Light Summer Makeup!

Hi Everyone!

It’s been a while since my last post but I got some inspo today when my Ipsy Glam Bag came in the mail.


I’ve been a subscriber to Ipsy for a really long time and I just love everything they are about — not to mention, when the little metallic bag comes in the mail every month, it practically feels like a mini Christmas morning.

Since I loved literally everything in my glam bag this month, I decided to do a little review/how to on light summer makeup courtesy of Ipsy’s awesome product picks.

Lets get started!

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Why Breakfast At Raes?

A lot of people ask me, what does Breakfast At Raes even mean?

Though the question has been asked many times, it really didn’t sink in until my mom asked me last night, “I always wondered why you named it that.”

To a blogger that builds a brand off the title and look of her site, that point really resinated with me. So, I am here to clear the curiosity, thanks to my mom for pointing out a common question!

I started this blog idea back in my freshmen year of college, due to a professor who suggest if I want to write what’s important to me, then I better start a blog. I started the blog officially in the spring of 2015. I can’t believe it’s been 3 years and all the progress I have made since then.

I remember one night thinking, gee, what am I even going to name my blog? I knew I wanted it to be something witty but not unrecognizable but also I didn’t want it to be just my name. So like any other person, I took to Google and began my search.

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How I Pack For a Trip!

Hey everyone! So as I get ready to sail away in a couple of days on a cruise to the Caribbean with my boyfriend (Hi Mike!), I thought it would be a cool idea to show you guys how I pack for a trip.

Packing is one of those things that is so annoying but it has to be done — and it’s better to do it in advance, than wait the night before to do it. So, with that in mind, here is how I prepare for a trip about 2 weeks before I go away.

A little at a time people!

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Step one: Head to your closet and find the pieces you KNOW 100% are going on your trip

Step two: If you’re lucky enough to have a spare room in your house, use that to pack in!! Don’t try and pack in your room and live in your room because that is when the mess starts happening — and no one likes a mess when its time to pack. I use a spare bedroom, grab my mom’s clothes drying rack and I get to work. You’ll see in the photos that I steal that drying rack and use it for the must-haves and the must-hangs. On one side I have my dinner outfits hung and on the other side I have my daytime shirts or dresses hung…eventually they will all go in a suitcase but this is a good way to keep everything out and organized until it is really time to pack it away.

Step three: The. Shoes. I know it’s hard to go slim on the shoes but try people! I am bringing eight pairs on my cruise (which sounds like a lot) but hey, two of them are sandals and they are all lightweight since it is summertime. Line up your shoes somewhere accessible because you are going to need to wear them still until they are packed away for good. DSC_0987

Step four: Bathing suits! That’s a simple one — fold em, crunch em, ball em up, they will look the same either way. For now, I have mine laid out because well they’re just so pretty to look at!


Step five: When it comes to shorts, hats and under garments, I usually just pile them in their respective areas on the bed until its time to pack them. There’s really no reason to go crazy with them because they can be easily folded and added a couple nights before your trip.

It sounds like a lot but when you start two weeks before, it really isn’t so bad! Plus, you’ll feel better when you are on vacation knowing you took the time to organize your outfits ahead of time and I bet you’ll have better outfits than if you just grabbed all your favorite pieces and threw them into a bag the night before.

I hope this shed light on the unknown wonders of packing!! Comment below some ways you organize your clothes before a trip!
XO Rae


May Beauty Roundup

Currently: May 26, 2017 — May Beauty Roundup

Hey there! It’s been about a month since my last post so I have been anticipating this next one and I am super excited because there are a bunch of products I am LOVING lately! Below is the process of using most of them and some others that aren’t listed but to see the products that gave me this look, read below!



This beauty is already a favorite of mine — it is by Mellow Cosmetics and it is in the color ‘Nude.’ It doesn’t look like nude at all, but I’ll go with it! The color is more of a muted berry and it is to die for! I am usually not a pink-lip girl but this lipstick changed me.

I wouldn’t call it matte but it does go on smooth and I think it would be more in the velvet category. To apply, I simply started with my cupids bow and did my entire top lip and then smudged to my bottom lip. After that, I filled in the gaps where it didn’t take to my bottom lip.

The color stayed in place all night — even post-margarita! It passed the margarita test so you know it’s a good one. To get this gem, click here!

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Pur-lisse’s Blue Locus Seed Mud Mask Exfoliant is another favorite of mine and I am so pleased with it because it is a mask that doesn’t bother my skin. Often times I am nervous to try a new product on my face because I have sensitive skin but this one does not bother me at all!

