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?



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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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Monday, August 24, 2015

jewelry d.i.y. upgrades.

Easiest DIY ever - all I had to do was string a few beads onto a pair of plain hoop earrings.

Do you ever get to that point where you've worn a piece of jewelry so much that it loses its appeal? When this feeling hit me recently, I decided it was time to upcycle a few of my admittedly cheap baubles into something that looked good again.

First up were the earrings (pictured above). I got these hoops at Claire's forever ago and realized I haven't worn them in a while. They were just too basic! To give them a bit of boho flair, I beaded on a few beads I got in a glass bead box from Michael's a while back. Poof! New earrings in an instant.

The original pieces: a stack of tired rings from H&M and a well-loved necklace from Forever 21 with a discolored chain.
The finished products.

For craft number two, I repurposed a stack of H&M rings. These were gold, but I wore them so much that they faded to a burnished bronze. I love this look, but I'm not a fan of the gray band they leave around my finger.

The two single band bracelets were easy to assemble. For the black and white one, I cut a thin strip of cloth from an old t-shirt, looped the ends around the ring, and sewed the ends to close it off. As for the plain black one, I braided some black embroidery thread, knotted the ends around a ring, snipped any excess thread, and secured everything with a bit of clear nail polish.
The gold and black bracelet was also simple. I braided two strips of gold fabric with the t-shirt fabric from before. I then knotted the ends around a ring to finish it.

The big fabric bracelet on the right was slightly more complicated, but still pretty easy. I began by twisting two pieces of fabric together. Then I slipped five rings onto the fabric. After that, I unevenly wrapped black embroidery thread around the whole bracelet to secure it and tie it closed. Voila! Another DIY bracelet achieved.
Remember that worn "gold" necklace from before? Here it is now.
I knew I couldn't get rid of the lightning bolt necklace, since it reminds me of Harry Potter. So, I braided the chain with black embroidery thread, knotted it off at the ends, and turned it into a bracelet. The chain fits perfectly around my wrist when wrapped three times. I love how the little lightning bolt charm dangles off the bracelet!

What do you think? Do you upcycle or DIY anything?