Friday, July 29, 2016

Friday 5

Congrats are in order fort he first blogger I ever started following: Katie Krysh! she had her second son on Wednesday, Grayson! I'm so excited for her, Billy, Camden and Rocky and wish them the best of luck!

After much deliberation, I finally  purchased my agenda for this school year. With my love affair with Google Calendar, I was having trouble deciding what I wanted to use this year. I wasn't in love with this season's Lilly planners (on the inside, the covers are GORGEOUS) I wasn't thrilled with the Kate Spade planner I used last year, and wasn't sure if Erin Condren would work for me. Enter: Day designer. I wasn't sure if Day Designer was something I would be interested in, so I printed off a weeks worth of the daily planning sheets from their website, and low and behold I loved it! The one catch was how expensive the planners are. $60 is a lot to spend on a planner that I may only use for a few months, so I ended up purchasing the daily planner from the Blue Sky-Day Designer collaboration at Target.

 Lucky for me I love the gold speckled design. Best part? It was only $20, much less expensive than any planner I've purchased in the past!
Don't be alarmed that it's not listed online anymore, I believe they're restocking the stores often as mine had plenty of the daily style!
You can also purchase here!


My "The Little Red Flag" giveaway ends Sunday, so make sure you're entered! There are plenty of opportunities! Also, if you see something else in the store you have to have, my readers have a special 20% off code : NorthShore20 that expires Sunday as well!

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Check in tomorrow on the blog and on my Youtube channel for a new video!

I'm not quite sure what kind of audience I have here, but I know that some of you are college students, so each Friday 5 until election day, I will be giving one reason for you to vote!
Make sure you are registered to vote in your district, or make plans to vote early like me! As a political science major, I literally live for elections and everything and anything political, so do it for me!
Reason 1: People died for you to have this opportunity. From the revolutionary war, to those in the middle-east right now, men and women are dying (not to mention suffragettes who made it possible for women to vote).

I hope you all have a fabulous weekend!

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

5 Minute Drugstore Makeup Look

I think I've mentioned this before, but this blog essentially started out as a way for me to express my (young) love for all things beauty and fashion. So today I'm here to share a five minute makeup look to get you out the door in the mornings. As much as I love a trip to Sephora and splurging on makeup now and then, there are so many good finds at the drugstore too!

Cover Girl Clean Matte BB: I just picked this up, and I really like it so far. I apply it with my fingers when I'm in a rush. I really like the coverage and finish for summer.
Maybelline Instant Age Rewind "Brightening" Concealer: I've been using this under my eyes in a triangle shape and it's so brightening and pretty! I also have the regular concealer which I like too.
Mini blending sponge: I use this to blend my concealer. I like the size and shape for under my eyes. I also use it while "baking" my under-eyes when I have time.
Maybelline Fit Me translucent powder "Matte & Poreless": I like this powder, especially the staying power. 
Real Techniques Powder Brush: I use this with my setting powder, and when I'm in a rush I use it to dust blush and bronzer on as well.
Avon Glow Bronzer: I'm not sure if they still make this, but I believe this one is similar.
Cover Girl Purely Plum blush trio: I love the middle color for summer!
Spoolie: I just comb out my brows, if I have time I'll pencil them in.
L'Oreal Voluminous Carbon Black Mascara: this is my first tube of this mascara, but I'll definitely re-purchase! I love how black this gets my lashes and it's fairly inexpensive.

I picked up this lip balm at Ulta last week per College Prepster's recommendation and I really like it! I chose the Sunny Berry color, and it's the perfect wash of color for every day! I also love how moisturizing it is and the SPF.

What are some of your favorite drugstore makeup finds? Let me know in the comments!

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

4 Easy ways to Stay Safe in the Sun

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The height of summer heat is upon us. You know what that means: lots of sun. I've had fair skin my entire life and have gotten burned more times than I can count. I used to be so annoyed by it as a kid and as a result, super careless. I always had painful peeling shoulders, but now I know the real consequences. It's great to be able to be outside all day long, but it's important to stay sun safe. Remember, just a few hours in the sun can end up having life long consequences.

