The Clunkster

ch-ch-chaaaanges

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at my old apartment in boston

Hey, boogers! I’ve missed you all so much. I figured I’d give everyone a little life update to explain why I’ve been so MIA lately! 

Ya see kids, now that I’m ~growing up~ (gross), I’ve been going through a lot of changes (cue the Big Mouth theme), some that make me super excited, some that make me want to vomit, and others that leave me feeling really conflicted and confused. But I’ve been told that change is the only constant in life, so I’ve just been rolling with the punches, no matter how hard it gets.

Essentially, in the past nine months, I have had several quarter-life crises. The first was in December, when I graduated from Emerson College. Even though I was staying busy with work and plans with friends, things weren’t the same as I was used to. I had to learn what my identity was without academia or my sorority. That’s a crisis I’m still working through at the moment.

Then, in May, I walked at Graduation, which brought on emotions no one prepared me for. I was already upset that I was leaving, but now I had to deal with the fact that everyone else was leaving too. It was a weird culmination of things that I thought I wrapped up already. Of course, I was so proud of myself and my classmates, but I didn’t really have that “Fuck yeah, I did it!” feeling that everyone else did. I had mine, in December, when there weren’t sales on Graduation decorations at Party City, just a ton of snow and anticipation of the holidays. 

I sweat through Boston in the summer, where I kept myself insanely busy with two jobs and plans with friends. But there was that nagging feeling in the back of my mind that I constantly wasn’t doing enough. I’d crash on my couch after a long day at work, and I couldn’t even relax because my head was rattling off a list of places I needed to go one last time, and another of the places I never got the chance to visit. It was a weird feeling of nostalgia and failure that often comes with the end of the summer or moving to a new place, but it gets extra weird when those changes come together. 

my childhood room! i slept in this spot for most of my life.

Leaving Boston was so much more than leaving the city, it was leaving the chapter that I had been writing for the past four years. Four years! I started at Emerson when I was only seventeen years old. I always say that Long Island is where I grew up, but Boston is where I really grew. Though I knew that Boston was just a train ride away, and that I’d always have the memories, and that my friends and sisters would always find each other no matter where we were, my heart was aching for my adorable little apartment in the city. But, I stuffed my entire college experience into my dad’s pickup truck, and we drove back to Long Island, where I’d move into my family’s new house. Yup, another change. 

I should’ve been used to moving, as someone who changed living situations every year at Emerson, but this time things were different. We were moving out of my childhood home, which was quaint and small, way too small for three adults. The house that we moved into is beautiful - not far from where we were and in a great neighborhood. But it’s still a change. I was used to returning home on breaks to my pale blue childhood bedroom with a low wall that I smacked my head on often. Now, I’m putting together my new, ~adult~ space, and man, am I overwhelmed.

You’ve probably guessed that I’m into aesthetics based on the fact that you’re reading my fashion blog. But my physical comfort is also really important to me. If I don’t make my space my own, I don’t feel like myself. That, coupled with the fact that I am a horrible decision-maker, has made settling in a bit difficult.

Don’t get me wrong - I’m so psyched to be back with my family, friends from home, and my dog. I’m really pumped to get a job in New York City and start my career in the fashion industry, but I’d be lying if I said this all wasn’t very overwhelming. 

we planted this teeny sapling when i was in the second grade, and she grew beyond our wildest dreams!

we planted this teeny sapling when i was in the second grade, and she grew beyond our wildest dreams!

But I’m learning that that’s okay! In fact, I’m kind of lucky to have so many things to be overwhelmed about. I know that I’m a strong, adaptable person because I’ve adapted to changes before. This one is just taking a bit longer to get used to. I know that everyone goes through these changes, I’m just blessed enough to have them all happening at once.

That’s something that’s really important to remember if you’re going through something similar - literally every person deals with the transition that comes from leaving school, whether it’s high school, college, grad school, or further schooling if you’re hella ambitious (go you!!!). How else should we feel when we’re thrust into an education system against our will and then told to choose a career path based on a life we haven’t fully lived yet?

