9 Beauty Products I'm Dying to Try

April 16, 2014

9 Beauty Products I Need To Try

Guys, I have some really exciting news! I got a job at Sephora! Yay! Cannot wait to tell you all about it (and of course tell you all the amazing things about new products).

So, since I get a discount, I've made this almost wish list filled with items that I'm dying to try. A lot of things that I've seen on Youtube and from beauty bloggers on Instagram have really made me want to buy these products.

From Benefit's Hoola Bronzer to St. Tropez's Tanning Lotion, I seriously cannot wait to try these products. As soon as I try them out, I'll definitely be posting a review for you guys!

1. Fresh Rose Face Mask; $58 at sephora.com
2. Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner; $20 at stilacosmetics.com
3. Glow by Dr. Brandt Overnight Resurfacing Serum; $85 at sephora.com
4. Too Faced Primed and Poreless Skin Smoothing Face Primer; $30 at sephora.com
5. Anastasia Beverly Hills 'Dipbrow Pomade' Waterproof Brow Color; $18 at nordstrom.com
6. Perricone MD Chloro Plasma; $75 at sephora.com
7. St. Tropez Tanning Essentials Gradual Tan Plus; $40 at sephora.com
8. Hoola Bronzing Powder; $28 at sephora.com
9. Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment; $23 at sephora.com

10 Perfect Pastel Pieces for Spring

April 14, 2014

10 Perfect Pastel Pieces

pink shorts | HUF socks | white handbag | Puma sneakers | floral headband | nail polish | necklace | phone case | Lacoste tote | pencil skirt

Confession: I'm a sucker for girly colors. I secretly cannot wait until Spring so I can break out all my pastel pieces and wear them for the next six months. From mint green to cotton candy blues and pinks, I love them all.

When wearing pastels, I think it's important (although it's hard) to wear them in moderation. I definitely wouldn't recommend wearing all ten of your pastel pieces in one outfit. Try and stick to one pastel piece and wear it with something more hard core like a leather jacket and a studded necklace.

6 Adorable Midi Skirts to Swing Into Spring

April 11, 2014

6 Midi Skirts

I have to say, I'm really glad that everyone's not obsessing over mini skirts anymore and that the world's moved onto something different. Midi skirts can be just as sexy, but way more career-appropriate.

At first, I thought since I'm petite that a midi skirt would look terrible on me and my legs would look larger than they are and I'd look even shorter than I am—two things I'd love to avoid. So, I ventured to H&M and found this amazing lavender midi skirt (similar to #4). I hesitantly ventured off to the dressing room, tried the skirt on and surprisingly fell in love with the way it looked.

Disclaimer: If you're petite, I wouldn't recommend wearing your midi skirt with flats. Sporting heels with your midi skirt can seriously do wonders though.

1. Lauren Leather A-Line Skirt; $375 at whistles.co.uk
2. Texture Gathered Knee Midi Skirt; $90 at topshop.com
3. Lexie High Shine Patent Midi Skirt; $45 at boohoo.com
4. Texture Gathered Knee Midi Skirt; $90 at topshop.com
5. White Textured Midi Skirt; $130 at topshop.com
6. Whistles Daisy Foil Skirt; $172 at my-wardrobe.com

Nina Kuna Giveaway

April 10, 2014

I am completely and utterly obsessed with simple jewelry. I used to love statement necklaces and big jewels (not to say there's no place/time for those), but lately it's been all about plain and simple jewelry for me.

That's why when I came across Nina Kuna's website and saw some of the amazing jewelry that she has for sale, I immediately thought I need to collaborate with her! I wanted to be able to bring some of her amazing designs to the necks of my readers, so together we're hosting a giveaway!

The best part about the giveaway? We're giving away necklaces to not one, but three winners!!! So you have three times the chance of winning!

The giveaway will start today and end in exactly two weeks, on April 24th at midnight. On Friday, April 25th the winners will be announced. I will contact the winners through Instagram or Twitter!

