Juice With a View

Growing up outside of Seattle, Washington, I have become used to the overabundance of fresh, local, organic food stores that seem to pop up out of nowhere. Picking up something to eat or drink that I know is delicious and fresh was a extreme luxury. My summers consisted of freshly pressed juice made at home from organic, farmers-market produce that was so earthy you could practically taste the air and sunshine.  In short, I was spoiled with my food options.

Moving to England, it is much more difficult to find such food, especially in York. English food is vastly different from what I am used to and it’s been an adventure trying things out (note: do not try black pudding). I’ve had an amazing time wandering into the city and trying various restaurants and cozy cafes. There is so much food and life here in York, I worry I won’t be able to absorb even a fraction of it before I have to leave.

That being said, sometimes I find myself craving a little taste of home. In the midst of amazing, hearty restaurants and pubs, I found Filmore and Union. F&U prides itself as being a health restaurant through and through. The York branch provides a quaint downstairs cafe area, and an upstairs restaurant if you fancy yourself a proper sit down meal. I usually stick to the smaller downstairs bit, which is equipped with lovely white and grey tones, complete with lush greenery that truly does give off the whole health vibe.

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Not only can you literally taste the freshness from the food and drinks, but F&U offers an extremely wide range of gluten free products (100% of their evening menu is gluten free!), as well as vegan. The founding couple truly commit themselves to an overall healthy lifestyle, drawing upon their time spent in California for inspiration.

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Everytime I walk into F&U I feel an immediate sense of ease and comfort. They tout that they use farmer’s market fresh ingredients in their recipes, and new and exciting monthly additions can be found on many of the menus. My current favorite juice of the moment is called Raw Energy and includes apple, spinach, cucumber, broccoli, lemon and ginger. Absolutely delicious and sweet to taste! Their gluten free granola is also popular as well, which is pictured above. I do not get to F&U as much as I would like, but each time I go it is a magical treat. I love to grab a fresh juice to go and take a walk around the Minster, which is right around the corner.

Does anyone else love to explore different food options? What are some local favorites of yours? Share in the comments below!

 

**This is not a sponsorship, but true and honest opinion from my experience

My Current Makeup Must-Haves

In the past few months I’ve been finding myself on Youtube, watching makeup tutorial after makeup tutorial, and all of a sudden four hours have gone by. Is this a problem for anyone else?

I’ve become so enamored with finding the best makeup for my skin, where to splurge, where to save, and everything in between! I’ve learned a great deal from all these Youtube channels (some of my favorites include: Kandee Johnson, Stephanie Lange,  and Tati). I feel I’m starting to get a solid collection of favorites that I thought I’d share!

Foundation:

Foundation Clinique Beyond Perfecting Foundation + Concealer  in 1 Linen

Kandee Johnson has been ravings about this “perfecting” foundation and concealer so I had to check it out. It is one of the more affordable higher-end foundations at $27 (or £25.00). I’m really liking this currently. It gives a medium-full coverage. I don’t really like it as a concealer, and stick to using a separate product for that. It’s definitely not matte, and so I must use a setting powder with it. I apply it using my damp Beauty Blender and its gives a great, natural looking coverage that isn’t too cakey or too sheer. It’s the Goldilocks of foundations!

Setting Powder:

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Clinique Blended Face Powder in Invisible Blend

I was previously using Makeup For Ever HD High Definition Powder, but ran out and could not find it over here in the UK. I figured since I had such great success with the Clinique foundation, I should try out the powder! So far, I love it. The Invisible blend doesn’t change the color of my foundation at all and does a great job of locking everything in and reducing creasing. I may switch back and forth between this and the Makeup For Ever later, but for now this gets the job done.

Contour:

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The Smashbox Step-By-Step Contour Kit  in Light/Medium (also available in Medium/Dark)

I was a bit late to the contour trend, and used to use my bronzer as a dark contour. I watched a video (on Youtube, surprise!) about how bronzer should 100% never be used for contour! Bronzers are orange-y and a true contour shade should be more grey-like because a contour is creating the illusion of a shadow/enhancing the natural contour of your face. This kit was rated one of the highest among all the contour kits (I spent about a week researching!) and so I decided to give it a try. I love it! I do not use the brush that is included, but it is handy for a beginner who doesn’t yet have many bushes. I mainly use the contour shade (on the left) and the highlight (on the right) and only use the bronzer shade sparingly to add a bit of warmth to my face. Overall, great product that is easy and straightforward for anyone to use! Only three colors reduces possibility of errors, and a nice chart on the mirror allows for easy replication.

Eye Shadow:

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Urban Decay Naked 2 Eyeshadow Palette 

An oldie but a goodie! I asked for this for Christmas 2014 and it’s still going strong. I use this almost every day. I have a hard time buying multiple eyeshadow palettes as I feel they’re all so similar…someone feel free to correct me and change my mind but I usually just stick to this. The Naked palettes truly do live up the the hype – the pigment is great, and they last all day/night long. I spent a long time figuring out which one I wanted, and decided on the Naked 2. I am definitely interested in the new Naked Smoky palette though! I may have to add that to my collection. My most used colors include: Chopper, Bootycall, YDK, and Busted. This palette can complete and everyday makeup look, or create a dramatic smoky eye!

