Written in the Stars

Hey, everyone!  I’ve been a long time fan of horoscopes and zodiac related things (my star sign is Pisces), so much so that I’ve accumulated a decent amount of Pisces paraphernalia over the years.  When I saw this constellation dress at Zara, it immediately captivated me. I decided to style this look with the zodiac in mind; I’m wearing a necklace of the Pisces constellation and a Pisces bangle.   It’s been a warm fall season this year, so I was pleased to be able to wear a sleeveless dress without being chilly! I made the dress more fall-appropriate by wearing my sparkle tights and paired this look with my oxfords for a polished finished.

Dress: Zara

Necklace: K2harmony

Bracelet: Alex and Ani

Tights: H&M

Shoes: Forever 21

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Also, check out your horoscope here if you’d like to hear what the stars have in store for you! If you’re also a Pisces, let me know in the comments! We can lament together about how Pisces merch is usually sold out in stores😦

Fall Eyeshadow Review

Hey, everyone! I’ve acquired quite a bit of eyeshadow this season, so I decided to review them all for you here on the blog today! I’ve finally hopped on the nude eyes bandwagon after resisting for soooo long, so don’t be surprised if you see me rocking some of these shadows in my everyday life! I’m reviewing shadows from the Mojo Spa (brick-and-mortar location is in Wicker Park), Colourpop, and Urban Decay!

MOJO SPA

So, the Mojo Spa is a downright adorable establishment, and it’s conveniently located in the heart of the hustle and bustle on N. Milwaukee in Wicker Park! I purchased the “Eyeshadows for: Light Brown Eyes Limited Edition” trio because a) I have light brown eyes and b) I’m a sucker for anything that says limited edition. The folks at the spa MADE these eyeshadows, which is super cool (#DIYtillIdie), and they are free of irritants such as talc and fragrance!

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From left to right: Magic Carpet, Tibet, and Seville.

These shadows are designed to be worn together, and the packaging contains instructions as to what part of the eyelid each color is supposed to go. I was skeptical of this, however, because at a glance, it doesn’t seem like silvery blue, brown, and gray-brown would look good together but BOY DO THEY LOOK GOOD TOGETHER.

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APPLICATION:

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These are powder shadows, so application is a tad messy. The extra bits that will inevitably fall all over your face wash off easily, so it’s totally not a big deal.  They are smooth to apply and easily blendable- great if you’re not-so-great at doing makeup!

PIGMENTATION:

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Like I said before, I was skeptical of how these pigments would look all together. They look INCREDIBLE! The shadows are pigmented enough to show up but not so much that it overwhelms your look!

STAYING POWER:

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I wore these shadows to a Russian bath house, and yes, I was wearing primer, but even then these shadows stayed on through the hot steam

COLOURPOP

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From left to right: Stereo, Tang, and Sailor.

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Wearing Stereo.

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Wearing Tang and Sailor together.

I reviewed Colourpop eyeshadows in my Colourpop Review post, so not much has changed this time around. I did note that Stereo did not stay as well as Tang and Sailor did, for whatever reason. But overall, I loved these colors!

NAKED BASICS PALETTE

I love Urban Decay, and everyone and their mom loves the Naked palette, so I finally caved and bought the Naked Basics palette at Sephora.

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The palette comes with six nude shades.

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Wearing Naked 2, Faint, and Crave.

APPLICATION:

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This was super tricky to apply and blend. I had so much trouble getting the pigment to blend correctly across my eyelid, whereas I had no such trouble with the other two brands. After blending and spreading pigment several times with no luck, I gave up and rocked an imperfect look all day. I was disappointed.

PIGMENTATION:

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So, half of the shades don’t even show up on my skin..what is the point. The other shades show up but I’m very disappointed that half of these shades virtually do nothing.

STAYING POWER:

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These stayed on ok, but the staying power could be better.  I saw better results from Colourpop and Mojo Spa in terms of staying power, so I was disappointed in this category as well.

