Wednesday, August 31

Head to Toe Remix #5: Gray Suede Heels

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| earrings: somewhere in Ireland | top: Old Navy | belt: Target | bf jeans: Gap {current model} | heels: H&M {gray suede heels for you!} | watch: c/o JORD

I didn't mean to knock it out of the park on our penultimate Head to Toe Remix (no clue what that is? Here's a quick look back: kick-off/acccessory, outerwear, top, bottom); but though the focus here is the shoes, I haven't worn these earrings/top/jeans all season either! This outfit is a closet orphanage field trip, basically. 

I knew immediately that I'd be picking between two pairs of heels to style for this challenge. I think the real issue is that I rarely wear proper heels to my super casual office (obviously excluding wedges and clogs), and when I'm getting dressed up, I stick to the same couple pairs. I picked up this gray pair from H&M a few years ago after seeing similar pairs on several super chic bloggers, thinking I needed them. They're actually pretty comfy and definitely deserve to get worn a little more. Or sold on Poshmark ;)

As for the rest of the look- as Summer winds down, I've rotated my closet and drawers so that everything that hasn't been worn this season is at the very front, for a last hurrah (or the part where I force myself to get rid of it.) It's a great strategy that I really recommend! That brought me to this bright pink top. My bf jeans are an old favorite that...seem to be fitting me better than ever these days. Not sure what's going on there. 
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I could've guessed Elana would pick these shoes, actually! While her choices are usually more on the classic/feminine side (girl could write a book about Peter Pan collars) these shoes are on the fierce as hell side. I've loved every time I've seen her wear them, but they definitely jump out as a deviant of her typical style! The rest of the outfit is totally in her comfort zone (fit&flare dress, layered with plaid) which I think is totally the way to do it. Check out her full post

Thanks for following along with the Head to Toe Remix! We have one final installment for you (slightly out of order- whoops!) Elana & I will be back next week with a dress. Stay tuned! Have a great Wednesday! 

Tuesday, August 30

Current State of the Union 8.30.16

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how adorable is August? The Paper Source Foil Letterpress Calendar for 2017 is now available and it is SO cute!

Currently / life:
+ I've been racking my brain about what to put in this slot about life in August- I got nothing. Minus my brother's wedding weekend, and a few other bursts of excitement, things have been really chill!
+ Most recently, Carina & I have been making arrangements for our trip to Europe (coming up fast- next month! Though really it's the beginning of October.) This includes reaching out to old friends (and blogging friends) looking at airb&bs, booking flights, and not spending money otherwise.
+ I had an organized "post list" for August and really stuck to it: Elana & I kicked off the Head to Toe Remix and have so far styled an accessory, outerwear, a top, and a bottom; I had a couple exciting weekends, at homeat a bachelorette party and home again for Coren & Marisol's wedding; I wore these green pants again, a favorite chambray sundress, and my favorite Summer sandals; and in other news, partnered with thredUP and shared my Top 10 ipsy/Birchbox finds of all time. It was a good month for blogging, apparently!

Currently / shopping:
+ Guys- I have nothing to report here! *Round of applause* I even stopped in a boutique this past weekend and left empty-handed when I didn't find anything I loved. Knowing I have two trips (NYC & Paris) coming up where I will be shopping is keeping me motivated.
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Currently / beauty: clockwise
+ EOS balm in Lemon Drop | What's the phenomenon called when you have no EOS balms and then suddenly you have three? I suddenly have three. And no balm is quite as satisfying. 
+ Ciaté Paint Pot in Spinning Teacup | I haven't used this yet, but couldn't help but notice it's just like a favorite of mine, Essie Play Date (currently on my toes.) Uh bonus that I just learned this is a British Beauty favorite!
+ Manna Kadar 3-in-1 eyeshadow | Also a highlighter and blush! My co-worker randomly handed me this, and I love the shimmery nude pink so much I wore it in my brother's wedding! 
+ Chella eyeliner pen in Indigo | I also don't know where this came from, but I found it one morning, and absolutely love "felt tip" eyeliner; so I just wore it to work for fun! Great product and color. Wearing it here
+ Stila Liquid Lipstick in Patina | I think you've heard enough about this from me- but it's my new favorite lip color. I had myself AND my sisters wearing it for my brother's wedding! A fantastic lip product in a perfect neutral pink. 

