TV: i’m obsessed with scandal.

alternatively titled “I have been watching Scandal all day instead of writing blog posts or studying”

I’m sure it will come as a shocking surprise to everyone that today, my Ultimate Day of Productivity, turned into the Ultimate Day of Sleeping In, Eating Snacks, and Watching Netflix.  My to do list was full of boring school things but also, more importantly, writing a good blog post.  However, that dream was swept away the moment I sat down to paint my nails and figured I’d put Scandal on in the background.

Have you guys watched this show?  what is even happening???  I’m freaking out.  At the end of every single episode I’m, like, hunched over my computer with my mouth hanging open.  It’s horrendous.  And just when I think nothing else could possibly go wrong, something does!  

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and I think my life is a mess… damn.  Poor Olivia.

Anyway, this post really exists solely because I have some very important things to say about this show.

  1. if anyone deserves to be tagging their instagram posts #thehustle, it’s Olivia Pope.  Seriously does that woman ever sleep?  I bet she has an epic morning routine.
  2. one time my friend Kelly said, and I quote, “Fitz is, like, the whole reason I’m into silver foxes.”  And okay, when I first set out on the journey that is this show I wasn’t really into it, but now… damn.  Fitz can get it.
  3. How does everyone always look so amazing?
  4. is the world really this corrupt?  I know the answer is probably yes, and that is terrifying.  Do you think I’m wrong to hope Canada is somehow better?
  5. Kerry Washington is a megababe.  Legs for days.
  6. Chemistry is everything to me… this show is very good at it.

If you’ve watched Scandal, please tell me your thoughts!  Also, recommendations of other shows to binge watch when I should be doing important stuff?

Hope everyone’s ready for Monday!  (I am not.)

– L

THE ROUTINE IS KING – TALKING MORNINGS

If there’s one thing I’m very very bad at it’s mornings.

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would YOU ever want to leave this cozy corner?? NO

I have great visions of my mornings when I’m getting ready for bed.  I want to spend them drinking coffee (with cinnamon – this is a newly discovered Favourite Thing of mine) and writing and stretching and making my bed.  I want to go to the gym and drink green smoothies and answer emails.  I want to craft the perfect outfit and curl my hair and do my makeup… basically I want to do whatever it is that perfect, pretty, ambitious girls do with their mornings.  Maybe I could even read one of those million e-newsletters I seem to get every day!

I just want to hustle like we talked about, alright?

So if I’m so bad at mornings then why am I writing this blog post?

So glad you asked.

I’m ready to switch things up!  This is certainly not the first time I’ve said this, and it probably won’t be the last… but I can’t be the only one who regularly has to kick myself in the ass and get my life back together, right?  Here I am… kicking myself in the ass.  Establishing a morning routine that I can hopefully stick to for a while.  Habits take time to form, and it’s hard to make a million changes all at once, so for now here are five things I’m adding to my morning routine.

  1. brush my teeth.  I’m tired of popping gum before class because I ran out the door in such a hurry that I couldn’t even properly brush my teeth!
  2. stretch.  I used to make a point of stretching every morning, but since I’ve moved and started school I’ve let it completely fall by the wayside.
  3. eat breakfast.  I know, I know… most important meal of the day.  Got it!  It’s hard sometimes, okay?
  4. make my bed.  Making the bed makes my whole room feel infinitely nicer and it takes all of 30 seconds.  Why do I never do this?
  5. BLOG!  I might not have time to write up a full post every morning, but I’d definitely like to set aside some time in my day to start a few drafts, and to catch up on other people’s blogs too!  (speaking of which: help!  who should I follow?  Suggestions plz.)
this notebook is literally from the dollar store but I love it
this notebook is literally from the dollar store but I love it

Another thing I’ve started doing recently is writing a to-do list every morning.  I have a little notebook that I keep by my bed and I just jot down a few things that I want to accomplish for the day.  It’s been really helpful, actually.  And it’s a great excuse to stay under the covers for an extra five minutes!

