LUST LIST 002

A collection of fashion items in stores that I have my eye on... The product links can be accessed through clicking the photos!

Grey And White Baseball Tee Dress

I am in love with this type of dress! It would be perfect once summer rolls around, for casual outings or beach days, paired with leather sandals or Jack Rogers. In the spring, bright rain boots would work nicely as well.


Small Silver St. Christopher Medal with French Blue Enamel

This will most likely be a Confirmation or birthday present for me in the fall! A few girls at my school have these, and I adore them. The colored part is smooth and glossy, and the small size is perfect for daily wear, in my opinion. They look so pretty on, and come in a huge variety of pretty colors.


People Tree Bandeau Maxi Dress

ASOS styled this perfectly! I am lacking in maxi dresses, which are most definitely still in style for the spring and summer. In case you haven’t realized, I will probably be decked out in dresses all through the tiny window of a warm season that I might be blessed with if all this snow melts away soon!


penfield® inuvik parka jacket in seersucker

My last Lust List featured a winter-weight, navy Penfield parka jacket. Here is its spring and summer companion that I, living in an unpredictable climate, absolutely positively need. I’m in the market for a new rain jacket, so why not go big and pick up this beauty. To be honest, I am a complete sucker for seersucker!


Project Social T Pleated Hem Muscle Tee Dress

“Muscle Tee Dress.” I hate the sound of that because I have far more flab than muscle in the areas that this dress shows off. I do a pretty rigorous workout/sports conditioning program every day during the summer, which eliminates that problem soon enough, and this dress is too pretty to ignore. I hope to integrate more coral into my wardrobe this year!


Slub Crewneck Tee

I love Madewell with all my heart. I have found that finding a perfectly-cut plain white tee shirt is way harder than it should be. This one looks so pretty, I think it may be the answer to all my problems! I have my sights set on the grey one, too.


Circus By Sam Edelman Selma Jelly Gladiator Sandals

Yes, these are weird. Though I do wish that the soles were leather, I would totally wear these all summer long. The price is not too bad, either, considering they’re from Urban Outfitters, where paychecks go to die.


Fluttered Blooms Swing Dress

IS THIS NOT THE MOST GORGEOUS DRESS?! I am completely willing to spend all my money on it. I am obsessed with it, and apparently the rest of the world is, too, because it’s backordered like crazy. It’s a collaboration between Lauren Conrad’s Paper Crown, and Rifle Paper Co., so that’s’ a given, I guess.


RONDINI TROPÉZIENNES

The quintessential, classic French sandal. Give Rondini your measurements, and they will fit perfectly. My feet are oddly shaped, so these would be worth the extra cash.


KJP Sail Gust Gale

Anyone who has been to or through the world preppy blogging knows who Kiel and his fiancée Sarah are. Whether your opinion on them is sweet or sour, you have to admit they churn out some nice products. This bracelet is my personal favorite… it is so bright and cheery, and is a fresh twist on the typical rope-bracelet situation.

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AN ONGOING COMPILATION OF THE VERY BEST BUZZFEED QUIZZES

Buzzfeed is my guilty pleasure. I wish I was more guilty about it than I actually am. As terrible as it is, I spend most of my life on that website. The quizzes are my favorite part, but there’s a lot of pointless and irrelevant ones mixed in there. Here is a compilation of the most important and absolutely relevant Buzzfeed quizzes that have ever graced the internet, as far as I know. Feel free to comment any that you feel belong on here that I may have missed! Last updated 3/29/15. You are welcome.