*Interested in ipsy/Birchbox? <-- Subscribe for $10! More about ipsy/Birchbox here.*

Currently / pop culture:
Glory - Britney Spears | Ironically, I’ve only become a huge (old) Britney fan in the last few years, but I’ve really been enjoying her latest release! Let’s be honest- Britney is a hot mess, and I love her just the same, the vocals are a bit cringeworthy, but this album is full of jams! Listen to: Man on the Moon
California - Blink-182 | The release of a Blink-182 record sans Tom Delonge has been highly contested (one of my co-workers went as far to say “That’s not Blink-182, that’s a cover band.”) but imho Mark Hoppus and Matt Skiba put together a great album, with the classic Blink sound we know and love. Listen to: She's Out of Her Mind
Emotion Side B - Carly Rae Jepsen | First off, if you’re not familiar with E*MO*TION, the cult favorite jam of the century that is today's answer to 80's pop, get back to me (I’ve already talked about this.) Because CRJ loves us, she has released B-sides that (I am listening to at this moment) and are completely fantastic. Listen to: The One 
+ Slight deviant- Have you guys heard of the podcast Song ExploderI don’t listen to many podcasts because I have a really short attention span, but this one is great! Each episode follows production of a single track (Coffee- Sylvan Esso, Ophelia- the Lumineers, Summer Elaine and Drunk Dori- Weezer, to name a few.) It’s totally fascinating insight from artists, and best of all, episodes are each about 20 minutes long :) 

+ Just finished The Night Of on Sunday! While true crime might feel a little tired right now, I loved the characters and really felt like it was Serial meets Prison Break, two things I was a huge fan of.
+ Carina also got me into Siblings, a super fun, easy watch on BBC that was tragically cancelled after two seasons. Find it on Hulu! 

*psst, follow along with me on Spotify! Be warned that Michael Bolton is in my top played artists*
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from last weekend's adventure in Brevard, NC

Currently / Nashville:
[dirty] Melrose Billiards | One of my favorite spots in town, that's about to get a makeover (get over there while you can!) What's the most charming part? Going back in time? Disgruntled Kevin or Grayson the bartenders? The jukebox? Old men betting on golf? Decades of stale cigarette smoke? Ping pong and victory chips? Can't decide! 
Bar Sovereign | On the total flipside- another boutique cocktail bar that's recently opened, half the allure being you can barely find the place! I met a friend for drinks and enjoyed...something I can't quite remember (NOT drunk. Can't remember what the drink was called.) But don't take my word for it!


What's your latest in life, pop culture, beauty, shopping, and Nashville (or your city?) Share below!

If you've missed a Current State from months past, you can find them all right here.

Sunday, August 28

City Slacker

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| sunnies: Target / similar | lip color: NYX liquid lipstick in Soft-spoken | tee: Old Navy / solid | jean jacket, the true love of my life: Gap / similar | jeans: Old Navy | watch: c/o JORD | purse: Kate Spade / super cute option | sandals: Target |

This outfit is from a casual half-day hanging around my favorite city (San Francisco) with my favorite little Peanut (my sister Carina.) When I went home a few weeks ago for Tuppy’s show/a bridal shower/the SF marathon, we had just enough time on Monday morning before I flew back to walk to breakfast and shopping in Hayes Valley (which I loooove.) Everyone in my family knows they are on stand-by to shoot for perfectly Pri at all times, and I couldn’t resist getting some shots in the city by the Bae. 

Nothing much to see here, folks; but I loved this combination!

