Let’s Talk Spring/Summer Trends

After recently buying a massive Vogue magazine at Barnes and Noble that contained every runway show from S/S21 I knew that I had to discuss the trends. Some I loved, some I hated and some I’m very much on the fence about. There’s a lot to see so let’s dive right in!

THE FISHNET TREND

I find the fishnet trend very cute and can really visualize it being big in the spring and summer with the average person. Of course, it’s hard to picture anyone other than a celebrity on a red carpet wearing something like the Hermès look pictured above but it is STUNNING nonetheless.

Valentino S/S21
Fendi S/S21
Hermès S/S21
Balenciaga S/S21

THE SPORTY COLLEGE LOOK

This is definitely my most favorite trend from the Spring/Summer21 collections. I call it the college look because it reminds me of the style that was very in at my university. It’s a comfortable look that can take you anywhere. It’s layering with a beautiful fit jacket. I simply can’t get enough of it.

Longchamp S/S21
Celine S/S21
Celine S/S21
Longchamp S/S21
Celine S/S21
Miu Miu S/S21

MINI BAGS

Okay, this trend is one I am most definitely on the fence about. They’re very cute but they’re so superfluous. I feel as though they’re less about fashion and more of a show of money. “I have this item with no purpose but it’s Chanel so it’s okay.” I don’t know….what do you y’all think?

Longchamp S/S21
Chanel S/S21
Chanel S/S21

DRAPEY SHITE

Do you like my very professional name for this trend? It’s such a lovely look with drapey fabric that is mostly sheer. It’s very feminine and I love how the look is usually monochrome.

Fendi S/S21
Fendi S/S21
Fendi S/S21

A Period Drama Obsessive’s Review of Bridgerton

Welcome all like-minded Bridgerton obsessives! If you’re like me or the millions of other bingers who streamed Bridgerton in the last few weeks than you may be more than a tad bit in love with the show. As someone who pretty much watches any period drama they can get their hands on, I was truthfully a bit nervous to start Bridgerton. It all seemed a bit cliche and not historically accurate. I thought it was all hype and not worth my precious bingeing time.

After some pushing from a friend who swore I would like it I finally caved. Hey, even if I didn’t like it I could still review it and rip it a new asshole, I thought. I could feel superior from the bottom feeders who enjoyed this measly show and go back to my “true period pieces” in peace.

Truth is though I am one of the masses. I love the show. So here, more or less coherently is my review. And if you couldn’t tell already it does contain spoilers so beware.

LETS TALK ABOUT THE FASHION

One of the main reasons I wasn’t all to keen to start Bridgerton was because of the fashion inaccuracies. If watching the show Reign made your cringe with historical inaccuracy then buyer beware with this show. It takes place in England and they all wear French style clothing. They all wear tiaras even though they aren’t royalty. There’s hella glitter even though glitter wasn’t a thing yet. It’s cringe-y. The thing is, it kinda worked in a weird way. At a certain point I pretty much stopped viewing the show as historically inaccurate and more part of it’s own world with it’s own fashion rules and etiquette. The show feels like it’s own bubble anyway so why not embrace it? When I watched the show from this vantage point the nagging feeling in the back of my head went away and I could enjoy the pretty costumes for what they were.

With the hairstyles I really loved how the characters of color especially were allowed to embrace their natural hair or even embellish it. Their hair wasn’t straightened or covered. The scene where Queen Charlotte walks into the ball and her hair is this large gorgeous afro was just such a game-changer and so beautiful.

This look was a MOMENT.

I CARED ABOUT EVERY CHARACTER SO MUCH EXCEPT FOR THE MAIN ONES

Okay, am I the only one who was invested in all the storylines except for Simon and Daphne’s? Everyone else seemed so interesting and vibrant and their storyline struck me as sort of blah. The whole “i’m not deserving of love” trope has never been one of my favorites and I just couldn’t get into it with Simon.

What are y’alls thoughts on this couple?

PENELOPE IS SUCH A REFRESHING CHARACTER TO SEE ON TV

As a fellow #chubbygirl is was so great to see a period drama where there was a character who wasn’t Keira Knightley-esque. (No shade K.K. I’m just trying to make a point here) I saw myself in Penelope’s storyline. Unrequited love. (~sigh~) If there are future seasons of Bridgerton I would be so excited to see how they flesh out her character.

PENELOPE AND COLIN

Speaking of Penelope, Penelope and Colin were my fave couple of the show. The PINING. THE STARES. I’m such a sucker for all of it. Every person has been in Penelope’s shoes being hopelessly in love with an oblivious person. I became so obsessed with this pair that I read the Julia Quinn book dedicated to them, Romancing Mr. Bridgerton, in about 12 hours. (I am not proud of this.) It was soooo good and highly recommend for my fellow #Polin fans.

HOW is this the best photo I could find of them?

