In the midst of my two classes and my new internship I got to attend the Whole Foods KC Pre-Opening Party with my best friend Victoria. Its always such a blessing when my real world and my blogging world get to meet and I'm able to bring my friends to these events. The new Whole Foods is located right by UMKC at at 301 E 51st St. I will admit that I am an avid Whole Foods visitor. Although I don't really shop for groceries there (I don't have much time to shop for groceries at all anymore). I am constantly visiting Whole Foods to browse. This Whole Foods is huge (48,200 square-feet) with a Fountain Room, coffee bar (my personal fave is a iced matcha latte with vanilla syrup), and seafood bar. There also is a deli, unlike the other two Whole Foods locations (Olathe and South Overland Park). I didn't see any Amazon lockers which was surprising. I'll have to ask Alexa about it. Just the other day I picked up some handmade peppermint soap for $2 at Whole Foods! Top that Marshalls?!

Photo by Namtreezy
 
Photo by Namtreezy
Somewhere in between all the busyness these past couple months I feel like I've lost sight of the big picture. My goal for 2018 was to live a life of intentional gratitude. Trying to slow down when it feels like there are so little hours in the day has been challenging. I feel like overall I've never been more grateful, but trying to keep my mindset where my heart is with so many deadlines has been rough. However, life has a funny way of reminding us what our priorities are. Nevertheless I'm re-framing my narrative and trying to live out my goal. I've been meditating and talking to friends about the stress and anxiety of life which has definitely taken some of the pressure off. So if you've wondered why the blog has felt a little distant its because it has definitely been on the back burner. I'm on my last couple weeks of summer classes and feeling grateful to almost have completed 5 graduate classes. I'm not sure how to conclude this post but I'll be back to the blog soon, rejuvenated, and smiling as if all of those boxes of La Croix are mine. P.S. how cute are these photos of Victoria and I?!

Wearing: Dress - J. Crew (sold out but similar), bag - Marc by Marc Jacobs Ligero, watch - Marc by Marc Jacobs

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Whole Foods KC Meets JMC

June 22, 2018

In the midst of my two classes and my new internship I got to attend the Whole Foods KC Pre-Opening Party with my best friend Victoria. Its always such a blessing when my real world and my blogging world get to meet and I'm able to bring my friends to these events. The new Whole Foods is located right by UMKC at at 301 E 51st St. I will admit that I am an avid Whole Foods visitor. Although I don't really shop for groceries there (I don't have much time to shop for groceries at all anymore). I am constantly visiting Whole Foods to browse. This Whole Foods is huge (48,200 square-feet) with a Fountain Room, coffee bar (my personal fave is a iced matcha latte with vanilla syrup), and seafood bar. There also is a deli, unlike the other two Whole Foods locations (Olathe and South Overland Park). I didn't see any Amazon lockers which was surprising. I'll have to ask Alexa about it. Just the other day I picked up some handmade peppermint soap for $2 at Whole Foods! Top that Marshalls?!

Photo by Namtreezy
 
Photo by Namtreezy
Somewhere in between all the busyness these past couple months I feel like I've lost sight of the big picture. My goal for 2018 was to live a life of intentional gratitude. Trying to slow down when it feels like there are so little hours in the day has been challenging. I feel like overall I've never been more grateful, but trying to keep my mindset where my heart is with so many deadlines has been rough. However, life has a funny way of reminding us what our priorities are. Nevertheless I'm re-framing my narrative and trying to live out my goal. I've been meditating and talking to friends about the stress and anxiety of life which has definitely taken some of the pressure off. So if you've wondered why the blog has felt a little distant its because it has definitely been on the back burner. I'm on my last couple weeks of summer classes and feeling grateful to almost have completed 5 graduate classes. I'm not sure how to conclude this post but I'll be back to the blog soon, rejuvenated, and smiling as if all of those boxes of La Croix are mine. P.S. how cute are these photos of Victoria and I?!

Wearing: Dress - J. Crew (sold out but similar), bag - Marc by Marc Jacobs Ligero, watch - Marc by Marc Jacobs

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A few summers ago when I was still in undergrad and interning for Anthropologie I helped with a window display where we showcased this dress.

I thought the dress was beautiful and very unique. I wasn't sure if it was exactly me as I don't own anything in orange nor do I think I ever have, but I always had it in the back of my mind. Thinking about it from time to time when I'd reminisce on my intern days there although I think the candles make me feel the most nostalgic.
Over Christmas I started looking for something new to wear to a wedding in June. I ended up finding this dress for $30 originally retailing for $168?! It ended up completely missing a strap (thus why it was so cheap), but my Mom got it for me as a Christmas present and ended up fixing it for me too (thanks Mom).