1. Keep your face covered. It's always a great idea to wear a moisturizer with sunscreen in it, but especially so in the summer. The skin on your face is delicate and beautiful, so it's extra important to take care of it! I also love wide brim, baseball, or Panama hats to shade your face. It's super easy to use makeup to even out your complexion if your body ends up darker than your face.

2. Re-apply. I love spray sunscreens because of their ease of use, but it's important to re-apply if you're out in the sun for long periods of time or if you're sweating or in the water.

3. Cover up. If you know you will burn, cover up. Personally, I know my shoulders always burn quickly, so that means I wear a short sleeve top instead of spaghetti straps, or wearing a cover up at the beach if I'm out for a long time.
On a similar note, if you've been out on the beach or at the pool for five hours already, it may be time to cover-up and call it a day. Too-much sun not only is bad for your skin, but call also be exhausting and dehydrating.

4. Drink Water. Once you've got your skin covered, it's important to drink a lot of water. When it's super hot you may be sweating a lot so it's important to replenish yourself with water along with whatever else you may be drinking. It also helps keep you cool and your skin hydrated.

And for the love of God, please don't go to tanning beds.

I hope you are all enjoyed these hot days of summer! Remember to stay safe and keep cool.

Monday, July 25, 2016

Why College Orientation is Important

The summer before my Freshman year at Bellarmine University, I remember being excited beyond belief to move into my dorm and decorate, copy each class's syllabus into my planner, work out in the fitness center, you know, become a real  college student. There was one thing between me and that week: orientation. At BU orientation happens the week before classes start, so once you move in, you still have a few days before you start school. To me, orientation was an obstacle. Something I wanted to rush through or skip all together so I could get into a routine. In hindsight, it was probably just my usual over-excited and anxious self wanting to finally begin what I had been waiting for for the last 18 years. NBD.

Looking back, I enjoyed orientation so much. BU does an amazing job of keeping you so busy and wearing you out every day that you don't have time to be annoyed or anxious about school starting. I met so many people, whether just a casual introduction where I immediately forgot their name, or by getting to know girls in line at convocation that would become my close friends and future dorm neighbors. It helped me feel so much more at home on campus that first day when it felt like there were familiar faces all over campus. I felt like I was smiling and waving to acquaintances all day! BU orientation is also great in that you get to know some older students as well in your small group leaders. Hopefully one day I'll be able to be one of the leaders!
Being introduced to tons of different people, playing fun games and listening to cool seminars were only part of the fun. Not to mention the armfuls of t-shirts we received upon arrival! - there's nothing like a free t-shirt to lure a college kid anywhere!
As much as I was a hot, sweaty, tired mess after each day filled with activities, looking back, I'm glad that we had that week of just getting to know the school, each other, and Louisville.

Friday, July 22, 2016

Friday 5

1. Nordstrom Sale.  Unless you've been living under a rock, you would know that the Nordstrom Anniversary sale is going on. (Get the deets here) Today, the sale became open to the public (as opposed to just cardholders) so get yourself over to your nearest local or the site and start shopping! I stayed up last night, thanks to unintentionally over-caffienating, and snagged some items I really had my eye on! I went to the store yesterday to scout some pieces and try them on before buying. I'm glad I did because I decided on these booties over these, and figured out the sizing for this sweater. I am a little sad I missed out on this top in grey, but maybe they will restock! I have my eye on a couple other things too, see the widget on my side bar to see what I'm currently shopping!
You should also check out this Holiday Gift Guide I put together so you can get your holiday shopping done early!

Here is what I picked up:

(click to go straight to the item)

2. Giveaway. Don't forget to enter in my Little Red Flag stationary giveaway! The code "NorthShore20" will also give you 20% off any purchase!

3. Girls Trip. I'm super excited to be heading down to Louisville this weekend for a quick road trip with my cousins! It's set to be one of the hottest weekends of the summer there (never fails), and if all goes as planned, I should be able to see CM while we're there!

