It’s a new dawn, it’s a new day…
For the first time in almost seven years, I will not be working in fundraising!
At the end of July I will start work as a Designer for VaynerMedia in their NYC HQ.
I took a longer route to get where I needed to go, but the important thing is that somehow I got there. I am so lucky to have people in my life who encouraged and supported me in this career change. In the days, weeks and months when I felt stuck and wondered if I could really make this transition, they encouraged me to believe that it’s never too late to pursue what you want to do. I don’t know how hard the path will be from here, but I know that it will be worth it to keep going.
For anyone else out there who might be unhappy in your current lot in life, just go for it. Trust me, it takes a lot more work and energy to be miserable than it does to work at being happy. Don’t give up. Don’t let the bumps or the jobs you didn’t get throw you off your goals. Keep at it. It’s
never not too late.
This is by no means turning into a beauty review blog, but since starting to take better care of my skin and put more effort into my daily makeup routine, I have stumbled upon some great products! The desire to share said discoveries has been overwhelming…
Revlon Colorburst (Matte Balm)
(Photo by Milkteef)
At this point, you have probably seen chubby lip sticks (hehe) everywhere. You have been overwhelmed with the color, finish and size options. You may be scared to try these jumbo sized lip applicators, but don’t be — they are awesome. There are many choices, but for me only one brand so far has risen above the rest. Revlon’s new Colorburst crayons come in three finish options; laquer, stain, and matte. Matte definitely has one of the best color payoffs, and gives your lips that smooth velvety finish (which looks bangin’ in pictures). There are currently ten color options, and if you’re looking for something dark but not too harsh, I recommend Sultry. See a great review here by Milkteef.
Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment
(Photo via Vanity Trove)
I’m newly obsessed with these tinted lip treatments by Fresh. I’d say the best thing about them is the subtlety of the colors (although they can be rich), and how good they make your lips feel (and smell!). I’m also a sucker for lovely packaging, and something about theirs just really appeals to me. I have been using the coral color every other day, and for my skin tone it seems like a great standby.
Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz
(Photo via Dermstore)
I have a lot of trouble with my brows. I am growing them in after nearly a decade of over-plucking, and it’s a sloooow process. While I wait for the little hairs to come back (hopefully), I have been filling them in, mainly with pencil and a little powder. This brow wiz is the best thing that ever happened to my face. The product really replicates the look of a brow amazingly well, and I found a color that works perfect for me. For anyone who does daily brow maintenance, I feel this product is a must.
NYX Cosmetics Jumbo Eye Pencil
(Photo by Diva’s World)
I read a lot of bad or questionable reviews about this product after I bought it (on a whim). Thoroughly scared, I tried the two I got in Pure Gold and Lime. I was surprisingly happy with the color, application, and payoff of both. Thus far this has been a great tool for brightening my eye on the waterline, the corners and a little on the lid. It doesn’t replace a good solid liner for definition, but it is easy to use and adds a great shimmer. Plus they are super affordable and great for experimenting.
Sephora Collection IT Palette (nude)
(Photo via Sephora)
I was looking for a bang for my buck when it came to eye shadows (as I had none…), and was treated to this lovely palette by my husband, who bought it in an attempt to calm my pre-wedding nerves. In general I would say the Sephora collection can be very hit or miss. I have bought lipsticks I love, and mascaras I wouldn’t touch more than once. This eye palette in nude is fantastic. I have dark brown eyes and the rich golds, dark browns, and flecks of color really make my eyes pop. The brush it comes with is great for application, and you get a nice brown eye pencil too boot. Priced at $32, it’s worth a little splurge.
NARS Contour Blush
(Photo via Sephora)
I had no idea what contouring was till I started watching Michelle Phan tutorials. Once I knew it existed, I set out to find something that would work with my skin, keeping it rosy and light (not harsh and angular, a la Maleficent). This NARS blush duo works great for me, but it didn’t come cheap. I would recommend trying it out in a local Sephora before committing to the buy. I’m using the Paloma shades which include a light pink beige (almost invisible), and a deep rose.
Dr. Brandt Pores No More Pore Refiner
(Photo via Sephora)
This is a product I never would have tried had it not been for a sample that I got through my Sephora VIB membership. Upon first use I liked the way it felt on my skin, but wasn’t sure if it made a noticeable impact on my overall look. Not 48 hours later, I was already receiving comments on how positively flawless my skin looked… I was sold. I am still squeezing every bit I can out my sample tube, but once it’s all gone I am definitely going to spring for the full-sized product.
That wraps it up for my current beauty bag recs. Feel free to take it all with a grain of salt — every face is different!
I have started putting together a handy checklist of items you will need to make your home look more like the Pinterest images you so furiously heart and re-pin. Feel free to print out and take with you on your next trip to West Elm or that antique store around the corner.
- Over-sized palm or fern plant
- Mini succulents in glass jars
- Reclaimed wood table
- Huge iMac
- Flip clock screensaver
- Ikat pillow(s)
- Neutral colored bedding (on a perfectly made bed)
- Marquis-style light up letter or anchor
- Jar of peonies (only one)
- Modular bookshelves
- Lots and lots of white
- Abstract painting
- Impossibly clean countertops which you will never use for any actual function
VSCOCam has been chillin’ out on my phone for awhile now. This past winter I used it intensively for a whole week, and then somehow it just dropped off the map… Call it the curse of the millennial lack of attention.