HOW CLASSY ARE YOU

WHAT KIND OF COOKIE ARE YOU

ARE  YOU MORE EMMA WATSON OR EMMA STONE

WHICH DISNEY PRINCESS IS YOUR STYLE ICON

WHAT HAIRCUT SHOULD YOU ACTUALLY HAVE

WHAT TYPE OF EUROPEAN MEN ARE YOU ATTRACTED TO

WHICH JOHN HUGHES FILM IS LIKE YOUR LOVE LIFE

WHAT TYPE OF BRITISH MEN ARE YOU ATTRACTED TO

WHAT TYPE OF AMERICAN MEN ARE YOU ATTRACTED TO

THE BEN & JERRY’S QUIZ

WHICH OLD HOLLYWOOD ACTRESS IS ACTUALLY YOUR BESTIE

ARE YOU MORE BLUE IVY OR NORTH WEST

WHICH ANNE HATHAWAY CHARACTER ARE YOU

ARE YOU MORE LIKE TINA FEY OR AMY POEHLER

WHICH U.S. PRESIDENT ARE YOU

WHAT STATE DO YOU ACTUALLY BELONG IN

WHY ARE YOU SINGLE

WHERE IN LOS ANGELES SHOULD YOU LIVE

WHICH POP STAR SHOULD BE YOUR BEST FRIEND

WHAT CHEESE ARE YOU

WHICH LATE NIGHT TV TALK SHOW HOST ARE YOU

LISTEN TO SOME BANGIN’ TUNES

This is a quick post… I am way behind in school, so I have kind of been trying to get on top of things. Anyway, today’s episode of Shameless Self-Promotion features my Spotify! 

CLICK HERE TO BE TRANSPORTED TO A WHOLE BUNCH OF HAND-PICKED PLAYLISTS THAT GET ME THROUGH MY INCREDIBLY TOUGH AND STRESSFUL LIFE!!!!!!

I hope you enjoy at least some of the songs. If you don’t, then it’s your loss. The “all-time best” playlist is the most bitchin’ collection of sounds available to mankind.

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PROM DREAMING 2015

IT’S THAT TIME OF YEAR…

There is a .000001% of me getting asked to prom this year (which is absolutely fair since sophomore prom does not exist), but I can not help but try to pull a few gems out of the piles and piles of trashy, cheap-looking dresses that clutter the face of this sorry earth. It seems as though each and every gown is either weighed down by too many gems and sequins, or shows enough skin that you might as well go in the nude. I prefer a preppy, classy look, which is hard to find around for a decent price. I also would want a unique dress that will not show up on five other girls who look better than I would. Here is my roundup of the prettiest dresses I could find. Click through the photos for the links to either purchase or rent, depending on the one you pick. I hope some of these will still be around for next year!!

BADGLEY MISCHKA – UTOPIA MAXI – $70 RENTAL

The reviews are raving, and you will notice that Rent the Runway and prints are two recurring themes.

ANTHROPOLOGIE – sakura blossoms gown – $275

I love how airy this dress is! I would need to see it in person, but I think it would look lovely with silver Jack Rogers. (No heels for me, because I personally prefer not to be able to see over skyscrapers for the most part).

J. CREW – CARLY LONG DRESS IN DRAPEY MATTE CREPE – $218

I am absolutely not in good enough shape to wear this, but oh my goodness, I wish I could! Watch out for backordering in several of the size and colors it comes in.

BADGLEY MISCHKA – water lillies dress – $135 rental

Looks like it is the same exact fit as the Utopia maxi shown above! This is the type of print that could easily look trashy and cheap if you dress it up wrong. I would wear miminalistic makeup, simple earrings, and a pretty updo in order not to cause a very nice dress to look drab.

ADRIANNA PAPELL – short sleeve sequin mesh gown – $278

This is clearly the most glamorous option on the list. Lead is my favorite color option, but the navy shade is gorgeous, too! I am not usually into the whole sparkle thing, but for this dress, it does not look trashy at all.

BADGLEY MISCHKA – CORUNDUM SAPPHIRE GOWN – $80 RENTAL

Same formula as the other Badgley Mischkas featured in this post, but a solid color. This is definitely my favorite, since it is classic and so simple. My only concern is for how my the bust area will be clearly flat (I have a twelve-year-old boy’s chest) without a pattern to distract.

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FEBRUARY SIGHTSEEING IN PARIS AND ROME

As I have mentioned in the past, I took a little trip where I actually got to do some sightseeing. Here are some of my favorite photos that I took on my handy dandy iPhone 5S over the two-week extravaganza. Stay tuned for a post with the ones I took with my DSLR!

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YOURS TRULY OUTSIDE THE MUSEE D’ORSAY. I HAD JUST TOUCHED DOWN FROM ABOUT 12 HOURS OF TRAVEL WITH MY ETERNALLY OBNOXIOUS FAMILY (INCLUDING DRIVING AND CONNECTIONS), SO PLEASE WITHHOLD JUDGEMENT FROM MY POOR CHOICE OF WARDROBE AND FOCUS INSTEAD ON THE PRETTY ARCHITECTURE AND SNAZZY ELEPHANT WITH MONKEYS.

