December 2, 2016

Weekly Wrap Up

Welcome to December! I'm so excited for the month, as I mentioned more than once this week.

I'm coming down with strep throat again, it's a super busy few weeks at work before Christmas, and I need/want to enjoy the holiday season as well... just a lot going on.

I officially turned 24 this week, gave a presentation at work, and attended the office holiday party, so it was a busy week. I'm ending it by watching another repeat of the Comedy Central Roast of Rob Lowe, and eating leftover birthday cake. Is this was your mid twenties is like? It's not much different that my early twenties.

Last week I didn't post a Weekly Wrap Up because I was in a Thanksgiving coma, and spent hours upon hours watching Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life. If you didn't listen to my podcast, I recommend you do it now. I thought the revival was everything it could've been, and more. It was perfect, and now I'm in a Gilmore Girls coma, wanting to do nothing but watch the series and talk about the series and think about the series. I've already watched the thing 3 times in a week, so yeah...

This week was also cool because I spent some time tidying up the blog and layout. I added some new Loves & Wants to the sidebar, updated the shoppable Instagram and got a new layout! I'm very happy with this, and I hope you don't mind me always switching things up. I like to keep my blog fresh, and keep it nice for you, and for me!

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View from the office holiday party

I will stop rambling and get into what you missed on Royally Pink:

And here's what I loved this week:

PS: I started the blog at my job... take a look! I also was published on the bSmart Guide :) 

Have a great weekend everyone!

November 30, 2016

24 Years Young

It's officially my 24th birthday and it's very odd. I wasn't excited about it all month, and I haven't been excited about a birthday since my 21st. I guess that's what happens when you get older, birthdays are just less exciting because the milestones are pretty much over.

I'm depressing, aren't I? Such a happy birthday girl I am!

But, as the week went on, I got a little more excited; I got a special, delicious cake & my mom is making my favorite meal: Macaroni Pie.

I guess the reason I'm not that excited for my birthday this year is because I thought 23 was going to be a great year; I had some good feelings at this point last year and honestly, 23 was the worst year of my life.

Because of that, I guess part of me is happy that it's going away, and I much prefer even number ages anyway ;)

24 seems like a big deal -- is that considered mid twenties? I feel like it is, and that's a scary thought. I haven't been shy about my post-college struggles, but I think I finally got the hang of this thing. Yes, I'm still at home, and yes I'm single but my career is pretty good. I know what I like doing, and I love my job. Freelance writing is taking off, and I'm pretty happy with how the blog is going.

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I learned a lot this year too... in the words of Kylie Jenner, it was the "year of realizing stuff":

  • Say I love you when you mean it: Tell people you love them, because you never know when the last time will be the last time.
  • Say what you want: This was the year that I started speaking up a lot more. I am very shy, believe it or not, and I kind of said fuck it, and went with it. I defended my political opinions, and how I feel about certain things from family issues to clothing choices, etc. 
  • Don't apologize: This goes hand in hand with the previous. I'm the type of person who likes to do what she wants, but I also apologized a lot for the person I am. I don't like to go to bars, and I don't like people telling me what to do with my life. I don't want to feel bad for staying home and organizing makeup instead of being at a crowded bar. If I didn't want to go out, I made excuses, but this year I stopped the bullshit. I'll do what I want, when I want, because it's my life. #SorryNotSorry
  • Go after what you want: If you have nothing to lose, go after what you want. I mean, it's your life and things aren't handed to you. Whether in work or love, just do what you want! It is what it is and you have every right.
  • Who I want in my life: I was very into energy this year, and getting rid of negative energy. I can be a very pessimistic person, but my bad moods weren't as bad as they have been in past years. I think it was because when I was surrounded by negative energy, I removed myself from it. If someone was annoying me, I just got away from the situation. I don't take as much crap as I used too, and I'm proud of myself for it. I also rekindled friendships this year that mean the world to me, and I'm very grateful for that.

24, please treat me better than 23. It's been a rough year, and honestly, I need some clarity. Just be as good as 20 & 21 were, 24, I am begging you.

Happy Birthday to Me! :) 

November 29, 2016

Monthly Muse: November 2016

My other favorite month has come to a close. It was a really emotional one at that, one of the most emotional months I've had in a while but I've come out the other side and I'm ready for Christmas.

Tomorrow is my 24th birthday, and I'm very melancholy about it. I'm not excited, I'm not dreading it, it's just there. Maybe I'm feeling this way because it's one step closer to 25, the big milestone birthday. Maybe I'm dreading it because it's been a rough year, and I'm looking forward to starting anew. Maybe I'm so so about it because I didn't celebrate with my friends.

