Monday, December 28, 2015

winter weekend in munich.

Highlight of the trip: drinking Gingerbreadmilk at the Christmas market!

My first glimpse of the Marienplatz Chrismas market.
Saw so many beautiful churches on this trip.
Snack break! I'll never turn down a fresh pastry.

Stopped into a quaint cafe for a spot of tea!

Is this not the prettiest tea setup you've ever seen?

Saying that Munich's architecture is impressive is a massive understatement.
Loved seeing these beautiful nativity displays throughout the city.
Perhaps the best thing I ate on the trip - pancake pieces with plum compote.

Munich is full of gorgeous architecture.
I got ridiculously excited when I saw these Christmas trees for sale!
The Medieval Christmas market was beyond cool.
My Christmas present to myself was a trip to Munich at the beginning of December. The city is home to the oldest Christmas market in Europe. I couldn't think of a better way to kick off the holiday season!

I visited four different Christmas markets total, including one at the airport and one with a medieval theme. They were all fantastic, and I was fully excited for the winter season by the end of the trip. The stalls are all so charming. I was enchanted by the Christmas decorations and displays strewn throughout town.

Of course, I was also blown away by the food. I had everything from sausage and pancakes to gingerbreadmilk and pretzels. Everything was delicious, and I was more than a little sad to leave such a food haven.

All in all, Munich was a dream destination at Christmastime. Marienplatz is magical, especially with a massive Christmas tree next to it and a beautiful holiday market inside it. I loved spotting all the nativity displays and twinkle lights around town. It was the perfect spot to spend the season!



P.S. Did you read about my last trip to Bologna? It was amazing!

Monday, December 21, 2015

leopard backpack.

My trusty Jansport is a travel essential!

Aeropostale jacket, American Eagle shirt and belt, Abercrombie and Fitch jeans, Vintage and Forever 21 rings

Burberry glasses and MAC Ruby Woo lipstick

H&M scarf and Forever 21 earrings

I've been experimenting with different styles of braids recently.
This leopard backpack was one of those purchases that you don't go out looking for, but you can't resist once you lay eyes on it. I have always been a huge Jansport backpack lover, and when I saw this LEOPARD PRINT one on sale (!), I knew I had to have it. I don't think there is a more perfect backpack on the planet for me. I love the shape and how light it is. Plus, the leopard material is very soft and the tassel on the pocket is a cute addition.

Needless to say, I'm in love.



P.S. This outfit is from my trip to Bologna! Check out all the details here.

Monday, December 14, 2015

beauty rules for 20-somethings.

Winged eyeliner and a bold lip are two of my go-to looks.
I didn't get into makeup until the end of high school. From that point on, I became quickly obsessed. Of course, my entry into the world of makeup also introduced me to skincare and general beauty practices. Over the years, I've learned what works for my skin and what doesn't. As I get further into my twenties, I want to prioritize good skin habits that will help me in the years to come. Here are a few of my tried and true beauty rules. Obviously, what works for me may not work for others. Overall though, I think these are good tips for everyone to follow.

1. Drink lots of water!
I know that I didn't drink nearly enough water in high school. In fact, it wasn't until my senior year of college that I began to focus on getting enough water in each day. Now, I make sure to hydrate regularly. Not only does it keep away headaches and help me to feel energized, but it is good for digestion and skin too. My skin used to get really dry during the winter. Since drinking water regularly, I've noticed that my skin stays normal even in the colder months.

2. Remove your makeup before bed.
This is something I've always been good about doing, mostly because I don't like the idea of mascara stains on my pillow. Beyond that, washing your face every night gets the chemicals off your skin and helps your pores to breathe at night. I am lucky enough to be pimple free the majority of the time, and I think washing my face every night that I wear makeup has a LOT to do with it.

3. Be gentle with your skin. 
I think this idea can get overlooked easily. When I have a breakout, my first impulse is to do whatever it takes to get rid of it. I've learned to ignore this in favor of more natural and less drastic methods. For instance, I try my best not to pop my pimples (although sometimes I succumb). I also use natural face washes and gentle exfoliants so as not to overwhelm my skin. When it comes to face care, my motto is "gentle is better."

