November Recap 2017

I cannot believe the year is almost over and 2018 is just around the corner. Do you just lose all sense of time once you become an “adult”? Seriously, I feel like I just graduated and I’ve already been six months out of college. Please make it slow down!

November was very good to me this year. I was able to travel to Boston with my friend, travel New York City for work, visit Robert in Long Island, and I even went all the way up to Albany for Thanksgiving. During the busy month, I picked up a few favorites…

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Favorite Makeup Product: Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara

Marc Jacobs by Marc Jacobs designed by Marc Jacobs and advertised by Marc Jacobs is fantastic. (Hopefully, you caught my sarcasm with the name). But for real, I’ve been falling hard for this mascara because of how full it makes my eyelashes. For someone who has little eyes, mascara is the best item to make an impact. I’ve noticed I can’t really cheap out on mascaras because of how easily it flakes off my eyelashes. Thus, I splurged a little bit more and picked up this mascara. I usually put on two coats on both my top and bottom eyelashes and call it a day.

Scents: Comfort from Bath and Body Works

If you read this post, you know I’m actually obsessed with this scent. Patchouli is now my favorite smell in all the world. I’m currently fighting my desire to buy all of Bath and Body Work’s comfort products. Trust me, it’s harder than it looks. Right now their candles are 50% off so make sure you pick up this comfort candle… you won’t regret it!

Favorite Purchases this Month: Earrings from Francescas 

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These four earrings were part of my Cyber Monday purchases. I was able to score the first two earrings for $5 each and received 30% off the bottom two earrings. Since I received them in the mail, I’ve been wearing the bottom two nonstop. They add the perfect amount of pizzaz to any outfit. I also purchased a dress from Francescas… be sure to be on the look out for that. It’s defintiely not what you’re expecting.

Outfit I’ve been loving: Thanksgiving Day Outfit

Something about this oversized scarf paired with this lacy dress gives me all the feels. Plus, it does help that my favorite color is the accent piece in this look. If you’re ever nervous about wearing a tighter dress just throw on a giant scarf… you won’t even be able to notice if the dress is tight or not.

Favorite Place I visited: Bryant Park in New York City

When I traveled to New York City for a copywriter’s conference, I had free time before my friend finished her day of work. I decided to wander into Bryant Park because I knew that they had their annual Christmas market going on. The market is comprised of little glass huts filled with all sorts of goodies. I ended up buying a handmade ornament, churros, and an empanada.

Best Food I Consumed this Month: Bagelworld Bagels in Brooklyn and Union Square Donuts in Boston. 

There is this bizarre feud between New Jersey and New York City when it comes to bagels. Both places love to tell me that their bagels are the best, so I decided to find out for myself. After eating countless bagels in New Jersey when staying with friends, I decided to try out a Brooklyn bagel. Sorry, New Jersey, but Brooklyn understands bagels. I’m still thinking about the delicious everything bagel I had.

As for Union Square Donuts, if you’re in the Boston area you need to go venture out to this donut shop. Usually, I really only like the frosting part of the donut but the actual donut was out of this world. It was this doughy masterpiece coated with dark chocolate. *Insert Homer Simpson drooling*

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Favorite View I’ve seen: Sunset in Long Island.

When I visited Robert in the beginning of the month, he took me to see this beautiful sunset. There were two children and one man fishing while we watched the sun dip below the clouds. I could watch sunsets on the beach every day and not get sick of it.

AudioBooks I’m Loving: Tales from the Back Row by Amy Odell and Over-Dressed The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion by Elizabeth L. Cline. 

Amy Odell is a pure genius. She is whimsical, alluring, and I seriously want to be her best friend. She talks about high fashion and the fashion world in such a pure and genuine way. It would be hard not to fall in love with her. She talks about bloggers that have made it big in the world, how to get seen in fashion week, and all of the struggles associated with the high fashion scene. If you love fashion and one day want to see New York Fashion week in all it’s glory (or chaos) this is definitely an audiobook you should listen to.