I’m getting a bit existential. My point of this post is that I’m going through changes, you’re going through changes, everyone is going through changes. Some we’re aware of, and some we’re not. Some we’ll even initiate and end up being miserable. That’s part of the game of life, my friends. 

When I started writing this post I didn’t intend to sound like your dad when your first goldfish dies, but hey, here I am.

the view from our beautiful new home :)

Renpure's Keratin and Argan Restorative Shampoo

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Hello, my angels! I’m coming at you live from Long Island, New York, where I’m surrounded by boxes and piles of my belongings. Things are coming together slowly but surely, but I’m still overwhelmed! 

Today, I’m writing about Renpure’s Keratin and Argan Restorative Shampoo. I found it in Target earlier this year and decided to buy it because it had great ingredients and my hair needed some serious restoring at the time. Since then, I’ve chopped a chunk of my mane off (which you’d know if you were following me on Instagram ;) ). My hair feels so happy and healthy!

Anyway, I’ve been trying to use more natural, clean beauty products lately. Renpure stood out to me in the beauty aisle because of this shampoo’s two main ingredients: argan and keratin. I knew that keratin makes hair straighter and smoother, and that argan oil has a ton of healing properties. I’ve learned from Renpure’s website that argan has lots of vitamin E, antioxidants, and fatty acids, which hydrate and refresh your hair. This shampoo was made with berries, apples, and desert lily, so it smells super yummy, which is really important to me all the time, but especially in the shower. 

All of Renpure’s products are free of sulfates, phthalates, dyes, parabens, gluten, propylene glycol, and, my favorite, “bad vibes” :) Renpure donates personal care products to homeless shelters and people affected by natural disasters as well. 

As much as I love Renpure’s mission and practices, I wasn’t the biggest fan of this shampoo. There was nothing wrong with it, but it definitely fell short of my expectations. I’ve been using it for a while, and I saw no difference in the smoothness of my hair or in my split ends, which I had lots of before I chopped them off. With such great ingredients and mission, I really expected more. I wouldn’t be against trying them in the future, but I probably wouldn’t go nuts to buy them again.

Have you tried Renpure’s products? Let me know what you think in the comments!

summertime sadness

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overalls (similar). top (no longer being sold by Forever 21). sneakers. sunglasses (similar).

Hey cuties! Sorry I’ve been so MIA here lately, I’m packing my apartment up and moving my life back to New York! A lot is changing, which is really overwhelming, but they’re all good changes, so I’m getting excited. But first I’m gonna be sad about leaving the city I’ve spent the past four years in! 

Today’s look is cute and bright, which is a bit different for me. I actually just donated these overalls because they don’t fit me too well anymore, but I loved the way they looked with this adorable crop top I got at Forever 21 years back. I chose my red Converse to match the pops of color in the top, and my sparkly sunglasses because a fun look requires some equally fun eyewear. 

I’m getting so sad that summer is ending, but I know I have so much to look forward to in the fall. Comment your favorite summer memory!

bath and bodyworks' sleep black chamomile pillow mist

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When I was almost done with a bottle of Bath and Bodyworks’ “Sleep” lotion from their Aromatherapy collection, my best friend Kennedy, who worked at Bath and Bodyworks, informed me that they were discontinuing the line. I almost cried. 

Flash forward to October 2018, when I received a bottle of Bath and Bodyworks’ Black Chamomile Pillow Mist in my College Fashion Week goodie bag. I then learned that Bath and Bodyworks revived their Aromatherapy line. Once again, I almost cried.

I’ve been using the pillow mist ever since, and I’m in love. I’m a big fan of aromatherapy, and this pillow mist is made with essential oils, so it’s right up my alley. The chamomile scent is so relaxing and almost transports you to dreamland. I love being enveloped in this scent as I fall asleep.