4. Moisturize.
This one is a must for me. I start my beauty routine every morning with some sort of lotion or face oil. Moisture is so important. It keeps your skin soft and hydrated. As I mentioned in this post, I use a variety of moisturizers, from standard lotions to hydrating gels and eye creams.

5. Experiment with your look.
Your twenties are the perfect time to figure out what makeup works for your face and your style. One of the best parts of makeup for me is that it allows me to switch up my look according to my outfit and my mood. I love having fun with different colors and products. I'll wear a bold red lip one day and a strong winged eye the next day. Of course, I've also learned what doesn't work for me. For instance, you'll probably never catch me with a baby pink lip, simply because it doesn't look great with my skin tone. I will never wear a heavy coverage foundation either, since I prefer natural coverage to a full-on face.

Do you follow any of these tips? Do you have any others you would add to this list? Let me know in the comments!



Monday, December 7, 2015

christmas gift guide 2015.

christmas gift guide 2015.

Christmas is less than a month away!! I've been counting down since November. Now that the holiday season is in full swing, I thought I'd share a few of my favorite gift ideas for the year. Obviously, these are all on the girly side of things, but I think they are great ideas in general too.

When I do my holiday shopping, I always try to get people special things that they wouldn't normally purchase for themselves. My favorites are things like holiday gift sets, pretty notebooks, and statement jewelry.

If you don't want to spend as much, but you still want to gift something nice, I'd suggest a cute phone case or a key chain. Whoever you give them to will remember you whenever they answer the phone or pick up their keys.

Or, if you really want to embrace the season, go for the coziest options on the market. A warm scarf or a furry pair of slippers make the perfect present. They are ideal for spending the day at home with a cup of tea and a good movie. Home Alone anyone?

Which gift is your favorite? What will you be buying for your loved ones this month?



P.S. If you want even more shopping ideas, check out my last gift guide!

Monday, November 30, 2015

a weekend in bologna.

Tired from a day of travel and ready to dig into some tasty pasta!
Gnocchi with a classic Bolognese ragu sauce.

Dark chocolate filled croissants and cappuccinos for breakfast.

Best burger of my life: fresh meat on a black bun with fried squash blossoms, bacon, and pumpkin hash. Roasted potato on the side with homemade ketchup and mustard. Talk about yummo!

I Due Torri in the distance.

Love the fresh fruit and vegetable markets in Bologna!

These twinkle lights made me so happy!
After a month in Italy under my belt, I figured it was time to venture out a bit and head back to the city that made me fall in love with Italy in the first place. Bologna will always hold a special place in my heart, not only because it was my first home away from home in Italy, but also because it has such a warm atmosphere and amazing food!

I started my culinary journey off with a massive plate of gnocchi al ragu from Mercato dei Mezzi. The sauce is a Bolognese staple, so I knew it would be hard to go wrong. On day two, I began with a chocolate cornetto and a perfectly made cappuccino at ITIT Cafe. Delish! Lunch was undoubtedly the best meal of the trip. The Covo Burger (above) from Jukebox Cafe is hands down the best burger I've ever eaten. Adding pumpkin hash and bacon makes everything taste amazing!

Aside from my food experiences, I spent a lot of time wandering through the city streets. The shops were bustling and the streets were packed with people on their weekends strolls. All in all, I was charmed yet again by the city at the heart of Italy.



PS. Did you read about my night in Milan? How about when I went to Italy the first time?

Monday, November 23, 2015

favorite shoes for fall.

Clockwise from top center: Forever 21 black flats, MixIt leopard flats, Me Too heels, Converse sneakers, So black flats, B.O.C. leather boots, G by Guess biker boots, American Eagle moccasins

Disclaimer: These are all the shoes I packed for my extended stint in Europe (plus my Nike sneakers, flip flops, and slippers). However, they are also all shoes that I love in general and that I chose to bring with me for a good reason. They are the perfect fall to winter transition shoes!

