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A travel, fashion and lifestyle blog

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Maple Holistics Silk 18 Conditioner


This is my hair after using my normal shampoo and Silk 18 conditioner. I used a flat iron for touch up on certain sections but overall my hair has substantially less frizz than before. Fall out post wash was also less than normal. My natural texture is beachy waves/loose curls. I have color and highlights in my hair. 

Over the weekend I decided to try a new conditioner for my hair after being sent a sample by Maple Holistics. I tried the Maple Holistics Silk Conditioner. This conditioner is named after the various amino acids in the conditioner. Some things I liked about the product are that it is made in the US, all natural, is cruelty free, sulfate free, and color safe if you dye your hair. The smell has vanilla overtones but it not overpowering and not overly fragranced.
I have highlighted hair so I tend to have some dryness. After a single use of this conditioner I noticed my styling time went down and I did not need to use as many products. In the photo I only used a touch of thermal protection spray on the areas I flat ironed. 
Also, the conditioner itself was not greasy and did not weigh down my hair. I did not see a change in my hair color as well (some conditioners claim to be color safe but use them once and you see the dye fading in the drain). That was not the case here. I also had less frizz. 
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Check out their webpage for more information here. The twitter page is here. If you would like to request a free sample, click here.



Saturday, September 9, 2017

Fall Preview - Faux Suede Boots

Rampage Women's 'Korrie' Fabric Boots
Rampage "Korrie"

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Qupid "Neo"


Runway trends are a great predictor of what will be in stores. During Spring of this year, the trends that were highlighted for fall were knee high boots. This is one of the trends that continues season after season. A more wearable, and affordable, version of this style are two pairs here. One is by Rampage, and the other is by Qupid. 


Monday, September 4, 2017

Labor Day on the Lake

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Lilly Pulitzer Marble dress

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Today I wore this colorful dress for some boating fun at the Rio Washingtonian. I rented a paddle boat and went around the lake several times. It definitely was a lot of fun. 



The lake is always so beautiful and a great place to spend some time. There's a carousel and a mini train for kids as well. 

Friday, September 1, 2017

Casual Friday Outfit


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Off shoulder top- Vintage

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Blue Pencil Skirt - express

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Espadrilles - Aquazurra 

Today I paired an off the shoulder top with a blue pencil skirt. For shoes I added a sparkly pair of espadrilles and a gold straw tote. Today was a mix and match of casual and dressy. 

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Lilly Pulitzer After Party Haul August 2017




Lilly Pulitzer Nila Dress
Lilly Pulitzer Nila Dress


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Lilly Pulitzer Kimora Kimono

I finally got my Lilly Pulitzer package in the mail after the "After Party Sale". Twice a year the brand hosts an amazing sale. I got three things. One was a swim coverup, one was a dress for work, and one was a Kimono. Did you get anything during the big sale? Comment below with your favorites. 



Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Elizabeth and James Fringe Bag

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I saw this during a recent trip to Nordstrom Rack and I really liked it. This is a fringe bag by Elizabeth and James. I feel like this is a going to be a great go to item for summer and will go with many things. 

Monday, February 20, 2017

Plastic Mason Jar - Packing Idea

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Another conference this week so I will be on the road again. I got an idea for travel when I saw these plastic mason jars in Michael's one weekend. (Amazon and Ebay also has them.) Take one mason jar and fill with travel size beauty samples for your trip. 

25/50/100/200 Clear Plastic Cosmetic Sample Containers - 5 Gram (Pack 25)
These tiny travel containers are available on amazon and ebay. They run around $6.29 for 25 or so. This works great if you want to take lots of different products with you, but you want to travel light. I tried this on my previous trip and I really liked that I had a sample of my hair mask, and other products without having to lug many 1 oz containers. 

I added some tape to all of the "sample" containers so that I wouldn't worry about spilling anything. It actually worked pretty well and I will continue doing this. 

Plastic jars are better than the glass ones because they are less likely to shatter or break.  

Sunday, February 19, 2017

The original Beauty Blender - review



The beauty blender is a sponge meant to really help you blend out your makeup for a flawless finish. I tried this with my Kat Von D foundation and then again with a Revlon Foundation. The sponge did absorb a lot of product. I agree it worked well in terms of blending.  

