Monday, July 24, 2017

It's Shark Week!

My favorite week of the entire year is here, Shark Week! It all started last night with Phelps vs the Great White. Tonight I am having a girl friend over for wine, cheese and gummies of the aquatic nature (read: swedish fish). I also made some delicious cupcakes because it's a not a party without cupcakes.
To kick off Shark Week, I wore my favorite Jaws t-shirt from Old Navy. It's from the men's department, but who cares, and why do the men get all the cool graphic tees? I paired it with denim shorts, but I think a button up jean skirt would be so cute! I have my eye on one from Urban Outfitters. The limited edition Shark Lokai is an accessory must, along with the metallic bag whose various blue hues emulate waves. Kind of obsessed with it.

In honor is this spectacular week, I also wanted to revisit the iconic Harper's Bazaar shoot with Rihanna from March 2015. This just might be my favorite editorial shoot to date. 

For more incredible images from this spread, check out Harper's. There is even an amazing behind the scenes video of RiRi swimming with sharks! She is a queen.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Unboxing: July 2017 Birchbox

Last month I decided to resubscribe to Birchbox. I was receiving the Sephora Play! Box, but I was missing my Birchbox subscription, to be honest. 

My July box arrived about a week ago, and I was so thrilled when I opened it up. I have tried each sample and truly love these products. I will definitely be ordering the full-size items once I have used up the samples.

The Marcelle 3-in-1 Micellar Gel Eye Makeup Remover was so gentle on my eyes and took off the mascara with ease. To remove eye makeup, I use the Neutrogena Cleaning Towelettes and Garnier Micellar Water, but there are times when I wake up with a little black residue under my eyes. When I used the Marcelle product, no raccoon eyes in the morning!

In the summer, I don't need a moisturizer since my skin is pretty happy with the warm weather, but every once in a while I go through a dry spell. When I tried the Air Repair Complexion Boosting Moisturizer, I was immediately blown away. It has a gel like consistency, which I really like. This product does not make my skin feel greasy. Instead my skin was smooth and hydrated. I may have to start using this regularly. I just loved the way my skin looked and felt. 

I really do not put much product in my hair outside of the shower. Lately, I have been using a small amount of leave-in conditioner for my ends. They tend to get a little dried out in the summer. Besides a detangler, I don't used hair sprays or beach sprays. I was not sure what to expect when I tested out the amika Un.Done Texture Spray, but I ended up really liking it. It gave my limp, thin hair some much needed volume and did not leave a tacky feeling. This would be a great product to pair with dry shampoo when trying to avoid washing your hair for a day or two.

I recently purchased the Glossier Cloud Paint and I love the consistency and feel of a cream blush. I was super excited to try the Beautaniq Beauty Blush Serum. It is a bright pink, which I love for summer, and while it looks very pigmented, it it easily blended so you don't look like a clown. I have worn this just about every day since I received it and I cannot get enough. It lasts all day and looks so natural. This is one of my favorite samples.

Mascara might be one of my favorite beauty products. Every time I put mascara on I am amazed at how it makes my eyes pop. That might be why I am a mascara junkie. I love trying new mascara, but I am also very picky. My go-to, up until recently, was Tarte's Lights, Camera, Lashes. That was until I tried The Beauty Crop Fabulous Flocking Lashes Waterproof Mascara. This stuff is amazing! It elongates my lashes without clumping or making them feel weighed down. Along with the blush, I have also been using this everyday. 

I cannot wait to see what the August Birchbox brings! Fingers crossed it is just as amazing as my July box!

Thursday, July 13, 2017

June Favorites

I cannot believe it has been over one month since I last posted! My Masters program takes up a majority of my time.  When I am not working on PowerPoint presentations, I have been enjoying this wonderful summer. Aside from a few rainy days, it has been blue skies and sunshine. It's the kind of weather that just makes you happy. While we are halfway through July, I still wanted to talk about a few other things that have made me happy this past month.

I can remember the day I discovered Jo Malone like it was yesterday. I was exploring the quiet streets of the West Village on a sunny Spring day. I probably was in the area for a Magnolia cupcake or their incredible Banana Bread Pudding (or both!). I was walking through the cobblestone streets under a canopy of greenery when I saw the Jo Malone store. The window display was so inviting. The colorful flowers grabbed my attention and I went inside where I was greeted with so many wonderful scents. I left with two samples that were lovely alone, but magical when used together. It has been years and I finally just purchased both scents. Orange Blossom and Peony & Blush Suede offer the incredible mixture of floral and citrus. Together or solo, these perfumes are perfect for warm summer days and nights.

I do not often burn candles in the summer, but when I came across this adorable candle in a cement holder, I had to have it. I am halfway through burning it, and I am just as excited to use the container to hold pens or Q-Tips once it burns through. I picked up the candle and ring holder at a local shop, Sunshine & Bluebirds. I like to stop in every once in a while to see what's new and I never leave empty handed. The ring holder was just too darling. I love the shades of blue and the size is perfect to hold my favorite rings.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Best Dressed: CFDA Awards 2017

Last night the annual CFDA Awards took place at the Hammerstein Ballroom in NYC. It was a night to celebrate talent within the fashion industry. The stars and designers strutted down the red carpet, many side by side. I picked out my four favorite looks of the night. You may see a trend. Lots of florals and mock turtlenecks, which somehow works for June. For more looks and to see who took home awards, check out Vogue.