To start, I have two pairs of black flats. Flats are my preferred shoes for everyday, and black ones match with everything. The pointed toe ones from Forever 21 are my absolute favorites and are surprisingly good quality for a fast fashion style.

My other favorites are my pointed toe leopard print flats that I scored for cheap at Kohl's. If my blog title didn't give it away, I'm a bit of a leopard print aficionado. Leopard is a neutral in my wardrobe.

I also think a pair of comfy flats is essential for fall fashion. Moccasins are ideal because they are soft and, hopefully, lined with fur or some warm material. They're basically like walking around in slippers. My other comfy shoe go-to is my pair of Converse. I got these right before I left for Italy, since my beloved black ones were dead. These are silvery-gold leather and I love them so much!

Last but not least we have a pair of heels and two pairs of boots. Black heels are my favorite for fall and winter because they go with everything and look nice with tights. While the ones I brought are a bit shorter than my standard heel, I love the old-fashioned style and the gold band on the heel.

As for boots, I think a pair of biker boots is key during the fall. This is my second pair of this style, since I wore through the first pair on my last trip to Italy (see here!). They are so sturdy and comfortable, and I highly recommend them to everyone. The other boots were a surprise score from TJ Maxx. I love the sturdy leather and the wearable heel.

Overall, I think fall requires comfortable, yet fashionable footwear. Flats are key for everyday looks. Add the requisite pair of sneakers and heels, plus a few good pairs of boots, and you'll be all set for a stylish season!



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Monday, November 16, 2015

how I moisturize.

From left to right: Astrida Naturals Orange Mint Lip Balm, Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula Skin Therapy Oil, Clinique Moisture Surge Lotion, Jules and Esther Vitamin C Facial Serum, Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion, Origins GinZing Hydrating Eye Cream, Eco-Beauty Good Night. Night Cream
With all the travel I've been doing recently (read more about that here), taking care of myself is a greater priority than ever. The easiest way for me to do that is to stay on top of my moisturization routine. My skin gets so dry, especially in the winter. That's why I always have a selection of hydrating products on hand at all times. After all, soft and healthy skin is always a good thing!

1. Chapstick - This is probably my #1 moisture essential. My lips are perpetually dry, so I never go anywhere without some sort of chapstick or lip balm. Recently, I've been trying to use more natural versions, because I think simple and natural is always the way to go when it comes to skin care.

2. Face Oil - I know this can be a scary product, especially for people with oily skin, but it really is amazing. The one pictured is just a sample, but I always try to have an oil in my stash. They are perfect in the winter when my skin feels lifeless.

3. Clinique Lotions - These get their own category because they are amazing and will always be a part of my makeup bag. I love the yellow one for daily use. It's perfectly light and still very hydrating. I tend to use the pink one more in the fall and winter months when my skin needs an extra boost. I don't know how it manages to feel light and moisturizing at the same time, but there you go!

4. Face Serum - I've gotten into serums more in the past year in an attempt to keep my skin looking fresh. I love brightening and moisturizing formulations like the Jules and Esther one pictured above. Anything that will keep my face looking glowy is always good!

5. Eye Cream - This is a no-brainer at this point. I've been using eye cream since high school and will continue to use it for the rest of my life. It keeps my eye area moisturized and helps to get rid of dark circles and puffy under-eyes. I think this Origins one does a great job of brightening, but this Clinique one is my favorite when it comes to hydration.

6. Night Cream - While my skin is normal for the most part, it can get really dry during the cooler months. That's when I break out the night cream. I don't use this stuff every night, but I will slather it on every few days to make sure my skin gets a chance to rejuvenate while I sleep.



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Monday, November 9, 2015

three travel abroad fashion tips.

My much-loved Nine West suitcase and a few of the pieces I packed.
Since this is my second go-around with traveling abroad for an extended period of time, I consider myself something of a packing pro. I always refuse to pay for a second suitcase on an international flight, so I have to fit all of my clothing essentials into one suitcase. What's more, my clothes have to work for me on a variety of occasions and throughout multiple seasons.