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Leave it to me to dislike the most hyped-up products (see the Colourpop Review again where I DESTROYED their matte lip stain).  My favorite shadows were by far the Mojo Spa ones, followed by the Colourpop ones. I suggest buying shadows from either for that makeup-obsessed friend in your life for the holidays! I hope you found this review helpful and look out for my annual Broke College Student’s Holiday Gift Guide, due out soon!

Tibi T

Hey, everyone! It’s Throwback Thursday here on the blog today (the title of this post is a play on #tbt)! Velvet is a huge trend in 2016, but this trend infiltrated my wardrobe three years ago during my senior year of high school. I’ve held onto most of my velvet pieces throughout college, including this velvet dress:

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Taken at my 18th birthday celebration in 2013

During NYFW, I received a generous gift from Tibi, and decided to put it towards this gorgeous velvet turtleneck.  The color is so vibrant, and the quality of the velvet is unparalleled. I’m obsessed!

So, how exactly does 2016 Emily style velvet pieces?  I styled my turtleneck with my black skater skirt and high knee socks. As another homage to my senior year days, I wore my creeper heels with this look (2013 Emily was constantly sporting TUK creepers at school).  My style hasn’t changed too dramatically since senior year, and this look serves to converge and define my past and present aesthetics .

Top: Tibi

Skirt: Forever 21

Socks: Amazon

Shoes: Forever 21

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Fall Off the Shoulder

Hey, everyone! As you probably know by now, off the shoulder is a huuuge trend. Instead of opting for a summer off the shoulder look (I got this blouse when I went to London back in July lol), I decided to wait until fall to show you guys how to make a warm weather trend into a fall one! I paired my black off the shoulder blouse with my girlfriend jeans and lace up booties for a fall friendly look. This look was perfect for day-to-night! How have you styled your off the shoulder pieces? Let me know in the comments!

Top: Costes (similar at Bloomingdales)

Jeans: Urban Outfitters

Shoes: Urban Outfitters

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Pantry Staples

Hey, everyone! It’s been over a year since I moved off campus, and in that time I’ve learned so much about food! Cooking for one can be really tricky- but through trial and error I discovered what’s key to have in your pantry and what’s not, so I decided to share my go-tos with you! This list is vegetarian friendly (I’m personally not a vegetarian but I often skip out on meat in favor of other forms of protein when I cook for myself) and is by no means everything I have. These are the bare essentials. If you just moved off campus and have no idea what you’re doing food-wise, this list may help! Happy eating🙂

  1. Rice

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Rice is a MUST! I always keep at least three different types of rice in my pantry: white, jasmine, and yellow. Rice forms the base of so many meals and it’s fairly inexpensive, lasts a long time, and doesn’t go bad.

2. Beans and chickpeas

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Beans and chickpeas are both great sources of protein and fiber, easy to make, and inexpensive.  They’re great as a side or mixed in with rice and veggies.

3. Frozen vegetables

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When I first moved off campus, I was buying a mix of fresh and frozen produce. However, I eventually realized that I could never finish eating the fresh ones before they went bad, so I switched to buying mainly frozen veggies with the exception of cucumbers and mushrooms. This is way more economical- I don’t waste money or food and still get the veggies I need. College is so full of spontaneous plans – “Hey, want to get dinner later?” “Sure.” – that it’s easy for fresh produce to get ignored and then spoil.

4. Soups

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Soups are a must for the busy college student. There are times when I have less than an hour to make lunch so I often find myself making soup- it’s so quick.  Like a stereotypical college student, I also make instant ramen, but not without putting more ingredients in. I add peas, chia seeds, sriracha sauce, and the occasional egg.

5. Various sauces

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Eating rice, beans, and vegetables every day might sound boring- that’s where sauces come in! I always have soy sauce, sriracha, buffalo wing sauce, tomato sauce, and vodka sauce on hand. Sauces instantly take a meal from bland to grand.

Liked this post? What are your pantry staples? Leave comments below! I love reading what you have to say🙂