Whats in my Bag – July 2018 UPDATE

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hey all!

its been awhile since i shared with y’all what’s in my bag. i’ve been so busy – with work, friend stuff, family ventures, college prep (so on and so forth) that i have just been totally falling back to a rhythm of a prepacked bag (i don’t usually change it unless i have a blog shoot or something where this bag won’t suffice) but i’ve actually been loving the simplicity – and now when i look for example for my lip gloss i know exactly where it is! which is great for me because i lose ALOT of things just leaving them lying around. but enough with my unorganized thoughts here we go!

my bag

 

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this may i decided to bite the bullet (who am i kidding y’all!) and buy myself a louis vuitton bag. i have been saving for this little guy for the last FOUR YEARS. yes i saved all of high school (and more) for this bag and its kinda insane and weird that i bought it because it feels so crazy that this is my life. to buy this bag i decided that i: a) needed to be financially stable enough to buy the bag and have more money after b) needed to be ‘adult’ enough to treat and care for this bag c) needed to know that i wasn’t gonna feel buyers remorse. i basically saved for this bag by two whole summers of working, birthdays i forgo-ed gifts for money, babysitting (other odd tasks like cat sitting) and the blog! its so insane but i am in LOVE with the bag. it couldn’t have been a better purchase! i worked so hard for it, so every time i carry it i feel like a real adult.

shop my bag: louis vuitton speedy 30 bag

whats inside?

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the bag is VERY BIG. much bigger than you might expect. i can fit so so so MUCH in this bag. its actually crazy. i can fit all of these things in my bag including my computer but it gets VERY heavy with it in there. but its actually crazy how much you can truly fit in that bag.  here’s more about what i’m carrying.

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i upgraded myself to a little bigger wallet recently because i have alot more things to carry these days and i perfer this one because it zips all the way around which is much perferable. i love my airpods because i have the iphone 7 and i can’t keep a pair of headphones if it kills me. its so easy to wear these to workout in and to walk around in. they are also great for listening to my audiobooks when i cook, which is such an odd little thing but its hard to think about living without them. i carry a little clare v pouch that my sister picked up at a sample sale in DTLA. i love it because i put my lip products inside – i LIVE for my glossier lip products! – as well as mints and what i am using currently, the listerine pocketpass things. they are great to just lay on your tongue and go about your life!

shop kate spade wallet 

shop clare v ‘i love you’ pouch

shop apple ear pods

shop listerine pocket pass oral care strips

shop glossier lip gloss

shop glossier balm dotcom

i’ve also been carrying not one but two (!!!) pairs of sunglasses because i never quite know how i feel and in summer you can never be too unprepared without sunglasses! i have been loving these cat eye style for the times when i feel like it and my classic ray bans whenever i don’t. also, i keep my life: my entire schedule, blog post ideas, dorm room lists (all of the above and MORE) in my bullet journal. i’ve recently been putting more stickers on it, and i can share some of my fave stickers later but i get lots of ~fandom~ stickers because obviously – so you better believe that i am going to get some brooklyn 99 stickers soon but i have some glossier stickers, stranger things, george washington, ice cream and more stickers on there! i have more on the back too!

shop the leutchturm notebook

shop the rayban sunglasses

shop my cat eye sunglasses (similar)

enjoy my friends!

xoxokatewins

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More Summer Books to Read

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hello again my friends!

happy tuesday! about a month ago i did a post of some summer books to read – i explained that i LOVED (and still do love) reading in summer and how i planned to get a lot of it done. and boy oh boy i have. since finishing that post, i’ve read SIX – yes 6 books! in less than a MONTH! i’m incredibly proud of myself and also incredibly excited because it makes me feel so proactive and so productive. because not only am i reading these books, but i am also watching a bunch of classic movies with my sister (when both she and i aren’t at work), working (in RETAIL), visiting with friends, working out (MORE THAN ONCE A DAY) and blogging with increased vigor and strength. i honestly feel like superwoman that i was able to complete all of these and i think these books are actually giving something back to me, my serious love of reading.

since i was so darn excited about finishing ~almost~ all of the books i put on my last reading list i’ve decided to make another reading list because i have yet more books that i want to read as it is!

as always, a note to all my readers – this post does not mean i own any of the above, or that i will buy any of the above (most of these books i just check out on the library or use the overdrive site). also i did NOT write these summaries, i have pulled them from overdrive (i credit down below) and then say why i am excited to read them.

so here we go!

