Closing Time

Well, I feel that it is finally time to share my big announcement with all of you.

I started Champagne and Lipstick back when I was in high school as one of my usual grand schemes that I throw myself into at first without a clue of what I’m doing. I love that I always am coming up with something. I think the reason that I enjoyed writing for this blog wasn’t for viewership but just because I got a chance to write something. I love writing despite all of the challenges it brings.

When I wrote that very first blog post I know that I had this vision of making money and becoming the next big hit. Where when one is chatting with friends, they’ll bring up an post about some beauty tip and their friends will all have heard of the blog or be followers themselves. Again, love that I dream big. I wanted to share my love for all things cosmetic with the rest of the world. As time went on and I became a lot less consistent with scheduling posts and content, I realized that my vision for my blog had shifted considerably. I want to give those who spend the few precious minutes of their day reading my posts something actually worth their time. I don’t see this as a way to ‘make it big’ but as a way to just express myself and write about what is on my mind. That being said, I feel that the time has come for Champagne and Lipstick to come to an end. I’ve been writing here for almost four years (the anniversary would be on August 12th) and I couldn’t have asked for a better experience with it. I’m not through in the blogging world, I still thoroughly enjoy writing posts, I just will no longer be writing here.

I’m still young and although I like to think of myself as older than I actually am, I love looking back at the earlier days and seeing how I’ve changed. My style is different, I have discovered new passions, my future aspirations are different. Katy Perry said that she believed that we should always be growing and changing. You don’t have to do a total 360 but if you can look at the position you were in four years ago (at the brink of the final year of your life – lol, high school or college) and see that you’ve grown as a person, I think that means you did something right.

Now, instead of trying to share beauty tips of outfits I want to share my life experiences with you. I’m not an extraordinary person going on wild adventures all of the time. I’m a regular person going through the exact same things that you are. Learn from my mistakes, go through it with me, or find humor in how ridiculously I handle completely normal situations. Join me at The Oatmeal Raisin Cookie in a few weeks as I start on a new blog journey. I’ve been working on it for quite some time now and am so excited for it to finally come to life! I kept having to remind myself to be patient and do everything right this time. It’s sad that I am choosing to say goodbye to something that I have been doing for so long but with every end is a new beginning and I am excited to see where this new one leads.

A Week’s Worth of Outfits Days 21-25

I have a really big announcement coming up. I haven’t been consistent with Champagne and Lipstick in the past but hopefully that all changes soon as I’ve been spending the past few weeks planning and preparing for something. I’m really excited to share it with you soon! Without further adieu, here are last week’s outfits.

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Monday: I wanted to feel super put together but ended up running super behind all morning, funny how that happens. I wore a light blue button down from H&M with a red floral skirt from Anthropologie. I planned to wear my nude Justfab heels but ended up keeping my brown ballet flats on all day from Target. I kept my hair down and curled.

Tuesday: I always have a day of the week where I feel a little edgier than usual. I donned a black and white striped dress from Tobi, black suede booties from Old Navy and a black leather jacket from New York & Co. with my hair in half braids.

Wednesday: This week kept being a super last minute morning sort of week. That’s why dresses are my go-to because they are automatic outfits. I threw on a white halter shirt dress from Tobi with a dark grey cardigan from Aerie. I kept my brown flats on all day since I knew I would be running around a lot for work.

Thursday: I went low key prep school with a white button down from Old Navy, dark washed high waisted jeans from Levi’s and a black blazer from H&M. I wore my nude heels and had my hair in a messy/artful french braid.

Friday: Typical Friday attire is a pair of jeans and the event baseball tshirt. I changed tops though to a maroon colored V neck (it was an old one from Target I think) and my blue linen blazer from Gap (that’s the store that I’m going to be sticking with since I can’t remember if it was from Gap or Old Navy). I wore my ballet flats again because I knew I would be running around some more and had my hair curled.

A Week’s Worth of Outfits Days 11-20

I had a friend come and visit over this past holiday weekend so I decided to combine the last two weeks. The week of the Fourth was a three day work week so I am only including outfits from the days I actually went into work. On my days off I was typically in a swimsuit at the pool or beach with friends.