This dress just makes me happy! Its so fun to just twirl around in and very comfortable! I think I'd add a necklace to this dress and change my lip color to something more bold, maybe a fuchsia!
I struggle finding the right shoes for this dress. I really am going for the full on Carrie Bradshaw look. I found a great J. Crew and Charlotte Olympia pair but they were just too pricey and I couldn't see myself wearing them with anything else. In terms of a handbag I found myself wearing this dress with my wicker bag but a clutch would work as well.
In terms of makeup here I played it pretty safe here. I'm wearing KVD's Shade + Light palette (an essential for anyone's makeup bag. Nevertheless, I did wear some NYX glitter brillants (pressed glitter & my new favorite thing) I found from Marshalls in a copper shade with this dress and I think that was a fun way of spicing it up.
Its sweltering here in Kansas City. Seems like one of the hottest summers we've had in while to be honest. I've been buzzing like a bee over here trying to finish my summer classes and take my weekly Marshalls pilgrimage. It has been challenging, but I'm really loving my new job and the people who I work with. I'll see y'all in July!

Wearing: Dress - Anthropologie (sold out but here's one I love), shoes - Something Blue by Betsey Johnson (sold out but similar), lips - NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Cannes

Photos by LFTM Photography, give Audley a follow here!

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Tangerine Daydreams

June 9, 2018

A few summers ago when I was still in undergrad and interning for Anthropologie I helped with a window display where we showcased this dress.

I thought the dress was beautiful and very unique. I wasn't sure if it was exactly me as I don't own anything in orange nor do I think I ever have, but I always had it in the back of my mind. Thinking about it from time to time when I'd reminisce on my intern days there although I think the candles make me feel the most nostalgic.
Over Christmas I started looking for something new to wear to a wedding in June. I ended up finding this dress for $30 originally retailing for $168?! It ended up completely missing a strap (thus why it was so cheap), but my Mom got it for me as a Christmas present and ended up fixing it for me too (thanks Mom).

This dress just makes me happy! Its so fun to just twirl around in and very comfortable! I think I'd add a necklace to this dress and change my lip color to something more bold, maybe a fuchsia!
I struggle finding the right shoes for this dress. I really am going for the full on Carrie Bradshaw look. I found a great J. Crew and Charlotte Olympia pair but they were just too pricey and I couldn't see myself wearing them with anything else. In terms of a handbag I found myself wearing this dress with my wicker bag but a clutch would work as well.
In terms of makeup here I played it pretty safe here. I'm wearing KVD's Shade + Light palette (an essential for anyone's makeup bag. Nevertheless, I did wear some NYX glitter brillants (pressed glitter & my new favorite thing) I found from Marshalls in a copper shade with this dress and I think that was a fun way of spicing it up.
Its sweltering here in Kansas City. Seems like one of the hottest summers we've had in while to be honest. I've been buzzing like a bee over here trying to finish my summer classes and take my weekly Marshalls pilgrimage. It has been challenging, but I'm really loving my new job and the people who I work with. I'll see y'all in July!

Wearing: Dress - Anthropologie (sold out but here's one I love), shoes - Something Blue by Betsey Johnson (sold out but similar), lips - NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Cannes

Photos by LFTM Photography, give Audley a follow here!

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I feel like it has been so long since I've written a Sephora Play review. With two grad school classes and a full time internship I haven't had a lot of spare time to be able to sit down and really pour my thoughts about this past past month's Sephora Play products. But I'm here now and ready to cover some ground!

April Sephora Play 2018 Review

June 3, 2018

I feel like it has been so long since I've written a Sephora Play review. With two grad school classes and a full time internship I haven't had a lot of spare time to be able to sit down and really pour my thoughts about this past past month's Sephora Play products. But I'm here now and ready to cover some ground!
Last spring when the Victoria Beckham for Target collection dropped I wanted this Blue Stripe Poplin Gathered Waist Dress, but I wasn't sure. I had never owned a piece of clothing with this unique type of sleeve and I had already ordered two pieces  rom the collection going on three. Which left me feeling undecided whether I needed a fourth piece from the collection especially when I own 0 stripes.

Stripe a Pose

May 17, 2018

Last spring when the Victoria Beckham for Target collection dropped I wanted this Blue Stripe Poplin Gathered Waist Dress, but I wasn't sure. I had never owned a piece of clothing with this unique type of sleeve and I had already ordered two pieces  rom the collection going on three. Which left me feeling undecided whether I needed a fourth piece from the collection especially when I own 0 stripes.