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“Three women—three secrets—one heart-stopping story. Katie, seventeen, in love with someone whose identity she can’t reveal. Her mother Caroline, uptight, worn out and about to find the past catching up with her. Katie’s grandmother, Mary, back with the family after years of mysterious absence and “capable of anything,” despite suffering from Alzheimers. As Katie cares for an elderly woman who brings daily chaos to her life, she finds herself drawn to her. Funny, sad, honest and wise, Unbecoming is a celebration of life, and learning to honour your own stories.” – overdrive

originally drawn to this beautiful cover, after reading the summary i am intrigued on how they will pull together all three generations, but i think it could be an interesting story!

purchase here!

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“Alex Craft knows how to kill someone. And she doesn’t feel bad about it. Three years ago, when her older sister, Anna, was murdered and the killer walked free, Alex uncaged the language she knows best—the language of violence. As their senior year unfolds, Alex’s darker nature breaks out, setting these three teens on a collision course that will change their lives forever.” – overdrive

the first sentence of this summary absolutely shook me. i mean, so blunt. so much that it stopped me in my tracks for a good moment, and i am actually really looking forward for a book to stop me in my tracks.

purchase here!

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little wrecks ( haunting AND explosive)

“Meredith Miller explores the truth behind three girls on the cusp of adulthood, and all the shocking realizations that come under the guise of growing up. Ruth, Magda, and Isabel are different from everyone else. They can see beneath the seemingly perfect, cookie-cutter exterior of their small town of Highbone, Long Island. They know that below the surface, each house is filled with secrets, indifference, and violence. But for the first time, Ruth, Magda, and Isabel are keeping secrets from each other. As they drift apart, the weight of reality starts to set in. These girls can’t save each other. They might not even be able to save themselves.” – overdrive 

i’ve just been looking forward to something to keep me on my toes at all times, i feel like i get it in TV, but do enough of that in reading!

purchase here!

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“For nearly four decades, David Sedaris has faithfully kept a diary in which he records his thoughts and observations on the odd and funny events he witnesses. Anyone who has attended a live Sedaris event knows that his diary readings are often among the most joyful parts of the evening. But never before have they been available in audio. Now, in Theft by Finding, Sedaris brings us his favorite entries. From deeply poignant to laugh-out-loud funny, these selections reveal with new intimacy a man longtime listeners only think they know. Tender, hilarious, illuminating, and endlessly captivating, Theft by Finding offers a rare look into the mind of one of our generation’s greatest comic geniuses.” – overdrive 

my friends LOVE david sedaris, and in AP lang we read some of his satire, and i need some comedy in my life with all of these super dramatic books i am gonna read! i know this will be light hearted and honestly perfect after work.

purchase here!

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“Born into a political dynasty, Jenna and Barbara Bush grew up in the public eye. As small children, they watched their grandfather become president; just twelve years later they stood by their father’s side when he took the same oath. They spent their college years being trailed by the Secret Service and chased by the paparazzi, with every teenage mistake making national headlines. But the tabloids didn’t tell the whole story of these two young women forging their own identities under extraordinary circumstances. In this book, they take listeners on a revealing, thoughtful, and deeply personal tour behind the scenes of their lives, with never-before-told stories about their family, their adventures, their loves and losses, and the special sisterly bond that fulfills them.” – overdrive

no matter where you lie on the political spectrum, if you have a sister you know how it feels to have a sister, and since i’m so interested in politics – this is a really interesting story, i feel as though we never really hear from the children of the president and this would be a very cool opportunity to see into a world i can’t ever imagine.

purchase here!

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“A gleeful and exhilarating tale of global conspiracy, complex code-breaking, high-tech data visualization, young love, rollicking adventure, and the secret to eternal life—mostly set in a hole-in-the-wall San Francisco bookstore” – overdrive

i love the cover, but then i read the summary – it seems so interesting! its a bit of a mystery and i’ve heard that its so satisfying but i’m so excited to read!

purchase here!

