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Leah’s July Favorites


Leah's July favorites

Hello, I’d like to order two more weeks of July, please. July has been a month full of good books, delicious watermelon, and the discovery of new treasures. Scroll down to check out my monthly favorites:

Fashion Favorites

Denim dress and converse outfit

This denim dress is as versatile as it is comfortable. It will be perfect for fall and winter with tights and boots. For this time of the year though, I’ve loved wearing it with my new favorite shoes: Converse.

Because I have mega arched feet, I avoided Converse sneakers like the plague in the past, but how could I not buy these mint beauties? All it took was two arch inserts, and they haven’t left my toes since.

Makeup, Beauty, and Accessories

Monthly faves instant age rewind concealer master precise eyeliner earrings tangle teaser brush
Concealer, EyelinerSimilar Earrings

Even though it’s summer, my internal clock has decided to wake me up at 7:30 every morning. Despite long nights spent reading and watching Netflix, I can’t sleep in, and my under eyes have evolved from bags into shadowy valleys. One could get lost in them.

To brighten the scary things up, I’ve been loving Maybelline’s Age Rewind Concealer. Downside: this thing doesn’t travel well because it has a screw top that tends to pop up.

I’ve recommended a few eyeliners before, but that’s all in the past now because I’ve found the one. If you’re a eyeliner newbie, cat-flick addict, or just someone whose hand becomes demon-possessed when putting on eyeliner, this Maybelline Master Precise eyeliner is for you. (I fall into the last two categories, in case you’re wondering.)

This eyeliner is so sharp, it could take your Calculus test for you and do your Econ homework in one sitting. My hands get the shakes, and this is the only eyeliner I trust to get somewhat matching sides.

This brush is just like the tangle teaser. A word of warning: my hair is long. It’s always been tangly, but adding highlights a few times has converted it into a tangle weed tornado monster. Besides a wide-tooth comb, this brush is the only thing I use to detangle my hair. I’d heard good reviews about this product before, and I only wish I had discovered it sooner.

Peachy gold chandelier earrings from Francesca's

I’m not a huge jewelry gal, but I love a good pair of dangly earrings. These peachy-gold chandelier earrings from Francesca’s are my favorite way to glam up a dull outfit.

Book Recs

These Broken Stars Cover
These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

In addition to having a drop-dead gorgeous cover, this book left me starstruck. These Broken Stars is advertised as a romance novel, but I consider it more of a survival story with sci-fi nuances. Two protagonists, worlds apart from each other in personalities, become stranded when their luxury spaceship crashes. This book is funny, touching, and has an ending I never expected. The character and world development are, well, out of this world.

Red Rising by Pierce Brown
Red Rising by Pierce Brown

If romance isn’t your thing, I’ve got your back.

On Mars, sixteen-year-old Darrow is the lowest of the low in the caste system. He slaves away below the ground, mining, only to find the world isn’t as it seems. After a traumatizing experience, Darrow completely changes himself and becomes a freedom fighter. He disguises himself as a member of the highest caste in order to infiltrate their ranks and enter their elite school.

This book is described as Ender’s Game meets The Hunger GamesHowever, unlike many YA dystopian novels of late, Red Rising has no love triangles. Darrow’s world stands alone. Roman mythology, combined with stellar technology and gripping fight scenes make this book an excellent start to what I predict will become a great trilogy.

Favorite Food

Watermelon Chobani Greek yogurt

Let me introduce you to the best Chobani Greek yogurt flavor: watermelon. Chobani, if you’re reading this, I beseech, beg, plead, etc, of you, to keep this flavor all year. Pleeeeeeeeeeease.

If that’s not possible, can we get a hazelnut flavor for fall, please?

Favorite Random Item

Donut camera lens cap
Lens Cover

Cameras are hard to personalize, unless you have a donut lens cap. This makes a great gift for a friend who’s a camera lover, or if you’re a tech-lover with a sweet side. If you’re more of a carnivore, this cap also comes in hamburger form.

Penny for your thoughts?

What have you been loving this month? What are you looking forward to next month? Let me know by leaving a comment!

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Fashion Inspiration: Orphan Black


Orphan Black title

After hearing about the show again and again, I’ve recently given in and started watching Orphan Black. It’s the perfect show for binge-watching, since it starts with a mystery and the story unravels a little more with each episode.

It’s full of action, suspense, a little humor, and a great cast of characters – hard to resist, right? I’m about halfway into the first season, but I couldn’t wait to cover the show since it’s also a fab source of fashion inspiration.

A Bit About Orphan Black

Orphan Black is a Canadian sci-fi show that started in 2013 and just completed its second season. The series follows Sarah Manning (played by Tatiana Maslany), who discovers that she is one of several illegal human clones after she sees a woman who looks like her jump in front of a train.