It has a natural scrub to it so when you wipe the mask off, you feel the exfoliating beads on your skin. It tightens up your face like most masks and then when you wash it off with warm water, it turns into a lotion with exfoliating beads. It smooth and scrubby — the best of both worlds! This product is best used at night before bedtime. To get this product, click here!


While we are on the topic of Pur-lisse products, lets talk about another great one of theirs, the BB Tinted Moist Cream. This product is the only product on my face in the first photo above and for a tinted moisturizer, it has great coverage. 

The bottle is a bit small so I wish I had more since I feel like I am running out already but it is a really good product.

I feel that this is the best thing to throw on before a beach day because it has an SPF of 30 and is super light but still gives you a good amount of coverage. To apply, I dotted it all over my face using my index finger and then went around with my beauty blender to rub it in. This is the color ‘light’ and you can find the link to it here!

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This Urban Decay Afterglow 8-Hour Highlighter was the first powder highlighter I ever used. Most of the time I use a cream stick highlighter so trying this out was a little different for me.

I have to say, though, that I applied this to one cheekbone with a brush and the other one with my index finger and I think the side that I did with my index finger came out much better! 

I really enjoy this product and I will be switching up using this one and the cream stick one I have because they are both great and give a little different of a look. To get this product, click here! It’s suuuuper shimmery!


This. Product. Is. AMAZING!! I cannot get over it. I have used this Briogeo Leave-in Conditioner maybe 4 times since getting it and I have not only noticed a difference when it is in my hair but also the over all quality of my hair.

Usually when I straighten or curl, my hair will frizz up a bit but since using this, it has not at all. Not to mention, it smells sooooo good — I feel like I don’t even need to use perfume when I have this in my hair because its such a nice, subtle smell that I don’t want to cover up.

To use this, just simply spray it in damp or wet hair and send your comb or brush through it and voila — silky smooth hair. To get this product, click here!


Spring Beauty Roundup

Currently: April 26 @ 10 p.m. — Spring Beauty Roundup

Hi, everyone! The weather has been terrible here in Rhode Island but that doesn’t mean we can’t dream about the summer and how great it will feel once it gets here!

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I am really hoping April showers bring May flowers! In the meantime, however, I decided to gather some of my favorite products currently that are getting me thinking of summer, while spring is still here.


So lets get started!

Tinted Sunless Tanning by Ulta — you can even slip clothes on right after using it because it dries almost instantly!


This self tanner is a favorite of mine because it is more of a gel and less of a lotion. I feel that the gel spreads easier and you are not left with streaks because it goes on more evenly. Plus, an added benefit is that it has a really nice subtle scent that is not to perfume-y.

I tried to find the link to this product for you guys but it seems as though Ulta does not have it on their website. Either way, here is a link to Ulta’s more updated sunless tanners — look out for the gels over lotion in any brand.

defy & Inspire — Water Resistant Nail Lacquer 


Every month I get a little something in the mail because I subscribe to Ipsy. It is a company that sends you about 5 products in really cute bags and I really love getting one each month.

A lot of time they will send me something I wouldn’t have thought of trying but since I got it, I’ll try it. Ipsy named this polish a ‘Must Try Color’ and I have to agree!

I definitely feel like these hot pastels will be making a comeback for this spring/summer because everyone is tired of the nudes at this point though (I don’t think I ever will be!)

Ciate London: Mini Bamboo Bronzer: Must have

IMG_8786 (1)IMG_8788 (2)I got this product via Ipsy as well and I cannot get enough of it. I am always looking for new bronzers to try out because a lot of time they will be too dark for my fair skin.

This bronzer by Ciate, though is perfect for spring and summer because it is super lightweight and has a warmth to it without looking too dark. It is definitely for a natural day and I usually do a couple swipes over concealer on the way to class!

Hanalei Aloe Soothing Gel

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This is a great product for me and I am usually really skeptical about trying new products on my face because I have super sensitive skin. However, this is awesome because it freshens up my face after a shower and I can tell it is going to be perfect for after a day at the beach this summer.

I usually only like to moisturize once a day so this aloe is good because I don’t consider it a moisturizer, as much as a refresher. It is not heavy at all and I actually can’t wait to use it tomorrow. It also clears up all those dry patches from this winter!

DW Home: White Rose Candle 


So this isn’t so much of a product but I definitely would say it adds to my nightly routine after a shower and before bed.

If you’re like me then you go through Marshalls and TJ Maxx and sniff around the candle section for fun. Well, I was doing that once and completely fell in love with the scent of this candle.

The funny thing about this candle is that it smells more when I just have the top off, rather than when I am actually burning it — so that’s a little sad. However, this brand candle is all throughout Marshalls and TJ’s and they are fairly cheap and come in smaller sizes so it wouldn’t hurt to pick one up and try it for yourself, maybe some of the other scents smell more. I am more of a light scent gal myself so I don’t mind that it isn’t too stinky.

