Wishing You a Very Cheerful Holiday!

Happy holidays, everyone!

My sister Rochelle decided to start a pet photography side business! For Christmas, she¬†offered to do a photo shoot with me, Malcolm and Abby. Well… mostly just Abby ūüėČ

Rochelle recently¬†shared her favorite shots with us. I can’t wait to see the others!

Without further ado, here we are with our favorite little reindeer: Continue reading “Wishing You a Very Cheerful Holiday!”

Happiness on the Cheap with Drugstore Lipstick

Happiness on the Cheap with Drugstore Lipstick - reviews, photos, and more! | The Cheerful Times

Maybe I’m crazy. Maybe I’m just annoying or overly self-conscious or annoyingly over self-conscious. It’s very silly to think about but essentially I have a pseudo-stalker, middle school crush-esque relationship with lipstick.

If you show my picture to the cashiers at any CVS or Target and ask if they recognize me, they’d reply “Oh, you mean the girl who lives in the makeup aisle?” without even batting an eye.

It is there where I stare longingly at the gorgeous lipsticks on display, picking up the tubes one by one and¬†fantasizing about the day I’d be cool¬†enough to¬†actually wear them.¬†I’ve always been¬†envious¬†of girls who wear lipstick, admiring their confidence and fashion ferocity. But me? The colors are so beautiful but I’d just look stupid. It was comical to even think I could ever be allowed to graduate from my tinted lip balm training wheels. No matter how much I wished it, it was not in my cards to be a Girl Who Wears Lipstick.

TRIVIA TIME:¬†Do you know what separates Girls Who Wear Lipstick from women who don’t?

Wearing lipstick.

This whole thing sounds positively ludicrous, I know. But when life is stressful, overwhelming and often confusing, it gets easier and easier to feel unenthusiastic¬†about yourself. And that sucks.¬†Top it all off with chronically chapped lips that don’t look supple and glamorous despite all the water consumed and super-strength¬†chapstick purchased and I’ve been¬†feeling like all sorts of nasty grossness.

A realization struck. It was time to kill two birds with one stone pet multiple dogs with one hand. I could infuse more fun into my life, make my lips pretty, and actualize my personal style/makeup aisle fantasies in one simple and cost-effective way:

Wearing lipstick.

The Great Drugstore Lipstick Heist

Drugstore lipsticks are a wonderful way to boost your look, mood, and confidence without spending a whole lot (compared to fancy makeup brands, at least). A little pop of color can certainly go a long way! Here are the ones I picked up:

Drugstore lipstick review color and shade swatches | The Cheerful Times

I researched the hell out of my options before unleashing my beast in the closest makeup aisle, ultimately deciding on the shades above. Sure, I could make my selections just based on what struck my fancy in the store, but then

a) my shopping basket would overfloweth, and

b) I’d be broke.

My lips are pretty pigmented to start with (I think that’s the terminology? Please excuse the newbie) and my Norwegian¬†skin is not unlike a ball of fresh mozzarella. So, I thank the beauty bloggers with similar skin/lip tones whose pictures I stalked for three days straight to ensure I was making okay choices.

drugstore lipstick review bare lips

Here are some very important things to consider before you read on:

1. Closed mouth smiles are really hard.¬†Like, really hard. Am I in pain? Disgusted? Uncomfortable? About to burst into tears? No, I’m just trying to smile with my mouth shut so you can actually see the lipstick. While apparently looking like a Grade A goober.

2. No lip liner was used in the making of this blog post.¬†I’m the queen of simplicity and winging it. And I don’t have the attention span or patience yet.

3. Lipstick shades look different depending on the lighting, camera, and computer monitor. I tried to show you multiple pictures — from both my digital camera and smartphone — for the shades I felt weren’t accurately represented in my initial photos. Annoyingly, that may have been for naught because they all look different depending on what computer/phone screen you’re using. Hmph!

4. There are a lot of awkward selfie armpits.¬†Avoiding them was a struggle. Also, please excuse my wild, frizzy hair — I took these photos #straightoutta the shower.

Let’s go!

“Nude and the City” – Rimmel London Moisture Renew Lipstick

Nude and the City - Rimmel London Moisture Renew drugstore lipstick review | The Cheerful Times

Getting a “nude” lipstick shade was on my to-do list, and I feel surprisingly satisfied with my first pick! “Nude and the City”¬†doesn’t appear too brown, wash me out too much, or look generally heinous — so, Continue reading “Happiness on the Cheap with Drugstore Lipstick”

Stitch Fix Petite Review – May 2015

I thought I had sworn off Stitch Fix for good. After my first Stitch Fix review, I had a few more lackluster boxes come my way. I kept a few things, but for the most part everything was pretty off.

Stitch Fix plaid shirt and skinny jeans
I kept this plaid shirt and these skinny jeans from one of my fall boxes (only to realize afterwards that my plaid shirt had a big hole in the sleeve)
Stitch Fix striped pencil skirt
In a winter box I kept this striped, stretchy pencil skirt

I tried in vain to better my fixes by adjusting my style profile, perfecting my Pinterest board, and leaving incredibly detailed feedback. I kept requesting tighter fitting clothing, but every time they ignored my wishes and sent me billowing shirts — which is not flattering for my body shape.¬†Frustrated, I cancelled my Stitch Fix subscription.

When I heard Stitch Fix¬†introduced petite sizing, I thought I’d give it a try since the clothes should fit me a ton better. To increase my chances of getting a great fix, I reinvented both my style profile and Pinterest board once again — this time pinning almost entirely floral print and stripes, my go-to patterns.

“There’s no way they don’t understand my style now!” I proclaimed victoriously to myself.

So, did it work? Let’s find out! Continue reading “Stitch Fix Petite Review – May 2015”

Saturday at the Bronx Zoo

Monkeys in the Bronx Zoo - New York City

To celebrate the beautiful Saturday weather, we went to the Bronx Zoo!

We had a great time. I love looking at all the different animals from around the world — I could stare at the exhibits all day. There were even little babies in both the gorilla and crane exhibits, as well as a few others.

I thought I’d share some pictures I took! Poke around through the gallery, and click to enlarge any of the photos for a better view!

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The Amazing Style of Kimmy Schmidt

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt fashion - Kimmy goes to school striped sweater

I’m in love with Tina Fey’s new Netflix show “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.” For those of you who haven’t seen or heard of the show, here is a super brief synopsis provided by Google:

Rescued after 15 years in a cult, Kimmy Schmidt decides to reclaim her life by venturing to New York, where she experiences everyday life with wide-eyed enthusiasm.

If you’ve watched it yourself, you know that there’s so much more to “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” than just this.¬†The show is hysterical, the characters are quirky and lovable, and you really just need to go watch it right now. The most lovable of all the characters is leading lady Ellie Kemper’s Kimmy Schmidt. She is my spirit animal. Aside from her chipper personality, I became enthralled with (and incredibly jealous of) her amazing fashion sense. Because she was kidnapped in 8th grade and kept underground in a bunker for 15 years (!), all of her vibrant clothing choices are unapologetically youthful and with a hint of a throwback.

Kimmy and I are wardrobe twins.
Kimmy and I are wardrobe twins.

In honor of the fact that I want all of Kimmy’s clothes, today’s Pretty Picks is a Kimmy Schmidt Fashion Appreciation Post. Here are some of my favorite Season 1 outfits, chronologically by episode: Continue reading “The Amazing Style of Kimmy Schmidt”