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Beauty Tricks

I thought I'd revive my beauty series from For Me, For You but do it a little differently this time over here. A mix of products I'm into, and also little tricks and techniques. In this post I refer to products I usually buy at either a drug store or Sephora, but am linking largely to Amazon to make things easier since we all have different drug stores we use. 

Ok! So my first trick, pictured above is something I've been doing lately when my nails are looking really short and not so great. I've been working on a project at work that has kept me super busy and stressed, which is always the time I fall back into the habit of biting my nails. The only thing that keeps me from biting them when I'm stressed is having them painted, but when they're in rough shape nail polish looks bad. I normally paint them with a beigey-nude color in times like this, but I've discovered that topping the color off with a matte top coat gives them this very even look - basically like you're not even wearing nail polish, but camouflages uneven length and brittle surfaces. I start with a base coat of Sally Hansen Complete Care, which I've found to be the best base coat to help your nails grow faster and stronger I've used so far, then I paint two coats of OPI Samoan Sand - my very favorite "nude" (sorry I hate that term as it's nude on me, but maybe not on your skin - but it's a bit more pink-toned than beige), then I finish with a matte top coat. I use Formula X Mind Over Matter, but I've also heard good things about Essie's Matte About You top coat. On that note, Essie has an intriguing line of Cashmere Matte polishes I really want to try and sell out constantly!

Next I want to talk about a magical little product that will only cost you three bones. After running out of my beloved NARS eyeshadow primer during a particularly non lucrative month of my life this summer, I did a little online research and found rave reviews for e.l.f's Eye Primer & Liner Sealer. What sold me was that it's stupid cheap, has great reviews, but also comes with a fun bonus tool that is basically a felt tip liner wand with primer liquid, so that you can create eyeliner with any eyeshadow. I think the shadow primer is good - not as good as NARS and if I were say, getting photographed or getting married or something special I'd splurge for NARS, but for every day use the primer is totally fine. But the eyeliner tool is AWESOME. It's fun to try making eyeliner out of different shadow colors I have, and if you're into lining your water line (aka make your eyeballs pop out of your head when you want to look effortlessly fancy) this is great for that.

Lastly, I'd been trying to shoot a little tutorial on super easy eyeliner application after talking to a few of my friends who said they were terrified of putting it on and just avoid it altogether. My go-to method is lining my top lid right above my eyelashes with a soft pencil, and then smudging it with a smudge brush. This is awesome because you can do a terrible job with the liner and then fix it with the smudge brush (cheap version, nicer version). Lucky for me Jillian of Casually Gorgeous (excellent instagram account with no-nonsense beauty tips) made a tutorial of this exact method right while I was failing at trying to photograph myself doing it. Most often I use Smashbox Always Sharp liner, a new favorite, but this method really works with any liner besides liquid.

Weekly Music

I love this Chemical Brothers song "Born In The Echoes" off their new album of the same name, featuring Cate Le Bon. I'm not super crazy about the whole album, it's a little intense and perhaps the one whirl I gave it while working wasn't the best setting, but I LOVE this song.

Also, for those of you who use Spotify, have you listened to the Discover Weekly playlist they give you every week? A lot of people haven't even noticed it there, but it's a new feature that hangs out at the top of your playlists: a playlist generated with songs you may like based on what you listen to. It's like iTune's old genius feature. If you share your account with someone else or play a lot of crowd pleasers around other people it may not be full of total gems, but even though I share my account with Will - who sometimes plays rap and metal at work I'd never listen to - I still found a lot of great stuff I'd never heard before. Give a go!

Weekly Music

A few new good songs to send you into the weekend!

Mac Demarco - "Another One" (yes, this is the weirdest music video you'll see in a while). Gives me major Cass McCombs vibes and I ain't mad.

Superhumanoids "Anxious in Venice". I'd really like to be somewhere dancing and for this song to come on. 

Wilco "Cold Slope". Still determining my favorite song on the new album, but this is for sure up there.

Have a great weekend! If you're in a fellow part of the world burning hot, well, stay cool.

Weekly Music

I'm majorly behind on listening to this, but really loving the debut album from Boxed In. Perfect hot hot summer album.

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Vintage Levi's

A ways back when boyfriend jeans starting becoming popular, I said a little prayer to the denim gods asking for this to mean skinny jeans would be phased out. I mean, we had a long and mostly beautiful love affair, but I'm ready to that to be over. They suffocate your crotch and make me feel less than great about my body shape. I still own a couple pairs that are high waisted and/or black super stretchy ones (so, more comfortable), but for the most part I have started really phasing them out. I'm entering into a period of fashion where I've shifted my focus to clothing that is either A. comfortable or B. interesting shapes or better yet, C. both. My 30s are good to me like that. 

I recently became obsessed with finding the perfect pair of vintage Levi's, and was successful finally in scoring a great pair of perfectly broken in 505's that I hemmed myself (thank you, helpful Youtube tutorial). While a pair of relaxed jeans rolled up at the hem is tried and true, I think hemming them a few inches above the ankle is really interesting, so I gave it a shot. I'm really into them and get stopped and asked about them all the time. Best $15 and 1 hour of my time ever spent. My lower half thanks me.

(I found my pair at Iguana, my sandals are Madewell, shirt is Alternative Apparel that I cut a few inches off, necklace is mine (coming soon!), nail polish is Essie. June's cuuuuute bandana is Big Cartel!)

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New Skillshare Class

Excited to share my second Skillshare class made in collaboration with Big Cartel! This new one is a short and sweet guide to creating your own lookbook for your brand. I walk you through their purpose, a few different styles, and what the heck to do with them with your done. This class is free to everyone, so join right here.