WHY DO I LOW-KEY LIKE MRS. FEATHERINGTON?!

Okay, I know this one is a hot take. But she’s such a complex character and I love the complex ones. She’s not particularly nice but loves her girls and wants them to be married so they can be financially secure. She may not be nice to Marina but she understands her circumstances and knows that the thing to do to protect her is to get married quickly. She’s just so human. This will be another polarizing opinion but she reminds of Snape from Harry Potter. Love him or hate him he was one of the most interesting and complex characters in the series. He was flawed and human. When we strip characters of their humanity they may be likable and beautiful but they become hella boring and Mrs. Featherington was anything but.

BRIDGERTON FAMILY

As an only child I’m a sucker for large family dynamics in shows and movies. They fascinate me to no end. Siblings are such a foreign concept to me and I just love to see interesting sibling dynamics play out on screen. It was so great to see the Bridgerton family dynamic. The scene in the last episode where they’re all just hanging out and playing and singing was so wholesome and familial. It reminded me a lot of the Stark family dynamic on Game of Thrones. Also, Eloise and Benedict’s relationship was TOP TIER. If there are future seasons I would for that relationship to be explored more.

My 2020 Beauty & Fashion Favorites

I cannot believe how this year simultaneously seemed to trudge on and also fly by. I still feel like March was two weeks ago. And DAMN it has been quiteeee a year. Since I love reading and watching people’s yearly favorites I decided to do one of my own. Lots of love Mar xx

SKIN CARE

Skin Drink Moisturizer from Lush

This year I began to think more about the skincare products I was putting on my face. As someone who has always struggled with acne and sensitive skin I finally decided to give the ‘less is more’ approach a try. I have always been a big fan of Lush products and the tenets the company stands for. This moisturizer was a dream come true for me. It is intensely hydrating. I feel like every moisturizer I try is just never moisturizing enough for me. This one really hit the spot though and is never irritating. One con I will point out with this product is that I absolutely despise the packaging. Every time I close it some moisturizer gets schmeared everywhere. But the product is so great that I put up with it. Also, if you bring five empty containers of this product back to a Lush store they will give a free ‘fresh’ face mask!

Neutrogena Ultra Gentle Hydrating Cleanser ~Creamy Formula

Technically, this is not a product I discovered this past year. My dermatologist recommended this product to me a few years ago and I have not strayed from it since. This cleanser comes in a creamy formula as well as a foaming one. I love how gentle this cleanser is and how it doesn’t make my skin feel tight after using it. I highly recommend anyone with dry sensitive skin or acne prone skin to check this product out.

Aquaphor Healing Ointment

This may seem like a super basic addition to this list but I am truly obsessed with Aquaphor. I always have it on me. I use it on my lips, face for dry spots and on any scratches from my cat. It’s such a simple must for me but it is most definitely a MUST.

Fresh~ Deep Hydration Facial Toner

Toners have always low-key scared me. I had only ever used or seen ones that were very drying or stripping and overall just not great for sensitive skin like mine. This toner by Fresh though really changed that narrative. The formula is super sensitive and helps to calm and balance my skin with no over drying. You can buy it in a trial size to see if you like it before diving in to buy the big momma bottle.

Shiseido ~ Urban Environment Oil-Free UV Protector

Going along my track of trying to take better care of my skin this year I started wearing a facial sunscreen daily. I was a bit nervous at first because my skin is so sensitive and my only experience putting sunscreen on my face was with the super-oily kind at the beach and that always made me break out horribly. But I will say that I really love this sunscreen and the formula. It is matte and oil-free and feels great on the skin. Any sensitive skin peeps should check this one out.

Clinique ~Take the Day Off ~Lids, Lashes and Lips

I use the Garnier micellar water to take off my facial makeup every night but this Clinique formula is amazing for eye makeup. It’s very oily and takes off all the tough stuff including waterproof mascara gently and with no stinging. Such a great everyday product.

Makeup (kinda)

OleHenriksen~ Banana Bright Face Primer

When I bought this product I was looking for a good primer that I could use under makeup as well as on it’s own. I found this one from OleHenriksen on Sephora’s website and fell in love once I tried it. The packaging is superb and comes with a pump which is so nice. It makes bare skin glow and look radiant and is great for under foundation.

itcosmetics Ulta Exclusive Foundation Brush

I hemmed and hawed over whether to include this makeup brush or not because you can no longer buy it but ultimately decided to include it because Ulta and itCosmetics bring out a new edition of this brush every year. First of all this is most definitely the most beautiful makeup brush I own. You can’t tell in the above photo but the brush itself is shaped like a heart. The sparkles at the bottom of the handle also move around in the liquid of the handle for a gorgeous glitter effect. It is technically considered a foundation brush but it is so versatile that I use it to apply pretty much all my face products. It’s really great for my cream blush and cream highlighter. This special edition makeup brush collab the two companies do every year benefits Look Good, Feel Better a program that helps women “face the effects of cancer treatments with confidence.”

