So Long, Plastic Microbeads!

Credit: MCPA Photos/Flickr Creative Commons

Credit: MCPA Photos/Flickr Creative Commons

If you didn’t already know, I love the ocean. (After all, “sea” is half of this blog’s title.) In my day job, I work for an environmental nonprofit, which aims to protect the ocean. It can sometimes feel overwhelming—especially when there are so many problems facing the ocean, and seemingly so few solutions. Earlier this week, however, the ocean community had a major victory, and one which coincides nicely with the content on my blog: the United States Congress passed a ban on plastic microbeads in soaps, body wash, and other personal care products.

24 Thoughts While Preparing for the GRE

Okay, let’s do this. Buy all the test-prep books! Wow, these are expensive… I’ll study tomorrow. Or maybe the day after. Crap… I’m running out of time. I really need to sign up for a test date. What do you mean it’s $190? Do you know how much makeup I could buy for $190?! Time to study. No, seriously this time. God, math is awful… did I really know all of this at one point? Why didn’t I just take this test after high school? Pretty sure I would have done better. What the hell are you supposed to do with a negative exponent in the denominator of a fraction? Is that even legal? Maybe vocab will be better… Garrulous? Really? Who even uses that word? And nadir? When is that going to be useful? Maybe I’m not cut out for grad-school. I’m never going to accomplish anything in life! No. Stop…

The World Needs More Mermaids

I hope you don’t mind a brief deviation from my usual content in exchange for a small dose of inspiration– especially for those of you about to graduate.

Yesterday, I received a letter from my aunt. It was meant to be a “graduation present,” despite the fact that I graduated two years ago. Inside the card, was a silver necklace with a mermaid on it and a copy of Barbara Bush’s 1990 Commencement Speech to Wellesley College.

The speech was exactly what I needed to read.

Happy Mother’s Day!


Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers, grandmothers, and mother-figures out there! I hope you’re all being celebrated the way you deserve!

One of  the hardest parts about living far from home is that I don’t get to celebrate these special days with my family. And while Mother’s Day was never a big deal in our house growing up, it’s become more important to me in recent years. I’ve always known that my mom was smart, creative, beautiful and kind, but as I’ve gotten older, I’ve come to appreciate how much dedication and hard work she put into our family.

Spring Wish List 2015


One, Two, Three, Four, Five, Six

Don’t you just love spring? The days are longer, the sun is shining, the flowers are blooming…! It feels good to put away the boots and sweaters I wore all winter long and break out the skirts and sundresses I’ve been neglecting. As with all changes in season, I’ve quite enjoyed rediscovering old favorites that haven’t seen the outside of my closet for a while.

Then again, it’s always fun to dream… Here are a few of the products I’m lusting after this spring.

Face Off | Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liner vs. Kat Von D Tattoo Liner


I’m a liquid liner kinda gal. I’ve loved the winged liner look ever since my junior year of high school, when my mom took me to a  Lancome counter before Homecoming. The woman tried her darndest to teach me how to create a perfect cat eye…and even though it took several years to perfect, I stuck with it. (Looking back at photos of myself from that era make me cringe…Oh how far I’ve come.)

Now, winged liner has pretty much become an everyday thing for me. There are obviously a million ways to wear liquid liner, but I especially love to pair a dramatic flick with a red lip. It just feels so classic and polished!

One of the things that I’ve learned over the years, is that it’s all about having the right tools. I’ve tried lots and lots of different liners, but I discovered the Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner about two years ago, and it immediately became a staple. Last fall, however, I began hearing lots of people talk about the Kat Von D Tattoo Liner. I decided to give it a try, and I’ve been testing it out, side-by-side with the Stila liner for the past four months.

Here’s how the two stack up…