How to: Preparing for your summer wardrobe

Currently: April 10 @ 6 p.m. — How to: Preparing for your best summer wardrobe

Samantha Kristiansen

Here are somethings I do when I feel the seasons changing. In this case we are going from winter to spring/summer (can I get an Amen!)

  • Make a list of items you would like to add to the pieces you currently own for the upcoming season
    • To get inspiration for what you might want or need, I advise you to go window shopping, head over to your favorite store’s websites and browse the new arrivals section, or ask friends what they plan on buying for the upcoming season
  • Figure out what worked for you last year, and what didn’t work (aka, what did you spend money on and not wear?)
    • As an example of this, I know that teeny-tiny jean shorts are not my best friend when it comes to the humid days, they are just so uncomfortable. Because of this, I am excited to try the new trend that the Kardashians are sporting a lot, and that is the denim Bermuda shorts. These pair from Forever 21 are already on my wish list
  • Go through what you have and find what needs to be throw away due to being over-worn last season
    • I know that I need all new pairs of flat sandals because mine get scuffed easily (I trip on my own feet a lot). The ones I do own, I’ve owned for two summers already — though its a pain to go out and buy all new sandals, you’ll thank yourself later
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      Check out the scuffs at the toe!!

  • Going on a trip? You might want to add some specialty pieces to your wardrobe so you can pack them later in the season
    • For me, I know that I want a long, open front cover up for my cruise I am going on in June, as well as a couple more bathing suits (I have a goal to have a  different bathing suit for each day of the cruise)
    • If you keep a list, you can check off what you already have and that will make it seem like you don’t have as much shopping to do as you originally thought you would. Plus, it is a good way to keep a log of what you want. If you’re like me, you will think of something you need at a very random time in the day or night and just want to write it down.
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VSCO: Love it or hate it

Currently: January 30 @ 7 p.m. —


I’ve been having a personal dilemma lately: to follow the trends or to not follow the trends.

You, yourself may be having these thoughts without even thinking that you’re having them too! Here’s what I mean:

Do I really want to spend the $40-50 now, three months into the trend, to buy those over-the-knee boots that might be out of trend in a month? I’m not sure…but what if they stay in-trend until March and into next winter season? Then it might be completely worth it – plus, they are super cute. See my dilemma?

I have the same issue with choker necklaces but it’s not because I don’t want to spend the $5, it’s more along the lines of, do I really want to look like everyone else and then be 7 chokers deep when they definitely go out of trend? I’m not sure…

A trend I am set on investing my time into is the velvet everything trend. Velvet is so classy looking and can be dressed up or down – it really is catching my eye.

You may be asking yourself, how do I even go about finding what is ‘in’ right now? Well it’s simple, hop on the computer, type in any trendy store’s website on the internet, head to the ‘new arrivals’ section and there, you have everything that consumers are currently craving.

Coming from experience, having researched trends for an assignment, I know that there are some things that will only last one season. However, no one knows that until the season is over — if it is still alive, the trend has a chance to  turn from micro to macro. I guess us consumers are willing to take the chance and make the purchase for the sake of fitting in and looking trendy.

I admit the trend bug will bite me once and a while, but only for a good price — oh and if it’s altered enough to not be too trendy.

Currently: January 8 @ 12:40 a.m. —

I always found it excessive when I would see a link to VSCO in social media bios. I wondered, ‘why a link to another social media on a current one?’

Well, that was before I had enough storage on my phone to actually download the app — (since I have it, does that require me to learn how to pronounce the app?) Anyways, since I was able to download the app, I did and I realized, wow, yeah, I really like this app and the creativity it allows.

VSCO is not as clean cut as Instagram. It is hard to figure out and there aren’t a lot of words leading you to a homepage or a connection with friends or even how to upload photos for that matter. It is sort of fun to figure out this app with it’s mysterious name.

I think my favorite thing about VSCO is that I can post as many pictures as I want in a row and no one that ‘follows’ me (because I think there’s a total of 2) will judge me for posting more than one picture a day. Plus, did I mention the filters are to DIE for?

Unlike Instagram where I feel the need to play around with the brightness, the saturation and the highlights and shadows (seriously, what is even the point of those last two?), with VSCO, I take one of my ‘eh’ photos from my camera roll, upload it onto VSCO, pick one of its amazing filters and voila — a wonderful, enhanced photo that is in a collection of my very own.

The app is well, addicting and I feel the need to upload like three or four photos a day. To see some of my faves, look below. And now, since I have the app and understand the need for my personal VSCO link everywhere, here’s a link to my personal account!