GOING ON A SHOPPING FAST...

Fashion, News
Starting from now until April 1st, I won’t be buying any clothes, shoes, jewelry or any other fashion related items. I will only wear the items currently in my wardrobe and donate/sell anything I haven’t worn or thought about in the last 6 months.

Since deciding to take on this challenge, I thought it would be best if I write out my goals to hold myself accountable. This is a much needed cleanse as I noticed how many things I accumulated this fall that I haven’t even worn yet. It’s time for me to change my bad habits of impulse buying and unnecessary spending. My mentality has drastically evolved over the past few years, so this really isn’t as shocking for me to do as I am making it seem. I’ve done things that I never could see myself doing before so I know I have the power in me to control my spending. In 2016, I gave up meat and started a plant based diet. In 2017, I started meditating, reading and working on my physical fitness.

I’m stating it now that 2018 is going to be the year that I get a handle on my spending habits and change my relationship to material possessions.

I know this is going to be a tough process, but in order to make those lifestyle changes I have to start now when I feel it’s affecting me the most. I’ve seeing a lot of women on social media taking on this challenge too so I know I’m not the only with a problem, lol. Do you ever think about how unhealthy (mentally and of course financially) it is to spend hundreds of dollars season after season to keep up with trends? Sometimes I get so obsessed with an item that I get distracted from more important things things in my life. I end up impulsively buying clothes and never up wear them because I forget or find out I don’t really like it as much as I thought I did.

Also, it’s a sad fact that fast fashion companies pay their workers little to nothing, while they work tirelessly in unsafe conditions and I just don’t want to be a part of this cycle anymore. It just doesn’t make me feel good thinking about what someone had to endure for me to wear a piece of clothing that has no purpose and that I will donate or get tired of eventually.

This is why I need this challenge. Not only will this be good for my soul, conscious and bank account, I’ll be able to focus on the other aspects of my life that are important to me right now. I hope to learn how to be more mindful with my purchases instead of impulsive and change the way I view my needs vs. my wants.

If you’re feeling inspired or were thinking about going on a shopping fast yourself, here are some tips to help you get started:

1.Unsubscribe

From ALL email notifications for sales and new clothing arrivals. Of course you can always resubscribe later.

2. Tailor Clothes

This a great opportunity to spend extra money on getting key pieces tailored so you’re more likely to wear them instead of buying new things.

3.Donate or sell

Old clothes to narrow down your current personal style.

4.Save Money

Set aside money in your savings account for after the challenge.

5.Log off

Log off social media as to not tempt you.

I will come back in April and share an update on this challenge. Message me on social media and let me know your thoughts and if you would ever give up shopping.

4 FASHION ITEMS TO SAVE OR SPLURGE ON

Fashion

I believe that anyone can be fashionable. It’s all about being smart with what you buy, knowing what silhouettes complement your body and picking the right pieces that fit your look and lifestyle. You don’t have to own designer labels for everything, although that would be amazing. The items that you wear consistently are definitely worth investing in and others you can find at a great price and quality.

Maybe you know that feeling when you’re looking through your closet and can’t find anything to wear. In my experience, this is a result of buying clothes that were trendy in the moment and have since gone out of style or lost their quality. Over time, you’re left with less clothes than you originally thought you had. This is the worst feeling, especially because its a severe waste of money. It took me a while to really asses my personal style and come up with a shopping strategy that makes sense for my lifestyle and budget.

I thought I would share things that I like to spend extra for and save money on while shopping. Of course, everyone has a different lifestyle so you may not agree with everything I listed. But, I hope this serves you as a guide so you can strategically shop and build a wardrobe you love.

Save: Faux Fur and Leather Jackets

Faux leather and fur jackets are a seasonal wardrobe staple for me. I bring mine out during the fall and wear them almost every day until the winter hits. Living in New York, the snow and rain can be unpredictable. I keep my budget for at $80-$100 dollars. This way if inclement weather does ruin the material, it won’t break the bank to replace it. You can find great pieces from various stores like Zara, Asos, Mango and Revolve.

Splurge: Everyday Tote Bag

Another factor I consider while living and working in New York is the daily commute. I’m usually in the City from 9am to 6pm so I need to carry my life essentials with me at all times. This means my work tote bag has to be really durable, great quality and stylish. I’ve tried to use cheaper tote bags but the handles always seem to give out after a few months. I don’t want to buy a new one every time it wears out so I go the designer route.