Sarah learns that the woman she saw was a clone named Beth, and after assuming her identity, Sarah soon meets two more of her clones: Alison and Cosima, who each have their own lives and personalities. Want to know more? You’ll have to watch the show!

Now, on to some fashion inspired by the lovely ladies of Orphan Black:


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Video Screenshots

Sarah is a former foster child with a troubled past, and her tough exterior plays into her look. She has an edgy, punk-rocker style that consists of lots of black and leather.

To mimic her fashion sense, pair a black lace crop top with ripped jeans, then layer a biker jacket over top. Grab some cool add-ons, like buckled moto boots and a studded belt. Accessorize with layered pendant necklaces, like Sarah often does, and if you want the full effect, don’t forget the dark eyeliner and eyeshadow.

Orphan Black Sarah fashion
Product Info: Jacket, Top, Jeans, Boots, Belt, Necklace


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Video Screenshots

Alison is a prim suburban soccer mom who can often be found wearing stylish athletic wear. To get her signature look, slip on some black athletic leggings and a bright long-sleeve shirt. Layer on a white puffer vest (one of Alison’s favorite pieces) for extra warmth.

Add even more color with bright running shoes and a pink headband, and finish off the outfit with pearl earrings that hint at Alison’s preppy side.

Orphan Black Alison fashion
Product Info: Shirt, Leggings, Vest, Shoes, Headband, Earrings


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Cosima is a grad student studying evolutionary developmental biology (or “evo devo”) in Minnesota. Her style is eclectic and slightly bohemian, and she gravitates towards interesting prints and rich, dark colors. And as a student herself, she’s a great source of inspiration for polished on-campus style.

Try out her look with a pretty paisley skirt and black crochet-detailed blouse, paired with skull print tights for a little edge. Slip on lace-up ankle boots and accessorize with a geometric pendant. Don’t forget the final touch – a pair of cat-eye glasses, just like Cosima’s!

Orphan black Cosima fashion
Product Info: Blouse, Skirt, Tights, Boots, Necklace, Glasses


Are you an Orphan Black fan? Which character is your favorite? Whose look would you copy? Let us know in the comments!

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Celebrity Street Style of the Week: Kate Hudson, Miranda Kerr, & Jourdan Dunn

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Celebrity Street Style of the Week: Kate Hudson, Miranda Kerr, & Jourdan Dunn

Every week, I scour the web to find inspiring outfits on your favorite celebs and help you recreate their looks! This week, I was inspired by Kate Hudson, Miranda Kerr, and Jourdan Dunn’s street style. Read on to see how you can get their looks for yourself.

Look 1: Kate Hudson’s Ladylike with a Twist Ensemble

Kate Hudson wearing a black midi skirt, white tank top, and mirrored aviators
Photo: Pacific Coast News

Kate Hudson looked super cool in a ladylike outfit with a modern, bohemian twist. Kate is known for her laid-back attitude and lifestyle, and her personal style reflects that mindset, too.

In this case, Kate’s colorful layered beaded necklaces, slouchy tank top, and blue mirrored aviator sunglasses play up that boho-cool vibe. She balanced these pieces with a more refined black midi skirt, a quilted handbag, and pumps to create a look that is polished but still rings true to her personal style.

Outfit Inspired by Kate

Kate Hudson Outfit
Tank Top, Skirt, Necklace, Bag, Sunglasses, Sandals

This outfit is the perfect mix between sophisticated-chic and laid-back cool. Transform a simple white tank top by pairing it with a black pleated midi skirt; this one features an on-trend sporty waistband, which emphasizes the more laid-back feel of this look.

For some boho flair, wear a blue beaded tassel charm necklace and mirrored blue aviators. Contrast the more modern accessories with a classic quilted purse. To make this outfit more wearable for daytime, we opted for ladylike wedge heel sandals instead of stilettos.

Look 2: Miranda Kerr’s Mixed Prints for Summer

Miranda Kerr wearing white jeans, a striped tank, and leopard print shoes
Photo: Pacific Coast News

Miranda Kerr recently rocked a casually glam look that consisted of white skinny jeans, a striped tank top, round sunglasses, leopard print heels, and a chambray top tied around her waist.

Mixed prints continues to be one of my favorite trends; there is something so chic about pairing complementary yet contrasting pieces together, like leopard print and stripes. This outfit also has a nautical and summer-y vibe, which is really emphasized by the black-and-white striped tank and crisp white denim.