I'm currently a month into my extended trip to Italy, so I thought I'd share a few packing pointers that have helped me to make the most of a limited wardrobe.

1. Stick to one color palette. 

When you have to operate on a small closet, it's important to consider whether all your pieces go together. Before I threw anything (and by that I mean meticulously rolled everything) into my suitcase, I made sure that all of my tops and bottoms were interchangeable with one another. That way, I can create a ton of outfits without having to worry about repeating the same looks every week.

2. Think about your schedule.

The first time I traveled abroad was for study, so I was able to get away with packing casual clothing. This time, however, I knew I would be in a more professional setting. Although leaving behind my slouchy tees and favorite ripped jeans was hard, I'm happy with the wardrobe I brought. By only bringing nice, classy items with me, I never have to worry about looking less than presentable.

3. Remember the seasons.

This has probably been my biggest packing dilemma. When I was last in Italy, I didn't have to worry about the winter chills because I knew I would be gone before Christmas. Because I'm abroad for a longer amount of time now, I faced quite a challenge when it came to packing. Although it was warm when I arrived, the increasingly cool weather has made me thankful for all the scarves, sweaters, and thick socks I brought. Also, while I don't recommend packing a huge jacket, a light one that can be worn over layers is highly advised. On the other side of the spectrum, don't forget to pack a swimsuit and a skirt or two. You never know where your travels will take you!

What do you think? Have you had to survive on only a suitcase before? I'd love to hear your tips!



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Monday, November 2, 2015

a night in milan.

First trip to the Duomo! Wearing a Forever 21 dress, Aeropostale jacket, H&M scarf.
Who doesn't love a good crepe?
If you haven't tried a panzerotti yet, you need to now.
Spinning around the bull three times for luck!
The Duomo at night is unbelievable.
Can you tell I'm excited?
 I did it! I'm back in Italia! The last time I was here for an extended trip was two years ago (and you can check out some my adventures back then here or here).

It feels great to be back. I love the country, the culture, and the food. While I probably won't be traveling around as much as I did last time, because work and all that, I will definitely be sharing some of my day trips with you!

Trip #1 was my first visit to Milano! The city is gorgeous, and the Duomo is a hundred times more beautiful than it appears in pictures. My grainy photos certainly don't do it justice. They don't do the food justice either. I ate some of the most delicious things in just one evening, from traditional Sicilian cannoli (not pictured) and a Nutella and banana crepe to fresh roasted chestnuts and two mozzarella and tomato panzerotti. If you don't know, a panzerotti is basically a cross between pizza and fried dough. I'm not exaggerating when I say it's basically the most scrumptious thing in the world.

All in all, the evening was a success!



P.S. Have you ever been to Milan? Where should I go next? Sound off in the comments!
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Monday, October 26, 2015

embracing autumn.

embracing autumn.

It finally feels like fall! I am all about everything autumn-related, from pumpkins and falling leaves to cozy blankets and Halloween. Fall colors are the absolute best. I obviously love golds and mustards for the season, but marsala and burgundy colors also have my heart.

I want every wine-colored piece of clothing in my closet now. The boots and purse here are a beautiful color and go with everything I want to wear these next few months. I love this poncho as well. The shape is cozy and the plaid matches well with a variety of things. As for makeup, I'm leaning toward moodier colors and smoky shades. 
Time to snuggle up with a cup of tea and enjoy the season!

Monday, October 19, 2015

ipsy - september/face fashion.

Left to right: Temptu highlighter in Champagne Shimmer, Pixi by Petra brow powder trio, Vasanti Cosmetics Brighten Up! exfoliating cleanser, Liptini special edition lipstick in Scarlet Cocktail, NYX Cosmetics Ipsy eye shadow trio
This will be my last Ipsy review for a while because, hey, I'm abroad! Lucky for me, I'll have a huge pile of pink mailers waiting for me when I get back. Maybe I'll do an Ipsy haul post or something then?!

Back to the bag. I love this month's theme and products! Here are my thoughts:

Face Fashion bag: Yes! I have been wanting Ipsy to do a relatively neutral bag for a while now. This one looks glam and goes with everything. Honestly, I would use this as a clutch on a day I don't feel like wearing a purse.

