Blog Birthday Celebration 600x719 Yesterday my blog turned four years old. The first thing I want to say is thank you to anyone who’s ever read a single word on this blog. When I started this, I just wanted a space to document my thoughts. I never knew how important it would become to me, the opportunities I would have thanks to the blog, or the friendships that I would develop with other bloggers.

We all get discouraged from time to time, but at this point I can’t imagine giving up this blog of mine. I put a lot of effort into it, and as I’ve mentioned, I get so much from it. It’s been amazing to connect with and talk to other people who like the same things that I do, whether it’s fashion, beauty, culture, or books.

I think blogging has also forced me out of my comfort zone a little. Those who know me in real life know that I’m a fairly private person, but for some reason, I feel perfectly comfortable putting my life on the internet and sharing it with you here (go figure). I’ve gone to events for the blog and made myself meet new people, I’ve gotten slightly less awkward when taking outfit pictures in public, and I’ve recently started making videos too (still not used to hearing myself speak though!).

I feel so happy when people tell me that they enjoy my blog and I’m proud of the content I create here. If any one of my posts has affected someone in a positive way, I think that’s wonderful.

All right, I’m done with the sappiness. Thank you again to all you lovely readers and cheers to the future!

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Rifle Paper Co. x Puffin in Bloom I’ve professed my love for Rifle Paper Co. many times here on the blog. I just love their aesthetic and pretty much every single item they produce. When I saw that Anna had designed covers for a series of classic books, I just had to share them here. Aren’t they gorgeous?

Last May I made an effort to read more classics. I read The Great Gatsby in anticipation of the movie and I also read Little Women. I’d forgotten how delightful Little Women is and I’m so glad that I reread it. I want to make it a goal of mine to read more classics again this year. There are so many that I haven’t read and I’d like to start tacking my list. I’m not sure yet if I want to dedicate one particular month like I did last time, or maybe aim to read one classic a month for several months?

I’ve also been thinking that I’m going to allow myself to buy pretty editions of the classics that I read. I feel like I’m willing to spend a little extra money for a cover that I love since it’s a classic and I plan to keep it in my collection forever. There’s not a ton of space in my small NYC apartment, but one day I dream of having the space to display all of my books properly. I’m plan to buy the entire Harry Potter series soon too since I’m reading them. I’ve been borrowing them from the library, but I already know that I want to own the books as well!

Tell me: What’s your favorite classic?

(These Puffin in Bloom editions will be available on August 28th!)

Coral Lips

Coral lips have been trending for a while now, but I’m still on the hunt for the perfect shade. I remember picking out my first red lipstick and feeling rather apprehensive, but eventually I came around and I now have a better idea of what suits me. I’d like to branch out from red and I think that coral is a great choice for summer. I love how vibrant coral lips look on other people, but of course you have to pick the shade that suits you best. I think I’m looking for something that leans toward the red spectrum and definitely something deeper in color, rather than lighter. I need your help- let me know if you can think of any coral lip colors that might suit me!

Coral Lip Ideas

Tell me: Would you wear a coral lip?

01. Sephora Collection Color Lip Last in Coral Calling 02. Make Up For Ever Rouge Artist Natural in Iridescent Coral 03. Revlon ColorBurst Matte Balm in Audacious 04. Buxom Full Bodied Lipstick in Rogue

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HM ring set It was inevitable. I knew I would succumb to the Fourth of July sales! When I got of the office early on Thursday, I was on the hunt for a pair of denim shorts. Those have been on my list for a while, since I gave away or donated all the pairs I used to own (they were either too short or too tight). I did score a pair of jeans shorts from Gap on double sale (final total = $14.99). I should have stopped there, but nooooo, I just had to pop into the H&M across the street. About 45 minutes later, I walked out with all the rings you see above! I’d wanted some more delicate rings and these sets from H&M were super affordable. I also picked up a pretty golden spiked necklace from H&M, along with a lacy black tee.

gold spike necklace

Other than shop, this weekend I…

- enjoyed drinks on the rooftop at Birreria.

- had a sleepover with a friend and talked about everything from books to bearded men.

- finished the fourth Harry Potter book (so. many. feelings).

- watched Victor and Victoria with my roommate (we loved it!).

- had a few friends over and enjoyed donuts and chicken that my friend brought all the way from Federal Donuts in Philly.

- watched the fourth Harry Potter movie.

Tell me: Did you guys shop any of the sales this weekend? How was your Fourth of July?