What’s in My May Ipsy Bag?

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When this lil pouch with the cutesy travel print made its way into my mailbox, I couldn’t wait to see and test what was inside.  Let’s take a look together, shall we?

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Pacifica Natural Mineral Coconut Eye Shadow Trio

Wow, that’s a mouthful, huh?  This eye shadow compact came with three sheer summer colors–rose quartz, copper, and mauve.  They’re each pretty in their own way, and together, they make the perfect triplet.  I liked that I could build up the color, and as long as you use a primer, they’ll last all day.

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IT Cosmetics No-Tug Waterproof Mini Gel Eyeliner

After I got over the initial chagrin of being sent a beauty product for my “aging” skin, I found this eyeliner to be a great addition to my everyday look.  It glides on like a dream, and it stays all day.  Just be careful not to be too heavy-handed at first–this liner smudges easily before it dries!

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Smashbox X-Rated Mascara

Holy balls, I’m in love with this!!  I’ve been looking forever for a mascara that gives me fake-looking lashes, and this is it.  A+ would buy again

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Jersey Shore Cosmetics Lavender Moisture Rich Balm.

Meh.  It’s a lip balm.  It smells nice and does what it’s supposed to do.

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Aurora Gel Effect Nail Polish

Don’t waste your time with this stuff.  Not only did I despise the blaze-orange color, but it didn’t even deliver what it promised.  I tried it out on my toes, and it chipped within a day.  (I’m not posting a photo of my feet because of creeps.  You know what I’m talking about.)

So that’s it!  Once again, it was a mixed bag.  I’m sending in my reviews now, so hopefully next time, I won’t get any more orange goop or chapsticks!

By the way, I’m heading out on vacation tomorrow, so this is goodbye for a week!  Don’t expect to see me posting.  If I do–kindly tell me to get off my phone and enjoy myself.

 

Outfit: Counting Sheep

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Well, guys, I’m having another blogger existential crisis.  As a lot of you have noticed, Instagram has been having some pretty bad problems with tagging.  It seems like every time I post a photo and tag it, my picture won’t show up in its tag.  It might for a few minutes, but then it drops out.  And sometimes it reappears, sometimes it doesn’t.  One blogger told me she all but stopped posting because her tags haven’t been working in months and she couldn’t get the exposure she wanted.

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And that’s what really pisses me off.  I work my ass off taking my own pictures, editing them, writing posts, and promoting them on Instagram, and it’s so irritating that this problem hasn’t been addressed.  For the most part, I blog because I enjoy it, but I also want to see this blog succeed.  Maybe it’s a just a dream, but one day, I want to quit my job and do this full time.  But how am I going to do that if my best social media tool is failing me?

Perhaps the cardinal rule of investment applies here, too: diversify.  You guys can see that I really suck at other social media outlets, so maybe I should work harder at promoting Mox and Socks through those channels and see where that takes me.  I’m not sure how much I should keep relying on IG.  Hell, we all know they’re going to switch to that out-of-order timeline soon, anyway, which is poison to bloggers and merchants.

So for this post, I’m turning my comments on.  How do you feel about IG’s problems?  Are you changing the way you promote your blog because of it?

Necklace: old, Stitch Fix

Top: thrifted

Jeans: Gap

Shoes: old, ModCloth

Sunglasses: old, ModCloth

Outfit: Shake It Off

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It’s been a looooong week, y’all.

On Monday, I got moved to a new position at work.  I’m basically doing the same thing as before…except with a lot of other duties.  I’m in a different department, and I’m so excited to be there, but this whole week has been about training (read: being talked at all day).  I can hardly sit still through a gripping movie, let alone something as dry as data manager software, so it’s been a little rough.

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But you know what keeps me going?  A goooooood dress.  The kind you can’t wait to wear.  The one that makes you look amazing.  And that’s what this guy is.  I recently found this on a thrift binge, and I wish I could wear it everywhere.  I can’t get over how perfect it is.  Just the right length, twirly-whirly skirt, and THOSE MESH PANELS OMG I CAN’T WIGHEIWUGH

Okay, sorry for the freakout.  I just can’t help myself!

Dress: thrifted

Bag: old, Gap

Shoes: Payless

In the News: Saying No to Heels at Work

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Credit: Nicola Thorp

Until last summer, my company had a fairly strict dress code in place.  Men had to wear collared shirts at all times, and us ladies had to keep our shoulders covered, even on the hottest summer days.  Thankfully, the higher-ups decided to steer the code into a more relaxed direction, and I can now go to work in a tank top and jeans.  I feel comfortable when I step into the office, and it’s nice to know I won’t be judged for what I wear anymore.  I remember plenty of times when I’d take off a cardigan to reveal bare shoulders during an al fresco lunch and worry that a boss might see me like that, but that’s never on my mind anymore.

