Jan 9, 2015

My Top Beauty Products and Fashion Items of 2014 (plus some other miscellaneous stuff)

I was looking at my old posts and I noticed that I did a post called "Top 11 of 2011." It was a blogpost of all my favorite things (beauty, fashion, music, and books) of 2011. Since 2014 just passed, I decided I would like to vocalize what things I loved in the year 2014. It's also nice for me to look back at what I liked that year.

Makeup:

Almay Eyeliner
*this has been the eyeliner that I've been using for the past two years. Classic, retractable eye pencil that has a substantial staying power, but also smudges slightly (which I like)

Almay Clear Complexion Concealer
*I don't  apply this on my zits, but I find this concealer thick enough to somewhat cover my mole.

Revlon Colorstay 16 Hour Eye Shadow in Adventurous 
 *Great colors; two of them may have too much fall out from glitter, but I like the color combinations you can do with this quad. I especially like the matte chocolate brown eyeshadow

Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Black Cherry
*Awesome, buildable lipstick for a plum lip

Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Crush
*Moisturizing yet still maintains pigmentation. I wear this with multiple products (like Black Cherry) for the ultimate vampy lip

Elf Professional Eye Shadow Brush
*A soft brush that I used all the time in 2014 for applying shadow on my lids. I have the older version of this brush. I think it's now called the "C" brush
NYC Eyelash Curler
*Inexpensive and does a good job curling my lashes!

Lancome Eyeshadow Faux Pas
*this was in my 2011 list. I used this eye shadow continuously half way through the year for a simple brown look or to put in my crease.

Fashion:


H&M black Chelsea boots
White mock turtleneck from Kohl's
1990's sleeveless collared shirt from Mom
Calvin Klein dress pants

Music:

Trouble Will Find Me album- The National
*favs include I Should Live In Salt, Don't Swallow the Cap, and Graceless
High Violet album- The National
*fav songs include Terrible Love, England, Vanderlye Crybaby Geeks
About Today- The National
*originally heard this song from the movie Warrior, and just this year begun to listen to this songs again. It's one of my favorite songs ever.
Blood- the Middle East
The Moon Song- Karen O ft. Ezra Koenig
Before My Time- J. Ralph, Scarlett Johansson, Joshua Bell

The Girl- City and Colour
First Day of My Life- Bright Eyes
George Ezra 
Gabrielle Aplin
500 Days of Summer Soundtrack
Where the Wild Things Are Soundtrack


Books:

"2014 was the year of finishing series" I say as I look back at the 14 books I read that year. Click here to see all the books I read! Now the following are the best books I read in 2014:

Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi
Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor
Cress by Marissa Meyer
Champion by Marie Lu
Graceling by Kristin Cashore

Other things:

AMC Movie Talk
*5 days a week, a group of film experts talk for about 30 minutes about movie news, castings, films. It's freaking great for the film lover! Watch them on youtube.

Rookie Mag
*Although I've only fully started reading Rookie Mag on the daily, I think it's a great website for teens and for adults. It's full of insight, advice, inspiration, and how-to's.

That is all for me favorites. I hope you get something out of this list and have a great year.



Jan 5, 2015

Trend Alert: Blanket Cape Poncho Thingy

About a year ago, I laid my eyes on the most beautiful article of clothing that I had seen that day. It was the Burberry blanket poncho. As an avid fan of Burberry who watches all their shows, I was catching up with the Autumn/Winter 2014 collection that was presented the day before. Besides seeing which celebrities were sitting on the front row, I was excited to see the clothes of course. And the wonderful scenery and music that Burberry always showcases. Foremost, the collection was one of my favorites that I had seen Burberry come out with (high-five Christopher Bailey). The cut of the dresses, the layering, the sherling coats weeped me to my knees- in a good way of course. It was beautiful, absolutely beautiful, but at the end when all the models marched out in the finale, each adorned with their initialed blanket cape poncho thingy while Pamola Faith belted out "ONLY LOVE CAN HURT LIKE THHHIIS!" and the musicians are sliding their bows across their instruments passionately.

Man, it does hurt. 


Pictures via Anna Amelia


Since then, many celebrities have stepped out in their own, Burberry blankets with their initialed stitched that screams "Hey! I know you want this. Hahahaha but you don't because you can't FREAKING afford it haha." Darn it, thank you for silently telling me that. 

Photo via Mystudentstyle


Thanks to Burberry, high-street retailers are selling their version of the blanket cape poncho for people like me who can not buy it due to it's luxurious price.