Temptu Highlighter in Champagne Shimmer: I received a much smaller Temptu highlighter in last November's bag and loved it. I still have that one (in Pink Pearl), but I love this one's color even more. The gold is perfect for my skin tone and the size upgrade is much appreciated. This highlighter blends beautifully on my cheekbones for the coveted healthy glow.

Pixi by Petra Brow Powder Trio: When I first saw the preview for this month, I was most excited about this product. I have been meaning to get a new brow powder for forever (since I've been using one Clinique powder since Day 1 of filling in brows). I love the compact size and assortment of shades. The colors match my brows exactly. New makeup bag essential for sure.

Vasanti Cosmetics Brighten Up! Exfoliating Cleanser: My $10/month subscription is worth it because of the face cleansers alone. I haven't had to purchase a face wash in a year because of Ipsy. Not only do I get a lot of cleansers, but most of them are all-natural or made with good ingredients and all of them make my face feel great. I love to use exfoliating cleansers like this every few days to scrub off the dead skin and keep my face feeling fresh.

Liptini Special Edition Lipstick in Scarlet Cocktail: As you may have noticed (here or here), I have a thing for red lipstick. This one is the fall version of the classic red. It is a little deeper without being full on classy. I would love to wear it with a nude eye and black liner or with a full bronze eye. Either would look gorgeous!

NYX Cosmetics Ipsy Eye Shadow Trio: I think it is so cool that Ipsy and NYX collaborated! I love NYX products. This eye shadow trio is super glam and includes essential autumn shades. It was made for brown eyes. Plus, it can work for day or night, which I love!

What was in your bag this month? Have you tried any of these products? Let me know in the comments!



P.S. Have you seen my first ever Ipsy post? Or my August one?

Monday, October 12, 2015

best of the lip glosses.

Lip gloss love!
Left to right: Smashbox Lip Enhancing Gloss in Illume, Motives Illuminating Lip Shine in Fashion Week, Liplicious Tasty Lip Color in Black Cherry, Revlon Super Lustrous Lip Gloss in Fatal Apple, Laura Mercier Lip Glace in Blush
If you read this, this, or this post, you'll know that I have a serious thing with lipstick. I mean, if it wasn't for the sake of variety, I would probably wear red lipstick every day. But it can be fun to switch up colors and finishes. Sometimes I even veer out of lipstick territory altogether and go for a gloss! Lip gloss is great for those days when you want a bit of color or shine, but you don't want your lips to compete with the rest of your makeup look. Here are my top five gloss picks:

Smashbox Lip Enhancing Gloss in Illume
This is my go-to everyday gloss. Not only is it the perfect nude for my skin tone, but it also looks flattering with whatever other makeup I have on. I love pairing it with a smoky bronze eye or wearing it with just a bit of concealer and mascara. This is a handbag essential.

Motives Illuminating Lip Shine in Fashion Week
I got this as a gift a few months ago and immediately fell in love. First of all, the packaging is amazing. It comes equipped with a side mirror AND a light that starts shining when you twist the top. It is pretty pigmented for a gloss. I like the nice dose of neon pink that it gives my lips. It is definitely a noticeable color, but with way more shine and slightly less pigment than a lipstick or stain.

Liplicious Tasty Lip Color in Black Cherry
I'll just say it...this is the best tasting gloss I own. Now while I know that I shouldn't eat lip gloss, I really can't help if I accidentally taste a little bit now and again. Seriously though, this gloss goes on smooth and does not feel sticky at all. It also leaves the prettiest berry color on my lips for those days when I want a bit of color without going full on oxblood lips.

Revlon Super Lustrous Lip Gloss in Fatal Apple
I usually go straight for lipstick when I'm at the drugstore, but this Revlon gloss surprised me in the best way. I love how pigmented it is. It works great on its own, but I think it is even better when layered on top of red lipstick. It adds the perfect level of shine and doesn't just look like I slapped on a layer of clear gloss. Because it's already red, it amplifies my red lipstick and makes even more of a statement.