I picked up this tee in the Spring from Old Navy, but it feels so Madewell. Carina also commented that it reminded her of the striped Marimekko tees we grew up wearing. The weight of this tee is pretty perfect, as is the crew neck.


And I don’t think you’ve seen these sandals on the blog recently (…ever?) because I mostly wear them in super casual situations. I have absolutely worn them out this Summer- I’ve hardly worn another pair of sandals! But it’s a-ok, because during Target’s Memorial Day sale I went ahead and ordered a back-up pair. So the minute I break through the heels on these (won’t be much longer now…) I have a brand new pair still in the box in my closet. That is a fashion philosophy I absolutely stand by- if you wear an item enough to wear it out, order a second one to have ready! They are actually still available but always sell out- you can find them right here!

I realize we're still in the middle of the weekend (wahoo!) and I never post on Sundayz ever, do I have my stuff together or what?! Enjoy your day! 

Thursday, August 25

My Top 10 ipsy & Birchbox Products

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By now, if you know literally one thing about me from reading this blog, it’s that I started subscribing to ipsy and Birchbox nearly two years ago, and have become kinda obsessed. It’s not that I was a beauty person before, or even now, really, but I like to think my subs have at least eradicated my status as a total beauty rookie.

Two years in I have tried out a TON of products, and I love that aspect of trying something that I normally wouldn’t have. I frequently buy things for people or lend things to people or rave about a product to my sisters or friends and always say the same thing “I got this in my ipsy/Birchbox!” I’m unfortunately very predictable.

However, some of the products have jumped out above the rest; the ones that have made me say "How was I NOT using this before?!" and got me to thinking- what are the ten best products I’ve ever received? These are things that, if I haven’t purchased already, I’m planning to, or would purchase if I didn’t already own.

And they are a great place to start for beauty rookies, mavens, or anyone in between!

Here they are, my Top 10 ipsy/Birchbox Products:
*Most of these products have additional reviews on the blog that I’ve linked to.

1.       beauty blender | I still remember the gasp heard ‘round the office when I got this in my Birchbox. Said gasp was partially because I had never heard of them. Beauty blenders are THE best way to apply and blend concealer or foundation, and bonus that they keep things neat. More here.
2.     Elizabeth Mott primer | I’ve tried out several primers, but none that I have stuck with like this one. A dab of this keeps eye make-up in place ALL day- and I mean to the office and gym and drinks. The consistency and texture of it is perfect. As soon as I finish my sample I will be purchasing this. More here.
3.     NYX soft-spoken | I’m not ranking within this list buuuut if I were, this might be the overall winner. You’ve heard me rave about this product and shade so many times, but here’s one more. This is my MLBB. It’s extremely close to my natural lip color, and the formula goes on nicely, and stays put. The matte finish adds a bit of subtle polish. Just a fantastic product and shade! Initial review / what it looks like on me.
4.     Stila liquid lipstick | I’m a lip color fanatic above anything else, and I’ve received many a gloss/stick/crayon, but this product is a cut above the rest. I’ve received it in Beso (which I’ve misplaced) and recently in Patina (a neutral pink) and I’m about ready to buy them in every color! The formula is fantastic- long lasting and perfect in glossy or matte. Initial review / what they look like on me: Patina / Beso.
5.     Hello by Harvey Prince perfume | I purchased this perfume, which is the best vote of confidence I can give you! I like scents that are fresh and not too sweet, and this fits the bill perfectly. More here.
6.     Mirenesse mascara | I have sampled a bunch of mascara, and I think you’d agree that most of them rank about the same. This is the best mascara I’ve ever used. Something about the curved brush really lifted & separated my lashes like I’d never seen! At $30 a pop, I was hesitant to purchase it on my own, but in an act of providence, I just received this in a Birchbox mystery sample pack for FREE. For realz. More here.
7.     Klorane dry shampoo | I’m sorry I’m such a broken record, but the only hair product I used on a regular basis is dry shampoo (daily.) I always run out of it when I travel, so I always love getting a sample. This dry shampoo is tinted, which makes it just that much better for this dark brunette. More here.
8.     Beaver shampoo & conditioner | My hair is thick and difficult to wash. I really notice a difference when I use cheaper shampoo, and likewise if I use really good stuff. This shampoo and conditioner left my hair feeling noticeably different and super clean! It would be a splurge for shampoo & conditioner, but totally worth it. They are consistently sold out in the Birchbox shop, which is another good sign. More here.
9.     Jelly Pong liner | I typically save black eyeliner for more festive occasions, and rarely wear it to work on a normal day. This liner is the perfect step in between. It definitely takes eye make-up to the next level, but is still subtle enough to wear for daytime. The shimmery brown is so pretty, and it’s a thicker crayon, so it goes on super easily. More here.
10.  Redken Windblown spray | I am very lazy chill when it comes to my hair, so it takes a LOT to get me to use a product. What I love about this is that it works on any state of hair- natural, straightened, curled, you name it. It’s a “finishing spray” which likens to a hairspray, but also gives you some volume and texture, sans crunch. More here.