Thanks again for entering and I wish you all good luck!

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20 Spring Date Ideas for You & Your Guy

April 9, 2014

Having a significant other is fun anytime of the year, but there's nothing like getting to check all those fun Spring activities off your checklist. It's time to take off your fuzzy socks, turn off Netflix and head outside.

20 Spring Date Ideas

We've created our own that we hope to complete this Spring as well. Check it out below!

1. See your favorite bands in concert. Even though it can be hard to agree on a band to go see, try and find one that you can agree on and spend the night rocking out. You can always go to see your favorite band then his too! Two dates instead of one!

2. Have a picnic in the park. There's nothing more relaxing then spending the day in the park. Now throw some food in the mix, and sounds like a date to me.

3. Take a relaxing boat ride. Especially in New York, there's a ton of beautiful lakes and ponds in Central Park that allow you to take boat rides. If you aren't from the city, try and find a lake or a river where you can rent a small boat and spend the day on the water.

4. See a baseball game. This is especially fun when you and your man are routing for different teams. Make it a contest! This is also the perfect opportunity to wear that Red Sox baseball tee you bought for no reason at all.

5. Scour your local flea market. Flea markets are the perfect spot to find funky, unique items and just have fun playing around with your findings. While you're there you might actually find something you want to buy. Killing 2 birds with 1 stone.

6. Eat street food and explore your area. New York is the perfect place to get a hot dog and walk the streets just enjoying (or totally complaining about how gross street food is) with your beau.

7. Rent a bike and bike your way around the city. Again, Central Park is perfect for this, but there are a lot of towns that have bike rentals that you can take part in and then spend the day biking around the town. Exercise and spending time with your man sound like a perfect combo.

8. Eat outside at your favorite cafe. In the winter, it's hard to be outside even when you're running from the car to your restaurant. But Spring is the perfect time to sit outside at your favorite cafe, sip coffee and enjoy the warm breeze.

9. Go to a seafood festival at the beach. A lot of bigger beaches have seafood festivals that are so fun to attend especially with your significant other. Food, music, tons of people and sunny weather? Sold.

10. Watch fireworks. While this is such a cliche, it's actually quite romantic to watch fireworks with your man. For some reason pretty lights and noises that sound like gunshots are romantic..

11. Take a long walk on the beach (seriously). Again, biggest cliche in the entire world. But, the water hitting your feet, holding hands and smelling the beach-y air? As romantic as it gets.

12. Walk through a botanical garden. Once the temperature hits 50 again and we know it's spring, flowers start blooming and botanical gardens are a must-visit spot with your guy. And sorry to say it, but this is a perfect opportunity for an amazing Instagram photo.

13. Go to a local festival. My town has a small Portuguese festival that everyone goes to and it's super fun. Especially when you can play the games with your guy! There's nothing like a little friendly competition.

14. Hit up a theme park. I know that as soon as the nice weather moves in, I'm already excited to visit Six Flags. Even though I'm not much of a roller coaster person, I still love the water park.

15. Fill up your gas tank and take a long drive with no destination. Spend the day with the wind blowing through your hair, music blasting and you guy by your side.

16. Go to a drive-in theatre. Going to the movies is one things, but going when you can sit on the hood of your car, cuddled up in a blanket in the outdoors? That's a whole different ball game.

17. Have a fun outdoor photo shoot. Pick up a cheap polaroid camera and waste a whole roll of film of goofy photos so you'll have photos to remember how awesome your date was.

18. Grab a seat and people watch. Bonding with your man over how weird, awesome or just plain interesting people are is a good time waiting to happen. 

19. Go to a drive-in restaurant and dig in. My favorite drive-in has the best ice cream on this planet so grabbing ice cream and sitting in the car is such an awesome way to bond over your favorite sugary treats.

20. Explore a new city. I should probably just get a job as an advertiser for New York City, but you have to get out to this city (or another big, awesome city) because there are endless fun possibilities here.