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PARIS FROM THE NOTRE DAME (I SPY LA BASILIQUE DU SACRE-COEUR… WHICH WAS MY FAVORITE PART OF THE WHOLE TRIP, BUT THERE WAS A RESTRICTION ON PHOTOS OF ANY KIND). THIS PICTURE WAS TAKEN REALLY EARLY. IF YOU DO NOT LIKE HEIGHTS, DO NOT DO THIS. I GOT DRAGGED UP HERE AND THE ONLY NICE PART WAS THE PHOTOS.

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THE HALL OF MIRRORS AT VERSAILLES. IT IS EVERYTHING YOU IMAGINED IT WOULD BE, AND MORE. SERIOUSLY. THIS ROOM IS THE EPITOME OF WEALTH AND BEAUTY AND ALL THAT JAZZ. THE CHANDELIERS ARE HUGER THAN THEY LOOK IN THE PICTURE. YOU CAN PRACTICALLY FEEL THE ARISTOCRATIC FRENCH VIBES AND SEE THE BALL GOWNS DANCING AROUND WHEN YOU ARE THERE. MAGICAL. TRY NOT TO DROOL ON THE TOURISTS NEXT TO YOU.

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LE TOUR D’EIFFEL (QUINTESSENTIAL PARIS TOURIST PHOTO-OP), I DID NOT CLIMB THIS THING (I AM NOT FOND OF HEIGHTS, AND I HAD A BIT OF A BREAKDOWN ON THE NOTRE DAME), BUT IT IS PRETTY DANG NICE TO LOOK AT. I WAS THERE ON VALENTINE’S DAY, SO THE ENGAGEMENTS AND A WEDDING WERE GOING FULL-SWING. DO NOT GO THERE IF YOU ARE SINGLE ON FEBRUARY 14TH. IT IS ALSO PRETTY COOL TO LOOK AT FROM THE SEINE AT NIGHT.

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THE FLOOR AT SAINTE CHAPELLE IN PARIS… I PROMISE THE FLOOR WAS NOT THE PRETTIEST PART, BUT IT WAS PRETTY GOSH DARN NIFTY. THE CHAPEL IS INCREDIBLY GORGEOUS, AS YOU WOULD EXPECT IT TO BE. RESTORATION WORK HAS SPRUCED THE PLACE UP. THE STAINED-GLASS WINDOWS ARE SO MASSIVE, YOU MIGHT TEAR UP JUST LOOKING AT THEM. (SIDE NOTE: USE THE RESTROOM BEFORE COMING HERE. I ASKED WHERE I COULD FIND ONE, AND GOT DIRECTED TO THE NEXT DOOR CORRECTIONAL FACILITY’S LOVELY WATER-CLOSET. SO MANY REGRETS.)

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THE LOUVRE FROM THE MUSEE D’ORSAY AKA THE TWO BEST MUSEUMS ON THIS PLANET (I HAVE BEEN DRAGGED TO MANY MUSEUMS IN MY MODEST LIFESPAN, BUT THESE TWO ARE ACTUALLY THE GREATEST EVER). NO LIE. UNFORGETTABLE EXPERIENCES.

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SHIFTING GEARS TO ROME: ITALY’S MINISTRY OF CULTURE AND HERITAGE IS HEADQUARTERED IN THE CITY. THOSE ITALIANS DO NOT MESS AROUND WITH THEIR CULTURE AND HERITAGE, AS YOU CAN MOST DEFINITELY GATHER FROM THIS PHOTO. APPROPRIATELY, IT IS RIGHT NEXT TO THE COLOSSEUM AND THE FORUM.

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CEILING IN THE GALLERY OF MAPS AT THE VATICAN MUSEUM. ANOTHER WORLD-CLASS MUSEUM WHERE YOU WIL CRANE YOUR NECK HALF THE TIME BECAUSE OF THE TOP-NOTCH CEILINGS. IT’S FITTING SINCE THE SISTINE CHAPEL IS ATTACHED. ST. PETER’S IS ONE OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL PLACES THAT I HAVE EVER BEEN.

