Sunday, September 28, 2014

Updates: Family Visits & Working

September was an unexpectedly busy month, which explains my lack in blog posts lately. I had a friend come and visit for the first week of September. Immediately after she left, my grandmother came to town. The day after my grandmother got here, my aunt, my cousin and his wife also came to visit, then a few days later, one of my uncles came to visit, too. It was a McIntyre Family reunion of sorts. The entire month was so fun and packed full of adventure (to say the least).

Tree Face on Walking Trail

Whale Watching

It allowed me to be a little bit of a tourist in my own town. We did a lot of really cool stuff like exploring some walking trails, beach combing, whale and wildlife watching, camping, we went to the Godard Hot Springs, and then of course we did some touristy things like walking down Lincoln Street (for those of you that don't know, Lincoln Street in Sitka is the "downtown" area where a bunch of shops, restaurants, museums, art galleries, and historical sites are located).

5AM Camping Sunrise

Goddard Hot Springs


Not only was September busy because we had a bunch of visitors, but also because I got a job! My last blog post was an Interview OOTD. The interview went well and within a couple days I received a call with the job offer. The following week I was in New Employee Orientation, then the next week, I was in Anchorage for training! Needless to say it's been a lot in just a little bit of time. It's a little overwhelming, but I'm so excited.

Because I have a new job, I won't really be able to work on my blog throughout the week, so I have decided that Sunday will be my blog post day! If you would like to stay updated with my weekly blog posts, feel free to "follow" me. Also, if you have any suggestions for future blog posts, let me know!



Thursday, September 4, 2014

Job Interview OOTD

Last week, I got a call for a job interview and literally the first thought that crossed my mind was, "what am I going to wear?!" I immediately ran to my closet and started ransacking my wardrobe. I tried on at least seven different outfit combinations before ultimately deciding on a pale pink midi skirt and a white boyfriend style shirt, both from ASOS Curve. I topped it with a black blazer with ruched sleeves from Torrid. For shoes, I wore a pair of silver, laser cut flats by the brand City Classified.

I decided on this outfit because I liked the simplicity of it. The pale pink skirt and the white top compliment each other very well. The white is a nice neutral color, and the pale pink adds a little pop of color without being too overwhelming. Not to mention it's a great combination for a summer interview. I decided not to wear too many accessories, so I thought the silver shoes would add a little something extra. The classic, black blazer ties it all together for a professional and sophisticated look.


What I'm Wearing: Shirt: ASOS Curve (Similar) || Skirt: ASOS Curve || Blazer: Torrid || Shoes: City Classified (Similar)

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

My ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

I'm sure you've all seen the famous Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) Ice Bucket Challenge videos circulating the internet and various social media platforms. They've definitely been flooding my social media feeds, and I think that is awesome! The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge is a social media campaign designed to raise money that will be used for ALS research AND to spread awareness about the neurodegenerative disease. I was recently nominated by one of my friends to participate in the challenge, as well as donate $10 to the ALS Association. Here is my video:

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For more information about ALS and to make a donation, visit www.alsa.org.


Saturday, August 23, 2014

Set the Scene: Wedding Re-Creation


My parents recently celebrated their 27th wedding anniversary! I can't even begin to imagine spending that much time with one person, and still being madly in love with them. It's crazy and unbelievable and kind of, really awesome!

The people over at Lover.ly reached out and asked me to participate in a challenge called Set the Scene. Basically, they sent me three themes (or locations) for the picture-perfect wedding (Beach Affair, City Glam, and Rustic Chic), and I am to choose a wedding dress from their website and style it to match the theme of my choosing.

Now, I don't really see myself getting married anytime soon, or ever for that matter, but I thought this would be a really cool opportunity to recreate my mom's wedding look with more modern twist.

My mom and dad got married on board a boat on the Kuskokwim River in 1987. My mother had a long sleeve wedding dress with floral lace detailing and 80's puffed shoulders. She accessorized with white pearls and her bouquet was made with wild Alaskan flowers. The mother of the bride (aka my grandma), the bridesmaids and flower girls wore royal blue dresses. My dad, his groomsmen, and my brother, the ring bearer wore black tuxedos with royal blue bow ties and cummerbunds.