I understand why dress codes exist, and I don’t think they’re inherently bad.  They set up (usually) reasonable standards for professionalism, and I’ve never really had much of a problem with them.

Unfortunately, that’s not always the case.  Nicola Thorp went to her first day of work as a temp receptionist wearing a nice pair of black flats–the ones you see up at the top–and was fired for wearing them.  Her agency’s dress code required women to wear 2-4″ heels, but Nicola wasn’t having any of that.  After refusing to swap out her flats for a different pair of shoes, she was informed that she was dismissed from her new job.

Nicola didn’t let this go quietly.  Last week, she filed a petition to make it illegal for companies to require women to wear high heels–and she got the 100,000+ signatures needed to take this issue to Parliament.  She hopes bring attention to unequal standards for women in the workplace, and I sincerely hope that this issue effects changes in attitudes toward gender equality and feminism not only in England, but around the world as well.

Like I mentioned above, I’ve never had a dress code this strict, but I can imagine that so many other women have to contend with sexist clothing rules like the one Nicola fought against.  And I’m not just talking about codes in office settings–there is a plethora of restrictions on what women can and cannot wear at school, as waitresses, as cheerleaders, etc.  God forbid you reveal your shoulder or a little cleavage.

I get that at some point, we do need to have guidelines for dress in certain settings, but why does women’s clothing have to be so micromanaged?  I mean, really.  Shoes?  Give me a break.  Can’t we all please judge women on their merit and not how nice their legs look in a pair of heels?

Source: Today.com

Outfit: Lost Woods

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One of the things I love most about shooting is exploring new settings.  Sure, I’m lucky to have a few gorgeous “go-to” locations, but what I really love is looking up lists of forest preserves and parks to find spots that are fresh and interesting.  This way, I don’t get bored, and I always have something different to interact with when I’m posing.  Unfortunately, this doesn’t always work out quite the way I expect it to.

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When I found the listing for Burlington Park in Naperville, I thought it might be a nice open area with manicured lawns, flower beds, and paved walkways.  I did not expect to step–in heels, no less!–into a wild meadow with uneven terrain.  Still, I can’t complain.  The overgrown grass and felled logs made the perfect backdrop to this “lost in the woods” theme, and I had plenty of fun scrambling over tree trunks and picking wildflowers for my hair.  It might not be what I had imagined, but you know, I think this makes a much more enchanting locale.

Hat: vintage

Cardigan: ModCloth

Blouse: old, Urban Outfitters

Dress: vintage

Shoes: old, ModCloth

Bag: old, ModCloth

 

 

Costume Love: Love & Friendship

There’s a new Jane Austen adaptation in town, and it’s not another iteration of Pride & Prejudice(!).  Her novella Lady Susan has been transformed into Love & Friendship, the kind of period comedy that can charm not only die-hard JA fans, but also their friends, boyfriends, girlfriends, moms, dads, and well, everyone, really. The story centers around the cunning Lady Susan, a widow who’s out to get herself and her teenage daughter a man by any means necessary.  She’s beautiful, she’s brilliant, and I can’t keep my eyes off her.

Which is in part due to the costuming for the film.  I’m fully enamored with the dramatic frills and finery of these 1790s gowns, and it’s really killing me that the movie isn’t coming to Chicago for another week.  At least I can admire a few glimpses until then.  Here are a few of the costumes I can’t wait to see up close!

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All photos via Roadside Attractions

 

Outfit: No Sleep Till Brooklyn

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This outfit was inspired by a movie poster I used to pass every day on my way home from the gym.  DSC_1326

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It was for Brooklyn, which I understand is about a young Irish lady making her way in New York in the ’50s, but truth be told, I haven’t seen it!  It’s on my to-watch list, but I’m really bad at making time to sit down and spend a couple of hours doing nothing.  In any case, that poster alone has stuck with me, and I’ve thought about it a lot as I come up with outfits.  Here it is:

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I know my own ensemble isn’t an exact match, but I think I got the flavor of it with the things I already have in my closet–a white collared shirt with a cardigan, a printed skirt, low heels, and a big ol’ leather (or fake leather, in my case!) bag.

I don’t normally put together outfits with the intent of matching a certain look, but this time, I couldn’t resist.  Perhaps there will be more of these movie-inspired posts in the future!

Cardigan: ModCloth

Top: thrifted

Skirt: ModCloth

Shoes: old, Seychelles

Bag: old, ModCloth