Currently Watching: Scandal

So… this post is going to be more of a ramble/rant post than a “you should totally watch this show” post. Because chance are, you’re already watching Scandal, and have been since the pilot. I think I may have been the only person that hadn’t watched it until this year. (This is probably false, but it’s how I’m feeling right now.)

Anyway, I’m a bit late when it comes to joining the Scandal bandwagon – but I finally started watching the show this year. I binge watched three seasons about two weeks before season 4 premiered – and it is really, really amazing and addictive and everything your friends have ever told you if you’ve never seen the show. Plus, the show makes me feel so many emotions in so many ways about so many things that happen! So here are five reactions I’ve had during every episode this season (so far).
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October 2014 Favorites Playlist

Note: You will need Spotify to listen to this playlist. Or you can just go on YouTube and look for all these songs and make your own video playlist.

I mentioned in my last playlist post that I’ve realized that most of my “workout playlists” have really been more “songs I love and end up listening to while exercising” playlists. So, I’ve decided to just make my monthly playlists into a playlist of my monthly new favorite songs. This month is mostly British bands (I’ve been listening to a lot of BBC Radio 1 lately) – and I’ve been playing most of these tunes nonstop this month – especially Jessie Ware’s “Say You Love Me.” A lot of these songs also aren’t brand new – they’ve been around and/or released for a while. This just may be the first time I’m hearing them… or the first chance I’ve gotten to put them in a playlist because Spotify finally had rights to play them.

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#NOTD / #ManiMonday – Triangular Reverse French Manicure

I’ve started following a few nail artists on Instagram – that and Pinterest are probably the best places to find nail art inspiration. However, while all these designs are absolutely gorgeous, the majority of them are also very complicated… and a bit too (shall we say) busy? to wear to the office. While I can probably rock crazy nail art at the office – I’d rather not. Maybe I’m just a bit old fashioned that way. I like fun but still professional-ish nails at the office. So when I came across Frances Liang (@purplenailbox) on Instagram, I was ecstatic. Here was an awesome nail artist that could do super fun nail polish, but also did great office-appropriate nails – basically someone who’s art I was inspired by.

Of course, none of my nails were going to look as awesome as her clients’ (as seen above), but I attempted one of her designs last week and really liked it. I used a somewhat similar color scheme – but I decided to use a different color for my ring finger (because I’m still not really over that trend. Plus, making an accent nail is a great way to try out some of my (144! as of 10/26) new nail polishes. I ended up using Prevail’s Brooklyn Babe as a base color, then using Essie’s Go Overboard & Sweet Tea Polish’s Ornery over my Prevail base. And of course I used my regular Julep Oxygen Smoothing Base Coat and my Sally Hansen Dries Instantly Top Coat.

I used tape to get the triangles for the reverse french manicure. I actually really like tape manicures – they’re easy and you can do so many different designs just by cutting the tape differently, or placing the tape in different places.

Silver base color is Prevail's Brooklyn Babe. Dark teal color is Essie's Go Overboard. Light green shimmer is Sweet Tea Polish's Ornery.

Silver base color is Prevail’s Brooklyn Babe.
Dark teal color is Essie’s Go Overboard.
Light green shimmer is Sweet Tea Polish’s Ornery.

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Obsessed: Fabletics (Review 14: Mojave)

Note: This post contains referral links. Think of it this way: you get your first outfit for $25 (or 50% off), and I get the points for referring you. It’s a win-win situation! I also was not paid to write this blog post – and I paid for my outfits with my own money. New clothes = total motivation to exercise and show off my new outfits.

I’m finally getting around to reviewing my last September Fabletics outfit – which means I won’t be reviewing my October outfit until next month. Of course. I’ve really got to start blogging on a more regular schedule. ANYWAY, my final Fabletics outfit from September was Mojave – which included the Key Tee, something I’ve been wanting but also been hesitant to try. The other two pieces in the outfit were the Sevan Sports Bra and the printed Salar Capri. Plus, I ended up changing the colors of this outfit – I kept the Mulberry Taos Print Salar Capri, but I ended up getting the black Key Tee and the cobalt Sevan Sports Bra. I prefer black workout tops… and black tops in general because they’re slimming and often more flattering.

Black Key Tee, Cobalt Sevan Sports Bra, Mulberry Taos Print Sevan Capri

Black Key Tee, Cobalt Sevan Sports Bra, Mulberry Taos Print Sevan Capri

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Obsessed: Fabletics (Review 13: Chassé)

Note: This post contains referral links. Think of it this way: you get your first outfit for $25 (or 50% off), and I get the points for referring you. It’s a win-win situation! I also was not paid to write this blog post – and I paid for my outfits with my own money. Plus, now that “athleisure-wear” is totally “in,” I can totally wear my Fabletics outfits to the office and stay cute AND comfortable! And somewhat professional… sometimes.

So Chassé is one of those pre-styled Fabletics outfits that contains pieces that I already own, but don’t mind buying again in different colors because they’re so awesome. The outfit consists of the Switchback Tee (which is one of my favorite shirts ever), the Vaasa Sports Bra & the Lima Flex Capri. It’s actually a pretty old outfit – I’ve just finally gotten around to buying it because Fabletics finally restocked on the Lima Flex Capri & the Switchback Tee. Although there’s supposed to be a difference between the Lima Capri & the Lima Flex Capri – I couldn’t really find one. I really just can’t tell the two apart. They’re both perfectly snug and super comfortable – and I love wearing them for barre & yoga classes.

Heather Grey Switchback Tee, Black Vaasa Sports Bra, Black Lima Flex Capri

Heather Grey Switchback Tee, Black Vaasa Sports Bra, Black Lima Flex Capri

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