I’m really looking forward to trying the other products in this collection now that I know how much aromatherapy helps me! If you have trouble sleeping, or if you’re just a fan of essential oils and aromatherapy, I highly recommend giving it a try.

glossier's milky jelly cleanser

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Hello, beautifuls! I hope you’re enjoying these reviews, because I love writing them so much. I have a lot more coming for you, so stay tuned!

I’ve been paying attention to Glossier for a while now (you know, like everyone else on the planet), and have been wanting to give them a try, but I wasn’t sure which product I wanted to get. Then, I watched an Instagram story that compared a regular makeup remover to Glossier’s Milky Jelly Cleanser, and I was so amazed. I knew I needed to get my hands on a bottle right away.

Basically, I’m famous for getting my makeup… everywhere. I’ve been using the same cold cream cleanser to take my makeup off since I started wearing it (just like my mom!) and even though I think I’m getting all my makeup off my face, I soon find tan blotches all over my towels and boyfriends’ shirts. Obviously, this plan has not been going well.

Then, I met Milky Jelly, and it was love at first cleanse. I use this to wash my face every night before bed, whether I’m wearing makeup or not. I’ve never found a face wash that makes me feel so, well, cleansed! My skin just feels so squeaky clean and silky soft. This cleanser makes me look forward to washing my face!

It also does a phenomenal job of taking off my copious eye makeup. I usually pump a little onto a wet tissue and rub it on my eye. It takes my makeup right off. I feel like it actually slides off my eyes. I don’t have to rub as much, so my precious baby lashes can live. And my eyes feel cleansed too. Did you know that your eyes could feel cleansed?

Since I saw the Instagram story advertising Milky Jelly, I’ve wanted to try the same experiment. So, I put on a ridiculous amount of makeup and took off one half of my face using Pond’s Cold Cream Cleanser, and the other using Glossier’s Milky Jelly Cleanser. I used two white towels to take my eye makeup off, and another two towels to wipe my face after I was done washing it.

Pond’s towels

Glossier towels

The towels that I used on my eyes looked relatively similar. Though the cold cream towel looked darker, I found that I had more left on my eye than the Glossier side. The difference between the face towels, however, was pretty staggering. It’s nice to remind myself how much better, cleaner products are really helping me and my skin. 

If you couldn’t tell, I’m Milky Jelly’s number one fan. I’m looking forward to trying more of Glossier’s products!

Her Campus' College Fashion Week Fall 2018

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sweater. turtleneck (similar). skirt (similar). tights. shoes.

Hello, loves! Back in October, I attended Her Campus’ College Fashion Week at Boston’s Revere Hotel. I had the best time! The event had a ton of great sponsors, like eos, Almay, and Ulta. I was given a literal ton of merch from a bunch of other amazing companies when I walked in.

The bar looked so fun, but I was still 20 at the time, so I couldn’t enjoy one of their cute cocktails. I made a cute pink sparkly pin that says “You’re Doing Fucking Great.” It’s still pinned to one of my bulletin boards :’)

Then, I entered the main event space, where I was met with, essentially, a beauty wonderland. The first thing I noticed was a pool of purple eos lip balms that people were taking pictures in (which was held together by Velcro, fun fact). To my right was a huge Ulta Beauty Studio, where attendees could get trendy hair or makeup looks done and show them off in their adorable photo booth.

eos’ booth

Next to that was a delicious booth by Chloe., a new vegan fast-food chain in Boston, where I ate a bunch of yummy chocolate chip cookies! Next, I ventured to Almay’s Cosmic Café, a spacey lounge area full of Almay products on café tables surrounded by ring lights to aid in all the selfie-taking. I could’ve gotten an ice pop there, but instead I waited in line for an Almay makeup bag and some of their Goddess Gloss.

On the opposite side of the room were Primark’s fall styles in three decorated rooms for, you guessed it, more pictures! Between the Almay and Primark attractions were rows of chairs and a small runway. Most of the seats were taken when I got there, so I stood on the left side of the runway, where I had a perfect view the entire time. 

