random things on Thursday…


Ahem, can we discuss why the universe always seems to throw a massive load of unexpected work at us the week before vacation {or is that just me}?  You know…walking in the door after a long day of work to a phone call from your boss about a file that needs to be updated immediately… and five hours later you realize you’re starving {midnight dinner anyone?}.

Okay sorry, I’m done complaining – let’s talk about this week’s RTOT roundup.

1. Oil Cleansing – I keep reading rave reviews from people who ditched their face cleansers for oil cleansing. I know I know, it sounds ludicrous to smear pure oil all over your face on purpose, but it’s supposed to be more hydrating, gentle on your skin, and actually lessen breakouts.  And after reading about how easy {and economical} it is here and here, I think I’m going to give it a whirl.  Maybe when my brother used to take the grease from his pizza and smear it on my face he was actually helping me out… Just kidding – TJ if you’re reading this {ha!} I’m still angry and holding a grudge.

2. Classic black wedges – I’ve had the same pair of black wedges from Aldo for four years now and although I love them, it’s about time for an upgrade. Camille posted an outfit with a pair of the most beautiful black wedges {classic, simple, and so flattering} a few months ago, but there was a foot of snow on the ground here, so I wallowed for a minute and then kept it moving. I spotted them again this past week as I was shopping for my upcoming trip and couldn’t resist.

3.101 things in 1001 days – I want to do this. I stumbled upon Mackenzie’s list a while back and kept telling myself I would make my own. One thing led to another and here we are, sans list. I’m hoping my public declaration will give me some extra motivation to make it happen.

4. 23 winter outfits to get you through to Spring Jess posted some serious outfit inspiration to get us through the home stretch of winter – with a much-needed reminder that we’ve gotta hold on, Spring is only 23 days away {22 as of today}!

5. The new “cat café,” an owl bar – This is my nightmare {right up there with a rat café}. Why? Why? Why?

6. 27 charts that will help you make sense of make-up – Not only does this buzzfeed contain the greatest life hack to fix cracked powder/bronzer/eye shadow {see photo above}, but it also describes how to identify your skin undertone, the correct way to apply blush for your face shape, and so much more! Bookmarked.

7. Fresh basil pesto – We had a girl’s night recently where we attempted homemade gnocchi {coming soon} with basil pesto and it was so delicious.  This basil pesto recipe is as easy as it gets and can be made in less than 5 minutes. I skipped the pecorino cheese and opted to sprinkle it on the gnocchi, instead of mixing it into the pesto, but that’s just personal preference.

8. Currently listening to – FourFiveSeconds // Currently reading – Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty, but cannot wait to start The Girl on the Train: A Novel by Paula Hawkins on vacay!


*photos via: My Little Celebration, The Independent, BuzzFeed, Top Inspired, Food Network

random things on thursday…



*From tiered silhouette to the lace overlay, this pretty blue tank is calling my name for Spring.

*As someone who is mildly obsessive about my nightly skin routine {some may call that an understatement}, I couldn’t agree more with this article. It discusses the effects of using make-up wipes, instead of washing your face. I use them to remove my make-up but that’s only step one people!

 *I loved Arielle’s all black look here. The flirty skirt paired with the turtleneck and leather jacket is so chic – I have a slight case of outfit envy.

*Diary of a 6 day digital detox – It will not be okay (yahootravel) – As absurd as this article is, I undoubtedly would feel similar discomfort; a friendly reminder that I need to make a more conscious effort to “unplug” more often.

*My search for the perfect ripped white denim is in full force – invest in a pair of Citizens or save and opt for a similar TopShop version?

*If you haven’t started following this mini fashionista, you’re missing out.

*currently listening to – Misterwives “Our own house” // *currently reading – just starting Big little lies tonight!

Happy almost Friday!