Well it's been almost six months since my last favorites post, but here I am again sharing some of my monthly favorites. Now that my life is starting to calm down for a second, it's a little easier to sit down and think about all the products I've been using religiously, clothes I've been wearing on repeat, and songs I can't stop listening to. I'm sure some of these will come of no surprise to some of you who follow me on social media, but I'm still sharing anyways.
SEPHORA COLLECTION Cream Lip Stain Liquid Lipstick in 01 Always Red
I've been wearing this lipstick almost every day for the last month. Minimal makeup and a red lip has been my new go-to look. This red lipstick from Sephora is great because I can achieve full opacity without dipping back into the tube and it doesn't leave my lips feeling dry. It's that perfect shade of red that's flattering on everyone. I've even got my sister-in-law hooked on it.
Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Dry Shampoo
So I've only been using this dry shampoo for a couple of weeks, but this had replaced every dry shampoo ever for me. I've tried Chi, Batiste (a great affordable option), Drybar, Elizabeth and James (my favorite luxury haircare product) and Ouai dry shampoos, but Living Proof's option gets rid of all my grease and smells amazing. All of their products smell amazing, actually. It also gives my hair a ton of volume. This does have a little bit of a white cast, but just flip your hair upside down and blast it with cool air from your blow dryer to get rid of any lingering product that hasn't soaked into your hair.
Zara Red Mid-Heel Ankle Boots
Stella, if you're reading this and didn't see this favorite coming, I'm super disappointed in you. I've been wearing these shoes constantly, probably at least three times a week. The heel hight is perfect for walking around and the red adds a pop to my typically monochromatic looks. And they're only $40? That's a steal when some designer pairs can go for upwards of $150.
Zara High-Rise Cropped Mini Flare Jeans
I think many people will be surprised to know that I haven't worn leggings as pants once this summer. I've actually started wearing jeans again a lot, and this pair from Zara is my new go-to. I love the flared and distressed hem; they're perfect to thrown on with a T-shirt and sneakers because you still look like you tried. Prepare to see me wearing them on repeat for fall.
Is it weird to have one of my own looks be my favorite? I just really loved the outfit I wore to see Jimmy Fallon. My top is from Zara as are my favorite boots. My wide leg pants from Nordstrom Rack are insanely comfortable. The jacket is from American Eagle Outfitters and has a frayed hem. And I finished the look off with my favorite lipstick. It's just an outfit full of favorites.
Now for a lot of music favorites...
Somewhere In Between by VÉRITÉ
I first discovered the song "When You're Gone" on an Apple Music playlist curated for me and then downloaded all of VÉRITÉ's album. I was listening to it on repeat all of August. She's categorized as a pop artist on Apple Music, but VÉRITÉ is definitely more of a chill pop than the traditional pop played on the radio.
"Strip That Down" by Liam Payne
Speaking of traditional pop... I was never a One Direction fan and didn't go out of my way to listen to their music when they separated. But I can't help but dance when I hear this song. It's the perfect getting ready tune when you're preparing for a Friday or Saturday night filled with dancing.
"Sorry Not Sorry" by Demi Lovato
It's funny that I found this song during August because I felt a lot of people from high school we're starting to talk to me and ask about New York. I think a lot of people never thought I would make it, so this song goes out to them. Sorry, I'm not sorry.
"Wild Thoughts" by DJ Khaled ft. Rihanna, Bryson Tiller
This was the song of the summer and will continue to be in my rotation for September.
"Intrigued" by Nico & Vinz
I think I love the rhythm most about this song. It's also refreshing that the song doesn't focus on a woman's looks but what's below the surface. This song definitely intrigued me in August.
"Just Friends" by G-Eazy ft. phem
I believe that everyone has that one person that they will never be just friends with, that's why I feel like I relate to this song so much. Also, I just love G-Eazy and I'm happy to hear some more new music from him.
"Mi Gente" by J. Balvin, Willy William
Summer is always the best time to find some new music perfect for your Friday and Saturday nights. Erin (my bff and roommate) and I have decided that this is our going out song of this school year. Catch us playing it at our apartment every pregame.
Those are all of my favorites for August! I'm already finding some new favorites for September so I can't wait to share those with you in a few short weeks!
So I love to read. I read around a book a month while I'm in school, but I can read faster if I'm really focused and have plenty of free time. Today, as requested by my good friend MacKenzie, I'll be sharing some reading recommendations for your summer reading lists.
#Girlboss by Sophia Amoruso
This book gives an inside look at Sophia Amoruso's rise from homelessness to CEO of the popular Internet store Nasty Gal. Though the store itself may be questionable at times, Amoruso's rise to success is inspiring for anyone, especially those looking to break into the fashion industry in a rather untraditional way.
The End of Fashion: How Marketing Changed the Clothing Business Forever by Teri Agins
For those of you interested in fashion, marketing or retail, this is a great non-fiction read about how the rise of advertising, fast fashion and department stores brought down the fashion industry as we once knew it.
Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking by Susan Cain
There's no denying that I'm an introvert... and trust me when I say that I'm often misunderstood due to my lack of speaking. I often get told I have resting bitch face (I'll admit this is true), but there is power in being quiet. Susan Cain talks about how introverts are just as powerful as their extroverted counterparts in several ways. If you're introverted like I am, this is the perfect book to add to your summer reading list.
It by Alexa Chung
The popular fashion icon, Alexa Chung, discusses her inspirations for everything from music to fashion. If you're not a fan of long reads, you're in luck. Chung uses lots of visuals in her book to fill up the pages.
South and West: From a Notebook by Joan Didion
Didion's latest novel compares her travels through the South with her life in the West. This was the first Didion novel I've read, but I plan to add more of her popular books to my reading list this season.
The Beautiful Fall: Fashion, Genius, and Glorious Excess in 1970s Paris by Alicia Drake
After reading this, I wanted to go back to 1970s Paris during the rise of both Yves Saint Laurent and Karl Lagerfeld. Filled with sex, drugs, and competition, this accurate account of the times will leave you wondering how these people survived a decade filled with sin and insane fashion.
The Woman I Wanted to Be by Diane von Fürstenberg
Another story behind a famous designer. I personally love Diane and her brand, and this book is an inside look of the former princess and her rise to wrap dress fame.
Night by Elie Wiesel
Ignore my name written on the cover, but this is a book I continue to read over and over. I know that it's sad and haunting, but Wiesel's account of life inside Nazi concentration camps is a must read for everyone.
The Rules Do Not Apply by Ariel Levy
One of the best books I've read in awhile, Levy's memoir is both sad, funny and beautiful all at the same time. I promise that you won't be able to put this book down once you start reading it.
Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur
I can see why everyone loves this book — Kaur's poetry is hauntingly beautiful, and everyone can find one poem in here that speaks to them in one way or another.
Champagne Supernovas: Kate Moss, Marc Jacobs, Alexander McQueen, and the '90s Renegades Who Remade Fashion by Maureen Callahan
The final book on my list is about another group of people and their rise to fame. Designers Marc Jacobs and Alexander McQueen and model Kate Moss round out this list with another alcohol soaked, drug ridden rise to popularity in the decade we all know and love.
Next up: Marlena by Julie Buntin
On recommendation from the Instagram book club by Emma Roberts, I'm about to start Marlena. I'll be sure to let you all know how it is and if you should add it to your summer reading list.
These are all books that I've read and loved, so I hope you love them, too! Please leave any of your recommendations in the comments so I can add some books to my list this summer.