Because my parents had a wedding on the water, you might assume I would pick the beach wedding, but the style of my parent's wedding was more rustic, so I decided to go with the Rustic Chic theme.



With this David's Bridal wedding gown, I've kept the sweetheart neckline and floral detailing similar to my mom's original dress, but have created a more modern look by getting rid of the long sleeves and puffed shoulders. I also included three different royal blue Donna Morgan bridesmaids dresses to choose from, because at my parent's wedding in 87, the bridesmaids all wore different dresses. For accessories, again, I wanted to keep it similar to what my mom originally wore, and paired a pearl necklace with some pearl & crystal earrings and hairpin. I also picked these elegant peep-toe heels with crystal brooch-like detailing on the back. Lastly, I loved that my mom's bouquet was made from wild flowers, so I kept with that style and chose a blue wildflower bouquet.

I'd like to thank Lover.ly for inviting me to participate in the Set the Scene challenge. Lover.ly is a website designed to make wedding planning fun and easy. It allows you to discover the latest wedding trends, explore and share thousands of wedding images and ideas, and even allows you to shop for your wedding essentials, including wedding gowns, bridesmaids dresses, shoes & accessories, favors, wedding decor + MORE! If you have a wedding of your own to plan, I definitely recommend you check them out.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Every Body is Beautiful: An Open Letter to Fat Shamers

It's been a while since I posted something about body positivity and acceptance, and I think it's really important that I include these posts every so often.
With that, here is my Open Letter to Fat Shamers...

To all the bullies in school who torment their classmates so they don't feel comfortable eating in the cafeteria or changing in the locker rooms; to the individuals behind computer screens and online alter egos leaving hateful, humiliating comments on that girl or guy's selfie; to the person who feels obligated to say something about that man or woman's weight or size because they are "concerned" about their health; and to the assholes that created #fatshamingweek....this is for you:

First and foremost, I would just like to say you don't know me or him or her or us.

You don't know the state of my physical or mental health. Unless you are my doctor, a family member, or a very close friend, chances are you know absolutely nothing about my health. You can't assume, just by looking at me, that I'm unhealthy. You can't tell, just because I'm fat, that I have certain diseases or health conditions that are often associated with being fat. Maybe I was born with a health condition, maybe I suffered a traumatic event, or maybe I sustained an injury that caused, or lead to, or at the very least contributed to my weight gain or obesity. You don't know the battles I've fought in the past or the ones I continue to fight. You don't know if I've ever struggled with eating disorders or depression or even just finding clothes that fit and make me comfortable.

You don't know what I do, or do not, put into my body.  You can't know, just by looking at me what kind of diet I eat or lifestyle I live. You can't tell by looking at me how often I eat salad or how often I eat cake.

You don't know how active or inactive I am. You can't assume, just because I'm fat, that I don't work out or go to the gym. You can't assume that I am lazy, unhygienic, unmotivated, that I have no will power, or desire to lose weight, because guess what? You don't know me.

Secondly, if you don't like what you see, whether it's online or in person, just look away. If you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all.

If you stumble upon my blog, my instagram profile, my twitter account, my tumblr page, and you don't like seeing photos of fat people or blurbs and posts about accepting and loving your body, no matter your size, do us both a favor and click that little red "x" to get out of there. Don't waste your time, or mine for that matter, writing a novel length comment about how I'm fat and ugly and unhealthy and how I need to lose weight.

If you see me in person, and don't like what you see, turn your cheek and mind your own business. Don't waste your breath yelling, "FATTY," from a moving car window. Don't tell me what clothing is or is not acceptable to wear for my body type. Like performer & writer Glenn Marla said, "There is no wrong way to have a body." You don't like what you see? Just look away.

Thirdly, Fat Shaming doesn't help.