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“In this generation-defining self-help guide, a superstar blogger cuts through the crap to show us how to stop trying to be “positive” all the time so that we can truly become better, happier people. There are only so many things we can give a f**k about so we need to figure out which ones really matter, Manson makes clear. While money is nice, caring about what you do with your life is better, because true wealth is about experience. A much-needed grab-you-by-the-shoulders-and-look-you-in-the-eye moment of real-talk, filled with entertaining stories and profane, ruthless humor, The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F**k is a refreshing slap for a generation to help them lead contented, grounded lives.” – overdrive

i love the title of this book – and i saw that aimee song from song of style listed this as one of her books to read this summer and i kinda LOVE listening to self help books – or podcasts etc but totally seems like a great beach read.

purchase here!

enjoy all! & happy reading!

to always keep up with my reading and see my reviews once i finish books follow me on goodreads!

xoxokatewins

must haves: loafers & mules

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hey all!

i feel like now more than ever, loafers and mules are having A MOMENT. and i’m a hugely picky person and i am currently LOVING loafers and mules. i just love a little backless look and think they are super comfortable at work and SHOCKINGLY cute. like they are actually adorable. i cannot handle how many i LOVE – and at this point mostly just looked at because i’m preparing to be a broke college student, and i honestly see so many cute shoes while at work i can’t EVEN. so since loafers and mules are having SUCH a moment, i’ve decided to dedicate a little post to all of the loafers and mules that have been on my mind, and be warned, there are alot!

as always, a note to all my readers – this post does not mean i own any of the above, or that i will buy any of the above. it just means that i like it visually and (unless noted) i do not own it; all that i will write about is stuff i hear from friends and other users of the product as well as the visual aspects of the product which i will mention in the comment below!

without further ado here we go!

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/ #1: hispanitas yakira mule / #2: gucci princeton loafer mule / #3: coconuts by matisse plantain slide sandal / #4: treasure and bond marlow tufted espadrille / #5: AGL patterned mule / #6: soludos espadrille loafer mule / #7:gucci sackville bow sandal / #8: gucci / #9: target ‘a new day’ hyleta knotted bow sandal / #10: loeffler randal celeste knotted slide sandal / #11: soludos bee beaded mule / #12: target ‘a new day’ kona slip on loafer mule / #13: target ‘a new day’ junebug backless mules / #14: target ‘a new day’ kona slip on loafer mule / #15: topshop kale trim loafer mule / #16: chloe lauren slide sandal  / #17:  steve madden kera flat loafer mule /

enjoy all & happy shopping!

ps: if you’re dorm shopping you can receive 20% by signing up HERE

xoxokatewins

My Simple Makeup Routine

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hey all!

today  i have a really fun makeup post! i am sharing my routine for my basic makeup! i haven’t shared my routine in a VERY long time because as you all know, i went to an all girls high school and never felt it was necessary to wear makeup (yo, don’t get me wrong other people definitely wore makeup, but that was either if they wanted to, or if they personally liked putting on makeup everyday) but i just didn’t do it because i didn’t really feel like waking up earlier, and i also didn’t really care much about how i looked in front of my classmates. but now, i am working and i’ve been going to alot of get-togethers i have definitely been wearing more makeup then before, not cause i feel like i have to, i just personally feel like i look more put together.

okay, on with the show here we go!

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i keep all of my makeup in a caboodle. i bought it from urban outfitters because of course i saw it online, it was $10, i had a coupon and paid no shipping so there was no reason not to buy it, and i’m obssessed. i also was v into 90’s beauty and love scrunchies and knew this was perf! i use it to store my beauty, but also to travel with it. i took it to washington d.c. and it was INSANELY easy to travel with because it just held everything. of course, because i’m me, i had to start decorating it. i have put on some glossier stickers which i’ve recieved with purchases and my monogram because i’m me.

shop my caboodle here!