I was hesitant to Elizabeth’s book on here because I still have about two hours left in the book. However, I’ve been hanging on Elizabeth’s words like an elastic waistband clinging to your skin. The research she has put into this book discussing the actual economic, social, and political cost associated with fast fashion is intense. I’m not even finished with the book yet and she has changed my entire thought process when it comes to fashion. If you’re someone who loves trends but wants to start investing in real, high-quality pieces this is the book for you.

Favorite Quote of the Month: “A strong woman accepts both compliments and criticism graciously, knowing that it takes both sunshine and rain for a flower to grow,” Mandy Hale. 

What were your favorites for the month of November? Let me know in the comments down below.

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Why I Blog

I hope your day is going better than expected on a Tuesday. Tuesdays sometimes just seem to drag on like a bad punchline. Hopefully, your Tuesday feels more like a Friday night than a Monday morning if you get what I mean.

Now that I’ve been blogging for a little over four years, I’ve started to get used to being asked why I blog. This question still confuses me because it isn’t something that really ever crossed my mind. Even before I started my blog four years ago, I loved reading blogs. I loved reading them on Tumblr and then I found the mystical world of WordPress where I was able to consume many, many blogs at once. I love hearing different people’s opinions on fashion from all over the world. I can read blogs from Italy, Africa, Japan… you name a country, I can find the country.

After reading so many different blogs, I decided to get brave enough to share my own thoughts, feelings, and opinions with the world. Now, I’m not going to lie to you… I was terrified of what people were going to think. Would they think it’s weird? Would they understand my thoughts? Would people actually read it? Were all thoughts that ran through my mind as I clicked that first bight blue “published” button. I hid my blog for about a year until I figured I put on my big girl pants and share it with the world. To my surprise, people responded like crazy. My blog now reaches over 128 different countries and I just surpassed my 200th post. I have no intention of stopping anytime soon. But to answer the question that has been asked again and again…

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Blogging forces me to get outside my comfort zone and do things that I wouldn’t have otherwise. 

During college, it’s very easy to stay inside a little bubble and not venture far outside of the town or city you’re in. This blog forced me to venture out into the surrounding cities to take pictures, eat interesting food, and experience different ways of living. Even this past weekend, I wandered the streets of Yale to take pictures. Something I would have never of done if it wasn’t for this blog. I love blogging because it allows me opportunities to get outside my comfort zone.

Blogging has made me a more creative person in both my style and writing.

Let’s face it, if you met me four years ago I wouldn’t have been seen in camouflage, turtlenecks, or a leather jacket. This blog helped me experiment with different style pieces and open up my mind to what I like and don’t like in fashion. Something I would have never done if it wasn’t for this blog. As for writing, each new post has helped me think outside the box by creating different posts. I think of what is relevant to you and what you might actually enjoy reading. As a result of this blog, I’ve developed a better sense of my audience and who I’m trying to communicate with.

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I love the community of blogging and value each and every interaction I’ve had over the years. 

There are so many lovely people I’ve been able to interact with thanks to this blog. I love reaching out to you and hearing what you have to say. Thanks to you, I’ve been able to find out awesome podcasts to listen to on my daily commute, how you stayed positive after the outcome of the 2016 election, what shows to watch on Netflix, and you’ve even been there when I removed negative influences from my life. Your influences have impacted me drastically. I wouldn’t have close blogger friends who live in Germany, Canada, Texas, and so forth if it wasn’t for this blog.

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This blog has allowed me new opportunities to network and meet new people. 

December 18th, I’m going to my first blogging event where amazing bloggers like Rachel from Pinterest Plans, Alycia from CT Eats Out, Kallie from But First Coffee, and Sandra from The Rustic Life are speaking. I’m so excited (and nervous) to yet again, get outside my comfort zone thanks to this blog.

If you’re always enjoyed reading blogs but have never bit the bullet to create one, now is the time to do so. If you’re looking for a sign… here it is. My advice is to sign up for a WordPress account and just start typing away. You’ll be shocked how many opportunities come your way.

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Why do you blog? What is your favorite thing about blogging? Let me know in the comments down below.