I'm well aware that I'm fat. I know that there are health concerns and risks that may come with or stem from being fat or obese. I also know that eating right and exercising regularly will not only help me lose weight, but will also help my body, mind, and overall health. You don't need to remind me. You might think you're helping me, but making me feel like shit about my body and weight isn't going to encourage me to lose weight. In fact, it will most likely do more harm than good. As Lacy Green, the lovely lady from the Sex+ YouTube channel, once said, "You don't encourage people to take care of their body by telling them to hate it."

Lastly, Every Body is Beautiful.

No matter skin color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, fat, skinny, in-between; short, tall, average-height, tattooed, pierced, or otherwise...Every body is beautiful.

Obviously everyone has their own opinions and ideas about what beauty is. Certain people find certain attributes and characteristics in a person attractive or unattractive. That's fine. You can have those thoughts and opinions, but that doesn't mean you have to criticize me, bully me, humiliate me, and shame me for not fitting your definition of beautiful. Everybody has the right to feel beautiful and confident and strong and sexy and accepted. Let me feel beautiful and confident and strong and sexy and good about myself. I'm not glorifying obesity or promoting unhealthy habits or lifestyles. I am simply trying to live and love my life and who I am (and if you took even a second to get to know me, you'd know that fat is not all that I am). 

Sincerely,

Me, him, her, and us.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

July Favorites 2014



I cannot believe July has already come and gone! This summer is flying by! With the end of another month comes another monthly favorites post!

1. Poo-Pourri: Poo La La - If you are not familiar with Poo-Pourri, let me introduce you to the amazing product that will ultimately change your life forever. Poo-Pourri is the "Before-You-Go Toilet Spray." It's pretty self-explanatory, but you spray Poo-Pouri directly onto the water in the toilet before you poop. When you spray the product on the water, it creates a film layer that traps the smell of your poop in the toilet, so you never have to be ashamed of pooping in a public place ever again. This product is unbelievable. It works amazingly well. It's not like aerosol sprays that mask & blend in with the poop smell, it prevents the smell from happening all together! I know this is kind weird to talk about, but I recently traveled to Seattle where I stayed in a hostel with shared bathrooms, so I couldn't be more excited to have this product in my possession.

2. Nail Polish Combo: Revlon Colorstay Gel-Smooth Base Coat & Butter London Nail Lacquer in "Fiver" - This nail combo has been on my nails almost the entire month of July with very little maintenance. The Revlon Colorstay Gel-Smooth Base Coat does appear white in the bottle, but dries clear on the nail. I apply one coat to clean nails and let it dry completely, then I apply my nail polish. This base coat is amazing. I don't know what kind of sorcery it is, but somehow it keeps my nail polish on my nails without chipping for at least a week! That's pretty damn good for an at-home mani.

The nail color I'm obsessed with this month, and have been applying on top of the Revlon Base Coat is the Butter London Nail Lacquer in "Fiver." First of all, Butter London nail polishes have a reputation for being very pigmented, having a nice consistency, and being very long lasting. "Fiver" did not disappoint. I would describe the color as a pale mint green, and I love it! This color is fairly opaque, but you do need to apply a couple coats. The combination of the Revlon Colorstay Base-Coat & the Butter London "Fiver" is phenomenal. I definitely recommend checking it out.

3. Revlon ColorBurst Balm Stain in "Sweetheart Valentine" - It's no secret that I love Revlon Balm Stains. I included three different shades in my April Favorites post alone. I like them because they are nice and smooth and moisturizing, they add a significant amount of color, and if the product wears off, a subtle color is stained on the lip. I think these are perfect products for throwing in your purse and taking on-the-go. The color "Sweetheart Valentine" is a pretty magenta pink color. It applies very pigmented and as it wears off throughout the day, it leaves a slight pink stain on the lip. I think this is a great shade for spring and summer, and I think it is wearable during the day, as well as at night.