When Windsor Western, Her Campus’ CEO, introduced the show, the explained that this year’s theme was The Real Runway, so none of the models we would see were professionals. Most of the girls in the show had never even modeled before! I couldn’t even tell. They all looked like they were having the greatest time on the runway. They danced, smiled, and posed while the audience cheered them on. It was such a positive experience. 

The looks on the runway were SO cute too! The show was split into three sections: Modern Nomad, Printed Paradise, and Power Pose. All three featured clothes from Primark, the second featured MATTER as well, and the last included pieces from hcxo.shop, Feminist Goods, Ali & Ariel, femininitees, and Sleep Riot. To see some of the adorable looks that were featured, check out the “runway” highlight on my Instagram

After the show, I decided to take some pictures at Primark’s and eos’ booths since the lines were starting to wind down. Since I attended the event alone, I didn’t have anyone to take my pictures. Thankfully, everyone working the event was super sweet, and they enthusiastically snapped candids of me while cheering me on. 

Overall, I had the best time at Her CampusCollege Fashion Week! I’m upset that I never knew this event existed when I was in my earlier years of college. If Her Campus brings this event to your city next fall, I would definitely recommend attending.

badlands

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tank (no longer being sold through Halsey’s store). shorts. sneakers. sunglasses (use my code CLUNKSTER25 for 25% off your order!). perfume.

Hi hi! I hope you’re enjoying the heat. I’ve been basking in the sun and finding safety in front of my tower fan. I love taking walks in this weather, but I really don’t like sweating. Remember that episode of Victorious when Tori had never sweat in her life? I wish I could be like her. 

This is one of my favorite tanks! It’s merch from my girl Halsey. I’m usually not into graphic tops, but I love this design and the stark contrast of the black and white. I always wear it with my black Converse since the colors look so great together. Usually, I tuck this top into my denim shorts, but it also looks cute untucked with leggings.

I topped this look off with Katy Perry’s INDI and my Sunice sunglasses. Remember, CLUNKSTER25, 25% off ;) 

What’s your favorite piece of music merch? Let me know in the comments!

don't sweat it

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tank (by Lauren and Claire). shorts. bralette. sandals (similar). perfume (no longer being sold by Victoria’s Secret). sunglasses.

Hey babes! I hope you had a fabulous weekend. If you didn’t see on my Insta stories, I got my hair cut! I chopped off eight inches, which isn’t the first time I’ve cut a significant amount of my hair, but it’s still really exciting. I was holding on to my mermaid hair for a while, but I saw pictures of my split ends and was disgusted. So I took the plunge, and I’m so happy! My head feels so much lighter. 

I have a super summery look for you all today! My mom got me this adorable sweater tank that looks so cute with my bralette. The cut of the top is so interesting and looks great with my denim shorts

I got these sandals forever ago, but they’re still in surprisingly good shape! They’re the types of shoes that I can wear with both casual and dressy looks, which I love. I topped everything off with some spritzes of Coconut Passion by Victoria’s Secret (screw them but it smells so good :( ) and my gold heart sunglasses.

Do you have any fun plans for your hair this summer? Let me know in the comments!

funky clunky

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top (from my cousin). bralette. shorts. sneakers. sunglasses.

Hello, my beautiful readers! I hope you’re having a lovely week so far. It’s been nice and sunny in Boston, which is a nice change from the humidity and rain we had for a bit there. I always prefer the sunshine.

Today, I’m featuring one of my favorite tops in my closet. It used to be my cousin’s, and you can definitely tell that it’s straight out of the 90s, between the colors and pattern - which I LOVE! They’re probably my favorite parts of the top. I also love how flowy and loose it is. It’s perfect for those hot days in the summer, but it’s not necessarily a crop top. Fun fact, it also has a pocket! 