Packing Guide: Spring Break

April 8, 2014

Packing Guide: Spring Break

Even though tons of you lucky students, have already had your Spring Break, us FIT students don't go on Spring Break until April 13th (sigh). It's so late, I know, but at least I come back and only have three weeks left of school!

This Spring Break, I'll be spending a few days in the city with my boyfriend then going back home. No, unfortunately there won't be any tropical vacations for me, but at least I get to spend time with my dog and if we're being honest, what else matters?

But, for those of you who are going to some tropical location to sip margaritas on the beach, first, I semi-hate you and second, I know how hard packing can be and I'm here to help.

If you plan on vacationing somewhere blessed with tropical temperatures, obviously you'll want to be wearing minimal clothing. You'll want to keep your packing minimal so you don't have to lug twelve suitcases around the airport. In order to look cute all vacation and not struggle through the airport, try to pack clothing that you can wear with several outfits. 

A simple pair of white shorts are perfect to bring with you on vacation because you can easily dress these up or down anytime. Simple tops and dresses are also important because they can be paired in different combinations and also be worn from day to night. You'll also want to bring your most comfortable pair of jeans with you since you want to be comfortable your vacation.

Sandals, sunglasses, a hat are all necessary for your tropical vacation. As for shoes, you'll want to bring a comfortable pair (maybe sneakers) that you can wear when you're walking the boardwalk or around town shopping. Also, a cute pair of dress-up sandals are the perfect choice to pack in your suitcase for those nights when you're spending time out on the town.

Since it will be sunny wherever you are, you'll want to make sure you block out the sun. Sunglasses and hats are perfect ways to solve this problem. Make sure you pack your sunglasses so that they're protected in your suitcases. No one wants broken sunglasses when it's time to shade the sun.

If you forget everything else on this trip, but remember one thing—please, let it be some sort of sun block. I use the Shiseido Ibuki Moisturizer (that I am completely and utterly obsessed with) and it has SPF 18 in it. If I was going to be on some island somewhere, I'd probably still put on sunblock over my moisturizer. In terms of beauty, instead of bringing entire shampoo bottles, hit up the Container Store and grab some small containers with as much shampoo/conditioner as you'll need for the week. It's the perfect way to save space.

The one thing I always forget when I go out of the house is hair ties! So, here's your friendly reminder. Also, make sure you bring a brush. It's one of those things that you take for granted, but for some people it's almost the end of the world when you're without one (aka me).

Behind sunscreen, the second most important thing you should bring is a camera. Now, I'm not going to be a mom and say "Make sure you don't leave it on your towel when you're in the ocean", but seriously guys don't leave it on the towel when you're in the ocean. That's how things get stolen. How are you supposed to document all your amazing island memories with no camera? Exactly.

If you're interested in buying any of the products above, click here to see where they're from!

Roundup: 10 of the Best Packaged Beauty Items

April 7, 2014

10 of the Best Packaged Beauty Products

I'd be lying if I said I hadn't purchased beauty products just because I was obsessed with the packaging. Maybe it's something to do with my graphic design background, but I simply can't leave something in the store if the packaging is amazing.

So, I've decided to give in to my packaging addiction and scour the web to show you my favorite packaged products. From Marc Jacobs to Tarte, I'm simply in love with the looks of these products.

1. Josie Maran Model Citizen Whipped Argan Oil Body Butter; $35 at sephora.com
2. Tarte Amazonian Butter Lipstick; $16 at sephora.com
3. Ciate Paint Pots Nail Polish; $15 at sephora.com
4. Anna Sui Limited Lipstick; $30 at beauty.com
5. Marc Jacobs Beauty Enamored Hi-Shine Nail Lacquer; $18 at sephora.com
6. Korres Greek Yoghurt Advanced Nourishing Sleeping Facial; $45 at sephora.com
7. Fresh Mangosteen Soap; $15 at sephora.com
8. Tarte Power Pigment; $24 at sephora.com
9. Yves Saint Laurent Volupte Sheer Candy; $34 at sephora.com
10. Bite Beauty Matte Creme Lip Crayon; $24 at sephora.com

7 Cute But Practical Sneakers for Spring

April 3, 2014

Spring 2014 Sneaker Trends

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The great thing about sneakers? Almost everyone has a pair and they hardly are ever out of style. The bad thing about sneakers? Like every thing else, new styles are created and we want those. Remember when everyone had to have a pair of Converse? Well, now slip-on sneakers and workout sneakers are all the rage.