4. BareMinerals: Original Foundation in "Fairly Light" - Earlier in the month, I decided to experiment with some new products in order to perfect a makeup routine that takes 10 minutes or less to apply. One of the products that made it into my daily routine is  an old favorite–the BareMinerals Original Foundation in the shade "Fairly Light." Years ago, I visited a BareMinerals store and was matched to this shade, and it matched my skin tone very well and I repurchased it a couple of months ago to give it another shot. I love this foundation because it's lightweight, it looks very natural on the skin, it's easy to apply, it's buildable without appearing cakey, and I like it because even if I get a little bit of a tan, it doesn't appear too light when applied. I think this foundation was the only foundation I used in the month of July, and it will most definitely be a product I will continue to use regularly.

5. Benefit: High Beam Luminescent Complexion Enhancer - The Benefit Watt's Up Highlighter made it into my last month's favorites post, and while I still really love that product, I did mention that I purchased Benefit High Beam and that I was looking forward to trying it out. I must say, this particular highlighter has also made it into my daily routine and has become my new favorite highlighter. It has a thick, liquid consistency with a brush applicator, similar to a nail polish brush. I usually apply a few dots to my cheekbones, in between my eyebrows, down the bridge of my nose, in my cupids bow, and on my chin, then I dab it in with my ring finger. Typically people would apply highlighter after they apply their foundation, however, I have been applying this under my BareMinerals foundation and it gives a really nice, natural glow.

6. NYX: Retractable Eyeliners - I recently purchased a handful of NYX retractable eyeliners from ULTA, as they were BOGO 50% off. I do like these eyeliners for everyday use. I purchased both a dark & light purple color, but my favorites have been the black, white, and bronze colors, which I use on a daily basis for tightlining my eyes to add a little more definition. NYX eyeliners are notably pigmented and are glide on easily, which is great, but the best thing about them is the price (under $5 each). They claim to be water proof, and I agree, they do have a pretty strong staying power, but I wouldn't necessarily say they are water proof.

7. Kiss My Face: Liquid Rock Roll-On Deodorant - I have been searching high and low for a more natural deodorant, free of parabens and aluminum and other bad things, that still manages to work all day long. I have tried several different natural deodorants, including both the Tom's of Maine deodorant and the JASON brand deodorant, both of which were completely ineffective for me, so I decided to try the Kiss My Face Liquid Rock Roll-On deodorant. Normally, I don't buy roll-on deodorants because in my experience, they don't last as long as solid stick deodorants, but this one has been amazing! I apply it directly after I shower and it keeps me odor free all day long! I don't love or hate lavender scents, but I chose the lavender scent because my only options were that or patchouli, and I wasn't fond of the patchouli smell. The great thing about this deodorant, too, is that the smell isn't overwhelming, so even though I'm not a huge lavender fan, it doesn't overpower the other scents I'm wearing.

I should mention that although Kiss My Face claims that this deodorant is free of aluminum chlorohydrate, it still contains potassium alum sulfate, which is a natural occurring mineral that does, indeed, contain aluminum, however, potassium alum is considered to be safe. While I would still like to find a better, more natural deodorant, this one will work in the meantime.

Those are my favorites for the month of July. I hope you guys enjoyed this post. As always, feel free to leave a comment about your favorite things from the month of July! I love interacting with you guys and love hearing feedback! 

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

My 10 Wardrobe Essentials

I have mentioned in previous posts that I consider my style to be edgy, casual, and laid-back, and you will probably notice this once I get more outfits posted, but there are certain articles of clothing that I personally cannot live without and think every girl needs in her wardrobe, plus-size or not.


10 Favorite Wardrobe Items (Part 1)




1. Black Leather Jacket: If you have been keeping up with my blog, you know I love a good jacket. Most days, I build my outfit around the jacket I plan on wearing. I especially love to wear (faux) leather. There is nothing that makes me feel more confident, sexy, and kick-ass than a sweet (faux) leather jacket, and I feel every woman should experience that!

2. Little Black Dress: I'm sure it is no surprise that I included a little black dress (LBD) in my list since it is arguably one of the most important staples in a woman's wardrobe. A little black dress is great because it is such a versatile, timeless piece that can be dressed up or dressed down (depending on the occasion), but at the same time, when wearing an LBD, you are never under dressed. Not to mention, LBDs are available in so many different styles! You just can't go wrong.