I don't think I will be repurchasing it. With my makeup brushes I can really disinfect them. With a sponge I feel it can become unsanitary quickly and will need to be replaced often. Think about it this way- how long would you use a kitchen sponge? Now think about it again, how long can you/would you use a sponge that touches your face? 

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Floral Bags - 2017 Hottest Trend

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Floral Backpack by Ban.do

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Kate Spade Floral Tote

Everywhere I look I am seeing floral totes and backpacks. This trends is really making a comeback this season. Floral adds a nice pop of color to an otherwise demure outfit. 

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Revlon Ultra Hd Matte Lip Color Review

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I went to CVS today and saw these new "matte" colors by Revlon and decided to buy one to try it out. I bought shade 600 (Devotion) (2nd from left). The color itself is flattering on many different skin tones, and the color pay off is pretty good. 

The packaging is simple and sleek. The smell is a bit like cherry cough syrup. For those sensitive to smell this may not be great for you. When I usually think of a matte lipstick I think of Kat Von D or Stila. The color goes on, and stays on, for several hours after it sets. Both Kat Von D and Stila do tend to be drying. This color by Revlon, however, doesn't "set" and isn't drying. It will come off. It's more long lasting than a regular lipstick but not like a 10 hour lipstick. It's an ok value for under $10 dollars. 


Monday, February 13, 2017

Garnier Skin Active Moisturizer review

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My friend recommended this gel cream as an alternative to Clinique's Moisture Surge. Garnier Skin Active is actually pretty close to the Clinique. It is slightly more drying than the Clinique product but most of the ingredients are the exact same. 

If I were to compare both products out of the jar I would say they are extremely similar. 

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Off the Shoulder Trend



Day one of fashion week and I am seeing lots of off the shoulder styles. Many of the tops I am seeing on the runway have cutoffs or are off the shoulder - same with many of the dresses. Overall I am excited to see all the shows. 

A more "wearable" version of what I am seeing is this dress by Parker Black. The colors are pretty and the dress itself is almost universally flattering. I'm excited to share the trends that I am seeing when I return back home. 



Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Traveling to New York



Every year I usually take a bus or fly into the City for the shows. Sometimes I am able to stay for the entire week but most times I am able to stay for a few days before I head back home. This time I took an AMTRAK into the city, and am staying at one of my favorite New York hotels (The Eventi.) 

Obviously the storm is a bit of a concern but there are always taxis and New York never sleeps. And the fashion shows never stop. 

Friday, February 3, 2017

Fashion Week Day 3 Idea



Wow! I stepped into Lilly Pulitzer yesterday to check out some new dresses. I saw this dress and I really liked the water color design and how beautiful it looked on the rack. I immediately tried it on and decided this one is a keeper for fashion week. The bright colors will photograph exceptionally well and will look excellent for other events as well. I am thinking of having this be my Valentine's day dress as well. (It is the Lilly Pulitzer Kimora Kimono dress). 

In terms of styling I think I will pair this will sleek and smooth hair and minimal jewelry. In terms of makeup I will probably wear a bright red lipstick. 

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And for shoes I will add these Jessica Simpson heels. 

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Sebastian Hair Spray

Professional Shaper Hair Spray

This is my go to hairspray when I am going out somewhere. I used to be a big fan of chi hair spray and have since switched to this. One thing that I like about this hair spray is that it is not too sticky and a little bit goes a long way. Another thing that I like is the fragrance is not too overwhelming. This works wonders on sleek and smooth hairstyles as well as when I want to style my hair curly. 


Wednesday, February 1, 2017

What's in my bag - Winter 2017


Asos South Beach bag 

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Chanel Sunglasses

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Coach wristlet (as a wallet) 

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Clinique Cosmetic Bag 

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Favorite Gum

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Makeup Forever mascara


Clinique Moisturizer

It's been a while since I've done a what's in my bag post. I like changing up my bag every few months or so. This striped tote by ASOS is really lightweight and comfortable. I like that I can fit all my travel necessities inside, and that it goes with many different outfits. 


Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Make Up Inspiration - Olivia Culpo



One of favorite things to do is read beauty blogs, magazines, and other sites for more fashion week inspiration. I can't believe it's just a short time away and I can't wait for my annual New York trip. 