Fashion (kinda)

Soludos ~Rainbow Wave Sneakers

I found this pair of shoes on the Stitch Fix app as a recommended product and immediately fell in love. I’m a big fan of comfy everyday sneakers and these were too cute and just so me. The embroidery on them is absolutely stunning. These shoes are definitely a little worse for wear at this point because I wear them so much but I highly recommend these shoes if you can get your hands on them.

Estée Lalonde Goddess Hexagonal Necklace 18Ct Gold Plate

My love for this necklace is absolutely infinite. I swoon over all of Estée’s collections with Daisy London and finally decided to make the plunge with this piece. I wear it all the time and consistently receive compliments on it. Anyone with a love for jewelry should check out Daisy London.

The Four Movies That (more or less) Define Me

A comprehensive (okay not really that would be like 100 movies) list of the movies that aren’t necessarily block-busters or five-star reviewed but have a VERY special place in my heart. 

Bachelorette 

General Plot A group of high school friends reunite for the Bachelorette party of one of their other friends from high school. (but one they high key bullied) 

Okay, honestly, most people I *force* to watch this movie aren’t as enamored by it as I clearly am. It’s very raunchy and super cliche. But this movie feels so raw to me. The characters aren’t “nice” or “good” people. In fact, they’re straight up bee-otches. Like they’re mean. But they are REAL. Their problems aren’t superficial. They’re dark and grimy and uncomfortable. They are trying to survive in the world and doing their best to fuck up the least amount of times as possible. This movie also gets better with rewatches. It is so much more nuanced than meets the eye. It was actually adapted from a stage play and I would absolutely LOVE to see the stage version. It makes total sense! All the characters are very stage-y if ya know what I mean. If anyone else loves this movie give me a shout!

Where to Watch: So, unfortunately this movie was taken off of Netflix. I used to rent it on Amazon Prime Video whenever I had the urge to watch it but unfortunately it was removed from there as well. I have looked high and low and am completely unable to find it anywhere besides DVD (or illegal online streaming if you know how to do that) Normally, I wouldn’t even included the movie on my list if you’re not able to access it but it’s so good and means to much to me that I just had to. 

The Parent Trap 

General Plot- A pair of twins separated at birth meet and hatch a plan to switch lives and reunite their parents. 

This movie is pure nostalgia for me. I was obsessed with it as a kid. Whenever it came on Disney Channel during that glorious 8 p.m. time slot I dropped everything to watch it. I remember distinctly thinking the movie was amazing as a kid because it seemed never ending. (the perfect movie for an eight year old who loved to escape into stories) Just when you thought the plot was wrapping up the camping trip gets started giving you a whole new half hour of adventure. Also, the soundtrack of this movie is amazing and is truly the soundtrack to my childhood. 

Where to Watch: Disney+ 

Scooby Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed 

General Plot- The all grown up Scooby gang faces off against all of their old foes.

 I feel like a good theme of comedies for me is superrr weirddddd. This is technically a children’s movie and I also watched this one a TON growing up. It is also technically considered a sequel but you totally don’t need to see the first one to enjoy the plot. The two are more like sister movies. Same actors play the gang but the stories reside completely separate from each other. This movie is plain ridiculous and I love it so much. It doesn’t take itself too seriously. It’s super funny and has plenty of adult humor too. Freddie Prinze Jr. and Sarah Michelle Gellar star as Fred and Daphne which I still think is the cutest thing ever. Also, my total crush on Linda Cardellini started with this movie. I remember when she showed up in the Avengers movies as *spoiler alert* Hawkeyes’s wife I nearly took out my friend’s arm in the theater trying to tell her that that was Velma from the Scooby Doo movies. Of course, Linda is totally more well known for her roles in Dead to Me and The Green Book but she will always be Velma in my heart. 

Where to Watch: HBO MAX 

The Judge

General Plot: After the death of his mother, big city attorney Hank Palmer returns home to small town Indiana where he must learn to live with his ailing older father. 

Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Robert DuVall Vera Farmiga

This movie contains lots of overused tropes. The ‘coming home to a small town trope, the small town court drama trope, the difficult father son relationship trope. But damn does this movie execute those tropes well. I saw this movie in theatres with my mom in my peak ‘getting into movies phase’ and I remember leaving the movie theater in awe. Robert Downey Jr. is brilliant as Hank and makes old tropes feel fresh and raw.

The YouTubers I’ve Been Been Binging During Quarantine

I have always been a big YouTube watcher but during quarantine my watch time has grown exponentially. Here are a few of the creators I’m loving right now.

IntheFROW

Victoria Magrath is a great watch for people who love high-end fashion vloggers. (Her brand name is a play on “in the front row”) Despite being a designer fashion guru she is extremely down to earth and aware that her job allows her a lifestyle that most can only dream of.