Outfit Inspired by Miranda

Miranda Kerr Outfit
Jeans, Top, Denim Shirt, Bag, Sunglasses, Sandals

White skinny jeans paired with a black-and-white striped tank top creates a nautical look; make it feel especially modern and high-end by contrasting the stripes with leopard print sandals. Just like Kate’s outfit, I opted for sandals with a lower heel that are comfortable yet chic – these ankle cuff sandals are so cute!

Add some contrast to the mostly white color scheme by tying a chambray shirt around your waist, then accessorize with a structured black handbag and round sunglasses to complete the ensemble.

Look 3: Jourdan Dunn’s Night Out Look

Jourdan Dunn wearing a graphic cropped tee and striped pencil skirt
Photo: Pacific Coast News

Supermodel Jourdan Dunn stepped out for the night in an asymmetrical hemmed skirt, a graphic cropped tee, and stark white stilettos. Jourdan’s outfit is playful, fun, and perfect for a summer night spent out on the town.

Her striped skirt is a stylish take on the popular asymmetrical hemline trend, while the graphic tee really livens up the look and adds a touch of quirk.

Outfit Inspired by Jourdan

Jourdan Dunn Outfit
Skirt, Top, Heels, Clutch

This asymmetrical striped skirt features zipper detailing that’s similar to Jourdan’s, and can be worn day or night. For this night out look, pair it with a fun cropped tee; this one is ribbed and has writing on the front, which (literally!) makes a statement.

White stilettos are a bold shoe option that seem especially appropriate in the summer, so feel free to be daring like Jourdan. If white shoes aren’t your style though, black ones would look equally as stylish. Lastly, add a playful pop of color with this pink box clutch that has gorgeous crystal flower embellishments.

What do you think?

Which celebrity’s street style look is your favorite? Which outfit would you be most likely to wear? Leave a comment and let us know!

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3 Makeup Essentials to Keep in Your Handbag

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Makeup to keep in your handbag

It’s that time of year again. You know, the time when you need to get ready to pack up all of your things and move into your dorm, apartment, house, or wherever you’re living on- or off-campus! On campus, I don’t always carry a backpack (I normally reserve those for when I need to carry my laptop somewhere) and instead typically carry a huge purse.

My days are long – usually about 8-9 hours with breaks for food – so my makeup can get a little weird by the end of the day. In my bag, I keep a tiny makeup bag with just the essentials, and I use the three products below to touch-up my makeup during those long, grueling days on campus.

Read on to learn more about three must-have makeup products to keep in your handbag:

Sumita Beauty Champagne Eye Shadow Pencil

Sumita beauty champagne eye shadow pencil
$18 at

This eye pencil is everything. I received one in a monthly beauty subscription box a few months ago, and since then, I’ve been obsessed with it! Sumita Beauty was developed by an eyebrow-threading expert, so this brand knows how to contour and showcase your eyes perfectly.

This eyeshadow pencil is so smooth on the eyelid, and blends easily. The price is a little high, but I’ve been using this product almost every day for about four months and I’ve barely noticed any product loss.

The color is natural-looking, and perfect for when your makeup is looking a little blah in the middle of the day and needs something extra. It is a bit shimmery, but nothing crazy. This is the type of product you can easily throw in your handbag because it’s small and won’t spill out or break.

I often use this pencil to draw a line in the contour of my eye and blend. It gives my eyes something extra, and my makeup looks cleaned up and refreshed.

Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder

Rimmel stay matte pressed powder
$3.99 at Ulta

This is my go-to powder for touch-ups. You might be thinking: “Why is she putting more powder on her face? Won’t it look cakey?” The answer? No!

This Rimmel pressed powder is very light, but absorbs oil instantly and somehow doesn’t look cakey. It also lasts for quite a while after you’ve put it on, which makes a busy girl like me really happy! Also, it’s only $4, so you really can’t beat the price.

There are colored versions of the powder, but I use the transparent one so I don’t add more color to my face. I do have the powder in the shade “Buff Beige,” and use that when I do my makeup in the morning. However, the transparent version does the trick during the day.

Milani Brow Shaping Gel

Milani brow shaping gel
$4.49 at

Eyebrows are often overlooked when it comes everyday makeup, but I’m forever trying to keep mine perfect. This Milani brow gel is always in my purse: it’s small, and the gel is not hard or sticky, but it will keep your brows looking fab all day long.

This product is great for everyday use. You can use it to touch up your eyebrows throughout the day and the gel won’t cake onto your brows. Also, it’s incredibly inexpensive, which makes it ideal for any girl on a budget.

Milani makes awesome brow products, so definitely check them out if you’re looking for eyebrow pencils, brow wax, or anything else.

What do you think?

What are your go-to handbag essentials? Have you tried any of these products? Would you like to see more posts like this? Remember to tell us your thoughts by leaving a comment!

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