4. Kanye, Kim, & Taylor. Not going to lie to you, I've been eating this drama up  since Kim posted on her Snap Story Sunday and the new KUWTK episode came out. I really do live for some good Kardashian drama. Between the RNC and all that's been going on with that (believe me, the poly-sci major in me lives for this drama too) my week has gone by pretty quickly! Not sure what I'm talking about? Catch up here.

5. White Gel Nails. I think I've mentioned this before, but my mom and I have been getting no-chip manicures this summer to spend time together and unwind. Two weeks ago I got "Alpine Snow" aka white, by OPI and I'm loving it! It still looks so crisp and clean, and hasn't chipped or cracked yet! (knock on wood).

I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!
P.S. No new video tomorrow, but have you watched my most recent vlog?

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Tecovas Boots First Impression

I may have only gotten my boots in the mail a few weeks ago, but I already want to tell you how much I love them. No, this isn't a sponsored post (I wish!) but I'm truly impressed with this company and want to share! The whole platform of their company is providing handcrafted, well-made boots at a lower cost than most retailers. By cutting out the middle man (a storefront or brand-name retailer) they keep the costs low and the quality high.
The pair that I purchased is the Jamie in Bourbon calf leather. I would say they fit very true to size. I usually take about a 9 in boots/shoes/sandals and an 8.5 in Heels. There is plenty of room for thicker socks when colder weather comes along as well.
I took a big gamble when I wore these for the first time. I was planning on wearing them for a 8 hour party when I was up in Canada because the housewarming was outside and on a huge chunk of land. We hiked down to the river and back two times and I felt like I was wearing slippers. I was expecting to have to change into my sandals at some point, but I was in no pain! There was no "breaking in" pain or anything of the sort. I walked/ hiked over 5 miles and had zero issues! See hoe I styled them here.
So far I'm very impressed with the quality, fit, and comfort of my boots and am very excited to style them in the future!

Monday, July 18, 2016

Save Vs. Splurge

Hey everyone! Popping in today to share a great save vs. splurge. 
I shared these sandals a month or two ago that I picked up in the city when my heels were hurting!
I found a more expensive pair of these sandals, and while the cheaper pair are great, I love the style so much, investing in the splurge may be worth it!

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Nordstrom Sale: Holiday Gift Guide

Call it crazy to be posting a gift guide in July, but like I said in my Nordstrom Sale shopping tips post, this sale should be taken advantage of. Use it to buy great gifts for your friends and family and take away stress from the holiday season by getting them out of the way early!

I tried to pick out pieces that I thought would cover most categories: teens, moms, sisters, cousins, friends, aunts etc. I left out men, but if you want to see a post about that, comment down below!

Patagonia T-Snap // Perfect for college students, the most popular pullover on campus.
Cashmere Poncho // Chic and warm, will never go out of style.
Mirrored Sunglasses // Always a fun gift to receive
Glittery Studs // Would be a great stocking stuffer or gift for teens. 
Classic Pajama Set // Perfect holiday gift for a family member.
Summer Pajama Set // Great gift for holiday or now!
Suede Clutch // So chic, but with a trendy tassel. You can't go wrong with black suede.
Tory Burch Crossbody // Great splurge for a college girl. We love us some Tory Burch.
Black Crossbody // I love the black on black detailing here.
Gold Wrap Bangle // A perfect accent for your usual Alex and Ani stack.
Semi-Precious Stones Set // A little more of a splurge, great for people who love their arm candy stacks.
Suede Booties // A nice splurge; a nice twist on last year's over the knee trend.
Hunter Boots // A refined twist on the classic Hunter style. (Another college favorite, and I LOVE the wraparound strap)
Expandable Tote // Most versatile tote out there. (My friend purchased last year and loves!)
Ugg Slippers // Can't go wrong here, would be a fun gift with these pajamas.

Fresh Sugar Set // For those who love trying out new skincare.
Jo Malone Set // For those looking for their signature fragrance.
Drybar Set // For the beauty queens.
Nest Duo // For the bath and body works addict.
Purtiy Cleanser Set // For someone who uses this religiously.
Mac Gift Bag // For someone looking to expand their makeup collection.
Diptyque Candles // For the new homeowners.
Butter London Line // For the nail guru.
Nars Palette // For the teen who spends all day on Instagram and Youtube.