Topshop also had the blanket cape, seen above, but it is currently sold out online. 



Not wanting to spend more money on clothing, I have figured out a solution to attempt to be apart of this trend. Grabbing my own blanket, that's checked by the way just saying, off of my couch, and wearing it across my shoulders. Yes, my blanket may be long, and it may ache my neck a little, but I shall try this trend out.

Plus, I also have an excuse to wear a blanket out in public.

Thank you Burberry, thank you (I'm not being sarcastic here. I do want to thank them).


Watch the amazing show in which the blankets are shown here:

Dec 31, 2014

Diary Entry #3 (aka The Last Day of 2014)

12/31/14

Well, today is the last day of 2014. I don't even know what happened. It felt like 2014 flew past me like a roadrunner. For the past few years, I never had a list of resolutions to check off for each year. All I want is to be happy.

(Edit: I saw this on tumblr and really liked it
Actual goal for 2k15:
Just become a better person. Continue to unlearn problematic behavior. Strive to achieve the things I want to achieve. Be kind to people. Be compassionate. Have a sense of humor. Get healthier mentally and physically. Move forward. )
Today, my cousin came by to hang out and bake some cookies. Chocolate chip and Cheesecake to be exact. The first batch of chocolate chip cookies were burnt, but the second time it came out decent. The Cheesecake cookies came out tasteful as well. We then, watched the basketball episode from The Office, caught up with our daily lives, and watched some of Dick Clark's Rockin Eve in which One Direction was performing at (pre-recorded obvs).


Dec 29, 2014

Diary Entry #2

12/26/14

Yesterday of course was Christmas. It's saddening that as I get older, Christmas doesn't feel as special. There was something magical and fun as a child, believing in Santa Claus, picking some Oreos and a plate for him, and waiting excitingly for what presents were to come under the tree in the morning. Nevertheless, it was a nice day.

12/29/14

This is my last week of relaxation before school starts again. I don't want break to end. I guess I have to make the most of my free time. But, the thing is, I've been wasting my time on the Sims 2. Ever since watching Dan and Phil's videos on the Sims 4, I wanted to play the Sims myself. So that's what I did. It's very entertaining; time seems to slow down once you play the Sims because once you decide you're done playing, hours have passed before your eyes. It's addictive.

Yesterday, I watched the animated film, Anastasia, for the first time in years. More like ten years? It was on Netflix and my happy self could not wait to watch the movie. As a child, I had an Anastasia baby-doll style shirt and a Pooka (Anya's dog in the film) toy plush. I could not help admire Dimitri and his charm. I liked the dialogue between Anastasia and Dimitri; they were quick with wit and smarts.

Tomorrow, my brother, my cousin, and I are going to see The Theory of Everything. Jenan had said that it was a great film and I trust Jenan's opinions, for her taste in films are similar to mine's. Plus, critics gave positive reviews. And Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones are starring, and I'm a fan of both of them.

It's so weird the year's almost over. Thinking back to the beginning of the year, I don't really remember what happened. I just remembered major events:
  • quitting band
  • cutting my hair again by myself
  • turning 17 
  • taking the SAT's
  • taking the SAT's again and improving my score
  • going to the One Direction WWA concert
  • getting accepted to university
  • not feeling close to Sami anymore
  • learning not to lash out on friends, or family, when you are feeling bad
  • driving to school finally
  • my band and I sounding very good with our cover of Dirty Paws
  • becoming interesting in film again
  • developing feminist ideas
  • the year I became very interested in superheros
Hopefully with writing this down on this blog, I won't forget who I was in 2014.


Dec 22, 2014

Diary Entry #1

12/22/14
So I’ve decided to document some happenings in my life knowing future me would gladly appreciate this new thing that I am doing.
Your welcome future Anne.
Love,
17 year old Anne

-

Today, Tony and I watched our first Hayao Miyazaki film (well, for me at least)— Howl’s Moving Castle. It was a great film, though the last fourth of the movie left me with minor questions. And Christian Bale’s voice is so odd for Howl; I can not help but remind myself of Tony’s impersonation of him in American Psycho. Nevertheless, it was a nice, magical film and introduction to more of Miyazaki’s animations. I certainly can not wait to watch more.

