Sunday, April 10, 2016

SPRING BREAK

Spring break has gone by in a flash and I am so not ready to get back to routine tomorrow. Anyone else feel the same way? I spent break at home, mostly spending time with friends and binge watching Gilmore Girls, and I gotta say I wouldn't have it any other way. 
This look is beyond appropriate for springtime and is a nice transition into warmer weather. I love everything about this top: the neckline, color and print. These jeans drive me crazy because they are so low rise, but I had to tough it out because I really like the dull, sort of faded wash with this top. The shoes (borrowed from my lovely sister) are your typical ankle boot we've seen all fall and winter, but they keep my constantly cold feet warm and bring more neutral tones into such a vibrant look. Hope you like the look ;)

xo,

Madelyn  









Top: Topshop
Jeans: ?
Boots: BP
Earrings: BP
Bag: BCBG
Sunnies: Cole Haan


Thursday, March 24, 2016

SEASONAL SWITCH-OVER

Hey it's me! I know its been a hot minute since I last updated, but to be totally honest I just haven't felt like it for a while. That aside, spring is here (!!!!) whether or not it looks or feels like it in Seattle. This outfit is a casual one I've been wearing variations of every day for the past 3 months (at least). This printed/cropped top is amazingggg because I can dress it up or down which has made it a go to of mine for literally any occasion. I bought the bag for a steal at Marshall's and I'm in love because a) it's beige and I'm a fan of all things beige and b) it's similar to the Chanel boy bag that is high up on my list of dream purchases. Enjoy the pictures, much love and Happy Easter to you all <3

Love love love,

Madelyn













Hat: BP
Top: Forever 21
Jacket: H&M
Jeans: Nuna Lie-purchased when I was in Italy so I don't actually know this brand. But who can pass up a pair of Italian comfortable black jeans? Not me apparently.
Bag: BCBG 
Shoes: H&M

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

BABY IT'S COLD

Hey everyone, your girl is back at it! Temperatures are dropping and its been (literally) freezing outside, but I'm not quite ready to kiss fall goodbye. I live for fall and winter and I'm trying to enjoy colorful trees and autumn vibes while they last. On the other hand, the Christmas season is just around the corner and I have to admit that I've been listening to my beloved Christmas Pandora station since mid October. I'm a festive kind of girl, to say the least.
On another note, this look could be my favorite on the blog so far. I layered this knit from Forever 21 over a black and white a-line grid pattern skirt, which might be one of my favorite clothing purchases...ever. I love the texture contrast and the knit adds a pretty pop of periwinkle. I may be addicted to neutrals, but I'm telling you that this shade of blue has a special place in my heart. I bought these black platform booties when I was in Lucca, Italy and I don't regret it. Sure, it was a pain to make room for them in my suitcase and lug them around a few countries in Europe and then back to the U.S., but I'm hardly complaining. I wear these nonstop, just ask anyone who has class with me at school. I love the mesh and buckle details that add an edge to any outfit. The chunky heel makes them a breeze to walk in, and I've grown accustomed to the added height; I feel weirdly short without them.
I hope everyone has a lovely Thanksgiving and I'm very grateful for all of you.

All my <3,

Madelyn














Sweater: Forever 21
Skirt: H&M
Shoes: Primadonna (Italian based shoe store)

Photography by Tara Pope
Instagram @_tarapope_

Monday, October 5, 2015

SEE YA LATER SUMMER

Guys, I know its been awhile, but what a relief to be back on the blog aka one of my happiest places. Today's look is ultra casual and Tara, Jordan and I just shot it in a parking lot that was close to us. We have a sporty cropped sweater top, boyfriend shorts (my staple for the past few months) and a pair of black and white Keds. Easy breezy, casual, sporty, comfortable; all I'm asking for in an outfit as summer ends.... Hope everyone has had a great summer and a good start to the school year. See you soon <3

Much love,

Madelyn

P.S. Sorry if this post seems outdated as we are now well into fall, but it took me awhile to get this one posted :)



        









Top : Forever 21
Shorts : Target
Shoes : Keds
Sunnies : Cole Haan via Nordstrom Rack

Thursday, July 23, 2015

KIKO REVIEWS

Hey fam! I'm currently (still) in Florence and loving everything about this city besides the weather. Its melting!! This past week I made a few purchases at a Kiko makeup store here. Kiko, if you haven't already heard of it, is an Italian makeup brand with a wide selection of products at very low prices. This was my first time purchasing any of their products, so I decided to share what I thought of them.