Save: Jewelry

I don’t like to spend a lot of money on jewelry at all. Looking back at some of the jewelry I bought, I’m so glad I never spent more than $10-20 on them. Jewelry trends go in and out in fashion SO quickly and I tend to lose them easily. The jewelry from Bauble Bar, TopShop and Urban Outfitters are good enough for my wardrobe at the moment. The only exception I have to this opinion is for watches. I definitely think investing in a designer timepiece that you can wear daily is a smart move.

Splurge: Winter Coat

This one shouldn’t come as a surprise since you can image how crazy the weather in New York is. You never know when the snow is going to hit so I keep my coats in good condition for each season. I also have made sure to have styles for multiple occasions. I have an everyday winter coat, one for work, a formal one and one that is more sporty and athletic. They range from $250-$400 each and are totally worth the investments.

MOOD #7: EXCITED FOR FALL AND NYFW!

Fashion, Fashion Trends, Mood, News, Outfits

Ughhh, it’s that time of year again. As devastated as I am that summer is ending, I can’t be too upset since this is also my favorite season to buy new clothes. After a few months of only wearing my boring Levi’s cut offs and crop tops, I’m ready to layer up with bombers, turtlenecks, leggings and the like. The chilly weather is on and off right now in New York, so I’m not fully committed to covering up just yet. But, I’ve been living for these racer stripe pull on pants. They give a little warmth during the breezy mornings and are also light enough to wear further into the day. You can dress them up (like I did here) for a weekend brunch date or dress them down with slim white sneakers and a tied up white tee. Either way you’ll look like a style pro.

Of course, I’m also looking forward to NYFW and all of the style inspo on and off and runway this season. I can already predict that the street style stars will be in oversized blazers, plaid, fanny packs and statement sleeves. We’ve seen these trends a lot recently, so I’ll be looking out for new and fresh ways to style them. As far as the runway shows, I’m looking forward to Ulla Johnson, Calvin Klein, Jeremy Scott and Alexander Wang. I like to watch a mix of designers on live stream and then catch the recaps and photos on Vogue.com after.

What are some fall fashion trends you’re excited for? Are you going to watch any NYFW shows this season? Comment below!

Top {Aritzia}

Pants {Zara}

Shoes {Forever 21}

Bag {Zara}

Sunglasses {Quay Australia}

Necklace {Urban Outfitters}

MOOD #6: ZARA OUTERWEAR + PLATFORM BOOTS

Fashion, Mood, Outfits

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You don’t need me to tell you that Zara is amazing. Since you’re reading this blog post, I’m sure you know about this major fast fashion brand and why it’s so popular. Unlike H&M or Forever 21, it seems like Zara puts more thought behind creating trendy pieces that are great quality. They’re especially great at outerwear. I remember one semester in college I spent $400 on three winter jackets (you could never have enough being in Upstate New York) that I still wear to this day. Not only did they last me forever, the styles are classic and timeless to keep  up with the ever changing trend landscape. The one I’m wearing in today’s post is a classic navy blue peat coat with gold hardware details. It’s comfy, warm and a staple in my wardrobe.

Besides outerwear, Zara also kills it in the shoe department. I recently bought these patent leather Chelsea boots and I see myself wearing them every single day from now on. The lug sole keeps them comfortable to walk in and the platform height adds an extra style factor. Two things I always look for in a perfect pair of shoes. I paired them with cropped denim, also from Zara, so you’re able to see the full shoe from ankle down.Skinny jeans wouldn’t do them enough justice.

What are your favorite pieces to buy from Zara? Leave me a comment and let me know 🙂

Coat {Zara}

Shirt {American Apparel}

Jeans {Zara}

Shoes {Zara}

Belt {Zara}

Bag {Kate Spade}

Hat {Urban Outfitters}

4 WAYS TO FEEL YOUR BEST WITHOUT MAKEUP

Beauty

If you’re as into the beauty world as I am then you have noticed that a lot of celebrities are going without makeup lately. Singer Alicia Keys spoke out and said she is going without makeup from now on and even Kim Kardashian sat front row at the SS17 Balenciaga show completely bare faced. It’s so great to see confident women with their platforms going against the norm. Even though I do not wear makeup everyday or even feel like I need to when I go out, it’s still encouraging that other women feel the same way I do. However, a part of me was also thinking that it may be easier for these women because they can afford to see the best dermatologists regularly and splurge on really effective skincare products. But I don’t want this to be an excuse for the rest of us. I think there are other things we can do to make ourselves more comfortable with being without makeup. Below are some of the ways I make sure I always feel my best makeup free.

