Currently Crushing

1. Having both heard about contouring being the latest and greatest beauty trend, my Mom and I both said yolo during our most recent visit to Sephora and each bought beginner's contouring kits. My Mom bought Smashbox's Step-by-Step Counter Kit and I bought Sephora brand's Contouring 101 Face Palette. If you're at all curious about the basics of contouring then give this video a watch. Use your favorite contouring/bronzing product (mine is Benefit Cosmetic's Hoola), invest in a beauty blender (Marshall's and TJ Maxx sell this brand for cheap) and give it a go! After a couple of tries, I actually noticed a difference in the definition of my [best] facial features.

2. I love these face masks from Sephora ($6 each). Once every couple of weeks, I leave one of these bad boys on my face for 20 minutes and voila- calmed, luminous skin (without all the messy goop of typical face masks).

3. Lately, I've gotten into the habit of rolling out of bed and going to the gym at 6 am in the morning. At 6 am, I have very little patience for my standard pump-up workout playlist. Instead, I've been getting into podcasts. Lauren Conrad curated a great list of podcasts on her blog, with TED Radio Hour and The Ricky Gervais Show being some of my favorites. Whether you're gearing up for a morning workout or are on a long road trip, these podcasts are bound to keep you entertained.

4. I bought this sweater in bright ivory from Madewell during their recent 40% off everything sale. If you're in the market for a casual, comfy sweater, then this is for you. The sweater fits a little boyfriend-ish but is made flattering by its side slits, rolled up sleeves, and V-neck. It's perfect for dressing up or snuggling up for a Netflix marathon.

5. Last weekend, my boyfriend and I tried an avocado smoothie at the pho restaurant down the street from my apartment. The end result was us both fighting over the smoothie's straw because the smoothie (which we quickly renamed the California Milkshake) was that good. After asking the waitress what magical unicorn powers were in the smoothie, we were both pleasantly surprised to learn the avocado smoothie (which tastes like a rich vanilla milkshake by the way) is surprisingly healthy. Try one for yourself with this recipe.

6. This Y-necklace (which sells for $44) has been one of my favorite jewelry buys. This minimalist necklace catches light in a very elegant way, is well-made, adjusts to three different lengths, and is great for wearing to work, going out, or spicing up your favorite v-neck tee.