Red lipstick can turn a bad makeup day into a v good one, especially if you find that red hot shade that compliments your complexion. You could literally wear nothing but lashes and with a spicy red lip and it'll look put together without even trying. I don't even really love wearing lipstick (more of a lip balm kind of girl, to be honest) but I love the way a red lip instantly changes my mood and is a confidence booster. These are my ride-or-die reds that you totally need in your life:

1. Sephora Cream Stain in Always Red is actually the best red lipstick you will ever own. It is a classic matte red with the perfect amount of blue undertones that'll make your teeth look white. The doe foot applicator makes for perfect application if you have a steady hand, so take your time. A bold red like this one looks best when the edges are clean and sharp. Minimal touch ups required with this one which is ideal for me. Oh also, its only $14! 

2. Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Mysterious Red is such a staple. All of the Nars lip pencils are incredible and literally every makeup artist swears by them. They even made it to ITG's Top 20 Awards 2016  so you know its good. Mysterious Red is a rich red that makes your lips look velvety and expensive. That's a thing! With it being a pencil, you're able to stay in the lines for that perfect red pout. The only downside is that you have to sharpen it (this one is the best!) but I'll live.

3. Glossier Generation G in Zip is a poppy red that really livens up your face. The formula of this matte lipstick (seeing a trend here?) is totally different from other lipsticks. Its dry but moisturizing? Its sheer but can pack a punch of color? Its great. For me, this is an easy/casual red that I can slap on without even looking. All colors of these Generation G lipsticks are great so if you wanted try them, you definitely should here!


Oh, hi! Long time no post, I know. There isn't really an excuse but between work, and trying to have a social life, and traveling, the blog has fell to the back burner. So I'm back with a little post of a look I wore while in Barranco, Lima, Peru. Sporting my usual look- all black. There are little Peruvian touches I added like the handmade pom pom keychain I bought from two incredibly artisans and a pair of killer flatform sandals by Limeñan shoe designer, Donna Cattiva. Super comfy and gives me a height boost. Winning.

I really wish I had more photos to share apart from the stuff I posted on Instagram because Peru is probably THE most diverse and culturally rich country I can imagine. I mean, I guess I'm a little bit bias because I'm full blooded Peruvian but there are so many things to see, things to eat, and history to learn about. The majority of my family lives in Lima, so I was lucky enough to have a real deal tour of the city and eat the best food. And listen to countless stories of my family's history of course. I took a few pictures, but really just enjoyed every second I could with my family and it was absolutely worth it but the next time I go, I probably wont put my camera down.

In the future, I would really like to include more travel based posts of places to visit while away, what to pack, what to avoid. Traveling is so important to me and always has been, so it only makes sense to document it, right? I will absolutely be coming back to Peru v soon, so I have a list already compiled of things I'd like to talk about! There are a few trips I have planned in the next couple of months, so please let me know if there are general travel related posts you'd like to see! I would love to hear!

Hat: Janessa Leone (here)

Tunic Dress: American Apparel 

Jeans: Topshop (here)

Shoes: Donna Cattiva 

Tassel Earrings: Vanesa Mooney (here)

Bag: J.W. Anderson



Little by little, piece by piece, I am adding quality into my wardrobe. Sure, I'd like for everything I own to be designer, but your girl isn't there just yet. I'm not huge on accessories (maybe you could tell from past posts?) but I will happily dabble in a hat if I can find one that fits my peanut head. Not kidding. Although I'm so into my Selena Quintanilla meets train conductor cap, this hat takes the top spot right now. For what seems like forever now, I've been lusting over a Janessa Leoné hat and when I saw a promo for 30%, I immediately placed my order. Janessa Leoné hats are all handmade and I can literally feel the quality on my head. Is that even possible? Yes. I already know I want another one (or two...control yourself, Noella) for the summer! So here is Aya, the perfect wide brim hat with a luxe silk band that gives me some Jimi Hendrix vibes as soon as I have it on. I'm into it.

Hat: Janessa Leone (here)

Coat: Topshop (here)

TLSP T-shirt (here)