No Pants No Problem

How many times have you avoided starting something because you knew you couldn’t do it perfectly? I almost didn’t write this post because I couldn’t think of a title. Think Pink? No, cheesy. Something…about fall? Come on, Hannah, you’ve exhausted every possible fall quote.

I think most of you who read this blog know me personally, but sometimes strangers reach out and let me know they follow along on here or Instagram (hiiii Internet friends! Keep it coming! Words of affirmation is my love language!). I’m always worried that my sense of humor doesn’t translate through the screen and people are left thinking Is this girl for real???

Because I’m a frustrated perfectionist, I often will scrap a whole project before it even begins if I don’t think I can complete it exactly how I envision it in my mind. Or I’ll let my room become a complete mess if I can’t find a place for a single pair of shoes. Why even bother if it isn’t ever good enough?

So for my fellow perfectionists, I thought I would share a few things that encouraged me today:

You improve through daily practice, not by leaps and bounds. Natural talents and gifts are a blessing, but they can work against you if you grew up not having to work hard at anything to do well. Sometimes things don’t come naturally, and success is incremental. This is especially true with things like working out: we all want a six-pack and toned calves after our first day at the gym, but rarely are we willing to put in the work, little by little, every day.

Failure isn’t the end of the world and is a valuable learning tool. Trust me, I’m saying this for me as much as you. I am so afraid of failing that sometimes I won’t even try. But failure is feedback, and it helps you figure out what to do differently next time to succeed.

You are more valuable than the sum of your achievements. This reminder comes from an article I read by psychotherapist Katherine Schafler on Thrive Global. She says that “people connect most to the ordinary things about you,” like the way you can’t decide what to order at a restaurant, the long-winded voicemails you leave, or the way you play with your hair when you’re bored. In contrast, she says during therapy sessions something that people never say are things like “I miss the way he got a 3.8 GPA in college.” We’re proud of the accomplishments of our friends, lovers, and children, but when we really start to list the reasons we love them, those reasons have little to do with success.

So here I am, in an outfit that doesn’t look exactly how I pictured in my head. I couldn’t find a skirt or a pair of pants to go with this shirt-dress/sweater combo, so…I nixed the pants. No pants, no problem. ✌🏻

Sweater: Madewell // Shirt-dress: Zara (last season, similar dress at ASOS // Tights: Forever 21 // Earrings: Madewell (sold out, similar also from Madewell)

Marc Jacobs Air Blush Review

There’s been a lot of buzz in the beauty world about the new Marc Jacobs air blush. I was lucky enough to receive this product through Influenster to test out, so I thought I would post a quick review for you! 

I am obsessed with Marc Jacobs perfume–Daisy Dream is the perfect scent–but I haven’t tried much of the makeup line, so I was very excited to try out the air blush duo. The shade I received is “kink and kisses” and it’s a beautiful peachy-pink that I find very flattering. The texture of the blush is soft and velvety, and super pigmented. 

This blush is meant to be used for “draping,” which is basically contouring with blush. The idea is that you sculpt with color, rather than creating the illusion of shadows with bronzer or a matte brown contour. I made an attempt at this, but I’m pale and naturally pink, so honestly I just looked sunburnt. My preferred method is to slide my blush brush through the powder to get a stripe of the lighter shade on top and the darker shade on the bottom, rather than blending the two colors together. Then I run that along my cheeka above my bronzer. The result is similar to using a highlight and blush at the same time, and it makes my face appear glowy and fresh. 

This blush is available at Sephora and retails for $42. Let me know if you’ve tried it or have used blush for “draping” and if you have any tips! 

Xoxo,

– Hannah 

Shades of Grey


I’m very excited about this outfit because I’ve had my eye on this coat since November.  November!  I tried it on in Forever 21 when I was Black Friday shopping and loved it–and even got my little brother’s approval (those of you who have brothers know how difficult it is to get them interested in your fashion choices).  It wasn’t on sale and I needed a heavier winter coat, so I passed.  But I kept thinking of it for months, and finally bought it a few weeks ago.  It’s very versatile, and light enough (both the material and the color) that it will still be season-appropriate in the spring.

 

Jacket: Forever 21 // Dress: Forever 21

Xoxo,

– Hannah

Spring Style + Smorgasburg

My best friends will tell you that while I love fashion, my first love is food.  So needless to say, food festivals like Smorgasburg are my absolute favorite place to be on a Sunday morning.  Smorgasburg is a place that I recommend to both fellow New Yorkers and tourists, because it has something for everyone to enjoy: great food, a fun Brooklyn vibe, and a beautiful view of the lower Manhattan skyline.  There are dozens of vendors every weekend, so there’s also something for every taste, whether you’re paleo, vegan, or on an all-carb diet.

is butter a carb

Flowy, loose layers are great for spring, but mostly great for hiding the pudge you get after eating a ramen burger, spicy tuna poke, and a thai tea fudgesicle.  If you’ve been to Smorgasburg, let me know what food is your favorite!

 Top: American Eagle // Coat: Vintage // Shoes: Gap // Bag: Fossil // Necklace: Speakable // Sunglasses: Cole Haan

xoxo,

– Hannah