Colorblock Pleated Skirt This weekend I had my fastest and least stressful trip to Ikea ever. I had a wishlist of things I’d wanted for a while, but Ikea is kind of a pain to get to, so I’d been putting off the trip. However, it was gorgeous outside this weekend and I got my roommate to agree to go with me (such a good sport), so we made the trip to Ikea.

East River Brooklyn Ikea Brooklyn On the weekends, there’s a free ferry service from Pier 11 in the Financial District to the dock right outside Ikea. I love riding the ferry when the weather’s warm, so it really made the trip to Ikea rather pleasant. Once inside, we were like machines, zooming through the store with a considerable amount of focus. I checked off every single item on my list (and grabbed a few unplanned items, of course) and all together we were inside for less than two hours. Now that may not hold the record for shortest Ikea trip ever, but considering it was the weekend and my previous experiences with Ikea, I’m feeling like this was an accomplishment.

One World Trade CenterFor our trip across the river*, I put on another easy, comfortable outfit. My black Everlane tee is so slouchy and comfy and I’m still loving my leopard sneaker slip-ons. It was warm enough for just a light jacket (ahhhh) so I wore my favorite spring jacket from H&M.

Outfit Details: Jacket and Sneakers- H&M // Tee- Everlane // Accordion Color Block Skirt c/o Sugarlips // Necklace- Forever 21 // Purse- Erin Satchel via Macy’s // photos 1, 4, 5- my roomie Kiet 

*And my hair is looking crazy because we’d just rode the ferry and the wind had whipped it into a frenzy. Probably should have done the pics beforehand- woops!

Pretty Pastel Jewelry

Surprise, surprise- pastels for spring (just kidding- this is not surprising at all)! I’m so ready to shed the darker colors of winter for these softer colors. The great thing about the basics I purchased recently is that I could pop on one of these pastel pieces to instantly add a spring touch to my outfit.

Lilac Midi Ring (love the vintage feel) // Rydlove Bracelets // Chain Bracelets // Crochet Lace Earrings (I think these would be perfect for festival season) // Gold and Pink Bubble Necklace // Christie Flower Necklace // Pastel Pink Rhinestone Necklace (so girly and pretty) // Pastel Stone Drop Earrings // Ritz Rhapsody Necklace (How is this necklace only $30?! It’s stunning!) // Pyramid Stud Bangle // Double Chain Bracelet // Stud Set

Tell me: How are you transitioning your wardrobe for spring?

Best Beauty Youtube Channels 600x899 I remember when I became addicted to watching beauty videos on Youtube. Over the holidays last year, I was bored and browsing the internet. Normally when one of the blogs I read posts a video, I mark it to ‘read later’ because there’s more of a time commitment with video. Well, I had nothing to do that afternoon, so I decided to go back and watch a couple of videos I’d saved. Then I fell down the rabbit hole. Once I’d started, I just kept going and going for hours.

I’m still such a newb when it comes to makeup and beauty, so I feel like I can learn a lot from the tips and tricks that these ladies share. I was discussing my addiction with a friend recently and we swapped recommendations of beauty channels that we like to watch. Here are my favorite beauty youtubers at the moment:

- Shirley B. Eniang: When I’m researching a new beauty product, I try searching for images of people with a similar skin color as mine and I don’t often find a lot of results. I love Shirley’s channel because she has darker skin like me, so I feel like I can really rely on her recommendations. Plus, she’s so gorgeous!

- Essie Button: I think Estée has an awesome personality- she’s fun, engaging and approachable. Watching her videos kind of feels like I’m getting beauty recommendations from a friend.

- Lily Pebbles: Another British beauty blogger that I like. I believe Lily focuses on more affordable makeup which is great because I know that the products she recommends won’t be super, crazy-expensive.

- Lisa Aldridge: Lisa is a well-known makeup artist and it’s clear that she has tons of experience. She always seems so classy and elegant and I really enjoy watching her videos.

And here are a few other channels that I’ve checked out: Michelle PhanFleur de Force, Zoella, Miss Glamorazzi, Tanya Burr, Hello October, Rach Martino, and I Covet Thee. Looking at my list, I can see that I’m really into the British beauty bloggers. What can I say, I love a British accent! Are there any American beauty youtube channels that you think I should watch?

Tell me: Do you watch beauty videos? Who’s your favorite?

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aeropostale striped top target quilted miniskirt 2 This was the first weekend that I felt like spring had actually arrived for good. It was raining most of last week, but this weekend the sun came out in full force and the temperature was a blissful 50 degrees.

red stripes I had a really great weekend. Saturday my friend had a birthday party in Tribeca. First we all met up for drinks, then went dancing. The music was pretty great and it felt so good to cut loose and be silly on the dance floor. On Sunday my roommate and I decided to take advantage of the nice weather and went out to run some errands.

We picked up some new clothes for him at Banana Republic, some tasty eats from my fave, Bedford Cheese Shop, and best of all, fresh flowers from a local vendor. I’m looking at these tulips sitting in my windowsill right now as I type this and I’m feeling pretty content. Sorry to get all gushy on you guys, but recently I’d been feeling more down than up, so it’s nice to be experiencing these little moments of happiness.

green nails spring silver slip on sneakersThe flowers have even started to bloom in the park near my house! Since the temperatures were relatively warm, I was so ready to bare my legs in my quilted miniskirt from Target. I felt like sporting some color, so I wore my bright coral striped top from Aeropostale. I also put on my comfy, new sneakers. It’s hard to tell in the picture, but there are little silver threads running through the fabric. Ahhh, weekend, thanks for being so good to me. Please come back soon.

striped shirt and miniskirt Outfit Details: Long Sleeve Striped Tee and Metallic Slip-On Shoe c/o Aeropostale // Skirt- Target // Necklace- Forever 21 // Sunglasses- H&M // Lips- Revlon ColorBurst Matte Balm in Standout // photos of me- my roomie Kiet

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