Invest In A Clarisonic Cleansing Brush

Washing my face with a cleansing brush is my favorite way to freshen up my skin. I try to use my Clarisonic as often as possible to keep my skin smooth and pimple free. If I do happen to have a breakout, I find that it removes it within a few days without leaving dark spots or acne scars. I definitely think the Clarisonic is worth the $100-200 investment. However, if it’s not in your budget try to find a good exfoliating mask or scrub that will give your skin a deep clean when you need it.

Use Sheet Masks

The most inexpensive and mess free way to instantly better looking skin are sheet masks. Sephora sells several from other brands and also from their own collection. Whatever your skin type or concern is, there is a sheet mask out there for you that will improve and nourish your skin. The best part about them is you don’t need to wash them off. Lay the mask on your face for 15-20 minutes in the morning and remove when you’re about to leave. The excess product can be rubbed into your skin. I like to use the eye masks to correct under eye puffiness and shadows.

Always Carry Facial Sprays

Whether I’m makeup free or full faced, I always keep a facial spray on hand. Throughout the day, especially in the winter, my skin becomes drier and even develops flaky patches. I find that these always come through when I need to refresh my face. If you’re oily, you can find one that is more mattifying like the Urban Decay All Nighter Spray. Most people use it to set their makeup in place but it also works on clean skin. I like the Tatcha Luminous Dewy Mist whenever I need more hydration and a glow.

Groom Your Eyebrows

I could be having the worst skincare day, but If I’ve just gotten my eyebrows done it instantly makes me feel better about my look. They say eyebrows are the most important part of your face and I totally agree. I try to keep up on this regularly, so when I do have to run out of the house without makeup I feel much more confident and like myself. Sometimes I like to swipe on a coat of clear brow gel to hold the hairs in place throughout the day. This is also a good tip if you have sparse eyebrows and need something to add a little fullness.

MOOD #5: VINTAGE T-SHIRT + BLAZER

Fashion, Mood, Outfits

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I love pieces that you can easily dress up or down. That’s one reason why I always reach for a black blazer. I can dress it up with a structured white button down shirt and neck scarf for work or I can dress it down with a simple T-shirt like I did today. This shirt makes more of a statement since it boldly features the legendary Spice Girls – one of my favorite groups growing up in the 90’s. It was a bit of an investment at 100 bucks, but when I found it online I couldn’t pass it up. I will definitely get a lot of use out of it all year long. The quality is perfect and fits slightly baggy, just the way I wanted it.

I’ve collected several similar shirts since they became trendy recently. Vintage style band tees have slowly but surely made their way into my closet this year and I don’t see myself putting them aside any time soon. Much like some of my other fashion faves (leather jackets, blazers, sneakers)  they go with everything and make any look that much cooler. It’s also fun to experiment with different artists and logos. Even if you don’t know the band or any of their songs, I don’t see a problem with wearing their logo if it’s in the name of fashion!

Blazer {Zara}

Jeans {Urban Outfitters}

Hat {Urban Outfitters}

Shirt {Vintage Bleach}

Bag {River Island}

 Shop the gallery below for some of my favorite band tees!

5 TIPS TO LENGTHEN LASHES

Beauty

Hi again! I’m back with a new beauty post and this time I’m sharing my tips for lengthening your lashes to their fullest potential. Some people are blessed with full and long lashes that only need mascara to look amazing. If that person is you then you are so lucky because short and unruly lashes are the worst! I can’t even explain how frustrating it is to apply the most even and perfectly shaped winged eyeliner only for your lashes to camouflaged by the liner and appear shorter – ugh! Of course, you can apply false lashes in this situation but sometimes you don’t have time for it or don’t want to wear them on a daily basis. This is a problem that I ran into all the time until I learned how to get the most out of my lashes. Now, sometimes strangers come up to me and ask if my eyelashes are real. Like, what? I always think they are kidding every time. Here are the techniques and products I use to maximize my natural lashes.

Start With Translucent Powder

When its a “no makeup” makeup kind of day and I’m not wearing any eyeshadow, I swipe a very small amount of translucent powder with a fluffy blending brush onto my lashes. This gives them thickness and acts like a primer. If I was doing a full face makeup routine, I would skip this step as some of the eyeshadow falls onto my lashes anyway and it works the same way.

Always Use Mascara Primer

It surprises me that a lot of people don’t use mascara primer. Hello, if you need a primer for your face, eyes and lips then you definitely need one for your lashes. I use the Lancome Cils Booster XL. The first time I used it I had no idea my lashes could be so long. My eyelashes are also very curly so this was able to straighten them out a bit and make them more uniform. I also find that my mascara applies much smoother, even when I am working with an older or drier formula. I don’t even have an issue with clumping when I use this.