I don’t know if I can make time for all of these things.  The snooze (I’ve never had to type that word before and it looks super weird… snooze) button is just so tempting!  But rushing out the door is getting super old, and I feel like the morning sets the tone for your whole day.  Right?

What’s your morning routine?  And someone please tell me how I can drag my ass out of bed in the morning… is there a secret?

Okay, gotta get out of bed now so I can get ready for work… It’s 7:35pm – who am I why do I do this?  I just love my bed so much.

See you all tomorrow – happy friday!   I, for one, cannot wait to sleep in…

– L

PS, the routine is king is a reference to the YA novel Mosquitoland.  I tried to find the exact quote again while I was writing this post but I was unsuccessful… in any case, this book is fantastic and I would definitely recommend it.

MUSIC: today’s study soundtrack.

It’s funny how days spent almost exclusively sitting at my desk can feel like the busiest days of all sometimes…  There’s just so much to do!

I’ve been reading a paper about the history of immigration in Toronto for the last…four hours.  Would you like an overview?

  1. people were really really racist
  2. they got slightly less racist for a while
  3. then they got really racist again
  4. and then we embraced multiculturalism for a bit

Bam.  You’re all caught up.

Anyway, all this studying (and work in a couple of hours) has meant not a whole lot of time for blogging… oops.  But, I do have time to hop online and tell you about my soundtrack for these many hours of reading!

I like soft acoustic indie tunes while I study – something that can play in the background

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plus how cute are they?

without being too distracting.  Oh Wonder is pretty much perfect for that.

They’re a sugary sweet British duo that I discovered when they opened for Halsey this
summer.  They’re kind of grossly in love, but both of them have beautiful voices, great lyrics, and the music blends together just enough to keep from being distracting, but not so much that it’s boring.

You know what is boring?

Homework.  That’s what.

What are you listening to lately?  Any other sweet indie tunes to recommend to me for study time?

xo

– L

BEAUTY: my top 7 ride or die make up products.

know, okay, I’m already getting predictable.  First a Lush post, and now my top 7 make up products?  Who am I?

I dunno.  Just a girl who likes to have nice skin, I guess.

Anyway… I have more make up than I need.  Way more, actually.  If I could get back all the money I’ve spent on makeup in my life I could buy… I don’t even want to think about it.  The point is, in those three giant makeup bags there are seven products that are always there for me.

My main squeezes.

My ride or dies.

They seem like a good place to start.

Processed with VSCO with m3 presetI just bought this foundation a little while ago, but I’m already hooked.  I actually went into Sephora to buy the one from Kat Von D’s line, but they didn’t have my colour in stock.  A friend of mine got me a sample of it when I complained about the redness of my skin.  I know I mentioned this last night as well, and I definitely intend to write a full post about it soon… for now though, just take my word for it; it’s very red.

Anyway, I really liked the Kat Von D one, but when they were out of stock one of the ladies in Sephora suggested I try Urban Decay’s All Nighter instead.

I have to use a really firm foundation brush and only the tiniest bit in order to avoid it looking cakey.  Usually when I finish I take a dual fibre brush (the one I have is from MAC) over it in big circles to get rid of any brush strokes. The coverage is AMAZING – so good, in fact, that instead of using concealer over pimples I just dab a little extra foundation over them now.

Anything that eliminates a step from my routine is an instant fave.

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…I’m not sure how to feel.

It’s a big thing right now, I get that, and I can definitely appreciate a solid contour… but for me personally, subtle is the way to go.  That’s why I use powder blush.
I use MAC blush in “harmony” for mine.  I like it because it’s right in the middle of brown and red… brown would definitely clash with my skin tone, and if it were pink it wouldn’t serve much purpose… so, this is the perfect shade for me.  And, as a bonus, it looks great in the crease of my eyelids, too.
For highlighter I like Sephora’s “light beam”.  It’s definitely very sparkly, so if that’s not the look you’re going for, this might not be the one for you (in that case Revlon has a really nice one that is more shiny and less sparkles, and NYX’s liquid illuminator is great too!).