But now I’m back on the VSCO wagon and finding it better than ever! I’m posting up a storm of artsy, tastefully faded sunset shots and close up portraits of my coffee mug. Take a look, won’t you?
Summer calls for mesmerizing nails. Trustafarian by butterLONDON really does the trick.
Family wedding photos through the years.
(L to R) My grandparents Rhoda & Richard Greenwald (1946), my aunt and uncle Lynn & Rick Benjamin (1970), my mom and dad Gail & Larry Fuld (1983), my cousin Jill & Brian Wood (2008), my cousin Amy & Ben Horton (2011), and Alex and I (2014).
Photo by Jacob Arthur Studios
On May 3, 2014, we got married.
Perhaps it’s cheesy to say that it was the best night of my life, but it was. Luckily I know that with this guy, there are a million more best nights to come. The future is bright with his hand in mine.
A few things I’ve learned before getting married (that have nothing to do with getting married)
I’m now one week away from signing a piece of paper, co-signed by a Judge, that says I am legally wedded to another person. This forthcoming moment in my life has led to a little (actually a lot) of reflection.
At this juncture, there are a number of things I’ve learned that I wish maybe I’d figured out a little earlier in my life experiences. None of them actually have anything to do with getting married, but are pretty important nonetheless.
Pattern by Saskia Pomeroy
1. Take care of your skin.
This is something that I had to learn the hard way. My mom, god bless her, is not the most apt in terms of skin care or makeup application. She was/is a natural beauty and didn’t do very much growing up. Unfortunately this led to her to develop some crappy habits when it comes to beauty maitenance as she got older, like actually taking your makeup off every night… For years I woke up with mascara on my pillow, afraid to even look at myself without the security blanket that makeup provided. It took the right relationship and a man who told me I truly looked beautiful with NO makeup on to make me finally feel comfortable with bare skin. Everything I have learned about skincare and makeup now has primarily come from online tutorials, or recommendations from friends. Figuring out the right skincare routine for you can take a long time and be quite challenging. I wish I had cared enough to start this process a little earlier on, but hindsight is 20/20. Luckily, it’s never too late to start taking care of yourself, and I’m glad that at age 27, I’m finally valuing a moisturizing and daily cleansing skin routine. I’m even able to teach my mom a few tricks I’ve learned along the way! Youthful skin is great, but don’t take it for granted! Time weathers all things, and you’ll be so glad you took the extra time in your younger years to protect your face later in life (daily moisture and sunscreen seem to be a universally acknowledged must!).
2. Take care of your eyebrows.
I have very dark hair, and growing up I had pretty thick eyebrows. If you look at pictures of me from early high school, I look like a completely different person. To combat the brow self-consciousness I developed, I overcompensated by overplucking my brows, and essentially almost deleting them altogether. As I’ve matured, I’ve finally learned the importance of brows, and how crucial they are to defining your face. Not only that, but I’ve learned that with a few simple makeup tools, (thanks to Michelle Phan!) you can change your eyebrows to suit your look, and help fill them in when needed. Starting to put a little love back in my brows is one of the best things I’ve done in the last year.
Admittedly, I’m still really bad at this one. I tend to be the one who gets really amped about going running or going to the gym for a month or so, and then dropping off the regularity cliff pretty quickly. I’m still learning and trying to motivate myself, and I’m lucky I have a partner who is a great motivator too. Neither of my parents were tremendously athletically inclined when I grew up, so I didn’t feel that exercise necessarily needed to be a big part of my life. But working out regularly, aside from the obvious health benefits, doesn’t just make me look good — it truly makes me feel good.
4. Take time for yourself
This may seem like an obvious one to some people, but it wasn’t for me. I am by nature a “people pleaser.” This can be great in terms of being a loyal friend, a devoted partner, and an effective employee. But it can also mean that sometimes you put yourself last or devalue your own opinions because they get usurped by others. I’m still figuring out how to do this little by little, but it can start with something as simple as treating yourself to pedicure and reading a magazine alone! Not everything has to be about the other people in your life. You’re allowed (encouraged even!) to have confidence in yourself and initiate things that you want and need in your life — even if that means that aren’t what someone else wants.
5. Be honest
Again, this may seem like an obvious one, but it can get lost in the shuffle. Sure, you may not blatantly lie to those around you, but you may find yourself fibbing more often than not because it seems easier. The truth is, it’s not. All those little fibs add up, and it takes a lot of energy to keep track of them. If your partner likes to eat something and you don’t, it’s better to just be up front and tell them that rather than pretend (possibly forever) that you like it. If something is bothering you, say it. Don’t feel like in order to keep an even keel it’s better to stay silent. For me it took meeting the right person to figure this out, but I wish it hadn’t. Even after two years into our relationship, Alex still had to call me out occasionally on my old habit of not speaking my mind. The right person wants to hear everything, even the bad stuff. If you find yourself shutting up more because you think it’s better for the relationship, then either you need to change, or your relationship needs to.
That’s my two-cents from present me to past me. Hopefully future me is even smarter.