It's just a weird feeling, but I've had that feeling all month long.

It's been interesting, but that hasn't deterred me from rounding up my favorites of the month.

First off, I'll get this out of the way; my two ultimate favorites were Thanksgiving & Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life. I dedicated an entire podcast episode to the revival of Gilmore Girls, so definitely take a listen.

There were plenty of other favorites this month:

1. Kate Spade Activity Tracker: After writing this post, I was desperate for my Kate Spade tracker. I was over my fitbit; it needs to be charged too much, and has all these features I don't use. I just wanted something cute & fun. I decided to repurchase my Kate Spade tracker, and got the black polka dots. Also, it was almost $30 cheaper, since it's been on the market for a while. I love this little thing so much. It's adorable, useful, and gives ms exactly what I'm looking for.

2. Kittenish Heart Sleeve Sweatshirt: I've been loving Jessie James Decker's clothing line "Kittenish" for the past few months now. She releases a new collection every few months, and for the "fall" collection, I fell in love with this Heart Sleeve Sweatshirt. It's very comfortable, and the elbow patches are soft and great quality. I get so many compliments whenever I wear it, and it's a must-have for me this winter season!

3. Interior Design: I live with my mother, and am single AF so I'm not NESTING but my goodness it feels like it. I've been obsessed with interior design and making my house nice for the holidays, and decorating. I've been reading all the house magazines, like Martha Stewart Living, Good Housekeeping, and Domino. I just have become a homemaker and the holiday season has definitely brought it out in me.

4. DryBar 3 Day Bender & Tress Press Styling Iron: My obsession with the Drybar has continued this month and it resulted in two big purchases. I was in the market for new hair tools because my mom, my sister, and I have ridiculous coarse, thick hair so we go through tools pretty quickly. My curling iron broke, and the straightener is going soon, so I opted to by these two that I've been lusting after for a while. Both of them are INTENSE; they get hot really quickly and I can do my hair within 10-15 minutes. It's insane and I love them. Two of the best purchases ever.

Enjoy the final days of November, everyone!

November 28, 2016

Beauty in Review: Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation

Well, Thanksgiving is over and it's officially the Christmas season! My mom and I spent the weekend decorating for Christmas, and I ventured out on Saturday to Target and Bath & Body Works to grab some Christmas decor & candles.

The entire house is decked out and I'm so excited!

Also, did anyone notice a new look here at Royally Pink? I did some sprucing up and I'm VERY happy with it!

Now that we got that out of the way, the real reason for today's post is to talk about my favorite foundation, possibly ever.

I've been having a love affair with Charlotte Tilbury's products. I only have 2, because they are very expensive, and very luxurious but I just love everything about the products. From the packaging to the quality, everything about the brand is stunning.

A few months ago, the brand released their Magic Foundation. It comes in 15 shades, has SPF 15, and claims to leave a radiant finish but also gives a full coverage, weightless finish. The Nordstrom website says that the foundation is also good for dry & mature skin. It has anti aging properties so I think this is a foundation that anyone, any age can use. It's not geared toward one specific age group.

When I saw this on Nordstrom's website, I knew I had to have it. I was shopping around for a new liquid foundation and this is Charlotte's first "real" foundation (she has the Wonderglow, which is more like a tinted moisturizer), so I jumped at it. The $44 price tag is a bit high, but it's on par with other foundations.

I got the shade "4 Fair" and it's a pretty decent match. The bottle is frosted glass, with a gold cap and is totally luxurious. It's one of the prettiest, if not THE prettiest, foundations I own.

When I first applied it, I used a beauty blender and the finish was seamless, flawless, and medium-full coverage. It claims that it's a radiant finish and I can attest to that, but it's not super dewy or glowy. I have other foundations, like the Laura Geller Baked Liquid Radiance Foundation, that is ultra dewy but this "Magic Foundation" would work for someone with oily skin, in my opinion.

My skin looked flawless with this foundation, and that day, at work, I got so many compliments on my SKIN, not my makeup. People were in awe of how my makeup looked, and I don't think any foundation has ever given me that effect.

This foundation plays well with all other products, and it makes everything look better. It IS weightless and doesn't feel cakey or heavy on my skin.

If I had to choose one liquid foundation to own forever, it would surely be this one. My skin/makeup never look as good as it does when I where the Magic Foundation. It's definitely called Magic for a reason!

