Friday, January 24, 2014

Rambling Never Looked So Good.

Atlanta > Miami > Paris > London > Dublin > Miami > Atlanta > New York City

Hiiii!! 

SoOo, it's been forever. An eternity. When I first started this blog, I was convinced I was going to successfully update it weekly, but of course life (school) gets in the way and recreational activities are unfortunately put aside. With that being said, it's the weekend and I have some time to kill! Over the past couple of months, I've done a little bit of traveling. I picked out all my favorite pictures and posted them below. Ch-ch-check it. 

Paris, France.

Okay, first of all, what the hell Paris? How can a city be so beautiful? And clean? And magical? I mean? Paris was incredible. After spending Thanksgiving in Miami, I flew out to Paris to meet my parents. We decided we'd go for a week to do some exploring/Christmas shopping/touristy things before catching up with the rest of our family in Ireland. We stayed in an apartment right across from Notre Dame and had an incredible view of the city. What an unbelievable experience, let me tell you. We did a lot of Museum wandering, croissant eating (to be more specific, I was the one eating the croissants. No regrets.) and had dinner on the Eiffel tower. We even had dinner at Ralph Lauren's too. I could go on & on about how perfect Paris is, but I think you get the point. 

Paris: Black & White Version.
And then we fecked off to Ireland for Christmas! My homeland. The second we touched down in Dublin, we caught a two hour train ride to Galway to catch up with the first batch of family. Did a lot of shopping, sleeping, eating (me, again. Always.), and drinking in pubs. Three days later, we drove down to Sligo to see good ol' Granny and the rest of the family. Sligo is in the countryside of Ireland, so there is a lot of fields, sheep, and absolutely no wifi. Every time I stumbled into my Granny's kitchen at 9 in the morning to make tea, I'd be faced with a bunch of cows staring into her wide open windows. That never, ever, gets old. You know what else doesn't get old? Granny's cooking. Hot damn. 
Dublin > Galway > Sligo > Dublin, Ireland

Unfortunately, I had to part ways with the parents & the rest of the family in London. It's always weird saying goodbye to my parents. After years of traveling with them, I can never get used to them boarding a flight to the Middle East without me. I was a big wimp and cried like a baby in the middle of Heathrow Airport. I don't get to see them until my graduation (which is a subject I won't even attempt to delve into right now).

After flying back to Miami, I only stayed for New Years Eve (AND JAY Z) before I had to make the wretched 10 hour drive to Atlanta. Alright, it's not that wretched. It sounds worse than it actually is. I have Cat Cudi as co-pilot and we usually spend the drive listening to the Comedy Pandora Station (highly recommend if you're about to endure a long drive), singing along to Beyonce goodies and panicking when I race past a parked policeman behind the trees --no speeding tickets yet, fellas.


National Retail Federation, New York City.

My favorite thing about 2014 so far, is the trip I made to New York City with my friends from school. I only got to spend four days in Atlanta before I had to pack up again and fly over to NYC for the NRF (retail summit). We stayed in Times Square, went to a Broadway show, and even sat 10 feet away from President George W. Bush when he was giving a speech. I had goosebumps when he talked about his 9/11 experience. He was strangely inspiring. And okay, SIDE NOTE, I have this Miami Heat beanie that I wore around the city and I got into so many arguments with Knicks fans when they found me. One of the Sephora security guards jokingly kept telling me he 'couldn't have me in the store with that hat on'. I love a good quarrel about the NBA. 

Miscellaneous: Atlanta, Georgia.
While I loved New York City, I couldn't believe how great it felt touching down in Atlanta. I really missed this city. My ATLiens. Atlanta is a required taste to say the least, but it truly feels like home. I'll be here for the next seven weeks before I (hopefully) get over to Austin, Texas for SXSW. Definitely taking the opportunity to explore this city more and enjoy the remaining months I'm living here. Finally. We're all up to date. Did I bore you? Probably. It was a very rambly post indeed. I really will try to update this blog more often. Was there anything you'd prefer to see on here? Let me know in the comments! Until next time, you beautiful rabbits! x



Thursday, July 18, 2013

Glittery Eyes.

     I spent all of yesterday indoors because the weather was downright dreadful. It poured all day and even when the rain stopped, the gloomy clouds still lingered. Instead of letting the weather affect my mood, I whipped together a dreamy playlist to keep me inspired.  