Initially I had a hard time with the the one shoulder trend. There were so many variations of tops it was so overwhelming. Most tops had way too many ruffles for my taste or too long of a sleeve/sleeves to be practical for the Kansas heat. While I was browsing eBay's copious amount of J. Crew resale I stumbled on this blouse and for $17- new with tags it was hard to say no.

One Shoulder Drama

May 6, 2018


Initially I had a hard time with the the one shoulder trend. There were so many variations of tops it was so overwhelming. Most tops had way too many ruffles for my taste or too long of a sleeve/sleeves to be practical for the Kansas heat. While I was browsing eBay's copious amount of J. Crew resale I stumbled on this blouse and for $17- new with tags it was hard to say no.
eos gifted me their new Aqua Dynamic Lip Gloss and I'm so excited to be reviewing here on the blog.

But First, Lip Gloss

April 24, 2018

eos gifted me their new Aqua Dynamic Lip Gloss and I'm so excited to be reviewing here on the blog.
When I was a senior in high school I stumbled onto the app Stylebook in the App Store. For $3.99 it claimed to be a virtual closet for your real-life wardrobe. When I first downloaded it my closet was clunky, unorganized, and had too many trendy pieces. Even if I had adopted the Stylebook App I doubt that I really would've made progress in terms of organizing my closet and calculating cost per wear.

Stylebook Revisited

April 18, 2018

When I was a senior in high school I stumbled onto the app Stylebook in the App Store. For $3.99 it claimed to be a virtual closet for your real-life wardrobe. When I first downloaded it my closet was clunky, unorganized, and had too many trendy pieces. Even if I had adopted the Stylebook App I doubt that I really would've made progress in terms of organizing my closet and calculating cost per wear.
Hi friends! Another month another Sephora Play box! To be honest I didn't have any idea what was going to be in this Sephora Play box until I received it. This past month's theme was called, "Festival of Beauty" it catered towards the festival season spirit but giving the options of staying in and glamping as well! I am most definitely staying in unless I randomly win a giveaway. I was surprised that there wasn't anything from the Too Faced Life's a Festival collection since it was so relevant and new but that's Sephora Play for ya.

March Sephora Play 2018 Review

April 12, 2018

Hi friends! Another month another Sephora Play box! To be honest I didn't have any idea what was going to be in this Sephora Play box until I received it. This past month's theme was called, "Festival of Beauty" it catered towards the festival season spirit but giving the options of staying in and glamping as well! I am most definitely staying in unless I randomly win a giveaway. I was surprised that there wasn't anything from the Too Faced Life's a Festival collection since it was so relevant and new but that's Sephora Play for ya.
A few weeks ago we shot the spring look book for Do Good Co. The weather was no where close to being reminiscent of spring AT ALL, but still I loved how these photos turned out. Do Good's new spring/summer pieces are great- go check them out in store! Photos by Ali Happer.

Do Good Spring

April 8, 2018

A few weeks ago we shot the spring look book for Do Good Co. The weather was no where close to being reminiscent of spring AT ALL, but still I loved how these photos turned out. Do Good's new spring/summer pieces are great- go check them out in store! Photos by Ali Happer.
Books have always been my first love. Ever since I was a child reading has been my favorite past time. The public library has been my favorite place and not much has changed since then. Nancy Drew is still my #1, the Great Gatsby makes my heart ache, and I'm always going to have a soft spot for Holden Caulfield no matter where I'm at in life. I don't spend as much time getting lost in books as I'd like, but I am always reading.

What I'm Reading

April 1, 2018

Books have always been my first love. Ever since I was a child reading has been my favorite past time. The public library has been my favorite place and not much has changed since then. Nancy Drew is still my #1, the Great Gatsby makes my heart ache, and I'm always going to have a soft spot for Holden Caulfield no matter where I'm at in life. I don't spend as much time getting lost in books as I'd like, but I am always reading.
Ah my first love makeup, or is it my second? I am finally sharing some of my April beauty favorites/Marshalls finds and what's on my wish list for the Sephora Beauty Insider sale.

Spring Beauty Favorites

March 28, 2018

Ah my first love makeup, or is it my second? I am finally sharing some of my April beauty favorites/Marshalls finds and what's on my wish list for the Sephora Beauty Insider sale.
Greetings and salutations! Today I'm sharing one of my classic, "Lizzie McGuire you are an outfit repeater looks!" I'm wearing one of my most favorite pieces an Adam Lippes for Target turtleneck, American Apparel thermal, BDG denim, and chelsea boots. You might even remember this post from 2015.

