The Attention It Deserves: Looking Back on a Challenging Year

It has been months since I’ve updated this site, which has bothered me more than you can imagine. For years, I’ve loved blogging and having my little corner on the Internet to be creative, share my work and life, and express myself. But 2018 beat me down in such a way that I had no motivation to post here. I didn’t want to create new content or even write any new essays at all. It was an extremely rough, challenging year for me and I found myself shutting down a lot and closing myself off to many people. After getting hired at my new job in March, I thought I’d pull myself out of the funk I was in and…

With Endings, There Are New Beginnings

There’s no use beating around the bush: I’ve been distant, quiet, and almost nonexistent online (unless you follow me on Twitter, of course). But so much has happened in the past three months that I don’t know where to start. After leaving Cliché Magazine in December, a lot changed. I felt lost most of January without the magazine since it was basically on my mind 24/7 for the past six years. Going from running a publication to not was a relief, but it was also bewildering. There were some days where I didn’t know what exactly to do with myself. In a way, I felt like I had lost a piece of my identity. I struggled quietly for most of…

New Year, New Planner

My favorite thing about starting a new year (besides vowing to be a better person, of course) is cracking open a new planner. For Christmas, my boyfriend got me this gorgeous Riflepaper agenda and I adore it. In the past, I have gone with a binder-style planner, but found the spiral binding a bit intrusive. This traditional binding is exactly like my personal journal and it’s so comfortable to write in. Plus it photographs gorgeously, don’t you think? Several people have recommended bullet journaling to me as well, but I always get turned off by it somehow. I’m usually good for the first couple months and then I can’t be bothered creating layouts every month or remembering to track my daily habits.…

The Games I Enjoyed the Most This Year

By day, I may be a professional writer and editor, but by night, I am a shameless gamer. Video games have been a huge part of my life since the days of GameBoy Color and Playstation 1, and my love for games has only grown since. 2017 was a golden year for video games and Nintendo, in particular. I was so hyped to get my hands on a Nintendo Switch back in March and I still remember how loud I screamed after watching the Nintendo Switch premiere trailer back in October of 2016. Now, here are the games I enjoyed the most this year. PS. Don’t worry; no spoilers are ahead! Pokémon Ultra Sun (3DS) The Nintendo 3DS may be on…

Looking Back At My Favorite Blog Posts

The week between Christmas and New Year’s Eve is an interesting one. While we lose track of the days, it is also a time where we are forced to be nostalgic as we look back on the past year. 2017 was quite a year for this personal blog of mine. I officially moved my website from Tumblr to Wordpress and grew a lot of brand partnerships, including sponsored content. I thought now’s the perfect time for looking back at my favorite blog posts. From my Birchbox flaylays to #OOTDs, here are some of my best posts from the past year. April 2017: April 2017 Birchbox: Inside Out Have you ever seen a prettier Birchbox? Probably not. The beautiful floral graphic inside the…

My Favorite Cliché Magazine Articles of 2017

If you haven’t heard already, earlier this month I decided to step down as Editor in Chief of Cliché Magazine. It wasn’t an easy decision by any means, but a necessary one. Regardless, I still have tons of love for the magazine and wanted to take this opportunity to look back on my favorite Cliché Magazine articles that I wrote this year (apart from my Ed Letters, of course).  If you missed any of these earlier this year, now’s your chance to play catch-up! The Best Bridal Beauty Looks by Make Up Pro This year, I attended New York Bridal Fashion Week and was fortunate enough to go backstage at Naeem Khan’s show. There, I met the founders of Make Up Pro and…

My Favorite Nude Lipsticks

Ever since I started wearing makeup, I always gravitated towards nude lipsticks. While most friends my age chose bright pinks and soft reds, I reached for browns, taupes, and soft peaches. I loved them on Julia Louis Dreyfus in Seinfeld, on Michelle Pfeiffer in One Fine Day, and now, yes, even on Kylie Jenner. I always appreciated the “your lips, but better” look, especially in the colder months (in the summer, I do admit I’m partial to coral). Thus my mission to try as many different nude lipsticks in various finishes as possible began. So far, these are some of my favorite nude lipsticks that I’ve tried over the past year. I love Stila’s Stay All Day Liquid Lipsticks in “Carmello” and “Dolce”…