July 2014 Faves

Monthly Favorites

AUDREY

BEAUTY


  L’Oreal Paris Voluminous Original Mascara

L'oreal Mascara

I prefer bristle mascara wands to the plastic wands that seem to be so prevalent on the market these days. Since the bristles are longer, they do a much better job of separating and lengthening my lashes. Paired with the volumizing formula, this mascara makes for long full lashes that could pass as falsies, which I am all about.

Neutrogena Oil-Free Face Wash

Neutrogena Oil-Free Face Wash

I don’t have super troubled skin, but lately I’ve felt that my makeup has been clogging my pores. This face wash leaves my skin feeling super clean but not weirdly tight. It smells nice and keeps breakouts at bay. Not my holy grail, but I would reach for this if I needed a good product that I could count on in a pinch.

MUSIC


 Hero – Family of the Year

Something about this song just speaks to my soul haha. The melody is lovely but I think what really gets to me are the lyrics. To me, it talks about the pressures of wanting to be the hero to your loved ones but also wanting to get out and live your own life. Whatever it may mean, this song has fast become one of my favorites.

TV & MOVIES


 The Fall

The Fall

Within minutes of starting this movie I knew that I was in love with it. Everything about it from the sensational actors to the colors and imagery captivated me. Upon finishing the film, I immediately read all the trivia about it that I could find, and I can’t wait to watch it again. Do yourself a favor and watch this seriously underrated masterpiece.

Happy Endings

Happy Endings

My roommate loves & constantly quotes this show, so I knew I would eventually end up watching it too. I expected it to be mediocre but I actually find it to be one of the funniest shows I’ve seen in a while. The humor is similar to New Girl, but the dynamic between this quirky group of friends is unlike any other show I’ve seen. Every episode has me in stitches and it’s definitely a very quotable show. The only bummer is that it was cancelled after three seasons.

Melrose Place

Melrose Place

Recently I’ve been watching a lot of trashy reality TV (not sorry), but I was pretty much all caught up on the shows that I like. I was racking my brain for a new show to start when it occurred to me that I hadn’t seen one of the founding fathers of trashy TV: Melrose Place. Granted, this was a 1990s Aaron Spelling production so it couldn’t be too vulgar. Even so, for its time it packed a whole lot of drama. What can I say, love triangles and cringey storylines are my jam.

INSTAGRAM


 cctylr

cctylr

You know all those gorgeous home decor or style posts you see on your Tumblr dash? Chances are many of them have originated from this trendy lady right here. Her life is totally enviable and everything she puts out there is seriously gorge. Her Tumblr is christiescloset, and her Instagram is like a daily dose of her spectacular life.

ELLA

MUSIC


 Foster the People – Supermodel 

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I’ve been quite excited for Foster the People’s sophomore album. Torches (the debut album) is one of my favorites so I had high expectations for Supermodel and the boys didn’t disappoint. The new record achieves a balance of experimentation and consistency in regards to their sound. I really enjoyed rediscovering Foster the People through Supermodel. Here are my favorites…

1. Are You What You Want to Be?
2. Fire Escape
3. A Beginner’s Guide to Destroying the Moon
4. Goats in Trees

TV & MOVIES


 Annie Hall (1977)

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Recently, I’ve really been enjoying Woody Allen’s films. After watching Midnight in Paris, I feel in love with his style of film making. Annie Hall is an unconventional and honest romantic comedy and is often rated as Allen’s best work. I love everything about this movie: the music, setting, story line, and characters. Allen also did a great job with the ending because it leaves you both contemplating and satisfied.

BEAUTY


 Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear in Lacy Lilac (270)

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This has been the nail polish I’ve been reaching for all month. Not only is it a lovely shade of lilac but the quality is incredible! It stays put on my nails for over a week with very minimal chipping. I really recommend the Sally Hansen Xtreme wear line.

Bath & Body Works – French Lavender & Honey

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This is a fairly new scent in their line and it smell SO GOOD! Lavender is one of my favorite scents so I naturally gravitated to this the last time I was in Bath & Body. The website describes the scent as ” a romantic bouquet of French lavender, nectarine de Provence & sun-kissed honey “.