I paired this top with my denim shorts and black Converse, and wore my new bralette! My old one is starting to get a little worn, so I got this cutie from Aerie a couple weeks ago. It’s a little shorter than my other one, but it has cups, so I have a little extra support, which is never a bad thing.

Comment the weather where you are!

an ode to my floral shorts

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top (similar, mine is from Urban Outfitters). shorts (similar). sandals (similar). perfume. sunglasses (use my code CLUNKSTER25 for 25% off your order!)

top (no longer being sold by Zara). shorts (similar). sneakers. perfume. sunglasses (CLUNKSTER25 ;) )

Hello, my friends! I hope you all had a lovely heat wave this weekend. I spent it in the air conditioning eating popcorn and cleaning my apartment. Something about physically cleaning my surroundings always puts me in a better state of mind. I’ve also been in “throw everything away” mode from moving houses, so I’m riding that high for as long as I can.

Today, I wanted to share one of my favorite pairs of shorts with you all. They’re insanely comfortable, not too short, and so versatile. I like to wear them to barbecues and other social events during the summer. Cloth shorts like this and paper bag shorts have been really trendy lately. I need to get my hands on some more pairs, and I’ve been wanting to try bike shorts too! 

Usually, I wear a black top with these. I wore a black bodysuit with them the other day and it looked adorable. The first is a hand-me-down crop top from my cousins that I absolutely love. The cutouts make it so unique and flirty. I love the shape with the shorts. The second is the $5 top I got at Zara that I shared a couple days ago! Right after I posted that look, I realized I lost that shirt :( Please pray that we’re reunited soon! Words can’t describe how passionate I am about this top, to be honest.

Anyway, I chose to wear my gold flip flops with number one (I feel like I’m on Let’s Make a Deal), and my black Converse with look number two. I also paired the looks with different Sunice sunglasses and Katy Perry Fragrances

Where do you shop for shorts? Let me know in the comments!

love beauty and planet's murumuru butter and rose body wash

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Hey loves, beauties, and planets! See what I did there? ;) Today I’m reviewing a body wash from Love Beauty and Planet, a great company that’s been very highly recommended to me recently. Love Beauty and Planet is one of the most holistic, sustainable beauty companies out there. I decided to give their Murumuru Butter and Rose Body Wash a try.

If you’re a frequent reader, you know that I love learning about the ingredients in the products I use and what they do. Love Beauty and Planet is cruelty-free, sulfate-free, paraben-free, and dye-free. Their ingredients are ethically produced and sourced from all over the world. 

In addition to sourcing good ingredients for their products themselves, Love Beauty and Planet’s bottles are made from reused plastic, so as long as you make sure to recycle your container, you’re helping the Earth without even trying. How cool is that? I really admire companies that not only make an effort to be ethical and sustainable, but also build those values into the framework of their brand. 

As far as this body wash goes, I can’t say enough good things! I picked the Murumuru Butter and Rose Body Wash because the bottle said it provided “bountiful moisture.” My skin gets super dry and itchy in the wintertime especially, and I felt like every body wash I tried would irritate me. 

I definitely made the right choice: this body wash is insanely hydrating and gentle on my skin. Murumuru butter, which is one of my new favorite things to say, is known for its moisturizing qualities and smells heavenly, especially paired with rose. I feel so silky soft and pure when I come out of the shower. I feel and smell refreshed. It gives me such a positive boost. This is also probably due to the murumuru butter, which is an anti-inflammatory!

I’ve written before about how showering is a really big part of my self care practice, and this body wash really adds to the process of loving my body while I wash all the dirt and grime of the day off of it. The scent and its hydrating qualities make me look forward to showering even more. Also, very nitpicky, but I really love that this bottle is a pump. It just makes things a lot easier. 

If you couldn’t already tell, I’m over the moon with Love Beauty and Planet, and I’m really looking forward to trying more of their products. Which should I grab next? Let me know in the comments!

spice world

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top (clunkster original hehe). shorts (similar). sneakers. purse. sunglasses (use my code CLUNKSTER25 for 25% off your order!). perfume.