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for my actual routine i start with concealer. my face is never too bad, and i never have used full coverage foundation, i have always used a CC cream of some type or a tinted moisturizer. at this point in my beauty journey i am just using concealer. for christmas i recieved a set from benefit of all of their ‘boi-ing’ products – first of all, this set comes in a REALLY cute pencil case, and second it gives you the opportunity to try every boi-ing product. before the kit, i used the boi-ing industrial strength concealer religiously now, i am addicted to the boi-ing airbrush concealer. its much lighter in matter and its insanely good coverage for me. but before i put the airbrush stuff on, i spot treat using the hydrating concealer on blemishes and underneath my eyes. its super good for dark circles, it glides on easily and then i blend using my beauty blender. then i use my beauty blender with the airbrush concealer blending in the rest of my face. i typically top with the mario badescu rose water solution (not pictured) and let it dry and move on to my next step!

shop the boi-ing set here (not pictured)

shop boi-ing airbrush concealer here

shop boi-ing hydrating concealer

shop the beauty blender here

shop mario badescu rosewater here (not pictured)

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i then use highlighter. if you guys know me, you know i love my glow and i am a highlighter queen. its easily my favorite makeup item, and i own COUNTLESS versions of highlighters but these are my favorite day to day highlighters. i use glossier haloscope in ‘quartz’ (don’t fight me, but its the BEST color of haloscope). i glide it on my nose, my cheekbones, my cupids bow and underneath my eyebrows usually layering on two coats (its a bit dewier this way) and then i blend with my fingers. if i haven’t achieved enough shine by now, i put on too faced highlighter. its called ‘blinded by the light’ which i always seem to be able to be singing (the song blinded by the light) through the rest of the time i do my makeup. its easily the BEST powder highlight i’ve used, and i am honestly beyond impressed by the way it holds up! i apply it to my face using my fan brush and receive instant dew.

shop glossier haloscope in ‘quartz’ here 

shop too faced ‘blinded by the light’ highlighter here

shop my fan brush here

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i go in with my eyebrows next. i used to not do my eyebrows, which was a HUGE mistake because i have actually pretty light eyebrows. i actually never found a product which i really liked until i got glossier boy brow. my sister bought me the color ‘blonde’ which i am not ~really~ a blonde anymore but my eyebrows are still pretty light. its the first color that i have ever found which was good for me, which is super perfect. but before i put on my boy brow, i brush threw my eyebrows using my eyebrow brush. on one side it has a little comb and on the other, a little brush.

shop glossier boy brow here 

shop my eyebrow brush here  

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i finish with mascara. i feel like i almost look like an entirely different person and i kinda love that – so i leave it for last. i know some people try to do it sooner rather than later so when they mess up, they won’t have just messed up their entire eye look. but on my typical days i don’t wear eye shadow or eyeliner so i just go ham. i used to use like 7 different mascaras but now i use two because i came across glossier lash slick. its easily the best mascara i’ve ever used. within the first swipe of mascara my eyelashes literally grow in length. its so awesome but i’m, usually too afraid to go in too close to my eye, so then i use my tightline mascara. its a super thin brush so its so easy to touch up and hit the spots you can’t easily hit! after this i usually hit my lips with some lip balm and head on my way!

shop glossier lash slick here 

shop it cosmetics tighline mascara here 

enjoy all! and let me know in the comments down below what your everyday makeup routine looks like!

xoxokatewins

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Picks

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hey all!

its the SECOND most wonderful time of the year! its the nordstrom anniversary sale. every year, nordstrom puts  NEW items for the fall season – stuff that hasn’t been out before and some awesome brands with some of their best items in new colors or sizes, or shapes that are not only new and fresh but also classic favorites that are perfect on SALE! its crazy & amazing as always. so naturally i NEEDED to share with you most of my picks for the sale – and don’t think this will be the only sale content! i am sharing several fall outfits FEATURING the items from the sale and i will do more round-ups and update about items on my instagram account and on my twitter!

so basically, the pre-sale starts on TODAY to shop you MUST have a nordstrom card and today i will be sharing my favorites of the sale and i will also have a perpetual tab up top on my blog with my favorite items so that you can always shop my favorites with easier access! i woke up at midnight to get my picks – and this year i made it super easy to view your items!

to view the item:

click the image, a new tab will open and you can shop the item!

as always, a note to all my readers – this post does not mean i own any of the above, or that i will buy any of the above. it just means that i like it visually and (unless noted) i do not own it; all that i will write about is stuff i hear from friends and other users of the product as well as the visual aspects of the product which i will mention in the comment below!

tops

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dresses & jumpsuits

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pants

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skirts 

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outerwear

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shoes

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underwear & pajamas 

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accessories & bags

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enjoy all! and SHOP SHOP SHOP

xoxokatewins

paleo recipes & fitness update

hey all!

so because i haven’t said or posted about it enough, i am doing the wahls/paleo/aip diet (modified) and i am not being as successful as i hoped. i’ve broken it for some insanely good reasons: burrata cheese, carmela ice cream, homemade pita and hummus and din tai fung, which were so much better than i even remember them being so they were honestly all so satisfying. but my typical day to day has been following the paleo stuff. i have found several things i really have been enjoying and i wanted to share those all with you – and my fitness journey: what i’m doing and what i’m loving!

so here we go on the food!