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Monday: I actually ended up running super late that morning so I had to throw something on. I ended up wearing a white high-neck tank blouse from Ann Taylor, green pixie pants from Old Navy and a dark grey cardigan from aerie. I threw my hair into a simple loose french braid and wore my black suede booties from Old Navy.

Tuesday: Today was an edgy day. I wore a black high-neck tank (can you tell I’ve been loving that shirt style lately?) from Old Navy with a khaki skirt from Ann Taylor. I wore them with my nude heels from Justfab and to accessorize, a fun chain choker from White House Black Market.

Wednesday: Throwback day. I put on a slightly oversized white Hanes mens undershirt tucked into dark washed high waisted jeans from Levi’s. Then I put on my black blazer from H&M and my black suede booties. I attempted Cindy Crawford curls again (a technique I am determined to master) but with the sides pinned back and out of my face.

Thursday: I kept things simple with a black and white striped 3/4 length sleeved shirt from Modcloth tucked into a black skirt from Ann Taylor. I wore my nude heels again with this. I wore my hair blow dried straight but braided a little piece and wrapped it around the crown of my head like how I would wear a headband.

Friday: Casual day of course. I threw my hair into a curly ponytail and kept things comfy with an old pair of medium washed jeans from Old Navy. I had to wear the baseball tee again this morning but changed into a dark grey drawstring sweater from Chico’s and my nude heels.

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Monday- Tuesday: Off.

Wednesday: I kept my outfit pretty simple by throwing on my black halter dress. I wish I could tell you guys where I got it but all I know is it was my mothers. Then I wore my black and white strappy heels from Justfab. My hair started out wet and down but was very quickly thrown into a sleek low bun.

Thursday: I threw my hair into a ballerina-esque top knot (I really did not feel like messing with my hair any) and wore flats all day. I have a basic pair of brown ballet flats from Target (they go for $14 and mine last me about a year or two). Then I wore my black and white checked pants from Old Navy and a chambray button down also from Old Navy.

Friday: As with my typical Friday attire I kept it casual and had to wear my baseball tee for the first part of the day. Following the event that morning I changed into a sweater from anthropologie (I know its hot in Florida but I get so cold in the office). I had on ripped boyfriend jeans from Old Navy and my ballet flats again. I pinned my hair back in twists because again, it was wet and I didn’t feel like dealing with it.

As always, I really need to figure out what to do regarding taking photos of the actual outfits but I still don’t have a full length mirror. I can’t help but fall in love with reworking the same pieces to make an outfit feel new. I’ve been interning for several weeks now and have yet to wear the same exact outfit.

 

Coffee Talks: Hitting the Reset Button

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This post is more for about what I do when I am feeling drab. As in, I have no motivation and I feel gross and I feel like my life is falling all over the place. It can become a nasty rut for me and snowballs until I end up having an anxiety attack from being so overwhelmed with everything around me. Full disclaimer, the drab feeling is usually after a long weekend of doing nothing and being lazy (it is the initial little pile of snow the is about to roll down the hill collecting). I noticed I need to nip it in the bud quick, the earlier in my week the better.

This past weekend is a prime example, hence why this is what I wanted to talk about today. I had company staying with me over the weekend and we had a wonderful time continuing to explore the city and relax with friends. We wined and dined and spent lazy afternoons in the sun. Honestly, it was wonderful! By the time Monday rolled around I wanted to stay in that sunny haze weekend mindset rather than jump back into work and planning out my week. So I sit down, write out a list of everything I need to do that week (i.e. like school assignments and housework) and allocate certain tasks for certain days so it doesn’t seem as bad.

The first thing I like to do is to get back to my usual diet. Going to restaurants and drinking wine is fun but leaves my body feeling a little bleh. I typically stick to a diet with as few grains, dairy products, and additives, like salt and sugar, as possible. Monday, I still ate leftover pizza and cookies from the weekend but this morning I packed a clean lunch and snacks while chugging lemon water. I like to meal plan and prep as I’ve mentioned before so tonight is prepping central for the rest of the week. Another one of the best ways to reignite my body is to drink lots of water. I have the terrible habit of not getting enough water but I work to try drinking at least two glasses before each meal and sip throughout the rest of the day.