Kate Bosworth in Brock Collection

Rowan Blanchard in Coach

Ashley Benson in Kate Spade

Elsa Hosk in Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini

Source: Vogue

Monday, June 5, 2017

Unboxing: Japan Candy Box May 2017

I love sweets! Chocolate, cakes, cookies, and, my number one favorite, gummies! I also love to try new things. When I heard about the Japan Candy Box, I had placed my order before you could say sweet tooth. The Japan Candy Box is a monthly subscription that costs $19.90. It comes with a variety of sweet and savory Japanese treats. I received my first box a few weeks ago and just got around to trying it the other night with my boyfriend. It ended up being a fun little taste testing during the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Out of the 10 (yes, ten!) snacks we received, I love 4 of them. Obviously, I loved both gummy candies. They tasted just like concord grapes and smelled incredible! In fact, everything was very scented, which wasn't always a god thing. The Potato Ring Snacks (pictured above) smelled like cat food, but surprisingly had no taste. I did not care for any of the savory snacks.
I just received an email with shipping info for my second box and I am so excited to try the fun treats! I will definitely do another post!

The cutest strawberry chocolate pieces.

One of my favorite gummies. It tasted like juicy grapes and was molded into grapes on a vine! How cute!

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Summer Wedding Style

Summer weddings are just around the corner. But you may be like me and have no weddings! Instead I have quite a few baby-related events. This weekend I have a baptism for my best friend's sweet little girl and in July I have a baby shower. The looks shown could easily be worn to weddings, showers or baptisms. I love the idea of a fancy jumpsuit. Not only is this look on trend, but imagine how comfortable it would be. I envision wearing this to a beautiful outdoor wedding surrounded by gardens dancing the night away with the bride. For the second look, you can't go wrong with a floral dress and color block heels. Simple, sleek, and beautiful. The third look may be my favorite. I love the color and the off the shoulder sleeves. The midi length is perfect for a more formal wedding. Pair this sea foam green dress with a pink clutch and nude heels and you are ready to go!

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Pom Pom Pandemonium

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The pom pom trend is alive and well! I thought there was a bit of this trend happening last year, but I have seen pom poms popping up everywhere! Last year, I made a fun DIY Pom Pom Straw Tote that is perfect for the beach.  It seems this year, pom poms are migrating from bags to jeans, shoes and earrings! What's great about a lot of the items show above is that these would be easy DIYs as well. Take the jeans for example. You could spruce up an older pair of jeans by easily sewing colorful pom poms to the bottom of each leg. In under an hour, voilà! a brand new pair of jeans! Same goes for the shoes and basket. I was even thinking for the shoes and jeans, if you don't want the pom poms to be permanent, you could use Velcro as the adhesive and just take the pom pom detail off when you want a more classic look. How are you embracing the pom pom trend?

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Patriotic Fruit Cake

Happy Tuesday! I hope everyone had a wonderful long weekend. I had a very relaxed few days. On Memorial Day, my dad hosted a little cookout. We had  burgers and Italian sausage. My dad made is crowd favorite taco salad, and we spent the day basking in the sun. When it comes to food events, I love making the desserts. Since we would be indulging in some heavier food items, I wanted something light and sweet. Angel Food Cake jumped to mind right away followed by fresh strawberries. I cut a few corners and picked up some store bough Angel Food Cake that was on sale at a local grocery store. With that step out of the way, this delicious and show stopping fruit cake only took about 20 minutes. This cake is not only super tasty, but perfect for Memorial Day and the 4th of July. It's quite a patriotic cake with it's bright red and blue berries.

Here's what you'll need:
-Angel Food Cake. Here is a simple recipe for the homemade version.
-2 small packages of fresh strawberries
-Handful of blueberries

Friday, May 26, 2017

DIY: French Style Gold Pendant


One of my favorite fashion and beauty writers and Instagram Story makers, Alina Gonzalez aka @thehyperbalist, wrote an article for Who What Wear on the latest French Girl Style, the gold pendant. I immediately decided I need one. I also knew I wanted to make my own. 

I made my way to Hobby Lobby, where I not only found some simple gold pendants, but they were also on sale! I already had gold chain and the findings at home. Making this necklace took less than three minutes and now I have a handmade French-inspired necklace that I plan on never taking off.

I also made two other styles that I promptly added to my Etsy shop, Golden Soul Designs. I hope you check it out! 

Loafin' Around

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As the weather warms up I am always looking for the best slip on shoe option. I am not a huge fan of flip flops, so those are out. Flats are great, but sometimes I want to mix it up a bit. I've been seeing a lot of loafers. I loved these silver pair that are basically a neutral so they go with everything. I have been wearing mine with boyfriend jeans and t-shirts. For even easier access, I picked up these adorable bow slides that will also match with any outfit. What's your go to Spring shoe?

