I blinked on October 31st, and now we’re already at the beginning of December. What!?

October and November this year – 2 of my 3 favorite months! – were 2 of the worst on record in 2017. Worst is quite the exaggeration, so I’ll retract that and just say that they freaking blew… Tough situations within the Greek community, and when you have friends that you’re so close to that they’re basically family go through something tough, it effects you too!… My best friend moved to Colorado… those things and more that just made the last 2 months feel like a never ending rainy season of facing very adult situations. Life came barreling at me.

But with all the rain, came some good. If it doesn’t rain, then we don’t grow. God’s timing of things is NEVER random. You do not go through tough times without God’s light eventually shining through and giving you a rainbow.

I have nothing but excitement for the future now, which, is a very calming feeling for someone who has a LOT of anxiety. I get caught up in what the future may hold and forget to stop and focus on what I can control in this exact moment. (I see myself doing MUCH yoga to keep myself grounded, especially with my knee feeling better with each passing day – holla!)

Granted, I took an EPIC trip to Europe that I’ll never forget and cherish forever, which was a ray of sunshine in an otherwise gloomy season in my life. (which I’ll FINALLY get to in December! so PLEASE stay tuned!). The future has so much more in store for me, and with that, I can enter this last month of 2017 with a better attitude and maybe even lose my superstition of odd number years (more on that another time).

Dress : Lulu’s

Bag : Asos
Shoes : Target
Earrings : Kendra Scott – similar style here

 

My life just started blooming.

xoxo
The Glam Greek

I think this year’s Independence Day is different than year’s past… considering the state of political affairs, people are taking the time to consider what it means to be an American. Regardless of what everyone is hung up on, Independence Day always brings back a small tinge of patriotism that momentarily brings us all back together.

And it gives us a damn good reason to celebrate!

I love nothing more than a good reason to dress up (I mean, a better reason than that it’s a Tuesday), and I love it especially more when I’m already given a color palette to work with!

I’m obsessed with wearing overalls as a swim suit cover up. It’s a great way to show off your suit a little while remaining somewhat modest especially if your one piece is guising itself as a bodysuit! ‘Cause you gotta keep it classy. I’m also obsessed with this red swimsuit from Asos – it makes me feel so Baywatch – which is a GREAT American show. Making it super patriotic. (lollzzzz)

Lips :: “American Doll” Anastasia Beverly Hills

 

Something about pin up beauty makes me think classic American. It’s vintage, chic and flirty. In a previous post, you learned how much I love pairing sneakers with anything – and one of my favorite pairings for sneakers is a flirty skater dress like this one from Forever 21 [similar one here). Add a red paisley bandana, a classic red lip and vintage inspired sunglasses (like these from Quay Australia) for your Americana look.

Lips :: “Feel So Grand” MAC

Lucky for us, our “red-white-&-blue” is the same color scheme for the uber classic & chic nautical look. And this navy blue  jumpsuit is classy AF! I’d never had any luck with this style before, but I’m LOVING this one. I definitely recommend a belt to enhance the shape of the suit. Add a red lip & red clutch and you’re good to go. Oh – by the way, did you notice how easy it is to dress this jumpsuit up or down depending on the shoe choice? (I LIVE for a versatile clothing piece!) This is definitely helpful as this was the first time wearing heels since my knee freaked out on me and I don’t know how I felt about it.

What are you wearing to your Fourth of July festivities? Dressing up or dressing down? I plan on dressing down in shorts & sneakers to watch fireworks with my niece 🙂

xoxo

The Glam Greek

*title references Chapter One of Nicholas Gage’s Eleni*

The hopeless romantic that I put to sleep years ago after a parade of pigs and failed relationships tore my outlook on love down to bits has been resurrected since I met Bae. I’ve been swooning over weddings since I was a little girl (I even spent time planning my own to Backstreet Boy, AJ McLean for a while), but when the reality of dating hit hard in my young adulthood, it was like I had a vendetta against the single male population between the ages of 20 – 35.

But I found someone who makes me feel SO cheesy romantic. Gross.