Laura Mercier Lip Glace in Blush
I like to think of this as my "professional nude." The mauve pink shade is that ideal your-lips-but-better color. I wear it when I want to look put together and like I'm not wearing too much makeup. It feels very proper and girly. Even though it is such a subtle color, it really does elevate the rest of my makeup and help my lips look amazing.

Have you tried any of these? Would you add any to this list? I would love some recommendations in the comments!



Monday, October 5, 2015

top five fashion flight necessities.

How I travel in style!
Over the past few years (and thanks to this trip in particular), I've become quite good at packing light. However, even though I do try to focus on traveling efficiently over anything else, I always keep in mind fashion and comfort when it has to do with my carry-on necessities. These five things keep me organized, cozy, and stylish during my travels.

1. Eye Mask: This is absolutely essential. I love to block out as much light as possible when I sleep, and an eye mask does exactly that. I love how soft and silky this one is. It also takes up practically no space in my bag, so I never have to worry about squeezing it into my luggage.

2. Wallet/Passport Holder: Organization is key for me. When I'm traveling, I like to know where everything is. This passport holder is excellent because it stores my passport along with any cash, cards, or papers I may need.

3. Blanket Scarf: If I could only pack one thing (besides my plane ticket!), it would definitely be this beauty. This jumbo scarf, which I picked up at H&M a while back, is super soft and cozy. Plus, it works perfectly as a blanket when I decide to get some shuteye.

4. Thick Socks: I don't know about you, but as soon as I get into my seat, the shoes come off. I always make sure to keep a pair of warm socks with me to slip on as soon once I get comfy. They are just what I need to relax and unwind during a long trip.

5. A Cute Purse: Ok, so this purse is a favorite of mine in general. It makes a statement in any outfit and it stores all of my basic essentials for on the plane. I'm all about practicality and style!

What are your fashion must haves when you're traveling?



P.S. Have you checked out Lip Tints and Leopard Prints on Bloglovin yet?

Monday, September 28, 2015

denim on denim.

American Eagle jacket and flats, Abercrombie & Fitch jeans, American Apparel shirt, Forever 21 belt, vintage sunglasses, handmade earrings

I would like to point out that I'm wearing a jacket here. Yes, it is officially fall, even though the green leaves in the background may try to convince me out of it. They'll be red and yellow soon enough.

To me, this outfit is a transition look. I haven't fully embraced sweaters yet, but I'm not wearing shorts either. I love mixing and matching with denim. Dark or light, shredded or pristine, it all looks good to me. I love the clean cut of this dark jacket paired with some lightly torn jeans. It feels cool and effortless at the same time.

Happy fall!



P.S. Love denim too? Check out my other posts on this classic material here and here!

Monday, September 21, 2015

fall fashion feeling.

H&M sweater, American Eagle skirt, Jessica Simpson heels
Summer is my favorite season, but fall comes in a close second. Today I was eating some pumpkin yogurt (Chobani's Pumpkin Harvest Crisp, to be exact), and it got me in such a fall mood. I am officially done with summer and ready for colorful leaves, pumpkin spice everything, and fall fashion. The styles that come with the changing temperatures are undoubtedly the best of the year. Layering is ideal, and warm, moody colors dominate the landscape. Since burgundy and the golden mustard of my sweater above are two of my all-time favorite colors, I'm a pretty happy gal.

What is your go-to outfit this fall?



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Monday, September 14, 2015

in-flight beauty travel essentials.

Moisturizing is key!
Flying, especially when it's for more than a few hours, requires a bit of advance preparation. In terms of beauty, moisturizing is my number one focus whenever I know I'll be traveling for an extended period of time. Here are a few of my standby travel products for any long haul trip.

Origins GinZing Eye Cream: Not only is this cream light and refreshing (and nicely scented), but it is the perfect product for the end of a trip as well. It gives your eye area the moisture it needs. Plus, the slight glimmer helps to refresh your skin and make you look wide awake for the next leg of your journey.

