Road Trip Day 3: Car Camping

Dallas to El Paso, TX. 6 hours and 13 minutes. 385 miles.

Guys. I just had my first car camping experience. It was totally fine! Well, almost. Around 11 p.m., I woke up to a police car shining a blinding spotlight into my car window. Read More

Road Trip Day 2: A Day in Waco, TX

Dallas, TX to Waco, TX and back. 3 hours and 7 minutes. 203 miles.

Waco, Texas is the epicenter of all my white, vintage, French country, shiplap-loving dreams! I had planned on stopping in Waco to see the Magnolia Silos on route to El Paso in an attempt to cram all the Texas goodness I could into a single day, but I elected not to after my cousin Aryn offered to come with me (after working an overnight shift at the hospital, God bless her). So, I decided to make a day of this long-awaited side trip. Read More

Road Trip Day 1: Leaving Home For The Last Time

Waterloo, IL to Dallas, TX. 668 miles. 10 hours and 30 minutes.

I decided to start my road trip a day early. I’m not one to hover or overstay—especially when there are extensive hours of oncoming driving involved. As Madonna said, “There’s only so much you can learn in one place. The more that I wait, the more time that I waste.” So, I showered, packed, and brewed myself a latte while my blessed mother filled my Styrofoam cooler with delicious fruits, sandwiches, and snacks, cleaned my car windows, and filled up my water jug.

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A Minted Chicagoan’s Field Guide To The City

A recently imported Seattleite offers one final testament to America’s second city.

Do the small stuff. So much of what makes Chicago incredible is not in any pamphlet or guide book, and much of it is free. You simply need to look for it. Talk to the locals! Go vintage shopping on 18th Street in Pilsen or barhopping in Wrigleyville. Have lunch in Chinatown. Take the Shorelight Sights architecture tour along the Chicago River. Scale all nine floors of the Gotham-esque Harold Washington Library. Ride the L. Seen an improv comedy show at Second City. Spend a day biking the entire lakefront trail. Have a picnic in Oz Park. See the Tiffany dome at the Chicago Cultural Center free of charge! Read More

2019 Met Gala Best Dressed List

Lady Gaga had four outfit changes, Serena Williams wore sneakers, Jared Leto used his own head as an accessory, Zendaya and her stylist came as Cinderella and the fairy godmother (complete with magic wand), Ezra Miller’s seven-eye makeup art was a look to end all looks, Sophie Turner and Joe Jonas were twinning in Louis Vuitton, and Billy Porter was carried like an Egyptian queen onto the red carpet by six shirtless men.

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2019 Academy Awards Best Dressed List

Lady Gaga took the famous Tiffany Diamond to its first award show ever, Jason Momoa wore a pink scrunchie and women everywhere fell even deeper in love with him, “Green Book” won best picture and no one was really sure why,  Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga’s onstage performance of “Shallow” brought sultry to an entirely new level, the award for best acceptance speech went to Olivia Colman, and the show went without a host for the first time in 30 years and it was a bit of a mess, but that’s okay because Marie Kondo was there.

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Between The Liner Beauty Awards: 2018 Edition

Do they let bloggers write off testers on their taxes?

There’s a special comfort in discovering a beauty product that works for you, whether it be a mascara formula that doesn’t clump or the perfect nude lipstick that took years to find. I consider it part of my professional duties as a blogger to spend my days sampling and buying new products, stealing recommendations from friends, and testing them against what’s in my own beauty bag to find the best of the best in beauty. I’m very excited to share my 2018 favorites with you. Keep in mind, as I’m sure you already know, that every product has a different reaction on each skin type. What a friend described as a shine-free full coverage foundation on her, turned out to be a layer of slick no-coverage oil on me. While some products are universally spectacular (and many below are), some are best purchased according to your personal preferences! If you’re at a loss for holiday gift ideas, below you’ll find a plethora of beauty products at different price ranges that are totally gift-worthy. Leave a comment below to share your thoughts and your own 2018 beauty winners! Read More

DIY Breakfast at Tiffany’s Holly Golightly Costume (4 Ways)

Arguably one of the most popular Halloween costumes of all time, Holly Golightly’s look is made to replicate.

The long black dress, costume jewelry, men’s tuxedo shirt and blue sleep mask are so iconic in their simplicity. But there are two other looks in the film that I find are often looked over, though they’re no less iconic. Here are four different ways that you can become Holly Golightly this Halloween.

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DIY Lizzie McGuire Movie Costume

This costume is what all my dreams are made of.

This year, the Lizzie McGuire movie turned 15, and I couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate than to turn myself into an Italian pop star. This ensemble has six total pieces, which compared to my some of my other costume projects, is pretty complex. It’s also on the more expensive side, and that’s because literally no one owns this much purple. This look is as cost-efficient as it gets, while also staying true to the original film. And as always, this is a no-sew project. All you’ll need is a hot glue gun. Without further ado, kicking off our 2018 Countdown to Halloween is Lizzie McGuire!

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