Hey cuties! I’m so excited to share this look with you all. While my mom and I were cleaning out my house, I found this top that I used to wear as a sleep shirt when I was little. It used to be massive on me, but as soon as I pulled it out of its bin, I knew it would look adorable as a crop top. 

I brought it back to Boston with me and took some scissors to it, and I’m so proud of the result! I took some others back with me so I can do the same. I love getting creative and crafty :’) 

High-waisted bottoms really complement how I cut the top, so I wore my black shorts and black Converse to match. I finished everything off with some 90s half-up-half-down pigtails. 

What’s your favorite Spice Girls song? Let me know in the comments!

flower power

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top (no longer being sold at Zara I am SO SAD). pants (from Kensie). sneakers. sunglasses (use my code CLUNKSTER25 FOR 25% off your order!). perfume.

Hi friends! I hope you’re all enjoying this sunny July. I’ve been spending my time moving out of my childhood home and into a beautiful one that I can’t wait to decorate! Life is a bit overwhelming at the moment, but great things are happening and I’m really excited. Sometimes the things that overwhelm you the most are the best!

You guys saw these pants a couple weeks ago, and because I’m so obsessed with them, I figured I’d show you how I style them when I’m not working. I absolutely love the way this crop top looks with these pants, but belly shirts are a no-no at my job! This top is kind of hard to explain; it twists at the bottom, not like a knot, but a simple twist in the fabric that makes such a big difference. It’s so unique! This top looks so beautiful with really any bottoms that I pick. I got it at Zara for $5. The sale goddesses absolutely blessed me that day!

I topped off this cute casual look with my black Converse, another thing I could never wear to work, and my favorite Sunice sunglasses. I also spritzed on some Mad Love, which is super floral-y and sweet. Perfect for a floral look!

feelin' magical

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shirt (from Something Greek). flannel (similar). leggings. perfume. sunglasses (use my code CLUNKSTER25 for 25% off!)

Happy Monday, my loves! Today’s look is also brought to you by my increasing separation anxiety from Disney World. I wore this on our last full day when we went to Magic Kingdom, my favorite park! It’s home to Big Thunder Mountain Roller Coaster, my favorite ride of all time. I have so many amazing memories in Magic Kingdom. I went to Disney World for the first time when I was six, and my parents and I ate dinner at the castle. We met Cinderella in the elevator, and she asked me what my baby doll’s name was. When we saw her later in the dining room, she went out of her way to say “Hi, Isabella!” to my doll. I was (and still am) so in awe of the fact that she actually remembered her name! 

Anyway, since it was a little chilly when I went as a twenty-one year old, I wore my lighter leggings and my Star Wars letters. This cropped tee is great for chilly days because it covers the parts of me that usually get cold, but it doesn’t make me overheated! I wore this flannel and tied it around my waist when it started getting sunny. 

My rose gold Minnie ears have to be my favorite part though! I had been looking forward to getting these ears for literal months before we actually got to Disney. I loved them so much, I didn’t take them off for the entire trip and for about a week after I got home. 

What’s your favorite Disney park? Let me know in the comments!

grey hot american summer

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dress (no longer being sold by Revelry). sandals (similar). sunglasses (use my code CLUNKSTER25 for 25% off your order!). perfume.

Hi hi! I can’t believe it’s already July. It feels like this summer is flying by and I’m not about it :( Honestly though, we all know I’ll be complaining about how hot it is in about two weeks. 

Here’s another great summer look that I like to wear when it’s hot but I need to look nice! I got this dress when I interned for Revelry Greek a couple years ago. I’m just digging up all of my old companies lately, aren’t I? Unfortunately, Revelry doesn’t make sorority wear anymore, but I’ve always loooved this dress. It’s so simple and classy. The fabric is a little heavy, but because the dress itself is so minimal and flowy, it keeps me really cool when it’s sweltering out.

