Top Three Items To Invest In

Hello! 

Thank you for visiting my site today! Things have been crazy these past couple of weeks with school, work and blogging. But I managed to squeeze in a post before my trip to Long Beach! 

Today’s post is about the top three wardrobe items that I like to invest the most in.

1. Jeans : Jeans are my daily go-to. I love dressing them up with a pair of heels for a night out or throwing on my sneakers for class. I have tried so many different brands of jeans and have never been more satisfied with my purchase of two different brands: Rag & Bone and Free People.

My R&B are definitely a bigger investment (~$130), but well worth it. I have had two pairs of jeans for two years (I wear them at least twice a week!) and I can honestly say they still feel as great as they did the first day I wore them. I got these at Nordstrom when they were price matching (all about them sales!)

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The Free People jeans I have are a lot more trendy. The torn hem and rips in the knees give them an edgy look, but I am able to wear these in various ways. The reason why I like these is because they are good quality, unique, but definitely did not break the bank. They are a great midlevel investment (~$80). I bought these at a Free People store.

Free People Jeans dressed up

2. Purses : I think everyone needs a great bag for everyday use. Personally I found that a Neverfull fits my needs. I wanted a bag that is going to be functional for work and travel. Whenever I travel I without a doubt take my tote, it fits right under the seat of an airplane and holds everything I need for a road trip! 

I think purses should be a long term item. So if I’m going to buy one, I want to buy one that I can use years from know that will still suit my taste. My favorite going out purse is a Rebecca Minkoff spiked bag. Her style is the perfect level of spunk to make your outfit unique. Here is a similar bag. 

For sale purses I mainly go to Nordstrom and Nordstrom Rack. For luxury purses I either go to large department stores or the stand alone store.

Everyday use of my tote

3. Shoes : Trust me when I say that I have bought shoes that I have literally worn once, so now I don’t make that same mistake! Shoes are so important to your wardrobe. They can make or break your outfit (or your feet!) I worked retail for just few months and those few months made me realize that I need to wear comfortable shoes everyday. I typically buy my shoes on sale (unless I REALLY want/need them). I am at the point where I want to buy shoes that I will be able to wear various ways and have for awhile. I don’t like to buy seasonal shoes that I know will break before the summer is over—not worth it. My go-to stores to buy shoes are Nordstrom, Nordstrom Rack and Von Maur

In this picture I am wearing Stuart Weitzman heels that I found at Rack for less than half the retail price! 

Stuart Sweitzman's for under $150 at Rack!

Via Spiga's for under $50 from RackIn this picture I’m wearing some Via Spiga booties that I got for less than $50 at Rack! 
I hope some of my tips help you figure out what your closet is missing!

Xoxo,

Lisa Marie

Positive Vibes Only

Hello,

Recently I have been going through an internal argument with myself on who I should be surrounding myself with. I find that I am associating myself with people who I feel like no longer support me and judge me for the things I am passionate about.

When it comes to situations like this, I always turn to one of my close friends to talk it out. After reaching out to him about this topic he said to me that I need to surround myself with people who inspire me to be better, people who push me towards my dreams and that support me rather than judge me. Once we finished talking, I paused. I couldn’t believe that my friend who hasn’t even lived in the same state as me in over seven months supports me that much over the phone. He seems to be much more supportive than some friends that I’ve known throughout college, who I see me on a regular basis and see me put so much effort into my dreams.

After receiving this advice I have decided that I am going to do it. It is hard to face people constantly that will judge you no matter what you say to them. I am not going to try to please those friends anymore but solidify other friends who support my ambitions and radiate positive vibes.

My advice to those who are struggling with being accepted or are too afraid of what people will think of them is to let it go. Let go of worrying about what your “friends” might think of you or what image you might portray. I know its never as easy as it sounds but as long as you are happy, being true to yourself and your dreams that’s all that should matter.

I have started to try to let go of the negativity like trying to spend time exploring St. Louis and honestly narrowing down my dreams and focusing on myself. For awhile I was afraid that my dreams were too far fetched or was afraid to tell my friends what I aspire to be. But once I did, I realized who my true friends were. They were the ones that continued to push me towards my passion and asked me how I would achieve my dreams, and how my blog is going.

After coming to this realization of who does and does not believe in me, I have decided that it doesn’t matter anymore. All that matters is that I believe in myself.

For those of you who are out there still waiting to be accepted or understood by your friends, stop waiting. Believe in yourself and don’t be afraid to chase your dreams.

Xoxo,

Lisa Marie

 

My Go-To Eyeshadow Palettes

Hello,

I have had quite a few friends come to me recently and ask me about my favorite eyeshadow palettes so I decided to share with you all!

