Current State of the Union, 1.25.15

HI. I'm starting a new series today! Though I dropped my monthly resolutions and ipsy vs. Birchbox reviews, I wanted a spot where I could keep up with that kinda stuff; along with bite-size bits of things I'm into but never blog about. Sometimes I feel like between outfit posts, I miss other little things, and skip over what's actually happening now. The beauty in this series is that it could go in literally any direction (like maybe someday I'll craft or cook, but don't hold your breath :) 
Shelby Bottoms Park, Nashville, TN / 1.22.16
Currently / life:
+ Last week was rough. On Monday I found out I have to move out of my apartment, (long story...) amidst emotional upheaval (more like --> which resulted in emotional upheaval.) Finally on Friday the snowstorm arrived, and Nashville got the most snow its' gotten since 1966. Pretty sure my neighborhood got close to nine inches. I spent three days watching 80's movies and eating carbs. As of today, the snow has melted, and I get the keys to my new place tomorrow. It's ALL good.
+ I'm also getting ready to leave for Denver on Thursday afternoon, to spend a long weekend with Rachel. New city, old friend, I am so pumped!

Currently / pop culture: Ok, surprise! I'm actually really into music though I never mention it. P.S. Follow me on Spotify!
Rainy Girl- Andrew McMahon, my favorite artist since 7th Grade. On his recent tour he opened with this track, a lullaby to his unborn daughter. It's now my favorite track on his new album. I'll keep going to see him, as long as he's performing.
+ Green & Gold- Lianne La Havas is really freaking talented, and has the coolest sound. I whole-heartedly recommend her entire album, Blood, but this is my favorite track.
+ E*MO*TION- Carly Rae Jepsen, who you may know from Call Me Maybe. I wasn't necessarily even a fan of hers, until this album changed the game. 15 tracks of pure, pop goodness, sometimes you will think you hear a saxophone. Don't roll your eyes until you listen to it. Also I'm going to her show in March !!!
Two- Liza Anne is a Nashville artist, who I first heard on our alt radio station, then learned we have several mutual friends (#Nashville.) I can't say enough about this album. It was perfect for Fall, it's perfect in the Winter, it's just kinda perfect.
+ The Very Best of Daryl Hall & John Oates- Daryl Hall & John Oates, who everybody loves anyway, but did you know every track on this album is actually fantastic? I've been spinning Wait For Me and Kiss on my List at least once/day.
+ Making a Murderer- like you, I spent about two days of my life binge-watching this show. The whole thing made me sad, all the characters made me insane (minus Allan Avery), and I don't know what to think. I feel a little ick laughing at the expense of the situation, but this Making a Murderer Hairstyles tumblr is just too good.
+ RuPaul's Drag Race- I watched this show all weekend long. No tea, no shade, no pink lemonade, it is a feast for your senses.
+ John Mulaney The Comeback Kid- Hunter is obsessed with stand-up comedy, and this might be my favorite comedy special I have ever seen (definitely the one that made me laugh the hardest.) John Mulaney is just my PERSON.
Currently / beauty:
+ My girl Andrea gifted me one of these lip treatments last Christmas, I think? I leave lip stuff everywhere, then forget about them, then re-find them, and this stuff is theee best. It's more like a balm, with a tint of color (I have Sheer Dawn, a barely there pink) and the pretty paper tube makes me happy every time I see it.
+ I'll never tire of a colored lip, but recently I've gotten into various "neutral" lip colors (" " because, you be the judge.) The red-brown shade of this Pacifica lipstick (LOVE this brand!) feels very 90's to me, but I've been enjoying it!
+ I work with some pretty fab beauty junkies, so among other things at my job, I've learned much about make-up! I saved up my Birchbox points for a long time to buy the Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit. I'm still a total newb so I can't post any tips yet, but I'll say- I'm not getting any worse! Here's a post where I used this palette and did a decent job, imo.
+ The mascara I'm using right now is Smashbox Full Exposure (via ipsy.) It has a lustrous inky black color, and the cone-shaped brush makes for some awesome volume.
+ In November, I got two matte red lip crayons (one from ipsy, one from Birchbox.) Well, the LOC Matte Lipstick via Birchbox wins by default because the Trestique one broke in the tube. I love the bright blue-toned red, and the easy application. Fantastic option for a red lip! Wearing it here.

*If you are interested in signing up for ipsy OR Birchbox for $10/month, you can find my referral links here: ipsy // Birchbox. Loads more ipsy/Birchbox product reviews here. *

Currently / on the nightstand:
All The Light We Cannot See- Anthony Doerr. I've heard so many rave about this one, and finally checked it as an ebook. Per my 2016 intention, I've been in the middle of it since, slowly but surely reading almost every night. I normally love historical fiction, but admittedly, when it's a bit fluffier. 
Currently / wish-listing:
+ These sparkly Keds! Of course the gold & rose gold are sold out (via Here & Now.)
+ This scalloped blouse has been on my list for a while. I bought something similar and I've been pretending it's the real one...
+ My big purchase this year is going to be some nicer black skinny jeans. Possibly some J Brands?
+ My favorite coat went missing, and though I'm trying to wear some of my older ones, I LOVE this J.Crew one that I see everywhere. It's a classic wool coat with a fur collar, completely luxe!
+ My faithful black booties have just about had it. Honestly this little pair from Target has exactly what I'm looking for, black on black, leather-y, nice heel (plus my boss has them so I know they look great.) And of course they're sold out.

There you have it! Would love to hear what you're currently into in life, pop culture, beauty, books, wish-lists, or otherwise. Thanks for reading! 


Alissa said...

OMG that tumblr CRACKS ME UP! Love this series already!

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Priya said...

Thanks girl :D

reshma said...

Hi, Priya! Happy New year!! I'm loving this series idea! Sorry to hear about your apartment. I've really been tired of listening to the same songs lately, so will definitely be checking your list on spotify. And that J Crew coat has been on my wish list as well!

Amy's Fashion Blog said...

Love this new series. Sorry you have a to move. I got that same color of Pacifica lipstick in my ipsy bag and love that is the prefect nude for me.


Priya said...

Reshma! Hi!! I hope you had wonderful holidays and a great start to the New Year! Thanks for coming by. Hope to read what's new with you, soon!

Lauren @ Exploring My Style said...

This was such a fun post to read! I'll have to check some of those artists you listed. I'm curious to see what kind of music you're into! That J Crew coat is so gorgeous! Do you like the red color best? I could totally see you rocking that. I just ordered a shorter black wool coat from JCrew off Poshmark and I'm hoping it works out well enough that I can get rid of a few older coats. So sorry to hear about your favorite coat going missing! How can that be?? I highly highly recommend those high-rise black J Brand jeans I just got. They are the perfect rise and look so nice!

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