Ghosts of Purchases Past

March 20, 2018

Greetings and salutations! Today I'm sharing one of my classic, "Lizzie McGuire you are an outfit repeater looks!" I'm wearing one of my most favorite pieces an Adam Lippes for Target turtleneck, American Apparel thermal, BDG denim, and chelsea boots. You might even remember this post from 2015.
Hi friends! I'm back! I've been so busy with school and life lately I haven't actually sat down to write a blog post from start to finish, but here I am reviewing last month's Sephora Play box. I actually didn't end up writing one on January's box because Sephora Play has been getting on my nerves. I've been getting a lot of duplicate products these past few months and last month I did get one winner the Ole Henriksen Hygge HydraClay Detox Mask, but aside from that I wasn't terribly fond of it. So in case you were wondering I wasn't a huge fan of January's box. I was weary when February's box came but I was excited to try 4 new products especially with Peter Thomas Roth and Nars to try.

February Sephora Play 2018 Review

March 15, 2018

Hi friends! I'm back! I've been so busy with school and life lately I haven't actually sat down to write a blog post from start to finish, but here I am reviewing last month's Sephora Play box. I actually didn't end up writing one on January's box because Sephora Play has been getting on my nerves. I've been getting a lot of duplicate products these past few months and last month I did get one winner the Ole Henriksen Hygge HydraClay Detox Mask, but aside from that I wasn't terribly fond of it. So in case you were wondering I wasn't a huge fan of January's box. I was weary when February's box came but I was excited to try 4 new products especially with Peter Thomas Roth and Nars to try.
Before we began possibly the most ambivalent winter on record here in Kansas I started to think about what I wanted to add to my winter wardrobe that would make dressing for colder days more exciting. Truth be told my winter wardrobe is my favorite. I love long coats, gloves, sweaters, layers, wearing boots everyday, and especially turtlenecks.

Dressing the Winter Blues

March 6, 2018

Before we began possibly the most ambivalent winter on record here in Kansas I started to think about what I wanted to add to my winter wardrobe that would make dressing for colder days more exciting. Truth be told my winter wardrobe is my favorite. I love long coats, gloves, sweaters, layers, wearing boots everyday, and especially turtlenecks.
To be honest I never thought I'd be into the corset trend unless of course the costumes from Sofia Coppola's Marie Antoinette were up for trying on.

Here for the Corset

February 27, 2018

To be honest I never thought I'd be into the corset trend unless of course the costumes from Sofia Coppola's Marie Antoinette were up for trying on.
When I turned 18 the first thing I did after school was buy a $2 scratcher (which I won $10 from!) and some anti-ager. Since then anti-ager has been an important part of my beauty routine. I'm not scared of aging, but I want to age gracefully like J-Lo. Although I have used many of bareMinerals products, I haven't tried any of their anti-aging products. I was so excited when they reached out to let me try products from their new line.

Let's Talk About Anti-Ager

February 23, 2018

When I turned 18 the first thing I did after school was buy a $2 scratcher (which I won $10 from!) and some anti-ager. Since then anti-ager has been an important part of my beauty routine. I'm not scared of aging, but I want to age gracefully like J-Lo. Although I have used many of bareMinerals products, I haven't tried any of their anti-aging products. I was so excited when they reached out to let me try products from their new line.
My 5th wrap dress yet, and yes I know this obsession is becoming a problem. However, I've said before that wrap dresses are life changing! They're a symbol of empowerment, feminism, innovation, and a testament to the great works DVF has achieved over the course of her career.

More to Wrap About

February 16, 2018

My 5th wrap dress yet, and yes I know this obsession is becoming a problem. However, I've said before that wrap dresses are life changing! They're a symbol of empowerment, feminism, innovation, and a testament to the great works DVF has achieved over the course of her career.
Ok this post title is a little deceiving as it has nothing to do with drinking, but more about drinking in skincare. For the past month or so I've been getting drunk in love on Drunk Elephant's products. Drunk Elephant is a skincare line created by Tiffany Masterson. Its rooted in simple skin care with clean, additive-free ingredients that work hard. Many of its products are infused with fruit of the marula tree which notoriously gets elephants drunk. I was so excited to receive these products to try from Drunk Elephant and am so grateful. Now let's talk about my month getting drunk!

Getting Drunk for a Month

February 8, 2018

Ok this post title is a little deceiving as it has nothing to do with drinking, but more about drinking in skincare. For the past month or so I've been getting drunk in love on Drunk Elephant's products. Drunk Elephant is a skincare line created by Tiffany Masterson. Its rooted in simple skin care with clean, additive-free ingredients that work hard. Many of its products are infused with fruit of the marula tree which notoriously gets elephants drunk. I was so excited to receive these products to try from Drunk Elephant and am so grateful. Now let's talk about my month getting drunk!