For my everyday look: Tarte palettes 

I love to use Tarte for my everyday look because they are so quick and easy to use! Between going to work two days a week and starting to get ready for class at the last possible second, I like to go with a very quick and simple look. The main reason why I like these palettes is because I  hardly have to spend anytime blending; I am so impatient when it comes to blending so using Tarte while I’m crunched for time really cuts time out of my routine. I am so sorry that I do not have the exact links to these palettes! I got them awhile ago but I have links to similar ones 🙂

Tartelette in Bloom Clay Eyeshadow  and Tartelette Tease 

For going out and more “glam” looks: Urban Decay Gwen Stefani Eyeshadow Palette and Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette

Like [almost] every college student, I like to go out with my friends and have a good time too! So for the nights that I have more time to get ready or just want to look a bit more “glam” I turn to this palette. I like this palette because it has a lot of fun colors to play with but also some more “safe” colors. I use this when a do a smokey eye with a pop of gold or blue. The lighter colors are also really good to use in the corner of your eye to make your eyes really pop. Unfortunately a lot of places no longer carry this, but I see it at Nordstrom Rack all the time!!

I have already posted about the Smoky palette but I just wanted to stress how great it is! I just gifted a few of these to some friends for Christmas who are just starting to get into makeup and they love them! There is enough variety in it so you don’t have to always do a dramatic eye if you don’t want to. It also has colors that go with every eye color, so you don’t have to worry about it not working out for you.

So there are my go-to palettes! Please continue to reach out to me with any questions you might have!

Xoxo,

Lisa Marie

Changing it Up For 2017

Hello!

Today I decided to write about what 2017 has in store for me. A few things to look forward to…

  • working part time
  • finishing college
  • a trip to Los Angeles in March (it will be my first time to Cali!)
  • a trip to Costa Rica in March (spring break ya’ll!)
  • moving to Seattle to start my career (I have never even been to Washington!)

In addition to looking forward to all these exciting things I am going to have to balance a lot at once. However, this year I think I am more grounded and know what I want for myself and will be able to focus on those things.

The past year or so has been pretty crazy for me. In 2016 I had just come back from studying abroad and starting living with someone new, was trying to decide how I was going to keep my life exciting since I was back in the states and was trying to “find myself” again. I talked about starting a blog with a few friends thinking that I wanted to focus on fashion; but once I got started I realized that yes, fashion is one of my passions, but its not what I want to write about all the time.

Starting this year I want to write more about my passions, the exciting things going on in my life, and the things my friends ask me about.

So, I hope you’re in for the ride of La Vida Lisa because it is about to get a bit more spicy!

Xoxo,

Lisa Marie

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2016 Travels

Hello!

As some of you might know, traveling is one of my passions. Whether I’m going to a city I have already visited or going back for more, I am always inspired by the places I visit. So I thought I would wrap up this year with a blog post about the cities I explored this year!

The first trip I took this year was a road trip from St. Louis to Phoenix (nearly 1,460 miles!) with some girl friends for spring break. This was my second time to Phoenix, but this trip the focus was hiking and being outdoors. Here are a few pictures from my spring break trip!

The next trip I took was to New Jersey over Easter break. I spent the holiday with family and went into the city with my aunt for a day. I had a great time this trip because I got to spend a lot of time with family and got to go to the MoMA which has been on my list for years!

The next trip I took was during May. My best friend Kristina and I planned a two and a half week trip to Europe for our end of the school year celebration!

This was second time we traveled to Europe together and my third time total. I was able to visit four new cities: Warsaw, Munich, Coux-et-Bigaroque, and Amsterdam. Kristina has family in Warsaw so we started there, then we parted and I went to Munich and Paris, then we met in Coux-et-Bigaroque, then continued to Amsterdam!

The best parts about this trip were that I got to travel Europe alone which I really enjoyed, I got to see friends in Paris and in Amsterdam, and of course got to travel with my best friend! Check out some pictures!

In the fall I went to Las Vegas for my sister’s bachelorette. I had been to Vegas before for a wedding when I was much younger, so this was the first time I was able to really enjoy the true Vegas. The girls and I had a blast and I definitely want to go back already!

And for my final trip of the year I went to Playa Del Carmen for my sister’s wedding! The guests stayed at the same resort and we hung out everyday. One day we went snorkeling and another day we went to Quinta Avenida which is a well-known shopping street in Playa Del Carmen. Check out some pictures from the trip/wedding!

Words cannot describe the wedding day. I was crying the whole time (no shame!). It was beautiful and I was just so happy to see my sister and brother-in-law’s special day.

That sums up my 2016 travels! Thank you for checking out my post, traveling is truly one of my passions and I am always happy to share it with people. Can’t wait to see which cities 2017 brings!