Street style bloggers such as Sincerely, Jules and The Blonde Salad are constantly spotted sporting sneakers. As a matter of fact, Chiara from the Blonde Salad actually just collaborated with Steve Madden on a shoe line and sneakers made up a huge part of it.

Styling sneakers can be hard, but you can head over to StyleCaster and see my latest post showing you how to style your awesome new sneakers.

Outfit of the Day: French Connection

March 13, 2014


After Tuesday's gorgeous weather, all I can think about is Spring and all the amazing pastel items I have sitting in my closet that I'm going to break out about any second now. 

If you know me by now, you know there's bound to be a leather jacket in just about every outfit that I create. I love this leather pastel pink top! This outfit is super girly but edgy a.k.a. the best combination ever. And aren't you in love with these see-through pale pink sunnies. I know I am.

Trending Topic: Heeled Sandals

March 12, 2014

Trending topic: heeled sandals

I'm genuinely sorry that I have to share this with you when it's still so cold out, but I literally cannot stop online shopping for sandals. Instead of normal, boring sandals, I've actually seen a lot of these sandals with a short, chunky heel on them from Paris Fashion Week street style. And to be honest, these need to get into my closet as soon as the temperature rises above 50.

The moment I spotted the Jeffery Campbell sandals on the top left my heart literally dropped and I said to myself that those shoes would be in my closet as soon as the weather starts to warm up (and my wallet starts to fill up).

Be prepared to see tons of outfit posts with these short, chunky heeled shoes in them!

1. Jeffery Campbell Tamaya Heel, $198 at nastygal.com
2. Dolce Vita Foxie Tangerine Snake Ankle Strap Leather Sandals, $147 at lulus.com
3. Down Low Sandal, $70 at nastygal.com
4. Report Signature Darian Tan Belted Leather Sandals, $95 at lulus.com
5. Seychelles Pardon My French Black Leather Sandals, $111 at lulus.com

Outfit of the Day: Wild Thing

March 11, 2014

Wild Thing

Today it's supposed to be 59 degrees! I repeat 59 DEGREES! For those of you New Yorkers who have styled yourselves around the 20 degree and lower weather for the past 5 weeks, today is going to be the best day ever. I plan on spending the day somewhere nice and sunny. High line maybe?

Anyways, here's today's outfit inspiration. This is perfect for the 60 degree weather! A light jacket, some comfortable boyfriend jeans, a cute top and these perfect (I literally mean perfect) Steve Madden slip-on cheetah sneakers. What more can you ask for?

The Newest Beauty Buzz: Oil-Pulling

March 10, 2014

So, last week while searching for an awesome story to write for my internship when I came across this weird but totally awesome thing called oil-pulling. I'd never heard of the process before, but it sounded interesting (and kind of gross) so I felt like I needed to check it out.

Oil-pulling can be defined as an Ayurvedic technique that entails basically swishing oil around in your mouth to detox your body and clean your teeth and gums. On top of keeping your mouth, this process is actually said to have benefits such as clearing acne, curing headaches, eradicating hangovers, and clearing up various infections or bodily imbalances. Some people even claim that this process healed their cavities!

After reading about the benefits, I literally was thinking "Yeah, right! There's no way this is real." So, I did some digging and here's what I came up with.

(P.S. I copied my words from StyleCaster's article, so you can read the full thing here.)

