June Favorites

Okay, what? June is over? So weird! On the plus side, this means I get to share my first favorites post!

For those who might never have seen a favorites video or post, I’m basically just going to talk about the things I’ve been loving this month, other than songs, which I’ve already posted about!

Here’s an overall pic of some of the stuff I couldn’t get enough of this June!

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Let’s do a rundown, shall we?

I’ve seriously been loving to wear higher waisted shorts. The coral and hunter green colors I have are both from Urban Outfitters. They are the BDG Alexa Mid-Rise shorts. They’re super comfortable (after a wash cycle). PS: be sure to wash these shorts in their own loads of laundry; the dye in them will spread, as I found out the hard way!

I styled the shorts with a crop top that also came from Urban Outfitters. DSC_0593DSC_0595DSC_0621

I paired the outfit with some peep-toe flats from (you guessed it!) Urban Outfitters. Can you tell I recently spent a lot of money there?

As for the makeup favorites, I’ve already mentioned Tarte’s Exposed blush, which is pinky-brown, super long wearing, and a color I’d say would flatter anyone! I’ve also been loving the Rimmel Apocalips lipgloss range. The two colors I have are Stellar and Big Bang.

In regards to nail polish, I’ve been into corals, as you can see from the picture of my feet above! If you’re looking for budget nail polishes, Wet N’ Wild has some great summer colors on display at the moment!

BTW, during my Urban Outfitters shopping spree, I totally freaked out when I saw they had Tangle Teasers in stock! I’ve been lusting after one for the longest time, so I didn’t pass up the opportunity to snatch up this cute baby blue one!

They are great on wet or dry hair, and don’t do half as much damage to your hair as normal brushes would. Here’s an artsy picture of mine, which I now realize looks like a kidney bean. Oh well.

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As for two random faves, I’ve been loving Soap and Glory’s Hand Food, which is a hand lotion. It smells amazing, and I picked this one up from Sephora for a fiver. I’ve also been on my feet a lot, and my new Sanuks have definitely helped make my life easier! I’d def recommend them to anyone who’s ever wanted to walk on a cloud. It’s a good time.

As always, I’ve loved wearing way too many rings at once. I added two to my collection this month, as you’ll see below. One is a fish-bone toe ring, and the other is the one on the far left.

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Last but not least, I’ve developed an obsession with viruses. Now that sounds strange, and you’re probably thinking I’m a freak, but they’re so fascinating. I re-watched Contagion this month, and also went to see World War Z, and both these movies re-ignited my intrigue about how viruses spread and manipulate, and how we re-act to them as individuals both psychologically and physically, and how society re-acts as a whole. As the human body breaks down and is consumed by sickness, so does society deteriorate, erasing taboo and creating chaos in the process.

(Apologizes for English major freak-out)

Anyways, if that sort of thing interests you too, you should read The Hot Zone by Richard Preston. It’s a true story, but reads like fiction. I’m telling you, even Steven King calls it a page-turner. I promise, you won’t regret reading it, except that you might not ever want to touch anyone or anything or leave the confines of your own home ever again.

It’s worth it. Here’s me pretending to read it!

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Anyways, hope you enjoyed my first ever favorites post!

What stuff having you been loving for the month of June?? Let me know in the comments!

Until next time,

Sarah E.

Face of the Day (FOTD) // Off to Work

Most days I work, I wear minimal makeup. That’s mostly because my job’s at a classy hammock shop frequented by tourists I’ll most likely never see again. Even so, I like to wear makeup, even if it’s just for myself. It’s not because I’m afraid of people seeing me without foundation or something; it’s just that makeup is fun, and it makes me feel girly and good about myself!

So, I thought I’d show you guys what I wear to work when I want a little more excitement in my everyday makeup routine. Here goes!

The look I went for was pretty simple, but I definitely spiced things up with some color on the lips. I love foundations that give a glow. Even in summer, I find that matte foundations just aren’t for me. I also love bright lip colors for the warmer months! Why not go for more daring pops of color when the weather is more upbeat and the outdoors seem so vivid? I say go for it!

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Here’s a closer look at the highlight I’m wearing! I use it on the high points of my face like my nose, cheekbones, and cupid’s bow. I find it looks the most natural to use it where the sun would normally brighten my face.

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Here’s a look at all the products I used:

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Nars Sheer Glow in Punjab

Sonia Kashuk Hidden Agenda concealer in 07

NYC bronzer in Sunny

Tarte Amazonian Clay blush in Exposed

Rimmel Stay Matte powder in Translucent

Mac Mineralized Skin Finish in Soft and Gentle

Maybelline gel eyeliner in black

Wet n’ Wild eyeshadow in Brulee

Maybelline The Falsies mascara in Black Drama

Sephora pencil eyeliner (not sure of the shade except it’s brown, sorry!)

Urban Decay Primer Potion

Rimmel Apocalips in Stellar

Revlon eyelash curlers

I’d have to say the star of the look is the lipgloss. I’m in love with these new Rimmel lip products; they apply as a gloss, but fade as a stain, which is great for work, where I can’t always re-apply when needed.