Yesterday was the gang’s annual holiday party. This year, we had a white elephant instead of a secret santa since it was inexpensive for our budgets. I got Jenan’s gift: a Ryan Gosling meme journal. I’ve wanted to own one and now I have it; I was certainly happy with my gift. Jenan received my gift which included a giant holiday pen with a magic 8-eque pen that answers your questions with a click of a pen. I’m happy to say that she likes it. After a plate of chicken nuggets and sweets (which included my chocolate crinkle cookies I might add), we played a board game with the name ‘picture’ in its title, then watched Love Actually. Love Actually had a cute ending, but there was a lot of profanity that hindered my total enjoyment for the film. Of all the couples featured, I loved Jamie and AurĂ©lia’s story line. It was a great time with friends and our last holiday party as high school students.

Of course, I’m in winter break now, but I have many things to do. I have to finish my scholarship essays and study my Deca materials for the test. I need to get that going and I’m stressing.

Mar 11, 2014

Spring/Summer 2014 Trends: Pastels

Hello! So today's post, I will be discussing the Spring and Summer trends for 2014. It will be a series-- a motivation for posting more and just blogging what I like...and that's fashion. Dun dun DUN!
In the series, each post will be about trends about the recent runway shows. Today, we will be looking at the Burberry S/S14 show.

Burberry is my favorite fashion house so it's fitting to do the first trend on the British brand. Through out the show, it's obvious that one of Christopher Bailey's main idea was to implement pastel colors, or, the "English Rose" to his designs. Cardigans, pencil skirts, and coats are adorned with these lovely colors.

Firstly, let's take a look at some of my favorite garments from the collection:

The creamy blue lining on the button-down offers
a little of the pastel trend while maintaining Burberry's
roots with the trench-style coat.




I adore this outfit. The clear vinyl over coat with
the lace shirt and skirt is a must.
A great finale outfit.

I love this outfit. The mint green cardigan and the
lace blue button down, pencil skirt, and underwear
are the dream garments that I want in my closet, but
unfortunately, don't have the $$$ to have.



The mint green lace trench coat is a nice twist
to the traditional trench coat.


Personally, I love the trend and can be worn easily with simple items such as a mint green dress or a soft yellow handbag. Here is my take on the trend with a set I made on polyvore.

The "dream" outfit I styled includes:
-Mulberry flower handbag


Yes, these garments are quite realllyy expensive. So here are some alternatives that still implement the pastel trend.


Lilac Swing Dress
Light Pink Cocoon Coat


Mint Green Combat Boots


Lemon Satchel Bag

At the end of these posts, I will have a youtube video of the trend-inspired show. So here it is, Burberry S/S14 Show. Have fun with the trend.





-Anne


Dec 12, 2013

Harry and his Style (Pun intended): A look on his Fashion

This past week, Harry Styles won the "British Style" award at the British Fashion Awards. Known for his curly locks, cheeky personality, and his amicable heart, this member of One Direction sure does match his last name perfectly. This man sure has style, Harry Styles.*

*I am aware that is a lame pun but I'm taking every opportunity I can get to be somewhat humorous. 





Although I am a female and have no familiarity of men's fashion, I'm going to analyze his style anyways. I mean why not? Why not stare at this beautiful man for the next few minutes? Let's take a look at the outfits he has worn:

Not gonna lie, I am a huge One Direction fan. What's not to like about these five charming and cute  guys from across the pond (including Ireland, not gonna leave out wonderful Niall). I follow many 1D tumblr blogs and I see many candids of Harry around town. When out on the streets, he usually wears a simple graphic tee, a nice pair of tight skinny jeans (haha yes), and his nifty brown boots.


Only recently, he has started to layer his outer wear-- especially for the winter season. Smart idea Harry, layering for warmth. Here in the first photo, he layers a white tee, a red-toned plaid shirt,  a shearling coat, and of course, his cute little bandanna. In the next outfit, he wears a black tee, neutral plaid shirt, and his high fashion Yves Saint Laurent coat. 



Many times, Harry likes to unbutton his button-down shirts all the way to the middle of his chest (as a Harry-girl, I'm screaming in the inside). Also...I like his fedora. Too cute, too cute.



He also likes to wear his heart button-down. Here, he wears it on a night out in the late 2012 and he also wear the same shirt in the This is Us Premiere.


Of course, I have to add his photos from the Burberry S/S 2013 and S/S 2014 shows. I feel like he could be one of the sole spokespersons of Burberry. He's such a classy man and represents Britain very well-- a perfect symbolism of the brand.



I need to add that he is well known for his tight (and ripped) black skinny jeans, bandanna, and his boots.

Analyzing these photos (^_^) and his outfits, it makes sense for his award. Harry Styles does have amazing style-- a style that is not only classy, but also illuminates his wholesome personality. Therefore, Harry does deserve his Fashion Style Award.



Thanks for reading,
Anne