)
During August I traveled across the country, boxed up my things and moved twice, and started the semester, so my staple wardrobe became a cotton tee and pair of cutoffs. Comfort is key, people! Though simple, relaxed, and basic, cutoffs give off that effortless cool-girl look. I’ve been accessorizing mine with dainty jewels to amp up the look when necessary.
I’ve recently taken advantage of those amazing sales at J.Crew Factory and found my favorite pair of shoes for fall: black suede tassel loafers. Sidenote: I (INSANELY) snatched up these cherry-red Chanel loafers at a street sale in New York City this summer, but I wanted a neutral pair that could transition well from fall to winter. And so? J.Crew Factory’s sale led me right to them — and they also come in blush suede!
Loafers are having a moment right now — see Gucci if you’re not convinced — and I love their versatility. Though perfect with a shirtdress or pencil skirt for work, don’t let their business background fool you. I know I’ll be throwing these on with ripped jeans and a feminine top (think off-the-shoulder) for lax outings, too.
With schedule changes and planning trips and school starting, I knew I needed to find an agenda that works for me. I’ve previously used larger notebook-style agendas but now realize I need something flexible that will fit in my purse or backpack without a serious decrease in writing space. Enter: May Designs!
Their notebooks have customizable covers and pages with a variety of fonts, emblems, and monogram styles. You can literally create your own notebook (from scratch!) based on what works for you — blank pages, dots, weekly or monthly calendars, etc. I went ahead and ordered the August 2016 to July 2017 just because. Oh and you can choose which color to feature on the inside — I picked pink.
Thanks so much for reading and I hope you enjoyed this post. As always, I love to hear what y’all have been loving this past month too. Let me know in the comments!