Highlighter:

Becca Highlight

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Moonstone

I was hesitant to try out highlighters at first. I didn’t want an enormous amount of sparkle on my face and end up looking like a discoball. I heard great things about this Becca highlighter and decided to give it a go. I previously had tried the Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Baked Powder in Highlight 01 but I found it was too light and barely noticeable. I returned it instead for this Becca one in Moonstone. I do really like it – it’s fun to have a little bit of extra shimmer! I was originally interested in the Becca x Jaclyn Hill Shimmering SKin Perfector Pressed in Champagne Pop which everyone and their mother was raving about on blogs and Youtube. The Sephora salesgirl talked me out of it, saying it was too dark for my skin. However, online reviewers say it works for all skin tones so I may have to go back and try it out. Overall, this is a really fun product that gives my everyday look an extra pop!

What are YOUR favorite makeup must-haves? Share them below!

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Invasion of Massive Scarves!

I’ve always thought that a nice scarf adds just the right bit of extra oomph to an outfit. Does anybody else remember when infinity scarves were all the rage? I must have a collection of at least 15 different infinity scarves in my closet sitting untouched since high school. I still see them in stores, but the trend seems to have moved on, or at least I’ve moved on.

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I’ve recently become enamored with the massive, blanket-like scarves being sported as of late. I knew I’d need one before I left for England, and so I picked up the pictured one before leaving. I am so in love with it!  I use it almost every day as a nice blockade against the harsh winds here. I’ve even used it as a wrap around my shoulders in the library when the temperature dips a bit. The only drawback is that it sheds like crazy! I usually wear a black wool coat and I have to use a lint brush to remove all the fuzz almost everyday. Small price to pay for such coziness, though!

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Currently doing all I can to will myself not to buy any more large scarves. Let’s just hope this frigid weather moves on quickly so that I won’t continue to be tempted 🙂 Anyone else loving the big blanket-like scarves recently? Tell me your favorite ones!

xx

M

Soft and Blue

The past few weeks I’ve been back in England it seems like I can’t leave the house without something extremely soft and warm. I figured moving here I’d leave behind the bitter, cold wind of the East Coast on top of Mount Saint James. Alas, here I am being blown away by the overzealous wind. Everyone here always looks so fashionable as well, so no room for sweatpants and Uggs in lectures!

I’ve recently been grabbing for this beautiful, baby blue French Connection sweater that I picked up at Nordstrom last year. It is a simple yet stunning piece that creates an ideal addition to any simple outfit. Sometimes I pile on some delicate bracelets, or opt for a minimalist gold necklace to go along with it.

My brown Sam Edelman ankle booties haven’t been getting much wear as of late, but the soft brown color compliments the light blue quite well. With some hidden fuzzy socks these babies kept me warm on my walk to class!

How is everyone else staying warm this winter? Back at my home College the weather looks like it’s about to get unbelievably chilly!  All this cold just creates an excuse to stock up on cute hats and scarves, right?

xx

M

Is it a Sweater or a Jumper?

Moving to another country that speaks English, one wouldn’t think there wouldn’t be an communication problems, right? Wrong.

I have a fair few friends who grew up in the UK, and have their own respective ways of speaking. They all apparently have very different accents as well, but being from good ol’ America, I can hardly tell the difference. While in basic, everyday conversation I often have to ask them to repeat a certain phrase or word a couple of times before I completely understand what it is they’re saying. To be fair, though, they too have to ask me to explain what I mean by some words and sayings as well. We often laugh at this funny “language barrier” and continue on with the conversation. Quickly I am beginning to say jumper over sweater, and trousers of pants!

While getting dressed for the frigidly cold English weather we are currently having, I commonly reach for a “jumper” to complete the daily looks. Thank goodness turtlenecks are in, as they really do provide just the best extra bit of coziness. My current fave sweater (pictured) is from Topshop that I got over the holiday break. So warm and inviting, and I get compliments on it whenever I wear it! Comfortable and fashionable really cannot be beat. Paired with some sleek black booties and a bright swipe of Charlotte Tilbury lipstick completes this everyday look.

How do you stay warm in these cold months? I’m thinking of really going for the pom-pom hat trend, like this one. Hope you’re all staying warm out there!

xx

M

 

England Skies

My first blog post! I think this would count as a pretty good excuse to treat myself to some Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream, don’t you?

I have been a frequent visitor of fashion blogs, namely this one, since I was in middle school. I’ve always written down things here and there, but what better way to keep track of it all than on a blog? I enjoy doing this for myself, and hope others can get something from it as well!

I am currently abroad in England, using this time to complete my junior year of college. This is my second term here, at the University of York. Doing an entire year abroad is often unheard of and I was pretty hesitant of the amount of time at first. However, if all I had was last term I would have been left wanting more. This first semester was just like being a freshman all over again – shaky and wobbly like a little baby the first few weeks. I’ve never asked so many questions and been lost so many times than in that first term! The first few months only set me up to fully embrace and tackle this next part of the school year head on.

I have a deep love of fashion (one may call it an obsession…) and being surrounded by the culture here has been incredibly exciting in terms of exploring my own style. I have 100% experienced a rapid increase in my independence and coming to terms with being comfortable in a brand new area. I’m no stranger to change, having hauled my life across the country to the East Coast for the first two years of my college life. That in itself was an incredible change and shock, so naturally I have to venture even further, right? Well, that was apart of the initial thought process at least… Life is supposed to start at the end of your comfort zone!

I’m SO looking forward to see where this writing adventure takes me. Writing has always been a release for me and I can’t wait to get going on this blog 🙂

xx

M