Sunday, March 29, 2015

A Visit to Her Campus Headquarters

So, I'm kind of a huge Her Campus fan. I recently joined the Her Campus Blogger Network and this is actually my first official week as co-president of my school's chapter of Her Campus after being a contributing writer since its start last year. So, it seemed too good an opportunity to pass up visiting their headquarters when I was in Boston for spring break. 

Honestly, the Her Campus office was an ambitious college student's Pinterest page come to life. Cute DIY decorations (like the framed articles featuring the founders of Her Campus), a flawless color scheme, and an amazing team of individuals made the office so much fun to walk around.

Honestly... How cute are these shelves?

Everyone was so friendly and happy to meet and show me around. I had a great conversation with several women I only knew from the signatures on the national Her Campus emails about how to take a relatively new chapter and make it an integral part of a university's campus.

The Her Campus Happiness Wall really made an impression on me. It looked like my Tumblr would if it was real pictures instead of just online.

Upon arriving home, I opened my email to see two awesome new emails from, you guessed it, Her Campus. First of all, the Her Campus Guide to College Life is being released this week and can be preordered now. I know I've expressed my reluctancy to purchase anything for more than $20 on multiple occasions, which is why I was so excited to see that the book is coming out as a PAPERBACK and is only $11.83 on Amazon! I can't wait to read and review it. Buy a copy for yourself to read along with me.
Second of all, Her Campus wallpapers are now available for free in their store. Featuring clean design and a magenta, white, and black color scheme, you can use download them for your phone and desktop alike. Check out the rest of the store to see more beautiful Her Campus creations!

Friday, March 20, 2015

Fashionista Friday: Black & White Graphic

{Photos via: Harper's Bazaar (1, 2), Cashmere in Style, State of Yana, and Gary Pepper Girl}
{Photos via: The Street Fashion 5X Pro, Who What Wear, and Refinery 29}
Turn a cartoonish graphic look up a notch by color blocking in black and white. Chic and childish? Yes, please! Read more in a post I wrote for CollegeFashionista!

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Plum Perfect

After writing a post for CollegeFashionista on the wonders of plum, I realized just how in love I am with this color. Marsala may be Pantone's color of the year, but I'm thinking plum might be mine!

I was inspired by: Zuhair Murad Spring 2015, Suburban Faux Pas, Pashionality, Life on the Squares, and Suburban faux pas

I was inspired by: Kendi Everyday, Gary Pepper, and La Vita Mia

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

OOTD: Valentine's Day

Boots: Sam Edelman
Dress: Similar from Mango
Jacket: Similar from Charlotte Russe
Purse: Similar from ASOS

I know this is really late, but this is what I wore on Valentine's Day when I was in Canada. I carried these hearts around all day, and even wore them as a necklace at one point.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

A Week Without Makeup

I've recently read a couple articles citing Audre Lorde and bell hooks to argue that makeup can never be considered feminist. As a big believer that makeup can be extremely empowering to women, I found this interesting. The basic argument is this: wearing makeup, whether it's to please yourself or to please the public, cannot let you reclaim your body and your beauty as it is still playing into ideals of beauty established in a patriarchal society. I am not going to get into my personal opinion on this argument as this is neither the place nor the time, but these articles did get me thinking about whether or not I could go without wearing makeup.
I don't wear makeup everyday. This isn't a statement or anything. In all honesty, it's just because I'm kind of lazy. However, I do love a good bold lip color and some mascara to make my fine eyelashes a little more proportional. So, I challenged myself to go a full week without makeup of any kind. No tinted lip balm, no concealer, no eye brightener, nothing. I photographed myself each day and wrote a little reflection on how I'd felt that day. I didn't find anything revolutionary in the process, but some of what I found did surprise me.

{photo via Carissa Gallo}

Monday: This is already kind of hard; I wanted to wear lipstick today! I felt kind of self-conscious in situations when I felt under-dressed.

Tuesday: I actually had extra time in my morning routine, so I caught up on some reading instead of spending that time to do my makeup. I felt self-conscious today and didn't want to look at my reflection in the mirror.

Wednesday: I had a bit of a late start, so I felt comfortable going makeup-less because I wouldn't have had time anyways. I've been spending a couple extra minutes on my hair in the mornings. I just want to feel presentable!

Thursday: I wonder if anyone else notices I'm not wearing makeup. My eyes feel tired and I'm worried it shows.

Friday: I used to think I only used makeup to add to my look (i.e. with statement lipstick and winged eyeliner), but I'm starting to figure out a lot of my makeup routine actually focuses on hiding what I'm self-conscious of. Some days I'm particularly self-conscious of my stubby eyelashes, my too-small eyes, and my undefined lips. Wearing makeup really can make me feel better about my appearance sometimes.

Saturday: I didn't recognize myself in the mirror today. I guess I need some of the enhancements of makeup to feel like myself. That seems like a bit of a slippery slope to me. I feel like I need longer eyelashes, bigger lips, bigger eyes, and smoother skin to feel the most comfortable in my own skin. But the more women like me rely on things like serums and extensions and makeup, the more the unrealistic standard of beauty in society is enforced. I don't want my daughter to feel like she has to spend hours on her appearance just to feel comfortable around other women. Maybe hooks and Lorde are right.

Sunday: I think I feel comfortable without makeup, but I don't feel pretty or stylish. I don't know how important it is to me that I find inherent beauty in my naked face, though. The only time that would serve to be convenient is when I don't have time to put on makeup on days that I really wanted to wear makeup.

Well, 7 days without makeup was certainly interesting... But I'm going to have to make up for it in the next 7 days. Stay tuned to see what I do next week!