3. A Sleek Blazer: Like I said, I consider my style to be laid-back & casual, but I still think it's extremely important to have at least a couple articles of clothing that can be worn in a professional setting, like a work meeting or interview, for example. I prefer a sleek, black blazer just because I feel like it can be paired with almost anything and still look very sophisticated and put together, but do not be afraid to add a little color! I do also have a turquoise blazer in my wardrobe, just in case I want to brighten my outfit up a little bit.

4. Medium/Dark-Wash Skinny Jeans: Medium and/or dark-wash skinny jeans are an absolute must-have. They, too, are a extremely versatile staple in that they can be dressed-up, dressed-down, and can be worn during the day and at night. Not to mention you can wear them with just about any type of shoes (aside from maybe hiking boots or gym shoes), including sandals, flats, boots, casual sneakers, and heels. Despite what some people think, medium/dark-wash skinny jeans are also flattering and slimming, and I, personally, think they look great on any body type. People that waste their time hating on plus-size women that wear skinny jeans need a fucking hobby. Ignore them.

5. Plaid/Chambray Button up: I have had a chambray button-up in my wardrobe for some time now, and I absolutely love it! I also recently thrifted a few plaid, flannel button-ups and my first thought was, "Why the hell didn't I buy these sooner?!" Both plaid and chambray button-ups are so unbelievably comfortable and easy to wear, and if you thrift them (like I did), there are also inexpensive, which is a major plus. And I love them because they completely match my edgy, casual style. My favorite way to wear them is over a loose-fit tank or t-shirt and either leggings or skinny jeans.

10 Favorite Wardrobe Items (Part 2)




6. Boyfriend Jeans: I know that some people don't like the way boyfriend jeans look or fit, and that's fine, but I definitely consider them to be a wardrobe staple. I tend to purchase my boyfriend jeans in a light-wash with some distressing. Something about it feels more casual and edgy, which I like. Some people would disagree, but I find these jeans to be a very all-around pair as well. I like to wear mine with a simple white tank top or loose-fit v-neck t-shirt and a pair of sneakers or sandals, but I've seen women wear them with cute blouses and heels, and that looks great as well.


7. Black Leggings: Leggings in general are so comfortable, they are usually fairly inexpensive, and they come in so many different style and prints and textures. My personal favorites are plain black leggings, if I could, I would wear black leggings every single day, I love them so much. Black leggings can be worn so many different ways! You can wear them with oversized sweaters and t-shirts, they are great for layering, you can wear them while you're lounging around your house, when you're out running errands, or when you're going out to the club with your friends. And like skinny jeans, they can be worn with just about any type of shoe!

8. Basic T-shirts: I believe I've mentioned this before, but I like to buy basic pieces of clothing so that I can style and accessorize them a number of different ways. A couple of my absolute favorites are black & white loose-fit t-shirts. The reason I love them so much is because they are so effortless. You can wear them with jeans, shorts, leggings, tucked into a skirt, under a blazer, paired with sweatpants...You can wear them with EVERYTHING. If I'm ever having trouble finding something to wear or putting an outfit together, I will usually end up wearing a either a plain black or white t-shirt.

9. Black Booties: I love black booties because they come in so many different styles: You can get them flat, with a chunky heel, a high heel, a wedge. You can get slip-on black booties, you can get them with buckles, with zippers, laces, with studs. The possibilities are endless.  I don't wear heels very often (if ever). They're so uncomfortable and difficult for me to walk in, so if I'm looking to gain some height, I opt for black booties that have a 2-3 inch chunky heel. I find them extremely comfortable and wearable, an they, too, can be dressed-up or dressed-down, and if you haven't already noticed, that is a feature that I LOVE in fashion. I love them so much, that I actually have six or seven pairs of black booties alone.

