Fall/Back To School Lookbook

Summer time is dreadfully coming to a close, and although that means less time swimming, more time schooling, and no time to ourselves, it also means new fashion trends!! So it’s really not so bad. 

I wanted to make a huge look book for you readers, and although I asked a few people to get involved, I sadly received a lack of participants. Nevertheless, I’m more than happy to present to you the looks I came up with, in collaboration with one of the cutest girls I have ever met. 

Autumn (isn’t her name so appropriate for this post?) is an adorable young woman going into her senior year of high school. She’s a cutie, and I really loved working with her. Be ready to see her smile and firey red hair in upcoming posts. 

Look at her glowing. She said that she doesn’t usually wear yellow, but decided she wanted to try something new. This dress is absolutely stunning, and can easily transition from work day to fun afternoon. 

Her styling skills are inpressive. She paired this bright feminine dress with these super masculine Doc Marten’s, with yellow stitching. A subtle but effective way to bring an outfit together. 

Denim is always a staple, but even more so for school this year I think. Wearing a lightweight shirt like this is the perfect way to stay compliant with school dresscodes. Y’all know I love a good button up. 

This next one may be my favorite of Autumn’s collection. 

She wore the same denim shirt, but in a different way, tucking it into her black jeans. This is the perfect example of why skirts like these are so great for the school season. It’s easy to create different looks using virtually the same pieces. 

Aren’t these jeans the cutest? This outfit is so simple, but elegant. Sometimes less is more. Autumn said this outfit was really comfortable, and easy to put together. It’s so easy to see her confidencein this look. 

Maroon, maroon, maroon. Is it really Fall without maroon? It just isn’t. Again Autumn shows us the art of simplicity and chic. 

The lace and the maroon combination could not scream October any louder. This shirt was made for pumpkin season. Easy to style for back to school because it could be worn as is over pants or a skirt, and layered under a cardigan or jacket. 

Last but not least, we have the comfy outfit. Autumn said she chose to do an outfit like this one because you don’t always feel like dressing up everyday. But wait:

A little detail in the back for some extra interest. There’s always a way to cozy but stylish at the same time. 

Being comfy and cozy is always a priority during the school year. Leggings, an oversized sweatshirt, and some tennis shoes is the ideal Monday look. 

Now, because Autumn is in high school, she is in school longer and more days than I am. She always has to abide by a dress code, which I do not. So my looks have a tad bit more freedom, but overall, I was going for the same things. Comfortable looks I wouldn’t mind sitting around in all day, and wouldn’t be too hard to put together in the morning. 

Sweater season is back and y’all know I’m ready. I ventured deep onto the abyss of my closet and found this beautiful pearl. 

I paired this soft F21 sweater with my chic H&M shorts. And I also grabbed this book that DEFINITELY read and didn’t just use as a prop. 

I’m all about the tucked in look for every season, because I usually go for oversized everything. When it comes to fall, I traditionally wear sweaters, but don’t tuck them in. This year I wanted to try something new. I really like the concept, as you can tell with my next outfit. 

4 syllables: Com-fort-a-ble. Easy way to look poor and like a business woman at the same time. Confuse them with your style. 

I’m in love with this silhouette. The A line skirt simply can’t be beat, and the soft sweater. This outfit was out of my traditional comfort zone, but once on I felt better than I had all summer. I’m so ready for fall. 

Beige and orange are quickly becoming my favorite colors to wear. It was red and black, but now I’m evolving. I see myself in many versions of these colors in the upcoming months. 

Next though, may be my favorite of my own outfits. 

Maroon, we meet again!!! Simply can’t stray away from maroon. Here, you see me behind the counter at the Jo’s NTCC location. I think I was looking at the rain, and remembering that I left my umbrella in my car. 

This picture was taken before the previous one, when I was blissfully happy. This shirt, you’ve seen before in my 2020Ave haul. I’ve mentioned that haul like 20000 times, so you KNOW their products are soo good. 

I tied this shirt into a rose knot just to add a little flavor. I like to do this when the outfit just needs something extra, and the shirt is long enough. It’s also a good way to create a cropped silhouette without cutting the shirt or tucking it in (because you don’t want to do that everyday like I tend to).

And these pants are actually maternity pants. Can you believe that? Thank the Gods of thrifting for this find. These little cargo Capri pants have saved my life on multiple occasions. Get yourself a pair for those cold classrooms, but lingering hot days. 