This year one of my resolutions was to be more conscious with my purchases in regards to sustainability. So when Love, Beauty, and Planet reached out to me to try their new products I was excited. Love, Beauty, and Planet is an eco-friendly game changer to the drug-store shampoo and conditioner aisle. Every bottle is made from 100% recycled materials (caps and pumps are getting there) and is recyclable. The ingredient list for these products are quite long, but the products have no silicons, parabens, and are vegan. I've really been trying to buy more beauty products that emphasize going green this year and these beauties are a great push in that direction. Today I'm sharing my review on this line and sharing some tips on how to go green with your own beauty products.

A Greener Hair Care

February 2, 2018

This year one of my resolutions was to be more conscious with my purchases in regards to sustainability. So when Love, Beauty, and Planet reached out to me to try their new products I was excited. Love, Beauty, and Planet is an eco-friendly game changer to the drug-store shampoo and conditioner aisle. Every bottle is made from 100% recycled materials (caps and pumps are getting there) and is recyclable. The ingredient list for these products are quite long, but the products have no silicons, parabens, and are vegan. I've really been trying to buy more beauty products that emphasize going green this year and these beauties are a great push in that direction. Today I'm sharing my review on this line and sharing some tips on how to go green with your own beauty products.
Hi friends! Another month late but here's this months Sephora Play review, plus I thought I'd round up my faves from Sephora Play this past year.

December Sephora Play 2017 Review

January 31, 2018

Hi friends! Another month late but here's this months Sephora Play review, plus I thought I'd round up my faves from Sephora Play this past year.
Since I was 15 I've been obsessed with eyeshadows. If I was stranded on a deserted island I would probably bring all my eye shadows and they'd just turn into Wilson from Cast Away. Buxom Cosmetics reached out to me to try some of their products and when I received them I nearly cried.

The Buxom Edit

January 26, 2018

Since I was 15 I've been obsessed with eyeshadows. If I was stranded on a deserted island I would probably bring all my eye shadows and they'd just turn into Wilson from Cast Away. Buxom Cosmetics reached out to me to try some of their products and when I received them I nearly cried.

Hi friends! Halfway through January and 2018 is already moving way too quickly! I've been getting back into the school groove, re-watching way too much Gilmore Girls, working part-time, trying to get back into my daily walks, and working on the blog. Before January slips away I wanted to share some of my current beauty favorites!

January Beauty Favorites

January 19, 2018


Hi friends! Halfway through January and 2018 is already moving way too quickly! I've been getting back into the school groove, re-watching way too much Gilmore Girls, working part-time, trying to get back into my daily walks, and working on the blog. Before January slips away I wanted to share some of my current beauty favorites!
Converse and I go way back. To the days where I was kicking a tetherball on the black top and watching the Ramones' music videos on Yahoo Video. So when Collectively and Converse reached out to be apart of the #foreverchuck program I was excited!

Get Your Kicks

January 5, 2018

Converse and I go way back. To the days where I was kicking a tetherball on the black top and watching the Ramones' music videos on Yahoo Video. So when Collectively and Converse reached out to be apart of the #foreverchuck program I was excited!
 I think 2017 for me could be declared as the year of highlighters (in addition to other things like the world exploding from being so polarized), moving on! I've tried so many highlighters this year and to be honest there wasn't one that I really disliked. So when Influenster let me try Physicians Formula Butter Highlighter I was all game. Bring on the highlighters!

New Year New Glow

January 4, 2018

 I think 2017 for me could be declared as the year of highlighters (in addition to other things like the world exploding from being so polarized), moving on! I've tried so many highlighters this year and to be honest there wasn't one that I really disliked. So when Influenster let me try Physicians Formula Butter Highlighter I was all game. Bring on the highlighters!
Hi friends! Happy 2018! New year, new goals, and chatting about the past year. 2017 was one hell of a year. I graduated college, moved back to suburbia, JMC turned 5!, completed a 5 month internship, started pursuing my MBA, went on a road trip to Texas, saw John Mayer, and read 25 books!

2018 Here We Go

January 1, 2018

Hi friends! Happy 2018! New year, new goals, and chatting about the past year. 2017 was one hell of a year. I graduated college, moved back to suburbia, JMC turned 5!, completed a 5 month internship, started pursuing my MBA, went on a road trip to Texas, saw John Mayer, and read 25 books!
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