The second thing I like to do may seem the silliest but it helps me so much. I do what my mother always told me growing up and clean my room. I throw all my dirty clothes, towels and linens in the wash (because starting the week out with clean, fresh scented sheets, warm towels, and a plethora or wardrobe options is almost enlightening). While those are being cleaned, I go around picking up whatever else is out. At first it always seems like a daunting task but in the end, it only takes ten minutes maximum.

These last two are combined since they’re short and focus on the body as well. My skin always needs a little pick-me-up so I pull out a brightening, purifying face mask and exfoliate my body. Sounds simple but it perks me right up. I also do something active. It doesn’t have to be a full body intense workout that makes me stop halfway through to cry for a moment about the pain, just something as simple as walking around the neighborhood for 30 minutes. It reawakens my muscles so I don’t feel weak and lazy but strong and powerful. That strength never leaves me if I spend a few days on my bum but can leave if I don’t do anything to after the days of bumminess.

A Week’s Worth of Outfits Days 6-10

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I am still figuring out how exactly I want to stylize this post series with outfit photos and titles. Regardless, I really love how easy it is to plan my outfits but how creative I need to get to keep them fresh. The weekends are when I don’t worry about wearing the same thing twice or being super casual so I’m not including them in the series.

Monday: I wore my black pants from Ann Taylor, a white cold shoulder blouse from Express and a light pink blazer from H&M. For shoes I wore my simple nude heels from Justfab. I wore my hair in a straightened blowout.

Tuesday: I wore a black and white checked dress from Old Navy (it was more white than black as opposed to the one in the picture) with a light blue linen blazer from (Gap? I’m still not sure). Then the same nude heels. I love how the lining of the blazer is white and black polka dots because it created a fun cute contrast with the dress. I had some with my hair creating two french braids that turned into one, then I twisted that one braid around and pinned it into a low bun.

Wednesday: I needed professional and practical. I wore a bright blue blouse from Ann Taylor with some black and white checked pants from Old Navy (more black than white, opposite of the dress I wore the day before) and my nude heels. Again, I wore my hair in a straightened blowout.

Thursday: The experimental day! There was a PR photoshoot in one of our store locations so I wanted to dress up a bit and have some fun. I wore a fitted white button down in a full khaki skirt. It had a little bow on the side and I got it from Goodwill (best purchase ever!). I pulled out some fun heels, black and white polka dot strappy heels from Justfab. I attempted a new Cindy Crawford-esque hairstyle with big beautiful voluminous curls (it turned out so-so, I’m working on perfecting it).

Friday: I had a team t-shirt for an event that morning that was a white and gray baseball tee. I wanted to wear boyfriend jeans but it was too baggy overall so I tucked the shirt into some skinny jeans from Levi. I was running around a lot so I just threw on some brown ballet flats from Target (I wear my flats so often I don’t bother spending much on them since I know they’ll be demolished within a year). I attempted my Cindy Crawford curls again with a bit more success.

Like I said, I have been loving experimenting with different clothes combinations these past two weeks so hopefully I can keep it up for 7 more!

Online Summer Classes

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I honestly didn’t know what to expect when I signed up for an online class back in April. I wanted to work ahead with an extra few credit hours over the summer to help ease my oncoming senioritis this next year and figured adding a class would help. It needed to be online since I wouldn’t be on campus for the entirety of the summer.

Let’s get something straight right now though, I am terrible when it comes to anything online. Horrible! I forget assignments right and left or am always submitting them late. I know it makes me look like a lazy student who doesn’t care about their grade but no matter how many times I write it down or tell myself to do it, I always forget.

I haven’t taken an actual online course before but I have taken several where there are homework assignments and quizzes due several times each week. I can never keep track of which ones are due on what date or that there is an assignment in the first place since I physically go to class everyday.

So you can see why I was so hesitant about how well this class would go (especially since I have another online finance class in the fall semester). However, it’s actually gone pretty well. Thankfully the only thing I have during the day is internship but exams during the weekend have been difficult trying to make time for since I just want to be out exploring.

What I love the most about online classes is you can work semi at your own pace. Some days I may be swamped with work and others I don’t have nearly as many things I need to get done. It’s then that I sit down and crank out a couple of chapters and lecture videos. The hardest part is still remembering when assignments are but I have started blocking off a section of my day (every Thursday) to sit down and do all of my assignments for that week. Knock on wood but I haven’t missed an assignment yet!

