Facing a New Year

WIN_20141217_143329Hey there,

I’ve been gone for awhile, haven’t I? I got really sick, is the thing; I had mono and tonsillitis! Yuck, I know. During that time I went through a hard time both physically and emotionally. I became severely depressed. I felt like no matter what I did, I just couldn’t get out of bed or leave the house. Maybe the sun was too bright to match my mood, or I felt lost when I stepped outside, like I had nowhere to be, no one to meet. I’ve also had issues with my dating life, which actually doesn’t exist right now. Or ever, that is. For a long time this has made me sad and left out. After all, all my best friends have been in serious relationships, but I haven’t. Seeing this made me just…upset. But it’s 2015 and I’m facing the new year with some new perspectives.

I know as 20-somethings, or just humans in general, we face some dark places within ourselves we never wanted to face. Sometimes, though, it’s necessary to realize we don’t want to look at that for the rest of our lives. I know I sure don’t.

I think 2015 is going to be the best yet, and in some ways it has to be because nothing else exists! 2014 and before is all a memory, and whatever lies ahead has yet to happen. I’m going to try my best to make each day count because if I want to find satisfaction, I have to do it in the moment that exists now! I hope, if you’re reading this, you’re okay and healthy and you’re on a path to loving yourself and your life. I’m going to attach a song that has helped me to cry out the sadness! 🙂

xo Annie

“Be happy for this moment. This moment is your life.” -Omar Khayyam

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4 Looks: Denim+Grey+Leather

4 Looks: Denim+Grey+Leather

Yigal Azrouël zip crop top
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Levi s top
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H M blue jean jacket
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VILA activewear pants
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Whistles strap backpack
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Cath Kidston handbag
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Ray-Ban ray ban sunglasses
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Replica Rose Wine Glass
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Falling for Fall: A Fall-Inspired Set

Falling for Fall: A Fall-Inspired Set

Falling for Fall: A Fall-Inspired Set by anniechristie featuring a chunky knit hat

Hey there! It’s Fall, finally! Though here in California it still feels like summer 😦 . Oh well, I can pretend it’s sweater weather! This set is a mixture of trends I’ve spotted around the webs, campus, and from the pages of Vogue, Elle and Bazaar. And a little from me! I’ve heard beanies are BIG this season which is why I’ve picked up my own cream-colored, knit beanie from Urban Outfitters. Dark polish and trench coats are also making a bold statement, and I can’t wait to join in on the trend. What trends have you seen? Any you like more than others?

Annie xx

Product Review: Mario Badescu Facial Spray

Mario Badescu Facial Spray

Hey guys! So recently I picked up this Mario Badescu Facial Spray at Urban Outfitters. It was an impulse buy because my skin is super dry and I was looking for something to soothe it. Well, I’m SO GLAD I bought this! Not only is it a natural product (it’s made of rose-water and herbal extracts) but it has tons of uses. The first way I use it is as an after-shower spray. It really soothes that tight, pulled feeling that skin gets after getting out of a hot shower. Since I usually shower before bed, I let the spray dry and then put my nighttime moisturizer over it. When I wake up, my skin looks and feels amazing!

Another great way to use this is to spray before and after applying makeup–especially if you like a dewy, glowy finish to your skin. Seriously, it works wonders! And best of all, it doesn’t make your skin “oily” feeling or looking. It dries pretty instantly and makes you look well-rested and youthful.

I would honestly give this product a 10/10. And for only $7.00, I would buy it again and again! I picked it up at my local Urban Outfitters, but it’s also widely available online and I (think), at Ulta. Give it a try. I promise you won’t regret it!

**Warning: If you don’t like a light fragrance, this MIGHT not be for you!

Anniexx

Dear Santa….

Dear Santa....
Okay, So I know Christmas is still kind of far away. But that doesn’t stop me from dreaming! These are some of the things on my wish-list this year, though I’ll realistically only ask for two or three, and save up for the rest myself. If I still want these things by the time I get the money, that is! My absolute must-have are the graphic sweatshirt (which I’m planning on customizing with a funny logo), the Giorgio Armani Si perfume, and the Cathy Kidston bag. The rest I can technically do without. Haha! What’s on your wishlist this season? It’s never too early to dream…
Annie xx

Acne Studios white shirt $275 – youheshe.com

Topshop romper topshop.com

VILA romper jumpsuit $27 – vila.com

MANGO leather boots $145 – mango.com

Vans shoes needsupply.com

Cath Kidston handbag $82 – johnlewis.com

Giorgio Armani fragrance saksfifthavenue.com

Annie’s Wannabe-Parisian Daily Beauty:

Annie's Daily Beauty
Bonjour! It’s been awhile since I’ve updated. A lot has happened between my last post and now: I moved into a new house, my best friend from Washington visited me and we went to Vegas, I went to San Diego to see my sister, then went to Pasadena for a concert, and now my last year of college has started. Whew! I thought I’d start the school year off with an overview of my daily makeup routine. I’ve been using most of these products for awhile now with the exception of the Armani perfume (which smells amazing) and the Mario Badescu facial spray (which I got from Urban Outfitters today to soothe my super-dry skin!). I’ll review the facial spray as soon as I use it. But these are my favorite products and I can tell you they’re all amazing! Yes, some are “luxury” items, but I find that when it comes to makeup, it’s worth it for me to spend a little more to get great quality. I don’t always use EVERY one of these products at once, but for the most part, this is what makes up my daily routine! I go for a “French” look which is pretty natural, so these are my ultimate favorite products:

The YSL Le Teint Touche Eclat Foundation: So lightweight and natural (light coverage) it looks like YOUR SKIN. Yesss. I don’t like the “cakey” look; I keep it dewy and fresh. Plus the scent is very pretty and refreshing!

Embryolisse Lait Crème Concentre: I use this as a moisturizer/primer. It is a miracle cream, truly. It’s thick so don’t use too much, but it makes your makeup look beautiful.

Cream Blush: I don’t actually use the Stila cream blush yet–I am probably going to buy it eventually. Right now I use an ELF cream blush stick that does the job! To me, cream blush is the best way to maintain a dewy look and a little goes a really long way. Don’t overdo it though!

Maybelline The Falsies Mascara: Just some mascara on the top lashes (and maybe a bit of eyeliner) give a doe-eyed, French-look that I really love. I’m reading a book called “How to be Parisian Wherever You Are” by Anne Berest and her three girlfriends and they absolutely emphasize the Parisienne’s love for mascara!

Hope this helped.

Au revoir,

Annie xx

Giorgio Armani fragrance
saksfifthavenue.com

Beauty product
walmart.com

Matte makeup
yslbeautyus.com

Nars cosmetic
narscosmetics.com

Nars cosmetic
$42 – selfridges.com

Stila blush
stilacosmetics.com

Clinique concealer
lordandtaylor.com

Stila cheek bronzer
$29 – selfridges.com

Maybelline mascara
target.com

Lip gloss
lipsmacker.com