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?




motivational haiku


As this turkey feast

comes to an abrupt, bitter close

may we survive finals.

Obviously, I am no poet. I am, however, hoping that each and every one of you had a restful break; full of food, family, and zero politics (excluding those sublime Joe Biden memes. What a glorious man).

I also hope that you spent today wrapped in a post-turkey radiance. I personally spent this afternoon basking in the glow of Christmas lights, while my dog and I caught up on all the Netflix we missed out on over the semester. Sometimes there’s nothing more delicious than letting yourself have a break.

Until next time,


us vs. them


*Note: I am not at all writing this to push my own political agenda– there’s enough of that on the internet already.  (Just check your Facebook feed!) 

Now that the Republican National Convention and the Democratic National Conventions are over, I’d like to touch on a disturbing trend that I noticed throughout both conventions; the predominating us vs. them mentality.

Let’s take, for example, Trump’s wall. (Again, I don’t really want to comment on the merits of his policies… This is merely an example.) He has heavily used rhetoric throughout the entirety of his campaign that demonizes undocumented Hispanics as a people group. Trump has painted every single one of them as lazy, often cruel, and lawless.

He is pushing such descriptions to deepen the fears of those who are already frightened, therefore giving them a false foundation upon which to justify their prejudices.

Depicting Hispanics (and others) in such a way leads to a viscous cycle; one that is full of snap judgement and unfounded fear. A cycle that takes the humanity out of good and earnest people, and makes them out to be monsters.

In all fairness, the left is guilty of this as well.  In fact, most politicians from both parties spend more time finger pointing and blame shifting than they spend discussing solutions.  With such a divided political climate, it’s no wonder our government is so inefficient.

This kind of thinking drives a wedge between us.  Such a mentality fosters hatred, bigotry, and violence. We all just need to remember that, at the end of the day, we stand united– no matter our race, religion, or political views.

Don’t let yourself be fooled by hatred inspired stereotypes.  Don’t be fearful.

Do choose to assume the best about others– even if they look or believe differently than you.



unpopular opinion: women and the draft


Even though the United States does not currently enforce an official military draft, all young men are required to register for Selective Service once they turn eighteen.  Recently, proponents of feminism and gender equality have begun to advocate for a mandatory female draft– a topic which sparked much discussion following the most recent GOP debate.  

Though I am a huge supporter of gender equality, I think that requiring women to register is foolhardy.  Quite, frankly, I think that requiring anyone to register (regardless of gender) is unconstitutional.  The U.S. Military is currently ‘all volunteer’, and it should remain as such.

Before proceeding, I want to make something clear: I firmly believe that women and men are equals.  Members of both genders possess the same social and intellectual capabilities, and are equally competent when it comes to making sound decisions.  Therefore, everyone should have equal access to all opportunities.

However, it is foolish to believe that men and women are physical equals.

Now, I do not want to downplay the bravery of women who freely choose to serve.  They are heroes, and should be recognized as such.  Their courage matches– and likely surpasses–that of their male colleagues.  All women should have the freedom to pursue a career in any military branch.

That being said, women are, as a rule, physically weaker than men (though there are exceptions).  Combat situations could potentially be higher risk for women, as they may be more easily overpowered.  Therefore, I do not find it offensive that my gender is not currently required to register.  On the contrary, I feel honored that our country values us enough to want to protect us from the horrors of war.

Furthermore, data from the Marine Corps shows that all male squads outperformed mixed squads “in 69 percent of the tasks evaluated”.  Not only were all male squads more efficient, they handled their weapons with greater finesse, and were less injury prone.  Again, it is not my intention to disregard the contributions of women in the military– I am simply suggesting that forcing women to register might not be the most lucrative way to strengthen our military.

I’d love to hear any thoughts on this topic, or on military registration in general.  Is requiring women to register empowering?  A necessary evil?  Unneeded?



rant: why (some) americans are terrible


I’ve noticed a rather disturbing trend lately, particularly among those belonging to my generation.  At some point, it became trendy for young adults to take the freedom that we have been blessed with for granted.  And it’s truly sickening.