How do I oil pull?
Oil pulling might sound like it should be a complicated process since there are so many amazing benefits that come from it, but the process itself is incredibly easy. First, you’ll need to pick an oil. Organic oils are best since they’re packed with the most natural ingredients. Coconut oil is what most people choose since it has anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-inflammatory properties.

You’ll scoop about a teaspoon to a tablespoon (depending on how much you can handle) into your mouth and swish 20 minutes. After swishing, rinse well with warm water and brush well to make sure any remaining bacteria is killed and to remove excess oil.

What if I don’t like coconut oil?
If you’re allergic to coconut or just hate the taste, you can still receive all the benefits of oil pulling by using cold-pressed organic sesame oil, olive oil, or sunflower oil.

What exactly are the benefits?
Some fans say they’re pretty much endless, but a few of the most popular are as follows: whitens teeth, strengthens gums, teeth, and jaw, prevents cavities and gingivitis, gets rid of skin problems such as acne, eczema, psoriasis, detoxes your body, cures hangovers and migraines, helps with sleep issues, clears your sinuses, helps allergy sufferers, freshens your bad breath, helps with pain issues, and more.

What if 20 minutes is too much for me?
Of course, swishing something around in your mouth for 20 minutes might seem like an eternity, but there are options for people who don’t want to stick with the 20 minute process. You can start off with a tablespoon then if it gets to be too much, spit out a tiny bit every 5 minutes. If that’s still too much for you, try dividing the process into two separate 10 minute sessions, twice a day.

The best way to complete the process is to do something that takes 20 minutes while you’re oil pulling such as showering or watching an episode of your favorite show on Netflix.

How often should I oil pull?As much as possible! Once a day is ideal, but if you can swing once every other day, that will work as well.

When is the best time to oil pull?
It’s suggested to be done in the morning, before eating or drinking. This is when most harmful germs appear in your mouth.

How does it actually work?
While you’re swishing, bacteria and toxins are sticking to the oil and then literally being pulled off surfaces in your mouth and dissolved into the oil. After you spit the oil out, all the toxins and bacteria disappear!

What should I do with the oil after my 20 minutes is up?
If you use coconut oil, spit it into the trash or into a plastic baggy and not into the sink. Cocnut oil solidifies at a certain temperature, which can clog your pipes—a problem no one needs to deal with.

Also, make sure that you don’t swallow any of the oil since all the bacteria and toxins that you’ve just pulled off shouldn’t go back into your body.

Blogger Buzz: Ashley Madekwe

March 7, 2014

Blogger Buzz: Ashley Madekwe
If you've ever watched Revenge, you'll instantly recognize this familiar face. If not, well, meet Ashley Madekwe from Ring My Bell. She's a triple threat: actress, blogger, and bombshell.

On Revenge, Ashley's character has amazing style and wears everything with ease and while watching the show I always thought that it was the stylist that was doing such an amazing job. After finding Ashley's fashion blog, I realized that Ashley probably had a hand in styling her character for the show.

You might have even seen photos of Kendall Jenner sitting with Anna Wintour during LFW, but right next to Kendall, did you notice that Ashley's sitting front row?!

Whether it's on the television screen, in the front row, or on her fashion blogger, I'd be willing to bet that this Brit will be lurking around the fashion scene more and more in the future.

Trending Topic: Sportswear

March 6, 2014

Trending Topic: Sportswear
street style photos via My Showroom and Brunette Braid
I think one of my biggest style accomplishments each day is to look really cute and chic and be incredibly comfortable all at once. I mean, what more can you really ask for? That's why sportswear has been such a huge part of my wardrobe in the past couple months.

Especially with this cold weather, comfort is key. The two bloggers above look amazing but I'm sure they were also super comfortable! Sneakers, a bun, ripped jeans and a tee shirt? Hello, can it get anymore amazing than that? The answer is no.

You can purchase these awesome sporty shirts here: Mets Jersey Tee | Forever 21 Jersey Top | Zoe Karssen NY Top | New Look Tie-Die Baseball Tee
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