I'm also super proud and humbled that our other class, Designing and Launching your own Big Cartel Shop has reached over 5,000 students! Woo! I can't say enough good things about working with Big Cartel - they are truly wonderful people and I hope to collaborate again someday.

And little side note that I will emphasis is not self hate, but plllleeease excuse my terrible posture in this video! I think it was because I was leaning against a table and that shirt creates an optical illusion as I swear I felt like I was sitting up straight. I can't help but turn into my grandma watching this yelling "sit up straight!!" HA! 

Last little side note, this class is perfect timing as my latest look book is coming at ya next week. Sneak peek on instagram here

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Weekly Music

There were two songs I really wanted to put on my July mix but they weren't on Spotify yet, so I'll share them here in stead! First up is a super catchy, fun song by newcomer Kiiara, a song called "Gold". I can't wait to hear an album from her!

Next is a really lovely Maximum Balloon song featuring Karen O and Tunde Adebimpe called "Let It Grow". Karen's voice sounds incredible and I love those harmonies.

Up next, the new Tame Impala album - which really snuck up on me, I forgot it was coming out this month! What a damn fine gem it is. I've only given it a few spins but I'm already in love. It's kind of incredible that Kevin Parker made the entire thing himself.

Lastly, a new Kurt Vile song from an upcoming album I'm looking forward to. A couple months ago I stood in line for tacos next to him in Atwater and silently freaked out. I wasn't totally sure it was him until I could face him and get a good sense of his uncanny similarity to Gabby Hoffman. Truth!

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Weekly Music: July Mix

I took a little break from really hunting down new things to listen to, but summer always leads to an increase in music in my life, so I'm back at it! Planning for a mix every other month going forward. I actually made a mix in between blogs called May that you can find here. I'll be putting a page with all my music mixes on it soon, but for now you can find most of them on my Spotify account. 

So, July! A mix of new , not so new and older goodies. Listen on Spotify below or here.

The Cure Close To Me
LA Priest Oino 
Nina Simone Funkier Than A Mosquitos' Tweeter (Jazeem's All Styles Remix)
The Bird and the Bee Los Angeles
Janet Jackson No Sleeep
D'Angelo Back to the Future (pt 1)
Twin Danger Pointless Satisfaction
Moses Sumney Seeds
Solal I Lost Him ft Melonie Cannon
Other Lives Reconfiguration
Ibeyi River
The Smoking Trees Trips
Beach House Sparks

June Walks

I have a series on Instagram called #junewalks of snaps I take on my walks with June. I actually run with her now as I've been getting in super shape (more on that later) but I still abruptly stop when I see something cool. These are from some film shots I took with my new Minolta TC-1, which is a nifty little pocket point and shoot. A lot of the shots are pretty out of focus and a bit dark, so I need to figure it out a bit more, but I put together a little series for something I'll show you when it's out. These are some leftovers. Having a high energy dog is so much work, but damn they keep you in shape and you'll know your neighborhood well!

A new beginning

2015 marks eight years of my previous blog, For Me, For You. It went through so many changes in those years: from a blog two best friends shared on opposite coasts, to something I grew alone into a space that defined so much of my life and opened so many doors for me, then I slowly backed off until it felt too unnatural to post anything. Before FMFY, I had a Livejournal, before that some other early forms of blogging. I've been blogging in some form or another since I was about 17 years old: that's a long time, and I have no intention of no longer sharing myself online. The blog world has changed significantly, and sometimes it feels like talking into an empty, pointless void. But I've decided to experiment with worrying less about who's reading and how often I'm here and just...go for it. At first I thought I'd ditch all of this for just a music blog, but that started to feel not quite right.

I recently read a really interesting interview with Jesse Kamm. I will start by saying that I have a weird chip on my shoulder towards some successful women in LA that live a lifestyle I'm deeply jealous of on a surface level, and sometimes it's really hard for me to look into their lives. But the interview was incredibly inspiring and I respect her so highly now. She said something that rang inside my head so loudly: "I honor my limits". I wrote down "honor your limits" and put it on a piece of paper I carry around with me now. It's so simple and applies to many different aspects of our lives, but for me I applied it to my professional life and my online life. I read these guides on how to grow your business and how to be great at social media and sometimes I want to throw my computer against a wall because I just can't do it all. Recently I did an experiment and for two weeks I posted on Instagram every single day. I gained 50 followers in those two weeks, a pretty decent bump for me: I could see the difference it made immediately. But it was really stressful and sometimes I posted sub-par material I wasn't jazzed about and got incredibly depressed when some photos didn't get many likes. I knew that method wasn't for me and I felt almost untrue to myself having such a plan in place. I stopped, assessed my limits, and honored them. I decided to just attempt to post more simply for creatively pushing myself, and if it happened to help my business, that would be a nice.

The past year at my job has been a huge learning lesson. When I decided to start freelancing a bit again, it wasn't because I wasn't enjoying my job, it was because I was so inspired to start doing my own thing again with everything I've learned. I missed working on certain projects we don't do at KK and I knew I'd let certain parts of my creative life really go to the wayside because they just had to or I'd implode. But getting back in the game has been really hard and I'm hoping to use this space to get back into making things. I want to share what I'm working on, share music again, and whatever the heck else I'm feeling the need to bring here. You can also always follow me on Instagram for snapshots, Pinterest for inspiration, and Twitter for self depreciating remarks and light hearted whining (and the occasional photo Instagram wants nothing to do with - an entire rant of its own someday.)

Thanks for sticking with me, or just joining in. This blog lives inside my brand new portfolio site - feel free to take a spin around and let me know if you have any projects up your sleeve we could work on together!

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