The Preppy Scientist

Friday, May 26, 2017

Random Favourites: A Book, Podcast and Two Albums

This post is kind of a mish-mash of things I have been loving lately. Separately, each topic wasn't quite enough for a whole post - but together it works! 


Everything Everything is marketed as young adult novel - but I still loved it! If the name sounds familiar to you - that's because there is currently a movie out based on the novel. Amandla Stenberg (aka Rue from The Hunger Games) plays the main character, Maddy. Without spoiling anything, Maddy has a rare disease which keeps her from leaving her house. To pass the time spent isolated, she enjoys observing her neighbours.  When a new family moves in next door, her life completely changes! It's a quick read but a good one nonetheless. If you plan on watching the movie - don't read the book first because there will be major spoilers!

If you love anything Harry Potter, you will for sure love Harry Potter and the Sacred Text. One thing I enjoy about Harry Potter is how you're able to pick up on something new each time you read the books. The hosts read through a chapter of each book per episode, and analyze it through a specific theme. I've read the Harry Potter series a few times now and even I was pleasantly surprised learning new information I missed and thinking about the text in a different way. I love listening to this podcast in the car and shower.

Paramore: After Laughter and Harry Styles: Harry Styles were both released on the same day and I totally felt like I was in high school again. 

I am a huge Paramore fan and the new album is both angsty and fun. I love the tracks Rose Coloured Boy and 26! Harry Styles is another huge favourite of mine right now. I was really looking forward to hearing his sound outside of One Direction and he really did not disappoint, I absolutely love the track Woman and also Kiwi. I hope he plays them when I go to see him live in October (!!!!!!). 

What are you enjoying right now?

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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Off the Shoulder Ruffle Dress

I'm pretty sure I've found the best dress ever for summer. This dress is super adorable on its own and could easily be dressed up or down. I can definitely see it being worn to an outdoor wedding, a weekend getaway or even a casual night out.

I love how comfortable the fabric is and the fit is great as well. There is a lot of room in the chest but not as much room throughout the rest of the dress. If you are looking for a loose fit throughout, I would size up.

The green is my favourite of the colours! I received so many compliments while wearing it. Paired with a bright pair of tassel earrings, it's a perfect outfit for summer!

The sandals I have on are from last summer (similar pair here) but I think the embellishment works well with the entire outfit and makes it fun. You could easily swap in a pair of wedges for a slightly more dressed up look.

I'm wearing my favourite lipstick by Clinique. I've blogged about it a few times - it's the Almost Lipstick in Black Honey. It goes on like a balm and adds just the right amount of colour. It's really not fussy, which is what I look for when the weather is warm.

A quick snap of the dress in chambray. After taking all of the photos for this post, I went back to Old Navy and bought the dress in black!

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Dress // Lipstick // Sandals (similar) // Earrings (similar) // Wedges // Necklace

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Kate Spade Surprise Sale!

Kate Spade is back with a surprise sale. It's been quite a while since I purchased anything from Kate Spade, but there are so many cute things in this sale that I may just pick something up. With graduation, internship and wedding season coming up, this would be a great opportunity to get the perfect gift and a little something for yourself too!

I personally love this necklace, this purse (which would be awesome for an internship), and this bangle!

What will you pick up this sale?

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Monday, May 15, 2017

My (in between seasons) skincare favourites!

Though we are in the thick of May, the weather hasn't quite reflected that. Some days are beautifully warm while others are super cold. I have super dry skin and over time I've found that the weather definitely affects the level of dryness on any given day. 

I've tested many, many products over time and always come back to a handful which I consider my favourites. 

Rose face mask // I love this stuff. First, it smells like roses. Second, it leaves my skin so soft and hydrated. It's a really gentle mask and it's great for everyday use. It's definitely a higher-end item, but a little goes a long way - you don't need much to see a difference.

Bubble Gum lip scrub // My lips get really chapped when it's cold - so this mask is great to buff away dead skin and keep my lips soft!

Cup of Coffee mask // Another Lush product makes the list! This mask literally smells like a cup of coffee, which is perfect for use in the morning. I definitely feel more awake after using this mask and the coffee grounds are a perfect natural exfoliator and an alternative to harmful microbeads.  

Ole Henriksen cleansing milk // I love this hydrating cleanser. It lathers up super well which leaves my skin feeling really clean, but also soft.

Evian facial spray // This is literally just mineral water in a compressed can, but I still love it. You have to hydrate both from inside (by drinking water) but also from outside. Considering that many of us do not drink enough water, much of what we do drink doesn't make it to our skin. A facial spray gives your skin a boost and leaves it feeling fresh!

Rosebud Salve // This product has a cult following for a reason. After a lip scrub, putting on rosebud salve locks in moisture for the rest of the day and leaves my lips feeling super soft!

Breath of Fresh Air // One more lush product! This is a sea salt toner - which is what you need right after cleansing. Sea salt spray is very hydrating - which is just what dry skin needs.

Coconut oil // I don't endorse any particular brand of coconut oil, just make sure the oil you buy is in a glass jar. Glass preserves the nutrients within the coconut oil and is also indicative of a higher quality product. Coconut oil is a great moisturizer and makeup remover. 

What are your skin care favourites?

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