Wednesday, May 18, 2016


Sweater || Sunnies
Sneakers || Denim

Hi, friends. I'm glad you're here!
Can you believe that summer is just around the corner?
This is kind of a strange time for me — it's the first year that I don't have a summer break (cue the tears). I guess that's what happens when you graduate college... While it's a little disappointing, I've been pretty good about making travel and "me time" a priority during this first year of my career. 
Balance is so key.

On that note, let's jump into this month's installment of the "lately" series! 

WEARING: Neutrals. But really, when am I not? I rarely gravitate toward color, other than the occasional light blue hints in the summer. I've always had a difficult time committing to color, so it's no surprise that most of my closet is a sea of white, grey and black. There are some really fun prints I've seen this season that I'm dying to try (namely the green banana leaf print!) so I may step out of my comfort zone a bit.

WATCHING: This is kind of random, but I've been into watching YouTubers lately! My favorites right now are Sarah Belle and Caitlin Bea. New suggestions are welcome!

READING: I recently stumbled upon this article about four men with four different levels of income speaking frankly about the lifestyles they can afford — it's a great piece on perspective. 

TESTING: Clay-based face masks. I'm a habitual user of the ultra-inexpensive Queen Helene Mint Julep face mask and have been using it with satisfaction for years. So when Valencia offered to send me their Detoxifying Clay Mask, I was all for it — I love a good cleansing mask! While I'm a fan of their other products (especially the hydrating mask & eye cream!), unfortunately, this one missed the mark for me. About 30 seconds after I applied the product to my face, I felt a strong burning sensation... so, I promptly removed the mask and was left tending to my raw, red face for the next hour or so until my skin calmed down. While I can't recommend this particular product in good faith, I will say that I do like the fact that Valencia products are made in the U.S. with natural ingredients. If you've ever tried Valencia's Detoxifying Clay Mask, I'd be interested in hearing more about your experience!

CONSUMING: Well, if you couldn't tell, brunch. I popped up to NYC last weekend to visit a friend and basically ate my way through the city. How on earth have I never had French cuisine?! If you've never had a croque-madame I highly recommend that you try one ASAP — I'm seriously too obsessed!

What are y'all loving lately?
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  1. Thanks for sharing about the face mask - I have such sensitive skin and so many products make it flare up. Good to know I'm not the only one :)
    XO Amanda |

    1. I really hate to post negative publicity on my blog, but I really feel strongly about maintaining a sense of honesty here on Keynotes. I'm glad you appreciated the review!

  2. I need to try this face mask!! And all that food looks sooooo yummy! xo, Alex

    1. If you try it, you'll have to let me know if it works out better for you than it did for me. And as for the food, I know, talk about #brunchgoals haha

  3. Such a fun post, I love reading about the new things in blogger's lives! Sad to hear about the face mask! Never tried that one, but I have had a mask burn me in the past and it was not fun!


  4. I am OBSESSED with french cuisine!! If you like Sarah belle and Caitlyn Bea, you should definitely look into Alexandra Garza - she's great!

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