     If you're ever in need of a creative boost, this playlist is the real deal. I sat in the living room with three sleeping kitties, my trusting moleskine & this playlist on full blast. Have a listen!

     And just for good measure, I'll post some of my silly doodles. 




     And here's a picture of sleepy Robin. Just beacuse: 


Keira

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Black & Gold.




     Would we consider this an 'Outfit Of The Day' post? I don't know. What I do know is that I wanted to show off my gold sequence pimped out black sweater I found on a sales rack in Forever 21. I freaked out y'all, not gonna lie. Black & gold is my favorite combo and I was kinda surprised this thing wasn't sold out yet...maybe because it's the middle of summer in south Florida but I totally justified the purchase with the fact that I'll be needing it for my month in Ireland.

     So I guess this is the part where I give you some fashion advice about how to pull off a badass sweater like this. I'm not going to do that. First of all, I feel like the way some gals give fashion advice comes off as totally cheesy. You know what I'm talkin' about. The whole "pair it with a fun & flirty pair of chic tapered shorts with a cute trim of gold lace!!" (I actually have no idea what I just described but don't do that. Ever.). Cringy descriptive words, yo. What I will say is this: whatever you do, keep that bottom half of your outfit simple. A glittery/bedazzled something needs it's spotlight. It's the garment's time to shine. Let it shine, ladies. Don't overdue it with something crazy on the bottom too. In my opinion, that's too much. I don't know where my eyes should travel. I start to get dizzy. I sweat because I panic. I'm overwhelmed.

 Get the picture? Great.

Hey, here's a music video of Sam Sparro's song Black and Gold. It's really good so watch it!




Keira

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Alligator Alley.

Taken right before I got chewed out by a Dunkin' Donuts employee because I asked for Soy milk instead of cream for my iced coffee...oops.
     So apparently I fell asleep on the couch last night after watching a marathon of The Newsroom because I woke up this morning still in my living room, to the sound of my lawn crew mowing my front yard. It was identical to the scene of Cameron Diaz's boyfriend waking up on the couch at the beginning of the The Holiday (I miss that movie. I think it's still recorded on my DVR from Christmas.). I decided to spend the rest of my morning drinking numerous cups of coffee and embarrassingly re-watching some of America's finest reality tv shows (yikes).

     I digress. 

     I wanted to post a couple of pictures from my mini road trip to St. Petersburg from the past weekend. I always forget how beautiful that town is. It's a beach town so no matter where you are, there are people in flip flops, surfer shops on every corner and a constant ocean breeze. I was only there until Sunday morning so I didn't get to see everything (including the Salvador Dali museum, which I was seriously bummed about) but I'm hoping to go back for Warped Tour in two weeks. 

Alligator Alley. July 2013.
T and Me cafe. July 2013. 
     For some reason, I woke up at 7am Saturday morning and couldn't go back to sleep so I camped out in the living room to watch the news until my friends woke up (I'm a total news junkie, by the way. Where in the world is Snowden, am I right??). Fortunately, my friend Kasie couldn't sleep either so we got dressed and decided to explore. We ended up in Gulfport, a mini town/neighborhood a mile away from where she lived and we found the cutest cafe hidden within another neighborhood. I fell in love. While I was eating the best bagel in the world, I observed some of the locals coming in to get their morning coffee too. I felt like I was sitting in an episode of friends. Everyone knew each others business and were ordering their "usuals". This one guy even came in with his Husky and I tried to keep my uncontrollable gushing at bay. 

Heart eyes for days!! July 2013. 
     After breakfast we explored Gulfport a little more before heading over to the thrift stores on Central Ave. It didn't take us long to discover Gulfport Pier. When we walked along the shoreline with our coffees, I felt like I was in a damn Nicholas Sparks novel for a hot second. It was beautiful and I was grateful we got to see it before the tropical storm hit (which happened three hours later. Jeez).
Kasie on Gulfport Pier. Lulz. July 2013. 
Gulfport Pier. July 2013. 

The book shop of Gulfport. July 2013. 
     Overall it was a great trip. I had to drive back to stinky Boca Raton early Sunday, due to the next set of storms headed our way. 

    I hope you enjoyed my surprisingly long blog post, aided by my crappy iphone pictures. I promise to use a real camera next time. 