Now, I’m not trying to go all super patriot– I realize that this nation is not perfect.  We have some pretty major issues that need to be addressed (e.g. the national debt, inequality, unfair taxation, etc).

However, an increasingly large amount of people are becoming blind to how fortunate we are.  Consider this:

Most Americans (80-90% in the majority of the states) obtain a high school diploma.  College enrollment is also on the rise. Plus, you know, women actually have the option to attend school– which is not a thing in many countries.  Lack of education is a huge contributing factor in human trafficking/violence against women and children.  THIS IS A BIG DEAL PEOPLE.

We don’t live in fear constantly.  Mothers and Fathers don’t typically worry about their kids being kidnapped from school, along with almost three hundred other classmates.  Children are not burned alive in the streets.  Globally, 1 child dies every 4 seconds due to hunger, poverty, or a preventable disease.  While hunger does still present a problem for some U.S. citizens, it is not an everyday concern for most. Also, mass evacuations do not occur in America, but they sure as hell happen elsewhere.

I know that the price of healthcare is a controversial subject.  But, let it be known that 87.9% of Americans have a usual place to go to for medical care.  In 2011, 84.8% of American women received prenatal healthcare.  What do you think the infant mortality rates are in third world countries?  I’ve seen them, and trust me, they’re less than ideal. 

Finally, at least 80% of the world’s population lives on less than $10 a day, and almost half of the world’s population lives on less than $2.50 a day.   We are rich– rich beyond belief.

So please, continue to share your pretentious (and completely biased) political opinions, while sipping your $4 specialty Starbucks.  You’re TOTALLY right.  America sucks, and we should all move to Denmark, or whatever.*


*It goes without saying that I will be moving to Denmark if Trump is elected.  I may love this country, but even I have my limitations.


i am not a special snowflake

The company I am interning for recently held an online conference on how to manage and interact with millennials (defined as persons born between the 1980s and early 2000s) in the work place.  The conference highlighted  many commonly perceived qualities found in millennials, such as laziness and self-entitlement.

As a millennial, I found this extremely distasteful.

Although there are obviously exceptions, I have found my college peers to be extremely hardworking.  We exceed academically, volunteer, and somehow find time to pursue our non-academic interests.  We’re in touch with the outside world, and are constantly learning and working via the internet.  We are driven.

Now, I realize that I may be overgeneralizing; the population of young adults that I consistently interact with at my private school may or may not be an accurate representation of America’s typical adolescents.

But what I am saying is this: the upcoming American workforce is about to undergo a revolution.  My generation brings with it an extraordinary amount of creativity, and a never before seen work and lifestyle integration.  We are the most diverse generation thus far, and we will bring about some hardcore change.

Baby Boomers and members of Generation X may grumble about our smart phones and seemingly illogical work schedule, but by doing so, they prove their lack of foresight, and underestimate our potential.

With that, I’ll leave you with some fab videos.  Check ’em out.

Millennial Stereotypes:

Why Millennials Matter:

Millennial Response to Baby Boomers:

oh say can you see, dr. carson’s on the far right

Last night, due to seriously screwed up serotonin levels, I found myself obnoxiously awake at 3:15 a.m.  So I did the logical thing: I got up, made tea, and decided to catch up on Twitter.

And this is what I beheld:


THESE ARE THE THINGS THAT I MISS WHILE AT SCHOOL.  Also, Target is downsizing their selection of packaged foods. ( Although that seems like the less significant story, I thought it was more unexpected than Carson announcing his candidacy).

For those who don’t know, Dr. Carson is the head of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins.  I first discovered him about a year ago, when I read Gifted Hands, his autobiography.  (I particularly enjoyed his account of his freshman general chemistry final, which was as relateable as it was chilling).  I found his book to be both candid and refreshing, and I immediately read One Nation next.  His political views– particularly his opinion on healthcare– intrigued me, and I began to wonder if he would end up throwing his proverbial hat into the political three ring circus.

I admittedly have yet to do a substantial amount of research on the other candidates.  However, Carson appears to be a hardworking individual who cares for the average American…  And that’s more than what can be said for the majority of politicians.

It will be an interesting primary indeed.

– Tress