That’s it this week folks. I know it’s pretty late, but finding help for this post put me in the gutter more times than not. I hope some of these looks inspire you this season. Have fun! Peace, 

Emma Katy

Drugstore Beauty Haul

Somehow I stopped buying makeup? Like when did this happen? I hit the pan of my powder? When did I go downhill? I decided that was the end of that, and thought it would be a good idea to treat myself to some little things. Summer is ending, school is starting, and that means my makeup routine and any routine in general will probably change. And plus, I just deserve a little something right now. TREAT. YOUR. SELF. 

The first thing I want to talk about is dry shampoo:

I don’t really use dry shampoo. When I used to, it was always one of two things: 1) it made my roots extremely greasy 2) it made my roots look powdery. Not cute. But I know that when school starts there are going to be more times than usual where I just don’t feel like washing my hair. It’s better not to on a daily basis, and if you think that’s gross then you may not know what silky soft hair is. Anywayyyss, I mainly bought this for when the day-after-shower day has my hair looking way greasier than I thought it would the night before. I’m really excited to use this. It smells SO SUGARY GOOD. My hair is going to smell like frosting. 

Next: conditioner.

You have heard me talk about this again and again. I love these little oval containers of heaven. I just wanted to mention it here because I did buy it in this haul and because I love talking about this conditioner. Still my holy grail. Great to repair hair, smells like the beach, and can be left in your hair for a little while in the shower like a mask. Good stuff. 

Concealer: 

I watched a Kathleen Lights “Favorite Drugstore Makeup” video before I went to the store and she talked about this Maybelline Fit Me concealer. I usually use the Age Rewind concealer, but I started running out and wanted to try something new. It’s not uncommon for the Age Rewind one to get oily on my skin and make me feel like I need to blot my face. This doesnt usually bother me, but I don’the want to have to worry about this during class. This one is buildable, easy to apply, and has good coverage. It’s also small, so it will be easy to take with me. 

Foundation:

If you’ve been keeping up with me, you know that I prefer BB Cream over regular foundation. I don’t know many Wet n Wild products, so I thought I’d give their foundation a shot. This one is a good match for my skin tone. It has a weird spatula as an applicator, which I thought was gonna be strange, but it actually works pretty good. Its lightweight, and it is buildable, just like the concealer. I think this will be great for the fall/winter months. I will say that it is a kind of drying. For me, that’s great because I have medium-oily skin, so this will hopfully keep me from getting all oily throughout the day. If you like Wet n Wild and prefer buildable makeup, I would apply a moisturizer before this if you have dry skin. 

The next thing is a brush!!!: 

I really like brushes. I will go all out on some brushes. I will spend $20 on a brush and not be bothered. This one was probably like $2. You know E.L.F. has the hookup. I really wanted another face brush. This one is firmer than most brushes I own. I like it. I originally bought this brush for the next product I’m gonna show you, but I think I might turn this into a contour brush. 

Matte Powder: 

As I said earlier in this post, I hit the pan of my Covergirl face powder. Powders are essential to keeping your face, you know, just like, keeping your face….it’s important!!!! Okay? 

Oh my God, I got to clean my fingernails. Ewww, I’m sorry. NOBODY’S PERFECT. Okay, back to makeup, this is my first time using a white powder, which I guess is supposed to be like translucent. I really like this. It isn’t heavy, or cakey. And I really wanted to get a powder that was the same brand as the foundation. 

Eyebrows: 

I’ve been trying to get an eyebrow pencil like this for a long time, I don’t know why I held off for so long. It is just so compact, I can just keep this with me. This is the L’OrĂ©al Paris Brow Stylist Definer. 

It has this nice little spoilie at the end, which is great for combing through my eyebrows. The applicator is tiny. I mean tinnyyyyyyyyy. It is also light, so again it’s buildable. It’s great for a completely natural look. Glad I bought this. 

Lips boiiiiiiii: 

I usually wear nudes. And I went to the store and I was looking, and I was like “I always do nudes, I don’t wanna do a nude, let’s try something new”. I know girls that wear like a shade darker or lighter than I normal “nude” depending on their skin tone and I wanted to try that out. So I picked up this one. 

Really love this purple packaging. 