While I was doing some online searches I came across a blog with former Ms. Universe Olivia Culpo's beauty secrets. Amazing! Click here for the article on all the products Ms. Culpo uses for her flawless makeup.

Friday, January 27, 2017

Embellished Head Wrap - Alternative for those who hate hats

Bongo Women's Embellished Head Wrap
I don't always like hats. I rather wear earmuffs or a head wrap instead. This one by Bongo runs around $8 and looks a lot like many designs I have seen off of ETSY. 

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Kate Spade Scattered Hearts Wallet

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How cute is this wallet? I was thinking of Valentine's Day Gifts for friends and family and I saw this and thought it would be perfect. The Burberry Hearts wallet was something I got a few years ago and I absolutely loved and and wore it all year round. 

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Best beauty bargains

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One of my readers sent me a message asking me what are some good beauty buys for someone who is in college and wants to try out something new. 

One of my favorite starter palettes is the W7 brand. W7 is big in the UK and is sold in some stores in the US as well and online. I bought a palette off of Amazon and it was under 10 dollars. The shades are pigmented and high quality. 

Another product I really like is Kate Moss's collaboration line with Rimmel. 


These lipsticks have the same qualities that a very high end lipstick (Chanel, Dior, or YSL) would have. They are highly pigmented and a good value. The texture is closer to an expensive lipstick than a cheap one. 

In terms of application products try Eyes Lips Face for some inexpensive eyeshadow brushes. I like the blending eye brush. If you sign up for their e-club they will send you a free shipping coupon off of your first order. Also great for those who don't want to spend time/money going to a brick and mortar store. 

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Saturday, January 14, 2017

Sondra Roberts Ball Fringe Tote

Sondra Roberts Striped Ball Fringe Tote & Wristlet

This bag reminds me of something I saw when I visited the Caribbean many years ago for a family trip. I like the simplicity of the bag and that it has little tassels and some fringe on it. It is a great spring and or summer bag that will go with many things. 

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Valentine's Day Gift Ideas - for the ladies

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One very popular Valentine's Day Gift is perfume. One thing I like about Sephora is that they sell a Deluxe Perfume Sampler. For $65 (the same as a single bottle of perfume) you get deluxe samples of a bunch of perfumes, plus a certificate to redeem for a full size of any one of the bottles. Not only is it a great value, it's a great idea. 

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Another one of my favorites to give for Valentine's is the Godiva gift box. I like it more than most gifts because almost everyone I know loves chocolate.

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Another good gift idea is a statement gift. One year I got my mom a wallet she really wanted by Michael Kors. It is easier to get one of these if the person has been dropping hints. 






Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Jennifer Lawrence Makeup Look

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Kudos to Jennifer Lawrence's makeup artist. I like the makeup she is wearing and that it is neutral. 

You will need:
Foundation primer
Foundation in your shade
Illuminator (I recommend nars)
Bronzer (Try nars laguna) 
Eyeliner (I recommend Rimmel) 
Mascara (try Diorshow) 
Pinkish eyeshadow 
Pink Lipliner
Clear gloss 

Apply the primer on your face, followed up by the foundation in your shade. Add illuminator to the apples of your cheeks and swipe it back and add bronzer right below that (check out contouring videos on youtube if you are not sure). Blend well. 

Add eyeshadow in a pinkish brown tone. Add a black eyeliner and mascara. Faux lashes are optional. 

Add lipliner to your lips and a dab of gloss on your bottom lip for volume. 





Tuesday, January 10, 2017

YSL blue vinyl mascara


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I got this as a gift during the holidays and although I like mascara and this product was high quality, I don't think I would buy this again because of the blue color. The mascara is a true electric blue. It's a great trendy product but most of the time I am at work, and on occasion a special event or fashion show. Most days I prefer a plain black mascara and my go to product remains Dior's Diorshow mascara. 

Monday, January 9, 2017

Kija Lace up Heels By Schutz

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I first saw these on a fellow blogger at a fashion event and I immediately asked her where she got her shoes. I am seeing a big return of the lace up shoe trend. These heels by Schutz are a great statement shoe. Especially with a bright red pedicure the shoes really are great with so many things. 

I would pair these with a dress or nice skirt and a top during the summer months.