I wore these adorable silver sandals that I’ve had for literal ages, which I completely expected to clash with the grey in the dress, but they actually complemented each other so well! I wore my Sunice sunglasses (switching it up with The Club this time around!) and Katy Perry’s INDI, one of my favorite perfumes.

Everyone needs a good summer dress! I definitely need to add some more to my closet. Comment your favorite stores to shop for them and I’ll check them out!

wear the (disney) world

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top (similar). shorts (similar). bralette. sneakers. sunglasses (use my code CLUNKSTER25 for 25% off!). perfume.

Hello hello! For today’s look, I’m throwing it back to Spring Break, when my best friend Kennedy took me to Disney World! I wore this on our last day there :( I was so sad, but we made the most of it! We went to Disney Springs and bought a bunch of souvenirs, I drank a lovely Frosé, and we hopped on a plane back to cold old Boston! It’s warm here now, but words can’t express how disappointing it was to spend a week in the warmest, happiest place on Earth and land in the tundra. 

Anyway, this is one of my favorite summer outfits. I bought this top from Serengetee when I was a rep for them a couple years ago, and I’ve been obsessed with it/them ever since. #NorthOnTopReps for life! I always wear it with this black bralette. During the summer, I love to wear this top with my cloth black shorts. I love the way the shapes of the top and shorts complement each other, and the fact that they’re high-waisted is a bonus. 

I wore my black Converse and Sunice sunglasses literally every day that I was in Disney. If you’re in the market for some summer shades, check Sunice out! They have the cutest, most unique styles, and you can get 25% off your order when you use my code, CLUNKSTER25! 

What’s one of your summer staples? Let me know in the comments!

lime and lotus organics' purify activated charcoal masque

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Hello hello! I’m so excited to share this cruelty-free product review with you all today. As soon as Dr. Stephanie Zgraggen emailed me about her all-natural skincare line, Lime and Lotus Organics, I knew I had to share this brand with you all. As a holistic doctor, she started her brand when she was tired of recommending harmful, chemical-filled products to her patients. Like a badass, she created her own skincare brand! She sent me a bottle of Lime and Lotus Organics’ Purify Activated Charcoal Masque to review, and I fell in love. Thanks Dr. Zgraggen!

First of all, I’m such a fan of the ingredients in this formula. This masque is paraben, phthalate, petrochemical, and gluten-free. I’m familiar with almost all of the ingredients on the bottle. The only one I had to look up was sulfone, which turned out to be a sulfate. The formula itself smelled so delicious, like a vanilla cupcake! You guys know I love a nice-smelling beauty product. It’s not thick or sticky, which pleasantly surprised me. I’m assuming it’s because this masque contains only the most essential ingredients.

I also love the bottle itself. I find it so much easier to apply this masque with a pump, and it’s fun to share with friends! I did this masque with three of my friends, and they all loved it as much as I did. I wanted to share it with my mom, but she’s allergic to sulfur, which was the only obstacle I came across with the ingredients.

This masque is made with white willow bark, aloe vera, pomegranate seed oil, and activated charcoal, all of which contain great anti-inflammatory and detoxifying properties. I use this masque once a week to give my skin a little tune-up since it addresses every concern I have with my skin. It makes me feel so relaxed, refreshed, and renewed. The front of the bottle says “Detox, Tone, Hydrate,” and this masque definitely checks all of those boxes. 

I really can’t speak highly enough about this masque and this company. I’m so excited to offer you guys 20% off your purchase from Lime and Lotus Organics with my code, CLNKSTER! Make sure you hurry, because this code only lasts for the next month. If you really can’t wait, I have a surprise coming with Lime and Lotus soon. Stay tuned!

For more information about going cruelty-free, check out PETA’s Searchable Database or Cruelty-Free Kitty’s alphabetized list of cruelty-free brands.

have a gay day!