Peter Thomas Roth Vitamin C Brightening Sleeping Mask: When I got a tube of this as a Sephora freebie, I didn't know what to expect. I'm so glad I got it. You can use this product during the day for a quick moisture boost or at bedtime for an extended overnight treatment. I love the way this makes my skin feel when I wake up from a good night's sleep or a quick nap on the plane.

Bath & Body Works Lotion: I love Bath & Body Works lotion. It moisturizes like nothing else. I have so many favorite scents (including Japanese Cherry Blossom). On top of that, it doesn't cost much and it stores well in a purse or backpack compartment.

C.O. Bigelow Lemon and Pomegranate Lip Cream: This was another amazing Bath & Body Works find. Not only does it smell delicious, but it is one of the smoothest, most moisturizing lip creams I've ever tried. Since my lips get dry really quickly, it's important for me to bring a lip balm or cream with me wherever I go. P.S. I dare you to not want to taste it.

Clinique Moisture Surge: Clinique's iconic yellow lotion is my everyday go-to. However, when I need extra moisture, such as on a long plane ride in a dry compartment, I go for Moisture Surge. The formula feels so light and refreshing, but it moisturizes like nothing else. I love how it revitalizes my skin and leaves it feeling energized.



Monday, September 7, 2015

ipsy - august/prep school.

I can't believe how many full size products I received this month!
I was very (pleasantly) surprised when I opened my Ipsy pink mailer this month. How did I get all these amazing products for only $10?! Here's my review:

Ipsy bag: I think I like the theme more than I like the bag itself. Prep school is such a good idea, and the houndstooth pattern goes with it well. I'm not a huge fan of the plastic finish, but it's not a big deal. It still looks cute with the pink zipper.

AILA Nail Polish in Mister Pookies: First of all, how chic is this bottle? I would love to put this on display with my makeup collection.. As for the color, I was in love when I saw it in person. It is a cross between gray and soft purple. It looks incredibly polished (pun intended). I will definitely be wearing this on repeat come autumn.

Marc Anthony Nourishing Argan Oil: I am obsessed with hair oils, so this is right up my alley. My hair is definitely in the dry category. I love that just a few drops add a ton of moisture and shine. Plus, I can apply it to damp or dry hair, so I'm good to go anytime.

Hikari Lip Gloss in Merlot: Ok, so a few months ago I got the Hikari lipstick in Cabaret. I absolutely love that lipstick and I think that this lip gloss pairs with it perfectly! The colors complement each other very well. Of course, I will definitely wear this on its own for a flush of color, since the pigmentation is pretty strong.

Starlooks Pro Luxe Longwear Eyeliner Pen: This couldn't have come at a better time. I am almost done with my beloved e.l.f. liquid liner bottle and want to try something new. I'm all about the easy application, since winged and cat eye liner are some of my go-to looks. I'm sure you'll see me sporting this baby in outfit posts to come.

Eco-Beauty Good Night. Night Cream: I have been all over night creams recently. I just finished this one from Origins and was obsessed with the scent. While I haven't tried this new one yet, I am excited to add it to my nightly routine. The cute packaging only makes it better.



P.S. Have you seen some of my other Ipsy posts? Check out my reviews from May and June!

Monday, August 31, 2015

printed and fringed.

American Eagle shirt, Forever 21 skirt, TJ Maxx sunglasses, gifted necklace, handmade bracelets, Michael Kors purse, sandals (old)

I love earthy colors and boho styles, so I was all over this outfit. I'm normally not a fan of cold shoulder shirts, but this one was so perfectly casual that I knew it would work well in my closet. This skirt is an oldie but a goodie from Forever 21 that was gifted to me from one of my friends. It goes with everything and I don't think I'll be parting with it anytime soon. As for the sandals, I found them in a discount shoe store in NYC a while back. I love the beading and the abundance of straps.

As with any boho look, accessories are a must. This layered chain necklace is one of my faves. It, along with a few of my d.i.y. bracelets (see the full post here), helps to unite the whole outfit. I love casual and fun styles for summer!



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