May Favorites

Hello readers!

It’s the last day of the month, so what better way to reign in June than with looking at my favorite things for the past month? Here is my run-down of everything I was feeling this for the past 30 days.

FASHION 

1. This Urban Outfitters Dress

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This month had some freaking hot days. Like 90 degrees. And humid. As I am from the Northeast, I am definitely not used to this weather. Combine that with a dorm room that had no air conditioning and humidity seeping in from the window I kept open in desperation, and you can see why I wanted to wear something that clung to me as little as possible.

Enter this dress. I got it for my birthday from Urban Outfitters. I loved the lightweight fabric and the vintage-y dark floral pattern. It buttons all down the front, which is another cute, retro touch. I’m normally not a fan of V-necks, but this one isn’t too deep. And the key hole in the back allows even more air to pass through. It’s loose, falls at just the right length and is perfect for those sultry summer days.

2. Forever 21 Crystal Necklace

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I have been mainly wearing silver jewelry this month. I’m not too sure why, but I’m just really feeling cool tones right now. And I love the bohemian vibe of this crystal pendant. It comes together around the neck and then has a long, dangling chain with an opal-ly crystal hanging at the bottom. It can instantly make a plain T-shirt look cooler and can be added to patterned clothing, such as my plaid dress above, to help ground it. Plus, I like to think that it elongates the body. Maybe? A little? Hmm? I don’t know, but I still love it.

3. Black Forever 21 Sandals

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I bought these sandals about a year ago (you can see the haul here!) and I still can’t stop wearing them. Forever 21 does really good shoes. Especially for the price. I probably got these for like $20 dollars, so the cost per wear is pretty low. I’m not the biggest fan of dainty sandals. I like some meat to my shoes. Basically the only shoes I like that show my toes are my Birkenstocks. I love how these shoes are a little clunky and how they cover most of my (pretty ugly) feet but still let my tootsies breath. Because they are black, they go with everything. I can see myself wearing these for years to come if they don’t break. Cuz if they ain’t broke, why fix ’em?

BOOKS

4. Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates

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I bought this book because of a post on Buzzfeed that said if you like Mad Men, you should read it. I haven’t started Mad Men yet, but I plan to soon. I love the late ’50s to ’60s era. And I really enjoyed this book. It was pretty depressing actually. It revolves around a couple who live in suburbia and are stifled by it. Their marriage is falling apart. I don’t want to give too much away, but Yates does a great job with characterizing Frank and April (the main characters) and the decline of their relationship that ends in tragedy. It’s haunting but very well-written.

5. Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami

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Can Haruki Murakami do any wrong? After reading three of his novels, I’m starting to think he can’t. This novel is pretty haunting as well. It centers around a boy in college named Toru Watanabe. It takes place in the late ’60s, hence the title (which is my favorite song by The Beatles, but I digress). Toru first falls in love with Naoko, who was the girlfriend of Toru’s best friend who committed suicide. Naoko is struggling intensely and ends up in a sanatorium. Toru remains devoted to her, but he also falls in love with another girl he meets at school who is vivacious and energetic. The novel questions love, devotion, choice and how much we can save someone. It left me thinking about it for days after finishing it.

BEAUTY

6. Chili by MAC

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This was again a birthday gift, and ever since I got it I have been obsessed. It is a brick red color that is warm in nature and really flatters my skin tone. It’s also a nice contrast to my other red lipsticks, which are much brighter. And the formulation is amazing. It is matte but super creamy, so it doesn’t make my usually dry lips look gross and it doesn’t settle into the cracks. And it lasts forever. Even after eating, I am left with a nice stain. I will definitely be re-purchasing this one when I run out.

7. Not Your Mother’s Beach Babe Texturizing Sea Salt Spray

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I have actually been using this for quite a few months, but now it is an essential. It smells very fresh and beachy (obviously) and adds really nice texture to my hair (also obviously, due to the name of the product). I usually add it to my bangs after I straighten them so that they look messier. I spray it into my hands and then very lightly scrunch them and mess them up a bit. Then I spray it into the ends of my hair. It doesn’t change the curl or anything, but it adds a nice gritty feeling to my hair, which I like because I love messy hair. One time, I was really ambitious and I straightened my hair, then curled it to make beachy waves, and then I added this spray. The beach waves of my dreams resulted.

8. Dove Dry Shampoo

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Probably since I went to college I have only been washing my hair every other day. Since my hair is curly, it doesn’t really need to be washed everyday. Plus I hate the process of having to blow dry it and straighten my bangs. I could probably actually go longer between washes if I wanted to, but the curls start to look funky after too many days. Anyway, dry shampoo has become my best friend. I even use it on days that I wash it, just to make my hair a little more texturized and messy. I was using Batiste dry shampoo, which is really good, but I didn’t get the kind for brunette hair so it left white residue. Plus it’s expensive. This Dove version is I think about half the price and works just as well. The other day I had conditioner residue in my hair and it was disgustingly greasy. I sprayed a ton of this dry shampoo at the spot where the grease was and it took almost all of it away! It was magic. Ugh. Dry shampoo is an amazing thing.

MUSIC

9. Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp a Butterfly

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My boyfriend first told me about this album. He love Kendrick, and I was yet to get on the bandwagon. He said that this album was so powerful and was getting near perfect reviews, so I thought I would give it a go. Man, I’m sure glad I did. This album is deep and catchy at the same time. The beats get me so pumped for running or nights out. But then I listen to the words, and they make me want to cry or scream; I’m not sure which. They are protests against racism and discrimination and poverty and so many social injustices. This album has the power to wake people up. Plus, at the end it has Kendrick talking with a before unreleased interview Tupac Shakur. It’s so innovative and powerful. My favorite tracks so far are “King Kunta,” “The Blacker the Berry,” “Hood Politics” and “i.” Give them and the whole album a listen if you haven’t yet.

So there you have it guys! The products that breathed life into my May full of finals and work. Let me know in the comments if you have tried any of the things mentioned above or if you have some May favorites of your own! I would love to hear them.

Love,

Lauren

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