10. Sneakers: My most worn shoes are without a doubt my black Converse Chuck Taylor All Stars. I purchase a new pair of these once every year or so, because I wear them so much. They're such comfortable, casual, classic shoes, and I think everyone should have a pair. I wear them with boyfriend jeans, skinny jeans, leggings, denim shorts, and sometimes even with skirts and dresses. I wear them with my denim jacket, leather jacket, blazers, plaid button-ups...I basically wear them with everything. They really are the perfect sneaker!

Saturday, July 12, 2014

When Skies are Grey OOTD

It's been raining the last couple days, which is not uncommon in Sitka, Alaska, but I'm not complaining. When I'm planning my outfit of the day, I like to start with the jacket and plan the rest of the outfit around that.

This (faux) leather jacket is actually the same style of jacket I used in my last OOTD post, but in the color grey. I ordered it online from ASOS Curve during one of their sales, but it is from the New Look Inspire line, so this jacket (or one similar) may be available from either store, links are included at the bottom.

Under my jacket I'm wearing a black (and grey speckled), loose fit tank top, also from the New Look Inspire line at ASOS. It is a very thin, soft, comfortable jersey fabric. Because it's so thin, it can be a little bit sheer, so I usually wear it with a black cami underneath.


The jeans I'm wearing are medium wash skinny jeans from Torrid. I have a hard time finding skinny jeans that fit & flatter me, but I love this pair. In fact, I loved them so much I bought two pairs! Torrid jeans can be pricey, so I usually wait until they're having a sale, or a BOGO deal to buy them.


I don't wear heels very well, so when I'm looking for a pair of shoes that will give me a little height, I look for shoes with a thick heel. I recently ordered these boots online, they are the Hartman booties from Rampage, and I am in LOVE with them. They are (faux) leather, lace-up style boots, with a chunky 3" heel. They're extremely comfortable, and they also have zippers on the inner ankle, so they're very easy to wear.


In my last OOTD post, I mentioned the rings I wear on a regular basis are mostly from Silpada Jewelry. Silpada sells high-quality, sterling silver jewelry. I absolutely love their rings & earrings. Here I'm wearing four rings, three of which are from Silpada: the two rings on each of my index fingers and the silver ring on my left middle finger. The silver ring with the black stone that is on my right middle finger is from the brand Moda Designs, and I purchased it from Zulily. It's pretty, however, the same day I received the ring, the stone fell out. It was disappointing, but it wasn't anything superglue couldn't fix.

What I'm Wearing: Jacket: New Look || Top: ASOS Curve || Jeans: Torrid || Boots: Rampage || Silver Rings: Silpada

Monday, July 7, 2014

June Favorites 2014



I can't believe I'm saying this, but the month of June is officially over, so I thought it would be a good idea to share some of the random crap that I've been loving the last month.

1. First Aid Beauty: Fab Faves to Go Kit - Okay, I have acne-prone, combination skin, which basically means my t-zone is quite oily, but I also have some dry patches here and there. My problem areas are definitely my nose and chin where I tend to get blackheads, and my jaw line, where I get most of my blemishes. I do have hyperpigmentation on my jaw and chin, which is unfortunate, and my skin can be sensitive to certain products, so as you can imagine, my skin can be difficult to work with. I have heard tremendous things about the First Aid Beauty line from Beauty Bloggers and YouTubers, and wanted to try it out. The full size products can be a little pricey, so I opted for the Fab Faves to Go Kit, which gives you three travel-size products to try: The Fab Face Cleanser, Fab Radiance Pads, and Fab Ultra Repair Cream. I won't go into too much detail about each product individually, but I will say really love each product. I have definitely seen an improvement in my skin, and I will definitely be repurchasing the full size products. All of the products included in this kit are mild and safe for sensitive skin, as well as extremely effective.

I haven't changed up my makeup routine too much in the last couple months, in fact, I've been wearing little to no make up at all for most of the month, but that's not to say I haven't included a couple makeup faves this month.