Color Correction powder: 
This is a sheer priming powder meant to balance out your skin tone and hide purple under eye circles, red patches, etc, by using colors that counteract (green counteracts red, yellow hides purple and so on). I'm a very cool-toned person prone to pink/red areas on my face, and this has been a lovely fix and leaves my skin looking more even after foundation. Kiko also carries a concealer wheel with the same shades if you're looking for something with more coverage than a powder.

Soft Focus Compact:
A powder foundation, not to be confused with a regular powder. It is supposed to have more coverage and is intended to be used on its own, not as a setting powder for liquid foundation. For some reason I felt like the store sample was creamier and had better coverage, but mine works fine, just very sheer. It works as a very natural every day foundation, but I'm not in love.

Glamorous Eye Pencil:
I bought two of these in different shades. They were on sale which made them so cheap ($2.75 each), and are shockingly similar in quality to the Laura Mercier caviar stick eye color ($28). So silky, pigmented, and easy to apply, and can be used as a multipurpose liner and and eyeshadow. Would definitely recommend this product!!!

Velvet Touch Creamy Stick Blush:
This cream blush stick comes in several shades for both blush and highlighter. It is soft, smooth, of course creamy, and super blend-able, so its hard to mess up and easy to master. This is an amazing dupe for the widely praised NARS multiple ($39), a multipurpose stick for lips, cheeks, eyes, and body. This blush stick is very comparable in quality and can be used for all the same purposes as the NARS multiple, but Kiko's version is around $8.









Friday, July 10, 2015

PARISIAN ROMAN MISS

Bonjour mes chéries! I miss you dearly and I don't even know where to begin. I'm a little frustrated right now because I had this post almost ready to go and then it got deleted, but here I go again. So right now I am in our cute little apartment in Florence, Italy. I've already visited Paris and Rome and both of them were amazing, you guys. Paris was my dreamland and Rome felt like a fairy tale. I've seen and done so many once-in-a-lifetime type of things, but I have to say travel is so much harder than I had expected. The heat, the unfamiliarity, not knowing the language or feeling comfortable in your surroundings, trying to figure out how to get places via metro and plans falling through left and right. Despite everything, the experiences I have had make it beyond worth it. 

It's hard to think of anything I didn't like about Paris, besides how hot it was when I was there (I barely made it to the end of that week). The whole ambiance and culture feels so right for my personality and I would really love to live there someday. I love the tall, elegant buildings rising on both sides of the streets, the sweet little boutiques and bakeries that you can find just about anywhere. My most memorable experience was going up the Eiffel Tower on my last night there. We went up after dark and I have no words to explain how it felt to look down on Paris all lit up. Picnic-ing in the gardens of Versailles was pretty unforgettable as well, and I loved being able to put my one year of French to use because I adore the language so much. The fashion I saw there cannot go without mention as well. Parisians dress with such class and style no matter the occasion. I fell in love with so many outfits just walking through the streets that I constantly wished I could pin them straight onto Pinterest. Paris is truly the Mecca for fashionistas, and I highly recommend it :)

Rome was a real fairy tale. Walking off the metro and into the city was like entering another world. I generally don't consider myself someone who appreciates art to the fullest, but some of the sculptures I saw there absolutely blew me away. The food was amazing and there are beautiful fountains and ancient ruins casually on the side of the street. I loved the feeling of just being there and taking in the ambiance. I kept thinking about the movie Roman Holiday (go watch it if you haven't already) and thinking "Audrey Hepburn sat on these steps too" and "Audrey Hepburn probably saw this fountain too" and "can I just be Audrey Hepburn please??"  But what else is new, right? I do want to tell you about the window shopping I did while in Rome (surprise!). We were staying very close to the Spanish Steps and a street that had high end stores galore: Prada, Gucci, Celine, Jimmy Choo, Louis Vuitton, Hermes, Dior, Valentino, etc. They were all so luxurious and glamorous inside, I completely fell in love. I should have taken pictures, but at the time I was so intimidated by the attractive sales people in LBDs and tuxes and the pristine, beautiful displays that I didn't dare speak too loud or walk too fast, let alone get out my phone and snap a few photos. But let me tell you, Valentino was in my opinion the most amazing store of them all. We walked in and the whole store was white floor to ceiling, with all black clothing on display. We walked up a pristine marble-looking staircase to the second floor where we found elegant gowns with intricate beading and shelves of runway ready heels. There was loud classical music playing in the background, the overall effect being that we had walked into another world, like swan lake or some sort of fairy land. Yes, I'll definitely be back in Rome someday. Love and miss you all very much, enjoy your weekend!

xo,

 Madelyn