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BootayBag Review

Disclaimer: BootayBag contacted me to try out their subscription service. They personally sent me October’s package. Every thought and opinion expressed on Peculiar Porter are entirely mine alone and do not reflect the views or opinions of BootayBag. 

Subscriptions are like getting little presents in the mail. I’m a huge fan of online shopping simply because I love getting mail. BootayBag reached out to me recently and asked if they could send me a month subscription to their underwear service. When they messaged me, I admit I was a little hesitant. I was worried that it would make my blog cross too far to an unknown territory. But, the more I thought about it and the more I researched the company, I decided why not. After all, we all wear underwear so why not talk about it?

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BootayBag is a subscription service that sends two pairs of underwear straight to your door for $12. Nothing makes me feel better than a new pair of underwear, so I decided why not try it out. I’m a big fan of underwear. With that said, I’m also a huge critic. I hate when underwear slips and slides underneath a cute pair of pants. I usually hate having a harsh elastic on my underwear, but I became very found of the elastic on the pink pair. I love that it doesn’t roll up like other pairs of underwear. Plus, the band was much thicker than their underwear. I also loved the silky material and intricate floral pattern on the purple pair.

Personalized underwear selection: Always thongs, never thongs, and mix it up.

If you’re someone who always wears a particular style you have the option to pick between always thongs, never thongs, and a mixture of both. Since I was curious about both sides, I opted for the mix it up option. I liked getting pairs I wouldn’t normally reach for, something only a subscription service can offer. 

If you post a picture of BootayBag on Instagram and hashtag it #undermatters, BootayBag will donate $1 to charity. (The charity switches every month).

Now the average person probably wouldn’t flash their underwear on social media, but BootayBag makes you want to live life on edge. With every Instagram post that is posted with #undermatters they’ll donate $1 to charity. Last month the profits went towards Houston SPCA and this month the money will be going towards breast cancer research and education.

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Would I buy them on my own?

Bottom line: yes. I love the idea of getting new, updated underwear delivered to your home. It’s like two days out of every month where you know you’re going to feel g-o-o-d. Plus, you might end up with a pair you wouldn’t normally reach for so you get to try out something different. 

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Would you try a subscription service for underwear? Have you ever tried BootayBag? Let me know in the comments down below.

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Fall Nail Polish Essentials

Fine, I give up. I’m obsessed with painting my nails. Everyone has their little tick and this one is mine. I can picture my roommates and close friends fist pumping in the air like John Bender in the Breakfast Club. I finally admitted it. For those who don’t know, I paint my nails on average 2-3 times a week… sometimes more depending how stressed I am. I admit, its a pretty sick obsession. As soon as I see one little chip of nail polish that just doesn’t look quite alright… the rest of the polish will come off. I mean, I never said I was perfect.

As a result of my sick obsession, you can be sure that I’m always on the hunt for a good polish. I’m normally a strict OPI girl, but after one shade from Essie caught my eye I decided to expand my horizon. CVS was having a great deal at the time that was buy three get one free. Normally, I’d just shop through TJ.Maxx or Marshall’s and find a discounted polish, but I was itching for a splurge session.

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After picking up multiple nail polishes and putting them back, I decided on Petal Pushers, Winning Streak, Angora Cardi, and Barre with Me. I would love to meet the person who designs names for nail polishes. If you’re ever lacking inspiration for an Instagram caption go to the OPI or Essie website for some inspiration. Trust me, they’re literal geniuses. 

Petal Pushers: If you’re not getting the biker gang vibe from the name just picture yourself wearing this color riding a bike through crisp, fallen leaves. Okay, so maybe I’m the only one that thinks that kind of stuff when I buy nail polish but whatever. This color is great due to being a lighter version of an otherwise dark color.

Winning Streak: This color is my cup of tea. I’m a big fan of rich, dark colors like this one. It is the perfect mix of purple and grey to create this eery color perfect for Halloween.

Angora Cardi: This is my go to if I’m going for something a little daring on my nails. I’m not a huge fan of bright red colors on my nails because my nails so tiny, but I love this mix of purple, grey, and pink. It’s bold enough to say “oh, hello” but calm enough to be like yeah-please-leave-me-alone. My kind of polish.

