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Allison's London & Paris Bucket List

via 12 Hrs

While I am always daydreaming about hitting the road and traveling, I'm actually not much of a wanderer. Working a full-time job in retail and online doesn't give me a lot of spare time, and at the end of the day I'm content just curling up with my boyfriend, dog and a good podcast or Netflix binge. I've pinned places from all over the globe, but the truth is I've never even left the country!

So imagine my shock when my boyfriend's parents surprised us with an early Christmas gift—they're taking us to London and Paris for two weeks this summer. I still can't actually believe it, and I don't think it will hit me until we board the plane. So naturally, I'm already going over a few sights that I'd love to see and places that I must go shop. Oh, and I suppose I need to get a passport.

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How To Rock Bold Eyeliner

Before I really got into makeup I always wanted to wear bold eyeliners but never had the courage. I thought my face couldn't handle it and I had no idea how to apply it. After playing around for a long time I've come across few ways that anyone can pull off that wild eyeliner they have been eyeing!

via Pretty Cute Eyes

If you are new to makeup or just haven't explored different colors yet, stick with liners that are more earthy. Start with lining them in your waterline or on your lower lash line and once you feel comfortable with that, add the liner to your upper lash line!

Copper | Bronze

During the daytime you don't want to go towards anything too bright or shimmery. Colors such as purple, blue, brown and green are great ways to branch outside the usual black liner but still have that pop! Create a thin line on your upper lash line and smudge it out so you are comfortable wearing it!

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Style Crush: Jamie Chung

I have a lot of celebrity fashion icons but my all time favorite has to be Jamie Chung. She exudes confidence and is very poise in the way she carries herself.

Most don't know that Chung's first appearance on the small screen was as a cast member on MTV's reality series The Real World: San Diego. Recently, she's starred in the movie Big Hero 6 and has appeared in the ABC hit Once Upon A Time. She's even engaged to Bryan Greenberg, who I will always remember as Jake Jagielski from One Tree Hill.

via InStyle 

In addition to all her success thus far as an actress, she has time to maintain her fashion blog, What the Chung?. Here are a few of my all-time favorite Jamie Chung looks... 

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6 More Ways To Use Coconut Oil In Your Beauty Routine

via Everyday Roots

As a college student I always try to find ways to downsize my costs. I've found that coconut oil can cut out many products that I used to buy. Here are 6 ways that coconut oil will cut out some beauty products in your routine!

1. Makeup brush cleaner

If coconut oil is safe to use on your face then it is surely safe to use on your brushes. You will be amazed as too how much product actually is in there! With a little coconut oil all the residue will be sure to come out. Microwave a bit of coconut oil until it is liquified, dip your brushes in the liquid then swirl your brush on a paper towel or washcloth, rinse the brush under warm water then let them dry.

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Gift Wrapping Inspiration To Help You Through The Holidays

via The Proper Pinwheel

With the holidays quickly approaching, it's time to get into the holiday spirit! This includes getting our gifts together, wrapping them and putting them under the tree! Each year my sisters and I try to find creative and cute ways of wrapping our gifts. It gets more and more difficult every year, so I've been stalking Pinterest for fun gift wrapping inspiration...

via Jasmine Dowling 

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What To Buy At Topshop Right Now

I didn't realize how much I loved Topshop until I went to London. If you thought the Topshop store in New York City is big, then you've never been to the one on Oxford Circus in London. There's usually a DJ playing right as you walk in, a cupcake shop, nail salon and blow drying salon all located within the store. There's always a huge selection of staple pieces to contemporary and vibrant pieces at Topshop... basically something for everyone. Here are a few of my favorite items you should buy at Topshop right now!

I love this boxy shirt, especially since it's short sleeved. It adds a bit of a twist to that typical chambray jean shirt we all have in our closets. It's super versatile too. You can pair it with a cardigan, layer a sweater over it or wear it as-is.

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5 Fun Games To Play With The Family During The Holidays

The holidays is a time of families gathering. It can be exciting catching up with cousins or relatives that you've haven't seen in a while. However, sometimes there comes a point where you've finished catching up and there's nothing left to talk about. After the chit-chat and catching up, it's a great time to play a game or two. Here are five fun games to play with the family during the holidays!

Heads Up!

This game is perfect and super easy to play. Anyone with an iPhone or iPad can purchase this app and play. Hold your phone up and try to guess the word from clues given by friends and family. When you guess correctly, tilt your phone down and when you want to pass, tilt it up.

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