What is your holy grail foundation?

November 24, 2016

The Best Of Gilmore Girls

The Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life is coming back in a few hours and I don't think anyone understands how excited I am.

Well, if you follow me on Twitter you know how excited I am because I haven't really talked about much else since November 1st.

Gilmore Girls was my favorite show growing up. I felt connected to it in so many ways. While I have a sister, I still always thought of my mom and me as Rory & Lorelai. I was always a little more responsible and my mom has a girl like behavior about her, and sometimes the roles were reversed.

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But also, I just love Rory so much. There have been a bunch of articles this week about how she was a bad journalist and a bad friend to Lane, and I just don't give a shit. They say the same things about Carrie Bradshaw and I refuse to listen.

Rory is my spirit animal in so many ways; she made it ok to like to school and like reading; it meant you could still care about those things and like boys and be that girly girl with boy drama and friend drama. One didn't mean you had to give up the other.

Gilmore Girls is so many things; it's a show about family, about love, about a quirky town and how you can make your own family. It deals with teen pregnancy, family drama, growing up, and everything in between. It's one of the most rounded shows I've ever watched.

When it ended, I wanted more, and now we're finally getting more. I probably won't be able to do anything until I watched all 4 episodes, and be sure to listen to my podcast, "Basic Bri" next week because I most definitely will be recapping the entire series. I also talked more about my love for the series there this past week.

Starting last Friday, November 18th, the TV channel "UP" started a Gilmore Girls marathon. They have played every episode starting from the pilot, day and night. It's all I've watched since then.

That got me thinking... I knew I wanted to do a Gilmore Girls themed post, and I thought about doing a "host your Gilmore Girls party" but then I thought that I wanted to talk about my favorite episodes.

If you haven't watched any of the series, and you're not sure if you want to, try these episodes on for size.

1. The Third Lorelai: I love when we get to meet Lorelai's grandmother. Emily freaks out and is so out of character, it's really fun to watch. It's a great episode to have in the first season because we're still breaking down all the walls to Lorelai & her parent's relationship. Also, Gran is a HOOT, and a fabulous character.

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2. The Bracebridge Dinner: Ugh, I LOVE this episode! Season 2 is a wonderful season and probably my favorite, for so many reasons. I love any episode with snow, but I really love when the entire town is together. We also get really sweet Jess & Rory moment in this episode, and I think this is where their relationship really picks up. Having the town together in one place, all their quirks come alive; add in some Dean/Jess drama and Richard & Emily, you've got yourself a FIRE episode.

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3. Nick & Nora/Sid & Nancy: The main reason I love this episode? The arrival of resident Stars Hollow bad boy Jess. He comes in like a wrecking ball and wrecks havoc on the entire town, mostly Luke. It's fun to see Luke out of control, and I think this is one of Lorelai & Luke's first fights. Jess' chemistry with Rory is apparent from the moment they meet and you can tell something is brewing. "I wanted to put some notes in the margins for you" -- the most romantic line ever.

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4. They Shoot Gilmores Don't They?: The dance competition! One of the best episodes of the entire series. You once again, have the entire town together at some weird Stars Hallow event. Everyone looks like they stepped out of a war painting, and they're dancing for 24 hours. You have their weird quirks, a few sweet moments between Luke & Lorelai, and of course-- what we've been waiting for since Season 2, the breakup of Dean & Rory. It comes to a close, and finally, Dean stood up for himself. It was a sad and satisfying moment at the same time.

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5. Dear Emily & Richard: I love a good throwback episode, and I'm #TeamChristopher, so seeing Lorelai & Chris' relationship come to life as a younger version of themselves is really cool. It's also nice to get an insight into what Lorelai & Emily were like when Lorelai was a teenager. It's an interesting but similar dynamic. On the flip side, you have Sherry giving birth to Christopher's baby and it's kind of sad for Lorelai. You get both sides of the coin with this episode.

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6. Let Me Hear Your Balalaikas Ringing Out: I think all fans can agree that season 6 was PAINFUL. Rory & Lorelai aren't speaking AT ALL, Rory dropped out of Yale, and everything is a MESS. That is, until Jess finds Rory and snaps her back into reality. See? This is why Jess is the best! He woke her up, and she finally saw what she needed to see. "I couldn't have done it without you" -- Jess KILLS me. #TeamJess

Honorable Mentions: The Pilot, That Dam Donna Reed, and Love & War & Snow.

Are you excited for Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life?