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this photo is so dark, I apologize… this is MAC blacktrack and NYX embellishment.

If you know me you know that I rarely leave the house without a thick black cat-eye going. I’ve been doing my makeup more or less like this since 10th grade and I show no signs of stopping!  I’ve tried lots of different types of liquid eyeliner, but at the end of the day I always come back to MAC’s gel liner in “blacktrack”.  MAC is my all time favourite makeup brand, but it’s hardly affordable for a student, unfortunately.  If you – like me – are on a student budget (and, unlike me, did not receive a MAC gift card for your last birthday) I’d definitely recommend NYX’s matte liquid liner!  Another thing you’ll learn about me is that I am the world’s biggest NYX fan.  Not only is it super affordable, but all of their products come in so many amazing colours, and their staff is always super badass.

Speaking of NYX, my last three faves are from them – surprise, surprise.

Firstly, their tame and frame brow pomade.  I bought this pretty recently too, but I already can’t live without it.  I find it’s not super solid looking, so I usually fill in my brows with brown eyeshadow first… then I take the pomade on an angle brush, brush it over, and BAM, brows are on fleek.
I also use their mascara.  I bought a big pack of four different ones for twenty dollars, but

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I made this one extra small because it’s the worst one… I’m still working on my photography skills.

the ‘stacked’ one is my favourite.  It’s the perfect combination of length and volume, and never clumpy.  Yes please!

Finally, of course… my all time favourite lipstick.  Of ALL TIME.

… NYX Lip Lingerie, in Embellishment.

I love this lipstick possibly more than I love myself.  It is beautiful.  The texture is so creamy and smooth, and the colour is the perfect purple/grey colour and it wears all day and I could go on about this forever.  I have a few of the Lip Lingeries, but this colour is my all time favourite.

Can you tell?

SO anyway, there you have it… my seven faves… my go-tos… my ride or dies.  I swear I couldn’t live without them.

What are the most important things in your makeup bag?  What could you not live without?  And have you ever tried any of my faves – what did you think?

Let me know.  Talk soon!

-L

 

BEAUTY: catastrophe cosmetics facemask.

I thought today would be a write off.

I slept in way later than I had intended – this has been happening to me a lot lately, and I think it’s because I’m not eating properly… but more on that some other time.  The point is, by the time I rolled out of bed I already felt like I had wasted a whole day.  Part of me wanted to just go back to sleep so I wouldn’t have to deal with life.

But NO, not today!  I dragged my ass into the shower and I proceeded to give myself a stern talking to in the mirror.
“This is not who you are anymore,” I told my reflection, “you are not wasting any more days!  Hustle, girl, hustle!”
For some reason the word hustle really gets me going.  I follow a lot of cool people on instagram, and they’re always posting about the hustle.  Up until recently I wasn’t doing a whole lot of hustling, and quite frankly I was feeling a little left out.  But now… school’s in full swing, I’m working on weekends, I’m trying to hit the gym, and of course I have a very important blog to run… the hustle is real, my friends.

Don’t worry, I won’t start using the hashtag on instagram.  As much as I respect the idea, I think the actual thing is a little overdone.

Anyway, the point is, I kicked my ass into gear and got a bunch of stuff done.  And, okay, none of it was school related… but that’s what my day off tomorrow is for!  Right?

Once I finished being productive for the day I figured it was time to reward myself.  I currently have two missions in life, and those are

  1. bring down the ridiculous amount of redness in my skin (no, it’s not rosacea, but there is something wrong with me… I’ve changed up my diet and my skincare routine to figure it out, but that’s another tale for another time); and
  2. treat myself in ways that don’t involve food (especially barbeque chips and donuts,, which have somehow become my two biggest vices)

And so, the logical way to end my night was… a face mask!

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definitely looks like something I want to rub on my face.