Barre with Me: The name on this one got me because I recently tried barre and it was the definition of d-i-s-a-s-t-e-r. During the routine, I felt like I was going to die and I was sore for days later. Regardless of the near death experience, I fell in love with this color. I normally don’t go for light colors but this color was the perfect mix of nudes and feminine pinks. I’ve been wearing this color the most out of the four.

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What colors are you rocking this fall? Let me know in the comments down below.

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How I Maintain My Sanity During My Daily Commute

Hello my lovely readers! I hope all your days are going smashingly (I hope you read that in the voice of Nigel Thornberry). As some of you may know, I commute an hour to and from work every day. Depending on the traffic, sometimes the commute takes an hour and a half. To some that may sound insane, but I have a love-hate relationship with my daily commute.

As a result of my commute, I’ve had more opportunities to reflect on my day to day life and work on things that may need more attention. Reflecting could mean rethinking what I wrote at work or even what I’m going to be doing this upcoming weekend. If I wasn’t forced in a car for 2-3 hours every day I wouldn’t have time to think about these things and reflect as much as I have.

I do admit that sometimes reflecting gets either boring or overwhelming so I’ve decided to share my secrets on how I survive the long commute.

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Download Waze.

If you don’t already know what Waze is you need to open your app store right now and download it. This app has become a life saver whenever I hit traffic. I turn on the app and it either tells me how long I’m going to sit in traffic or a convenient route around the construction, accident, etc. The nice thing about the app is that it changes in real time through other users reports.

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Go-to Casual LookFind a podcast you love.

This is the biggest life saver for me. I’ve been commuting for almost three months and I’m addicted to listening to “Anna Farris is Unqualified” and “Small Town Murder”.

“Anna Farris is Unqualified” is a great podcast if you love listening to famous people discuss how they got where they are now. I’m not someone who particularly pays attention to actresses and actors so most of the time I have no idea who they actually are.  After Anna and the special guests banters, they take relationship questions from listeners. It’s nice hearing the special guest’s story, but I’ve developed a bad habit where I usually just skip to the part where Anna and the guest answer relationship advice. It is so interesting hearing about issues that are going on in other peoples’ lives and thinking about why advice I would give them. Is that weird?

Now the podcast that I literally cannot stop listening to is “Small Town Murder.” As most of you know, I grew up in a small town (around 4,000 people live in my town). There haven’t been any murders in my small town (that I know of), but I find it so interesting hearing about other towns. The podcasts starts off with two comedians giving a brief overview of the town and then gets into the murder that occurred there. They do in depth research about the horrible tragedy and then develop a comedic spin on poking fun at the murderer. You normally don’t hear comedy and murder in the same sentence but these two comedians figured out how to tastefully liven up this grotesque topic.

 

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Depending on the opportunity, like the awesome opportunity I currently have, sometimes commuting long distances can be worth it. I’m constantly on the edge of my seat listening to my podcasts, so I really don’t mind.

I have four more episodes of “Small Town Murder” to listen to, so if you have any other podcasts I should try let please let me know in the comments down below.

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Her Campus: Her Conference 2017

Hello darling! Hope all your dreams are all coming true this week. My dreams really came true this past week at Her Conference hosted by Her Campus. I got to meet Brooke Kamenoff (J.Crew’s Senior Associate of Social Media and Digital Development) and Ann Shoket (Former Editor-in-Chief of Seventeen). Some people get excited about meeting athletes, I get excited about meeting successful writers/bosses.

Her Campus: Her ConferenceCourtney and I ended up getting to the conference late (typical), so we missed the first keynote speaker. It ended up working for us because we were able to wander around the conference center. There were stations where you can get your hair and makeup done so obviously we had to do that. I’ve never had my make up done by someone so it was really interesting to be pampered for the two days. After we were all dolled up, there was a section where you can work on post college skills such answering graduate school facts and interview questions. We also entered a plethora of raffles. Courtney ended up winning two very nice makeup palettes!

 

While I was wandering, I ran into one of my hometown friends, Abby! Her blog, C’est La Vive by Abigail Marie, is the cutest thing. I would definitely check it out if I were you.