2. Urban Decay: Naked Basics Pallet - If you are familiar with Urban Decay eyeshadows/pallets, you know that they are extremely creamy in consistency and have an incredible color payoff. This pallet is really no exception. It comes with six eyeshadow colors–five matte and one shimmer–ranging from light cream to dark brown. I absolutely love it. Some people would disagree and say that this pallet doesn't offer enough variety, but I think it's a great pallet for day-to-day use and it's very travel-friendly.

3. Nars: Pro Prime Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base - One of my all time favorite eyeshadow primers is the Urban Decay Primer Potion, but once I ran out of my most recent tube, I decided I wanted to switch it up a little bit, and I went with this primer by Nars. Only in the last couple months have I started trying out Nars products, but I haven't had any complaints, so when I tried this primer for the first time, I was actually very pleased! In fact, I used this primer under eyeshadows from my Lorac Pro Pallet and it was like night and day. The colors seemed a lot more pigmented, they lasted through the entire day, and at the end of the day, when I went to wash my face, the eyeshadow did not remove as easily as it normally did, so it is very long-lasting!

4. Bare Minerals: Promise Blush - My next favorite is a blush from bare minerals that I got a quite some time ago. It's a soft coral pink shade called Promise. It's really light weight, it wears very nice on the skin, and it does have a little bit of shimmer, but it' not very noticeable. I absolutely love it, especially for the summer. Unfortunately, I think this particular color is discontinued, but I think the formula is amazing, so if you want something similar, I would suggest trying the colors Laughter or Beauty.

5. Benefit: Watt's Up Soft Focus Highlighter - I use to prefer powder highlighters over cream or liquid, just because I felt that powder highlighters were not as heavy, and didn't come across as cakey as cream or liquid highlighters, and honestly, I wasn't head-over-heels about this one at first, but now, I really love it! It is a cream-to-liquid highlighter so it's not too heavy, it applies smoothly, and it gives your skin a nice glow! I have recently purchased the Benefit High Beam Liquid Highlighter, just to try it out, and I'm excited to give that a shot.

6. PicFX App - I think it's safe to assume most people have at least one or two photo editing apps on their smartphones, right? My go-to photo editing app is Afterlight, which most of you have probably either used or heard of, but I recently heard Lauren Elizabeth, a YouTuber, talk about PicFX on her channel, so I downloaded it. I must say, I am liking it a lot. It doesn't give you as much control or freedom as an app like Afterlight, but it is really easy to use, it has a lot of cool filters, textures, frames, and things like that. My only complaint about it so far is the price, which is $1.99. I think that's a little expensive for what it is, because I've used plenty of free and/or $0.99 apps that work just as well. Other than that, I've been having a lot of fun with it.

7. SkillShare - My final favorite is actually a website called skillshare that you may or may not have already heard of. It's basically an online learning community that offers project-based classes in subjects ranging from design to business to technology, all taught by industry leaders. It's $10/month for access to any class they offer. Some people may think this is expensive, but compared to some of the college design & business classes I've taken, the price is phenomenal! Not to mention, you have complete control over what classes you take and projects you do! I've been trying to utilize this more because it's such a great learning tool, and I definitely recommend you guys check it out!

I hope you guys enjoyed this! Let me know in the comments below what your favorites of last month were, because I love hearing about and trying new products! Thanks for reading! XX

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Playlist: June 2014

I have a very eclectic taste in music, so naturally, my playlists include a variety of songs, old and new. I would say my favorite genre is indie/alternative, but I'd be lying if I said I didn't listen to the occasional Ke$ha or Katy Perry song.

One of my favorite places to create playlists is a website called 8Tracks. If are not familiar with 8tracks, it is a "handcrafted internet radio" site (or what I would describe as online mix tapes), that allows you to listen to playlists created by other users & create playlists of your own to share.


My June 2014 playlist on 8tracks that is made up of songs that I've basically had on repeat for the entire month, including artists like Two Door Cinema Club, DWNTWN, The Kooks, and Lorde.

June 2014 from itsallymac on 8tracks Radio.




If you have similar taste in music, please feel free to leave a comment with your favorite artists and/or songs so I can check them out! I love discovering new music and I especially love hearing back from you guys!