Bottom Line: Great watch for when you want to feel boujee and dream a little.

Amelia Liana

On the same wavelength as Inthefrow, Amelia is another high-end fashion/beauty YouTuber. I’ve been bingeing her content lately and really relate to the fact that she is weathering quarantine in her apartment by herself.

Bottom Line: Nice long vlogs that feel like chatting with a girlfriend

Estée Lalonde


I have been watching Estée’s videos for years and have always loved her down-to-earth personality and minimal makeup look. If you are into skincare she is a great watch because she tries out tons of different products and is constantly reviewing them.

Bottom Line: Great relaxing and fun watch. More minimalist makeup and fashion look than the typical YouTuber.

Ingrid Nilsen

Ingrid is another YouTuber I’ve been watching for years and honestly one of my absolute faves. Since coming out as gay in 2015 she has expanded her videos repertoire to include not only beauty and fashion but also informative and helpful videos on topics such as feminism and sustainability.

Bottom Line: I can’t speak highly enough about Ingrid’s channel. Such amazing content. I always feel at home watching her videos.

Carrie Rad

Carrie’s channel is a nice relaxing place to go when you want a little more than just beauty tips. I’m a big fan of her gardening and planting content.

Bottom Line: Nice relaxed vibe for the viewer who wants more lifestyle videos

Kathleen Lights

I’m sad to say but I was extremely late to the Kathleen Lights party. I only discovered her during quarantine but let me tell you I am OBSESSED. As a Latina myself I love how that aspect of her comes into every video and how much loves she has for Miami and the culture there.

Bottom Line: Great watch for makeup lovers. She also adds a fun personality to all her videos.

Lisa Eldridge

To say I love Lisa Eldridge would be such an understatement. She is a professional makeup artist and uses her channel to teach viewers makeup tips and tricks. She never does any sponsored videos and donates the proceeds from her channel to charity every year. I have learned so much from her channel over the years and consider her like my “YouTube makeup mom.”

Bottom Line: Great channel for people wanting to learn more about makeup application and how to achieve certain looks.

Introduce Yourself (Example Post)

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Introduce Yourself (Example Post)

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You’re going to publish a post today. Don’t worry about how your blog looks. Don’t worry if you haven’t given it a name yet, or you’re feeling overwhelmed. Just click the “New Post” button, and tell us why you’re here.

Why do this?

  • Because it gives new readers context. What are you about? Why should they read your blog?
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The post can be short or long, a personal intro to your life or a bloggy mission statement, a manifesto for the future or a simple outline of your the types of things you hope to publish.

To help you get started, here are a few questions:

  • Why are you blogging publicly, rather than keeping a personal journal?
  • What topics do you think you’ll write about?
  • Who would you love to connect with via your blog?
  • If you blog successfully throughout the next year, what would you hope to have accomplished?

You’re not locked into any of this; one of the wonderful things about blogs is how they constantly evolve as we learn, grow, and interact with one another — but it’s good to know where and why you started, and articulating your goals may just give you a few other post ideas.

Can’t think how to get started? Just write the first thing that pops into your head. Anne Lamott, author of a book on writing we love, says that you need to give yourself permission to write a “crappy first draft”. Anne makes a great point — just start writing, and worry about editing it later.

When you’re ready to publish, give your post three to five tags that describe your blog’s focus — writing, photography, fiction, parenting, food, cars, movies, sports, whatever. These tags will help others who care about your topics find you in the Reader. Make sure one of the tags is “zerotohero,” so other new bloggers can find you, too.

Introduce Yourself (Example Post)

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You’re going to publish a post today. Don’t worry about how your blog looks. Don’t worry if you haven’t given it a name yet, or you’re feeling overwhelmed. Just click the “New Post” button, and tell us why you’re here.

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The post can be short or long, a personal intro to your life or a bloggy mission statement, a manifesto for the future or a simple outline of your the types of things you hope to publish.

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  • Why are you blogging publicly, rather than keeping a personal journal?
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  • If you blog successfully throughout the next year, what would you hope to have accomplished?

You’re not locked into any of this; one of the wonderful things about blogs is how they constantly evolve as we learn, grow, and interact with one another — but it’s good to know where and why you started, and articulating your goals may just give you a few other post ideas.

Can’t think how to get started? Just write the first thing that pops into your head. Anne Lamott, author of a book on writing we love, says that you need to give yourself permission to write a “crappy first draft”. Anne makes a great point — just start writing, and worry about editing it later.

When you’re ready to publish, give your post three to five tags that describe your blog’s focus — writing, photography, fiction, parenting, food, cars, movies, sports, whatever. These tags will help others who care about your topics find you in the Reader. Make sure one of the tags is “zerotohero,” so other new bloggers can find you, too.