H&M Essentials|October 5th, 2015

H&M Essentials|October 5th, 2015



Oh H&M, while I would love to buy every single item in your store, I had to stick to the essentials this time. I went shopping yesterday and I knew I had to get just a couple items to complete my Autumn/Winter wardrobe. And in my defense, I never ever spend full price at any store, so this was a fun trip to let go and just buy a few beautiful items at my favorite store.

H&M is my favorite store for get-the-trendy-things-cheaper items. I know I only bought two items, but they excited me so much I just had to show them!

First, look at these adorable patent loafers. I have always wanted to wear these and never thought I could, but I put them on and immediately decided they were worth $35, so here they are on my feet.

The second thing I got was the coziest and most beautiful cable-knit sweater I’ve ever seen. I often see beautiful pictures on tumblr or in books of this gorgeous grey/white color that reminds me of snow. I know that’s so corny and cliche but I saw it and immediately thought about winter and how bad I needed this cozy sweater. There were two colors, another was a soft lilac that was also beautiful, but since they were also $35, I would only buy one. I love how this looks, and I showed the picture of my arm in the sweater because the colors are so accurate to real life and I wanted you to see how lush and comfy it really is.

Have you splurged on anything lately? I won’t judge! Let me know.

ALSO. Quick update. My computer might have to be shipped somewhere today in order to be repaired. If that’s the case, I will attempt to get as many blogposts up as possible via my phone or the computers at school. If it’s slow, stay with me, I’m attempting to fix my laptop as soon as I can. Thanks guys!


Rosy Autumn

Rosy Autumn

Makeup I’ve Been Wearing In September

Makeup I’ve Been Wearing In September


Hello everyone! Happy Saturday.

I did a little post on the makeup that I wore all throughout September. For me, it’s been about neutral eyes, a creamy blush, and a neutral lip. This allows you to play around with eyeliner or even some sparkly shadows to go with the neutral colors.

I used all Ipsy products in this today. The eyeshadow palette by Nyx is amazing!!! I’ve mainly been using that light sparkly color all the way to the left. It gives a nice base without packing on a huge amount of color.

I also have been using the cream blush. I’ve been getting better at blending it and making the apples of my cheeks just rosy enough without being too much. This color is perfect for fall!

Lastly, I’ve been smudging this lip crayon onto my lips. It’s a little strong when you put it on heavily because it’s matte and very pale. But for an everyday look, I just use my finger to blend it out, and it looks very natural.

What makeup have you been wearing this past month?


October Changes

October Changes


Just a little FYI that it’s officially October.

I still can’t really believe it! I love this time of year and the first day of October for me was very chilly. It was so nice to wake up on a new month and be able to wear jackets again!

I shot a few things that have changed in my life now that the spooky month has begun. One of them is that amazing calendar, I love the colors and the quote!

If you are looking to be inspired for fall by some makeup palettes, I would go take a look at the classic Naked Palette by Urban Decay. I wanted something Autumnal for October 1st, and I was so excited to use the colors in this. Just look at those warm browns, golds, and pinks. You can’t go wrong with this one. The sparkly colors are to die for.

I used three colors on my eyelid: Sidecar all over the lid, Toasted in my crease, and Sin in my inner corners and on the center of the lid. The colors together gave a rosy, shimmery feel.

I also put up my Halloween lights! I got these pumpkin ones last year, but I found the orange LED’s at Walmart for $5.

Another change was one of my favorite wardrobe shifts. I was actually able to wear shorts with tights yesterday!

At my dorm, someone put these adorable fall stickers on our windows and I had to take a picture.

What are some changes in your life now that October has rolled around?


A Cozy Autumn Treat

A Cozy Autumn Treat


More than ever, I’ve been looking for more ambitious recipes to try.

When I first looked this up, I thought, “Wow this looks delicious.” When I read how to make it, I put my phone right down. Yeah right! There were so many steps and I was not about to take a day making a cake. About an hour later, I looked at it again.

If you have a good solid amount of time and want to tackle a fun Autumn dessert, I firmly urge you to create this, because it was hands down the best thing I’ve ever baked, ever. I got the original recipe from Sally’s Baking Addiction. 


Cheesecake Portion:

-16 ounces cream cheese, softened
-3/4 cup sugar
-1/4 cup plain yogurt or sour cream
-1 teaspoon vanilla extract
-1 Tablespoon flour (The small amount lets the cheesecake rise)
-3 large eggs

Pumpkin Cake Portion:

-3/4 cup vegetable oil
-1 cup packed light or dark brown sugar
-2 large eggs
-1 teaspoon vanilla extract (You can add a bit more for a more intense flavor in the pumpkin part of the cake)
-1 and 1/3 cups pumpkin puree (canned or fresh)
-1 cup flour
-1 teaspoon baking soda
-1 and 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
-1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice (Again, add more if you want it more flavorful)
-1/4 teaspoon salt


-4 ounces cream cheese, softened
-2 Tablespoons unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
-2 cups confectioners’ sugar, sifted
-1 teaspoon vanilla extract (Add more for more flavor)
-1/8 teaspoon salt
-1-2 Tablespoons normal milk
-chopped pecans, optional


1. Adjust oven rack to the lower third position and preheat the oven to 350F degrees. Spray your Cheesecake Springform pan with a non-stick spray. Wrap aluminum foil on the bottom and tightly around the outside walls of the springform pan. Set it aside to be ready for the Cheesecake and Pumpkin Cake batters.

