A travel, fashion and lifestyle blog

A travel, fashion and lifestyle blog

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Makeup for Halloween - My favorite youtube video makeup picks

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My mind is on Halloween and I can't wait. I have all the candy purchased and I am still deciding on a costume to wear. My favorite you tube makeup video tutorials are here.

Cheshire Cat here.
Mermaid here
Diamond Skull here.
Tiger here.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Outfit of the Day- Apple Picking

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Pink Flamingo Top

Maurices - Linen Shorts With Tie Waist In Peach Haze, Women's, Size: 3/4, Peach Haze

Shorts - Maurices

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Fringe Sandals

The weather today is really warm and sunny. That means it's going to be a perfect day to pick some apples. There are several local orchards I like visiting. The apple picking experience is actually pretty touristy, and although they say things like "wear boots" most the grass around the apples is usually dry and there are not that many places to get dirty. Even if you do the hay ride around the farms it's a very "touristy" experience. Still lots of fun. 

Friday, October 13, 2017

Outfit of the Day- Green Line and Dot Dress

Mara Dress
Line and Dot Dress
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Nine West Ankle Boots

Simply Vera Vera Wang Opaque Tummy Shaping Control-Top Tights, Women's, Size: 1, Black
Black Tights - Vera Wang for Kohls

Today is Friday!!! TGIF. Today I am wearing a green dress with black tights and ankle boots. I am heading to a movie and to see some friends this evening. I am looking forward to this weekend and may go apple picking at a local orchard. 

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Outfit of the Day - Floral Top

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Stone Cold Fox Blouse

Simply Styled Simply Styled Women's Jeggings
Simply Styled Womens Jeggings

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YSL Ankle Boots

Today feels like a fall day. The leaves are all coming down and summer days are a thing of the past. I wanted to wear something in a deep color today, and I saw these jeggings at my local Sears. The jeggings are made of a cotton twill and are actually a pretty nice pair of pants. I just need to get a belt to wear with them. I paired them with a pair of vintage YSL boots and a floral top by Stone Cold fox. 

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Vintage Finds

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Brian Atwood Power Studded Heels

I visited one of my favorite local vintage shops over the weekend. Sometimes you can find really amazing things and just have to be patient. I saw these studded heels by Brian Atwood and I remembered a Gossip Girl episode where Blake Lively wore these. Unfortunately the pair the store had was not my size. What's your favorite vintage store find? 

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

YSL instant moisture glow

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I bought a tube of this in Sephora, and it is very similar to Clinique's Moisture Surge. Both are a gel consistency and long lasting. I use a toner before I apply my moisturizer and this worked very well. I think I will continue with Clinique because you get more product for the same price and the products themselves are nearly identical. 

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Rebecca Minkoff Bag

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I had a Rebecca Minkoff Mac bag a few years ago and eventually traded it with one of my friends. I saw this bag in stores, and I really liked it. When I looked inside and saw the Rebecca Minkoff label, I thought to myself "style is really cyclical." Some things I like about this bag are the red color, many pockets inside, and the fact that it is convertible (cross body or regular.) The leather is soft and high quality as well. 

Monday, October 2, 2017

Outfit of the Day - Casual Brunch

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Black three quarter top - Three dots

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Lilly Pulitzer true blue going coastal shorts

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Jack Rogers Sandals

Kate Spade New York Women's Tenley Metallic Leather Crossbody Bag - Gold
Kate Spade Crossbody

Today I spent the day with some friends from out of town. It was nice seeing them, and going out for lunch in the city. I wore a black shirt with patterned shorts, and all gold accessories. We dined at one of my favorite Mediterranean restaurants and it was nice to catch up. 

Sunday, October 1, 2017

YSL Touche Eclat Primer

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I first tried this primer during a visit to Sephora, and I really liked it. The primer itself does not feel very heavy and has these fine gold sparkles in it. I used this under my regular foundation and found that I needed less foundation than I usually use. A little bit goes a long way. 

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Trend - Striped Cotton Dress

Derek Lam

Tula Rosa

Major Elle

The dark blue striped dress will be big this fall. Last fashion week I saw a lot of this and I am beginning to see this more and more in the stores. The structure is fitted and it can be a skinny or big stripe. The material is usually a cotton blend. Here are my top three picks for this trend. 

Friday, September 29, 2017

Outfit of the Day - Shiny dress

Brisco Dress

Privacy Please Dress
Hana Heel
BCBG Heels

Today I am wearing a golden dress by Privacy please and BCBG heels. It is similar to my outfit yesterday (same golden colors.) I am really feeling this fall weather and hope it stays warm for a little longer. 

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Outfit of the Day - Sunny Fall Day

Im Here Dress
Alice McCall dress

Treasure Pump

BCBG Shoes

Mini Mac Crossbody Bag

Today is a sunny fall day in DC. I am pairing this yellow dress with a pair of simple heels by BCBG. For my bag I am wearing a Rebecca Minkoff crossbody. Some of the leaves are beginning to turn and it's also a really sunny day as well. 

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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Happy Valentines!

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


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.