Every school has different requirements or rules with regards to courses that can be taken online, over the summer and/or located at a different school to transfer (I have plenty of friends who take classes at local schools in their hometowns that they can count as credits for their universities). Just be sure to check with an adviser before signing up for anything. You don’t want to go through the whole process of registration, tuition payment and studying to have it count for nothing. They may also be able to help with financial aid for those summer courses.

 

Fitness You Love

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I am sure that I have said it before but in case I haven’t here it is, I am in no way an expert on health/nutrition/fitness. But I do love taking care of myself and feeling good everyday, whether it is through diet or exercise. I have talked before about Paleo diets, something that I would do off and on as a way to hit a refresh button. I’ll post again about it more later on but today I wanted to focus more on exercise.

I don’t like working out. I have to lug myself to the gym, figure out what the hell I want/need to do while there, pretend I know how to use the machine and then go home to shower off the sweat so I don’t breakout. It’s time consuming and painful. I get tired trying to schedule my mornings or evenings around the gym. It’s like a chore almost.

These past few months though I have started loving to workout and the reason is because I have found something that I enjoy doing and feel empowered by. Call me basic but I adore cycle classes. I stopped dreading trying to fit the gym in but started to plan my day around a class because I wanted to go so bad. I felt so good walking into a class and even better walking out. To top it off, they’re great workouts!

I’m not saying that cycling is the answer for everyone’s gym woes but I am saying that once you find something you love, it makes working out so much more fun. Going to the gym won’t be a chore anymore but it’ll be something that you are eager to go to however many times a week. If you’re someone looking to get active, most fitness centers offer a wide range of classes that give discounts or free classes if its a first time in that class. Try them out, see what you like. If you don’t like a class environment try out other forms of exercise. It doesn’t have to be something that is done every single day but maybe a couple times a week. Its an energy booster (like drinking a cup of coffee without the caffeine).

Also, and this is a little side note, drag some friends with you if you go to check out the classes. It helps with motivation and makes it a lot more fun to experience. My friend and I would go cycle together and chitchat in the back of the room half of the time and head somewhere to eat afterwards. Its a great way to catch up with friends and turn a boring activity into a fun event!

Summer Skin Savers

Recently, I’ve been posting more and more about life and a less about cosmetics. Today I wanted to share a bit about some of my favorite skin savers. I want to protect my skin during the sunny months and maintain and glowing complexion.

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For a long time I didn’t care about sunscreen, I didn’t care if I burned and I didn’t care if I wore SPF on my face everyday.  Over the past few years I started to care after my skin (and not just caring about the breakouts but actual healthy skin overall).

I wrote a post months ago looking at new face washes and finally landed on the Origins Checks and Balances Cleanser.  It is so refreshing and cleanses my skin without stripping it (it also gets super foamy which I love). One product that is new to the routine is tea tree oil. The one I use is from Trader Joe’s and I just dilute a bit on a cotton ball with some water and massage it all over my face after washing it. It keeps my pores feeling fresh and clean.

Mario Badescu and Aveeno have been growing as two of my new favorite skincare lines (and both can be purchased at Ulta for not very much). I got the Mario Badescu Ceramide Herbal Eye Cream back in the fall and it has helped significantly with my under-eye circles. I got the Aveeno 60 Second In-Shower Facial a couple of weeks ago and so far I adore it! During the week I don’t have a lot of time to keep up with a super intense routine, with this I can put it on while in the shower, rinse off and I’m good to go. My skin looks bright and feels amazing.

I have become obsessed with making sure I have some sort of SPF on my face everyday. I look for it in my moisturizers and even foundation (despite the flashback). It is so important for keeping skin young and healthy. My absolute favorite CC cream with SPF is the It Cosmetics CC Cream. It has an SPF 50 without the weird sunscreen smell and beautiful coverage with many other benefits. I turned several of my friends onto it and it has gained a few new loyal followers as a result.

The last two products I want to mention are a normal body sunscreen and lip balm with SPF. Call me crazy but lips do burn and its painful when they do. Typically my favorite is the Blistex Raspberry Lemonade (holy moly it smells so good) but my roommate this past year introduced me to Tony Moly (their packaging is so stinking cute). Then any sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher is a must when spending time in the sun (Sun Bum smells yummy but I still love the classic Banana Boat smell).