Again, Maybelline got me on their hook. Can’t help it. This is in the shade Nude Nuance. It’s an intense cranberry. I thought this was going to read more brown, and little lighter, but it actually appears more maroon for my lips. I like it, and I will continue to use it. Colors like these are perfect for fall, so I’m happy with this buy. It’s buttery, but not like sticky. Thanks again Kathleen Lights, for the recommendation. 

That’s everything I got this past trip. I got all this for under $50!!! That’s awesome. Thanks for reading, I hope you enjoyed this. See you Friday! Peace, 

Emma Katy 

Adulting No. 3 (Success and a little failure)

Alright, volume 3 on the adulting chronicles. Usually we have adulting successes and failures. However, this time I have a situation with a little bit of both. 

 Soon I will be finishing up my first year of college. Yep, that’s right. My freshman year will be over and it’s back to the lake for me. But this year was not smooth sailing. It was full of bumps, bruises and cringy eyes looking at my grades going “whaattt??”. 

This year alone, I failed a class, dropped a class, changed my major, and passed the rest. So it’s been one hell of a roller coaster ride. I thought this topic would be fun to discuss, because I think it’s something a lot of my readers would relate to. 

Firstly, I want to say that my college experience is NOTHING like my high school experience. In high school, I could do the bare minimum and wow, maintain an A. In college, you should really read your chapters like the syllabus says. High school made me lazy, because I got really good at conning my teachers into thinking I knew exactly what I was talking about. In college, there’s only a lot of tests and a bunch on homework, and just a computer to give you your grades. No face to nod at like “I totally get this.” Just an emotionless computer. 

I went into college thinking it was going to be easier. Less days on campus. Only 4 classes. A breeze. WRONG! College kicked my booty this year, and hopefully sharing what I went through this year will help you not make the same mistakes I did. And if you already have, we can just laugh about them together.

Myth: Online classes are simple and easy.

Online classes are my worst enemy. I took say 4 online classes and every time has been somewhat of a disaster. My history classes were all online, and I barely made it through. I tried really hard to keep up with the deadlines and homework, but it was one of those classes where I’d spend hours doing the homework, but hated it. Then, I took an online Speech class, thinking that’d be a blast. Laugh all you want at me for taking a speech class online, because it was such a stupid idea. My professor put the due dates as a day in May. So this 8 week class all had due dates 2 months away. So my procrastinating self decided to do all the easy stuff and then wait to finish the hard stuff. Turns out that no, those assignments weren’t due in May. They were due at the end of the 8 week class. Suddenly I had an F and a bad taste in my mouth. Now I’m taking a business class online (I switched my major to Business) and Im hoping 3rd time’s a charm. I’ve done really well keeping up with deadlines and doing my work. My teacher won’t make the grades available yet, so I have no idea what my average is, so pray for me.

Myth: Blow off classes can help maintain a good average. 

When I was switching my major and applying for classes, my advisor and I had the idea to put me in an easy science class. Science won’t really be important to me, so I should take a fun one, right? Well turns out my professor knew his class was a blow off class. So he didn’t take any of it seriously. The class he was teaching wasn’t even his specialty. He’d spend more time holding private conversations with one student during lecture about video games than teaching the material. I decided that waking up at 7:00 to get to campus at 8:00, to listen to my teacher’s personal life and history until 9:30, was not worth it. Maybe if it was a night class and I wasn’t forced to wake up early, it wouldn’t be a big deal. Or maybe if the teacher didn’t humiliate a sleeping student in the back for not being awake while he talked on and on about his political views instead of the subject we paid for, I may have stayed. Confusing. The world may never know. 

Advice: 

Despite my hiccups, there have been classes I passed and things I’ve learned. They are good teachers that really do want to see their students succeed and do a lot outside of the classroom to help. I’m going to make sure when scheduling my new classes this upcoming Fall semester, there are a few things I’m going to do. 

  1. Take an in person speech class. 
  2. Never ever ever ever take an 8 a.m. class again. 
  3. Keep better track of my deadlines.
  4. Have more notebooks than just one. 
  5. Bring a jacket to class or something because it’s gets so cold. 

My first year of college didn’t go nearly as planned. I’m hoping my next one will go a lot smoother. Tell me some advice you might have, or some funny stories from your college experiences in the comments. 

Thanks for reading. Life sure is a funny thing isn’t? There will be a lot more stories to tell as I keep getting older so stay tuned. 

Peace, 

Emma Katy