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January 2014 Faves

Monthly Favorites

Audrey:

Youtube:

Teni – MissMaven.com

Teni - MissMaven

Photo links to her channel

Teni is an Armenian Youtuber, and it’s always cool to find someone of your own heritage out there doin fabulous things. I really enjoy watching her videos; they’re great quality and super helpful. Plus she’s gorgeous (does anyone else think she looks like a Dianna Agron-Lea Michele hybrid?)

Lyss Ryan

Lyss Ryan

Photo links to her channel

Lyss is so silly that you can’t help but love her. Her videos always put me in a good mood, even if I’m just watching a Tag that every other Youtuber has done too.

Music:

A.I.M Fire! – Art Vs Science

I cannot stop listening to this song. I didn’t love it at first, but the more I listened to it the funner I found it, and now I’m hooked. It’s pretty weird but it’s also really catchy and always pumps me up.

TV:

Modern Family

Modern Family

I had always seen scattered Modern Family episodes here or there on TV, but I decided to sit down and watch it from the beginning. I’m only a couple seasons in, but I love it. I so want to be a part of this dysfunctional, hilarious, crazy, loving bunch.

Instagram:

sincerelyjules

sincerelyjules

She actually has a fashion website, but her Instagram is like a CliffNotes version. I love seeing her fabulous style, food and general lifestyle on my IG feed.

Quote:

Anne Frank quote

I fell in love with this quote when I first read it, and then I saw who had said it and it became even more powerful. This past month I’ve been thinking a lot about my own future and place in this world, so finding this quote couldn’t have come at a better time. It’s so simple but so true. Every one of us can make the world a better place.

Ella:

Music:

1. Hudson Taylor – “Second Best”

I’ve mentioned Hudson Taylor in our past monthly faves. I love their sound. This is an acoustic version of a track from their EP Osea. I’ve been listening to it on constant repeat.

2. The Nowhere Boys – “In Spite of All the Danger”

In Spite of All the Danger was the first record John Lennon, Paul McCartney, and George Harrison recorded . I discovered the song after watching Nowhere Boy. I love this version with Aaron Johnson, it’s my favorite scene from the movie.

Beauty

1. Revlon Lip Butter in Sugar Plum

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I bought this lip butter after Audrey suggested it and I’m glad I did. It’s a perfect “your lips but better” color. The product goes on pretty sheer and is very moisturizing.

2.NYX Single Eyeshadow in “Aloha” 

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Whenever I don’t feel like putting much effort into my makeup I use this eyeshadow. It’s a great everyday shade that brightens up the eyes with very little effort.

Youtube

1. Lily Melrose

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Lily Melrose is a British fashion blogger and I love her style! Her videos are very well organized and I appreciate that.

2. SunbeamsJess

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Image linked to Youtube Page

SunbeamsJess have a very unique/funky fashion sense. I’m not bold enough to rock most of the things she wears but that’s the fun of watching her videos.

4. Patricia Bright

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Image linked to Youtube Page

Another British fashion blogger…can you sense a theme here? Patricia Bright has a very bubbly personally and does entertaining  haul videos.

Shows

sherlock

I watched all three seasons of Sherlock within 2 weeks. I was hooked after the first episode and watch one after the other (I have no self-control). There are so many things I love about this series. The plot, characters, and setting are all amazing! I basically have fallen in love with Sherlock Holmes.

Movies

1. Nowhere Boy

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Linked to Trailer

I’ve been wanting to watch this movie for a while now and finally got around to it. Aaron Johnson stars as the young John Lennon. The film depicts the complicated relationship Lennon had with his mother and the beginnings of what was to become the Beatles. I really enjoyed this movie. Apart from the great performances and storyline, I loved the scenery of the movie. I’m very fond of the 1950s culture and fashion so it was nice to get a glimpse of that in this film. I definitely recommend this to any Beatles fan!

2.Drinking Buddies

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Linked to Trailer

To be quite honest, I mainly watch this movie because Jake Johnson is in it, but it turned out to be a pretty good film. It’s basically about the semi-complicated relationship between two best friends who work at a brewery. The main reason why I recommend this movie is because it is very real and unpredictable. After watching it I found out that the movie was unscripted so I appreciate it even more now. The fact that the actors basically improvised the lines gives the film a raw feel.