Layer That Mascara

The right technique for applying mascara is also important to get the most volume and length. If you’re working on your right eye the mascara wand should be pointing towards your nose. When moving to your left eye, either use your left hand or turn your right hand inwards so the tip of the mascara is pointing toward your nose again. The tip of the mascara wand is always for the lashes that are the shortest and near the inner corners of your eyes. I also love to twirl the mascara wand backwards as I comb it through the topside of my lashes. This will automatically curl your lashes or enhance the curl you already have. Apply a maximum of two layers using these techniques and you should already see a major difference.

– Favorite Drugstore Mascara Options (Maybelline Volum’ Express The Falsies, Loreal Voluminous Carbon Black)
– Favorite High End Mascara Options (Dior Diorshow Iconic Overcurl Mascara, Makeup Forever Smokey Lash, Lancome Definicils Lengthening and Defining Mascara)

Tightline The Upper Waterline

I like to add black eyeshadow or gel eyeliner to the upper waterline of my eyes. This fills in any gaps showing skin that are between the lashes and makes the lash line look much fuller. This isn’t a necessary trick but try it and see if it makes a different for you too.

Remove Any Clumps

Lastly, wait until the mascara dries completly before trying to remove any clumps. Then use the comb side of a double sided eyebrow brush to gently comb through your lashes and separate them. An eyebrow spoolie brush would also work. You can find these brushes at almost every drugstore.

Take a look at the photo gallery below for all the products I mentioned. Thanks for reading!

MOOD #4: LACE BRALETTE & PLAID SHIRT

Fashion, Mood, Outfits

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Skinny jeans, ankle boots and a black leather jacket = my all time favorite fall uniform. I’m giving off cool girl vibes in this look since the cold weather has finally arrived in New York. Get ready to see lots of fur, chunky knit sweaters and scarves from me soon. However, today, I decided to remix this classic fall style and add creative elements that personalize it.

I love how this bralette plays into the choker trend and ties around my neck. It gives me the same effect as a choker but it’s also the perfect layering piece for oversized and slouchy shirts. I paired it under this open front plaid blouse for a sexy yet girly detail. It’s gives the outfit a nice balance since everything else is black, edgy and tough. As a finishing touch I threw on my new Boater hat. It definitely completes the overall look and levels up the stylish factor.

Hat {Urban Outfitters}

Jacket {H&M}

Shirt {Nasty Gal}

Bralette {Nasty Gal}

Jeans {TopShop}

Shoes {Zara}

Shop the look in the gallery below!

HOW TO STYLE: FALL HATS

Fashion, Outfits
Hey lovelies! I hope your weekend is going well so far. Today I’m back to share with you my thoughts and style tips for one of the trendiest pieces this season. As you can already tell from the title and my picture above, we’re going to be talking about wool hats. Now in my opinion, hats are one of the best accessories you can own. Depending on the style, they can really step up an outfit and take a boring look from 0 to 100 real quick. If you feel like you’re in a rut and have been wearing the same look over and over, I promise you that adding a wool hat will instantly add a cool factor to your outfit.

There are so many ones to choose from in the market right now. They all look great with basic skinny jeans or a simple shift dress for work. Getting one in a neutral color like black, brown or grey is key so you can wear it with any color scheme that you want. I also think it’s best to try on a few different styles to see what you like and what fits your personal style the best. If you feel you dress very girly and feminine, go with a floppy or wide brimmed hat. If you’re like me and like a little edge to your style, try a fedora or a boater hat. They give you a little more of an old school vibe.

The one I’ve been obsessed with is the BDG Felt Boater Hat from Urban Outfitters. It’s so inexpensive, great quality and has been an essential in my fall wardrobe. I’m so thankful that I have this to throw on when I don’t feel like putting effort into an outfit or fixing my hair. It easily corrects those issues and allows me to walk out of my house feeling happy and confident in how I look.

Every time I wear it out I get so many compliments and questions about where to buy one and how to style it. So, over the next few weeks I’m going to share with you 3 different ways that I have been wearing my boater hat lately. Hopefully, I give you some inspiration for your next outfit and you plan to find a wool hat that works for you too. Like I said, I promise you won’t regret it! Check back tomorrow and every Monday after to see what I come up with.

Keeping That Summer Glow In Your Fall Skincare Routine

Beauty, Product Reviews

Like most people, my skin type changes according to the weather. I tend to be on the drier side in the fall, so it’s even more important for me to use products that keep my skin hydrated. Over the years, I’ve tried multiple different skincare products and routines and nothing has ever given me the results that I wanted. I’m always left with either

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