2. Make the cheesecake first: Using a handheld or stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat the cream cheese and granulated sugar together on medium speed in a large bowl – about 3 full minutes until the mixture is smooth and creamy. Add the sour cream, vanilla, and flour and beat it on a low level working up to a medium speed. On low speed, add the eggs one at a time, beating after each addition until just blended. Do not overmix the filling after you have added the eggs. Set aside.

3. Make the pumpkin cake:Before adding your ingredients, take your pumpkin and measure it out not a paper towel, and then blot it dry with another paper towel. In a medium bowl, whisk the oil, brown sugar, eggs, vanilla, and blotted-dry pumpkin together until mixed and there are no bumps in the texture. In a large bowl, whisk the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, and salt together. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix it until it’s smooth. Avoid overmixing the pumpkin cake batter.

4. Spread 1 and 1/2 cups of the pumpkin cake batter over bottom of prepared pan. On top of the pumpkin batter, drop large spoonfuls of the cheesecake batter. (I did this until it almost covered the pumpkin layer.) Add the rest of your remaining Pumpkin Cake batter. Repeat with remaining cream cheese batter. Mine actually covered the pumpkin batter almost completely, as seen in the picture. Do not swirl with a knife. See photo above of what my cake looked like before going into the oven.

5.Find a roasting pan and put your springform pan inside. You’re basically going to have a cheesecake bath and the foil around the springform pan prevents the water from leaking from the bottom. Fill with about 1 inch of hot water. This allows the cake consistency to remain spongy and moist instead of baking like a normal cake.

6. Bake for 65-75 minutes or until the center is almost set. If you find the edges are browning, loosely place aluminum foil on top of the cake as it bakes. Do not open the oven while it bakes, or the cheesecake will crack! When the timer goes off, lift the oven door a crack. Let the cheesecake sit in the oven for 1 hour. After, take it out and let it sit until it’s cooled completely. Refrigerate for at least 6 hours or overnight (preferred). Loosen the cheesecake from the rim of the pan and remove the rim.

7. Make the cream cheese frosting (this can be made up to 2 day sin advance – cover and store in the refrigerator until ready to use.) Make sure your cream cheese is room temperature before starting, it makes a difference. Use a handheld mixer to mix the cream cheese and butter together on a low speed, working your way up to a medium one until the texture is creamy. Add the confectioners sugar, vanilla, and salt. Beat on a lower speed for about 30 seconds, then turn up to high speed and beat until it’s a creamy texture. Beat in 1-2 Tablespoons of milk, depending how thick or thin you want the frosting. Spread onto chilled cheesecake. Top with pecans, if desired.

8. Cut into slices and serve cheesecake chilled. This made a lot of very dense, rich cake, so you most likely will have leftovers unless it’s for a party. You can cut the cake into slices and refrigerate them for up to 4 days.

I know this was more complicated than a pumpkin latte, but it was so rewarding and it’s a perfect Thanksgiving dessert idea! Side note- I actually made this on the day of the lunar eclipse, and my mom and I drank some cleansed moon water with our cheesecake the next day!

If you try out the recipe, let me know what you think of it. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!


September Ipsy Bag 2015

September Ipsy Bag 2015


Nyx 3 Color Shadow Palette

I used this palette yesterday when I went to a huge fall festival and it was perfect! The colors were Autumnal and it was super easy to do a smokey eye.

Bayberry Naturals Rosehip & Hibiscus Moisturizer

I haven’t used this yet, but I love the look and feel of it at first look!

Evelyn Ona Cream Blush in “Ash”

I used this yesterday with the palette and I really loved the color. The only issue with this is that it’s quite small and I can never get enough on my finger without getting it under my nail. If it was slightly bigger, it also might be easier to blend. I was putting some on my hand and then warming that up before putting it on my face. This color is rusty and perfect for fall. After a few minute of blending on my cheeks, it was the perfect warm pink.

Not Soap Radio Revitalization Hand/Body Lotion in the scent “Persimmon + Plum”

I used this lotion immediately since my hands have been so dry and I was so impressed. Not only did it work to moisturize my skin, the scent was addicting, and I think I might try to track down a full-sized version!

TrèStique Mini Matte Lip Crayon in “Nantucket Nude”

I haven’t used this yet, but I am very curious about it since the other crayons I’ve got from this company were amazing. This color is a nude type of shade that I haven’t worn before, but I’m still experimenting how it will work with my skin tone.

What did you get in your monthly boxes in September? I also apologize for camera quality, I left my good one at school! This does the job though.


My Typical School Day

My Typical School Day


Happy weekend everyone! I thought while we are having a beautiful relaxing weekend, I could take you through my typical school day.

I actually took pictures during my busiest day, where I have three classes, one meeting, and 0 time to eat. My first and favorite thing to do on a busy day is pick out an outfit that makes me feel happy but will get me through a long day. I picked this dress that I got from a boutique and I love the collar and fall colors of it! I also paired it with a scarf from Urban Outfitters that was light but warmed me up.

Underneath my scarf, I was wearing a few necklaces. This is one of my absolute favorite necklaces that my boyfriend got for me (he actually made the other one, which you can’t see here). This tree branch necklace is from Anthropologie, and it made me feel like I was in the forest.

In between my busy classes during the day, I tried to get as much painting done as possible. If you didn’t know, I’m currently working on material for a little art magazine, and if you’re interested you can check out my post about it here! I’ve been creating things all week for it, so I got some new paints and was trying something new. I can’t wait to share with you what I’ve made for this, and you can make things for it too!

I also had a counselor meeting today, and I had to take a picture to show you the gorgeous building that it’s in because I can’t believe how lucky I am to have such a beautiful campus.

Anyway, I hope your weekends are going great. Let me know what you’re up to!