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Wednesday, December 3, 2014 /

Last nighhht *Diddy voice* I went to my friend's house warming party.. Which was really just all of us bringing cleaning products as gifts to his nearly empty apt and drinking on the floor. Always a good time. I didn't want to leave my house initially but I didn't work the next day and I mean, why not? Glad I did though. 
My outfit was really lazy but I actually really liked how my hair looked with it and the "fit" of it all. My shirt was actually a T-shirt dress so it was a little longer and I don't know, I was into it.

Top: Urban Outfitters
Pants: Urban Outfitters
Boots: Timberland

Oh, and I did some cartwheels.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014 /

I had an interview today, so I dressed a little less casual than I usually would.. but still pretty put together. Well I think, my tip always for how to dress for interviews is to dress how people who work there dress, I think it allows the employer to see you fitting in. After that I was downtown on the Eastside by myself and just wondered.. I got Chipotle, which was YES, and went to Dylan's Candy Bar and had a me day. It was fun, thank the universe my shoes were comfortable. 

Sweater: The Gap (similar)

Top: Urban Outfitters (similar)

Pants: Zara (similar)

Shoes: Anthropology 

Necklace: Urban Outfitters

Monday, December 1, 2014 /

I don't know if this is a mix tape, or an album, whatever.. this body of work. But it's everything, and it's been number one in my playlist for like a week now. Anything Spooky Black I'm all for it. Especially Too Involved and Pretty and well.. everything. It's very nice to listen to. 


Oh. God. So yesterday I was about to leave my house and go to work, usually I used to take my OOTD pictures on a tripod but everyone was home and there was literally no room (there's a Christmas tree in my living room, that is occupying my usual wall) so I was like, cool Mom just take the picture for me.
Too bad anyone above the age of 40 really cannot use a camera. I don't understand that is it some joke they all have with each other to piss us off? I think so.
That explains the awkwardness of my picture, literally my Mom "took" 5 pictures and gave me the camera like "How do they look?".. there was not one picture in the camera. I was like really though.

Necklace: Urban Outfitters (similar)

Tee: Vintage (similar)

Pants: Silence and Noise, Urban Outfitters (similar)

Sneakers: Converse

 So I decided when I was on my way to work to put on lipstick, still don't know if I liked it more with or without but I hadn't worn any for a while so I was into it.

Sunday, November 16, 2014 /

A lot of people compliment me on my skin and sometimes I really have no clue why because well, I have bad skin. At least to me. I mean I break out all the damn time, I hate my black heads, I get so frustrated with my face in general. I've been battling this since High School. So anyone else who goes through it, I feel you so much. It's a nightmare waking up every morning nervous if I don't know something happened to my face overnight. My skin got so bad when I was in college I went on birth control just to fix it, and it did, but I had horrible side effects so I had to stop.
In my journey I've learned a few things about my face: it's not only about what you wash your face with but what you put into your body. When I drink it's usually accompanied with breaking out, why? Because my liver is gross so my skin is gross (thank you liver detox tea). If I eat too much greasy food, I get white heads. I've been trying to years to get myself 100% healthy but with my lifestyle I guess it's been difficult. I've found that a lot a lot of water and lemon tea helps so much though. 
Other little tricks- cleaning your phone with alcohol every few days, washing your pillow cases every few days, and do not pick at or touch your face. That's so hard for me, but just stop it.

Aside from all of that stuff, THIS IS WHAT REALLY HELPED ME:

I found this brand, Juice Beauty at Whole Foods in the summer. It's made out of organic juice products and they have a lot of products. This combo has worked best for my skin but over the past few months I've been trying out the normal cleanser and whatnot and they all are awesome. I really like the exfoliating cleanser for the night though, gets off all the makeup and gunk. A bit of a side note, but this stuff smells so awesome too.
At night I use the exfoliator, then put on the blemish clearing serum and let it dry, after that I put on the moisturizer. Also, if I had a pimple that is annoying me or something I use Tea Tree Oil as a spot treatment. I'd put that on after my serum has dried and before the moisturizer. 
 Tea Tree Oil from what I've read naturally kills bacteria, and it's so good for acne. I like all these products because they're more natural. I've tried just about everything when it comes to skin care, and the over processed things do nothing for me but cause more irritation. I like to try to keep it as natural as possible now. I hope you guys get to try some of this stuff.
So Juice Beauty might not be for you, but something else that I also use usually in the morning is Jojoba Oil. Your face can actually get too clean, don't quote me actually, I don't know how but I've read that so many times. Like, you can actually wash your face too much. So in the morning most of the times I don't wash my face with Juice Beauty instead I kind of wipe it down with a wash cloth and Jojoba Oil. There was a point in time where my skin went through a weird overly oily but yet really really dry and flakey phase. I used Jojoba Oil nightly and it ended within a week. This stuff is awesome I don't know why. I put it in my hair, I use it as lotion for eczima prone areas, I really think everyone should just have some on deck especially for the dry cold winter. Once again, awesome stuff.

Well, that's my general skin care regime. You guys can really ask me about any of this stuff because I know personally the feeling of not wanting to be up close looking at someone because you don't want them to see your skin. It sucks, but we're young and our bodies and hormones are still crazy so just try natural stuff look up home cures and learn what your skin needs. It gets better!

Monday, November 3, 2014 /

It's November already *sobs* but whatever, I guess cold weather fashion is more versatile. Today I just have to run errands and whatnot but after what turned out to be a failure of a Halloween weekend I wanted to look a little nicer while facing the world.

I guess before all of that, this was supposed to be my second Halloween costume before my friends all flaked out last minute before we went to the party, nice going guys. So I had to wash my face sadly with no one except Instagram getting to see my hard work. Although it's late, I was thinking of trying to do a tutorial maybe to show how I did it? I don't really know why else people would do this makeup besides Halloween but if you're into that let me know, I'll make it for fun.

So this is today's outfit, I finally got to wear my hoops I feel all.. JLo.  But I also really love this sweater. It looks kind of weird, it has it's entirely own shape but when it's worn and moving it looks really cool and it's definitely a statement.

Top: H&M

Pants: Zara

Shoes: Timberland

Earrings: Aldo

That's all for my OOTD, I'm really excited to be updating this again. If you guys want me to post anything let me know, tweet me Instagram tumblr whatever. @TAYLORIINA.
Have a good week babies!

Friday, October 31, 2014 /

Two Kanye posts in a row, look at me go. First off- HAPPY HALLOWEEN! One of my favorite holidays, right after Thanksgiving Eve (I don't know if that's a real holiday but it's a fun one). Actually, I think most holidays are my favorite, I just like themed parties. I also love dressing up, last year I had three costumes and hopefully I get to do a couple this year.

Tonight I'm going to a party called No Church In The Wild, somewhere in Brooklyn I guess we'll figure it out. My costume is *drumroll* Kanye, like Yeezus Tour-era. 
It took me two days to make the mask, not like long hard labor but sewing here and there. I always make all my costumes from scratch for a few reasons:
1. It is 1,000 times more comfortable
2. It is so much cheaper
3. You can usually rewear things
4. No one else will have you costume
5. It just looks better, you have more freedom to be creative

So no more bagged costumes!
This was all I really needed to make my costume, I got the ski mask for about 10$ on Amazon and bought these sew on gems on Amazon as well. Very cheap, only thing expensive about it was my manual labor. I had to sew every single on by hand. It was cool because I got to see it all come together. Maybe I'll wear it again.. in Aspen or something. I know it isn't exactly what he wore in concert but, none of my costumes are spot on. It's more of me as that thing rather than just being them. I like it like that, more personable. But anyways here is the final product...

Jacket: Forever 21 (It's a little more olive-y in person)

T-Shirt: Urban Outfitters

Jeans: Uniqlo

Shoes: Air Jordan 3's

Necklace: Urban Outfitters

H A P P Y  H A L L O W E E N !