Keira

Monday, July 15, 2013

Girl talk.




Finally, a real makeup post from yours truly. In my opinion, makeup equals playtime. Just twenty minutes of straight playtime. If it were up to me, I could play with my makeup & hair products for hours. I frequent my local Sephora more than I attend the Whole Foods down the road (which is a big statement, because I'm there all the time). I live for arbitrary visits to CVS & Target just to test and 'window shop' even though I always leave with new things because those damn brands know how to market to a gal like me. Now, that I've addressed my apparent problem, I'd like to share what I use on a daily basis! Prepare yourself; this post is image heavy. 

FACE

So hey, hi, I'm a big MAC fan over here. Especially for their foundation. I've recently become obsessed with their matchmaster foundation because it's light and lasts forever. After I put concealer, primer, & foundation on my face, I like to brush over a light layer of powder for a matte finish. The tarte cheek stain is a new investment from Sephora and I've been pretty pleased with the results so far. It's not too drastic & blends nicely. 

EYES

Rarely do I brave eyeshadow. I get major paranoia over uneven blending on my eyelids or creating  noticeable creases from blinking profusely towards that hot guy sitting at the bar in an attempt of acting seductive (sike). With that being said, Urban Decay's prime potion really helps cleaning that shit up. If I'm putting on eyeshadow, it's almost always going to be a smokey eye and I'm able to achieve that with the two palettes pictured above. The Black collection palette (far right) is a personal favorite. 

I don't fuck around when I get to the eyeliner & mascara stage of my process. It is everything and if you ask me, it can mess up your whole look if it doesn't come out nice & sharp. I use two types of eyeliner from MAC: the first one is for the bottom lashes, the second for the eyelid. I will never stop preaching about the penultimate eyeliner. I’ve been using this for the past five years and it has never let me down. The fact that it comes in the form of a pen really helps create the dramatic cat eye if that’s the kinda look you’re into (which in my case, is almost every day).

As for the Mascara, I'm in love with Maybelline's new Falsies big eyes! It makes my eyelashes touch the roof, to be honest. I also have a mascara from Elizabeth Arden that is absolutely amazing. I stole it from my mom's makeup drawer when she wasn't looking. Mom if you're reading this, I'm sorry & you're missing out. 

NEXT? Eyebrows. So check it. I've never plucked/threaded/waxed my eyebrows ever. Seriously. It's not because I have perfect eyebrows (because L O L, certainly not), but it's because I find it painful to pluck or thread my eyebrows. I know. I'm such a sissy. Luckily for me, Anastasia came to the rescue. Anastasia is a specific eyebrow brand at Sephora that I've become utterly obsessed with. I use their tinted eyebrow gel to help shape & darken these caterpillar beauts. They have all kinds of cool stuff for your eyebrows (which is crazy because who would have thought you could create a whole business off of just eyebrow products) so the next time you accidentally stumble into a Sephora, check them out! 

LIPS
I keep it relatively tradish' when it comes to lip colors. Mostly because my eye makeup is pretty dramatic but also because my complexion is so fair that I look like a damn monster attempting drag when I explore any other color that isn't a pale pink or red.

SKIN CARE
I am in love with Palmer's night renewal cream. It's fairly priced and smells like magic (Cocoa butter is a dreeeeeam). It also makes you feel like a damn goddess when you wake up the following morning. Definitely a good investment if you're looking for a new facial cream. 

HAIR GOODIES
I never did anything with my hair before I dyed it black. I washed it with shampoo and called it a day. Dassit. After I dyed it however, I changed my hair regime by a lot. Now I'm obsessed with hair products - almost as obsessed as I am with Cat Cudi & bagels. Here's a line up of products I've been using to tame the mane as of late. I'm all about volume and a matte finish. I don't like when my hair is too shiny so I always turn to the surf spray and surfer hair putty from Fructis Style. Garnier have amazing styling products. I can't believe how long it has taken me to realize that. The moroccan argan oil (far right) is a recent obsession and was given to me from dear old mum. It really keeps the hair looking healthy. It's definitely another great investment. 

And that's my regime. Fun? Yes. Great results? Absolutely. Expensive? Maybe...

Ha. 

If you have any suggestions to add, feel free to do so in the comments below. I'm always searching for new products to try.

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