Exploring A Temporary Home

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Every year I start stressing by the time Spring rolls around about finding a summer job or internship. For the past two years I have been extremely lucky in getting offers early on. Last summer I was an orientation leader for my school and this year I am a corporate communications intern for a fashion company in Florida. At the start of my internship I found myself, once again, in a city where I didn’t know anyone that was extremely far from home. Something I haven’t done since my freshman year of college.

There are around 20 or so other interns for the company I work for so one would think we would have banded together from the start. However, given the size of the company and the fact that we all are working in separate departments, we hardly saw one another. This past weekend a group of us were finally able to spend time hanging out and getting to know one another. So few of us are from this area that we decided to spend the weekend exploring. Last weekend my roommate and I checked out a few of the local shopping centers and had a wine night while watching a few episodes of Chopped Grillmasters.

I received text messages from a string of numbers I didn’t recognize making plans to hangout by the pool and order pizza Friday night. Those plans were altered and we all ended up grabbing pizza and wine at a restaurant called Grimaldi’s. We sat around our table for hours chatting away and making plans to meet up the following morning for a trip to Captiva.

I love going to the beach and thought I had seen quite a bit but nothing compared to Captiva Beach! The weather was warm and balmy, the sky was a brilliant shade of blue and the water refreshing despite it not being cold. We would wade into the water and see pods of sting-ray swim past us. Dolphins weren’t much too far off from the shore, surfacing and flipping in the water. Whenever we started to get pruny, we would head back to our towels and lay out for a while. There were so many beautiful shells (something my grandmother used to always love looking for whenever we went to the beach growing up) that one could just walk down the strip and have an instant collection.

Later that night we tried out a restaurant and bar that someone had recommended. Although it wasn’t our scene, we stayed for a short while and left for late night IHOP pancakes. I had no clue they came out with cupcake pancakes and holy moly those things are so sweet and tasty! Within 48 hours a group that hardly knew one another were already becoming close-bonded friends.

I think it’s important no matter where you are to make it a point to explore. Whether you’re new to the area or have been there for years, there is always a new restaurant or attraction or store to check out. It also helps someone new to an area to meet people and make friends. I know I love to be a homebody sometimes and stay within my comfort zone which is why I also love to push myself to go someplace I’ve never been before surrounded by people I don’t know. Everyday it brings a fun, new little adventure.

A Week’s Worth of Outfits

Here it is.

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Not all of these are the exact pieces I wore this past week but pieces that are similar.

Monday: I wore a light blue blouse and black trousers from Ann Taylor with nude heels from Justfab (I love getting their shoes because they’re a great way to try out a trend or style for very little, plus they’re crazy cute).

Tuesday: I had on my black and white striped dress from Tobi with a blue linen blazer (I think I got it from Gap a few years back) and black booties from Old Navy. I legitimately love buying seasonal booties from there because they get a lot of wear during the year (never want to wear good suede shoes as much as I do theirs) and they’re pretty affordable.

Wednesday: I black halter dress that used to belong to my mom. Then I added a light pink blazer from H&M and those same black booties.

Thursday: I love pairing my black jumpsuit with a blazer for a fun spin on business wear. I got the jumpsuit from Express and the blazer from H&M. Then I wore the same Justfab nude heels.

Friday: I had purchased an oversized asymmetrical sweater from the company store (I’m interning for a fashion company- I’m planning a post for later this summer). I get pretty cold in the office most days and like to dress a bit more casual on Friday’s so I paired my new sweater with some dark wash high rise jeans from Levi. Instead of the nude heels, I changed my mind this morning and wore flats instead since I was running around to meetings all day.

I figured this would be a pretty good start into cataloguing my outfits every week as well and helping me keep from wearing the same thing more than once. And I may find a way to take pictures of the actual pieces I wear everyday. Like I said yesterday, we’ll just have to see how this goes! I really like the idea behind minimalism but was always curious about exhausting my wardrobe if I tried it. Definitely miss having some of my other things but being completely honest, there hasn’t been a need for them and I doubt there will be for the rest of the summer. That being said, already starting to plan out what to wear next week!