- Shimmery eye lids(Ive been using these ones lately 1,2)
- Dress that make you look like a doll(These are super cute options from two brands i love 1,2)
- Edgy boots(Im currently lusting over these two1,2)
- ALEXACHUNGS new fashion line(I cant wait to get my hands on these two pieces 1,2)
- How to marry a millionaire
- Love in the afternoon
- Iced mochas (top two places to get them are Whole Foods and Alfreds)
- Dantiy jewelry (These two brands make amamzing jewlery 1,2)
- Impromptu photo shoots
These are some things I wish I knew when I started to deal with panic attacks and depression. Hopefully this helps you.
- You are not alone. This may sound obvious, but it really isn’t. I often feel alone in so many different ways. I used to feel like no one understood what I was going through, that no one else could possibly be going through the same thing as me, and that no one cared either.
- Things will get better. It doesn't seem like it will ever get better while you're dealing with a panic attack, but these difficult feelings will always go away. You will eventually end up feeling better. Overcoming depression is a not easy, but you should know that you will some day.
- You have to find things to do that will make you happy, even if they are small.
- You're family loves you and cares about you, even if it doesn't always seem like it. I constantly felt alone and that no one cared about me, especially my mom I didn’t feel the substantial love that most people should feel from their mother. The reality was: even if I didn't feel that she cared for me, it was just my depression making me think that she didn’t.
- You'll make great friendships. I seriously used to have no friends who understood what I was going through. They were often not kind to me as a result. But you will soon find that people like this don’t deserve to be in your life. And you will eventually connect with people who are understanding of your situation and deserve to be a part of your life.
Generally speaking, I love Chanel- I have since I was a kid. Which I’m sure is weird because what 11 year would want a tweed jacket, broach, two toned flats and a classic flap bag when that’s not what they’re parents are wearing( I blame it on reading vogue and elle magazine back then) As I’ve gotten older, I’ve begun to appreciate vintage Chanel more and more. Seriously anytime I see older Chanel ads or clothes I die (as Rachel Zoe would say). My favorite decades to shop Chanel would have to be the 80s and the 90s.
- Jean Paul Gautier
This is a designer who is well respected, but may not be that you have heard of. One day when I was shopping at a vintage store, I happened to look at a few of their vintage pieces and fell in love. The clothes are a perfect mesh of classic, punk, and boho.
- Betsy Johnson
Finding her vintage pieces can be a hard thing to do. But whenever I do find something, I tend to fall in love. Betsy is great at creating girly punk pieces. If you’re on the hunt for her things I’d suggest the 90s as a good decade to start looking and maybe even start buy buying a dress.
This is a classic Italian brand that I have loved for for quite some time now. They are known for classic amazing zig zag print. I would suggest specifically looking into their sweaters and dresses in any decade. This would make a great addition to your wardrobe. I’d also suggest looking in the men’s department for sweaters.
This is, again, another brand I’m in love with. Not only are there current collections amazing, but their vintage pieces are amazing as well. I prefer to look for their pants, jackets or dresses. These pieces tend create the perfect rebellious classic look.
Yet another iconic brand that’s also very classic. I love how girly some of the pieces can look. These two dresses (dress 1, 2) from Dior that were made in 1949 that for me would be the ultimate find/wedding dress. When shopping for Dior I’d go with any dress or jacket you can find and fall in love with.
Some stores I’d recommending looking at for these brands are wastelands, crossroads, and what goes around comes around vintage(this particular store is more expensive but has amazing pieces).
I know what you’re thinking: great, another person who thinks they’re a beauty guru is going to give me bullshit advise about makeup again. Well think again because–while I do deal in bullshit at times–the one things I take the most seriously in my life is LIP COLOR. Forget foundation, mascara, all that other shit. The most important thing to pull together a makeup look is the perfect lip color. And some lip colors are super cute; but as soon as your lips so much as touch together, the color disappears! These are my top 5 types of lip colors that I rely on to be long-lasting and at the same time have eye-catching pigment.
Tyra Banks: back at it again with creating something amazing. First, she takes over the fashion world as being a top model. Then, she creates one of my favorite childhood television shows: America’s Next Top Model. And now… Now she’s created a rather ground-breaking matte lipstick collection. As a milk-chocolate colored individual, these colors are all very flattering. On top of that, these matte lipsticks are not dehydrating for the lips (which in and of itself is a huge accomplishment) and are also very long-lasting. I could drink something and–although the color will transfer which is inevitable–the lipstick would still remain on my lips.
I liked these lip glosses from Mac Cosmetics so much that I came back and bought two more after buying the first one. The colors are build-able so if I wanted a more subtle version of the color all I have to do is put on swipe and then go. The lip gloss (of course it will transfer) lasts fairly well and gives off a very lustrous sheen on the lips. Most lip glosses will come off the instant you do just about anything, but these glosses are partially a lip tint and because of this have a better lasting effect.