I hope you guys liked this gift guide, if you want to see more of my picks, comment down below, especially what categories you would be interested in!

Day in my Life Vlog

Hi guys, hope everyone is having a relaxing Saturday. I thought for this week's video I would switch it up and share a "day in my life" type of vlog. Last Saturday I filmed what I was doing and put it together for a video. These are definitely one of my favorite types of videos to watch on youtube, so I hope you guys enjoy this. be sure to subscribe to my channel, and give the video a thumbs up if you enjoyed!

Check back later today for another Nordstrom Sale (#NSale) guide.

Friday, July 15, 2016

Friday 5: Shopping & Selling (+giveaway reminder)

I hope everyone has an amazing week! I'm super excited for the weekend, as I hope to spend park of it by the pool or beach, and spend a ton of time with friends I haven't seen in a while!

I'm selling three new with tags Lilly Pulitzer pieces on Ebay, all for prices lower than retail, so be sure to check them out!

2. Nordstrom Anniversary Sale
I'm super excited to be pursuing the internet aisles of the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale!
I've found so great picks so far and shared some yesterday night. Be sure to follow me on Bloglovin' or my other social medias (Insta: @NorthShoreProper Twitter: @NorthShoreBlog) to keep up with even more picks by category.
below are some of my favorite picks so far all under $100!

3.  Giveaway
Make sure you've entered my giveaway for the Little Red Flag Stationary Set! I've teamed up with a fellow Louisville blogger to give away a handmade set of cards and envelopes, just enter down below!

I've started season 2 of VEEP (I know I'm behind) on Amazon Prime this week and I love it. I've loved Julia Louis-Dreyfus since I was little and I watched Seinfeld with my dad. She is so great on this show, and I can never turn down a good political show! Just beware, the language is pretty crude, so be careful of your audience.

I've loved Youtube for years now, like, we're talking since 2010, and I'm very excited to be putting up videos on my channel every week now! I'll be uploading a "Day in my Life" style vlog tomorrow, so make sure you're following along here or on Youtube so you catch it! If you're looking for more to watch, I highly suggest Danielle Marie. She has an amazing sense of fashion, and for only being 17 years old, she is so wise and motivational, y'all should seriously check her out!

My Last Video:

Hope y'all enjoyed, have an amazing weekend!

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale: first impressions

So, it's officially one of the craziest shopping days of the year. No, not Black Friday or the Saturday before Christmas, I'm talking Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. I've taken the liberty of perusing the pre-sale that is going on right now. If you have a Nordstrom card, you can shop the sales now!I'm restraining from opening a debit card with them, but if you do so, you get a $20 Nordstrom note (essentially a giftcard) to spend on a purchase of over $100 the same day.

I compiled a group of things that I would purchase, all but one being under $100! I have a feeling these booties and jeans will be making their way to my house verrry soon.

All of these items are such classic "necessity" pieces that you really can't go wrong! I can see myself wearing any of these pieces time and time again, through every year and season.

I've wanted a "real" beautyblender for a while now instead of the one I've been using, although I love that too! This pullover is such a staple piece, and I love how they have it styled on the site without a top underneath, I think it shows just the perfect amount of skin and would be so pretty for going out in the winter! I'm a tote gal, and this black one is so chic and at under $50, it's a steal.
I'm serious about those booties though... gimme. In ALL.THE.COLORS.

Stay tuned this weekend and next week for more of my picks in each category! I'll also be posting a vlog style video on Saturday, so make sure you're subscribed! (And don't forget to enter my giveaway with The Little Red Flag here!)

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Snail Mail + GIVEAWAY w/ The Little Red Flag

One of my favorite ways to keep in touch with High School friends while I'm away at school is by sending them snail mail. One of my best friends and I wrote back and forth all year and it was so fun to receive little surprises in the mail! She goes to school down in New Orleans, so she even sent me some Mardi Gras beads after the festival!

