Photo Diary: A Darling Weekend Getaway

Hello my dears, it’s Emily Rae here! Finally, I have had a spark of inspiration to write a new post. Perhaps this motivation came with the new year, (happy 2018!) or, from taking a breather for a few days and heading to the small, beautiful and oh-so-friendly town of Julian.

My best friends and I usually take a little trip this time of year somewhere to enjoy a couple of days away from the daily stresses of work, school & life, in general. While last year, we went to the beach, this year, we decided to go a bit further away, on the beautiful property of Lake Cuyamaca, just bordering Julian. We had a lovely weekend shopping at antique shops,ย  enjoying lake-side views from our porch at the lodge we were staying at (which was splendid, by the way! 10/10 would recommend the Lake Cuyamaca Lodge) and playing with the absolutely beautiful horses, named Albert & Melody, on the land we stayed at.

Take a look at the photos below for a little peak into our weekend getaway. I hope y’all enjoy this photo diary style post!

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It’s weekends like this one that allow me to take a moment & realize how blessed I am so have such lovely ladies in my life. It was the perfect way to spend New Year’s weekend, if you ask me ๐Ÿ™‚

As always, I’m Emily Rae, wishing you all a lovely day. I will see you dears in another post next Friday ๐Ÿ™‚

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Top 5 Red Lipsticks Every Gal NEEDS!

Hello my dears, it’s Emily Rae here!


Red lipstick is one of those beauty products that can be quite tricky to tackle: which shade of red should I try? Which formula is best? What color will make my smile brighter? Which red won’t fade off my lips throughout the day? The questions are endless as to which red is right for you. However, the options of red lip products are just as endless and thus, provide you with an abundance of options to explore!

As many of you know, I take most of my beauty and fashion inspiration from Old Hollywood starlets of the 1940’s & 1950’s. One of the most iconic makeup staples of this time was a beautifully elegant red lip. Thus, over the years, red lipstick has become a must-have of mine.

There’s something I love about how dressy it makes an outfit appear while not going entirely overboard. It’s a classic yet sophisticated statement that brings just the right touch of timeless to any makeup look. Whether you love all things vintage like I do, or, like to keep things a bit more modern in respects to beauty, today I will be sharing five perfect red lipsticks that you simply must try!


NYX Cosmetics Matte Lipstick “Pure Red” ย 

You can’t get any more old school than a classic bullet lipstick with a satin-finish! That is precisely what you will find with most of the NYX Cosmetics Matte Lipsticks. This shade in particular, in “Pure Red”, I must say, is not as “pure” of a red as its name suggests. Instead, I find this to be an excellent orange-hued red. While I am more of a deep red kind of gal, myself, this is a perfect selection if you are looking for a fun pop of color on the lips. I love how creamy and long-lasting these are while never fading off your lips. Fun fact: I actually wore this exact lipstick on my prom night many moons ago! ๐Ÿ™‚

Real Her Moisturizing Lipstick “Be Yourself Be RealHer”

Mulberry lips are all the rage this season and this product is the perfect pick to test out this trend! This lipstick by the brand Real Her is creamy with a glossy finish, certainly far from your classic matte lip. It has deep, brown-ish undertones that create an almost vampy lip look (very 1920’s-esuqe!). Although this lipstick does require a few touch ups throughout the day, it is certainly a must-have in any red lipstick-lovers collection!

Revlon Matte Balm in “Standout”

My dears, I present to you one of my FAVORITE lipstick formulas: matte balms! Not quite a lip balm and not quite a matte lipstick, this hybrid lip product is simply to die for! Not much else to elaborate on in regards to this product, as you will certainly “Standout” wearing this one ๐Ÿ™‚

Zureo Lipstick in “Festival Red”

Ladies & gents, we have gotten to liquid lipsticks! I went through a slight obsession with liquid lip products around this time last year, as they are simply divine. They are convenient, provide beautiful color-payoff and give an even and precise application. This Zuero Liquid Lipstick tastes and smells like candy while containing an applicator that lends an even, full-coverage. Once the formula sets, a dash of gloss is left behind while the rest of the lip look dries to a completely matte look.