If you have love for one of these products (or something similar, or something different) I would love to hear about it! I’m still just barely above beauty rookie status and welcome all advice :)

Let me know if you’d like to hear my soapbox of why I enjoy Birchbox & ipsy so much. For a while I was comparing the two monthly if you’d like to determine which one would best for you. Over the last few months I’ve just been highlighting the best from each sub.

You can subscribe to ipsy or Birchbox for $10/month using my referral links, if you like!

Wednesday, August 24

Head to Toe Remix #4: Black Cargo Pants

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Three cheers for Wednesday! It’s hump day, we’re halfway to the weekend, AND it’s time for another weekly installment of the #HeadtoToeRemix with Elana of Room 334.

If you’ve missed the series entirely, (first of all, stop being a terrible friend); in an effort to shop our closets and therefore not actually shop, Elana and I are remixing abandoned items in our closet, from head to toe! So far I’ve remixed a Summer scarf, a leather jacket, and a vintage floral blouse. Click through for full posts and Elana’s equivalents (a statement necklace, a utility vest, and a striped button-up.)
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| lip: Stila Liquid Lipstick in Patina | watch: c/o JORD | necklace: gift (Forever 21) | top, pants, & loafers: Old Navy haha oops |

So today we’re focusing on neglected bottoms which makes me LOL. There are several ways I could’ve gone here- skirts, jeans, shorts, etc. however instead of an item that’s actually been “neglected”, I opted for one I’m always just looking for more ways to style: my beloved cargo pants.

I purchased these on a total whim from the Old Navy clearance section years ago, figuring, “they’re $8 and it’s always good to have pants that aren’t jeans and if I wear them once, I’ll get my moneys worth.” Now, cargo pants should never be someone’s claim to fame, but yeah, I’ve worn them quite a bit.

The remix for me here was simply wearing them with flat shoes which I realize sounds silly, but this tiny tweak totally changed the vibe of the outfit into something I’ve never tried before. These pants seem casual, plus something about the crop had previously all but required me to pair them with a heel or wedge of some kind.

This time I went with a closet favorite, my gold loafers, for a look that was totally laid back and cool. Does my outfit say “I curled my hair four days ago for a Bachelorette party?” Because that would be accurate!
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Elana is wearing a look I can see transitioning to Fall so easily with booties and a cardigan (that's what this time of year is all about, right?) Button-front skirts like this are so on trend, and the khaki is a nice twist! She should definitely hang on to this one. See her full post right here.

If you have cargo pants, PLEASE let me know, I’m looking for members for my support group.

Thank you for following along with the #HeadtoToeRemix! And thanks to Elana for co-hosting. We’ll be back next week featuring a “closet orphaned” pair of shoes!

Monday, August 22

Weekend Update: #MaizyMari

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As is customary around here, I have some iPhone snaps to share for now, and will share the offish wedding photos as soon as we get them- so excited about that!