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one of my favorite  breakfast items (you guys i SUCK at eating breakfast anyway so its all VERY new to me) has been a smoothie. i go to trader joes and buy their unsweetened acai packets – you run them under warm water for 15 seconds, break them up and you are then ready to put them in your blender. i typically use 1 packet – unless i am also making smoothies for another day, or other family members. but i then throw in the fruit i have in my house, this is usually a banana, frozen pineapple, and frozen strawberries. i also make some cold brew green tea, let it sit for 10 minutes and throw it into my smoothie and occassionally use some protein powder or other powders.

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when i go out and grab food (y’all its SUPER not common anymore because they don’t have many things that i a) enjoy eating b) are in my basic diet) but i love grabbing acai bowls. although i can make them myself, i really love sun life organics, they have several locations in the greater LA area, and one locally by me in pasadena. i live for their hawaiian bowl without the strawberries! other times i go out, i will grab a beef flame broiler bowl with brown rice or pickup some gf and dairy free curry from one of the local indian places or the channa masala from whole foods.

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one of my favorite things to pick up in the market are the packages of beans and rice from whole foods. they are in the freezer section and are microwavable. i typically put some fresh salsa on top and these packages are two servings so it easily makes two portions so i’ve easily made two lunches! what a simple and perfect meal for me!

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dinners are weird because my parents sorta/sorta don’t follow us in the paleo stuff, but mostly they do for dinner. we don’t eat pasta unless my dad makes fresh sauce, if we buy bread only my mom and dad eat it. we make zoodles and my dad no longer thinks they aren’t real pasta so i shouldn’t waste my time, but ACTUALLY likes them with meatballs, so i think i won this one. but we have absolutely been loving yellow chicken curry. my dad makes it using a trader joes sauce that uses coconut milk and no gluten! how perfect!

now onto the workouts!

i love the 7 minute workout app, they offer different workout options for different skill levels, different targeting areas and different amounts of time. its awesome because i do HIIT workouts and they give you a timer and call out halfway through, when to begin and the last three seconds. its awesome pared with my apple watch because i get to read my heart rate and see how i’m doing. its amazing and makes me feel so motivated to finish up my activity rings.

enjoy all! let me know how you are doing with your own summer adventures down in the comments below!

xoxokatewins

Summer Look Vol. 3

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hey all!

this post was originally supposed to be a real outfit look with photos, but i honestly couldn’t get my butt together to put together a look and to drag my sister to get out to somewhere and take photos for me but i just couldn’t because of conflicting schedules, but since i did want to do another outfit post, i made another one with photoshop! and honestly i think it looks pretty good!

as always, a note to all my readers – this post does not mean i own any of the above, or that i will buy any of the above. it just means that i like it visually and (unless noted) i do not own it; all that i will write about is stuff i hear from friends and other users of the product as well as the visual aspects of the product which i will mention in the comment below!

here we go!

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/ dress : j.crew faux wrap gingham poplin dress / shoes : soludos wedge laceup espadrille sandal / bag : cult gaia small ark handbag  in multi / watch : michele deco sport watch / sunglasses : quay jezabell round sunglasses /

in all  my  own disclosure, i am currently working for j.crew, and although i often do share their brand, i am not specifically sharing their brand for this reason. i have seen this days for days on end, just hanging and everyday i’ve been inching closer to try it on. its amazing because its a wrap dress, and y’all know i’m obsessed with wrap dresses so thats the main reason. of course i paired it with an arc bag because to me, its summer in a bag and this dress screams summer. i also put this navy watch that i’ve been looking at, i just love the face shape!

enjoy all my friends!

xoxokatewins