things i’m loving: may edition


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Since I’ve been working at a makeup counter, I’ve begun to dip my toes into higher end makeup. I picked up this mini tarte box set last week, and I’m absolutely loving it. Everything is very wearable, but can be easily built up for a more dramatic look. Even though the eyeshadow palate is made up of browns and creams, each shade has rosy undertones– which is PERFECT for green eyes. The mascara is quickly becoming my favorite; it doesn’t flake or lose its oomph throughout the day. I also really like the color of the lip paint (FOMO) although it does bleed so lip liner is a must. (You can buy the kit here or at your local Ulta).

I’ve also discovered the wonders of Monistat– as a makeup primer! Monistat is made up of dimethicone, which is molecularly similar to silicone, making it the perfect substitute. Plus, it’s WAY cheaper than most makeup primers. A 1.5 oz bottle usually only runs about $6, and you need less of it since the formula is thicker than most silicone based primers. I highly, highly, highly recommend it.


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As some of you probably know, Hulu is now releasing and adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s novel The Handmaid’s Tale. I’ve been going through the novel and watching the series concurrently, and I’m obsessed.

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Speaking of obsessed, I recently watched Homecoming, Hasan Minhaj’s comedy special on Netflix. Smart, witty, and hilarious, Minhaj is not only an incredibly intelligent comedian but a gifted story teller. He also spoke at this year’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner and thoroughly roasted the collective media and administration.


This build your own sangria chart WILL change your life. 

You know what goes well with sangria? These chicken tacos.

Craving fries? These parmesan encrusted zucchini fries are a healthier option. (Caution: be sure to drain them well and only lightly brush with egg– otherwise they will be soggy!)

What are you loving lately?




40 days of vegetarianism


Well friends, it has finally happened.  I am venturing into vegetarianism; a meatless land, flowing with tofu and garbanzo beans.

I mean, sort of.  A good friend (and fellow plant lover ) of mine convinced me to give it up for Lent.  Yes, I know that Lent technically began back on Ash Wednesday– but better late than never, amirite?  (Also, I’m pretty sure that Jesus understands).

While this is completely terrifying, it will force me to 1) eat healthier and 2) finally learn how to cook.  My university doesn’t exactly offer many vegetarian options, so I’ll be forced to scavenge on my own.  Unless I want to exclusively eat salads until April.

I’m one week in so far, and it’s actually going pretty well.  I made a couple of meals in bulk over the weekend (vegetable soup and mock risotto) and I’ve just been eating the leftovers throughout the week.  Not very exciting, but it’s cheap and filling.

Also, I tried vegetarian chili for the first time last Friday, and it was straight up magical.

Maybe the bean lovers are onto something after all.


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While I was previously daunted by the sheer length of this summer (16 weeks seems endless) it’s proving to be quite pleasant thus far.  I’ve had the time to start running again, and I rediscovered vegetables– actually just non-cafeteria food in general.  After learning more about nutrition at university, I’m interested in trying to find ways to cut down on sugar and processed foods.  It’s been easy so far, but I’m sure it will prove to be more difficult once fall rolls around.  The food choices at my school could be likened to the typical Coachella attendee– rich, white, and lacking in variety.

Additionally, isn’t reading great?  I’d forgotten how awesome it was.  I honestly can’t remember the last time I read a book that either a) wasn’t a biography or b) wasn’t a textbook.  Right now I’m finishing up The Four Loves by C.S. Lewis, and I cannot recommend it enough.  It’s an in-depth examination of human love, both thought provoking and enlightening.  Unfortunately, it’s short– I only have about 6 pages to finish, and I’m dreading the book’s conclusion.

I suppose it’s a good thing that my internship starts soon– otherwise I’d quickly turn into a fat scholar.

Although I’m pretty sure that I’d be okay with that.

– Tress