new from sephora

01. Soap and Glory Hand Food- I’ve been out of hand cream for about a month, but I was using a sample in the meantime. Since I made a couple trips to Sephora while my sister was here, I figured I better restock this favorite of mine.

02. NARS Audacious Lipstick in Charlotte- I was on the hunt for some new fall lip colors and I swatched several of them when I was in the store. Originally I was drawn to the Bite Beauty Matte Cream Lip Crayon in Brandy. I liked it when I swatched it on the back of my hand, but not so much when I actually put it on my lips. I did fall in love with this new NARS lipstick though. The color is absolutely perfect for fall and the formula is deliciously creamy. Also, the packaging is super sleek and I love the magnetic closure. I really hesitated about paying $32 for a lipstick (this is the most expensive one I’ve bought so far!), but in the end I decided to put back a couple of the other things I was going to get and treat myself to this lipstick instead. I haven’t worn it out yet, so I’ll report back when I know how it wears throughout the day.

03. Elizabeth and James Nirvana White Rollerball- I haven’t bought a perfume in ages. I had so many samples stocked up, so I was just going through those. Now I’ve used up all the samples I actually like, so I wanted to get a new scent without splurging on a full bottle. I’ve been eyeing this perfume for a few months now and every time I went into Sephora I would smell both the white and the black version. I wasn’t sure which one I liked better, but my sister preferred the white version on me. I busted it out earlier this week and every time I caught a whiff of the scent, I was quite pleased. I like the rollerball aspect too- it makes it easy to tote around if I want to reapply it later in the day.

Tell me: What beauty products have you purchased recently?

aeropostale must sleep more tee

Today I’ve got a different kind of style post for you- my style at home. I’m the kind of person that puts on their pajamas or comfy clothes as soon as they get home from work. On the weekends, if I’m not planning to go anywhere, you can bet that I’ll be in my pajamas all day.

weekend at home

As soon as I saw this ‘must sleep more’ tee, I wanted it. I always want to sleep in, but some time during the past couple of years, my body clock has normalized itself and I now wake up around 7:30/8:00 am every day (including weekends). Is this adulthood?

aeropostale sweatpants

Let’s be honest- I’ve still got fuzzy pajama pants from middle school, but these cozy, new sweatpants are a nice change. They’re comfortable, but still stylish enough that if a friend dropped by unexpectedly, I wouldn’t look like a complete slob.

reading in bed

I had a pretty chill weekend. My godmother was in town, so on Saturday night I grabbed dinner with her and my godsister. Yesterday Jessica and I met up for brunch in Williamsburg, then we walked around the neighborhood because it was such a nice day. She showed me several shops that I’d walked by many times, but never actually been to. We also discovered a really cute bookshop called Spoonbill and Sugartown Booksellers. When I got home, I worked on some blog stuff and read more of my current book, The Bell Jar.

cozy pajamas

Outfit Details: Aeropostale Tokyo Darling Sleep More Tee (c/o), Aeropostale sweatpants (c/o) [similar]

Tell me: What did you do this weekend?

leather shorts outfit

We’re in that transitional time of year where one day it will be in the high 70s and the next it will barely crack 60 degrees. This particular day started off rather warm- warm enough for me to wear these faux leather shorts.

I searched high and low for these faux leather shorts. When they first came out a few years ago, they were a pretty popular item and I saw them popping up on style blogs left and right. By the time I decided I wanted them, they were sold out everywhere. I kept checking the website to see if they would bring them back and I went to a few different stores, but no luck. I also told my sister to keep an eye out for them in California.

fall nails

A few months passed by and one day she texted me to say she’d spotted two pairs of the shorts in a Forever 21 near her. They had one size medium and I told her to grab them and go straight to the register. She put them in the mail to me soon after and I wasn’t sure they’d fit, but happily they did. I couldn’t believe my luck!

I’ve had these shorts for years now and I still love to wear them. If it’s not swelteringly hot in the summer, I’ll pull them on and bare my legs. I also like to wear them with tights and boots during the colder months.

fall transition outfit ideas

Outfit Details: Gap cardigan, Gap tee, Forever 21 faux leather shorts, H&M sneakers, Gorjana-Griffin necklace | photos of me- my sister

Tell me: Do you have any items in your closet that you had to search high and low for?

Yesterday my sister got on a plane and headed back to California. It was really nice to have her here visiting for the past two weeks. Just like last year, I wanted to do a recap of all the things we did while she was in town!

SEPT 24 pink sunset nyc

On Wednesday we… went shopping in Soho (I’d waited to do my fall capsule wardrobe shopping so we could go together) | ate burgers at Soho Park | saw the prettiest sunset.

SEPT 25 houston street

On Thursday we… went back to Soho because I had my eye on these Topshop boots | did some shopping around Union Square | drank Jamba Juice (I haven’t had one in ages!) | met my roommate for dinner at Ichabod’s.

SEPT 26 Dance and Fashion Exhibit

On Friday we… went to the Dance & Fashion Exhibit at FIT (which was really cool, I might do a separate post on that) | did some shopping around Herald Square (more shopping, I know) | had Mexican food for dinner at Mercadito | grabbed drinks at a relatively new place called Camp David.

SEPT 27 apple pie 600x600

On Saturday we… went to Smorgasburg | made apple pies (apple pie is my favorite and it’s become a yearly tradition when my sister visits me) | watched My Fair Lady. I haven’t seen that movie since I was a kid and it was pretty fun to rewatch it.

SEPT 28 view of brooklyn 600x600

On Sunday we… went to Atlantic Antic in Brooklyn and hung out with some of my friends.

SEPT 29 the high line

On Monday we… ran some errands around Union Square | strolled through Chelsea Market | walked the entire length of the High Line back and forth (the High Line is one of my favorite spots and it was so exciting to see the new part that they recently finished constructing) | went to Sephora because I was on the hunt for some new fall lipsticks.

SEPT 30 broadway show 600x600

On Tuesday we… took the train downtown to meet my roomie for lunch, which we ate on the Elevated Acre | walked around South Street Seaport | did some more shopping, including a brief visit to the Container Store (apparently that was one of my sister’s favorite things this trip!) | saw A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder, which was quite funny.

OCT 1 OCT 4 white bedding 600x600

On Thursday I had to return to work and the weather was kind of crappy, so we didn’t do too much these days. It worked out fine though because my sister had work for her MCAT prep course and we had plenty of time to watch Gilmore Girls on Netflix. I’d say that’s time well spent!

OCT 5 brooklyn bridge

On Sunday we… walked the Brooklyn Bridge (something I’ve always wanted to do) | had brunch at a cute little French place called Jules Bistro | took the train up to the Conservatory Garden, which was so lovely and peaceful | walked along Central Park, all the way from 105th Street to 59th street | stopped at Ladurée for macarons | stumbled on to Albertine, the fanciest French bookstore | popped into the Strand Bookstore so that I could pick up a new book.

OCT 6 n and n in nyc

On Monday we went to a comedy show at the Upright Citizen’s Brigade Theatre in the East Village (it was funnier than I thought it would be!) and stopped by Cafe Rakka on our way home because my sister had a craving for baklava.

On Tuesday she hopped on a plane and headed back to California. I always enjoy having my sister visit and I’m really glad we were able to make it happen again this year. I still have lots more pictures to share, so look out for those posts over the next couple of weeks!