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Okay, so now the main reason why I wanted to go to Her Campus: the speakers. I was blown away by how humble and down to earth each and every speaker was. The first day, I was lucky enough to see (and meet!) Brook Kamenoff (Senior Associate of Social Media and Digital Development for J.Crew). After reading my blog for a while, you know I’m a huge J.Crew fan. The first thing I do every morning is look at the Instastories from J.Crew. I’m actually mildly addicted. I was able to meet her and now we follow each other on Instagram. Life is g-o-o-d! Plus, she was just such a down to earth person so what could be better?

The keynote speakers Courtney and I were able to see on Saturday were Lisa Sugar (Founder and President of POPSUGAR) and Troian Bellisario (Actress, Writer, Producer, and Director). I’m a huge Pretty Little Liars fan so it was so wonderful seeing her as an actress and now as a producer. She was so funny and kind hearted.

Sunday, I nearly passed out from excitement. I was able to meet my childhood hero: Ann Shoket, the Former Editor-in-Cheif of Seventeen. When I was little, the first thing I did when I got home was look for a Seventeen magazine so I could devour each and every sentence. Honestly, as a 22-year-old I still do! She now has a book called The Big Life and I cannot wait to read it. Her speech was centered around her book and explaining on how you can build the big life. I hope one day to be as poised and confident as her.

The keynote speakers we saw on Sunday were Amani Al-Khatahtbeh (Founder and Editor-in-Chief of MuslimGirl.com) and Aja Naomi King (Actress). Going into the keynote, I didn’t know much about Amani. Her speech was so empowering because she talked about how girls should lift one another and support each other. That is definitely something young girls everywhere need to hear.

 

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Her Campus also gave out all of these wonderful gifts in the beginning of each day. You can tell I’m a book nerd because I cannot wait to read Power Your Happy by Lisa Sugar! Plus, they gave out an eyebrow pencil that I’m dumbfounded on how to use. If any of you have a good blog post on how to do your eyebrows I’d be all over that.

I hope this post gave you a little bit of insight to what Her Campus/Her Conference is all about. Bottom line: Her Campus is meant to empower women. They did an incredible job bringing in these powerful women who are making a huge difference in the world. If you’re still in college or high school, I would 100% recommend Her Campus. You’ll open so many different doors and create an unbreakable bond with the people around you.

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Siena College’s Graduation

Hello darling! Based on the picture and the title you probably know that this post is going to be about graduation. The scary and unforgetable moment where you are released into the ‘real’ world.

If you haven’t graduated yet or are about to, there is this unwritten feeling that everyone gets in the audience. We sit there with our butts inching off the chairs to finally walk across that stage. There is a feeling that each grauduate has. It is a mix of excitement and nervousment. Some of people sitting in those chairs know exactly what their next adventure is going to be while others sit in their seats with curiosity. This feeling that is sprinked all throughout the building is something you’ll cling to and remember for the rest of your life. As soon as you get that diploma, you’re entering a life where the choices are now up to you. You no longer have your hand held through assignments and presentations. You are in charge of your future now. It’s a nerve-racking and excting feeling that makes your stomach twist and turn but it’s a feeling that you’ll keep in the back of your mind for the rest of your life.

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Many of you are probably wondering, “where is she going to? What is she doing next?” The answer is quite simple. I have no idea. Now, I know that sounds terrifying and scary and overwhelming but it isn’t like that to me. I have so many passions that it is simply hard to pick something that I really want to do. I know one thing, I want to make a difference whether it be with my words or my actions. I want to help people find themselves or help themselves.

I plan on taking you on my adventure to find this. I’ll be taking the next month or two applying to mutiple places. Hopefully, I’ll find a job or a starting position that will help eventually find a way to achieve my goal. I’m not worried, because I believe that God has a plan and he will help figure out what I want to do as long as I put the effort in.

I hope you stay connected to my jouney as I go through this transition to adulthood. If you have any advice feel free to comment down below. As for now I’ll be scrolling through LinkedIn and Indeed.

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