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

The 3 C's of the Straw Bag

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Adorable little straw bags have been popping up all over my Instagram feed. These bags are the perfect summer accessory! In the warmer months, I often find myself reaching for a smaller bag especially when going to an event or a concert. I ended up purchasing this bag and I cannot wait to style it with all of my summer dresses. I also love the circular style straw bags, but I just haven't found the perfect one for me just yet. A straw clutch would be so cute paired with a floral dress for an outdoor wedding. Ohh, that gives me a great idea for a post! While I do not have nay weddings this summer, I am sure quite a few others do! Hope you have a happy Tuesday!

Monday, May 22, 2017

Billboard Music Awards 2017: Best Dressed

Last night was the 2017 Billboard Music Awards. Drake won top album and Cher was honored for 6 decades of success, but it was Celine Dion that stole the show with her performance of "My Heart Wil Go On." There were tears in everyone's eyes as the camera scanned the audience. No one performs like Celine Dion.

Before Celine Dion made us feel all the feels. There was the red carpet. Here are a few of my favorite looks of the night. 

 Alexandra Daddario
Okay, so this dress does somewhat resemble a curtain, but Daddario wears it so well. She can pull off old Hollywood glamour like no one else. Her porcelain white skin looks beautiful against the golden dress. 

  Bebe Rexha
I read some publications calling this look the perfect 90s looks. Maybe if she added a choker? To me, this is just a classic LBD. It's flattering and sexy, enough said.

 Kate Beckinsale
Can Kate do wrong? I love the plunging v-neck and the fun firework print. She definitely lit up the red carpet.

Maia Mitchell
I love this look, however, I think it was worn to the wrong venue. The Cannes Film Festival is going on right now and I can see this look strutting down that red carpet. 

Source: Billboard

Monday, May 8, 2017

MTV Movie & TV Awards: Best Dressed

Last night were the MTV Movie & TV Awards. Big winners included 'Stranger Things' for Show of the Year and 'Beauty and the Beast' for Movie of the Year. While I have yet to watch the award show (I plan on going home, brewing some tea and watching it online), I already scoped out what everyone wore. Here are my favorite looks of the night:

Alexandra Daddario

Allison Williams

Debby Ryan

Emma Watson

Mary Elizabeth Winstead


Sources: Elle Magazine

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

April Favorites

I am always most excited to read and write monthly favorite posts.  I love finding out what other people have loved using, and I like to reflect back on products that have really made an impact in my beauty routine. This month is no different with these five products I swear by.

Too Faced Sweet Peach Eye Shadow Palette - I purchased this amazing palette a few months ago. It has all the colors I like to wear regularly, from soft beige to deep browns. I also love the pinks and purples, which I have started to incorporate into more of my looks. Every time I do my eye makeup with this palette I receive compliments. Bonus, this palette smells of fresh peaches.

Flint Lint Roller - I heard about this product from one of my go-to bloggers and I immediately jumped on the site to purchase two. One I keep in my purse and other one stays at home. They have been great for on the go and fit in even my most compact of bags.

Neutrogena Skin Clearing Foundation - I bought this when I was in a pinch and really wasn't willing to shell out the usual bucks for my Laura Mercier foundation. I really have come to like this foundation. It does not clog my pores, which is always the biggest issues with foundation. I know it says "skin clearing," but you never know. I cannot say whether my skin has improved using this, but it has not gotten worse. The only bad thing is that if I use a little too much, it can create a cakey look. Not ideal. I just need to work on a gentle hand when applying.

Laneige Water Bank Moisture Cream - I received this product in my Sephora Play Box a few months ago and I have kept it close ever since. My skin gets very dry in the winter and I found most moisturizers I tried were just too heavy and ended up doing more damage than good (read: clogged pores). This formula is so light and has barely any scent. I put just the smallest amount and my face instantly feels incredibly hydrated.

Biore Pore Strips - I am sure this product is not new to anyone, but I have made these a staple in my beauty arsenal. I use it one once every week or so and it's a little too strange how stratifying it is. You can clearly see a pore theme here.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Met Gala 2017: Best Red Carpet Looks

Last night was the most anticipated red carpet event of the year, The Met Gala. This year's theme was Rei Kawakubo/Comme de Garçon: Art of the In-Between. With a very avant-garde theme, I was excited to see who wore what. Below are 15 of my favorite looks ranging from tame to the most extravagant looks you may ever see aka Rihanna.

Rihanna in Comme des Garçons

Cara Delevingne in Chanel

Ruby Rose in Burberry

Chrissy Teigen in custom Marchesa with John Legend in Burberry

Gigi Hadid in Tommy Hilfiger

Zendaya in Dolce & Gabbana Alta Moda

Lily-Rose Depp in Chanel

Mary-Kate Olsen and Ashley Olsen

Blake Lively in Atelier Versace with Ryan Reynolds

Lily Aldridge in Ralph Lauren

Selena Gomez in Coach with The Weeknd

Emily Ratajkowski in Marc Jacobs

Lily Collins in Giambattista Valli

Sophie Turner in Louis Vuitton

For more red carpets looks, check out Vogue. For an inside look at the gala, view photos here.