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EATING HEALTHY FOR DUMMIES

To start off this post, I would like to say one thing: I am included in the ‘dummies’ statement made in the title. I used to spend my days wading through various baked goods and mounds of Goldfish crackers, shoving the Trader Joe’s equivalent of Oreos into my mouth by the dozen. Those days are now in the rearview. I hope that this post lends a hand to people who are like I was: healthy-lifestyle virgins who kind of want to eat better but do not want to put in the effort, and cling too tightly to their ice cream cartons to ever bid them farewell. Here some tips that I have gathered from my experiences in the realm of beneficial eating.

1 –  get inspired

Thanks to the interwebs (especially you, Pinterest), this should not be too hard! Look at all those pretty recipes, and wow, kale has never looked so good! But, sometimes, it is the most difficult part. Let this post help! I can tell you that just a few weeks in, I am feeling so much better! My awful, super-oily skin is beginning to clear up. I am hardly ever hungry or tired, and I actually am eating less (in volume). I have lost a bit of weight, and I feel way more positive about myself and my relationships with the people around me. I have not been exercising at all (hello, New England winters…), but I actually feel inclined to do so. This is highly unusual for me, and I love it. I do not miss junk food at all. I have little flashes of cravings, but those pass as quickly as they start. Trust me- it is one hundred percent worth it!

2 –  TALK IT UP

You can let your friends know without being obnoxious. They will either notice it by themselves, or you can bring it up yourself. This way, you will be more motivated to stay on track. When they ask how it’s going, you will want to tell them that it’s going swell. Simple as that. Maybe you can even rope one or two in with you, and you will have others along for the ride so it is not a lonely one.

3 –  go big or go home

This means that, in order to have the most painless transition, you have to be all in and swear it off all at once. I have read otherwise, but for me, I know that allowing myself one sweet a day would be just enough to torture me. I would end up extending it to just two a day, and then just three… no. You have to tell yourself that you are giving up all junk food always, at least at first.

4 –  STOCK UP ON SNACKS

If you fridge is not filled with fruits, cheeses, yogurts, and other healthy snacks, you are probably doing it wrong. Throw out anything that you feel like you should not be eating. Go for water and (minimally-sweetened) tea or iced tea. Pop some popcorn in olive oil and sprinkle parmesan on top for movie night. Snacks are good, as long as they are good for you, and you only eat them when you are hungry.

5 –  BREAKFAST IS YOUR SAVIOR

Have any combination of toast with peanut butter, greek yogurt, mini-bagels, oatmeal, and fruits such as bananas. A regular smoothie is always a good idea if you are having something small, and one made with yogurt is great by itself. I have plain greek yogurt with honey each morning along with whatever it is that I am eating, which always holds me over until lunch. If it doesn’t, I whip out an apple and let ‘er rip. Eat a good breakfast, and never skip it. Never. Your day will be so much easier.

6 –  DO NOT GIVE YOURSELF A CHANCE TO SLIP

PURGE YOUR JUNK. That is not a joke. Toss sugary cereals, ice creams (sigh), cookies, chips, and even stray candy. All of it. Not a trace should be safe in the depths of your snack drawers and cabinets. Next time you are out, opt for pita chips or wheat crackers to fill the void.

7 –  NO MIDNIGHT SNACKS

Dinner equals done. Homemade popcorn is an exception, for special occasions. Midnight snacking is the downfall of humanity. Do NOT do it. If you think that this whole healthy-eating thing is not for you, at least eliminate your evening junk consumption. You do not need to put more fuel into a body that is (hopefully) going to be sleeping in a few hours. No, no, no, no, no.

8 – LOOK FOR ALTERNATIVES

Do your research. Healthy recipes are all over the internet. Look for them, and you will find plenty that suit your tastes. Ask a friend, read blogs, visit websites, Google, and visit your trusty assistant Pinterest. Whatever works for you, do it.

9 –  OCCASIONAL TREATS ARE A GO

Only when you have gotten into a pattern where you do not really have any desire to eat junk food should you venture into these waters. I have personally not reached this point; I have relapsed in the candy department too many times to even think of it. But, further down the road, I will probably incorporate little treats into the agenda if I feel the need to reward myself. For instance, I have been craving hot chocolate lately. Why? I have absolutely no clue. But along with revisiting that, I will most likely end up eating a brownie if my mom makes one, or a bit of cake or ice cream on birthdays or special outings with friends. And that’s completely okay! :)

Remember that it is all about feeling good and being happier, which is what is bound to happen in the long run.

stay lovely, readers