YSL, a snobby AF brand, creates some top-notch lip products. These lip glosses are also partially formulated to be a lip tint, and because of this they last extremely well. While in High School I searched for a lip color that I would not need to fuss about reapplying every class period. I wanted something that would be effortless for the whole day, because I needed to be stunting on these hoes. While going on my journey to find the absolutely perfect long-lasting lip gloss, I came across this formula. One tube would last me about an entire school year, so I would have a new signature lip color every year. This color is by no means inexpensive, but the cost is completely worth it because of how well it lasts and how beautiful the pigmentation is.
This is another matte lipstick that I’m willing to stand buy. I have found that the most long-lasting lipsticks tend to be matte; which is a shame because they can be dehydrating. (This one is not an exception) However, the pigmentation is very beautiful and the color lasts very well. Plus, the packaging is very elegant. If you want to be stunting on these hoes as well, this is the way to go. This lipstick is also very affordable at about twenty dollars a tube.
Mac at it again with the perfectly formulated lip colors. (I’m funny I know) The matte lipsticks are extremely long-lasting. The pigmentation is also phenomenal. However be careful if you purchase these colors not to layer on the lipstick too thick. Putting on too thick of a layer could result in making the color look bad as well as making the color not last as well. Aside from that, the colors are both beautiful and long-lasting.
Since it’s National Mental Health Awareness month I thought I’d share my story about dealing with both anxiety and depression. So if this something that will have a negative effect on you please don’t read any further. I’ve been dealing with both of these mental health issues for a long time, close to 10 years. The reality is when I was a kid and as I was growing up, I dealt with things that can be difficult to handle. But for me it didn’t stop when I was a kid continued until I was a preteen and into my teenage years. I would talk to my mom about what bothered, me but I still couldn’t quite tell her what was wrong with me. I was never really taught about depression. I didn’t know what was considered the symptoms of being depressed or the symptoms of what a panic attack disorder was. Because of this I didn’t know how to deal with it or that it was ok to tell my mom or friends about how i was feeling. I was scared they would think I was making it up or blame that they would themselves for my issues. So I came to the decision that it would just be easier to not tell anyone. But not telling anyone hurt me even more and tore me apart inside. During my senior year of high school I ended up having a mental breakdown. I couldn’t focus on anything, my grades began to drop, eating became difficult and my life felt even more lonely and worse then it did before. I however got through it because, luckily, I had a best friend. Thankfully we still are best friends to this day. (Hi Maria!) She would help me get though my episodes along with my mom. At first she didn’t completely get it because she didn’t go through any of these problems herself, but when she saw how much I was suffering she tried her best to help. I want you to know that, even though it seems like is doesn’t and, it will get better. I still have my days where it seems like I’m stagnant. But then I remember that I have my family, my friends, and my dog Pluto with for me. While the world around me may seem to be falling apart, I’ll always have them with me to help pull me up and make that things aren’t always as bad as they seem. If you want to hear some of the things that I do that help with my anxiety let me know.
I know a lot of people don’t read books anymore unless they have to or they are taking a flight somewhere and need a distraction. I, however, still love reading books. Not books that are on a Kindle, but books with pages I can physically turn.
- Breakfast at Tiffany’s This is a book based off of the famous Audrey Hepburn movie, which i love and I am always excited to watch. The movie makes me excited to read the book. This book is actually quite short but some of the copies come with other short stories by the author.
- I’d Rather We Got Casinos and Other Black Thoughts This book, written by Larry Wilmore (who by the way is a super funny guy), is a good read whenever I’m looking for a laugh. The book talks about topics in the black community in a funny way.
- Valley of the Dolls Ah yes, another book based off of a classic film. I’ve already read this book but it’s so good I can’t wait to read it again. It’s about three girls who try to make it in New York. The book is very different from the movie, so if you’ve already seen the movie I’d recommend the book.
- The Empress of Fashion This book is about the legendary Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar editor Diana Vreeland. I previously watched a movie about her called The Eye Has to Travel which was amazing and showed how eccentric of a women she can be. Which is what excited me to read this book about her.
- It This book by Alexa Chung gives me major inspiration for everything. With her new fashion line coming out soon, it’s the perfect time to reread her book and get more inspiration for how I’m going to wear the clothes from the line.
- Anna Karenina This book is a classic, it focuses on a Russian socialite. While, yes, this book is lengthy and might not be everyone’s cup of coffee; I’m still really excited to read it. What is really funny is, while I want to read this over the summer, my younger brother is also really excited to read the author’s other book War and Peace. I might just have to borrow after him.
- Luella’s Guide To English Style I happened to find this book on one of my trips to Book Marc, Marc Jacob’s book store which I would definitely recommend anyone to visit. It’s about English style. English women, when it comes to style, are a totally different breed their own. Even though I’m not English, I’m still excited to read another fashion book. I’ll admit it: I’m an addict.