This past weekend was my own Prince Charming’s sister’s wedding, and as my favorite Disnerd couple, their nuptials were quite the magical affair – I definitely felt the love that night.

face

Foundation/Concealer || Urban Decay Naked (shade 7.0); Maybelline Age Rewind (shade Neutralizer)
Powder || Chanel Poudre Universelle Libre (30 Naturel) to set highlight; Nars Pressed Powder (Beach)
Contour || Nars (Laguna); MAC (Blunt)
Blush || Nars (Deep Throat)
Highlight || My Beauty Bar (Beauty Queen)

 

eyes

Brows || Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow (chocolate)
Shadow Primer || MAC Paintpot (Soft Ochre)
Crease (in order of application) || ABH (Blushing), MUG (Cupcake), ABH (Dusty Rose), MUG (Bitten), MUFE (M-928)
Lid || My Beauty Bar pigment (Love Letter), Stila Metal Liquid Glitter (Rose Gold Retro)
Brow Bone || MAC (Carefree)
Inner Corner || MUG (Shimma Shimma) + Coloured Raine (Clutch Pearls)
Liner || NYX Matte Liquid Liner
Lashes || Tarte (Goddess)
Undereye || MAC (Smolder); MUFE (M-928); MUG (Bitten)

lips

Anastasia Beverly Hills (Dusty Rose) + Tarte Tarteist Quick Dry Matte Lip Paint (Low Key)

But… the night didn’t end so magical. A couple of months ago I’m pretty sure I reinjured my left knee, THE same knee that I had ACL reconstructive surgery on back in high school. I was doing a pretty ridiculous plyometric workout and my trainer challenged me to jumping donkey kicks… Youtube it… which is what I should’ve done before attempting, but I just started going at it. Eventually I would land incorrectly during one of them and my knee popped out of place and wouldn’t pop back, but I usually would be able to walk on it and feel better within half an hour. After a few weeks of rest, I decided to get back into training legs, but my knee would slip every once in a while. I didn’t think much of it because my knee’s always done weird things during the time since my surgery. But at Bae’s sister’s wedding, my knee slipped out of place and locked… while dancing. Literally my favorite thing in the world.

I sat, changed into flats, elevated my leg and iced it for about 15 minutes, but the FOMO kicked in when I saw all my friends on the dancefloor without me. And the DJ was just SO GOOD…

so I kept dancing on it

But it was SO worth it!! I ended up not being able to bear any weight on my left leg for the following 3 days and had to use crutches and wasn’t able to sleep well from the knee pain. But hey.. it was a good time.

Moral of the story – never stop dancing.

xoxo

The Glam Greek

In the spirit of graduation season, I felt the need to pay a visit to my own alma mater. Luckily, it’s not far, and right in the heart of the city. A few weeks ago, Bae’s sister graduated nursing school from the University of St. Thomas – Houston, the same school I earned my own Bachelor of Arts degree. Being at the commencement ceremony, 5 years from having walked the stage myself, so many thoughts came to mind.

Shoes : Forever 21 (10 years ago!) || Dress : Lulus || Earrings : Sugar Fix, Bauble Bar for Target

This post is for anyone graduating from high school and staying in town for school, this is for anyone currently at university in their home town and wondering if they’ve made the right choice, this is for anyone who graduated from a great university but are unsure of what’s next and if staying in your home city was the best decision.

In hindsight, I LOVED UST!

As a senior in high school, your mind is pretty much on only a few things – “thank God I’m almost done”; Prom, Graduation, and “OMG – where am I going next year?!” The application process and trying to get into your dream school is incredibly stressful! And let’s not even mention NOT getting into your dream school… That’s still a bit of a sore subject for me. I chose not to leave Houston after not getting into the one school I wanted to get into SO. BAD. despite acceptance into a number of other really renowned universities. I was quite depressed for a while after school started – all my friends left town, I developed BAD hormonal, cystic, adult acne, and I was dealing with a toxic relationship and an even more toxic, bitter and dangerous post break-up. I commuted to school since I lived at home, and worked part-time while taking 15-18 hours a semester. I had my plate fairly full, which made the 4 years fly by.

I chose UST because of its location – museums and restaurants galore, close vicinity to many different shopping districts – it’s down the street from my place of worship, it’s in an area I grew up in thanks to the location of my place of worship, and it’s a private school – although I did worry that might’ve been a little more detrimental when it came to the post-college job search. My largest class throughout my college career was only 25 people, I only had ONE auditorium style class, which was held only on Fridays during the first semester of my freshman year that held the entire freshman portion of the student body, and my commencement ceremony included ALL schools, Bachelor of Arts AND Sciences, Masters degrees AND Ph.Ds. We are a small school, but we are mighty.

