Thanksgiving '16 | A Holiday Segment

Hello friends! I have been (so) ill for the past three weeks with a different sickness each week. I hope everyone has kept themselves warm and toasty, away from the terrible colds, flus, and whatever mean things out there. Been busy with research, school work, seeing these cute little 1st and 5th graders every week and teaching them about science, college apps, and....a bit of Overwatch ;)

This Thanksgiving I am thankful for the close friends that have stayed in my life throughout these years- helping me get through life and school, my IEEE family- I have not found any other group of students at Uni who motivate me to shoot for the stars and dreams, and my parents for taking care of me when I'm deathly ill (LOL). I'm also thankful for the past 22 months and the experience and opportunity my research group has given me.

sweater | A+F
overalls | Madewell
boots | H&M
hat | WEGO

What are you thankful for this Thanksgiving?
& where is everyone going for Black Friday? (;

Some holiday links:
-I made a She & Him holiday playlist on Spotify. (My sister reintroduced me to She&Him, totally forgot about their romantic slow goodness)
-Intrigued with these holiday recipes I want to try sometime: apple sage bacon risotto | green bean casserole | potatoes au gratin w/ bacon | sweet potato casserole | winter fruit salad
-date night ideas: The Grove LA (one of my favorite), Disneyland, Festival of Lights at the Mission Inn Hotel & Spa in Riverside, Unique LA holiday market, Boat Parade (Marina del Rey, Newport Beach,...etc), LA Zoo Lights, watch the Nutcracker Ballet, or a day in Big Bear/Mammoth

As always,
xox Ingrid

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Back Tues School

Get it? Get it? My Tuesday back to school outfit :D
(I am really bad at making puns if you haven't gotten that already...)

Had a lovely weekend with my lady friends this weekend (fun fact: we've been friends since middle school- minus J, who I met this weekend!) We went apple picking in Julian and hung around San Diego since one of the ladies now moved down there! See more on my Instagram!

It's only the first week back at school and I'm already so overwhelmed! So many things to do I swear my agenda is overfilled with due dates, collaborations, meetings, homework, projects, and other commitments!! AhhHHH.

Super excited for what this fall quarter has to bring me though and semi scared for all the work that I have to finish by January (!!)

Thought I would share this outfit I wore to uni today with you guys.
I combined two loose items together to get a relaxed look, but used casual office/work attire so that the casualness doesn't get downplayed too much. I know I should have finished the outfit with a belt in the middle to create some solidity, but honestly. . . it worked without a belt surprisingly. And of course loafers to complete the look.

cheetah top | Bloomingdales
olive green slacks | Zara
shoes | Cole Haan

I'll be back soon with new content as soon as things calm down a bit...

As always,
xox Ingrid

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Modern Renaissance | A Product Review

HI FRIENDS! I have passed all my preliminary exams (whee! so grateful for my friends that pushed me to study every night), had quite an eventful summer doing research, as well as catching up with friends, and doing some traveling (SF to NYC hollaaa) since the last time I updated here.

Today I will be talking about Anastasia's summer palette that was released in early June...


 This palette is still pretty hard to attain since it's sold out at most Ultas and Sephora near me, both at home, school, and online surprisingly. I was lucky enough to score this at one of the newly opened Ulta's by school... I'm guessing people just gave up looking?

I actually got this as a birthday gift from a really good friend of mine (THANK YOU♥) so I appreciate this very very much. This is not a palette I would normally approach because of the diverse range of colors- I am a creature of comfort as I usually tend to gravitate towards the brown-neutral tones.

This palette explores the range between red and brown, ending up with variations of earthy, vibrant, and bruised reds, as well as orange, and a brown (CYPRUS UMBER) to create depth. The other tones such as TEMPERA, GOLDEN ORCHE, BUON FRESCO, and WARM TAUPE are used for base or blending. Leaving VERMEER and PRIMAVERA for highlighting or patting onto the center of the lids to create dimension.

I've done a swatch (or two) below. Forgive me in advance for such a bad swatch job, I'm usually not a makeup artist (ha-ha), nor am I really good at makeup in general. But I suppose these lighter and less saturated swatches give you a more realistic feel- compared to the swatches that are about a gazillion layers and super saturated and only realistic if you're putting the shadows on stage-makeup style (no offense, my opinion I suppose)

I think my top 3 favorite shades are BUON FRESCO, VENETIAN RED, and ANTIQUE BRONZE.

I really really like this palette. I feel that Claudia and Anastasia did a really good job with picking the shades and the texture of the shadows. I definitely won't say that the shadows are wet and sticky, but they are so soft and dense that they do remind me almost of... a powdery clay texture. It's on the moist side and not as powdery dry as most common shadows. The shadows are quite pigmented on their own, the swatches I did were about 3 layers/strokes and without primer (wow!). In particular, I think the shades VENETIAN RED, LOVE LETTER, and REALGAR are really unique and I have not seen many dupes like these, but perhaps I'm just not very familiar with the shades of shadows out there.

Anyways, if you have the budge and interest in this palette, I recommend you snatch one when you can! These velvety shadows are not to disappoint :)

As always,
xox Ingrid

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