Outfit of the Day, StyleKristenComment

jacket. tank (similar). shorts. sneakers. sunglasses (get 25% off your order with my code CLUNKSTER25!). perfume.

Hello, cutie patooties of all genders and sexualities! Happy last week of Pride Month! This year was the first time I attended a Gay Pride Parade, and I had SO much fun.

For the most part, I kept my outfit pretty basic. I wore my jean shorts and denim jacket (love a good Canadian tuxedo) with a basic black tank and Converse. I really went ham with my makeup! I’m bisexual, so I decorated my face with the colors of our flag. I used pink eyeshadow on my lids, lined my eyes with purple eyeshadow, and wore bright blue lipstick. I wore my hair in two half-up-half-down pigtails, which looked hella cute, but gave me a nasty scalp sunburn!

I know Pride is a time for us to run through the streets and be proud of who we are, but let’s not forget the people who fought to get us to where we are today, like Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera, and the people whose lives have been taken because we haven’t come far enough yet. Go for it, hug your gay friends, but take some time to educate yourself on our history today. 

Did you do anything fun for Pride? Let me know in the comments!

"florals? for spring? groundbreaking."

Outfit of the Day, StyleKristenComment

shirt. pants (from kensie). sweater (from primark). shoes. perfume. sunglasses (use my code CLUNKSTER25 for 25% off your order!).

Hey cutie patooties! I hope you’re all enjoying your summers so far. Boston’s weather has been quite all over the place as usual, but it feels so great to have finally ditched my puffy jacket and clunky boots (not that clunky is ever a bad thing, obviously…).

Remember a little while ago when I was talking about how much I love patterned pants? Here’s a pair I’ve been obsessed with since my cousin gave them to me out of her closet. It’s finally the perfect weather to wear them! As much as I like wearing tighter clothes like leggings, I love a good flowy pant.

Usually, I wear these pants with one of my bodysuits, but if they’re in my hamper, I’ll tuck this black tee into my pants. I wore my grey sweater since it sometimes gets chilly at work, and my grey TOMS, which are almost as comfortable as these pants.

Now that it’s sunny out, I’ve been wearing my Sunice Sunglasses alllll the time. Be sure to use my code CLUNKSTER25 to get 25% off your order!

benefit's BADgal BANG! volumizing mascara

Cruelty-Free, Beauty, Beauty ReviewKristenComment

Hey beauties! If you’re new here, I love mascara. I have really small eyes and very long eyelashes, so I like to play them up when I do my makeup to make my eyes stand out. I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect cruelty-free mascara for a while now, and I think I finally found it. I’m so excited to share it with you guys!

I had heard a ton of buzz when Benefit first released their BADgal BANG! Volumizing Mascara, and I knew that I needed to give it a try. This mascara is formulated with aero-particles similar to those used in space. Yeah, like outer space. They’re super light, so the formula boosts your lashes without weighing them down.

For the most part, when I apply mascara, I go for precision instead of length, quality over quantity, if you will, which is why I’m such a huge fan of this wand. The brush is longer, so it covers more surface area at one time. Its bristles are perfectly spread apart so it really grips your lashes and gets the formula on very precisely. Sometimes a little bit of excess comes out, but it’s easy to work with it to get the amount you need. I love how flexible the wand is.

Because of the lightness of the formula, I never look clumpy or cake-y. I get a really natural look from it, which I love. I never use mascara on my lower lashes because it looks too clown-y on me, but when I use this mascara they look very natural and defined. I love using the brush to shape my lashes in general. Now that I’m at the end of my little tube, I’m using it to top off my lashes when I use other mascaras.

I bought the smaller tube at first because it was cheaper and I wasn’t sure how I would like it, but now I’m definitely running back to Sephora to get the larger tube. This is definitely my new favorite mascara, hands-down. I’m so happy I gave it a try. I very highly recommend it! Have you use anything from Benefit Cosmetics? Let me know in the comments and maybe I’ll grab it on my next Sephora haul!