So when a fellow Louisville blogger reached out to me and asked if I would be interested in working with her, I was so excited! Leslie from The Little Red Flag creates beautiful and super fun mailable gifts. I just gave this gift to my friend for her birthday, and she loved it!

Today I'm giving away this beautiful set of handmade notecards and envelopes. If you're like me and are going back to school soon, they are the perfect way to show your friends from home just how much you appreciate them! In case you don't win the giveaway, you can purchase more here, and use the code "NorthShore20" for 20% off your entire order, how great is that!

Enter the giveaway here:

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Black & White & On the Beach

On our trip to Canada over the 4th, we stayed at my Dad's sister's house on Lake Simcoe in Ontario and we had such beautiful weather! I've felt so deprived of the sun working inside all summer and being out on the water certainly satisfied my itch.

When shopping for the trip, I came across this amazing romper and once I saw the price tag, I knew I needed it. Coming in at under $15 I think everyone should run out and buy it! I don't think I wore any color on our entire trip (except a pin shirt on the car ride home) and I'm loving the monochromatic life. This romper is a perfect coverup like I wore it here, but pair it with some strappy black sandals and a cute clutch and it's perfect for an outdoor dinner!
I finally bit the bullet and picked up this Panama hat, and while at Target got roped in to the swim section and came out with two adorable suits! I love this black and white one. V my aesthetic. If you can't find it online in your size, check in stores!

Monday, July 11, 2016

Beauty Wishlist

It never fails that as soon as I tell myself I should start saving more, I fall in "love" with 30,000 new things. Recently I've been on yet another beauty kick, and let's just say, I shouldn't be let near a Sephora or Ulta. I do pretty much the same thing to my face every morning with only a few variations, so I really don't need any new makeup but....

Once a beauty addict, always a beauty addict.
I may seriously may need to pick up this Too Faced set though, I've wanted to try so many of these products! Also this Anastasia palette looks so beautiful, I may need that too...

Nordstrom Sale Coming Soon - Shopping Tips

Next to the Lilly Pulitzer After-Party Sale, the Nordstrom Semi-Annual sales are perhaps the most awaited sales of the year. This year's sale is coming up, (It begins July 22) and I thought I would share a couple of shopping tips before it begins. Get your credit cards ready ladies! (Just kidding, let's not over do it ;))

(Don't forget you can start shopping the sale July 14th if you have a Nordstrom card!)

+ Shop the first day of the sale. Although they add a few products here and there through out the sale, the best stuff always sells quickly. If you have your eye on those Tory Burch Boots or Kate Spade Purse, make sure you snatch it up! You don't want to miss them! If you're left feeling some buyers remorse, Nordstrom has an amazing (and easy to use) return policy.

+ Sign up for Nordstrom Rewards. Nordstrom rewards is a sort of "cash back" program where for every 2,000 points you earn ($1= 1 point) you receive a voucher for $20 to spend at Nordstrom! They also run double/ triple points weeks throughout the year as well! Now you can feel less guilty about spending!

+ Think ahead. Nordstrom is unique in that their sales are somewhat ahead of the season. They usually feature some great fall and winter pieces in the sale, so use this as an opportunity to stock up on some quality staples for the holidays.

+ Holiday Shopping done right. You know your friends that seem to live at the mall, I AM that friend. (If you can't think of one, it's probably you!) this is a perfect time to purchase a great holiday gift for them! A lot of the pieces on sale will be the season's hottest trends and styles, so why hit two birds with one stone and save money while doing your shopping!

+Shop in Store. (Edit at 10:45am) I almost forgot one of the most important parts! Hop over to your nearest store (make sure you block out a few hours ;) and shop deals there, that way you can try things on!

If you have any more tips, please share them down below! I hope you guys enjoyed and be sure to stay tuned for some shopping guides once the sale looms closer.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Halfway through 20 before 20

I can't believe I'm already  halfway through my 19th year. I feel like I literally say that in every post, but really, how can I possibly be turning 20 in only 6 months?!
If you've been following my blog for a while, you would know that for the last 3 years I've created lists of things I want to accomplish. They're kind of like a yearly bucket list. Posting them on here makes me feel really accountable and motivates me to get more done. In the past I've been relatively successful with finishing things on my list, but this year I'm super determined to finish everything up.