In my quest for the ultimate soothing face products I naturally turned to Lush.  What can I say?  I’m basic as hell.  Anyway, in addition to boring things like cleanser, I also felt like it was necessary to get a face mask.  The lady who worked there recommended I try Catastrophe Cosmetic – a blend of blueberries, calamine, and chamomile.

Honestly I nearly didn’t buy this mask for the sole reason that it has to stay in the fridge, and that is very, very far away from my bed.  Don’t judge!  But I ended up being very glad that I went for it (in spite of the massive inconvenience of walking fifty paces to the kitchen).

It smells great, as all Lush products seem to (except that one mask with garlic in it, probably… I’m sure it feels fantastic, but what’s the point if it doesn’t smell nice?), and it feels even better.  Because it comes straight out of the fridge it’s nice and cool, and it’s super smooth.  It washed off easily, and left my skin feeling totally smooth, clean, and gorgeous… exactly how it should be!

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not really how I imagined my first selfie on the blog, but…

Of course on this particular occasion I was drinking a mimosa (left over from a baby shower on the weekend), so I can’t say it helped in terms of redness.  But that’s my own fault, now isn’t it?  And hey, it certainly helped in terms of feeling like a damn goddess!  I’m quite certain that whatever is going on with my skin can’t be fixed with an $8 face mask anyway.  The first time I used it I definitely noticed a temporary improvement, and when my face is feeling hot and irritated this mask is my new go-to.

You know those days where you’ve been running around for hours, eating junk food, probably putting on sunscreen or sweating or even just wearing foundation and you can feel it all on your face?

Yes.  This is for those days.

If you’ve tried this mask before, what did you think?  Have you tried any other face masks you liked – or made any yourself?  I’ve definitely done the ol’ yogurt/honey/banana before… tasted great, but felt too sticky.  Any others to recommend?

Happy tuesday, lovelies – see you tomorrow!

– L

HERE WE GO…

This blog was an accident.

It was late, and I was having one of those days.  I was spinning around in my desk chair, staring at my giant to do list and feeling utterly uninspired to do any of it.  I wanted something to work on – some creative project that was just for me.

Instead of doing something productive, I started Skyping my friend Sarah.  Sarah’s a photographer, a snapchat aficionado, and a personal cheerleader for everyone she meets.  She’s the one who suggested I start blogging again, and her positive attitude made me think that maybe she was right – maybe I would be good at it this time!  In fact she got me so excited that I went and bought my domain name right then and there.

Then the call ended and I started to have a bit of a melt down.

what am I doing??  I don’t have time for this, I can’t do this, I’m not interesting enough for this.
Oh, and I’ve tried blogging before… it’s hard.

So there’s that.  

It was a long night – there was a lot of freaking out.  Sometimes I think I buy things that I think will help me live a certain type of life (it never works)… and I had just done that very thing with a damn domain name.  At least when I buy too many lipsticks I can wear them to work!

I decided that I wasn’t going to move forward with it – that I would just forget about the whole thing and try not to dwell on it too much… but my mind kept wandering back the idea.  I started thinking about what my aesthetic would be, and titles for blog posts wouldn’t stop popping into my head.  So hey, I thought, why the hell not?

And thus, MOMPUNK was born – for real this time.  I started making lists, coming up with a palette of colours, gathering photos for instagram and drafting posts… and now we’re here!  I haven’t done as much prep as I wanted, but they say the hardest part of anything is the start, and I have a feeling that if I don’t just hit that publish button, nothing is ever going to go up on here.

SO, that unnecessarily long story was basically to say… hello!  Welcome!  This is MOMPUNK.

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MOMPUNK HQ, aka my very cluttered desk

 

Here’s what you can expect to see here:

+ playlists of some great tunes
+ my favourite make up products
+ university talk
+ my sad attempts at DIY projects
+ tips for life (or something)
+ real talk about things like sex, feminism, and how hard it is to be an adult
+ just me, ranting, raving, rambling, and being the mess of a woman that I am

So, any tips on who to follow, what to post, or how to… y’know… be a blogger?  Let me know!

see you tomorrow,

– L