Xoxo,

Lisa Marie

My 2016 Best Beauty Products

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Hello everyone!

Thank you for checking out my blog today! Today I am sharing my top EIGHT beauty products of 2016! I have been in love with these all year and use [almost] all of them on a daily basis.

1. Highlight and Blush Duo: Becca x Jaclyn Hill Champagne Splits and Mineral Blush 

Why I love this: This duo is perfect because its two essential makeup products in one! The colors complement each other perfectly and the highlight stays on all day. The blush is very pigmented [found out the hard way haha] so a little bit goes a long way!

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2. Brows: Too Faced Bulletproof Brows

Why I love this: I’m 100% a brow girl. I love my brows to be dark and bold. This clay formula keeps your brows in place all day, especially if you’re going for that messy brow look!

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3. and 4. Eyeshadow: Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion and  Urban Decay Naked Smokey 

Why I love these: This Naked palette is actually my first one! Since I got it a few months ago, its all I use. Although it is called “smokey” you can achieve a very natural look as well. This is a palette that I pack for a weekend trip because it has all my essentials. The primer, again is a game changer. I always felt like eyeshadow never stayed on or creased on me, but since I added this “potion” to my regime, it has kept my eyeshadow perfect all day and night.

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5. Foundation: Chanel Vitalumière Aqua 

Why I love this: I’m not much of a foundation girl. I like my coverage to be light but definitely even me out. After applying this and blending it with my Tarte brush or my Beauty Blender I feel like it covers me so well without feeling heavy.

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6. Setting Powder: Bareminerals Mineral Veil 

Why I love this: Again, I’m not much of a foundation person. So when it comes to setting powders I need them to be light as can be. I use this over my  Chanel Vitalumière Aqua or just to do a quick coverage when I’m running late.

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7. Bronzer: Ciatè London Bronzer in Palm Island 

Why I love this: This bronzer is matte so I like that it doesn’t make me too shimmery. I apply this after my finishing powder, but before my highlight. Subtle, but it looks great!

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8. Lips: Nyx Soft Matte Lip Cream in Monte Carlo 

Why I love this: Matte lipstick is my biggest struggle. I have tried so many different brands and they all leave me too dry! No one wants a matte lipstick that leaves you looking chapped by the end of the day! This is the perfect matte but creamy lip. I’m sure you can all tell that this color has become my signature color for under $10!

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I hope you have found some new products or got some gift ideas right before the holidays!

Xoxo,

Lisa Marie

Photos by: Emily Brady (instagram: @ebraids)

Makeup or no makeup, you are beautiful

I got the idea of writing this blog post after one of my friends asked me to help her with her photography project titled Bona Fide. She was looking for females who were comfortable being photographed in full makeup and then photographed while taking of their makeup without looking. This seemed like something I was definitely willing to do.

A few days later I was in the studio getting my photos taken. My friend began to ask me questions while she clicked away; she asked what I like about myself, what my passions are and how I feel about my appearance. As I was answering these questions I realized that recently I have not only become more confident in myself, my body and who I am but have also encouraged others to feel the same.

When it comes to my immediate friend group I feel like I am a friend that is always trying to help them feel better about themselves and embrace who they are. I try to encourage their dreams rather than trying to be something they are not, or to look at themselves and own their bodies in a negative way.

I think in today’s society it seems like everyone (males and females) is feeling the pressure of having the perfect body, skin, smile and clothes from Instagram to advertisements. Of course we all strive to be the best we can be, but I think it’s important that we strive for those things in healthy ways. I find myself looking at beautiful women all over social media (most of which are my friends) and feeling like “wow, I really wish I looked like that.” And then I sit and think, “Why don’t I look like that?”

Rather than obsessing why I’m not like everyone online, I began to think of how I can be who I want to be, for myself. I think the most important thing is to realize that you are the only one in control of your body and your happiness.

Recently I have begun to focus on myself, my goals and growing as a person. For one, I started this blog to be able to express myself and be able to help other people with fashion, skincare and anything else I want to share. I started to eliminate negative thoughts and people that weren’t helping me towards my dreams and didn’t believe in me. Once I began to focus on myself, and who I wanted to become, I found that it was much easier to be happy. Of course I still use social media and get inspired by other people, but I no longer try to mimic the people around me and try to embrace my individuality rather than try to adapt to the latest trends. And I think this is what others should try to do as well. Its okay to be inspired by others, but don’t let them make you feel worse about yourself and never lose yourself.

I just wanted to write this post for people who are still trying to “fit in” and are feeling uncomfortable with who they are. I want them to realize that they are so empowered, that they are the only ones who are in control of their happiness and confidence. No one else should be able to take that away from you.

Xoxo,

Lisa Marie

 

Photos by: Emily Brady (@ebraids)