Disclaimer: this post is by no means about beauty, skincare, fashion, or makeup. It’s just me venting about life.
I love having a routine. I don’t operate on a strict schedule, but instead have in mind a task list (or to-do list) for myself. There are things in a day that we all routinize, like getting ready, having a cup of coffee or tea in the morning, washing dishes, cooking, etc. For me, when any part of my routine gets interrupted, it often causes a disturbance. Sure every once in a while we need a change. A little bit of adventure here and there doesn’t hurt like going on a nice vacation. However, when car trouble or a lost wallet or cellphone occurs, the adventure suddenly stops. These types of life hiccups are an annoyance that no one really likes, but does happen from time to time, which is why I’m so ecstatic to find eligibility for online or mail-in driver’s license renewal! My license expires in two months and I was not looking forward to going to the DMV and wait for hours at a time only to deal with a jaded employee. It’s one of those simple joys that makes me so happy because it doesn’t interrupt my daily routine. More importantly, it doesn’t interrupt my working hours because to me, it’s so important to be a reliable co-worker. No one wants to pick up the slack of another person who can’t hold their own, especially a person who’s never in the office for personal matters. Yes we all have personal matters to attend to, but it’s important to show reliability as well.
Reliability equates to trust. If you’re constantly gone, what makes you think your co-worker will trust you with work? Just saying.
I used to think small space living was hard because growing up I had my own room with a closet all to my own. Now that I’m married, I have to share my space, the closet, the dresser, and basically pack clothes away come fall or spring to be able to save space. I’ve come to realize though that instead of bulking up my closet with tons of clothes, there’s opportunity to play around with accessories and makeup. I was never one to have much accessories or makeup growing up so it’s only now I’ve realized how much accessories can spruce up a bland outfit. It’s also really important to know how much is too much. Definitely don’t want to go overboard and look gaudy, but hey that’s just me.
So how do I like to style myself?
For work, I like to keep it simple and comfortable. I’m in the office for a good 10 hours of the day and mostly sitting. It’s killer, I know so I like to keep myself comfortable and low key. On days when I meet clients, I dress up a little bit more. I’ll put on a collared shirt, a nice blouse, or blazer, and will most likely have my hair tied back. I’ll also wear makeup to look presentable. However, I don’t like to overdue my makeup or jewelry, and will keep it simple because it could be a distraction during the meeting, and as a woman, I’d like to be taken seriously.
For anything non-work related, this is where the fun begins. It’s no wonder some like to wear all black or just even basic colors because then you can spruce up an outfit the following ways:
Jewelry – I like to keep it simple and not wear a whole bunch. At most I’ll wear two types – earrings and a bracelet, or earrings and a necklace. If I’m going to a wedding then maybe if I’m feeling up to it, I’ll wear all three.
Handbag – Ahhh the handbag. This to me is the ultimate accessory. A nice crossbody bag will elevate a jeans and tee-shirt outfit instantly.
Shoes – Shoes do the same thing as the handbag. Keep the outfit simple and make the outfit pop with shoes be it in color or style.
Makeup – I’m loving the different eyeshadow shades out there. For anyone on a budget, eyeshadow palettes and lipstick are probably the best investment for accessorizing. Having multiple shades is a fun way to change your look instantly.
Nail polish is another budget friendly accessory that adds character to any outfit. I’m currently liking the look of a few fingers painted a different color, but more specifically adding a glittery color for some pizzaz.
Would anyone like to share their favorite accessories?
Not sure if it’s just me, but I got an email of Mulberry’s exclusive summer sale! Last year I really wanted the Bayswater backpack, but I couldn’t bring myself to spend $1,295 usd. However, right now it’s currently on sale for $777 usd, and I’m so tempted right now to just impulsively buy this.
But I realize, I actually bought a similar style from Henri Bendel last year. By no means is it a dupe for this precious. For those who’ve been wanting a Mulberry bag, now’s your chance since they currently have a sale going on!
On a different note, not that I’ll be planning to get any of these items any time soon or maybe even ever, but currently I’m lusting after the following items:
1. Gucci’s Princetown Mule. This shoe screams summer professional to me. Not only is it a no brainer to just throw this on in the morning, it’s super easy to just slip them on.
2. Valentino’s Rockstud shoulder bag. I just love the rockstar studs.
3. Prada’s Vitello Daino Double Compartment Leather Crossbody Bag. I love how simple this bag is, yet is very much an outfit completer. Like you can go out in jeans and a t-shirt with this bag, and still look put together. You can’t go wrong ever in black and gold.
4. Gucci Logo Leather Pouch. I love this catch all pouch that you can just carry around.
As you can see, my current color mood is black despite spring and summer coming in full swing. Believe it or not, I’ve been straying from this color for the past few years gravitating towards more dusty pinks, beiges, navy, and browns for neutrals. These days, I’ve fallen back in love with black. I guess it’s just been awhile, and now for some reason, all my new wishlist bags are in black!
Not sure how long the blue eyeshadow trend will last, but have any of you caught on to the Korean makeup trend or even know that one exists? Here I am often talking about Korean skincare that at some point you would think I’m bound to talk about Korean makeup right? Well, yes that’s correct. I have come across some Youtube videos explaining the differences between American versus Korean makeup looks, and I’ve definitely seen quite a bit of Pony videos to know the difference between the two styles that I can’t help wonder if the blue eyeshadow trend is a response to the K world.
Correct me if I’m wrong, but I feel like in Korean makeup these days, the current trend is pink and corral eyeshadow shades. And I feel like the colors go on more sheer where it’s a hint of color versus heavy pigmentation the way it’s applied here in America. I can definitely catch on to both styles liking some aspects of each and making it my own. Currently, I’m liking corrals for my eyes in a minimalist toned down way, and I’m liking highlighters and bronzers on my face so I can look like a sun-kissed Cali girl. I also can’t help but like the shimmery eyeshadow shades for special occasions. I just think it’s a great way to add pizzazz to anything. So I guess you can say depending on my mood, I’ll straddle the line and borrow from both styles to make my own.
I will say that heavy eye lining or mascara wearing is not for me. I’ve really tried and when I do that’s usually when I get a sty. So I reserve eyelining for special occasions.
I’m seeing looks with blue eyeshadow these days. Has anyone else tried this trend? Not sure I’d have anywhere to justify creating such a look, and my husband would probably cringe if he saw me in bright blue, but it looks fun to create! Who knows, if I can figure out how to incorporate this into my life, then maybe one of these days I’ll jump right on in. Curious if anyone else has tried this though. Please feel free to leave me a comment, or better yet leave a link to your post if you’ve made one on blue eyeshadow!