White + Denim

white shirt and denim shorts Some things never go out of style. Black heels, Chanel bags, white shirts paired with denim bottoms….Ah, the white and denim combo. I love this classic look and rely on it for all the times I “have nothing to wear” (so basically 6 days a week). When I’m at home writing you’ll find me in pajamas a loose white tee and some baggy boyfriend jeans. On weekends, it’s a white tank and denim cut-offs. When I want to get dressed up, I’ll reach for a white button down with more fitted denim bottoms, gold accessories and a pop of red. The equation may be a simple one, but the outcomes are many.

Enjoy your week and thanks for reading!

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On the Fringe

black H&M skirt, black French Connection shirt I’m on the fringe as to whether or not I like Mondays. The planning (grown-up) side of me loves a new week because it means a fresh new list and a fresh new start to tackle it. The other part of me (the part that is lazy and could spend all day daydreaming about ice cream and faraway lands) is like “Oh H to the no! I am not getting out of bed for this!” In case that didn’t clearly explain my feelings about Monday, this outfit is here to better help demonstrate. It’s mostly black for the black hole that is known as Monday, with a pop of hot pink for the hope that a new week brings, and of course some fringe, because well, we already covered that one.

How do you feel about Mondays?

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Striped Shirt + Black Leather Shorts

Striped Shirt + Black Leather Shorts || Runway Chef Minus this, I’ve been pretty much black and white (pun intended) with the pieces I’ve wanted to wear lately. Well, black and white, and of course stripes (but you already knew that). For someone whose world used to revolve around hot pink, thrive on patterns, and be sprinkled with glitter, it’s certainly a huge change. Maybe it means I’m getting older (nooooo!!!) and wiser (Ha!) about purchasing clothes that last multiple outfits as opposed to one. Maybe I’m bored with the been-there-done-that patterns and colors available. Or maybe, just maybe New York has creeped its way into my closet, one piece at a time, slowly but surely, making me a real New Yorker….

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Blue Romper

blue romper I’m not going to kid you. If I could get away with wearing pajamas all day long, every where I went, I most definitely would. I’d also stay in bed all day if I could, but that’s besides the point. Sadly, bed days and all-day pajamas are a fantasy of my imagine. Rompers, however, are real life and about as close as you can get to pajamas without being actual pajamas. If you want, you can even throw on a necklace and a pair of heels and make them “fancy pajamas” (you fancy, huh). In fact, rompers are so versatile and comfortable, that I’m starting to think maybe I should just replace my pajamas with rompers. After all, waking up already dressed would solve that issue of staying in bed longer, and lets be real, who doesn’t want to stay in bed longer on a Monday?!

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How To Clean Makeup Brushes

how to clean makeup brushes I must confess that when it comes to cleaning makeup brushes I’ve been committing two major sins. For starters, I’ve been cleaning them with dish soap….as in the soap you wash dishes with….as in something that shouldn’t be put on your face…as in what-was-this-girl-with-sensitive-skin-thinking. There’s just so many issues with that that I’m just going to keep moving right along to sin number two. I almost never wash my brushes. And all that I have to say about that is…..*cringe*. Needless to say, this recent bout of skin issues gave me a little reminder that maybe cleaning my brushes, NOT with dish soap, would be a good idea. So I revamped my routine (not that you can call dish soap every 6 months a routine) to one that would be better suited for my sensitive and highly allergic skin (no harsh soaps needed) and for my brushes (the oil is good for moisturizing and helping your brushes last longer). Here’s how to clean makeup brushes naturally and safely-

Olive oil (You can also use hemp seed oil)
A mild, chemical-free fragrance-free castille soap (I use Dr. Bronner’s baby soap)
Small bowls
A towel

1. Prep a work area in which to clean your brushes. Lay out your towel, fill a small bowl with a few drops of olive oil, and fill another bowl with warm water and a few drops of soap. (This picture below is of some of the brushes before they are cleaned.)

How To Clean Makeup Brushes (natural + good for sensitive & allergy prone skin) || Runway Chef 2. Take your first brush and start swishing it around in the olive oil, slightly pressing down on the brush as you go. Do this for a few seconds, or until the color stops coming out of the bristles. 

how to naturally clean makeup brushes 3. Next, swirl the brush around in the soapy water. Because oil and water don’t mix (just in case you forgot) the makeup should come off in little bubbles (although this won’t be as noticeable for things like eye shadow and blush).

how to clean makeup brushes if you have sensitive skin 4. Give the brush a final rinse under plain warm water, then pat it dry with the towel. If it seems like more makeup is still on the bristles, repeat the rinsing process again. If not, leave it laying out for at least 6 hours so it can fully dry.

how to clean makeup brushes 5. Repeat until all of your brushes are clean, changing out the oil and soapy water every few brushes. For the best results, I find that I can do all my eyeliner/eyeshadow/powder brushes with one batch of oil and water, but for foundation brushes I need to switch out the oil and the water each time. The foundation brushes also require a little more oil and soap as well as more pressure on the brush and really using your hands to get all the makeup off. (This picture below is an after shot of the brushes from the first picture now that they are all clean.)

how to clean makeup brushes naturally If you need to brush up on your makeup brush basics (i.e. which ones you need and which brushes to use for what), see here.