Be sure to check out my 18 before 18 list and my 19 before 19 list to see how I've done in the past!

Let's see how I'm doing so far:

+Workout 30 days in a row (0/30)
+Finish re-reading the Harry Potter Series (3/7)
+Read 15 books not for school (5/15)
Luckiest Girl Alive - Jessica Knoll 1-24-16
Modern Romance - Aziz Ansari 4-17-16 
The Governor's Wife - Michael Harvey 4-22-16
The Martian - Andy Weir 5-26-16
It's Not Okay - Andi Dorfman 7-3-16
+Attend one major league sporting event
+Become more involved in Student Government
I wasn't elected sophomore rep, but I do have two executive board positions this year, and I plan on helping out again with the Educational Affairs committee.
+Finish watching Grey's Anatomy (Finished Season 11 2-19-16 & Season 12 6-23-16)
This was a pretty easy one for me ;) I love Grey's and can't wait for it to come back in the fall!
+Compete my room transformation
+Declare a second major
I'm leaning towards Economics, but I'm waiting until I take Micro this semester to make any decisions.
+Create a morning routine
I'm about halfway there on this one. I feel like I'll really be able to cross it off once I get to school.
+Go to the beach at least 5 times (1/5)
Lake Simcoe 6-29-16
+Go to a concert (Elle King 4-22-16)
Such a blast! See the post here.
+Create North Shore Proper business cards
+Buy a quality camera (5-24-16)
+Meditate often
I'm seriously slacking on this and my therapist is really on my tail about it. 
+Post 50 "OOTD" posts (9/50)
+Start a club at Bellarmine
+Post 15 videos for the blog (6/15)
+Go on more bike rides
Finally went on the first one of summer this week!
+Change my hair (2-4-15)&(5-5-16)
I'm blonde now!
+Clean out/refine my wardrobe
This is one of my big goals to accomplish before I go back to school. Last year I had way to many clothes and I hardly wore all of them. 


I would highly recommend creating one of these lists for yourself. They're so fun and they really give you a purpose for your year!

See my original post here
(I always update it as I go!)

Saturday, July 09, 2016

Chit Chat Get Ready With Me

I hope everyone is having an amazing weekend so far! Today I'm back with another video on my youtube channel and as always, I'm sharing the love to all of my blog followers as well. This week I'm sharing a get ready with me style video in which I'm using my typical makeup routine. I also chat with you while I do my hair and share my outfit!

Make sure you're subscribed to my Youtube channel so you're notified every time I post a video. I try and post at least one video every weekend.

I hope you guys like this ramble-y get ready with me style video! Be sure to give it a thumbs up if you enjoyed and check out the links of everything I used down below!

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M·A·C 'Pro Longwear' Paint Pot
Urban Decay 'Naked' Palette
Urban Decay Original Eyeshadow Primer Potion
Mark. Glowdacious Illuminating Powder
Rimmel London Stay Matte Pressed Powder
Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser
Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless Powder
Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless Foundation
Real Techniques Powder Brush
Real Techniques Sponge

Keds ® 'Chillax' Ripstop Slip-On Sneaker :

Thursday, July 07, 2016

Eyelet & Boots

I thought I would start the "recaps" of our trip by sharing what I wore to the housewarming-"non-wedding" party!
I picked up this blouse in two colors because I plan on wearing it a ton this summer and at school. I paired it with my trusty skinny jeans and my new Tecovas boots. I'll be sure to share a whole post about my boots in the next couple of weeks!

Wednesday, July 06, 2016


Hi everyone, I hope you all had a fantastic holiday weekend! I know I did. Most of my weekend was spent up in Canada for a housewarming party and to spend time with my dad's side of the family. It was so much fun and the weather was absolutely perfect! I'll be sure to share more details about the weekend, the party, and (of course) my outfits in the next week or two!

Via my Instagram: @NorthShoreProper

For now, I'll leave you with some of my recent shopping picks!