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Hope you enjoyed this FOTD. Let me know in the comments what you like to wear to work! What are your thoughts on lip colors for summer? Leave a comment or tweet me @butsarahsays!

Until next time,

Sarah E.

Top Tunes For June

Music is one of my absolute favorites. I seriously am so passionate about finding new tracks to listen to whilst getting ready in the morning, writing poems, or going on a car ride. Each of the artists I add to my collection are like small treasures that bring me happiness, and I’d love to share them with you guys. If I like a song, I will play it over and over until I’m sick of it, and those are the ones I’d say are worth mentioning! That said, here are the songs/artists/albums I’ve been loving for the month of June:

1) The National’s new album called Trouble Will Find Me is definitely a fave. I love the whole album, but my favorite songs are “Graceless,” “Don’t Swallow the Cap,” and “I Need My Girl.” I’d say this album is the band’s best so far.

2) Gregory Alan Isakov. Just yes. His voice is heavenly. I have been loving his songs “Big Black Car,” “If I Go, I’m Goin,” and “The Stable Song.” His songs are sort of folksy, and super relaxing. Absolutely love.

3) St. Lucia’s song “All Eyes on You.” I just recently discovered this band, and this song is sort of mellow, and yet reminiscent of the 80’s in a way. I don’t know, it’s just great.

4) Jose Gonzalez’s song called “Heartbeats” is fantastic. It reminds me of Johnny Flynn and Laura Marling and pure joy.

5) A friend’s sister recently released her first EP. The artist is Ivory Layne. Her EP is on iTunes. She is seriously amazing! She is quirky and fun and it’s like her personality is evident in every lyric! I love all the songs on the EP, but my absolute faves are “Not That Man,” and “Socrates.” Go and give her a listen. I’m 100% sure you won’t regret it!

So these are my top tunes for June. I definitely could have included more, but we’ll save some for next month, shall we?

Be sure to tell me if you like any of my favorite songs for this month, and tell me in the comments what you’ve been listening to this June!

Until next time,

Sarah E.

Outfit of the Day (OOTD) // Dinner and a Movie

Today was a super lazy day for me. Since I had the day off of work, I slept in and practically sat on the couch for the majority of the time. I decided to do something with my life later in the afternoon, and joined my grandma, mom, and little bro for dinner and a movie.

We ate at Five Guys and saw Now You See Me. This was my second time seeing that movie. The cast is great and the plot is great and it’s clever and you should go see it and Mark Ruffalo.

I kept my outfit pretty simple, but I thought it might be fun to show you guys what I wore. Hopefully it goes without saying that in no way I am bragging or trying to be conceited. I like clothes, and enjoying seeing how other people put outfits together. If you do too, then keep on reading!

Here’s a pic of the overall look:

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Most of the clothes I buy are from American Eagle. In this case, my shoes and jeans are both from there! I really like these jeans; they’re super stretchy and comfortable!

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My blouse is from Urban Outfitters, and from the sale section, no less! I love little peplum tops, and this one is so soft! My necklace is from Forever 21. I’m trying to venture into buying more statement necklaces, and although it doesn’t look like much, this one is more daring than I’ve worn in the past. Yay for being adventurous?

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Lastly, my bag is from Francesca’s, which is a cute little boutique that carries the most adorable clothes, jewelry, and handbags!

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Hope you guys enjoyed this OOTD! Let me know in the comments what you like to wear to the cinema or out to eat!

Until next time,

Sarah E.

Day Trip to Charleston

The other day my family and I spent the day in Charleston, SC. The drive is about an hour and fifteen minutes from my house, and you better believe I Instagram-ed my view from the car window. Although, you can kind of see the reflection of my knee in the picture, which just makes things a bit, um, awkward.

Our day trip came about because my grandma is in town visiting, and we thought it’d be nice to do a little sight seeing (and shopping) in one of my favorite cities.

First thing’s first, we had to grab something to eat before roaming around because walking is hard. We ended up going to one of my favorite restaurants called Fleet Landing. Here is a picture of our view from the deck, which is where we ate lunch.

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It’s seriously right out on the water, which was so relaxing. You could actually smell the salt from the water, and the breeze that day was a beautiful one. The food was delicious; I played it safe with fish and chips and my mom ordered an old favorite of ours: a fried green tomato BLT. So good.

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Please excuse the small bite missing from my flounder. It looked so appetizing I almost forgot to take a picture.

After we ate, we walked around Charleston and had a look at the historic bits. We also meandered down Market Street, peering in at what all the vendors were selling. I’ve picked up some of my favorite rings from there before, and this time I bought a small toe ring with a bone fish etched in. So cute and weird at the same time. I also did some shopping on King Street. Some of the items I bought should be featured in a haul I’ll be posting soon!

Here are some of the sights we saw during the day:

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I find that going to old places with new companions can often be like experiencing a city you love for the first time. All in all, it was a beautiful day. The sun shone brightly, the city was abuzz with tourists and locals alike, and the water was exceptionally gorgeous! I can’t wait until I visit again.

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Until next time,

Sarah E.