It’s a Barbie World

But it took me a long time to realize this.

I wanted to go out of town like the rest of my friends, I wanted to get out of the house, I wanted to live on my own in a city unknown to me! Little did I realize the PERKS of staying in SUCH an amazing city. Nine years after having graduated high school and 5 years after having graduated college, being at the 2017 University of St. Thomas commencement ceremony and seeing the multitude of different cultures of the family and friends that were in attendance to see their friend or kin receive their diploma gave me an excitement I can hardly describe.

REASONS WHY I’LL NEVER REGRET STAYING IN HOUSTON FOR SCHOOL

  • This city is amazing beyond words – it’s the 4th largest city in the United States. The larger the city, the more things to do
  • You get to learn the city – Buffalo Bayou, Museum District, Eado, Rice U; the list can go on and the city has grown SO much over the years, and I’m glad I’ve gotten to see it’s development
  • You learn to commute – Houston everywhere, anytime has traffic. If you need to get to the other side of town, be prepared for at least 45 minutes of traffic. Get to learn that, because it’s very beneficial for when you start working.
  • Build your network!! If you’re planning on working in Houston (which is OBVIOUSLY a great idea, we’re a “working/commercial” city) get a jump start on your career networking before you REALLY have to once graduation comes
  • “Travel” without leaving town – Houston is home to such a beautiful melange of people, making friends with people from all different races and cultures is an amazing way to expand your horizons, without even having to spend money on a plane ticket.

In front of Malloy Hall

The time I got to spend here in school, discovering my city between classes, I cherish more than anything. I’ve seen this city grow. And now that I’m working, I tend to be the liaison for when out-of-towners come and want to know where to go and where to eat to enjoy the gems of this city.

Lips : Anastasia Beverly Hills Party Pink & Baby Pink liquid lipsticks

Moral of the story – wherever you choose to attend for higher education is the right choice, because choosing to get your degree is always the right choice. But if you happen to stay in your home-town, and if your hometown is Houston, consider yourself very lucky.

 

xoxo
The Glam Greek

Okay Houstonians, I hope you’re enjoying the last of these cool mornings and warm afternoon days, because we know the devil weather is right around the corner.

For myself, this is the only time that I particularly enjoy the Texas summer – these random spurts of agreeable weather where the humidity is lower than usual, the mornings are cool enough for a jog without uncontrollable sweating til at least 10:30 a.m.,the afternoons and early evenings are more than perfect for happy hours on the patio and nighttime feels incredible enough for a stroll in the park.

If you haven’t been in Houston long, it’s hard to decipher what you should wear during this time.

Top : Lulus || Shorts : Gap || Shoes : Monastiraki, Athens, Greece

A simple rule of thumb for any locale during Spring or Fall, where you’re not sure of how cool the mornings will be nor how hot the afternoons will be is to LAYER! If I’m not in the layering mood – I try to keep my outfits balanced like this one here. When the temperatures are up and down, keep something covered and show a little something else. This way, you’re not too hot when the sun really starts warming up and you’re not too cold when the sun starts going down. Also try to keep your fabrics breathable, it’s OKAY to wear long sleeves in late Spring/early summer as long as your fabrics are right.

Summer Don’t : Wool/Cashmere || Summer Do : COTTON!

Choker : Aldo Shoes

When the humidity is low, a WHOLE world of hair styles is opened up – for me, this means it’s actually worth taking heat tools to my hair without worrying about a frizz-attack. However, in this case, I piled my mane on top of my head for a top knot, free-ing my shoulders to the sun!

This is one of my FAVORITE pair of sandals. They’re platform, have a touch of espadrille style in one of the layers of the platform, I’m obsessed with the braided detail across the top of the foot, and they tie up, making them part of the gladiator family. Something about gladiator sandals scream summer and continues to give a warm-weather appropriate feel to the long sleeve top.

Enjoy the last mild days of the late Spring! Because – Brace yourselves, Summer is coming!

xoxo

The Glam Greek