You GUYS. No one warned me or prepared me for a family wedding. I’m getting to be like a pro at going to weddings and being a bridesmaid (…not my own…sobbing emoji) but a family wedding weekend has seriously taken things to the next level.

Going into the weekend I knew that I should throw the idea of “personal space” out the window and just soak up “The Pappus, extended edition: MORE people and MORE cultures” and that mindset was very helpful, HAHA.

Camarillo Ranch is just gorgeous and felt very Californian, the weather was to die for, and the Victorian home and barn an amazing backdrop. It was a total blast getting to experience wedding festivities, from the rehearsal to pictures to ceremony to the reception with some of my favorite people on the planet, my sibs (and a couple of THEIR favorite people <3 and extended family that traveled really far, and some seriously awesome family friends.)

I did give a speech that went well, and I actually had fun giving it! Tuppy sang and played Around You” – Sherwood for the first dance, and then Coren & Tuppy played and sang I Won’t Give Up” – Jason Mraz at the reception which was 100% the definition of a moment for life. We have videos of it all (not pictured- my sisters & I weeping in the background.) It was a family affair, through & through.

And if you’re wondering if my dad came out on the dance floor to “In Da Club”…yes, that happened.


I am perfectly exhausted at going from Nashville to the Bay Area and down to Southern California and back to the Bay Area and then back to Nashville (wow even writing that sentence wears me out) but, thankful. And exhausted from F-U-N.

And MOST IMPORTANTLY- congrats Coren & Marisol! We love you and loved getting to celebrate you!!

Our first Pappu wedding is in the books.

*A note on that hashtag- when they got engaged I was excitedly texting Marisol and included #MaizyMari as a joke (Coren...sounds like corn...maiz in Spanish...Mari is her nickname...) AND it stuck! I promise you that was thrown together in five minutes and isn't my best work. 

**Oh, I realize I don't have a photo here with the actual couple on the actual day...stay tuned. 

Friday, August 19

Chambray AllDay

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| lip: NYX liquid lipstick in Soft-Spoken | cardi: ancient H&M | necklace: Target | dress: Old Navy | heels: Francesca’s | watch: c/o JORD |


I wish-listed this little chambray sundress a while ago, and haven’t been able to get enough of it this Summer! So far I’ve worn it to a concert (Silversun Pickups at the Ryman) out to dinner (Easy Bistro in Chattanooga) and now to work, making it office-approp with a cardigan. It’s a dress that I can put on and go without much thought or adjustment, the “corset style” is so comfortable and flattering!

Looking at these photos again, I can’t wait to style this dress for Fall over a flannel with booties!

If you didn’t previously scope out Old Navy’s chambray catalog at the start of the Summer, there’s still time! This dress is still available in limited sizes (lucky you!) and some other chambray options are on mega sale as they gear up for Fall: like this functional dress, this pretty top, and this jumpsuit (OMG.)

ALSO I have to make an amendment to being so excited about not spending money on shopping in July. Honest mistake- I realized in retro that at the start of the month I had to buy an “emergency outfit” (just ask!), and while at Francesca’s, took these shoes into the dressing room “purely for trying on purposes” and, they came home with me. This is why I don’t go to animal shelters! These heels are faux leather and I’m not convinced at their longevity, but for now, let the good times roll. I’ve had my eyes on a pair of  “basket style heels” 4evsies.

You guys, I’m sorry I always talk about the same things on my blog! If there was an algorithm or something that could calculate the most used phrases on perfectly Priya I know it would be: Old Navy! Dry shampoo! Lip color! Graphic Tees! My jean jacket! Always a Bridesmaid! Being busy! Not doing my hair! Not shopping! Ipsy/Birchbox! Clogs! Haha. What would the algorithm say about your blog?


And while you’re reading this, I am in California for my brother Coren’s wedding to Marisol! It’s finally hereeeeee!! Follow along on Instagram and/or my personal Twitter for #siblingselfies and #sariselfies, and if the alcohol and emotions don’t kill me, I’ll be back on Monday!