Ardell Matte Whipped Liquid Lipstick in “Red My Mind”


Quite frankly, before this product, I had only known Ardell for their lashes. However, I sure am happy that I was introduced to the rest of their high-quality products! First and foremost, the applicator of this liquid lipstick is easy to apply while remaining precise. You can easily line lips with this item or fill in to pure red perfection. Not to mention, this particular shade is about as close to my idea of a “perfect red” that you can get!


What is your go-to shade of red? I LOVE trying out new lipsticks & seeing what else is out there on the beauty market ๐Ÿ™‚ ‘Tis one of my favorite things to do.

I have been working really hard on lots of lovely new posts coming up as well as a few giveaways in the near future for the holidays. Stay tuned!

As always, I’m Emily Rae, wishing you all a lovely day. See you soon, my dears!

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OOTD: Cheery Cherry Dress

Hello my dears, it’s Emily Rae here!

Happy November to all! I can’t believe the holidays are just around the corner, can you? Time sure does fly!

With the transition into the colder months, I feel as though in most places, people start digging out their cold-weather attire right about now. However, if you reside in Southern California like me, and don’t really get the whole seasonal autumn change, sadly, then sleeveless dresses are still quite a common thing to be wearing! With over 100 degree weather last weekend, I didn’t have an option but to wear a dress with a lightweight fabric, minimal straps and one that was breathable.


To prevent blistering in the heat, I selected this cherry patterned dress with a halter-strapped closing and a fit & flare cut. With a vintage ravishing red blazer (that is a 1950’s original piece!), I felt as though just the right amount of retro was revamped for this ensemble!

My heels were a pair of floral-accessorized chunky heels that elongate the legs while still providing stability due to the thickness of the heels.ย  Enjoying the beautiful Old Town San Diego for the Day of the Dead festivities this past weekend was a lovely time, indeed. Old Town truly does not ever get old if you ask me ๐Ÿ™‚


For more of my OOTD posts, click here!

I am off to spend my Saturday working on some fun holiday posts coming up ๐Ÿ™‚

As always, I’m Emily Rae, wishing you all a lovely day! See you soon, my dears!

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1940’s Apple Pie Recipe

Hello my dears, it’s Emily Rae here!


Happy Wednesday to all! For my birthday, my parents gifted me with an absolutely amazing Tiffany Blue mixer that is PERFECT for baking!

Today, I present to you an absolutely lovely recipe from the 1940’s (my favorite kind of recipe, without question). I stumbled upon this classic Apple Pie and new I had to add it to my Retro Recipes series on here.

Simple and easy to bake, this Apple Pie is perfect for the upcoming holiday months, or a lovely, mid-week treat to get you to the weekend in tasty vintage style!

For ingredients, all you need is…

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Truthfully, the recipe is very self-explanatory: mix crust ingredients together then mix filling ingredients together and add to crust. It’s that simple! A couple of things to note: the crust can be made 2 days ahead. Also, something that I wish I had known is that you have to allow the crust to chill in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours once the crust is molded into your desired shape. I am not the most patient person and thus, this was rather difficult for me to stand! Haha ๐Ÿ™‚

Once ready to pop in the oven, pre-heat your oven to 400ยฐF. Once the oven heats to this temp, you can reduce the heat to 375ยฐF so that your pie does not easily burn (trust me, this is rather easy to do if you forget/have a million things going on that day!) The pie will bake in the oven for about an hour and a half, although, I kept mine in for a solid hour and 45 minutes, as I wanted the perfect crispy texture on the outside and crisp pie consistency on the inside ๐Ÿ™‚

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Another tip I have found with this dish is that if you sprinkle a dash of pure sugar onto the pie, just as you are putting it into the oven, it adds a subtle hint of sweetness to the dessert that, once baked over, is pure 1940’s dessert-heaven!

Also, non-stick spray is your best friend with baking! Spray it on your baking tools, pans and platters and anything that can easily get dough stuck to it, as that is such an unwanted hassle that all bakers go through when not using non-stick spray!


And with that, this Retro Recipe is complete! I always forgot how peaceful baking is. Blaring 1940’s music in my kitchen while baking my favorite treats is truly a Saturday well-spent ๐Ÿ™‚

I hope everyone has a lovely rest of the week! I have my first Halloween themed post going up on Friday, so stay tuned…

As always, I’m Emily Rae, wishing you all a lovely day! See you soon, my dears!

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